The Old Rectory
The new lady friend of Jack comes by for a visit, much to the chagrin of Tyler, who thinks that Jack is not showing the proper respect to the memory of the swamp duck. Ty behaves poorly towards their guest. Jack and Molly are none too pleased with his performance.
Ty and a disbelieving Darryl are talking about how Ty and Maria used to be engaged. Molly comes by and tells them that she is going to work up a sweat with Kevin. Darryl is impressed with their modern persepctive on open marriage.
Norris is sticking around to help Rita in her moment of need, putting the long suffering Mary on the back burner once again. Jason pops in to talk to Rita about what is happening with Colin. Rita, as usual, acts with dignity and grace. Norris, as usual, acts like a complete pillock.
Fiz and Julie have a chat about the recent revelations about family, and how Julie is having a difficult time understanding her new reality. Julie then visits Eileen at the cab office to try and gain some futther insights into what may have happened in the past.
Anna is doing a bang up job at The Cafe while Eddie is doing his best impersonation of a wild animal while eating his breakfast. Roy is keen to give Anna further responsibilty, including buying authority at the cash and carry. Roy gives her the password (Puffing Billy) and the secret number, which Eddie overhears. No doubt this will end in tears. When Eddie is done his breakfast he tries to get Anna to give him a discount price, but to her credit she charges him full price for evrything he ate.
Ken is getting ready to make his big break. Blanche and Deirdre are off on a mystery tour with the One O’Clock Club, but ken ‘has to pick up some picks from the library’. Peter and Simon are off to the park to play a bit of footie, but Ken has ‘more urgent things’ to attend to. he gives Simon a tender kiss on the forehead and softly says ‘Goodbye son’ as Peter and Simon walk away.
Ken stops by the cafe to officially resign. Roy tells Ken that finding someone to fill his shifts will be easy enough, but he will miss the chats they had while working together. Roy then imparts some wisdom, telling Ken that progress and novelty are often confused.
Ken next visits The Kabin to cancel his subscriptions to the (Manchester) Guardian and The New Statesman, making up some excuse about needing the exercise to walk across the street. Some discussion is had about the possibilty of romance in one’s latter years.
Ken then has a last supper of sorts at The Rovers, picking up a coaster as a memento on the way out.
Back at home Ken pens a farewell note, and leaves it on the on the dresser. He turns over a picture of his Uncle Albert, so that his cowardly departure won’t be seen by someone Ken respected once upon a time. Peter and Simon come in the back door and find Ken with a suitcase in hand. Simon wonders if grand dad is going on a trip. Peter interjects and tells his son that Ken is off to sail the ocean blue with Captain Crumpet. It seems that Peter is not the only sailor in the family after all.