Susan reassures Emma who has been having anxiety dreams about missing the appointment with the bank about getting a mortgage. Later, Emma and Ed are delighted to report that they’ve been given a mortgage. Susan says she’ll treat the whole family to supper at The Bull to celebrate.
Adam and Ian wonder whether Lexi could be pregnant. When Lexi buys decaff coffee in the village shop Susan turns detective. She guesses that Lexi might be pregnant and assumes that Roy might be becoming a father again.
Kirsty thinks Philip is overdoing it. She tells Roy that he often seems worn out and is working very long hours plus he’s now training for the half marathon whenever he gets a chance. Kirsty’s worried that it might have something to do with their relationship.
Jennifer tells Shula that Elizabeth declined her offer to come for supper. Elizabeth said she was too busy but Jennifer believes that was just an excuse, she is obviously still upset about their falling out over Noluthando and the overdose.
Jennifer undertakes some pruning and offers to cut back some of the plants on Roy and Kirsty’s side of the house. But whilst on the stepladder pruning the clematis she accidentally cuts the phone wire to Willow Farm.
Alice shows Brian a brochure for Pryce Bauman’s latest cutting-edge project, robotic fruit picking. Alice wants to try it on Home Farm strawberries as a trial. Brian says it sounds good in principal but it’s not really up to him, she’ll have to talk it through with Adam. Alice is excited that Radio Borsetshire have been in touch about doing a feature on Home Farm through a Brexit angle and covering the robotic trials. Alice says if all goes well she could be expecting a bonus.
At Brookfield Ben practices his sheepdog whistle much to everyone’s annoyance. He’s keen to improve before his sheepdog training course next week. Toby’s been very busy and Pip has been doing the lion’s share of the childcare. David continues to worry about Brookfield’s feed shortage and is annoyed to be having to shell out for expensive straw.
Adam and Brian discuss growing quinoa and soya. Adam wants to buy the latest GPS technology which will mean they’ll only use the minimum synthetic fertilizer for the best possible results. Adam says he’s done the sums and since they’ve moved to their no-till system he thinks they’re under-using some of their bigger tractors. If they were to sell one tractor they’d raise the money for the new kit. Brian thinks this is a gamble but agrees that the farm won’t survive if they stand still.
Kirsty and Brian have a run in over the noise from Brian and Jennifer’s housewarming party. Brian loses his temper and tells Kirsty she needs to address the emptiness in her own life before interfering in other people’s. Kirsty is deeply upset by this and leaves. Jennifer reprimands Brian for his choice of words; Kirsty had a miscarriage, she reminds him.
Jennifer’s getting used to her new kitchen and things seem to be falling into place finally. She’s even thinking of inviting Elizabeth for dinner in an attempt to patch-up their relationship. Brian too is more positive about life since hearing how badly Andrew Eagleton’s party went. But their evening comes to an abrupt end when Brian learns that his court date has been set for the 5th February.
Joe's down about what will happen to himself Eddie and Clarrie once Ed and Emma move out, Eddie tells Kirsty. Eddie reports that he has told him a little fib, that he’s come to an agreement with Oliver and it will all be fine.
At Eddie and Clarrie’s special dinner at Grey Gables for winning the best teller, the two discuss how they might pay the rent. There’s no magic solution to pay the rent and having missed out on some building jobs to Philip Moss and with Brookfield unlikely to need him for lambing things will be tighter than ever. They agree not to tell the children about their worries, especially when Emma and Ed are so delighted with the prospect of becoming homeowners.
Philip signs up for the half marathon and together with Kirsty and Jazzer the three of them try to come up with some inventive ways to increase the sponsorship money.
Helen tracks down Lee under the pretence of returning the book he lent her. She admits that’s not the only reason, she explains that she hasn’t dated in a long time and she was overwhelmed by it all. Later, Lee phones her and sounds her out regarding getting another date in the diary. The two agree to go for a walk after he gets back from his course.