Karl telling Luke that he's there for him, any time. Luke saying he'd rather go it alone.
Philip admitting to Debbie that he's the romance writer, Philippa Martinez. Debbie bursting out laughing!
Marlene is lying on the couch as Karl checks her temperature and Lou watches over her. Sam comes in and, seeing Marlene lying there, asks fearfully what's happened.
KARL: Her blood pressure's up. I think she's experienced a tachycardia.
SAM: What's a tachycardia?
KARL: It's like a rapid heartbeat; it can be brought on by a number of factors, stress being one of them.
LOU (curtly): Stonie's prank: he called the radio station, made a hoax call: said the shop was on fire. She's been in a right state all day.
Karl tells Marlene that he wants her to see him tomorrow for a thorough check-up: this is a warning; she can't ignore it.
Back garden of No. 26
Philip, Debbie and Hannah are walking in the garden, and Hannah is saying incredulously to her father:
HANNAH: So *you're* Philippa Martinez?!
Debbie comments that their father is a man of hidden talents! They sit down at the garden table as Philip explains that he couldn't have done it without Helen's encouragement. Debbie tells her sister that this has been going on for over a year!
HANNAH (to Philip): And you get *paid*?!
DEBBIE: Does he *ever*!
PHILIP: $15,000 for the first and $22,000 for the second!
Hannah asks how many they sell.
PHILIP: Quite a few. That's why I've decided to sell the newsagency and do this full time.
HANNAH (shocked): You're *selling* the newsagency?
DEBBIE: Don't worry: he promised we won't starve!
PHILIP: Well, I think I can make a living out of it, let's put it that way – especially as I've got a contract for two more books at $30,000 each.
HANNAH (gasps excitedly!): $30,000! We're going to be rich!
Philip, however, tells her not to get too carried away. He then adds that he doesn't want the whole world knowing about this; just them.
HANNAH (sighs): It's really unfair. The first time someone in this family does something really cool and I'm not even allowed to brag about it!
Jo grabs Bruce Styles and asks if she can talk to him for a minute. She then tells him that she hasn't been paid for nearly three weeks. Bruce replies that there's been a few shake-ups going on behind the scenes: the place has been sold. He adds that she'll still get paid:
BRUCE: ... and considering you're a woman, you'll probably keep your job anyway.
JO (looking astonished): What's *that* got to do with it?
BRUCE: The new owners are turning this into a woman's-only operation.
Jo retorts that that's unfair to the male clients; they'll lose their membership. Bruce just shrugs that there's nothing he can do about it: they're the new rules.
It's evening. Phil is lying on the couch and Debbie is sitting on the floor next to him. Debbie smiles that it was a good move by Phil giving Hannah his books to read: it'll keep her quiet for *days*! The ‘phone starts ringing and Phil reaches and grabs it. He then hands it over to Debbie and tells her that it's Tamsin Caldo. Debbie takes the ‘phone. She listens and is invited for an interview – tomorrow! The call over, she hangs up.
PHILIP: Just as *my* career takes off, so does *yours*!
DEBBIE: I hope I get *paid* as much as you!
The next morning, Hannah is walking along the street, her head in a book. Libby and Billy emerge from No. 28 and Libby asks Hannah what she's reading.
HANNAH: ‘Swept Away'. Have you read it?
LIBBY: No. I heard it's good, though.
HANNAH: I only started reading it last night, but I'm hooked. Philippa Martinez is unreal!
BILLY (mutters): Those books *stink*!
Toadie joins them and asks where George is. Hannah replies that she left early to talk tactics with the coach. Billy reminds Toadie that they have the meeting with Coach Garfield first thing. A car horn sounds and Rupert Sprod pulls up. Toadie tells everyone to pile in, but Rupert says quickly:
RUPERT: Sorry, guys, there's only room for one.
He then looks at Libby and asks if she wants a lift. She accepts, leaving everyone else to walk!
Reception area at the surgery
Karl makes a ‘phone call, looking annoyed. When he gets through, he snaps at an answering machine that the temp hasn't turned up. Marlene walks in and tells Karl that she's feeling perfectly fine, so she doesn't want to waste anyone's time. Karl tries to find her file, but gives up. Debbie walks in suddenly and asks if she's too early.
KARL (looking blank): For what?
DEBBIE: The interview. Doctor Caldo called me last night.
KARL: Oh yeah, of course.
The ‘phone starts ringing. Karl sighs and picks it up. He asks the caller to hold the line, before then asking Debbie how she'd feel about a day's trial. He holds out the ‘phone.
DEBBIE: I'm game!
KARL: Good on you!
Karl adds that he'll explain things after he's finished with Marlene. He asks Debbie to try and find her file.
Grounds of Erinsborough High
Toadie, Billy and Hannah are walking towards the school buildings. Toadie is telling Hannah not to worry about McKenna: he's not going to remember about the dance. At that moment, however, McKenna walks up to them. The three kids start walking away, but McKenna calls:
MCKENNA: Not so fast, Hannah Martin. We have some unfinished business, do we not?
HANNAH (meekly): Yes, Mr. McKenna.
MCKENNA: Yes indeed! I have a very timely punishment in store for you, young lady.
TOADIE: Er, Mr. McKenna.
MCKENNA (wearily): What is it, Rebecchi?
TOADIE: You can't punish her.
MCKENNA: Oh? And why not, pray tell.
TOADIE: Because she's innocent.
MCKENNA: Another conspiracy theory, Rebecchi?
TOADIE: No, she's innocent because... it was my cigarette. She was just holding it for me.
McKenna asks Hannah if that's true. She nods at him.
MCKENNA: Excellent. That means I now have *two* for punishment duties: Rebecchi for smoking and Miss. Martin for withholding information.
McKenna goes on that the school cleaning staff are currently out on strike, so for the next two weeks after school, Hannah and Toadie will be performing several custodial duties – including cleaning the toilets!
Karl tells Marlene that her ECG's fine, but from what she's told him about her diet, he wouldn't be surprised if her cholesterol was high. He suggests she eat some poached fish or steamed chicken. He adds that her blood pressure's a little high too.
KARL: My primary advice to you is to adjust your lifestyle. I want to see you again in a week; in the meantime, I want you to relax – totally.
Marlene sighs that she's such an *active* person. Karl, however, retorts that there are a lot of people who care for her; if she's not prepared to do it for herself, she should do it for *them*. Marlene sighs wearily.
Classroom at Erinsborough High
Toadie dashes into the room, where the Coach is just packing up. He pants that he missed the bus. Coach Garfield, however, retorts that he saw Toadie from the staff room: he got there with Kennedy. He asks Toadie why he's *really* late.
TOADIE (admits): I was with McKenna.
GARFIELD: What about?
TOADIE: A punishment... for smoking, sir.
Garfield growls that he needs players who can *run*. Toadie insists that he *can* run.
GARFIELD: You want to be on this team or *not*?
TOADIE: Yeah, of course.
GARFIELD: Then be more punctual in future; and say goodbye to the cancer sticks: there's no room for nicotine junkies on my squad.
Reception area at the surgery
Debbie is tidying up when Karl emerges from his consulting room and tells her that Luke Handley is the next patient. He asks her to dig out his file and his pathology report.
DEBBIE (looking thoughtful): ‘Handley'... Any relation to Jen?
KARL: Yes, her brother. Lives on our street.
DEBBIE: The guy with the shaved head? Looks very cool!
Karl heads back into his room as Debbie goes to the filing cabinet and digs out Luke's file. She then sits down and opens it. A look of shock crosses her face as she reads what's in it. At that moment, Luke comes in and says he has an appointment. Debbie introduces herself and explains that she's Philip's daughter.
LUKE: I *thought* I'd seen you around.
DEBBIE: Bit hard not to – we're neighbours!
Karl emerges from his room and asks Luke to come through. He asks Debbie if she has the file. She hands it over.
KARL: Excellent. I'll have to think about giving you a *week's* trial!
Karl and Luke head into the consulting room. Debbie sits down at her desk in the reception area, looking worried.
Grounds of Erinsborough High
Libby and Rupert are walking along hand-in-hand with Billy trailing behind them. Libby asks Rupert if he wants to go to the Coffee Shop. Rupert, however, tells her that he's got to go and work out. Billy asks Rupert if he can come to the gym with him. Rupert nods that that's fine. Libby suggests to Rupert that he come back to her place with Billy afterwards and she can show him her footy video. Rupert, however, tells her:
RUPERT: Sorry, Lib, I really got to rest up.
BILLY: Tough luck, sis!
LIBBY (just shrugs): My luck for dating a jock, isn't it!
Rupert and Billy climb in Rupert's car and drive off.
Meanwhile, Hannah and Toadie are walking round the upper floor of the school, Hannah muttering that this is the worst punishment she's ever had. She adds that she's never taking the rap for Toadie again.
TOADIE: I wish I could say I'll never *smoke* again...
McKenna walks over to them at that moment and says:
MCKENNA: Come on, you too, stop wagging: the latrines need scrubbing. Just as well the cleaners are on strike; saves me having to think up a cruel and unusual punishment!
He walks off again, leaving Toadie to growl at Hannah:
TOADIE: I'd love to use his *head* to scrub the ‘latrines'!
Karl is asking Luke if Doctor Walker explained that the results looked good.
LUKE (coldly): For someone with *cancer*...
KARL (looking puzzled at Luke's attitude, and trying to be positive): But there are no secondary tumours.
LUKE (shrugs): Yeah, he explained all that.
Karl then says to Luke:
KARL: You're going for chemotherapy on Monday. I thought I'd get you in; see if you want any more information.
LUKE (coolly): What else is there to know? I'm going to be a day patient. I'm going to go into hospital in the morning, have treatment and come home in the afternoon. I'm going to do that once every three weeks for a total of six times. I'm going to be nauseous, vomit, gain weight from Cortizone tablets and generally feel like hell.
KARL (gently): I'm sure Doctor Walker explained the side effects aren't always that severe. Did he also tell you there's a local ‘Living with Cancer' group?
LUKE: Yes – and said ‘thanks but no thanks'.
KARL: Luke, you're going through a difficult time—
LUKE: Mmm. Had better days. Still, getting to like the haircut: low maintenance.
KARL: People have different ways of dealing with a crisis like this. In my experience, denial doesn't work. I understand you want to live a normal life – no one blames you for that – but make no mistake: you're in for a tough time, physically and emotionally. It'll be worthwhile reconsidering the help available to you, especially since you're not prepared to confide in family and friends.
LUKE: Let's just see how I go, OK?
Luke stands up to leave. Karl asks him quickly to at least look at some pamphlets for him. He hands them over and Luke takes them. He then heads out into the reception area, where Debbie, sitting behind the desk, remarks that he was quick. Luke retorts:
LUKE: Just in case you didn't know, that information you saw about me was confidential, all right?
DEBBIE: Yeah, of course.
Luke goes to walk out. Debbie, however, says quickly:
DEBBIE: If you're ever bored or anything, feel free to pop around.
LUKE (snaps): And why would I want to do *that*?
DEBBIE: I don't know... Because we're neighbours? I thought it might be *nice*.
LUKE (angrily): And would you bother being nice to me if I'd come in here with an ingrown toenail? My bet is you wouldn't. You can keep your sympathy, thanks: I don't want it.
With that, he storms out.
Rupert and Billy pay Bruce for their session and Rupert tells Bruce that they wouldn't mind becoming members rather than just guests. Bruce, however, explains that the gym's just coming under new management and the new owners are a community-based women's group planning on making the gym a man-free zone.
RUPERT (aghast): You're kidding!
BRUCE: No – and I'm sorry, guys: there's nothing I can do about it.
Bruce walks off just as Jo joins Billy and Rupert. Billy asks her if she's heard about the plan to bar men. Jo replies that Bruce told her last night.
BILLY: It sucks. So what are you going to do about it?
JO: What *can* I do? I don't have much power in the place at it stands, let alone with the new owners.
BILLY: Come on, Jo, that's a bit of a cop-out.
RUPERT: Yeah – I bet you'd be more fired up if it was going to be a blokes-only gym.
JO (indignantly): I would not!
RUPERT: Amazing, isn't it? Women are always going on about equal rights. As soon as they're the ones with the upper hand, it's a totally different story.
JO: That is not true!
RUPERT: Prove it. You're a popular instructor here; you must have some sway.
JO: All right – I *will*. No one's going to tell *me* I don't believe in equal rights for all.
Marlene is resting on the couch, playing with Lolly. Cheryl hands her a cup of tea and Marlene asks her if she won't be late for the movie. Cheryl, however, replies that she and Lou aren't going.
MARLENE (sighs): You're babysitting *me* babysitting *Lolly*.
Sam suddenly comes in through the back door and asks Marlene cheerily how she's feeling. Marlene asks what he's doing home so early. Sam replies that it's not *that* early. Cheryl asks if he wants a cup of tea, but he replies that he's just had a beer:
MARLENE (wearily): I suppose Lou told you that I was on my last legs?
SAM: No – but he did tell me that it was important for you to relax.
MARLENE: Any more relaxed and I'd be *dead*!
Marlene asks the two of them to stop fussing. She then announces that she's going to start getting dinner ready. Cheryl, however, stops her and invites her to dinner – for poached fish. Marlene's face drops!
Toadie is emptying a bin in a corridor when Coach Garfield walks up to him and hands him some pamphlets, saying:
GARFIELD: These are for you – to help you quit. I've had players who've smoked before; I know how hard it is to break the habit when you're hooked.
TOADIE (quickly): I'm *not* hooked!
The coach takes a cigarette out of the top pocket of the overalls Toadie's wearing.
TOADIE: How did that get there? Must be an old one!
GARFIELD (seriously): Nicotine's a drug, son – more addictive than heroin; and you're fooling yourself if you think you're not hooked.
He asks Toadie to promise to read the pamphlets. As he walks off, he calls back:
GARFIELD: Don't let your personal hygiene go, son: you smell like a toilet!
It's night-time. Debbie knocks on the front door of No. 24 and Luke answers it. Looking annoyed to see who's standing there, he mutters:
LUKE: What do *you* want?
DEBBIE: I've come to talk to you.
LUKE: I'm kind of busy right now.
Debbie stands her ground and asks if she can please come in. Luke gives in. Stepping inside, Debbie goes on:
DEBBIE: Look, I just wanted to say I didn't mean to upset you today; I mean: I hardly *know* you.
LUKE (curtly): Exactly – but you *do* know I've got cancer, don't you?
DEBBIE: Does that mean I can't be friendly towards you?
LUKE (demands): Would you be here right now if I *didn't* have cancer? I don't think so.
DEBBIE: *I* think I *would*.
LUKE: Well, I don't believe it – and I don't want to be treated any differently because of some disease.
DEBBIE: Fine. You think whatever you like. I'm sorry to have bothered you.
Debbie goes to walk off. Luke rants after her, his voice rising:
LUKE: You've got no idea. *No idea.*
DEBBIE (murmurs): It seems not.
LUKE (angrily): Yeah, well I hope something like this happens to *you* one day, and then you *will* know.
Debbie turns and looks at him in astonishment. Luke says quickly and more calmly:
LUKE: I'm sorry – I didn't mean that. Just go.
DEBBIE (stepping back inside): You know, it *is* all right to be scared...
Tears start to well-up in Luke's eyes.
LUKE (whispers): ‘Scared'... It doesn't even... it doesn't even come *close*.
Debbie puts her arms around Luke and gives him a gentle hug as he bursts into tears...