Max telling Steph he wants to work out his problems on his own.
Toadie and Connor telling Sindi about their Internet scam.
Karl and Susan bitter about divorce proceedings.
Sindi (aka ‘Sebastian') is reading an email from ‘Tanya' (who is actually Toadie). Stingray listens to her in raptures because Tanya sounds like quite the catch – she enjoys eating pizza in her nightie and having spas with her beach volleyball team among many things. He feels nauseous though when Sindi tells him it's Toadie on the other end. She gets determined and says she's going to give Toadie a taste of his own medicine. Libby says she doesn't know why Sindi is wasting her time doing this when she could just talk to him about their problems. Sindi and Stingray laugh at that absurdity. Libby answers a knock at the door – Tim Collins has arrived for his meeting with Susan. Lib says she's not there and he could come back in an hour but he decides to make himself at home instead and wait for her, taking Libby's paper to read while he's at it. “Don't worry about me, you and your friends just pretend I'm not here.”
Karl and Izzy's
Karl arrives home and collapses on the couch. Izzy has left a post-it for him on the remote, ‘There's a lovely message for you on the answering machine'. “Intriguing,” he murmurs. He walks over and presses play, only to have Susan's voice blast into him giving him a piece of her mind.
ANSWERING MACHINE SUSAN: Karl, it's Susan. For the last time stop leaving messages on my phone, my lawyer informs me it's harassment. Anything you have to say can wait until court. Do I make myself clear? Oh, and I know about you trying to sell the surgery's equipment Karl, that is stooping low. You are pathetic.
Karl gets more and more frustrated as he listens to the message and yells at the machine when Susan hangs up. “I'm not selling I'm upgrading them. You'd know that if you listened to me for five seconds!”
Connor is gloating to Toadie about how many messages he has been receiving from different blokes while Toadie's inbox remains empty. Connor's Internet boyfriend has typed, “Carol (Connor), I'd be lost without you”. He says that Toadie's just jealous of his success – but Toadie gets an email while they're talking. It doesn't seem as good as Connor's ones though because he won't let him read it.
Izzy and Lou lightheartedly make fun of Harold for talking about Svetlanka all the time. He protests though and says he's just glad that Liljana seems to be starting to make amends with her mother. Lou's in getting a thermos of coffee to survive his next stint at community service – cleaning up alongside the West Warratah highway. Harold says Lou shouldn't be there alone because of the “West Warratah Bunyip”.
IZZY: Have you had another stroke, Harry?
Lou pretends to go along with Harold and says he better keep him company then. Harold nods in agreement.
Summer asks Max where Steph and Boyd are and Max says they went with Lyn to the movies. She wants to meet up with them but Max says he doesn't feel like it. Summer asks Max to fess up on why he's been a grump all week, “If I was wearing a face like yours you'd try and get it out of me, wouldn't you?” Max gets annoyed and says that nothing's wrong and if she's so bored she can go and clean her room or something. Summer walks away and Max looks sorry for snapping at her.
Karl has come by to whisk Izzy away home. They have a quick chat about Susan and Karl says that if she wants a war she's got one. Izzy goes into the kitchen to get her things just as Susan walks in. Karl corners her and tries to get her to listen to him while he explains about the medical equipment. He's just about to tell her the truth when Izzy bursts out of the kitchen claiming she feels ill. Karl rushes over to her and Susan makes her escape, telling him that anything he's got to say can wait.
Stingray is telling the girls about his failures to win Serena back and wonders if he should use the email thing to try and get her back. When he says he tried to crack on to Lana and bombed Sindi says she could have a word to Lana so she'd help him.
STINGRAY: Nah, she thinks I'm a barking hat stand.
LIBBY: Stingray. Never take romantic advice from a woman pretending to be a man to spite her boyfriend who's pretending to be a woman.
Tim thinks Libby's advice is a bit rich considering her newspaper column and how vitriolic it is. Libby stares him down and replies that her column is fantastic for women who are trying to work out the puzzle that is man. Tim is impressed. “Good answer. You ever thought about being a lawyer?” Stingray focuses the attention back on himself. He says to Lib that he even tried the ‘book returning thing' she suggested.
SINDI: Why would Scott be returning a book? He's never even read one.
STINGRAY: Hey… You're right.
Tim gives Stingray his own personal advice. “If she doesn't beat the footy, find another oval.” Libby screws up her nose and asks what that means. “Oh I don't know. I'm a lawyer not a romance writer.” Susan rushes in and apologises for being late.
West Warratah Highway – Roadside
Lou is complaining of a sore back as they fill up their garbage bags. Harold picks up a shiny object and wonders why he keeps finding so many of the “blooming things”. Lou points out that they're near a petrol station and when people fill their car up they usually put the petrol cap on the roof, thus causing them to fall off when people forget they're there. Lou says they're worth a lot of money and pockets it. Harold gets all uppity about making a profit out of someone else's things but soon shuts up when he finds a fifty dollar note on the ground. Lou chases him with his pointy rubbish picking-up stick to get him to hand over the money.
Tim is just about to leave and says to Susan not to worry, “by the time we're finished with Karl he's going to wish he'd never met you”. Susan and Libby look a little disturbed by that. Tim hands out business cards to everyone before he goes. One to Stingray for ‘indecent exposure', one to Sindi for ‘pre-nups' and one to Libby for ‘defamation'. After he's left Libby asks if Susan thinks Jezebel was putting an act on before.
SUSAN: Oh, she should have won a Logie.
Susan can't believe that 30 years of marriage has come down to the divorce court. Libby tells her she's handled everything with grace while Susan goes to answer the phone. Stingray and Sindi laugh over their latest email plot while she talks. Libby asks her mum what's wrong when she hangs up. She says it was a bar in town calling, they've found Karl's wedding ring he lost.
Summer tells Max she finished cleaning her room ages ago and wants to know if they can go and meet the others now, but Max has something else in mind; a chick flick video festival at the Hoyland home cinema. She agrees, and then tries to get her dad to tell her what's wrong again. He relents this time and tells her that he and Steph probably can't have a baby because he's having some problems. He says that's why he's been a sad sack lately and wants to know if she'll forgive him. “Of course! And don't worry, if you and Steph can't have another baby you've always got me and Boyd. And so will Steph.” He says thanks and gives her a kiss on the head.
Cuts between Susan's and Karl and Izzy's
Susan says she doesn't want to ring Karl and tell him about the ring because she thought he lied about losing it beforehand but she'll have to face the music.
The phone rings at the apartment and Izzy answers.
Susan curtly addresses her and asks for Karl. Izzy plays around a bit asking who it is and what she was after. Susan gets annoyed with her and when Izzy passes the phone on she loudly announces to Karl it's the “fire-breathing dragon, don't burn your fingers!” Susan gives a deadly look to the phone.
When Karl is finally on the other end Susan tells him about how the wedding ring was found at a bar. They get more and more indignant with one another as the conversation wears on with bitter words and accusations flying around until Susan ends up hanging up on him. Karl jumps up to get his keys, he's going over to collect his ring much to Izzy's distress.
The movie finishes and we see that Max has been crying over the ending. He asks Summer to promise that she won't tell anyone he blubbed. She smiles and says it's “in the vault”. He says he's proud of her for being so understanding lately with the whole Jack thing, getting him to talk about what was bugging him…
MAX: The fact that Hugh Grant doesn't make you cry!
SUMMER: Please! Hugh Grant's yesterday's heartbreak. Give me Jake Gyllenhall.
MAX: Jake Gyllen… who?
She says she thinks she's got one of his movies here and Max smiles and says he'll make some popcorn.
Connor is swooning over the pretty roses and card he received from his Internet boyfriend via the dating agency. “He's such a dreamboat isn't he!”
TOADIE: Well he won't be so dreamy when he turns up to take his girlfriend fishing only to find that she comes with her own tackle.
Connor says he's just bitter because Toadie doesn't have what it takes to woo a man like he does. Toadie takes up the challenge. “Alright, you're on! I bet you that within a week Sebastian is going to be on his knees begging!” Connor dismisses that thought and goes back to smelling the roses.
Sindi is reading her latest email from Tanya out aloud in disgust but finds that Libby and Susan are more interested in fighting over the choccies in the background than listening to her. Sindi says what she needs is a woman that is “trained in the language of love” which just happens to be Libby. Susan also walks over to the computer to help out saying that she knows something about cads, which is what Sebastian is supposed to be, “and as for that Tanya, well I reckon there's a couple of things she could learn”.
Karl and Izzy's
Izzy tells Karl she's a bit worried about going to the sleep specialist tomorrow but he says she'll be fine and they'll be able to work out what's making Izzy so stressed lately. She goes into the bathroom to brush her teeth and looks aghast to see Karl take his wedding ring out of his pocket and slip it on his ring finger.
Susan is doing the same with her rings, looking sad. Libby hugs her from behind and says they'll get through this together. Susan tells Lib she never would have gotten through it without her.
Karl and Izzy's
Karl and Izzy are asleep in bed. Izzy fidgets around and we are able to see what her nightmare is about. This time she's diving through water, fully clothed, struggling to get anywhere. Dream Izzy spots Karl's wedding ring on the bottom of the pool and swims towards it while Real Izzy flails around in bed gasping for breath. Karl's voice is heard repetitively whispering her name over the scene.