Betty sighs as they arrive at the fancy dress party. Stephen has made her worry. Stephen squeezes Betty's hand as they walk towards the restaurant. "Ready?" he whispers in her ear as he reaches for the handle on the front door.
"I suppose so." Betty says as she takes a deep breath. She walks in the door and then waits for Stephen to join her.
Stephen takes Betty's hand as they walk towards the Grace Brothers' table. All their colleagues are there waiting for them. Betty smiles shakily.
"There you are, Peacock! We were getting worried that you weren't coming! Oh, Mrs Slocombe, you've arrived too! Good now we can start!" Cuthbert Rumboldt says excitedly.
Miss Shirley Brahms stares in a surprised manner at Mrs Slocombe. Her body language towards Captain Peacock has altered. "Mrs Slocombe," Shirley says suddenly. "Are you and Captain Peacock a couple?"
Betty smiles at Shirley. "Why do you ask, Miss Brahms?" Betty asks as she and Stephen slid into the booth.
"You were holding hands when you came in. I know you two are good friends, but that is not typical behaviour for the two of you." Shirley says cheekily.
"You're right, Miss Brahms. This isn't our usual behaviour at work, but we're not at work. Yes, we are in a relationship. Sue me for not telling you all earlier." Captain Peacock says as he reads the drinks list after pulling his glasses out of his inside pocket.
"That's disgusting!" Mr. Lucas exclaims. "I did not need to know that!"
"Mr. Lucas grow up! There's nothing wrong with older people getting together as a couple!" Captain Peacock says heatedly.
"Can I get you people some drinks?" the waitress asks when she comes over.
"I'll have a whisky and soda." Mr. Rumboldt says curtly.
"I'll have a cosmopolitan." Mr Humpheries says sweetly.
"I'll have a glass of chardonnay, please." Miss Brahms asks politely.
"I'll have a pint of Guinness." Mr. Lucas says trying to stay calm.
"I'll have a gin and tonic, please." Mrs. Slocombe says.
"I'll have a gin and tonic as well, please." Captain Peacock says passing the waitress the drinks menu.
"Oh, God, they're even drinking the same drink now. That is slightly disturbing." Miss Brahms says burying her face in her hands.
"I can't believe all this. I thought at least some of you would be happy for us and I am unanimous in that." Mrs Slocombe says with incredulity.
"It may just take some time for us to get used to the situation, Mrs Slocombe. After all we've only just found out about all this." Mr Rumboldt tries to calm the situation and for once he doesn't bungle the whole thing.
"Well, you could at least try to be happy for us. We're always supportive when any of you get into a new relationship or get out of a bad relationship. We would just appreciate the same consideration from all of you." Mrs Slocombe tries to explain.
"It's not that we're not happy for you, Mrs Slocombe. We're just trying to process all of this. It was a very sudden announcement by you and Captain Peacock. We're slow to react to many things and men are particularly slow to react to emotional matters, especially British men." Mr. Rumboldt tries to defend himself against Mrs Slocombe's bad temper.
"Mr. Rumboldt, you've always made it perfectly clear that we aren't to engage in interpersonal relationships with other members of staff and now you're saying you're alright this? It doesn't sound like you." Captain Peacock sounds upset.
"You're a sweet couple, Mrs Slocombe, but Captain Peacock never seemed to like you before, so it's not a surprise that we're all a little shocked at the way your relationship has changed." Miss Brahms says gently. She doesn't want Mrs Slocombe to be angry. They still have to work together after this.
"Have you had time to read the menu?" their waitress asks as she approaches the table.
"Not really. Our apologies, we just got some very big news from someone at the table and we've been processing it. If you come back in 5 minutes we should be ready to order." Mr Rumboldt apologizes to the young waitress who looks frustrated. "I hate having to do that. It makes waitresses very upset."
"Well, we were having a very serious conversation. It was more important than deciding what to have for dinner. Mrs Slocombe and Captain Peacock had some explaining to do and I for one feel much better now that I know the whole story." Mr Lucas says plainly.
"I'm so happy for you Mrs Slocombe! You deserve every happiness, really." Mr Humpheries says excitedly.