The Recap in which TPTB demonstrate Continuity
Ned agrees to accompany Janae to the school dance. Janelle tells Bree that they have a best-seller on their hands – Bree's going to be a star!
Outside Number 26 where Zeke is Terrified
Bree is doing an interview about the book, commenting that children are actually very clever, when given the opportunities. And, you know, you can be queen when you're thirteen in some countries, so…that proves it. Bree admits that she loves reading books with lots of romance – hence the racy elements of the book. (Reminds me of when Libby wrote a saucy novel in 1996…she was only two years older than Bree. I find that *so* hard to believe!)
Janelle comments to Zeke that Bree is a woman of the world, now, which scares him somewhat. And Susie swats a fly in front of her face.
JANELLE: She's a passionate girl on the verge of womanhood. I mean, I'd start getting myself in shape if I were you.
SUSAN: Oh stop it, that's terrible!
JANELLE: Oh, come on, Suse – the boy needs to know what he's in for!
Susan reassures Zeke with a hand on his chest but he ain't buyin' it.
The General Store where Karl's an Idiot
Ned bumps into Boyd who thanks him for taking Janae to the formal – he's glad she's found a *friend* to help her. A *friend,* in case that wasn't clear. Ned says he's looking forward to it – she's a good looking girl, and now's the chance to get to know her properly. Ugh – seriously, what do people find interesting about him?!
NED: Well, we're both single. Who's to say what might happen??
Boyd reminds Ned that she's sixteen and he's…well, old. 28? 21? Who cares.
Ned tells Boyd he's insane for letting her go. Karl comes over to Boyd and says he's sorry to hear he's broken up with Janae again, but that's life. Wow, don't come on too strong with the sympathy, there, Karl. Karl sits with Jenny McKenna and Sarshar sashays in once more. Karl says ‘hi' to her – he's known her since she was a baby, as both her parents are surgeons.
There is logic in that, however badly expressed.
They all realise that they're all going to the Med fundraiser this evening. Well, that'll be a nice little foursome out, won't it? Sarshar goes to get coffee and Karl comments to Boyd that she's a class act, and surely like kindred spirits with him?
KARL: For what it's worth, I can't recommend finding someone you can share things with too highly. A friend and partner all wrapped up in one.
He kisses Jenny but he's so blatantly thinking about Susan. And anyway, if you can't recommend it highly enough, Karl, why did you WALK AWAY FROM IT?!
Number 26 where Janelle needs to Be Careful
Janelle is proud of Bree, but she'd rather be in her room listening to music with Zeke, which is where they go. Janelle starts to make some snacks for Bree, and ignores Janae's requests for food – after all, Bree's using her brain all the time and needs the energy. Janelle accuses Janae of being jealous, but Janae denies it – she just hates that her mother is constantly sucking up and playing favourites.
Karl's Flat where hello? Continuity??
Karl missed Jenna McKennedy last night – and the time went too slowly. He doesn't want her to leave him alone at night so much…he doesn't need too much quality bachelor time! Jenny comments that she thought she was dating Erinsborough's Hugh Hefner. Yeah, right.
KARL: If these walls could talk, they would tell of a middle-aged man, who desperately misses his ex-wife with whom he's still completely in love, who thinks about her all the time, and eats take-away food alone.
It's what he was thinking, yet he actually managed to say:
KARL: If these walls could talk, they would tell of a middle-aged man who works too hard, and eats take-away food home alone.
How did it come out so wrong?
Karl thinks it's funny that Jennedy thinks he's a rampant suburban philanderer. Um, that would probably be the three affairs you had whilst being married, Karl. Call me perceptive… He tells her he's had one single disastrous relationship since his divorce. (And during, and before…) And then, *then,* Jennedy asks if it was on the rebound, and he says *yes*!!!!
::dials phone:: Ah, yes, hello, I'd like to speak to Mr Continuity, please.
Rebounding from what?! Your wonderful marriage of thirty years that you walked out on??! It wasn't a rebound – it was an emotional affair which culminated in you pursuing Isabelle *not* because you were so devastated about your marriage, but because you wanted her. Ugh.
I really can't tell if this is Karl being an idiot and just not saying things right, or if this is just *really* poor writing.
He pushes her onto the bed for some kissin' but thankfully she reminds him they have to go. It's a difficult one, this. I really like Jenny, I really do – I so want her to stay on the street. She's fun, lively – irritatingly so, kind and quirky. And I actually really like Karl and Jenny together - Fletch and Carrie look like they enjoy working together, and it really shows.
But we *all* know it's wrong…
She suggests he leave some things at her house like a toothbrush etc, so he doesn't have to take his stuff to hers every time.
KARL: Would it be so crazy if you moved in? I mean, we are ‘engaged,' after all. And I've been thinking about it for some time. Well, actually it just occurred to me.
At least he was honest, that time. She agrees, and throws herself at him and they land on the bed and I'm grateful that we cut to:
Number 26 where Boyd is Being Immature
Boyd comes round to see Janae, and she's dressed up for the formal. As far as Boyd's concerned, she's dressed up for Ned and he ain't likin' that muchly. Janae tells him it's silly – Ned's being a friend, and Boyd broke up with her, remember? Why does it matter who she goes to the dance with?
Boyd unfairly accuses Janae of playing games with him, even though she denies it, and starts to go on again about how he now remembers their age difference. She really doesn't understand his behaviour, tells him he's immature, and says she has to go and get changed. He strops off, as Valda looms ominously out from the wall in the background.
Karl's flat where Jenny is Fabulous
Jennedy suggests that Karl De-Izzify his flat! I love it! I love her! Actually, I love her hair.
He tells her that the only thing Isabelle bought him was a watch – which he puts on. He says it's fake, so she tells him to throw it away and get a new one. In fact, he should smash it and get a new one, because apparently it's a healthy release! Plus, you know, he's a doctor and can afford it; but he reminds her he's a GP, not a heart surgeon.
Really? I thought he did EVERY role in the hospital. Seems I was wrong. Stupid me.
Jenny chases him to get the watch from him, and they collapse on the sofa laughing. He refuses to give it up (the watch, the watch). And I *thought* Jennedy said that he needs to ‘free yourself of that wench,' but apparently it's ‘free yourself of that watch.' Shame. She would have won Line Of The Episode with a cracker like that.
Zeke's all worried that Bree will grow away from him – she's meeting loads of new people. Susan reassures him that it will be busy for a while, but it's not forever. Plus, Zeke's as good as any of Bree's new acquaintances. Just then, Bree flies in the house without knocking – now, why can't Karl do that when Susan's all alone at night? – Zeke's needed at Lassiters for a photo-shoot. They fly out the house together.
Susan does the cutest little surprised face which says ‘oh, bye then – don't mind me.'
Lassiters where we encounter a blast from The Past
The interviewer thanks Bree and Zeke – OMG, it's SINDI! SINDI is interviewing them! And then the camera angle changes and it's not. Rats.
FakeSindi comments that Zeke must have one wild ride with Bree, but Bree assures her that her mother wrote the sexy stuff. FakeSindi leaves, and Bree tells Zeke that she doesn't want people to think the sexy parts of the book are hers.
Karl's flat where there's Too Much Flirting
Susan is knocking at Karl's flat with her usual “Karl, it's me.” Why don't you just walk in like everyone else, Susie-doll? She realises she's caught him in the middle of something, then Jennedy appears, and Susan apologises for not calling first. Karl assures her they're going out soon, and Jenna invites her to stay for a glass of wine. Susie doesn't want the fuss, and tells Karl she just wanted to ask him to be school counsellor again.
Yeah, yeah, we all know what *that* means. ‘You fancy being my, er, ‘counsellor,' tonight, Karl?' We're onto ya, Susie-Q.
Susan can't believe all the stuff in the house – and Karl tells her that some of it's Jenny's; she's moving in.
And Susan does those eyes from 4412 which say “was it something I did?” before going into the over-enthusiastic greatness of Jenny moving in. She can't help let slip a little comment about the drag of packing up and moving house – as if hoping that might make Jenny re-think the idea. But it doesn't. Susan makes her excuses, and pats the mattress on the way out in the same way she patted Karl in 4872. As she's closing the door, Karl tells her to ‘call me' rather enthusiastically, and she leaves PDQ.
Here's something interesting. Well, to about 12 people on the board, anyway… Both he and Susan do the hand-on-neck thing when they're nervous and skittish. That's cute.
Jenny comments that Susan seemed comfortable with her moving in, and Karl kisses her before leaning on the mattress and looking a little pensive, staring at the door.
Honestly, you two.
“You wanna be my counsellor, Mr Kennedy?”
“Call me, Miss Smith.”
They're such flirts.
Number 26 where Kim is short
Zeke and Bree are watching TV when Ned arrives to collect Janae. Kim is very short next to Ned, so pulls him to the step near the front door so he can stand on it and……still be shorter than Ned! It's too funny, and you really have to see it to appreciate the comic value.
He warns him not to put a foot wrong with Janae, and then Ned compliments Janae as she comes from her room looking all lovely. She thanks him for helping out, and says that if he gets bored he can leave – she just didn't want to turn up on her own. Kim reminds her that she has to be home by midnight, and he and Janelle say goodbye.
BREE: Twenty bucks she'll be kissing him by nine thirty.
The Scarlet Bar where they had No Other Venue for the Medical Fundraiser
Karl greets Jen with a kiss, and says hello to Boyd. Boyd comments that he hopes Sarshar's coming along, and hasn't stood him up.
Karl offers Boyd his watch – he's finished with it now, and as it's a Bali fake, would Boyd like it? He clocks that Karl must have gotten this from Isabelle and accepts it graciously. Jenny looks all pleased. Not sure I'd want a watch straight from someone else's wrist, though. Wouldn't it be all sweaty and horrible under those lights? Ugh.
Jenny's really impressed with Karl, and implements Phase Two of the De-Izzifying, which is presenting Karl with a new watch. Aw. Karl loves it and thinks he's spoilt. Jenny says they spoil each other – that's the way it works…when you love someone. Karl is very touched by her words and moves in to kiss her as Boyd approaches with champagne. Karl picks McJennedy over the drink, and they kiss a lot as Boyd stands there feeling rather stupid.
Sarshar waltzes over.
Karl takes McJennedy's hands in his.
Boyd is taken aback at how great Sarshar looks, and she takes one his champagnes. Karl then takes the other and Boyd is left empty-handed. Karl thanks Jenny again. I love the whole watch thing – it's all very symbolic.
Because then, very soon, Susan can De-Jennify Karl.
The Scarlet Bar where Grease Monkeys Cuts In
RATS! 6 pages and only half way through. Okay, will be more concise. Forgive me.
At TSB, Boyd and Sarshar get up to dance and Boyd doesn't want to as it's not his ‘thing.' He is very bad, it's true.
Cut to the School Formal at Grease Monkeys where people are dancing. Haven't seen this venue for AGES. Ned and Janae sit down and Ned says he's having a great time. Janae's grateful for the company – she didn't want boys cracking onto her all night. Ned and Janae toast the single life, and get up to dance to the dancey music.
Cut to TSB where Boyd and Sarshar are also dancing. Jenny asks Karl to dance – and he's even worse than Boyd, trying out some of his Saturday Night Fever disco moves. There's lots of laughter and enjoyment as we cut to…
…the School Formal where Susan goes to a table and sits down alone. She sighs and fidgets with her hands in her lap. The camera closes up on her face, and she looks up as people pass her, turns around to look for people (a la 4421), but there's no-one for her to talk to. Nervous and alone, she looks on tearily as Ned and Janae dance together. Janae compliments Ned on his dancing.
NED: Oh, Gino taught me a few things after rehearsal one night.
Oh, really?! Not how to act, though.
A soft romantic number comes on, and Janae sits it out – it was her and Boyd's song. And we cut to TSB where Boyd does the same thing – as apparently the song's on there, too. Boyd can't bring himself to tell Sarshar, and dances with her anyway. Back at the School Formal, Ned entices Janae to dance, too.
Cut to Boyd thinking of Janae, back to Janae thinking of Boyd, then Boyd, then Janae – enough already! Then a glitter ball. Hurrah.
Cut back to TSB where Boyd wins an award for his outstanding achievement in his studies. Sarshar's mum and dad both won this award, apparently. Like I care. Everyone claps, and Sarshar tells Boyd that he shouldn't be surprised to pick up lots of prizes tonight. Ugh.
A Grassy Knoll – or is it??
Oh, no, it's just Lassiters. Lots of people are looking hungover, and Ned gets some water for him and Janae. He tells her he really enjoyed it and leans in to kiss her, but she thinks it's not a good idea. She's thinking about Boyd – she's very honest. Ned admits his tough guy act isn't working, and Janae thinks it's pathetic – he should spend a Friday night in Colac. It's getting cold, so they go for a walk as a random dude dressed in pink falls off the bench at Lassiters rotunda.
Ramsay Street where Boyd is Mournful
Janae and Ned are standing outside number 26, and Janae entices him in for breakfast as Boyd's taxi drives up and he sees them together.
In the taxi, Sarshar wants to know if she should go or come in. Boyd leans in to kiss her, and she very eagerly accepts. But then Boyd tells her to go home, he shouldn't have kissed her as he's still in love with Janae. Sarshar congratulates him again.
Boyd pays the taxi driver for his part of the fare and stands staring mournfully at number 26.
Janae opens a letter address to J Timmins – but it's for her mother. She reads it anyway, as Janelle always does it to her. Bree comes in and Ned greets her. Janae, reading the letter, collapses into a kitchen chair. Ned asks if she's okay – she says she is, but can he leave now, please? He goes.
Janae reads the letter – it's the nurse who knows about the mix up of the two babies at birth, offering her help if they want to search for their biological daughter.
She looks over at Bree, making some food in the kitchen. She's not her sister.