Social worker telling Harold and Madge that Paul's father wants to see him
Harold and Madge under the impression the father was out of the picture
Social worker saying Paul may have taken the news badly and run away
It's just after dawn and Madge brings tea over to Harold who is dozing on the couch. They decide it's not too early to call a police sergeant and Harold tries to reassure Madge that Paul will probably be back before breakfast even though he is clearly very worried himself.
Libby opens up a package from Karl, who has had Libby's first newspaper published article blown up and framed. She's angry that he seems to be trying to buy her back with a gift and she insists that she doesn't care about him. Susan rightly points out that she's very worked up for someone who doesn't care – she forgave Darren before and she can't stay angry forever. Libby disagrees and can't understand why Susan is defending Karl.
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Sarah is on duty and tending to a troublesome boy called Adam. He asks her to read to him and proceeds to pour juice all over the book.
The police sergeant and the social worker are seated at the dinner table asking Harold whether he can think of anywhere Paul might go to while Madge gives the sergeant some recent photos of Paul. The sergeant tells Harold and Madge that while it is normal to worry, there are many youths who are Paul's age who run away and return within 24 hours.
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Sarah gives Adam a baby's cup since he spilt juice out of the ordinary cup. He isn't pleased and insists that he's not a baby, and Sarah tells him it'd be easier if they could be friends.
Lou gives Drew a couple of books titled “Playboy's Cocktail Hour Jokes” and “Swinging Jokes For Swinging Blokes”. Drew is confused why Lou would be giving them to him and Lou lets it be known that he still wants Drew to MC his talent show and he needs jokes for his acts. Drew is happy to ‘waste his talent' because he doesn't want to do it, but then seemingly has a change of heart and agrees to give it a whirl.
Lance and Joel have returned from a training session and Lance is keen on doing more while Joel tells him it is important to pace himself.
Harold and Madge have been drinking tea and worrying at the kitchen table. Madge is concerned that Paul didn't confide in them before running away – she thought he trusted them. Harold doesn't think anyone is to blame but Madge thinks that perhaps they are. She starts to cry and Harold hugs her from behind.
Joel is writing down Lance's new nutritional diet and he goes to his room to get a reference book. Meanwhile, Lance picks up a weight and starts to lift it while Jaws music starts up. He drops the weight on his foot and staggers before elbowing a lamp off the table and shattering it. Joel walks out and tells Lance that he's a deadman.
Lance is explaining to a bemused Susan what happened. He starts to digress before Joel cuts in.
JOEL: Any chance of cutting to the chase?
SUSAN: Oh, and spoil such an inventive excuse? Shame on you, Joel!
Lance continues his story with a few embellishments before being called out by Joel to tell the truth. Susan tells him that replacing or fixing the lamp is in theory all well and good, but the lamp is very expensive and has been in her family for years and it has a lot of sentimental value. She suggests perhaps $500 should cover it, and Lance begins to panic. Susan starts laughing and says the lamp was worthless, and it had a chip in it too!
JOEL: Nice work.
SUSAN: Yes, I'd like to think I've still got it.
Lance starts to breathe again and compliments Susan on her hair as he leaves while she laughs and calls him a big suck. Joel and Susan have abit of a laugh at Lance's expense before Joel admits that he though Susan would go ballistic. She says that she's piecing herself together slowly so he can breathe easy, and he tell her she's pretty cool – not just for a mum, pretty cool in general.
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Sarah brings Adam a tray of food and chitchats about hospital food before going to leave. Adam, who has been silent, picks up the cup on the tray and tilts it over the sandwich. He glances at Sarah at the doorway before deciding to drink it instead. Sarah smiles – she's made a breakthrough.
Drew is trying out some wife jokes from his act on Libby, even though she points out he doesn't have a wife.
DREW: Marriage is a funny thing. I mean, take my wife….please?
Confusion, then understanding, then fake amusement, then concern. Drew tries another one, but Libby asks for something less outdated – the jokes were funny, sure, in the 50s in an RSL club somewhere. Lib suggests bringing the act into the 90s – whimsical everyday- type stories, little anecdotes.
Tracy the social worker is over again and Harold tells her that Madge is blaming herself. Tracy suggests that perhaps she should be to blame since she told Paul about his father wanting to visit, but they agree that nobody is to blame but they still don't know where he is!
Sarah is over to ask Lou if she can switch some shifts at Tommy Tuckers since her hospital job has odd hours. She queries him a little about Karl, before realising the awkwardness and asks whether Lou can listen to her idea on helping Adam before she decides to run it by Adam's psychologist, Alex.
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Sarah puts her plan into action and she brings Bob over to Adam's room. Alex follows her in and asks to see her outside – without the canine – so Sarah puts Bob down on Adams bed and leaves him to look after Bob for a few minutes. Sarah and the doc peek in at the door and see Adam thrilled with the opportunity to play with Bob.
Lou waltzes in angry that he's paying Paul who isn't at work. Once the Bishops can get a word in, Harold states that Paul has been missing since the day before. Lou apologises and the Bishops wave it off as he wasn't to know. He offers assistance for anything before leaving.
Lou walks in and tells Drew about Paul, and they agree that there's probably not much that they can help with since the police are now involved. Lou wants to know how the act is going and how the books are helping but Drew doesn't want to use them. Lou insists that good comedy doesn't age but Drew wants to take a modern approach.
Sarah strolls in with Alex and she's mighty pleased with herself at making Adam laugh for the first time since his accident. She introduces Alex to Lou and Drew.
Harold is on the phone to the Salvos who agree to put the word out. Madge isn't sure why Paul would go to the Salvo's but Harold thinks it's better to be sure. Talk turns to Paul's father, Leo, and Madge states through gritted teeth that if they were to meet him, she may not be accountable for her actions!
Drew heads home to work on his routine and Lou tells him if it's going to be modern, it better be good! Sarah and Alex are discussing Adam before conversation turns to dinner plans. He asks her to join him for dinner at a nice place around the corner but she's suddenly reluctant. She says she hasn't really been out in a long time but she eventually agrees.
Joel arrives home and notices that Susan has something on her mind. She shows Joel an article that she found on Libby's desk which she thought was finished and Libby had said she could read, and is annoyed that it's about her, Karl and the family. Susan is clear that Libby will have serious explaining to do once she arrives home.