- Darren tells Mal that he doesn't think Karl will want him working in the garage of No.28
- Jo tells Cheryl that Rob might not want to invest in the pub.
- Toadie and Billy vow revenge on Libby and Stonie over the video.
Cheryl comes home. She tells Marlene that Rob is an excellent businessman and Jo is still going to buy in to the pub as a silent partner. Apparently they struck a good deal - as long as there's a healthy profit, Cheryl can do what she wants.
Cheryl is worried about Louise's custody. They have another session with the mediator tomorrow, but Cheryl is not optimistic.
Billy and Toadie are making smoothies and planning revenge tactics on Libby and Stonie. Billy suggests green hair dye in her shampoo, but Toadie says it's not enough.
Chez Chez, the following day
Cheryl is telling Angie about the deal for the pub with Rob. Angie is very tired due to the noise from the possums in the roof. Apparently they snore a lot(!)
They chat about Darren and Cheryl doesn't know about Darren standing up to the barrister. Angie tells her what happened and Cheryl looks impressed. But she's sad that Darren didn't tell her about it.
Billy tells Toadie that he knows what Libby's Achilles heel is - Darren Stark.
Karl is moaning at the bill from the garage. Billy and Toadie meanwhile, creep up to the front door, leave some flowers and run away. Susan gets up and finds the flowers - the card says they're for Libby from Darren. Karl is not happy and reads the card himself.
"Dear Lib, no- one can stop us getting serious if we want to. I'm ready, how about you?"
Karl instantly goes into a rage and storms off to find Darren, closely followed by Susan.
Marlene hears heavy banging on the door and rushes to open it. Karl marches in looking for Darren, but only Cheryl and Marlene are there.
KARL: The problem is, he insists on pestering Elizabeth! It has to stop!
CHERYL: I see. What form is this pestering taking?
KARL: Well...he hangs around. He gives her presents that are inappropriate. He's taken to leaving floral tributes on the doorstep! I want him to know his attentions are unwelcome.
CHERYL: Right, meaning, unwelcome to you.
KARL: To all of us.
CHERYL: Libby's eighteen, can't she speak for herself?
KARL: Libby is doing Year 12, Cheryl, we have high hopes for her. She doesn't need this sort of distraction.
CHERYL: A bunch of flowers?
KARL: Do I have to spell this out for you? Darren is a bad influence, I do not want him developing a relationship with my daughter.
CHERYL: I see. So we're branded for life. Never mind the fact that we've paid for our past mistakes and are trying to turn out life around. He'll never be good enough for the Kennedys.
Karl and Susan deny this, but Marlene is on Cheryl's side.
KARL: I'm simply trying to protect my daughter!
CHERYL: Protect her or control her life?
KARL: You know, parental guidance is not such a bad thing, Cheryl. One can't help wondering how much of it Darren got.
CHERYL: I think this has gone far enough. Whatever happens between Libby and Darren is entirely their business and I have no intention whatsoever of interfering. And if you're smart, nor will you.
Libby gets home and sees the flowers on the table. She reads the card and smiles to herself.
Toadie and Billy are celebrating their genius over the flowers. Now they just have to think of revenge for Stonie. Toadie suggests they could send him a romantic letter from Catherine!
Darren is working and Libby comes to find him. He's surprised to see her. She thanks him for the flowers, much to his confusion.
DARREN: Um...I didn't send any flowers.
LIBBY: Yes, you did.
LIBBY: I just...I just thought, you know, the card.
DARREN: Look, maybe this is someone's idea of a joke or something.
LIBBY: Yes. And I bet I know who, too. I'm so sorry, I feel like such an idiot.
DARREN: It's alright, don't. Um...I wish I had sent them. The um...the card that blew you away...what did it say?
She smiles, embarrassed.
DARREN: No, don't be...what did it say?
LIBBY:(awkwardly) It said, um...it said, 'No- one can stop us getting serious if we really want to. I'm ready how about you?'
DARREN: Well, I wish I'd sent that too.
DARREN: So...so are you ready?
LIBBY: Um...yes I am.
Susan is ranting at Karl for being rude to Cheryl. He is unrepentant and says that Libby is his first priority! He rants on about Darren being in jail and Susan shouts that Libby is 18 and she can make her own choices! Karl doesn't accept this, saying Libby is living under his roof so he has a say!
Billy is dictating a romantic letter from Catherine to Stonie. Toadie is typing it in to an email. He spices it up with sentences like, "You have no idea how my body craves yours"(!) Billy warns him to keep in Catherine's style of writing. They eventually decide to send a letter from Catherine's mum instead(!)
Cheryl is explaining about the plan for Chez Chez. Lou isn't happy and says he's got no option but to accept the pub situation and it was all organised behind his back.
LOU: Anyway, it's water under the bridge now, isn't it? You got your pub and I hope you're satisfied. The only thing that matters to me now is Louise.
CHERYL:(to the mediator) And that goes for both of us.
LOU: I truly feel I could give her a better lifestyle.
CHERYL: Oh, come on, Lou!
Lou explains that he plans to leave Erinsborough and to go and live with Lauren on her horse ranch in Queensland.
CHERYL: You never mentioned this.
LOU: Like you never mentioned your backers to me.
CHERYL: Oh, you can't be serious! Surely you don't think I'm going to let you take Louise up there! It's out of the question, it's thousands of miles away Interstate!
LOU: It's a two hour flight for crying out loud.
CHERYL: You're not taking Louise up there.
LOU: You'd rather she grew up in a pub?!
The mediator tries to calm them down and asks them to consider what Louise's best interests are - they shouldn't be using her to get back at each other.
Libby comes in and tells them she's been to see Darren and Mal at work. Karl snipes at her. Libby tells Karl off for being awful to Darren and Susan agrees with her!
They talk about the flowers and Libby says that she and Darren do like each other and she wants to see where their relationship goes.
KARL: Don't you blame me if I do everything in my power to stop it!
LIBBY: You know what your problem is, Dad? You can't stop it! All you can do is live with it or kick me out! And in fact, I don't think I want to live here anymore!
She stalks out.
The mediator is explaining how parents tend to use their kids as a weapon. They admit that they both love Louise equally and could both give her a good home.
MEDIATOR: Then the question is, who gets Louise in the short term?
There is a long pause.
LOU: I suppose it's best if she stays with Cheryl, with the people she knows in familiar surroundings. It'll make things easier for her.
CHERYL: But not for you.
He shrugs, upset.
LOU: Perhaps we could work out something later on. I want access, Cheryl. I want Louise to grow up knowing who her father is.
CHERYL: Yes, I want that, too.
MEDIATOR: Well, at last I think we're getting somewhere. And may I say, Lou, you've made a very brave decision.
Chez Chez, evening
Libby and Darren are having a drink and discussing Karl. Darren thinks they should give Karl something to actually worry about - maybe tomorrow they could go down the coast, get fish and chips and hang out - with Libby missing school for a day.
Karl and Susan are washing up. Karl is still ranting about Libby and Darren.
Billy and Toadie come in. They admire the flowers and Karl looks suspicious. They confess that it was them that sent the flowers as a joke.
KARL: Have you any idea how much trouble you've caused?
BILLY: Dad, it was just a bit of fun!
KARL: It was a thoughtless, stupid prank! Heaven knows where your sister is now!