I’m going to continue reviewing the show character by character:
Ajax and Hugh—Ajax and Hugh spent the whole time fighting over the sale of Arcadia. The episode kicked off with Ajax shooting the For Sale sign with every other the member of the family overhearing the shots. Throughout the episode Ajax keeps talking about his dream involving Jim and the letters “CTW”. The “CTW” became a great running gag for the episode as Ajax came up with multiple interpretations as a justification for his actions, while Meryl had her own interpretation as a way to get Hugh to hurry up and sell Arcadia.
Their war comes to a head when Ajax realises that Hugh had fake buyers come by to distract him so Hugh can reach out to real viewers, which results in Ajax driving up to reprimand Hugh, forgetting to put the car’s park brake on and having to chase the car, with Jimmy inside, down the hill.
The CTW ultimately ends up meaning two things: “contest the will”, which Ajax does by the end of the episode, especially after the cemetery tender has been approved, and his solicitor’s name—Catherine Thomasina Walker. I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out in the final two episodes of the season.
Matt and April—In this episode April is leaving for some unspecified reason, Matt is still grieving over Charlie leaving, and they eventually catch up with Kimberley and Hugh in the pub and end up drinking the night away. After hours of drinking, Matt and April come up with the not-so-bright idea of shooting at bottles, which leads to April dropping the gun and it going off, shooting her in the leg.
While the drinking was relatively boring and the shooting was alluded to in the promos, the interesting part of this subplot came afterwards when Matt visited April the day after and offered to help her pack up. They ended up reading through April’s childhood diary, which was hilarious and inevitably ended up kissing. Matt and April have great chemistry which provides a contrast to the state of Matt and Charlie’s relationship, especially when they talk over Skype and Charlie is choosing to remain in Bali despite having found Ivy’s mother.
As April’s reason for leaving is unspecified and whether she has left is yet to be made clear, the fate of Matt and April’s love story is still up in the air. I’m looking forward to finding out what it will be over the remaining two episodes of the season.
Penny, Raph and Floyd—Penny’s dating subplot was the highlight of the episode as it provided much needed comic relief from the Arcadia story arc. It started off with Penny going on a Country Connections date with Raph (Don Hany), which ends within a couple of minutes due to Raph being presumptuous and judging Penny’s parenting choices. While you’d think it would end there, their subplot expands when it’s revealed that a bully destroyed Floyd’s school project, and Penny takes Floyd to confront his bully, Tilly, only to find her father is Raph.
The tension evaporates between Penny and Raph after it’s revealed Tilly destroyed Floyd’s school project because he “gobbed” (apparently a form of spitting) on her shirt because he likes her. Penny forces Floyd to apologise, which he does through his adaptation of the “roses are red, violets are blue” poem. Not too long after the apology, Raph comes to the clinic to see her, after getting a fishing hook caught in his eyebrow while on a fishing trip with Tilly, to discuss her behaviour towards Floyd. It is then he asks her out again.
While Raph is clearly being inserted as a last ditch obstacle to keep the Hugh-Penny story arc interesting, he is a much more compelling character and realistic obstacle than Harriet and her pregnancy is.
Betty and Darren—Their blossoming romance was present throughout the episode but only in a few scenes. Towards the end of the episode, Betty sees Darren collecting money from someone in an alley, which he later counts in the clinic, and she thinks he’s taking a bribe. He tells her that he won it on a horse race, however she believes he’s corrupt and dumps him. While it has been hinted that Darren may or may not be corrupt, it is yet to be confirmed.
I’m hoping the romance between them isn’t over because I would like to see more of it before the season ends.
Overall this was a good but not great episode, to me it was a hit-and-miss filler. Hopefully the final two episodes of the season will be an improvement.
Dora sighting: Matt’s front yard.
-CTW was a great running gag and was interpreted in the following ways:
- “Commence the War” (Ajax)
- “Cease the War” (Meryl)
- “Cease the Whining” (Ajax)
- “Close the Way” (Ajax to Matt)
-Hayley had baby earmuffs for Jimmy as she was pulling clay pigeons for Ajax.
-Ajax sneaking up behind Hugh as he was Skyping with Harriet proves that he is secretly a ninja.
Best one liners and interactions:
- “Daddy really hates that sign doesn’t he?” (Hayley to Jimmy)
- “She’s definitely five star.” (Hugh to Meryl on Penny)
- “If you see my mum tell her I’ve changed my mind on Penny’s five star rating!” (Hugh to Betty)
- “Don’t overthink it Penny, just trust the algorithm.” (Meryl to Penny)
- “The man bun left what a shock!” (Hugh to Harriet)
- “Why are you always at the centre of trouble?” (Penny to Hugh)
- “What’s the difference between being in love and being hate?” (Floyd to Hugh)
- “I think your mum needs to check her algorithms.” (Penny to Hugh)
- “I’m going to leave with happy memories and a really cool scar!” (April to Matt)
- “No-one’s perfect, why you would want to be?” (Meryl to Betty)
- “That’s 90 percent of what love is, living with their flaws.” (Meryl to Betty)
- “Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m really sorry I gobbed on you” (Floyd to Tilly)