- Summer attacks Lisa
- Stu tells Jack he fancies his boss.
- Susan suspends Summer.
- Lou tells Valda he stood her up because Trixie phoned.
Lyn tries to persuade Valda to talk to Lou, but she's adamant she won't. She won't even find out if Trixie's in trouble and in need of help.
Harold echoes Lyn's remark to Valda as he and Max try to persuade Lou to talk to her.
Valda arrives to substitute for the chef and eventually Max and Harold manoeuvre the pair into a position where they agree to a ‘rematch' for dinner that evening.
HAROLD: Oh it's like being the parent of a ten-year-old again.
MAX: I thought we were going to have to bribe them with lollies.
Lou and Valda scowl and glare but avoid one another's direct glance.
Despite Steph's attempts to persuade her to do ‘only good' by reading a rhyme saying that all the witchery comes back three-fold, Summer's making a spell to cast on Lisa, consisting of a viciously flattened pea, Lisa's photo (torn from a picture of the two of them together), a piece of paper with Lisa's name on and some liquid from a little vial, all semi-pulverised with a mortar and pestle.
SUMMER: This shall be bad luck to her I called my friend. May her love go wrong and her hurts never mend
She hurls her concoction into the freezer, calling out ‘Take that! and slams the door shut. There's a crashing sound and she investigates, only to find that the fridge shelves have collapsed onto one another. She looks at the mess, shuts the door again and sighs.
Jack and Stuart discuss Mac. Jack admits he likes her ‘probably way too much' but he has been switching the phone to Message Bank and making sure he gets some sleep. In turn, Jack asks Stuart if he's asked his boss out yet. Stuart says he might ask her to the Police Ball, since he's at least trying to get somewhere whereas Jack's likely to lose the girl he fancies to the next pretty boy who comes along. Jack wants him to listen and learn as he rings Mac, but Stuart has to go off to work.
STUART: Good luck with Mac.
JACK: And good luck with Olivia.
Jack tries to suggest that they go out to dinner instead of clubbing, but Mac won't agree. She immediately seems to get stressed and says she needs the money she lent him. He replies that he won't be paid until next week, but the most she'll concede is to give him twenty-four hours.
Just after the call ends, Stuart gets into the car with her and notices that she seems strung out, though she says she's fine. She drives off quickly and almost collides with Summer as she rides out. Stuart looks quizzically across at Olivia, who's breathing very heavily.
Olivia's really shaken and says it's the kind of unprofessional and unacceptable behaviour she wouldn't tolerate in others and she is going to write an incident sheet about it. Stuart tries to reassure her and say there's no need, but she's very upset and says she has to pull herself together.
Valda and Lyn are trying to get Max to choose fabrics for the wedding, but he just doesn't want pink or a cummerbund (but he's getting one). He reminds Summer when she gets in that she's suspended and grounded, but she answers that she had to go out to replace some things from the fridge. They notice that she's fragile and she tells them she almost crashed.
She asks for her spell book and goes off. Lyn asks if Max is happy that Summer is ‘dabbling in the occult' but he dismisses it as ‘New Age bunkum', good wishes and affirmations.
MAX: Look Lyn, the evil influence I'm worried about in her life at the moment is her little friend Lisa. Seen a few too many Melrose Place re-runs, that one.
VALDA: What a little madam, eh? Pinching Summer's boyfriend! I'd turn her into a toad.
MAX: (wistfully) I'd turn Summer into a little girl again.
Lyn and Valda exchange sympathetic looks.
A flat-top truck drives away carrying some timber. Jack puts a sheaf of fifty dollar notes into his shirt pocket and slumps to the ground then just sits there, hands to his head.
Valda announces that the chef for the wedding is Gabriel Proctor, who Joe did the gourmet classes with. Steph and Max don't like the idea of a chef at all and even Lyn feels that's going too far, but Valda won't discuss it. Lyn and Valda leave so that Lyn can help her decide what to wear for her ‘unimportant date' and Oscar waves goodbye.
MAX: Pink ties are women's revenge for four thousand years of oppression.
Neither of them is happy at the scale and type of plans for their wedding and they wonder what happened to the 'backyard barbie and the keg' as they speak mockingly of the ‘geranium sunset' not pink. Max feels that perhaps her family needs it as a cheer-up.
Lyn's distracted and then increasingly snappy as Valda asks her opinion on her outfit for the date. She's even more stressed when Jack comes in and says he's off to lie down despite having already said he's been asleep. She yells at Valda, who picks up on her tension and checks how she feels about Jack. When Lyn agrees that he's now resting and that's good, Valda says they now need to get her to loosen up about ‘you-know-what', Tom. They argue heatedly as Valda says Susan and Tom have made their decision and everyone is entitled to some happiness.
VALDA: Our Heavenly Father knows that love is a calling too, Lyn
LYN: If Susan had any respect for his vocation she would never have taken him away from it.
VALDA: From you, you mean.
Lyn insists it was when they were kids and it's not an issue now.
VALDA: I'm not judging you, pet.
(As she answers a knock at the door) First loves light a fire that never really goes out.
Lou's at the table ready for the date, looking at his watch. Harold asks if she's stood him up. He's having coffee there rather than in the Coffee Shop, as he can't seem to get enough of the stuff these days.
Lou's worried that he'll be in jail by the time Valda arrives. Just then, Stuart and Mac come in as they're investigating some serious graffiti at the back of the pub. Jack Scully was the only witness, but Mac refuses Stuart's suggestions that they go to Jack's house and question him about it, saying it can wait until he can check ‘the guy' out in the morning.
Charlie and Valda talk about the past and the way he was shocking with women. He's taking stock now that he's on his way out. He says that he's regretted every day since he last saw her that he hurt her then. At that she leaves abruptly.
Summer is making a speech in fluent legalese, pleading to Max for a reduction in her sentence so that she's just suspended and not grounded too and her chores are reduced to the normal amount.
MAX: Simple – No.
Max explains that she didn't ‘allegedly attack' Lisa and violence is never an answer. What's more, she's been a ratbag for weeks. Steph wants her to get revenge in other ways, by being happy, which Lisa will see. Summer decides to show them how much her tastes have changed by eating an oyster, which she normally calls ‘sea-snot'. They laugh as she gags as soon as she tries and runs off quickly to get rid of it.
Max gets out some sample marriage vows they've downloaded and reads them in a mock hillbilly voice. Steph cuts him off by reaching for some better ones she found:
MAX: Now you will feel no rain for each of you will be a shelter to the other.
His voice softens as he reads the second line.
MAX: Now you will feel no cold for each of you will be the warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness for you
Now there is no more loneliness.
STEPH: Now you are two bodies but there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place to enter into your days together
And may your days be good and long on the earth.
They hug and kiss.
Lou's angry, assuming that Valda forgot, but she tells him that Charlie arrived. They both quieten a little then see the amusing side and she comments that they're worse than a married couple. Over semi-flat champagne, she says that he only wants her when she's off on her adventures and they only run into trouble when they try to be something else. Otherwise they are pretty good pals. They agree that they care for one another very much and drink to being just ‘very good friends'.
Charlie comments to Lyn that Valda's in love with Lou. She says time will tell and that if he takes it easy, doesn't push, they might become friends which is what he says he'd settle for.
Valda arrives home in high spirits but Charlie goes off to bed as he's exhausted. Valda tells Lyn that it went excellently, they're sorted out now and they're not lovers but friends. This takes her on to the topic of Tom, who is now going to need a lot of support from those who love him, as he's made a brave decision, whatever Lyn might think of it. Lyn says vehemently that she's a happily married woman and all the feelings she had in the past are in the past. When Valda just says cynically ‘Are they?', Lyn curtly tells Oscar to say goodnight and quickly takes him off to bed.
Scullys' at 3am
The Scully house is in darknes as Jack checks the door and sees that it's Mac. She's all dressed up and wants to go clubbing, but he's insistent he needs sleep. She asks for the money and he gives it to her, saying it wasn't easy. He wants to go clubbing at the weekend, but she replies that he's either the player she thinks he is or he's nothing. He needs to make up his mind who he is and what he wants as she won't wait around.