Doug and Cheryl are talking about Lou. He advises Cheryl that Lou is an old- fashioned sort of bloke and Cheryl might be coming on too strong for him. He advises her to let Lou make the first move.
Pam and Gaby are discussing the tax problem - Pam and Doug are going to the bank today to try to sort things out.
Hannah is sneaking her bed linen into the washing machine. Julie hugs her and Hannah tries to tell Julie everything would be OK if she'd just let Phil come home.
JULIE: Sweetheart, you've just got to accept it. Daddy isn't coming home again, not now, not ever! The sooner you get used to that idea, the better.
Pam and Doug are back from the bank who refused to help them. They'll need a second mortgage and a personal loan to help them pay off the tax man. The only alternative is to sell the business.
Lou and Annalise are teasing Phil about Beth. Mark is sitting at the counter and tells Annalise that she's been supplied with non- fresh cakes.
Beth pops round and Doug and Pam excitedly tell her that Constuctacon is going to buy out Willis Construction. Beth is not as excited, but they assure her that her apprenticeship is all taken care of.
"Marcel" is introducing himself to Gaby. He has a dreadful French accent and assures both Gaby and Phil that he is a fantastic chef. Phil says he can't interview "Marcel" without papers. "Marcel" doesn't have them, but he persuades Phil to let him cook him lunch.
"Marcel" is preparing Phil and Gaby a lamb dish (as that was the only ingredient available)
Hannah and Nicolas are hanging around. He is a rough boy and leaves the tap running and puts half- eaten biscuits back in the jar. Then he suggests that they make a pie! They start pouring things into a saucepan (like pasta and corn flakes!)
The Coffee Shop is busy, and Lou is sharing a table with the owner of Constructacon (but Lou doesn't know who he is). Lou mentions Doug and says he has plenty of work, but he's been stung by the taxman. The man looks interested.
Hannah and Nicolas are throwing stones at the No.32 postbox. Pam walks by and tells them that throwing stones is dangerous.
"Marcel" is serving up dessert to Phil, Gaby and Beth. Apparently the lamb was fantastic, and the dessert turns out to be lovely too. Phil tells "Marcel" that he's got the job!
Doug is meeting with Baker, the Constructacon boss. He says he's reconsidered selling to Constructacon. They don't tell him about the tax problem. Baker says Constructacon are no longer interested in buying. Doug assures Baker that he'll pay off the tax debts before the takeover. Baker offers $110,000 for the business - not $170,000. Doug is forced to agree.
Just then, their window is broken and Pam rushes out.
A woman called Maxine calls to see Lou. He starts showing her cars, and Julie rushes off home, having been summoned by Pam. Maxine invites Lou for a coffee in about an hour to discuss it further!
Julie is fed up of Hannah's rebellion and is talkig to Pam about it. The kitchen is a disaster. Pam tells Julie to talk to Hannah about the separation. Julie thinks Hannah is too young, but Pam doesn't agree - kids can cope with a lot, as long as things are explained to them properly.
Cheryl comes in and tries to sit down with Lou, but he says he's waiting for someone. Cheryl says she knows he's waiting for Maxine - she's an old mate of Cheryl's who was just standing in for her - he's really meeting Cheryl!
CHERYL: Now, I know, I know, I'm a bit on the pushy side.
LOU:(laughs) Just a bit!
CHERYL: But that's my nature. That's the way I am. What you see is what you get! So why don't you relax and enjoy it? You will eventually like me almost as much as I like you!
There is a bit of a pause.
CHERYL: Oh, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, we have hundreds of women chasing us, do we?
LOU:(starting to chuckle) I wish!
LOU:(still chuckling) OK! OK, you win!
Baker has brought Doug a contract and he is a bit alarmed that Constructacon won't guarantee his workers jobs. Baker says he'll be letting ALL the workers go - he just wants the Willis name and reputation.
"Marcel" comes in and introduces himself to Annalise. He admits his accent is a con (she heard him talking Aussie before) and introduces himself. She's surprised to hear his name is Gottlieb and tells him that her bosses are also Gottlieb. Mark says her not to tell Stephen he's in town - Stephen is his brother.