Winning moments never last, however, and news arrives from Adelaide that Ted has died of a heart attack in a sauna while trying to lose weight (as jockeys do). Dolly is inconsolable, although she makes renewed attempts to see if alcohol will console her. Rose makes a token effort to comfort her mother, but her fundamental contempt for Dolly makes this impossible. The house is still groaning and suffering - worse than ever. Life is now as divided and dislocated as it will ever be. Rose is, emotionally, as far from her mother and her family as she will ever be. Quick is physically as far from Fish and his family as he will ever be. Oriel is furthest away from the faith she once had. And Sam, as always, is just waiting to see what happens next.
Quick's truck just misses crashing into a freight train. That's what happens next. While recovering, extraordinary events take place that seem partly organised by Bob Crab to ensure that Quick returns to No.1 Cloud Street, with the knowledge that losing his family is worse than losing his mind. After returning, Quick sees Oriel and resolves his feelings of guilt regarding Fish. He begins fishing on the Swan River with Fish, allowing his brother to be one step closer to his beloved water. Meanwhile Toby Raven unwittingly prods Rose into realising how much the simple, loving life of No.1 Cloud Street is more in her soul than the artificial world of Toby - they break up, and Rose and Quick see the end to each of their searches in each other. Before too long, Rose is pregnant, and an engagement is declared. Dolly thinks this is hugely ironic, but with Rose about to be a mother herself, truths and shames of the past are finally faced that dissolve the hatred between mother and daughter.
It's now mid 1950s, and for a moment Sam tosses up whether to sell No.1 Cloud Street - but the very idea makes everyone realise they actually don't want to. The house has become part of them. Part of all of them.
After Rose and Quick's wedding, their son is born in the house, and Oriel praises the Lord, returning to faith as she sees life itself is the miracle and the miracle was surrounding her all the time. Two families divided within each other and between each other for so long are now in harmony, and Bob Crab knows he can at last finish the business of releasing the house itself from its sufferings and the injustices of 'everywhen'. The business is finished.
And Fish can now at last once again recognise Oriel. He can see it all. And the only journey still to complete is his own long journey back to the beautiful, beautiful water.