Matt gets a letter from Lee saying she's left. Matt runs off to try to find her.
Robinsons - evening
Beverly has got her books spread over the table.
JIM: Any news on dinner?
BEVERLY: I hadn't given it much thought, I was still full from Nick's party.
Beverly says she's planning her lecture on geriatric care - everyone but Jim is out. He goes off to forage for his own dinner. Beverly says she's nervous about standing up in from of so many students. There's a knock at the door.
BEVERLY: Could you get that please?
JIM: Of course. I'd hate to be accused of interrupting your busy schedule!
It's Melanie at the door, looking for Matt. He's not there. Melanie thinks Matt and Lee might have run away together - Lee stuff is gone. Jim thinks it's a bit of a leap of logic - he thinks Matt is too level-headed to up and leave. Beverly isnt' so sure - he was willing to squat at No.30 after all.
Kelvin has brought Melanie a present - a big pink pig. Melanie invites him in and offers him a drink. Kelvin says Melanie is the first girl that has ever been nice to him - he gets so nervous and clumsy around girls. Melanie says that Kelvin just needs some self-confidence. She suggests she could teach him to dance - it would improve his co-ordination. She tells him to come round for dinner tomorrow night and she'll teach him.
Helen is looking through Nick's sketches. Matt comes in - he's in a right strop - he and Ryan couldn't find Lee. Jim tells Matt not to blame himself - Lee has a habit of doing a runner when things get difficult.
Nick and Sharon are saying goodbye.
SHARON: You'd better miss me!
NICK: Like a whole in the head!
Sharon tries to return the necklace that Nick gave her when they were going out - the one that belonged to his grandmother. But he tells her to keep it - she was the first girl that ever counted to him.
SHARON: I'm going to miss you so much.
NICK: You take care, OK?
Ryan comes over to say goodbye too - they shake hands.
Just then, a buyer comes to see Bertha. The buyer looks doubtful that it's worth $800, but Ryan tells her that it's painted by Nick Page, a budding artist - it'll be worth a fortune one day. She gets in to take it for a test drive, but the car won't start. Eventually the engine fires and the lady reverses out. But the car stalls again and then back-fires. The lady gets out and walks away(!)
Melanie is putting up a poster and chatting to Caroline about Kelvin. Caroline is surprised that Melanie is encouraging Kelvin, but Melanie says it's all about Kelvin's self-esteem.
MELANIE: Dancing doesn't have to be romantic, you know!
Jim has had a look at Bertha - unfortunately the engine has gone.
SHARON:(upset) Looks like I'm going to have to send Bronnie a telegram for her wedding.
Jim says she might be able to get $200 from the wreckers for parts. Then he suggests that Matt buys her and do her up. He isn't sure - but he does have the money he was going to use for a bond on a flat with Lee. He finally decides to buy the car - for $200.
Nick is putting his luggage in the car and reminiscing with Helen about when he first came to Ramsay Street.
NICK: Helen. Can I have a hug?
HELEN: I thought we'd save that for the airport.
NICK: Got a quota, have I?
HELEN:(hugging him) Oh, Nick!
NICK: Love you.
They get in the car.
NICK: Thanks for everything, Helen. You know, I almost don't want to go.
HELEN: Well, we have to grab our oppotunites where and when we can. There's always a home here for you if you want it.
NICK: Thanks, I'll remember that.
They drive off.
Caroline has dropped over and is surprised that Melanie has set a table nicely for Kelvin. She thinks it looks very romantic - so Melanie takes some things off the table. Caroline suggests that she uses paper plate, considering how clumsy Kelvin is!
Just then, Kelvin arrives and Caroline heads off.
Jim tells Beverly that he's asked Matt to stay on with them indefinitely if he wants to. Beverly is not pleased that she wasn't consulted, but Jim points out that Matt is family. Beverly says it's not convenient - she doesn't need another person to look after. Jim tries to reason with her - Nick has gone and they've got the room. Beverly says she was looking forward to a bit of quiet.
BEVERLY: The way you've organised things, one boarder leaves and another one moves in before I've even had time to change the sheets! Anyone would think we had a revolving front door!
Most unfortunately, Matt has come in and heard this exchange.
MATT: It's alright. At least I know where I stand. I'll move out straight away.
JIM: Matt, wait!
Beverly tries to tell Matt that she just caught him at a bad moment. He says it doesn't matter - he'll just get the money back from buying Bertha and stay with Ryan for a while. Beverly explains she was angry with Jim not consulting her, not with Matt. Eventually they manage to talk him round.
When Matt has gone, Jim tells Beverly that Matt has been hurt enough lately without them adding to it. She flounces off.
Kelvin has broken a salad bowl by the time he finishes his meal. He tells Melanie that he only uses plastic at his place. Then he accidentally spills wine over Melanie.
MELANIE: So...how did you ever get to be a waiter, Kelvin?
KELVIN: My uncle's a maitre d'
Melanie starts Kelvin off on the dancing with a foxtrot. He immediately steps on her foot!
Jim has got some information for Matt to fix up Bertha. The doorbell rings.
BEVERLY:(irritably) Will we never have any peace?!
It's Helen at the door and Jim is surprised that she rang the bell! Nick has got away OK on his flight to London. Beverly tells her that Matt is staying with them permanently.
Helen is a bit down because Nick has gone. Jim asks Helen to move back in, but she isn't sure yet.
HELEN: To be blunt, I'm too old for war-zones. There's no point in my coming back if I'm only going to be the meat in the sandwich again.
JIM: Well, if that's what you're worried about, don't give it a second thought. I'm not saying we don't argue any more because you wouldn't believe me anyway - every married couple needs to let off steam now and again - it's normal!
BEVERLY: We would love to have you back with us, Helen. Place hasn't been the same lately. And I admit I could do with a helping hand.
HELEN: Well, I do have a few other options to consider, so I can't give you an answer tonight. But I must say how happy I am that there's been a thaw in the Cold War.
Beverly smiles thinly and exchanges a glance with Jim.
Melanie is very frustrated with Kelvin. He says he's a lost cause. But finally he manages the dance. He starts telling Melanie she's wonderful and ends up kissing her.
KELVIN: I'm sorry, Melanie!
MELANIE: Kelvin! Talk about undiscovered talent!
She takes off his large glasses and kisses him properly!