Janae pleading Boyd's case to the university
Harold asking how Connor can leave Maddy
Sky telling Joe he should be honest to Lyn
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Joe can't believe the, well blatant lies coming from Sky's mouth - he is committed to their relationship dammit, and promptly leaves with Lyn. Steph is quite surprised at her outburst too, and demands to know what is going on.
Skate Boyd busts a few moves, whilst Janae adoringly looks on with a somewhat bored expression. He notices, and coolly tells her about being a licensed driver so they can visit her brothers anytime she wants. He also muses they'd be at schoolies right now if things had worked out differently...but yes, instead he is here. Stuck with her. Oh dear! In some way to perhaps compensate for the absence of Dylan, and Stingray, or perhaps to cheer Janae up - he prompts her to stand. She is going to skate. Well, if Boyd has his way she will because she is putting up a pretty good fight.
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Steph admits she wasn't overly fond of Joe to begin with, but they love each other. Besides, it's not their place to get involved.
Joe tries to put down Sky's childish outburst to the recent duress she's been under, but Lyn doesn't buy it. Straight up, she asks if he wants to get married.
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Sky does not doubt his father loves Lyn, in fact she is very fond of Lyn as well! It is just that marriage isn't for Joe, and wants to prevent Lyn from getting hurt.
... ... ... ... ... Joe admits he is only 99.9% committed to getting married, BUT! Never fear he will get over it. Oh yes he will adjust. He makes compromises every single day after all. Oh dear, Joe. He tries to rectify what he meant - he LOVES Lyn and Oscar, and will do whatever it takes...but the damage has been done. Lyn wants the marriage to equal of course! Not one half trying to make the other happy.
Harry is hanging up the washing, when who, but (a clean) Connor should hop over the fence. He's come back for good, which pleases Harry greatly. First thing he wants is to make things right again...
Janae is feeling the rush of air beneath her feet (and on her backside), as Boyd helps her skate along. These things don't have brakes, and it's up to Boyd to physically stop her from moving. He demonstrates once more - bend the knees! She does, but also falls over. Unimpressed, she insists they stop as people are having a good cackle at her expense but Boyd wants to stay. He doesn't care - after all, it is holidays, and he's got a beautiful girl, and a license. Awww, Boyd.
Steph points out Joe HAS had 3 failed marriages (... then again one of them did die), but Lyn doesn't feel her own track record is perfect either. She knows Joe is committed to having a relationship but does that necessarily mean marriage, Steph wonders? Maybe he got carried away when he asked Lyn for marriage. ... or she pushed him into it, Lyn finishes. Look, all she wants is someone to share a life with because unlike Steph, she is single and well, struggling! Why is it so bad to want someone?
Toadie wonders what on earth is going on, as Harry has mysteriously dragged him over for who knows what. They are sorting out if Toadie should sit or not, when Connor simply appears with a simple 'sorry'. Toadie is nevertheless ESTACTIC to see him, embracing the lost brother of the House of Trouser in a hug and, and kiss.
Connor is surprised Toadie doesn't have a million questions, but Toadie is simply glad he is here as they had kind of given up, but then... What was that? Oh nothing, no, Toadie just had a feeling, as he'd said some rotten things before the crash. Joe interrupts, as he's looking for Sky. He walks into her room without a second glance towards the arrival of Connor. Toadie completely understands his predicament - he would have done the same thing! Joe walks back out, annoyed that Sky isn't around but guesses he'll check out TSG. He's about to leave...
JOE: Hang on a tick. Connor? What is this? First Dylan, now you?
TOADIE: Yeah they had a swimming race to get home, Dylan won.
Harold makes some tea so Connor can fill them all in on his little adventure. Joe smoothly lets him know they'd all pretty much given up on him, oh but not Toadie! He should ring Stu (he isn't here at the moment as he's visiting Sindi), but Connor isn't so sure. He's not really sure about anything to be honest...not even sure if he's ready to go back to the HoT.
Boyd and Janae walk through to the office, as Boyd will be "playing" a doctor and Janae the patient. Well he is going to patch up her grazed knee is all!
Joe is drowning a drink, when Sky approaches.
SKY: I don't know what else to say.
JOE: How about a 4-letter word starting with 's'?
SKY: "Sorry's" got 5.
Sky was always going to apologise to both of them, but she thought Lyn needed to know the truth. The truth? That while he may have good intentions at the start of a relationship, he never follows through. Joe is offended, but let's be honest - it's not the first time she, or Toby have had to bail Joe out. She was simply getting in early.
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Should Janae get undressed? (So Boyd can examine her) Whilst some viewers say yes, Boyd says no (while expertly bandaging her knee). Come on! It's his dad's office...no DeskLuvin for them. Her body is nothing more than "a set of symptoms".
Harold comes in with some of Connor's clothes that Toadie brought, but Connor doesn't want them. He doesn't understand why his friends forgive him...because what he did, it was disgraceful. Harold believes he is brave, but Connor corrects him - he was desperate. Well, it seems there is nothing Harold can say to make him feel good, but he does need to do a few things. Pick up the phone and call the police, Maddy and Lori, and then his parents. He won't take no for an answer.
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Someone who will take no for an answer is Boyd - Janae gets frustrated Boyd isn't getting that physically close, but he explains about not wanting to come on too strong. Unlike those other jerks she has been with, he wants her to be totally comfortable. She is! And she is a different girl too, because of him. Boyd professionally diagnosis her as being in love, and what does he prescribe? Something pashing on the couch. Janae giggles that "it's his dad's office" so Boyd promptly pulls her away to show her some romance.
Steph asks Lyn if Oscar were not here, would she want to get married so fast? She doesn't answer, but states Joe makes her very happy. Continuing, Steph knows how much value her mother places on the 'love, honour, and cherish' vows BUT, where is the honour in pushing Joe into something? She believes they are heading into this marriage from 2 different viewpoints - Lyn for Oscar, and Joe simply wanting to be part of their lives. Maybe Lyn has given him the impression it's marriage or nothing, and if so, how is that fair?
Connor once more apologises to his mother, before hanging up the phone. He wants to pay Harold back for the phone calls...but it's alright, really. It seems the Bishops have a special rate, due to how many times Sky calls Lana in Canada. Well okay...Connor gets up to leave, much to Harold's disappointment. Where will he go? A shelter he supposes, until he gets a job. Harold insists he stay here with him, he can sleep on the couch (and Joe can sleep in the shed) but Connor doesn't feel he should. He can't imagine what he's going through, and is sure he doesn't need a houseguest. He is wrong though, as Harold insists he needs all the help he can get at the moment.
Boyd puts a blindfold over Janae (kinky!), and makes her wait in the car while he quickly unloads (well I mean throws down) a bunch of camping gear. He runs around like madman, trying to set the tent up. A BBBZZZZZ is heard, and sure enough it's a mozzie. Boyd slaps it, but also yelps out. Janae worried, leaps out of the car (though Boyd tries to stop her) and upon seeing all of the effort Boyd has gone too (picnic, and flowers!) starts laughing...awww. She thinks it is quite sweet, really. She moves towards him, but stands in cow dung in the process. Another BBBZZZZZ comes around, and this time Boyd (gently) slaps Janae's face. She gets offended, but then he berates himself for forgetting the vital ingredient for any bush romp - mozzie repellent! Awww, well, she really is grateful, and it is special. She shuts him up with a kiss.
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In the kitchen, Joe approaches Sky...apologising for before but Sky does get on her high horse sometimes. She knows! She is just like her mother, remember? Joe asks if she's ever asked herself, that maybe he does compare every woman to her? He does admit he should have been honest with Lyn. Sky agrees, she wants them to work it out, and she deserves complete honesty.
Changing the topic slightly, Joe asks what Sky reckons about Connor coming back from the dead. He's surprised he did it on his own, and Sky suddenly realises that may he did not. He and Dylan were probably in on it together.
Joe admits to Lyn he is like the Bouncer 5 of 'holy matrimony' - all heart, and no staying power. It's not that he doesn't want to get married, he is simply not meant for it. That's why he was reluctant, as he thought he'd stuff it up, and is sorry for not being honest. Lyn blames herself for pushing so hard, well no, she thinks both of them to blame. She concludes marriage may not be a viable option for them...
LYN: Just cause it's not official doesn't mean we can't give it a go.
JOE: ... You mean live in sin?
LYN: Oh, I think it's called 'defacto's'.
JOE: (both laugh) Who cares what they call it.
He cannot promise anything, and hopes she knows that. He wouldn't forgive himself if she got sick of him a few years down the track, or if he lost his nerve and shot through...well, it's a risk they should take. All Lyn wants is for Joe to try his hardest, and of course he can do that. Yay! Lynoe II.
Toadie argues with Harold (on the doorstep no less) about the best outcome for Connor. Harold is defiant he needs to stay here, he had a hard time persuading him to stay in the first place! Toadie reckons familiar surroundings are the best option...Harold thinks no. He tells how Connor feels as if he lost part of himself, and he may not get it back. It is a life changing experience, something HE has experienced too. Putting his foot completely down, he is NOT going anywhere, he is staying with him. Harold will look after him, because Connor needs him.