Previously on Neighbours
- Libby annoyed that Michael never consults her.
- The school buying PirateNet.
- Ringo telling his mum what a wonderful person Donna is.
- Kate telling Declan that she can't trust him.
- Candace pointing out to Declan that Kate is still controlling him even though they have split up.
- Kate seeing Declan and Candace pash.
Kate is removing all evidence that she was with Declan. Just as she's put the black bag in the bin, Donna lets herself in, talking ten to the dozen as usual including revealing that she told Prue that the room she's got is the same room Ringo and herself TITTNL! She is anxious to show Prue that she is a good person (unlike how it is currently coming over) before the hens night and Kate suggests having an afternoon tea instead might be more her style. Donna is grateful for her suggestion and ropes Kate into helping to try and convince Prue that she is a domestic goddess!
Donna is buying provisions for the tea even though Ringo thinks she doesn't need to do anything.
Michael (and Zeke) enter the store, desperate for some coffee unlike the groom who left his bucks night early. The trio talk about the night and quickly shut up when Donna overhears the word ‘dancers' but it eventually all comes out into the open.
The nearly- weds depart and Libby takes their place at the counter, sarcastically mentioning to Michael that she won't be covering for him! He gets his own back though, telling her not to be late and that she should get breakfast organised earlier.
Tash is handing out flyers for her show to her classmates, plugging it as a one- man show until she reaches Summer who reminds her that they are both doing the show. “You're my techie!” she tells Sum then suggests they have Chris on to talk about the whole gay thing. Sum vetoes that idea just as Libby comes into the class and tells them to sit down.
While the class begins, Tash continues to try and hand out her flyers until Libby spots what she is doing. “Its important publicity,” she cries but that isn't washing with Libby and Tash scores herself a detention. When she protests that she gets a lift home from her dad, Libby now doubles the detention to include a lunchtime one too! “What about my show,” Tash protests but again, its falling on deaf ears and she asks who would like to volunteer to replace Tash and just about everyone in the class raises their hand.
Tash has sweet talked her dad into changing the lunchtime detention into another after school detention so she can do her radio show. Libby isn't impressed at being overruled and feels Michael is undermining her, which he denies.
LIBBY: You are such a sucker for your daughter.
Michael then tells her (after discussing it with Zeke at the bucks night) that he's decided to give the students a free reign with PirateNet, although does reassure her that there will be a code of conduct with repercussions should it be broken.
LIBBY: And like everything else, you make the decisions and we have to deal with it.
MICHAEL: Well I am the Principal Miss Kennedy, that's my job.
A flabbergasted Kate deletes a text from Declan asking if she is okay but her attention is drawn to Donna who has walked into the kitchen looking very unlike her usual sense – almost a cross between Sandy from Grease (at the start of the film) and Bree Van de Kamp from Desperate Housewives! She continues this time in her behaviour (very prim and proper) when Ringo arrives to drop off his mum. He pulls her aside while Kate shows Prue to the table, to ask what is going on. She explains that it's for his mum and he points out that it looks like she is making fun of her.
DONNA: Well you told her homey, this is homey.
RINGO: No, this is a mistake.
Donna reassures him that she knows what she is doing and that she's doing it for them before making her way over to the table to show off the scones and the 3 types of homemade jam!
Zeke gives Tash and Summer a rundown of where everything is before their show beings although Tash is more concerned about how to get the microphone on, informing Summer that she is doing the boring technical bits.
The song finishes and Tash begins the show and today's topic is Teacherwatch! Its the students chance to open up if they are having any problems with a teacher, with Tash asking to hear from anyone who thinks they've been unfairly treated by a teacher (and in the playground Libby look aghast at what she is hearing).
TASH: Because how I see it they have a go when you bring your personal life to school but then can't think to keep their own issues out of the classroom (Libby's now gobsmacked) which affects the way they treat the students. Is that fair?
Tash continues to plug her theme and outside a group of kids begin to giggle (Libby is standing right in front of them) before getting out their mobiles as Libby beats a hasty retreat indoors!
And today's trip down memory lane is back to 2001 when Libby married Drew Kirk (episode 3708 in the archive if you want to read more).
Tash tries to plead her case to her dad but he's not interested in excuses and dishes out her punishment – a week of yard duty.
Michael ushers his daughter out and her place is taken by Libby and Zeke. As soon as they enter, he lets Libby know that Tash has been suitably punished but Libby doesn't want the students to have free rain on PirateNet because they aren't mature enough. Zeke is against any form of censorship – it's against the principles he agreed to when he volunteered his time to the schools but Libby is adamant that there has to be something. Michael backs up Libby's point of view that there needs to be something.
Libby rushes to let Michael see what she's been working on – a new management structure for PirateNet consisting of a management board made up of students and teachers. Their chat is curtailed when Susan and Zeke rock up – she's there to chat to the students (Michael's invitation) about media responsibility so that the students can set up their own set of rules.
Susan (and Zeke) head off to chat to the kids and a flabbergasted Libby takes her paper back from Michael, not exactly impressed with her boss!
Donna is still on her best behaviour as she continues to entertain Prue. Ringo bails to head to Uni and she gives him some sannies to take away with him before the strained conversation with Prue resumes! Donna is rabbiting on, ten to the dozen about what good friends she and Ringo are with Kate and Declan while she struggles to keep it together after getting a text from Declan asking that she calls him. Finally Kate can't stand it any longer and hurriedly departs leaving Donna torn whether to run after her bestie or stay and chat with the future MIL before deciding friends come first.
Donna chases after Kate and makes it clear she isn't leaving until she knows what is going on, so reluctantly, Kate tells her about the split with Declan… and him kissing Candace. She is stunned at Kate's revelations and immediately gives her friend a hug before asking why she didn't say something earlier. “Because I didn't want to spoil your wedding,” is Kate's heartfelt reply. Donna asks what Declan's story is and Kate reveals she hasn't spoken to him yet and adds in that Declan doesn't know that he saw them kissing. She volunteers to go and sort Declan out for her, but Kate tells her no, she'll deal with him but her top priority now is to help Donna convince Prue that she is the best choice to marry her son.
Kate and Donna enter the house and apologise for doing a runner. Prue looks set to leave but the girls persuade her to stay although maybe they wish they had let her go, when to get her off talking about how Kate manages to juggle all her responsibilities and a relationship, Donna ends up coming clean that she isn't really Bree Van de Kamp in disguise – she's a messy and disorganised but most importantly loves Ringo and makes it clear that she is going to marry Ringo regardless of whether Prue is happy for them or not.
PRUE: Finally, the real Donna.
And we really do have the real Donna back – gone are the housewifey clothes and she's back into her usual gear as she and Prue order some cocktails at the bar. Prue reassures Donna that she has the “Joie de vivre” about her and hears it in Ringo's voice when they talk. Donna suggests sending some of it Kate's way (she's sitting sullen at a table) but she'll have to make do with a cocktail as they head over to where she is sitting. Prue apologises if she made things worse to Kate, but she replies that Declan did that himself and is reminded that she needs to talk to him!
Ringo enters the bar, surprised to see them sitting there, so Prue explains that they ditched the tea and went for cocktails instead to truly get to know each other. He leaves them to it, and Prue asks what the plans are for the henny and Donna sheepishly replies that they cancelled it. “Well uncancel it” is Prue's orders – Kate could do with cheering up and she also asks to tag along if they don't mind. Kate has now cheered up so its all systems go for the hen night!
Summer opens up the show and asks if what happened earlier did really go too far and to help in the discussion is Susan. Sum asks for Susan's opinion and she agrees it's wrong to use the airwaves for a personal grudge. She then asks if teachers can give feedback at parent's night, why can't they be held accountable, so Susan explains that those are private interviews whereas the radio is very open. Summer throws the airways open to calls and the first caller is someone moaning about getting detention although she points out that it was merited!
Michael is listening to the broadcast when an unimpressed Libby barges in – she wants the broadcast stopped (and pulls out the plug to it going over the school PA) because she doesn't want caller after caller having a go at her. He thinks that Summer is running a balanced debate and adds that he is more than happy to let the students continue to air their opinions. Naturally, Libby thinks otherwise.
LIBBY: No matter how inaccurate or disrespectful all those opinions might be?
MICHAEL: Well you don't have to agree with everything that's being said.
LIBBY: They are not saying it about you.
MICHAEL: They wouldn't be saying it about you if you could keep your personal life out of the classroom.
Libby is gobsmacked with what he has just said but he explains that her problem with Steph has affected her work.
LIBBY: Well at least I know where Natasha gets her opinions.
Michael denies discussing it with Tash, and makes it very clear that the students' broadcasting isn't going to stop.
MICHAEL: Deal with it!
Libby is exiting the school when her dad approaches her – he wants to get back on PirateNet, to add his tuppenceworth to the ensuing discussion of ethics in the media (he heard Susan's broadcast). She doesn't want to deal with it right now but before they can continue, Michael interrupts wanting a word with Libby. Karl heads off home and Michael apologies for his bluntness but she's towing the ‘I'm peeved off with you, so I'll do as I'm told' and reminds he's the boss.
Michael leaves to take a call and Libby digs out her mobile and calls David Whittaker (someone on the school board) because she wants to make a complaint to the board about Michael.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Sonya and Toadie being naughty.
- Chris being shunned on the basketball court and asking Michael to find a new captain.
- Summer going to Chris' rescue.