Helen recognises "Ted" as Harold Bishop. She looks very shocked.
Lance tells Hannah they'd better not hang out anymore as Phil and Ruth don't want them to.
Helen is telling a sceptical Phil that she is *sure* that she saw Harold Bishop.
PHIL: Someone who looked very much like him? Harold Bishop's been missing for years!
HELEN: Yes, I know - presumed drowned, I do remember the details, Philip. And I suppose you think I'm hallucinating when I say that the man I saw was the spitting image! I mean, Harold was such a distinctive- looking man, it was very hard to mistake him for anyone else.
DEBBIE: Maybe it was one of his rellies or his brother or something?
HELEN: Oh, I don't think so, darling.
Hannah says she's heard that everyone in the world has a mirror image - maybe it was him? But Helen is not convinced:
HELEN: It *was* Harold. Now if you three had met him, I'm sure you'd give me credit for knowing what I saw!
They still look sceptical.
Lance is pouting about leaving their old house and Ruth is trying to get him to see that it'll be a great fresh start for all of them. Toadie overhears.
TOADIE: You're the Hails, aren't you?
LANCE: Oh, we're Wilkinsons now. Mum got divorced.
Toadie explains that he was in school with Lance - he was in the year below. Now they'll both be living in Ramsay Street. Apparently Lance is going to finish Year 10 at his old school and then transfer to Erinsborough High next year.
When Toadie has gone, Lance asks him mother to give it another shot with his dad.
RUTH: Look, I think we should concentrate on the future. What happened between me and your dad, the divorce... It's over. It's ancient history.
No.28, the following morning
Billy and Toadie are having breakfast and Billy is stressing about the exams. The phone rings and it's someone wanting to pick up Myrtle the Turtle. There's a knock at the door and a boy gives Toadie a cage with a mouse in it to look after, "it doesn't matter how much it costs" and makes a sharp exit. Toadie is pleased, saying he's making loads of money out of the pet- minding business. He takes the mice to the garage.
Helen asks Phil to take her down to the op shop to see Ted. Phil doesn't look keen, but Debbie offers to drive Helen - it's better than ironing, anyway! Hannah decides to come along too - they can drop her at school afterwards.
Toadie comes in, in a terrible stew - Myrtle the Turtle has escaped. He begs Billy to help him find her, but he refuses, saying his VCE exam is more important. He says he'll help Toadie after the exam though.
TOADIE: And what do I tell the owners in the meantime?
BILLY: You're the biggest scammer I've ever met! I'm sure you'll think of something.
Outside the Op Shop
Debbie pulls up in the car. She and Hannah are bickering, but Helen sees Harold (Ted) coming out of the op shop. She sends Hannah and Debbie after him, but they can't find him. They wonder if Helen was imagining things.
HANNAH: What if she's starting to see things that aren't really there? Gran's not going mad, is she?
Phil and Ruth are reading Ruth's rental agreement when Debbie and Helen arrive home.
In the kitchen, Debbie tells Phil what happened. Phil says Helen has just made a mistake - but it is odd that Helen is obsessing about Harold though. Debbie suggests having a word to Ruth about it.
Ruth concedes to Phil that stroke patients, including Helen, can get a bit confused from time to time, but there could be a perfectly logical explanation.
Lou comes over.
PHIL: Hey, you were in Ramsay Street when Harold Bishop was around, weren't you?
LOU: No, no I wasn't actually. I went to school with him though. Poor old Harold. Knocked the street for six when he disappeared.
PHIL: Please don't look at me as if I'm mad, but...do you think there's *any* possibility he could still be alive?
Lou looks puzzled.
PHIL: Helen saw this bloke over at Marlene's...she reckons he's Harold Bishop.
PHIL: He works in an op shop, he's a member of the Salvation Army.
LOU: Mate, she's got the wrong man. Harold Bishop is dead, he's been dead for years.
PHIL: Helen doesn't think so.
He sits down.
LOU: Look, do you want me to have a word with her? It might help if she talks to someone else who knew him.
PHIL: I'd appreciate that.
LOU: No problem. Maybe Harold had a twin brother we never knew about. I always thought they broke the mould after they made Harold. Thank goodness!
Lance apologises to Hannah for being mean to her yesterday. He does think that their parents need time to chill out - to let them think that they're in control(!) They agree they'll be friends.
The door bursts open and Toadie comes in.
TOADIE: Hannah! I need your help!
He explains that he need her help to find Myrtle the Turtle - apparently Billy is caught up in exam post- mortems! He drags her off, not even allowing her to finish her milkshake!
Garage of No.30
Hannah looks closely at the mice and tells Toadie that one of them is pregnant - she studied mice in Biology last term. Toadie will have a lot of baby mice very soon. Toadie doesn't realise the implications of this and seems quite pleased(!)
Myrtle's owner comes to pick her up and Toadie offers her a baby mouse instead(!) He is forced to admit that he's lost Myrtle.
Phil answers the door and it's Lou, come to see Helen. Phil over- enthusiastically goes to put the kettle on(!) Helen sees straight through Phil's ruse and tells Lou that she hasn't lost her marbles.
HELEN: I know what I saw.
LOU:(gently) Helen, Harold Bishop is dead.
HELEN: Lou, I saw him twice! Now, I know I've had a stroke, but I'm not senile. And if you'd been with me at the time, you'd be convinced that Harold Bishop is alive and well.
Hannah and Toadie still haven't found Myrtle. Myrtle's owner's Dad rings up and says he'll have to pay $100 for a replacement for Myrtle.
Hannah is telling Helen about Toadie's scheme going awry yet again. In the kitchen, Debbie tells Hannah that she's worried about Helen.
HANNAH: I never thought of Gran to be getting like - old. But now...
DEBBIE: She's acting very old.
HELEN:(from the other room) Is there suddenly a heatwave?
HELEN: I was wondering why my ears were burning!
Debbie and Hannah tells her they were just talking about guys at school. Helen asks Debbie to drive her down to the op shop again.
DEBBIE: Do you think it would be better if you stayed here and rested?
HELEN: What are you saying?
DEBBIE: Oh, nothing. It's just I don't want you wasting your energy on something that might be a mistake.
HELEN: Who says it's a mistake? For all you know, I may be right and you may be wrong.
DEBBIE: All I'm saying is, maybe your mind is playing tricks on you...please don't get upset.
HELEN: Upset? You're as good as standing there telling me I'm going mad! Why shouldn't I be upset?!
DEBBIE: That's not what I'm saying.
HELEN: Look, if you don't want to drive me down to the shop then don't worry. I'll get a cab.
Phil has come in and offers to drive Helen down to the op shop first thing in them morning.
Toadie has found Myrtle under a bush across the road. Toadie mentions that one of the mice is pregnant.
TOADIE: That's right! Pregnant! Bun in the oven! With mouse!
BILLY: So we're about to have a zillion rodents on our hands? Get rid of them!
TOADIE: No way, they're paying customers!
Toadie says he'll call the owner to come and pick them up, but when he tries the number, it's wrong. He realises what's happened - the kid has dumped a pregnant mouse on him! Billy says Susan and Karl will kill him!
Phil and Lou are chatting about Helen. Phil is worried that Helen is losing her grip on reality. Lou says she's probably just seen Harold's double. Phil asks Lou to come down to the op shop with him and Helen the following morning. He agrees.
Helen has fallen asleep on the sofa. Hannah comes out in her pyjamas and wakes her up. They have a little chat and Helen apologises for getting so upset earlier today. She says she's not going mad though - her body is a bit disabled, but her mind is fine. Hannah says she's really scared about Helen's health, but Helen says she'll prove to them all soon that she's not seeing things.
HELEN: And when I do, you'll have no other choice but to believe me.
HANNAH: I want to.
HELEN: You will, darling. I promise.