Connor making Michelle a drink… with floor cleaner. Whoops.
Susan remembering Drew with Ben
Karl wondering where Susan is, stressing out and wondering if they should call her on the mobile. To calm him down, Lib suggests he has a doughnut. Yeah, 'cause upping his blood sugar levels will help. Susan arrives, apologising for being late. Karl gives up his seat (awww) for her as she explains she was at the library.
She's been looking at recipes and wants to try out a few, including one involving bacon and prunes. Karl jokes that his mother loved anything with a toothpick.
SUSAN: Mine too. Liz once got one stuck in her throat, she couldn't talk for weeks.
KARL: Wish I'd known that a few months ago.
Susan's mobile rings, when she answers it she finds out it's Craig. Karl's not happy… until Susan asks Craig if she can call him back later, or maybe even tomorrow? She hangs up and goes back to discussing recipes with Drew while Lib and Karl exchange happy smiles.
Joe and Lyn come out of the salon, noticing Susan coming out of the Coffee Shop with the family. Joe comments to look at them you'd never know. Lyn suggests going over and seeing how things are. Joe wants to give them some space, maybe they don't want disturbing.
LYN: Yeah, I'm not suggesting we move in with them.
Joe says that it's a bit weird, he doesn't know what to say or do. Lyn says he should just treat her as he's always treated her, she's still the same person. Joe points out that she's not and Lyn sighs in exasperation. Joe just doesn't want to say the wrong thing.
Lou's on the phone to Lolly. She's done something that apparently makes her very clever… pause for Lolly's contribution, the Lou admits that maybe John's clever too. Make of that what you will. She has to go so Lou says he loves her. Awww. Rosie supportively offers him a cup of tea before Lou admits he hates saying goodbye. He enthuses what a great kid Lolly is, so full of energy. Rosie puts it down to Lou's influence and he agrees. She may not be his daughter but there's definitely some Carpenter in there. Lou says that she's happy and that's the main thing, he just wishes he could see her more often. He'd love for Rosie to meet her and they agree next visit he has they'll both make a trip of it.
Lyn's saying that they can't just ignore Susan. Joe wants to give her a chance to settle in.
LYN: A chance to remember you mean, I wouldn't hold your breath.
JOE: I wouldn't let Libby or Karl hear you say that.
Lyn points out that it's been weeks and Susan's not remembered anything new. In the meantime Lyn's not going to treat her any differently. Susan is her friend and Susan would want Lyn to try.
JOE: Well if I put my foot in it you've been warned.
LYN: I think you'll survive.
Joe then brings up the other subject – has she had time to think about having another baby? He's not hassling her or anything but an answer would be nice… Lyn says that he agreed to give her time. That's not overnight, that's not a few days. That's time.
JOE: Well, have you got a timeframe? That way I won't have to bug you about whether or not you've got an answer.
Lyn puts him in his place, saying that it'll take time.
JOE: I didn't want an answer right now.
Oh this is priceless. Annoyed, Lyn leaves saying she'll see him at home.
Speaking of home, with the bottle of 'Floor Cleaner' still on the counter, Michelle and Connor are messing about. When the phone rings, Connor answers it to Joe.
MICHELLE: Tell him we haven't burnt down the house.
Joe's actually calling because Lyn's lost her phone. Michelle quips that Lyn is always leaving her phone at home. This bugs me too. I know some people aren't attached to theirs the way I am to mine, but the idea of a mobile phone is that you can be contacted wherever and whenever. I know someone who never had hers switched on which to me negates the point of having a mobile in the first place!
Anyway, Connor finds Lyn's mobile at home. He presses a key on the phone, producing the beep. He then pronounces that the battery is flat, dead as a dodo. So where did the sound come from? Exactly.
In the kitchen, Michelle takes a drink from her mocktail and immediately starts to cough. Connor comes through to the kitchen and asks what's wrong. Only she can't reply. He races off to get Karl, banging on the door then window of number 28 only there's no one home.
When he gets back to the Scully's he tells Michelle he'll call an ambulance only he doesn't know the number. (000 for reference!) She's still coughing so he says that he'll take her himself. As they go to leave they meet Joe coming in. The three of them race off.
The Kennedys and Kirks are all sitting around a table, looking very happy and relaxed. Susan's trying to tempt Lib with the last mouthful of the drink but she's refusing. Karl tells Susan that Lib's got a bit of an aversion to Fluffy Ducks, after a certain party when she was 19. Lib's horrified, Susan's amused and I just love this scene because this family just works.
LIB: I had an allergic reaction to the cream.
KARL: That's a medical opinion, is it?
Susan says she's going to have another one and tempts Drew into joining her.
At the bar she gets chatting to a very nervous Lyn; the choir have their first public performance at the hospital tomorrow. After quick pleasantries, Lyn invites Susan over for dinner, day after tomorrow. Susan happily accepts.
Lyn stops off at the Kennedy table on her way out, stealing Karl for a quick word. She tells Karl that she just invited him to dinner. Well, she invited Susan and she doesn't know if Susan will realise that it's an invitation for Karl as well. Lyn's observation that Susan doesn't seem to think of herself as a couple hits a raw nerve with Karl. He tells Lyn that he'll sort it out with Susan just as his mobile starts to ring.
Ya see? Mobiles work when you have them with you!
There's some kind of emergency and he goes rushing off, leaving Susan a little confused.
Karl checks on a sleeping Michelle before going out to talk to Joe and Connor. They want to see her so all three go back into the room. Karl informs them that she swallowed something corrosive. Joe asks what could have caused it, Connor says he made the drink from bananas so it couldn't have been that.
Joe leaves to call Lyn and I'm hoping that Karl was just told that a patient had been brought in because Lyn would have been three steps ahead of him out of the pub.
Lyn races in and grabs the ringing phone. Joe tells her that Michelle's in hospital after swallowing something corrosive. Lyn notices the bottle on the counter and realises that it could be the floor cleaner. Joe asks Karl and he says that Lyn should just bring the bottle in.
Lyn's horrified and is blaming herself – she brought it home in a soft drink bottle. Joe has a bit of a go at her but she says she labelled it clearly, she left it under the sink… She dashes off to the hospital, floor cleaner in hand.
Susan's looking through the karaoke list, wondering how people can like to sing badly in public. Lib quips that it works better in bars. My Uni used to do karaoke every Friday night but it was always the same people who got up and sang. It was a good night though because we all could sing. Anyway, back in Erinsborough Suse heads off to the bathroom and Drew says that there's still a lot of the "old Susan" in there. Lib agrees, saying sometimes she has to remind herself about what's happened.
Drew flatters Lib, saying that she's being a rock for her parents, a mountain of support. She changes the subject to the look on Susan's face when Karl had to go, what did it look like to him?
DREW: I don't know, a bit disappointed maybe?
LIB: Exactly. What does that tell you?
Big smiles all round as they put two and two together.
Lou comes in and presents Rosie with four plane tickets to go and see Lolly – him, Rosie, Summer and Boyd. Rosie's thrilled… until she sees the tickets are for next week. Lou got a good deal on them so snapped up the bargain. Rosie doesn't know if she's free and goes to check her diary. Things seem hopeful until she sees that she's officiating at a wedding and she can't get out of it. He's 80, she's 85 and it's a "real romance". Lou asks if anyone else can do it but there's no one. The more Rosie thinks about it, the less thrilled she becomes. Summer's just been diagnosed and she'd have to take the kids out of school for a week (I don't think they'd have minded that too much!).
Rosie says that she needs notice, flashing her diary at him to show she's a very busy woman. She asks if he can get a refund and he says he'll look into that.
Connor comes in to see Michelle, asking how she is. Lyn says that Michelle can't talk before asking him about the drinks, didn't he notice the label? He says that he didn't and while she accepts that she's the one who put it in a soft drink bottle, she doesn't understand how it happened. Connor asks to speak to Michelle alone and Lyn leaves them to it.
Connor takes Michelle's hand and says he loves her and he's so sorry. He talks about how he's to blame as Michelle grabs a pad and pen and writes something down. She holds it up: Not your fault. I love you. Connor admits that he can't read. Michelle goes to write something else but he stops her. He can't read anything, calling himself an idiot and a moron.
CONNOR: It's not even you I'm angry at, it's me.
He blames himself and he just wanted her to know the truth.
Drew's putting out the bin as Lou comes home. Lou offers the plane tickets to Drew, a family holiday to the country. When Drew realises they're for next week he turns them down, suggesting that he and Rosie go.
LOU: Now there's a good idea.
He says that he booked the tickets without checking with Rosie first. Drew says any other time he'd jump at the chance, but with what's going on with Susan he can't do it.
Lyn's still on her guilt trip, this time over having a go at Connor. Joe's practical about it – Michelle's alright, what more do they want?
LYN: That's easy for you to say, you didn't just poison your own child.
She apologises to Joe, saying that she's so tired. They talk about the other Scully injuries; Flick's broken leg, Jack falling from the tree, Steph's bike accident.
LYN: We get Michelle to the starting gate and I nearly kill her.
JOE: You did a pretty bad job if that's what you were trying to do.
Is that it for the Scully injury list? Sheesh, I'd done more by the time I was two!
When Connor comes out Lyn apologises but he accepts the blame, he should have noticed. Before they can reassure him he takes off.
Karl's peeling off the lid from one of those instant meals when there's a knock at the door. He drops the plate on the table as he goes to answer it. He's a little surprised to see Susan, but quickly invites her in. She notices the dinner but he quips that it hardly qualifies as eating. She asks how things went at the hospital and he says that everyone involved will be OK. Susan tells him Lib said one of the Scully girls had an accident and he confirms that it was Michelle and that she'll be fine.
Susan says that Lyn had invited her to dinner but with Michelle in hospital she'd probably cancel it. Karl says that would be up to Lyn. He asks if there's a problem. After a bit of hesitation she admits that she didn't know if the dinner invitation was for the pair of them or just her. Karl laughs and tells her that Lyn was worried about the same thing and that he said he'd sort it out with her.
He says that he's not going to force himself on her and that he'll tell Lyn that it'll be just her. Susan gets a bit flustered and admits that she thought it would be nice if they both went together. She says that it might not happen, but if it does…
SUSAN: …well then that would be a date.
KARL: Yeah. I guess it would be.
Rosie's talking about sprinkler systems and it's a bit before I realise they're talking about the allotment. Lou's not really paying attention and Rosie says she's keeping him up. Lou says he's a night owl, he was just thinking about Lolly. He asks when Rosie will be free. She says she should have some free time coming up, she'll check her diary tomorrow and let him know.
Lou presses the issue, asking her to check now but she doesn't have it with her. He says that he just wants her to meet Lolly but her response doesn't seem to reassure him. The discussion quickly turns into snipes and asides as they both get defensive about their positions.
Rosie points out that he should have checked with her and she can understand that he's used to planning things for himself but he's in a relationship now. He replies that he's the kind of guy that goes after what he wants and if she wants something different she should talk to Harold. He says he is what he is and he mustn't match up to her high standards.
ROSIE: That isn't what this is about.
LOU: Isn't it? Then perhaps I misunderstood.