- Elle sees Izzy put her pills in the bin
- Maddy has an ear disease, and it is going to cost $50 000 for an operation
- Elle ‘knocks' the pills onto the floor, in front of Paul
Connor comes in moaning to Toadie about how bad his meeting at the bank went – they won't loan him a cent for Maddy's operation. Toadie tells Connor someone is here to see him, and suddenly Carmella bursts out of the change room, wearing a tiny…tiny bikini. Surprise!
Elle is telling Paul she is sorry she didn't throw the pills away before he saw them, and tries to ‘defend' Izzy, saying it might just be an old prescription, but Paul says the date is recent. Paul is sorry Elle got caught up in all this, but Elle is all ‘just as long as Izzy is alright, that's all that matters.' Yeah. *cough*
Connor and Carmella need some privacy, so they duck into the closest change room. Bad idea. Just as Connor is telling Carmella he is seeing someone else, and that someone else is Serena, that ‘little schoolgirl from across the road' as Carmella describes her, who should turn up but Serena! Toadie tries to stall her, but she rips open the curtain to reveal the CC's huddled in there. Connor is all ‘a blah blurgh blah blah blaerugh!!'
Ned is playing the Playstation, and Stu is on the phone to Oakey. Daddy Parker wants to talk to Ned, but he won't surrender the Playstation. Stu hangs up and tells Ned that they need him back on the farm for Lambing season (I think that's what it was, anyway…). Ned asks why doesn't Stu go back?
STU: Ned, you're hanging around like a dag on a sheep's bum! At least up there you could be a little bit useful!
Ned tells Stu he wants to be a PE teacher, but Stu wants to know where that came from, and what he is going to do for money to get him through Uni. Ned doesn't think it is Stu's problem, but Stu says while he is living in his house it is. Ned has a solution for that – he'll move out! Stu doesn't want that, he just wants Ned to call Mummy and Daddy Parker.
Serena is having a whiney-fit about Connor and Carmella, and Connor is trying to reason with her, Toadie backing him up (changing what he is holding each time he walks past…every 2 seconds LOL). Connor apologises – he just did the first thing that came into his head, when he should have just taken Carmella for coffee or something. Carmella comes out of the change room and says she will take the bikini. Serena wants to know why Carmella is back in town, and Connor is all ‘well, you know just for a visit and she kinda wants to get back with me but it's no big deal so yeah how about we drop it now ok coz this is getting kinda awkward…' Serena, however, has a problem with it. Connor says he'll just take her for coffee and have a talk – he owes her that much. Serena wants to come, but Connor needs her to look after the shop. He promises he won't be long, but Serena still feels the need to give her eye-rolling skills a work out.
Izzy is as mad as a cut snake to find that Paul has given Elle the car when he knew Izzy's was going in for a service. Paul says he is sure she wouldn't mind if she borrowed it, but Izzy says she‘ll pass. Paul has something to tell her before she goes – he whips out the pills, and tells Izzy Elle found them on the shelf. Izzy says she threw them in the bin – Elle must have got them out! Paul says maybe she forgot where she put them, and Izzy is offended – she thinks he is trying to say she is out of it. She asks why she would lie to him but he says she told him she had gotten rid of all the pills and now they find these – that's lying! Izzy says she kept them incase she needed them…she thought about taking them but she didn't – she put them in the bin! She's sick of Elle twisting things, and she's going to have it out with her, once and for all…
Paul calls Elle down and asks her again where she found the medication. She says on the shelf, but Izzy snaps that she found them in the bin, because that is where she threw them! Elle says calmly that maybe it is the medication – doesn't it make you think crazy things? Izzy asks if she is calling her delusional, but Elle says she found the pills HIDDEN on the shelf. Izzy says to Paul she has been much better – he said so! So Elle must be lying! Elle does a Serena-style eye roll.
Carmella is sympathetic about Maddy, and asks Connor how long they have known, as Steph and Susan come in the door, Steph thanking Susan for getting her out of the house. Susan says there must be something that can keep her occupied – when she was pregnant, she studied! Steph says it's not really her thing…unless she can study stunt-bike riding, or monster trucks! Toadie comes over to shang-hai some of Steph's car expertise – he's looking for a new one, something that's totally going to fit his ‘image' and personality.
SUSAN: Bit young for a mid-life crisis, aren't you…?
Steph says she will get in touch with some people and see what she can do, and Toadie says he knew she was the right person to ask, before tickling her not-quite-bump goodbye. Susan says that's something Steph can do – car-brokering! It's safe, and it'll earn her money too!
Back in the CC corner, Carmella is catching up on Maddy-gossip – new words etc, and she wants to know if Serena wants the whole instant family thing like she was ready for…she wants to know why it has to change. Connor is all ‘ahh derr…because you LEFT!' Carmella says she had to sort herself out, but she is ready now, and he said he'd wait! Connor said he didn't even know where she was, but Carmella says she is back now…Connor is sorry, he is with Serena now, and he loves her.
CARMELLA: Because she's your soulmate, or because she is a little girl who doesn't challenge you?
Paul is abusing the telephone chipmunk, when Elle comes plonking down the stairs with her suitcase – she throws the car keys back at him and announces she is leaving. She didn't come here to cause trouble….excuse me while I choke…
PAUL: Then why threaten to go home when things don't go your way?
Paul says he knows his relationship with Izzy has thrown her, but it is difficult – one of them is lying about the drugs and it puts him in a difficult position. Elle says she didn't even want to tell him about the pills in the first place – why would she protect her if she wanted to cause trouble? Elle says if there is one thing the whole neighbourhood agrees on, it is that Izzy lies.
PAUL: Not to me she doesn't.
Elle says he loves her – he has to say that. Paul just gives her a hug and says they'll work through it, but in the meantime, why don't they put the suitcase back upstairs? Elle just smirks into his shoulder.
Cyclone Serena is on the warpath as Connor tottles back into the shop with a dopey little smile splashed across his face. She is in a huff because he took two whole hours to have coffee with Carmella. Connor says they had a lot to catch up on, but Serena doesn't care – she's his ex-girlfriend! Connor says he doesn't need this right now, and Serena is like ‘what, to discuss our relationship?' Connor asks her why she always has to act like such a teenager.
SERENA: I can't change my age, Connor, you have no idea how this has made me feel! You really hurt me…
CONNOR: You, you, you – it's all about you! I have a daughter I'm worried sick about, and all you can do is obsess about yourself! Grow up!
Steph and Susan come in, and Steph starts to butter up Max with the whole ‘you know how you're so smart, and handsome and how you are totally right about me staying home until I have the baby' spiel, until he asks her how much she wants. Steph says it is more like how much *he* wants – she is going to start a car-brokering business from home – Susan's suggestion! Max worries a new business will be too much stress, but it's Steph's turn for the Serena-style eye roll, and a ‘here we go' comment to Susan is all it takes fro Max to give in. She tells Max he won't regret it.
Paul comes in and asks Max if he has seen Izzy, but he didn't even know she was back yet. On his way out of the bar, Paul runs into Connor. He is desperate as he explains to Paul about Maddy's plight. But Paul reminisces about Connors choice descriptions about him the previous week, and decides that $50 000 doesn't grow on trees, and seeing as the Helen Daniels Trust is tightening its belt, he is sorry, but he can't help. Oh, and have a nice day.
Serena is whinging to Elle about Carmella, and Elle thinks she has every right to – she has good reason! Elle says it is the women you have to worry about…
ELLE: Women are possessive, vindictive…jealous…
Elle says she is trying to turn her Dad against her, but she isn't going to let her. Elle says that she knows about what Paul did to Serena's family, but she wants her to know they are two different people…Serena knows, but she says maybe they should just let the Carmella thing go…Elle hopes she isn't wimping out – she has BLATANTLY come in to steal Serena's man, and she's not going to let her, right? Right? With a little more conviction please. RIGHT!!!
ELLE: Sweetheart…you need my help.
Izzy pulls up in a courtesy car, as Ned and Stu walk up the street. Ned is all ‘Hey Izzy, how you going? Don't mind the fact that my tongue is hanging on the floor and my heart is pounding and I am probably about to start sweating excessively. It's all good!' Izzy just gives him a polite smile, but Stu ribs Ned about finding out the real reason he doesn't want to go back to Oakey…Ned says Izzy is just a mate, even though Stu tells him she's trouble.
Izzy doesn't want a bar of Paul, but he wants her to cut him some slack – he has two versions to the story and he would like to believe one of them, but someone is lying. Izzy says she isn't lying, and Paul admits he believes her, just as Elle drives up. Paul suggests they have a nice family chat inside.
Paul says he realises he hasn't been an award winning dad, but he wants Elle to stay, and she doesn't have to undermine Izzy to get his attention. Elle tries to defend herself, but Paul says he knows for a fact Izzy threw the pills in the bin and he isn't angry but he just wants to know what this is all about. Elle can't believe he is taking Izzy's word over hers, but Paul says it isn't a competition, and it ends now. He leaves them along to sort out their differences. Their version of sorting out their differences goes something like this:
IZZY: You should listen to your Dad, Lucinda. Because if you ever, ever try anything like that again, I will take you down.
Steph talks cars with Toadie, as Carmella breezes in to meet Connor. She thinks he has called her here to get back together with her, but he tells her that he is still with Serena. Carmella wants to know what this is about then. Connor says it is Maddy, but Carmella says she has already told him she doesn't have that kind of money, and if she did he would have it. Connor was thinking more along the lines of her ‘connections' (wink, wink). He's desperate – this is his last chance…