With Maddy in his arms, Connor quickly walks by Toadie. Toadie stops him, and urges him to call Lori before he does anything else.
Lori berates Nick for leaving Maddy outside on her own, as they walk back to the car. They are soon stunned to discover she is missing from her pram. Before they start to freak out, Lori's mobile rings and she is relieved to discover Maddy is with Connor.
Off the phone, Max gleefully informs Steph that Wally the Waspman is finished and they'll be able to move back into their home in a day. Steph unenthusiastically says it's great, and sighs, as she doesn't want to leave Lyn on her own. Even though Doreen is here to help out with Oscar and the cleaning, she thinks Lyn requires time and space to deal with Charlie. Despite the close proximity of the Hoylands, she knows Lyn will feel as if she's intruding. Max finally agrees.
Carmella tells Connor it's fantastic and brave he took Maddy, but Connor continues to freak out. Toadie and Stu come in, warning Connor he should prepare himself for the worst. He has done nothing legally wrong, and should Lori know about his rights. They worry that Nick might start a fight with Connor, so ask Carmella to sit with Maddy in his room.
Summer goes through the boring junk mail, as Max and Steph look on amused.
SUMMER: Why do real estate agents send Christmas cards, we've already bought the house I don't know why I risk getting a wasp sting on my bum for this lot.
She is about to go to Lisa's to borrow a dress for the formal, when Steph asks if Caleb has offered to take her yet. Summer says no, but he will probably surprise her on the night. Sorting through the mail, Max disbelievingly can't believe he has gotten a letter from the tax department, stating they found an anomaly in his last return.
Lori arrives and angrily slaps Connor, stalking into the house and demanding she see Maddy. Connor tries to calm her down, promising that she is safe but they need to talk first. Nick jumps to Lori's aid, threatening to call the police but Stu points out he's a policeman. Toadie tells them that Connor is merely stressing is rights. There is utter chaos with all parties shouting at one another and Connor tells Lori that Maddy is with Carmella. Lori can't believe that he'd leave her with a woman she barely knows and Connor points out he can't let her move to Adelaide with a man he doesn't know. Lori begs that she just wants to see Maddy and finally, Connor calls out Carmella with Maddy and Lori goes to hug her daughter.
Lil muses the free coffee cups from the drug companies aren't all too bad, before noticing that David is off with the fairies and she guesses they are online to the sheriff of Erinsfield again. "Erinstown, Idaho" corrects David and they are online with the Mayor. Lil starts to imitate a country American accent, pretending that this Lee Thomas sounds like a big old fancy gun toting warrior with alligator boots. David enthuses to Lil that the people of Erinstown have a curfew for the under 18s and a citizen patrol! Lil jokes that 'Old Lee' probably goes around to the town folk, ensuring their teeth are brushed just the right way. Even if she's skeptical, David points out their crime rate is quite low (and so is their tooth decay, cracks Lil) and as a special commemoration for their 100 year anniversary, each of the town members are going to do home videos for a time capsule. Then in 100 years, they'll open it again. He tells Lil that Erinsborough should do the same thing too! "Yippee" is Lil.
Connor is sorry for taking Maddy, but it was the only way he could think of making her listen. Lori, more calm now, agrees. She just thought that as Nick would be starting this new business, with more money, she wouldn't have to work anymore. She believes that the travelling they currently do is too stressful for Maddy and would only get worse. Lori is just trying to be practical...Connor agrees, but also states that kids like both their parents to be there. Nick butts in, informing him that he starts work next week and Lori and Maddy are leaving too. Looking around, Lori quietly says it's not as easy as that. Nick thinks it is and goes to snatch Maddy, but Lori protectively holds her. She finally hands Maddy over to Connor, telling Nick they need to have a talk and will be back tomorrow. Before leaving, Connor again apologies and says to Lori she can do so much better than Nick. Lori sadly looks down, telling Connor he is part of the equation too.
Max gives Sindi some second-hand car buying advice, before noticing she's a little dazed. Sindi snaps out of it and informs Max she is fine. Stu and Toadie come in and celebrate a 'House of Trouser team effort'. Toadie points out some blond women by the pool table, and encourages him to take full advantage of the hero worshipping, but Stu shyly declines. He walks over to Sindi and the three of them start talking about her car buying efforts. Max stops in and brightly suggests Stu give Sindi a hand, after all he is a mechanic...Sindi indigently replies that she is a strong independent woman and she might not even need a man to help her! Toadie, with a straight face asks she heard about a car that changes colour to match your outfits and Sindi falls for it.
Steph is in the middle of setting the table, when in walks Summer in a very short, black lacy dress, complete with black gloves, fish-net stockings and a black choker. In shock, Steph lets go of the cutterly and forces a smile. Summer asks what's wrong, does she look fat? Is the colour wrong? She hitches up the hemline a little, as Mrs Jefferies informed her it could come up a bit. Steph immediately pulls it back down and finally says she looks...great.
David fiddles around with Susan's video camera, until he has everything set. He introduces himself and Lil.
Summer bounces in to show off her dress to Max and he is not impressed. He immediately bans the dress but she doesn't understand why! Mrs Jefferies told her she could be on Australian Idol and she should see the outfit Lisa is wearing! Besides, Steph told her the dress was great, looking at her for back up.
David continues to tell the future generations of Erinsborough that they were a community, always willing to lend a helping hand (at this point, Lil puts her hand into David's lap). He fights her off, continuing - they like to pitch in together...unless it was for the Best Street Competition, but that was Max and Stingray's fault anyway! They're tolerant, caring, hard working...(Lil paws at him again, planting kisses on him), they're upright, upstanding...Lil whispers they're alone and shuts off the camera. Unfortunately, during a moment where they're rolling onto the floor, David sits on the remote and turns the camera back to recording.
"I don't want any other dress, I want this dress!" is Summer's defence. She likes the dress and dramatically sighs that she can't go to the formal anymore and walks out. Max asks Steph if she really thought Summer could wear it. Steph says no...but it's just a dress, and finally admits she didn't want to hurt her feelings and laughs that she'd leave it up to Max. She didn't want to play the "mother figure" after what happened to Boyd but Max asks her what will happen when they have their own child. She can be a parent to it but not to her step kids? Steph sighs, she just doesn't know!
David and Lil giggle at each other, her stating it's lucky the Mayor of Erinsfield wasn't there as he wouldn't approve of "such behaviour".
Meanwhile over at the Hoyland's table, Summer heads off to be with the "other little people". (school) Before leaving, she tells Steph she thought she knew enough to trust her, but boy was she wrong!
Over at Sindi's table, she clutches her stomach and looks a little ill. Stu happens to come in and asks if she's alright, she could be suffering from post traumatic stress and maybe she should see someone. She smiles, but she's gotta go as she's looking at a car. He offers to take a look at the car - as a mechanic. They are awkward about him going with her, but in the end make it clear for others (and themselves) that he's just going to look at the car, with her, but as a friend.
Connor and Lori push Maddy around in the pram as they talk about her life. Like Connor, Maddy used to be all about her life and there was nothing else really...therefore that's why she was grateful when she met Nick because she had someone to talk to and she can't just throw it away. She hasn't made up her mind about Adelaide yet...and asks Connor not to threaten her with kidnapping again - if they went to court she'd win as the mother always does. She stops, not wanting Maddy to be this "thing" that they will fight over. Connor simply says she can't go, but where does that leave Lori? He doesn't know, but it's her decision. ROAD
Sindi and Stu zip along in a cute red convertible, the air rushing through their hair. She pulls over and Stu comments that it sounds like the engine is a bit dodgy and points out that the service manual has heaps of stamps - it's a disaster. Sindi loves it, as it has everything she wants.
STU: It's red and got a bikini top.
SINDI: What more could a girl want?
Stu asks if Sindi wants a car or a tarted up fashion accessory? Sindi snidely remarks he would know, and points out all the air headed bimbos he's been hanging around. He remarks it's a wonder they're not going out, with Sindi being such an intellectual. She states it's a done deal with the car but thanks him for the expert advice.
Toadie jokes to Max that the tax department puts everyone's name into a hat and chooses one to torture for that year. Stu appears and congratulates Toadie on staying sane when he was going out with Sindi. He explains he helped out Sindi, as a friend with the car and it was all a waste of time. He knew he should trust his golden rule - to trust your gut instinct, he always knew Sindi was just an airhead and high maintenance. Toadie replies he thought Stu was going to break another golden rule - never go out with your mate's ex.
Lori tells Connor it makes sense for her to go with Nick...but at the same time she has to do what is best for Maddy, which is having both her parents around. Connor replies all she wants is to be loved but Nick points out they can't live on love. Lori has thought long and hard about this from Maddy's point of view and knows that Maddy is the centre of her and Connor's world...Nick's centre of his world is his work. Nick forces Lori hand, asking if she's going or staying and Lori replies she is staying, but would like for him to stay too. He disagrees, he is going to Adelaide and she and Maddy can go, but he won't ask again. Lori firmly says she'll get used to it and bids him goodbye.
Stu spots Sindi pulled over by the side of the road and immediately asks what's wrong after he noticed her tears. She tells him the car backfired and the noise freaked her out so she started to shake and Stu points out he's not really coping either. Sindi blames herself for choosing him, but Stu says he would have stayed regardless... In a dream she keeps having, the robber has a gun on her and when she believes she is about to die...he comes in and he dies instead. Then she realises Stu is the one she is meant to be with. Staring into her eyes, he asks if she's dreaming now....
SINDI: We shouldn't be doing this.
STU: Can you remind me why not? (They kiss)