- Elle confronting Donna about the bank transfer
- Elle telling Rebecca and Paul that she's been offered a job in New York.
- Lyn admitting to Steph that Paul gave her more than $2000
- Paul telling Lyn she's pathetic
- Ringo, Elle and Lucas finding Donna who won't return until she's searched all the Rose and Thistles in the country.
- Harry getting mad (again) that Kate won't trust him.
- Elle insisting Donna return home with them.
The Rose and Thistle somewhere in Victoria
The gang have checked into two rooms and Donna declares that if she has to share, it will be with her boyfriend leaving Elle and Lucas to bunk together. Elle says that if Donna won't go home then they'll have to stick together.
DONNA: Oh you don't mean that.
ELLE: I absolutely do.
DONNA: Then why are you running away? Lucas, ask Elle where she's going in a few weeks.
Donna decides to take the other room and she and Ringo leave Lucas to ask some questions.
In the other room, Donna is concerned that Ringo is going to be missing out on too much school, she doesn't want to ruin his life as well. Ringo says that the easy fix is that they all go home, but Donna blames herself and needs to put things right.
Next door Elle is on the phone (which she's holding in a tissue) to reception to see if they have another room. They don't. Elle doesn't think they need to go through the motions as they both know she'll be sleeping in the bed.
LUCAS: You can sleep wherever you like. The floor, the bed. New York.
Elle maintains that New York is a great opportunity for her and that she wasn't obliged to tell him about it. Lucas lies down on the bed. Elle suggests they flip for it as that's surely more his style. He gathers up his things and leaves. He's going to sleep in the car it won't be as cold out there.
Kate arrives home to find the heating turned up, all the lights on and the TV playing to an empty room. When Harry and Sophie emerge she typically has a bit of a nag, which as ever they don't appreciate. Sophie tells Kate that she's really mean to Harry even after he worked so hard to get her the dance classes.
Kate gives Harry a cupcake to apologise for being snappy the night before. He says he's used to it and doesn't want it. Amanda arrives on the scene and tells Harry she doesn't like being bought off either. The Deb meeting begins and there's a squabble over what sort of waltz they should do. Kate brushes Amanda off telling her that if it's such a big deal she'll just have to bring it up at the next proper committee meeting and put it to a vote. She will.
The Rose and Thistle
Lucas is still sleeping in the car, rested up against the window when Elle comes out and gives him a rude awakening. (She opens the ute door, he topples out.) They've still got lots of places to search and Donna is grateful for the support. A little way off they are being watched by a woman holding one of Donna's flyers and looking stricken. Donna catches sight of her and runs up to her to ask if she knows him. The woman tries to make excuses to leave, but Donna knows she knows something. The woman agrees to talk.
Hey, what do you know, of all the gin joints with the same name in all of Australia (which I believe is a rather huge place) “James Linden” or as the woman knows him “Zac Nichols” did indeed rock up at the first one on Donna's list. The young woman (whose name I'm sure will be in the credits) explains that she met him six months ago just after her mother died. He was really nice and she fell for him and gave him her bank details (as you do). The fact that her mother left her a lot of money was in the papers.
DONNA: Yeah, that's what he does. He chooses the target, someone wealthy, and he comes in nice and sweet and tells you exactly what you want to hear.
Oh yeah, all wise and Angela Lansbury like now aren't you Donna! Ringo points out that Donna isn't wealthy, but she confesses she talked about Elle in her Vlog so basically invited him to come and rip them all off. Elle asks her what the police said, but she didn't report it because it's a small town. Want to try Ramsay Street, love. Donna asks her to go to the police with them now. She agrees. I think she's a bit simple.
Harry and Amanda are discussing films and getting on pretty well when Kate spots them and tells Harry that he can't hang out with Amanda and that he's only doing it to annoy her. Oo, self-centred are we much today? She sees Harry looking at her and realises that he really does like her and is left lost for words as the two walk off together.
The Rose and Thistle
The woman – whose name we still don't know – talks to the police while Ringo, Elle and Lucas try to convince Donna that they can go home now. She isn't sure that she wants to though. She feels too stupid.
LUCAS: Then stay away. It'd be easier. Start again, new faces, no mistakes. In fact, you could do that for the rest of your life. Every time things got tough, just run away. Be a shame though, ‘cause we're kind of used to having you around.
The plinky plonky music and a hug from Ringo tells us she's going back.
Kate is in Harry's face again, trying to convince him that Amanda is only pretending she likes him to wind her up. When asked again if he honestly likes her, Harry replies that she's hot.
KATE: Can you start thinking with your brain please.
HARRY: How about you just chill out.
KATE: She's horrible!
HARRY: Yeah, well maybe to you.
KATE: This is ridiculous.
HARRY: What? That a girl is finally paying me a bit of attention? I think it's awesome.
Harry thanks Amanda for a cupcake, and Amanda thanks him for doing her school chores. Kate wants to know why he's eating cupcakes from her. (Because she's hot.) She maintains that Amanda is using him, but he says she's his friend.
Ooo, the Kennedy's are here. I'd almost forgotten about them. They talk about Libby and Dan getting their own place, but Libby says that she and Dan are going to take time and sort out their finances, which Karl thinks is very wise. They chat about Donna and Ringo and tell Libby they're on their way back. Susan is glad because she didn't want Ringo missing anymore school as he's been making such good progress. Karl comments that it is obviously the brilliant tutor he has, but Susan thinks he has been a bit distracted, however. She reckons he's hiding something. Libby looks a mixture of surprised, awkward and unsure of how to contribute. Susan thinks she might have to do some investiagating.
KARL: Oh move over Miss Marple!
You'd think they'd been gone a month, rather than one day, with the welcome home Ringo and Donna receive from Susan. Donna wants Ringo to get back on with his study and Susan swings into action saying that they'll get started after a cup of tea. Donna can't stay as she thinks she's in trouble for stealing Elle's car and, having received a text, Ringo decides to follow her out, saying he's off to the library. Susan doesn't believe that's where he's going though, and decides to follow.
SUSAN: I'm telling you Karl, there's something going on there.
KARL: Oh save me...
At the bottom of the path Susan is intercepted by Dan who asks about her exercise programme as Susan watches Ringo going into number 30.
DONNA: I'm grounded forever? And I have to do all the chores!
Elle thinks Donna is lucky that she didn't call the police since she was driving without a license and stole the car. If they sold ankle bracelets at the store she'd put one on her too. Donna thanks her for coming to find her and thinks she should take the job in New York. She'd be crazy not to go. There's a knock at the door and it's Kate. Elle isn't sure if this all fits in with the grounding, but is powerless to do anything. Kate announces that Amanda is using Harry to get back at her and needs Donna's help to bring her down.
Susan walks in to find Ringo, his books and Libby all engaged in the learning process. She can't believe that Libby is tutoring him as well and doesn't understand why Ringo went behind her back. He explains that she kept falling asleep, which Susan seems unaware of. When she was awake she kept forgetting what they were doing (and that she'd been asleep, evidently) and they kept covering the same points. He apologises and so does Susan, she feels like she's let him down.
SUSAN: Why didn't you just say something?
LIBBY: He didn't want to hurt your feelings.
RINGO: You were so keen to help. I mean, you're always so good like that.
SUSAN: Ringo, you are family. I want you to be honest with me.
Bless his heart, Ringo looks the most upset and apologises again. Susan assures them she's fine and tells them to get back to their study.
The Ks thank Lucas for his part in getting everyone back to Ramsay Street and comment that he and Elle evidently still work well as a team. Lucas tells them that she's got a job in New York. Libby comes in looking for them and wants to check that Susan is ok. Karl winds his wife up by telling Lib that she cried for a few hours, but she admits that she feels stupid and that she's let Ringo down.
SUSAN: Not all my students have done well over the years, but it's not because I have failed them!
LIBBY: You're an amazing teacher. You got Toadie into Law School, and don't forget who inspired me to be a teacher in the first place. And on the top of all of that you're carrying our baby! It's ok to have a bit of baby brain, mum. And whatever you can't do, I will.
Mum and daughter hug.
Donna and Elle talk tactics to prove that Amanda is faking. Donna suggests taping a conversation, but that idea is vetoed. She suggests kidnap and interrogation in front of Harry. Kate would rather do something that didn't get them arrested. Donna suggests hacking into his Facebook profile and sending her a friend request. Kate says she'd never accept him because her other friends would see. That's exactly the point though. Ah, Facebook politics hit Erinsborough! Kate thinks it's a great idea and Donna thinks she should have her own TV show, like Opera but for teen issues (you do Donna, it's called Neighbours!). Kate sees a problem though, Harry doesn't have Facebook. No. Way. See, we all knew he was the new weird kid on the block....
Kate sets up a Facebook page for Harry as Sophie watches wanting to know what's going on. Kate explains and says that nobody uses her brother. Just then, Harry and Amanda walk in. Kate gets up to serve Harry and Sophie stares at Amanda. Ever so tactfully Sophie tells Amanda that Kate says she's using Harry. She tells her that Kate is going to prove it to Harry that she doesn't really like him. Amanda doesn't care what either of the Ramsay girls think. She catches sight of the Facebook profile and smiles to herself. Nice on Sophie. Perhaps you are going to win the title of most annoying brat.
Donna is on her way out to school, but Elle wants to give her something. A hug. She tells her that despite everything that's been going on she's really glad to have her home.
DONNA: You really mean that?
ELLE: Course I do, I don't say anything I don't mean. Ok, so sometimes I do, but that wasn't one of them!
DONNA: Yeah, but what about all your money and everything...
ELLE: Forget about it.
DONNA: Does this mean I'm not grounded anymore?
ELLE: Absolutely not! Now hurry up and get to school, and I'll be here when you get home.
Ah, the school has some new decor, which Harry takes a while to notice. When he does he sees that his Facebook profile, that he didn't know he had is posted all over the walls and doors announcing that he has no friends (or pending friend requests!). Interestingly a teacher walks by, reads it and walks on without taking the poster down. Nice pastoral care there Teach! Harry looks distinctly bemused. A group of lads approach Harry and tell him he should change his name to Scott. Harry looks confused as if to say “Get your Erinsborough history right mate, Scott was a Robinson who married a Ramsay.”
WITTY YOUTH: Scott no mates! What loser has zero Facebook friends?
[Er, someone who has just got a profile, moron.]
HARRY: I'm not even on Facebook.
Kate and Donna arrive at school and are shocked to see the posters. Harry correctly guesses from the look on Kate's face that she had something to do with it. She confesses she made the page, but never put any posters up or foresaw this happening. Harry tells her never to speak to him again.
(Kate pushes Amanda)
AMANDA: Touch me again and I'll get you expelled.
(Kate and Harry meet by the lockers)
HARRY: You have totally lost your mind, you know that?
KATE: No Harry I'm sorry.
(Zeke and Sunny practise dancing for the Deb)
(Toadie and Sunny chat at Harold's)
TOADIE: For a geek, Zeke has gone out with some pretty hot chicks.
(Zeke and Sunny talk live on air)
SUNNY: How much do you tell your current partner about your exes and what does it mean if you don't say a thing?
ZEKE: This is private, ok, and I don't want to talk about it on air.
SUNNY: You talk about everything else on the air, how's this any different?
LISTENER: Hey Lost Boy. How did such a dweeb manage to score four girlfriends and does that include the major hottie, Donna?