- Lil slapping Carmella
- Max and Steph showing the box they found under the house to Lou and Harold
- Izzy telling Elle she can't drink the coffee, and Paul going to take a sip
The mug rises to Paul's lips and…Elle barges into him from behind and he spills it all down the front of him. Izzy looks on suspiciously, as Elle apologises profusely, and Paul goes off to get changed.
David is proudly showing Serena a new spreadsheet program he has designed to keep track of the business. Lil is very impressed and Serena is horrified as they have a bit of a parent-pash in the middle of the shop. Serena tells them they are bad for business, but Lil tells her she has managed to score discounts from Bounce's supplier for the shop. Serena is stoked, and just knows Toadie and Connor will be too. Speaking of Connor, Lil and Dave exit stage left as he comes in – Maddy's operation went really well. Serena goes to show him David's program, but his phone rings – Carmella. Connor excuses himself, and Carmella tells him she wants to catch up. When Connor says he can't, Carmella threatens to talk to Serena. Carmella agrees to meet up with him, and he hangs up, pretending to Serena that it was a supplier.
Harold brings a coffee over to Max, and asks after the box that he and Steph found – he trusts they've properly disposed of it? Max says he thinks Steph has it half way to Siberia by now! Harold seems relieved, and says that is good – not that he is superstitious, but things like that are best not meddled in…Joe comes bounding in cracking jokes about Max's comedy routine, wondering if he is ready to cross the next thing off his list…which turns out to be drinking Vintage Scotch. Joe raves about it – it will be the best $800 Max has ever spent! Max chokes - $800? He can't justify that! Joe tells him that money comes and goes, but the taste of exquisite scotch will stay with him forever…forever and ever!
Susan is having a chat to Karl (who appears to have been shopping for shirts with Max…) about Alex – she thanks Karl for telling her what he did, and Karl says that she deserves to be happy. Susan tells him that she called off the engagement, but they are still seeing each other, and she will be with him every step of the way. Susan just can't figure out how they are going to prepare two kids who have already lost their mum, for the death of their dad…
Izzy snipes that Elle better be careful not to drop the milk…Elle says she is using two hands. She also apologises about Ned – he is too young and she would never like him…Izzy says he just has a crush…should be more up Elle's alley; really…Elle passes Izzy a mug of Chamomile tea – good for the liver! Izzy says she is over the herbal stuff – Elle can have that, and she'll have Elle's! Elle quickly says she doesn't like the stuff, and tips it out.
Carmella is pleased to hear Maddy's operation went well, and gives Connor a teddy for her – but he gives it back. Connor asks if he ahs to spell it out for her – he doesn't love her anymore. Carmella says if he wants to talk business then lets – his first repayment is due tonight. Connor says he doesn't have that kind of money at such short notice, but Carmella says her connections don't wait – he has a lot of bikinis to sell, doesn't he?
Carmella says she'll talk to the mob…but only for Maddy's sake – besides, it is just money. Connor points out she has never sent time in the boot of her father's car…He wants to know why she came back…but Carmella just wants to know what he sees in Serena and what they do together – colouring books? Connor says he used to think she was a decent person, but now…she will get her money, and then he wants her out of his life. Connor leaves, and Carmella asks why Harold is staring at her. Harold says he is just concerned about her and Connor arguing, but Carmella snaps that Izzy was right – they all need someone to gossip about – but she is a good person! She is!
Joe and Max are staring at a bottle of Scotch on the table.
JOE: There it is, mate – the Taj Mahal of liquor.
MAX: All I see is the Colosseum of financial ruin…
Joe says he is missing the point – it is about quality not the cost…Max wants to know if he is splitting the bill. He says he just can't afford it, and he is going to put it back, but Joe says that Max is his own worst enemy. Paul and Elle come in and Paul is surprised to see Max with such expensive grog. He tells Elle he has some at home so they will crack it open tonight. Max wants to know why it is such a surprise to see him with expensive liquor, and Paul says he thought Max was more of a two for the price of one guy – Joe points out that this means tight-wad. Max calls for the crystal glasses immediately.
The One and Only Classroom
Karl comes in as Susan dismisses her class – he has brought her a stack of books about people facing the same thing as her and Alex. He's also brought her a list of family support groups and counselors. Karl asks if she realises, despite being Alex's ‘shoulder' she will also need a shoulder – being a carer she will need a lot of support. He tells her he will make some enquiries, but she asks if he is all booked up – she would rather talk to him than a stranger. He tells her his door is always open to her.
Carmella cringes as Izzy gets a few things straight – the money for Maddy came from Carmella's Mum…there's no deadline on paying it back…and she hasn't told Connor. Carmella says she didn't mean to freak him out –she just wants him back, even though she knows this is a really stupid way of going about it. She says Connor hates her now, but Izzy (who is pulling things apart, searching around the kitchen) says that's crazy – she's gorgeous. Carmella wants to know what to do, and Izzy says she's always been a big fan of selective truth – truth on your terms. Carmella asks what Izzy is looking for, and she tells her Elle has been spiking her drinks – she fells threatened. Carmella says she looked so sweet.
IZZY: Positively Sacran…but then…so am I…
Dave is bashing away outside on his tambourine, and Lil boogies right alongside him, he finishes with a big flourishing boom-tish, and the crowd of Random's (one of whom has been shopping for shirts with both Max *and* Karl) cheer. Lil says Harold has found his tambourine man, but Harold says the timing was out and the tempo was off.
DAVE: Yeah, tempo was never my forte…
Lil says Dave is as good if not better than anyone in the band, but Harold says it takes years to reach that standard – David just isn't up to scratch. Dave goes inside to keep practicing, but Lil wants a word with Harold – Dave was good and he knows it.
HAROLD: Being part of the Salvation Army is more than just swinging your hips and a big cheesy smile!
Harold says he wants to make sure David has the qualities of a good Salvo – he has been known to jump into things in the past, Lil asks if that would be qualities like acceptance and tolerance…because if they are, it's not David with the problem.
Izzy glares at Elle as she sets the table, and Paul comes out with some 1950's Single Malt Whisky he found. Elle says it will go great with dessert, but Paul says she must be joking – liquor of that quality is for a nightcap! Elle puts down a plate of food in front of Izzy, but Izzy puts it in Elle's spot. Elle says that's hers – the plate Elle has for herself is smaller. Izzy says that's good, she's not that hungry. Paul says Elle spent hours cooking, but Izzy says she won't eat anything off that plate – Elle has been tampering with her food.
PAUL: That's insane!
IZZY: Couldn't have put it better myself!
Elle says she is not Izzy's enemy, but Izzy tells her she is transparent and just to eat the plate of food she had given Izzy. Paul says she is being ridiculous.
IZZY: Am I? Come on – let's get it tested. Let's prove what a little witch your daughter really is…
Izzy points out Elle won't eat the food, she wouldn't drink a drink earlier she made for Izzy, and what does he think was in the coffee she spilt all over Paul, that was supposed to be for her. Elle swears she didn't do anything, but Izzy says that sweet innocent act is all part of it, and good luck at the Logies, sweetheart! Paul throws the plate of food in the bin, and tells Izzy Elle has spent the week defending her - Izzy says she's seen Paul use that trick so many times now, she thought he would recognise it when he saw it. Elle runs off, and Paul asks if Izzy is happy. Izzy says it is all an act, but Paul says he has pushed her one step too far – he has made up a list of long stay clinics and he wants her to choose one…tonight. Izzy says she is telling the truth, but Paul tells her this can't go on.
Serena is thrilled – Bounce is booming! But she says if they don't hurry and get the money to the bank, they are going to miss the dinner before Harold's concert. Connor tells her to go ahead and she can order him some food. Serena reluctantly agrees, and Connor tells her not to worry – he's a former amateur wrestling champ! And aren't we all glad those days are over…
Max, Joe and Karl have a glass of Scotch each, and are wooooorshipping its texture, aroma etc – Max thinks the moment before is as important as the moment of.
JOE: We've had three hours of the moment before; can we get to the moment of?
The Bishops come in, and Max offers Dave a glass – but David says he doesn't drink anymore, a Salvo abstains. Harold says he hopes he isn't doing this for him, but David says no – it is a commitment. Harold grins – they had better get him a square meal if he is going to perform tonight…David is soo excited, and the Bishop's have a big Bishopy hug. Max toasts to David and his tambourine. The three boozer's chug-a-lug, and Max and Karl are in heaven, closing their eyes and holding hands, savouring the taste.
JOE: Urgh….I'm a bit of a Bundy man m'self…
Carmella walks up to Connor, who shoves the money bag at her, and tells her to take it and go.
David is regretting eating the Garlic Prawns, but Lil says they aren't there to smell him.
LIL: Just breathe iiin and ooout…ok maybe just iiin…
Serena is trying to call Connor, but she can't get onto him – he should be there by now, and his phone is switched off.
Max and Karl are still wooooorshipping the Scotch, but Joe is tipping it into the table decoration. Harold tells them they had better take those pebbles home in a taxi…Max and Karl can't believe him – EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLAR WHISKY!!!
Connor comes in all frazzled and bruised. The Bishops ask what happened, and he says he got robbed – they took the money from Bounce!