In the dairy, Clarrie fills Pat in on her anniversary plans: they’ve treated themselves to tickets to a cabaret dinner show at Grey Gables. Clarrie’s plans inspire Pat to give Tony a special anniversary present, if only she knew what to get him.
Justin returns from a productive meeting with Jolene and Kenton about revamping The Bull. He’s recommended a business consultant to give them some free advice. Justin is furious to discover that the protesters against the Farndale development have commissioned an ecological survey.
Lily visits Pat at the shop to find out how Johnny is doing. Pat thinks he seems fine – he and Bella had dinner together last night and seemed happy. Russ persuades a despondent Lily to open up to him: she explains that Johnny called her a homewrecker. Lily feels like a hypocrite; she destroyed a marriage while Bella simply kissed someone else. Russ assures her that he’s never felt guilty for falling in love with her. The divorce is underway, so it’s time they stopped with the recriminations and got on with their lives. From now on, it’s just the two of them.
Russ finds Elizabeth up working early. She’s defying her anxiety by refusing to mooch in bed. She’s really fired up about Jim’s Christmas performance. David gives Elizabeth a fright by showing up in the attic while she’s sorting props for the ghost stories. He feels alone in having doubts about Leonard’s plans to propose to Jill. Elizabeth hopes that if she meets someone else one day, she’ll have the support of her family; why shouldn’t Jill have the same?
Elizabeth is left reeling after her meeting with Jim. As soon as she mentioned trying to drum up some attention in the media, Jim closed off and refused to get involved with any publicity. She asks Russ if he’ll lend his creative skills and direct the show. The last thing she needs is for the Ghost Stories to be a disaster.
Ed and Will are exasperated to discover that Alf has legged it. They speculate as to whether he might have pinched any valuables before he left, but Eddie is quick to defend him. When out collecting mistletoe, Will and Ed discuss how quiet Christmas will be this year. They agree that if they had some extra money, they could make Christmas extra special. This gives Ed some inspiration: they should resurrect The Grundy World of Christmas. Eddie shuts them down; if it weren’t for the turkeys he’d be happy to forget Christmas altogether. He wants no part in it.
Joy brings some jam over to Bridge Farm, as a thank you to Tony for fixing her engine. She apologises to Pat for taking up so much of her husband’s time, but is interrupted when they notice Pat’s goats have broken into the garden. Pat and Joy bond over herding the goats back into the paddock. Warming to Joy, Pat invites her in for a coffee, she can tell her what it’s really like to be a farmer.
Phoebe is left disappointed when Brian tells her it would be inappropriate for him to arrange her a hearing with the BL board. Phoebe explains the situation to Lilian, who thinks this is typical behaviour of Brian. She says she’ll choose her moment and speak to Justin on Phoebe’s behalf.
Eddie and Alf prepare to sell Joe’s rusted collection of metalwork for scrap. Afterwards, they celebrate their gains by sampling some of their homemade cider. They realise it was from the batch pressed on the day Joe died, the last Grange Farm cider with Joe’s name on it. Later, Eddie asks Alf if he’d like to spend Christmas with the family, but he declines. Alf doesn’t want to outstay his welcome. He leaves his share from the scrap sale for the family to treat themselves. After agreeing that they’ll share the last of Joe’s cider together one day, Alf leaves.
Leonard arrives at Brookfield wanting a word with David. He explains that Jill has been talking a lot about weddings recently. While explaining that he has no intention of taking Phil’s place, Leonard steps in cow muck and has to go inside to clean up. Eventually, Leonard makes David listen to what he has to say: he thinks Jill wants him to propose. David doesn’t know what to think and asks for some time to mull it over.
While Johnny’s cleaning the milking parlour, he’s interrupted by Lily who wants to speak to him urgently. She knows how much Johnny loves Bella, and while it pains her to do it, she shows him the photo of Bella kissing someone else. Johnny is sure there must be a reasonable explanation. He doesn’t want Lily’s support; she’s already destroyed one relationship, he doesn’t want her to ruin his too.
At the rewilding meeting, Phoebe hatches a plan to acquire the land they need to secure funding from the Trust. Instead of trying to find land from here, there, and everywhere, they could try to claim some of the three-hundred odd acres belonging to Borchester Land adjacent to their forty acres from Home Farm. Phoebe’s already decided how to get a meeting with the BL board: she’ll persuade Brian to pull some strings. It’s BL or bust.
Jill and Leonard admire Hilda’s kittens. Peggy remarks that Johnny’s girlfriend Bella is delightful. As Leonard fusses over Jill, Tony arrives. It’s a busy afternoon for Peggy. Joy came over earlier to view the kittens, and the Echo journalist is coming later. Tony stops her – the journalist was up to no good, and there is no article. He explains Peggy may be a target for scammers who are after her perceived wealth. Peggy’s shocked. Tony leaves a curt message for the ‘journalist’ saying the police have been informed, and assures Peggy she’s safe. She has Kate, and all of them are watching out for her.
Tony comes across Joy in her broken down MG Midget, Madge. He helps her, explaining that he has a similar model. He offers to tow her back to the farm where he can take a closer look.
Mia goes for one last time to Greenwood Cottage. She and Will reminisce. He apologises for his weakness and for losing the house. Mia tells him not to blame himself – for any of it. They share chips, and Mia reckons her mum would be proud and would want them to move on, together.
Jill and Leonard agree they’re lucky to have found each other after their first loves. Jill remembers how badly she wanted to be ‘Mrs Archer’; to know that Phil wasn’t Grace’s any more. She’s sure Leonard can understand that.