- Elle throwing her dress at Lucas
- Karl suggesting to Rachel that she cool her romance with Ty
- Ty explaining to Lucas that he's been addicted to pain killers before
- Tanya offering Ty a 6-month contract overseas
- Justin threatening Zeke into writing more essays
- Rebecca telling Declan there's nothing worse than feeling like you're abandoned
Erinsborough High/Number 26
The camera is out of focus and the light is bright, which can only mean one thing - dream sequence time! Dreamland Didge walks into school and everyone sniggers at her; even her mates. The killer is when she turns to Declan for support, but even he shuns her (and her enormous pregnant belly - I think she's having octuplets).
Steve's sitting beside her when she wakes up. Didge is reluctant to share at first, but then confesses to her dad that it was about school. Steve wonders if Didge is ready to go back, but Didge knows she's already missed too many days.
Lucas sidles up to Elle at the bar and teases her about how he's meeting a “friend”. Elle starts to ask for her discarded dress back, but thinks better of it when Lucas continues to bait her. Turning on her heel, she rejoins her dad.
LUCAS: (as Elle walks off) Libby's got one you can borrow.
Smirking, Paul wonders how long it's going to take for them to get their act together. Elle gives him a sarcastic smile in response.
Rachel and Ty saunter by, talking about Tanya's offer. It's obvious that Rachel's upset at the thought of Ty being in Japan for six months, but she doesn't want to bring him down and says he'd be stupid to pass on the gig.
Ringo scares Zeke by pitching his school bag at his head, and discovers that Zeke's keeping the essay production line going. Going into the hallway, Zeke snits that he has to keep up the Ute repayments somehow. Ringo then tries to strike up a conversation with Rachel, but she's too bummed about Ty to respond, so Ringo bails to Donna's place. Karl picks up the slack by attempting to chat to Rachel about taking a break from her relationship with Ty, but this only upsets her further.
RACHEL: Ty's been offered the opportunity of a lifetime in Japan. So you got what you wanted and I hope that you're happy.
Lucas is envious of Ty's Japan opportunity - he remembers what it was like when he toured with his bike crew there. They were treated like rockstars, so he can only imagine what an actual rockstar would be treated like! Lucas then wonders if Ty will be up to it given his recent troubles, but Ty dodges the subject.
Paul shows Elle her latest news assignment - writing a profile on Andrew Simpson. When Elle protests, Carmella (who is waiting for Elle to close up shop with her), giggles and says that Elle's just worried about making Lucas jealous. But Elle needn't have worried - Lucas' aforementioned “friend” has turned up, and is of the female variety. Oh, and she just happens to be wearing Elle's old dress. Fuming, Elle drags Carmella out to the GS while Paul saunters over to have a quick word with Lucas.
Number 22 - Next Morning
Elle begs her dad to give her another assignment, but Paul won't budge. Donna and Rachel, who are making fruit smoothies in the kitchen, chat about Ty's Japan jaunt.
DONNA: Hey, you are one step closer to becoming the next Sophie Monk.
DONNA: Y'know like rockstar arm candy, invites to all the right parties, free designer clothes... And you don't even have to be good at anything.
RACHEL: Donna I'm not actually going with him you know.
DONNA: What? You have to go. Rach, Japanese chicks are hardcore. They treat rockstars like... Like rockstars.
RACHEL: I highly doubt anything could be worse than you.
DONNA: They will do anything to get into a hotel room. They're like groupie ninjas.
Shaking away the fear, Rachel says that she needs to stay for school, and that Didge needs both of their support too. But Donna can see through the veneer and wonders if Rachel can really let Ty go.
Didge greets Declan (and Chloe) at the door. Rebecca has put Declan on dad duty again, so he's spent the whole morning with her. Didge wonders if Declan's worried about going to school, but Dec says that if anyone bothers them, they're idiots. Steve walks in and asks how Chloe is.
DECLAN: Yeah, good. We had a bit of action in the Jackson before but we're all cleaned up and ready to go. Aren't we?
STEVE: What, you changed her?
DECLAN: Yeah. Eww.
The kids head off to school, planning to drop Chloe back at #24 on the way. Didge exits first and Steve stops Declan.
DECLAN: Yeah? (Reading Steve's worried look) I know, I'll look after her.
Ty lets Rachel know that the band have approved him joining them, so the gig's his if he wants it. He's going to get Toadie to check over the contract for him later, but he's pretty certain he's going to sign up. Rachel pretends to be happy for him.
Ty leaves and Ringo continues his ‘lets throw things at Zeke' streak by pitching a pack of chips at his head. Donna's also at the table, and when Didge and Declan arrive they complete the teen gang hexagon. Carmella wishes Didge good luck for her return to school, and Donna makes her even more uncomfortable by announcing that Elle sends along her well-wishes too.
DONNA: (covering) Not that you need it or anything. Does she guys?
DIDGE: Do you guys think that anyone knows that I'm...
DONNA: Knocked up?
(Rachel glares at her in disbelief)
DONNA: No! Noooo... Yeah. Yeah it's totally front page news.
RACHEL: It doesn't matter though because we're completely on your side.
ZEKE: Yeah of course we are.
DIDGE: Alright. Let's do this.
They head off to school.
Toadie sits with Tanya and Ty (it‘s a bloomin' tea party), and announces that the contract is fair. Noting the nice little retainer Ty will receive, Toadie jokingly wonders how he gets his hand on a contract like that, but Tanya is not amused. Ty's worried about not being able to play his own songs, but Tanya reminds him he'll be touring with the best in the business.
TOADIE: Yeah, I was in the music bizz and I didn't have half of these perks. (Trying to impress Tanya) I was a radio DJ. Uni FM. Yep. Most popular drive-time DJ they ever had. Hey, do you manage DJs?
Ty calls Carmella over (who is there to borrow some till rolls) to drag Toadie away before he makes a further embarrassment of himself. Toadie can't resist one more plug Tanya's way before he departs.
TOADIE: (in his best announcer voice) Uni FM...
Ty blathers on about performing solos again, so Tanya says that if Ty trusts her then she will make it happen. This pleases Ty and he says he's 100% committed. Tanya then asks if there's anything else she should know about. Ty flashes back to stealing the medicine out of Karl's bag, but of course says “no”. He signs the contract.
Didge warily stands at the entrance, just like in her dream. And all the kids and teachers are standing in the exact same spots - it's like she's psychic, man! But no one laughs at her and she relaxes - until she opens her locker and a baby doll falls out. Justin starts to snigger and Declan nearly goes him, but Ringo and Zeke break them up and Dan orders them into class. As they head in, Justin asks Zeke if he's got “it” (the essay) and Zeke mutters that he does.
Elle sulkily walks in with Lucas - who is the photographer for the shoot. He claims Paul didn't let him know they'd be working together when he offered him the job yesterday.
ELLE: I'm gonna kill him.
LUCAS: Is it really that bad?
ELLE: And my dress, how dare you give it to that girl!
LUCAS: You gave it to me - it wasn't my size. (Grins) Fit her perfectly.
ELLE: Ugh. You try something like that again and I'll...
LUCAS: You'll what? You'll punish me?
ELLE: (muttering) I looked better in it anyway.
Andrew joins them, pleased to see Elle. Annoyed, Lucas makes himself known.
ELLE: Andrew this is...
ANDREW: Luke. We've met before.
LUCAS: (dry) Yeah that's right, Andy.
Andrew offers his arm to Elle to start the tour and Lucas scowls.
Toadie proudly reads the front page article on Callum's protest titled, ‘Justice Done'. Kelly arrives and Toadie invites her to eat with him after they realise they're ordering the same meal. They chat about Toadie's upcoming assessment (re: Callum's guardianship), and Kelly shyly offers to help out, which Toadie happily accepts. They give each other sweet smiles. Aww.
Didge walks around to collect the essays, but the class erupts into laughter when Dan discovers a cartoon on the board of Didge pushing a pram-full of babies. Justin guffaws (and also manages to stick a ‘Baby On Board' sign on Didge's back), before Declan sees red and roughly hauls him around the classroom. Dan rushes over to break them up and Declan gives Justin an evil death stare.
Justin makes another smart alec comment and Declan nearly goes him again - just as Andrew sticks his head in the door to see what all the ruckus is about. Dan assures him he's got it under control. Declan snarls that Didge has been scared stiff of coming back to school because of idiots like Justin, but this makes Didge upset and she runs out of class. Declan tries to go after her but Dan orders him to stay put.
Out near the office, Andrew apologises to Elle for the commotion and goes to check if the Media room is free. Lucas scrolls through his pics and Elle notices that he hasn't taken a single good one of Andrew.
LUCAS: Aww, you can see him in that one... Kind of!
ELLE: (goading Lucas) No I'd like some shots of his handsome face and wonderful body. In focus.
(Andrew walks back and hears her)
ANDREW: Wonderful body, hey?
Flustered, Elle rushes off to the Media room.
Carmella chats with Kelly, while Steve chats with Toadie and we get a cross-chat of Toadie and Kelly saying the same wonderful things about one another to their chatting partners (I.e. “He/she's so funny”, “He/she has beautiful eyes” etc). It's a whole big chat-fest.
Kelly and Toadie then do the awkward banter thing with one another and look like a couple of nervous teenagers. Carmella giggles and suggests to Steve that those two crazy kids need a helping hand.
CARMELLA: Aren't we throwing Harold a welcome back BBQ?
STEVE: What? No.
CARMELLA: (whacks him on the shoulder like ‘duh') I think we are.
STEVE: Oh! Yeah!
CARMELLA: And I think we can kill two lovebirds with one stone.
Lucas makes a half-hearted attempt at taking pictures of Andrew before claiming that the battery has run out. But Andrew says he has some spare ones in the staffroom, and leads the way there.
ELLE: If you don't give me a decent shot in the next five minutes I'll sack you and do it myself.
LUCAS: (grumbling) Whatever you say, Lois.
Ty surprises Rachel at her locker and says he's been trying to reach her all morning. Uh, duh. She's been in class all day, Typo. He lets her know that he signed the contract and Rachel again tries to plaster on a smile and pretend to be happy for him.
Elsewhere, Declan finds Didge and apologises for acting like a dropkick. Didge says she's just sick of being the #1 topic of gossip at school. She just wants to fade into the background. Declan promises to be good and they kiss. Seeing them, Justin does his usual idiot routine and stirs them up.
JUSTIN: Get a room! On second thoughts don't, look what happened the first time.
DIDGE: Rack off, Justin!
JUSTIN: Or what? Gonna teach me a lesson? Like you did with Chris Knight...
Enraged, Didge lunges forward and shoves him to the ground - right in front of Principal Simpson. Lucas snaps away with the camera and Andrew tries in vain to block the shots. Didge is all, “Aww, crud. So much for not being gossip fodder”.
Didge waits with Declan and Steve in the hallway while Dan and Andrew discuss the matter in the classroom.
DIDGE: I'm sorry you've been dragged down here.
DECLAN: You know, Steve, it wasn't her fault.
DIDGE: Not that that's an excuse. I know I was completely out of line.
STEVE: You bet you were... Even if bloodnut did deserve it, ay.
In the classroom, Andrew is ragging on Dan for letting his class get out of control, but Dan knows Andrew is just worried about his precious image. Andrew then snidely asks Dan to, “Bring the Parker girl in here”. Ugh. Tool. She has a name.
Everyone walks in and Dan assumes that Didge will only get detention - Didge also apologises profusely and says it will never happen again. But Andrew is determined to make an example of her.
ANDREW: You have to take your belongings and leave the school ground immediately.
ANDREW: As of now you're officially expelled.