Mickey calling Paul Kirsten's boyfriend
Miranda urging Steve to tell Ned the truth about their father
Carmella telling Oliver that he won't lose Chloe
Fitzy collapsing into Libby's arms
Karl rushes out of nowhere and decides that Fitzy's suffered internal bleeding. Medical staff put Fitzy onto a trolley before Karl hurries off to arrange surgery. Sam and Libby look on, shocked and worried.
Lou, Kirsten and Mickey are visiting Ned. Lou says how he had them all worried.
MICKEY: Mum was so worried I thought she'd have kittens!
Great line kid.
Mickey continues that it's just as well Kirsten has Paul to comfort her. Kirsten hurriedly says she had a right to be worried with Ned's concussion.
Miranda and Steve watch this scene from the hallway. Steve can't interrupt them now. Miranda remarks that Ned has the kind of close bond with his father that he has with Mickey so whatever Steve tells him, nothing will break it. Steve goes into Ned's room.
Rosie tells Marco and Carmella that Frazer has a busy shift and they offer her their help but she tells them she'll call them if need be. Once she's gone, they muse over how life can change so quickly. Carmella confesses that she's constantly fearful of losing Chloe since she became a mother. Marco says this teaches them to make every day count which he thinks he isn't as he doesn't have the guts to make his dream happen. Carmella thinks he should let go of family tradition and pursue it, pledging to be there every step of the way.
It's just Steve and Ned as Steve explains about when his claustrophobia started. He tells him that he can still smell the toolshed and hear the bolt locking into place. His dad left him there all night and he was only five years old. Ned says it's a bit rough of their dad to leave him there all night (an understatement, I would've thought…) Steve tells him that their dad was blind drunk at the time – he was a borderline alcoholic. Ned can't get his head around it – why would he do such a thing?
Steve gives him the full story; he'd caught his dad with Mrs Jackson from across the creek. His dad had chased him and locked him in the shed as punishment. Although Ned idolises him, Steve just can't.
Ned needs some time alone and Steve acquiesces.
Later Miranda finds Steve in the waiting area and asks how it went.
STEVE: You know that old phrase ‘let sleeping dogs lie?' (points to his forehead) I'm gonna get it tattooed here.
Karl appears and Sam, Miranda and Steve listen as he tells them Fitzy is still in surgery but he's fit so that stands him in good stead. He goes on to say visiting hours are over, so they should maybe go home and rest. Miranda and Steve go but Sam stays put.
Steph's room. Karl goes in with a view to chucking Libby out but lets her stay a bit longer. Steph is worried – blaming herself if anything happens to Fitzy but Libby assures her it's not her fault. Steph says it was her stupidity that caused the accident but Libby won't let her blame herself. Steph asks if she's okay as she's clearly upset and Libby confesses she's having flashbacks to when Drew died. Steph assures her that Fitzy will be fine.
Libby tells Susan that she's going to stay at the hospital overnight. Susan offers to wait but Libby declines.
Sam appears and gives Libby some coffee. Sam remarks how strange hospitals are at this time of night. Libby notices that she's quite agitated and asks if she's okay. Sam blames the coffee. Libby wonders how Fitzy helped the others when he was so injured himself. Sam says he's always been the same, putting others before himself and Libby thinks maybe he should put himself first for once. Sam's agitation is clearly bothering Libby, who offers to get her something else to drink. Sam agrees that she's a little on edge but there's something that often helps. She rummages in her bag and begins to do some origami.
Many paper swans later and Sam explains that she learned to do it after her first episode. It was terrifying and she hasn't been tested again up to this point. But the fact that she's having this conversation with Libby has to be good.
LIBBY: I think you're quite remarkable.
Sam says she just battles on; if only she could see into her mind. Libby wouldn't want anyone to see into her mind either. Sam can't help but analyse her moods; if she has a good day, she wonders if it's the onset of mania; if she feels down, she worries she's getting depressed.
Karl appears with good news; they've controlled the bleeding and Fitzy's out of surgery and stable. He's asking for a visitor; Sam starts to move but Karl tells her that he's actually asked for Libby. Sam returns to her seat, disappointed.
FITZY: They tell me I collapsed in your arms.
LIBBY: I just thought you were trying to get my attention.
FITZY: Did it work?
LIBBY: Meh. I hardly noticed.
Fitzy has something to say but Libby thinks this has happened before. He tells her that he understands what she's going through and how hard it's been since Sam arrived. But her coming back hasn't changed anything for him; he wants to be with her. Libby thinks he's raving. Fitzy needs to know she feels the same and she says she does but…
LIBBY: This just isn't the right time for us.
He tells her he's signed the divorce papers. Libby says she knows about the baby and how he couldn't grieve as he was looking after Sam. He's always putting others first. She's in tears as she tells him to put himself first for once. They kiss then Libby leaves.
Outside his room she tries to compose herself. Sam sees her and looks worried at what this might mean.
The General Store
The next morning and Elle gets another quote for her article from Steve. He tells her they're all lucky to be alive, thanks to Dan Fitzgerald. Elle leaves them to their breakfast. Miranda sends Mickey and Didge off to get more coffee.
Miranda tells Steve that he's miserable. He wishes he hadn't told Ned about their dad. Miranda says it's time he knew the truth. Steve gets a text message; Ned wants to see him. Miranda sends him off.
Kirsten appears and gives Mickey a hug, saying his dad's doing well. Miranda's happy to hear he'll be home soon. Mickey asks Kirsten if she likes Paul and she says she does, but just as a friend.
MICKEY: That's good ‘cause here he comes now with his girlfriend!
Kirsten smiles as Rebecca asks her how Ned's doing. Once they've gone Kirsten looks a tad uncomfortable.
Ned tells Steve that he's not angry - more surprised that it took him so long to tell him. Steve says the time was never right. Ned knows it was a heavy burden and wonders why he never thought he could've helped. Steve didn't want to destroy his good relationship with their dad. Ned confesses that their dad is his role model but he's not sure about that now. Steve reminds him that his experience shouldn't change things. Without booze, their dad is a different man and he changed when Stu and Ned came along. Ned says Steve's always the big brother and Steve says it's been that way for so long he doesn't know how to be anyone else.
The General Store
Lou misses Harold and what's more, he's fed up. He offers Marco a business if he wants to buy one. In fact, Marco's interested and tells Lou he might just make him an offer.
Pitching this to Carmella, she says she didn't think it was what he and Frazer where picturing. But Marco's thinking of the potential. Carmella thinks he should go for it.
Outside Libby (and her awful cowgirl shirt – burn it now!), Susan and Karl are talking about picking Charlie up from daycare. Libby knows her parents are dying to ask her something so Karl asks how she is. She tells them she's not so good and fills them in on her and Fitzy deciding a relationship is impossible.
Declan and Rebecca appear; Declan wants Susan to back him up on how he's doing his best with ‘Little Women'. Susan says his thoughts are stimulating and thought-provoking, although she's not being entirely serious.
Paul spots Kirsten and sits with her even though she doesn't want it. She can't believe she's risked her relationship with Mickey. She tells Paul about Mickey calling him her boyfriend and she had to lie to him. Paul looks troubled.
Oliver appears with Chloe; he has an emergency boardmeeting, so can't look after her. He asks Marco if he can have her this afternoon but he tells him sorry - they had an arrangement. Oliver looks to Carmella, who looks conflicted.
Steph signs herself out, musing how quiet the house is going to be without Valda. She asks Libby if she wants to stay for a while and Libby offers to come over and cook her dinner. Steph knows how crowded it is at number 28 and Susan agrees. Libby's worried about leaving her mum but Susan assures her she has plenty of help to hand. Libby thinks it could be fun and discovering Steph has plenty of chocolate supplies, she declares herself in.
Spotting Sam, Libby tells her to tell Dan to get back onto his feet by next term as she doesn't want his year nines!
Sam goes into Fitzy's room and offers her help, no strings attached. Fitzy brings up her telling Libby about the baby; she never opened up to him, yet she's now telling strangers. She tells him she's come a long way and wants to focus on him now.
FITZY: I'm fine, Sam.
SAM: Are you?
Fitzy looks away.
Sam gives Rosie her divorce papers to lodge.
There now follows a montage sequence:
Karl delivers the Erinsborough News to Fitzy – he's on the front page with the headline ‘Teacher Hero in Mineshaft Rescue'.
As Libby packs she picks up the newspaper, then shoves it in the bin.
At her desk Sam cries as she looks at the article. Rosie comes in with tea and biccies.
As Libby heads for the door, she turns around and retrieves the newspaper, taking it with her.
Fitzy places the paper on his bedside table, on which is one of Sam's origami birds. He stares at the bird, then looks away.