- Karl expressing his displeasure to Dan about the surrogacy idea
- Paul handing over the newspaper editor hat to Elle
- Paul receiving a tip-off about the surrogacy
- Elle refusing to run the story unless Paul writes it himself
- The teens getting in trouble for Zeke stealing the Buttman costume
- Sunny taking the blame for the group
Dan tells Sunny he's very disappointed in her behaviour; maybe she's not suited to being an exchange student? Sunny stammers that she is, but Dan thinks her parents need to be called. Zeke suddenly barges in and claims that he's the real suit-stealer. Dan becomes even more frustrated when Donna, Didge, Declan and Ringo all do the same.
DAN: This isn't murder on the Orient Express!
DECLAN: What is that, like a game?
Annoyed, Dan says if they're all so keen on being guilty then they'll all pay the penalty.
Cut to: Donna wearing the Buttman costume, handing out fliers and preaching about the ugly side-effects of smoking. The rest of the teens are also on flier patrol, decked out in Smokefree t-shirts and hats. Zeke takes Sunny aside for a chat but is annoyed that she's still trying to avoid him. He takes a phone call and Sunny leaves.
Kate brings out drinks for the teens, on the house from Lou (who is still trying to win karma points to beat his curse). Zeke skips over and happily announces that his boss at Pirate Net has scored him six free tickets to the Winter Cool Festival. Declan clocks that Kate is listening and signals to Zeke that they should invite her. Zeke offers to get an extra ticket but Kate claims that she's got too much work on. While Ringo helps Donna with her drink (she can't pick anything up with her big foamy hands), Declan calls Steve: he needs him onside for the festival.
Organizer Declan is showing Steve that he and Didge will have a responsible time at the concert - he's packed blankets, water, a first aid kit and has even mapped out a route to the nearest hospital. Miranda and Rebecca are impressed but grumpy pants Steve doesn't give his blessing.
STEVE: It's just too dangerous. What if they start that stupid mooshing business and you get knocked over?
DECLAN: (smirking) Geez, we didn't think of that.
DIDGE: Yeah, wow, mooshing is so dangerous.
DECLAN: What were we thinking?
DIDGE: Heavens, I don't know... Dad, it's called moshing!
Miranda thinks that the kids should go, and Dec and Didge pretty much tell Steve that they were only asking him to be polite: they're going either way.
REBECCA: It's not Woodstock, Steve.
STEVE: It better not be.
Libby and Susan are looking over some surrogacy information and Libby apologises to her mum about the amount of needles involved. Susan says she got used to them when her MS was diagnosed and adds that she just dreams about George Clooney to distract her. Dan walks in looking glum and says to Libby that they might need to slow the surrogacy plans down a little. Libby's confused when he doesn‘t elaborate on why, but Susan realises that Karl has been in Dan's ear. When Libby leaves, Susan quietly tells Dan not to say anything to Libby about her dad's disapproval.
Rebecca is over helping Paul choose a wallpaper sample for the house. She can't believe that he's taken a step down at the newspaper, but Paul says he's looking forward to being a reporter. Rebecca tries to take a peek at the story on Paul's laptop but he says she'll just have to read it tomorrow like everyone else.
REBECCA: I'm just so glad that someone in Erinsborough is writing the news rather than being the news for a change.
The camera zooms in on the hospital reports on the table.
Susan and Libby walk in with Zeke, Ringo and Donna (who is still in the Buttman costume). Susan's incredulous that Zeke's trying to worm his way into going to the music festival right after a detention, but Zeke claims that festivals are an Australian rite of passage. Sighing, Susan says that if Sunny's parents give the OK then they can go - but Susan's designating drivers and wants them to ring the second anything goes wrong. Donna's excited: she needs to go and sort out her glow sticks.
Karl solemnly looks at Susan's medical report and flashes back to when she was getting scans done to diagnose her MS (Episode 5348). He's distressed when he remembers how frightened and upset she was. He rings Dr Levi's receptionist and tells her he won't be coming to the scheduled family counselling session.
Libby asks Susan what she was speaking with Dan about earlier, but guesses that it has something to do with Karl. Susan confirms that Karl's worried about her health after the birth and thinks that he's also upset because she didn't discuss the surrogacy with him first. She thought it would be easier not to involve him because she knew he'd try and talk her out of it. Libby says she can't go through with the surrogacy without her dad's support. Susan agrees but thinks that Karl just needs some more time to digest the news. Steph bounds in and asks if she's interrupting something, becoming suspicious when Susan and Libby claim they're fine. Steph smiles and asks if there's anything juicy she needs to know but doesn't get a response. While Steph's at the counter, Libby asks Susan if she's sure Karl will be OK, but Susan insists he'll be fine.
The teens (minus Sunny) are packing for their road trip while Steve moodily looks on. Rebecca and Miranda tease him about mooshing. Kate stops by to drop off a dish and casts a longing look at all the packing going on. The teens all swap awkward looks and Declan invites her again to join them, but Kate pretends she's super busy and heads home. Miranda feels sorry for her having to grow up too fast.
STEVE: Is that all you're bringing? Two sleeping bangs and a blanket? It's the middle of winter, what if there's a cold snap?
DIDGE: Dad, what if there's a plague of locusts?
I think Steve should be more concerned about the fact that his daughter is wearing short-shorts in the middle of “winter” (and Donna has a very summery dress on too). Miranda takes Steve into the kitchen and starts singing a song to him that they used to adore back in ‘84 down at their local pub. Grinning, Steve sings along with her (complete with air guitar). Miranda convinces Steve that the kids deserve the chance to make their own memories too.
Susan storms down the pathway when she sees Karl arrive home, yelling at him for bailing out on their appointment with Dr Levi. She had to ring Libby and Dan to tell them what he'd done.
KARL: Three against one?
SUSAN: Well they need to know what's happening, obviously you weren't going to tell them.
KARL: Yeah just like you weren't going to tell me that you made Libby the offer.
SUSAN: Oh great, so what? Now we're in grade three are we? I don't do something so then you don't do something back just to get me.
KARL: What happened to us?
SUSAN: You tell me.
KARL: Susan there are plenty of people in the world who have only one child. They live happy and fulfilled lives.
SUSAN: Logic has got nothing to do with this, Karl.
KARL: But this isn't logical at all. I don't understand either of you, I really don't. Why can't you just be happy with the way things are?
SUSAN: And why can't you allow your daughter something that will give her so much?
KARL: I'm a doctor, I have to remove myself from the emotion of the situation. I have to make a decision based on what's best for everyone's health.
SUSAN: You're not our doctor. It's not your decision to make for us.
KARL: I have to make a decision I can live with.
SUSAN: We all do, Karl.
KARL: I'm sorry, I can't support you on this you know that.
Zeke gets off the phone from Sunny and realises that he's stumbled upon an argument. He quickly heads inside to pack.
KARL: What about your other children? Did it occur to you to find out what they think? You can't just do what you want, Susan. Because this is bigger than just Libby. You really haven't thought this through have you?
She doesn't answer him as he walks off.
Libby is sorting some old belongings out when she stumbles upon a baby mobile and starts to get upset. Dan finds her and Libby says she doesn't want to be responsible for ruining her parents marriage; they've already been through enough the past few years. Dan assures her she won't but she needs to let them sort everything out themselves. Libby wonders if she's being greedy. She's already got Ben, maybe another child is asking for too much.
DAN: You're not. I want to do this with you.
LIBBY: I want to do this with you too, but not without dad's support. I can't.
DAN: Well I needed some time to get used to the idea, maybe that's all he needs.
LIBBY: We don't have a lot of time, though, do we?
DAN: I don't think we have any choice right now.
Declan, Ringo and Zeke are all bickering about the best way to pack all their junk in the car boot. Declan is fed up after his third failed attempt, so Zeke gives it a crack. Donna and Sunny ask what the guys are doing, but they say it's a bloke thing. In the five seconds the boys' backs were turned, Zeke has managed to shove everything in the boot. Ringo and Declan are all NO WAI.
ZEKE: I'd like to tell you ‘I told you so'.... So, I told you so!
DONNA: Ahh... Didge hasn't bought out any of her stuff yet.
Declan and Ringo laugh and high-five one another. Donna and Sunny take a walk and Sunny confesses that she lied to her parents - again. She told them that there would be adults accompanying them to the festival. (Keep an eye on the boys in the background - they're piling every single item from the boot onto Zeke!).
Musical montage time! *plays air guitar a la Steve*
Ooh, the Robinsons have a nifty new open fire place. How lovely. Rebecca and Paul are having a grand old time playing Monopoly. By Rebecca's screeching, I'd say she was losing (or she landed on ‘pay tax' just after she passed go - I hate that!).
Steve and Miranda dance around like loonies in their kitchen, reliving their younger, pub-going years.
Contrasting this, Libby and Dan are cuddled up on the couch together looking morose.
Karl and Susan sit at opposite ends of the table while they eat dinner in stony silence, occasionally sending evil eyes to one another.
Steph shoves Toadie into the kitchen before he can disrupt Dan and Libby and asks if he thinks something is wrong with them. Toadie thinks Steph's being weird and that Libby and Dan seem fine to him. But when they return to the lounge for movie night, Libby and Dan head off to bed in a sad mood.
STEPH: What did I tell you!
TOADIE: ... Can we put on Titanic?
He starts to serenade Steph with ‘My Heart Will Go On' but shuts up when she glares at him (although Carla looks like she's going to bust out laughing at any moment).
Susan and Karl continue their stare-off before Susan goes off in a huff to the bedroom. Karl sighs. Fun times in the Kennedy house tonight!
Number 22 - Next Morning
Paul has surprised Rebecca with a delicious breakfast. He's excited to have his “first piece as a jobbing reporter” out this morning in the paper. Paul feels that he's been given a second chance by everyone and he wants to enjoy it. Uhh, isn't this like the 250th chance by now? Rebecca says she won't let him mess up again.
REBECCA: Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life.
Karl and Susan snipe at one another about mundane things until Libby and Dan come over. They tell Karl and Susan to look at the paper, who are horrified when they see the front page spread: "Granny surrogate: does it get any sicker?"