Wednesday, 16 February
Alice visits her solicitor, Roisin. She has Martha with her, who acts as an ice breaker while Roisin eases in to asking Alice about her circumstances. Alice declares the divorce her fault; she wants everything settled as quickly and easily as possible. She doesn’t want things to get messy. Roisin points out gently that Alice has rights, and needs to be comfortable with childcare, custody and any financial settlement. She recommends mediation. Alice ruefully observes she’s not great with assessments. Roisin assures her that no-one will apportion blame. She probes Alice’s view that Chris should continue to be Martha’s primary carer; Alice shouldn’t agree to anything now that she might regret later.
Peggy and Kate visit the rewilding office. Peggy’s keen to impress on Rex that she’s not there to influence him in any way, and that he must make his own choices regarding a replacement for Phoebe – though she does think Kate has some excellent ideas. Kate’s late arrival doesn’t make a good first impression. Rex listens reluctantly as Kate points out various shortcomings of the site, and makes suggestions for improvements to the scheme. Pitch presented, Kate asks what her chances are. Rex points out the importance of developing wildlife habitats rather than increasing visitor numbers. Kate counters that’s what makes she and Rex such a good team. Rex concedes that one or two of her ideas are good, but he needs to do things by the book. Kate doubts he’ll find a better candidate than her.