Gunter cannot prevent the trees from being cut down because of the bark beetle. He loses his nerve and Merle and Carla fear that Gunter will take the bottle. At first he resists, but then the alcohol wins. Anette is very tense: will Malte be caught because Sam has his cell phone with evidence of drug smuggling? Sam doesn't have the PIN code, but he still doesn't give out his cell phone. While Malte tries to steal Sam's mobile phone as inconspicuously as possible, Hendrik suddenly stands in front of him and demands an explanation.
Leander is determined to finally confess his feelings to Eleni. But Noah unsettles him by telling him that Eleni still has feelings for her ex-boyfriend. Regardless, Eleni makes a momentous decision. Vanessa admits to Carolin that she would rather stay in Bichlheim and not move to Copenhagen with her, which she is very disappointed about. Carolin then confronts Max because she sees the culprit in him. A new argument breaks out, which affects Vanessa so much that Carolin makes an urgent appeal to Max.
Eva is appalled when Benedict blackmails her. Pushed into a corner, she hits back and hurts not only Benedikt, but especially Ute. Chris and Corinna's silver wedding is just around the corner. As they prepare for a family celebration, Jenny realizes they want something very different. Stella impulsively rejects Jakob's offer - until Eva whispers to her that he might be just the bandage for her soul that she needs.
Simone has to admit that her time as a successful manager is over. She's not the only one who has a hard time with it. Jenny, Justus and Maximilian decide to use the ace Axel has up his sleeve against them against himself in order to defeat him. Isabelle and Henning anxiously await the outcome of Yannick's operation. Neither she nor Henning suspects that it could be more difficult than expected.
Nina is struck when Carlos rejects her in a friendly but determined manner. She then tries to bring their relationship back to a purely professional level. Katrin has accepted that Tobias' debts collide with the lifestyle that she and he are used to. But when he is only forced to accept that she will pay part of his fixed costs as an exception, Katrin is upset.