Susan tells Libby her therapist is pleased with her and Karl's coming home
Joe talks about Harold's 'hot date' in front of Rosie.
Harold's really excited about his date, which went well and tells Rosie how much he and Ruby have in common, so she's very special. Rosie is obviously not very pleased that it's such a good start, though she says she is.
Lyn is trying to get Michelle to organise her passport. Michelle eventually concedes that she's very nervous and Lyn doesn't make it easier by listing all the new things she'll be facing. Michelle goes off to see Nina, but Lyn follows as she knows that's not true. Michelle admits that she isn't and that everything seems to be getting on top of her. She's worried that she might not like New York and won't know what to do.
Darcy calls at the hotel on the pretext of handing in a prescription for one of the guests. Chloe hands him a paper and says quietly 'Four o'clock, I'll see you there.' Darcy buys a $65 bottle of wine, so Lou mentions 'she must be very special'. 'Just an old friend, Lou'.
'Yes, whatever you say'.
Rosie comes to apologise to Lou for not being friendly lately and they organise a dinner date, despite the fact that Lou's cough has worsened. As they talk, she notices a display of 'Jelly Drops'. It was an idea Max had and for once Lou approves as 'the kids love them'. She picks up on this and he clarifies-'students, young people'.
Karl calls in to buy a good bottle of wine, having arrived back one day early as he couldn't wait and he tells them he hopes it will be a nice surprise. Meanwhile Susan's at No 28 on the phone to Libby asking what she should prepare to stock the fridge for Karl's return. She gets nervous because she's in her old clothes and makes a hasty retreat.
Lyn and Michelle are unpacking their shopping as Susan dashes across the road. Lyn is reassuring Michelle that they will be able to afford it, when she hears loud music from the garage. She tells Michelle there's something that will cheer her up and pulls the garage door up quickly to reveal Connor and a number of other men-and Joe, clutching a garden gnome. He's a bit embarrassed, puts down the gnome, then says in a hurt, dramatic voice as he pulls the door back down. 'It's a man's shed, Lynnie'.
Lyn laughs and suggests to Michelle they should go before they get struck by lightning as it's 'secret man's business'.
Darcy goes to a block of flats where Chloe is waiting. As he says, it's a bit downmarket for her, but it's one of her rental properties and she says they're 'hiding' there. Chloe's worried about a columnist who has been ringing her. She is dismissed by Darcy as an 'ageing hairdresser who needs a life'. Chloe can't afford 'notoriety' although they laugh as they make up possible sensational headlines. Chloe says they must from now on not have any public meetings, but see one another at the flat only.
Rosie goes to the pub and tells Lou she's done research on Jelly Drops and similar products. She and mothers she's discussed it with feel it's dangerous because it's an adult product clearly aimed at young people. Lou's nonchalant about it as he doesn't sell them to under-18's. His cough gets worse and the subject is dropped when he tells her he'll run the pub as he sees fit and she should go back to running the church.
Lyn quizzes Joe and Connor as to what the attraction is in sitting in a dirty garage. When Michelle and Connor go for a walk, Lyn tells Joe she's worked out that Michelle's worried about the money.
Harold is also angry at the thought of an alcoholic jelly and he and Rosie are discussing it in the Coffee Shop when he receives a call from Ruby. They're obviously on the same wavelength, but the mood is broken when the call comes. He's arranging to meet Ruby that night, so Rosie goes, not seeming too pleased at being described as 'just someone leaving'.
Karl and Darcy catch up with one another's news, complete with some dreadful puns. Karl feels Darcy has something he wants to tell him and isn't impressed when Darcy says he and Chloe Lambert have 'become quite close', as he thinks this will cause trouble. They discuss the various possible problems.
Susan arrives, all changed and Karl remarks on how nice she looks. She says she had planned to greet him all dressed up and draped on the lounge. He says he came back because he couldn't wait another minute to come back and see her.
Joe and Lyn have discussed their finances and found there won't be enough. Joe tells Lyn he has an idea that will allow them to get Michelle on the plane.
In the Coffee Shop, Michelle tells Connor she doesn't want to go to New York. She doesn't want to tell her parents after all she put them through and all the fights, the hurt she caused Joe and all the money they've already spent.
Susan and Karl have eaten the nibbles he prepared and she quotes some lines about food. She wonders where it came from and he points out that she used to read a lot. She thinks she must be very boring for him now, but he insists she could never be boring. He says they used to argue a lot, lose their tempers, but it was never boring. She feels she could never be bored with him and suggests they skip the restaurant. He suggests a take away meal and a video, but she replies that she doesn't think they'll need the video.
While they finish the washing up, Connor tells Michelle she must talk to her parents. She goes into the lounge but when Joe talks about visiting her in New York, she chickens out and offers them coffee instead.
Karl and Susan have eaten and when she starts to experiment with vocabulary and wonder whether she'll ever be an English teacher again, he says that although it's going to be a long road back, he has faith in her and will be there to support her all the way. She cuddles up and he asks her to 'come back home'.
Michelle asks to talk to Lyn and Joe urgently just as Lyn's leaving for work. When they find Joe, he has just sold his entire collection of old records, posters and concert tickets to Collector Bob. Michelle starts to say that 'if it's to fund.....' but he cuts her off and says she should get on with her packing.
Darcy comes out on to the balcony of the flat and is joined by Chloe. They hug and someone takes photos from a distance.