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Neighbours Episode 5021 from 2006 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 5021: Palm Before The Storm
Australian airdate: 31/07/06
UK airdate: 23/10/06
Writer: Ben Marshall
Director: Gary Conway
Guests: Bunny Kapinski: Ziggy Clements
Summary/Images by: Miriam/Izzy-da-vixen
Ramsay Street where Susan is Confused
Susan walks away from number 26 having posted the letter to Scott, then seemingly changes her mind and quickly walks back to retrieve the letter. Just at that point, Stingray rides up on his bike and tells her he's just found out.
When? Susan wants to know. Scott doesn't understand how she already knows...and then confusion reigns and Scotty tells her that he's gotten the scholarship at uni, and he can now afford some new computer equipment for filming. He fetches the post from the post box and tells Susan that she looks like she's eaten at the school canteen.
Obviously not at my school, then. It was all burgers and chocolate and Haribo worms in my day. The days before Jamie Oliver started a crusade to not ruin our kids' health. Damn him.
Anyway, he's doing really, really well. Scotty, not Jamie Oliver. Although he's doing pretty well, too. Susie-Q says the right words: she's happy about his news. But she looks rather pale and her voice is less than enthusiastic when her eyes catch her letter in Stingray's hand. He continues to gush about how he's getting it together and making something of himself. Susan resigns herself to the fact that he has the letter now, and appears to make a conscious decision not to try and get it back.
SUSAN: Well. There's a time and a place for everything, Stingray. Sometimes you've just got to take what comes along. And be strong.
SCOTT: (confused) Yep.
SUSAN: I'll be at home if you wanna talk to me.
She walks off sounding rather depressed, and Scott is left rather bewildered by the odd conversation. As am I.
The Scarlet Bar where the Comedy Doesn't Work
Susan is playing with her food - literally - which, might I add, appears to be a pasta and pesto salad. She has good taste if nothing else.
DoctorZeke is analysing her. Can I say here that Matthew is possibly the NICEST guy in the world?? Like, ever?
DOCTORZEKE: You've received some news. And you're not too sure what to do about it. It's not work-related. And it's not romance otherwise you wouldn't be wearing your old boots. Am I close?
SUSAN: Sometimes, Zeke, you terrify me.
You see, DoctorZeke's been training in the Miriam School Of Susan's Clothes And Shoes. He graduated with a PhD. ::applauds Zeke::
::applauds the obviously world-class teaching::
Dylan comes over, concerned that Susan doesn't like the food, and insists that she can have something else if you like. Susan reiterates that it's good food, and on cue, Zeke burps.
SUSAN: Zeke!
DYLAN: Hey! That's a compliment in Arab countries.
ZEKE: Actually, Arab culture suggests that...
DYLAN: Zeke, sometimes you just need to smile and nod, okay?
ZEKE: Okay.
DYLAN: Okay.
Karl has walked into the bar without me noticing. How unusual. Susie-Q noticed though, but that's probably because the script said something like "Susan notices Karl walking into the bar." She makes her excuses and goes to him, blurting out:
SUSAN: I've told Stingray.
No time for pleasantries today, Karl, you have a mission to live out one of your George Clooney fantasies and rescue the letter...
Karl cannot believe that she wrote him a letter and the two of them run down the bar in tandem in a way that makes them look like they're playing tag or kiss chase. Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! But it doesn't look like Karl will be making a move anytime soon as he's too busy being cross. And Susan actually looks like she's enjoying it - she's has her flirty, cutesy face on which says "oh, please don't be cross with me" and actually looks as if she's about to laugh.
Karl throws something in her hands which I can't see and runs out the bar with the news that Stingray might not have read the letter, yet. Susan hisses his name three times as he legs it out the door, and then does her comic look, which I'm not sure is entirely appropriate here.
I think this was written and directed to be a comedy scene, but the thing is, the topic isn't actually funny. And neither is Susan's behaviour.
Number 26 where we find an In-Joke
Bree's on the sofa with Rachel and Janelle who are fiddling with her hair.
JANELLE: Does it always have to be black?
BREE: Yes, mum. Have you ever seen a blonde goth?
JANELLE: Well maybe we could just soften it a bit.
BREE: No. If anything we need to go harder.
JANELLE: But you're scaring the little kids. Dogs howl when you walk down the street.
BREE: Good.
Stingray in the meantime has opened a letter from a promotional company telling him he's won a house and lots of gold bullion, and Janelle dismisses it. Scott can't believe he'd get a letter like that telling him so many lies - just as he opens the door to Karl.
Karl overhears the lies and letter bit, and assumes he's read Susan's note. But then he spots it on the table, unopened. Which is a miracle, given that the envelope doesn't actually have Susan's handwriting on it, even though the note does. (see recap of 5020) Karl quickly comes up with a plan - he needs Scott to help him:
KARL: I need an instructional health video for the Waiting Room.
I think it should actually be:
KARL: I need an instructional health video for the waiting room.
I'm not sure if it was intended as an in-joke, but it made me laugh anyway. The girls leave the blokes to chat, and Scott wants to hear Karl's vision. Karl perches on the table, right next to the letters, and puts his hand on the envelope that the props department Susan has written.
By the way, when I mentioned Karl's George Clooney fantasies before, I didn't mean that he fantasised *about* George Clooney. I mean that he fantasises about *being* George Clooney. The whole doctor thing...
Anyway. I think I should move on.
The Scarlet Bar where Sky likes Rollmops
Susan and Zeke are leaving the bar when the camera pans to reveal Harry and Sky sitting at the table with food, and Dylan asking why she's not eating it. Apparently she can't even manage lemon juice as a dressing now. Hazza lists all the food that Sky has managed to eat and keep down today:
A piece of beef jerky
A third of a tomato
A piece of fruitcake
A rollmop
I thought only Karl liked rollmops? Something else he and Sky have in common, then. Sky feels sick at the sound of the food and legs it to the bathroom. Dylan gets cross with Harold for not trying hard enough in helping Sky keep her food down and eating properly. Harry asserts that he's trying hard, but Dylan thinks he needs to try harder when there's a baby to consider.
Oh, and like - what are *you* doing about it, Dylan?! How rude!
Number 26 where Karl will give A Thousand
Karl is explaining that the patients would watch the video whilst they're waiting to see him. Scott thinks that this is something Karl could do on his own, either as an interview, or an example of a consultation.
KARL: Oh, no no. I need your special, um...
SCOTT: Genius.
KARL: Genius. Yes. Exactly.
Scott doesn't think he can help with uni and all the coursework...
KARL: I'll give you two hundred dollars.
KARL: Five hundred.
SCOTT: What?!
KARL: I'll give you a thousand.
Karl says that Scott should ask his mother. But as he approaches the kitchen, he *calls* to Janelle, who comes out to see him. Thinking that Scott went into the kitchen, and not realising that Janelle came out, Karl grabs the letter and goes to hide it and leave.
SCOTT: What was that!?
KARL: Nothing...
SCOTT: You just took one of our letters from our mail!
(Rachel and Bree also look on)
SCOTT: He's got one of our letters behind his back! See? I can see it!
JANELLE: What letter?
SCOTT: I don't know.
Janelle wants to know what's going on but Karl refuses to tell her, and Bree snatches the letter. Rachel realises it's for Scott, but Karl grabs it back and runs to the back door faster than Fletch when he sees some adoring fans.
The girls all run after him. Wow - it *is* like Fletch with some adoring fans.
Only he's running in the wrong direction.
Number 28
Susan and Zeke are playing chess. Well, Zeke's playing chess. Susan's just losing. She should challenge him to a game of monopoly - she's never lost that on this show.
She goes to move her knight. I'm imagining it's Karl in Shining Armour. On a Black Stallion
ZEKE: Mmmmmm...
ZEKE: There are better options.
Susan moves Karl in Shining Armour on a Black Stallion somewhere else. Zeke takes her with his White Queen.
ZEKE: Checkmate.
SUSAN: Again?
ZEKE: It's okay. I was as hopeless as you, once.
SUSAN: Hopeless?
ZEKE: Completely, incomprehensibly useless. Hey, but with a bit of practice...
SUSAN: I hate to break this to you, Zeke, but I've been playing chess really badly for about thirty years.
Which is an interesting Point Of Continuity (which from hereon in shall be referred to as POCs in my summaries) because in an episode in October 1994, Susan was watching Karl and Mal play chess, both of whom are excellent at the game. And it was Susan who showed Karl a chess move which lost Mal his game. Maybe she was just having a moment of genius amongst her bad eighteen years at that point.
She references the fact that Zeke is playing in a chess tournament, and he needs a new nickname - maybe Shark? Zeke tells her that Karl's playing in the tournament. Susan comments that Karl still regards Zeke very highly. Zeke doesn't want to know. Susan tells him to do his homework; she'll pack the chess away. She goes to put the kettle on, and the back door opens and it's Karl.
KARL: I have been through hell to get this back.
He tears the letter into pieces.
KARL: I should probably shred it. Knowing you you'll stick it back together again.
Susan insists that Scott should know; Karl insists Sky should tell him. Susan insists it's his baby; Karl insists it's Sky's baby. Susan thinks this is about Karl keeping his reputation intact; Karl thinks this is about Susan not liking Rachel and Stingray together.
Karl opens the door, then ducks and checks that no-one's outside, then legs it.
We cut to tomorrow morning with some rather strangely random shots of flowers.
Zeke's at the table eating breakfast. Susan walks out her bedroom. Janelle marches into the house with Rachel, Bree and Scott, telling Susie that her ex is a nutter - he stole a letter last night. Susan comments it might be a mid-life crisis, offers Rach a lift, hands Zeke some lunch money to split with Rachel and legs it out the door in manner of Karl.
Janelle realises that Susan knows something, and walks out. Zeke tells the others that Karl and Susan had a fight last night, and Bree thinks it must be over the letter. Rachel has an idea.
Gosh, it's all happening today, isn't it?
Ramsay Street where Harry has No Idea
Sky can't start her car, and Harry offers to have a look to help her. Dylan comes over.
SKY: Grandad thinks there's something wrong with the engine.
DYLAN: Oh. Narrowed it down then, eh.
HAZZA: I'll have it started shortly.
Dylan offers Sky a lift - he's going to work anyway. She accepts, and goes to get her stuff. Dylan suggests that Harry checks the battery.
Number 28
Rachel has gotten Susan's writing pad and is gently sketching pencil across the top page, to highlight the indents from Susan's pen when she wrote the letter and tore the page out. Ooooh, just call her Miss Marple. They realise that Susan wrote the letter to Scott.
Scott can't work out why Susan would be so cross with Karl about a letter to himself. Rachel's got it - maybe Karl's on their side?? Maybe he knew that Susan wrote a letter and disagreed with what was in it. Bree and Scott think maybe that's it...
ZEKE: But he's still a liar.
RACH: That's a side issue, Zeke.
Oooh, she's so flippin' picky. It's wrong for him to lie, ever, because she doesn't like him with Susan, but it's okay that he's a liar if it helps her and Scott out? I want to slap her. They all start to think that they've underestimated Karl.
Some fairground-like place
Dylan and Sky agree to have a coffee. Dylan tells her that he knows she's really into this baby thing, now, and promises her that he'll be around. She seems pleased, but then is rather cruel when she tells him that she'll stay at her grandad's with the baby, because it needs a role-model, and no-one would be better than Harry.
Now, true as that could be, that's a horrible thing to say to the baby's father (as far as he knows it, anyway). It's cruel and rather vindictive, even though she doesn't use that tone of voice. It's basically saying "oh, and by the way, you're not good enough, Dylan." Not nice, Sky.
Dylan takes his coffee as Scott comes up, and disappears. Scotty tells her to go to the fortune teller; he'll do it if she will...
Ramsay Street where Janelle is Perched
Harry takes a spanner to Sky's car, and gets an electric shock. That's, like, his third in his time on the show, isn't it?
Dylan drives up, but can't get into the driveway as Janelle is perched on a sunlounger in a Janelle way. She tells her son that she's going to pester Karl later about the letter, and Harry hits his head on the car's boot door. He's cross.
HARRY: I fail to see the logic in putting a car's motor where you can't possibly work on it.
Dylan comes over to help Harold, and they start to talk about Sky not being to eat. Harry was up half the night on the internet looking for advice, and tells Dylan that he is trying hard. Dylan hurts his hand, doing something on the car.
HARRY: Ah, yes. Yes. Better be careful of that.
DYLAN: You've got an evil side, Harold.
DYLAN: And I like it.
A fairground-like place
The fortune teller tells Sky that she's strong, independent and creative. Sky glances at her uni stuff, and says yes, that would explain her art gear. The FT tells Sky to let her do her thing - it might be worth her while. She tells Sky that there's a burden she's carrying, something to do with the child. But the burden's not the child, is it the father? He's young. Young in his head.
FT woman takes Sky's other hand. The burden is guilt, she holds a great secret. There's poison that will affect her and her child. She tells her to locate the source of the poison and deceit and end it. Or harm will come to her and her child.
Sky leaves, sarcastically remarking that it was ten dollars well spent.
Seriously, Sky, why did you even go?? FT don't know the future, they really don't. Most people think fortune telling gives them the freedom to make decisions. But it doesn't. 'Knowing' the future only restricts your decision making by putting parameters around what you *think* you know or what you've been told, which forces you to take actions you might not otherwise take if you *really* had the freedom to choose anything.
(gets off soapbox)
Erinsborough Hospital where Karl loves Susan Really
Susan, Zeke and Rach arrive to see Katya. Karl tells them that she's not up to much, so maybe they can cheer her up.
Rachel says she'll join them in a bit after she gets a drink, but as soon as Susan leaves, she approaches Karl and thanks him for what he did yesterday.
Karl soon realises that Rachel *doesn't* know the truth; in fact she believes that the letter was about her and Scott. Karl tells her that he's fond of her and Scott, and so is Susan.
RACH: You still defend her!
KARL: Oh Rachel, she loves you very much. She just wants what's best for you.
RACH: I know.
Rachel smiles and leaves, and Janelle wanders in and grabs a patient file from Karl and won't give it back. She wants to know what was in the letter to Scotty. Karl relents and tells her - *he* wrote the letter and he was asking for Stingray's advice about his feelings.
His feelings for Janelle.
Yes, Janelle.
Janelle cracks up. And the wonderful wonderful wonderful 80s underscore starts up. You know, the one where Beverley told Jim she didn't love him anymore, and the one that everyone died to, up until about 1990.
Karl admits that he knows they have had their troubles over time, but she's single now, and his thoughts keep straying to Janelle.
JANELLE: But you've got the hots for Susie-Q!
KARL: Oh, no. That's never going to work, not the way I feel about you.
JANELLE: No no no no no no no no. Stop right there.
Karl apologises for asking Scotty's advice, and Janelle demands that he never suck up to her kids to get to her again. Karl realises there's no hope for them, and Janelle tells him that she'll slap a restraining order on him.
And then Fletch does the FUNNIEST, FUNNIEST puppy dog face EVER! It's LAUGH OUT LOUD funny!
JANELLE: Stop looking at me like that.
She freaks out and runs off and we hit a 2005 underscore instead and Karl creases into giggles.
That was a great scene. Class.
Ramsay Street where Rachel is a Kusan Shipper At Heart
Rachel tells Zeke that Karl got the letter to stop Scott being hurt by Susan, and that yet he still defended Susan. She realises he must still love her. Well, duh. Who doesn't love Susie? But she still thinks of her dad when she thinks of Karl and Susan.
Really? When I think of Karl and Susan and I think of... Well. I should probably not go there. Anyway. Zeke asks how it's really going at number 30.
RACH: Horrible. I sneak around like a ghost and I live in a hot water cupboard.
ZEKE: It would be really nice if you came home.
Scott and Sky are over the other side of the street and he wants to know what the FT woman said, but Sky doesn't want to share it. Apparently the FT told him that he was going to be a dad and his partner would be too young for kids. Sky sees Harold, and then tries her car - it starts!! She's thrilled that he's made it work, and Harold admits that Dylan helped.
Dylan appears and drags Sky from this scene into...
Number 24 where Sky eats Tempura
He has laid on food that she should be able to eat without throwing up.
She tries the tempura. Yuk. Sky likes it, and tells him he's fantastic. He thinks he should leave but she stops him and tells him that she thinks the baby's in danger...
Number 28
Susan answers the door to Karl
KARL: After last night's debacle I've thought long and hard about what it is I really want.
KARL: And it's very simple. I want to be with you. And I want to be happy. And I want to be as good a guardian to Rachel and Zeke as you are.
Susan looks choked, and tears up and looks away.
SUSAN: Karl, we've talked this through. Right now the kids are so on edge, it's all I can do to stop them going off the rails completely.
KARL: But that's the thing! We're pandering to them! We *are* the adults. The best thing is for us to behave like it.
SUSAN: I am doing everything I can!
KARL: Except being honest. We need to tell the kids how it is and help them with it. They'll get through it with us to guide them. That is, of course, if you want what I want.
Susan looks distressed and confused and like she doesn't know where to turn.
SUSAN: Why can't you just wait?
KARL: Because that would be dishonest. Do you want me to be part of this family or not?
Susan doesn't say anything and drops her eyes.
KARL: Okay. Okay. Thank you. I've got my answer.
He sadly walks away and closes the door behind him as Susan tears up again and turns away from the door.
Line of the episode:
DOCTORZEKE: You've received some news. And you're not too sure what to do about it. It's not work-related. And it's not romance otherwise you wouldn't be wearing your old boots. Am I close?
Best performance of the episode:
Alan Fletcher, hands down.
Best 'Rock On' moment:
JANELLE: But you're scaring the little kids. Dogs howl when you walk down the street.
The scene that TPTB forgot to include:
The one where Susan declares that of *course* she wants Karl to be a part of this family...
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