- Jenny and Karl agree to another date
- Rachel threatens Zeke
- Stu warns Elle she is in danger
Dan O'Connor plugs his singing career, as Elle comes down into the yard. She tells him not to stop, but he replies he's not a singer, and he's giving the costume back to Gino then quitting the show. Elle says he can't - if this is because *Stuart* disapproves it's ridiculous. Ned has talent, and it would be a crime not to show it off.
Bree and Zeke play snap as Alex picks a tie for some fancy do with the Treasurer. He wonders where Rachel is, and Bree quickly says she's at the library. Alex vents his frustrations at not being kept in the loop, but Susan points out it was ok yesterday when Zeke was late back from the Science Museum...Alex says that's different - he's capable of looking after himself, because he's a...don't say it Alex...boy. *viewers smack foreheads* Alex gets a look from Suse (I tried to warn you, mate), who says not to use that as an excuse.
ZEKE: It's true - just yesterday, I told this guy off for pushing into the bus queue.
BREE: (bursts into an uncontrollable fit of laughter)
ZEKE: Well I did!
Suse points out that for an educated man, he has some very dubious attitudes.
Elle tells Ned that Corey the Ken Doll is just a suck up, but Ned says that's the talent he needs to win Gino over. Elle says his talent is his voice - she believes in him, and she wishes that was enough. Paul comes hobbling over and tells Elle she has to come with him, and get Izzy then go home. The world is not a safe place to be! Elle rolls her eyes and follows her Dad, bidding Ned farewell.
Karl is gloating to Max and Lou about what a spirited woman Jenny is, and how well they are getting along. Max remarks about last week's dinner party, but Karl insists that is just her wacky sense of humour. Max reminds him what he said about 'wacky' but Karl insists Jenny isn't nutty; she was just breaking the ice. As it is on soapland, when one is the topic of conversation, they shall appear, and Jenny floats through the door. She plants one on Karl and tells him she is invited to a party with the Treasurer. When she finds out he is like Karl's all time idol, she says she should be able to sneak him in too...
Rachel comes in and Alex is all 'you should have called and sorry doesn't cut it!'
SUSAN: Why don't you just lock her in her room and throw away the key?
Susan and Alex have a mumbled argument about what is and isn't over reacting, when Zeke suddenly blurts out that Rachel wasn't at the library - she was with Zeke. Rachel yells at him and asks why he always has to do that, and Bree joins in the yelling and tells him he is dumped before storming out. Alex tells Rachel to explain.
Izzy thinks the Big Brother style security is a bit over the top, but Paul says it is necessary, especially Tony Corbett on the lose. Elle doesn't want to be shadowed by a security guard everytime she leaves the house, but Paul says that won't happen...she's not going to be leaving the house I she can help it. Izzy and Elle feel like they are under house arrest, but Paul says if that is what it takes... The phone rings and Paul doesn't want anyone to get it, but Elle does (it's only Ned).
Alex is going off on one about Jake Weasley - did he not tell Rachel how he felt! But she still disobeys and deceives him! Rachel points out she isn't proud of that, but all she wants to do is make a new friend. Alex says she won't be getting to know Jake - she's grounded. Rachel storms off. Susan thinks Alex is being a bit harsh, but Alex says he knows his kids. Suse goes to wait in the car, and Rachel comes out again. Alex says he knows he is hard on her, but she understands why doesn't she?
RACHEL: I'm nothing like Katya, Dad. So stop expecting me to be like my sister, and treat me like me!
Sister? Well, didn't see that one coming, did we!
Ned wants Max to be a witness to sign a building contract for him, but max takes one look at it and points out Ned will not be insured for workplace accidents or anything, and would be an idiot to sign it. Ned admits he hasn't really read it. Lou agrees, and says the contract is a potential rip off document.
The Treasurer's Part-ay (which is blatantly the Scarlet Bar in disguise)
Karl comes back from his umpteen billionth trip to the toilet, and Jenny jokes about his nerves, before informing him that, because TPTB couldn't really have the Federal treasurer on set of his weak bladder, he has missed the Treasurer! Karl can't believe it, but jenny says she knows him quite well, and he can meet him another time. Alex and Susan come in, and Karl tells them they have missed the Treasurer too. Alex blames it on Rachel being late, and Jenny comments on what a gorgeous girl she is, and how she'll be beating the boys off with a stick. Alex mumbles that won't be for a long time yet, but Susan wants to know why he can't just take a compliment. Alex walks off, and Susan excuses herself, telling Karl and Jenny he is having issues with teenage hormones.
Paul and the girls are playing Scrabble. Elle makes the word 'bomb' just as the phone rings. It is the police - they have found Tony Corbett dead a few streets from the house!
Jenny is trying to talk to Karl, but he is distracted by Alex and Susan squabbling away in the corner. Speaking of the argument, Susan is telling Alex that by getting married they don't just share cooking and cleaning duties, they share parenting duties too. Alex goes to walk off, but Susan says it won't solve anything. Alex says if she means the argument, there is nothing to walk away from. He walks away.
Jenny comes back with drinks, but he tells her he'll just be a sec, and goes over to ask Suse if she is ok, while Jenny looks on jealously. Susan says Alex is even more stubborn than Karl, and she's starting to think walking into a ready-made relationship wasn't such a good idea after all.
Susan tells Alex they need to talk, even though he thinks there is nothing to talk about. This isn't just about Rachel - she's starting to see a pattern - he seems to have difficulty confronting important issues, and a problem communicating. Susan says avoiding things isn't her style - she cares too much to let things ride.
Max asks Ned if he found any more nasties in the fine print, and if there is no labour work about, he could always make big bucks doing the musicals...or not, from the look Ned gives him. Max makes a hasty exit before he can shove that foot any further in his mouth, and Lou apologises to Ned for blabbing about Ned's musical talents. Lou tells him there is some work going at the General Store, painting menu boards, but Ned says it isn't really his thing.
Bree tells Zeke that loyalty between kids is ok, but it is WRONG with your parents! Zeke says it's the way it works in his family, but Bree says it isn't in real life - it stuffs the whole social order! She says that Zeke wrote the book on weird, and his obsession with the truth freaks her out. And it's not just his telling the truth, it's who he tells it to! She's not even sure he's on her side anymore. If he's so in love with the truth, it's over.
Paul is laughing his head off, and Izzy and Elle want to be let in on the joke. He tells them Tony Corbett died from poisoning - he was poisoned by an agent *he* was making! But that's not all. The police examined his computer, and found bomb making instructions, and details of all Paul's movements. Paul suggests they crack open the champers to celebrate, while Elle and Izzy sigh with relief - it's over. Oh why do I feel they will live to regret that... Elle feels kind of weird celebrating someone's death, but Paul says if he had both legs he would be doing a jig on Tony's grave. Izzy makes a toast to freedom.
Karl says he wishes Jenny and Susan had met under better circumstances, because she really is a great person, and Jenny would really like her. Jenny looks uncomfortable, then tells Karl this is all just wrong - it is clear he is still hung up on his ex, and despite Karl saying he is baggage free, Jenny says if he believes that he is delusional. As wonderful as he may be, Jenny is not willing to risk involvement while he isn't over Susan. She bids him goodbye and good luck.
Alex says he knows he is hard on Rachel, but it is for her own good. Susan points out that the harder he is, the more she is going to rebel, and he's going to push her away. She says if he tries to understand the kids a bit better, it can only make them closer. Rachel comes out and Alex apologises for being so hard on her, he admits he overreacted, but he was terrified of losing her. They have a hug, and Rachel says she is sorry too, but he will never lose her...she will never hurt him like Katya did.
SUSAN: Who's Katya? ...Alex?