http://www.survivorstvseries.com/Over_The_Hills.htmAt the mill, which is still occupied by the younger members of the community, a rope climbing game is in progress. Alan is climbing the rope whilst it is held at the top floor of the mill by Dave, Pete, Barbara and Ann. Alan's objective is to reach the top before each of them in turn is instructed to leave go of the rope at timed intervals. He just makes it in time. Mel, who has been timing the game, knows he did it to impress her.
Hubert learns about Greg's methane system. Before long Charles arrives on the scene. Greg discusses with him the possibility of using a tractor on the farm. Charles is not happy with the idea as it goes back on their policy of not being dependent on anything they can't make themselves.
Alan and Melanie are enjoying some free time away from everyone else. Alan clearly wants to sleep with Melanie, but she is playing hard to get and refuses his advances.
Sally tells Pet that she thinks she may be pregnant as she is seven weeks late. Pet advises her to see Ruth.
By the river Alan and Melanie are drying off after having been for a swim. She tells him straight that she will not sleep with him at this time of the month as she would run the risk of getting pregnant. Alan tries to make out this would be no bad thing, saying Charles would be knocked out by the news.
Pet tells Charles about Sally. He is very happy to hear the news and thinks that Ruth will reassure her about any concerns she might have.
At the mill, Sally tells Dave she is pregnant by Alan. She is concerned because he appears to have paired off with Melanie. She adds that she is in love with Alan.
Alan arrives back at the mill and Dave tells him about Sally. He is angry at the way he has treated her. Sally tells Alan the baby is his and that she loves him and wants to live with him as his wife.
Greg and Mel discuss marriage. She is pleased that the death has meant people don't get married anymore. Greg is not so sure. Sally visits Pet and tells her that Alan doesn't want to live with her.
A group is haymaking in the fields. Alan tells Charles about Melanie's system that prevents the girls from becoming pregnant. Later he finds Mel and Greg talking and muses with Mel on the possibility of finding places as yet untouched by the death. Greg is certain that nowhere has escaped the catastrophe. Alan states that he doesn't want to spend the rest of his life at Whitecross.
Pet discuses Sally's rejection and fears with Charles and suggests a party in honour of Sally. Charles thinks this is a great idea. Charles leaves to make arrangements. Ruth arrives and is sarcastic about Charles simplistic views on natural childbirth and his idea that Jenny should talk to Sally. Pet tells her that Charles enthusiasm about Sally's baby really stems from his desire for a child of his own, something Pet has thus far proved unable to provide.
Charles tries to reassure Sally about the pregnancy and tells here about the party. He tells that there aren't enough people at the settlement to expect Alan to pair off with her permanently. He leaves her to speak to Daniella about the party.
Hubert asks Sally if she has been up to no good and upsets her. Charles tries to make an enthusiastic Daniella understand that the party is not a wedding banquet for Sally and Alan but gives up. The party will be held on Midsummer's Night.
Sally asks Ruth if she can help her to get rid of the baby. Charles visits Greg and Jenny and asks Jenny if she will speak to Sally. She tells Greg she is not so sure her having a child is a good thing.
Ruth tells Charles about Sally's request. She tells him that she refused her but he is still furious and they embark on an argument about women's freedom and the repopulation of the world. Charles's tirade becomes personal to Ruth and she tells him she doesn't want to have children as she is fulfilled. Pet arrives as the argument comes to a close. Pet wonders if Ruth could give Charles the child he wants.
During a thunderstorm, Jenny tells Greg that she doesn't want to speak to Sally. After the rains subside, Greg and Charles check out the valley. Greg tells him not to rely on Jenny. They also discuss Mel and Alan's view that there is always something better on the other side of the hill.
The party gets underway and Charles toasts Sally and speaks at length about his joy at her pregnancy and how it brings the community together. He also toasts the future.
Greg plays the guitar and sings his 'reaping and sowing' song. Hubert once more upsets Sally by making references to Alan.
Charles and Mel go off for a private talk. She tells him that she finds the idea of becoming pregnant unreasonable and that he is obsessed. He tells her it is about time she became responsible. She retorts that he wants to run a baby farm.
Greg has become drunk on Mel's gin and Pet takes him back to the farmhouse. Meanwhile Jenny tells Ruth that she avoids contact with Greg as she doesn't want another baby.
At the farmhouse, Pet stops Greg from leaving and propositions him. He tells her Jenny is the only woman he wants. She explains that she wants to have a child for Charles's sake. He tells her that Charles has fathered children before and she is shocked.
The youngsters leave to have a 'real' party at the mill, leaving Charles alone.
Charles arrives back at the farmhouse and Pet questions him about the other women he slept with. She also asks him how he 'got on' with Melanie. He tells her that the other women seemed like years ago and that they were before he met her. He tells her he loves her as his wife. They are reconciled.
Thanks to a pedal powered record player, the party at the mill is in full swing. When the music stops, Sally suggests that they play the rope game.
At 6am in the morning John tells Jenny and Greg about the rope game. At the mill, Sally asks to go next.
Sally begins her ascent. Jenny and Greg run to the mill to try and stop the game.
Sally makes it to the top thanks to help from Alan and Dave, just as Jenny and Greg arrive. Sally is angry saying that she wouldn't have minded if she had fallen.
Ruth tells Charles and Pet that Sally has lost the baby. He complains that soon there won't be a world if no-one believes in childbirth.
Greg gets his engine working. Melanie and Alan are impressed and start to think about all the places they could go if they could travel again. Mel pointedly tells Charles that it is the best thing that has ever happened at Whitecross. Charles is not so sure and rides of on his horse...
An intense midsummer atmosphere surrounds this episode, which is just a little less heady than Mel's homemade gin. Sadly however, Martin Worth's second script for the series has been woefully misjudged by the critics. The commonest criticism it receives from fans is that is sexist and misogynistic in approach. Interviews with the cast have shown that the programme's regulars shared the same concerns over this episode's content too.
Negative perception of this episode probably arises from...