Toadie having a panic attack in court and the court taking a 30 min recess.
Ringo trying to rip down the ‘Carr Crash' posters.
Toadie saying that he is ready to proceed.
Miranda is finishing reading her statement, which ends with her saying Susan is responsible for Bridget's accident. When she's finished she explains that she was very angry when she wrote the statement, to which the prosecution agrees with her – because the whole family has felt the injuries to Bridget. Miranda sadly agrees and is asked to step down. Susan takes a few deep breaths and is obviously shocked by what she's heard. Karl puts his arm around her.
Erinsborough High Classroom
Ms Carr is giving a nice lecture to the students about the posters. She is about to tell them that no-one will leave the classroom until she gets answers, when Fitzy walks in. He apologises for interrupting and asks to speak to her privately.
They both leave the room whilst we stay with the students who are all talking amongst themselves – Ringo and Jessica look on. Ringo thinks he's telling Ms Carr that they deserve everything they get. However, our super-audience ears hear Ms Carr exclaim “you drew that appalling…”.
Ms Carr storms back into the classroom and simply says ‘lunchtime' and all the students depart. They all look confused.
In the witness box this time is Senior Constable Sophie. Toadie is in full lawyer form and is questioning her about the evidence found at the crime scene. She reels off all the evidence about Bridget's injuries, the cars dent and the witness. Toadie, however, points out that there is no evidence to support dangerous driving.
SOPHIE: The injuries to the victim and the damage to the vehicle both suggest dangerous…
TOADIE: Suggest? Are you telling this court there is the suggestion of dangerous driving.
SOPHIE: The evidence more than supports that assumption.
TOADIE: So now it's an assumption.
The judge urges him to move on. Toadie sums up that no one denies the accident occurring but Susan is charged with dangerous driving. He asks Sophie if there is specific evidence to support that charge. She answers “no” and Riley looks a bit annoyed.
Toadie sits down. And there's Karl, Susan and Zeke and the others in the background. Karl is beaming and turning round to Steph and Valda behind him. Susan watches Toadie who is pouring some water. He turns around, smiles, and the picks up his glass. He's shaking very badly and Susan looks concerned for him.
Erinsborough High Reversed Classroom
We're using the same set, but in a different classroom. Basically, everything is the other way round with the chairs facing the other way round and the blackboard being on the opposite wall. Ringo has come to visit Fitzy. Fitzy says he has admitted to Ms Carr that the cartoon was his, but she probably doesn't need to know how it came to be wallpapered across the school. He then adds he has a meeting with her shortly – probably to get the sack. Ringo can't believe it. Fitzy gets up to go and says that, for the record, he only ever tried to help.
We're in the main reception area where Susan is getting some water. Miranda comes up to her and asks how she's going. Susan isn't sure she really is and Miranda says she is the same. Rosie comes over and says they can't be seen talking. Miranda turns around slowly and walks away. Karl comes over to Susan and asks how she is. She goes outside to get some air on her own.
Meanwhile, the Parker family are tucking into some sandwiches, except for Bridget who isn't hungry. Miranda sits next to her and Bridget just wishes it was all over. She doesn't want to testify later and wishes that they weren't there at all.
Erinsborough High Corridor
Ringo asks Jessica what the big idea was of plastering the walls. Jessica reminds him it was his idea first. Ringo says it could get Fitzy fired, but Jessica doesn't seem to care. Taylah thinks he's a loser anyway. Ringo stands up for him and says that he doesn't deserve to be sacked over this. Ringo tells Jessica to own up, but she just walks off.
Outside The Court
Susan's sitting on a bench outside, bent over slightly. Miranda comes over saying that she won't be told who she can and can't talk to and asks Susan if she's OK. Susan says she's fine – it's just oppressing in the courtroom.
MIRANDA: Susan, I'm sorry about the statement.
SUSAN: Oh no, I didn't mean that.
Miranda says what she said was horrible, but Susan doesn't blame her for feeling that way Miranda explains that she no longer feels that way and that when she wrote the statement she wanted to hurt Susan but now she realises what happened wasn't Susan's fault. Susan shakes her head and says that she just doesn't remember what happened. Miranda says that she should have to and nor should she have to go through all this and puts her hand on Susan's arm. Aww, lovely moment. Susan smiles.
Inside The Court
Riley and Bridget are watching Susan and Miranda chat. Riley is mad that the only person being helped is Susan. They turn back around and see Steve, Ned and Karl talking. Riley is mad at that as well – he sarcastically says that they should all go for a group hug.
Ned goes to fin Mickey and Karl and Steve look out to Susan and Miranda as Miranda gets up from the bench. They remark that it's good to see the two of them talking again. Zeke appears and says it's almost time for them to go in and offers to go and get Susan – which he does. As he goes out he tells Susan, who gets up from the bench but almost collapses straight away. Zeke runs to her side as she goes back to sit on the bench again. Zeke offers to grab Karl but Susan says no and gets up again – she just stood up to quickly. She says she's fine but Zeke isn't convinced. She jokes that in the next break she'll do a couple of laps. As they enter the court Zeke looks very worried.
And there we take a Commercial Break
Mickey is in the witness stand now, with Ned just near him. Mickey tells the prosecutor that he saw Bridget on the road and Declan's car driving off. The prosecutor turns to the jury and says that Susan Kinski therefore, was driving the only car around at the time of the accident. Which, Miss Prosecutor Lady, we know! Karl takes Susan's hand and Susan breathes a little more deeply.
The prosecutor sits down and Mickey is free to leave the stand. However, Mickey can't help himself and says he hasn't said how nice Susan is as yet. Karl and Susan look at one another and Susan looks a bit teary. Mickey's still on a roll telling the judge that “all the big kids think she's a great teacher”. He goes on to say “how rotten it is that Bridget can't play football anymore”, to which we see Miranda and Steve look at one another and take each other's hand.
While he's still talking about how good Bridget is at football, Susan is breathing more deeply and sweating slightly. She looks really uncomfortable and quite ill. The judge motions for Ned to take Mickey away. Whilst Ned is trying to escort Mickey out, he's still going about how unfair it all is. Susan takes a deep breath and closes her eyes for a bit. Zeke and Karl turn to look at her and Zeke asks her if she's OK. She quietly says yes and begins to cry. Karl puts his arm around her and she tells him she's just a bit hot. She wipes her tears and leans into Karl telling him that she needs it to be over.
The General Store
Prue and Ringo are at a table while Harold goes on and on about ‘this dreadful business'. Ringo clearly thinks Harold is talking about, or hinting at, the stuff at school, but looks relieved when Harold mentions Susan and Bridget.
When Harold leaves them to it, Ringo goes on to tell his mum he thinks he's done something really bad. Prue asks if it was a big or little something.
RINGO: Medium something. And then someone else did something else and now it's much much worse.
PRUE: This something else, it's your fault?
RINGO: I didn't do that, someone else did that. But yeah, it probably is.
PRUE: So someone else did something to someone and it only happened because you did something to the original someone, is that it?
RINGO: Something like that.
Prue asks him what he thinks he should do about it. And with that he picks up his bag and he goes back to school.
Bridget makes her way up to the witness stand and reads out the oath. The prosecutor stands and asks Bridget to remember what she can about the afternoon she was hit. Bridget says all she remembers was waking up in the hospital afterwards. When asked to try again to think, Bridget pauses and has a flashback of her and Declan arguing and her telling him he's a creep. Toadie has made an objection in this time and the prosecutor is telling the judge she's trying to establish whether Susan was aware she'd hit Bridget. Toadie continues to object – how can the victim know what the driver was or wasn't aware of?
We then hear the prosecutor's response to this as echoed and we watch her from Susan's point of view – she's blurring in and out of vision and we hear Susan's breathing. Susan then collapses and Zeke catches her. Karl announces that she's passed out whilst holding Susan's head – asking if she can hear him. Miranda looks on concerned.
Erinsborough High Classroom
Ringo admits to Ms Carr that he drew the cartoon. He explains Mr Fitzgerald says he's had anger issues lately. Taylah and Jessica are watching on from the door. Ms Carr issues a detention to Ringo and then Jessica comes in saying it was her who did the cartoon. Ms Carr gives them both detention and Jessica looks pleased. She orders Ringo to go with her.
Everyone files our of the Courtroom, including Susan. Karl orders Susan to sit down but Susan is being stubborn and says it's the last thing she wants to do. She says she's fine, but Zeke reminds her that she's just passed out. Again, Susan says she was just hot and she's just a bit stressed. She gets up to go for a walk and fresh air. Karl offers to go with her and Susan tells him to keep up.
As they go Zeke stands up and decides to announce Susan's dizziness earlier to Karl and anyone else who can hear. Zeke tells her something is wrong, despite her denying it. Toadie has overheard and asks about the fainting spells. Riley watches on over the next bit:
SUSAN: Toadie, it's nothing. Sometimes I get a bit hot and dizzy that's all.
TOADIE: Around the time of the accident?
Toadie tells them to met him back at the office – he's had a brainwave. Susan and Zeke move away and Karl talks to Toadie, who explains these fainting spells are a disaster. Much to Riley's satisfaction it would seem.
Erinsborough High Reversed Classroom
We're back in Fitzy's classroom. You know, the one where it's the same set but all the tables are turned around! Ms Carr and Ringo enter. She gives him a lecture about not sticking up and taking the blame for his students and he should, in future, set an example of honesty. She leaves them both.
Ringo explains that he told her that the poster was his. He didn't put them up there but it was his fault and it wasn't fair for Fitzy to lose his job over it. Ringo goes to leave and Fitzy reminds him that they were going to meet for a chat tomorrow – is Ringo still up for it? Yes, yes he is.
Susan, Karl, Toadie, Rosie and Zeke walk into Toadie's office. Susan explains she's been feeling worn out and then goes on to say that she's been going through menopause and struggling slightly with it. Rosie asks Karl if the symptoms are consistent with menopause. Karl says that she's on medication so the fact they're still there is an indication of there might be something else there – but not necessarily serious. Toadie explains that this is a big problem: if Susan was aware she was suffering from fainting spells then that is equal to negligence. If the prosecution get a whiff of it, they have a major problem.
Erinsborough High Classroom
Back to the ‘real' classroom. It's detention time for Ringo and Jessica. Ms Carr challenges them to write as well as they draw and she wants an essay from them on respect for their teachers at 1500 words. They object and it goes up to 1800 words. Ms Carr leaves.
Ringo comments Jessica must love detention and thinks Jessica must have realised Ftizy should get all the blame. However, that's not the case. She says it isn't fair that he gets all the blame. She moves over and sits on his desk saying it should be a good way to get to know him better and she has to take chances while she's there. She calls Rachel dorky and Ringo tells her not to say things against Rachel. Jessica says dorky isn't bad if she hangs around with dorks – but he isn't one.
Miranda asks what Riley had to talk to the prosecutor about, but he just tells her to wait and see. The prosecutor asks to call an extra witness – Karl. Karl looks to Susan, Toadie looks to Karl - everyone look confused, except Riley who looks a bit smug.
The prosecutor asks if Karl was aware that, at the time of the accident, Susan had symptoms of dizziness and fatigue. Karl explains he is not a doctor anymore, but that wasn't really the question, was it Karl? He says there was an episode whilst playing golf but there hadn't been any others as far as he was aware. The prosecutor says therefore that Susan must have been aware of them. To which Karl answers yes.
PROSECUTOR: So, she was aware when she got behind the wheel of that car that there was a possibility she could pass out.
Karl looks worried, but fortunately Toadie comes to his rescue.
TOADIE: Once again your Honour, how can a witness know what someone was aware of or was not aware of?
The judge agrees and urges the prosecutor to change what she's saying.
PROSECUTOR: Was your wife suffering fainting spells when she got behind the wheel of that car and subsequently struck Bridget Parker?
Karl doesn't say anything and looks straight at Susan.
PROSECUTOR: Please answer the question, Mr Kennedy.
KARL: Yes. She was.
Karl and Susan look at one another sadly, whilst Riley looks more smug. Miranda looks mad.