- Chris advises Lucas to do something good with his inheritance
- Andrew setting up his house as a backpacker's hostel
- Natasha selling Michael's things to fund her nose- job
- Michael yelling at Natasha for selling his Badloves album – the last thing that Natasha's mother gave him
There's a party in full swing over at the makeshift backpacker's hostel at number 22. Summer's a little concerned that the loud music will annoy the neighbours and she's right as she gets a call from Karl who obviously isn't appreciating the noise. Another one who isn't appreciative is Toadie who comes knocking on the door. He feels a little bad about being a party pooper but he has a sick kid, a tired girlfriend and an early start in the morning.
TOADIE: I used to be the party king, I hate being the fun police.
Andrew promises that his “mates from Scotland” will keep it down.
Beach/Bric- A- Brac Store
Michael's out for a surf and he looks wistfully at the ocean.
Meanwhile, Natasha's at the Bric- A- Brac store wanting to buy the albums back. She has a few of them, but she's upset to hear that the Badloves one has been sold already.
Breakfast is served (for $10 a pop) but none of the sleeping backpackers are responding to Summer telling them that breakfast is up. Andrew grabs his iPad (product placement) and tries again in German; it works, as a couple of the backpackers get up and hand Andrew their money.
ANDREW: I like it; it's very strong and direct.
SUMMER: Everything sounds like a swear word!
Summer tries another language, and one person responds, and then Andrew switches it back to English as he becomes preoccupied with making out with Summer.
Lucas orders a hearty breakfast for himself and offers to shout Mike, who has just walked in, as well. Lucas splashing his cash around has not gone unnoticed by Mike and Lucas tells him about the inheritance. Michael tries to give some good advice:
MICHAEL: Buy a house. Property's not cheap around here.
LUCAS: Settle in suburbia? No thanks. I'll leave that to you, family man.
MICHAEL: (deadpan) Yeah, lucky me.
LUCAS: What's she done now?
Mike doesn't feel like sharing though so he makes his excuses and leaves right after Lucas asks him not to tell anyone (especially Kate and Sophie) about his windfall. Beep beep! Lucas gets a text from Michelle: “Babe, Let's talk. M xx”. Lucas = not happy.
Toad's all suited up on a weekend.
MAL: Look at you playing grown- ups! What is it, dress up day at school?
TOADIE: (laughs) This coming from the man who's just moved back in with his folks?
MAL: Ah, visiting, Toad, there's a difference. Much like pretending to be a respectable member of society and actually being one.
TOADIE: I'm sorry, when did you get into comedy ‘cause I thought that was my territory!
MAL: You lost that claim when you lost your mullet.
They get serious though when a yawning Toad says that he has to work on a weekend and didn't sleep because of the noise at number 22 with Andrew and his “mates”. Mal spells it out for Toadie: there's a lot of traffic coming in and out of the house, the mates are always a different lot…they're paying backpackers! Toad is impressed. But lawyer Toad is not as it is illegal and whilst it's not Mal's problem, if Summer is involved, it could be Karl and Susan's problem. Toad urges Mal to have a word with Sum.
Summer's giving instructions to the backpackers on how to get to an AFL game. When they're gone, Mal does indeed have a word with her. She tries to dodge him for a bit but he's not mincing his words. He's willing to turn a blind eye for a night or two but it's getting out of hand. He's not happy that she's risking getting his parents in trouble after they've generously given her a place to stay.
MAL: End it. Today. If you don't, I'll make sure you're on the same bus as those backpackers out of Ramsay Street.
Andrew's happy about all the money they made for breakfast but Summer tells him about her conversation with Mal. Andrew tells her that they've already made enough money to cover the deposit for schoolies but if they keep the hostel going, they could have upgrades like better hotel and a nice hire car. Summer's concerned that she could get kicked out by Karl and Susan if they get caught (although she seemingly has no real concern for getting them into strife) but Andrew manages to talk her into letting him go at it for a week longer if they keep it discreet.
Lucas is flipping through some housing catalogues when Michelle texts again: “Something Wrong? M xx”. Toadie strolls in and is surprised to see Lucas looking at property. He jumps on the “buying property is a good investment” boat as well. Lucas ponders life.
LUCAS: When did house prices and kids become the only thing that anyone wants to talk about? Is this really it? Party when you're young, and then buy a house. Have kids.
TOADIE: You make it sound like it's the end of the world, mate.
LUCAS: Feels like it.
TOADIE: Yeah well, it's not, trust me.
Toadie sees a worthy investment in the catalogue and Lucas half- heartedly says that he'll check it out. Before parting, Toadie tells him to embrace his chance to change.
Outside Number 22
Tash is waiting outside for her father to arrive home. He looks like he doesn't want to see her at all, though. She hands him the records but he has a flip through them and hands them back when he sees that the Badloves one isn't there. She tries to tell him that she's trying her best to find it but he's still not talking to her. He gets a call and tells the person on the other side that “we'll be up next week”.
NATASHA: Are we going somewhere?
MICHAEL: That was your new principal. I'm sending you to boarding school.
Number 22 Backyard
A crying Natasha offers to give up her phone, or going out, as long as she doesn't have to get shipped away. A surfboard waxing Michael counters that those punishments obviously don't work. She tries to push the “I'm in the middle of Year 12” argument but he reasons that there would be less distraction at boarding school. You can tell that it's killing him inside to have to do this but she's left him little choice.
NATASHA (crying): How could you just ship me off to boarding school? You're my dad; you can't just give up on me!
MICHAEL: Don't tell me what to do! You have always been the most important thing in my life, I've given you everything. I've been there for every birthday, every moment that counted. I have tried so hard to make sure that you always felt loved; that you never missed out because there's only me. But you lie, cheat, you steal, you manipulate your way through every single moment of your life. I don't know what else to do.
Mal drops Karl's car around because Karl claims that it's pulling to the left (although Mal didn't notice anything). He and Lucas get talking about living overseas and Mal tells him that the suburban white picket fences thing doesn't interest him anymore – he and Catherine have always rented to avoid being tied down. Lucas consequently throws the property brochures out.
Bric- A- Brac Store
Michael's checking out the record collection himself to double check the Badloves one isn't there. The owner finds that Michael is Natasha's father and they talk fatherhood – the owner has a 5 and a 7 year old. Mike reckons they're great years where dad is still the hero, but he concedes that he has “no idea” when it comes to advice about the teen years.
Mike whips out his wallet and stares at the photo of himself and Tash. He spots Lucas drinking by himself across the room so he strolls over. Turns out Lucas is celebrating “freedom” by drinking a two hundred dollar bottle of wine. Mike initially rejects Lucas' offer to join him but is talked into it. The wine is poured and they both take a few sips. They make some comments about how good it is but finally they both admit that they both prefer beer!
Andrew and Summer are keeping the backpackers quiet with board games. Andrew and Summer make out again, but are interrupted by a phone call from Paul.
Later, Andrew's on the phone and he claims that the noise is because he's studying with Summer, Chris and Tash. And the uh- oh moment – Paul is at the airport and is arriving home that afternoon.
ANDREW: He's on his way home. That's it, my life's over.
(Summer ushers the backpackers out)
SUMMER: Your dad's gonna be home in less than an hour.
(Summer peeking out the blinds of number 22)
ANDREW: No! Is it him?
SUMMER: Yeah, it's him.
(Paul finding random items of clothing and food packages on the couch)
PAUL: I know exactly what you've been up to. You should know by now, Andrew, nothing gets past me. Nothing!
(Karl sees Susan greeting Jim at the hospital)
KARL (V.O): I admire what you're doing, if I can help, I will.
(Jim comes over to number 28)
(Jim looks at the map on the wall)
JIM: Who's the nutter for Peru?
(Susan confronts Karl)
SUSAN: You couldn't have made him feel worse if you tried!
KARL: I didn't realise our holiday was such a big secret.
(Jim leans on the table)
JIM: Actually guys, I don't feel so hot.
(Chris talks to Tash at Harold's Store)
CHRIS: Hey, your 18th is coming up next! Bet your dad's got something big organised.
NATASHA: He's sending me away to boarding school. He's given up on me.
(Chris hugs Tash)