- Lyn tells Susan that Paul was with somebody else in New York and vows to dump him before he dumps her.
- Stingray tries to call a truce with Dylan, who says that Kerry is his and the Timmins' will have to deal with it. He tells Scott that he won't be having anything to do with Kerry.
- Karl opens the envelope containing the results of Kerry's DNA test.
I'd almost forgotten this existed until a few days ago, but it would seem that yes, Karl is still a GP with his own surgery. Sky, Harold and the Timmins' are waiting for Karl to give the results of the DNA test when Dylan decides to 'stuff this' because he knows he's Kerry's father. Stingray tells Dylan he's full of himself and Dylan comes back with him being a good for nothing boozehound. Basically, they're bickering and being a bit physical with each other and it's getting to Sky, who doesn't want it to turn into a brawl. She sends them out. Both Dylan and Stingray are reluctant but Karl and Janelle back her up and they all get out, leaving Sky in there on her own.
Paul comes in and tells Lyn he's been looking for her everywhere, totally oblivious to the fact that she's got a face of thunder and she's got suitcases and bags everywhere. Not for long – he wants to know what's going on. Lyn asks him if he thought he could make a fool of her, and says he could of shown some respect instead of carrying on right under her daughter's nose, which was just crass. I've specifically written that Lyn uses the word crass, because in my opinion it's an amazing word. Paul says, 'OK, lost me,' but Lyn's on one and tells him that Flick (now there's a name I never thought would appear in a summary again) saw him running around New York with his 'blonde tart'. I absolutely *love* the way Paul plays this, it's classic. A look of realisation comes over his face…
PAUL: Ah, her, yeah, yeah… She's, uh, blonde alright, but she's not a tart.
LYN (who is really angry at this point, and is still on one): Oh great, so it's serious. I knew it!
(Paul is brilliant, he's just standing there, really casually and really laid back, waiting for her to continue her rant.)
LYN: I'm not going to give you the satisfaction of dumping me. I'm dumping you!
PAUL (still totally chilled out about the situation): Sure you want to do that? (Lyn picks up her bags) I'll take that as a yes… but before you go I just want you to know that I love you. Being with you has changed me completely. You've made me a better person.
(Lyn looks at him incredulously and, bags in hand, comes back towards him.)
LYN (shouting): Don't you dare give me that tired old line.
PAUL: OK, I won't hold you up then… but you might want to take this with you.
At this point, we have the absolute pièce de résistance. Paul's got a box in his hand that he's just got out of his bag. He tosses it at Lyn in a really cool flicky way. Lyn's surprised and has to faff a bit to grab hold of it, which she does. Paul is still playing it cool in a really awesome way.
LYN: What is it ?
PAUL: Open it. You see my 'blonde tart' gave it to me well actually she sold it to me. She's a jeweller from Park Avenue.
Lyn's face is now just blank with a slight element of surprise. She looks at the box suspiciously before she opens it and sees a ring inside. Can I just say I know I'm superficial and all but seriously, considering how rich Paul Robinson is, you'd think he'd have got her a slightly bigger rock. It looks to be barely a carat although I have to say it looks like quite a pure colour, the clarity is letting it down a little. Basically, I'd like to have seen a nice fat rock there and I'm a little disappointed. Having said that, Paul is actually proposing to Lyn and not only is he proposing, he's doing it in a really, really, really cool way. This is up there in my top 5 screen proposals, because it's not really soppy. Honestly, and I'm not even a shipper! Anyhoo…
PAUL: Doesn't seem much point now but hey, listen, I'm gonna go through with it. (He goes down on one knee) Lyn Scully, will you do us both a favour and marry me?
Oh my gosh, I want to marry Paul because he's obviously so well practised he knows exactly how to propose. It's so amazing. I feel like I might come across as sarcastic, but I am so not, trust me.
Lyn starts crying and manages to squeeze out a yes. Paul breathes a very audible sigh of relief and they hug.
Lou's bought two glasses of champagne and lets Will keep the 10 cents change before walking away. Frazer comes in and orders a 'stubby of beer', grabs the 10 cents and says that there's nothing like a long cold one at the end of a hard day's work. Will sarcastically replies that of course sitting in front of a laptop all day is such hard work. Frazer says he works hard for the money and that it takes courage and insight to be a pro gambler. Will tells Frazer that Steiger had been looking for him. Frazer becomes really nervous and starts looking around wondering what he wanted. Will says he doesn't look so brave now and Frazer astutely points out that Steiger carries a gun for a living and Will adds that he's playing house with Steiger's only daughter. Frazer says that was before he knew Steiger was 'Dirty Harry'. The whole time, Frazer has been looking around suspiciously. Will tells him to chill out – he left ages ago. Frazer asks what he has to fear from Steiger anyway and Will says nothing. Frazer says, 'I'm a guy, he's a guy, we're both…' Will finishes for him, 'Guys.'
Dylan's pacing up and down wondering what's taking so long. Stingray says if it wasn't for him they'd still be in there. They start getting aggressive again before Janelle stops them. Susan bursts in but when she sees the Timmins' she says sorry and says that she'll come back. Karl comes out of his office and Susan says sorry, she thought he was free and she'll come back later. Karl tells her to wait, Sky wants to talk to the family alone so he's going to step outside and give them some space. As he and Susan leave, Janelle asks him what the verdict is. Karl keeps his head down and keeps walking. Sky comes to the doorway and asks to speak to Stingray, she'll talk to Dylan next. Stringray goes into Karl's office and Dylan looks crestfallen. Janelle says she doesn't know what to say but Dylan just says he was so sure before picking himself up (metaphorically of course) and saying, 'Screw this, I don't need to hear bad news from the cheating mole.' He leaves.
Karl's office at the Surgery
Stingray's stroking Kerry's face and he's really excited and happy, saying it's the best spiggin' thing that's ever happened to him; it's perfect and awesome. Sky tells him he's not the father, it's Dylan.
Frazer's staring into space, talking about his first big win on Chastity's Revenge when Steiger comes up and grabs him on the shoulders. Hard. Frazer's in pain and asks what he can do for Steiger. Steiger reckons they should get the camping trip underway. Frazer is being very falsely enthusiastic when he says of course; he's really looking forward to it. Steiger wants them to take off tomorrow and seize the day. Frazer makes out that he's really apologetic but he promised Will he'd help… Will interrupts and says they're going to redecorate his room. Frazer is clearly unimpressed by his excuse but continues by saying that he can't let a mate down. He's apparently so disappointed. Will says it can wait; he should go, as he loves camping so much. That's right, Frazer does. Steiger's surprised, he didn't think a metrosexual like Frazer would be into it. Frazer had a ball camping at Tuck's Ridge last year. This obviously isn't good enough for Steiger, because Tuck's Ridge has hot showers, heated cabins, electric barbeques… Frazer points out that they have open fireplaces, he had to chop the wood himself! Steiger says he's talking about the real thing – man versus nature deep in the wilderness. Hunting, killing his own dinner and not worrying about washing his tackle. Excuse me, there is never any reason to not worry about washing anything, particularly that. There's no excuse for slacking on personal hygiene. Ever. Frazer is still feigning enthusiasm, saying it sounds great. Steiger's about to leave, saying it's about time he got to know his darling daughter's intended – he'll pick him up first thing.
Frazer is terrified. Will is laughing, saying that dirty tackle and a wildlife smorgasbord means he's lucked out with his inlaws. Frazer says he has to come. Will says no. Frazer raises his voice, saying that Will can't let him go out there with John Rambo alone. Dirty Harry, John Rambo… Steiger's obviously a bit of a legend. Will's sarcastic – he can't, he's redecorating his room. Frazer asks him to have a heart, but Will's got a no way attitude towards it. Frazer begs him.
Janelle is consoling Stingray, who's gutted about not being Kerry's father. Janelle tells him it's not the end of the world and Loris adds that he's got plenty of time to be a father. Stingray's worried that he might not have any swimmers. Kerry was everything; she was his reason for getting back together. Harold says she still can be, as her uncle he can be a big part of her life. Karl and Susan come back in and Karl's sorry that things didn't work out better.
STINGRAY: Sorry? You know if you weren't such a crap doctor none of us would be going through any of this.
KARL: Mistakes do happen and I apologise for that…
SUSAN (interrupting): They were honest mistakes.
STINGRAY: It's more than that and you know it. (Looks at Karl) My whole life is ruined because you got it wrong. I lost my brother, I lost my girlfriend, god I nearly lost my mind (turns to look at Susan) and you totally condemned me. And for what? I'm left with nothing. My life is nothing.
He runs off and Susan calls after him. Janelle tells Karl that he'd better have top notch negligence cover, because she's going to sue him for every cent he's got.
Mishka comes in to meet Lou, who's waiting with champagne. He gives her a kiss and asks how the flight was. There was 'much turbulence, little babies up chucking all over' and Mishka says it's not glamorous. Lou says she must be exhausted but he's going to spoil her rotten. Mishka says she's the 'bearing' of bad news – the flight between Moscow and Melbourne is being stopped because there are not enough passengers and she won't be able to see her Lou Bear. They're 'drapes' and there's nothing to be done. Lou's not so sure, they're going to the immigration department to get her permanent residency. Mishka says, 'Immigration not give out visas like Warney give out love.' Lou thinks that where there's a will, there's a way. Yuk – Mishka says he's sexy when he's fighting for them.
Dylan opens the door to Sky and Kerry. He says that if she's there to talk about what a great uncle he'll make, maybe another time. Sky's got a smile on her face and tells him he's Kerry's father. Dylan's confused – she called Scotty in first. Sky explains that she wanted to let him down gently. The reality sets in for Dylan and he's euphoric – he's her father! He looks at Kerry and says, 'Hey little one.' It's really sweet, because he's kind of got his arm around Sky and he's talking to Kerry about how he's never going to let her out of his sight and Sky's saying he's a natural and they both look at Kerry and it's like, just for a moment, they're a happy family all together. Because the baby isn't crying, she's quite cute. Don't worry, my positive thoughts about the baby won't last long.
Frazer's trying to convince Will, and himself by the sounds of it, that the camping trip will be fun, men getting in touch with nature. Will's not into the idea so Frazer tries to bribe him. Unsuccessfully. Will wants to be around Carmella when she gets out of hospital. Frazer sinks to the bottom and changes tack from bribery to emotional blackmail: telling Rosetta and Carmella that he got the money for the burns surgeon wasn't a betrayal after he gave him his word. It works, because Will agrees to go but after the trip, they're even. Frazer's relieved and happy to the point that he decides to kiss Will. On the cheek. I'm not here with any amazing revelations about Frazer or anything!
Mishka and Lou come in. Mishka's downtrodden, that's that. She can only get a visa if they prove they've lived together for two years. Lou sniggers and Mishka can't understand why. Lou asks why they should worry when they've known each other for over 20 years. Mishka doesn't know what he means, so he tells her that it was Fiji, 1986. He fell in love with her over the Blue Lagoon. Mishka cottons – he wants to scam the system. She says she knows scam, in Russia 'scam is system'. I really wish I could defend the Mother Land and say this isn't the case, but we all know that it patently is. No suing TPTB for defamation, then. Mishka decides that Lou bought her coconuts and cocktails and invited her back to his room to look at etchings. She's a nice girl from Moscow. I'm getting so wound up by the way she's saying Moscow, it's totally not how a Ruski would say it. We don't really have an 'ow' sound, so we would say 'oh' instead. Point of clarification there. Then Mishka realises, they're both married to other people. Oh yeah! Lou didn't divorce Trixie, I forgot! Anyhoo, Lou says they'll bury it. Mishka wants to know how they're going to prove to immigration that they have such a long history but Lou says that will be half the fun.
Ramsay Street – night time
Sky is running after Stingray, who's on his way to a taxi. It's really bizarre – he's not going to the airport or anything, so his use of taxi seems a little out of place. In any case, Stingray says he's got nothing to say. Sky asks him to stop for a second, and tells him that his friendship means a lot to her and she couldn't have got through the pregnancy without him. Stingray doesn't believe her, but Sky says he's her best friend and she and Kerry need him now more than ever. Stingray's not amused and guesses that the baby is with Dylan. He points out that Dylan being the father is how he always wanted it to be, Stingray was just the consolation prize and a bad one. Sky says that's not how she saw it at all. Scott says he has to go and Sky begs him not to use it as an excuse to start drinking again. Scott can't think of a better one. The taxi drives off with Sky shouting after him.
Stingray is sitting with an untouched beer, when Will comes over and asks him who served it to him. Stingray tells him that it was the other barman, who obviously hasn't been told who he is and isn't allowed to serve. Will reckons it must be warm, he's been staring at it for half an hour. Stingray asks if Will's keeping tabs, Will simply replies that nothing slips by him. Stingray doesn't need a lecture. Will knows – if he did the glass would've been empty ages ago. Will heads back to the bar to serve and glances over at the table Stingray's been sitting at. Stingray's gone and the beer is still there, untouched. Will smiles.
Karl's staring into space, quite clearly distracted by what's been going on, whilst Susan chops vegetables for dinner. She turns and sees that the sauce or whatever it is she's left on the hob has been ruined. Karl says he could order a pizza. Susan says no, she's not really hungry, is Karl? Karl says no, he can't get that look on Stingray's face out of his mind. Susan knows. Karl continues by saying that everything Stingray says is true; Karl's mistake has completely changed the course of that boy's life. Susan insists that Karl didn't make a mistake. Karl acknowledges that medically he didn't, but he's not so sure that he didn't make a moral mistake. Leaving aside the emotional issues, Stingray has developed a dependency and it's Karl's fault. Susan says she judged him too, him and Sky and they both encouraged Rachel to walk away. Karl says that Stingray really has lost it all, how ironic that Karl could lose everything as well. Susan puts her arm around Karl's shoulders and says that if they have to sell everything, they will. If she has to sell the house, she will. They'll get through this. She strokes his hair.
Janelle's telling Loris that once they've sued Dr Karl bloody Kennedy for every cent he has, it's going to be five star all the way around there. Loris says that legal action is not going to solve anything. Janelle wants Karl to pay and then she's going to fritter away every last Kennedy cent. Loris informs Janelle that revenge isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when they've got a few problems a bit closer to home. Janelle reckons that the boys will sort themselves out and anyway, it's not revenge she's after, it's justice. Stingray comes into the kitchen and in a quite beautiful moment, Loris does nothing but hug him. Janelle asks him if he's ok, she had a horrible feeling that he'd go on some kind of bender. Stingray asks if she wants to smell his breath. Janelle's relieved and hugs him. Stingray says he told her, he's on the wagon and it's coming up to a week. Janelle says that everything is going to be ok, he can move back in and Dylan will come round. Talk of the devil, Dylan comes in. Stingray tries to congratulate him and put his hand out to shake it. Dylan is having none of it and pushes past him into the cooking area. Janelle chastises him, saying that Stingray had the guts to walk back in and offer him his hand, the least Dylan could have done is shake it. Dylan pulls out a six pack of beer and asks who's up for a celebratory glass. Janelle's stunned and tells Dylan that he has a real ugly side to him. Dylan tells Stingray that he knows he must be gutted but he can never forgive him for what he did to Kerry because anything could have happened so Stingray's not allowed anywhere near her. Ever.
Frazer is piling loads of cans of bug spray into his rucksack saying how much he hates them. And snakes. Oh, and he's not mad about spiders either.
Steiger pulls up in a pick up truck thing wearing full camouflage. He beeps the horn loudly and looks, it must be said, a little impatient.
It's almost as if the horn is some kind of call to attention, because Frazer starts panicking saying, 'He's here, he's here!' and speeds up with tying his bag up. He calls Will, who's pretty chilled out about the whole situation but Frazer wants him to hurry, he doesn't want to keep 'Allan' waiting. Frazer's bending down to do something and Will spies a tag on his shirt, asking him if he's been shopping. Frazer says it the best gear and he spent a fortune he doesn't have on it. Will sarcastically says that 'Allan will love it.'
Frazer's running out of Number 30 dragging Will behind him when he notices Steiger, who's putting two black stripes under each eye in that tribalesque way. Frazer's like, 'He's not,' and Will's like, 'He really is.' Steiger notices them so they wave in unison and head to the truck. Steiger greets Frazer as Fiona and jibes him about bringing his 'girlfriend Willamena'. Will says he wouldn't have missed it and you can just absolutely hear in his voice how sincere he is. Not. Steiger tells them not to worry about their nancy boy tents because his is big enough for all of them. They guys are scared by a dog but Steiger tells them to relax, it's just Moz, she's an old softie just like her old man. I'll believe that Steiger's a softie when I see it. I'm not holding my breath. Steiger tells the 'ladies' to shake a leg – the sooner they get on the mountain, the sooner they get hunting. Frazer climbs in next to Steiger with Will in the passenger seat. Steiger's wondering what it is that Frazer is wearing.
I'm taking it it's Harold's garden
Mishka is wearing a ginger/read bob wig and Lou is wearing a brown wig with a fake moustache. They've put a deck chair out and put loads of plants behind it and there's a camera set up. Mishka thinks it looks just like a Fijian paradise. They each look towards the camera with coconuts that have been chopped in half and little cocktail umbrellas sticking out. The auto timer on the camera goes off. Mishka says again, but this time she should jump into his big strong Aussie arms. Lou doesn't think so, he's got a bad back. Hey, what's he saying? It's 1986! Another photo is taken.
The guys are pitching Steiger's tent. Frazer asks where the sleeping tent is. Steiger says the one they're pitching is it. Frazer thought it was for storage. Steiger says it'll be nice and cosy all of them sleeping in the old girl together and he promises to lay off the baked beans. Nice. Will and Frazer point out that it's got holes in it and bugs and spiders could get in and what if it rains? Steiger's being all butch and manly and Australian, to be quite frank, and says that a little spider bite and some bad weather never hurt anyone, it'll put hairs on their chests. Who's for food? Frazer says they past a pub about 20km back. Steiger says that 'Fiona' is a laugh a minute – they're going hunting. Will asks if it's with a gun. Steiger doesn't think so; guns are for little girls and pulls out some sort of rifle thing, saying it's a weapon and they don't want gunshot pellets in their dinner. Will and Frazer laugh nervously and Will tentatively asks if he's got a licence. Uh, duh, Steiger's a cop, of course he has a licence. Steiger helpfully makes this point to the boys. He fires the rifle thing off so Frazer's sufficiently scared to say alrighty, they should go bag some rabbits. Steiger says as if they'd waste their time on harmless bunnies, they're going after wild boar, the main meal. Steiger goes right up to Will and Frazer and tells them that razorbacks can be seriously dangerous so it's kill… or be killed. Got it? Will and Frazer just say, 'got it' back immediately and they're both quite clearly terrified. As Steiger walks off, Frazer says to Will in a really nervous voice, 'hold me'.
Kerry's asleep as Harold and Loris gaze at her adoringly. Harold wants to know how long until she wakes up. Loris informs him that a baby's sleeping pattern isn't an exact science. But they sent Sky to bed so that they could have some quality grandparent time and he asks Kerry to wake up. Loris says she could give her a little nudge. Harold says Loris is bad, and Loris tells him he hasn't seen anything yet. There's a knock at the door and as Harold goes to answer it he says he can't wait until she's old enough to take to the circus or something. Give her a chance! She was only born about two weeks ago! It's Dylan, and after a brief moment's thought Harold invites him in. Loris thinks that parents have a sixth sense – the moment the baby gets a minute with the grandparents they walk in and whisk the baby away. Dylan's bought her a little fluffy mobile thing to hang above the crib. Sky comes out of the bedroom and says she didn't know Dylan was coming this morning. He just dropped in to spend some time with bub. Sky says it's cool, she'll get her clothes and they'll all go out. That's not what Dylan meant, he wants to spend some time with Kerry alone. He knows that they have to be civil for Kerry's sake but he doesn't want to friends with Sky – he can't pretend to like her. Sky's hurt and says she was never pretending. Dylan says he'll be back in a couple of hours but Sky stops him. Dylan tells Sky she's not just hers, he has equal rights. Harold interrupts to tell him he doesn't, he's not on the birth certificate yet. Dylan says that's the attitude he's talking about and it's why he made an appointment with a lawyer. Loris thinks it's totally unnecessary but Dylan doesn't. Sky's shocked and hurt and tells him really calmly to get out of her home. Dylan says Kerry's his child too and he's going to fight for custody rights so he can see her alone as much as he likes before storming out.
After the break, we're back at Harold's joint, where Harold is speaking to Loris. Harold doesn't think that Dylan can be serious about involving lawyers until Loris points out that Dylan has a stubborn streak a mile wide, just like his mother. Sky comes out of her room with Kerry in a car seat and tells Harold not stress out, she's just going to visit the farm to see Toby and Joe. She needs some thinking time, the last couple of weeks have been pretty full on. Harold wonders if it might make things worse – in Dylan's mind it might make a legal solution the only answer. Sky says he's made it pretty clear he's going to do that already so she just needs time to work out how she's going to handle it. Harold says, 'Oh Sky please,' but Sky assures him it's fine, she's just taking Kerry to meet her other grandad and she'll deal with Dylan when she gets back. Harold gives in and hugs her, telling her to ring when she gets there.
Harold's stressed, saying it's not good, it's not good at all. Loris says that Sky's very sensible and will find a way through. It's Dylan that Harold is worried about. He says that the whole Timmins family is in complete turmoil and without Loris they would completely self destruct. Loris doubts that. Harold says she would, modesty is one of her endearing charms. Loris tells Harold that the truth is that she's the most morally bereft of all the Timmins'. It's Harold's turn to doubt. Loris insists it's true, she's been hiding it for years. All the terrible things that are happening to her famliy are because of her. Harold thinks it's superstitious rubbish. Loris says it was nearly fifteen years ago… It was spur of the moment… She was so angry with Janelle… Harold asks what she did. Loris goes on, telling him that Anne was just born and she couldn't bear the idea of Janelle being her mother… She swapped her with Bree. She's the one that swapped the babies. Harold is aghast, and that's putting it mildly.