Will takes the first steps to moving on and panic rises for Peggy
Jennifer’s grateful to Elizabeth for alerting Brian to Ruairi’s feelings over Siobhan. Now that it’s in the open she can see a weight’s been lifted. She feels she shouldn’t have been so blinkered, but Elizabeth points out Ruairi was trying hard not to let them know anything was amiss. Jennifer wishes Brian hadn’t been so tactless in making it obvious he still thinks of Siobhan, but acknowledges it’s the prices she pays for staying with him, something she doesn’t regret. Elizabeth reminds Jennifer Ruairi thinks she’s a wonderful stepmother.
Jim has a dilemma. He made a promise to Joe that he’d play at his wake, but now finds himself uneasy at the prospect of being watched. He goes for a walk with Jazzer, but they’re accosted by Joy, who’s found an injured crow. They manage to get it to Alistair’s surgery, having endured being talked at the whole way by oblivious Joy. Alistair’s for putting the bird down, but Jim persuades him to take a closer look. They chat about Jim’s reluctance to play at the wake, but Jim’s still equivocal. Later Alistair reports to Jazzer that Denise the practice nurse knows a corvid fanatic, so the crow’s had a reprieve. They speculate as to which way Jim will jump regarding his dilemma over Joe’s wishes.
Clarrie’s settled the details of Joe’s funeral with Alan. She’s touched that Jennifer’s brought them a steak pie. The fridge is now groaning with food. Later Neil calls in with a flower brochure from Susan. They’re very expensive. Eddie counsels Clarrie to use her judgement; Joe would say keep it simple. Clarrie reminds Eddie he still hasn’t called Alf.
There’s a new hybrid batch at Berrow – Neil reckons they’re mad as a box of frogs. Hannah thinks he could keep an open mind about new developments in pig farming. As they spar Neil notices the gate to the feed alley’s been left open, and they need to round up errant pigs. Neil reports later to Eddie and Clarrie that Justin arrived in the midst of the chaos, though with credit to Hannah, they covered well and all went smoothly. Though he does think Hannah has some funny ideas about looking after pigs.
Brian carefully broaches the subject of Ruairi’s attitude to his mother’s death with Jennifer. They present a united front to a reluctant Ruairi. Eventually he admits he feels his mother’s still a mystery. That’s why it was so great talking to Elizabeth about her. Jennifer feels they should have shared more memories earlier, but Ruairi assures her she’s been amazing. When he’s gone, Brian acknowledges that it must have brought up some bad memories. Jennifer just cares that Ruairi’s happy, that’s her duty.
Emma brings George and Keira to the Grange Farm field with a homemade card for Joe. Emma regrets that her last few encounters with Joe were awkward, since her split with Ed. Ed assures her Joe thought she was one in a million. He reports that Oliver’s allowing them to stay on at the farm a while longer. Ed recounts a familiar ‘Joe and ferret’ story to amused Keira. The mood’s broken when she declares she liked it when Ed came home every night. Emma hurries Keira away, leaving downcast Ed with his sheep.
David admires Adam’s steers. Brian wonders whether it’ll be worth staying in beef. They laugh that the only certainty is that Adam’s about to bombard David with Xander photos.
Selina at Hassett Hills has found an abattoir to tide them over, but Vince refuses to meet with her. David says he only wants to talk to him and Adam. They reluctantly acknowledge Vince is calling the shots; they’ll have to agree to a meeting. They’re less than impressed when later the meeting’s arranged all on Vince’s terms.
Elizabeth tells Brian about her afternoon of reminiscences with Ruairi. Brian agrees Ruairi shouldn’t be bottling things up, and that Jennifer should be aware of this too. He’ll need to find the right way of raising it with her.
Elizabeth and Ruairi reminisce over photographs of his mother, Siobhan. Ruairi admires her bravery in the face of her illness. Elizabeth gives him a photo to keep, and they pledge to re-trace Siobhan’s favourite walk at Lower Loxley. Ruairi won’t mention their afternoon to his parents. He’d prefer to spare their feelings.
Ed and Eddie are in agreement that it’s good Justin didn’t get the abattoir – they just don’t know if Vince Casey is going to be any better.
The Grundys are busying themselves with everyday tasks to distract from their mourning of Joe. People have been very kind: Oliver left a card for them yesterday. They worry about the cost of the funeral. Clarrie’s shocked to see Susan arrive with flowers. Awkwardness turns to warmth as the two apologise for their recent behaviour. Clarrie has her best friend back; she reckons Joe’s had a hand in it.
Clarrie’s sister Rosie can’t come to the funeral. Eddie’s putting off calling Alf. Clarrie counsels that whatever else he is, Alf’s family. She’s fretting more over their imminent house move; she can’t face the upheaval. Eddie makes up his mind to ask Oliver for a stay of execution.