- Ringo quitting his paramedic course to become a tradie
- Paul overhearing Toadie and Steph's money woes
- Michael giving Natasha the silent treatment
- Libby discovering Natasha is good at mathematics
- Natasha slapping Michael across the face
Libby finds Michael sitting on the steps in the corridor, head in his hands. When he realises she's there, Libby gives him some space and tries to quietly slip into the office, but Natasha is in there crying. Without a word, she closes the door and glances at Michael before walking away.
The Kennedys hear about the Williams' problems from Libby, but have different views. Karl thinks Michael seems to be at fault, but Susan thinks that Michael's parenting skills shouldn't be judged just because Natasha's acting out. Libby tries to get some advice from her parents about what to do, but they're too busy arguing.
Susan drags Karl (along with Ringo and Zeke) into the bar so he can pay for dessert after shirking out over dinner. Karl's happy Libby stayed home, but Susan informs him they're still taking dessert home for Libby and Ben. They see Michael sitting by himself at the bar and Susan asks if he wants to join them, but he's quite short with her and says he wants to be alone. Toadie and Callum join the #28 gang and ask what's goss, so Zeke tells them Ringo's starting his tradie job in the morning. Ringo wants to keep his news low key, which is hard when Donna bounds in and gives him a present - a tool belt with his name written on it in glitter. She goes off to get a drink and everyone laughs at Ringo's man purse. Toadie laughs and says Ringo's boss will love it, but isn't so cheery when he hears that Jim Doolan is in charge (Toadie looks like he has beef with him).
Building Site - Next Morning
Donna walks Ringo to work and gets some wolf whistles from the crew. She wishes him luck and he hides his sparkly man purse in his backpack when she leaves. Jim the boss man gives Ringo a safety vest and says he'll be starting on small tasks first until he finds his feet - like going on a “grub run” for morning tea.
Andrew asks Natasha how the silent treatment's going with her dad, but she says it's working both ways now. They sit down with Summer, Harry and Chris, but Natasha is bored when Summer keeps talking about Steph and Toadie's wedding and lets Summer know about it.
SUMMER: I just really want to help them out.
NATASHA: Why? You're not even related.
SUMMER: Alright, what is your problem?
NATASHA: Stupid talk about lame weddings sums it up really.
SUMMER: They're my family.
NATASHA: Reality check: no, they're not.
SUMMER: Steph is my step- mother!
NATASHA: Ex- step- mother! So being an ex- step- kid isn't family enough to be taking over this stupid wedding.
SUMMER: Yeah well I might be an ex- step- kid but at least we're still talking.
Natasha looks offended and walks off in a huff. Summer's all, “Oh yeah, great comeback, Tash. I'll write that one down”. Andrew sighs and follows Natasha.
Chris leads Summer inside and tries to get her to take a deep breath and chillax. Summer's still angry but admits that Natasha infuriates her. Chris suggests some carrot cake to make things better. Toadie sees them and asks if Summer's OK, but she says she will be after cake. Callum and Sophie try to coerce Toadie into buying them sports drinks, but it's juice or nothing. What a totally interesting note to end the scene on. Riveting stuff.
Natasha finds her dad and finally gets him to speak to her. His tone is still chilly, but Natasha says she's truly sorry for everything that's happened.
MICHAEL: You know all I could think of all day was, ‘My little girl slapped me'.
He says she's put a lot of people offside lately, not just him, so Natasha says she'll try to behave. Michael's wary - he's obviously heard this before - but Natasha says she truly means it. Michael gives her a sincere thank you and she smiles at him.
Donna's helping Ringo with the morning tea run and can't believe they all want pies and chocolate milk - except for one solitary salad roll, but that's for Ringo. She asks if they liked the tool belt and Ringo lies and says they were totally jealous. While Donna raids the fridge, Toadie words Ringo up about his boss. He can't reveal too much, but he warns Ringo that Jim Doolan's not a nice guy. Toadie advises Ringo to watch his back. Before Ringo can asks more questions, Toadie's called away by Callum and Sophie, who are still trying to con him into buying sports drinks. Ringo's left looking apprehensive - or maybe he's just bummed he can't have an awesome sports drink.
Ringo's doing some sweeping, and getting a friendly OHS reminder from Jim, when Toadie strolls by in his lawyer capacity to talk business. Jim isn't pleased to see him to say the least and basically calls Toadie scum. Toadie's there to try and make a settlement on the last job Jim did for his client, who didn't think Jim's constructions were up to standard. But Jim's having none of it and says his buildings are solid and he and his crew deserve their full payment. Toadie tries to reason with him, but Jim flings Toadie's satchel across the site and tells him to rack off (perhaps if the satchel had sparkles on it Jim would have been more kind). Ringo's stunned by what just went down.
First Commercial Break
Jim says he's sorry Ringo had to witness that altercation, but Ringo admits that Toadie is his mate, and a good guy to boot. Jim doesn't believe a word and tells Ringo to imagine working hard all day but only getting paid half the money. Ringo admits that would suck and Jim says that's what he and his crew are facing but in a much grander scale.
Libby finds Natasha to chat about detention. Meanwhile, Summer talks to Sophie about the MS Readathon. Sophie says Callum's cheating by reading a million comic books. Summer suggests Soph start reading Philip Pullman's ‘His Dark Materials' trilogy, but gets distracted when she hears raised voices. She spies on Libby and Natasha, who is seriously anti whatever Libby has suggested in lieu of detention. Natasha says she'd rather be expelled and starts to kick up a fuss until he dad walks by to check on them. Remembering her promise to behave, Natasha reluctantly agrees to Libby's ‘punishment'.
Cut to later where a small group of students are taking part in a Mathletes club. Two kids are working out an equation on the board while the rest figure it out on paper. Libby calls time on the stopwatch and Natasha pretends she doesn't know the answer, but she has written it down correctly. Fellow student Lisa happily welcomes Natasha to the club and even presents her with a t- shirt.
LISA: Natasha Williams welcome to Mathletes! Last year's slogan was, ‘Mathletes are in their prime'. That one was mine.
Natasha looks depressed as everyone files out of the classroom, even more so when she realises Summer has witnessed the whole thing and recorded it on her iPod.
NATASHA: You wouldn't...
SUMMER: Remember those little rumours you started about me and Chris? Well payback is so sweet.
She walks away with a smirk leaving Natasha fuming.
Second Commercial Break
Natasha gives her dad a small smile as they pass in the corridor then hurriedly tries to stuff her Mathlete t- shirt in her locker without anyone seeing. Summer, Harry, Chris and Andrew chat nearby at some lockers and Summer stirs Natasha by suggesting they all check out the upcoming Mathlete comp. Libby overhears and asks Summer for a quiet word. She wants Sum to do her a favour and go easy on Natasha because she's going through a rough time at the moment. Summer reminds Libby that Natasha hasn't exactly been nice to her lately, but Lib says that Natasha just needs some support and that she can trust Sum to do the right thing.
Callum slams down another comic book in accomplishment, but Sophie says he's so getting disqualified. Summer and the rest of the teens walk in and Sophie thanks Summer for the Philip Pullman recommendation - she's reading the first one now.
Harry and Andrew fetch some drinks leaving Summer and Natasha sitting alone. Natasha can't stand the smirking any longer and tells Summer to just get on with it and humiliate her already, but Summer just wants to know why Natasha hides the fact that she's got a brain. Lisa stops by to happily chat about Mathletes with Natasha, but the blonde gives her the evil eye and sends her away. Summer calls Natasha out on her rudeness.
SUMMER: That was cruel.
NATASHA: She'll live.
SUMMER: OK, I'll keep my mouth shut if you keep yours shut too. No more rumours, nothing. Play nice - with everyone - or I'll talk.
Libby approaches Michael and tells him that she made Natasha join the Mathletes, which amuses Michael. He knows his daughter would've hated that. She leaves him be when Natasha arrives after getting a text from her dad. He tells her that he signed the release form so that she can be the face of Lassiter's, and that he got Glee on DVD so they can have a take- out/movie night together. Natasha beams - she's got her dad back again.
Over at another table Toadie is having coffee with Susan, Karl and Zeke while they laugh about Karl's lack of carpentry skills.
KARL: What are you talking about, I re- built the bookshelf.
ZEKE: We called in a tradie while you were overseas.
SUSAN: Because they were crooked! [She tilts her head to the side] I had to go like that if I wanted to see what the titles were.
KARL: Well the floor must have shifted. It'd be the drought.
SUSAN: Yeah, the drought, of course.
KARL: Well it could have been!
The #28- ers leave, passing Ringo on their way out. Toadie asks Ringo how things went at the site after he left - he hopes Jim didn't get stuck into him. But Ringo's got his blinkers on and says Jim's a good guy. Toadie says there's rumours of bullying and lack of on- site safety, but Ringo says Jim has been incredibly safety conscious since he's been there.
TOADIE: This is business, Ringo, it happens.
RINGO: No the bloke's on the level.
TOADIE: Right, if you want to go off and work on building sites, that's fine. You just leave the legal stuff to me OK?
RINGO: I think you're wrong.
Toadie isn't down with Ringo's attitude.
Third Commercial Break
Toadie makes another business call to see Jim to let him know that his client has agreed to pay cost plus 50%, but Jim says he can get stuffed. He wants to know this ‘client's' name, so Toadie says it's Marcus Trang and he won't budge on his offer. Jim just laughs at him and says Marcus is the office manager - Toadie has no idea who he's working for.
TOADIE: Mr Doolan I don't think that actually changes the fact that...
JIM: Nah, stuff it. Stuff you, stuff Robinson as well.
TOADIE: (incredulous) Who?
JIM: Paul Robinson. That's whose dirty work you're doing but you didn't know that either did you. You reckon I'm dodgy!
Toadie looks absolutely ropable that he's been conned into working for Paul. Have a sports drink, Toad.
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
LUCAS: (to Sonya) They're getting married.
(Callum hugs Sonya)
CALLUM: Sorry Sonya.
SONYA: Nah, this stuff just takes getting used to.
(Steph tries to cheer up Toadie)
STEPH: Why don't you go and do something nice for yourself for a change?
(So he seeks out Sonya at Harold's)
TOADIE: I was wondering if we could be friends again?
(Zeke gloats to his mates)
ZEKE: Guess who's got their licence!
(Zeke and Donna play a driving game on the Wii)
DONNA: How am I supposed to count seconds, use all my mirrors, indicate and do all the other stuff at the same time?
(Donna is a ball of stress during her driving test)
DECLAN: I think Donna will blitz you.
ZEKE: The winner gets to decorate the loser's car.
KARL: ... But Zeke you don't have a car.