Bert Large’s restaurant business is in serious financial trouble and he is also being chased by loan sharks Alastair Tonken and his son Norman. Al is not happy with his father for losing all their money. Bert thinks Al is to blame for spending too much time working for Ruth. After Ruth gives Al £800 to pay for the fencing on the farm he ends up deciding to use the money to pay back the some of the loan. Bert and Al decide to enlist the help of Joe Penhale but he informs them there is nothing he can do to help. After a row breaks out, Joe tells the loan sharks to leave the village and never come back. Eleanor comes up with a plan to improve custom at the restaurant. Louisa insists that Eleanor sees Martin after she feels unwell. Martin is planning to leave the village for good in a week’s time to resume his career as a surgeon, leaving Louisa and their son behind.