Joe and Henry deciding to make a video to impress potential client J.M. Cohen.
The next morning, Helen is telling Gail and Paul that it was quite a party. Gail says she wishes they could have been there, but the pressure of work... Helen then explains about Joe's video, and how it made them and the Ramsays realise how foolish they'd been, and how they've now all made up. Changing the subject, Paul tells Gail that they'd better get a wriggle on. Helen heads off and Paul muses to Gail:
PAUL: I wasn't going to tell her about trying to bribe the council or Kevin ripping us off - I feel stupid enough as it is.
GAIL (smiles): You *are*, darling. That's why I *married* you!
Back yard of No. 32
Jane is sitting reading a magazine in the back yard of No. 32 when Joe creeps up on her with his video camera. He comments that last night's party must've been one of the best parties seen around there for a long time. Jane sighs that it was OK. Looking surprised, Joe grins:
JOE: Just OK? The way you were carrying on with birthday boy, I thought you might've reckoned it was a bit better than OK!
Jane, ignoring this, asks Joe what he's shooting today. Joe explains that he and Henry are shooting a promotional video for their business: J.M. Cohen's going to be pretty difficult to impress, but with this little epic he reckons they're going to blow his socks off. He then adds:
JOE: If you and Mike decide to walk down the aisle, I reckon Mangel & Ramsay Enterprises can really put on a good showó
JANE (tersely): Mike and I won't be walking *anywhere*.
Joe apologises and asks what the matter is. Jane sighs that she and Mike got a bit intense last night; she shouldn't've let it happen, but she didn't want to spoil his birthday: she let him kiss her, she went along with it and he got the wrong idea and told her that he still loves her - but she doesn't love *him*. Joe suggests that she talk to Mike quick-smart, judging by the way he was looking at her last night.
Henry is painting some caption cards for his and Joe's video: he's made one saying 'Mangel & Ramsay' and one saying 'Ramsay & Mangel' and he explains to Madge that he'll show Joe the first one and then at the last second substitute the second one and get top billing! Harold emerges from the bedroom and tells Madge that it's the scout committee this evening, so he'll need his uniform cleaned and ironed the moment he gets home. Madge bows and mutters:
MADGE: Oh yes, oh master, your humble slave will do her unworthy best.
HAROLD (indignantly): You're hardly my slave, Madge - and don't forget I contribute to the household chores too.
Madge smiles that she's just teasing! Harold heads to the door and opens it just as Joe knocks. He lets him in. Joe walks over to Henry, who shows him the 'Mangel & Ramsay' sign. Joe smiles that it's pretty good! He then asks who they're going to interview first. Henry replies that it's got to be someone they can trust to say something really glowing - and he looks pointedly at Madge... She, however, taking the hint, warns the two guys not to drag *her* into this. Joe tells her quickly that she's got just the image they're looking for.
HENRY: Yes... Yes! A homemaker, but not dowdy. Sophisticated, attractive...
MADGE (growls): Don't push your luck!
Henry insists that it'll only take a minute of her time. Madge sighs and gives in!
Back yard of No. 24
A few moments later, Joe, Henry and Madge head outside, and as Madge stands in the yard ready to be interviewed, Joe tells her:
JOE: You look fantastic, Madge: striking resemblance to Sigourney Weaver!
Henry tells his mother that she has to sound like an objective client; he'll ask a few questions and she should answer off the top of her head. Joe gets the camera set up and starts rolling. Standing next to Madge, Henry says:
HENRY: Mrs. Bishop, perhaps you'd care to tell the viewers in your own words about the kind of service you've received from Ramsay & Mangel?
He hands Madge the microphone and, staring into the camera, she says stiffly:
MADGE: Any time I have had cause to call upon the services of Mangel & Ramsay - or Rangel; [corrects] Ramsay & Mangel, if you prefer - I have always found that they have responded to my call with both courtesy and promptness. They have done numerous jobs around the house and garden and I have always found the standard of their work to be top notch.
Henry takes back the microphone and thanks Madge, saying into the camera that they must dash now to talk to some other satisfied clients.
MADGE (warns): Well don't be too late: I've got your favourite casserole in the oven.
Looking aghast, Henry tells Joe to stop the camera. Joe assures Henry that they can cut that bit out later!
Madge heads back inside, muttering that she doesn't know why she let them talk her into something like that. She goes to the kitchen table and starts taking washing out of the basket she's brought in with her. She lifts out Harold's scout shorts - but as she does so, she knocks the pot of paint that Henry was using to paint the caption cards, and paint goes on the trousers. Madge cries in horror:
MADGE: Oh no... Oh my God, Harold's going to *kill* me...
Helen's in the kitchen when there's an urgent knocking on the back door and Madge comes in. She shows Helen the marks on the trousers and explains that it's printer's ink. She asks Helen if she has anything that could remove it, but Helen says she doesn't think she does. She suggests that perhaps the dry cleaners could do something, but Madge explains that there isn't time. She adds that she'd go to the scout shop and get a new pair, but she's looking after Sky. Helen tells her:
HELEN: No problem - *I'll* go.
Looking surprised, Madge asks Helen if she's sure she doesn't mind.
HELEN (smiles): What are friends for?
Outside the Coffee Shop
Joe and Henry have set up the camera outside the Coffee Shop and are interviewing Harold. Harold has prepared a card, from which he reads into the camera:
HAROLD: Greetings! Harold Bishop here. Welcome to Daphne's Coffee Shop. As part-owner of this well-reputed establishment, I would like you to come in and visit us next time you feel like a cup of tea or cup of coffee or some delicious little snack from our mouth-watering, comprehensive menu. Vegetarian dishes are a speciality.
Henry and Joe look at each other in horror and Henry calls:
HENRY: Stop! Stop! No!
Harold asks what's wrong. Henry explains agitatedly that this is supposed to be a commercial for him and Joe, not for Daphne's Coffee Shop. Harold, however, explains that he was working up to that. Henry asks him to remember who they're promoting. They try again.
HAROLD: Greetings! Harold Bishop here. I am part-owner of Daphne's Coffee Shop, and from time-to-time I've had the occasion to hire Mr. Henry Ramsay and Mr. Joe Mangel in their general capacity as freelance factotums, and I must say quite honestly that their work has often been more than adequate. In fact, from time to time, I have rewarded each of these gentlemen with a delicious little snack from our mouth-watering, comprehensive menu. Vegetarian dishes are a specialty. And let me take this opportunity to invite you to visit us next time you feel the need for something deliciously different in the way of light refreshment. That is Daphne's Coffee Shop at the Lassiter's Complex.
With that, Harold finishes his speech and asks Henry and Joe if that was all right. They just stare at him!
Office of the Robinson Corporation
Paul hangs up the 'phone as Gail comes into the office. He tells her that they've got an appointment at 2:45pm to see a guy about raising some money. Gail, however, reminds him that she's got an ultrasound at the hospital this afternoon. Paul says he'll ring the guy back and make a new appointment. He then tells Gail that with Kevin gone and her needing a lot of time off, he thinks they're going to have to hire somebody to help with the workload. Gail remarks:
GAIL: I always *thought* you were wrong to let Jane go, even if she did give you an ultimatum.
PAUL (coolly): Gail, that was a judgement call. The question now is how do I persuade her into coming back?
Gail muses that she doubts Jane would even *consider* it. Paul points out that Jane enjoys working at the office, and she has a great deal of loyalty to them. Gail reminds him that Jane was very hurt about him keeping Kevin on, but Paul insists that she realises that was a business decision. Gail, however, says she's not sure she does - although it would be great if Jane would come and work for them again.
PAUL: Leave it to me. While you're at the hospital this afternoon, I'll go round and talk her into it. No probs!
Gail doesn't look convinced...
Madge opens the front door to Helen, who says she didn't have much success at the scout shop: they didn't have Harold's size. Madge sighs heavily and asks what they're going to *do*. Helen tells her that they'll *make* him a pair, and she takes some fabric out of a bag and explains that she went to the haberdashery. Madge exclaims that Helen's a lifesaver!
HELEN: Don't speak too soon - I forgot to get a zip.
MADGE (chuckles): It's going to be a pretty cold meeting, isn't it!
Madge then suggests that she can take the zip out of the damaged pair of shorts. She adds that she thinks she's got a pattern somewhere; she just hopes they can get it all done before Harold gets back...
Jane opens the front door to Paul, who asks if he can have a word with her. Looking less than impressed, Jane comments coolly that she supposes he won't just go away. Paul replies:
PAUL: No - not until I've said my piece.
Jane indicates the lounge room and the two of them head inside, where Paul says:
PAUL: Look, um, I may as well come straight to the point: now that Gail's pregnant, she's going to be needing a fair bit of time off - and I need somebody that I can trust and rely on in the office. Well, I mean, you've worked pretty hard for us in the past, and been very loyal, and, I mean, apart from that, you're our *friend*. What I'm asking is if you'll come back to your job at the Robinson Corporation.
Jane stands there, a look of apparent disbelief on her face. She then says tersely:
JANE: I can't believe you've got the hide to come here and say this to me. I mean, if we're such good friends, how come you sacked me in favour of a stranger?
PAUL (retorts): That was *business*. Jane, business is business; I thought of all people you would be the one that would understand that.
JANE: I would've understood it all right if I had been incompetent. So what's wrong with Kevin? How come suddenly he's unable to handle the workload?
PAUL (shiftily): Well, um, he's left Erinsborough and, well, it's pretty unlikely that he'll be back.
JANE (mutters): Left you high and dry, has he? Good. You know, I can't think of one reason why I should help you out.
PAUL: Look, I realise that you're upset at the momentó
JANE (snaps): No. No, Paul, no. I'm not upset; I'm furious. I mean, after all the extra hours I worked for you - late nights... weekends - I thought I was part of the *team*.
PAUL: You were. I mean you *are*, you *are*.
JANE: Well loyalty works both ways.
PAUL (sighs): All right, OK, I admit I was wrong. I was: I was thoughtless... I was opportunistic... and above all, I was totally disloyal to you - but please, let me make it up to you, hey Jane? Come on.
JANE (curtly): Paul, I'm not playing games - and I really think that you should leave right now before I tell you exactly what to do with your job.
PAUL (pleads): Jane, we *need* you.
JANE: No you don't - and I don't need the Robinson Corporation *or* your lousy job offer, so just get out.
Paul stands there for several seconds before reluctantly heading to the door.
A while later, Paul is sitting at the dining table at No. 22, staring at it and ignoring Henry and Joe telling him about how they've got footage of half a dozen customers and footage of them working and Henry explaining that what they need now is an interview with Erinsborough's most celebrated tycoon!
PAUL: Me? Come on, fellas... not a good time, eh?
Joe asks what the matter is. Paul explains that it's Jane: he went round and offered her her job back and she just about bit his head off. Henry suggests that Paul should negotiate - and who's got more influence over her than her dear old Uncle Joe?! Joe exclaims that Jane can be as stubborn as a dead mule when she wants to be. Paul, however, tells him:
PAUL: You talk to Jane and I'll do your video - but I want results.
Madge is ironing the newly-made shorts, sighing at Helen in relief that they've done a good job: Harold will never know the difference. Helen smiles that things are finally working out for Paul and Gail as well: Gail is having a straightforward pregnancy and they've settled their business problems.
MADGE: I think Ramsay Street must be having good stars at the moment: Joe and Kerry are back together and Mike and Jane seemed really cosy last night!
Harold arrives home at that moment and Madge smiles at him that he'll be pleased to know that his scout uniform is all pressed and ready to go. Harold's face drops and he says:
HAROLD: Oh dear, I didn't call you, did I? I *am* sorry.
MADGE (suspiciously): What about?
HAROLD: Well, you see, the group leader was taken ill, so they've called the meeting off. I won't need my uniform after all, I'm afraid.
MADGE (looking aghast): Harold Bishop, I could *strangle* you!
HAROLD (blankly): Why - what have I done now?!
Paul is sitting on the couch when Gail arrives home. He asks how it was at the hospital and she smiles hesitantly that it was OK. Paul asks if that's it; just 'OK'? Gail insists that she and the baby are perfectly healthy. She sits down and asks Paul how he went with Jane. He tells her that she was right about her reaction - but he's made a deal with Henry and Joe: they're going to try to talk her round to it.
PAUL: Those guys could sell hair curlers to Angry Anderson!
Gail doesn't really react, and Paul asks her in concern if she's sure everything's OK and if the baby's all right. Gail takes his hand and says:
GAIL: Paul... you know when you said our financial problems and the baby were two separate issues...?
PAUL (nods): Yeah.
GAIL: Would you still feel the same way if it... well, if it wasn't just one?
PAUL (frowns): Gail, are you saying we're having *twins*?
GAIL: No... Triplets.
Paul stares at Gail in astonishment.