The Recap in which TPTB demonstrate Continuity
Karl tells Susan that Jenny's moved in. Janae reads the letter addressed to her mother explaining that she's happy to help Janelle and Kim find their real biological daughter…
Number 26 where Janelle States The Obvious
Bree is desperately trying to get Janae's attention – she needs some sisterly advice about what to wear to her next booksigning. Janae becomes cross – she's trying to study, she doesn't want to be hassled about book signing. Janae strops out of the house and Bree strops off to her bedroom. Scotty wonders what's up, and Janelle – who in this scene is actually doing housework, a miracle in itself – says that they're teenage girls.
Karl's Flat where the De –Izzification Begins
Karl returns home to find Jenny has cooked, and it all looks blissfully happy. (Give it time…) Because she's making a fuss, he thinks she's broken something, or wants something – that's what Izzy used to do. Jenny says she just wants to cook for the man she loves and Karl looks like he finds that hard to believe and drops his eyes to the floor. Jenny says not everyone's out to get him, and she wants to help repair the damage.
Plus, she'd like a glass of wine.
The Kennedy House Of Love
Susan's on the phone to Katya – is she sure she doesn't want Susan to come get her? Apparently she is. Rachel stands beside Susie looking all concerned and pretty. Susan tells Rach that Katya said it was the best date she's ever been on. She really needs to get out more.
Susan stirs something resembling lasagne mix, and is wearing a new green outfit. Not bad, prefer the brown. Rachel thinks that Cameron might be a bit too good to be true…in a Brad Pitt way, asks Susie? Apparently not, because he's old. And Orlando Bloom is *so* last year. Susan thinks Cam is intense, but a nice guy; Rach isn't sure.
Rachel instructs Susan on how to finish this particular dish that her mum used to make, and Zeke comes home – he was hopeless at footie and didn't get picked for the Dingos. Oooh – 2001 flashback to when Karl helped them out. Rather amusingly, the door to number 28 swings back open in the background, and you can almost make out the set.
Zeke pretends he doesn't care about the footie team, and goes to his room, and Rachel doesn't understand why he would like football – their father always thought all sport was so barbaric. I supposed sychronised swimming is rather dog eat dog if you think about it… Anyway. I'm not thinking about it, and Susan responds to Rach by telling her that Zeke is looking to find his own identity now without Alex, but in a houseful of women and no male role-model, there's not much chance of that. Rachel asks if Susan could perhaps find someone.
You know, someone to play happy families with them. Someone, close. Someone who could be a good dad. Someone who knows how to father in the same way that Susan knows how to mother, who'll work with her, be there for them…
What's that? Is that ‘Karl' I hear you calling out? Well! What a coincidence this is, because just as viewers everywhere are calling his name we cut to:
Karl's flat where Jenny's On The Ship
Susan tried flattery with Karl, reminding him that he was a Dingo, once, but Karl ain't buying it. He glances at Jenny in the kitchen, and says he has a lot on his plate at the moment. He suggests Boyd, he suggests the guys at number thirty, but Susan wants Karl (we all know that…) and actually thought he'd enjoy it. She's a bit disappointed with his response, and makes her excuses and leaves – apologising to Jenny for interrupting dinner.
Jenny hopes that Karl didn't say no because of her? He responds by saying he'd already upset her once tonight over the Izzy thing. Jenny tells him that Isabelle was never and threat, and she doesn't see Susan as a threat any more, either.
JENNY: Once, maybe, but not any more. Not since I moved in and made you my full time love slave.
Jenny tells Karl she's secure in his feelings for her, and if he likes Zeke – and he does – he should help him. Go Jenny, go Jenny, go Jenny…
She's *such* a secret Kusan shipper.
The General Store where it's Under New Old Management
Scott finds Janae here, and starts to question her about her attitude to Bree over the last week. Bree's hurting, and Janae's being nasty, and their parents are acting like it will all blow over. So, he'd like to know what's going on, please.
Bree comes in at that point and tells her siblings that she knows what's wrong: Janae is jealous. Simple. She lays into Janae about being mean and not congratulating her on the book – in fact, she wishes she weren't her sister.
BREE: You know what I think of you?
JANAE: I don't care what you think!
BREE: I think you're being really pathetic, tragic and I wish you weren't my sister!
JANAE: Oh, well you know what, Bree? That's fine because I'm not your sister.
BREE: What? Don't be stupid, of course you're my sister.
JANAE: Mum and dad were too gutless to tell you but they're not your real parents. So you're not a part of our family at all.
Bree looks confused.
SCOTT: Bull. What? That's bull…
Number 26 where Bree learns The Truth
Bree and Scott return home laughing, and they come to the conclusion that Janae's flipped. Janelle and Kim come into the kitchen and ask if they found Janae. They did – and she said the most *hilarious* thing – that they weren't her parents! Ha! What about that, then, eh?!!
So, was Bree sent in the mail, or won in a raffle?! Dearie me, it's too funny for words!!
Except it's not funny at all because it's true. And Janelle runs away, with Bree behind her, and Bree turns her round and sees the tears in her eyes and realises the truth…
Cut to later where Kim is on the sofa with Bree explaining to her that she's still their daughter, and nothing will change the way they feel about her. Scotty objects – they've been treating her differently for weeks, and they've lied to her and the other kids about this. Kim tells him to butt out, this is about Bree, not him.
Bree leaves the room – she's really fine, but she's going to go and read.
Zeke opens the door to Karl and Jenny – Karl heard he was interested in footie and has come to give him a football (not a proper one, I hasten to add, a funny egg-shaped one like they use in that other game where they throw the ball backwards – Rugby, is it? So clearly this is Aussie footie, and I've just lost all respect for Zeke…) signed by Paul McClain.
Zeke is dead chuffed, cos Paul (who lived in Ramsay Street at number 24 with Harold and Madge, for those of you who don't do pre-2002) plays for Adelaide something, and apparently has done really well, scoring 51 something in some other number of things, and would have done better if something else football-related had happened.
Rach doesn't get it – the footie thing happened overnight, so how does he know all this stuff? Zeke wants to go for a kick, but Karl's not keen – he's going for coffee with Jenny. But Jenny sweet talks him into it – cos if he burns off some kilojoules, or ‘calories' as they're most popularly known (yes yes – I know they're different measures, I'm not stupid), he can have Tiramisu, too.
Rach and Jenny talk football player cuteness for a moment and Susan pretends to know who they're talking about – and clearly doesn't. Karl takes Zeke off to kick the ball about and Susan thinks that she and Rach should go to a footie match.
You know what? This is like some scene off a TV documentary on ITV3 about chav lifestyles, where the man lives at home with his wife and mistress and the wife's other partner's kids. It's surreal.
I could like it.
Number 26 where Janae wants to Do The Right Thing
Scotty offers his mum a drink, but she's too busy with the box of tissues. Janae comes home and her mother is furious – why did Janae break Bree's heart? It's all her fault… But Janae refuses to take responsibility for it, and Kim agrees. He acknowledges that he and Janelle should have told them earlier.
KIM: Best of intentions, bad decision. We've gotta face that.
Kim doesn't want to leave Bree in her bedroom, alone, so Janae offers to go in.
JANAE: She's my sister. So let me talk to her.
Karl returns with Zeke, and says that next time they'll coach in daylight hours! Cut to a shot of Susan and Jenny looking all proud, with Rachel in between them. Surreal. Susan suggests that Zeke has a shower before bed so he trots off – and Karl throws him the ball which he doesn't quite catch!
KARL: Oh dear.
SUSAN: That bad.
KARL: I've never seen a kid with less natural talent.
LOVE the Kennedy banter.
JEN: You're gonna have your work cut out for you, aren't you?
KARL: Jen, believe me – he's beyond help.
Rachel offers to break the bad news to Zeke, but Susan says no – they'll work something out. She thanks Karl and Jenny for coming over.
Karl stands in front of the three women and makes those funny eyes as if to say “which one of you wants to be kissed first?” Actually, Rachel's not a woman, I forget that, so cut her out of that last comment.
Number 26 where Bree wants to Unwish
Bree's reading in her room and Janae comes in and sits on her bed beside her.
BREE: You know they say you should be careful what you wish for? Well, it serves me right, doesn't it.
She says she used to wish she were adopted or that her parents lived in a faraway mansion, and somehow she ended up with the wrong family. Janae apologises for blurting it out, but Bree says it's okay – she had to know.
JANAE: Nothing's really changed, has it? You're still you. I'm still me. I'll still fight with you. I still love you.
She pulls her sister into a hug, and they both look all tearful. ::sniff::
The General Store where Rachel Can't Be Long
Rachel has come to see Stingray – he sounded all stressed on the phone. But she can't stay long because she snuck out! Scott tells her about Bree and the mix up. Scott's upset because Bree's all quiet and he doesn't know how to handle it. Rachel says she's glad that Scotty told her – he can trust her. She wishes there was something that she could do to help, but she'll pretend for now that she doesn't know.
Rachel clicks that it's not just Bree who must be struggling right now – it's all of them. Scott won't look at Rach, and says that although he still loves Bree, it's all different.
Number 26 where we have some New Music
Janelle watches from a doorway into Bree's bedroom, where Janae and Bree have fallen asleep, Bree in her sister's arms. Janelle watches, comes into the room, and takes the book from Bree's hands. She runs a hand through Janae's hair and kisses Bree before switching the lamp off and shutting the door.
It has to be seen to be appreciated, and the beautiful new in-house piano piece in the background was perfect.
Is it me, or did anyone else actually cry?
Cut to the next morning where no-one wants breakfast. Janae wonders if they'll tell Dylan, and they probably should. But Kim says he has a lot on his plate with Sky at the moment, so they'll tell him when he returns from Colac.
Janae tells her parents and Scott that Bree didn't talk about how she felt last night – but that she said it served her right for wishing she was adopted. Janelle bursts into tears and Kim comforts her. They have to be strong for Bree, show her that they still love her, that she's still one of them.
Cut to Bree's bedroom where Kim, Janelle, Janae and Scott come into her room and are pleased she's up! Bree's trying to decide which top to wear, and Janelle makes awkward conversation with her. Everything is very forced, and leaving the pink top on, Bree leaves for her book signing. Or singing, which I typed first. Janelle is concerned that this is the calm before the storm, because this reaction isn't normal.
Ramsay Street where there's fantasising Going On
Zeke is all Bend It Like Beckham and fantasising about being a star player. Bree comes out the house and Rach asks how things are and Bree immediately knows she knows. You know. Rach confesses that it was Scott – he needed someone to talk to. Rach apologises and says she wishes she could make things better, but Bree thinks it all makes sense; she's always been different to her family. FROM. Different FROM. Similar TO (ie, going towards that thing because it's more and more like it) and Different FROM (ie, going away from that thing because it's less and less like it).
BREE: My real parents are probably weird like me.
RACH: You're not weird, Bree.
That's coming from the girl who used to hum and dance in the middle of school corridors.
She tells Rachel all the things her parents could be which would explain her own traits: writers, journalist, academics… Kim watches, upset.
The General Store where Bree Watches
Jenny and Karl come in – Jenny's thinking about getting a new car to match her possible new career…she's been approach for pre-selection as a politician. I'd be more enthusiastic if I knew anything about Aussie politics. Karl's thrilled.
KARL: I'm quite happy to be Dennis to your Maggie.
Er, he's dead, Karl.
Karl thinks she should be the next prime minister of Australia, and if her party can't see that, they should change sides!
JEN: You think I'd put power before principle?
KARL: I think if you're going to be in politics you'll have to consider it.
From another table Bree sadly watches another family – a mum, dad and a daughter as they laugh together (strangely you can hear their laughter but not one word they say – presumably so they don't have to be paid as actors for this episode). She examines her nose against the daughter's. Looks at the man's mouth, the mother's profile, wondering if she belongs to them, if they belong to her…
Kim reassures Janelle that Bree should be home soon, and Janelle thanks her family for all trying to help. Just then, Bree comes home and ask about the book signing. She confesses she didn't make it. She asks her mother if she's been looking at other girls, wondering if they're hers. Janelle fiercely denies it – of course she hasn't. Bree will always be her little girl.
Bree doesn't think she could help but wonder. Because she can't stop thinking about her other family. She wants to find her real parents and know who she is.
EXCLUSIVE EXTRA FEATURES!
Line of the episode:
KARL: I've never seen a kid with less natural talent.
Best performance of the episode:
Sianoa Smit-McPhee, without a doubt.
Best ‘Rock On' moment:
The lovely Janae / Bree hug. More ‘Gently Roll on' that ‘Rock.' But hey.
The scene that TPTB forgot to include:
The one where Jenny takes Zeke to play footie and leaves Karl and Susan behind…