Brian and Jennifer have taken Ruairi to look around the boarding school they'd like him to attend. Both Brian and Ruairi are really taken with the place, but Jennifer's reserved since she stands to lose both Phoebe and Ruairi at the same time. Brian tries to convince her that the change will leave them with more time to spend together. But after finally finishing her book club choice 'Mistress of the Paddocks' Jennifer becomes mysteriously cold with him.
Elizabeth calls on Shula to ask her and Alistair to replace Ruth and David as her children's guardians. Shula is appalled by Elizabeth's decision, but has no option but to agree, however awkward it makes her feel.
Shula visits David to apologise, and sees how much Elizabeth's bombshell has upset their brother. When they're alone, Ruth attempts to cheer David up but he is inconsolable, believing he's ruined his family and his father's legacy. Ruth determines to speak to Elizabeth, but David tells her there's nothing she or anybody else can do to rectify the situation now.
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