Paul throwing Izzy out of Number 22 as Susan asks Karl whether he's getting a sense of deja vu.
Janae and Boyd overhearing Max tell Janelle and Kim about his attempt to split them up.
Susan Telling Karl he's a good man.
Rachel telling Stingray she wants to put him behind her.
The Scarlet Bar
Max tells Paul that Izzy is insisting she had nothing to do with that call – Cam is making things up, but Paul doesn't believe it. Max tells him that his sister thinks Cam and Elle have it in for her, and maybe she's back on the pills again – the whole delusional, conspiracy thing? Paul thinks it's not his problem anymore.
Max walks to bar, past Karl…
KARL: (with satisfaction) Another one bites the dust.
Paul looks confused and hops out the bar. Camera back on Karl, smiling in a contented way.
Susan is putting some medicine into a bottle of milk, and talking to Scott about Garret Burns, who is apparently into Rachel. Scott remembers Garret's brother who specialised in torturing year sevens and mistreating girls, so he doesn't want Garret seeing Rachel, thank you very much!
SCOTT: He's a hufter, a sleazebag!
SUSAN: Garret or his brother??
Susan didn't think that Scott would judge someone based on their family, and there are lots of people looking out for Rachel, so she thinks Stingray should examine his motives. He doesn't think it's right that as long as she dates someone her age he can be a complete hufter; in fact, it's as much fun as eating broccoli. He leaves, and Susan is left holding Cassie's bottle, looking rather annoyed with her mouth hanging open.
Lyn is adjusting a dress for the wedding with Ned's help, and Harold appears with a mannequin for Lyn to use. Lyn says she didn't like to ask for it back because Lil had it for a year.
HAROLD: Oh, that lovely woman.
LYN: Terrible sewer, though. (Mim note – as in sewing, not as in ‘a sewer') I don't know, it is things like this that make you think that she's still around.
HAROLD: Happens to me all the time! It's the simplest things, you know. A cup. Or even a saucepan!
LYN: Flying through the air, you mean?!
HAROLD: Ah, there was that temper…
How lovely. How lovely that they took the time to remember Lil. And well deserved, seeing as she barely warranted a mention after she died. Nice continuity, guys. Lovely touch.
Harold goes to leave, and as he does, Paul's at the door. Ned plays with Oscar in the lounge.
Paul needs Lyn cos the London office is waiting. But Lyn promised Janelle she'd finish the bridesmaids' dresses, so she can't do anything else for an hour. But Paul wants her *now.* He cannot wait!! He wants to know if she's moonlighting as a seamstress, which Lyn denies; Janelle can't afford a professional seamstress anymore than she can afford to fly to the moon. So Paul hands her a wad of cash.
PAUL: Well now she can. Come on.
Seriously, Janelle can now afford to fly to the moon? Bloody fantastic.
Paul leaves, and Ned takes a breath. Did he not breathe throughout that whole scene?
Boyd tells Janae that she was really rude to Sky, and that there are two sides to every story. She thinks that Boyd's really stuck up, sometimes. Max is listening at the door, and Steph and baby Charlie – still in a babygrow – come along and Steph reprimands him for eavesdropping; Max just laughs. Janae and Boyd realise that they're being listened to, so Janae quickly sits on Boyd's lap and they cuddle!
They both admit that they were wrong in the argument, and go all mushy just as Steph and Max appear.
BOYD: Janae and I just had a fight. But now we're talking it through, aren't we, Schmoopy??
JANAE: Yeah. And now things are better than ever. And it's like my mum always says: you can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs, right?
Everyone fake laughs. Steph hands Charlie to Max to be changed. He looks rather put out.
Rachel comes in the house, worried about Cassie. She looks pretty down, herself. Susie tells her that the vets on her way, but doesn't sound convinced that Cassie will be okay.
Susan asks how school is, and has Rach made any new friends? Rachel wants to know who told her about Garret, and Susan says she does know, and just wants some details. Susan wants her to be kind to him because he's a nice boy – you know, date him because you like him, not because of Stingray. Rachel says that she admits the whole thing with Scott was stupid, just some dumb crush. And Susan buys it.
Lyn's at the laptop, and Paul's pacing. Lyn asks when the London office is meant to be calling, and he says sometime this week. Lyn's cross, because she thought this was urgent. It is. But he obviously just needs a friend to talk to. Lyn guesses that, and Paul is close to tears. He tells her that he thought she was the one, and now he's got nobody.
But Lyn takes his hand – he's got her, she's here for him!
Paul looks a little freaked. Maybe he's just realised that of course Isabelle isn't the one, and neither is Lyn.
It will always, always be Gail.
Susan and Karl are sitting under a tree in the garden. Cassie pants rather sadly. :(
SUSAN: Rachel asked me how old she was, and I couldn't think.
KARL: Well, it seems she was fully grown when Billy brought her back. Well that was what… ?
SUSAN: Well that's… twelve years ago now.
KARL: Goodness, is it really? Well, that'd make her about fourteen; that's a long time in sheep years.
SUSAN: Still remember the day she arrived.
KARL: Hmm, I still remember the look on your face when Billy brings a sheep back from his paper round!
SUSAN: Well he was supposed to bring milk back.
KARL: He was so upset when I suggested we call her Casserole.
SUSAN: You didn't suggest Casserole! That was Billy's idea!
KARL: No, no - you said…
SUSAN: Yeah it was…
KARL: …you said what will we call her, I suggested Casserole, and Billy cracked it cause he thought we were gonna eat her, and then you suggested Cassie as a compromise!
SUSAN: Still think it was Billy's idea.
SUSAN: Anyway. I just always assumed she'd be around forever…
KARL: Yeah, I know…
SUSAN: Stupid, isn't it?
Karl stares at Cassie, and Susan briefly glances at Karl. LongingLook™ number one.
SUSAN: Well, ah, guess we should tell the kids and then you'd better get back to Jenny.
KARL: Oh no, there's no rush.
SUSAN: Karl honestly, I'm fine. When you consider everything else that's going on in the world…
KARL: I'm staying. I'd like to be here at the end.
Karl watches Cassie, and Susan smiles, gratefully. Nice little metaphor there, Karl staying this time, when he didn't stay with her before – he'll see this one through. Susan shoots her second LongingLook™ of the day at Karl.
Well written and beautifully acted scene there from Jackie and Fletch. But the biggest surprise was the continuity. Every single one of those facts from episode 2276 was correct.
Boyd is trying to study in the kitchen and Janae and Max are making loads of noise washing up the dinner crockery. Boyd gets cross and starts to pack up his books; Max comments that this is the real Boyd – moody and grumpy. Janae tells her man to sit back down, and tells him he's grumpy, but he's smart and he'll ace the exams. She offers to test him, and for every correct answer, he'll get a kiss.
Max rolls his eyes and walks out the kitchen into the bedroom, where Steph is rocking Charlie on the bed. Max tells her he can't believe it – they're getting on better than ever. But then he realises – this is just a honeymoon period, and in two weeks they'll be over it!
Paul tells Lyn – whilst pouring wine – that's he lied to every woman other than Isabelle. Well, that's not true, actually. Gail? Christina?? Lyn comments that Izzy clearly hasn't paid him the same respect. He says he thought he was a good liar, but Isabelle beats him on that count. He can't believe that he didn't see it coming. He admires her audacity and cunning – and that's why she lost interest: she didn't like that he became softer.
They sit on the sofa with their wine. And dim lights.
Paul thinks Lyn is naïve, and Lyn agrees – if naïve means that people can learn from their mistakes and move on. Paul thinks it's easier for her because she has friends and family around. Lyn says that he has his kids, but he says they just play at being happy families.
CounsellorLyn says that he should find a woman who reflects the good things in him; he thinks about that – he wants to be a good father, he knows that. And Lyn tells him that next time he wants to talk, he should just say so – stop playing the tough boss routine! He takes her point, but he doesn't see himself as her boss.
LYN: What do you call it, then?
PAUL: I don't know. But you're certainly more than just an employee.
Alex Dies Music from 4872
starts up in the background. They chink their glasses together and Lyn smiles in a fanciable way.
Karl is finishing up a call to Billy, whilst Susan packs away the dinner things. They had dinner, then. And wine – they had wine. Wine's on the table!
KARL: Okay, mate, will do. I love you too. Bye.
Susan and Karl stand close together in the kitchen.
SUSAN: Poor Billy. He sounded a bit upset, didn't he?
KARL: Yeah, not like Mal though, he was really thrown!
SUSAN: I know. Probably living so far away he likes to imagine home stays the same.
KARL: Mmm. Hey – Libby remembered when she dyed Casserole pink!
Karl starts to load the dishwasher in a familiar way, and Susan collects the salad bowl from the table.
SUSAN: She did too! She wanted to go as, erm, Little Bo Peep to the Book Week Parade!
KARL: And what better accessory than a pink sheep?
They laugh together.
SUSAN: You were on the phone with Billy for a while.
KARL: Yes. He, ah, didn't seem to want to get off. Normally it's just ‘oh yeah fine. Good. Yeah, see ya.' He said he loved me.
Karl seems really touched that Billy said that to him, and it's the first time, actually, that Bill's been mentioned in that way since Karl left Susan. Looks like the animosity between Billy and his dad over the Kennedy Divorce has subsided, and Susan recognises that:
SUSAN: Aw. It's because he does.
Karl nods in a “well, he shouldn't after what I did to you” way and Susan gazes longingly at him yet again, until her mouth falls open and she suddenly realises she's staring, and the moment is a little awkward. Round three. She doesn't know how to end their moment, so she says:
SUSAN: Well, you should probably get going.
They make their way to the door.
KARL: Yeah… Where are Katya and the brood?
SUSAN: Ah…she and Zeke are staying with a friend, and Rachel's at a sleepover as well, which is great – It means she's making some new friends.
KARL: So you're all alone?
SUSAN: Oh that's fine. I've got Audrey and as you know, Dahl's a brilliant conversationalist.
KARL: Yeah. Well I could stay…
Susan looks a little taken aback. And pauses before:
SUSAN: Oh yeah! What would you tell Jenny: you're gonna stay with your ex-wife 'cause her sheep's dying?!
KARL: No, because *our* sheep's dying.
He's being completely serious, and Susan's face suddenly changes as she looks him in the eyes and falls in love all over again. Karl gazes back, and they hold the moment perfectly – and there's a horrible moment where you think it will all be awkward and he'll just go. But instead, Karl grows up a little more and asks her:
KARL: So. Should I stay?
Touched, and a little choked, Susan would like that.
SUSAN: ……be good.
Beautiful acoustic guitar piece in the background.
Sky is filming Stingray dressed as a ghoul being beaten by an inflatable baton wielded by Harold dressed as a strange old professor.
Ned doesn't think that Oscar should be watching this, but he has to look after him whilst Lyn looks after more important things; he also thinks that kids need routine and that they shouldn't be looked after in lots of different houses.
SCOTT: One more take!
HAROLD: In the morning, eh?
SCOTT: I've scheduled the resurrection for the morning!
HAROLD: I beg your pardon!
Scott explains that the zombie stirs and wakes up from death. Sky thinks he should kill the monster off and be done with it. She looks SO young with that hair! Sky gives in and Stingray goes to fix up his scar on his face and do the take one more time.
Sky and Harold bond a little, and they agree that it's good that she's back to her old self.
In the garden, Susan puts some flowers on top of Cassie's grave. Susan, Karl, Sky, Rachel, Ned and Harold are there, and Lyn and Stingray turn up, too. What a strange little gathering! Susan didn't realise so many people cared, and she and Karl look at each other briefly. Lyn tells her that Stingray told everyone to get up and come along to pay their last respects.
Boyd, Janae, Max and Steph walk into the garden. Janae doesn't get why this is all for a sheep, but Max explains that Cassie represented part of Susan and Karl's lives, a time when they were together and happy.
JANAE: So all this is for a dead sheep.
BOYD: I guess so.
MAX: I think maybe Cassie represented something for them.
JANAE: Like what?
MAX: I don't know. Maybe a time when they were together as a family. And happy.
JANAE: Aw!!! That's sweet!!!
BOYD: It's a sheep.
Susan's really grateful they all turned up, and she remembers why it's so wonderful to live where they live. Cassie was a valued family member, and leaves lots of memories behind her. Karl comments that she was a tremendous lawnmower as well as an unusual pet.
Karl says that when he had his heart attack, he saw all the people he loved, and Cassie was there. Karl and Susan say farewell to her, and everyone else joins in. Scott also wants to say something – Cassie kept secrets better than anyone else. He told her lots when he lived here, and never judged him. Harold also adds that she was one of life's gentler creatures and is in a better place now.
Susan and Karl say goodbye again and there's a shot looking down on the group, and Karl and Susan are standing so close… Karl's turn to shoot LongingLook™ number 5 at Susan…
Cut to inside the house where Rachel and Sky sit at the kitchen bar. Rachel complains that she can't get her eye make-up right, so Sky puts some eyeliner on her. Sky thinks Rachel must be into someone, and Rachel says it's a guy from school. She wants to be different, and Sky tells her that make-up will only do so much.
Rachel comments that Sky changed – was that for Dylan? Sky admits she loves Dylan, and OMG, she just looks SO SO young with dark hair!! Rachel tells her she loves someone, too, but she can't be with him. She doesn't like Garret much – well, the old her doesn't, but the new her might.
Boyd and Janae are washing up, and when they hear Max and Steph arrive home, Janae quickly puts bubbles on Boys face and cuddles him!
MAX: Hey, you two look like you're having a good time!
BOYD: Yeah, we are!
MAX: Good for you!
Steph asks Max to go and settle Charlie, and she tells Boyd and Janae to cut the happy couple act. She tells them to raise the bar on this game – stop acting up, and instead just enjoy each other's company, and that way they might find they actually are a match made in heaven. Boyd and Janae agree.
Good ol' Steph!
Susan, Karl and Lyn sit at a table with coffee.
SUSAN: Well, that's the end of an era.
LYN: Ah, you've done her proud.
It's suddenly quiet and Karl checks his watch.
KARL: Oh, I should get home…
SUSAN: Oh yes…
KARL: And get changed for work…
SUSAN: Of course…
They wander to the door, and the camera still holds Lyn in the foreground
SUSAN: Listen – thank you so much for staying.
KARL: Thanks for letting me stay
Lyn stares at them then when it falls silent, she looks away. Karl reaches out to hold Susan's arms and kisses her on the cheek. Susan does the same, albeit slightly taken aback.
In the foreground, Lyn mouths to herself: Ooooh!
KARL: Bye, Lyn!
LYN: (knowingly) Bye!
SUSAN: See ya.
Susan looks like a nervous little girl, and Karl leaves.
LYN: Well well!
SUSAN: Well well what?
LYN: Oh, you'd be cross if I said it.
SUSAN: Since when has that ever stopped ya?
LYN: Well you know...it's just funny, but, erm… From where I'm sitting it seems that you and Karl could be a married couple.
SUSAN: Except we're not!
LYN: *Married,* anyway.
SUSAN: Oh, Lyn – that's ridiculous!
LYN: Is it? I reckon if you wanted Karl back, you could have him ::clicks fingers:: like that.
And our Susan laughs as if to say “yeah, right, like I want that!” then stops and looks down at Lyn.
And her face changes and she gazes into nothing and her mind is somewhere else.
Line of the episode:
KARL: No, because *our* sheep's dying.
Best performance of the episode:
Jackie for the LongingLooks™
Best ‘Rock On' moment:
LYN: From where I'm sitting it seems that you and Karl could be a married couple.
The scene that TPTB forgot to include:
The one where Karl stayed the night on the sofa, and Susan joined him…