Episode title: 4266
Australian airdate: 23/6/03
UK airdate: 13/8/03
Writer: Anthony Morris
Director: Jeffrey Walker
Valda Sheergold: Joan SydneyMelody Jones: Robyn ArthurFelix Loft: Marc Lawrence
- "Teenager Of The Year
" by Lo-Tel
Summary/Images by: Carly/Mona
Darcy being arrested - Steph talking to Lou about Valda - Lyn not accepting Susan's gift
Lyn thinks that Joe thinks she was too harsh on Susan. Joe tries to rationalise the situation. "Maybe we should meet them half way." Lyn says Susan threw her offer of being godmother right back in her face. Lyn walks out of the kitchen, and Joe sighs.
A park somewhere:
Valda is sitting on a park bench looking worn out, talking to Stella and Blanche. She's making them look nice to give them away to someone. She has a horrible wheezing cough. A man, Felix, walks over and greets Valda. She gives him the dogs belongings, and sends them on their way, coughing and trying not to cry.
Steph walks in and asks Lou if he's ready to go. He tries to dissuade her from coming, but Steph won't hear of it. She's doing it to give Lyn peace of mind.
Susan picks up a framed picture of Darcy. She looks forlorn. Karl comes in from his jog and says he'll go down the shop and get them lunch. They talk about how upset Lyn was with Susan. Karl takes the picture away from Susan, and Susan gets angry at herself for believing Darcy. "Maybe it's time you told Darcy that," says Karl.
Outside a shop:
Lou walks out to Steph and tells her that Valda didn't show up to get the money off the courier. Steph gets annoyed and says that this was a waste of time. Lou tries to calm her down, and says that the shop owner told him the street Valda lives in because she gets groceries from him. They leave for the street.
The Coffee Shop:
Joe is at the counter, and Karl walks in. They exchange pleasantries. Joe and Karl chat about Karl's footy.
Karl: "Still, I deserve it (injuries) making a comeback at my age."
Joe: "Nah, well, y'know, good on you for doing it. I mean, I couldn't."
Karl: "Just shows who's the smarter man then."
There's a big pause, and Joe looks confused.
Karl: "...meaning you."
Joe says he'll have to come down and watch him play again sometime. He goes, and Karl looks pleased that they chatted.
Nina and Jack have set up Nina's equipment, and Melody bustles in holding clothes. Nina's going to have some promotional shots taken, and the clothes Melody has bought in are for a "retro prom queen" look. Melody wants Nina to try them on, but Nina's concerned about the lack of material. Jack and Nina aren't convinced of this idea.
Court house/Jail thing:
Karl and Susan are taken in to an unused courtroom, and they sit at a table. Darcy is led out looking dishevelled and ashamed. Susan's steely demeanour gives way to her emotions at seeing Darcy, and she flees the room in tears. Karl is left standing there staring at Darcy in contempt.
Darcy says it probably wasn't a good idea to bring Susan there. Susan comes back in saying she wants to speak to Darcy. She tells Karl she'll meet him back at home, and reassures him she'll be fine. She walks over and sits down. Darcy says, "I'm sorry...I'm very sorry for what I did." Susan says she's sorry too, "It's such a terrible waste."
Lou and Steph had no luck door-knocking. They're about ready to go when Steph spots Felix walking Stella and Blanche. They chase after him.
Melody gets off the phone with "Jasper, at Nitrogen Records". He's not signing anyone for another six months. She tries her best to convince Nina that publicity is the key to success. She wants her to go as a "date" with Robbie D one of Melody's up and coming stars, to a charity 'Celebrities against fur' function. Strictly business of course. Nina looks uncomfortable at the idea, and Jack looks unsure.
Nina and Jack are sitting on the couch talking about Melody, and how Nina thinks Melody thinks she's a little kid. "Do you really wanna go out with Robbie G?" Jack asks. "D." "Same thing." Jack's concerned that Melody is being too pushy with Nina. Lyn and Joe come in from walking Harvey. They all talk about Nina's agent, and rising star status. Nina says she's decided not to go to the celebrity function.
Susan is trying to cling to some hope that Darcy did what he did because he was frightened and not thinking straight. Darcy stops her, and calmly says:
Darcy: "I was thinking straight. I was thinking straight when I got into debt. I was thinking straight when I stole from Lou. I was thinking straight when I broke into your home. I am a bad person. I am. I look at the people around me. You, Karl, Libby, Toadie, Dee. You all do things for the right reasons. I do things to get what I want. Money, women, status. Everything else is just in the way."
Susan is in tears, and says emotionally to Darcy that she can't believe that, that's who Darcy is.
Darcy: "Susan. That's exactly who I am. It's exactly who I've always been. I deserve everything that's happened. And I deserve everything that's coming."
Darcy is calm and resolute. Susan watches him with a tear-stained face.
Steph and Lou spot Valda on the park bench, wrapped up in a blanket, semi out of it. They race over in concern. "Everything's going to be alright love, it's going to be fine," Lou says to her. Valda opens her eyes in a daze.
Lyn and Joe hurry in to meet up with Steph and Lou in the waiting area. They're told that Valda's got pneumonia. Lou says Valda was in a bedsit, but she couldn't pay the rent anymore. Lyn's upset that Valda didn't contact them for help.
Later that night
Joe, Lyn, Steph and Karl walk out of Valda's room. Karl explains all the medical stuff to them, and thinks Valda could be out in a couple of days. Lou is in the room with her. He asks why she didn't call anyone. She says she "didn't want her (Lyn) to feel she was stuck with me." Lou tries to tell her that family is the most important thing. Karl comes in and says the family want to see her.
The Coffee Shop:
Nina is explaining to Melody that she can't go to the function with Robbie D, because Jack is so important to her. Melody says not to worry because she's got a few other girls who need the publicity more than Nina. "When they're rich and famous, I'll make sure that they know that you were the one who gave them their big break." Nina looks alarmed, and agrees to go on the business date.
Valda's hospital room:
Lyn is in with Valda. She says, "It shouldn't have taken this for you to realise how important you are to us. You're a very important thing in our lives you know. Especially mine." Valda gets all emotional hearing that. "Lyn, you don't know what that means to me."