Phil agreeing to go to the dinner with Ruth.
Justin threatening Billy.
Phil's deciding on ties – Hannah rightfully vetoes the one with the possums on.
PHIL: What about the blue one?
HANNAH: Nah, it's too boring. You look like an accountant.
PHIL: Sweetheart, I am an accountant.
Hannah says the aim is to make him look like a spunk and she goes off to have a look through the stuff that Jen made him buy.
PHIL: Phil Martin – dressed by his daughter and his dog. How could it go wrong?
Because you could end up in her school uniform and Holly's flea collar? Phil asks if Tim's enjoying the book and when he finds out that it's "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" asks if Tim's seen the movie. This gets Tim's attention as Phil talks about the characters. Tim says that he's had enough reading and he's going to go out and get some sun so Phil suggests waiting for Hannah so she can show him the "highlights and lowlights of Erinsborough". Tim declines, saying he's going to check out the shops.
Hannah comes back with a bow tie which, despite Phil's protests, does make him look like a clown.
Ruth's having the same kind of clothing crisis and asks Lance for his opinion… who defers to Bonnie. Lance wonders why Ruth's having such a crisis for a business dinner and twigs that Ruth still likes Phil before declaring everything looks the same to him.
Billy tells Susan about the trip to the beach, declaring it the worst day of his life. He ended up making a fool of himself as Anne thought they were showing off. Susan says that Billy obviously still likes her but Billy says all she sees is Justin and he may as well not exist.
Ruth's decided on a dress and Anne asks if that's all the make up she's going to wear. Ruth never wears much anyway but Anne replies for a big date a little more won't hurt. Anne asks Lance for his opinion and he suddenly goes very quiet, muttering that she looks fine.
When Anne dashes off to get some more make up, Ruth asks what's up wrong with Lance. He says that there's nothing wrong and takes Bonnie off just as Anne comes back. Ruth asks how the day at the beach went and Anne complains about the macho boys. Ruth twigs that the boys were trying to impress her and says that Billy's probably jealous. Anne says that Billy's not, he doesn't like her and she knows this because she asked him. Ruth points out that teenage boys aren't expressive at the best of times.
ANNE: How hard is it to say "I like you"?
Ruth says that actions speak louder than words.
Tim's putting on a video – One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Hannah asks if he should be reading the book but Tim says a picture is worth a thousand words.
Phil comes out, ready for his big date, and Hannah declares he looks great. That is, until he opens his jacket to reveal that the trouser clasp isn't done up. He can't understand it, last time he wore them they were fine. Must have shrunk in the cupboard. Happens to me all the time.
Hannah asks what he's going to do – open trousers aren't going to impress Ruth. Phil says he'll move the button over and pray. Oh, and he's not trying to impress Ruth.
Anne comes over to talk about the "Walk Against Want" with Billy and they set up camp on the table. Billy apologises about before and being sucked into the rubbish with Justin. Anne asks why he did it but Billy quickly changes the subject. Anne just wants them to get along and Billy tells her that despite the fact Justin's a bit up himself he is happy for the two of them.
Phil's almost got his trousers done up while Hannah's giving a running commentary, enjoying every moment of it. Phil finally manages to get the trousers done up and Hannah hopes that he really secured the button because otherwise it'll fly off and cause some damage.
Ruth's in a last minute panic as Phil turns up. She has to get Lance to open the door as her nails are still drying, and after complimenting the other on how they look they go to head off. Ruth asks Phil to get her bag (and she's so checking him out when he bends over) but as he does so the seam goes on his trousers and she gets a bit more of an eyeful!
Phil immediately says he's going to have to go home and races out, saying he'll meet her outside in ten minutes. Lance makes a few quips about it and Ruth's not impressed.
Phil comes back in, muttering about his trousers. Hannah and Tim crack up at the sight of the split seam but Phil's in no mood for jokes. Phil takes them off in the lounge room just as Ruth comes in. She tells him to slip into something more comfortable, a normal suit will be fine, doesn't matter if it's not a tux. As he goes off she declares that she likes his boxers.
Down to underwear on a first date, eh?
Susan and Lisa discuss Tim, Lisa reckons he'll be OK with Year Twelve with a bit of encouragement. Lisa says that because he struggles with English he tries to take the easy way,. Susan says she'll call in on her way home, see if she can help with the encouragement.
Susan comes over and Tim quickly stops the video. Susan says that Lisa reckons he'll be fine without catch up classes. Susan says he'll need to work hard though, and the first book he should read is "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest". Tim says he's already started it and has learnt heaps already. Susan says it's impressive and asks what he thinks of the style. Tim says it's fine, Susan says she was talking about the narrative perspective.
TIM: The guy, the Jack Nicholson guy.
Sprung. She says that the film is very different and is no substitute to doing the work.
Billy suggests instead it being just a walk why not open it up to other methods – jogging, rollerblading… so long as you do the distance. Anne suggests a treasure hunt which Billy loves. They can't start on it right away as she's meeting Justin.
Billy answers the door to Justin who's early. Billy invites himself along, saying that seeing as they all want to be friends… Trapped, Justin agrees. Anne says no macho stuff.
Tim's saying he thought that watching the film would help him learn. Susan's not angry and asks if there's anything else she needs to know. She asks about his family and Tim admits that his father can barely read. Susan says that she's sure his father wouldn't want Tim to miss out on any opportunities and so he should put in the work.
Ruth and Phil have escaped the dinner and are having drinks at the pub. They're laughing and joking about the people at the dinner. Ruth thanks him for coming and Phil says he had fun. Ruth says no one minded him not being in a tux, but Phil says that Ruth was the knockout of the night. Both admit to their kids helping them out with their outfits, Ruth saying that Anne made her feel like a painted lady with all the make up. Phil quietly says she looks terrific and there's a moment. Ruth says they should be going and he quietly agrees. But not just yet, he likes sitting there, just talking with her.
Anne's talking about going ice skating and Billy suggest rollerblading – similar but you don't go 'round in the same circles. When Anne says it's not as graceful Justin's quick to back her up, telling Billy he doesn't need to come. Billy simply replies that he's up for the challenge. When Anne suggests they get a coffee, Billy's all set to get up when Justin offers to do it. Billy quickly puts in his order and Justin skulks off.
Anne thanks him for getting on with Justin and making the effort. Billy tells her that he doesn't want to be just her friend, but if she wants to be with Justin then that's fine, he'll walk away. But he needed to tell her that he likes her, really likes her. He doesn't care that Justin's better looking and has his mum's car and would most likely punch him for telling her this but he doesn't care. If she says the word he'll back off.