Vera feels that No.9 needs decorating. Sally is upset that Hilda turned Tom Hopwood down. Bet overhears some of the residents gossiping about how they feel that she'll be an awful housewife and it upsets her. Tracy complains of stomachaches but Deirdre hasn't got time to worry about her, thinking she just wants to get off school. Bet tries to prove herself to Alec. Vera buys an imitation fur coat. Jack decides to treat Vera to a new gas fire as it will be cheaper than decorating. He buys a living-flame fire on the cheap. Tracy is sent home from school. Ken is furious as Deirdre can't be contacted. The Doctor diagnoses appendicitis and phones for an ambulance. Tracy is rushed to hospital and operated on just in time. Ken lays into Deirdre for not taking notice of her. Bet spends all her time laying on a meal for Alec, telling him that she intends to be the ideal wife.