Libby is jealous of Darren's date
Lyn wonders if Susan is clouding Tom's judgment
Connor steals the rival pub's beer
David and Lil play pool while Valda rushes up to Lou and Connor with the 'secret ingredient' for the brew. Apparently she got it from the chemist. The three of them go into the office to experiment with the beers.
David is in competitive mode and asks Lyn if she wants to play pool against him since he just bet Lil. Lyn says she hasn't played since her and Joe took the kids to Port Campbell where it rained all the time, but she'll give it a go. Lil asks about Jack but Lyn has convinced herself that it's just her being silly and that Jack is just tired from Uni, work and seeing his new 'friend'. Lil's not certain though, and while Lyn gets some drinks she quietly tells David that Jack's mood swings are really suss and she's sure there's more to it.
Karl and Izzy pop over for a visit. Steph's babysitting Oscar for the night. Max is still a bit upset that Steph wasn't pregnant, but Karl says that there's still plenty of time for things to happen. Summer bursts out of her room and tries to make a run for it when she sees Karl. He says hello to her though and she gives him some one-word answers before bolting. Max wonders why she wasn't talking a mile a minute like usual.
KARL: Listen, I don't like to be a dobber, but I think there's something you should know. I'm not sure that Summer was at school today, well, not for all of it anyway.
That gets Max's attention.
Valda is meticulously putting droplets of the secret ingredient into the beer while Connor and Lou look on. After a quick taste test it's decided it needs more drops.
VALDA: Well we can't put too much in otherwise it'll taste too sour. It's got to be just right.
LOU: Come on Goldilocks, just a couple more drops.
Lou has to carry on with the test by himself when Connor and Valda are called on to serve and cook meals.
Lil is having a giggle with Lyn 'Pool Shark' Scully after she beats David at his own game. She asks Lyn how the Uni course is going, but Lyn isn't having as much fun because Susan hasn't been attending a lot of the classes. Lil asks if they're having problems and Lyn unconvincingly says they're fine. And wouldn't you know it, Susan walks in to the pub. Talk about coincidence - wink, wink, nudge, nudge. The girls invite her to stay and play some pool but she says she was just picking up a bottle of wine for her and Libby. I'll catch up with you later... Lyn looks sad.
Sindi sees Toadie and Connor in there and is appalled at the fry up they're eating for breakfast.
SINDI: What are you doing?
TOADIE: (In fake surprise, looking around) What's going on? This isn't mine!
She's worried about the state of their arteries. Connor meanwhile, praises Sindi's astrology section in the paper. He's amazed just how spot on her predictions are. It told me not to lose track of what's important by being embroiled in petty rivalries. And you know all the stuff that's been going on with the pub wars, it couldn't be more right. I don't know how you do it! It's just what the stars tell me, Sindi shrugs. Connor leaves and Toadie says it's funny that the stars match up with what's happening in all their friends' lives. Sindi feigns innocence.
TOADIE: Well what do you know, my stars today say that I should enjoy to the utmost the delightful charms of my companion!
SINDI: Do they...
TOADIE: I never realised Connor had delightful charms.
Sindi laughs and kisses him.
Libby and Susan are sitting down to breakfast, also reading the stars. Libby's say that she shouldn't become emotionally involved with a man she hasn't met yet, and Darren's say that he should beware of starting new relationships; the old ones are the ones to trust. Very subtle! Libby knows from Connor that Darren didn't have a date the other night because he spent it at the pub alone till closing time. Ahh, the old jealously trick! smiles Susan. Did it work? Libby says it didn't. She then reads Susan's stars, which say that romance is blossoming but it has its risks. Take it slowly and don't forget to look out for your own emotional well being. Suddenly, the stars aren't as amusing to Susan. Sindi walks in and wonders of she did something wrong when Susan gives her a funny greeting.
LIBBY: The resident astrologer had some rather pointed things to say today.
SINDI: I can't help that! Like I told Toadie this morning, it's written in the stars and I merely interpret them!
They get to talking about Libby's internet friend, and Sindi gives her a few more warnings about not meeting him. Libby also mentions Darren's stars and says Sindi's wasting her time, men don't read horoscopes.
But of course, they do. As we see Connor and Harold doing the very same in the pub. Connor is singing 'Carla Cosmos' praises while Harold still remains skeptical at the thought of the stars ruling their lives. Lou comes over and Harold returns the jumper he left in the Coffee Shop. He's cranky for some reason and tells Harold if you don't know why I'm upset I'm not going to tell you! Connor and Harold are confused, and Connor checks Lou's stars. A disappointing start will have a happy finish. Valda comes over to see what they're doing and they pretend to be looking for the sports section, as it's more macho.
Max tells Summer that she's to come home straight after school, and he expects her to spend the whole day there this time. He doesn't believe her story about her and Lisa having a free period, and suggests that she and Lisa spend a little less time together if they're only going to end up wagging. Summer says she couldn't help losing track of time because she overheard something Karl and David said about Izzy. Izzy has just come over at this point and says she wants to know what they said (she came around to see how Steph was).
IZZY: So Sum, what were they saying about me?
SUMMER: Well, uh... he just said that you were one hot piece of lady pie! And that made Karl a legend.
MAX: (Scoffs) Two grown men talking like pimply-faced teenagers...
He can't help laughing though, but Izzy shuts him up with a glare.
Lou's face lights up when Valda walks in and announces that she has cake, but it soon clouds over when he realises it's left over carrot cake. Harold comes by to borrow the jumper he returned because it's cold outside. Lou leaves to go to the bank in a huff. Valda and Lou just can't figure out why he's in a mood. Harold thinks it might be stress from the impending court case. He leaves and Valda answers the phone. It's Lou's daughter Lauren - wanting to wish her dad a happy birthday.
Harold is appalled that he forgot it was Lou's birthday considering he's his dearest friend. Valda and Harold bicker over who is the better friend to Lou until they realise it isn't solving anything. Valda gets a bright idea of what they can do for him.
Karl gives Lil a file to put away. Jack Scully's file. She looks tempted to read it but David is standing right behind her, so she puts it away. Good girl!
Max comes in and steers David into Karl's office. Ah, Dave. Glad I caught you, I wanted to have a word with you. And Karl... He shuts the door and tells them that they should be more careful what they say in public, Summer overheard them in Grease Monkey's talking about Izzy. Just leave that stuff in the locker room. Karl and David stammer and stutter their way through an apology. Karl opens the door to find Izzy standing there and quickly shuts it again. Max says that she knows all about it. David and Max leave and let Izzy in. Go get him, sis! Max stirs.
Izzy looks angry and backs Karl into the wall, glaring at him while he tries to make things right. We really didn't mean to be offensive. Izzy kisses him and grins. I'm not offended.
Connor gets off the phone from Valda when Lou gives him a grumpy look. He says that she rang to remind them about bin night, and that he better go and put them out. Lou yells that he should and Connor makes a strangling gesture behind his back because he's being so snippy.
Darren comes in and asks for a beer. He also says that Lou should pour himself one, Happy birthday you old bugger! Lou is really pleased that someone has finally remembered. Darren says the Old Style Lager tastes really good.
He saunters over to Libby who is giving him the cold shoulder. He offers to buy her a drink. Not even a hot chocolate to thaw the frost in the air? She tells him that she knows all about his fictitious date the other night and says that he should play games with someone else. He cheekily asks her if she's jealous but gets up to leave at the look on her face. When his back is turned she can't help smiling though.
Sindi asks Libby about her Internet friend and Libby says she's decided to meet up with him later in the week. She tells Sindi that she's going to be very careful and meet him in a public place with lots of people around.
SINDI: Why take a risk with someone that you don't know when someone that you do know is really interested.
LIBBY: If you're talking about Darren, he needs to grow up. This guy is genuinely mature and intelligent.
SINDI: Yeah. He could be a genuinely, mature, intelligent serial killer!
Lou serves a shifty looking guy some Old Style Lager, and wouldn't you know it, it's that Seamus guy from the rival pub wearing sunglasses and a large coat. He opens his coat to reveal a hot water bottle around his neck but Connor sees him in time and stops him from siphoning any beer. They kick him out and on the way out the door Seamus says they'll never win the competition (nur, nur, na, nur-nur).
Harold rushes in and says that Valda's managed to make the washing machine flood back at Lou's place. He offers him a lift there. When Lou's back is turned, Harold gives Connor a knowing look and a smile.
Out the front of Lou's house
Harold and Lou pull up in the driveway. Lou is relieved to see that there's no water pouring out of the house, just as the garage door lifts up and about 80% of the Ramsay Street residents pour out yelling Surprise! and throwing streamers everywhere. Lou is very, very happy now.
The BBQ is in use, with Toadie and Sindi manning the snags. They've just finished the three cheers and they call on Lou to make a speech.
LOU: Okay, um... I suppose I just want to say...
Harold pretends to snore.
LOU: Oi! Wake up Jelly Belly!
They all laugh.
LOU: I just want to say thank you to everyone. As you know this year's not been an easy one for me, and I'm sure I wouldn't have got through it all without your fantastic support. And I'm sure you too have had your ups and downs. Maybe it's all in the stars, ay!
SINDI: Well it was! Jupiter was causing havoc!
LOU: (Laughs) But you know what I think, I think we all need each other. Even though sometimes we do have our differences. But today proves to me that Ramsay Street really is a street of friends. Cheers!
All through this speech, poignant looks are shared between Karl and Izzy, Lou and Valda, Susan and Lyn and Darren and Libby.
Susan goes up to Lyn and asks if she wants to come over for a cup of tea. Lyn says she'd love to and asks Libby if she'd mind listening out for Oscar on the baby monitor.
They say they can go back to the party later. Lyn says she's missed chatting to Susan, and awkwardly admits she thought Susan was avoiding her. Lyn thinks she's been overreacting to the whole Tom situation.
LYN: I don't want to lose our friendship, Susan.
SUSAN: Oh, either do I. But I'm scared that I will after I say what I have to say.
SUSAN: Because you deserve the truth.
LYN: About what?
SUSAN: About me and Tom. We are having a relationship, Lyn. We're in love.
Lyn looks stunned.