Dorothy is decrying a politician in the paper who was dumping toxic waste and paying off government officials to keep it quiet.
DOROTHY: It's in for politicians to promote themselves as champions of the environment and then they do something like this.
Dorothy is particularly annoyed as the man was to be a guest speaker at the Erinsborough High speech night. She needs to book a replacement so asks for suggestions from Ryan. He thinks Paul might have some ideas but for now he is off to see Gemma. She warns him not to let her anywhere near her car or to ride pillion.
No 24 (outside)
Gemma is trying out a motorbike when Matt tells her not to push her limits. She mentions her father is coming down tonight and they should keep the bike a secret from him.
Madge is on the phone - Tom is coming to dinner and he'll be there in 20 minutes. She hopes they can calm Tom down a bit before he comes into contact with Gemma and Matt. Joe hasn't turned up yet, so Harold goes to remind him.
Dorothy is asking for suggestions regarding replacements for the corrupt politician. Helen suggests a painter but Paul argues that this is boring. Paul suggests an international tennis star but it seems Greg is now Gloria and Dorothy doesn't think Erinsborough High is quite ready for Gloria yet. A boxer goes down well with Paul, who once received a lesson from him, but Dorothy doesn't think promoting boxing is what she should be seen to be doing.
There was no sign of Joe when Harold went to find him, but Madge puts it down to the the stress of the custody battle. Tom arrives and is surprised that Gemma is not there.
Ryan and Gemma are talking about the bike when Tom appears. Ryan asks Gemma if she wants him to put away her bike, making Tom jolt. No daughter of his will ride around on a pile of junk like that! He then rounds on Ryan, thinking he is Matt until Gemma manages to get a word in edgeways.
Helen asks Jim and Paul about fettucini spinache, Paul thinks it sounds delicious but Jim is not very enthusiastic. They discuss Paul's relationship with Chrissie, Helen and Jim think it is going way too fast and Paul agrees to think about it.
Gemma and Matt are planning how to introduce him to Tom when there is a knock at the door - it is the police.
POLICE OFFICER: Is Mr Joseph Mangel here?
Madge asks Harold to chop the veggies as she is doing a load of washing for Tom. Harold berates him for taking advantage of Madge when she already has so much to do.
HAROLD: Why can't he look after his own like the rest of us new age men?(!)
The phone rings - it is Eric - he tells them that Sky is missing from the backyard, and that this occurred immediately after Sandy refused to let them see her. Harold doesn't think Joe could do this - it would be kidnapping.
Dorothy is reciting the speech he has prepared for Lefty - "The School of Hard Knocks" - it is full of every boxing cliché possible. Ryan is not impressed.
DOROTHY: No? Roll with the punches Dorothy!
Matt has checked Joe's room for clothes, towels and sleeping bags, all of which are gone - it seems that Joe has definitely kidnapped Sky. An argument erupts between Gemma and Tom about the house - he thinks it is a flea-trap, she argues it is clean. Matt interjects; it may be basic but once Gemma gets a job they will move to a better house. Tom wonders how that will happen now Gemma has given up all her plans for uni, something her mother wouldn't have wanted. Gemma berates him for bringing her into it and they leave.
Gemma feels like they were at the house for hours, but she's got to let her father know she can look after her self. Matt can't hear and turns his head to listen better, taking his eyes of the road. Gemma screams - the cab of a lorry is reversing into their path; the bike swerves and they career off the bike.