- Karl telling Paul that Susan will be away for a while
- Karl teaching Summer to drive
- Andrew convincing Chris to join his moneymaking scheme - fixing old cars and reselling them
- Kate is unsure what to do about Sophie's crush on Noah
Soph is jamming in her room while thinking of Noah until Kate walks in to stickybeak. She tries to get Soph to go to bed since it's getting late.
SOPHIE: You know, Noah says you should write down lyrics when you feel them.
KATE: Just write them tomorrow.
SOPHIE: But I'm feeling them now.
Can't argue with that. Kate gets Soph to go clean her teeth...or maybe it was tea...and while Sophie is gone, Kate picks up Sophie's notebook and sees the scribblings of a teen in loooove - NOAH, NOAH, Sophie Parkins, NOAH, I LOVE NOAH. I think perhaps she likes him.
Outside Number 22
Summer is getting a lesson from Karl in Andrew's clown car and Karl is vague when asked about Susan's return home. Summer gets the car into first gear, puts on the accelerator, slowly releases the clutch, and then releases the handbrake. But a big oops as she's messed up the first step - putting it into first gear. It's in reverse and she's reversed it right into Paul's car. Karl tries to assure her it's only a scratch...
...but it's really not as Paul comes storming into number 28. Karl's left a little note for Paul as he went to check something at home first.
KARL: Yeah I was on my way over; I just wanted to check my insurance.
PAUL: Your insurance? When you hit my car with Andrew's car?
KARL: Might be covered.
PAUL: (laughs) Please let me be a fly on the wall when you try and peddle that one to the insurance company!
Karl will pay to get it fixed which suits Paul just fine. Paul then sticks around to push Karl's buttons. Paul comments about Susan having "taken off" and then warns Karl that luxury cars usually cost a bundle to fix.
Sophie is writing song lyrics but she's having trouble rhyming so she decides to "drift", in other words, go home and finish them. Paul enters and Kate tells him about Sophie's infatuation. Kate describes Noah and how he seems like a nice boy but Paul plants a seed of doubt in her mind that Noah could be encouraging and taking advantage of Sophie.
Andrew and Chris are having trouble finding a suitable car to buy and fix.
ANDREW: The type of car we need to find is the one that an old lady would drive to church on a Sunday.
CHRIS: Don't you already have that car? Before it joined the circus?
Andrew suggests that they go something a little more expensive but Chris doesn't want to dig into his savings. Andrew spouts the "spend money to make money" line.
Rhys has received an email from Susan with the article that she's written. She needed to fact- check it and Rhys is giving a heads up to Karl to sort it out because she has a go at the hospital management and the doctors and it could potentially blow up in their faces.
Kate tries to hint to Noah that Sophie is impressionable but he doesn't really get where she's going with it, so she directly tells him that Sophie has a crush on him. He assures her that he's doesn't reciprocate and she asks that they keep the lessons in the lounge room.
Back in his office, Karl has a read through of the article and then has a look at a happy picture himself and Susan. He calls her and asks that she call back. He pauses and calls again.
KARL: Yes, it's me again. Now look, I want to...Rhys has shown me your article. Now I know you want space; I think I've respected that but...but I'm not going to have this conversation with a machine. Please, call me.
He slams down the phone.
Commercial break over, Karl has come back to his office and is about to take the article out again but is interrupted by Rhys who enters with Summer. Rhys gives Karl a look and leaves after being introduced to Sum. Summer feels awful about the car but Karl just waves it off. He asks her about Susan's article and Summer suggests that Paul might hold the story although Karl is reluctant to have to talk to Paul.
Noah calls Sophie to arrange a lesson at Lassiter's because he can't make it to her place. Andrew overhears and offers to help Noah find a car but Noah isn't interested. Another guy is, however. He's been after a car for ages and writes down the make and model. Later, Chris is appalled that Andrew took $1000 from the guy because they'll never be able to find that car or the parts.
ANDREW: I know a good business when I see one.
Sure, because that's gone down so well in the past! Chris wants to pull out of the deal but Andrew manages to talk him back into it.
Sophie wonders why they didn't have the lesson at home and Noah jokes that they could pick up money from busking. She can't get the F chord so Noah helps to guide her fingers to it - and quickly retreats when he sees Kate glancing at them. He gets up to go and Sophie looks confused at the abrupt exit.
Callum is surprised that Sophie's lesson was so short and jokes that she shouldn't be paying the full hour. Sophie is confused at the weirdness coming from Noah and Kate drops some hint hints about Noah being eighteen and having other things to do.
Karl gets a call but it's not from Susan, it's from Mal. Karl is frustrated that she's still not taking his calls and a passing- by Rhys is frustrated that Karl hasn't managed to sort out the article. The article itself is factually correct so they can't object to it.
KARL: There's not a lot I can do about it.
RHYS: Well, you better do something.
Noah has come to check with Kate that they're OK with the tutoring and that Sophie is OK. He bumps into Paul as he leaves and Paul can instantly spot that he's the crush.
KATE: How did you know that?
PAUL: 'Cause he's Sophie's type.
KATE: Sophie does not have a type.
PAUL: Yes she does. It's that Zekey- geeky arty type. You know the sort that's never going to make a decent living.
Paul goes all caring uncle and tells Kate to let him know if she needs any help with the Noah/Sophie situation.
He takes a seat with his newspaper and is interrupted not long after by Karl. Paul launches into the panel beater quote but Karl is interested in talking to him about the article. Paul is impressed with it and will run it, but Karl objects because it's biased. Paul offers to change any factual inaccuracies but Karl admits that there are none. He is trying to save his marriage and tries to appeal to Paul's conscience by "literally begging" him not to run the article. Paul looks thoughtful but walks away.
They take their conversation to Charlie's and Paul is unwilling to pull the article. Karl accuses Paul of using the article in a personal vendetta and Paul accuses Karl of being too emotional because he can't sort out his own problems with his wife.
KARL: I am trying to save my marriage here.
PAUL: Yeah and that is not my problem.
He's right. Karl takes a dig at him anyway though.
KARL: No, because that's something you know nothing about.
PAUL: I'm sorry?
KARL: You have failed in every personal relationship you've ever had. Your marriage and your kids. Why would I think you would ever want to help me?