Daphne is rushed in unconscious on a stretcher. Des is practically beside himself and is irritable with the doctor. The doctor tells Des that Daphne has meningitis, but she'll be OK with the right antibiotics. Des turns on Clive and asks why he didn't diagnose it correctly in the first place.
Helen is trying to placate a customer. Their car didn't turn up to pick them up from the airport, so they've cancelled all their booking with Lassiters. Helen can't understand what happened.
Paul asks Madge if she did the booking list. Madge says she did but Helen sees that she hasn't written the stuff into log book. Madge says that it's not her job to.
Paul tells Madge that from now on she'll be using the computer. She isn't keen - she'd rather type out the lists. But Paul insists that she'll soon get the hang of it - he needs a secretary who won't be obsolete in the computer age.
Mrs Mangel runs in to Clive and Des in the waiting room. Mrs Mangel thanks Clive profusely for helping her and praises his talents. Des glowers in the background. Clive tells Mrs Mangel about Daphne's illness.
When Mrs Mangel has gone, Des continues to berate Clive. Clive says that it's very rare in Daphne's age group and difficult to diagnose early. He says Daphne will be OK, but he and Des both look worried.
Shane has just come back from a bike ride and is telling Paddy about it. Paddy is getting restless but she does like being with Shane. Shane asks Paddy if she wants to come to Brisbane with him - he wants to go up there to see his mum and dad. She agrees, but says that Paul won't be very impressed.
Madge is struggling with the computer. Paul comes in and is horrified to find that Madge has accidentally deleted all the data. Madge shouts that she never wanted to use the computer anyway and then storms out.
Helen says that Paul must make allowances for Madge, but he's unmoved - he says Madge refuses to learn.
Des rings Helen to tell her about Daphne's illness. He asks Helen to get Eileen to cover at the Coffee Shop.
Madge comes back in and apologises to Paul for shouting. She offers to make him a cup of tea, but Paul is still prickly about the computer. Helen tells Paul and Madge about Daphne's meningitis and sends Madge off with a message to the Coffee Shop.
Paul tells Helen that they can't afford to carry Madge - either she shapes up or she's out.
Des is stroking the hair of an unconscious Daphne. The doctor says that she's no worse, but no better either. She says the only thing they can do now if wait. The doctor says that Des should thank Clive for getting Daphne to the hospital so quickly - no doctor would have picked the illness up early. She tells Des to concentrate on Daphne.
Outside the room, Des runs into Clive and apologises for lashing out at him. Clive says one of the reasons he gave up medicine was because he wasn't good enough and he'd better get back to gorilla suits. Des says the other doctor gave him a glowing recommendations.
Paddy comes to tell Paul that she's leaving. He's very sorry to lose her, but she says it's time to move on.
The Outer Office
Shane tells Madge that he and Paddy are off to Brisbane. Madge says he can't - Daphne's in hospital with meningitis. Shane says they'll have to postpone the trip and rushes off to see Daphne. Madge explains that Daphne might be married to Des, but Shane will always love her.
Shane comes in with flower and fruit for Daphne. He sees Des and asks his permission to see Daphne. Shane tells Des that he and Daphne are past history, it's Des who matters to her now.
Helen tells Madge that she'll have to retype a letter because there are spelling mistakes in it. Madge takes offence, but Helen tells her she's too sensitive. She tells Madge to stop messing up their systems - she'll have to play by the rules if she wants to continue working for them.
Shane comes back and tells Paddy that Daphne is pretty sick. Paddy asks Shane if he's still in love with Daphne. He says he cares very much. Paddy says she's going to Brisbane anyway. Shane isn't sure - he wants to make sure that Daphne is OK. He asks Paddy to wait for him for a few days, but she's ready to move on. They amicably decide to part.
Helen says that they can't sack Madge because she's so short of money. She begs Paul to offer her another position.
Helen calls Madge in and Paul tells her that she's got good initiative and she's hemmed in as a secretary. He offers her a promotion. Madge is pleased until Paul tells her he wants her to take Paddy's job as barmaid at the Waterhole!
Shane and Paddy are packing some of Daphne's clothes for her. Paddy tells Shane to move on from his feelings for Daphne - he's got to face up to the rest of his life.
Outside the Coffee Shop
Madge is telling Helen that she doesn't want to be a barmaid - it's demeaning, and besides, she's not keen on over-indulgence in alcohol. But Helen says she doesn't have an awful lot of choice, and anyway, the Waterhole is a nice, quiet pub. Madge reluctantly agrees - anything is better than being broke.
Des is visiting Daphne again but there's little change in her condition - her temperature is still very high. She's not responding to the antibiotics. Des leans over Daphne and begs her to fight the disease. Then he starts to cry.