The Police Medical Officer discovering a lump in Luke's throat.
Marlene telling Cheryl that Danni gets her materialism from *someone*...
Joel Supple turning up at No. 26 to see Debbie. Philip demanding an explanation.
Joel asks if he can come in. Philip asks Debbie curtly why she lied: she told him that there was nothing going on between her and Joel. Debbie admits tersely:
DEBBIE: All right - yeah, I lied. Joel and I had an affair.
JOEL: To be perfectly honest, we still *are*.
DEBBIE: That's not true, Joel.
Philip asks Hannah and George to go to their room. They go, Hannah reluctantly. Philip then comments to Debbie coolly:
PHILIP (angrily): OK, what do we have here? Your aunt takes you to New York, she gives you a place to live, a new life, emotional support when you need it most... and to show your thanks, you ruin her life?
Debbie insists that they didn't plan it; it just happened; they fell in love. Philip points out that there *is* such a thing as self- control. Debbie looks at Joel. Philip goes on angrily that he gathers this affair was a factor in Rosemary's breakdown. Joel murmurs that it played a part. Philip exclaims in horror:
PHILIP: How *could* you, Deb? No wonder Rosemary and you aren't speaking. No wonder Rosemary's too upset to even tell *me* what's going on.
DEBBIE (tersely): Yes, OK, I know, it's been really awful for Rosemary - but these things happen, and getting mad at me isn't going to change anything. Besides, Joel is just off the 'plane and I'm as shocked to see him as you are, so if you don't mind, I think we need to talk in private.
With that, she heads out the front door. Joel tells Philip that he's sorry; he really is sorry.
Cheryl is commenting to Lou that she needs a whole new image and throw out everything that's loud and flashy. Lou, however, tells her that she spent her life ignoring Marlene's advice, so can she please do it just one more time? Cheryl cries that her mother thinks she's shallow. Lou tells her that the clothes she wears are *her*; Marlene's just looking for an excuse for Danni's behaviour. The bar doors open suddenly and Debbie and Joel come in, to Cheryl and Lou's surprise. They welcome Joel back to Oz and Cheryl asks if Rosemary isn't with them. Joel replies that she isn't. Debbie orders two mineral waters and she and Joel go and sit down. Cheryl murmurs to Lou:
CHERYL: I want to know what he's doing here...
LOU (grins): And I bet you're gonna find out, too...!
Philip is talking on the 'phone to Helen, telling her that *he's* angry, too; how will they ever face Rosemary? He listens and then asks Helen to give Rosemary his love. He hangs up and sits down on the couch, sighing heavily. George emerges from the kitchen and asks if she can make him a cup of tea. He declines, though. George then says she didn't mean to eavesdrop, but she couldn't help hearing some of his conversation. She goes on:
GEORGE: Can I ask you a question?
GEORGE: Do you think you *can* help it? Falling in love?
PHILIP: Oh, I don't know, George. Maybe not. I think we should try not to hurt other people, though.
GEORGE: *I* think being in love makes people really selfish.
PHILIP (smiles): Really?! You may have a point there.
George goes on that she and Hannah both heard Debbie before: she said she didn't plan it - it just happened - and she was thinking that you could justify *anything* from Cloud 9, couldn't you? Philip muses that that still doesn't excuse what Debbie's done.
Sitting at their table, Joel admits to Debbie that he was stupid to just turn up and expect her to... He breaks off. Debbie, however, asks how she can be happy to see him after they hurt so many people. Joel says he knows they hurt Rosemary, but she's out of hospital now and getting back on her feet; what's done is done. He tells Debbie that what's going on between them isn't some clandestine affair - it's *more* than that. He asks her to tell him that she feels the same. Debbie smiles:
DEBBIE: I do. Of *course* I do.
The next morning, Danni exclaims at Lou and Cheryl in astonishment:
DANNI: Are you serious?! Debbie Martin and Joel Supple?!
Cheryl nods that they were very affectionate last night! Danni beams that *that'll* give the gossips something to play with! The front door opens and Ben comes in. Danni goes and hugs him, telling him that she's so glad he's back: she's been working really hard on some designs. Ben, however, says there's been a bit of a hiccup at the studio: he's received an eviction notice - the building's going to be bulldozed. Cheryl asks him where he's going to look for another place. Ben says:
BEN: Anywhere that's cheap.
DANNI: Yeah, well, as long as it's in the city.
BEN (points out): In the city's anything but *cheap*, Danni.
DANNI: Yeah, but I don't want to be stuck out in the sticks.
Lou points out that No. 30's up for lease again: they could turn Ramsay Street into the fashion capital of the world!
Hannah is asking her father if Debbie came home at *all*. Philip retorts that apparently she didn't. Hannah asks where she stayed. Philip mutters that Debbie's an adult; she doesn't have to tell *them* what she's doing. Hannah smiles that it's romantic, the way Joel followed her all the way to Australia - it proves he loves her. Philip, however, says that what it proves is that they have a lot of unfinished business to attend to. George comes in from the back yard and tells Hannah that Holly's ready for a nice, long walk. Looking at Phil, she adds that they thought he could do with the peace and quiet.
Having breakfast with Debbie, Joel smiles that he can't believe how quiet it is there! Debbie comments that it's amazing how you get used to the dull roar of the traffic in New York. Joel remarks that it's like being hurled around a mental tornado! Debbie smiles that he *loves* the place - it keeps him alive. Joel, however, says:
JOEL: I've had it, Deb: the din... the pressure... the pushin', the shovin', the backstabbin'... I want a quiet, peaceful life.
He takes her hand and adds:
JOEL: Above all, a life with *you*.
DEBBIE: What are you saying, Joel?
JOEL: It's simple enough: I want to stay in Australia, live with you. Be together always. What do you say, Deb?
George is bouncing a tennis ball as Hannah sits in the corner of the court with Holly. Hannah asks George if all this drama *bothers* her. George shrugs that she hardly even *knows* Debbie - but it's a bit rough on Philip. She sits down with Hannah and says she knows she's not the easiest person in the world to live with - it comes from being an only child - but she figures she's gaining socialisation skills!
Debbie tells Joel that, to be honest, she doesn't know *how* she feels - except she's confused. Joel tells her that he loves her - she can't be confused about *that*. Debbie murmurs that she thinks she loves *him*, but she needs some time - everything's happened so fast. Joel tells her to take all the time she wants; he'll wait.
As Luke gets ready for work, Marlene asks him if he still hasn't spoken to the Police Medical Officer. Luke replies that it's tomorrow. Marlene remarks that all this waiting around must be nerve- wracking. Luke, however, insists that he's supremely confident and itching to start his training. Sam comes in through the back door, closely followed by Cheryl, who asks Marlene if they can have a cuppa. Sam and Luke head out to work, leaving Marlene to tell her daughter that she's glad she popped in: she wanted to apologise for shooting her mouth off yesterday - it's just that she was worried about Danni: she doesn't want to see her get hurt. Cheryl says she admits that money is important to her, but only because of the security if offers her and her family; the business of the arcade taught her that. She adds that Marlene of all people has to know that she has never loved money for its own sake. Marlene says she knows - but maybe Danni *doesn't*. Cheryl retorts that Ben will probably be very good for her, then: he's teaching her the value of working for a dollar. Marlene smiles that she trusts Cheryl's judgement. Changing the subject, Cheryl grins that now that they've got *that* out of the way, she has some very interesting scuttlebutt for her!
Philip is typing at the kitchen table when the front door bangs and Debbie walks in. She asks if they can talk. Philip tells her that he spoke to Helen last night: *she's* devastated and so is *he*. Debbie murmurs that she just wants to explain. Philip comments:
PHILIP: Or defend the indefensible?
DEBBIE: You could hear me out.
She sits down and goes on:
DEBBIE: I know what we did must seem terrible, and I don't expect Rosemary will ever forgive me - or gran - but there was fault on both sides, dad.
PHILIP: You think so?
DEBBIE: I *know* so. You didn't see the way Rosemary *treated* Joel. Neither did gran.
PHILIP: So tell me.
DEBBIE: Well, she kept him hanging around the apartment when he had work to do, like he was some sort of houseboy or gigolo. He had to be at her back and call 24 hours a day - and sometimes she'd call at 3 in the morning and demand that he come over.
PHILIP: Well, Joel was her employee, Deb.
DEBBIE: He was her *lover*. She took away his pride and his self- esteem. It almost *destroyed* him.
PHILIP: The way *I* heard it, Joel got his big break because of Rosemary. He wouldn't have a career if it wasn't for her.
DEBBIE: Yeah, well, that's the family myth. The reality is that Joel turned down the most fantastic offer to stay with Rosemary, and she kicked him in the teeth - so he turned to *me*.
Philip murmurs that these things are never as straightforward as they seem; he just wishes Debbie hadn't lied to him. Debbie tells him that she doesn't want him to hate her too. Philip assures her that he doesn't hate her. He then asks why Joel came to Australia. Debbie explains that he wants to start a new life there, with her. Philip asks her if that's what *she* wants. Debbie shrugs that she doesn't know; it's such a huge commitment, but she doesn't want to hurt him. Philip gives her a hug.
Cheryl, Lou and Lolly are sitting watching TV when Danni and Ben come in, Danni telling her parents that this is the moment they've been waiting for: she's moving out of home! She adds that they've found new premises. Ben explains to Lou that it was all *his* doing. Danni goes on that they went to a lot of agents and the inner- city is too expensive. Ben adds that they found a grotty warehouse to work from. Danni then reveals that the two of them are going to live at No. 30! She goes on that it's just a stopgap, but it's nice and big and they can design there, sleep there and entertain clients. Cheryl beams:
CHERYL: I think it's absolutely marvellous!
She adds that it calls for champagne! She goes to the kitchen to get a bottle from the 'fridge. Lou follows her and asks Cheryl if she heard right: Danni's moving out and flying the coop. Cheryl, however, shrugs that she's moving across the street to number 30 where she can keep an eye on her!
Joel is sitting at a table when Debbie comes in. He gives her a kiss and she sits down. Joel has already poured her a wine and he proposes a toast:
JOEL: Here's to us.
Debbie doesn't look happy, though, and she tells Joel that she's really sorry: she just can't see it working. She goes on:
DEBBIE: For a few weeks it would be wonderful, but then it would all fall apart.
JOEL: Why *should* it?
DEBBIE: Well, think about it: you say you want a change - new job, new life - but what would you do here in dull old suburban Erinsborough?
JOEL: I'd find some sort of job.
DEBBIE: Well, even if you did, you'd need a work permit, and they're hard to come by. We can't get married just so you can stay in this country.
JOEL: Of course not.
DEBBIE: And, well, you say you're sick of New York, but are you really? Maybe it's just lost its charm for a while after what happened with Rosemary?
JOEL: If I'd been running away from Rose, I've have stopped in LA; I wouldn't have come all the way to Australia.
Debbie tells Joel that she thinks it's easy to be seduced by new places, but he'd go crazy living there; he'd die of boredom. Joel remarks that she seems to have it all worked out. Debbie says she's just trying to be realistic. Joel comments that he gets the feeling her mind's made up. Debbie says they'd end up hating each other and she doesn't want that: she cares too much for him. Joel says:
JOEL: I was beginning to wonder if you cared at *all*.
DEBBIE (smiles): I do. You *know* I do. I always *will*.
Luke steps into the office of the Police Medical Officer, who asks him to sit down. Luke does so. The Police Medical Officer then sits down as well and says:
POLICE MEDICAL OFFICER: Mr. Handley, there's no easy way to say this. The news is not good.
LUKE (sighs): I failed my medical. I'm not going to be accepted.
POLICE MEDICAL OFFICER: I'm afraid it's a little more serious than that.
LUKE: What do you mean, *more* serious? I want to join the police force, doc. I'm dead keen, and you're saying you won't take me?
POLICE MEDICAL OFFICER: Mr. Handley, bear with me. The results of the tests we did... Well, I passed them on to your GP and I suggest that you have a talk with him as soon as possible; today, if you can.
LUKE (agitated): Um, I think he's away. Why, what's the problem?
POLICE MEDICAL OFFICER: He'll want you to see an oncologist as soon as possible.
LUKE (frowns uncertainly): An oncologist? That's a... a cancer specialist.
POLICE MEDICAL OFFICER (nods slowly): That's correct.
LUKE (hesitantly): You're saying... I have cancer?
POLICE MEDICAL OFFICER: I think you should prepare yourself for that possibility. I'm sorry.
Luke sits there looking stunned.