- Karl giving medical advice to Nicola
- Nicola in Steve and Miranda's bad books
- Matt being revealed as Donna's father
- Donna stealing her dad's cop car
Donna's Dad's Car
Donna's having a whale of a time cranking up the music and revving the engine but Ringo is freaking out and begs her to stop. He asks her what she's trying to prove, but Donna just sulkily replies that she'll take the car back soon - but not before they've made out a little first! She jumps into the backseat and invites him to join her.
Nicola gets off the phone from the hospital and tells Toadie there's a pretty strong chance she's clear of HIV, but she'll have to take another test in a few weeks to be sure. Excited, Toadie hugs her and says she should ring Miranda, but Nicola doesn't want to push her luck. Callum appears from the hallway and states that he's going to call the Parkers himself and tell them to make up with Nicola, but Toadie tells him to mind his own beeswax.
Donna's Dad's Car
The make-out session is getting pretty hot and heavy with Ringo down to just his boxer shorts. Donna can sense he's nervous and jokingly wonders if this is his first time, before realising that indeed it is. Ringo tries to pretend it's not, but Donna thinks that it's sweet. Before things can progress further, however, Matt raps on the window with a flashlight and hauls poor semi-naked Ringo out of the car. Donna is humiliated, but Matt doesn't care and makes Ringo walk home in his underwear.
Number 28/General Store
Much to Zeke's amusement, he finds Ringo cowering on the front doorstep. Ringo is hoping to quietly sneak in but Susan hears them and orders them inside.
Matt warns Donna that he could have Ringo charged for stealing the car, but Donna angrily replies that she was the one who stole it.
Ringo lies and pretends that the Wolves footy team played a prank and made him walk home like that, but soon has to fess up to the truth when Karl and Susan want to ring the Wolves' coach and give him a piece of their mind.
Matt says that guys like Ringo are only after one thing, but Donna retorts that she's not some naive little girl.
Ringo explains about Donna and her dad and Susan and Karl are appalled to learn that Matt wouldn't give Ringo's clothes back to him. Ringo's up for any punishment the K's want to give him, but the K's think he's been punished enough. Annoyed, Zeke reminds Karl and Susan that when he was caught making out with Taylah on the couch it was the end of the world!
Donna's upset that her dad can't handle seeing anyone in love. He always thinks the worst of everyone - just like with her mum.
DONNA: No wonder she had affairs.
MATT: Well you'd know, you're more like her every day.
Steve gets a twinge in his back and asks Miranda to give him a massage, which turns into an opportunity for a smooch session. But thankfully Callum interrupts them to invite them over for lunch the next day to celebrate Toadie being a lawyer for three years. Or at least that's his lame cover story until he admits that Nicola has some good news to share with them, but they'll need to make the lunch date to find out.
Zeke asks if Ringo's still sooking, but Ringo says that he's stressing - and it doesn't help that Donna's dad is a cop. There's a knock at the door and Ringo makes Zeke answer it, who freaks out and wonders if Donna's dad is tall and scary. But Donna is the one on the doorstep and Zeke gives them some time alone. Ringo asks how she's going, but Donna is quite upset and reveals how disappointed her dad is with her. Ringo gives her a comforting hug.
Donna sighs that her dad hates her because she reminds him of her mum. She reveals that her mum always has to be the centre of attention - whenever Donna used to bring guys home her mum would always flirt with them just so she'd still feel pretty. Ringo's also stunned to learn about Mrs Freedman's penchant for affairs. Their chat is interrupted by Matt causing a scene at the front door. Ringo tries to take charge of the situation, but Matt just shoves his clothes into his hands and grabs Donna's arm to leave. Karl and Susan hear the commotion and berate Matt for just barging into their home. They stick up for Ringo and say that he's a fine young man, but are surprised to hear that he was in a stolen cop car earlier.
After the Freedman folk have left, Ringo sits down with Karl and Susan and explains that he only did it to help Donna out. If he tried to stop her then she would have just ditched him and got herself into even more trouble. Susan says that helping Donna out is a good thing, but maybe she just needs a friend right now instead of a boyfriend.
Toadie is still trying to convince Nicola to patch things up further with Miranda and Steve, but Nicola is being quite evasive.
TOADIE: Come on, I am the closest thing you've got to a girlfriend, girlfriend!
NICOLA: ... I'm not over Steve.
Toadie reminds her that it's never going to happen and thinks that she just needs to suck it up and move on, but Nicola says that she can't just turn her feelings off. It's just easier for her not be around her family right now.
General Store - Next Morning
Donna has covertly met up with Ringo to tell him how amazing he was sticking up for her last night. Her happiness soon turns to hurt, however, when Ringo suggests that they slow things down for a while and just remain friends. Donna assumes that he doesn't want “damaged goods for a girlfriend”.
DONNA: You were the one thing that was still good in my life, and even that was still a lie.
Callum excitedly rushes to the door and invites Steve and Miranda inside. Toadie's annoyed that Callum went behind his back, but Nicola walks out and Miranda hugs her after hearing her good news. The only downer is the death stare Steve throws his sister-in-law's way.
Karl and Susan drive into the car park - Karl assuming that they're going for a walk - but Susan cheekily locks the doors and suggests that they jump into the backseat for some shenanigans of their very own. In broad daylight! Bow-chicka-bow-wow!
Ringo and Zeke make their way out of the complex after fishing in the lake (what did they think they'd catch? Cholera?). Ringo explains to Zeke what happened with Donna, and how he's kicking himself that Donna got the wrong idea.
Meanwhile, in the passion wagon, Susan has kick-started the windscreen wipers with her foot while they try and find a comfortable pashing position. Of course, the boys just happen to ride their bikes past and wonder why Karl's car is there, getting the shock of their lives when they peer inside.
ZEKE: Oh that's gross.
RINGO: (whimpering) Susan? Karl?
Susan and Karl try to act nonchalant in their compromising position, while Ringo looks like he's trying to keep his breakfast down.
ZEKE: (muttering to himself) Happy thoughts... Happy thoughts...
SUSAN: Hi boys! Stir-fry for dinner alright?
The boys can barely muster a half-hearted nod before they have to ride away, completely traumatised.
KARL: You think they'll tell?
Things are awkward, awkward, awkward between Nicola, Toadie and the Parkers, but Miranda eventually addresses the elephant in the room. She knows things will probably never be the same again, but her sister has some good news to celebrate today and that's all that matters. They toast to Nicola's health, then Miranda helps Toadie and Callum clear the table leaving Steve and Nicola alone. Wise move.
STEVE: Will you stop it?
NICOLA: I can't help it.
STEVE: Miranda and I are only just starting to get back on track, OK?
NICOLA: Look I'm sorry, it's just not that simple and I'm trying.
STEVE: Well you just get over it or get out of Erinsborough.
Ext: Police Station
Matt rings Donna's mobile to let her know he'll be at a staff meeting all night. Sad, Donna asks if he could try and make it home early because she really needs to talk to him, but Matt says he'll have to chat to her later. Hurt and angry, Donna decides the only remedy is to steal her dad's car again.