Geoffrey's first season as Interim Artistic Director wraps up with a permanent posting and the cast decide they miss Oliver terribly. The Festival is in severe financial crisis without its sponsor Cosmopolitan Lenstrex, and Richard goes to wannabe board member and savvy businessman Mr Archer, begging for a financial infusion. Jack, leaving to star in his next blockbuster film, proposes to Kate- an offer she is inclined to refuse in favour of her acting career. And Ellen's boytoy, Sloan also proposes, an offer she refuses after Ellen and Geoffrey argue their way into their first kiss in seven years. The new season's programme is announced which includes, much to Geoffrey's dismay, Macbeth - a mandated tribute to the late Oliver Welles.