Mandy is lumbered with organising the Secret Santa and is pressured all day by people who want to swap. Al even convinces Mandy to buy his present for Mrs Tembe on his behalf. Kevin goes Christmas shopping with his mum Laura and she enjoys teasing him about his new female housemate.

Kevin is wary of mentioning Nadia, but he becomes impatient and asks Laura about his dad and if he was single when they met. Laura says of course he was. Kevin asks if his dad ever wanted to see them and upset Laura asks Kevin if they must talk about him now; they’ve coped well without him. Kevin sees how distressed his mum is and changes the subject, despite his frustration.

Also, a reverend turns to Howard after the arrival of a poet in Letherbridge triggers some disturbing visions.