Joe, Kerry and Toby saying a sad goodbye to Mary.
Henry and Jim come in through the back door, Henry enthusing to Jim that his garden will be the jewel of Ramsay Street! Jim goes to get some money to pay him. Helen asks Henry if he's taken the grass clippings away yet, but Henry says he'll take everything to the tip first thing tomorrow. Helen asks him if he can take some other rubbish from the garage as well. She then congratulates Henry on his engagement and asks if he's set a date for the wedding. Henry replies that it won't be for a while yet. As Jim comes back in, he muses:
JIM: Not a decision to be taken lightly... Once you're in, you're in forever!
With that, Henry heads out, leaving Helen to ask Katie – who's sitting at the kitchen table – to clear her books away. Jim, however, explains that *he* can take the blame for some of them, as he's trying to identify his rocks. The doorbell rings suddenly and Helen goes to answer it. She comes back in with Toby, who's still looking upset, and Katie him asks what's wrong. Toby explains:
TOBY: Mary's son just came and took her away.
KATIE: Oh no...
TOBY: I didn't want her to go. It's not fair.
Katie smiles that they can still go and visit her. Toby, however, sighs that it won't be the same: he never really *had* a grandma.
Office of the Robinson Corporation
Gail knocks on the office door and walks in, interrupting Paul, who quickly places something under the papers on his desk. Gail spots the movement, though, and asks Paul suspiciously what he's hiding. Paul reluctantly takes a pamphlet out from under the papers: it's the new hotel brochure, with photos of him and Jane on the front. Gail mutters that he doesn't waste much time does he?
PAUL: Look, after the press release about your court case I had to move quickly. We discussed all of this: you *knew* it had to be changed.
Gail sighs that she supposes so, but it just comes as a bit of a shock. Paul, changing the subject, says he rang Beverly today about coping with the triplets: she suggested that he give the Multiple Birth Association a call, so he rang them. Gail smiles that that's very sweet of him. Paul goes on that, as a matter of fact, they have an information night tonight at Elliot Park – for mothers-to-be only. Gail rolls her eyes and remarks:
GAIL: Oh – and I can see your heart broken!
Jane opens the front door to Des, who tells her that he needs to talk to her. They head into the lounge room, where Des explains that he's come to apologise. Jane insists that there's no need: he said how he felt. Des, however, tells Jane that what he said was stupid and wrong: he had no right to compare her to Daph. He asks her if she can forgive him.
JANE: I'm just going to have to learn to live with Daphne's memory. I can't expect you to forget about her.
DES: No... I *won't* forget Daph; but I love *you* and I don't want to blow what we've had. I'm really sorry.
Des then goes on that he's been thinking about the wedding and he's not keen on the commercial stuff, but if it's what Jane wants, he'll do it; he just wants her to be happy. Jane hugs him gratefully. Des asks what they do next. Jane suggests that they meet with the people from Reflections, and Des asks her if she can tee-up a meeting with them tomorrow morning. Jane smiles warmly and gives Des a gentle kiss.
The next morning, Jim and Helen are in the kitchen and Jim remarks that it's great not being woken up by that rooster this morning! Helen nods that she's not sorry it's gone! Jim then asks Helen what she's got planned for today and she replies that she's going to be working on her exhibition. She adds that it makes her feel good to see Nick so devoted to his painting at the moment: it's the tonic he needed. Jim just muses:
JIM: Tell that to *Sharon*!
JIM: Nick told Sharon that he was too busy painting to take her to the dance, so Sharon organised to go with Matt. Now Nick's changed his mind and he's asking her to choose between the two of them.
Katie comes in and says she's going over to Toby's. Jim asks how Toby's holding up without Mary and Katie replies that he's pretty sad. Helen comments that Mary is back with her family and that's where she belongs. Katie says:
KATIE: I think I should do something to cheer him up – I *am* his girlfriend.
HELEN (playing along): Yes, I agree: a girlfriend *should* be supportive in times like these!
Katie asks if she can have some money out of the piggy bank, as she'd like to buy a present for Toby. Helen, however, suggests she *make* something. Katie beams that she'll come home at lunchtime and make him something really special. With that, she dashes off to school.
Henry is loading up Bertha in the driveway of No. 24 when Jane walks over. Henry smiles that she looks absolutely gorgeous, and he asks what the occasion is. Jane explains that she and Des are meeting with Reflections to discuss wedding arrangements.
HENRY: So you've finally twisted him round that little finger, eh?!
JANE: No, he's *agreed*. It'll save us a lot of money.
HENRY: Half your luck: Bronny and I don't have enough money to live on *now*, let alone saving for a rainy day.
Jane tells Henry that he's got to work out some steady form of income: what happens if he and Bronwyn have children? Henry smiles that with *his* entrepreneurial skills they'll be *rolling* in cash one day! Jane, however, insists that he's got to provide a secure future for his wife and family. Henry looks at Jane seriously and comments:
HENRY: I hadn't thought about that.
JANE: Well you *should* think about it – before it's too late.
With that, Jane says goodbye and walks off, leaving Henry looking thoughtful.
Reception area at the Robinson Corporation
Sometime later, Jane and Des are standing with Paul in the reception area at the Robinson Corporation and Jane is telling Paul that Reflections have offered to pay for just about everything, as long as they can *photograph* everything. Des says *he* was worried that the whole thing would turn into a circus, but this Damien bloke reckoned they wouldn't get too involved. Jane heads into the office to get on with work, leaving Paul and Des to sit down and Paul to comment to Des that his bank balance must be heaving a sigh of relief! Des explains that he was dead against the idea of Reflections: he and Jane even had a blue about it, because he wanted to be the one who gave Jane everything.
PAUL: And now you have. And what a brilliant solution, eh? *You* solve your money problems, *Jane* gets a slap-up wedding... You're *both* happy. What could be more perfect?!
Helen is sitting at the kitchen table, commenting to Jim – who's preparing some sandwiches – that she hopes she's remembered to invite all the right people to the opening. Katie comes in and says enthusiastically that she's got a great idea for Toby's present! She heads off to her room. Helen then turns to Jim and says:
HELEN: I saw Madge this morning: she's worried that people might hold a grudge against Harold because of his comments about Gail.
JIM (mutters): Just desserts, if you ask me.
HELEN: Look, there's no question that Harold was in the wrong, but don't you think it would be a good idea if you cleared the air and apologised to him?
JIM (aghast): You *are joking*? I mean, *he's* the one who owes the apology – to *Gail*
Helen tells Jim that it was wrong to use violence; it doesn't set a good example to the children. Jim gives in and says he'll have a chat to Harold later. Katie comes back in and says she needs some string and little sticks. Jim tells her that there are little sticks in the garage. Helen asks Katie what she's making but she replies that it's a surprise!
Lassiter's Gift and Souvenir Shop
Gail finishes serving a customer as Paul comes in. He smiles and asks how the love of his life is! Gail doesn't look impressed! Paul then asks how the Birth Association meeting went. Gail, looking downcast, replies mutedly that they were very friendly and very helpful. Paul asks what the problem is, then.
GAIL (grimly): Eighteen bottles... seven dozen nappies... a 24-hour regimen and enough food to feed an army – and that's the *easy* part.
PAUL: I see.
GAIL: Paul, I'm scared stiff.
PAUL: Oh come on, we'll cope.
GAIL: Our whole lives are going to be turned upside down. How are we going to be able to afford everything when we've got to stick to such a tight budget?
PAUL: Gail, we will manage. You're not in this alone; we're in this together, remember?
GAIL (sighs): I know. It's just I get an attack of the nerves every now and then.
Paul gives Gail a hug, but they're interrupted by Henry coming in. Paul asks him what they can do for him. Henry explains that he wants to know if there's any chance of a regular job with them: nine-to-five in an office... good career prospects. He adds that, now that he's going to be a married man, he wants to become more responsible and build a good future for him and Bron. Paul admits that they don't really have anything at the moment – and he asks Henry if he's sure Lassiter's is right for him, as a man of his potential should be looking for something bigger!
HENRY: You reckon?
PAUL: Yes! Why settle for Lassiter's when the sky's the limit? Look, there is a world out there just waiting for men of your vision!
Henry, looking thoughtful, tells Paul that he's dead right: he's got to check out all the options before he jumps in! With that, he dashes off. Paul gives Gail another loving hug.
Jim walks into the kitchen as Des comes in through the back door with a copy of Jim's tax return and receipts – and the bill! He adds that there's no rush to pay. Jim smiles that he'll get Des a cheque in the next couple of days. Des looks as if he wishes it was sooner! Jim heads off to put the papers away as Helen appears suddenly in the back doorway and looks around nervously. Des asks in surprise if there's something wrong.
HELEN: Mmm... I'm afraid so.
HELEN: Well, Henry collected some rubbish from the garage this morning and I think he must've taken Jim's rocks with him.
DES (blankly): Rocks?
HELEN: Yes... he's not going to be very pleased.
Des remarks that he didn't know Jim was into rocks(!) – but he leaves Helen to it and heads out. Katie runs in through the front door and joins Helen in the kitchen. Helen asks if Toby liked his mysterious present. Katie just replies that he wasn't there, so she left it at the front door with a card.
HELEN: He *will* get a surprise.
KATIE: I'm sure he *will*!
HELEN (grimly): *I've* got one for your Uncle Jim...
Jane and Toby walk up the driveway of No. 32, towards the front door, where Toby finds the present and a card waiting for him. He picks up the card eagerly and looks at it. He then asks Jane why Katie is giving *him* a present. Jane unlocks the front door and the two of them head inside and into the lounge room. Toby tears off the tissue paper covering the gift to find two thin pieces of wood nailed in the form of a cross. Toby looks at it in surprise and asks what it is. Jane admits that she has no idea!
TOBY (puzzled): What sort of present is two sticks?!
A short time later, Jane suggests to Toby that maybe Katie thought he could use the sticks in one of his magic tricks. Toby, however, says he can't think of a trick that requires a cross. Jane suggests that he could go and see if Katie's home and walk back to school with her. Toby says he might go by himself, though. Jane points out that it's good manners to thank someone when they give you a present, and Toby gives in and says he'll see if Katie's home. He heads out.
Katie is sitting at the kitchen table with Jim. Helen approaches the table nervously and says:
HELEN: Jim... I've, er, I've something to tell you.
HELEN: Don't get too upset – it wasn't anyone's fault.
JIM: What *are* you talking about?
HELEN: Your rocks: I think they've been taken to the tip.
JIM (clearly in a mocking tone): Not my whole collection? Good grief, Helen, how could you let that happen?
HELEN (seriously, not picking up on Jim's tone): It was a genuine mistake. Henry came to collect some rubbish this morning; he had no way of knowing—
Helen breaks off as she sees Jim grinning from ear-to-ear, and she demands to know what he's laughing at. Jim explains that he cannot tell a lie: they're perfectly safe in his bedroom – he decided to keep them in the wardrobe until the display case is finished.
HELEN: You rogue, letting me squirm like that!
Toby comes in through the back door and Katie leaps up and asks him if he got her present. Helen asks Toby what it was, as Katie wouldn't tell them. Toby just looks at Katie and says:
TOBY: Yeah, I got it. Thanks a lot!
Katie then asks Toby if he's tried it out yet, as she didn't have any string and thought *he* might have some. Toby, however, says he doesn't think he's been doing it right. Katie tells him that he just needs to tie on the string and it's ready to go. Toby says he didn't know where to put the string. Looking puzzled, Katie demands to know why he's acting so dumb! Toby admits:
TOBY: I don't know what your present *is*...
With that, he reaches into his bag and takes out the cross. Katie stares at it and demands to know what he did with all the paper. Toby explains that he ripped it off so he could get to the present. Katie mutters:
KATIE: The paper was part of the present, dummy. It was a kite.
TOBY (realisation dawning): Oh...
KATIE (yells): Toby, how could you be such an empty-head?!
There's a knock on the front door and Des answer it to find Henry on the step. He bounds into the house and asks Des if he can talk to him about something. He then goes on:
HENRY: Look, I've been thinking a lot about security. I reckon it's time I took on something substantial so I can set myself up for the future.
HENRY: Des... what do you think about me doing a bank job?
DES (looking around nervously): What happens if you get caught?
DES: No, no, don't rob a bank, mate. It's stupid; ridiculous.
HENRY (laughs): I don't want to rob one, I want to *work* in one!
As realisation dawns, Des tells Henry that he doesn't think working in a bank is his go: it would drive him up the wall; he should do something involving selling: he's a born salesman. Henry then explains about how he saw Paul and Gail earlier about an executive spot at Lassiter's, but they didn't have anything for him. Des hesitates before saying carefully:
DES: Um... don't take this the wrong way, mate, but, um, you can't expect people to take you seriously when you rock-up with those overalls, you know? It's not the executive look. And, um, try wearing a shirt a bit more often!
HENRY: I hadn't thought of that!
Des remarks to Henry that he's taking this really seriously, isn't he?
HENRY: Well, I'm serious about marrying Bron: I want to give her the best life I possibly can – and I bet you feel the same way about Jane.
Lassiter's Gift and Souvenir Shop
Jane is standing with Gail in the shop, commenting that she thought Gail might be a bit upset about the photo in the pamphlet and wanted to know how Gail felt about it. Gail admits that she was a bit upset at first, but Jane is the new manager and her photo *should* be on the pamphlet. Jane smiles that she's glad Gail understands: it would've been awful if things got tense between them again. The ‘phone starts ringing suddenly and Gail answers it. She listens and then tells the caller that Jane is right there. She hands the ‘phone to Jane, telling her that it's Damien Gregory from Reflections. On the ‘phone, Jane says:
JANE: Hello, Damien, I didn't expect to hear from you so soon... [Her face dropping] But you *can't* ask us to do that – it's not fair... I see... Well, I'll think about it... Thank you. Bye.
With that, Jane hangs up. Gail asks what's wrong.
JANE: Reflections: they don't think that Des is suitable for the wedding photos. They want to use a male model.
GAIL (looking shocked): That's terrible.
JANE: Yeah... and if we don't agree, they won't go ahead with it all. Apparently, Des isn't ‘glossy' enough for their client's magazine.
GAIL: And *he'll* probably think it's because he's not good-looking enough.
JANE: Oh Gail, *anyone* would think that. Especially after all the hassle with his ears, it'll totally destroy his confidence. How am I going to tell him...?