Relationships are pushed to breaking point as Denise gets the chance to use her business initiative and Moray fails to say goodbye to Katherine.
Lucille Ballentine arrives in town with her newly wed and somewhat wealthy husband in tow. Although she is exuberantly cheerful, the girls sense she is troubled. Denise and Mr Ballentine discuss his potential investment in The Paradise and Denise prepares a formal proposition; but Moray is dismissive.
Dudley is frustrated by Moray’s absence at the store and his elusive behaviour. He chastises him for his lack of interest in Ballentine and accuses him of rivalry towards Denise. Ballentine announces he wants to invest in the store, but Denise’s elation is punctured by some devastating news…
Tom’s behaviour is disturbingly spiteful and a frightened Katherine confides in Moray. Unbeknown to them, Tom has been watching their intimacy grow and is ready to banish Moray from The Paradise, but Jonas convinces him to bide his time.
Fenton is pleased to hear that fractures are appearing between the Westons and threatens to build a rival store if Tom refuses to sell. But, fearing that Katherine will be driven away, Tom offers his wife a truce, an end to the fighting. Katherine accepts the olive branch and decides to tell Moray their friendship must end in order to protect her family. But this final meeting of good intentions unravels, leaving devastation in its wake!