- Zoe telling Hannah that Lance will never speak to her again.
- Stonie walking out on Annalise after she refuses to acknowledge that there's chemistry between them.
- Cheryl accusing Helen of insulting her.
Brett is holding Louise and telling her that he thinks his mother should talk to Mrs. D calmly and rationally, face to face. Cheryl muses that that study week was for him to study, not to turn into a self- appointed mediator! Brett tells her that art doesn't have to be realistic. Cheryl, however, retorts that she has a problem if Lou is made a laughing stock; everybody hated it, so why attack *her*? Lou comments pointedly that he thought it was *Helen* who was under attack... Brett tells his mother that he just thinks she should sit down and talk it through rationally with Helen. Cheryl gives in, but says she's not promising to change her mind.
Annalise heads into No. 24 and asks Marlene if Sam's home yet. Marlene says he isn't. She then asks Annalise where Stonie is, as he usually stays for a free meal after his tutoring. Annalise replies that she's not tutoring him anymore. Sam arrives home and Annalise kisses him, telling him that she loves him. Marlene asks Annalise why she isn't tutoring Stonie anymore and she replies that it got too hard; he doesn't want to put in the time. Marlene goes to look out the front window and she suddenly spots Colin outside. She turns to Sam and Annalise and tells them that she has some long overdue questions and she wants answers. She dashes out. When she's gone, Annalise tells Sam again that she loves him.
In the kitchen, Alf is proposing a toast to Mark's new freedom and career when Colin barges into the house and tells Alf curtly that he wants a word with him. Alf offers him a glass of bubbly, but Colin snaps that doesn't want to share a glass of *anything* with him. He accuses Alf of being a woman- stealer. Alf insists that he isn't trying to steal Marlene from him. Marlene bursts in as well and Colin asks her tersely if she's come for her evening assignation with her lover. Alf tells his brother that he's going round the twist; he and Marlene mean *nothing* to each other. Colin suddenly steps forward and punches Alf in the nose!
Zoe is reading 'Teen Girl' magazine. Hannah has removed her make- up and put her hair back to normal and Zoe comments to her that she can't believe she ruined it all; Lance must think she's an idiot now. Hannah shrugs that if he wants a girlfriend who just stands around looking pretty then that's bad luck; and he didn't seem to mind that much when she got on the back of his bike. Zoe asks her if she hasn't read the article in 'Teen Girl' about how to keep your guy. Hannah retorts that she hasn't, and if it makes her into someone she's not, she doesn't *want* to. She then grabs the magazine and throws it in the bin. Jen is watching and gives her a round of applause!
Kev the barman places a plate of food in front of Stonie and comments to him that he looks like he's lost a hundred bucks and found ten cents. Stonie sighs that he's probably blown his last chance to pass Year 12 and his mum's going to be devastated. Kev says *he* passed Year 12, but couldn't have done it without the pass notes. He leaves Stonie to it - just as Sam and Annalise come in. Annalise goes to the bar while Sam walks over to Stonie and tells him that it's none of his business if Stonie wants to fail Year 12, but Annalise has spent so much time and effort helping him, it seems like a shame. Stonie picks up his bag and says he's not hungry. He walks out. Annalise watches him go.
Mark serves Colin, Marlene and Alf with cups of tea and Marlene tells Colin that there's nothing between her and Alf and never *has* been. She adds that she could be quite hurt and insulted that he doesn't trust her. Colin asks Alf curtly if there was nothing going on with Rachel. Alf shrugs that he can't help it if she fell for him; and he's sorry about that, but it was a long time ago, and he left almost immediately afterwards. Colin comments bitterly that every woman he's been interested in has been attracted to Alf. Alf, however, suggests that maybe it's time he came clean. He tells Colin:
ALF: I don't want this blabbed all over town. As far as I'm concerned, you never had any worries. I've been gay since I was 17.
Marlene splutters in her tea! Colin stares at his brother in astonishment!
Helen is at No. 22 as Brett tries to mediate between her and Cheryl. Brett comments to his mother that she wants the painting removed from the chambers and another one painted to replace it. Helen says she considered doing a traditional portrait as a favour to Lou, but not because she hasn't fulfilled her brief, because she believed she *has*. Brett asks Lou if he has any comments. Lou shrugs that he *likes* the painting. Helen says she thinks the decision as to what is good and what is bad art lies with people in the art establishment, not with the partner of the sitter who doesn't happen to like it. She asks Cheryl to just consider that her painting is different - and perhaps it will stand the test of time. Cheryl murmurs:
CHERYL: Well, maybe. And maybe not...
Lou and Helen roll their eyes!
Marlene is standing with Alf and Colin in the kitchen and she tells Alf that it's a pity he's got to go just when he and Colin have got things sorted out. Colin tells his brother not to forget to write this time. Marlene hands Alf a Tupperware container containing one of her boiled fruit cakes. Alf smiles and tells Colin that he's got a woman in a million there! Colin says hesitantly:
COLIN: I do wish you'd told me about your, er, let us say, preferences some time back, Alf; say about twenty years ago.
ALF: Well, if I'd known how paranoid you were, I would've, believe me. But hey - do *you* go around revealing personal details? How many people know that you wear silk underpants with little snowmen on them?!
With that, Alf says he'd best be off! He tells Marlene and Colin to look after each other. He then gives Colin a hug, telling his brother as he does so not to be afraid as he doesn't find him the least bit attractive!
Helen comes in to find Jen and Hannah both working. Jen explains that she's writing a letter to the Erinsborough News telling them what she thinks of their critique of her painting. Helen, however, suggests that it might be better to let things lie low until they calm down. The 'phone rings and Hannah gets it. A few moments later, she hangs up. Helen asks who it was and Hannah shrugs that it was just Lance. Zoe emerges suddenly from the bathroom, having given herself a makeover. Hannah tells her that she looks really different. Zoe says coolly:
ZOE: Get used to it. This is me from now on.
Hannah then tells her that Lance rang and wants to see her at the coffee shop - although he probably just wants to laugh at her. Zoe points out that there's only one way to find out.
Stonie opens the front door to Annalise and asks her in surprise what she's doing there. She tells him that she's brought pass notes. Stonie, however, says he's already got some. Annalise then tells him that she's really sorry about what happened - and she feels guilty about the kiss and bad that he's given up the tutoring. She adds that if there's anything she can do... Stonie tells her coldly that she can stay out of his way. He goes on that *she* might be able to pretend that nothing happened between them, but he can't and it's killing him. He opens the door and asks Annalise to leave. She walks out, giving him a disappointed look on the way.
Sam is teasing Brett about having shared a dorm at study camp and only having studied. Brett gives in and admits that he did see a bit of Samantha. Sam grins:
SAM: Which bit?!
Brett replies that they talked, that's all - and she has a boyfriend; plus he has exams and the World Vision trip to Kenya, so he wouldn't have time. Colin chips in that *he* sponsors a child in Chad through World Vision; and he's made it his business to study Africa in depth. Marlene comments to him that she learns something lovely about him every day. Brett asks him what the village where the child is is like. Colin offers to go home and get his photograph album and he suggests that they spend the afternoon together.
Annalise is sitting alone at a table when Cheryl comes in and joins her, commenting that drinking alone is unlike Annalise. She tells her that she's thinking of organising a petition to have Helen's portrait of Lou removed. She asks Annalise if she'd sign it, but Annalise shrugs that she wouldn't like to criticise a creative act. Sam comes in and kisses Annalise. He says to Cheryl:
SAM: Good afternoon, gorgeous aunt!
Cheryl just raises her eyebrows and gets up and walks off! Sam asks Annalise what she's doing there all on her own. Annalise explains that she's feeling guilty about Stonie. Sam remarks that it seems as though Stonie is *blaming* her for something; maybe he should have a word with him? Annalise, however, tells him that she'd rather he didn't get involved.
Marlene is looking through Colin's photo album, remarking to him as she does so that he's a funny mixture. Colin asks her what she means. Marlene muses:
MARLENE: Well, you're intelligent and mature and articulate and generous... and yet with a personal problem you run away and hide in a bus like a little kid.
COLIN: Well... Nervous, shy, afraid of being hurt... Yet I *am* willing to tell you that you mean a great deal to me.
Marlene smiles and asks if there'll be no more hiding in buses. Colin asks her to forgive him for being so foolish. Marlene tells him that it's forgiven and forgotten. They cuddle up.
Lance is sitting with Phoebe and some other kids from school when Hannah and Zoe come in. He calls over to them and tells Hannah that he's saved her a seat. He offers her and Zoe a milkshake and then goes to the counter to get them. When he's gone, Phoebe says to Hannah cattily:
PHOEBE: Forget your make- up, Martin?
Hannah replies that she didn't feel like wearing any today. Phoebe tells Hannah that Lance didn't even *notice* her before she had that makeover; one look at her today and he'll wish he hadn't invited her down there. She adds that Lance always used to laugh at Hannah behind her back; what makes her think he's changed? Hannah, looking furious, stands up and snaps that if that's the way he feels, he can go to hell. She storms out.
Stonie opens the front door to Sam and invites him in. They head through to the lounge room, where Sam tells Stonie that he wanted to have a word to him about Annalise. He goes on that he thinks Stonie has let her down; she thinks she's failed Stonie as a tutor and all she did was try to help him. Stonie shrugs that he's sorry. Sam asks in surprise if he can't even defend himself. Stonie shrugs that he can't. Sam gives up and mutters that Stonie's on his own. He marches out.
Hannah is scrawling with lipstick all over the cover of a copy of 'Teen Girl' when there's a knock on the front door. She answers it to Lance, who tells her that he has to speak to her. Hannah reluctantly lets him in. He goes on that the others at the coffee shop wouldn't tell him, but he knows someone must have said something. Hannah tells him that they're *different* from her; she doesn't fit in with them. Lance sits down with her and says he's glad; he likes the way she does what she wants; it makes being with a girl fun. He then hesitates before asking her if she liked riding on his bike. Hannah smiles that it was great! Lance goes on:
LANCE: So, um, would you like to do it again?
HANNAH (smiles): Go riding? Yeah, sure!
LANCE (hesitantly): Just riding? I mean, like, would you go out with me sometime?
HANNAH (excited): You're kidding! *Me*?!
LANCE: Yeah. We could go to the movies or something.
HANNAH (beams): Oh, wow! I mean, sure, I'd love to!
Lance smiles at her, happily.