- Rachel discovering Didge and Donna hid Angus' letter from her
- Nicola giving Toadie a kiss on the cheek
- Libby reaffirming to Steph she's nobody's doormat
- Rachel finally opening the letter
Rachel's Bedroom/Warrinor Prison
As Rachel reads Angus' letter, a split-screen effect appears and we see Angus writing the letter in his jail cell. He tells Rachel that he's sorry for returning her letters but he wasn't ready to answer them. He is now, though, but wants to speak to her face to face.
Libby urges Steph to sit down and relax while she, Rebecca and Elle man the bar. A good-looking guy teases them about their bar skills, or lack thereof. Elle struggles through a rowdy bunch of men and the handsome stranger apologises for their raucous behaviour (I could do this 'handsome stranger' schtick all summary, but lets call him Lucas, for that is his name). Elle's charmed, but Libby can see through him.
LIBBY: Oh please.
ELLE: What? Let the man apologise.
LIBBY: I grew up with two brothers I've seen this one a million times before. His mates do the groundwork, then he comes over to apologise and ends up looking good. All that's left is for him to ask you out!
LUCAS: Wow. This is a bit embarrassing, and don't take this the wrong way because you are very attractive, but I wasn't going to ask you out.
ELLE: (dry) Great. No tips, no date. This is a really fun day, Libby.
Elle walks away and Libby is just about to apologise for being a cynic when Lucas asks her out for a drink instead.
LIBBY: Go back to your tribe and behave.
LUCAS: OK, but I will ask again.
LIBBY: Good for you.
It seems like Lib and Steph are over their 'snipe at one another' phase for the moment because Libby immediately rushes over to her BFF to giggle about how hot he is.
Susan can see something's troubling Zeke and asks if she can help, but Zeke hopes it will sort itself out. And it does, as Rachel walks out and tells Susan that she received a letter from Angus. Susan's outraged he contacted her, even more so when Rachel reveals that he wants to see her.
RACHEL: I know it's bad timing.
SUSAN: Bad timing?
RACHEL: For you and me. I know how badly I let you down before, and I don't want to risk our relationship again, it's too important to me. That's why I had to tell you about this, I never want to go behind your back again.
Susan's thankful for her honesty, but still gets upset when Rachel says she wants to see Angus. Rachel knows it's not the best thing to do, but she can't just turn her feelings off. Susan tries to tell Rachel that anything Angus says to her is just going to hurt her even more, but Rachel knows and admits that she's not sure if she can even face him again.
RACHEL: That's why I want you to come with me.
Elle is flipping through the cocktail book trying to work out how to make a "Tropical Tease", when Lucas chimes in with all the right ingredients. Elle still looks confused, so Lucas swoops behind the counter and helps her much to Libby's disdain.
Toadie and Nicola walk in and Nicola urges him to tell Steph how he really feels. But Toadie knows they're just too comfortable with one another. He's Steph's security blanket, and she does love him, just not in the way Toadie wants her to. Toadie's in a 'glass half full' mood, though, and says it's good he knows that now so he can move on.
NICOLA: That's right, and you've got good friends to help.
TOADIE: Yes, good friends who are just friends or good friends who want to be a bit more than friends?
He has a hopeful look on his face and Nicola places her hands on his.
NICOLA: Toadie, you know I like you...
TOADIE: Ouch. The double hand hold and 'you know I like you' all at once.
NICOLA: It's just that I'm in love with someone else.
Nicola won't answer so we return to cocktail hour behind the bar. Lucas has just finished up Elle's drink and tries to get Libby's interest sparked.
LUCAS: Now would you like to try my very own original cocktail?
LIBBY: Not without a prescription.
Naughty! Elle takes the drink over to Rebecca, who asks who the spunk is. Elle says that his name is Lucas before they both take a sip of the cocktail... Wasn't that supposed to be for a patron? I'm sure Lucas didn't mention that 'bar staff saliva' was part of the ingredients.
Zeke sulks that it still isn't going to change anything if Susan accompanies Rachel to jail, but the woman shush him and say they'll work it out themselves. Rachel explains that she needs to know what Angus has to say to her, but Susan wants more time to decide what to do. Rachel keeps pushing her so Susan angrily replies that if she wants a decision right now, then the answer will be no.
RACHEL: I don't want to go without your support...
SUSAN: What? But you will?
RACHEL: If I have to, then yes.
Donna and Didge find Rachel waiting for them at the end of #26's driveway. Donna says that her secret is safe with them, but Rachel reveals that she told Susan what was going on. Rachel adds that Susan doesn't want her to go see Angus, but it won't stop her.
Susan apologises to Toadie for the late call, but she needs a legal reason to stop Angus from ever contacting Rachel again.
Donna is trying to offer Rachel advice, but accidentally mentions something that was in the letter. Surprised, Rachel wonders how Donna knew that information and gets annoyed when Didge confesses that they read the letter. The girls say they were only trying to protect her, which makes Rachel calm down and realise they're on her side. Group hug time.
Toadie hesitantly admits that he can't help Susan. Rachel's over 16 and is allowed to visit Angus as long as she has two forms of ID. Susan shakes her head in dismay.
Rebecca, Elle, Steph (and a reluctant Libby) are crowded around Lucas getting to know him more. Rebecca has found out from his mates that he's a mechanic and he's working in Europe on motorbikes. Lucas smiles and says she's close, he actually works for a British bike company on the racing circuit. Steph's ears prick up and she asks what company, impressed to learn that it's Reyada - "bike royalty" apparently.
STEPH: See, dropping 'Reyada' into the conversation probably would have been a better line than 'have you tried my cocktail?'.
Lucas loudly announces that he might not be into someone who likes those things. He's after someone with a bit more character and cheekily asks Libby if she knows someone like that.
LIBBY: There are lots of girls like that around here.
LUCAS: Maybe we could go out to dinner and you could make a list for me.
But Libby declines and says she has to get Steph home safe and sound, reminding Rebecca they need to get the kids from Carmella's. Steph wonders who's staying behind the bar just as Elle swans back and says she has it covered. Steph gives out a noncommittal noise like, 'Oh... Awesome.'
The girls return home with Charlie and Ben. Steph takes the boys to brush their teeth and Rebecca says she had fun pitching in tonight. Libby agrees but is surprised that Elle joined in. Rebecca tells her that she and Elle are quite alike - they have a tough shell but a soft centre.
LIBBY: I think my centre's catching up with me.
REBECCA: Ahh, is that why you said no to that charming, very successful, very good-looking young man?
LIBBY: (chuckling) Are you his publicist?
REBECCA: You just tell me that he's not your type and I won't say another word.
(Libby doesn't answer)
REBECCA: But he is only going to be at Charlie's for another hour and you might never see him again...
Libby considers this with a smile on her face.
Lucas' mates have stripped him down to his underwear and tied him to a pole out the front of Charlie's. Smirking, Libby sees him but won't untie him. She figures that his mates must have left him out there for a good reason.
LUCAS: Yeah, I lost a bet.
LIBBY: Really? What were you betting on?
LUCAS: The race.
LIBBY: Nah. Nah, I don't think mates tie each other up over a race. I'll just go check with them.
LUCAS: OK, OK, it was a bet about you.
LIBBY: Me? How flattering. You made a bet with your mates about me.
Lucas asks for her to untie him again and says that he doesn't want to beg. Libby grins and replies that begging is an interesting option. Cut to a small crowd of appreciative onlookers that Libby has rounded up, taking pictures of poor half-naked Lucas.
LUCAS: Libby! This better not end up on YouTube.
He asks a third time for her to untie him but Libby thinks it should be a joint decision and wants to know what the crowd think. The crowd are all, "NO WAY!" and Elle points out that he still has his underwear on (Lucas' mates are probably drinking beer from the tap by now since Elle left the bar unmanned to get some perv-time in). Lucas slightly freaks out so Elle starts up a "Beg! Beg! Beg!" chant so he can fight to keep his pants on.
LUCAS: Now I'm not going to beg, but I don't see why I should have to when all I did was try and get noticed by a pretty girl.
(The crowd 'awws' and Lib smiles and rolls her eyes)
LUCAS: I'm sorry if I embarrassed you, but I pretty much think we're even! And I'd still like to ask you out, I know this place with a view that you'd love.
Lucas asks the flock for their approval and the sheep are all, "BAAA! SAY YEESSS!"
Toadie has driven Nicola home, who is trying to explain that if she were looking for someone right now she'd definitely be looking at him. Toadie admits he's sick of the 'just friends' line, but Nicola insists that if she weren't already in love then she'd be interested. Toadie wonders who the mystery man is but Nicola mutters that it's complicated. Putting an arm around her, Toadie assures Nicola she can trust him with anything.
TOADIE: So who is he?
Toadie's quite shocked but says it's good that Nicola confided in him. He asks if Steve knows how she feels and Nicola shakes her head. Didge brings Jake out for a walk just in time to see Toadie wrap his arm tighter around Nicola.
Lucas has brought Libby to his mate's place (where he's been crashing). The balcony is draped in lights and there's a great view of the cityscape. Lucas reveals that he comes out here to think and tells Lib that she doesn't have to stay if she doesn't want to.
LIBBY: Might as well enjoy the view for a little bit longer.
Or a lot longer it seems. Lucas and Libby are now sitting near a fire with mugs of coffee, having quite the deep and meaningful. Libby is telling Lucas that she always ends up with guys who have problems (well, that's very complimentary towards Lucas now, isn't it). Checking the time, Lib realises how late it is and starts to text Steph to let her know she's OK. Lucas teases her about her responsible side.
LIBBY: I'm good at being good. That doesn't make me a good girl.
LIBBY: Yes, and before you ask I'm not going to prove it!
LUCAS: Nah, I wasn't going to ask. I would like to hear that you've changed your opinion of me though.
LIBBY: Yes I have. I no longer think you're a complete loser.
LUCAS: Baby steps.
They smile and make eyes at one another over their coffee cups.
Ramsay Street - Next Morning
Rachel is randomly playing street cricket with Toadie, Dan, Rebecca and Steve. The ball goes flying and nearly hits Susan, who is returning from taking Audrey for a walk. Rachel wants to ask about Angus but Susan says she just needs more time. Dan tries to get Elle to play (who has walked out to get the paper), but she smirks and says she doesn't play fetch. Toadie halts the game when he sees a car. Rebecca and Elle are amused to discover that it's Libby returning from a late night out. Dan is not so amused and looks a bit sulky.
Rebecca has cheekily followed Libby indoors to get all the goss.
LIBBY: The one night I stay up late and they start the day with a cricket match!
Steph's put out that Libby didn't give her more info about where she was last night and says she was worried about her. With prompting from Rebecca, Libby tells them she stayed up all night drinking coffee and chatting with Lucas - but it wasn't a date.
STEPH: (snippy) You stayed out all night! What do you need to do to make it count as a date?
LIBBY: Why are you upset with me?
Rebecca senses that she's not needed and leaves them to bicker. Steph says she only encouraged Lib to have a drink with the guy not a "slumber party" and adds that she should've found out more about him. Libby can see that this is residual fear from Jay and gives Steph a hug.
Lassiter's Complex/Number 32
Dan and Oliver are jogging through the complex when Dan sees a motorbike and comes to a standstill. Staring at it in wonder, Dan rattles off the exact make of the bike and tells Ollie that it brings back memories.
In the background, Lucas rings Libby on his mobile and the split-screen effect comes into play again. It's like the Brady Bunch titles, but with a few less squares. Surprised, Libby says she didn't think she'd hear from him so soon. Lucas jokes around and says he was hoping to catch her off guard so she'd agree to go out with him again.
Dan is still gawking at the bike.
OLIVER: So what stopped you riding then?
DAN: I grew up, Oliver.
OLIVER: Sounds like there's a story in that one.
DAN: Nah, there's no story.
It's Brady Bunch split-screen palooza time again as we go back to Libby and Lucas' conversation, only this time the little squares include Steph, Dan and Ollie too.
Here's the story of a lovely bikie
Who was ringing up this very lovely girl...
Libby and Lucas agree to another date and Steph smirks at her besotted friend. Noticing Dan and Oliver near his bike, Lucas suddenly becomes concerned and tries to hide out of sight.