Helen and Dorothy are admiring the picture that they found behind the other one. Helen seems to recognise the artist's signature from somewhere.
Madge comes in ranting about Harold not supporting her over the fountain. She isn't pleased to see Dorothy there and tells Dorothy that she's running for council in order to save the fountain. Dorothy says she'll need some other issues in her campaign portfolio too(!) Madge storms out.
DOROTHY:(to Helen) Do you get the feeling that Madge hasn't really thought this through?
Toby is playing with his toys but quickly stops when Joe and Kerry come in. Joe tells Toby that he doesn't need to go to school tomorrow - instead some of his friends can come over for a bit, until he's ready to go back. Toby goes off to play with Bouncer.
Sharon is pleased that Madge is running for council and wishes her good luck. Harold rolls his eyes and says that Madge is indulging in childish theatrics.
SHARON: I think it's important to fight for what you believe in.
HAROLD: She doesn't know what she believes in!
Madge reckons she's got lots of policies, not just the fountain.
MADGE: I have opinions on all sorts of things. Just because you never ask me what they are.
Harold asks what her views are on expansion of small business in Erinsborough. Madge says it's good, but Harold says it might mean that other establishments might have to close down. Also the parking problem would be exacerbated. Madge is fed up and tells him to shut up.
Dorothy tells Ryan that she has some news for him. She's decided to go back to work. It's not exactly teaching, more administration work.
DOROTHY: Quite simply, I have been appointed the new Principal of Erinsborough High. I start tomorrow.
Ryan looks horrified!
Erinsborough High, the following day
Sharon tells some guys that the new Principal is Ryan's aunt. They tease him unmercifully. One boy cheeks Dorothy as she walks past, and she tells him to take off his earrings.
RICK: But...we're allowed to.
DOROTHY: Not while I'm in charge. Take them off please. Now.
He takes them off.
DOROTHY: And your name?
RICK: Rick. Rick Masters.
DOROTHY: Thank you, Rick. I'll remember you.
One of the teachers tells Dorothy privately that earrings have been allowed for a while, but Dorothy says she runs a tight ship.
Lochy comes round to call for Toby, but of course, he's not going to school. Kerry asks Lochy to be especially nice to Toby at the moment.
LOCHY: Hi. Sorry your mum's dead.
LOCHY: Did you go to the funeral.
TOBY: Um...I'm not going to school today.
LOCHY: Yeah, I know. I'll see you all later.
Sharon, Ryan and some other kids are hanging out. Dorothy comes along and calls Ryan over. She asks him how he's settling in. He's very embarrassed and asks her to not chat socially to him at school. She goes over and tells Rick and the guys that Ryan won't have any extra privileges while he's at school.
Ryan purposely treads on Rick's sandwich and Dorothy comes back and tells him off most severly.
Kerry tells Madge that she thinks it's fantastic that she's running for council - she's always thought there should be more women on the council. Madge isn't sure because she doesn't know a lot about the council, but Kerry says he's probably just worried that Madge will beat him!
KERRY: Madge, don't put yourself down. And don't let anyone else. You've got strong opinions and the courage to stand up for them. That's all you need. And once you're on the council, think of all the good you can do for women's and children's issues.
Kerry reminds her about the playground battle - it probably wouldn't have happened if there'd been more women on the council. Kerry offers to help her with her campaign.
KERRY: You owe it to the women of Erinsborough!
MADGE: Alright, you've talked me into it, I'll nominate. Erinsborough Council here I come!
Madge is sitting at a table working out her policies. She tells Harold off for trying to read over her shoulder. She says she's planning her election strategy and already has an advisor(!)
Joe comes in and Harold tells him about Madge running for council. Joe laughs and says that they'll probably end up in divorce! They reckon they can keep their business dealings out of their home life.
Lochy is trying to play with Toby but he doesn't want to do anything much. Kerry suggests making some chocolate chip cookies but Toby is indifferent.
Sharon sees Dorothy and asks how her first day at school was. She tells her that there's a rumour going round about a plan for the girls. Dorothy explains that research shows that girls do better in single sex classes, particularly in maths and the sciences. In mixed classes they often feel intimidated in traditionally male subjects. Sharon admits that it's quite a good idea.
Harold and Ryan are finishing their shift. Some students are discussing the single-sex classes. The guys don't like it, but the girls are in favour. Ryan asks what's going on, but they won't tell her in case he tells Dorothy. They call him a teacher's pet and leave.