- Susan having a difficult time coping with how Jim is becoming reliant on her
- Karl asking Jim to think of how his reliance is affecting Susan
- Callum and Sophie having increasingly differing interests
- Andrew complaining about Paul not giving him more shifts at Lassiters
- Toadie being offered a job
- Chris suggesting that Lucas find something to do with his inheritance
- Lucas offering Sonya the money to buy the community garden
- Toadie telling her not to accept it
Carpenter's Mechanics/Number 30
A customer has called the garage to say he's not happy with how long his car is taking, so Lucas tells Chris to offer the guy a free detail.
LUCAS: I'm giving back, you know, like Oprah.
He's in a generous mood as he tells Chris that he gave the money to someone who really needs it but he's staying mysterious and refuses to give Chris any details.
Meanwhile, the recipient of said money, Sonya, is being talked out of accepting it by Toadie. Sonya really wants to take the gift but Toad is adamant that it's a bad idea because the money isn't just money for Lucas - it comes with baggage.
TOADIE: Think about Lucas for a second. His father passes away, who he's had a shocking relationship with, and it takes him all his might to actually fulfil his father's last wishes. And then, when he finally does it, he ends up with a load of cash. Do you really think that he is in his right mind right now?
Sonya still whinges about how she could have a nursery and but Toadie has seen too many cases in court of friends going into business together and having it turn out very badly for all involved.
Sophie walks towards her locker, drumming every surface with her hands on the way there. Callum doesn't get why she's so into music and tries to talk her into taking woodwork with him instead. Noah sees Sophie drumming away on the locker and he one- ups her with a fancy drumbeat of his own before walking off. Cal and Soph don't know who he is, but Soph looks like she wants to. Callum tries to get back on the topic of woodwork with a distracted Sophie, but only manages to get her to "think about it".
Summer and Andrew are home during their free period when Karl comes home from work. It looks like a full house as Susan and Mal walk out from the rooms, the latter holding an armful of dirty laundry.
MALCOLM: Are you sure you don't mind? I mean, I have learnt to take care of myself over the years, you know.
SUSAN: Hey, if you want to do your own washing...
MALCOLM: No, not really.
SUSAN: Didn't think so.
Mal is glad to have some mummy- care. Susan looks at her mobile and inquires about messages on the answering machine as she's left a few messages for Jim and he hasn't replied. Karl tries to put it down to Jim trying to lie low. Susan wants to consult Toadie later about the medical power of attorney and Karl is slightly surprised that she's still considering it.
Over at the table, Sum tells Andrew that they need to pay the deposit for schoolies. Luckily Tash has already paid since she's no longer getting an allowance from Michael, but Andrew hasn't paid the $300 yet.
SUMMER: Won't be a problem will it? Surely daddy can sling you that much cash?
Andrew comes home to ask Paul for money.
ANDREW: Hey, you got any cash right now?
PAUL: What for?
ANDREW: I'm just wondering that's all.
PAUL: I gave you fifty bucks last night.
ANDREW: Yeah, that was for dinner though.
PAUL: And seventy last week.
ANDREW: Yeah, that was for school stuff.
PAUL: And a hundred for clothes the week before.
ANDREW: What, you keep a count now?
PAUL: Of course I do, I know exactly where my money goes and why.
You don't get to be a shrewd businessman like Paul without doing that. Andrew chickens out from asking for money so he asks for a driving lesson instead. At first Paul is reluctant because he's quite busy, but he eventually agrees to it.
Sonya has come up with an idea that she's hoping Toadie is OK with. She'll give Lucas a cooling off period, and if he's still sure that he wants to part with the money, they can have a contract drawn up and a payment plan put in place. If it affects the friendship then she'll pay the money right back. Toad hears her out, but all he can say is that it's still a bad idea.
Tree- lined area where Sophie walks home
And while she's walking, she hears some sweet musical sounds that pique her newly found interest in music. She saunters over to see Noah strumming on a guitar. She asks what song it is but it hasn't got a name yet because he wrote it. At a loss for anything else to say, she says bye and walks away with a little smile.
Another driving lesson over, Andrew finally works up the courage to ask his dad for cash. He suggests that he get an advance on his wages so it's still money that he earned himself, but Paul sees through it straight away and knows that the request for a driving lesson was to suck up to him. All Andrew receives is a talking- to about learning how to manage and plan his finances.
Toadie explains to Susan the purpose of a power of attorney (to make decisions on the behalf of the patient if they are too unwell themselves to do so) and Karl makes little comments from the sofa about how Susan doesn't need to rush into it. Toad makes his moves to go but not before Susan asks if he's OK. Mal arrives home with groceries after feeling guilty that he's bludging off and there's a matey hug from Toad.
TOADIE: I heard you were back, buddy.
MALCOLM: I heard you behave yourself these days, that can't be right!
Karl asks Mal to feed the veggie scraps to the pig and Mal sees that as a cue to escape the strange tension. Susan questions Toadie once more whether he is OK and he reassures her that yes he is, but there's no getting past Ninja Susan as she points Toadie to the chair and asks Karl to put the kettle on.
Community Garden/Number 28
Sonya looks around at the garden wistfully.
At number 28, Susan and Karl are giving Toadie differing opinions. Karl is siding with Toadie's original thought that business with friends and family is dangerous territory. Toad would be happy for Sonya to buy the garden on his money, but the difference is that it is Lucas'. Susan fully supports that Sonya be able to take the money and make her dream come true and tells Toadie not to let his pride get in the way.
Sonya is still talking to Toadie but it's a frosty reception. Toadie admits that the main reason for his disapproval is not the 'friends going into business' factor or even Lucas' state of mind - it's actually because he has the old fashioned mindset of wanting to provide for Sonya and be the one to make her dreams come true. He tells her to make the decision that she thinks is right.
Andrew is calling around asking someone to return $50 that he loaned them a few weeks ago. At a table, Callum hands Sophie a form to sign to transfer to woodwork. Soph picks the pen up but can't go through with it because she likes music. She admits that she initially agreed to switch because it meant so much to Callum, but she really likes music. Callum is annoyed so leaves and Sophie starts up drumming on the table and is again seen and imitated by Noah who has appeared behind her.
Chris is enjoying another staff dinner shouted by Lucas and he jokes that he joined the business at the right time.
CHRIS: Is it too early to talk about a pay rise?
LUCAS: It's never too early to talk about getting the sack.
Chris leaves as Sonya has come to talk about the offer with Lucas; she's rejecting it. Lucas tries to convince her to go for it but Sonya echoes what Toadie said earlier about business between friends. She tells him that getting rid of the money will not fix his issues with his father.
At number 30, Toad gives Peter Noonan a call. He'd like to talk about the job offer.
Summer talks about Andrew about her new ideas and crusades but he's rather distracted. They pass Chris who asks if they've heard from Tash because she's ignoring his calls, but it seems she's ignoring everyone's calls. Chris has paid his deposit and Andrew admits that he's having a cash flow problem but he assures them that he'll find the money.
Andrew comes home to a cranky Paul and quickly admits that his way of asking for money earlier was wrong. He still needs the money though, so he just asks for it directly now - he wants an advance on his wage or extra shifts at Lassiter's. He makes a bitter remark about how he would have money if he still had Robinson Entertainment which immediately irks Paul who tells Andrew off for trying to manipulate him and then blame him. He's clear that he will not be helping Andrew.
ANDREW (to two backpackers): I think I can help you!
NATASHA (to Andrew): I'm not stupid. I want fifty percent.
NATASHA (V.O): They're backpackers! All they want is a mattress and a roof.
(They open the mens shed up for the backpackers)
ANDREW: It's just somewhere you can sleep. What do you reckon?
(Jade introduces Lucas to Michelle)
JADE: Lucas! I don't think you've met my new housemate.
LUCAS: I don't believe I have.
(Kate playfully pushes Kyle while they're playing pool)
MICHELLE: I could see he had a crush on her from the moon, couldn't you?
JADE: Yeah, well she's not really the angel everyone seems to think she is.
(Kate sees Rhys over at the bar)
KATE: What is he doing here?
(Rhys hands something back to Kate)
RHYS: I found this. Must have come off the other night. See you around!
(Kate looks embarrassed and Kyle looks shocked)