|Friends in Need|
The animals after surviving the fox hunt
|UK Airdate||24 February 1993|
|Written by||Valerie Georgeson|
|Preceded by||New Friends, Old Enemies|
|Succeeded by||Whistler's Quarry|
Fox and Vixen go hunting together. Fox tells Vixen about his friends, but also wishes he didn't have to leave her once he has found them. Vixen tells Fox that she could only stay with a fox who has proved himself and that she'll decide along the way. Soon they meet a Barn Owl who says he had a conversation with Owl and informs them that Badger is still alive and well. Fox and Vixen start to search for the other animals but the scent becomes divided and they split up to look in both directions. Fox quickly realises he has taken the correct route when he meets the shrike, who tells him about the other animals.
Meanwhile the other animals are climbing a hill to reach a small copse. Mole falls off Badger's back and slips back down the hill, struggling to make his way to the top. Vixen talks to a thrush who is feeding her babies and decides to head back to Fox, but a fox hunt picks up her scent and begins to pursue her. Mole eventually joins the other animals at the top of the hill and they hear the sound of a fox hunt and hope that there are no foxes around.
Fox reaches the bottom of the hill and is seen by the other animals, but he sees that Vixen is in trouble and bravely attempts to divert the hunt's attentions onto himself. However, the hunt splits up and pursues both foxes. Fox leads the hounds up the hill towards the other animals, but Owl and Kestrel attack them and the hunt turns back and heads towards Vixen again. Fox meets the other animals and is dismayed to learn that he has put them in danger and also that Vixen is now in danger again too. Vixen tries to climb the hill and nearly meets her end, but Adder strikes out at the huntmaster's horse, and the hunt is called off. Vixen tells Fox that she would be honoured to be his mate, and she joins the Farthing Wood animals on their journey.
- This episode marks the first appearance of the fox hunt, the last appearance of the shrike, and the only appearance of the Barn Owl and the thrush.
- On the "From Copse to Quarry" VHS, the scene with the thrush is cut and so is the Butcher Bird's line "Good Hunting."
- Toad breaks the fourth wall by saying to the audience "if only the rabbit hadn't panicked none of this would ever have happened".
- At one point when Vixen continues to run away from the hounds, the same background is used, so it looks like a bush turns into Vixen.
- The larder of the Shrike looks differently to the previous episode.
|Series and Episodes|
|Series 1 (1993) • Series 2 (1994) • Series 3 (1995)|
|Series 1 episodes (1993)|
|The Wood in Danger • The Journey Begins • Through Fire and Through Water • False Haven • Snare for the Unwary • Who Shall Wear the Crown? • New Friends, Old Enemies • Friends in Need • Whistler's Quarry • Between Two Evils • A Deathly Calm • Pandemonium • So near and yet so far...|
|Series 2 episodes (1994)|
|A Heroes' Welcome • Winter • Survival • New Enemies • A Joke Backfires • Home Is Where the Heart Is • The Feud Begins • Like Father, Like Son • Narrow Escapes • Shadows • A Time of Reckoning • Blood Is Thicker Than Water • Reconciliation|
|Series 3 episodes (1995)|
|Comings and Goings • Out and About • Water, Water • The Missing Fox's Friend • Tiffs and Tempers • Adventure for the Birds • The Long-Tailed Visitor • Scared Silly by Snakes • A Bigger Oink • The Mole Game • The Worst Kind of Hurricane • Homeward Bound • Bully-Bully-Bully|