Mike and Charlene try to revive Des after he collapses on the couch.
As Des comes around from his “faint” Mike and Charlene rush around getting cold compresses and make him sit up and put his head between his legs. Des insists that he is Ok, but Mike insists that Des should go and see Clive. Mike tells Des about someone he knew that kept fainting every time he stood up. Des asks what happened to him. Mike helpfully tells him that he died. Des feels that as he is sick and it would be better for Clive to come to him. Charlene and Mike tell him that the fresh air will do him good and bundle a very confused and disorientated Des out of the door.
In the kitchen Helen is showing her concern for Daphne who has suddenly come over all giddy. Daphne puts it down to the humidity, and the heat in the kitchen. Helen asks Lucy to go and get the fan from her bedroom. Eileen suggests that she should help her with the icing, while Helen offers to finish the salads. Madge whispers to Helen that would she mind if she leaves now as she really wants to be there when Henry walks out of the prison. She has been waiting for this moment for so long. Helen replies “Of Course” and Madge leaves discreetly.
Jim comes in carrying the fan, with Lucy, saying that he hears they are all getting hot under the collar. Jim asks if everything is ready to go over to Des. Eileen pipes up “No we seem to have lost one of our helpers!” Helen who starts to get flustered explains that Madge had something to do but she will be there at the party. Daphne tells Jim that she has spoken to Mike but that he is going to need a bit more time to get Des out of the house.
Nicky comes in looking for her blue dress, Helen tries to brush her off, but Nicky insists that she is leaving later and she wants to take it with her and it might need an iron. Helen sighs getting more flustered and suddenly remembers that she put the dress in Lucy's wardrobe. Lucy corrects her and says that she thought the dress was Julie's and put it into the box with her things; they go off to look for it.
Clive comes down from up stairs having looked in on little Sam, who is still having a deep conversation with the sandman, so Clive tells Susan. He continues that Sam had better get used to it as he will be alone with Clive tonight. Susan wants to know if he is sure. Clive tells her that he isn't crazy about the idea but he is sure he can live with it. He does love her and trust her, even if he doesn't always show it. Susan gives him a hug and rushes off to tell Paul as there is a knock on the door.
Charlene and Mike bring in Des who says that he is a bit crook. Mike explains that Des has just fainted, that he has been sick for days with a high temperature and all he wants to do is to sleep all day. Clive says he will just check his blood pressure and goes to get the equipment. Mike whispers to him that he has to keep Des here while they set up the party. Clive wants to know if he really is sick. Mike says that he did faint but even if he gets better you have to keep him here. Clive replies, “How?” Mike says, “Tell him anything”. Charlene leaves.
Clive takes Des' blood pressure and tells him that it isn't going to hurt a bit and does he want a lollipop…he gives all his young patients a lollipop. The blood pressure is normal but Clive tells Des that he does want to keep him under observation for a couple of hours. Des gets concerned but Clive reassures him that he just wants to be sure as he feels Des forehead for a temperature. Clive offers him a drink of tea or coffee. Des asks for another Lollipop. Clive tells him it was the last one and then Des asks for pickled onions.
Daphne is busy eating pickled onions as Eileen tells her that if she keeps eating them that there will be none for the party. Daphne replies that she is only eating Des's share because he hates them.
Lucy comes rushing in to tell Daphne, Eileen and Jim that there is no one home next door and steals a pickled onion. Eileen is exasperated as to why everyone is eating pickled onions! Jim tells her that it is the only thing not covered. There is a general flurry of putting plates in boxes when the phone rings and Eileen rushes to pick it up. She is rather perturbed on answering it and tells Helen that the phone call is for her from a distinguished sounding gentleman from America but he won't give his name. Helen says she will take the call in the other room.
Helen takes the call in the living room and tells the caller that he shouldn't have rung…that they have been through all this….don't keep on about it…this is getting us nowhere. Then noticing Eileen is eavesdropping Helen whispers down the phone that she doesn't want to talk about it.
Eileen is obviously interested in staying to find out what is happening with Helen but Jim suggests that she gives them a hand setting up for the party. Eileen feels it would be better for her to stay and help with the cleaning up, but Jim insists Scott is here and he can help. They all turn to hear Helen say down the phone now rather distressed “Just leave me alone!” Daphne nods at the box of full food and says Eileen's name forcefully and indicates that she is to follow her lead.
Helen still on the phone is trying very hard to hold back the tears as she tells the caller…Look I have told you it is all over…I don't want you to contact me again…if you ring I won't talk to you and if you write I won't answer you…Good-bye and she puts the phone down.
Rather distressed she goes and sits on the couch. Not noticing the state she is in Scott comes in and asks her to read over chapter six of his book. He can't go onto the next chapter until he knows he has got it right. Helen snaps at him another time. Scott still doesn't notice how distressed she is and gently urges her, another time maybe. Helen smiles at Scott and softens her resolve and replies “If you don't mind”
Shane has just finished pinning up a sign which reads “Welcome Home Henry” in large blue letters as Madge and Charlene come in looking rather despondent. Madge waves at the sign and tells Shane to take that down. Shane wants to know what happened, Charlene explains that he lost his parole; some thug had picked a fight with him. Shane feels that that wasn't Henry's fault, but Madge tells him that they don't know the full story yet but that Henry had hit the guard who was trying to break up the fight. That was it his parole was revoked. Charlene defends Henry by saying that Henry wouldn't pick a fight; he just isn't like that. Madge, almost at the point of tears, snaps at her that she wishes she would stop seeing Henry through rose coloured glasses. If he was the saint she made him out to be then he wouldn't be in prison.
Shane wants to know what happens now; Madge says she isn't sure. He is in solitary confinement at the moment. She supposed that he will probably have to serve his full sentence now. Shane replies “Talk about bad luck, poor Henry”. Fighting back the tears Madge says that she shouldn't have got her hopes up. Shane tells her not to worry he will be out sooner or later. Charlene offers to make a cup of tea as Shane goes to take down the sign again.
Distraught Madge continues why did he have to get himself in trouble today of all days. Shane thinks that he is probably cursing himself; who would want to stay in jail? Madge thinks it is her fault really; she had made things too easy for him. He had never learnt respect of anything or anyone. Charlene thinks it isn't her fault. Madge continues isn't it…every time he wanted money he got it…even buying this house was for Henry's sake as much as anyone else's. All she wanted was for them to be a family again. Shane tells her that she still has them. Charlene reassures Madge and tells her that she knows that Henry loves her. They can still be a family without him there. Madge replies “Yes of Course” and gives Charlene a hug.
Helen is in the kitchen and when Scott comes in she apologises to him for her snappy behaviour earlier, but Scott shrugs it off and replies that with a morning with Mrs Clarke he isn't surprised she was strung out. Helen suggests that later that evening she could read his manuscript. Scott is thrilled and replies that he is only two-thirds finished but that it would be great to have some feedback. He goes on to say that Grandma Robinson was a real live wire and that his father (Jim) doesn't approve of a lot of the things she has done. Helen feels that the problem was on a more personal level. Scott replies that maybe his book will enable him to accept her more. Helen thinks this is a nice thought.
Jim comes back and tells them that everything is now set up next door. He then tells Scott that he has been thinking about his HSC and considering how hard Scott worked and he thinks he deserves a reward. Providing the results are Ok and that he gets his “P” then he might be persuaded to buy him a second-hand car. Scott is over the moon and rushes off to tell Mike. Helen says that she hopes he did well in those exams otherwise he will be in for another disappointment.
Jim says that he is more concerned about Helen. Helen shrugs it off by saying that it was just being stuck in the kitchen and the heat. Jim is more concerned that the telephone call has upset Helen. Helen just shrugs it off as someone she met in America, you know the type who wants to adopt you and pass you off as a long-lost friend. Jim replies that a lot of their real friends are waiting for them next them and Helen rushes off to change.
Des is watching television wrapped up in a blanket as Clive suddenly appears, turns the television off and bundles Des out of the house. Des protests that he was watching the programme but Clive insists he goes home where he can be with Daphne.
Paul drives up in his flashy sports car as Clive and Des come out of the house, they greet one another and Clive tells Paul that he is taking Des home. Des tells Paul that he now feels better and seeing it is his birthday they should all go down to the Waterhole and celebrate. Paul cries off and suggests some other time. As Des goes to walk off he notices a present in the car, he remarks that Paul hasn't forgotten after all. But Paul tells him that it is for Lucy he is getting in early for Christmas. Des shuffles off disappointed to his house.
The house has been decorated with streamers and balloons ready for the party, as Des and Clive are spotted making their way back to the house there is a general scurry to hide.
Des comes in moaning that he now feels unwell again and might have a lie down not seeing his surrounding he goes into the bedroom. A minute or so he comes out as everyone jumps out and shouts “SURPRISE!!!!!!!” they all rush to wish him a “Happy Birthday”
Scott is telling Mike about his new car, as Charlene approaches and asks them if they have seen Des he is acting like a big kid. Mike makes his excuses and leaves. There is a bit of teenager awkwardness between them when Charlene says that he didn't come up and say hello. Scott replies that he wasn't sure if he should. Charlene feels that they can still be friends. They talk for a few moments about what they are going to do after Christmas…Charlene is hoping for an apprenticeship. Jim then calls Scott away to help with the barbeque.
There are snippets of conversation around the room…Paul comes up to Susan and asks if she is all packed. She replies that all she needs is an overnight bag. Paul confirms that that will be Ok and asks if she managed to clear her responsibilities. Susan says she has; did she have a choice? Paul tells her she didn't if she wants to remain his secretary.
Front of the Clark House
Susan storms out of the house upset, Clive spots her and goes to see what is wrong. Susan tells him to keep Paul away from her otherwise she is likely to smash something over his head. Clive is concerned and says that Paul shouldn't be getting under her skin unless she still feels something for him. Susan is exasperated and replies that she has explained it all to him. Clive thinks that Paul loves her even if he refuses to admit it to himself. Susan replies that it is too bad he has missed his chance. Clive argues “What if he wants another one!” Jim passes by and spots them and calls out to them that they better come and eat before Mrs Mangel grabs it all. Susan looks at Clive earnestly and says “Right Mr Insecurity it is about time I lay your mind and rest and I think I know how”
Inside the Clarke House
Mrs Mangel is talking to Eileen saying that her invitation must have got lost in the general run up to the preparations. Luckily Jane mentioned it otherwise she wouldn't have known about it. Eileen replies unconvincingly “How fortunate” Eileen then offers her some barbeque meat but Mrs Mangel declines saying it plays havoc with her digestion. Eileen in desperation gives her some salad and tells her that she made the salad dressing herself from a old Clarke family recipe…it contains a little bit of this and a little bit of that! Mrs Mangel tries the salad and turns her nose up in disgust and asks if the dressing is on all the salad. Eileen replies that it is, Mrs Mangel then says that she will just stick to cake and walks off.
Clive has his arm around Susan as they come in and he gives Des a very small present. Des unwraps it and remarks it is his lucky sixpence. Clive corrects him and says that it is the Gibbons lucky coin that it has been handed down from father to son for generations backdated to the early eighteen century. Des examines the coin and says “That's funny it is dated 1943” Clive replies “Ah….well there is a interesting story attached to that, it gave me my wish I hope it does the same for you” Daphne asks “Your Wish?” Clive then asks Susan if he can tell them…yes nods and Clive announces that they are engaged. Everyone gets very excited and rushes over to wish them congratulations. Eileen offers to sing at their wedding. Susan says that they haven't set a date yet, but within the year. Clive thinks the sooner the better. Charlene chips in that this will mean they are sort of related. Clive laughs and says there is always a drawback. Paul is on the other side of the room and hasn't offered his congratulations and look mortified at the announcement.
Des suddenly says that he is hungry and Daphne offers to get him something and asks what he wants. Des says pickled onions; Daphne is confused as he hates them. Des remarks not since I got sick, Daphne thinks it is funny and that they must be full of vitamins because she has been eating them all day. Clive says could he please have a private word with Daphne at his house and they go off together.
Overhearing the last snippet of conversation Mrs Mangel distastefully says to Madge “Oh dear….I hope it isn't going to be one of “those” sort of parties” Madge looks at her and replies “You should be so lucky” and throws the streamers over her shoulder and flounces off.
Clarke House back garden.
Mike and Scott are tending the barbeque and discussing Clive's engagement…that Clive is now becoming almost respectable. Mike says that Scott has never had to share a house with him…you get woken up in the middle of the night with medieval chanting and wild animal noises.
Jane and Shane come out and take a seat at the table not too far away from Mike and Scott. Jane is talking about leaving school tomorrow she guesses that she will now be classed as adult and it will be a great feeling not to be dependent on her parents, as long as she can get a job. Shan assures her that with her looks and brains she has it made and leans forward and kisses her. Mike is watching and looks on in disgust.
Charlene comes out all to join the boys and excitedly says how great the news is about Susan and Clive. The three of them watch Shane and Jane walk off. Scott says that Mike shouldn't let it get to him. Mike thinks it is his fault; he was so worried about losing her that he practically drove her into Shane's arms. Charlene remarks that it is rotten breaking up with someone. Charlene and Scott give one another a sideward glance and then look away quickly. Charlene suddenly announces that they are about to cut the cake soon and Scott asks Mike if he is coming as he leaves. Mike says he will be along in a minute.
Charlene tells Mike that they are a right pair, her and Scott and him and Jane. Mike looks at her remorsefully and says “You mean about birds of a feather….” and then shrugs and suggests they go inside.
Inside the Clarke House
Eileen is lighting the candles on Des' cake, but Des wants her to wait and asks where Daphne is. Des thinks that there are ten candles too many. Lucy just wants them to cut the cake. Mrs Mangel makes a snide comment about “Look at those two…smiling like Cheshire cats” as Daphne and Clive return. Des blows out the candles and everyone gives him three cheers. Clive stops the proceeding and says that he wants to make a speech. “They all know what Des wished for so he pronounces that Des is sympathetically pregnant. Eileen is thrilled and claps her hands and tells him that she knew he could do it. Des hugs Daphne and tells her it is wonderful. Des shakes Clive's hand and tells him that he is actually having a baby. Clive smiles and replies that Des should remind him one day to give him a biology lesson.
Shane proposes a toast to the new addition in Ramsay Street. Helen proposes a toast to Nicky who is leaving to join her mother in America. Des proposes a toast to his beautiful wife and all his good neighbours….They all say cheers and raise their glasses.