Steph asking Karl if she should have more tests
Serena buying into Bounce
Paul kissing Izzy after she kisses him
Opening credit update: Someone throws a football at Toadie's head (in place of the second Serena shot), and there's an individual shot of Harold where Sindi and Summer's shots used to be.
Paul & Izzy's
The dynamic duo are getting into some heavy pashing but Paul puts a stop to things when Izzy tries to undo his shirt. “It's all going a bit fast for me.” Izzy says it's okay and suggests that they just hold one another (looking a little bit dejected).
PAUL: This isn't too, uh…
IZZY: Not if it's what you need. We just need to take things one step at a time.
(Paul looks amused and Izzy cringes at putting her foot in her mouth, uh, I mean, she's taken too many steps out of line… uh, oh geez, I've really made a legs up out of this one… dammit).
PAUL: Excuse me?
They crack up laughing.
A young blonde woman makes her way into the bar with some luggage and looks interested when she hears Ned mention Paul's name while he's on the phone. He's trying to reach him to get some more work but is having no luck. Young blonde woman sidles up to him and says hello.
Stu, Toadie, Lou, Connor and Serena walk in to have a celebratory drink to Serena's new business investment. Stu notices his brother hanging out with a hot chick and calls everyone's attention to it. Ned and blonde gal make their way over. “Hey guys, this is Elle she's just moved from Tassie.” Toadie and Lou fight over who is going to give Elle their seat.
TOADIE: Please, what do I need it for?
LOU: Support your big bum.
TOADIE: Shut up old man.
Stu bets Connor five bucks that Toadie mentions he's a lawyer to Elle within five minutes, but Connor reckons that's pretty much a given. They ask Elle why she's here and her informatitive response is “Oh, y'know, stuff”. Toadie's excited, he had a client in Tassie once cause he's a lawyer and all. Connor and Stu high five to their psychic skills.
Toadie gets up to grab some drinks and nearly crashes into a drink-tray-laden Steph. Max tells him to take it easy – he's feeling a bit precious about Steph's precious state at the moment. They decide that it's their home time, but Steph wants to make a stop at the store before they go, calling on Lou for a favour.
Elle mentions that Lassiter's looks beautiful but everyone else ain't on the love train.
SERENA: Yeah, even if it is owned by Satan.
(Elle gives her a funny look)
SERENA: Trust me, you don't want to know.
ELLE: And what makes you think that?
Paul & Izzy's
Izzy hands Paul some wine and he jokes that she's trying to get him drunk. She jokes back that he doesn't trust her but then gets serious and asks if he really does trust her. “Izzy, you and me, we get each other,” he replies before going in for a smooch. He adds that he loves her and reinforces that when she looks unsure. More pashing and then some hugging – both of them seem kind of uneasy though.
Steph's favour from Lou is to open the GS so that Steph can grab lots of yummy ingredients to make white chocolate scorched macadamias and milk chocolate pralines. Thank heavens it's not something weird like honey-covered sardines or celery with pickles on it. Steph claws her way at the marshmallows and liquorice allsorts as well, which makes Max concerned about the unhealthy-ness of it all. Steph doesn't want to make restrictions on herself though; she wants to enjoy her pregnancy.
Elle asks Ned what he does and he replies that he's a handyman, which Elle thinks is totally hot right now. She also brings up the whole Lassiter's thing again but Stu's a bit suss (police goggles ON), he wants to know why she's so interested. Truthfully? She just loves gossip. Serena thinks you have to sell a chunk of your soul to own a place like that, to which Toadie agrees. Ned doesn't think he's that bad though.
Toad asks how long Elle's sticking around for and she thinks probably a couple of weeks. “How about we check out the penthouse suite in hotel Satan and get this party started?” she chirps. The boys think it's a great idea but Serena decides to go home. Elle jumps up to pay for all the drinks with her nifty pocket book.
Stu thinks Elle's too good to be true and has noticed that she hasn't said much about herself but the others aren't too concerned. Stu my boy, take those police goggles OFF. And your shirt if you like…
Elle saunters in, with the fellas in tow, to chat with the stuffed shirt at the front desk, Simon. She tells him they would like the penthouse, and did she mention that she's not paying for it either? Before Simon has a conniption Elle takes him aside and shows him a card. It's either some really good psychic paper, or she's a VIP of some sort because Simon says go right on upstairs. Simon says he'll bring up some complimentary champagne to them. Simon says grovel, grovel, grovel.
The boys look happy in a bewildered way. Meanwhile, Toad has rung Lou and told him not to worry about coming back. They're finishing up their drinks and going home. Blatant liar.
Paul & Izzy's
The dynamic duo mosey on downstairs clad in their bathrobes after partaking in some shenanigans upstairs. Paul's a bit wary though; he knows it's not the same as it once was. Izzy agrees – only because this time they have feelings for one another.
PAUL: (hopeful) We?
IZZY: Paul, you're everything a girl could ever want regardless of what you've been through.
PAUL: Hmm. (He makes his way around to her and hugs her). So you love me then?
IZZY: (makes a conflicted face he can't see) Don't be silly, of course I love you.
Paul must be deafened as well as blinded by love because that was a zero on the ‘you're so convincing' scale.
Steph's in chef mode but Max is being a killjoy and wants to check that all the ingredients are safe for her to eat. She's not eating razors and staples, dude. Chill. She says the “alpha male protective thing” is really sweet but she just wants to enjoy her pregnancy. Max says he understands, but that doesn't last long before he wants to help Steph get some things out of the cupboard only resulting in him having a stack and landing on the floor with said things landing on his head.
STEPH: Max! Just give me some space! You are the only dangerous ingredient in this kitchen.
Max is looking kind of sheepish. Baaad Max. Ewe just don't learn.
I just adore a penthouse view; darling I love you but give me Park Avenue… Do-do do doo-doo, do do! Ahem, sorry. Green Acres moment there.
Toadie, Connor and Stu hold down Ned behind the bench (as well as clamping their hands over his mouth to stop him talking), while Elle speaks to Lou at the door. He says that the barman at the SB told him they came up here but Elle says only for one drink then they went home. Lou doesn't quite believe her but leaves anyway.
“He's gone!” she yells, so loud and so close to the door that he probably just heard her anyway. Suave. The boys cheer, sans Ned who thinks that wasn't very fair to do to Lou. Elle sits on the couch in the middle of Ned and Toadie. She says that was a nice thing to say, it's not often you get a guy who's so in touch with his emotions.
TOADIE: I cried when I watched Bold and the Beautiful.
ELLE: (gives him a look and then stands up) Where'd that champers get to?
(Connor and Stu give Toad a ‘The hell' stare)
TOADIE: What? It's heartbreaking alright, Ridge was on life support.
Elle tells him she loves Bold, it's so cheesy-glam. She asks if Paul Robinson looks like Ridge but Toad thinks more like Joe Stalin. Stu wonders if there's not as much cheesy-glam in Hobart and that's why she came here – Elle's all, ‘Did I say Hobart?' But is saved by the door knock as the champers arrives.
Oh look, it's Simple Simon the Pieman, uh, champers man. Simon says sorry about before; if he had known who she was he wouldn't have been so stuffy. Elle says it's okay as long as they understand one another now. The boys look curious and ask Elle who she is. “Oh me?” she trills. “No one special.”
Hoylands' – Morning
Steph hangs up from Joe (Scully that is not Mangel) – she's just had to lie to him about why Lyn's been so busy lately, he doesn't know about his semi-twin yet. Max says she doesn't need all that stress at the moment and wishes that there were a way they could push all the mess out of their way.
Steph starts up on her ‘I love chocolate, yum, yum, yum' song and dance again, which makes Max judgmental – “Why don't you just eat a pound of butter and be done with it.” He's concerned about her arteries; she's concerned he's been hanging around with stuffed shirt Simon. She just wants to get to work but Max makes a half-hearted attempt at a lie and tells her that her shift is covered today. “Scout's honour.” Steph gives him a withering look, “You were never a scout.”
Max is having a chat with Lou about parenting (whilst eating a chocolate – is the view nice up there on Mount Hypocrite with Dr Karl, Max?). Lou tells him not to be so hard on himself for making Steph annoyed, it's what every man goes through with his pregnant partner. Max says he can't believe he forgot all this stuff, he felt the same when he was waiting for Boyd and Summer. Lou reassures him, once he gets past the birth and the screaming baby stage, they'll be at the terrible twos. Max is all, ‘Yeah, thanks for that, Louis.'
Elle is trying to rustle up some brekkie for herself and the fellas from room service but is most unamused by the slow-reaction time of the staff; she wants the meal in five minutes, they're going to take forty-five. “And they call this place five-star.”
She peers upwards and sees the fire alarm and sprinkler, getting sneaky look on her face. The guys look up as well and start to laugh in a manic way.
Hallway of the Hotel
Paul limps up the stairs with Simple Simon, wanting to know what in the blazes is going on. He wants to know why they're checking practical jokers into the penthouse now but Simon's confused, “Well I didn't have much choice given the guest's influence.” Simon goes to stop the fire brigade from showing up while Paul opens up the penthouse suite all confused.
All the HoT boys jump up in alarm, covering Elle. Paul is puzzled, wanting to know why they're in there. “Hi dad,” Elle's voice rings out. The boys part like the confuzzled Red Sea and reveal Elle to a stunned Paul.
Paul ambles into the room.
PAUL: Maybe you guys should hit the road; Lucinda and I need to have a little chat.
ELLE: It's Elle.
ELLE: Nobody's called me Lucinda for years.
She thanks the guys for a fun night but they're annoyed she didn't tell them who she was, especially since they spent the night slagging him off. Elle doesn't care, she thought it was funny.
Elle hopes her presence was a good surprise for Paul, and that it was okay she stayed at the hotel, she thought she'd bump into him this way seeing as she didn't know where he lived. Paul says it's fine and finds out she's staying for a couple of weeks. He says he did phone her a lot over the years but she never rang back.
ELLE: I wanted you to do more than just call.
PAUL: Yeah. Well here's me thinking you didn't want to know me. I'm sorry.
ELLE: Well I'm here to make peace. It'll give us a chance to get to know each other. That's if it's not too late?
PAUL: Of course it's not. In fact, there's nothing I would love more.
Lou tells the HoT boys (minus Connor) that it wasn't nice of them to bail out on him last night, which Ned agrees with. Lou thinks it's karma that they found out about who Elle was after they bagged out her father. They agree though that Elle still seems like a nice girl.
TOADIE: Maybe that's why she wasn't into me, because I was bagging out Paul!
STU: Or maybe it was because she only had eyes for Needles here! (squeezes Ned's cheeks).
NED: No she didn't.
LOU: Don't tell me the Toad struck out!
TOADIE: Yeah thanks for that by the way. And I think it's wrong to monopolize hot chicks that you don't intend on closing the sale with.
NED: Close what sale?
Oh poor naïve Ned. Maybe you need to take your shirt off, and then you might get a little wiser to the winky nudgy talk.
Hello random straight-haired Lil and present-wrapping Dave. Lil's chatting to David about Serena – he asks if she wants to sign the card he got to go with the pressie but Lil doesn't want to. David says their daughter needs their support right now but Lil says she has to be the parent who remains solid and says what she thinks. David assures her she's a great parent but undertones that she's as stubborn as a mountain goat.
Well, nice chatting to ya random Bishops. See you again in another week perhaps.
Steph waltzes in, she's bored of the daytime TV and just wants to help out. She doesn't even care if she doesn't get paid for working. Max gets antsy when she picks up some wine bottles to put away so she tells him to quit it and stop trying to control her. “Max I'm pregnant, I'm not made of glass!”
Paul walks in with Elle and introduces her to the Hoylands.
PAUL: Max is my girlfriend's brother.
ELLE: (a little startled by this information but covers it) Right. Great. Nice place.
MAX: Yeah thanks. Izzy, that's my sis… Paul's… she had a big hand in setting this place up.
They go and grab a table while Max and Steph look on in surprise at this new addition to the Robinson clan in Erinsborough.
Paul tells Elle that she's really going to like Izzy, “she's really nice”. (Fake coughing fits are heard all over the country). He says that they're pretty much in love and Elle thinks that's totally great. He also invites her to stay at his place while she's there.
Stu (decked out in cricket gear) and Toadie run past Connor, who is talking on the phone in the hallway, into the kitchen where Serena sits with a present at the table. Stu asks what it is and Serena replies it's a ‘good luck with the business gift' from her dad – she's sad that her mum didn't sign the card though. The boys tell her to cheer up; she can't be a sad sack for her party that night.
Connor bursts through into the kitchen all distressed. He needs to get to Lorne ASAP, Maddy's sick. Serena follows him into his room.
Paul & Izzy's
Elle and Izzy are meeting for the first time. It's all smiles and fairy floss at the moment. They're like so happy to meet one another and like Elle's totally cool with her dad and Izzy being in love. Paul nips upstairs to get something leaving the gals alone. Izzy asks how she's finding Erinsborough and Elle replies it's great. The following conversation is relayed in friendly terms but the atmosphere is ice, ice baby…
ELLE: I just want you to know that even though I'm going to be living here, you're welcome to visit any time.
(Translation: I am marking my territory, lady).
IZZY: Oh, okay, so you're staying here?
(Translation: You're staying HERE?!)
ELLE: Well dad really wanted me to, so…
(Translation: He likes me more than you, nur-nur)
IZZY: Well it'll be cosy all three of us under one roof…
(Translation: No more late night shenanigans… dammit!)
ELLE: You live here? (recovering) Of course you do! That's great.
(Translation: YOU live here?! Oh FCOL)
IZZY: Isn't it. It'll give us a chance to get to know one another.
(Translation: Darn straight, sweetheart. I'm going to find out information on you to use against you)
ELLE: That'll be fun.
(Translation: I'd rather have bamboo shoots under my nails)
IZZY: So how long are you planning on staying for?
(Translation: I have to share Paul with you for how long now?)
ELLE: I'm family so I guess I live here, right? Which means I'm entitled to be here as long as I like.
(Translation: I will get you out of this house so fast you won't even have time to blink, lady).
(Translation: Game on, missy. Game on)