Dylan catches Kim making a deal
Carmella's, like, a nun now
Mishka's still married to some bloke in Russia!
Karl is a bit outraged that Mishka hasn't told Lou that's she's still married but she tells him she was desperate. The guilt is eating her up now. Her bloke back in Russia doesn't care that she's run off - their marriage is a farce! Karl reiterates that she has to tell Louis - if hr loves her then he'll forgive her. After all, her forgave her wee fib about her age - Karl knows that she can't be thirty-nine, even though she won't admit to being any older.
Carmella agrees with her sponsor that all the study has been difficult, although her own soul-searching was by far the toughest thing. She doesn't always like what she sees. Her sponsor asks if she's still committed and she is. All her life Carmella has been handed everything she wanted and now it's time to atone for her sins. Soon she'll be saying goodbye to her own life - forever. Carmella says she's ready.
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Lou tries to persuade Harold to come back full time but Harry won't. Lou tells him that, when Mishka returns, nicotine free, he won't need him.
Connor is in dire need of a chat, even though he pretends otherwise, and Harry takes him aside. Connor is worried about Carmella; he thinks she's in a situation she shouldn't be in. He makes clear to Harold that she'll never mean as much as Serena. But Harold thinks he must care about Carmella to be in this state about her. Connor does want to help her but thinks that doing so would be like dancing on Serena's grave.
Kim makes it clear to someone on the telephone that he's 'out of that business' (and so is Dyl).
Zeke and Bree appear with an old pool filter that Connor gave them (they're going to use it for art class, apparently). They're doing a deconstruction in Susan's living room. Kim wants to lend a hand.
Once he's gone Zeke says everyone's going to know it's a lie - all because Bree wants to sell more books. Bree argues it's a spin, which better work as her image depends on it. Zeke doesn't like being naughty. Bree thinks he'd be so boring if it wasn't for her (I tend to agree). She goes on about Rachel and Stinger's forbidden love and thinks they should do it - take a walk on the wide side. Zeke agrees but only after she gives him a kiss.
Jenny comes running in, having missed Karl's speech at Charlie's naming ceremony. Susan tells her that Karl's speech was wonderful. Jenny got stuck in Canberra but she pointed Karl in Susan's direction. Susie's obviously takenaback at this revelation but pretends she doesn't mind. The man himself comes in, says hello while looking to Susie and then kisses Jenny, who says she's sorry she missed it all. Karl and Susan fill her in on Karl's hypnotising of Mishka. Jenny orders champagne, leading Karl to think she has some good news. She announces she will be running for a seat in the lower house in an upcoming by-election!
KARL: My girlfriend, the next prime minister of Australia!
He kisses her while Susan looks at them, smile slowly disappearing as she turns away and subconsciously plays with her hair.
The kids are sure this is fine with Susan; it was her idea to have it here (ok, Kim's convinced but I sure ain't). Someone knocks on the door and Bree manages to shove her dad outside while letting the person in - a reporter from the Erinsborough News, who's here to see the boy in a bubble.
And Zeke is sitting, inside a clear plastic oxygen tent, with a sign saying 'Keep door closed'. Zeke is Jimmy, who's allergic to the outside world. The reporter starts her interview. Bree met 'Jimmy' years ago. The slightest whiff of unpure air could send poor Jimmy to the 'big bubble in the sky'. Bree is inspired by Jimmy, inspired to write about him and the life he was so tragically denied!
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In the kitchen. Mishka has to tell Lou something; she's married with a grown-up son in Russia. Lou asks why she didn't say. She was scared of losing him and Lou reassures her it won't happen. Mishka explains she was never happy with Igor (her hubby). Apparently him and a group of mates tried to organise a coup against the government in 1991 but failed and were sent to prison. She was punished in other ways. She tried to divorce him but he won't sign the papers. She got to Australia by buying a fake passport as she can't travel, with her husband being a political prisoner.
She goes to pack her bags but Lou says he's so lucky to have her - he's fallen head over heels for her. He'll fight to keep her here. They laugh and hug.
Meanwhile Harold finds something. He joins Lou and Mishka in the kitchen and Mishka tells him that she's got rid of her cravings, thanks to Karl's hypnotherapy. Harold produces what he found; a packet of cigarettes. Mishka's smile disappears.
Back to the boy in the bubble. 'Jimmy' says how Bree has been so great to him. Bree tries to talk about the sequel to 'The Bogan's Tipped Hair' but the reporter has enough to be going on with.
Susan arrives and Bree manages to get rid of the reporter before Susie demands answers. Susan can't believe that the reporter bought it and tells Zeke to get out. Bree argues that she was only doing what Susan told her to - to do something noble and caring to remedy her image crisis. Susan thinks the whole set-up is appalling and Bree's publisher won't like it one bit when the truth comes out. Bree realises she hasn't thought it through and Susan warns her of the backlash that will come with her being revealed as a liar.
Connor has returned - he couldn't stay away.
Bree thinks Melody will drop her when the story comes out. They've found a mystery box in the garage (pure randomness) and for some strange reason Zeke knows how to pick locks (next week he'll be hotwiring cars). The bad boy thing is working for Bree.
It opens and reveals wads of cash!
Kimbo comes in and demands to know what they're doing with it. Bree was about to ask him the same thing.
Karl is singing his JennyTime™ song. Jenny, obviously not wanting to hurt his feelings, thinks it's a terrific campaign song. Karl can take criticism but she says it's great. Karl's gonna lay it down but she says she can't use it- she has to keep the personal and political separate. She can't be seen to be influenced by her partner. Karl thinks she's going a bit overboard. Jenny reassures him that she's just following party advice and she loves his music.
Bree is arguing with her dad, saying he lied about his small time operation. All the keeping his nose clean stuff was a load of bull. Kim meant all that and that's why he stopped before he got in too deep. Well, he's in the process of stopping it. Bree asks how he'd feel if someone was flogging a copy of one of Stinger's future films on the street. Kim says he's only impacting on the Hollywood fat cats. Bree says it's still theft.
Lou and Mishka are off to the Russian club. Susie appears and manages some Russian before they head off.
She returns a book to Harold about vegetarian cooking that she borrowed for Stingray that she must have had for ages. Susan remarks that Mishka and Lou look happy together and Harry thinks Lou has found true love at last.
Harold decides to tell Susan that Connor's pining for Serena and unable to move on with his life. They both know that can happen.
Connor hated Carmella for stuffing things up for him with Serena, only he realised it was him who did the stuffing up and not Carmella. Her methods to get him back were 'out there' but people do daft things in the name of love. Carmella never meant to hurt them. Connor had to tell her that he forgives her, before she rushed into something for the wrong reasons. He thinks she's here because she made some wrong decisions. Carmella disagrees. Connor thinks she's making a *big* mistake.
Carmella wants to know why Connor's doing this. Connor says he cares about her and then realises he just said it *out loud*. He cares about her as a friend. She's happy, wants to be here. He asks her to come back to Ramsay Street with him for a week, where she can have her own room and hang out with people. Doesn't she owe it to herself? Then after a week she'll be better informed when she takes her vows. Carmella has had six months to think about it and outside life holds nothing but painful memories. She thinks that, if he's a true friend, he'll see she belongs here and her mind's made up.
Connor leans forward to kiss her then decides to shake her hand instead. He hopes everything works out for her.