Philip telling Billy, Toadie and George that Cody had died.
As Marlene is locked up for not paying her parking fines, she accuses the police officer with her of acting like a Nazi.
Pam sobbing that she doesn't think she can handle Cody's death.
Melissa is sitting with an upset Billy as Toadie asks him enthusiastically if he's all fired up for the practice match. Mel warns him coolly that someone's just died. Toadie, however, points out that Cody *loved* footy; she'd *want* them to talk about it. He goes on that he's looking forward to winning awards for his playing. Mel asks him if he's looking forward to impressing George! Toadie, however, insists that George has got nothing to do with it. George comes in through the open front door at that moment and queries:
GEORGE: Nothing to do with *what*?!
Toadie tells her quickly that they were saying she had nothing to do with some of the coach's rubbish decisions, such as putting Muzza in the ruck. George tells him that that was *her* idea!
Susan and Karl are with Philip and Hannah in the kitchen, and Philip tells them that Pam said she'll probably hold the funeral in the next couple of days. He adds that it's a shame it's so far away, although he understands Doug and Pam's decision: Darwin is their home now. Hannah cries that it wasn't *Cody's* home. Susan says that's why she and Karl have been discussing the idea of organising something with the locals; she thinks they all need the chance to say goodbye. Karl adds that it feels incomplete if you don't. Susan says they were thinking of first thing tomorrow morning down by Lassiter's lake, so they can do it before Pam goes back to Darwin. Karl adds that they're going to have a wake after the service back at their place and Angie's going to provide the food. Philip asks if there's anything else that needs doing. Susan tells him that they could use some help in letting everyone know; she's sure there's a lot of people who would like to be there.
Toadie has suggested playing a game, but no one seems to be in the mood. George says they should be doing something fun, not sitting around getting all depressed. Billy shrugs that he doesn't know where their games are. George says she knows where the Martins keep theirs. She heads off to get them and Toadie goes with her. Left alone with Mel, Billy sighs:
BILLY: I don't *believe* this. Why can't they just leave us alone?
MELISSA: They *are* your friends, Bill.
BILLY: I know, but I just don't feel like hanging out with them tonight. I just wanna veg out on the couch with you and forget about everything that's happened.
MELISSA: It's pretty hard to forget about someone that's died.
BILLY: I know. I mean, I didn't even really know Cody that well; she was just this chick who worked for dad and I saw her round the street a bit.
MELISSA: You knew her better than *that* - and besides, it's always weird when someone you know dies.
BILLY: It's just that everything feels so uncertain all of a sudden - like this could happen to anyone at any age, any time, not just to someone who's old. It could happen to you or me.
MELISSA: What happened to Cody was a freak accident, Billy. The chances of it happening to you or me are pretty unlikely.
BILLY: But that's not to say that it won't *happen*. I wish you weren't going away for the holidays. I'm really going to miss you.
Mel suggests that she could talk to her parents and ask if she could stay. Billy says he'd love it if she did, but the way things are with her mum and dad it won't be worth the hassle. Mel shrugs that they'll probably kick up a bit of a stink, but some things are *worth* a fight.
Marlene has a visitor: Angie, who's brought her a pie! The officer with Marlene - Reg - comments that it probably smells even better than it looks! Angie warns him not to break his teeth on the file she baked into it! Reg leaves them to it and Marlene tells Angie that it's lovely to see a familiar face, what with what happened to Cody and everything; she can't imagine how *Sam's* coping... She adds sadly that it's such a terrible waste. She asks about the funeral and Angie tells her about the memorial service at Lassiter's lake. She suggests that they could tape it for Marlene. Marlene, however, tells her not to worry: she'll be there. Angie comments in surprise:
ANGIE: But you've got another week before you're released, haven't you?
MARLENE (smiles): Yes, but you don't understand, Angie. The police here are my friends - I'll be able to work something out.
Toadie, Mel, Billy and George are playing Monopoly, but Billy mutters that he doesn't *want* to play it. Toadie tells him that he has to; he's the reason they're doing it. He then tells Billy that he has to *face* stuff like death; when his pop died, he was doing exactly what Billy's doing, but he had a chat with his mum and then he felt better. George asks him what they talked about. Toadie replies:
TOADIE: Oh, about where you go, that kind of stuff.
MEL: You mean heaven?
TOADIE: Yeah. I mean, she seemed to think that whatever you wanted to happen to you happened. If you like the idea of heaven, that's where you go. If you're into reincarnation, cool - you come back as a dolphin or a rich dude or something.
George smiles that she always likes to think her mum's following her around like a guardian angel. Mel says she still likes the idea of heaven. She asks Billy what *he* thinks, but he shrugs that it's never crossed his mind until now. Toadie says it never does until it happens to someone you know.
The next morning, Reg is telling Marlene coolly that she's not in a hotel; she had the chance to put things right but she didn't take it, so she'll have to stay there until she's officially released. Sam is in the room with them and a devastated Marlene tells him that he'll *have* to tape the service for her now. She adds that she wants to write something down and she wants him to read it out at the service for her.
Various Ramsay Street residents and other friends of Cody's are standing by the lake. Karl is standing in front of them and he says:
KARL: Cody was a fiery young woman with strong opinions. She loved to prove a point. And she loved to laugh. She was a young woman full of promise and delight with so much to offer. We will miss her dearly.
Sam takes his place and says:
SAM: Sometimes you find someone and you just click with them. That's how it was with Cody. She was clever, she was beautiful... she made you laugh. She was really special.
Stonie takes over:
STONIE: Cody was my best friend. That's all I want to say.
He steps down, tearfully. Pam then moves to the front and says tearfully:
PAM: I've got some messages to read from some of Cody's friends. From Jen Handley, who also considers Cody to be her best friend.
Phil joins her and puts his hand on her shoulder as she says she also has a message from Rick Alessi. At that moment, though, she breaks down and can't go on. Philip helps her back to her seat as Hannah takes the message from Rick and reads aloud:
HANNAH: I can't believe or imagine this world without Cody. We parted due to distance but I never stopped loving her. Today she is simply further away and the way I feel about her is, and always will be, with love.
Sometime later, Pam is sitting in the back of a cab in Ramsay Street. Karl puts her case in the boot and closes it. He then walks round to Pam and hands her a cassette tape through the window, explaining that it's from Sam. Pam thanks him. She then tells him sadly that she can't really thank him enough - particularly for what he and Susan did this morning: the service was something she'll always remember. She goes on that, as difficult as it was to listen, there were things she needed to hear; she sort of caught up on all those months since she and Doug went away - there's only so much you can say in a letter or on the 'phone. She then tells Karl that one thing Cody *did* say was how much she admired *him*. Karl asks:
KARL: Did she tell you how much I admired *her*?
Pam shakes her head. She then murmurs:
PAM: Thank you.
With that, the taxi driver starts the engine. Pam sits back in her seat, still looking devastated.
Sam is telling Marlene that she missed a great service. He hands over a tape and tells her that she can hear for herself. Marlene mutters that she should have *been* there. Sam tells her that she's only got herself to blame for missing out. Marlene, however, retorts that she can blame the authorities: if they'd have shown more compassion, they would have let her go. Sam sighs and says:
SAM: Look, nan, I want you to come back home, right? I've decided to pay the fine *for* you.
Marlene, however, tells him that that won't do any good, according to Reg: he says that they've given her a sentence and she has to stay there until she's served it. She adds that she wants to do that anyway as a protest, because she still thinks they're in the wrong. Sam snaps that after missing Cody's service, he thought she'd have had some sense knocked into her. Marlene insists that she's very, very sorry she missed the service - but a principle's a principle and she's not going to back down now, having come this far.
Toadie is standing with Angie as she and Stonie get ready to leave for Port Keats. Angie is giving him a list of instructions, including not having any parties. She him Toadie a hug and tells him to do her proud and behave himself. With that, she and Stonie climb into the car. Toadie smiles that he won't cause any trouble or have any parties. Angie drives off and Toadie then says to himself:
TOADIE: Well, I promise you won't find out about 'em, anyway!
Billy and Mel are looking at a leaflet and Mel remarks on how pretty the guesthouse is. Billy adds that it's even got a sauna! Karl smiles:
KARL: Yes - nothing but the best for your mother and I.
Billy asks when they're going. Karl replies that Susan doesn't know he's confirmed the booking: he hasn't had a chance to tell her - she keeps disappearing on him, like now, for instance! Mel explains that she's gone to the supermarket. Karl, looking astonished, exclaims:
KARL: Whatever for? We've got enough food to sink a battleship!
At that moment, Susan comes in through the front door and Karl asks her why she had to go out for more food. Susan explains she wanted to be sure that they had enough for their guest. Karl asks in surprise:
KARL: *What* guest?
SUSAN (to Billy, warily): Didn't you tell him?
BILLY: We thought *you* had.
She then smiles broadly:
SUSAN: Karl, love of my life! Maybe you ought to sit down!
KARL (frowns): Are you trying to tell me that you invited someone here to stay without consulting me?
SUSAN (airily): Yes, but it was a last- minute thing. It was an emergency.
KARL (sighs): Would someone mind telling me who this mystery guest *is*, then?
At that moment, the front door opens and Toadie walks in, carrying a packed bag over his shoulder. Seeing food on the counter, he beams:
TOADIE: Hi, everyone. Doc. Oh, leftovers. I *knew* I was staying at the right place!
Karl doesn't look happy!