Harold finds out about the rumours about him and is shocked to hear that Madge was involved.
Madge protests that it were only a joke, but Harold is beside himself with ire.
HAROLD: I have been asked to leave the church choir because the female choristers were terrified of me. OF ME!!!
Madge and Eileen recoils.
HAROLD: A man who has tried to live his whole life...I have never been more diappointed in anyone than I am in you right now, Madge.
A customer has come in, so Harold goes off to serve her. Madge turns on Eileen and reminds her that she promises not to say anything!
Helen and Lucy come around to visit Daphne. Lucy goes off to the nursery to see Jamie. Helen and Daphne talk about the law suit in America - Jim could literally lose everything. Daphne tells Helen about her father.
DAPHNE: According to my mother, he's dying.
HELEN: Oh, Daphne.
DAPHNE: I didn't know whether to believe her at first, I thought it might be some line that he'd fed her so I'd feel sorry for him when he found out.
HELEN: Why would he do that?
DAPHNE: To get access to Jamie. You know how desperately he wanted our baby to be a boy.
Helen doesn't think anyone would lie about something like that, but Daphne doesn't know. She's not sure how she feels about it - she's never been close to her father. Helen says that she was able to make up with her mother, maybe she should give her father a chance.
Eileen is serving a customer when Mrs Mangel comes in. Eileen tells her to leave before Harold sees her - she knows everything, and she had to tell him about the tea-leaves source.
When the customer has gone, Harold slams the door behind her and advances on Mrs Mangel!
MRS MANGEL: I...do hope that you're not going to try to blame me for the unfortunately gossip that's been going around. I never said anything about you to anyone.
HAROLD: You deny reading in your tea-leaves that I was some sort of half-man, half-beast.
MRS MANGEL: That's what the tea-leaves showed me - a satyr. I can't be held responsible for what the tea-leaves say!
HAROLD: OF COURSE YOU CAN YOU STUPID WOMAN!!! The leaves may not lie, but I'm sure you're not beyond a little fabrication! I warned you that this tea-leaf nonsense would cause nothing but trouble. I just didn't realise I'd be the one bearing the brunt of it!
MRS MANGEL: Mr Bishop...I'm sure you're making far too much of the whole thing.
HAROLD: I'm sure you wouldn't take this attitude if it were *your* reputation in ruins. You two and Madge Ramsay are like the witches from Macbeth! You double and you double and cause me nothing but trouble! Your behaviour is unforgivable. I find it impossible to have anything to do with all three of you. Once the lunchtime rush is over, Eileen, you may look after the shop from now. I won't be coming back, and may I suggest, Mrs Mangel, that you look for a new boarder, I shall be moving out this afternoon.
MRS MANGEL: But...surely Mr Bishop, we can work something out without you doing something so drastic?
HAROLD: I've said all I'm going to say. Good afternoon.
He walks out.
MRS MANGEL:(to Eileen) Why didn't you keep your big mouth shut?!
Daphne is showing Helen a musical box that her father gave her when she was very small. Helen thinks there must have been a time when her father loved her, but Daphne tells her about the accident when her mother lost her baby. Helen says that sometimes it happens to men who resent the baby when their mother dies in childbirth - luckily Jim has never felt that way about Lucy.
There's a knock at the door, and it's Harold. He asks Daphne for a word, and tells Helen there's no need for her to leave.
HAROLD: I'm afraid I have to resign my position from the Coffee Shop, effective as of now.
DAPHNE: What's wrong? If it's Eileen, we can try again...
HAROLD: No, it's not just her. You not be aware that I've been maligned and betrayed by the people I trusted most. It's left me with no option but to leave Erinsborough.
HELEN: Leave Erinsborough?!
Rob is going through some paperwork with Charlene when a very old mate comes in. Charlene isn't too pleased and goes to answer the phone. It's Harold, saying he wants to pick his car up as soon as possible. But Rob is off to have a drink with his mate, despite Charlene's protestations.
Harold is just leaving when Jane arrives home early. Apparently Mrs Mangel has asked her to talk him out of leaving. Jane asks Harold if he isn't being a bit hasty in moving out - talk by silly people will soon die down.
HAROLD: Because I cannot stay where people think I'm some sort of maniac who can just attack a woman at any moment!
JANE: Anyone with a bit of sense would know you wouldn't do that, Mr Bishop.
HAROLD: I've a very high sense of personal honour, Jane. It's very important for me to feel respected. And for the people that I know here to entertain thoughts like that about me, even for a second, well then I just have to move on and start life afresh somewhere else.
JANE: Look, I know this is awful for you, but I don't think running away is the answer.
HAROLD: I'm not running away! I'm walking away with my head held high. After all, discretion is the better part of valour, as they say. Can you imagine when I found out who was the perpetrator of these vicious lives? That's why I can't stay and ride it out.
JANE: Well, I'll miss you. And I know Nan will miss you, too.
HAROLD: Yes, well, she certainly will miss my board!
JANE: Not just that. In a funny way, you seem to be able to keep her in line. She has more respect for you than anyone she knows.
HAROLD: It's a pity it didn't stop her from starting this vicious scandal about me.
JANE: Mr Bishop, she was frightened of losing you to Eileen Clarke! Not that Nan has any romantic interest, but...well, she loves having you here and she doesn't want to lose you as her boarder. She's become quite possessive about you.
HAROLD: I'm afraid she has lost me. I'm going to pick up my car from Lewis, then I'll come back here for my baggage.
Jane offers to make Harold a late lunch, he shouldn't drive a long distance on an empty stomach. He thanks her.
MADGE: Honestly, I could wring Eileen Clarke's neck!
Helen tells Madge that it is partly her own fault and Madge agrees with this.
MADGE: Harold will probably never speak to me again.
HELEN: Madge, he's leaving Erinsborough.
Madge is shocked to hear this and says she was really hoping they'd get back together eventually.
MADGE: I know he is an old fuddy-duddy sometimes, but underneath it all, he's really a very nice person.
HELEN: Yes, I agree.
MADGE: Helen, he has warmth and passion. I mean, when he kisses he's not an old fuddy-duddy. Oh, he's not the sort of uncontrollable monster Mrs Mangel said she saw in the tea-leaves, but he is a real man. I'm sure we could have been happy if we'd had the chance. But I blew it, didn't I? Absolutely.
HELEN: Well, perhaps if you let him know how strongly you feel...
MADGE: No, it's too late now, I don't think he'd listen to me.
HELEN: Madge, it seems to me he's pretty important to you. Isn't it worth just one more try?
Harold thanks Jane for his lunch and tells her he'll send her a postcard from wherever he settles down. Mrs Mangel comes in and apologises again, but Harold isn't having any of it. He tells her he's paid up his rent until the end of the month. She's shocked to hear that Harold is leaving Erinsborough. He goes off to get his car and says he'll be back for his baggage later.
When Harold has gone, Jane tells Mrs Mangel that Harold wouldn't listen to anyone. Mrs Mangel picks up Harold teacup and looks at the leaves. She recoils in shock.
Harold is crossing Ramsay Street when Madge runs out of her house to see him.
MADGE: Oh Harold, I can't tell you how sorry I am about what happened! Don't you think you're taking it all too seriously?
HAROLD: Oh, am I?! I could put up with Mrs Mangel's foolishness. Even Eileen Clarke's stupid gossip. But you know what cut me to the heart more than anything else, Madge? When the woman that I loved...yes, loved! told cruel lies about me.
MADGE: Harold, I didn't want to hurt you, it was just a stupid joke!
HAROLD: Well to stay here now would just be too painful. After everything we've been through, Madge, I still thought there could have been some hope for us.
MADGE: Yes, yes, I thought that too...
HAROLD: Well of course that is now impossible. It's best for me just to leave and be done with it.
Mrs Mangel is running down the street behind them.
MRS MANGEL: Mr Bishop! Mr Bishop!
HAROLD: There is nothing more to be said!
MRS MANGEL: But your cup! I saw you in it! You are lying there with your arms crossed, you're obviously laid out, dead! Oh, Mr Bishop, it's a warning, you have to listen!
HAROLD: Don't you think that your superstitious nonsense has caused enough trouble already?! If you think you can make me stay by carrying on with this foolishness, then you are very much mistaken! I intend to wipe the dust of Erinsborough from my shoes once and for all and nothing anyone says will make any difference!
MRS MANGEL: But he'll die!
Madge and Harold stomp off in different directions.
Charlene explains to Harold that his car isn't ready yet. He isn't pleased, although Charlene thinks it was almost finished. Harold says he'll take the car anyway, and send a cheque on.
HAROLD: Charlene...I do hope that you and Scott will be very happy together.
CHARLENE: You sound as if we won't be seeing you again!
HAROLD: Well, that is about the strength of it. You see, I've...decided to move on.
CHARLENE:(hugging him) Oh, Harold. I hate to see you go.
HAROLD: Circumstances make it impossible for me to stay, that's all. I just hope that Scott realises what a lucky young man he is to have a wife like you.
Charlene is touched and kisses Harold on the cheek.
CHARLENE: See ya.
He drives off.
MADGE: I hold you totally responsible for what happened!
MRS MANGEL: How convenient Mrs Ramsay, you choose to forget your part in it!
MADGE: My part was accidental, you knew exactly what you were doing!
MRS MANGEL: And you were quick enough to join in! You didn't like him going out with Eileen any more than I did!
MADGE: Certainly not. But at least I didn't plot and scheme to break up his little romance!
Jane comes in and says there's no point blaming each other now.
MRS MANGEL: I've lost the best lodger I ever had!
JANE: Nan, he was the only lodger you've ever had!
MRS MANGEL: That's besides the point. I'll never find another lodger like Mr Bishop.
MADGE: No, and I'll never find another friend like him either. He was the one man who really seemed to understand me.
MRS MANGEL: Well...I'm very sorry for what happened. I had no idea it would turn out like this.
MADGE: Yes, I'm sorry too!
MRS MANGEL: Mrs Ramsay, I honestly believe that something awful will happen to him. Can't you convince him not to try to drive a long distance today?
MADGE: Mrs Mangel, I don't believe in your teacup readings! But I will try one more time with Harold. I'll wait outside.
Rob finally comes back after over an hour. He is shocked to see that Harold's care has gone and Charlene explains that Harold couldn't wait.
ROB: Blimey. I found a leak in his brake line, the back one. I hadn't finished fixing it...
Harold turns a corner and then suddenly finds himself unable to stop at a T-junction. He hits another car.