Joe about to punch Harold after misunderstanding how he ended up in Mrs. Mangel's bed.
Madge grabs Joe by the arms and pins them behind his back! As she does so, she asks him tersely if it isn't time he grew up and stopped bullying people; he should pick on somebody who can fight back. Joe retorts that Harold's ugly enough to look after himself. Madge warns Joe that if he keeps this up, he'll have *her* to deal with. Joe mutters:
JOE: I thought you'd be *happy* for me to job him. I'm wonderin' you didn't do it *yourself*.
MADGE (blankly): What?
JOE: Well, doesn't it worry you that he's been in bed with another woman?
Madge sighs that this whole thing is just a stupid mistake, and she explains about how Mrs. Mangel insisted that she and Harold swap beds with her but nobody bothered to tell Harold. Having heard the tale, Joe comments:
JOE: It sounds a bit far- fetched to me.
MADGE: Don't you think the idea of Harold getting into bed with your *mother's* far- fetched? I mean, he may not be Mr. Universe, but he's certainly not *that* desperate.
HAROLD (nods): That's right. [Then to Madge indignantly] What do you mean I might not be Mr. Universe?!
Joe starts chuckling and asks why they didn't tell him this before! Madge lets go of his arms and Joe tells Harold that he's a lucky boy having his own personal bodyguard to look after him! He walks off, leaving Harold to mutter:
HAROLD: I don't have to put up with this!
Madge suggests to him that he come back inside. Harold, however, retorts that he'll come in when he's well and ready; *well and ready*!
Sharon and Bronwyn are doing the washing- up in the kitchen. Sharon suggests that they should go and see what's going on outside, but Bronwyn tells her to let Henry and Madge sort it out. She adds that Sharon's caused enough trouble already. Sharon insists that she just told Joe what happened; it's not *her* fault he hasn't got a sense of humour! Henry, Madge and Joe come back in and Bronwyn asks if everything's all right. Henry starts telling her about SuperMum rescuing Harold! Madge warns him not to tease Harold about it when he decides to come back in. Mrs. Mangel wanders in at that moment and smiles that Bouncer quite enjoyed his burnt toast and a little play. She then says to Bronwyn and Sharon that she thought they might like to come to church with her. Bronwyn says quickly:
BRONWYN: Oh, er, I'd love to, Mrs. Mangel, but, um, I promised Des I'd help him out with Jamie while he does his housework.
HENRY (grins): Jamie does housework...?!
Sharon adds quickly that *she* promised too! Mrs. Mangel remarks coolly that it takes two of them to mind one little baby, does it? Sharon replies quickly that they take turns. Mrs. Mangel sighs:
MRS. MANGEL: Very well. It seems that you and I, Joe, are left to represent our household at Morning Devotions.
JOE (looking aghast): No way, mum - you're not dragging *me* to church. It's against me religion!
MRS. MANGEL (coolly): That is not funny.
Harold comes back in, with the morning paper. Sharon comments to him that he's not hurt. Harold retorts that of course he isn't - and he does wish people would not make mountains out of molehills. Mrs. Mangel asks Harold in surprise why he'd be hurt. Henry grins:
HENRY: No reasons, Mrs. M. - not while SuperMum's around to drive away the forces of evil!
Harold snaps at Henry that he's sick and tired of his childish attempts at humour. Bronwyn chips in indignantly that Henry's just trying to help. Harold retorts that he can do without *that* sort of help. Madge suggests to him that he sit down quietly and relax and read the paper. Harold, however, mutters at her to stop mothering him. He storms out, leaving Mrs. Mangel to ask if someone can please tell her why Mr. Bishop is so upset.
A short time later, Bronwyn and Sharon are heading down the pathway of No. 30 and out onto the street, Sharon warning Bronwyn as they do so that she ought to be careful: she heard what Harold said: guys don't like being mothered. Bronwyn asks her what she's talking about and Sharon explains that it's the way Bronwyn keeps rushing to Henry's defence all the time. Bronwyn says she doesn't know what her sister's talking about - Henry's a good friend and she'll stick up for *any* of her friends if they need it. Sharon giggles:
SHARON: Sure, Bronny - whatever you say!
With that, she announces that she's going over to the Robinsons' to see what Nick's doing. Bronwyn heads off to No. 28.
Nick is standing looking at a canvas set up in the lounge room when there's a knock on the front door. He opens it to Sharon and asks her now the night went. Sharon smiles that it was total disaster - but everyone survived! She then looks at the canvas Nick was looking at and asks if Helen painted it. Nick nods:
NICK: Yeah. It's pretty cool, isn't it? I'm not sure it's the way *I'd* do it, though.
He suddenly hears the kettle whistling and the two of them head through to the kitchen as Sharon asks him what he means. He explains:
NICK: Well, if *I* was painting it, I'd go for Paul more the way *I* see him - you know: the high- pressure exec type. Lots of clock shapes in the background... the designs from the $100 note just sort of misting down... you know: 'time is money' kind of thing.
SHARON: That's unreal! Why don't you do it?
NICK (thoughtfully): Yeah, I suppose I could. I've got to do something for Helen this weekend for an art class assignment.
SHARON: Well, this would be perfect. Go for it!
Nick says there's a photo of Paul in the bedroom - he can use that. He smiles at Sharon and thanks her for the idea.
Madge and Harold are rolling up their bedding, Madge saying as they do so that she can't tell Harold how glad she'll be to get home, away from the prying ears and eyes of Nell Mangel. Harold is trying to fasten an elasticated strap around a rolled- up blanket and floormat, but he's struggling and Madge warns him not to strain himself, as he'll hurt his back. She goes to help, and connects the two ends of the elastic tie together straight away, leaving Harold looking annoyed. Madge doesn't notice, however, going on instead:
MADGE: You know, I really don't know how you managed to board with her. Think of those poor girls: what must their lives be like?
HAROLD (irritatedly): Look, I could've done that myself, you know.
MADGE (blankly): Hm?
HAROLD: I don't need help with every trivial little thing. I am *not* a *child*.
MADGE: Of *course* you're not. Oh Harold, it's all this nonsense with Joe Mangel, isn't it. Well, don't worry about it - there was no harm done.
HAROLD (retorts): Yes there was - to my *pride*. Go on, admit it: you think I'm a weakling, don't you.
MADGE: Oh Harold, that sort of thing's not important to me. I love you just the way you are.
HAROLD (exclaims): You *do* think I'm a weakling!
HAROLD: You *do*. You're coddling me all the time... you're making me feel inadequate...
MADGE: I'm *not*.
HAROLD: Well, what about just now - that strap? I was perfectly capable of doing that myself.
MADGE: Oh darling, of course you were - but if I do these little things for you it's just because I *like* doing things for you. If you don't like it - if you feel smothered - well, all right, I won't do it anymore.
MADGE: Good. Now we've got that cleared up, let's get out of here before anything else happens.
With that, Madge hands Harold a small canvas bag and *she* picks up the big rolled- up blanket and mat! Harold stands there looking annoyed!
Bronwyn is sitting with Jamie on the couch as Des potters around setting up the ironing board and tells her that he feels guilty about dragging her over on a Sunday. Bronwyn smiles that being there is absolute bliss after the night at No. 30! She changes the subject and asks if Mike is coming home for lunch. Des, however, replies that he'll be out all day studying. Bronwyn asks how he is. Des just replies that he's fine. Bronwyn says:
BRONWYN: Do you think he's feeling a bit better about us breaking up?
DES: If you're wondering whether he'll be holding a grudge, don't worry - Mike's not the type.
BRONWYN: I hope I did the right thing. I mean, he's a really nice guy; it's just we didn't seem right for each other. I couldn't see any point in getting more serious.
DES: You did the right thing: either it's right with somebody or it isn't.
BRONWYN: The problem is, how do you know - for sure, I mean?
DES: I don't know about anybody else, but with Daph... I knew as soon as I laid eyes on her.
Bronwyn tells Des that Sharon has got it into her head that *she's* got a thing for *Henry*; it's crazy. She goes on that she likes him - he's a nice guy and he's fun, and they've got a lot more in common than her and Mike... Des muses that Sharon might be onto something there! Bronwyn, however, says quickly:
BRONWYN: No. It's hard to take Henry seriously. He's just a big kid.
DES: Yeah. Not as much as he'd like to pretend...
BRONWYN: I just don't want to start anything again unless I'm really sure. I want to be like you and know it's right from the word 'go'.
DES: Be serious, Bron. You're 18- years- old. You're just finding out about people; about life. Just take things as they come. Don't put so much pressure on yourself.
The doorbell rings suddenly. As Des goes to get it, Bronwyn thanks him for the talk. Des opens the door to find Harold standing on the step, and he tells Des that after church he might pop down and open up the Coffee Shop for a while. Des remarks that they usually only open on a Sunday if there's a conference on at Lassiter's. Harold nods that he knows that, but now that he's a partner he should be looking for ways to improve the business. Des shrugs that they've got nothing to lose. Harold says mutedly that he'll let him know how it goes. He goes to head out. As he does so, Des looks at him in concern and asks him if he's all right. Harold murmurs that he's just a little tired: they all had a rather uncomfortable night at No. 30.
Joe is replacing a bulb in the lounge room at No. 30 as Mrs. Mangel says to him curtly that she doesn't know why he's being so difficult: a little time in church will do him the world of good - and he can meet all her friends. Joe just retorts that he doesn't like crowds. Mrs. Mangel tells him that she'll be most put- out if he doesn't go. Madge turns to her and sighs:
MADGE: Oh, for heaven's sake, stop bullying Joe if he doesn't want to go
MRS. MANGEL: I'm *not* bullying him; I'm merely pointing out what's in his best interest. *Some* of us have a little concern for our family's spiritual welfare.
MADGE (demands): What's *that* supposed to mean?
MRS. MANGEL: Well, we all know that the church hasn't been *built* that will ever see your *Henry* in it.
MADGE (growls): You *think* that, do you?
MRS. MANGEL: I don't *think* it, I *know* it.
MADGE: Well, you don't know as much as you *think* you know, because Henry's already agreed to go to church with me [turning to Henry and cuffing him on the scruff of the neck!] - *haven't you*, love? [Turning back to Mrs. Mangel] So we'll ask the Reverend Sampson to hold a seat for you - obviously only *one*.
Joe stares at Madge and then looks at his mother. He sighs that he supposes he could go - just this once. Mrs. Mangel smiles at him that he won't regret it: he'll be spiritually uplifted. Henry grins at Joe and puts his hands together as if in prayer!
Sharon walks into a Coffee Shop empty of customers and asks Harold cheerfully how things are going. Harold, however, sighs that they're very quiet. He then says he's been thinking that they should consider redecorating - and he adds that Henry's gnomes will be the first to go. Sharon exclaims that he can't; they're cute! Harold retorts that they're hideous. He then tells Sharon that if she's going to stay, she can keep an eye on the shop and he'll go and check on the food supplies. He heads off into the kitchen. A few seconds later, the shop door opens and Mrs. Mangel and Joe come in. Mrs. Mangel tells Sharon that they were just strolling by and saw the place was open. She adds that there's no function today, is there? Sharon explains that it's just something that Mr. Bishop wanted to try. Mrs. Mangel says that, in that case, they'll stop and have a nice cup of tea. Joe says:
JOE: Mum, I might just slip over the Waterhole and have a couple of quickies.
MRS. MANGEL (firmly): You're not going straight to that place after church. We'll have a nice cup of tea. Sit.
Joe does as he's told! Harold emerges from the kitchen and Joe grins:
JOE: That's a real pretty apron, Harold! Suits ya!
HAROLD (angrily): If that is a slur on my masculinity, I'lló
MRS. MANGEL (quickly): Of course not, Mr. Bishop. Joe - apologise.
JOE (taunts): Well, if the apron fits...
Harold glares at Joe and snaps that that does it: he will not be insulted in his own shop. He tells Joe that he's no longer welcome, and he orders him to leave. Joe stands up and demands:
JOE: Are *you* gonna make me?
HAROLD: If I have to.
JOE (pointing to his chin): Well, go ahead.
Harold just stands there and says:
HAROLD: I *will*, by golly.
Mrs. Mangel stands up and warns the two men that they're both behaving like children and she will not tolerate un- Christian bickering on a Sunday. She tells Joe tersely that they are going - *now*. The two of them walk out, leaving Harold muttering at Sharon that he will *not* be trifled with. Sharon grins:
SHARON: You're just lucky Mrs. M. was there!
HAROLD (indignantly): Do you mean to say you don't think I could've handled that- that- that- that roughneck?
SHARON: Are you kidding?! If she'd turned him loose, we'd be taking you home in little bags for the kittens! Face it, Mr. Bishop, that's twice today you've had your life saved. Maybe you should quit while you're ahead!
Harold stands there looking annoyed.
It's sometime later, and Harold comments to Sharon that they may as well close up. Nick comes in at that moment, though, and asks how things are going. Sharon smiles that they're OK. She asks how the painting's coming along and he tells her:
Harold tells Nick that they sold one of his paintings yesterday, and he hands over some cash. Nick beams happily. Harold then goes to take out a sack containing the day's takings to the automatic machine, but as he does so, two girls come in. Harold tells them that they're just about to close up. One of the girls says they only wanted a can of drink. Sharon tells Harold that they're friends of hers from school; she'll fix it. He heads out and Sharon asks the first girl - Vanessa - what drink she wants. Vanessa, however, replies that she just said that so that Harold would let them in; they need change for the 'phone. As she says this she opens a packet of cigarettes. She holds it out to Sharon and offers her one. Nick says tersely:
NICK: She doesn't smoke.
The second girl mutters at him that Sharon's got a mind of her own, hasn't she? Sharon tells the girls that Nick's right: she doesn't. Vanessa taunts:
VANESSA: Straight little country girl, eh? If you want to get by here in the city, you'd better grow up, I reckon.
NICK (coolly): Why - so she can act real immature like *you*?
VANESSA (retorts): I wasn't talking to *you*, Nick.
SHARON (to Nick): I *can* speak for myself, you know.
Nick glares at Sharon and tells her to go for it; he'll see her around. He heads out, leaving Vanessa to say to Sharon:
VANESSA: Are you serious? You've never smoked a cigarette?
SHARON (shaking her head): No.
VANESSA: Well come on - try one. You don't want to be a dag, do you?
She holds out the pack and Sharon takes out a cigarette and stares at it.
Joe is fitting a new alarm system in No. 32. As he runs some wire around the lounge room, Mrs. Mangel smiles at him that it'll be nice to feel totally safe in one's own home - adding that it's not that it isn't a safe neighbourhood, but it doesn't hurt to be careful. Joe grins:
JOE: Maybe you *don't* need it - there wouldn't be too many burglars game enough to take *you* on!
Mrs. Mangel says she'll make some tea. She then adds that it's good that he changed his mind about going to church. Joe tells her that it was just a once- off to keep Henry and Madge showing her up; he's not going to make a habit of it. Mrs. Mangel says:
MRS. MANGEL: Once a week isn't going to hurt you, dear.
JOE (firmly): Churches are for weddings and funerals and I don't plan on having *either* for quite some time, thank you very much.
Sharon is standing behind the counter, holding the now- lit cigarette, about to try smoking it. She sighs that she feels silly, but the girl who came in with Vanessa insists that she looks cool and sophisticated. Sharon puts the cigarette to her mouth and takes a puff. She starts coughing, though, and exclaims:
SHARON: Why would anyone in their right mind want to do *this*? It tastes *foul*.
VANESSA: Give it a chance - you need more than one puff.
The second girl taunts Sharon that it's living out in the bush with all the fresh air: your lungs don't get toughened up like in the city. Sharon takes another puff and coughs again. She then mutters:
SHARON: No thank you - I can live without it.
VANESSA (mutters): If you want to be a droob all your life, it's up to you.
She and the other girl walk out. Sharon suddenly hears Harold's voice outside, yelling at some boys to get away. She quickly runs and takes the cigarette out into the kitchen and puts it in the bin. Harold comes back in and mutters that the automatic machine wasn't working, so he'll see if he can lock the takings in the Daniels Corporation safe overnight. He then sniffs and asks Sharon if that's cigarette smoke. Sharon tells him quickly that Vanessa lit one and she told her that he didn't like people smoking in there so she left. Harold accepts this and says they may as well lock up. As the two of them head to the door, Harold mutters:
HAROLD: Filthy habit. We'll open up tomorrow and the place will stink of stale smoke.
With that, the two of them head out.
The burglar alarm siren is sounding and Joe yells at Mrs. Mangel - who has her fingers in her ears - that it works perfect. Mrs. Mangel yells back at him to ask if it has to be so loud. Joe turns off the alarm and he asks Mrs. Mangel if she can remember how to use it. Mrs. Mangel looks at a grey box on the wall of the hallway and comments warily that it does seem to have a terrible lot of lights and switches. Joe insists that it's easy once you get used to it. The two of them head into the lounge room and sit down on the couch. Mrs. Mangel says in relief that she's happy to be home again. Joe comments:
JOE: At least you don't have to worry about some moron getting into your bed!
MRS. MANGEL: Oh now, I won't have you talking about Mr. Bishop like that - it was just a silly mistake. But it *is* lovely to be back in the peace and quiet of one's own home.
All of a sudden, the alarm siren sounds again. Mrs. Mangel cringes in shock and asks Joe what it's doing. Joe heads out into the hallway and pulls a cable out of the control box. The alarm stops and Mrs. Mangel says she hopes it's not going to keep on doing that. Joe says quickly:
JOE: Yeah, well, er, must be a bug in the system or something. I'll sort it out. Don't worry, mum - I know what I'm doing.
Lassiter's complex/Coffee Shop
Des - carrying Jamie - and Bronwyn are walking across the complex. They go to head to the Coffee Shop, but Des comments that it looks like they've closed up and gone home. Bronwyn, however, comments that there's a light on in there. Des approaches the shop - and then realises that it's not a light, but flames in the kitchen. Looking round at Bronwyn, he yells at her to call the fire brigade. He then takes out a key and opens the shop door. He dashes behind the counter and picks up a fire extinguisher before heading into the kitchen to start tackling the flames.
Outside, Bronwyn has dialled the fire brigade and she asks them to please hurry.
In the Coffee Shop, Des is gradually being beaten back into the main shop as the flames in the kitchen spread. All of a sudden, the whole kitchen erupts and the Coffee Shop explodes in a massive fireball...