David telling Serena it's a good thing Lil wants to be by herself.
Paul taking a long walk off a short cliff.
Toadie learning about Connor's dream and having fun with it.
Paul stumbling around wounded with his splint on.
Paul staggers about with his walking stick and homemade splint, looking more than a little worse for wear. He plonks himself at a tree base when all of a sudden, Lil appears out of nowhere with a hallucinogenic whoosh noise as an accompaniment. “You found me,” he pants, “I'm sorry, it wasn't meant to turn out like this.” Halluc-Lil-lation gives him a smile and tells him he'll be fine. She adds that she doesn't care what he's done because she loves him, “I always will”. Paul puckers up for a kiss only to find that Halluc-Lil-lation has disappeared. He's confused: “Lil? … Lil? Lil?”
Serena and David try to think of something nice to do for Lil because they feel sorry for her, while Harry and Lou loiter in the background. David wants to take lunch to her as an apology for being a “despicable lowlife”. Harold and Serena agree that they haven't been very supportive either.
LOU: She made a choice. You lay down with dogs you get fleas.
Thanks for that random Lou, in your only speaking role of the night. They think he's being too harsh and Serena restates that Lil needs them.
Dylan has tried to ring Paul's mobile again but is still met with voicemail. Sky says that it's no use chasing after him because it's obvious he's done a runner. Dylan says Sky doesn't know his surrogate daddy like he does; Paul would never just up and leave Lil like that, there'd have to be a good reason for it. Sky can't see it that way though.
Toadie is posing on the couch like a Playboy bunny in front of a video camera (fully clothed thank goodness), asking Connor which pose looks the best.
CONNOR: Vogueing went out with happy pants, why don't you just try and be yourself?
Toadie tells Connor to chill out “girlfriend”, he wants to know how to sit so he can make room for Connor on the couch; he's his co-host for the Ch44 wrestling show after all. Connor's excited to share screen time with him and leaps on the couch. Toad leaps on after him and grabs him in a headlock, cooing about how they're the new odd couple. Connor? He freaks out. Toadie tells him they've got an extra guest coming over for an interview, Chrissy Taylor aka ‘Alice Spring'. More wrestling folk. Joy. Toadie continues to tease him, offering to get him a coffee, “Strong and sweet, just the way you like me…”
Lil's sat at the table willing her mobile to ring when Dylan appears at the front door. He seems to think that Lil knows where Paul is and just wants her to tell him. “He wouldn't just go and leave you.” Lil glares at him, “Yeah, he would.” She continues on saying that Paul has conned them all but Dylan, of course, sticks up for his sensei.
LIL: He hurt people; he manipulated them until he got caught. And then, he ran away and left me to face the music. And you too.
*someone presses the spooky key on the organ of hallucinating conmen* Booooommmmm. (Creepy sound effects? Check). Paul lurches through the scrub unsteadily once more, every now and then catching a glimpse of Halluc-Lil-lation darting past him… UNTIL SHE'S RIGHT NEXT TO HIM! Gah! Halluc-Lil-lation gestures for him to follow her into the bush. Paul sways on the spot thinking, ‘You serious? I have a splint, Lil! And my spleen could possibly be rupturing on the spot!' But he still decides to follow her into commercials.
Toadie is running through his opening commentary spiel to the camera while Connor sits next to him, staring happily into the lens.
TOADIE: (best announcer voice) Keep your backside ringside and we'll be back after the break! – Oh, that was an awesome rehearsal!
CONNOR: Backside ringside?
TOADIE: Yeah, that was A-grade material my friend.
Then once again we're thrust on the merry-go-round that is Toadie teasing Connor about how he loves him like a brother… and possibly more. Connor takes on the ‘la la not listening' approach.
CONNOR: We eat together, we live together, we're doing a show together, we hang out together…
TOADIE: Last week I used your bathwater.
CONNOR: LA, LA, LA!
He hates how Toadie is destroying him with mind games but Toad laughs and says he's the one letting him. Connor realises he's just reacting how Toadie wants him to and he'll just have to rise above it… if only Toadie could stop feeling his biceps.
“Goulash!” David says gleefully, bursting through the door with said food item as Lil opens it. He's cooked some for her but she isn't really in a goulash kind of mood. Lil thinks he's there to revel in her misery again but David says he's there to apologise. He adds that he should have seen through Paul from the start and if he wasn't so busy trying to be a big shot, he could have listened to Lil's warnings.
DAVID: I pushed you away, Lil, and into his arms. And for what it's worth I'm really sorry about that. (He sets the food down) Enjoy.
LIL: It's worth a lot and I appreciate it.
(Dave faintly smiles then turns to walk away)
LIL: Hey, have you eaten yet?
DAVID: No, I was too busy cooking.
LIL: You fancy a late lunch?
Paul crunches through the bush looking deathly ill while the camera gets all twirly and up in his face to show how disorientated he is. It looks very effective, and kudos to the makeup department because Paul looks ghastly! “Lil…” he whispers over and over again, trying to find her.
Dylan angrily hangs up his mobile. He's had enough; he's going to look for Paul. Apparently the police found his abandoned car near the bush somewhere (also, everyone give a big wave to random Lou crunching on an apple in the background. Hello, Louis!). Sky doesn't want him to go and get lost but Dylan just thinks she doesn't want to come because of her intense dislike for Paul. Sky changes her mind though when she sees how distressed he is and agrees to accompany him, “only to keep you out of trouble, not for him.”
Toadie, dressed as The Lawman, is interviewing Chrissy Taylor in front of the camera, in her Alice Spring attire (sexy cowgirl garb complete with whip). They talk wresting lingo and flirt in amidst the banter. Connor bursts up from behind the couch and jumps in between them, wearing his Shamrock costume, cracking on to Alice as well. (I've just realised how much like Batman and Robin these boys look in their outfits! Holy tight-fitting leotards, Lawman!).
They take a break and Chrissy says they're doing well, smiling winningly at Connor. He takes the bait and sprints to the kitchen to get her a drink. Chrissy asks Toadie what Connor's story is and Toad makes up a story that Connor is a commitment freak, “He makes things up in his mind. A girl lets him buy her a drink, and then she laughs at his jokes and stuff like that… and he thinks they're going to get married. There's so many pieces to pick up that one.” Chrissy becomes very wary then tries her womanly ways on the Toad, asking about he and Eva. Toad lets her know he's a free agent.
CHRISSY: Are there any pieces to be picked up?
TOADIE: (Mr Suave voice) Oh no, The Lawman is a tough cookie to crumble.
Oh the CHEESE! It's cheddar-rific in there right now!
David and Lil are sitting at the table having a heart to heart. Lil says it never occurred to her that she'd be with another man but as time passed, it just seemed like her and Paul were heading in the same direction. She says she's sorry but David admits it's his fault as well, he saw the signs but he didn't do anything about it.
LIL: I never really tried to explain to you how I was feeling either. I guess I just thought that would take care of itself too.
DAVID: I'm sorry if I made you feel worse by crowing about it.
LIL: We all know how I would have been if I was in your place.
DAVID: It's a pity we never had this talk a while ago.
They say it would have saved them a whole lot of pain, as well as Serena. Dave and Lil agree to never use their daughter as a weapon between them again.
DAVID: I just want you to be happy, Lil. I want us to be friends. Not just for Serena's sake, because, cause I like you.
LIL: Me too.
DAVID: You do what it takes to make you happy.
LIL: Thank you.
They smile genuinely at one another. Aw, just get back together you two. Not now though because Dylan barges in like he still lives there, announcing that they've found Paul's car in the bush. David says she should go but Lil isn't moving, “I don't think Paul wants to be found.” Dylan can't believe what she's saying and vents that Paul would never do that to her, before making his way out the door. “He already has,” Lil replies sadly. Dave hugs her.
Bushland – Lake
You know what Paul has decided is the best thing to do in his current situation? Go for a lovely swim in the lake! How splendid. Now, he's either thinking Halluc-Lil-lation is there, he wants to drown himself because of the pain, he wants to wake himself up, or he's just really hoping Ned Flanders will stop by to baptise him.
He lets go of his walking stick (Percy's second cousin, twice removed) and lands in the water, gasping for breath. Halluc-Lil-lation stands on dry land watching him. He splutters her name over and over again, trying to swim toward her in sloooooow motion.
The police have put tape around the area where Paul's car is parked while Dylan storms back to Sky. He's angry with the cops for not doing anything and ruefully says he's got to find Paul. “No,” Sky replies, noting his anguish, “we do.” They start trekking their way through the trees.
Chrissy and Toadie are getting along like a house on fire when Connor reappears from the kitchen with another drink for her, extra ice this time, and sandwiches with a fish paste filling. Erm, delicious? He thinks he's being charming with all his little quirky lines to her (“It feels like we've known each other all our lives, maybe even in a previous life!” and when she takes a sandwich triangle from him, “See where I come from that basically means we're engaged!”), but Chrissy is just getting concerned. Toadie saves her and says they're going out for a bite to eat but the only duo he wants to go doesn't include lil Robin.
TOADIE: You know what they say, two's company, three's only company in certain parts of Europe…
Chrissy takes pity on Connor and says for him to give it some time, it'll happen (meeting a lady friend that is). Connor's confused, as the merry tin whistle music that inhabits No. 30 starts up. Toad (now wearing a hat and coat with his Lawman suit that makes him look like Zorro/Dick Tracy/Lawman/Batman all rolled into one – Zicktra Latman? Holy stupid name, Lawman!) only says, “If I were you I'd work on the needy routine.” The merry tin whistle music fizzles out.
Sky and Dylan run through the scrub calling out Paul's name. Sky thinks they should start to head back before it gets dark and they lose the walking track, but Dylan won't hear of it. Sky says they'll come back tomorrow and look but Dylan only wants ten more minutes.
We pan across the side of a log to reveal that Paul is clinging to it for dear life. Twinkly pipe organ music starts up so we know that Halluc-Lil-lation is going to make an appearance. Sure enough, he spots her on dry land again, taking a seat on a bench to wait for him. The music completely takes over as we see that Halluc-Lil-lation is getting further and further away from him… until she's gone. That's it, Paul decides he's got nothing left to live for and lets himself slip into the murky depths.