Lolly threatens to leave when she feels that Lou doesn't trust her, but he assures her that he doesn't believe he is a thief.
Ned tells Paul he wants in on the game.
Pepper kisses Paul and seems to enjoy it.
Pepper is day dreaming about Paul pushing her up against a locker and kissing her, suggesting that he take her to Paris. For a girl who says that his charms do nothing for her, and his charm was very '1980's' she seems to be enjoying the day dream a bit too much.
PEPPER: (in the height of passion) Wait, I think I can smell smoke.
PAUL: Oh baby where there's smoke there's fire.
In the only class room, Bree is telling Lolly and others about the footy team that she supports. As Lolly whips out a packet of cigarettes. Bree heroically grabs the cigarettes from Lolly, telling her that she will thank her when she can breathe without a machine.
Just at the moment that Bree grabs the packet from Lolly, Pepper arrives, and asks who they belong to. (Funny that she can even smell smoke in a day dream) Neither say a word, so Pepper tells them to meet with she and Miss Kinski after school to discuss it then.
Lolly's tough act falters as she begs Bree to take the blame for the cigarettes. Her pleas seem to fall on deaf ears.
LOLLY: Please don't tell, Susan loves you, you can get away with it.
BREE: I'm not taking the stimpy for this.
LOLLY: Please Bree, if dad finds out he'll send me home, you've got to help me.
Max answers the door to Karl, who is asking if he has seen Springsteen. Karl does not look much unlike Springsteen himself, in a scruffy outfit and greying beard.
KARL: Have you see Springsteen?
MAX: Not since the 80's mate....
He actually means his cockerel, Karl things he has been stolen, as he is not without his enemies.
Karl accepts the invitation of a beer in the kitchen, and he and Max discuss Max's current situation.
A couple of hours after Ned left for Adelaide he has returned. You would think that Max would be disappointed, but he looks pleased to see him. He is quick however to tell Ned that he is painting his room, he wouldn't want him back now. But Ned has got himself a flat and wants $200 for the bond, which Max gladly gives him. I mean better to give it to him now, than have him steal it from you later huh Max?
Karl on the other hand shows the sharpness of anyone with a medical degree asks Max if he thinks he will ever see it again. After all Ned has been a bit unpredictable lately. But Max with all the sharpness of a blunt nail says that he knows Ned is good for the money.
Steiger is busy playing with his train kit. Janelle is wearing something obviously straight out of Ann Summer's.
STEIGER: Check it out real fake coal, just got it in from the states (how on earth can you have real fake anything?)
JANELLE: Great... and when you are ready to stoke my fire just let me know.
STEIGER: Hold it right there driver, I have pulled the emergency cord and I'm ordering you back to the depot. Prrrronto.
JANELLE: This train only responds to correct signals.
Cue a lot of sickening animal noises, but hurrah there is a knock at the door so my lunch will stay down after all.
It's Ned. He need's $300 to start a new business, he guilt trips Janelle, but telling her that he has been struggling to make ends meet since losing his job at Lassiters. Ned tries to prolong the conversation, but as Janelle tells him she has a train to catch so gives Ned the $300 without question.
Steiger tells Janelle that he is suspicious of Ned's intentions. Wow the police are good in Erinsborough, but Janelle assures him that Ned is a good bloke and lying is not in his nature. She them tells him that waiting is not in her nature, and with a shout of 'All Aboard' the scene is thankfully over.
The Only Classroom in Erinsborough
Susan is interrogating Lolly and Bree as to who the cigarettes belong to. Neither girl is forthcoming, but at the threat of them having to be there all day, Bree confesses to ownership. With a look at Lolly it seems that Susan is reluctant to believe this story. But Bree assures her that smoking is part of her finding her own identity. But her hands are tied so she is forced to suspend Bree for a day.
LOLLY: Thank you so much I'll never forget this
BREE: Good because this is the first and last time that I am ever going to take the blame for you.
LOLLY: You're the best
BREE:You can stop sucking up now, all this stuff about your dad sending you home is bull. He worships you.
LOLLY:I guess you have more important things to worry about.
BREE: Like What?
LOLLY: Like what Stingray is doing to Rachel.
BREE: They're fine
LOLLY: Well of course you live with him, but he has been at our house a lot lately.
BREE: So what, he and Sky are mates.
LOLLY: I just thought you would be worried because he stayed over last night. But you obviously understand their relationship much better than I do.
And with a trademark look of Izzy, Lolly flounces off leaving Bree flabbergasted.
The Scarlet Bar
Pepper and Susan are having a post work drink, but Pepper's eyes are definitely focused on the bar.
Over at the bar Paul is talking to Max, but Max loses concentration as he thinks that Pepper is giving him the eye, but Paul corrects him telling him that it is in fact he that Pepper is sweet on, and proceeds to give a demonstration proving his point entirely.
With Bree and Steiger in tow, Janelle storms into the bar to confront Susan over Bree's 'smoking' Susan agrees that she does in fact think that Lolly is the real culprit, but as Bree has confessed her hands are tied.
Janelle is not impressed, but seems to accept what Susan says, moving the conversation onto her bust. There is a look of shock on Susan's face at the prospect of having to look at Janelle's bust, but it is in fact only a statue, much to Susan's relief.
Max answers to the phone to Lyn, who by the way the conversation goes, we learn will be coming to visit in two weeks. Paul happens to over hear, but wastes no time in whispering to Pepper to being at his place in ten minutes.
Stingray and Sky are having fun playing with the train set, but Janelle wants them to get their glad rags on for the unveiling.
The House of Robinson
Meanwhile over at the Robinson pad Pepper and Paul seem to be getting down to it. wasting no time in throwing any unnecessary clothes on the sofa, the last thing to be thrown being his false leg.
At Lassiters Lake
Down at the big unveiling of Janelle's bust a crowd is gathering, but to call them enthusiastic would be a slight understatement.
Steiger asks where Pepper is and Janelle wonders where Paul is. Neither are to be seen, but Janelle is quick to assume that Paul is moping around at home. Oh if only she knew that at that very moment, there were false legs flying around all over the place in the height of passion.
It comes to time for the big unveiling. Janelle excitedly get ready to unveil herself. As the cover comes off the crowd are shocked to see the most hideous multi coloured abstract model that appears to have two heads, but Janelle loves it, at last someone understands her.
It is at this moment that Springsteen the chicken decides to make his reappearance- on top of Janelle's bust, and the crowd scurry to try and catch him.
PEPPER: It was a bit of a let down actually, At least my curiosity is satisfied.
PAUL: Well seeing as it was so underwhelming, lets keep this our secret.
PEPPER: Why would I want to tell anyone about such a non-event.
PAUL: Rosie in particular. I mean it Pepper, she mustn't know.
PEPPER: Trust me, she is the last person that I would tell.
As Pepper leaves in disgust, it would appear that she was putting on a front previously, are her feeling for Paul deeper than she would like them to be?
Crowded House- aka Harold's Pad
Harold is delighted to be gifted the kitten 'Tazzle' from Bree.
Sky is quick to tell Janelle that 'her bust looks awesome', Janelle already knows.
Lou arrives home with Lolly and a bunch of shopping bags in tow. Blind to the real behaviour of his daughter.
Janelle tells the kids to make themselves scarce as she wants to have a chat with 'Hazza' and 'Loubie'
As Lolly sits eavesdropping, Janelle tells Lou about Bree having to take the blame for the cigarettes. Lou doesn't believe her, because in him opinion Lolly's behaviour has been exceptional.
Harold is quick to disagree, he thinks that Lolly has led Karl and Carmella up the garden path on at least one occasion.
On hearing what is being said about her Lolly proceeds to continually hit herself in the chest.
A group of sharp suited high flyer.... and Ned are playing poker. Ned has only one pair of Tens, Paul has Three Queens and a pair of sevens.( I forget what the technical term is, I haven't played poker since two Christmases ago) Ned manages to Poker face it, and Paul folds, leaving the pot for Ned, who tells the men that he is only just getting started.
Max and Karl are enjoying the organic beer, much to the wrath of Susan who comes home to tell them that she has spend the last two hours raking around bushes looking for the rooster. Which she is not happy to hear is already in the back garden, and even more upset to see that Karl has not even started dinner.
A full scale row ensues, as Susan tells Karl that he has to do more housework. Karl says that he does his best, but fails to answer Susan's sneakily placed test question about where the mop lives. Karl's typically male answer is 'with the bucket'
Susan tells Karl to pull his weight or he has to move into the chook shed.
Bree is trying, but failing to give relationship advice to Stingray, she is questioning whether he and Rachel are still the same, but Bree thinks that Stingray has out grown Rachel and would prefer to hang out with someone his own age- like Sky, Stinger seems to be thinking about that last bit of advice.
Janelle is seen pushing Steiger quickly through the door, telling him that he spends too much time snooping around the street. Steiger has a bee in his bonnet, he is sure that he has seen Pepper sneak out of 'that mongrel Robinson's house' Janelle tries to reassure him, but he is sad that Pepper has barely talked to him since he got together with Janelle.
Janelle barges into the kitchen to find Pepper mopping at the table, her offer of left over sticky date from Lassiters is not very well received. But Janelle persists in her attempt to win Pepper round.
JANELLE: Your dad loves you and he misses you, can't you two sort it out?
PEPPER: I don't know.
JANELLE: What's the problem anyway?
PEPPER: It was seeing you guys playing trains.
JANELLE: You saw us???...... Oh playing trains, yeah well it's just a bit of fun I suppose.
PEPPER: It's god to see dad getting back into his old hobbies.
PEPPER: But trains was our thing, we used to play it together.
JANELLE: You poor little poppet, Oh come here. You know if you want to jump back into the assistant engineers seat then be my guest.
JANELLE: Well don't tell your dad this, but it bores the pants off me.
PEPPER: Me too, but it did mean hanging out with dad.
JANELLE: (placing the train cap on Pepper's head) How about time share?
PEPPER: That would be nice.
STEIGER: I turn my back for five seconds, and you're over here fighting my battles for me.
He sees the look of despair on Pepper's face and the three share a group hug. Quite touching really.
Ned has been cleaned out, and begs for a loan to get back into the game, Paul tries to discourage him, but one of the players offers him a loan, and Ned agrees to take the lot.
Paul has a look on his face which suggests that he knows what Ned's fate will be.
Crowded House- aka Harold's Pad
Harold and Lou have a hushed conversation in the kitchen, where Harold is encouraging Lou to say something to Lolly, but Lou is apprehensive. He eventually joins Lolly on the sofa.
He asks Lolly what went on at school today, and eventually manages to get Lolly to admit to him that the cigarettes were hers. she puts on a wonderful act of telling Lou that it was all a joke that got out of hand. In an Oscar winning performance she promises not to do it again, just as she is about to reveal something else to Lou, Harold interrupts with the offer of a cup of tea.
Lolly offers to make it. Lou seems to have been quick to forgive, but Harold suggests that Lolly has to live with the consequences. Lolly has a look of disappointment on her face, she may be able to get past her father, but Harold is not someone that she had bargained on.
The poker game is over, and Ned is devastated to realise that he is 25k in debt to Harry. He asks Paul where he is going to get the money from, but Paul gives him a horror story, he is going to have to pay it back, and if he doesn't knowing Harry there will be serious consequences. Ned tells Paul that he is the only one left who can help him and begs him to help, telling him that he will do anything. Paul looks decidedly interested in this prospect. Ned looks worried.