- Paul and Toadie discuss the potential development in Erinsborough
- Peter asking Toadie to be at the council meeting to represent the developers
- Sonya telling Kyle that she isn't against the development
- Sophie goes alone to trade her guitar and Kate finds out she's not in school
Sophie is showing Noah what she can do on the bass until an angry Kate comes home. She demands to speak to Sophie, but Sophie tries to get Noah to stay and Kate to wait. Kate wants to know where Sophie was and the latter initially lies that she was at school but is quickly busted. Noah awkwardly gets up and leaves and Sophie yells at Kate for ruining everything.
Dial- A- Kyle/Harold's Store
Over at Harold's, Toadie and Mal are talking about the development and how Paul has written a negative article about it. They're both fairly positive about the development though and agree that some people would just throw the newspaper out because most people that they have spoken to have been positive about it too.
Obviously they haven't spoken to Kyle though, who is ranting to Paul about how bad the idea of the development is. He shows Paul the petition he's been taking signatures for and Paul gets the idea to make Kyle the focus of his next article.
PAUL: Just an interview, one on one; possibly a photograph.
KYLE: With my shirt on?
PAUL: Fully clothed, Kyle.
Kyle is happy to spare some time for the cause.
Jade is trying, but failing, to convince Kate to go out and have some fun. Kate is too frustrated with her Sophie problems though just as the problem walks out of her room. Kate dishes out punishment for Sophie in the form of a month of bathroom cleaning and a fortnight of dishes duty and Sophie accepts but with attitude. She doesn't accept that Kate wants to confiscate her bass though and complains that Kate embarrassed her in front of Noah. She tries to leave the house again and snarks that she needs to buy gloves to clean the bathroom but Kate retorts that she'll pick up gloves at Harold's and Sophie is to return to her room. Jade thinks Kate's being too harsh on her and she's Sophie's sister - not her mother.
Kate picks up some cleaning products and tells Paul that it's for Sophie's punishment. He jokes that Sophie should go over to his house and show Andrew a thing or two! Paul wants Kate to represent the store at the council meeting since Lyn has sent a letter of objection to the development but is obviously not around to be a physical presence. Initially unwilling, Kate then agrees.
After ordering drinks, Paul walks outside to the waiting Kyle. Flipping through the petition, Kyle suggests getting some of the dudes who signed to be in the article. Paul worries that they're not legit but Kyle clarifies that they're his suppliers.
PAUL: Oh in that case, see if you can rustle them up!
KYLE: Consider them rustled.
Kyle gets up to go get a shower before his photo but Paul assures him that his attitude is the main focus of the article.
We pan over to Toad and Jade chatting about Sonya's upcoming thirtieth birthday. They're a little weirded out to see Kyle sitting with Paul and talk turns to the development.
JADE: You're not still going on about that, are you?
KYLE: Yeah. My business could go bust.
JADE: I know, but it's not really that bad. And you think aligning yourself with him is going to do anything?
PAUL: Uh, I am the one with the newspaper, and the resources, and a very loud voice.
JADE: Yep, you just lost me as a reader.
KYLE: I thought you'd be all for small businesses.
JADE: Are you serious? We'll actually have decent shopping around here!
KYLE: This is bigger than your retail therapy.
JADE: Exactly. These places always have gyms in them.
KYLE: Which would put Dingoes under threat.
JADE: Good. I hate that place, it sucks. And you know the opportunities these chains have? You could transfer interstate, overseas.
KYLE: I'm happy right here.
JADE: Good for you.
Agree to disagree then. Paul sees Toad looking uncomfortable and asks if he'd like to weigh in on the debate but Toad would rather not.
PAUL: I'd like you to get a message to your bosses for me then. You tell them whoever is representing the development at the meeting is in for one hell of a fight.
Well that would be Toadie so cue uncomfortable nodding on his part.
Toadie comes home and looks through some of the plans for the development. He gets a call from Sonya and sighs that he'll be public enemy number one when everyone realises that he's the one representing the development. He smiles as she says some encouraging words and tells her that they make an awesome team.
Number 24 Garage
Sophie is hiding out playing on the confiscated instrument. Kate tells her off when she walks past.
SOPHIE: Look, just ‘cause your life sucks doesn't mean you can take it out on me!
KATE: This isn't about me, OK, ‘cause you did the wrong thing!
SOPHIE: Uh, I think it is. You hardly ever go out and have any fun so when someone else does you can't even handle it. When was the last time you went out just like everyone else your age? See? You can't even remember it. So go get a life and stop worrying about mine so much.
Sophie's pushed the right buttons and Kate storms over to number 26 to suggest to Jade that they go out.
JADE: You've got that look on your face. The “I'm gonna have fun if it kills me!” look.
Walking into the kitchen, they agree that it's exactly what they both need. Until Rhys invites himself. He wants to get to know them better.
RHYS: I believe it's called being neighbourly.
JADE: Pick another neighbour.
He suggests that they “can't handle it” which Kate falls right into and invites him.
Everyone looks bored. Kate is ranting and raving about Sophie and Jade and Rhys look like they're going to fall asleep. Jade tries to steer the conversation away by talking about a new club but can't get a word in edgewise over Kate's ranting. Rhys gets up to leave and Jade wants to go as well and Kate realises she should really have shut up. Kate suggests going to the new club but Rhys is still leaving. Jade, however, is up for more partying.
Harold's Store Exterior
Toad is talking business with his boss and Peter wants assurance on Toad's dedication to the development. He then tells Toadie that he wants Toadie to sit in with the community and hear the opinions as the grassroots level because some civilians won't want to talk in a meeting. Toadie realises that he's being sent to “spy” but Peter would rather not call it that.
Sophie is heading out to school when Kate and Jade arrive home in a cab. Rhys is surprised to see them just returning home as well. Sophie is annoyed that Kate stayed out while she has to stay home and clean but Kate pulls out the “I'm an adult” line.
Kyle is trying to bug Mal into signing the petition. Seeing Toad, Kyle asks whether Toad will be there to help them make a stand. Toadie says that he will be there…but is making no promises.
Everyone's doing their part pre- meeting. Paul is chatting to some council folks and Peter Noonan goes to try the same. Kyle is confident about the large turnout and the amount of them who are against the development and Toadie is extremely uncomfortable.
Kate and Jade are dozing away after their night out when Kate answers Paul's phone call. He's annoyed that she decided to party when she knew full well that she was supposed to be at the meeting. Jade tells her not to worry about it but Kate rushes off to get ready in the hope that she can still make it.
Summer lies that she has a free period which is why she's at the meeting but Michael can tell she's not. She professes the importance of the meeting though so he just tells her to get straight back to class afterwards. Kyle walks up to Peter and shows the petition and talks about the turnout. Peter is very concerned and tells Toadie that there's been a change of plans – Toadie will need to step up.
Commercial break over, Paul is finishing his speech.
PAUL: I returned to Erinsborough not just because I grew up here where my family ties were, but because of what this community has to offer. You see, I can walk down to the local shops and know that I'm not just a faceless customer. Because I know my neighbours and my neighbours know me. Alright, we may not always get on, but we all agree on one thing: and that is that we want Erinsborough to remain the same friendly, communal place. To be able to raise our children, to run our businesses, forge relationships – and this development will change all of that. So it's up to us to stand up and make sure that that doesn't happen.
Everyone claps his speech. Peter gets up to introduce the legal representative of the developers and Paul and Kyle are shocked that Toadie is the one speaking on behalf of the developers.