- Taylah trying to set Rachel up with Ty
- Steph not getting a proper goodbye from Toadie
- Dan telling Sam that there's nothing happening between he and Libby
- Sam telling Lib that she doesn't have to be sorry for liking Dan
Libby has taken it upon herself to get in some sunbathing time by the pool before Carmella and Marco move in, but almost gets clocked by a footy sailing over from next door... Where Fitzy and Frazer have been playing in the Parkers backyard? What is this, ‘swap your backyards around' day? Anyway, Fitzy's surprised to see her there and can't take his eyes off her in her swimsuit, much to Frazer's amusement.
FRAZER: (making conversation) Nice send off for the big fella, wasn't it?
LIBBY: Yeah, except I can't get that tuba tune out of my head.
FITZY: (a little too overenthusiastic) SAME!
FRAZER: ... How about that. Can we get our footy back please?
Lib throws the ball back and Fitzy continues to unsubtly gawk at her until Frazer reminds him they were playing football. Once they've left, Lib shrinks back into her sun lounge in embarrassment.
Putting the groceries away, Steph suddenly stops to look at happy snaps of herself and Toadie on the fridge just as Bob skitters into the kitchen for a pat. Libby arrives to relay her tale of embarrassment to her friend, but Steph just thinks it's funny and teases that her and Dan obviously want one another. Libby firmly says that it can't happen but Steph replies that the more she keeps denying it, the more she'll want something to happen.
Lou's making pancakes for Steve and also making himself quite at home. When he heads out to the van for a bigger pancake flipper, Ned cagily wonders why it looks like Lou's moved into the house. Steve says that Lou mentioned something about a plumbing problem, and Ned thankfully changes the subject before I have to think too much more about that... He asks Steve if he remembers their dad cooking pancakes every Sunday for them, but Steve evasively says he doesn't.
STEVE: You know what they say: kids from the same family, different memories.
Pushing the issue, Ned says that he spoke to Papa Parker on the weekend and he mentioned that he hadn't spoken to Steve for a while, but Steve just says he's been too busy. Lou re-enters with his uber-flipper before Ned can say anything else and tries to avoid talking about his van when Steve offers to look at the plumbing. Oh you sneaky devil, Louis.
Susan is chatting with Rebecca and Frazer (and mute Rosie) about Declan and Ringo being grounded. Rebecca and Frazer think the punishment isn't enough, though, so Susan offers her literacy services as icing on the cake by taking on extra study time with the boys.
Fitzy is talking with Steph at the bar about SES training and reminds Frazer about it when he joins them to get mute Rosie some peppermint tea. But Fraze thinks he suffered through enough pain playing footy with the Dingoes and opts out. The boys head back to the table and Frazer suggests that Fitzy ask Steph to join the SES so she can get her mind off all her Toadie troubles. But Fitzy reckons that using the training day as a personal distraction is the worst reason to sign up. Frazer scoffs and reminds Fitzy that his whole life is one big distraction at the moment, and that ain‘t stopping him. Mute Rosie continues to sit there like a piece of furniture.
Today's product placement is brought to you by IKEA - featuring the Rosie settee.
Rachel and Zeke gaze at the map put up to mark Harold's travels and laugh about the fact that Valda has probably chewed his ear off by now. Ty walks in and Rachel immediately thinks he's there to see her. Sensing his sister is wrong, Zeke tries to take her away but Rachel wants to stay and “set Ty straight”.
RACHEL: Look, it's flattering and everything, and I'm sure you're used to girls just throwing themselves at you, but I'm not like that, OK?
TY: Look, Rochelle wasn't it?
RACHEL: (affronted) Rachel.
TY: Rachel, right. Rachel you seem like a nice kid and all but a school friend of my little cousin's... I don't think so. Sorry if I gave you any wrong ideas.
(Ty walks off and Rachel looks stunned.)
ZEKE: (stifling his laughter) So... Rochelle.
Rachel hits him and Zeke cracks up.
Rushed off her feet, Steph cons Libby into helping her waitress for a while. Picking up two wines, Lib immediately runs smack bang into Dan's chest. Lib takes it upon herself to try and mop up the spillage with her hands, spending quite a long time just running her hands over his abs it seems... Not that I blame her one bit. Lib offers to wash his shirt, but Dan says that he's got an SES meeting to run. Sam walks in and apologizes for being late, but she's brought the divorce papers to sign. Worried that Libby is thinking he's a liar, Dan quickly says that he really does have a SES meeting to go to as well but Lib quickly says he doesn't have to explain.
Exterior - Charlie's
Slightly annoyed, Dan wants to know why Sam made such a big deal of pointing out the divorce papers in front of Libby. Sam replies that she's just trying to be upfront and honest about everything. She knows that he likes Lib and the only reason why he's not with her is because she rocked up to make things messy. Dan wants to know that if Sam is so intent on giving him his freedom, then why did she take on a job in Erinsborough? Steph serves drinks at another table and overhears Sam reply that she's not here to play games - she just wants Dan to choose to be with her. Dan says that it's not going to happen and Sam sadly states that if that's the case, then at least she played fair. Steph looks on as Dan signs the divorce papers.
Steve returns from having a tinker around the sink in Lou's van and tells Ned and Miranda that it looks brand new. Ned sourly tells Miranda that Lou's just looking for an upgrade. Lou saunters in and looks guilty when Steve tells him about the sink, but it seems as though Steve and Miranda have taken pity on him because they go along with his lie and invite him to stay in the house until everything is “fixed“. Lou thanks them like an excited little puppy while Ned pouts.
Dan hands out forms to all the SES volunteers, including a random extra that looks like Jesus. Ned and Steve are also at the meeting.
Steph and Ty introduce themselves at the bar. Ty's there to try and land himself a gig at Charlie's but Steph says she's a bit too rushed at the moment to listen to demo CDs. Well, wouldn't you know it, it turns out Ty's done some bar work, so Steph hires him on the spot and sets him to work.
Taking a tray of drinks over to the SES meeting, Steph says she can join them now she's not as busy at work. Fitzy's a bit wary but says she can help Steve and Ned clean up the storm damage.
Frazer impatiently waits for Rosie to finish work so they can go to a baby expo. Libby arrives to sort out her legal affairs with Darren, but Sam offers to help her out instead when Frazer practically drags Rosie out the door (who had one line I think, go settee Rosie!).
In Toadie's office, Sam finishes looking through all of Lib's paperwork and says she'll sort everything out. She also apologizes to Lib for earlier - she was just trying to be upfront about where she and Dan are at. Libby trots out her favourite line these days, “It's none of my business”, and adds that things were far too new between her and Dan to be classified as a relationship. They're just friends. But Sam knows it was more than that and wonders if it was getting serious or if it was just a flirtation.
LIBBY: What does it matter? I'm not going to do anything about it.
SAM: Because of me?
LIBBY: Because he still loves you, Sam.
Libby walks out leaving Sam quite taken aback.
Declan and Ringo half-heartedly read out a passage from Little Women while Susan quizzes them on themes from the book. The boys really couldn't care less, but Susan says that one of the main themes is how real maturity comes from responsibility. Here, let me give you an IKEA paintbrush to lather on the morals a little thicker, Suse.
Rebecca stops by to borrow some books from Susan - something connected with the law school open day she's about to attend. Susan's all excited about her friend's new change in career, but Rebecca just wants to take things one step at a time. Looking over at the boys, she can't believe that they actually look like they're learning. But the boys are really muttering about the fact that if Ringo was only one week older then they wouldn't have gotten into trouble. Guess who's having an 18th next week then. Rachel and Zeke randomly walk by in the background as Susan puts Declan and Ringo back to work.
Lou teaches Steve one of his boxing moves while Riley silently types away at his lap top. Tonight's Neighbours brought to you by the Riley sofa, from IKEA.
In the kitchen, Ned scrunches his face as a sign of annoyance at Lou being there and has a hissy to Miranda, wishing that Mickey knew his *real* granddad. Raising her eyebrows, Miranda reminds him that Jim (and I automatically think Robinson) isn't exactly the cosy grandfatherly type. Ned thinks otherwise but Miranda says that Ned has a different relationship with him than Steve does.
MIRANDA: (about Jim) Would a laugh hurt him sometimes? The occasional kind word?
Looked in the mirror lately, love? Steve giddily rushes in and shows Ned the new move that Lou just taught him.
STEVE: Why didn't you ever teach me stuff like that?
NED: (dry) ‘Cause you're not Janae.
Rachel is still moaning to Zeke about Taylah trying to play matchmaker, but Zeke says that she was just trying to help her move on. Rachel retorts that it hardly seems fair to move on while Angus is “rotting away in a jail cell”. Zeke wonders if she's just going to wait around forever, but Rachel snobbily says that she's not just going to suddenly celebrate being single by jumping into the arms of a try-hard like Ty. Zeke tries to signal to her that Ty's standing right behind her but she doesn't click.
RACHEL: What? That's exactly what he is. Ty the try-hard...
(Turns around and spots him)
TY: I can get you the kids menu if you prefer?
Meanwhile, while Rachel dies of embarrassment, Susan has spent the whole scene rifling around in her purse at the counter of the bar. Very counterproductive of her wouldn‘t you say? Har, har, harrrrrrr.
Lib is over for coffee and a chat, telling her friend all about her meeting with Sam, but Steph can't believe that Libby said that Dan was still in love with her. She doesn't know why Lib's looking out for Sam when no one's looking out for Lib in return. Libby says she doesn't want to fight for Dan, but Steph thinks she's being ridiculous and wants everything to be perfect when she knows it never will be.
STEPH: As long as you keep waiting for it to happen you're just going to keep waking up alone.
Bushland - Next Morning
Dan, Steph, Steve and Ned arrive and get to work clearing up the area. Steph picks up the chainsaw but the guys tell her that she can't use it until she's fully trained up.
The Parker men walk off and Ned tells Steve that he was thinking about asking their dad to come down for grandfathers' day for Mickey. But Steve doesn't think their dad will leave the farm for anything, let alone grandfathers' day.
Dan warns Steph to be careful because there's a few empty mineshafts around the place (INSERT FLASHING RED LIGHTS OF OMINOUS PLOT POINT HERE), but Steph just waves away his concern. She knows the place like the back of her hand after riding her bike around here all the time. Steph picks up the chainsaw yet again and tells Dan that Joe taught her how to use one, but Dan gets annoyed with her and reiterates that only a trained volunteer can use it.
DAN: Steph, out here you follow the rules or you stay at home, that's how it works.
STEPH: Right, OK, maybe that's what your problem is.
DAN: What's that?
STEPH: Oh y'know, just trying to do the right thing all the time. Trying to do what's expected of you.
DAN: (irked) Steph if you need something to take it out on go to the gym alright, but don't try it on out here.
STEPH: What's that supposed to mean?
STEPH: (ticked off) You know what, you've got some nerve, Dan. Who the hell do you think you are?
Steph storms off.
Steph is struggling to move a huge branch by herself that's directly above a gaping hole in the ground, when Dan finds her and apologizes for snapping at her before. Steph's all ‘whatevs' and asks him to help her move the branch. They struggle to move it, but before you can say ‘IKEA!' they feel the earth move under their feet (but the sky doesn't come tumbling down), and they fall down the conveniently placed mineshaft.