As the news of Ashley leaving spreads around the village, there is obvious tension. Not least for Bernice who is desperate in her efforts to try and convince him to stay. After a tearful exchange Bernice tells Ashley that she should go and leave Ashley and Gabby behind. Unable to comprehend why Bernice would want to abandon her own daughter, Ashley questions her decision. Pacing the back room Rodney and Diane brace themselves for the worst. Diane takes out her frustrations on Rodney blaming him for just about everything she can think of! Stepping back from the situation, Bernice and Ashley have time to reflect on their relationship together. Acknowledging their miscarriage a year ago takes courage and they share each other's grief. Establishing that they both want what's best for Gabby, Bernice decides it is time to leave. She announces that she will take the job on the cruise ship if it is still available, much to Diane's distaste as she stresses it is no place for a baby. Bernice reveals she has no intention of taking Gabby. Diane is furious.
- Ashley Thomas - John Middleton
- Bernice Thomas - Samantha Giles
- Diane Blackstock - Elizabeth Estensen
- Rodney Blackstock - Patrick Mower
- Gabrielle Thomas - Annelise Manojlovic (uncredited)