Svetlanka slapping Serena.
Lil is wheeled in on a stretcher with David by her side. Harold and Svetlanka rush in and David tells them that Lil's about to have some tests done to see what's wrong.
Susan and Libby are getting a drink while Susan tells Libby that the Lana situation at school isn't getting any better. Sindi joins them and Susan pleads with her not to tell them if she has any problems, “we've had a rotten day”. Sindi gives them a look and Susan laughs and says sorry, telling her to say what's on her mind. Sindi informs them that she told her editor “where he could stick his sexy ensemble idea”. She thinks that Carla Cosmos' days are now numbered but Libby says Bill wouldn't sack her over that.
Toadie, Stu and Connor walk into the pub and hover at the counter. “Maybe I should ask Toadie?” she says as they make eyes at one another.
Lil's Hospital Room
David and Svetlanka are fussing over Lil but she assures them she's fine. She asks David where Serena is and he says that she's on her way. He offers to call Sky but she says that there needn't be anymore fuss than there is already. Karl comes in to see how she is and tells her that it appears she has a problem with her liver. “It's not functioning the way it should”.
The Number 30 boys walk past the girls, each carrying a slab of beer. They tell them they're having a wake to mourn the end of the football season. “No footy for four and a half months”. Sindi thinks they're a sad lot, which riles Stuart up. He tells her that he's had a shocking week at work and the last thing he needs is some “whinging female” spoiling the party for everyone (“Not you two” he adds when Susan and Libby make a protest). Sindi says she wouldn't dream of it seeing as the girls are having a party of their own to celebrate the end of the football season. Susan and Libby look at her in confusion before cottoning on. “Oh, yes, that's right… party”.
Karl tells Lil the liver problem could be to do with a number of things and that they'll have to conduct a biopsy. Serena rushes in and worriedly asks how her mum is. Lil tells her she's fine. Svetlanka catches her granddaughter's eye but Serena ignores her.
The girls arrive back home with Sindi in a right mood. “That man is so far up himself it's a wonder he can see where he's going”. She's of course talking about Stuart, or as he is now known to Sindi, “Stuart Pompous Pig Parker”. Libby takes Ben to have a bath. Leaving Susan to hear the rest of the rant.
SINDI: He hates women, that's what it is. Half a dozen failed engagements and what does that tell you? Macho. Yob.
The boys are home setting up for their party. Stu tells Toadie that he's better off without Sindi. Connor says that deep down she's really nice.
STU: Aw, come on. There is no such thing as ‘deep down'. She's just a life support machine for a pea-brain and a big mouth.
Susan pours some peas into a bowl as Sindi continues her spiel. She blames Stu for her relationship with Toadie failing. Susan says she can't do that but she assures her that it's true. She says that Toadie used to be romantic but ever since Stu's been in his ear he's changed. Susan asks if she's helping with the party or not. Sindi finds the largest knife she can and begins hacking away at a stick of salami.
Stu says to Toadie that everything Sindi knows about relationships comes out of some Brazilian soap opera, and when he scoffs he says he's telling Toadie for his own good. Toadie disagrees and says he's telling him because “you're throwing another Sindi tanti and frankly I've had a gutful, alright?” They continue to bicker until Connor comes out with some beers and tells them to chill. He wants them to mourn the end of the football season in respect and help him with the ceremonial lighting of the barbeque.
Libby offers Sindi a belated congratulations on standing up to Bill and reassures her again that he won't sack her because she's got claims for unfair dismissal up her sleeve and he knows it. They try to divert Sindi's attention away from her bad self-esteem funk she's in by asking her if she's heard about the campaign for tolerance at school they're planning. This makes Sindi even worse though because she's forgotten all about Lana, “I'm such a bad cousin”. Susan tells her not to worry because they're making the campaign broad enough so the students won't know it's there for Lana's benefit. Libby cracks open a bottle of champagne.
Wake Headquarters (the boys' garage)
The No.30 boys are crowded around the BBQ cooking onions as they welcome Jack into the fold. He says sorry for not bringing any salad but Stu says they've banned salad because it attracts the chicks. Lou arrives and says it's a good thing he doesn't own the place anymore or he'd complain about the noise, but since he has no responsibilities, “let's party!” They say there's plenty of food to go around.
LOU: So I see. Meat, meat and heart attack.
They raise their beers in the air as a toast (“Up their Cazaly!”) and pour beer over the onions on the BBQ.
The girls are eating their elegant snacks. Sindi complains that the noise from next door is too loud but Susan says she can fix that as she turns their stereo up full ball. “I wonder how they like them apples?!”
The boys are tucking into their caveman feast when Max and Izzy trot down to join them. They don't like the idea of a chick joining them but she says Karl's at the hospital and she doesn't really fancy the idea of going next door. “Look, what if I scratch my bum and burp every time I take a sip of a drink. Can I stay then?” They concede and Toadie says she can be a bloke for the day. They all pour beer on the BBQ again.
Lyn arrives with food and Summer. Sindi shows them the champagne and says they've only got one more bottle after this one. “We're going to need Lil and her plum brandy”. They all wonder where Lil is and figure she must have been held up at work.
Each of the blokes and Izzy take a footy scarf out of a box and wear it as a mark of respect for the game. Toadie makes a sorrowful speech to their loss as The Last Post plays in the background. Blubbering is done and hugs are shared. Toadie places an old football on the BBQ, “In memory of a glorious winter! We commit to the flames this symbol of our season!” They all look on as the footy burns.
“Here's to summer,” Sindi chirps. “And the end of the football season!” All the girls clink their glasses together. They all agree that it's a stupid game and that the guys should be at home with their loved ones. All except Lyn that is.
LYN: Look, I hate to say it but I really enjoy a good game of footy.
Susan: Do you? Who do you play for?
LYN: Watching you dag!
LIBBY: Perving you mean!
She adds that she thinks the ball handling skills are great as Sindi and Libby snigger. Susan smirks and reminds them that Summer's in the room but she just smiles at her. “Don't worry Susan, I won't tell if you don't!”
Karl and a nurse wheel Lil away for her procedure. David wishes Lil weren't so stubborn like her mother. Svetlanka glares at him and says it's his fault Lil's sick from working too hard because David can't provide for his family anymore. They keep arguing as Serena bursts into tears and tells her grandmother to stop bullying everyone. “Why don't you slap dad too, that'll make him see sense”. David is outraged and demands Svetlanka tell him if she hit Serena or not. Harold warns him to keep his voice down. Serena runs away to a corner, crying, and David follows her.
The party has now moved inside. Izzy and Connor argue over statistics of the game while Stu and Toadie stack up the empty bottles on the table. Max and Lou scoff down chips while Max says it's lucky the boys own the place now. Lou agrees saying he would have confiscated the bond for sure, right after throwing the chip packet at them.
Lyn says she must get going, she's got to start to think about packing for Bendigo. They all say they'll miss her when she goes and that they'll come and visit her. Lyn pretends that she's excited about going but then admits that she's actually dreading it. She says she misses Joe so much but she's got so much going for her here that she doesn't want to leave, and that Jack feels the same as well. Susan asks if she's told Joe all this, which she hasn't, and then what she's going to do about it. “Grin and bear it?”
Connor is sorting through CD's while admitting to Lou that he is the one behind the whole Carol emailing thing. “I'm really, really sorry. I wouldn't have led you on if I knew it was you.” After this big admission though he realises that Lou is fast asleep on the couch and hasn't heard a word he has said. The rest of the boys are mucking around in the background, kicking a footy and wrestling on the floor (well, Max and Toadie are anyway).
Lyn says she misses Joe so much and Susan says she's not alone there, “we're all without men at the moment”. Summer scoffs and says who needs them and Libby agrees. She says they should be celebrating, speaking emphatically to Sindi in particular. They all make a toast “to freedom!”
Everyone dances around the house playing some weird pass-the-parcel game with a footy in the process.
Sindi takes one of Lyn's dishes to the sink to be washed but drops it in the process. She starts to cry and apologises profusely to Lyn. All the girls rush over to her and try to get her to calm down, telling her it's okay. She says she doesn't know what's wrong with her and that she's such a baby.
The Bishop's and Svetlanka are sitting morbidly around Lil's bed. She stirs and tells them they can talk; she's not sleeping just resting her eyes. Harold suggests that he, Svetlanka and Serena go and get some food from the cafeteria so David can have some time with Lil. She cheekily suggests to David that he lay beside her so they can give their parents a taste of their own medicine.
Lyn decides it's time to take a tired Summer home. The racket is still going on next door though and they all wonder if anyone will be getting any sleep that night. They decide to leave it till the morning to clear up the mess but Sindi says she'll do it now because she's wide awake. They wonder what happened to Lil and Susan jokes that she'll be having severe words with her in the morning. Susan heads off to bed and Sindi tells Libby to do the same, she'll be fine on her own. Lib tells her that she's not allowed to give in and go to Toadie's though, she has to stay strong. “How weak-willed do you think I am?” says Sindi, but Libby just looks at her.
When Libby has gone she darts over the other side of the room and peers out the window. She tries to make herself stay away but she's drawn towards the door. She opens and closes it in quick succession, looking as though she's fighting an internal battle.
Serena is on the pay phone to Luka. Svetlanka and Harold walk by and Svetlanka tells him to take the food into David, she's just going to check on their granddaughter. Serena is making plans to see Luka as soon as she knows everything is okay with her mum but abruptly hangs up when she realises Svetlanka is behind her. She eventually admits who was on the phone and tells Svetlanka her and Luka are seeing one another and she can't stop them. Svetlanka looks quite disturbed by this and worries about how far things have progressed between them. Serena says it's none of her business and that she knows all about Luka's past so that shouldn't be a concern either. Svetlanka tears up. “It's very, very complicated but you have to trust me. Stay away from him!”
Sindi lets herself in and calls out for Toadie. She finds a figure on the couch, asleep, covered in scarves. Sindi clears them away and discovers Toadie underneath them. “Toadie, we really need to talk,” she says to him but he just lets out a loud belch in response in his sleep. She turns away in disgust and walks out.
Jack and Stu are the last men standing (or sitting comfortably in lounge chairs if you like) by the warmth of the BBQ. Stu commends Jack on being a stayer when he didn't even touch a drop of alcohol. Jack says it wasn't easy but he knows which head he'd rather wake up with in the morning. As he leaves he passes Sindi. He tells her Toadie's inside but she says she knows. Stu makes a face when he hears her voice. “No chicks allowed!” “Yeah? What are you going to do about that?” she snits as she sits down next to him where Jack was “Suit yourself,” he replies.
Lil worries about her family and says they should get some sleep. Karl comes in and asks if he could have a word alone with Lil, and David stays as well at her request. He says that they've got a preliminary diagnosis of her condition. “You have something called Primary Biliary Cirrhosis. Basically this is just a degeneration of the bile ducts in the liver and it's caused serious damage.” He says the symptoms take a while to show up and when they do it's often too late for preventative medication. David asks what they can do and Karl says the only real option is a liver transplant. The success rate is high but it may be difficult for Lil because of her rare blood type (AB-). They could also try a live donor and he says they'll test her family for compatibility.
DAVID: Good… but what if no one in the family is compatible?
KARL: Well I'm afraid this is a potentially fatal condition.
David and Lil look upset.
Sindi is on another one of her rants about Toadie when Stu tells her to shut up and says if it's over, it's over. Sindi tells him that ever since they've met all he's done is snipe and sneer at her.
STU: Poor Miss Sindi-Windi, so under appreciated.
SINDI: See, that's exactly what I'm talking about!
STU: But you ask for it. If you think you're so neglected, do something about it.
She asks what he's got against her but he retaliates that he doesn't care enough about her to give a stuff. She tells him that since he doesn't care he should keep his stupid opinions to himself.
STU: Alright. I'll admit, I do care. I'm curious because I don't get you. How does Toad get such a beautiful, devoted girlfriend, yet you still let him treat you like dirt? I guess you two deserve each other. You're perfectly suited.
SINDI: Yeah, we do deserve each other. He loves me, I love him, end of story.
STU: Well good for you!
SINDI: Yeah, good for us! And you know something else? We're going to work on this little rough patch and we're going to see it through.
STU: Great. Well if you're lucky you can have a couple of kids, dress them in pink and everything will be fine!
SINDI: Maybe we will!
They stare at one another for a beat before diving at each other's lips for a smooch.