Sindi flipping a coin to make a decision
Lou and Harold finding out about Andy
Stu telling Sindi she makes him sick
Boyd doesn't know what's wrong with himself
Boyd has recovered from his lisping trauma and is now sitting on the couch, with Sky and Steph looking on in concern. He tells them not to get angry and informs them about the HgH he's been taking. Steph, funnily enough, gets angry. Sky then mentions the purging Boyd did and Steph amps up the angry factor. She can't believe he kept all of it a secret and then worries because she'll have to call Max. “He's going to go nuts,” Boyd frets, fearing a Maxplosion. Steph glares at him. “This is serious, Boyd.”
Sindi walks in calling out quietly for Stu and finds him sitting in the dark in the lounge room. Metaphorically and literally, how splendid. He's still fuming (*cough*justlikeStephsoulmates*cough*) but Sindi tries to tell him nothing went on. Stingray taught her a coin trick that allowed her to get the money they needed without taking a trip to immoralville. He angrily asks if she would have gone through with it if she didn't think of the coin trick.
SINDI: I'd do anything if it meant getting your eyesight back. Can you understand that?
STU: No! I can't!
She wonders how else he was going to get the money and tries to pass the cheque to him. “Just take it.” Stu won't have a bar of it though and starts to walk away from her. Not without pausing to deliver this zinger though: “I'd rather be blind for the rest of my life than touch a cent of your dirty money.”
Lyn walks in all smiley and heads straight over to Susan when she sees her. Suse jokes that she hasn't seen Lyn in ages and wants to know what the story is. Lyn happily starts to tell the tale of her date until Harry flaps his ears their way and says what a catch Andy is. “It's nice to see a woman turning the tables on the old ‘middle-aged man/young girl' routine.” Lynnie looks mortified and makes an excuse to leave.
Susan bails Harold up and asks him to tread a little more carefully where Lyn's love life is concerned. “There are not many aspects of this relationship that Lyn is comfortable with. It's best to make no comment at all.” Harry agrees but doesn't see what the problem is. Ah, sweet, daft Harry.
(Sky has put her plaid cap back on in case Boyd's up for a round of golf later). We're back on the merry-go-round of Boyd saying he felt like he had to prove himself with his job and Steph and Sky reassuring him he didn't – they love him regardless. He says he's stuffed up his life now but Steph reminds him there's an answer to that. School. Sky guiltily says he had a lot of personal issues on his mind when he sat his exams, and Steph reminds him that he still passed but Boyd thinks it would be like taking a step back. He then has a brainwave and says to Steph that if she doesn't tell Max about what has been going on, he'll go back to school. Steph is not comfortable with this idea at all but eventually says she'll sleep on it.
Number 28 – Number 30
Carmella is over to check on Sindi because she's a mess at the moment. Sindi says getting the money was supposed to be a gesture of love but now she's lost Stuart's respect… and probably Stuart as well.
And on the flip side Stu is venting his frustrations at Connor about the whole debacle. He wonders where all the lying will stop and adds that the coin trick could well have been a lie as well. Connor says for him to look at the positives, he's got the money for his operation now. “How am I supposed to accept that money without condoning where it came from?”
Carmella says that Stu isn't a saint himself and brings up the way he and Sindi got together. Sindi laments that it wasn't like that and they were both in the wrong. “If anyone did any luring it was me. Maybe Stuart's right, maybe I am morally challenged.”
The last line is heard over a clip of Stu looking thoughtful… ooh, maybe he can read minds. Can you hear me, Stu? Miaow, miaow, miaow, miaow, miaow, miaow, miaow, miaow…
Lyn and Susan have begun goss-fest number two in the safe surrounds of Lynnie's place. She tells Suse that her and Andy came back to her place and she worried about silly little things like, “Oh God, did I shave my legs?”
SUSAN: Did I make the bed?
LYN: Oh, you're awful!
SUSAN: I bet you thought it.
Susan wants more details but Lyn thinks the house may not be so secure after all and jumps up to turn the volume up on the CD player. Her and Susan resume chatting and giggling but have turned into mime artists because I can't hear a thing they're saying. I'll put my lip reading skills to the test:
LYN: We danced around the trees like a monkey in the breeze.
SUSAN: (Holds up two fingers) Two trees? You hussy!
LYN: Oh no, we keep the mud cake near the door!
(Both of them laugh uproariously)
I have a feeling I need to go back to lip reading school.
It's morning now and Lou and Harold have spied something painted on the road in red paint. ‘Lyn Scully HUSBAND STEALER'. Lynnie runs out to grab the paper and doesn't see the HUGE LETTERS on the road. Harold calls out for her to wait and walks to her, apologising. She thanks him, thinking he means about what happened yesterday, but soon finds out he means the HUGE LETTERS when Lou tells them they're still wet. The men reassure her it will come off but Lyn goes into panic mode, dashing inside in a tizzy. Susan appears just in time to run after her.
Summer's acting all bratty because she knows something is up between Steph and Boyd but they won't tell her. She huffily makes her way to school.
When Summer is out the door, Steph brandishes three small bottles of HgH from out under her armpit (she was tricky and had her arms folded) and waves them in Boyd's face. She wanted to see if he was still lying and it turns out he was. Boyd tries to tell her he forgot about his leftovers but Steph gets frantic and says this is just like what happened with Jack.
BOYD: You're not seriously comparing me to Jack are you? I mean he was getting off his face.
STEPH: You both took the same path. You both put rubbish into your bodies and hid it from the people that love you. How do I know you're not still hiding it?
He says she'll just have to trust him and she replies that it runs both ways and he'll have to give her something in return; “Proof. Regular blood and urine tests until I am satisfied this is over. And, you will go back to school and you will re-sit the exam.” He agrees, if she promises not to tell Max. She says that's not negotiable but Boyd begs to differ. Steph pauses then tells him that they'll say to Max he quit the gym to travel a different path – something that will surely come back to bite both of them on the bum. Maxplosion! Maxplosion! Maxplosion! Steph says he's the smartest kid she knows and if she had half his brain she'd… well she'd probably still be a mechanic she admits. But one of Einstein proportions! She gives him a hug.
Susan trails Lyn as she sits Oscar in his highchair (wearing very adorable jammies), telling her that they should tell the police about the HUGE LETTERS. Lynnie doesn't think that's a good idea though. “I never thought I'd say it but I am no better than Isabelle Hoyland.”
SUSAN: Andy's marriage was already dead.
LYN: Yeah well I didn't have to dance on the grave did I?
And we've now entered a bizzaro world where Susan is trying to convince Lyn that her situation is completely different to what happened with her own marriage. Lyn says she should have listened to Susan in the first place when she warned her but Suse says she was just being overly-cautious, a stick in the mud if you will. “Lyn, don't sacrifice your own happiness because of a vindictive ex-wife. You've finally got something special in your life.” Lynnie says she just can't handle this right now.
Outside of Lou's House
Lou still has a house? I thought he slept amidst the plastic plants in the community hall or something. Anyway, Harold is admiring Lou's new car (a little silver thing with… wheels and… doors) and they bicker, as they do, about a wholesaler Harold has got for their new business. Turns out though, the wholesaler is all about the tofu and cheese and there's not a skerrick of meat to be seen. “We're not having a full vegetarian menu, the place will be overrun with hippies,” snarks Lou (you shouldn't be thinking about meat on Good Friday, Louis. Tsk, tsk).
Sindi comes by and asks for a private word with Harold.
Lisa is reading aloud to her cronies from Penny's diary as Summer and Penny walk by. Summer gets cranky and gives Lisa a piece of her mind. She berates her for picking on other people and snatches the diary from her hands. Lisa cagily asks when Sum signs up for the dork club. “When I discovered they were more interesting than you. And heaps cooler than you'll ever be,” Summer retorts.
Penny tells Summer she's really brave as they walk off but Sum says she isn't; she's just angry. Penny adds that she can't believe Summer called her cool, no one has ever said that about her before. Oh Penny, I just want to take a straightener to your afro and calm all the frizz down, donate your glasses to Harry Potter and readjust your voice box so it doesn't sound like that teenager on The Simpsons. We'll take a leaf out of the Fab Five's book and call it ‘Summariser Fix For The Dork Chick'.
Outside Number 30
Connor is following Stu up the driveway trying to tell him to talk to Sindi and not be a “stubborn head” but he won't listen, and puts his earphones on for good measure. Two senses down, three to go. It's a good thing you can read minds, Parker. Stu walks off down the street and Connor yells out that he ate the chocolate Stu hid in the fridge but Stu just waves back at him.
Carmella is yelling at some poor unfortunate soul on the other end of her mobile (a chipmunk is quivering in fear somewhere) because things have gone haywire at work. Connor tries to hug her to make her feel better but that just makes Carmella flinch and recoil. She says sorry and Connor brings up the counsellor idea again. She says she tried that already and it was a waste of time but Connor says she didn't give it a good enough chance. He says he needs to know if the old Carmella is going to come back, he's too afraid to even touch her these days. She says she misses him as well so Connor asks if she'll make another appointment.
Susan walks in with Boyd and asks the class to quiet down. She reintroduces him to the class as a ‘new member' and Sky claps excitedly in her seat. An extra gets a speaking part to jeer at ‘Hoysy' for not being able to “cut it in the real world.” Sky immediately jumps up and starts getting all butt-kicky on the speaking extra but Susan barks out for her to sit down. Boyd looks a little embarrassed.
Lyn and Steph are scrubbing the HUGE LETTERS off the street with about a million cleaning products. Lyn asks if this is where Steph says ‘I told you so' seeing as she didn't approve in the first place. Steph says it wasn't like that. She didn't hate Andy, she just didn't like the thought of Lyn going out with anyone else besides her dad… but she's over that now. Steph understands how hard it must be for Lyn to raise Oscar as a single mum – she's getting some experience in that department now that Max is away.
STEPH: Don't give up, mum.
Lynnie looks pleased.
Office – Outside the Office
Carmella screams her way out of the counsellor's office and barges past Connor, demanding they go home. It's an Izzy fit that Ms Hoyland herself would be proud of.
Connor begs that Carmella go back inside but she says there's no point, talking about it just makes it worse. She calms down a bit and turns to face Connor.
CARMELLA: Look I know I need help but this isn't working. It's like some part of me has been stolen you know. The part that just wants to be touched and loved. How do I get that back?
CONNOR: We'll find a way. Come here…
(He goes to hug her but she backs away – you think he would have learned by now!)
CARMELLA: I'm sorry. Just leave me alone.
Aw. Poor sad little Connor, standing there just wanting a hug.
Sindi has told her ‘sordid' story to Dahl but strangely enough isn't getting much of a response. There's a knock at the door that Dahl also doesn't answer, cause of the whole opposable thumbs thing.
Sindi makes a leap for it when she hears Stu's voice. She hopes he's not there to dump her but he shushes her (many times, it's quite hilarious to hear: Sindi shh… shh – then as like an afterthought he's all - … shh, shh). “I can't wait to see you again.” Sindi is over the moon until she realises that Stu means that he actually wants to *see* her with his own human eyeballs. It's a bit too late for that, she felt so guilty she gave the cheque to Harold to pass on to charity. Charity schmarity, what's some extra food compared to the Stindi love! Go tackle him and get it back!
Oh it's okay, I'm only kidding.
(Watch out Harry…)
Boyd, Sky, Summer and Penny have come by to see Steph who is working on Sky's car. Steph asks Boyd how his day went and he sarcastically replies it was great. He goes to Grease Monkeys to check on their food. Penny's all excited that Sky has a car but Sky laments that she can't get the radio to work. Summer says that Penny could probably get it going and Penny's all ‘I can get frequencies from the Ukraine!' Oh good grief.
Boyd's back with the food and Steph innocently asks what he's got, which makes Boyd instantly flare up. “You know if you want to start monitoring my food intake I'll give you a list.” Steph says she's not doing that at all but if she was could he really blame her?
Sky asks Boyd to pass her a drink. We cut to BoydCam and see that his hand is all shaky. He tries to pick the bottle up but manages to swipe it to the ground. Sky goes to see what's wrong but he pretended it slipped out of his hand. He gives her his milkshake instead and looks worriedly at his shaky hand when Sky goes back to the car. Boyd is clearly thinking, ‘The hell?' I on the other hand (Hee! Pun fun) am craving a milkshake right now… Oh and uh, poor Boyd and stuff. Yeah.