- Paul having a go at Lyn
- Karl explaining to Susan that he has a fan (as in a person, not as in the object)
- Toadie telling Sonya that he thinks she really likes him
- Lucas telling Toadie to be patient with Sonya
- Karl's fan, Robin, turning up on his doorstep.
Robin, who's dressed in an Erinsborough High uniform, is sat at the Kennedy table. Karl and Susan tell Robin that it's not really appropriate for him to just turn up and Robin explains that he wanted to do the interview sooner – because his project deadline was moved forward. He apologises for invading their privacy.
After Susan establishes that he has no family or friends whatsoever who can pick him up and that he is a bit of a loner, they decide to go to Harold's for coffee and cake to do the interview. Robin goes ahead and Karl talks to Susan.
KARL: Is this a good idea?
SUSAN: Well we can hardly just turn him out into the night.
KARL: No. He's really crossed the line here.
SUSAN: I know. He's lonely. Come on, it's one night, it'll be fine.
Robin is wolfing down the cake. Kate brings over the coffees and Susan introduces her to Robin. He seems completely disinterested, but perks up when they talk about Zeke, Sunny and Ringo. Robin thinks he has all he needs for the interview and apologises again for turning up out of the blue. Susan tells him it's forgotten.
Toadie and Steph and slobbing out on the sofa like mates do. Toadie is telling Steph all about Sonya, but admits that he doesn't feel bad because the problem lies with her and not with him. Steph asks if he'll wait to see if she comes ‘round, but Toadie says he's not holding his breath.
Susan and Karl get come drinks and discuss Robin, comparing him to Zeke “at that age”.
Steph comes in and orders a peppermint tea. Kate fetches it while Sophie asks Steph to go to the deb with Harry (yes you read that right!) because he needs to go with someone hot. Kate tells Steph to ignore them and gives her her tea.
Sonya walks in. Steph wants to talk to her about Toadie. She tells Sonya how amazing he is, trustworthy, kind and all-around amazing. (Sounds more like Steph loves him )
STEPH: Anyway, if you're going to take a chance with anyone. I really, really think it should be with Toad.
Steph leaves Sonya to mull that thought over.
In walks Elle. (How many Ramsay Street Resident's can we get in one place in one scene! I make that a total of 8 now!) She wants a private word with Kate. Worried looks from Harry. Uh oh.
Moments later we cut in at “you're selling the store?!” by Kate. Elle explains that she needs the cash after James took all her money and this is the best option. Kate is concerned about her job, but Elle says she can write that in the contract for her to keep her job. Kate is still fairly upset – the new boss might be nasty. Elle apologises but she doesn't have control over that.
Rebecca asks Elle how Kate took the news. Elle says not well, but at least she knows. Paul tries to tell her she's selling the wrong business – it should be the garage – but Rebecca sticks up for her.
REBECCA: Oh and sometimes you've got to lead with your heart, not with your head.
PAUL: Not in business. Never in business.
REBECCA: Oh shush!
Just as Lyn walks in, Elle pulls out her phone – she's got an offer on Harold's already! Lyn hides behind a menu in the background. Elle says it's from Apollo's. Whilst Paul thinks it's fabulous but Rebecca describes them as soulless argues that the money will go out of the country and not back into the community.
PAUL: Yeah, Elle needs money and the sooner the better, right sweetheart?
ELLE: Yeah, but Apollo's...
LYN: (chirpy) Good morning everyone!
Lyn tries to order some breakfast because now that she's not being sued they can all be friends, but Rebecca bars her – telling her to have her breakfast elsewhere.
Yep, we're back in the metropolis of Harold's where Lyn is ordering her breakfast. Well, if she didn't go to Charlie's there isn't anywhere else to go! Whilst there she ‘accidentally' lets slip about Apollo's and Kate rants for ages about how they'd be completely impossible owners.
LYN: Nothing much you can do about it, I guess.
KATE: You reckon? No, you just watch me.
Elle walks from the hotel to Harold's to see a “closed until further notice” sign on the door. There's a lot of noise and she turns around to see Kate organising a protest: “Save Our Store”. She orders everyone in for a sit in. Steph is watching and smiles, asking Elle if she'd like to sign the petition.
Elle come sin and Kate begs with her not to sell it to the Apollo's. She points to the regular customers (or random extra's as they're more commonly known) who would suffer, and then to the suppliers who the store supports but Apollo's certainly won't.
Karl and Susan are signing the petition and telling Steph the update on Lib and Dan – they were due to see Sam that morning.
Protesters are booing at Elle as she walks out. Lyn is on the phone to Apollo.
LYN: I'd like you to hear how the Erinsborough citizens feel about you at the moment. [holds phone up to protesters]
Toadie joins Karl, Susan and Steph. Toadie is impressed by the community spirit and signs the petition. Steph encourages them all to go and join the sit in.
SUSAN: Yeah, come on Karl, you can see what you missed out on at uni.
KARL: Alright then. I will.
SUSAN: He has so mellowed!
Karl and Susan go to join the sit-in and Steph comment son how cheerful Toadie is looking. He says he lives in the moment now and there's no time to be sad or depressed. That is, until he catches Sonya's eye and looks a bit glum.
STEPH: Oh yeah, so how's the moment going?
TOADIE: Pretty rubbish.
Steph tells Toadie that she did speak to Sonya, but simply told her to take a chance on him (“take a chance on me...”). Toadie thinks it's best if he forgets the whole thing and walks off to join the rotest and sit-in.
Toadie walks in chanting “no to Apollo's” which makes Sonya turn and look at him.
Kate offers free cakes to everyone and Karl takes two, much to Susan's disgrace. Robin pops up and thanks them for the interview. Robin explains that he thought he'd better help save the store as the cakes are so good. Kate thanks him and introduces him to Harry, who he goes up to immediately to help giving out the cakes and discuss football. Harry says he needs to help his sisters and leaves Robin to the cake giving out.
Elle is discussing the situation with Paul. He still thinks she should take up the offer but Elle is unsure. Rebecca comes over saying that she's tempted to join in. Her and Paul battle it out for a bit whilst Elle is on the phone – Apollo are withdrawing their offer if Elle doesn't stop the protests. She says they suggest calling the police.
REBECCA: Elle, you can't. These are your friends.
PAUL: Does she have a choice?
More protesting. They all boo as Elle walks in but Kate gets them to be quiet. Elle explains her situation – she's had an offer and she's got to take it. They're all about to kick off again, when Toadie steps up.
TOADIE: Elle, Elle, listen. You have problems, I understand that. But I think they've made you forget what Harold's really is. It isn't just a business, it's the heart of our community. Generations of kids have gathered after school here. It's only just been renamed after a local legend Harold Bishop - it's a name we will never forget. People have fallen in love here, they've broken up here. We've met new friends and found old ones. This is our history and you can't just sell it off to the highest bidder. It must be handled with care.
Toadie asks Elle to wait and see if a better buyer comes forward and in the meantime, they're not going anywhere. Elle walks out. Steph puts her arm around Toadie.
STEPH: Where did all that come from?
TOADIE: I owe it Harold. He wouldn't forgive me if I let his baby go without a fight.
Lyn exits on her phone.
Later in the kitchen, Steph ,Toadie and Kate are wondering if Elle will still sell. Steph reckons if she does then at least she won't feel good about it. Sonya walks in and congratulates Toadie on his speech. She awkwardly leaves and Steph nudges Toadie, who tells her not to start.
Flash forward/dram sequence/day dream type thing from Toadie...
Toadie walks in on Sonya who's holding a toddler and is heavily pregnant. He reminds her about needing to get Callum from uni.
SONYA: Hey, remember that day that they nearly sold this place and you made everything OK by making that amazing speech...?
TOADIE: How could I forget? It's the day that brought us together.
Back to life, back to reality...
Steph is waving at Toadie saying “helloooo...”
STEPH: Hello! Where did you go?
TOADIE: Just thinking about a happily ever after.
STEPH: Then get out there and make it happen.
Harry is hiding and Sophie laughs. Is he hiding from his new boyfriend. Harry admits that Robin won't leave him alone! Uh oh, he's been spotted! Robin offers to keep Harry company until his friends get here (Harry's friends that is).
Toadie goes to sit with Sonya, who's looking a bit blue. He admits he's confused and doesn't know where he stands. She says she's sorry and thinks she's really stuffed up.
TOADIE: You could unstuff them...
SONYA: I've got a lot of baggage.
TOADIE: We've all got baggage.
They agree to go on a date.
Elle's on the phone – she's had another offer. From a local! She hangs up, saying she'll think about it. It's $50,000 less than Apollo's. Rebecca thinks Elle has to take it, else she's definitely joining the protest. Rebecca walks off and Paul offers to pay the shortfall to keep Rebecca happy. But Elle doesn't want him bailing her out, and she's not selling the garage. They want an answer now...what's it to be?
Elle comes in and announces that she's accepted the local offer. Everyone cheers and claps. They congratulate Kate and Toadie for his speech.
So, Karl wants to know who the buyer is...
Elle says they're anonymous, but they're keeping Harold's exactly as it is.
Rebecca kisses Paul, and thanks him for doing the right thing (technically Elle did the right thing, but yeah...nevermind!).
Lyn walks in on Rebecca and Paul kissing.
LYN: Eh, eh, eh, no public displays of affection in here, thank you. Outside.
REBECCA: [sighs[ Excuse me? You can't tell me where I may or may not kiss my fiancé.
LYN: Well....I can. See, on your bike Miss Napier. You're barred.
Rebecca looks appalled.
PAUL: Oh my God.
ELLE: You're the new owner.
Lyn smugly smiles.
(Shot of Robin at Ramsay's door)
MVO: Meet the new guy...
ROBIN: Hey. I'm Robin.
(Robin looking at Donna)
FVO: Don't let his innocent face fool you.
(Robin climbing in a bedroom window – not sure who's bedroom though!)
MVO: Wait ‘til you see what he's got planned.
FVO: Neighbours, 6.30 weeknights on Ten.