- Karl asking Billy if Melissa knows he's being extra nice to Hannah. Billy insisting that Hannah is just a friend.
- Angie asking Danni how they're going to celebrate her birthday and offering to organise her a party!
- Susan telling Karl excitedly that she's going to Africa with Brett!
Karl is sitting tapping his fingers on the dining table as Libby and Billy enthuse to Susan in the kitchen area about her trip to Africa. He suggests coolly that dinner's going to get cold, and everyone comes over, Libby proposing a toast:
LIBBY: To Susan on safari!
Karl comments that Kenya is a very volatile part of the world. Billy points out that World Vision wouldn't send visitors to a dodgy situation. Susan tells Karl that thousands of people do these tours every year. Karl, however, asks her to guess what the most dangerous animal is in Africa. No one takes a guess and Karl reveals that it's the hippopotamus and he adds that there are also buffalos and lions, rhinos, elephants... and poachers that will shoot at anything. Susan tells him pointedly that she's still going. Karl starts listing all the vaccinations she's going to need! Billy and Libby stare at him in astonishment. Susan thanks him incredulously for sharing!
Hannah takes some ANZAC cakes out of the oven. Helen asks her for some help at the kitchen table, and as Hannah helps her staple a canvas to a frame, Helen notices that Hannah is wearing some perfume. Hannah explains that they're Dale Drops; she had to do something to cheer herself up. Philip comes in and takes one of the ANZAC cakes from the tray! There's suddenly a knock at the front door and Philip opens it to Lou, inviting him in for a drink and cakes. Lou explains that he's come to thank Philip for his help with Ross. Helen tells Lou that she needs him for another sitting. Lou suddenly sneezes. Hannah hands him a plate of ANZAC cakes, but Lou sneezes again twice! He sighs that he hopes he's not coming down with the bug everyone has. He gets up and heads off home. Helen sighs that if he gets sick, they'll never get the portrait finished.
Danni is sighing to Mal that her assignment is driving her mad. Angie comes in and asks Danni if she's done her list of invites for the party, but Danni says she's doing her homework at the moment. Angie offers to do the list, but Danni says coolly:
DANNI: Thank you, Angie, but I think *I'd* better decide who'll be coming to my party.
Stonie storms in suddenly, ranting about his agent refusing to see him. He goes on that he hates being fobbed off; he hasn't been to an audition for ages. Danni suggests that maybe he's been typecast for his Chez Chez ads. Stonie sighs that he's fooling himself. Angie tells him to hang in there: persistence overcomes resistance. Mal tells Stonie that he might want to think about going back to school; he's missed heaps of work, and unless he catches up soon he could be throwing away another year.
Brett and Susan clink mugs and Brett beams that it's the best news he's heard all week! Susan tells him that Karl has been filling her head full of scary travel scenarios about ferocious animals and exotic diseases! Brett tells her that Karl loves her and he'll miss her. He then adds that he couldn't think of a nicer person to come with him and they're going to have the most amazing trip!
The next morning, Susan dashes out of her room, holding two outfits and asking which she should wear to the Suburban Newspaper Awards tonight. Karl picks the black outfit. Libby joins them and mutters that she hates the black dress *she's* got to wear; she's going to look like a cow. She then says to Karl that if she wins, could she please get a modem to get on the internet? Karl, however, tells her that they'll get one, but it's way down the list of priorities. There's suddenly a knock on the front door and Billy opens it to Hannah, who asks him if he'd like some company on the way to school. Billy tells her that he's meeting Melissa in the coffee shop on the way. Hannah smiles that that's a great idea! Susan and Libby look at each other!
Melissa is sitting waiting for Billy when he comes in with Hannah in tow. She and Billy sit down. There's an awkward silence. Hannah says she'd better go and order. She heads to the counter. When she's gone, Billy tells Mel that he didn't *invite* Hannah; she just came to his place this morning and followed him there. Mel teases that Hannah's got a crush on him; didn't he get a whiff of her perfume?! Hannah rejoins them and suggests that the three of them could get together for lunch, too!
Lou is sitting in his Mayoral robes, still sneezing while Helen tries to paint him. She remarks that it must be a cold; he had the beginnings of it last night. Lou tells her that he was all right when he got home. Helen suggests that maybe it's hayfever. She resumes her painting, musing that she was beginning to think he'd finish his term of office before they were done! Lou starts to laugh and the laugh turns into a sneeze!
Outside Chez Chez
Susan and Karl have met up and Susan tells Karl that she just wishes he could be a bit happier for her. Karl assures her that he's thrilled she's got the opportunity; he's just going to miss her. He goes on that they hardly see each other these days, what with his job and her job and Stacey and Blair Griffiths. Susan smiles and asks if he's forgotten the other night already! Karl tells her that he just wants a cast- iron guarantee that he's going to get her back in one piece. Susan smiles that he's being an old worry- wart; she'll be fine. Philip walks up to them suddenly and asks Susan if she's looking forward to tonight. Susan smiles that she is and doubly so since Libby's been nominated. Karl chips in that he wouldn't mind going himself and he asks if there's any chance of a last- minute invitation. Philip, however, tells him that it's ticket- only.
As Helen and Lou clear up after the portrait session, Helen suggests to Lou that he must have an allergy. She tells him to go and see Karl. Lou comments that Karl will be in the studio with him this morning; *he'll* be his first patient!
Lou heads outside and takes some deep breaths of air. Brett runs up and asks him if he's OK. Lou tells him that he's been sitting for Helen and getting erratic bouts of sneezing and watery eyes but he comes outside and everything's clear as a bell. Brett suggests that it must be the dust in the house. They both then say together:
LOU and BRETT: No, not Helen's house!
Brett comments that it must be the paint fumes getting to him. Lou exclaims that at this rate he'll *never* hang on the wall of the council chambers!
Stonie, Mal and Danni emerge from the school, Stonie sighing that he's never going to catch up; who needs to know about a book of boring short stories? Danni tells him not to get so stressed out. Mal points out that Hollywood is hardly beating a path to his door, so maybe it's time to start considering some career options. Hannah suddenly dashes past them and catches up with Billy, who's talking to Libby. She asks him what he's doing tonight. Billy tells her that he and Mel are seeing a movie. With that, he spots Mel and walks over to see her, leaving Hannah to ask Libby what movie Billy and Mel want to see.
It's evening time and Philip and Brett have turned up in their dinner suits. Billy joins them and smiles that they scrub up OK! Libby emerges from her room and shows off her black dress. She tells everyone that she's really nervous about tonight. Brett assures her that she'll be fine. Karl tells Philip that Susan shouldn't be long about 45 minutes! Libby takes Billy to one side and tells him that when they were walking home this arvo, Hannah was talking as if she was invited to the movies. Billy exclaims that he said Mel and me'; how could Hannah take that as an invitation? Susan emerges from her room and Karl comments that he's not sure he should let her or Libby out; what if the Kennedy woman cause rioting in the streets?! With that, the Awards-goers head out, leaving Karl on his own, looking bemused!
Helen is sitting on the couch, reading, when Hannah emerges from her bedroom, dressed up. Helen remarks that she must be going on a more important date than she thought. Hannah, however, insists that it's just Billy. Helen remarks that Billy has been a great support to her lately. Hannah smiles that he's a pretty special person; he actually talks to her; none of the other kids do unless they want to be bitchy. Helen tells her to let the dust settle over the party business and then people will be looking for someone else to tease. She then hands Hannah some money and tells her to treat herself and Billy to some popcorn. Hannah gives her a hug. As she does so, Helen remarks that those Dale Drops certainly make a statement!
Danni is helping Lou with the washing up, sighing that she knows Angie *means* well, but she never lets up; what with her and her nan running her life... She asks rhetorically whose birthday it is anyway. Lou tells her warily that there is a certain determined red-headed woman who's about to stick her bib in; some very elaborate plans are being made. Danni mutters that she didn't even want a birthday party in the first place; now she's got *two*! The phone suddenly starts ringing and Danni goes to answer it. She listens to her mother talking on the other end and then asks her in surprise how she could forget! A few seconds later, she hangs up and tells Lou that it's Judgement Day. She turns on the TV and explains that the new commercial her mum made is on tonight. The two of them sit down on the couch. Danni goes on that she didn't like her mum's tone it sounded very smug.
Billy and Mel get up to head off just as there's a knock on the front door. Billy opens it to find Hannah standing on the step. She tells him that she hopes she's not too late. Billy remarks that she looks nice but then adds that the others left ages ago. Hannah stares at him blankly and says she thought just the *three* of them were going to the movies. Billy snaps suddenly:
BILLY: You're not coming, Hannah. I mean, I'm sorry, but you can't.
He goes on that this was meant to be a night out for Melissa and him. Hannah tells him that he said See you later'. Billy retorts that if he said that, he just meant it casually. Karl joins them and suggests that it surely won't matter if Hannah joins them. Billy, however, insists that it will, and he asks his father to keep out of it. He then turns back to Hannah and says:
BILLY: I'm really sorry if I gave you the wrong impression, but you were never invited. And the thing is, well, you can't go on spending every minute with us. It's just pathetic.
MELISSA (warning gently): Billy, maybe just this...
BILLY (snaps): No. It *will*, Mel. She's got to learn: it's not on. You've got to start hanging out with people your own age, Hannah. Get some friends, OK? Get a life.
Hannah glares at him and then runs out.