- Stonie and Catherine are abseiling.
- Andrew tells Susan that he has had a written complaint against him.
- Stonie loses control of his rope and plummets towards the ground.
Halfway down a building
Stonie's equipment stops his fall, and Catherine takes control, making him put his arm around her and helping him down to the ground. The watching ground cheer. Stonie just lies on the ground, grateful to be back on solid ground!
Sam comes in and tells Marlene that he's been signed up by a modelling agency and therefore should have lots of work soon. Marlene is worried about Brett in Ecuador.
Andrew is giving assignments back. Melissa and Billy are talking about Melissa's mother's birthday which is in a couple of days. Melissa wants to get her a present, or at least phone her. Billy says she should do what feels right. Toadie turns around and excitedly tells them that he got a A for his assignment.
Andrew gives out the next assignment about "Mining in Australia". Melissa asks him why she didn't get her assignment back, and he asks her to stay to see him afterwards.
The sign for "World Environment Day" is finally up. Stonie is still in shock. Catherine is confused as to why Stonie's rope slipped and wonders if it could have been sabotage.
Karl and Mal are talking. Apparently it's Mal's 19th birthday tomorrow. Karl tells him how proud he is of him. Dahl the galah is walking on the piano(!) They are talking about Mal's future again when Susan and Libby come in. Apparently Billy is waiting for Melissa at school. Also, the police are finally releasing Mal and Stonie's car tomorrow.
Andrew gives Melissa her assignment back and it's not very good. She assures him it's just because of everything that's been going on. He tells her to approach him with any questions about the next assignment. Melissa is agigtated and leaves quickly, then bursts into tears in the corridor.
Mal and Toadie don't think Stonie's abseiling experience was a big deal(!) Sam comes in and says he's got a modelling job with a mining company. Catherine comes in and overhears, telling them that this particular mining company are very environmentally unfriendly. She doesn't think Sam should work for them and goes on a rant about it. At the end of her rant, she walks out, leaving them all stunned into silence.
Billy is comforting Melissa, who is very upset about being apart from her parents. She likes the Martins, but she just can't concentrate on her schoolwork. She wants to go home.
Andrew tells Susan that she's been implicated in the complaint against him. Andrew's partner is leaning on Andrew to move from the school to an InterState job. But he doesn't want to do that. He's also like to help Melissa.
Just then, Billy comes in, very agitated, and says they have to help Melissa, because she can't stop crying.
Toadie tells Stonie off for chasing Catherine and pretending to be interested in the environment. Stonie insists that he doesn't change himself for anyone, but Toadie mocks him. Mal doesn't think Catherine is all that interested in Stonie either. Stonie tells them to get lost - neither of them have girlfriends, so cannot judge. They just laugh.
Ramsay Street, the following morning
Stonie and Mal are lovingly washing down their car, which has been returned to them.
Catherine comes along and wishes Mal a happy birthday. She's off to an anti- mining rally. Sam comes out to get his paper and she asks him again about working for the mining company. He tells her to leave him alone, but she just calls him a selfish, corporate yuppy(!)
Sam is fed up and is wondering if he should do the mining company job after all - but it is very well paid. Marlene says that Catherine seems like a real do- gooder. Sam decides to ring the agency, but then stops, as he's worried they'll just decide he's not worth having on their books.
Garden of No.30
Billy, Melissa, Toadie, Stonie, Catherine, Libby, Susan, Karl and Mal are having a barbecue and Mal is opening cards and presents. Catherine gives him some furry dice for his car.
When everyone is getting food, Catherine tells Stonie she has to head off to the mining protest.
Sam is on the phone to the modelling/advertising agency. It seems they told him to do the job, or never work for them again. He's therefore decided to sell his soul(!)
Susan is making up a potato salad when Andrew pops in. He tells her he's made a decision - he's decided to leave the school, for Melissa's sake. Susan is very disappointed and hopes he will change his mind.
Sam is practising his script for the advertising gig when there's a knock at the door. It's Catherine, who's come to moan at him about the mining advert again. He tells her he has to do the job.
Outside on the verandah, she handcuffs herself to him.
SAM: Ow, what are you doing?
CATHERINE: If you're going to do an ad for Antelligo, I'm coming with you!