Boyd still in a coma
Lil telling Paul she has feelings for him
Dylan about to be beaten up
Car Park - Lassiter's
Paul is on his mobile to a man called James, thanking him for his help withsomething that can only be described as 'a special Paul assignment'. He expectsthat the authorities will be all over said assignment soon and he can't wait tosee what the day brings. (Somewhere, in a galaxy far, far away David shivers,not quite knowing why).
After Paul hangs up he notices a pair of legs twitching behind his redBatmobile. He rushes over and is aghast to see Dylan lying on the ground allbeaten up. Paul angrily asks who did this to him while Dylan coughs andsplutters that he's fine (uh, I think the bruises and the grass stuffed in yourmouth begs to differ, dude).
Lil hovers secretly in the doorway while David tries to comfort a distraughtSerena - she's upset that Boyd's condition doesn't seem to be getting better. Hereminds her of the vigil they kept for Lil when she was sick and how they nevergave up on her. David says Serena needs to do the same thing for Boyd and thathe'll do everything he can to help her.
DAVID: So will your mum. She'll be right there by your side just like shealways, always is.
Serena thanks her dad while Lil sobs quietly in the background. It may provedifficult for Lil to always, always be there while she's having naughty, naughtythoughts about Paul.
Boyd's Hospital Room
Steph, Max and Summer watch Boyd sadly as a melancholy tune plays over thescene. Sky has draped herself over Boyd, also looking distressed.
David, Lil and Serena sit down to dinner but David would like to say gracefirst. "Grace." Nah, he actually has something nicer and more eloquent to say.
DAVID: Dear Lord. We thank you, not only for what we are about to receive, butfor the far greater blessing of a healthy and loving family. Only you couldtruly know the vastness of the joy they bring to me. We also ask that you lookafter the other family in our thoughts at the moment, the Hoylands. Amen.
Serena tells him it was really nice and Lil fights back tears yet again. Wow,they have a microwave where the pantry used to be. Nifty.
Paul's trying to find out what happened to Dylan. He admits that before he wasbeaten up he stopped himself from trashing the BMW he was attacked over because"he saw himself". The little tyke is quite angry at the world. Grr. He thinkshe's a no hoper with his brother as his only friend. Paul surprises him and saysthat getting trashed by the bullies was probably the smarter option than himtrashing something. "You're learning something at last. Anger management." (Heshould have a chat with Max and try that snazzy 'count down from ten'technique). Paul wants his protégé to stop being so hard on himself because he'sbetter than he thinks he is.
Max is wondering if Boyd even knows if they're there but Steph and Summerbelieve that Boyd can hear them. Summer hugs her dad and says that miracles canoccur and that people can come out of comas. Steph suggests that they go homefor a quick shower and a bite to eat, and then they can come back and resumeBoydwatch.
Boyd's Hospital Room
Sky has placed her iPod on Boyd's chest and is playing him all the sounds sherecorded for him. First up are the wind chimes that hang outside her window,then the sounds of her Beetle revving. "That's us, Boyd. That's us heading up tothe coast."
Summer comes in and says that Steph has offered her a lift home (I wonder ifSteph Mac sometimes answers to Carla's character name accidentally on set?). Skysays Boyd may be able to hear her and Summer defiantly responds she knows hecan. Max stands by the door and says to Boyd they'll be back later. As theyleave, a single tear spills from one of Boyd's closed eyes.
Has that pool table always been there? Anyhoo, Dylan and Paul are playing a gameof billiards while Paul is trying to pep talk his protégé into actually likinghimself. There's more pep in there than at a cheerleader rally.
Dylan admits his jealously of people who look like they've made it in the world,all those people who wear fancy suits and have skiing holidays. Paul sees adifferent side to the story though and likens the suited folk to a pack ofzebras he once saw in Kenya. "[They're] easy prey for the lion waiting on theedge of the herd. I'm the lion. What are you going to be, Dylan?" Ooh, saymonkey! Say monkey!
Paul tells Dylan that it was a hard slog to get where he is right now but withhim as his mentor, he won't be let down. The checklist to being a super doopersuccessful person goes a little something like:
1. Stop being violent towards people
2. Be persistent
3. Have some self-discipline
4. Fall in love with a married woman
5. Be Clad. In. A. Towel. Every chance you get
"Now if you do that you're going to walk in here in a few years and know whattrue power really is." Except for those last two items, which are there for myown amusement. Paul's own Jedi power is to make sure that people know theirfuture is in his hands. Cue Paul sinking a perfect shot. "Thank you very much!"Dylan looks somewhat happier. He wants to learn some light sabre tricks next.
Steph, Summer and Lyn walk in with some take away. Steph's telling her mum thatBoyd could be in the coma for quite a while. Summer wants to bring Boyd home andtake care of him there but Steph says it would be too hard what with all thelife support, physio etc.
Summer goes to get some plates and Lyn says to Steph that she'll be there 100%if she needs any help. Steph laments that Boyd's always been this kid who isfull of energy so it's tough seeing him like he is right now. "Not giving up onthe miracle already are you?" Max asks, overhearing them. Steph says she hopeswith all her heart that Boyd gets through this but gently adds that they mayneed to talk about long-term care plans if things don't improve.
MAX: Can you not talk like that in front of Summer please?
SUMMER: Dad, please stop treating me like a kid.
SUMMER: No, dad. I grew up when you went away, I had to. Steph's right, we haveto hope for the best and we have to be prepared for the worst because Boyd'sprobably not going to wake up tomorrow, is he? Dad we just have to be organizedand then we can work out what's best for Boyd.
Max puts his arm around her and basks in her smartness. Steph and Lyn look onproudly at her mature approach to the situation.
Lil is monotonously doing the ironing but she does not have housework on themind. Oh no. She does the 'thousand yard stare of impending slow-mo memory' aswe see a nice shot of Paul smiling, plucked from her conflicted brain.
'Ironing be damned!' thinks Lil as she glances at some shirts, shaking her head.She grabs the car keys and walks determinedly out the door.
Dylan and Paul are now chatting about the great game that is footy. Dylan asksPaul if he ever played but he says only back in primary school. "It's actuallysomething I've always wanted to do with my boys," he admits. "Be a good father.Kick the footy with them, take them to the game on Saturday that sort of thing."But sadly Paul's priorities were all out of order. He shakes that thought andsays to Dylan that he should get home because it's late and a school night.Dylan thanks him for everything, shaking his hand.
Exit Dylan, enter Liljana. Paul is surprised. "You're out late... must besomething important." Liljana replies that it is.
David is on the mobile trying to reach Lil but pretends he's just doing somework when Serena questions him. She also wants to know if she can go and see Skyat the hospital because she's worried about her. David agrees and says he'llcall a cab for her. She smiles and tells him not to work too hard. Ooh, there'sa door to the hallway now. Handy.
Lil has just told Paul that she wants to see him Clad. In. A. Towel. Oh I wish.She really just resigned from her job with him because of obvious reasons.Mainly because she'd like herself and Paul to be sitting in a tree,K-I-S-S-I-N-G. Lil says it's time to put all her feelings for Paul to rest forthe sake of her family. "They have a hold on me. That's why, no matter how Ifeel, we can never be." Paul sadly agrees.
PAUL: Does he know what a remarkable woman he has, that husband of yours?Listen, if David ever does the wrong thing by you, I'm going to want to knowwhy.
He takes her hand and kisses it like a gentleman before leaving. Lil falls thatlittle bit more in love with him even though she really shouldn't.
Lyn gets her best motherly tone on and takes the TV remote off Dylan. She wantsto know how his face got mangled. He says that he's been where those guys thatbeat him up are, and he doesn't want to continue the trend of violence anylonger because it doesn't get you anywhere. "So..." Lynnie prompts. "So, I'mchanging my ways," he replies. "No more using my fists to settle things. Give mybrain a bit of a work out I reckon." Lyn is pleased to hear that, just as longas he uses his brain for good. Dylan says he will. Well I guess with Paul onyour side how could you *not* be good? Ay? Anyone? Bueller?
Lil arrives back home and is met with a worried David. He'd imagined her wrappedaround a telephone pole or something. He tentatively asks if everything is okaybetween them and Lil says it is, hugging him. She repeats 'everything is fine'to herself, almost as if she's willing herself to truly believe it.
Boyd's Hospital Room
Sky is telling Boyd all about this new band she heard that day and how he won'tbe able to listen to them with her if he doesn't wake up. She leans in close tohis ear (we're in extreme close-up mode here, so much so I can see all the wayup Boyd's nose through to his brain cavity where they took Fred the tumour out)."Boyd you've got to fight this. You've got to work your way up through thelayers of unconscious and come back to us in the light again. You hear me?Please?"
It all gets too much for Sky as she starts to break down in tears. She tellsBoyd that she'll be right back, she just needs some water.
Serena rounds the corner as Sky hovers near the water cooler in the corridor.She says she was worried about Sky and asks if there have been any improvements.Sky sadly shakes her head and tearfully admits she doesn't know what she'll doif Boyd doesn't pull through. Serena chooses this time to let her cousin knowexactly what happened between her and Boyd. She admits that it would have beenmore than kissing if she had it her way - Boyd was angry at Sky and Serena saysshe gave him every opportunity to get back at her well and truly. "[But] he wasloyal to you. I want you to know that no matter how much it makes you hate me."Sky is quite shocked at first but then thanks Serena for her honesty and forclearing up everything. "But now I think we should just concentrate on what'sreally important."
Lassiter's Car Park
Dylan races over to Paul's car all excitedly. He's brought a footy to have akick with his pretend dad before school. Aw! Paul is happy and they run around abit kicking and marking the ball not like I thought they would... i.e. they kindof drop it a lot. But Paul makes up for his lack of marking prowess by whoopingjoyously and throwing his arms up in the air all giddy-like. Whoopee! Yee-hah!
Sky and Serena tiredly walk out in their school clothes. Sky leaves David, Liland Serena in the kitchen as she goes to see Summer. There's a knock at the door- why it's Detective Skinner and some fellow officers. They're there toinvestigate certain irregularities (hello episode title) with the Helen DanielsTrust. They want to check his computer for evidence on the hard drive. David isall understanding and complacent at first thinking it's just a routineprocedure, but then when they start to unplug the computer to take it away hegets angry and confused.
DAVID: You're acting like I've done something wrong. What are theseirregularities you're talking about?
DET. SKINNER: All right, all right, Mr Bishop. You are under investigationfor obtaining financial advantage by deception.
DAVID: That's fraud.
DET. SKINNER: Indeed it is.
David turns around to find Serena looking confused and Lil looking angrily hurtand outraged but in a sort of calm way... if that made any sense to you, have acookie!