Dylan telling Sky he'd like to be at her pregnancy appointments.
Susan upset at Karl talking to Isabelle after he just turned her down for lunch.
Karl telling Sky they need to do an amniocentesis to check her baby's health, but there's a risk of miscarriage (about 1 in 100, by the way, for anyone who's interested).
Dylan is playing with Oscar when Elle sits down next to him. She wants to know if he's given any more thoughts to having the amnio, and whether or not Sky is going to go ahead with it. He admits that he can't get Sky to do anything at the moment, and Elle tells him that the test in is both their interests.
Cut to number 24 where Harry tells Sky that she shouldn't take the test – it's unlikely there's anything wrong, and a child with health problems is as worthy as any other.
Back at number 26, Elle tells Dylan he should know if his child has special needs so that he can prepare; after all, he'll have to give up much of his life to it…
Harry tells Sky that the test isn't worth the risk – the baby will bring her great joy.
Dylan tells Elle to back off and not make the decision harder.
Sky tells Harold that he's not helping.
Karl turns up at Susan's, and she sarcastically comments that he obviously has time to speak to her now (cf recap for 5028, where Karl turned down lunch with Susan to talk to Isabelle). He apologises for snubbing her earlier, but he had to talk to Isabelle about something really important.
Karl tells Susan that he hasn't been sleeping lately, since things went wrong between them. Karl tells Susie that he's been taking medication for insomnia and he crashed at the Scarlet Bar. Oh, and Isabelle dropped him home…
SUSAN: Isabelle drove you to your flat?
KARL: Yes. And she stayed the night.
And five, four, three, two one….
KARL: And that's why I had to find her this morning, to find out if…if anything had happened because I couldn't remember if we'd made mad passionate love or not.
SUSAN: Did anything happen?
KARL: No, nothing.
SUSAN: Are you sure?
KARL: Susan, Isabelle was so worried about me she slept on top of me the couch. For the entire night.
SUSAN: When we spoke on the phone this morning you thought that you and I…
KARL: I know, I know, I know. And I dreamt that. And a very lovely dream it was, too.
Eeewk. His lovely dream was actually him doing it with Isabelle, and now he's telling Susan how great it was??! It's just wrong. On so many levels.
SUSAN: Are you absolutely certain?
KARL: She has assured me – no, no…she has *sworn* to me that nothing happened.
SUSAN: Oh well that's just fine then, you know, cos she's just so trustworthy and everything.
KARL: Okay, maybe she isn't. But I am.
Karl reiterates that he had to find out this morning if anything happened, and he's sorry he hurt her feelings. Susan still can't believe he let Isabelle give him a lift home, but he tells her he wasn't in any state to refuse.
KARL: And Susan – nothing happened. Now what is it you wanted to talk to me about?
SUSAN: I think I'd rather hear about your dream.
She strokes his face, and he smiles, despite the way that Wardrobe have dressed him for these eps.
Any other time that would be cute, and I'd want all the details. But right now, I'm glad we cut to another scene because I really don't want to hear Karl unwittingly and unknowingly describing in detail to Susan his delightful explorations with Isabelle in his bed last night. Especially as it appeared to be so good.
Elle approaches Harold and insists that he makes Sky take the test. Harold quite rightly refuses, and reminds Elle that actually, this pregnancy has nothing to do with her. She thinks it does, as Dylan is her boyfriend, and in his lovely old fashioned way, Harry tells her that Dylan is no longer ‘going with Sky.' Bless!
Elle throws a little hissy fit in the middle of the street, and says if it's a money issue she'll pay for the test, and she'll throw in some extra goodies, too. Maybe something for Harry? Or a four wheel drive pram that'll harm the environment? Apparently they're seen a lot in Eden Hills. Harold is so insulted that he throws down some tree choppings that he's clearing away and likens Elle to her father: she wants what's best for herself, not Sky. If she's Sky's friend she should support her decision.
Harold refuses to help Elle and walks off. Meantime, as if by magic, Elle wanders into the next scene…
Elle demands that Janelle tells her where her son is, but Janelle says that she has no idea.
ELLE: You know something and you aren't telling.
Janelle reminds Elle that she's done everything that Elle paid her for. Mmm. Might wanna watch the context in which you say that, Ms Timmins.
AttitudeBree wanders in, with some colour on her GothHat, and starts to go through the mail, noticing another letter from her father, which she separates out and hides.
Janelle asks her daughter where Dylan usually goes when he's upset, and Bree tells her he goes to the gym to vent his anger. Janelle suggests to Elle that maybe she's lost Dylan, now. Elle thinks that Janelle should be careful what she says, or she might tell about her little windfall. But the fabulous Janelle calls her bluff and shouts to Bree that Elle wants to tell her about her bribe…
Bree already knows about the fine being paid off. As well as the rest of the family, apparently. Well, all except Dylan, and wouldn't it be awful if he knew what Elle had done to ‘buy' Janelle??
Elle strops off in manner of Isabelle.
Janelle asks Bree what she's hiding, and so Bree gives her the mail – she thinks there's a letter from Warnie in here somewhere! Janelle gets excited as Bree runs off with Kim's letter.
JANELLE: Oooh, you cheeky little monkey!
The Scarlet Bar
Dylan comes and sits with Sky, and they agree that they're being hassled by everyone to make a decision. But in that agreement, they also agree that they should find out if there's a problem so that they can give their son – or daughter – the best start in life. Sky starts to tell Dylan that if there is a problem with the child, she would totally understand if –
But Dylan doesn't let her continue. This is his baby. He's in this for good.
And Sky looks as if she might cry.
Bree comes into the kitchen and Janelle comments that she knows Bree took a letter earlier. Bree tells her mother it was addressed to her, which is why she opened it.
JANELLE: You haven't joined that cult, have you? Tom Cruise?
JANELLE: Restraining order.
JANELLE: Suspension from school.
BREE: You're mixing me up with Janae.
Bree says that it's from a Young Writer's Group, wanting to confirm the talk that she's giving them tomorrow. Janelle is really proud of her and gives her a hug.
Karl is feeding Chop. Interesting piece of trivia for you – the lamb that plays Chop was rejected by its mother, and rescued by the Neighbours team just in time. It was only four days old when it appeared in episode 4995. Too cute.
Karl is feeding her on the steps at the back of the Kennedy House, and Susan stands on the balcony listening to him. Karl tells Chop that Billy was pleased to hear they had a new lamb – a sheep in the garden is a Kennedy tradition.
SUSAN: Is he boring you with old Clan Kennedy stories, Chop?
KARL: Do you mind? I've had a heart attack. Remember that.
Susan tells him that he made her heart race today. And he gazes up at her. And she gazes down to him. And she tells him that she's missed him and he says he missed her back.
So she comes down the backstairs to join him and puts her arms around him and smothers him in little touches and arm rubs. They sit for a few moments without saying anything, their heads together. Can I just say in this little quiet moment that they're having, that this is SO Karl and Susan from 1996. It's uncanny.
Susie tells Karl that she can't believe Rachel went to see him – they're such great kids. She reassures him that everything will be fine.
SUSAN: And if it's not…
KARL: …we'll pack 'em off to Boarding School.
Susan slaps him and he chastises her.
SUSAN: Shut up and give us a kiss.
They have three little kisses, and the last one looked rather unscripted. And they're all hands and arms and touching faces and I can name at least ten scenes where they were like this in the mid nineties. They end up sitting together on the steps, Susan's arm around Karl, and holding hands. And Karl suggests that they mark the occasion as Susan continues to kiss his face (ooh – Karl and Susan phone sex scene flashback)…
KARL: Well we do have our traditional way of celebrating a romantic moment…
Which means there's only one thing coming up: Karl and Susan's Fourth On Screen Foray Into Skinny Dipping!
For those new to Karl and Susan let me take you through the first three times:
1 – Cheryl's spa at the back of number 22 in 1995. Susan was proving to Karl that she wasn't boring and grown up, by making him strip down and join her in a naked spa. They were sprung by Cheryl, her son Brett, and a mortified Billy Kennedy.
2 – In a remote part of the bush, whilst caravanning in Phil Martin's newly acquired gypsy caravan and Hannah's horse Karma, 1998. Karl forgot to tie Karma properly to the tree, and whilst bathing, the horse and caravan – and their clothes – wandered off. They were sprung by two Asian tourists whilst hunting for Karma.
3 – The sea, next to their rented holiday home on a weekend break in 2002. They were sprung by Toadie and Dee who had apparently double booked the holiday home by mistake.
So – what makes you think you won't get sprung this time, Mr and Mrs Kennedy??
Back to the scene: The moon is out and Karl and Susan are stripping off by the pool.
SUSAN: Why is it whenever I'm around you I have the potential to become a complete lunatic?
KARL: Come on, Susan. What could be better than a bracing dip on a moonlight night?
SUSAN: What if Harold hears us?
KARL: Susan. The woman I love used to love the danger. Used to tweak the nose of fear.
They finish stripping off.
SUSAN: I will tweak something of yours if you don't keep it quiet.
They laugh at each other and Susan has his hands on her chest, when:
HAROLD: Who's there?
Horrified, Susan sees Harold staring straight at her, and she flies behind a bush. Karl finds a conveniently large beach ball.
HAROLD: Good Lord. Oh, Karl. Not again.
Ha! So they've done it more than three times then – just not on screen.
Karl apologises and says that he couldn't resist – it's such a beautiful night. Harry asks how Susan is and she shakes the leaves on the bush, telling him that she's good, thanks. Karl apologises and says they'll leave, but Harry says it's okay – he'll leave them in peace.
Karl wants to go in the pool, but Susan tells him to put his clothes back on. And as he bends down to pick up the clothes:
Karl throws her bra at her.
Back at the house for what is possibly one of the cutest Karl and Susan scenes ever. Also, a small point of continuity - Susan is no longer wearing the earrings that she was wearing five seconds ago.
Karl is promising to be her slave for the day! I have to say, the Kennedy continuity in this episode has been fabulous. Kudos to the writers! Karl promises her breakfast every morning, and post-work shoulder rubs (and we know how Susie loves those).
SUSAN: Karl! I suffered acute humiliation. Acute…
KARL: It was very cute.
SUSAN: I was cowering half naked behind the bushes talking to Harold.
KARL: He didn't see anything. Apart from the bushes.
SUSAN: He could have had another stroke.
KARL: I would've given him free medical attention…he can go to the Salvos for counselling.
SUSAN: Obviously I can never shop at The General Store again.
Susan sits on the sofa, and so does Karl, but with his legs thrown over the back. He tells her it was fun, but she claims she got frostbite. He reassures her it's just a rush of blood to the extremities caused by excessive romantic feelings.
SUSAN: How did you ever pass medical school?
KARL: I didn't pass medical school.
You see – it's lines like that that get leaked out, and then spoilers appear everywhere claiming that Karl isn't a real doctor.
It suddenly gets all serious, and Karl promises her he's a changed guy, and explains how his behaviour with Isabelle today proves it. He found out what happened and told her straight away; a couple of years ago he just would have hidden it.
KARL: Look. We're making a brand new start. We're wiping the slate clean. And that makes me the luckiest man in the world.
And Susan pokes her tongue out at him in a rather unscripted way and for a split second it's all FletchAndJackie and not KarlAndSusan but then it flips back. And both giggling, she grabs his face and kisses him hard. Twice.
Elle is furiously chopping onions and then – an you credit this?! – dabs onion juice on her eyes to make herself cry. Dylan knocks at the door, and she quickly throws the onion in the bin, although half of it ends up on the floor.
Dylan comes in and asks:
DYLAN: Geez, it really smells of onion in here.
Well, actually he doesn't. But I wish he had. Instead:
DYLAN: Geez, are you okay?
Elle makes a fuss about nothing – she's not fine, she feels like she's falling apart and there's no-one around to support her. He doesn't want to be with her anymore, does he? Dylan tries to reassure her, but she tells him that she doesn't know where he is all day and he doesn't answer her calls for hours. Yes, it's called Independence, Elle.
He tells her he was with Sky, and she's going to take the test. And a lot of that is thanks to Elle's advice – he's helped her to think straight. She tells him to shut up about Sky – it's nothing to do with her. This is about her mum, her dad, and Robert. He hugs her, and tells her he's a selfish tool – will she forgive him?
She puts her hands up near his face and I'm still gobsmacked that he can't smell the onion.
Bree is nervous about the talk, and tells her mother that she has to go. Janelle understands and kisses her goodbye, as Bree takes in a breath. Janelle knocks a girl over as she walks away.
JANELLE: Watch out, are you blind?
GIRL: Actually, I am a girl who is blind.
And she is. And I admit that I laughed. Loudly. A lot. Which is awful of me.
(But it wasn't half funny.)
Janelle profusely apologises and feels terrible. Bree comes up and tells her mother to leave, and I only have twenty minutes left to get this summary done. ARGH!
Bree helps her to a seat. The girl tells her she's a huge fan of Bree's and would love to meet her, although she's also petrified, too! Bree tells the girl who she is! And the girl – Anne – gets all fan-like. How cute!
I have to admit that when I met Sianoa last month, I did say to her something really dorky like “I'm a huge fan.” But she didn't tell me to breathe in love or breathe out hate, and now I feel left out.
The Scarlet Bar
Goody – Charlton Hill's Raincloud. Man, I LOVE that song. It's SO Karl and Susan. And Libby. And lots of others, actually.
Susan is feeding Karl strawberries, and teasing him with them when Janelle springs them and gets them to admit that they're back together. Susan goes all cutesy and tells her they are indeed a couple again, and Janelle comments that Karl moved on quickly; not so long ago he was sniffing around *her.* Karl quickly qualifies that this was over the letter, a mess that Susan got him into.
They stay all cutesy as Sky and Dylan come up to interrupt. Can't you *see* that they're eating the food of love, Sky?! Sky tells Karl that they want to go for the test, and Karl will schedule it for this afternoon. Wow – can he come work in the NHS, please?
Karl reminds Susan not to say anything to Dylan about Stingray, and he promises he'll try and talk some sense into Sky this afternoon. After all, Dylan's going to find out sometime…
Janelle hugs Sky in the background.
Bree is reading out some excerpts from her book, but the Writer's Group are walking away one by one. Anne encourages her to keep going; she's really loving it. Bree does. She ends with the line “I wanted this baby to be yours.”
And the camera knowingly flicks from Anne to Bree who looks up and smiles.
Karl goes to get Sky who's waiting for the test, and for Dylan. Karl tells her he doesn't understand why she hasn't been straight with Dylan; she let him believe in the ultrasound that he was looking at his own baby. Karl reminds her that he promised to give her support, but he can't do that whilst she's lying to Dylan about the baby's paternity.
Sky thinks she should say nothing.
Karl tells Sky that when he finds out, he'll feel manipulated. Betrayed.
KARL: Sky, I never thought in a million years that I'd see you behave like Izzy.
If nothing else got through, *that* line did.
SKY: That is not fair!
KARL: Oh, really? No? Tell me how it's different.
Actually, her motives are different to Isabelle's. She did genuinely believe that the baby was Dylan's, and she's not telling the truth *now* for unselfish motives which are to stop the destruction of his relationship with his brother. Isabelle, on the other hand, knew the baby wasn't Karl's, and told him anyway, for selfish motives so that she would be looked after.
The motives are different, even if their actions are the same.
Karl admits that maybe his experience with Izzy means he can't be objective. But he reminds her that the truth will out. And the more honest she is now, the better.
The last of the group leave. But Anne remains as Bree finishes the book, and she tells Anne that the group hated her. Anne tells her they're jealous, that's all. Anne also realises that when her gran read the book to her, she must have missed some of the racy stuff out, as she hadn't heard some of the stuff that Bree just read out!
Bree fills her in on the other scenes, and offers to take her to lunch to keep her number one fan happy.
One really good thing here – this girl does actually look as if she has a visual impairment, which is actually very hard to act. Go her. (Unless, of course, she does actually have a visual impairment in real life…which then just makes me look rather stupid.)
Karl and another doctor are trying to get the baby to move so that they can insert the needle and do the amnio. Dylan tells Sky that if there's anything wrong with the baby, it's his fault; the Wetland poisoning could be the culprit. Sky tells him it's not his fault. They both will the baby not to move whilst the needle's there.
Line of the episode:
SUSAN: Shut up and give us a kiss.
Best performance of the episode:
Oh, alright then. Jackie.
Best ‘Rock On' moment:
HAROLD: Good Lord. Oh, Karl. Not again.
The scene that TPTB forgot to include:
The one where Harold caught Karl and Susan in his pool before…