- Declan and Ringo starting up their band
- Steph inviting Libby to move in with her
- Sam blaming Dan for the miscarriage
Dan doesn't believe that Sam really blames him for the miscarriage. He thinks that she just wants him to get angry with her because she thinks she deserves it as punishment. Sam gets upset because she knows he's telling the truth, but Dan tells her that they already lost a baby; they don't need to make it worse. Crying, Sam leans in for a comforting hug.
Susan, Libby and Zeke are bagging out Karl for taking a spur of the moment trip to the Waiting Room... Uh, London, just because the flights were cheap on some dodgy airline (Bonzair?). Zeke takes Ben out for a game of footy leaving Susan and Libby to chat about the hard life choices Lib has had to make lately. Susan says she's proud of Lib, but the ‘House Of Skirt' era she's about to enter will be a lot more fun. Zeke brings Ben back inside, who wants to say something to his mum:
BEN: I don't want to move out.
Dan tells Sam that he never thought she was to blame for losing their baby. Feeling guilty, Sam thinks that if she had have been more careful than nothing would have happened. But Dan puts a stop to her negative thoughts and says that the illness stemmed from the miscarriage - not the other way around. Sam asks Dan if he ever wished he married someone else, “someone more normal”. But Dan says that he loved her and didn't want anyone else. He thinks they should stop punishing themselves and find a way to move on.
SAM: Well what does that mean? Do I just walk out of here and you never see me again, or... Is it something we can work through together?
DAN: We can never be what we were, Sam, you know that. Maybe we can be friends?
SAM: Yeah, I'd like that.
Ben's worried about moving because he doesn't want to leave his grandma without her best helper, but Susan, Libby and Zeke all reassure him that he can visit anytime he wants. Perhaps “best helper” Ben can go outside and kick the phantom lawn mower in the shins - he's back again! There'll be no grass left in Ramsay Street!
ZEKE: And you're forgetting about the best thing about moving out.
ZEKE: You get your own room! No more naggy mum every second of the day!
LIBBY: Hey! I do not nag.
BEN: (cheeky) Yes you do!
LIBBY: It's called constructive criticism, Benjamin.
BEN: No more snoring!
LIBBY: Oh, I do not snore.
BEN: No more girls' undies on the floor!
ZEKE: (grinning) Sounding pretty sweet, ay.
Ben nods, happy with the decision. But the jovial mood soon turns sombre when Ben asks his mum whether he can visit Fitzy at the hospital - he wants to ask Fitzy if he can bring him along to school for show and tell. Her face clouding, Libby tells him no, which leaves Ben very unimpressed and he sulks off into the hallway to finish packing.
Sam finds Rosie working late and wants her to promise that she won't push herself too hard; she knows how tiring the first trimester can be. Rosie says that Sam seems to know a lot about the matter, but feels awful for saying anything when Sam reveals that she was pregnant once. But it seems like Sam wants to speak about it. She tells Rosie that after she miscarried it became more about the bipolar and she didn't get a proper chance to grieve her loss.
SAM: Dan and I are only just starting to talk about it now.
ROSIE: You're still in love with him aren't you.
SAM: Well... At least we can still be friends. I'm going to hold on to that.
Frazer has brought Fitzy in a huge get well card signed by his Dingoes fan club - all five of ‘em. Well, it would have been six but no one thought to inform me, did they? Frazer says they're all wishing him a speedy recovery, but, as fate would have it, Fitzy's being released from hospital the next day! The Erinsborough Hospital miracle machine strikes again!
FRAZER: You're kidding? That's awesome.
FITZY: (mocking) Awesome. What, are you fourteen now?
FRAZER: That's what all the cool kids are saying.
FITZY: Oh right, radical bro...
Frazer then confesses that he knows about Sam having bipolar - Sam confided in Rosie who then confided in him. Frazer's worried that Fitzy will be angry, but Fitzy's actually impressed that Sam is opening up to people about her illness. Frazer says that he can see by the look on his mate's face that he still has some feelings for his ex. Fitzy protests, but it seems the man doth protest too much.
Ringo is getting cranky with Declan and his memory loss when it comes to getting the chords right on the guitar. The boys have two guitars, however, so they're not doing the ‘two lovers on the bow of the Titanic' pose that Ringo adopted with Didge the other day whilst teaching her. Speaking of guitar love, Declan starts to pay Ringo out for his cosying up antics, but Rosie arrives home and spoils their fun. Reminding the boys they're grounded, she quickly sends Declan packing (and Sam saves James in the nick of time from falling A over T by reminding him his lead's still plugged in).
RINGO: (to Rosie) How about I do the dishes?
ROSIE: How about you clean the toilet?
RINGO: (talking to Rosie's stomach) I feel sorry for you, kid, your mum's hardcore.
Anyone else get the urge to sing ‘Ring Around the Rosie' after a scene with those two? Anyway, Frazer arrives home all excited about cot brochures, but Rosie is a little more subdued. She tells her hubby about her chat with Sam and how she suffered a miscarriage, which just reminded Rosie of how fragile life is and how lucky they are.
FRAZER: Nothing is going to happen, everything is going to be fine.
And nothing fills me with more dread than hearing that line uttered on a soap. Seriously. Frazer doesn't stay home for long, though, as he's on a mission from Fitzy to grab something from his room and deliver it to the hospital.
And that something turns out to be a box of mementoes Fitzy kept from the pregnancy - including a picture of pregnant Sam, the ultrasound photo and a death notice he placed in the paper after the baby died. Sam, who Fitzy has specially called back in, is touched that he kept so many things. Fitzy says he told her about the notice after he placed it but rueful Sam says she can't remember and reads the notice aloud with tears in her eyes.
FITZGERALD - James
Even though we never met, I know your face by heart. Even though we never spoke, I can hear your voice. Even though I never held you, I feel your weight in my arms. Even though we'll never lie beneath the same stars, you will always shine above us.
Love, Daniel and Samantha xxx
I cried. As did Sam, who admits that it was good to say the words out loud. Caught up in their bittersweet memories, Dan and Sam hold hands.
Susan, Libby and Ben all carry small items towards #32 while Declan and Ringo sweat it out carrying a large chest of drawers. Manly Zeke's contribution is to ferry across a rubber duckie. Ringo and Declan whine that their punishment has gone way too far and claim they're being subjected to slave labour.
SUSAN: Oh come on, you boys got off lightly all things considered.
ZEKE: Boys? More like ‘Little Women'.
DECLAN: Ha, ha, ha.
RINGO: Hey, I don't see you carrying this, do I Zeke?
ZEKE: Hello, excuse me, I am the drawer monitor.
Ben stops to show his mum the Erinsborough News with Fitzy on the front page and claims that he's officially a hero now. Libby still won't agree to take him to the hospital, but Ben perks up when Ringo says that Fitzy's due back home today. Libby harshly tells Ben that he's still not allowed to see him, so Ben cracks it and runs back to #28.
Officially the ‘House Of Skirt' now but the acronym is actually ‘HOS', and, well, that's not very nice is it? So, in the lounge room of #32, Steph reads out a postcard Toadie sent Charlie all the way from East Timor.
Dear Charlie, greetings from East Timor. Went snorkelling with Nemo the other day. He said to say ‘hi', but if you watch the movie one more time your eyes will fall out. Anyway, miss you very much, lots of love Toadie.
Steph's a bit put out that she didn't rate a hello, but is soon distracted by a ugly homemade green vase that Libby has unpacked. It looks like a stumpy octopus tentacle. Both girls soon vow to stop moping about men - and make it the House Of Skirt rule manifesto rule #1. Rule #2, of course, being never to utter the acronym. Susan walks in with three glasses of champers and agrees with the ‘no moping' rule.
SUSAN: (noticing the calamari vase) Oh, that's hideous.
Frazer has stopped by to pick up Dan from the hospital and take him home. Dan tries to walk unaided, but is reminded that he was BLEEDING INTERNALLY not all that long ago when he feels woozy, so Fraze helps him to walk. Lets pause to appreciate the hotness in this one scene. In the words of Inspector Gadget: “Wowsers!” But the hot parade comes to an end when they meet up with Sam and Frazer gives them some space. Sam wants to help Dan settle in back at #30 but Dan's a little standoffish today and says he can look after himself. He claims he's not trying to shut her out, he just doesn't want Sam wasting her time. Taking offence, Sam says that she thought things had changed between them after last night, but Dan only replies that he's just really keen to get home.
Dan settles comfortably on the couch (with no help from Frazer who was attacking him with pillows). Rosie tells him there's some soup on the stove if he's hungry but she's got to head off to work. Frazer bails as well - he's heading to the taxi depot so he can hand in his resignation. Left alone together, Sam wonders if she's served her purpose now or if Dan wants her to stay. Dan apologises for his earlier behaviour and admits that he's not used to being looked after. He adds that he wants her to stay, but that he's just trying to figure out where Sam fits into his life now.
DAN: But I can't make any guarantees about tomorrow, Sam.
SAM: It's OK, we'll take it one bowl of soup at a time.
Steph and Libby compliment Susan on how well she's been looking lately. Steph asks if Susan's thinking about going back to school soon, but Susan claims that she's just enjoying spending time with Ben rather than marking essays these days. But when she heads off to find her grandson, Libby muses to Steph that her mum has to face up to facts eventually. Steph wonders if Susan is worried about having a MS attack in front of a class, but Libby thinks it's more about whether or not her teaching licence will be reinstated. Wandering back in, Susan says she can't find Ben anywhere and thinks he might have gone back to #28 - but cluey Libby knows exactly where he'll be.
His resignation done and dusted, Frazer has stopped by in the hopes of whisking Rosie away for lunch. But Rosie has too much work to do - as she always does these days. Frazer hands Rosie a present he bought - a handmade baby blanket he saw at a fete on the way home. Rosie loves it but she can't help thinking of how things could have turned out. She sees former couples like Steph and Toadie, and Sam and Dan who still love one another but couldn't make it work out, and it only reminds her of how lucky they are. But, sitting on Frazer's lap for a smooch, Rosie peps herself up again and states that they've gone through so much in the past few months that they can get through anything.
Ben is filling Dan in on show and tell day while Sam listens in bemusement. Ben reckons that he'll have to visit Dan every day just so he's clear on the details of his show and tell day duty. Libby arrives to collect her son and the vibe is already awkward, but things get even worse when Dan gets a twinge of pain and Sam is immediately there to help him, making Lib feel very much on the outer. She quickly rushes out the door.
Susan and Libby are out playing cricket with Ben, but Lib becomes distracted when she sees Dan and Sam walk out of #30. Sincere, Dan thanks Sam for today and gives her a kiss on the cheek. They then share the longest hug known to mankind leaving Lib quite crushed.