Melody clashes with a charming-but-arrogant lecturer when she forces him to face up to his situation and embrace his vulnerabilities. Ruth and Smithy's relationship becomes more intoxicating, but a run-in with Trudy puts a spoiler on things. And a difference of opinion between Michelle and Archie escalates.
Archie and Michelle clash when he helps a dishevelled-looking fresher get to the truth of what has happened to her the night before. Meanwhile, a visit from Lily exposes Smithy's inner voices, leading Ruth to make a promise to Lily; will she have the heart to do it? Archie reveals that he is not happy at the Mill, and is thinking of leaving.
The day has gone pear-shaped for a lonely Julia, but while out shopping she meets up with an old patient, and gets drawn into a bizarre situation. The experience makes her value the life that she leads.