Sam telling Marlene that Romy Barbuto rang and she wants him to work for ‘Teen Girl' magazine as a model!
Detective Stevens telling Mal, Sonny and Stonie that drugs were found in their vehicle.
Cody telling Sam and Luke that the police want to use No. 30 for a stakeout.
Detective Stevens is looking through the window of No. 30, telling her colleagues on the radio that she has a clear view of the street. Cody says she'll make some coffee – just as Stevens' mobile rings. She listens and then says she'll alert the troops. She picks up her police radio and speaks into it:
DETECTIVE STEVENS: Our suspects are back at Hammond's surf shop. Now, you can bet they're on the trail of this car, so keep your eyes open.
Cody laughs and asks if something's going to happen. Stevens replies that they're out there looking for the car, so she doubts it'll be too long before anything happens. Luke joins Stevens at the window and says he can't figure why the guys left their stuff in some old wreck of a car. Stevens commented that they probably thought it *was* a wreck and didn't expect it to be going anywhere. Luke muses:
LUKE: They're not exactly criminal masterminds, are they?!
Marlene is telling Sam that she wants him to remember her when she's rich and famous! Sam just sighs that he's having lunch with Romy today; they'll see what happens. Jo comes in and beams that she just had the best workout! Marlene tells her that she needs to talk some sense into her misguided grandson: he's been offered a contract with ‘Teen Girl'! Jo, not looking impressed, comments that she's had friends who've done a lot of modelling and there are a lot of horror stories. She warns Sam to think it over carefully.
Karl arrives home. Mal and Stonie are in the kitchen and Mal starts to explain to his father about how the guys who bashed Sonny think he and Stonie have got drugs hidden in the car they bought – only they haven't, because the police found them; but they broke into Sonny's shop and now the cops think they might come to No. 28 next... Sonny comes in and adds that the police are staking out the car in the street. Mal hands an astonished- looking Karl a note from Detective Stevens. Karl reads it and snaps that he wants the car out of his driveway *today*. He calls a number on the sheet of paper and gets through to Detective Stevens, asking her angrily if the police are in the habit of staking out a house without the owner's permission.
A police officer – Detective Payne – is sitting in a car in the street, wearing a uniform with a badge on it implying that he's a TV- VCR repairman. He watches in his wing mirror as Karl leaves No. 28 and heads towards No. 30.
A short time later, Detective Stevens is telling Karl that they did try to contact him and the fact is it's the car that they're interested in, not the house – and the car belongs to his son, who *is* legally an adult. Karl sighs and asks if Mal's in any trouble. Stevens replies that they questioned him pretty thoroughly down at the station last night—. Karl interrupts and gasps:
KARL: I'm sorry. You *what*?
DETECTIVE STEVENS: He didn't tell you?
KARL (furiously): He certainly did not, no.
DETECTIVE STEVENS: Well, it was just a routine interview. He was never a serious suspect. Trust me: he's not in any trouble.
KARL: No, trust *me*: he *is*...
Jo is sitting with Sam, telling him about the dangers of having plastic surgery for modelling! Sam stands up to go. He heads out as Luke comes in and joins Jo, asking if she has a sec as he needs her advice. He shows her a sheet of paper and explains that it's from the recruiting guys and he was hoping she could put together an exercise programme for the agility testing. Jo says uncertainly that she's still only halfway through her instructor's course – but she could show it to her boss at the gym. Luke seems to accept this and says he's got to fly: there are big dramas happening at home.
Romy Barbuto is trying to talk Sam into the benefits of modelling, but Sam doesn't look impressed and he tells her that he'll dip out. Romy asks in astonishment if he knows how many guys would give their right arm for this chance. A man comes in and exclaims at Sam:
MAN: It's him! I'd know that face anywhere!
Romy introduces Peter Lenten and asks him to talk some *sense* into Sam. Lenten, however, comments that Sam's face isn't ‘Teen Girl'; it's ‘Stefano Gold' – rugged stuff. He smiles at Sam:
LENTEN: The job's yours. Just name your price!
A few moments later, Romy is snapping at Lenten that he's got a nerve coming in there and pinching her discoveries. Lenten tells Sam that he's relaxed and natural and that's exactly the image they want for their aftershave – unless the idea of forty grand a year doesn't appeal? Sam mouths in astonishment:
SAM: Forty thousand dollars...?
He then stands up and says he's a handyman – it doesn't really fit their image. Lenten comments that he's the down- to- earth working bloke – no problem there. Romy insists that *she* can match Lenten's figure. Lenten, however, tells her that Sam and ‘Teen Girl' just aren't meant for each other.
Detective Payne is in the car, watching the street in his wing mirror. Stonie emerges from No. 32 and knocks on his window. Payne glares at him and uses his arm to tell him to shove off.
Cody is sitting on the floor, working at the coffee table. Detective Stevens is still staring out the window and Luke asks her if there's no sign of the bad guys yet. Stevens says there isn't. Luke asks if there's no chance they've spotted her blokes. Stevens shrugs that they're amateurs and unpredictable – they've probably gone off to get stoned. Cody says she's going to make herself something to eat. Stevens gets on the radio and asks her fellow officers if anyone fancies doing a food run.
Sam is sitting with Marlene, pouring glasses of champagne as she looks at the contract and comments that it certainly is a lot of money! Sam smiles that that's why he decided to do it: he'd be crazy not to! Jo joins them and asks how the meeting went. Marlene tells her that it's signed, sealed and delivered! She shows Jo the contract. Jo exclaims at Sam that for that amount they'll expect to own his body and soul. Sam, however, insists:
SAM: No they won't. Look, they're happy for me to keep the business going and that's exactly what I intend to use the money for: you know – to expand it and rebuild it into something really big. Come on, I'm still just going to be Handy Sam; I'm not going to get all starry- eyed or anything.
Jo smiles that she's glad to hear it.
Karl is staring out the front window, muttering that this is wonderful: sitting around half a day, paying a fortune for an emergency locum, and absolutely nothing happens. He then comments to Mal, Sonny and Stonie that school will be finished in about an hour: he'd better ring Susan and let her know what's going on. He dials a number on the ‘phone and gets through to the school. Susan isn't there, though: she and Libby have apparently both gone. Karl comments that Susan will be collecting Billy from footy camp, but Libby will be on her way home; he'd better go and find her. Sonny, however, says quickly that *he'll* go. Karl tells him to keep her away from the street.
Detective Payne emerges from the Holy Roll with some boxes of food – and spots the drug dealers sitting outside Chez Chez.
Luke walks into the lounge room holding a pile of mail, and he comments to Detective Stevens that he must say her guys are pretty disciplined: the postie made it down the street without being shot at once! Stevens just sighs that she doesn't know why Payne's taking so long with the food order. Luke hands Cody a postcard from Darwin. Cody reads and exclaims that it's from Gaby: everyone's fine and her dad's got the big job in Banamatu. Luke asks her if she ever wishes she hadn't decided to stay behind. Cody tells him that she couldn't study medicine in the Territory. Payne comes on the radio and tells Stevens that he's spotted their boys at the Lassiter's Complex, talking. Stevens tells him to keep her posted. Luke and Cody grin at each other at the idea of possible developments!
Outside Chez Chez
One of the drug dealers – Simon Palmer – asks the other – Stuart Maughan – irritatedly how long they're going to sit there for. He adds that he's scared of what will happen to them if they don't get that stash; he's got bills to pay. Maughan mutters that he's been saying that for the last two hours. He finishes his drink and suggests they get going. Payne gets on his radio and tells Stevens that the guys are on the move.
Mal and Stonie are playing on the computer, but Karl complains about how loud it is – so he switches it off! Mal tells him to relax. Karl retorts sarcastically:
KARL: Of *course* I should relax. I've got two murderous thugs about to descend on my house, but there's no reason for me not to be—
He breaks off as the ‘phone rings. He answers it and listens as Stevens tells him what's going on and to stay out of sight. He hangs up and tells Mal and Stonie that the thugs are on their way. Mal and Stonie immediately rush to the window to watch. As a vehicle turns into the street, Stonie exclaims that it's the dealers' car!
The car pulls to a stop outside No. 28. Payne has been running after it but comes to a halt and watches from the bottom of the road. He gets on his radio to Stevens and tells her that the dealers are right in front of the house now; he'll stay where he is, keep his head down and make his way back to the van when he can. He suddenly curses:
PAYNE: Oh hell. A female juvenile on the scene.
It's Libby, who turns and starts walking up the street. She's wearing her school uniform. Stevens tells Payne to hold back until Libby's off the street.
Looking through the window, Mal spots Libby. Karl cries in horror that he should have *known* not to rely on Sonny. Mal asks what they do. Karl insists that it'll be all right.
Ramsay Street/No. 30
Payne has run up to the van. He gets on his radio and tells Stevens quietly that if they burn now, they've blown the whole thing; they need the dealers to go for the drugs. Stevens tells him agitatedly just to stand by.
Libby approaches the two drug dealers, who are standing glancing around the street, and asks if they're looking for any house in particular. They assure her that it's OK – they're organised. Sonny suddenly comes running up the street, yelling:
SONNY: Libby. Libby – get away from them.
Libby asks in astonishment what's going on. Sonny pushes Maughan down onto the ground. Maughan hits Libby on the way down and she falls as well. Palmer suddenly pulls out a gun and points it at Maughan, Libby and Sonny. Libby screams in horror.
Watching from the window at No. 30, Steven yells into her radio:
STEVENS: Go go go!
Luke and Cody run to the window to watch.
From the window at No. 28, Mal exclaims:
MAL: He's got a gun.
KARL (horrified): Oh my God...
Payne runs towards Palmer, his own weapon pointed at him, yelling:
PAYNE: Police! Don't move! Drop the gun. Drop it! Drop it! Drop the gun!
Palmer starts running down the street, but Maughan gets up from the ground and runs after him to try and stop him. He leaps at him and tackles him to the ground. As Palmer falls, the gun lets off a shot in the direction of No. 30. Stevens is just running down the driveway and has to dive for cover. She makes it, though, and runs into the middle of the street, where Palmer and Maughan are both now on the ground.
Luke has ducked down below the level of the window after hearing the shot. Cody's feet can be seen: she's lying on the floor.
Maughan cries at Stevens that he swears he didn't know Palmer had a gun. Stevens asks if anyone's hurt. Payne says in relief:
PAYNE: No. We're not a *complete* failure. At least we got him on a weapons charge.
Luke is panting as he stands up. He smiles at Cody:
LUKE: It's OK! They've got them! Well, how about that?! Gunfight at the Ramsay Street Corral!
Cody doesn't respond. Luke tells her that she can get up now: it's over; they've got them. Cody still doesn't respond. Luke looks at her and repeats her name. He then makes his way over to her. She's still lying on the floor, blinking faintly and struggling to keep her eyes open. Luke puts his hand out to check on her and pulls it away to find blood on it. Looking horrified, he leaps up and dashes outside to get help, leaving Cody lying virtually unconscious...