It's the panto and Coriander observes to Joe what a great job Lynda does every year. Joe remarks that she can be a hard taskmistress. He was a mainstay for years, but now he's concentrating on his Christmas business. Perhaps she'd be interested in some holly or mistletoe? Oscar's perturbed when the cat goes offstage, but delighted when it reappears. Coriander thinks Dick and Alice are awfully good and wonders if they're boyfriend and girlfriend, but Joe assures her they're just the best of mates.
Jazzer tells nervous Fallon he's the reason it's practically a full house. Harry's not keen on all the make up, but Nigel likes his; he thinks the make-up ladies have excelled themselves.
Lynda's hyper, and Robert explains it's because Tristram Hawkshaw, the new Felpersham Light Opera Society director, is there. Lynda's anxious when she spots Tristram apparently making production notes. He could be her nemesis. Harry assures her she's got nothing to worry about. But she's even more concerned when she learns that Tristram's writing a review for the Echo. She must have been mad to do the panto. But when Nigel reminds her she did it for Oscar, who's had a wonderful time, she agrees that that's what really matters.