Episode title: Episode 4243
Australian airdate: 21/5/03
UK airdate: 11/7/03
Writer: Judith Colquhoun
Director: Jeffrey Walker
Ruby Dwyer: Maureen Edwards
James Atkinson: Jeff Keogh
Sgt. Joanna Douglas: Matilda White
Summary/Images by: blairrocks/Mona
One of Valda's dogs pulls Karl's kangaroo off the coffee table, spilling the remaining periwinkle powder - Dee and Darcy talking in the pub, Darcy's phone rings and he rejects the call which is from James.
Harold is polishing a case when there is a knock at the door. He opens it to find Ruby. They hug and have a happy reunion of sorts. She says that she is well and doing well and is back in Erinsborough to right some of her wrongs.
Karl is unpacking presents from presumably his reappearing, missing suitcase. Gives Susan a snow globe and she realises that it is revenge for her New Zealand Tiki, he then gives her the proper present which is in a red box with a label that says Cynthia's Romance. She seems pleased and it would appear that it would be some sort of lingerie.
Taj is kicking some soccer balls as Jack walks up. Jack asks if they have a full team and Taj says that one guy has done a hammy and may or may not play, Jack offers to play if needed and Taj welcomes the offer.
Dee is seeing a patient off when James comes in looking for Darcy. Dee says Darcy wants to talk to James and sort things out about the bouncing cheque not realising that it is Darcy who owes James the money and handed over the rubber cheque. Dee then takes a phone call which is Darcy saying that he has house calls to do. James then leaves.
Karl and Lou shake hands and Karl gives Lou his toy car. Karl then reveals that he has bought one for himself but saying that it is actually for Ben. Karl tells Lou that he took one of the kangaroos with the periwinkle. Karl asks him for some more and Lou says that he will have to pay for it. Lou says that in exchange for the cost of the car he will give Karl two more bags and they call it square. Karl notes that it looks slightly different.
Dee is looking at a paper when Darcy comes in and grabs a coffee between house calls. Dee says that she is looking at share houses and then we see James come in and they organise for James to drop by the surgery to sort things out.
Taj and Jack are kicking the soccer ball when Susan comes up to them and tells them off for not spending their study period in the library. Jack heads off to collect the ball and Susan pulls Taj aside and tells him that she didn't give him an extension on his English assignment to spend the study period kicking the soccer ball and that his marks are slipping and that they are pretty bad. She offers to help him if he needs it.
Lou goes over to give Harold some more periwinkle powder. Harold tells Lou that he hopes this is a better batch than last time. He also tells Lou that Ruby is back and Lou seems shocked and tells Harold to ring and check just in case she has done a runner again.
Taj is packing his bag when Jack comes up and asks about the English assignment and offers his finished assignment to Taj so that Taj can change some bits of it. Taj declines the offer. Jack then offers him his detailed notes and Taj declines that as well saying that he wants to do this one alone and see if he is as bad as Mrs K thinks he is.
Darcy is examining an X-Ray when there is a knock at his office door and it is James looking for his money. Darcy says that there has been a small delay and he is waiting for some deals to come through. He assures James that he can pay and James says that they will meet back at the surgery at 11pm that night.
Karl and Susan are discussing the remote control car. Harold and Ruby enter the pub and they go up to the bar and speak to Lou. Ruby apologises for hurting Lou the way that she did saying that with Lou being a close friend of Harold's, hurting one of them means hurting the other one. She also thanks Lou for making her realise that she needed counselling. He hands them menus and says that he has something to take care of.
Darcy is preparing to go to the gym (maybe?) when Dee comes in saying that she is off. They talk about how it is good that they have dealt with James and Dee says that he gave her the creeps. She tells him she has found a nice place in Eden Hills and that if they are to give any sort of relationship a chance they have to do it properly by not living under the same roof. They then head to the pub for a drink.
Dee and Darcy enter the pub and order their drinks. Dee makes a comment about the car which is sitting on the bar as Lou is counting the takings. Lou says he is about to do a demo. He puts the takings down behind the bar and grabs the car and begins a short demonstration. Susan gets up to go and get some coffee and speaks with Ruby. She invites Ruby and Harold over for dinner the following night. Susan asks ruby to grab 2 coffee's as she heads to the loo. Cut back to Lou continuing his demo. He tells people to go up to the bar and put their orders in. He then notices that the takings are missing.
Karl, Susan, Ruby, Lou and Harold are still at the pub speaking with the police about what everyone was doing at the time the money went missing. They establish that everyone was watching the demo and that no-one was going to be serving again until the demo was over. Karl and Susan head off and Harold says that he is going to pop over and check that he locked the Coffee Shop up properly and follows them out the door. Ruby stays behind to wait and makes small talk with Lou, Lou accusingly asks her to open her handbag.