- Toadie consenting to a breath test.
- Paul discovering that he's not Oliver's dad.
- Oliver cutting Rebecca out of his life.
- Miranda realising that Janae has the hots for Ned.
Janae is trying to get Ned to talk about his love confession, but Mickey keeps unwittingly interrupting with questions about Ringo's condition. Priorities, Mickey. Geez. The Parkers then drop by with a picnic basket, a black lab and a baby roo. Just your average visit then. Miranda wants them all to have morning tea together and won't take no for an answer from Janae. It seems Ms Miranda Matchmaker has her eye on getting Ned and Janae together, which Janae clues in on. Miranda really needs to work on her winky-nudge act, however, as she comes off a bit scary and unblinking, like Terminator.
Oliver's apologising for putting Paul and Elle through so much grief, but it won't be happening again because he's given Rebecca a permanent, ‘talk to the hand ‘cause the face don't want to hear it'. Paul believes that Ollie's being a bit OTT and that Rebecca just made an honest mistake, but Ollie suggests that Paul stop wasting his sympathy on her.
Rounding the corner, Paul slyly phones Rebecca, who is sitting in her parked car in a daze. He checks if she's okay and asks if she knows who Oliver's real father is. The guy must be a real sod though, because Rebecca bursts into tears and says that she'd rather lose Oliver forever than tell him the truth.
Janae leads the Parkers into her very sparse-looking home, where they've decided to have the picnic. It seems the redecorating bug really hasn't hit Janae since her family left town.
MIRANDA: It's kind of familiar… Making Mansions! This place was on Making Mansions remember?
BRIDGET: Yeah! (Off Janae's bemused look) Maybe… I didn't really watch it.
JANAE: Did you watch that show?
MIRANDA: Never missed an episode.
And if you carefully peel back some wallpaper in one of the bedrooms, you can still see the Ricky Martin poster underneath. Steve and Miranda offer up their furniture to Janae since it's only cluttering up her garage anyway. Bridget helps Mickey feed Pouch while the adults set up camp in the lounge and play a game I like to call, ‘Getting to know the Parkers in thirty seconds'. We discover that Steve has taken over A Good Hair Day, which is now going to be his vet surgery. Miranda used to be in real estate before moving into events management. And Bridget has an older brother, Riley, who is studying Vet Science at uni but is currently on a break. Miranda mentions that Riley hasn't been returning her calls, and by the startled look on Bridget's face, she knows the reason why.
Deep in thought, Paul ditches Elle and Oliver to go for a walk. The newly un-incesty duo notice Toadie standing vigil at Ringo's door, and pass Susan on their way out.
Turns out poor Toad has been there all morning. Susan lets him know that the doctors are bringing Ringo out of his coma today, but they're not sure when he'll wake up. Dejected, Toadie turns back to Ringo, who is very much comatose. Oh, and take a bow Susie-Q for your only speaking scene of the day. Well done.
Paul has snuck off to meet Rebecca in secret… in a busy Lassiter's establishment. Near Ollie's place of work. Stealthy. Rebecca reveals to Paul that there's only one man who could be Oliver's father. She broke up with him before her weekend fling with Paul, but they were always “careful”; that's why she was so certain Paul was the real dad. Paul thinks Oliver will understand if she explains herself and tells him the truth.
REBECCA: (adamant) No, no. He must never know. Ever.
PAUL: Why is this guy upsetting you so much?
Miranda catches Janae looking fondly at Ned while they're in the kitchen and teases her. Confiding in Miranda, Janae mentions Ned's declaration of love but chalks it up to him just being emotional about Mickey. She doesn't want to make a fool out of herself if Ned didn't really mean it. Miranda pish poshes that idea away – Ned can't stop talking about Janae. What Janae needs is a moment alone with Neddy Noodle to have a heart to heart, and Miranda never backs away from a challenge.
Rebecca has filled Paul in on some of her past, including the fact that Oliver and Declan are full brothers. She also reveals that she had to move around a lot when Declan was young because her ex kept following them.
REBECCA: I can't tell you how many times I wished the ‘elusive' Paul Robinson was Declan's father as well as Oliver's. You took on quite a rosy glow in my daydreams, I tell you.
Paul thinks that Rebecca is a remarkable woman, but Rebecca concedes that she's made a lot of mistakes in her life. One thing she knows, however, is that her ex will never have power over her again.
REBECCA: And as long as I have breath left, he won't have it over my boys either.
Ollie has brought Elle a bunch of flowers, “I couldn't find an olive branch.” Hmm, a bouquet or a stick. I know which one I'd prefer. Oliver knows that it'll take a lot of work for them to get back on track, but he's up for it.
Paul hobbles in to ask Oliver to give Rebecca a second chance. Oliver and Elle scoff at the idea, but Paul's sincerity has struck a small flicker of intrigue in Oliver. Masking this, he escapes to the kitchen while Elle rounds on her dad.
ELLE: You know dad, I love you, but sometimes I really miss the old you. Because he would have seen right through her in a flash.
He would have probably also tried to bed her then blow up her car with an ACME bomb, or tie her to some train tracks. Be careful what you wish for, sweetie. Elle then angrily susses that Paul might be falling for Rebecca – an accusation he doesn't quite deny.
Miranda leads a nervous Janae back into the lounge while she executes her plan – it's Parker family movie time! Ned, the big lunkhead, nearly wrecks it by offering to tag along with Mickey. But cluey Bridget catches her mother's eye and steals Mickey away for some quality cousin time, “No uncles allowed.” The Parkers and their plus one leave Ned and Janae alone on the newly moved in couch. Taking a deep breath, Janae gets down to business.
JANAE: The other night at Charlie's, the stuff you said, true or false? Or maybe just partly true because you were messed up and over-tired.
(Ned's a little stunned)
JANAE: You don't get any thinking music with this, all right? You either dig me or you don't.
NED: Of course I dig you.
Anyone else mentally add in a “groovy chick” after that, or am I alone in my Brady Bunch moment?
NED: Yeah, boufhead!
JANAE: (grinning) What, so we're, y'know…
NED: I hope so.
JANAE: We can call ourselves a couple?
NED: ‘Ned and Janae' a couple.
JANAE: (relieved) Well you took your time letting me know!
NED: Yeah, there's something else that took too long too.
Hell yeah it did! Ned finally leans in and plants a big kiss on Janae, and all the villagers rejoiced. Huzzah!
Rebecca's House – Exterior
Oliver watches from afar as Rebecca mucks around with Declan before she takes him on a driving lesson. She suddenly notices her eldest son approaching and quickly teeters down the driveway in her heels, intent on getting him to leave before Declan clues in. Ignoring his mother's pleas, Oliver tells her that he's here to give her a second chance – but only if she tells him the truth about everything. Playing the protector, Declan comes to his mother's aide and pushes Oliver away, wanting to know what's going on.
OLIVER: Declan, I'm your brother.
Declan turns to Rebecca in confusion, but the look on her face confirms the news.
Toadie is still standing watch over Ringo, who still hasn't woken up. What a cruisy day at work for Sam Clark. I'll bet he and Jackie were smug about that. Steph appears and wordlessly wraps Toadie in a big bear hug from behind. Toadie didn't even flinch – it could have been Dr Mundy wanting to play doctors and nurses for all he knew! Toadie can't believe that three drinks could be the cause of all this mess, but Steph assures him the blood test will clear everything up. Sympathetic, Steph says that they can pull out of the debate tonight if he wants.
TOADIE: (sniffing the air) Smell that?
TOADIE: Smells like chicken… it's coming from you!
STEPH: (getting it) All right then, mate. This chicken's gonna make a goose outta you.
TOADIE: Oh yeah?
STEPH: Are you sure you're okay?
TOADIE: You just worry about that big slice of humble pie you're gonna eat later on. (Getting a sudden idea) Oh, it's gotta have onions!
TOADIE: My perfect meal.
STEPH: You still on about that?
TOADIE: You can't rush genius.
Cheese *and* onions, how scrumptious. Toadie goes back to watching Ringo, looking quite grim. Giving her sad little clown another hug, Steph reassures him that everything will be okay.
Ned and Janae break for air, only to tease one another for taking so long to get to this moment. Chuckling, they go back to their pash-fest. “Better late than never!”
Rebecca's House – Exterior
Rebecca and Oliver are trying to tell Declan that everything will work itself out, but Declan is strangely calm.
DECLAN: I've always thought something was missing. Maybe this was it. Someone to teach me how to shave and stuff…
(Oliver smiles and looks relieved)
DECLAN: Y'know, we could get matching tattoos…
(Ollie then realises Declan's taking the mickey out of him)
DECLAN: … talk about chicks. You could ruffle my hair and call me kid.
REBECCA: (warningly) Declan, that's enough.
DECLAN: Yeah, I'll say.
Declan walks off into the house and Ollie apologises to Rebecca, but she knows she should have told Declan the truth way before now. Oliver then asks if they could talk about his dad one of these days. Steeling herself, Rebecca promises they will, but right now she has to check on her son.
Rebecca's House – Interior
Declan sits in stony silence while Rebecca tearfully explains that she's never told anyone about Oliver before. She didn't want Dec to think that she loved him any less, or that she would ever abandon him the way she did with Oliver. Declan remains silent and Rebecca desperately tries to get a reaction from him, even yelling would suffice.
DECLAN: You said you'd never lie to me. How can I trust anything you say ever again?
Dec leaves and Rebecca works her poor tear ducts some more.
Susan holds Charlie in the audience while Steph and Toadie battle one another in their debate. They swap sassy jibes with one another until a few police officers arrive and take the fighting spirit out of Toadie. Realising his fate, Toadie quietly withdraws from the election campaign and heads over to the boys in blue.
SGT MOLLER: Jarrod Rebecchi, I'm charging you with dangerous driving causing serious injury, and driving while above the legal alcohol limit. Do you understand?
TOADIE: (ashamed) I understand.