Brad being thrown from his horse.
Lauren catches up to Brad, on her horse, and finds him lying on the ground. She climbs off and dashes over to him, asking if he's all right. Brad groans that he thinks so. Lauren says she hopes his horse - which has run off - can find its way back to the stables. Brad snaps at her that if she's so worried about the damn horse, why doesn't she go and find it; he'll make his *own* way back. Lauren, however, tells him that she's not going to leave him there, and she orders him to jump onto *her* horse. Beth and Cameron approach and watch as Lauren tells a limping Brad to hold onto her.
Julie walks into No. 26, where Jim and Pam are sitting at the kitchen table, having a chat. She snaps that she just heard that that Greg boy is the one who mugged Helen the other day. Jim nods that he is - or he *was*: he's gone now. Pam explains about how Doug mislaid his drill and accused Greg of stealing it. Julie asks her father if he's changed the locks in case Greg comes back. Jim retorts that Helen's hoping he *does*. Julie exclaims:
JULIE: What? What's wrong with her? Is she crazy?
PAM: Who knows? People were questioning *your* sanity a few weeks ago!
Julie snaps that she thinks it's disgraceful allowing such juvenile delinquents loose on the street; she's got a good mind to join that Peace Patrol that Beth and Cameron are involved with. She storms out.
Pam is checking on Brad's ankle. She tells him that nothing seems to be broken; it's just a nasty sprain, but he should keep the ice pack on for a while. Brad mutters that horses are stupid! He goes to stand up, but Pam orders him to stay off the foot tonight. Lauren mutters that if he hadn't been playing such an idiot, it would never have happened. Brad retorts that she probably gave him a dud horse. Cameron suggests to Beth that they'd better get going to the Peace Patrol meeting. Pam asks Beth if she really thinks the Peace Patrol is a good idea. Beth nods that she *does*. Brad chips in that he's already tried to talk her out of it, but she's made up her mind - it's pretty gutsy of her, really. Beth thanks him with a kiss and heads out, leaving Pam to say:
PAM: I still don't think it's a good idea.
Lauren chips in that she agrees: they'll be overrun by fascists and vigilantes if they're not careful.
Peace Patrol HQ
Brian, the Peace Patrol leader, is giving a lesson on self- defence, telling the members of the Peace Patrol to call the police once they've got the situation under control, and never inflame potentially violent situations. He goes on that he's applied to the council to use the community hall in Warratah, so while it's under consideration, they should be on their very best behaviour. He then tells everyone that they're due out on patrol soon and he thanks them for coming. As people go to head out, Brian stops Cameron and asks if he could do a little positive piece on them in the Erinsborough News. Cameron nods that he doesn't see why not. Brian adds that he and Beth can go out on patrol as observers tonight, if they like. He walks off. Beth tells Cameron that she might skip it tonight - she wants to think it over for a while.
Stephen and Phoebe are clearing up and Phoebe asks how takings were today. Stephen smiles that they're brilliant; they're doing very well. Phoebe comments that Philip won't be very rapt. She asks Stephen what he thinks Philip will do to get the Brasserie customers back. Stephen shrugs that he doesn't know, but he's not going to lose any sleep over it. Changing the subject, Phoebe asks him if he's ready to go. Stephen nods that he is - he's just got to stop at the night safe on the way.
Stephen and Phoebe head out of the shop and start walking home, Phoebe pushing Hope in her pram and sighing that her feet are aching like crazy. Stephen smiles that they might be able to afford a car soon! All of a sudden, a man runs out of some nearby bushes and demands the bag of takings. He and Stephen start struggling. As they do so, Phoebe notices two gold hearts on the mugger's belt buckle. She yells for help - just as Cameron approaches with two members of the Peace Patrol. They run over and one of them chases after the mugger, who runs off. Cameron runs over to Phoebe and Stephen and asks Stephen if he's OK. Stephen groans that the guy took the whole day's takings. At that moment, the members of the Peace Patrol run over with the bag of money, one of them - Boof - explaining that the guy got away, but he couldn't climb the fence with the money his hand. Cameron smiles:
CAMERON: Score one for the Peace Patrol, eh?
The next morning, Debbie is getting ready for school. Julie asks her what *she* should wear: jeans and a T- shirt... or should she try and look cool? Debbie frowns that she should try and look inconspicuous! Julie says she doesn't think she's *got* anything like that. Debbie mutters:
Julie insists that she doesn't want to *embarrass* Debbie - and she thinks it's great that they've got the opportunity to hang out together; they're going to be so much closer now. Debbie doesn't look happy.
As he sets up for the day, Stephen is asking Phoebe if that Boof guy used to be a bit of a hood himself. Phoebe nods that he was if he's the same guy who gave Toby a hard time a while ago. Cameron comes in and asks Stephen how he is this morning. Stephen replies that he's still a bit tender, but otherwise he's OK, thanks to the Peace Patrol. Cameron explains that he's writing an article for the Erinsborough News and thought he might get some quotes off them. Phoebe, however, retorts that she doesn't feel like publicly endorsing what those guys did; what if the Peace Patrol had made the guy panic and pull out a knife? She goes on coolly that she's been thinking about it and it would have been a lot smarter just to let the guy have the money.
Annalise spots Rick in the corridor and thanks him for the party the other night. Rick comments that it's a shame the oldies crashed it, but Annalise shrugs that it didn't bother *her*. Debbie joins them and grins:
DEBBIE: Yes, Annalise *loves* oldies!
Julie walks into the corridor and Debbie watches her, nervously. Mr. Knotts comes down the stairs at that moment and smiles at everyone he sees their new student has arrived. He tells everyone that for those who don't know her, this is Mrs. Martin - Debbie's mum. Julie says quickly that she'd be happier if everyone just called her Julie. She adds that she knows she's a bit above the average age, but she really wants to be treated just like any other student. Mr. Knotts nods that they'll certainly do their best. He and Julie walk off, leaving a male student to say:
STUDENT: Hey, Deb, ask your mum if she'll come for a smoke with me at lunchtime!
ANNALISE (laughs): Bit keen on her, are you, Lenny?
LENNY: Yeah! Reckon I might ask her if she wants to go to the school dance with me!
Debbie doesn't look happy.
Brad has turned up at No. 24 and Lauren lets him in. He tells her that he wanted to apologise for yesterday: he shouldn't have been fooling around like that and deserved to be bucked off. Lauren grins sheepishly that she guesses she *did* pick him a fairly tricky horse...! She offers a truce and holds out her hand. Brad shakes it. He and Lauren share a look as he does so... Cameron joins them at that moment and asks Brad how his ankle is. Brad replies that it's not too bad. He heads off, leaving Lauren looking thoughtful.
Brad limps down the driveway of No. 24 and goes to head home. As he does so, Jim calls out to him from the drive of No. 26 to ask him if he heard what happened to Stephen and Phoebe last night. Brad exclaims:
BRAD: Yeah! Fancy something like that happening up at Lassiter's, eh?
JIM: Yeah. This used to be such a safe sort of an area. Still, I suppose Erinsborough's no different from anywhere else these days. I mean, it's only a week or so ago that Helen was mugged at the shopping centre.
BRAD: Yeah. Still, Phoebe and Stevo got their money back.
JIM: I wasn't so sure, to be honest, about these Peace Patrols to start with, but I've changed my mind completely.
BRAD: On, I don't know. I reckon these crime- fighting gangs are a real worry.
JIM: Why's that?
BRAD: Give someone a uniform and a bit of power and you don't know *what* they'll do. I mean, we don't want to be overrun with fascists and vigilantes, that's for sure.
With that, Brad heads towards No. 28, leaving Jim looking thoughtful.
Julie and Debbie are by their lockers when Julie notices that Debbie's collar is up. She goes to adjust it for her, but Debbie exclaims in horror that she said she wouldn't embarrass her. Julie apologises, saying she forgot. She goes on that she *has* been trying: she even sat at the back of the class. Debbie retorts that she's made most of the kids paranoid: they think she's trying to spy on them or something. Annalise comes up to Debbie and starts talking about two students being caught about to—. She breaks off as she realises Julie is there. At that moment, Mr. Knotts joins them and tells everyone that there will be an algebra test this afternoon: when they come into the classroom, there will be a test paper face down on the desk; no one is to touch it until they are told, and if he sees anyone turning over the paper before the signal, he'll regard it as cheating and the student will be given no marks at all. As he's talking, a note is being passed around amongst the students. Julie takes it and passes it straight to another student, Katrina. Mr. Knotts spots it, though, and takes the note. He reads it and then tells Julie that he saw her give the note to Katrina, and for that she can join his team that picks up rubbish in the playground after school. Julie exclaims that she didn't write it. Mr. Knotts just points out sharply that she asked to be treated like any other student and that's exactly what he's doing.
Stephen serves two guys, one of whom is Boof, telling them the drinks are on the house as a thanks for last night. As he does this, Phoebe looks over and notices that the guy *with* Boof has two hearts on his belt. She heads into the kitchen and calls to Stephen, who joins her. She then tells him that he's not going to believe this, but the guy with Boof is the one who robbed him: he's got this really unusual belt buckle - she noticed it last night. Stephen asks what they should do. Phoebe retorts that she's going to ring Cameron - she *knew* there was something suss about the Peace Patrol.
Debbie is sitting with some other girls on some steps in one of the corridors, talking about the students that were caught. Julie joins them and asks if that's where they *usually* eat their lunch. Debbie mutters awkwardly that it just depends. Julie then asks Annalise if she's going to thank her for not dobbing on her about that note. Annalise, however, asks why she should. Debbie tells her mother that nobody ever dobs - not if they want to stay healthy, anyway. With that, Julie sits down next to Debbie and her friends. Debbie quickly suggests to the other girls that they go and finish their game of netball. Julie suggests to her that they walk home together. Debbie, however, says she can't: she's got another game of netball and Julie has got to pick up litter, remember...? Julie sits there looking upset.
Beth is taking off her boots as she asks Lauren how work was. Lauren replies that she had the day off - which is just as well as there's a big race on this weekend, so there'll be lots to do over the next couple of days. Beth asks if her horse has got any other races lined up. Lauren replies that he has - but the owner might send him back to Brisbane; it depends how well he does in the big one. Beth says sympathetically:
BETH: I bet you'll miss him.
LAUREN: I won't get the chance. I'm going too.
BETH (surprised): Huh?
LAUREN: Where he goes, I go.
BETH: But I thought they offered you a full- time job at the stables?
LAUREN: Yeah... but I thought I'd stick with the job I've already got. They've been pretty good to me.
Beth comments that she thought Lauren really *liked* living here; and what about her dad? Lauren shrugs that she's sure he can survive without her. Beth tells her that Lou was *so* pleased when she showed up; and she was hoping Lauren would be her bridesmaid at her wedding. Lauren murmurs:
LAUREN: Yeah, well, that's a really sweet thought, but I think it's best if I go.
Peace Patrol HQ
Boof is muttering:
BOOF: So the guy had the same belt buckle. Big deal.
Brian, however, comments that it's pretty amazing that Boof happened to be on the spot when it all happened; Lassiter's isn't even on his normal patrol route. He asks Boof if he and Clay set this all up. Boof admits that, OK, it was a set- up - but he thought they could use the publicity. Cameron realises:
CAMERON: You were trying to impress me so I would write a favourable article, weren't you.
Boof asks him if he's going to put what they did in the paper. Cameron replies that it's too late: it's already been published. Brian snaps at Boof that he put the whole organisation at risk; as of this very second, he's out - he doesn't need this sort of caper. He then tells Cameron that he has to understand that the rest of them had nothing to do with this; they're serving a worthwhile cause. He asks Cameron if he'd be willing to forget what happened last night. Cameron, however, says he doesn't think he can - not after what Boof put his friends through last night.
Julie arrives home from school. Pam is babysitting Hannah and Julie thanks her for taking care of her. Pam asks her how it was going back to High School after all these years: hell?! Julie, however, says lightly:
JULIE: It was terrific, as a matter of fact. Everyone couldn't have been nicer.
PAM: You're home pretty late.
JULIE: Yes. I... stayed back for some extra tuition from Mr. Knotts.
PAM (grins): Extra tuition already?! Gee, they must be really singling you out for special attention.
JULIE: Oh they are. Believe me...
Annalise is laughing with other students about Julie and how desperately hard she was trying. They join Debbie at her locker and Annalise tells her that they were just laughing about what an idiot Julie was in Geography: it was like she was trying to make the rest of them look bad. Debbie murmurs:
DEBBIE: She just wants to get a good pass in her exams, that's all. You don't have to tell *me* it's a pain having her here.
ANNALISE (smiles): Well, we won't have to worry about *that* for too much longer.
DEBBIE (uncertainly): Why not?
ANNALISE: Well, because after Chemistry tomorrow it's going to be 'bye- bye Julie' forever. We're going to have a little experiment. Something tells me it's going to go horribly wrong...!
Debbie takes a few steps away and stands there looking worried.