- Mickey overhearing Janae's guilt about leaving out the snail bait
- Riley thinking that Bridget isn't well enough to come home yet
- Mickey angrily telling Janae that she's not his mum
- Declan fighting with Oliver over the caravan
Horrified at what he's doing, Declan leaps off Oliver and goes into a self-loathing angry rant about how he can't control himself. He blames himself for everything that's happened lately because "bad things happen to bad people". Declan also thinks that Rebecca's ashamed of him because she won't tell anyone about the kidnapping. Oliver tries to tell him he's got it all wrong but Declan won't listen.
Valda's showing off a new trackie she bought to Harold and Lou - she's entering the West Warratah half-marathon. Lou thinks this is hysterical and questions her use of the word 'walk'.
LOU: Isn't the half-marathon a run?
VALDA: There's been some sort of mistake somewhere along the line. Apparently I'm classified as a 'senior'. I think it's a computer glitch or something... But in that category it's an optional walk.
Lou and Valda bicker some more and make a bet - Lou thinks she's won't make it all the way through.
VALDA: All these years and you know nothing about me. I have the stamina of a Hereford bull. Watch my dust!
LOU: (to Harold) Bulldust.
Janae arrives for a quick chat with Lou about Mickey. She's at a loss over how to deal with his attitude, but Lou believes he's only acting like that because he loves her so much. He thinks that Mickey will come around soon. Sidenote - how does Janae cope with wearing such dangly earrings to work? What happens if she leans into an engine and gets one caught in something? Hello Vincent Van Gogh ear.
Ollie reassures Declan that he's not to blame for recent events. Nick only took him because of his greed, and Rebecca is keeping quiet about the whole ordeal because she's taking Declan's lead and waiting to see how he wants to handle things. Declan's not a bad person because of who their father is, "We're our own men, Dec." Taking this in, Declan makes Oliver promise that he won't tell their mum what he almost did. Oliver's reluctant to keep a secret but eventually agrees.
The boys return home and Rebecca is immediately suspicious of how grotty they are - and the fact they smell like kero. But Oliver says they were just messing around and he used kero to clean the oil stains off the driveway. With a prompt from Ollie, Declan apologises to his mum for walking out in a huff earlier. Once the boys leave, Rebecca tells Paul that she *knows* they were fighting, but Paul thinks it's just "brother stuff" and to let them be.
Steve and Miranda talk in the kitchen while Bridget snoozes on the couch with Pouch. They sort through the fliers Dr Vinton gave them about various home care aides and chat about installing hand rails into the bathroom and loo - just as Bridget stirs and hears them. While Miranda's showing Steve some velcro shoes she bought, Bridget walks in and rails on them for treating her like some "cripple" who can't fend for herself. She states that the only person who knows what's best for her is *her*, so they can just butt out!
Ned and Mickey have bought a big bag of dog treats for Jake. Mickey is still giving Janae the cold shoulder and Ned finds out from Lou that Mickey's being a right royal brat to her. Ned has a "dad talk" with his son and tells him to apologise to Janae - it's not her fault that Jake got sick. The trio head off to Charlie's for lunch and Ned tells Mickey to give Jake a handful of food and put the rest away before they lock up - but of course, Mickey leaves the whole bag out and Jake hoes into it like there's no tomorrow. Much better than snail pellets, ay Jakey?
Rachel's wary about coming inside but Bridget says she sent the parentals out into the backyard because they're trying her patience. They joke around for a bit about sandwiches (seriously) before Bridget (hanging out for goss) asks Rachel out of the blue how well Ringo kisses, much to Rachel's amusement.
Lou is filling in forms and reveals to Harold that he's entering the half-marathon so he can show Valda up. Harold is quite amused until Lou reveals that he also entered Jelly Belly.
Oliver has just filled in Carmella about how his money is half way to Antarctica by now and says that he feels awful that he can't support the baby like he wanted to. But Carmella is fine about it and is more concerned about how Declan's doing. Oliver reveals that he feels at a loss with his brother - he just wants Declan to trust him. Carmella thinks that Oliver is definitely on the right track because he didn't blab everything to Rebecca.
Bridget can't understand why Miranda wouldn't let her go to Rachel's house earlier. Shocked that Bridget hasn't been informed about the family feud, Rachel tells her that it was *Susan* who accidentally ran her over. When Bridget looks stormy, Rachel quickly says that the whole thing was an accident and Susan feels terrible - but Bridget is actually angry about the fact that her parents kept something so huge from her. Ranting and raving some more about how she's being treated like a kid, Bridget's surprised when Rachel takes the blunt approach and tells her that she's not doing herself any favours by pushing people away when they want to help her. She needs to do something more productive about it than whine. Liking Rachel's honesty, Bridget tells her to meet her out the front in ten minutes.
Carmella wants Rebecca's advice about how to decorate the bub's nursery. Bec says she's happy to help but there's also an odd look on her face like she's still getting her head around this whole grandma thing?
Ned goes up to get more drinks leaving Mickey and Janae in an awkward silence. Janae thinks she's in for an apology but Mickey says he's still not sorry because if she *really* loved Jake she wouldn't have been so careless about the pellets. Ooh, I sense some words coming back to bite you in the bum soon young sir. Janae reiterates it was an accident but Mickey says it was still her fault.
Bridget is leaving her parents a note the size of a roadside billboard when Steve and Miranda walk in all, "Uh, where are you going?" But Bridget reminds them that she just wanted to be treated like a normal person so they relent - not without some fretting and worrying and "take your mobile with you!" before she manages to escape out the door.
Mickey, Ned and Janae arrive back to find Jake lying on the floor with all the uneaten pellets scattered around him. Mickey panics and Janae rings Steve while Ned chides Mickey for not putting the food away. Jake is doing some good doggie acting and if he was a cartoon his speech bubble above his head would say "Ooooooh my tummy... I shouldn't have woofed that down..." Get it? Woofed! Yuk yuk.
Front Yard of #22
Ollie sets up the boxing bag he borrowed from Janae and encourages Declan to let his frustrations out this way. Declan isn't too sure but Ollie reasons that it couldn't hurt. Declan's punches are pretty wussy at first, but when Oliver tells him to picture Richard/Nick/insert baddie of choice's head on the bag, Declan starts swinging with some gusto.
Driving up, Rebecca and Paul see them boxing. Rebecca's concerned about it being too violent but Paul thinks it's better out than in. Rebecca admits that she's so used to it just being her and Declan against the world, it's hard for her to let someone else step in.
Number 30 Pool
Bridget's big idea was to do some more physio training in the pool (and I feel very sorry for poor Caitlin and Eloise right now - the weather looks grey and horrible). She figures the more hard work she does, the quicker her recovery will be. Bridget asks Rach how bad the relations are between their parents and Rach admits they're pretty awful. Reassuring her friend, Bridget says that things should go back to normal when she's better.
Steve finishes his assessment of Jake and says that he should be fine. Ned instructs Mickey to clean up the rest of the pellets and points out that he and Janae are in a similar situation now. Janae gives Mickey a hand and he apologises for being such a hideous brat to her. Well, he says sorry, the hideous brat part was me. Janae thinks he's lucky to have such a great mate in Jake; she was never allowed to have a pet when she was his age. Mickey then offers to share Jake with her. Aww. Things are squeeful once more.
Punch, punch, punching away, Declan reveals to Oliver that he's picturing himself on the bag. He's angry at himself for wrecking his friendship with Bridget and tells Ollie that he said some harsh things to her before her accident and now she won't speak to him. Telling Declan that he saw Bridget go into #30, Ollie encourages his brother to go over there and apologise to her.
Rachel's worried about leaving Bridget alone while she goes and gets some choccie from home but Bridget insists she'll be fine. Hearing her mobile ringing, Bridget floats to the side and arranges herself to leap up and grab it but she falls back into the pool in a heap and has trouble staying afloat. Panicking, she yells out for Rachel but there's no answer.