Loris telling Paul she's interested in investing in Lassiters for her twilight years.
Sky telling Dylan that the father of her child is Stingray.
Teresa screaming at Carmella to leave her hospital room, Karl calming her down.
Dylan telling Scott he can't promise to hang out with him when he's married, Scott looking confused.
Some External Location In Melbourne
Dylan tells Scotty that he's not getting married, and Scott tells his brother that if he's had a fight with Sky he should sort it out – they always do.
DYLAN: Not this time.
And Stingray realises that his brother knows.
Dylan backs Scott to the edge of a balcony where it's a long way to fall, and a very busy road beneath. Scott admits that it was only the once, and it didn't mean anything, but that holds no water with Dylan, even if he does love Sky. Scott reminds him that they are brothers, and he loves him; Dylan even admits that he loves him back.
DYLAN: But we ain't brothers anymore. The baby Sky told me was mine is yours.
SCOTT: What? No…
DYLAN: IT'S YOURS!
Dylan grabs Stingray's collar and pushes him further to the edge of the balcony…
Sky is trying to make a call on a payphone. Why didn't she sneak her mobile phone in there like most normal people? Karl catches her up and about, and reminds her that she was told to sit and wait quietly – Stingray and Dylan will have to sort it out between themselves.
Karl ushers her back to her shared room, and reminds her that her baby is still very small, and she needs to concentrate on building her strength up. Which apparently means resting, eating well and following orders.
Teresa – a woman who's child has died and has rather insensitively been put into the same room as a pregnant woman by the storyliners – has taken rather an interest in Sky since she heard Karl talking about the baby, and says:
TERESA: Your bubs looks fine to me.
What a ludicrous statement; almost as stupid as some of the things that Ned says. They'd make a good couple, in their own ignorant way. How on earth can she tell that the baby is fine? And more to the point, if she didn't know Sky was pregnant before now, then she has no idea how far gone she is, so her comment is completely inappropriate and very irresponsible. Teresa tells her that her own baby was very small when she was born, but still very healthy.
Teresa tells Sky that her daughter is 12 months old, and she hates being away from her; she's with her dad at the moment, for some great father-daughter bonding. The lies seem to trip off her tongue more easily than Elle or Paul. Remarkable. Teresa realises that she's said the wrong thing, and asks if Sky's alone – Sky admits she is, and she's scared. Teresa suggests that there are other options, but Sky says she could never have her child adopted. Teresa thinks that wanting your baby to have the best in life is the greatest expression of love.
Well, that's certainly one way of looking at it.
Loris, Janelle, Lou, Rachel and Susan wait for news of the boys. Frustrated with the silence, and not being able to believe that Janelle is actually quiet for once, Rachel wants to know why no-one's talking. Susan tries to calm Rachel, but she refuses to leave til she knows Scott's okay.
Dylan walks in, with a beautifully touching piano score in the background, and his clothes are torn and ragged. Janelle orders him to sit down and tell them what happened.
External Location somewhere in Melbourne
Night time. The camera pans over to reveal Stingray standing over the balcony, staring at the street in the rain. He turns and sits down, distressed. And sobbing, he leans forward and puts his head in his hands as the rain beats down on him.
Lovely shot, great use of music.
Rachel refuses to believe what Dylan said that Stingray's okay until she hears fro him. As they shut the door behind them, Susan plays the answerphone message; it's Scott.
He wants to let Rachel know that he's alright, and realises that she probably knows what's happened, and promises to see her the following day. Rachel is upset that he didn't say he loved her – was it in his voice, do you think? She has to hear the message again, to know his feelings for her haven't changed. Susan stops her, and sits her down.
Calmly, she tells her that Scott's about to become a father, and everything in his and her life is about to change – it has to. Susan hopes Scott will take responsibility for the child, and thinks Rachel should start thinking about what's best for her; it won't be the same from now on. Rachel cries and admits that she loves him now more than ever.
Susan stands up and puts her arms around Rachel. A lot of viewers commented that Susan seemed to be smiling at the end of this scene, pleased that Rachel and Scott had split up. But that's not in Susan's nature, and I think her smile was more that Rachel was once again confiding in her, going through the pains of growing up as a teenager and feeling everything so deeply. She did it with Mal, Billy and Libby in very similar situations, and this isn't any different.
Sky is asleep and Scott walks in, but it's not long before Sky wakes up and is relieved to see that he's still alive. He quickly reaches out for her and hugs her hard. They stand/lie together holding hands, and Sky admits she should have told him the truth from the start, but Scott understands.
Sky tells him that she's been a bad mum – she hasn't been able to look after the child so far, and this is meant to be the easy part. Teresa listens intently. Scotty promises Sky that she won't be alone, even if some people don't think he's a good person.
Janelle tries to talk to Dylan, who watches some inane comedy show and pretends that everything's fine. Janelle tells Loris and Lou that Dylan is broken hearted, just as Scott walks in. Janelle hugs her youngest son, but then tells him that he has to pack his bags and leave straight away after what he's done to his brother. Scott tries to talk to Dyl and apologises, but is completely ignored, so Janelle tells Stingray to sleep on the couch tonight – then he's out.
The Scarlet Bar
Down at the bar, Loris has told Harold what's happened, and says that she shouldn't interfere so she got out of the house. Loris tells Harry that everyone's done things they regret, and Harold admits that. They agree to get through it all somehow – and a delicious and decadent drink will make it easier! As Harry grabs some drinks, Loris speaks to Paul, commenting that she thinks Lassiters needs a PT for the guests. Paul refuses to employ Ned – ever. If only that decision had been taken just over a year ago by a distinctly different group of people…
::slaps own hand::
Paul tells Loris that owning the majority of the business will be too much for her to handle, and in a very girly manner she agrees – of course she couldn't handle it! How silly of her!
Harry returns with mocktails when he'd rather have a Tazzle, and as they sit down, Harry apologises to Dylan who's walked in. Paul tries to speak to Dyl, who storms off to the back room of The Scarlet Bar. Paul follows him, and he admits that he's lost everything. Paul opens up his arms and gives him a hug.
See how great Paul's character can be when he's not supposedly ‘deliciously evil'?
Susan tells Karl that Rachel is determined to stand by Stingray no matter what. Karl has a comment to make, but doesn't, so Susan encourages him. They sit down and Karl reads her the riot act!
KARL: What's happened to you?
KARL: When you first heard that Sky was pregnant to Stingray – all that time ago, do you remember that? – you were like a mad woman. You said this would ruin Rachel's life. Have you told her that?
SUSAN: I have to be very careful, Karl, I can't tell her what to do.
KARL: You can. You can give her the benefit of her life experience. You can tell her to run a mile from Stingray because he's bad news. Are you gonna argue with me?
As Rachel listens from the bedroom hallway, Susan says that Stingray is a bright young man, but Karl has another argument to make. He lists them: police record, been in jail, problem drinker, possibly infertile, had unprotected sex with his brother's estranged girlfriend, a father at eighteen…
KARL: I could go on…
SUSAN: Oh I'm sure you could, please spare us.
Karl says that he's loveable, but a magnet for trouble. With a baby, Rachel would never come first, and she deserves to. Rachel listens in
The following day, Paul is over at the Kennedys' with Harvey, telling her to ‘chew the leg,' offering up his wooden limb. Harvey turns away. Karl has two cacti in a little pot in his hands, and Paul thanks him again for recommending Dr D Little (Dr DLittle, Doctor DO Little, geddit? Nope, still bad…). Which is news to Susan. Paul waves cheerio – cheerio?! – and leaves with the dog. His dog, obviously, not the Kennedys'. At which:
SUSAN: I thought Dr Little was a ‘quack' – yet here you are recommending her to the neighbours. Fancy that!
KARL: Er, yes! Fancy that! Gotta go…
SUSAN: How much discount did she give you? Ten percent? Fifteen?
KARL: Seventeen and a half.
Susan laughs with Karl and they kiss as he stands by the door to leave. Ah, that's nice. Almost 1997, there, with that everyday nice little banter and affection. Good to see.
SUSAN: Goodbye dear.
SUSAN: And, er, have a nice day… (to Rachel) Sorry, I didn't know you were there.
RACHEL: Oh no, it's fine, I get it. You're a couple. Couples kiss.
Susan asks if Rachel slept alright, and Rachel comments that Karl sure knows how to make his point re Scott, which he did yesterday… Susan tells her not to be angry, Karl meant well. Rachel knows – she's not, and her dad would have felt exactly the same way. She thinks it's nice that Karl cares and is looking out for her.
SUSAN: What he said makes sense.
RACHEL: Susan, you married a man you knew was dying, you took back a man who cheated on you
three times, by the way. You of all people should know that love doesn't make any sense at all.
Susan looks rather bemused in a not-smiling way.
Teresa is mimicking Karl, talking to Sky.
TERESA: Rest. Eat well, and *follow orders* you bad, bad girl! I'm going to monitor you until your baby arrives because I can. Because I'm the King Of The Hospital!
KARL: Morning ladies.
Startled, Teresa turns around and Karl gives her the good news – she can go home today. Sky thinks this is great news, but Teresa is obviously not quite so pleased. She pleads illness, but Sky reminds her she's going home to her baby and husband.
Scott is packing his bags to leave, and Janelle and Loris look on. Janelle wants to make sure he has everything he needs as she can't have him coming back all the time. Dylan runs out his room to go to work, and leaves before Scott can talk to him.
Scotty tells his mother that he'll stay on the floor at a mate's, but Loris isn't thrilled about that; Janelle tells her to butt out. Janelle goes into the kitchen and Loris tells him he can stay at Lassiters.
Cut to the kitchen where Janelle stands with a hand on her face trying not to cry. Lou appears at the laundry door – tada! – and asks Janelle how she is. She turns and buries her head in Lou's shoulder, whilst they both conveniently turn slightly clockwise so the camera will pick up her face, too. She tells Lou that she doesn't know what she'd do without him, and he tells her she won't have to find out (which is a sure clue that their relationship is about to be threatened…).
Janelle leans in and kisses Lou, and it just doesn't quite work.
Sky apologises to Harry for having to pick up the pieces in Ramsay Street, but he's having none of it – she's having a baby and that's a wonderful thing! However, Harry has to leave, and after he does, Teresa climbs out of bed and pretends to collapse on the floor. Sky cries out “can we get some help in here, please” like a seasoned pro (surely as a patient you'd cry out “help!” or “she needs help!”) and Karl dashes in, making an immediate diagnosis that as her pulse is still strong, clearly she has to go to neurology.
What – it didn't occur to him that maybe she just fainted??
Cut to later and Teresa is being wheeled back in with Karl (although he's not being wheeled) and Sky wants to know what's wrong. The CT scan was clear – they CTd her!? – and Karl says he'll have to keep her in for a while, and he's knows she's disappointed with that…
Sky wants to know what's wrong with Teresa, who tells her that she was putting up decorations for Bonnie's birthday and she just blacked out. She hasn't been the same since, and no-one knows why. But hey – on the upside, she has a great room mate and she might still be here when her baby arrives! Sky says that it's a long way off, yet, but Teresa claims that she won't miss Bonnie as much if she has Sky's baby to cluck over. And – oh yeah – she feels really close to Sky's baby already.
Now isn't that just peachy?
Loris is picking colours for the hotel walls and external décor. She likes mauve. She thinks the place needs a complete mauve overhaul, and Paul's in for a rude awakening! Stingray leaves the hotel, and Loris catches him. She asks how the room was, but seeing Rachel, lets him go and talk to his girlfriend.
Scott tells Rach he was just on his way to see her. He supposes she knows everything by now, and he apologises. She tells him that all he's ever done is be honest with her, and she couldn't ask for any more. He starts to say that she's the only good thing in his life, but she replies that they can't be together – they don't fit in each other's lives any more. She reiterates that she loves him so much it hurts, before grabbing his cheek and kissing it.
So, not so much his girlfriend anymore, then. This was all rather depressing.