Elle telling Donna that James has her money.
Elle leaves the house for a meeting to discover that her car is missing. Rebecca comes out and hands Elle the note Donna left - Ringo gets his one too as he came over to ask if Donna had left for school yet.
“At least we know who stole your car now” is Paul's uptake of the content of Donna's letters. Elle is not amused at her and Ringo has no luck calling her either but does leave a message. Rebecca wants to call the police but Elle vetoes that as Donna is on a good behaviour bond.
Toadie arrives to let them know how James was able to get her passwords (through the keystroke programme he installed) and we get a flashback to Donna denying to Elle that she gave James the password. Elle has got an attack of the guilts now and decides to have a rant at Ringo for not taking care of Donna! Not surprisingly, Ringo decides to leave but does say he'll pass on any news…if she's interested.
Paul reminds Elle that they really should get to the meeting (with his financial advisor) but Elle wants to look for Donna even though she doesn't know where to start looking. Rebecca sides with Paul to suggest that she goes with him.
Steph relays the news to Elle that Zeke and Sunny haven't seen Donna before she and Charlie head to a table.
Rebecca comes over to ask how the meeting went and Paul gives the edited highlights – she needs to sell garage to get the cash flow going as it's her least profitable business. Elle isn't sure about doing that, not because of Lucas she adds but rather she doesn't want to sell at a loss.
Lyn enters the bar and winds Rebecca and Paul up again. While Rebecca goes off to make her cappuccino, Paul reminds her what would happen if she crossed him but she puts him firmly in his place by replying that she doesn't respond to threats before joining Steph and Charlie.
Paul wants Toadie to talk legal action against Lyn for breaking their verbal contract but Toadie isn't interested as it's likely to drag on for ages and cost Paul a fortune.
PAUL: Toadie, this has already cost me a fortune. I want her to end up with nothing.
TOADIE: Are you even listening to yourself?
PAUL: Do you know she has got to know that she cannot do this to me.
TOADIE: Fine, just don't drag me into it.
Paul taunts him with the threat of going to Tim Collins instead but Toadie isn't bothered and wants Paul to leave so he can get to work.
Ringo leaves another message for Donna and asks that she contacts him so he knows she is okay.
Lucas creeps up on him to ask why he isn't at school and he tells Lucas about Donna running away. They discuss what Donna was doing before he left (looking at the computer) so Lucas tells him to get going – they are heading to #22.
Lucas and Ringo have “broken” into #22 with the aid of the spare key. They go through Donna's internet history and wonder why she's been searching for Rose and Thistle hotels but decide to go visit the 4 of them that is in Victoria. Ringo draws the short straw of having to let Elle know but he needed have bothered calling because she's caught them red handed and wants to know what they are up to. Ringo explains that they've got a possible lead on Donna.
The three of them pile into the work Ute with Ringo having to act as peacemaker between the former lovers! They get a bit of a break just as they were about to leave when the police call to tell Elle her car has been found abandoned in the middle of the road on Old Pine Road.
RINGO: Abandoned. Where's Donna?
Lucas takes the handbrake off and begins to drive away as we head into the commercial break.
Somewhere in Victoria
Its internal warfare in the car between Lucas and Elle as the trio make their way to Old Pine Road – first with Elle's inability to read a map (according to Lucas) then about her not having money to pay for the petrol, that is until Ringo tells him about James clearing out her bank account. Lucas' attitude totally changes and instead of wanting to kill her, he offers sympathy instead and tries to cheer her up by saying “who needs designer handbags and spas anyway?” This doesn't exactly go down well and Elle asks that they get going again so they can find Donna.
Steph and Lyn finally finish unpacking all the boxes and reminisce about a toy horse that Michelle used to love.
Toadie arrives to give them a heads up that Paul's on the warpath. Lyn tries to dismiss it quickly but Steph wants to know why so Toadie replies that Paul wants to sue Lyn to get his money back for breaking the verbal contract. Steph wants to know why the big deal since he only gave Lyn a couple of grand but when she catches Toadie and Lyn looking at each other, she wants to know the full story. Toadie bails and Steph asks Lyn to tell her or she'll go see Paul.
LYN: So it wasn't two grand he gave me alright. It was two hundred thousand.
Steph is utterly gobsmacked and thankfully for Lyn, Charlie interrupts them to show off the picture he's just done of the 3 of them and it momentarily takes the heat off Lyn. Once she's thanked Charlie, Lyn explains why she took the money – she wanted to secure their futures and kept quiet over the size of it as she thought Steph would want her to return it to Paul.
STEPH: You're damn right there.
STEPH: I want you to give it back.
Old Pine Road
The trio have arrived and finds the car and the reason Donna abandoned the car – it's got a flat tyre. Elle uses the spare key to open the car and they being to search the car for a clue. Lucas thinks Donna will be back as the spare tyre is missing (he thinks she's gone to get it repaired) but Elle thinks otherwise – if it was her she'd keep going. It looks like Lucas was right when Ringo spots Donna rolling the spare wheel along the road back towards the car and while they are very relieved to see her, she isn't at them finding her.
Commercial break later and Lucas finishes changing the tyre over. Elle apologises for not believing Donna over the password and wants them to go home but Donna wants to keep looking and explains the Rose and Thistle theory – James said he had a good steak their once and so intends to visit every one of them in case someone knows him. Elle thinks it's a very long shot and wants the police to deal with it so they can go home and forget about it.
DONNA: Elle, he ripped you off.
Lucas puts his tuppenceworth in and says they should visit the 4 Victorian ones since they were planning on doing so. His suggestion earns him a scowl from Elle, so he suggests they at least do the one up the road. Donna adds that she is going there regardless and takes off. Elle eventually follows Donna and Ringo, but not before warning Lucas he'll be to blame if Donna gets hurt after Lucas reminded her that Donna just wants to know she tried.
Lyn does as Steph requests and tries to return the money to Paul but she doesn't get a chance to because he starts insulting her.
PAUL: Would you take a look at yourself, you're some washed up housewife trying to play major league. You are ridiculous.
LYN: (angry) How dare you.
PAUL: You know, I'd tell you to speak to the hand but that's bored as well.
Rebecca has a smile on her face after Lyn hurriedly leaves the bar, wanting to know what Lyn wanted. Paul doesn't care because he's looking forward to Lyn being history when Tim serves her with the legal papers.
Toadie walks into the bar and Paul confirms that Tim is taking on his case – he didn't need much convincing and every cent is going to be money worthwhile if it sends Lyn packing.
Paul leaves to take a call from Elle and Toadie asks Rebecca if he supports what he is doing to Lyn. She replies that she does because Lyn's done the wrong thing. “And you really think this is going to make things better” he asks. Toadie then tries to appeal for someone to be the bigger person ie her because it's the only chance they have.
Rebecca's obviously trying to put Toadie's suggestion to work as they return home but Paul is totally against it and slams his keys down on the table to make his disgust know. Rebecca makes just as much noise as he does when she slams her handbag down on the kitchen table before stomping upstairs. However she pauses momentarily to appeal again for them to be the one to drop the lawsuit as it's a bad idea and when Paul asks why they need to be the bigger people, she replies back that “they can because Lyn can't”.
Paul is forced to answer the door to stop the incessant knocking – it's Lyn furious about his planned lawsuit. “I never thought you'd be crazy enough to do it” she tells him. She warns him against taking her to court because he'll regret it.
LYN: I've got enough dirt on you to build a mountain.
Paul laughs in her face and asks if she's got anything that will stick and is told that she still has contacts – the same ones that told her about his affair with Kirsten!
LYN: The same ones you tried to bribe off.
(Paul loses the smirk now)
LYN: And I've got documents, hard evidence of your dodgy business dealings. I've got enough to put you away for life. (Paul grimaces) Hey, want to know the real funny thing? I was going to give you the money back…not a chance now.
PAUL: Okay, what do you want?
LYN: You drop the law suit, I keep the money, I stay in Erinsborough.
PAUL: (realising he's beat) Is that it?
LYN: That will do.
Paul then reverts to his usual style – insulting Lyn, calling her “a pathetic and despicable person” but Lyn is ready for him…
LYN: I learned from the master.
Roses and Thistle pub
Donna questions the locals about James but nobody seems to have seen him. The others try and get her to have something to eat but she doesn't want to and goes off to question some others when they enter the pub.
Elle begins to question the wisdom of remaining and Ringo agrees with her and suggests they go home but Lucas again puts his tuppenceworth in and says that it should really be Donna's decision. “I think Donna's been hurt enough” is her reply before Donna rejoins them having struck out again with those customers and to suggest they move onto the next pub. Elle doesn't want to go as the next one is over an hour away and tentatively suggests that they go home instead. “No” is Donna's answer to that and is annoyed at Ringo taking Elle's side when he said that he agreed with Elle's suggestion.
RINGO: I just don't think you are going to find James, not like this.
Donna asks if Lucas is still with her and after a glare from Elle, suggests that they head home first to rethink. Donna now has a go at Elle for their changes of mind and isn't listening when Elle says it so she doesn't get hurt.
DONNA: I need to find James.
ELLE: This is for the best.
DONNA: No. No, I'm not going until I've found him.
“You want to make a bet” Elle asks, adding that she'll drag Donna out herself if needs be but Donna ignores her and runs off to question some new arrivals.
(Elle and Lucas in a hotel room)
ELLE: New York is a great opportunity for me.
LUCAS: Yes absolutely. I'm happy for you.
DONNA: (to some woman) Do you know him?
(Harry and Kate at the school)
KATE: She's doing this to wind me up.
HARRY: Oh yes ‘cos it's all about you.
SUSAN: I'm telling you Karl, there's something going on there.
RINGO: (to Susan) He kept falling asleep.
DONNA: Are you sure she's using you?
DONNA: What about Facebook?
SOPHIE: I thought Harry wasn't on Facebook?
KATE: No he's not. I just made a page up for him.
(Kate's page about Harry plastered all over the school)
RANDOM KID: (to Harry) What loser has zero Facebook friends!
HARRY: (to Kate) Do you have something to do with this? Never speak to me again.