Karl counselling Carmella to take a break from her relationship
Stu saying there are some risks with his eye surgery
Sindi is busy packing things for Stu's hospital trip, while the man himself wanders out into the lounge room in his adorable alien pj's for a test run. Sindi assures him they're fashionable ones and asks if there's anything else to pack. "A good book!" Stu perks, brimming with optimism. (Random observation: The toy koalas in the room are strung up by Toadie and Connor's beige wrestling jocks - surely that's cruelty to animals?). Sindi stumbles across something she wished she hadn't; a will Stu had Toadie make up for him. He tells her that he had to cover all bases and that he left her nearly everything (I hope you betrothed something to your old mate ET), but strangely that thought doesn't comfort her.
STU: I'm not planning to die... but there's still a risk.
SINDI: I don't even want to be having this conversation.
Stu reassures her he'll be fine and Sindi half-heartedly says she's just being silly, drawing him into a hug.
Eva and Carmella are having a D&M with Carmella expressing her need to leave Erinsborough. She believes that she just needs some time to herself and she doesn't want to have to worry about other people. "It's not fair to drag [Connor] through all this."
Toadie saunters over and Carmella takes that as her cue to go home. Toad thinks it was something he said but Eva assures him that Carmella's just got heavy stuff on her mind at the moment. She then asks if he's up for doing something a little risqué...
Outside the General Store - Night
Susan and Lyn walk out of the store in the midst of a girly goss session about Gary. Lyn tells her it's great he's such an open book; going by her experiences it's always best to be honest up front. Harold and Lou walk out not long after them, bickering as they do about work. They're interrupted by a loud, 'Wooooo-Hooooo!' Holy heck, it's a nekkid Toadie doing a nudie run! First Stinger and now Toad; what is it with these fish-named boys and their desire to Free Willy? The quad ensemble looks on in surprise and amusement while Toad frolics around in his birthday suit... that is until he slips and falls over. He limps awkwardly towards Eva, standing near his office, in embarrassment, covering his bits and pieces. "Where's the key?" he hisses. "In your pants!" giggles Eva. The quad ensemble continues to goggle at the flesh-fest. "The crash that was heard around the world," snarks Susan.
General Store - Day
Harry and Lou are sniping at one another again, this time because Lou is forty-five minutes late for his shift. Lyn walks in and jokingly calls for a time-out. She's brought them some business of the dry-cleaning kind and tells them how convenient it is to have here. Harry gives her a receipt and says to come back anytime after four, but Louis insists the garments will be ready by three. When Lyn leaves, Harold wants to know what Lou's up to but he'll only say he's off to see their friend Mr. Chen. Dock his pay, Harry. Dock his pay.
Sindi and Connor wait nervously in the hall. Sindi frets that something is bound to go wrong, "Stu's not the luckiest guy in the world you know." (Fiancées? Minus 2. Life Mechanics scars? Countless. Sight? Minus 2 eyeballs. Cliff top plunges in vans leading to hypothermia? He's got the t-shirt. Yeah, you may be on to something there).
Toadie limps in to see Stu as well (injury courtesy of the nudie slip) and starts to let Connor in on the story of the nudie run hijinks but Stu is wheeled out just in time to quell that. They all crowd around his wheelie hospital bed and wish him luck. Sindi and Stu say they love one another as Stu is wheeled off to surgery.
Connor asks Toadie what Lou is doing in their bathroom and Toad replies that he's just borrowing a few things. He asks Connor what he's up to on the laptop. "A plan that is going to make me very, very rich," smiles Connor. "Internet auctions." And what is he selling? Not his soul (sorry Devil Ned Flanders) but his company would you believe.
Don't buy a dog.....
BUY ME AS YOUR FRIEND!!!!
6 months of true friendship being the best mate ever. Very supportive, compliments given, birthdays remembered. Problems solved together.
Toadie thinks it's the stupidest idea he's ever heard (this coming from the man who pretended he was a woman to get dates on the internet...) and sarcastically asks what the starting price is. Connor says it's twenty but the novelty alone means he's worth at least five hundred. Toad gets the TV remote out of a pizza box as Lou ventures out from the bathroom. He's got Carmella's hairdryer but he'll return it ASAP. "By the way, this auction idea of yours? Totally ludicrous."
Eva arrives with some exciting news. "Guess who's just been invited on a wrestling tour of Australia?" And there's even better news; Toadie can come too. Some wrestling bigwig I (and Connor) have never heard of invited the two of them because he loves their work.
Harry is on the phone to Mr. Chen but he's not happy. Lou hasn't been sighted all day and he's getting worried and annoyed.
Susan and Lynnie enter the shop to get their coffee/postal/dry cleaning/jam fancy/fish and chip fix, still chattering on about Gary. It seems that Lynnie wants to know everything there is to know about him (well, he likes books.... A lot). Those two are looking more like twins every day what with their new hair do's and clothes. Speaking of new clothes, Suse doesn't have a tent on! She's bought a new outfit just in case she accidentally on purpose runs into Gary. Lynnie wishes she were as sensible in the outfit-buying department. Would you believe she bought a racy teddy to wear when she was seeing HandyAndy and... OH. MY. GOD She's left it in the dry cleaning bag she gave to Lou! How embarrassment. Lynnie sprints over to Harry, nearly knocking him over, and finds out where her scandalous undergarment is. Before Harry can say that it's at Mr. Chen's but totally not, she's out of there like a frog in a sock. He and Susan yell out after her. Harry starts the chase. Chaos ensues. Aaaaaand scene.
Lou's Backyard Veranda
Louis has taken it upon himself to clean Lynnie's clothes himself; everything is hung up around him. He's now in the 'dry' stage of the dry-cleaning process, thanks to Carmella's hairdryer. You can guess what item he stumbles across next. Lou's eyes light up as he holds the lacy teddy. "Lyn Scully, you little minx."
No... I know that music playing over this scene... that's the wrestling music! ARGH! Connor takes Bob for a walk but he'll be on his mobile if Sindi calls. Toadie has Eva in a headlock... (Where is that darn book?). Uh, they grab each other's shoulders and kinda do a massage manoeuvre (gulp, the book is back in the library)... and uh, they erm... wrestle and stuff.
Thankfully, they sit down to chat not long after with Toad putting another CD on to block the wrestling music that makes me rock silently in the corner in the foetal position. He's stoked that he's been invited along on the tour. Eva warns him it's going to be tough work but he's up for all that. Toad knows Tim owes him some holiday time, a few weeks or a month at least. Eva says she'll ring and check the duration of the tour. "I love this bit [of the song], he goes really high," says Toadie; in what I'm sure is a Ryan ad-lib. Hehe.
Lou's Backyard Veranda
Harold has found Lou and angrily wants to know what he's up to. He storms up the stairs and starts to drag the clothes down, starting with Lynnie's racy teddy (the saucy minx). "I'm taking these to Chen's where they belong!" Lou can explain himself though; half the clothes they get only need a good airing so he thought he'd take it upon himself to clean them and they pocket a nice profit in return. Harold can't believe Scammy McScamerson and says it's an abuse of customer trust.
Lynnie has also found the two men and is stunned when she sees her clothes hanging up everywhere. "How dare you Lou Carpenter? Is this what you call the worlds best service is it? Second to none?" She grabs her racy lacy off Harry in outraged embarrassment. Lynnie's on to Lou's scam and it's a dodgy scam, scam I am. She snatches the spray bottle off Louis and chases him around the veranda. Jaws music surfaces... I hope this doesn't mean more nudie fish-boys are going to appear.
Eva watches on as Toadie helps Harold out with his insurance claim after the burglary at Number 24, done by some Dylan-quint. The insurance people are making him jump through hoops because he doesn't have the best track record. There was that time Ruby's henchmen robbed him, then that time the power outage short-circuited all the appliances. "Harold sit tight all right?" Super-Toadie says reassuringly. "Leave it up to me." Harry thanks him and then comments on his limp, asking if he's a little too old for those kinds of shenanigans. Toadie says you're never too old. Now, now, don't be giving Harry any ideas there, sailor.
Eva sits with him on the couch when Harold leaves (fully clothed thank goodness) and says she has some bad news. The contract for the tour is for a whole year, "less like a holiday more like a new beginning." Eva says he'll have to make a choice; he can't be a lawyer by day and a wrestler by night anymore.
Toadie's in a bit of a pickle, he just wishes everything could stay the way it is right now because he's happy. Eva can sympathise, it's the closest she's ever come to the perfect life as well. She'd love to stay but she just can't pass up on this "awesome opportunity". Toadie says he can't just leave his job (but apparently Eva can - I'm qualified in my teaching degree this year, I'll take your job at the school Eva!). They start to wonder if the whole long-distance relationship would work when Connor and Carmella come in. Connor senses he's disrupting a moment and dances out the way he come in but Toad says to stay, they've got something to celebrate. "As of tomorrow, Eva Destruction embarks on a year-long tour of Australia." They all lament on that for a beat then decide to have a party. Carmella suggests the boys go out and get some drinks while they start the party.
Connor happily says to Toadie that Carmella looks and sounds better than she has in days. Put your helmet on Connor, the anvil of despair is about to drop on your head.
Stu's Hospital Room
Sindi sits on the bed and takes Stu's hand as he stirs. They're both looking mighty sad. Sindi says that there were some complications and Stu replies that the doctors found more glass fragments than they thought. "Apparently there's a lot less chance I'll get my sight back." Sindi cries that she never should have let him go through with it but he says he had to give it a go.
STU: I've still got you don't I?
SINDI: Oh God, of course you do. Stuart, no matter what happens when these bandages come off we'll be okay. We'll get through this thing together.
STU: That's all I need to hear.
He's trying to be brave but his little lip is trembling. Aw.
Toadie and Connor dance... spasmodically in the background while Eva and Carmella chat on the couch. Toad stops shaking his groove thang long enough to propose a toast. "To the future of wrestling, Miss Eva Destruction, long may you kick arse!" Eva thanks him and says it'll be really difficult to leave The Lawman behind. Connor suggests they kick on to the Scarlet Bar but Eva says she's kinda tired and that her and Toadie should go to bed... winky nudge. Toadie gets the hint and they skip away. "The Lawman's smoking guns are needed elsewhere, ay!" Ew. Carmella suggests to Connor that they take a leaf out of the wrestlers book too... nudgy wink. Awwwww, yeeeeeeah (Connor's words, not mine!).
Erinsborough Hospital - Next Day
The specialist shuts the blinds and tells Stu to relax while she takes the bandages off his eyes. Sindi takes his hand for moral support. "I want you to be the first thing I see," Stu tells her. The bandages come off and the specialist asks Stu to slowly open his eyes and tell them what he sees. His eyes blink open and look unfocused. Sindi tentatively asks if he can see her. "I can't see anything," Stu despairs. Probably just as well seeing as you have your alien pj's on again...
Outside Number 30
Connor and Toadie are saying their goodbyes to Eva. She grabs Connor, the "little Irish punk" in a big hug. It's then Toadie's turn for a cuddle.
EVA: It's been brief.
TOADIE: It's been beautiful.
She then puts him in one last wrestling hold, jokingly reminding him they promised they wouldn't get soppy. They promise to keep in touch and hug one another again.
Carmella then appears up the driveway, carrying some luggage (two bags, methinks the stuffed toys are taking up permanent residence in the HoT). It turns out she's going on tour with Eva as her publicist but failed to mention anything to Connor. He's understandably distraught but Carmella tearfully says she needs to work some things out by herself. "I need space," she says, kissing him goodbye. Connor begs her not to go but Eva gently says to him that Carmella isn't well and the time away will do her good. "As soon as she starts feeling better I'll tell her to come back to you, okay?" He sadly accepts this and goes to stand near Toadie who gives him a manly sympathy pat on the back.
Eva and Carmella drive away while Toadie and Connor miserably watch them leave.