The Coffee Shop
Harold is at breaking point as Gino says his references belong to his Dad. He only did it as he was told there would be no cooking involved. Gino says his Dad is sick and that's why he tried to get a job. Harold sees that there are extenuating circumstances but says he can't overlook the problem. Madge says she will cook the food and Gino will keep the customers happy. Mike says he won't say anything to Daphne, as it will only make her worry.
Jim is in a rush, as his alarm clock didn't go off. Lucy asks Jane how her night with Gino went. Jane says it was fine and says Lucy will meet him when she next goes to The Coffee Shop. Jane is defrosting some meat but Lucy thinks there is too much for them to eat. She tells Jim they should have a dinner party and asks him to invite Beverly. Jim says no as he and Beverly are still not getting on very well.
Beverly has checked Daphne and says she's fine. Daphne is thrilled and says this means Des can take her out tomorrow. She asks if she can go on a picnic with Des and invites Beverly too. Beverly accepts and they arrange to meet in the morning. Beverly answers the door to Lucy. She has come to ask Beverly to dinner. Beverly turns her down and says she has something else on. Lucy tries to rearrange but it's clear that Beverly just doesn't want to go. When Beverly has left, Daphne asks Lucy what she's up to. Lucy says she's sure Jim and Beverly would like each other if they got to know each other.
Paul is leaving the office as Gail opens the door, knocking him backwards. She tells him they have a problem, Mrs Mangel has double rostered some of the staff. She says she will sort it out but Paul insists that he do it as Gail has had enough to deal with lately.
The Coffee Shop
Italian week has got off to a flying start and Madge's meatballs are going down a treat. Harold still hates handling meat dishes but Madge tells him to pull himself together.
Paul is ranting at Mrs Mangel who doesn't have her usual fighting spirit. She tells him she hasn't been sleeping and it's left her unable to concentrate. Jane comes to collect something from the office and doesn't acknowledge Mrs Mangel. Paul notices the tension and tells Mrs Mangel to take the rest of the day off. She tells him that the neighbours have been ignoring her. Paul is surprised to hear this but Mrs Mangel assures him she's not going senile.
Mrs Mangel leaves the office and Gail tells her she's almost finished the new rosters. Mrs Mangel is surprised by Gail's words, as she didn't think she was speaking to her like the rest of the street. Mrs Mangel approaches Jane and asks how she is. Jane is abrupt with her and so Mrs Mangel leaves. Gail tells Jane she has to be strong with Mrs Mangel as she is beginning to realise what she's done to others.
The Coffee Shop
Beverly arrives and orders a picnic hamper. Lucy and Emma come in for lunch and Lucy introduces Emma to Beverly. Lucy asks Beverly where she's going and Beverly tells her about the hamper. Lucy and Emma spot Gino and agree ‘he's a spunk'.
Paul gives the revised roster to Jane and also tells her he thinks she's being hard on Mrs Mangel. He tells her she's not well and is not sleeping properly. Paul says he knows she can be a pain but is sure this is not an act.
The Coffee Shop
Des arrives and Gino pretends to be cooking in the kitchen. Madge helps him to prepare some lunch for Des. Jim comes in and tells Lucy and Emma to hurry back to school. He sits with Des and asks if he'd like to go fishing tomorrow. Des tells him about the picnic and invites him along. Lucy happily overhears and Des says she can come too. Lucy returns to Emma and Emma says she thought they were going horse riding in the morning. Lucy tells her they are and Emma realises she is setting Jim and Beverly up.
Harold presents the days takings to Des and Daphne. They are both pleased and Des praises Gino's cooking skills. Harold awkwardly agrees and makes excuses to leave. Mike is going to stay with Megan but Des isn't happy that he's leaving Harold short staffed. Daphne says that with she and Des out tomorrow he could be getting some study done. Mike says he can't let Megan down and Daphne says if she really cares she'll understand. Des tells Daphne he's invited Jim and Lucy on the picnic, Daphne says Beverly may not be too happy about that but thinks she and Jim should get over their differences and be friends. Des goes outside to get some picnic equipment and Daphne gets twinge. Mike rushes to her side but Daphne says she's ok; it's just a pain in the back.
Harold tells Madge he is unhappy at deceiving Des and Daphne. She tells him she's had an idea; Charlene can take over the cooking on Monday. Harold is unsure but Madge convinces him she needs some money whilst she's waiting for an apprenticeship. Harold agrees it's a good idea and Madge asks him to stay for dinner.
Morning has arrived and Jim and Des are getting ready for the picnic. Lucy is on the phone to Emma and asks Jim is she can go horse riding. Jim reminds her about the picnic but after Lucy pleads he let her go.
Beverly unloads the picnic hamper from her car and makes her way to No 28. On her way she bumps into Jim and Des. Des goes inside and Beverly tells Jim she wouldn't have come if she'd known he'd been invited. Jim feels the same way.
Des thinks Jim and Beverly are going to turn the day into a nightmare. Mike helps Daphne out of house and she gets another pain in her back. However she's convinced she's fine and says she doesn't want anything to ruin her day out.