Janae will only tell Janelle about her possible illness if the results are positive
Karl and Max argue over Max's decision to have Steph sectioned
Steph tells Max that it's over: she doesn't want him in her life anymore
Boyd arrives and catches Karl in the hallway: he's here to see Steph. He has to remember to tell her not to talk footy to Dr Levi as he makes anyone but Carlton supporters look crazy! Max comes out of the room and Boyd immediately knows that something's wrong:
MAX:(blinking, dazed) Steph's just ended it. Our marriage is over.
Max is really shocked: he thought Steph would understand his decision, that she knew how much he loves her.
MAX: She just cut me off - she was so cold...
Karl marches in, rather confrontationally, and wonders why Max expected anything different - Max pushes him, telling him to shut up. Karl looks shocked as Boyd restrains his dad, telling him to calm down, before the two of them leave.
Janelle is despairing at her inability to write without a heavy load of angst going on. Sky and Dylan are on the sofa, thinking up names and a style for the hotdog cart: while Dylan likes 'Dyl Dogs' Sky wants to tie in with some cool musical reference: what about Bowie - 'Diamond Dogs'? How very cool: lucky that Dyl has Sky around to educate him.
Kim comes in and irritates Janelle further by offering her a cuppa and not something she can get mad at. And even her favourite bratty daughters aren't able to stress her out as they didn't manage to cause any trouble on their first day back at school. Bree doesn't have any friends to have fights with. Janelle ropes Bree into doing some editing work for her.
In The Kitchen
Janae admits to her dad that she couldn't go to school, not with these test results hanging over her. Kim promises her that they will deal with it together, as a family, whatever happens. They decide to nip out together to get some milk.
Scarlet Bar Office
Boyd's talking to his dad about his behaviour towards Karl but Max thinks Karl couldn't have expected anything else and he won't talk about the whole thing with Boyd.
Kim comes in, hoping for some extra shifts. Max says he'll see what he can do. Kim tells Boyd that Janae is in TGS and she'd love to see him. Max pours himself out some peanuts and chucks the wrapper on the floor. He almost loses his temper over Kim not knowing where the refills for the soap dispensers are kept ("In the store room. Where we store things.")
Boyd goes off and Kim offers to take over but Max won't let him:
MAX: I've already lost my marriage today, mate: I don't need to lose my business as well.
Kim uses the example of him and Janelle to reassure him that bust ups don't mean the end. Max really doesn't want to hear it. Kim tries again:
KIM: As long as there's love and you're faithful, you'll get back on track.
Max picks up on the faithful bit and Kim tells him that he was never unfaithful, whatever Janelle has said.
MAX: Who says I'm talking about you?
Max wishes he could rewind back time and tells Kim to forget he said it. Yeah, right. That's really going to happen...
The General Store
Boyd offers an ear if Janae wants to talk but she doesn't. She reminds him of the time when he taught her to skate - she scraped her knee and he cleaned it up for her. She could have infected him. Boyd reasons that it was just a little cut and not an open wound. He suggests they do something tonight to take their minds off it. Janae agrees - "Let's give Paris and Nikki a call - they're always good for a laugh". Boyd was thinking along the lines of staying up and watching the sunrise. He promises he'll come with her tomorrow: Janae supposes her results will be Boyd's too.
Janelle suggests 'Dyl Dogs' too which makes Dylan happy. Then she complements him on how well he handled Kim losing the money - she knows his business is going to be a great success (everyone knows that someone can't possibly be so chirpy for long so I daresay some major trouble is on the way - tis the soap way)!
Sky is looking over Janelle's story with Bree and thinks it shouldn't end as neatly because it doesn't reflect RL - she should create another love interest to vie with Tim for Chanel's heart right to the end.
Janelle has another brain wave - Dyl should sell the hotdogs shirtless and rope Sky in wearing her bikini - he would make a mint parked outside Hemisfear! Dylan thinks it isn't a bad idea at all. But Sky won't do it - not in a million years. Janelle thinks they should have Janae do it instead.
The General Store
Boyd's apologising to Karl for Max's behaviour. Karl says it's just an occupational hazard. While Janae buys some midnight snacks Boyd asks Karl about coming in for Janae's test results. Karl strongly advises Boyd gets tested anyway, whatever happens. Boyd wonders if a positive result would affect his career chances. Karl informs him that he wouldn't be obliged to tell his patients but he would have to tell the medical board and there would be serious restrictions on his practice: not being able to do surgery is the very least of it. Janae joins them and she and Boyd leave.
Kim and Janae return and Janelle informs them that Bree is just about to give a reading of her new improved alternative ending that she came up with for her mum (I hope she's getting a cut of the profits!):
BREE: Chanel was so devastated by the loss of her twin boys at sea (Dylan takes offence to this) that she could not even bring herself to put on her makeup, but, as a yummy mummy, she was often told she was prettier than her teenage daughter, Renee - (Janae doesn't like this much - Boyd just laughs) - so she worried not. Despite her inner turmoil, her outward beauty shone through.
Janelle thinks that's great but there's more:
BREE: That night she drowned her sorrows at the inn with Dr Kyle Carmandy. She found shelter from the storm of emotions raging within (we focus on Janelle as she listens). Bonded by bereavement and blinded by booze, they shared a single night of passion. The scheming Dr Carmandy had long lusted for the golden locks of Chanel...
FLASHBACK to the Scarlet Bar where Janelle and Dr K share a glance; then a hand opening the door to Karl's flat.
BREE:...and now, her resistance weakened, he had his wicked way with her!
Janelle snaps out of her reminiscing and declares they've heard enough - it's all lies! She won't let the whole world think that she's slept with Karl! Everyone looks confused at her outburst and Kim reminds her it's just fun. Janelle goes all Fox Mulder, thinking there's a giant conspiracy against her: Sky must've heard from Max and she told Bree to put it in the book! Sky and Dylan decide to go and Kim tells Janelle about the crack about Janelle's unfaithfulness that Max made earlier - he wasn't joking, was he?
Janelle is adamant that no one would go near Karl - look at his exes: uptight Suzi Q and Izzy! Kim's giving her a chance to 'fess up but she says she didn't - she'd never do such a thing!
But then she gets that faraway look on her face...time for another
FLASHBACK: The door opens revealing Karl's living room looking like a student bedsit.
Janelle snaps back. She's hurt they would even think that! Bree says she was just simply trying to spice up the ending. They all think it's pretty ridiculous anyway - Karl only goes for dolly birds and she's a yummy mummy. Janae won't let up though, saying Janelle's been coming onto guys since she got here. She's full of it - like mother like daughter...Upset, Janae storms off with Boyd in close pursuit. Janelle wonders where all this tension was when she needed it!
Dylan reassures Sky that his mum is just crazy. Janae comes out, Boyd calling after her and they hurry off down the street. Sky suggests they go to the beach the next day and check out Dylan's competition. Dylan was wondering when she had play rehearsal - doesn't she want a little more rehearsal time with the dreamboat that is Ned? Sky thinks Dylan's sexy when he's jealous.
Janae's all fired up about Karl and her mum and won't listen to Boyd when he tells her that the idea is crazy. Eventually her loud knocking and yelling gets Karl to come and answer the door. He lets her come in and she flat out demands to know if he and Janelle slept together. He says that they spent time together and comforted each other and to be honest he doesn't remember much about the night with the grief he was experiencing and everything...Janae takes this as a yes and hopes he's safe - she wouldn't want him to be a hypocrite! She storms out and Karl tells Boyd he thought Susan was dead. Boyd would rather not know about it. Karl sure isn't having the best of days.
Kim finds Janelle doing the dishes, using Lynnie's wonderful animal lined print rubber gloves. He gets her to face him and tells her that he has to know if she's been with someone else: the truth. Janae comes in and tells him he won't get it from her - at least Karl had the decency to admit it instead of lying to their faces! They're sick of her lies...
JANAE: You're a cheap tart who taught me everything I know...I'm probably going to die from this disease, anyway, and, when I do, it'll be all your fault!
Janelle is shocked and asks what disease?
Sky and Dylan come in to have something extravagant to drink: Sky's going for a Virgin Mary. They're surprised to find a line of punters at the bar with no one to serve them.
That's because Max is in the office, on the phone to Summer, pretending that everything is fine. He tells her, through building tears, that Steph's gone out for a while but he knows that she sends her love. He wouldn't want to invade on girl talk, would he? He says she'll call tomorrow and, just before he hangs up, he tells her he loves her. Soon as the call's through he bursts into tears. Dylan knocks on the door and Max manages to tell him that it's a private area. Dylan tries to tell him that there's no one to serve, only for Max to yell at him to get out (and I mean yell) before slamming the door shut on him.
Outside a shocked Sky decides to call Boyd as they both hear the sound of Max's sobs from behind the door. Powerful stuff.
Janae felt she had to do anything for him to stick around and it was Janelle she learned that from! Kim tells her she's going way too far with blaming her mother. Janelle's surprised to find that Kim knows and he tells her they didn't want to worry her.
JANELLE: My poor baby.
She hugs Janae.
Just like good neighbours do Dylan, Sky and Boyd are pulling together and running the bar. Max comes out and Boyd tells him that he hopes he knows that he's delaying a hot date with Janae for this. Dylan chucks around cocktail shakers, trying to be Tom Cruise, and manages to raise a smile from Hoyland snr.
Outside Number 26
Janae and Boyd watch the sunrise. Boyd says his grandpa said chicks love sunrises (that would be Bobby, then...). It was good to talk it all through but Janae still feels awful about how she treated her mum. Boyd asks if she thinks it's true about Janelle and Karl - Janae isn't sure but she doesn't particularly care right now. She wished she hadn't jumped the gun about it though. She thinks she's let everyone down lately. Boyd thinks it's been worth it and they go inside.
Janelle, Bree and Kim interrupt Boyd and Janae pashing; they've decided to come along and support her at her appointment. Bree initiates a group hug but it's Timmins only. Janae looks thoughtful as we fade to black.