- Jen and Philip broadcasting their rap for 'Stairwells in Time'!
- Patrick telling Sam that he doesn't want Sam to hate him.
- Angie upset that everyone at the Melbourne Cup event is dressed up and she looks dowdy.
- Mr. Edwina, the horse Jo hired for Lou for Melbourne Cup day, rearing up and causing the tent he's attached to - which people are inside - to collapse.
Cheryl and Lou arrive home, Lou laughing that he hasn't had such fun since Phar Lap! Brett asks if they brought home a truck load of money, but Lou just chuckles and tells him that he should have seen what happened when Mr. Edwina went bonkers!
Sam is taking off his trousers as Annalise comments that at least he didn't get hurt. She then sighs that no one's going to touch AnnaJo with a ten- foot pole after this. Marlene comments that she thinks they're making it out to be worse than it was: people were very nice about it, the horse was caught eventually and there wasn't very much damage done. Jo groans:
JO: I'm so sorry. I can't do *anything* right.
Annalise muses that no one's arguing...
Danni is beaming that she wishes she'd seen it - but she's glad she didn't because she got six hours' work done. Brett asks what the big deal is about six hours, but Danni and Cheryl insist quickly that it's nothing. Cheryl smiles that she just wants her babies to succeed in life!
Philip dashes into No. 26 and shows Jen a wad of cash he won using a system! Jen sighs that she wishes she could think of something clever to get through all her study - she's really worried; and she doesn't know what she's going to say to Bernie and Elgin, the actors from 'Stairwells of Time'. Philip asks in frustration if she hasn't spent *enough* time on the dumb soap opera. Jen just insists that she's going to win! She then exclaims in horror that she doesn't know what she's going to wear!
The members of the Stark and Kratz households are gathered to say goodbye to Patrick. He comments to everyone that it's been fun - and Camp Drumbeat is etched on his heart! Sam smiles that he felt like part of a family - a pretty strange one, but there's hope. Patrick goes on that he never realised how much a family would mean to him - and he thanks Sam for opening his eyes. There's suddenly a knock on the front door and Angie comes in with a video she's come to return to Marlene. Marlene invites her to sit down and Cheryl asks her where she got to yesterday. Angie replies hesitantly that she had a bit too much champagne.
Jen is watching TV, exclaiming to Philip that she can't stand it! She stares at the screen as a presenter makes the announcement of the winner of the 'Stairwells of Time' competition: Brock Memphrey. Jen mutters in astonishment that he can't win it: he's in the show. The presenter, however, explains that the winner was Peter Webb but changed his name by deed poll to be more like his favourite person in the whole wide world! With that, Brock makes an entrance. Jen stares at him in disbelief!
By Lassiter's Lake
Jo stares at the lake and throws a stone into it, sadly. She then goes and sits down on the nearby bench, next to an elderly man - a tramp - who's sitting there half asleep, a brown bag containing a bottle in his hand. She comments to him that *she* needs some cheering up and *he* looks like he needs some too. The tramp puts his hand on her knee and smiles that she has nice legs. Jo removes his hand firmly and he mutters that you can't blame a man for trying! Jo sighs that it seems that if you try too hard, you mess things up. The tramp says:
TRAMP: Yeah. Skiddley- doo- roo.
JO (murmurs): Yeah, skiddley- doo- roo.
She suddenly looks thoughtful and adds:
JO: With a bucket of jelly and a smile a mile wide!
TRAMP (half sings): Let all your dreams come true!
JO (exclaims): You're Flakey, aren't you! Flakey the Clown!
TRAMP (grunts): Maybe.
JO (grins): I would've never recognised you without your make- up on, but I'd recognise your voice everywhere!
She beams that she used to watch all his shows! Flakey just mutters that he isn't the man he used to be.
A short time later, Flakey takes a sip of scotch as Jo tells Lou that Flakey is one of her favourite people in the whole wide world! She introduces him to Lou, and explains that he used to be on TV when she was at primary school - and she never missed a show. She goes to ring Annalise, leaving Lou to tell Flakey that his daughter, Lauren, used to watch his show. Flakey finishes his drink and gets up to leave, but Lou tells him to stay, as it's been a long time since they've had a bone fide celebrity in there. He then comments that it's been a long time since Flakey was riding high. Flakey says:
FLAKEY: Don't say - it's been fifteen years.
LOU (delicately): Wasn't there some sort of, um...?
FLAKEY: Yeah, it's all coming back to you now, eh? You're remembering. The gambling...
LOU: You swore on air, too, didn't you?
FLAKEY (mutters): I did a *lot* of things on air.
LOU (sympathetically): You've had a rough trot, mate.
FLAKEY: Bit of bad luck. I'll get over it. Time heals.
Back yard of No. 22
Angie has snuck into the back yard and is looking at Cheryl's outfits hanging on the clothes line when Danni emerges and catches her! Angie explains reluctantly that Cheryl is such a well- dressed woman and *she's* such a frump beside her and she thought if she could get the names of Cheryl's clothes designers, she could go out and buy some clothes the same. She goes to leave, but Danni says she's sure no one will mind if Angie writes down the names of a few of the labels.
Annalise walks into the bar and Jo runs over and tells her excitedly that she's got the answer to all their problems! She indicates Flakey, sitting at the bar, and tells Annalise that he's going to make them a fortune! Annalise remarks tersely that he looks like a dero to her and she's got better things to worry about. Jo, however, starts singing one of Flakey's songs and then tells Annalise to come and meet him. She leads Annalise to the bar and introduces Annalise to Flakey. Flakey puts his arm around her and grins drunkenly:
FLAKEY: What did I do to deserve *this*?!
Patrick has finished packing and comments to Marlene that it's going- home time; off to meet his fate. Marlene tells him to put some effort into it - and stop looking for greener pastures. Sam joins them as Patrick insists that he's been listening - and his intentions were good; they always *were*. Sam smiles that he reckons things are on the up. Patrick tells him warmly to keep in touch. Sam hugs him and Marlene beams happily:
MARLENE: That's what I call progress.
A while later, Jo drags Flakey the Clown into No. 24 and tells him to sit down! Marlene, however, quickly moves him away from the couch and leads him into the kitchen! Annalise takes Jo to one side and says she doesn't think this is going to work: *she* didn't recognise him without his make- up; who else is going to? However, they suddenly hear Sam yell:
SAM: Skiddley- doo- roo!
Marlene recalls that she remembers one of the kids making a toilet roll holder after seeing it on Flakey's show! Sam beams that that was him! Jo insists to Annalise that it'll work!
Brett sits down with Danni at the kitchen table as she writes something in a book. He grabs it and looks at it, commenting that she's keeping note of how many hours she's studying. He asks why, but Danni evades the question, telling him not to worry about. She gets up to make a coffee. Brett asks again if he's going to tell her, but she just offers him some toast. Brett murmurs that he'd rather know what she's up to.
Having finished a feed, Marlene asks Flakey if there's nothing else he'd like and he muses:
FLAKEY: Not unless you've got a bottle of scotch hidden in the teapot!
He then adds that he thinks he should be going; he's taken up enough of their time. Sam beams that he can't believe he got to meet him! Annalise tells Flakey that they've got a proposition for him: how does he feel about a comeback? Flakey, however, exclaims that they're off in la- la land. Sam smiles that he'd love to see Flakey back up there. Flakey insists that it's not for him. Jo hands him a card with her number on it and asks him to take it, just in case he changes his mind. She then kisses him on the cheek and he heads out.
Philip tries to hand Jen a mug of soup, but as he puts it down on the desk, he manages to slop some onto her study notes. Jen leaps up to get a cloth and snaps:
JEN: Now look what's happened. That is it. What hope have I got to think that I can do medicine? It's a joke.
Philip insists that she can do it. Jen cries that she wanted to do *really well*. Philip asks what's wrong with passing; she always passed before. Jen sighs that she hasn't got a hope - and it's her own fault for getting obsessed with that ridiculous soap opera.
Cheryl has arrived home and Danni tells her that she's studied for seven hours today so far, but Cheryl owes her for thirteen as she didn't pay her yesterday. Cheryl gets her money out and hands Danni the cash as Brett walks over and asks what's going on. Danni tells him not to worry about it. Brett asks suspiciously if it has something to do with Danni's hourly record. Cheryl and Danni look at each other. Realisation dawns and Brett exclaims to his mother:
BRETT: You're paying her to study?
CHERYL: Well, Brett, you know how lazy your sister is.
There's suddenly a knock on the front door. Cheryl goes to answer it, but Brett stops her and tells her that she's got some explaining to do. Danni goes and answers the door instead. Angie runs in and asks everyone what they think of her new look! She wearing a smart trouser suit and has had her hair done and bears a strong resemblance to Cheryl's look. Everyone stares at her in surprise!