Paul telling Dylan to keep Sky off his case
Max and Steph talking adoption plans
Dylan at the surgery with Karl to get his results
Bobby and Max are packing things for their upcoming camping trip with Boyd. Max is erring on the side of caution, re-checking items and packing even the kitchen sink. Bobby, on the other hand, is quite the MacGyver and could camp with only the bare essentials. He's trying to get Max to remember all the times they used to go camping when Max was younger but Hoyland Jnr is not recalling it that way.
BOBBY: I promise that this will be the camping trip to end all camping trips.
MAX: Yeah? Well I hope it was worth the thirty-year wait then.
Steph brings out a sleeping bag she used on her trip around Australia, “although I didn't even make it past New South Wales,” she giggles. Boyd says to the guys that they should get going as early as possible in the morning. Max asks him if he's got a million and one things in his backpack because he's playing the worried dad you see. Bobby jokingly asks if Boyd packed a hankie as well.
Sky is grilling Dylan on what went down with Paul earlier. He's being very evasive, which is making Sky frustrated. Dylan will only say that Paul says he has more brains than to hang out with scumbags like the Affirmacon people, but Sky thinks that means he's lying, “liars always say too much.” She suddenly realises Dylan looks a bit pale and asks if he's okay. “I lied about the results,” he replies. “It's bad. Real bad.” Sky's stunned look takes us into the next scene…
… where the Hoyland gang are finishing up their dinner. Max is re-checking what he re-checked earlier so they don't forget anything at all. I do believe they're setting up a condo to camp in and not a tent.
Bobby tells Boyd some tales of his adventures around the world, like the time he was climbing a mountain in Nepal, dropped his hammer-picky thing and then improvised with a sharp rock. Boyd is lapping it up in an awe-like fashion. He and Bobby head out of the kitchen to go to their respective beds while Max and Steph finish up the dishes. Max is a little bit sour that Bobby always has to be the big man but Steph tells him to lighten up and let Boyd enjoy his granddad's company. “Look, we have to at least give the illusion to the adoption agency that we're incredibly calm and together don't we?” Max puts on a lovely English accent not heard since the Milly Molly Mandy days. “Well we are, aren't we?” They have a giggly smooch.
Dylan has been telling Sky that because of the toxins he was immersed in he now has a bigger chance of getting cancer down the track “and other junk.” ‘Junk' that stuffs up his DNA and will effect any lil' Timminses he plans on having. Sky apologises for raving on about Paul while he's had all this on his mind. She says she's going to help him through this. Dylan tells her that not giving him a hard time about Paul would be a good start. “Just let up on him, okay? For my sake?” Sky looks kind of curious at this.
Paul's Hotel Room
Paul and Lil are kissing in the open doorway where everyone and their dog can see them (just the place when you're trying to keep your relationship a secret). Lil says she can only stay a few more minutes as they move inside and adds that she's had the strange feeling someone has been following her. She tries to brush it off, saying that she's probably being silly, but Paul is looking quite alarmed – he knows there could be scary henchmen after her. They start kissing again (there's a really squeaky lip-smacker that hurt my eardrums through the headphones when I was typing this) but Lil reminds him she has to go and pick up Serena so they can spend some quality time together. Paul oh so casually brings up how well she and David were working together today. Lil smirks and says he sounds jealous.
LIL: Thank God for that!
LIL: Well, proves you are human.
PAUL: I thought you already knew that.
LIL: Yes well I did but sadly I'm in the minority.
He says that he just panicked when he saw the two of them together but Lil reminds Paul that he's the one she loves and wants to be with forever. More kissing – thankfully they're quieter this time.
Sky asks Dylan what Janelle said when he told her the news but he hasn't let her in on anything yet; she wouldn't be able to handle it. “[Mum] needs me, not that she's ever going to admit it.”
SKY: Well you can't deal with this on your own.
DYLAN: I know, which is why I told you.
(Sky looks quite taken by this)
Their faces are being drawn to one another like a magnet to a fridge, as they often seem to do these days. Dylan jokes that he's not going to kiss her but it seems that Sky is just about to take care of that… until she freaks herself out and says she has to go (with Stephanie stumbling up the front step on her way – Damien looks down to see where the giant elephant is because she tripped in such a big way). Sky leaves and Dylan hits his head repeatedly against the door in exasperation.
Max is rifling through the gear while Bobby and Boyd put up the tent. Wouldn't you know it, after all his careful re-checking, Bobby forgot to put the pegs back in for the tent so it looks like they could be sleeping under the stars, an idea which displeases Max muchly.
MAX: Yeah, there's nothing quite like the feeling of rain filling up your sleeping bag while the mozzies go to town on your face.
Bobby wants to know how he had a son with such a low sense of adventure. Boyd discovers he also forgot to pack a jumper but as Max sighs in annoyance, Bobby says he has to learn to let people make their own mistakes. “Guess we will just have to improvise then, won't we?” Max quips, trying to make a tent peg out of a stick but failing miserably. The BB's snigger away.
Lil has been fixing Serena's hair while Serena laments that no one else knows how to do it like that. Lil would like to spend more time with her daughter but Serena believes she can't leave her dad alone, he's so sad at the moment.
LIL: He's a grown man, sweetie. Look, you can love him all you want, but make sure you don't give up your own needs for him. Cause in the end he'll find his way. We all will.
SERENA: But not together.
LIL: … No.
Serena abruptly asks her mum if she's going to get a divorce, which startles Lil at first but she washes it away with some nonsense about it being too early to think about things like that (I hope she likes bigamy then seeing as she told Paul he's got her “forever”). Lil changes the topic and says they should go shopping and get some lunch but Serena informs her she has to help Harold out at the General Store. Lil's a little hurt but says she'll find something else to do as they awkwardly say goodbye.
Sky brings some milkshakes to her and Dylan's table as he comments on her outfit (short-shorts, patterned tank top, multiple necklaces topped off with a white knitted cap).
DYLAN: If you tried wearing something like that in Colac you'd cop a black eye I reckon.
SKY: Gee, thanks.
DYLAN: Nah it's a good thing, it suits you.
SKY: Clothes that provoke violent outbursts from strangers suit me? Hmm, can't tell you how good that makes me feel.
DYLAN: You look good… original.
Sky's liking this comment a little too much so tries to break the moment between them. He asks why she's running hot and cold on him as she knocks over a salt shaker (that I thought was by accident but there was dialogue related to it afterwards). He throws some salt over his shoulder to ward off the devil to which Sky likens to her favourite person, Paul. Dylan says he thought she was going to give that a rest and wants her to promise she'll lay off him. Sky replies that she'll promise not to do anything without including him. Dylan agrees with this and asks her to also give him some warning when she wants to pick up where they left off last night because he's “raring to go.”
A mobile message tone goes off in the background as David receives a message from Lil. He's stoked to hear that she's changed her mind and wants to meet up with him for lunch at Lassiter's. Serena arrives for her shift just in time to hear this and gets all excited like Dave is. Harry tries to get David to take a chill pill and not read too much into it but he's already out the door.
Camp Site – With Horsies
The boys are putting their helmets on while Bobby and Boyd have a quick chat about Sky. Boyd reckons they'll stay friends but Bobby thinks he should just make a clean break and get on with his life.
Max wants to know if they've forgotten anything else. “Not with Mountie Max in control,” jokes Bobby. Boyd's only been on a horse once before so Bobby gives him some advice about riding (here's some more advice Boydy – don't ride so soon after having major brain surgery!). All the boys hit the trail John Wayne cowboy movie style. Yee-hah!
Lassiter's Foyer – Paul's Hotel Room
Lil's tired of waiting and dials Paul's number, wanting to know where he is. He's confused because he thought she was spending the day with Serena. Lil recites him the text she supposedly sent him – the one that David got (because the alphabet has changed and P now follows D in the phone number list – I see the confusion). Paul says he'll be right down.
Just then David rocks up wearing his charming Hawaiian-print shirt and a smile, with a bouquet of flowers for Lil he especially bought from Eden Hills. She's very confused until he talks about the text he sent her and then she's very ‘oh man, I can't believe I did that'-ish as David continues to beam at her. Lil manages to catch Paul's eye across the room as he comes down and let him know it's not safe to come over. Lil says the flowers are lovely, “So are you,” David replies. Aw, I just want to pat him on the head and give him a cookie or something.
Lil looks very unnerved as they sit and wait for their meals. David tells her he could have splashed out at Lassiter's for lunch but Lil says it's much more comfortable where they are.
Dave brings up the text message again and wants to know why she changed her mind. Lil thinks on her feet and says she wanted to talk about Serena, she feels it's important that they don't drag her into anything that's going on between them. She adds that it's good if they're able to communicate more to which David wholeheartedly agrees. He starts off by saying he knows he's been away with the pixies lately (don't tell Lou, Grom-Dobby Goblins like him eat pixies for lunch).
DAVID: Then I guess there's the issue of Paul. Some people think I've become obsessed with making him the bad guy. Blaming him for everything that's gone wrong in my life, us included, and look, maybe that's right? You're a beautiful woman, I guess I've taken you for granted.
LIL: This isn't your fault.
DAVID: (continuing on) Paul was there paying you attention, you might have found yourself attracted to him.
LIL: David… you know you can't blame Paul for our marriage breaking down.
(A million Neighbours Viewers: Yes you can!)
DAVID: I know, I'm sorry.
Lil casts her eyes down looking very guilty.
The fellas are ambling along at a nice pace when Bobby asks who wants to amp it up a bit. Boyd eagerly says he does, much to Max's concern. Bobby says for him to live a little as Boyd takes off into a canter.
Max and Bobby do the father/son chat thing. Max says it wasn't such a bad idea Bobby sticking around then and Bobby jokingly asks if he was going anywhere. “Reckon I'll ever be the father you deserve, Maxy?” Just then we hear a loud neighing sound; Boyd's horse has gone psycho! It bolts away with the stunt double bouncing all over the place. Bobby and Max take off after him through the scrub.
(Puts on her best race-announcer-person voice) Aaaaaaand they're racing! Jockey Boyd's off to a cracking start on the 3-year-old Mr. Ed while jockey Bobby follows along quite nicely on his 5-year old Neigh-Bours, jockey Max is bringing up the rear on TheOldGreyMareSheAin'tWhatSheUsedToBe., Mr. Ed ploughs along through the scrub and takes the corner like a pro, leaping over a stray log while Neigh-Bours rounds the corner and follows along up the straight, jockey Boyd yells out for help, jockey Bobby tells him to hang in there and jockey Max ambles after them on TheOldGreyMareSheAin'tWhatSheUsedToBe eating some well-earned dust for his measly efforts (takes a breath)
David is telling a relived-looking Serena that this is the first time he's felt like there's some hope of all of them becoming a family again. Harold gets her to take some coffees over to table two before David can say anymore, chiding him when she's out of earshot. “Do you think you should be saying all that in front of her?” David replies that things are looking better and that he didn't see the look in her eye, “it was like she wanted to be rescued.” Yes, from the awkward situation she put herself in sending that stray text. Aw Dave, have another cookie, mate.
Harry excuses himself when he sees Steph walk in. She says that since he's such an upstanding member of the community, would he consider writing her a reference for the adoption agency. Harry's suitably chuffed.
HARRY: Oh I'd be delighted!
HARRY: What sort of things should I say?
STEPH: Oh you know, just what an inspiring and responsible citizen I am and what a great mum I'd make.
HARRY: (grinning) Just tell the truth then, eh?
Steph smiles, she thinks Harry's ace as well.
(puts race-announcer voice back on) Mr. Ed continues to scream up the straight as Neigh-Bours follows along quite nicely, TheOldGreyMareSheAin'tWhatSheUsedToBe is lacking some oomph and is coming in last place. Jockey Bobby has switched tactics and lets go of the reins, leaping on to the back of Mr. Ed with the grace of a young John Wayne, slowing jockey Boyd down in the process, they're getting slower, slower, slower, aaaaaaand they've stopped! Mr. Ed has crossed the finish line in first place, winning the ‘Don't You Die On Me!' Cup but not without controversy! We'll have to consult the tape and call back in with correct weight (announcer-voice off)
Boyd falls off (will no one think of his poor brain?!) as Mr. Ed bucks Bobby off like a rodeo rider, causing him to hit the ground with a thud and give Neighbours viewers everywhere heebie-jeebie flashbacks to Drew's death. Boyd tries to wake his granddad up but he's staying in the land of the unconscious.
TheOldGreyMareSheAin'tWhatSheUsedToBe seems to have hit a snag somewhere. Jockey Max should just stop horsing around, Boyd's in a night-mare situation right now that's very diffi-colt for him, I'm sure.