Janelle telling Susan she should take Bree to the spelling bee.
Bobby organising dates with Susan AND Lyn.
Janae overhearing Janelle telling Stingray he is her favourite.
Janae kissing Boyd.
Boyd pulls back from Janae kissing him, wondering why she kissed him. Janae thought he wanted it (like most boys) but he just wants to be friends especially as she is Stingray's little sister. She storms off away from Boyd saying she is going to find "someone more my type and I'll try looking in the gutter".
Bree and Janelle arrive at Susan's for more prep work for the spelling competition but Janelle doesn't stay since Bree isn't comfortable with having her around. As she is leaving, she hands Susan a leaflet she picked up about a hotel in Canberra that they could stay in whilst there for the competition and Susan thanks her.
Janae comes through to the kitchen in a strop to get some food out of the fridge. Stinger twigs that she is going to do a runner and tries to get her not to leave. Janae asks him to give her one good reason why she should stick around, so he tells her that she has nowhere to go for starters and that all her friends and family are here but she tells him that she as no friends as nobody likes her and that her family is a joke. Janelle comes in and he tries to tell her about Janae leaving but she brushes him off saying that she isn't in the mood. Almost shouting at Janelle, he tells her again that Janae is leaving and this time Janelle asks Janae what has happened, has she been dropped again? Again, Stingray wants Janelle to stop Janae but she tells him that Janae is only doing it for attention and she has done this too many times before. Janelle also wishes that she'd stopped Janae having her tantrums when she was younger and she might not be pulling another tanti now. Janae tells Janelle that she hates her and storms off brushing her brother aside. Stinger is really worried that Janae has gone off, but Janelle tells him that Janae is a drama queen and she'll be back by teatime. He still isn't certain, especially since Janae overheard her telling him that he was her favourite and that Janae is cut up really bad about it.
Lyn and cute Ozzie have joined in the practice session at Susan's and Susan is amazed at how talented Bree is. Lyn asks if Bree is still nervous but Bree says that Susan got that one knocked out of her, so Susan suggests that since she is feeling more confident then perhaps Janelle could go with her to Canberra. To quote little Ozzie, uh-ho, for at the slightest mention of Janelle going with them to Canberra, Bree heads off pronto to the bathroom but thankfully this time it was a false alarm. Whilst Bree was in the bathroom, Susan and Lyn chat about why Bree is still throwing up at the mere mention of Janelle and what can they do bar continue the coaching at No. 28 but Susan wonders if she is making things worse by continuing to tutor Bree.
Janelle is still refusing to chase after Janae, so Stinger threatens to leave again so she can give the rest some attention. That statement has got her attention but she asks what he is talking about.
STINGER: Why do you think I left Colac mum? Because you were giving me everything and the other's spig all. Look, I wanted you to get close to them and you did right?
JANELLE: (shrugging her shoulders) I don't know.
STINGER: Well you did okay mum and now we're all back together again you're giving me everything. It's not fair on them when they haven't done nothin wrong.
JANELLE: I love you kids all the same.
STINGER: Yes I know mum but you don't show it the same.
She asks him how she can do that but he replies that she'll have to figure it out or she is going to lose them all.
Max arrives home and Steph tells him that they should drop the whole adoption idea, as she is still worried about what came out at the interview, that if they were to somehow have their own child then she may love it more than the adopted baby. Max tells her to calm down, as she is worrying about something that may never happen.
Janae is trying to hitch a lift but only succeeds in getting one from her mum! She tells her that she needs to show a bit more leg, which Janae takes great offence at even when Janelle says she was joking. Janelle asks how she could raise a daughter with no sense of humour and Janae quickly says that she brought herself up, so Janelle sarcastically says that all her problems are her own then. Janelle tells her to get in the car as they are going home but Janae refuses but Janelle tells her that it is dead here and she'll never get a lift, so she'll drive her to the truck stop instead! Janae asks if it is a trick as she isn't going home and Janelle confirms that if she doesn't want to be there, then she doesn't want her there either, and with that Janae gets in the car.
Janelle approaches a truck stop and pulls in to let Janae out. But before Janae leaves the car, Janelle wants an apology from her, which is news to Janae. Janelle tells her that she wants an apology from her for saying that she did a bad job raising her, and Janae tells her that the proof is right here. In that case then Janelle tells her that if she is getting blamed for the bad then it is only fair that she get credited with the good. Janae tells her that there is no good in her, and Janelle replies that there is - she's strong, streetwise, and has a kind heart. Janelle asks her who gets the credit for that especially as her father was never around before telling her that they are so alike and that is why they clash and is she coming home? Janae asks if she wants her to and Janelle tells her that she isn't going to let her drive off with some big hairy truckie, so yes, she wants her home and they set off back for Erinsborough.
Bobby surprises Lyn as she comes in telling her she'll have to leave the bar immediately as her beauty is distracting him from his work! He tells her it is a pity she is busy with her Life Coaching clients as he is almost finished work and Lyn replies that she can ditch them but then Bobby suddenly remembers that he has a load of wine to unpack and he isn't free anymore. Lyn then suggests that once he has finished sorting out the wine but it is a case of 'I'll call you' from Bobby as he shows Lyn out the door... and in through another door comes Susan! He tries the same routine with Susan but she is ready for him and completes his sentence and he cites that they are on the same wavelength. She tells him that she is only in for a bottle of wine and the conversation is just getting exciting - living dangerously with Bobby - when Karl comes in looking for Izzy. With Karl listening in, Bobby offers to participate with Susan in bungee jumping, skydiving, skinny-dipping in the lake or putting money on a long shot at the races. Karl departs just before Susan instead offers an alternative - staying the night together! Bobby feigns shock until Susan tells him that is what he was driving for and reminding him that she is onto him. Buttering her up, he tells Susan that spending a night with a top-shelf woman like her would make him die a happy man.
Stingray is stoked when Janae and Janelle arrive home - together!
STINGRAY: Are we having lamb? Are we celebrating?
JANAE: No, we're eating.
JANELLE: Some families do that from time to time.
STINGRAY: Yeah, but we never have lamb unless we're suckin' up or makin' up. (Janelle tries to hide a grin) I saw that! Cuban!
Stingray is even more stoked when he discovers they are also having cheesecake! He tells Bree what is happening as she arrives home, but Bree points out that last time *she* tried to cook a roast, *she* forgot to take the plastic off the turkey.
JANELLE: And who's *she*? The pig's pyjamas?
BREE: Cats pyjamas actually.
Janae asks if Janelle wants her to make a white sauce for the cauliflower, but Janelle replies to let Scotty - hers is too lumpy. Stingray gestures at Janelle who turns around and tells Janae her sauce is grouse, and that she would love her to make it. They continue to banter about the sauce as Stingray backs out of the kitchen into the loungeroom, where Bree is playing a keyboard. He asks her to cover for him - he's going to skip dinner, so Janelle can give her all the attention. Bree protests she doesn't want the attention - she wants Janelle to ignore her. But Stingray is insistent - tonight, the Timmins girls BOND!
Hoyland's - Driveway
Stingray skates down the street as Boyd is shooting hoops in the driveway. The ball rebounds of the ring, and towards Stinger, who catches it angrily, jumping off his board. Bree walks up the driveway carrying the keyboard, and Stingray yells out she is supposed to be bonding with Janelle, but Bree ignores him and he turns his attention back to Boyd, who asks what Bree's problem is. Stingray asks what's his - rolling his ball out in front of him. Boyd says why would he do that - Stingray is the one who hates him over a bunch of stuff that never even happened.
BOYD: Do you want a mate or not, Stinger, because *you* need one.
STINGRAY: Is *that* right?
BOYD: Yeah, it is.
STINGRAY: I', still gonna blame you anyway.
BOYD: 'Course you are, who else are you gonna blame?
STINGRAY: Not myself.
BOYD: Best place to fall.
They patch up their differences over a bit of one-one-one basketball.
Hoyland's - Inside
Summer thanks Bree for the keyboard - she has given it to her. Bree asks if she can stay for dinner, and Bree says she can, as long as it is ok with Max and Janelle. Bree says Janelle won't even notice she is gone. Bobby's phone rings and Summer answers, but quickly passes it to Bree as Max and Steph come into the kitchen from out the back. Summer shows Max the keyboard, but Max is busy worrying about Steph.
MAX: I don't want to leave you like this, Steph.
STEPH: Oh come on, I'll be fine Max - there are only so many ways you can tell me I'm wrong.
MAX: No, no - I think you're right - no way can you love your adopted child the same as you love your biological child...but not because they're adopted - because they'll be an individual.
STEPH: What, so you're saying that you love Summer and Boyd differently?
MAX: I am. I love them both in very different ways, but I love them both as much as each other.
STEPH: Yeah, but they're both yours.
MAX: Yeah. But if we're lucky enough to be allocated a child, that child will be mine, and I will lay my life down for it, the same as I would Summer or Boyd. Don't you see Steph, when a child comes into your care, where it comes from...it's just going to be irrelevant.
He kisses Steph and gets ready to leave for work. Summer and Bree were listening to this conversation from the kitchen, Summer smiling proudly. Bree comments that she wishes Max was her Dad, and Summer grins.
Karl has brought over some of their old home movies, which he has converted onto DVD. Susan asks if he wants to stay and watch them, but he says to be honest they make him feel a bit depressed - remembering how things were. He promises this isn't one of his maudlin visits, though Suse tells him he is off to a good start! Karl says it's funny - he feels like he doesn't know her anymore. Susan sys she is more or less the same person, and he says he knows - but she has moved on. She has a new look; a new outlook...a new man...Susan replies that 2 out of 3 aint bad.
KARL: So you're not in a relationship with another man?
SUSAN: No! Well, not anything that's going anywhere - I'm moving in a couple of weeks.
KARL: Yeah. Yeah...don't go...
KARL: I can't imagine life around here without you...please don't go...
Susan is furious at Karl for resenting her for having a life of her own. He says it isn't true, but she says it is very true - she is just his safety net, and he is so selfish.
KARL: It's just that we're part of each other - I feel like I'm loosing a limb!
SUSAN: Well get a pair of crutches then - honestly, I don't get you! We're divorced, we live in different houses - I don't see how my going anywhere affects you one way or the other.
KARL: I don't either, it just does.
SUSAN: Oh go home Karl!
Susan is left fuming, until she spies her bottle of wine, still in its paper bag with SCARLET BAR scrawled down the side. Hint, hint...
Janelle answers the phone. It's Stingray, and she asks where he is. She yells down the phone that he has to come home for tea...but the line goes dead and she slams down the phone - "Oooh you little...Rotten Celsius oven - it's too confusing!" So confusing in fact that they now have a dish full of charcoal meat and veggies. Although Janelle says she is glad - a roast is too formal, it's 'not us' so why don't they just have pizza on the loungeroom floor in front of the OC. Janelle picks up the phone to call the pizza place, but it rings.
JANELLE: Hello? No you may not eat at the Hoyland's. No you're not. No you're not! Bree - it's pizza!
The line goes dead for the second time that night. 'And then there were two' Janelle sighs.
JANELLE: I-love-this-cheesy-crust-pizza...don't you?
Janelle asks in a monotone fake voice, as they sit in front of the TV eating.
JANELLE: Oh crikey - if this is what making up's all about I'd rather be bluein'.
JANAE: Thank god you said something normal!
Janelle asks what her tanti that afternoon was about - besides Janelle's dodgy mothering skills. She asks if it was a boy, and Janae says it's none of her business...maybe...it was Boyd. Janelle asks if he tried the moves on her, and she says no - she tried it on him but he knocked her back. Janelle wonders what Boyd's problem is, and Janae replies she isn't good enough for him.
JANELLE: Don't you ever put yourself down like that! You are good enough for anybody, even him, and I will not hear you say otherwise!
JANAE: Don't have a cow.
JANELLE: The bloody dessert!
They run out to the kitchen and open the oven, which is smoking because of the charcoal dessert. Janae offers to go and get some more - her shout. Janelle grins - 'go on then, get out - I'm sick of ya anyway!' Janae starts to leave, but runs back and hugs Janelle. 'I'm sick of you too.'
Janae walks in and sees Karl sitting alone, looking all mopey. She says hello to him, and he tells her he thinks he's had enough fireworks for one day. She apologises for blasting him, and says if he drops her, she doesn't know what she will do. He tells her to sit down, and says if he dropped every patient who had a go at him, he'd be digging in ditches. Lyn comes in to the store as Janae asks if she is the worst patient he has. Karl asks if she would like that - to be the most troublesome. Janae replies that you have to be good at something, and Karl laughs, then asks if she would like to talk about what caused her mood swings today. She says no - she has done enough talking for one day, and besides, it looks like he has some problems of his own.
KARL: Only self-inflicted ones.
Steph comes in and greets Max with a kiss.
MAX: Hey, hello light of my life!
STEPH: How'd you get to be so perfect and wise?
BOBBY: Fruit never falls far from the tree...
MAX: Yeah - the nut tree!
Max kisses Steph again as she tells him he was exactly right with what he said before - her mothering skills will be there no matter what. Max agrees.
STEPH: Of course it would be special to give birth, but after that a baby is a baby...
MAX: Is a baby...(kisses her) is a baby...(kisses her again)
BOBBY: I think you two should have an early night (nudge, nudge, wink, wink... )
Max tells him to make sure he sets the alarm, and he and Steph leave, passing Susan as the walk out the door. Bow-chicka-bow-wow, Bobby spots Suse and they raise their eyes at each other. Bow-chicka-bow-wow, Susan tells him to put the glass down and come with her. Bow-chicka-bow-wow, Bobby says it's not often a beautiful woman comes in with....
SUSAN: Oh, shut up! No lines, please. I don't need them.
BOBSTER: What do you need?
(Susan reaches up and kisses him)