Bree winning the spelling bee
Stingray telling Sky that Dylan trashed her house
Paul finding out his leg was chopped off
Paul's Hospital Room
Dylan tearfully tells Paul he signed the consent form to save his life. Paul's not feeling very grateful at the moment though and only has two words for him. “GET OUT!” He stares despairingly down to where his leg used to be.
Janelle, Bree and Janae are camping out for the night in a tent and are in the middle of an important game of ‘truth, dare or torture' (the game has certainly taken on a more brutal aspect since I last played – ‘Answer this question or you shalt be drawn and quartered, squire'). To save herself from an embarrassing nudie run around the campsite Janae admits that yes, she is “totally and completely in love with Boyd Hoyland.” Janelle and Bree high-five this revelation with glee.
JANELLE: Janae Hoyland, it's got a nice ring to it.
BREE: Mum, hardly anyone takes their husband's last names anymore. It's so old-fashioned.
JANELLE: Oh is that right, missy? Well I'll tell you this; none of my kids are having one of those stupid double-whammy surnames.
(Heh. Nice in-joke seeing as Janae is played by Eliza Taylor-Cotter and Bree is played by Sianoa Smit-McPhee). Janae laments that Boyd just sees her as a friend but Janelle suggests she just nag him till he can't stand it anymore; it's how she got their dad. Bree's up next for some truth, dare or medieval pain – she chooses truth.
Fast-forward a few minutes and we find Bree sitting outside of the tent (wearing the retina-burning fluro-green headband of Sky's), not wanting to answer the question. The gals have asked whether or not she's ever kissed a boy. We finally find out that she hasn't. “Boys are disgusting.” Janelle says she never will, as Bree comes back into the tent, unless she's more up-herself like Janae. If she acts like she's God's gift the boys will think she is as well.
It's now Janelle's turn for truth, dare or anguishing pain. She chooses truth and her girls conspire together. “Do you love dad?”
Paul's Hospital Room
Dylan creeps back in to try his luck at explaining again. “It was all I could do, stop blaming me.” He adds that Paul is going to need his help but Paul says he has no further use for him. “I am in hell and YOU put me here. Get out of my sight. Just GET OUT!” I hope every scene ends with Paul yelling that, it would make my recapping life so much easier…
“I always have and I always will love, with my heart and soul, your lying, low-life rotten mongrel of a father,” Janelle admits truthfully. The girls are confused because they thought she always hated him. Janelle says she does; it's a big love/hate thing as far as she's concerned. She asks if they want to hear the story about her and their father's first date and the girls nod eagerly.
Karl sidles up to Lil and asks if she wants to know about Paul. She says yes and he tells her Paul signed the consent form and the operation was a success. Lil's relieved and says Paul's a fighter, he'll pull through. Karl says Paul feels like he's got nothing to fight for though. Lay that guilt trip Karl, good on ya.
Then Lil… uh, hang on, we're back with the Timmins'? Geez that last scene was quick. Anyhoo, the question for Janelle is now: ‘Who would you choose to kiss if it was the end of the world, Harold or Lou?' Janelle chooses Harry, which grosses her girls out, then Lou, which grosses them out further, “What about both of them at the same time?” which then scars them for life.
Janae says she'd rather kiss Boyd for free than kiss Lou and be a millionaire. Janelle smirks and notes that Janae has really got it bad for old Boydo. She then adds to their trauma by talking about what a good kisser their dad is. Janae and Bree try not to be sick. Bree especially.
Lynnie is trying to explain to Harold and an excitable pyjama-clad (and chicken-slippered) Oscar how she's going to build a sandpit all by herself. Stingray sits on the couch and comments that they'll bring in the professionals for her when she's had enough of playing builder. Lynnie's outraged and says that Oscar is getting a “perfectly-rounded upbringing” even though Joe's not there to be daddy.
Meanwhile, Dylan's quietly sulked in the front door and into the kitchen with Stingray chasing after him. (Harold also walked into the kitchen… and vanished into thin air… or quite possibly out the back door). Stinger thinks Dylan is upset over what he told Sky about but Dylan isn't following. “About what?” Stinger backtracks. “Nothing, the weather, they don't call her Sky for nothing, right?” D-Meister disappears into his room
Speak of the weather-girl, Sky appears at the door and asks Stingray for Dylan. Stinger lies and says he's not home but Lyn tells her he is. Stingray hauls Sky into the kitchen and repeats he was only lying about Dylan trashing her house but she wants to hear it from the other Timmins bloke. (Oh just have a pash you two… ahem, sorry). Stinger lies and says he's asleep but Lynnie prances into the kitchen and says he isn't, calling out for him. “Oh God!” grumbles Stinger. That'll teach him to cross with Lynnie.
Dylan walks up to Sky, as Lynnie chases an angry Stinger outside, and asks what's up. “Um, I need you to tell me something terrible I heard about you is true,” she replies. Well ain't that a conundrum.
Outside the Scummins' Front Door
Dylan has just finished telling Sky that he was indeed the house-trashing culprit. She doesn't understand why he would hurt them but Dylan says he was annoyed at Dave and that he's always been “bad” and “dangerous”. He says that he's too old for juvie now so he'll probably end up in prison, but he won't hold it against her when she dobs him in. Dylan's pretty much beyond caring now ever since his harrowing leg-chop melee with Paul earlier that day. Sky should read my summary and find that out.
Paul's Hospital Room
Paul twitches in pain in his sleep, missing out on a visit from Lil. She starts to cry and creeps out of the room unnoticed. (GET OUT! Paul dreams).
Harold sees Lil sobbing her heart out in the hospital waiting room and sits down with her for a chat. He tells her it's bound to take some time for her to let go of Paul, especially now when he needs people around him. Lil agrees, and wishes that Paul had someone to look after him. “Paul is a loner because of the way he chose to live his life,” Harry murmurs. “Now, well, he's got to face the consequences.” He gives Lil a much-needed cuddle.
Janelle and Bree are having a heart to heart, loving the fact that they're so close now. Bree says things will get even better now they have the money to pay off the debts but Janelle looks sad at the thought of taking her winnings.
BREE: Mum… sorry I didn't want you coming on this trip. It's been the best time of my life.
(The heart-warming music of ‘Bonding Bogans' starts to play)
JANELLE: Me too, baby.
They settle down to go to sleep and Janae adds to this lovely moment by dropping her guts.
Harold arrives home from the hospital to find Sky sitting in the dark on the couch. “Oh dear, not another sorry soul. The hospital was full of them.” They start to talk about Paul after Sky asks about him, and Harold says he may not be as bad as everyone thinks.
SKY: Granddad, do they give you rose-coloured glasses or something when you're on your rounds?
HAROLD: Alright, yes, Paul did some truly dreadful things but he's got so much potential for being good.
And herein lies the beginning of the ‘We're talking about Paul but in actual fact Sky's getting some advice about how to deal with Dylan' conversation. Basically, Harry says it was Lil's love that made Paul want to turn his life around, which gets Sky thinking about her feelings for Dylan-quint.
HAROLD: People have to own up to what they've done and face the punishment if necessary.
SKY: Even if, like, I know he's really sorry?
HAROLD: Sky is there something you want to talk about?
SKY: No granddad, we're just having a D&M, right?
HAROLD: What's a D… oh, yeah. Are we?
SKY: Yeah, nothing to tell.
Scummins' Backyard – The Next Morning
Lynnie's become possessed by Bob the Builder! Wearing Joe's overalls and work top (and dressing Oscar in the same garb), she's taken her sandpit building materials outside and began construction. Harold accidentally startles her by whacking the pool scooper thingy on the side of the fence. “Still doing it then?” he asks, popping his head over.
Lynnie tries not to get frustrated and says to Oscar that it'll be easy; she's seen Joe do things like this often enough. The ever-helpful Oscar gives her a grin and a toy drill.
Dylan's sullenly eating his brekkie while Stinger is having an attack of the guilts. He wishes that Dylan would just hit him or something so he knows things are going to be okay. Dylan isn't playing though and mutters that he doesn't care and he forgives him. They walk into the lounge room and Stinger accuses him of mind games, asking again for “a shiner”.
Janae bursts through the door thrusting the video camera at Stingray, asking him to film them walking in. Janae makes a re-entry with Janelle and Bree swanning in after her, gloating about Bree's winnings. Stinger's pleased, they don't have to dodge the repo man anymore, but Janelle says she's going to put the money in a trust fund instead. Dylan's had enough happy families for one day and storms into his room. “What's up yours, grumble-bum?” Janelle sings out.
Paul's Hospital Room
Paul's screaming out in agony while Karl looks on. He tries to tell Paul that he's having phantom pains in his leg and they should pass over time. He adds they could try anti-seizure drugs to treat the pain or antidepressants, but Paul doesn't want anything.
KARL: Paul, it's perfectly normal for amputees to experience…
PAUL: Don't you call me that!
KARL: Okay, listen to me. You're going to have to start exerting a little mind over matter here. Your foot does not hurt you because it is not there.
PAUL: You're really getting off on this aren't you?
He adds another GET OUT! for good measure, just as Lil stops by for a visit. Karl tries to tell her that now isn't a good time but Paul notices her and angrily asks what she wants. Lil tries not to cry and says she just wanted to help him.
PAUL: You're a liar, you said you loved me.
LIL: I did.
PAUL: (gives an empty laugh) Not I do.
She tells him he can't go through this alone, which causes Paul to flip out and whip the bedclothes off to reveal… part of a bandage and a quick edit so we can't see his leg properly. And unless Stefan's really into the method acting, that's all we're really going to see methinks! Lil flinches and Paul says he thinks she's done enough (GET OUT! Nah, only kidding). Karl guides her out of the room where she collapses on to a chair.
Mission accomplished. One sandpit built by the hands of the prop department Lynnie. She's mightily pleased with herself and her and Oscar have a tea party to celebrate.
Janelle follows Dylan outside but he still won't tell her what's wrong. “Hi Lynnie, we're back!” she adds as an afterthought. Lynnie's all, ‘Really? Cause I couldn't half tell by all the yelling.' She starts to tell Janelle about her sandpit triumph but Janelle cuts her off and starts to yammer about her parenting success. Dylan is put in charge of babysitting Oscar so Janelle can have a better chinwag with Lyn, much to her chagrin. Dylan scoffs at the tea set that's on offer and holds up blokey action figures to play with instead.
DYLAN: We're blokes, Oscar. And that means we play...bloke games!
Ozzie grins and giggles. Cutest. Toddler. Ever.
Janelle is still basking in her new found mothering skills and telling Lynnie so, but her bubble is burst when Bree and Janae disagree with her. They can't believe she wants to put the money in a trust fund when she could pay all their bills off. Stinger joins them. To cut a long scene short, they don't want the car repossessed, Janelle's not backing down on the money thing, Lynnie suggests the kidlets could get jobs, the kids kinda like that idea, they go off to look in the paper. Aaaaaaaand scene.
David brings Lil a piece of cake to cheer her up.
DAVID: I'm not going to ask because it's none of my business, but I'm here if you need someone.
LIL: Why are you so good to me?
DAVID: Well I love you.
LIL: (smiles and goes to respond but hesitates) … Wish I could turn back the clock.
DAVID: You'd do things differently?
LIL: I'd appreciate what I had a lot more.
DAVID: It's never too late.
(Lil gives him a big smile)
As Lil leaves, David tells Harry (who has been looking on from the kitchen) they they've just had a breakthrough. He wants to follow her and ask her to come back home but Harold says it's not a good idea. “David if you pressure her now you might drive her even further away.” He leaves his son in charge while he goes to attend to something else. David gives a goofy grin cause he can, and cause it's a nicer way to end a scene than GET OUT!
Sky has come to clean zee pool because she wants to tell Harold something he's not going to like, and doing housework might take the edge off a bit (Pfft). Before she can confess though, Harry's mobile conveniently rings. He has to take the call because it's Lindsay from the Salvos.
Sky stands around looking conflicted until she hears Dylan making shooting noises next door. She pops her head over the fence and spies him having a grand old time playing in the sandpit with Oscar. (Hilarious editing by the way, in one angle Oscar's playing with a small toy, then in the next angle cut it's a HUGE Spiderman, small toy, HUGE Spiderman. Hehe). Oscar is also still the Cutest. Toddler. Ever. I want to play in the sandpit with the wee lil animated sprite! Sky also thinks the two of them playing army men is adorable. How could she possibly turn him into the police now?
Criminals around Australia watch this scene and take notes: Get out of jail free card. Find cute kid and sandpit and have object of affections secretly watch you act like a 5-year-old. Check.