Lance Corporal Jimmy Hobbs asks his girlfriend Norah, who works in the army canteen to marry him before going AWOL after being chased by Private Keenan. Corporal Barrowman, having taken an instant dislike to Private Wratten, arranges a search for a 'stolen' watch and announces Wratten as the thief.
Corporal Barrowman isn't impressed by Two Section efforts on the parade ground. Norah learns from Jimmy that he has a plan. Keenan says sorry to Connie for being strident about his pacifist views the last time they met. Two Section are given bayonet training and they aren't very good at it.
Two Section take part on the assault course and Barrowman informs them that if they beat One Section's time they will get a crate of beer and if theu fail they will be peeling potatoes for the regimental dinner that evening. Hobbs, waiting in an army cell after going AWOL, fears the worst.
Barrowman simulates a gas attack, during which Wrattan passes out. While the sections wait by the barrack room clock for their leave to begin, the nuclear attack warning goes off. Barrowman and Hobbs await the impending Armageddon with a bottle of whisky and Hobbs ends up confronting Norah about their relationship.
Preparations are being made for the Remembrance Day parade as a telegram arrives saying that Davies' grandfather has passed away. Captain Gulliver infroms Audrey that their life will start afresh after he hands in his resignation. Wratten goes to see Barrowman in hospital and learns the truth about his past. Sergeant Butcher asks Captain Bulgakov whether Lomax is really mad or just pretending.