- Carmella suggesting Marco become Chloe's godfather
- Toadie catching Steph reading his wedding letter from Dee
- Mia telling Oliver to lay off Marco
Mia and Oliver are having a grand old time until Oliver not-so-subtly brings the conversation back to Marco. Frustrated, Mia asks what Oliver's deal is, but Oliver proclaims innocence.
OLIVER: What? Seriously, I'm officially bored to death of Carmella and Marco.
Heh. Hehehehehe. Mia doesn't know if she can trust him, but Oliver says that he can feel a spark between them. Smitten, Mia goes off to get them another drink, leaving Oliver to rifle around in her handbag until he finds her mobile with Marissa's number in it. You suck, Ollie.
Steph's over to seek Lib's advice about the Dee situation. She says that her and Toadie have spoken about Dee many times before, but not to this extreme level. As Dee's friend, Steph wants nothing more than to keep her memory alive as well, but she doesn't know how to go about it. Lib thinks that Steph needs to make sure she's on the same page as Toadie with their wedding plans.
LIBBY: Do you want to marry Toadie?
STEPH: (longest pause ever) Yes, yes I do!
LIBBY: Well then, stop being such a spectacular idiot and make it happen!
Mia returns with drinks and immediately calls Ollie out on snooping through her belongings. Oliver admits that he was searching for Marissa's number, which Mia points out is highly ridiculous. She sarcastically says they should workshop what Ollie could say to Marissa when he rings - something like, ‘Hi, you don't know me, but I'm fixated on your ex-husband!' Mia gets up to leave but Oliver pleads with her to stay and says he's not interested in Marco and Marissa - he's interested in her (or quite possibly anyone starting with M).
Seems as though Mia got sucked in, as it cuts to them cosying up to one another on the couch and Mia rueing Oliver's powers of persuasion. They have a pash, but Mia suddenly breaks it off and says it's not a good idea them being together. She leaves, but not without engaging in Soap Staple #20 - ‘meaningfully pausing at the exit to throw a potential lover a regretful look over your shoulder‘.
Rebecchi/Cammeniti - Next morning
Shoving crackers down her throat like there's no tomorrow, Rosie argues with a council member on the phone who is being very uncooperative with information about the warehouse collapse. Rebecca helpfully reminds her that they should just talk to Steph about it.
Rosie bounds in to ask Toadie if they can set up a meeting with Steph, but is concerned to find him in a glum mood. His mobile rings, but he ignores it when he sees it's Steph.
Out in the reception area, Rosie asks Rebecca if she knows what's bothering Toadie but she has no idea. Rosie says they'll head over to Charlie's soon to see Steph, and Rebecca passes her another packet of crackers to polish off with a knowing look on her face.
Carmella wants to know if Oliver's given anymore thought to Marco being Chloe's godfather. Ollie has, and it‘s brought to you by the letters NO. He says he's sick of just agreeing to things to humour the two of them, and would prefer Declan to take on the role. The usual bickering ensues, Marco walks in on the tail end of it and I shall sum it up thusly:
CARMELLA: *sad face*
Rebecca and Rosie ask Steph about getting the info they need from the council, but Steph's not sure she has as much clout there as they think she does. Desperate, Rosie even offers to baby-sit Charlie to make up for it, but Steph just laughs and says she'll see what she can do.
Rosie spots Frazer and says they need to talk about their future finances now there's a baby on the way. She thinks he may need to get another job, but, ever-resourceful, Frazer says he's already on it. Rosie also wants him to check in on Toadie; she thinks he may need a manly shoulder to cry on.
Carmella's poo-pooing Oliver and his grumpy pants.
CARMELLA: Who does he think he is?
MARCO: He's the father.
CARMELLA: ... Well, yeah.
Marco tells her not to worry about it. He thinks it'd be better if Carmella chose one godparent and Oliver chose the other, that way everyone's happy. Carmella blabs on about how kind, caring, hot and honest her schmoopy-schmoops is, but that whole ‘honesty' thing strikes a raw nerve in Marco and I shall sum it up thusly:
CARMELLA: Wheee! I love your honesty and your chiselled jaw!
MARCO: *chiselled guilt face*
Libby's in to check that Steph actually had her big chat with Toadie, but Steph reveals that she hasn't had a chance yet. Libby tells her that she should go and see him right now, but Steph doesn't want a big showdown in his office.
STEPH: I'm a little ticked off. Why am I the one that has to prove their love?
LIBBY: Why does he doubt it?
STEPH: (annoyed) Isn't it enough that I just show up at the wedding?
Harsh, Scully! Lib reiterates that she needs to sort their issues out now.
Oliver has messaged Mia to meet him on the premise of business, but he admits that he lied. He was thinking more about 'gettin' bizzay'. He assures her that he's not playing games with her - he wants her.
Cut to Mia and Oliver frantically pashing their way into the hotel room. In between kisses, Mia wants Oliver to promise her that their little rendezvous won't come back to haunt her, and that he won't use it to get back at Marco. Oliver “sexily” whispers that he promises and they fall on to the bed. Gullible, thy name is Mia.
Frazer has taken Rosie's suggestion on board and is checking in on Toadie. Having an idea in mind, Toadie asks Frazer if he can drive him somewhere.
With a gobful of crackers, Rosie calls out to Frazer as he and Toadie exit, but as he's not fluent in cracker-ese, he doesn't hear her. Carmella makes her way in and to cut a long story short, asks Rosie to be Chloe's godmother. Rosie's all, “Yay! Of course!” and manages not to spit cracker on her as they hug and squee.
Steph walks in and asks Rebecca where Toadie is and she reveals that he and Frazer went to the beach. Steph looks like she knows exactly why.
Beach - Number 32
Frazer and Toadie (carrying a small bunch of white flowers) stroll along the sand.
FRAZER: Mate, when I said I'd follow you anywhere I didn't realise that meant raiding someone's flower bed and choofing off to the beach.
Toadie obviously told Frazer all about Dee on the way over, though, as Frazer encourages his mate to tell him more about what Dee was like. Toadie wistfully replies that Dee lit up any room she went into, and that when he found her he thought he'd found the rest of his life.
His voiceover continues as we cut back to Steph finding Toadie's wedding folder at home and seeing all the wonderful things he had planned.
Back at the beach, Toadie ruefully says that he bet Frazer didn't think he would have to take all of this on when he agreed to be best man. Frazer shakes his head but kindly says that it's a wedding, “they're weird by definition”. Sympathetic, Frazer adds that he doesn't know how Toadie survived it all. Toadie states that you get through it eventually, but if you're really lucky you get to meet someone else.
Making a decision, Steph grabs her keys and heads out the door.
Only to pull up at the beach about one second later - Frazer and Toadie haven‘t even moved one inch yet! COME ON! Oh, my mistake, Steph's obviously driving her TARDIScar today (briefly engaging in a time crash with original Steph, Emma Roche, but narrowly avoiding colliding with a spaceship with a waitress on board who looks remarkably like Harold's step-daughter...).
Frazer gives Toadie some space to say his goodbyes. Kneeling down in front of the water, Toadie throws the flowers in.
TOADIE: I'll never forget you Dee. It's time to let you go. The thing with Steph it's... I dunno. She doesn't love me the way you did. (Angry) I don't know, what, do you only get one shot in this life do you?
Steph suddenly calls out to him and races over. She breathlessly tells him that he can have the wedding he - they - want. Still confused, Toadie has to ask if she loves him. Steph replies that of course she does, but Toadie wants to know “how” she loves him.
Steph argues that she's been there for him so many times - when he had his panic attacks, when Tim Collins almost fired him - so why does she have to keep proving her love all the time? But Toadie states that she's just not getting it. With Dee, he had no doubt in his mind how much they loved one another because they had tingles every time they saw one another. He knows he feels the same way whenever he sees Steph, but he can't say the same about her. Steph says that she *does* feel just as passionately about him, she's marrying him isn't she? But the doubt is well and truly planted in Toadie's mind and he gives her a pained look.
TOADIE: Steph... We gotta postpone this wedding, OK?
(Steph's face falls)
TOADIE: I can't go through with it, I feel like you're throwing me a bone.
Toadie walks off leaving Steph cradling her head in her hands.