- Marlene telling Helen that Colin has vanished.
- Angie telling Big Kev that it's logical for her to buy her own small business.
- Everyone looking shocked at Helen's portrait of Lou.
Cheryl and Lou arrive home, Cheryl asking Lou in annoyance why Helen would want to publicly humiliate him like that. Lou, however, tells her that it's only a painting - and not a bad one at that. He adds that it does stand out! Cheryl asks him to talk to Helen tomorrow about doing another painting. Lou, however, tells her that what's done is done. He heads upstairs, leaving Cheryl to murmur to herself:
CHERYL: Not with *me* on the case...
Jen hands Helen a mug of camomile tea to calm her nerves. She sits down with her and Annalise as Helen sighs that she's been a conservative painter all her life and here she is at her age when she should know her limitations. Jen and Annalise, however, both tell her that they think it's a masterpiece. There's suddenly a knock at the front door and Jen goes and answers it to Cheryl, who asks if Helen's there. Jen lets her in. In the kitchen, Cheryl says stiffly:
CHERYL: This is most difficult. Helen, I'm afraid that the painting you've done is unsatisfactory and that you have embarrassed Lou in front of the most illustrious people in the district.
Helen, however, says that if she's embarrassed anybody, it's herself for misunderstanding her audience. Cheryl tells her to imagine what she'd feel like with *her* face up there with three heads. Annalise chips in that it's a representation of Lou's character. Cheryl asks Helen to do another painting in a traditional style and they won't take this any further. Helen remarks that that sounds like a threat. Cheryl nods that she guesses it does - and if Helen doesn't, she thinks she's going to sue. Helen murmurs:
HELEN: And I thought we were friends.
CHERYL: So did *I*, Helen...
Jo joins Mark in the kitchen and tells him that Angie and Stonie would like two of his meat loafs with his special sauce. Mark asks her what she's doing in there and she tells him that she saw he was busy and thought she'd help. She then asks him if he's happy there. Mark replies that he isn't, to tell her the truth: there's the hours and the bookwork and the staff - or the lack of it; it would have been nice for Colin to say something before taking off without a word. Jo heads back out into the main shop and tells Stonie and Angie that their food won't be long. Angie remarks that Mark should be a chef in a grand restaurant. Jo tells her that he's beginning to think that himself. Mark emerges with Stonie and Angie's food and Angie comments to him that Jo was just saying that he's getting a bit sick of the place. Mark replies that he's a bit dissatisfied, but he'll get over it. Angie points out that he could sell it. Mark asks who to. Angie says:
ANGIE: What about me?
MARK (surprised): What?!
ANGIE: Depending on the bank and your books.
She goes on that she's been looking around for a nice little business.
Helen is staring at a pencil drawing of Lou. She tells Jen that she was hoping to do his portrait again without bothering Lou, but she's afraid he'll have to sit for her again. Jen tells her not to let Cheryl intimidate her. Helen insists that she isn't; she's compromising. Jen tells her that she has to stand behind her work or she'll lose credibility. Marlene comes in through the back door and Jen asks her if she got to see Colin. Marlene replies that he was either hiding, or he'd gone off to do something, or he's gone. Helen insists that he'll come to her eventually. Marlene asks her to talk to him and prove to him that things between her and Alf were all above- board. Helen, however, tells her that she and Colin have to sort it all out between themselves, face- to- face. Marlene asks how she can do that if she'll never be face- to- face with him *again*.
Trail bike track
Trail motorbikes are being ridden around a muddy track. Hannah and Zoe are walking along, watching. Another girl - Phoebe - spots them and asks what they're doing there. Hannah explains that Lance invited them. Phoebe invites her and Zoe to join them and she tells Hannah that she looks wicked. She adds that it's so cool having a model in their year. She then asks Hannah if she can get *them* makeovers from Teen Girl as well. Hannah, however, points out to Phoebe that she and her friends they pick on her all the time at school and said they hated her guts. Phoebe insists that that's because they thought Hannah didn't like them; she *belongs* with them. Hannah smiles that she could ask Breanna, the fashion editor.
Cheryl is reading a newspaper review to Lou, commenting that it says Helen's painting of Lou is an eyesore. She asks Lou how he feels about it all now. Lou replies that he went back and took another look and he thinks what Helen has done is nothing short of brilliant! Cheryl looks at him in astonishment and Lou tells her that Helen has captured him: his fun side and dark side. Cheryl tells him that *nobody* likes it. Lou retorts that nobody likes anything *new*. Cheryl pleads with him not to leave it on display in the council chambers. Lou, however, smiles that he always wanted to shake the town up a bit!
Stonie has turned up and Annalise tells him that he's over an hour late. Stonie retorts that he's finding it a bit hard to be her student after what went on. Annalise, however, tells him that it was just a kiss - and as far as she's concerned, *nothing* went on. Stonie doesn't look happy.
Jo is telling Mark that it's weird timing that he gets this great offer just when he's starting to get bored of the place. Mark comments that she at least has to give him a chance to talk himself out of how he's feeling. Jo says she thinks Angie's offer is a sign for him to move on. She adds that he can at least let Angie have a look at the books. Mark smiles that he already has! Jen comes in and tells Mark that Philip just called to remind them that it's Helen's birthday in a couple of weeks, and he'd like Mark to make a special cake.
Sometime later, Jen is sitting watching her American soap opera intently. Helen walks up behind her and remarks that she's engrossed! Jen, however, insists that she isn't really into it; it just clears her mind! There's suddenly a knock on the front door and Lou barges in, holding a newspaper in his hand. He tells her that it's not the Erinsborough News; it's a national paper. He reads aloud:
LOU: 'Helen Daniels' interpretation of Mayor Lou Carpenter is a bold new move away from the conservative attitudes of Erinsborough Council. Let's hope Mayor Carpenter brings with it a more modern approach to local government.'
Jen exclaims that that's great! Helen, however, tells Lou that it doesn't matter if the whole *world* comes around; if *he* doesn't like it, she's failed. Lou, however, tells her that he went back today and had a long hard look and he can see where she's coming from; he's very flattered. Helen smiles gratefully that that means a lot. Jen asks if Cheryl has dropped her opposition as well. Lou admits that she hasn't, but he suggests that they keep their heads down and let it blow over.
Trail bike track
Looking bored, Hannah asks Phoebe to tell her again how this is fun: what's the point of getting all dressed up just to sit around a track and watch boys on their bikes? In reply, Phoebe tells her that it's lucky she's one of *them* now, so she can learn how boys like their girlfriends to behave. Hannah retorts that if this is it, she can have it. She suddenly spots Lance and calls and waves to him. He brings his trail bike to the side of the track and Hannah runs over and asks if he can have a go. Lance tells her to grab a helmet and hop on. She does. Phoebe yells at her in disgust that she'll get filthy. Lance rides off with Hannah on the rear. Mud beings to splatter all over her!
A short time later, Lance has stopped and he asks Hannah how she liked it. She beams that it was great! She asks if she can have a go by herself next time. Lance nods that she can. He rides off. When he's gone, Phoebe tells Hannah bitchily that there won't *be* a next time; Lance won't want to know her after today. Zoe adds that Hannah shouldn't have been *riding* the bike; Lance likes his girls to be *feminine*. Hannah asks her pointedly how *she'd* know. Zoe replies that Phoebe told her. Phoebe says:
PHOEBE: I went out with him for ages, remember?
HANNAH: Oh - and I heard he dropped you like a hot potato. Maybe I'm more his type?
Phoebe tells both Hannah and Zoe that they can't be in their group. Hannah shrugs that she doesn't want to be in their group anyway; all they do is stand around watching boys and they'll end up getting fat bums. She walks off. Zoe walks with her and warns her that she's blown it now - no one will ever speak to her again, especially Lance. Hannah shrugs that she doesn't care.
Mark is looking through a scrapbook of old newspaper reviews about him and his work as a chef, as French- style accordion music plays. He looks thoughtful.
Jen opens the front door to Cheryl, who asks if she can see Helen. Jen lets her in. Helen joins them and asks if this is about the portrait, as there doesn't seem to be much more to say. Cheryl tells Helen that she accepted the commission, so why can't she accept she failed? Helen points out that *Lou* seems to like it, but Cheryl tells her that Lou is soft and easily led. She goes on that she'd hoped that a dignified portrait of Lou would give him what he so wants: recognition of his upstanding character to be remembered by future generations, and now all they're going to do is laugh. Helen, however, asks:
HELEN: Are you more concerned for him or for yourself?
Cheryl glares at her and rants that she thought she could talk honestly to Helen about her painting and all Helen's done is insult her. She storms out.
Angie cuts some cake as Marlene tells her that Colin is throwing away a very good woman in her; she could have made him very happy. Angie insists that Colin will come to his senses, but Marlene tells her that he just doesn't think he can compete with Alf. Angie assures her that they'll find a way out of this schmozzle. There's suddenly a knock at the front door and Angie goes and opens it to Mark. She asks him what brings him a- knocking. Mark tells her that he's decided to sell: the coffee shop is hers, if they agree on a price. Angie, looking astonished, hugs him in delight!
Stonie is working at the kitchen table. He throws down his pen in frustration and Annalise goes to check his work. As she does so, Stonie asks her how she can sit there like the Ice Queen and act like nothing's happened. Annalise reminds him that they said they'd forget it and she has. Stonie persists that there's some really weird chemistry going on; she *must* be able to feel it. Annalise, however, tells him that she's sorry, but she doesn't feel *anything* for him. She goes on that they kissed; for a second they confused their working relationship for something more and they were wrong. Stonie suggests that they tell Sam: if they get it out into the open, maybe they could deal with it. Annalise, however, tells him not to dare to even *think* of bringing Sam into it; he wouldn't understand. Stonie asks:
STONIE: What about *me*?
ANNALISE: There *is* no 'you' in this equation. Right? You're my student: nothing more, nothing less, and the sooner you realise that, the better.
STONIE (packing up his books): Fine. You lie to yourself if you have to, but I can't be around you every day and pretend that nothing's happened. I'd rather not see you at all.
ANNALISE: All right - so what are you saying?
STONIE: I'm saying goodbye.
With that he walks out, leaving Annalise sitting at the table looking frustrated.