Douglas tells Helen that he'd like them to spend some time together.
Danny finds a letter in Bess's stuff and shows it to Scott in shock.
DANNY: Why didn't you tell me she was dying?
Scott is very shocked and says it can't be true. He isn't sure what to do now - but resolves to tell Bess that he's found the letter.
In the living room, Jim and Bess are chatting about how much living she's packed into her life. Lucy asks Bess to help her with her computer programming homework. (Lucy's school must have been very progressive for 1985!)
Scott asks Bess for a private word in his room. He asks Bess if the letter is true and she confirms that it is. She didn't want the family to find out. She says she doesn't want treatment - there's far too many things left to do, and she doesn't want to spend her remaining time in hospital. She tells Scott that everyone has to die one day and she has lived a full and happy life. She doesn't want anyone to worry and creep around her - she wants them to behave as they always have. Scott protests that the family could spend more time with her, but Bess says they should do that because they want to, not because she's dying. She asks Scott to keep the secret from the rest of the family and he eventually agrees. They start to chat about Bess's time in Asia. Bess suggests a slide night and Scott is very keen to do it that very night.
In the living room, Scott asks Jim if they can have the slideshow tonight, but Jim and Julie have other plans for the evening. Helen suggests tomorrow night instead.
When Bess has gone, Jim tells Scott that he's wrong to press them all into doing things with Bess. Scott says that Jim doesn't care about Bess. He says Bess isn't interested in anything Jim has done for a reason - Jim hasn't done anything!
Ramsay Street, the following morning
Scott and Danny are talking about Bess's illness. Scott wants to tell Jim what's going on, or he might never have any more chances to spend time with Bess.
Scott and Danny call round to see Paul and Terry. Terry agrees happily to the slideshow idea. Paul isn't too chuffed but Terry talks him round.
When Scott and Danny have gone, Paul and Terry have a pash (ahhhh newlyweds)
A man is taking Helen's exhibition paintings down while Julie and Helen chat about Scott. Helen is surprised that someone bought one of her paintings. Just then Douglas comes up and admits that he bought it. Then he invites Helen out to have a coffee.
Douglas tells Helen that she reminds him of his late wife a bit. He misses her, but "one can't keep looking back". Helen insists that Douglas should have the painting as a gift (it is a painting of Helen).
Douglas tells Helen that he's having trouble getting a suitable venue for Helen's exhibition - everywhere suitable seems to be booked out. Helen says it doesn't matter - it was mostly to please the family anyway. But Douglas says that he believes Helen deserves an exhibition.
HELEN: There's more to life than exhibitions.
DOUGLAS:(taking her hand) Yes, there certainly is.
Helen is painting Bess's portrait. Bess probes about Helen's relationship with Douglas - she thinks that Helen should move things along. Helen wonders where she'd be now if she hadn't move in with the Robinsons. Not that she regrets it - she's loved her life with them.
Scott comes in and asks Bess quietly if she'll consider telling Jim about her illness. She's adamant that she won't though.
Scott comes round to see Danny - he looks completely gutted. He doesn't know what to do - maybe he should just tell Jim anyway. Danny says it's Bess's decision, even if it's the wrong one. He says Scott can't let Bess down. Scott isn't sure what's right anymore.
Bess tells Helen that she went through a stage when she nearly settled down. She says it's a terrible thing - it makes interesting people become very boring.
Scott sets up the slide projector and Lucy gets in the way. He shouts at her. Bess tells Scott not to take things out on Lucy.
Later at the Robinsons
Bess is showing slides of her adventures in Asia. She shows many pictures of people and places all over Asia. There's a photo of Jim on one of the slides. They get on to talking about parents leaving their children when they were little. Terry says that she doesn't want children very much and Paul gets a bit upset. He takes Terry off home.
HELEN: Well...uh...coffee, anyone?
Lucy says that she doesn't want to have children and a conversation about women having careers ensues. Bess says that Jim never felt neglected just because she was away. But Jim puts her straight - he did.
JIM: I felt unwanted and unloved for most of my childhood thanks to your precious career.
Terry can't see why having kids is so important to Paul. Paul says he wants a son to carry on his name. Terry gets upset - her own father never forgave her for being a girl. Paul says that Terry has a lot of hang-ups and maybe they should have talked about this before they were married. Terry starts to cry and Paul calms down a bit. He hugs Terry and says he'll take her out for supper.
JIM: I desperately wanted a normal mother. One that would be there when I got home from school. I really envied those other kids - you know, the normal ones.
Jim says he never knew where he'd be from one week to the next because Bess kept going off on her travels.
BESS: I thought you enjoyed the variety.
JIM:(angrily) You didn't think at all, Mum. You just assumed that because you liked our lifestyle, I would too. But I didn't want a part-time adventuress for a mother. I wanted to be normal!
Bess insists that Jim was never neglected. Jim insists that he only wanted his mother to BE there. He says that he and Bess will never understand each other - and he can't even be bothered trying anymore.