Joe and Lyn talking in the Coffee Shop about Michelle wanting to go to NY.
Max telling Summer that when she's older she can stay up to watch TV. Then him telling Boyd that they've missed out on a lot of stuff they could've done together but he wants to make up for it.
Lou and Harold acting like old fusspots; Lou accusing Harold of marrying Madge just to spite him and saying he loved her as much as Harold did.
Coffee Shop - Night
Harold wants to stop but Lou doesn't seem to want to stop with the bickering. He finally relents and slams some money down on the bench for rent and various bills. He might be stingy but he pays his own way. Harold asks if a few dollars will settle the ledger. Lou thinks that because he used the word ledger shows he's been keeping his accounts. Harold comes across as good Samaritan but in fact grubby little mortal just like everyone else. Harold doesn't want the money. Lou tells him to keep it and to stay away from Rosie.
Rosie and Summer are all snuggled up on the sofa watching TV. Aww. Rosie's talking about how she's missed these evenings since Summer moved out of her vicarage but she would've missed them more if she had to move up north. Summer agrees, saying she wouldn't have anyone to watch movies with. Rosie suggests her dad. Summer has to tell her the truth, her dad's too busy.
Speak of the devil - Max walks in with Boyd declaring they are in the presence of greatness! Rosie can tell that he obviously did well so Max shares the great news. Nobody got Boyd out not even the coach! Boyd wants to go have a shower but Max doesn't think it's a good idea because he has lucky dirty on him. How grotty is that? Like most women Rosie doesn't get sports people and their superstitions. She once found a pair of Max's socks that he hadn't washed for the entire season. Pew that would've stunk! This just adds fuel to Max's fire because as he tells Boyd, after his mum washed them the first ball he got was a duck whatever that means.
Boydy heads off to his shower while Max sits down on the sofa opposite Rosie and Sum, saying that coming to live in Erinsborough was the best thing he did. To get to know the kids better... He tells Summer she should've seen Boyd that arvo. She isn't too impressed.
Michelle, Nina and Tahnee are all congregated on a table, Michelle wondering what bus they have to get. Connor comes over with an important question; if they have a sweet tooth. He places some cake in front of them. He sits next to Michelle asking if they are going to Eden Hills Uni tomorrow. Michelle replies that they are, Tahnee adding they need to get up early. Well some of them do, not looking at anyone... Nina! They're sitting the next round of tests for the exchange program. Tahnee suggests they go look at some while in America to see how they compare to ours. Michelle reckons ours would be way cooler. Connor mentions about a uni in Belfast that Nina seems to know a lot about. When Tahnee says that Nina's been reading up on Northern Ireland Nina covers her tracks saying she saw a documentary or something. Michelle tells Nina it isn't too late for her to sit the test but Nina can't see the point.
Connor changes the subject, doesn't want Michelle getting too worked up about it because her parents aren't totally sold on the idea. She tells him to them to her.
Boyd's arrived after his shower, he's now a mere mortal again. Rosie doesn't want him to tell dad but Max assures Rosie he will live with it. Max mentions that Boyd's off to the brainy bots camp next week. You have to be a bright spark to get into it, and Rosie agrees. Summer wants to know why he was allowed to go. Surprisingly enough Boyd has been too. Max tells Boyd how proud of him he is which is Rosie's cue to leave, she has someone from congregation to go see. Max now turns the topic to what Boyd needs for the camp. Boyd says that the school gave them a list so they start going through the things. Summer isn't too happy with this.
Tahnee's still there when Nina bursts in. Tahnee tells her where Connor went but Nina isn't looking for him, she wants to join Tahnee. Tahnee's studying but that doesn't matter to Nina because that's what she wants to talk to her about. She wants to do the test now, even if the chances of her getting through are zero. Such a positive young woman! Tahnee can't see why she'd want to humiliate herself. Nina replies that it's so she can get away from her parents. Tahnee says if that's what she wants... which it is, Nina thanks her. Tahnee tells her she doesn't need to thank her, she just hopes Nina knows the consequences.
Michelle's trying to get her point across to Joe while Connor stands back but Joe doesn't buy it. New York is not a safe place and wether she likes it or not she's just a kid. Following her dad into the kitchen with Connor in tow, Michelle tries to tell him that Connor will be with her there but Joe picks more holes into her plan. Joe thinks that there will be other scholarships once she's left school. Connor tries to stop Michelle from continuing her rant but she won't. She thinks he's being small minded and if her parents are happy living small that's fine, but that isn't her thing. Joe keeps calm, telling her there is no way she is going to New York so there is no point in taking the test. He leaves to take Harvey for a walk.
Rosie's heading out to her car when Harold conveniently takes his bin out. He heads over, wanting to speak to her. He's been giving things some serious thought and he doesn't think he and Rosie should be working together on the charity project. Rosie is notably upset but Harold thinks it's for the best. She wants to talk about it but Harold shuts her down, saying there's no point. Rosie's stunned, and twigs that it might have something to do with Lou. After firstly saying it was his idea he admits he and Lou have had words.
Michelle's telling Connor that the words were flying out of her mouth before she could think about them. She asks Connor if it could've been worse but he doesn't know. She doesn't like that, telling him what he should've said. Joe's back, Michelle offering to make him a drink. He skips it; he's got an early start. Connor can feel a nip in the air, Michelle saying it always happens when he doesn't get his own way. She doesn't get why she feels guilty, asking Connor if everything she said was true. Connor stutters so Michelle makes up her mind. Her parents will have to accept it and let her make the choice. Connor doesn't think they'll see it that way but that doesn't matter to her. She's going to sit that test wether they like it or not.
Lou's Place - Day
Rosie's ranting to a busy setting up for the day Lou about Harold resigning from the charity project. Lou knew Harold would go tatter tailing to her. She tells him she doesn't know what was said just that they had words and now Harold doesn't want to work with her. That they were raising money for charity and it was perfecting innocent. Lou doesn't see it that way though, that Harold has a secret agenda when it comes to her and if she doesn't believe it, she's being naïve. She's defends Harold again so Lou asks how she can still work with him after what happened and to try and see where her loyalty lies. Max interrupts the happy couple, asking if everything's okay.
Over breakfast Summer mentions to Boyd that their dad seems to have a one track mind. She's willing to do him a favour, to tell dad the truth about Boyd hating cricket. He doesn't want her to. She doesn't mind, someone should tell him. Well girlie Boyd actually doesn't mind cricket anymore now he's getting the hang of it. He thanks her for the offer.
Michelle, Nina and Connor all saunter in to Tahnee's table talking about how nervous they are. Tahnee says to Michelle about how it will improve their uni choices and they will have so much fun! Michelle thinks it would be better if Nina was coming too. Tahnee tells her that Nina has decided to stick with it. She gets shut out again when Michelle suggests to Nina that they go away for the weekend sometime to like a beach house or something. Tahnee invites herself, saying they can count her in. Connor heads over to get some coffees and asks Michelle to come over with him. Over at the counter, he tells her he isn't so sure about her continuing on with this but she is convinced. She will be taking this test no matter what.
Eden Hills Uni
The girls have taken the test and are chatting about how they did. They have both lied about their family life. Michelle get a drink from a nearby dispenser, saying she is certain she wouldn't get in for sure if she told the truth. Tahnee wants to check the uni out but Michelle wants to wait for the others. Nina joins them, asking how they went. Michelle isn't to sure about how she went. Tahnee thinks she got it in the bag, and should get her passport ready. Michelle asks not to talk about this in front of her dad. They go off wandering away to look around.
Lou and Max are doing pub stuff while Max apologises for barging in on Lou and Rosie earlier. He asks if everything's okay to which Lou replies they're fine. He asks if Max knows one of the biggest problems is hiring a relative of someone you're seeing. Max gets the drift, saying because they stick their noses in where they are not wanted. Lou goes into the office to do some paperwork.
Joe and Connor arrive at the counter ordering the usual. While Max is off getting their order of something probably icky Joe, taking the rest of the nuts on offer, says that lunch is on him today for the good mornings work. He starts a conversation with Connor by saying probably sees him as some sort of an ogre. Connor asks if it's because he took the last of the nuts. No he meant for not letting Michelle sit the test. He feels bad for not letting her but she's only a kid and it's not safe. Max sticks his big nose in again saying it's one of the safest cities in America now. Joe just asks for some more nuts and continues with his argument. He asks Connor if he's being to hard on her. Connor replies that it's not for him to say. That not doing anything right is a part of being a father. Joe agrees.
Summer's got a cricket bat about to hit the TV... oh no, she's trying to learn cricket. And that's all to say about this scene really.
Harold's served a customer when Rosie arrives for lunch, no chit chat and no hard words. Harold says that's good but realising what he just said goes to retract that. Rosie gets what he means though, she's no longer sticking her nose in where it's not wanted. So... she orders lunch.
Joe and Connor have finished lunch, talking about how you wouldn't get a steak in New York for the same price. In fact when Max was over there he loved the 99C breakfasts with bacon, eggs, hash browns and all the coffee you could drink. Joe isn't happy with the way Max keeps talking up NY. Max can't see why Joe doesn't like it so he explains that Michelle wants to go there for an exchange program. Connor finally speaks saying that the way prices are these days those breakfasts are probably more around $9.99 which Max agrees to. Joe says that with kids it's always one thing after another. Max comments on how much he's enjoying being with his kids. He tells them about how Boyd is playing cricket and that he's going to a smart person's camp. Joe gets up, saying he bets the camp isn't in NY.
Max answers the phone. It's for him, there is something that he isn't aware of... after he hangs up he grabs his coat, calling Lou. He's got to get out of there, Summer isn't at school. Lou asks if she's sick. If she is, Max isn't aware of it.
In the driveway Summer is practising her cricket against a wall. Max pulls into Ramsay street then his driveway, almost hitting Summer. Careful there Max you don't go driving around like a maniac! He asks her what she's doing, the teacher called she was worried. He rang but no one answered. He was terrified of finding her unconscious somewhere. She apologises but won't tell him why she wasn't at school at first. She finally says that she only wanted him to love her as much as Boyd. He doesn't understand so she explains about the cricket. That he does love Boyd more than her. Max hugs her telling her it isn't true. She thinks he's disappointed in her but he isn't. He loves her more than it's humanly possible to love someone. She's his angel. Aww. She says that he and Boyd to everything together. He admits he's been stupid and if he was her he'd go find a new dad. She doesn't want a new dad though. Max tells her that when Boyd leaves for camp next week they will spend all their time together. Summer thinks this means presents hehe! Max asks for forgiveness, which he gets. Aww.
Lou's busy on the computer when someone knocks on his door. It's Rosie, she wants to talk about them. She thinks they are moving too fast. Lou doesn't, and he thought this was a good thing anyway. That most men are accused of not make a commitment. She's a bit worried about what's behind this commitment. Lou just wants to be with her but Rosie asks if he was feeling threatened would he feel the same. Lou twigs this is because of Harold. Rosie has been thinking he's seeking this big commitment from her to stake his claim. She wants to put things on hold for a while, asking how he feels about that. One word - devastated.
Nina's deep in reading when she hears Tahnee ordering behind her. She comes over, Nina immediately putting up a defence. Tahnee wants to talk so Nina takes the lead on this - she found out in a few weeks there is another test she could sit and it what she wants to do. Tahnee says if that's she wants to do, adding it's probably best if she didn't come on the weekend away because what if Connor was there? It would make things difficult. Nina wants to know if she will tell him. Tahnee can't respond while Harold brings over Tahnee's stuff. After he leaves Nina asks why she's so desperate to tell Connor. She isn't, she could tell Michelle about Nina's little crush. Maybe honesty is the best thing. Tahnee asks if she wants a bite of her muffin but instead Nina knocks it out of her hand, telling her this blackmail stops now.