Harbour Lights wasn't really short on plots - it was just made in an oddly dull way that made it seem as if nothing was happening. In this episode Nicholas Ball (who'd starred in the private eye series Hazell) guests as an ex Chief Petty Officer and Falklands War veteran who brings a party of naval cadets to Bridehaven, then proceeds to bully them, especially poor gauche Joanne. She appeals to harbour master Mike for help, and he intervenes. The bully resents this, but after a near-tragedy it all works out, and Mike helps him to see that he's not the coward he thinks he is (Awww!).
Elsewhere, Jane decides to stay on in Bridehaven after son Jake hides in a tree to avoid going back to London, and there's more truly toe-curling innuendo from randy policewoman Melanie (played by Tina Hobley, whose own toes must curl when she sees herself delivering these lines). Mike invites her to the Harbour Master's dinner and dance, at which she flutters her eyelashes and says "I don't have much experience with harbour masters' balls" (dinner and dance - ball, Geddit?). The hussey!
In another ongoing storyline development, good-mum Rita Blade gets three months suspended for stealing bad-boss Tony Simpson's seaside rock - but it ain't over yet. This is, in fact, the third episode, although most guides list it as the second.moreless