EPISODE 5 ABSOLUTION
Alex receives her divorce papers. She tells Carol she wants to go out later on to
celebrate. Carol tells Bridget she is thinking of joining a dating agency.
The Health Authority pay Andrew a visit to follow up Richards complaint. They
tell him they will be dropping the complaint as they can see no scope in it,
however they would prefer it if Kate registered as a patient at a another
Leanne arrives for her first day as Joe’s nanny. Tom is alarmed by the amount of
stuff she brings with her.
Julie’s new boyfriend, Jonny has an accident while out scrambling. Julie
interrupts Alex’s celebratory drink in the pub and asks her to take a look at
Jonny’s injuries. Alex looks at his shoulder and says he has strained in.
However she is concerned when she finds two lumps on Jonny’s chest and asks him
to come to The Beeches for some tests. Alex takes a biopsy from the lumps and
when the tests results return she has to tell him he has breast cancer. Jonny
doesn’t understand how a man can get breast cancer and Alex tells him it is rare. Jonny
confides in Alex that his mum died of breast cancer.
Andrew and Kate’s peaceful lunch at the pub is interrupted by Richard who is
furious that the complaint he lodged against Andrew has been dropped. His
behaviour becomes more and more erratic and when he leaves the pub he collapses
outside. Andrew and Kate rush to his aid and Richard is rushed to hospital. He
has had a stroke and will need an operation. Andrew and Kate do their best to
comfort Lucy but she doesn’t want to know them and says it is all Kate’s fault.
Alex is shocked when her husband Paul turns up at The Beeches. He tells her he
has taken 3 days leave from the army to come and visit her. She tells him he can
stay at her house and he asks her if she has signed the divorce papers. Alex
admits that she hasn’t. Paul tells her he thinks they are rushing the divorce
and says he always hoped they’d be able to sort things out. Alex says she is not
sure if she wants to sign the divorce papers anymore.
Richard refuses to let Andrew treat him and Kate tells Andrew it would be best
if he left the hospital.
At The Beeches, Tom persistently calls home to talk to Leanne, however she is
not there and he gets more and more worried about Joe. When she arrives home
later that evening, Tom is furious with her and tells her she can’t just go out
when she feels like it. Leanne says she left Tom a note on the fridge door and
they both find it has fallen on to the floor. Upset, Leanne retires to her
bedroom as Tom looks after Joe.
TOM: This new nanny. I think I need a nanny for the nanny
Julie tells Mike and Liz that she is going to go and stay with Jonny as she is
all he has. They don’t want her to leave but she says she has to. Liz asks Alex if
she can talk to Julie and explain the implications of caring for someone with
cancer. Alex says she won’t interfere and she won’t tell Julie to split up with
Paul tells Alex that all of her army colleagues miss her. He tells her he
believes that they could make another go of things.
Alex tells Tom that Jonny’s cancer has spread. She says she is worried
how to break the news to him as she hasn’t dealt with many cases like this
before. She later tells Jonny he will need to have his breast tissue removed
and will need both Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy.
Mike tells Julie she can’t continue to look after Jonny just because she feels
sorry for him. She tells him she doesn’t know what to do. Jonny decides that he
doesn’t want any treatment as he doesn’t want to die like his mum did; weak and
in pain. He finishes with Julie and decides to go travelling in Thailand. Alex
tells him to call her if he changes his mind about treatment or just needs her
advice about anything. Julie says a tearful goodbye to Jonny as he sets off
Richard is taken to theatre for his operation and Lucy is upset that Kate
couldn’t tell him she loved him, even at a time like this. Kate tells Lucy she
does care for Richard. Andrew tells Alex he thinks Kate may go back to Richard
as Richard could use his illness as a way to get her back.
Kate is at Richards side when he wakes up. He tells her he wants to make things
up with her and recalls how good they were together. He says he doesn’t blame
her for Lucy’s illness and says they owe it to Lucy to get back together and
make their marriage work. Lucy, who is standing outside sees what her father is
Alex and Paul kiss and spend the night together. He sees this as s sign that they
will be making their marriage work, however Alex realises that nothing has
changed when he mocks Julie and Jonny’s situation. She tells him he has never
cared about her career and says for that reason he can’t possibly love her. Alex
signs her divorce papers and posts them.
Tom buys Leanne a mobile phone so they can keep in touch all the time. He
apologises for being angry at her and they vow to be friends.
Lucy tells Kate she has never seen her smile when she has been with Richard, however
she has seen her smile when she’s with Andrew. Lucy tells Kate to do what will
make her happy and says she doesn’t want her to return to Richard just for her
sake. Kate visits Richard and tells him they have given their marriage their
best shot but she says she is not coming back to him. He tells her to leave.
Andrew asks Kate if she will marry him, she happily accepts.
Alex and Paul say goodbye. Alex thanks him for visiting and says it has been
good to see him. As he leaves Alex cries as one part of her life is over.