- Donna and Ringo having their Bridget Jones style moment.
- Ben feeling sick at Charlie's.
- Dan carrying Ben into hospital.
- Karl advising Dan on parenting with someone else's child.
- Ben taking a turn for the worse.
Ben is sitting on the jetty fishing. There's a man standing behind him, but we can't see his face. Ben turns around and calls "Dad".
Ben is asleep with his mum curled up next to him. He calls out "Dad" again. Susan reassures Libby that he's dreaming. Dan watches from outside the room.
Flashing back to the lake in dreamland the man puts his hand on Ben's shoulder and Ben tells him that he hates that he went away.
Libby and Susan are choked, realising that he's dreaming about Drew. Karl and Dan come in. Karl tells his daughter that they've located the secondary infection and Ben will be fine in a few days. They all agree that it's excellent news and Libby hugs her sleeping son to her.
Ringo is having a quick tidy around of his and Zeke's room. Donna comes in and they kiss. She wants to know what's happening, Ringo tells her that he really really likes her, even though he'll never understand her in a million years. She really likes him too and they kiss again. The door opens and Rachel and Bridget peer into the room and wave. Ringo chases them out and the young lovers fall onto the bed kissing.
Back in the lounge room the girls realise that banning boytalk was a waste of time. Zeke arrives home wanting to know where Ringo is and if he spoke to Donna.
BRIDGET: I don't know if they spoke...
RACHEL: You should go and ask him.
Zeke bursts into his room disturbing the kissing couple. Donna wonders if anyone has ever heard of privacy. Zeke argues that it's his room. Ringo argues back and eventually Zeke gives in and leaves. But then has to come back to get his iPod. The moment seems to have gone for Ringo. Donna wants to continue but Ringo doesn't think they should. He wants it to be special and it won't be if they keep being interrupted.
RINGO: I rushed into this once before and it ended really badly. I don't want that to happen to us.
Donna decides that's her cue to leave. Ringo follows her but she's gone before he gets to the door. He decides to blame it on the others.
RINGO: You know that she's touchy about....everything!
Ben finally wakes up and sleepily asks where his dad is. Libby reminds him that his dad isn't here any more. Ben explains that he was down at the lake and they were fishing.
LIBBY: It's just to two of us honey. You and me, we're a team.
Dan coughs to make his presence known, hands over a cup of tea and leaves. Libby follows and apologises for not being fair on him. Dan tells her she doesn't need to push him away. She tells him she doesn't mean to. He leaves. Steph arrives.
STEPH: What's happening?
LIBBY: Just screwing everything up as usual.
Libby explains that Ben has been asking for Drew.
LIBBY: What have I done? You know I thought he coping I thought he was o.k. but all this time there was this great big hole in his heart, so what do I do I force Dan onto him.
Steph reminds her that Dan is great with him, but Libby thinks it's just too soon.
But before we get to the gym we get a nice few shots of ducks bums. Woo! At the gym Ringo and Zeke are keeping up their chiselled physiques. Ringo tells Dan that Donna is blowing all hot and cold. Dan knows the feeling and assures the boys that yes, women are always this complicated. Zeke asks how Libby is. Dan says fine, but Steph (who has just stormed in) says otherwise.
Steph knows that Libby is hard work, but she's worth it. Dan says they don't need her to fight their battles but Steph says it's not a battle, Libby's just a bit messed up. Dan acknowledges that Libby has her priorities and Steph thinks they both need to grow up.
Karl comes in to see how things are going and to shout Lib, Susan and Dan some breakfast. Libby tells him that Dan's not there. Karl says that he thinks Dan's heart is in the right place. Susan adds that he could make them both very happy if she just lets him. That's exactly what Steph told him. Steph's got a bit of habit of walking in to finish conversations this episode. She tells Libby that she looks awful and advises her to go home and freshen up. She also tells her she needs to speak to Dan or she'll end up like an Old Maid, which, incidentally, is a game she's brought along.
The General Store
Rachel and Didge arrive to cheer Donna up, but that looks unlikely. She thought she'd got everything right the previous night, she gave Ringo a movie moment (kiss in the rain) and everything. She doesn't think he's interested especially as he back out of....you know...and tells the girls how he started talking about some girl from his past and how things always go wrong. Carmella brings coffee across and Rachel and Bridget look uncomfortable. Donna thinks it was obviously some sort of excuse until she sees the looks on her friends' faces. Bridget explains that there was a girl...
DONNA: Come on then, who?
BRIDGET: Well Rachel, you should tell her because Ringo dumped you for her.
DONNA: You went out with Ringo?!
RACHEL: So did she!
BRIDGET: For a microsecond.
DONNA: Has anyone else around here been with him?
Rachel and Bridget glance over at Carmella. Donna looks disbelieving.
Susan comes to check on how Ben's doing. Libby tells her he's sleeping but wants to discuss what Steph said with her mum. She's bemused about Steph saying Ben needs a father figure. Susan supposes that's true of pretty much every kid.
LIBBY: Ben has never had a problem with Dan until we went away together.
SUSAN: Ben hasn't, but you went back and forth.
Libby agrees that they had stuff to sort out...Susan asks how Ben was when she and Dan weren't speaking. Libby says he was upset. Susan thinks that he's scared of losing him, like he lost Drew and Darren. Huh, all Libby's major men have had names beginning with "D". (Also, I'll note now, it doesn't look like Ben's asleep as Ben/Blake is peering through the window!) Susan's final advice is that Libby should probably find a way of convincing Ben that Dan isn't going anywhere.
The General Store
Dan buys a book for Ben and Carmella asks how he's doing. (Donna looks across at them seething.) Carmella says that it's tough having a child in hospital. When Chloe was sick she drove Marco insane and didn't want to see him. Dan acts like this is all news to him. Surely he was aware, it was like drama central! She gives Dan a doughnut for Ben and off Dan trots. Litterally, obviously. As he leaves in comes Ringo who gets a very warm welcome from Carm. They share a hug.
Over on the girls' table Bridget announces that she's got to go to work.
RACHEL: Oh is that what you call it?
BRIDGET: Well they pay me.
RACHEL: Aw, poor Didge gets paid to hang out with her boyfriend.
BRIDGET: It's the only time I get to spend with Declan these days. He's so obsessed with his football team that all he does is work out.
All the while Donna has been shooting daggers across at Ringo and Carm and Zeke magically appeared out of nowhere.
ZEKE: All you girls talk about is boys.
RACHEL: That's not true.
DONNA: Ringo and Carmella? Ww..?
Rachel rolls out the old essay to write chestnut in order to leave Donna alone with Ringo.
ZEKE: Oh no, I was going to have a double chocolate (Rachel pinches him) ...essay!
Rachel instructs Donna to go and have a coffee with Ringo...not pour one over him!
Ringo is about to join Donna when Carmella pulls him back to wipe something off his face calling him a dag. The pair laugh and Donna launches herself into the conversation telling Carmella that she's only going to tell her to back off once before the claws come out. She's seen her type before.
CARMELLA: How dare you talk to me like that? Especially when you're in my store!
DONNA: Ok, ok, you can shelf your little shop. I saw the way you were looking at Ringo, you were all over him like a rash.
Ringo asks what the hell she's talking about telling her it's not true. Donna rants at Carmella about the damage she's done to Ringo and Ringo has to intervene by pushing her away and clapping a hand over her mouth as he tries to wrestle her into the kitchen. Carmella is gobsmacked.
After the break...
Ringo explains to Donna that what happened with him and Carmella was a really long time ago and a mistake. Donna asks if she's a mistake. Ringo replies that she drives him crazy, but no, she's not a mistake. Donna still doesn't understand what happened the previous night then, he wanted to be with her then didn't...
RINGO: I think I've already explained about that. I want to make it special.
DONNA: No-one cares about making it special!
RINGO: Well I do.
DONNA: Oh. You're really not like other guys are you?
Ringo wonders if that's a good or bad thing. Good. Apparently that's an apology. Ringo tells Donna that she's not going anywhere until she apologises to Carmella. Donna gives in.
DONNA: You don't have dirty paws and your store is very nice.
She says she's sorry and Carmella accepts the apology though she thinks actions speak louder than words so invites Donna to do the dishes and mop the floors.
Dan drops in to see Ben with the book and the doughnut from Carmella, but Ben doesn't get the doughnut as he's far too sick for junk food. Ben tells Dan that they've been talking about him. Which obviously is a cue for Dan and Libby to step outside and "chat".
LIBBY: You know, I'm so used to looking after Ben by myself that sometimes I forget that I don't have to deal with everything on my own.
Libby knows it's been hard on Dan and thinks that Ben has been punishing him because he's scared he's going to lose him. Dan says he's not going anywhere. And Steph interrupts again! She's brought books for Ben, but when she goes into his room, he isn't there. Dun dun dunnnnn... He should have left a sign on the door. Like, "Gone Fishing" for example. Oh hang on, he has left a picture though.
Ben is throwing stone into the lake. Dan tells him he'll frighten the fish. Ben apologises for being mean to him. Dan says that they were all worried about him at the hospital and asks ..well, states, that he came looking for his dad. (Ben, not Dan.) Ben says he was there in his dream.
DAN: Your dad might not be here anymore, but your mum is. So am I if you'll have me.
Ben asks if they can go fishing. Dan has never been fishing before therefore he can no longer be classed as a man of Ramsay Street. What sort of Erinsborough bloke doesn't have fishing expertise? Never mind, Ben will teach him.
Libby has tucked Ben back into bed and comes out of his room for a cuddle with Dan.
LIBBY: Hey, I've been thinking. I was wondering if you'd consider moving in with me, with us?
Woaaah, have you asked Steph that yet Lib? Libby doesn't want to put any pressure on him, she just loves the idea of waking up with him every morning. Ben loves the idea too. Dan says all he can really, yeah. Great.