David and Ruth chat about the imminent arrival of Elizabeth’s business consultant and James Bellamy, who are both due tomorrow. Ruth’s thankful for the fact their own family is going through a quiet patch, but David warns her not to tempt fate. David offers a subdued Emma a hand with Keira’s buggy. He’s concerned about her. Ruth says she suspects that money is tight. David agrees, having observed that Ed’s feeling the pinch too. On the subject of money, Ruth says that Josh is feeling hard done by, partly because Pip’s spending her money at the moment. David thinks he’ll just have to wait; he can earn more when he’s older. Ruth finds this aspect of being a parent hard as, being an only child, she’s not used to negotiating. Laughing, David admits he had plenty of practice with Kenton.
Susan has heard from Eddie that Emma can’t go to her friend’s wedding. When she asks Neil if they can help, he cautiously agrees that they can. After much soul searching, Emma agrees to accept some money towards the trip. When Ed sees the money, he swallows his pride and tells Emma that he’s pleased. He agrees she should spend it all on herself, adding that she deserves a break. Emma thanks him warmly, and Ed reiterates how pleased he is for her.
WRITER: Joanna Toye
DIRECTOR: Kim Greengrass