Episode title: Episode 4379
Australian airdate: 27/11/03
UK airdate: 3/2/04
Writer: Ben Marshall
Director: Tony Osicka
Summary/Images by: Kulin/Mona
Serena sees her father pushing trolleys - Izzy and Steph reconcile - Jack tells Susan he met Karl in the pub during their weekend in the country
Night, Lassiter's complex:
Izzy tells Karl she wasn't the one who told Susan about his being at the pub. He asks how her little secret's going and she replies that it's over, adding that it was a disaster which served herself right for choosing boys. He's highly embarrassed when she comments that from now on it's married men only so she quickly adds that she's joking. She says she's tired because she wakes at 3 am and she can't stop thinking about what she should be doing, life rushing by. Karl says he 'knows that one'.
That last remark's heard as Karl sighs and leans back in his chair. Susan's voice calls 'Hello. Anyone home?' His face falls as he hears her come in but she's bright and cheerful and he puts on the same act as she suggests they eat at the pub. Liljana appears asking for an interview for his receptionist job. She's obviously not worked recently and her would-be referee's dead, but at Susan's nudging he agrees to see her the following morning and Liljana kisses him in gratitude.
Izzy and Steph are heavily made up and wearing doll-like wigs as they're going to a club together. Sky's there to see a Virginia Wiedler movie with Boyd and Serena. They aren't keen at all and as she rushes off to do some research for other videos, Serena suggests Boyd should be honest, as he'd prefer something like MTV. He says he doesn't want to hurt Sky's feelings as she really likes that stuff and he really likes her. Serena comments that Sky really likes him too - but she also likes honesty.
Karl and Susan discuss Liljana. She's obviously supportive of her application but he's not keen. She apologises because she's carrying on and telling him how to run his practice. He wonders if Liljana will insist on kissing all the patients if she gets the job.
Liljana's raving about Karl. She realises David's not keen, but he comments that she shouldn't count her chickens but he's proud of her for trying. Serena and Sky come in from the movie. Liljana asks if Serena knew about her father's job at the supermarket - Serena looks embarrassed and David comments that he's glad he didn't bump into anyone he knew all day.
David apologises to Serena because she was with her new friends and he was there pushing trolleys. She asks if he'll do it for long and he says not if he can help it. She's a bit worried that Erin works there and is probably his senior, but doesn't mind if he tells Erin he's her father. They finish on a light-hearted note as he lists the benefits, fresh air, sunshine, exercise and 'you get to wear this uniform. Now chicks love a cool uniform'.
Max is in his dressing gown and he and Boyd discuss whether they should be in bed. Boyd teases him that it's because Steph's out and she's at a club full of single guys he doesn't know. Max comments that he knows he has no worries on that count. Izzy and Steph come in but seem to have been meeting mainly interested females rather than males. After Max goes to bed, Izzy says ruefully that she's not going to meet the man of her dreams at that club, so Steph hatches a plan to take her to one of her biker pubs.
Max is getting the children ready for school and reassures Steph, who has to go for radiotherapy. They've both noticed that Izzy's a bit down. Karl calls in to wish Steph luck. Steph and Max tell him the specialists have told them very thoroughly what to expect 'not like a GP'. Karl looks stricken, so they add quickly it's because GPs have so little time and they're very grateful for what he's done.
Karl treats David's hand, which he hurt at work. David confesses that he did it at his second job, pushing trolleys. Karl's accepting and replies to David's comment that he can't do anything but keep trying, that he should be proud of himself. Most people would give up - get to where they achieve what they think they want to achieve and then they just stop and fight off the boredom for twenty years. Bit by bit they just rot away.
Serena and Sky are looking at a magazine and discuss various trendy/not trendy things. Sky thinks it 'markets materialism' and goes off. Serena tells Boyd, who can't name one song by his supposed favourite singer, that he doesn't like what Sky likes and if he doesn't let himself like what he likes, what's left?
Karl's interviewing Liljana. She's telling him about the many jobs she had before marrying David. He asks about her computer use and she obviously knows nothing, but offers him biscuits as a deviation ploy. As he cleans all the sugar off himself she goes into a forceful spiel about what she'll do if she gets the job and then kisses him ecstatically when he agrees to give her a trial.
Harold comes in wearing his Salvation Army uniform and sits with Susan. He has just been to rehab with someone who's ruined his marriage, family and business through alcohol. He goes on that the hospitals are filled with people with alcohol problems. Susan probes - was the man able to hide it, will rehab work, how much did the man drink per day etc. He answers that a problem that size couldn't be hidden, he'd been through compulsory rehab six times, drunk more than three bottles of Bourbon a day and he had no hope of holding down a job. Susan looks thoughtful.
Steph and Max are cuddling on the lounge and discussing the radiotherapy when Boyd, Sky and Serena come in. As the girls leave Serena makes a gesture that Boyd's under Sky's thumb, so Steph questions him about it. Max seems about to say it's true But Boyd cuts him off, saying it's not true.
Liljana tells Serena and Sky about the job, then adds that Karl seems to think she's more experienced with computers than she really is and so she might need their help. Serena teases her about 'bribes and lies'.
Karl's having a drink and studying a picture of the family when Izzy comes in and asks if he can suggest something to help her sleep. They swap ideas, obviously on the same wavelength.
Izzy: It's dumb. I'm not depressed or in pain or anything. It's like I told you yesterday. I wake up in the early hours of the morning and I can't stop thinking.
Karl: . ..about what you haven't done, what you want to do or…
Izzy: what I should be doing, not what I am doing
Karl: ah, a vague dissatisfaction with everything……….
Izzy: I'm not miserable or anything
Karl: No, you're just not as happy as you want to be.
Izzy: Yeah, a few good nights' sleep and I might just snap right out of it.
Karl: Well you know you might - and you might also do well to remember you're young, single, free to do whatever you like, no-one to stop you or hold you back. A lot of people would envy you that. A lot.
Izzy: Sounds like you're feeling the same way.
Karl (shrugs) I'm Ok.
Izzy: What's wrong?
Karl: Nothing. Everything. I don't know.
Izzy: You're happy with things aren't you? I mean you've built up a practice, you've raised your family.
Karl: …….family, yeah, been there, done that.
Izzy: …….. and you're proud of your kids
Karl: Of course - I love them to bits.
Karl: But when you're busy raising kids, you don't do the things you want to do. I honestly don't really know what's happened to my life, Izzy. I don't think I really know what's happened to me.
Izzy Hoyland, Karl Kennedy
Steph Scully, Izzy Hoyland
Serena Bishop, Boyd Hoyland
Karl Kennedy, Susan Kennedy
David Bishop, Liljana Bishop
David Bishop, Serena Bishop
Max Hoyland, Steph Scully
Karl Kennedy, Steph Scully, Max Hoyland
Karl Kennedy, David Bishop
Boyd Hoyland, Sky Mangel
Serena Bishop, Boyd Hoyland
Liljana Bishop, Karl Kennedy
Susan Kennedy, Harold Bishop
Izzy Hoyland, Karl Kennedy