Daphne asking Des to trust her and back her up
Henry complains to Charlene about being stuck at home while she's off gallivanting at a fancy dress party - although he's wearing a tux and top hat at the moment... for his job. Scott rushes in and is appalled with Charlene's bunny costume (or lack thereof). Those who wear garish singlet tops shouldn't throw stones, Scotty. Charlene explains the Warren Murphy plan to confused Henry - just as Warren arrives (dressed in a massive rabbit suit). Scott hides and Charlene introduces Warren to Henry.
HENRY: What do you know, a rabbit warren!
ME: Hey, I already made that joke in the last summary.
WARREN: Congratulations, you must be the millionth person today that's said that.
Spoilsport. Charlene gathers her coat and Warren hopes she's ready for a rager - an alcohol free rager of course. Scott emerges after they leave, in a foul mood because of how excited Charlene sounded. Henry reckons the best solution is to go out themselves.
Des thinks that Allen just seemed like a lonely old man, but Daphne can't shake her wariness. Her mum always said that her father didn't do anything without an ulterior motive. Des mulls this over - he doesn't like Daphne feeling so suss. But Daphne feels that she's just taking precautions. "This time I'm keeping my guard up till I'm absolutely sure." Des supports her but hopes her suspicions are wrong. Daph hopes so too.
Scott and Henry (sans Monopoly outfit) ask Mike if he and Jane want to come to Luna Park with them. But Mike already has plans to see a movie with his gal. The boys leave and Jane wonders why Mike didn't want to go out as a group. Mike admits that he's still concerned that Henry still has the hots for her, but Jane assures Mike that he's got nothing to worry about.
Charlene and Warren get back from the party, and Warren is amazed that he had such a good time without drinking. He then tries to move in for a pash, but Charlene bats him away. Warren apologises for pushing things, he was just so happy when Charlene rang - he's always liked her.
Number 28 - the next morning
Eileen has arrived for Des and Daphne's lunch (along with Mike). Mrs. Mangel and Jane are also set to join them for their church jaunt. Des is severely unenthused about the Mrs. Mangel inclusion...
EILEEN: Now Desmond, stop that. Nell Mangel can be a very interesting woman if you get to know her.
DES: Depends on how much you like gossip.
Daphne breaks the news about Allen's impending arrival to Eileen, but Eileen is quite pleased that Daph's decided to let bygones be bygones.
Scott and Charlene are swapping Easter pressies. Charlene notes that they're going to have to think of another plan to keep Madge and Harold off their backs - the Warren one is an all-around bust. But she doesn't want to hurt Warren with the truth. Scott reminds Charlene that he can't get involved with it; Warren and he don't get along at all. Charlene remains upset - she's going to have to hurt a mate and doesn't like it one bit.
Oh my God. Paul is wearing a shirt with a CARTOON HOT DOG AND PIZZA on it. Please hold while I make a call to the fashion police.
Gail has brought an Easter basket for Paul. Paul admits that he didn't get her an egg in return - but he did get her an Easter bonus instead. Gail wishes that Paul didn't have so much work on, she would have loved to make him some lunch. But Paul needs to get everything in order for Mr. Udagawa's upcoming visit. He's a Japanese businessman who's interested in setting up a components manufacturing plant in Australia.
PAUL: He's had dealings with Rosemary in the past, and it's to be a joint venture between the Daniels Corporation and him. I'm to do the liaison work from this end. Pretty big job...
GAIL: Mmm, sounds like it.
PAUL: And of course if we pull it off, it's going to mean work for hundreds of Australians, too.
GAIL: (wry) Oh, I see. That's very patriotic of you, Paul.
PAUL: Well, there's a bit of profit involved for me as well.
GAIL: As if I couldn't guess.
Gail leaves him to it but promises she'll be back later with a picnic lunch.
Eileen, Des and Daphne are back from church. Allen arrives not long after, bringing a very large, ugly bunny toy with him. Daphne warily greets her father, privately annoyed that the bunny is blue for a boy. Eileen, meanwhile, seems to be getting on with Allen like a house on fire. Des sits Allen down for a chat while Daphne glares uneasily their way.
Mike has given Jane her Easter gift (a small egg in a mug). Henry bounds over not long after and gives his "friend" Jane a gift of his own, which is of course much bigger than Mike's offering. Mike is mighty peeved.
The four adults are sitting down to lunch. Allen makes another remark about Daph's baby being a boy, so Daphne puts her plan into action. She tells her father that she had an ultrasound last week and found out that the baby is a girl. Eileen gets fired up about being kept in the dark, but Daphne explains that she was going to keep it a secret anyway until her dad started insisting that it was a boy. Allen replies that a girl is fine - they'll just have better luck next time. Taking Daph's lead, Des says that they consider a girl to be very lucky.
DAPHNE: (testing Allen) It won't upset your plans will it? You said you were going to set up a trust; it would be wonderful to know she's got that for her education.
ALLEN: You don't need to spend that sort of money on a girl's education that you do on a boy's.
Oh, wrong move, sweetcheeks. The sexist old codger then goes on to say that men control the world and there aren't many opportunities for women anyway. Setting up a trust fund for a girl would be a waste of money according to him. Daphne then rips her dad a new one, bellowing that he's always undermined girls - especially her. Allen doesn't see what's wrong with wanting a male grandson as an heir. Oh, dude. Shut up. Daphne angrily reveals that she lied about the ultrasound, much to Allen's bewilderment.
DAPHNE: You could have fooled me if you'd only said one thing: I love you, Daphne. I would have fallen hook, line and sinker because those are the words I've always wanted to hear. But you don't know the meaning of them, do you?
Allen snits that he didn't come here to be treated badly by a, "stupid, useless, stubborn female". Des immediately orders Allen out of the house.
ALLEN: If you ever do have a son, he's not going to thank you for destroying his opportunity to be a wealthy man.
Oh, bite me, Al. Eileen takes the ugly rabbit and throws it out the door after him while Des comforts Daphne.
Number 24/Number 26
Warren has brought Charlene an Easter gift and happily assumes that they have the house to themselves... until Henry wanders out from the bedroom. Henry and Warren geek out over some Phantom comics Henry found while Charlene answers the phone to Scott. He wants to know if she's told Warren the truth yet, but Charlene says that she wants to do it in her own time. Charlene hangs up and Warren not so subtly puts his arm around her shoulders while he continues to talk to Henry. Creeeee-py.
Paul and Gail are enjoying their picnic, although Paul should already be full by just looking at his smorgasbord shirt. Gail tells him about her dad's turnaround, and the fact that he likes Paul now. Paul's just pleased that he and Gail can be mates without all the hang-ups of romance. Gail agrees. Oh you two, you're so cutely deluded.
Henry heads back to his room with the comics, but not before Warren asks for a loan of them sometime. Charlene wants to have 'the chat' with him, but Warren has a few things he wants to talk about as well. He tells Charlene that his mum has been on his back about spending so much time with his dad at work. And also about a girl he'd been seeing that he was keen on - but she broke it off a few weeks back. It all but turned him back on to the grog... until a little ray of sunshine called Charlene called him and asked him out.
WARREN: I can't tell you what a difference that made.
CHARLENE: (guilty) Warren, I ought to explain...
WARREN: Just let me tell you, if it wasn't for you, I'd be back on the drink again for sure. I mean, just knowing you like me enough to wanna go out with me made all the difference. It gave me back a bit of confidence. And I know I might be rushing things a bit - but I think it would be really great if you'd be my girlfriend. You'd be really saving my life, Charlene.
I hope you've packed your suitcases, Charlene. That guilt trip's gonna take you around the world and then some...