Hugh poses a life-changing question to Louisa, only to find himself a victim of Vasilia’s jealousy.
Louisa and Spiro tend to her market stall. He thinks she has bad taste in men, but she tells him he’s just being over protective. Meanwhile, Vasilia demands that her relationship with Larry proceeds quicker than Larry wants it to. Back at the house, Donald is tutoring Gerry on the terrace but having little luck as Gerry is distracted by a falcon trying to attack his beloved otters.
Larry moves back into the family’s villa having come down with mumps, which Louisa hopes will give Aunt Hermione an incentive to cancel her planned visit. Her hopes prove in vain when her overbearing relative turns up, accompanied by medium Mrs Haddock, who claims to be able to contact Louisa’s husband. She tells Louisa that he is terribly unhappy about her numerous male admirers, fuelling her doubts over her relationship with Hugh, and proposes a seance on a stormy night to set his troubled spirit at rest.
No one, not even Louisa knows the exact date of her birthday, but upon seeing how much she is missing Larry, the family decide to throw her a party to cheer her up. Larry’s bachelor life is interrupted by the arrival of Louisa with a food parcel. Louisa admits that she misses his intellectual conversations but Larry replies with a cutting remark about her age. With Louisa unwilling to rush into things with Hugh, Larry informs her that soon all her children will be leaving home so what is she waiting for? Reluctantly, Louisa takes Hugh up on his date where she learns some shocking truths about Vasilia. Hugh is irked when his car breaks down and Spiro comes to the rescue.
Larry is upset that no one has read his latest novel, so in a bid to make amends, Louisa decides to arrange a reading evening.
We return to Durrell family life in sun drenched Corfu.