- Lou showing interest in buying the car yard.
- Karl realising Dahl is gone.
- Chris feeling awkward about walking in on a semi- naked Andrew.
- Natasha trying to wind up Chris and Andrew.
- Michael encouraging the students to tell secrets.
- Chris recording his secret on Summer's iPod.
- Libby intervening in a fight over the iPod.
- Chris admitting to Michael that he's gay.
Michael browses the net taking some notes when Natasha comes home full of beans and gossip – the secret telling project is the BEST EVER.
MICHAEL: Put the phone away.
NATASHA: I will, just as soon as I've texted what I heard on the way home.
Michael reminds her that the point of the task is to help them unburden, not gossip about each other. He tells her to respect the other kids because she doesn't know what they might be going through. He goes off to heat up her dinner and she heads to the computer to gossip on Facebook, instead of via text. She opens up the browsing history to find Facebook (who does that?) and finds a number of pages designed to support gay and lesbian teens. Natasha's gossip- o- metre goes off the scale.
Summer is on her fourth toastie. How?! Natasha bounces in with her awesome- tastic super gossip – someone in year 11 is gay! (Statistically there's probably more than one person, Natasha.)
Chris looks panicked, Andrew is mildly interested and Summer doesn't know what business it is of theirs anyway. Natasha thinks it would be really cool to have a gay friend.
ANDREW: Assuming he'd want to be your friend.
SUMMER: And assuming it's a guy.
Natasha can't believe that none of them think it's a big deal. She heads off to find out who it is. Summer and Andrew feel sorry for whoever it is with Tash on the case. Chris stays silent.
Lucas is under the bonnet of a car having some problems and Michael is doubting he did the right thing starting up the secrets project. Didn't he see what revealing Steph's secret has done to everyone on Ramsay Street? Suddenly fanfare music starts up – Lou is ready for the grand opening of his car yard!
Michael takes that as his cue to leave. Lucas and Lou chat over the fence and Lou complains that a certain galah hasn't shut up all morning. He shouts at the bird who shows its appreciation by decorating Lou's jacket with excrement. Lovely!
Later Toadie and Lou are wheeling out the BBQ when Karl and Susan drop by. There's a moment of awkward and Toadie dashes off inside to fetch the guest book. Susan is covering the opening in the newspaper and Karl appears to be there to take photos and eat free sausages. Lou points out the “bane of his existence” and Karl wistfully remarks that it looks just like Dahl. Susan says that it would make the perfect mascot. I have no idea why, but what do I know about cars and galahs – other than they rhyme. Lou seems to get it though and starts to hatch a plan.
Michael gives Chris the iPod back and assures him the file is still there and he didn't listen to it. Chris deletes the recording and says it was just as stupid joke. Michael thinks Chris should talk to Summer or someone like his parents, support groups or the school counsellor. He offers a list of contacts but Chris doesn't need them.
Back in the classroom Chris returns the iPod to Summer. She wants to know about his recording but he says it was lame and would much rather show her how he feels. They kiss and Natasha comments that they can cross Chris off the list.
SUMMER: I can not believe you guys, who cares if someone is gay or straight?
NATASHA: I don't care. I just want to know who it is.
SUMMER: Why so you can bully them into the end of next year?
Summer reminds Natasha how freaked out she was that anyone would find out that she was a member of Mathletes. She tells the class that it's a non- issue and they all need to get a life.
NATASHA: Maybe it's you.
SUMMER: Maybe it is.
Chris cannot believe what Summer just said.
Outside Chris wants to know why she said that when it's not true. Summer comments that everyone is just so terrified about being slightly different in any way. She'd rather be honest and if that means being an outcast that's fine.
SUMMER: Seriously, I used to be so embarrassed about who I was. I didn't want people to know the real me.
CHRIS: I can't imagine that, I mean, you're so strong.
Summer explains that she thought that keeping people away made her strong, but it just made her weak. Then she stood up for herself. Chris thinks that all the emotional stuff is easier for girls, but Summer disagrees. It's hard but it's worth it. There's no point in worrying what idiots like Macca think.
SUMMER: I don't care if they think I'm a martian.
This gives Chris food for thought.
Andrew joins Chris over by the basket ball hoops and reassures him that nobody really thinks Summer is gay, they're just messing around. It's no big deal.
ANDREW: In fact, I know I reckon I know exactly what's wrong with you. You're worried that if they say that about Summer what does it say about you?
CHRIS: I'm not worried about that!
ANDREW: Are you sure because something is up with you. OK, you need to get over this, this has nothing to do with you.
CHRIS: This has everything to do with me!
ANDREW: Why? Because you're Summer's boyfriend? For the fiftieth time Summer is not gay.
CHRIS: Yeah I know! I know Summer's not gay.
Realisation dawns on Andrew.
ANDREW: It's you...
Neither boy knows what to say so Chris hurries away.
After the break Chris doesn't have time to talk to Andrew, he has to get on with a Chemistry assignment. Andrew overhears Natasha telling another student that she and Summer are really close so she'll be the first to know when she “comes out”. He pulls her to one side and tells her to stop gossiping because someone is going to get hurt.
NATASHA: I don't have a problem with Summer. Lesbians are totally cool right now.
ANDREW: We both know it's not Summer. Whoever it is just needs to come out whenever they want to come out.
Natasha realises that Andrew knows who it is. Thankfully there is a distraction as Summer finds her locker decorated with rainbows and the word “Lesbean” , if that even is a word, and the phrase “woo buzzing” - interpret what you will. Chris looks really uncomfortable.
The Car Yard
ERINSBOROUGH MOTORS : Opening Galah, Cheep Prices – GRAND OPENING.
With such stunning advertising there's now a steady flow of potential customers shaking hands with a man in a galah suit and haranguing Lucas. Lou has taken an attractive young lady out for a test drive (in a car).
Susan seems to have forgotten that it was her stunning idea for Lou to use a galah as his mascot as she now questions how it will help him sell cars. Karl tells her never to underestimate the charms of a galah. Karl watches as the dude in the galah suit does a bit of a dance involving pointing and tells his wife that it's very hard for him as he never really got closure over Dahl. Susan helpfully suggests he go and cuddle the galah dude.
Toadie and Lucas make small talk over the BBQ and Lucas eats a hotdog. Meanwhile Karl surveys the trees through the zoom on his camera.
Karl dispiritedly rattles Dahl's favourite bell. Susan cannot believe he carries it around with him. She suggests he think of a more productive way of dealing with his grief – put some positive energy into it etc. Karl decides he should help Lou bond with his galah. (Not the one in the suit.) Has everyone forgotten that Dahl originally lived with Lou?
Michael lectures year 11 about how discrimination is worse than graffiti and students who discriminate against other students will be suspended or worse. With the lecture over, Andrew collars Summer to find out why she's copping all the agro from the other students. Summer says she doesn't care and at least it means whoever it really is, doesn't have to deal with it. Andrew assumes this means Summer knows who it is.
ANDREW: How long have you known?
ANDREW: Summer, we both know what we're talking about here.
SUMMER: Do we?
ANDREW: It's Chris.
SUMMER: You're pathetic. You never liked me and Harry being together and now you're trying to come between me and Chris. You know what the worst thing is? You're using someone else's secret to do it! You are worse than Tash.
Well...that went well.
After another break Andrew waits around nervously for Chris. He apologises for freaking out on the courts and assures him he's totally cool with it. Chris has a lot of chemistry to be getting on with and Summer turns up just at that moment for a chemistry date. She doubts chemistry is Andrew's kind of thing, he's too busy spreading rumours.
ANDREW: I'll leave the gossip to Tash, that's her speciality.
SUMMER: Yeah, well as soon as everyone in this place starts minding their own business the better.
ANDREW: Couldn't agree more.
CHRIS: Who has he been gossiping about?
ANDREW: No- one.
SUMMER: No, he's just been doing his usual thing – lying, manipulating, putting his own interests above everyone elses.
ANDREW: That's me.
The Car Yard
Lou still isn't back and Lucas is being pestered by all the interested customers. Toadie has finished his stint sizzling sausages so hands the apron over to Lucas and makes a run for it. Karl takes the phone off Lucas and offers his galah bonding services to Lou. Lou doesn't seem interested though, and hangs up. The galah in the trees starts squawking again so Karl whips out his binoculars. He admires the bird for a while before realising that it is in fact Dahl. He rattles her bell and she does her little side to side bobbing dance.
Karl is convinced that the bird is Dahl but Susan points out they all have the same markings and Lou thinks they all squawk the same to him.
SUSAN: What you wanted to see may not be what you actually saw.
Karl starts to make a list of Dahl's favourite foods to try and entice her down. Lou thinks he's lost the plot and Susan reminds him of the penalties for trapping wild animals.
KARL: She's not a wild animal. Goodness knows how she's survived this long without me.
SUSAN: Where are you going?
KARL: To rescue my bird!
LOU: Over my dead body! She's not your bird, she's fair game. She's my mascot and she's not going anywhere.
They tussle over Karl's tub of bird seed while Susan massages her temples trying to block out the madness.
KARL: Are you a lunatic?
You've got to wonder how many class meetings a year 11 tutor group can have per day but we're back to the secret thing again. Michael invites anyone who wrote their secret down to come up and shred it. Some random dude shreds his secret. Michael asks them if they want to discuss how unburdening their secret has made them feel. Macca suggests that Summer would like to. Summer says she'd be happy to.
MACCA: Sing us a K.D Lang song!
SUMMER: I don't care what any of you know about me. Whatever you think it doesn't affect me. The important thing is what I think of myself.
Chris suddenly stands up . Andrew whispers to him that he doesn't have to do this. Chris tells the group that they all made a big mistake bagging Summer when they should have been bagging him. He's the one with a secret.
ANDREW: Anyone got a problem with that?
Summer stares in disbelief.
When everyone has left the classroom Michael checks up on Chris who seems shocked by his own admission. He tells him that it's one of the gutsiest things he's ever seen a student do, but Chris didn't feel gutsy. He doesn't want to see Summer right now. Michael tells him to come and speak to him whenever he likes and leaves. Andrew comes in to see how he's going. Chris thanks him for standing up for him. Andrew asks how long he's known.
CHRIS: It just hit me, over the last few months.
ANDREW: Since you started going out with Summer?
CHRIS: It's not Summer.
ANDREW: What then?
CHRIS: Well after Harry left and you and me became mates... I started to question stuff.
ANDREW: You and me? What stuff? ...You've got a thing for me? I am not gay, ok!
CHRIS: Yeah, I know but I can't help it.
Andrew tells him he'd better get over it, but Chris doesn't know how. Andrew suggests staying away from him. Chris walks out.
- Michael finds out Natasha started spreading the rumours about a gay student.
- Everyone is surprised at how well Summer is taking the news.
- Summer sticks up for Chris.
- Michael tells Summer not to force Chris to be ok with everything.
- Callum wants a birthday party with the whole street.
- Karl turns down Toadie's invitation.