Lou telling Cheryl he just wants Mai and him to bond.
Billy asking Hannah if she thinks Nicole Cahill will go with him to the Parish Dance.
Libby suggesting Brett becomes campaign manager for Stonefish for the school election!
Lou – pushing Louise in her pram – and Mai are walking through the car yard, Lou saying he should have done more with his life. Mai tells him that to have a business of his own is a great achievement. Lou asks Mai if she sees a car she fancies. He adds that she can have anything she likes. Mai tries to protest, but Lou points out that he hasn't bought her a present in over twenty years. Mai tells him that she couldn't possibly accept a gift like that. Lou then asks her if she's going to come and see his radio shift tomorrow. Mai grins and tells him to try and stop her!
Sitting at a table with Stonie, Brett and Libby ask him how he'd feel about becoming School Captain. Stonie splutters that that's a good one; the School Captains are like the full geeks! Brett tells him that he'll be the underdog who fought his way to the top; he'll be an inspiration to students. Stonie says he'd have to make up dumb speeches. Brett, however, says he and Libby will do that; they'll be his campaign managers. Stonie asks suspiciously what's in it for them. Brett says quickly that it's their school too and they want the right person representing their needs. Libby tells Stonie that it'll change his life!
Susan is sitting with Cheryl, talking about her theatre exploits, but Cheryl is miles away. Susan manages to bring her back to the present and Cheryl explains that Louise will be screaming for her nap; she didn't think Lou would be this long. She adds that he's so wrapped up in Mai that she wonders if he'll forget about Louise and the rest of them. Susan comments that it's pretty natural that he'd want to spend time getting to know his new daughter. Cheryl muses that she wonders if Mai reminds him of Su, Mai's mother. Susan, however, insists:
SUSAN: Cheryl, Lou's in love with *you*. What's in the past is in the past.
CHERYL (distantly): Not any more it ain't...
It's evening- time. Hannah is showing off dresses to Helen, trying to find something to impress Billy. Helen comments that it seems to her that if Hannah has any pride, she won't chase after him. Philip emerges from his room, wearing a dinner jacket and bow tie. Hannah asks why he's all dressed up and Philip replies that he's going out with Molly – to somewhere posh and expensive. Hannah mutters as she asks why he's spending all his money on *her*. Philip insists that they go Dutch – and they're just friends. He gets Helen to check his bald patch and she assures him that it's not too bad!
Mark has invited Billy to the Parish Dance. He asks Libby if she wants to come as well, but she declines, saying she'll be busy with the School Captain elections. Mark accepts this and heads out. Karl tells Libby that she *should* go. Susan adds that she and Karl had so much fun at the local dances back home – she has some *very* warm memories of those get- togethers! Libby comments that the only reason Billy's going is to chat up Hannah Martin. Billy, however, looks annoyed and snaps that Hannah is a baby. He storms off to his room.
Lou arrives home with Louise and Cheryl asks how things went. Lou smiles that they had a wonderful day: Mai wouldn't take the car, but she's dead keen to come and see his radio show tomorrow. Cheryl tells him that she's really pleased about the way things are going with him and Mai. Lou smiles that so is he. He goes on that Mai cooked him lunch – she's a wonderful cook, almost as good as her mother. Cheryl's face drops.
The next morning, Stonie is sitting with Brett and Cheryl, having breakfast. Lou joins them and comments to Cheryl that she looks like death warmed up. Cheryl tells him that she was up all night with Louise. Lou then asks her if she can pay his car insurance for him, as it's due today. Cheryl says she's got Helen and Susan coming for lunch – but she'll probably get to the shops sometime. Lou thanks her and heads out. Brett asks his mother why she agreed to pay the insurance when Lou's going that way. Cheryl just mutters that Lou's busy; it'll be fine. She gets up from the table. Left alone with Stonie, Brett asks if he'll be in the election. Stonie nods that he will. He adds that he spoke to his mum about it and she cried with happiness!
Helen is styling putting Hannah's hair into a bun to stop anyone shutting it in a locker! Philip joins them – having put on a hairpiece to hide his bald patch! Helen tells him that he and Hannah need to talk. She leaves them. Hannah says to her father:
HANNAH: What's that stupid thing on your head? You never cared what you looked like for mum or for me or for anyone else. Why do you care for Molly?
PHILIP (gently): Look, after your mum died, you know I didn't care about anything – but now I'm starting to feel better and I just want to *try* a few things; but I want to look the part for *me*, not for Molly or for anyone else. Just for *me*.
HANNAH: So you're not going to get married?
PHILIP (chuckles): Hannah! We're just good friends! You know how much I love you and how much I love spending time with you, but I have to have friends my own age. Do you understand?
Hannah tells him she's sorry and she gives him a hug. Philip then asks her if the hairpiece really looks stupid. Hannah grins that it does, so Philip removes it!
Susan is trying to persuade Karl to join her on the stage, but he won't be in it! Libby answers the front door to Brett, who tells her that Stonie's agreed to run for School Captain. He then adds, however, that *he* doesn't want to go through with it anymore – they can't use Stonie as a guinea pig. Libby listens, but then points out that if Stonie gets elected, it'll change the whole direction of his life.
Stonie walks along the corridor and orders Miranda to pick up some litter and put it in the bin! He walks off, leaving Miranda to comment to Hannah that he's a creep. She then tells Hannah that Billy's coming their way. He walks towards them and Hannah says to him quickly that it should be a great dance tonight. Billy just mutters that it should be, and he walks off. Miranda asks Hannah if he's still going with Nicole. Hannah retorts that he is, but she doesn't know why; Nicole's so dumb. Miranda comments that Nicole has so many unreal clothes – and she tells Hannah to face it: she has no chance.
Mai is standing in the studio, listening as Lou interviews Mark on air, asking him what sort of music the kids can expect to hear at the Parish Dance. He suggests that there'll be some Abba, maybe, or the Bay City Rollers?! Mark grins at Lou that he's a bit behind the times; he'll be playing the latest dance music and the Top 40. Lou thanks Mark and puts on some music.
Stonie has given Brett and Libby a list of his ideas for when he becomes School Captain – such as video games in the detention room ... and separate study hours for Year 12s in the library. He grins that they can slack off without the young kids bugging them! Libby and Brett roll their eyes at each other!
Philip has turned up at No. 22 and he hands Cheryl a car magazine that Lou has been waiting for. He asks how things have been with Mai and Cheryl smiles that they're pretty good; she's down at the radio station now, actually. Philip says:
PHILIP: I'm really glad that there's no hard feelings. Lou assured me that you'd understand. At the time, I was feeling pretty guilty, I can tell you – well, what with collecting his mail and writing references and helping find the flat...
CHERYL (frowns): Whoa, whoa, wait, what are you saying here?
Philip realises Lou hasn't told her that he needed a hand to settle Mai in and find her a flat. Cheryl looks downcast.
Lou finishes his radio show and asks Mai how he did. Mai smiles that now she knows what her mother meant when she said Lou had a bubbly personality. Lou remarks that Mai hasn't told him much about what her mum said about him. Mai replies that she just said he made her laugh. Lou comments:
LOU: We had a lot of fun. I miss her.
Mai smiles warmly that she's glad he's her father. She adds that she thought he'd be disappointed in her – but Lou insists that there's not a chance.
Mark has turned up. Philip calls to Hannah to come on. She emerges from her room, looking glum, and Philip takes a photo! She complains that she still looks like a baby; it's not fair. Helen murmurs to Philip that she thinks she knows what this is about: Billy Kennedy. She then turns to Hannah and tells her not to let Billy spoil her evening. Mark adds that she should rock up and show Billy that she's not jealous. Hannah suggests suddenly that maybe Billy's trying to make *her* jealous! She dashes off to go and fix her hair!
Lou has arrived home with takeaway, but Cheryl tells him coolly that she's been shopping for dinner all afternoon. Lou asks her if she got his car insurance paid while she was out. Cheryl frowns:
CHERYL: Is that the next thing you want to talk about?
LOU (surprised): What's eating you?
Cheryl, however, says it's nothing. Lou says he'll go and give the fish and chips to Phil; he wants to talk about the dog, anyway. Cheryl mutters that she's sure he and Phil have got a lot to talk through. Lou asks what's going on. Cheryl just retorts darkly that that's a very good question – but as it's of most importance, he should probably discuss it with Philip first. Lou marches out.
Miranda is asking Hannah if she thinks Billy asked Nicole just to make Hannah jealous. Hannah replies that he's playing hard to get; it's so obvious. Unnoticed by either of them, Nicole is standing listening and she asks Hannah if she's talking about *her*. She asks Hannah who she is. Hannah tells her that she's one of Billy's friends – and she adds that Billy's only going out with Nicole to make her jealous. Nicole laughs and walks off. At that moment, Billy walks in, wanders over to Nicole and the two of them move away. Miranda tells Hannah that Billy isn't rapt in her.
Philip opens the front door to Lou, who hands him the gift of fish and chips! Philip tells him that he thought he would have told Cheryl everything by now; he put his foot in it over The Big Secret. Lou, looking horrified, sighs that it's no wonder Cheryl was snappy at him. Philip tells Lou that he chose a mate over her as a confidante and that hurt her. Lou says he'll make it up to her.
Mark is telling Hannah that he can't take her home as he has to stay there and supervise. He suggests she find Miranda, have a dance and forget about Billy and Nicole. He walks off. Nicole and Billy are nearby and Nicole notices Hannah and taunts Billy that there's his girlfriend. Hannah has grabbed a drink, but Nicole shoves her and the drink goes down Hannah's dress. Nicole teases:
NICOLE: Don't cry – mummy can wash it for you.
She turns away – but Hannah suddenly grabs her hair and the two of them fall to the ground for an all- out catfight!