Paul finally speaks to Gail on the phone, she is not best pleased to her from him, but a none the wiser Paul tells her that he loves her.
Ringo finds a bottle of pills in Carmella's bag.
Rachel thinks that Ringo is getting too close to Carmella. Ringo cruelly tells Rachel that not everything is about her.
Paul tells Elle to get Gail to come and see him no matter what it takes.
The General Store
Lou and Harold get a lovely surprise, when Gail walks in to the General Store. It looks as though Gail has had a new hair do, but it didn't make it any more difficult for Harold and Lou to spot her. She is looking for Elle. Harold tells her Elle has been spending all her time at the hospital, and she has brought all her stress upon herself. Harold says that Elle is trying to keep the truth from Paul, and Gail has already figured as much. They both agree that it's an impossible task.
HAROLD: I think she thinks that the shock will do some damage.
GAIL: To Paul?
Gail gives a confused Harold a cheeky smile, it's obvious that she is in no hurry to be nice to Paul. I am sure that there are many Paul and Gail fans who would love to tune in and find that Gail has also warped back to 1987, but alas, her short term memory is very much in the present day, and she has an evil look on her face, that only a Robinson could perfect. Little does Paul know what he is letting himself in for.
Now Paul is a man who is still living in 1987, but then he's not the only one. He lovingly gazes at a more recent picture of himself and Gail.
PAUL: She's older, but the eyes are the same.
Elle doesn't seem as happy at the prospect of seeing her mother, in fact she looks positively depressed. Paul on the other hand is very much looking forward to the reunion and is going all out to impress. He is even going as far as to wear one of his new shirts. An unusually soppy Paul, selects a blue shirt and asks Elle if blue is still Gail's favourite colour. Elle isn't as keen to see Gail. She turns around to say something to Paul, but when she addresses him as 'dad' he scolds her, telling him that he prefers Paul, and whatever Elle was going to say to him, she changes her mind.
The General Store
Ringo gets to TGS just in time to see Carmella popping another pill. He doesn't say anything to her, he merely asks her how she is, she says that she is fine, and perhaps the biggest shock in the episode, a line you never thought you would hear, Carmella says that there are no dramas between her and Oliver. Now it may take me some time to recover from the shock of hearing that, but Ringo seems pleased to hear it. Ringo is keen to get to work, but Carmella tells him to stay behind and clean the storage areas, she is going to take Oliver on the rounds with her and teach him to haggle. May I make a suggestion first Carmella, take him to a shop and buy him a backbone first. Ringo doesn't seem keen to let Carmella and Oliver spent time together, he insists that he is the one who needs to learn to haggle first. Carmella reluctantly agrees, and viewers everywhere rejoice that we may be spared a few extra Carmella and Oliver scenes.
Over at another table, Lou rushes over to Karl to ask for some advice, it's a bit personal, Karl not taking the hint it seems thinks that Lou is in need of hypnosis, but Lou assures him that is not the case.
LOU: It's nothing to do with my head. It's a bit further south if you get my drift?
KARL: You mean your feet?
Karl tells Lou to pop over to the house for a free consultation at the house later. Lou is pleased to hear that it will be free. Karl's Danish arrives, now I would have thought that the thought of Lou's nether regions would have put poor Karl off that Danish, but he seems happy to eat it. I guess it's something they teach you at medical school.
Carmella tells Oliver that she is taking Ringo to work instead. Oliver is a bit disappointed that they won't get their romantic day out, or at least he pretends to be for Carmella's sake.
Out in the hallway, Ringo is snooping through Carmella's bag, and finds the bottle of pills that he saw her with earlier. He picks them up and takes a thoughtful look at the bottle, he is nearly caught by Carmella and has to make up an excuse on the spot. Carmella, obviously keen to fall for whatever excuse a man gives her is none the wiser, as she picks up her bag, leaving her precious pills in the hands of Ringo.
Rachel, Zeke, Lolly and Susan are watching TV, when Lou and Karl make a hasty entrance. Lolly is surprised to see her dad there, but Lou can't think of an explanation as to why he is there. Without fear of embarrassing his old friend, king of the one liners, Karl doesn't mince his words.
KARL(to Susan): Is it OK if we use the bedroom?
SUSAN: Ermmmmm yeah...
As Lou and Karl head towards the bedroom, the others stare at each other in bewilderment, I would love to get into Susan's brain right now and see what she is thinking, her face is a picture. Not everyone seems as interested though, Rachel is sitting on the sofa chewing her nails, and seems to be a million miles away. She has totally missed everything that has just happened. It seems that Rachel is feeling bad for blaming Ringo for stealing crispy, and feels even worse that he has now put her in the freezer. It doesn't take her long to realise that Lolly and Zeke were the ruthless pony-nappers, and Rachel is not happy. She blames them for the fact her relationship is on the rocks, and starts to hit Zeke, but it's not long before Susan intervenes and puts a stop to it. Stroppy Rachel heads off to her bedroom.
Karl and Lou emerge from their private consultation, and do nothing to alleviate the suspicion as to what they have been up to. Lou emerges pulling up his trousers and adjusting his belt.
LOU: Thanks mate that is one huge relief.
Lou and Karl laugh, but the others still look flabbergasted. They have also seemed to have noticed something that Lou hasn't.
SUSAN(subtly indicating to Lou's trousers): Umm... notice a bit of a draft Lou?
ZEKE: I hear the wind blows south this time of the year.
LOLLY: Dad! Your flies are undone.
Lou quickly adjusts himself, and Karl finally tells the audience that Lou had a problem that he didn't want to have to pay a doctor to see about. Susan accepts this as the answer, but Lou feels the need to elaborate.
LOU: I've just got a spot of bother down in the old....
SUSAN: Arrgh... I don't want to know.
LOU: Well, I've developed this rash....
SUSAN: Too much information Lou.
LOU: Well Harold and me, we....
Everyone quickly puts their fingers in their ears incase they hear something that they really don't want to.
Ringo is enjoying his driving lesson, when he checks the mirror he notices Rachel running towards him, so is quick to make a sharp exit in the truck, leaving a disappointed Rachel standing in the street.
Someone else who is still looking down in the dumps is Elle, though she does perk up when she sees her mother. Gail tells Elle that lying to her father won't achieve anything. She is also questioning whether Paul's amnesia is legit, and she doesn't expect him to change. Elle is adamant that he has changed.
ELLE: He's the father I've always wanted.
GAIL: You can't turn him into something that he's not.
ELLE: I'm not, the tumour did that, that's what made him bad. Now he's back to the way he was always meant to be.
GAIL: And you're giving him a helping hand by giving him false information.
ELLE: What he doesn't know won't hurt him.
Gail thinks that Elle is being slightly selfish in this view, and trying to mould herself into the daughter he has always wanted. Gail tells Elle that Paul has to know the truth about himself, and what he did to everyone.
ELLE: He's got a conscience now, he'd be devastated.
GAIL: That's the least we deserve.
Gail is pacing the room, she doesn't like waiting, so she disappears for a drink of water. When Gail has gone, Oliver turns up, and uh oh, they are not supposed to see each other. Oliver conveniently there to see Alan Napier, but he can't resist giving Elle a bit of support, even though he does agree with Gail that Paul should be told of his misdemeanours. When Gail returns it doesn't take her long to guess that Elle is in love with Oliver, but Elle throws her mother's support back in her face. Luckily for Gail she doesn't get the details of the ECO saga, unlike the rest of us.
The General Store
Karl is back for another caffeine hit. Harold passes Kerry to Karl for a second, and Karl notices a rash. He advises Harold to change his washing powder and apply some cream to it, and Harold seems happy with his free consultation. In return for his medical consultation Karl receives another free pastry, not quite as lucrative as when he was last a doctor, but Karl seems happy to exchange medical advice for Danish pastries.
The nurse is finally finished with Paul, and that means that Gail can finally confront him. Elle asks her mother to go easy on him, but Gail is reluctant, she says that every time she has done that she's paid a price.
The two women head into Paul's room, to see a rather more casual Paul than we are used to. It seems that he thought all he would have to do to impress Gail is put on that blue shirt he was planning, but it doesn't seem as though it is going to be that easy. Paul is delighted to see Gail.
GAIL(sarcastically): I'm surprised you recognise me, given that I should look twenty years younger.
PAUL: No, you look exactly as I remember you.
Paul looks lovingly at his former wife, but she has nothing but a sneer for him. Paul asks Elle for some privacy, but she is reluctant to leave the room, probably worried about what her mother is going to say, and if the real truth about his character is going to get back to Paul, but both her parents are insistent that she should leave, so she reluctantly skulks out of the room.
When they are alone, Paul doesn't seem to sense the atmosphere, but is quick to get to the point.
PAUL: So apparently I was a bad husband.
GAIL: Wow, that's got to be the understatement of the centaury.
Paul tries to apologise for hurting Gail, and eagerly moves towards her to reach out to her, but she pulls away with a tone of disgust, and Paul wants to know what it is he has done.
PAUL: Gail, you were the love of my life, why, why did I let you go?
It seems to sink in with Gail that Paul's amnesia is genuine when she sees his reaction to her. She gives him a knowing nod, but doesn't yet elaborate on his past behaviour.
Carmella's Fruit Truck- Out in the Middle of Nowhere
Ringo is convinced that there is something wrong with the engine, and gets out to inspect. He sneakily pulls the plug on something in the engine, and don't ask me to tell you what it was, because I know nothing about engines, but I am guessing that it was something important, as Carmella doesn't look pleased when she gets out to inspect.
Susan, Zeke and Lolly are listening to a distraught Rachel, as she tells them of Ringo driving off on her. She is quick to blame Zeke and Lolly for the failure of her relationship, and an argument between them soon ensures. Susan puts a halt to it though, berating Zeke and Lolly for taking revenge, after all Rachel was punished for what she did. Rachel solemnly asks Susan if she thinks that Ringo will ever forgive her, and Susan tries her best to assure her that he will. Zeke and Lolly suggest she film an apology and post it on the blog, and disappear to set it up. Susan assure Rachel that it will all work out, but Rachel says that there were problems way before the blogzine stuff. Susan tactfully tells Rachel that it's not up to her to decide what is best for Ringo.
Oliver yet again commits the cardinal sin, he dares sit with Elle to support her. He tells her that it might not be so bad. Elle asks how things are with he and Carmella and he says that things are OK, though he is not so convinced. The subject changes to Napier, but the conversation is awkward, so Oliver makes his excuses and leaves Elle, with a half-hearted 'take care'
Paul's Hospital Room
Paul tells Gail that she was his first thought when he came out of the operation, all he wanted was to see her and have her by his side. He tells her that his feeling for her are very strong, everything else is strange and new, but his feelings for her haven't changed.
PAUL: Right now, I just want to take you in my arms.
GAIL: You wouldn't want to try.
Gail seems a bit at a loss at what to say, it is clear that she is mulling over in her head whether it would be for the best to tell Paul the truth.
PAUL: OK, your turn give it to me straight. Gail, whatever I've done you have to let me know. Please I'm lost here. Half my life has gone, I wake up and I'm old. I've got a daughter I don't even know, and you, what did I do to make you hate me so much?
GAIL: I don't hate you.
Gail has tears in her eyes, and can't bring herself to tell him the truth, she tells Paul that Elle has been honest, the things that he's done have not bee that bad. Which seems to relieve Paul a bit. Though it doesn't look as though he is entirely convinced.
The General Store
Rachel is still tripping over her face, as she and Zeke sit and nurse their drinks. Meanwhile they look on as Lolly sits at another table, she is on the phone and seems to be very excited. When Lou asks Zeke who she is talking to, he tells Lou that it's her brother and sister. Lou is keen to know what she is saying, and Zeke informs him that she is missing them. Lou tries to reassure himself, by saying that if Lolly went back to John, she would only miss Zeke and Rachel just as much. Zeke tells Lou that Lolly called him her boyfriend the other day, and thinks that has got to count for something. Lou for the first time seems to approve of Lolly having a boyfriend, thinking of it as a reason which will keep her in Erinsborough.
At the counter, Susan gives Harold some cream from Karl. It seems that he had second thoughts about the one he had originally recommended, and Harold is pleased at Karl's thoughtfulness. Lou is jealous that he didn't get any cream, but Susan tells him that Lou's skin is not as delicate.
HAROLD: You can't take the doctor out of the man eh?
The three agree that Karl is a doctor through and through and is sorely missed.
Rachel is trying to get Ringo on the phone, but there is no answer. Rachel guesses that he is ignoring her. She tells Zeke that she can feel something is changing, and with a longing look towards Lolly, Zeke concedes that she's not the only one.
The Middle Of Nowhere- Where the Truck is Still Broken
Ringo looks at his phone to find three messages from Rachel all reading 'Where r u?" with an exasperated sigh, Ringo closes his phone, ignoring the messages. He goes back to the truck and Carmella, and they both say that they don't know how to fix it. Carmella decides that they should phone roadside assistance, but Ringo grabs her phone from her and throws it in a bush. He blurts out to Carmella that he knows about her medication, and of course Carmella plays dumb (which isn't hard) Ringo tells her that breaking down was the only way he could think of to get through to her. He tells her that he is trying to help her, and now is her chance to get off the medication once and for all. She doesn't appreciate him, she tells him to leave her alone, but is thoughtful when Ringo suggests that she try getting through the night without her pills.
With Paul out of the way, Elle is keen to know what happened. She is relieved to hear that her mother hasn't told him the truth.
ELLE: He's different.
GAIL: That's just the thing, he's not different, he's the same. He's the man I fell in love with.
ELLE: Now you'll understand why I want to keep him this way.
Gail isn't sure, but Elle tells Gail, that they have to keep the past from him until he is stronger and being good becomes a habit. Uh oh in true soap style Paul has been at the door to hear every word, and is not impressed when he hears that Rob hated him so much he wanted to kill him.
The General Store
Lolly is enthusing about her siblings, so Lou suggests that she pays them a visit. Zeke isn't keen, but Lolly informs him that she won't be gone forever.
Karl is at the counter for yet another coffee, and Susan is keen to make sure that it's his last, telling him that he won't sleep tonight. Karl says that not sleeping is his plan, as he has to meet more clients at the casino. Karl declares that he hates his job. Harold thinks that doctoring must have seemed so simple in comparison, and Susan thoughtfully agrees.
As Rachel again tries to call Ringo without success, she overhears that Oliver is having the same trouble contacting Carmella, as he is leaving a message on her answer machine, and suspicion rises when she hears that Carmella is with Ringo. Rachel tells Susan that she thinks that Ringo and Carmella are up to something. Susan assures her that she is being paranoid.
Gail tells Paul that he can leave the hospital. Gail packs his bag for him, as she tells him that Elle is at home organising a welcome home party. Paul wonders if the neighbours are coming, and he wants everyone in Ramsay Street invited, Gail says nothing. Paul admits to Gail that he heard she and Elle talking earlier, and he knows that they are keeping things from him, he asks her to tell him the truth, begs in fact. He wants to know what he has done before he returns home. Gail still struggles to find the words.
PAUL: Look, you loved me enough once to marry me, so you must love me enough to tell me the truth.
GAIL: Alright, but I don't want it on my conscience if you can't cope.
PAUL: That's a risk I'm going to have to take.