Episode title: Episode 3355
Australian airdate: 23/7/99
UK airdate: 6/10/99
Writer: Stuart Gaunt
Director: Robert Meillon
Geri Hallett: Isabella Dunwill
Spiro Politis: Robert Rabiah
Penny Lewis: Patrycia Broda
Dahl: Trained by Jason Hura
Summary/Images by: Alan/Alan
Harold tells Paul that he will not be defied. Paul tells him he's just a lollipop man, the kids laugh behind his back and to make things worse, they laugh at him too. He tells Harold he's one big embarrassment.
Harold says he won't stand in front of an insolent teenager and a wife who thinks he's incompetent. He walks out and tells Madge he's going to the allotment. The next morning, Harold heads off to school leaving Madge to talk to Paul. She tells him he's behaving like a spoilt baby. She says there's more to life than being cool, like showing respect to the people who love you. Paul says Harold's angry with her too but she says her reservations were because of his health not because she thought she'd look silly. At school that day, Paul faces Harold at the crossing and without saying anything, Harold stops the traffic (not that there's that much of it!) and allows him to cross the road. Hannah chases after Paul but Harold blows his whistle to tell her not to cross! She catches up with Paul once she gets into school but he says there's nothing to talk about if Pascale is still coming to stay. Hannah sees Paul at the Coffee Shop later and tells him that if it makes him happy, she won't invite Pascale over - their relationship means more to her. Paul thinks that's great and that it is best if he doesn't come over. Hannah can't believe that he actually took her up on the offer and storms out in a huff yet again!
Harold tries to tell Susan he doesn't think he's cut out for the job at the school, but she's a bit too preoccupied to take that much notice. She says she'll talk to him later. At the Coffee Shop, Harold also seems very preoccupied, Madge takes him aside and says that despite her reservations she wants him to do the job if that's what he wants. Harold says he tried to tell Susan that he didn't want the job anymore, but she virtually ignored him - he says he never would have taken the job if he knew it would cause so many problems. Later, Madge asks Paul to talk to Harold because he was really hurt by what Paul said.
Drew apologises to Joel for what he did the other day to get him to realise his capabilities, but Joel says he did the right thing. They get back onto the subject of Geri and Drew says it's strange, she's not at all controlling with him - Joel tells him to give it time. Drew takes Louise to another swimming class and invites Geri out for a drink that evening. Geri talks to Joel at the pub about Drew - she asks him if he's seeing anyone. Joel says not exactly, but he has got his eye on someone. Geri pesters him to tell her who it is. He reveals, to her surprise, that it's Libby.
At 'Across the Line Sports' (the shop where Joel works in case you've forgotten!) they are waiting for Spiro Politis to make an appearance - Joel isn't looking forward to it though as he's the one who took his place as the golden boy of Dominator Sports. Spiro's groupies all arrive to get him to sign autographs - he goes on at Joel about all the perks that he's getting for being the new Dominator boy. He's not very tactful when talking to Joel about his knee and when Joel says he can't get back to training Spiro's not very good at cheering him up - telling him that if there's more to life than training, he doesn't know what it is.
Susan is about to head off to work in the morning, avoiding Karl, but he stops her and asks her what's going on. She gets angry and mentions the letter that was postmarked Amsterdam. Karl says it was a thank you note and that was all - he would have shown it to her but he knew she'd overreact. Susan says of course she'd overreact, Sarah's only just left and already they're corresponding! Karl denies anything is going on but eventually gives up and tells Susan she's being paranoid. He leaves for work.
Susan comes home that evening and jokes sarcastically about him finding anything in the post. Karl says they have to talk about things rationally - she says nothing's going to change until he admits how he really feels about Sarah.