- Declan and Kate kissing
- Lucas not coping with Steph and Toadie's relationship
- Toadie and Steph "practicing" being a couple
- Lucas kissing Steph to remind them of what they had
- Lucas refusing a lawyer for his case and Steph feeling guilty
Libby is trying to convince Lucas to get a lawyer for his trial but he won't change his mind. He stuffed up and he'll cop what's coming - he doesn't need anyone's help.
Alone in the lounge room Steph picks up her mobile and scrolls to Lucas's name but can't bring herself to dial. She curls up on the couch and tries not to cry.
Declan and Kate are kissing on the sofa when they realise they've got other priorities to attend to. Declan has to feed India and Kate's painting Sophie's solar system display. Kate starts to wonder if she wasted her 18th - maybe she should have cut loose and had a fun night out for once. Declan says there's still time but Kate thinks the moment has passed.
Charlie's Bar - Next Morning
Donna's excited when Declan tells her that he and Kate are together. He wants to find the right moment to tell Rebecca the news, but Donna can't help blurting it out for him. Dec then mentions Kate's birthday regrets and the women let him know that when Kate said the moment had passed she really meant the opposite.
REBECCA: Men are hopeless at reading between the lines aren't they.
DONNA: Don't you hate that.
REBECCA: Of course she wants to do something special.
DECLAN: Guys, guys, I'm still here.
DONNA: Well what are you going to do?
DECLAN: ... I dunno.
They pester him to think of an idea, pronto.
Steph approaches Lucas, who is waiting for his taxi to arrive. She harps at him about his court case but he just ignores her.
STEPH: Going to court without a lawyer, it's just crazy. What can I do to convince you?
LUCAS: Admit that you and Toadie are a mistake.
But of course she can't, so Lucas hops into the cab while Steph frets.
Erinsborough Magistrate Court
Libby bustles up to Lucas and informs him that she got him a lawyer, but he isn't impressed when he learns that it's one of Toadie's mates. Libby says she's not giving up on Lucas but he gets nasty with her to put her off.
LUCAS: Do you really think helping me is going to fix your train wreck of a life? Do you? Because it won't, Lib. You pushed Dan away, you nagged him into the ground. Deal with that and leave me the hell alone.
Inside the court's waiting area, Libby approaches Lucas once more. He thinks she's a sucker for punishment but she says she knows him well enough to see that he's just lashing out. She says everyone will pitch in to help him pay the fine, otherwise he'll go to jail, but Lucas doesn't want pity money.
LIBBY: Lucas it's a fine or jail.
LUCAS: I know.
LIBBY: But you don't have that kind of money.
LUCAS: So I'm guessing it's jail then.
Donna is trying to stall Kate with inane fashion questions so Declan can arrive with her birthday surprise. They're both stunned, though, when Declan saunters in wearing a cowboy outfit. He banters with Karl for a bit before telling Kate he's got a treat in store for them.
KATE: Declan this is really sweet but it's also incredibly embarrassing.
DECLAN: Yeah I know! I walked all the way from Anson's Corner dressed like this, OK?
He tells her they're going to be obligation- free today and live like they were kids again. She peers inside the bag he's holding to check out her costume and looks excited.
Donna takes a pic of the duo in their costumes - Declan remembered Kate always wanted to be a ballerina that could fly, so she's wearing a tutu and fairy wings. Dec shows her the picnic he's set out on the table, which includes a year's supply of fairy bread by the looks of things. But that's only the beginning...
Donna, Rebecca and Declan look on as Kate lets loose on a drum kit. No idea why. Afterwards she reverts to responsible adult mode and says she needs to get back to help Sophie with her project, but Declan says Harry and Andrew are on the case. He reminds her they're not parents today, they're kids, so she needs to chill out.
Erinsborough Magistrate Court
Libby tries to get it through to Lucas that he's being ridiculous.
LIBBY: Do you know what jail's like? It messes people up, trust me, I've seen it.
LUCAS: Gee and I'd really hate to be messed up.
LIBBY: You have no idea what you're in for.
LUCAS: You know what, I reckon jail would be a holiday compared to Ramsay Street.
LIBBY: Come on.
LUCAS: Either way my mind's made up.
LIBBY: You're just going to throw your life away?
LUCAS: Ahh, she finally gets it.
LIBBY: You can be an amazing guy... It's such a waste.
She walks off and Lucas looks a tiny bit shamefaced.
Libby is telling Karl, Steph and Toadie what went down with Lucas and says that she couldn't stay and watch him destroy himself. Steph lets her emotions get the better of her and says they have to do something to help him - maybe the whole street could go down and plead with him to reconsider? But Karl reminds her that she and Toadie are the last people on earth Lucas would want to see right now. Toadie can see Steph's getting more and more upset so he quickly ushers her home.
Steph seeks refuge in the laundry and flashes back to when she and Lucas said "I love you" to one another. Toadie finds her for a chat but Steph's in a foul mood and doesn't want to talk. But he reminds her she's going to have to do a better job of switching off her emotions when they're around everyone else.
TOADIE: You might as well of got a loudspeaker and told the rest of the world that you love him. He'll deal with losing you however he does. There comes a point where you've got to let go.
Steph quietly says that she just wants to help him. Toadie gives her a reassuring squeeze and a kiss on the forehead.
Declan has taken Kate to a very deserted club, which is no surprise considering it's the middle of the day. They're back in casual clothes aside from Kate's fairy wings. Kate wants to dance but Declan feels awkward about it, so she says he just has to trust her. Kate gets her groove on but Declan just shuffles around with a tight grin on his face.
KATE: (laughing) He dances like an uptight white boy!
DECLAN: I am an uptight white boy!
So Kate dances closer to him and they sway and twirl around the dance floor.
Ben shows Libby the invitation he's made for Lucas for the new footy season - he can't wait to go to all the matches with his uncle. Knowing Lucas won't be able to attend unless he pulls a Michael Schofield, Libby says she'll pass the invite onto him herself. But Toadie, who has been listening from the front door, says that he may have an idea to make Lucas come to his senses.
Erinsborough Magistrate Court
Lucas is standing before the judge (the same one Zeke had a few weeks ago). The judge tells Lucas his options and is surprised when Lucas opts for jail time. The judge thinks he's mad, but Lucas also flashes back to the "I love you" thing with Steph and says there's nothing left worth fighting for. There's an interruption and the judge is told there's been a request for someone to speak on Lucas's behalf. The doors open and Libby appears.
Erinsborough Magistrate Court
Libby addresses the court from the witness stand and she says she's willing to cover Lucas's fine for him, but of course Lucas just declines, so Libby asks the judge if she can address Lucas. The judge tells her to be brief.
LIBBY: You're being selfish.
LUCAS: You know what, it's my life and I'll do the hell what I want with it.
JUDGE: Mr Fitzgerald for some reason this woman has taken the time to help you. The least you can do is listen.
LIBBY: Toadie and Steph hurt you, I know it sucks. But playing the martyr like this is just pathetic. [She gets Ben's invitation out of her bag] Ben made this for you. He wants to watch the footy with his favourite uncle. He's even barracking for the Saints this year. Do you want him to visit you in jail? Or is he just another person that you want to push away? People love you, Lucas. Don't punish them because your pride's hurt.
Lucas looks like he just might be convinced.
[Tomorrow on Neighbours]
(Some dude is chatting to Andrew at school)
SOME DUDE: The chicks, they dig you! How do you do it?
(Andrew - with sidekick Harry - is showing off a manual he's devised to some of his male classmates at the gym)
ANDREW: Buy the manual and you'll find out.
(People hand over money to him)
HARRY: You don't think it's a little insane?
ANDREW: He didn't have the confidence to talk to girls, now he does.
(Ben seeks answers from Libby)
BEN: Is Uncle Lucas a bad role model?
LIBBY: Where did you hear that?
BEN: Toadie said.
(Lucas looks ticked off)
(He and Libby go over to see Toadie and Steph)
LUCAS: So it's not enough that you turn my girlfriend off me, now you want Ben as well.
TOADIE: I haven't said anything that I wouldn't say again.
(An old scene of Steph saying how much she hates lying to everyone and Toadie reminding her it's all to protect Libby)
(Libby trying to reassure Steph about all the recent dramas)
LIBBY: Everything will be fine.
STEPH: ... Absolutely.