Jennifer's popped round to the Lodge, to help Peggy. Jill's been over with a casserole, and bought a replacement crystal cat. Jennifer feels redundant! Peggy suggests something she can do - sit and talk to her. Peggy casually asks after Debbie. Things must be serious with Marshall if they're going away for Christmas together. Surely Jennifer wants to meet him? Jennifer explains she can't leave Ruairi, and how can she leave Peggy? Peggy's very grateful, but insists she goes.
The panto rehearsal is about to begin. Alistair arrives, revealing David's on his way. This confuses Kenton: David hasn't got a part! Alistair teases him, saying they'll have fun working together, and that Mike is playing Dame Trot. Mike's delighted, in contrast to Kenton when he's told he'll be 'Giant's Cook'. Alistair explains that the cook does slapstick scenes with the Butler. Eddie thinks this sounds like his kind of role but it dawns on everyone that the part must be David's.
When Lynda arrives, she tells reluctant Kenton that his comic talents are better employed as the cook. Alistair and Kenton chat during rehearsal. Kenton begins to get enthusiastic about the slapstick, telling Alistair he's going to knock their socks off as Mr Pastry!
Episode written by Mary Cutler.