Gail is talking to Jane in the reception area when Gloria comes in. Gail smiles at her that she looks fantastic – she's lost some weight! Jane heads out, leaving Gail to remark to Gloria that it's been ages. Gloria asks Gail warily if she *really* looks better than she did before – as Rob says he married her cuddly and now he's not getting his money's worth. Gail assures her that her dad will come round. They head into the office, where Gail says she's got to cook something for Paul for when he gets home from the US. Gloria offers to help.
Joe is in the kitchen when Jane comes in. He mutters:
JOE: Oh, it's you.
Jane asks where Toby is, but Joe retorts that the little blighter's run off. He goes on angrily that he's doing his best to get the damn kid's billy- car fixed, but oh no, Toby's got to come first. Jane asks where Toby *is*. Joe shrugs that he doesn't know – but he'll be back when he gets hungry. Jane says she might just ring a couple of the neighbours. Joe snaps at her for telling the whole neighbourhood.
Madge comes in as Henry is clearing up for the day. He mutters at his mother that Edie is really keeping him on his toes. Madge offers to help him clear up, as the masseuse is coming over tonight. As she does so, Henry asks her if Bronnie has ever said anything to her about her past – such as what happened when she broke up with that Broadfield guy in Narrabri. Madge suggests that he *ask* Bronwyn, but Henry retorts that he can't do that: she might think he believed what Edie told him.
Back yard of No. 32
Joe and Jane emerge from No. 32. Joe has Toby's schoolbag and he gives it to Bouncer to sniff, as if he's Lassie! Bouncer immediately trots over to the entrance to the storeroom below the house, but his food bowl is by the door and Joe misinterprets it as him wanting to fill his stomach.
Gail and Gloria are preparing dinner when Paul arrives home. Gail runs over to him and gives him a hug. He suddenly notices that Gloria is there as well, but Gloria smiles that two's company, three's a crowd, and so she heads off. Paul and Gail kiss and hug happily – until Gail realises that the dinner's going to burn unless she turns it down! Paul asks if he's got time for a quick trip to see his gran. Gail warns him that she's not the same Helen he knew before he left. Paul sighs that he wishes he'd been there – it was so hard being in the US worrying about her and trying to concentrate on work and Rosemary as well. He then smiles that it's so good to be home:
PAUL: You can take your rotten old New York. I want Ramsay Street any day!
Joe and Jane head inside through the back door, Joe muttering that the stupid mutt just wanted his tucker. He goes on:
JOE: Who'd have thought the kid would take so much to heart. Just a little whack on the bum…
JANE (frowns): Did you hit him again?
Joe sighs that Toby's doing all this over a few bits of wood and some nails. Jane assures him that he won't stay out all night on his own. They hear Bouncer barking outside and Joe yells at him to shut up. He asks Jane if they should call the cops. Jane, however, assures him that Toby will come back.
Back yard of No. 32
Bouncer is barking outside the door to the store room. Toby is inside, in the box.
Henry has bought a large chocolate cake, which he puts down in front of Bronwyn at the kitchen table. Bronwyn smiles that she supposes he'll be lining up for a massage as well. Henry grins that it depends who's giving it! Bronwyn giggles that he's terrible! Henry smiles:
HENRY: Just think: if you'd never left Narrabri, you'd never have met me!
BRONWYN (laughs): Maybe I *should've* stayed!
HENRY: Why didn't you?
BRONWYN (shrugs): Didn't want to.
HENRY (presses): Must've had a reason.
BRONWYN: What makes you say that?
HENRY: Nothing! No… just curious. Why am I so lucky, anyway? There must have been queues of other blokes!
BRONWYN (laughs): *What* queues?!
HENRY: Well, there was that… that… whatsisname… that Broadfield bloke. How come you knocked *him* back?
Changing the subject, Bronwyn asks for a piece of cake. Henry cuts a slice and goes to hand it to her – but then puts it in his own mouth! Bronwyn sighs
BRONWYN: OK… If I'd married Tom, I'd have ended up in Narrabri for the rest of my life and I didn't want to – so there.
At that moment, Harold and Madge emerge from the bedroom area, Madge helping a grimacing Harold slowly to the table. She tells him that the masseuse will be there soon to fix him up. Bronwyn heads out. Harold starts complaining about Bouncer barking.
Back yard of No. 32
Joe puts some food into Bouncer's bowl as Bouncer keeps barking at the door to the store room below the house. Joe sighs that he supposes the only way to shut him up is to have a look. He heads into the basement store room suddenly hears Toby yelling to let him out. Joe rushes over to the box Toby it trapped in and manages to release him. He gives his son a tight hug of relief.
There's a knock on the front door and Henry opens it to Eva Lindström – the masseuse. She walks over to where Madge and Harold are sitting at the kitchen table and asks who the patient is. Henry points out Harold. Eva cracks her knuckles loudly and asks in a Scandinavian accent if they should start!
A short time later, Henry and Madge are wiping- up dishes in the kitchen and they hear Harold groaning loudly from the bedroom area! Henry grins that it sounds like a whale about to give birth! Madge mutters that she can't work out if he's in pain or enjoying himself! Changing the subject, Henry tells Madge that he asked Bronwyn about Narrabri, but she didn't say anything; she's keeping secrets from him. Madge points out that he could be seen as obsessive: you've got to earn somebody's trust, but if Bronwyn won't open up to him, maybe it's because he's throwing his weight around.
Joe carries Toby into the kitchen and tells Jane that Beverly said Toby is OK. Toby looks at the kitchen table and exclaims that Joe has fixed his billy cart! He thanks Joe, happily. He adds that he didn't mean what he said before… and he didn't mean to run away and get stuck in a box, either. Joe apologises to Toby for losing his temper and clobbering him this afternoon.
Harold hands $30 to Eva. Henry grins that it was worth every cent! Harold sees her out, leaving Madge to warn Harold coolly that that woman enters her house again over her dead body! She then asks Harold in a mock Scandinavian accent:
MADGE: Vot exactly vent on in that bedroom, hmm? Exactly vot?
HAROLD (mutters): Nasty, suspicious minds, the two of you. I was in pain in there and all you two can think about is common vulgarity.
Madge, however, points out that Eva did *one* thing for him: he's standing up straight!
It's evening- time and Paul tells Gail that the meal they've just finished was really something. Gail tells him to thank Gloria! Paul then suggests that they have an early night, as he has a lot to catch up on tomorrow. Gail suggests that he stay at home tomorrow and sleep off his jetlag, but Paul says he has things to do. There's suddenly a knock at the front door and Gail goes and opens it to Gloria, who's carrying a suitcase. She apologises for barging in and says she's wondering if there's any chance of a cheap room at Lassiter's for a couple of nights. She adds:
GLORIA: I've left Rob.
Paul comments that Rob still doesn't like the idea of the new her, eh? Gail invites her to stay for the night. Paul looks aghast, but then shrugs that it's all right. Gloria hugs Gail and then Paul and beams that they're wonderful, adding:
GLORIA: I don't know what I'd do without you.
Paul turns away and murmurs to himself ruefully:
PAUL: *I* do…(!)