The fallout from the failed wedding and Tom’s vanishing act continues as Tony becomes even more stressed over the running of Bridge Farm, as well as Tom’s enterprises. Will Tom ever return to the scene of his crimes? But now that Rob has his feet under the table with Helen, naturally he’s got his opinion on it all. He’s backing Helen away from being there for Pat and Tony – in a way he’s right that it’s Tom’s problem, not Helen’s but with Pat & Tony having to deal with the fallout, its not as simple as Rob sees it. But Rob sees it all as an opportunity. Just what is his agenda? Does he see a future where Helen has control over Bridge Farm? Of course, Helen controls Bridge Farm, Rob controls Helen…well, I think we can see where he might see himself. Given that its yet another threat to the Bridge Farm business, it does seem that there’s a bit of a pattern forming.
Lynda and Lillian’s little trip to London for the Chelsea Flower Show – and of course a little visit with the lovely Leonie was the subject of some chat at Ambridge Organics, but it was Lynda’s request for a joint of organic pork that brought the Bridge Farm difficulties sharply to the front of Helen’s mind. It was too good of an opening for Rob to pass up of course. He’s clever enough to know that with her views of Tony’s efforts, and her dim view of organics, that Peggy was always going to prove to be a valued ally in his efforts to further his own agenda. Naturally Rob puts on a charming front to Peggy, who is completely taken in by him. His faux concern expressed to Helen for putting Peggy in the picture was interesting. Maybe shouldn’t have said? Oh, I think he knew exactly that saying something was absolutely the right thing to do. And so it proved as Peggy came firmly down on his side on his suggestion that abandoning organics is the way forward. It did make you wonder if the pig feed fiasco was an honest mistake by Tom, or something altogether more sinister. In a way, it was no real surprise that when Tom got in touch, it was with Rob.
Maybe Tom will take the blame for the feed, but taking advice from Rob?
That’s sure to make Tony explode – you can be sure the advice will be for Rob’s advantage, not Tom’s.
Tony and Pat are having more restless nights over it all, with the decision over their organic status in the offing. Pat’s concerns are more basic – she just wants Tom home, but will she ever get what she wants. Tony is still being eaten up by Tom’s screw up over the pig feed. There’s no let up for them though as the news is as expected, and Tom’s pigs have lost their organic status but there’s some relief at least as the rest of the business has kept its organic status. A minor fly in the ointment for Rob’s plans?
Peggy isn’t making it easier, and the news that Rob was the one keeping Peggy in the loop was never going to sit well. That’s not enough for Peggy though, she drops the bombshell suggested by Rob that the organic status be left by the wayside. Its a powder keg at Bridge Farm, and how long before Tony explodes? Rob does his bit to keep things bubbling over nicely. Drop the bomb and run. Helen can’t find it in herself to fully back Tony. I doubt Rob will support her in that.
Road matters are still concerning David – and Lynda. Brian may no longer be Chairman at Borcester Land, but he’s still got his fingers well and truly stuck in that particular pie, and it certainly looks like he knows more than he’s letting on. Often, no news is good news, but on the matter of the new road being proposed, I suspect its quite the opposite for David and Lynda. Is Brian ready to take on Lynda again? He can put his feet up perhaps with the Chair being taken away, but the new kid(s) in town at the helm may have no such qualms. David can’t wait for the Council meeting over it, but will he get the local farmers’ backing? With BL buying up land from those farmers, he might find it difficult to persuade anyone away from Ambridge. The kitchen did manage to give Ruth an excuse to get up to Home Farm gauge Jennifer’s opinion. Jenny is non-committal – its non-kitchen related you see. Jennifer managed to see through it, but Brian is still keeping silent. He might keep quiet and know nothing, but Charlie?
It all may be a welcome diversion for Brian though over the ongoing kitchen renovations at Home Farm. Its getting too much for Brian who sees risking a flair up of his sciatica as a risk worth taking as he’s back in the tractor helping Adam keep Charlie happy. Facing Lynda is one thing, but dealing with Jennifer after her getting wind of Brian being back behind the tractor wheel is something altogether different. Jennifer isn’t overly sympathetic that Brian is needing pain relief. Its relief from Buddy and Steve (x 2) that Brian needs after their little robin sets off the Home Farm alarm. Will Brian be able to resist giving them a piece of his mind?
If he wants peace from Jennifer he will. Its all catching up with Brian, and discussion over brass fittings and shades is enough to send him to sleep.
The road is at the back of Lynda’s mind at the start of the week as she is in her element with Lillian at the flower show. Lillian doesn’t sound as keen as Lynda as becoming a grandmother. The break might give Lynda the energy for fights ahead. Not even an onset of hay fever for Lynda has her down for long, but Lillian has James on her mind and her past. Lillian surprisingly thinks that James might not cope with being a father but its Lynda that comes up with the pep talk. Lynda seems to have covered herself in glory over Leonie’s pregnancy. She’s perked up Lillian and has brought them closer together.
It’s the festival at Lower Loxley, not Chelsea that’s on Jolene and Kenton’s mind. The reunion of the Midnight Walkers is no longer a dream for Jolene, who is feeling down about it. Will Fallon leave Jolene’s dream unfulfilled? What a coincidence that Wayne called Fallon. Kenton seems to have gone a bit cool on a Jolene/Wayne reunion but he can be diplomatic with Jolene when then occasion calls. It seems the Midnight Walkers may yet walk again. While Jolene is occupied with her dreams, Kenton is sorting out the Loxfest bar. Lizzie’s plans on the pork front may well be up in the air
– but its Tony’s reaction that had her thinking. It seems that the fallout from Tom’s decisions may extend past Bridge Farm.
Adam is still being kept on his toes, but he’s getting more relaxed about Charlie’s approach, and it would seem that he’s enjoying that Rob is attracting Charlie’s baleful eye, but Charlie’s keeping his eye on the ball as far as Adam is concerned, but his efforts have been appreciated by Charlie – all worthwhile in the end for Adam. Charlie’s views of Rob are piquing Adam’s interest for sure, and Rob’s resistance to change would surely be an eye opener to Helen. Still, Charlie has done a great job and
We’re back to Bridge Farm, and with Maurice on his back, Tony is still under pressure with Tom still absent. Tony’s seeing through Helen but has he scored an own goal by attacking Rob’s opinion? Helen is right that its not as easy as that and oddly enough, Helen is seeing Rob’s point of view.
It must tell Pat and Tony something that Helen is backing Rob. That’s all an aside for Pat though, as the prodigal son has returned. Well, prodigal as far as Pat has concerned. Of course Tony doesn’t quite see it the same way. He couldn’t resist letting Tom having both barrels. Tony and Tom never shared the same priorities and his blindness to Tom’s identity issues makes it clear that he’s got no intention of considering what Tom has to say.
At least though Tom has been big enough to admit he’s wrong but he’s a bit optimistic to think that Tony will understand him. What chance that Tony will understand his plans for the future. Its really time for Tom to move on, and the business is going. Its Canada for Tom and has Tony finally realised what all the constant fighting and bickering has done? It was inevitable that Tom would keep running from his problems. What now for the future of Bridge Farm? And for the Bridge Farm Archers? Tony will surely believe that Rob has put him up to it. It looks like the fallout from the wedding has only just started.
Week Ending 16 May.