Andrew telling his dad he wants to run his own business.
Sonya worrying that she's not the right person for the volunteer job.
Sonya saying that Callum deserves a mum he can be proud of.
Callum mishears and thinks that Sonya and Toadie are getting married.
Cal is all excited about the impending marriage until Toadie breaks the news: they were simply discussing the idea, not committing to it. To explain it to Cal, they openly say that they love each but, recite why the other person isn't in agreement. Cal is a little left out as Sonya and Toadie seem to be talking to each other, and Toadie promises their son that they'll continue to talk about it.
Chris is complaining to Andrew that his dad has been scouring his marks from school, and that there's a lot of pressure to go to uni, even though he doesn't want to. Paul comes down and is leaving; Andrew offers him is half- year report, but Paul's too busy right now.
CHRIS: Any time you wanna swap lives, let me know.
Lucas leaves a message on Mark's phone, saying he heard about his promotion, and to call him to tell him what he wants him to do with his bike. Chris comes in.
CHRIS: Did you go to uni?
LUCAS: Do I look like I went to uni?
Lucas admitted he dated a few girls from uni, but that's not helping. Chris confides that he's got good marks, but he doesn't think uni's his thing. It's too much studying.
LUCAS: Yeah, yeah. From what I hear, you know, all the parties and sleep- ins, and hanging out with hot chi...people.
CHRIS: But how do I know?
LUCAS: Do I look like a well of wisdom?
Lucas tells Chris to find out what he wants to do, then do it. Forget what anyone else thinks.
Paul's rushed home to look for some papers, and Andrew starts to talk to him about potential business courses. Paul dismisses him, and so Andrew asks him outright: is he angry because his son doesn't want to work at Lassiter's? Paul says he's not angry, finds his papers and strops out.
Music montage of Lucas working on a car. He lifts the bonnet, uses a thing with wheels, unscrews something to do with the engine and does something electronic and clever. He also removes wheel nuts (I know that one because they do the same thing with F1 cars).
His phone rings, and whoever it is, he makes a face and declines the call. Chris arrives, and wants to talk to him about becoming a mechanic...does Lucas need another worker? Unpaid work experience? Lucas is unsure, so Chris begs: he wants to learn, and he really enjoys it. Please?
Lucas concedes: he can hang around as a trial. Chris is dead chuffed.
Number 30 / Harold's Store
Karl's come over to tell Toadie that he's thought of the perfect holiday for him and Suse: golfing on the Murray! However, Karl can see something's not right with Toadie, who admits that he's said no to marrying Sonya.
Meanwhile, at the store, Callum's talking to his mum, saying that he thinks they should get married; Sonya explains that she and his dad are together already. That's what Toadie meant earlier.
Toadie tells Karl that getting married will make no difference, and Karl says it's natural that the subject would come up. After all, ‘practically isn't the same as actually' married.
Sonya tells Cal she doesn't want to put pressure on him after everything that's happened. She assures him that both people have to want to get married, and it's not right to try and change Toadie's mind.
Karl reminds Toadie not to let his marriage history get in the way of being happy. Toadie dismisses Karl: he really doesn't want to hear this.
Seriously, do parents share this stuff with their kids these days? Is it really fair to put adult issues onto a child this age? Hmmmm...
Karl is at the bar when Lucas comes in for a coffee. Lucas tells Karl he's exhausted: he's got Chris Pappas working at the garage, and he has so many questions about everything. It's different when he's teaching, because he's paid for it!
Lucas' phone rings again, and it's his dad – his mum left a couple of months ago and he keeps calling. Lucas declines the call and comments that his dad will probably call Dan now. Karl asks how things are between him and his dad, and Lucas says they're not great; never have been. He slaps Karl on the arm, hard, and says he has to get back.
Karl looks at his hurting arm, indignant.
To another music montage, Callum is setting out DVDs, the remote controls, popcorn, sweets, drinks etc. Toadie arrives for the ‘emergency', which is to watch a film with Cal. He has The Wedding Planning, The Wedding Singer, My Best Friend's Wedding.
Cal denies he's doing anything suspicious...they're all his dad's favourites. Toadie gives in, and picks The Wedding Singer. Product placement!!!
Chris – looking rather sexy in overalls, it has to be said – is doing a stock take, tidying shelves, and proactively making an effort which Lucas seems really pleased about. He finishes everything on the list, and Lucas agrees to now let him watch mechanic stuff – but no touching!
Paul is on the phone when Andrew comes in and stands next to him, waiting for him to finish. Paul seemingly ignores Andrew, or just doesn't see him, and walks off with the phone to the back of Charlie's. He sits down, looking fed up. Andrew spies what his dad's left on the table: a deed to transfer the licence of Charlie's, which is currently in Rebecca's name.
In the office, Paul picks up the licence plate which has Rebecca's name on it, and looks downcast.
Toadie and Cal finish watching their DVDs, and Callum is still denying that he's trying to make a point. Sonya comes home, and is annoyed that their son is still pushing it.
Toadie makes a pointed remark that this is between him and Sonya – well, in that case Toadie, stop discussing it with your son! Telling him what's going on is one thing, involving him in an adult discussion is quite another! But Cal thinks this is simple: she loves him, he loves her. There's nothing to talk about.
Cut to moments later and Toadie has snapped at Cal, saying that he can't use emotional blackmail every time he wants something. Cal says he's out of it – he doesn't care. He leaves.
Sonya calls Toadie on his attitude: they *do* need to talk about it. For the first time in her life she feels safe and secure. She knows he loves her and she's happy, but if Toadie has taken marriage completely off the table, that means he's holding something back.
Toadie agrees, that's a fair comment. The idea of getting married again freaks him out – but it's not Sonya. He's been here before and it never works out how it should. He doesn't know if it's a good enough reason to try again, but he's sure that if they go there, something will go wrong.
SONYA: Where does that leave us?
TOADIE: Where we are. I love you.
SONYA: I love you too.
He kisses and hugs her, but she's not happy.
Paul comes home and Andrew's made his dad a sandwich. Paul raises the subject of uni courses again, and says they'll talk about it after lunch over cupcakes. There's a phonecall for Lucas, and Paul comments to the caller that Lucas no longer lives here. Whatever the caller says, Paul drops his face.
Lucas is observing Chris working on some tyres. He loves Chris' enthusiasm, and Chris seems to be picking things up very quickly. Chris is really pleased that he's doing something well, but tells Lucas his dad wants him to be a lawyer or a doctor...certainly not a mechanic.
Lucas empathises – he didn't get on with his dad, either, and knew he'd never make him happy, so he followed his heart and went with mechanics, too. Lucas ends by saying he's going on a coffee run, leaving Chris with something to think about.
Paul comes in and finds Lucas – he had a phonecall for him earlier. It was from a hospital to say his dad had a heart attack. Lucas doesn't seem to know how to take that, so gets his money out to pay for the coffees. Paul apologise and breaks the news that his father is dead.
LUCAS: Um... Okay. Thanks. I'd better get back.
PAUL: Is there anything I can do?
LUCAS: No, I'll be fine.
He makes a quick exit.
Lucas walks back to the garage, coffees in hand, in shock. Chris realises something's wrong and persists in asking. Lucas, in anger, yells at Chris and spills coffee all over his arm. He tells Chris to get out.
Chris leaves, and Lucas thumps his fist into the table. He tries his hardest not to cry.