EPISODE GUIDE - SERIES 2
by Matthew Lee © 2005
WARNING - THIS GUIDE CONTAINS SPOILERS
August 31st –
7:45pm to 8:35pm
Colin Haydn Evans
“Tom … if
anything has happened to Lynne, you’re going to blame just about everyone
– except yourself”.
opens immediately after the conclusion of Series 1.
Howard’s new yacht, Barracuda, is successfully launched amidst much pomp
Frere, overhead in a helicopter as he monitors proceedings, contacts
Gerald Urquhart and instructs him to shadow Shellet and ensure he speaks
to no one after his testimony at the trial. However, unbeknownst to Frere,
the defence counsel are tearing apart the credibility of the embittered
man’s claims against the Mermaid Yard. He dramatically produces letters
from his sister citing ill-treatment at the hands of Jack Rolfe, negating
his claim that he had never been contacted prior to or after her death
(thus ensuring that Rolfe inherited the Yard instead of himself), and the
Jan is frantic that Lynne has not returned home and she starts telephoning
close friends and relatives.
damage limitation bid, Frere distances himself from Shellet as he is no
longer of any practical use. He makes an appointment with his solicitor to
immediately start divorce proceedings against his wife.
empathising with Jan and her distress over Lynne’s absence, Ken Masters
applies further pressure on her to leave the Howard family home and move
in with him.
and Avril’s celebrations at having emerged victorious from the trial are
shattered when Jan contracts Tom regarding Lynne, and he immediately
rushes to her side. Having contacted everyone they can think of, there
appear to be no leads at to where their daughter could be. They set out in
search of her, and in so doing Tom misses a crucial meeting with a Relton
Marine representative with whom he was to conduct a demonstration of
absence, Jack and Avril take the representative on an impressive sea
trial, but the latter is decidedly uncomfortable at having to make excuses
for the designer’s absence from proceedings. The Relton representative is
overwhelmed by the experience of sailing in Barracuda, and although
suffering the ill-effects of sea-sickness, he is keen to commission
production of the vessel.
escorts Abby and her new-born son, William, from hospital, but it is only
when he returns home and makes the connection between the flowers Lynne
had received the previous evening from Charles Frere, and where she may
have disappeared to, that he provides Tom with a potential lead as to her
meets with Frere’s secretary, but learns that whilst she did indeed visit
him on his boat the previous night, she ran from the scene in a distressed
state shortly thereafter.
finds shreds of his daughter’s dress on the side of the jetty where
Frere’s boat is moored and demands an explanation; Frere reveals that she
found him “entertaining” his wife and left before he could discuss the
situation with her. He offers to contact the Head of the County
Constabulary to expedite the search for his missing daughter, assistance
Tom reluctantly accepts but continues his own investigation.
later informs Jan of their daughter’s meeting with Frere, she is furious
and demands to know more.
himself is swept up in a variety of problematic situations: he has been
forced to pay the costs associated with the trial, Shellet is demanding
payment for his involvement in the affair, and he later reveals to Gerald
that his wife is suing for half of his entire fortune. He instructs Gerald
to find a legal way around this third problem, whilst he considers how to
deal with Shellet more permanently.
receives a letter from Orrin, who plans a forthcoming visit to Tarrant to
dinner with the representative, Avril is offered a position at Relton
Marine, an offer too good to resist and one which, the following day, Jack
asks her to consider carefully (particularly in light of the Mermaid
Yard’s recent success and Tom Howard’s impending divorce). In two minds,
she later falls out with Tom over his preoccupation with Lynne, his
constant association with Jan and his lack of input in the fortunes of the
come to entreat Abby to come home. In the time waiting for her return from
the clinic, she tries to persuade Leo to stand aside in favour of Orrin,
whom she is aware is due in Tarrant soon.
Masters is crestfallen when he learns from Charles that he intends to
abandon the marina development in favour of more profitable ventures on a
bigger site, leaving the former “high-and-dry”, as it were.
moral support, he pays Jan another visit, and together they learn from Tom
that he has been contacted by the police – they think that have found
With Oscar Quitak (Richard Shellet), Bruce
Bould (David Lloyd), Michael Godley (The Judge), Ian Lowe (Cavanagh),
Brogden Miller (Nathan), Kulvinder Ghir (Davy), Maria Eldridge (Samantha)
and Sandra Kneller (The Ward Orderly).
without Claude and his designs, I might as well not bother. Ken, I need
Tom visit a barely conscious Lynne in hospital. In water for ten minutes
and having suffered a severe blow to the head, she is suffering from
and stranded in England, Shellet approaches Frere demanding more money or
he will reveal the businessman’s involvement in the trial. Frere orders
Gerald to deal with the situation.
Tom clash over the modifications to existing designs requested by Relton
trying to contact Claude Dupont to secure his designs and get her Fashion
House up and running, but she finds it difficult to remain focused in the
light of Lynne’s accident.
extricate himself from another Barracuda sea trial, Tom is unable to join
Jan for an appointment to meet the neurosurgeon and discuss his daughter’s
Avril clashes with Jan whilst she waits at the Mermaid Yard office to
demand an explanation from him. However, on the positive side, Relton
Marine are decidedly impressed with Barracuda, so much so that they enter
it into immediate production.
Frere’s divorce proceedings are continuing, but little or no progress
appears to have been made. He reveals to Gerald that he married her to
secure a valuable Tennessee property deal worth eighteen-million dollars
in a high-rise apartment developments called Palm Choice. Whilst the deal
was a success, his union was not, and she soon engaged in a string of
finally manages to see Lynn, where Jan clashes with him over his
preoccupation with the fortunes of the Mermaid Yard.
arrives and Polly is desperate to make a good impression. She tells him
about Leo in an endeavour to ensure he will get him out of the way in
pursuit of Abby’s affections. She takes him to see baby William, much to
her daughter’s chagrin. However, she later bows under pressure from the
pair (and Leo) to return home with the child.
and Gerald discuss the Shellet problem. They refuse to furnish him with
any more money, but appreciate that he could pose a threat to their plans,
particularly after they meet with Ken Masters, who takes them on a tour of
an eight-hundred-and-thirty-seven acre stretch of isolated coastline (a
nature reserve held by the local council) which he proposes for potential
Kate try to revive Lynne’s memories but reacquainting herself with her
past, to little or no success.
meets with Orrin and is far from impressed with his daughter’s suitor,
despite the American’s arrogance.
races, Kate and Jack Rolfe enjoy a rare win on her horse, Aztec Boy, which
romps home at odds of 7-2.
Jan an impromptu visit at her Fashion House, presenting her with a
newspaper report of Claude Dupont’s marriage to a rival fashion designer.
The future of Periplus appears to be in serious jeopardy.
With Oscar Quitak (Richard Shellet), Bruce
Bould (David Lloyd), Kulvinder Ghir (Davy), Andrew Hilton (Henderson),
Michael Goldie (Bittens), Laura Scott (The Hospital Sister) and Tattiana
It’s all you people think about, isn’t it, Mister Masters? And loss”.
Masters and Charles Frere inspect the land the former wants to utilise for
his development proposal, which he envisages as a marina, chalet and hotel
development. Charles intends Ken to front all property acquisitions to
avoid his wife’s lawyers blocking the deal.
later travels to France to meet with Viscount Lord Cunningham, whom he
woos with a view to investing in the project. In order to further persuade
him to invest, Charles recommends that an impartial environmental
spokesman assess the site before development. The Viscount indicates that
the development site is scheduled for an application for protected status,
but Charles persuades him to see the economic and local employment
benefits to approving the proposal.
Leo clashes with Ken over his proposal to turn the nature reserve into a
Orrin discuss their future and that of their son, William.
Marine increase their pressure on Avril Rolfe to accept their offer of a
position in their corporation.
discusses the benefits of accepting the offer with Tom, Jack travels to
the Relton offices in Southampton to convince the board of the virtues of
an advertising campaign with regard to Barracuda. Relton want a massive
campaign to boost potential sales, and Jack suggests a sole crossing of
the Atlantic in the new vessel. Against Avril’s wishes, he proposes that
he himself sails the Barracuda.
from his bravado upon his return from Relton Marine, he discusses the
proposed jaunt with Kate.
returns home from hospital.
Abby about the nature reserve development and his intention to prevent it
at all costs. Later, he cultivates the support of the local press in his
approaches the Relton board with a request to change Jack’s proposal for
the advertising campaign, but learns that the corporation has already
issued a press release making the announcement.
Ken meet each other in The Jolly Sailor to discuss Jan and his desire to
marry her upon the divorce, and also his becoming Leo and Lynne’s
finally speaks to Claude Dupont, arranging a meeting, While she is happy
about the success of the boutique, she wants confirmation that Ken will
support her plans for a design outlet.
returns home to find Shellet waiting for him. They exchange a series of
threats and then he leaves, having demanded payment in return for his
practices sailing in rough seas ahead of his Atlantic journey whilst he
ponders the encounter.
feeling the financial pressure in terms of the costs associated with
feeding Aztec Boy.
visits Gerald, irate and demanding money. He threatens to inform the press
of both his and Frere’s involvement in the trial unless he is paid off.
with Sir John Stevens to discuss a one-point-six-million-pound finance
deal. Interest at two-percent above the usual bank lending-rate seems to
concern him, but he nevertheless agrees to Sir John’s terms.
later learns of Ken’s financial arrangements, far from telling Sir John to
block the application, he appears quietly pleased at the development.
further pressure on Abby to accept his marriage proposal.
Ken clash over funding for her budding design “empire”. Tom and Lynne also
enjoy an afternoon’s sailing, and in a bid to revive her memories he
deliberating steers the Flying Fish into a sand-bar, which succeeds in his
daughter recovering from her amnesia.
With Oscar Quitak (Richard Shellet), Bruce
Bould (David Lloyd), Richard Wilson (Viscount Cunningham). Daniel Andre
Pageon (The Butler), Michael Goldie (Bittens), John Rolfe (James
Sinclair), Peter Penry-Jones (Linsdale) and Patrick Carter (Arthur).
you’re one of the shrewdest business woman I’ve come across. Add that to
your charm and your looks, and it makes your formidable. I like that … and
I respect it. I want you in my corner”.
Frere is determined to lure Avril from the Mermaid Yard to Relton Marine.
With a controlling interest in the company, he wants a Managing Director
at the helm who will serve his best interests. Can Avril resist an offer
too good to be true?
Mermaid Yard, Bill Sayers and a group of apprentices complete the final
stages of the refit of Rhynconella ahead of a test-sail. Whilst they
discuss the completion of the work, they are unaware that Richard Shellet
is furtively listening to them.
evening, he furtively plants a metal box containing high explosives on
board, aware that Jack will be manning the craft the following day during
the test-sail, and that his revenge will soon be complete. The explosion
which tears apart the vessel, however, fails to find its mark, as Jack is
injured rather than killed, much to Shellet’s displeasure.
with Sir John Stevens to discuss a loan to cover his costs associated with
Frere’s marina development. Whilst Sir John reserves judgement on Ken’s
proposal, he later meets with Frere who pumps him for information
concerning the sum of money Ken requires. When Sir John expresses his
concerns at Ken’s indiscriminate use of backhanders in order to grease the
right local palms, Frere assures him that Ken is on his own should his
activities become public knowledge.
Polly and Gerald fall out over her plans to apply pressure on Abby to
accept Orrin’s proposal of marriage.
police question Jack in hospital, he discusses Shellet’s involvement in
his “accident” with Tom, the latter of whom cannot believe that he would
stoop to such levels in order to reap his revenge.
Mermaid Yard, stores are loaded on board Barracuda ahead of the Atlantic
crossing, but Tom is faced with the quandary of who will man the vessel in
replacement of the injured Jack. Unable to decide upon a successor, he is
called away to Birmingham to deliver a seminar (alongside representatives
from Relton Marine), unaware his daughter Lynne plans to sail the craft
to Tarrant the following morning, he is shocked to discover that Barracuda
is nowhere to be seen, and no one appears to know who steered the craft
from its mooring at the Yard. He hurriedly sets off for the Coast Guard in
order to contact the parties responsible by radio.
and Claude meet with Ken in a bid to persuade him to finance their joint
expansion plans, Jan is shocked to witness a live television broadcast of
Barracuda leaving Tarrant, manned by her daughter. Angry at Lynne’s
headstrong behaviour, particularly after so recently having recovered from
amnesia, she storms from the scene ahead of an angry exchange with Tom.
With Oscar Quitak (Richard Shellet) and
Bruce Bould (David Lloyd).
Written by Arthur Schmidt
isn’t any other headstrong girl of nineteen. This is your daughter! Where
are your values? Where’s your love?”.
Rolfe hospitalized with injuries sustained from the explosion triggered by
Shellet’s bomb, Lynne Howard has taken Barracuda out on the cross-Atlantic
venture which Relton Marine hopes will promote the vessel’s capabilities.
Tom can only monitor her departure from the Coast Guard Tracking Station
and wish her luck.
Claude Dupont have found the ideal site for their operations, and Claude
has stressed that if Ken Masters won’t support her, she should “go it
Frere dramatically announces he is going to buy out Relton Marine, and
provides Gerald with three million pounds to steadily purchase small
quantities of shares. The pair work feverishly to obtain the shares and
disguise their intentions towards the corporation.
is shocked when she overhears a radio interview with Lynne and discovers
that she is at the helm of Barracuda and has started her voyage.
Distressed, she rushes to Tom’s side in search of an explanation.
with Charles and expresses his concerns about the environmental protests
mounting against his development plans.
implies that bribery may oil the wheels of the local players, but refuses
to sully his own hands in the affair. However, he does discuss Abby’s
involvement in the protest movement with Gerald before returning to
visits the convalescing Jack and admits she owes eighteen-thousand pounds.
She claims she could “clean up” if the horse wins the next major race
meet, but Jack has his doubts; foundation comes later when Kate learns
that Aztec Boy has broken down and will not race again for at least a
with a local Tarrant councillor to ascertain the strength of the protest
movement and the likely voting in the planning committee. During the
course of their conversation, he makes an attempt to bribe the councillor.
Avril that his divorce papers are due any day now, and that upon their
arrival they can be together. Avril expresses her concerns that Relton
Marine are wasting his talents on minor projects when he would be better
disposed to direct his attention towards the designs on his catamaran
weeks into the Atlantic crossing, Lynne starts a log of her journey
against the backdrop of stormy weather and a breakdown in radio
Abby attend a meeting at Tarrant Council Chambers, to listen to the
proposed development plans, the councillor’s reactions and to register
visits Charles in France to update him as to the progress in terms of
obtaining Relton shares and with regard to his impending divorce. Having
procured photographs of his wife in an illicit liaison with a Negro man
(something of a taboo in Tennessee, where Charles intends to file the
divorce application), Charles is confident that he will avoid a hefty cash
settlement. They discuss the repercussions of his divorce, and batten down
the financial hatches (including transferring money from account to
with Claude and offers his money to leave Tarrant and stay away from Jan.
tracked Shellet down to a disreputable bed-sit, Jack listens as he makes a
telephone call enquiring as to his status at Saint Mary’s Hospital.
Shocked when he learns that Jack has been discharged, he returns to his
room to find the man in question waiting for him. Jack gives him a one-way
ticket to New Guinea and threatens to turn him in to the police unless he
leaves Tarrant permanently.
house, Abby and Leo convene a meeting of the protest movement where they
discuss a plan of action against the development of the nature reserve.
contacted the Tracking Station to ascertain his daughter’s progress, Tom
receives concerning news. He pays a visit to Jan: they lost Barracuda’s
signal half an hour ago in a bad storm, and Lynne has disappeared. He
informs her that aircraft will search for the vessel at first light.
With Oscar Quitak (Richard Shellet), Bruce
Bould (David Lloyd), John Ronane (Councillor Moffat), Michael Goldie (Bittens),
Bill Thomas (Steve Windom), Tricia Thorns (Hilary Fuller), Roy Spencer
(The Third Councillor), Mark Simpson (The Young Man), John Rolfe
(Sinclair), Peter Penry-Jones (Linsdale), Clive Gehle (Des), Sharon
Akerboom (Bridget) and Russell Keith-Grant (Greg).
“I don’t want to be a lifeline, Tom. It’s
nice to be needed – but not because there’s no other choice”.
Jack is confident that Tom’s concerns for
Lynne’s welfare are unfounded, and that the Barracuda is a reliable and
sturdy yacht which will ensure her safe passage across the Atlantic.
Charles considers Ken Masters to be a
liability, especially now that planning permission has been obtained and
the construction project at the nature reserve can proceed.
An official from the Department of Health
and Social Security arrives to discuss Abby’s maternity benefit claims.
Polly reveals that her daughter is
indisposed, and that she is attending the protest against Frere’s
The local press investigate precisely how
the planning permission was rail-roaded through the council (pursuing
rumours of back-handers and kick-backs), and Ken is concerned that he will
be implicated in the bribery he undertook on Frere’s behalf. He is shocked
that Charles has postponed the start date, and suspects that he is up to
something (namely carrying local opinion with Frere Holdings whilst
Jack acts as peacemaker between Tom and
Bill Sayers in the work being undertaken on the new catamaran.
Jan asks for thirty-thousand pounds from
Ken, who turns her down. He also turns her down over standing as guarantor
on a potential loan she requires. Furthermore, he asks her to speak to Leo
and call a halt to the protest against Frere’s development so that work
can start on the marina, thereby furnishing him with the funds she
Kate sells one of her prized possessions, a
valuable painting, in order to offset her mounting debts.
The local press focus their attention on
the demands of the protestors, during which time Leo confidentially
reveals the bank at which both Ken Masters and, coincidentally, his own
mother, place their money. Speaking to one journalist, he agrees to
endeavour to obtain a copy of Ken’s most recent financial transactions to
ascertain any wrong-doing on his behalf.
Hilary Fuller, a whistle-blowing local
councillor, believes that one of her colleagues is corrupt and breaks into
his office in search of evidence against him.
Lynne struggles to regain radio contact
with the outside world, and eventually succeeds in contact Lyndhurst, a
radio ham in New Forest (America). Later, Jan breaks the happy news to Tom
that contact has been re-established. They eventually meet up and are able
to speak to Lynne with the aid of another radio ham in Tarrant.
When Orrin reveals that the Department of
Health and Social Security officer paid her a visit whilst she was
engaging in protest activities, Abby denies making a benefit claim.
Morgan Griffiths, the director of Earth
Guard, briefly joins Leo and the protestors at the picket-line.
Monitoring the proceedings from afar, Ken Masters contacts the police in a
bid to have the protestors moved on, but to no avail.
Leo, with the aid of the journalist,
telephones Ken’s bank and requests statements which later prove that he
paid the corrupt local councillor two-thousand pounds to expedite the
planning application approval. He later argues with his editor in order to
persuade the newspaper to print what has become labelled the Masters’
Corruption story. The editor refuses to print the story, citing that the
proof is not conclusive.
Claude Dupont travels to New York as Lynne
is greeted by a rousing reception. He showers her in champagne and the
best wishes of her family and friends back in Tarrant. Amid the
celebrations, there appears to be a spark developing between the pair.
Relton Marine stage a press conference to
hail the success of Barracuda’s voyage.
Kate and Jack enjoy a day at the races,
during which time he wins eleven-thousand-three-hundred-and-seventy
pounds, a half-share of which he gives to Kate.
Relaxing in her hotel room after such
jubilant celebrations, Lynne talks about her infatuation with Charles
Frere to Claude.
At the picket-line, a group of violent
skin-heads (hired by Ken Masters to disperse the crowd) arrive, and when
Leo steps forward to confront them, their leader punches him and he loses
With Bill Thomas (Steve
Windom), Tricia Thorns (Hilary Fuller), Alan Thomspon (The Newspaper
Editor), Aline Mowat (Amanda Ferris), David McEwan (Mr Smith), David
Brierley (Brian), Mark Crowdy (Morgan Griffiths), Sharon Akerboom
(Bridget), Clive Gehle (Des), Tony Calvert (The Yobbo), Geoff Serle (The
New York Barman), Joel Cutrana (The Y.N.B.C Interviewer), James Tillit
(The First Reporter) and Nic d’Avirro (The Second Reporter).
“Tom, I was trying to decide
whether or not there was the remotest possibility that we might get back
together again … sometime. I think you’ve just made up my mind for me”.
Leo tells Tom and Jan that
he believes the police arriving during the fight was set up by Charles
Frere. Later, having been released from hospital, he receives a summons
with three charges under the Public Order Act, arousing deep concern from
Claude and Lynne leave New
York on a luxury cruise liner – en route to Tarrant, they become closer.
When Tom and Jan meet them upon their return, an obvious attraction exists
between the pair.
Ken Masters discusses the
legal ramifications of sorting out the protestors with Charles and Gerald.
Fearful of revelations in court (namely arranging the intervention of the
thugs in the first place), he falls out with Charles over their
involvement and the latter threatens to sue for slander if he talks out of
turn. Ken wonders if it would be easier simply to pull out of the entire
Jan is pleased with Claude’s
design reputation in Tarrant and the high sales it has reaped. When Ken
still refuses to provide financial assistance for her expansion plans, Jan
elects to “go it alone”. She approaches the bank to mortgage the house (in
order to raise funds to bolster her new business venture).
Ken discovers that Leo is
determined to have his day in court, much to his consternation.
Avril is impressed with Tom
Howard’s catamaran designs, and Tom asks her to create a name for the
vessel before its launch.
Ken pressures Jan to file
for divorce on the grounds of adultery in order to speed up the legal
process so they can get married.
Orrin’s father, Robert
Hudson, arrives in Tarrant. He wants Abby’s decision on whether or not to
marry his son as soon as possible. He reveals he hired a private
investigator to monitor Abby’s activities, and that if Abby doesn’t marry
Orrin, he will make certain that his son obtains custody of baby William.
Gerald reveals to a
concerned Polly that the thugs who attacked Leo and broke up the
demonstration were deliberately hired.
Abby turns down Orrin’s
proposal under duress from Hudson and her mother, and Hudson threatens to
take the child back with him.
Ken’s former girlfriend,
Dawn, has been forced to take a job as barmaid at The Jolly Sailor
in order to make ends meet following the breakdown of her relationship
with him, but her fortunes look brighter when Jack asks her to launch the
new catamaran Tom has designed. However, he is unaware that Avril has
already asked someone else to launch to vessel.
at the Mermaid Yard are pushed to the brink and are on the verge of a
strike, citing that the “managers are not managing”, as it were.
Jan is shocked to learn from
Polly (courtesy of Gerald’s admission) that Ken hired the thugs to attack
Leo and break up the demonstrators.
At a meeting in which Abby’s
legal counsel endeavours to negotiate terms between Charles Frere and Ken
Masters, and Leo and Orrin (as a means of avoiding a prosecution in the
Crown Court), Frere puts the squeeze on Ken by goarding the lawyer into
agreeing to a full public trial. He claims his conscience is clear, but
Ken wants a way out of the marina scheme to avoid being uncovered. At the
end of a less-than-fruitful meeting, he asks Frere to buy out his
million-pound share in the deal, making a loss with the businessman’s
counter-offer of two-hundred-and-fifty-thousand pounds for a buy-out.
Gerald meets with Robert
Hudson over his threats to take William back to the United States. Hudson
claims that Abby is an unfit mother, and that she has her priorities
wrong. Hudson offers Abby two-hundred-thousand dollars compensation for
taking the child, but she gives Orrin the child and vehemently rejects the
Jan confronts Ken about his
hiring of the thugs to attack Leo, and learns an expensive lesson when she
leaves him – he is now determined to hamper her business expansion at
Kate launches the catamaran,
which Avril has christened The Lynnette. Admist the high-spirits
during the post-launch celebrations, Leo asks Jack for a job at the
Polly Urquhart pleads with
Charles to abandon the marina development, during which she reveals that
Abby is, in fact, his daughter.
“Love? I don’t think you know the meaning of the word,
Tom and Jan meet Lynne and Claude in Portsmouth upon her
return to the United Kingdom, with his daughter having staged a press
conference on board ship; Tom immediately recognises the spark of
attraction which has developed between his daughter and the fashion
Returning home to life in Tarrant, Lynne finds herself
besieged with offers arising from her Atlantic voyage: a commission to
write a diary account of her crossing, and a raft of newspaper articles.
Meanwhile, complications arising from trials on The
Lynnette result in Tom clashing with Bill and Jack over the designs
and specifications for the vessel.
Frere is buoyant that his machinations behind the scenes
have secured the proposed marina development site in Southampton for Frere
Holdings. In his bid to secure the land, he allowed the local council to
repurchase Barker’s Marsh from the company at cost, thus burning Ken
Masters’ fingers on both fronts (Masters having expended a relative
fortune for a stake in the abortive development of that particular nature
Lynne reveals that Claude proposed marriage to her on the
return journey from New York, and she has accepted the proposal; the
Howard family are overjoyed at the news.
When Leo accompanies Jack, Tom and a Mermaid Yard
apprentice on a test-sail of The Lynnette through the choppy waters
of the English Channel, the bad weather causes the main beam to crack and
they are forced to make a hasty retreat back to Tarrant.
Jan visits her design colleague Sonia Fielding to request
her assistance in designing Lynne’s wedding dress.
Ken’s former girlfriend Dawn introduces him to Mark Foster,
a lucrative business contact he is keen to cultivate.
At Relton Marine, Avril is
shocked to learn that Montague Conlon has been acquiring a healthy
stock of shares in the company; she reveals to the assembled board that he
can only be acting on behalf of Gerald Urquhart, who would be under
instruction from Charles Frere, and she voices her concerns over a
possible take-over bid. At the end of the meeting, she confronts David
Lloyd over shares he has furtively acquired from her father in the Mermaid
Yard, and reluctantly agrees to his over-inflated fee to buy them back.
Later, Jack receives a
telephone call from Caroline Davis-Seagram, who has a commission she
wishes to discuss with him over dinner.
Polly reveals to Gerald that
Charles Frere is Abby’s natural father, and he reacts angrily to her
deception and the ignominy of having married his employer’s former
mistress. They have a bitter row, during which he slaps her and storms off
to confront Charles.
At Saint Martin’s Church in
Tarrant, Claude and Lynne take part in rehearsals for their forthcoming
Tom and Avril enjoy a rare
evening together, as they business priorities have far outweighed the
commitment to their relationship of late. They discuss matters arising
from the Mermaid Yard and Relton Marine over dinner.
Gerald confronts Charles
over the latter’s recent discussion with Polly about Avril, and their
conversation is a somewhat tense and bitter affair. Gerald tenders his
resignation, citing the fact that he is unable to work with his once
long-trusted colleague and friend after the revelation concerning Abby’s
paternity, and whilst Charles does not believe it will pose a problem to
their continuing professional association, he reluctantly accepts it.
“Dad, it hurts too much to
sit back and watch you destroying yourself”.
Tom returns from another
trial on The Lynette, during which the main beam was cracked. He is
perplexed, as stress does not appear to be the cause. He is also
determined to see to it that Jack is straightened out in a bid to return
him to work, but Avril intercedes. Jack may resent Tom’s involvement in
the affairs of the Mermaid Yard, but he has to face facts – he is there to
Kate starts work at
Periplus. Ken Masters visits Fostercraft, a local boat-building
and powerboat concern (which has been in operation for four years) which
he is keen to buy a share in.
Gerald and Charles meet to
discuss the Abby situation; Gerald claims he resigned as a question of
honour, and Frere reinstates him on the basis that their relationship can
function without a conflict of interest. Later, Gerald reveals that he has
admitted to Abby that he is not her father. Abby herself cannot forget
William, and is plagued by concerns over his welfare. She regrets having
given him away, and contemplates moving away from home again.
Ken speaks to Mark Foster
(who happens to be an ex-boyfriend of his former lover, Dawn) about
Fostercraft and its future potential (he wants the company to
diversify into powerboat racing and commercial enterprises). Later, he is
taken out on a powerboat test cruise and he presents an attractive
business proposition to Foster which proves irresistible. He convinces
Mark of the lucrative sales potential which could arise from such a
venture. Ken effectively seals the deal when he claims he has found the
ideal plot of land with which to make Mark’s expansion dreams a reality.
Jan prepares for Lynne’s
forthcoming wedding (hiring Sonia Fielding to design her daughter’s
wedding dress), and combines her activities with her flourishing design
business, but she needs more money to finance the expansion of the latter,
and despite the bank’s reluctance she manages to secure further venture
capital – on the provision that she can obtain Tom’s cooperation with
regard to using the family home as collateral (something to which Tom
later happily agrees).
Mrs Caroline Davis-Seagram
comes to the Yard to speak to Jack about obtaining an estimate for the
construction of a yacht.
Charles Frere pays a visit
to Capital House to discuss the future of the business group. After the
meeting, he instructs Gerald to sack the Managing Director.
Ken is impressed by Kate’s
sales at Periplus. Unimpressed, Kate tells Ken that the best thing he
could do for Jan is to get out of her life completely.
Abby and Leo visit a
nightclub, where they are joined by animal rights activist Curtis Jaeger,
a member of Earth Guard who has expressed a keen interest in her.
Tom asks Avril to join him
at Lynne’s wedding.
Charles instructs a member
of his staff to learn more about Abby, confirming Polly’s worst fears that
he plans to cultivate a relationship with her.
Jack has dinner with
Caroline Davis-Seagram, over which he secures an order for the
construction of a forty-foot yacht in solid wood. He later celebrates the
commissioning of work on his greatest passion with Bill Sayers.
With Dean Harris (Curtis
Jaeger), Sally Farmiloe (Dawn), Christina Greatrex (Caroline
Davis-Seagram), Carole Hayman (Sonia Fielding), Stephen Flynn (Simon
Peterson), Wensley Pithey (George Johnson), Madeleine Howard (Mrs Eden)
and Tattiana Colombo (Emma).
“I’m asking you, Mrs Harvey, because I
don’t think Jan’s being honest with herself, and you’re the only person
who knows if she is”.
The Lynnette is put though its paces
in another sea-trial.
Leo is working at the Mermaid Yard, but he
is disillusioned with his prospects.
Curtis Jaeger arrives at Gerald and Polly’s
to see Abby. He asks how much she wants to get involved in the animal
rights reactionary movement, and is keen for her to join him in his
The Relton Marine board meet to discuss the
increase in trade orders, and they propose that Barracuda be
promoted at the forthcoming London Boat Show.
Movement of stock concerns Avril and
Chairman James Sinclair, both of whom speculate about Charles Frere’s
involvement in a possible takeover (by a method known as “warehousing”,
which is illegal but particularly hard to prove).
Avril plans to spend a week at Relton to
assist in staving off any potential move made by the businessman.
Lynne tries on her wedding dress and is
impressed with Sonia’s designs. During the fitting (at Jan’s design house
in Southampton), she reveals that she still has a large quantity of
newspaper articles to complete concerning her cross-Atlantic voyage.
Sonia suggests to Jan that she should lock
away Claude Dupont’s designs to ensure that they are not stolen.
Jan reveals that someone is blocking her
European suppliers, and Sonia reveals that Helene Bellancour (Claude’s
jilted ex-girlfriend) is the party responsible. She tells Jan to forget
them, and offers her a list of British suppliers from which to export her
Sir John Stevens recommends to Gerald and
Charles that David Lloyd, a prominent stake-holder at Relton Marine,
should be approached in their efforts to seize control of the corporation,
and that the late Chairman’s widow would also be a possible source of
Abby asks Polly who her real father is, and
she reacts badly to the request.
Jan and Claude clash over his reluctance to
appease Helene, and Ken arrives to try and mend their broken relationship
– to no avail.
Kate is summoned by the bank to discuss her
mounting debts: as she cannot raise the necessary capital, the bank will
call a charge upon her house.
Ken meets with Mark Foster to discuss their
future plans, and he meets Mark’s wife Sarah, with whom there is an
immediate spark of attraction. However, Sarah is skeptical about Ken’s
contribution to a partnership. She wants the firm to move to Ken’s
proposed plot of land, and is supportive of Mark’s desire for Ken’s
financial investment. Ken claims that Fostercraft have the stock
but can’t shift it, and he has the sales acumen and business savvy to sell
Ken pays a visit to the Howard household to
offer a gift for Lynne’s wedding and share a brandy with Kate. He offers
her a full-time job at Periplus (so as to alleviate her financial
woes), and asks her if she can get through to Jan on his behalf in return.
He then meets Dawn at The Jolly Sailor, and whilst she expresses her
desire to start over again, he declines the offer.
David Lloyd speaks to Avril about the
possible takeover-bid and Charles Frere. He asks why Fere’s influence
would be bad for Relton Marine, and they consider the voting patterns of
With the marquee having been erected, the
Howard’s have dinner on the eve of the wedding.
The following day, Claude and Lynne are
David Lloyd meets with
Charles Frere (to shore
up his support concerning to take-over bid), and they negotiate terms.
With Dean Harris (Curtis
Jaeger), Peter Hughes (Mr Bell), Sally Farmiloe (Dawn), Carole Hayman
(Sonia Fielding), Kulvinder Ghir (Davy), John Rolfe (James Sinclair),
Bruce Bould (David Lloyd), Peter Penry-Jones (Linsdale), Artro Morris (The
Vicar) and James Walker (The Organist).
“Leo, you might have noticed that my life
lately has been a pretty dismal failure and if I seem to be putting an
unusual amount of effort and concentration into this business, it’s
because I desperately need to succeed”.
Curtis Jaeger follows three
skin-heads from a pub to a deserted warehouse where
badger-baiting and illegal dog fights are taking place. He breaks in and
takes one of the injured dogs from the fight.
Kate reveals to Leo that she
may have to sell her house to pay off her debts.
A bloodied Curtis returns
home to find Abby waiting for him at his flat. He tells her he went to the
dog fight and took one of the injured animals to a local vet as the police
did not arrive in time to prevent its death. They share a passionate
clinch, and Abby spends the night with him.
Gerald and Charles meet with
Sir John Stevens to discuss the cost of Relton Shares ahead of the
take-over bid. Charles outlines Relton’s poor profits, staff reductions
and mis-management to Gerald, and insists these views should reach the
mass media ahead of the bid. He tells Sir John the current board do not
have the vision or the drive, and will be replaced.
Sarah and Mark enjoy a
celebratory drink at the Yacht Club ahead of their merger with Ken
Masters. He joins them later for a meal. Mark reveals he has already spent
Ken’s investment capital on a new powerboat ahead of a weekend race both
he and Ken intend to appear in. Sarah agrees to join them.
Jan clashes with Japanese
and French distributors as she establishes contracts with British
suppliers. She asks Claude to come back from honeymoon early to rework
eight of his designs as she cannot source the right fabric.
Abby misses an appointment
with Leo. When she returns home late, they argue over her direction in
life. When he leaves, Polly and Gerald question her about Curtis Jaeger
and their relationship.
Tom and Avril meet Mr and
Mrs Travis, a couple interested in purchasing The Lynnette,
provided they can negotiate on the price.
Tom is irate that Jack is
using twenty-year-old designs on the boat he is constructing for Caroline
Davis-Seagram, citing that it is a lack of respect for his
newly-instituted business ethics and practices. Later, he takes the
Travis’ on a test-sail to further impress them as to the catamaran’s
capabilities. They are decidedly impressed, and they purchase The
Lynnette for thirty-seven-thousand-five-hundred pounds (reduced from
forty-thousand pounds) after a second test-run.
Jaeger suggests Abby gets a
job in an animal testing laboratory to acquire inside information for
Avril warns Jack he has
offended Tom by not consulting him before commissioning the Seagram yacht.
The headlines Relton
Threatened By Take-Over By Frere in the newspapers causes concern at
the Relton board meeting as Frere Holdings has twelve percent of the
shares and could soon hold a majority and controlling share. David Lloyd’s
furtive support of Frere at that meeting causes consternation. The board
studies a defence document drafted by Avril which highlight’s Relton’s
local employment record and pedigree in the United Kingdom marketplace.
David warns falsely optimistic sales forecasts are an unwise move, and
that a forthcoming Extraordinary General Meeting suggests panic in the
Kate talks over her
financial woes with Jack. She admits that she has to sell the cottage and
While Mark Foster engages in
a powerboat race (which he wins), Ken flirts with Sarah.
Like her mother, Jan is also
having difficulties with the bank, and she is under intense pressure ahead
of a collection launch in a matter of days (which results in relations
between herself and Leo become strained).
Avril and Tom discuss the
impending Frere take-over bid, which has been buoyed by an aggressive
media campaign. Tom is concerned that a new management structure at Relton
could have a serious impact on the Mermaid Yard’s interests, which Avril
is desperate to protect.
With Dean Harris (Curtis
Jaeger), Kulvinder Ghir (Davy), Christina Greatrex (Caroline
Davis-Seagram), John Rolfe (James Sinclair), Bruce Bould (David Lloyd),
Peter Penry-Jones (Linsdale), Ian Collier (Mr Travis), Pamela Salem (Mrs
Travis), Andrew Hilton (Henderson) and David Graham (Mr Ambrose).
“My feelings have nothing to do with you
being successful or not, Ken”.
Charles Frere rushes to Morgan News Agency
ahead of a press conference to announce he has obtained a controlling
interest in Relton Marine.
Polly is concerned Abby did not return home
the previous night. Later, she pleads with her daughter not to move out.
Abby reveals that there would be no need to move if she was prepared to
tell her the identity of her real father.
Jack Rolfe’s yacht has reached the
half-point of its construction process. He receives a captain’s wheel from
Caroline Davis-Seagram as a gesture of gratitude for undertaking the
project. Despite this, Jack does his best to avoid her amorous advances.
Kate reveals to Jan that she is bankrupt,
her dwindling financial reserves having run dry at the hands of sustaining
Aztec Boy. Jan invites her to come and live in the Howard family home.
Later, Kate tearfully witnesses the real estate agent erecting the For
Sale sign outside her home.
At the boat show, Barracuda enjoys
enthusiastic media and potential buyer attention. Whilst in attendance,
Avril is made aware of the content of Frere’s press conference, and she is
Ken, Sarah and Mark sign the contracts and
celebrate sealing the deal: Leisurecruise is now a decidedly
profitable concern, and Ken already has plans to the future.
Charles, Gerald and Sir John Stevens enjoy
a day’s golfing as they ruminate on the possible repercussions of Frere’s
press announcement. Charles indicates his intention to nominate a new
board and Managing Director at Relton.
Meanwhile, Claude and Lynne enjoy the start
of their honeymoon in Italy. However, at Jan’s insisted request they
return home somewhat earlier than expected.
Jaeger undertakes surveillance at Southern
Tom is concerned that Barracuda and his
designs could become disposable assets for the Frere-led Relton Marine.
Jan selects models for her upcoming fashion
show as she goes for broke to establish herself.
At the Relton Board Meeting, Charles plans
to attack resident Managing Director, James Sinclair, for incompetence
and, when pressed about removing the entire board, he hints at retaining
possibly one staff member from the existing team.
Later, Abby and Leo discuss their changing
fortunes. She tells him that she is leaving Tarrant for a new life in
Jack, Avril and Tom discuss the impact of
Frere’s takeover on Relton Marine and its possible effects on the Mermaid
Yard; Jack refuses to allow the Yard turn into a mass assembly line, and
the meeting ends unproductively.
Ken pays Jan a visit at her fashion house
to share some exciting news with her. They enjoy a meal together, and over
dinner Ken suggests that they should get back together.
Later, Tom and Avril meet Hans Mueller to
discuss a potential Barracuda sails contract, having cultivated his
interest after the successful promotion at the boat show.
Avril reveals to Mueller that if Relton
does not take up the manufacturing options from the Mermaid Yard, they
will be open to tender.
Jan and Leo have a heart-to-heart about Ken
Mr and Mrs Travis, the principal owners of
the Lynnette catamaran, agree to allow Mueller to take a test-ride on the
Charles Frere’s business park programme
continues unabated, and times appear decidedly prosperous for his business
Avril and Tom try to convince Jack to
attend the Relton Marine shareholders meeting, which will be chaired by
Frere. He is adamant he will not take part, but before they can change his
mind the Mermaid Yard receives a call from the Coast Guard: there has been
an accident out at sea. The Lynnette has sunk – and George Travis
With Dean Harris (Curtis
Jaeger), Kulvinder Ghir (Davy), Crispin de Nys (Hans Mueller), Ian Collier
(Mr Travis), Pamela Salem (Mrs Travis), Robert McBain (Andrew Norfolk) and
Bridget Brice (Jackie Lewis).
“Avril, it takes a lifetime to become a
good boat-builder. You can’t just breeze in from an aircraft factory and
think you can revolutionise the industry overnight …”.
Three days after the disaster which claimed
the life of Mr Travis, Tom inspects the wreckage of The Lynette to
determine what went wrong. He is determined to speak to Mrs Travis to
ascertain if the accident was a result of a structural fault or through
some other means.
Polly persuades a reluctant Charles to
investigate Jaeger’s past militant activities and his present involvement
with Abby. Unknown to either of them, Jaeger has convinced Abby to
accompany him to Birmingham, where he intends to deal with an animal
Jack is concerned that Tom has gone against
the insurance company’s advice and approached Mrs Travis. “I warn you,
Avril, he’s going to sink us. You mark my words”.
Tom does indeed visit Mrs Travis, who is
short with him. She reveals that George was concerned about the hull,
which wasn’t tracking properly. When pressed to describe how events
transpired, she thinks that the main beam collapsed first, but cannot
explain how the accident happened as visibility was good and the weather
Avril is approached covertly for a meeting
before the official announcement of the newly-formed Relton Marine board.
She later meets with Andrew Norfolk at the Yacht Club to sound her out as
to whether or not she would be interested in become the corporation’s new
Managing Director. He reveals that his representative was extremely
impressed with her previous work for the company.
Ken, Sarah and Mark inspect a new boat
Leisurecruise has purchased, and ruminate on turnaround and profit
potential. Mark suspects Sarah is aligning herself with Ken, perhaps in
more ways than one.
Jack is served with a writ for legal action
against the Mermaid Yard by Mrs Travis, who claims that the catamaran was
unfit for service and intends to sue for two million pounds.
At the same time, Tom is
served with an ex
Order of the Queen’s Court of Justice to take into custody and impound
the wreckage before he can undertake a more detailed examination.
At a Relton Marine board
meeting, Charles appoints himself as Chairman following the resignation of
James Sinclair. He asks if there will be any other resignations and
indicates he wants a new Managing Director to assess company profitability
and viability. At the end of the meeting, he gives Avril two days to make
a decision with regard to the offer made by Andrew Norfolk.
David Lloyd is stung by
Frere’s betrayal (the businessman promised that he would be appointed
Managing Director, and assisted Frere in bringing down the previous board
on the basis of such a verbal contract) and snaps at Avril. Later, she
discusses the offer in greater detail with Charles. She wants to ensure
that there are no strings attached, and that Frere will honour Relton’s
commitments to the Mermaid Yard. Charles is unprepared to commit himself
until after the court makes a decision with regard to the Lynette
disaster. Avril reluctantly accepts the appointment.
Jan, Leo, Claude and Lynne
discuss the catamaran accident and its impact on both the Mermaid Yard and
Horrified at Jaeger’s
vicious treatment of the Birmingham animal abuser, Abby arrives on Leo’s
doorstep ashamed and seeking a roof over her head. Jan allows her to stay
on the condition that she contacts Polly to tell her mother she is safe
As Kate prepares for her
move, she is visited by Tom, who finds her running the emotional gauntlet
roused by such an upheaval. Telling her he has fallen out with Avril over
the Managing Director appointment, he asks for her advice; Kate claims she
is protecting the Yard’s interests, but Tom believes she may once again be
falling under Frere’s charms. He also expresses his concerns that Jack
holds him responsible for the catamaran accident, and that Avril may
support her father.
Abby recounts the terrible
story of Jaeger’s abuse of the man in Birmingham with a
and breaks down before him.
Avril informs Jack that she
is worried that negligence may be proved in the forthcoming court
proceedings, and that he may lose the Mermaid Yard. Having sought legal
advice, she tells him that the Yard should issue a precautionary writ
against Tom for breach of contract and write an official letter suspending
him as a designer.
Charles recounts a long line
of militant activities executed by Jaeger to Polly, who is appalled and
asks what “we” are going to do about it.
Frere reacts badly as she
had kept Abby’s parenthood a secret from him for such a long time.
Tom is shocked when Avril
and Jack issue the suspension letter to him. Avril claims it had been done
to protect the Yard, and the action should not be taken personally. Tom
accuses her of not having a heart. Later, when he discusses the situation
with Bill Sayers, the latter offers to give evidence for him as he also
believes that The Lynnette was sound. He does not agree with how
Jack and Avril have handled the affair.
Claude and Lynne enjoy a day
on the river, with the latter steering a speedboat whilst the indulges in
water-skiing. With a rival skier and boat move too close to the pair,
Claude dramatically falls from his skis and knocked unconscious when the
rival speedboat clashes with him head-on.
Charles visits Abby at the
Howards’ and speaks to her on Polly’s behalf. During their conversation,
she suddenly realises that he is her father.
Avril interrupts Tom and
Bill, having received a telephone call concerning Claude’s accident.
Meanwhile, Abby tells Leo
that she is leaving Tarrant for the United States of America to see
William, as she does not want to do to him what her family have done to
her. When he asks how she can afford the airfare, she reveals that her
father is funding the trip.
Later, Tom, Leo and Kate
arrive at the hospital to find a devastated Lynne: Claude is dead.
In London, the launch of
Jan’s fashion house, culminating in a high-profile show featuring Claude
Dupont’s designs, is well underway, but Jan is concerned that her star
designer is not in attendance. When Leo arrives by train to pass on the
bad news, she is in a state of complete desolation: Claude’s death leaves
her business precariously balanced …
Abby has gone into premature labour at her
Relton Marine are expressing interest in
the prototype yacht, and Tom, Jack and Avril later meet with them to
discuss its commercial potential. After an uncertain start, Jack manages
to win over the representatives. However, when the express their concern
over the Yard’s impending legal case (which could potentially dispute the
ownership of the prototype), they are concerned over the entire franchise.
With Pamela Salem (Mrs Travis), Dean Harris
(Curtis Jaeger), Bruce Bould (David Lloyd), Peter Penry-Jones (Colin
Linsdale), Robert McBain (Andrew Norfolk), Tony McEwan (The Man With The
Writ) and Jenny Roberts (Netta).