Vicky overhears Pat and Jennifer discussing Pat's heavy workload, due to Clarrie's broken wrist. Later she approaches Pat to ask if she could work at the dairy. Pat tells her it's quite a specialised job which would require training but agrees to show her around. Vicky's chuffed when Pat agrees to take her on.
Preparations are underway at Home Farm for Phoebe's 'early Christmas' there. Brian worries how Ruairi's going to react when he sees how many presents Kate's bought for Phoebe. He also tells Jennifer he thinks Kate's trying to buy off her guilty conscience. When Jennifer asks Kate if she's told Phoebe about staying on longer in South Africa, Kate side-steps the answer. Phoebe's delighted with all her presents - particularly the laptop, saying it's been such a great party. When Phoebe suggests they have a belated New Year's Eve party when Kate's back - Kate, prompted by Jennifer, confesses that she's had to change her plans and will be staying in South Africa for an extra couple of weeks. Phoebe tries to hide her upset saying it's time to go home. When Jennifer suggests comforting her, Kate says Phoebe just needs a bit of space - she'll be fine.