Susan suggesting to Paul that Karl could do the doctors letter page.
Ringo researching ‘the golden hour' and realising that if Didge had got help sooner she might have lived.
Declan denying writing ‘GUILTY' on Steph's driveway.
Declan walking in on Steph celebrating Libby's good news.
Zeke and Declan getting into a fight when he tells Zeke he's to quit living at Steph's.
Paul telling Declan that Steph isn't being charged then Declan deciding to sue her instead.
Toadie brings Steph the bad news that Declan is planning on suing her (Rebecca tipped him off). Steph wants to know what happens if he wins.
TOADIE: Okay, worst case scenario is that he could bankrupt you and force the sale of your assets.
STEPH: I could loose my house?
Steph twigs as to why Declan has taken this action – when he walked in on them celebrating Libby's good news. She asks him how she can fix it and Toadie replies that he'll take care of it.
Zeke comes into the kitchen and asks what is going on and Steph totally plays down the conversation she's just had with Toadie. “I don't want to worry Zeke, he's a little overprotective at the moment” is Steph's reasoning to Toadie when Zeke departs for school. “I don't blame him, all that stuff with Harry” Toadie comments and Steph tells him that she and Harry have worked things out.
STEPH: I understand that Declan wants justice or money, I probably would too but this is my home.
During the scenes of Steph/Toadie talking, we saw shots of Declan exercising intensely at the oval and he literally runs into Ringo who wasn't paying attention as he was reading a pamphlet on paramedics. Ringo needed have feared about being quizzed on the pamphlet (he quickly put it into his trousers when Declan started talking to him) as Declan stops only long enough to tell Ringo that he isn't coming to school – he's got more important things to do than attend the careers counselling session.
Rebecca tells her son that she is against him suing Steph even if legally he has the right to do so.
Toadie arrives and tries to talk Declan out of suing, with his trump card being that if he were to lose, it would wipe him out financially.
TIM: (having just walked in) Oh we will win and he'll never have to work another day in his life.
Tim orders a double shot espresso (and Rebecca looks like she wants to lace it with poison!) and tells Declan its time to talk. Toadie tries one more time.
TOADIE: He will bleed you dry before he helps you, you remember that.
Declan walks off to see Tim and Toadie asks Rebecca if she knew that Declan was hiring Tim and she replies that she didn't. She in turn asks Paul and he pleads his innocence too although by the look on Toadie's face, he doesn't believe him.
The classroom is set up for the careers fair and first to discuss their options is Zeke. He tells Libby that he hasn't decided what to study at Uni yet. She hands him some brochures to help him along and a suggestion that he picks something that he is passionate about, it worked for her.
Next in is Ringo and tells her of his new idea for a career – being a paramedic. Libby puts a possible dent in his plans when she tells him his marks might not be good enough to get into Uni but he replies that he really wants this and will work really hard to get there. His confidence then takes a battering when Libby hints that he might not be able to turn things around in the 3 months until the exams and suggests that extra tutoring may help… or repeating year 12.
RINGO: Or maybe I should just become a tradie like everyone else.
LIBBY: (backtracking quickly) No, no, no, I'm not saying that.
RINGO: You didn't have to.
Later on out at the lockers, the teens are discussing the results of their chats with Libby with Ringo lying about what he actually talked about. Donna suggests that Zeke could study law with Sunny or a doctor like Didge wanted to be. Ringo's ears perk up when Donna adds that being a doctor would be really cool in helping to save lives. Zeke rejects studying medicine as he couldn't handle the pressure and blows up at Sunny when she suggests that they chat about it as they've to put their preferences in soon although he quickly apologises.
Karl runs into Libby (after finishing his call to Susan) to show her his first ‘Ask Dr. Karl' column in the paper (he's rather excited!). Lib replies that she is proud of him (after taking the mickey out of him for having a white coat on in the photo) but has to turn down his offer of brunch as she had to get back to school to continue the careers counselling. She mentions that Zeke is a bit stressed out at not being able to make a decision about Uni and asks if he can have a chat with Zeke, which he agrees to.
We then cut to Steph and Toadie and Steph is even more despondent now that she has found out Tim Collins is involved. Toadie hopes that since he knows Tim, that he'll talk Declan out of suing. “Yes right” is her reply to that but Toadie explains that since Tim is just interested in a big win, he thinks that Tim will suggest suing the garage and not her personally since its worth more than she is. Steph now feels guilty that Lucas is going to lose his job but Toadie explains that Janae will have insurance to cover such an eventuality…“you have nothing” he also adds.
Rebecca tells the overhearing Paul (and I'm sure he's not the only one overhearing in the bar!) to talk Declan out of it and Toadie was right – Tim is suggesting to Declan to sue the garage rather than the individual but he rejects that advice. Declan asks if Tim is going to help him sue Steph and Tim agrees to… if Declan can afford it.
DECLAN: How much will it cost?
TIM: Well initial consultation aside my standard rate is $500 an hour.
Declan raises an eyebrow at that rate but Tim explains that is the standard rate for someone of his calibre! The newly arrived Toadie shakes his head at what Tim has just said as Tim rejects Declan's suggestion of only paying him if he were successful.
“I told you he would do you over” Toadie remarks as he approaches the two of them. Tim tries to say they are having a private conversation but Toadie ignores him to tell Declan that Tim doesn't care about him or Didge and suggests to Declan that they can sort it out themselves. “You just want to look after Steph, this isn't about the money” is Declan's reply to Toadie's offer.
TIM: So I guess that means we'll be seeing you in court.
Paul does what he was ordered to and talks to Declan about the proposed legal action but Declan's mind isn't for changing.
PAUL: So why do you want this so bad? Because Steph needs to pay and if you could possibly make that happen then maybe you might not feel so helpless.
Declan then asks Paul to pays his legal fees, which Paul immediately rejects, so is told to leave him alone.
Karl is doing as Libby requested and talking to Zeke but does it subtly by asking him about his column in the paper first although Zeke isn't fooled. Zeke explains his dilemma – that he is scared of making the wrong decision at 17 because he doesn't want to waste his time. “Nothing is a waste of time” Karl tells him and asks that he not be frightened about making mistakes “because that is where you learn the most”.
ZEKE: So you must have learnt a lot?!
Karl departs to write his next column and Zeke gets out the brochures Libby gave him.
The teens pile into the store and Ringo decides he's had enough of the tradie comments from Donna and tells them what he really wants to do – become a paramedic. He mentions to them what Libby said but is quick to add now that he has a goal, he wants to study and do well. Sunny and Kate are enthusiastic about his plans especially when he adds that his decision was inspired by Didge but Donna puts on a happy false face.
Declan has obviously been making more calls about suing Steph and seems to be getting told the same thing – sue the business not her and he isn't taking what he's been told very well. He then picks Indy up as Paul enters the house to overhear Declan telling Indy that he just wants to make everything right again and to have Didge back, then as silently as he entered, Paul leaves.
Toadie is telling Steph (and Libby) about Declan not being able to pay Tim's fees as they enter the store. Steph remarks that he'll just hire another lawyer but Toadie replies that he'll struggle to find one.
Kate comes over to ask Sunny and Donna where Ringo has gone and is told he's gone home to study. Sunny thinks it's great he has a reason for studying but Donna is worried that Ringo is going to fail and that he'll be totally crushed just like he was when his footy dream fell through. “This time might be different” Kate interjects and Ringo arrives just in time to hear say that she'd hate the thought of him failing again. Oops!
RINGO: Nice to hear what you really think.
Donna stops him from leaving to try and explain but ends up digging herself in deeper, so Ringo then has a go at her for her “stupid dream” (being a stylist). “Why not, someone has to do it” is Donna's reply so Ringo asks why then can't be a paramedic.
RINGO: It's not that ridiculous is it?
Lassiters Complex/Number 32
Donna and Sunny decide to have a bitching session about their boyfriend's career/non-career choices as they sit over some gooey cake from the store while at #32 Ringo and Zeke do likewise about their girlfriends.
RINGO: Who will ever be able to read a girls mind?
ZEKE: (scoffing) Another girl.
RINGO: No guy ever will.
ZEKE: That's for sure.
RINGO: I mean if they just said what they meant, it would help.
DONNA: You know what would help? If instead of being frustrated that they can't think like us, we should try and think like them.
SUNNY: (pondering) Is that possible?
DONNA: I don't know.
The girls then start to work out what the common denominator is and come up with the fact that guys like things that are straight forward.
Donna joins Ringo on a training run and jokes that she'll be a willing partner if he needs to practice doing some mouth to mouth and he replies by telling her to find someone else if she needs a partner!
Paul comes by to drop off some dry cleaning for Rebecca and gives Declan a cheque for $5000 to cover Tim's initial fees. A surprised but grateful Declan thanks Paul by giving him a hug and Paul asks that its just between them and in case Rebecca asks, to say that Tim agreed to a no win no fee policy.
DECLAN: Is she going to believe that?
PAUL: She's going to have to isn't she, otherwise we're both in trouble.
Karl, Libby, Toadie and Steph are trying to eat their food but are being put off it when Karl explains in great detail about a letter he got at the paper.
TOADIE: Can I ask you never to talk shop when there's food around please.
Rebecca comes over to collect their plates and to apologise to Steph for what is going on. Steph replies that it isn't her fault and she leaves with the plates just as Tim Collins enters the bar. He comes up to the group to formally tell Steph that Declan is pursing her for negligence which resulted in the death of Didge. Everyone is aghast at what he's said, especially Rebecca since she knew that Declan couldn't afford his fees. Toadie confirms Tim's question that he'll be defending Steph and when Tim leaves, he reassures her that they can beat this as an embarrassed looking Rebecca looks on.
“Do you want to tell me what the hell's going on” is Rebecca's opening statement when she arrives home and confronts Declan. “You knew I was suing Steph” he replies with to which Rebecca adds that she also knew he couldn't afford it, so Declan rattles out the statement that Paul suggested he use – that Tim offered him a no win, no fee deal. This surprises Rebecca immensely and isn't impressed when Declan also added that justice is on his side.
REBECCA: Oh Declan. If I thought for one second that suing Steph was actually going to help the situation, then I would support you 100%.
DECLAN: She has to pay for what she's done.
REBECCA: What she has to pay? Would you listen to yourself? Oh Bridget would be horrified.
DECLAN: You leave her out of it this.
REBECCA: I'm sorry, she'd disown you.
DECLAN: Well maybe I should disown you.
REBECCA: (stunned) I beg your pardon.
DECLAN: No Mum, you know what, either you're with me or you're not. As soon as I win this case India and I are out of here.