Paul follows Nina out of the Waterhole and tells her tersely that he just wants the chance to be able to help; she doesn't seriously think he's going to just let her take Amy away like that, does he? Nina retorts that, as a matter of fact, she *does*. Paul persists:
PAUL: What about my rights? I *am* her father. I just want to make sure that she doesn't go without anything; that she gets a decent education.
NINA (angrily): And you think I can't give her that?
PAUL: Look, I just want to know how she is; maybe see her occasionally, that's all. Because whether you like it or not, I am a part of the little girl's life too.
NINA: Well, you can't be. And as far as legal rights are concerned, on the birth certificate it says ‘Father unknown'. Look, you don't owe us anything and we don't want anything from you. We're going – so just forget all about us, OK?
PAUL (snaps): Nina, you are being totally unreasonable about this.
NINA: Goodbye, Paul.
With that, she walks off.
Mike heads into No. 28 to find Des there, and he asks him what he's doing home. Des explains that he came to check on Bouncer – but he's shot through again. Mike sighs that he's probably back at Mrs. Mangel's. He asks Des why he reckons Bouncer does it. Des comments that Bouncer's taken a shine to the old boiler, that's all. Mike remarks that if Mrs. Mangel sent him straight home and didn't stuff his face with biscuits all the time, they wouldn't have a problem. Des tells Mike that Bouncer and Mrs. Mangel are good company for each other; with Mike so busy at uni and at the Coffee Shop, maybe Bouncer *needs* someone to spend some more time with him. Mike, however, declares:
MIKE: If you mean give him to Mrs. Mangel, then forget it, Des. He's *my* dog and there's no way I'm going to let her have him, OK?
Office of the Daniels Corporation
Paul walks into the office and says a glum ‘Hi' to Gail. Gail asks him gently if he talked to Nina. Paul replies that she told him that he's to have nothing to do with Amy – not now, not ever. Gail murmurs that she's sorry. Paul tells her:
PAUL: Until she came out and said it, I had no idea that that little girl meant so much to me. You think I'd be *grateful* to have her off my hands, wouldn't you?
Gail suggests that perhaps Nina will change her mind, especially when Amy's a little bit older. Paul, however, tells her that once Nina's decided on something and set her mind to it, that's it.
Mrs. Mangel is sitting on the couch, feeding a biscuit to Bouncer, when Jane comes in and remarks that it's not like her to be feeding the dog without putting paper down first. She adds that he should be over at the Clarkes'. Mrs. Mangel just retorts that if he was better looked after, he wouldn't come over *there* all the time. There's suddenly a knock on the front door and Jane goes and opens it to Mike, who asks if Bouncer's there. Jane lets him in and Bouncer runs over to him. Mrs. Mangel tells Mike coolly that Bouncer will be back as soon as Mike goes out. Mike, however, replies that he won't because he's going to tie Bouncer up. Mrs. Mangel, looking aghast, tells him that Bouncer craves human company, which he's not getting from Mike. Mike just retorts:
MIKE: Look, he's *my* dog and I'd appreciate it if you left him alone, OK?
MRS. MANGEL: You don't think I *like* him coming over here, do you, with his fleas and his doggy breath, messing up my sitting room? I'm merely being humane.
MIKE: Great, thanks, but in future could you leave his care to me?
With that, he heads out, Bouncer in tow. Mrs. Mangel watches the dog go, looking upset.
Katie helps herself to a biscuit from a batch that Helen has just made. Todd comes in through the back door and remarks that he thought Katie was sick. Katie replies:
KATIE: I was, but gran made me better doing this.
She indicates her face painting. Todd asks who ‘gran' is and Helen explains about how she and Katie decided ‘Mrs. Daniels' sounded too formal. She tells Todd that he can call her ‘gran' as well, but Todd tells her awkwardly that names like ‘gran' and ‘pop' are sort of for kids. Helen comments that ‘Mrs. Daniels' *is* awfully stuffy – so why doesn't he call her ‘Helen'? Todd smiles that that would be great! He adds that they're really going to miss her when she's gone home. Helen says:
HELEN: And I'm going to miss you too. Very much. All of you.
Mrs. Mangel is using a carpet sweeper in the lounge room as Jane tells her that Mike is trying to teach Bouncer some discipline. Mrs. Mangel, however, retorts firmly that Bouncer has clearly decided that Mike Young is not a suitable recipient for his affections, and that's all there is to it. Jane says:
JANE: And I suppose you are?
MRS. MANGEL: Well, it would explain why he keeps coming over here.
JANE: Nan, it's *you* who doesn't like Mike, not Bouncer. It seems you're trying to turn his own dog against him and you've got no right.
Mrs. Mangel insists that that's absurd. Jane comments that it's Bouncer she feels sorry for: he's the one who's really suffering through all of this.
Outside the Coffee Shop
Gail emerges from the office and spots Nina sitting with Amy at a table outside the Coffee Shop. She walks over and asks for a word. She sits down and says to Nina that Paul has told her what happened earlier. Nina indicates Amy and says she'd rather not. Mike emerges from the Coffee Shop at that moment and Gail asks him if he could take Amy inside for a few moments and find her something to play with. Mike does as she's asked. Left alone with Gail, Nina tells her that she's not a troublemaker; she doesn't want to hurt Gail. Gail, however, tells her that it's *Paul* she's hurting: he wants to be a part of his daughter's life. Nina declares:
NINA: He can't be. Paul will have to make do with his *own* family.
She then quickly apologises, saying she didn't mean to say that. Gail explains that that's why it's so important to Paul: Amy might be the only child he ever has. She goes on:
GAIL: Nina, think about it. You're going to watch her grow up, worried all the time that she's going to discover the truth. Maybe she never will, but have you thought about what you're going to say to her if she does? – because believe me, if you leave it too late, there is nothing you *can* say. She'll feel confused, resentful and as though she's been conned. I know – I'm adopted and my adoptive parents never told me. They thought they were doing what was best – but it was a mistake. I still don't know why my real parents didn't want me.
NINA: Are you *sure* they didn't?
GAIL: I don't know – but Amy deserves to be told. She's a lucky kid: she's got you and Paul and your fiancé, who love her. Nina, you've got a chance to help your little girl grow up feeling very special. Don't throw it away.
At that moment, Amy runs out of the Coffee Shop and shows her mother excitedly a paper plane she's made!
Jane comes into No. 28, pushing Jamie in his pushchair, and shows Des the jumper that Anna the cleaner made for his son. She tells Des that Jamie was as good as gold for Mrs. Kirkwood. Bouncer starts whining suddenly and Des sighs that the dog *hates* being tied up, and he doesn't blame him – but Mike's been so busy lately that he's had hardly any time to spend with him. Jane comments that it's a pity they can't work out a roster: she's only just started to realise how much Bouncer means to her nan – she really does love him. She adds that she wishes there was something they could do. Des comments suddenly that he has an idea, and he starts telling Jane about a film he saw in which a judge made two people who loved a dog stand at each end of the courtroom and call the dog, and whoever it went to, they could keep it! Jane points out that that was only a movie – things like that don't really happen. Des asks:
DES: Got any better ideas?
They listen to Bouncer whining again and Jane then muses:
JANE: I'll talk to nan!
Reception area/Office of the Daniels Corporation
Paul is in the reception area when Nina comes in with Amy. She asks where Gail is and Paul explains that she left, as she was tired. Nina settles Amy down with some colouring- in and she and Paul then head into the office. Paul closes the door and Nina asks him if Gail told him that they had a talk. Paul replies that she didn't. Nina explains that that's why she's there: Gail made her see a few things differently. Paul remarks:
PAUL: That certainly sounds hopeful.
NINA: Don't get *too* excited. My primary concern is still Amy's welfare.
PAUL: Mine too, Nina.
NINA: Yeah, I realise that. What I said earlier was wrong.
PAUL: So that means I can set up the trust?
NINA: For her education, yes. And when she gets a bit older and can understand, then I think she does have the right to know the truth – but until then, you have to stay in the background. I'll write to you and let you know how she's going, and keep you up to date with photos, but that's all.
PAUL: Any chance of sending some little thing for birthdays and Christmas? I could even hop over to New Zealand now and then.
NINA: No, not yet. I don't want anything interfering with her relationship with Bruce. I'm sorry, Paul, but you're just going to have to be patient.
Paul accepts this. Nina then says they'd better go: they've got a ‘plane to catch. They head out into reception where Paul asks Amy if she wants to give him a kiss before she goes. Amy does so! Nina tells Paul that she'll write soon, and she and Amy head out. Jim comes in as they do so and asks Paul who the girl was, as she was a real cutie. Paul grins:
PAUL: She sure is. That's my daughter, dad!
A look of astonishment crosses Jim's face.
As Mike pours himself an orange juice, he tells Des to forget it: Bouncer's *his* dog; he's not up for grabs. Des asks him if he's quite happy to have him tied up out the back all day. Mike retorts that of course he isn't; Bouncer just needs to get used to living back there, that's all. Des sighs that he should have heard him barking this arvo... and Mike wants what's best for him, doesn't he? Mike replies that he does. Des tells him to let *Bouncer* decide what's best for him. Mike gives in and reluctantly accepts the idea.
Mrs. Mangel declares:
MRS. MANGEL: I've never heard of such a preposterous idea.
She goes on that Mike Young isn't fit to own a dog; and besides, Bouncer prefers living with *her*. Jane tells her to go along with Des's plan, then. She adds that her nan really loves Bouncer, doesn't she? Mrs. Mangel admits that she *is* rather fond of him. Jane presses her to go along with the plan and let Bouncer decide. Mrs. Mangel pauses and then sighs heavily and tells Jane that she wants her there to make sure Mike doesn't try any funny business.
Office of the Daniels Corporation
Paul is telling Jim about the trust fund and about how Nina will keep him informed until Amy's old enough to know the truth. Jim remarks:
JIM: Talk about a bombshell. Hardly the way I expected to be told I'm a grandfather!
PAUL: Think how *I* felt!
Jim then comments that surely Paul isn't going to leave it at that; doesn't he want to have some say in raising the child? Paul shrugs that he hasn't got much choice: Nina holds all the aces. Jim snaps at him that Amy's his *daughter*: she's part of the family; it's her *right* to know who they are – and they can always take Nina to court. Paul, however, snarls:
PAUL: Dad, will you stop? Will you just stop? Don't you think I've *thought* of that, because of *course* I have. I don't want to drag my child through a long and dirty paternity case. Think what would happen if we won. That little girl would be as confused as hell, dad. They've got their life – I want to play a part, not wreck it. My life's here with Gail.
He then apologises for getting angry. Jim says he understands. He then asks how Gail's taking it. Paul replies that she's been fantastic: she was the one who got Nina to agree; before that, Nina was just going to wipe him completely. Jim muses:
JIM: I just hope that Helen's as understanding when she finds out that she has a great- granddaughter she's never likely to see.
PAUL: I don't want you to tell her, dad.
JIM (snaps in surprise): Paul, she has a right to know.
PAUL: I don't think she *has*. Look, the fewer people that know about this, the better. I wouldn't have told *you* if I'd known you were going to react like this. That's why I don't want her to know about it. Dad, it won't do her or anyone any good, because the situation isn't going to change. Now, promise me: not a word.
Helen is playing Scrabble with Katie and Todd at the kitchen table when Jim comes in through the back door. Katie runs over to him to show off her face paint, beaming:
KATIE: Uncle Jim, Uncle Jim, look what gran did!
Jim smiles that the face paint is very good, but then queries:
HELEN: Katie and I adopted each other this morning.
KATIE: Gran's my best friend. She's going to stay here to look after me forever, aren't you, gran!
Jim asks Helen if she means it. Helen smiles that now that he's back at work, she feels that she could contribute towards the running of the family. Jim welcomes her home, delightedly. The front door bell rings suddenly and Todd goes to answer it. He finds Des on the step and he invites him in. Des heads through to the kitchen, where he asks Jim if he can give him a hand, as they need someone to referee in a bit of a neighbourhood dispute. With that, he, Jim and Todd head out.
Mrs. Mangel, Jane, Bouncer and Mike are all standing in the street as Jim, Des and Todd emerge from No. 26. Jim walks over to Bouncer and holds his lead. He then tells Mike and Mrs. Mangel that he'll count to three, then he'll let Bouncer go and they can both start calling him. Jim starts counting. As he does so, Mrs. Mangel removes a biscuit from a tissue – but Jane admonishes her and tells her to hand it over. Mrs. Mangel does so, reluctantly. Jim then says:
JIM: One... two... two- and- a- half... three!
With that, he lets Bouncer go. Mrs. Mangel and Mike both start calling to him. Bouncer just sits where he is, looking at both his potential owners in turn!