- Rosie and Toadie quitting their jobs
- Steve and Miranda trying to work out Riley's problem
- Stonie swearing off the drugs and chucking them in the bin
- Ned and Kirsten arguing about Mickey
Number 26/Law Offices
Janae fiercely tells Ned that they'll take Kirsten to court if they have to. But good old trusting Ned reckons that Kirsten might have calmed down by now.
If by calm down you mean hire Tim Collins as a lawyer, then yes, yes she has. Tim makes all the right sympathetic noises while Kirsten vents her frustrations.
Miranda reminds Janae that it's not good for Mickey to see her all worked up. Ned explains that he's set up an informal chat with Toadie just in case.
Tim promises he'll get Kirsten's little boy back if they go to court.
Steve wonders how they'll cover the costs if things get serious. Janae offers up the Timmins family fortune and Steve pledges his support in lieu of their lack of money. Suddenly, Mickey wanders in and asks if Ned's fighting with his mum. Ned hesitantly admits things are a bit complicated at the moment.
Lou, Harold, Zeke, Rachel and Karl are all handing out fliers to help Steph with her election campaign. Karl brings up Lou's brush with mayor-dom and joins in with Harold to tease him.
Snatching a flier off Harold, Frazer breezes by with Ringo, insisting that he's not wasting his day off handing out papers. But when Ringo tells Frazer there's an after party for all the helpers that's fully catered, Frazer suddenly morphs into an overly keen volunteer.
Tim catches Toadie measuring up a desk. Toadie explains that he's going to redecorate when he and Rosie take over Tim's lease next week.
TIM: Well I hope you've got deep pockets, because I have and I know Paul Robinson loves a cashed-up tenant.
TOADIE: (amused) Have you spoken to Paul in the last few months have you?
TIM: Almost weekly.
TOADIE: *laughs hysterically*
After Toadie departs in a fit of laughter, Tim rejoins Kirsten in his office to talk about his lawyer's fee. Realising that Kirsten probably won't have near enough money, Tim is about to offload her when he discovers he'll be battling against Toadie and Ned. Driven by his intense need to squash Toadie like an ant, Tim agrees to be Kirsten's lawyer for the long haul.
Janae frets about Mickey overhearing her bag out Kirsten. Steve knows that Janae's upset but they've still got to remember that Kirsten is Mickey's mum.
In the lounge, Ned tells Mickey that Kirsten wants to take him to Adelaide. Mickey doesn't get why they all just can't live together in Erinsborough. Ned assures him that they're trying to work something out, but the most important thing for him to know is that he, Kirsten and Janae all love him.
Lou has plastered the fridge with posters for Steph and Harold grumbles about customers having to stand with the fridge door open, wasting energy, because they can't see in.
Steve and Miranda bring Mickey in and ask Lou if he can baby-sit for a while. 'Pop' gladly accepts and takes Mickey into the kitchen to make sundaes.
Steve notices how distracted Miranda is and she admits that she's been thinking about Riley. She has a hunch that his recent behaviour might have to do with his adoption and the need to search for his biological parents.
Toadie, Stonie and Chantelle are folding election leaflets while Steph irons her top and panics about the photo shoot she's running late for.
TOADIE: Everything is now in the lap of the electoral Gods.
STEPH: Oh yes? Are they angry Gods or happy Gods?
TOADIE: They're mostly ambivalent.
But Toadie has a magnificent speech prepared for Steph if she wins. Steph thanks him by promptly tearing it up - she can write her own stuff thanks very much! Toadie pretends to go off in a strop, but returns to give her a goodbye kiss before leaving for his meeting with Ned. Stonie offers to look after Charlie while Steph finishes getting ready. Grateful, Steph drags Chantelle down the hall to help her choose a jacket. Putting Charlie on the floor, Stonie turns his back for a moment to put the dogs outside, and Charlie promptly gets into the bin. None the wiser, Steph and Chantelle depart for Lassiter's while Charlie opens up Stonie's drug packet he's found.
Stonie (carrying Charlie) rushes out in a panic to the car. Luckily, Karl is conveniently outside at the same time and Stonie runs over to him. He yammers on about Charlie getting into the bin and Karl's face darkens when Stonie says something about "giving it up".
KARL: (serious) Stonie, just tell me.
NETWORK CENSORS: Oh he will, but he won't be telling anyone else...
Steph happily poses for the photographers in front of a ballot box while she casts her vote. The crowd goes wild!
Checking that Charlie hasn't vomited, Karl takes him from Stonie and says that they need to get to the hospital. Stonie looks very pale.
Ned and Janae are getting advice from Toadie about applying for custody. Toadie is honest with them and says that if it goes to court their chances aren't all that crash hot. Angry, Janae spits out that Ned is twice the parent Kirsten ever was, but Toadie ruefully admits that in most cases the court is on the mother's side.
Lou and Harold are making gigantic ice-cream sundaes with Mickey. A boy after my own heart, Mickey points out that there's three scoops each of chocolate and vanilla but only two strawberry so "it's wonky". Laughing, Lou dollops another scoop on and ensures a bout of tooth decay for his surrogate grandkiddy. Hoorah.
Tim is working his lawyer-ly magic and twisting everything Kirsten has done in the past to make it sound more positive.
KIRSTEN: (incredulous) It makes it sound like I always put him first.
TIM: Exactly. Kirsten, I'll show the court that you're a loving mother. And we all know the best place for a child is with its mother.
Kirsten gleefully nods in agreeance.
Toadie doesn't want to discourage Ned and Janae, and thinks that if Kirsten knows they're serious she'll be more willing to negotiate. But he reiterates that their chances aren't good in the outcome of a full-blown custody battle.
As they tuck into their sundaes, Mickey asks Lou a question that's obviously been plaguing him.
MICKEY: Hey, Pop. When you were little who did you like better - your mum or your dad?
Lou and Harold swap 'oh dear' looks.
Jumping on Karl when he reappears, Stonie asks how Charlie is. Karl replies that he's okay so far but the staff have given him a charcoal solution to soak up anything he may have ingested. Getting his best dad voice on, Karl tells Stonie that Steph will have to be informed; she'll want to know how "it" got in the house in the first place. Stonie says that he'll explain everything to her and Karl gravely wishes him good luck.
Mickey helps Harold stock the drinks fridge while Janae and Ned catch up with Kirsten at the counter.
KIRSTEN: I was hoping Mickey and I could spend some time together today.
JANAE: Short drive to the Northern Territory perhaps?
Kirsten admits that she stuffed up the other day but she's on the straight and narrow now - they can even come and supervise if they like. She also adds that she's seen a lawyer for some advice but hopes it doesn't come to that. Mickey races over and the conversation ceases.
Riley is about to escape for a surf somewhere when Steve and Miranda stop him for a chat. Getting straight to the point, Miranda says that he has their full support if he wants to search for his real parents. Looking a little hurt (like Steve and Miranda are pushing him away by suggesting this), Riley shrugs off the idea. But Steve knows there's something eating away at his son.
RILEY: Look, there's no problem okay? I like you, you like me. Everyone's happy.
MIRANDA: (stunned) Like you?
STEVE: Riley you're our son, we love you.
But Riley's heard enough and quickly makes an exit.
Steph rushes past Stonie to see Charlie (who has been given the all-clear). Hugely annoyed, Toadie and Chantelle verbally chastise Stonie. Stonie tries to tell them it was an accident but Chantelle freezes him out and goes to check on Steph. Toadie realises that his brother fell back into the habit last night at the bar (when he pretended to go to the bathroom), but Stonie says he hated himself for caving.
TOADIE: Well if you want to keep your family and your wife you better try a lot harder, buddy.
Stonie looks very ashamed of himself.
Ned and Janae watch Kirsten and Mickey from a distance. Ned thinks that if they keep things harmonious then Kirsten will keep acting in a reasonable fashion.
Keep dreaming the dream, Neddykins, because right now Kirsten is laying one monster of a guilt trip on Mickey. She tells him that Ned is lucky to have Janae because she doesn't have anyone special like that - Mickey is the only special person she'll ever have. Taking a leaf out of 'The Idiot's Guide to Bad Parenting', Kirsten emotionally manipulates Mickey by telling him how sad and lonely she'll be if he stays in Erinsborough. And that Ned only says that nice stuff to him because he's new to parenting and thinks you have to say it.
KIRSTEN: He'll be fine if you come with me. He won't be hurt at all.
While Steph hugs Charlie, Toadie gently reminds her that the polling booths closed two hours ago. But Steph doesn't even care anymore after what happened today. She tells Toadie that she can't live with his brother anymore, which Toad agrees with.
Harold calls for everyone's attention after getting off the phone from the electoral office. He totally does the Joey Tribbiani 'I didn't get the audition... YEAH I did!' trick by being all serious then gleefully announcing that Steph won.
Everyone cheers and hugs her while Ringo takes some happy snaps. Riley stops by just to tell Steve that he's decided to leave town, but the Parkers drag him outside for a chat.
Riley tells Steve and Miranda that they're great people but it's time they stopped pretending that they ever wanted him. Steve and Miranda are confused so Riley explains that they day they came to the adoption agency their faces fell when they realised he was a package deal with "cute little Bridget". Miranda says they were only a little bit surprised and Steve adds that they loved the thought of being able to raise two kids. But Riley doesn't believe them and thinks he's old enough now for them to be honest about it.
RILEY: You never wanted me.
Steph makes a speech for the crowd and promises to put in a good fight for everything. Frazer gets his knickers in a twist about the politics of it all, so Karl crushes a handful of potato chips on his head for being such a sourpuss.
Checking out some of the photos Ringo has taken, Rachel praises him on his skills. They're all happy and giddy together - can I smell a romantic reunion in the near future?
Frazer begrudgingly gives Steph a congratulatory hug.
STEPH: Thanks for all your help and for your vote.
FRAZER: ... yeah, hey, always happy to back the best candidate.
He guiltily looks away from Zeke's accusatory stare as Steph and Toadie make their way over to Stonie and Chantelle. Stonie surprises them by revealing that he and Chantelle are heading back home tonight. He's already lined up some counselling for himself. Steph's pleased with his initiative and Toadie grabs him in a hug.
Heading to the bar for drinks, Toadie bumps into Tim.
TIM: I suppose this makes you the first lady then?
He wastes no time in informing Toad that he's Kirsten's lawyer and can't wait to wipe the floor with him.
TOADIE: Just save your witty one-liners for the courtroom, mate. The kid's going home with his father.
TIM: Oh, in your dreams, cupcake.
Toadie's face is all, "Cupcake?!" and then, "No, in your nightmares, pal!"
Mickey looks like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders when he brings in some laundry to Ned.
NED: Are you okay?
MICKEY: I want to go to Adelaide.
NED: Oh... really?
MICKEY: (looking uncertain) That's what I want to do. I want to go and live with my mum.
Ned looks lost for words. Aww, poor little Mickey Mouse being caught in the middle.