Liljana tells Scott he's not Serena's type
Sky says her mother cared only about her protest
Susan invites Brent back for a nightcap
Lou's in trouble in the bush
We see Lou lying on his back, eyes closed, his face twitching as he dreams of being pampered by Valda. She's mixing a cocktail, promising to sort out accounts and get a keg from the cellar, talking about him being at her side.
No 26 and outside
To 'Takin' back What's Mine' (Leah Haywood), Lyn dances delightedly around the transformed house, giggling and happy. She sees something through the window and races out, only to see Brent in shorts and T-shirt, fetching Susan's newspaper.
Liljana and Serena are coming back from shopping and Liljana's also astonished to see Brent. Serena tries to make her be sensible, but she and Lyn go off together for a cuppa, arm in arm and laughing, after sending Serena in to tell David Liljana will be back in a minute.
Back in the house, they talk excitedly about the new décor and then move on to discuss Susan and Brent. They've just started listing Brent's attributes when David arrives to check on Liljana.
LILJANA: Oh! The sheepdog's come to round me up.
DAVID: Er...your coffee's getting cold.
LILJANA: Oh well it's just as well Lyn's made me a fresh one then isn't it.
David says he doesn't like coffee.....er gossip and is obviously uncomfortable, but Lil pretends she and Lyn were discussing local businesses and whether they made money, so she can 'subtly' find out about Brent's living as the bar-owner, who is
LILJANA: .....just right for Susan, don't you think?
DAVID: Except that she and Karl have only just broken up.
LILJANA: And whose fault is that?
David hurriedly changes the subject and there's an uneasy chat about the removal of 'that terrible picture of Valda'.
Boyd's bandaging Scott's arm, injured while skating and attempting a backflip. Scott flatters him, saying he's good at 'pulling birds' and asks advice about attracting Serena. Boyd tells him that he needs to play it cool and then she'll be begging to go out with him.Scott's just tucked into a basket of little Easter eggs when Serena arrives and starts to tell them about Susan and Brent. At a signal from Boyd, Scott wipes the chocolate off his mouth onto his T-shirt and then leaves to see Susan.
SCOTT: I'll go ask her.
SERENA: You can't.
SCOTT: Why not?
SERENA: Because it's rude.
SCOTT: Nah, better than people talking about her behind her back.
Once Scott has left, Boyd asks about Sky. Serena replies that he'd better come and see for himself.
Brent offers Susan more coffee and she wonders whether there's anything he can't do. She tells him that next time she'll cook and he can wash the dishes. As he leaves, she mentions that she hopes the spare bed wasn't too uncomfortable, but he assures her it wasn't.
Scott comes in early for his next lesson, but he comments that he's not there for that anyway, just to find out if Brent is Susan's new boyfriend.
Harold's been on the phone saying he can't understand how Lou can have disappeared.While he goes to get Sky from her room, Serena replies to Boyd's suggestion that they could cheer Sky up with some op-shopping by saying she doesn't think it will work. His query 'Why not?' is answered by the emergence of Sky - with blonde hair and wearing trendy clothes.
Sky and Boyd discuss the change. She says she got tired of the dye but he's not convinced and wants to know what's really going on. She emphasises that she doesn't have to tell him or anyone else.
Scott's quizzing Susan about Brent, who says she won't discuss it.
SCOTT: Well at least I'm talking about it to your face! Unlike everyone else - they're talking about it behind your back.
SUSAN: ....Really!....Oh, well yes,...yes, it's good to be open and honest but at the same time you have to learn to respect other people's privacy.
With that remark she opens the door to Lyn and Liljana and tells Scott he can go.
SCOTT: Oh, but it was just getting interesting....I bet they'll ask if he's a good kisser.
His dream of Valda continues with her talking of 'death us do part'.
LOU: Then let's plan to live for a very long time.
Outside the Coffee Shop
Scott tries to chat to Serena, all the time repeating 'Be cool!' to himself, but creating disasters like having his coke fizz over, knocking the chair over, spilling all the salt and then throwing the salt cellar over his shoulder instead of the salt. He rushes off 'tyres to let down on a car'
This part cuts constantly between Harold and David at home and the three women at 28
Harold asks David where Liljana is and is told she's off gossiping.
DAVID: If she wants to live vicariously through Susan's love-life who am I to argue?
Susan is telling an ecstatic story about Brent plucking a single rose from a vase and presenting it to her with the most beautiful smile you've ever seen. Liljana and Lyn are rapt.
SUSAN: You know I'd forgotten a relationship doesn't have to be about dirty washing and bills.
Harold and David discuss a dirty garment Liljana was supposed to wash that morning except she's 'far too interested in the going-ons in the neighbourhood.. ' Harold's distractedly eating breakfast, but David gets irate about the sexism of Lil loving the idea of Susan 's 'nocturnal activities' but getting mad about Karl and Izzy.
Susan continues her story to the other women until it builds up to the expectation of a kiss. She cuts off abruptly and they're deflated as she admits it was all made up.
LILJANA: Well I suppose it was too much to hope for that there could be a strong romantic man out there who could also cook.
David and Harold are in a huddle over a pot containing something they agree tastes bad and looks 'suss'. They giggle as David suggests they just cover it with tomato sauce.
Susan talks about the problem of trying to fit with someone else and comments that it has to be easier for the person who left as they already want to be with someone else.
David asks for Harold's reassurance that Liljana's not getting ideas from Susan and perhaps feeling bored with him.
The phone rings and Harold learns that Lou's car has been found abandoned.
Scott's still scoffing chocolates and saying it's a bit confusing trying to be cool around Serena. Just then she arrives and apologises for what she said about his art. He tries to be very distant towards her, but when she says it's Ok if he doesn't want to be friends, tells her she's supposed to ask him out. Although he outlines Boyd's plan to make him into someone she'd like, when he blurts out 'do you want to go somewhere with me?' she agrees.
David protests that Harold can't go and look for Lou and eventually suggests he pray - 'You used to do that, dad'.
Outside, Boyd sees Sky bringing out all her old clothes for the Salvos. She goes off for a walk alone so he takes the bag.
Lou's dream becomes a nightmare as Valda turns on him like a harridan and slaps him, saying 'What do you think you're doing?' She yells at him that he's a vain old man who thought Trixie could really love him and believed he could cheat and gamble to get himself out of trouble. he fooled others but not her. He has nothing - no dignity, no family, no Trixie and certainly not her. Her echoing voice saying mockingly 'Mr Carpenter' becomes that of the rescue worker calling to bring him round. He tells him they'll put a drip in his arm as they carry him back.
Karl tells Harold that Lou will be weak for some time because of the exposure, but luckily there are no serious injuries. Harold goes in and asks him what he was thinking of. Lou answers faintly that Lolly had moved, he ran out of petrol, then got lost in the bush. Harold thinks it's awful, whereas Lou comments that it's no worse than the mess back in Erinsborough. Harold believes he's comforting him by saying that everyone has been concerned and asking about him - even Rocco. Lou confirms that Rocco has come looking for him several times and tells Harold 'I'm in big trouble, mate'.