- Karl and Susan arguing about Libby's involvement in the trial
- Kate breaking off her date with Mark because of Declan
- Declan admitting to Kate that he hates himself
- Rebecca confessing to Michael that Paul won't let her go
Michael checks on Rebecca in the office, where she fled after her confession. As she stares at a photo of Declan and India she realises she can't tell Michael the truth and makes out that she was just overreacting. Michael is still concerned, though, and sits down with her.
MICHAEL: So Paul treats you OK?
REBECCA: He just, y'know, wants to keep everything together. Keep the family together. And I get that, I want that too. It's just some days are harder than others.
MICHAEL: Yeah but if you're unhappy...
REBECCA: He's my husband and I can't leave him.
Rebecca thanks Michael for listening to her, but this revelation has hit home with him and he looks as though he's shut down an emotional wall with her to protect himself. Rebecca asks him to stay for another coffee but Michael says he has heaps of work to do at home.
MICHAEL: Take care. I'll see you around.
REBECCA: (downhearted) Sure...
She knows just how much that sounds like a brush- off and it saddens her.
Donna, Kate and Karl are stoked to see that Lou has returned to Erinsborough. Donna thanks him for the flowers he sent when Ringo passed away and Karl tells him to pop in and see Susan sometime. When they move off, Lou asks Lyn how things are going around the street and Lyn admits they're still kind of tense. Lyn tells him about Donna's ill- fated BBQ, but Lou says it's nice that she tried to make an effort. This strikes a chord with Lyn.
Rebecca catches Michael having a coffee by himself out the front of Harold's - he changed his mind about his schoolwork. He lets her know that Andrew did well with his tutoring homework, but that he might look around for another tutor since Andrew's uncomfortable having him around. Rebecca says she thought everyone else was booked up but Michael thinks he'll eventually track someone down. Rebecca sniffs out a frustrated, “OK, fine” and is about to walk away when Lyn intercepts them and tells them about her blood donation drive idea in honour of Ringo. Lyn's relieved when they think it's a good idea and tells them that Donna's OK'd it as well. She asks Michael to get the school onboard and for Rebecca to put some fliers up in Charlie's - she wants to get started ASAP.
Susan finds Lyn putting up fliers (they sure mock them up quick in Erinsborough!), just as Zeke swings by to fill out a donation form. Lyn hands him a leopard- print clipboard (vintage Lynnie!) to fill out his details and then asks Susan if she could lend a hand. Susan warily agrees and takes some posters from Lyn as she steers Zeke to the nurses' station so he can donate blood.
Karl's happy to see Susan, and his forgotten lunch, in the main corridor. He sees the posters in her hands says what a wonderful idea it is. Susan bends the truth about whose idea it was in the first place, not wanting to cause trouble.
Lou is shouting Kate, Sophie and Lucas lunch to celebrate his return. Declan stops by to say hey and to ask Lou how many dodgy cars he collected for the caryard on his trip. The #24 gang get talking about driving and Kate admits that she could really use more practice in a manual before she gets her P- plates. Lou and Lucas are both busy with work, but Declan overhears and offers to give her lessons. Kate looks a little wary but the guys talk her into it, and Declan says he does owe her one - because nothing says ‘sorry for making you commit perjury' like a driving lesson.
Declan's set Kate up in a Lassiter's car out the back of the hotel away from unsuspecting pedestrians. Kate's having trouble with the whole gear/clutch/accelerator thing at first, but Declan gently rests his hand on hers and just tells her to take it slow. Kate eventually drives a few centimetres without bunny hopping and grins at Declan while they share a “moment”.
Michael's surrounded by piles and piles of books when Rebecca calls in to drop off some blood donation fliers for the school. She jokingly raises an eyebrow and things turn normal for a second between them when Michael jokes about his fantastic filing system. They banter a bit more, and Rebecca offers to organise things for him, but then Michael realises he's putting himself in over familiar territory again and the awkwardness returns. Rebecca says she'll leave him to his work and heads out, looking back at him as she goes. Michael stares after her a few moments too late.
Sophie asks Zeke if donating blood hurt, and wishes she were old enough to participate, but Zeke says it wasn't too bad. Karl chats with Susan and Lou in the corridor, who are handing out fliers to passing people. Karl's face drops when Lyn stops by and happily announces how many people are signing up. When she heads back upstairs, Karl stonily asks why she's helping out.
SUSAN: It's a community event - she's part of the community.
LOU: Oh more than that, she's the brains behind the whole operation. (He walks off) I never thought I'd say that about Lyn Scully.
Karl can't believe that the mother of the woman who killed Ringo organised everything and says that she just wants to make herself feel better. Susan reminds him that the blood drive is a good idea but Karl bluntly states that he wants Lyn out of the hospital right now.
Today's nostalgia pic is of Doug Willis and Toby Mangel in 1992.
First Commercial Break
Erinsborough Hospital - Karl's Office
Susan charges after Karl and tells him that Lyn is organising this blood drive for the right reasons, and that it's not her fault they're uncomfortable with it. Karl says he's not uncomfortable - he's angry that Lyn's chosen to support Steph. Susan points out that Lyn isn't exactly going to shun her own daughter, but that doesn't mean she doesn't care about Ringo. Karl just shrugs and says that Lyn can't have it both ways before asking Susan to send his next patient in. Susan looks like she wants to throttle him and leaves him with the reminder that Lyn's blood drive will save lives, “Don't you think Ringo would want that?”
Out in the corridor, Lyn is praising Declan for signing up, but Declan says it's the least he can do for his best mate. Rebecca brings Lyn the last of the fliers but says Paul can print more if she needs them. Lyn asks if she passed some on to Michael and comments on what a good bloke he is. Rebecca can only smile and nod.
Lyn goes over to speak with Susan (leaving Rebecca to keep India occupied for Dec - very cute interactions in the background with some toy throwing for good measure!), and asks her if Zeke still has any radio contacts. She was thinking about broadcasting the drive to a wider audience. Susan hesitantly says it's a nice idea but maybe Lyn needs to take a step back, reasoning that everyone is still grieving. Lyn can see her point and thanks her for her support, “I'm just glad we've managed to hang onto our friendship through this mess”.
Declan returns the form and says he'll be back tomorrow to donate, earning a look from Rebecca. She asks him why he can't today, surprised when he says he's giving Kate another driving lesson. Rebecca can't help getting all ‘nosy mum' about it but Declan says they're just mates - even though he can't wipe the smile off his face.
Kate and Donna are putting up posters for the blood drive while Kate explains her “moment” with Declan earlier - but Declan's in her past and she's never going there again. Cue Detective Hot Stuff Brennan walking into the shop. Donna can barely contain her excitement and says that it's a sign. Kate scoffs at her but then concedes that she should at least go over and apologise to him for running off the other night.
Later, Mark and Kate have a coffee together while Kate explains how busy she is with the trial and work and her family - there's just no time for dating right now. Mark can relate and admits that he's pretty much married to his job. Kate says she could never be a cop, there's just way too much responsibility, but Mark doesn't get how she can face so many teens in a classroom.
KATE: They're not all little monsters.
MARK: How do you keep them under control?
KATE: Oh you know, the usual things: tasers, cattle prods...
Declan walks in and scowls when he sees them having a nice time chatting. So, like a tool, he sidles over and is all, ‘Heeeey, so you totally left your L- plates in my car. Wanna lesson right now?' And Kate sighs and agrees and then Declan tools it up again by guiding her to the door with his hand around her waist and a look back at Mark like, ‘Ha! Suck it, pretty boy!' But Mark just smirks and shakes his head, which is hot detective code for “Yeah nice one, jerkwad. Get a haircut”.
Second Commercial Break
Mark strolls over to his car while Kate and Declan are getting into the rental. He compliments Declan on the “nice wheels”.
MARK: Must be good to learn in. Little cars are easy to park and stuff.
DECLAN: It's not my car, it's on loan from the company. I've got an Audi, well, that's one of my cars. Zero to a hundred in 5.7 seconds.
MARK: Does it have to stop at red lights? (He puts the sirens on in his car) Mine doesn't.
Kate can't help smirking - you can almost hear the ‘Ohhh, snap!' Declan grumpily says they should get on with the lesson, looking even more put out when he realises Kate's making goo- goo eyes at Mark as he drives off. Suck it up, princess.
Rebecca is trying to get the scoop on any possible Kate/Declan news from Donna, but Donna's pretty sure that Kate's moving on. Speaking of, in strolls Kate, but Donna drags her away to play darts before Rebecca can ask too many questions.
Michael arrives to pick up some takeaway for the second night in a row and manages to joke with Rebecca about almost living at Charlie's. Rebecca smiles and says there are other stores, but Michael pretends Tash loves the chicken caesar salad, which pleases Rebecca.
Meanwhile at the dartboard, Donna's highly amused to hear that Mark and Declan were bickering over Kate. She presses Kate to see if she's swaying more on the M or the D side, but Kate says she's just content in her own company for now.
Rebecca stops Michael before he can head home to ask if everything's OK between them. She's worried that she's scared him off after her “little meltdown”, but Michael pretends they're cool and says he thought she might have wanted some space.
REBECCA: I just wasn't quite sure where you were at.
MICHAEL: Well we're friends, Bec, it's all good.
REBECCA: You sure?
REBECCA: Good, I don't want things to be awkward between us.
MICHAEL: They're not.
AWKWARD PAUSE: Right on time!
They exchange goodbyes. Rebecca looks sad as Michael walks out.
Lucas and Lou listen in while Zeke gives Sophie a mini- lesson in the many different blood types. If I were a vampire I would be loving this. Lyn's preaching about Ringo to some passers- by, which makes Susan a little uncomfortable... And Karl very mad. He emerges from his office to shout at Lyn, letting her know she should be ashamed of herself. The other Ramsay Street- ers in the scene can only stare while Lyn stands there a little shocked before storming into Karl's office. Susan quickly follows.
Lyn wants to know what the heck Karl's on about, getting annoyed when the Kennedys do their secret telepathic talking thing, leaving her out of the loop. Susan states again that the blood drive is a great idea, but Karl sighs and says it's not the blood drive that's the problem.
LYN: Oh I see, you think I don't care about Ringo. You think I'm doing this for what? For show?
KARL: Or to ease your own conscience.
SUSAN: Oh stop it.
KARL: I'm sorry, but she stands there, she makes a big song and dance about how tragic it is that Ringo died when you are fighting to protect the woman that killed him.
LYN: Of course I'm protecting her, she's my daughter!
KARL: She was reckless, she was stupid!
LYN: She made a mistake!
KARL: She. Killed. Ringo. And I hope she goes to jail for a very, very long time.
Susan tries not to get upset while Lyn just stands there looking gobsmacked.
Third Commercial Break
Lyn rips down a poster from the outside of Karl's office, revealing him sitting at his desk looking downtrodden. Lou asks what she's doing and Lyn tries to keep her voice from trembling when she says she's going home. Susan attempts to smooth things over and says that Karl can't help how he feels.
LYN: (upset) Steph has to live with what she did for the rest of her life. You have no idea how much she's punishing herself, but it's not good enough for Karl.
Karl, listening to every word from his office, is trying not to cry.
SUSAN: He doesn't mean it, he's just not coping.
LYN: Typical pig- headed Karl hanging onto an opinion that no one else has. (She sees the guilty look on Susan's face) Susan? Susan... You don't think Stephy should go to jail do you?
SUSAN: (voice wavering) I think that she should face the consequences of her actions. Lyn, I know that you're hurting but Ringo's dead. You have to try and see our point of view.
LYN: (losing it) Karl and you can go to hell.
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
STEPH: Put yourself in their shoes, you'd be out for blood.
LYN: Your future depends on a Kennedy's testimony.
(Karl and Susan talk about Libby's statement)
KARL: I've got half a mind to ring Sam and tell her the truth.
(Steph tries to reassure her mum)
STEPH: Libby's on my side.
LYN: So she says.
STEPH: She is!
(Lucas checks up on Libby)
LUCAS: Just stay strong, yeah?
(Natasha gloats about the social to Summer)
NATASHA: I'm running for Queen and Andrew is going to be King.
ANDREW: Tash I'm not going to be King.
(Natasha's social plans are ruined - so she's going to ruin the social by stealing all the ticket money)