Lyn tells Ned to quit criticising her parenting decisions
Zeke is annoyed that Rachel is keeping her relationship with Stingray a secret from Susan
Karl and Susan kiss
Karl and Susan are getting very carried away and almost squash the poor wee lamb they rescued barely minutes before. The delay makes Susan realise what they're doing. They both agree it's been an emotional time and they've been surrounded by so many memories. Susan thinks they should go home.
Stingray needs Rachel to be at his screening tonight. She thinks it's too risky but he manages to persuade her with the promise of seeing him all dressed up in a suit. She wonders if there'll be any famous guests but Stingray can't think of anyone apart from maybe (ex-Neighbours star) Russell Crowe.
Paul appears and warns them that Lyn is on her way, giving Rachel enough time to scarper.
Paul and Lyn are now at the table when Ned (in a fetching pink t-shirt) comes in with Ozzy. Lyn needs another hour with Paul and Ned is a bit stroppy about it, reminding Lyn that Ozzy will be ready for bed when he comes back.
Once he's left Lyn apologises for ‘Supernanny's' behaviour and Paul tells her not to let Ned's attitude get to her – after all he's highly unqualified and a bit dim. Lyn asks about Izzy and tells him he deserves better – she only puts herself first. He needs someone he can trust, someone closer to his own age and she has someone in mind for the job: Gail. Paul had been thinking that Lyn was just about to throw herself at him! Lyn goes a bit weird and he apologises for being unprofessional. But he won't agree with any of Lyn's arguments for why Gail's right for him – although she's ‘pure class' and a few emotions have been rekindled, he's far from the same man Gail loved, all those years ago.
Number 28's front lawn
Zeke is pinching himself and leaving himself in agony. Rachel wonders what's going on and he tells her it's an anxiety control technique – he has a lot to be anxious about at the moment. Rachel doesn't believe it'll work. Zeke tells her he won't tell Susan about her relationship with Stinger. Rachel tells him about going to the screening, just as Susan pulls up. She tells Zeke she'll tell Susan she's with Bree as a cover. Zeke starts to pinch his arm again.
Karl draws into the street and watches thoughtfully as Susan and the kids hug. She introduces them to the lamb and they decide to call her Chop. They all go inside and Karl sighs.
Susan asks the kids about Alex's birthday celebrations and they don't say much, other than they enjoyed it and Bree made a cake (or so Rachel says). Zeke can't look at Susan as she apologises for not being there and suggests they all go out for dinner tonight. But Rachel can't, as she's seeing ‘Bree'. Susan tells her not to be late.
There's nothing Zeke wants to do in particular but then Susan comes up with the idea that they go to the movie screening, to support Stingray. Zeke pinches himself as he says Stingray probably wouldn't want them there and Susan tells him not to be silly.
Rachel changes behind some bushes as she tells Stingray they don't have to worry about Susan finding out. She trusts Zeke to keep his word. Stingray spots Max and Steph and dashes behind the bushes.
The aforementioned couple are dressed to the nines (well, Steph's made a good effort with her hair all done up and a nice turquoise dress, but Max's shirt is all hanging out). His idea of a nice night out is a picnic in the park – and, what's more, he's brought a Frisbee. Steph's delighted but a bit annoyed that she happens to be wearing her heels. Max mentions yet again how sensational she looks and tells her he's recreating their first date – doesn't she remember? Of course she does!
MAX: I fell in love with you over a Frisbee three years ago. And every day I love you more and more.
Meanwhile Rachel and Stingray are sitting behind the bushes, eating sandwiches, and Stingray is sorry about the lack of romance. But Rachel tells him that she's having the best night already!
Max is holding a champagne glass and throwing the Frisbee at the same time, which Steph catches. He asks her if she's missing Charlie and she admits she does, but Izzy seemed really stoked to be looking after him. Max agrees – it made her week. Steph's getting a bit peckish and Max forgot to bring any food – he thinks they'll just have to go to the burger joint down the road. Steph thinks chips and burgers don't sound too bad at all. Max hands her a glass and they do that funny cross over arms thing, then take a sip.
Stingray has shockin' butterflies and Rachel assures him that everything will go fine. They stand up to leave and Rachel sees a limo pull up but it's not for them.
The limo is here to take Max and Steph to Lanzinis', which everyone knows is the most expensive restaurant in the whole of Erinsborough. Steph squeals with excitement and wonders how Max managed to get a booking there.
MAX: I got connections. Fu-ged-about-it.
They kiss and race off to the limo. Oh, isn't it nice when Stax are angst free?
Stingray is worried people will think his film sucks and Rachel reassures him they won't. Then Zeke comes in, just ahead of Susan, to tell Rachel to make herself scarce. She manages to get away in time for Susan to come in and greet Stingray.
Later and Stingray's film is just about to come on. When it does Susan, Stingray and Zeke laugh along with it. Then Susan's smile fades as she plays about with a ring on her finger and she looks thoughtful…
…Meanwhile Karl cuts his finger whilst over-exuberantly chopping up a green pepper.
Susan isn't paying attention to the movie at all – well, not until Stingray the zombie mumbles ‘Karl', then tells ‘Suze' that she's still in love with him and she knows it! Susan comes back to reality and tries to pretend that everything's okay.
Karl is staring aimlessly out the window when Susan reaches from behind him and covers his eyes with her hands, asking him to guess who it is. He tells her that he hasn't been able to get her out of his mind all day –
And then it goes even more Sunset Beach when Karl turns around and finds it's actually Jenny, who's flown over from Canberra to support him. She hugs him and he sighs.
Every film has been shown and Josh Nelson steps forward to award the prize. Stingray is disappointed to find Russell Crowe hasn't shown.
JOSH: He's at home writing some new songs.
The prize-winner gets to work with an award winning director! And the winner is Stingray, who goes up on stage. Rachel smiles from where she's standing at the doors. Stingray sees her and thanks everyone for being there, as they smile at each other.
Jenny and Karl are eating dinner and Karl says Jenny didn't have to come down here. Conversely, Jenny says she actually did – there's something she has to tell him.
JENNY: I've fallen in lust with another man!
Well, that's….Karl can't believe it either. Jenny says she hasn't done anything yet and she's sorry for being such a hypocrite. Karl doesn't say much until he admits that he kissed Susan this morning and he was *just* about to tell her (yeah, sure). Anyhoo, all's well that ends well; Karl and Jenny agree that they make a fine pair. Jenny is a little jealous and so is Karl, wondering if it's a certain individual who Jenny thinks Karl has a crush on.
KARL: Well, he does have those bedroom eyes.
Back to sanity with Lyn and Paul, who have finished work for the day. It's getting late and Lyn wonders where Ned is. She calls his mobile only to find he's left it there! Lyn can't believe his carelessness but she's as angry at herself as she is with Ned. What kind of mother is she? Paul assures her she's a good mother, securing her kids future with the work she does. She doesn't believe him so he makes her look at him, telling her she's a fantastic mother, before giving her a little hug -
Which is Neddy's cue to come in and be all disapproving. Paul leaves and Lyn asks him where he's been. Ned mentions her chumminess with Paul. Lyn tells him he's way out of line. He agrees but then needs to say one more thing; he knows you can't help who you fall in love with but she can do a whole lot better than Paul Robinson. Lyn tells him that there's nothing between her and Paul that's not strictly business.
Jenny and Karl are now like old buddies, talking about Karl's chances with Susan. Karl thinks she'll be feeling so guilty that there's no possibility of anything further happening. Jenny thinks it's not a very romantic way to look at his situation but Karl's a realist; he treated her so badly and she has a commitment to Alex's kids now.
JENNY: Chase Susan. You belong together. I was just a happy interlude.
He's sorry and Jenny's not.
KARL: She's the love of my life.
JENNY: Lucky her.
Rachel dashes about the darkened house as she hears the door unlocking. Susan comes in and Rachel appears, in her dressing gown. Susan tells her that Stingray won the prize and Rachel plays it down. Susan suggests they have some cake but the kids are too tired. She looks at the cake sadly, reading Alex's name off it.
Jenny is about to go but Karl thinks it's so late that she should stay – he'll take the sofa. But Jenny has booked into Lasstier's. They promise to keep in touch and Jenny hands back her key to his flat and engagement ring. They both wish each other luck.
Jenny leaves and Karl takes the picture of them off the fridge and puts it into a drawer. There's a knock at the door and it's Jenny, who's forgotten her phone. Karl goes to the bedroom to retrieve it. While Karl's away Susan appears, wearing a really weird looking jacket and a startled expression when she sees Jenny standing there. Jenny urges her to stay – she and Karl are over.
JENNY: So, for God's sakes, stay.
Karl comes back to find them and looks equally startled as Jenny takes her phone and makes a quick exit.
SUSAN (through tears): I can't help it. I love you.