- Janae proclaiming that she is keeping the $5000 from 'Stupid Aussie's'
- Alex telling Susan he won't be pursuing his complaint about Paul
- Karl being questioned by the Police
Susan talks to Alex about he and his wife home schooling Rachel and Zeke, pointing out it is a very demanding job. Alex says his late wife believed it was the parents' job to educate their children for the first few years, not the state. However, when she died it got a bit difficult to find time. He comments that this is the first time he has ever had to buy school shoes, and Susan jokes the kids should definitely stay in school, so he gets his money's worth.
Steiger and his side kicks come in and walk up to Paul. Steiger tells Paul they want to take him down to the station for questioning with regards to Isabelle Hoyland.
ALEX: Once a crook....always a crook.
Stingray is drying his teeny pink Go-Go uniform with a hair-dryer, and tells Dylan he is working tomorrow, his first shift in ages. Dylan ribs him about Go-Go, but Stingray tells him to get off his case. Dylan asks why he doesn't quit, but Stingray says they need the money, and he likes the job because he is good at it, he just doesn't like the boss...Janelle calls them into the loungeroom - the postie has delivered the $5000 cheque from Stupid Aussie's. Janelle says all they have to do now is band together to convince Janae the money belongs to all of them and not just her...but Janae is lurking and has heard. She says she is still keeping the money. Janelle points out that it will solve all their problems, and Stingray says he can quit Go-Go.
DYLAN: And we can keep the bus! You love the bus!
Bree runs in and tells them all that the repo man is back, and that he is taking....oh no! Not the bus! They all stare daggers at Janae, before running outside.
The People Mover is being loaded onto the back of the truck, and the Timmins' make a last ditch attempt to get Janae to hand over the money. Seeing as she has been taking lessons off my sister when it comes to stubbornness, she still won't budge - Janelle is forced to sign the much-loved bus over to Mr Repo. But there is another lovely surprise in store - Janelle still owes $10 000 in interest. Janelle, Stingray and Bree all dive at Janae to try and get the money off her, but, while Sky watches proudly from the balcony, Dylan breaks them up and herds them inside to talk over things rationally.
Max opens the door to Karl, who just wanted to see how Max was getting on. Max says he isn't the best. Karl wants to assure Max that he had nothing to do with Izzy's disappearance, but Max points out that he had more reason than anyone to hate Izzy. Karl says he would never hurt her, and Max says he knows. Karl thinks it is a shame the Police don't feel the same way. Max can't help wondering if Izzy is lost or hurt, as he invites Karl in.
Dylan can't believe their beautiful bus is gone and they are still in debt. Dylan thinks the 'new' debt is more manageable, though, but Stingray points out that it could be halved if Janae would give them her money - he doesn't think they should all have to suffer because one of them is being selfish. Janae says it isn't her fault they are in debt - if anyone's to blame it is Janelle. She brings up their Dad, but the others tell her to be quiet - he isn't there. Janelle says Janae is right - Kim was always good at keeping her in line with money; even if he did gamble it himself...he learnt his lesson. Janae offers Janelle her money, but Janelle doesn't want it - she earned it just like Bree earned hers. She says she got herself into the mess - it's up to her to get herself out of it. She also says that from now on whatever Stingray earns he keeps, and if he wants to quit at Go-Go, he can. But Stingray says he isn't going to quit - he wouldn't give Go-Go the satisfaction.
Karl tells Max he doesn't have to fear the worst, but Max just can't figure out who would want to hurt Izzy...but Karl has some idea - Paul Robinson. Max doesn't know why he would want to hurt Izzy, but Karl informs him of what Lou said about the altercation between Izzy and Paul the night before she disappeared. Max calls Lou straight away - he wants to hear the truth straight from the horse's mouth.
Paul is telling Steiger and his side kicks that, for the last time, he doesn't now where Izzy has gone. He wants to know why they keep questioning him. Steiger says it is because of Lou's statement about the night before Izzy disappeared, and the interest they have in the conversation that transpired. Steiger reminds Paul that when he rejected Izzy's advances that night, she referred to him as 'the King of Dirty secrets.' Steiger looks like he is about to go in for a pash, as he implies that Izzy has something up on Paul. Paul dismisses this, saying that Izzy had had a few drinks and she is known as a compulsive liar anyway. Steiger asks when Paul last saw Izzy, and Paul replies that night at his house, but Steiger has hard evidence against this. He tells Paul a Scarlet Bar staff member overheard he and Izzy talking the morning she disappeared.
STEIGER: Which means, Mr Robinson, that you were the last person to see Isabelle Hoyland alive...
Izzy's dead? Did I miss something?
Paul admits he saw Izzy that morning...but he was only worried about her - she was so unstable the night before; he went down to the Bar to offer her a place to stay. *cough cough* Steiger takes this as Paul wanting to start 'a new love nest' with Izzy, but Paul says that isn't the case - it was just an act of friendship. But when he says that she turned him down, Steiger says he bets Paul didn't like that...Paul replies that he thought she was cutting off her nose to spite her face, but he wasn't angry. Then he went home and left her...and that's the last time he saw her. He didn't say that in the first place, because he knew it wouldn't look good with his record. Steiger says he is right - and he is lucky they don't have any hard evidence against him...yet. He is free to go, but Steiger thinks he should get himself a good lawyer.
Sky has come over to invite the Timmins' to her 18th birthday party the following night - she is entering adulthood with a Children's Themed party - they are going to have games and party food - the whole shebang. They also have to come dressed as what they wanted to be when they were little.
STINGRAY: A superhero?!
Janelle says it is tradition to write yourself off on your 18th, but Sky says she isn't really into drinking, and she wants to wake up the next day and remember her 18th.
JANAE: Pfft. Weirdo.
Sky asks if she can count them in, and they all accept...except for Dylan. He says he might have something on.
SKY: Well...if you change your mind...?
DYLAN: You're the one who's the expert at that!
JANELLE: What's up his bum?
All the Boys-in-Pink snigger at Stingray as he arrives. Go-Go assigns him his task for the day - he has 40 minutes to get a package to Eden Hills South and back. He thinks there is no way he can do it, but Go-Go says the bar has been raised, and her new recruits are elite athletes - if he wants regular shifts he will have to prove himself. He races off, as he has already lost a minute.
The Timmins clan greet Susan as they arrive at the Store for breakky. Janelle hands some freebie coupons over to Janae, who begrudgingly takes them, after stating that they are highly embarrassing! Janelle announces to Dylan and Bree that she is going to need a big breakky before all these job interviews! They think she is quitting the salon, but she explains that she is getting a second job until they are out of the red with their finances.
Alex comes in and spots Susan - he thought she might be there, as she mentioned it was her favourite spot on a Saturday morning. Susan senses there is something wrong, so Alex gets straight to the point. What happened at the Bar with Paul the previous day bothered him - he knows Susan says he is a good man and a great teacher, but he doesn't want his children near him. Even though he doesn't know why the Police wanted to talk to Paul, he has decided to withdraw Rachel and Zeke from Erinsborough High, and send them to Eden Hills Grammar.
Paul is sitting having a quiet drink when Izzy's lawyer (who she gave the evidence she has on Paul to for safe keeping) appears wanting a word. He tells Paul that Izzy has disappeared and if she hasn't re-appeared within 7 days then he is going to open the package to see what is inside it. However, he then offers Paul a deal - pay him regular money...
PAUL: Yeah, yeah - I know how blackmail works!
...and the package contents will remain a secret. But the deal will be ongoing...
PAUL: (mutters) Yeah, I thought it would be...
Paul comes in and Susan asks him to join her. He sits down and Susan tells him she has just been talking to Steiger - he wanted to know whether she believed Paul was capable of harming Isabelle. She told him that she didn't think it was likely. Paul thanks Susan for believing in him, and for giving him a chance as a teacher - it's the most rewarding thing he has ever done, and he is very grateful. Susan wonders why it sounds like a farewell speech, but Paul laughs it off, and hurries away.
Stingray has made the run in 39 minutes and 10 seconds - Go-Go is impressed as no one has ever done it in less than 45 minutes before. She tells Stingray to have the rest of the day off, but he wants more work. She says she has no more - come back next week. Stingray gets worked up, saying she'd be mad not to give him more shifts when he just beat her record. She wants him to apologise if he still wants a job. Stingray tells her she is "festerin' sick in the head" and that she is a terrible business woman and her staff management sucks, even though none of the boys are game enough to tell her to keep her hands off them (the pink-lycra-clad boys hurry off).
GO-GO: You know what? You're fired!
STINGRAY: You know what? I QUIT!
Max is in the office looking at his watch when Karl comes in and asks what is up - Max has obviously called him in. Max says that Lou reckoned that Izzy had some dirt on Paul, so, on a hunch he went through her bank statements to see if he could track her re-payments to Paul. The first three payments are recorded, each the same as the other, but after the third week...they disappear. Max says it is just like the loan was wiped clean. Karl says maybe she paid it from another account, but Max says she doesn't have one - what if she was blackmailing Paul, and wiping clean the loan was the price she demanded? I take my detective hat off to you, Maxy boy. Max says Izzy's got something on Paul and he wants to keep her quiet. They both agree that they have to show the bank statement to the Police.
Janelle is having an over the phone job interview, while the kids search the newspapers and the internet for jobs, with not much success. Janae doesn't see why she can't work at Lapland Follies, but aaaaanyhooo...Janae gets off the phone and the kids are disappointed - Janelle tells them not to look like somebody died, it's not their fault their Mum can't find a job she can actually do. Dylan has an idea about where she can get work, just as Stingray comes bursting through the door and tells them he got fired from Go-Go, but quit himself. But on the way home he has come up with a brilliant idea - they can start up a courier business as a family, and beat Go-Go at her own game!
Dylan runs up to Paul, who is packing his car up. He tells Dylan he is going away for a few days, but Dylan isn't sure he should be driving with his leg like that. Paul isn't either. Dylan starts to ask Paul for a favour for Janelle, but suddenly spies the luggage in the boot. He asks Paul if he is shooting through. 10 marks for observational skills, Watson! Dylan wants to know where and for how long, but Paul doesn't tell him - he just says he has to go.
DYLAN: I've watched my Dad run away my whole life - that's a coward's answer.
Paul tells Dylan just to pass his exams - he'll find out if he doesn't - before getting into his car.