Zeke and Rachel coming up with a plan to return the stolen paper.
Steph apologising to Toadie for him not feeling at home at No. 32 but adding it wouldn't feel like home with him there.
Didge and Declan joyriding.
Susan having a funny turn after Zeke goes to get help.
Toadie proposing to Steph in front of the RSR's.
Steph is literally lost for words as everyone looks to see what her answer will be, Toadie included. Just in case she has trouble reading what is written in the sky, he asks her again.
TOADIE: Will you marry me?
STEPH: Toad, I'm sorry.
We then hear those dulcet tones we haven't hear for the past two and a half years as Valda shouts out “surprise” and takes everyone's attention away from the proposal.
Zeke runs back to Susan and she reassures him that she is fine and that she was lying down because she was dizzy. She thanks him for the water he has returned with and agrees to his request to go home although he doesn't believe her when she says it was the heat getting to her especially as it doesn't exactly look warm!
Valda is catching up with Steph and her busy life since she last saw her. Steph gives Valda her house keys so she can make herself at home in the spare room while she talks to Toadie. Despite how he looks, he says that he's cool about being turned down and Steph quickly reassures him that she doesn't want things to change.
STEPH: I don't get the whole hype.
STEPH: The whole circus. We're together because we want to be because we love each other not because we got a little piece of paper that says we have to be.
Steph wants them to go home and talk about it but Toadie is still sulking and wants to head off to the office instead, claming he has work to do.
The General Store
Toadie enters the store and Frazer goes up to him to ask if Steph gave him a reason for saying no and Toadie replies that she doesn't believe in marriage. This surprises Frazer and he wonders why she didn't just play along and told him later. Toadie either didn't hear this or more likely didn't want to hear it, so Frazer tries some male bonding with Toadie so he can get it out of his system but Toadie takes the hug Frazer offers as a step too far and ducks under his outstretched arms before exiting the store.
Valda tells Steph all about Lyn's new salon and how Oscar is getting bigger every day and is apparently still as cute. Finally Valda can see that Steph has something on her mind and eventually asks her about it. Steph tells Valda about Toadie's proposal and just as she is about to congratulate her, she quickly adds that she turned him down.
VALDA: Oh… Right.
Valda asks if they've fallen out, they haven't, and then if Toadie has a roving eye. Steph quickly reassures her that isn't the case; it is her who doesn't want to get married…again. Valda asks if she's said this to Toadie and if he's understood it. “He said he did” but from the look on her face I'd say he didn't and Valda adds “he is a man you know Steph.” Steph grimaces when Valda mentions that Toadie's pride must have taken a battering and suggests talking again to Toadie so that he understands how she feels.
Karl and Rachel are chatting when Susan and Zeke arrive home and before they can even say hello, Zeke blurts out that Susan had a dizzy spell. Karl immediately goes into doctor mode and thinks she's had a stroke, which Susan totally dismisses. Zeke then mentions that Susan said she was hot and Karl thinks that she may have had a hot flush and goes to make an appointment for Susan with Dr Olenski and conveniently they've got a cancellation. Susan doesn't want to go and see a doctor because she has a date with Andrew the new school principal who isn't happy at the exam paper going missing. (I wonder if he's named after the actor who played the last School Principal
Karl isn't taking no for an answer and takes his wife off to the doctors along with Zeke who wants to go with them. Rachel stays on the pretence of doing homework but when the others leave; she takes the opportunity to put the missing exam paper into Susan's briefcase. She does so in the nick of time before Karl comes back in for it and breathing a sigh of relief, agrees to go with them to the hospital.
The General Store
Miranda gets her wires crossed when Lou mentions wanting the ground to swallow him as she thinks he is referring to Toadie whereas he really meant himself upon seeing Valda. Harold tells Steve and Miranda that he is joking but Lou is serious because he and Valda have a history…a bad history.
HAROLD: You have good history too.
LOU: Ruined by the bad.
HAROLD: All his own fault. They toyed with each other for ages and he wrecked it all by marrying some gold digger who whisked him off to Hong Kong.
Lou asks him to mind what he is saying but Harold concludes the talk by telling him to get over it.
Didge comes in and her parents tell her to order something to eat with them but she avoids the counter and heads straight for Declan who is sitting at the next table. They banter with each other before Didge asks if he's been for any driving lessons lately but their conversation is curtailed when her parents look at them and she heads back to their table.
Miranda comments that it is nice to see her getting along with Declan but Steve adds the disapproving voice that he isn't the type to go mixing with because he is a thief. Didge replies that she was just doing as she was told by them to be polite and Declan gives her a sly wink as he passes their table on the way out.
Lassiter's car park
A topless Declan is checking his oil whilst chatted to a blonde female and Didge looks extremely jealous. He spots her as she walks away and runs over to her, agreeing to her request of putting his shirt back on.
DECLAN: What you're worried about my health now?
DIDGE: No, I'm worried about mine; I've got a full stomach.
She doesn't waste the moment though as she perves on him as he puts the t-shirt on before agreeing to go with him for a drive.
As they come to a stop, Didge jokes with him that he almost hit the speed limit…another 20k and he'd have been there. They continue their banter as Justin(e) and his two brothers pull up in another car and goad them into a race.
Both cars speed off but the brothers car cuts in front of Declan's so much so he is forced to pull into the embankment and stop. (The car isn't damaged)
Valda hands Toadie a cup of tea and tries to get Toadie to talk but he is keeping quiet and eventually decides to take Charlie for a walk to allow him to talk to Steph.
TOADIE: Does she ever stop?
STEPH: Not while she's still breathing!
Steph brings it up that Valda arrived at an awkward situation and wants to talk about it. Toadie doesn't think that there is much else to talk about but Steph isn't giving him any option not to. She reaffirms that they love each other and it needs to be worked out and after Toadie nods his heads.
She begins with saying sorry to him and that she shouldn't have let him walk away but the whole thing took her by surprise. “And now you're after the surprise?” asks Toadie.
STEPH: Until today I'd never thought about getting married again and I'm still legally married to Max anyway.
Toadie tells her she just needs to sign a couple of forms and a no faults divorce can be done but Steph asks what will change, they both love each other and are committed so what difference does a piece of paper make?
TOADIE: You've already given me the piece of paper spiel. And you know I understand your decision okay. It's just that I want to stand in front of our friends and family and make it official. Just to have that symbol.
STEPH: You know the easiest thing for me to do would be to say yes don't you? But it would be a lie Toad. I don't want to lie to you.
Toadie then brings up about her still being called Stephanie Hoyland but stops what he was going to say; instead saying he'll get over it before leaving.
Declan and Didge catch up with the brother's car and she wastes no time in telling the driver what she thinks of him, his actions and to reinforce that, decides to soak them with water from the bottle she has. Declan can't believe what she has done and Justin(e) replies back that they are dead before both cars take off again.
We see Declan's car pulling into a dead end road lined with garages. Both of them are bickering over what they should have done (apart from go where they've ended up) with Didge wanting to go to the police until Declan reminds her he isn't licensed. “What do we do now” she asks as Declan just looks at her.
The General Store
Toadie is stilling a hole in the bottom of his cup with Steph comes in and hands him a leather jacket and helmet and asks that he puts them on as they are going for a ride.
Zeke is fretting about why Susan is taking so long as he sits waiting with Karl and Rachel. They both try to calm him down and finally Susan appears. Again, Karl jumps into doctor mode asking questions before she's even had a chance to sit down but Susan is more concerned that he called Andrew than answering Karl's questions. Delaying even further, she tells Rachel that her application for the Advance Slip programme? has been accepted which stuns Rachel like the rest of us.
Realising that she needs to tell the family what happened, Susan tells them that the doc took some blood from her but can't say what is wrong until the results come back although when pushed, reluctantly says it could be hormonal. Karl wants to discuss it further but doesn't want the kids around and Rachel eventually drags Zeke away to get some menus.
Karl looks relived that it wasn't anything more serious and Valda approaches them after hearing their conversation to tell Susan that going through the change is nothing to worry about.
Just as Valda is leaving with Charlie, she runs into Lou and it isn't a cordial hello from him and she tells Lou he disappeared earlier quicker than an oyster down a French man's gob! They continue their banter (how I've missed that) before Valda leaves to see to some important business.
Outside somewhere beside a lake
Steph and Toadie pull up on the bike beside a lake and take a seat on a wooden log. She admits to Toadie that she's been thinking a lot of what he said and has decided to go back to being Stephanie Scully and asks if he could love a chick with a name like that.
TOADIE: Yes, I think I could… In fact, I think I have.
STEPH: (twigging) Oh come on please, you and Lance didn't love me back then, you were just enjoying the competition.
Toadie asks if she is going to mock his teenage heartfelt devotion and wonders what Steph is up to, thinking it is serious when she pulls a piece of paper out of her jacket pocket but Steph explains its just so she doesn't muck it up.
STEPH: (taking Toadie's hand) Toadie I love you. You've brought me happiness and laughter and passion and kindness and warmth and I feel so, so lucky. And I'll never take you for granted and I promise to share everything with you always. And I'll stand by you and I will love you for the rest of my life.
With a puzzled expression on his face, he asks Steph, “Are these vows?” and she replies, “In a way”.
TOADIE: What do you say?
STEPH: Maybe a very long engagement?
TOADIE: Like the rest of our lives long, or...?
STEPH: Let's just see how we go.
Toadie replies “you're on” and they kiss each other to seal ‘the deal'.
Road with the dead end
Didge says the magic words, “It's been ages, they would have given up by now” and guess who pulls in behind them, yes you've guessed it the Hunter brothers just as they were about to reverse out of the dead end. Realising they are stuck, Declan tells Didge to get out of the car and likewise Justin and his brothers do so too.
Both parties walk into no-mans land and Justin and Didge continue to trade insults at each other. Trying to diffuse the situation, Declan offers to get the other car washed as means of ending the dispute.
JUSTIN: You're going to pay for it alright; you're going to pay for it big time.