Writer: John Davies
Director: Tony Osicka
Sindi Watts: Marisa Warrington
Dusk Dundler: Alex Cappelli
Beryl Whiting: Pat McCabe
Toadie tells Sindi to be herself.
Darcy loses all his money and gives the IOU.
Sindi and Toadie get home from a good night out. They're getting along well until she leans on his shoulder, when he asks her if they can call it a night and then take things slowly. She goes quiet and eventually says it's the most romantic thing she ever heard, kisses him and leaves.
Libby's packing with the help of masses of food from Susan. She feels she won't have time to make friends to share it with in three weeks as she'll be working and looking after Ben. Susan tries to persuade her to leave Ben with them, but she replies that she and Ben have to do this as a family, her family.
Lyn has spoken to Flick, who's having a ball in New York. She tells Joe when he comes in to investigate that Flick has won a return ticket to Australia which can be used in reverse. She can't take time off, neither can Lyn, so she wants Joe to use it to go and visit her. Lyn's excited, but Joe just looks apprehensive.
Dee gets home from Cecile's party and looks around at the remnants of the cards night, disapproving. She realises Darcy's edgy. He says he's just tired and cranky, but she can see there's more to it.
Coffee Shop, next morning
Sindi tells Toadie that she'd thought breakfast should be good, not too intense.
Harold pins up an ad.
Room For Rent
Lou thinks it's too general, but he insists he's going to be open-minded.
Susan comes in and Sindi introduces herself, calling Susan Toadie's excellent surrogate mother. She comments to Toadie that Sindi seems nice and tells him that Libby left earlier in the morning. She asks Toadie if everything's all right and he suddenly decides he has to go.
Darcy's anxiuously talking to someone on the phone, asking the total worth of his entire portfolio.
Lyn's excitedly reading in pidgin Greek from Valda's latest menu. Joe's not impressed as he just wants steak and veg. and then becomes more distracted when she mentions the New York flight. She quickly realises he's afraid to fly since a flight to Tasmania in a Fokker Friendship, but tends to make light of it, emphasising that Flick really wants to see him. He denies it and gets agitated.
Darcy is irate that his portfolio's worth only $8000 because the market's down. He says he needs it now and the broker should just do what she has to do.
Libby comes out of the house just in time to see Steph ride up. Steph says she was passing at first, then admits she rang Susan and found out where Libby was.
Dee's sitting outside and Toadie's arriving as a bird drops its droppings on her shoulder. He cleans it up for her and comments that he's the last person she'd have wanted to see that. She agrees and so he adds that not so long ago it would have been a relief for just him to see that. She says coldly she has to go and he watches as she walks away.
Harold has had no luck and wonders if the ad should be more eye-catching (Lou suggests glitter glue, as Lolly would have used)
A fairly tacky young man tears a strip from the ad, so Harold tells him the room's taken. 'Open-minded?' asks Lou.
Lyn's just told Susan about Joe's fear. They discuss how Valda has turned the pub around and increased profits by 25%. Lyn thinks Lou'd like Valda's ideas without Valda.
When Lyn returns to her concern over Joe's phobia and explains it's because he won't fly over water, Susan eventually suggests that Karl could go with him, as he's going to visit his sick aunt anyway. They laugh at the idea of Karl and Joe travelling together and especially that Karl could even sedate him if necessary.
Darcy has told Dee about his loss. He's a bit giggly through worry and she points out it's not funny. She offers him a couple of thousand, but he's insistent he won't take her money and admits he needs $10 000.
Joe's aghast: 'Karl!?!'
He wants to talk about the idea of Karl going with him, while Lyn wants to talk about him getting his boots off the table. He makes all sorts of excuses and denies his fear because he thinks Karl will never let him hear the end of it. Lyn mentions that Susan's sending Karl over to discuss it and he leaves, saying 'Forget it.'
A woman comes in and seems to be reading Harold's ad, so Lou teases him that she may be the perfect one to move in with him. Harold's very unhappy about the idea a woman might move in with him. Lou feels she's so smart she deserves an interview and it could be the best thing he's done.
Over a game of darts, Dee and Darcy discuss the lesson he's learning.
Dee tells him his problem is that he needs to stop trying to impress rich men in suits. You can't do earn respect by splashing around a lot of money, she points out and it's good that he's learned something about himself. She's confident he's a good person.
He tells her he'll definitely be able to pay the man his money the following day.
Toadie calls to see Susan to apologise for running out on her, which she says is unnecessary. He wants to talk about Sindi. She wants so much to please him, which is how he's been in relationships in the past - and they didn't last. Susan tells him she understands and draws an analogy with her reactions to Karl after her accident. She knew he was nice and she was married to him, but she didn't go back with him out of sympathy, but waited until she was ready because she fell in love with him.
Libby's country place
Libby and Steph chat all round all sorts of subjects before Libby calls a halt and asks where Alex is, since they're supposed to be travelling for months and after hardly any time Steph already needs space. Libby adds that she wants to know the real reason she's not travelled very far or stayed with Alex. Has she stopped thinking about home and 'him' even once since she left? Steph just looks at her uncomfortably.