Enjoy the sounds of an Ambridge spring as we take a seasonal stroll through the fields, woods and lanes of deepest Borsetshire. Overhear some Archers characters as they make the most of the lengthening days and warming weather.
Ruth quizzes Josh about her children’s night out. Ben didn’t come home and Josh says he crashed with college friends. Josh and Pip agree to maintain this cover story for Ben. Jill is also worried about Ben’s whereabouts but then he sends Ruth a message telling her to chill out.
Peggy visits Lynda in hospital and likens Lynda’s spirit to that of her mother’s. Lynda asks Peggy to call for a nurse. When she can’t find anyone Peggy offers to help but Lynda insists on a nurse; she needs help to go to the toilet.
Ben surprises Jill when he gets back to Brookfield. Jill can see through the muddled cover story of where he stayed last night. She agrees not to say anything to anyone else. Ben then meets Josh and gives a fuller account of how he spent last night. He met a woman called Chloe who’s gorgeous. Ben plans to go out again next Saturday and reckons he won’t be home again. Josh shudders at Ben’s sudden confidence in going out and meeting women. He feels they may have unleashed a monster.
Josh has a go at Ben when he finds him taking his pick of clothes from Josh’s wardrobe. Josh is cranky because there’s no work for him at Home Farm after all. Ben cheers him up with the prospect of their night out.
Robert visits Freddie to thank him for getting Lynda out of Grey Gables. Robert gives Freddie the Military Medal awarded to his father. Freddie is reluctant to accept it but Robert insists he honours Freddie’s brave actions. Lynda would like to see Freddie herself but Freddie’s not sure; he feels it’s not fair as he’s barely injured. But Robert says that doesn’t matter.
Pip’s car breaks down on the way to Felpersham. Ben has already started drinking. While Pip phones the breakdown service Ben gets out and flags down a passing car. Joy is behind the wheel; she agrees to give Ben a lift to Felpersham in her two-seater. Josh and Pip will catch up once Pip’s car is attended to. When Pip and Josh get to Felpersham they find Joy but no Ben. Joy says he found his friends and got chatting to a girl at the bar. Pip wants to leave but Josh insists they stay for at least one drink. Pip groans.
Pip teases Ben about his new car, which is orange. Pip suggests a night out where she will buy all of Ben’s drinks and drive him home. Josh is up for it too and they decide on a student night in Felpersham tomorrow. Hopeful that he’ll get some work at Home Farm, Josh gets Pip to remind him what to do in the lambing sheds.
Kirsty rails at the news that Gavin has gone to live with his mum for a while. But Philip spins it as a much needed break he and his son need from one another. Kirsty believes that it was Blake who supplied the petrol instead of proper solvent. She wants to talk to Blake but Philip warns her off.
Kirsty bumps into Justin and thanks him for his support for Philip. Justin reveals he’s not sure he wants Philip’s firm doing the work at Berrow anymore and was relieved when Philip called to postpone it. Kirsty doesn’t feel like she’s doing enough to help Philip cope. Later, Philip returns home to find Kirsty looking through his business paperwork – she took a call about an invoice and is trying to help. Philip assures her he doesn’t need her to do that, he’s on top of everything. He thanks her for being a rock for him. He doesn’t know what he’d do without her.
Brian arrives at Brookfield to drill the oilseed. Josh tells him how he feels like he’s the only person who’s not busy at the moment – his arrest has brought his machinery business to a halt. Brian tells him he’ll put a word in for him with Adam. Josh goes to Adam before Brian which puts Adam’s back up. He refuses to employ Josh while Josh is being investigated by the police.
Rex, Pip and Phoebe take out the first piece of fencing on their rewilding land. They have nothing with them to toast the moment so Phoebe makes a speech and they agree they make a good team. They go to The Bull to celebrate and discover that Justin has provided them with champagne – none of them know how Justin knew they’d be celebrating – Justin moves in mysterious ways!
Philip hears from a scared Blake how the police interview went. Blake was on the streets before working for Philip. Philip presses Blake to stick to the story that he decided to use petrol to pocket a bit of cash for himself. Blake is scared and Philip promises to do everything in his power to keep him safe.