Susan screams for Karl as she sees a snake climbing up the sofa.
Flick leaves in a taxi as Lyn and Joe try to call her back.
Drew tells Stuart he won't have a job to come back to if he helps Flick.
Flick is sitting alone in her room when someone comes to the door; they've got the wrong room and tells them that she'll get her husband. They leave and she deadlocks the door.
Susan is sitting on top of the kitchen bench clutching a mug tree as Karl searches for the snake and tells her to get down.
KARL: “Not like you to fulfil a sexual stereotype.”
SUSAN: “Yeah well, wait until it eats Dahl and we'll talk about stereotypes.”
He reminds her that it is a house snake but she's adamant that it's a snake all the same and that it could be another snake, and not Stuart's. She points to the cabinet and Karl jumps onto a chair and then clambers over the table.
KARL: “I'm used to dealing with snakes, I work with Darcy Tyler!”
He grabs it but it's just a cable and they sneer at one another.
Lyn, Joe and Steph are sorting through wedding gifts that need to be returned. Libby, Drew and Ben arrive at the door and are left alone with Steph. Libby asks her how she is doing, Steph says she's ok but doesn't look it. She gets their wedding present out from the pile on the table and it's quite awkward as they make idle chat about the weather and Steph tells them they don't have to walk on eggshells around her. Drew asks if Marc has even come around and Steph says no.
Libby and Drew: “At least you found out what he was like, before you got too far down the track.”
Libby tells her that he didn't deserve her, “He's not one tenth the man you deserve.”
Steph thanks them both and Drew goes into the kitchen to tell Lyn and Joe that Stuart got a call from Flick and that he has gone to find her. He tells them that Flick asked him not to tell her parents. Lyn asks how she is and Drew says that she's good by the sounds of things and apologises for not knowing much. Lyn and Joe thank him. Drew wonders if he should tell Steph and Joe tells him to leave it for the moment.
Harold and Valda approach the door laughing. Valda is talking about ‘Beaver Las Vegas' and Harold corrects her, saying that it's ‘Viva Las Vegas'. He tells her that he's had a wonderful evening; Valda tells him that it was fabulous. She leans in for a kiss goodnight and Harold looks confused and is saved by a noise from inside the house. Susan screams and Harold rushes in. She's still sitting on the bench with the mug tree in her hand and Karl is putting the snake into a pillowcase. Susan apologises for the screaming, blaming it on Karl.
HAROLD: “Are you alright now?”
KARL: “Yes, Susan just wanted to see what it was like to be tall.”
SUSAN: “I was looking for the snake!”
VALDA: “I take it the evening is over than?!”
Valda reminds Harold that they were saying goodnight as Karl and Susan watch on in amusement. She goes off to bed in a huff.
Stuart gets off the train at Central Station.
Marc and Chloe are talking. She tells him that they may have made mistakes as parents but he has to stop using other people to get back at them, it's cruel and horrifies her. She asks if he has spoken to Steph yet and tells him he's not even the black sheep of the family as that would take guts.
Joe opens the door to Chloe; she wants a word with Steph. Joe tells her that she doesn't want to speak to her or anyone else at the moment. Chloe says she knows that apologies don't mean much but she has things that she wants to discuss with Steph.
JOE: “Why are you here? Where is your son?”
CHLOE: “I hope he will come and say what needs to be said.”
LYN: “I wish Steph had never laid eyes on any of your family.”
Steph appears saying that she will talk. Chloe says that she is sorry for Marc's behaviour and she's also sorry that Steph won't be a part of her family. Steph gives her back her earrings, Chloe wants her to keep them but she refuses and Chloe leaves.
Stuart's walking along the street and finds where Flick is staying.
Flick is in her room, the door knocks and she tells whoever it is to go away. Stuart calls out and she opens the door, he looks around and tells her that it's a million bad dreams come at once. Flick starts to cry and he tells her he'll sort everything out.
They go to a café and Stuart tells her she'll have to go back sometime. They talk about his situation with his ex-fiancée and Flick says it would be better for Steph if she wasn't around; Steph wishes her dead. He urges her to call her parents.
FLICK: “They say when you fall in love nothing else should matter, that's if you do it right.”
Karl is moaning at ‘Darth Valda' eating all their food. Susan agrees with him, also mentioning that she's not even offered to buy them even a coffee. She tells Karl off for making noises that might wake Valda up. Susan says she just wants things out in the open; Karl just wants to tell Valda that she's not welcome.
SUSAN: “More or less, yes.”
KARL: “So what are you going to say?”
SUSAN: “Oh no, no, much better coming from you, I don't like crying.”
A delivery man arrives at the door with something for VALDA: two poodles. Valda comes out and greets them while Susan and Karl stand in disbelief. She introduces ‘Uncle Karl' and ‘Auntie Susan' to Blanche and Stella.
Karl tells her that they are not set up for dogs but Valda tells him that the ‘girls' have impeccable manners and not to worry. She thanks them both for their generosity and the opportunity to help Steph in her hour of need. She then tells them that she went through the same thing and that listening and understanding are key.
Lyn and Joe are talking about not leaving Steph in the house alone and the phone rings, Joe answers but there's silence on the other end.
Cut to Flick holding a phone with Stuart beside her, he tells her to speak
Joe asks if it's Flick, telling her to get herself back home. Lyn takes the phone and asks if she's alright.
Flick finally speaks and says she's alright.
JOE: “I can't believe one of my daughters doesn't have the guts to come back here and face her own actions.”
Lyn asks where she is, but Flick hangs up.
JOE: “Don't look at me like that Lyn, it's nothing compared to what she deserves.”
Flick starts crying.
Valda comes in and says hello to Harold. They chat about a magazine of Tad's, with articles like ‘How to get rid of a blind date'. Valda drops not-so-subtle hints about them going out on a date that night, asking Harold if he likes bingo. He says that he's not very good and so she suggests dinner instead. Again, Harold tells her that it's not suitable so they agree on lunch the next day instead. Harold looks browbeaten as Valda leaves.
A Good Hair Day
Lyn is collecting some paperwork when Chloe comes in. Chloe says she wants to sort things out about the wedding, saying that she and John will pay for it all. Lyn asks her if she thinks money is going to fix things and says that there is no way on earth that they would take a penny.
LYN: “I wouldn't have all the money in the world to have a son like yours.”
Chloe tells her that she's appalled at Marc's behaviour but parents can't always be responsible for what their kids do. Sometimes they throw your values right back at you.
Stuart and Flick are standing looking out to sea. He asks if she wants to try the phone again and she says no, but does ask him why he came to find her. He jokes that it was for the sun and then says he just wanted to check she was okay, he had been pretty worried about her. She says she's glad he did come but wonders how he can stand to look at her.
Harold asks Lyn how Steph is, and also how she and Joe are coping. Marc walks in and Lyn's phone rings, it's Stuart phoning to tell her that Flick is alright but pretty upset, she doesn't know he's phoning. Marc is listening in the background. Stuart gives Lyn the details of where they are and Marc sees what Lyn is writing.
Susan, Karl, Libby and Ben come in talking about a speech Susan wants Libby to give at the school about being a writer. Karl comments on the fully-set table before them, they think Valda has made them a meal. Valda comes out of her room and they compliment her on the smell and the table. It turns out that it's all for the dogs who take their seats at the table. Libby laughs, Karl is mad and Susan looks stunned.
Joe finds Lyn in the kitchen. She tells him that Flick is in Sydney and she thinks they should go and get her. Joe says they can't desert Steph but Lyn doesn't want to rely on Stuart to put their family back together by bringing Flick home.
Flick and Stuart are lying on top of the bed, Flick is asleep. Someone knocks at the door and when Stuart answers it, he finds Marc.