Note: Credits list Darcy as both a regular and guest character.
- Dee and Toadie discussing Lou, Dee telling Toadie that she might be mistaken but she thinks she knows what is wrong with Lou.
Maggie and Evan are sitting in No 32 surrounded by cardboard boxes and candles toasting one another with champagne to celebrate their new home.
Lou comes out of his house with Lolly and winces in pain as he goes through the front door. Meanwhile across the road the Hancock's get into the "Orange-mobile" van which has trouble turning over reluctantly and refusing to start. Lou hobbles over the road and introduces himself to the new neighbours and suggests that they bring the troublesome vehicle into the garage.
As they are about to drive off Matt comes rushing out of the house to give Maggie something she was looking for. As they drive off Matt, peering around a bush, spies Dee across the road. He eyes Dee up but Dee has spotted him.
Elly and Michelle are discussing who their new maths teacher will be when Evan shoos them into class. Evan walks to the front of the class and introduces himself as the new maths teacher Evan Hancock and tells them that they can spare him all the cracks about the name he has heard them all before. He writes on the board the words "Maths Sux" and asks the class who agrees with those sentiments. One or two hands are raised as Evan continues to tell them about his previous class who by the end of the term were just itching to do maths.
As Evan waffles on, Michelle and Elly whisper to one another. Michelle is less than enthusiastic about the new maths teacher. Elly thinks that they should give him time. Michelle replies that it is all very well for her she is a maths genius.
They are interrupted by Evan, wanting to know what they were talking about and who they are. Michelle introduces herself and says she was saying nothing to Elly. Evan continues by telling them that two things will never happen in his class: secrets and favourites.
MICHELLE: In my experience maths teachers are sadists who teach irrelevant nonsense.
The class "Oooo's" in unison. Evan quiets the class down and asks Michelle to name her three favourite things, she names CD's... Evan explains that CD's are digital sound pure mathematics. Michelle names movies...Evan explains special effects are pure maths as well.... He then asks "and the third?", Callum Jackson pipes up you left out "Boys". Evan replies that you can always count on boys to throw a spanner in the works.
Toadie arrives at the garage to see loads of cars outside and a harassed Drew under the bonnet of a car. Toadie asks Drew whether he had moved in as he came past late last night and all the lights were on. The phone starts to ring, Drew says don't answer it will only be another angry customer wanting for their car. Toadie says he was going to ask if Drew would look at his fuel pump. Drew laughs and suggests maybe next week. Toadie asks what is wrong, Drew shrugs and says don't ask me. He goes on to explain that Lou keeps over-booking the cars he has talked to him about it and Lou does say he is sorry but keeps doing it.
Toadie asks if he has noticed anything else about Lou. Drew replies that he is pretty stressed at the moment, that he knows that losing Madge was pretty hard on him. But he then asks Toadie what kind of things. Toadie agrees that losing Madge would be bad but he thinks he has another problem. Drew asks what. Toadie goes on to say that Dee thinks Lou has got himself addicted to his painkillers. Drew dismisses the idea, and says Lou is bullet proof. Toadie replies that it could happen to anyone and asks Drew to just keep an eye on Lou.
A little while later Lou arrives at the garage and sees the cars piling up. Drew comments that it is going to take a week to get through them all. Lou shrugs off the comments by saying that it is better to have a full house than no house at all. Drew continues that some of the cars are going to take a whole day on their own to finish. Lou says he will ring the "punters" to explain the delay but Drew stops him and says he will do it. Drew continues that there is something else they have to discuss. He explains that Toadie was just at the garage and Toadie's concern that Lou is taking too many of the painkillers. Calmly Lou dismisses the idea and replies that Toadie should get his facts straight.
Dee opens the door to Matt, who introduces himself; lamely he asks if Dee has a vacuum cleaner he could borrow. Matt follows Dee into the kitchen telling her about how much he helps out in the house being the eldest. Dee replies how considerate he is and then starts flirting with him. She continues that she has to whole day off and such a shame he is going to be working as she was going to laze around the pool all day. He is welcome to join her. Matt becomes all flustered by the offer and replies that he could whiz through the housework and join her now. Dee looks him up and down and reminds him that he isn't wearing any swimming gear.
Tess joins Evan in the coffee shop and asks how his first day went. Evan jokes about it not being too bad.
Michelle and Elly are also in the coffee shop also discussing Evan. She thinks he is a hypocrite. Elly feels that they have only had him for one period and they should give him a chance.
Tess and Evan continue to discuss how hard it is for new teachers to fit in. Evan says that in his last school they had a teachers and pupils sports day it was a real ice breaker. Tess thinks it is a good idea and that he should bring it up at the next teachers meeting, but that they should make it a swimming gala as she might have a hope of winning a race.
Darcy is in the pub and about to rush off when Toadie asks him if he could have a word about a delicate matter, just as Lou walks in. Lou stands at the end of the bar listening to the conversation. Toadie sees him out of the corner of his eye and starts waffling on about how are Susan and Karl. Darcy asks him what the delicate matter was but Toadie says it doesn't matter. As Darcy leaves Lou comes up to Toadie and growls at him "My office Now!"
Angrily Lou accuses Toadie of going behind his back talking to the "Dr" about him telling more lies. Toadie denies talking to Darcy about him. Lou angrily retaliates that Toadie had spoken to Drew, and that Toadie was too spineless to talk to him himself. Toadie says that is different -Drew is a mate like he is and he was going talk to him once he got in. He goes to say that he thinks Lou has a problem and he isn't the only one. Lou angrily replies that Toadie is wrong and what has he done taken an ad in the paper to tell everyone? Toadie calmly tells him that Dee was concerned about him and that she had worked it out for herself. Lou gets increasingly angrier and asks Toadie who else he had discussed it with ....the whole of Erinsborough!
Toadie continues calmly that he had overheard Lou talking last night to a counsellor saying that he needed help. Lou becomes more agitated saying he was talking to a grief councillor. He then turns around and sacks Toadie and tells him he will send his money on. Toadie accepts the situation calmly and says that seeing as Lou was acting so calmly and rationally the night before he will be wanting this....and hands him the previous nights takings, which Lou had left on his desk.
Maggie arrives home to find the removers delivering her furniture, Matt informs her that they have half their stuff and half some one else's. Maggie gets distraught about the amount of work in the house they have to do. Dee arrives to give Matt back his swimming things; Maggie teases him about his dedication to getting the house sorted.
Annoying brat arrived by the name of Aleks who announces he is to stay. He informs Maggie that his parents had to go a week early and Matt had agreed that he could stay.
Later Maggie, Matt and Evan are having tea and discussing that it will be good for Leo to have some company although it wasn't really a good time to have a house guest. They ask Matt how he forgot that Aleks was coming this week. Matt replies that it was when Leo went missing and things got a bit fraught.
Drew walks into the kitchen to where Dee is preparing a sandwich. They start to discuss Lou. Drew says he had spoken to Lou and he admits he might have taken a few too many painkillers in the past but he hadn't taken any in the last few days. Dee replies that simply isn't true you only have to look at him. Drew insists that Lou wouldn't lie to him. Toadie then walks in and says that people with drug problems also go ballistic for no good reason. Drew wants to know what happened; Toadie explains that Lou had just sacked him. Drew feels that Lou wouldn't have sacked him. Toadie replies "Oh there was a good reason but you just aren't going to believe it"
Maggie is searching the still unpacked boxes for the washing up liquid. Matt offers to give her a hand with the dishes but she insists that he cooked so they do the dishes. Maggie compliments Matt on his cooking. Matt says he really enjoys it and thinks it would be a good way to make a living. Evan dismiss the idea.
Maggie and Evan discuss enrolling Aleks in school. Evan feels that it would be a waste as they are only a few days left of the term. Aleks and Leo come in dressed in cricketing gear ready to go out...Evan points out that "the light" has stopped play for the evening!
Matt arrives at the pub to a very grumpy Lou who tells him off for being a few minutes late. Matt thought Toadie would be there. Lou replies that Toadie will never be here again. Matt wants to know what happened, but at that moment Lou drops a drink down himself. As Matt offers to help, Lou snaps at him that he is capable of doing it himself.
Lou walks off in a huff slamming the office door as he goes. After cleaning his shirt down he throws the cloth he had been using across the room angrily. He sits down at the desk and pulls out the drawer with force and rummages through the contents until he finds a piece of paper. He rings the number and tells the "doctor" he is Charles Winston and he has a bit of an emergency. He had come in a few days ago with back pain and had unfortunately put his tablets through the washing machine. The Doctor tells him that he is open until midnight and to come in for another prescription.