- Nick telling Laura that Oliver is rich
- Steve getting his aggro on over Bridget
- Oliver giving Karl Declan's car for a few days
- Susan falling asleep at the wheel and hitting Bridget
Susan is jostled awake by the sudden thud and finds herself halfway up the curb. She anxiously checks her rear-view mirror but the 'for sale' sign is blocking most of her view (0499 539 568 for anyone that wants to score themselves some Ollie time). Thinking she's had a lucky break, Susan wills herself to stay awake as she prepares to drive home. Mickey is walking through the park with Jake when he sees Declan's car and assumes the teen is in it. He yells out for 'Declan' to wait so he can get a lift home, but Susan doesn't see him and drives off - which is when Mickey sees poor Bridget lying unconscious on the road.
Steve and Miranda have realised that Bridget has gone AWOL and angrily assume she's with Declan. Ned and Janae listen in (apparently having nothing better to do than let their 9-year-old walk the streets alone). Janae's appalled that the Parkers read Bridget's text messages (insert appropriate 'nosy Parker' joke here), but Ned tells her to just let them be. Steve tries to ring Bridget but gets her voicemail. He leaves her an annoyed message, telling her to get her butt home now, before storming out to try and find her at Lassiter's lake.
Hovering next to Bridget, Mickey manages to flag down a car. And who happens to be inside? Why it's none other than Rachel, Zeke and former Dr Karl - just the person you want in a crisis. They rush over in horror and Karl quickly takes charge. He instructs Zeke to get the first aid kit out of the boot and ring 000, and for Rachel to take Mickey aside. Karl tries to talk to Bridget and rouse her but gets no response.
Shaken after her close call with what she thinks was the curb, Susan grabs a drink of water when there's a knock at the door. It's Miranda, wondering if Rachel may know where Bridget is. Susan invites Miranda to sit down and wait for Karl and the kids to get home.
Arriving back from Lassiter's, Steve spies Declan returning to No.22 and grabs him by the scruff of the neck, demanding to know where Bridget is. Rebecca and Ned rush out from their respective abodes and break up the melee. Steve shouts at Declan to tell him where his daughter is, but Declan feigns ignorance. Ned suggests they go inside to sort things out.
Paul lets them in, wondering what all the fuss is, as Laura and Nick stand in the background and eavesdrop. Steve growls at Declan, Declan snarks back at Steve, Steve bites back and Rebecca goes all mumma bear on him to protect her son.
REBECCA: A fine father you are. If this is the way you treat your daughter it's no wonder she's run off.
Realising Bridget's heart has stopped, Karl starts CPR as the kids (Rachel in particular) freak out and wonder where the ambulance is.
Obviously sick of waiting at Susan's, Miranda has returned home where Janae is trying to reassure her that Bridget ran off to let off some steam. Her and Bree used to do it to Janelle all the time. Talking herself into it, Miranda says that Bridget will probably be back in the door at any moment with a 'what have I done?' look on her face.
Karl continues CPR while Zeke tearfully wills Bridget on - they need her for the footy finals. Mickey wonders if they should take her to the hospital.
Miranda decides to ring Bridget again to see if she'll answer. Rachel notices the mobile lying on the road and answers it. At first Miranda thinks that Rachel won't put Bridget on because she's protecting her, but the tone of Rachel's voice and the ambulance siren wailing in the background soon reveal the truth.
RACHEL: There's been an accident...
Rebecca's surprised to learn from Steve that Declan has still been sending Bridget text messages despite the 'no contact' rule. Steve snits that Declan is a public menace and Ned takes this as their cue to leave. Paul apologises to Nick and Laura for the interruption but Nick is more concerned with becoming more buddy-buddy and sympathetic towards Declan to gain his trust.
Susan looks out the window for any sign of Karl and the kids but sees only an empty street (did Steve and Ned suddenly go all Claude Rains?). She decides to cuddle up on the couch with Audrey and fill in the wait with another nap.
In the course of a few seconds the street has suddenly come alive as Miranda and Janae pelt towards Steve and Ned, letting them know that Bridget has been in an accident. They race towards their cars.
Laura whispers to Nick that they should go but Nick quietly tells her to wait a few more minutes. In the kitchen, Rebecca is hounding Declan, angry that he saw Bridget when he wasn't supposed to. Declan says that he *did* see Bridget at the lake but he has no idea where she is now. Annoyed, Rebecca replies that she's sick to death of having to defend him all the time. She grabs Declan to take him back to the hotel, where Nick quickly invites himself and Laura along for the ride (to provide more 'sympathy' for the troubled teen).
Karl follows Bridget's stretcher in as the Parkers and Janae rush up to him. Steve and Miranda are horrified to learn that Bridget's heart stopped but Karl tries to reassure them that she's stable for now. They're served another blow when they're told that it was a hit and run. Karl goes in to get more info as Zeke and Rachel arrive with Mickey. Steve asks them how Bridget looked but the kids can only swap concerned looks. Saving them from a hard situation, Karl returns and reiterates that Bridget is stable for the time being before taking Rach and Zeke aside. He gives them money for a taxi and says that he'll be staying at the hospital. The kids want to stay too but Karl promises them he'll call if anything happens, giving them a hug before sending them on their way. Miranda bawls in Steve's arms.
MIRANDA: How could someone just hit her and run off? What kind of person would do that?
Cut to Susan sound asleep on the couch, oblivious to all of the pain and hurt she's inadvertently caused.
Miranda moves off to call her mum as Ned stands with Steve in support. Steve tells him that because Bridget's heart stopped, the lack of oxygen and the trauma could cause haematomas or secondaries. Ned's face is like '.... too many big words', and he tells Steve to try and stop fretting.
Rach and Zeke return home and wake Susan up. She starts to apologise for missing Rachel's Lit program when she notices their tear-stained faces. They reassure her that Karl's okay - but Bridget isn't. Susan's shocked to learn what happened and says that they should go to the hospital, but Rach and Zeke reply that Karl wants them to stay put. Wrapping the kids in a hug, Susan says they'll just have to wait it out.
Nick and Laura (or Nick-off and Snore-a if you like) hover in the background - again - as Rebecca tries another chat with Declan. But Declan's not in the mood for a mum-son talk just yet and escapes to the counter to order. Laura sits with Rebecca as Nick plays BFF's with Declan. He susses out that the D-Man is having girl troubles, and tells him that Laura's old man used to hate his guts too but he soon came around. Nick doesn't think that Declan should give up the fight just yet.
Laura tells Rebecca that she did a wonderful job protecting Declan earlier. She also apologises for getting angry with her about Nick, but Rebecca smiles and says to forget about it. Nick and his large eyebrows look on in the background.
Paul is filling in Elle on what went on and says that Declan will be fine. "He's two parts sarcasm, one part bravado." Doing some apologising of her own, Elle wants to clear the air with Paul before she sets out on a conference (for a few days judging by the suitcase she's lugging). Paul knows that Elle's just protecting him but he still feels responsible for how sad Laura is, therefore he'll do what it takes to make her happier. They hug it out, but Elle still looks uneasy with her dad's decision.
Nick-off shows Snore-a a hotel flier with Oliver's picture on it, explaining where all the wealth comes from. Nick then shares his crazy plan to kidnap Declan so they can get a huge ransom in return.
Janae catches Ned staring vacantly at a vending machine, and he admits that he's concerned about Mickey.
JANAE: Do you think he understands what's going on?
NED: I'm not sure I do.
Snerk. They resolve to sit down with Mickey and let him ask all the questions before they tell him the truth. Miranda emerges from a nearby room and wraps up a call with her mum, telling her she'll call back when there's more news.
Laura tells Nick he's insane, Nick backs down and agrees it was a momentary lapse of judgement, but still looks keen on the idea when Laura's back is turned. Aaaaaand scene.
Rebecca has bought Declan some cake and attempts another chat with him. We now present you 'Awkward conversations to have with your teenage son' Act I.
DECLAN: Here we go, cake with a lecture on the side.
REBECCA: No, I'm not going to lecture you. I was just going to say that no one finds this whole boyfriend/girlfriend thing easy.
DECLAN: She's not my girlfriend.
REBECCA: Y'know, going steady...
REBECCA: It's just that this is a very confusing time when you first become aware of these feelings. And when there's the potential for kissing and...
DECLAN: (cutting her off) Please, mum, shut up.
REBECCA: Don't tell me to shut up! I'm just trying to explain that this is what being a teenager is all about. It's what makes it such an awful time, especially for boys.
DECLAN: Meaning what?
REBECCA: Meaning that boys take longer to work out what they want.
Having heard enough, Declan shoves his cake away and goes to sit at another table. Paul walks in and casts a bemused eye over the situation, with Rebecca haplessly confessing that she can't even bribe Declan with cake anymore.
Susan and the kids are making hamburgers when Zeke kicks up a stink, wondering why they're doing such a trivial thing when they could be doing something more helpful. Susan tries to explain that they are doing something helpful by providing the Parkers with food, and mentions they're part of a community (a few hundred times) and how communities rally together. But Zeke ain't feeling the community vibe.
ZEKE: (angry) Yeah, well someone in our community just ran Bridget over and left her for dead. Tell me how that's pulling together?
Ned and Janae join Mickey in the waiting room where he's silently drawing what looks like a scribble monster. Janae kisses him on the head before swapping a worried look with Ned.
Karl tells Steve and Miranda they can quickly go in and see Bridget before her surgery. The Parkers fight back tears as they walk into the room and see their daughter hooked up to machines and tubes.
Mickey stands at the door, watching how upset Steve and Miranda are over Bridget. He walks back into the waiting room and rejoins Ned and Janae, asking them if Bridget's going to wake up soon. Ned says that the doctors and nurses will do everything they can, and Janae mutters that the jerk who ran Bridget down better be caught. Taking this in, Mickey confesses that he doesn't want to cause anymore trouble... but he cut through the park on his way back from Tyler's and saw the car that hit Bridget.
MICKEY: I yelled but he wouldn't stop.
NED: He? So you saw the driver?
MICKEY: No, but... it was Declan's.