Paul telling Izzy he wants to ruin Harold and Lou; Kim handing over some DVDs to a mate that he's copied – and taking money for it.
Toadie tells Susan that if she wants to win, she has to reveal Katya's secret. If she doesn't, she risks losing the kids; Susan doesn't want to resort to dirty tactics. She can't believe that Toadie has changed his tune, but Toadie reminds her that she's his client, and he has to advise her accordingly. He also reminds her that Katya is telling the kids, anyway, so she shouldn't feel guilty.
But SaintSusan doesn't think that the kids should have to know – Katya has changed, and is not that person any more.
The Scarlet Bar where Scott is Bored
Katya and the kids are having a fun night out, and Katya tells them to eat, as they need to have a talk later.
Janelle, Kim and Scott come into the bar and Janelle says she would never have guessed that Kim went for older chicks, and Scott's bored of the conversation – she's talked about nothing else for days. His mum says she still wants to get to the bottom of it, and she will go ask Toadie in front of Angie. Right now.
Janelle tells Kim to fix the bill for the drinks and walks out.
Susan concedes that she might win the case, but the kids and Katya would hate her for it; and she'd hate herself. Oh, and then she has to move on. She instructs Toadie to withhold all such information.
TOADIE: That's the Susan I know and love.
Susan goes to call Katya, but her phone's switched off. Toadie offers to take Susan to find her, and they run out the house.
The General Store
Karl has brought Jenny to TGS for dinner, and she agrees that it's good to support local businesses – Karl only ever eats here or at The Scarlet Bar. I think that's more to do with limits on production costs, but okay. Jenny asks: “didn't this place use to buzz once?” Yeah – it's the jukebox that's missing, Jen. Bring it back, I say. At least they could have *some* noise.
Karl orders from Harold – OJs, two pastas, a Greek salad, flan and coffees. I didn't realise flan still existed. Oh, and dessert. Bless Karl's heart – he's trying to give Harry business, but of course he denies it, he doesn't want Jenny to think he's a cheapskate. Tsh. Tight as a drum, is ol' Karl.
Toadie and Susan rush in – they're looking for Katya and the kids. Susan notices the love of her life sitting with Jenny McKenna at the table. Someone suggested in the Kusan Thread the other day that if Jenny married Karl, she might be called Jenny Kennedy-McKenna, which I thought was pretty funny. And irrelevant. She's just a temporary diversion. Ship her off to Queensland or Canberra where all the nice-but-not-right people go.
Susan is distracted from her mission momentarily, and Karl's eyes also wander to Susan and her traditional floaty knitware that we're becoming quite accustomed to. Harold hasn't seen Katya, and Susan barely answers as her eyes drift back to her darling at the table behind the counter. Susan walks out the store in a definite manner to cry.
Harold asks to have a word with Toadie, and asks if there are any jobs going for Lou – could he keep his eye open?
Susan pops her head back round the door to flirt once more with Karl, but mistakenly calls Toadie's name and asks him to hurry up.
Number 30 where they're keeping it In The Family
Scott and Janelle turn up at Angie's to ask the question. Janelle wants to know what really happened, and she'd like to hear it from Toadie, but Angie says she didn't even know that he was back. They'll call again later.
Janelle says that Kimbo would never go for a woman like Angie, and Ange remarks that if she's so sure, why does she need Toadie to corroborate it? They hurl insults, and Scott drags his mum away from the house.
The Scarlet Bar where Susan does The Right Thing
Katya is telling the kids that when she left the family, she had to make some choices, some that she wasn't proud of. She goes to get drinks, and Susan pounces – she's withholding the findings from everyone, and she doesn't want the kids to know. She knows what this will do to her chances of keeping the children, but they won't hear it from her.
Katya and Susan sit to talk, and the kids notice what's going on. Susan says that she doesn't want to give the children up, but she doesn't want to break up a family. Oh, bless her little heart; she knows what it's like, after all. Katya can't believe that Susan will release the kids to her, if that's what the children want. Susan says there are conditions: number one, she gets to tell them; number two, she needs to continue to be a big part of their lives. Katya agrees, and says she'll count on Susan being there.
Number 30 where Angie will Make Toadie Remember
Angie's leaving another message for her son and tells him to turn his phone on. Toadie gets home for the first time from Sydney, and she's cross he didn't tell her he was home. Oh, and by the way – she needs to talk to him. He remembers the time that Kim came onto her, doesn't he? Toadie says he doesn't, but Angie reminds him anyway, although Toadie thinks she's inventing it. He can't remember, so Angie thinks that he must have been traumatised.
Then Toadie does remember something – Angie and Kim in the stables, arguing. His mum's pleased, and decides to take him through it all again to make sure he remembers ‘properly…' I smell a rat. Or something aquatic, I'm not sure.
Ramsay Street where Janelle doesn't Have It
Kim is handing over more DVDs and taking the money for it; his customer suggests there are others he can send Kim's way. Janelle comes out and they flirt in front of Angie. Janelle asks Ange if she likes the new sleepwear that her husband bought for her.
JANELLE: If you've got it, flaunt it. That's my motto.
ANGIE: But you haven't got it, love, and you never blo*dy did.
Angie said she's going to get Toadie to sort this out once and for all – Kim and Janelle follow her, then Scott.
Number 30 where there's Shouting
Toadie's cleaning out the pool, perturbed to hear everyone shouting for him. Angie and Janelle, Kim and Scott want to hear his side of the story. Angie tells him to tell them.
He remembers coming into the stables, and…Angie reminds him he saw Kim make a pass at him. But no – she's wrong. Toadie *does* remember now. How convenient. Angie is furious that he's let her down and storms up the stairs back into the house.
JANELLE: Quick! Before your pants catch fire.
Toadie tells Kim that he saw Angie pinching Kim on the bum, and Kim lost it in order to make it look like he wasn't enjoying it – just in case little Toadie blabbed to anyone. Kim thought Janelle was jealous enough at the time, he didn't want to make things any worse. So really, no-one cracked onto anyone else, and no harm is done. And everyone's happy.
That's the Neighbours we know and love.
So what did Janelle have against Angie for all these years? She doesn't get it – Angie has lied all along, and they're laying into her?!
The General Store where Marshmallows are Good
Paul suggests that he takes the perishable goods from Harold, but Harry says they're for his customers – even though there are none. Karl sticks up for Harry, tell him he's not wanted, and Paul cracks that Harold should go to a retirement home.
Will the real Paul Robinson please make himself known? I don't recognise this character we're seeing right now.
Karl is buying something, and Susan comes in as Paul leaves, wanting lunch for three, for the kids and her. She doesn't see Karl, and he doesn't quite leave, standing and watching her. Aw. They look cute in pink and white. Rather like those packs of marshmallows from Waitrose. And (I feel a metaphor coming on) pink and white marshmallows are always found together, which makes me think that the writers deliberately put them in these colours to show that they *should* be together……see how that works?
Never let it be said that I can't read between the lines.
Karl says hi to her, and asks if she found the kids last night. She did. Goodo. She asks if Karl's free for a coffee; she really needs someone to talk to right now. Poor Susan. The one time she actually asks for help (and, let's face it, she doesn't – for whatever reason – really tell anyone else how she's feeling) – and Karl's meeting Jenny.
SUSAN: Oh! Well. Th…th…th…that's fine.
SO fine. Yaha. You carry on convincing yourself, Susan. No-one else is believing you. She says she understands, and waves hi to Jenny, looking all nervous. She wanders to the other side of the counter to allow the camera to pan to Karl and Jenny being all, you know, together. *She* isn't dressed like a marshmallow. In fact, she's wearing blue, and when marshmallows are put into blue flames, it sets them on fire, so clearly she's not for Karl.
</is in own world>
Jenny comments that she's meeting Karl here – again. Karl says he'll take her to his other predictable haunt. They flirt, and Jenny tells Karl to kiss her. Susan's at the counter, breathing deeply like she does when she's trying not to react. And boy, is she trying. On hearing “kiss me,” she turns to look, and sees Karl kissing Jenny exactly the way he used to kiss Isabelle, actually. She stares, then turns back.
She licks her lips, and is quite blatantly wishing it was her in all that marshmallowness.
She takes another deep breath. She is SO kicking herself right now. You carry on, Susan-cruise. He'll get bored of FlameWoman soon.
The kids ask Susan what's going – they don't want to be split up. She sits them down, and happily / bouncily / cheerfully tells them that this is good news for them. She tells them they're like her own kids, which is why she doesn't want to make them choose between her and Katya.
So, after thinking about what's best for them, and how much Katya loves them – she's ‘giving' them to Katya, but only if they agree. They think that it will give them a chance to get to know her again, but she's a sister, not a mum. Not like Susan. Zeke asks if she'll be lonely. Susan bravely says she'll be fine, then concedes that she will be lonely without them.
She looks down and says, chin wobbling, that she has her friends and her job and her kids – and the important thing is that they'll be happy. She promises she'll still be around and they should celebrate.
SUSAN: You're gonna live with your big sister. Isn't that exciting?
Poor Susan. All her family have left that house now. Mal, Toadie, Billy, Libby, Karl, Scott, Dylan, Alex, Rachel, Zeke. She must sometimes ask herself why no-one wants to stay with her.
The Scarlet Bar where it's all Too Cute
Jenny asks Karl why he was making excuses to Susan earlier – they were married with three kids, and she doesn't expect him to break contact altogether. Oh, she's cute. Karl reminds her that she's his priority now. And they cutely laugh. He asks her out for later, too, but she has to go to a work do – the opera. The Treasurer will be going, too. Karl SO loves that man.
Jen says she'll play him darts for it. If he wins, he gets to go to the opera. If she wins, she'll take him out, somewhere out of his comfort zone. Oh, just too cute.
No 26 / No 30
Janelle is pleased that Angie lost, and is still going on about it to Kim and Scott. She isn't to blame after all.
Angie complains that Toadie didn't back her up, and that Janelle will only get worse, now.
Janelle thinks Angie's been criticising her since she got here; Scott wants to go back to prison where it's saner. Kim hands Janelle the money from the DVDs, but doesn't tell her where it's from.
Angie thinks Janelle rubs her face in it, every time she has some luck. Toadie thinks it works both ways. But Angie thinks Janelle was always trying to be better than her.
Janelle reminds Kim that Angie lost her man, but she's managed to keep hers. Kim reprimands Janelle for treating Angie badly.
(I'm bored, can we stop now?)
Angie wishes that Janelle would get over it, blah blah blah… Toadie wonders what Janelle has against Angie.
Kim asks Janelle what she has against Angie, as the family have had it up to here. ME TOO, Kim. Janelle finally admits it – she stole her big brother away from her.
The General Store where the Show Is Evil
Paul reminds Harry it's rent day, but he doesn't care as he's already been evicted, anyway. Paul reminds Harold that he's in arrears, and that he's the happier man of the two. Harold tells him that he's not happy at all – his life is a mess and his relationship with Isabelle is a lie; Paul doesn't like that at all.
Paul thinks that Izzy, Harold and Lou are hiding something, but Harry tells Paul he's paranoid. Paul wants to know why Harold has fear in his face.
HARRY: Because I'm a silly, frightened old man. Who, as you said, should be in a nursing home.
PAUL: Good. Seeing sense at last, Harry.
This is sick. Just horrible to watch. I don't care if Paul's comeuppance is coming; this isn't Paul and this isn't even bad – it's pure evil. I wish I was back at No 26 / No 30 / No 26 / No 30 / No 26 now.
Talking of which, Angie and Toadie come in and Toadie tells Angie to apologise and be the grown up. Katya comes in, and Toadie so fancies her. He congratulates Katya on getting the kids, and she says she thinks it's hard on Susan, so she's not celebrating as such.
Katya thanks him for helping her, but Toadie says that he'd never back a decision which would hurt Susan. Thank goodness – his loyalty is back. He comments that someone had to make a sacrifice, and it's time for Katya to come through on her promise – to look after the kids well. She says she will.
The Kennedy House where Susan will be Lonely
Susan, Rach and Zeke are playing a board game, and Rachel wins yet again; Susan suggests they go out on an excursion that they haven't managed to do yet, like the aquarium.
Rachel sweetly tells her that it's okay – she can be sad if she likes, they understand. Aw. Susan doesn't know why she'd be sad – the kids are going to be happy so that makes her happy. One either side, the kids embrace Susan as she holds back the tears.
SUSAN: You know what? I don't really know how I'm gonna go without you.
ZEKE: You'll always be our mum.
SUSAN: And you'll always be my kids.
They lean into her once more as she cries and tries to smile.
Line of the episode:
SUSAN: You'll always be my kids.
Best performance of the episode:
Sorry, but Jackie for all the sadness and SusanTears™
Best ‘Rock On' moment:
JANELLE: If you've got it, flaunt it. That's my motto.
ANGIE: But you haven't got it, love.
The scene that TPTB forgot to include:
The one where Karl snuck round to Susan's after seeing Jenny to give her lots of hugs and eat marshmallows with her.