Anne Baxter turning up on the Timmins' doorstep.
Adam leaves, and Pepper is cross with her dad for causing him to go.
Anne Baxter's dad – Bree's birth father – turns up at the Timmins'. It's obviously the day for it.
Number 30 AKA The Tardis
Anne and Bree turn up on Rosie's doorstep – they need to stay there til Anne's father leaves. Rosie asks Bree how she feels, seeing her real dad; Bree doesn't care – after all, her birth family have moved twice to avoid meeting her. Anne's more optimistic…maybe her dad is here to get to know Bree better.
Janelle says she doesn't know where Bree and Anne are – they were here a minute ago! She says that Bree holds no grudges, and will be pleased to see him. Greg Baxter makes it clear that he's not here for Bree; he just wants to take Anne and go.
Janelle warns him there'll be trouble if he does that, and as she does so, Steiger arrives. Janelle introduces them, quickly pointing out that Steiger's a Senior Sergeant…! She reminds Greg that they're all in the same boat with the baby swap – and Greg retorts that she seems to have coped better than him and his wife.
JANELLE: Oh, it's a Timmins thing. We adapt quick.
They're, like, a species. Rosie comes to the door, and tells Janelle that the girls are outside.
Ramsay Street, outside number 26
Janelle runs to the girls and hugs them, telling them to come in and have it all out. Rosie leaves, promising to look up whether or not Anne has a right to choose to stay in Erinsborough. They start to go back in, except Bree.
JANELLE: He's scared, I think. He's not as tough as you and me.
BREE: So I'm still a nobody to him.
JANELLE: Oh darlin'…
ANNE: You know what, if he wants to be like that then he can go jump. Cos he's gotta love both of us or neither of us.
Bree says she'll stay outside, thank you very much.
Number 30 AKA The Tardis
Frazer is chatting on the phone with Toadie regarding getting people in to fix the pool electrics, but Frazer tells him it's already done. Rosie is flying out the door, off to the office to check out the Anne Baxter thing, telling Frazer she'll meet him at the restaurant later.
Frazer wheels out to do something, and Ringo follows him, just as Pepper strops in, sulky and pouting that Adam has left. And to make her day worse, Carmella's on hand to comfort her. Talk about kicking a girl when she's down. Carmella thinks that cancelling the wedding thing today might be in order, but Rosie knows her sister's only doing it to get out of dancing with Oliver. Pepper offers to swap partners – but that would mean Carmella has to dance with Ringo instead.
Ringo hears what Carmella says, and says that he's happy to dance with her. After all it means nothing. Absolutely nothing. Nada. He's over her already.
Greg Kinski-Baxter demands that Anne packs her bags and go with him – her mother is very upset. Anne tells her dad that she'll always love him and her mum, but she wants to spend some time with her other family. She tells her father to meet Bree.
Bree stands outside the front door, listening in. She hears her birth father say that he wants nothing to do with Bree – she's not his daughter. Anne and Janelle are furious, so Greg concedes that Anne can have one afternoon in Erinsborough, but then she's coming home. In tears outside, Bree listens to the end of the conversation before walking away.
The General Store
Ringo is bashfully trying to explain to Rachel about the swapping of dance partners, as if he's got something to cover up. Rachel doesn't think it's a problem – why would it be unless there's something to have a problem with? Ringo thinks that it's great that she's accepting of it, and Rach says she'll come to the rehearsal.
Beaming rather disconcertedly like one of the two Ronnies – although I'll leave it up to you to decide which one – a terribly happy Paul saunters on one leg up to the counter. He announces that he's realised it's Lou's birthday, and presents him with an elaborate hamper in as equally a disconcerting manner. I almost expect it to be filled with arsenic.
Lou is grumpy because he's missing Louise and she hasn't called him today; he thinks he's been forgotten. Harry reminds him that it's not even ten o'clock in the morning, yet. Still beaming happily, Paul says that Lou needs something to take his mind off it, and promptly produces some football tickets. He says he's hooked on local footy:
PAUL: It's real grass roots, real community spirit stuff.
Hmmmm. Nice little analogy there. A change is coming. Dum Dum DUM!
Lou and Harry can't make it, so Paul goes to leave – but as he does, Harold announces that both he and Lou would like to go. Aw. Isn't that nice?
You know what was weird about this scene? Bashful Ringo, Happy Paul, Grumpy Lou – one more and we'd have had a quorum of dwarves.
Charlie's Bar – where you can no longer smoke
Greg Kinski-Baxter is reading a book in an intelligent manner. Bree comes in and spies him a table, before running to sit with Frazer. She announces that she's with them – after all, she can't be in a pub by herself, yet.
The extra with the giant afro is in the bar again and I'm getting a little concerned about his alcohol consumption.
Oliver and Frazer chat away, whilst Bree spies on Greg. And coincidentally, as often happens in these stories, Bree realises that Oliver doesn't know who his real parents are, and this piques her curiosity. She says that it's easy when you're in the dark about it, but once the question's out there, it drives you crazy.
Greg hears her, and invites her to join him for a drink. Surprised, Bree agrees.
Rosie is delivering the news to Janelle, Steiger and Anne that legally Anne has a right to choose where to live, but if Greg puts up a fight, it could get very messy. Anne's concerned that her dad might make her choose, and she doesn't want to do that. Janelle assures her it won't happen.
Steiger sees Rosie to the door, and tells him to stop being a cop all the time – it doesn't help Pepper with her boyfriends. Janelle asks Rosie to send Bree home, but Rosie says she's not there.
Bree and Greg are chatting; she knows the meaning of his name, and her birth mum Brenda – she looked them up on the net. She also knows that he gave a lecture on DH Lawrence at university, but she doesn't like Lawrence much. Greg knows she's a writer – she was in the papers, and on Rove. It turns out that they're both reading the same book at the moment, which is a nice bonding thing, one assumes.
Outside, Oliver and Frazer are talking about adoption briefly – until Frazer gets bitten by a bull ant. Oliver is thrilled that he can feel it, and Frazer admits he was able to move his big toe the other day, but hasn't been able to do it since. He begs Oli not to tell Rosie; he doesn't want to get her hopes up. Oliver agrees, but throws his arms around Fraze anyway.
An extra sitting at a table in the background – and looking rather like a less attractive Danny Wallace – looks particularly bemused.
Inside, Bree and Greg chat about character empathy and writing. Greg admits that he's not good with emotions, or communicating about important stuff. He and Brenda haven't dealt well with the whole baby swap thing – he pictured Bree, imagined her every day, and he prayed that she'd had a happy life. He explains that he moved away because he didn't want to lose Anne, plus his marriage has been sensitive since they found out about Anne and Bree.
Bree is thrilled that she is the spitting image of Greg's mother, and desperately asks for assurance that they can work it out; Greg can't give her that.
Bree arrives home and tells her mum that she's been talking to Anne's dad – he probably won't stay in touch with her but she doesn't mind that, really she doesn't. Janelle hugs her daughter and Bree cries, wondering what's wrong with her. Janelle says nothing – she's wondering how on earth Greg can live with himself.
As it turns out – so is Greg, who's at the door.
JANELLE: You don't say anything wrong from this moment on.
Greg says that he'd be honoured to be part of Bree's life; can she forgive him?
Rosie, Frazer and the wedding party are trying on wedding outfits, but Pepper won't try hers on – she can't be happy for Rosie if she can't have Adam. Rosie is understandably annoyed, and tells her to snap out of it; she might be unhappy now, but things will get better!
Pepper pouts and sniffs and Carmella annoyingly sympathises.
Bree tells her mum that she's apparently like Greg's mum, and Janelle thinks that's lovely. Greg is on the phone to Brenda, and when he closes the call, he tells Bree that she can fly out with them for the weekend. Greg and Janelle start debating who has the kids in the holidays, and for how long, and whether or not they see the girls together or separately…!
Then they remember that they have family up north, too! Fancy that! So Steiger rather radically – in the midst of a conversation about how the kids work their visits – that they should *move* up north. Just like that. Hang on a minute – you've barely given them a chance to work out the holiday thing, and because it's looking tricky, you're going to up and move out!? Leave Erinsborough?? No! It can't be!!
Bree looks thrilled.
A Football Ground Somewhere
Paul enthusiastically cheers on the football guys. Harry and Lou are watching, but Harry's not that interested, really – so Paul encourages him to yell something. Harry says loudly “good mark.” Not quite what Paul had in mind, methinks.
Me also thinks Paul's on some mood enhancing drug.
Security wander over and tell Paul to leave, presumably for being a dingoes supporter. Lou and Harry defend him – he's just had brain surgery. And boy oh boy, security man, he really needed it. You should have seen him in the last two seasons. But security man is having none of it and throws them out.
HARRY: You're nothing but a…a…a bloomin' billy goat.
Harsh, Harry. Harsh.
Janelle thinks that Steiger's sending her away, but he tells her that he's leaving with her! For six months; try it and see how it feels. Janelle realises that if she moves to Cairns, then she'll only be an hour and a half from Dylan.
She also risks being stung by a Portugese Man' O War and killed by Box Jellyfish, but now doesn't seem to be the time to point that out.
In the lounge, Greg is talking to Anne and Bree about the beaches in Queensland. Janelle realises that Janae might not want to come, and wonders if one can rent a place for only a couple of months.
ANNE: Mum, just say yes!
BREE: Mum, you've got four kids up there and only two down here.
ANNE: What's her face doing?
BREE: She's thinking…weighing up the pros and cons…no, she's smiling…no she's thinking again. Mum!
Janelle realises they've forgotten Pepper – luckily Steiger hasn't.
Ringo and Carmella practice the dance. I'm bored already.
Rachel and Frazer watch them and laugh at Ringo's not-all-that-good timing. Pepper asks Oliver if he minds dancing with her, and he says no. Carmella doesn't like the dance, so Frazer makes a joke about it which looks rather ad libbed. I'd repeat it here, but it doesn't really work without the visual. It's one of those ‘you have to see it' things.
Ringo and Rachel are chatting as Steiger turns up. He reports to Oliver that Bree seems happier, now. And then he goes to see Pepper to apologise to her about Adam leaving. Pepper says that she can't imagine having another boyfriend. That's rather dramatic, wouldn't you say, given that she only knew him for a few weeks, and dated him for even less. Get over it already.
PEPPER: If Adam wasn't the one, then the one doesn't exist. Not for me.
Steiger says he has something to tell her. He, Janelle and the kids are thinking about making a move to Cairns just for a while – and he'd like Pepper to go with them.
Somewhere in Erinsborough
Oliver stands with his DNA results in an envelope. He sets fire to them with a lighter and puts them in the bin.