Dan's grief over Cathy's death is overshadowed by hearing that Niall Boylan will escape relatively free from a serious conviction. Dan's solicitor warns Dan to stay away from Niall. Meanwhile, new locum Dr Grace Sefate makes an impact on her first day when her belongings turn up before her. This unusual entrance immediately gives Grace an air of intrigue but she immediately asserts herself as a capable and dedicated doctor. Lorcan starts to struggle with his illness, now that he is on a harsh course of anti-retroviral medication for his HIV and this sees him becoming increasingly moody and agitated. Cara has well and truly stepped into Molly's shoes by becoming a surrogate mother to Kieran and Molly's baby, Hope. Kieran has found himself relying on Cara more and more, to her delight. For Julia and Dan, life must go on and their attention is brought to Cathy's shares of the Clinic. When Cathy's will is read however, there is a surprise in store for all involved.