Recession has well and truly hit Carraigstown now. Bella is looking for shifts at the Hungry Pig as he is seriously strapped for cash with Rita's nursing home fees. It turns out that Louie is ageist and rejects Bella. Elsewhere, Maureen begins to rise at the crack of dawn to get more taxi fares, but she has another bad day when she breaks down. Back at the office, Leo has no sympathy, but when Maureen collapses he forces her to take a few days off. Cleo begins to wonder if Malachy and Dolores have romantic feelings for one another.