- Nicola warning the Parkers about Pete
- Rachel agreeing to become lead singer in Ty's band
- Nicola taking an illegal blood sample from Pete
- Lou getting cranky with Callum and Callum running off to find Mickey
- Dan and Toadie chasing after Mickey and Callum in the city
Toadie tries to ring Callum's mobile but he and Dan find it on the ground after Callum accidentally dropped it.
Donna puts up a 'Missing' poster for Callum next to Mickey's, but is soon distracted by a poster advertising for lead singer for Ty's band. Sienna is, like, so totally excited at the thought of being, like, a rock chick. But Donna and Rachel are bummed because Ty had already promised Rach the prime position. Seeing Ty walk in, Donna jumps on him and chides him for leading Rachel on - but Ty claims he had no idea his band put the posters up and promises Rachel he'll make things right.
Hungry Mickey is about to take a bite out of someone's leftover hamburger when Callum appears and warns him off it - he saw someone spit in it. Callum wants to ring Toadie on Mickey's phone to let him know they're safe (after realising he's lost his), but Mickey doesn't want any "grown-ups" involved. Forming a plan, Callum gives Mickey a few dollars to purchase some spit-free food and uses his phone to ring Toadie while Mickey's in the shop.
A long-lost Jonas brother (aka one of Ty's band members) tells Ty that his "girlfriend" might be a great singer but they want to see who else is out there. Ty gushes that Rachel is incredible but RockBoi reminds Ty they're "On. The. Verge." and doesn't want any rushed decisions. Noticing Donna hiding behind a newspaper, Ty sends the eavesdropper on her way before resuming his gushing, but RockBoi states that the tribe has spoken.
ROCKBOI: The boys made it clear. 'Nothing Doing' has no room for a Yoko Ono.
Ty gives Rachel the bad news that she'll have to audition, but Rachel takes it well and claims that she wants to try out anyway and see if she's competent enough. They give each other little grins and Donna smirks away to herself, shining up her cupid's bow and arrow for future usage.
Callum tries to keep Mickey in the one spot by offering him a fiver to get some ice-cream but Mickey's had enough. He attempts to leave so Callum panics and wrestles him to the ground just as Toadie and Dan show up. The Mickster ain't impressed.
The #30 clan deliver Mickey back to the very grateful Parker/Carpenter household. Steve thinks that Mickey should ring Ned and let him know he's safe, but Mickey isn't keen to. Dan and Toadie take Callum home, who hollers out a "sorry" as he leaves. The Parkenters try to coax more information out of Mickey about why he ran away, but he shouts that they're all just trying to suck up to him so he'll go back to Perth. He throws a brat-attack and runs to his room.
Speaking of brat-attacks, Pete Ferguson is also throwing one at reception until Karl intervenes and brings him into his office for a chat. Pete rasps that he has HIV but he's even more peeved that someone took his blood without his "say so". Karl understands his frustration but thinks they should first concentrate on managing his illness.
PETE: Yeah well you would say that wouldn't ya.
KARL: Why's that?
PETE: You can't save your backside and your face at the same time, mate.
KARL: I'm only concerned with saving you.
PETE: How would you feel if you were me?
KARL: I would feel terrified. And I would want to know how this happened.
PETE: Then you'll understand why I want to sue.
Karl suggests that it may have been a good thing that his blood sample was taken - early detection may have saved his life. Pete gives us some Joey Tribbiani 'smell the fart acting' into commercial break.
Susan can't understand why Karl would cover for Nicola's mistake, but Karl doesn't want Nicola to hang. Karl thinks that Pete won't go to the police anyway after their chat, but Susan says he's being naive. Karl states that Susan would do the same thing for a friend or a colleague, but Susan replies that she wouldn't risk her career for a workmate.
Miranda sees Pete getting a coffee and warns him to stay away from her family. Pete smugly asks how Nicola's going and tells her to send her his love. Miranda then totally storms out without paying for her packet of bread crumbs or whatever the heck it is. Bit too late to make that bread crumb trail for Mickey to follow home now, Mer-Mer.
Callum has his bags packed, assuming that Toadie is going to kick him out of the house for all the trouble he's caused. But Toadie sits him down for a warm chicken soup-style heart-to-heart and tells him they all make mistakes and he wants him to stay.
CALLUM: You really mean that?
TOADIE: Yeah, I really mean that.
CALLUM: Well, since I'm going to be staying here, can I have an iPod?
Toadie brings Callum over so the Parkenters can thank him for helping to find Mickey - and for Lou to offer up a not-very-enthusiastic apology for being a cranky old man.
LOU: (begrudgingly) Lucky it had a happy ending.
TOADIE: And that's as good as it's going to get from Lou.
They ask Callum why Mickey ran away and Callum reveals that Mickey was left alone a lot at home and in after school care while Ned stayed with Kirsten. He felt really lost and lonely. Mickey emerges from the brat cave and says it's true.
Sienna gazes longingly at a band audition poster but Donna snippily tells her not to even think about it - the gig is Rachel's. Carmella stands up for her cousin and tells Donna to just wait and see the results. Embarrassed by Donna, Rachel wishes Sienna good luck.
Donna tells Rachel she needs to drop the "nicey-nice" act if she wants to win this thing, but Rachel doesn't think she's in with a chance anyway since she's carrying all her bad publicity Angus baggage with her.
DONNA: Are you kidding? Hot affair with a school teacher; how rock and roll is that!
Ty is now gushing to Dan about how awesome, wicked and fantabulous Rachel is, which makes Dan wonder if Ty wants her as more than just his singer. Ty frets about the auditions turning up someone who's a better singer than Rach. Listening to Sienna sing along like a dying cat to her iPod (while she delivers milk from the GS), Dan gets the idea to stack the auditions with bad Idol wannabes so Rachel is a shoo-in. Ty grins and calls Dan a genius. Sienna continues to unwittingly embarrass herself while Ty goofily dances along to the "melody".
Miranda and Steve bicker about Mickey. Miranda wants him to stay with them, but Steve thinks that he should go back and see Ned. Lou breaks up the argument and offers a compromise - he'll travel back to Perth with Mickey and see what's going on. If things are bad he'll bring him back.
Susan arrives for work and wonders what "bucket of sleaze" they're upending today. But Paul lumps her with horoscope duty.
PAUL: Well they sort of come around every day. Funny isn't it.
SUSAN: So funny. [to Elle] Why don't you just give it to the work experience kid?
ELLE: Oh, we did.
Susan sits down at her computer while Elle reminds her that she has to earn bigger stories. Susan asks Elle what her star sign is.
SUSAN: Gemini, the mercurial twin. 'Your preconceptions will be challenged today by an unflappable and talented newcomer'. It's a piece of cake! OK, now me. Cancer...
ELLE: Oh that'd be right.
Lou is all packed and ready to go to the airport. Mickey is much more chirpier now he thinks that's he's only going back to Perth for a visit. Toadie brings Callum around again and the boys make up with their special handshake. They farewell Mickey and Lou and wish them a safe flight - here's hoping they're not travelling Qantas.
Pete wanders in looking for a journo to tell his story to. Susan gets in first and manages to keep Paul at bay, but she's not so quick when it comes to Elle and her snooping abilities. Pete reveals that his blood was taken illegally by one Dr Karl Kennedy.
Susan and Elle are huddled in a corner. Susan is trying to get Elle to back off, but Elle wonders where Susan's "famous ethics" have gone to? Or don't they exist when it comes to her family? Susan cautions Elle that *if* Karl was indeed guilty - and she's not saying that he is - then he would have a very good reason for keeping things quiet. Intrigued, Elle picks up a tape recorder and holds it towards Susan: "Tell me everything".