Since Mackenzie’s (Emily Weir) downward spiral saw Chloe fired at Salt and Ryder resigned in support of his girlfriend, Ryder (Lukas Radovich) and Chloe (Sam Barrett) have been enjoying the freedom of being unemployed.
Alf and Roo (Georgie Parker) want them to sort their lives out after weeks of getting under Alf’s (Ray Meagher) feet, nagging Marilyn (Emily Symons) for free food at the restaurant, and generally upsetting their families with their laissez-faire attitude regarding their future.
Alf wanted a plan from the two at the end of last week, threatening Ryder with shifts at the bait shop if they didn’t come up with one immediately. Chloe came to their aid by reassuring them that they had a strategy in place and were only waiting for the proper time to announce it.
The following week, a skeptical Roo continues to exert pressure on the young teenagers, setting a deadline for them to divulge their money-making scheme.
“All right, here’s the deal: you have till this afternoon to tell me what your career strategy is, or I’ll make one for you.”
When Ryder informs his aunt that she hasn’t worked in event management in years and has no idea how today’s hospitality is run, she reminds him of one thing: “I do know that the caravan park needs a toilet cleaner.”
Ryder, on the other hand, needn’t be concerned because Chloe already has a plan. She hands him the business card from the taco truck that catered Nikau’s (Kawakawa Fox-Reo) modeling party, and she unveils her grand plan: they’re going to open their own food truck!
It can be parked in the surf club’s parking lot. She argues that selling tacos out of a van isn’t rocket science and that they’ll make a mint feeding ravenous surfers just out of the water. Ryder thinks it’s a brilliant concept and immediately jumps on board.
There’s just one minor snag. “How will we raise the necessary capital for the start-up?”
Ryder, Chloe believes, can simply get his baby-boomer relatives and friends to contribute the funds. They don’t clearly grasp the figures when they sit down with Alf (Ray Meagher) and Roo to sell their plan. When Alf asks Chloe how much their initial expenditures are, all she can offer is “the typical amount,” and it’s evident they need to think about it a lot more.
Later, they meet with Roo, who is more numbers-oriented, and she walks them over their early charges. The couple is hesitant to talk about the dull side of the business, preferring to focus on their firm name and showy job titles, but she insists it’s necessary.
When the expenditures start to build up – truck, trailer, kitchen equipment, supplies, a council permit, and so on – they’re in for a rude awakening.
When Roo gives them with the final figure, Chloe arrogantly remarks, “You totaled it up wrong.” “Do you teach math?” I inquire.
“These statistics are correct,” Roo asserts, oblivious to Chloe’s demeanor. “You’re staring at a $50,000 bill!”
For Chloe, the news is a big blow, and she immediately believes their dream is ruined. Ryder, on the other hand, is still upbeat and confident that they can pull it off. As they try to come up with a plan at the Parata, Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) and Tane appear (Ethan Browne).
A lightbulb goes off in Ziggy’s mind as they retell their idea and explain that they’re in desperate need of a vehicle.
“I might be able to assist you. I know someone who owns a scrap yard.”
Meanwhile, Mackenzie (Emily Weir) is still suffering from the effects of her abortion and breakup. Dean (Patrick O’Connor) had to pull her back to work at Salt, kicking and screaming, because she’s hungover and has cut her hand on some shattered glass.