- Angie busting with curiosity about Stonie's new girlfriend!
- Lou and Cheryl arguing about Helen's Mayoral painting.
- Sparks flying out of the kitchen cupboards at No. 26 after Philip's attempt at DIY!
- Jo running out of Mark's bedroom, upset at him for calling her Annalise.
Mark insists to Jo that his mouth might have said Annalise, but his mind wasn't *thinking* it; *she's* the one he wants to be with. Jo growls that she bets he never called *Lucy* Annalise. She goes on that what she can't help asking herself is why they're even together. She storms out.
Annalise is telling Sam that they've got a meeting with Anne Teschendorff tomorrow, to see if the school will support them officially. Sam remarks that if it's going to help get some athletes to the Atlanta games, no one's going to argue with that. Annalise comments that she thinks it'll be good for people to see what it's like to be stuck in a chair, too. Jo suddenly comes in through the front door and storms straight to her room, refusing to talk to anyone. Marlene comments that she wonders what the matter is. Annalise muses that she reckons she's had a fight with Marky- poo! She adds that she tried to tell her that he's just too unstable to have a serious relationship at the minute, but of course she wouldn't listen to her.
Lou and Helen walk into No. 26, Lou full of apologies, saying he was on her side. Helen snaps that she's never seen such disrespect for the concept of artistic freedom. She announces that she's going to resign: if being Artist in Residence means being dictated to by the likes of Carmen and Cheryl, then she doesn't want a bar of it. With that, she heads off to bed. Lou sighs to Philip and Jen that Helen's right: he doesn't blame her for a minute. Jen asks Lou what's going to happen to the portrait and Lou replies that it'll be auctioned for charity. He heads out.
The next morning, Helen is reading in the kitchen when Jen comes in and says she still can't believe they're going to auction the portrait. Helen muses that she'll just have to try and get it out of her mind. Philip comes in and announces that he's off: there's a new DIY magazine out today and he can't wait to get his hands on it! He heads out. Helen sighs that she's going to have to tell Philip that carpentry isn't his forte! Jen suggests that she ask Sam to come over and fix the cupboards properly.
Angie asks Cheryl and Judy, who are sitting together at a table, if they want seconds. Cheryl, however, sighs that she wonders if it's safe to go home now: she and Louis aren't on speaking terms. Judy adds that she's just had her stupid ex turn up on the wrong weekend to collect her kids. Cheryl tells Angie that the two of them thought they'd come to the coffee shop and have a good old bitch! Judy suggests they have a game of golf later on, to vent their frustrations on those little balls. Stonie emerges from the kitchen as Angie tells Cheryl and the woman that she doesn't have any excuse, as her kids are all behaving themselves for once. She looks at Stonie and adds that it must be the new lady friend! Stonie takes the order pad from her and walks off. Cheryl asks who the girl is, but Angie replies that Stonie's being the human clam!
Jen walks into No. 22 and says hi to Annalise. She asks if Sam's there, as she's got a job for him. Annalise says she'll call him on his mobile. Jen adds that she needs Sam to check that Philip isn't at home when he comes round - handyman politics! Annalise dials but Sam's 'phone is engaged. Jen then notices some books on the kitchen table and remarks that it's heavy reading material. Annalise explains that it's from when she was tutoring Stonie. Jen comments that she didn't know she'd stopped. Annalise hesitates before saying to Jen that she might understand: it's like that time Jen had to choose between Phil and that other guy, Brook. She muses that it's mad: if there's one guy in the world that she never thought she'd feel anything like this for... Jen asks if she means Stonefish. Annalise exclaims that she still can't believe it - not that it's going to go anywhere. She adds that she couldn't bear to hurt Sam - or Stonefish, if it comes to that. Jen, however, smiles that she needn't worry about Stonefish: Angie was telling them yesterday that he's flipped over a woman from out of town. Annalise sighs heavily.
There's a knock on the front door and Jo walks in, holding two suitcases! She heads into the lounge room and tells Mark to sit down. She puts down her bags and explains that they're all her clothes: they're going to go through them and sort them into two piles - one of clothes to keep and one of clothes to go to Marlene's shop. Mark asks blankly why they'd want to do that. Jo replies that it's simple: she's getting rid of everything that reminds him of her sister. Mark insists that it was a slip of the tongue; he didn't mean anything by it. Jo just ignores him, though, and starts taking clothes out of her bags. Mark insists that he's sorry - it won't happen again. Jo retorts that that's good, because if they stay together it's going to be because *she's* the one he wants, not because he reminds her of someone else.
Lou comes in and Cheryl smiles in relief that it's about time: she's off to golf. Lou asks her to sign a cheque from their joint account before she goes. She looks at the cheque and exclaims that it's for $2,000. She asks him what he's going to do with all the money. Lou replies that he's hoping to buy his portrait. Cheryl sighs in disbelief that he's joking. Marlene comes over and suggests that if it's going to be auctioned, the price could go a lot higher. Cheryl asks tersely if she honestly thinks anybody would be interested. Marlene insists that Helen is highly- regarded. She goes on that she thinks Cheryl has gone overboard: all this business about protecting Lou's public image, but really it's her *own* image she's worried about. Cheryl just shrugs that she's keeping the girls waiting, and she heads out.
Outside the Holy Roll
Annalise walks over the Lassiter's complex bridge and joins Angie, who's clearing a table. Angie tells her that if she's waiting for Stonie, he's not there yet. Annalise asks what this is that everyone's saying about him having a new girlfriend. Angie shrugs that he's being that cagey. At that moment, Stonie rocks up and Angie tells him that Annalise was just asking about his new friend - the mystery woman. Stonie says quickly that there's no mystery: her name's Kerry. Angie asks what she does. Stonie replies that she's Job Placement Officer in Eden Hills. He adds that he's seeing her tonight. Angie suggests that he bring her home to meet the family. Stonie just murmurs that he'll see. He walks off, leaving Angie to remark to Annalise that now they know!
Sam is looking under the kitchen sink. As he stands up, he tells Helen that she really should get a qualified electrician, otherwise the house may burn down! Helen heads out to the garden, leaving him to it. Sam gets back under the sink and calls out that they're lucky they didn't blow every fuse in Erinsborough. Philip suddenly comes in and asks him what he's doing!
Stonie - holding a tray - bumps into Mark, causing the empty cups on the tray to rattle. Mark asks what's wrong with him. Stonie asks him if he's ever said something and then wished he hadn't. Mark muses:
MARK: Oh yeah - ask Joanna.
Stonie walks off, looking puzzled!
Sam is telling Philip that he was just checking... for cockroaches! He adds quickly that they've got heaps of them at their place. Helen comes in from the back yard and, looking surprised to see Philip there, tells him quickly that she'd told Sam what he'd done and he wanted to come over and see for himself; he thought it sounded like a very inventive idea. Philip says:
PHILIP: What about the cockroaches?
HELEN (blankly): What cockroaches?
Realising she's been caught out, Helen then tells Philip that Sam thought he could use Philip's idea for one of the kitchens he's working on. A look of delight crosses Philip's face as he tells Sam that he should have got professional advice about wiring, but he knows where he went wrong, now. He takes a sheaf of papers out of his jacket pocket!
Jo and Annalise are walking through the complex, Jo saying it's great that they've got the teacher onside, but it doesn't mean the kids will go for it. Annalise, however, says she thinks it does: Anne Teschendorff is a pretty strong motivator. They see Stonie outside the coffee shop and Jo invites him for a drink at Chez Chez. Stonie says uncertainly that he doesn't think he can. Annalise chips in that he's going out with Kerry tonight, isn't he? Jo asks who Kerry is. Annalise explains that it's his new girlfriend. Stonie tells her and Jo that he'll catch them some other time, and he heads back into the coffee shop.
Cheryl lets out a yell as she hits a golf ball across the driving range. Angie remarks that she's hitting so well and Cheryl explains that every time she hits the ball she imagines that portrait of Lou! Judy says she'll see if it works for *her*. She takes a ball out of a bucket and drives it. Cheryl asks what she was visualising. Judy replies:
JUDY: Maintenance cheques. Ones I *should* get from Mort, but don't.
Angie takes her turn and drives the ball. Cheryl asks what she was visualising. Angie tells her:
ANGIE: My fluid retention problems - which I hate, 'cos otherwise I'd be up- north with Big Kev!
CHERYL (muses): That's not exactly the level of hostility I was thinking of!
Cheryl then takes another turn, saying she's looking at her ball and can see Lou's face and is hearing Helen babble on about artistic freedom. She strikes the ball, exclaiming that she could keep this up all afternoon!
Marlene is sitting with Annalise and Jo, commenting that it sounds like they've had a very successful day. Annalise nods that they have - and it's not just been Anne Teschendorff; they had a call from Alan Crowley: he's offering them a deal on some office space in the Lassiter's complex; they're meeting him next week. Stonie comes in and walks to the bar, ordering half a dozen stubbies from Lou. Jo joins him and remarks that she thought he was going on a date with his new friend. Stonie tells her that they're just going to hang out and have a drink together. Jo tells Lou to make it a bottle of champagne, plus two dozen oysters with lemon wedges to take away. Stonie stops her, looking aghast. He explains that it's not that kind of date. Jo, however, tells him that *every* date's that kind of date, if you're serious about the girl. Stonie gives in. Jo then asks him if he's going dressed like he is. She tells him to get changed into his best gear; Kerry will love him for it.
Philip opens the cupboard door under the sink to show the light now working perfectly. Jen smiles that it's very impressive! Philip tells her that Sam thought so: he loves the idea and is thinking of using it himself! Jen glances across to Helen, sitting at the kitchen table. Philip then tells Jen that after last night, he was really thinking he wasn't cut out to be a handyman, but he's not going to quit while he's on a roll! Jen and Helen exchange worried glances!
Angie walks into the coffee shop and Mark asks her how golf was. Angie replies that Cheryl said she isn't angry enough! Mark asks her what she's got to be angry about. Angie explains that that's just it - it's hard to be mad with a little ball that's done nothing to deserve it, especially when she's so thrilled about Stonie's new lady friend. Mark raises his eyebrows and muses that he *thought* Stonie was a little off the air today. Angie beams:
ANGIE: He's such a love. You know, I went home to get changed out of me golf things and there he was, all ready to go: dressed up in his best suit, champagne, oysters... You know, I'd love to be a fly on the wall right now and see the two of them together. I just know they're having the time of their lives!
By the pagoda in the grounds of Lassiter's
Stonie is sitting alone on a bench, eating oysters. He opens the bottle of champagne and pours himself a glass, saying 'cheers' glumly to a passing bird.