Doug attempts to smooth the troubled waters between Ashley and Laurel this week, but to no avail. Fortunately, hope for the couple comes in the form of the Bishop, whose advice that the children will suffer encourages them to talk. But when no common ground can be found, Laurel retreats to Betty’s – leaving Ashley to fend for himself.
Meanwhile, Andy, already furious with Debbie’s continued presence in Sarah’s life, is sent over the edge by Jo’s defiant attitude regarding the future of the goats. When Jo ends up in hospital with a broken wrist, Andy lies to a concerned Diane that Jo fell – but the truth is that he’s broken his promise never to hit his wife again. Has Andy’s quick temper ended his marriage?
Elsewhere, things get worse for Viv and Bob as the police investigation into Freddie’s disappearance continues and their business begins to suffer. Viv decides to take matters into her own hands by paying a key witness a visit – but the woman’s testimony seems to throw serious doubt on Viv’s claims of innocence.
Also this week, Val’s attempts to win the Woolpack the coveted title of Village Pub of the Year are thwarted when the Dingles steal its furniture. Katie is not happy when Gray comes to an arrangement with Perdy – and is even more disturbed when she catches him in a compromising situation with her. Pollard frets about Val’s extravagant wedding plans. Jo gets some good news. And Gabby’s behaviour worries Ashley – but has surprising consequences…