Harold introduces Lou to Zen fishing
Larissa tells Felicity that, as guys can cheat all the time, she's going to even the score for all women kind.
Darcy tells Tess that things between him and Dee aren't that serious - it's her that he really wants!
Paul and Tad ride their bikes down the driveway, followed by Harold, who's got his fishing rod out. Tad ribs him about maybe catching a few things 'now and zen'. Lol. Harold finds it hilarious too. Lou watches them go off down the street.
Lyn tells Joe that she's been thinking about setting up her own hairdressing business from home. Joe wonders if she'd make as much money and reminds her that she wouldn't have a receptionist or apprentice to clear up for her. Lyn understands this but she feels sick about work and she's tired of feeling that way. She could give Gino a run for his money and it would be great, running things herself. Joe points out all the bad points and suggests she try and work for someone else instead. Lyn thinks it all comes down to him thinking she can't run and business and a family at the same time.
Lou finds Harold zen fishing and says that there must be the heart of a frustrated angler, deep in that chest of his! Harold chuckles, saying he enjoys it and he's improving. He's trying to find the harmony between the obstructive fishing line and the smooth water. Lou suggests they go into a fishing contest but Harold won't - no hook is involved in zen fishing. He won't drag one of God's creatures out of the water just for fun - not even for Lou.
It's evening and Darcy has finished helping Dee clean the house. When Flick comes in Dee informs her that Lou came round for the rent and thought the place was a tip. Flick thinks it looks fine and Dee points out that it does now. And Lou isn't happy with the scratches on the stove - Flick didn't know that she wasn't to use steel wool. Dee can't believe it when she also mentions she used a screwdriver to get the 'really stuck bits' off. Help ma boab. Dee thinks she should have employed some common sense - the stove needs fixed or replaced. She'll have to ask her parents or something - it's not coming out of the bond. Flick storms out.
Dee laments the fact she's fighting with everyone at the moment - was she too hard on her? Darcy says someone has to pay for it. And then there's the Tess thing - why is everything so messy? She tries to call Tess but it's engaged and Darcy says she should wait until later so she can work out what to say. Besides, they have the whole house to themselves - why don't they take advantage of it?
Lynnie and Joe are just going to go to bed when Flick comes in - she just came to say hi. Or, in actual fact, to ask a favour - but it doesn't matter now. Joe nips off to bed and Lyn asks what the favour is - money? Flick says she just wants to talk - Lyn asks if Joel has called but Flick says he hasn't - he will later though. Flick decides to dash off and watch some telly.
The next morning and what a better start to the day than some more squabbling. This time there's hardly any milk left and Flick says she didn't know. Dee makes a big deal of pointing out the differences between milk and custard, which Flick got mixed up. Flick says there are things about Dee she finds annoying but she doesn't complain and she pays her rent. Dee points out it's Joel who pays, as he does for a lot of other things. Flick thinks she still likes him which Dee finds absurd - what is there to be jealous of? They don't have the perfect relationship as demonstrated by Joel's lack of calls - out of sight and out of mind. Dee wouldn't go for that. Flick takes off.
Outside Number 30
Tad and Paul are round to walk with Flick to school. They notice she's in a mood but she won't talk about it. Paul wonders about wagging but Flick says she wouldn't - they might not find school today that boring. She waves to her parents who are getting into their car.
The Lynoe car
Lyn says Flick didn't leave until late last night and Joe says she's like a spare part at number 30. Still, she knows best. The roar out of the street, past Harold who's casting his rod in the middle of the road...
Harold casts his rod towards Lou who's doing some gardening and Lou cuts it with his garden cutter thingies. He runs off with the hook and bait part.
Tess is teaching Paul, Tad and Flick. Tad tells Paul he can't help him with his assignment tomorrow after all. Flick spots some people walking past the classroom and turns to Paul 'n' Tad, saying she's wondering what Larissa is doing right now. The boys look to the doorway and who should be there but Larissa.
Karl has a day off been held up for his appointment with Lou so Darcy's seeing him. Lou has a sore stomach - gastro-thingy and he really doesn't want to get a gastroscopy, as Karl has proposed. Darcy has heard of a test that doesn't require a tube and believes it would be good for Lou.
Lou asks how 'things' are in relation to Dee. Darcy reiterates that Tess was emotional that day - it's all sorted now and he and Dee are getting on really well. Lou's glad to hear it.
Larissa and Flick talk. The boys were silent all through class and Larissa thinks her evil plan is working. She walks up to the boys and tells them her parents wouldn't let her do correspondence anymore so she's here. Tad chases after her, saying she could have at least told him - then Paul arrives and Tad dashes off. He asks why she didn't tell him only for Tad to come back and for her to say, as she isn't going out with either of them anymore, she doesn't owe any explanations. Confused? You will be.
The Coffee Shop
Lou spots that Harold has a book that he wants to borrow for the competition. But Harold just offers him a different book instead. What excitement.
Lynoe are talking about the hairdressing idea - Joe is still pessimistic about it. Harold interrupts and says that it isn't necessarily the case that it's all one big headache. Joe looks ready to explode at his interruption.
Tad asks Larissa if she's still cool about going out with him. He still likes her. She kisses him and he says he'll see her tomorrow night. She mentions telling Paul and he says they will - tomorrow night before they go out.
Paul catches Larissa once Tad has gone and they have practically the same conversation as Larissa had with Tad. Paul agrees that they have to tell Tad the truth.
He leaves and Flick appears and she tells her what's going on - Flick thinks she has guts.
Tess is having a lonely dinner for one when Darcy appears with flowers for her, wishing her a Happy Birthday. He's also got wine and apologises for being held up. The pager is off and he doesn't know of a better way to spend the night. They kiss passionately.
The Coffee Shop
Tad and Paul meet Flick, who hates Joel being away. She hates Dee too - what an absolute cow. They talk about Larissa who Flick thinks is really nice. The boys pretend that she's 'just okay' and it would be stupid to go out with her.
Tess is asking Darcy why he hasn't said anything to Dee. He's going to but he's sure that, in her heart, she already knows. Tess understands he doesn't want to hurt her but it's not fair on either of them. Darcy says Dee is very fragile at the moment - but when he sees the look on Tess' face he irately wonders if he should just dump it on her. Tess tells him not to put it on her - she just doesn't want to be the other woman. Tess goes to answer the door - and who should it be but Dione...