- Paul wanting Andrew to manage his finances himself
- Andrew hiring out the mens shed for backpackers
- Rhys asking Karl to ask Susan to back off from Jim
- Karl asking Jim to keep his distance from Susan
- Chris wanting to be a mechanic
- Chris' father wanting him to study mechanical engineering instead
The students are being dismissed and Chris walks out without putting his Uni preference form down. This doesn't go unnoticed by Michael who asks Chris whether his parents are OK with him going into an apprenticeship since Chris' father was pretty keen on him doing engineering. Chris hesitates before claiming that his father just wants him to do what makes him happy.
Susan is leaving her third message for Jim who isn't calling her back. She's very concerned that something's wrong with him but Karl tries to dismiss it as Jim being at lunch or visiting a friend. He attempts to drum up interest in their scheduled walk:
KARL: A couple of laps around the lake and we'll have earned some cake!
It doesn't work though as Susan rushes out the house to check on Jim after promising Karl that she'll be quick.
Andrew has a new idea for a location to house backpackers: the school! Summer rightly points out that it's not a very good one. Even if he doesn't get caught, there's nowhere for them to sleep. Summer is OK with a cheaper option at Byron (a caravan instead of 5- star) but schoolies is once in a lifetime and Andrew wants to do it right.
The camera is pointedly doing a close up of a photo of Karl and Susan in happier times. Karl answers the phone and it's obviously Susan who can't find Jim at his place. Before Karl can tell her off for overreacting, she's hung up on him.
Susan is chasing after Rhys who continually tries to walk away and is continuously grabbed on the arm by Susan. She can't find Jim and she wants to know whether Rhys has an appointment scheduled with him. He suggests that she search the hospital but she has – she can't get information because she's not family. He makes a snide remark about Susan talking Jim out of chemo but she insists that it was his decision and she would have supported him either way.
RHYS: He clearly doesn't want to see you. Maybe you should just respect his privacy.
Mal sees Karl in all his running gear with nowhere to go so the dutiful son offers to go with him. Karl jokes about Mal not being able to keep up which earns a pat on the stomach from Mal and a “game on”.
Andrew has a new plan. He'll put backpackers up in empty rooms at Lassiter's at hostel rates. How does this work? The doorman lets them in and gets a cut of the profit.
CHRIS: What if he says no?
ANDREW: I'll remind him that I know he pinches housekeeping supplies every week.
A passing by Paul is surprised to see Andrew there but Andrew's reason is a double free period. Seeing Chris, Paul greets him.
CHRIS: Mr Robinson.
Paul wants to know why Andrew isn't seeing him off at home since he's free. Evidently Andrew has forgotten about Paul's board meeting in New York - plus the fact that he has the house to himself for a few weeks. Light bulb moment.
Paul is all packed and ready to go with a parting hug for Andrew and advice not to spend too much time with the Kennedys or his brain will “turn to mush”. When he's gone, Summer is thinking sexy- times and is very weirded out when Andrew talks about getting more linen because they're going to be using “every room in the house”. But no, it's not anything kinky – they'll be housing backpackers for 14 days and hopefully make over $3000.
After the commercial, Andrew is quick onto his laptop to post his address on forums and fill his house with complete strangers. Summer tries to hint that she was hoping that in the two weeks they would get some “me and you” time, and since there's no one moving in just yet they begin to get some of said time.
Susan is leaving a message for Jim yet again when Karl and Mal come home from their jog. An awkward beat, and then Mal makes himself scarce by heading to the shower. Susan starts to blame herself for pushing Jim away by not handling his power of attorney request very well and thinks that Jim is now avoiding her. Karl tries to convince her otherwise to no avail, so once she goes Karl gets the guilts and puts in a call to the hospital to see if Jim has an appointment and heads out.
Mr Pappas hands Chris an information pack for Engineering at ANU. Unable to muster up the courage to tell his father he doesn't want to go to Uni, Chris just meekly says thanks. Michael walks in and Mr Pappas asks what Mike thinks of engineering at ANU. Michael is surprised that Chris has changed his mind from that morning but he catches Chris' subtle headshake. Mr Pappas asks about the mind- change and Mike covers for Chris by making out that the mind- change was just about the kids raving about Melbourne Uni.
GEORGE: He's going to make a great engineer wherever he goes.
MICHAEL: Yeah. I'm sure Chris will do well at whatever he chooses to do.
Musical montage time as Andrew and Summer prepare the house for backpackers by putting Aussie flags and Aussie themed stubby holders everywhere. Andrew puts price signs everywhere for things like TV rental and soap.
SUMMER: You can't charge backpackers for soap.
ANDREW: Why not?
SUMMER: Because you want them to wash.
ANDREW: Fair enough.
They stock the fridge and all is ready.
Karl finds Jim walking out of the hospital and Jim is quick to assure Karl that he hasn't returned any of Susan's calls.
KARL: How are you?
JIM: The other day a girl in the newsagency told me I should be getting more sun.
Karl confesses that he overreacted in telling Jim to back off however Jim was fine about it because he can see why Karl asked him to. Karl insists that he was wrong though because Susan wants to care for Jim.
KARL: Susan's worried sick about you.
JIM (smiling): Worried sick? Is that a gag, doctor?
Karl wants Jim to pretend that their conversation the previous week never happened. A worried Susan arrives after having been summoned by Karl, and she is relieved to see Jim.
Susan and Jim are having a bit of a catch up.
SUSAN: You look tired.
JIM: Yeah, must be all the clubbing I've been doing!
But really, he's doing OK.
SUSAN: Why didn't you call me back, Jim?
JIM: I dunno. Just trying to cut down on using my mobile. You know they could cause cancer!
Good to see he still has a sense of humour about him. He puts his silence down to just not wanting to see anyone sometimes. Susan tells Jim that she would be honoured to be given power of attorney if he's still willing to have her, but he doesn't want her to have the burden. Susan pushes since it was so important to him before but Jim tells her not to worry since she's got a lot on her plate.
Michael has asked to see Chris to give him an information package for TAFE. He knows that Chris hasn't broken the news to his father yet but Chris is reluctant to because he doesn't want to disappoint him.
MICHAEL: You can't live your life for other people, mate, not even your parents.
CHRIS: Tash said something like that too.
Mike quickly changes the subject back to Chris – he offers to be there when Chris tells his father, but Chris would rather do it on his own.
A spray paint decorated van pulls up outside number 22 and Andrew gets to greeting the backpackers coming out of it. Mal randomly comes past and Andrew explains that they're old school friends from Scotland. Only the guy who first speaks does not have a Scottish accent. I'm not sure what accent it is at all but I would guess it's a fake one. Mal's not fooled.
ANDREW: You know what; I have not seen them in ages.
MAL: I bet. How much you charging?
Andrew keeps denying, so Mal only wishes him luck.
Upon coming home, Mal comments to Karl that Paul Robinson's kid is “a chip off the old block”. Karl goes to put the groceries away and Mal can see that he's moody about Susan giving up their trip, so Mal tries to give an impartial view.
MAL: What do you want from her, dad?
KARL: I don't know.
MAL: Then how is she supposed to? Is it really that big a shock what she's doing?
KARL: Look, this is a lot more complex than you understand.
MAL: Is it?
KARL: Come on Mal.
MAL: Mum's always spread herself too thin. The kids, the step- kids, the grandkids. The random waifs and strays.
KARL: It's not quite the same thing.
MAL: You sure about that? Mum likes caring for people. Don't make this more than what it is.
Later, Susan arrives home, upset that Jim doesn't want her to be power of attorney anymore. She asks Karl whether Jim said anything to him at the hospital and Karl says no before quickly changing the subject. This is not lost on Susan and the jig is up. She reminds Karl that he was pushing Susan to give Jim space and then suddenly he goes and finds Jim for her. She thinks it is incredibly strange that Jim really wanted her to be power of attorney and now it's like he's trying to convince her that she's got too much on her plate.
KARL: People change their minds.
SUSAN: Or people change it for them! What did you say to him?
After some words from our advertisers, we find out what he said to him. But first, we are greeted by denials from Karl. A first he says that he didn't talk to Jim about anything, nor did he try to convince Jim of anything or force him into any decisions. Finally, he confesses that he may have suggested that it might have been better for Jim to keep his distance. Susan is livid and Karl tries to turn the tables by being angry and righteous about doing it for Susan and her stress levels.
KARL: I did it for us. We should be spending time together.
SUSAN: At the expense of a very sick man?
KARL: I was worried about you getting sick!
SUSAN: Oh don't you dare.
KARL: Well you know, I will! I will dare! All this worrying, the stress, it is not good for your health!
SUSAN: Stop it, Karl, just stop it! You didn't do it for me; you didn't even do it for us. You did it for yourself! You did it because you're jealous. You're jealous of a dying man!
Susan angrily leaves and Karl is left to stand there fuming on his own.
(Jim holding Susan's hand on the table at Charlie's)
(Karl and Mal at number 28)
KARL: There were two sides of this.
MAL: Hang on; mum's helping a dying man through whatever he's going through…
KARL: At the cost of our marriage.
MAL: You can't be serious?! Mum is not in love with Jim Dolan!
KARL: Oh Malcolm!
(Shot of Susan looking at Jim)
(Andrew and Summer are overlooking a bunch of backpackers eating in the backyard)
ANDREW: Business is a boom.
SUMMER: Ooh, more bookings.
KATE (V.O): Well, looks like you two have your hands full.
(Kate is surprised to see strangers sitting around number 22)
SUMMER: Have you met Andrew's friends from Scotland?
KATE: Does your dad know about this?
(Tash hands Michael something in his office)
NATASHA: So what do you think?
MICHAEL: I don't have time, Natasha!
(Chris sees Natasha looking upset in class)
CHRIS (V.O): You never let this stuff get to you.
(Tash and Chris at the lockers)
NATASHA: I don't care what he thinks or what anyone else thinks!
(Tash pulls something out of her locker and Chris picks up a pile of papers that have fallen on the floor)
CHRIS: Tash, what are these?