Wednesday, 9 March
Chris comes to the village hall to collect Martha from her birthday party. Alice comments that Amy’s departure was sudden, but as ever with Amy she’s helping a friend in need. As Chris tries to divert the subject he’s saved by Martha, who appears covered in chocolate. Amused Alice wants to get a photo, but Chris isn’t happy. He expects Alice to be as careful with Martha’s consumption of sweet stuff as he is. Now he’s landed with a hyperactive, grizzly child. Alice is sorry. Later she calls him, and finds out Martha’s having a good time and not bouncing off the walls. Chris explains he was stressed earlier, but Alice asserts she’s not a bad parent, and her way is ok too. Chris acknowledges this.
Kate and Kirsty are thrown together at Willow Farm while Kate waits for Phoebe. Kate takes the opportunity to question whether Kirsty’s really up to pitching for the rewilding job. Kirsty isn’t fazed. As they agree that the best woman will win, they realise they have identical time slots for their interviews. Later Rex explains he and Peggy want the joint interview to be more like a conversation, in which both can hear each other’s pitches. As each candidate comments on the very different ideas of the other, it becomes clear that Kirsty has a fuller pitch. Rex and Peggy are about to dismiss them to deliberate when Kate announces she’s withdrawing. She’s there to honour Phoebe, but it’s Kirsty who has the genuine passion. Peggy’s proud of Kate, and Kirsty’s delighted when she’s offered the job.