Beverly is following Helen's Christmas pudding recipe but it doesn't look right. Jim says Christmas was one of Helen's favourite times and Katie is sad Helen won't be able to share it with them this year. Beverly says they need to keep up the visits and talking to Helen. Todd is finding it hard so Beverly suggests he make a tape of familiar sounds instead.
JIM: Be careful not to tape anyone that doesn't know they're being taped… we can do without that kind of drama in Ramsay Street!
Todd says he will start tomorrow because he's finished school. Katie isn't happy that she still has to go to school and be in the play with Toby. Jim says she's lucky Joe didn't get angry with her over Toby's black eye. Katie says Joe was more upset with Toby for letting a girl hit him!
Toby has a steak on his black eye. Joe is wondering what his mates will say and Toby feels stupid.
JOE: Yeah, well, it's nothing compared to the shiner your mum gave me once!
TOBY: She did?
JOE: Yeah, she's got a mean right hook that one!
Joe plans to teach Toby to defend himself and asks what he wants for tea. Toby doesn't want the steak! Mark brings Jane home and attempts his best Aussie “g'day mate” to Joe. Mark has a picnic in a surprise location planned for tomorrow.
Paul is talking to comatose Helen the next morning about his disagreement with Gail over buying the business. Helen opens her eyes briefly and Paul gets excited. Beverly comes in and checks Helen but there is no change. She thinks Paul may have imagined it.
Jane is leaving for her picnic and apologises to Toby for missing the play but Toby hopes nobody comes anyway! Joe wants to start teaching Toby how to defend himself and stands him up on a coffee table. He wants Toby to throw a punch but Toby feels stupid. Joe suggests Toby's mother has turned him into a gutless wonder... at which Toby punches Joe in the face!
JOE: I think you might have inherited your old lady's right hook!
Joe collects the mail as Toby is leaving for school and tells him he'll see him at the play. Todd and Katie leave No.26 and Todd wishes Katie luck with the play. Edith marches up to Joe and tells him Bouncer was barking half the night and frightened her cat. Todd comes up behind them and records them as they argue. Edith turns around and asks him what he's doing. Todd explains that it's for Helen and Edith suddenly changes her attitude, telling Joe she's sure they can sort out their differences!
Jim wishes Helen were coming to the school play and Beverly asks if he's sure he can take time off work this morning. Jim says he can now Rob has sorted things out with Gloria and has his mind back on the job. Another problem is solved as the bank is clearing the cheque for the figurines this morning so he can pay Bess' medical bills. Todd comes in and starts recording them talking about how their problems this year have brought them closer together. They start kissing and so Todd clears his throat. He offers to wipe the tape but Beverly tells him to leave it so Helen knows she has a happy home to come back to.
Daniels Corporation / Lassiters exterior
Mark is picking Jane up. Paul comes in and says he assumes the transport outside is for Mark. Jane is intrigued. They go outside and a horse and carriage has arrived to pick them up.
Number 32 back garden
Bouncer is helping Joe round up sticks to burn. Edith appears on her balcony and tells Joe she doesn't want his foul smoke polluting her washing. Joe tells her she wants to see about getting a dryer.
EDITH: I am from the country, Mr. Mangel. We don't believe in putting clean laundry into electric boxes. We like our washing to dry and blow in God's good air as nature intended!
JOE: Oh yeah? Well it so happens that I'm picking up some of nature's droppings here, lady, you might say. Most of it's blown across from your side of the fence anyway so if you get back on your broomstick and buzz off I'll get on with it!
Edith threatens to go the council but Joe says they might like to have a look at her wiring system too. Todd appears with his tape recorder and they put on their friendly act again.
The horse and carriage brings Jane and Mark to a secluded spot for their “picnic” which includes a table, chairs, and a waiter.
Todd is listening to his recordings and does an impression of Edith. Katie bursts in and says she's never going back to that school. Toby kissed her and it was gross! He has been eating garlic all day deliberately and it wrecked the play. She has to go and clean her teeth ten times so she doesn't smell like Toby! Todd rewinds the tape and plays back what Katie has just said. Katie tells him he's supposed to let people know he's recording them, but she doesn't mind if it helps Helen get better.
Jane tells Mark she used to dream about things like this happening. Mark says he believes in making dreams come true and they toast their relationship.
Jim and Beverly are telling Helen about the school play. Todd arrives with the tape recorder and presses play.
Mark and Jane return to the office. Jane has had a great time. Paul asks Jane to hold the fort as he wants to go and see Helen. Paul leaves and Mark says Helen must be a special lady… like Jane. Jane tells Mark she's been in glamorous situations before with her modelling but today was real. She thanks Mark.
Todd is playing Jim and Beverly's conversation from earlier. Todd turns the tape off as it doesn't seem to be doing any good. Jim tells Todd he did a good job; he really enjoyed Joe and Mrs. Chubb! Paul arrives as Jim, Beverly and Todd are leaving. He kisses Helen and she opens her eyes again. Paul calls the others and they rush back in the room. Helen looks at them and they all smile at each other.