- Harry reminiscing about his dad
- Harry encouraging Donna to keep her vlog going
- Elle telling Donna that she's her family
- Lucas thanking Elle for inviting him to the bucks night
- Elle overhearing about Lucas & pub girl's rendezvous
- Lucas and co astounded to learn the bucks do is at a casino
- Elle taking pleasure in Lucas's discomfort
Dan and Toadie ask Lucas if he wants to leave, but Lucas decides to stick it out: he doesn't want Elle to know she's won. A man wins at the poker table and invites Lucas to play. Lucas can't help but look tempted - but he stays by Dan's side.
Elle opens the door to a very fired up Lucas. He growls at her for the stunt she pulled, but Elle sasses back that she was just trying to make things “interesting”. She lets him know that she heard everything he said about her at his GA meeting. Lucas is stunned but he figures that if the program is going to work he has to stay honest.
LUCAS: Come on admit it, you were just trying to show everyone you could tame the bad boy.
ELLE: No I wasn't!
LUCAS: And the whole time you were just sucking the life out of me.
ELLE: Oh what? So you'd rather pick up cheap tarts and drag them back to your brother's lounge room floor: is that more your style?
Lucas storms out the door. Elle yells at him not to come back, but Lucas retorts that she can count on it.
Dan and Toadie ask how things went with Elle but Lucas just shrugs at them. Ben wanders in and complains that he can't sleep. Dan asks him to try and sleep in Callum's room so that Uncle Lucas can have some privacy for the night. All the boys exit, except for Dan, who finds a stray poker chip in his pocket.
Dan & Libby's Bedroom
Dan finds Ben playing thumb wars with Libby. Ben explains that he couldn't sleep in Cal's room because it stinks like “dead things”. Dan and Libby think Ben should tell Cal his problems - the most important thing to remember when you're living with someone is communication. Or “full disclosure”.
Callum follows Ben to the laundry, who has Cal's runners hanging off the end of a cricket bat so he doesn't have to touch them.
CALLUM: Come on they don't smell that bad.
BEN: Yeah they do. Like when that rat died in the wall.
CALLUM: You don't have to be so rude about them.
BEN: Yeah if we're going to live together we have to do a full... Full... Disco something.
Ben tips the runners into the washing machine and is about to turn it on when they hear Lucas wander into the kitchen for a glass of water.
CALLUM: (whispering) Why doesn't he have his own house?
BEN: I don't know. Maybe it's because he's not like a real grown-up.
Thankfully, Lucas is oblivious to their conversation as he wanders out into the lounge room. He sees the poker chip Dan left on the table and picks it up.
Donna finds Elle sulking on the couch, also unable to sleep. Donna thinks that Elle is just missing Lucas and thinks that those two crazy kids will work things out soon because they love one another.
ELLE: If I loved him I wouldn't have sent him to a casino.
DONNA: (stunned) What?
ELLE: Lucas has a “problem” and I tricked him into gambling again.
Donna's completely disgusted and says that's exactly like something her mum would do. Elle starts to explain her rationale but Donna doesn't want to hear it.
DONNA: I know how it works. It's like, if it's someone you're supposed to love you just want to hurt them so much worse.
ELLE: Donna you don't understand.
DONNA: I thought you were better than that. You're just like my mum.
Appalled, Donna heads back upstairs leaving Elle feeling pretty guilty.
Number 24 - Next Morning
Donna is unleashing her family woes onto Kate over coffee. Kate doesn't think Cass could be as un-maternal as Donna makes out, but Donna begs to differ.
DONNA: Trust me. If she had a genie in a bottle, wish number one would be that I didn't exist.
KATE: Lucky you found Elle then.
DONNA: Hmm. Turns out she's just as bad.
Kate tries to make Donna see the good things about Elle - like the fact that she put a roof over Donna's head and gave her a family. Donna murmurs that it's a pretty weird family, but she ponders on Kate's words.
Donna stares at her laptop wallpaper pic of her and Elle while Kate's words continue to roll around in her head. Donna opens a message on her vlog from someone called Blazegirl2 but it only says: Girl, UR so strong to put yourself out there like that. Hope you find UR dad. (I love that they think text talk is made up of perfectly spelt sentences with one “crazy” shortened word thrown in).
Kate brings over Donna's toasted sandwich. She tells Donna that keeping the vlog running isn't a very good idea because “fathers who leave the ones they love don't deserve to be found”.
Sophie (who is eating breakfast at a nearby table) asks Kate why she got so down on Donna. Her dad could turn out to be nice like their dad was. Sophie wants to talk more about their dad but Kate snippily says that she doesn't have time, making Sophie annoyed.
Sophie rides round and round on her bike with a stony expression on her face. Toadie sees Elle approach #30 and warns her away. Elle says she just wants to say sorry, but Toadie says it's too late to apologise (it's toooo laaaaate). She should wait until things have calmed down.
Elle heads home, almost getting clipped by Sophie on her bike. Toadie watches Sophie curiously as she keeps hurtling around until she accidentally rides into the gutter and falls off. Toad asks what's wrong and Sophie blurts out her Kate/dad problem and how it isn't fair that Kate won't talk about him. Toadie agrees.
Lucas spins around the poker chip on the table. Steph finds him and says what Elle did to him last night was awful, but Lucas is in a slightly better mood and replies that it proves that Elle still loves him. He reveals that Elle heard some pretty harsh stuff he said - so if he were in Elle's shoes then he'd feel the same way. Before Steph leaves, Lucas hands her the poker chip to get rid of for him.
Harry walks in with Sophie, telling her about the time their dad took him to a footy match. Kate overhears and drags Harry aside to tell him off for “playing happy families”. Harry thinks that if they only remember their dad as a flake and a loser then that's all he's going to be. He reminds Kate about the Christmas presents their dad sent them. But Kate gets eye twitchy and replies that there's more to their mum and dad then they know. Sophie interrupts to come to Harry's defence and tells Kate that Toadie said she should ask stuff if she wants to know. Kate's all, ‘Toadie said WHAT now?'
Toadie (sitting with Steph) grovels an apology to a very angry-looking Kate for sticking his beak in where it wasn't needed. Steph adds that Toadie only did it because he cares about them - they all do. But Kate just strops off in a foul mood. She bumps into Donna and complains that her family is so messed up, then confesses that all the stuff Harry's remembering about their dad is a lie.
Kate tells Donna that when she was 10 she sprung her mum wrapping up presents from their “dad”. He didn't care about them at all but her mum made her promise not to tell Harry and Sophie. Donna reckons people do weird stuff to protect the ones they love.
DONNA: You know a lie only hurts when you find out about it. Sophie's only going to know what you tell her.
KATE: So you think I should just keep on lying?
DONNA: Yeah. Life's complicated enough. I guess we all need someone to look up to.
Donna's finger hovers over the delete button of her vlog before she finally decides to get rid of the site entirely. The wallpaper pic of her and Elle stares back at her. Elle returns home and gives Donna a present (earrings she had been eyeing off earlier in the week). Elle explains that the casino ordeal was just her acting out because she was angry, but Donna says she understands. She's done some pretty stupid things in the heat of the moment too. Elle asks if they're OK and Donna smiles and says they're back to normal (“Whatever that is“). They hug.
Lucas sends Ben to get a juice so he can have a chat to Libby. He tells Libby that he's been making a list of ‘goals for the future'. Libby thinks that's a great idea and takes the notepad to have a look. She's a bit surprised, though, to see that Elle's name listed as #1.
Kate sits Sophie down with a cake she baked but it doesn't take long for Sophie to realise that Kate's just sucking up for sniping at her before. Sophie's happy, though, when Kate says she wants to talk about their dad. Steph and Toadie drop in (Kate invited them for afternoon tea), just as Kate tries to remember a dad story. You can tell she's struggling to put on a happy face as she recalls the Christmas she got a Barbie, but Sophie remains oblivious to her discomfort (Harry I‘m not so sure about - he looked a little bit suss when Kate started to speak).
Dan chats with Lucas and is stunned when Lucas starts speaking nicely about Elle. Dan sees Elle picking up some take away from the bar and starts to tell her off, but Lucas steps in and says it's not Elle's fault.
LUCAS: She didn't make me gamble, I stuffed up my life all by myself. I just blamed her for it that's all.
He asks Dan to give them a minute so they can talk.
Elle admits to Lucas that Dan was right: what she did to him was awful. Lucas agrees, but he also has to take responsibility for his own actions.
LUCAS: I should never have blamed you. You're the best thing that's happened to me. And I want you back more than anything.
Elle looks completely relieved and says that's exactly what she wants. She starts to move in for a kiss, but Lucas gently holds her back.
LUCAS: Elle no. I want us to do this properly. But I need to focus on myself first. I need to start from scratch, get better. Then they say I've got to strip everything back, get rid of all complications.
ELLE: Well I can help, we can do this together.
LUCAS: This is something I need to do alone. I hope you understand.
Elle looks upset but doesn't say anything as Lucas walks away.