Scott comes running up to where Helen and Shane are talking in the street and tells Helen that she has a visitor, Gerard Singer Rosemary's fiancé and he can't wait to see her.
Scott encourages a reluctant Helen to go into the house saying that Lucy is probably giving Gerard an ear bashing. Shane tells Helen that he had read all about his exhibition in the paper and she must be very proud to have him in the paper; Helen says that he isn't in the family yet. When Shane questions her about the date of the wedding Helen tells him that Rosemary hasn't set the date yet. Unenthusiastically Shane says that Auntie Madge will have lunch ready and runs up the drive.
Scott goes to follow him, but Helen calls him back and asks where he is going, Scott explains that he will be back for dinner later but he is going to spend the afternoon on the beach with Charlene. Helen tries to persuade Scott to wait until Gerard has gone, but Scott says that Charlene is waiting, he assures her that he won't be long. He then wants to know what the problem is. Helen denies there is one; and agrees that Scott can go but says that she and Gerard have a lot to discuss so asks if he could he please take Lucy with him. Scott whinges a bit about it but finally agrees but tells Helen to tell Lucy that if she mucks around this is the last time she will go with them.
Showing Gerard one of Helen's paintings, Lucy says that she is good isn't she. Gerard agrees and Lucy then asks if he paints scenes like that, he explains that he paints city landscapes to show the beauty in man made objects. He asks if she paints, Lucy says that she does and so does Scott but he wants to be a journalist. She tells Gerard that he writes for the Erinsborough News. Gerard wants to know what she wants to do, Lucy replies that she likes to write but she thinks she will be an artist. Gerard informs her that it is a hard life; Lucy wants to know if it is harder than being the youngest. Gerard replies that he wouldn't know about that he was a middle child but if she does decide to take up painting later on he will help her. As Lucy asks if he would like to see her painting, Helen comes in says Hello and shakes Gerard's hand.
Lucy tells Helen that Mr Singer said he would help her with her paintings. Picking up one of Helen's paintings, Gerard says that Lucy will do very well if she has her style. Helen tells Lucy off for touching her paintings and asks her to put them back. Lucy protests but Helen continues that she is to get her swimming costume and towel as Scott is going to take her to the beach.
The tension rises as Helen makes small talk while Lucy is still in the house asking Gerard how the preparations for the exhibition are going. Gerard replies very well and continues that he had to find some way of seeing her, he knew if he called she would find someway of stalling him. Desperate for their conversation not to be overheard Helen calls out for Lucy to hurry up.
Lucy comes running back in, stopping the conversation to Helen's relief; she asks if she can take Basil. Helen tells her that she will have to ask Scott, but to hurry up as he will be waiting for her.
After Lucy has gone Gerard asks Helen if they can now talk, Helen feels that Gerard had no right to come to the house. Gerard replies that she wouldn't have seen him if he had left it up to her. Helen shrugs and says that there was no reason to see her. Gerard firmly tells there is a good reason and she knows why!
Harold is thanking Madge for a splendid dinner; Madge replies that it is pleasure to cook a healthy meal for someone who appreciates it. Shane apologies for his lack of appetite, Madge finds this most odd. Shane thinks that pumpkin is more filling than he thought and he makes an excuse that he has to load some seedlings into the van and leaves.
Scott, who has been sitting on the kitchen counter, is offered some pumpkin but he makes his excuses that he will pick up something while he is out. Harold pipes up that fast food is a slow suicide; Scott assures him that he will take his chances.
Lucy comes into the kitchen with Basil and is introduced to Harold, who immediately starts sneezing and wheezing. Scott and Lucy start an argument, about Basil coming to the beach with them; Scott doesn't want Basil stinking out his car. Madge goes to comfort Harold who by now is sneezing very loudly in the corner of the kitchen; he explains between loud sneezes that he is allergic to dogs. Madge asks Lucy if she wouldn't mind waiting outside, Lucy says that she will and turns to Scott and says that if Basil doesn't go neither will she and she will tell Gran and off she goes.
Scott wolf-whistles as Charlene enters the kitchen wearing a skimpy blue bikini. Charlene tells him to “Can it…you drongo!” but Scott replies that he was just showing his appreciation. Harold is shocked at what she is wearing and turns away so he isn't looking at her. Madge says that she doesn't appreciate her flashing her bare mid-drift and asks her to do up the robe she is wearing. Scott laughs and replies “You don't want her to hide her best bits do you Mrs Mitchell” Madge gives him a very frosty look and Scott apologises. Charlene argues that she is only going to take it off when she gets to the beach; Madge feels that there is no need to flash to the whole of Ramsay Street.
Charlene asks Scott about Jane and Mike, Scott explains that Jane can't come as Mrs Mangel wants her to do something and Mike said he will meet them there. They say their good-byes to Harold who is still not looking at the semi-clad Charlene and leave.
Madge moans that Charlene used to wear a one piece swimming suit but fashions change. Harold rolls his eyes and replies that it is progress whether they like it or not…it is progress.
Tensions are still high, as Gerard says that the last time he saw Helen they didn't have much time to talk. Helen who appears to be very submissive mutters that she had said all she wanted to say but Gerard says that he hadn't that is why he kept writing and phoning. Helen cries “what is there to discuss you are engaged to my daughter” Gerard replies that is she going to deny how they feel about each other- he can't. Helen hands Gerard a picture that Rosemary had sent to her of the church that Rosemary had decided to get married in with a list of the possible dates of the wedding on the back. Gerard is surprised they had discussed wedding plans but he had no idea the Rosemary had taken it this far. Getting emotional Helen cries that it would seem reasonable for the bride-to-be to expect her family to be there. Taking Helen into his arms he tells her that he can't marry Rosemary be loves her and he knows that she loves him…they kiss.
Helen pulls away and asks Gerard to please leave; Gerard replies that when Rosemary had told him that Helen had left America his first impulse was to come straight after her. Then he thought that she had left because she didn't love him, then that his feeling might change, but if they hadn't he wouldn't be here now. Helen cries that she wishes he wasn't. Gerard demands to know if it is the truth; Reluctantly Helen finally gives in and admits that she loves him but continues that she doesn't matter it is Rosemary that counts. The doorbell goes interrupting this emotional turmoil; Madge comes in and introduces Harold to Helen.
Madge whispers to Helen is that Rosemary's fiancé, Scott told me he was here. Helen introduces the arrivals to Gerard. Madge says that it is a pleasure to meet such a well known artist like himself…Harold pipes up that young Scott has told them all about him. There is an awkward silence as they try to think of something else to say, finally Harold breaks the ice and says that he understands Gerard is about to marry a very successful businesswoman.
Clive is moving the couches around the living room, he is unable to move one and kicks it and asks the couch if it is “Pick on Clive day”. Shane walks in unannounced; grumpily Clive tells him he is practising for the annual couch kicking competition and chastises him for not knocking. Shane replies that it has never bothered him before; Clive feels that things are changing and he is changing and there is nothing wrong with that. Shane doesn't think there is but he shouldn't be sitting around inside moping either. Shane continues that he is going down to the greenhouse and why doesn't he tag along. Clive thanks him but says that he wants to continue with the spring cleaning. Shane replies that he could really do with the company.
Angrily he says that he doesn't want to be patronised he wishes that he and the rest of Ramsay Street would get off his back. Rather hurt Shane replies that he was only trying to be a good mate. Clive bites back that mates know when to back off and leave him alone, Shane feels that that is the worse thing for him at the moment. Clive argues back that he is the doctor he knows what is good for him. Susan has left him, that isn't the worst he has handled worse. Clive goes to pick up the couch again and give it another shove but it won't move. Shane moves the other end of the couch and picks up a door stop which is stopping the couch from moving and tells Clive to give it another go.
Putting the couch down Clive says “go on I know you are itching to say it. If I can't even shift a piece of furniture without blowing my stack how am I going to cope in a real situation” Shane shrugs and tells him to come down the greenhouse with him and that he can yell at his plants as much as he wants.
Madge and Harold are laughing away reminiscing to Helen and Gerard about old times. Madge is telling the story of Harold, who was being rather gentlemanly offering his seat to a rather portly lady. Madge was so light in those days that when Harold got up the seat had flipped over and Madge had landed on top of the lady. Everybody had fallen about laughing and Madge had been so embarrassed that she had made Harold take her home. Harold laughs that it is a surprise that she went out with him after that. Madge still laughing says that she saw the funny side of it about five days later.
Helen offers them more coffee but Madge and Harold make their excuses and leave but not before telling Gerard that it was a pleasure to meet him and that they hope the wedding goes off without a hitch. Gerard agrees with Madge says that he couldn't hope to find a better mother-in-law than Helen.
After they have gone, Gerard comments what nice people they are. He then asks where they had left the conversation about their feelings for each other. Helen picks up the coffee things and heads to the kitchen saying that she thought he was leaving too. Gerard replies that they have had hardly any time to talk. Helen firmly tells him that the subject is closed; Gerard argues that ignoring the situation won't make it go away. Helen bites back “Why not, what's the choice?” Gerard argues that they have to accept the way they feel and do something about it. Helen wants to know what he is suggesting, that she confesses to her daughter that she is in love with the man she is about to marry! Gerard feels that she will find out sooner or later. Helen tells him firmly that whatever she unintentionally started with him she is finishing right now.
As Lucy, Basil, Scott and Charlene are walking down to the beach, Lucy is thanking Scott for the ride in the car, and Basil had really enjoyed it. Scott is moaning that next time Basil is going to stay at home, he had stunk his whole car out and slobbered all down his neck, (he wipes drool away as he speaks). Lucy insists that is the way dogs pant but Scott insists that she could have kept Basil off of him. Scott goes to grab Charlene's towel to deal with the drool but Charlene won't let him have it.
Lucy threatens to tell Jim what he and Charlene were doing at the traffic lights. Scott says if she says anything….and starts to chase her and Basil down the beach. Coming back to Charlene, she says so what if she tells they were only kissing. As Charlene lays the towels down Scott says that she would still like her to mind her own business. Charlene replies that she didn't come to the beach to watch him chase his sister all afternoon. Scott stretches and agrees, taking Charlene into his arms and starting to kiss her he asks what does she want to do, lie on the sand or go somewhere more…ummm…private! Charlene pushes him away slightly and giggles and says firmly that she wants to lie on the sand. Scott feels they would be move comfortable and points to the sand dunes up there amongst the bushes. Charlene tells a disappointed Scott that they have to look after Lucy and they wouldn't want to miss Mike when he gets here.
Tension remains high, as Gerard argues that Helen is letting Rosemary's happiness get in the way of her own. She should think of herself for once. Helen cries what is she to do if she chooses him she will lose her daughter. Gerard says that he sees that, and admits that even if she doesn't choose him he can't marry Rosemary now.
Jim walks into the kitchen and introduces himself and explains that he had called into his hotel a few hours ago. He wanted to meet him and tell him to keep away from Helen. Gerard is surprised; Helen explains that Jim knows she had told him. Turning to Jim he says that he assumes he doesn't approve, Jim tells him that he isn't taking sides but he knows how Helen feels. He thinks that Gerard needs time to consider his position very carefully. Sadly Gerard says that Helen doesn't want to consider it at all! Jim replies that he should then consider her wishes. Helen begs for Gerard to go, he says that he won't change his mind and she knows where he is if she needs him. Gerard leaves and Jim cuddles Helen as she bursts into tears.
Charlene and Scott are pashing on the beach, Scott's hand start to travel over her mid-drift. Charlene gently moves it back to her back never stopping pashing. Lucy who has made a lovely sandcastle or two watches them and tells Basil to stay put while she takes her bucket up to the pair and pours water over them. As Scott jumps up Lucy tells him that she thought he needed cooling down, he chases Lucy down the beach as Basil barks loudly. Scott catches Lucy and picks her up and threatens to throw her in the sea as Mike arrives.
Charlene gets up and runs down to the beach to grab Lucy's legs as Scott has her arms, they swing her as to throw her into the sea. Mike protests to leave Lucy alone, and wants to know where their sense of humour is. Scott thinks that Mike should look after Lucy if he is so concerned and he and Charlene go off down the beach arm in arm. Lucy asks Mike if he would like to make sand castles he says a bit later he wants to get some sun first. As Lucy goes to walk off, Mike takes the bucket out of Lucy's hands just in case she gets any ideas. Lucy says I thought you thought it was funny, Mike says that he did as long as it wasn't done to him. Lucy goes off moaning about no one being able to have any fun around here.
Harold and Madge are looking through the old photo album. Laughing at the pictures Madge says that the old swimming costumes did nothing for her figure. Harold replies that at least a woman can keep her dignity. Madge doesn't think teenagers are really concerned about dignity today. Harold says that he thought she was very tolerant with Charlene's idea of fashion. Madge tells him that she isn't always but at least these days she is wearing new clothes and not old rags she has bought in the Ox-shop.
Shane comes in with Clive, who says that it wasn't easy to get him over there but he had promised him some of Madge's cake. More introductions take place… Harold wants to know if Clive is the local GP or whether he works for the hospital. Clive jokes that he is a GP…Great Practitioner. Harold says that he is a great believer in natural medicine prevention being better than the cure. Clive agrees and says that a lot of doctors are now looking in incorporating alternative medicine. He feels that you should always have to an open mind when you are talking about medicine, there things in heaven and earth and all that. Harold thinks it is great to talk to a doctor who isn't set in his ways, it makes his stay in Erinsborough all that more enjoyable.
Clive asks Harold where he is staying at the moment, Harold replies that he is at Lassiters. Clive comments on him living in style but Harold says if you like that kind of thing. He finds hotels very impersonal if not pricey; he is going to look for a boarding house or bed-sit for the rest of his stay. Shane suggests that Clive has a spare room at the moment but Clive makes an excuse that he has written to Graham and Kate and they might be coming up to spend a few days with him. He suggests that maybe when they are gone. Clive thanks Madge for the cake and leaves (at record speed!)
Harold comments on what a nice sensible young man Clive is. Madge says that he has his moments! Harold thinks it is a pity that he didn't seem keen to have a boarder he would have enjoyed stay with him and sharing his intellect. Shane wants to know how long he is staying. Harold says that he isn't sure but Erinsborough is becoming more attractive everyday. Madge smiles sweetly at him and looks coy.
Bitterly Helen is telling Jim that she doesn't want to lose Gerard but she doesn't want to hurt Rosemary. She wants to know why everything is so complicated. The phone rings and Jim goes to answer it. It is Rosemary. He lies and says that he had just walked in the door and mouths to Helen whether she wants to talk to her. Rosemary asks if she got the list of dates for the wedding. Helen replies that she did but hadn't replied yet she will have to get back to her. Rosemary asks her to tell Gerard when she sees him and tells Helen that he is having an exhibition over there. Picking up Rosemary's photo from the desk and looking at it she tells him she will. Rosemary says if he told her if he missed her, Helen says that he did. Rosemary complains that between her work and his they hardly see one another but all that will change when they are married. Rosemary asks her to tell Gerard the next time she sees him that she loves him and misses him terribly, Helen says she will. Coming off the phone Jim wants to know what she said. Sadly Helen says that Rosemary is so happy about the wedding and Gerard. She frets about what she has done to them.
Lucy comes running down the pier shouting for Mike, Basil was playing with a seagull and has jumped off the pier and is going to drown. Mike just looks up uninterested and informs her that he will be alright all dogs can swim. Lucy runs up to Mike and begs him to come she knows Basil is in trouble. Mike turns over and tells her that he has probably swum to the shore by now. Lucy pulls at his arm and begs him to come. Reluctantly Mike gets up and walks to the pier, then starts jogging down. Mike and Lucy call Basils name and peer over the edge of the pier looking for the dog. Lucy screeches that he isn't out of the water they have to do something. Mike runs down the steps of the pier onto the lower platform and dives off….