- Steph's pregnant!
- Paul announces a lease-holder's meeting
- Janae wishes Karl was her Dad
Karl hands Janae a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or some other drinkable substance, and suggests they talk - for real. He wants to know the truth about her Dad, and...wait...no, scene's over already. Moving right along...
Harold is talking about how raising lease prices is just pure greed, when Max wanders over with a bunch of flowers and his head floating somewhere around Cloud 9, and asks how much they are. Stingray rushes in and Max absentmindedly signs for a package, and Stingray rushes off. Max stares at the pen in his hand as if he has never seen a pen before, and Stingray rushes back to grab it and rushes off again. Lil removes her lollipop (OMG Haley!!! She's a closet member of Team SugarHigh™ !!!) from her mouth long enough to ask Max how Paul's 'little bombshell' will affect his lease. Max stares into the bunch of flowers, and when Lil repeats his name, he just grins dopily.
MAX: Did you hear we're pregnant?
LIL: Ahh...yeah we did.
MAX: *grins* 7 months to go!
HAROLD: Well, I think you've told just about everyone now Max.
DAVID: Some of us three times!
MAX: *smile drops* Well I'm a bit pleased.
LIL: Couldn't tell...
Max walks out grinning and Dave mutters that he is so in love they won't get any sense out of him at the meeting tomorrow. Harold instructs them to ring the other Lassiter's lease holders and warn them. About Paul, not Max's dopey grin...
Lil says she'll talk to Karl if she can tear him away fro Janae Timmins for 5 minutes, as Dave points out that Lassiters has a frightening amount of leeway over the lease holders - they can raise prices through the roof!
Karl says there must have been some good times with her Dad, but Janae says she hates him, and rattles off the reasons why. Karl says it sounds like a well rehearsed speech - something she had learnt by heart. He tells her that she isn't telling him how she feels, and asks if she loves him.
JANAE: That loser? Give me a break! I just....miss him sometimes...
Karl asks what she misses about him, and what sort of things she used to do with him, and Janae tells him how he used to make her laugh, and he'd take her out on the farms around Colac in his truck, pretending that the houses were their property. But it was back home in the caravan when things went wrong - Kim and Janelle at each other throats, and one morning they'd wake up and he'd be gone. Janelle was always left to explain. She'd tell them he was gone for good this time, don't expect him back...Karl gently tells her that she misses him and wants him back. Janae sobs that she hates him - why will he never stay? What has she done wrong? Karl says she didn't do anything. Janae cries that she must have been horrible or mean to him, otherwise he never would have left.
Steph is poking around in the fridge when Max presents her with the bunch of flowers.
STEPH: What's this?
MAX: For you.
MAX: (In a goofy-as Texan Yokel-type accent) Coz you is havin ma baeybay!
They have a giggle smoochy moment, and Boyd asks if they mind - there's minors in the room! Max asks how Steph is feeling, and she says that she's fine - radiant, y'know! They have another giggle and another kiss, then Max asks how Boyd's day was, before turning his attention to the island-bench in the middle of the kitchen, which is totally cluttered. He asks what is going on, and Steph says they are having a big chuck out. Boyd informs him that apparently cleaning products contain toxic substances, but he reckons it's just so Steph can get out of cleaning the bathroom! Steph says she read it in a magazine. Yeah, well, Bikers'R'Us sure know aaaallll about that kind of stuff, Steph...Max picks up a fat sausage, and asks what she has against Hungarian Salami. Steph informs him that it contains high traces of...that stuff...Boyd chips in with the right term (which I won't even try to type in) but it is some bacteria that can cause miscarriages. Max drops the salami and wipes his hands all over Boyd. Steph then raises another point...
STEPH: You know how I told you I couldn't go to work because of all the smells, and I'm sensitive to them and stuff...
MAX: You quit?
Steph apologises and says she knows she should have discussed it with him first, and that money will be a bit tight, and...Max gives her an over-exaggerated version of the eye-brow raise, and she asks if she is being a paranoid mother. Max laughs and says no, just a caring one, and gives her an excited hug.
Karl tells Janae it isn't her fault her Dad doesn't stick around and she doesn't have to stop loving him either. Janae comments that it is too late for that, but Karl reminds her that he is her one and only Dad...although lately it seems she has been looking for someone to take his place. Him for instance? Karl says it isn't good, and he is going to refer her to another counselor. Janae gets all worked up at this, and says no one knows her and understands her like he does, and she can't stand the thought of repeating her troubles to someone else - it is too painful. She pleads with him until he eventually agrees to leave things the way they are - for now.
Lassiters - Outside
Harold is talking about letting poor old Tess go if the rates increase, when Karl emerges from the surgery with Janae. Lil comments that it is about time, and says she bets he will expect her to go in and tidy up. Janae kisses Karl on the cheek, and hurries of. Karl comes over to the table, and tells Lil not to worry about tidying, it can wait till tomorrow. In the background, Paul and Izzy post a letter. David reminds Karl about the meeting tomorrow, and Lil asks if they should talk tactics beforehand. Paul and Izzy amble past and comment on the weather, asking if they are looking forward to the meeting tomorrow.
DAVE: Obviously you are.
PAUL: You betcha.
The go to leave, but then double back, and Paul asks if he has mentioned that he has a new Business Affairs Manager.
DAVID: Almost as many times as Max has told us Steph's pregnant...
Paul introduces them to Ms Isabelle Hoyland, and Izzy tells them that Paul ahs put her in charge of all of Lassiters rental properties - as of tomorrow they will be dealing with her.
PAUL: Right, well - see you in the morning!
IZZY: Should be heaps of fun!
They saunter off, leaving Lil and co to look disgruntled.
Stingray is on the phone selling more business for Speed Freaks. He hangs up and flops down on the lounge as Janae comes in, and he tells her that if they sell anymore business he is going to self-combust. He asks her where she was when she missed Janelle beating Go-Go. Janae can't believe Janelle won, and Stingray tells her it was spiggin awesome. The phone rings but Janae is on another planet, so Stingray answers it, pretending he is an answering machine, and hanging up. Stingray tells Janae this is a family business and she is part of it - so start pulling her weight. Janae tells him that she wants to call their Dad, but Stingray thinks she has lost it and tells her to leave it.
Izzy asks Paul who the letter he posted was for, and Paul says he has posted a certain bunch of incriminating photo's to Izzy's Lawyer, so if he dobs them into the Police for breaking in, his wife will find out exactly what he has been up to. Izzy marvels at Paul's evil genius for a minute, before they spot Harold and Lou randomly barbequing some meat on the Hoyland's front lawn. Paul dares her to go and drop in on them. Izzy asks how much for, but Paul just grins.
Lil is telling Harold how much she hates that wherever they go in the town, Paul always has the drop on them, when Izzy toddles up to them.
IZZY: Yoohoo!! Sorry to bother you, Lil, but I was wondering whether I could possibly borrow...a cup of sugar?
LIL: Izzy...go away.
IZZY: I take it that's a no...Ok, well, sorry to bother you! Tootles!
She drops the cup onto the lawn, and runs back across the street, where Paul tosses her a coin and tells her not to spend it all at once. Izzy suggests they demonstrate their 'partnership' in full view, to really make Lil's day, but Paul replies that he thinks they have had their fun, and walks off.
Lil, David, Harold, Karl, Max, Steph and Boyd are all gathered in the kitchen, Steph and Max preparing more food, while Lil recounts what just happened. Max says he wishes they had tried to do it to him, but Steph points out Izzy wouldn't have gone near him, she is a coward. Karl sort of feels sorry for them, but Max thinks Izzy needs to be told how over the top she is being. Steph says just to ignore them. Harold tells them that Lyn told him in confidence about Joe's deal with Paul, and David suggests that Paul is planning to renovate Lassiters, and use the rate increase to pay for it. Lil wonders what happened to family loyalty, but David said he was overwhelmed by his attraction to the mighty dollar. He suggests they just move their businesses elsewhere, but Max says no one can afford it, and Lil agrees it would be too costly. She comments that Paul and Izzy have no right to do this.
Stingray tells Janae he'd like to see their Dad too, but it never works. It is only good till it goes bad again. Janae wonders where he goes when he blots, and Stingray says probably off to one of his molls...all he knows is it is always Janelle left to put them back together. Janae thinks that it is weird they have never met any of these women...except for Tracy and she doesn't even know if they are still together. Stingray says maybe one of their old mates from Colac know where he is, but if she contacts him, to make sure he knows he is not welcome there.
Pizzy's Playboy Mansion - Backyard
Izzy pours Paul a martini, and tries to massage his shoulders, but he shrugs her off. She says she is just trying to help him - she thought they liked each other. Paul says they do...but she should try getting around like this (gestures to his leg, or lack of) - he can't stand the sight of himself, so the thought of anyone else seeing him...he doesn't look like a man...not a real man. He tells her to quit trying to come onto him, cos it ain't gonna happen. Izzy puts her hand on his cheek and says he is more a man than anyone she knows.
Boyd can't understand why Izzy, as part owner of the Bar, would want to penalise herself by raising the rates, but Max says it is all about revenge. Boyd says that's crazy, but Max says she has lost interest in the bar anyway - she hasn't bothered to do a shift there for ages. Steph says that is unfair on Max, as well as the staff, but Max thinks the longer Izzy stays away, the better. Steph says she wises Izzy would stay away all together, because she doesn't need the stress right now. Max gives her a comforting kiss and reminds her that they are going to be ok.
Karl tells Janae that if she wants to call her dad, no one has the right to stop her, then changes the topic to her self esteem. He says she needs to find something she is good at, as a sort of release. He predicts it will change her life! Janae wants to know how, and Karl tells her it will show she can achieve in unexpected fields. He tells her to think about it, and leaves for a meeting, as Stingray comes in and asks Janae what all that was about. Janae says it is none of his business, and also tells him that she will do what she wants, when she wants, with whom she wants, and he can't stop her.
Lassiter's - Outside
Harold is making excuses for Lou not being able to be there - he's not scripted on for the episode been up late with the boys at Number 30. Izzy and Paul arrive and commence the meeting. Paul welcomes them and hands over to Izzy, who announces that Lassiters lease is due to expire and she is here to discuss new rates for the future, which are non-negotiable. The crowd mutters and moans, and Izzy calls them back to attention.
IZZY: We therefore declare our intention that there will be.......(pause)......(more dramatic pause).....No rent increase this year, or indeed the subsequent financial year.
Karl wants to know what the catch is, and Izzy says there is none - she hopes they didn't lose any sleep over it. With that, Paul adds that the profit from Lassiter's has been excellent and they felt it would be unfair to raise the rent. Meeting closed.
Boyd chases after Izzy, who turns around and says to Boyd that's he got them a beauty. Boyd tells her to stop the games. He doesn't know where she is coming from, but she is stressing Max and Steph out of their brains. Izzy protests that she hasn't done anything.
BOYD: This pregnancy is still touch and go - they don't need this.
He says he is going to school, but Izzy stops him, and says she was going to ask how Steph is doing. She softens a little as she comments that maybe she should go and see her, but Boyd says flatly Steph doesn't want to see her.
IZZY: If she wants to judge me like everybody else she can, but I'm going to take an interest in this baby - afterall, I am its aunty.
BOYD: Aunty? The way Steph feels about you now, I doubt you'd even get a look in!
Janae rushes in to see Karl, but Lil tells her she needs an appointment. Karol comes out and Janae asks to see him for two seconds, and he agrees. She excitedly tells him that she has joined the school basketball team! She says everyone tells her she is good at it - it's a bit scary with all that team spirit lame stuff, and the uniforms are foul, but she thinks it is where she can achieve something. Karl says he is glad to hear it, and Janae bounces out of the surgery, Lil rolling her eyes as Janae tells Karl he really makes a difference in her life.
The doctor greets Izzy, who tells him that she needs a repeat on two types of pills - sleeping pills and anti-depressants. The doctor says that's fine and he is glad they are working so well for her, before reaching for his prescription pad.