- Steph and Toadie getting married
- Toadie asking Sonya to wait for him
- Nick looking after Donna at the reception
- Donna catching the bouquet
- Libby seeing Sonya and Toadie kissing
Steph is sitting by herself at a table when Libby returns, utterly gobsmacked by what she's just seen. Toadie bursts in and whisks Steph away for a dance, quietly letting her know that Sonya's going to wait for him. Steph's pleased for him, but Libby is horrified that Toadie can act so cavalier around his wife after what just happened. When Doug arrives Libby tells him they're leaving immediately - if she stays one more second she'll scream.
Libby has filled Doug in on all the sordid details on the way home and is now ranting about Toadie and his cheating ways. Doug advises her to stay out of it, at least until she's calmed down and can talk to them rationally about it.
LIBBY: He's cheating on Steph!
DOUG: Are you sure about that?
LIBBY: I've got eyes!
Susan and Karl arrive home with Steph and Toadie's presents and Doug offers to help Karl get the rest out of the car. Susan asks Libby if she and Doug are fighting, but Libby claims that everything's fine.
Donna and Nick say goodbye to the bride and groom and Donna tells them to have fun in the penthouse suite (a gift from Paul and Rebecca). Toadie notices Ringo looking glum and figures it has something to do with Donna. Ringo explains that he and Donna want to be together but her dad is being overly- protective. Toadie advises that if it's true love then no obstacle will ever get in the way.
Donna is surprised when Ringo stops by, but here's there because he thinks they should get back with one another. Donna looks tempted but says that she needs to heed her dad's advice and not rush into anything. Ringo thinks she's just putting off the inevitable, but he gives her a kiss on the cheek and leaves.
Karl and Susan head off to bed. Doug tells Libby there's probably a logical explanation to the whole Toadie thing and Libby agrees to sleep on it before she confronts him. Doug leaves just as Ringo arrives home. He chats to Zeke, who is putting together a playlist for tomorrow's live Pirate Net broadcast from Lassiter's. Zeke tells him they've got a couple of guest performers, which gives Ringo an idea...
Lassiter's Complex/Number 22 - Next Morning
Ringo is sitting with Zeke in the Pirate Net booth out the front of Harold's while a crowd mills around. When Zeke's ready, Ringo puts a call into Declan to make sure that Donna is listening to the show.
Donna isn't really keen on tuning in, but Kate distracts her with photos from the wedding so they can “rate the outfits”. Donna nearly chokes on her breakfast when Zeke introduces Ringo to the listeners.
Ringo has his guitar and wants to dedicate a song “to the girl I want to be with” and hopes that when she hears it, she admits the same. Ringo does his best Sam Clark impersonation and sings a song, which basically goes: “Wanna lay in bed with you all day, satisfied just to see you on display. Do, do, do, do, do, do”. Catchy. Donna, of course, looks smitten and races out of the house. Surgery stitches be damned! It's not like you were hobbling around the house just last night anyway!
After his performance, Ringo calls Declan and Kate to gauge Donna's reaction. They panic him when they say that Donna just ran out and they seriously don't know why (like, duh, you guys). But Ringo hangs up on Tweedledum and Tweedledee when he sees Donna racing through the crowd (seriously, what is this surgery you speak of?) to plant a big old smooch- a- roo on him. The crowd goes wild and Zeke grins at them.
Toadie drops in to pick up the pressies and Libby is not pleased to see him. When Karl and Susan take a load over to #30, Libby lets Toadie know she saw him with Sonya last night. Hiding his panic, Toadie says that Sonya was just kissing him goodbye and it didn't mean anything, it'll never happen again, yadda yadda.
LIBBY: Do you still have feelings for her?
TOADIE: Where do you get off, Lib? I just marred Steph. If you've got issues then just keep them to yourself. Don't take them out on me and don't go filling Steph's head with them alright?
First Commercial Break
Steph looks overwhelmed with guilt by the number of presents they received, but she's soon distracted when Toadie tells her that Libby saw Sonya kissing him. Toadie says he explained that Sonya was just saying goodbye, but Steph still looks stressed. She reminds him that the wedding was supposed to fix everything - not cause Libby to become more suspicious.
Declan, Kate and Zeke are happy to see Donna and Ringo back together. Zeke tells them that the ratings even spiked thanks to Ringo's stunt. They all head off to give the lovebirds some space, but Donna draws away from kissing Ringo and looks concerned. She's happy they're back together but she'd be even happier if her dad approved. Knowing that it's important to Donna, Ringo says he'll have a chat to Nick.
Ringo plays darts with Nick and thanks him for stopping by. He chats nervously for a while until Nick kindly, but firmly, tells him to get to the point. Ringo explains that he and Donna want to be together. Nick says he can't stop them but he hopes that they've taken the time to work through all their old issues. Ringo claims they don't need to, but Nick wisely says that if they don't, how are they supposed to stop the problems from recurring? Here, I wrote a song about it, Ringo. ‘Listen to Nick, Ringo Brown, don't give him that know- it- all frown. Do, do, do, do, do...'
Toadie is on the phone to Sonya, telling her that he'll sort her lease out for her so she can keep her apartment. Doug stops to chat with Toadie, but Toad scurries away when Libby joins them. He accidentally drops a few work files on his way out and Doug helps him pick them up. Libby tells Doug she's still unsure that Toadie's telling the truth about Sonya, and her fears are confirmed when Doug finds some of Toadie's papers mixed in with his - papers about Sonya's lease.
LIBBY: (incredulous) She's not moving to Perth, Toadie's helping her stay in Erinsborough!
Second Commercial Break
Libby isn't quite sure how to bring her news up with Steph, but Steph tells her that she already knows about Sonya kissing Toadie. Libby is surprised, but then asks about the lease and Steph plays along, pretending she knew about that too. Steph explains that Perth and the new boyfriend fell through for Sonya so she decided to stay. Libby can't believe how cool, calm and collected Steph is about it all.
STEPH: They're just friends, Lib.
LIBBY: They're not just friends! She's his ex- girlfriend who gatecrashed your wedding and made him kiss her. How can you be fine with that?
STEPH: Because he's been upfront about it. I totally trust him. If I don't have a problem with it why should you?
LIBBY: I'm sorry, I just remember what it was like when Sam was all over Dan.
STEPH: Yeah... Well Sonya's nothing like Sam.
LIBBY: But three in a relationship, Steph, it doesn't work. Trust me.
Steph reassures Libby that she's fine with everything, so Libby begrudgingly agrees to back off and not say another word about it.
Ringo has explained Nick's 'talk it out' theory to Donna and says the man may have a point. Donna's wary - it's scary thinking about what she did to Ringo and how much she hurt him - but Ringo says she's not the only one. Getting the courage, Donna explains that since her mum and (fake) dad were so distant her whole life she never thought she could be the most important person in the world to someone.
DONNA: Then you came along and did all the right things, but I was still scared, because what if you just took off like Dad? Or what if I was just a bit of fun and you got sick of me and dumped me?
Ringo's surprised Donna felt that way, but she says that whenever he became so intently focused on something, like school or being a paramedic, it was like she just disappeared. She was scared he would forget about her. Ringo takes his turn.
RINGO: The things I've always loved about you, how full on you can be, the crazy way you look at things... Last year that just made me feel embarrassed.
DONNA: But that's me.
RINGO: I know, just let me finish. It was stupid but all I could think was, ‘When are you going to grow up?'. I was trying to get my life together and you just kept making it crazy. And it was driving me insane because I shouldn't have felt like that.
DONNA: (slightly hurt) ... I'm sorry?
RINGO: Don't be. When I was away I missed that Donna. All that craziness. And now that I'm back you're still the same Donna, but you're just more together.
DONNA: Not as needy?
RINGO: (smiles) And I'm not as stitched- up I hope.
They both look relieved to have everything out in the open and Ringo says he thinks they're going to make it. They lean in for a kiss.
Libby tells Steph that if the Sonya thing does become an issue then to let her know. Toadie arrives home just as Libby leaves and Steph whispers to him to give her a kiss so that Libby isn't suspicious. Libby watches them from her car as they walk arm- in- arm down the #30 driveway and Steph quietly warns Toadie that Lib's on the warpath. Steph doesn't mind that he's helping Sonya, but Toadie promises that from now on he'll just stick to phone calls.
STEPH: Are you sure you're going to be able to do that?
TOADIE: Steph, we've come this far, I'm not going to stuff it up now.
Libby still keeps her eagle eye on them from afar.
Third Commercial Break
Donna's stoked to be having dinner with her two favourite men, but Nick's just glad they've talked everything through. Ringo thanks him for pointing them in the right direction, and then says he's got something to say - mainly to Donna - but he would like Nick to hear it too.
RINGO: You see, I lost you once before because I was too dumb to realise what you meant to me. You are the funniest, craziest, most individual, most beautiful woman I know and I never want to lose you again.
Nick's face is like, ‘Oh CRAP, please don't let this be what I think it is', but then Ringo gets down on one knee and holds out a ring to Donna.
RINGO: Donna Freedman, I love you and I want you to marry me.
NICK: You've got to be joking.
RINGO: I've never been more serious in my life.
NICK: But you're just kids. And marriage is a damn big decision.
RINGO: And I think we're ready to make it - aren't we?
Donna was happy for a split second, but now she's heard what her dad has to say she's not too sure. Here's a song to help you out, Donna! ‘You're still babies, why can't you just date for a while? Why the hell do you need to walk up the aisle? Do, do, do, do, do...'
(Tomorrow on Neighbours - Declan confronts Paul)
DECLAN: What was in that confidentiality agreement?
(Susan conducts a lecture at uni - Declan listens intently)
SUSAN: Protecting the guilty people and putting even more innocent lives at risk.
(More Declan and Paul stuff)
DECLAN: She said she was investigating your agreement.
PAUL: She what?
(Some girl from uni encourages Susan to post her lecture online)
GIRL: You should totally Facebook it.
(Susan gathers her family around the computer)
SUSAN: Zeke I got a response! (She is concerned by what she sees) Why would they do that?
(Donna has an argument with her dad)
DONNA: You can't tell me what I can and cannot do. If I want to marry Ringo I'm going to marry him, and you saying that we can't only makes us want to do it more.
(More words between Declan and Paul)
DECLAN: I just want to know how you got Jim Doolan to agree to it.
PAUL: It's standard business practice. You need to stop sticking your nose into things you don't understand.
(Declan realises that Paul has given Jim CCTV footage with him on it - it's a set up)