Darcy pays Sindi to chat up Toadie.
Lori can't feel her legs.
Lou's telling Toadie that once he's heard this sound system he'll never want anything else. Toadie reads out some directions so Lou makes a quick get-away. Connor offers to help and Toadie comments that he's doing it without a hidden agenda. They go on to talk about the joys of being single - no hidden agendas, no other person's mood and she'd never have let Toadie buy this system anyway. They agree momentarily that there's a loneliness factor, before the music starts up.
Valda's serving dinner to Lyn and Joe, who are very quiet. She tells them she has a sixth sense for turning up when there's trouble and talks endlessly about how much she's done - the washing etc. Karl and Susan arrive to offer to get take-away for them, which they refuse. Lyn tells Susan she's wishing she hadn't promised Lori and could tell her parents.
Jack's sitting with Lori. He sees an envelope with her name on and opens it to see a card from Nina, saying she's really sorry for what's happened. He looks thoughtful.
Dee and Darcy get home and discuss the good time they've had. Dee mentions tht Toadie would loathed it, so Darcy replies that it seems a little naïve to judge people by the amount of money they make. Sindi calls while Dee's out of the room and Darcy fobs her off quickly when she asks for Toadie's phone-number. He and Dee drink a toast to 'guilty pleasures'.
Karl tells Jack to get some sleep. Lori wakes and is obviously pleased he stayed. Jack goes to get some sleep on the lounge, kissing Lori gently on the forehead as he leaves. Lori's due for an MRI, so jack assures her everything will be OK.
Toadie's snoring on the lounge when the phone rings. It's Tim Collins, to whom he lies, saying he's been up ages and is late for work because his car wouldn't start. Dee arrives just then wanting to give him some money for bills and seems a bit miffed that he just races off to get ready, telling her to let herself out.
Karl tells Lori in the company of Joe, Lyn and Jack that her spinal cord is in shock and reacting to the trauma. It's called SCIWARA (?) or 'spinal cord injury without radiological abnormality'. There's no obvious damage, just subtle variation in the spinal cord. He tells her that there's no knowing when there will be signs of feeling n her legs - some people have recovered completely, some not at all, with variations in between. He goes on to say that a lot will depend on Lori's determination to get better, she's going to have to draw on all her mental and physical strength.
Dee's angry that Toadie isn't treating her like a friend, so he reminds her that she was the one who betrayed him. She talks to him aggressively about his recent behaviour, telling him his new acquisition is pathetic, but he tells her it's none of her business and goes off to work.
Valda and Susan arrive for lunch. It's very crowded and Susan's not keen anyway, before Connor tells them that thanks to Lou's pep-talk, Pierre the chef has left, so the lunch is stew, as that's the only thing he can cook. They're in the middle of a price war with Lassiter's. Valda decides she'll do it and heads off to the kitchen with Lou trying to head her off, so Connor advises Susan to 'leave while she can'.
Dee's talking to Darcy in the Coffee Shop, angry about the fact that Toadie seems to have made such a quick recovery from his so-called soul-mate. She sees that Sindi has arrived, so leaves for the surgery.
Jack's talking to Nina on the phone. He says he's sorry he hurt her, his feelings for her haven't changed - but everything else has.
Sindi comes to talk to Darcy and demands Toadie's number again. She can't work out why he's refusing, so she threatens she will tell Dee until he writes it on her hand. He 'warns her' but she says he's in no position to warn anyone.
A group of pensioners is ready to eat and becoming impatient when Valda comes out with calamari and herbed rack of lamb and charms them.
Lyn's trying to give Jack things to take to Lori and explains that it's little things like ironing her things that count in making someone feel loved, not big gestures like big bunches of flowers. She reminds him of how much Lori did to stick by him when he went through problems. She tells him this is his chance to repay some of thatand it can either be the end of everything or the biggest challenge he's ever faced. He asks 'What if I'm not up to it?' She hugs him as she says 'Oh, you will be'.
Valda mentions that it's turned out to be Lou's lucky day. He's a bit detached as she goes on about how she turns up when there's trouble. She suggests she be put on salary as she really needs the money, but he's still cold towards her, saying there's more to running a kitchen than just producing. He offers her a free meal next time she's in, but she pushes until he gives in and agrees she can work there - then she immediately asks for an 'advance'. Connor comes along just as she's sat by the pensioners and asked if they want to play cards. He asks Lou if he's given her a job, suggesting Lou shouldn't think he can keep her under control, then bets him $100 that within a month she'll have the better of him.
Stuart has just taken a message from Sindi saying she wants Toadie to know that he can handle her briefs any time, when Toadie arrives home with goldfish. He doesn't really believe it and tells Stuart he's not interested, but grabs the number 'to make sure it doesn't fall into the wrong hands'. Stuart thinks she sounds like a man-eater, so if he calls her he might need to check his life-insurance policy.
Jack talks to Lori, who's still anxious for them not to tell her parents. She gets upset when she tries to talk positively about getting better and running to meet her parents, but Jack tells her it's OK to be scared, as he is too, but he's sure they're going to beat this. She talks again about not knowing how she'd get through without him. He insists he will bethere, he's not going to leave her.