Abby asks Toadie if he wants everyone to see them together; he does.
Harry begins to admit to Sky that he wasn't carjacked – but Lou interrupts and says that Lolly' gone.
Karl catches Susan and Toadie trying to shave his beard off.
Kerry's not well, and Sky decides to take her to the doctor.
The Kennedys are getting breakfast. Rachel suggests cutting a chunk of Karl's beard off, then he'll have to shave the whole lot off to even it out.
ZEKE: I think it's cool.
SUSAN: Oh, Zeke, please. It looks like something with mange has died on his face.
Zeke thinks he might grow a beard himself, but then Karl appears with some sort of baseball mask on his face, scaring Audrey and Bob – and the rest of the family.
SUSAN: Oh, great. Now you look like Hannibal Lecter.
KARL: You leave me no choice, Clarice. Hissssssss!
Karl says he found the mask under the house – it was Malcolm's, and he's protecting himself whilst Susan and the family plot against his beard. Susan wonders how he'll eat through it, and Karl replies “in very small mouthfuls.” Harry's at the door, and Karl takes his mask off. Harold is looking for Lolly – they think she's gone missing, and Lou's frantic. Susan suggests helping search for her, and sends the kids with Harold, whilst she and Karl check out Lassiters.
Abby arrives as they leave, searching for Jarrod.
Number 24 where it's Piccadilly Circus
Zeke suggests looking for Lolly at the school, and Harry and Lou decide they'll go there with him and Rachel. Sky wonders what her grandfather was going to tell her earlier, before they were interrupted by Lou, but he declines to answer. Ringo also turns up, hunting for Lols, and Zeke isn't too pleased to see him.
ZEKE: You hardly know her!
Rachel and Zeke disappear off with Harold and Lou; Sky will stay behind because Kerry's asleep. And they open the door to find Sandy Allen, Lolly's step-mother, waiting. She wants to know if Louise is okay.
Abby is here to see Jarrod because she had a great time with him on the date, and now she wants to see him for real. Toadie doesn't believe her, and reminds her it was a business arrangement.
ABBY: I thought we made a real connection, and I kinda hoped it might have been mutual. I'm sorry; I won't bother you again.
She goes to leave, and Toadie suddenly reneges on his earlier words…she's here because she likes him? He thinks it's strange, because she's gorgeous, and he's a pathetic loser.
ABBY: Being single and lonely doesn't make you a loser, and if it does, then I'm one too.
TOADIE: You really enjoyed our date?
ABBY: I wouldn't be here if I hadn't.
Toadie is lost for words, and Abby asks if he'll go out for a coffee.
Number 24 where Harold Tells The Truth
Toadie is telling Sandy about Lolly and what happened at school; he says he blames her teacher. Sandy and Lou decide to drive around and search for her, when Sky comes out, asking her grandfather for Kerry's dropper – she's running a temperature, still. He looks all fraught about Kerry, and decides to tell Sky the truth about the ‘carjacking'. He wasn't carjacked or bashed; he lied to Sky and the police.
Lou's Garage where we find Louise
Steph is leaving the garage, and Pepper is packing some of her mum's rubbish in her car. She can't fit it all in her boot. She picks up a bin and accidentally hits it against a car, and from inside comes a scream – it's Louise. Pepper is startled.
Cut to a few minutes later where Pepper has made Louise a drink, and Pepper addresses the issue of the bruises, asking her who she's trying to avoid. Is it Lou? Lolly immediately denies it; her dad would never hurt her. Pepper persists, but Louise says she can't tell her; Pepper suggests she tell Lou who will be able to help her, and put a stop to it.
Number 24 where we find Some Understanding
Harold has told Sky the truth and says that she won't have him arrested! He admits that liars are cowards (that's what he told David and Older Kerry – aw), and now he's done the same thing. Harry says that he was such a bad father, and he tried to make it up by being a better grandfather – he never gave his kids any time because he was always at work. So he's now trying to make it up with Kerry.
Sky admits she's found it hard because Harold knows how to look after her daughter better than she does, but at the end of the day, they both want what's best for Kerry. So let's do it together!
Harold is grateful for her understanding.
The Scarlet Bar where It's A Date
Karl and Susie are hunting for Louise, but Steph hasn't seen her. Just as the Kennedys are leaving, Toadie and Abby arrive for a drink, and Susan can't help but linger at the door to see if they're on a date! Toadie pops to the bathroom, and Steph gives out the lunch menus. Abby realises that Steph knows Toadie, and she asks if he really is as nice as he seems, if he's genuine; Steph says he is.
Rach, Zeke and Ringo haven't been able to find Louise. Ringo says they have counted on his magic to charm her out of hiding! Rachel adds “full of yourself” to his list of bad points. Ringo can't believe she has a list, and clearly Rachel wasn't watching the earlier series of Friends.
RACH: You know, I don't know what's more appalling: the fact that you helped your brother deceive poor Rosie, or that your name is actually Ringo.
Ringo says he'll go back to Lassiters to search for Rach, and Zeke chastises Rachel for blaming Ringo for Fraser's behaviour. He likens Ringo's situation to them and Katya, and Rachel gets all defensive.
ZEKE: Maybe Bree's right. Maybe you do have the hots for him!
RACHEL: And maybe I'd rather nail my head to the floor and stick pins in my eyes.
Ringo stands outside the house, listening and laughing.
Number 24 where there's something Going On
Kerry's still grizzling, as Sandy and Lou return home without Louise. Sandy mentions that she's run away before, and always comes home when she's hungry. Sandy goes to the bathroom.
Harry tells Sky that he's going to tell the police the truth about what happened.
Louise and Pepper come home, and Lou embraces her, thrilled to see her. Pepper leaves, and Harold and Sky follow her out. Lolly's left alone with her dad, and says that she has something to tell him…but she doesn't because Sandy emerges from the bathroom, hugging her and telling her that Lou doesn't need any more stress.
The Scarlet Bar where it Could Be Love
TOADIE: “As far as I'm concerned, progress peaked with the frozen pizza.”
That's my type of conversation.
Actually, it's a film quote, and Abby guesses it correctly – Die Hard 2. They have another go at the quotes game. I should play along, cos I'm pretty good at this. Toadie isn't, though – he's too preoccupied with Steph in the background, and Abby knows where his mind is.
He admits that Steph is the girl he was trying to get over when he rang dial-a-date, and he promises that he's not trying to make Steph jealous by being with her. He's actually having a really good time.
They sit at the table, holding hands, and Steph looks from another part of the bar. Tough luck, Steph – you made your bed and all that jazz…
Susan is telling Rach that her journalistic piece can't be used for the site – it's about Lolly and Miss Steiger and it's libellous! Karl is on the sofa, sticking his legs in the air with an exercise band (aka, his trouser belt) around them, and pipes up: “you could always use my Doctor In The House interview.” They ignore him. He goes back to his exercise band and his feet kick in the air above Susie's head once again.
Zeke suggests Ringo's professional gambling story, but Rachel thinks it's pathetic, and she trashed it. There's a knock at the door, and Zeke follows Rachel to her room. Pepper comes in, telling Susan that Lolly's okay. They sit at the table – Lolly ran off to avoid naming her abuser. Karl is still exercising his legs, sitting up momentarily, surprised to Pepper there instead of Rachel.
Susan looks thoroughly unimpressed with him.
Number 24 where we find an Evil Step-mother
Sandy and Lou are giving Louise the third degree about who hit her, and Sandy gets firm with her. Sandy *insists* that Pepper hit Lolly, and even though Lolly denies it, Sandy keeps on persisting, raising her voice.
SANDY: I'm only going to ask you once more. If I don't get the right answer, I'm taking you home with me. Away from here, away from that school. Now, did Pepper Steiger inflict those bruises?
Lou asks her if she's sure, and Lolly cries on his shoulder.
Number 30 where there is No Back Up
Zeke is asking Ringo about his story, but he tells Zeke he trashed it. And he didn't back it up on his computer. Pepper answers the door to Rachel.
ZEKE: You don't back up?
ZEKE: (in shock) You don't *back* *up*?
RACH: Okay, I'm the editor of this blogzine, so if this mess of a story is going in, then I'll be the one who has to fix it.
ZEKE: He doesn't have it.
RINGO: I – trashed it.
RACH: Well what about your back up?
ZEKE: He doesn't back up.
ZEKE: Yeah, I know…
Pepper grabs Zeke to help her get something from her car. Rachel turns to Ringo – she can't believe he doesn't back up. I can't, either. Rachel concedes that maybe his story had some potential, so they'll have to reconstruct it with some improvements.
The Scarlet Bar where it's a Mother's Instinct
Abby and Toadie finish their date; they both had a good time and would like to do it again. But before they go, Abby admits that she has a daughter, Zoe……she tells Toadie he can back out now, if he likes. Toadie doesn't want to. In fact, he'd like to meet her sometime.
Harold and Sky arrive with baby Kerry, and Harry is relieved that the police were understanding about what happens. Harold answers Sky's mobile – it's the hospital for her. They've got Kerry's test results and want to see her this afternoon. Sky's worried, but Harry reassures her that they never give results over the phone. But Sky knows there's something wrong.
Number 30 where Underpants Is One Word
Rachel is reading Ringo's story. She likes the first two paragraphs, but the rest is apparently poo. Ha. She tells him that the story is boring, and he needs to stop treating his brother like a god. He should make the story funny, make the other kids laugh.
So Ringo shows her a story he wrote a while back, and Rachel is interested – she reads about one line, and wants to know what happens next. She thinks it's fab, but there's a typo. Underpants is one word.
Number 24 where the Evil Step-mother just got More Evil
Sandy is leaving, and Lou tells her that he can't believe Pepper is responsible, and yet pretending to be looking out for her. Sandy suggests that they don't put Louise through any more humiliation, and not tell the police – instead, they should change her school. Oh, and Sandy would like to be kept informed. She asks for a private word with Louise before she leaves.
Lolly sits on the sofa, and Sandy stands menacingly and manipulatively behind her. She demands that Louise cause no more trouble for her and John, and calls her a horrible little cow. Lolly asks if Sandy is going to hit her again. Sandy reminds her that she's here on their good grace, and she will take her home if needs be. Louise says she'll be honest and say that it was Sandy who hit her, but her step-mother tells her that no-one will believe her now that she's already lied. Lolly looks scared and tearful, and Sandy tells her that she'll end up in an institution if she's not careful – she's been warned.