Paul is having drinks with three young Barbie Dolls. Max watches him boast and gloat and is not impressed. Paul says he's just passing on some cultural education, Max says he thought Izzy was his number student but Paul says she's not interested in 'class' today. As Paul heads back to the Barbie Dolls Max calls him a tosser! Oh my, is that language allowed at this time?
Toadie is on the phone to Stuart telling him about his newfound internet fame. He hangs up to supposedly answer the door to the army of crestfallen women and tells Stuart to send his love to Sindi. Yay Stindi shoutout!
Boyd and Janae are making lunch and tease Toadie about his single life. However Toadie doesn't take the joke too well and tells them he is perfectly aware of how single he is right now. After he leaves Boyd feels bad but Janae says Toadie can dish it out, but can't take it.
Karl is about to go on a break when Max arrives. He has flowers for Katya and Karl tells him she could open a florist shop with the amount of flowers she has. Max goes into Katyas room as Susan comes out. Susan notices he is carrying some chess books. She tells him she knows he and Zeke arranged to enter the competition together but given the circumstances she's not sure it's a good idea. Karl tells Susan he wants to show Zeke their friendship is in tact; he doesn't want to cut and run just because things get difficult. Susan asks if he can give Zeke some space but Karl says no, he has committed himself to her, Rachel and Zeke and he wants them to be a family.
Karl: If you haven't got the courage to make that a reality that's fine. But I don't give up that easily.
Susan looks a little thrown by his words and sways on the spot a little. Like me she's in shock - Karl has his backbone back and it's truly wonderful.
Steph arrives and tells Max that 'some bloody whinger' has dobbed her into the council. The Hoylands need a swear box. She's been reported for the loud revving of her motorbike. Max says that's not very neighbourly but suggests Steph take the bike to the garage anyway. Steph refuses, someone in Ramsay Street is a 'no good dirty dob' and she's going to find out who it is.
Paul asks Max for some oysters, apparently the Barbie Dolls love them. Max tells Paul that he's run up a bill of $700 and says he would like him to settle up before he orders anything else. Paul gives Max his credit card.
Paul: That's right. It's not gold, it's not platinum, black. They don't just give those to anyone.
Max: Just like the colour of your heart eh?
Ouch. But sadly true. The card is declined and Max does his best Little Britain impression when he tells Paul 'the computer says no'! Paul asks him to call the bank as there must be a valid reason but Max says no, it's not his problem. Max informs Paul that $700 equals a lot of dishwashing.
Zeke is practising his chess moves. He's cramming and is worried that he won't make the grade. Susan wants to make Zeke some lunch but he isn't up to eating. Susan worries he's taking this a little too seriously but Zeke tells her he wants to be good at something for a change. Susan says Karl is still interested in the tournament but Zeke brushes him off as a lightweight. Susan's not convinced; she tells Zeke that Karl has some pretty good moves. Time and a place Suse, time and a place.
Janelle is surprised to hear that Zeke is entering the Chess tournament. Steph arrives and clearly thinks Janelle is the one who dobbed her into the council, she's about to start ranting when Paul arrives. It seems he has a bone to pick with Janelle himself. Steph leaves and Janelle asks Paul what's so serious. He tells her a payment from his credit card going to a 'J Timmins'. Busted.
After the ad break Janelle tells Paul there's been a communication break down. She tells him that Elle is a lovely girl who just wanted to help her out of another Kimbo mess. Before leaving Paul tells Janelle not to think for one second that she is keeping that money. When he leaves Janelle says it's too late as she's already given it to the lawyers. Bree realises Elle paid Janelle off and tells her that she disgusts her.
The Chess tournament is about to begin and Susan is ready to cheer Zeke on. However he asks her to let him do this alone and says that Bree will be here soon to cheer him on. Contradiction? Karl arrives and he and Susan exchange awkward greetings. Susan leaves and tells Zeke she'll be at home. Max pulls Zeke to one side and tells him he's heard the kid from Eden High has a few tricks up his sleeve. He tells him he has tricks that have never been beaten and then wishes him good luck! Great pep talk Max.
Bree tells Janelle they all know Dylan should be with Sky and yet she's sold out on them. She suggests Janelle takes her to the car boot sale as there may be $50 in it for her. Janelle looks tempted but says she deserves some credit. She knows her kids and there is no way Dylan is going to fall for 'that little twig'.
Janelle: Boney bum thinks she can buy her way into this family so I let her.
Janelle is sure Dylan will go back to Sky and says when he does she'll just look all sad at Elle and comfort her, knowing at the same time they're out of debt! Bree is disgusted. Even though she doesn't think Dylan and Elle are suited she thinks Elle is a nice person who doesn't deserve this. Janelle says thanks to Kim she has to be a bit sneaky to keep their heads above water.
Paul is on the phone to Izzy. He tells her what's happened and says he had to authorise Elle on the credit card when he set up the family trust as tax dodge. Can anyone else hear that noise? It's Jim spinning in his grave. Izzy's upset - this is all a damn nuisance. Paul tells her he's wired money from elsewhere but it will take five working days.
Paul answers the door to Bree. She's come to apologise for Janelle. She says she really wants to help and hands Paul a wad of cash, telling him to take how much he needs. Paul looks genuinely touched but tells Bree he will manage; it's just a temporary glitch. His day gets worse when the coffee percolator breaks and coffee spills everywhere.
Janelle and Bree watch as Karl and Zeke do their best chess moves. Zeke is playing the whizzkid from Eden Hills. Janelle wants to lend a hand and makes her way over to Zekes table. Each time the whizzkid is about to make a move she coughs, signalling that it would be a bad move to make. She is soon led away by officials and Zeke wins his first match.
Boyd and Janae let Steph in but she's here to see Toadie. They warn her he's in a mood. She tells him about the council's letter and asks if he's heard anything but he hasn't. He said the usual suspect used to be David Bishop but suggests it may run in the family. Steph is convinced - it must be a Bishop!
Karl and Zeke are playing in the final four and both win their matches meaning that, yes you guessed it; it's a Kennedy V Kinski Final.
Steph and Charlie have come to see Harold. Steph tells Harold she knows the bike can be loud but she is trying to run a business. She says she knows it's him who dobbed her in and is disappointed, after all she never complains about his tuba. She says she should have known he'd be the only person in the street petty minded enough to dob her in. Harold says he has done no such thing as his 'petty mind' has been occupied with other things like Sky and her complicated pregnancy. Steph apologises but Harold shows her out.
The General Store
Janelle tells Harold that the chess nerds have no sense of humour. Paul arrives and orders a coffee but Harold wants payment up front, much to Janelles amusement. Paul tells Harold not to be so smug, after all the entire store could fall down around his ears one day. Harold wants to know more and Paul delights in telling him that before he sold the building back to he and Lou he was told by a building inspector that it had serious internal structure issues. Harold takes even more delight in telling Paul that the building inspector was a friend of Lous, a dog groomer by trade. Paul tells Harold he will be sorry for this but Janelle stops Paul in his tracks and says this is broken record, they've heard it all before.
Paul walks into Lassiters and takes wads of cash from the cash till. The workers give him funny looks but he reminds them that he owns the place.
Karl has tracked down Zeke who apparently pulled out in the middle of the game. Zeke said he did so because Karl was letting him win. Karl says that's not true but Zeke says he won't be his friend just because he let him win. Karl tells him he's sorry he wasn't honest with him about Susan but assures him he is his friend because he's a good kid. Zeke tells him he takes chess seriously because Alex taught him how to play. Karl says his Dad taught him too. Zeke tells a story about how Alex always played honestly and would never let him win so that when he did win he had a reason to be proud. Karl says Alex was a wise man and asks Zeke for a rematch. Zeke agrees.
Karl: Let the best man win
Zeke wins the chess game and he and Karl shake hands.
Janae and Boyd are back from the councillors and Janae is worried that their marriage won't last. After all she reckons Nick and Jessica thought they'd be together forever. Toadie is rather stressed out in the kitchen. He is holding Connors wallet and tells Boyd and Janae it was handed into the Australian Embassy in Beijing. Boyd asks what Connor would be doing in China, Toadie say he doesn't know but it means Connor could still be alive.