- Lucas driving off after seeing Libby and Dan talking
- Bridget catching Nicola and Riley kissing
- Miranda learning the truth about her sister and her son
- Lucas discovering Libby letting down his motorbike tyres
- Nicola confessing to Steve that she's always loved him
Number 26/General Store
Steve reassures Miranda that she's his “girl” but Miranda still can't help wondering if Nicola's advances were flattering to his ego. As they chat, we see Nicola in the General Store applying lip gloss and getting admiring glances from a random man.
MIRANDA: So what do we do now?
DIDGE: We should kick her out.
The Parkers are surprised to learn that Didge has overheard them. Miranda says that it's none of Didge's concern, but Didge states that Nicola is a snake and deserves to be kicked out.
Toadie finds Nicola after receiving her SOS text and she leaps into his arms for a hug. He realises that Miranda must know the truth. Nicola says she could really use a friend right now and Toadie obliges.
TOADIE: (gently teasing) Nic, you have been a very naughty girl. Just go and say you're sorry.
Back at #26, Didge has just told her parents about finding Nicola and Riley in the car together and apologises for not telling them earlier. She wishes that Riley didn't run away, especially with everything that's been happening to their family lately. Miranda and Steve start arguing about Nicola so Didge makes a hasty retreat to Declan's.
Harold looks on impressed as Ty and Ben carry out a load of recycling to the trailer. It seems Steph is still on her global crusade. The boys have been doing the heavy lifting while Steph walks out with one environmental bag.
TY: Oh, don't struggle there, princess.
STEPH: I'm wounded. I'd move more if I could.
TY: Yeah right, you just want to see me sweat.
Harold tells them all to keep up the good work. Steph sees Lib checking her phone - Lucas hasn't called her back yet.
TY: He thinks you're a psycho, why would he call you back?
The girls scoff and say that the ball is in Lucas' court because he stood Libby up. Libby says that when he rings she'll *think* about forgiving him. That may take a while because Lucas has sneakily let down all of the tyres on Libby's car and left an invitation to an art exhibition on her windshield. Libby can't help looking delighted.
Didge is getting a big bear hug from Declan. Night has fallen by this stage - why is she only getting there now? Didge glumly asks if he likes her hair - because she hates it - but Declan replies that he likes everything about her. They smooch.
Steve tells Miranda he loves her, just as there's a knock at the door. Miranda answers it but is annoyed to find Nicola on the other side. She tries to apologise but Miranda is in no mood to listen to her lies. Getting angry, Nicola says that she's not the only lying one in the family, but Miranda begs to differ.
NICOLA: So Steve knows you were in love with another man when you married him?
MIRANDA: Just get out of here.
STEVE: Hang on, hang on, what did you just say?
Nicola pretends it was nothing and leaves, with Miranda slamming the door behind her. Steve asks his wife what just happened but Miranda lies and says she has no idea.
Steph thinks Libby should be furious that Lucas let down her tyres in retaliation but she's actually quite enamoured by his actions. Hitting her friend on the leg, Steph reminds Libby that she's a “rules girl” and she shouldn't stand for this. Ben asks what a rules girl is, and Ty chimes in that the boys should be let in on the secret. Libby doesn't think Ben should know and sends him off to wash his hands before dinner, but Ty still wants to be in the loop.
TY: So, the rules?
STEPH: Yeah, the rules. It's secret wisdom passed from woman to woman over countless generations.
LIBBY: Treat ‘em mean keep ‘em keen.
TY: (scoffing) Oh, that'll work.
Steph says that they're not going to let men walk all over them. Ty mentions the postcard and points out that Lucas wants to make it up to Libby. Ben walks back out and asks if they're going to move more rubbish.
TY: No little man, slave day's over, but do you want to go outside and walk Harvey?
BEN: Sure! [He rushes out]
TY: (to Libby) Letting down tyres, huh? I wish I'd known that earlier.
Steph asks if Libby's thinking about going on the date and Lib pretty much says yes.
Steve watches Miranda sleep on the couch before sitting down to talk with Didge. She wants to know if they're OK, and Steve says they are and that he really loves her mum. He adds that they're just going through a rough patch but they'll sort it out - they always do. We see Miranda awake on the couch with a conflicted look on her face.
First Commercial Break
Vet Clinic - Next Morning
Steve walks in and finds that Nicola has stayed the night with dog Nicola (the stray they found a while back that “just needed some love” like a certain someone we know). Steve wants to know what she meant yesterday when she was talking to Miranda, and demands an answer from her. Nicola quietly replies that he should go home and talk to his wife about it. Steve takes the spare keys away from her and tells her to get out.
Declan asks Didge how things are going at home with her parents and she says they're still a bit tense.
DECLAN: My mum reckons your folks are made for each another.
DIDGE: I dunno, they're pretty weird.
DECLAN: Weird? You don't even know weird, I am the king of weird.
DIDGE: Is that right?
DECLAN: I almost had Paul as my step-father. Yeah, you reckon you can beat that? Go for it by all means.
DIDGE: I do. Riley got with Nicola.
Declan is speechless and Didge makes him promise not to tell anyone. Donna skips in and greets “Bridge” and “Dexter”, wondering if they've heard anything more about Rachel. Without drawing breath, she then asks what they're up to and Didge replies that she was thinking about getting a haircut, absently brushing her hair with a fork like The Little Mermaid.
DONNA: Really? I like your hair.
DIDGE: I hate it.
DONNA: No, that teenage boy look you've got going on really suits you!
She then grabs Didge's head and messes around with her hair, offering to cut some layers for her. Declan sniggers away in the background as he and Didge swap ‘what the hell is this girl on?' looks.
Libby parades her date outfit for Steph's approval but Steph still doesn't think Libby should be giving in so easily. She makes Lib repeat the rules, which end with “If loser Lucas can't see how hot I am then the guy's a tool”. They hug and Steph makes Lib promise to call her if she needs a rescue plan.
Art Exhibition/Number 32
Libby wanders around outside looking for Lucas before heading inside. In the gallery, Lib starts to look nervous as she checks her phone, only to see that there's no new messages. She calls Steph, who asks if it's rescue time, but Libby admits that Lucas isn't even there. Steph can't believe it and Lib wonders if standing her up again is revenge part two. She timidly keeps wandering around.
LIBBY: This is so the hip crowd here. I should be saying things like ‘didactic' and ‘juxtapose'.
Reassuring her friend, Steph instructs her to just relax and smile and pretend it's the funniest phone call she's ever had. Lib bursts into loud fake laughter, earning glares from the aforementioned hip crowd. Suddenly, she sees a photograph of a cityscape that looks quite familiar and hangs up on Steph. Lib flashes back to her rooftop date with Lucas and realises it's the same view. An art aficionado brings her out of her daydream.
ART CHICK: Stunning shot isn't it! The way it juxtaposes the night and the building.
Lib asks who the artist is and art chick replies that it's by George Hanson. She explains that he's out the back helping the staff because he‘s shy, but he's a tremendous guy - ‘George' is a pseudonym of course.
ART CHICK: You should buy this one, it's so...
LIBBY: (putting on airs and graces) Brilliantly didactic!
ART CHICK: (unimpressed) ... Yes.
She walks off and Lib rolls her eyes.
Second Commercial Break
Libby locates the staff area and finds Lucas, greeting him with “George Hanson I presume?” She gently chides him for leaving her alone in there for an hour, but knows that he's just nervous about what people are going to think of his work. Libby asks him to show her around the gallery but he wants to hang around outside for a while. They sit on some eskies and Lucas says he didn't mean to leave her stranded.
LUCAS: I was just about to come and find you.
LIBBY: (flirty) That's good because there's something I wanted to give you.
[Lucas smiles and leans in close to her, thinking that he knows]
[Libby looks like she's going to kiss him but holds a receipt up instead]
LUCAS: Your taxi receipt?
LIBBY: Hmm. It's a funny thing, all four tyres on my car were as flat as a tack.
LUCAS: (grinning) Can't imagine how that happened.
Miranda hesitantly walks in to find Steve, who is with one of his doggy patients. He keeps telling the scared pooch that everything is going to be OK - if only that same sentiment could be applied to him, because the downcast look on Miranda's face suggests otherwise. A song warbles over the scene with the very telling lyrics that claim, ”I never meant to break your heart”. Miranda leaves without speaking to Steve.
Lucas explains to Libby that he started doing photography after he had a motorbike accident and it turned into another passion of his. Lib asks where his pseudonym came from and Lucas says it was Jack Nicholson's character's name in Easy Rider. Lib says that she wants to buy the cityscape photo, but Lucas wants to know what she likes about it first.
LUCAS: You just told me you're an English teacher. If it was a book or a poem how would you want your class to describe it?
LIBBY: OK... I like the composition. It's balanced but not perfect. The light makes it look magical almost and the city itself is dark and foreboding like it has secrets. Exciting ones. How did I do?
[Lucas looks impressed and leans in like he's going to kiss her]
LUCAS: Pretty damn good.
He moves away and guides her to another photo. If we were in ye olden days, I'd say that Libby just swooned.
Steve walks in and asks Miranda for the truth. Miranda replies that the truth is that she loves him, but Steve can see she's trying to cover something up.
MIRANDA: Why does this mean anything to you?
STEVE: Because I need to know.
MIRANDA: But it doesn't matter, it was in the past.
STEVE: Who was he?
MIRANDA: I love you. Doesn't twenty years mean anything to you?
STEVE: Nah, not if it's a lie.
MIRANDA: But it isn't a lie. [She tries to put her arms around him]
STEVE: (angrily backing away) Don't touch me! It's rubbish!
They turn around and see Didge staring at them from the lounge room. Steve wordlessly walks out.
Third Commercial Break
Didge asks if her dad has left and Miranda replies that he has for now. She worriedly asks if he's coming back and Miranda says he will after he calms down.
DIDGE: He said you loved someone else. Is that true?
MIRANDA: It honestly doesn't matter.
DIDGE: (staring at her mum) I'm going to Declan's.
MIRANDA: No, stay, I'll put the kettle on.
But Didge is already out the front door before she can finish her sentence.
VO: The Parker family is falling apart and it's all because of Nicola.
(Bridget confronts Nicola at the hospital)
DIDGE: You chased off my brother, hit on my dad...
(Nicola angrily walks off)
VO: So what else has she got in store? Find out on Neighbours tomorrow.