Steve and Miranda fretting about getting into a mortgage with Janae.
Angus shouting after Rachel as she flees his car.
Darren giving Libby a necklace but Libby telling him she can't go back home with him.
Libby tells Darren the thought of going back to Shepparton isn't appealing now everyone knows about him and Linda. Ben walks in and asks when they're going to go, but Libby sends him off in search of some sugar, which is definitely what she needs right now, as opposed to, say, a private chat with Darren. Libby explains Ben needs his family. Darren's worried about their life back in Shepparton, and the job, which apparently he can still take if he commutes. Darren thinks Libby's determined to punish him.
DARREN: Look, I appreciate the second chance, but I didn't realise it meant having to give up everything.
According to Ned, when they own the house they can do whatever they want, including having a chocolate factory, according to Riley. Luckily, Mickey's on hand to sagely in form him “that's stupid”. Ned and Janae move onto the thrilling subject of mortgages and being careful with their spending.
Miranda and Steve are talking anxiously in the kitchen. They tell Ned they weren't expecting Janae to be involved in the purchase of number 26. Ned's surprised – just because she almost walked out on her, doesn't mean she meant it. Still, they're worried about investing, but Ned spiritedly (or with as much spirit as Ned can muster) tells them if Jane's not included, then neither is he. Miranda and Steve exchange worried glances.
Karl, Susan and Libby breakfast together, whilst discussing Libby's food choices the night before. There's nothing like getting straight to the point, and this is nothing like getting straight to the point. Libby knows what they're getting at and gives them the goss they want.
LIBBY: I'm staying here. If that's all right with you two?
They're ecstatic, but assume she must have broken up with Darren. She tells them otherwise – they're not breaking up, but she's not moving to Shepparton. This whole situation is a bit confusing for poor Mr and Mrs K. When Libby conveniently goes for a shower, Karl's free to tease Susan on her less than perfect inquisitorial techniques. They're thrilled that Libby and Ben are going to be there.
SUSAN: I've got no idea what this relationship is going to turn into, but you and me from now on, heads down, mouths shut.
She makes amusing shushing noises when Karl tries to ask more questions.
RIngo throws his arms around Angus and Daniel in a not very studenty sort of way and asks them if they'll miss him. As they walk away Jessica throws a glare in Angus' direction. Dan's concerned, considering the choccies, but Angus says he'll live. The next excellent bit of silent acting comes from Rachel, who proffers a look of a mixture of desperation, lust and resentment at Angus' back.
Taylah is oh so secretly handing out dance party invites in the middle of the corridor. Taylah wants everyone to be there, but Declan's a bit worried about his dance skill, or lack thereof. Ringo suggests that's why he's still single, forgetting that he is too. Rachel informs the group that the dance parties are dangerous. Zeke thinks they're safe and with impeccable reasoning, tells Rachel that Karl and Susan can't forbid them to go to something they don't know about.
JESSICA: Well you guys should come along anyway. No, I mean it. I've got an announcement to make and it will blow your tiny minds.
But they'll have to wait to find out what it is. She considers inviting "Hendo" (ingenious nickname there, Jess) along.
Amid the laughs, Didge suggests this is because Jess loves him so much. Rachel's scared she's about to reveal her Big Secret so rushes of to Biology, and the rest of them disperse, leaving Taylah and Jess alone. Jess won't tell “T.J.” (wow, these names just get better and better, next thing we know she'll be calling Rachel “Rach”) in case she tells Zeke.
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Harold commends Brad Jordan's knowledge of the “underground raves” to Elle. Riley comes in and asks Elle what she's doing there.
ELLE: I'm escaping archives before I file myself under D for Dying of Boredom,
Riley's expecting a call from the rave guy but didn't want to take it in the office. After making him pay for her purchases, Elle offers some advice. He should take the call – it's not like Brad can sack them for going to a dance party, even if it's illegal, because they're going to get an exclusive eyewitness account he'll just have to print. Riley's phone beeps – he's got the venue address. Riley tells Elle they've got a long night of dancing ahead and demonstrates. I think Declan may have a contender for the crown of worst dancer.
Miranda and Steve have not moved their discussions on from the kitchen and subject of choice is still the “volatile” Janae, who of course chooses this moment to enter, all sprightly, whilst Miranda, Steve and Ned demonstrate the Parker family face of thunder. Ned tells them they can do their own dirty work. Ooh, scary.
Bridget's delighted to tell Rachel that Josh is going to the dance party and so is she, if everyone else is.
RACHEL: Yeah, it's just that Susan's not going to buy that we're going to bed early. She'll have her Super Ninja Powers on high beam,
Good old Ninja Suse. Bridget doesn't want to lie to her parents either – maybe they should just ask? Silly suggestion. Declan, Ringo and Zeke have an idea for an alibi: a 3D movie marathon that finishes in the early morning. Bridget thought Declan wasn't even coming, but he tells her someone's got to keep the operation on track. Jessica snaps that they can both do what they want, they're both single. Rachel's surprisingly narked at this, considering she's supposedly in love with Angus
Enter Angus, pushing television. As it's their last class, they're watching a film (they're excited) – Pride and Prejudice, the 1940 version (they're less excited – silly kids, they should be elated). Jess asks him if he had a late night – he looks really tired. Angus looks confused, but affirms that he's fine. Jess turns a snide face to Rachel and wonders if he was out parking (I assume this is an excellent pun on partying, considering Jess' prior demonstrations of lexical skill, but I may have just misheard)
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Oh jeez. Janae is all excited about decorating the house, whilst the Parkers look awkward. Steve tells her that they can't afford to put in an offer. Miranda thinks maybe they should build up their businesses first. Ned suggests the payments may be too much for them too. Janae looks distraught and then disbelieving – they're not backing out.
JANAE: Ned, other couples by whole houses. Why can't we buy half a house with these guys? It makes so much sense!
She answers her phone to Chris. She and Ned have to go to the garage, but the discussion isn't over.
JANAE: Keep the faith!
The Parkers instead choose to keep the awkward glances. Steve apologises for not being clear about their intentions from the start. Ned can't tell Janae the truth – it will break her heart. Steve's worried about Mickey, but Ned says there'll be other chances. Ned gives a lesson in morals: they can't buy Janae's mum's house without Janae – that's wrong. Nice sentiment, but I'm not quite sure that's how the property market works. Besides, Steve and Miranda can't afford to invest their money in someone who is not rock solid. Maybe they'll buy another house, Janae will accept it, with time.
ANGUS: And as true love triumphs, it's farewell from me and enjoy your holidays.
The class, wakes up and make to leave, apart from Rachel who is looking like a right eager beaver, and Jessica, who asks Angus if he'll be back next year. He says he won't – as of today his contract's finished. This is clearly news to Rachel, who lingers in her classroom to ask him if he was going to tell her. He's very abrupt, tells her now she knows and hopes she has a good Christmas. She tries to say something about Jessica, but he reminds her that the class is over, and requests she leaves. She says “Angus” with puppy dog eyes, which is quite funny seeing as she's not the one with the doggy name, but Angus stands his ground.
ANGUS: Don't ever call me that. Please leave.
Rachel's all teary, but complies.
The teens go over their illicit plans for the dance party. Rachel surprises them by saying she's coming. Jess thought she had some extra study to do. Rachel can sense the evil cogs turning in her brain, but Jess retains her innocent exterior – she just thought Rachel was a really good student. Jess acts all glad that Rachel will be there, so is rewarded with a glare.
Darren has fixed Janae's plug socket, but she's having less luck doing his repairs. Darren tells her she doesn't have to do it, if it's too hard for her.
JANAE: Ooh you be careful, Mister, I can do a lot of damage.
Darren offers some help, which she accepts, if he'll peel her a mandarin. Janae asks if he's ever owned his own home.
DARREN: Jeez, you really are terrible at small talk aren't you?
Janae explains her situation. Darren congratulates her, but says that he hasn't owned anything yet. Country prices aren't so steep, they had plans to buy soon. Janae asks if he's ok. Darren divulges some of his own family woes: Libby wants them to move back to Erinsborough. He wants to be with her but … Janae suggests talking her round, but that's clearly impossible. He admits that he's in the doghouse, but doesn't elaborate. Janae shakes her head as she returns to the engine.
Bridget and Steve caress a poorly Dalmatian. Bridget agrees to help out at the vet's during her holidays. Miranda asks about end of school plans for the evening. Bridget suggests going to the dance party with Josh, but they say no way. When they hear Zeke knows about it, Miranda's worried if Susan knows. Bridget and the Dalmation share anxious looks.
Zeke tells Rachel he'll take care of their cover stories tonight. She reminds him what a bad liar he is, like when he had to pinch himself every time he backed up one of Bree's fibs. But apparently he's now fully capable of lying to anyone. Rachel's not convinced, but Zeke thinks his past record will make them believe him over her – a pathological liar. He teases her about the Ringo exam paper incident. Right on cue, Ringo and Declan arrive, to tell them that all the parents now know about the dance party, thanks to Bridget. Rachel thinks it's a lost cause, they're probably already plotting their execution, but Zeke says he has to go – just leave it to him.
Bizarrely, the only blood parent in the room is Rebecca, but anyway, Miranda, Steve, Susan, Karl, Paul and Frazer (looking very hot and very tall) are all frantically discussing the antics of their wayward children over cups of tea. Rachel and Zeke enter and pretend it's just Christmas drinks, and not the site of execution plotting. The men jump on this idea and try to escape to grab bottles from home, but Rebecca's having none of it. Mickey's at the table, drawing with Ben, who happily informs Zeke he's in big trouble. The two of them are then sent outside. Zeke feigns innocence about the dance party – they thought about going, but the newspaper article put them off. Instead they want to go to the all-night movie marathon. The parents aren't keen, so Zeke plays the “but we've worked so hard this year” card. Miranda's dubious – why did Bridget ask about the dance party if they're not going? Steve's fooled though; after all, it was Josh who invited her. Susan sends them out so the discussions can continue.
Janae's guessed that Darren cheated on Libby, but he's sick of strangers condemning him.
JANAE: Yeah, and I'm tired of men passing the buck for their own stupid weakness.
Rachel and Zeke listen on as parental discussions continue. Rebecca, Paul and Frazer are the lenient ones. Miranda is a bit brighter than the rest – she's still worried about the dance parties, whilst Karl and Susan are convinced Zeke the Terrible Liar can't be lying. Steve's not so sure, everyone lies to their parents.
Libby comes in and is surprised to see so many people, but pleased to hear the reason isn't that Ben's burned the school down. Frazer's has the genius idea of organising a maxi-cab for them and collecting them from the movies himself. Rosie will understand about him doing the night shift, considering what it's for. The parents are eternally grateful, and even Bridget is allowed to go. Zeke and Rachel bound in, just as Steve and Frazer shake hands on the agreement. They're told the conditions.
ZEKE: (to Frazer) You're one of those cabbies that wash and use deodorant?
FRAZER: Suddenly I'm feeling less generous!
Everyone's happy, apart from Libby who looks suspicious.
Darren explains he really loves Libby and was just blowing off some steam. He didn't realise Janae's marriage broke up. Janae's unresponsive, until he goes to leave. She admits that she can see he's suffering – he's probably a good guy. It's going to take time, though, for him to fix things. Darren offers to finish the van off for her. She detects a “closet mechanic”. She's right – if Darren knocks back the contract, he might want a job with her. Janae thanks him and leaves to answer the phone to Janelle.
Ned says he'd be stupid to miss out on the sale of the place. Bridget's off, after Steve goes over the rules. Ned suggests Toadie draws up a legal agreement about buying. Janae comes in with some flowers for the family. She's told her mum about buying the house and she's said she'll knock Janae's share off the price. Miranda and Steve do the worst fake grins ever.
Darren tells Libby he'll move back to Erinsborough if it means he can have her, even though it's hard to walk away from the contract. Libby says that's great. It gives her faith that they can survive this. Now Darren just needs somewhere to live – she's staying with Karl and Susan whilst she and Darren work things through with a counsellor. Darren's shocked to hear this, but Libby's not ready to go back to the way things were just yet. Doesn't he understand?
DARREN: Lib, I've jumped through every hoop you've set fire to to make up for this mistake.
LIBBY: So you want a medal?
DARREN: I'm throwing away the chance of a lifetime just on the off chance you might take me back.
LIBBY: How dare you make ultimatums?
DARREN: Come on, Lib.
LIBBY: No. It's this way or not at all.
Miranda, Steve, Rebecca, Karl and Paul very stealthily spy on the kids as they go into the cinema. Rachel rings Angus, who is sitting in Charlie's, and rejects the call. She tries from Didge's phone instead. He answers to an anxious Rachel, who tells him Jessica might have seen them together in the car. She guesses she'll find out tonight – she'll keep him posted.