Wednesday, 22 December
Alan wants Usha and Amy to come home but they are having too much of a good time at Shiv’s. Alan donates a hat on Usha’s instruction to Clarrie’s costume collection for The Ambridge Mystery Plays. Clarrie enquires about Usha’s return. Alan explains he’s more than occupied with his speech for the Borchester Benevolence fundraiser.
Lily tries to help Jazzer with his enunciation, suggesting some phrases he can use to improve his clarity. Alan overhears his efforts and is impressed with all the effort that’s going into the show especially so close to Christmas Day. Jazzer’s feeling more confused since having notes from Lynda and tips from Lily. Alan helps clarify things for grateful Jazzer. Jazzer sympathises with bemused Alan and shares his experiences of being alone at Christmas. Alan discovers everyone believes Usha’s walked out on him over the GIF from the Grundy’s vow renewal. Alan clears up the misunderstanding with Jazzer, and feels inspired to rewrite his speech.
Susan and Lily are selecting their attendants’ costumes. Lily doesn’t think Molly Button will agree to wearing something made out of a duvet while Susan points out that her attendant, Denise, won’t mind. Lily’s keen to pick the most refined look and chooses the flimsier garments. Susan praises Clarrie for all her hard work on the costumes. In return Clarrie says she’s proud of Susan for allowing Lily to have first choice over the attendant costumes. Susan knows it was the right thing to do, mischievously adding that it’s freezing outside.