Lucas wondering if Elle doesn't trust him.
Dan telling Paul that Elle and Lucas are doomed.
Paul tries to convince Elle that Lucas is wrong for her.
Lucas and Dan fighting.
Elle wonders why Dan isn't happy for Lucas.
Elle setting up a joint bank account for herself and Lucas.
Dan is putting a cold compress on his shoulder, whilst Libby wonders what the fight was about between him and Lucas. Toadie also wants to know Lucas and Elle have finally sorted themselves out, so why isn't Dan happy? Lib and Toad suddenly realise that Dan is against their relationship, and he admits he thinks it's a mistake something he told Elle.
DAN: It's too sudden, Lib, for both of them, it's too soon!
Lucas tells Elle he shoved Dan for treating him like his idiot kid brother. Elle thinks this wouldn't have happened if she hadn't listened to Dan in the first place.
LUCAS: It's not your fault that my brother is an unsupportive moron.
Elle tells her fiancι to forget about Dan the only people who are important right now are the two of them. No-one can stop them getting married.
ELLE: I love you.
LUCAS: I love you.
They kiss and embrace, all in love and Kennedy-like, and Paul watches from the stairs.
Steph opens the door to Libby. Charlie, on the sofa with his toy dinosaurs, makes an announcement.
CHARLIE: Mum just did a great big barf.
Libby is amused and the girls wander into the kitchen, talking about how the bug has wiped out half the street. Steph admits she was going crazy cooped up at home and is pleased to see her friend. She wants to know if anything interesting happened at the deb after she left and so Libby has to tell her that Elle and Lucas are now engaged...
The news hits Steph square on, although she denies being upset about it. She says she'll call them to congratulate them. Incidentally, I love the top that Steph's wearing.
Toadie chats to Callum, wondering if he's done his homework Susan told him about what happened the day before with the long division. Callum thinks Susan's a dobber, and declares that he hates maths why not just use a calculator. Toadie comments that Cal doesn't seem to be doing well at school at the moment, so Cal proposes that he just miss high school next year...
The conversation stops abruptly because Sophie and Harry are at the door, bored, and needing somewhere to hang out. Kate's really sick. Sophie and Cal talk about the deb, and Sophie tells Callum that Harry wasn't allowed to go because he's too young. Harry and Toadie exchange a glance.
The deb talk leads onto Callum saying he's too short for deb dancing, and astute Sophie makes an observation:
SOPHIE: You're not that short; you just look short because of the way you're built, like an optical illusion.
CALLUM: You reckon?
TOADIE: Hey! Hey, that's it!
Toadie has a plan.
Toadie, Sophie, Harry and Cal arrive at Steph's. Callum is dressed in a Collingwood shirt (black and vertical stripes) and a tall beanie hat to make him look taller.
Callum wants Steph to notice what's different she eventually realises he's meant to look taller, thanks to Toadie's gesticulating behind his son.
SOPHIE: It's an optical illusion. Makes him look taller than his actual...
CALLUM: ...makes me look my actual height, yes. Yes.
Harry and the kids, including Charlie, take Rocky out to the backyard to play with Harvey, so Toad and Steph can have a chat. Toadie tells Steph she looks green and he just wondered how she is. She says she's fine.
Libby and Dan are shopping for something to settle Lib's stomach. Dan thinks she should have ginger in her tea, but Libby wants peppermint. Dan really thinks that ginger in her tea is good, but Libby still wants peppermint.
DAN: I'm just saying that I've heard ginger is the best thing for upset stomachs.
LIB: You know what, all these years I didn't realise that I was married to a ginger expert.
Well, not even one year, Libby...
DAN: Yeah, I know ginger.
LIBBY: Congratulations. I still want peppermint. I can't find any.
DAN: What about ginger tablets?
LIBBY: I want peppermint tea. Could you go ask?
Dan asks Jumilla if they have peppermint tea, but no fear Libby has found it, the last packet. AND in walk Elle and Lucas. They're looking for peppermint tea, too, for Declan and Donna.
ELLE: It seems to be the only thing that settles their nausea.
LIBBY: (pointedly looking at Dan) Yes. Yes, it is effective.
Libby offers the box to Elle, who kindly refuses. Dan takes this as a refusal to be co-operative, and they start to bicker until Libby rips the box open and hands Elle half the tea bags.
Elle bemoans the fact that she behaved childishly, but Lucas thinks they deserved it. Dan comes in, just as Elle leaves, and tells his brother that he doesn't think he's going to mess up again. He just doesn't think marriage is right for them he thinks Elle is the cause of his problems! Lucas storms out.
Following his brother, Dan tries to explain Elle always sets the rules, they stifle Lucas, who rebels. Then Elle punishes him, he acts out, and the gambling kicks in. Well, he might have a point. But Lucas isn't listening to Dan's talk, and declares that he and Elle are now honest with each other.
Dan thinks his brother should be doing the addiction programme for himself, not Elle, and walks off, just as unconvinced as he ever was.
Back at number 22 Paul has conceded that Elle and Lucas are engaged and hands his daughter a package for two at a spa. Lucas comes home and is pleased at the present, but tells Elle that he and Dan have agreed to differ. Libby comes over with the rest of the peppermint tea as she's feeling much better, and Elle graciously takes it.
Whilst Elle goes upstairs to see Donna and Declan, Libby asks Lucas if he's patched things up with Dan; he hasn't, not really. Paul then lets slip that Dan told him that he thinks their marriage is doomed. Lib is shocked that Dan might say that, and Lucas can't believe that his brother is saying these things to other people.
Harry is chatting to Callum about high school, and explains that kids tease each other about everything and anything, not just being short. They might tease him for being best friends with a girl, for example.
Meanwhile, Sophie sits at the kitchen table, refusing ice cream from Toadie and Steph. She hates that as a tall kid she might get picked on, too. Steph tries to reassure her.
There's an inexplicable stock shot of Number 24, before we shoot back to number 26 again, where Steph is naming tall, famous women none of whom Sophie knows. She points out she's not famous, either. Steph tells her she's smart, creative and fun plus, she can get into the basketball team, Harry adds, having just entered the kitchen to steal a biscuit. He leaves again.
Steph gets Sophie to stand up, standing proud and tall. She tells her and Callum who's in the doorway to stick together and blitz high school.
SOPHIE: Go the Ramsay-Jones team, heh?
Sophie and Callum wander into the lounge where Cal tells his best mate that at high school they can no longer be friends. Sophie is gutted.
Libby is vacuuming the floor, when Dan comes home. Lib confronts her husband about what he said to Paul about Lucas and Elle being doomed. She can't believe how he's behaving. Dan maintains he doesn't think Elle is good for Lucas.
LIBBY: Well that's his choice, not yours.
DAN: She's the reason he started chucking money at horses, Lib!
LIBBY: Come on! That is totally his responsibility! At least you didn't say that to Paul, did you?
DAN: I did say it to Lucas...
LIBBY: What is wrong with you?!
Libby wonders if this is how Dan helps his students when they have problems.
Harry is trying to choose a drink from the fridge but can't. Dan takes one for himself, and one for Harry and pays for it. Harry asks Dan for a favour the woman from the Department for Human Service is coming over later to talk about his suspension from school. But with Kate being ill, he wants her to come another day. Plus, he hasn't told Sophie about the suspension, yet.
Dan refuses to help Harry has to take responsibility and face up to it.
Lucas wonders why Dan won't just back him up, but Elle tells him he has her, and they need no-one else. Paul comes downstairs, and wonders if Lucas would like to move back in, joking that he could do with the rent. Pleased, Lucas agrees. Elle answers the door to Dan, who has come to apologise. Elle and Paul make a quick exit.
Dan apologises for saying what he did, but not for believing what he does. Lucas gets it, he knows how his brother feels, after all, he's just wasted a year of his life rebuilding their relationship.
Toadie is on the sofa with Callum whilst Steph returns with Sophie, clearly having run off earlier, upset.
Harry realises this is his fault he said Callum might get bullied for being friends with Sophie, but he didn't mean for them not to be friends. He just meant that kids get teased for all sorts of things. But that's not how Sophie sees it, and she lays into her brother before running home.
Toadie and Steph defend boy-girl best-friendships; they're forever, and you should hang onto them.
Back over at the Ramsay house Callum apologises, and Sophie accepts. Harry offers juice to everyone, but Sophie blanks him.
Toadie, Steph and Callum return home, Cal going off to feed Rocky.
Steph wonders why her stomach bug is so bad she didn't eat anything at the deb ball, and neither did Toadie. However...she did eat the sandwiches that she helped prepare at Harold's...
STEPH: Oh my God. We poisoned the deb.
Harry tells Sophie that Kate's still really unwell, and so he's cooking tonight. Still cross, Sophie's not interested. So Harry apologises and explains what he meant when he was talking to Callum earlier. He admits that Sophie will have a much easier time at high school than him, as she's way cooler than he is.
HARRY: Do please don't stay mad at me. You're the only cool person I know.
Sophie smiles, conceding.
There's a knock at the door it's Roz Challis from the DHS. Harry tries to put her off, as Kate's ill, and Sophie wants to know why she's here. Roz says she's hear to talk about Harry's suspension.
Cut to later where Roz is leaving, and tells Harry to give her a call when Kate's better.
HARRY: Does it make a difference?
ROS: I really think it's time for formal mediation by the department.
HARRY: What does that mean?
ROS: It means I'm not convinced this is the right environment for this family. I'll be in touch.
Roz walks out, and Sophie blows up.
SOPHIE: They're gonna split us up! They'll take the house, they'll take everything! Why do you always have to wreck everything?! I hate you!!
She runs off, distraught. Harry stands there, realising he's screwed up. Big time.
MVO: Elle's uncovered something disturbing. Something that could end more than just her career.
Shots of Elle exploring somewhere industrial (aka just behind the studios).
Shot of Elle falls off a ladder.
Shot of an ambulance leaving, Paul and Lucas watching on, concerned.
MVO: Six thirty weeknights, on Ten.