Mark telling Ren that he's going to go to enrol in some subjects at university.
Lou telling Cheryl that he'll move in with Mai.
Cody and Mark are sitting on the couch, looking at uni brochures. Philip tells Cody not to fall into the trap of becoming a study freak. Cody, however, says she's going to join a bunch of clubs and hang out - it's a good way to meet people. Philip smiles as he says:
PHILIP: I'm still in touch with some of the guys I met through the Nudist and Barbecue Club!
CODY (exclaims): You barbecued in the nude?!
PHILIP: Yeah! The guy who did the cooking got to wear the apron!
There's a knock on the front door and Philip gets up and opens it to Ren, who asks Cody if she could help her out with the Jog for Justice. Philip tells Ren and he and Hannah were planning on walking the course. Ren comments to Cody that her dad told her that Cody plays the guitar; she's written a jingle to promote the run and she needs help with the tune. Cody beams that they can work something out!
Marlene is telling Bianca that table tennis and a pool table are good group activities. Bianca nods that they had all that stuff in the detention centre; she doesn't see why they can't have it at the youth community centre. Brett comes in and asks what they're talking about. Bianca explains that they're going to turn 17 Miller Street into a drop- in centre for kids. Marlene adds that they've got the space and the location, but no money. Brett suggests that he could contact Mary Cochrane - she was on his side last time, before the Mayor gazumped them.
Mai and Lou are walking arm- in- arm, Mai saying glumly that if she hadn't come, Lou would still be happy with Cheryl. Lou shrugs that they don't know that; things are tense at the moment, but it's nothing to do with Mai. Mai, however, insists that it *is* her - or rather her mother. She tells Lou that he's got to face facts: it was her visit there that brought on this separation - and not just from Cheryl, but from the baby too. Lou sighs that there's no going back at the moment; he's burnt his bridges. Mai points out that bridges can be rebuilt. Lou turns to her and says softly:
LOU: You know, I would never have left Hong Kong if I'd known about you.
MAI: That's beside the point now. I have an old proverb for you: 'You must keep a full- length mirror at the end of the bed so you can wake up to yourself!'
Danni and Brett are helping Cheryl fold up clean washing, Danni commenting to her mother that at least she doesn't depend on Lou's income. Brett asks about Louise, pointing out that Lou's her father. Cheryl shrugs that he's got different priorities; he wants to lead a different life. Brett insists that when he's less confused about Mai, he'll come home; he's got to get to *know* Mai; he's got a lot of catching- up to do. Cheryl sighs and asks what his point is. Brett replies:
BRETT: He needs his space to get used to being Mai's father - just as much as he needed to go to pregnancy classes with *you*. Now, he'll always be little Louise's daddy - same as he'll always be Mai's.
Cody is playing the guitar as she and Ren sing a jingle and Philip and Mark dance around and provide backing vocals! There's a knock on the front door and Philip opens it to Karl, who says coolly that he doesn't want to be the complaining neighbour, but how long is this going to go on for, as all he can hear is the constant rat- a- tat- a- tat- a of the guitar. He adds that the lyrics are driving him crazy - and if there was even the faintest trace of a melody... Mark says suddenly:
MARK: I've got it! What's the jingle about?
MARK: Right - a non- discriminatory group which fights for equality and opposes torture, right?
KARL (nods): Exactly.
Mark declares the jingle should include all musical styles. Ren comments that it should be a jazz/grunge/soft- rock anthem with soul! She tells everyone to have one more go - which she dedicates to Karl!
Cheryl is telling Marlene that she didn't expect Lou to *ignore* Mai, but she's running after her likeó. Marlene interrupts and points out:
MARLENE: Like she's his daughter!
She goes on that she's very sorry that Lou's left home - and it accounts for why Brett was looking so gloomy earlier. She then tells her daughter that she may not like this, but she thinks a lot of this has a lot to do with the fact that she and Lou have never been married. Cheryl, however, insists that it wouldn't make any difference: Mai would still be around and Lou would still be a devious sneak. She adds bitterly that Danni is the only one who understands.
It's the next morning, and Cody has turned up at No. 28, where she apologises to Karl for being so loud and out of tune last night. Karl asks her if she's looking forward to uni and Cody smiles that she is, but she can't believe the next six years of her life are accounted for! Karl asks her if she's going to join any clubs. Cody says she'll check out the cricket club.
Danni turns up the radio and listens to Lou interviewing Ren about the Jog for Justice. Brett tells his sister that he might enter that, but Danni retorts that he can't do his shoes up without breaking a sweat! Brett asks in reply how many gold medals *she's* won! There's silence as Lou says on the radio that the Jog for Justice is a big family day. Cheryl turns the radio off sharply. Brett tells her that Lou still loves her; he'll come back.
Philip walks into the coffee shop, where Lou is just about to leave. Philip tells him that he's found a trainer for Suede Tess and he wants Lou to cast his expert eye over him. He asks if they can meet at Lou's place. Lou, however, tells him embarrassedly and in confidence that he's staying at Mai's place for a while; he and Cheryl are taking a breather. Philip says he's sorry. He suggests they meet the trainer later, but go and have a bite to eat now.
Cody joins Mark and apologises to him for taking so long registering. She adds that she put her name down for the cricket club, but nothing else appealed to her except the Chocolate Club! Mark tells her that he came across the Esoteric Thought and Minimalist Expression Club! As they walk over to the noticeboard to have a look at the poster, a guy watches them pass. He walks over to them and comments to Cody he heard her talking about ETME. Mark explains that it's actually *him* who's interested. The guy explains that he runs it and he'd be very happy to see both of them at the first meeting. Cody smiles that she looks forward to it!
Lou is sitting with Philip, telling him that Mai is fantastic - a man couldn't hope for a better daughter; but he misses Cheryl, Louise and the other kids. Philip asks him if he still *loves* Cheryl. Lou nods that he's certain he loves her - but there's no fun anymore. Philip tells him to *talk* to Cheryl. Lou just shrugs that he'll think about it.
Mark and Cody emerge from the university building, Cody telling Mark about how they're going to be chopping and slicing a cadaver in her class! The guy from ETME suddenly runs up to them and says he didn't ask their names. He adds that he's Lech. Mark and Cody introduce themselves and Lech says he's not doing anything right now, so he thought they might like a guided tour to some of the places they have to relax on campus. Cody, however, says she's got to work, but she suggests they do it another time. Lech looks disappointed. He walks off. Cody smiles after him as he goes.
Cheryl and Danni are sitting on the couch, watching TV. Brett comes downstairs in exercise gear and he comments to Danni pointedly that she's being very fitness aware; she's in couch potato land! Cheryl points out that normally *he'd* be only too happy to be lying in front of the TV. Brett tells her that he's training for the Jog for Justice - and he reckons Danni will be doing the *Waddle* for Justice! There's suddenly a knock on the front door and Brett opens it to Mai, who asks if Cheryl's in. She steps inside. Brett heads out to train. Danni heads off to her room to rest! Cheryl then picks up Louise from her crib and hands her to Mai, telling her to have a hold of her baby sister. Mai comments that Louise has grown since she was last there. Cheryl says she hasn't been sleeping very well lately. Mai comments:
MAI: Perhaps she's missing her dad?
CHERYL: She's not the only one.
MAI (murmurs): It's my fault.
CHERYL: *How's* it your fault?
MAI: Oh, you know: my arrival... my mother... Lou's miserable without you. Can't you two find a way of getting back together?
CHERYL: Would you stop blaming yourself? It's not your fault. The only person who can change the situation is Lou himself.
Mai tells Louise that her father is a very naughty man. Cheryl points out:
CHERYL: He's *your* father too.
MAI: Yeah. That's why I want him to be happy.
Rear of the Bric- a- Brac shop
Marlene hangs up the 'phone and tells Bianca that Mary Cochrane loves the idea of a youth centre! Bianca asks what happens next. Marlene tells her that Mary wants to get it moving at the next council meeting in about two weeks - but she wants them to get a proposal together, saying who does what, what facilities they have and what facilities they need, who the centre's going to be for... Bianca asks if they'll hand over the money then. Marlene tells her that it has to be approved. Bianca suddenly bursts into tears and cries that she can't handle it, things going right for a change.
Brett is sitting at the counter, drinking an orange juice, when Danni comes in and comments pointedly that she thought he was supposed to be jogging. Brett retorts that he's finished. He adds that at least he's *entering* the Jog for Justice; Danni's just scared of getting the tail- ender's award! Danni, however, declares that if she entered, she would be showered, dressed and out on the town before Brett crossed the finishing line. Brett snaps that that's it: she put up or shut up; she enters the Jog for Justice and he'll cover any bet she likes. Danni nods, but then says the bet has to include a social embarrassment component to the outcome. She goes on:
DANNI: If the winner gets dollars, how about the loser gets to jog all the way from Ramsay Street to Dr. Kennedy's surgery without being seen?
BRETT (blankly): What's so embarrassing about *that*?
DANNI (grins): Because he'll be naked as the day he was born!
BRETT: That's very stupid.
DANNI (shrugs): Doesn't bother *me*. Does it bother *you*? Or can't you hack the pace?!
She walks off, grinning, leaving Brett looking suddenly worried.