Episode title: 4251
Australian airdate: 02/06/03
UK airdate: 23/07/03
Writer: Katrina Foster
Director: Tony Osicka
Ruby Dwyer: Maureen Edwards
Sgt. Joanna Douglas: Matilda White
Summary/Images by: Kulin/Mona
Connor tells Lou he saw Ruby at the Kennedys' - Boyd tells Steph he wants to go to boarding school - The police arrive to question Ruby
Harold feels it's unnecessary to question Ruby, but they say they have new information they have to follow up. She admits she went to the Kennedys' and Sgt Douglas is suspicious because she didn't tell them before and she was seen at the house at exactly the same time as the burglary. She goes on to say she's been informed Ruby was responsible for other burglaries in the street. Harold realises Lou was the one who told them.
Boyd's still trying to persuade Steph to talk to Max for him, insisting he'll like boarding school. She wants him to level with her and asks if he wants to go because of her and Max. He gets angry very quickly
Ruby has confessed that she burgled Harold's house, but says it was due to her illness, but Harold helped her to face it and get her problem under control, so that now she'd never burgle anyone. Sergeant Douglas tells her she will have to go to the station and be charged, despite Harold's protests that since it was his house he should have a say.
As he sees Ruby into the police car, Harold's very sad until he sees Lou outside and his face goes cold. As she's driven off, Connor asks Lou if he's satisfied now. Lou goes in to talk to Harold, who gives him a steely reception, despite Lou's protests that he's thinking of him.
Libby opens the door to Taj, who says he's calling to see Lori and asks if he can wait. She carries on with her cleaning as he tries to make small talk, about what she's been doing (but you've only just seen me) and keeps hitting a wrong note for her -she's surprised that he thinks a 1995 book is really old and she obviously doesn't think much of the one he's raving about, called 'Popcorn'.
Lou calls for his rent and gets very angry at Connor when he sees the state of the house. Connor tells him he thinks he feels guilty because of what he did to Ruby and he shouldn't take it out on others. Lou insists he's just in pursuit of justice, but neither of them gives in and Lou stalks off, still angry, still demanding the rent.
Ruby is telling her story, which, with the admission that Harold was in hospital at the time, looks really bad. She says she had two accomplices, Ben and Luke, whom she met at the pub where she used to gamble and she shared the proceeds with them. She doesn't know their other names.
Taj is still following Libby around and chattering on about all sorts of teenage things.
Sergeant Douglas asks if Ruby would help them to identify the two men. She adds that there are still the burglaries at Lou's pub and the Kennedys'. Ruby says she has nothing to do with them, but the sergeant says she has to ask her the questions.
Max talks to Boyd about Summer going to Fiji, saying she will really miss him because she loves him. He asks Boyd about his wish to go to boarding school and tells him he really loves Steph and wants her to be part of their family, because previously he was lonely. Boyd wants to know why it can't be like it was before and Max answers that he wants an adult around him.
Steph comments that Boyd has finally come out and openly said he doesn't want her around. She tells Max that while she was travelling she used to think about life with him, seeing it as a cross between The Brady Bunch and The Sound of Music and they laugh at the picture of bursting into little songs. He's afraid she's having second thoughts, but she says no, she expected there would be problems, but thought they'd be easily solved.
Taj is still talking away, now about Nina and Jack and all those troubles, while Libby continues with the housework, cleaning the mirror and finding Ben's food scraps down the back of the lounge. He says he sees her as a teacher and forgets that she also has this life as a mum too.
Steph confronts Connor in the street, demanding to know what he knows, as she saw Ruby being taken off by the police. She's insistent that he has to tell her because her mother was seriously hurt.
Libby sees Taj off just as Steph arrives. He's thanked her for listening, but she says she enjoyed it. As soon as he's gone, however, she grimaces 'Teenage angst - I've just endured two hours of it'.
Ruby's very upset as she's been charged with the Harold burglary, which she deserves, but they also think she did the Kennedy one. He replies that she should have got a lawyer, but she insists the truth is powerful. They allow the answering machine to take a call from Susan, sounding anxious, saying that they've heard something about the robbery and want him to call them back. He refuses to answer and insists that he and Ruby are going to watch a DVD and relax.