Nick is sketching while Beverly is sewing Katy's school concert costume when Jim and Lucy come home from visiting Helen in hospital. Nick has read about arousal therapy for people in comas. Beverly says it has been known to get results, mostly on younger people, but she'll discuss it with Helen's specialist. Lucy tells Nick he's a genius as well as a great artist and offers to model for him. Jim and Beverly exchange glances over this obvious flirtation. Speaking of art, Beverly asks what's happening with the figurines. Jim is going to see the antique dealer in the morning.
Sharon appears to be wearing some kind of clown outfit and a big blue bow in her hair when Bronwyn comes in. Sharon shows Bronwyn the earrings and says she's in the Chinese court like the Last Emperor and there are a thousand Chinese warriors outside waiting to take her to the palace in a chair with handles! Well, it makes Bronwyn laugh at least after her latest argument with Henry. Aunt Edie appears in her dressing gown and tells Bronwyn she is always welcome to move back in if things are cooling off with Henry. Sharon pointedly changes the subject by asking Edith why she doesn't get another cat. Edith says she could never replace Cassius. She goes to bed and Sharon tells Brownwyn that if they bought Aunt Edie a cat she would love it!
Gail opens the door to a secretive Rob the following morning. Rob wants her to help him go clothes shopping at lunch time as Madge told him he needs to make an effort for Gloria. Gail says Gloria is concerned about more than just appearance but Rob says it's a start.
Henry wants Edith to tell Bronwyn she gave him the wrong idea about what happened in Narrabri but Edith says he believed what he wanted to believe. Des and Harold come in. Harold's back is much better and Edith is concerned this means she's out of a job. Des wants her to do more of the cooking as they have had excellent reports. Henry sarcastically thanks Des; now he has three bosses!
HENRY: It's not gonna work, Des. They will not get on. This shop's not big enough for both of them. In fact, the world's not big enough for both of them!
Des tells Harold to be careful how he deals with Edith because she's doing them a favour. Harold says he's not entirely tactless and they will get on like a house on fire... then realises how inappropriate that metaphor is!
Later, Henry asks if the tables have been checked ready for the lunch time stampede.
EDITH: Could you do it please Henry? I'm sandwich filling.
HENRY: You as a sandwich filling, Mrs. C? Never!
Harold wants Henry to help with two boxes that have just been delivered but Edith wants him to do the tables. Edith and Harold try to score points with each other over their past experience. Edith ran a very large household in a country town where they believed in doing things properly.
HAROLD: Well I am not unfamiliar with country towns. For many years I ran a business in one.
EDITH: A stock and station agency I believe, Mr. Bishop. People are not cattle and sheep!
Henry deals with the boxes and comes back in to do the tables while Harold and Edith are still arguing!
Jim comes home, having sold the figurines for more than they were expecting; Bess' medical expenses are fully covered. Beverly has been thinking about the arousal therapy. It's a big commitment for the family, requiring touch, vision and hearing stimulation for 6- 8 hours a day, and it may not work. Jim thinks it's worth a try.
Gloria and Rob order lunch after their shopping trip. Rob has a surprise package he bought when he went off on his own and won't let Gail touch it. He asks her to go home and put in a good word for him with Gloria.
Sharon comes in to start work early as it was the last day of school and she is unimpressed when Harold asks her to take milkshakes to Nick and Lucy (who is staring intently at Nick). Lucy tells Sharon that Nick is going to do her portrait.
Henry is about to serve Rob's shepherd's pie when Harold calls him back and cuts the serving in half because there is too much food on the plate. Rob is about to get his lunch this time but then Edith calls Henry back and tells Harold there wasn't too much food on the plate! Henry has had enough, puts the shepherd's pie down and takes his apron off.
HENRY: Well, I'll tell you this is more fun than parliament but Sharon's here now and, well, I've got a bit of a headache so I think I'll go and do some gardening!
Bronwyn is feeding Jamie and telling him not to grow up like another Henry Ramsay! Des thinks if losing Henry makes her feel so bad she shouldn't give up. Bronwyn says Henry doesn't trust her which isn't a great basis for a relationship. It's best over and done with.
Gloria believes her crossword proves she did the right thing taking the bar job as it's full of words about bars.
GLORIA: Crosswords are better than horoscopes; I've been using them for years!
Gail mentions that Rob is going to drop in, just before there's a knock at the door. Gloria opens the door to Rob... wearing a black wig! Neither Gloria nor Gail can contain their laughter. Rob tells Gloria he thought it might help them get back together if he looked slimmer and younger like her. Gloria says he was happy with the way he was, whereas she needed to improve herself in order to like herself. They hug and make up and Gloria says she will move home this arvo. She shows Rob her crossword. It has the words "happy", "future" and "mechanic" in it as well (of course it has)!
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Harold is fussing over whether Sharon and Edith will cope while he goes to see a supplier. Sharon sees Nick sketching Lucy by the bridge. They both seem to be flirting with each other. Nick can't believe Lucy has never done modelling before.
Beverly and Jim are still talking about the arousal therapy when Gail arrives and announces Rob and Gloria are back together, much to Jim's relief. Beverly shares their good news about the figurines and not having to worry about money any more. Gail is not so happy as Paul still wants to sell everything to buy the business. Jim can understand Paul wanting to control his own destiny. Gail will give it some more thought but doubts she will change her mind.
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Lucy baits Sharon with the fact that her portrait was terrific and now Nick's doing a second one; it's a shame he hasn't had anyone proper to draw before. Sharon pushes Lucy into the pond and laughs, sarcastically apologising.