Thursday, 23 September
Nervous about how Banjo’s sale will affect Alice, Brian and Jennifer offer her support, but Alice asserts she has to do this on her own. Shula expected Alice to arrive ready for one final ride on Banjo. Alice doesn’t think she deserves to. Shula assures her she’s doing the right thing and convinces Alice to give Banjo a proper farewell by taking him out. Later, Shula confides she’s still to regain her confidence with riding since the fall that broke her arm. Alice offers to take out some of the livelier horses for Shula. Out with Banjo Alice feels better than she’s done in ages.
Joy pesters Tony while he fits a security camera to Helen and Lee’s house. She’s got the whole estate on high alert about the visiting stranger but assures Tony she’s not told anyone about Helen and Lee temporarily moving out.
Brian relays the details of Chris’ drunken night in the Bull to Jennifer. Chris asked the whole pub to toast Cecil Jackson, the man with the smallest wallet and biggest marrow in Ambridge – Brian would have loved to have seen Cecil’s face! Jennifer reports that Chris was worried about losing his home, but Alice has reassured him. Alice tells her parents she’s going to help Shula out with exercising some of the horses. She also announces that she and Chris are getting divorced. Jennifer saw it coming, but Brian’s shocked and his thoughts quickly jump to the financial hit the divorce could cause Home Farm.