Harold chastises Gemma for wolfing down her breakfast. He tells Madge he's still going to enter the cake competition and Madge is not pleased. She says that his cakes at the coffee shop are very nice, but they're not prize-winners(!) Harold and Madge will fight over the kitchen this morning.
MADGE: Alright, I can't imagine why you're persisting with this, but let's get one thing straight. This is *my* kitchen and I get first crack at the pots, pans and ingredients. After that, it's all yours.
HAROLD: Oh fine, fine. As long as you're not going to petty about it(!)
Doug is on the phone trying to get things sorted with Wilf Turner and not getting very far. They've asked Doug to keep away from the site in the meantime. Doug and Pam have no idea what they'll do now.
DOUG: I don't know how I'm going to pay the guys next week.
Adam comes out of his bedroom. Pam is still doing the taxi and looks exhausted. Adam thinks she should take a few days off and check into one of those health farm places.
ADAM: Pamper yourself for once, you can afford it!
Caroline and Christina have got cabin fever from being cooped up at No.22. They've read all the books, watched all the videos and spring-cleaned the entire house(!) They wonder if all the secrecy is really necessary, but decide they'd better keep it up.
The phone rings and Caroline answers it - it's Paul in Chicago. He tells her that he couldn't get through to Caroline at the office, but Christina says she'll explain everything when he gets home. Paul says he'll be a few days yet.
CHRISTINA: No! That is what you said last time when you called, and the time before that. It's not good enough, Paul. I want you home, I need you home now.
She slams the phone down.
Garden of the Willises
Adam is going to clean the car while Doug looks through the paper for building jobs. They wonder about asking relatives for loan, but it doesn't seem possible. Pam suggests trying to push the Davison job through and in the meantime they can live on rice and pasta - it'll buy them some time at least, and there's no other option. Doug agrees to give it a go.
Harold is measuring out his cake and so is Madge - in fact, they're both using the same recipe. Except that Madge has added some refinements over the years. Harold tries to sneak a look. Madge reminds him that she won first prize four years in a row at Coffs Harbour(!)
Outside the Coffee Shop
Gemma bumps into Phil (who Caroline when on a date with the other night). He chats with her and offers to keep his ears open for any jobs going for her. He tells her he's just on his way to see Caroline. Just then, Gemma sees a possum on the ground that looks hurt.
Adam says it's very quiet without Cody (who is off writing her essay). There's a knock at the door and it's Gemma. She's brought the possum with her for him to have a look at. Adam points out that he's not even a doctor yet, never mind a vet, but Gemma can't afford a vet. Adam doesn't think its leg is broken, so he can put a dressing on the wound and a stick on his leg. They go off to find a lollipop stick at No.24.
Pam is off to do some shopping for basics.
Harold is trying to peek at the cakes in the oven when Gemma and Adam bring the possum in. Harold keeps a safe distance because of his allergies(!) Madge and Harold watch on from a distance saying that Gemma and Adam make a great team(!)
Caroline and Christina are delighted to see Phil, and he's even brought them some supplies. He thanks them for telling the police to let him through to the house. In the bag are novels, a jigsaw and chocolates - the twins are very grateful. They pour a drink and then drink a toast.
The possum has been tended to and the cakes are just coming out of the oven. They have to get off to the Church for a meeting, so Madge asks Gemma to make up the name tags.
Pam has no money left in her purse. She passes a pawn shop and looks thoughtful. Then she looks down at her engagement ring. She thinks for a bit and then goes into the shop.
Phil, Caroline and Christina are completing the jigsaw in a wild night of social whirl(!) Phil has to be off now to "sort out a few things" but he gives Caroline a bit of a pash before he goes, before promising to come back tomorrow.
Doug tells Pam that he's enjoyed his beans for dinner, but she doesn't believe him. He observes that her engagement ring is missing, although she still has her wedding ring on. She's forced to admit that she's pawned it. Doug is horrified but Pam says she's got three months to buy it back - she was just trying to help the family. Doug gets upset, feeling he's let the family down. Pam says they've just been unlucky, that's all, and they'll always have each other and the kids.
Adam has stayed for dinner. Gemma calls Adam over to show him that the possum is eating the apple - it must be recovering.
Harold comes in and Madge asks him what the result of the competition was.
HAROLD: I'm afraid you didn't win, love.
MADGE: I didn't?
HAROLD: No...didn't even come second or third...
MADGE: But that's crazy! Well, who did win? Oh, not old Mrs Rankin!
HAROLD: Oh no, no, no, Mrs Rankin didn't win, no.
MADGE: Well who, then?
Harold just produces a 1st Prize sash! Madge is fed up and says that Reverend Richards must have dodgy tastebuds. She stomps off.
Christina hopes that Paul will come home soon after the talking-to she gave him. The phone rings and Caroline answers it.
VOICE: This is your last warning.
CAROLINE: Who is this?! What do you want?
VOICE: Listen carefully. If you and your sister want to stay alive, you tell the court that you can't identify the man you saw at the shooting. And don't think the cops can protect you - they can't.
The man puts the phone down, and we see that it is Phil.