Wednesday, 6 October
Vince tries to apologise to Beth and Ben about yesterday. Beth won’t see her dad, but Ben thinks they should accept his offer of three nights in a London hotel. Ben meets Vince and hears him out. Vince wonders what he needs to do for forgiveness from his daughter. Ben explains Beth feels Vince is trying to buy her off. She just wants her dad to be her dad, and to stop trying to prove he’s top dog. Vince for his part stresses he always made sure his girls had the best of everything – the childhood he never had. Ben’s not sure Beth knows that. He persuades Beth to see her dad. Vince shows her a photo of her aged seven that he keeps with him. He may not have been around but he always wanted to see her face – all he could give her at the time was money. Beth’s won over, and Vince owes Ben one. Ben reckons the trip to London will do nicely.
Jazzer reaffirms to Jim his intention to bore Chelsea out of her interest in motorbikes. But Chelsea’s ahead of him and knows this is for her mum’s benefit and designed to put her off. Jazzer weakens and speeds up, to Chelsea’s joy. When they get home Tracy susses it instantly, and Jazzer’s in the doghouse. He joins Jim birding at the country park. He feels it’s not fair he’s missing supper; he’s clearly not cut out for step-parenting. Jim’s distracted – there’s someone sleeping in the hide. The light of their torch reveals it’s Blake, one of Philip’s builders.