- Saffron confronting Donna at school
- Donna confessing to Ringo that she stole a design
- Saffron offering Donna her internship back (on strict probation)
- Kate telling Declan she cancelled her showcase
- Sophie & Harry demanding Kate attend the showcase
- Jason Coleman not offering Kate representation
- Kate throwing her dance shoes in the bin
Declan walks the Ramsays in after picking them up from the city. He invites them over for dinner and commiserates with Kate for not getting a placement. Once Declan leaves, Harry and Sophie try to cheer Kate up but Kate bites their heads off. She gets into Cinderella Kate mode and blah blahs that she has no time to do anything, let alone dance training, and she‘s sick of looking after everyone but herself. Annoyed, Harry dumps Kate's dance shoes on the table (that he salvaged) and takes Sophie over to number 22, “Seeing as we're so much trouble”.
Rebecca and Declan gladly invite the non-sulky members of the Ramsay clan in for dinner while Paul pitches a fit about Donna not doing any of her chores. He has another fit when Ringo, Sunny and Zeke stop by (“Oh great, more blow-ins”), but they've already eaten. They just want to congratulate Donna on getting her job back - but she's not home yet. The teens find out about Kate's dance drama while Rebecca tries to call Donna to check up on her.
Saffron hangs up Donna's phone and barks at her to get the coffee and pretzels, pronto. Donna wonders what time they'll be finishing up but Saffron's all affronted and says that Donna's either with her or against her. Donna mutters that she's with her, but Saffron obviously doesn't reciprocate as she flits out the door leaving Donna to carry all the drinks.
Paul asks Harry how Kate's going at the store but he's just fishing for gossip about Lyn. Declan offers to put the apple pie on and the Ramsay kids help do the dishes. Paul of course is delighted and wonders why Donna can't be more conscientious. Declan asks the Ramsays if they're OK and they tell him about Kate blaming them for her showcase results. Declan gets his, “Hmm” face on.
Kate's packing away all of her dance things (medals, shoes etc) when Declan stops by with a slice of pie and tells her about the time he played footy. He says he faced a lot of setbacks and that sometimes it was easier to blame other people than himself. Kate's annoyed that her siblings have blabbed about their argument and tells Declan that it's none of his business and to get out.
Donna arrives home at some ungodly hour, loaded with extra work from Saffron. Declan (who was asleep on the couch) lets her know about Kate's dilemma and how angry she is about it. He thinks Donna needs to have a girly chat with her because she's the only one Kate will listen to. Donna agrees but feels a bit weird about it seeing as her career dreams have come true and Kate's haven't.
The next morning Paul's on the phone to someone making sure they don't deliver anymore goods to Harold's Store, but he's annoyed to see that the garbage can's full. His fury increases when he goes to empty the bin and the trash goes everywhere. All the teens (minus the Ramsays) gather to go to school while Rebecca whisks Paul away so he doesn't lash out at Donna. Once they're gone, Donna takes off the robe she was wearing to reveal her casual clothes - she's wagging school to help Saffron and begs the teens to cover for her.
Sophie and Harry pretty much ignore Kate while they organise themselves for school. Kate asks if Harry told Declan about their problems last night and Harry doesn't deny it.
KATE: Harry that is my business. I don't appreciate you blabbing it to everyone, do you understand?
HARRY: If you keep acting like this no one's going to want to know you.
Erinsborough High - Hallway/Saffron‘s Work
Declan sees Kate pinning up Deb posters and apologises for last night but Kate just moodily tells him to forget about it. Rebecca brings in a plate of gourmet sandwiches to Declan and Ringo (a work client cancelled an order and she didn't want to waste them), and says she wants to see if Donna's OK. Ringo and Declan lie and say she's with a teacher. When Rebecca goes, Ringo thanks Dec for covering but Dec says he doesn't want to keep lying to his mum.
Ringo calls Donna while she's doing some ironing and says she can't keep wagging school or she'll get caught out, but Donna's too stressed about work to care and assures him she'll be fine. Hearing Saffron she hangs up. Saffron bellows at her to re-do the ironing on a few pieces - the hems aren't crisp enough apparently. Cinderella Donna could really give Cinderella Kate a run for her money.
Erinsborough High - Classroom
Declan, Ringo, Harry, Zeke and Sunny polish off the sandwiches while Kate brings in some Deb forms for them to fill out (likes, ambitions etc that will be read out when they're presented). Sunny says how sorry they were about the showcase, but Kate pretends she's cool with it. It occurred to her just how short-lived a dancing career can be so she's decided it's not for her. Declan and Harry swap a look like, “Yeah right”.
In a scene swap from earlier, this time Declan arrives home and accidentally wakes Donna from a slumber on the couch. Donna freaks - Saffron sent her home for a short break (and to finish some hemming work) not nap time! Before she can rush off, Declan asks if she's spoken to Kate yet. Donna feels bad that she hasn't, but she's been so busy. Declan doesn't think that's a good excuse, though, and gently tells her to get her priorities straight and help her best friend out.
Donna empathises with Kate about the showcase and apologises for not being there for her. She asks Kate if she's really, truly rooly OK, because Donna wouldn't be if she were in Kate's shoes.
KATE: No I'm not. I'm just so angry.
DONNA: You're allowed to be.
KATE: At least somebody understands. Everybody just expects me to be happy happy joy joy all the time. The truth is I hate being me. I'm sick of it.
DONNA: That's fair enough. You're always there for everyone else. You're seriously the most unselfish person I know.
Donna gets (a second) text from Saffron, telling her to “pick up some pizza's” (or ‘pizzas' even).
KATE: If you get in trouble you can always blame me.
DONNA: Now why would I do that? Apart from Ringo you're, like, my biggest supporter. Whatever Saffron does to me, I asked for this. If I stuff up it's no one else's fault but my own.
Get the message, Kate?
Sophie asks Harry if it's really their fault that Kate's dance dreams are dashed, but Harry reassures her that it's not. Kate arrives home and apologises to her family for getting angry with them. The truth is she choked because she knew those other dancers were a lot better than she was.
SOPHIE: Are you going to try again.
KATE: Nah, the competition's just not for me.
HARRY: So you're just going to give it up? Just like that?
KATE: Yeah well it's not for me. I have all that stuff for the Deb anyway.
HARRY: (annoyed) Fine. You do what you want.
Rebecca brings out a mountain of take away pizza for Donna and hopes that Saffron will reimburse the teen for her efforts. She also hopes that Donna isn't working herself too hard, especially with exams around the corner. When she leaves, Rebecca calls Libby just to see how Donna's going with her study but is surprised to learn about the wagging incident. Paul's also there and is not impressed, but says that Rebecca will have to have a chat with her about it.
REBECCA: Not me, you.
PAUL: When did this become my problem?
REBECCA: Because it is high time that you started behaving like a parent to that girl instead of just growling at her whenever she gets in your way.
PAUL: Hello, she is not my daughter.
REBECCA: I know that but she lives in our house and you promised Elle that you would take care of her.
PAUL: And if I don't?
REBECCA: Well then I'm just going to dob you into Elle.
Paul knows he's done for.
Paul's creating more havoc for Harold's Store/Lyn on the phone when a very tired Donna arrives home. Paul doesn't care that she needs to sleep, they need to have a serious chat about her ditching school.
DONNA: Saffron needed me.
PAUL: Well Saffron's going to have to learn to live without you because I want you back at school ASAP.
DONNA: What? I can't.
PAUL: Donna this is not negotiable.
DONNA: Are you telling me how to lead my life?
PAUL: Hey, this might be your life but as long as you're living under my roof you abide by my rules, alright? You can take it or leave it.
DONNA: (angry) Fine. I'll leave it.
DONNA: You want me out of here, fine, I'll move out. Problem solved.
He tries to go after her but she just storms out, leaving Paul very unimpressed.
[Tomorrow on Neighbours]
REBECCA: Where's Donna?
PAUL: Donna's gone.
(Donna outside talking to Ringo and Susan)
DONNA: Paul finally got what he wanted: me out of the house.
(Ringo talking in #28)
RINGO: Paul doesn't want her there. He never has.
(Ringo goes to #22 and Paul brings out the chequebook)
PAUL: OK, how much? How does $500 sound?
RINGO: You're offering me a bribe?
(Dan's finally home & Libby‘s pleased)
DAN: Sam can cope on her own now. I told her we can't have anymore contact.
(Karl & Susan are at #30 and hear a phone ring)
KARL: Who's phone's that?
SUSAN: Dan's I think.
(Susan checks the caller ID & sees that it's Sam)
(It rings again when Libby and Dan rejoin them)
LIBBY: Who is it?
DAN: Oh it's just Lucas.
(Susan doesn't look very impressed)
(Dan calls Sam back when the coast is clear)
DAN: Sam what do you want?
(But Libby finds out)
LIBBY: Is it Sam?
LIBBY: I don't want to hear it.
(Libby walks out)