Michelle and Nina talk about Taj.
Cookie talks to Dee.
In class, Nina tells Michelle she doesn't understand Taj as he hasn't called her. They're just talking about why he's so busy, when the classroom's raided by a number of Year 11 students, including Taj, who ends up sprawled across Nina's desk.
Rosie, Lyn and Harold are laughing about Gino's reactions to the Oklahoma production 'Either I play Curly or I walk'. He 'walked', so now Rosie's going to take it on and they're looking for people - they don't have to be good, as it's just for fun. She realises what she's saying, but Lyn says it's OK, everyone knows she can't dance.
Toadie and Dee are discussing Darcy's witnessing of Cookie's remarks and whether he's trustworthy. Dee thinks he really wants to help, but Toadie's cynical and says Darcy looks out only for Darcy. She feels she has to trust him - he's her only hope.
Michelle and Nina are happy to have only two weeks left of school. Nina says her mother wants her to leave completely, but she just wants to sing for fun. She's thinking of doing an audition for Oklahoma, which Michelle sees as social death. She appeals to Connor to help her to convince Nina, but he feels she should go ahead. Michelle mentions Taj, 'which seems not to impress Connor.
Michelle continues to talk to Nina about the social consequences and 'image' of being in Oklahoma. They get hit by some mud - Taj and his friends are having a mud fight. Nina joins in and asks Taj if he planned to call her. He says he was planning to call her that evening and she drops a lump of mud on his head.
Toadie's filling in an admission - form for Uni. He tells Dee he needs $1000 to be admitted to practise plus two character references. He realises he has to list not convictions but charges, and that's 'bad', a list as long as his arm.
Joe and Connor hear noises from the garage, to Joe's horror, as he's just planning what they can do in an hour before the women get home.
JOE: There's women in there! I'm going in!
CONNOR: No, Joe don't! Please Joe! Joe! Come on!
HAROLD: Chocolate log?
LYN: Love, we're in pre - production for Oklahoma.
Joe stands there stunned, plate of chocolate log in hand, as Harold talks about him doing scenery for them instead of flats - so they can switch from the waving cornfields to an interior scene.
Dee agrees it's a long list and wonders what happens if Toadie doesn't tell. He tells her he has to. He thinks the board won't allow him to practise.
Taj sees Michelle and Nina in the coffee shop but can't stop because he has to go to a meeting for Oklahoma. His mother signed him on to make the sets as she's on the fund - raising committee. Michelle says it's such a coincidence as Nina was planning to audition, so he replies that that will make it a lot less boring if she's there.
As he leaves for the meeting, Michelle tells Nina he really likes her, just as she receives a text message asking her to meet her secret admirer at the rotunda the following day so he can prove his love. Nina says it's beginning to 'creep her out'.
Joe's really upset for 'two hours they've been down there, drinking tea and eating chocolate logs'.
CONNOR: Yeah and did you smell them, like it smelt all perfumey.
JOE: Yeah, Harold - - - and women and theatre types. You know what this is, she's having a go at me.............it's a garage siege, she wants me out.
Harold interrupts his rant, looking for biscuits. He's thrilled they're 'knocking over artistic problems like ninepins' and it seems they'll be there a long time.
Michelle and Nina arrive for the meeting, to Connor's surprise.
Rosie greets Nina happily and asks her to play Laurie, so Nina agrees. Lyn volunteers Joe's services for the sets, though others think he won't do it.
Harold decides they need a few getting to know you activities to break down some barriers, so they start to play a game involving throwing a ball and saying one another's names. Michelle and Nina tell Taj about the following day's meeting and he offers to go with her since she's feeling nervous, but wants to know who it is.
The lights go out so Lyn rushes upstairs, where Joe has just got back from somewhere panting and saying to Connor 'Not a word'.. She asks him to check the fuse box, but he's doubtful about the safety. He tells her there's no joy as the fuse has fried and he needs to get an electrician. She's happy to go on by candlelight, but he says no, she'll have to 'abandon ship.'
Dee and Toadie are discussing who he can ask as referees. She suggests Maggie but he says no so she queries his reaction. She tells him his career is at stake but he feels the Hancocks don't need to be reminded of him and he doesn't want to be reminded of them. He keeps mentioning Tim Collins as a possible character referee but she thinks he's a sleaze so doesn't want him mentioned.
Joe has made breakfast for Lyn and packed all the lunches. She thanks him for giving up the garage and adds that she thinks she should probably have asked him, but then admits she did it to 'wind him up' as she thinks the garage should belong to the women too. Joe says he doesn't agree, the garage is not for the whole family and after all these years of marriage she should be able to communicate with him. He stalks off just before Michelle comes in with a fuse she found in the washing basket. Lyn recognises it as the garage fuse.
Taj and Nina are in the park where a little tablecloth and blanket have been laid on the ground. She's doubtful about staying, but he convinces her saying he'll be a little distance away so she can call him if she needs help.
In the Coffee Shop, Harold asks Joe if he found out what happened to the lights and Joe is just saying 'a power surge' when Lyn comes in.
LYN: Yes, it was so powerful that it blew the fuse right out of its socket.
Joe sees that she knows and she asks him quietly why he did it. He answers that it's OK for her and the girls as they have the whole house but what about him - sometimes he just needs to get away from - -
LYN: I don't know what you're talking about. For heaven's sake, what are you getting away from?
JOE: (very loudly) From women!!!
LYN: That's good, love - talking about your feelings.
Connor and Michelle are at a table hiding their faces.
MICHELLE: I don't know how you cope with it. I mean I love dad and everything but sometimes......
CONNOR: Yeah and there's nothing I can do about it now because I'm a fully - fledged member of his 'garage gang'. There's no escape.
MICHELLE: I know. I miss you!
CONNOR: Well don't worry, it's OK, I've got a cunning plan.
Nina's waiting for the admirer when Taj arrives with a picnic basket and tells her it was him. He hopes it's not too much of a disappointment and she just smiles.