-Lucas on the ground having been beaten up.
-Lucas showing Elle his bruises and telling her he fell on a tow bar at work.
-Harry telling Katie that just because they look after themselves doesn't mean they have to be boring.
-Harry and Katie dancing at the gig at Charlie's.
-Miranda inviting Steve on another date.
- Ben calling himself Ben Fitzgerald and Steph getting mad about it.
-Steph telling Libby she's betraying Drew
The gym/Number 30
Steph is knocking seven bells out of a punch bag while Libby tells Toadie about their latest fight. Toadie stutters a bit and Libby jumps in worried that he thinks Steph was right. She still wants to strangle Steph but she might have a point. Libby is concerned that his name is the only thing Ben has left of Drew, but Toadie tells her not to worry about him. Steph has a rest, having thoroughly vented.
Lou is sat between Steve and Miranda watching the TV and guffawing. Steve and Miranda don't seem particularly pleased.
LOU: Well, I haven't laughed so much since this time last week but, can't sit here watching telly all night.
Steve hopefully asks if he's going out, but Lou has plan for some quiet pottering. Left alone on the couch Steve shuffles over and suggests and early night. Miranda looks at him incredulously and suggests that a little thing called romance wouldn't go amiss. Too right, Miranda.
STEVE: We're a bit past that, aren't we?
MIRANDA: Well you might be.
Looks like there'll be no lovin' for you tonight Stevo.
Steph wondered how long it would be before Libby sent somebody and that somebody is Toadie with pizza. Steph admits she overreacted. Toadie asks if it was a jealousy thing, but Steph says it was so long ago, it makes no sense. Steph's feathers are still ruffled so Toadie decides to retreat as Steve walks into the firing line. He dances around the subject a bit but then tells her that Miranda thinks he's lacking in romance and wondered if she has any ideas.
STEVE: But it's ok.
STEPH: What do you mean, it's ok?
STEVE: Yeah, well it's not like you're into it either, y'know, romance.
STEPH: W..what do you mean?
STEVE: Well, you know, you're one of us...
STEVE: Yeah, one of the boys.
STEPH: Yeah, yeah Steve, that's right. I'm just a bloke with extras, what would I know about romance hey?
She throws his towel at him and storms off as he plaintively calls after her. Nice one Steve. How long have you known women for? And you, a man of medicine. I despair.
I'm seriously confused as things seem to have moved around, there's a new sofa, possibly some new decoration and yet Elle is holding up wall paper samples for Lucas who is more interested in his bike magazine. She asks him to at least have the effort to fake interest, but he's more interested in her.
ELLE: What do you mean you're not interested in the walls?
LUCAS: Well I've never seen myself as a stuck inside four walls kind of a guy.
ELLE: Hang on, stuck? Is that how you see yourself?
LUCAS: I didn't mean it that way.
ELLE: Then how did you mean it?
Lucas doesn't want an argument about it and tells her to paper the walls whatever colour she likes. Elle huffily goes back to her samples. The men of Erinsborough are not doing well tonight.
Steph is moping at the bar while Lucas bends her ear about what women want. Rebecca suggests a sleep in, a backrub, and for Paul to stop writing newspaper articles about her friends.
LUCAS: You've helped me out before.
STEPH: Well maybe I don't feel like it tonight.
LUCAS: I know this stuff isn't your bag but...
STEPH: Hang on, what's not my bag?
LUCAS: Girly stuff.
Rebecca senses trouble as Steph's hackles are raised again. She wants to know why all the men around seem to think she's not interested in girly stuff. (Lucas meant it in a “good way”)
STEPH: You want to know what we want? We want to talk with someone who wants to talk with us, we want to be met half way, we don't want to be made fun of and every now and then we'd [really like to be made to feel special.
Amen sister. Rebecca is in full agreement and wonders what's so hard about that. Lucas seems a bit scared and leaves. Steph tells Rebecca that Steve made the same crack earlier. Every guy around seems to think she's a romance free zone and it's starting to feel that way.
Elle pays a visit to Lucas, she has a present for her. She hands him two tickets for the Winter Cool Festival. He's intrigued by the fact that there are two tickets. Elle points out that there's two of them and yes she is aware it's an outdoor festival.
ELLE: That's why we're going. No walls.
Lucas says they'll have to camp. Elle is sure there'll be a motel. Lucas shakes his head and sweatily hugs her. Ew.
Steve is surprised Steph called her after last night, but Steph has a plan for him. She calls Lou over and shows him a flier for a Carry On movie festival that evening. Lou loves Sid James but thinks he has a weird laugh (uhhaahuhhaa). So that's Lou out of the way for the evening. Steph delegates flowers and calling Miranda to Steve and tells him to meet her at Charlie's later.
STEVE: Steph, why are you doing this?
STEPH: Proving a point.
STEVE: You don't have to prove anything to me.
STEPH: I'm not, I'm proving it to myself.
Steph is round raiding Toadie's romantic movie collection and Toadie asks if she's been in touch with Libby. Steph replies that Libby hasn't been in touch with her. Toadie asks why the sudden interest in romance.
STEPH: I like romance.
TOADIE: Your perfect idea of a date movie is something like Easy Rider or Long Way Round so...who's the guy?
Steph explains it's not for her, Steve's ideas of romance need some renovating. Toadie cracks up that Steve asked her to pick out a romantic movie. Steph says she can be romantic and hits him. Fair play.
Ben and Callum are kicking a footie and talking about Libby and Steph arguing about Ben changing his name. Steph comes out into the street and Ben waves at her just as Libby also comes out. Steph shoots daggers at her and Libby looks forlorn.
Steph is waiting with a bottle of wine and DVD for Steve when Miranda drops by. She picks up the DVD (The Notebook) and starts to rave about it. She wishes she could get Steve to watch it. Speaking of, he's just come in and darts around a corner to hide. Steph asks how things are and Miranda admits it would be nice to have a little bit more. Less practicality and more time spent getting in the mood etc. Amen to that.
Miranda goes off to find Rebecca and with the coast clear Steve pops his head up from behind the sofa and Steph hands him the winning wine and film.
Lucas comes home to find a Lara Croft style Elle and a living room full of state of the art camping equipment. He thinks the tent looks way too complicated and they should just take his, but Elle says this one is way better and it goes up in five minutes. Elle is happy to make a bet, if she wins she gets unlimited foot massages for the next month, if he wins they take all the stuff back and use his camping gear. Lucas hands her the tent and tells her five minutes starts now.
Five minutes later and Lucas thinks Elle looks like a giant bag of popcorn. She can tell the man in the store that the instructions make no sense when she takes it all back. Evidently Lucas really took heed of Steph's advice that it's nice not to be made fun of. Elle says he can sleep in his little tent all alone. He tells her he's just mucking around but Elle says that she tried to meet him half way and leaves.
Rebecca asks if Elle is trying out a new look. Elle doesn't think it suits her.
ELLE: I've decided I don't like camping after all.
REBECCA: Woah. I did not see that coming. All right, what's he done?
ELLE: I just didn't want Lucas to get bored.
Rebecca reassures her that Lucas really likes her. Elle admits that they're both just different and like different things. Rebecca gently breaks it to her that if he can't see that she's bending over backwards trying to please him then maybe she's with the wrong man.
Miranda is pleasantly surprised to find Steve lighting candles and wine and figs on the table. She thinks its all part of a cunning plan, but he says no. He thought they could take things slowly, chat and watch a film. Lovely.
Things are getting romantic over chez Robinson too. Elle arrives home to find champers on ice and Lucas cosied up in the fancy tent.
LUCAS: Looks like someone is going to get their fair share of foot massages.
ELLE: But I lost.
LUCAS: No, the bet was the tent could go up in five minutes, we didn't say who had to do it.
Nyaw, don't you love it when a plan comes together?
Things are going well at the Parkers' too. Miranda and Steve are feeding each other chocolates and wine and settling down to watch the DVD looking genuinely couple-y. Oh what wonderous things can occur when blokes listen.
Steph is standing alone on the jetty when Ben appears and tells her he's not going to change his name if it's going to make her and Libby fight again. She gives him a big hug and tells him that she and his mum are fine.
BEN: Then why are you here by yourself?
STEPH: Ah, just a bit lonely.
BEN: You don't have to be lonely. Mum's home, I can take you there and you can be friends again.
He holds out his hand for her. An Aww Bless! Moment if ever there were one. You see, Ben could change his name to anything and it wouldn't take away the fact that he's Drew's son through and through. He's a little gentleman and thoughtful and loving and it's all actually making me well up thinking about him and Drew.
Steph apologises to Libby and she jokes that it's not like they haven't fought over Drew before. Steph wells up a bit too and says that she didn't mean all the stuff she said before it just came out.
LIBBY: I think we've both got that disease.
STEPH: You're right, it's none of my business, it's just....nah. It's fine.
LIBBY: Talk to me,
STEPH: I can't.
LIBBY: You can tell me anything.
STEPH: I just loved Drew so much and I just find that every guy I've been with since, I find myself comparing them to how I felt when I was around him. You are so lucky to have found love again.
LIBBY: And you will too. You know, Greg and Toadie and Max weren't right for you but someone is. And until he comes along you're just going to have to settle for me, all right?
See that's all well and good, but Steph met Max when Drew was still around and I might not be an ardent Stax shipper, but Steph really did love Max and he loved her, and I daresay more than she loved Drew in the end. Ah well, friends are reunited once more.
Lucas and Elle are still cuddled in the tent having agreed to take it with them. Elle says that she's going to give camping a go, but if it doesn't work out it's no big deal because it's ok to be different. Lucas agrees.
ELLE: Are you happy?
ELLE: Because I know relationships haven't worked out well for either of us but I really want this one to. I just don't want to be in another doomed relationship
LUCAS: We're not doomed.
The look on Lucas' face would give the viewer pause for thought however.