Thursday, 14 April
Vince goes on a charm offensive at Brookfield, declaring he’s grown fond of the whole family. He likes Ruth and David – that’s why he’s offered them the loan for the solar panels scheme. He’s aware of how he might come across, and regrets they got off on the wrong foot with the business over Crowthers. But they were great with Steph’s wedding, he’s got a lot of time for Ben, and Elizabeth’s bowled him over. He rates Josh, and would like to play a part in his future success. Privately Ruth and David agree the solar panel deal’s very good, and they’re confident Vince isn’t hiding anything. When they accept his offer, Vince plants a kiss on surprised Ruth.
In a change of plan Beth’s in the lambing shed with Ben. As he briefs her on the nitty gritty of birthing, Ruairi arrives and informs Beth her dad’s on the farm. But then a lamb’s foot appears, and it’s clear they have a job on their hands. Under Ben’s guidance Beth delivers her first lamb. Ruairi suggests it needs a name. Beth agrees, and Baa-naby is welcomed to Brookfield. Later Ruairi remarks to Ben how happy he and Beth seem, and Ben admits the love word has been dropped. So what about Ruairi and Julianne, persists Ben. Who is she? Ruairi finally admits Julianne is an older woman he met online, and he’s her sugar baby. He keeps her company in return for money and gifts – but they’re not sleeping together. Shocked Ben agrees reluctantly to keep Ruairi’s secret.