Izzy screws up the ultrasound pictures
Susan tells Tom it's over
Karl brings in the tape that Izzy threw out
Karl and Izzy's
Izzy tries to take Karl's attention away from the rewinding tape by playfully saying that she feels lonely and that he'd rather watch TV than talk to her. Max calling around with the mail saves her from further worry. Izzy invites him to stay for a coffee as Max hands her a parcel from their mum. Rosie's knitted a pair of yellow booties for the baby. She's not a very good knitter apparently and puts a dollar in a jar every time she swears when she mucks up.
MAX: She'll be able to put your kid through Uni if she ever attempts a matinee jacket.
Harold thanks Tom for setting him straight about his religion. When he went back to church he says he felt like “the lost lamb that's been found.” Harold says he envies that Father Tom has a vocation and doesn't know what would be better than serving the Lord. Tom looks uneasy. Susan walks in just as Tom is leaving and they make awkward small talk until he goes.
Connor springs Lou making himself look pretty, and Lou confesses that he's invited Valda to the pub to “spend some time together socially”. When Valda arrives she initially turns down Lou's offer of dinner until she's sure that it's a personal outing and not a business one. When she knows it's a date she says that it would be lovely. Connor celebrates in the background.
Valda's over gloating to Harold about how she “reeled” Lou in when he was floundering about, and uses a few other fishing analogies to express how she finally “caught” him. Harold says he thought that Valda didn't want anything to do with Lou again but she says it was all part of her plan. “Happy as a box of birds, me!” she grins.
Sindi has popped over to show Toadie, Lil and David their individual Chinese horoscope posters.
DAVID: What am I supposed to be? A quokka?
SINDI: No, you're a rat!
Toadie's a rooster and Lil's annoyed because as a snake she's “vain and high-tempered”. She calls horoscopes a bunch of superstitious nonsense.
TOADIE: Certainly nothing compared to coffee-grind-ology, hey Lil!
LIL: What I do has been handed down from mother to daughter for generations, Jarrod.
SINDI: Well, Chinese astrology is older than all the gypsy clap-trap.
LIL: Not gypsy claptrap! It's a gift! This is a zoo.
In the meantime Sindi has been sticking the posters up around on the walls to “brighten the place up a bit”.
Karl and Izzy's Place
Izzy offers her help with Max and Steph's wedding. Max thanks her and says he'll tell Steph, “and Lyn… and Valda.” He and Karl leave to go to the pub and the surgery. Once they're out, Izzy takes the tape from the VCR and rips it apart.
Toadie is trying to keep Lil from taking the posters down.
TOADIE: They brighten up the place, don't they?
LIL: Yeah, so would a shrunken head on a stick.
DAVID: I wonder how Karl's going to react when he finds out he's a pig!
LIL: A pig? Well I guess a billion Chinese people can't be wrong!
TOADIE: (Reading off posters) Look, pigs are models of sincerity, tolerance and honour. They're caring, obliging and chivalrous. Surely he can't be upset with that!
LIL: A pig is a pig is a…
KARL: Who's a pig?
LIL: Well, according to your Chinese astrologist, you are!
Karl immediately takes a disliking to them; he's not a fan of astrology full stop. He wants them taken down. Lil ducks out of the office for a minute.
Sindi's talking to Harold and is excited to learn that he had a brush with the law like she predicted. Lil comes in to get the lunch orders and riles Sindi up. “What does she think you are, Tata? An aardvark, a Tibetan yak?” Sindi informs Lil of her correct prediction but Lil turns the tables back on herself and says that the person in high places that was going to help Harold, was Stu, just like she predicted. The girls bicker between themselves until Harold tells them to quieten down, he's had enough of this astrology “poppycock”. That makes Sindi and Lil angry with him and they unite in their anger. “Men!” they huff.
Connor, Toadie and David are over watching the footy with Max. They're also making the place stink. One guess how. Sindi brings some party pies and sausage rolls over for the boys while they continue to yell at the TV. Valda also comes over looking for Steph or Lyn, she needs some advice about her date. The boys try to shush them so they go out into the hallway. Valda wants some help with choosing an outfit for the night and they go over to her house giggling like a couple of teenagers.
Lou and Harold are also fussing over what Lou's wearing.
LOU: You're not getting too much whiff of cologne are you?
HAROLD: No I'm getting a good, strong, male earthy aroma. Little citrus, little sandalwood, no not unpleasant at all.
LOU: That's good, that's good.
Lou's very nervous but Harold says that Valda is as smitten with him as he is with her. That placates him a little bit but he still has to dash of to the toilet one last time. The phone rings and Harold answers. Lou sticks around to see who it is. “It's a reverse charge call from Bangkok… it's Trixie.” Lou looks shocked.
Valda is looking all nice and pretty, sitting at a table waiting for Lou to arrive. Quite a bit of time passes and she gets fed up. She's just about to leave when Lou makes his appearance. He convinces her to hear him out, but she's still very cranky and asks why he couldn't call. “Who was so important that you had to drop everything?” He resignedly says, “Trixie, I was on the phone with Trixie. She called me from Bangkok.” Valda looks sad then angry. “I don't know what I've been thinking,” she seethes as she leaves the restaurant.
Susan and Harold are having dinner together. Susan apologises for “foisting” herself on Harold but she didn't feel like eating alone tonight. Harold says it's quite alright, that's what friends are for. Lou stalks in to the pub and straight into the office. Harold sees that he's upset and excuses himself from Susan to see what's wrong.
Lou tells Harold that Valda walked out on him after he told her that Trixie rang. He lets slip to Harold that Trixie called to ask for some financial assistance. Harold says he's an idiot but Lou retorts that he's glad he's out of it before it got too complicated; Valda was uncaring about the whole situation.
Susan sees Karl and Izzy walk into the bar and act all coupley. She looks torn.
Harold says to Lou to give Valda another chance but Lou doesn't want to listen.
Harold walks out and says hi to Karl and Izzy. They ask him to join them. He's about to say that he's eating with Susan when he sees that she's gone. Harold tells them he was just about to go.
The fellas aren't enjoying the footy so much anymore, now that they have Valda crying on Sindi's shoulder in the hallway. Loudly crying. She says that she's never felt so embarrassed in her life, and she hates that, because Lou's not worth crying over. “I'll never ever let that man get the better of me again, and that's a promise.”
Harold has been over to check on Susan and she says sorry for ruining dinner. He says it's fine and agrees they should do it again sometime.
He passes Tom as he walks down the doorstop. Tom lies and says that Susan has a book for him. They say goodnight and Tom knocks on the door.
Tom says he needs to have a word. She's reluctant at first but he says it won't take long.
TOM: How is everything?
SUSAN: Oh everything's just great, y'know. I love running into my husband and his pregnant girlfriend at the pub, but lucky for me they only had eyes for each other, so it was actually okay.
She wants to know what he's there for. He says he's been wrestling with things for days, and Susan says he needn't, she let him off the hook.
TOM: I don't want to be off the hook! I love you Susan.
SUSAN: It can't work…
TOM: It can.
TOM: I've left the priesthood. I've made my choice. I won't lose you.
Susan looks stunned.