Brad and Beth go on their "first" date.
Toby gambles on the horses via Lou's phone account.
Michael accuses Julie of indirectly killing Loretta because she wanted Philip.
Number 26 - Kitchen
Julie is appalled at Michael's accusation and Debbie defends Julie, saying that Julie had nothing to do with Loretta's death. Julie tells Michael that he doesn't know the full story - he was too young to understand what really happened.
MICHAEL: I know you killed Mum! You mightn't have caused the accident but she was like she was because of YOU! Because of what you did with Dad!
Julie admits that she was attracted to Philip before Loretta died and tries to tell Michael that she backed off because Phil was married. Michael storms into the living room, reckoning that Julie is full of it. Sadly, Julie insists to Debbie that it's the truth - moreover, after the accident, Phil came to her.
Number 26 - Living Room
Michael's fuming in the living room. Debbie tells him that Julie had nothing to do with it and he shouldn't hassle her. Michael can't believe the way Debbie sucks up to Julie, but Debbie says that Julie's always been good to her and that Michael's never given her a chance. Michael thinks that Julie's never given him a chance!
MICHAEL: Don't you remember what it used to be like? Mum and Dad? You and me?
DEBBIE: Kind of.
MICHAEL: I remember everything! Our house, the main streets, the park where Mum and Dad used to take us.
DEBBIE: The one with the really old swings?
MICHAEL: Yeah. Everyone was so happy then. Not like now.
DEBBIE: I'm glad you remember it like that.
MICHAEL: No, you're not!
Michael storms off into the bedroom, leaving Debbie sitting sadly alone.
Toby is watching the horse racing on the television. He's yelling animatedly as his horse romps home, just as Dorothy returns! He quickly turns the television over to a music channel. Dorothy wonders what he's up to and thinks he'd be better off playing in the garden.
DOROTHY: Why on earth must they have those scantily clad girls draped all over the place?
TOBY: Er, it's symbolic.
DOROTHY: Yes, I can see exactly what they symbolise!
TOBY: I'm just a kid.
DOROTHY: Not that much of a kid, I see(!)
Dorothy leaves him to it!
Gaby is stoked that Brad and Beth are back on as a couple and asks Beth to double date with her and Zed but Beth is a tad reluctant to go to the "rad, cool and hellish" clubs. Beth comments on how the metal/goth look is new for Gaby. Gaby leaves and Cameron and Beth talk about how much you can be influenced by a romantic partner, even without realising it. Cameron wonders if Beth will become a surfer, but she thinks it's more likely that Brad will take up building!
Julie is sitting solemnly on the sofa, hugging a cushion. Phil comes in and excitedly tells Julie that he has wangled a dinner invitation for the two of them to Robert Stratton's - a bank executive. He reckons that if they make a good impression, he could be in line for a "very, very good job!". Despite Phil's good cheer, Julie is extremely subdued.
JULIE: That's wonderful news.
PHIL: Then why do you sound like I've just told you we've just lost all our worldly goods?
Julie doesn't answer.
PHIL: What's wrong, Jules?
Julie doesn't answer.
PHIL: Is it Michael?
Julie doesn't answer.
PHIL: Damn! What's the kid been up to now?
(It's not exactly trial by jury, is it?!) Julie says that she can handle it, but Phil says that if he's upsetting her or behaving badly, he wants to know about it. Julie reiterates that she can handle it, but Phil insists on knowing. Julie tells him that Michael's been talking about Loretta.
Lou is explaining odds to Toby and why getting a 50/1 shot home is so rare. Toby reckons he has a foolproof method but Lou is certain that you can never win in the long run. Toby wants to explain his theory to Lou and says there are two main factors in the system.
LOU: Now hold it right there. You've forgotten the third factor - your grandma! She's going to murder us both if she finds out, mate. Well, maybe not you, but me, definitely!
Toby reckons he finds it interesting - just as Madge walks in. She wants to know what's going on and Toby says he was explaining probability to Lou. Lou gets him to scram before Madge finds out what they were really talking about.
TOBY: You bet! See you, Grandma!
MADGE: Yes, darling - bye! And speaking of bets...
LOU: Now rest assured, Madge - my gambling days are numbered! I'm going to take the last of my account money and blow it on a sure loser.
MADGE: A sure loser wins.
LOU: Well, in that case, I'll back a horse that's blind and arthritic. And if by some miracle it gets up, I'll donate the money to your favourite charity.
MADGE: Very noble. Can I have that in writing?!
Number 26 - Living Room
Helen and Debbie are sitting on one of the sofas. Phil carries Hannah in and places her between them. Michael is standing, arms folded and Julie is sitting on the other sofa. Phil announces that he's got everyone together because he wants to get some things straight with regard to certain family matters. Phil explains that Julie is being given a hard time and the only way to stop the accusations is for him to tell everyone the full story and that up to now, they'd kept some things from the kids. He sits next to Julie.
PHIL: Your mum had a big problem with drink long before I met Julie. Loretta was an alcoholic.
MICHAEL: She was not an al-
PHIL: It's a FACT, Michael. I know when you were little we used to say Mummy was sick but it was booze, not illness that was the problem.
Michael sits on the floor and Phil holds Julie's hand.
PHIL: Your mum was very insecure. She found mixing socially difficult. Painful, in fact. She was ok with our friends but as I moved up through local banking circles we had to go to more and more business bashes. Clients, managers, state managers - they were all strangers and she couldn't cope. She used to kid herself that the alcohol would give her dutch courage - and it did, for a little while. But then she got worse. She became paranoid, angry... Violent, even.
Julie grabs Phil's arm.
JULIE: You don't have to go on.
PHIL: Yes, yes, I do. I intend to keep this family together. We were on our way home from one of these bashes one night and Loretta sensed that she'd made a fool of herself there. She was in an ugly mood. She was morose, depressed - she was drunk. She kept saying she wanted to kill herself. I'd heard it all before. We were on a windy stretch of country road and suddenly, she made a grab for the wheel. She was going to finish it for both of us.
Michael shoots a shocked look at Debbie, who is crying.
PHIL: I'm sorry, kids. I always wanted to spare you this truth but that's the way it was. I couldn't get control and the car went off the road and into a tree. The passenger side took the full brunt of the impact and she died. So she got what she wanted.
Debbie, Michael and Phil are all tearful.
Beth tells Cameron that she doesn't feel very well.
CAMERON: You should have the day off work.
BETH: Well, thank you, Dr Hudson(!)
Cameron insists that she throw a sickie but Beth says she's got too much to do and once she's outside, she's sure she'll feel better. Cameron isn't sure what he's going to do now that he's not employed. Beth thinks he should ask Doug for a job at the building site but Cameron reckons that he's just winding down from one career whilst he's easing into another...whatever that may be! Beth doesn't seem convinced that he's got everything as sorted as he says!
Toby is doing some work to do with his gambling on the computer. Dorothy enters and thinks he should enjoy the nice weather outside. He agrees and hurriedly grabs his books together.
DOROTHY: What have you got there?
TOBY: My maths book.
DOROTHY: Toby, is there anything inside the maths book?
TOBY: No, just some...
Dorothy thinks that he might have a girly magazine hidden between the pages of his maths book! Toby claims it's definitely maths he's interested in - facts and figures.
DOROTHY: More figures than facts, I'll bet!
Coffee Shop - Outside
Julie is telling Gaby about the dinner that Phil has lined up with Robert Stratton. She explains that it'll be very formal and as their clothes are still all packed up, she wouldn't have a clue where to start looking for her formal dresses. Gaby offers to lend Julie something - and Julie rather tactlessly remarks that it'd need to be elegant(!)
Madge and Dorothy are chatting about Toby - Dorothy's worried because he was in a frenzy over the music video the other day and she's confident he's got a stash of magazines! Dorothy's certain that the female form - or another teenage taboo - is to blame for Toby's suspicious and secretive behaviour. Madge thinks that Dorothy needs to decide what to do - it's her house that Toby's living in. Dorothy's upset that Toby would keep something from her and thinks she might speak to Joe about it. Madge tells her to show Toby who's boss!
Rick is looking at a magazine and laughing at Toby.
RICK: What are you asking me for?
TOBY: Don't most guys have them?
RICK: Do you?
TOBY: ...no. That's why I'm asking you. Do you have them or not?
RICK: Er, no. What do you want them for anyway?
TOBY: Well...you know.
RICK: No, no, I don't know, mate. Tell me.
TOBY: I've heard they've got good articles on cars in them!
TOBY: Yeah, well, I'm getting my licence soon.
TOBY: In four years. I just wanted to check out the cars!
RICK: Oh yeah? And the chicks are just like a fringe benefit, right?
Rick agrees to let Toby borrow one of his magazines, but he's not allowed to tell anyone.
Julie is showing Helen and Hannah the dress that Gaby has lent her for the dinner party - they're both suitably impressed. Hannah thinks that Julie will look like Cinderella! Julie is quite scathing over Gaby's current fashion sense but Helen thinks that it's just a phase. Julie can't see why Gaby would dress in such an odd way when she's got such beautiful clothes to wear. Julie thinks that it was embarrassing to have to borrow a dress - and off Gaby, of all people(!) Helen points out that it'd have been harder to have presented Phil with a price tag for such a great dress.
Michael and Debbie run cheerfully into the kitchen. Michael pops into the living room and purposely greets Helen. He looks at the dress with interest as Julie remarks that she doesn't want to let Phil down at such an important dinner.
Michael returns to the kitchen and is furious - he can't believe that one minute Julie's crying poverty and the next minute she's buying herself an expensive dress. Debbie points out that the meal is important to Phil, but Michael thinks it's awful that they have to watch the cashflow whilst Julie goes off doing whatever she wants.
Number 26 - Garden
Bouncer is digging in a flowerbed. Michael comes out, clearly stressed.
MICHAEL: Why am I the only one who can see what she really is?!
Toby is at the computer and Dorothy walks in just as he's sliding a magazine in between the pages of his maths book. Dorothy insists that she wants to see the book and sure enough, there's Rick's girly magazine. Toby wants to explain but Dorothy thinks that they need a little chat! Toby grins to himself.
Michael leads a grubby Bouncer into the house, bringing him through the kitchen and to the living room where the dress is lying on the table.
MICHAEL: You're getting mud everywhere! Helen won't like that. Oh look, here's an old rag!
Michael grabs the dress and puts it on the floor. He winds Bouncer up and gets him to tread all over it and fight for it, tearing it. Michael grabs a gardening tool and starts to slash the dress as an appalled Debbie comes in. She begs him to stop and pulls him off the ruined dress.
MICHAEL: Because I hate her. I HATE HER!
He storms through the kitchen and Debbie runs after him, pulling him back. She demands to know why he's wrecked the dress. In the living room, Phil walks in and overhears Michael's speech:
MICHAEL: How many times do I have to say it? Because I hate her. I hate her like she hates me.
DEBBIE: Julie doesn't hate you.
MICHAEL: Oh yes she does. She sent me away. I had a family until she sent me away, Deb. I don't have a family anymore. I don't have a family anymore.
Michael starts to cry as Debbie hugs him and Phil looks troubled.
Lou calls his gambling account and is stunned to hear that he's got $1000 in the account instead of just $20.
LOU: Madge is going to kill me.
Julie is trying to clean the ruined dress in the kitchen as Phil walks in.
JULIE: This was the dress I was going to wear to the Stratton's dinner party. No prizes for guessing who's responsible!
PHIL: Well, let's not jump to conclusions. It could've been Bouncer - I saw him outside! And look at this mess!
Phil indicates to the muddy paw prints on the kitchen floor.
JULIE: Oh yes, how convenient of Bouncer to forget to wipe his feet(!) I suppose he opened the backdoor to let himself in(!) What am I going to tell Gaby?!
PHIL: Jules, look at the evidence - it COULD have been Bouncer.
JULIE: This has been slashed! Bouncer couldn't do it. Your spiteful brat of a son, that's who! Michael's going back to boarding school. Today.
PHIL: No. He's not going back there.
JULIE: Philip! I know he's your son and I know he's got problems - mainly with me! But this is just not on!
PHIL: Julie, if you'd seen what I'd seen, you'd want him to stay too!
JULIE: Oh come on! He's pulled another stroke! When are you going to learn?
PHIL: It's no trick! I saw him and Debbie. He was... Helen's right. What he needs most is love and I'm going to make sure he gets it. He's staying with us!
Phil storms out, leaving a shocked and angry Julie.
Cameron is typing when Beth comes in, looking worse for wear. She unsteadily sits on the sofa and lies down. Cameron goes over and insists that she goes to bed. Beth waves him away and stands up to go to bed. Instantly, she collapses. Cameron grabs her and Beth says that she just got up too quickly. She goes to walk again, but faints in Cameron's arms.