What's wrong with Bouncer 5?
Karl telling Janae he has to draw the line.
Paul's plans for extensions on his property.
Stingray telling Janelle he thinks Janae and Karl's relationship has gone beyond student/counsellor.
Janae is devastated and Janelle asks what Karl did.
Through tears, Janae tells her mum that Karl let her down after he told her she was special to him. She also confirms that she's been spending a bit of time too with Karl because he has been helping her. Janelle wants to know if he has hurt her or done something to make her feel uncomfortable and if so she won't be responsible for her actions.
JANAE: He told me that what we were doing was okay but he lied.
No. 26 (later on)
Janelle returns to the living room after settling Janae down and tells Stinger that she should have been onto Karl from the start. Stinger (who overheard the earlier conversation whilst lurking in the kitchen) wants to know if Janae expanded on what she said earlier, she didn't, because he can't imagine Karl being that type of person. Janelle is claiming stereotypical behaviour and the fact he took up with Izzy should have proved something was wrong, despite Stinger saying Izzy was Karl's girlfriend and she is older than Janae too. As they talk more, Janelle struggles to continue but manages to tell him that “Janae wouldn't lie about something this big, would she?” Stinger asks if there is any evidence and asks her to repeat what Janae told her, which she does but doesn't really understand it. Stinger tries to interpret what Janae has said by suggesting she is angry at Karl and other stuff that is happening but Janelle wants to get to the bottom of this but he pleads with her to wait a bit until they know what is really going on.
Karl pops round to tell Susan that she was right, he did let Janae become far too attached to him but he's sorted it out now event though he has got an attack of the guilts and wants to go round and help her deal with him severing the ties but reassures Susan that he won't. Susan tells him not to blame himself and invites him to stay for coffee but eagle eyed Karl spots Alex's jacket hanging on a seat and wonders who it belongs to.
The General Store
Harold eventually decides to ask Paul after some dithering if the renovations are necessary, to which he replies no but he's still going ahead anyway! Once Paul leaves, Lil tells Harold to forget about Paul because David will block his application through the council. David however suddenly announces that he wants to learn the tuba!
Janelle shouts from the bedroom that Janae has done a runner and Stinger isn't too fussed as she has been running away since she could crawl but Janelle says there is a reason this time as to why she has ran away. Stinger still isn't convinced either that something has happened, for which Janelle tells him off. Janelle then decides to look through Janae's diary, which has been conveniently left on the desk for easy, but he stops her in case she reads something she doesn't like in it. Janelle scoffs at him and replies that you don't lie in your diary, so he suggests they wait until Janae returns home and then speak to her. Janelle is having none of that though, just in case she had decided to run off to whoop whoop and grabs the diary back off him and begins to look through it.
Lyn is a bit peeved at Joe for giving B5 more attention than her. Max comes over to take their orders and notices B5 and tells Joe the dog has to go due to health regulations, so Lyn suggests they eat in the courtyard with the dog tied up nearby. Whilst Joe & B5 head out, Max asks Lyn what she sees in Joe, and she says that she likes Joe's honesty. Max sort of compliments Lyn by telling her that if it is a choice between Bobby and Joe, then he'd choose Joe.
Janelle finishes reading the diary and wants to call the police. Stinger doesn't want her to but she repeats some of what Janae has written - Karl makes me feel like a woman not a girl and Karl says I'm perfect and beautiful just as I am. Stinger suggests that doesn't sound like someone who is traumatised but Janelle thinks Karl brainwashed Janae. Stinger suggests it is Janae's imagination and appeals to Janelle's better nature, saying that “mud sticks” and “Karl will never live this down where this is true or not.” Janelle isn't having any of it though “because where there is smoke there is fire” and starts to dial the number. Stinger tries one more time by asking to go and talk to Karl as he seen his car at Susan's, and she runs out the door ignoring his plea to go over for a nice calm chat.
Karl finishes is coffee and decides to leave just in case Alex decides to call by (sorry no chance of that, his quota is used for the week) when there is a knock on the door. Susan opens it and Janelle barges right past her and straight for Karl calling him a pig, a pervert, a rotten excuse for a human being. Karl wants to know what she is talking about just as Stinger arrives having failed to stop Janelle.
JANELLE: Your ex-husband, the father of your children, has been
Janelle can't say anymore and Susan wants to know what is wrong, but she finally plucks up the courage to tell them that Karl's secret is out and Janae has told her everything. Karl is bemused and wants to know what she is going on about.
JANELLE: Oh don't you dare act so innocent, you are sprung. You took advantage of my baby.
Susan wants to know what she is accusing Karl of but Janelle doesn't say but tells them that Janae has now run away and wants to see Karl rot in jail!
Joe sneaks into the bar to get leftovers for the dog but gets sprung by Max. At the counter, Max comes up to Paul and asks for a quiet word about Izzy.
Having spoken to Susan in private, Janelle agrees to let Karl tell his side of the story. He begins by saying that he has figured it out and takes full responsibility but he hasn't done anything except let her get too close by allowing her to lean on him for emotional support and agrees with Susan that this was a professional oversight, but anything else implied is because he hurt Janae's feelings. Stinger twigs and comments that Janae was just getting back at him and that it sounds like something Janae would do. Janelle scoffs and says, “So you never touched her?” then quotes a bit from the diary - “when Karl hugs me I feel like he really cares, that he loves me”. Karl says that he never instigated any physical contact and explains that he sometimes had to hug Janae in a professional capacity because she feels rejected. Janelle is aghast at this suggestion and wants Stinger to back this up but he cites being off Dylan for a while. Karl then adds that Janae also misses having her father around which Janelle interprets as having a go at her for not having a bloke around and retaliates by telling him to have a look at his life instead before he judges hers. Karl now denies judging her for the problems in her family which doesn't go down well with Janelle as you can imagine and she gets up to leave. Susan stops her to explain that Karl told her about Janae and how he was having problems handling it, which Janelle interprets as them closing ranks. As Janelle and Stinger are about to leave, Karl wants to join in looking for Janae but is told to keep away because the police will be paying a visit. After they've left, Karl swears to Susan he didn't do anything and Susan hopes that Janae is found.
After explaining to Paul how un-involved Izzy now is with the bar, Max asks him for his help in persuading Izzy to sell her share in the bar. Paul tells Max that it is nothing to do with him and doesn't take kindly to Max's suggestion that Izzy has got worse since taking up with him. He tells Max that it is his responsibility since he is Izzy's family.
Paul leaves and so do Joe and Lyn once they've come in to settle their bill but Harold and David arrive to sell The War Cry. Before they commence selling, Harold gives David the good news - he's found someone willing to lend David their tuba but wonders why he's suddenly interested in playing it. Cryptically David replies that he soon will.
It is now Susan's turn to grill Karl and she begins by asking how many times did he hug her and he replies that it was Janae who hugged him because in her mind, he was all she had. Susan tells Karl that he should have wised up earlier to the fact that Janae was becoming devoted to him and given the evidence in the diary and the circumstantial evidence (seen going to his surgery frequently, Harold noticing something untoward too). She now asks if Janae came to his flat, which he takes the biscuit at until Susan points out she is just preparing him for what lies ahead. To Susan's horror, Karl tells her about them going to see the play too. Susan sadly tells him that if Janae doesn't come back and clear it all up then he is in a hell of a lot of trouble.
No. 24 balcony (very early)
Now it is 6.30am in the morning and most of us would like to still be sleeping…or at least Lil wishes she was but David “playing” the tuba on the balcony has rudely awakened her, because Paul can't function if he is woken up before 8am! Lil tells David (and Harold) off for being childish…and for it being a brilliant idea. Whilst David and Lil have a quick pash, Harold notices that Paul hasn't bitten though so David runs off to get the microphone from the karaoke machine! Whist David is fetching it; Harold takes the opportunity to mention how close Lil and David have become. She tells him that it now feels like it was before Paul came into their lives, which Harold is pleased to hear before she tells him to get “playing” again.
An irate Paul comes down from his bedroom to see what the racket is and is most unimpressed muttering that they've made a big mistake.
The General Store
Harold starts sneezing just as Joe comes into the store and comments to Joe that he hopes he isn't coming down with the cold. Joe takes the opportunity to nag at Harold for B5 having the shakes due to being woken up early and of course Harold starts sneezing more before telling Joe to remove B5 from the premises since he's twigged why he is sneezing all of a sudden.
Joe with B5 leave and in comes Paul and Harold and David take the opportunity to comment about the bags under Paul's eyes! Paul decides to retaliate by telling them that they need to remove some tables due to taking up more room than they are allowed but Harold is ready for it, as after Izzy spoke to them about it before, he measured the area gloatingly tells Paul that he isn't taking up more room than allocated. Round one or is that two to the Bishop's as Paul leaves the store.
Janelle is having no luck trying to track down Janae, even calling her old friends in Colac (Sharone/Kevin - did she phone you?) but alas nobody has seen hide nor hair of her. Lyn suggests that she maybe hasn't gone to Colac and will come of her own accord once she's realised that she's put Karl's reputation on the line. Janelle isn't please with what Lyn has suggested (that Janae is a liar), so Lyn explains herself better - that she is upset about something. Janelle gets upset and Lyn sympathises with her if it were one of her daughters who was missing but Janelle tells her it wouldn't happen to her because she'd be wise enough to have picked up the signs in the first place. Lyn tells her it wasn't her fault but Janelle thinks she isn't good enough as a parent.
Karl tells Susan how he got on at the police station - they aren't pressing any charges on him, well at least until Janae turns up, for which she is glad to her but he isn't particularly glad to hear that she has cancelled all his appointments until further notice (even though she believes him) because she has to go by the book while he is being investigated. Karl tells her that this will be with him now for life and she gives him some more news - he's to clear out his desk and be off the premises immediately.