Joy turns up at Bridge Farm to inform Pat and Tony about missing Hilda, a fact they’re already aware of. They’re intrigued to find out how Joy knows Peggy, and Tony bristles with irritation at Joy’s familiarity. Pat’s politeness turns to amusement as Joy unveils her plan to encourage the pet owners of Ambridge to talk to their animals about Hilda, in the hope of enlisting their help in locating her. She swears this method works, though Tony thinks she’s mad. Mischievous Pat volunteers Tony to assist Joy, and he reluctantly starts with Lilian. Lilian’s on board; Ruby is a very emotionally switched on animal and gets on well with cats.
David and Adam meet in the Bull to pull some figures together prior to their meeting with Vince Casey. They’re keen to get him to take their sheep. But Vince ambushes them and turns up on spec. They’re ill prepared and he starts to run rings around them, implying that Adam’s eye is off the ball now he’s a new father. He feels there’s little in this for him; after all Hassett Hills is the opposition. David points out it’s a very different market from Casey Meats, but Vince still wants to see figures. When he’s gone David and Adam agree that farming's hard at the best of times, but nothing's easy at the moment. Show less