George asking Toadie if he still wants to take her to the dance. Toadie smiling that that would be cool.
Danni introducing Ben Dalziel to her mother and telling her that she and Ben are getting married!
Ben tells Cheryl that if it's not OK for him to stay, they can make other arrangements. Danni explains that she and Ben met at Fabian's fashion show – he's just started out with his own label and he's invited her to join his team of designers, so now she's part of Chicane Designs. Cheryl tells ‘Danielle' in a strangulated voice that that's wonderful. Danni insists that it's an opportunity of a lifetime – and Ben's company has quite a lot of money behind it: his parents can afford to support it. Ben chips in that it's the designs they'll be judged on. Danni smiles at her mum and Ben:
DANNI: Oh, you two are going to be the best of friends – I can just tell!
Cheryl doesn't look convinced.
Hannah is reading a magazine article headed ‘Is Your Man a Dud or a Stud?' when George arrives home, looking glum. Hannah asks her if she wants to do the quiz with her, but George looks at the title and mutters that she doesn't need a quiz to answer that. Hannah asks her if she's got a date for the dance. George admits reluctantly that it's Toadie. Hannah bursts out laughing! George storms off, muttering that Hannah wouldn't know about anything that's going on with her.
Cheryl is on her own in the lounge room when Ben joins her, ready to go out. He sits down and Cheryl tells him pointedly that they can have a chat – about him marrying her daughter after knowing her for two weeks. Ben says he knows it must seem really quick, but he really loves Danni. Cheryl tells him that when you're attracted to somebody, it's very easy to distort things. Ben asks her if she's saying he's *lied* to Danni. Cheryl tells him that he may be *Danni's* Sir. Galahad, but it's only natural for her to worry. Danni joins them, having dressed up for a night out, and Cheryl smiles at her that she's off to a very good start!
Susan is sitting at a table with Alan McKenna, who hands her several sheets of paper containing guidelines for the dance! Susan sighs that it's a bit extreme. McKenna, however, tells her that he'd rather have the kids wrapped round his fingers than the teachers wrapped around theirs. Danni and Ben walk in and McKenna comments to Susan that Danni is an example of where a lack of discipline gets you: without it, teenagers will make their *own* decisions and they know what kids' judgement's like.
Over at another table, Ben pours glasses of champagne for himself and Danni as Danni smiles that she'd must rather be a customer there than a worker. Ben comments that her mum made it sound like she'd still be working there. Danni explains that that's until she finds someone to cover for her. She snuggles up to Ben and they clink their glasses.
Billy and Mel are peeling vegetables as Billy asks Mel what the others are doing for the dance. Mel shrugs. Billy suggests that the two of them could go out for dinner or something. Mel mutters:
MEL: Oh. So I take it you intend on taking *me* to this dance. It's just I don't recall you asking me.
BILLY: You're my girlfriend. I don't *have* to ask you.
MEL (snaps): I could be *busy* tomorrow night, Billy.
BILLY: Well, you're not, are you?
MEL: Why don't you just ask me to the dance and find out?
Billy does as he's told! Mel says she'll go, but adds that she just doesn't want him assuming she'll do what he wants her to do just because they're together. The front door opens and Toadie comes in and beams that George is coming to the dance with him after all! Susan arrives home as well as Mel asks Toadie in surprise why George suddenly changed her mind. Toadie grins that it's the Toad she wanted and it's the Toad she's got! Mel asks about his shoulder and whether he's going to ‘hop' the night away. Toadie insists:
TOADIE: Just because I can't dazzle George with my groovy moves on the dancefloor doesn't mean something *else* won't happen.
Susan says quickly that that's enough – and she adds that she should warn them that McKenna's on the warpath. Billy groans:
BILLY: Oh great, what fun is it going to be with the Gestapo on patrol?
Toadie smiles that they're going to have to employ some decoys!
The next morning, Hannah is having breakfast when Philip and George join her and Philip asks Hannah if she's sure she doesn't want to come to hospital with him and George, as he's sure Mr. Brown would like to meet her. Hannah just mutters:
HANNAH: Maybe some other time.
GEORGE (coldly): Yeah, that would be better.
Philip and George go to head out – to find Lance about to knock on the door. Hannah joins him and asks what he came around for. Lance tells her that he just wanted to see her. Hannah asks why. Lance comments that they're friends, aren't they? He then hands her a small posy of flowers and tells her that he wanted to make up for not being around much recently. Hannah asks suspiciously if that's the *only* reason. Lance says:
LANCE: Oh, well, there *is* one other thing.
LANCE: Well, it's the school dance tonight... and I was kind of hoping you would go with me. Please, Hannah? We'd have heaps of fun.
Cheryl is playing with Lolly at the dining table when Danni approaches and asks if she's in trouble. Cheryl tells her that she's not going to scream at her, but she'd have appreciated a ‘phone call last night to tell her where she was so late. Danni explains that she and Ben just got chatting and didn't realise how late it was. Cheryl tells her that she hoped she'd come back from Sydney with a renewed interest in going back to school. Danni, however, groans that there's no way. Cheryl, to Danni's surprise, doesn't press this. Cheryl explains that Danni was right about Brett leaving to get away from *her* as much as have an adventure and she couldn't go through that again. Danni then tells her mother that she knows Ben is the one – and she wants Cheryl to believe that. Cheryl, however, says that it's only important that *Danni* believes that. Danni asks her if she can be happy for her. Cheryl replies reluctantly that she'll *have* to be. Danni assures her that she'll love Ben when she gets to know him.
Hannah is asking Lance if they'll just be going as friends and he won't try anything silly. Lance tells her that he knows it's only an end- of- term dance, but it's kind of boring going on your own. Hannah reluctantly accepts. Lance beams that he'll get his dad to drive them. He asks what time he should pick her up. Hannah, however, suggests quickly that he meet her at the coffee shop.
Rupert and Libby are sitting at a table, Rupert asking who'd have thought they'd be going as a couple! Across at another table, Mel comments to Billy that she thinks Libby and Rupert are *made* for each other. Billy mutters that it's a bit full- on for him. Mel exclaims:
MEL: Billy, what has happened to you? You used to be so romantic and now you hardly even *notice* me.
BILLY: That is not fair! I *do* notice you.
He offers Mel some of his sandwich, but she declines, looking less than impressed. Billy then gets down on one knee and smiles:
BILLY: Well fine, if you don't want my food, then will you do me the honour of accompanying me to the school dance instead?
He holds out a small jewellery box containing a pair of earrings and tells Mel that he loves her and is sorry if he doesn't tell her enough. Mel hugs him in delight.
Hannah is holding a dress up against herself. George emerges from her room and comments that it looks OK. Hannah says she's worn it a million times before – not that she's a fashion victim. George then apologises to Hannah for biting her head off about Billy and Toadie. She adds that her dad gave her some money to buy a new dress for the dance, but she's never *been* to a dance before... Hannah suggests that they could go shopping. Philip joins them and overhears the conversation. He tells George that a beautiful new dress bought for tonight will make her feel really good about herself. Hannah asks Philip for some money to buy something to go with *her* dress. George laughs:
GEORGE: Me in a dress. My dad'll freak!
Ben and Danni are enjoying more champagne. Ben suggests that they should start thinking about work, but Danni is more interested in getting another bottle. Ben stops her, though, telling her coolly that *he's* the boss. He reminds her that they have two separate relationships: one business and one personal. Danni says she doesn't see why they have to keep the personal out while they're working. Ben, however, says:
BEN: If you do what you're hired to do, well, with a professional attitude, there won't be any problem; but if you think me being in love with you gives you a free ride, then you're mistaken.
DANNI: I don't!
BEN: Good – because mum and dad have got behind me with this business, which is great, but I'm not going to blow the opportunity and I won't let anyone around me do that either.
Rupert and Lance are both waiting in the coffee shop. Libby comes in, all dressed up, and Rupert smiles at her that she looks way too good for a dance. Over at another table, Mel shows off the earrings to Billy. He smiles that they – and she – looks great. Toadie comes in alone and Billy comments that he thought he was going with George. Toadie tells him that she wanted to meet him there. He then asks in concern:
TOADIE: She *will* turn up, won't she?
At that moment, the door opens and George and Hannah come in. George is wearing a red and white polkadot dress and Mel comments in surprise that she sure looks different. Toadie exclaims, looking impressed:
TOADIE: Does she ever!
Hannah joins Lance, who remarks that he thought she was never going to turn up. Hannah explains that George took ages to get ready. Meanwhile, Toadie exclaims to Billy:
TOADIE: Man, how keen *is* she? I mean, look at the effort she's gone to! Is the Toad a winner or *what*?!
Billy doesn't look so sure.
A short time later, George and Toadie walk into the school hall. George immediately looks around and spots Rupert and Libby approaching. She quickly dashes over towards them, hoping Rupert will notice her, but he ignores her and asks Libby if she wants to dance. Toadie rejoins George and asks her if she wants to sit the current dance out with him, but she declines and walks off.
Standing on some steps nearby, Lance suddenly lunges towards Hannah and tries to kiss her. She pushes him away, though, and asks him angrily what he's doing. Lance retorts that that's why he thought she wanted to stop dancing. He adds that everyone *else* is doing it. Hannah snaps:
HANNAH: Yeah, well, *we're not*. You're a pig, Lance, and I should've known you couldn't be just friends: you haven't got enough *class* for that.
She storms off.
Philip is typing on his wordprocessor when the phone rings. He answers it and Debbie comes on. Philip comments in surprise that it must be pretty early over there and he asks how Helen and Rosemary are. Debbie just murmurs that they're not bad. There's then silence and Philip asks if everything's all right. Debbie says eventually:
DEBBIE: It's so good to hear your voice. It's just awful here, dad. I had to talk to *someone*.
PHILIP: I'm glad you rang. What on earth's happened?
Toadie is standing on some stairs away from the main dance, and he lights a cigarette. Hannah walks up the stairs and he offers her a smoke. She declines, though, and comments that she thought he'd given up. Toadie shrugs and asks what the point is. Hannah tells him that her date went for the grope – and they're only supposed to be friends. Toadie comments that at least she wasn't *ignored*. He adds angrily:
TOADIE: Why does every girl like Rupert all of a sudden? I mean, he doesn't *deserve* it.
Hannah says she wants to go home. Toadie asks if she wants to go together and adds that he'll go and grab his jacket. He asks Hannah to hold his cigarette and he heads off down the stairs. Hannah is standing there, cigarette in hand, when McKenna comes round the corner and demands:
MCKENNA: What do you think *you're* doing?
Hannah insists quickly that the cigarette isn't hers. McKenna comments sarcastically that she must be holding it for a friend, then – who seems to have disappeared. Hannah cries:
HANNAH: It's true.
MCKENNA: Well, then, give me this friend's name.
Hannah doesn't say anything. McKenna says coldly:
MCKENNA: Right. Well, Hannah Martin, you can come with me to the office, where we can ring your father. I'm sure he'll be most impressed to hear about your imaginary friend and how the two of you were caught smoking.