Outside the Waterhole
Madge finishes serving some customers at one of the tables and then walks over to another table where Scott is sitting staring into space. She tells him that he's going to give the place a bad reputation: people are supposed to *enjoy* themselves there, and *he* looks like the Sunday of a wet week! She then starts talking about Helen's threatening letter, clearly assuming that that's what's worrying him. Scott doesn't correct her. Madge tells him not to worry. Paul walks over and sits down with Scott. Madge leaves them. Paul remarks to Scott that he looks like he's been doing some heavy-duty thinking, and he asks his brother if he's come to any decision about Poppy yet.
SCOTT: I gave her the flick.
PAUL: *Nicely*, I hope.
SCOTT (sighs): Paul, there *is* no 'nice' way of doing something like that.
Paul apologises for his bad choice of words. Scott then tells him that Poppy is a very special person; if things were different... He adds:
SCOTT: I know, I know. I'm a married man and I love Charlene - but I think I could love Poppy too.
Paul points out to Scott that he's been away from Charlene for a long time; he's lonely; Poppy's a lovely girl and she's there in Erinsborough, and it takes a strong man to make the right decision.
SCOTT: You reckon I have?
PAUL: Well, let's put it this way: there's been times when I've doubted your intellect! This isn't one of them.
Bronwyn storms into No. 22, Sharon following her, pleading with her to calm down. Bronwyn, however, snaps:
BRONWYN: How *can* I? You saw her.
SHARON: She's just a girl.
BRONWYN: Oh sure - blonde, blue-eyed, figure like something out of Penthouse. Henry's been drooling about her for *days*. How would *you* feel?
Sharon points out that Bronwyn has been very busy lately, and maybe Henry's feeling lonely. She adds that she knows for a fact that Henry really loves her. She then suggests:
SHARON: Instead of getting angry, get romantic. Remind him of why he fell in love with you in the first place.
Henry comes downstairs at that moment, dressed in a suit. Sharon comments that he looks great! Henry says he's going down to the Waterhole to sink a few quickies with Scott. Bronwyn remarks coolly that she thought he was going round to see Liz, and Henry says quickly:
HENRY: Well I *am* - after. So I guess I'll catch you when you get home from Tech, right?
BRONWYN: I'm gonna give Tech a miss, so, um, maybe you could change your plans too?
Henry smiles that he thinks he could manage that!
In the kitchen, Clarence hands Kerry a small bunch of flowers to thank her for being so kind. Kerry thanks him and asks him if he's hungry. He nods that he is. She indicates the stew on the stove and asks coolly exactly how many she's feeding today. Clarence replies that there are four including him. With that, he heads back outside. Kerry puts the flowers in a vase just as Harold comes in from the main shop and comments that it's been a busy day. Kerry suggests to him that he head off home, and she'll lock up. Harold, however, tells her that he has to mop the floors yet. As he walks back through to the main shop, he spots the flowers and comments:
HAROLD: Oh, I didn't notice those before.
KERRY: A friend just dropped them in.
HAROLD: They look like they've been yanked out of someone's garden!
Gail and Paul are sitting with Jane and Joe, and Gail is asking if Jane was able to get a call through to the UK. Jane replies that she spoke to Mr. Worthington at the hospital and the doctors are quite worried: they say that the first attack weakened the heart muscle, so the prognosis isn't very good. Gail says she's very sorry. Jane sighs that she really feels she should be *with* her grandmother.
PAUL: But the office is really bus—
Gail tells Jane quickly that her grandmother is far more important; they'll manage. Paul asks Joe if *he's *just going to drop everything and fly out too.
JOE: Course I am.
A look of surprise crosses Paul's face! He and Gail then suggest that Jane and Joe probably have a lot to organise, so they'll go. Jane, however, asks them to stay, as they really could do with the company. Gail accepts, but adds that she and Paul have got dinner reservations later on because, for some reason, Bronwyn didn't seem too keen on having them home tonight!
There's romantic music playing and Bronwyn is dressed up when Henry arrives home. He stares at her and asks in appreciation:
HENRY: What's *this* in aid of?
BRONWYN: I thought since I was giving Tech a miss I'd surprise you.
HENRY: Well you *have*!
Bronwyn leads him across to the table, telling him that she'll get the entrees. Henry, however, pulls her to him and smiles:
HENRY: Forget the entree!
The two of them start kissing passionately. When they pull apart, Bronwyn asks:
BRONWYN: Now isn't this better than spending the evening at Liz's?
HENRY (shrugs): Oh... this is...
HENRY (beams): This is just about perfect, I'd say.
Gail, Paul, Bronwyn and Henry are having breakfast the next morning. Paul remarks that things were pretty quiet when he and Gail got home, and he asks Henry and Bronwyn if they had an early night! Henry smiles that it's love: they know how it is! He then stands up and says he'd better get to work. Bronwyn asks for a lift to see a friend and get the notes from last night's class. The two of them then head out, leaving Gail to sigh at the state they've left the kitchen in. She says to Paul:
GAIL: Paul, how long do you think they're going to be here? I mean, Henry did promise he'd start looking for somewhere.
Paul points out that, as much as he'd love to be alone with Gail, the board money does come in handy at the moment. Gail asks if they're that hard up. Paul replies:
PAUL: No, no, no, not quite, but every penny does help at the moment. You think you can wear them a while longer?
GAIL (sighs heavily): I guess so.
Rear of the Coffee Shop
Kerry emerges from the kitchen with fresh croissants and Danishes for Clarence and his mates - of which there are at least half a dozen. Kerry sighs at Clarence that he said there'd only be *four* of them. She adds that this is getting out of hand: Harold's bound to notice. At that moment, Harold emerges from the door behind Kerry and says curtly:
HAROLD: He already *has*.
Kerry turns and looks at him. Harold gives her a glare of disappointment.
Office of the Robinson Corporation
Gail walks into the office with coffees. Paul is looking at some figures and he tells Gail that they have a few cost over-runs: their profit margin is anorexic and he thinks they need to cut down. Gail asks him what he has in mind. Paul suggests that they cut out unnecessary faxes, cut down on casual staff, start using both sides of their paper...
GAIL (looking astonished): You've got to be kidding.
PAUL: No, I am *not*, Gail. Look, there's going to be a big economy drive round here; in fact, I've already started to make a list of suggestions for you.
Gail comments that she hopes this isn't going to be one-sided, because *he's* not the most thrifty person she knows. Paul tells her that he's decided to give the car-phone he wanted a miss; he's decided he can do with a pager for the time being.
GAIL: You sure you don't want me to send you smoke signals? - *after* I've written on both sides of the paper!
Jane and Joe come in at that moment, and Gail asks Joe if he had any luck with the passport. He nods that he can pick it up in the office. He then tells Paul and Gail that he's come to say goodbye. Paul says he hopes things will be better when he gets to the UK. With that, Joe heads off, leaving Jane to tell Paul and Gail that she'd best get to it: she has to go at twelve o'clock and there's a few things she needs to leave for the temp. Paul, however, says he doesn't think they'll be getting one, actually: Prue's pretty efficient and can do most of the typing at reception, and Gail could take up the rest of the slack.
GAIL (muses): Wonderful...
Kerry and Harold are arguing in the kitchen at the Coffee Shop, Kerry accusing Harold of making a big deal out of nothing.
HAROLD: You call sending me broke by giving away food 'nothing'?
KERRY: *I* call it *charity*.
Harold retorts that giving away leftovers is charity; what Kerry was doing was *stealing*. Kerry asks Harold angrily if he couldn't see that those men were hungry. Harold tells her that there are organisations to look after people like that; the Coffee Shop can't afford it.
KERRY: All right - since you're so hard up, take it out of my wages.
HAROLD: I don't *pay* you—[he breaks off]
KERRY: Yeah - my point exactly. You're getting my labour for nothing, so you *can* afford to feed those guys.
Harold reminds Kerry curtly that he put a roof over her and her daughter's head. Kerry mutters that that's big of him - since charity's not his thing. She goes on angrily:
KERRY: And I *do* pay what I can - out of my pension. Sky and I came to Erinsborough to spend some time with you, not bludge, but since you think we *are*, then maybe you think it's time we left?
With that, she takes off her apron and throws it down angrily. She then marches into the main shop and goes on:
KERRY: You know? I thought you would have mellowed after all this time. Stupid me: I should've known that we couldn't live in the same *city*, much less the same *house*.
HAROLD (warns): You just show a little respect for your father, young lady.
KERRY (retorts): That'd be hard, since I don't *have* any. I'm taking Sky and we're leaving.
HAROLD: If that's what you want.
KERRY: Oh, it *is*.
Kerry then marches out. Harold stands there looking embarrassed as the customers in the Coffee Shop all look at him.
Office of the Robinson Corporation
Paul and Gail are talking about money-saving measures. Gail looks aghast at the idea of not leaving fresh fruit in the guests' rooms, but Paul insists that they have to cut costs. He adds that she knows this is important to him. He then tells Gail that to prove that he values her co-operation, he's going to ring Mr. Rossini and order a special meal for them. Gail muses that that's false economy, and she throws Paul a packet of sandwiches, telling him that it's the lunch she didn't have time for: it'll keep body and soul together 'til they get home. Paul doesn't look impressed!
Scott is playing with Sky and telling her that he's going to miss her. Kerry comes in through the front door and says there's no one at home at the Mangels'. She asks Scott to tell Joe that she'll ring him tonight. Scott pleads with her to just wait until Harold gets home: they'll both have had time to cool down by them. Kerry, however, retorts that they've said what they have to say to one another, and it's time to move on. Scott offers to get Henry's car and give her a lift, but Kerry insists that she and Sky can catch the interstate bus just down the road. She goes to the front door, where Scott tells her:
SCOTT: I'm going to miss you, you know? So's Madge.
KERRY: Me too - but hey, look, we'll all get over it! It's been nice knowing you, Scott.
With that, she heads out, carrying Sky. Scott closes the door behind her, looking disappointed.
Madge is asking Harold in astonishment how he could just let Kerry walk out like that. Harold gasps that he can't believe Madge is taking *her* part. He insists that *he* was *right*. Madge, however, retorts that that's going to be cold comfort if he never *sees* Kerry again. She then points out that Sky's his only grandchild and he'll be losing her too.
HAROLD (admits): Yes, well, that would be regrettable.
MADGE: 'Regrettable'? Harold, you're talking about your daughter and granddaughter, not a pair of old shoes.
HAROLD (meekly): All right, well, perhaps I could try again.
Joe comes into the shop and asks if Kaz is around. Harold tells him that she isn't at the moment.
JOE: That's women for you, eh? Last time we're going to be together before I leave, she's late!
Madge glares at Harold. Joe sighs:
JOE: OK, what's going on? Not gonna chuck another wobbly about us being together, are you?
Madge suggests coolly to Harold that she thinks Joe deserves an explanation. Harold admits to Joe that there was a difference of opinion: he and Kerry had a serious argument and she's gone. Joe shrugs that he'll catch her at home, then. Madge, however, tells him that she won't *be* at home.
HAROLD: By now I think she would've left Erinsborough - for good.
Joe stares at Harold and then dashes out.
Henry is lying back on the couch, eating grapes! Bronwyn lets Sharon in and Sharon looks at a plate of biscuits on the coffee table and remarks that her sister's been baking again. Bronwyn smiles that they're Henry's favourite!
SHARON (to Henry): Aren't you spoiled?
HENRY: And loving it!
Bronwyn and Sharon head through to the kitchen, but Henry soon calls that he's run out of biccies. Bronwyn, looking annoyed, sighs that she's trying to study.
HENRY: Some people would be only too *happy* to grant me my every wish...
BRONWYN (heading back through to the lounge room): 'Some people' being Liz Anderson, I presume?
With that, she picks up the empty plate, sighing as she does so:
BRONWYN: There are times, Henry Ramsay, when I—
She breaks off as Henry pulls her down to him, kisses her and grins:
HENRY: But you love me, don't you?!