- Oliver giving Carmella a book of baby names from Elle.
- Kirsten telling Janae that when she has her own kids she'll understand why Mickey chose his mum over her.
- Ned telling Mickey that he won't be going to Adelaide.
- Oliver telling Carmella he's thinking of donating a kidney to Richard.
End of recap, cue the mystery legs!
Number 22 The Robinson Residence
So we begin with Rebecca aghast at Oliver's suggestion that he donates a kidney to Richard instead of Declan. Rebecca thought that it went without saying that she didn't want either of the boys to make such a sacrifice. She appeals to Carmella to help her make Oliver see sense, but she says she can't change his mind. Neither, presumably, can Paul, because he's sitting there saying nothing. Oliver says that Carmella has given her blessing and Rebecca leaves the table in dismay, telling Oliver, who follows, that she thinks that she's entitled to get a little worked up (with hand gestures).
REBECCA: I mean why are you so hell bent on risking your life for someone like Richard?
OLIVER: Not for Richard, for you, Mum.
REBECCA: You called me Mum.
OLIVER: Yeah, is that alright?
Aaaaand, wait for it... RebeccaTears™ are about to make a come back! Rebecca starts to well up a bit and agrees that it's fine. Oliver tells her that he knows she needs to see Richard pay for what he did to her and asks what the point of having Karen ready to testify is if Richard won't make it to court. Rebecca gets all teary and hugs her son.
Kirsten is at the door, but tells Ned that it's ok, she's not there to fight. She apologises for the way things have been recently, saying she's trying to make things easier on everyone. With the help of Tim Collins? Yeah, right. Anyway, she's having a barbeque at the lake for Mickey tomorrow and invites Ned and Janae along, they accept the invitation, though not particularly graciously. Kirsten can evidently tell she's not going to be invited to stay for a cuppa, so leaves. Ned asks Janae if she thinks Kirsten is up to something. Janae blatantly thinks she is, but swallows it and says that she probably just wants to spend time with Mickey. Ned doesn't look too sure.
Tim Collins and Associates
TIM: He forgot your son's birthday?
KIRSTEN: Well I think so, he didn't mention it.
TIM: So he had no idea why you were doing this barbeque.
Kirsten doesn't think so, which would be right, because she didn't tell him. She has a fit of the guilts and says that she'd better ring him. Tim tells her not to. Kirsten actually thinks of Mickey and says that he'll be devastated. Tim says she'll look like mother of the year and Ned will look stupid. Kirsten still thinks Ned needs to know. Tim says this should clinch it. Trust him, he's a slimeball.
Enter Elle...Tim is a bit cheesed off at the intrusion but Elle notes that he doesn't seem to have a secretary. It's ok, she's not staying long, she's just popped in to remind him he needs to get out of the office the day after tomorrow because Rebecchi Cammeniti and moving in. Ha ha sucker. Tim thanks Elle for wasting his time and tells her to tell them to "Get knotted." Heartfelt.
ELLE: I will relay your feelings on the matter. Sorry to interrupt.
Kirsten asks what Tim will do for offices. Tim tells her that he's "alright for offices" listing a number which I guess are quite posh. So why does he care about this one?
TIM: Because I hate losing. Especially to a worm like Rebecchi. That's why you want me on your side.
The General Store
Lou is explaining to Mickey that the reason they fill the salad pots with lettuce first is because it's the cheapest stuff and it fills the pot quicker. The rogue! Harold offers to show Mickey how to fold the napkins, but Lou goes on the defensive demanding a word in the kitchen. Leaving Mickey to serve customers, oh and guess who should walk in through the door. Tim not-very-nice-and-probably-dim. Mickey tells him they've got some nice salads and a special - Two muffins for the price of one! My kind of special! He tells Tim he's helping out and Tim does that grown-up attempt at child flattery.
TIM: You're pretty big for your age. What are you? Twelve, thirteen?
MICKEY: I'm turning nine tomorrow.
TIM: Tomorrow! Wow, now that's a special day. I remember when I turned nine, my dad made such a fuss over me.
MICKEY: My dad's planning a big surprise. He's pretending he's forgotten, but I can tell.
TIM: Yeah? You know what you should do? Don't say anything, just let him pretend, you don't want to spoil all the fun now do you?
Lou and Harold come back out of the kitchen still squabbling over napkins. Harold can't see why Lou is so bothered, but Lou thinks Harold is trying to muscle in on being Mickey's "Pop".
LOU: I am Pop, you are just a hanger-on, you got that?
Lou turns his attention to Tim, but he's got what he came for. Sadly, that wasn't a tub of lettuce charged at a premium rate.
Back at Number 22
Somebody is looking on the internet at kidney transplant procedures. It's Rebecca and Paul, but Rebecca decides she doesn't really want to know the gory details. Having seen enough she says that she'd never have let Declan go through that, even if he had noble motives. Paul tells her that Declan has been torturing himself that he's like Richard and that by saving his life he'd be proving to himself that he isn't. They agree that he's a pretty special kid.
REBECCA: Kids should be considered minors at least until they're in their thirties. If anything should happen to Oliver...
Elle's ears prick up and asks what she means. Evidently nobody told her he was going to have surgery...and still nobody is saying anything.
Oliver strides in. Richard tells him that Declan's come through for his old man. Oliver tells him Rebecca wouldn't give her permission. Richard can't say he's surprised. I can't say he looks very ill. Oliver goes on to say that he's also a compatible donor and that he's been taught about compassion and he can't watch him die. Richard can't say how grateful he is for what Oliver and Declan have been prepared to do for him. He also reassures Oliver that it's normal for him to want a relationship with his father. It's a new beginning. Oliver stonily agrees.
Mickey and Jake are looking under the sofa for presents. None to be found, so maybe it's the biggest present ever. Ned and Janae are in the kitchen totally oblivious to what special day it is. Janae's got a lot of work on and Ned asks if she's still coming to the barbi later. What barbi? Mickey wants to know. Yes, Janae will be there. Mickey tries fishing to find out exactly what is at the garage, but has no luck, because there's nothing out of the ordinary there, seeing as his birthday has been overlooked. Oops.
Janae leaves and Mickey asks his dad what's happening at the barbeque, to which Ned's fabulous reply is...
NED: I dunno, sausages? Soft drinks?
Wow. Fun times. Mickey thinks so, and tells Jake that he told him it would be the best birthday ever. Jake blinks.
Lou's telling Janae that he thinks there's a problem with his suspension, but Harold thinks it's the steering column because Sky had a similar problem in the Beatle. Was that when Dylan helped Harold fix Sky's car? Amazing continuity if so. Nope, Harold was wrong, it was the differential, but Lou doesn't think so because he knows his car better than him. He also wants a discount because he sold Janae his share of the garage. Janae checks her diary to see when she can fit Lou's car in, but is still on August. She turns over to September and... oh no! There's Mickey's birthday, highlighted in orange and everything.
JANAE: Oh no.
Well it's all you can say really.
The Lake with Jake
Mickey runs to his mum who is standing by a table of food and lots of balloons. She wishes him Happy Birthday and Ned looks...well, like a guy who forgot his son's birthday.
NED: Oh no.
Janae can't believe Kirsten wouldn't say anything. Actually, she can, she thinks it's probably been a set up from the beginning. Lou agrees. Harold thinks they should give her the benefit of the doubt. Lou tells him to stow it. Janae gets through to Ned.
Ned tells Janae he knows, because he's there. He looks really bummed out, but Kirsten is all grins. As is Mickey, have you seen the cake?
Janae is about to set off to see Mickey and explain, but Lou has an idea.
Kirsten, Mickey and Ned are sitting at the table opening presents. Ned still looks like a wet weekend. He's not even wearing a hat. Mickey opens a present for Jake - a nice red ball. Kirsten hugs her son and comments that it's so nice having his dad there. Mickey agrees then runs off to see what's hiding in the bushes.
NED: You could have told me this was for his birthday.
KIRSTEN: Did you even know when it was?
Mickey arrives back with a bicycle asking if it's from Ned. When he's told no, he asks what Ned got him. It looks like Ned's about to tell him he forgot when Janae arrives with Lou and Harold with bags of pressies. Ned is relieved as Mickey unwraps a whole load of toy mechanics stuff so that he can be Janae's apprentice. Kirsten looks a bit sour. Mickey thanks Lou and then Harold, remarking it's like having two Pops.
LOU: You can knock that on the head as soon as you like.
NED: Thanks for that guys.
JANAE: No problem, couldn't let Mickey down on his big day.
The General Store
Elle just come from the hospital; Oliver won't listen to her and she was hoping Carmella could talk some sense into him. Carmella wonders why she'd do that, it's obviously something he thinks he has to do. She thinks Elle is taking it all very personally. Elle says that she and Oliver are still friends. Carmella says that Elle is still in love with him, Elle agrees, which is why she doesn't want him to risk his life for anyone, especially someone like Richard and if Carmella loved him, which she's sure she still does, she'd feel the same way.
CARMELLA: Why don't you just tell him how you feel about him, you know he's up for it. Or just keep torturing yourself, I really don't care.
Elle is not torturing herself. Apparently pregnancy has taught Carmella that gameplaying and indecision is not worth it. If you want something go out there are get it, life's too short not to. So why is she not going after Oliver herself? Hmmm?
Ned thinks he's really stuffed up, but Lou and Harold reassure him he hasn't. Ned can't blame Kirsten, he was the one who forgot his son's birthday. Lou doesn't think it makes Kirsten a better parent and Harold tells him that good parenting is about team work and he and Janae take some beating on that score.
Janae confronts Kirsten saying she wondered just how low she'd be prepared to sink. Kirsten agrees that showing her son a good time on his birthday makes her a horrible mother.
JANAE: Just mess with my family again and you'll regret it.
KIRSTEN: They're not your family, they're mine. Every time Ned looks at Mickey he sees a part of me. He's a bond between us that can never ever be broken. And it'll be there long after Ned's gotten sick of you.
Declan tells Oliver he'd have had the op if he could've. Oliver knows and he wouldn't have thought to do it if it weren't for him. Declan starts to say something, but Oliver knows what's coming and says "right back atcha". In comes the new Dr Olenski to take Oliver away. As they take him through the corridor Rebecca tells him good luck and says he needs a good smack about the head.
Mickey is playing with his tools. It's been the best birthday ever. Janae's looking forward to having some help. Ned appears to be battling his conscience again, and it wins. Again. He and Mickey need to have a chat. He explains that he forgot it was his birthday. Mickey says he knows Ned was pretending, but Ned wasn't. He's really sorry. There's no excuse.
Mickey: All I ever wanted on my birthday was to have a dad, like all the other kids. So this has been the best birthday, because you were there. You're still learning how to be a dad, so it's ok if you make mistakes.
Ned thinks Mickey is an amazing kid and Janae thinks he's not too bad himself. It would have been easy not to tell him. (Like Karl and Susan did when they forgot Zeke at Christmas!) Ned's glad Kirsten threw him a party, but Janae doesn't think she did it for Mickey.
Tim Collins and Associates
Tim is determined Kirsten is on the moral high ground, but she tries to defend Ned. However she thinks Janae is a piece of work. Tim is very interested to hear that Janae threatened her, telling her that half Janae's family has done time, they all have short tempers and they're not the sort you'd want to leave a vulnerable child with. Kirsten backtracks, she doesn't want to jeopardise Janae and Ned's relationship, and Mickey really likes her. Tim is sure that the strength of Ned and Janae's relationship will be of comfort when Mickey is living with them and calling Janae "mum".
Carmella feels she should give Rebecca and Declan some space. It should only be family. Rebecca says she is family. Too bad Elle heard that. Oliver stirs and asks how Richard is. He's not doing so well.
Outside Richard's Room
Rebecca is watching through Richard's window and is joined by Karen, who introduces herself. She looks kinda like Dr Olenski. They both watch Richard. Karen thinks he looks small and Rebecca can't believe she was ever frightened of him. Rebecca takes Karen to introduce her to the family who are gathered around Oliver's bed. Paul says they should get onto Toadie and get the case moving. Elle asks if they can do that seeing as Richard's in hospital. Paul thinks it'll be fine, but Rebecca wants to wait until he's well. While he's still in hospital he can still lie. She'd rather he faced a judge and did that.