Garden of the Robinsons
Jim tells Scott not to be ridiculous. Madge is similarly appalled, but Scott says that they're adults and noone can stop them. Jim says it's financially inviable, but Scott says he'll leave school and get a full-time job. Everyone starts arguing and Helen steps in and says they must leave the conversation for later - Gail and Paul's engagement party is more important right now.
Charlene tells Madge to get the lecture over with. Madge sits down and says that Charlene is behaving like a baby. Charlene says that Scott's timing was lousy, but they're going to live together, end of story. She says Madge is always putting her down, thinking she can't cope. Madge says she won't have Charlene living with Scott and Harold agrees - it's shameful to live in sin. Henry says it's no big deal these days, but Madge says that she's ashamed to be Charlene's mother.
When Madge and Harold have walked off, Henry tells Charlene that they'll come round eventually. He is sympathetic to her plight.
Things are tense at the Robinson household as Des and Daphne help to clear up after the party. Scott starts banging on about Jim's attitude, so Helen suggests that Des and Daphne go home to avoid World War 3!
Garden of the Robinsons
Des and Daphne thank Jim and Helen for a great barbecue. Daphne lets slip that she knew about the moving in together plan. Jim gets angry with Daphne and says that she should have told him. Des defends Daphne and says that they've got a different opinion to Jim, and if he can't handle that, no wonder his kids want to leave home!
Des has made Daphne a cup of tea - she feels bad about arguing with Jim and Helen but Des says she has no reason to feel guilty. Des admits that he wouldn't like his teenage daughter moving in with a bloke - women have to be more careful with their reputations. He says that "second-hand goods" doesn't apply to men. Daphne says it'd be better if people changed their attitudes so they thought of men and women the same. Des replies that he does think so - women are there for protecting and he thinks that's only natural. Daphne gets very cross with him and says she hopes they don't have a daughter because she's not prepared to bring her up as a second-class citizen. She storms off to her room.
Paul comes in to chat to Scott. He picked up on the tension at the party and dragged the situation out of Helen. Paul says that the hardest part of it (telling Jim) is over with, but it was a bit of a shock to Jim. Paul suggests that he keeps trying to talk to Jim, but Scott doesn't think it will do any good. Paul says that he could try to have a word with Jim himself.
Helen tells Paul that she asked Jim to apologise to Daphne - Daphne was in an awkward position and didn't deserve personal insults from Jim. Helen tells Paul not to talk to JIm now - he needs time to calm down. Helen says she'd rather not take sides herself, but living together is common practice these days. Paul says that if Jim doesn't give a little ground, he'll drive Scott and Charlene away.
Madge and Harold are suggesting Charlene's situation - Madge thinks Fred has had a bad effect on Charlene(!) Henry overhears them and tells them to lay off Charlene - she only wants to move in with Scott because she loves him. Henry reminds them that it's the 1980s - living together is normal these days.
Helen brings Des a bottle of wine to apologise to Daphne. Des is a bit frosty but eventually accepts the wine. He says it doesn't excuse Jim though - just Helen. Daphne comes out and tells Helen about the argument she and Des had about women. She tells Helen that Des is a male chauvinist(!)
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Paul approaches Jim who is varnishing a garden table (seemingly in the rain!!) Jim is very angry about Scott and Charlene's plans and is worried that Charlene will get pregnant(!) Helen comes up, followed by Scott. He asks Jim if they can talk but Jim is still angry with him. Scott tells Jim that he can't order him around for the rest of his life and then walks off.
Daphne is being frosty with Des as he tries to make conversation over the washing up. She tells him that she's going back to work tomorrow - she's bored of being at home. Des tells Daphne that he doesn't want to fight with her, but she says she doesn't want a 19th century father. Des says he'll buy her a train set and a football and promises never to buy anything pink! Also he suggests they could christen her Keith or Brut(!) Daphne relents on one condition - Des has to come to pre-natal classes with her tomorrow afternoon. Des says he wouldn't miss it for the world.
Charlene hasn't eaten any breakfast. Madge rants about the car at the garage being ruined - the polish has stripped off all the paint. Henry suddenly has a brainwave - why not re-market Liquid Beauty as a paint stripper? He thinks they could recover their losses. Madge is appalled, she doesn't think it will help. Charlene and Madge start to bicker about the moving in plan again.
When Madge has walked off, Henry tells her not to worry - they'll find a way.
Helen tells Scott to tread very carefully with Jim. Scott is going through the paper with a yellow marker pen. Suddenly he sees an interesting advert and rushes off.
Charlene comes in through the backdoor and tells Helen that there's war at her place. Helen tells her that Scott is in his room, so she goes off to find him.
Scott shows Charlene an ad in the paper for a flat that's only $40 a week! He wants to go and have a look at it now - it's their only chance. Charlene agrees.