There’s a shock for Ruth and Freddie jumps to conclusions.
It’s the Harvest Supper in the Brookfield Barn. Jill is the compere for the evening, and Bert Fry is set to read from his A Borsetshire Lad collection. Kenton reads some of it to David and Elizabeth, who observe that Ambridge must be in their blood – they’re all still in the village, together, after all these years. They reminisce for a while, and as their mum makes her speech, they all pledge to meet up in 20 years. They drink a toast to Ambridge soil.
Jill’s surprised to see Rex, who was meant to be meeting his dad, Robin, for dinner tonight. Rex explains Robin pulled out at the last minute. He’d had been looking forward to showing Robin the rewilding project. Sensing his dejection, Jill invites Rex to sit with her, and they listen to Bert’s poem together. Rex is pleased it goes down well with their fellow diners, and that Bert has sold all his copies of A Borsetshire Lad for charity. Jill confesses she’s mentioned to Bert that Rex is at a loose end tomorrow, and that Bert might like to be shown the rewilding area. Rex affirms he’d be pleased to give Bert a tour in place of his dad. He and Jill drink a harvest toast: all is safely gathered in.
Jennifer learns from Tom that Adam’s left his job and is working at Bridge Farm on their harvest. She sympathizes over the situation at Danforth Barton, but she can’t hide her disdain for the work Adam’s doing now, suggesting the partnership could find him a role back at Home Farm. But Adam doesn’t want to return. He tells Jennifer the truth about why he left – due to secretly taking money from a Home Farm account – and she is stunned. Adam knows he’s messed up and right now he’s happy picking fruit. Jennifer can’t understand his satisfaction.
Kenton delivers drinks to Brookfield for the Harvest Supper on Sunday. He and David assure one another their preparation to host the event is going really well but neither are willing to reveal exactly what they’ve got planned. Kenton admits to Jill that his efforts actually aren’t going well. Jill suggests he gets help from Lynda; she’ already suggested to David he does the same. Kenton’s not keen. Later, David and Kenton meet after respectively getting feedback from Lynda Snell and Bert Fry. They struggle to work together and then admit, with some help from Jill, that neither of them have written anything of significance. Jill asks if she could do the introduction instead, and her relieved sons think her suggestion is perfect. The job is hers.
Martyn Gibson praises Blake for his work at Berrow Farm and then swiftly introduces Blake to a reporter from The Borchester Echo. Blake gets stressed by the reporter’s questions. Jazzer walks in on the interview and quickly sees off the reporter when he spots how uncomfortable Blake is. Jazzer apologises to Blake and then accuses Martyn of using Blake to make himself look good. This further stresses Blake. Jazzer tries to comfort Blake, but Blake’s lost his trust in him. Blake clings to his belief that Philip and Gavin are good people. They protected him and he’s determined to get them out of prison.
Kenton’s attempts to write down what he’ll say as joint compere at the Harvest Supper isn’t going well but it’s got to be done if he’s to share the stage with David. Kenton panics when Shula tells him Justin and Lilian are considering investing in the Stables. What will it mean for Lilian’s investment in The Bull? Shula tells him not to worry, The Bull means too much to Lilian to give up on it. Later, Lilian outlines Justin’s ideas for the Stables if they were to invest. It’s completely against the ethos that Shula wants to preserve. Lilian agrees, and tells Shula to come up with her own watertight plan to modernise the Stables’ business. Lilian will then do the convincing when it comes to Justin.
Tony’s surprised to see Adam in the Bridge Farm Shop. Adam explains he’s resigned from his job – though he’s hasn’t told Jennifer yet. When Tony shares that Bridge Farm is short of labour, Adam offers to help. This surprises Tony – it’s menial and not highly paid. But Adam is definite; he’ll start tomorrow.
Shula challenges Lilian about Justin’s intentions with the Stables. He’s been snooping round and taking photos. Lilian explains Justin seems to have had a change of heart since initially dismissing the idea of investing in The Stables. Shula is wary and says she’ll go it alone after all. Lilian tries to reassure Shula that she won’t let Justin re-model the Stables and pleads for her to hang on until she’s heard exactly what Justin has in mind.
Jazzer shows Blake round Berrow then sets him to work strimming the verges. Blake is mortified when he accidentally cuts an electric fence wire with the strimmer. Jazzer tells him not to worry and together they fix the problem. But Blake can’t let go of the fact that he’s done wrong and expects punishment. He recalls an unsettling memory from when he was enslaved. Jazzer listens compassionately and assures him he’s safe now. He adds that the people at Berrow Farm can be trusted and that Blake deserves a fresh start.