Desmond defiantly says he's going to meet Penny in an hour: "I've got the ring; she'll say yes. I can choose whatever I want." Fionnula sadly shakes her head. "You may not like your path, Desmond, but pushing that button is the only truly great thing that you will ever do." That might be one of the more depressing things Desmond's ever been told. He looks at her a long time, almost like he's starting to believe her, but eventually just asks how much the ring is. Fionnula gets a look on her face like "why do I even bother" and just walks away.
Desmond's despondently walking down the street. He doesn't look as happy as you'd think someone who got an engagement ring for free would. He passes by an Armed Forces recruitment office, and a poster catches his eye. Too bad the prop department couldn't foresee the need for a Scottish poster to promise "Honour" instead of "Honor." In addition to the "honor," the Armed Forces promises adventure. Also, "Become a man you can be proud of," it tells Desmond. Desmond rubs his head. How the hell is he going to explain to Penny that he's lost his appetite for lobster because he was stuffing his face with chestnuts with a crazy old lady?
Fortunately, he's managed to at least paste a smile on as he waits along the Thames for Penny, who strolls up and kisses him. They walk past some dude with a souvenir photography stand who exhorts them to get their picture taken. Desmond declines, and the photographer tries saying that it'll be something to show the grandkids, which perks Penny up: "Oh, come on, Des. Let's do it. For all those grandkids," she jokes.
And instead of the magnificence of the Thames and the Parliament buildings and Big Ben in the background, for some reason the photographer has a series of chintzy pull-down backdrops like a desert and the Alps. Maybe it's a reverse-tourist thing -- Desmond and Penny see Big Ben all the time, so what do they need that in the background of the photo for. Also, there needs to be some way to get the marina into the backdrop of Desmond's picture with Penny, right?