DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

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IAM not sure how or why, but the two Rafters broth­ers and their crew – Carbo, Jake, Coby – go to a club tonight that isn’t the one where Ben works. And even though they’re dressed in the clothes they go to work in, they get cor­ralled to a roped-off area and are given free drinks. Treated like girls, ba­si­cally.

Turns out it’s that club that Tom’s friend of a friend’s son owns, and to whom Tom wants Ben to fork over all his money. All Mel’s in­sur­ance money – $125,000, which buys a lot of free drinks.

Tom. That new hair­cut isn’t fool­ing any­one. Is it?

I don’t think just be­cause Ted’s gone all quiet means we should be less vig­i­lant. Be­cause where’s the bal­ance in Packed to the Rafters then? Nowhere.

So let me see if I’ve got this straight? You’re say­ing even Tom’s moved to Step­ford and be­come a smil­ing, obe­di­ent part of the fam­ily? Or not ex­actly smil­ing. Tonight he mainly grunts. He re­minds me of Billy Bob Thorn­ton in Sling Blade who de­cap­i­tated his mother with a sling blade and then used a lawn­mower blade on some­one else.

This is a con­tro­ver­sial epi- sode of Rafters. The shock­ing out­ing not to the Boat Club comes on the back of Nathan and Ben in­form­ing Julie (Re­becca Gib­ney) she’s a hov­er­ing, smoth­er­ing pres­ence in their lit­tle sis­ter Ruby’s life. Over-pro­tec­tive helicopter mother may have been their ex­act words.

She doesn’t ac­tu­ally know what a helicopter mother is, but she’s as­tounded. She wasn’t like that with them, they tell her – for­get­ting they lived with her for the first 30 years of their lives be­fore re­lo­cat­ing next door. They’re con­cerned Julie’s rais­ing a princess. They’ll have a lot more to worry about be­fore the show’s over. Packed to the Rafters Chan­nel 7, 8.30pm

Hov­er­ing: Re­becca Gib­ney

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