Danni and Luke breaking up.
Mick telling Angie that he won't be coming to see her again, as he thinks he's blown it. Angie telling him he hasn't.
Danni ordering Steve out of No. 22 after he snuck up on her while she was asleep and kissed her.
Steve tells Danni sheepishly that he's really sorry he was totally out of line. Danni retorts that she and Luke mean a lot to each other; she wouldn't want to give that up for someone like *him*. Steve tells Danni that he has feelings for her and hoped she had feelings for him too and all this rejection just makes him want her more. Danni mutters that she's sure he'll get over it. Steve suggests they change the subject and talk careers. Danni points out that it's 11:00 at night.
Toadie is watching TV in the lounge room when Angie and Mick arrive home, laughing. Toadie asks them suspiciously what they've been doing: have they been on a date or something? They reply simultaneously:
ANGIE: Of course not.
MICK: Well, sort of.
Toadie suggests coolly that they'd better get their stories straight, and he heads off to bed. Mick comments to Angie that it looks like they're in trouble. Angie sighs at Mick that it would be best if he went home. Mick, however, tells her that Toadie's just going to have to get used to them being together.
Danni heads into No. 30 the next morning, calling for Luke and telling him that they need to talk. She knocks on his bedroom door, but there's no answer. She then heads into the lounge room, where finds an envelope on the coffee table. She opens it and reads a note she finds inside:
Danni, I wish I could turn my feelings on and off as easily as you seem to be able to. It's pretty obvious that you've made your choices and it's obvious they don't include me. Steve's car out the front last night was not exactly a subtle hint. Anyway, it hurts too much to hang around and watch it all happening between you and Steve I've enough problems to deal with. By the time you get this I will have left. Good luck and goodbye. Luke.'
Danni sits there looking upset.
Angie hands Toadie a glass of orange juice in the lounge room. She asks if she can cook him something, but Toadie retorts that *he* can make it. He then asks his mother curtly what time her date went last night. Angie retorts that Mick was *not* her date he just had a cup of tea and then he went home. Toadie snaps at her that they came home giggling like a couple of lovebirds. Angie tells him coolly that he's got everything wrong. Toadie demands:
TOADIE: So did dad get a mention in all your smalltalk?
ANGIE: So *that's* your problem: you think I'm playing around behind your father's back. Is that it?
TOADIE: Yeah, well, it's looking pretty suss where *I'm* sitting.
Angie tells Toadie firmly that he has to understand that she and Mick are just friends and that's all. Toadie murmurs that he doesn't want her breaking up with his dad. Angie admits that she gets lonely without Kev around, but she's not looking to replace him; she and Mick have a giggle and Toadie wouldn't begrudge her having a mate to talk to, would he? Toadie murmurs:
TOADIE: No. Of course not. Sorry.
Danni is at No. 24, ranting at her mother that she can't believe Luke just up and went like that without even trying to talk about it. Cheryl says she gathers *Steve* is part of all this. Danni explains that Luke thinks they're having some big affair but she told Steve that she isn't interested in him and that she and Luke are sorting out their problems. Cheryl asks her if she told *Luke* that, but Danni retorts that that's what she went over for, but he'd already taken off. She insists that she hasn't given him any reason to take off like that without talking. Cheryl says:
CHERYL: OK, sweetheart, I realise that you don't *mean* to encourage Steve
DANNI (insists): Mum, I am *not*. *He* is the one that's chasing *me*. I didn't *ask* him to come over last night.
CHERYL (frowns): He was *here*...?
DANNI: Yeah but no longer than ten minutes. Mum, I wouldn't have anything to do with him if it wasn't for the business, OK? I wouldn't purposely try and hurt Luke. He doesn't need any more stress in his condition.
Cheryl suggests to Danni that maybe she treats Luke with kid gloves too much; she avoided talking about Steve and Luke has interpreted that as Danni having something to hide. Danni sighs that she still thinks he's being unreasonable; she'd give anything for the phone to ring just so she knows he's safe.
Toadie walks into the kitchen at No. 26, where Hannah's making breakfast. He asks her how life is without Casper. Hannah replies that it makes her want to see him *more*. Toadie comments that she and Casper are on together, aren't they? they've kissed and stuff. Hannah tells him:
HANNAH: Relationships aren't just about *kissing*, Toadie; they're about being together and *doing* stuff like me and Casper go skateboarding. We talk a lot.
TOADIE (thoughtfully): Everyone needs a friend, hey?
HANNAH: Yeah. The best part of a relationship, I reckon.
Steve is at No. 22 for a fitting of his new suit. As Danni works around him, Steve tells her that as soon as people see her collection at their party, she'll be on her way to fame and fortune. He adds that she'll still talk to him when she's famous, won't she?! Changing the subject, Danni asks him if he talked to his boss about Darren and the handyman work for the agency. Steve clearly having forgotten nods that it's not a problem: she can tell Darren that he's got a job. He then asks her what she's doing tonight; is she going to Luke's big solo debut at Chez Chez? Danni just murmurs awkwardly:
DANNI: Steve, I really think you should let me get on with my work, OK?
Steve insists that they need to organise this party; what say they go and see his mate down at the pub today? Danni sighs that she'll finish what she's doing and then they can go and visit his mate.
Sometime later, Danni is sitting with Steve in Chez Chez, commenting that his mate wasn't exactly encouraging: the rave party is going to be a *nightmare* to organise. Steve, however, assures her that it'll be a piece of cake it'll all just fall into place. Danni points out that his mate said they need 300 people; they don't even *know* 300 people. Steve tells her that they just have to advertise; it'll be the mega- rave of the decade. Jo walks over suddenly and says tersely:
JO: Danni, why didn't you tell me? Luke just phoned and he's not coming tonight.
DANNI (looking sheepish): Oh really?
JO: He was calling from the coast. What is he doing down *there*? He's supposed to be my major star attraction. What happened?
Danni replies hesitantly that she doesn't know exactly. Steve watches her as she insists that she's sure Luke has a pretty good reason. Jo demands:
JO: Did you know he'd gone?
Steve sits there with a smirk on his face as Danni replies quietly that she didn't know *where* he was.
Toadie opens the front door to Mick. He comments that he doesn't know why he wants to come in; his mum's at work. Mick tells Toadie that he didn't come to see *her*. Toadie asks him coolly what he wants. Mick replies:
MICK: Well, I know you like the footy your mum told me.
TOADIE (mutters): So?
MICK: You're not making it real easy for me, are ya?
TOADIE (shrugs): Sorry.
MICK: Well, there's a game on today and I thought I'd go but it's no fun going by yourself, so I thought you might like to come with me. I mean, if I had a kid of me own, things would be different but I haven't. So what do you say?
TOADIE (nods): Yeah, I wouldn't mind seeing the game...
MICK: So you're in?
TOADIE: Yeah why not?
Jo is standing at the bar with Cheryl, complaining it's *so* unprofessional of Luke. Cheryl comments that she has someone she can call to fill in, doesn't she? Jo admits that she doesn't. Cheryl tells her curtly that you should always have a back- up. Jo says she'll organise something.
Across at their table, Steve is saying to Danni that he should have told her about Luke and he tells her to let him know if there's anything he can do. Danni asks him for a lift home!
Hannah is sitting with a friend at a table in the coffee shop, telling Jo that she might be able to do a table jump on her skateboard! Jo, however, says she needs a singer or something. Hannah tells her to ask Toadie: he can sing. Jo, looking surprised, goes off to ask him. Angie walks over, having heard what Hannah said, and points out that Toadie's tone- deaf. Hannah insists that she was only kidding; Jo knows that. Angie says warily:
ANGIE: I don't think so...
Danni and Steve head into No. 22 and Danni thanks Steve for bringing her home. She adds that she's sorry she didn't tell him about Luke. Steve shrugs that it's fine; it's none of his business, really. He then goes on:
STEVE: Danni, I've been thinking about it on the way home: it's better that we part company.
DANNI (astonished): Why?
STEVE: It's not that I *want* to; it's... it's just not fair on *you*.
DANNI: What are you talking about?
STEVE: Well, back at the pub, I realised that me being around wasn't exactly helping your relationship with Luke and the look you gave me when Jo told you he'd gone away... I knew you didn't want me to know and why should you?
He adds that the last thing he wants to do is screw- up Danni's relationship with Luke; she doesn't need him in her life, confusing it for her, so it's better if he just butts out. Danni, however, grabs his arm and tells him that she doesn't *want* him to butt out; he's her friend and that means a lot to her she'll be OK; she and Luke will sort things out. She pulls Steve into a hug. Behind her back, Steve smiles smugly...
Toadie and Mick head into the coffee shop, Toadie enthusing about the footy game! Angie walks over to them and smiles that they had a good time, eh? They both nod that they had a *great* time. Angie then tells Toadie that Jo was looking for him something about a musical act for Chez Chez tonight. Toadie asks:
TOADIE: What does she think I am an agent or something?!
ANGIE (muses): I don't know *what* she thinks!
Toadie then smiles that there could be money involved, so he'd better go and see what she wants. He thanks Mick again for a great day. Angie smiles in relief.
Black blankets are covering several items in the middle of the bar. Cheryl asks Jo if she's going to take the covers off and show her, but Jo says she's waiting for Toadie to get there. Cheryl mutters:
CHERYL: Ah... so *Toadie's* involved in this brilliant idea, is he? It's bound to be a loser...
Jo, however, assures her that it'll be the making of Chez Chez; this idea is literally going to rock the socks of the bar. Cheryl sighs:
CHERYL: And you know what a pub crowd wants, do you? Because I can tell without even knowing whatever it is that's under all these blankets that it isn't going to work...
JO: Well, time will tell. Now, where is Toadie?
Mick is walking Angie home and she tells him that she appreciates it. They stop walking and Mick says that this is driving him nuts; he's got to talk to her about it. He goes on:
MICK: I can't; I don't just want us to be just friends anymore. Today at the footy, it was... it was like Toadie was me own kid, and that started me thinking about you and me and... I want us to be together, full- time; no more mucking around.
ANGIE: Oh Mick, I like you too but I'm a married woman. I've got kids. It's just not right.
MICK: I'm sorry, but Big Kev doesn't sound like he's much of a husband. He's never there when you need him.
ANGIE: Even so...
MICK: And I get along real well with the kids. They like me, don't they?
ANGIE: Course they do.
MICK: And what about *you* Ange? I *know* you like me you just said so. But it's more than like' isn't it...
With that, Mick leans in and he and Angie start kissing passionately just as Hannah walks up the road with Holly. She stares at Mick and Angie in shock.