Writer: Linda Stainton
Director: Julie Bates
Alex Argenzio: Marco Pio Venturini
- Karl answers the phone and with the "I know your dirty little secret" at the other end.
- Karl telling Toadie that the word is out about his drink driving charge.
- Darcy asks how Darren and Dee know each other and Darren revealing they were married.
At the Charity Ball, Dee, Toadie and Darcy are sitting at the table after everyone else has taken off. Darcy comes up and comments on how they are there ready to party, how Jack went to all the trouble to get the tickets. Dee comments on how they will probably kick on somewhere. Darcy mentions how Karl, Darren and Samantha all left early and Toadie then comments on how they all had early starts. Darcy calls Dee a dark horse about being married then she responds by saying it was a long time ago, a different life. Darcy makes a comment about how Dees secrets are safe with Toadie. Dee seems reluctant to give Darcy into what happened. Toadie stands saying that he has to go saying he has a headache and Dee has a few clients in the morning. Darcy tries to convince the two of them to kick on once the band comes back for another bracket. Darcy reminds them that they are booked at Lassiter's for the night and as Toadie and Dee head out the door, Darcy tells them to enjoy themselves with what could be described as a smug, self-satisfied look on his face.
At Lou's Place Max and Lou are discussing different business strategies for the pub. Singles bars and speed dating are mentioned where Max comments there are plenty of singles bars around and Lou responds by saying not the type that he would be seen in. Lou wants to do some sort of speed dating it seems at the Pub for the "mature" clientele. Mentioning that older people don't get the chance to meet prospective partners let alone court them and that is where he and Max come in. Max changes the subject and says that there was a message on the machine from a Leonard Foster, a guy who writes food articles for a bunch of magazines. The message was that he wants to come and review the pub to put it in an International Food Guide. Lou says that is publicity they can't buy even if they could afford it.
At the Kennedys, Karl asking Libby if she would like some hot chocolate to which she says yes. (Note the debut of Kim Valentine's new hairdo). Libby says that she fully supports Karl's stance on drinking. Karl comments on how hard it has been to actually give up the alcohol and he didn't expect it to be quite so tough. He knows that it is a habit rather than an addiction but when does a habit become an addiction. He also says that he didn't just get an infringement notice but a license suspension as well and he didn't tell her because he was embarrassed and he also says that he is going to contest it with the hearing being in 2 weeks. Libby calls him Karl rather than Dad and says that a wise man once told her that you never have to go through anything alone.
At Dee and Toadie's, they return from the Ball not looking particularly happy. Dee says that he has punished her enough and could he please tell her what is going on and that she thought they cancelled the hotel room so that they could come home and discuss it. Toadie says change of plans and heads for the direction of the bedroom and Dee says that he can't go to bed because they need to talk. Dee wants to tell him about it but Toadie grabs his jacket and heads out the door leaving Dee there nearly in tears.
Back at Lou's Place Rosie, Harold and Lou are poring over recipe books trying to come up with a menu for the food critic the next day. Lou says that if they get into the Good Food Guide that he will keep some of the fancy dishes on the menu. Darcy is standing at the bar as Toadie comes in looking less than enthusiastic about being there and Darcy asks where Dee is. He comments on how Toadie looks like he has been kicked in the guts. Darcy jokes about finding out about Dee's ex-husband and Toadie looks less than impressed that the subject has been raised commenting on how the shock was finding out that Dee had an ex-husband. Darcy offers to shout them both to a night on the town seeing as they are dressed for it and Toadie tells him that he's on.
The next morning at Dee and Toadie's and Dee comes out from the bedrooms in her dressing gown into the lounge where Toadie is sitting eating some cereal. Dee asks what time he got in to which he responds late, Dee says that he slept in his own bed and he said it was for the best. She says that she can see that he isn't going to ask her so she begins to tell Toadie what happened. She was 18 and it lasted a week when they both realised what a stupid idea it was and had it annulled. She says that it isn't worth all this angst to which Toadie replies why didn't she tell him before. Dee says that she did it because her parents were dead against it and it was sort of a stand for independence. Toadie says that she wants him to trust her and he wants to trust her but he can't when she is holding secrets back from him. Looking angry Toadie says that he trusted her and told her stuff about Maggie that he wouldn't tell anyone and that he thought they were good together to which Dee says that they are. With an ever-reddening face, Toadie says then why is he the only one playing by the rules.
At Lou's Place, Alex and Max are setting up for the day. Alex says how right from the word go he thought about Steph now there's a great chick, someone to have a bit of fun with. He also says to Max that the more time he spends with her, the more that he "digs" her. Harold and Rosie come in and Harold asks (directed to Lou) if anyone ordered a gourmet menu to which Lou said something to the effect of if someone has they have his undying devotion. Harold says that he will have to cook the main over at the Coffee Shop as most of the main ingredients are there already. Max sticks his bit into the conversation and says that the plan has too many moving parts. Rosie comments on how since it got out that she breached the confidentiality thing that people have been staying away from church in droves.
At the Kennedys where Libby is sitting feeding Ben and Karl comes out from the bedroom commenting on how he can't believe that he slept so late. He sits down at the table and does the whole gooey Grandpa thing with Ben. Libby says that Ben has been telling her all about how what a nice day it is for a walk in the park. Karl says how nice it is that Libby speaks Toddlerese. Karl apologies for keeping Libby up the night before and unburdening all his troubles.
At the surgery Dee is in Karl's office wiping what looks like tears out of her eyes when Darcy comes in. He asks if she wants to tell him what is wrong and Dee says that she just didn't get much sleep. She then says that Toadie is furious with her and she really can't blame him. She says that he didn't know until the night before about Darren and she should have told him. She starts to choke up and Darcy puts a comforting arm around her shoulder saying that he understands and that she did the right thing. Saying that they all do stupid things when we are young and that it is only natural to try and move on. He also says that it was a stroke of bad luck for Darren to turn up out of the blue. (Said with a completely innocent look on his face). Dee says that she wants to apologise and explain what happened which she can't do when Toadie keeps turning his back on her.
In the Church, which is practically empty but for two parishioners. Rosie is about to start her service when Harold and Lou come rushing in apologising for being late and taking up position in the front pews. She changes what she was going to start with to Proverb 17; Friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity.
Outside Lou's Place Alex suggests that Max should sign up for Lou's speed dating service to which Max says it is for over 40s and Alex looks sort of stunned that he isn't. Steph comes up and Alex says Ciao Bellissima, Steph asks if they are still on for that afternoon, Alex says that he has been racking his brain for something to do. Steph tells him not to worry and that he is coming for a ride with her on her bike. Steph says that it is a privilege and that not many guys get to ride the back of her "beast". Steph then enquires to Max as to how Summer is, as she hasn't seen her for a while. Max says that Summer misses Steph too and that Summer has been wearing the leather jacket lately.
Back at Dee and Toadies', Dee comes in carrying all sorts of goodie for lunch. Toadie tells Dee that she can't take it seriously; She says that she is trying to show Toadie how sorry she is but he won't have a bar of it. Toadie says that he can't begin to imagine what is important to her to which she says that he is. Toadie says that if she doesn't get what this means to them then they are in worse trouble than he thought.
Alex and Steph are outside the Scullys making sure that they have everything. Steph asks Alex if he is ready for the ride of his life. Steph's mobile rings and she comments on how it is a long distance call. It is Michelle and Steph asks her to just tell her where they are and that they are only making it worse for themselves. She tells her to tell them where they are and that she is on her way to get them.