- Declan standing up to Justin for Bridget much to her chagrin
- Diana joining Rebecchi Cammeniti
- Kirsten freaking out and kidnapping Mickey
Ned and Janae race out just in time to see Kirsten tear out of the car park. Running to their car, Ned instructs Janae to try and ring Kirsten to talk some sense into her. You want Kirsten to answer a phone while she's driving like she's in Mario Kart? Nice work on the whole ‘keep Mickey safe' angle, Noodles.
Pepper's collecting permission slips from the teen gang and the rest of their classmates for the rock-climbing excursion that afternoon. Ringo's eager to join in but Pep needs him to finish off his assignment first. Rachel offers to help him, which makes Bridget annoyed – she thought they'd be partners. But it seems that Rach has a nasty case of afraid-of-heights-itis.
BRIDGET: Come on, I thought you were into a challenge?
RACHEL: I am!
BRIDGET: Just ones you're already good at?
RACHEL: (annoyed) Shut up, Zeke.
ZEKE: Rach, just join in for once and stop being so precious.
BRIDGET: Yeah, if you wuss out on me now, Princess Kinski, then that's it.
RACHEL: Alright! I'll go if everyone's going to make such a big deal out of it.
Bridget, however, didn't count on the trade off being an after school shopping spree. As Pep takes the slips to the office, Justin tries to ruffle Bridget's feathers about the footy incident. But Bridget holds her own and taunts him with the nickname “Justine”, so Justin says he'll make her suffer later. Witnessing this, Declan does an about face (he wasn't keen on rock climbing himself) and tells Pep he'll be coming on the excursion after all.
Miranda yaps on the phone about some work thing in the background while jogger extraordinaire Riley teases Steve about his plans to jog. Riley is also sporting the same half up/half down hairstyle as me right now… I can't decide who I should be more concerned for.
STEVE: I'm training for the West Warratah half-marathon for your information.
RILEY: Wow, coinkydink. I'm entering Miss World this year; I'm gonna take Brazil down!
Steve reckons Riley should join him and then they can chat about how his cadetship interview went. As they trundle out the door, Miranda looks after them with a fond smile; pleased her two fellas are bonding.
Roadworks Road – Roadworksville
Kirsten's car is ahead of Ned's by about four lengths, but there's a mini traffic jam thanks to council workers and their ill-timed roadworks. Neither Kirsten nor Ned realise how close they are to one another. Ned rants and raves while Janae tries to ring Kirsten for the umpteenth time.
Mickey tries to answer the phone but Kirsten snatches it off him. He asks her where they're going and if they can go back to Ned, but Kirsten brushes him off.
Sick of waiting, Ned leaps out of the car to see what the hold up is but is surprised to spot Kirsten only a few cars ahead. Sprinting towards her, he immediately sends her into a panic. Kirsten zooms out of there nearly taking out a council worker with a stop sign and a couple of other people for good measure.
Ned races back and tells Janae to call the cops. But Janae sensibly points out that the cops will only make Kirsten more skittish and put Mickey in even greater danger.
JANAE: She's not crazy. With any luck she'll come to her senses and stop running.
NED: What if she doesn't?
JANAE: Then we'll call the cops.
Riley and Steve stop for a mid-jog stretch and chat about Riley's house hunting successes so far. Steve reminds him that there's no need to rush, but Riley figures that he has to wait on news of his cadetship anyway. If he doesn't get that, he'll apply for a Media course next year. Steve's a bit crushed to hear that he's throwing away Vet Science for good, but trots out the supportive dad routine nonetheless.
Rachel is trying to help Ringo wade through his eleventy million bibliography references for his assignment, but Ringo knows he won't be done in time to play with all the other kids. Turns out that Ringo is behind in a fair bit of schoolwork. Sniff, sniff… I can smell a storyline cooking. Add a dash of garlic and leave it to simmer, folks. Pep isn't impressed that Rachel's helping, so she scarpers out. But Pep makes Ringo's day by saying that he can come on excursion if he gets the rest done by himself.
In the hall, Justin is still doing all he can to torment Bridget. She torments “Justine” right back and shoves him for good measure. He shoves her to the floor in return, which immediately springs Declan into action. He barges Justin into some lockers before checking on how Bridget is. But Bridget isn't impressed – she had it covered!
Miranda uses a whole loaf of bread to make three sandwiches (seriously, they're triple decker ones!), and comments on the lack of news from Ned and Janae about Mickey. Speaking of news, Brad Jordan, the cadet mentor, rang for Riley while he was out which means he'll be sitting a general knowledge test. “They like me,” Riley beams. Settle down Sally Field, you're not in just yet.
While Riley phones the newspaper, Steve gets a visit from one of his clients – a dog called Digger and his owner, Norm. While they chat, Riley becomes more and more distracted by Norm's plight before he decides to call the paper back later and join in with the vet speak.
Breaking News: Riley Parker still has vet instincts.
Bridget is still laying into Declan for coming to her rescue. They bicker their way down the hall before Justin butts in.
JUSTIN: (to Declan) Oi, it wasn't even your beef!
BRIDGET & DECLAN: Shut up, Justine!
(The two teens swap an uneasy look with one another)
BRIDGET: Why do you care if I get pushed around anyway?
DECLAN: (stuck) Superhero tendencies.
JUSTIN: (smug) I reckon I know why…
BRIDGET & DECLAN: Shut it!
Pep comes out to tell them off for making a racket as Rachel, Zeke and Ringo stare at them in confusion.
Ned and Janae have come to Toadie and Diana for help, but they've got the same advice as Janae – don't get the cops involved just yet. Getting an idea, Diana hops on the phone to an unnamed person and gets stuck into them in a nasty fashion. Realising she couldn't possibly be speaking to Kirsten, Toadie, Janae and Ned wonder who it could be.
Why it's Tim Collins – who is very unhappy to be called in the way he was. Tim tries to give the spiel that Kirsten might just be taking Mickey to the movies, but the others tell him to can it. Diana wants Tim to call Kirsten on his phone so that she'll answer, but he's being uncharacteristically quiet and evasive. Calling Tim on his weird behaviour, Toadie eventually finds out the truth.
TIM: She exhibited romantic intentions towards me and I rejected her.
JANAE: Oh get over yourself!
DIANA: Timothy Collins. The bounds of your ego never cease to amaze and horrify me.
But Tim is actually being quite sincere and sensitive about the whole thing for a change and says that Kirsten has really low self-esteem right now, and his rejection was probably in the chain of events that lead to her snapping like she has. Throwing down the gauntlet, Toadie and Diana ask Tim to work with them for the sake of Mickey. Please! Won't someone think of the children!
Riley and Steve have to inform Norm that poor Digger has a tumour in his abdomen, but it's operable if they get in quick. Riley reassures Norm that Steve is an ace vet and they'll make sure that Digger lives to see another day. Grateful, Norm comments on how wonderful it must be to have two vets in the family. But Riley says he's actually going to be a journalist, which makes Steve's face fall once more.
This just in…: Steve Parker unimpressed with girly-haired son's ambition to be the next Clark Kent. More news in an hour.
Rock Climbing Centre
It's an actual centre so the place looks really cool. I'm so glad the budget got cranked up or else the kids probably would have been scaling the walls of Grease Monkey's.
Rachel is glued to the spot in fear about half way up the wall while Ringo climbs towards her. Pepper and Bridget gently try to coax her down but she's about ready to set up house up there.
BRIDGET: Rach, just pretend that you're Rapunzel and there's a Prince waiting for you when you get down here.
(Declan and Zeke snigger)
RACHEL: (anxious) Prince of Darkness maybe!
ZEKE: Aw come on Rach you sook!
Ringo eventually convinces her to let go and she screams and flails her way down. Elated to reach solid ground, she excitedly leaps into Ringo's arms for a hug – and I think the camera cut away just as they were about to share a “look”. Zeke and Declan are up next, and Bridget just happens to be Declan's rope person.
DECLAN: Don't forget to keep your eyes on me the whole time to see how it's done.
BRIDGET: You might want to shut the hell up.
Norm sits with Digger in the lounge room while Steve and Riley reconvene in the kitchen. Steve gently points out that Norm might want the operation, but he may not be able to pay for it. Steve's not being heartless, but kindness won't pay his bills for him. Riley gets all stroppy, culminating in him giving Steve his credit card – he'll pay for the damn operation (you might want to pay Elle back first for all those drinks you scabbed off her, Ri). Proud of his son's determination, Steve smiles and says he'll do it for free – but this just proves to him that Riley is made to be a vet not a cadet.
STEVE: Just be honest with yourself. Is there anything else that inspires you with as much passion?
Frustrated, Riley gives his dad a non-answer before rejoining Norm. Miranda comes out of the laundry and gives Steve a raised eyebrow.
Extra! Extra! Miranda superfluous in this episode!
Kirsten tells Mickey to stay in the car while she grabs some stuff, but gets a call from Tim before she gets too far. Kirsten is already prepared and tells Tim that she's not coming back and losing her son. Tim tries to convince her that he'll fight to get another custody arrangement and to think of Mickey's welfare, but Kirsten thinks the whole thing is hopeless. Toadie butts in and tries to find out where she is but Kirsten hangs up on him. Taking one last glance at her son, Kirsten strides purposefully into a travel agency.
Rock Climbing Centre
Bridget and Ringo are on rope duty down the bottom, keeping an eye on Declan and Zeke scaling the wall. Pep calls time and Zeke sails down with ease, but Dec stays put. Pacey and Joey… ah, Bridget and Declan continue their pattern of picking on one another to mask their bourgeoning Dawson's Creek hormonal urges for one another. Declan keeps mocking Bridget, so she lets go of the rope a fraction to give him a little scare. But all of a sudden the rope slips out of Bridget's hands for real and Declan plunges to the ground with a thud. Racing over to him, Pep yells for someone to call an ambulance while Bridget looks on in horror. Here's hoping he doesn't need a kidney.