Steph asking Drew why he was visiting her
Paul offering Lyn a job
Janelle choosing the short straw
Harold giving Paul the evil eye
Harold is staring at David's Medicare card (with Lil and Serena's names also on it) while menacing music plays in the background. He puts it away when Sky and Santa Lou come home to continue the Christmas celebrations, but Harold tells them to go on without him, he's going to have a nap. Sky hugs him on the way out and Santa Lou shakes his hand; he's glad to have his old chum back.
I wouldn't be too sure about that, Louis.
Lyn's encouraging Steph, Max and Boyd to stay and have a light meal with her; she can't face going back home yet to see what damage the Timmins clan have left. Little Ozzie does his scene steal of the night by having a mini coughing fit causing Max to look on in concern. They're chatting about Paul's shindig and Lyn can't believe how Paul was so, "Christmas!" (picture her singing it and waving her hands about - she thinks she's in a Broadway show). Steph wonders why her mum is so pro-Paul all of a sudden but Lyn believes people can change.
STEPH: Pigs can fly too.
MAX: Yeah, and hip-hop is music.
STEPH: And childbirth is painless!
LYN: Hey, you are going to be fine.
MAX: You're going to be the best mother in all the world.
BOYD: She already is.
STEPH: (smiling) Okay guys, I'm having enough trouble keeping my lunch down as it is.
Wouldn't you know it - Paul just happens to be in the bar at the same time. I know, I'm as surprised at the coincidence as you are! Lou also wanders in and the Hoyland clan invite him to eat with them. Paul saunters over and thanks them all for spending the day with his lot, he also asks Lyn to see him about her next assignment when she gets the chance.
Steph's all, 'Assignment?' And Lyn's all, 'I'm going to pretend I have no idea what you're talking about.... You know.'
Toadie finds Janelle zonked out on all the Christmas rubbish on the lawn and tickles her awake with some tinsel. He smirkingly says he heard she drew the short straw, which means that since he's the closest Rebecchi, they'll be in cahoots with one another. In cahoots with what you ask? Well, Janelle mentioned the word 'smackdown' so I'm very concerned it's something to do with that W word... Apparently it was Stonie vs. Bree last year, and Bree lost, but Janelle's got some tricks up her sleeve. If it's a lycra sleeve I'm outta here. Oh good, crisis over, they're talking about eggs now so I think it's time for an EGG FIGHT! Eggscellent.
JANELLE: You don't know what you're dealing with.
TOADIE: Bring it on! (snaps out of battle mode) Is that a new top?
JANELLE: Yeah Lyn gave it to me it's nice ay?
TOADIE: Yeah it is nice.
(Both realise they should be hating one another and start scowling again)
JANELLE: Watch your back Rebecchi.
No really, watch your back Toad 'cause... *sigh* too late. Walking backwards like that really makes it hard to see stuff you're gonna trip over.
Is it just me or has Boyd's hair grown about one hundred inches in the past week? Anyway, the Hoylands' finally get the truth out of Lyn; she's a lean mean money-getting machine! Steph's worried for her but Lyn wants to do this so she can provide for Oscar, she doesn't want to be a burden on them. Lou puts his two bob worth in and also warns her about dealing with the 'devil'.
Sky is trying to get Harold interested in watching a DVD but he's busying himself with cleaning. That is until Connor arrives home and Harold suddenly changes his mind; he'd love to watch a film, and Connor can choose! Harry puts his bag away and Connor asks Sky if they had a good Christmas. "We will do now," she replies, "Granddad really missed you." Connor looks worried.
Steph is fast asleep on the couch (uh-oh) so Lynnie and Oscar make their way home, Max escorting them. There's a cool switcheroo as they leave and a hand reaches out to knock on the door. Steph answers it and is surprised to see Drew, she thought they said goodbye before. Drew's changed his mind, he wants her to come with him. Steph protests that she's happily married to Max (so all those pashy pashes with Drew were just what, Stephy? Oh dear, I tripped and fell on Drew's lips...), but Drew is adamant, "You have no future with him." He grabs her and tries to drag her out the door.
Steph wakes up with a start, looking distressed.
Connor and Sky sit slack jawed on the couch (must have been an entertaining movie), while Harold is actually chuckling away to himself.
HAROLD: Oh dear, wasn't that wonderful ay? Although I must confess when Doris Day wore those shammery, leathery things, she did something quite peculiar to me when I was a youngster.
TMI, Harry. TMI. He asks if they're up for another movie but Connor's going to go to bed, all that driving took it out of him. Harold's startled, where did he drive? But Connor just says nowhere in particular. Harold decides he's going to catch some Z's as well; they've got a big day of cleaning and soup-kitchening tomorrow after all, and makes his merry way down the hall.
Sky tells Connor that it's been weird in the house the past couple of weeks and Connor agrees he can't keep up the façade anymore. They both chat about how Harold goes cold whenever the subject of David, Lil and Serena crops up, with Sky saying how unhealthy it is. She tells him she's found a way to work through the grief though, asking him to follow her; it might help him too.
Okay, that sounded way more suggestive than it was supposed to. Even Connor smirked at her!
Toadie has set up an army shelter right in the middle of the road. He's like a chameleon, I could hardly see him. I thought I was recapping nothing for a moment there... Through his binoculars he spies what he thinks is Janelle's beanie behind a bush. Boyd rocks up to see what's going on and gets dragged into the... trenches? Toadie lets him know they're in the midst of the "Rebecchi/Timmins Boxing Day smackdown!" They have an egg battle all in the name of family pride. Meanwhile, Janelle (wearing a spectacular safari hat from the Trophy Hunters Weekly summer collection), sneaks up behind Toad. Boyd spots her but Toadie takes no heed of his warnings, getting an egg to the helmet for his ignorance. "One/Love to the Timminses!" Janelle whoops with joy. Toad glares at Boyd. "You owe me..."
Sky and Connor find Harold in the kitchen. Sky asks him to look at some of her sketches she wants to put in her art folio but Harold claims he's too busy. He has all the time in the world though when Connor encourages him to. The sketches turn out to be really nice portraits of David, Lil and Serena. Harold gets upset and asks why she's doing this but Sky just says it's her way of saying goodbye. Speaking of goodbye, Harold wants to skidaddle but Connor's not budging. He thinks the sketches are great too. They both try to encourage Harold to embrace the grieving process but he won't listen. Connor sighs and says it's not helping either of them with him living there... so he's going to move out. Harold storms out the door.
Max and Boyd are trying to convince Steph that her funky dreams mean nothing, Boyd even rolls out the old 'hormones' line, but Steph wonders then why she's heard of no other expectant mothers experiencing the same thing? The boys think it's because no one else has been through as much as her. Cancer, a bad adoption experience... woah, back up there. Steph looks like she had a light bulb moment at he mention of cancer. Could it mean?
MAX: You've been through hell to get where you are now, it's only natural you'd be worried about anything going wrong, but guess what, sweetheart. Nothing will.
Oh great. NOW you've gone and done it Max. You just had to roll out 'The sentence that must not be named', didn't you? Boyd asks Max for some help moving the old wardrobe outside leaving Steph to mull over some thoughts.
Harold continues on his cleaning frenzy when Sky comes to see him. He's very agitated but Sky's just relieved she's getting any reaction at all, "I don't know how else to reach you." She starts to get upset and says he's allowed to be angry. Oh he is angry alright, but it's directed at her. He can't believe his own granddaughter could be so cruel, spitting out that she always has to be the centre of attention and make everything about her. She even drove Connor away from him.
SKY: I need you. I need you the way you were.
(Harold's not tuning in)
HAROLD: I never knew I could be so disappointed in anyone. Especially not you.
He goes off into the kitchen leaving Sky to cry.
Safari Janelle smirks when she sees Max and Boyd wheel a huge wardrobe down their drive. "Hard rubbish. As if!" She makes her way over just as Lou walks up the other side of the road. "Well," Boyd shouts, "That's the last piece of hard rubbish!" Wow, way not to be obvious there, Boyd! You're so stealthy. A muffled cry is heard from the wardrobe. Yikes, it's a boggart! Janelle and Lou sniff around the loot until Janelle positions herself in such a way that when Toadie leaps out of the wardrobe, he pelts Lou with an egg instead. Janelle laughs her guts up, Lou demands a new shirt and off Safari Janelle runs with Steph's rice cooker.
Max calls out for Steph to break the bad news about the rice cooker but Steph's got bigger things on her mind. She tells him she's just figured out what the dreams meant. Max tells her to stop torturing herself, he's fine and the baby's fine. Steph knows that though, it's her that's in strife.
STEPH: I just found another lump in my breast. The cancer's back.
Harold sadly walks out with some of David's shirts and gets upset when he sees his accounting certificate sitting nearby. Clinging on to one shirt he despairingly calls out to the Lord, telling him that he's struggling to cope; the anger inside him won't go away. He needs something to guide him back to the Lord's light. "Something to show me the way..." That something comes in the form of a folded up letter in David's shirt pocket that Harold finds when he holds it close to himself.
I'm writing this letter because no one else will listen to me. Paul Robinson has destroyed my life...
Looking like he's reached some sort of decision, Harold stands up, says thank you and heads outside.
Harold blankly makes his way down his stairs and over towards Paul's house as his voice over can be heard reading the letter...
As if it wasn't enough to steal my beautiful wife, Robinson has destroyed my name as well. And as I write this, I face charges for a crime that I did not commit. Yet so convincing is Robinson's cunning that even my own father has lost faith in me and my wife is long gone. With the love and respect of my family gone forever, my life isn't worth that much anymore. But Robinson won't quit until he's taken my last breath, too. For my family's sake, I, David Bishop, can only hope that some day someone puts an end to Robinson's evil.
Chillingly ominous music lingers in the background as Paul chats on the phone to Cam, his face turned from Harold the whole time. Harold silently makes his way inside and stands right behind Paul, the dagger in his heart being twisted further in as Paul says that Erinsborough is feeling more like home and tells his son he loves him.
Harold, lip quivering, fiercely grabs Paul around the neck after he hangs up and chokes him until he falls to the floor. Harold doesn't look like he's registered what he's done at all.