Libby is uncomfortable with Darren knowing about the Taj situation.
Connor, Stu and Lou visit the doppelganger pub.
Susan and Tom chatting in their bathrobes.
Libby is trying to type her latest column on what love is when Susan arrives home, floating on cloud nine. She tells Libby she read some books, looked at nature. “Studied the birds and bees,” Libby slyly adds. Susan slightly flinches but doesn't let anything on until Libby asks if Tom enjoyed the cabin.
Boyd, Connor, Darren, Max and Lou have just come back from losing the Inter-Pub Cricket Competition against the doppelganger pub. Connor isn't a happy chappy. Max and Lou think that they should try and beat the pub through other means – like having Irish food in the pub to go with Connor's beer. Lots of potato and Irish stew talk ensues.
Libby can't get her head around the fact that her mum has slept with a priest. Susan on the other hand doesn't share her disbelief, and tells Libby not to angst over her issues “I believe the expression is ‘Get a life'.” She says that they have to move on.
Libby is having a consoling drink at the pub with Darren, bemoaning the fact that her parents have gone mad. Darren puts his arm around her to comfort her and says that things will work out soon. Libby soon realises she likes resting her head on Darren's shoulder a little too much and awkwardly gets up and leaves.
Connor is chatting to his friend in Dublin on the phone until Lou realises where he's calling and boots him off.
LOU: “Dublin Ireland?”
CONNOR: “No, Dublin Nigeria.”
It was all for a good cause though, Connor has just received authentic Irish recipes from his mate. Max reads the recipes and turns his nose up at one that involves wilted milk and cabbage. Connor assures him it's good.
MAX: “Yeah! No wonder there's so many Irish backpackers, they're all looking for food.”
Summer is up late looking at the picture of her mum. “I wish you could come to my party, mum.” Boyd comes in to check on her, trying out a few Stingray words on her like “hufta”. Summer asks if you have to be mature when you're 13 but Boyd assures her you can still have fun. Summer hopes she's not going to be a “stuck-up” 13-year-old.
BOYD: “You're alright for a hockey puck.”
Summer looks at him.
BOYD: “Well… it sounded a lot funnier when Scott said it.”
Boyd sees the picture Summer was looking at and tells her that their mum would be proud of her. He then looks at the clock and realises it's after midnight. Boyd kisses Summer on the forehead and wishes her a happy birthday. Steph watches this brother/sister display of affection with pride from the bedroom doorway.
Susan and Libby are also night owls. Libby apologises to Susan about before. She just wants to know one thing though, if Isabelle hadn't come along when she did “would you and dad have worked everything out?" Susan looks thoughtful, “Yeah, yeah that's possible.” Libby says that this thing with Tom might just be Susan on the rebound and that she's not really over Karl just yet. Susan doesn't disagree that she may not be over Karl yet, but hesitantly adds that her and Tom are in love.
SUSAN: “I know, I know, Lib. But in the middle of all this mess I feel happy. It's like, we found each other and it just feels right.”
LIBBY: “Don't get swept up in the emotion of it…”
SUSAN: “Why not? What else is there when you're in love?”
Susan says she's thought about the situation a lot and come to a decision, showing Libby a folder. “What's this?” Libby asks reproachfully.
Steph tells Max she feels a bit “bleh” today and asks if he feels funny, thinking it may have been last night's take-away. He's fine though and gives her a kiss, much to Boyd's displeasure.
BOYD: “Ugh, get a room you two.”
Max senses the chance to play.
MAX: (to Steph) “Have I told you how much I wubsy-wub you lately?”
STEPH: “Oh Maxy, hunny-bunny, I wubsy-wub you too!”
BOYD: “You know, some kids have role models for parents. I've got Bert and Patty here.”
Summer bounces into the lounge room, all excited about her birthday. Everyone is very un-energetic and blasé about the whole thing, and Max even asks her to grab him the paper while she's up. She goes to the front door all annoyed until she sees the pile of pressies lying there, and comes back in to find they have made her a gourmet brekkie as well that was hidden under the coffee table.
Valda comes by to give Summer a present – a big make-up kit. She's thrilled. Valda asks if Summer's “young man” is coming to the party, and they wonder what he'll buy her.
Karl and Izzy stop by to pick up Summer's birthday cake. Izzy can't hide her amusement at seeing Sky working there in all her Grease-style get-up. The girls trade insults for a bit with Karl looking on in bewildered bemusement.
SKY: “So you'll be there (Summer's birthday).”
IZZY: “With bells on.”
SKY: (Pretending she's overjoyed) “Oh good, I'll see you there! Maybe we can hang!”
IZZY: (Stops half-way from leaving) “I wish you would!”
Karl leads her out the door.
SKY: “Bye Izzy, I'm missing you already!”
Lou gets off the phone from his chef who has just called in sick. Valda baits him. “Where are you going to find a chef at this late stage?” Lou starts to look in his address book, not wanting to ask Valda any favours.
VALDA: “It's a pity you don't have someone close at hand, someone you know and trust. Someone who can work under pressure… someone who tripled your profits last time she worked for you.” LOU: (Annoyed) “Do you have a point?”
Waiter Boyd (decked out in shirt and bowtie) is serving Summer and Lisa some punch while they wait for guests to arrive at the elegant ‘do. Max and Steph have decorated the lounge room with lanterns and candles, put classical music on and ordered lovely epicurean food. The girls wonder what Declan has got her, just as he walks in the door. Her present from her young beau is … a stuffed unicorn toy.
SUMMER: “Wow, it's so um… splendid!”
DECLAN: “That's okay, my mum got it for me.”
Declan gives the food a whirl, baulking at the taste of the sushi and punch he's offered. “Any party pies?”
Connor comes around, begging Max to have a word with Lou. “Ask Lou to hire Valda for the shift!”
An intervention is taking place with Connor and Max trying to talk some sense into Lou.
MAX: “Can't you just lighten up? Can't you just say ‘thanks very much Valda, I'd be grateful if you could cook lunch for us today'?”
MAX: (Walking to the kitchen wearily) “Valda…”
He asks Valda, but she wants to be asked by the owner. When she doesn't bat an eyelid at Max saying he's co-owner, Max runs over to Lou, slips his hands through his arms and pretends to be Lou. “Valda, please cook lunch for us today…” Max gets annoyed and says he should be at his house for Summer's birthday, “I don't have time for this.”
MAX: “Lou, for Summer's sake, if not your own, would you please ask Valda to cook lunch, nicely.”
LOU: (Begrudgingly) “Valda… would you cook lunch nicely.”
Valda agrees and says they'll whip up an Irish storm, “to be sure, to be sure!” “Oh God,” Connor eye rolls.
Boyd says the party is “rocking like a Kenny G tribute night.” The boys are on one side and the girls on the other. Karl and Izzy arrive with the cake. The adults (plus Boyd and Sky) go outside to give Summer some space.
IZZY: “Ah, don't want the oldies cramping your style, hey!”
SKY: (Heading outside, giving a look to Izzy) “Yeah, or stealing your boyfriends'!”
When the adults are gone, Summer tries to liven up the party by putting some peppier music on. Declan is still insulting the “foul food”. Summer says that her family spent a lot of money on it, and when he says it still sucks, she picks up a handful and throws it at him. “Yeah? Well suck on this!” Cue the food fight.
The food fight is in full swing now, with everyone covered in mess.
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Boyd and Sky comment on the squealing, surmising that they're finally having fun in there. They also comment on how awkward Karl and Izzy and Max and Steph look chatting. Steph asks Izzy if she's had any morning sickness. Izzy says a little bit, but she's been having weird cravings as well. Mustard and grape sandwiches for one. Karl starts to tell a story about Libby's thirteenth much to Izzy's discomfort. Steph seems to have perked up a bit though. Max comments on how loud the squealing has become, and on hearing an extra loud squeal, bolts inside.
Max stops the chaos with a very loud, “Oi! What the hell is going on in here?” Karl finds it quite amusing and lets out a guffaw. “ Oh, grow up will ya, Karl?” Max complains. Summer says it was an accident.
MAX: “Oh what, you tripped and all this?”
LISA: “And then I tripped, too.”
DECLAN: “And me!”
EVERYONE ELSE: “And me! And me!”
Boyd and Sky bring out some plates of cakes, wondering if the kids want some more ammunition. Everyone (including the rest of the adults) picks up some food and pelts it at Max. The food fight and squealing starts up again with a vengeance.
Libby comes back from her errands and thanks Susan for looking after Ben.
LIBBY: “Thank you for that. For some reason the librarians get really annoyed when he pulls all the books off the shelves.”
SUSAN: “Yeah, they're funny about that.”
LIBBY: “Yeah, go figure.”
Susan takes some documents out of a folder and says she's ready. She apologises to Libby for how hurt she feels by whatever she showed her in the folder the previous night. Darren comes in the back door after fixing something for Susan. Susan says he should stay for a coffee with Lib and she leaves them alone. Darren tells Libby that she got him wrong last night, “I might be a lot of things, but I'm not a sleaze. Okay? I'm a friend. Maybe it's time you remembered the difference.” He leaves her to ponder that in embarrassment.
Karl and Izzy are cleaning themselves up before Karl has to do a few hours work in the office. They start to kiss, but Karl jumps back like he's been hit with an electrical shock when he sees Susan walk in.
SUSAN: “I'm sorry to interrupt. This is for you.”
She hands him the document folder.
KARL: “What is it?”
SUSAN: “Ah, if you could sign it as soon as possible… it's the divorce papers.