- Ren insisting to Mark that she'll pay him back every cent.
- Lou telling Cheryl that Lolly is a cinch to win the baby competition.
- Philip leaving No.26 to go to sleep in the news- agency, to get away from Julie.
The next morning, Rick is ironing in the lounge room when Ren comes in and comments on the grubbiness of the room. She starts tidying up, and asks Rick for a hand, but Rick says he has to work as a maître d today. Mark arrives home with a box of groceries. He comments to his sister in surprise that she's actually vertical and tidying up instead of waiting for him and Rick to do it!
Philip emerges from the news- agency. Sam walks over and asks him if he's got a sec. He goes on that the progressive dinner thing… what time does Philip want them to turn up for the first course? Philip, however, replies awkwardly that he and Julie are having a few problems at the moment; Lou's hunting for a new venue…
Marlene has made some biscuits and Cheryl tells her that they look delicious. Lou asks Marlene if they could use her place for the entrée for the progressive dinner. Marlene says they can, but the cooking's out as she's stuck at the Waterhole… although if they kept it simple, Sam could give her a hand. Lou thanks her.
Jack has turned up and he shows Gaby his employment contract, all signed and witnessed. Gaby takes it from him with a smile. There are piles of clothes everywhere and Gaby tells Jack that she's been really hard on herself! Jack points out that she's leaving… she has to let go! Cody comes through the front door and asks if she's butting in. Gaby asks for a hand with her clothes. As Cody gets stuck in, she tells her sister that she's got a book listing all the things Danni hasn't done but has taken the blame for. Gaby asks her if she's going to dob to Miss. Teschendorff, but Cody pleads with her not to use the word ‘dob'. Gaby suggests she give the book to Cheryl instead.
In the kitchen, Mark is giving instructions to Sam on how to prepare the entrée. They head out into the main shop, where Rick comes in and mutters about the fact that his face being on the posters has made Alan Crowley think he can run his life.
Cheryl is laying out photos of Lolly in an album when Lou comes in with a letter from the organisers of the baby competition. He opens it and reads the sheet of paper – and then gasps:
LOU: She didn't come close.
He goes on that the preliminary judges decided that neither the photograph nor the caption were suitable for further consideration. Cheryl exclaims that everyone who's ever seen Lolly says she's cute. She goes on that she's not saying Lolly has to be the winner, but to not even make the preliminaries… Lou admits that it does seem hard to believe. Cheryl murmurs that she'll be rational about this… for a few minutes, and then she'll tear them to shreds!
Outside the Waterhole
Doug emerges from the Waterhole with Philip and they sit down at a table. Doug comments that there are clothes everywhere, cooking for a dozen people, women screaming… the house is like a warzone! Philip asks gently if he's sure he didn't want to get away because of Gaby leaving. Doug muses that he still sees her as a little three- year- old kid with her arms up; it gets to him. He then asks how things are with Philip, who replies that he and Julie just don't seem to connect like they used to; they seem to be running in different directions, and instead of talking it through, they fight. Doug insists that it'll come good.
Cody is at No.22 and Cheryl tells her that it's a conspiracy: her meringue isn't setting! Cody then tells her that she isn't there to dob… but she thought she should give her her book about Danni, in which she's written down everything. Cheryl remarks that Danni is the least of her concerns at the moment, and she tells Cody to put the book down across the room. Cody does so and tells Cheryl that she hopes everything works out…
Mark is dressed up and is polishing his shoes. Ren smiles at him that she did a good job on the living room, didn't she? Mark immediately asks her suspiciously what she wants! Ren tells him that she needs his car to meet some friends an hour or so outside the city. Mark, however, tells her that she can catch a cab; his car keys are staying right there. Ren seems to accept this, and she hugs him and wishes him a good night. He heads out. When he's gone, Ren stares at the keys to Mark's van, which are on the hallway table.
Cheryl is talking on the ‘phone, complaining about the judges for the baby photo competition not doing their job properly. The person on the other end hangs up on her, though! Lou suggests that they should take this further. Cheryl comments that he still needs to raise funds for the Variety Club bash, so the Waterhole is going to run its *own* baby competition. Lou remarks:
LOU: Bingo! Our own contest with fair rules, run by us! What a clever little mum you are!
The progressive dinner is underway and Pam is laughing as she tells some of those gathered that Gaby has been planning on taking her doona to Darwin! Gaby pulls a face! She heads into the kitchen, where Mark tells her that he's going to miss her and little Zac. Cody and Rick join them and Rick comments that he might go to Darwin to get away from Crowley the Crow! In the lounge room, Cheryl is ranting about how the man on the ‘phone would only say that the judges' decision is final. Pam comments that she supposes all parents say the same.
Lou joins Philip and Doug and asks Philip if he's on his own. Philip nods that he's going to have some fun. Doug suggests that they should go camping – just the blokes. Philip smiles that it sounds like heaven!
Marlene walks in with a tray of entrées and everyone gets stuck in.
A while later, the main course is being consumed at No.28 and Doug says he hopes everyone appreciates the expert garnishes! On the couch, Sam is telling Philip that he walked into the coffee shop and met this incredible woman; they ended up having this conversation and he kept wondering where he'd seen her before – but he's going out with her tomorrow night.
Dessert is at No.22, where Doug calls everyone together and he makes a speech. Everyone charges their glasses as Doug addressed the gathering and says:
DOUG: Now, you're all friends of ours and Gaby's. Some of you have known her longer than others, but I reckon you've all got a pretty good idea why we think she's special: she's fiery, self- opinionated and bad- tempered!
Everyone laughs! Doug then goes on:
DOUG: She's also very smart, very loyal and very successful. She's a loving daughter and a wonderful mother, and she's given us our fair share of surprises.
He reminds everyone about when Gaby dressed up as a tart to put potential buyers off buying No.26! He then asks everyone to be upstanding and charge their glasses, and he proposes a toast to Gaby, who smiles in embarrassment!
Sometime later, back at No.30, Mark is ranting at Rick about the fact that his van is missing from the driveway and Ren is probably doing wheelies through the blue smoke her hippy mates are breathing out. Ren comes in at that moment, looking downcast. Mark starts to rant at her, but Rick notices the expression on her face and asks if there's a problem. Ren says to her brother that the van's insured, right, because she had a little accident…
The next morning, the Willises are gathered in the street to say goodbye to Gaby, Jack and Zac. Gaby is securing Zac in the back of a cab. Pam tells Doug that they could still change their mind and go to the airport, but Doug reminds her that Gaby doesn't want them to. Gaby gives Cody a tight hug. She then turns to her mother, who tells her to promise that she'll send photos every week. Gaby assures her that she will. As the two women hug, Pam cries that it's such a long way… Doug tells Jack to look after his daughter and grandchild. Gaby hugs her father and Pam hugs Jack. Gaby, Cody and Pam engage in one final hug before Gaby climbs into the car. Cody says to Jack:
CODY: I used to think you were a dipstick, but —
DOUG (warns): Cody…!
CODY (grins): I guess you're an OK father for my nephew!
With that, Jack climbs into the back of the cab and it drives away. Pam sobs:
PAM: The whole family's been wrenched apart.
CODY: You've still got *me*.
PAM: Yeah. Thank goodness for my baby.
They watch as the cab turns left at the end of the road and Gaby leaves Ramsay Street for the final time.