Live action comedy. Egg is struggling to cope with the changes in his life, but his self-destructive behaviour threatens to cost him Lockie's friendship.
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# Worlds away from anyone
# They were burning themselves out in the sun
# Worlds away from anyone
# They were burning themselves out in the sun
# There was just enough to get that far away
# Ooh... #
'Stars. There are quite a lot of them, really.
'Billions of years old, millions of miles away.
'Just hanging out, doing their own thing.
'Did I mention there's a lot of them?
'OK, so I'm hardly an expert. That's more Phillip's territory.
'And ever since he made friends with Marjorie,
'Phillip had learned even more about stars.
'Phillip had found himself a whole constellation of new friends
'in the Angelus Astronomy Society.'
-She's a beauty, isn't she?
They look a lot like rocks, really, don't they?
Odd sort of jagged little rocks.
They're a bit dishevelled - they've come a long way.
-They're the remains of shooting stars.
These have come from up there.
Part of our great cosmos.
Well, we shouldn't be too late tonight.
We've had to practically wrestle Clive off the telescope
since he had his cataracts removed.
You hear that, Sarge?
'But Phillip and his new friends couldn't have been happier.
'The whole society had their eyes fixed to the sky,
'waiting patiently for the upcoming eclipse of the sun.'
Just think! Only three more sleeps.
Not since the great meteorite shower of 1912
have I been so excited about a major astronomical event!
Technically, it's not a total solar eclipse
but a grazing occultation of the sun by the moon.
My star pupil!
Phillip's an old soul.
We shouldn't be surprised that he and Marjorie have clicked.
But what might make more sense, Sarge...
..if he had a little friend his own age.
Called Noah and Ruby.
Together they could catch tadpoles, have sleepovers here.
he's looking through large pipes
with people who don't have their own teeth!
Not that I have anything against people without teeth.
It's just childhood is a very special time.
I could never forgive myself, Sarge...
if Phillip missed out on the whole...
thingamajig of it.
The magic, Joy?
I wouldn't worry.
Phillip comes at life from a different angle to the rest of us.
He'll find the magic.
But in his own way.
I hope you're right, Sarge, I really do.
Don't creep about on my account.
I haven't slept a wink.
Now you tell me.
How can I rest knowing we're on the brink
of something so...life-changing?
Think you could talk it up a bit more(?)
The last eclipse in Angelus was years and years ago.
Marjorie's old and even she wasn't there.
This is big-ticket stuff, Lock.
'But for once, Phillip wasn't alone in his thinking.'
You're in the middle of enjoying your afternoon scone.
your world is plunged into an unexplained darkness.
You can't tell the jam from the cream.
-Wow. That sounds...
Discombobulating? An eclipse can be all of these things.
We'll impose a blanket curfew.
Order everyone behind closed doors. With force.
That's one approach.
-MYSTERIOUS MUSIC PLAYS
..we could reassure our citizens...
that while this may feel like the very end of creation,
it is, in fact...
the dawn of a new era.
I vote for the curfew. MUSIC SLOWS AND STOPS
A huge crowd of people in the dark, staring up at the sky?
It's an open invitation for pickpockets.
-Or...is it an invitation...
-TRIUMPHANT MUSIC PLAYS
..to lead our fellow man back toward the light?
I'm sure you'll agree, comrades,
THAT is the very essence of our responsibility as police officers.
Yeats. Shakespeare. Go to work.
'So maybe Sam wasn't quite into the whole stargazing thing.'
'But the rest of the female population of Angelus -
'that was another matter.
'And their sights were set on the same thing.'
HE PLAYS GUITAR SOLO
'It was official.
'Since his makeover, Egg was a star.
'And he was milking it for all it was worth.'
-I made you lunch. Take it!
-No, take mine!
Ladies! Ladies, relax.
There's more than one meal in a day.
Plenty to go around! GIRLS GIGGLE
Your music test cheat sheet, English essay,
and Old Squasher's trigonometry assignment.
How is that fair? I was up all night finishing mine.
It's a little thing I like to call outsourcing.
Sounds more like cheating to me.
Just because you couldn't handle the fame thing doesn't mean I can't.
I know how to work this.
'Yep, Egg was a star, all right.
'And for the moment, he was in demand.
'He was cooler than cool, hotter than hot.
-'Burning up, big-time.'
-HE STRUMS CHORDS
-I said, enough!
While I appreciate your enthusiasm,
you'll drown out the woodwind section.
And if you're not going to stick to the sheet music,
I'll have to seriously consider asking you
not to take part in Angelus High's Stars Of Tomorrow concert series.
Bring it on! This music you're making us play...it's so yesterday!
Well...in that case,
perhaps you'd be more comfortable in the percussion team.
-Are you serious?
-Yes, I am.
Let's try it again, gang.
From the top.
-OK, Snowy, cue the lights.
What the dickens is the matter, Constable?
While I think a dress rehearsal is a great idea,
maybe one of us should be manning the desk...
out there, in the light.
Just in case.
But I already put the "back in five minutes" sign up.
But who's to say something important won't come up, and we'll miss it,
in here, in the dark?
Snowy, cue the lights.
-Is it just me...
..or is anybody else having trouble reading?
CONSTABLE WATTLE SOBS
Right... Well, that's that done.
I have to go and see a man about an octopus.
'Ordinarily, a caring, nurturing teacher would be pleased
'if a student showed dramatic improvement.'
'Sadly, Old Squasher wasn't one of those teachers.
'Instead, he formed a crack forensic team with our music teacher,
'Egg's homework outsourcing racket had been exposed,
'so the Rev was called in for a disciplinary hearing.'
is right up there in the top ten of God's not-to-do list.
We're ready to see you now.
HEAVENLY MUSIC PLAYS
Please come right this way.
Oh, sorry. Um, I'm confused.
Do you mean this way as in that way, or...
that way as in this way?
-I'm hopeless with directions.
-Me too! Me and a compass,
you couldn't meet two things more incompatible!
'But Egg, he'd just see two things meet that WERE compatible,
'and given that one of them wasn't his mum...'
-'..he didn't like it.'
Consider that strike one.
Two more and you'll be removed from general classes
and placed in enrichment class for the morally malnourished,
swiftly and without mercy.
Is there anything you'd like to say?
'Egg was rattled and he needed a fame fix to calm his nerves.'
They're dropping like flies!
-Netball practice started 15 minutes ago.
-I'm here now, aren't I?
An hour late! They'll move onto the next hit boy if you're not careful.
I hope you like ginger nut.
'Usually, Egg would have nothing against ginger nut.
'But the shape was a problem.
'He'd seen enough hearts for one day.
'Unlike Egg's fans,
'the Rev wasn't ready to give up on him just yet.'
I would like to report a missing person.
SARGE CLEARS HIS THROAT
Can you provide us with a description?
He's about...so high.
Uh-huh. And hair colour?
-Pretty similar to this.
Not far from these.
I think I know the one.
Nice young man, hm?
Been through a little bit of a rough patch of late?
-Any idea of his whereabouts?
-Well, he's not home.
I wouldn't be surprised if he were heading
to his best friend's residence.
I'll see to it he's well taken care of.
-I don't do spinach.
-Well, that's lucky, then.
-You should eat it.
Keeps you nice and regular.
Like clockwork. Little tip I learnt from Clo.
From the Astronomical Society.
Yeah, well, whatever it is, it's still green.
Sorry about that.
I'm sure I've got some chicken noodles in there.
Why don't I fetch you some of those?
Maybe you'd like to take your glasses off.
We're at a table, not a 3D picture show.
I prefer to keep them on.
Right you are, then.
Is it OK if I stay the night?
-Because you're clearly having such a great time?
'It was difficult to figure out what was going on in Egg's head.
'He couldn't figure it out either.
'But other people, they have a sixth sense about this stuff.'
Shouldn't stay out here too long. You'll catch a cold.
I couldn't sleep.
Neither could I.
Kept thinking about tomorrow's shopping list.
I don't want to get it wrong!
I mean, the thought of strange new brands in the pantry, phew!
But then again...would it really be that much of a disaster?
Be unusual at first, sure, but...
you'd get used to it eventually.
And everything would be OK again.
I'm sorry I don't like broccoli.
..I'm not much for it myself.
It's chook-feed, really.
-No offence, girls!
Can I get you anything?
You hardly ate at dinner.
'What Egg really wanted, Mum was already giving him.'
Did you see that?!
# Still too young
# To fail
# Too scared
# To sail away... #
# I'll grow old and I'll grow brave
# And I'll go... #
# One of these days
# La-daa da-daa daa
# Daa daa daa. #
I've been on the phone all night. People aren't happy, Egg.
But luckily... I've had a brilliant idea.
I don't do pink.
You're going to give it to Erinna in the quadrangle,
where everybody will see.
Then, hopefully, Ginger-gate will be over.
It's not my style.
-I'm not doing it.
-You are! It's called "damage control", idiot!
Sasha, I don't think this is working out for me.
No, no, no! You are so NOT firing me!
Do you know how many girls would kill for your job?!
'Egg's star was starting to fade.
'But the problem was, he wasn't ready for it to.
'Not just yet.'
Gang, it's almost time to take your positions at the hall.
Now, no need to be nervous.
Has anyone seen my baton?
I'll meet you there.
Just remember to breathe.
DOOR HANDLE RATTLES
Lockie, are you going to be much longer?
I'm on a very tight schedule.
Show has to go on, right?
-Shouldn't we wait for Ms Archer?
-She could be a while.
MS ARCHER TAPS ON DOOR
Try and keep up, guys.
HE PLAYS ROCK'N'ROLL TUNE
HE PLAYS TUNELESSLY
Enough! Stop that racket immediately!
Maybe we should put it to the crowd.
If you can't appreciate good music...
Thank goodness you're here!
I don't know how I locked myself in.
Silly me, right?!
There's no way she locked herself in.
That doesn't prove Egg did it.
He's been so full of himself lately.
We have to stop him before he does something really stupid.
Why do you always want to save everybody?
-It's always Lockie Leonard to the rescue.
-No, it's not!
Not everyone has it as easy as you.
We can't all live perfect lives.
I'm NOT perfect.
Then don't expect everyone else to be.
I'll see you at the eclipse.
'That afternoon, everyone in Angelus flocked to the water's edge
'to catch a glimpse of the day's star attraction - the eclipse.'
The very latest in viewing technology.
Remember, you mustn't look directly at the sun.
Some of the other Society members are choosing an alternative method.
But I choose to live dangerously.
I hope you're not planning to light that baby up come show time.
No, of course not.
We'll all be perfectly fine, I imagine.
All of us, in the complete and utter, total...
Why don't you come and take a seat with us?
We'll all feel a lot safer with you around!
I...I suppose I could stay.
If you really need me.
Well, I'm going to leave you all to have fun with your...large pipes.
-Blob and I'll just get out of your way.
-You're not going anywhere.
SHE CRIES SOFTLY
Do you need a hand?
Me? No, I'm fine.
All good here. Long day, that's all.
Here, let me help.
'Egg knew why she was really crying.
'Egg's star was hurtling back to Earth.
'He needed something, anything, to break his fall.'
If it's any consolation, I know what you're going through.
Well, my mum hasn't moved to Scandinavia, but...
most of the time she might as well have.
Sometimes it's like they're miles away.
But you've still got your dad.
-Like you care.
-Of course we care.
Lockie and I both do, OK?
-See you at the eclipse.
-I'm so sorry, Vicki.
Like I said, I'm so sorry.
'Egg may think he's a star,
'but he can't diss Mum's cooking, lock teachers in rooms,
'and worse - try to kiss people's girlfriends, especially mine!
'I was ready to give him a piece of my mind.
-You were right.
I can't handle it.
Not one bit.
And now... now I've wrecked everything.
Everyone hates me.
You've been a bit of a noodle, but no-one hates you.
I don't like what's in my pantry, Lockie.
Everything's changing...too fast.
It's like... It's like I have no idea what to do next.
'Finally, I understood why Egg was determined
'to keep his star shining so bright.
'Without it, he'd have to face the dark,
'and that was scary.'
Is this how it's going to be from now on?
No Mum, no friends.
That's all, folks.
Things will get better.
You've got to have some faith.
Go on, take your sunglasses off.
You'll miss it otherwise.
The darkness fell, like a heavy cloak over the unknowing glow.
"But be not afraid," cried a voice in the night.
"Have faith! He will return, your friend, the light."
This is it, Phillip.
It's everything I imagined it would be, and more.
-You're right, it's beautiful. It's...
Now we welcome a new day. A new beginning.
A new way.
# I'll grow old
# And I'll grow brave... #
'Egg was ready to get on with life,
'now that he'd crashed back to Earth, where he belonged.'
As we commit these garments to the ground,
we ask your blessings.
'you have to face the darkness...
'..so you can see the light up ahead.
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Egg is acting out, struggling to cope with all the sudden changes in his life, but his increasingly self-destructive behaviour threatens to cost him Lockie's friendship. Mum fears Phillip's friendship with Marjorie is robbing him of childhood magic, while Constable Wattle is forced to face her greatest phobia.