- Julie watches back the wedding video and spots Michael spiking her drink.
- Lauren rides her horse into Ramsay Street, and Lou reveals that she's his daughter.
Phil is sitting with Debbie and Michael. Phil asks how home is - and they say they're ok, but it's weird without him there. He says he hates staying in a hotel, and laughs about how he's a rotten advertisement for Lassiter's! Michael tells him it's only temporary. Phil has to shoot off, but he suggests they eat at Lassiter's later, and Michael is extremely enthusiastic. Debbie points out that Julie shouldn't be left out, but Michael is venomous, saying that she'd only be zombied out. He suggests asking Jim and Helen to look after her. Debbie tells the boys to eat together, and she'll stay home with Julie. Phil agrees and tells Debbie he'll have lunch with her tomorrow. He leaves.
MICHAEL: Dad seems really lonely. I reckon he should rent a house so we can move in with him.
DEBBIE: What about Mum?
MICHAEL: What about her?
DEBBIE: I'm worried about her, Michael!
MICHAEL: Worrying's not going to help. Let's face it, Deb, she's flipped out!
DEBBIE: No, she hasn't! And even if she has, it doesn't mean we should just rack off and leave her!
There's a long pause. Michael doesn't look convinced.
DEBBIE: ...I thought you cared about her now?
MICHAEL: I *do*.
DEBBIE: Oh yeah. Obviously(!)
She gives him a curious look and sighs.
Lou doesn't understand why Lauren didn't call him. She insists that she's been calling him for days, and when Cameron told her that Lou was due back from his trip, she thought she'd turn up. She asks if he's pleased to see her, and he tells her that he is, but jokes that if she'd told him in advance, he could've warned the neighbours (due to her entrance)! She's down for a racing carnival and she reckons the team are in with a good chance of winning.
LOU: Where are you staying?
LAUREN: At the stables.
LOU: What? With the horses?
Lou invites her to stay. Lauren wonders if Madge will mind, but Lou has to confess that they've broken up. Lauren is stunned and can't understand why Lou didn't tell her. She asks what happened, and then asks if he's seeing anyone else. Lou rapidly changes the subject and suggests that they collect her things from the stables!
Doug comes home. Bert is asleep in one of the bedrooms. Doug asks if they still think he's being unreasonable, now that they know the full story. Gaby thinks he is, but Pam doesn't - she knows how Doug loved his mum. Doug goes on about how he was only a young kid when his dad ran off with someone else, but Gaby tries to get him to see that it's ancient history. Pam thinks it wouldn't hurt to give Bert a chance.
Doug is angry - Bert hasn't given him a second thought in the past 35 years, so why should he give him one now? He rants about how Bert can go to hell for all he cares, and you've guessed it - Bert emerges just in time to hear it all! Bert makes a scathing remark about how he has a son who talks behind other people's backs, but Doug tells him that he's never made a secret of it - he doesn't want him in the house!
Julie is studying the video. She hears the door slam, and quickly hides the tape when she sees Michael and Debbie walk in. Michael asks after her and queries what she's been doing. Julie says she's feeling fine and she's been watching telly. Michael tells her that although he's happy she's feeling well, she should be in bed. Julie tells him that she's done far too much of that of late, and then cheerfully thanks him for being concerned.
MICHAEL: I just want to take care of you.
Debbie shoots Michael a sceptical look and then excuses herself to do her homework. Michael sits down and asks if she's taken her pills. Julie tells him that she's taken some and he talks about how it's the only way she'll get better. He kisses her on the cheek (ahh, how Judas-esque) and walks out. Julie's fake smile drops.
Lauren has moved in and is still quizzing Lou over Madge. A knock at the door interrupts them - it's Wayne, who's trying to organise a paintball match. Lauren is not at all impressed, and wonders if he's got nothing better to do! Wayne insists that it's fun. Lou goes to meet Benito.
Number 32 - Living Room
Julie and Debbie are both reading. Michael comes in and tells them he's going to meet Phil. He kisses Julie on the cheek again, and does his kind and loving son routine. Debbie gives a slight roll of her eyes, and Julie catches the look. Michael leaves. Debbie and Julie go to make dinner, with Julie telling Debbie that she feels fine.
Number 32 - Kitchen
In the kitchen, Julie pauses.
JULIE: Why did you roll your eyes like that before?
JULIE: When Michael kissed me and told me to take care of myself?
Debbie says there isn't a reason but eventually Julie gets it out of her.
DEBBIE: I just don't think Michael cares about you as much as he makes out, that's all.
JULIE: I know he doesn't.
DEBBIE: What makes you say that?
JULIE: There's nothing wrong with me, Debbie. I've only just realised it, but Michael's the cause of everything that's been happening to me lately.
DEBBIE: Come on, Mum, that is ridiculous!
JULIE: I know it sounds incredible, but it's true. And I can prove it.
Number 26 - Front Garden
Wayne is watering the garden and he splashes Bert by accident. He jumps down to apologise and to offer a towel but Bert tells him that he's been at sea half of his life, so a little spray won't hurt him. Wayne recognises that he's staying with the Willises but as Bert starts to talk about Doug, he winces in pain. He tries to pass it off, but Wayne invites him in to rest.
Lauren opens the door and Benito explains that he wants to see Lou. Lauren tells him that Lou has left to see a guy called..."Benito". Ben introduces himself and Lauren explains that she's Lou's daughter. She invites him in to wait. Lauren quizzes Benito about Lou, and Benito lets the topic of Annalise slip. He describes how she broke Lou's heart and took him for every spare cent he had. Benito laughs at how Lou got involved with a 17 year old girl, and says that he can't believe Lou did it. Lauren shares the sentiment(!) Benito leaves to see if he can catch Lou at the car yard.
Julie shows Debbie the videotape and explains how it all fits, including them finding Helen's medication in the cupboard. Debbie mentions about the doctor saying that Julie was having a nervous breakdown, but Julie points out that was because Michael was trying to drive her to one - and it was working! As Julie speaks, Debbie looks really thoughtful.
JULIE: Think about it - he was either involved or there when every single one of these things happened. I don't know *how* he did it, but I know he did it.
DEBBIE: God, Mum. Remember how he said he didn't realise you were practically drowning in the spa the other day? Maybe he did.
They both look solemn.
Lassiter's Office Reception
Michael is sitting on Gaby's desk and chatting to her. Gaby says she's enjoying the job, but she doesn't know how long it'll last. He tells her that Julie's pretty sick, so it could be permanent. Gaby reckons Julie must be ill if she thinks that she's having an affair with Phil! Michael laughs about how that idea got into her head and says that Julie's been spaced out of late.
Lou arrives home and Lauren asks him who Annalise is.
LOU: Who told you about Annalise?
LAUREN: What does it matter? DAD, she's only 17!
Lou turns the radio off and tells Lauren that he believed her to be 20, and when he found out she wasn't, he backed off - until Annalise suggested marriage.
LAUREN: You were going to marry her?!
Lou says that he sprung Annalise with a younger man, and that's when he realised he'd been taken for a ride and he'd made a prize fool of himself. Lauren doesn't understand how Lou could've fallen for someone younger than his daughter.
Bert is sharing out some of his rum - he'd saved it for years to drink with Doug, but he doesn't see the point. Bert is surprised that Gaby and Wayne don't get along, and admits that she might have changed from how she was as a child.
Benito calls around and asks if Jim is on the paintball team. Wayne tells him he is, so Benito says he wants to be counted in. When Benito leaves, Wayne notices that Bert's collapsed on the table. Bert tells him to get some pills out of his pocket.
Lassiter's Manager's Office
Phil apologises to Michael for the wait. Gaby leaves. Phil is sad that Debbie isn't with them, but says that he'd have felt guilty leaving Julie on her own. Michael tells Phil that he feels the same, and warns him that Julie's getting worse - and he's confident that she's not been taking her tablets. He suggests that she should be in a hospital. Phil is shocked at this, but Michael tells him how she nearly drowned in the spa. Phil is extremely troubled by this. Michael goes on about how she's a danger, and how Phil wouldn't forgive himself if something happened to her.
MICHAEL: Maybe you should call around and see if anyone will take her, eh?
PHIL: ...yeah. Maybe I should. Unfortunately.
They lock up and leave.
Debbie and Julie are eating. Debbie asks when Julie's going to tell Phil. Julie says that the story is so incredible, she's not sure he'll believe her.
DEBBIE: He'll believe you. The more you think about it, the more it all makes sense. He's not going to take it too well though.
There's a knock at the door. Debbie answers and it's Lou - he wants to discuss fixing up the garden after Lauren's horse trampled through it. Julie tells him not to worry about the garden - Jim loves gardening, so they probably did him a favour as now he can fix it up! As Lou's about to leave, he spies Julie's watch and asks for a closer look.
LOU: That's exactly the same as the watch I bought for...well, a friend of mine.
JULIE: They probably mass-produced them.
LOU: No, no, the bloke I bought it from swore it was one of a kind. It was in the glove box of my car the night it was stolen and burnt.
LOU: Do you mind if I ask where you got it?
JULIE: Ohhh, ahhh, bought it months ago, didn't I, Deb?
Lou seems convinced by this, and reckons the bloke who sold it must be a liar. He leaves.
DEBBIE: Michael gave you that watch, didn't he?
DEBBIE: Do you think he was the one who stole Mr Carpenter's car?
JULIE: And then set fire to it. I remember smelling petrol on his clothes the next morning. He gave me some lame excuse about filling up Jordan's trail bike.
DEBBIE: Wow, Mum. Michael's even more out of control than we thought!
(Yeah, Deb - trying to murder someone's not that bad, but torching a car...ooooo, that's naughty!)
Doug is at a loose end because Bert is at his house, and he doesn't want the kids to miss out but he doesn't want to be there. Lou apologises for not wanting to go out as Lauren's just arrived in town. He suggests that Doug ask Jim for a drink and is a bit put out when Doug reveals that he asked him first! Doug decides to go out alone.
Lauren walks in with a bundle of money. She was saving for a saddle but Benito told her that Lou was broke, so she wants him to have it. Lou is touched, but tells her that he'll be ok. He asks if he's still in the doghouse but Lauren tells him there's no point her harping on, so they should just move on. Lou admits that he screwed up - again! - but he's so pleased that she's in town, and he asks her not to be too hard on him. They hug
Bert is still with Wayne, and he's a bit better after his turn. He tries to excuse it as being something he ate, but Wayne knows there's more to it and threatens to take him to the doctor. Bert tells him that he's going to die - he's got liver cancer. He's already had chemo, but it was just a waste of valuable time. Bert says that apart from the doctors, Wayne is the only one who knows and he wouldn't have told him if he had the choice. He tells Wayne to keep his trap shut. Bert says that he wants his family's love; not pity. He talks of how he was trying to make peace with them before it was too late.
Debbie says that if Julie's watch really is one of a kind, then they have absolute proof that Michael was the one who stole Lou's car - and they could be in trouble themselves if they don't report it. Julie is worried about whether or not it's the right thing to do.
DEBBIE: I don't understand you. Michael left you to drown in the spa! You could've died! Look at everything else he's tried to do to you.
JULIE: ...all right. I'll ring the police.
She reluctantly picks up the phone but hangs up.
JULIE: I can't do it.
DEBBIE: Why not?!
JULIE: Because Philip will be devastated. He loves Michael. And... ...so do I. I just can't do it to him.
DEBBIE: But you have to, Mum! Michael's so twisted, it's scary!
They argue back and forth, but Julie insists that her mind is made up - she's not dobbing him in. She goes outside for some air. Debbie determinedly picks up the phone.
DEBBIE: Yes. I'd like to report a crime.