With Frank still recuperating in hospital, his replacement arrives in town. Steve Vargas is a young motorcycle riding police constable who quickly alienates the townsfolk with his aggressive, pro-active policing. Judy is initially attracted to the leather-clad cop, whom she likens to Mel Gibson, although her opinion of him changes when he gives her a warning for jaywalking after nearly running her down. Marilyn Gibb, a young expectant mother whose boyfriend recently walked out on her, finds herself becoming an object of affection for loner Donald Cook. Constable Vargas warns Donald to stay clear of Marilyn after he sees them arguing in the street but Donald is emphatic that he only wants to help her out. Esme's doting behaviour, from bringing Maggie her lunch at the hospital to querying her about whether she'll be home for tea, begins to grate on the Matron. Esme suggests they have a party - a small, dignified gathering by Esme's expectations but Maggie organises a poker game. Marilyn...