Helen discovering that $30 is missing. Beverly suggesting that Alison must have taken it and wondering how they can tell Todd that his girlfriend's a thief.
Reception area at the Robinson Corporation
Gail has just finished typing a letter when Jane emerges from the office and hands her another one to type.
GAIL (sighs): Just when I thought I'd finished...
JANE: Could you do this one before you go home?
GAIL (reluctantly): Yeah, I suppose so.
JANE: It's only quarter past five.
GAIL (mutters): OK, I *said* I'd do it.
Jane points out tersely that it isn't any easier for her than it is for Gail. Gail retorts that only one of them has moved *up*. Jane tells Gail that she has every right to take a less-demanding job, stress-wise. Gail murmurs that it just takes some getting used to. Paul comes in and smiles that the hotel rooms look great: fruit and flowers everywhere; that's the second good suggestion Hilary's made.
GAIL: What was the first?
PAUL (smiles): You and Jane swapping jobs, hey? Worked out perfectly for *all* of us!
With that, Paul and Jane head into the office, leaving Gail to mutter to herself:
GAIL: Worked out perfectly for *some* of us...
Des and Jim are shovelling woodchips into wheelbarrows, Des ranting as he does so that he doesn't know what's got into this street lately. Jim asks him what he's going to do about Joe. Des retorts that he'll get his revenge. Jim asks how, but Des says he doesn't know yet. He goes on that Joe used to think of him as his best mate, but now he's got this idea in his head that he's put the moves in on Kerry. He adds:
DES: I've told him time and time again that nothing's going on.
JIM: You sure you're not protesting too much?
DES: Oh don't *you* start. Kerry and I get on well, but I don't want a relationship with *anyone*. It's best I stay single.
Jim muses that Des should tell that to *Todd*, who's in love like no man has ever known! He adds that the girl – Alison – is hardly house-trained.
DES: That bad?
Office of the Robinson Corporation
Helen knocks on the door to find Jane in the office on her own, and she asks how her first day went. Jane muses that it was fine, except she and Gail kept thinking they were at the wrong desk! Helen then explains that she was wondering if Jane needed any help with the Home James bookings while she's getting used to her new job. Jane, however, insists that it's no problem. Helen warns Jane not to push herself too hard, as she needs her leisure time: Mike might get a bit jealous about her spending so much time in the office. Jane says blankly:
JANE: Sorry, but what's Mike got to do with this?
HELEN: Well, now you're back together again, you don't want to be working all the time, do you?
JANE: But we're *not*! Who told you this?
Jane says she thinks Mike might have given Helen the wrong impression. Helen tells her that she's not the *only* person Mike has told: he's practically shouting it from the rooftops. Jane mutters that she could have done without this.
JANE: To set the record straight, Mike and I have definitely not renewed our relationship.
HELEN: Oh. Well in that case, I think you'd better have a word with him before he goes any further.
JANE: Mmm. *Several* words, more like it...
Des is reading a Japanese text book, preparing for his meeting with Mr. Udagawa, as Mike plays with Jamie and Kerry, trying to teach them how to bow politely! Des tells Mike that he's working on a sentence saying ‘I really like to work with Japanese people'. Mike remarks that that's a little ambitious, isn't it? Des, however, starts speaking in Japanese, showing off his prowess! When he's done, Mike suggests trying ‘How do you do?' Des speaks more Japanese, but Mike tells him that he just said Mr. Udagawa is bald! Des then tries saying ‘What time is it?' but Mike has to correct him again, telling him that he just called Mr. Udagawa a sex fiend!
Jim is lying on the couch, dozing! Beverly wakes him as Helen arrives home. Todd emerges from his room and Helen asks him if he came home sick this afternoon, as Hilary said he wasn't at his class in the library. Todd admits sheepishly that he took the afternoon off. Jim gasps:
JIM: You wagged school?
BEVERLY (angrily): Todd, you told me that Alison met you *after* school.
Todd exclaims that Alison was bored; he was just keeping her company. Helen, however, snaps that that's no excuse to wag school. Beverly tells Todd that she's extremely angry with him. Jim orders Todd to go to his room, adding furiously that he'll deal with him later.
The next morning, Des is wielding his Samurai sword, wearing his suit, when Mike emerges from the bedroom area and warns him that he's going to be late, and he knows what the Japanese are like about punctuality: he's got 23 minutes to get to the bank to meet Mr. Udagawa. Des tries to protest that he wants to go through the words one more time. Mike, however, grabs his arm and pushes him out the front door! A few seconds later, Des returns and hands Mike the sword!
Helen sits down at the kitchen table with Jim and Beverly, for breakfast, and asks what they're going to do about that money. Beverly sighs that they can imagine how Todd will react if they suggest it could've been Alison. Jim, however, retorts that Todd doesn't deserve any favours: after all the trouble they went to to accommodate his girlfriend, he repays them by wagging school and lying to them about it. Todd joins them at that moment, and sits down at the table, murmuring that he's sorry about yesterday. Beverly asks where Alison is. Todd replies that she's sleeping in. Jim asks whose idea it was for them to wag school.
JIM: Not Alison's?
JIM: And what did the two of you *do* yesterday afternoon?
Todd sits there nervously, before admitting:
TODD: We went out.
TODD (almost whispers): We played video games.
BEVERLY (looking disappointed): Oh Todd, no...
HELEN (sternly): After all the trouble you've been in because of that place?
Todd insists that he's sorry – but they didn't get into any trouble. Jim points out that he's in trouble *now*.
BEVERLY: I thought you'd spent all your pocket money?
TODD: Alison paid.
BEVERLY: And I thought she'd spent all her holiday money...
TODD: She found $30 in her other pair of jeans, in the pocket.
Jim stares at Todd before asking him tersely if he can ask Alison to join them for breakfast. Todd gets up and leaves the table. When he's gone, Jim mutters that that girl's a bad influence on Todd: he thought he'd got that pinball nonsense out of his system. Helen suggests that they'd better hear what Alison has to say.
Des is sitting at his desk when there's a knock on the office door. He gets up and opens it and lets Mr. Udagawa in. He speaks Japanese and bows, and Mr. Udagawa looks quite impressed! Des indicates a chair and Mr. Udagawa sits down. He then comments that Paul Robinson didn't tell him that Des was learning his language – but he did speak very highly of him. He goes on:
MR. Udagawa: As you know, we presently bank in the city, but this location would in many ways be more convenient to us. Do you feel you will be able to manage the various accounts in our company?
DES: No worries!
MR. Udagawa (blankly): I beg your pardon?
Des apologises and speaks Japanese again. When he's finished, Mr. Udagawa smiles:
MR. Udagawa: That is very good to hear. I also enjoy my visits here, and my associations with the Australians. My wife has accompanied me on this trip: perhaps you would do us the honour to be our guest for dinner one evening?
DES: That's very kind of you.
Des then apologises again and speaks more Japanese. Mr. Udagawa's face drops suddenly, though, and he demands angrily:
MR. Udagawa: Is that what you think?
DES (innocently): What's wrong?
MR. Udagawa (angrily): In *my* country, Mr. Clarke, we treat our women with respect and honour. Our wives and mothers are to be revered, not insulted.
DES: Mr. Udagawa--
MR. Udagawa: I take my account elsewhere. I cannot do business with a man like you.
With that, Mr. Udagawa walks out, leaving Des to ask himself:
DES: What did I say?
Beverly, Jim and Helen are clearing up after breakfast, Beverly commenting as they do so that Alison doesn't seem too keen to put in an appearance. Todd runs in and grabs his bag. Jim asks where Alison is and Todd replies that she's still in the shower: she'll be out in a minute. Beverly asks him if he's sure Alison found $30 in her *jeans*. Todd nods that that's what she said – why?
JIM: Because there was $30 on top of the ‘fridge that Helen was going to use to pay the newsagent.
TODD: And you reckon *Alison* pinched it?
BEVERLY: Well it wasn't Katie or Nick. Was it *you*?
HELEN: Then where did it go?
TODD: How should *I* know? Maybe you put it down somewhere else? Or maybe someone came in the back way and stole it? You're just trying to find a reason to turn me against her.
Jim insists that that's not true. Todd, however, retorts that they don't want him to have a girlfriend. Jim snaps that that's not the issue. Helen adds that they need to know what happened.
TODD: How would you feel if it was one of *you* staying at someone else's house? If you don't want her staying here, why don't you just say so, but don't do *this*.
With that, Todd storms out. Beverly sighs and asks Jim what they do now.
JIM (shrugs): Search me. Keep our mouths shut... give her a bit more rope...
It's pouring with rain as Jane emerges from the office and dashes across to the Waterhole. Mike calls out to her and catches her up. He asks her if she wants to have lunch with him today. Jane, however, tells him warily that there's been a misunderstanding and she thinks they should sort it out.
MIKE: What *sort* of misunderstanding?
JANE: Mike, I'm not getting into a relationship with you.
MIKE (looking surprised): But I thought at the party, when we went outside...
JANE: Yeah, I know what you thought. It was out of friendship; I mean, it's been a long time since I was your girlfriend.
MIKE: Well to *me* it was *more* than friendship.
JANE: I think you're getting all mixed up with memories and nostalgia. We can't just rekindle our relationship. It's *over*.
MIKE: Jane, it doesn't *have* to be. I'm not trying to re-live the past; I want a future with *you*
JANE: We've just grown too far apart: it wouldn't work.
MIKE: You're in love with someone else...
JANE: No, not exactly – although I *am* getting over someone.
MIKE: It's Des, isn't it?
JANE: Look, can we just drop it? It's none of your business, anyway.
MIKE: Then why did you let me kiss you?
JANE (sighs): Because it was your birthday. Because I didn't want to hurt you: you were upset about your mum.
MIKE (mutters): Oh, I get it: you were feeling sorry for me. Gee, you really know how to screw-up someone's life, don't you, Jane? First of all you give me this expensive present [he indicates his watch], then you sort of give me the come-on under the stars, now you tell me you weren't that interested; you were just being nice to the birthday boy.
JANE: It wasn't like that at *all*.
MIKE: I'm not *surprised* none of your relationships work out.
JANE (exclaims): That's a really horrible thing to say.
MIKE: Well maybe you should start thinking how people are affected by the things that you do and say in the future.
With that, Mike walks off, leaving Jane looking upset.
Outside the Coffee Shop
Sometime later, Helen is sitting at a table outside the Coffee Shop, having a coffee, when Paul walks over to her and tells her that she should've come in. Helen explains that she didn't want to disturb him. She asks how Gail's pregnancy is, and Paul smiles that it's brilliant: he doesn't know how they'll cope with three babies, but he reckons they'll learn on the job! Helen then remarks that Hilary seems to be enjoying her new business interests. Paul nods that he was a bit nervous about that at first, but he reckons it's going to work out. He goes on:
PAUL: In fact, I'm more nervous about *Des* at the moment: he was going to see Mr. Udagawa this morning.
HELEN: They should get on very well.
PAUL: Yeah, yeah... but he said he was going to call and he hasn't.
HELEN: Perhaps he's too busy?
PAUL: I might drop over and see him later.
HELEN: You mean they may let you leave the office?!
PAUL: Gran, I am still an executive – and with Jane and Gail keeping the wheels turning there, things couldn't be running more smoothly, eh?
Reception area of the Robinson Corporation
In the office, Jane is telling Gail curtly that she's trying to do her job *again*. Gail insists that she was just trying to help. Jane snaps that Gail re-wrote her letter again. Gail sighs that she's finding it hard to let go; she's always been a career woman and she's more than involved in the place now that it's the Robinson Corporation.
JANE: I'm sorry I snapped at you – but I'm only trying to do my job, and I need you to do *yours*; and we can't all be Chiefs and no Indians.
GAIL (sadly): Yeah, well, *I'm* not even an *Indian*: I'm just a squaw with three little papooses on the way...
Jane suggests that perhaps Gail should take some time off: stay home and rest. Gail, however, insists that she can't let everybody down. Jane says she can type her own letters and Prue can look after Paul's. She goes on:
JANE: Look, this is not the boss talking now, it's me – and I'm suggesting this for *your* health and your future family's health – and our nerves!
Gail murmurs that she's sorry. Jane adds that she knows how Gail feels: she's been a bit stressed out herself lately. She explains about Mike, and Gail says she didn't realise. She remarks that they've *both* been under pressure.
Mike's bedroom at No. 28
Mike is lying back on his bed, staring at the ceiling. His eyes alight on a poster of Jane on the wall, modelling on the bridge at Lassiter's. He suddenly leaps up, rips down the poster and tears it into pieces, angrily. He then takes off the watch that Jane gave him for his birthday and drops it in the bin. He goes and sits back down on his bed, looking upset.
Des and Paul head into Des's office, Paul asking Des incredulously how he botched it. Des explains that he and Mr. Udagawa were getting on famously, and he was speaking Japanese, but it started going wrong when Mr. Udagawa invited him for dinner. He goes on:
DES: I said that Japanese women were beautiful.
PAUL: In Japanese?
DES: Yeah – and that's where he turned on me, as if I insulted him and his entire nation.
The ‘phone rings and Mr. Hemmings comes on. Des says nervously:
DES: Yeah, it was a bit of a misunderstanding... I said *what*? ... No, no, I couldn't've. ... Well I didn't *mean* to--; ... Oh. Fine.
He hangs up and Paul asks what all that was about.
DES: Well... no wonder he was so upset: I didn't say that Japanese women were *beautiful*, I said Japanese women were *dirty*.
PAUL: Oh Des, you idiot!
DES: No wonder he reacted like that.
Paul insists that they should be able to sort it out: Udagawa's nothing if not fair; he'll probably see the funny side of it once they explain. Des, however, tells him that it's too late for that: Udagawa has already been to see Hemmings and he won't be dealing with Pacific.
PAUL: Oh mate, I'm sorry. Looks like you lost out on this one, eh?
DES (murmurs): Yeah. But it's more than that, mate: I lost my job. I've been sacked.