Mark Granger declares his love for Jane
Jane says she can't get used to it - it's all so sudden. Mark doesn't want to scare her off. He says he's quite obsessed with Jane - he's nuts about her. Jane tells him not to make any more sweeping statements about being in love with her - it can't be true, because he doesn't really know her.
JANE: And you have to understand that I don't feel the same way.
MARK: Not yet you don't. But when you get to know me a little better...you might change your mind. What do you say? Let's give it a shot.
MARK: Great. Look, let's finish our drinks. Then I'm going to buy you the fanciest meal you've ever eaten. And then we're going to go dancing at the best place in town.
He says he'll hang on to the necklace for now, but he's not taking it back to the jewellers. Maybe in a few weeks he can give it to Jane again.
(Run Jane! He seems like a creepy slimeball, albeit a rich creepy slimeball!)
Harold and Madge are washing up. Harold is moaning that Henry is behaving rather improperly with Bronwyn.
MADGE: You keep out of it. They're both consenting adults.
HAROLD: Oh, yes! It's what they're consenting to that bothers me!
Madge tells Harold that she's been offered Nell Mangel's old job by Gail, but she's not sure if she's going to accept - she likes it where she is. Harold is appalled and thinks she should take the house-keeper job because it's more "respectable".
MADGE: For the five hundred and seventy eighth time, there is nothing wrong with working in a pub!
Madge says she'd rather be in a place where people are enjoying themselves than off counting pillowcases! Madge tells Harold off for sticking his beak in - it's her decision and no-one else's.
Toby has fallen asleep in the chair watching 'Rocky' with Joe. Joe picks him up and carries him into bed.
Jane and Mark come in and Jane introduces Joe to Mark as an "interior decorator". Joe eyes him suspiciously.
JOE: You're a septic, eh?
JOE: Septic tank, Yank.
MARK: Oh yeah...right.
JOE: You in movies?
MARK: No, makeup.
He goes through to put Toby into bed.
MARK: Nice to meet you, Joe.
MARK (to Jane) I don't think he likes me!
JANE: The only Americans Joe likes are Clint Eastwood and Sylvester Stallone!
Jane thanks Mark for a lovely evening and Mark wants to take her out again tomorrow. He suggests a drive down the coast and doing some sailing - he'll pick Jane up after work.
MARK: I'll do anything if it means we spend more time together.
Jane balks a bit at this and Mark apologises for being pushy. She does agree to meet up with him around 1pm though. He tries to kiss her as he leaves but Jane pulls away.
Madge and Harold are ballroom dancing to practise for the competition next week. Madge is moaning that her feet are tired. Harold still wants Madge to accept the housekeeping job.
HAROLD: Dancing and marriage have got an awful lot in common. In the dance, a man holds his partner firmly...and leads. So it should be in marriage.
MADGE: Harold, marriage, like dancing, is a matter of co-operation. If the woman yields, it's because it's a graceful thing to do, not because she's being shoved around!
Madge tells him that she's often given in to him, for example with the situation with Bronwyn. Now she'd appreciate it if Harold left the job situation to her. They carry on dancing but unfortunately Harold does his back in!
Malcolm is worried about the quiz - he's worried he doesn't know enough about cross-country cycling(!) He doesn't want to look stupid on national television. Apparently Bronwyn and Henry have taken Jamie roller-skating(!)
Des is expecting Harold to come round to talk about the re-opening of the Coffee Shop, but it's Madge who calls in. She tells him that Harold has done his back in and will be out of action for about a week. Des groans.
The living room has been filled with red balloons.
JOE:(hostile) What if she doesn't want the stupid balloons, mate?
DELIVERY MAN: I don't ask questions, I just deliver 'em. Have a nice day!
JOE: You'd think this place was a flamin' circus!
Jane is very surprised to see the balloons and reads the card "For a lovely lady who won't let me give her diamonds"
Joe isn't impressed and says that you can't trust "these Yanks" and this one seems to have more money than sense. He thinks Mark is trying to take advantage of Jane. He says Mark had better not put one foot out of line or he'll "fix him".
Outside the Robinsons
Toby is showing Katie some of Jane's balloons that he's brought from No.32. Katie is sad that she and Jim couldn't finish the go-kart today because Jim had to go and see Helen in the hospital.
Jane is staring into space and Gail smiles at her - she wants to know the details. Jane says she was overwhelmed last night - Mark gave her a diamond necklace and told her that he loved her. She thinks he seems sincere, but doesn't know how she feels about him. Also she's worried about the money.
GAIL: Money is a problem?
JANE: Gail, it's like a B-grade movie! 'Millionaire sweeps lowly secretary off her feet' I mean, that sort of thing doesn't really happen!
She has to admit that she does like Mark though, and not just for his money, he's warm and intelligent and fun to be with. Gail says that's fine then, the money doesn't matter. She tells Jane to stop worrying.
Jim and Des are having a beer. Des is worried about Harold's absence from the COffee Shop.
Mark comes in and orders some wine on Madge's recommendation. He buys a $30 bottle. Joe sees him and calls him over. Joe says he should go easy on the grog if he's taking Jane sailing.
Gail comes in as Mark is leaving and she suggests he drops in on her and Paul later that week. Joe is surprised that Gail knows "the Yank". He's also surprised to hear that Mark is mega-rich. He looks a bit more kindly disposed towards him(!)
Gail and Madge are doing the rosters. Madge tells Gail that she's decided to stay on at the Waterhole - she really likes working there.
Des calls Gail over and tells her he's worried about Jane and the American bloke - he'd hate to see her lose her "values" and end up as a rich air-head. Gail assures him that Mark seems genuinely interested in her.
Mark and Jane are getting ready to leave when Joe comes in.
JOE:(shaking his hand) Mark, my old mate, how're you going!
Joe apologises for not being too friendly towards Mark before, he was just looking out for Jane. He tells Mark to drop in any time he likes(!)
Mark and Jane set out for their sailing trip.
JOE:(calling after them) Any friend of Jane's is a friend of mine! Have a nice day!
Toby and Katie are working on the go-kart. They chat about the Christmas Appeal at school. They're not sure what to do for it yet. Katie suggests a garage sale - and they could do it together.
Joe comes over and tells Toby not to help Katie with her go-kart - she's "giving away secrets to the opposition"! He drags Toby off.
Clarkes' Malcolm staggers in and tells Des that he's done his knee in again - he can't do the quiz, but a replacement has been agreed - and the replacement is Des!
MALCOLM: You're going to Scoop the Pool for me tonight!