- Ty breaking up with Rachel and smashing his guitar
- Miranda telling Steve she's going for a job at Lassiter's
- Lucas flirting on the phone in front of Elle
- Zeke and Ringo fighting over Donna
- Tegan telling Donna their mum is so impressed
Zeke stares at #22, rousing up the courage to chat with Donna.
Donna answers the door. Zeke says he wanted to chat to her at the airport yesterday but she ran off. Donna replies that she just didn't want to start anymore fights. Zeke apologises for causing her grief; but he's taking a stand.
ZEKE: Carpe diem.
ZEKE: It's Latin for ‘seize the day'.
DONNA: Oh, that's cool. Bilingual.
Zeke tells her she's beautiful and that he doesn't want to be “just friends” anymore. He kisses her, she freaks out a bit, but then she resumes the pash.
Giving Steve a wave, Karl sits with Ty and offers to shout him breakfast - he heard about the sacrifice he made for Rachel and thinks it was very noble of him. Karl also says he has the number of a guitar repair shop. Libby and Dan join them, but Lib can't stay long; she's minding Callum while Toadie's off on a business trip. Talk turns to the teen boxing match. Steve looks abashed in the background while they rubbish the idea (Libby says Susan's only going along with it to buy time till the boys calm down), but Dan thinks it's a valid plan.
Miranda strolls in, feeling unconfident about her callback interview. Steve gives her some encouragement and offers to chat more over coffee, but Miranda doesn't stay. Steve stares over at the Ramsay Street-ers having fun and feels left out.
Donna and Zeke sit an awkward distance from one another on the couch. Zeke apologises for freaking her out with his forwardness, but gets offended when she nervously chuckles about going the snog with him.
ZEKE: You mean the geek and the hottie?
DONNA: That's not what I said.
ZEKE: But it's what you meant.
Donna admits she's feeling messed up. Zeke tries the pash again, but when they start to lean back on the couch, Donna recoils and says they're going too fast. Affronted, Zeke thinks it's because Donna's embarrassed to be with him and leaves.
Didge hangs up from a schmoopy phone call with Declan just as her mum arrives home. Didge wants to know if Declan can move back in with them, but Miranda's a bit hesitant - she was enjoying having Didge all to herself for a while. Didge agrees, but still wants Miranda to think about. Miranda says she will - just as long as Didge helps her out with her next interview.
Steve twists his wedding ring around his finger while Elle and Lucas cross behind him, bickering about their next news assignment - interviewing people about the new skate park. Elle hears Lucas' phone ring in a different way and is jealous to learn that his new girlfriend Lisa was mucking around with the tones last night.
ELLE: Well, going by that ring tone she sounds about twelve.
LUCAS: No she's twenty.
ELLE: What, is she a full-time phone programmer?
LUCAS: She's uncomplicated.
Annoyed, Elle snatches the phone off him and huffs out. Karl and Ty follow not long after, but Dan wants to stay and check on Steve (who is still twisting his wedding band). Steve's defences go up and he says he's alright, but Dan offers to chat with him anytime he needs it.
Karl gives Ty the number of the guitar repair shop and offers to teach him chess, but Ty's off to a job interview for a plumbing gig. Karl hopes that Ty doesn't give up music altogether. Ty leaves and Karl tries to get Zeke interested in a chess game.
KARL: I made the first move.
ZEKE: So I make the next move and before we know it we're having a Karl chat?
Zeke's about to take his sarky self outside when he finds Donna at the door.
DONNA: I really hate it when people say ‘we need to talk' but... We need to talk.
Donna explains that whenever she got with a guy in the past, all the physical stuff happened too quickly. She wants to change her behaviour - she doesn't want to be like her mum. Zeke totally understands and thinks Donna's about to suggest they stay friends, but is surprised when Donna says there's something between them.
DONNA: Otherwise I wouldn't be telling you all this stuff. I don't know what it is about you, but I've never trusted anyone like this before.
DONNA: Not even Ringo.
ZEKE: Even though I'm so messed up?
(Zeke beams at her)
DONNA: You don't apologise for who you are and I like that. I like you.
Elle is trying to interview Libby and Dan about the skate park but keeps getting distracted by Lucas laughing uproariously at some text messages Lisa has sent him. Seeing Callum and Ben, Elle tries to get their POV but Callum just burps into the tape recorder.
ELLE: (recoils in disgust) Eww!
(Dan and Ben laugh but Libby's offended)
CALLUM: What? It was just my answer. So did you get it down?
LIBBY: (to Elle) I'm so sorry. We should go.
DAN: Yep, the cordial drip needs topping up.
Elle asks Lucas if he got some pics but he claims he was too busy with Lisa.
ELLE: (eye rolling) So, where's the big rendezvous? School formal?
He informs her they're going to Charlie's just as he gets another SMS. Seeing red, Elle grabs his phone and pitches it into the pond.
Donna gets off the phone from Elle (who has sent her on a mission to buy a new mobile for Lucas), and gives Zeke a kiss before heading out, telling him it was good to talk. Feeling chipper, Zeke eyes the chess board and moves one of the pieces.
Didge and Miranda happily chat about job stuff, making Miranda feel more confident about nailing the interview. Callum and Ben race around behind them, nearly knocking over an old lady at the door. Libby tells Ben to say sorry, but he burps out his apology causing her to be even more mortified. Callum and Dan smirk. Dan tries to tell Libby that boys will be boys, but Libby insists that her boy isn't like that.
DAN: No that's true.
LIBBY: What does that mean?
DAN: (hesitant) Oh... It just wouldn't hurt to bloke him up a bit.
LIBBY: What'd you say?
DAN: (feigning ignorance) Hmm? Nothing.
LIBBY: You think my son's a wuss?
Dan's silence confirms everything.
Ty notices Steve has his wedding ring off and Steve bluntly tells him Miranda's moved on. A young, blonde woman walks in and starts to chat to Steve. Long-time viewers are like, “HI TAHNEE! Long time no see! How's your himbo brother, Taj? Had any muffins thrown at you lately?” But this time around, she's a character called Lisa who is temping for Toadie. Steve jokingly gives her some tips to keep on Toadie's good side, so Lisa offers to buy him a drink. Steve is pleasantly surprised. Don't be, mate. Lucas didn't say the name ‘Lisa' a billion times this episode already for nothing.
Elle can't believe that Donna's with Zeke; she thinks it's too soon after his accident for him to be dating. But Donna insists he's fine and that everyone's walking around on eggshells for nothing. Besides, she's not about to take romantic advice from someone who just threw their boyfriend's phone in the pond. Ty brings them a drink and they comment on Steve chatting with a “chick”. Donna asks if she can go, but soon realises that Elle wants her there as a cover until Lucas arrives for his date.
DONNA: You're stalking them?
ELLE: I'm not stalking them. I'm just interested for interest's sake.
DONNA: You're so stalking!
ELLE: (sighing) Maybe you're right, this isn't a good idea.
She stands up but Donna grabs her arm and drags her around the corner to hide in the office. Steve and Lisa are having a good old chat about animals and Lisa wonders what his wife thinks about his job. Steve uncomfortably admits he's separated. Sympathetic, Lisa tries to give him a high-five for getting on with his life but Steve reckons he's too old and uncool for that and offers her a handshake instead.
LISA: You're not old. And besides, some of us like our men more mature.
STEVE: You do?
LISA: Yeah of course. I mean, you've got the experience and you're confident about who you are.
Steve looks dead chuffed. He goes off to the loo but stops to turn and grin at Lisa who beams back at him.
Karl notices that Zeke has moved a chess piece. While Zeke's watching TV with his back turned, Karl chit chats with him while quietly moving his own chess piece into place. After he heads out the back, Zeke jumps up with a smile and makes the next move.
Elle is getting tired of playing spies but regains her interest when she hears the same ring tone as Lucas' coming from Lisa's phone. Donna nudges Elle to go and confront Lisa and tell her Lucas is off limits, but Elle scoffs and says she's not interested in Lucas anymore.
DONNA: Elle, you need to carpet the deer.
DONNA: It's Latino, it means seize the day.
They don't notice Lucas standing behind them until it‘s too late. He overhears them chatting and isn't impressed with Elle's train of thought - she doesn't want him but no one else can have him either. Flustered, Elle can only shove his new phone at him before she rushes out. (Hey! Afro Man Extra is in the background! I love him, he's like our very own Dr. Beardfacé and Snoop Dogg Intern!).
Charlie's Bar - Toilets
Steve's staring in the bathroom mirror giving himself a pep talk - out loud. God, I'm embarrassed for him. He's all, “You're ready to move on” etc and shoves his wedding ring into his pocket.
Steve strides straight past Lucas at the bar to Lisa's table and offers to buy her another drink, but Lisa smiles and says Lucas has that covered. Lisa tells Lucas that Steve was the nice guy taking care of her while she waited for him. Poor Steve looks a bit crushed. Why don't you go and talk to the mirror some more? Maybe it'll tell you you're the fairest of them all.
Miranda answers the door and finds Steve looking quite miserable. He asks if he can come in for a chat - he thinks they've made a mistake. Miranda says she's moved on and thinks Steve should do the same. He gets upset and says he can't. Taking her hands in his, he says he loves and misses her. Miranda's quite conflicted until she notices that he's taken his wedding ring off and angrily bids him goodnight. The door shuts in Steve's face and he looks on the verge of tears.