Alex and Susan's wedding is back on
Paul, Janae & Boyd toast to Dylan
Connor and Dylan washed up on an island
Dylan is running around with a pointy stick like a mad man, trying to catch a fish in the river. Meanwhile, Connor is making a feeble attempt at starting a fire with a lighter – ooh, scandal; I didn't think anyone in Ramsay Street smoked. Unless the salmon in the river do… smoked salmon. Boom, boom tish. Alas, there's no lighter fluid left. Dylan lets out a whoop of joy, he's managed to catch a fish and he's darn excited about that. He sprints back to Connor and the non-fire, almost dive-bombing into the ground. Connor tells him about the lighter predicament but Dylan's not disheartened, he just tells him to go and find some dry grass and twigs.
Susan and Harold look at the local paper with the headline ‘Missing Presumed Dead' across the top – Lil, David, Serena, Dylan and Connor's pictures accompany it (nice to see that the Timminses and the HoT have a copy of Dylan and Connor's fan cards, too).
If you expected Harold to be miserable, you expected wrong. He's positively chipper and in a huge state of denial. He yammers on to Susan about how he hopes Lil's back in time for her wedding, and how he'd love to do the catering. Susan just looks at him in disbelief and pity. He asks about the night of the accident and where Lil, David and Serena were sitting, “I just can't help but feel that the smallest detail is going to help in the search.” Susan tries to chat but he keeps talking.
HAROLD: I suppose I'm just filling in time till they get back. The waiting is the hard part. It's awful.
Lyn's on the phone to Janelle letting her know the kids are fine while Bree makes some brekkie for Janae – they're dressed for school but Janae doesn't see the point. Lyn lets them know Janelle's on her way home in a helicopter (awesome) and throws lots of happy words their way to make them feel better about things – it's about a 9 on the Chipper Harry Scale of Denial.
When Bree and Janae leave, Lyn laments to Joe that she doesn't know what to say to the girls. Joe wants to know where their dad is.
JOE: What sort of dad doesn't turn up at a time like this? Bloke must be a complete bludger.
And, in the grand tradition of Neighbours, when one speaks of the devil…
… The surfie devil appears.
So that's where Stinger gets his beanie fashion sense from. Oh, and pretend like we don't know it's Kim yet, okie-doke? Beanie man scrounges around for some spare change on the dashboard of his yellow van. Yellow?
Harold asks question upon question about the night of the accident, clearly making Susan upset and uncomfortable, but she soldiers on.
SUSAN: Harold, they've been missing for three days in freezing water. The chances of them coming back are not good. You have to accept that, Harold…
HAROLD: Susan, Susan, you survived. I know there were people ready to give up on you. The Lord handed you a miracle, Susan, and that same miracle is going to bring David and his little family back to me.
And off he trots because there's absolutely nothing to worry about, oh, except for the catering. Mustn't. Forget. The. Catering. Susan tries not to cry at the depths of Harry's denial. He's practically swimming through that river in Egypt.
Beach Somewhere – OMG! It's like Summer Bay!111
No, not really. Flamin' hell, Ailsa. Beanie man peruses a paper that some people left behind on a table, circling some jobs that look interesting to him. He hops into his van but is startled when he sees the front page – the camera zooms in on Dylan's picture alongside the other ‘missing presumed dead' people. He starts his car and zooms away.
Boyd is trying to study but gets interrupted by a knock at the door – it's Janae, she's decided not to go to school after all. She tells Boyd that she keeps having nightmares and they have a comforting cuddle on the couch. “It's doing my head in,” she says, but is cut off with an almighty, and supposedly reassuring, “Shhh!” from Boyd (said with such force that I think Kyal laced Eliza's eyelashes with a coating of spittle). They have a smooch and decide this is a better alternative to worrying. I hear they're using that tactic in Parliament now…
Connor hears a noise and wonders if it's a chopper, or maybe a bird (perhaps a polar bear…), but Dylan snarks it could be a snake. He adds that Connor's got to pull it together for the next few weeks until they can get some cash-in-hand work at a farm. Dylan's also got a mate in Hobart who can make fake ID's then they're on their way to the NT to start anew.
CONNOR: Dead man walking.
DYLAN: Nah, dead man reborn, right?
He takes the fish off the fire they got started and starts to gobble into it, flicking bits of food all over Connor's suit. Watch it, you'll get it dirty. Connor's not so sure about the fishy delicacy so Dylan tells him to hunt some bunnies in a nearby burrow and do something about his hunger. ‘Oh, that's 100 times better' thinks Connor.
Boyd and Janae are still cuddling on the couch. Janae tells Boyd she never really got the ‘love' thing until she was with him, all those other boys in her life were just no good for her. Boyd says she doesn't have to prove herself to him, she can just be the real her. Horrible dancing skills and all I'd say. She tries to make a getaway so he can study some more but he's still up for being distracted, so they smooch once again and do that ‘fall on to the couch while kissing' thing, and I always wonder how the actors don't smash their teeth together in the process.
Bishops' Front Yard
Harold has turned his denial energy into gardening energy, with a healthy dose of happy defiance still lingering. He talks and talks about planting flowers, not even pausing when Joe tells him that the emergency crews have called off the search. A yellow van drives by in the background. Joe and Harold look at Beanie man in curiosity as he walks towards Lyn's place.
Janae and Boyd are walking back to her house when she spots the van in the street and does a turnaround, claiming she's feeling sick and needs to go back inside.
Bree gets up to answer a knock at the door and is pleasantly surprised with the Beanie man visitor. “Hey Princess,” he smiles. “Dad!” she exclaims, hugging him. It's Kim Timmins! Would never have guessed that one.
Connor, with pointy stick, and Dylan, run through the bush like a couple of maniacal pole-vaulters let loose from the Olympics compound. They're hunting their prey, a cute widdle bunny wabbit. Connor tries his darndest to stake the fluffy critter but it's like he's about to kill the Easter Bunny or something – he can't go ahead with it. He bemoans that he's no use to Dylan and he's better off going home (he won't mention the D-Meister of course), but Dylan says they've stopped looking anyway, he can't hear choppers anymore. He makes a joke that if Connor dies of starvation he'll just have to eat him, but Connor's not quite ready for cannibalistic humour just yet. They run off to catch some more wascally wabbits.
Bree and Kim would like to have some hope left, but don't think there's much chance Dylan will come back now. Kim reveals that he had a little premonition or something the past few days about his son, and had a bad feeling in his gut as well. This family has ESP is seems. They hear a car outside – uh oh, Janelle's home and she's seen Kim's van. Bree asks her dad if he's going to stay this time and he replies that he is, providing Janelle doesn't boot him out. Bree's all; ‘Of course she won't!' so we all know what'll happen soon enough. Kim thinks it's too late for Dwayne, Brandon and now Dylan, but he wants to be there for her, Janae and Scotty.
Janelle bursts through the door, with Joe and Lyn behind her, looking stunned. She greets her hubby with an almighty backhander across the cheek. “Welcome home,” Kim smirks.
Janelle rants and raves at Kim, not letting him get a word in edgeways, telling him to get out of their lives. She can't believe he let her cope on her own for three days when she needed him the most. She storms off down the hallway leaving Joe, Lyn and Bree in a state of awkwardness.
Kim apologises for the disruption and Bree says he should probably skedaddle for a while until her mum calms down. He agrees, and makes his way out, but not before Joe introduces himself and strongly says that it's Lyn's house Kim's in.
Lyn drags Joe into the kitchen and frantically whispers at him to follow Kim and suss him out a bit. He looks annoyed with the suggestion but goes anyway, possibly to escape Lynnie's flapping hands and the damage they could cause if he was in the way.
Lyn checks how Bree's doing but she sadly says she's quite used to stuff like this.
Harold's still talking away to anyone that's in front of him; this time it's Boyd and Janae. He asks about Boyd's exams then airily says he'll have to chat to Susan about Serena making up for her missed ones when she gets back. Aw, poor deluded Harry.
Susan then appears in the shop to have a chat with him, letting the teens make their escape. She gently asks him if he heard that the search was called off (Suse obviously didn't read that he did just that five scenes ago, tsk tsk…), but he just says that means nothing and that she should keep her chin up. Susan looks very concerned for him.
Joe and Kim are having a drink but Joe can't keep the charade up and lets Kim know that he was sent there to suss him out.
KIM: You know what? I've got you pegged as a good bloke, Joe. What do you think about me?
JOE: Well I was just telling Lyn I think you're a complete bludger.
Kim says that's fair enough, but there's two things he wants to add; he loves his wife and kids and that everyone in town has only heard one side of the story in regards to him. He gets sad and says that he lost a son, “how can I lose anymore, Joe?” (Someone should really tell him that son #4 is a potential jailbird too). Joe says he's right with him; he almost lost a child as well.
Janelle is telling Bree not to believe a word her dad says to her. Bree reminds her that she said she loved Kim with all her heart when they were camping in Canberra, but Janelle just says they were lies to make her not be sick anymore (nice to see that lying is okay under special circumstances…). Bree's had enough though and tells Janelle it's not about her for once, it's about the kids and how they feel.
BREE: Me, Janae and Scotty need our dad more than ever. If you don't let him stay this time I'm leaving, I'm gonna go live with dad.
Connor brings a tin of water back to the campsite where Dylan is cooking up poor Bugs. He's found some berries but doesn't really fancy finding out whether they're poisonous or not, he'll just stick to the meat and meat diet instead. That won't be happening though as Dylan smacks Connor's hand away when he tries to get some rabbit – he thinks Connor had his chance before to hunt and he wimped out.
CONNOR: What? So you're going to eat while I sit here and starve?
DYLAN: I'm not your mother, I'm not here to take care of you, you've got to pull your weight.
CONNOR: Every man for himself then? Right.
DYLAN: Whatever you have to do to survive.
CONNOR: You know what you sound like, Dylan?
DYLAN: Tell me.
CONNOR: Not normal.
Dylan just laughs and tells him to look around, there's nothing normal about their lives anymore. He says they're in their own world now and they make up what's normal and what isn't. Connor looks positively thrilled to be stuck on Gloomy Island with a slightly madcap Dylan.