- Karl tells Marlene to stop interfering with the hiring of a new receptionist.
- Libby agreeing to help Rohan, he tells her that she will never be able to put up with him.
- Helen tells Ruth to ask Ben to stay, so she has the chance to talk to him.
Libby is telling Karl about Rohan, Karl doesn't think that she should take the job, but Libby feels that she should help him. Karl tells her to think about it, but Libby thinks that she is going to take it.
Out in the reception, Marlene is back-tracking with Sarah, claiming that her earlier difficultness was a misunderstanding. Karl comes out and asks her to 'hop straight in to the interview' much to Marlene's disdain.
A nervous Ruth arrives at the door, to speak to Ben, he is not exactly welcoming, he coldly tells Ruth that he was under the impression that she had said all she had to say. Ruth seems to have been expecting this kind of reaction, she excuses herself, asking if she can have a word with him. Ben lets Ruth come in and she tells him that she would like to re-consider leaving Ramsay Street. Ben seems to be shocked by the news, I guess this was the last thing he was expecting to hear from Ruth. He tells Ruth that he thinks the opposite, he doesn't think that he should ever have come back in to her life.
RUTH: This isn't easy for me, but I would like to work through it with you.
BEN: Are you sure about that? Maybe we should just pretend the whole think never happened.
RUTH: I don't think I can do that, not now.
BEN: Neither do I, but I don't think staying is the answer.
RUTH: There's so much we need to talk about.
BEN: Well, that's what I thought, but are you sure you can handle that? You've got your family.
RUTH: I don't want you to go Ben. Please stay, let us get to know each other.
BEN: I'm going to have to think about it.
RUTH: Of course, I understand.
Ruth looks a little disappointed, it may be the strain of the last few days taking their toll, but it doesn't seem as though that is the response she was expecting.
Lance wants to know if Anne and Billy are back on, and Anne is quick to deny it. She tells Lance that they are just friends, she doesn't need a boyfriend at the moment with the mess her life is in. Lance thinks that it might be a good idea for her to get back with Billy, it might put her in a better mood. Anne ignores Lance's dig, instead telling him that she will be in a better mood as soon as Ben is gone, and is quick to label him a 'slimy creep.' Lance jumps to his new found brother's defence, telling Anne that he thinks that Ben is cool, and reminds his sister that she did too not so long ago. Anne thinks that it's gross.
Sarah seems to have done well in her interview, as Karl is offering her a two week trial, starting tomorrow, but for the rest of the afternoon he would like her to work with Marlene for training. Marlene puts on an act in welcoming Sarah to the job, but her displeasure is plain to see.
Libby gets to the door and introduces herself, but Rohan already knows it's her, by her knock, the sound of her feet and her smell. Libby is impressed that he is so observant, and Rohan is sarcastic in telling her that blind people haven't lost all their senses. Libby perseveres and heads towards the kitchen, she tells Rohan that she is there to take the job, but he sounds far from impressed. Libby notices that there is a pile of cutlery lying on the counter, and matching Rohan in the sarcasm stakes, she asks if he has been counting it to make sure that she doesn't steal any. Rohan doesn't take well to her attempt at sarcasm however, he coldly tells her that now she has the job she can make herself useful, and find the can opener which he seems to have mis-placed. Libby tries her best to help Rohan, but he only continues to be sarcastic, and trying to encourage her to quit, when she has only been in the job five minutes. Rohan gives a half-hearted apology when Libby tells him that if she walks out his mother will only find someone else. Though soon things are back to normal with Rohan making insinuations of Libby's perception of blind people.
Marlene is rushing through her training with Sarah, and when Sarah dares to ask a question that undermines Marlene's filing system, she is put in her place. Sarah says that she is finding it hard to concentrate, as she didn't have anything to eat in the morning. Marlene is quick to give her a lecture on the importance of being healthy and able to concentrate for the job, and sends Sarah off to the Coffee Shop for something to eat. Once Sarah has disappeared Marelene tells Karl that Sarah might be a while. Karl wants to know if she will be up to speed by tomorrow. Marlene tells Karl that she doesn't know, and is quick to point out that Sarah mentioned that she was finding it hard to concentrate. This doesn't seem to impress Karl, who scathingly tells Marlene that he hopes Sarah realises that it's a 'job not a playground' and disappears back in to his office, leaving Marlene to smirk at her further attempts to get Sarah out.
Ruth tells Helen that she has taken her advice and asked Ben to stay. Helen is delighted at the news, but Ruth is not so sure, she tells Helen that she has been a neurotic mess, and she doesn't think she could have handled the situation any worse. Helen is quick to offer her reassurance, telling Ruth that she did the best she could. Ruth seems to appreciate Helen's support.
RUTH: If he does decide to leave Erinsborough, I doubt he will keep in touch, which means that I will never get the chance to work things out with him. Now that I've found him I don't want to lose him again.
When Phil comes through, he tries to excuse himself, but Ruth apologises for the way she has been lately, and tells Phil that it has all been her fault. She offers him an olive branch by asking him to have a cup of tea and a chat with her, and a smiling Phil agrees that he would like that too.
Sarah returns from the coffee shop with her lunch in hand, and it's not long before Marlene informs the doctor that Sarah is back. Karl is equally as quick to come out to the reception and lecture Sarah on the importance of having a substantial breakfast. Sarah suitably scolded, and looking shameful mutters an 'of course.' It's not long before Marlene is capturing the doctor's attention again though, when a telephone call for him comes through. Karl tells Sarah that he is hoping that he can trust her to handle the job alone tomorrow, Sarah is sure that she will be, but it doesn't sound like she is enjoying it.
When Karl is gone, Sarah is quick to accuse Marlene of not explaining things to him, but Marlene says that it's Karl who is funny like that. In another attempt to put Sarah off, Marlene tells her that if she is going to take on the job, she will have to get used to Karl's moods. With a worried glance towards Karl's office, it seems that even Sarah might be having second thoughts about taking on the job.
Anne answers the door to Ben, and makes it clear to him that she is not exactly delighted to see him, but Lance is more welcoming and invites Ben in, it seems that Ben is appreciating the affection from his half-brother, as it means that he doesn't have to dignify Anne with a reply to her earlier rudeness. He does however seem sorrowful when Anne ignores him, and he muses that she still hates him. Lance assures him that she will get over it. Ben mentions to Lance that he there to see Ruth, she has asked him to stay in Erinsborough a bit longer. Lance seems to be thrilled, he thinks it will be great, but it is clear that Ben is still cautious about the situation, as he continues to seek Lance's approval. With Lance seeming keen Ben, thinks that he might do just that, but he asks Lance is Ruth is likely to change her mind again, as he is not sure that he can take much more of her indecisiveness. Lance tells Ben that he is sure that now Ruth has asked him to stay, she won't change her mind again, Ben seems to be pleased. He makes his excuses to leave, Lance is keen to invite him to join him for a meal, but with a glance towards the kitchen, where Anne is at the moment, Ben regretfully tells Lance that now might not be a good time, and disappears, not before the exchange of a 'see you later mate' it is nice to see that at least one person in the Wilkinson family is keen to accept Ben in to the fold.
When Ben has gone, Lance fills Anne in on what Ben had to stay. Anne is not impressed to hear that Ben is planning to stay, despite Lance's protests that it will be a good thing. Anne is determined when she tells Lance that Ben is not staying, as she is not going to let him.
Ruth and Phil seem to be getting on better. It seems all it takes for a girl to fall for Phil's charms is a bit on his famous sticky buns! I am sure that Sal is desperate to try those said sticky buns, especially as Ruth seems to be happily chomping her way through. Ruth offers Phil an apology, and he insists that there is no need. Phil totally understands and Ruth seems to be perking up. Phil says that he has missed her and Ruth says that once she has worked things out with Ben and the kids, she will be back to hanging around him so much that he will be sick of the sight of her. Phil lovingly looks into Ruth's eyes, and tells her that there is no chance of that.
As Libby gets on with the hoovering, Rohan is barking instructions at her. She tries to lighten the mood, but Rohan continues to push it. Rohan eventually relents and suggests they strike a deal, as long as she only helps when he asks for it, and doesn't treat him like an invalid, he is prepared to cut her some slack. Libby agrees that is how she wants to play it. She must be feeling more comfortable with Rohan, as she approaches him and looks into his eyes, she asks him how it happened, but Rohan, still not able to let go of his sarcastic streak, makes up a story about aliens abducting him and experimenting on his eyes, he fails to get the response he was expecting. Libby tells him that if he doesn't want to tell her, he doesn't have to. Rohan tells Libby that she should learn not to pry. Things are still far from smooth between the feisty Miss Kennedy and her new employer.
Ruth is barely in the door when Anne starts berating her for asking Ben to stay. Ruth tells Anne that she will have to get used to it, but Anne is far from ready to let her mother off easily yet.
ANNE: You're busting a gut over Ben, but the daughter you didn't give away, well she doesn't matter does she?
RUTH: How dare you say that. It's absolutely not true.
ANNE: So how come you didn't tell us?
RUTH: Because it was primarily between me and Ben.
ANNE(to Lance): See, we don't matter.
RUTH (to Lance): Do you feel the same way?
LANCE: No. I think it's cool he's staying. I'd like to get to know him.
RUTH: That is enough.
ANNE: Look what am I expected to do? If he comes round here, I'm not going to talk to him.
RUTH: Look, I'm sorry that you don't like it, but you're just going to have to cop it. Ben is my son, and your half brother, and no amount of kicking and screaming is going to change that. Now, I think it's time that you grew up and started acting like a sensible human being.
Ruth leaves the room, leaving a stunned Anne to exchange glances with Lance, if she was looking for some support from him, she was clearly mistaken, it seems that Anne's tantrums are falling on deaf ears.
Marlene is continuing with her training of Sarah, who doesn't seem to be taking it in. When Karl comes through however, Sarah tells him that she is feeling confident. karl tells the two ladies that tomorrow they can start their split shifts, Sarah can do the morning, and Marlene the afternoon. As soon as Karl is gone however, Marlene decides that she and Sarah should swap shifts, telling her new colleague that Karl won't mind, Sarah unaware of Marlene's scheming agrees to the shift swap. Marlene then lets Sarah go home early, no doubt with the intentions of sticking the knife in with Karl when he later realises that his new employee is gone.
As Libby finishes her cleaning, it seems that she and Rohan are getting closer to their first civilised conversation. He instigates it, by asking why she is there, she explains that she is there because she is at uni and she needs the money. Rohan scathingly asks why daddy is not paying for it all, but seems marginally impressed when Libby tells him that she wouldn't expect that. She then asks Rohan what he does for money, and he perhaps lets sarcasm go for the first time since meeting Lib, by telling her that he used to work in marketing. He tells Libby that he has a lot of mates, when the phone rings Libby muses that it's probably one of them now, but it's only Rohan's mum, and overhearing the conversation Libby seems a bit worried about what she is hearing. Rohan tells Libby that his mother is always interfering, though Libby tries to assure him that she just cares. It seems that the call from his mother has angered Rohan, and his temper has returned when he announces to Libby that he wishes that they would both get off his back.
Karl tells Marlene that he doesn't want Sarah to have a more difficult time than she should, but still continues to point out Sarah's weaknesses before she heads out the door.
The guys are toasting Sarah's new job with some fizzy wine. She is telling them how surprised she was at Marlene, and how nice she was to her. Ah if only she knew.
The festivities are interrupted by a knock at the door, and it turns out to be Ruth, who is there to tell Ben that she is glad that he is staying. Ruth upon taking a few steps in to the house is aware that she is interrupting something, but Sarah and Lisa are quick to invite her in for a glass of that fizzy wine they seem to be gorging themselves on, what is the betting that they are going to have a hang-over by the next episode. Sarah seems to be glad that Ben is staying too. He tells them that he is still worried about Anne though, her reaction nearly made him to decide to go. Ruth tells Ben that Anne might think that it's the end of the world right now, but all she needs is a bit of time. Ruth them invites Ben over for lunch the next day, and he is happy to accept, as they clink glasses in celebration.
Libby is helping Rohan with the washing up, oh how I would love to have someone come around and help me with my washing up. Anyhow she is asking Rohan where to put things, and he is obediently instructing her as to where all the utensils live. Libby suggest that she and Rohan and some friends should go out some time, but Rohan doesn't seem very keen, accusing Libby of having no friends of her own.
LIBBY: You don't have to be nice to me, but if you keep insulting me, then I'm not going to hang around.
ROHAN: Are you expecting me to care?
LIBBY: No, but I do expect you to be reasonable, if you don't have me, you're just going to have somebody else. If you drive them away aswell, you're just going to end up back with your mother.
ROHAN: All I want is for you to stop prying.
LIBBY: I'm not prying, but if we're going to spend so much time together, it would be good if we could at least get along.
ROHAN(accusingly): You're a little ray of sunshine aren't you? Spreading happiness wherever you go.
LIBBY: I don't know why I bother. You know, I don't believe you have friends. You shouldn't have the way you carry on.
Libby quickly apologises, and tells Rohan that she realises that he is bitter about being blind, but he should try not to take it out on everyone else. Rohan angrily tells Libby that she is employed as a cleaner, not a psychiatrist and tells her to get out.