- Ramsay Streeters hear that Paul has survived, and the crash is being treated as ‘suspicious'
- Boyd tells Janae that sitting around together is what people do when they love each other.
- Karl tells the Kinski kids that Alex has been found…but they haven't heard about Susan.
Karl checks over Paul, and tells him he can go home tomorrow. Paul thinks he must have done something good in a past life to deserve all these second chances. Karl can't believe he thinks he has done something to deserve survival – yet he and Izzy survived, and Susan is gone – does he think that's fair too?
Rachel and Zeke comment on how strange it feels living at number 24 without Susan, especially with her kids coming back. Alex says it might be best if they move back to their house for a while, and Zeke says just until Susan comes back. Rachel says she isn't coming back…she's dead. Zeke points out that Alex survived, but Rachel says he wasn't in the water for two nights – just because no one has rung to say she is dead…no one has rung to say she's alive either…because she isn't! Rachel throws the phone across the room and runs off.
Paul gets off the phone to Elle, just as Karl comes in. Karl is glad he ran into Pal – he doesn't have to be polite to him out of the hospital. Karl then accuses Paul of killing Susan, saying that he organised the flight, so it is his fault it crashed! As the boys get into a bit of a fisty-cuff moment, Ned, who is wearing a vest to rival Karl's, comes in for his one scene of the day and pulls them apart. Paul asks Karl if he really thinks that if he had any inkling the plane was unsafe, he would have taken his daughter and Izzy on there? On the topic of Izzy, though, Karl wonders if Paul knows about Izzy's desperate phone call to him as the plane went down. Karl snarls that even if Susan is gone, she left him knowing what it feels like to be loved. But he will never know true love, not with Isabelle. He has nothing.
‘TASMANIA!' Janae exclaims. Turns out Janelle has jetted off to await further news about Dylan. Joe goes off to visit Sky at the hospital, as very blonde-haired Boyd arrives to visit Janae. Janae says she is really glad to see him, as Bree comes out. Bree says she'll make them some lunch, but Janae tells her Joe will do it when he gest back. Bree goes off to make some anyway. Janae tells Boyd that she is worried about Dylan, but not like everyone else…she said she was glad to see Boyd, because she wanted to see him, not because she needs comforting. She asks Boyd if that makes her a bad person.
Karl arrives – Alex has been taking calls from Libby, and Karl has come to talk to her. Karl notices the smashed up phone, and comments that that is one way of dealing with it. He asks how Alex is doing, and he replies that physically he is getting there, but n other ways…not too good. Rachel and Zeke come out with their suitcases, and Karl asks if they are moving out – sure, the kids will want to stay there when they arrive, but he won't be, and they are welcome to stay. Alex tells the kids to go and finish cleaning their rooms, and says to Karl that they are both lucky people to have had Susan in their lives. Karl thinks that Alex is the better man – he made Susan happy up till the end, where all he seemed to do was the opposite. Alex informs him that Susan told him, if they both died, that Karl would care for Rachel and Zeke. He goes on to say that he can't think of a more generous or kind thing for a man to do, and that is what Susan thought of him. Karl gets a bit teary, and he and Alex have a bit of a male-bonding moment.
Joe is buying up big on the veggies, as Alex comes in, followed by Karl who is on the phone. Alex and Joe ask hoe each other are going, then Karl rushes up to them – they've found another survivor! Alex asks if it is Susan, and Karl says they don't know, she's still unconscious and as yet unidentified, but she is about the right age. Joe points out that it could be Lil. Alex asks if she's going to be ok, and Karl says that apparently she is fine…whoever she is…
Joe tells Bree about the new survivor, and says that he is going to the hospital in place of Harold, in case it is Lil. He says he won't be long, and jokes that there is to be no parties and no boys. Bree says that Janae is getting enough action for the both of them. Joe points out that different people react differently to different situations. It's like animals in nature – ‘adaptation' Bree steps in. Joe says just like some animals use camouflage, or grow sharp teeth etc, people adapt to situations in their own way. Bree says that Janae just doesn't seem to care, but Joe says that is like camouflage. Bree tells him that her way of coping is imagination – she likes to pretend Dylan has been washed ashore and when he figures out how to light a fire, the rescuers will follow the smoke. She then gets all meaning-of-life on Joe, but he says she'll have to find a smarter man than him to ask.
Janae can't work out why she feels the way she does – maybe she just wasn't close enough o Dylan. Boyd says he stuck up for her a few times, but Janae wishes she knew more about him – he was her brother, but it was like living with a stranger. Boyd suggests she talk to someone who did now Dylan well, and gestures to Paul. Janae wonders if he'd mind. They walk up to him, and Janae asks if she can talk to him…about Dylan.
Steph is talking to her baby-bump, as Max goes to walk into the office, but stops to listen.
STEPH: The world can be a very dangerous place sometimes…you never know what's coming… but one thing you should always know is that we love you... yes – you'll always have that. But I'm sorry to tell you that you'll probably be about 60 before we let you out of our sight…bad luck little Charlie.
Charlie? Max asks, walking into the office. He says that can be a gender neutral name, right? Steph says not necessarily, and if he doesn't want to know what sex the baby was, he shouldn't eavesdrop on her when she could spoil it for him. Max says just to tell him it is a gender-neutral name and he'll go about his business. She says it is – she's been calling the baby Charlie since before she knew the sex anyway. Max rubs her tummy fondly, but jumps up quickly as she says she has some really cute gender-specific nicknames, if he wants to know! Max sticks his fingers in his ears. Steph says at least let her tell him what colour booties she bought? She giggles as he does a strange hybrid of a hop-skip-sprint-shuffle-bounce out of the office, la-la-ba-da-bapping to himself as he goes.
Joe is waiting already as Karl comes in; the Kinski's not long after. Karl says she is in that room (*gestures to the left of screen* You can all see that, right?). Alex tells Karl to go in first. Karl walks slowly into the room, and hesitantly draws back the curtain. The first thing we see is Karl's face. But the look of sheer relief and delight is a clear hint. And with a shot of a peacefully sleeping Susan, our hopes are confirmed. Susan's alive.
Karl comes out of the room and says it is Susan. He and Alex hug, Rachel and Zeke hug, and Joe scratches his nose in celebration. Karl tells the nurse it is Susan Kennedy…no, Smith, as Alex goes into the room. Susan's eyes open as he leans over. They exchange a ‘hi' as Karl and the kids look on from the other side of the door.
Paul tells Janae that the thing about Dylan was what you saw was what you got. He was a rough diamond, but he was resourceful, clever and loyal. Janae asks if he really would have made something of his life, and Paul says he would – Paul even had him in mind to take over Lassiter's – he trusted him. Janae comments that she hardly knew him…now she never will. Paul says they shouldn't be talking about him in past tense – there is still a chance they will find him. Paul comments that he wouldn't go down without a fight – look at his last few minutes in the plane! He gave a lot of people courage, especially Sky. He wouldn't want them to be talking about him like this, and he would be living it up. They make a toast - to Dylan…wherever he is.
Susan says she isn't too bad, apart from a headache, which Karl says is from dehydration. Zeke is keen to hear Susan's story of survival – she ended up washed up on a beach after being caught in the currents. She could hear a helicopter, but was too weak to call out or move. She had to lie there and listen to it fly away. She says she must have lost consciousness, before they saw her. Alex and Susan have an emotional moment, and Karl says he had better go. Susan says he can stay, but Karl says he has people to call. Susan takes his hand, and thanks him for everything. Karl says it is good to have her back, and he wills see her later. Zeke tells Susan he studied the currents, and knew she would be ok. Rachel starts to cry, and Susan gives her a cuddle. Karl watches sadly from the other side of the door.
Joe tells Bree that it was Susan, and Bree is stoked. She reckons the Kinski kids are too. Well, actually, Joe tells her…he has picked up a hitchhiker. It's Zeke, who apologises for coming by so late, but now that Suse is back, he feels like everything is better! He leans forward and kisses Bree suddenly. She asks what that was for.
ZEKE: Seize the day. I had to come and do it.
BREE: Do you want a hot chocolate or something.
Hot choccies and marshmallows all round, m'dears. Young love is in the air.
In the kitchen, Joe is looking smug.
JOE: He insisted I give him a lift. Said he wanted to give you something personal.
BREE: He did that.
Joe says that it is amazing what can happen when you least expect it.
Max says to Karl that it is brilliant news about Susan. Karl agrees that it is amazing, but he still seems downcast. Max asks what is up, and Karl tells him when he thought Susan was dead, it felt like he had lost a wife…not an ex-wife.
KARL: And I realise now that's how I feel. I saw her lying there in that hospital bed, and it felt like she had come back to me. Except she hasn't come back to me…. She's come back to Alex.
Susan has finished the best tea and crumpets of her life, and Alex comments that she looks tired. Susan says she is but she doesn't want to sleep – she wants to make the most of them being together. Alex says they will be – when she leaves there tomorrow, they'll never leave each other's side.
RACHEL: That'll make year 8 English fun…
SUSAN: What do you reckon Alex, would you follow me to year 8 English?
ALEX: Darling, I'd follow you to year 9 Woodwork if I had to!
Rachel goes off to get a drink and Alex comments on how amazing the feeling of a second chance is. Susan reminds him that he has had 2 in the last couple of weeks. They agree that the worst moment of the crash for both of them was when they couldn't find each other – they both thought they'd lost the other. Alex says that he's really has three chances – when he walked through the door and saw her alive, it was like his life started again. Susan tells him that when she was in the water, she made a promise that if they both got out alive, she wouldn't waste a second with him…
SUSAN: Alex, let's get married…
ALEX *sobs…cries…laughs* Ok!
*Random shot of Karl looking depressed*