Henry and Bronwyn discovering they've installed the sprinkler system in the wrong garden.
It's evening-time. Madge hands Harold a coffee and says that, when Bronwyn's finished, she thinks she'll go and have a nice hot soak in the tub. Over in the kitchen, Henry mutters that he'd rather not talk about water: right now, he's up to his neck in it. He adds that Jim and Beverly are going to skin him alive when they discover the bracelet's still in hock. Madge suggests he try busking again tomorrow, but Henry tells her that he's got to remove that sprinkler system. The dogs at No. 32 suddenly start barking, and Harold snaps that he didn't get a wink of sleep last night - and if they continue he'll undoubtedly get a migraine.
Gail is telling Paul that they're supposed to be cutting down on their expenses; how can they afford to employ Kevin full time? Paul replies that it's more than justified. Gail adds that there's Jane to think about as well when she comes back, but Paul insists that he wants Gail to get plenty of rest; Jane will still have plenty to do. He then suggests that they have a few drinks tomorrow night to introduce Kevin to the Section heads. Gail sighs that they don't have the money. Paul tells her to trust him!
The next morning, the dogs are still barking. Harold snaps furiously that he's going to go over to No. 22 and have it out with Kerry. He opens the front door and finds Gloria standing on the step. He heads out as Gloria comes in and tells Madge that her son, Dean, has graduated from law school and has been appointed to a really classy law firm - and they're holding a party to welcome the new graduates and she and Rob have been invited! She then asks Madge if she'll come and help her choose a new outfit. Madge, however, declines, saying she's got to clean the pool of leaves and she's working at the Waterhole this afternoon. Gloria tells Madge that she'll drop in to the Waterhole and show her what she's bought!
Outside No. 32
Harold bangs on the front door of No. 32, calling for Kerry, but there's no answer. He then walks round to the back gate and slowly opens it. He heads into the back garden - but a cacophony of barking causes him quickly to emerge back to safety again. He starts sneezing as well! As he heads down the driveway, it can be seen that he has a rip in the seat of his trousers!
Office of the Robinson Corporation
Paul is standing with Gail and Kevin saying to Kevin that he thought the papers he's holding was *Kevin's* work. Kevin, however, explains quickly that *he* just did the hack-work; the credit goes to Gail; he thought Paul realised that. Paul goes and puts an arm round Gail and gives her a kiss before then heading out. Gail glares at Kevin suspiciously.
Out on the complex, Paul bumps into Gloria, who's holding several shopping bags. Paul invites her to the drinks at No. 22 this evening, to meet Kevin Harvey, but Gloria explains that she's tied up tonight, and she tells Paul about her son, Dean, inviting her and Rob to the party at his new law firm. She beams that she's that proud of him, and tonight she wants him to be proud of *her*. Paul wishes her a good night!
Des and Kerry are sitting at a table when Harold walks over and tells Kerry curtly that something has to be done about those dogs. Kerry insists that she's working on it. Harold mutters that he hopes she has more luck than *he* did: he did his utmost to quieten them and all he got for his trouble was a pair of ripped trousers!
Henry serves drinks to a group of customers at a table. Madge calls over and tells him to cheer up: he looks like he's about to go to his own funeral. Gloria emerges suddenly from a back room and shows off her new outfit: the top is covered with bows and the skirt is exceedingly short. It all looks pretty outrageous! Henry and Madge both make out that they like it, but when Gloria returns to the back room to get changed, Henry asks Madge warily where the do is.
MADGE: At her son's law firm.
HENRY: In *that* get-up, she'd be more at home in a *circus*!
Henry adds that Madge is Gloria's friend: she should have *said* something. Madge sighs that she'll try and have a talk with Gloria after work.
Office of the Robinson Corporation
Gail is working at the computer. Kevin comes in and hands her a file, which she takes coolly. Kevin comments to her that she's still annoyed about that graph business, isn't she? Gail tells him that Paul is a very trusting person who is impressed by people who show enthusiasm and initiative - and he likes to reward them for their efforts; *she's* a little harder, meaning she can see further than the big smile and the oh-so-willing worker. Kevin asks her what she sees with *him*. She retorts that she sees someone who knows what he wants and how he can get it. Kevin asks since when ambition has been a crime. Gail insists that it isn't - but she doesn't trust him. Kevin tells her that he wants this job and he wants to do it well, and he's playing it straight down the line.
GAIL (curtly): Well I hope so - for *your* sake.
Kevin stands there looking annoyed.
Mike is sitting at a table, telling Harold that it's good to get out of the staff room for a while. Henry comes in and asks Harold where Bronwyn is. Harold replies that she's in the kitchen, but she's busy. Henry sighs that he'd better go and face the music with Murray Walker, then. Harold, though, tells him that he wants to see him outside. The two of them step out through the shop door, and Harold says:
HAROLD: Ah. Now. This has been a most regrettable incident, Henry—
HENRY (groans): Oh, not a lecture, Harold; I feel bad *enough*.
HAROLD: Come on, hear me out. This is a most unfortunate affair - but I have been very impressed by the way you've tried to put things right; very impressed indeed.
HENRY (sighs): I don't need a medal, I just need the *money*.
HAROLD: Exactly - so how would you feel about your mother and I loaning you that amount until such times as you can pay it back, eh?
Henry, looking astonished, asks Harold if he means it. Harold tells Henry that he *is* family, and they should be there to help him in his hour of need. He then hands over some cash. Henry thanks him enthusiastically, telling him that he's a good sport! The two of them then head back into the shop and Henry goes to the kitchen to tell Bronwyn the news. Kerry comes in and asks Harold for a favour. She shows him some posters she's made to advertise the dogs and Harold looks at them and remarks that it seems like a worthy cause. Mike calls across from his table that he's asked around at school and he's got one home lined up and there's two others that he's working on. Harold smiles at Kerry that he'll help her put the posters up.
A man in his twenties walks into the Waterhole and says 'hello' to Madge, who's standing behind the bar. Madge smiles:
MADGE: Hello! You're Gloria's boy, aren't you?
MAN: That's right: Dean.
MADGE: Well! I've been hearing wonderful things about you and your exam results. Congratulations!
Dean thanks Madge, who tells him that his mother is so proud of him. Dean then says awkwardly:
DEAN: Because you and mum have become such good friends, I wondered if you could help me.
Madge smiles that she will if she can. Dean goes on that, frankly, he feels pretty embarrassed about asking.
MADGE: What is it?
DEAN: The people at the party are going to be pretty sophisticated - it's almost like 'LA Law'! I think mum's going to be a bit out of her depth; I mean, she's a barmaid—
MADGE (sharply): That's something to be ashamed of, is it?
DEAN (quickly): No, not at all. It's just that, well, she hasn't moved in this kind of circle before.
Madge tells Dean that if he's worried about how his mother's going to *look*, *she's* going to give her a hand. Dean, however, explains that it's not just the look: Rob will have a few drinks and start to run off at the mouth and his mum will be even worse. He adds that he's very grateful for all his mother's done, but Madge knows what she's like when she gets excited: she'll be a disaster, and *he'll* get embarrassed and *she'll* get hurt. He concludes:
DEAN: I don't know how to tell her they shouldn't go. I thought maybe you might have some ideas.
Madge stands there looking worried.
Kevin is typing some documents out in the reception area. In the office, Gail closes the door quietly and then turns to Paul and says she thinks she ought to tell him that she had a little talk with Kevin and told him that she doesn't trust him. Looking astonished, Paul snaps:
PAUL: Oh great, Gail. We get a first-class guy dropped in our lap just when we need him and you encourage him to quit.
Gail retorts that he *won't* quit: his hide's a lot tougher than that. Paul mutters:
PAUL: Gail, *you* are ambitious and so am *I* - so why shouldn't *he* be?
GAIL: I just don't like the way he goes about it.
Paul points out that she wasn't too enthusiastic about *him* taking over the Daniels Corporation, either, but they made it. He goes on that he thinks the smart thing to do would be to use Kevin's obvious abilities to their advantage. There's suddenly a knock on the door and Kevin comes in. He tells Paul that he's been looking at the insurance file and he thinks they haven't got nearly enough coverage. Paul retorts that cashflow is a bit of a problem at the moment - and a valuation can work out to be pretty pricey. Kevin tells him:
KEVIN: Well *I'm* qualified, and I'd be happy to do it for nothing now I'm on staff.
Paul looks at Gail and then asks Kevin if that means he accepts the offer. Kevin nods that he does. Paul beams that that's fantastic! He then explains that he was so sure Kevin *would* accept that he's organised a get-together with the staff Supervisors! Kevin asks if he should go ahead with the valuation. Paul nods:
With that, Kevin heads back out to the reception area, leaving Paul to gloat at Gail that what they lose on the roundabout, they definitely pick up on the swings! Gail doesn't look convinced, though.
Madge is sitting at a table with Dean, who's telling her that he's just got this position and it wasn't easy; if his mum and Rob put their foot in it... Madge sighs that she doesn't think she can talk Gloria out of going - and does he really think these people will give Gloria and Rob a hard time?
DEAN: No. I think they'll ignore them, and that would be worse.
Madge sighs that she hates to see them get hurt - so she'll try. Dean thanks her and says he'll catch up with Madge later. He heads out just as Henry walks over and joins Madge. She explains to him that that was Dean - Gloria's son - and he wants her to talk Gloria and Rob out of going to the party tonight. Henry laughs:
HENRY: Seen her outfit, right?!
Madge, however, explains that Dean thinks they're going to be out of their class and they'll embarrass him - especially Gloria. Henry remarks that that's a bit rough, isn't it?
MADGE (grimly): Exactly. How do you tell someone their own son's ashamed of her..?