- Harold admits that he can't quite believe he'll be leaving his Ramsay Street home
- Miranda informs Steve that she isn't ashamed of their new job, but that she doesn't want to go telling everyone
- Steph is shocked to hear Toadie tell Rosie that he is off to East Timor to lend his legal advice
As Toadie packs the last off his stuff into a box, Rebecca pops her head in to say goodbye. She admits that they will find it difficult to cope without him, but commends her for her effort with the class action case.
TOADIE: Maybe next time we'll be meeting as colleagues, eh?
Steph arrives, so Rebecca leaves them to it. Steph wonders why he has to go so far, couldn't he just go away for a short break and then come back?
TOADIE: I can't stay
STEPH: Why not?
TOADIE: 'Cos every time I look at you, I just want to cry.
Steph is shocked.
Harold brings the youngsters each their favourite General Store drink, pointing out that they didn't order anything; Harold informs them it's a simple thank you from him, as a going away gesture. They thank him and return to their conversation. Ringo asks what they recon to the scholarship being placed in Jessica's name. Taylah isn't so sure she'd like it as she was never a fan of school, but instead asks them if they'd like to come and see her cousin play in a gig that weekend.
Zeke is keen to come, as is Bridget, but on learning it's at Sanctum, the all ages venue, Didge realises she has no chance of being allowed to go. Rachel admits they probably won't be able to go either.
DECLAN: Don't look at me; I'm grounded till I'm like 34!
Taylah is keen for them all to come and Zeke recons they may be able to, they just need to be able to convince their parents, somehow!
Harold arrives with a token offering for Toadie, a snot block! (a Vanilla Slice, if you want the correct term). Cutting it in half with a ruler from his desk (only Toadie would), Toadie offers to split it with Harold, placing one slice onto a client folder, as a substitute for a plate (again, only Toadie would)!
HAROLD (patting his belly): I certainly don't need that!
TOADIE: Neither do I!
HAROLD: Talked me into it!
Well that wasn't hard! Sitting on the sofa, they both dig into the cake, realising that they will both be leaving Erinsborough. Harold asks after Steph, and Toadie admits she's getting used to it slowly. He asks after Harold's trip; first port of call is Cairns, to see young Sky and Kerry, though there will be many stops along the way. Toadie wonders if he'll be having a big party to see him on his way, but Harold would rather just slip away quietly, without the huha. Toadie can't believe what he's hearing, but Harold explains he's going to see each of his friends in turn and say goodbye individually.
HAROLD: No, I just couldn't stand all the fuss, of a big lavish party, with you know, cakes, people sobbing, saying nice things about me.... No, no, no.
Arriving home from a meal out, Miranda admits that she's still peckish, so Riley points out she should've ordered more. Miranda begins to get defensive, but realising she doesn't want to give the severity of their financial situation away to the kids, come up with an excuse. Steve informs the kids that they are off out again tonight, causing Bridget to become inquisitive. Miranda informs her daughter they are going for a 'drive', hiding the real reason.
Didge tells her parents about the upcoming gig and asks if she'd be able to go along. Miranda informs her she has no chance, so Bridget tells them about the band, and asks for their trust. Steve reminds her that they gave her their trust last time and look how that turned out.
MIRANDA: Why should we trust you now?
And so begins a conversation of three dimensions!
DECLAN: Because we've learnt our lesson
Over in the General Store, Declan and Ringo are trying to persuade Rebecca and Frazer on the same subject. Ringo points out that they wouldn't put their friend's lives at risk again.
FRAZER: What kind of adult supervision will there be?
ZEKE: Um..I don't know, there probably will be some.
Part three of 'persuade the parents' continues at the Kennedy-Kinski house with Zeke and Rachel trying to convince Karl and Susan.
RACHEL: If we can say that there definitely is, can we go?
STEVE: I really don't think so, not even with adult supervision.
Miranda asks if Bridget knew what it was like for them when she was stuck under the rubble at the last party. Bridget admits that she does know.
DIDGE: Do you want me to be the only one to miss out?
Rebecca doesn't believe they'll be the only ones to miss out, and she can't see any of the other parents agreeing either. Declan asks for a compromise.
Susan suggests a compromise, allow all the kids to get together at the house, that way they can have their party but stay safe. Karl offers to get his guitar out, but Susan tells the kids she won't let that happen.
Having argued with their parents, the kids re-assemble to discuss progress. Declan points out that Susan's idea sucks, and Rachel is forced to agree. Zeke suggests they go to the party behind their parents back (what happened to the boy who wouldn't say boo to a goose?). Didge points out that they have to go about this the right way, earning back their parents trust. Ringo points out that that's what they just tried to do, and failed! Zeke suggests Plan B; they have to be so upfront, that they can't possibly say no.
As Steph desperately tries to get her staff to cover shifts, Daniel arrives to find Lou drinking alone. He offers to buy the next round, but then wonders where Valda is. Suggesting that there may be something going on between Valda and Lou, Lou denies it outright, admitting her prefers the life of a single man.
On the phone to another employee, Steph spots smoke coming from the kitchen.
Rushing into the kitchen, Lou finds Valda and helps her back out to the bar. Sitting her down, Dan rushes to get some water, while Lou encourages her to say something.
Having been checked over by Karl, Valda admits she's still got a headache. Karl informs her she should be fine with some rest, and that Lou did a great job pulling her out in time. Steph realises she's going to have to talk to her staff about leaving the griller on, though Valda admits it was her own doing. She just wanted a snack, but sat down and fell asleep.
STEPH: A griller can be replaced; my favourite granny is not so easy.
Lou brings through a cup of tea for Valda, so Karl, Susan and Dan decide to leave them to it.
VALDA: Lou, thanks pet.
LOU: Ah, well, it was between you and the griller, you just happened to be closest.
Sitting with Karl and Susan, Valda continues to sing Lou's praises about his heroic achievement in saving her. Mickey arrives with an ice-cream tub, collecting for Harold's going away present. As Valda pops some money in the tub, Harold arrives, and realises something is suss. With some nifty manoeuvring, Mickey passes the tub from behind his back to Ned, who passes it onto Steve. Wondering what he's hiding, Mickey shows Harold his two empty hands, and the secret remains safe.
Handing over her meal, Susan admits to Harold that he will be dearly missed. Ned too pipes up that it's going to be different without him. Harold returns to the kitchen to save some soup, allowing Mickey to grab the tub off Steve once more. Toadie arrives and donates some money to the tin, revealing that he has some plans for Harold's fund.
Classroom at Erinsborough High
Taking advantage of a quiet spot at the weekend, Libby and Daniel are busy lesson planning. Dan thinks it's a great idea as this way no one can interrupt them!
Looks like he spoke too soon, as the team gang waltz in to ask them a favour. Explaining the situation with the dance party, Libby informs Zeke and Rachel it's not up to her but Karl and Susan. Zeke explains that they need to win back their trust, and as Libby already has their trust, would she be willing to come with them, as a chaperone. Libby isn't so sure, given there are so many of them, so Fitzy suggests that maybe he could come to. They agree, so long as the parents agree.
Cue, parents in the General Store. Karl isn't so sure they should allow it, as Libby admits they won't be able to watch the kids every second of the gig. Fitzy points out that the kids didn't go behind their back, and should be rewarded. Rebecca and Steve agree, so long as there are conditions.
Lou offers Valda another cup of tea; she points out that he brought her one last night, and just wants him to admit that he has feelings for her. She tells him that he was so brave coming to rescue her like he did, but he admits he would've done it for anyone. Realising that he doesn't have feelings for her, Valda excuses herself, asking Harold if he has room for one more in his van, as far as Shelley Bay. She admits it's time to go back and see Lyn and Oscar again.
Susan comments to Libby that the kid's idea is a good one, but admits it was probably Zeke who came up with the idea. They joke that they will have to keep an eye on him and his mischievous ways.
Over at the counter, Lou announces that Harold has just finished his last shift. Coming around to the front of the counter, to a round of applause, Harold removes his bow tie and orders a cup of Darjeeling tea, as a paying customer. Sitting down at a table, his friends and neighbours gather round him.
Arriving at the gig, Fitzy gives the kids the all clear to go an have fun, sending them on their way. However, Libby worries that it's so dark they won't be able to see them. Fitzy tells her not to worry, reassuring her that things will be fine. Libby points out that he doesn't have his parents to answer to. Teasing her for worrying too much, Fitzy goes to grab some drinks.
Sitting on the sofa, Declan sits next to Rachel, commenting that it's already boring. She suggest he gives it a chance, the band haven't even started yet, but he'd rather go somewhere else with her, to have some alone time. Rachel isn't so keen though and heads to the bar, where she is 'pushed' into a young, cute, dark, handsome stranger. She apologises, but he just grins back at her as he walks off.
Elsewhere in the venue, Ringo struggles to make conversation with Didge. Hearing their thoughts we realise Ringo is trying hard to figure out what to say so that Didge will like him, though Didge just hopes his small-talk has improved. Smiling at one another, Didge hopes he doesn't start talking about the light, trouble is, he does, so she heads to the bar, without him.
Joining Declan on the sofa, Ringo admits he's finding it just as dull. Declan suggests they 'cut loose' and make it more interesting.
As Harold folds away the last of his clothes, Toadie arrives with a gift. Harold claims he shouldn't have, but opens the card anyway.
'To my friend and mentor, Harold Bishop, as he embarks on the next chapter, with all my love and heartfelt appreciation, Jarrod'
Harold is left speechless, so Toadie suggests he opens the gift.
TOADIE: It's a portable navigation system, so wherever you go, you know where you are, and most importantly how to get back to Ramsay Street.
Harold is thrilled at his gesture.
HAROLD: Have I told you what a wonderful young fellow you've become?
TOADIE: Recently? Only every time we see each other
HAROLD: Well, you've just been told again!
Toadie informs him that if it's true, he has to take some of the credit. Getting weepy, Harold reaches for a tissue, so Toadie shares his hankie with him. Lost for words, the two men hug.
As Zeke, Rachel and Didge laugh over how Ringo looks like football player Nathan Buckley, Taylah arrives with her cousin Ty. Rachel is shocked to realise he is the guy she bumped into at the bar, causing Taylah to question why she didn't say hi.
Getting up onto the stage Ty, and his band begin to play.
At the back of the venue, Declan reappears, joining Ringo. However, as the two lads are about to head off, they are caught by Libby and Fitzy. Realising they've been sprung; they hand over a bottle of spirit. Declan doesn't seem to care, whilst Ringo suddenly looks very guilty.
Valda reassures Steph that she will be fine, but she's more worried about her. Steph informs her gran that she's going to hire some more staff, so her issues will be resolved, and asks her to go and have a good time with Lyn and Oscar. Toadie arrives, though Steph is surprised to see him. He tells her he couldn't leave without saying goodbye. Steph offers him a drink, but he politely declines. Valda and Toadie say their goodbyes, and wish each other a safe journey.
Taking Charlie from Steph's arms, Toadie gives the little man a hug, returning his keys to Steph. Saying goodbye to Charlie, he asks him to look after Steph for him, before handing him back to Steph and leaving.