- Rebecca and Susan winding Karl up about potentially losing the mens shed
- Mark agreeing to pose in the calendar
- Andrew telling Rebecca about Natasha's pregnancy
- Andrew telling Michael about the pregnancy and Michael kicking him out
Michael is leaning against his car staring into space. Rebecca walks up to him and sympathises with how he must be feeling, although Michael looks like he isn't sure how he should be feeling. He states that he kicked Andrew out because he couldn't bear to look at him but Rebecca tells him that Andrew is trying to step up to the situation. Mike wants to know whether Paul knows and Bec answers in the negative, which elicits an eyeroll from Michael (which seems hilariously inappropriate at this point) who says it's a mess. Lyn interrupts their serious discussion with a chirpy declaration that she has a lemon tart and Rebecca declines the offer to join them. Lyn and Michael head into the house while Rebecca stares after Michael worriedly before heading home.
Tash is staring out her window when there's a knock on her door. Michael comes in and lets Tash know that Lyn is back with dessert and he goes to close the door and leave. Tash calls out to him but he continues closing the door and doesn't turn back and Natasha looks like she's going to cry. Bizarrely, it's also night time, so either Michael took a really really long time in letting Tash know that Lyn was back with the tart or nightfall only took several minutes?
Rebecca is chopping vegies in the kitchen when Andrew walks in and updates her on the situation. He tells her that he got kicked out by Michael and he wants to call Tash but he doesn't want to make it worse for her. He says that Michael was that angry, he thought he was going to deck him on the spot.
ANDREW: You didn't scream and yell when I told you...
REBECCA: I've had a bit more practice, haven't I?
Rebecca reassures him by saying that Mike just needs a little time and he loves Natasha so it will be OK. Andrew looks at her trustingly which is really quite sweet.
Lyn is still obliviously chirpy as she hands Michael his plate of dessert. We see Tash gingerly creeping out to join them and she picks up her plate and tries to make conversation with her father by asking him if the dessert is any good. He keeps his eyes on his dessert and completely ignores her but luckily Lyn hasn't picked up on the tension and keeps talking.
LYN: I reckon this may be the best tart I've ever made. Mmm hmm. It's got kind of an aftertaste...probably of lemons!
Natasha has another go by offering her dad ice cream, and while he answers her this time, it's in a fairly "talk to the hand" kind of way. Meanwhile Summer has been looking on curiously amidst all the tension in the air. Lyn suggests tea and Michael makes his escape by offering to put the kettle on. Tash offers to help but Michael says no, and interestingly he remembers to add "thanks"...!
And now back to some lighter stuff, Susan and Sonya walk in to discuss their calendar shoot with Lyn. Susan hasn't decided what to do yet, but Lyn has: all she's saying is that it's something from the cold winter nights, by the fire....spicy....very tasteful. Sonya on the other hand, is going tropical - and she shows the girls a picture on her laptop which meets with approval. Susan expresses that it's very brave. Sonya and Susie are supremely confident about winning but Lyn starts expressing her doubts - Karl seemed really confident ever since they got Detective Brennan on board. The Brennan. Susan thinks they should teach the boys a lesson, and where do they start? With Karl.
Andrew is over presumably to chat with Rebecca again and she insists that he tells Paul the news. He's still reluctant though, so he goes to leave. We cut to Karl and Toadie trying to coerce another fit young bloke into posing - Declan! But busy busy Dec does not have time for their little calendar...until Karl and Toadie start playing mind games.
KARL: Suit yourself. But even Mark managed to find time...
TOADIE: Yes. He's very popular with the ladies.
KARL: You know, we can get him to do two spreads, since Declan can't.
DECLAN: Put me down for July.
KARL: Locked in.
Toadie is in disbelief at how easy that was and while they're high- fiving and giggling, Susan walks in and Bec tells her it looks like Karl has managed to talk Dec into posing! Susan joins the Toadster and Karl and tells them about workshopping ideas with Lyn for her pose. She excitedly talks about it while the boys look slightly confused and worried at the same time. Paul in the background complains about them bleeting away noisily but Susan asks him whether he'll buy a calendar?
KARL: I'm sure Paul's not interested in having a calendar on his wall with YOU in it.
Which gets one HELL of a dirty look from Susan and one really quick oops look from Karl! Paul agrees though - he wouldn't really encourage girly calendars in his workplace. However - there are other workplaces that it WOULD be suitable for - factories, building sites, garages...red blooded males....ogling your wife.
KARL: Don't be ridiculous.
SUSAN: Are you saying I'm not attractive?
Hehe. Paul throws in one last one:
PAUL: You, of all people, should know the attraction of someone younger.
Karl has had enough and he gets up and leaves. Toadie has an OMG look on his face and Susan high fives Paul on her way out. What a thoroughly enjoyable scene!
Phase two of messing around with Karl's mind. Susan sits on the couch practicing some posing while Karl scoffs at her. She suggests that perhaps she'll have some rose petals (presumably only!) draped across her but insists that whatever she does will be completely tasteful. Karl puts his foot in it again by starting with "I hate to break it to you" but he continues with stating that Susie isn't 18 anymore - she rightly points out that neither is he! He confidently says he won't be doing anything to make a fool of himself but she is rather amused since wearing a stethoscope doesn't cover much! She's unpacking the groceries as this goes on, and rather hilariously waves silver beets at him. Karl is insistent that he's OK with her posing, although it won't make a difference anyway since they'll outsell the girls.
SUSAN: Is that right?
OK, the line itself isn't that funny, but she positions two honeydew melons in front of her chest as she says it which annoys Karl to no end!
There's a knock at the door and Rebecca has come to check that Michael is OK. She asks if anyone else is home, and Tash is, but she's in her room with the cat, so Rebecca gives Mike a great big hug and he wraps his arms around her. Too adorable! They untangle themselves and move to the couch (to talk, not anything else unfortunately) and Rebecca asks how Natasha is. Michael can't even look at her and Rebecca quickly tells him to get over himself! He is rather surprised at her rebuke, and she explains it to him from Natasha's point of view - Michael is the adult and Tash is just a kid, she's made one mistake and she's scared and alone. Bec confides that her father shut her out when she got pregnant and tells him not to do that to Tash.
After the commercial break, we're in Natasha's very pink room. She picks up a photo of her and her father and starts crying. Michael knocks and enters and they apologise to each other. Michael assures her that he'll be with her all the way, whatever happens, and he hugs her.
They're chatting in the lounge room now and he tells her about how he was terrified when Natasha's mum got pregnant but he wouldn't swap it for the world. It is really nice hearing him talk about that, I don't think they ever really mentioned her much. Anyway, he reiterates that he'll be there with her all the way, while Tash looks guilty as hell.
Paul catches up with Rebecca and wanted to have a drink with her, but she stepped out for a minute (to continue her awesome love affair with Mike). She wants Paul to have a chat with Andrew - not because he's particularly done anything wrong, just because it's Year 12 and everything and he could use a little support right now. Declan comes past with Indy and Paul gives Rebecca a peck on the forehead before he goes. If it weren't for the whole blackmail thing, it'd seem really quite sweet and normal.
Toadie and Karl are in the background talking about the girls having a planning meeting. Toad wants to listen in without them knowing, but Karl warns him that he could get arrested as a peeping tom....! Toadie wants to know whether there's indication on what the theme may be - French maids? Naughty nurses?
TOADIE: Please don't tell me it's got something to do with leather.
KARL: Ugh, that's it.
TOADIE: That's it?!
KARL: No no no, I mean I've had enough!
He whips out his phone and starts dialling.
We're utilising a fair few sets today! Lyn is spying out the window and alerts everyone that Karl is coming. She rushes back to the bench and they all act normal. They're trying not to burst out laughing though, and we soon see why - Susan walks out behind him in what looks like lipstick red thigh- high leather 6- inch platform boots and some sort of jacket with LOTS of feathers! Karl can't believe she'll be wearing that, but she won't, because it's way overdressed so she starts taking things off. Sonya and Lyn make a quick exit (with a small high- five on the way out) and it looks like mess- with- Karl's- head has worked a charm.
Summer goes to talk to Tash on one of the outside tables. Sum tells her that her dad will come around and Andrew is supporting her but out of guilt as well as annoyance about Andrew/Summer, Tash tells Sum not to poke her nose in her business. Sum leaves and Andrew takes her place. Tash tells Andrew not talk to her dad - she lies that he's still angry.
Paul finds Andrew by the lake and is there to chat with him because Rebecca told him to. He doesn't seem to find it necessary though since they do things differently in their relationship. He quickly checks that Andrew is OK, Tash is OK, and Michael isn't giving him much trouble. Job done, he leaves and Summer who has been watching from the background, joins Andrew. She gives him some advice - it's his baby and no matter what Mike thinks, Andrew has a right to be there.
Susan laughs at Karl for getting so worked up about "this side of things", especially since they never had issues about it.
KARL: It's always been just...between you and me. No one else.
SUSAN: Aww, sweet old- fashioned thing.
He agrees that it's a little unfair that it's OK for him to pose and not her, but he makes it clear that he's not sharing those boots with anyone! She then sits on the table and wants him to show her what belongs to him only, and what she can share. Bow chicka wow wow!
Susan runs in but before they start discussing anything, Lyn shoos both Declan (who's having a coffee) and Toadie (who's hiding behind a newspaper) out of the store. Susan has a laugh about Karl being blissfully ignorant that he was being played and how she's "negotiated" her way out of his suggestion that they both drop out of the calendar. Summer arrives and they suggest she takes a look at the calendar but she tries to back out of it before being handed a copy - which is a cute cartoon woman like those 1950s print ads. Summer realises that they've set the boys up - although Susan points out that they never said anything about being nude, the boys just came to their own conclusions! They're actually going to do favourite Ramsay Street recipes.
Andrew walks in and wants a word. Tash tries to get him to leave but he's not going until he says his piece. He could have bolted but he didn't. He doesn't want his kid to grow up without a father, so he's not going anywhere and Michael had better get used to it! He confidently plonks himself on the couch but looks TERRIFIED. Mike calmly sips tea and Natasha looks touched.
Michael is on the couch too and Andrew discloses his plan. He will finish school and work at Lassiter's (that sounds very Declan of him) while studying Uni at night. He will read books and do research, and he thinks Tash should get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. Michael agrees and Tash looks really troubled. It is obvious Michael is still dubious though because he thinks Andrew wants him to make the appointment, but Andrew tells him no, he will do it. Straight away. Natasha's face says uh- oh...
- Callum and Charlie look inside a box at what seems to be an animal
- Summer walks in on Andrew and Tash kissing on the couch
- Summer is giving Tash the third degree about her pregnancy
- Dr Harris asks Tash if she's OK, and she hesitates
- Summer steals and looks at Natasha's medical file