Charlie arrives at the Scullys' much to Valda's surprise.
Darren and Libby kissing.
Stu issuing Lil with a ticket.
Lou preparing himself for court.
Stingray mooning David.
Lil and Serena are eating breakfast when David comes back from his jog to tell them that he was mooned again. This time the culprit has gone too far because David saw that the marking on his behind was a tattoo. “It's a word. Couldn't quite make it all out but it starts with the letter S.” He goes to ring the police but Serena and Lil laugh at him, although Lil adds that with Stuart's newfound zeal for his career he'll probably get to the “bottom of it”. David goes off to have a shower and Serena asks Lil what she thinks the tattoo might say.
Libby is getting ready for her date with Darren; they're taking Ben to his three-year-old friend's birthday party. Susan and Lib have a chat about Darren and Libby shows her disappointment that they're still just “enjoying each other's company”. They also talk about Tom and Lib asks how everyone's coping with the news. Susan says there's been a bit of division and that everyone just needs a bit of time.
SUSAN: Tom and I have given it a lot of thought and we really think we're doing the right thing.
LIBBY: (Laughs) My mother is dating a man who is married to God. I don't even know where to begin with something like that!
Susan says that it'll take some getting used to, but sometimes you need to just take a risk. Libby looks thoughtful.
Valda has finished cooking breakfast for Charlie and Oscar. As she cleans up they fuss over their grandchild, with Valda saying that he's more Sheergold than Cassidy because of “his exquisitely fine features”. Valda's very nervous about Lou's court case that day. She tells Charlie that Lou fixed a horse race, and she also tells him that her and Lou decided to be just friends. Charlie says that Lou's lucky to have a mate like her.
Serena has told Sky about Stingray's tattoo, which she finds funny because that means David has seen more of his butt than Serena has. Serena asked Scott about it that morning but he pretended he didn't know what she was on about. Sky laughs again because she thinks that Serena thinks her name is on his bum because it starts with an S. Stingray walks by them up the stairs and the two of them check out his behind until Boyd comes along and springs them.
BOYD: Peachy, isn't it!
BOYD: You two were just checking out his butt, weren't you!
SERENA: No, no we weren't!
BOYD: (Tongue in cheek) Hey Serena, you can check it out all you want, but Sky this has really got me worried.
SKY: Boyd, come to think of it, you could be of great assistance in helping to solve a mystery.
SERENA: Oh, that's right! Boyd you can find out for us!
BOYD: What? Find out what?
SKY: Would you like to go where you've never gone before?
BOYD: … No!
Karl and Susan have ordered coffees at the counter at the same time, how delightfully awkward. Karl makes his feelings about Darren seeing Libby again perfectly clear, but Susan thinks that Libby's old enough to make her own decisions.
KARL: I just think he's wrong for her. Sometimes I think it's obvious when two people are wrong for each other.
Susan: (Looking annoyed) Couldn't agree more.
They start to talk about Lou's court case. They're both going and both find out that Tom and “Isabelle” aren't going to be there which makes them some what happy. Their coffees arrive and Susan leaves, “Well, see you in court.”
Libby and Darren are kissing but Darren breaks it off and reminds her they were going to get a present for Ben's friend. He thought they'd get a truck or a train, but Libby was thinking more along the lines of “getting the old Darren back”. Just then Ben walks out into the kitchen area wearing a very cute lion outfit, ready and raring to go to the party.
Serena and Sky are trying to persuade Boyd to take a peek at Stingray's behind when he's distracted. Boyd is well against the idea, “Look, guys don't do that sort of stuff!” Stingray bounds up to them and reminds Boyd that they're playing soccer against West Warratah for inter-school sports. The girls nudge Boyd to indicate that this is a perfect opportunity for him. Stingray looks suspicious but quickly brushes it off and runs off to get ready. The girls wave Boyd along. Poor Boyd looks like he's going to pass out.
Libby leaves Darren and Ben at the table while she goes to order. She sees Lil there and asks about Lou's case, which she finds out has been delayed. The conversation quickly turns to Darren. Lil comments that he's a handsome boy and that he's good with Ben. Lib agrees but also tells Lil about her frustrations, “Let's just say that even though he's an old flame, things haven't exactly re-ignited yet!” Lil tells her not to worry and he might just be taking things slowly so he doesn't stuff things up this time. This leaves Libby something to ponder on.
Charlie and Oscar have just come back from the zoo while Valda has been at home baking to calm her nerves while she waits for Lou's case to start. She tells him that she's been called as a character witness, “Toadie's taken me through it a hundred times but I'm still really nervous.” Charlie tells her to take a deep breath and to say it how she feels it, “Lou couldn't have anyone better in his corner”. Valda halfheartedly agrees and jokes that she won't have to leave the file in the cake then.
A policeman walks by Lou and Toadie, nodding at them to say that they're up. Lou starts to freak out at Toadie and says that he can't go to jail. Toadie gives him a pat on the shoulder. As they walk into the courtroom, everyone turns around in their seats and Lou is amazed to see all the support he has. The people in attendance scattered around are Karl, Connor, Susan, Harold, Valda, David, Lil, Libby and Darren.
Erinsborough High Locker Room
The boys are changing out of their soccer gear. Stingray is talking a mile a minute while he strips off and Boyd is very nervous but trying to act nonchalant as he tries to take a peek at Stingray's bum. Stingray turns around at the same time as Boyd is staring and he starts to freak out, running out of the changing room. Boyd is mortified.
Serena and Sky are acting like they don't know what's going on as Stingray tells them what Boyd was doing just before. He's very, very uncomfortable with the whole situation.
STINGRAY: Hey, I'm all up for people being…y'know… people. And I was kind of even, y'know, flattered. And Boyd's a mate, I'm going to support him in whatever… lifestyle choice he thinks is sexy.
Boyd storms in and says to Stingray that it's been a big misunderstanding and that the girls can explain. The girls however want to have as much fun with Boyd's discomfort as they can. Sky pretends that she's really confused about how Boyd feels and Stingray offers his support to Boyd saying that they won't judge him. Boyd wants the ground to open up and swallow him whole.
The policewoman giving evidence says a lot of damaging things about Lou and that he should be made punishable to the full extent of the law. She wants “Mr. Carpenter” to be made an example of and that no leniency should be demonstrated in the sentencing. Lou looks worried.
Boyd is angry with the girls, who are still laughing, for not telling Stingray the truth.
BOYD: Now Stingray probably thinks I'm going to take him to the school social or something.
SKY: (Laughing) So what if he does, he'll find out soon enough… Hey, so what are you going to wear?!
They ask him what he saw but are disappointed to learn that he didn't get a chance to find out anything. Sky decides to take matters into her own hands. She sees Stingray at the lockers, walks over and pulls his pants down. Serena looks wide-eyed. “Who the hell is Shazza?”
Toadie is pleading Lou's case, saying that it was an act of desperation due to debt and that Lou has shown remorse by pleading guilty. He calls upon some people of the community who can “attest to Mr. Carpenter's good character”.
Connor is up in the witness stand first. He says that he's a fair boss and that “Lou has been like a father to me.”
Harold is up next. “Lou Carpenter is quite simply the best friend I've ever had. And believe me, he's a good man; he's a very good man. He's been like a brother to me. And truth be known I'm a better man for having known him.”
Valda is up after Harold. “He's a very decent man, and it's thanks to him that I am where I am today. He put me on a firm financial footing.” She also adds that she believes it was the nervous breakdown that caused him to lose his judgement. “Anyway, he's always been the best of friends to me.”
Lou has looked touched all throughout and the judge has looked thoughtful.
Sky and Boyd ask Serena how jealous she is and they wonder if Shazza is an old girlfriend of Stingray's. Serena pretends that she isn't jealous but says it better not be an ex-girlfriend.
BOYD: Well who else could it be? It's not like it's going to be his grandma or someone.
SKY: Imagine that! ‘Hey grandma, check this out, I love you!'
Stingray walks in then tries to make a run for it when he sees them there. Serena grabs him though and asks who Shazza is. He tells Serena that she really doesn't want to know and to just let it go.
Toadie says to Lou that things don't look too bad and all they can do is hope for the best. Lou thanks Toadie for all that he's done, especially rounding up everyone to be there for him. Toadie says that he didn't do a thing, “everybody wanted to help”.
The judge comes back in to deliver his verdict.
JUDGE: In my deliberation I took into account Mr. Carpenter's solid record in the community, his lack of previous convictions and the worthy testimony of his character witnesses, all very commendable. Mr. Carpenter quite knowingly and willingly committed a criminal act and did so without compunction. It is my job to send the message firmly back to the community that this is not acceptable behaviour. I therefore sentence the defendant to a three-year jail term with a two-year non-parole period. Officer, take the prisoner away.
Lou is shocked and outraged as are the rest of the people in attendance. He is led away by a policeman.