- While dancing, Amy and Lance knock a glass of water over the stereo and the stereo sparks.
- They convince Paul to fix it without Harold knowing about it. Paul is shocked it'll cost $75
- Toadie and Karen drive off in his car from the garage. Drew tells Ben the car wasn't finished.
Paul is playing guitar and trying out the amplifier.
Toadie and Karen drive into Ramsay Street. Meanwhile Lou is taking Lolly out of his car. Lolly runs across the road (a nasty habit of hers). Toadie tries to brake but the car won't stop. He honks the horn, getting Lou's attention. Lou rushes over and grabs Lolly, taking her out of the way as Toadie's car slams into some conveniently placed hard rubbish.
Harold shouts to Madge if they have any headache tablets, but she's unable to hear him over the noise of Paul's guitar. Paul is practising very loudly in the living room. Harold complains about the noise, but Madge points out that Harold made just as much noise when he was learning the tuba, Harold thinks it's different as a tuba is an instrument of distinction.
MADGE (shouting to Harold): Who was it that suggested that he learn a musical instrument to help him settle in?
HAROLD (shouting back): Well he has settled in! I think it's time he moved on.
(Harold walks past Paul on his way to his room)
HAROLD (shouting): I might suggest he tries an acoustic guitar!
Lou checks that Toadie and Karen are okay. Toadie says he's so sorry but the brakes completely went. He wonders why the brakes failed, as Drew was meant to fix everything. Toadie accuses Lou of getting Drew to do a cheap job and they start to argue until Karen stops them. Toadie apologies to Lou for accusing him, and for running over Lou's letterbox. Lou's pleased Lolly is safe, as we cut to Lolly who is sitting on the grass, playing with Toadie's steering wheel.
Harold is taking some tablets for his headache. He and Madge rejoice when Paul stops playing, they tell Paul he needs to get his headphones back from school. Paul leaves to get a ‘teach yourself' book. Madge and Harold are pleased to have peace and quiet. Harold goes to turn off the amplifier but picks up Paul's guitar and starts strumming.
HAROLD: I can see the attraction, all this volume control. What do they say, thrash it!
Madge looks rather displeased.
Drew tells Toadie and Karen how pleased he is that they are okay. Drew explains he had placed the car temporarily outside to move another car and Ben thought that meant he'd finished with it. Lou tells Drew to be more careful. Toadie thinks Drew was giving up his free time to fix the car, and if Lou had kept to the original agreement then none of this would have happened.
LOU: You might have a point there.
TOADIE, DREW, KAREN (in unison): Might have?!
LOU: Alright, I give in. No more scams from this little black duck.
TOADIE: I'll believe that when I see it.
Lou tells Drew to tow the car back to the garage and properly work on the car. Lou says he'll pay for it. He, Drew and Lolly leave. Karen tells Toadie it's been a big day and as a reward she'll shout him food. She kisses him on the cheek as she leaves.
Harold is strumming away with Paul's guitar when the amplifier starts sparking and smoke comes out of it.
MADGE: Harold, stop, turn it off!
HAROLD: Oh come on, it's rather good.
MADGE: Harold you're on fire!
HAROLD: Hahaha, well not bad for a beginner.
Harold realises what she means when the smoke alarm goes off.
Harold is worried what Paul will say when he realises what he's done. Harold says he'd rather Paul didn't find out, he isn't looking forward to Paul laughing at his expense. Madge makes a call to get the amplifier repaired and manages to arrange for someone to come out to fix the amplifier in half an hour.
MADGE (explaining on the phone): Oh I don't know, just playing it a bit hard I suppose. You know these boys and their guitars. You keep thinking they're going to learn but they never do.
Harold is about to argue but then just sighs.
Ben looks at Toadie's car and says this is a triumph of good luck over bad management. Lou gets the message loud and clear, but he wants the very best from now on. Drew arrives and Lou tells him he wants Toadie's car to be their #1 priority. Toadie's quick thinking saved Louise's life and Lou wants to show his gratitude. Ben and Drew suggest that they put in a stereo. Lou thinks that's a great idea.
LOU: I know just the bloke I can get it from.
BEN: I'm sure you do. You are unbelievable Lou!
DREW: That's not the word I would use.
LOU: Oy, it's all open and above board you know. Just you wait and see.
The repair man finishes fixing the amplifier. He offers to have a look at their electrics while he's here to make sure it isn't in the same state as the rest of their gear. He explains that the stereo was full of dust and probably hadn't had a decent clean out in years. They're surprised he knows about the stereo, and the repair man explains that Paul called him out to fix it. He explains Paul had a couple of girls around, was probably having a party. Harold thinks Paul has a lot of explaining to do. The repair man explains that the wrong wiring was used and if it had been left it could have caused a fire.
The Coffee Shop
Karen tells Paul about the car incident, it was the scariest thing that has happened to her and if Toadie hadn't have been on the ball they could have been killed. Paul didn't see much damage outside so they can't have been going so fast, but Karen thinks they were going fast enough to have killed Louise if they'd hit her. Toadie can't bear the thought of what would have happened if he'd hurt Louise. Karen says if anyone is to blame it's Lou. Paul leaves them.
Drew is planting flowers, he says it's good stress relief at the end of the day. Lou usually goes for a beer.
DREW: I'm not a big drinker. It's sort of a generational thing I guess. Your lot drink, my lot do… other things.
LOU: You're not using chemicals are you?
DREW: Haha no, I'm strictly into organic cultivation.
LOU: And when will your… uh… crop be ready?
DREW: It'll be a few months yet, these are just babies but you wait until they're a metre high and raging. I'll get enough off these plants to keep me going for months if I'm careful.
Lou looks horrified. He says he'll leave him to it, then goes to Ben, whispering if he'd know a marijuana plant if he saw one.
Harold lectures Paul on not telling him about the stereo.
MADGE: Paul didn't lie.
HAROLD: No, but he omitted to tell the truth and that amounts to the same thing.
Paul didn't want Harold to get mad and he did pay to repair it.
HAROLD: It's the deception that concerns me.
MADGE: Which reminds me Harold, didn't you want to discuss something with Paul about his amplifier.
HAROLD: No! Oh, that. Well I just had a little experiment with your guitar and some minor thing happened with the amp, nothing serious but I called the chap in just to be on the safe side.
MADGE: Which is how we found out about the business about the stereo.
PAUL: Oh I get it, it's okay for you to mess with my stuff but if I mess with yours I'm in trouble. Is that right?
HAROLD: Well I suppose put like that…
MADGE: Put like that you haven't got a leg to stand on, really you're both as bad as each other! Each of you damaged the others property and each of you fixed the damage. I'd say you're even stevens, wouldn't you?
Ben laughs about the idea of Drew growing dope, but Lou is convinced. Lou tells Ben to keep an eye on ‘Mr Greenfingers' out there as Drew is more likely to confide in Ben than in him.
LOU: Whatever you do, don't let him know we're suspicious. Some of these growers have some pretty strange friends.
BEN: And concrete boots aren't your style.
LOU: Ben, I'm serious! What this could do to our business is no joke!
Harold apologises to Paul for playing the guitar without permission and trying to cover up the damage. Paul did the same thing, so they're friends again. Paul suggests that Harold bring out his tuba and they play something together. Harold is intrigued what it would sound like and races to get out his tuba. Madge watches from the kitchen as Harold and Paul start playing together.
Kim brings Sarah a large bouquet of flowers. He says last time he was here the desk looked like it could use a splash of colour. Sarah asks why he's here and not in Wangaratta, but he's here for a conference. He starts chatting up Sarah. Karl comes through to get some files from Sarah and doesn't look pleased to see Kim here. Kim asks how Susan is, as he was hoping to catch up with her while he was here. He suggests the four of them go to dinner together.
Harold and Paul are making a lot of noise with their instruments, while Madge bangs her head against the wall. Harold says that wasn't bad and suggests they play another one. Madge tries to stop them, telling them she's had enough music for one day. They ignore Madge and keep playing.
MADGE: I am going to the pub if anybody cares! Dinners in the oven, take it out in 20 minutes or you'll be eating coal.
The Coffee Shop
Ben collects his food from Toadie and joins Drew at his table. He asks whether Drew's selling what he's growing. Drew says he just gives it to friends but doesn't want too many people knowing. Ben doesn't want Drew selling anything from the garage.
DREW: I get a kick out of growing them and I've got plenty of stuff left over for my personal use. It ends up in a lot of the food that I cook.
Madge tells Lou she wishes she never had that amplifier fixed. Madge says the problem is they're having so much fun that she can't bring herself to tell them to stop it. Lou says she's always got a place to hide here. Ben arrives and tells Lou he's just had dinner with Drew. He and Lou go into Lou's office and Ben tells Lou that he's right about Drew growing illegal vegetable matter. Lou calls the police.
The Coffee Shop
Drew orders some more food as he's seriously hungry. Toadie is working on an essay for uni but will bring it over to Drew in a few minutes. Lou enters to have a word with Drew.
LOU: What you do in your own time is your business. But when it interferes with mine, that's when I draw the line.
DREW: Sorry, I don't follow.
LOU: Don't try the innocent act with me. The police are on their way to the garage as we speak.
DREW: What for?
LOU: To take a good look at your plants and if they are what I think they are, they're going to have a serious chat with you.
DREW: Lou I'd be happy to talk to them, but why would they be interested in tomato plants?
LOU: Tomatoes? (Pause) Did you say tomatoes?