Tuesday, 1 February
Amy visits The Nest to find that Alice has settled a grizzling Martha but seems distracted. Amy’s worried – it’s a big step to live alone. Alice insists she’s looking forward to some independence. As she bends down to Martha again, she’s alarmed to notice spots on her neck. Amy’s sure it’s chickenpox, and give Alice advice on Martha’s care. Alice panics and calls Chris – she’d rather he looked after their poorly daughter. Chris confirms he’ll take Martha after work, but when Amy and Alice get there Amy thinks Chris doesn’t look too great himself. He admits he’s feeling bad, and after looking at a rash on his stomach, Amy reckons it’s shingles. Chris agrees he’ll see a doctor, and nervous Alice steps up to take care of Martha until he’s better.
Ian’s not impressed that Susan’s changed her mind about coming over for the evening. She’s such a busybody. Adam thinks being in Susan’s company will surprise Ian – there’s more to her than meets the eye. Ian’s heart sinks further when it becomes apparent she’s staying for dinner. But after some flattery from Susan Ian’s won over and expands on Adam’s gossip about Jean Harvey and Derek Fletcher, before they all share their secret Ambridge crush. Ian admits to Adam he was wrong about Susan. She’s a hoot. And it’s given him an idea for the Bull’s Valentine event too.