Kirsten tells the Parkers she's coming to the reunion.
Angus tells Rachel to stand outside the classroom.
Libby reminds Darren Ben's not his son.
Zeke leads Susan to the sofa whilst Karl serves up some appetising camomile tea. Karl throws Zeke a biscuit and much to everyone's surprise, Susan catches it.
KARL: You can see?
SUSAN: Yes! I can see!
Karl, Susan, Zeke and Libby all get very excited and shrill.
Miranda's worried Steve's going to leave her on her own because apparently last reunion he went off for a hamburger and came back six hours later … with a tattoo. Steve's advice that she should just be herself doesn't help with her awareness of what's around her and she steps into a pile of dung. Pleasant. Miranda looks less than thrilled when they are gleefully greeted by some randomers. Said randomers are hugely disappointed to hear that Kirsten and Ned are not a couple, but it's ok, “a night round the keg will soon fix that”. Cue awkwardness.
Libby and Susan are revelling in the joy that Susan can see again. Now it's Susan's turn to fuss over Libby. She says she's fine, which is a sure fire sign that she's anything but. Susan offers a talk but Libby's not sure she can be bothered.
SUSAN: Are you saying this relationship isn't worth fighting for?
LIBBY: How do get past infidelity, Mum? Can you tell me how you did it? If it's too hard to talk about it…
SUSAN: Oh no no no, it's not that. It's just I've had time to put things in perspective.
LIBBY: What is your perspective?
SUSAN: I guess I've found it's possible to let go of the past and move on.
LIBBY: No wonder Dad calls you Saint Susan!
Suse is very dismissive of that – she just knew she wanted to be with Karl so she had to let go of the anger and get on with it. Trust is harder, but it creeps back if the love's still there. Libby doesn't respond when Susan asks if she still loves Darren. They fought sometimes before all this happened, which everyone does, apart from her and Drew. Rose-tinted glasses, much? Susan laughs – is she kidding?
Karl appears, calling for Zeke. If he rushes he could catch Rachel up on the way to school. Libby watches on as Susan lovingly teases Karl about cutting the grass.
Rachel tells Bridget that she and Angus have talked and agreed it was a big mistake, which is good because it was getting weird. Luckily Didge doesn't plan on telling anyone. In class, they're doing Pride and Prejudice (great choice, but not quite sure how they can just flick from novel to novel). Angus incites a heartfelt response from Rachel with his claim that it has no relevance today. He's clearly impressed and can't help smiling.
Steph doesn't know where to look when Darren comes in but is soon showing of her engagement ring. When Valda steps behind the bar, Steph tells her there's no need to work and to forget about the money. Anyway, it's quiet but Valda has no plans to forget about the money, or not to work. Janae's come in to get some lunch and Darren mistakes her for Mickey's mum. She corrects him, she's “step mum, sort of” – a bit like Darren is Ben's “step dad, sort of”. Janae tells Steph she's only heard from the Parkers to tell her they've arrived.
Ned's doing some barbecuing with Scott (male randomer). Ned explains that he and Kirsten are co-parenting, but it doesn't upset Mickey. They're just mates. Kirsten is explaining the same thing to Larissa (female randomer). Steven and Miranda enter, laughing at Miranda's new footwear: gum boots. Ned answers his phone to hear Janae, but it's breaking up. He tells her they're having a barbecue with people he hasn't seen for ages. She says, unconvincingly, that's great and that she loves him, but he can't hear her.
Steph and Valda are overjoyed when Libby tells them Susan can see again. It's the first time Steph has seen Libby smile since she's been back, so they have a nice celebratory hug. Libby asks Steph if she and Drew ever fought.
STEPH: Yeah, yeah, of course you did. What young couple with a baby doesn't? You guys had some shocking rows.
LIBBY: Really? I don't remember fighting with him like that, not ever.
Steph finds this amusing. They reminisce about getting Audrey as a substitute for not being able to have kids, and then the surprise pregnancy. It's all very morose – sometimes at night she looks for the star he bought her. [Continuity note - he didn't, it was Karl that bought the star]
LIBBY: I wish he'd come back. Just one day you know? Just one day.
Miranda's lamenting to Kirsten that she never fits in when she comes to Oakey – a bit like Kirsten in Erinsborough. Her advice is to show Steve's friends she understands what's important to them – they're scared she's judging them. They like someone who can take a joke. Ned and Kirsten have both been roped in to setting up. Miranda thinks she should get cracking on Kirsten's makeover.
Riley's chatting to Miranda on the phone and Janae tries to find out how everything's going in Oakey,
RILEY: Oh you know, the usual Hokey Oakey stuff.
JANAE: Riley what does that mean?
RILEY: Mum stepped in cow poo. They're having a great time.
Janae tries (unsuccessfully) to subtlety dig for info on Ned and Kirsten, only to learn they're helping to set up. She says she can't go and join them, even though she's done everything she has to do at the garage and Riley and Didge could look after Mickey. She gets a determined look on her face as Riley tells her she'll drive him insane if she just hangs around sighing all day.
The General Store
Taylah and Jessica are in the background, texting Zeke the details for “Eclipse”. He says he'll try to be there.
Steph finds Toadie. She's just seen Darren and Ben out fishing. Toadie (and all of the Neighbours viewers) thinks it's unlikely they'll be successful in the lake. Steph says Ben adores Darren and recounts her “weird” chat with Libby earlier – she's totally living in the past and thinks she and Drew had a perfect marriage.
TOADIE: What was that? Toadie you were right, I should have listened to you in the first place?
Ned collects Kirsten and tells her she looks incredible after her makeover. Ned doesn't appear to possess any map-reading skills and to add to the good fortune of being lost, the car breaks down plus the torch doesn't work. (“Typical Stu”) Ned checks under the bonnet, but despite his mechanical experience, he can't fix it (to be fair he can't see a thing) so he says he'll walk back to the highway. Kirsten's won't let him – she doesn't want to stay there by herself.
Steph has brought Susan, to whom the world now looks “bright and beautiful”, some champagne. Steph quotes a bit of Sound of Music, which is a nice cue for Libby to walk in with a box of Drew's stuff. Maybe Ben will want something of his Dad's. Karl, Susan and Steph share a look of dubiousness.
Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, in Oakey
Unsurprisingly, no car has passed Ned and Kirsten in 45 minutes – most people stick to the highway. Kirsten can't help but wonder if Ned deliberately ran out of petrol – perhaps she doesn't realise how stupid Ned really is. Kirsten's shivering, but the only help Ned can offer is a bag of crisps. Wonderful. These are duly consumed.
Libby and Steph are having a nostalgia-fest with Drew's old things, but Libby can't find the letters. Steph looks surprised to learn they could be in one of the other five or six boxes.
STEPH: Hey, you know I love you like a sister, dontcha? (This sounds ominous) And there is no excuse, absolutely no excuse for what Darren's done, but –
LIBBY: Spit it out.
STEPH: Look, you're worshipping Drew's memory, Lib.
Libby can't see what's wrong with that but Steph suggests it might make Darren feel he's never good enough. It's pretty hard to live in a dead man's shadow. Libby finds this hard to take.
The Party in Oakey
Ned and Kirsten haven't arrived, but Larissa's not surprised – she didn't believe they're just good friends. Steve tells Miranda not to worry. Instead they admire the guy on the mechanical bull – although Steve doesn't plan to have a go. Miranda shocks everyone by revealing her Bridget-esque streak and saying she'll have go. Steve tries, to no avail, to stop her, and Miranda promptly falls off. She thinks she's seeing things – but no, a bemused Janae really has arrived. Unfortunately, she's greeted with the news that Ned and Kirsten are together and have yet to arrive.
The Car in Oakey
Kirsten's regaling Ned with tales of Mickey's childhood. He hopes he's not being a handful for Janae and Kirsten comments it's a pity she's not there. Ned puts on his serious face and asks Kirsten why she told Janae how she felt about him. Her stunning powers of explanation come up with the fact that she wanted to, and it's not like it was a secret anyway. Ned says even when they were together she couldn't believe he liked her – but she did. They should have talked after the night of their formal but both of them lost their courage.
KIRSTEN: Two tiny wrong moves and we spend our lives apart. And it could have been so different.
She launches herself at him, but Ned's not impressed and he pushes her off.