Writer: Noel Maloney
Director: Helen Gaynor
Marc Lambert: David Karakai
Terri Hall: Robyn Charlesworth
(Maggie Millar has been added to the opening and closing credits in a shot with Lou and Harold.)
Dee and Stuart kiss and then break away. After some embarrassed conversation, she gets him to leave as she 'has to iron a shirt for work', although, as he points out, she's doing the evening shift. He chats about the posters and dolphins then after an awkward silence leaves. She smiles to herself after closing the door.
Terri's talking about a strong pain across her back. 'When it's bad it doesn't let up' and although it's just starting, she says she knows the warning signs. They talk a little about her symptoms, previous diagnosis (stones) and treatment. Darcy checks that her 'usual doctor' normally prescribes a particular pain-killer, but insists he can't do it without her full history. Although she names the doctor she's evasive when Darcy wants to contact him and makes excuse after excuse. She's very insistent on morphine but all he'll recommend is an over-the-counter pain-killer or Outpatients. She tells him she's 'desperate'.
Marc's saying the wonderful time in Hong Kong was due to the marvellous company. He talks to Joe about all the various countries he's been to-everywhere but New Zealand, where he'd love to see the All-Blacks play. He's clearly winning points all round. Lyn asks him to dinner and when Steph says it's conditional on Joe not grilling him any more, Marc promises to bring his CV. and Joe warns he'll check the references.
The surgery again
Terri's becoming more and more heated and insistent that her doctor has always prescribed the drug, even offering money, but Darcy sticks to his guns. He follows her as she rushes to the door extremely agitated and offers counselling and 'phone-numbers'. She yells in the open doorway 'I don't need telephone-numbers, I need medication and if you won't give it to me, I'll find a doctor who will'. Libby's in the Waiting-Room and hears this last part.
At the garage
Stuart and Drew are working together under a car and talking about Dee. Stuart's raving that he's never met anyone who makes him laugh like that, they've got so much in common and there's a real spark between them, though he can't stop thinking about Tracey. Drew advises him that if things don't work out with him and Dee, the friendly atmosphere will dry up in a minute. Libby arrives and says they have to uninvite Terri for the dinner because there's no way she'll come into their house.
Dee and Steph are cooking and talking about Dee and Stuart. Steph thinks he's cute and sensitive and they 'light up when they talk about one another'. Dee's concerned he's younger than she is and she doesn't want to be a 'Rebound girl'. Steph suggests she's just scared to let herself go with him. Dee helps her to make an impressive dessert and says she's lucky, as Marc seems so good and simple.
At the flat
Stuart's trying to help Libby cook. Drew gets home and races in to get 'his boy'. Libby wonders if they should try 'Controlled Crying'. Drew keeps holding Ben and is sceptical about the idea. Drew and Libby each thought the other had cancelled Terri's dinner-invite and when she knocks, Drew lies that Ben is sick so it's not convenient.
At the Scullys'
They've eaten a delicious dinner and Lyn engineers to leave Joe and Marc alone. When Joe asks about a project Mr Lambert built, Marc mentions he worked as a labourer as his father wanted him to get to know the business from the ground up. Joe approves when he says he preferred to get his hands dirty and is even more impressed when Marc opts for beer rather than brandy.
At the pub
Dee and Stuart are joking about Drew and Libby's dispute about 'Controlled Crying'. Dee has to go to work and asks if another time he'd like to see a particular film. He seems cagey and admits he's nervous 'about us' as it was all a bit sudden. He doesn't want to come across as desperate and she says he doesn't-they both agree they're glad it happened.
Steph, Joe and Marc are talking football, swapping dates and figures. Lyn engineers for Marc and Steph to be left alone. Steph feels he's done very well with her dad-he only brings out the brandy if he likes someone. He says he really likes her parents and now he's met everyone but Flick. They talk about how it's getting late and he tells her he can't stop thinking about how it is to be with her. 'Amazing'.
Outside, Drew apologises again to Terri, but she seems edgy and cold. He goes in and tells Libby Terri's gone strange. Libby wants her not to cause problems. She repeats that because he's so tired and busy they should think about the Controlled Crying and he should at least read the material. Libby has been speaking to a gossipy neighbour who has said that Terri's place is busier than a station, so many guys visit. Drew suggests she may work from home, then warns her about 'snooping' leading only to trouble. Libby feels if Terri's involved in drugs it is their business.
When Darcy greets Terri as he arrives at the surgery, she asks him if he's having second thoughts. She mentions she has a lot of contacts so it could be worth his while as she has heard he's on side. He gets angry and tells her if she approaches him again, he'll call the police. She dismisses it and goes off.
Inside the coffee shop
Ben is crying and crying and Dee seems to be saying Controlled Crying will be worth a try. Libby takes Ben for a walk and Stuart arrives to sit with Dee, very tired because he's been kept awake by the baby. Matt has suggested he can crash at their place but he thinks it might be more crowded than the flat. They have a date for a film that night.
Marc sees Joe and comments that he didn't know he drove taxis. Joe sees it as keeping the wolf frrom the door when things are tight. Marc promises to give him a call if something comes up with the Lassiter renovations.
Outside, Libby passes Terri who's on her mobile to someone, saying she 'couldn't get anything out of the doctor' and agreeing to 'meet him there'. When Terri goes off, Libby follows her.
Meanwhile back inside again, Dee and Stuart are looking at share-house ads and finding nothing. After a brief talk about the strain of living in the flat, Dee goes back to Matt's offer for Stuart to sleep on their couch. They feel they can cope with it as they're both adults and so he agrees to go there after the movie.
Libby's in a narrow space in a rough warehouse type of environment. As she goes towards an open door, Terri appears and says 'looking for me?' Libby tries unconvincingly to make out she's looking for a friend who's moved to a warehouse and Terri says aggressively 'Cut the excuses-I know you're following me..........I think it would be best if you left me alone, OK?'
LIBBY: Are you threatening me?
TERRI: Go home, Libby.