Alex and Susan finally getting together
Ned having a brotherly chat with Stu
Stu stopping Alex from running into the building
Karl suggesting Janae see another counsellor
Stu running into the building against orders
Lab of DOOM
The emergency siren is blaring and hero Stu is running down a hallway with a cloth over his face to help him breathe. "Can anyone hear me?" He bolts up some stairs.
Karl has just finished up a meal when he bumps into Janae, who has some exciting news for him. Karl guesses she finally got in contact with her dad but that's a no. She's been made vice captain of the basketball team! He tries to bring the conversation back to her father but Janae could care less, she just wants to know if Karl wants to shoot some hoops with her. Sadly, we don't see a return of sports star Karl, as he tells her no. Janae's cool with that, she still thinks he's the greatest and gives him a hug. Karl looks a little startled and Harold, who is watching in the background, looks a little concerned.
Outside the Lab of DOOM
Ambulance officers are treating random extras for gas inhalation as Alex paces worriedly around the police tape perimeter. He angrily asks Steiger why they're all just standing there and Steiger replies that they're waiting for the fire brigade to arrive. To heck with that thinks Alex, as he does a Stu and bolts inside to rescue his kids. Steiger yells into his walkie-talkie to alert Stu about Alex while Susan and Bree call for him to come back.
Lab of DOOM
Stu's opening every door he comes across to try and find the kids but is having no success... until he hears Rachel's voice. She's huddled on the floor of a room with her brother who is in the land of the unconscious. Stu hauls Zeke over his shoulder and guides Rachel out by the arm.
Shirtless Boyd is guiding shirtless Dylan in a meditation to clear his mind, but all Dylan can see when he closes his eyes is Mike's "squinty melon head" and that makes him think of how much he wants to pummel him. Boyd tries to make him zen but Dylan just jumps up and starts rambling on about wanting to smash some bricks, punching and kicking the air like a ninja (complete with whooshy sound effects), till he almost breaks Lynnie's lamp.
Lab of DOOM
Stu rushes around with Zeke and Rachel till they find Alex in the hallway. He passes unconscious Zeke on to his dad and the Kinskis start to flee. Stu's not going anywhere but up though as he dashes up the stairs once more (ooh dear, there's quite a naughty-worded sign on the wall that Stu dashes past too...).
Boyd and Dylan aikido around the room and may I just say, there's more six-packs floating around in here than in a liquor store. Boy howdy. Dylan's sick of this namby-pamby stuff though and wants to fight dirty. He tries to rile Boyd up to fight him.
DYLAN: Has anyone ever told you your eyes are too close together?
BOYD: Ah, must be a good thing then. Chicks dig me.
DYLAN: Yeah? And when you had that mushroom haircut did chicks dig that too?
BOYD: Sorry, Dyl. You can't make me angry, man.
DYLAN: So did I tell you your aunty said she's hot for me?
(This gets Boyd's attention)
DYLAN: Yeah, she came on to me at the lake after training and promised to show me what a real woman was like. Now that would be some hot love. I'm tellin' ya her name's not Izzy it's easy. Aunt. Easy.
They get into a squabble, which results in Dylan putting Boyd in a headlock. Boyd breaks free and wonders why he's even bothering; as far as he's concerned he hopes Dylan does get his head smashed in. Boyd and his buff bod make their way out the door.
Lab of DOOM
Stu's running becomes slower and slooooooower and he labours down the hallway. He falls to the ground and does a hacking cough right into the direction of the camera so that mini-wipers will be needed to get rid of all the spittle.
Harry and Toadie are very concerned about the news they've just heard about Stu running around like a headless chook (hehe) in the lab of DOOM. Ned on the other hand is more worried about the speed of his coffee arriving; he knows Stu'll be fine and doesn't see how he can help. Toadie thinks he doesn't give a toss about his brother but Ned begs to differ. "Mate, as far as I'm concerned you're doing enough panicking for the both of us." Toadie walks out in annoyance.
Lab of DOOM
The sirens? Still wailing. Stu? Probably having flashbacks to the fire earlier this year. Oh, and he's also gone a bit loopy and sweaty and delirious and is apologising to Sindi for not being there for her. The fire fighters, who have finally arrived, find Stu in the foetal position and rescue him out of the building.
Erinsborough Hospital - Kinski Suite
Susan, Alex and Bree are making sure that Rachel and a now conscious Zeke are settled and okay. Bree hasn't stopped fluffing Zeke's pillows for him, which he comments on. Rachel says she can fix hers up if she likes but Bree's all, 'Um, not quite the Kinski I want to be near right now.... but sure.' Aww! Cuteness.
Suse makes her way out to see Stu, promising to pass on thanks from the Kinski kidlets. Alex follows her for a chat. She invites them around for something to eat when they're released, "and listen, don't ever do anything like that again." Suse admits she was terrified when he ran into the lab of DOOM, which Alex finds really sweet. He promises to keep safe and they have a pash.
Erinsborough Hospital - Stu's Room
Steiger asks Karl if he could have a word with Stu alone. Karl comments on how it was lucky that Stu was around to save people, before he leaves the room.
Steiger lays on the hard word and tells him he shouldn't have been such a big shot and played the hero card. Toadie and Ned loiter in the doorway as he continues on. "We don't encourage reckless behaviour, he could have ended up in a coma." Ned reckons everyone should just leave his bro alone so it's Steiger's turn to ask Ned for a quiet word outside. Yoooooou're in troooouble! Yoooooou're in trooooouble! (/singsong voice)
STEIGER: Look, lets get this straight. Your brother used to be a good cop but now all he's got is a death wish. You want my advice, he needs all the help he can get.
Ned ponders this and looks in on his brother as Steiger walks away, probably to have a word with the janitor or something.
Susan's bought up big from Harold for her Kinski dinner later on. She sees Janae on the way out and congratulates her not only on her vice captaincy but also on how well she's been doing at school lately. She thinks that now might be the time to scale back on her counselling sessions since she's on the right track, but this makes Janae narky. Karl means so much more to her than just being some stupid counsellor she spits, walking out the door. Harold puts his two cents in and tells Susan he's noticed the strong attachment she's formed with Karl - y'know, what with the hugging and everything that went on earlier. Suse's face is a picture of wide-eyed concern.
Dylan teases Bree for texting Zeke but Janae thinks it's cool; "It's about time and good luck to you." She ignores the knocking at the door so Dylan answers - it's Boyd, who he rang to come over. He wants to apologise about before and says he'll give training his all now. Boyd says if he's serious about getting serious then they seriously need to pay a visit to Sensei Lee.
BOYD: And if you think it's gonna be soft then you're wrong.
DYLAN: Hey, I'm dating Sky; I know what it's like to be told what to do.
They both chuckle away merrily because what's more fun than chatting about your current girlfriend to their ex? Nothing!
Erinsborough Hospital - Stu's Room
Stu says he appreciates the fellas hanging around with him and Toadie jokes that it's good that he didn't have Lou trying to get first dibs on "your suddenly unneeded bedroom." He leaves Ned and Stu to bond and chat, giving Neddy boy a pointed look before he departs.
Stu asks what that was all about but Ned replies that Toadie just carries on like an old woman most of the time, deftly changing the subject to where the best fishing hotspot in Melbourne might be. He says they'll cast some lines (or whatever the heck people do when they fish) when Stu's out of hospital. Ned goes to leave but Stu's finally showing some emotion and asks him to stay, gripping on to his t-shirt for dear life. Ned's a bit uncomfortable with all this serious stuff; it's totally uncool and un-zen, man.
NED: You'll be sweet; you just need a bit of rest that's all.
STU: (sad and despondent voice) No, mate. I think I'm losing it, y'know. When I ran into that building I didn't care what happened, that's the God's honest truth.
NED: You're okay now aren't you?
The kids are fast asleep on the couch while Alex and Susan chat at the table. He'd love for them to stay awake just to make sure they're really okay, but Susan says if there was a problem "they wouldn't have released them." Don't be too sure Suse, you could have a ruptured spleen and be given the all clear to go bungee jumping the next day from that joint. Alex says he better be getting the kids home but Susan makes an interesting proposition; they could stay the night there.
ALEX: Where am I going to sleep?
(The bow-chicka-bow-wow chorus springs into life in perfect syncopation with Susan's suggestive eyebrow raise. Ooh-ah).
ALEX: (smiling) Hang on, I thought you said you wanted to take things slowly, not rush it...
SUSAN: I know, I did. (Goes the bedroom eyes on him) Now I don't really see the point.
ALEX: Well, um, lets put them to bed in the spare room shall we?
SUSAN: Good idea.
Erinsborough Hospital - Stu's Room
Stu's dressed now with Ned, Toadie and Steiger back to visit him. Steiger says he's pulled some strings so Stu won't get into trouble, but he really needs to pull himself together "as of now you're on two weeks leave. Use it wisely." Oh he will, by looking for another job; he's quitting the force. Steiger thinks he's acting like a dope and leaves, while Toadie tries to talk him out of it. Stu says the force is wrong for him (perhaps it is not with him? Perhaps he should... use the force). Toadie doesn't know how they're supposed to help him when he keeps pushing them away. Ned's all about the fishing trip though and asks if they're still on.
TOADIE: You're kidding aren't you? You've just gotten off oxygen! You're supposed to be in bed!
STU: Toadie, I'm going fishing with my brother. All right?
They walk off leaving Toadie looking bewildered.
Alex and Susan are giddily cooking bacon and eggs at the stove while Rachel and Zeke look on from the table. Rachel says it feels like they're on holidays but Zeke's all uptight about not having his usual morning routine happening. There's not even any muesli for his professor brain to feed on!
ZEKE: I don't even understand why we stayed here?
ALEX: Uh, well we were...
SUSAN: Well, uh, well yesterday was such a big day that your dad and I thought it would be easier if you all just stayed here.
ALEX: Plus you were sleeping so soundly we didn't want to wake you up.
ZEKE: Yeah but you woke us up to put us to bed.
ALEX: Yeah that's right, we did... um...
ZEKE: So why didn't we just go home then?
Because I said so! That's why! Rachel tells him to stop asking so many questions and shove some brekkie in his gob - more eloquently than that of course. Susan and Alex have a little giggle in the corner about Zeke's inquiring mind. Alex thanks her again for everything and they have a schmoopy kiss.
Fishing Spot - Go Fish
The stock shots tell us there's lots of ducks around these parts. Keep your eyes peeled for careless duck hunters. I hope Not Kerry isn't fishing today...
Stu and Ned sit on the edge pier. Stu asks if he did the right thing by quitting the force and Ned replies that life's too short to be doing things you don't like. He also believes that the best thing for his just out of hospital brother to do is race against him in a swimming competition - from one side of the lake to the other.
NED: You chicken, Chook?
STU: Enough of the chook business already you boufhead.
So Ned does the smartest thing ever and pushes Stu in the lake, jumping in after him. They start their race. I give up; all these recently released hospital people should just take up car racing, surfboarding in shark infested waters and rock-climbing and be done with it. Erinsborough Hospital can cure everything anyway. Everybody lives!
Dylan and Boyd chat about visiting the Sensei and Dylan gets in some quality teasing time when he sees Bree standing with the Kinski kids. "Hi lovebirds!" Zeke wonders what he's on about but Bree says not to worry, saying she likes what he's done with his hair.
ZEKE: What's wrong with it?
RACHEL: We like to call it 'couch hair'.
They walk off and Janae stops Karl just as he was going up the stairs. She asks him to come to her basketball game that afternoon because all the captains are being announced. Karl thinks it would be better if her family went, but she lays the guilt on, saying that they're not going and she really needs him there to take some pictures, "I'd love to get some shots... I'm sure my dad would love to see them." Karl relents and agrees to be photographer guy. Janae happily leaves and Karl turns around to be met with a pursed-lipped Susan. "Hi, got a sec?"
They make their way into the one and only classroom - Karl already knows what this chat is about. Susan reminds him he's not her father but he believes if he can help her get in contact with her father it's a win-win situation. Susan gets down to the nitty gritty and asks what his relationship is with Janae. Karl defiantly says it's a purely professional one but Susan believes the boundaries have been blurred too much lately. She says it wouldn't be wise at all to go to the match that afternoon. Oh dear, I do sense a Janae explosion somewhere down the track...
Go Fish Lake
Ned swims the length easily, lifting himself up on to the pier to sit. Stu flails about in the middle, calling out to his brother for help. Ned doesn't move though and jokes that Stu's gone soft. "Not gonna drown on me, Chooka?" Um, YES. Stu gurgles and splashes around some more and Ned still remains zen and unmoving. "What's the matter? Sick of sticking your head out of the water?" Uh, Ned? GET OFF YOUR ZEN BUTT AND HELP HIM! Ned finally shows a tiny morsel of concern on his face when Stu yells out his name one last time before disappearing under water. And yet he still. Does. Not. Move.
Remind me never to be around him in a crisis.