Lyn and Valda are helping Michelle to pack, though she's a bit nonchalant about it. Tahnee calls, to be met by an uneasy welcome from both Lyn and Michelle, though she's bringing some books. When they go off to get her a drink, Lyn comments that she didn't think they were that close now, but Michelle replies that at least Tahnee's trying very hard. Lyn's very tense.
Lou talks to Lolly on the phone. She's obviously happy and chatting about DVDs. He tries to tell her about himself, but she doesn't seem to have time to hear. He seems really down so Valda asks how he is. He says he's fine then and admits he's bloody awful and says how much he misses Lolly. She covers his hand with hers.
Michelle's asking Tahnee about her reasons for leaving New York. Tahnee says she tried to get away with something and didn't. She didn't get expelled, but put noses out of joint right away and they gave her hell. She had no friends and asked to come home. She feels Michelle is kind and people will love her, so it won't happen to her.
Valda has made a special breakfast for Michelle. Lyn's very fragile and snappy and Valda diagnoses pregnancy blues and tries to look after her. Lyn snaps when she finds there's nothing gto make lunch for Michelle and shouts at her when she says VCE isn't high on her list of priorities. Valda insists on looking after her, but Lyn continues to snap.
Toadie arrives with Bob, who is primed to be very happy to see Dee and be super-cute. He says all he has to do is remember his speech. Dee's grandmother gives him a very frosty reception, says Dee isn't in and she doesn't know when she'll be back. She suggest he turn round and go back the way he came and leaves him out on the verandah when he says he'll wait, closing the curtains on him..
Tahnee and Michelle see that Nina's all alone while students get their stuff ready for classes. A thrown ball nearly hits her and a boy slams his bag down on her locker. Michelle thinks it's a bit harsh and wants to go and talk to her, but Tahnee feels she did something wrong and has to take the consequences. Taj has a lot of friends and nobody else is going to be quite so forgiving.
Lyn rings in saying she won't be in to work, due to a 'personal matter'. Just then the door rings and Valda happily welcomes her two dogs and a lot of stuff. She asks Lyn to settle $70 that's owing until she goes to the bank. Lyn goes off, snappily answering Valda that she's going to have a nap.
Tahnee has been talking about the wonderful social life she had in the States, because she made so many friends. Tahnee's report has arrived and Susan reads through a sheet that says she displayed a very high level of aggression towards her peers and teachers, she had a clear lack of social skills and should address these issues through a counsellor. There's a lot of noise outside and Susan goes to sort it out, accidentally leaving the report sheet behind.
Valda's dogs have been making a noise so she apologises as Lyn comes out. She's chatting about where the dogs will eat and what they'll eat when Lyn walks off into the kitchen. Valda follows her and starts again, until Lyn eventually cuts her off and asks her not to talk any more about the dogs. Valda starts to say that she needs pampering until Lyn raises her voice and tells her she just wants to be left alone for a day, as this is her home and a little consideration isn't too much to ask.
Michelle is telling Tahnee she doesn't understand why she lied after saying she was going to stop. Tahnee says Mrs Kennedy pushed and pushed until she felt she had to say something. Susan comes in and apologises to Tahnee for questioning her, saying she wouldn't have done it if she'd read the report earlier. She offers to arrange a counsellor, but Tahnee plays it down, saying in America they think everyone needs a shrink.
Dee's grandmother brings out a cup of tea, calling him 'a stayer'. She asks if the dog is to help Dee be persuaded. Toadie tells her he's desperate and although it might not seem like it he and Dee were a really good couple. She comments that if the dog is all he has for ammunition he shouldn't hold his breath.
Lyn holds a gold bangle as she talks tearfully to Joe on the phone. She says that some days it's all too much and she really 'wishes she was here.' Valda comes in just as she finishes and she cries as she apologises. Valda agrees she was being selfish, but Lyn says she's just having a bad day. Valda notices that the bangle she's holding was Connie's and suddenly remembers that it's Connie's birthday today and this must be why Lyn's so upset. Valda looks as though she wants to say something, but doesn't.
Dee's grandmother comes to talk to Toadie again and asks if he thinks there's anything he could say that would make a scrap of difference, after the way he treated Dee. He says he's thought about it and wants to move on, rebuild the trust they once had. He's willing to forgive her. Mrs Bliss says it takes two and he should be ready to take some of the blame. He agrees he will, but she tells him that Dee is with her new boyfriend and he should give up and go.
Susan has Audrey, Blanche and Stella on three leads, running round and getting tangled. Lou comes and Susan tells him she's been conned by Valda. He suggests a club for victims of Valda, but Susan laughs that it should be a stadium. She senses that he has warmed to Valda because of what he calls her 'heart of gold'. Susan looks thoughtfully after him as he goes off again.
Students are laughing at something on the noticeboard. Michelle and Tahnee see that it's the report sheet that someone's pinned up, adding in big letters 'Coppin can't cut it'. Nina comes on the scene and Tahnee makes a remark to her. Nina moves forward, grabs the paper, tears it up and throws it on the floor, to Tahnee's surprise. Michelle just has a little smile……..
Lyn is giggling now as Valda reads her tea-leaves and thanks valda for being there. Valda says she can't offend her as she has a heart like a rhinoceros. Lyn comments that at times she just wants her mother there. Valda says she might be quite near and goes on to say she wants Lyn to turn to her in a mother role when she needs her.