Ryan thinks that Clarrie scrubs up nicely and comments that Clarrie will be late to meet Helen if he's not careful! Clarrie lays down the ground rules for Ryan's friends tonight – no alcohol and no breaking the furniture. Just as Clarrie is leaving 4 of Ryan's friend arrive; Annabel, Roland and two of their friends. They all introduce themselves politely to Clarrie before he leaves.
Melanie has clearly hatched some kind of plan with Josh – asking him if he's go tit clear in his mind what he's got to do. Josh says he has – as long as he doesn't look like a complete dork. He leaves and Melanie tells herself she's brilliant.
Matt comes through and Melanie asks his opinion on what she's wearing – she's going for the mature look so that she can try to impress Tanya. Matt doesn't think she should change the way she is and acts for this girl, but Melanie believes that she should make the effort. Apparently, Tanya is very good at maths – so perhaps they can talk about that. Matt reminds her she's no good at maths before leaving to do his own ‘entertaining'. They wish one another luck.
Helen is telling Bev that she can't believe she let Dorothy talk her into keeping an eye on Clarrie. Bev doesn't think he's so bad and thinks that Helen should give him a go. Helen looks sad and Bev gets up and puts her arms around her telling she knows she's mourning Derek still, but Clarrie deserve a go.
The doorbell rings (wow, a doorbell in Ramsay Street!) and Helen answers it to Clarrie who's got a bunch of flowers in his hand. Aww.
Des asks if he'll be in the way tonight but Melanie says he won't – she'll need him for moral support. She then panics because she didn't buy a leak for the potato and leak soup! She runs out of the door telling Des to put the oven on at 180. But, uh oh, Des gets distracted when Jamie calls out.
Matt has called for Gemma who looks *amazing*. Matt says they were only going to go for pasta but he feels like they should go somewhere more fancy now. Gemma explains that she didn't want to look like a ‘country cousin' in front of Annabel; she then explains who Annabel is. Matt jokes that he's pleased she didn't go to all that effort just for him and that he should probably thank Annabel later. They leave.
Ryan and Annabel are talking about his old school. The boys then come in with some alcohol and Ryan explains that they can't have any – because ‘gramps' will be checking in on them. The boys tease him about “gramps” and go to open the bottles and Annabel says she'll make sure they don't get out of hand.
Two more friends arrive and don't look too impressed. Annabel explains that Ryan used to go to their school but the pair of them still look unimpressed to be there. They've brought some more alcohol and Ryan thinks it's a good idea to keep it out of sight but Annabel tells him to relax.
Bev comes into the kitchen and Clarrie feels uneasy – he only prepared enough for two. Helen points out he just said he had enough to feed an army but Clarrie quips that he was speaking metaphorically. Fortunately for Clarrie, Bev is off to yoga.
CLARRIE: Oh that does sound fun! I'm almost tempted to join you.
BEV: It's pre-natal yoga, I don't think you qualify.
Bev leaves them to it even though Helen suggests she should have something to eat before she goes.
Annabel comes over to Ryan and the two of them go to get another drink. Roland approaches Josh asking him how Erinsborough High is. When Josh responds Roland says he's heard it a bit of a dump and then walks off.
In the kitchen, Annabel and Ryan are talking. She tells him that her parents are getting her a car, but she says she doesn't understand cars and what to pick. Ryan explains he's saving for one but can't afford one as yet. She offers that if he helps her pick the car she'll let him drive it.
Roger and Tanya have arrived. Tanya is looking very unimpressed and Roger is explaining that his son is sick and so is at home. Melanie says she's great with kids and Jamie loves it when she looks after him when he's ill. Des agrees, saying that Melanie is a regular Florence Nightingale! Tanya whispers to her father that Melanie is being ridiculous and Roger says he asked her to give Melanie a chance and to apologise for what she said earlier in the Coffee Shop. Melanie brings over the soup and Tanya apologises. Melanie says it's fine and that it'll take a while for them to get to know one another. Tanya doesn't look very impressed and replies with “probably”.
Clarrie has brought some wine for Helen and serves it to her but says he will stick with a glass of water as he has to keep his promise to Dorothy. Helen asks where he learnt to cook and Clarrie explains that him and his wife used to have to entertain many people - academia. He felt it wasn't fair his wife, Stella, had to do all the work so he learnt to cook. Helen asks what he means by academia and Clarrie responds that he as a professor at a university – just one of many of his surprises.
There's some rather fantastic dancing going on. Josh opens the door to Gemma and Matt and is pleased to see “normal people”. Matt goes to get drinks and Gemma asks where Ryan is. Josh says he's off somewhere with Annabel. Roland comes over to Gemma putting his arm around her and commenting that she's gorgeous – Gemma walks off.
ROLAND: Still not drinking?!
MELISSA: Are you kidding? This is my third orange juice!
Josh and Melissa go to leave for another party and Josh shakes hand with Roland. Josh suddenly remembers that he has to go to Melanie's and so Roland persuades Melissa to dance with him.
Out in the garden, Ryan and Annabel are talking. They snuggle up to keep warm (Annabel's idea) and Gemma sees them. She doesn't look very happy and disappears back indoors.
Conversation seems to have pretty much stopped. Melanie asks about Tanya's favourite subject – maths. Tanya says her favourite part is probability.
MELANIE: Well, I'd say the probability of you passing probability would be greater than mine!! (cue hysterical laughter from Melanie)
TANYA: Last time I heard a laugh like that I was at the zoo.
Roger isn't happy with the remark but Melanie insists it's fine – lots of people say it!
There's a knock at the door and it's Josh. They move closer inside so the others can overhear this brilliantly acted conversation which has obviously been pre-planned! The way Josh says his part of it all is in monotone and he obviously has not acted before!
JOSH: I'm sorry to interrupt and everything Melanie but I need your advice.
MELANIE: Huh, again?
JOSH: Yes. I am having hassles with my girlfriend.
MELANIE: I wonder why all the young people in Ramsay Street always come to me when they've got a problem.
JOSH: It's because you're so experienced.
MELANIE: He means experienced in the fact that I help people, don't you Josh?
Hehe. Melanie arranges to see him tomorrow. Roger asks if all the pigs that are around the house belong to Jamie, but Des laughs – no they're Melanie's. She even wanted one as a pet at one point. Tanya wonders if they can eat soon and Des apologises – he forgot to turn on the oven.
Later, when Roger and Tanya are leaving Melanie apologises about dinner and the raw pork. Tanya comments that it was charcoal on the outside and then leaves. Roger tells Melanie he had a lovely night and the take away was fine. He apologises for Tanya and they kiss goodbye.
Melanie is very upset about the evening. Tanya really hates her now and she probably thinks that her father has some disease to even want to marry her. In fact, Melanie wouldn't be surprised if he didn't want to marry her. Des sits down next to her and tells her that Roger is head over heals for her – that's obvious. And as for Tanya, Melanie is just trying a bit too hard. He suggests that instead of thinking that Melanie has to be a mother-figure to her just try and be friends instead.
Matt asks Ryan where Gemma is but Ryan doesn't know. He introduces Annabel to Matt. Annabel goes to join her friends.
Roland comes into one of the bedrooms that Gemma is in. She says she wants to be alone and Roland comments that he's good at being alone and so will join her. He's obviously drunk and suggests that they get to know one another better.
Clarrie is telling a funny story that makes Helen laugh. She offers him some wine because she feels bad drinking it to herself but he politely declines and says he has a promise to keep. Bev comes home from yoga and comments there must be two parties going on tonight! That reminds Clarrie about the kids, but he still doesn't seem too worried and tells Bev they've been having a ball.
Roland is putting his arm around Gemma. She tells him to go away and annoy the other people – can't he take a hint? He asks if he leaves does he get a kiss goodbye? Gemma gets angry and pushes him and he rips her dress. Matt then comes to her rescue.
ROLAND: Didn't anyone ever teach you to knock?
GEMMA: I'll knock your block off in a minute.
Matt tells him to leave and Roland tries it on with him, encouraging him to fight and play the hero.