Susan telling Clive that she doesn't love him, but given time she might learn to love him. Clive reluctantly accepts it and asks her to give their relationship a try.
Des walks through Lassiters looking like the "cat that has got the cream" whistling away, hits Paul on the back and comments on "What a great day it is!" He enters the Coffee Shop where Daphne is doing the books. (There are no customers!) Daphne wants to know why Des is so happy with himself. Des explains that he has just landed a big account from Malvern who is going to build a new factory in the area. Malvern will be using his bank to conduct all the business. Des takes Daphne into his arms and kisses her and tells her that his change of luck is all down to the lucky sixpence and that maybe it will bring them luck in other areas. Daphne replies that it is going to take more than a lucky sixpence to get her pregnant.
Eileen comes into the coffee shop and wants to know why Des is not at work; without waiting for a reply she asks Daphne if she can put a poster up on her board. The poster is so big it almost covers the whole of the notice board! The poster is to advertise the concert for the senior citizens "Sing-along-with-Eileen". Des questions if she is the only one singing. Eileen hesitates and replies well there are others singing but I am...the.... Des butts in "the Diva" Eileen continues that it is a shame but they are going to have to do without her until she can put the final polish on her performance. Des and Daphne try to keep a straight face and say that is too bad but they will try.
Outside the Coffee Shop
Paul is still having a cup of coffee as Susan walks by, he asks her to sit down- the office can wait for a few moments. At that moment Des walks by and reminds Paul of their meeting at 10 O'clock to exchange deeds on Clive's house. Susan doesn't know anything about the arrangements. Des looks guilty for letting the cat out f the bag. After Des has left Susan says what a relief it will be to have some security. Paul reminds her that she is after all only a tenant. Susan tells Paul that things have changed between her and Clive.
Paul is astonished and wants to know how that is supposed to make him feel, he has heard of love on a rebound but this is ridiculous. One minute she tells him that she loves him and the next minute she is shacking up with Clive just because he offers her some form of security. Susan replies to stop making it sound cheap. Paul sneers at her and says that he has a good mind to pull the plug on the whole deal, how would her little arrangement cope with that. Susan replies she has no intention of giving him the satisfaction of defending herself to him! He was the one who wanted to keep their relationship on a strictly business level, he can't go changing the rules now. She gets up and walks away leaving him pondering events.
As Susan enters the Coffee Shop Eileen is telling Daphne what a powerful voice she has. The more she practises the more melodious it gets and how the concert is going to be a very uplifting experience to arouse the emotions. Daphne makes an excuse that she has to get on (although there are still no customers in the Coffee Shop) and Eileen replies that she has to go and see Clive for a little fine tuning of her voice and how impressed he is with her.
Susan is looking very upset and Daphne asks her what is wrong. Susan repeats her conversation with Paul, telling her that Paul can't accept her relationship with Clive and his threats to put a stop to the sale of the house. That he didn't want a relationship with her and now he is acting like a jealous kid. Daphne tells her that he is just used to getting his own way.
Susan says that Paul is making her feel guilty. Daphne wants to know what is upsetting her the most, the emotional mess with Paul, the trouble with Clive or the threat to the house. Susan doesn't know she thinks maybe they are all the same thing. She just wishes that Paul will let her lead her own life. Daphne thinks that that sounds reasonable. Sadly Susan continues that she has a lousy taste in men first with Fred and now with Paul and you would have thought she would have learnt by now. Daphne says that's the problem you see we can't teach our hearts to listen to our brains. Susan thinks maybe she can, Clive is the kindest, sweetest man she has ever known. But Daphne points out that she doesn't love him, she warns her to be careful that both of them don't get hurt. She continues anyway Clive has more to worry about; Eileen is about to brighten his day.
Clive is at the piano while Eileen sings the scales very badly and definitely off key. He finally can take no more and stops Eileen from singing, taking the cotton wool out of his ears. Eileen says you see my voice just needs a little fine tuning. All she wants is a little constructive criticism that that would ensure the success of her performance. Clive tries to be diplomatic and tells her that not everyone is cut out to be a singer. Eileen replies that she knows and feels so sorry for them. Eileen continues that she sings all the time when she is washing up, while doing the ironing and even in the shower. Clive laughs and says the last one might even catch on.
Clive tries walking her towards the door as Eileen asks what she should sing. Clive suggests "I was born under a wandering star" It would suit her pitch and isn't too long. But Eileen doesn't fancy dressing up as a cowgirl; she was thinking of something more inspirational "Onward Christian Soldiers". Clive says "perfecto" and still trying to get her to the door, Eileen continues then "Climb every mountain followed by...." Clive looks at his watch and says he is sorry but..." Eileen is not going to be put off and asks when she can come so he can help her perfect her rendition. Clive shakes his head and says "Eileen I am a physician not a magician er...Musician." Eileen pleads that her voice is in excellent form just needs a bit of shaping. Clive finally gives in and says that they can practise a little bit more.
Jim comes off the phone and tells Lucy that Helen's plane is on time and they better make a move. Lucy sounds depressed and she will just go off and clean her teeth, Jim stops her and asks what is wrong when she starts cleaning her teeth without being asked then something is wrong; is she not looking forward to Helen coming back? Lucy thinks it is all her fault that Helen is coming back early because she fell down the drain. Jim assures her that Helen would only be cutting her trip short if she wanted to do. Lucy says that she has missed her especially since Ruth left.
Des's Office at the Bank
Clive and Des are giggling away about Eileen's singing talents as Paul looks on grumpily. Clive is telling Des that he has a real soft spot for Eileen. Des giggles how you got her to stop singing. Clive tells him that Eileen was battling on through "Onward Christian Soldiers" butchering the "Impossible Dream" when he had a sudden brainwave he told her he had a chronic ear inflection and couldn't hear a thing. Des laughs"No audience". Clive laughs and says "No audience and out she went! Des shakes his hand and thanks him.
Paul is not impressed by all the joviality and says can they hurry it up he has an office to run. Des suppressing his laughter shows Paul and Clive where to sign and asks what it feels like to be a proud owner of a house. Clive replies not bad at all. Paul signs the papers but grumpily continues that it is Ok for some who are given everything on a silver platter. Clive points out that he will be slaving for twenty years to pay this off. Paul snaps back that it is always nice to have a father to bail you out. Paul then asks Des what guarantee has he got that Clive won't drop out again. What is it going to be this time Disco roller skating, hula-a-hoops that glow in dark, Clive is one of the great entrepreneurs of our time" Des obviously feels uncomfortable and replies that Clive has given him his word and he is prepared to go with that. Paul shrugs and says that is the pioneer sprit good on you. Clive suggests that they get the papers signed and let Des get back to the pioneer sprit. Paul thinks he is rather anxious. Clive putting Paul in his place replies "Only to get this kindergarten banter over with...Sure. Some of us have more important things to do with their time"
Susan comes into the Coffee Shop and Daphne says she will have to wait a moment while she serves the customers. (A stampede of customers has occurred...4 customers!!!) Susan says how anxious she is about the sale of the house and if Paul pulls out she would feel so responsible. Daphne tells her foremost Paul is a business man and this is a business deal. Even if Paul was jealous he wouldn't let his personal feelings interfere. Daphne encourages Susan to be honest with both of them. Clive deserves to know the whole truth. Susan assures Daphne that she has told Clive that she doesn't love him and he still wants her. Daphne shrugs and says that she guesses that Clive is old enough to look after himself, even if he doesn't act like it. Susan leaves without buying anything and thanks Daphne for the friendly chat. Daphne mumbles as she goes "What about a sandwich?"
Outside the Coffee Shop
Clive rushes over the bridge and beaming announces that the house is theirs. Susan is shocked and wants to know why he hadn't told her that the loan had been approved. Clive says that he wanted to surprise her and that she should come home for lunch he will whip up something sensational...he has some sausages and he could pick up some oysters on the way home. Susan wrinkles her nose in disgust "Oysters and Sausages" Clive continues excitedly "The Gibbons carpet snags...three varieties, looped, twist or shag" Susan playfully hits him and tells him "Yuk it sounds revolving"
As they laugh a still grumpy Paul walks slowly over the bridge and demands to know why Susan is not in the office. She explains that she put on the answer machine. Paul points out that it is still a working day and that she isn't paid to visit her friends. An excited Susan follows Paul back to the office but not before she rushes back and tells Clive that Paul can't stop her having lunch and still beaming that she will meet him at 12.
Des is serving Leslie as Eileen comes into the bank with another of her enormous posters. Eileen introduces Leslie to Des telling him that he will be accompanying her at the concert of Wednesday. He is their local Liberace , a regular magician with his flying fingers, he sends shivers up and down her spine. Eileen shows him the poster and asks him what he thinks. Leslie asks Eileen where all the other names are. Rather huffily Eileen tells him that they are there under her name. Leslie takes off his glasses and looks more closely at the poster and comments that he better get some new specs all he can see is some squashed ants.
As Eileen goes off to put her poster up on the wall, Leslie turns to Des and tells him that Eileen is no singer he is concerned that her voice maybe be injurious to the audience. Some of them have weak hearts! Des replies that he thought that most of them were hard of hearing anyway. Leslie earnestly says that some of the lucky ones are as deaf as posts but woe betide the others. Couldn't Des talk Eileen out of it? Des gets his lucky sixpence out of his pocket and says that he will see if this does the trick. Leslie's face lights up: he gets it, they put it in Eileen's food, she swallows it and it lodges in her vocal cords so she can't sing! Des shakes his head no but tells him to have faith.
Helen is handing out presents to Lucy - a strange looking lion type cuddly creature with wings which she decides to call "Wilber". Lucy tells Helen that she loves her very much and goes off to show "Wilber" the house.
Jim asks if Helen came back because of Lucy and the scare, Helen denies it saying that she missed everyone and Ramsay Street terribly. They make small talk as Helen asks after Scott and his exams. Then Jim wants to know all the news from America about Rosemary and Laura. Helen replies that Rosemary is fine and that Laura is doing some wonderful work at the hospice that she will be sad to leave. Jim questions Helen about the real reason she came back early and he knows it isn't because she was homesick. Not very convincingly Helen tells Jim that Rosemary and Laura were so busy that she got bored and missed home and Ramsay Street so much that she decided to come home and that is all there is to it.
Erinsborough Village Hall
Eileen is standing on the stage singing "Onward Christian Soldiers" off key and totally out of tune as poor Leslie is playing the piano. A few of pensioners are sitting around listening to the "noise" shaking their heads. Leslie finally stops playing and Eileen asks why he stopped playing. Rather diplomatically Leslie suggests that she was little flat. Eileen replies that why she shouldn't be flat he is playing far too low. Leslie defends himself by saying the last time you said I was playing too high. Eileen snaps at him that was right last time you were too high this time you are too low it is not her fault if he can't get it right. Leslie suggests that they give the others a go but Eileen won't hear of it. Forcefully Leslie tells her that it is pension day and that they all need to get to the shops before they close. Eileen tells him that the sooner they get it right they sooner they will be finished. Eileen then spies two pensioners making their escape from the hall and says that some people don't appreciate good music!
Susan has arrived home for lunch with Clive. He has set the table with candles and tells her that he has changed the menu. She comments on how wonderful it all looks as he rushes off to get the champagne. Susan asks how it went at the Bank, Clive explains that it was a bit tense. He says that it is obvious that Paul still has feelings for her. Susan stops him and tells him that it is over and proposes a toast to them.
Lucy and Helen are snuggled up on the couch as Helen tells her all about the art galleries, museums and restaurants in New York. Lucy wants to know all about the people she met, Helen suddenly says that she is tired with the jetlag and want to go and lie down which she does.
Lucy tells Jim that she doesn't think Helen is happy being home, but Jim dismisses this.
Outside the Erinsborough Village Hall
Eileen is telling a very patient if not exasperated Leslie that it is hardly her fault that the others didn't have time to practise. She didn't know that they only had the hall for half a day. She can see the light at the end of the tunnel if he just practised a bit more, she is sure that they will have a really first class act. Leslie replies he will try to go his best.
Leslie leaves and walks off in the opposite direction down the road as he waves good-bye to her. Eileen is standing at the edge of the road about to cross and decides to look for something in her bag as a biker drives by and snatches her bag from out of her hand before speeding off. Eileen is silent for a mere moment before shouting after him "Stop Thief" She jumps up and down slightly and shouts "STOP" as loudly as she could. Suddenly she is shouting as much as she can but no sound is coming out of her mouth; she coughs and grabs her throat as she loses her voice!