Ned offers to be Janae's boxing coach.
Frazer gets knocked down by a horse at the racetrack.
Zeke shouts at Tom, telling him he shouldn't ruin a family and throws an egg at him.
Karl realises that he's got Susan, and thanks Tom for being there for her, but assures him that he'll take it from there.
Ringo and Bree are sitting on a bench near the hotel when Ringo spots Tom coming out, brushing himself off. Ringo wonders what's with him and Bree explains that Susan's back today.
Karl is happily lolling around wearing his Farmer Joe/Good Life gear and reading a paper with his feet up as Rachel and Zeke watch him in wonderment at the fact that he is so relaxed and doing 'nothing'.
There's some kind of country and western music in the background combined with some really clever camera work, so the camera has just rolled from the kitchen area, past Karl on the sofa, past Rachel and Zeke as they talk and then rolled into the next scene…
Outside the General Store
Where Tom is picking up some flowers.
BREE: Ah, flowers and champers! The Scull's going all out. Now I hope Karl got his act together like I told him to.
Ringo thinks that old guys should never try to look cool, just as the camera continues to roll…
Back into the living room, this time from the window across the front of the sofa, as Karl burps and promptly blames it on Audrey. The camera continues to roll, but moves angle so that it goes again from the kitchen past the dining table, where Zeke is observing that they've spent all day cleaning and Karl acts like a pig.
RACHEL: Yeah, but he's our pig. What are we gonna do?
Outside the General Store
Lolly and Lou approach Bree and Ringo. Lolly asks what's going on and Bree replies that there is a storm brewing. Ringo jokes about sticking his leg out and sending Tom flying, before Lolly offers to do it. She explains to Lou that it's because she'd get detention too because she hates being the odd one out. Tom approaches the group:
TOM: Miss Timmins, Mr Brown. I'll be seeing you both soon in detention, won't I?
Bree looks away in disgust and following Ringo's very obedient, 'Yes Tom,' Tom prompts Bree for a similar reply. Bree simply turns back towards him and exclaims sarcastically, 'Oh, are those flowers for me Tom? Thank you!' Tom doesn't respond and tells her not to be late.
Zeke snatches the paper from Karl and takes his feet off the table. Karl wonders what's going on. Rachel and Zeke have sat down on the coffee table and Rachel informs him that the shower is free. Karl grabs his newspaper back from Zeke and tells them he's ok, apparently he's got a bag of 'blood and bone'(?) he wants to throw in the garden later. Zeke asks him if he remembers what day it is. Karl smiles and asks them if that's what all of this is about. The kids look relieved as they cry, 'Yes!' Karl asks them if they think he'd forget something like that. Karl observes that time is getting on and gets out of his seat and says that he's never known two kids so keen to get a lift to detention before. The kids are not pleased.
Rosie and Frazer are discussing his tie – lucky stripes or lucky spots. One of them has both spots and stripes on so apparently it's win-win. Rosie asks Frazer to zip her dress up and tells him that there's a catch at the top.
FRAZER: Ah yes, there's always a catch.
They're about to go, but Frazer's left something on his bed so he goes through to get it and Rosie runs into the living room to put a box in her bag. Ringo comes through just at the crucial moment and makes her jump. He's surprised they've not left yet and Ringo suggests he come along to help Rosie with Frazer's wheelchair. Rosie's really expressive as she assures Ringo that she'll be fine and that he doesn't need to go. Ringo thinks that if he's there… Frazer comes through to tell him that he'll get in even more trouble for wagging detention. Ringo says something about a letter saying he's indispensable. Frazer tells him it's a nice try and he'll put a bet on a roughie in the fifth for him – Doing Time. As Ringo leaves, Frazer tells Rosie that he's half tempted to take him because he hated detention and it was a complete waste of time. Rosie thinks it's 'character building'. Frazer says something about it being a breach of human rights because it's detainment without trial and he'd have thought Rosie would be all over that. Rosie ushers him along because they've got to get his surprise.
Frazer's excited about a car, which is apparently his. Janae tells him that it's all Rosie's work, she and Chris just serviced it. She goes on to explain that all the controls are on the steering column so he doesn't have to use his feet at all. Rosie tells him it's a loan but he can hang onto it for as long as he likes. Frazer's really pleased, thanks her and tells her she's magnificent before telling that he loves Janae and Chris's work. Rosie asks Frazer if he's going to drive her to the races.
FRAZER: No… I have no idea how to drive this thing. Let's get a cab!
It's right about now that I start feeling like I'm watching the Breakfast Club. I just hope this little version is at least marginally more entertaining than the original.
Anyhoo, Tom is on the phone, talking about getting both bits of a key to someone so they can get a new one. As he gets off the phone and repeats this information to Bree and Ringo, Karl rolls up with the Kinski Kids. Karl asks what the problem is and Tom tells him that the key broke off in the lock. Karl's thrilled because it gives him a chance to use his amazing new pocket tool. Tom says he'll get it but Karl insists, thereby rendering Tom useless, which annoys him so he takes it out on the kids and tells them in a firm voice that there's no point standing around wasting time. Ringo explains that detention means wasting time.
TOM: Not in my lexicon. By the end of today those desks and lockers will be sparkling clean and graffiti free.
KARL (pulling out the pliers): There we go! Now let's have a crack at this lock.
TOM (more irritated and therefore with a raised voice): And Zeke will have written a five hundred word essay on why he regrets the behaviour that landed him in this situation. Now hand over your mobile phones.
Bree tells him they're private property. Tom tells them to take it up with the Ombudsman and takes all the phones, just as Karl comes back with the freed key and tells Tom to give him the other half so he can get another one cut. Tom says he'll do it but Karl, who is clearly enjoying all this, points out that Tom's got to look after the kids because they 'can't have the inmates running the asylum.' Karl, still smirking, tells the kids to behave and not give Tom any more grief. Just as he's on his way out, Tom calls Karl back and after a pause tells him not to shut the door. Karl is still grinning when he replies that it's all under control. Ding ding ding! Round one to Karl. Or maybe that's about round 539, but hey ho.
Oh, thank the Lord! It's Susan! She calls out that she's home but there's nobody there except Audrey, who Susan tells not to get up after clearly feeling a bit nonplussed that nobody is there to greet her. She observes that somebody's made an effort (the house is sparklingly clean and tidy) before digging into her bag to get her mobile out.
Back with The Breakfast Club, Ringo is talking about how much it sucks. Bree starts to respond before Tom calls out, 'No talking!' as he comes into the classroom and asks Zeke to read what he's written so far. Zeke replies with a fair bit of attitude that he started with a quote from Cicero: 'Mi transmitte sursum caledoni.' Zeke starts to say that it means… but Tom interrupts him, 'Beam me up, Scotty,' and explains to him that as an ex-Catholic priest he has some knowledge of Latin before adding a word of advice, that if he's going to try and be funny he should pick his mark and tells him to start again and add another hundred words. Ringo doesn't think it's fair but Tom points out that life rarely is. Tom's phone starts to go off and the caller ID tells us (and him) that it's Susan. He runs out of the room to answer it and The Breakfast Club follow him to try and listen in.
In the corridor, Tom says hi and tells Susan he was just thinking about her before asking if she's home. Susan asks to meet at the Scarlet Bar now and after a pause Tom agrees. As he goes back towards the classroom, the kids run back to their stations. Tom tells them that he has to go out for a while so Bree plays dumb and asks, 'Why?' in a really dumb and slightly moany voice. Tom makes the excuse of it being a complication with the locksmiths and tells them there's another teacher down the hall who will be popping in from time to time so he'll be expecting to see a substantial amount of work done when he gets back. When he leaves, Zeke tells the rest of The Breakfast Club that he knows it was Susan and goes to follow Tom but the others stop him. Rachel tells Zeke they can't take the risk of following Tom and they'll have to trust that Susan makes the right decision.
Lolly is lifting the cover off a car, but Janae runs up and stops her. Lolly points out that it's been there for ages and wonders what the story is and who owns it. Janae explains that it's a big job but it's hers. And Boyd's. Lolly changes the subject and offers to call a plumber for a broken toilet, but Janae isn't changing the subject and goes off in her own little reverie.
JANAE: You know I was going to have it taken away and crushed into a giant cube of scrap metal, like in that James Bond film except, you know, that one had a body in it. I should be so lucky.
Lolly says she hasn't seen that one and Janae apologises and suggests she go home because Chris does all this stuff and Janae doesn't know what Chris wants done so it's fine for her to go. Lolly leaves and Ned approaches, saying Janelle sent him because she might need a slave. Janae replies that she needs a slave like a hole in the head and tells him to get lost. He's about to leave but Janae's remembered the toilet and sends him to fix it.
Lolly and Lou are talking about the fact that they can only take Sky some change for the vending machines and a few personal comforts. Lolly asks if she can go but Lou's not into the idea and thinks there are plenty of other things that Lolly can do with her time. Lolly suggests being in lockdown with the others. Lou is proud of her for not mucking up but Lolly points out that at least she wouldn't be bored. Lou says it's a beautiful day and sends her out. He opens the door to push Lolly out just as Janae comes up. Janae apologises for blowing Lolly off but Lolly looks pointedly at Lou as she replies that she's getting used to it and leaves. Janae comes in and asks if Lou's free for a sparring session. He says no, and after Janae pushes him for some time, he concedes that he's hung up the gloves because of Harold's thoughts that there is far too much violence out there. Janae says that she's as upset as anyone about Sky but she needs something to focus on and quite frankly he's ruining it because he's 'piking' on her. Lou's not getting drawn in.
Frazer and Rosie are at the entrance and Frazer's getting nervous, with sweaty palms and things. Rosie tells him that if he doesn't want to go they don't have to. Frazer says that to be honest if he was by himself he wouldn't but that having Rosie there… Rosie tells him she's right beside him and Frazer makes a joke about her not minding a sweaty palm. Rosie says she thinks hers are a bit sweaty as well and Frazer asks what she's got to be nervous about. They go in after some joke about her palms being like a dead fish and him being a smooth talker.
Bree is wondering what if Susan does pick 'the Scull'. Zeke's adamant she won't. Ringo changes the subject to ask about how old the chocolate is that they're eating (it's ancient) but Bree is on one about Susan potentially picking Tom and asks if they'd have to live somewhere else.
BREE: Ugh, could you hack calling Tom, dad?
ZEKE: Stop it!
BREE: I would rather lick the floor at Colac chook works.
ZEKE: Bree, will you stop it!
Ringo says there's nothing they can do if they've got the spark – you can't explain it you just feel it when it's there. Rachel asks if they've got it. Ringo's concerned that Rachel has to ask and he felt if from the first time he saw her. Rachel first accuses him of being a liar but after he swears, she admits that she did too but Ringo then accuses her of being a liar. Bree and Zeke make comments about it being mushy and irritating when Lolly appears. Ringo wants to make sure she didn't close the door and Lolly says she didn't but then it closes of its own accord. I'm sorry, but I don't buy that a massive school like that, even though it only has one classroom, doesn't have more than one exit. I remember at mine there were like four exits just from one building.
Susan is biting her lip, looking anxious, when Tom comes in with the flowers and champagne. With a bit of an attempt at being suave, he approaches her and hands the flowers over as he welcomes her home. Susan's taken aback but thanks him and comments on their beauty.
TOM: And I've got some bubbly.
SUSAN: Oh, yeah, the coffee's fine for me.
Tom says it's fine for him too before asking how the trip was.
SUSAN: Uh, good. Look, Tom…
TOM: It's amazing that they can grow these things without thorns these days.
(Susan looks confuse)
TOM: The roses.
SUSAN: Uh, yeah, it's an amazing world we live in.
Susan puts her hand on Tom's arm and looks at him intently, just as Karl walks into the bar at the precise wrong moment. Karl looks shocked and anxious and leaves immediately.
Rosie is looking out over the track from one of the stands as Frazer approaches. Rosie says she thought she lost him but Frazer tells her he saw an old bookie mate of his and asks her how she went. She says she splurged and put $10 on - $5 each way.
(For those not in the know – a bet each way means that you put money on the horse coming first, second or third. If the horse wins, you win the bet at the advertised odds, but if not, you only get it at quarter odds. That's random knowledge from my old gambling days, but I'm no expert and that's a pretty poor explanation of what each way is, to be honest)
Anyway, they establish that they both bet on Celebration and Rosie asks if Frazer thinks he'll win. Frazer explains that it's an it – it's a gelding. Rosie doesn't know what it is, but Frazer tells her that basically it makes the horse less 'toey' in the barriers – it's a lot calmer than a stallion would be. Rosie asks the question again about whether 'it' will win. Frazer thinks sure, but there's smart money on Crash and Burn, another horse in the race. Rosie hopes not, but changes the subject to the view of the track being great from up there. Frazer only cares about where they finish and wants to get up close. Apparently you have to feel the ground rumble underneath your feet as they rocket past and they've come this far so there's no turning back.
ROSIE: God I love you!
Ned is eating lunch when Janae bursts in and asks him what he thinks he's doing – the toilets aren't going to fix themselves. Ned tells her that they're fixed and Janae's a bit put out before she asks him who said he could take a break. Ned thinks he's being funny and says the union did and she can call them if she wants. Janae basically ignores him and tells him that he's going to help her train for her fight tomorrow. Ned thinks it's Lou's job and Janae tells him that Lou is busy so they should go. Ned wants to finish his lunch but Janae wants to go now and if he doesn't go now, she'll tell the cops about the robbery. Ned asks who she'd train with then and tells her to pull up a pew.
Bree and Lolly are sitting on the stairs and Bree calls out to Zeke to give up, it's deadlocked. Bree has a brainwave and tells Lolly to give her her phone. They run back into the classroom but Lolly realises her battery is dead. Ringo tells them to chill because Mrs Gibbons will swing by soon. Zeke says she won't, because she's deaf. Ringo slides a bottle over to Rachel and offers her a drink, but apparently it's gross and warm. Ringo gets the idea to play spin the bottle – the bottle's pointing at him so Rachel has to kiss him. The others aren't into the idea but Ringo thinks it's a bit of fun.
Karl is all showered and changed into a smart blue shirt and he's made some sort of pie thing from all the veggies from the garden. He's also set up the table with flowers in the middle. It's quite funny, because he's rifling through the kitchen drawers and wonders at the fact that he's found a thermometer in there – one that you put in one's ear. Then he puts candles on the table and he spies a photo of when he and Susan got married (the most recent wedding) and picks it up to look at it.
Tom's still talking to Susan, asking if the drive was good and says that it's mostly highway now which is much better than that two way road, where it was a nightmare with the trucks coming the other way and it's good on fuel economy too with petrol prices… Susan interrupts him to explain that she didn't ask him there to talk about her trip. Tom starts smiling and says that if it's any consolation he's as nervous as she is. Susan makes a comment about so much for all their years of training. Tom says it's not easy when you're on the receiving end. After a pause, Tom grabs Susan's hands.
TOM: It's not a bad thing we're doing, Susan. It's going to be hard on Karl but you've got to think of yourself and as for the kids, well they're just more resilient than we give them credit…
SUSAN (pulling her hands away and putting them up in the air): Tom, no, no, no! I'm not leaving Karl, I'd never leave Karl.
TOM: … But I thought you just needed time. You went away.
SUSAN: Well yes, I… I was confused and I felt vulnerable but I never considered… us.
TOM: After all he's put you through!
SUSAN: I love Karl.
TOM: And me?
SUSAN: I'm so sorry.
Tom looks hurt and a little bit humiliated.
Karl runs over to the oven but the pie thing is burnt. He goes to grab it with the tea towel but it falls on the floor. He screams out with frustration and bends down to clean it up but gives up and puts his head in his hands before he looks up and we see Susan (just as the music in the background plays out the lyrics, 'So let's grow old together') who is smiling and looking at him and says simply and calmly, 'We can always make another one.' Karl smiles with relief and stands up as Susan walks towards him and kisses him and then they hug.
Rosie and Frazer are watching a race and Rosie's getting really excited because her horse came in third. Frazer says it's just another day at the office but Rosie in all her euphoria and excitement tells Frazer there's something she's got to ask him – about them. She says she's got… then she tells him to hang on. She's quite breathless from the adrenaline and the excitement and the nervousness but she opens her bag and grabs a box out of it. She opens it up to show an absolutely beautiful Armani watch. I mean, it really is beautiful. You can tell it's Armani by the logo that replaces the twelve. Frazer's confused and says he's already got a watch.
ROSIE: No, no there's only one thing that could make today more perfect.
She gets down on one knee.
ROSIE: Frazer, will you marry me?!
Frazer pauses and looks a bit out of sorts.
Rosie can't believe it and she looks gutted, to be honest.