Episode title: 4202
Australian airdate: 24/03/03
UK airdate: 29/04/03
Writer: Chris Hollow
Director: Tony Osicka
Sarah Jones: Julieanne Tait
Magistrate Neil Carr: Michael Dyson
Summary/Images by: Kulin & AliceN/Karen (Katie)
The Coffee Shop
- Lori catching Jack out in a lie about the book Nina bought him.
- Lou teasing Harold for how seriously he takes directing the play.
- Karl hoping he won't have a hungover lawyer to represent him in court.
- Dee running away after she sees Toadie with Sindi, which pleases Darcy.
As they play darts, Darcy is quick to encourage fun- loving Toadie to go for "Sindi with an S" (who's in the ladies loo), but the Jarrod side of the guy's personality declares he's about to pull the pin because he has his first court appearance in the morning.
DARCY: Well, you're a stronger man than I'd be! You're young, you're single, she's obviously keen, and you're turning her down?
TOADIE: Tell you the truth, mate, I just don't think I'm quite ready for it yet.
DARCY: Uh- huh, your call. BUT, you have to admit it must be pretty good getting attention from an absolute BABE. And unless I've totally misread the situation...
TOADIE: It does feel pretty good.
DARCY: So it should! Look, she's coming back soon, I'll give you some space. However, this little scenario only goes to show there are plenty of women in the world just raring to go. Go on, have some fun!
And with that Darcy oh- so- sincerely pats his poor dupe on the back, and exits - but once alone, Toadie looks conflicted again.
Erinsborough & District Community Hall
Director Bishop has assembled his cast to announce one more exercise that will really bond them together - a sleep- over tomorrow night, right here in the theatre.
NINA (timidly raising her hand): Won't it be a bit rough?
HAROLD: Oh no no no, bring whatever mattresses or whatever creature comforts you want.
NINA: What about the backstage crew like Lori and Taj, aren't they invited?
HAROLD: Ah well no look, as important as the backstage crew is ... it's not for the people who're going to light the stage, but the people who *illuminate* it.
While Nina grins at this artistic if somewhat discriminatory sentiment, sitting on the floor beside her is Jack who smiles whilst being very careful to say nothing about the prospect.
The House of Doctor Tyler
Which is quite a grand residence with a porticoed frontage, coach lights illuminating the stone pillars of its front gate, rows of fir trees all in giant plant- plots, and a white Chelsea tractor parked in the driveway.
Darcy lets himself in to find Dee in her pyjamas sadly watching telly and stuffing her face with comfort food, so the Dr.Tyler side of the guy's personality quips that at least she's surrounded herself with the necessary food groups!
Dee responds to his easy bedside manner by explaining she didn't feel like being the spare cake at a wedding, so Darcy lies to her that she needn't worry since he stuck around to make sure that nothing happened between Toadie and Sindi.
DEE: Did you prise them apart with jaws of iron?
DEE: Libby told me you organised for us to get together.
DARCY (laughs a faux- innocent laugh): I thought it was worth a shot, you know?
DEE: It was a sweet thought, thank you.
DARCY: I'm just sorry it didn't work out.
DEE (her cheeks stuffed with snacks): It's not your fault, I can't believe Toadie would do something like that. I can't stand seeing him with another woman, it makes me feel sick.
DARCY (caressing her hand): Dee, you've just gotta try and forget about it.
DEE (finally starting to cry): I just wish it didn't hurt this much, but it does.
DARCY: I hate seeing you this upset.
DEE: I hate feeling this way - I just can't help it.
And with that she breaks down in his arms, as he oh- so- sincerely comforts her.
A long but quiet road with uber- Australianesque houses and many cars all parked at one angle to the kerb
Aside from the start of a brand new day, nothing much happens; it's just strange to visit a Melbourne suburb which seems so foreign to Ramsay Street!
The House of Doctor Tyler
Well, at least they haven't slept together, since a fully- dressed Darcy emerges to find Dee in her dressing gown, watching more telly while steadily eating breakfast until it turns into lunch.
DARCY: So, what're you gonna do, sit around moping all day? It'll only make you feel ten times worse.
DEE: I don't want to see people, okay?
DARCY: Look, Toadie's getting on with his life, I suggest you get on with yours.
DEE: I can't just get on with it like *he* has.
DARCY: Just take the day off, go out and do something ... go to the beach, go shopping, go fly a kite (she laughs) anything at all, treat yourself!
DEE: I'll think about it.
DARCY: Promise me you will.
DEE: I can't promise I'm going to fly a kite!
DARCY (biting into her toast): Just go out, and do something that makes you feel happy.
DEE (perking right up): I will! Thank you!
DARCY (setting off to work): My pleasure.
As if Toadie didn't have enough on his mind, he's trying to enjoy a coffee with his quasi- adoptive parents when Karl, who's already had three coffees this morning, starts complaining that he needs to stay sharp but the Coffee Shop coffee has no coffee in it, he might as well have bought warm milk!
Toadie points out that Karl won't need to do anything, since he himself will do all the talking to the magistrate; then Susan pleads with her husband that Toadie is very well prepared, but Karl reminds her how it is *his* reputation that's on the line.
In The Coffee Shop
Susan's becoming impatient as Karl quizzes Toadie yet again about the defence he'll present in court. Dee comes in and both she and Toadie look very uncomfortable. She looks over towards him and after a little pause, goes to leave. Libby's just coming in and she asks her if she's talked to him, but Dee answers 'What's to say?' and goes out. Libby looks sympathetic and promises to call her.
Karl's really anxious as the case before them is running behind, but all they can do is sit and wait. While he wanders off, Toadie tells Susan that they've drawn a magistrate notorious for taking a hard line
Harold is telling a sceptical reporter that this is a play the likes of which Erinsborough has never seen before - a cross between Pride and Prejudice and The Time Machine. It's essentially a desperate love-story, with chemistry between the leads that's reminiscent of Bogie and Bacall. He feels it's wonderful - she looks bored. He gives up letting her just record the interview and speaks directly into the machine. He's proud of the play and justifiably - he wrote it, directed it, produced it, and can even take the credit for the set design. The reporter doesn't look terribly impressed.
Toadie is making a speech in favour of Karl, but the magistrate cuts it off and asks why Karl feels he should be granted leniency.
Just then a class of students from Erinsborough High comes in, including Jack and Taj, who grins when he sees it's Karl. Karl groans and Susan apologises. As Toadie asks for the licence cancellation to be waived, the students laugh and are reprimanded by the magistrate.
Lori has a magazine article about co-stars who got romantically involved and keeps talking to Nina about it. Nina becomes a bit snappy when Lori tries to ask her what it's like pretending to kiss Jack.
Harold's on the phone, thrilled that he's persuaded a critic who normally doesn't review community theatre to come and see the play, a 'brave new work'.
The magistrate speaks harshly to both Karl and Toadie. He says Karl may well be a pillar of this community and have nursed many of the teens present through calamities. But he can't be lenient because of the position held by Karl, who should have accepted that he broke the law. Toadie is young but should nevertheless have advised Karl as his client to accept the punishment rather than wasting the court's valuable time. He disallows the appeal against the licence suspension and doubles the fine.
Kennedys get home
Karl feels it's the most humiliating experience in his life and is a bit cross Susan didn't tell him the Legal Studies class would be there, but both she and Libby say they weren't aware of it. Toadie apologises, but Karl admits it was his fault and he went against Toadie's advice. He says what he should have done was not drink and drive in the first place. Susan and Libby try to play it down and persuade him it's not as big a thing, but he feels the worst is yet to come when the students tell their parents and the word spreads.
Susan's voice saying people will forget about it cuts across Taj telling Nina about Karl. She thinks it surprising, so he asks Harold if Karl was a bit wild in his day and tells him about the drink-driving case. Harold just says it's not nice to gossip and revel in other people's misfortunes.
Lori's complaining to Jack that there's a sleepover for the play and she's not invited. He ignores her plea to spend the night with her and she looks a bit troubled as he leaves.
The play ends with a romantic scene where Jack and Nina kiss. Harold's very pleased with the performance. Nina and Jack talk happily about how it went and say their respective partners are sick of them practising. At Harold's request, they hug and wish one another luck. Harold feels they'll get kind audiences and 'Mission Erinsborough will be Mission Accomplished'.
Dee's sitting sadly in the dark when Darcy comes in and asks her if she gave herself a Dee-day as he suggested. She admits she saw Toadie early in the morning and all the advice went out the window as she fled. She asks if Darcy thinks she and Toadie have a chance at all. He produces some expensive champagne, which she reluctantly accepts before saying he certainly has a knack of making her feel better. They drink to 'a fabulous life'.
At the sleepover, Jack watches Nina sleep and puts his arm around her. She smiles in her sleep and they cuddle up.
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