Office of the Daniels Corporation
Paul stares at Gail and then tells her slowly that he thinks this is what they call lousy communication. He goes on that this child means *everything* to him because it's *their* child; he can't pretend that the business with Nina hasn't knocked him for six, but he's interested in *their future*, not his past. He adds softly:
PAUL: Oh Gail, look... I met this girl and for all the wrong reasons I married her. Then I made things a million times worse by falling in love with her. Mrs. Robinson, I'm talking about *you*.
Gail cries that he says all this *now*, but what if all this backfires? – What if his attachment for Amy affects his feelings for *their* child? Paul tells her that he's not an impulsive person; Amy or no Amy, he wants their child and he wants that child to have as much love as it can handle. Gail just mutters that she'd better get the conference room ready, and she walks out, leaving Paul looking worried.
As Gail emerges from the office, Charlene, Scott and Henry are walking across the complex, Charlene snapping at Scott that he told a dirty, rotten lie; Steve only invited them to *dinner*. Scott yells:
SCOTT: Here we go again: ‘Steve only this', ‘Steve only that'. I am sick to death of hearing about this jerk.
Henry tries to intervene to keep the peace, but Scott tells him to put a sock in it. Henry marches off, muttering that he doesn't need any of this. Charlene snaps at Scott:
CHARLENE: You know you're only doing this because you're jealous.
SCOTT: What an over- reaction! Why should I care if my wife goes racing after a good- looking guy, huh?
CHARLENE: It isn't *like* that.
SCOTT: And I suppose he isn't keen, huh?
CHARLENE: No, he isn't!
SCOTT: No, no, no, he just dropped down for a friendly chat... a few free driving lessons... from *Brisbane*. You know, the guy is still supposed to be up there on holiday, Charlene.
CHARLENE: Well, that's *his* business. All I know is I enjoy Steve's company and I'm not about to start letting you pick and choose my friends. You don't *own* me, Scott.
SCOTT (coldly): Well don't worry, Charlene, because sometimes I would not *want* to.
Charlene glares at him and storms off, ignoring Des as she passes him.
Des heads into the Coffee Shop, where Harold and Mike are working and Jane is sitting at the counter. He asks how business is and Harold replies that it can be so unpredictable – he and Jane were just discussing that. Des tells him to relax: he came for a sandwich, not a balance sheet! He asks for a ham and cheese and Harold heads to the kitchen to make it. When he's gone, Jane smiles at Des that she doesn't think Harold is quite used to these lightning visits from management! Des, however, explains that he's not there for that: it's Mike's birthday next week and he doesn't know what to get him. He asks Jane what Mike's interests are and Jane tells him that there's music... windsurfing. Des comments that there's photography, but Jane points out that Mike's got every lens and piece of equipment under the sun. Des, however, declares suddenly:
DES: Hey, this is perfect. I've got just the thing.
JANE: What is it?
DES: You are a genius, Des Clarke!
He pats Jane on the head!
Reception area/Office of the Daniels Corporation
Scott is miles away as he drinks some coffee and Paul tells him that he has a few things he wants him to do over at the house this afternoon. Realising that Scott isn't really listening, Paul sighs and asks what the problem is. Scott tells him that it's Charlene. The two of them head into the office, where Scott explains that they had this fight and he doesn't know how to get through to her. He explains about Steve Fisher and about how he gets this flashing light telling him that he's being ripped off. Paul smiles:
PAUL: And knowing Charlene, she told you what to *do* with the flashing light?
SCOTT: More or less!
Paul reminds him that he and Charlene have *always* had a pretty volatile relationship; Scott wants to careful it doesn't blow up in his face. He warns Scott not to let the situation get any more out of hand than it is; talk to her – but listen as well. Scott thanks him.
Harold is mopping the floor while Madge stands behind the counter, wiping it down. Henry bursts in suddenly and Harold groans at him for walking all over the area he's been cleaning! Henry tells Madge that he came to warn her that Scott and Lennie are at it again: Scott's convinced that this Steve bloke is up to no good and Lennie's refused to stop seeing him. Harold comments:
HAROLD: All *I* can say is that she deserves everything she gets.
MADGE (exclaims): Harold!
HAROLD (pompously): Well, she's supposed to be the boy's devoted wife.
MADGE: Charlene's entitled to her own friends. Whatever happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty'? As *I* see it, she's having innocent driving lessons.
Henry sighs at the two of them not to start; he only mentioned it because he thinks Scott and Charlene need their help. Harold nods that he's right: the man of the household will take charge of this; he will embrace this problem with vim and vigour; they can consider it as good as solved!
Charlene is standing in the kitchen, looking at a magazine, when Scott comes in through the back door and asks her if she's busy. She just murmurs:
CHARLENE: Yeah, sort of.
Scott takes her hand and leads her through to the lounge room, telling her that he just wants her to listen and not to interrupt. They sit down and Scott goes on:
SCOTT: Look, I may not be the brightest guy in the world, Charlene, but I *do* know when I'm being dumb. This whole thing has got way out of hand and I'm sorry – it's my fault. I should learn to trust you more.
CHARLENE (smiles): I'm sorry too.
SCOTT: See, none of this made much sense before. I was jealous and I couldn't figure out why – but then I had a talk to Paul and I went for a long walk. I realised the person I wasn't trusting was myself. You know, when all that stuff started with Jane, you went berserk and I deserved it, but the thing is, you got over it and you have trusted me ever since. I mean, you know the thing that is so incredible about you is, since all this stuff started, you have not even mentioned it once. Here's me giving you a hard time about Steve and you've never once used it.
CHARLENE (sadly): I tried to forget about it. It hurt too much.
SCOTT: So how do I pay you back? I've given you all the reasons in the world to not trust me, but you still do.
CHARLENE: Maybe that's what love is?
SCOTT: But I don't get it. I love you – I know I do – so why do I keep treating you like this? Why do I doubt you?
CHARLENE (grins): Because you're you! You jerk!
With that, she gives Scott a hug before telling him that Steve was meant to give her one last lesson before her test tomorrow, but she doesn't need it. Scott, however, tells her that she does, and he doesn't mind. Charlene smiles that they may fight a lot, but they sure know how to make up!
Reception area of the Daniels Corporation
Paul is talking to Jane, telling her that he's already got Scott and Henry lined up to help. Jane comments that it sounds great. Paul adds that he's got to keep a lid on it, though; and they've got to keep Gail there until after six o'clock. At that moment, Gail emerges from the office and says she's bushed; she might call it a day. Paul, however, tells her that Rosemary wants the figures she's been working on faxed overnight. Gail points out coolly that he knows how to work the machine. Jane, however, interrupts quickly to ‘remind' Paul that there's the Henderson lease. Gail sighs:
GAIL: As long as I'm not stuck here for long, OK?
PAUL: Only as long as it takes!
Scott is carrying out maintenance of his skateboard at the kitchen table when Charlene emerges from the bedrooms carrying a pile of dirty clothes, muttering that this is just typical of Henry – they're supposed to be helping organise the surprise for Gail at *her* place. Scott suggests that he probably just got held up getting the food or something. At that moment, Harold comes in and, seeing Scott at the table, comments that he's just the man he wanted to see. Charlene emerges from the laundry and Harold asks for a word with both of them. They all go and sit down in the lounge room, where Harold says:
HAROLD: Now, I believe we've been through the wars...
SCOTT: Yeah, but that's OK—
HAROLD: No, no, no, come on, please, please, don't interrupt me. As indifferent as I may be to an oyster, I still know the value of a little pearl when I see one.
SCOTT (frowns): See one what?
HAROLD: A pearl!
Charlene interrupts quickly and tells Harold that whatever he was going to say, she's sure it worked; just him stopping by has had an impact! Looking delighted, Harold beams that young people who can take advice are very mature! Henry comes in at that moment with a box of groceries. Scott and Charlene leap up to help him with them, Charlene telling Harold that Cupid couldn't have done it better himself!
Des and Jane emerge from a room, Des carrying a pile of sheets and towels. Jane comments that it's pretty poky. Des, however, tells her that he's been reading all about it, and he picks up a book from which he quotes that a dark room need not be a large area, but it is imperative that it can be totally sealed off to prevent light spillage. Jane queries:
JANE: Yeah, but a linen closet?
DES: It's big enough, believe me!
Mike comes in at that moment and asks what the pile of linen is for. Des tells him quickly that he's spring cleaning! Mike comments that it isn't spring! He then picks up a screwdriver and Des tells him that he's putting up new shelves in the closet. Mike accepts this and heads off to his room. Des tells Jane that this will all be worth it: just think of the look on his face when he sees what they've done.
A short time later, Mike is sitting with Des, suggesting a layout for the shelves, when Henry bursts in and tells Mike that he needs his lungs to blow up some balloons. Jane comments that there's no way Paul will be able to stall Gail at the office for much longer. Henry and Mike dash out and Jane follows them.
Scott and Charlene are sitting blowing up balloons, Charlene exclaiming that this is murder! Henry comes in with Jane and Mike and tells them that they can gasbag later. Mike remarks in surprise that they're not fighting, and Scott smiles that he and Charlene have kissed and made up! Everyone takes a balloon and starts blowing!
Harold is doing some baking in the kitchen when Madge arrives home, groaning that it must have been a man who invented the shoe; who else would try and stand around in one of those she's wearing for eight hours?! She then thanks Harold for preparing dinner. Harold, however, explains that he's not; he's making a prune torte – dessert for Saturday night with Mrs. Mangel. He goes on that he thought they'd start off with a plain salad, as Mrs. Mangel takes exception to those oily dressings. Madge points out that they don't have to bend over backwards; she's not the Queen Mum, is she?! Harold says:
HAROLD: The important thing is that we make our home *her* home, isn't that right?
MADGE (resignedly): Yes.
HAROLD: Good. I'm going to make this a night to remember, and thank the good Lord all those silly squabbles are over.
Madge asks him how he went with Scott and Charlene and he replies that he thinks he met with some modest success; he got through, and Scott and Charlene have never been happier. At that moment, Scott, Charlene and Henry come in through the back door, Charlene beaming:
CHARLENE: Is this a great day or is this a great day?!
Madge looks at Harold in surprise!
Driveway of No. 22
Paul pulls up in his car, leaps out, runs round to Gail's side and opens the door for her. She climbs out and they start walking up to the house, Gail saying glumly as they do so:
GAIL: I'm sorry – we should've got takeaway. I'm not really in the mood to cook.
PAUL: Well, how about you let *me* worry about that, hey?
The lounge room has been decorated with the balloons and with streamers, and there are candles on the coffee table. As Paul and Gail come in, Paul grins:
PAUL: Ta- da!
Gail stares at the room and smiles happily:
GAIL: Oh Paul... *you* did this?
PAUL: Oh, well, with a little help!
GAIL: Oh, it's fantastic!
PAUL: Yeah, well, it's just my way of saying I want this to be a new start. Beginning the IVF programme is the most important thing in my life at the moment. I want everything to be perfect – it's the least you deserve. Well? What do you say? Shall we give it a go?
GAIL (happily): Yeah! Course we will.
They hug and kiss lovingly.