- Karl saving Libby before Zeke in the warehouse collapse
- Riley telling Elle that he wants to be with her
- Carmella upset that her baby can't breathe on her own
Hospital - Neonatal Ward
Rosie and Rebecca reckon that Carmella should get some rest after all she's been through today, but Carmella concurs that it's nothing compared to what her baby's been through. Upset, she says she just wants to hold her. Rebecca takes on the comforting role while Rosie looks on, drained.
Karl and Libby are doing a spot of gardening in the front yard of #28 (and Lib's arm is now only in a bandage instead of a sling - haven't heard Lib cough yet either from all that dust she supposedly inhaled). She asks him if he's nervous about going back to work and some good-natured bantering ensues between them till Zeke walks by. Karl wants to ask Zeke about his day, but Zeke can see they're "busy" and heads inside.
Hospital - Neonatal Ward
Rosie orders Carmella to cut out those guilty thoughts she's having about the baby and reasons that if it had anything to do with the pills she took the doctors would have said so by now. But Carmella is well and truly settled in for her guilt trip and can't believe how reckless she was carting around boxes for work, staying up till all hours... not to mention all the time and effort she put into Marco when she *should* have been concentrating on her daughter.
Explaining the earlier awkwardness, Karl tells Libby that Zeke thinks he chose her over him when the warehouse collapsed. Lib says her dad shouldn't feel guilty, but Karl has obviously bought a ticket on the same guilt train as Carmella because he feels horrible that Zeke now doubts his love for him.
Hospital - Neonatal Ward
Oliver reckons it's about time they gave the baby a name to show her that she really belongs in the world. Carmella says she's always really loved the name Chloe, so Ollie smiles and asks the bub what she thinks of it. "If you have any objections speak now!" Marco returns to give Carmella her drink, but she quite rudely shoves it away leaving Marco confused. He heads out and Oliver asks if Carmella wants him to go after Marco, but Carmella just ignores him and focuses on Chloe.
Oliver sits next to Marco and says that Marco deserves to be here just as much as everyone else. Marco's surprised about Ollie's change of heart, but Ollie replies that the baby has put everything into perspective.
MARCO: Y'know, when I first met you I gotta say...
OLIVER: You thought I was an arrogant snob.
OLIVER: Yeah fair enough.
Marco hates to think what type of person Oliver thought *he* was. Oliver hints that he didn't think he was the type of guy who'd just get shoved aside.
Harry brings Rebecca (who is sitting with Susan, Miranda and Valda) a gift basket full of goodies for Carmella. Doing the neighbourly thing, Miranda and Susan offer to cook for Elle and Declan while Rebecca and Paul are busy with everything else. Marco dashes in for more supplies (I would think with the amount of "supplies" and "gifts" Carmella's received that day she'd be well stocked till 2020), and accidentally lets slip the baby's name. Checking on the baby name sweepstakes, Valda announces that she's won.
HAROLD: You said 'Valda', Valda!
VALDA: Well it's got the same number of letters hasn't it.
Rosie rejoins Frazer and he notices how tired and stressed she is.
FRAZER: OK, you can have a hug from the man of your dreams. Or you can sit here reading a 10-year-old magazine - your choice.
ROSIE: Ordinarily I'd go for the magazine, but just this once...
They snuggle and Rosie exclaims how amazing Carmella has been - she's barely keeping it together herself. Rosie adds that she could never go through what her sister's going through. Frazer thinks she's just talking about the labour pains, but Rosie actually means *all* of it. Frazer is quite shocked and concerned, but Rosie dashes off to see a nurse before they can talk any further.
Hospital - Neonatal Ward
Rebecca has made her gift basket delivery and looks on as Carmella proudly puts Chloe's name tag on her crib (Chloe Cammeniti too - not sure if Ollie got a say or not!).
REBECCA: Susan says that Chloe means 'blossoming'.
Carmella seems pleased with that, but her happiness soon fades when Oliver arrives to tell her that Dr Olenski wants her back in bed. Carmella is determined to stay put and only relents when she knows that the baby will always have a familiar face with her.
CARMELLA: It's important that she knows she comes first. (To Chloe) I will spend my whole life proving that to you. I promise.
Miranda pops in with her shopping bags to cook for Elle, who is still trying to put her story together on the computer for Brad. Miranda notices a picture of Elle, Riley's hair (BOUFFANT!ALERT!) and Riley on the screen but Elle tries not to make a big deal out of it. Miranda asks how Elle's feeling and, in honesty mode, Elle confesses that she hurts all over and spent half the morning crying because they had run out of vegemite. Miranda soothes that there's nothing wrong with letting out her emotions and makes Elle smile by producing a new jar of vegemite... and that's quite possibly the oddest end to a paragraph I've summarised yet.
Libby tells Zeke that there's no doubt Karl loves his kids - and by 'kids' she doesn't just mean herself, Mal and Billy. She says that she knows what it's like to lose a friend and knows that Zeke's angry, but taking it out on Karl isn't the answer. Zeke calmly says that it's not like that at all, and that Libby doesn't know what it's like to lose a *father*. Lib's heart breaks when Zeke adds that it's no one's fault that she's got a strong bond with Karl and he doesn't; it's just the way it is.
Susan instructs Karl and Libby to stop fussing over her and insists that she hasn't been overdoing it lately. She gives Karl a pressie for his first day back at work - a new stethoscope. Zeke wanders by and Karl asks what he thinks of his new "steth", but Zeke just says it's nice and continues on out the front door.
Rosie and Frazer catch up after Frazer has checked in with Ringo, happy that he's eating dinner (even if it is junk food). Rosie glumly wonders if there's any other emotion associated with children besides guilt and worry. You worry about them when they're young *and* when they're old, it's relentless. Frazer thinks she's dwelling on the negatives just a tad too much - there's also joy and pride to be had. He tries to get her to imagine a little "fun size Fraze" and says that she'll think differently about the whole 'kids' issue when all the drama is over, but Rosie adamantly says that it's *never* over.
Miranda puts the dinner in the oven (bet it's a bloody casserole) and joins Elle on the couch for a chat. Elle apologizes for breaking down before but Miranda's fine with it; she actually wishes Riley would talk to her like that. Elle says that Riley was a picture of strength when the warehouse collapsed.
ELLE: He was there for me. If it wasn't for him then I... you should be really proud of him.
MIRANDA: I am, I always have been.
ELLE: He tries to hide it but he really is one of the most amazing guys I've ever met.
Miranda smiles and says that Riley thinks very highly of Elle too and wonders if she could help him open up about the accident. But it's all too much for Elle when Miranda keeps pressing the issue and she snaps at her, saying that she can't.
Hospital - Carmella's Room
Carmella doesn't get why she has to stay in her room, but Rosie reminds her that if she doesn't relax her milk won't come through and she'll leave herself open to post-natal depression. Carmella checks with Oliver that Chloe has someone with her, and Ollie reassures her that Frazer and Rebecca are on the job. Marco wheels a tray of non-hospital food in and Rosie and Ollie give them some space.
ROSIE: (kisses Carmella on the cheek) You're my new hero OK?
Marco explains the food is from Harold, and then brings out a sleeping bag - the doctor said he could stay the night with her. But Carmella just gets aggro and says she doesn't want him there. Hurt, Marco asks if she needs to talk to him about something but she just silently shakes her head. He mutters that he'll look in on her tomorrow before sadly walking out.
Karl finds Zeke alone and joins him on the couch to play Playstation. Zeke says that Karl hates this game but Karl replies that he's going to do whatever it takes to prove he loves him. Continuing, Karl says that he's not going to try and convince him that he loves him in the same way he loves the Kennedy kids - because it's *not* the same.
KARL: But you know it's just as strong. In fact it might be stronger.
ZEKE: You don't have to say that.
KARL: Yeah but it needs to be said. This is going to sound strange but with the other kids I had no choice. But with you it's different. It has been an absolute honour and a pleasure to have you in my life. Really, it has. I can't imagine life without you, I just wish you could believe that.
ZEKE: (touched but still not entirely convinced) I wish I could too.
Zeke says that ever since his dad died he's never felt like he belonged anywhere. Susan and Karl have been great, but it's not the same. He confesses that he finally felt a sense of peace at the first dance party he went to because he could be whoever he wanted to be. Then the roof came crashing down and everything else along with it...
ZEKE: You chose Libby.
KARL: It wasn't like that.
ZEKE: I know it's not that simple but it reminded me that mum and dad are both gone and there isn't anyone else on earth who'd choose me. I'm not criticizing you and I'm not feeling sorry for myself, it's just a fact and nothing's ever going to change that.
Karl feels terrible and looks like he wants to talk it out, but Zeke calmly turns back to the TV and reminds him they've got some game playing to do.