Angie asking Karl what the latest is with Cody. Karl telling her that she's still unconscious, but Alan Cartwright is hopeful that that will change very soon.
Angie asking Toadie what the name of the girl is that she likes. Toadie replying that her name's George.
Sam discovering that he doesn't need any clothes for the photoshoot!
Sam comments to Peter Lenten coldly that his contract didn't say anything about pornography. Peter, however, tells him to show a little professionalism: Stefano Gold is not about to get into porn. Sam snaps that no one said anything to him about nude shots. Peter apologises for the crossed lines, but assures him that he has no reason to be concerned: it'll be sexy, but it's all above- board and above the waistline. He insists that the shots will be tasteful. Sam mutters that he's not used to getting his gear off in front of strangers. Peter tells him that they don't want to lose him. He then shows him some sample shots and tells him that he's got until the crew finish setting up to make up his mind.
Toadie and Billy walk into the coffee shop, Billy telling Toadie that he's just not fit enough for the try- outs today. Toadie, however, insists that his body's like a dormant muscle - a couple of practice matches and he'll have to get a couple of T- shirts to cover up his pecs; and when he does, George won't be able to keep her hands off him! Billy laughs and asks Toadie why he doesn't just ask her out instead of trying to impress her. Toadie says he *will* ask her out; he's just got to wait until the timing's right.
Cody is lying in a hospital bed with her eyes closed as a nurse checks her chart. She moves her fingers slightly and, as she begins to come- to, the nurse tells her softly that she's in hospital and doing fine. The nurse then walks across the room to where Pam is lying asleep on a couch. She wakes her and tells her that Cody's awake. Pam dashes across to her daughter and assures her that everything's OK; she left Darwin as soon as she heard. Cody murmurs:
CODY: I was shot, mum.
PAM: I know. I know - but you're OK now. The bullet's out and the doctor said you're going to make a steady recovery.
Cody murmurs that she wants to go home. Pam smiles that she can soon - but she'll have to spend a bit more time in the hospital first. She adds that the operation was very successful. Cody cries that she needs some water and Pam picks up a glass from nearby, puts a straw in Cody's mouth and helps her take a sip. Cody then murmurs:
CODY: I thought I was going to die.
PAM: I know - but you didn't; and I'm *so* glad.
She kisses her daughter on the forehead.
Toadie asks Billy if he's ready to roll. Billy replies that *he* is, but he thinks Toadie's got something to ask someone. Hannah and George have come in and Billy calls Hannah over. Hannah asks Billy what he wants. Billy explains that Toadie wants to talk to George alone - he wants to go out with her. Hannah laughs at Toadie:
HANNAH: George? Go out with *you*?! Oh please, she does have *some* taste! Why would she want to go out with a mutant like you?!
A while later, as they walk along the school corridor, Toadie is ranting at Billy that Hannah called him a mutant; does George think he's a mutant too? Billy tells him that she doesn't. He adds that he knows it's scary, but Toadie has to go right up to her and ask her out. The two of them head into the classroom, where George is sitting at a desk. Toadie smiles:
TOADIE: Hey George!
GEORGE (flatly): What?
TOADIE: How's it going?
GEORGE: How's *what* going?
TOADIE: Um... your life. You know?
GEORGE: It's fine. How's *your* life?
TOADIE: Yeah. Good. Great. Um... life's pretty fine for me too!
GEORGE (frowns): Did you want something or are you just practicing basic English on me?
TOADIE (grins): You've got a great sense of humour, George! That's what I really like about you!
GEORGE: Well, I'm glad I amuse you! So, do you want something from me or not?
TOADIE: Oh, nothing really. It's just a small favour.
GEORGE (warily): You're not going to ask me for money, are you? 'cos I haven't got any.
TOADIE: No, of course not!
TOADIE: I was thinking... um... you know... me and you, we should... do stuff together... you know, like kind of, go out?
TOADIE: Yeah - on a date. Sort of.
George looks round at Billy, sitting behind her, gesticulating signs of encouragement to Toadie. He quickly looks away when he realises he's been spotted. George turns back to Toadie and snaps:
GEORGE: Yeah, right. I can't believe you think I'd be stupid enough to fall for *that* one.
TOADIE (blankly): What one?
GEORGE: Oh, sure, 'Mr. Innocent'. I know how it goes, OK? New chick in school, class clown asks her out, makes a fool out of her just for the hell of it. Well, I know what your game is, OK, so you can just forget it.
TOADIE (murmurs): Yeah, sure. Can't fool *you*, eh, George? Worth a try, though.
GEORGE: You know, I thought you were almost human yesterday, but Hannah's right: you *are* a bit of a mutant:
Toadie sits there looking deflated.
Sam is looking at the sample photos Peter gave him and admits that they're not bad. Peter tells him that they all want to keep him on- board and happy, so how would Sam like to check out the proofs before they're locked in for publication? Sam stands there looking thoughtful. He paces the floor for a while as Peter Lenten sits waiting. He then removes the dressing gown he's wearing, to reveal his bare chest underneath.
Toadie is standing with Jo, saying:
TOADIE: Remember when you told me that I'd never get a woman because I was totally unappealing? Well, you were dead right. I'm a loser when it comes to chicks. I've got to face it and do something about it, but I don't know what.
Jo tells him that when she said he was totally unappealing, she was angry about the aerobics thing; she didn't mean it. She goes on that she thinks he needs to be a bit more respectful of women; if he's interested in someone, he should take the time to get to know them and develop some mutual interests. Toadie muses that he was on the right track and let Billy talk him out of it: footy's the only way to go!
Several boys are standing around dressed in their footy gear. Coach Garfield blows a whistle and they sit down. George is standing next to the Coach, but he tells her to back off a bit. Toadie sits and stares at her! George tries to peer at some writing on a clipboard Garfield is holding, but he looks at her darkly and she backs off again. Garfield tells the boys to do some warm- up laps of the oval and he tells Rupert Sprod to lead the way. Toadie beams at Billy that he can feel he's really going to blitz this; George will be so impressed! George is still standing with Coach Garfield, but he tells her in irritation:
COACH GARFIELD: Look, I know the netball coach needs some help. Why don't you go and see *her*?
GEORGE (dismissively): Netball? I've never played netball in my life!
Across the oval, Toadie is struggling to keep going.
George tells Coach Garfield that they let her practice with the blokes back home; bush footy is really rugged and she never had any trouble. Garfield, however, tells her that senior high school footy is a serious game designed for men. He goes on that he's not being sexist, but it's a well- known fact that the female body is not designed to withstand the same punishment as a male body. George asks if she can't just *help* him. Coach Garfield sighs before giving in and telling her that, as of now, she's the first official orange person and runner.
Across the oval, Toadie collapses from exhaustion. Garfield tells George that the first thing she can do is drag that Rebecchi kid off.
Sam has turned up at Cody's bedside with a pot plant! Pam looks aghast that such things are allowed! Sam asks Cody if she's OK, and she smiles that it takes more than a stray bullet to knock her off her horse! Philip and Hannah arrive - with another pot plant! The nurse warns Cody not to get too excited with all the visitors. She heads off to leave Cody and the others to it. Sam tells Cody that he'll come back later. He gives her a kiss and heads off. Cody grins at Hannah that when they get home, they'll have one huge party. Philip invites Pam for dinner tonight.
Toadie is lying on the couch and Billy asks him how he's feeling. Toadie sighs:
TOADIE: How would *you* feel if you just got dragged by the chick you were trying to impress? I've never been so embarrassed - *and* I threw up in front of her. She must think I'm a world- class jerk.
Billy tells him that George was pretty concerned about him: he heard her telling Coach Garfield that she hoped he didn't die! He adds that there's got to be some non- toxic way of finding out how she feels about him - and then he'll know exactly where he stands.
George, Hannah, Philip, Pam and Cheryl are sitting around the dinner table, Pam saying she wants to hear about Ramsay Street and what's been going on. She adds that she was kind of hoping that Helen would be in town, but Philip explains that she's in the States, helping Rosemary. The 'phone starts ringing and both George and Hannah leap up to answer it. George gets there first. A few seconds later, she comes back in and tells everyone that Billy's asked her over to watch a video. Philip tells her to go. Hannah asks if she can go too. Philip, however, points out that she hasn't started her homework yet.
Toadie is looking out through the front window, sighing at Billy that this isn't going to work - she'll be here in a second and they're not organised. Billy, however, tells him to hide behind the couch and *he'll* ask George the questions they decided. At that moment, there's a knock on the door and Toadie ducks down behind the couch. Billy opens the door and tells George to take a seat. They sit down and George says:
GEORGE: Where's your mate? Still collapsed?
BILLY: Toadie? I don't know. He's got a date, I think.
GEORGE: Oh really? I was pretty surprised to see him at try- outs today. He's obviously pretty unfit. How's he feeling?
BILLY: Um, OK, I guess. It was pretty unusual for him to crash like that, but he hasn't been feeling well, lately. Nothing serious; just a bit of a virus. He was pretty embarrassed about throwing up in front of you, actually.
GEORGE: Oh, that's OK - I'm from the country: see cows throwing up all the time.
BILLY: Oh. What part of the country were you from?
Behind the couch, Toadie frowns in annoyance at the change of subject.
Cody is lying in her bed, tears in her eyes. Sam comes in and hands her a single pink rose, telling her that it's for her because she's his best friend. Cody smiles through her tears that she's glad he's there. Sam tells her that he's glad she pulled through. Cody grins:
CODY: Hey, I'm fine. I made it. I plan on getting a 100th Birthday telegram from the Queen!
She winces in pain as she laughs. She then asks Sam what he's been doing since she's been out of it. Sam grins bashfully:
SAM: Nothing. Oh... launching my modelling career.
Cody asks how it's going. Sam tells her not to laugh - it was really embarrassing. Cody asks:
CODY: Why? Didn't have to get your gear off, did ya?!
She winces again as she laughs. Sam says quickly that he'll get the nurse, but Cody insists that it's fine. She smiles that she's glad he's there. Sam assures her that he always *will* be.
Toadie is still behind the couch, listening as George tells Billy that it's good sitting around having a yack; they didn't need a video at *all*. Billy hands her a bottle of Coke and then says:
BILLY: So, what kind of body do you like in a man? You know: muscles or a little bit of weight, or doesn't it matter?
GEORGE (surprised): I don't know. I guess it depends on the guy. What made you ask me that?
BILLY: Just making conversation. A sense of humour's important to you, isn't it, in a guy?
Toadie grins in delight behind the couch. George says:
GEORGE: Yeah... I guess I like a bit of a laugh.
She then asks Billy if he's doing a survey or something. Billy, however, says he just thought they could have a yack. He goes on:
BILLY: How do you feel about a guy coming on to you? You know - sincerely; not just after one thing. If he really cared about you. I mean, would it worry you?
GEORGE: No... You have to say what you're feeling, don't you?
BILLY: Well, I'm glad you feel that way, because there's something you should know.
GEORGE (smiles): It's OK. I've figured it out.
With that, George leans towards Billy, cups his head in her hand and starts kissing him. Billy starts kissing her back. Everything having gone silent, Toadie peers over the top of the couch. A look of horror crosses his face as he sees what's going on.