Darcy tells Karl and Susan about the offer to buy the surgery
Harold's going to open his home up as a homeless shelter
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Tad doesn't like the sound of that and Harold reminds him that it's only a temporary shelter. Lyn isn't sure either but Harold tells her that they're only kids - some just Michelle's age. This is their chance to really do something. Lyn still thinks it sounds strange - a street full of strangers. Lou tries to mention the practicalities but Harold's so enthusiastic about the plan he isn't listening. Lou and Lyn wonder if they're going to get a say in all of this.
Darcy's just had a call from Marcus, who needs a decision by tomorrow morning. Karl is unsure - it's all so sudden. Darcy points out that it isn't so sudden from Marcus' point of view. Karl needs to discuss it further with Susan and Darcy's pleased to hear that he has been talking it over with her already: he hasn't completely rejected it. Karl stops Darcy from launching into his spiel about how great it is by asking him over for dinner this evening, when they can talk about it further. Darcy smiles to himself as he goes into his room.
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Flick wants to know what the homeless guys are going to be like - good-looking or not? Paul's more worried that there will be strangers living in his house. Tad reminds him it isn't their house - Harold can do what he wants as they are only allowed to stay because he lets them. Paul still sees it as his home and wonders how Flick would see it: quite differently if it were her problem. Tad thinks Harold probably thinks they'll be as rapt as he is. Tad leaves and Flick asks Paul if Tad seems different to him: has he been working out? Paul moans that Tad hasn't been near a gym while Paul has to work out to be in shape. Flick says that sometimes happens; some guys have just got it. Paul looks quizzically at her.
Lou is talking homelessness with Harold and thinks it would be tough to set up a refuge. Trying to get it through the council is a nightmare! Harold says that his experience has been very positive - no hold ups at all. Lou is a bit annoyed this hasn't put him off.
Harold apologises for forgetting about Lou and his situation with Lolly. Lou hasn't found the right time to tell her about John Allen. Harold has a friend - a counsellor in the Salvos who might help to get Lou through this. Lou doesn't want help but Harold tells him not to be so stubborn.
Karl thought he was happy with his life: he just isn't ambitious to change things. Susan thinks these opportunities come up for a reason: he's had the surgery for seven years and maybe it's time for a change. Having said that, it's completely up to him. Karl thinks they're a partnership, so it's not his decision alone. Maybe he should think of the future - Susan thinks they could travel. She mentions the money involved; they could really help the kids out. Karl wavers towards taking the offer: Darcy assured him he didn't go behind his back, although he still isn't certain he believes him. And the money...
Susan reminds him that they made a pact: they would never let the dollar rule.
Flick asks her mum for romantic advice, using lots of hypotheticals: supposing someone had a friend who became more interested in them and the someone started to find the friend more interesting than they'd originally thought. Lyn deduces pretty quickly that it's Flick but doesn't ask about 'the other party'. She tells Flick that the very best relationships start as friendships: she has to be really sure that he feels that way before she says something, though. She shouldn't give up a long-term friendship for a fling.
Joe returns and tells Lynnie that some of the skate-park kids could be good candidates for Harold's Halfway House. He hopes it's going ahead but Lyn still has misgivings: Joe wonders where her liberal leanings have gone. She says it's down to growing up and having kids of her own.
Lou comes in, having seen the counsellor, and tells Harold that Tad's advice was good - to tell Lolly as soon as possible. The greatest trauma is being lied to. Harold points out that having the info is one thing but acting on it is another.
Lou tells Lolly that he loves her very much, then asks her what her dolls names are. He wonders if the dolls are in a family - a family like theirs or like the Hancocks? He tells her that Matt Hancock has two mummys - and Tad has two mummys and two daddys as well. Lolly thinks he's lucky.
LOU: Well, I think you could be lucky too because guess what - I've found out that you have another daddy too.
He tells her he went away before she was born but now he's back and loves her very much.
LOLLY: Who is he?
LOU: Do you remember that nice man we met at the park with the little dog?
LOU: Yeah. That's him.
Lolly notices the pained expression on his face, and he hugs her.
Darcy asks if they've come to a decision yet and Karl's astounded he's talking about business already. Darcy wants to get it out the way. Karl's surprised the surgery is worth so much: Darcy thinks it could set them up for life and goes to call Marcus. Karl stops him, saying the offer was remarkable, but they're going to pass. They're happy with their lot, Karl loves the surgery the way it is and that's something money can't buy.
DARCY: You're kidding
SUSAN: I'm sorry, Darcy.
Harold's filling out the papers for the council. Tad tries to broach the subject gently but Paul just goes right in and reminds him he hasn't asked them about it. Harold apologises. Tad says it'll be weird with all these strangers around and they have their exams...Paul wonders if Harold wants them to leave. That's the last thing Harry wants - he was just so single-minded that he didn't talk to them about his plan. This is an emergency and he'd thought they would've understood. Tad and Paul do but they don't think it's the best solution and neither do the neighbours. Harold is sorry they got the wrong impression and doesn't want them to leave.
Darcy won't give in - don't they know what they're missing out on? They're happy as they are and Karl points out that there's more to life than their bank balances. Darcy overreacts, saying he did it for all of them - not just for himself - and gets up to leave.
DARCY: Some people just shouldn't be given a choice, y'know?
Darcy apologises to Marcus over the phone about not being able to close the deal. But he has another angle he could try - he just needs twenty-four hours. He will call when he has something.
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Lyn has a present for Flick - tickets to see a super-hot DJ courtesy of Gino. Lyn thought she could take her hypothetical mystery man. Flick thinks this will be up his hypothetical street. Joe comes in but Flick won't let him in on their conversation and leaves.
Lyn lets it slip that Flick has a interest in a new boy. Joe thinks it's bad she won't tell them - that means there's something wrong with him. Joe thinks it might be Matt Hancock and she could do worse than him. Lyn thinks he's a bit dippy but Joe can deal with that.
Flick is over to see Tad - she asks what he's doing this weekend and then presents the tickets. Tad is shocked.
Darcy comes in to apologise to Karl for walking out the night before. Karl was surprised at his reaction. Darcy puts it down to stress. He thinks Tess has the right idea - getting out and starting somewhere new. Karl is happy to buy him out. Darcy thinks there's only one small problem:
DARCY: Now I know that the true value of the surgery is 1.6 million dollars, you don't seriously expect me to accept anything less than 800 000 for my share, do you?