- Donna agreeing to a more expensive DNA test with James.
- Paul giving Lyn a sizable cheque to disappear.
- A customer giving Steph grief because she's a female mechanic.
The number 30 crew give Steph a hand to move all the stuff from number 32 into number 26. Steph wonders how much she'll have to sell all her stuff for if she gets the sack from work. Libby knows she'll think of something. Toadie throws the idea of an apology to Hot Rod into the mix as he's such a big customer with lots of money. Steph doesn't seem keen.
Steph has heeded Toadie's advice and offers to shout Hot Rod a drink as a peace offering. She apologises for not having the job done on time and for being rude. She agrees it's not good for customer relations and hopes they can move forward.
HOT ROD: Yeah, the Robinson girl has been a bit apologetic too. Mind you I've got nothing against women, just as long as they know how to say sorry.
He still needs to think about keeping a contract with them. He expects to be treated with respect and wants Lucas to service the cars.
HOT ROD: You women, you know about detailing and admin and multi-tasking and that sort of stuff and that's what you should be concentrating on. Get a man to do a man's job.
STEPH: (laughing)Oh look, I was wrong. I called you a jerk but you're not a jerk. You're a knuckle dragging caveman.
HOT ROD: (also chuckling) See this is exactly why I don't like working with women, they get over emotional. It's just not too good for business.
Elle is frustrated to hear that Steph insulted Hot Rod again and tells her to sort it out before hanging up. There's a knock at the door but Elle deflects to Donna while she beats a hasty retreat upstairs. It's James with flowers. He's also brought official test results to confirm that they are brother and sister. Donna is overjoyed and runs off to get her things so they can go and tell people. While she's away James installs a Key Stroke programme on Elle's laptop. Presumably for entirely innocent reasons.
Rebecca gives Donna a bit hug, but she seems to be the only person showing any sort of happiness for the new siblings. Ringo admits it would have been embarrassing had he succeeded in running James out of town. Rebecca gives James a receipt for the bank transfer and tells him that sales are great and she's putting on extra staff to cope! Donna announces that she thinks she should change her surname to Linden. Elle awkwardly agrees that it was meant to be. Paul marvels at how full on Donna can be. Elle takes Lucas aside for a word and Rebecca wonders if Elle is alright. Paul remarks that it has been so peaceful lately without Lyn around. Rebecca is also feeling happy about this. They drink to Paul's ingenious payoff.
Lucas wants to know what's so secret squirrel. It's unclear which hat Elle is wearing in the conversation but she praises Lucas for how well he's been managing lately and says she's been reassessing. He asks if she's offering him his old job back and she asks if he's interested in being manager.
LUCAS: You wouldn't take me back....as manager.
ELLE: I might. So are you interested?
LUCAS: As...being manager?
ELLE: What else would I be talking about?
LUCAS: I'd have to think about it.
It gets awkward and he leaves.
Steph recounts her latest run in with Hot Rod to Libby. She jokingly wonders if Lib knows of any jobs going. The three boys chase each other around the sofa.
BEN: You run like a girl.
CALLUM: You're the girl!
The mums are appalled. Libby brings her son to a halt and asks why he would say such a thing. Steph asks if Kathy Freeman runs like a girl. (I don't know who she is, I assume some runner or other.) Ben says she's different. Libby tells him that girls are just as good as boys and sometimes even better. The boys run off to play some more.
STEPH: Doesn't take long does it? And then they turn into Lucas Fitzgerald.
Steph explains that he just stood by and let Rod say all the stuff that he did (not that she needs defending). Libby says that Rod is never going to change his attitude so the best thing for the garage is to ignore him and take his money. Steph seems to be cooking up a plan of her own though.
Donna has ordered an extra big breakkie to celebrate the first day of her new Donna Linden life. Donna thinks that they should call his family right now and put them on speakerphone because she really wants to start to get to know them. James has a better idea. He suggests they go to Brisbane tomorrow to meet them properly. He invites Ringo along too. Donna goes into whirlwind mode and drags Ringo off to help her pick out bikinis. With them gone, James gets out his netbook, inserts the same USB stick as he did into Elle's laptop, retrieves the data and empties her bank account.
Susan and Libby help a rather distracted Steph unpack all her things. Donna pops by to see if she can borrow Steph's red suitcase and nearly knocks Rebecca over as she leaves. Rebecca is after some of the gardening gear she left in the garage and promptly bumps into a returning Lyn on her way out.
LYN: Oh well look at you. Don't you look so relaxed? Very sweet. Hello girls! So, what have I missed?
Nobody looks too pleased.
Rebecca vents to Paul about the return of Lyn. Paul thinks she won't know what hit her.
Lyn thought Steph would be more pleased to see her and is rather sulky. Steph asks her where the hell she's been.
STEPH: Don't Stephie me alright. You take off without a word, you don't even return my calls and then I find out that Paul paid you to leave town!
LYN: Oh. That. He told you?
STEPH: Uh, well, you sure didn't.
Lyn reminds her that she was flat broke and needed the money. She also needed to clear her head. Steph says she'd have given her money, but Lyn says she has some pride. And she thought she might be glad to see her. Steph admits she's just glad she's ok. Just then Lucas arrives and Steph asks him what the verdict is.
Steph and Lucas stand amidst a whole fleet of cars that need to be serviced and detailed. Steph jokes that she thought Lucas was on her side. He offers to get on the phone and get some mates around to help but Steph stops him.
STEPH: No. Rod reckons women shouldn't be servicing his cars does he? No, we'll do this my way.
Elle doesn't know whether Steph is trying to teach Rod a lesson or win back his business. Steph asks her if she realises that Rod only thinks of Elle as an agent for her dad and that she's only window dressing. Elle is a bit gobsmacked and asks Lucas if he is working on the cars, but he's only on tea duty. She drags Lucas to the back of the bar and asks him if he's even considered her proposal.
LUCAS: Which proposal was that?
He asks if she means the one where she offered him Steph's job. Elle doesn't know why they're always talking about Steph. She tells him she wasn't talking about the job she was talking about them. He says he has thought about it, even though he's kind of busy. Elle grumps that he's busy with Steph and stalks off.
Hot Rod inspects his cars and tells Lucas that he's achieved the impossible. Elle tells him that Lucas had nothing to do with it and introduces him to their detailers and mechanics. A line of women parade past (including Libby and Susan with buckets). Elle reminds him of their deal and says that she loves doing business with blokes because they don't get all over emotional when they're proven completely wrong. Steph is thrilled to hear that they've still got the contract and promises not to insult any more customers. Elle tells her the job is still hers and Lucas didn't want it.
STEPH: You really should tell her you still love her.
Rebecca is excitedly telling Paul about the gig tonight until she spies Lyn. Paul goes over to her and says that he assumes she's just passing through.
LYN: Well plans change. Life's like that.
PAUL: We had a deal. So if you are staying I'd like my money back thanks.
LYN: Oh sorry. Can't. Spent it!
Paul leans in to threaten her but Rebecca swoops in and walks him away leaving Lyn looking gleeful.
Everyone is having an AWESOME time listening to the warm up act but Rebecca is a bit frantic as there's no sign of Drastical. Donna hasn't heard from James but assures Rebecca that they're professional etc.
Over in a corner Toadie is trying to get in touch with Sonya to straighten things out. He sees Lucas and hopes he hasn't messed things up for him with the sponsorship thing. Lucas is actually looking for Elle.
TOADIE: Are you too back together?
LUCAS: No, she does my head in.
TOADIE: Isn't that what they're meant to do?
Rebecca finds Donna again to see if she's heard from James. She hasn't and Rebecca asks if she's sure he's coming. Donna is sure he'll be there.
He's still not there after the ads though and Donna is leaving the 50 millionth message to find out what's happened. Declan arrives back from the hotel with the news that James has disappeared. He hasn't paid his bill or checked out but nobody has seen him since the previous night.
DONNA: I don't get it.
DECLAN: He's gone.
- Elle has a job offer in New York
- Rebecca and Lyn are still at odds.
- There's still no sign of James.
- Donna feels like a sucker.
- Donna does a runner.