Declan turning down a game of footy as he has to babysit India, then his video games session with Ringo being interrupted by her crying.
Johnno wanting his money from Lucas.
Dan and Lucas having an argument.
Paul having a go at Elle over not knowing what sells newspapers then Elle quitting so she can work for someone else.
It's a busy morning in #22 as Donna is trying to persuade Elle to come to her parent-teacher night which she agrees to upon finding a suitable timeslot. Meanwhile with Paul eavesdropping, Elle tries to get Lucas to come along on a job with her however his mind is pre-occupied after getting a text from Johnno telling him its pay day.
Lucas calls Johnno and promises he'll get his money. When Elle comes out of the house, he tries to get paid early for the job Elle has him lined up to do, lying to her why he really needs the money.
The teens (minus the new parents) discuss the forthcoming parent-teacher night and Donna tells them she'll meet them at the store as she has forgotten her lunch.
Paul is using the information he eavesdropped on and persuades the guy to talk to him instead of Elle and eventually seals the deal but is caught red-handed by the returned Donna who is unimpressed at him stealing Elle's story and threatens to dob him into Elle. Paul warns her off doing so, reminding her that she is just a guest in the house.
DONNA: You can't kick me out, this is Elle's house.
PAUL: Oh really, and when it comes to the crunch, who do you think she is going to side with, her father or you?
"Elle would never kick me out," replies Donna but Paul isn't so sure and questions if she has outstayed her welcome.
PAUL: You just keep your nose out of our family business.
Declan is relived not to find a dirty nappy when he changes India, and Didge sarcastically thanks him when she enters the nursery for what he also said to India about keeping it (the dirty nappy) for mummy (Didge overheard via the baby monitor when she was in the livingroom).
The two of them then discuss whether to have godparents for India and who they should be. Didge suggests Riley and Declan suggests Oliver although Didge points out that Ollie doesn't even live in Australia! He reminds her that Ollie already has the experience of being a dad but they agree to think it over.
Donna is obviously mulling over Paul's words as the others try and get her interested in a deb ball (Dan mentioned it to them subject to school council approval) and eventually she puts on a happy face when Ringo quizzes her. Didge thinks it's sexist and that they should have a dance instead.
Didge then pulls Declan aside to talk godparents - she's ruled out both Riley and Ollie in favour of someone living close by and suggests they ask one of their close friends. "How do we choose them" is Declan's first thought and Didge suggests some sort of questionnaire although Declan isn't really jumping for joy at the specimens in front of him (Donna is in a trance and Ringo and Zeke are capering). Donna then rejects Didge's offer of a chat to go sort out her family, "whatever that is" she adds before departing.
Donna decides its confrontation time with Paul - she won't grass on him this time but as they are "discussing" what he has done, Elle comes home unexpectedly. Donna now realises she should be at school and quickly departs and Elle tells Paul to talk!
Lucas is calling someone to try and get a personal loan but he has to cut his call short when Elle enters the store. She tells him what Paul did and that Lucas won't be working for her now. Elle then wonders if what Paul did today is a sign of things to come with him sabotaging her every move. Lucas replies that she should do that back to him adding that she is a much better journalist than Paul is. Elle then departs and Lucas calls the number again but hangs up when they can't sort out the loan today.
Someone else has been eavesdropping - Johnno and asks Lucas if he is short of money, he isn't, and makes it clear to Lucas he wants his money tonight!
Paul comes into moan at Elle for her pinching 3 of his contacts before asking that she comes back to work for him. "I don't think so" is her reply and asks that he just accepts that she is moving on. "Because I miss you too much" is his reply but as a compromise, promises not to steal her leads, just to have healthy competition between them.
ELLE: How am I supposed to believe that?
PAUL: Because you have my word.
ELLE: Mmm, actions speak louder than words.
Paul begs her to tell him what she wants him to do and eventually they do a deal - Elle gets her story back and Paul gets one of his contacts, he loses the other two so he can be taught a lesson.
Donna treats the guys to a big plate of nachos and as they munch, they chat about bringing up kids. Dec mentions he's been reading a book on the most important things to teach kids and asks what theirs would be. Donna begins with good fashion sense because if you dress well doors will open. Ringo suggests sports (golf or tennis), not so they can learn teamwork and discipline but so that they can go pro when they are older and earn millions. Zeke is reluctant to answer, citing he's got enough problems teaching himself things to worry about kids.
Lucas then enters the store, talking on the phone trying to sell a bike part, which he finds a buyer (Dave) for who agrees to give him the money today.
Toadie arrives with a treat for the teens - a video of the 1994 deb ball that his brother Stonie attended, for them to watch including a scrag fight after the last dance! (But you can read the summary and look at the caps in the archive, it's episode 2184
) "We've got to see that" replies Zeke.
The teens have found a VCR to watch the tape and while they do so, in the kitchen Declan mentions to Didge that the godparent test didn't go well. The two of them retreat into the nursery with India leaving the others to watch the video.
In the nursery, Declan suggests going back to plan A - Ollie. As they continue their conversation, it's being overheard in the livingroom by the other teens thanks to the baby monitor. Oops! The livingroom teens aren't impressed at the reasons the teen parents give for ruling them out as being godparents - Donna for being flaky, Zeke for having too many issues and Ringo for being a bit of a meathead and not caring much about babies. Ringo is all set to confront them but Donna stops him however both boys decide to leave the house.
Commercial break later and the parents come out of the bedroom wondering where the guys are and Donna lies about the real reason before beating a hasty retreat herself.
"That was weird" Declan comments before Didge notices the baby monitor and to their relief notice that its switched off but wonder if their private conversation was overheard.
The teens have congregated now at #28 and Sunny has joined them (she'd stayed behind at school) and the boys are most unimpressed at what was said but Donna asks that they give them a break, saying that they've maybe still got baby brain. Ringo dismisses that and remind her how they were described as and Sunny adds that she obviously wasn't important enough to be insulted..."which is kind of insulting in itself" she adds.
The boys want to disown them as friends but Donna reminds them that they've both said things they didn't mean and suggests that they forget about it and pretend it didn't happen.
RINGO: Why should we bother?
DONNA: Because keeping friends is important, no matter what.
Donna arrives home and is mistaken by Elle for Lucas but tells her that she'll make herself invisible. Elle calls her back as she was about to head to her room, to apologise for her getting involved with Paul (she explained that he confessed all) and that she'll do her best to attend the parent-teacher night.
Lucas waits patiently for his buyer to appear and makes small talk with Lou, who rejects the chance to buy the bike part (he was most impressed with it) as he's bought a ticket to accompanying Mickey to New York.
Lucas' good mood then goes downhill when he receives a text from Dave calling off the deal because he's changed his mind. Paul suddenly appears and tries to reason with him what he did earlier - because Elle is the best journalist in town. Lucas doesn't disagree with that and Paul tries to rope him into getting Elle back to working for him, even promising to make it worth his while, but Lucas remains steadfast and tells Paul "to go to hell".
Paul then departs and Lucas gets another text - from Johnno saying he'll see him in ten.
Lucas paces the floor awaiting Johnno's arrival. The man and his minder duly arrive but Lucas hasn't got the $4k he owes (is about $1k short) so wants to add in the petrol tank he was planning on selling to Dave. Johnno isn't interested in the bike part though, he wants his money and wants it tonight!
LUCAS: Well I can't do that.
Johnno tells the minder to take Lucas for a walk but Lucas pleads for time to call someone, which Johnno graciously grants.
Lucas dials a number and eventually it's answered.
LUCAS: Hey it's me. I've got myself into a bit of a situation. I need a grand right now. If you get this message, can you bring it down to the garage?
JOHNNO: (interrupting) I'm not waiting for that...
LUCAS: (continuing the call) I really need your help made.
Lucas ends the call and Johnno tells him that they've got 10 minutes for the mystery person to appear.