Max trying to convince Boyd to at least consider returning to school.
Max telling Izzy he can't go into business with her.
Paul expressing an interest in Izzy's business idea.
Izzy tells Paul that she can't start up her business because it would cost $200,000. Paul tells her he could lend the money, making it clear that it's a business loan, not a gift. Izzy points out that he always wants something in return. Paul tells her that all he wants is a reasonable return on his investment and a tenant for Lassiter's.
PAUL: I'm not a greedy man.
IZZY: Not with money. How many wives did you say you had?
Paul admits that he has made mistakes, but he doesn't make mistakes with money, and asks her if she wants the loan or not.
Boyd, looking at the paper, very darkly circles a job ad for a gym. Max comes in and asks if there's anything interesting in the paper. Boyd tells him it's just the usual: crime, politics, boring stuff. Max points out that he's looking at the job section, and again asks him to think about school. Boyd tells him that he wants to be responsible for his life now, and points out that Max did the same thing at his age. Max says that he's always regretted it, and wants Boyd to do better than he did. Boyd says he doesn't need the stress of living up to his expectations.
Paul continues to persuade Izzy to take the offer, and says that her talents are wasted in a Coffee Shop, and it would be a money-spinner for the two of them. Izzy still isn't sure, and Paul tells her to take it or leave it.
Susan is showing Karl her new renovations. Karl is very impressed with the expensive-looking modifications. “Isn't it lucky that you don't have to pay for it?” she says. Susan asks Karl if he wants to join her for lunch. Karl accepts, and picks up the TV remote. “Don't play with that!” she scolds him. Karl reminds Susan that she wanted to talk to him about something. Susan tells Karl about West Waratah High closing down due to budget cuts, and Erinsborough is getting a third of the students, and the budget they have is woefully inadequate, and she would like Karl to put his name down to do some sessional work as a counsellor to help the kids through the transition. She thinks Karl would be great at it.
Paul, David and Lil talk politics. Paul tells David to do his next press release as soon as possible to keep his name out in the public. He also suggests more newspaper interviews. David suggests television, but Paul says the networks wouldn't be interested in a local council election. David says they should work out how to present his policies to them, but Paul tells him they'd be more interested in his private life and asks if there's any skeletons in the closet. David mentions his being a victim in the shady business he used to be in. Paul says that will win him some sympathy votes if it comes out. Lil tells David he has nothing to worry about, and tells Paul that he's the most respectable, decent man she has ever known.
Karl meets up with Izzy, and tells her he would like to help with her dream of buying into the bar, and can give her $50,000. Izzy tells him about Paul's offer. Karl is very sceptical that Paul's offer is as good as it seems. He tells her that from what Phil Martin told him, he is not to be trusted. Izzy yells at him, and tells him she's sick to death of his suspicions.
Susan comes over, and tells David and Lil that she would like to talk to them about “joining another sort of council - mine”. Paul tells David that it could win some more votes. Susan tells them that she needs more voices, especially with the schools merging. David says he's not happy about that, and stereotypes the West Waratah students as juvenile delinquents. Lil tells him not to be such a snob, and says that this could be a change they need. A good education is the only change some of the kids have. David asks where the extra funding will come from. Susan says that she's hoping the department will come through with it, but there will probably need to be some private donations from parents. Paul stands up to leave, takes Lil's hand, and tells her he really liked her view on the school merge. Susan mentions the hand-holding to Lil once Paul and David are out of the room, and teases her about having a little fan club.
Paul tries to call Chrissie (his ex-wife), but only gets her message bank. He begs her to pick up the phone so they can talk, even though he doesn't deserve it. Karl comes in and tells Paul he knows what he's up to with Izzy's loan, and what will follow it. Paul says he merely offered her a business loan, nothing else. Karl won't buy it. Paul tells Karl he's out of his depth: an older man desperately afraid of losing his young and beautiful girlfriend. “Don't drop your midlife crisis on me, a therapist would be more appropriate.”
Boyd approaches a staff member about the job ad, and she gets him to fill out an application form. He asks about the “standard of education” part on the form, and she says not to worry, they aren't expecting an Einstein. She tells him he'll be trained as an instructor if he shows some aptitude. She also says that, although they have had other applicants, he has them beat in the body department, and image is important in this line of work. She invites Boyd to have a look around.
Izzy tells Max about Karl's jealousy. Max says that it's natural, especially with the age difference, and says he had the same problem with Steph for a while. He assures Izzy that when things settle down a little Karl might get over it. He also tells Izzy that he's warmed to the idea of going into business with her.
Susan, David and Lil come in and tell Paul that they have found out that the department has given the school more funding. Apparently someone made a call to the right people. Paul admits that he may have had a word with someone. He mentions that he even has a teaching degree himself, and he thinks a good education is the most important thing anyone could have. Max overhears and says “I wish my son would agree with you.” Paul excuses himself.
Paul deliberately takes the urinal next to Karl, and is very smug when he finishes and washes his hands, while Karl hasn't even started to go. At the sink, he tells Karl, “I'll leave it running if you like. Might help you.”
Paul returns, and Susan apologises for not being able to stay, and thanks Paul for his help. On her way out, Karl approaches her. “Able to tear yourself away from Superman? Faster than a speeding bull artist.” Susan tells him that Paul has just saves Erinsborough High, and everyone is grateful. She tells him to stop being petty.
Izzy witnesses this and tells Paul that Karl is acting like a child. Paul tells her about their run-in earlier in the day. Izzy apologises for him. Paul says he understands if she doesn't want to go ahead because it might ruin her relationship with Karl. Izzy says she still wants to.
The staff member, whose name we learn is Krystal, returns and Boyd says he loves all the up-to-date gym equipment. He tells her that he needs this job, and if she gives him a chance he won't let her down. He'll work hard, not slack off, keep up his good appearance, and do any task given to him. Krystal says that she thinks there's a future for him, and they can get down to the details shortly.
Paul comes over to join David on his leaflet drop. Lil invites him in anyway, and insists he joins her for dinner when Paul says he doesn't want to intrude. While she finishes preparing dinner, Paul watches.
Karl and Izzy's
Izzy is still mad at Karl and asks if he wants to see her make a go of it. Karl says that he does, and says she's being ridiculous. Izzy says that he's the one being ridiculous, attacking Paul. Karl says he was trying to protect her.
KARL: The last thing you should do is get into bed with a financial shark like that.
IZZY: Oh, "get into bed" Karl. Great phrasing!
Izzy tells Karl that he's afraid she's going to cheat on him with Paul. Karl accuses her of flirting with him, which she denies. Karl tells her to look him in the eye and tell him she doesn't flirt with Paul. Izzy admits that she does, because she likes flirting.
Paul tells Lil he feels guilty for not waiting for David before eating. Lil tells him not to, because she told him she would eat without him if he was late, and there's still some dinner for him in the oven. Paul mentions that Chrissie used to hate always doing that for him. Lil asks if being a workaholic is what broke up their marriage. Paul says there were other things too. He says he still misses her, and their kids. He says there's no chance of reconciliation, especially now he's lost everything. Lil says that she didn't stop loving David when his business crashed; there's more important qualities in a man than wealth. Paul tells Lil she reminds him of his grandmother, Helen Daniels. She was a wonderful, strong woman, and so loving and caring towards her family.
Lil comments that Paul seems to have a lot of sadness in his life. Paul says it's all self-inflicted. David comes home and Lil gets his dinner ready. David tells Lil that he found some leaflets for his opposition, so he swapped all those leaflets for his own. Lil laughs and tells him that it's cheating. “All's fair in love and council campaigns,” he says. Lil says that she'll always love him, and kisses him. Paul sees this and says he has to leave, he has work to catch up on. He tells David he's a lucky man: he has a lovely house, and a lovely wife.
Paul gets in his car, looks at one of David's leaflets showing a picture of him with Lil and Serena, then calls Chrissie. As soon as Chrissie recognises his voice, she hangs up. He picks up the leaflet again and looks at Lil.