Libby and Susan hearing about the soap opera competition. Carmella playing games with Connor
Carmella is flirting with Jack to make Connor jealous.
CARMELLA: I'll have to come here more often for a cocktail. It has such an attractive ambience.JACK: (calls out) Lou, you been working on the ambience?
LOU: I gave it a bit of a polish.
Jack reminds her they've met before (hard to forget as she slapped Michelle across the face last time she was there). But bygones are bygones and Carmella orders a drink for them from the "barman". Connor is suitably disgusted, mainly because she's putting on an accent talking to Jack, but Lou tells him she's just trying to wind him up. His scarred heart, worn from many weary love battles, tells Connor to beat her at her own game. "Don't let her treat you like a doormat."
Connor is telling Stu his tales of woe over "Carmella the Cruel". He says her put on accent is ridiculous, and since he has a legitimate accent he can say that. Stu wants Connor to listen to the new CD he bought today but when he turns it on the sound blares out of it too loudly and makes the speakers short-circuit. Connor offers to take the blame for the accident because Toadie won't care as much if it's him, but Stu won't let him. "I did it, I'll face the music."
Libby announces she has some good news to Susan and Lyn. She reminds them about the competition on Ch.44.
LYN: Oh yeah, you win a colonic irrigation.
LIBBY: No, no, the other one, the 'Win a date with Alessandro Cortes'.
Susan and Lyn go giddy over the mention of him and have to be brought back on track when Lyn starts to wonder if he's hairy, "you know, Latin men and all that." When Libby gets their attention again she tells them that she's the lucky winner and that she gets to bring two guests on her lunch date with Alessandro. They all jump up and down excitedly.
Boyd expresses his disbelief to Max that Toadie would take on a "scumbag" like Travis as a client. He thinks that some of Stu's good example would have rubbed off on him but Max reminds him that Stu's up on a police brutality charge. Boyd dismisses that though because he says Travis would say anything to save his own skin. Max notices that Summer is very quiet and finds out that she has been wondering about a funeral or memorial service for Izzy's baby. She thinks they should have one but Max gently says it's Izzy and Karl's decision. "The best we can do is support them whatever they decide to do, okay?"
Connor is getting impatient waiting for Stu to get ready to go out.
CONNOR: Stu would you hurry up, you girl, how many outfits do you have?He wants to get going before Toadie gets home and knocks Stu's head in. Speaking of the Toad-Meister, in he walks with Sindi. Things are uncomfy until Stu tells them he's not staying. He also confesses to Toadie that he wrecked his speakers. Toadie is surprisingly calm about all of this and says it probably was an accident and Stu can just pay him the $800 to get new ones. Stu looks stunned that Toadie didn't turn into the Hulk and agrees, walking out the door with Connor. When he ducks back inside again to get his wallet he hears Sindi say to Toadie that $800 seems a bit much. He also hears Toadie get annoyed at Sindi, saying that she's taking Stu's side. "Take his side no matter what." Stu hovers in the hallway shaking his head at the Toad-Meister's 2-year-old tantrum.
Libby is voicing all her knowledge about Alessandro she found on the net to Susan as they walk to the date. Lyn soon follows them looking like she's been through a Hollywood cyclone and come out looking like a movie star (read: dark sunnies, faux fur coat and sparkly top - Not dissimilar to Susan's get-up I must admit). Libby suddenly notices Alessandro in the foyer.
LIBBY: Oh. My. God.
LYN: (awe-struck) He's even more gorgeous than he is on the telly!
SUSAN: I love him.
He comes up and asks them if they're waiting for him by any chance, his publicist is running late. The girls overcome their stunned silence one by one and introduce themselves. Susan and Lyn get a kiss on the hand each but Libby just receives a quick handshake much to her chagrin. Alessandro's publicist rushes over and says to "Lizzy" that the photographer's waiting.
Alessandro links arms with the giggle sisters leaving Libby on her own.
Stu hands $500 over to Toadie and says he'll get the rest at the end of the week. He runs into Sindi on his way out the door and makes a quick getaway after making idle chitchat with her.
Sindi asks Toadie what he wants to do because she's all his. He suggests speaker shopping, she rebuts with a picnic idea but goes back to the speaker idea after seeing the look on his face. She goes to make herself a cup of tea and looks annoyed when he says to give Bob some biscuits while she's there.
Carmella lets herself in just in time to see Connor emerge from the bathroom freshly showered, clad only in a towel. He thought he was supposed to pick her up at nine and gets fidgety when she starts to slowly wipe some of the water droplets off his chest. He says for her to stop it and tells her it's sexual harassment, adding that his lawyer is watching. Toadie gives her a little wave from the couch. Connor says she can go back out to the car and they'll meet at twelve like they arranged. She refrains from rolling her eyes and walks back out of the house.
Lusty Lunch Date Venue
Susan and Lyn are having a grand old time talking with Alessandro while Libby meanwhile can't even get a glass of champagne to herself, finding the bottle empty. "Oh, that'd be right." Jack ambles over to his Ma in amusement asking what they're up to. She reminds him she left a message on his mobile telling him what was going on. He says he got it and that he can pick Ozzy up but he can't baby-sit all afternoon. Lyn says she won't be late and he leaves them be.
The publicist asks Lizzy if she's having the time of her life and Libby answers on her alter ego's behalf.
LIBBY: (sarcastically cheerful) Yeah! I'm just sorry I didn't win the colonic irrigation!PUBLICIST: (confused) Yeah... good for you.
Lyn wishes she had a camera and wouldn't you know it, Alessandro has one. He passes it to Libby and asks if she'd mind taking a snap of him with Susan and Lyn. She takes the photo in slight annoyance and declares it a keeper.
Connor is listening in disgust while Carmella talks on the phone with Giancarlo in a flirty manner. There's talk of toe sucking, and something melting... rather raunchy stuff and Connor's getting sick of it. Jack rushes in with Ozzy and begs for him to baby-sit for an hour. He says no though much to Jack's annoyance. After he rushes out again, Connor gets up to get a drink and leans over to hear the other voice on the mobile. What he discovers, however, is that Carmella has rung the number that tells you what the time is and has been having a fake conversation all along. "Do you know what, Carmella? That's the last straw. You've rubbed my heart in the dirt for the last time, you can take your job and stick it." He storms out leaving Carmella calling after him.
Carmella chases after him saying that she just wanted to hurt him because she wanted him to know what it was like. "You broke my heart," she tells him. "I wanted you to know how that feels. To have your feelings just thrown back in your face." Connor's confused and asks what her running after him means. Does she still want him? She smiles and nods at him. "I've never stopped wanting you." He grins back at her and says she's crazy. "Do you know how much valuable time you've wasted just making our lives miserable?" They kiss.
Max reads a sympathy card the kids have made and says Karl and Izzy will appreciate it. When the subject of the memorial is brought up again, Max lets them know he's all for the idea, he just wants them to wait for the right time to broach the subject with their aunt. "But if it is going to happen you two are definitely going to be involved." Boyd and Summer look relieved and happy about this.
Lyn and Susan fawn over Alessandro as he bids them adieu. Susan offers to walk him out but he has to answer an important mobile call and apologises to them.
As he walks over to the other side of the pub we see Harold at the bar telling Lou all about Svetlanka going back to Perth without him. He adds that he hasn't given up hope that they'll be reunited one day.
Libby passes Alessandro on her way out and asks where Susan is. After he tells her she's about to leave when he springs a surprise on her - he wants to spend the afternoon with Lib. Alessandro confesses that he was giving all his attention to Lyn and Susan because "the more mature ladies are my biggest and loyal fans" and it was all in the name of publicity. Lib is flattered but says she can't so Alessandro slips her his suite number and says they can meet up later that night. Libby looks incredulous.
Susan and Lyn are yammering away about how hot and "God-like" Alessandro is while Libby tries to get some work done at the table unsuccessfully. Lyn imagines what it would be like to be with him. Lib takes the piece of paper out from her top that she tucked away before and looks at it. "I tell you what, Lynny," Susan says. "I bet you any money he would be spectacular." Libby's heard enough and jumps up out of her seat asking her mum to look after Ben while she goes to her "one on one... language class." Susan looks in confusion at Lyn as her daughter rushes out the door. "What did she say?"
Toadie is on the phone with a female work colleague being kind of flirty with his language (e.g. "Uncle Toadie is going to give you a spanking!" - Ahem). Sindi looks annoyed and when he gets off the phone asks him why he's making her feel like an idiot. She wants to know why he keeps punishing her when he says he's forgiven her and if he can't admit that, then she's walking out the door then and there. He feigns ignorance and she starts to leave when he calls her back and apologises. Sindi reiterates to him that what happened between her and Stu was a "stupid, meaningless mistake" and that hurting her back isn't going to make it go away. She gives him a hug and asks if they can just forget about it. Toadie doesn't look too sure still.
Stu and Connor are playing darts. Connor asks if this is going to be their future, spending long nights in the pub because it's too uncomfortable to be at home. He adds that if Carmella and himself can work things out then surely Stu can with Toadie and Sindi. Stu says it's not that easy and he can't be Toadie's mate anymore.
STU: Cause I've got a thing for Sindi.
Outside Lassiter's Hotel - The next morning
Lib looks a bit ashamed as she tries to make a quick getaway but Alessandro chases after her in his robe asking why she's leaving so soon. She says it's not him, she had a wonderful time, it's just that she's got to get home. He offers her the limo to take her there but she says she'd just like to walk. He kisses her and thanks her for a night he'll never forget. They kiss again before Libby breaks it off and walks away. She looks a little disheartened with herself.