Meanwhile at the factory of The Working Class Is Scum, Children: Max is working for this freight-hauling company (using his hair to grease spare gears) but he hasn't told Celine about it, instead pretending to work in an office for a consulting firm. As we know from countless thousand TV-based scenarios, that's always a smart idea and will never in a million years come out at just the wrong moment to bite him in the arse. No way. Anyway, the foreman and his co-workers treat him like crap for no particular reason, apparently just because everyone knows that the working class are crude and mean-spirited and just a half-step up from apes. Nice stereotyping there, Show.
Celine, happily ensconced in Max's hotel room (how is he still paying for his hotel room if he has no bank accounts and no ready cash?), is surprised by the early arrival of her bratchild Zoe, who has apparently swapped her braces for seven kilos of make-up but has forgotten to get surgery on her vocal chords so her voice is still the most grating, squeaky, horrid sound imagineable. Also, Zoe is the most annoying child in the world evah, just so we're clear on that. Uhm, she came home early because Max and Celine are getting married in two days apparently. That came about fast. Can't blame them, though - considering how fast marriages crumble on this show, not to mention the disaster-proneness of the weddings, no wonder they want to get it over with as quickly as possible. Oh god, this is all too boring to do in detail, so let's sum up: Max sneaks around, is treated shittily by the foreman, has to take an extra shift and misses the pre-nuptials talk he and Celine were supposed to have with the priest; also, Axel tattles on him to Celine & mentions that Max is definitely NOT working for the company he said he was. Celine makes a "hmmm" face. Next!
My reason for hating Stella today: her hair is stupid, and she's wearing shorts over tights and something that looks for all the world like a DENIM BRA over her psychedelic shirt. I kid you not. DENIM BRA = OUTERWEAR WTF. Anyway, so Lars runs into her and tells her that he found her and Deniz's skating the other night "interesting". SNORFLE. Now, we all know that "interesting" means "hilariously bad", but of course Stella doesn't catch his drift. Instead, she puppy-wags after him and beams, "You really mean you thought we were good?" Uhm, NO, blondie, he said INTERESTING, remember? Unfortunately, Lars doesn't correct her and even asks if she's planning to pursue it, thereby planting the stupid "ooooh, Deniz and I could be pair-skating champions" notion in Stella's bleach-blonde brain. BAD MOVE, LARS. But I didn't mind this scene that much because Jenny and Roman were training in the background, so it was easy to focus on them instead. HI THERE JENNY, LOOKING GOOD IN BLUE! Roman, pleeeaase get a new shirt, or just train without one, kay? Actually the latter option is JUST FINE.
A bit later on, Stella is sitting around with a garishly decorated cocktail daydreaming, when along comes Simone, eyes nearly bugging out of her head, and starts bitching, "What's this, little miss? Aren't you supposed to be WORKING?" and "Jenny and Roman's performance is today and if anything goes wrong because you've been slacking your arse off over here, you're OUT" etc. etc. Oh Simone, how I love you and your ice-cold business brain. So Simone leaves, Stella makes a face, like yeah, how dare she remind you to do your JOB, right, Stella? I mean, everyone KNOWS you're supposed to be the STAR of this show. (Just in case I don't mention it enough, she IRRITATES me.) Nina has observed the whole thing and waves Stella over and they have a little girl bonding over Stella confessing that Lars thought her skating was good (for the last time, twit, INTERESTING was the word he used), and Nina gets all starry-eyed: "So does that mean he's in love with you now?" LOL, Nina. You'd think you live in a soap or something. Stella demurs, although that's totally what she's secretly thinking. Ugh.
The people from the skating association arrive. Lars, Jenny and Roman shake hands all around. Jenny and Roman are clearly nervous. Awwww. Don't worry, kids! You'll be fab! I know it, because the spoilers told me so, but also because I have utter faith in you! *cuddles them*
Fry stand woes! Annette forgot to cancel her sausage order, meaning she and Keule end up with ten boxes of sausages and no place to sell them. Oops. Keule is defeatist, but Annette gets her activist boots on and sets up a makeshift grill station in front of the fry stand to sell sausages and collect donations for repairs. Keule secretly calls Ingo to help with the grill. Ingo promptly sees his chance to launch a patented Ingo Zadek Will Fix It campaign that was really really confusing and I don't really know what he was going to achieve, but it involves Marian, Deniz, Oliver and Juli in workman's coveralls with lots of tools sneaking about in non-funny slapstick fashion, so I assume they were going to fix the fry stand or something? Basically, then everything goes wrong, because the authorities apparently frown on public selling of sausages outside of your burnt-out fry stand, so they have to pay a fine and lose all the money they'd made, and while Keule confesses this to Annette at the WG, Ingo and his be-coveralled crew of useless helpers come storming in with booze ready to celebrate. Annette is utterly unamused, and I can't say I blame her because the whole thing was just kinda useless and unfortunate. So she yells at Ingo in front of everyone, starts throwing sausages at them and chucks them out. FAIL. Btw, Igor looked about 26 in these scenes, oh wait, that's because he is. It's getting really really ridiculous that they're still selling him as an 18-year-old. And what's with the stupid slapstick moves! Once again, he was hopping around and making daft faces like a monkey. Can someone give this actor something useful to do, please?! I want real Deniz back! You know, the one who had the occasional sweet/charming moment even though you wanted to slap him around a lot? That guy? Please?
Ice rink! Pair-skating! Finally! I gotta say, I was pretty psyched for this. Jenny and Roman look really pretty in their matching red and black, although I'm not sure why Roman had to wear his grey woolen cap, other than to hide his double's non-matching hair, I guess. The performance goes swimmingly, and the camera-work was good as usual, very smooth cuts between the doubles' pretty skating and Dennis & Silvia's pretty close-ups. Mhmmmm. Lars is watching with his eyes glued to them (YAY!) and the only thing I'm bitter about is that we had to interrupt the pretty show with stupid shots of Stella looking.... I have no idea what, actually. Her droopy mouth makes it really hard to tell what expression she's trying to convey. Point is, I did not need her diluting The Jenny/Roman Show. Aaaaanyway, Jenny and Roman do fantastically well and end on that scorching move they practised in the ballet room, with the clasped hands and the intense look and Jenny melting onto his shoulder. Mhmmmm. The skating association peeps are impressed, everyone applauds, and Jenny runs off the ice and into Lars's arms. He's really pleased and beaming at her (yes, Lars!) and she's all out of breath and happy and they kiss and it's adorable and- GAAAH, TAKE STELLA OUT OF THE SHOT PLEASE! Annoying! Also, I hope Roman got a hug and a kiss later too, OKAY, LARS?!
I was going to chew Annette out for not being at the performance after just having patched things up with Roman, but admittedly she had a good reason for not being there, what with everything crashing down on her head at the exact same time. Still, I damn well hope she's going to be a little more supportive of him from now on and not go right back to taking him for granted, cause that would piss me off.
Oops, looks like I spoke too soon in my last recap: Annette didn't manage to persuade Simone to be lenient with the loan payments after all. Simone's all, "No way," and Annette's all, "Bitch, HELP ME!" and Simone's all, "IN YOUR DREAMS" and then Annette starts yelling about how Simone's only doing this to screw her over so she won't have the means to support a child and will lose all chances of being to adopt Lena's baby, and that's pretty much that. Nice negotiating, Annette! Simone chucks her out, where she runs into Ingo, who's conveniently overheard the whole thing and begs her to let him help her. Annette, ice-cold: "I can get by just fine without a guy who cheats on me with random psycho whores", and while she's got a point about the cheating... OUCH, Annette. Didn't you just realise with Roman that you should give people another chance? Besides, she totally can't get by, because she's currently waaaay up shit creek without a paddle. Pride's a little hard to afford just now, Nettchen.