Paul and Gail have come for dinner with Helen. Nick is painting a picture for his class tonight. Gail says she's nervous about the business deal, but Helen says buying Rosemary out is a very good move. Gail's worried about borrowing so much money, but Paul insists it's fine. Helen is frustrated that she can't use her chopsticks and picks up a fork instead.
Madge and Henry are eating at the table while Harold is made to sit in the living room - he's still stinky from the ointment.
Mrs Chubb and Bronwyn come round and Mrs Chubb is very agitated. Bronwyn explains about the marujuana plant and Harold is shocked at such a terrible joke. However, the police did let her off any charges. Henry gets an odd look on his face and goes out.
Bronwyn is telling Des what happened with the plant. Des can't understand who'd do a thing like that. He wonders if Bronwyn might have been the target - like the anonymous letters. Bronwyn admits that she's had another letter - the same as before. She insists she's not going to give whoever's going it the satisfaction of reacting to it.
Penny rings Des and tells him she's having trouble with the real estate files. She asks him to help her with it - it's just business and they still have a business relationship even if they don't have a personal one. Des invites her over.
Nick is just off to college but is worried about leaving Helen on her own. Helen says she's bored and frustrated - she can't paint because she can't hold the brush. Nick insists that she tries and pulls the easel up to the table. Then he leaves for college.
Eventually, Helen picks up the brush and daubs the easel with two hands on the brush. But she slips and the brush falls.
Mrs Chubb has recovered a bit now and Madge shows her out. When she's gone, Henry says it was just a stupid joke, not a campaign of misery against her. Madge agrees with Harold though - it was a terrible joke. Harold suggests that someone could have seen someone put the plant there and Madge suggests that Henry checks it out!
Toby is relating an exaggerated version of the pot plant story that he heard from a friend in school.
Henry comes round to see Joe and Joe sends Toby off to bed. Henry tackles him about the plant and says he should report it to the police by rights. Joe says the fact that he knew the plan makes him an accessory! Joe says that Mrs Chubb had it coming for helping Nolene to get his kid. It's not only that though - he had a specific reason too.
Bronwyn is still appalled by the smell of Des's ointment when Paul and Gail come round with some champagne. Penny comes up the drive and enters the house. Paul says he'll be in to see Penny tomorrow about the loan at the bank.
Penny sits on the sofa awkwardly while Des is still at the table. Des isn't pleased but Penny explains it's only because of the smell! Then she says they'd better talk about Gordon Hemmings. Penny said she owed Des nothing - he wasn't ready to commit to her and she had to move on. Des says he's sorry for what he did. Penny suggests they get on with their work.
Nick comes in and observes the easel. Helen said she couldn't do it and Nick scolds her for giving up. He argues with her that she has to try and to stop doing self-pity. He says she's letting herself and her family down and he never figured her for a quitter.
Des makes Penny a coffee, but then changes his mind and opens the champagne that Paul gave him. Des says he's glad that they talked - he doesn't want them to stop being friends. He pours them a glass of champagne each and tells her to be happy. Then Penny says that she did care for Des but when you can't have what you want, you compromise. Des asks her if he can have a second chance. Penny says he shouldn't joke about - she doesn't want to be hurt again. But she suddenly says that she will give him a second chance! They kiss, despite Des's ointment!
Mrs Chubb is visiting and has now reached the anger stage about the plant incident. She's determined to find out who did it. The flower pot is quite unusual - urn shaped and dark brown. Harold says that Mrs Mangel had two or three in her laundry! Mrs Chubb goes straight off to confront Joe.
Mrs Chubb barges in to talk to Joe. She tells him she knows what he did but he denies it - nothing can be proved. He says he did it because she was assisting Nolene to take Toby away - noone would listen to a woman who'd been in trouble with the police. He tells her to keep her nose out of his business then tells her to get out of his house, kick-start her broomstick and buzz off!
Helen is walking with the zimmer frame. Nick watches her from behind as she leaves it and takes a couple of steps unaided. Finally she collapses into a chair having taken three steps. She is delighted and Nick hugs her.
Paul is excited about getting the loan from the bank. But Penny tells them that she's familiarised herself with the file and they can't give them the loan. She can't commit the bank to that sort of risk, no matter what Des said. She has to reject their application.