- Elle and Lucas flirting
- Dan and Libby kissing
- Donna not realising she hit Nicola
- Matt trying to keep Donna's involvement a secret
- Elle letting Ringo know that Lucas filled her in on the accident
- Donna about to confess to the police when Matt finds her
Despite Donna and Ringo's protests, Matt waters down the seriousness of the situation by telling Toadie that his daughter is just acting out for attention. It's not the first time she's made a false statement to the police.
Ext: Police Station
The rest of the teens watch Ringo chase Toadie out the door. It seems as though Matt has convinced Toadie that Donna was lying.
Donna is annoyed with her dad, but Matt knows how much trouble she'd be in if she went through with the statement. Donna reminds her dad that she has a good support network now, but Matt isn't sure her friends can be counted on.
Ext: Police Station
Proving Matt's point, Zeke, Rachel and Declan let Ringo know that Donna can be quite flighty. They like Donna, but they don't want to see her drag Ringo down. Bridget stays quiet on the matter.
Matt wonders why Donna took his car in the first place. Donna sadly replies that she just wanted him to come after her. Realising his daughter is a little starved for affection, Matt wraps her in a hug.
Libby stops by to ask her dad about the cheapo mechanic he uses in West Warratah, but Susan advises her against it. Last time their car stereo was stolen. Susan enquires about Lucas, but Lib isn't too keen on the idea of taking her car to him because Dan gets a bit “funny” whenever his brother is mentioned. Karl retorts that the fighting Fitzgerald brothers are idiots. Conceding that she's being overly cautious, Libby resolves to let Lucas fix her car.
Lucas checks under the bonnet while Lib awkwardly asks how he's settling in and comments that he's making new friends (meaning Elle). Smirking, Lucas replies that it's very nice of her to notice. Lib isn't too fond of the idea of Lucas dropping her car back to Ramsay Street, but when Lucas asks if it's because of Dan, Lib pretends everything's fine and says she'll see him later on.
Lucas opens up a box full of fliers advertising an upcoming photo exhibition for ‘George Hanson' (aka Lucas' arty alter ego).
Paul wants Elle to check out what went down at the police station and becomes concerned when she's not her usual gung-ho self. Elle remains evasive, determined to keep the real hit-and-run story to herself and protect all involved.
Bridget has stopped by to offer Donna her support - she knows what Donna's going through. Bridget tells her how Steve took the wrap for Chris Knight's death and that she understands how overprotective dads can be. But Donna gets defensive and says that her dad isn't covering anything - she lied to the police, she's a freak, end of story.
Elle takes a look at the pile of fliers Lucas has.
ELLE: What's this rubbish?
LUCAS: It's not rubbish.
ELLE: It's abstract, try-hard happy snaps; the taking of which requires zero talent.
Offended, Lucas replies that it takes skill to capture emotion in a single frame. Elle soon learns that Lucas is the photographer she was bagging out and is quite embarrassed,
ELLE: You're kidding. This is you? (backtracking) Well you know this is actually quite interesting...
LUCAS: (laughing) Uh-uh, you can't take it back now!
ELLE: (blushing) No, if you look at it up closely... Maybe I could run some publicity for you?
LUCAS: Yeah that'd be great. ‘Come and see the abstract, try-hard happy snaps'!
Elle claims that her offer is serious, but Lucas replies that his work isn't all that up to scratch and doesn't want undeserved attention for it.
Ringo has called in to see how Donna is and feed her lolly snakes for breakfast, but Donna can't handle him being so nice when she's so rotten. She says that she's not strong, brave, honest or nice like he is.
DONNA: We don't belong together. I don't want you to be my boyfriend. I don't want anything from you at all.
RINGO: (crushed) So last night...
DONNA: It was nothing. I was just using you and now I'm bored.
Ringo leaves and Donna looks quite cut up about the whole ordeal.
The teens see Ringo moping with his lolly snakes. Rachel snatches them to eat and rushes off around the store with Declan and Zeke in hot pursuit. Bridget tells Ringo she had a word with Donna and knows she did the hit-and-run. Ringo reveals that he just got dumped, but Bridget doesn't think he should take it too personally; it's all about Donna's dad. Bridget thinks Ringo should be trying to talk him around instead.
Libby tells Dan that she finally put her car in to be fixed and Dan pretends that he's fine with Lucas being involved. Changing the subject, Libby invites Dan over for a sleepover that night.
LIBBY: I could check out your pyjamas.
DAN: I don't have any pyjamas.
LIBBY: Ooh, jackpot!
Their smooch-time is interrupted by Lucas delivering Libby's car keys - he assumed she'd be here since she wasn't at home. Lucas says that Libby doesn't have to pay him, but she insists she doesn't want any favours. Everything is suitably awkward between the three of them as per usual. Splendid.
Susan and Karl have stopped by for some lunch and are talking about Karl's new favourite topic.
SUSAN: Dan's lovely.
KARL: I never said he wasn't.
SUSAN: (wry) You called him an idiot.
KARL: No, no, you've taken it out of context. I said he and his brother were a ‘couple' of idiots.
SUSAN: Oh right, well that's much better.
Karl explains that he just doesn't want to see Libby get hurt and thinks that Dan is on the rebound. They shut up when Dan and Libby walk in, pretending they were just talking about inviting the two of them over for dinner. Panicking, Dan accepts much to Libby's displeasure. She drags him away to chide him and set up a battle plan.
LIBBY: Here's how it works. We start early, have two courses and no singing.
LIBBY: Trust me.
Karl is similarly displeased, but Susan warns him to be on his best behaviour. Dan makes Libby happy, therefore Karl needs to put his bias aside and do this for his daughter.
Ringo strides up to try and talk some sense into Matt, but Matt is in no mood to listen. He states that if Ringo cares for his daughter then he would turn around and leave right now. Ringo retorts that he knows exactly what happened that night and if Matt doesn't tell the truth, then he will. Twisting Ringo's arm behind his back, Matt pushes him on to the bonnet of his car and issues him a warning: If he comes near he or Donna again, he'll destroy him. Through gritted teeth, Ringo says he understands and Matt lets him go, pushing him onto the ground.
Meanwhile, Donna has witnessed the whole thing from afar and is appalled that her dad could treat someone that way.
Libby and Dan arrive for their ‘awkward as all get-out' dinner-palooza. Karl is his usual charming self towards Dan, so Susan glares at him and demands he make more of an effort. Karl heads back and takes their drink orders, but then changes his mind and proceeds to put his foot in it.
KARL: Actually Lib could you get those? It'd give Sam and I... Dan! I'm so sorry.
(Libby gives her dad the evil eye)
DAN: It's OK.
KARL: It's just the rhyming thing, y'know, Dan-Sam, Sam-Dan. How is, um...
DAN: Sam? Um, I don't know I haven't heard.
LIBBY: (looking for an escape) How's that wine coming, mum?
Karl and Dan continue to make very stilted conversation. The scene fast forwards and we've hit dessert, where Rachel and Zeke have joined them. Looking for any means of conversation, Dan spies the guitar in the corner.
DAN: Who's the guitar player?
KARL: Oh I play a little. How about yourself?
DAN: Smoke On The Water and that's about it actually. What sort of stuff do you play?
KARL: Ballads mostly but I have been known to stray into rock-n-roll.
SUSAN: Yeah, think leather pants, think early 80s.
ZEKE: No, think Guantanamo Bay.
KARL: Would you like to hear some of my latest tunes?
EVERYONE EXCEPT DAN: No, no, no!
SUSAN: The tribe has spoken.
RACHEL: Well that was a close call. May I be excused pleased?
SUSAN: Yes, run children, run! Save yourselves!
The kids escape and Susan drags Libby out of the kitchen to find some book she was after leaving Dan and Karl to tidy up. Dropping the Mr Nice facade, Karl informs Dan that he doesn't want to see Lib get hurt and that she needs someone that's sure of themselves.
KARL: Which is why you have to come to grips with all this stuff about Lucas.
DAN: That's fair enough.
KARL: Good man.
Ringo has filled Elle and Lucas in on what Matt did to him. Elle and Lucas think that he should report Matt, but Ringo wants the confession to be Donna's decision. Paul spots them and is immediately suspicious of the unusual group combination, but the trio aren't giving away anything. Elle notices Donna in the doorway and sends Ringo over. Donna admits that she saw what her dad did to him and wants Ringo to come to the police station with her.
Matt's relieved when Donna arrives home, but not so much so when she brings in Detective Alec Skinner with her. Ringo and another police officer are not far behind. Matt is incredulous that Alec believes Donna over him, but Det Skinner replies that there are witness statements to back her up.
MATT: Donna how could you?
The police officers lead Matt out and Ringo comforts upset Donna.