Lynda and Robert are holding auditions for the Christmas play. Jim arrives, not to audition, but to pass on messages. Having got him there, Lynda tries her best to tempt Jim into a role.
Kathy invites Mike over for a chat. She wants Mike’s advice on whether Jamie can make a career from tree surgery, as it seems to be the only thing he is passionate about. Mike assures her that Jamie has the talent, adding that you don’t need to be academic to do well in life.
Fallon struggles to audition as Beatrice opposite Jim’s Benedick. She is surprised and thrilled when Rhys appears, and Jim is happy to be released. Rhys reads Benedick and Lynda is delighted with his performance with Fallon. Afterwards, Lynda tells Robert that she has her leads, but despairs at the rest of the cast.
Fallon asks whether Rhys wants a quick drink, but he’s too tired after his trip back from Wales. Rhys remembers that it’s the pub quiz tomorrow and Fallon asks him to pop in if he wants. Rhys says he will.
After a whisky, Robert suggests to Lynda that it would be easier to rehearse a selection of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays than a single full-blown play. Inspired, Lynda thinks they should include music and dancing to create a truly Elizabethan Christmas.
WRITER: Joanna Toye
DIRECTOR: Julie Beckett