Tuesday, 15 February
Brian reports to Jennifer that he’s been to the solicitor, who clearly knows his stuff regarding the implications for the farm of Alice’s divorce. All the farm’s assets might need to be valued for the settlement, which would amount to an eye-watering figure. Brian’s hoping Chris can be persuaded to play nicely, helped along by Brian’s offer of a rent-free cottage for him and Martha. Jennifer believes Chris will be sensible, but Brian’s not sure. Alice is still so unpredictable it might push Chris to demand more. He hopes Alice’s appointment with her solicitor tomorrow will prove fruitful.
Jazzer has a massive favour to ask of Jim. Tracy and Chelsea need somewhere to stay while the boiler at No.6 is being fixed – it will be one night, two at the most. Given the alternative scenario of playing host to Bert, Gary and Brad, Jim agrees to the request. He has a few house rules; Chelsea takes a dim view of having to be up before 7.30am but reckons she’ll get used to it. When she declares she’s used to living with wrinklies, Jazzer demands she shows kind Jim some respect. Tracy offers Jim payment, which he refuses. She assures him they’ll only be staying until the weekend at the latest, and proceeds to inform him of Chelsea’s little quirks. Rattled Jim doesn’t quite know what to make of this unexpected Horrobin influx, until Chelsea charms him with a heartfelt expression of gratitude.