Lou offering to do Harold's buck's party.
Debbie reading Toadie the riot act.
Cath confessing that she kissed Darren.
Debbie's on the phone to a customer telling them she hasn't got the staff to deliver pizzas at the moment. Meanwhile Marlene lays into Darren for round two but Darren promises her that it'll never happen again. Marlene's not impressed that Darren thinks he can get away with it but his attitude is that if no one says anything then it'll all be OK. Marlene's a bit more clued in and says that it'll come back to haunt him.
She's obviously read the whole script then.
Mal's getting to gory details from Cath - she says it was just one kiss but Mal's not too sure he can believe that. Cath says it made her realise that he's the important ones to her. Cath wants his forgiveness but he's not sure he can give it. She says she was honest because she couldn't lie to him but he leaves regardless.
Outside the Kennedys
Karl's collecting the post as he gets the details on the buck's night from Lou. When Lou confirms that it won't be a sweet and sedate night, Karl remarks that Harold will blow a gasket.
The only gasket blowing going on right now though, is courtesy of Mal, storming out of number thirty and upon seeing Darren getting out of the Ute, punching him. Mal says that he doesn't know why Darren is hanging around, he's still the same "piece of garbage he always was". Mal then gets into his car and drives off, leaving a stunned Cath, Darren nursing his blood nose, and Lou and Karl wondering what's gone on between the boys.
Harold is lost in thought about the buck's night - all he wants is a quiet occasion but Madge defends the tradition. Harold wouldn't mind if it were a quiet night but knowing Lou there will be all manner of things planned he doesn't want. Madge says he should be firm with Lou but Harold realises that Lou's not likely to listen.
Karl's checking out Darren's nose - it's not broken. Karl and Libby want to know what would cause Mal to lose it like that. Darren says it's just work stuff, he's been hassling Mal to do things his way for a while. Libby doesn't buy it though and after Darren leaves she and Karl say there's more to it.
Lance and Toadie come in and find Debbie's rushed off her feet. They try to scam a free lunch but Debbie's not budging. Lance asks if there's any jobs going. Debbie would hire him on the spot if he had a car, but tells Lance that if Toadie doesn't turn up on time that afternoon the job is all his. Toadie takes offence to this but Debbie points out she's got to do all the deliveries that afternoon. Oh, and the cake he just swiped? That's a dollar.
Sarah comes home with lunch for Cath but she's not hungry. Cath brings Sarah up to speed; she told Mal not only to clear her conscience but to try and show how much he meant to her. Sarah's stunned to hear that Mal punched Darren and starts to have a go at Cath for being so stupid but Cath knows that one stupid mistake could ruin everything.
Harold's called over to talk about the party. Lou's already got a bunch of stuff planned but Harold's worried that it might get out of hand. Lou says it won't be a rowdy affair and he even promised Harold's mates some marching music. Lou reckons they're a bit too old for anything "embarrassing". Heh.
Placated, Harold leaves. Marlene's not fooled though and warns Lou to behave himself.
Debbie crashes into Toadie who is behind the kitchen door. She tells him to get out and serve as she's got pizza orders to fill. Toadie goes out and finds Lance propping up the counter. After realising that Lance isn't really going to order anything (unless it's on the house) Debbie tells Toadie to make up some sandwiches. Toadie's not budging but on the plus side Debbie will be out doing pizza runs all afternoon.
And that gives Toadie the idea of the century.
LANCE: I don't know if I can afford any more of your ideas.
But this is better. Lance will love it and Debbie will go down for the count.
No Keifer Sutherland or Colin Farrell, just a finger dialling a number. The finger belongs to Lance and the number belongs to the Coffee Shop. When Debbie answers Lance puts on a voice and orders a large pizza to be delivered. Lance gives an address in Anson's Corner which thrills Debbie no end - her reputation must be spreading. She tells Toadie that she'll be gone for a while which he's unsurprisingly not gutted about.
Darren orders a beer but Marlene would rather serve him a squash in case his nose bleeds again. Marlene says he should take this opportunity to put things right, and when Libby walks in Marlene says he can start by getting on his knees and begging Lib for forgiveness. Darren says Libby doesn't know and doesn't need to know. How he thinks her own brother isn't going to tell her I don't know.
Libby asks Darren what happened but he's sticking to the work story. Darren tries to put it down to stress and says he'll sort it out when he next sees him.
Marlene answers the phone and tells the caller that Lou isn't available but she'll take a message. She's not impressed to find out the caller, Roxy, is an exotic dancer...
Lib knows Darren's hiding something from him and asks why Mal stormed out of number 30 angry. Darren remarks that Cath annoys him, maybe she's started to annoy Mal too. Libby isn't buying any of this but Darren makes his getaway all the same.
Toadie and Lance are behind the counter playing a party trick. Hands flat, palms down, glasses balanced on the back. At that moment Debbie comes back, fuming at the wild goose chase she'd been sent on; there was no one in at the address given. When she spots Lance she asks what he's doing...
LANCE: I'm checking the glasses to see if they leak.
Smooth. Toadie asks about the pizza and Debbie says he can cut it up. A dollar a slice to everyone. He's not happy about missing out on the free pizza he thought he was scoring but Deb is firm. No freebies. She asks if Toadie has done any of the work she asked him to do but his expression says it all.
Marlene is apparently cleaning a table. I say apparently as she is lightly dusting the top without moving any of the beer mats or abandoned glasses that are on it. Madge and Harold come in - well Harold hangs in the doorway, telling Marlene that he's now looking forward to the buck's party. Once he's gone Marlene tells Madge that she's not sure Lou is going to stick to his promise. She says that she had a call from an exotic dancer.
MADGE: A STRIPPER?
Not impressed, Madge takes off to have a word with Lou.
Debbie wonders if Lance has a home to go to, but he says it's boring there so he'd rather hang out at the Coffee Shop. Debbie warns him not to distract Toadie, Lance assures her that he won't. As he all but falls over himself to open the door for her, he says he wants a job so he wouldn't upset her.
Lance bemoans the loss of the free pizza but now she's gone free stuff are back on the menu.
Libby comes in and sits at a table with Sarah and for a moment I'm confused as to why they're friends but then remember this is pre-kiss with Karl so it's OK. Libby broaches the subject of Mal and Darren's punch up. Sarah says that it must be awful and if it's any consolation Cath feels awful and didn't get any sympathy from Sarah. Lib plays along as Sarah continues to dig her own grave, saying she warned Cath and that Lib is handling it really well.
LIB: Am I?
SARAH: How's Mal?
LIB: I don't know, I haven't seen him.
SARAH: Well I guess Darren won't be kissing anyone for a while, not after that punch. Especially not Mal's girlfriend.
LIB: No, I guess not.
And realising what actually happened, the bottom falls out of Libby's world.
Madge has told Helen about the stripper and says it's lucky she found out in time as it would have offended Harold. Helen jokes that they have something similar planned for the hen's party.
MADGE: Oh really? Does that mean Phillip's providing the entertainment?
Must. Fight. Mental. Picture.
Helen was joking, but bubbles and gossip are on the menu, and the location is next door at Casa Kennedy. And now I have Stripper Phil in the same place as Susan and the secret Phusan shipper in me is coming out. Helen tells Madge that the boys will be having their party here but now she's worried. Madge assures her that Lou will have gotten the message and everything will be alright.
Lou's on the phone to someone about Roxy saying she didn't fit the bill. However, at the sound of Kandii's "speciality" he perks up, saying he's not seen anything like that in years. Lou says that he's got all his details and tells her to call him at home and speak only to him.
Darren comes in and asks Lou if he's seen Mal, he wants to sort things out with him. Lou invites Darren to Harold's buck's night but at the prospect of a night with Harry on the tuba, Darren passes.
LOU: I've got something really special lined up. Kandii.
This gets Darren's interest.
Debbie's closing up and thanks Toadie. He says that Lance helped out and Debbie thanks him too. Debbie says they can get off but Toadie offers to close up, Lance pitching in to help. Deb takes him up on the offer and leaves... the boys immediately tucking into the spoils. They realise the potential of making it a regular thing and the pulling potential they'd have at school with the girls.
Karl comes home to a dark house, noticing Libby on the couch. She says everyone's in bed, Karl asking if Mal is too but she's not seen him. For a smart guy he's not too clued in to the fact that his daughter is sat up, in the dark, sniffing away and replying to his questions with short, quiet answers. It's only when he sits down next to her that he realises she's been crying. Libby tells him that Darren kissed Catherine, and that's why Mal punched him. Karl pulls her into a hug as she cries on his shoulder - they've been through so much...
Karl redeems himself a bit in the father stakes, saying Darren doesn't deserve to have her. Libby replies that he doesn't any more, it's over.