Steph telling Max about the cancer tour
Lou telling Lyn he wants to be with Valda
Izzy and Karl getting stuck in the lift
Izzy and Karl take it in turns pressing buttons to try and get the lift going. Izzy gets annoyed at Karl when he presses exactly what she did, “I just did that.” Karl gives her a withering look.
KARL: “Well, why don't you try clicking your fingers at it. Isn't that what you do to make things happen, you just click your fingers and men coming running? According to what you had to say to Susan that is. So come on (he clicks his fingers), why don't you rustle us up a lift technician.”
Karl wonders what's happened to the back-up generators just as the emergency phone rings. “How long do you think it will be?”
We cut to Boyd and Sky stuck in another lift at the hospital. Boyd hangs up his emergency phone and says it will be a while yet. He thinks Sky is acting weird because she's filing her nails. We find out that they're there for the first aid course as well (it must be a Coffee Shop thing, and Boyd says he's there to keep an eye on Sky much to her annoyance). “Serena's the valley girl, not you. I just don't understand why you've changed so much.” Sky tells him to give it a rest, she's being herself no matter what anyone thinks.
Outside the Coffee Shop
Lou comes up to Harold and starts moaning about how unhappy he is. Harold suggests he starts up his veggie patch again. “I'm sorry, you're making less sense than usual,” Lou states. Harold tells him an old proverb that says a veggie patch brings lifetime happiness. Lou rolls his eyes, “Yes, I'm sure a prize-winning pumpkin would cheer me up right about now, especially if it fell off the back of a truck.” He despairingly tells Harold that he's been a fool and Valda is the one that makes him happy. Harold says that the Lou he knows wouldn't wallow in self-pity like this. Lou gets inspired and says he's right, “Harold old friend, I have a florist to contact and a romantic dinner to organize.”
They're still talking about Sky's new look. Sky lets slip that she just wants to be like herself and not some person that cares more about “some stupid birds than her family.” Boyd correctly guesses she's talking about her mum. Sky is very bitter about Kerry's death and the way it happened. “How could she? How could she just walk away and leave us?”
Steph's over visiting Valda and Oscar. They're talking about Steph's opportunity to go on the cancer tour and how Steph's still worried about leaving Max when he's sick. Valda tells her Max is a “big bouffy bloke” and he can look after himself. There's a knock at the door that Valda answers. She's greeted by a bunch of flowers leaning up against the door, but is dismayed to learn that they're from Lou, inviting her to dinner.
Karl says to Izzy that he didn't think she was spiteful like that (referring to the clicking comment), and that he has always defended her. Izzy tells him that she's sorry and seems genuine about it. It's getting pretty hot in the lift. Izzy strips off two of her tops, leaving her in a singlet top. Karl fidgets and loosens his tie.
It's just as hot in the teen lift as Boyd strips off his t-shirt. He wants to talk more about Sky's problem but she says she's had enough. He scoots over to sit next to her on the floor. Sky starts to playfully nudge him and says to him, “Have I ever told you you've got a nice body.” They start to kiss.
Both of them jump up when they hear a noise that they think means the lift is moving. It's only a false alarm though… but they find themselves standing awfully close to one another all of a sudden. Karl puts his hand up to Izzy's cheek and they lunge at each other, kissing like their lives depended on it.
The lights start to flicker on. Izzy breaks away from Karl and the doors start to open. They jump away from each other and grab their belongings.
Out the front of the lifts
Karl and Izzy come face to face with an equally disheveled Sky and Boyd. Boyd looks a bit stunned and Sky starts to smirk. A nurse comes up to Karl and asks if everyone's okay and that he's needed somewhere. He gives a look to Izzy and leaves. She tries to nonchalantly chat with the teens saying that they've missed their first aid course, but Sky is on her case. “Look on the bright side, we've covered heatstroke. What was the treatment again? Strip off, get comfortable with someone…Works a treat, right Izzy?” Izzy tries not to make eye contact with her.
Lou has just finished setting up a table for two at the pub, hoping that Valda is indeed coming. He worries to Harold that he should have delivered the flowers to Valda himself, thinking that leaving them there was just gutless instead of romantic. Harold says that she'll be there, “she's loved you for long enough.” “Oh mate, I just don't know anymore,” Lou sighs.
Valda walks in the lounge room and puts her jacket on, talking to the dog. “Righto Harvey, this is it, the point of no return. What do you reckon, Harv? Am I doing the right thing?” Harvey sinks his head to the floor. “Nothing to say, all well, you always were the most intelligent Scully.” She gets her purse and heads out the door.
Max, Steph, Boyd, Izzy and Gus have all just finished eating another one of Gus' meals. Max is pacing while he eats his because it makes his back feel better. Steph starts up on her ‘I'm not leaving Max in his condition' spiel, but the others tell her that Max will be fine, and Max assures her that he'll be as good as new in a couple of days. Gus goes to answer the door while Max asks Boyd and Izzy about the first aid course. Before Boyd can say too much, Izzy butts in and says it was cancelled. The houseguest turns out to be Valda who tells Steph some news… she's going back to Broome… that night.
Lou is sitting by himself at the table whirling a flower around, watching the candles burn down. Harry's at the bar having a few beers and calls out to him, “Why don't you come and join me you miserable old coot!” Two people from the Salvation Army come in which sets Harold off on a rant. He gives them cheek and tells them that they should stop bugging people and let them live their own lives. When he finds out that they're only there to pick up a collection tin from Lou, he's suitably ashamed. Lou gets angry with Harold and says that they're good people and he stepped way over the line. Harold ponders this, going to take a sip of beer but stops himself, looking conflicted.
Boyd teases Izzy about her and “Kennedy” but Izzy says that there's nothing going on. Boyd picks up a rubbish bag and heads over to Sky's. Before Boyd and Izzy leave they give Steph a hug, wishing her luck, as she's about to head off as well. Steph kisses Max goodbye. She's still worried and says that she'll call twice a day. She goes over to Gus and puts her arm around him saying that he's a good mate, and then quickly goes back to Max for a few more kisses. As soon as she's gone, Max drops his cheery façade and sinks on to the couch in a lot of pain. Gus says not to worry, he's there now and he'll take care of everything. He goes off to get Max's painkillers.
Sky answers the door to Boyd, “Ooh, you've brought me a bag of rubbish.” Boyd happily tells her they're her old clothes, he knew she'd want them after she'd sorted herself out. Sky doesn't react how he hoped though and gets annoyed with him. Boyd says he thought she'd worked things out and she was back to her normal self. “ Look Boyd thanks, but I made a decision about who I am and this garbage, it's not anyone I know anymore. This is me, not that try-hard radical stuff.”
Karl tries to talk to Izzy when she brings his order over but she won't listen. She practically bounds over to Gus when he comes in and gives him a kiss. He's there to get some milk and asks if she's going to keep up the first aid course, “If some moron gags on a muffin you can always use the Heineken manoeuvre.” Izzy laughs, “I think that's the Heimlich manoeuvre.” Gus gives her a kiss goodbye and leaves. Karl stops giving them death stares and tries to talk to Izzy again but she breezes right by him.
Lou meets up with Harold after one of his power walks. Harold apologises about his behaviour the night before and is saddened that no one comes to him for help anymore, after Lou tells him what a good Salvation Army person he made and how many people he helped. Harold remembers that he felt good helping people and wonders why he's stopped doing that. Harold also gently breaks the news to Lou that he saw Steph this morning and she told him that Valda went back home last night. Lou looks sad.
Karl goes up to pay his bill and asks Izzy why she's acting like nothing has changed between them. Izzy doesn't want to acknowledge anything.
K: “I'll give you a bit of advice from experience. Living a lie about how you feel and who you are is no living at all.”
I: “Hmm, no. I'm quite happy with my life, thanks for your concern.”
K: “You played with me, you pretended it didn't matter what the outcome was, that there was no emotion in it for you. But that is a lie. You kissed me and you wanted more. Much more. You know that, now I do too.”
He goes leaving Izzy looking flustered, and annoyed at him and herself.