- Bridget worried about her dad
- Zeke and Ringo getting letters from Donna
- Karl seething about the stupidity of the fight
- The boys fighting at the waste ground
- Zeke blacking out after flashing back to the accident
Karl and Susan stand by Zeke as he's wheeled into an ambulance. Zeke blearily mutters that he was drowning, but Susan tells him to rest. Upset, Ringo explains to Karl that Zeke just started to freak out - he didn't hit him. Karl gives him a stern look, as do Declan and Didge who have come along for the ride.
Declan and Didge are attempting to study for a test, but Didge is too distracted thinking about her parents.
DIDGE: Nothing like having a pregnant daughter to get your life on track.
DECLAN: You don't seriously think this is your fault?
DIDGE: I don't want to talk about it.
DECLAN: Bridget, their problems aren't your fault.
DIDGE: I said I don't want to talk about it.
DECLAN: Why are you the only girl in the world that doesn't want to talk?
DIDGE: I don't know, you're lucky I guess... Maybe if I could just stop wrecking their lives.
DECLAN: I thought you didn't want to talk about it?
DIDGE: I don't. Shut up.
Unable to concentrate, Didge heads out to get some lunch. Declan says he'll catch up with her soon.
Ringo is trying to call the hospital and check on Zeke but has no luck. Taking pity on him, Didge asks him to have lunch with her, but he's not in the mood and walks out (ignoring Tegan's cheery hello on the way). Cass bails her daughter out for chucking her altered school dress in the bin, but Tegan pretends it was an accident.
Karl and Susan fret about Zeke being released from hospital so soon. Zeke is quite surly towards them (for a change), but Susan calls him out on his attitude. Karl tries a good old sit down chat with him, wanting to know what happened since there was no evidence of physical trauma. Zeke flashes back to the fight and angrily states that he wanted to hurt Ringo but he wussed out. Karl questions why he passed out, reminding him that he said he was drowning, but Zeke just snaps out of his angry trance and stomps out the front door.
Karl and Susan follow him out but stop when they see he's facing off with Ringo. Showing glimpses of his former self, Ringo admits he was worried about Zeke and didn't really want to fight him. Offering Zeke a handshake, Ringo says he's sorry and that he wants to be friends again. Zeke merely glances at his ex-mate's outstretched hand in disdain before turning back towards the house.
Moping around, Zeke picks up his iPod but doesn't listen to it. Instead, he takes a framed photo of he and Ringo off the dresser and stares at it before slamming it face down again. Karl and Susan creep in, wanting to know if Zeke needs a chat, but Zeke isn't up for any talking. They leave him alone to wallow in his misery.
Steve buys a takeaway coffee from a random extra (who gets to talk!) before awkwardly passing Lisa and Lucas on his way out. L&L make with the schmoopy sexy talk, inadvertently grossing Elle out who is also at the bar. Lucas introduces Lisa to “the crazy stalker chick I was telling you about”, much to Elle's displeasure. Lisa goes to grab a menu, leaving Elle and Lucas to bicker. Elle claims she's seeing someone, but Lucas doesn't believe her when she can't even provide simple details like a name. Lisa walks back and joins in their conversation.
LISA: Does he rock climb?
ELLE: What? Rock climb?
LISA: We went last night, Lucas is a natural.
ELLE: Oh, finally something you're good at!
LISA: Have you ever been?
LUCAS: Well you can't rock climb in heels and a pencil skirt.
(Elle glares at him)
ELLE: (to Lisa) Push him off the cliff when you're finished with him.
SERVER: Miss, your coffee?
ELLE: Yeah, throw it over Rock Boy.
She sashays out.
Steve is bandaging up a dog when Declan comes to see him. They chat for a while, but Steve can see Declan's hiding something and tells him to spill, so Declan confesses that Didge is worried she's to blame for her parent's divorce. Steve's surprised, but takes the information on board.
Cass and Tegan are stunned to learn from Elle that Donna's run off to look for her father. Lucas wanders over to pay for coffees and Elle makes a crack about “who's stalking who now?” He brings up Elle's mysterious date again, and Elle continues to avoid the topic. Lucas leaves and if by magic, a cute delivery boy walks in to get Elle to sign for some parcels. You can guess what happens next.
Didge excitedly looks through a hamper that a “client” gave to Steve, that just happens to include all her favourite foods (like black olives, red liquorice and cookies & cream ice-cream - plus a spoon). She works out Steve made it up for her, but he just wanted to reassure her that the divorce isn't her fault.
STEVE: Don't you think I'm old enough and ugly enough to screw things up on my own?
DIDGE: And I had nothing to do with it at all?
STEVE: No, of course not. You and Riley are the best things in my life. You know that don't you?
Didge quietly concedes the fact and tucks into the ice-cream. Steve pulls out an extra spoon and joins her.
Lucas is hanging out with Lisa, but is annoyed when Elle brings in delivery guy. Elle smirks and drags the guy (Mark) over for introductions. Lucas says that Mark looks familiar, grinning when he finds out his day job.
MARK: You look familiar too. You always hang around the store, right?
LUCAS: (face falling) I work around here.
ELLE: (triumphant) But Mark's right, I mean you do come into the cafe a lot, don't you.
They go their separate ways and Lisa remarks that she's glad Elle's got a boyfriend - now she doesn't have to worry about her. Lucas half-heartedly agrees. A band starts up (Kitchen Knife Wife) and Lucas and Elle try to out-do one another in the “I'm having so much fun without you” stakes.
Zeke forlornly looks through newspaper clippings of his disappearance and photos of the rafting trip, quickly hiding them in a book when Susan walks in for another chat. She tells him she knows he's been skipping out on his counselling sessions with Dr Levi. From now on, either her or Karl are going to make sure Zeke attends the appointments. Zeke sasses that he'll just sit there in silence, but Susan sadly figures that it's better than nothing.
ZEKE: I don't need to see a shrink.
SUSAN: I think you do. The Zeke I knew would have understood how much courage it took Ringo to apologise.
Susan leaves him alone. Struggling with the prospect of more counselling, Zeke comes to a decision and climbs out his bedroom window (a little too easily - if it were a real house window he would've faceplanted into the ground).
Lisa is trying to engage Lucas in conversation but he's too busy staring daggers at Elle and Mark. Apologising, Lucas is about to head home with Lisa when he sees Elle and Mark leaving the bar. Fearing that Marky Mark has invited Elle to see his funky bunch, Lucas pretends that he's got an early shift in the morning and will have to take a raincheck on the sleepover.
Cass and Tegan (who appear to have camped out in the store all day) corner Ringo to enquire about Donna. Cass harasses him to show her the letter Donna wrote him, but Tegan thinks her mum is being too nosy. Cass stalks out in a huff when Ringo refuses to comply.
Ringo's wary when Zeke approaches him, but Zeke has decided to clear the air and belatedly accept Ringo's apology handshake.
Karl and Susan worry after discovering that Zeke has gone missing, but are pleasantly surprised when he walks through the door with Ringo and says he's invited him back home. The K's welcome Ringo back into the fold and proudly tell Zeke he's done the right thing. When they leave, however, Zeke's smile turns into a scowl. Blissfully ignorant, Ringo thinks it's great to be back, but Zeke's silence tells a different story.
RINGO: I'm really glad we're friends again.
ZEKE: We're not friends.
RINGO: ...What? Then why did you ask me to move back in?
ZEKE: To get Karl and Susan off my back.
Ringo is shocked.
Elle brings Mark home for coffee. Mark says he was stoked when Elle asked him out, and tries to kiss her, but Elle backs away to put the kettle on. Mark heads upstairs to use the loo just as Elle hears a noise outside - Lucas's motorbike. Startled, and a little bit hopeful, she quietly waits at the door for him to knock. On the other side, Lucas fights an internal battle, but his head overrules his heart and he walks away. Disappointed, Elle slumps onto the couch with a huge sigh.