- Lauren tells Cameron she really wants to buy Chucky. He says the money will turn up somewhere.
- Wayne has invited Gaby on a fishing trip, despite her lack of sporting prowess
- Brad reveals to Cameron that Lauren told everyone to laugh at the "right" places in his comic routine
- Gaby lets it slip to Julie that Phil's had a private detective looking for Michael.
Hannah is showing Phil some clothes, and he's helping her to decide what to wear to her party. Julie storms in - she is fuming!
JULIE: Hannah, leave your father and me alone, please.
HANNAH: Is he in trouble?
Phil tries to make a joke of things, but when Julie reveals she knows about the private detective, he admits defeat. He tries to placate her, but she pushes him away.
JULIE: I'm disgusted with you! Michael tried to drive me insane...burn down our house...maybe even kill me.
Phil wants to explain but Julie cuts him off.
JULIE: What possible explanation could there be for you wanting to find that boy?!
PHIL: ...he's my son.
Lauren tells Cam that there's an open mic night on at the comedy club, where anyone can try out a routine.
CAMERON: And you're suggesting I do it?
CAMERON: Now *that's* funny(!)
He tells her that he's giving up on comedy. She's confused, given the reaction he got last night but he tells her that Brad told him the truth about everyone's laughter. Lauren begs him to do the open mic night - they all believe in him and he'll regret it if he doesn't.
Gaby has been working all night on an outfit to go fishing with Wayne in. Brad and Pam point out that it's too dressy. Gaby doesn't want to dress down but Pam thinks she's trying too hard to impress, and she should just be herself. Brad insists that she's definitely trying to impress Wayne because she's played tennis and gone fishing, and she hates all of that. Brad says that Wayne will figure out she's useless at sports when he sees her trying to fish!
Wayne arrives and he asks Gaby where they're going - he's fished in the area before, but because she's a local, he figures she'll know the best places. Pam pulls a face! Luckily, Brad steps in.
BRAD: What about the lake, Gab? Pull in some nice big rainbows.
GABY: It's not going to rain! You need rain for rainbows!
Oops! They agree to go to the lake and when they've left, Brad and Pam laugh.
Lauren gets the news that Chucky is being sold. She's very upset - if she was training him, he'd be a champion. She asks Lou to buy the horse for her, at a price of $8,000. She reckons that it'd be a good long term investment, but Lou says that with Benito on his back, it's the short term he can't cope with! Lauren suggests putting together a syndicate, and asks if he'll buy a stake in him at least. Lou offers to go in at $2,000 - as long as she doesn't tell Benito! Lauren's stoked - all she needs to do now is to find investors for the other 3/4 of the syndicate. Lou thinks she'll do it.
Cameron pops over to see Russell. Cam tells him that the Erinsborough News is having trouble with a virus on their computer system, and he told them about Russell fixing Lassiter's computer system - they want him to come down and take a look. Russell is pleased. Phoebe thinks it's a coincidence that only the Erinsborough News and Lassiter's are having trouble - she mentions the Michaelangelo virus which spread like wildfire and was widely reported, but Russell tells her that Michaelangelo was like a plague; their common infection is like a cold - and therefore not newsworthy. He goes to get his stuff.
PHOEBE: He's lucky.
CAMERON: What do you mean?
PHOEBE: He's only just got here and all of this work's conveniently fallen in his lap(!)
Julie's calmed down a little - although she's still upset. She reminds Phil that Michael had every opportunity to be embraced into the family and he threw it away. She says that Phil should take the hint and leave him wherever he is. Phil says that the detectives haven't come up with anything. Julie points out that Michael won't want to be found because he'd have to face the music over stealing and torching Lou's car. Phil realises that he has to accept that Michael doesn't want to be found, but Julie wishes he'd accepted it before spending money on the search!
JULIE: What's it going to cost us?
PHIL: All up, close to two thousand, I suppose.
JULIE: Two thousand dollars?!
PHIL: We can afford it.
JULIE: Oh. I see. We can afford a futile search for *your* son but when it comes to providing a proper party for *our* daughter, you cry poor!
Phil gets a bit annoyed and tells her not to twist things - if Hannah's party had been for a special reason, such as a birthday, the budget would've been a different matter.
JULIE: Well, it's all relative, isn't it?
PHIL: What do you mean by that?
JULIE: You'll see.
Julie walks out. Phil looks a bit confused.
Phil drives into Ramsay Street. We can hear a commotion going on and he peers out of the window as he pulls into the drive of 32. He gets out of the car and suddenly we see what he sees - a HUGE bouncy castle dominating the cul-de-sac and Hannah riding on a donkey! Phil doesn't look too happy!
We move in closer, and Julie is happily passing out food. Pam takes some candy floss from the stall and shooes Lauren and Cameron off the bouncy castle to let the little kids have a go. Lou comes around the corner, leading the donkey about.
LAUREN: Dad, why did I never have parties like this when I was a kid?
LOU: Because I was never as rich as Philip!
Phil walks past a man making balloon animals, and Lou, Hannah and the donkey pass him, with Hannah telling him how great it is! Jim and Fiona approach Phil.
JIM: What's all this?!
PHIL: Julie got a bit carried away.
JIM: So it would seem. You've got clowns, jugglers, donkey rides - it must be costing you a fortune!
FIONA: The kids obviously think it's worthwhile.
They cheerfully walk off. Phil looks annoyed! Julie walks past him and Hannah skips after her, excitedly telling her that it's the best party she's ever had - and everyone wants to be her friend now! Julie's pleased, but warns Hannah that parties aren't the only way to find friends, before sending her off to play. Phil approaches Julie.
PHIL: This is a very expensive act of spite, Jules.
JULIE: Oh, Philip, if you're allowed to splash money around carelessly, then so am I!
She walks off. Phil is not happy!
Wayne thinks that it's odd that the fish aren't biting. Gaby says it's worked every other time she's been there, but maybe they're not falling for the same trick anymore(!) Wayne suggests trying some other bait. He pulls out some live maggots, and Gaby is horrified! He's surprised that she hasn't used them before, but Gaby bluffs and says they're bigger than she's used to. She asks if he's got anything else and he suggests the bloodbutcher. She sticks with the maggots, much to his surprise - and when she sees what a bloodbutcher looks like, she realises she's made the wrong decision!
A man is eating fire infront of a bouncy castle, whilst Brad attempts to juggle. Jim remarks that he shouldn't give up the day job, whilst Lauren tries to convince Jim to buy into the racehorse syndicate. Jim agrees to think about joining, whilst the donkey ride trots behind him! Lauren disappears after Lou and Jim starts talking to Julie and the pair make up.
JULIE: Despite your faults, you are my father and I love you(!)
Jim asks her to keep out of his personal life in the future just as Philip walks past in a black mood. Julie tells Jim that Philip's just annoyed because he thinks she's spent too much money on the party, which Jim agrees with. Julie tells Jim that he doesn't know all of the facts. He points out that Julie is spoiling Hannah, but Julie thinks that he spoils Fiona! It seems their reconciliation is short lived and Jim leaves the party with Fiona.
Lauren is explaining to Pam and Lou that she's having difficulties getting people into the racehorse syndicate because the price is so reasonable - as a result, people assume that the horse isn't any good. Cameron appears and reveals that he's going to perform in the amateur comedy night. Lou tells him to wear something red so he won't notice the tomato stains!
Wayne comments that it's a shame Gaby hasn't caught anything. Gaby says she doesn't mind - she's just enjoying being outdoors...when suddenly, her rod begins to jerk. She squeals and panics as Wayne tells her to reel it in. She's excited as it's huge - but when it appears, it's an eel - and Gaby flings the rod towards Wayne and scarpers!
Pam agrees to join Lauren's syndicate on the understanding that Lauren doesn't tell Doug. Lauren tells her that she doesn't want to cause a domestic, no matter how much she needs the money. Pam explains that a patient of hers gave her $2000 and Doug told her to blow it on something extravagant. Lauren says that $2000 would give Pam a quarter share and with another $4000, they've got enough to buy Chucky.
Lauren questions why Doug shouldn't know, seeing as he told her to spend the money. Pam tells her it's because she'd be labelled a hypocrite for nagging him over him betting on the horses and then he'd completely take over! Lauren says she's rapt to have another girl on board.
Cam, Lauren, Lou, Brad, Pam, Jim and Fiona are watching a comedian on stage, who is getting laughs from bad blonde related jokes. Cam whispers to Lauren that he's going to get crossed off the bill - the guy's telling all of Cam's jokes. The guy finishes his set and Cam is introduced to the stage. Cam stalls but eventually gets up and confesses that the guy before used all of his material. He tries to tell a blonde joke, but messes it up and the audience looks bored.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Get off, idiot!
CAMERON: Mother?! Is that you?!
Cameron leads into his original act - telling stories about Faye - and it goes down a storm.
CAMERON: Mum had ways of getting rid of people. She had lots of ways of getting rid of people. ... Talking to them. Cooking for them! But with me? She'd pack a nice little lunch, send me off to school and then...move house! Now you might think that's hard, but it really improved my sense of direction.
The audience laughs loudly.
Hannah happily thanks Julie for her party and Phil walks in. Hannah leaves for bed.
PHIL: Well, you must be pleased with yourself? Taught me a lesson, spent godknows how much money and got to be number one mum in the process!
JULIE: ...I'm sorry, Philip.
PHILIP: Could it be that Julie Martin is actually admitting she is wrong?!
Julie admits that she got carried away, which makes Phil laugh! Julie says that she wouldn't have done it had he been more open about Michael. Phil says he didn't want to upset her - especially as he didn't really think he'd ever catch up with him. Julie reaches for his hand and tells him that she won't pretend that she likes what happened, but she understands why he did it.
Phil asks if she'd be so understanding if he'd managed to find Michael. Julie tells him that she would, if Phil could promise that Michael wouldn't return to Number 32 then yes, she would. Phil says that he couldn't guarantee that - and Julie's face falls. Phil tells her that it's not an issue anymore anyway. Julie looks solemn.
Phoebe calls at Russell's door and tells him through the door that his dinner is still in the oven. He isn't responsive to her comments about how he should feel at home and use the living room as he pleases. When she says it must get claustrophobic spending so much time in his room, he tells her he likes it!
Gaby and Wayne are eating a fish dinner. Gaby protests that she didn't freak out - she just doesn't like slimy things! Wayne agrees to stop going on and says they should decide on what to do next week. Gaby suggests a movie but Wayne doesn't want to sit still for two hours in a cinema - he hates being trapped indoors and suggests bushwalking instead. Gaby suggests the nice little track down by the creek but Wayne insists they can handle something harder than that and suggests a steep hike up in the mountains!
The phone rings out and Julie answers. The caller is Shea Stevenson and she's after Phil, but Julie tells her that he's in the shower but she's his wife. Shea explains that she met Phil when he was in Sydney looking for Michael - she comes into contact with lots of homeless kids - and Phil had asked her to call if she got any information about Michael.
Shea tells Julie that Michael's staying at the shelter she runs but warns that if Phil wants to catch up with him, he needs to move quickly because homeless kids don't stay at the shelter too long. Julie looks stunned but attempts to cover her shock with fake enthusiasm. She asks if Michael is aware of Phil's search attempts, but Shea says she hasn't said anything as she's gathered there are a few problems.
Julie thanks Shea and puts the phone down as Phil emerges from the shower. He thinks she looks rattled and asks about the phonecall. Julie lies and tells him that it was just a mother thanking her for the party. He walks off and Julie still looks rattled.