Rachel and Ringo promising each other no more secrets.
Jessica spotting Ringo and Rachel kiss and hug each other and not liking what she sees.
Riley showing Elle her name in the article about the neglected horses.
The farmer telling Elle the real story behind the neglected horses.
Rachel receiving a photo of Jessica kissing Ringo on her phone.
Rachel is furious after getting the text and Libby tries to calm her down and offer suggestions but she is having none of it and storms out of the house to go and confront Ringo.
Libby remarks how alike she was to Rachel when she was that age to her parents when they see her briefly before heading off to the hospital.
Elle is trying to explain her side of it to Gary the farmer, promising to do a follow up article, but he isn't listening to her despite Paul's intervention when he comes across them and drives off.
“I screwed up really badly,” Elle tells Paul and Rebecca who has also joined them. Paul tries to say she saved the animals and that is what counts but both see things differently when Elle fills them in with the other background information.
Ringo is defending himself, telling Rachel if she'd seen a picture taken 30 seconds later it would have been of him pushing her off him – she kissed him not the other way around. To get back onside with Rachel, he promises to call her and make it clear that he isn't interested.
The doc apologises for being late to Susan & Karl before telling them the latest test results – there is no damage to Susan's heart or brain, the bloods are clear and the ultrasound showed up nothing of concern. This seems to surprise both Karl and the doc and she adds that the TIA diagnosis may have been premature.
Susan takes this as being good news and isn't looking forward to having more tests to try and find out what is wrong. Karl looks concerned when the doc doesn't want to do an MRI amongst the various tests and eventually Susan remarks about the looks each doctor is giving the other. Karl puts on his doctor face to say “just a few more tests and then we'll have an answer.”
The General Store
Steph lays down the law to Toadie when they are in for supplies that this is the last night he is getting to work late so they can try and manage his panic attacks. He isn't exactly jumping for joy at what Steph is trying to tell him but he's met his match with her!
Jessica plays dumb over the photo when Ringo has a go at her and denies trying to split Rachel and himself up. She spots Taylah at the counter and pins the blame firmly on her and she plays along with her mate. Jessica offers to talk to Rachel but Ringo veto's that idea, telling her to stay out of it because she's done enough already and when he exits the store the girls high-five each other.
Libby and Rachel aren't exactly jumping for joy at the news from the hospital and Libby suggests possibly going to another doctor who will find out what is wrong. Susan agrees with Libby and Karl retains his cautious approach although still curious as to why Susan isn't going for an MRI.
All the time Zeke has been sitting at the table, not participating in the discussion but when Libby asks why Susan isn't booked into see the best expert money can buy he explodes with “because they don't want us to know how bad things really are.”
ZEKE: (shouting) YOU'RE KEEPING US IN THE DARK AS USUAL.
The others try to calm him down but he continues shouting to say that they weren't there when Alex died after being kept in the dark about him too. Libby again that he calms down but Rachel says he has a right to be upset.
ZEKE: (really shouting) I'M SICK OF YOU GUYS LYING TO US.
Karl's promises him that he knows everything they do. “Like hell you are,” he replies before storming out of the house. Rachel then barks at Libby and Karl tells them both that isn't helping.
Ramsay Street (next day)
Elle catches Riley on the way to work and wants him to retract the story but he tells her it is too late, it was printed overnight.
And as the teens head off to school, Ringo tells Rachel about his discussions in TGS last night but she doesn't believe the excuse Jessica put forward.
Toadie has decided to do his bit for the environment, well his carbon footprint, and cycle to work and promises to meet Steph at Charlie's later on for lunch.
Libby runs after the Kinski kids to hand over the lunch they forgot and while Rachel takes hers, Zeke gives his step-sister the cold shoulder. Steph then catches up with her friend.
STEPH: Ooh trouble in paradise?
LIBBY: Oh, teenage boys. Did we ever find them attractive?
STEPH: Well you certainly did!
Ooh and here was me thinking they'd forgotten all about Libby's one night stand with Taj in 2003. Toadie asks if she wants to join them for lunch, she will, before Steph asks the dreaded question – when is Darren coming down as she has some work needing done. Lib avoids a direct answer, saying that he is busy in Shepparton but Steph can tell she is being lied to despite Libby doing her best to cover it up.
Libby enters as Karl is trying to make arrangements to see Holly with Izzy on the phone as she is thinking of coming to Australia for Christmas. Libby is not at all amused to find her dad making arrangements with “his ex bit on the side while mum's unwell” but he reassures her that Susan will be fine. Finally after another sarcastic remark, he asks her “is this about your mum or is this about Izzy I'm a little confused.”
LIBBY: Yes so am I dad.
KARL: Isabelle is part of my past that I can't change.
Libby then accuses him of making plans to spend Christmas with Izzy but he rebuts that by saying no, only Holly. Lib isn't listening though and tells him to “have yourself a merry little Christmas” as she exits the house.
The General Store
Daniel tells his group of swimmers they have 5 minutes to get their drinks before heading to the pool. He notices that Taylah and Jessica aren't dressed for doing sport and orders then to spectate instead of the cushy trip to the library they'd hoped to have.
Ringo cheers up when Daniel gives him hope of a slot in the team and Rachel offers her best wishes but it is interrupted by the two ladies pretending to be sick. He tells her to ignore them but she goes over while he gets his drink to tell them to “get a hobby” and Jessica sarcastically replies back that she has – idolising her. Rachel puts out a warning – Ringo isn't interested and for her to stop wasting her time. Meow!
And talking of sharpening their claws, Justin wonders just how fluky Zeke's last win was and if he can repeat it today. Meow!
Elle comes in to try and get a retraction story printed about the farmer but Brad isn't budging
Zeke comes home first in his butterfly race with Ringo and Declan to be met by Justin and his new sidekick not exactly congratulating him for winning, suggesting he could swim for the girl's team instead.
At the side of the pool Jessica and Taylah take Daniel's ‘watch and learn' a bit too far by ogling some guy as he sits at the side of the pool after swimming. Unfortunately for her, Rachel comes out of the water and so blocks her ogling view and Jessica isn't slow to say so.
The two ladies then “discuss” the kiss with Ringo and as Jessica walks past Rachel, she falls into the water fully clothed although the way she fell, it is done to make it look like Rachel pushed her. Taylah wastes no time in say so too when Daniel approaches them but he isn't fooled and orders Jessica out of the water.
Karl is surprised to see that Susan wants to go back to work before finding out what is wrong with her and no matter how hard he tries, she is insistent on going back to work to try and restore some harmony to the house.
Jessica isn't amused when Daniel fails to believe that Rachel pushed her into the pool because he saw the whole thing. He informs her she isn't being allowed to go home and change either, she has to see if she can borrow some dry clothes from someone and that she has an appointment with him back at school to discuss her punishment.
After Daniel (and Rachel) move away, Ringo takes pity on Jessica and offers her his spare t-shirt and tracksuit.
Zeke stops swimming and comes over to the side of the pool just where Justin and his sidekick are situated. They tell him to stick to footy “because your swimming is almost as bad as your step mum's driving.” Zeke reacts to this and pulls Justin into the water and the two fight, well Zeke trying to drown Justin, until Daniel comes over and tells them to part.
Ringo hands Jessica the dry clothes as he walks past Daniel trying to find out why Zeke reacted like he did. Zeke does his statue impression and so Daniel is left with no alternative but to report him and get his parents involved. Rachel butts in to protest at but he sends her away before telling Zeke that he can talk to him if he is having problems instead of taking matters into his own hands.
When Daniel leaves, Rachel asks her brother if he is okay but he sulks off after telling her that he can fight his own battles. This stance wins the heart of Taylah for not dobbing Justin in but the mood Zeke is in, he couldn't care.
Steph is slowly trying to prise information out about Libby like when is she going home but Lib covers that by saying she has lots of holidays owed to her. Lib decides that the best form of defence is attack and asks Steph and Toadie how exactly they got together. “I took a bullet for her and then the whole Rebecchi charm thing kicked in,” replies Toadie and she thinks he is joking with her so Steph follows that up with “you know he's always had his eye on me for years and then you know a bit of a weak moment three chardy's later…”
Toadie is miffed that she believed Steph's version and accuses them of sticking together and that he is being outnumbered and jokes for Libby to get Darren on the phone. Libby decides that getting some coffees is better than answering his question but Steph is onto her.
STEPH: Did you see that?
TOADIE: See what?
STEPH: Well she keeps doing that. She won't talk about herself, she won't talk about Darren.
TOADIE: Hadn't noticed.
Steph tells him that she hasn't spoken to Libby for months but that there is something she isn't telling her.
Daniel issues a 5 minute warning of the bus departing to his pupils and Rachel gets out of the water. Ringo is waiting for her wanting to know what the whole Jessica falling in the water thing was all about. She tells him but the conversation stops when Jessica walks past them thanking Ringo for his clothes and Rachel wants to know why. “She was freezing” he tells her before Rachel stuns him by saying she can't do this anymore and calls their relationship off although she will remain his friend.
Both walk off in separate directions and Rachel runs into the guy the girls were ogling earlier. She apologises to him and he seems to take a rather long look of Rachel and jokes with her that they'll need to bump into each other again before he heads off to swim… in the cool water! Rachel seems rather taken with him too by the look on her face before she heads off.
Susan tells the girls about her going back to work and they are as surprised as Karl was earlier but agree to give Susan their support. Zeke suddenly jumps off the couch with a face like thunder and Libby asks that if it is upsetting him then he should join them at the table to talk it over adding that bottling it up won't help. Zeke replies that he isn't and Rachel covers by saying he (and she) are tired from all the swimming Daniel made them do.
Talk about Susan continues in the background as Rachel goes to answer the door – its Ringo round to see if she really does want to call it quits with him. She confirms that but that she'll still be there for him in a mate's way. With a lump in his throat, he accepts what she has said and leaves the house. Libby silently asks her if she is okay and Rachel replies that she is.
No. 28 (later on)
It's a bit hard to describe this scene - we find Zeke and Rachel sitting on the couch watching the telly together. It is a sweet scene and the outcome of it is that Rachel sort of admits that she has dumped Ringo because of Jessica and Zeke admits that he fought with Justin because of what he said.
At the sink, Libby asks Susan if she was really as moody. “Pretty much” Susan replies before Libby apologises. Karl and Libby then go to set the table for their meal and with the accompaniment of some sizzling noises, Susan picks up the casserole dish… a piping hot casserole dish!
Karl quickly runs to her to get her to put the dish down so she can run her hands under the cold water. Susan replies that she didn't realise… because she couldn't feel a thing as her hands are numb.