The week starts in chaos at St Stephens, with a guest appearance from Coco the Donkey. Its certainly not Belinda, and it tells. Shula’s world is a haze of donkeys and horses. All first world problems! Coco certainly has taken centre stage on Palm Sunday! Easter certainly is in full swing, and its fired up Kenton, but perhaps Alan may well remind Kenton of the money lenders being kicked out of the temple when he hears of his plans to sell hot crossed buns at the celebrations on Lakey Hill.
Jill is settling in for good at Brookfield. Back where she belongs, in front of her beloved Aga. Indeed its like she has never been away. Glebe is just a collection of bricks and won’t take away her memories of Phil, but it hasn’t sat well with Elizabeth although what it has to do with her is anyone’s guess. Is she miffed at missing out on a free housekeeper? Lizzie didn’t quite come out and say it, but it looks fairly obvious. She could have asked – but why she was surprised is anyone’s guess. Lizzie gets right to the point though – Ruth is dire in the kitchen, and it was a no-brainer on Ruth’s part to get Jill back to Brookfield. Amazingly, its Kenton who helps Lizzie see it all clearly. Jill is back where she belongs, and she’s happy. Its given a sense of closure at last from Phil’s death. Kenton’s sage advice has ensured peace continues within the Archers clan.
Having Jill on hand though doesn’t take much time to bear fruit. Its an afternoon off for Ruth and David. Its back to Utopia for the Brookfield Archers. Is Ruth sure she’s happy having Jill around? Anything that gets Ruth away from their Aga can only be a good thing! It does seem incredible than just having Jill in the kitchen that David and Ruth have gone from being full on, unable to cope to having so much time on their hands. Just what will they do with all that time? Is Ruth going to have second thoughts about another baby?
Shula is still fighting to keep Dan from an Army life, even though practically everyone else is supportive of Dan. Mind you, if it was their son, they’d all think differently. Naturally all she can focus on is deployment to war zones. Has she looked at the humanitarian efforts that the Armed Forces are involved in? Making that difference is more Christian than anything Shula will become involved in. Jennifer is hardly much help for Shula. I don’t suppose anyone can understand how Shula feels but “You’re son is off to war zones, but look at my tiles brochure!” Shula needs to support Dan’s choices rather than risk alienating him. He needs to live the life he needs to, not the life Shula and Alistair do. Shula manages to stick to the plan on talking to Dan – oh wait, she didn’t, most predictably.
Wedding countdown continues but Tom has no chance to make them a priority. He’s getting good news on the business front, but its hardly good news for Tony. The explosive atmosphere at Bridge Farm really is getting beyond dull. In all seriousness, will Tony’s heart cope? Its all consuming for Tom right now and the wedding plans aren’t on his radar at all. Kirsty is full of excitement – but it never seems that they can be excited at the same time. It actually is starting to look like it might happen after all. All of Tom’s sausage and wedding plans have landed Tony right in it – he’s going to have to take Susan up the poly tunnel. The mind boggles. New Tony is certainly sounding more and more like Old Tony! At least Pat is making all the right noises over the wedding and mending the bridges Tony is tearing down. Pat is certainly putting the hours in to make it all right for Kirsty. Alice of course has had her imagination well and truly fired up, at its fill steam ahead. Still, in the back of the mind, it seems like its been no time at all since Tom and Brenda split. Are they sure its time? With Alice and Helen on hand, will Kirsty have any other option than going through with it all? But Joe’s skylarks are flying, and its all putting Brenda’s mind at rest. Will Joe’s weather lore save the day? At least Tom says the right things at times, but its Peggy’s seal of approval that does it for Kirsty. She’s ready to become the latest Mrs Archer.
Over at Home Farm, its not just Brian who’s getting bad news. Adam is in for a big shock when the new man at BL arrives. Charlie Thomas doesn’t exactly sound like Adam’s ideal working partner. He’s certainly been out of the loop with Charlie and Debbie but it looks like the winds of change of blowing through Home Farm and Adam isn’t happy. The battle has been joined, and Adam and Brian are ready to team up. Neither are happy and its either time to focus on Home Farm or fight their corner with BL and Justin. Its strategy time for Adam with Charlie, but the important strategy has been laid down by Brian. Definitely game on. Come on Brian! Charlie is full of ideas, and Adam isn’t liking them although Charlie is saying all the right things to get Adam onside. Will Adam enjoying putting Rob on the spot? I doubt he’ll be in the mood for Jennifer’s kitchen replacement woes. Brian is right though – its time to keep onside just now, and Home Farm’s future is at stake. Brian is looking at the long game – all things come to he who waits. Adam is feeling the pressure from Charlie. Will he maintain his laid back approach he’s shown over Helen and Rob, or will he go like Ian? There’s no rest for Adam though and his relationship with Charlie look set for troubled waters.
Easter time is coming to the Bull though, and Kenton can’t wait to reward Jolene to sticking to her Lent promise. Kenton’s nature is such that its impossible not to get wound up with him from time to time, but his heart is in the right place – although not as far as hot cross buns are concerned. Fallon saves the day though! But Fallon’s criminal record may be extended – but oddly enough she’s been “caught” by PC Burns. What a coincidence! The most inevitable coupling in Ambridge we’ve seen so far this year. PC Burns has done his ground work though, and knows just what to say to get Fallon on side. I wonder how she’ll get the plant stand back to Ambridge? With PC Burns being on hand?
The week ends with the big day for Ambridge and St Stephens with the Passion Play at hand at last. Chris “Jesus” Carter is ready for his big day. Will all the womenfolk of Ambridge be on hand to ogle Chris, and will Jazzer complete a miracle and get it on with Aleisha? Jazzer manages to surprise them all with his efforts, even though he’s had ulterior motives. Jazzer might not be community spirited in the way Lynda is, but he does his thing for Ambridge in his own way. Chris and Jazzer put on a show though, and the Passion Play is a huge success but not for Jazz as Dan beats him to the punch over Aleisha.
Shula though just can’t help herself. Why wait for the “right moment” though? Support Dan, or alienate him. Its your choice.
Week Ending 11 April 2014