The Coffee Shop
Mrs Mangel is complimenting Harold on an excellent meal. She tells him it's a shame that more people don't appreciate the value of good vegetarian cuisine. Gino bids her farewell but Mrs Mangel isn't impressed by his flowery delivery. Harold sits Harold down for a chat and tells him he will be relying on him for support during the busy time. He also tells him to keep his eyes off Charlene, as she is a married woman.
Beverly is pleased with Daphne's blood pressure. It's finally normal. Daphne tells her how bored she is but Beverly insists she take it easy. Helen arrives and tells Daphne about her trip. She tells her to hold on as she doesn't want to miss the baby's birth. Helen tells Daphne she will give the spare key to Madge and gives her a kiss before leaving.
Paul gives Jane an early mark so she can see Mike. He's coming home after a few days away. Gail gives Paul some papers to sign and he asks her out for dinner. He says sitting at home waiting for Rob to ring won't do any good and tells her it's about time they went out and had some fun. Gail agrees and Paul says she can choose where they eat. Gail says in that case she wants to eat at home as she feels creative.
GAIL: How do you feel about Veal Oscar?
PAUL: I love Veal, but don't call me Oscar.
The Coffee Shop
Jane arrives and Gino introduces himself to her. He flirts with her and Jane tells him her boyfriend Mike works in The Coffee Shop. Harold emerges from the kitchen and warns Gino that he is paid to serve food not flirt with the customers. Two schoolgirls arrive wanting meat pies however when Harold informs them of the new vegetarian cuisine they turn around to leave. Gino stops them, flirting with them and telling them about the joys of Harold's cooking. The girls stay and Harold seems to be taking a liking to Gino's technique!
Paul and Gail are unloading groceries from the car. Helen comes over and asks if she can borrow the tent from the garage – she's decided to go on the painting trip. Paul is thrilled but asks if she is really up to camping. Paul and Helen go inside and Jim arrives. Jim tells Gail he has put the garage on the market and asks her to let Rob know when she hears from him. Gail says she wouldn't be surprised if she didn't hear from Rob again and says she feels she has let him down. Jim tells Gail she has the patience of a saint and tells her he would be proud to have a daughter like her, in fact now that she's married Paul he is proud to have a daughter like her. Jim tells Gail she has saved Paul from being bitter and twisted his whole life.
Des is cooking and receiving instructions from Daphne who is still laid up on the couch. Harold arrives with a pie from Mrs Mangel but Daphne demands that Des put it in the bin. Harold shows Daphne the books and she asks how Gino is working out. He tells her the schoolgirls have taken a shine for him – their conversation is interrupted by Des burning dinner!
Paul and Gail have finished eating their dinner and Paul compliments the chef. Paul tells her she would be a perfect asset to any man, she's the perfect hostess, a good cook, what more could anyone ask for? Gail suggests an honest relationship and says when she signed he contract it was all pretty basic. However now she has got something that she never bargained for – a family. She says the Robinsons are nice people and tells Paul that if they split up they will just hurt them. She agrees to stick out the marriage much to Paul's delight who tells her he'd miss her if she left.
Helen is gathering her camping gear when Beverly arrives. She gives a Helen a book on Australia bush craft and a first aid kit. Beverly is upset by Helen's negative attitude and tells her she is just going through ‘empty nest syndrome'. She tells Helen not to question her families love and to start a new phase of her life with the camping trip. Before she leaves Beverly asks Jim to pop into the surgery tomorrow so she can take another look at his knee.
Jane has made Daphne tea and is wondering where Mike is. Daphne tells her the bus probably got hold up. Jane tells Daphne she envies her as it seems like a long time until she'll get married or have kids. Jane feels like everything is happening to someone else and Daphne assures she has a lot of living to do yet. Mike arrives and avoids all pleasantries by heading off to have a shower. Daphne thinks there is something more to Mike's attitude but Des won't allow her to find out. Jane tells them both Mike is probably just tired and is sure he will be fine in the morning.
Des and Mike are getting breakfast whilst Daphne sets herself up for another day on the couch. Mike is still touchy about his trip. Daphne tells him he should apologise to Jane as she had been waiting all day to seem him.
Jim arrives and sees Beverly collecting her paper. She says he's an hour early for surgery but says she will see him anyway. Beverly tells Jim that Helen feels like she doesn't have a place in the home anymore now that the children have grown up. Jim tells Beverly he appreciates her taking an interest and invites her to lunch. However Beverly says she is busy.
The Coffee Shop
Harold and Gino are talking shop and are happy about the increasing business. Mrs Mangel arrives and gives Harold a message; his friend from the farm rung to say his son will be delivering vegetables to the shop every two days. Harold doesn't think it's enough stock and arranges to order more much to Ginos disapproval.
Jane catches up with Mike and wants to talk about his trip. He is reluctant to talk to her and Jane asks him if anything is wrong. She tells him they have been invited to Scott and Charlene's for dinner as a thank you for being best man and bridesmaid. Mike tells him he can't make it and after Jane pushes him for a reason why, he tells her he met a girl in Canberra and thinks he has fallen in love with her.