Stephen returns from a wellness centre and moves back in the family house to find out that his mother Ellen and the vicar Julian have become a couple. Stephen swears revenge to Andrew with the help of his ex-wife Alison. Meanwhile a new pub opens as a competitor to the Barleycorn. Stephen is offered a manager position at the new pub, but rejects the offer after Andrew and Cass warn him it is owned by scammers.
Charismatic Mike shows up in the Barleycorn and Ellen reveals that he is one of three men who are potentially Stephen's father. Stephen arranges a paternity test which confirms that he is Laurie's son. Andrew overhears that Alison's parents are increasingly dependent on her support and decides to help the elderly couple without informing Alison.