Mrs Mangel demanding $600 for the painting and Helen telling her what she can do with it.
Helen and Daphne are having coffee and Helen is telling Daphne the story of the Mangle painting. Daphne is horrified.
HELEN: She may be wrecking my exhibition, but I don't do deals with extortionists.
DAPHNE: Good for you!
Enter Henry, who has come for the key to No 28 so he can deal with the locks. He asks Helen what the latest is on her paintings and she tells him, plus giving him what-for for his interference.
Mrs Mangel is taking her mail from the box as Henry comes along the street, carrying his tool box. He goes to no 28, closely observed by Mrs M. She watches as he examines the windows, then goes indoors to phone the police. She complains to the person who answers for taking so long before explaining her call.
Lassiter's, where Paul has been searching for a lost ad
Jane, looking pretty in peachy orange, reads out her replacement ad, which makes Paul very happy.
Enter Helen, and Paul tells her they aren't seeing artists today, they are sending them all home to organise their exhibitions. Helen isn't happy and tells Paul about Nell's attitude. Paul says it is blackmail and Jane, who overhears, looks uncomfortable and agrees.
Ramsay Street, outside no 28.
Constable Garry clutches his walkie-talkie while Mrs M sticks closer than glue. He tries to persuade her to leave and she pesters him to hurry before Henry escapes. He assures her that someone's covering the back. She won't go away. Garry approaches the screen door and opens it carefully. Henry, inside, opens the door and Mrs M screams.
Enter Mike and Mrs Barbara Young, fresh from the funeral. Mike wants chocolate and Daphne sends him to the kitchen for more. She apologises to Barbara that she wasn't at the funeral, but it is hard to get away sometimes. Barbara tells her that Mike hardly needed her emotional support – while everyone else was in tears, he was dry eyed.
DAPHNE (gently): Have you ever stopped to think that maybe his reaction wasn't normal because his relationship with his father wasn't normal, either?
BARBARA: So you're saying he's glad his father's dead. Is that it?
DAPHNE: No, no! Nothing of the kind. It's just that Mike's been driven past the point of caring. He shed his tears a long time ago.
BARBARA (very indignant): … Anyone would think that he didn't love his own father.
DAPHNE: Maybe his father didn't love him. I'm sorry. I had no right to say that.
Mike returns, but Barbara says there is no time for the chocolate, as they have to be at the solicitors in 30 minutes. Mike questions why he needs to go and Barbara tells him that if he is to help to pay off the debt, then he should know what the debt is. Daphne asks them to dinner that evening, but Barbara doesn't think it is appropriate, but is persuaded.
No 28 where the police, Mrs M and Henry are in the lounge room
Enter Det. Constable Garry asks him to verify Henry's story and he does, much to Mrs M's disgust. She and the policemen leave. Des gives Henry an envelope from the bank. It's $500 in recognition of his bravery in the robbery.
Helen is talking on the phone to Jim, who wants to buy the Mangle painting back, but Helen won't let him.
HELEN: I don't want her to think she's got the better of us.
Meanwhile, Jane brings a letter to Paul. Delivered by courier, it is from the solicitors who are handling the Disclosure magazine affair.
JANE (looking very uncomfortable): Have you found out who sold them the story?
PAUL: No, not yet.
JANE: But you're not worried about it? I know Rosemary's made everything right…
PAUL: Yeah, she has, but … It's funny, y'know, really. I've had my fair share of arguments and tough decisions to make, but I didn't think anyone hated me that much.
JANE (looking even more uncomfortable – luckily she's standing behind Paul) Maybe they just did it for the money …
Jane asks if she may go to lunch as it is almost 12.30. Paul says he will join her, but she says she has something she has to do.
Ramsay Street: Blackmail and counter-blackmail.
Mrs M is watering the front garden with a pressure hose. Henry walks across the road to speak to her. Mrs M is quietly rude.
MRS M: I am not in the habit of associating with ex-convicts, so please remove ourself.
HENRY: Have you heard of malicious prosecution? If I decide to lay charges, you may end up a convict yourself. Whadya think of that?
MRS M: You wouldn't dare.
HENRY: Don't bet on it.
He offers Mrs M $500 for the painting, saying he will endorse the cheque from the bank. Mrs. M reminds him that Jim is going to pay her $600.
HENRY: You're unbelievable! You make the blokes inside look like a bunch of sissies!
Exit Henry, enter Jane. She tells her grandmother that if she doesn't give the painting back to Helen, she will tell Paul where Discovery Magazine got their story. Nell says she needs the money. Jane says it's greed, not need. Mrs M says she always intended to give the painting back, “once they had learned their lesson.”
Jane returns to the office and tells Helen that her grandmother will return the painting for the $30 she paid for it. Enter Paul, who wants to know why they are smiling. When he hears, he wants to know what the catch is. Jane flusters and covers up, saying Mrs M will deliver the painting that evening. Exit Happy Helen, to go home and revise the hanging order of the pictures, leaving Paul to quiz Jane about how she achieved it.
Daphne and Des indulge in a little banter that raises not the glimmer of a smile from Barbara. Daphne says she will get on with dinner, and finds that Des has eaten all the hors d'oeuvres! She tells Des to set out some more, but Mike takes him out to see Bouncer, leaving Daphne and Barbara to talk. The men come back and Mike begins to tell Des and Daphne what happened at the solicitor's. The news is that Mike's father had a life insurance policy and it's worth $100,000. D & D are over the moon – this means that Mike can go to Uni.
Mrs M is doing a ‘buttering up' job on Helen by praising her work. She makes as if to hand over the painting, but says it is difficult, as it just seems to belong on the wall of her lounge room. Helen asks why she changed her mind and Mrs M waffles on and mentions that there are no portraits among the paintings, then:
Mrs M: It has always been an ambition of mine to find an artist who would be kind enough to … well, we can all dream, can't we…
Helen's face during this speech is umm … but she says that she has only ever dabbled in portraiture. Mrs M ‘looks', and Helen says that after the exhibition is over, she might try and do Nell's portrait, but she won't make a guarantee. Nell looks triumphant and hands over the painting, remarking that now there is a small matter of $30…
Dinner is over and Mike is enthusing about going to uni, but Barbara says a lot has changed since her visit to the solicitor, and they need to talk – at home. Mike says they can talk there – he'll tell D & D anyway. Barbara says that she wants to use the money for herself. She married, had Mike, and has never done what she wanted. She plans to let the house and go on a round the world trip.
After comment, she goes on to say that she would give Mike some money to buy a small flat, but Mike (mad fool!) says the money was never intended for him. It was meant for her. More comment, then Des says he could move back to no 28, except for the problem … Amazed, Daphne asks, “What problem?” Des replies that Mike always eats all the lemon chicken, then welcomes Mike back with a slap on the back.