Debbie calling Steve George's wife to tell her that Steve is seeing Danni Stark.
Cheryl telling Marlene delightedly that she's cleared Darren.
Billy and Toadie starting their first illegal radio broadcast.
Ben and Pete saying when they track down the kids behind the broadcast, they'll be in an awful lot of trouble.
Karl, Susan and Libby are preparing dinner. There's suddenly a knock at the front door and Karl asks Libby to get it, adding that if it's someone for him, get rid of them. Libby opens the door to find Darren standing there! A look of astonishment crosses her face and she hugs him in delight! Karl's mouth drops open in horror! Libby asks Darren happily how he got out, and he explains that they dropped the charges; he's free! Karl doesn't look pleased.
Sitting on the couch, Steve serves Danni with more champagne... and he then tries to give her a massage, but they're interrupted by a knock on the door and Marlene calling out. Danni opens the door reluctantly. Marlene steps inside and asks Danni if she could do a shift for her tomorrow. Danni, however, says she hasn't got time, with the shop opening. Steve adds that there's the Masquerade Ball too. Danni suggests asking Kev, and with that she pushes her nan out and returns to enjoy Steve's attentions!
Karl asks Darren tersely if he's celebrated his prison release with his family yet, or are they the first? Libby tells her father that he owes Darren an apology: he didn't believe Darren was innocent. Darren, however, not wanting to get into an argument, says Karl's right: he ought to go and see his mum. Libby, however, insists:
LIBBY: After what you've been through, there's no way I'm letting you out of my sight.
Billy and Toadie raise glasses of soft drink and Toadie proposes a toast to the start of their radio career. Billy, however, points out that if Toadie goes off with his mum, it'll be the shortest show in history. He declares that they should do a breakfast show in the morning. Toadie, however, reminds him that they told their listeners that they'd be back on air in the evening and they don't want to disrupt that.
Darren tries to help with the post- dinner washing- up, but Susan insists that he doesn't have to. Karl sits down on the couch and says he wonders if there are any docos on TV night. Susan, however, tells him pointedly that she thought the two of them might leave the house and go to the pictures. Karl looks at Libby and Darren pointedly and muses:
KARL: That would mean leaving them to their own devices...
LIBBY (brightly): Well, I'll let you know if you miss a good doco!
With that, Karl and Susan head out, Libby calling after them to ask if they can make it a double feature! When they've gone, Darren exclaims to Libby:
DARREN: Did I just dream that or did your dad just leave us here by ourselves?!
LIBBY (grins): It's quite bizarre!
She then adds seriously that he knows her parents can't keep them apart; not her dad, not the law, not *anything* can ever keep them apart again. She kisses Darren happily.
Driveway of No. 22
The next morning, Danni and Steve walk down the driveway to Steve's car, Danni panicking about whether everything will be ready for the Masquerade Ball. She tells Steve that if the catwalk's finished, she'll give Mal a big kiss! Steve suggests that *he* should get that – and the two of them start pashing! He then adds that he thinks they should have a nice, relaxing dinner tonight. Danni smiles:
DANNI: How about we meet at the very exceptionally exclusive No. 22?!
STEVE: Hmm... I've heard that's *very* exclusive, not to mention private.
DANNI: Yep, you have my word: no one will be interrupting us tonight.
Marlene is feeding Darren a big breakfast! She adds that she gave Cheryl a big breakfast in bed before she went to work, as she needs feeding up. She goes on in concern that Cheryl is convinced that she's going to lose Louise; she seems to have run out of fight. Darren muses that *he* didn't help things – so from now on, his mum's got herself a new guardian angel!
Karl, Susan and Libby are finishing breakfast. Libby asks if she can leave the dishes until later, as she wants to see Darren before he goes to work. She dashes out. When she's gone, Karl mutters that if Darren interferes with Libby's career or her future, he'll string him up from the garage. Susan warns him not to drive Libby away. Karl, however, insists that she'll wake up eventually.
Billy walks into the coffee shop. Toadie is working behind the counter, listening to a teenage boy and girl sitting at a table, raving about Shockwaves. He whispers to Billy that Erinsborough *loves* them! Billy asks if he can't get off work early: they *have* to do an afternoon show now. Toadie replies that his mum's feeling a bit stressed at the moment – but then again, he wouldn't want to disappoint their audience...
Darren walks into No. 22 and Danni runs and hugs him in delight, beaming that it's so good to see him! She adds that she didn't think Mal would get the catwalk finished without him. Darren asks her if she's sure she's up to something this big and Danni insists that this is her dream – and finally it's coming true. Darren sighs:
DARREN: With a bit of help, right? Don't tell me Mr. Real Estate's still on the scene?
DANNI: He's been wonderful!
DARREN (mutters): And now you're going all gooey over him. Not a good business move.
DANNI: I am *not* going all gooey over him.
DARREN: Well, it sure *looks* like it.
DANNI: Shut up. What's your problem with him, anyway?
DARREN: He's a slimebag. I wouldn't trust him.
DANNI: You don't even *know* him.
DARREN: Well I don't have to *know* him. I can pick ‘em.
DANNI: Right, yeah. Just like everyone picked you as being a creep because you've been in jail, right?
Darren shrugs that he'll let *her* decide whether Steve's a creep – but he warns her to just be careful.
Billy and Toadie start another radio broadcast from the couch at No. 30. Billy puts on a CD, muttering at Toadie off- air that he doesn't like being called B- Boy. Toadie just tells him to start thinking about the competition they promised last night. After some more chat, he turns off the music and tells the listeners to ring up and blow them away with some choice insults! He then gives out Billy's telephone number!
Karl and Susan are sitting reading a newspaper and a magazine respectively when there's a knock on the front door. Susan goes and opens it to Darren, who's standing there with a bunch of flowers. Susan tells him that Libby's at the library. Karl muses that the flowers will be terrific for Libby's hayfever! Darren explains that it's just something to thank her for all the support she gave him, despite what everyone was saying. He adds pointedly:
DARREN: You know, I love the way she makes decisions for herself; does the right thing. There's no one like her.
KARL: Oh no, you're quite right there: there *is* no one like her.
He then warns Darren not to push his luck: Libby may have backed him up *this* time, but if he finds himself on the wrong side of the law again, he wouldn't be so confident. Darren, however, reminds Karl that he was proven innocent. At that moment, Libby arrives home and smiles that the flowers are beautiful. She adds that she might put them beside her bed, and she asks Darren if he wants to come with her. Karl glares at them, but Susan holds up a finger and warns him to just read his paper! The ‘phone suddenly starts ringing and Karl answers it. He listens and then demands in shock:
KARL: Who *is* this?
He hangs up. The ‘phone rings again. Karl listens and then hangs up once more, muttering that the girl ought to have her mouth washed out. The ‘phone rings a further time. Susan answers this time. Karl looks at Susan and asks what is going on here.
Sometime later, Toadie and Billy are sitting at the table, grinning as Karl talks on the ‘phone to the police. He hangs up and tells Susan that they can't trace the calls because the line doesn't stay open long enough; they can get a new number, but apart from that there's not much the police can do. Toadie turns and asks if the callers made *clever* insults. Karl walks over to him and Billy and asks them suspiciously if *they* know anything about it. Changing the subject quickly, Billy asks if Toadie can stay over tonight. Toadie adds that he thought it would be nice to spend one last evening with the Kennedy clan. Karl muses:
KARL: I suppose one more night of torture wouldn't hurt...!
Susan asks Karl to come and help her get the washing in. They head outside. When they've gone, Toadie exclaims to Billy that they've got a cult following!
Steve and Danni are all dressed up. Steve has brought Danni some flowers and wine and she smiles that she hopes her meal lives up to all this. Steve says he hopes *he* lives up to it. Danni insists that she's sure he will... Steve asks softly:
STEVE: So, does this mean that I'm worth caring about?
DANNI (warmly): You *know* I care about you.
STEVE: Mmm... but seriously – does it mean that we're official?
DANNI: Well, maybe!
Sometime later, Steve finishes his meal and comments:
Danni starts to say that she was afraid it wasn't going to be cooked in the middle, but Steve explains that he was talking about *her*! He asks if Luke didn't ever compliment her, and Danni admits that he didn't. She then tells Steve that he's good for her: he's encouraging and supportive and he understands exactly what she wants; sometimes, Luke just couldn't. Steve mutters:
STEVE: There goes that name again...
He then suggests that perhaps he shouldn't have been so pushy: maybe she still needs time to get over Luke and it's a bit too soon for them to get serious? Danni, however, smiles that she doesn't *think* so. With that, she leans towards Steve and the two of them start kissing passionately.
The next morning, Danni is preparing breakfast when there's a knock on the front door. She goes to open it and finds a woman standing there. The woman asks curtly:
WOMAN: Are you Danni Stark?
DANNI: Yeah. What can I do for you?
WOMAN: I don't know – but I can do a lot for *you*.
DANNI: Excuse me?
WOMAN: I must say, you fit the bill: young and pretty.
DANNI (frowns): What are you talking about?
WOMAN: Perhaps I should introduce myself. I'm Tessa George.
DANNI: ‘George'? What – are you a relation of Steve's?
TESSA: Well, yeah, you *could* say that. Didn't he mention me?
DANNI: Um, no.
TESSA: Perhaps we should get better acquainted – since we have something in common. I'm Steve's *wife*.
Danni stares at her in shock.