Karl gloating to Paul that he and Izzy are solid
Frank cuddling Carmella for just a little too long
Frank is patting Carmella's hand lovingly. She pretends that she left a bottle of wine over at Sindi's and goes over to get it but Frank stops her at the door. Carmella's looking a little meeker than usual.
Hotel Room In Sydney – Community Hall
Lovely shots of the Sydney Harbour Bridge at nighttime. Paul has just run a bath in his hotel room and is on the mobile to Izzy, asking her to fly over and join him. Izzy's pretending she's talking to Sindi because Karl is sitting with her. Paul keeps trying to tempt her by talking the sexy talk but Izzy's being an angel girl and resisting. Karl's not helping the cause though by picking at his teeth like a camel. Charming, doctor K. That won't turn Izzy off at all. She hangs up on Mr Suave and turns back to Mr Toothpick.
Carmella and Frank are sitting on the couch now with Frank gently stroking her face. Carmella is not smitten. He admits her to her that he's been in love with her for years but he just had to wait and get “the Irishman out of the way.” Carmella asks where Connor is but Frank says it doesn't matter. She decides to play along and says she feels the same way about Frank. He gets a little cross but she placates him, “secretly, you were in my daydreams.” Frank is over the moon and kisses her. Carmella is wishing a cyclone would come and whisk her away from the nightmare she's in.
Number 28 – The Lurrrrve Den
Sindi is enjoying Stu's game of ‘kiss Sindi' when he suddenly remembers he has to go home and pick something up. She jokes that she's going to arrest him and make him stay but admits to her he's got a present over there he wants her to have. Sindi's all for him getting out now – a present would be quite salubrious. She asks what kind of present it is, hoping it may be “bling -blingy”. Stu says his lips are sealed as he makes his way to the HoT with Percy the fabulous walking stick.
Stu is on his way and just in time too, Frank has turned cranky again because Carmella had been speaking about Connor too much wanting to know where he is. Bob is on the couch but can't do much, if only he was as big as Bouncer. Carmella tries to make a run for it but he's too quick, grabbing her from behind. Stu hears the commotion on the other side of the door and weighs up his options (use the force Luke).
He decides to make his presence known and opens the door. Frank laughs when he sees who the visitor is. “What are you going to do? Hit me with your stick?” Stu has a better idea though and turns the power off all through the house via the switchboard near the front door. Good work. Frank is startled and Carmella takes this chance to throw him off and run outside. Stu doesn't stew over what to do next and tackles Frank to the ground.
Carmella hustles down the driveway, crying out for someone to help. Sindi rushes over to her and David and Lil aren't too far behind, lobbing over from their house. When Sindi realises what's going on she starts to freak out and calls out for Stu. David tells Lil to call the police and hesitantly picks up a pot plant to go in the house with. He tells Sindi to wait with Carmella and calm her down but pauses before going inside. He's just not as gung-ho as Stu, that's the way things are. Ooh, it's scary – just like Linda Blair in The Exorcist!
Stu and Frank are rolling around inside in the dark making a right old mess. Stu finally pins Frank to the ground and directs David, who has found some cowardly lion-esque courage (I'm sure he wishes he had a crow bar instead of some foliage too), to switch the power back on. Frank spits out that he's not saying anything about where Connor is.
The police are now there and the crisis is over for the moment. David commends Stu on his bravery but Stu just says he was in the right place at the right time. “I guess I just can't give up on being a cop.”
The police bring Frank out in handcuffs and Carmella charges up to him, seeing red, demanding to know where Connor is. Frank is being cheeky and says “you'll never find him.” Carmella is quite hysterical by now and nothing will carmy her down.
Hot Tub Of Deviousness
Paul clinks his glass with someone as they sit in the luxurious bubble bath. It turns out not to be Izzy but that witchy woman, Lee Thomas. They chat about how Paul's “lapdog” David is coming along nicely in getting himself in with the council and how all their plans are falling into place (I actually wouldn't be surprised if lightening crackled in the background to signify how eeevil they're sounding).
LEE: I'll be honest. David Bishop strikes me as an idiot. How confident are you that he's not going to foul things up?
PAUL: Totally. I've got all the bases covered. Little Davey is going to do exactly as I want. And yes, he's an idiot. But he's my idiot.
(cue eeeeevil laughter)
Karl is talking away about something medical related while Izzy is staring off into space, wishing she were in the hot tub ‘o lurve (Natalie Bassingthwaighte totally rocks the pigtail hairstyle by the way). Karl realises and laughingly says Izzy could have gone out with Sindi if she wanted to, “you don't have to keep me company all night as long as I've got you some of the time.” Izzy tells him there is no place she'd rather be (ooh she's a star liar).
Karl's mobile rings – It's David wanting him to come over and check on Carmella and Stu. Karl tells Izzy that something has happened at Toadie's place.
David is directing the police out the door, sounding all-important and informing them when he's free to chat, while Izzy and Karl make their way in.
Lil tells David how proud she is of him for being so brave. He admits that he was scared stiff but Lil says that just makes him more courageous in her eyes. Aw, isn't that darling.
Izzy ushers Sindi through the hall trying to tell her about the pretend girls night out that she supposedly organized. Sindi is suitably muddled. “Very confused, Izzy!” Izzy thinks it won't come up though.
Karl is trying to check up on Carmella but she says she's fine, she just wants to find out where Connor is. Stu says that Steiger is interrogating Frank down at the station as they speak but Carmella doesn't think that will make a difference. “They'll never get him to talk, you heard him when they took him away. All he cares about is punishing me… I think Connor's dead.” She believes Connor would have contacted one of them if he was still alive. Sombre looks are passed between everyone and a sullen mood ensues.
It's the next morning and everyone is standing around in hard hats waiting for the demolition to begin. Lil is looking at the trillian buttons on the machine – DON'T TOUCH THEM! Phew, it's okay, it's not connected yet. David tells us and Lil that there are Health and Safety blokes inside checking the place out just in case there's anyone in there that shouldn't be. Like Connor. “I guess you wouldn't want that on your conscious, would you? Blowing some poor innocent to bits,” Lil ponders. Like an innocent Connor.
Building Of Demolition
The Health and Safety guys take a look around the place but can't see anything. There's a nice pile of rubble in the corner, but nah, that's not important. Except it is! As the men walk out of the building declaring it people-free, we see that there's one person left in there. His name? Connor. He's neither fine nor dandy as he wiggles his little fingers from underneath the rubbish.
Paul's Hotel Room – Community Hall
Paul is bored so he decides to ring Izzy again to try and persuade her to fly over. She pretends that her reception is cutting out so she can move away from Karl (lying technique #4056 from Ludicrous Lies And How To Tell Them – foreword by Izzy Hoyland). He thinks she's talking to Sindi again and asks if there's any news about Connor, she lies and says no.
Izzy walks away and tells Paul to stop tempting her. He won't take no for an answer though and says for her to make up an excuse. Izzy turns around and Karl blows a kiss at her (hilarious for some inane reason) so she raspberries him back.
Izzy hangs up on boyfriend #2 and goes back to Karl. He brings up Connor again and she says she'll ring Carmella later. She's trying her darndest to remain faithful in Erinsborough but Karl chooses that exact moment to pick at his teeth with a sugar packet. Izzy's like, ‘Hmm, stay here with the molar patrol or go to Sydney and live it up like Cinderella. Let me think about that…' “I might call Carmella now,” she quickly says before rushing off.
Izzy goes behind the counter and dials the number for the airport. She asks for the next flight to Sydney (Alan is having a ball picking at his teeth in the background).
Demolition Site – Building of Demolition
The exploding button is prepped and ready to go. Lil stands with David on the platform while he gets used to the microphone.
DAVID: Can you hear me? Testing, testing, one, two. Hear me here? What about up the back? Can you hear me up the back? Just wave if you can't hear me…
DAVID: … Now I'm totally confused. Alright!
Connor has woken up from his bout of unconsciousness and stands himself upright. He's got the pole attached to his back via some rope.
David's speech is going… great.
Connor spins around in a daze.
David is about to press the button of impending doom before he decides that a few more words would be in order to mark the special occasion.
Connor spots the sign that says the building is due to be demolished that day. He freaks and starts yelling out but the tape over his mouth hinders his words.
Waffle, waffle, waffle – David likes to waffle. He throws in a crumpet every now and then.
A plan is forming in Connor's mind. He bobs down so he can shift the pole on his back up in the air a little more so it's more of a battering ram.
Lil suggests they have a countdown to the demolition so the crowd starts chanting with them as David moves closer to the button. They're just about to get to one when Connor takes a running start and rams the pole through the plastic-covered window. “There's somebody in there!” exclaims David, startled out of his button pressing duties.
Stu, Sindi, David and Lil are all around to see Connor and witness Carmella fussing over him. He's got the ok from the hospital and thanks Stu for being there for Carmella, saving the day and everything. Stu shrugs it off modestly and tells Connor that Frank found out he was okay and cracked, admitting everything to the police. Carmella still can't believe it was her bodyguard but Connor says not to worry, it's all over now.
DAVID: It could have been all over for you if I hadn't have made that speech.
CONNOR: You know what, Dave? That's the first time in my life I wished you'd never stopped talking.
Stu remembers he was going to give Sindi her pressie. I can't really see what's wrong with the earrings he has for her but they are either squashed like a graham cracker from the fight, ugly looking or both because everyone pretends they're awesome when they're clearly not – just to humour Stu.
Hotel in Sydney
The concierge has taken a champagne-wielding Izzy to Paul's room. She flounces into the room breathily announcing that she's room service before coming to an abrupt halt. Paul's in bed with Lee, both of them naked like Adam and Eve. Izzy can't believe it, “What is she doing here?” she snits, clearly not appreciating this non-ozziebabe scamming on her man. The two bedfellows just smirk at her. “I hope you bought three glasses,” smirks Paul. Izzy seethes. Watch out ladies: – any one of you could be next to fall for Paul's seductive charms!