- Gaby does her first solo flight.
- Wendy introduces her husband Alex to Lou.
- Rick confronts the headmaster for refusing to accept their proposal for the Youth Lin.
- Beth applies for a job as a builder.
Debbie is telling Wayne that she's sorted everything out with Craig. Wayne tells Rick that he'll try to talk to Mr Roland about the Youth Line - maybe he can get some professional help too.
Gaby comes in and breezily tells Rick that Beth has gone to a job interview(!) He is not pleased.
Lou and Phil are having a quiet beer. Just then, Alex comes in. He apologises for being rude to Lou the other day and shakes his hand. He buys Lou a drink.
Julie sympathises with Debbie about the Youth Line. Wayne comes around and says he's spoken to Janet Harper and he'll tackle Mr Roland in the morning.
Julie suggests that she gets the Parents and Friends Committee involved too.
Beth rushes in. Gaby is having a coffee and dreaming about going solo. She's got another trip booked in for tomorrow afternoon.
Rick comes over and is very hostile to her about going for a job interview without telling him. Beth says she's sorry and explains the job was for a secretarial job at a building company - she wanted an apprenticeship, so she's staying at the Coffee Shop after all. Rick is pleased.
Alex and Lou are talking about parenting teenagers. He suggests Alex brings the kids round to his house - it's easier to talk to kids on neutral territory.
Sean, Ally and Craig are waiting for Alex to arrive. Rick answers the door and lets Alex in. He's taking the kids for an early movie and then lunch at Lassiter's. Lou gives him the key to the front door.
Wayne asks Mr Roland for a word about the Youth Line. He says that it would just open the door to complaints about their care of the children, and anyway, it's up to the kids parents' to make sure kids get proper emotional care(!) Wayne says the school has a duty of care, and the volunteers will have a duty of care - also, other schools have been successful with similar programmes.
WAYNE: The Youth Line is not just a great idea, it's a necessary one. And if you can't see that then you have no right to be the Principal of rhe school.
MR ROLAND: You've crossed the line, Mr Duncan.
WAYNE: Yeah, well, I'm sorry, but it's the way I feel about it.
MR ROLAND: Whether you approve or not, I am the Principal of Erinsborough High school. And if it's so difficult for you to live with that, I can have you transferred. The choice is yours.
Lou and Wendy are having a coffee. She apologises again about Alex's behaviour and explains he wasn't always hostile - they've all been through a lot. Lou says that they've made up now and Craig is a lot better since he talked to his dad. Wendy hopes Craig's improvement is a permanent step forward.
Rick and Debbie that Wayne for trying with Mr Roland. They vow not to give up, though. When Wayne has gone, Rick goes over to Mr Roland and tells him he's going to the local press about the Youth Line and how the Principal of Erinsborough High doesn't care about the emotional well- being of his students. Mr Roland says if they do they'll feel his extreme displeasure.
Sean, Ally and Craig have had a great day out with their Dad. They sit down for a chat.
ALEX: I know it seems like I've been neglecting you guys, but it's not intentional, I promise. i really want to try and find ways of organising things so that they're better for all of us.
ALLY: Will you be coming home to live with Mum and us?
ALEX: I wish I could say that was a possibility, Ally, but I don't think it is. I know this has been a long time coming, but I want to try and explain to you what happened between your mother and me.
CRAIG: Couples get divorced, we know that.
SEAN: Yeah, it happens.
ALEX: Yeah, I know, Sean, but you don't know why. I don't know what your mother's told you...
ALLY: Not much.
ALEX: Well, she has her reasons. But if I tel you my side of the story, perhaps it's going to help you understand things a bit better. OK?
Wayne shepherds some kids into the classroom and then has a quick word with Debbie. He's heard about Rick and Debbie threatening to go to the press. Wayne doesn't think it's a good idea. He asks where Rick is, but Debbie says she doesn't know.
Alex is explaining that he and their mother fought so much it ruined anything they had together. They can't all be happy in the same house and they have to get used to it.
ALEX: I've made a decision, and I promise you I shall be doing my damnedest to keep to it. And that's to be available for you guys whenever you need me. OK? We're going to get to know each other properly, whatever that takes.
The kids don't say anything, and then Craig starts to cry.
Mr Roland hears some horns blowing outside. He goes out and sees that passing cars are tooting their horns in support of a sign which reads, "Honk...if u support Erinsboroughs Youth Line HONK"
Mr Roland catches Rick inside the school and tells him he's in trouble.
The atmosphere has warmed up between Alex and his kids. Wendy and Lou come in. Wendy is rather hostile towards Alex and says he's spoiling the kids to make her look bad(!) Lou tells them to go outside and fight if they want to. Craig looks very upset.
The kids tell Lou that their parents always fight and they hate it. Lou says that some people care for each other but have trouble communicating what they really mean, so they fight.
Mr Roland is ranting at Rick. Wayne comes along too and tries to cover for Rick a bit. But Rick confesses to putting the banner up, and says he's proud of what he's done - he doesn't care what happens to him. Mr Roland puts Rick on after- school detention for a week - and that's just a start.
Gaby comes in with Jack - she's off for another flight.
Rick comes in and sits down heavily at the counter. He tells Beth that he's in trouble about the Youth Line.
Gaby is getting into her plane and Jack warns her to be careful of the clouds - if in doubt, turn about. Gaby finishes her checks.
Beth kisses Wayne and tells him she's proud of him for supporting Rick over the Youth Line. Wayne tells her he wants to confess something to her.
WAYNE: When we got together...I knew Brad wanted to make a commitment to you. That's why he had a go at me...because I didn't tell you.
BETH: Well, why didn't you?
WAYNE: Well...it was up to him. The real reason is...I didn't want to lose you. And I care even more about you now. And I'm sorry I didn't tell you.
BETH: This has really thrown me. I'm not sure how I feel.
WAYNE: Yeah, of course. Look, you've got every reason to be mad at me.
Gaby is flying and approaches some cloud. She turns around, but ends up going into even thicker cloud. She starts to panic and taps her instruments - something is wrong.