- Miranda discovering that Bridget hasn't been at school
- Rosie clashing with Catherine
- Oliver being a jerk to Carmella and Marco
Marco fires up and tells Oliver that he's being way out of line, just as Rosie appears to visit and demands they leave the room. Carmella fills her sister in on the dreadful “pregnant chick” line, which makes Rosie want to open up the whoop arse, but confused Carmella says that Ollie was just being protective. Rosie reminds Carmella that Oliver has strung her along for so long now and that he's never going to put her first. Taking out Carmella's wallet, Rosie points to the pic of her and Oliver and tells her to dump the pic and dump him.
Pepper is stressed out thinking about her dad. Adam tries to get her to chill out and suggests she cuts back on some of her workload; Janelle said that Steiger wasn't doing too badly. Pepper agrees and says she needs to find someone to look after a special student for her while she's gone. An envelope drops out of a pile of stuff she's holding and Pepper passes it off as a bill – but by the look on her face it's something much, much more life-changing.
Over at #32, Valda and Toadie watch a delivery truck drop off a load of underwear for Valda's business.
VALDA: I'll order some smaller sizes for Steph.
TOADIE: (pumps fist in the air) Woo-hoo! ... Not that I need anything to get my motor started.
VALDA: Yeah, well, I've heard.
TOADIE: (worried) When you say you've heard, have you actually heard?
The delivery dude brings the invoice for Valda to sign, and it must be a huge amount because she almost faints on the spot. Toadie asks if there's a problem but Valda just brushes his concern away.
In the driveway of #26, Bridget beeps the car horn to get Riley to hurry up. She's in a hurry to get to physio because of hot Josh... Not that she'll admit that to her brother of course.
Frazer notices how stressed and flighty Rosie is because of Catherine. Rosie admits that she's annoyed because Catherine makes her reassess her life, career and self-worth.
ROSIE: (mouth full of toast) Where's my jacket?
FRAZER: (mimicking her) You're wear-wing it.
ROSIE: (kissing him) She thinks that I'm a light-weight, baby, but I shan't curl up and die.
FRAZER: (smacks her butt) Atta girl! Yee-hah!
Steph's back, hooray! From where... I can't quite remember... but she's back! She and Toadie agree to have a proper catch-up later on when he's not so busy with work.
Zeke is helping Lou out with his website. Lou's edgy about parting with his sweet, sweet cash and tells Zeke he'll sort out his salary for helping later on. Valda arrives just in time to see that Lou is getting an error message whenever he tries to get his site working. Zeke types in the URL again:
But the same error message appears. In a small voice Valda tells the boys that it's just some technical glitch, but she looks very worried about it.
Dan Fitzgerald and Pepper catch up like old chums out the front of Scarlet Bar about school related business. Woah, hold up. Are we pretending that Dan has been teaching at Erinsborough High for the past seven or whatever years? Riiiiighty-o.
Oliver and Rebecca walk by on their way to the GS and Rebecca totally scams on Dan's hotness.
OLIVER: Subtle, mum.
OLIVER: (smirking) Watch where you're walking!
Pepper asks Dan if he'd be able to put his counsellor's hat on while she's away – she wants him to keep an eye on Ringo for her. Dan agrees and asks Pep to elaborate on Ringo's problems so he can help more, but Pep is reluctant to blab.
Adam arrives and Dan accidentally puts his foot in it by telling Pep that he's in charge of her leaving gift and needs a hint – oh, and he also congratulates her on her new job. Huh? As Dan leaves (come back, I miss you already!), Adam queries what he meant by all of that jibber-jabber. Pepper hesitantly admits that she's been offered a job up near her dad. Adam's angry and wonders when she was going to let him in on all of that. And us Pepper! I'm an angry little bunyip too! *pounds fist on table*
Lou grumbles to Valda about his site and says that Jude promised him it would be up today.
VALDA: Today's only just begun. Today goes on the whole day.
Oliver and Rebecca are having a coffee and talking about his jerky-ness towards Carmella. Ollie says that he didn't mean to hurt her, he just felt protective of Carmella when he saw Marco around (you may as well have just peed on her like a dog the way you were acting, butthead). Rebecca asks him exactly what he wants from Carmella.
OLIVER: Having a family with her, it's... appealing.
OLIVER: I'm looking forward to being a father. I mean maybe I can grow into it...
His words trail off as Rosie enters the shop and throws him a death stare.
Bridget gets rid of Riley just in time for hot Josh to appear. He queries her strong grip hold on the edge of the pool and tells her to let go. He'll be there for her.
JOSH: Do I have to make chicken noises? I will make chicken noises.
Bridget lets go and treads water for a bit, but hot Josh guides her to the edge when she starts to struggle. Getting into it, Bridget gives him an impish grin.
BRIDGET: Do you want to go again?
JOSH: I've created a monster.
Josh is hot. Have I mentioned that lately?
Rosie is trying to give input to the case but Catherine won't listen and rules out everything that's put forward. Toadie gets uncomfortable with Rosie standing her ground, but she's determined to get her point across. Rosie believes that they need to find out the underlying cause of Susan's fatigue.
Rebecca walks in with a file and Catherine immediately asks her to compile a list of fatigue and black out causes – Rosie will help. Step all over Rosie's suggestion why don't you! Cow. Rosie storms out and Catherine does an annoying evil smile.
Toadie has followed Rosie outside, where she angrily tells him that she's seriously going to slap Catherine if she keeps the attitude up. Toadie says that Susan is the only thing that matters so Rosie needs to pull herself together and play nice. Rosie begrudgingly agrees, but that slap isn't too far off in her mind...
Pepper explains to Adam that the job up north is her dream job, but she knows what sacrifices he's made to be with her in Erinsborough and she wouldn't just pack up and leave without telling him. Adam understands her but gets narky again when he realises that she hasn't exactly turned the dream job down yet and accuses her of “hedging her bets”.
Bridget is wary when she sees two girls from school (Jessica and Taylah) because none of her classmates have seen her after the accident. Josh lets her go in first and deal with things herself. The two girls come over and act like complete bobble heads all, “OMG, you'd, like, never know you were... you know... when you're sitting down. Like, OMG, that guy over there is hot; too bad he's in a wheelchair. Like, seriously, what a waste.”
Josh wheels over and Bridget introduces the girls to him (after he has overhead everything).
BRIDGET: We were just talking about, you know, issues and stuff.
JOSH: (sarcastic) Oh wow, you are so brave. People like you, you're so determined not to let your condition get you down.
Bridget sniggers and the bobble head twins walk away in confusion. Josh gets Bridget talking about school and tells her that she needs to get past her own self-doubt and know that her true mates will still be her mates. If anyone can't hack what's happened to her, then it's their problem not hers. Bridget quietly digests this.
Rebecca has brought in a gift basket for Carmella and says, for what it's worth, that Oliver is sorry for being an idiot.
REBECCA: That territorial routine was way out of line. So was his stupid temper.
Amen, sistah. Carmella admits that she has no idea what to do about it. Either does Rebecca, but what she does know is that Ollie has to be sorted out. The stress isn't good for the baby.
Pepper finds Adam on his lunch break and asks him to hear her out. She wants the job and to be closer to her dad, but she also wants Adam. Pepper knows it's impossible to have everything, but the job was just so appealing to her.
PEPPER: If you really can't consider yourself moving up north then I will ring right now and I will say no.
ADAM: (kisses her) Thanks, Pep.
Pepper's face is a picture of “DOH!” She tries to make the call when Adam leaves but can't bring herself to do it.
Zeke still can't get Valda's website up for her. Valda has no contact number to reach Jude, but computer whizz Zeke finds his address on the business registry.
Which looks suspiciously like Erinsborough News...? Anyway, Valda walks in just as Jude is in the midst of packing up all of his belongings. He tells her that the bank has shut him down and that nothing will work anymore. Valda freaks out and says that she'll sue him, but Jude simply tells her that she's welcome to anything she likes after ASIC has been through him. Poor Valda looks on the verge of tears.
Rosie brings in another file for Catherine and tries to push her fatigue angle again, but Catherine shuts her down once more.
CATHERINE: I thought we already discussed it. You must have had family priorities at the time.
Rosie looks murderous and demands that Catherine listen to her. Laying it down, Rosie says that her relationship with her husband and her close family makes her a better lawyer (the “unlike SOME people” is very much implied). Toadie drags Rosie out of the room before she can say any more.
In the reception area, Toadie gives her an incredulous look.
TOADIE: What the hell do you think you're doing?
ROSIE: Standing up for myself!
Rebecca nods along in the background all ‘yeah girlfriend!' but busies herself when Toad gives her a look. Hee. I like tear duct free Rebecca. Toadie reminds Rosie again that they're all there for Susan, nothing else, and wants her to apologize to Catherine.
Taking one for the team, Rosie wades through the painfully awkward atmosphere and says sorry to Catherine the cow. She admits that she was out of line and that Catherine sometimes intimidates her. But she actually respects her work and would like to learn from her if they're able to wipe the slate clean. Catherine acts like she has only been half-listening the entire time.
CATHERINE: ... right.
ROSIE: What do you think?
CATHERINE: I understand you find my approach difficult. That doesn't concern me.
CATHERINE: As for your notion of combining work with family, my experience suggests that it's nothing more than a pipe dream. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to work otherwise Susan's chance of avoiding jail will be nothing more than a pipe dream too.
Rosie looks worn out and p'oed all at once. I don't blame her, Catherine is slap-worthy!
The Parkers have made Bridget's favourite dinner to try and bribe her back to school. But it looks like they won't have to do much. As they mull over their action plan inside, Bridget chats on her mobile on the front porch to Josh, and it looks like he's convinced her to go back to school. Like that angel in Grease! Except Bridget wasn't a beauty school drop-out...
Inside, Steve and Miranda act all nonchalant when Bridget joins them but Riley immediately blabs that it's a set up. The parentals are wary but Bridget simply says okay and that's that. Ahh, the powers of hot Josh.
Ollie tells Rebecca that he still feels like an idiot and thinks that he should give Carmella some space tonight. But Rebecca thinks that he should go and talk to her. He needs to tell her the truth about his feelings – whatever they may be.
Oliver has bought Carmella flowers and a toy as part of his ‘sorry I was an ass' package. Carmella is still rightfully annoyed with him, even after Ollie makes a heartfelt apology. He admits that he was just being protective, but Carmella asks if that's all it was.
CARMELLA: You said Marco's attracted to me. What about you? Oliver what do you want?
OLIVER: The way I feel about you is complex.
CARMELLA: (upset) Are you the most gutless man on earth? All I'm asking is that you be honest about your feelings for me one way or the other. But you can't even do that. Do you know?
OLIVER: Of course I...(tails off)
CARMELLA: It's me, it's Elle, it's no one? You're pathetic. I don't know what that makes me because for some stupid reason I have never stopped loving you. But here's your chance; for once in your life be honest. Do you love me?
Oh, that can't be good.