- Janae and the Parkers discovering that #26 is for sale
- Libby unable to answer when Darren says he loves her
- Steph telling Janae that she'll have to try and trust Ned
- Angus informing Rachel that they can't see one another anymore
Earthy music plays in the background like one of those 'I'm high on incense' meditation CDs, so you know you're watching a dream sequence. Hello old friend. Oh, and the fact that Angus kisses Rachel and declares his love for her in front of the whole class is probably a giveaway too.
The bell rings and startles Rachel out of her dream world. She gives Angus a little smile but he won't even look at her. He probably wishes he did catch her eye, however, when he discovers a heart-shaped box of chocolates in his desk drawer. Panicked, he charges out into the hallway to find her but bumps into Daniel instead who invites him out for an after work drink.
Steph bickers with Valda over the menu - Valda wants to put the Christmas pudding back on the dessert list, but Steph reckons it's too hot to serve it.
Dan and Angus bump into Libby, and Angus turns into a nervous pool of sweat when he discovers that Susan (who he has replaced) is Libby's mum - and is related to Rachel. Lib jokingly says that she hopes Rachel and Zeke aren't giving him trouble and Angus stammers his way through an answer. Dan mentions to Lib that they're still looking for a few teachers for next year if she's interested, but Lib says she's got too much stuff on her mind at the moment.
Oliver and Ned share a beer like old pals (eh?), but it's basically so Oliver can pick Ned's... cough... brains, about custody stuff since he's been through a similar situation with Kirsten. But Ned says that he and Kirsten are fine now, and they sort everything out through "friendly discussions".
Ollie takes a phone call while Kirsten strolls up to chat to Ned. Christmas plans are brought up, and Ned says that he hasn't spoken to Janae yet, but he thinks it would be nice for Mickey to have his mum at #26 on Christmas morning. Kirsten's extremely wary about the possibility of getting her face punched in, but Ned says that both women need to just put the events of Oakey behind them and move on.
The whole clan sit down for dinner and Libby mentions that she met the new teacher Mr Henderson today and that he's "pretty cute". Rachel pales and is all, "He's not that cute", all the while thinking in a Ben voice in her head, "I LIE - HE'S SO DREAMY! HIS EYES ARE LIKE POOLS OF DELICIOUSNESS!" Libby also says that Dan told her about the staff vacancies. Karl and Susan 'nonchalantly' ask if she's thinking about applying, and Libby quietly replies "maybe".
Steve and Miranda set up the Christmas tree while Ned and Janae untangle the lights and talk about their favourite subject - Kirsten. Janae is not keen at all about Kirsten spending time with them, but Ned reminds her it's for Mickey.
JANAE: (exasperated) She tried to kiss you, Ned. And naughty girls don't get to enjoy Christmas.
Steve and Miranda start to weigh in on the discussion when Ned interrupts that they're trying to have a private conversation. Alone, Ned knows that it won't be easy on Janae, but it would really make Mickey happy. Ambling in, Mickey is pleased to hear that Janae it going to sort everything out with his mum.
Charlie is cutely slugging back on a bottle of milk with the big boys (Toadie and Dan) while they have their beers. Dan is trying to convince Toadie to sign up for the footy team and adds, tongue in cheek, that his wrestling experience would come in handy. Toadie warily retorts that he hasn't played footy since high school and would probably be killed.
Ollie shows Carmella a new pair of shoes he bought for the baby. This kid's wardrobe is going to be the size of Paris Hilton's before she's even born.
OLIVER: They were on special.
CARMELLA: (laughing) They are always on special with you!
OLIVER: I think I have a shopping addiction.
Oliver brings up the touchy subject of access visits, but Carmella says she only suggested that in the heat of the moment and isn't so concerned about it anymore. She feels there's plenty of time to sort things out after the baby's born. Oliver is still upset however, and wonders how the baby will know he's her dad when there'll be another guy around more than him.
School - Next Day
Jessica is outraged over the front page headline of the newspaper 'Dance Party Shame', and takes it out on Taylah (because, as it turns out, Brad Jordan the editor is her father). Zeke gets in on the act and agrees that the article is crap; plenty of people just go to the raves to dance. Rachel wonders how in the hell Zeke would know anything about it, and Jess spills that Zeke danced on a podium at the last one. Rachel's concerned, but doesn't get much info out of her brother before Angus calls her into the classroom for a word.
Angus testily says that he thought they had an agreement - so why is Rachel giving him presents? Spying the box of chocolates, Rachel starts to protest that she didn't give them to him, but Angus can't hear her up on his moral high ground and calls her childish. Ringo accidentally crashes into a chair on the way in, startling the two of them. Confused by their reaction, Ringo apologises and says he didn't realise it was a private conversation. Angus and Rachel swap tortured looks in their usual non-subtle way.
Angus makes up a lie for Ringo's benefit about Rachel not being happy with a mark she received, and slowly slips the chocolates back into the desk when Ringo's not looking. Rachel glares at Angus before sitting down with the rest of the class. Ringo still looks confused, but then he takes on a slightly suspicious gaze when he spies Angus glancing back at Rachel while he writes on the board. Those two are so stealthy.
Karl and Susan are too lazy to answer the door, so Libby rushes out of the hall to get it. Luckily, as it's Darren who has exciting news - they landed the 18-month housing contract in Shepparton they'd been working on. Swept up in the moment, Libby happily hugs Darren before composing herself and Karl and Susan offer more subdued congratulations. Darren wants to take Lib and Ben out to dinner that night to celebrate and Libby agrees. Karl and Susan swap wary glances.
Miranda hangs up the phone and informs Steve that the bank is prepared to give them the loan for the house. She's bummed though because now it means they'll be paying off a mortgage for the rest of their lives. Hearing their woes, Ned offers to go halves with them which makes them happy. End of thrilling scene.
Jess rudely cuts Taylah off mid-sentence when Ringo walks by, and she sassily hints to him that she'll be walking her dog that afternoon. Ringo just smirks and keeps walking while Taylah pays her out for being so forward. Rachel strides over all guns blazing and tells Jessica to leave her brother alone, but Jessica happily tells her that she had nothing to do with Zeke's newfound party animal instincts.
Taking her huff parade down the hall, Rachel snappishly tells Zeke off for going to the rave and asks why he doesn't tell her anything anymore. Zeke rebuffs that Rachel isn't exactly a font of information herself these days. He thinks she should come to the next one so she can understand what they're really all about.
Dan and Angus pass through and Taylah spills the beans to Angus that Jessica was the one who sent him the chocolates (much to Jess' embarrassment). Angus gets an 'oh crud' look on his face before stammering that he'll have to share them with the rest of the staff. Away from the teens, Dan commends Angus on putting a stop to Jess' crush nonsense. But Angus is too busy thinking about how much of a jackass he's been to Rachel.
Carmella is worried about how upset Oliver is, but Rosie doesn't share her sympathy and tells Carmella that it's not her problem. It's his own fault he "missed the boat".
Janae puts her maturity cap on and asks Kirsten to join them on Christmas day. Kirsten is pleased and says that she didn't think Janae would want her there. Janae says that Mickey wants her there so... she does as well. Oh Janae, you deserve a merrier Christmas than this.
Spotting Rachel walking home, Angus pulls up next to her in his convertible (wearing one of those funny two-strap seat belts that look like a pair of braces - and also like he's about to go parachuting). He apologises to her about the chocolate incident and offers her a ride home. Rachel is hesitant at first but then climbs in at his insistence. Way to send mixed messages, Angus.
Steph pops in to see Lib, and Libby confesses that she wasn't sure if she should accept Darren's dinner offer, but he just looked so darn excited. Her main worry is that she's going to be pressured into making decisions, and she doesn't want that at all.
Carmella finds Ollie (where else would he be these days, he practically lives there now) and does the whole reassuring 'you'll always be a part of the baby's life' spiel. Oliver wonders how involved Marco will be, but Carmella admits that they're only new and doesn't know where the relationship will lead. Ollie sees Marco walk in and gives them some space, even offering him a cordial 'Merry Christmas' on his way out.
Marco asks Carmella what's up and Carmella says that Oliver was concerned about how much involvement he'll have with bubs, but she assured Ollie that he'll always be her dad. She goes to get them some juices (while Harold randomly wanders about in the background - OH HAI, LOLZ), and Marco opens a folder with a #26 real estate leaflet in it, looking very perplexed.
Ned excitedly tells Janae that Steve and Miranda said yes to them buying into the house. Steve and Miranda stand there with frozen grins on their faces while Janae squeals and jumps with glee.
Escaping to the kitchen, Steve and Miranda start to fret. They don't want to get into a mortgage with Janae in case she and Ned split up in the future... but have no idea how to break the news to the happy couple.
Susan takes happy snaps of Ben decorating the tree and tells him to say "Santa" so he smiles and says "SANTA!" then proceeds to burst some more ear drums when Karl brings in the rest of the decorations. "COOL MORE STUFF!" he roars. They chuckle with Libby over the old stars she, Mal and Billy made for the top of the tree, and Karl gives Libby's star to Ben for the final touch. Darren arrives just in time to share in this happy moment. He probably heard Ben talking about it from the General Store.
Angus has randomly parked somewhere so they can chat out in the open where any prying eyes can see them. Smart. Rachel wants to go back to the way they were, but Angus says it's the last time they can be together like this. Rachel replies that she knows he likes her, and Angus' silence is very telling. He hands her back her jacket that she left at the club the other night and she gets out of the car in a mood. Jessica just happens to be walking her dog through the park in the background, just in time to hear the end of their lovers tiff. It really is Christmas time, because all of Jessica's have come at once.
Steph clears the plates for Libby and Darren and wonders if Ben is finished, but Lib says he's still picking... which is odd, because Ben is nowhere to be seen. He can't be invisible because we'd be able to hear him... in China. Darren gives Libby a present, which is an expensive necklace they saw in a shop in Shepparton once and he promised her he'd get if they won the contract. When did Darren have time to go back to Shep and get it seeing as he only found out about the contract today? Did the Parkers drive him? Anyway, Libby confesses that he's only making it more difficult for her because she can't come back to Shepparton with him.