- Libby laying into Michael about the changes he's making to the school.
- Toadie warning Declan that any financial indiscretions of Paul's fall on Rebecca.
- Rebecca deciding to sell PirateNet.
- PirateNet fans getting angry.
- Zeke trying to talk Rebecca out of selling PirateNet.
- Declan voicing his concerns to Toadie.
Donna, visual merchandise student extraordinaire, shows off the save PirateNet posters. Kate suggests she ask Lyn if she can set up a petition stall at Harold's and Susan says she'll try and get an article in the paper about the campaign. Declan remains quiet and withdrawn which Zeke notices. He knows Dec is unhappy, but reminds him that it's not just Rebecca's station, it belongs to everyone. Reallly?
ZEKE: She doesn't really want to sell it and we're just helping her.
Declan leaves to check on India, giving Kate the brush off as he goes.
Declan is sorting washing when Kate calls by. She thought he was going to drop in last night, she even called a couple of times. He tells her his battery was flat and he didn't realise. (Does nobody use landlines anymore?) Rebecca has taken the day off work and is still in bed. Kate enthuses about the PirateNet campaign, but Declan isn't that interested. Kate wants to know what's wrong. Declan maintains he's fine. Kate continues to push for answers and Declan tells her that they're all just giving Rebecca false hope.
DECLAN: Paul wants that station sold for a good reason.
KATE: Yeah, because it wasn't making any money but if we keep going with the sponsorships….
Declan thanks her for caring so much and puts his arms around her, but she pushes him away and says that Rebecca is only selling because she has to. They're trying to give her another option. Declan stands firm and says it isn't another option.
Paul approaches Libby who is having a coffee outside Harold's to ask her to tell Toadie he's looking for him. They have lots to discuss. On her way to school Natasha introduces Mike to Kyle for the first time. Mike tries to act like he knew his daughter had a twenty year old boyfriend until Kyle goes off to get coffees and he is able to express his concern. Natasha thinks it's all fine and Kyle is totally hot. Mike spots Libby and tells her that the new interactive white boards have arrived so they can give them a run through this morning. The school board are coming into school to do his three month review so he'd like to be able to give them a demonstration. Libby doesn't remember him ever mentioning getting new boards. Well, I suppose it's about time. They could have given the dry wipe boards a shot first though. Talk about jumping in with both feet….
Natasha thinks her face should be being used to save PirateNet, but Donna will settle for a signature on the petition. She sees that Tash has moved onto a new boyfriend pretty quickly.
NATASHA: I upgraded. Jealous?
Donna is enjoying the protest ,“It's like the 60s but with less tie- die!” She asks Kate if Declan is coming along to help, but Kate wouldn't know. Ringo and Zeke come in. Zeke has managed to get all the old PirateNet crowd involved which Donna and Ringo think is great. Kate is less enthusiastic and explains that Declan thinks that they're making it harder for Rebecca. Zeke says that Declan can do what he likes, but he wants to save PirateNet. Kate is left in an awkward position.
Natasha boasts to a group of girls about how quickly her posters were snapped up. They are impressed that Tash is getting a lift to school in her boyfriend's car.
NATASHA: Hey Andrew! Want a lift to school? You can ride in the back…
ANDREW: So desperate…
NATASHA: Maybe when you're old enough to have a car you can find yourself a girlfriend too. Have fun walking!
Summer kisses Chris, thankful that they have a relationship rather than a sideshow. Libby moans to Lucas about the new boards and not being consulted about them.
The new interactive whiteboard demo is underway. Michael explains how they can play video, access the web AND still write on it. Libby mutters to Lucas that the only reason they've got the boards is so that Michael can impress the school board and pass his review. Mike gives Libby first go. Mike and Lucas have a bit of banter while Libby writes “Are we having fun yet?” Mike ignores Libby's smartarseyness and asks her to convert the writing to text…which she can't. Lucas points and laughs a la Nelson from The Simpsons. Libby questions whether the boards are really necessary, it's just a gadget.
MIKE: Libby, this is about giving the students the best possible learning opportunity. Don't you support that?
LIBBY: Of course I do.
MIKE: Good, because you're going to be the first teacher to use it in your classes. Today.
Libby settles her year 11 class down and introduces them to the new acti- board. Today they're studying Hamlet. Andrew asks Tash if her boyfriend can read. Tash asks Andrew if he can read the note she passes him. “U SUCK”. Witty. Summer likes to see an amicable break up.
At the front of the class Libby is having trouble getting the text up on the board. Natasha offers to help as often young people are better at working technology. Libby eventually gives up, but accidentally leaves her personal emails on display, which doesn't go unnoticed by Andrew and the rest of the class. The email is to Doug (yes, apparently they still are an item) and is about Mike. Words like “egomaniac” and “autocrat” feature heavily in the diatribe. Libby launches herself at the computer but only manages to zoom further in on the email….just as Mike comes in. Well isn't this just a whole heap of awkward?
25th Anniversary Photo Insert – 1985 Max Ramsay and Terry Inglis
Libby hurries after Mike trying to explain that it was a personal email that she had no idea was on the board. Mike says that she can whinge to her boyfriend about him all she wants but when she attacks him in front of student there's a problem. He thinks that she's been against the boards all along just because they were his idea. Libby doesn't mind the idea, it's just the implementation that's the problem. They weren't even consulted. If the school board have spent thousands on the boards wouldn't it be better that they spend time learning how to use them?
LIBBY: Would a bit of extra training be too much to ask for?
MICHAEL: Come on Libby, it's not that hard.
LIBBY: All right, you try teaching a class with it!
MICHAEL: All right, I will! History. This arvo.
Isn't it interesting how everyone in Neighbours has to pull a poster down to read it? Paul reads one of the Save PirateNet posters which Kate and Zeke are busy putting up around the complex. Declan passes by and Paul asks him what the posters are all about. Dec says it has nothing to do with him. Kate notices Declan and Paul talking. Paul thrusts the poster at Declan and tells him to “fix it”.
Kate asks Paul if Declan is all right because he's been acting really strangely recently. Paul tries to brush Kate off with a “he's got a lot on his plate” but Kate persists but then realises she shouldn't be asking Paul. Paul advises her to give Dec some space.
The gang have managed to raise $1400 in sponsorship pledges. It's a good start as that's just from people on the street, once proper big sponsors start getting involved it'll be even better. Susan and Karl return home and Susan relays the news that Paul won't let her write anything in the paper about it. Declan says it looks bad Paul's newspaper asking people to give money to Paul's other company. Susan agrees. She says Paul said he was sacrificing PirateNet for the greater good. Karl says they'll just have to find another form of attack.
RINGO: Yeah, we'll just have to put our all into this broadcast.
DECLAN: Or you could all just let it all go and get on with your lives.
DECLAN: No guys, it's over. This is just making it worse.
The others are adamant that this could really work, but Declan says that now Paul has pulled the pin, it's over. The sooner they all realise it the better. He storms out. Kate follows.
Kate wants to know what his outburst was all about. What if they can save PirateNet? She thinks that maybe he is too close to Rebecca to see things clearly, after all Paul did say that he was really stressed about work.
DECLAN: You spoke to Paul about me?
KATE: What else am I supposed to do? You won't speak. You're pushing me away Declan.
DECLAN: I'm not.
KATE: YES you are.
Declan shouts that he explained, his mum put everything into the station, he doesn't want her getting the wrong idea from this stupid plan. Kate suggests again that it might not be stupid.
DECLAN: Kate, you're a great dancer and you're going to be an amazing teacher, but you know nothing about business. I mean it, just leave it alone. Don't get involved.
KATE: Who the hell are you turning into?
Hey, let's hope Kate doesn't have to cover year 12 business studies then!
It's time to hand out more flyers…but not until Donna and Kate have had a heart to heart. Kate doesn't understand what's up with Declan. Donna admits it's tense 24/7 in the house, but whatever's up with Declan it's just business with Paul, it has nothing to do with Kate. Declan loves Kate.
Yr 11 History is underway and Mike is explaining how amazing the board is because they can suddenly access loads more resources – like Winston Churchill's Facebook page and an internet search engine (which is takes him a while to find. Ha.). I'm totally sold now. What a great pitch! Mike decides to write the names of the teachers who are going to be using the board from now on. He writes his and Libby's name up, like so.
Zeke leaves some flyers on the bar. Kyle says that they should have used Tash for publicity. She's hot. Aw, they really are a match made in heaven. Hey, remember when Zeke and Kyle were best buds? Anyway, Paul is trying to get in touch with Toadie, who appears to be avoiding him. Zeke does not get Paul's support for the PirateNet cause. Declan growls at Paul that he's “on it”.
PAUL: Yeah, yeah, I can really see that. Do I have to do everything myself?
Declan tries to make amends with Kate, but she's not that interested. He asks if they can just forget it ever happened, but Kate feels patronised. She tells him she's been through stuff so whatever is going on he can tell her so she can help him. He has to trust her. He says there's nothing to tell, he's worried about Rebecca and a bit stressed out. She walks away. Declan asks if Kate wants to do something later, but Kate says a DVD night isn't going to cut it this time.
Mike seems to be reading the interactive board manual and asks if anyone wants to come up and give it a try – it's a lot of fun!
ANDREW: He's going to kiss it any second.
Poor geek at the back really wanted a go, Mike. Mike hands over the pen and tells Andrew to muck around. (Incidentally there are now 5 other teacher names on the list – who knew Erinsborough High has so many teachers? Lucas' name is not on the list.) Mike goes to share his smugness with Libby while Andrew “mucks around” and writes the number 4 between “Mike” and “Miss Kennedy”. Ha ha ha. Mike tries to play Andrew at his own game – he can do better than that. Mike takes the pen off Andrew and draws a big love heart around his and Libby's names. (NB….you don't normally have to take a lid off a smart board pen…..) He also writes “4 eva” underneath. Honestly Mike, what are you teaching the kids these days? Clearly not History as the bell goes right then.
As the students file out of the classroom, Libby agrees that Mike proved her wrong. He claims it wasn't about proving her wrong as he tries to clear the writing off the board. Libby realises he's using the wrong pen. The one he should be using isn't permanent. Mike frantically starts rubbing at the board.
LIBBY: What time did you say the school board were coming?
After the break Libby is still delighting in Mike's predicament. He searches the manual for answers while Libby has some ideas of her own, like don't try to one- up the students.
MIKE: That's not what I was doing.
LIBBY: Huh. What were you doing then when you ruined…how many thousands of dollars of equipment?
MIKE: I was defusing a situation.
LIBBY: You know…this is where supportive staff might rally around their principle, help him out of a tight spot, but “The Ms Kennedy Committee” just voted to ditch you.
Libby leaves as Lucas arrives. No Lucas, I don't think Mike fancies a beer later.
Lucas chases after Libby and asks her if she can speak to some of the board members she knows.
LIBBY: And tell them what? That Mr Big Shot ruined thousands of dollars worth of equipment that we didn't need in the first place?
Lucas asks her just to cover for Mike, he could lose his job. Libby says that the students have to learn to face the consequences of their actions all the time. Lucas points out that if Mike goes they might get a straight laced beaurocrat who dots all the ts (yes, Libby noticed that too) and can't relate to kids.
LUCAS: We can't all be right all the time.
- Diana spies on Toadie and Sonya canoodling in Toadie's office.
- Lyn voices her concerns.
- Diana realises that Paul is blackmailing Toadie.
- The presentation must go ahead.
- The school board wants to see the interactive board in action.