Det. Sgt. Banner faces a coroner's inquiry, and indications are that he will leave the force. Banner is torn between his dedication to his police duties, and his love for his girlfriend Jenny who has recently contacted him from London.
Agnes, a pathetic but happy alcoholic, meets another alcoholic, Fred, who asks her to marry him. Fred has a long history of violent crime, and Agnes learns that the only reason he wants to marry her is because her sister Beryl owns a wine bar, and he thinks it is a good way to ensure a lifetime supply of free grog.
A highly respected Yarra Central councilor is suspected of being involved in homosexual activities, but a youth who is involved gives police another version of the situation. Det. Sgt. Banner plans to marry his girlfriend Jenny Franklin, and resigns from the police force to take an extended honeymoon and to find a 'more suitable' profession.