Jim and Zoe stranded in the middle of nowhere
Middle Of Nowhere
Zoe leaps out to have a look under the bonnet and comes to the conclusion that the coil is broken. Jim isn't so sure she's right, but agrees to disagree. They both start their trek to find either a mechanic or a payphone. Good luck walking in those high heels, Zoe.
Helen scolds Lucy for feeding Basil at the table. Nikki comes home and announces to Helen, Lucy and her mum that she's scored her very own egg baby to look after for a school project. Excited, Lucy rushes out to the street to tell Bradley all about it while Nikki heads to her room to get changed. Laura laments about the chilly vibes Nikki's still giving her, but Helen promises Laura that everything will eventually sort itself out.
Scott's trying to rope Clive and Mike into a night out but isn't having much luck - especially with Mike. It seems he's still cranky about Daphne losing her cool with him earlier. In an attempt to cheer Mike up (and get him the hell out of his "den of tranquillity"), Clive changes his mind and agrees to party with Scott after all. Mike is eventually coaxed into joining them.
Zoe and Jim are ambling along when they hear a car approach. Taking charge, Zoe pushes Jim aside and jokingly hitches up her dress to flash some leg at the driver - but the car sails right on by. Resuming their walk, Jim asks how Paul's treating her at work.
ZOE: That son of yours can be a real chauvinist sometimes.
JIM: Well don't let him get away with too much.
ZOE: He seems to hold you accountable for a lot, too.
Jim thinks that he's too old to be held accountable for anything anymore. Zoe believes that Paul is just trying to compete with Jim and assert his dominance.
Scott is giving Nikki a heart attack by throwing her egg baby around. He tosses it to Mike to continue the fun, but Mike doesn't want to upset Nikki further, and hands it back to her. Clive begins to wax lyrical over the egg with philosophical hoo-ha, which kind of weirds everyone out. Changing the subject, Scott asks Mike if he's ready to p-a-r-t-y. Mike gives a slight look Nikki's way so that Scott can ask her to accompany them. But it's a school night and Nikki isn't allowed. Scott dashes out to get ready and philosopher Clive edges Nikki's way.
CLIVE: I think the Egyptians embraced the concept the best. The egg. The single unit. The building block of society. The ultimate symbol of fertility...
NIKKI: (cutting him off and looking at Mike) Then again, I could ring mum. That's if you're still keen, we could go out?
MIKE: (chuffed beyond belief) Sure!
They organize to have some Mexican and Nikki puts in a call to her Ma.
Laura - who I forgot to mention is wearing a giant pink sack masquerading as a dress, and a frilly clown collar attached - is quite disappointed Nikki won't be home, but lets her go out anyway. Hanging up, Laura tells Helen that it's not quite the reunion she expected with her daughter. Helen wonders if Laura's thought of moving Nikki closer to where she lives, but Laura doesn't want to uproot her when she's so happy here. Helen asks what Laura plans to do now. Smirking, Laura thinks that she'll call up Max and see if tonight's date is still on.
Jim and Zoe have managed to find civilization. Jim tells Zoe that their car will be towed in but it won't be fixed for a while. He also tried to call home but the phone was engaged. It seems as though they've got some time to kill.
Lucy has decided to get her very own egg baby to look after because it's way cooler than playing with dolls. Helen tells her to take Basil outside just as Laura struts out in her best gladrags, ready for her date. Scott wants to know who her mystery man is but Laura thinks he should mind his own beeswax. She struts back out and Scott asks Helen if Laura's trying to keep her date a secret from Nikki. But Helen's on the 'mind your own beeswax' brigade, too. Suddenly, Lucy reappears clutching her throat and unable to breathe properly. Helen shouts at Scott to go and fetch Clive.
Timelapse - Clive is checking over Lucy while Scott rings for an ambulance. But Clive doesn't think they can afford to wait much longer. He needs to do an emergency tracheotomy, stat! Scott helps him lift Lucy on to the table whilst Helen rushes for supplies (which include a biro and a sharp knife - ouch). Clive determines that Lucy was stung on the throat by a bee and prepares to make the incision. Scott comforts Helen, who can't bear to look.
Jim is telling Zoe about his wife that passed away, and another woman he almost married but that no one else liked.
ZOE: If I was in love with somebody I wouldn't let anyone stop me doing what I wanted to do.
JIM: (taking this in) Well eventually she made everybody happy by marrying another bloke.
Jim thinks that he better go and try Helen again, nearly bumping into a random extra on the way to the lobby.
Paul dashes in to answer the phone, but just misses out. He brings out a manila folder to give to a suited up businessman called Bill. Bill thinks that Paul is very lucky that Zoe found him in time with the important papers of great importance. Annoyed that he's not getting any credit, Paul reminds Bill that he set up the deal in the first place. But Bill's all, 'whatevs, I'm outtie'. Paul offers to give Bill a lift home since there's nothing going on at his joint, "I wonder where everyone is?" Well, if you had have looked at the makeshift surgical table in the kitchen, you might have bought yourself a clue.
Scott is wishing that they knew what was going on, and Helen admits that she's finding the whole thing a little hard to cope with. They both agree how lucky they were to have Clive there, however. Speaking of Clive, the poor guy is looking very shaken over his impromptu surgery. A doctor (who is enunciating as if he's in a Shakespeare play) comes out to tell them that Lucy is okay - the tracheotomy saved her life. Clive looks a little troubled over this for some reasons and runs out without anyone noticing. Dr Shakespeare encourages Helen and Scott to go home and rest; Lucy doth be in ye good hands.
Jim informs Zoe that he couldn't get in contact with Helen, but he rang the garage for an update. It *was* the coil but the car won't be fixed now until tomorrow. Of course! Jim wants to send Zoe back home on the bus while he stays the night, but Zoe can't see why they both can't stay the night in Random Town. They head out to find a motel.
Scott and Helen arrive home, only to be confronted with the surgical mess on the table. Scott quickly clears it all away while Helen forlornly sits down. They wonder what happened to Clive and Scott comments that Clive seemed a little bit worried about how the tracheotomy went. Helen wonders where on earth Jim could be, just as Paul returns. Scott and Helen relay the Lucy news to him, much to his shock. Paul asks if Jim's still at the hospital, but Helen hasn't seen him all day.
PAUL: I left him over three hours ago; they should be back by now.
HELEN: They? Who was he with?
PAUL: Zoe. I left he and Zoe together...
Paul and Helen get this look on their face like, 'Ohhh... sprung!'