On an unknown street:
Helen is teaching Madge to drive and all seems to be going well. Helen doesn't think it'll be long before Madge can go for her license (She only had her first lesson yesterday!). They discuss Harold's suggestion of being honest with each other as Madge starts driving again. Helen still doesn't think it's a good idea. Madge takes Harold's side and almost crashes the car.
At Paul and Gail's:
Jim and Bev are having dinner with Paul and Gail and also talking about Harold's suggestion of being more candid. Jim uses it as an excuse to suck up to Gail and tell her he's being perfectly honest when he says dinner was delicious. They laugh at how Helen and Madge are arguing so much. Bev reminds Jim he is just as bad arguing with Henry. She thinks it would be much more healthy for him to get his gripes out in the open (please, no!). Paul agrees and hugs Gail, saying lack of communication causes all sorts of problems.
On another street:
Madge parks Helen's car up on the grass verge. Helen is moody still, sarcastically saying they prefer you to park on the road. Madge thinks maybe driving isn't for her after all and considers selling the car. It would certainly help raise money for her wedding. Helen suggests she tells Harold how she feels - if he wants everyone to be honest he should be able to take a bit back himself. Madge accuses her of picking on him and points out that Helen is always offering out good advice to everyone on Ramsay Street but doesn't like it when someone else tries to (Well said Madge!). She gets out of the car and tells Helen to drive. Helen gets out and chirrups "I was only speaking my mind Madge". Madge wags her head like a two year old.
At the Ramsays:
Scott is typing again as Charlene cooks some biscuits. He stops typing to nick a biscuit and Charlene shouts at him, telling him the biscuits are rationed to one a day! She goes to answer the door to Harold as Scott stuffs his face behind her back. She tells Harold he knows the rules - no visitors without invitation. Harold follows her in as she spots Scott eating all the biscuits and runs back to stop him. Harold comments that the biscuits smell delicious and Charlene grudgingly hands him one. He sits down and asks how they enjoyed the church service, and his singing? They lie and say it was very good. Harold is well chuffed but adds that if they'd said they didn't enjoy it he wouldn't have been offended - they must be honest after all. Scott cottons on quickly and pointedly remarks that he agrees, if he couldn't be honest and tell Harold that he didn't have time to stand around talking he'd never get his article finished. Charlene kicks him (!) and tells him you can take honesty too far and end up hurting peoples feelings. Harold tells them he has something to tell them both that neither of them will be very happy about.
At the park:
Paul and Gail are walking through a kids playground enjoying the fresh air. They talk about Gail not being able to have children and whether they should go ahead with IVF. Paul says if they risk nothing they gain nothing. Gail isn't sure it's worth it though.
At the Ramsays:
Charlene is surprised that Madge and Helen are still rowing. She says they'll have a talk to them and get them to pull their horns in. Harold thinks more direct action is needed. He suggests that Scott and Charlene are the flies in the ointment - he thinks they should let Madge and Henry move home. Scott is having none of it. Harold says surely they wouldn't hold them to a full month now they know the difficulties? Charlene starts to crack but Scott sticks to his guns. He bluntly tells Harold that whether Madge and Henry move back now or later is none of his business. And "anyone who uses blunt talking as a way of interfering in other people's business is as bad as Mrs Mangel." He gets back to work as Charlene sees Harold out. She's taken a leaf out of her husband's book and yells after Harold "let me tell you something Harold, your singing in church this morning almost cracked the stained glass windows!"
At the Robinsons:
The living room's a mess so Jim tells Lucy to tidy up. He's even more annoyed that Henry has scattered his newspaper all over the floor. Madge and Harold come in arguing about Charlene's comments and start another row with Helen about Madge's driving lesson. World War 3 is on the verge of breaking out with "honest" comments flying all over the place. Henry and Lucy look on in bemusement and decide to make a sharp exit.
At the park:
Gail and Paul are still walking when they happen upon a small, crying child. Paul's soft side makes a rare appearance as he talks to the child. Turns out she's lost and she explains how her dad is a busy businessman who didn't want to take her to the park... He appears and takes her away, saying he's got better things to do than look for her all day. Paul asks Gail to remind him about Narelle (the child) if they ever have kids and she comments that he'd never be too busy for their kids (Oh really? Just fast forward a few years and we'll remind you of that Gail!) They go and get ice cream and talk about what sort of parents they'll be. Gail tells Paul she's decided to try the IVF programme after all now she's seen what a wonderful dad he'll be.
At the Robinson's:
Scott and Charlene have come for a visit and comment on what Harold said earlier. They say if Madge and Henry want to move home early then it's fine by them. Jim and Helen insist that they can manage for another week. Helen asks how Scott's writing is coming on and Charlene says it's terrific - Scott's cadetship is in the bag. Still in the honesty mode, Jim pours cold water over her excitement and says it doesn't mean anything that the editor chased Scott up, she could have contacted a dozen or more people. Scott sits nervously as Charlene and Helen continue to reassure him but Jim warns him not to pin his hopes on the article.
Madge asks Harold if she can be open with him, before starting a fight about selling the car to get them a nest egg for their wedding. Harold refuses and Madge storms off, telling him if she were a man she'd punch him in the mouth!
At the Robinsons:
Helen and Jim are enjoying the peace and quiet, which is quickly broken as Madge and Harold come in still arguing, followed by Henry chasing a giggling Lucy. Helen stands up and shouts at them all to be quiet! She reads the riot act and says she won't stand for things any longer - she's going to speak her mind, and Heaven help anyone who leaves the room before she's finished!