- Jen being pulled over by a police officer while driving around with a ‘Stairwells of Heaven' banner attached to Philip's car.
- Marlene telling Colin that she thinks a party isn't such a good idea. Colin realising that there are no takers.
- Billy looking fearful as he hears a dog howling and strange noises in the Community Garden at night and spots someone apparently hiding behind an old car.
Billy runs away.
Libby sits down between Mal and Sonny on the couch. The house is silent and she comments bitterly:
LIBBY: I wonder what the *normal* families are watching on TV tonight.
Sonny remarks that he doesn't know what all the fuss is about: *he* hasn't watch TV in *years*. Susan comments cheerfully that in a couple of days it'll probably all be over: she's even made a bet with Karl about it! Mal goes to plug the TV in to watch while Karl isn't there – but finds that Karl has removed the plug! He announces that he can fix it, but Susan looks suddenly concerned! At that moment, though, Billy runs in, panting and struggling to breathe. Susan orders Mal to get the nebuliser. She tells Billy to breathe slowly.
In the lounge room, Colin places a pan of paella on the coffee table in front of Marlene and sits down opposite her. She tells him that he has a real talent for absorbing cultures. Colin, however, sighs that he sometimes thinks the price he pays for knowing so many cultures is that he never feels at home in one. Marlene says she thinks it's admirable to be curious and worldly and want to know about other places and things. Colin murmurs that she'd be the only person in the street who thinks so: he could be flying off to the moon and no one would be interested. Marlene insists that there are plenty of people in the street who'd miss him. She then suggests that they forget feeling sorry for themselves and get stuck into the paella and all the other good things Colin has made. Mark comes into the room at that moment and says he knows they want to be alone, so he's made other arrangements for the evening, but he tells Colin that he appreciated his support throughout the coma thing; it meant a lot to him and Ren. He hands Colin a recipe book of his dishes and adds that there are some pages in the back for Colin to write down some of his South American specialities. Colin beams that he's proud to accept such a gift. Mark heads out, leaving Colin looking choked.
Susan is helping Billy use the nebuliser. After a few seconds, he takes the mask away from his mouth and says he's OK now. Susan asks what frightened him and he replies that it was a man, he thinks, hiding in the bushes. He goes on:
BILLY: I left Libby's flash at the Community Garden, so I went down there to get it. It was dark and... I heard something moving around.
SUSAN (suggests): It might have been an animal.
BILLY: No, no, it was bigger – like human. It was watching me and then when I turned the torch on it – him – it ran away. I only caught a glimpse of him but I think he was carrying something like a bit of wood – or maybe it was a gun. I don't know.
Sonny comments that there's only one way to find out, and he takes out the keys to his van. He suggests that it was probably some dero. With that, he and Mal head out.
Jen is telling Philip that, firstly, her banners are not ridiculous, and secondly, she's coping very well with her studies; ‘Stairwells of Time' gives her stress relief. Philip tells her that if she promises to hit the books and stop wasting her study time, he'll help her win the crummy competition. Jen beams that she thinks she could get to like this crazy side of him! She asks what they're going to do win the competition. Philip says he thinks if they put their heads together, than can come up with something that will grab everyone's attention!
Mal and Sonny are standing with torches. Sonny tells Mal to check out the bus. Mal heads towards the bus, calling:
MAL: Come out, come out wherever you are!
He moves forward – and doesn't notice Sonny creeping up behind him holding a scarecrow! Mal isn't really startled, though, and Sonny suggests they get out of there. As they walk away, neither of them notices someone watching them from the top of the bus...
Danni comes downstairs and switches on the TV. Cheryl comments that she's supposed to be studying. Danni, however, mutters that she might as well not bother: she's not going to get through it before the exams. Cheryl muses that she might be able to make it worth her while: if Danni is prepared to knuckle down and make a superhuman effort, she may be prepared to offer her some dollars for every provable hour she studies. Danni asks if she gets a bonus if she passes! Cheryl nods that they'll cross that bridge if she gets to it. Danni accepts the offer! Cheryl warns her that ‘provable' means every hour she sees Danni study downstairs. Danni heads back upstairs to get her books, leaving Lou to comment to Cheryl:
LOU: Here you are, paying your daughter to study, yet you've got Brett doing overtime for nothing.
Cheryl just insists that what's right for one isn't necessarily right for the other.
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The next morning, Helen is picking flowers in the garden when Philip and Jen emerge from the house and Jen tells Helen that they're off to win the competition!
Mal has put the plug back on the TV cable – but when he goes to switch the TV on, nothing happens! Susan asks him to come and sign a card for Colin before he tries again. As he does that, Libby asks him what his plans are for the afternoon, as she was thinking about going for a morning surf. Mal says he's going to Sonny's workshop, so he won't be able to make it ‘til after lunch. Libby says she'll wait for him. Susan asks pointedly when they're planning on doing some study, but Mal tells her that that they've got to take a break *some* time. Billy emerges from his room and Susan asks what *his* plans are for today. He tells her that he forgot to develop the photos he took yesterday, and he asks Libby for a hand.
Colin is finishing his packing, as Lou talks on the radio in the background. Marlene tells Colin that he has to send lots of postcards. Colin, however, says he'll do better than that: he'll send her a tape every week. Marlene beams that that will be almost like having him there in person! She then tells him warmly that she's going to miss him. Colin assures her:
COLIN: Not half as much as I'm going to miss *you*.
There's suddenly a knock on the front door and Colin goes and opens it to Susan, who tells him that she has a present from her and Karl and the kids: he's been so helpful with all the information and the books about Africa; the street won't be the same without him.
Lou tells the listeners:
LOU: Listen up, folks, because if you want to back a winner this Cup Day, make sure you book a table for the Melbourne Cup Celebration of a Lifetime at Chez Chez in the Lassiter Complex – and if that's not enough, Erinsborough Council is sponsoring a Melbourne Cup tent in the gardens for the afternoon...
Unknown to him, Philip and Jen have crept into the building!
Mark, Susan, Marlene and Colin listen as Lou continues:
LOU: I'd like to say a big hello – no, no, no, make that a fond farewell to my old mate, Colin Taylor. Colin's off to Argentina tonight, and on behalf of all his Ramsay Street friends and neighbours, we'd just like to say have a very safe and a very exciting journey, Col – and, er, don't drink the water, mate!
Marlene beams happily:
MARLENE: That's *you*, Colin!
Lou puts on some music to put Colin in the mood for his travels and he takes off his headphones. From a few yards away, Jen and Philip watch as he picks up his coffee mug, finds it's empty and leaves the studio in order to refill it. The two of them then walk into the now- empty studio, where Philip puts a cassette tape in a machine and fades out the music. He then turns on the tape!
Mark, Susan, Colin and Marlene listen in surprise as Philip's pre- recorded voice comes on and says:
PHILIP: Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt this programme for a very special announcement.
Philip then puts on a rap which he and Jen have recorded:
JEN: My name is Jen
PHILIP: She's a friend of mine
JEN: I wanna tell you ‘bout a show called ‘Stairwells in Time'
BOTH: Stairwells! Stairwells! Stairwells in Time!
[The show seems to have changed its name from ‘Stairwells *of* Time' to ‘Stairwells *in* Time'!]
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Helen is listening to the radio in astonishment as she potters with some plants!
Lou tries to get back into the studio but finds the door locked. He runs round to a window and yells at Philip and Jen angrily to ask them what they think they're doing.
As the rap finishes, Susan declares:
SUSAN: If *that* doesn't win her the competition, I don't know what will!
Billy has hung up some photos and is pointing out to Libby that he can see a head and shoulders on the bus. He asks Libby if she can't blow the photo up, but Libby warns him that it'll probably make it grainier. She adds that if it's photographic evidence he's looking for, he's not going to find it in *those* photos.
Back home, Jen asks Philip if he thinks Lou will ever speak to them again. Philip points out that they hijacked the poor guy's radio show! At that moment, Lou comes in through the back door, a stern look on his face. He asks Philip and Jen angrily if they realise what has happened because of that ridiculous stunt they pulled. Philip laughs that he's sorry! Lou, however, snaps:
LOU: ‘Sorry'? What good is ‘sorry' going to do me now that I'm off the air?
Philip gasps that he's been sacked? He adds quickly that he'll tell the station controller that it wasn't Lou's fault. Lou, however, suddenly bursts out laughing that he got them! He goes on that he had a call from every soap opera freak within cooee! Jen beams that she's going to win that competition – she can feel it in her bones!
Libby is sitting on the beach, reading a magazine, when Mal runs up. She sighs that it's about time. Mal explains that Sonny had heaps to show him. He asks if she's going in, but Libby tells him that Sonny said there's a rip out there; it's really dangerous. Mal just runs towards the water, beaming that it adds to the fun!
Several Ramsay Street residents have gathered at No. 30 as Colin thanks them for the present they've bought him. Marlene calls for a speech. Colin says:
COLIN: Well, everyone, you see before you a man of mixed emotions. The excitement I feel about going on yet another world adventure is mixed with an equal amount of sorrow I feel at leaving behind those I love.
Marlene explains to everyone that that's her! Colin continues:
COLIN: I've lived in Ramsay Street just a very short time, but today I felt a love, friendship and warmth that I shall treasure forever. To be the recipient of such goodwill and affection—
He's interrupted by Philip clapping and declaring that that was a good speech! Colin tells everyone that he'll miss them and looks forward to seeing them all when he gets back. Marlene proposes a toast to health and good neighbours. Philip says:
PHILIP: To Colin Taylor – may your travels bring you safely back home.
Everyone then bursts into ‘For He's a Jolly Good Fellow'!
Libby is sitting on the beach. She suddenly notices that she can't see Mal in the water. She stares out at the sea and suddenly spots Mal waving his arm at her. She yells:
LIBBY: Malcolm, are you OK?
Mal waves at her some more. Libby yells:
LIBBY: Stop fooling around, Mal, this isn't funny.
In the water, Mal is struggling to stay on his surfboard.
Libby suddenly spots Sonny approaching and she runs up to him and tells him that Mal's got stuck in a rip. She points to the water. Sonny picks up his board and runs into the water as Mal falls off his board and begins to sink...