Sunday, 19 December
With the fate of The Ambridge Mystery Plays hanging in the balance, Lynda orders Kirsty to call Hilary Noakes to find out if she was behind the reporting of Brookfield’s cows to an animal welfare charity. Kirsty tries to stall Lynda with discussion of costumes for extras but Lynda isn’t put off and dials Hilary’s number.
Alan is frustrated by Usha’s lack of concern for his speech for the Operation Borsetshire Benevolence fundraiser. He’s under pressure to redeem himself after the GIF of him drunk at the Grundys’ vow renewal. Usha agrees to listen to him rehearse in return for not going to an after service drinks with him. Usha isn’t impressed with Alan’s speech – he’s not the best person to talk about quality time with nearest and dearest when he’s too busy even to notice Usha and Amy’s Christmas preparations. Alan’s shocked when she calls him a hypocrite and announces she’s spending Christmas with her brother Shiv. Later, Usha kisses Alan goodbye before leaving for Shiv’s along with Amy.
Lynda and Kirsty celebrate regaining Brookfield for the Mystery Plays. Kirsty’s call to Hilary revealed she’d been a puppet of Evangeline Lowminster in making the complaint about the state of Brookfield’s cows. And when they filled in Ruth, she was hugely apologetic for jumping to the wrong conclusion last week. Energised by this success they turn their efforts to getting costumes made for all the additional extras. Once again Lynda delegates to Kirsty – she needs to tell Clarrie about the extra effort this will require.