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As the episode opens, Michelle and Alan are making the last minute tidy-ups before the neighbours arrive for the housewarming of their freshly decorated home.Beth and Eric are first in the door, followed by Christine wearing an eye patch (from a rogue newspaper eye-scratching incident), with Colin and Cathy not far behind.Cathy is of course not backward in coming forward with less than complimentary comments about the couple's new-look home.Then in comes Louise, Michelle's long-term friend, who has unexpectedly come by to drop off a housewarming gift. As Louise is deaf, she and Michelle talk in sign language, further frustrating Cathy's determination to be the centre of attention.
Graham & Sandra
Gordon's parents Graham and Sandra visit Scotland from Yorkshire and Ian and Gordon bring them to Latimer Crescent to meet Beth and Eric. Christine turns up with her own take on the Scottish attractions to visit, at which point Ian and Gordon grab the opportunity to pop out for some herbal tea for Sandra.When they get back, Cathy and Colin have arrived after sensing there may be the chance of a drink, and the chat has turned to further delights for visitors to Scotland. And the men step outside to admire Graham's beautifully restored vintage car. Despite the interference of the unexpected guests, the tea party is all going rather well until the conversation turns to Scotland's sporting successes.
Beth and Cathy think they are doing their good deed for the day when they drop Christine off at the hospital reception, but while Cathy manages to slip away, poor Beth doesn't get off so lightly and is committed to a visit post-op.With a long list of demands from Christine, Beth and Eric return later with her supplies to find that instead of being sore and exhausted after surgery, she has been sleeping off her dinner. It emerges the operation has been postponed until the following morning.As nurse Heather weathers Christine's demands, Colin arrives followed by Michelle and Alan. The ensuing group discussion leaves Christine very worried about her chances of survival.
After an emotional funeral for Colin's Dad, he and Cathy have the neighbours round. Understandably Colin is not his usual upbeat self.