Paul tells Elle that if she has something to confess then this is the time to do it. She protests her innocence but Izzy thinks she should tell the truth and grabs her bag to search for a secret stash. Instead of ‘loose change and lipgloss' Paul finds the bottle of pills he had thrown out and demands to know how Elle came to have them.
The General Store
Lou's having a squizz at the lottery numbers and Lil asks if he's won his fortune. He's been unsuccessful and Lil wonders why they bother playing. She hasn't checked her numbers – it's more David's thing and he's likely to have done it already as it's his final flutter before the Salvo rules set in. Lou wonders if he's changed his numbers and gets Lil to go through the numbers they play every week (comprised of Serena's birthday, David's birthday, their house number, Lil's birthday…) Lou looks up and announces that her numbers have come up!
Elle thinks that Izzy must've put the pills in her bag to get her back. Paul angrily asks what she would be getting her back for. Izzy chimes in, saying maybe it would be for all those times Elle put pills in her food, when everyone didn't believe her and thought she was crazy.
ELLE (shouts): I didn't do it! I haven't done it for ages!
IZZY (smiling): Isn't it nice to finally have that out in the open?
Paul does morphs into AngryDad, asking her if she has any idea how dangerous it is and then sweetly tells Izzy how sorry he is about the whole thing. Elle says she only did it because of Izzy's behaviour – she's been seeing Ned behind his back, y'know! Izzy says she's the one who likes Ned.
ELLE: You skank! You're so going to get what's coming to you!
Cue teenager-walking-out-in-a-huff, quickly followed by a door-slam. Paul tries to get her to come back (she's not going to get away with this) but Izzy tells him she needs to cool off.
Toadie wants some fashion advice from Ned – he's getting tired of his bowling shirts and wonders if polo shirts are the way to go. Ned is unsure and won't be drawn on whether wearing pink is a good idea (despite wearing a pink t-shirt).
Elle comes over and she and Ned head out the back for a chat. Toadie thinks someone should tell Elle that she's barking up the wrong tree.
The General Store
Would ya believe it – TGS sells dog food, in amongst it's varied stock. But Joe won't be buying any of it for Bouncer 5 – ‘it's mass produced garbage'! He puts everyone off their tea as he tells Lyn exactly what goes into it. Bouncer 5 needs something compromised of more iron rich…stuff. Lyn thinks all that talk might be a bit pointless without the secret weapon that is Audrey but Joe has a plan!
In the back Liljana and Lou talk about the lottery win. Lou thinks that David is going to surprise her with it and that's why he hasn't told her yet. An excited Lil promises to be very discreet.
The man in question comes in and Lil's very happy to see him, to his surprise. She tells him that everyone loves surprises while Lou spies on them from the kitchen.
Joe prepares his secret weapon: namely a t-shirt with Audrey's photo on it, onto which he rubs the poor unsuspecting pup in order to transfer some of her pheromones. The ‘piece de la résistance' is a tape of Audrey barking!
JOE: A bloody genius or a fair dinkum legend?
LYN: You're something alright
She hugs him but, as he's wearing the stinky t-shirt, the hug doesn't last long.
While Paul is looking out the window for his daughter Izzy tells him that Ned had a stupid crush on her and nothing happened. But Paul's more worried about not believing her – he's deeply sorry for it. Izzy admits that she dosed her own meal – she was pushed to doing something drastic so he'd find out the truth and believe what she was saying. Fighting fire with fire and all that…Paul can't believe Elle was capable of such a thing, believing that she needs to be taught a lesson. For starters she can't live with them any longer. Izzy hopefully asks if she's being sent home but Paul thinks she can live nearby. Izzy starts to protest but stops herself. Paul thinks about how Gail will react – but maybe Elle would be best with her. Izzy puts on her understanding face and tells him she thinks it would be for the best.
Number 30 – Backyard
Toadie wonders if maybe he and Stu should somehow indicate to Elle about Ned but Stu doesn't think it's a good idea.
Ned is telling Elle that he couldn't do that (obviously a Meatloaf fan). Elle protests that Izzy has been a witch to her – couldn't he just say she came on to him? But Ned tells her that the opposite happened and he should tell Paul that it was him who came onto Izzy. Elle thinks he should just let it go, as Paul isn't the type of guy to take such a thing lightly. Meanwhile she'll be on the ‘Spirit of Tassie' first thing in the morning. Ned wishes he could help and she hopes he sorts things out.
Liljana and David are talking about what fun they had helping out at a Salvo type thing. David thinks it did lovesick Serena good too.
DAVID: A few things have happened to me lately that have made me take stock, realise how lucky I am.
LIL (big wide smile): Yeah? Well, nothing like being lucky, is there?
David decides to walk off in the direction of the TV. Lil, impatient, asks if there's anything he wants to tell her.
DAVID: Yeah. (Pause), I love you.
He then scarpers off for a shower.
Toadie asks Stu for some updates on the Bounce case. Stu thinks the perpetrators must be the most thoughtful crims ever, given that they brought back the cash. Toad knows where this is going – Stu's suspicions of Connor. But Toadie knows he would never do anything like this.
Elle and Ned come in and Stu takes Ned off to watch some Supercar thingy on the telly, leaving Toadie to break the news about Ned to Elle.
TOADIE: Ned's not really your type.
ELLE: And how do you know what my type is?
TOADIE: I don't, I don't. But, y'know, um, Ned's not really any girl's type - or the other way round. Girls aren't Ned's type.
Ned appears at the door, unknown to Toadie and Elle plays the game, saying what a pity it is. Ned gives a thumbs-up then disappears. Toadie tells her that there's plenty of nice guys who aren't gay or taken if she's just looks around and Ned appears again to walk her home. Stu tells Toadie that he's dreaming as Toadie files his nails.
TOADIE: Shut up.
STU (laughing, then composing himself): You're dreaming.
TOADIE (shouts): SHUT UP!
Ned tells Elle that he's just letting them think he's gay as there's something else he won't talk about with them. Elle thinks it sounds really juicy and Ned relents – he'll tell her but she has to keep it to herself.
Meanwhile Lynnie, Joe and Bouncer 5 are heading up the driveway of number 26. Bouncer 5 didn't do that well and Lynnie doesn't want Joe to be so critical of the dog but Joe thinks he's useless at racing. Lynnie covers the dog's ears so he doesn't here anything and reminds Joe of the time trial, when he ran like the wind. They head inside to talk strategy.
JOE: Crikey, Lyn Scully, if I didn't know better I'd think you had a thing for stray mutts and hopeless cases.
LYN (employing Beauty Tree strategies): Hopeless, is it? A little more positive thinking from you.
Meanwhile Elle is laughing and it doesn't look like that was the reaction Ned was hoping for. He tells her he shouldn't have told her but she apologises – she just wasn't expecting it was all! It's a big thing for Ned. She hopes that he ‘nails' his ‘dream' and offers any help she can give. Paul appears for a word with his daughter.
Elle guesses that she's going home. Paul wants to know why she has such a problem with Izzy and Elle doesn't know – she just got to her and made her do things she wouldn't normally do. She wanted to convince him to dump her. She goes on to tell him that all the things her mother said about him didn't seem to be true – he seemed to want to be her father. Izzy sits on the steps and listens to them talking. Elle tells him that he looked so unhappy and when she saw Izzy on the pills and having an affair…Paul tells her it was untrue but Elle says Izzy has him sucked in. Paul tells her that he cares for Izzy (which brings a smile on the lady in question's face). Elle says she'll pack and Paul tells her that he would like nothing more than to have her stay but it's best she go home. Izzy looks like she's going to kill herself with pent up laughter.
The next morning Toadie, Ned and Stu are playing footy and nearly KO Harold, who's on his daily constitutional. Ned spots Paul and goes over to him. He admits he kissed Izzy (‘a low act') and he's happy for the beating he's sure will ensue. But Paul already knows about it and has no hard feelings. Ned smiles, relieved.
Lil is happily singing to herself when Lou appears and she tells him that David still hasn't told her about ‘the big surprise'.
Izzy offers Elle some breakfast but she passes. Paul wants a word with Izzy and admits he isn't sure sending Elle away is a good idea. Izzy is a bit outraged, reminding him it's what he decided. But Paul wants a meaningful relationship with his kids and maybe Elle trying to kill Izzy proved how much she needs him to be around! Izzy thinks it's a psychiatrist she needs and Paul doesn't think they can make judgements when they're ‘not exactly perfect little snowflakes' themselves. Izzy needs his support too and Paul says she has it but he needs to have this chance to be a father.
Lil bursts in, all happy, and tells David that they should look for a new car. She asks him to put her out of her misery and tell her about the lottery. He admits it's true and she hugs him, overjoyed.
They've won $250 000…
Which has gone…
To the Salvos.
Lil reminds him that, even though he's right about the underprivileged needing the money, they do too. But David says they've been on even footing recently. Lil starts to freak out about what they could have used to money for, but David reminds her that he's happy the way they are – he has everything he needs in her and their family.
LIL: It's all I need too.
The General Store
Joe's happy to see Lou with his brekkie – his gut thinks his gob has a cork in it.
LOU: Don't tempt me, Joe.
The Timmins clan have taken over Lynnie's, where Janelle is finishing her opus – not ‘How To Make No Friends And Influence Nothing' as Joe thinks but ‘The Bogan's Tipped Hair'. Lyn tells him that it's based on the goings-on in the street and it's racy!!
Lil and Dave come in for Harold to tell them about the envelope at the Salvo HQ that had a $250 000 cheque in it, donated anonymously. Lil and David smile at each other, agreeing with Harold that the contributors must've been filthy rich, whoever they were. Harold looks to Lou who looks as if he's either on the verge on of crying or has just bitten his tongue. He motions to the happy couple at the table but Harold doesn't get it.
Paul and Izzy are acting lovey-dovey when Elle comes in. Paul tells her he doesn't want her to leave – she should stay here, with them. It might not be the most stable environment but he doesn't want to lose her. Elle asks Izzy whether she wants to give the family thing a shot –
IZZY: As long as you give up trying to kill me!
Elle thinks she's way too tough for her anyway, which Izzy agrees with.
PAUL: Here's to us – the most dysfunctional family on the street! They're going to love us!
He hugs both of them. Awww.