Karl annoyed at not knowing how much Susan's new golf clubs cost and setting a challenge with Susan.
Janae throwing the water at Kirsten.
Mickey telling Janae he hates her and that she is a bad person.
Bridget getting clattered on the football field and not being impressed at her mum coming to see how injured she is.
Miranda is laying into the coach and despite Karl reassuring her that Bridget is fine, she wants to take her daughter home via the hospital for x-rays. Bridget naturally doesn't want to go as she'd rather get back to playing footy but Miranda wins and drags her daughter away with Steve and Riley following.
STEVE: This ain't going to be pretty.
Ned and Janae sit on one side of the corridor as Mickey sits on his mum's knee while they wait for the psychologist to call them. Eventually she appears and invites Kirsten and Mickey in first and suggests that Ned and Janae go get something to drink but Ned can't face anything or he'll be sick.
Mickey tells the psychologist that he does everything together with his mum, that they are best mates. Kirsten then takes over and admits that she did leave Mickey with Ned while she got over her grandparents dying but so he didn't see her in a mess and that Mickey could meet his dad. It sounds like she is giving text book answers but Mickey doesn't look too comfortable.
Its Ned and Janae's turn next and Ned says that while he was stunned to be a dad, he loves the role and would put being a dad first before anything else. Again like when Kirsten was given her answers, Mickey doesn't look comfortable and the psychologist reminds Ned that she has to put Mickey's needs first, not the parent. Ned agrees with her and adds that he can provide a stable home environment.
Finally, the psychologist talks alone to Mickey although it's more her doing the talking by explaining to him why this is happening. Mickey seems to express his feelings with a drawing that he is doing of them all in one big house but when the psychologist questions who is outside the house, he replies that when Janae is being mean to his mum she has to stay outside the house (there is a also a drawing of her inside the house too). She picks up on the bit about Janae being mean to Kirsten and asks him what he means by it.
Kirsten is “celebrating” as to how good her interview went because Tim prepped her well and all the questions he said would be asked were and she played it well complimented by the great “performance” by Mickey.
When they sit down on the couch, Tim half puts his arm round her, to stroke her shoulder (more in a comforting way than a seductive way) but Kirsten gets the signals wrong and as they chat more, she leans in to kiss him on the cheek as a thank you and then tries to pash him when he says it was a pleasure! Tim quickly pulls away and gently rejects her with his best lawyer hat on before leaving.
Didge relaxes on the sofa while in the kitchen, Steve is trying to talk Miranda out of having a “chat” with her but Miranda heads off regardless so she can explain herself.
Miranda starts subtly by asking if she wants a cup of tea or a bath but Didge isn't in the mood and blows up at her mum over the fact she controlled and smothered Riley so much so that he didn't want to come home and now it is happening to her. Miranda thinks Didge doesn't mean it but Didge does.
The General Store
Susan is hiding out at TGS practicing her putting skills and is glad that she is getting her golfing mojo back to what it was in Queensland, telling him that she has been tired a lot since she returned. Susan wonders if it can be put down to jetlag but he thinks she may have just picked up a virus.
Steve has a go at Didge for her blow up, reminding her that Miranda was worried that she may have been seriously hurt when she ran onto the footy field and asks that she cuts her mum a bit of slack. Bridget isn't listening though and instead pleads to get to stay home but she is fighting a losing battle on that score as Steve tells her to face it so that she can get it over and done with.
Ned, Janae and Mickey arrive home and both reply nonchalantly “good” when Steve asks how it went. Ned asks Mickey if he wants to have a kick around with the footy and goes to find the footy when Mickey is up for the kick around. Janae spots the drawing that he did at the psychologists and when asks him about the person standing outside the house, he lies and says its no-one although Janae isn't fooled.
JANAE: Mickey, you know that I love you, don't you? (Mickey doesn't reply) I do very much. I'm so sorry I got angry with your mum, it was wrong of me to lose my temper. Do you think you could forgive me? (Mickey still doesn't reply) Look I promise that I would never deliberately hurt you or your mum. Do you believe me?
He doesn't answer her question but instead tells her that he'll wait for Ned outside.
Karl and Susan dart round the topic that they really want to talk about – golf – but neither is willing to do that but thankfully Ken the footy coach arrives. Pleasantries over and Susan reminding Ken that Karl is no longer a doctor, he tells her about Susan coming to the rescue at the footy when Didge got clobbered. Finally he gets to what he is really here for – to ask Karl to be the medic for the Dingo's footy club. Susan jumps in to tell Ken that Karl doesn't practice any more and after giving Susan a look, turns Ken's offer down. Sadly Ken leaves and they got back to bantering with each other about Karl not practicing medicine.
Karl runs a few checks on Didge and declares her good since there is no sign of concussion. He doesn't rise to Didge's try to get time off school either and tries to comfort her by saying everyone gets embarrassed by their parents. Didge has had enough lectures for one day to listen to anymore but instead bemoans at him for the likelihood she won't get to go rock climbing tomorrow because of an overprotective mother.
DIDGE: Mummy's little girl sits on the sidelines yet again, she just brings the embroidery along. The guys would just love that.
Karl doesn't know how to reply to that one and instead heads through to the kitchen to have a cuppa with Steve and meanwhile Didge takes the consent letter out of her bag and fakes her mum's signature.
No. 26 (later on)
Ned and Janae are still on a downer following the appointment and Ned side-steps Janae's question of what will happen to them if Mickey heads to Adelaide. He then nonchalantly replies “yes” when she asks that he does know how she feels about him.
No. 26 (next day)
Rachel and Zeke call round to see how Didge is, surprised she is going to school. She takes this as another opportunity to half-rant but Miranda stops her when she hands over her favourite foods for her lunch. Steve “reminds” her to say thanks (she'd have walked away quite happily without saying anything if he hadn't of checked her) and the kids head off to school with Didge only saying bye to her brother and father.
Miranda looks a bit put out but doesn't say anything and instead asks Riley what he has planned for the day. She is thrilled to hear he's got an interview about the cadetship at the Erinsborough News and he admits that he is nervous and kisses his mum on the cheek as he leaves, telling her that Didge will come round.
STEVE: Kisses now?! We must be doing something right.
Ned and Mickey come into the kitchen to tell them that they're due back at the psychologists again today because she hasn't made her decision yet and when Mickey spots Janae heading into the kitchen too, takes off.
Ned follows him and Miranda remarks to Janae that things obviously haven't improved between her and Mickey. “He hates me,” replies Janae and then rolls her eyes when Miranda decides to do something about it.
In the livingroom, Miranda asks Mickey if he'd like a toastie and Ned is about to tell him off for not answering when he asks if he can get one of Janae's instead because hers is the best. Miranda jokes that she won't take offence and shouts through to the kitchen for Janae to make a toastie for Mickey and the smile on her (and Ned's) face says it all.
Susan says bye to Karl who is busy gardening when Lou catches her to tell her about some exercises he has found for the word that neither of them can say. She does her best to shush him but he goes and shows her them and lies to Karl that they are Pilates exercises for her back. Lou quickly makes himself scarce and Karl “accuses” Susan of being up to something (in the nicest possible way) which she totally denies.
The kids are heading off to school but Riley pulls his sister back to ask that she cut their mum a bit of slack if she wants to be treated like an adult. Mentioning the “A” word is like a red rag to a bull for her and she has a go at him for planning to take off without saying bye.
DIDGE: You reckon they only wanted to adopt me.
This stops Riley in his tracks, surprise that she knows about it and thinks Steve told her but she sarcastically replies it wouldn't take a genius to work that one out. She also adds that is why he hates her because they love her more. Riley denies this and reaffirms that he loves his kid sister and admits when she pushes him that he felt he couldn't tell anyone what was going on before telling her that the real deal exists for her and to lay up on Miranda.
Kirsten eventually arrives for their appointment, blaming the traffic for her being late but it doesn't seem to matter as the psychologist takes Mickey into her room and Ned takes Janae aside to tell her that he loves her and doesn't want to lose her. He apologises for not saying so last night and she replies that he won't lose her but knows that Mickey comes first. Kirsten looks on envious especially when they kiss and make up.
Rachel asks Didge if Riley was giving her a bad time and she replies “yes and no” before adding that sometimes having a big brother isn't so bad to which Zeke decides to act the idiot before becoming serious and breaking it to Didge that Justin and a couple of his mates are in their next class. Rachel tries to say it won't be that bad but Zeke spells it straight – it's going to suck! – before Rachel adds that they will be there to support her.
Zeke and Rachel head into class while Didge goes back to get a textbook and Justin approaches to apologise for clattering her at the football. She can't believe what he is hearing and quietly says “that's okay” before he tells her to take up netball because they're not allowed to touch each other and places a singlet over her shoulder. Didge isn't impressed and throws it at him as he walks away.
The General Store
Karl is trying to get it out of Lou what the exercises were but Lou holds out until Karl hits him with the killer punch – he found the website where the exercises were from. Lou finally caves in but adds that Susan has a passion for the game and what is his problem. Karl is stunned at this accusation, even more so when Lou adds if he is scared that she'll beat him and make him less of a man. He denies this and Lou tells him to get out there and enjoy the game and to stop carrying on like a stupid goose! That's telling him and Karl sulks off to go to a job interview. Susan tells Lou that same then when she appears out of the storeroom just about giving him a heart attack.
LOU: That advice goes for you too! What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Sort it out together for crying out loud.
SUSAN: (meekly) Okay… Sorry.
Mickey admits to the psychologist that he doesn't like this game – he loves both is parents and she confesses that she doesn't either. She then subtly asks who he'd like to spend most of his time with but we don't hear his answer as the camera cuts to the corridor where the three of them nervously wait. Janae is first to spot the movement and the psychologist invites Kirsten into the room. Ned and Janae look worried as we head into the final ad break.
Break over and we spot that Kirsten is upset as we hear the psychologist tell her that the court still has the final decision to make, that she'll just be putting forward her recommendation.
KIRSTEN: But they take my son away.
Mickey must have made his decision in favour of Ned as the psychologist tells her that she will still have access although Ned will be the primary carer. She also adds that it is hard on everyone, Mickey especially and Kirsten asks for a few moments alone with him.
When she leaves, Mickey gets out of his seat and hugs his crying mum and says, “I'm sorry” when she asks “how could you”.
Outside in the corridor, the psychologist tries to get Ned and Janae to mend some bridges with Kirsten to make things easier. When they reach the office door, Janae notices that the room is empty and asks “where are they” and it cuts to Mickey and Kirsten running out the front door of the hospital. Mickey asks where they going but she refuses to say as they head towards her car before ordering him into it.