Josh plucks up the courage to suggest to Neil that he takes over the hens. Caught off guard, Neil explains he can’t say yes just like that; he’ll have to see what Hayley thinks. Josh works on them all, convincing them of his reliability and commitment. David and Ruth are happy, as long as Josh’s schoolwork doesn’t suffer and he can manage the early mornings. Neil concludes he would be doing Hayley a favour. A three-month trial period is agreed, and pizza is proposed by way of celebration.
Over the phone, Ed tries to cheer up his fragile Emma, reassuring her they’ve got great half term treats lined up for George. Ed has to hang up abruptly when he notices an injured cow. He has no choice but to call Alistair. Emma confides to a concerned Neil that she’s not looking forward to the vet’s verdict. While Ed’s with Alistair, he asks if there is any work at the stables, but Alistair doubts it. Later, Ed admits to Emma that he’s worried about the vet fees, but at least they’ve been putting money aside for the household bills. Emma confesses she had to use that money on basics: it’s all gone.
WRITER: Nawal Gadalla
DIRECTOR: Julie Beckett