Rob tells Paul he can stick his job.
Gail is looking rather sour.
GAIL: You just couldn't help yourself could you? The expedient Paul Robinson.
PAUL: You don't know the facts Gail.
GAIL: You just destroyed a man's career, that's a fact, isn't it. Does it feel good?
Paul says it could have cost Rob more than just his job. Harold could have died! Unreasonable Gail goes on to say he sacked Rob to teach him a lesson. Paul tells Gail Rob told him to stick his job.
Gail thinks Rob was obviously distressed, and Paul didn't take that into account (oh Gail..... ). Paul gives up. Gail still doesn't let this go, and tells Paul he is never wrong, is he. But some people are human and make mistakes. She thinks Jim would have handled things differently, he would have given Rob a chance to explain. Paul says there's nothing to explain. Rob was goofing off, and having a drink with his mates. Gail says Rob finds it difficult to adjust to a new situation (Gail.....shut up!! ). Paul says now he has all the time in the world to adjust. Gail thanks Paul for being so caring, she doesn't know how she came to deserve such a great husband. She thinks he is one hell of a guy....Paul doesn't look impressed much. Oh God, Gail is way off the mark here, isn't she??
Mrs Mangel is looking through the TV guide for something that Harold could watch. But he doesn't want to, so she suggests a game of cards(!) (How exactly, considering Harold has no arms!) He tells her that he can entertain himself.
Mrs Mangel says that Helen will be here to look after him this afternoon, while Mrs Mangel and Madge are at work.
HAROLD: Helen. Another woman.
Mrs Mangel says that beggars can't be choosers. Harold explains as delicately as he can that there are "some things a man must attend to while not in the company of a woman - private, personal matters of a private, personal nature". Eventually the penny drops with Mrs Mangel.
MRS MANGEL: Oh! You mean... Oh I see! These matters...aren't urgent are they?
HAROLD: No, not desperately no.
Harold says they need to think of something to resolve the situation! Mrs Mangel heads off out.
Helen has come to see Mike. Lucy has missed a lot of school and she'd like Mike to tutor her, paid of course. Mike agrees.
Just then, Mrs Mangel arrives. She tells Mike and Helen awkwardly that there's an embarrassing inconvenience with Harold.
There is a bit of a pause.
MIKE: (trying not to laugh) You mean...er...
MRS MANGEL: Would you mind?
MIKE: No, no trouble at all.
He heads off to sort Harold out(!)
MRS MANGEL: Such a fine boy.
(She's changed her tune!)
Helen asks Mrs Mangel if she's up to lookng after Harold - she hasn't been out of hospital long herself. She says she's fine as long as everyone helps. She also tells Helen that she's decided to hang up her teacup for good(!)
Mike has finished...er...helping Harold. Harold says that this sort of thing happened a lot during the war(!)
Just then, Harold gets an itch on his back and Mike scratches it for him.
Mrs Mangel comes back. She decides to feed Harold his breakfast then fusses around cleaning up.
Harold insists he's not a baby and won't be fed. Without listening to Harold's protests, she puts some cereal on a spoon.
MRS MANGEL: Open wide! You don't want me to have to play aeroplanes do you?
HAROLD: Play what?!!
MRS MANGEL: Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...bombs away!
She forces the spoonful of cereal into Harold's mouth!
Paul comes to see Charlene to tell her about Rob quitting. Charlene doesn't think not having a mechanic will affect business much (yeah right!! This is a workshop!!). Charlene says she can handle the grease and oil, and the rest they can postpone. Paul is impressed with how organised she is. He says it's nothing personal against Rob, but business has to come first. Charlene is worried that the new mechanic won't want to teach her. But Paul reassures her she goes with the package. And they can transfer her apprentice papers.
The batteries of Harold's shaver are flat. Mrs Mangel says she's use her father's old shaving knife. She smothers shaving cream on Harold's face and tells him to hold still. Harold looks terrified!
Luckily, Harold is saved by a knock at the door! It's Helen, come for her nursing stint. Harold is not in a good mood and says that even with the best intentions, he's hardly receiving first-rate medical care.
MRS MANGEL: Well, I'd hardly call that gratitude! I am trying!
HAROLD: Ooooh, no argument there, Mrs Mangel. Yes you are VERY trying.
Harold demands new batteries for his razors and to feed him from now on. Also he wants a roster including MEN from Ramsay Street.
Helen says she'll see what she can arrange.
HAROLD: Oh good.
He stalks off to his bedroom.
Charlene tells Scott that her apprenticeship is safe. Scott is worried about his marks - he'll need good ones to get into journalism. Charlene says he'll be alright. Scott goes off to study for a few hours before dinner.
Des comes in and only Mike is there. Des thinks Daphne is doing too much (she's still at the Coffee Shop). Des asks Mike what he would do if he was in the same position as her (with her father). Mike says he doesn't know.
Paul walks into the office asking Gail if this war they are having is a border skirmish or one of the full scale jobs. Gail just looks at him with disdain and continues her work. Paul thinks her response is very mature, and he's glad they can still be civilised. Gail wonders how civilised it was to sack a man for one mistake, she thinks ruthless would be more appropriate. Paul doesn't bite. Which suits Gail fine. Paul wants to know if she's seen Rob, he thinks he may have gone underground for a bit. Gail doesn't appreciate his remark. Paul says business is business, it's a cliche, but it's very true! Gail says her father's career, 35 years of doing what he's good at, is gone.
GAIL: Why do I waste my breath. You don't know about people. How could you. You aspire to the right corporate image, with the right corporate wife (okay so maybe this fight runs a bit deeper than just Paul sacking Rob??? Gail is frustrated Paul doesn't care about people? Her father.....Her???).
PAUL: (grabbing Gail's arm) That seemed to serve your purposes at the time though, didn't it?
GAIL: Yes, to my constant shame. Look just let me go Paul. I'm not in the mood to be diplomatic. And you mightn't like what you'll hear
There is a knock on the door. It's Glen. Gail says hi. Glen says he is in town for the weekend. And he has a friend in the country with a property. He invites both Paul and Gail to go up there, to ride horses. Paul: The three of us?. Glen says she (Gail) will only talk about him when he's not there (cute!!). Gail quickly says Paul looks shocked because he is hopeless around horses. But she would love to go. Paul doesn't mind, does he, darling? Paul says he doesn't. But it's blatantly obvious that he does! Gail asks Glen for a lift home, they can have a drink. Paul can't join them, cause he has to work back. Ouch Gail is being nasty here Paul looks a bit deflated.
Mike is telling Des about the roster Helen is drawing up for Harold. There's a knock at the door.
DES: That's probably Harold now. Couldn't stand any more, so he jumped the wall!
But it's Scott at the door. He's come to ask Mike to tutor him with Maths. Mike says he'd love to, but he's agreed to help Lucy and he doesn't have any more time. Scott says it doesn't matter - he'll muddle through on his own. Mike looks a bit guilty, but Des tells him he can't spread himself too thin.
Harold is determined to feed himself. He tries to feed himself soup with a spoon, but it's impossible.
Des has turned up for his roster detail(!) Harold is thinking of switching to a drinking straw!
Charlene suggests a professional tutor to Scott, but they don't have the money, or anything to sell.
Paul and Gail's
Gail has poured herself and Glen a stiff drink. She toasts their day in the country. Glen asks if everything is okay with her and Paul. Things seemed a bit frosty between them (that's an understatement). Gail insists it's a woman's prerogative. Oooh, Diva-Femme Fatale-Gail!! Glen doesn't want to cause trouble between her and Paul. And he doesn't like playing games. Gail is laying it on a bit thick when she says she doesn't either. She says Paul is a big boy, he can amuse himself, when they go to the country. She tells Glen she and Paul have an arrangement. Glen thinks that's rather sophisticated. Gail says it is very sophisticated...
Charlene is trying on her wedding dress. Scott comes in and says she was the most important bride in the world. They reminisce about how they got the dress. Charlene says they could sell the dress for $400. She wants to get a tutor for Scott - she'll explain to Henry. Anyway, if she doesn't it'll just end up yellow with age and full of moth holes. She wants Scott to make it into journalism, and to do that he need good marks.
CHARLENE: Scott. Our wedding day was perfect. I don't need a dumb old dress to remind me.
They chat about the wedding and there's a bit of a flashback, complete with Angry Anderson music!