- Harold announcing he's leaving to visit Sky
- Steph relaying the news to Toadie
- Simon telling Cass he superglued #22's door shut
- Miranda and Joanna having a terse conversation
- Didge finding out Joanna has more children
- Didge feeling unsure if she's ready to be a mother
Rebecca chases after Didge as she storms out of Harold's. Didge rants and raves that Joanna is the worst mother in the world, and therefore shouldn't be judging her. Rebecca tells Didge that she should never doubt herself and has to remain strong.
Toadie's having one last cuppa with Harold and says that everything might fall apart when he goes. Harold thinks that Toadie is more than capable of keeping an eye on the street.
TOADIE: I can never be you.
HAROLD: Don't try to be, just be yourself and it'll be more than enough.
TOADIE: I can't take on all that.
HAROLD: I have always had the upmost faith in you, Jarrod. I can see no reason to change my mind now.
Miranda walks in and Rebecca gives her some space to chat with Didge. Miranda's relieved when Didge says she was right about Joanna. Miranda admits that she's far from a good role model, but she knows that Didge will be an amazing mother - despite what Joanna might think. Didge, however, isn't so sure. She feels that her maternal instincts are non-existent.
Cass sashays past Paul without giving him the time of day.
PAUL: Got your fem-bot chip set to ignore have you?
CASS: I have no idea what that means, but FYI, my son thinks you're a peg-legged loser.
PAUL: My daughter thinks you're a vacuous gold-digger so it's a good thing we like each other isn't it.
Toadie, Lucas and Elle watch from the counter as Paul asks Cass out on a date. Cass finally agrees on a flick of her choice and French champagne. Lucas proudly tells Toadie that he helped Cass workshop “Robinson counter-strategies”, earning a punch from Elle.
ELLE: I can't believe you're helping that scammer!
LUCAS: Well maybe if you had your own love-life you wouldn't be so interested in your father's. Au revoir!
Lucas, Ringo and Lou help Harold pack up the last of his belongings. When Harold acts a bit antsy, Lucas wants to double check that he's still leaving in the morning. Lou jokes that Harold probably wants to do a runner and skip all the fuss. Hearing his second-least favourite f-word, Harold frowns.
HAROLD: Fuss? What fuss? There's going to be a fuss?
HAROLD: Now I was most emphatic - no big party.
LOU: What party? There is no party.
Lou interrupts Susan, Libby, Steph, Mickey, Callum, Dan, Lucas, Ringo and Toadie blowing up balloons.
LOU: He knows about the party.
Toadie blames Lou for tripping up and all the Ramsay Street-ers grumble and groan. Libby wonders what they should do now, and Toadie replies that Plan B has to be put into action. He orders them all around the table for an emergency meeting. Looking out the window, Susan notices Harold taking photos of the street and quickly slips outside for a chat.
Susan tearfully watches Harold take his photos and realises that he's never coming back to Erinsborough. Harold says that Sky needs him, but Susan replies that the street needs him too. Not to mention his health is still pretty fragile. Susan walks over to him, crying, and he envelopes her in a hug.
HAROLD: I don't know how I would have got through the last few years without you. You're always there for me.
SUSAN: I always will be, Harold.
HAROLD: And, um, don't you tell Lou, but I'll miss you more than anyone.
They hug some more.
Didge is looking at an adoption and permanent care website on her laptop, but quickly shuts the lid when Declan sits next to her. She pretends she was on Facebook but isn't quick enough to stop Declan from having a look.
DECLAN: Why are you looking at this? Haven't you already found your mother?
DIDGE: It's not about Joanna. It's about us.
(Declan looks confused)
DIDGE: I'm putting our baby up for adoption.
Didge tries to convince Declan that adoption would make the most sense. They could have the life they planned on before the baby came along, and the baby would have proper parents who could take care of it better than them. Declan quietly broods before speaking.
DECLAN: It should be us. We should look after it, we should love it.
DIDGE: I can't, Dec.
(He stands to leave)
DIDGE: No, don't go.
DECLAN: (angry) So that's it, huh? Decision made, who cares what I think.
DIDGE: I thought that you'd realise that this makes sense.
DECLAN: No, not me! AFL's not my dream, you are. You and this baby.
Steve and Miranda walk in to see what all the commotion's about. Declan tells them that Didge is giving the baby up for adoption. The Parkers are shocked, but Didge warns them not to talk her out of it.
Charlie's Bar/Number 24
Rebecca notices Paul sitting by himself and gleefully asks if he's having dinner for one. Paul takes two menus off her and says that he's waiting for his date. Elle gives Donna a serve as they walk in for taking her car without permission. Paul frets that they're going to cramp his style and encourages them to eat elsewhere, but Elle works out that he's on a date.
Simon and Tegan are eating a nutritious meal of chocolate for dinner, while Cass flits around in her casual clothes. She's in no hurry to show up for her date.
Paul offers Donna $50 to scram. Donna's offended, until Paul doubles the amount. She happily snatches it off him and drags Elle out of the bar.
Cass smirks when she receives a text from Paul that says: OK... I guess we're even. Tegan wonders what happened to her mum's date, but Cass says she'd rather stay home.
Rebecca cheekily takes the menus away and says that it's a meal for one after all. Paul gloomily replies that she's correct.
Libby and Toadie are making sure that Lou won't spill the beans again about their plans, but Lou knows that deep down Jelly Belly loves the attention. Acting like 5-year-olds, Toadie and Libby dorkily run out of the shop like spies, “Operation Bishop is go!”
Rebecca walks in to buy some curry paste, but Lou points out Declan sitting by himself and says he's already had three coffees. Rebecca walks over and is stunned when Declan sadly tells her that Didge is giving Tadpole up for adoption. Rebecca's sympathetic, but suggests that Declan go back home to be with Didge.
DECLAN: I'm ready to be a dad. I never thought that I'd actually be able to say that but I've got my head around it.
REBECCA: I know you have. But you made Bridget a promise. You said that you'd never run away from her again, didn't you.
DECLAN: I know.
Declan walks in to find Didge asleep on the couch. She wakes up and says that she's not changing her mind. Declan looks hurt but replies that he'll work on it. He sits down next to her and hooks his pinky finger with hers to show they're still connected.
Ramsay Street - Next Morning
Harold exits his campervan and takes one last fond look up at his old house. A band suddenly starts to play. He walks around the van to see that a street party has been set up with most of the neighbours in attendance, and the Salvation Army band is playing. They all encourage Harold to dig into the breakfast buffet. Harold seeks out Susan and says there's something he wants her to do for him after he's gone. Susan looks intrigued.
Susan walks arm-in-arm with Harold as he chats on the phone to Karl (who has been held up with a patient and won't make the goodbye). Steph cheekily asks where the two of them have been, but Harold says he's just been tying up loose ends. Lucas hands the keys to the van back to Harold after giving the engine a once-over. As the Ramsay Street-ers gather around, Harold wonders where Lou has gotten to, but no one knows. Harold doesn't feel right leaving without saying goodbye, but Steph suggests that it might have been too much for him.
Harold starts his goodbyes with Steve then Dan, Lucas, Cass, Steph, Didge, Donna, Miranda, Rebecca and Susan. They all tell him how much he means to them and that they love him. Harold is quite overwhelmed by it all. Donna squeals that they all should share one last group hug. Everyone laughingly piles in on the action while Callum and Mickey start up the band for one last hurrah. The whole street bursts into a rendition of ‘For He's A Jolly Good Fellow' as Harold climbs into his van. As he drives away, the street clap and cheer for him as he puts his hand out of the window to wave goodbye. Steph links arms with Susan.
STEPH: Wow. He's really gone.
SUSAN: Yeah... He left a few surprises though.
Everyone bursts into laughter as Libby tries to play Harold's tuba. It turns out he dedicated a box of items to certain Ramsay Street residents. Donna's chuffed when Susan hands her Harold's old afro wig. Everyone except for Toadie and Susan pile outside with their new toys. Susan hands Toadie his special gift - a big photo journal titled, “Ramsay Street - a history, by Harold Bishop”. Toadie's touched. Harold's voiceover starts up as Toadie flicks through the pages and we're treated to photographic and video memories of Harold's time in Erinsborough.
HAROLD VO: Ramsay Street. Feels like I arrived a lifetime ago.
(Flashback to Charlene - in a clown costume - dragging Harold over to see Madge - also in her finest Bozo-wear)
HAROLD VO: But it's been years of wonderful memories that I will cherish forever. Marrying my childhood sweetheart, Madge.
(Clip of Harold and Madge's wedding day)
HAROLD VO: Helping raise my beautiful granddaughter, Sky.
(Clip of Harold and Sky hugging)
HAROLD VO: And forging wonderful friendships that would last a lifetime.
(Clip of Harold and Lou from Christmas 2008)
HAROLD VO: I have taken unexpected turns.
(Madge finding Harold's glasses after he was washed out to sea)
HAROLD VO: Experienced great love.
(Madge and Harold's first kiss as husband and wife)
HAROLD VO: Great loss.
HAROLD VO: And faced impossible challenges.
(Harold frail and alone in hospital)
HAROLD VO: But the best thing of all is that I found a family bigger than I could have ever imagined. My story ends here. But the story of Ramsay Street is far from over.
Harold sits and drinks a cup of tea by the roadside.
Toadie and Susan look at some more photos.
HAROLD VO: So Jarrod, it's up to you to document it now.
Toadie beams. He looks at Susan and says it would be an honour.
Rounding the side of his van, Harold's absolutely flabbergasted when Lou emerges from the door.
LOU: I hope you made lunch for two, I'm starving!
HAROLD: Louis Carpenter!
LOU: Yes Jelly Belly?
HAROLD: (breaking into a grin) Oh it's so good to see you!
LOU: Don't you get too excited, I'm only along for the ride just in case you keel over at the wheel, then I'm heading straight back home.
HAROLD: If prostate cancer and a heart attack won't kill me I don't think... (ponders this) No, no. Driving three thousand kilometres with you just might do it.
LOU: Will you stop babbling. Any food in this tin can?
HAROLD: I have some cheese and salad sandwiches, I have some carrot cake and I have some fruit. Any of which you're quite welcome to.
They get into the van and drive off, bickering away like old times.
Steve can see that Miranda's fretting about Didge, but he reminds her of how stubborn their daughter is. The only way to change her mind is to give her time. “Or give her another option,” Miranda adds. Steve remains confused as Miranda walks into the lounge room to have a chat with Didge.
DIDGE: Mum you can't talk me out of this.
MIRANDA: I know.
(They take a seat on the couch)
MIRANDA: You are the most important thing in my life. Loving you and raising you has been the biggest joy.
DIDGE: Mum I already said I'm not changing my mind.
MIRANDA: I know. I understand, I really do. But there's another way. You feel like you're not able to raise this baby, right? Well there's someone else who can. Someone who's more than ready. Someone you can trust to do the right thing. Me.
Didge doesn't quite know how to respond.