Harold telling Sky that he called Joe about Sky staying longer - Sky and Boyd out to dinner at Lassiter's - Steph telling Max that she wants to move out
Max wants to know what happened to make Steph want to move out, and Steph says that nothing has. Max knows something must have brought her hasty decision on. "My feelings have changed, that's all." Max thinks they can fix whatever it is. Steph tries to tell him that she doesn't fit in there, but Max says that's crazy. Steph goes to walk past him, "I'm sorry Max, I can't help the way I feel." Max blocks her way, "I'm not gonna let you leave here until you tell me why!" Steph gets frustrated, and says she doesn't know what to say. Max replies, how about the truth.
Boyd and Sky are joking around about Blue Suit & Barkham, saying that they can each be part of their wedding ceremony. They walk towards the door. Sky asks if Boyd had a good night, but then she gets all defensive and says that he probably hated it. Boyd coyly says it wasn't too bad, which brings a smile to her face. The subject of Sky leaving the next day comes up. Boyd says he's got something to give her, but she's not allowed to open it till she's on her way home. She promises, and he gives her a yellow envelope. Boyd leans ever so slightly forward - but Sky gets a little flustered, and says "see ya then!" Boyd says bye and goes, leaving Sky happily staring after him.
Max is pacing in the lounge room when Steph comes in with a backpack. Boyd walks in, says hello, and puts on some ice-skates to glide over the frosty reception he gets. Max asks if he could please hang out in his room for a bit. "Yeah I had a great night, thanks for asking..." Boyd snits. Max tries a last ditch effort to understand what's going on, and Steph tells him that she doesn't want the whole package anymore; kids, responsibilities, parenthood. "I mean let's face it, I'm no parent, am I?" "Well this is exactly what you said you wanted?" Max is confused, and says that maybe she just needs a few days to think things through. Steph gets upset and angry, and storms out. "No! I've done enough thinking!" Max chases her to the door, pleading with her to stay. Summer and Boyd look on shocked and confused.
Sky gently steams open the envelope over the kettle. There's a card inside with 'Groovy Girl' on the front. The card says;
What can I say! You're gorgeous, and fun, and make me laugh. Compared to you, every other girl is uptight and boring. I'm gonna miss you heaps.
Sky is thrilled, and a little awed.
Lyn is frantically scrubbing the cook-top, and Joe gets up out of bed to see what she's doing. Lyn runs out of cleaner, and says she'll go to the 24-hour supermarket to get some more. Joe says it could wait till morning, they'll do a big shop tomorrow. Lyn says she doesn't mind, and jokes that Joe can go down and get it for her. "No!... And not because I'm lazy! Because it... because there's absolutely no point!" He says that Lyn needs to go to bed, she can't keep wearing herself out. Lyn says she didn't used to get called 'supermum' for nothing, but Joe wants to know how long ago. Lyn's not impressed.
Max is in the loungeroom looking lost. He asks how the kids are when Izzy comes in. She says they're confused and upset, "like someone else I know." "I just can't believe she's gone." Max doesn't know why she went, he knows she loves the kids. Izzy asks about Max, if he believes Steph loves him. Max sadly shakes his head. "I don't know what to believe anymore."
Libby and Stu's:
Libby opens the door to Steph who's sobbing. Steph says it was the hardest thing she's ever done. Libby is sympathetic, but gently says it's crazy of her. "You love Max, he's the love of your life!" Steph breaks down. "I know, but this is the only right thing to do. He'll find someone else Lib, and she won't die on him." Libby hugs her, and Steph keeps crying.
Lib hands Steph a drink while Steph explains what happened. She tells Lib, "everything seemed to come out all wrong. He kept asking me why and...the more I lied, the worse it got." Steph tells Lib she can't believe the things she said. Libby tells her she understands why she's done what she has, but "you've been given a diagnosis, not a death sentence." Steph says she doesn't know that and she can't take the risk. "So you think, if you can get them to hate you, then they won't be affected?" Steph says "it'll be easier. It won't destroy them." Lib says that she'll at least tell her parents and Steph tells her she will, tomorrow. "Or the day after," Lib adds sarcastically. Steph tells her she's serious, she'll tell Lyn and Joe in the morning. She seems to think Lib doesn't believe her, she just needs to "get over the worst night of my life first." Steph tells Lib that being jilted at the alter was nothing compared to this and Lib says "maybe this time you really love him."
Lyn is driving in and through the car park. She parks the car, gets out and locks it before walking off. The camera moves to the backseat of the car where we can see Ozzy's baby holding thingy (Parents? What's it called?) and then a close up of Ozzy.
Max is telling Boyd that "these things happen all the time...it was just a stupid argument." Boyd tells him it was more then that, "Why was she packing her bags?" Max tells him Steph just needs a few days. He promises everything will be back to normal in no time. Summer says "it's all my fault isn't it?" She tells them she was so horrible to Steph. "I was sick and she was taking care of me, by the time I said sorry for all the other things it must have been too late." Max firmly tells them it has nothing to do with them. It's an adult thing. Boyd starts up saying this was exactly why he didn't want her moving in. Max tells him to not say anything they'll regret. "You know what I regret?" Boyd says to him, "Letting you make me believe that this is ever going to be a good idea." He walks off and Max tells him they need to talk about this. Boyd turns around and says he doesn't see why, "we can talk about this all day, but it's not going to change anything. Steph's gone. We have to get used to that."
Lyn is walking through looking around when she sees a couple with a child, she walks on past before realising that she's left Ozzy in the car. She quickly turns around and starts running in the direction she came from.
Steph rides into the street and stops in the Scully's driveway. Boyd who has just stormed out of the Hoyland's walks up to her and tells her that Summer blames herself and Max thinks she'll be coming back in a couple of days. "But you're not are ya?" When she doesn't say anything, he says he knew it. "All that stuff about you wanting to be apart of our family, it was just a lie wasn't it?" Steph tells him that's not true. "Then why did you leave?" Steph apologises, saying she is so sorry. "I'm not," he tells her. "I'm glad. Cos you know something Steph, if you don't want to be apart of our family then we don't want you there." And he walks off leaving Steph looking pretty miserable.
Lyn is running in between cars until she arrives where the car should be. "No," She says repeatedly as she looks around frantically for the car.
Sky opens the door and let's Boyd in. She greets him with an enthusiastic "Hey." He doesn't say anything. She then tells him that her dad said she could stay at Erinsborough, which means she'll be going to Erinsborough high, "looks like you're stuck with me." He doesn't seem very excited and she takes offence to that. He apologises and she jumps to the wrong conclusion. "I know it's me. You don't want me here." He tells her, that her staying is great, he's just having a few problems at home. She asks him what's happening, but he doesn't want to talk about it. She agrees, "you tell me whenever you're ready." Boyd continues to twiddle his thumbs and look miserable. "Man you are depressed aren't you?" Suddenly she says she has an idea, "you know what you need?" Boyd looks at her through his dreadlocks. She grabs his arm and drags him towards the door.
Steph gets into the house and is greeted by Harvey. Joe then comes out of the bedroom (I think) and tells her that Lyn is off shopping, "She's on a cleaning binge." He asks her if he can help and Steph tells him she needs to talk to both of them. Joe asks her if everything OK just as the phone rings.
Lyn's on the phone and she immediately starts talking. She seems to be having a bit of difficulty saying one thing at a time and Joe can't understand what she's saying. Lyn tells him the car was stolen. Joe tells her it's only a car, and "as long as you and Oscar are-" She cuts him off and tells him to listen to her, "Oscar is in the car." Joe tells her to stay put, hangs up and runs off leaving Steph looking a tad bewildered.
The Scullys are standing beside a police car. Joe keeps demanding what happened - he's shouting that he can't believe Lyn left Oscar alone in a car, as she knows she shouldn't do that. Lyn's hysterical, but just then Steph spots a plain clothes policeman carrying Oscar. He tells them a passer-by called them because of seeing a baby alone in a car and they'd broken in to get him out. The car wasn't stolen but in a different car-park all the time. The baby was distressed but he's been checked out by a doctor and is fine. Joe's thankful nothing happened but the officer replies that something did happen; Lyn committed a serious offence and it could have turned out very differently. They're not going to take it further this time but she mustn't let it happen again. Joe says 'It won't, Alex (?). Believe me it won't'. Joe gets Steph to take Oscar home and takes with him Lyn, who's completely deadpan by now.
Sky and Boyd come in from spying on their first victim, Walter Mouse, who'd been sitting with his dog on the couch. Boyd has cheered up a bit, because he realises he's well off by comparison to 'Freaky Dogman', but wonders if they should be doing it. Sky insists it's his fault for not closing the blinds. She asks what she's supposed to do with the card, now that she's staying on. She asks if she may as well read it, but he grabs it, asking if she has opened it. She replies no, they had a deal. He tells her it's nothing important - just e-mail address etc. They grab it back and fore, but he takes it with him after telling her she can have it back when she really goes away. As he leaves he turns to thank her and she kisses him on the cheek.
Izzy brings in some sweet treat thing that always put a smile on Max's face as a child. He comments that you just never know what's coming along. She tries to reassure him that she knew he'd snap out of it, and he replies that it changes things when you get a fresh new slant, but he means Steph, not himself. He decides to go off to work and meets the children in the hall. He tells them if they need anything Izzy'll be there but they're both very sad and quiet. Izzy says everything will be OK, but Summer's sceptical. She tells them they have to be there for each other and especially their dad as he needs their support. Boyd is still quiet.
Lyn's rushing around making a cup of tea for Steph and talking about food. Joe is insistent on knowing what happened and wants Lyn to accept help, like time off work for him, a cleaner or something, so it doesn't happen again. She answers more and more coldly as he continues, until she completely snaps, saying he's right - she's too old to be a mother and is a complete failure. Is that what he wanted to hear? She storms off. Steph tells Joe she wishes there was something she could do to help. He asks her what she wanted to talk about, but she just says her mother needs him more than she does at present, it's not important. He goes after Lyn, telling Steph that he loves her. She says she loves him too and sits alone, just looking down.