Jill is going to help Lily make Elizabeth a French gateau as a surprise for her birthday.
At the shop, Lynda reports that the Borchester Echo has printed quite a balanced piece on the dairy application. Lynda tells Ruth and Jill about Leonie and James, only to discover the news is all round the village already, thanks to Susan.
Over tea, Elizabeth tells Jill that business is down at Lower Loxley, but it could be a lot worse. Lily’s French has improved since her trip to Paris and she’s enjoying winding Freddie up about eating horse (which she didn’t actually do).
Leonie is making a nuisance of herself at Ambridge Hall. On Lynda’s instruction, Robert has a word with Leonie, who accuses him of caring more about their guests than about her. Robert preserves, asking Leonie to observe some basic rules. Lynda is adamant that Leonie can’t just loaf about indefinitely. She tells a tearful Leonie to put her traumatic experience behind her, but Leonie feels that nobody wants her. Robert blames himself for leaving the family years ago. Then, Leonie announces that she’d like her father to hire a van tomorrow so that she can collect her belongings from James’s flat; she’s going back to London to stay at her friend Maxine’s.
WRITER: Caroline Harrington