Paul is upset that Parkside Pacific have poached one of his clients. He thinks Caroline might have picked up on it if she'd been here, but Helen isn't convinced. Paul wonders if he should try to play a similar dirty trick. Maybe he could steal their manager - everyone has their price. Helen doesn't think it's a good idea.
Phoebe is chuffed to have got the lead in Beauty and the Beast. Josh doesn't look quite as thrilled with his part as the Beast, though(!) He's worried that everyone is going to laugh at him, but Phoebe encourages him. She'll come over in the morning and they can run through the lines.
Doug and Pam are having breakfast. Pam wonders who their new neighbours are in No.32.
Toby is sadly reading the Auction sign that's up outside No.32.
TOBY: No, Bouncer. We don't live there anymore.
Paul is interviewing the manager of Parkside Pacific (Martin). He tells Paul he wants a pay increase and a company car. Paul agrees. He goes on to say he wants a five-year contract. Paul isn't sure about that - he doesn't normally go beyond 2 years. He also wants complete autonomy over the running of the hotel. Paul point blank refuses, but apparently the deal's off without it. Paul says they can think about it once he's been there for 3 months. Martin says he won't move - but Paul won't regret accepting his conditions.
Helen is gardening and chatting to Rosemary. They talk about Tracy and Rosemary says she'll bring her along with her next time. Rosemary tells Helen how much she misses the warmth and friendliness of Erinsborough - it's so different to New York.
The auction is about to start. Pam and Doug see Toby sitting on the pavement, very dejected. He's very sad that they won't be living at No.32 anymore.
DOUG: Come on mate, it's not the end of the world.
It obviously is to Toby though, who slopes off with Bouncer.
Doug thinks the house will go for about $150,000.
Martin, the manager of Parkside has finally talked Paul around. He agrees to his terms. Helen comes in, and Paul introduces her to Martin and explains about Home James. She's surprised to hear that Martin has extracted a five-year contract from Paul.
When Martin has gone, Helen thinks Paul has been a bit unwise. She's very shocked that Paul has also agreed to complete autonomy in running the hotel. Paul says he's not worried - it'll give him time to concentrate on new business ventures. Helen still thinks Paul has been a bit hasty.
Josh is sitting at a table when Helen comes in. He's fed up and tells her that he's worried about the play. He doesn't really want to be in the play - he thinks the whole school will laugh at him. Now he knows how Phoebe felt when everyone was laughing at her. Helen tells him that Phoebe has transformed through being in the play, and he can't undermine her confidence by pulling out.
HELEN: My advice is to put aside your feelings and go on with the play for her sake.
Toby has come back, and quite a crowd has gathered for the auction of No.32 - "a four-bedroom family home". The bidding opens at $90,000 and quickly goes up to $95,000 and then $100,000 and $105,000. Bidding is quite slow. Pam waves at Toby who is looking sad, and the auctioneer takes it as a bid for $120,000 and then to $150,000. Luckily, the bidding goes higher again so Pam is off the hook. The house goes up to $170,000.
Phoebe tells Josh that she understands if he doesn't want to be in the play. He tells her he's been thinking - he's decided to take the part after all - he's really enjoyed the rehearsals deep down.
JOSH: In fact, I think you and I make quite a sensational team.
He leans in and kisses her.
Rosemary comes across the street. The house is currently at $180,000. Rosemary puts in a bid for $185,000 and she gets it!
Helen still isn't sure about Martin Tyrell - he's always been very loyal to Parkside Pacific. Paul says he's going with his gut instinct and tells Helen to "chill out".
At that moment, Caroline rings up. She tells Paul that she's got some bad news - she's done a check into Rosemary's finances and it looks like the Daniels Corporation is on very shaky ground.
CAROLINE: In fact, I would go so far as to say that the Daniels Corporation would be lucky to trade out of it's current financial situation. Paul, I dont know if there's any way you can get out of this deal, but it looks to me like you might lose your investment.
PAUL: But how? How did she do this to me?