- Karl deciding to stay on at Camp Drumbeat to lead a sweat lodge
- Annalise pushing Sam away and telling him to slow down.
- Ms. Teschendorff telling the student who caused the school fusebox to catch fire to own up.
Brett, Mal, Danni and Stonie are gathered at No. 32 and Danni comments to Brett in astonishment that she can't believe he didn't own up. Mal tells her that Brett will do it privately – he was just intimidated with everybody around. Stonie comments to Brett that he *will* own up...? Brett retorts that he will if they all do. Stonie exclaims that he's failed those exams more times than he can remember; he's got a real chance of passing this year, but going to the uni with all those strangers will put him right off. Danni adds that she won't get anywhere without a reference. Brett snaps:
BRETT: What – so I'm supposed to cop the flak so all you guys can get it easier?
Danni tells him that he's a brain; it doesn't matter where he sits the exam or if he gets a reference. Brett tells her angrily that they're all as guilty as him, and if *he* goes down then so should *they*.
Sonny is sitting at a table with Libby, enthusing to her about the growth of his business. He then tells her that he really likes her: she makes him feel like he's worth something. Libby tells him to look at what he's achieved. Sonny says he knows his limitations: he's good with his hands and with business details, but not at all that academic stuff like she is. He tells her not to put him before her schoolwork – she doesn't want her blaming him for ruining her life when she's old and grey! Libby says sincerely:
LIBBY: You could never ruin *anything*, Sonny Hammond.
Danni is ranting at Mal, asking how Brett could say they're as guilty as he is – it was *his* stupid idea. She doesn't notice Susan appearing in the kitchen as she goes on that if she was him, she'd go up to Mrs. Kennedy and say he was the one who did the prank and was working alone. Susan calls out to ask if that's a confession. Danni turns round and assures her quickly that she was just talking hypothetically – and the whole prank had to do with wires, and what do *they* know about wires? At that moment, Libby and Sonny come in and Mal and Danni quickly change the subject. Susan looks at them suspiciously.
Lou, Patrick and Sam are playing poker when Cheryl arrives home and smiles that this is what she likes to see! She's holding some shopping bags and says she's got a few things for Melbourne Cup Day. Sam stands up and says he'd better get going – see if Hermit Crab has returned to civilisation! He heads out. Cheryl tells Lou and Patrick that she'll make up the trio for the poker. Lou points out that with all that shopping, she can't afford to be losing any more money. Cheryl, however, smiles and asks who's going to be losing!
Stonie is trying to start a motorbike, but it refuses to get going. Sam walks over and says to him:
SAM: Well, you've really done it *this* time.
STONIE (nervously): Look, before you say anything, I just want to say how much she means to me, all right?
SAM: Yeah, well, you should look after her better.
Stonie realises suddenly that Sam is talking about the bike, not Annalise! He explains that the bike belongs to Stag, a mate of his. Sam offers to have a look at it.
Susan asks the kids to lay the table. Libby asks if Sonny can stay for dinner, but he declines, saying Libby's got homework and she's not using him as an excuse to get out of it. Susan smiles that if he keeps that up, he'll pass the parenting test! All of a sudden, they hear a bongo drum beating outside. A few seconds later, Karl – wearing a bandana – comes in and beams:
KARL: Home at last. Home at last! Wait until you hear what I've been through!
He then looks at Mal and says:
KARL: Give me a hug, brother.
He grabs Mal and hugs him tightly as everyone looks on in astonishment!
Sam is telling Stonie that if he wants to take passengers on the bike, he should get the suspension checked. He then asks him if he takes Kerry on the bike and Stonie nods that he takes her out all the time. Sam sighs that he and Annalise used to have the best time going off to nowhere, but they haven't done that for he doesn't know how long. He goes on that he guesses that's the problem with long relationships: you run out of new and exciting things to do. He adds that he didn't expect Annalise to lose... vitality... so soon. Stonie just sits and drinks his beer. Sam then says:
SAM: I can't help thinking she's losing interest in me.
STONIE (blankly): Who?
SAM: Annalise! Just seems like she's bored of the relationship, you know?
STONIE: Has she said something?
SAM: Nothing specific. It's just... the vibe's different. Seems like her whole focus has changed.
STONIE: Doesn't sound like much to go on to *me*.
SAM (smiles): Yeah, I'm just being paranoid, eh?
Karl is telling everyone that they had to build the sweat lodge in the morning, then they went into it in the afternoon – he'd never experienced heat like it; all he could think was that he wanted out of there, but he couldn't. He adds that it was uplifting; he hasn't felt this good in a long time. Mal comments that he's finally chilled out, then. Karl says he'll no longer let the hassles of everyday life get him down. Susan asks what the rest of the family can expect from this new chilled- out Karl Raymond Kennedy. Karl tells her that he'll be more reasonable; less aggravated.
Brett comes in through the back door and Lou asks him how muck- up day was. Cheryl says she bets Ms. Teschendorff is glad to be rid of them after that terrible prank. She adds that Susan told her about it down the street. Lou asks what happened and Cheryl explains that some kid rewired all the lighting system and almost burnt the school down. Brett says quickly that he's sure the person who did it didn't mean any harm – and no one got hurt in the end. Lou comments that not owning up and letting everyone else suffer is the lowest. A Brett walks off, looking downcast, Cheryl, Lou and Patrick resume their game of poker – Cheryl cleaning up and taking Lou's money!
It's evening- time. Brett is at No. 32 with Danni, Mal and Stonie and he tells them that he's decided to confess. Danni asks him if he's going to mention *their* names. Brett retorts that he's not a dobber. Mal asks what changed his mind. Brett shrugs that he guesses he enjoyed the feeling of being bad for once – but the goody two shoes had to come out of him eventually. Stonie says the most important thing it that the rest of the year gets off the hook; what's the point of *all* of them getting into trouble? Brett suggests:
BRETT: Friendship... solidarity... doing the right thing... But if you guys can live with yourself, I guess that's up to you.
He tells them bitterly to wish him luck, and he marches out.
Libby is doing her homework in the lounge room, with music playing loudly. Karl says to her:
KARL: Elizabeth, would you mind turning that racket down a bit please, sweetheart – it's really most disturbing.
LIBBY (grins): Only to *you*, bongo- man!
She adds that she's only kidding! She turns the music down. There's suddenly a knock on the front door and Libby goes to get it. She lets Brett in. Susan smiles at him that surely he's not having problems with English revision already! Brett says glumly:
BRETT: I wish it *was* that. Actually, I've come to tell you... I was the one who tampered with the school's electrical system.
SUSAN (smiles): Oh Brett, look, if you're taking the rap for someone else, tell me now, it'll save a lot of fuss later on.
BRETT: Yeah, I know it sounds uncharacteristic for someone as pathetically good as me, but I *did* do it.
SUSAN (frowns disappointedly): Well, then I guess you'd better come and see Ms. Teschendorff with me tomorrow. We'll discuss your punishment.
At that moment, Mal and Stonie and Danni sidle in through the front door and admit that they were in on it too. Susan looks at them all in disappointment.
Lou is sitting on the couch with his eyes closed. Cheryl comes downstairs and tells him to open them. He stares at her outfit she's modelling and beams that she looks sensational! He then tells her to take it back: she'll wear it once and then it'll hang in her wardrobe getting moth- eaten. Cheryl insists that there'll be other functions – and it's her money; she can do with it what she wants. Lou then comments that she's got her outfit, so what has she got planned for the actual Melbourne Cup day? Cheryl, however, says she thought she'd leave the nitty gritty to *him*. With that, Lou heads out – just as Brett and Danni come in. Cheryl smiles at them and asks what they think of her new outfit. Danni murmurs to Brett that she's in a good mood. Cheryl asks warily if it's *important* for her to be in a good mood...
Patrick and Sam are in the kitchen, making dinner, and Patrick asks where Annalise is this evening. Sam replies that she and Jo are in their new office, sorting out the fax machine and that sort of thing. Patrick comments that he's hardly seen her since they've been back from camp. Sam mutters that she's avoiding him. He goes on that it seems like everything has gone downhill since they got back from the Drum Camp: business has dropped off and Annalise is ignoring him... Patrick asks Sam if he regrets going, as he thought it was good for the two of them. Sam nods that it *was*.
Cheryl is ranting at Brett and Danni that she tried to raise her children with a set of values and a sense of responsibility, but she obviously failed somewhere along the line. She tells Danni that she's grounded for the rest of the year – and she asks Brett how he could be so stupid as to be dragged into something by his sister. Brett, however, tells his mother that *he* masterminded the whole thing – so she should punish *him*, not Danni. Cheryl says disbelievingly that it's just like him to protect his sister and friends: she *knows* he didn't do it. Brett exclaims:
BRETT: Mum, why does everyone think I'm so incapable of doing something even a little bit daring?
CHERYL: You know why? Because you're always so well behaved.
BRETT: Well maybe that's why I did it: to put one misdemeanour to my perfect record before I left.
CHERYL: What – at the expense of the school and other people's lives?
BRETT: Well, I didn't know it was going to turn dangerous; I just wanted to strobe the lights.
Cheryl stares at Brett and realises that he *did* do it. She apologises to Danni for blaming her. She then tells Brett that if she was really mean, she'd find some way to stop him from going to Africa, but she supposes the school's punishment will be enough. She cries that she's disappointed in him; she *depends* on him to be good.
Back yard of No. 28
Karl is sitting meditating as Casserole baas behind him! In the background, he can hear Libby and Susan shouting at each other, Susan ordering Libby to do the vacuuming! He stands up and storms into the house.
Inside, Susan is snapping at Mal about the mess. Karl marches in and turns off the music that's playing, the vacuum cleaner and the blender, which Mal is using. There's silence. Susan asks if there's a problem. Karl retorts that he was trying to meditate, but it's difficult with all the racket going on. Susan retorts that it's a very busy household: they can't stop functioning just to suit *him*. Karl, however, snaps that the house is downright *dys*functional: they don't communicate; they'd rather play games on the computer or listen to CDs or watch the television set than open up to each other. Mal tells him:
MAL: You can't fight progress, Mr. Crab!
KARL: Why? Why can't you? The twentieth century is ruining the family unit.
MAL (smiles): Gotta love that twentieth century!
He turns on the blender again, but Karl quickly turns it off and declares that from now on, anything that plugs in or switches on, boots up or generally makes a noise, is out. Susan exclaims that he can't be serious! Karl, however, says:
KARL: I've never been more serious in my life. The Kennedy family is going back to basics.
Libby, Susan and Mal stare at him in disbelief!