- Greg telling Steph his marriage was over ages ago
- Ringo discovering Donna's lies via Zeke's video diary
- Rachel engrossing herself in superstardom to escape reality
- Rachel initiating sexy shenanigans with Ty at Charlie's
- Karl putting up ‘Missing' posters of Zeke
Susan overhears Karl on the phone taking some time off work and assumes he'll be resting, but Karl is determined to keep searching for Zeke. Ringo sullenly heads out to Donna's, prompting Susan to ask if he's OK, but he gives a non-answer. Karl sadly states that Zeke's disappearance is all his fault - he feels Zeke is still bitter about the warehouse collapse. Susan tells him he's not to blame, but Karl breaks down.
KARL: I just want to see him again.
SUSAN: I know.
KARL: (face crumbling) I miss him.
SUSAN: (quietly) Me too.
Donna descends downstairs all dolled up, but is aghast to see that Tegan and Simon have filled the lounge with pink balloons instead of a more manly colour.
DONNA: How do I look?
TEGAN: A bit... Britney. Is that deliberate?
(Simon accidentally bursts a balloon)
SIMON: These balloons are lame, you can't even make a sausage dog!
There's a knock at the door and Donna quickly ushers her siblings upstairs. She explains to an unimpressed-looking Ringo that she was trying to re-create the balloon bonanza he concocted for her (complete with jewellery box - that I almost typed as ‘ox‘, which would have been way cooler). Donna swears she'll never lie to him again, but Ringo feels like the trust is gone.
DONNA: Please just give me one more chance.
Cut to: Donna moodily bursting a bunch of balloons. Should have gone with the 24 carat ox, Doughnut. Tegan reassures her sis that she'll find someone else - someone without such a stupid name.
TEGAN: It's best to walk away sometimes. Spare yourself the pain - like you did with mum.
Simon doesn't get what the big deal is, as far as he's concerned Ringo's just another casualty in the dumb boyfriend line. Besides, Donna lied to him so it's cause/effect. Donna's hurt by her brother's insensitivity but can see that he's right, which is a shame because Ringo's the first guy she's ever truly cared about. Simon looks guilty.
Ty stumbles out in his boxer shorts looking for Rachel, but can only find a very terse looking Steph. Scowling, Steph says that she's gone home and hopes he's not taking advantage of Rachel in her vulnerable state. Ty retorts that Rachel would have been running riot at Charlie's if it wasn't for him and doesn't understand why Steph's treating him like a kid. But when Steph slams a bunch of flowers in the bin (from Greg the dreg) Ty realises that Steph's taking all her man-hate out on him.
Karl's shouting at the police on the phone when all of a sudden Zeke waltzes in like the past week has never happened. Karl's elated and sits down with Zeke to find out where he was.
KARL: I looked for you everywhere.
ZEKE: Well I was right there.
ZEKE: Under the roof. Remember you rescued Libby instead of me?
KARL: (confused) No, that was another time.
ZEKE: But we all know you like Libby more than me.
KARL: (distraught) Oh no, now that's not true.
ZEKE: Yes it is.
KARL: Zeke I found you but I didn't know where Libby was and I... Oh, mate. Oh mate I'm so sorry. I'm so terribly sorry, if I could take it back I would.
ZEKE: (laughs humourlessly) I'm messing with you, Karl.
Zeke turns away to watch the TV, ignoring Karl, while a phone rings. Cut to: Karl waking up with a start, realising it was just a dream. He answers his mobile just as Susan gets the door - it's Steve with some food from Miranda. Hanging up Karl flits around in a tizzy, telling them that someone spotted Zeke down at the bus stop. Susan's aghast that Karl's given out his mobile number, but Karl just rushes out.
Karl sprints down the road yelling Zeke's name but the only Zeke in the shelter is the one on the missing person poster. Spying Lucas locking up the garage, he races over to ask if he's seen Zeke. Concerned, Lucas says no and at first offers to help look, but he then thinks he should drive Karl home after seeing the mental state he's in. Karl, however, insists that he's fine.
Susan lets Steph and Ty inside after leaving a worried voicemail on Karl's phone. Ty heads down the hallway to find Rachel while Steph sits with Susan.
Ty finds Rachel curled up on Zeke's bed, hugging a pillow. He wonders if they're OK and Rachel replies “of course”.
TY: You know I would never do anything to hurt you. I love you Rachel Kinski.
RACHEL: You mean a lot to me too.
Steph suggests getting someone else out to search for Karl while she stays there with Susan. She's about to put in a call to Steve when Greg rings her, but she quickly hangs up (earning a curious gaze from Suse). Ty emerges, letting Susan know Rachel's OK, and tells Steph he'll chat to her later. Steph makes the call to Steve.
Steve gets out of his car and finds Karl sound asleep on the bench. Although alarmed that he's been out for so long, Karl sighs and says he has to keep looking.
KARL: He's got to be somewhere. I've got to bring him home.
Steve understands but thinks that Karl needs to go home to Susan. Karl reluctantly agrees and the two men walk off with Zeke's poster looming behind them.
Steve walks Karl in and tells the ladies that Karl accidentally fell asleep, much to Susan's concern. Heeding his wife's advice, Karl finally heads off to get some rest, but asks Susan to charge his mobile overnight. Steph gives Susan a hug before her and Steve head out.
Susan finds Rachel still huddled up on Zeke's bed, but when she tries to reach out to her, Rachel hastily wipes away her tears and insists that she's OK before fleeing the room.
Gym - Next Morning
Simon's trying to get Donna interested in some treadmill time, but she can't concentrate. Biting the bullet, he apologises for being nasty to her and admits that Ringo isn't like all the others. Ringo suddenly appears to work out but he and Donna don't speak, so when Donna heads into the change rooms Simon has a word to him.
RINGO: What's your problem?
RINGO: Run along, play with your toy soldiers.
(He starts up the treadmill but Simon switches it off)
RINGO: Donna and I are none of your business.
SIMON: You're like dad. You both let her down, you both ran out on her, you both hurt her.
RINGO: She lied to me.
SIMON: It's what she does with all her boyfriends.
RINGO: It's screwed up.
SIMON: It's Donna. But she's changing because of you. Just thought you should know.
Ringo ponders this to some gnarly jazzercise music throbbing in the background.
Donna pretends to be checking for mail but she's really waiting for Ringo to get home from the gym. They see one another and it's a huge angst-a-thon of longing looks until Ringo decides to meet her in the middle of the street. He starts to speak, but Donna has an apology speech written down she'd like to read.
DONNA: I'm not a size 8, I'm a 10. Justin Timberlake did not ask me to go to Hawaii with him - but one of his security guards did. I'm not bi-lingual; unless you can count text messaging. We didn't go skiing at Bulla every year; I've actually never even seen snow. I wasn't drama captain at my last school, I was just recycling monitor. And I shoplifted every day for six months in year 8. I am a natural blonde, but it's a dirty blonde so I use unnatural products to be blonder. I don't hate my mum, I actually really miss her. And I swear I will never, ever lie to you again.
(She offers him his very own friendship ring)
DONNA: If you turn this down I'll understand and I won't bother you again... Probably.
RINGO: (breaking into a grin) You can bother me as much as you like.
They smooch and hug and all is well in the world again.
Tegan is peeved that her brother has played fairy godmother for Donna.
TEGAN: You're such a hypochondriac!
SIMON: I think you mean hypocrite.
Donna glides in and makes Ringo show off his bling ring (which looks awkward and a bit too big on him - it‘s not quite on the levels of Joey‘s man-bracelet for Chandler, but it‘s up there). Tegan pretends she's thrilled that they're back together. While the girls are in the kitchen, Ringo thanks Simon for knocking some sense into him. Donna overhears and is pleasantly surprised that her brother would be so thoughtful. She gives him a big hug, which freaks Tegan out.
Feeling fragile, Susan sits down on Zeke's bed and takes a leaf out of Rachel's book, hugging his pillow close to her. She holds it up to her face and gently inhales to capture Zeke's scent, but Karl ruins the moment by barging in and shouting at her for not re-charging his phone. He angers and upsets her further by accusing her of not believing in his rescue crusade.
SUSAN: What I believe is that you have no idea what you're doing. You're not the only one whose lost him. Have you given any thought to Rachel in this?
KARL: Of course I have.
SUSAN: No you haven't! You've been so busy running around with this idea, so I've had to try and keep the family together. You're not here.
KARL: We all have different processes, Susan.
SUSAN: Oh don't you dare go ‘doctor' on me. The only way we're going to get through this, the only way, is together as a family.
Lucas delivers another bunch of flowers to Steph that Greg left at the garage. Steph is determined not to contact him as she doesn't want to still be a home wrecker, but Lucas plays devil's advocate. From what he can see, both Greg and Steph are now single and it's obvious they want one another, so he doesn't see anything wrong in Steph giving him a call. Steph ums and ahs but eventually is worn down and picks up the phone to ring Greg. Oh Steph, you absolute fool.