Enter Jim and Helen. Henry proudly tells them that he has sold all the paintings for $680! Helen is not happy, but replies that she doesn't have to worry any more. No pictures, no exhibition.
No 28, where Daphne is cooking dinner.
Des comes home from work and is all over her. Pash-and-cuddles-time at number 28. Finally he tells her that he has bought security chains, locks and an alarm to protect her from future bank raiders. He ahs been cleared of any part in the raid through the CCTV footage and now the bank officials are very pleased with him. So pleased that they have made him a special consultant because he was the latest manager to be held up. Daphne brings him back down to earth by handing him the bowl of potatoes to mash.
Madge is having a go at Henry for selling Helen's pictures.
HENRY: Any goose could have made that mistake.
CHARLENE: One goose did!
Madge tells Henry, not for the first time, that it is time he gave up these get-rich-quick schemes and settle down. “I thought you would have realised that by now!”
Charlene defends Henry but Madge is worried that there might be yet another feud with the Robinsons about to erupt, but Henry reassures her that Charlene has made up her differences with Scott.
Nell has the painting and is discussing its potential for improvement with Jane, who says she shouldn't cut it up, and defends Helen against her grandmother's quiet vitriol. The doorbell rings and Nell answers it, scissors in hand. Enter Helen, who asks Nell to be reasonable. Nell retorts that possession is nine tenths of the law. Helen pleads and says she will reimburse Nell the $30 she paid for the painting, but in doing so makes the mistake of letting Nell know how much she needs it back. Nell says she is not at all sure that she wants to sell it.
Helen returns to find Jim and Scott together and she is fuming.
HELEN: I need a brandy.
JIM: That won't help!
HELEN: I need something to take this taste out of my mouth!
Scott tries to reassure her, but Helen says she will have to cancel the exhibition – she has 25 picture hooks and a lot of wallpaper. Scott responds that it might be a new fashion, but Helen will not be diverted. Scott jumps up to get out of the line of fire her the brandy.
JIM: You know, you're only making me feel worse!
HELEN: Am I? Good!
Daphne is on the floor, doing exercises to music and the accompaniment of Des hammering by the front door. She isn't too pleased with his accompaniment, and Des hits his thumb. Daphne goes to him and there is some banter about his handyman skills and Daphne suggests he should call in a handyman…
DAPHNE: How's your mother?
MIKE: Not looking forward to the funeral.
Des and Daphne say they will try to be there to support him, if work will allow. Mike has another reason for his visit. He wants them to look after the puppy, Bouncer. His mother doesn't like pets. Daphne mentions that she phoned the other day but he was at the orientation day at Uni. Mike says how great it was but Uni will have to wait – his mother needs him and the money he can earn. He leaves.
DAPHNE: (looks at Bouncer) He probably doesn't know where his real home is.
DES: You could say the same thing about Mike.
No 24 where it is breakfast time.
Henry is looking at job ads in the paper. Madge makes a comment and he says he is looking for the job that looks the least like hard work. Enter a sleepy-headed Charlene. Henry says she can have the paper but she isn't interested – she's only just got up.
Enter Scott, who asks how the job hunting is going.
HENRY: Don't ask her. She wouldn't know a good job if it jumped up and bit her on the nose.
He moves away and suggests Lenny could become a lion tamer (joke) They don't smile. Scott tells Charlene that she needs a job of some sort, with him being at school. This doesn't get a happy response. He says he will take her into town and this makes her happy. It's pash time at no 24, to Henry's disgust. Charlene disappears to dress while Scott tells Henry that Helen is on the warpath because Nell won't give up her painting. To his dismay, Henry suggests that it is time that he took charge of the situation.
HENRY: I'm an expert at human relations. Tact and Diplomacy are my two middle names. Henry Tact Diplomacy Mitchell.
He moves away and Scott apologises to Madge for upsetting her with his article. Madge grudgingly accepts it.
In Ramsay Street
Des is backing out the car to go to work, but calls to Henry. He asks him if he will do the locks and chains for him.
HENRY: (leaning nonchalantly against the car, tossing a Granny Smith apple) Des, if a guy knows how to pick a lock, he should at least know how to fit one. Am I right, or am I right?
Des looks slightly worried but tells Henry to pick up the keys from Daphne at the Coffee Shop.
Helen is hovering and Jim comes in to try and reassure her about the exhibition. He plunges in, feet first.
HELEN: (switches off hoover and stands, hands folded over the top of the wand) So you think I'm over-reacting?
She hands him the cheque to take to Ken Harper to get the paintings back. The doorbell rings. Enter Henry.
He apologises to Helen and offers to help to get the picture from Nell. Helen tells him to butt out (well, not quite like that, but you get the gist?)
HELEN: Don't tempt me to add manslaughter to the rest of my problems!
She switches on the hoover.
It's the day of the funeral and Jane is talking with Mike. Nell comes in, muttering about the grime in the bathroom. She tries to commiserate with Mike, who isn't having any of it. He tells her that he and his dad had little time for each other, and he wouldn't be going to the funeral if his mother didn't need him. He leaves and Jane tells her grandmother off.
Ding-dong: The same doorbell as at No 26!
Enter Henry, with a cheery, “Have no fear, Henry's here!”
Somewhere that there's a locker room.
Jim is reading the paper and Ken Harper comes in, hot and sweaty after his run. They chat, then Jim tells him why he is there, making the same mistake as Helen, in letting Ken know how much they need the paintings back. Ken says he couldn't care less about his mother-in-law and a deal is a deal.
Henry is sweet-talking Nell, who is lapping it up. He mentions that Helen's reputation is at stake, and Nell retorts that no-one was there when the mud was being slung at her.
HENRY: The word on the Street has you as a saint, Mrs Mangle. The people here see you as a charitable, community-minded person (Nell smirks) who really cares about others. A Samaritan. And that's why I am sure that they'll pat you on the back when you return the painting.
He lets slip that it is worth $800 and Nell promptly decides that it will be worth buying a bigger frame for it.
In Ramsay Street
Helen is stalking across the street towards No 32 as Jim pulls up in his car. He calls to her and says that Ken Harper has been persuaded to return the paintings. Meanwhile, Henry escapes through the gate into No 32's garden. Jim says that he waited till Ken had cooled down after his run and then come to a deal which involved Jim giving Ken engineering contacts for his up-coming US trip and $700. Helen shows her pleasure by kissing him. They go together to …
Nell tells Helen that she knows the painting is worth $800 because Henry told her so. But she will sell it back to Helen for $600. Jim says he will go and get his chequebook, but Helen is angry and stops him.
HELEN: No way am I going to be held to ransom like this. (Turns to Nell) You are welcome to the painting, Mrs Mangle. You can desecrate it, mutilate it, chop it up and send it out as Easter cards if you like, but I have no intention of giving you one red cent. Come on, Jim.