Carmella telling Rosie that she had a bit of a thing with Ringo.
Adam asking Pepper to go and live in Italy with him.
Frazer throwing Carmella out of the house.
Frazer suggests going to see his mother, then taking some food to Ringo. Rosie is upset – he just threw her sister out of the house. She was furious with Carmella, too, but she's had a tough time lately. Frazer doesn't think that a broken heart and the wrong medication are a good reason to have a relationship with a 17 year old. Rosie reminds her husband that they *all* live in the house, and Frazer can't dictate who lives there; Frazer reminds her that Ringo lives in the house so Carmella had to go.
Rosie thinks that Ringo should cop some of the blame, here, despite being a school kid. He took advantage of a vulnerable woman.
Frazer grabs his keys to go and tell Ringo the truth about Carmella – that she doesn't love him.
The Kennedys are just leaving as the Parkers are walking in, and Susan and Miranda literally run into each other. They are *so* gonna get together. Susie introduces Karl to Steve and Miranda, and they remember that it's five years since they met each other last, at Drew's funeral. Some nice continuity, there. And accurate. Two for the price of one.
Susan asks about the renovations at the vet surgery and, if you ask me, is a bit too flirty and smiley about it all. Maybe it's the whole ‘new friends' thing. We'll see. Anyway, Steve says turning a hair salon into a vets isn't easy, but Karl is pleased that Steve's business is here – Doctor Little's prices are huge!
Karl suggests that the Parkers pop by their house, to see their menagerie of animals and, embarrassed, Susan tells him to shut up. Karl is obviously fishing for a free vet consultation on Audrey who hasn't been very happy lately. Susan slaps him on the chest to stop him talking, but he just takes her hand and holds it.
Steve says he has to go and pick up some tools, so he could take a look at Audrey now, if it's convenient. Karl kisses Susan, Steve kisses Miranda, and I'm hoping Miranda will kiss Susan, but sadly it doesn't happen. The men leave to do manly things, and the woman decide to go for coffee at The General Store because it's nicer there. Miranda asks Susan if she's still at Erinsborough High, and stands *awfully* close to her to ask the question. She'd like to chat with Suse about getting Bridget enrolled.
The General Store
Miranda and Suse wander in, and sit with Rachel at a table. Susan introduces her new bestest friend to her daughter. Miranda likes Rachel's top, and learns that Rachel and Susan bought it together.
MIRANDA: You go shopping together? I'm green with envy.
SUSAN: Bridget's not a shopper?
MIRANDA: Bridget thinks skirts are great swaddling blankets for baby possums.
Cut to Harry leaving the kitchen with Sky, and Sky says she has to go to her mothers' group because otherwise she'll just wonder about Caleb all day. Sky approaches Susan for a quick chat, but Pepper bursts in:
PEPPER: Thank god you guys are here.
Wrong studio, love. You're supposed to be next door.
PEPPER: Adam has asked me to move to Italy.
SUSAN: (to Miranda) Boyfriend.
PEPPER: Well, actually, he's the love of my life, I mean, he's incredible and he's amazing, I just adore him, I'm obsessed with him.
SUSAN: (to Miranda) Serious boyfriend.
PEPPER: So what do you guys think; am I seriously insane even contemplating going?
Sky interrupts – she thinks Pepper should go for it as life's too short not to. Europe is meant to be exciting and full of mystery and history and adventure – it's not scary. But Sky has clearly never visited Kings Cross in London at one o'clock on a Saturday morning.
Harold listens into Sky's impassioned plea about life being too short.
Ringo is complaining to his mother about the hospital food, so she offers to bring some food in for him. He feels like he's woken up a better person.
PRUE: So you don't barrack for Richmond anymore.
RINGO: I'm in love, mum. With Carmella.
Uh-oh. That's bound to court controversy. Prue changes the subject to Ringo getting better, and leaves the room, running into Frazer. She demands to know how long he's known about Ringo and Carmella, but he assures that he's only just found out, and he's going to deal with it straight away.
PRUE: That's the least you can do, considering the way you've let your brother down.
Frazer goes in to see Ringo, who immediately apologises for lying to his older sibling, but says that he's happy with Carmella so Frazer needs to accept it. Frazer tells his brother the truth; if it hadn't been for the accident, Carmy would never had led him on. Oh, and he's kicked Carmella out.
FRAZER: Ringo, I'm sorry. But – she doesn't love you.
The General Store
Sky returns from the mothers' group where she had a nice time. Harry says he overheard Sky's advice to Pepper, and wonders if she thinks life is passing her by; Sky denies it – she wouldn't swap Kerry for all the trips to Europe – but she does feel like she's in a bit of a rut with life. She tells her granddad about a boy at the mothers' group who has just started saying “dada”. Kerry doesn't know who her dad is, and whilst that's quite common these days, for Kerry it is avoidable – it's not like Sky and Dylan don't talk to each other.
Harry reminds her that last time she went to see Dylan she raised the possibility of moving there to be with him. He suggests that maybe it's not a silly idea…
Frazer tells Ringo that he has to move on, and he shouldn't be cross with himself because any kid would have fallen for Carmella hook, line, and sinker. Erm, really? Okaaaay….
Ringo has been lying silently in his bed then tells Frazer to get out – he doesn't want to hear his lame lies anymore. He won't believe anything until he hears it from Carmy, because he knows she feels the same.
Carmella sits alone, putting on a sad face. Her mobile rings, and it's a private number, so she answers it. It's Ringo, telling her that now everyone knows about them, they can see each other freely. He says is doesn't matter what people think – please can she visit him?
Carm puts the phone down, and Ringo calls her straight back, getting through to her answerphone when she rejects his call. He leaves a message for her, saying that he loves her and wants to be with her. Frazer stands at the door, listening in.
In the backyard, Karl has shown the animals to Steve, and says that his dad has dementia, and enjoys them when he comes to visit. Steve starts to take a look at Audrey.
Susan and Miranda are standing together by the side of the house, talking about their daughters. Miranda thinks that Rachel's a great kid, and hopes that she and Bridget become good friends. Well, Miranda, the song says that when good neighbours are there for one other…
Bridget's friends are usually animals – or boys with animal names like ‘Fish' or ‘Dogger'. Susan thinks this is completely *hilarious* and throws a very very cute, flirty smile at her new bestest bestest friend in the whole wide world. Miranda stands there all blonde and pretty and tells Susan that Bridget hasn't discovered boys, yet; Susan says she'd happily exchange all the romantic teenage angst for a good game of cricket.
The guys approach, and Steve has diagnosed Audrey with anxiety and prescribes valium. I don't know why, but I think that's really funny, that a dog would have an anti-depressant. Susan thinks it's funny, too.
SUSAN: They make doggy valium?!
Miranda laughs and nudges her new bestest bestest mate's shoulder with hers in a bonding way. Steve says they can use regular valium which - oh! Quelle surprise! – Karl just happens to have indoors. Someone's mobile phone starts to ring, but it becomes clear that it's actually one of those new pieces of incidental music. Susan hastily explains that Karl's a medical rep.
STEVE: Don't tell me you gave up medicine to be one of those parasites?
STEVE: Well, every rep I've met would sell his soul for a free quota.
Karl wouldn't sell anything unless he got a great deal for it, I think Steve can be assured of that. The guys wander up to the house and Miranda apologises to Susan for Steve – he doesn't tend to hold back on his opinions. Susan tells Miranda not to apologise – they are the best of friends, after all – as soon as Karl realises that he's a doctor, the better for everyone.
The General Store
Harold – cuddling Kerry – tells his granddaughter that he just wants her to be happy. He knew she wanted to go, and although Caleb's been a distraction, he's not around now. Sky says she can't leave him, but he thinks it's important that Kerry gets to know both her parents. Sky agrees, and Harold tells her to just think about it.
HARRY: I couldn't……bear the thought of you staying here, just on my account.
SKY: Granddad, if I only had me to think about, then I'd live with you in Erinsborough forever.
Cue a cute family cuddle.
Great shot of the back of number 28. Oh, and Chop, who is a little less cute since episode 4995. Steve and Karl make their way down the stairs, whilst Susie and Miranda (can I call her that?) settle on the balcony at the back, watching the men being manly.
KARL: Now technically – because we're using my medication – you could give me a discount on the call out fee.
Susan rolls her eyes and Miranda smiles at her.
KARL: I have been acting as your assistant…
STEVE: I guess you have.
KARL: Good. So what do I do – just crush these up in her food?
STEVE: Oh, I wish it was that easy, Karl. For your sake, I really do.
KARL: I'm sorry?
Steve gets out a latex glove and stretches it, handing it to Karl.
STEVE: Well, you are my assistant…
Miranda and Suse grin at each other.
KARL: Why can't I just give it to her orally?
STEVE: Karl, who's the vet here, mate? Me or you?
Steve pats Karl on the back and walks off, leaving Karl with a glove in one hand and Audrey in the other. Up on the balcony, Miranda puts her hand on Susan's back and turns to go back in the house, but Susie grabs her hands.
SUSAN: No, no, no, no, no – don't. I love seeing how far Karl will go to save money.
Karl puts Audrey on the ground, and Susan and Miranda lean into their hands, laughing.
KARL: Audrey, come back here, darling.
Susan and Miranda stand under the veranda like peas in a pod, their left hands covering their mouths and their right hands flung over the side of the balcony.
KARL: Come on. Good girl, good girl…
That was a very well blocked scene, well directed.
Frazer comes in to see Carmella, who is moping. He asks her if she's going to sit around here all day whilst his brother waits for her call.
CARMELLA: There's nothing you can say to me that I haven't already said to myself.
FRAZER: I doubt it.
Frazer tells Carmella that Ringo thinks their great love with conquer all, and Carmella reiterates that she never promised him that. Frazer reminds his sister in law that Ringo is seventeen. She has to go and tell him that she lied to him – he won't believe it from anyone else.
Sky is talking to Susan about possibly leaving Harold behind if she goes to live with Dylan. Susan reminds her that kids leaving home is what's supposed to happen; but Sky wants reassurance that her granddad is okay with all of this. She asks Susan if she can chat with Harry, confirm that he's alright? She'd really like a second opinion, and Susan agrees to ask, if she sees him and it comes up.
The General Store
Susan bursts into the kitchen to see Harold – she had an email from Billy who specifically asked for his regards to be passed onto Harry. I don't suppose there was anything in that email about having bought a ring so he can marry me, was there, Susie? Dammit.
SUSAN: I tell you what, though. It made me think about the time they left, how hard that was… Of course, I'm so proud of them now. Little Jackson and everything – it's lovely.
HARRY: You've been speaking to Sky, right?
SUSAN: Ach. I'm losing my touch.
No, no – not losing your touch. You were just *really* unsubtle.
Harold tells his friend that Sky wants to go, and Susan says that Sky feels guilty. She wonders if Harry might go with them, but he says he won't – this is his home. Harold thanks Susan for her concern, but he knows he's doing the right thing.
Rosie is sorting out ironing, and tells Pepper that she thinks this is all very sudden, moving away with Adam.
PEPPER: But isn't life about taking risks, pushing yourself?
ROSIE: Yes, but there are risks, and there are *risks*.
Rosie tells her that she doesn't want to end up in a crisis in Italy, and have Adam freak out on her – you can never really know people. Pepper understands that this is about Frazer – what's he done now?!
ROSIE: (sulkily) It wasn't meant to be like this. We've only been married a *week*.
Frazer confides in Adam. He doesn't understand how Rosie can have a go at him given everything Carmella has done.
ADAM: Do you know what I've always found really hot about Rosie?
FRAZER: Excuse me?
Adam tells Fraze that Rosie's fiery and knows what she wants – and Frazer must like that or he wouldn't have married her.
ADAM: She's not going to turn into a Stepford Wife just because you put a ring on her finger. And it's just as well, because you'd hate that.
Rosie is reading, but hears Frazer coming home. She quickly turns out the light and feigns sleep. Frazer comes in, turns the light on, and makes a lot of noise.
FRAZER: Are you awake?
ROSIE: I am now.
He takes off his shirt. It's gratuitous, and you know it's gratuitous because he doesn't take the rest of his clothes off so he can go to bed. But that's kind of okay, because we like gratuitous Frazer.
Rosie and Frazer tell each other that they're not changing their minds. Frazer turns the light off and wraps his arms around Rosie, who takes his hands in hers. Aw.
The General Store
Sky tells Harold that she's sorry for underestimating him.
SKY: Granddad, you're the one who's always stood by me. And now I can't return the favour.
HARRY: You're not abandoning me. I know that. I'm very proud of you.
He realises how brave she's being, and asks when she's thinking of going; she's leaving soon so she doesn't lose her courage. She tells him she's going to miss him so much, but he tells her it's not the end of the world. He can visit, call – and email! He's getting good at that now.
The doctor tells Carmella that Ringo's heart rate is dangerously high, and he calls her from his bed, rather obsessively. The doctor warns Carmella not to let Ringo get too excited.
Adam and Pepper run literally into each other, and bend down to the floor to pick up the contents of her handbag that just fell out. He tells her that he spoke to his mother this morning and she can't wait to meet her.
Pepper tells him that she loves him, but she's found her feet in Erinsborough, and she doesn't want to go tripping of to Europe now. Adam tells her they can make the most of the time they have left, and kisses her.
Pepper suddenly gets an idea and tells Adam to stand up. He does.
PEPPER: Adam Rhodes, would you do me the honour of becoming my husband?
He doesn't look like he's about to say yes…