A game of badminton is in full swing as Clive and Paul discuss wedding plans for Des and Daphne. They argue about who should give Daphne away. Daphne acts as peacemaker and insists that nothing can go wrong this time round. Zoe walks Paul out and he asks how she's doing, he misses her at the office. She says she's fine.
At the Ramsays:
Tom comes home and is rapt to see Fred at the table (!). He tells Madge not to bother setting a place for him, he's going out with Jean - not that she knows. She thinks she's having a meeting with Shane to discuss problems he's having with her classes. Madge is shocked but Tom won't change his mind. Charlene suggests they use the extra space at the dinner table for her dad, or better still he can take Madge out for dinner. She isn't keen but reluctantly caves in.
At the Robinsons:
Lucy is worried that Mrs York's dog still won't eat. Jim tries to tell her he'll get better and doesn't need a vet, but Lucy thinks he has a broken heart. Paul comes in and asks where Helen is. Nikki is confused - surely Paul should know she's in Brisbane on business? Jim distracts her, then tells Paul Helen has gone to look after Laura - and Nikki doesn't know.
A teacher shows Scott and Mike into their cheap motel room and warns them to get an early night, training starts tomorrow.
Back in Erinsborough:
Fred shows Madge into his (only slightly) more expensive motel room. He's embarrassed that he didn't think to book a table for them at the restaurant and now they have to eat in his room. Smooth. Madge is worried he won't have any money to pay for dinner until he shows her a personal loan he's got for $5000. Before she can start ordering champagne he warns that unless he can get a few more thousands "the heavies" will be after him to shut him down. He's in a bit of business trouble. Madge decides not to have a starter after all.
At the Waterhole:
Tom surprises Jean and tells her he's "filling in" for Shane, who's been held up. She says there's no point in her staying so he comes clean and admits he wanted a meeting with her alone. He presses her for a reason why she can't see him but she apologises and leaves. Poor Tom is gutted.
Madge is crying with laughter and Fred comments that she looks lovely when she smiles. He tells her he's taken a job in the Waterhole and will do anything to get out of debt. She is a little shocked, mostly that that means he'll be sticking around. She gets her things together to leave and he suavely comments that the evening doesn't have to end here. She apologises for the way she's judged him lately, and he answers that he doesn't blame her. He's trying to turn over a new leaf now and wants them to be friends.
At the Robinsons:
Nikki appears to have changed into Helen overnight and has cooked a huge breakfast for Jim. Obviously afraid her limelight is being stolen, Helen returns from the quickest trip to Brisbane known to man. Even Nikki comments on how short the trip was. She goes to brew up but Helen calls her back to the table and admits she's been to see her mum - she's got multiple sclerosis.
At the beach in Manly:
Mike is perving on a surfer chick and Scott drags him over to talk to her. She's Cassie Campbell and wants to know what two such good looking guys are doing there. Scott chivalrously carries her surfboard two yards down the beach for her, before she goes out to catch some waves.
At the Robinsons:
Nikki and Helen are having a chat about Nikki's mum. Nikki says the doctors can do anything these days but doesn't really know what MS is. Helen explains a few of the symptoms but says Laura is being very brave. Nikki wants her to come and live with them but Laura wants to remain with her friends. Nikki thinks in that case she should go to live with her, but Helen is worried about the impact on her education. She agrees to talk to her headmaster.
Madge drops in on Fred, still in his dressing gown. She has a gift for him - her engagement ring. She thinks she's probably the most stupid person who ever drew breath, but she's going to let him sell the ring and they can split the money between them. At least now he'll be able to stick around and be a proper father to Charlene. He think's she's an angel and will see her when he gets back from Coff's Harbour. She quickly asks why he's going back there, and he points out he has people to see, loose ends to tie up. He signs over the cheque from his personal loan to her and quickly sees her out.
Clive and Zoe are reading the papers and discussing Des and Daphne's wedding. He wants to know where Zoe will live after the wedding and wonders if she wants to move in with him. She isn't sure, but he says he'll leave the offer open. But, he thinks they should check their compatibility - how about she cooks his dinner? She laughs as she realises she's been conned, but goes off to cook anyway. Jean arrives to drop off some paperwork and Clive invites her to stay for dinner, to Zoe's delight. Jean and Clive discuss Tom and how keen he is on Jean. She says she can't see him - she's committed. Clive thinks it's time she told Tom the whole story.
Mike and Scott are enjoying the sun on the beach when they see Cassie waving out at sea. Turns out she isn't waving, she has cramp. Tinny dramatic music plays as Scott runs off to get the boards, and Mike swims out to rescue Cassie. He grabs her by the chin and drags her back to shore, as Scott paddles about in the shallows then bravely rescues her surfboard. Safely back on dry land Mike dumps Cassie in a heap as a crowd gather round them. Scott praises him for being a hero as Cassie looks up adoringly at him and Mike blushes a neon pink to match her wet suit.