Lucy is writing a letter to Bradley. She reads a bit of it out to Rick:
"The brain tumour had be removed by surgery. The operation was the pits, and I didn't feel too good afterwards. Then your letter arrived with the bad news and felt a million times worse..."
Rick thinks Lucy should give Bradley a break - he didn't know she was sick when he wrote the letter! Lucy is unrepentent, even though she says she doesn't care about Bradley anymore! Lucy asks Rick what's wrong with him, but the nurse comes in to get Rick before he can answer.
Eileen and Des are wondering about the cheque. They are all ready to go to the christening.
When the men are out of the room, Eileen asks Daphne for some advice.
DAPHNE: You want *me* to give *you* advice?!
EILEEN: Woman-to-woman, strictly confidential!
DAPHNE:(incredulously) I won't breathe a word, fire away!
EILEEN: Well, it's Harold. He's...he's a difficult person, he's odd. He wants to accompany me to Jamie's christening and I don't know if I should let him or not.
DAPHNE: I thought you and Harold were great friends, what's the problem?
EILEEN: Well, I happen to...no, let me rephrase that. I happen to know for a fact that Harold has...a darker side to his nature.
Daphne is stunned.
EILEEN: Animal instincts.
DAPHNE: Eileen! Harold is a quiet, law-abiding citizen, a perfect gentlemen!
EILEEN: They're the ones you have to watch. The quiet ones, I know the types! Quiet men with deep passions, bubbling under the surface! That's Harold.
DAPHNE: Look, even if you are right, and I'm sure you're wrong - I doubt that he'd go for the jugular, not at Jamie's christening, not in the church!
EILEEN: You really think so?
Daphne nods, trying not to laugh.
EILEEN: Well...perhaps I shall let him accompany me, then. But I shall keep an eye on him, just the same.
DAPHNE: Oh, I will too. If that makes it any easier for you.
EILEEN:(looking happier) Yes!
Harold is practising singing "Amazing Grace" when Eileen arrives. She tells him that he is welcome to accompany her to the christening. She tells him she heard him singing and he invites her to sing with him sometime. Eileen is shocked to hear that Mrs Mangel isn't in the house and looks deeply concerned.
HAROLD: I've have had a wicked idea!
EILEEN: No, no, I have to be going!
She rushes out, slamming the door behind her!
HAROLD:(to himself) Extraordinary woman!
Helen and Jim are visiting Lucy before they go to the Christening. They ask where Rick is and Lucy tells them they've quarrelled. Helen thinks they should make up ASAP - Rick is very sick. In fact, he's been on the critical list twice. He's had kidney failure and a transplant, and his body rejected the new organ. He's only being kept alive on dialysis at the moment. Lucy is contrite.
Mike is taking some photos of the assembled neighbours outside the Church. Reverend Sampson comes over to check the baby's name, and just as well because he thought the middle name was Kimberley, not Kingsley(!)
REV SAMPSON: James Kingsley Clarke, that's a fine name.
EILEEN:(overhearing) James Winston Kingsley Clarke would be better!
DES: Mum, we agreed Winston was out!
Eileen looks quite put-out!
Helen and Jim arrive and Helen begs Jim to be civil to Beverly. He agrees.
Madge is preparing the Christening tea. Jane pops around to give her a hand. They talk about Henry moving out and Jane feels a bit responsible. She wishes she hadn't said anything to him now. Madge tells her not to worry, she's an expert at putting her foot in it - and particularly with Harold.
JANE: You always seem to patch things up.
MADGE: Not this time. In fact, the more I try to make amends, the further away I succeed in driving him.
Reverend Sampson is conducting the service - Mike, Jim and Beverly are the godparents. The Reverend splashes water on Jamie's forehead and speaks words of ritual. At the back of the Church, a woman comes in quietly and sits in the back row. Des notices the woman, but neither he or Daphne recognise her. When they look again, the woman has gone.
Lucy asks the nurse where Rick is, he hasn't been around for ages.
Outside the Church
Mike is taking more photos. One of the shots is of Jim and Beverly, with both of them grimacing a bit(!) Des wonders who the woman in the church was.
Mike suggests a photo of Eileen and Harold. Eileen looks horrified!
Lucy overhears two nurses saying they're going to miss Rick. They're stripping his bed and commenting that they shouldn't get so involved with patients - it "just makes it hard when we lose them". Lucy is horrified, thinking that Rick has died. She goes into his room and sees his possession in a cardboard box. She picks up his joke book sadly and clutches it to her chest.
The Christening tea is in full swing. Helen encourages Jim to make up with Beverly, but he says she has to meet him halfway.
In the kitchen, Eileen is grilling Madge.
EILEEN: When you and Harold were engaged, did he ever show any...physical tendancies?
MADGE: Well, we held hands sometimes...he even kissed me on occasions.
EILEEN: Oh, so he never let himself get...(she mouths)
MADGE: Oh *that*! Oh yes, but I don't think now is either the time or the place to discuss it, Eileen! I have seen worse behaviour, but I can't remember when.
Eileen is speechless.
MADGE: Not a pretty sight, not to those of us with standards.
EILEEN: Then Nell Mangel was right!
MADGE: What's she got to do with it?
EILEEN: Well, she saw it in the tea-levaes. She said that beneath that mild-mannered exterior, there lurks the heart of a beast!
MADGE: Yes, well...she was right, Eileen.
EILEEN:(faintly) Oh, my...
Eileen walks off in shock and Madge giggles to herself - she's been enjoying winding Eileen up. Helen tells Madge off for stirring, but Madge says Eileen deserves all she gets for believing in such rubbish!
Daphne and Helen talk about the mysterious $5,000 cheque that's turned up - they have no idea who sent it.
Beverly heads off back to the hospital. When she's gone, Helen tells Jim to go after her, but he can't see what he's got to apologise for.
Beverly can't start her car. Jim comes over and offers to help her tune her car up for free.
BEVERLY:(crossly) Thanks anyway, but no thanks.
JIM: That was my attempt at an apology. Even though I've just been explaining to Helen that I see no reason why I have to make one.
BEVERLY: That wasn't much of an apology. But seeing as you've made the effort...I'm sorry too.
JIM: Do you have time for a chat?
BEVERLY: I'm not going anywhere at the moment!
JIM: All those things I said before...I should learn to keep my mouth shut!
BEVERLY: So should I!
JIM: You're a strong-minded woman.
BEVERLY: And you're stubborn.
JIM: I'd hate to see us split up. We're going to have to learn to put up with each other's moods better.
BEVERLY: I know. Agree to disagree.
JIM: Not an easy thing.
BEVERLY: True. So why don't you come over this evening? We could start by talking about the weather.
JIM: Storms abating, that sort of thing? Sounds good to me. Try it again.
The car starts this time. Beverly drives off to the hospital.
Lucy is walking sadly in the hospital garden, still holding Rick's joke book. She reaches the fountain in the middle and we see that she is in tears. She has some flashbacks to Rick and cries some more.
Later, Beverly sees Lucy in the corridor.
BEVERLY: Lucy, I've been looking everwhere for you. What's wrong?
LUCY: Rick's dead. Didn't you know?
BEVERLY: Who told you that?
LUCY: I heard the nurses talking.
Beverly goes to find out the details and after a few seconds, Rick himself turns up! Apparently he got stuck in treatment and he's had good news - he's going home today! Lucy is very relieved and hugs him.
They go into Rick's room and Lucy tells him she's really sorry for accusing him of not being sick. He tells her not to worry about it - he doesn't like talking about it as it's too scary. He's just got to wait for a compatible donor now. He gives her his joke book and they promise to keep in touch.
LUCY: Oh, and I wrote another letter to Bradley. I didn't say much about the operation and stuff. But I did tell him I'd met someone else.
Rick kisses her on the cheek and they smile at each other.
Daphne and Eileen are relaxing after the christening.
DAPHNE: I still don't understand what you've got against Harold. He behaved like a gentleman today.
EILEEN: He's alright in public, but on his own?
EILEEN: Madge was right.
DAPHNE: What did Madge say?!
EILEEN: Well, I told her what Nell Mangel told me she saw in the tea-leaves...she told me it was one hundred per cent fact! No future for me with a man like that.
DES:(overhearing) A man like what?
DAPHNE: Apparently Harold's got us all fooled. According to Eileen, he's a real devil with the ladies.
DES: Is that right, Mum?
EILEEN: Go away, Desmond, I wasn't talking to you.
DES: Aw shucks, I'm not going to hear about the juicy details?
EILEEN: Desmond, go away, this is woman's talk. Besides, there are young ears present.
MIKE: Oh, don't mind me!
Daphne takes Jamie off for a feed, but just as she does, the door-bell rings. Daphne opens it and gets a shock.
WOMAN: Hello, Daphne.