- Cheryl asking Helen to do another painting of Lou in the traditional style and if she doesn't she thinks she's going to sue.
- Lance asking Hannah to meet him after school.
- Cody asking Adrian to leave until he's sorted things out with Caroline.
Hannah is telling Helen and Jen happily that Lance reckons she's the most incredible girl he's ever met and he said he wants to see her every day now! She adds with an air of coolness that she told him she'd see him when he can! Philip suddenly arrives home and Hannah and Jen both fly into his arms! Jen beams that he looks great! Helen welcomes him home as well and asks how Michael is. Philip replies that he's really, really well and will be home for Christmas. Jen asks what his house is like. Philip tells her that it seemed a little rickety when he got there, but they worked well together. He then asks what's been happening *there*. Helen tells him grimly not to ask. Hannah explains that Cheryl's still angry at Helen because of the portrait. Jen then says with a smile that Hannah's got herself a girlfriend. Philip raises his eyebrows and suggests to Hannah that she'd better sit down with him and tell him how much money this boy has got!
Jo, Mark and Cody are eating dinner in the lounge room and Jo comments to Cody that Mark is the most brilliant chef. Cody, however, is miles away and Mark asks if there are problems. Cody nods distantly that there are a few – but she doesn't want to talk about it. Mark goes to get dessert from the kitchen. Left alone with Cody, Jo asks again if she wants to talk about it. Cody, however, snaps at her and asks what makes her think she can give *her* advice when she can't even get her *own* life together. Jo asks her what she means and Cody retorts that the thing with Mark is totally one- sided. Mark comes back in and Cody tells him angrily to tell Jo the truth. She storms out. When she's gone, Jo tells Mark that she knows why Cody's doing this: doubts about a relationship often make you hit out at other people; she's not an anxious person, which is why she feels so good about the two of *them*. Mark just tells her awkwardly to enjoy her dessert.
Carmen Crooks is sitting with Cheryl, saying to her that they could have the numbers to force council's hand. Lou comes in and, looking surprised to see Carmen there, asks what's wrong. Cheryl, however, asks him if it doesn't occur to him that Carmen has come to see *her*. Lou sighs at Cheryl that she's cooking up some devious scheme to get that portrait removed. Cheryl asks why it has to be devious! Lou asks if that means that she'll go along with whatever decision council makes tomorrow night. Cheryl smiles that of course she will! Carmen suggests that she should be making a move and Lou sees her out. When she's gone, Lou asks Cheryl angrily how she could go to Carmen like that, behind his back. Cheryl retorts:
CHERYL: At least she knows an eyesore when she sees one.
Cody walks into the lounge room and tells Mark that she's sorry: she was way out of line. Mark, however, admits that she had a point – he likes Jo very much, but it seems that they want different things from the relationship. Cody shrugs that, even so, it's *Adrian* she should have been having a go at. She explains that they've broken up, and Mark says he's sorry. There's suddenly a knock on the front door and Mark opens it to Adrian, who has a big bunch of flowers for Cody.
The next morning, Lou is at No. 26, telling Helen that he doesn't know what they're up to, but with Carmen you can usually expect *some* sort of mischief. Hannah joins them and asks Lou if they're going to get rid of Helen's painting. Lou admits that they could. He then tells Helen that he wants her to come on his talkback show this afternoon and present some sort of artist's manifesto. Helen pauses and then says that normally she wouldn't consider it, but if this whole thing is turning into a witch- hunt then she thinks she *should* speak out. The front door opens suddenly and Phil comes in. He hands out some copies of ‘Teen Girl' magazine and shows off the photoshoot from Hannah's makeover. Lou exclaims that she looks so different!
In the lounge room, Adrian is asking Cody tersely why he doesn't believe her. Cody retorts that she's finally beginning to understand how he works. She asks him to take his flowers and go. She heads out into the hallway and Adrian follows her, saying he wishes to God she'd never talked to Caroline now. Cody asks him again to go. Adrian asks her to please be gracious enough to accept the flowers. Cody sighs and says:
CODY: Just tell me one: you never split up with Caroline, did you?
ADRIAN (insists): Cody, I have been nothing but honest with you.
CODY (disbelieving): Really?
Adrian just tells her that he'll see her at uni, and he walks out.
Helen hands Philip a pile of magazines, explaining that they're all the do- it- yourself magazines that Vikram could find. Philip tells her that he's going to fix it so that every time she opens a cupboard door in the kitchen, a light comes on. Helen asks him dubiously if he's qualified to deal with electrics!
Zoe and Phoebe are looking at the photos of Hannah in ‘Teen Girl', Phoebe saying cattily that they should have chosen someone more naturally beautiful. Lance comes in and Zoe asks him excitedly if he's seen Hannah in the magazine. Lance says he has, but he prefers the original: he likes her just the way she is. Hannah looks relieved.
Philip is working under the kitchen sink when Jen comes in and asks him what he's doing. He gets up and tells her that she's looking at the new Philip Martin: everything is a renovator's opportunity! Jen points out that Helen's just *had* the house renovated! – and she adds that he still hasn't told her what he's doing. Philip heads into the laundry to put the fuse back, then opens the cupboard doors under the sink. Nothing happens. As he bends down to look at the electrics again, Jen sighs at him to get an electrician. They suddenly hear Lou talking on the radio, mentioning Cheryl's name.
Lou is sitting in the radio studio with Helen and Cheryl and he asks Helen to start by telling the listeners just what she was hoping to achieve. Helen speaks into the microphone, saying she'd be the first to admit that the approach she's taken is a little unusual, but the point about a portrait is to capture the special qualities of the subject, and he, as Mayor, has broken away from the traditional conventions that stifled so many of his predecessors, so it seemed to her that had she painted in a conventional or naturalistic style, she would have entirely missed the point. Lou turns to Cheryl, who says coolly that that still doesn't justify the way public monies have been frittered away on something the council can't use. Helen asks her if she can't see that from an artistic viewpoint, she doesn't know what she's talking about; she was trying to do something progressive, with different styles. Cheryl sighs:
CHERYL: Then how do you accept public monies to demean the image of a Mayoral figure?
HELEN (coldly): You're talking to me as if I were a *fraud*.
CHERYL (fiercely): No, I'm just stating my opinion, Helen.
HELEN (exclaims): Your opinion? But that was a personal attack.
Lou suggests quickly that it's time for some more music and he signals to the producer. With the microphones turned off, he turns and apologises to Helen. Helen tells him tersely that she didn't realise Cheryl was going to be there; she thought she was just there to make a statement, not to have a mud- slinging debate.
Philip is still working in the kitchen when Hannah comes in and cries in horror that he said he'd tidy everything up. She adds that Lance will be there in a minute. Philip assures her that everything's under control and he tells her to relax. Hannah storms out, leaving Jen to tell Philip that it's a big moment for Hannah, introducing her boyfriend to the family for the first time. Helen comes in and announces that she's off. She heads to the front door – just as someone knocks on it. It's Lance, and she lets him in. Hannah wishes Helen good luck and she heads out. Hannah then tells Lance to come through. They head into the kitchen, where she introduces Lance to her dad and Jen. Jen smiles at Lance that they've heard lots about him! Philip asks Lance where he's from and Lance replies that it's Little Georgia Street. Philip comments that they deliver papers there. Lance says he thinks Philip knows his dad: Bill Hails. Philip smiles that he's a terrific bloke: he buys a lot of home- handyman magazines from them. Hannah suggests to him coolly that he ought to be getting dinner ready, and she and Lance head through to the lounge room, Hannah asking why fathers have to be so daggy all the time!
Lou is putting a tie on as Cheryl asks him if the silent treatment is likely to go on all night. Lou retorts that after the way *she* carried on today, it's better if he doesn't speak his mind. Cheryl tells him tersely that she sees this as a personal attack on him. Lou, however, tells her that it's a painting; a painting Helen poured her considerable talents into. Cheryl suggests that they just wait and see what the council has to say.
Philip invites Hannah and Lance to see what he's been working on all day. Jen joins them as well and Philip tells everyone to grab a cupboard, but not open it until he tells them to. He then counts from one to three and tells everyone to open their door. They do – and sparks start flying from all the cupboards! Philip stands there looking taken aback! Hannah muses to Lance:
HANNAH: That's my dad...!
Mark is saying to Jo that Adrian's laying it on a bit thick, if you ask him. Jo comments that he's obviously nuts about Cody. Mark, however, tells her that that's not always enough. He explains that breaking up with Annalise was one of the hardest things he ever had to do – it took him ages to get over it; and when he did finally find someone, that ended badly too. Jo puts her arm round him as he adds that that's why he needs to take things slowly with her. Jo assures him that she understands.
Cody comes in through the front door and Mark tells her that there are messages from her – all from Adrian. Cody mutters that he tried cornering her every opportunity at uni today. The ‘phone starts ringing and Cody asks Mark to answer it, just in case. The caller is indeed Adrian and Cody calls to him to tell Adrian that she's not at home. Mark passes on the message awkwardly. When he hangs up, he tells Cody that Adrian heard her. Cody shrugs that she told him not to call. She heads off to her room, leaving Jo to comment that she's cruel. Mark points out that she and Adrian *have* broken up. Jo then tells him they *they* wouldn't hurt each other like that, would they? She goes on that she thinks she's too trusting – but how do you make people like you if you're not? She adds that deep down, she knows Mark wants her as much as she wants him. They start kissing, passionately.
Sometime later, Jo dashes out of Mark's bedroom, half dressed. Mark follows her, asking what's happened; what he did. Jo growls:
JO: You called me Annalise.
She adds bitterly:
JO: I feel like such an idiot. Deep down, you don't really care about me at *all*, do you?