- Karl and Lou squabbling over Dahl.
- Candace telling Kate not to treat dancing as a hobby.
- Ringo telling Zeke that Declan gets him better.
- Zeke sneakily becoming Bucks party planner.
- Kate breaking up with Declan.
Moody, lock- jawed Declan paces around the kitchen. He sees the photo of him and Kate on the fridge and gets out his phone.
Kate is in the process of removing her photo from the fridge when her phone rings. She redirects the call to answerphone.
I think Declan is angry.
Kate has just sat down to watch telly when Declan starts hammering on the door. Kate is all “what the hell?” and eventually answers the door. Declan gives and impassions “I didn't lie to you.” But Kate points out he didn't tell the truth either.
KATE: You're exactly like Paul. Lying to get yourself out of trouble, asking me to trust you when you know that I can't.
DECLAN: I'm not like Paul.
KATE: Declan, I can't trust you! I've seen what this does to Paul and Rebecca and I don't want to be like them.
Declan asks what they're going to do about Ringo and Donna's wedding. Kate suggests they don't tell people they've broken up until after. Suddenly Zeke appears out of nowhere and says they have to get going to the bucks party. Kate acts all breezy and tells them to have a good time, giving Declan a kiss on the cheek. Declan looks kind of murderous, but I don't think that's exactly the looks he was going for. Ah well. He's pretty bummed out whichever way.
The blokes are being all grrr blokesy at the only place to host a bucks party. Once it is established that everyone is ok, girl talk is banned and beers and bought.
As ever, Donna turns up at Kate's most stress time and doesn't realise. They're supposed to be doing hens night party prep. I really hope they draw a better crowd than the boys, but I won't hold my breath. It's time to make cupcakes! Yay!
The fellas want to know what life is like at the top. Declan couldn't look less thrilled.
RINGO: Hey, they're just jealous because you've got it all. Great job, gorgeous girlfriend...
Declan sneakily tries to send a text under the table. Well, his phone is under the table. I imagine he's sending the text to Kate's phone.
Cupcake making is under way and Donna continues to blabber on about Declan and how amazing it is that he's running Lassiters.
DONNA: A boyfriend who's hot and powerful.
Seriously, Ringo and Donna should set up some sort of fan club. Kate receives the text from Declan, but deletes it without reading it. I'm rather intrigued by Kate's phone which says “Declan (No Size)”. What does THAT mean? Kate swiftly changes the subject to find out how all the planning is going. Donna doesn't know in which universe Bon Jovi is “bridally acceptable”.
The tame bucks night continues. Zeke suggests a song from the band playing for the wedding. Lucas flips out and says no more talk about women or the wedding. Clearly we missed a whole heap of table decoration talk while we were with the cupcake crew. Lucas also bans Dec from secretly trying to text Kate.
Donna is icing rude things onto the cupcakes. I do hope it's certain parts of the male anatomy. How risqué! She hopes the bucks night is going ok.
DONNA: Declan hasn't rounded up a bunch of random skanks has he? Don't answer that! Declan is the most trustworthy best man I know. He'll be fine.
Kate doesn't look so sure.
The band is still playing to...well, the blokes. There is some fairly dodgy dancing going on from Lucas and Mike. Zeke goes to the bar to get drinks and meets Toadie who is getting take out. He apologises that he wasn't invited but Toad understands. He asks how the plan to spice things up is going. Zeke thinks Ringo will love it.
The big galah suit is standing proudly on display scarecrow like on the lawn of Number 28. Karl waves Dahl's bell around which attracts the attention of Lou. He calls Karl a thief and demands the return of his galah.
KARL: How do you know that this is your bird
LOU: Ha ha, very funny now hand it over.
KARL: You steal mine, I borrow yours.
The men continue to bicker as Susan and Libby watch in disbelief. Callum and Sophie come over to see what all the fuss is about. Libby recommends they don't ask. Toadie calls out that it's difficult to tell who the real galah is. Unfortunately it's still all a bit too awkward for him to be cracking jokes. He calls the kids in for dinner. I'm really lost in the time line of events here. How early does it get dark at this time of year in Australia?
Karl and Lou strike a deal. If the big galah lures Dahl home, Karl gets to keep Dahl. If it doesn't, then the galah in the trees remains Lou's mascot.
Karl and Ben are staging a stakeout, keeping an eye on the street for any signs of Dahl or Lou trying to sabotage things. Susan takes Libby aside, confused as to why she would be encouraging her father in such things. Libby points out that Ben is happy and being entertained.
SUSAN: Your dad is never going to let go of this Dahl thing.
LIBBY: Isn't it better for him to have a hobby? One that doesn't involve carpentry, farming or guitars...
Susan sees her point.
Ringo and Zeke amuse themselves by filming Michael's failed attempt to chat up a group of young women. Declan meanwhile leaves another message for Kate. Ringo snatches the phone off him. Declan tells him that as the best man he needs to be contactable in case of bucks night emergencies. Ringo is highly suspicious of what sort of emergencies these might be.
RINGO: We talked about this. Mum arrives in a few days and I want both my eyebrows when she gets here!
DECLAN: There is nothing to worry about.
RINGO: Good. Because you know I promised Donna...I'll look after you when it's your turn.
ZEKE: Look who's breaking the man rules now! I think it's your round mate.
The guys toast Ringo and Declan makes sure that Zeke hasn't planned anything that might break the G rating. Oh look here come the slutty police! Slutty policewoman 1 (well what do you know, it's Candace) taps Ringo on the shoulder and asks him for ID. Ringo panics momentarily before realising what's going on. He surrenders to being handcuffed. Oo er. Declan tries to tell Ringo that it wasn't his idea, but Ringo seems to be enjoying himself.
The girls begin to dance and Candace pushes Ringo into a chair and rips open his shirt. Unfortunately Mummy Brown has arrived a couple of days early...Ohai Prue. Nice 2 C U.
The guys fall about laughing.
After the break Ringo lamely uses the “it's my bucks night” excuse, but Prue doesn't quite see it that way.
PRUE: I here I was thinking you were objectifying women and cheapening your marriage vows but it's your bucks night!
RINGO: Come on mum...
PRUE: What would your fiancé think?
RINGO: She'd freak! Please don't tell her. You are going to love Donna.
PRUE: Let's not get ahead of ourselves.
RINGO: She's just like you, she's respectable and homey. (Zeke silently kills himself laughing at this description of Donna. )She's at home baking right now. She cannot wait to meet you.
PRUE: I can't wait to meet her.
RINGO: Which I'm guessing is why you're here so early...
PRUE: I just thought I'd take some more time with my son and future daughter in law.
RINGO: Of course. ....Now?
Ah, way to ruin a bucks night Prue. She and Ringo leave. Zeke, Lucas and Mike are still cracking up over Ringo's face when his mum walked in. Declan is angry again and says that Zeke should have run the dancers past him first. Zeke points out that if Dec's friends were as important to him as Lassiters maybe he'd have been in the loop. Lately he's been a lousy friend and pathetic best man.
The stake out continues. Karl has faith in the giant galah temping Dahl back.
KARL: Word should have spread by now.
SUSAN: Yeah, the birds are probably twittering each other as we speak.
KARL: It won't be long.
Across the road Lou is mustering his own troops. He has Callum and Sophie on alert to run and chase Dahl off if they see her on the street. He tries to get Toadie involved, but he is determined to be Switzerland on this issue having caused enough problems already.
Karl warns Ben against sudden movements. Libby puts a lamp on, and Karl bites her head off too. Ben suddenly sees something! (In the opposite direction to the one he was looking...) Karl confirms that it is Dahl before leaping over the back of the sofa and going out to catch her instructing Ben to maintain visual contact.
Dahl does her chirrupy squawk and Karl creeps closer towards her with his net, gently coaxing her to him. Just before he is able to catch her, Sophie and Callum come running out of number 30 flashing torches and blowing whistles to scare her off. Dahl flaps off and Lou laughs that Karl was too slow.
Toadie is sitting munching away on some popcorn when he suddenly hears a flapping sound accompanied by bird sounds. He looks over his shoulder to find Dahl wandering along the back of the sofa in anticipation of a popcorn treat.
Out on the street Karl tells Lou it's not over. If she came back once, she'll come back again. Lou says that when he gets the big galah back to the car yard she'll be back with him in a flash.
KARL: You cheated!
LOU: You can't cheat if there's no rules.
KARL: How do you sleep at night mate?
LOU: Very well after a cocoa and a nice hot bath.
Toadie cautiously comes outside and announces that the bird is inside. Lou announces that he won as the galah came back to the street, but to Toadie's house, not Karl's. Well this is a whole heap of awkward. Bratastic Libby stalks back inside. Karl is faced with a dilemma
Donna searches for scissors and finds the photo of Kate and Dec that Kate put in a draw. She takes out the photo and gives it back to Kate to put on the fridge. She goes back to adjusting her first night of the honeymoon outfit which is black, lacy and revealing. She tries on a bra over her clothes. Kate still can't find a song for them for the wedding and Donna hopes it isn't a bad sign. She shows Kate a blue and white garter and asks if it would be appropriate for the second night.
KATE: I thought garters were part of the wedding outfit.
DONNA: No, garters are a very under- rated. I think you should wear them whenever you're in the mood.
There's a knock at the door. Donna tells Kate that if it's a boy they can't come in and she's armed. Kate opens the door to Ringo. Donna flings the garter at him shouting “no boys”, but unfortunately it hits Prue in the second mother/son cringe- fest of the evening.
After the break Donna asks the question we've all been asking ourselves – why didn't Ringo call first? Now Prue must think Donna is a stripper. Ringo tells her that his mum thinks she's homey.
DONNA: Oh my god, she saw me in the lingerie I was planning on wearing on our wedding night. That is so not homey!
They take some tea and cupcakes over to Prue and Kate. Ringo makes a deal over how Donna loves to bake and Donna prattles on about sifting. She is about to offer a cake to Prue when she remembers the icing (which pretty much confirms all our suspicions that they are adorned with phallic art) and cries out that they're only semi- sifted and dashes back to the kitchen. Kate ignores another text from Declan.
Zeke, Mike and Lucas are still having a whale of a time and are considering moving on to some karaoke, but Declan wants to leave – what's a bucks party without a buck? Um a party, you big party pooper. Candace invites Declan to have a drink with her so they can have a night off parenting. Declan reluctantly agrees.
Susa, Libby and Ben are fluffing cushions when Karl comes home with Dahl safe and sound in her cage. Karl confesses he went over to Toadie's to retrieve her and a peace deal was brokered between Karl and Lou. He tentatively suggests to Libby that it doesn't feel right shutting Toad out considering how big a part of the family he has been. Karl knows Libby misses him. Lib kisses her dad on the cheek and tells him she's glad Dahl is back.
Mike and Lucas dance with the slutty police dancers while Declan has a drink with Candace. He receives a text from Kate telling him to stop calling her. (This would be a brilliant time to resurrect “Stop Calling Me”.) Candace gets a vibe that Declan has somewhere else he'd rather be and tells him it's fine to go home to Kate if he wants. Declan tells her they broke up.
CANDACE: Wow, I'm sorry. Did she break your heart?
DECLAN: Nah, I'm good. I've got this big new job, loads of responsibilities...
CANDACE: No time for complications.
He asks if they can talk about something else and not to mention it to anyone else as Kate wants to keep it hush hush. Candace doesn't get how they've broken up and yet Kate still gets to dictate what he does. She wants to get some air and invites Declan to go with her. He takes her hand. Oh NewDeclan, what are you doing?
Ringo, Donna and Kate accompany Prue to the hotel. Kate decides to wait outside for them, which turns out to be a majorly bad idea as who is that pair getting all cosy and kissy on the Mezzanine? Oh, I believe it's Declan and Candace. Boo. Hiss.
- Donna will do anything for Prue to like her.
- Donna throws a tea party.
- Just about everyone in the class wants to do Natasha's PirateNet shift.
- Michael falls for Natasha's quivering lip again.
- Libby is angry with Michael. Again.