- Declan and Didge kissing
- Steve kicking Pete out of his house
- Sam telling Dan that they need to get out of Erinsborough
Dan is astounded by Sam's announcement and says they can't just leave. But the conversation is halted when Didge and Miranda drop by with a bouquet of thankyou flowers for Sam. They tell her that her words won Steve's freedom. After they exit, Dan says that Sam did a great job, but Sam is unsure that she can continue to be a lawyer anymore. The intensity of it all is really draining for her.
DAN: But you love the law. You'd give it up for us?
SAM: Dan, I would give up everything to start again. Would you?
Susan gets off the phone and tells her family (plus Rebecca, who has stopped by for coffee) that Steve is safe at home. Karl hands her an envelope, containing news about the MS drug trial but it seems as though Susan wasn't accepted as a suitable candidate. Zeke is the only one happy and relieved to hear this. The others try to cheer her up and say there'll be other trials, but Susan reveals that she was counting on this one.
Nicola and Steve are looking for the stray unsubtle metaphor for Nicola's life - otherwise known as the stray dog. Steve teases Nicola about her sudden love for animals, and thinks that she acts tough but has a gooey inside. Meanwhile, Nicola has taken every opportunity she can to link arms with Steve in a "friendly" manner. They end up locating the dog and Steve says that all it needed was a little love. Nicola looks lovestoned, and Steve's the drug.
Number 28/Charlie's Bar
Miranda has joined Susan and Rebecca for a wine, while Rachel and Didge play on the computer in the background. The women think Susan needs to do something with all her free time and suggest she make up a 'to-do list' of ten things she wants to do in the next two months. Susan can't think of anything.
Cut to: all the women (plus Karl) trying to krump to some music. Seriously. It's like they're all trying to shake out itching powder. Taking a break from being 'real cool duds' (™ David Bishop), the conversation turns back to the list and Susan wonders what Miranda and Rebecca would do.
MIRANDA: Cooking classes in Italy, shopping in Paris and dancing in New York.
Rebecca reveals that she'd find a way to study law. Miranda jokingly orders Susan to have a list ready by tomorrow morning.
Bridget and Rachel are on MSN, and talk turns to Didge and Declan's very public pash the other day. Over in Charlie's, Ringo and Declan are talking about the very same thing. Didge and Declan each protest that it was only a bit of fun, but then confess to their mates that they really want to be with one another.
At another table, Dan's still trying to get his head around leaving town. Sam has found a way to elicit a quicker response - she has two tickets for New Zealand, but they have to leave tomorrow. Gobsmacked, Dan says he couldn't possibly wrap his whole life up in Erinsborough in one day, but Sam claims that she needs to know where she fits into his future.
SAM: I'm leaving in 24 hours, with or without you.
Rachel (who suddenly has a cold, or has been taking raspy voice lessons from our good criminal mate Pete McFiveO'ClockShadow), tries to warn Ringo to stay away from Donna, but Ringo thinks she's hot. Ringo bags out Rach for being jealous, and then claims that she might be jealous about Declan and Didge too seeing as she "nearly went there". Rachel brushes his accusations off and says that she knew her and Declan weren't compatible at all. Didge walks by and Ringo cheekily tells her what they were talking about, but Didge just shrugs and says she knows how incompatible her mates were. I wouldn't be so blasé you two - you didn't exactly have stellar chemistry together.
Dan finds Libby and asks if she's seen Helen - he's got something important to tell her. Libby can't help asking if the rumours about him leaving town are true, and Dan doesn't deny it. Lib wonders why he's going, and Dan says it's because of Sam... But also because of Libby.
Miranda shows Susan and Rebecca her 'to-do list' she found from her second year of uni. #1 was to get married and #2 was to have kids. Susan and Rebecca make up an excuse about why they don't have lists ready, but it doesn't really matter because HAROLD BISHOP IS BACK! BOOYAH! The ladies all race over to give him a hug, but he's not his usual jolly self and asks Lou for a quiet word.
Harold checks his phone as they walk into the kitchen and Lou can see that something is amiss. Harold asks if Lou's still got his caravan, but is quite perturbed to learn it's been sold. He was hoping to swap vehicles for a while. Lou smirks and asks if Harold needs to travel incognito for a while. Harold's phone suddenly rings, but Harold looks worried and won't answer it.
On his way to school after a free period, Zeke angrily tells Karl that it sucks that Susan had to get her hopes up about the drug trial. The same thing happened to his dad when he was ill. Harold pops in, much to their surprise, but is still acting strangely by ensuring that the front door remain closed at all times. Zeke leaves for school and Karl fills Harold in on Susan and how she's feeling down about missing out on the trial. Karl admits he's slightly relieved because there was every chance Susan could have come off her medication only to have a placebo in its place.
HAROLD: Well yes, but it would have given her a glimmer of hope.
KARL: It's false hope I'm afraid.
HAROLD: Anything worth having always involves a risk. I mean with Madge, hope was the only thing we had. Without that we just couldn't have gone on.
Libby sees Dan and smilingly points out how in love Didge and Declan look (who are mucking around on a bench, oblivious to the world). But Dan could care less and is acting quite skittish. Perhaps Harold's mood is catching. It looks like Dan wants to say something important to Lib, but he can't get the words out.
Meanwhile, the rest of the teens have spotted Didge and Declan snogging and quietly make fun of them. Seeing a fire truck parked behind them, Ringo sneakily rushes in and sets off the siren to rattle the pair of pashers. Fireman Jay runs out of the General Store at the commotion, just as Dan races over and berates Ringo for being irresponsible. Jay claims there's no harm done, and Lib says it was just a joke, but Dan has some pent-up rage to spew forth and yells some more at Ringo before storming off.
Lou presents a cheque to Miranda and Steve - a $10,000 cheque to be exact. He claims it's equal to one year's worth of rent, but it's also equal to the huge arse fine that Steve was lumped with. The Parkers claim they can't accept, but Lou says he sold his caravan (that piece of junk was worth that much?!) and says it's time he stopped being so selfish with his money and helped others.
Steve reports to Jay in regards to his community service. Steve looks worried about what the other fire fighter volunteers might think, but Jay tells him to relax; they've had people on community service help them before.
At another table, Susan tells Karl that she wishes she knew why she wasn't an acceptable candidate for the trial. She just wants to feel like she's doing something to fight back against the disease. With Harold's words echoing in his ears, Karl says there might be a way - he could pull some strings at the hospital and see if he can get her on the list. Pleased, Susan wonders if there's any chance the company will reconsider and Karl says they can only try.
Lou wants to hear all about Harold's big trip, but Harold is still behaving quite evasively. Harold jumps a mile when one of the workers walks through the door, obviously thinking it was someone else. Grinning, Lou asks if Harold's on the run but Harold replies that he's being ridiculous.
LOU: Talk, Bishop!
HAROLD: Oh Lou, I'm in the most terrible trouble.
Dan sees that Sam has started to pack his stuff and is quite put out. Sam replies that they don't have much time. Sighing, Dan confesses that he yelled at poor Ringo before when he didn't even mean it. Sam can see that he's stressed about the whole thing and asks what's really going on. Dan tries to say that he just doesn't want to leave his home and his job, but when Sam presses for the complete truth, Dan regretfully admits that he doesn't want to leave Libby.
Dan tells Sam that she was right, and that he should have told her before about his feelings but it was complicated. Sam tells him that he's going to have to make a choice, and soon. She knows they can be happy again, but they need to be free of all their "baggage" first.
SAM: It's not complicated. It's me or it's her.
DAN: I do love you, Sam.
SAM: Is that a yes?
DAN: Yeah. Yep, lets do it, you and me.
They kiss, but Dan does the old soap staple of pretending to be happy but letting his face fall when he hugs Sam and looks over her shoulder.