Boyd wants Sky to go to Daniel's house with him.
Harold tells Susan about her self-pitying image.
Karl invites Izzy to his place for a drink.
Karl's place (new establishing shot of a modernish block of flats, which opens into Drew and Libby's old flat, repainted)
Karl shows Izzy in and they discuss the flat and some of his furniture choices. She comments that he has cable TV and when he mentions he couldn't have it before because of Susan's previous objection that it's rubbish, they reel off a list of old TV shows they like, culminating in 'Get Smart'. They swap 'get Smart' remarks until Izzy suggests they warm up the telly and 'test-drive' the couch.
Watched closely by Gus, Boyd and Max are discussing some new boots Boyd wants, which ends with Max caving in and agreeing to go off to buy them. As they leave, Boyd asks Max about some tickets to a football match. Gus looks thoughtful and pockets a $50 note that's sitting on the counter, obviously left by someone to pay a bill.
Valda tries to reassure Susan that Harold's no style guru, but she replies that he's right, that self-pity isn't attractive. She plans a new extreme hairdo.
'Life's too short to stay hurt for ever'
Valda suggests they get together a 'team of highly skilled professionals' and get on with it.
Izzy and Karl are still trading 'Get Smart' remarks. When she asks how he saw her when they first met he answers 'Flying Nun', so she starts to slap and tickle him.....
Max and Boyd are telling Gus about the shopping trip for the boots until Boyd remembers the football game. Gus offers to pull some strings to get them three tickets.
Susan loves the new haircut Lyn has given her. Sindi comes in and comments how wonderful it is. She's not impressed that Susan is planning a shopping trip to Maples 'my mother shops there' and suggests a more radical place, Chapel Street. The three women plan excitedly to go the following day.
Karl has made himself a bed on the lounge as Izzy's staying the night because she's too tired to drive home. She comes out wearing one of his shirts ' to show how silly she looks', but he comments that she looks fine. Giving him a peck on the cheek she goes off to bed, saying 'I always sleep well in strange beds. What's that about, do you think?' He watches as she walks off, looking serious.
Gus brings the tickets in as Boyd and Max are eating breakfast and finds he has only been given two. Max insists that Gus and Boyd go together but when Gus goes off to get ready, Boyd says he really wanted to go with his father. Max says he wanted to go with Boyd too, but he should miss out as he's the one who forgot to book them. 'You and Gus will get on like a house on fire'.
Karl has cooked breakfast when Izzy gets up. She's a bit shaken when he says it's nice to cook her breakfast for a change, but he explains quickly that he means as opposed to her cooking for him at the Coffee Shop. She sees that there's a message for her on her mobile, from Gus but says he can wait. Karl tells her quite heatedly that she deserves far more than Gus as she's funny, clever, with great looks. She goes quiet and replies nervously 'It's nice of you to say so' and decides to go off quickly for a shower instead of eating straight away. He leans back on the sink, looking serious again.
Sky arrives wanting a talk just as Boyd and Gus are leaving for the football. They argue a little because he hasn't been over or replied to her messages and she goes off. 'You got what you wanted and I'm not that interesting any more, right? I'm sorry to have bothered you.' Gus, who has been listening from behind the door, follows deep in thought
Serena is trying to cheer Sky up with food treats but she's upset about Boyd, feeling that she's 'just a notch on his belt now'. Perhaps it's true that all boys just think about one thing and she reminds Serena that she earlier said that and that Boyd was like Chris. Despite Serena's protests that it's not true and Boyd really loves her but is perhaps a bit shy, Sky's unconvinced and finally says 'If Boyd did care, he'd have made sure I was Ok. Spending the night with him was the biggest mistake of my life.'
Lyn, Sindi and Susan have brought home a pile of shopping and chatter excitedly about the day and the fact that Susan has even had her ears pierced, which karl would never accept. They ask for a fashion show and Susan comes out and poses happily (in a variety of shawls and scarves).
Gus asks about Sky and guesses things have 'taken a turn lately' and they're 'in the big league now'. Boyd expresses his disappointment that it hasn't brought them closer together as he expected so Gus comments that it makes things more tense and women like to exert control. There's one particular way they can exert that, so he advises him: 'Never apologise for what you want or how you feel. In that way you'll become master of your own destiny and she'll be dancing to your tune'.
Sindi, Susan and Lyn are celebrating with champagne and things they're 'not supposed to eat'. They agree that they're always taking care of things like the men in their lives. They even worry about their weight because of the men and the day has been so much fun because they just pleased themselves. They toast themselves until Sindi goes quiet and reluctantly admits that her boyfriend is married and she's been pretending to herself that it's Ok She says hesitantly that he's generous, exciting to be with and 'really a lovely man', but the other women look unimpressed.
Football match exit
As they leave, Gus gives Boyd money to buy some doughnuts and while Boyd queues, turns to some family men behind saying 'Nothing beats taking your kid to the footie, does it?' He watches with a little smile on his face.
Sindi tells Susan and Lyn that her boyfriend was very honest from the start, having told her he was married and wanting just an affair. Unimpressed, Susan asks if she doesn't love him, why do it? Was she lonely? Sindi answers that she wanted something fun and safe and at first it was like romance on the cheap. Susan asks if it has anything to do with her and Toadie and although Sindi admits it did, says she doesn't understand it all but won't condemn her.
Sky tells Serena she's sorry she sounded a bit bitter before and says she's going to ease off and try to talk to Boyd. When he comes in with Gus, she asks him about the football and apologises for the morning, when she was over-analysing everything. He refuses her invite to catch up later but denies anything's wrong, cutting her reply off with an order for a sandwich before going off to sit with Gus, who has been listening and gives him a 'thumbs up'.
Lyn, Susan and Izzy come in happily. Karl's near the bar when Susan goes to buy the drinks and is obviously taken aback. She thanks him as he says her hair looks wonderful and 'I see you've pierced your ears as well'. She smiles happily as he goes off, still rather subdued, to read his paper as he drinks.
Boyd and Gus have given Max an animated account of the football match. When Max sends Boyd off to collect some menus so he can shout them lunch, Gus comments that he's a great kid and if he had a son, he'd want him to be just like Boyd.