Philip telling Cheryl that he helped Lou with setting things up for Mai.
Rick telling Cody that he's being sent on a ten-day management training course in the mountains.
Squirrel crying to Danni that Sam's going to leave her because it's not his baby.
Danni asks Squirrel who the father *is*. Squirrel cries that she wanted it to be Sam. Danni realises that Squirrel didn't even *sleep* with Sam... She asks again who the father is. Squirrel replies that it's Bruno, from the pinny parlour. Danni points out that Sam *knew* he wasn't the father; this is crazy. She then assures Squirrel gently that everything will work out. Squirrel retorts that that's easy for Danni to say - *she's* not *pregnant*.
Mark is cooing over Louise in her crib. Ren shows him how to clean Louise's bottle, but Mark muses that he's never going to need to know about babies and stuff like that. Ren remarks:
REN: Oh, that's right: marrying the church, aren't we.
Mark tells her that Father Michael called him earlier and invited him to a lunch for people who want to become priests and nuns.
Mai is sitting in a car, and Lou tells her that it's made for her. Mai, however, insists that she can't take it. Cheryl walks across and says a warm hello to Mai. Lou asks her if she'd like a cup of tea. She declines, but explains that she came to tell him they've been invited out for dinner with Marjorie Beer from the theatre company. Lou, however, says in reply that he and Phil had discussed taking Mai to the greyhounds tonight. Cheryl comments darkly that it'll be great for Phil to finally meet Mai; he's been hearing about her for some time...
Annalise walks over to where Danni is staring into space at a table and offers her a penny for her thoughts. Danni sighs that she has something on her mind... she needs some advice for a friend who's pregnant, but the guy who she says is the father isn't. Annalise nods that she knows who Danni is talking about and she asks her how her friend is going to make it up to the guy she's been telling lies about.
Back yard of No. 30
Cody is sitting in the garden when Rick joins her and shows her some business magazines. Cody grins that his business management course is timed well, as she'll be on her uni orientation course.
Rear of the Bric- a- Brac Shop
Marlene is looking for items to throw out. Bianca asks her if she's sure the kids on the street won't want it, as some of it will be pretty useful in a cubby. She adds that *she* squatted in a cubby once; it wasn't bad. Marlene, however, remarks that Bianca's lucky she survived; others get bashed and robbed and have no place to sleep and no real friends. Bianca murmurs that you learn not to trust people. She then picks up a couple of pillows and asks Marlene if she could sell them. Marlene replies that she can't... but she then suggests that they turn the place into a community youth drop- in centre. Bianca suggests that they might be able to get a government grant. Marlene, however, smiles gleefully:
MARLENE: Maybe we could... but if we turn this into a community centre, it means that Sam would have to move out, and that means that he'd have to come home!
It's evening- time and Annalise is closing up the coffee shop. As she turns out the lights, someone knocks on the door. It's Squirrel - she asks if she can get some chocolate. Annalise lets her in and remarks that it sounds like a bit of a craving. Squirrel asks for some hot chocolate. As Annalise prepares it, she tells Squirrel that she was talking to Danni this afternoon, and she knows Sam isn't Squirrel's baby's father. Squirrel looks annoyed.
Bianca tells Marlene that when Sam hears about her idea, he'll soon be back there. Cheryl comes in and asks Marlene if she could take Louise for a while. Marlene asks where Lou is and Cheryl rolls her eyes as she replies that it seems Mr. Carpenter has other priorities. Marlene tells her that Lou just needs a bit of space and understanding. Cheryl, however, retorts that Lou's had *plenty* of space; what really disappoints her is that Lou made Philip his confidante all this time. She goes on that she always thought she was more to Lou than his mates; she really feels let down. Marlene asks her what she's doing tonight and she tells her that she has dinner at the theatre company. Marlene tells her that none of them should build their lives around a single person.
Annalise comments to Squirrel:
ANNALISE: So you really love him?
SQUIRREL (smiles): From the moment I saw him.
ANNALISE: But he never encouraged you?
SQUIRREL: Well he did... a bit... And he must like me: look at the way he's standing by me.
Annalise tells Squirrel that Sam is just a really nice guy; he can see that she needs help. She suggests to Squirrel that she go and see Sam and let him off the hook.
Sam has turned up at No. 24, where Marlene has laid on a feast - but she tells him that before he eats, she wants a little word in his ear. She goes on that she's had an idea: she thinks they might turn the back of No. 17, Miller Street into a community youth drop- in centre. Sam points out that it's his office. Marlene reminds him that he always said it was too big, and she did have to twist his arm to get there at all. Sam tells her that he likes her idea. Marlene adds that it does mean he'd have to move out of the shop... Sam sighs heavily and comments that No. 24 *could* do with a handyman around...!
Lou - stroking Suede Tess - and Mai are talking, Mai saying she really enjoyed herself. Cheryl comes in and Lou tells her to sit down and he'll make a cup of tea. A car horn sounds outside and Mai comments that that's her lift. Lou smiles that he'll see her soon, and she heads out. When she's gone, Lou asks Cheryl how her dinner was. Cheryl, however, just asks him if he particularly cares. Lou pauses and tells her that they have to talk. He asks her to please try to understand: as arrangements became more definite, it was necessary to tell a third party about Mai - someone who wasn't involved, as there were references needed for her flat and papers to be signed, and Mai could have been anyone. Cheryl asks tersely:
CHERYL: Do you have any idea how much this hurts - that you would tell a mate about your own daughter before you would tell me?
LOU: I *did* want you to be the first to know - ideally; but then I couldn't, for Mai's sake. Things got too complicated.
CHERYL: So why didn't you just tell me right from the start? I mean, what exactly did you think I was going to do?
Lou comments wearily that she doesn't understand, does she? Cheryl shakes her head and murmurs that he's right: she *doesn't* understand, and *he* doesn't understand *her* at all.
The next morning, Rick is packing his bags into Mark's car, as Mark is giving him a lift. He says goodbye to Ren and then he says a more prolonged goodbye to Cody. As he climbs into the car, she murmurs:
CODY: Come back, Rick Alessi...
Rear of the Bric- a- Brac Shop
Squirrel has turned up, and she notices Sam packing his bags. She gasps in horror and asks if he's leaving. Sam tells her that he's moving back to his nan's. Squirrel cries that she knows he doesn't love her, but does he think he could, one day? Sam, however, tells her that he's happy to be her friend, but no matter how much she wants him to love her, he can't. Squirrel then tells him that she told Danni and Annalise the truth about the baby last night.
Mark is lying with Ren, commenting on the number of books he has to work through for his studies to be a priest. He tells his sister that he's got so much to learn - but he's going to be as well- read and educated as the other people at the lunch. Ren asks him if he doesn't think he might have left his run too late. Mark, however, tells her that it's never too late - and to prove it, he's going to enrol in some subjects at university and get his brain back up to scratch.
Squirrel is telling Annalise that she spoke to Sam and he told her to get some expert advice. She sighs that she doesn't know what to do; she can't raise her kid on her own. Annalise reminds her that she has options.
SQUIRREL: Yeah... I mean, either I keep it, or...
ANNALISE: Yeah, you can put it up for adoption.
SQUIRREL: Or have an abortion.
ANNALISE (gently): Yeah. It's a hard choice - but look, with counselling you'll get through it. And if you ever want to talk, I'm here, all right?
Squirrel sighs that she just wishes it was simpler; there's so much to think about.
Sam is carrying his things into No. 24 and Sam welcomes him home. Squirrel suddenly appears in the doorway and she tells Sam that she's made a few decisions: she's called her aunt and decided to go and stay with her for a while, up bush. Sam assures her that he's always around if she wants to talk; he really wants things to work out for her. Squirrel tells him that she's glad he doesn't hate her. She adds:
SQUIRREL: Annalise is right about you, you know: you're just a really nice man.
She adds that she reckons he's in with a chance there!
Lou is putting on a tie and Cheryl remarks coolly that she takes it he won't be back for lunch. Lou replies that he's having lunch with Mai. Cheryl mutters:
CHERYL: Phil going too?
Looking annoyed, Lou snaps at her to stop this; he thought he was doing the right thing. Cheryl retorts that if he believes that, they really *do* have problems, and if he can't see that, maybe they are two different people after all. Lou asks if she thinks he should leave. Cheryl asks if that's what he wants. Lou replies:
LOU: What *I* want?
CHERYL (shrugs): Yeah, fine. Yeah, you go. If you wanna go, go.
LOU (retorts): OK. Then I'll move in with Mai - and as soon as possible.
With that, he storms out, leaving Cheryl looking regretful.