- Frazer and Prue fretting about Ringo's disappearance
- Steve overhearing Bridget & Rachel bicker about Ringo
- Kirsten accepting Paul's offer to fly to Paris with him
- Bridget finding Ringo washed up on the beach
Steve calls an ambulance while Didge screams out for Frazer. He and Prue rush over to where she is just as Steph sees them and checks for Ringo's pulse - but can't find it. Frazer and Prue are horrified and Didge quickly starts mouth-to-mouth.
Prue, Frazer and Rosie follow behind as Ringo is wheeled into emergency. Frazer wishes he knew what Ringo was thinking going for a swim considering he's not the strongest swimmer. Prue is quite stony-faced and says that she and Graham will deal with it.
FRAZER: Rosie and I are part of this as well mum.
PRUE: Maybe that's the problem.
Steph's on the phone to Frazer and passes on the message to Didge, Steve, Riley and Lib that Ringo has hypothermia but will be OK. She also tells Didge that Frazer wants to send her a special thanks for saving Ringo's life. Didge asks her dad if they can go in and see Ringo, but Riley says that he'll take her first thing in the morning.
Steph and Lib chat about how tired they are, so Ty offers to lock up for the night so they can head home - his place is nearby anyway. Lib tries to make some small talk about where he lives but Ty is quite evasive and shies away from the conversation.
Prue wraps up a phone call to her husband as Frazer brings them some food. Fraze says that he knows today must have been hard for his mum and that it probably dredged up a lot of painful memories. Rosie adds that they think Ringo has been feeling neglected because of everything that happened with the baby. Frazer tells Prue that they're going to put their Italy plans on hold, but Prue replies that there'll be no need - she's taking Ringo back to Muttatang with her. No arguments.
A nurse comes to tell them that they can see Ringo and they file into his room. Ringo groggily apologises for scaring them and says he just must have got tired. He's surprised to learn that Didge was the one who resuscitated him. Prue tells her son that she wants him to come home with her and Ringo actually agrees. Frazer reminds him that no one is forcing him to, and that he can stay with them, but Ringo repeats that he wants to go home.
FRAZER: I thought you hated Muttatang, mate?
PRUE: I think it's you that hates it, you're just projecting it on him.
Rebecca sits through an awkward dinner with Elle and Oliver before heading upstairs to do some study. Ollie tells Elle that she can't hide from her feelings for him even if she doesn't choose to act on them. He gets a call from Lassiter's letting him know that Paul booked a convention before he left, but they can't find the confirmation list anywhere. Ollie's annoyed but Elle says she'll give her dad a ring to save him heading out.
Cut to: a stock shot of the Eiffel Tower, then a hotel room... Where Kirsten stupidly picks up Paul's mobile and answers it. You would think she'd check the caller ID first - what if it had have been Rebecca? Elle is shocked and Kirsten quickly hangs up. Creeping into the lounge room (and obviously into a vortex of silence where Oliver can't hear her anymore from the kitchen), Elle calls Kirsten back and gives her an earful. Kirsten tries to say that she and Paul care for one another, but it all gets too much and she hangs up on Elle once more.
Libby and Steph are discussing Sam and how she owned up to Libby about ‘spying' on her and Dan the other day. Lib admires her honesty. Steph gets a text from the security company letting her know that the silent alarm went off at Charlie's but they didn't see any sign of forced entry. Grumbling, Steph says she'll have to go and re-set the alarm and Lib says she'll call Zeke to look after the boys so she doesn't have to go in alone.
Steph and Lib slowly walk in, quite relieved not to be met with any burglars. Steph is about to re-set the alarm when they hear a crashing sound and freak out, just as Ty (wearing only his boxer shorts) appears from around the corner carrying a sandwich and a beer with an ‘oh crap' look on his face. Steph and Lib are stunned.
Shamefaced, Ty admits that he's been staying there for a week and a half because he got kicked out of his mate's place and he had nowhere else to go. Uh, your cousin Taylah's house perhaps? Lib takes Steph aside and suggests that Ty stay in the spare room at their house. Steph's reluctant to have an employee stay with them, but soon gives in and tells Ty he can live with them temporarily. Ty's stoked and Lib not-so-subtly checks out his abs as he goes to collect his belongings.
Noticing how distressed Elle is, Oliver asks if everything's OK but Elle lies and says that something her dad said to her hit a nerve. They guiltily spring apart when Rebecca walks down, even though they weren't doing anything wrong. Oliver heads off to Lassiter's and Rebecca asks if she overheard Elle say she was talking to Paul. When Elle confirms, Rebecca says she might give him a call back but Elle quickly stops her and says he's already gone out. She then lies and says that Paul said to say he misses her.
Rebecca heads back upstairs just as Kirsten rings Elle back to apologise. She also wants Elle to know that she isn't just having a fling with Paul, they share something real. Outraged, Elle orders Kirsten to end things ASAP or else she'll let Mickey and Ned know what's going on. Resigned, Kirsten tearfully says she will as soon as they get home.
Frazer tells Rosie that he doesn't buy Ringo's story about getting caught in a current while he was swimming - he also doesn't believe that Ringo is really happy to head back home. Rosie thinks that things might be different this time seeing as Ringo's older and Prue's chilled out a lot more. Frazer feels guilty and wonders what kind of brother just palms his sibling off when times get tough?
ROSIE: The kind who knows when it's time to ask for help. You're not his parent, Fraze, you're his brother. Doesn't mean you don't love him.
Frazer looks thoughtful as Rosie kisses him on the cheek.
Didge watches Ringo through the window before heading in to see him. Ringo's surprised she's visiting so late but Didge says she nagged her parents till they gave in. He soon lets her know that he's going back home to Muttatang (does anyone else think that sounds like a soft drink for dogs? New Muttatang soda for Rover! Now with extra tang!). There's not much around here for him anymore now Frazer and Rosie are leaving. Alarmed, Didge says that there's heaps of things like school and footy and... Her.
DIDGE: Please stay for me.
But before Ringo can respond, Prue walks in and tells Didge that she better let Ringo get some rest. Didge gazes at Ringo but he won't make eye contact with her.
Number 32 - Front Lawn
SHIRTLESS TY IS THE PHANTOM LAWN MOWER! He just claims he's in a band so he can have an alibi when the noise pollution starts! I HAVE CRACKED THE CASE.
Or, y'know, not. Anyway, the main point of this scene is for Steph and Libby to quite openly ogle Ty while he displays his abs to the world and mows the already very short grass. Oh, and for the background music to randomly let out an ‘Aloha'. It really should have been ‘Bonjour' to fit in with our kicky France theme.
Over at #26, Didge is ordering Riley to get a move on so they don't miss visiting hours at the hospital. Steve looks concerned and tries to warn Didge that Ringo might need some space, but Didge defiantly says that she likes Ringo a lot and needs to see him. Steve thinks that they both should wait a while but Didge says she's already waited long enough.
Ringo sees Didge hovering in the doorway and lamely says that he's not eating brekkie because he doesn't like porridge. But Didge is none the wiser to his eating disorder and agrees that porridge is rank. Getting right to the point, Didge quite nervously tells him that she likes him - she meant to tell him last night before they were interrupted. But Ringo wrongly assumes that she's just taking pity on him and says she doesn't have to feel sorry for him. Didge protests that she's telling the truth, and that yesterday was a wake-up call for her, but Ringo won't listen.
DIDGE: I thought you liked me?
RINGO: Didge, you're a good friend, I was stupid to think we could ever be anything else.
Poor Didge looks like she's been slapped in the face.
Libby shows Steph the humungous breakfast Ty made for them (right after he fixed the hinge on the kitchen cupboard), and tells her that he has just ducked down to the shops for some oranges so he can make them freshly squeezed juice. It's all his way of thanking them for letting him stay. Impressed, Steph jokingly takes credit for coming up with the idea to ask Ty to move in with them.
Elle furiously flies downstairs with Paul's entire wardrobe of clothes in her arms and angrily begins stuffing them into garbage bags. Rebecca wonders what on earth she's doing and Elle snits that Paul was feeling charitable and wants to donate everything to the Salvos. Rebecca answers the door and receives a parcel from the courier - it's a silver necklace Paul bought her in Paris (and kind of looks like a tiny disco ball on a chain). Rebecca's touched and wishes she had have gone with him. When she leaves for work, Elle lets loose with a hissy fit and mutters about her dad being “disgusting” and “pathetic” while she kicks around the garbage bags. Oliver walks in and assumes she's talking about him. He holds her to calm her down and says that whatever she thinks about him, he would never hurt her. Distressed over everything that's gone on, Elle decides the solution is to snog Oliver senseless.
Rosie and Frazer walk in just as Prue's showing Ringo some new jeans she bought him and telling him that she called his old school principal back in the land of dog soda and he can re-enrol straight away. Unimpressed, Frazer asks his mum for a quick word outside and says that she should talk to Ringo first before making any big decisions.
PRUE: I'm just trying to take the pressure off him.
FRAZER: Mum you're smothering him.
PRUE: As opposed to ignoring him completely? Thank you Frazer, I do know how to look after my son.
Frazer reads between the lines and can't believe that his mum is still blaming him for what happened to his brother Paul. He thought they'd all put that behind them but clearly it's not the case.
PRUE: Don't put this back on me. I love you Frazer just as much as I love Ringo.
FRAZER: But you still blame me for the son you lost. You still do. Nothing is behind us mum, is it? Because yesterday it all came back up again.
FRAZER: (daring her) Tell me it isn't true mum, tell me.