Kerry is laying the table. She and Bronwyn discuss child rearing - Kerry says she should just let Jamie stay up until he's tired, but Bronwyn says it's better for Jamie to have a routine. Kerry says amicably that there's not much point arguing with kids of that age. Bronwyn suggests that she brings Sky over to play with Jamie and Kerry readily agrees.
Bronwyn, Kerry, Henry and Joe sit down to dinner.
Jane is sitting brooding in the outer office when Mark comes in with some flowers. She tearfully tells him that she's changed her mind - now she realises they haven't got a hope. She was going to ask Mark to make some changes in his life, but she doesn't think it would be fair. And she can't adjust to Mark's lifestyle - the class difference is too big a barrier. She says she doesn't love him enough to be miserable for the rest of her life. Mark leaves the office dejectedly. Jane sits with her head in her hands.
Joe has enjoyed his dinner. He tells Bronwyn that he's quite handy in the kitchen himself and that the best chefs in the world are men. He says the only reason women do most of the cooking of domestic meals is because men find that demeaning(!) Kerry isn't impressed with this. Bronwyn says women cook because they do it better than men. Joe invites them to his place where he says he and Henry will cook them a fantastic meal. Henry balks at this but Joe says it'll be fine - he'll do the main meal and Henry can do the salads and dessert.
Kerry smiles and says she can't wait. Henry looks worried and says that maybe someone else should handle dessert(!)
Helen insists on making Rosemary a cup of coffee herself. She manages this very well. Todd tells them that Katie is obsessed with her rabbit - they're almost inseparable.
When Todd has gone to school, Rosemary compliments her on what a good job she's done with Todd and Katie.
Rosemary mentions that Jane's wedding might not still be on. Helen asks her why but Rosemary is tight-lipped.
Jane is sitting at the kitchen table, depressed. Joe doesn't seem to notice and tells her all about inviting Bronwyn and Kerry to dinner. Finally Joe notices her mood and Jane tells him that she's called off her engagement with Mark. Joe can't believe it and wants to know what's got into Jane. Jane says that Mrs Granger is right - she wouldn't fit into their servants and mansions. She sobs and Joe comforts her.
Garden of the Bishops
Jamie and Sky are playing happily. Bronwyn comments on Sky's bare feet but Kerry says that experience is a great teacher. Nothing can do her much damage here and it's sharpened up her observational skills already.
Bronwyn confesses to Kerry that she had a reason for getting the kids together - Harold asked her to check on the way that Kerry was bringing up Sky. Bronwyn apologises but says that her qualified opinion is that Kerry isn't doing anything wrong at all. She says that Kerry's methods are a bit unorthodox, but Kerry says she doesn't want to be normal(!)
Rosemary tells Jane that she's done the right thing in calling off her engagement.
Mark comes in and wants a quiet word with Jane. Jane says they have nothing to discuss - it's best if they make a clean break from each other. She gives him back his engagement ring and walks out.
Rosemary tells Mark that she's very sorry. Mark thanks her and says he thought that after the way their own relationship ended, Rosemary might be holding a grudge. He's glad she isn't. But Rosemary's face, again, says otherwise.
Helen asks Henry for a quote to dig up a hedge. She beats him down from $100 to $50. She asks if he can do it this afternoon, but Henry says he's helping Joe cook dinner for Kerry and Bronwyn.
HELEN: (incredulously) You and Joe are cooking dinner?
Henry says he has to prepare a dessert and Helen doesn't think it's safe! She offers to help him by giving him a foolproof recipe. Henry says he could make a start on the hedge that afternoon after all!
MangelsJoe is chopping up vegetables when Kerry comes in through the back door. He quickly covers his chopping board with a teatowel. He won't tell her what he's cooking but it's a meat dish - Kerry will just have to fill up on salad!
As Kerry is leaving, Henry arrives. He tells Joe that dessert is all organised - tinned peaches and cream. Joe says that it must have taken him a long time to think up(!) Henry wants to know what Joe is making and he tells him conspirationally to look in the hessian bag on the fridge.
HENRY: It's a dead rabbit!
Joe says he's going to make rabbit stew!
Katie goes to feed Rupert and finds that the cage is open and Rupert is missing!
Henry is serving pre-dinner drinks to Kerry and Bronwyn. Jane comes in and the girls tell her that Joe is cooking rabbit stew for dinner - Henry let it slip. Kerry says she's glad she's a vegetarian! Joe explains that his mate found the rabbit hopping across the golf course, so it's even a free meal! Jane goes off to get changed - she's going to the cinema with Helen.
Rosemary is telling Helen that she thinks Jane made the right decision. Helen is surprised that Rosemary knows the Grangers so well (Jane told her about Rosemary's advice to her). Rosemary admits that she went out with Mark herself at one point. Helen is surprised to hear this. She asks Rosemary if her experience with Mark could have coloured her advice to Jane. Rosemary says she's not that sort of person.
Kery and Bronwyn are teasing Joe about their meal and say that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Joe sits them down at the table.
Jane has arrived to pick Helen up to go the cinema. Helen asks Jane how she's getting on and Jane says she's glad that Rosemary made up her mind.
In the kitchen, Todd and Katie come in, having failed to find Rupert. Katie is quite upset but Todd says he's sure that Rupert will turn up eventually.
In the living room, Jane tells Helen about the rabbit stew that Joe is cooking and how his mate found the rabbit hopping around on the golf course. Katie overhears this from the kitchen and her jaw drops.
Joe is serving up the rabbit stew while Kerry serves herself some salad. She suddenly sees that there is bacon in the salad. Henry apologises - he forgot that Kerry was a vegetarian.
JOE: Oh, just pick it out, won't kill ya!
Kerry looks at him with incredulity, but lets it pass. Bronwyn compliments Joe on how nice the stew looks. As Joe takes a bite, Katie runs in.
KATIE: Stop it! Leave him alone! You murderer! You're eating Rupert my rabbit!