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Neighbours Episode 5563 from 2008 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 5563
Australian airdate: 15/10/08
UK airdate:
Writer: Fiona Wood
Director: Tony Osicka
Guests: Nurse – Sacha Joseph
Music:
Summary/Images by: Pete/ShadowDan
Recap
Donna telling Elle her dad is on the run.
Dan and Libby discuss going on holiday
Dingoes getting celebrity coaching and winning the game
Declan getting his trial with the AFL
Lassiter's Complex
The boys leave the bar singing with the trophy, Declan comes along and apologises to Ringo for his risky shot in the game. Ringo gives him the trophy and congratulates him on the AFL offer. Great news – Ringo got an offer too! They get all excited and everyone except Ty walks off singing, leaving him to remark ‘We've created monsters!'.
Inside the bar, Dan and Ben surprise Libby by arriving home early. Rachel comes in with Bridget and Donna who are both very down. Bridget about the prospect of becoming ‘a footy wife' (Insert WAG joke of choice in here), and Donna feeling Ringo won't look at her now. Rachel suggests they need a girls night in No Boys Allowed. ‘And no nail painting' requests Bridget.
At the bar, Toadie has obviously updated Dan on the Callum situation. Dan tells him to hang in there, as kids often don't know what they want. Toadie thinks Callum seems happy, so he's just going to have to live with it. He suggests they go home, but Dan announces he's staying at Libby's. Libby and Ben come over and she remarks that he seems a bit tired. Dan thinks it's the flight. Toadie jokes about him eating junk on the plane. Ben tells Libby he feels sick ‘and I hate Dan'. Libby is shocked. Dan says they just had a misunderstanding. Libby suggests Dan stays at home while Libby works things out with Ben. The leave, but Libby nervously tells Dan it's good to have him back.
No 32
Libby answers the door to Dan, who's come over to say goodnight. Libby says that Ben said Dan starved him. What happened was Ben refused to eat his dinner, so Dan said he could have that or nothing. So Ben had nothing all night. Dan thinks he's blowing it way out of proportion. Libby thinks he should have called her for parenting advice. Dan said he's had plenty of experience of kids. ‘Not with mine' says Libby. He says he did what he thought was right. Libby softens, says it'll blow over and lets him into the living room, where Ben is drawing a picture of him and his mum on holiday. He has deliberately not included Dan.
Dan backs off and Libby tries to tell Ben that they need to talk about what happened. Ben gets up and whispers in Libby's ear that he still feels sick. She packs him off to get ready for bed. He glares at Dan and announces he's not going to school tomorrow because he feels sick. Libby orders him to get ready for bed. As he storms out, Dan says goodnight but he just bumps into him in a strop.
Settling down next to Libby, Dan shares his theory that Ben doesn't want to share Libby. He got pretty hurt last time, agrees Libby. She considers letting him stay off from school. Dan offers to babysit.
LIBBY: I don't think you're his favourite person right now.
DAN: Which is exactly why spending a day together is a good idea. Gives us a chance to work it out. Come on, let me work my magic. You know I'm king of the kids.
We get an odd random park shot, and then it's off to:
No 30
Where it's now next morning and Libby drops Ben off. Toadie answers the phone, says ‘You're not doing yourself any favours' and hangs up. A client's estranged husband is making prank calls to the house. Toadie says he can factor it in to his client's settlement costs. Libby offers Toadie a lift and he learns why Ben is there. Libby reminds Ben that he and Dan are friends. As they leave, Ben shouts ‘Bye' to his mum and Dan ponders being alone with Ben.
General Store
The girls are planning DVDs to watch on their girl's night. Ringo, Declan and Ty walk in. They all stare at each other and Donna announces quietly ‘So Damn Hot'. Donna wonders what ‘that look' meant. Rachel says probably confusion from all her mixed up signals.
DONNA: What's to be confused about? I was a cheerleader just for him.
BRIDGET:Yeah, but he's not psychic.
RACHEL: Yeah, you have to tell him.
Pause.
RACHEL: Oh my god. Donna, the only person in Erinsborough who doesn't know you love Ringo, is...Ringo. You have to tell him.
RINGO: OK, what do you think that look meant?
DECLAN: Hi, I'm Donna and I'm craaazaaay.
Ty says she's crazy in love, but Ringo isn't sure. Declan says Didge is acting weird. He thinks he's in trouble. He had a go at her at the match for interrupting him ‘While I was in The Zone'. He starts to talk about her wanting to go out with a professional footballer but Ringo pays him out. Ty and Declan do the tactful exit because Donna's come over to talk to Ringo.
She says he looked hot in the football shorts, he says she looked hot in her outfit. She says it was all for him. She says she's been confused – not about them, but about her dad and she tells Ringo he's shot through. Or done a runner as Ringo is calling it. Neighbours kids and their weird language, eh? Ringo says he doesn't deserve to be her dad, and she's better off without him. She says he was just trying to protect her, before storming out.
No 30
Dan tries to involve Ben in a book, but he's noticed Callum's toys. Dan tells him Callum's gone to live family.
BEN: That's Toadie.
DAN: Well Toadie's his friend, not his dad.
BEN: Like you're not my dad?
Dan offers to take him to the store, but Ben doesn't want to go. He wants to go home. He's forgotten his sketch pad. Dan offers to go with him to get it. Ben replies ‘I'm 9' and So Dan lets him go alone. He tells him to remember his manners ‘if you really are 9'. When he shuts the fly trap, Ben pulls a face and Dan tells him ‘I saw that!'.
No 32
Dan has come looking for Ben and is getting frustrated, as he obviously hasn't come home. He calls his name into the kitchen before going into the living room to find Ben's sketchpad on the table. Looking round, he eventually finds Ben unconscious by the window. He picks him up and takes him out.
Erinsborough Hospital
Dan hands Ben over to Karl who asks him to call Libby while he takes Ben off for tests. Dan is obviously devastated.
Erinsborough Hospital
Libby and Susan rush in to watch Ben through the window, passing Dan and barely acknowledging him. Libby blames herself. She fires a load of questions at Dan. Karl comes out and reveals they have him on a drip and asks what he's eaten recently. He's hardly eaten for 36 hours. Karl and Susan reassure Libby it's just a bit of ‘Bali Belly'. The women rush in and Dan assures Karl he didn't leave Ben alone for long. Karl reassures Dan Libby just needs time. Karl goes into the room and Dan watches from the window.
General Store
The boys come in talking about a sporting event they saw. Ty asks Ringo how it went with Donna, and Ringo says it was just weird. Declan ribs him that he's ‘not even getting a reward for playing in the Grand Final?' but Ringo just wants to drop it.
TY: Cheerleaders – so hot but so fickle.
The girls walk in and Rachel asks Donna what happened. Donna says ‘Nothing – I said some stuff – he said some dumb stuff. I'm thinking I won't even bother'.
Bridget is surprised but Donna turns her attention to ice-cream. Bridget says she gives up and Donna looks longingly at Ringo.
Erinsborough Hospital
Libby questions her motherhood skills but Susan reassures her she's a good mother. Karl says it could have been sudden, but as soon as they have test results they can put him on the right anti-biotic. He suggests she goes outside to update Dan, which she does. She tells him he's much the same and Karl suggests Gastroenteritis before leaving them. Dan asks if he can do anything. Libby says no, so he says he'll wait with her. She doesn't seem keen so he swears he was looking after Ben. Saying nothing, Libby goes back into the room.
No 28
Rachel says Susan is staying at the hospital with Libby and Ben. Rachel says there's to be no boy talk tonight, just as Ty rings on her phone. Donna disconnects the call before she can answer. After all, girls night with no boys was her idea. Then they get stuck into some chocolate and discuss face masks. They start to talk about boys, then stop themselves. Donna changes the subject nicely with ‘so, has your mum heard from her crazy sister?' to Bridget, who says she's trying to pretend she doesn't exist. The door goes and Rachel answers it. It's Ty. Shutting them outside, Rachel tells him about the girls' night. He had plans but she says he's ruled out of the night, and apologises. He starts to go. Rachel calls him back for a kiss. Bridget and Donna, now in full face masks, open the door and bustle her inside.
Gym
The boys are working out and Declan is bragging about his tryouts and getting on Ringo and Ty's nerves. Declan thinks Ringo's just upset with his ‘girlfriend'. He says she isn't his girlfriend. Ty says he wishes she was. Ringo says she's great, she's just high maintenance.
DECLAN: She's high-larious and is crazy as a coconut.
Ringo tells him to leave her alone. Declan jokes he's love-sick.
No 28
DONNA: No I'm not.
Bridget thinks her mask is itching and says if she gets 3rd degree burns, she'll kill the other two. Donna wants to do another cheerleading routine, but can't talk them into it. Rachel regrets doing it and Donna says they all looked hot. ‘Not that Ringo even noticed'. She says she can't believe the way he bagged out her dad. Rachel says he was just defending her.
BRIDGET: unless he was trying to say you don't deserve to be treated like that.
RACHEL: Yeah, you didn't translate it from ‘boy' into ‘English'.
Donna considers this.
Gym
DECLAN: Chicks speak a different language, you just have to learn how to decipher it.
Ringo thinks she made it pretty clear how she felt. Yeah, says Declan, but 5 minutes before she said she was hot for him. Ringo says she deserves better than her dad. Ty says she deserves ‘an R, an I a N, G, and an O' while failing to impress with his cheerleader moves. He says he just meant he should talk to her.
No 28
Donna says he never told her about the final or anything. Rachel points out she hasn't exactly been open either. Donna realises she's been acting ‘Just like a guy'. She grabs her umbrella and runs off to talk to him. Rachel points out it's raining.
Ramsay Street
Donna, complete with facemask, runs up the street and runs into Ringo. She suddenly realises she's left the mask on and gets embarrassed. Ringo tells her she looks beautiful and they kiss, each balancing one foot on it's toe.
Erinsborough Hospital
Karl brings Dan a coffee and tells him there's nothing else he could have done. Karl says caring for someone else's child is ‘one step forward, five steps back' sometimes from his experience. He also points out Libby has always had to put Ben first. Dan says he just thought he did what was right.
In the room Susan brings Libby a coffee and we're told there's been no change in Ben. Susan says Dan is still outside, obviously worried about them both. Libby says she was horrible to him. Susan says nothing but strokes her hair and tells her to see him.
Outside she tells Dan Ben is much the same, hugs him and apologises, saying she knows it wasn't his fault. He says it's OK. Susan comes rushing out of the room looking for Karl, who's not available. She says something's wrong and rushes off. Libby rushes into the room where Ben, still unconscious, is visibly in distress, like he's having a bad dream.
Karl comes out and announces Ben isn't responding to treatment. They need to wait for the test results. Libby asks if he'll be OK. Karl says when they know what they're dealing with, they can treat it. He goes back in and Dan and Susan comfort Libby.
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