Some idiot making a remark about Boyd's return to school, and Sky getting annoyed with him.
Karl telling Izzy he wants to take things easy for a while.
David saying he just wants to make his family happy, and Harold saying that he should spend more time with his family.
Stu changing his mind about using Sindi's money for his operation, only to discover that Sindi has given it to Harold for charity.
Boyd and Serena are preparing their debate speeches. The debate seems to be about love being more important than money. Boyd isn't taking it as seriously as Serena is.
Lil has come over to talk to Paul about the Helen Daniels Trust. She has a few ongoing benefits as well as some one-offs, and she tells Paul they should construct a balance between the ongoings and the one-offs, to keep fund distribution manageable, but keeping them in the spotlight. Paul is impressed. Lil says she still has some ground to make up after the Dame Clarissa debacle. Paul says she handled that well, but Lil says it was Paul who handled it. Lil tells him she'll compile a short list for the foundation and will get back to him tomorrow. Paul says he can go through it with her now if she wants. Lil says she can't because she and David promised Serena they would go to her debate. They agree to get together the following afternoon to go through her recommendations.
Serena suggests "Money can't buy love" for their debate. David, who has just come in, points out that love doesn't put food on the table. Boyd suggests "love makes the world go round". Serena tells him they won't win with corny phrases like that. David suggests "money makes the world go round". Sindi comes running in and tells Harold that, as embarrassing as it is, there's been a huge mistake about the money she gave him. David and Lil are looking on, wondering what it's about. Harold explains that Sindi gave him $45,000 for a charity of his choice and he chose the Make A Wish organisation. Lil is impressed. Sindi tells Harold she needs it back for Stu's operation. Harold says that he has already sent it to them. Sindi leaves, devastated but trying to hide it, saying she's glad it's gone to a good cause.
HAROLD: What's going on here?
LIL: Poor thing, she's under so much stress, she's not thinking straight.
DAVID: She's an idiot.
David says that it was crazy for her to give that much money away, she's got rocks in her head. Lil says she has a very big heart. Principles are worth more than money, and when it comes to principles, David wouldn't know anything.
Number 24 (outside)
Lil heads back to the car to get the rest of the shopping. She sees Sindi across the road, sitting on number 30's mailbox (remember it's a big brick thing, so it's not as uncomfortable as it sounds) crying. Stuart comes over to comfort her. She tells him that she can't get the money back. Stuart tells her they'll find another way.
Karl is on the phone to Izzy. He tells her he's fine, he wants to be alone to enjoy the peace and quiet. Just as he hangs up, there's a knock at the door. It's David, bringing over some dinner so he doesn't have to cook on his first night out of hospital.
Serena has been reading Boyd's speech, and says that the start of it doesn't make sense. His arguments are all over the place. She reads a little bit out, and Boyd says it makes sense to him. Serena says the sentences don't belong together. Boyd asks why it should make sense; love is complicated. He keeps talking, but suddenly stops and stares into space. Serena starts to tell him he should find some consistency in his arguments, when Boyd tells her that she is really pretty, and gorgeous, and that Stingray is a lucky guy. Serena asks if they can just finish the debate. Boyd apologises and says he didn't realise what he was saying. He meant it's good to see the two of them back together. Susan comes over and comments on the two of them hard at work. She goes into the kitchen to talk to Lil, and Boyd goes home, saying he has enough information for now.
In the kitchen, Susan asks Lil if she can give Karl some paperwork from school for her, because she's just flat out right now. Harold offers to give it to him in the morning.
Karl offers some dinner to David, because he has a lot. David says he's fine, and explains that he brought extra because he wasn't sure if Izzy would be there. Karl says that they are having a break at the moment. David says that the main thing is that he gets better, and does what he wants to for a change. He notices Karl's golf clubs, and suggests Karl has a few rounds. He mentions that he'll be having a go himself tomorrow. Karl offers his clubs and says he can keep them as well. He never really liked golf.
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Paul is overseeing some of the work. Lil comes in and says it looks fantastic. She tells Paul that she has found the perfect one-off request for the trust: Stuart Parker, local hero who risked his life to save others many times, and he paid a terrible price when he saved his girlfriend. $50,000 for an operation to restore his sight. Paul could help someone who was crippled by the act of a cowardly arsonist. Paul approves, and Lil is overjoyed. She runs off to tell Stu and Sindi.
Lil comes in and tells the couple the good news. They are absolutely ecstatic.
David practises his swing and nearly hits Lil as she comes in the door. Lil gives Harold a kiss from Sindi. Something about fast-acting karma. She explains to Harold, David and Susan the news that the Helen Daniels Trust is going to pay for Stu's operation. David takes another swing.
"Over the trees and into the hole!"
Serena asks him to keep it down because she's working on her debate. David apologises and says he's getting in practise for the big game tomorrow. Lil reminds him about Serena's debate. David assures her that it will all be over by 10.30, so he can make both. Susan remarks that Karl has a set of golf clubs just like David's. David corrects her: he used to have a set.
"You went to visit a sick man to borrow his clubs?" Lil asks.David explains that he went so he could give Karl some dinner, to save him cooking some, and also adds that Izzy has left him and there was no food there and Karl couldn't even offer him a drink. Susan is a little surprised and says she should get going. She leaves, and wishes Serena luck on the way out. After she leaves, Lil comments that, while she is out raising money for Stuart's operation, David's out borrowing golf clubs from a sick man. David argues that he did Karl a favour. Lil tells him he better be at school at 11.30 tomorrow morning for Serena. David tells her he wouldn't miss it for the world.
Karl has fallen asleep watching TV. Susan approaches the front door with a bag of groceries. She is about to knock when the phone rings. She hears Karl answer it, followed by "Oh, Bill! Good to hear your voice."
Susan smiles and decides to just leave the groceries by the front door.
David and his golf buddy Ronnie Sharp start their game. David tees off with a pretty darn good swing that impresses Ronnie.
Serena is out sunbaking by the pool. Boyd comes over to her and asks where Sky is. She tells him that she is over at Stingray's working on their media project with him. Boyd kind of goes blank then remembers she did tell him. Serena asks if he wants to finish their debate speech. Boyd comments that debating isn't as bad as he thought it would be, especially seeing as how he got paired up with Serena. Serena tells him Susan probably thought it would be easiest because they live close together. Boyd asks if she knows when Sky is getting back, because he can't wait to see her.
Stu and Sindi drop in on Karl, and Sindi brings in the bag of groceries. Stu hands Karl some flowers upside down. Karl sees the groceries and says they shouldn't have done that. Sindi explains that she didn't, she just saw them outside on their way in. They were only responsible for the flowers. Karl comments that Stu seems to be adjusting well. Stu tells him the great news that he will soon be able to see again. Karl doesn't seem as excited as everyone else has been, and tells him that they have a long road ahead of them, but staying positive is excellent. Stu asks him why it sounds like he's going to give them some bad news. Karl tells him the specialist will explain everything. Stu says that he was under the impression that the operation was pretty straight-forward. Karl informs him there's only a 50% chance of success. Stu says he can't just sit around and wait, he has to do this while he has the chance. Karl tells him he understands his frustration, but there is a risk that the retina and optic nerve could shut down completely, making him blind for life.
Lil is sitting in the classroom where the debating will take place. She looks impatiently at her watch as David has not arrived yet. She gives Serena, outside the room, a little wave and she waves back. Serena tells Boyd that if she does that one more time she's going to throw up, and says that Boyd's lucky he doesn't have his parents there to watching him embarrass himself. Harold gives Boyd a piece of paper from Sky on his way in to the room. Apparently Sky and Stingray can't make it as they are working on their project in the editing room. Boyd looks at the paper. It has a picture of a thumbs-up, followed by "love from Sky." The two teens go into the room, and Susan gets things started, introducing the topic and Serena. As Serena walks up to the front, Paul enters the room and asks to sit next to Lil, who tells him David will be there any minute.
David, however, is still playing the course. Ronnie asks to join him for some drinks, and David tells him he can't make it. Ronnie says he wants to run a few business opportunities by him. David chooses unwisely, and joins Ronnie.
Serena finishes her speech to loud applause from the room. Paul sits down in David's seat. A short time later, it's Boyd's turn. He is nervous, and relies fully on his palm cards. Until he puts the cards down, saying that this is stupid. He then gives a great speech made up on the spot, arguing that Shakespeare didn't write hundreds of sonnets about money, they were about love: how to get it, how to keep it, and how bad you feel once you've lost it. They have stood the test of time because of the universal truth that love is all we've got. Money can get lots of things, but when you do something for somebody you love, and not for yourself, it shows the world who you really are. Love doesn't only make the world go around, it makes the ride totally worthwhile. Everyone is impressed and starts applauding, and again Boyd gets that blank, confused look on his face. As they leave the room, Serena asks Boyd how he thought of all that on the spot. Boyd admits he doesn't actually know what he said. Serena tells him it was amazing, and it must have been his nerves that made him do it. Behind them, Paul tells Lil that it was amazing, and David is going to be sorry he missed it.
"He will be," Lil says to herself.
Boyd and Serena talk about the debate, and how poor the opposing team's arguments were. David comes in and gives Serena a bunch of flowers and a kiss. "Thank you, Daddy," Serena says.
He has also bought a bottle of champagne for him and Lil to celebrate his new job. As well as working for Toadie, he has a consulting job for Ronnie Sharp's firm. Very well paid. He apologises for missing Serena's debate, and Serena tells him it was boring anyway. Boyd gets a text message from Sky and leaves to find her. Serena goes to her room to do some homework. David asks Harold if Serena's team won. Harold says it was the best victory he's ever seen. David says it must be the Bishop's lucky day, even his golfing had improved significantly. Lil goes into the loungeroom and David follows, asking if she wants some champagne. Lil declines, and David notices how upset Lil is, even though Serena wasn't. Lil tells him that he promised her that he would be there. David protests that he missed one little debate for the opportunity of a lifetime, to put them where they want to be financially. Lil tells him it's where he wants to be, it's all about him, and there's no "us" anymore. There's no "us" if he's never there. David tells her she's getting it a little out of proportion. Lil tells him that she's had enough. They've been down this road before and she doesn't want to do it again. She wants some time apart. A trial separation.