But this is what writers do, to suit individual stories, they do it with Sgt. Ben in Midsommer and did it with the Old Barney Bee's daughter, Cally.
I've not watched Midsommer for ages, but yes, I think the writers on that show must take the prize for the most inconsistent characters!
I never forgave them for having Troy and Cully seemingly about to embark on a passionate affair ( well, caught in a smooch by her Dad, anyway!) only for them to act as if it had never happened just an episode later
As for Ben, they could never seem to decide if he was a bumbling idiot or a clued up, ladies' man!