Jo commenting to Sam that she can't believe it's gone as far as the bailiffs taking Marlene's furniture.
Libby realising she and Rupert Sprod share an interest in photography.
Toadie and Billy are paying Marlene a visit and Marlene smiles at them that she's doing better with the number of visitors than if she was in hospital! Toadie looks around and comments that it's a nice cell they've given her: smooth and slick! He adds that it's a lot bigger than the one Shane got. Marlene invites him and Billy to sit down. She then tells them:
MARLENE: You know I'm in here because I did wrong - and that's why Shane is in his cell, as well. Now, believe me, there is nothing cool about it. You think it's interesting because you've been able to come in and walk around and see things, and then you can leave when you've had a good stickybeak. Well, *you* think of sitting in here for a couple of days. Interesting it is *not*. Take my word.
Billy and Toadie look suitably chastised.
It's evening- time, and George asks Toadie if she can get him something to drink. Billy and Libby grin at each other. Toadie declines the drink but tells George that it's nice to know she cares. George tells him that she cares for *all* her players. There's a knock at the door and Libby opens it to Rupert Sprod. He heads inside and invites Libby for a pizza. George looks annoyed as the two of them head out. She mutters at Toadie that part of her wishes he'd flattened Rupert!
Peter Lenten is at No. 24 and Sam introduces him to Mal, Jo and Luke. He explains to them that Peter wants to get some lifestyle shots for the Stefano Gold campaign. Peter invites Mal, Jo and Luke to be in the pictures, explaining that they're creating an image of their perfect man and they look like perfect friends! Sam mutters that he hopes it won't be like the *last* shoot he did. Peter tells him to stop worrying; what better than to get Sam's friends to pose as friends of the Stefano man? He asks Jo, Mal and Luke about their jobs and hobbies, thinking out loud about how he can use them. He then asks if he can have them all tomorrow morning, a tick before nine. He adds that he hopes Sam's nan won't be around...
George asks Billy if he'll make sure Toadie stays where he is. Billy mutters that he's not Toadie's mother. Toadie tells George that he thinks she should stay and nurse him better. George smiles that she's got other things to do! The front door opens suddenly and Mal comes in. He sits down next to Toadie and, looking at his sling, asks what happened. Toadie replies that he decided it was time someone taught Rupert Sprod a lesson! With that, George dashes out. Toadie mutters that you wouldn't have to be a genius to work out where *she's* gone. He adds that it's pathetic: Rupert's got absolutely nothing going for him. Billy tries to tell Toadie not to give up. Mal, however, says quickly:
MAL: Billy, Billy, don't give the boy false hope. I mean, take a look at that thing: is that what girls dream about? I don't think so.
Toadie sits on the couch, looking hurt.
Rupert and Libby are sitting at a table and Rupert says he's glad they left the crowd back at her place; he wanted to talk to her and get to know her better. He then asks her what she wants to do after school. Libby says she doesn't know. She asks Rupert what *he* wants to do. Rupert tells her not to laugh - but everyone says he looks all right, so he wants to be a sports reporter on telly! Libby laughs - but then tells him that that sounds perfectly reasonable. She adds more seriously that she thinks she might have underestimated him a little. Rupert says:
RUPERT: Libby, there's been something I've been meaning to ask you.
RUPERT: Well, it's about the dance.
At that moment, though, George walks in, pulls out a chair, sits down and smiles that she's glad they haven't finished their pizza because she's starving! Libby doesn't look impressed.
The next morning, Cheryl opens the front door to Luke, who's there to do some Handy Sam's jobs for her. He explains that Sam's gone to the gym to get a suntan for his photoshoot! Cheryl says she's going to have to leave him to it, as she's going to go and see Marlene and tell her what's happening. Luke tells her that Sam went in yesterday to explain about the sheriff taking some of her things. Cheryl says she thinks Marlene will be very disappointed about missing Danni's homecoming. Luke comments:
LUKE: I bet you're looking forward to that!
CHERYL: Looking forward to it, Luke? Um, when she's here she drives me crazy, when she's not here I miss her like mad. It's a no- win situation!
Marlene is throwing playing cards onto a shoe on the floor! Cheryl comes in and smiles at her mother as she says good morning. Marlene sighs that she wants to get out of there but they won't let her go. She asks Cheryl if she could go to the bank, they could pay the fine and they'd let her go free. Cheryl, however, tells her that it doesn't work like that. Marlene murmurs that she shouldn't have said those things about the council on the radio, and she adds tearfully that there's no fool like an old fool.
Billy and Toadie are sitting at the counter, but Billy is astonished when Toadie says he isn't hungry. Libby comes in as Toadie mutters that he can't eat at a time like this: he's got to ask George to the dance before someone *else* does. Billy points out that all George can say is 'no', but Toadie reminds him that last time he asked her out she laughed at him. The door opens at that moment and George comes in. She asks Toadie how he's feeling and he nods that he's on the mend. There's an awkward silence before Toadie says hesitantly:
TOADIE: Listen, George, um... there's been something I wanted to ask you.
TOADIE: Well, I was kind of wondering if, um, you'd go to the dance with me.
GEORGE: You can't go to the dance. Billy's dad said.
Toadie insists that you don't have to go to a dance to *dance*. George tells him that she's flattered, but there's this other guy... Toadie, looking disappointed, murmurs at her to forget he asked.
Peter Lenten has brought some backgrounds and props for the photoshoot. He asks Jo to pretend to be Sam's personal trainer and give him a massage. Jo worries that it's all a bit dishonest, but Peter insists that it's art; they're all just playing roles. He then asks them to get into place for a rehearsal.
Rupert walks into the Holy Roll and George tries to talk to him, but he sidesteps her and goes and sits at a table with Libby, where he says:
RUPERT: Listen, I don't want to be interrupted, so I'm just gonna ask you straight out, right? Will you please come to the school dance with me?
LIBBY (grins): I'd love to, Rupert. Thanks!
George, looking annoyed, storms out. Rupert stares after her and asks Libby what *her* problem was. Libby explains that she thinks George was just about to ask him to the dance.
A short time later, George opens the front door and looks annoyed to find Libby standing on the step. She asks her curtly what she wants. Libby explains that she followed her from the coffee shop: she looked a bit upset. They head inside and Libby goes on that she knows George likes Rupert; she hasn't exactly made a secret of it. George retorts that she's wrong: she couldn't care less about him. Libby says:
LIBBY: Look, I know it's hard when you like someone and they don't feel the same way - but one thing I've learnt is that it's just best to accept it.
GEORGE: Yeah, well, that's easy for *you* to say, isn't it, seeing as you're the one going to the dance with him.
LIBBY: I just don't want you to be hurt about it, that's all.
GEORGE (bitterly): Who's hurt? If *anyone* should be hurt, it should be *you*, Libby. The whole football team's laughing at you. Rupert thought it would be funny if he invited someone like you; he's probably going to win money for doing it. Then again, he probably *deserves* to.
Libby glares at her.
Peter Lenten is taking photos of Sam, Jo and Mal when Luke comes in. Peter comments that he's just in the nick of time. He looks at Luke - who's covered in dirt - and comments that it's good Aussie grime! He moves Luke to stand next to Sam and the two of them grin at the camera! Peter takes some shots and then hands Sam a cheque. He goes to head out, just as Cheryl knocks on the door. She heads inside and asks Sam if he's been to see Marlene today. Sam says he'll get himself sorted out and nick over in a sec. Cheryl tells him that Marlene needs cheering up: she's not a happy lady. Sam mutters that if she'd paid all those fines, she wouldn't *be* in this situation. Luke suggests that maybe they could get some of her stuff back. Sam says:
SAM: Yeah - or start again. With this cheque, we could almost cover a complete redecoration.
Billy tells an upset Libby that Rupert wouldn't say anything to George about her; whatever George is on about, she's making it all up. Libby comments that it *was* pretty silly of her to try and talk to George like that. She adds that Rupert's asked her to the dance and she's going to go and enjoy herself whether George likes it or not. Billy comments that he didn't know she and Sproddy were that serious. Libby shrugs that it's not like she's in *love* with him or anything. Billy muses that she'll be fighting George to the death! He adds that it's a pity George doesn't even know Toadie exists. There's suddenly a knock on the front door and Libby goes and opens it to find Rupert on the step, holding a bunch of flowers. She smiles at him gratefully. He asks if they're still on for the dance and Libby assures him:
LIBBY: Nothing in the world could make me miss this dance, Rupert. Nothing!
Toadie is ordering a family- size pizza and a thickshake, all for himself, from Mal. Mal warns him that no babe is ever going to give him a second look if he carries on like this. Toadie retorts:
TOADIE: The babe I want won't even look at me *now*. What does it matter about others?
He puts a cigarette in his mouth, but Mal asks him curtly what he thinks he's doing. Toadie retorts that he's fed up with being a model citizen; it doesn't get you anywhere. Mal snaps at him that if he wants to be a total loser, go and do it somewhere else. The shop door opens and George comes in. She walks across to Toadie and tells him that she figured she'd find him there. Toadie asks:
TOADIE: You been looking for me?
GEORGE: In case that offer of a date for the school dance is still going...
TOADIE (surprised): With *me*?
GEORGE: Yeah, of *course* with you!
TOADIE (eagerly): Yeah, sure! [Quickly calming down] I mean, that'd be cool!
He then asks her if she wants to share a pizza. George smiles:
GEORGE: Why not? We're gonna share a *dance*, aren't we?
Cheryl is playing with Lolly and saying to her that she can't believe how excited they are to see her big sister! The front door suddenly opens and Danni walks in! Cheryl goes and gives her a loving hug. She tells her happily that she looks wonderful. Danni beams that it's the new, elegant her. She then adds that she's brought someone back with her. A young man walks in and Danni introduces him to her mother as Ben Dalziel. She adds that he's a little bit nervous about meeting her. Cheryl says she can't imagine why. Danni explains hesitantly:
DANNI: Um... because Ben... Ben and I... are getting married.
Cheryl stands there looking suddenly bemused!