Lou tells Rosie he needs to sell Number 30
Flick tells Joe she's ended her relationship with Marc.
Joe tells her Steph won't be willing to forgive and forget.
Michelle comes into the living room and sees lots of balloons dotted about the place. Lyn and Joe pop out behind her shouting ‘surprise' and tell her that it's her special day and they're not going to let anyone spoil it. Michelle says that she didn't think they'd be doing anything until the party they have to do something on the actual day - they're having a family lunch. Michelle asks if that means Flick and Steph are both going to be there, but Lyn and Joe avoid the question by giving her a card with a driving license and $200 in it. It's only at this point we even notice that Connor has been hanging around in the background the entire time, when he tells her he'll give her his present later before hugging her and wishing her a happy birthday.
Marc sees Flick and asks her if she's looking for him. She just wanted to let him know she's brought all his things with her to the Coffee Shop. She thought they could meet up after her shift finishes. He says he'd like that but Flick looks puzzled and says, ‘Well, it's only to give you back your things.' Marc says that if she only wanted to give him back her things she could have brought them to Lassiters. Flick says she could have but she didn't think he'd want the puppy running around! Marc seems nonplussed; ‘You don't want the puppy?' Flick replies that the landlord won't allow it but that it's running around the back of the Coffee Shop and she says she'll seem him later before leaving. Marc looks after her longingly.
Michelle's on the phone thanking somebody for something and tells whoever it is that she's just with family and Connor. Connor comes out from the bedroom/hallway thing and asks who it was. It turns out that it was Bianca ringing to wish her a happy birthday. Connor gives her a bag and tells her he hopes she thinks ‘this' is nice. Michelle makes a joke about there being no card but Connor would rather tell her what he thinks. ‘This' is her favourite and he shouldn't have because she knows how expensive it is. I think ‘this' is a bottle of perfume. He says it's just the start and he's got a few more surprises lined up for her. She tells him he's the best and kisses him. Aww, young love. Lyn obviously agrees because she spots them from the kitchen and smiles in an adoring way before getting on with the family lunch, I'm guessing. The kiss goes on. And on.
Harold and Lou are in the back of the Coffee Shop where Harold is emptying the freezer. Lou asks Harold what time he wants to rehearse ‘this thing'. Harold says later on that morning if that suits him. Lou stills thinks they're going to make fools of themselves. Harold tells him it's a good chance for them to perform it in front of an audience before they have to do it for the fundraiser. And it's a special request. Lou seems worn down so he says, ‘Yeees, ok, ok,' but he adds that if they end up looking like idiots he is not going to perform it at the fundraiser. Harold tells him he can't do that, it's for the Salvation Army. Lou wonders if all the food has to be thrown out, Harold tells him they can't risk giving people food poisoning.
Harold says hi to Steph who has just walked in and Lou leaves, telling Harold he'll seem him when he gets ‘there'. All this mystery – where's ‘there'? Steph hopes Harold didn't find a mess, they tried to clean up as best they could but it was a bit hard in the dark. Harold seems confused and says that everything seemed to be in order, which pleases Steph and she orders a black coffee to go. Harold clearly wants to know what did happen, so Steph tells him that they just played a few games. Harold asks what sort of games they could have played in the dark but Steph just laughs mischievously and tells him that it's nothing he needs to worry about, although Toadie and Dee got themselves into quite a clinch! Harold is shocked: ‘Really?' He obviously wants to know exactly want went on, because he immediately says that he wouldn't want to know because he's not interested in gossip. Steph knows he wants to know so she says she won't tell him the rest.
Harold: Well, I mean, not that I would want to know because I'm not interested in gossip, you know.
Steph (who knows he wants to know): Yeah, no, well, I won't tell you the rest.
Harold (intrigued): What, there's more?
Steph (who is playing games with him): No, not really. Besides, I know you're not interested.
Harold: Ah (you know how he says it ‘ah', well that's how he says it)
Steph (grinning cheekily): Thanks Harold. See ya!
Steph's on her way out as Flick walks in. Steph just says ‘hi' on her way out the door and Flick turns to watch her leave as she says ‘hi' back. Then she sighs and carries on into the Coffee Shop.
What looks like Lassiters Car Park
That guy who was in the Dingos and did steroids is inspecting Lou's car. Lou is in the background on the phone telling somebody not to throw anything away until he gets there. DingosGuy says ‘G'day' to Lou but Lou just wants to know what the hell he's doing there. It turns out DingosGuy works for a company that represents a lot of people Lou owes money to. He tells Lou that they'd be very interested to learn that he's in so much financial trouble he has to sell his car. Lou says he's ‘upgrading'. DingosGuy thinks he's funny, and remarks, ‘Going up to a Merc, are ya?' DingosGuy says that if he doesn't pay his debts, his creditors have to get the money some other way; Lou's in over his head.
Lou is relieved to be interrupted by Lyn. Lou is a bit anxious and changes the subject as he drags Lyn away, finding out how ‘the birthday girl' (ie Michelle) is. Lyn is looking forward to his little show, but Lou doesn't want to take any credit – it's Harold's little show actually. DingosGuy isn't getting the hint, and follows Lou and Lyn. Lou excuses himself, Lyn says she'll check him later. DingosGuy tells Lou he should just pay his debts then he won't have to come back. He leaves. Lou looks worried. Cue, of course, next scene.
Flick is serving some people when Lyn walks in. Lyn wants her to go home for the family lunch for Michelle's birthday. Steph is going, so Flick isn't sure because she doesn't want to cause any tension. They can wait until Flick finishes. Flick tells Lyn she's meeting Marc. Lyn is shocked, she thought she's split up with him. Flick has, she just has to give him his things. Lyn's become frustrated, ‘Please just be there alright? We'll be waiting for you.' She leaves. Flick sighs. Again.
Lyn's obviously a quick mover, because Steph and Lyn are walking in, with Steph exclaiming that the next thing they knew, they were just pashing on. Lyn can't believe it. ‘Dee and Toadie?' Steph couldn't believe it, either. Steph reckons they're going to be really embarrassed and will want to forget about it but Lyn thinks it might be the start of something big. Lyn broaches the real subject at hand, Steph'll be at Michelle's birthday lunch, won't she? Lyn tells her Flick will be there, so Steph says she'll catch up with Michelle later. Lyn says it's important to Michelle and Flick's prepared to see Steph. This doesn't please Steph, who says ‘good on her' sarcastically. Steph finally gives in. Reluctantly, I might add.
Michelle's excited – Connor bought her a voucher for a day spa. Joe isn't impressed. Steph comes in with Lyn and says, ‘Happy birthday little sister,' and gives her a present. Michelle thinks she isn't so little anymore. Steph has bought her some lingerie. Connor just says, ‘wow' and you can almost see what he's thinking. Joe doesn't like the idea of losing his little girl.
Harold thinks Flick won't want to be late for Michelle's birthday but Flick's in no rush. Marc comes in; Flick gets rid of Harold so she can talk to him. Flick wants to give him his things, including the puppy. Marc asks if she's sure she doesn't want to keep it, but Flick can't. She knocks off so she can get the puppy. Harold's concerned, and hopes to see her at the party.
Flick thanks Marc for being so good about everything. Marc says he didn't have much choice and asks her if she's sure she wants to end things this way. Flick's sorry but accepts the lift home he offers her. She doesn't want him to go in, though; it'd be too awkward as Steph will be there.
Lou isn't sure their show is suitable for a 16th birthday, but Harold changed the words so it would be. So it won't be a practice if the words are different, according to Lou. The costumes have arrived, which will ensure they're going to make idiots of themselves. More gossip about Dee and Toadie – Lou believes there's something going on. Harold's amazed at how fast gossip spreads. Really? This is Ramsay Street, Harold. What did Lou hear? That it's ‘hotting up'. Harold heard they kissed. How long has it been going on? Well, anyway, they've got a lot of work to do. They've got to ‘get these moves down'.
Joe and Connor come outside just as Marc and Flick pull up. Joe wonders why she's bringing ‘him' there. Flick thanks Marc for the lift; she is sorry. So is Marc. Flick wishes things could have been different. Marc asks her if she's with Stuart, but Flick says it's got nothing to do with Stuart, things were never going to work out – it was too messy. She says goodbye, but Marc asks her not to go, he wants to talk about it. Flick wants to know what there is to talk about, so Marc locks her in and roars off. Joe sees them drive off and wonders why she'd choose Marc over her own family.
Lou and Harold are singing their dodgy birthday song to faces of wonderment from the Scully family with the exception of Lyn who is rather too enthusiastic. Lyn claps and thanks them; they'll be a huge hit at the fundraiser. She's got enough enthusiasm to compensate for the distinct lack of it from the rest of the clan. Lou and Harold leave and Lyn is all happy but Michelle tells her not to ever do that to her again. Lyn thinks Flick should be there by now. Michelle wants her to stay for a while and help her figure out what to do for her party. Joe doesn't think Flick is coming. Lyn really thinks…Joe tells Lyn and Michelle that she ‘went off', that she just couldn't do it. Steph thinks it's ‘typical'.
A road along which Mark is driving his flashy red Beemer
Flick asks Marc to pull the car over, where does he think he's going? He stops and Flick demands that he unlocks the doors. Marc tells Flick that he loves her and that he wants to be with her but Flick won't run away with him, and she still wants him to unlock the doors, he has to accept it's over. He unlocks them and Flick gets out and runs back to Ramsay Street. Marc's upset.
Harold tells Lou that the applause was enthusiastic but Lou points out that they couldn't exactly boo them. Harold thinks they'll do well at the Salvos fundraiser. Lou doesn't know how he let Harold talk him into it; Harold is sure he'll enjoy it. They bump into DingosGuy at the door of the pub, who's repossessing assets to cover some of Lou's debts. He even has an order! DingosGuy warns Lou that he's going to lose everything. Lou wants him to put it all back, but DingosGuy reckons ‘no can do'. Lou's annoyed.
Michelle blows out the candles on her birthday cake, which is just a small one to mark her birthday. Flick comes in and apologises for being late - she got caught up. With Marc, Joe says, he saw her in his car. Joe thought it was over. Flick assures him it is, he just gave her a lift. Flick gives Michelle a rose as she left her birthday present behind. Joe wonders why she didn't get out of the car when they arrived but Flick says Marc was upset. It's ok, he knows it's over now. The whole time, Steph has been looking annoyed and interspersing that with glares at Flick. Lyn does the mother thing and tells her to sit down whilst Lyn gets her something to eat. Steph glares at Flick again.
Lou is on the computer, bashing away at the keyboard. Harold brings his dinner through and tells him that getting narky with the computer won't help, what's wrong? Almost everything – when Lou was stuck with legal bills last he invested in overseas stocks and IT and it didn't pay off. The world went belly up (Now I get the reference to 9/11 and the consequential fallout. Nice current affairs reference there.) and now Lou's facing financial disaster. His accountant told him to raise a lot more cash and quickly. These mistakes took months. Harold wonders why Lou didn't ask for help, he has some money put aside. Lou says thanks but no thanks, he'll work something out. He tells Harold that number 30 will go, maybe more. Harold: ‘Oh Lou.'
Flick and Lyn are doing the washing up. Flick apologises for the awkwardness, Lyn thinks it's a pity there had to be so much talk about Marc. Flick wasn't going to mention it, she didn't know Joe had seen them. Lyn wants to know what happened. Marc locked the doors and wouldn't let Flick out; he lost it for a minute but she talked him down and he let her out. Lyn says he's lucky Flick didn't call the police. Flick seems upset that Steph hasn't spoken to her all night. Lyn points out that they're both there, so it's a start and it'll sort itself eventually.
In the living room, Michelle is telling Steph she can't believe how many pressies and cards she got. Steph notices another box and asks Michelle if she's opened it. It's a bracelet (I think) from Connor, who says that it represents Misha, the dolphin he sponsored for her. Joe says Michelle's a lucky girl. Steph agrees and she's got to go. Michelle doesn't want her to, but Steph's adamant. She hopes Michelle had a great day. Michelle did and thanks Steph for the present. Steph whispers to be careful where she wears them. She's about to leave but Joe doesn't miss a beat and tells her she'd better say goodbye to the others. Steph walks back towards the kitchen muttering ‘of course', which just shows her enthusiasm.
Steph goes into he kitchen and says she's going to her mum with a quick ‘see ya Flick' added on. Flick takes the opportunity to talk to Steph and tells her Michelle's present was really nice. Steph just says ‘thanks' and leaves. Lyn reckons there is some hope. Flick had better head off too. Lyn wants her to stay for dinner, they never see her. Michelle comes in and gives an envelope to Flick. It's from Stuart. A cute picture of them (Flick and Stuart) together. Lyn thinks it's a nice photo. The way she says it suggests her mind is actually whirring with thoughts of matchmaking.
Steph comes in and throws something, her key I think. She's really agitated and restless and picks up a photo of her with Flick and Michelle and chucks it in a draw with disgust. She sighs.