Jill is going to Lower Loxley to meet up with Nigel, Elizabeth and the children who have invited her for a ride in Cranford Crystal’s hay wagon. Afterwards they plan to go to the candlelit service at St Stephens. Nigel has a word with Lily about her jealousy over Freddie and his part in the pantomime. He wants Lily to realise that while she is clever with schoolwork, the pantomime is Freddie’s thing. Lily accepts the point and is more generous with Freddie.
Ian is decorating the nursery for Helen when Tony calls round with a peace offering after his row with Helen last week. He gives her a baby monitor, but Helen already has one. She explains it was one of the first things she bought and that she showed it to Tony and Pat. Tony is distraught when he realises his mistake and offers to change it for something else. However, the damage is done and Helen gives him short shrift. Ian tries to make Helen realise that Tony meant well, but Helen explains about the row and her despair that her dad will never be able to support her decision to have this baby.
WRITER: Joanna Toye
DIRECTOR: Julie Beckett