- Steph getting Libby's engagement ring stuck on her finger
- Kelly telling Steph that it's bad luck
- Callum protesting against Paul in the GS & winning
- The Parkers finding out Declan's bailed to Alice Springs
- Ringo and Zeke urging Declan to reunite with Didge
- Didge stating that Declan has one last chance to be with her
"Tonight the role of Libby Kennedy will be played by Michala Banas"
Didge fills out some forms and Rachel urges her to wait for Declan before she sees the doctor. The girls discover that Didge is allergic to penicillin, which fascinates Donna. The nurse then calls out Didge's name, but Didge freezes up and doesn't answer.
While Declan nurses the wombat, Ringo and Zeke argue about directions.
ZEKE: See we should have turned there.
RINGO: We did turn there.
ZEKE: No we didn't! This is where we are.
RINGO: OK, Zeke, let's just go back to the start.
ZEKE: Yeah great, mate, this isn't Monopoly. We need to get him back there now.
Tired of their bickering, Declan takes charge of the map and sets them on the right course. Meanwhile, Zeke has dialled Didge's phone but only gets voicemail.
Susan has rung Rebecca and Miranda to let them know that the boys have located Declan. Miranda wishes that Didge would accept her support, and doesn't want her making any decisions without her. She always thought Riley would be the one to give her a grandchild first.
MIRANDA: But with Didge it's different.
REBECCA: I guess it's just that shared experience thing isn't it. You watching her go through what you went through.
Realising her faux pas, Rebecca removes her foot from her mouth and apologises. Crestfallen, Miranda replies that it's fine, but it's clearly not.
REBECCA: Look, motherhood is so much more than giving birth. Really, birth is just like a function.
MIRANDA: It's amazing how important that function becomes when you know you'll never do it. You realise what a gift it is.
Elle and Steph let Kelly know about the protest going on in the GS on her behalf, which makes her feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Libby proudly listens to Ben read while Callum, Mickey and a bunch of random kids look on. Kelly appears to a round of applause, and encourages Callum to read out some of the book with her. Squirming, Callum reads aloud after Kelly, stumbling over his words until he gives up and makes up his own ending.
CALLUM: Sev-sev... (speeds up) Severed the rope bridge but forgot he was standing on it, so he fell down the cliff and smashed into pieces. And that's a lesson about heights.
Toadie and Kelly exchange a look as Libby asks Toadie to keep an eye on Ben - she's just been notified of a wedding emergency.
Libby rushes in to tell Steph about the wedding disaster.
LIBBY: The dressmaker's gone into early labour and she can't sew sequins while she's squeezing out a baby.
STEPH: (joking) Well has she tried?
Lib doesn't understand why everything's going wrong, but Steph quite seriously thinks that the wedding might be cursed. Lynnie told her that getting the ring stuck on her finger might have brought bad karma.
LIBBY: (dubious) How?
STEPH: Well because wedding rings are not just jewellery. They're potent symbols going back thousands of years. You break that symbolism, you're asking for trouble.
LIBBY: The power of a ring, hey? That could be a movie you know!
STEPH: Libby you need to be serious about this.
LIBBY: I am, I am. I seriously think that you and Lyn have lost your minds and I'm going to lose mine if I don't find another dress maker.
Declan has made Ringo swap over driving duties because he thinks Ringo's driving like an 80-year-old.
RINGO: Well it's Karl's car so it's Zeke's decision.
ZEKE: Dec's right, you're a geriatric.
Back at the clinic, the nurse asks again for Didge but the girls let her know she's in the loo. Rach gets a call from Zeke just as Didge returns. Rachel gets Declan on the line and offers the phone to Didge, but she doesn't want to speak to him and heads into her appointment. Panicked, Declan orders Rachel to stall her and speeds away.
Didge has asked Donna and Rachel to stay with her while the nurse takes a blood sample. Getting creative, Donna stalls for time by pretending to be deathly afraid of needles (ever since she dreamed about giant knitting needles chasing her) and faints into Rachel's arms.
Kelly and Toadie try to get to the bottom of Callum's reading issues, but he's reluctant to share. Kelly then gets a call from Elle, who lets her know that the paper's going to run a campaign to get her job back. Callum's stoked - this means that Toadie and Ms Katsis can “be all kissy now”. But Kelly and Toadie tell him that they're not getting back together, which Callum thinks is really dumb. So do Kelly and Toadie judging by the wounded puppy looks on their faces.
KELLY: Poor kid, he's really struggling.
TOADIE: I've got to put his needs first.
KELLY: Yeah I know.
TOADIE: Doesn't make it any easier, though, does it?
They sadly bid each other farewell.
Libby and Steph excitedly peruse the wedding invites that the courier just dropped off, but their faces fall when they see that it's the wedding of ‘Daniel and Bibby'. Frustrated, Bibby still refuses to believe that the wedding is cursed, but Steph reminds her friend of everything that's gone wrong.
BIBBY: It can't be.
STEPH: Why not?
BIBBY: Because there's no such thing as a curse.
STEPH: Ya think, Bibby?
BIBBY: ... It's cursed. My wedding is cursed. What am I going to do?
If there's something strange, in your neighbourhood. Who ya gonna call? Lyn Scully!
Rachel checks in on Didge (and her ugly grey stockings of doom), while Donna is in with the doctor. Didge, however, knows that Donna's faking it. Rachel likens Didge's dilemma to her experience with Angus - Rachel kept pushing everyone away when they were only trying to help her out.
DIDGE: (upset) I didn't push Declan away. Declan ran away.
RACHEL: I know. But now he's coming back.
The nurse walks in and lets Didge know that the doctor will be with her in a minute.
An Even Different Road
Declan gets pulled over by the cops (for a busted brake light) and worries because his recent police record isn't all that good. The boys let the cop know that it's Zeke's step-father's car, but the cop takes the keys anyway so he can check it out properly. Funniest thing? He doesn't even bat an eyelid at the wombat sitting in the front seat.
Kelly brings over her mum's famous baklava to share with Elle - she needs someone to celebrate with after getting her job back. The school decided that fighting the community was more trouble that it was worth and relented. Elle wonders why Kelly isn't celebrating with Toadie but Kelly mutters that he's busy.
KELLY: Anyway, men are off the menu tonight. No Jarrod and no... Is it Laurence?
ELLE: ... Lucas.
KELLY: You know, sometimes it just has to be a girlfriend.
(Elle beams and high fives her)
Aww, Elle's made herself a proper female friend that's not a cat.
Meanwhile, more Ya Ya Sisterhood gatherings are going on in the form of a curse cleansing ritual. Steph and Libby are sitting on the ground surrounded by various bits and bobs, while Lyn instructs them on the phone.
LIBBY: Power be mine, curse be gone. Power be mine, curse be gone... This doesn't even rhyme.
Lyn then instructs them to smear some goop on their faces - grossing Toadie and Ben out, who have just returned home.
TOADIE: Hey! What people do in the privacy of their own home...
STEPH: It's a beauty treatment!
TOADIE: Not from where I'm standing, baby!
Toadie gives Ben his pizza to eat, but Ben's feeling a bit sick.
STEPH: (to Toad) There's a band playing later at the bar. You going to come? Bring Kelly.
TOADIE: Don't use me to recruit for your coven.
Libby asks for the next step, but Steph starts to crack up. Lyn was on the wrong page.
Rachel has put a secret call in to Rebecca to let her know what's going on. Donna and Rach stress about the boys, but then Declan finally rocks up. He tries to barge through to see Didge, but when Didge emerges from the consulting room she barely even glances his way before letting the nurse know she needs to make an appointment for next Tuesday.
DECLAN: Bridget what's going on?
DIDGE: You left me when I needed you. I thought you were better than that.
DECLAN: I am. I made a mistake.
DIDGE: So did I.
Getting encouragement from Rachel and Donna, Declan approaches Didge to try and talk to her again. He admits he's been gutless - he doesn't even know how to be a decent boyfriend, let alone a decent dad.
DIDGE: Do you think I know how to be a mum?
DECLAN: Guess it's one of those ‘learn on the job' things, hey.
DIDGE: Why did you come back?
DECLAN: I realised that I want to be a dad. I might not be any good at it, but I'm willing to give it a try.
DIDGE: (pausing) Me too.
Good thing you went with that and not, “I realised you reminded me of a wombat”. Declan promises never to leave her again, and things are looking OK - until Rebecca and Miranda rock up. Rebecca's not too bad, but Miranda's on the warpath and angrily says that Declan showed them what kind of man he was when he ran off.
MIRANDA: (to Didge) You're going to need your family around you now. Not him.
She drags Didge away while Rebecca looks at her son in concern.