- Libby arriving back in Ramsay Street
- Zeke yelling at Miranda for wanting to make peace with Susan
- Toadie telling Rosie that he's quitting law - but Rosie not accepting his decision
Rosie tells Toadie that it's not good enough for him to just up and quit; he can't just run away when the going gets tough. Toadie confesses to Rosie that he was suffering panic attacks all throughout Susan's trial, which takes her by surprise, and adds that he just can't take the pressure anymore.
Libby is helping Ben build his Lego at the table while Zeke and Rachel have a mini-argument in the kitchen. Rach is annoyed with Zeke's behaviour towards Miranda and thinks he should just let things be. Lib asks what's going on, which makes Zeke get snippy with her. He reminds her that she's missed out on a lot since she's been gone. Susan walks in at the end of the discussion and asks what's wrong, but the kids won't say and head outside.
SUSAN: (looking to Lib for answers) Elizabeth, must we go through this charade? I am the mother, I have special powers.
LIBBY: (smiling) They're just worried about you. We all are.
Changing the subject, Susan asks about Darren, but it seems like another sore subject point as Libby evasively says that he's very busy with work at the moment.
Toadie is staring at his Bachelor of Law certificate when Rosie walks in with some case files. She's brought them in to remind Toadie of all the great work he's done. These people came to Toadie because they had faith in him and trusted his abilities.
ROSIE: Remember what you said when we started this firm? Rebecchi/Cammeniti: law with heart.
TOADIE: Yeah, Frazer was right, it was way too cheesy.
ROSIE: Not for me or for these clients.
Rosie tells Toadie that he's a brilliant lawyer and what happened with Susan's case doesn't change that one bit.
Number 26 - Next Morning
Miranda walks in with some shopping bags just as Ned gets off the phone from Kirsten. He tells his sister-in-law that Kirsten's moving to Erinsborough for Mickey and for her new job. Miranda thinks that's great news... for everyone but Janae that is. Ned asks Miranda to keep the news under her hat for now - he wants to tell Janae when the time is right. Oh this won't end well. Miranda hesitantly agrees then takes in the shopping bags to Bridget.
Rachel is trying to help Bridget decide what to wear on her date with Declan when Miranda appears like the magic clothes fairy. Bridget's worried about her mother's girly taste in outfits, but Rachel says that there's some good stuff in the mix.
MIRANDA: I'm as trendy as any of the mums!
BRIDGET: Stop talking, now.
Rachel holds out a patterned dress for Bridget to try on but Bridget looks very unenthused.
Oliver sidles up to Declan, who is checking out the movie times in the newspaper. He discovers that his little 'bro has a date lined up with Bridget.
OLIVER: Ahh, hot stuff. A date huh?
DECLAN: Don't call it that, it's just a movie with a friend.
OLIVER: Yeah, a friend that's a girl.
OLIVER: (teasing voice) Who you liiiiike!
Oliver asks if Declan's up for it after the rough trot he's had lately, you know, since he almost tried to kill his dad with a paddle, fell off a rock climbing wall, was kidnapped, got lost in the bush, almost lit a caravan on fire and then tried to run away to Sydney... But Declan doesn't think it's anything to worry about. It's JUST a movie. With a FRIEND. Whatever you say, dude.
Miranda holds up the dress to Bridget in front of the mirror.
RACHEL: It's cool but with a twist that says, 'look but don't touch'.
MIRANDA: Yes, no touching thank you.
BRIDGET: (admitting defeat) It's really not the most hideous thing in the world.
Her work done, Miranda departs. Rachel's phone rings but she ignores it because it's Ringo. Bridget says Rachel needs to talk to him, but Rach ignores her and concentrates on trying to attack her with some mascara instead.
Oliver gives Declan 20 bucks to spend and throws in a pack of breath mints for good measure. Lord knows Ollie ain't getting any action these days, unless you count breathing down Riley and Marco's necks with his minty fresh breath like a jealous loon.
Valda feeds Charlie some spinach while Steph and Toadie playfully muck around. Libby walks in with Ben and teases her friends, surprising Steph in the process. Much squealing, jumping and hugging ensues between the long lost mates. Lib chides Steph for not seeing her last night, but Steph wanted to give her some time alone with her family. Taking in her surroundings, Lib compliments Steph on her bar while Steph bounces off to make them coffees.
Joining Toadie, Lib thanks him again for everything he did for her mum. She kisses him on the cheek and says that no one would have fought for her like he did. Toadie takes this in - food for thought.
Rachel is now attacking Bridget with eyeliner, which Didge doesn't appreciate one bit. She compromises and says she'll put on some lip gloss if Rach backs off. Talk then turns to kissing, and Rach reminisces about her first one. She really liked Stingray, but had no idea what she was doing.
RACHEL: Well, you know what I'm talking about.
BRIDGET: Not really.
RACHEL: No I don't mean about lip gloss, I mean about kissing.
BRIDGET: ... Not really.
BRIDGET: I've never really kissed a guy.
(A grin spreads across Rachel's face and she smushes Bridget's face in her hands)
RACHEL: (baby voice) Oh Didgey-Widge, that's so cute!
But Bridget is seriously panicking - what if she accidentally spits on Declan's face? Rachel tells her friend to take heed of the only good piece of advice Zeke's ever given her - triangular gazing. It's a sure-fire sign that someone is about to go in for the pash.
RACHEL: Eyes, eyes, mouth.
BRIDGET: (repeating) Eyes, eyes, mouth.
RACHEL: ... or was it mouth first?
My word. Rach's first kiss AND triangular gazing? What is this crazy world of continuity we've entered into?
CONTINUITY FAIRY: *smug*
Declan quickly scoffs a mint before Bridget opens the door. They partake in a mutual admiration society, complimenting one another on their fancy date clothes while Rachel sniggers good-naturedly in the background. Miranda tells them that Steve will drive them to the movies and she just might come along for the ride to pick up a DVD.
BRIDGET: Why don't you get that new one: The Return Of The Annoying Parent?
MIRANDA: Sounds good, who's in it?
Declan helps Bridget out of the car while Steve and Miranda do the embarrassing 'we'll pick you right up after the movie!' thing. Two teenage boys keep staring at Bridget and her walker, which makes Declan uptight. Bridget has to take the ramp because it's easier for her, so Dec offers to go inside and get tickets - but he's also looking a little bit uncomfortable, like the teens are getting to him.
Karl ambles in with a casserole and a card that was left on the porch. Zeke wanders out just in time for Susan to read the card and discover it's from Miranda. He's not a happy camper. For obvious reasons, and also probably because it's a freakin' casserole. Why is it ALWAYS a casserole that's made as a neighbourly gesture? Why can't someone cook a kick arse stir fry or something? Anyway, I digress.
Not quite sure what to make of this new change of heart, Susan heads off for a sleep while Zeke stomps out to buy a recipe book for Miranda. Libby asks her dad what the state of play is between Susan and Miranda, but he replies that it's a work in progress.
LIBBY: It's weird having Drew's best friend live next door. (clarifying) Weird, good.
CONTINUITY FAIRY: Zing! Take that, biatches.
While helping to unpack the shopping, Libby sees pictures of Holly that Izzy has sent to Karl (which are adorable - she's wearing an animal suit!), and has a strange reaction to them that makes me think that she's had an illegitimate baby fiasco of her own perhaps? Purely guessing though, I promise.
Declan and Bridget are in line for tickets and Didge apologises for being so slow. They approach the counter, and while Bridget ums and ahs over what to see, the two teen goons from before heckle her to hurry up. Declan glares at them but also continues to look uncomfortable.
Karl, Susan and Libby smell Ben before he walks in from the backyard. It seems like Ben's been digging near the compost and discovered Zeke's old mate.
BEN: (delighted) I found a turtle!
CONTINUITY FAIRY: I am on FIRE!
Susan takes Ben towards the bathroom to clean him up, but Darren rings in the middle of proceedings and Libby immediately takes over Ben duty. She sullenly eavesdrops in the hallway while Karl chats to him. When he hangs up, Susan asks when Darren's coming down, but Karl says that's why he rang - he wanted to chat to Libby about it first. Lib continues to loiter in the hallway looking very withdrawn and angsty.
Bridget asks to sit in an aisle seat because it's easier for her to sit down. Settling down, Declan offers her a mint and quickly eats a few himself when she accepts. They share polite conversation before Declan offers her a drink, but she declines. Looooooooong pause. Declan holds out the mint packet to her again but Bridget wryly points to her mouth, which is still mint-a-licious. Nervous, Declan scoffs about a million more of them before they return to sitting in silence. Great start, guys.
Toadie walks into Rosie's office (with Steph in tow) and apologises for acting like an idiot. He tells Rosie that things are going to change from now on, starting with her getting equal say in everything that they do. The Lawman is going to stick around to fight another day! Without the hideous wrestling music of course. Rosie smiles and goes to shake his hand but Toadie draws her into a hug, smushing her face right into his armpit in the process. He brings Steph into the cuddle while Rosie quickly pats him on the chest, alerting him in muffled tones that she can't breathe. Grinning, she asks if they're going to celebrate Susan's win now.
TOADIE: What are we waiting for? Rebecchi/Cammeniti rules!
ROSIE: You said it daddy-o!
Declan and Bridget keep sneaking glances at one another throughout the movie. It looks as though Declan is about to pull the tried and true 'yawn and stretch' manoeuvre, but instead he just reaches for the drink - at the same time as Bridget. The recoil as soon as their hands touch, and the cheesy movie music swells in the background. Declan goes back to eating his mints (and I fear for his health - those things are supposed to have a nasty laxative effect if you eat too many...), while Bridget looks disappointed that nothing has happened.
Eating lunch with Ned, Miranda can't stop thinking about how Bridget and Declan's date is going. Teasing, Ned tells her to try and not think about all the stuff she got up to as a teen... in the dark. Getting back at him, Miranda asks if he's told Janae about Kirsten yet. Ned admits he hasn't had a chance since Janae's been at a parts manufacturer all day, but Miranda just thinks he's being a chicken.
Valda catches Steph in the process of 'not' signing her divorce papers, and rightly guesses that Steph doesn't want to make that final step because then she'll have nothing stopping her from talking marriage with Toadie. Calling her a "crafty old bird", Steph takes the leap and signs them. Proud, Valda says that the only thing left now is to move forward. Steph glances over at Toadie, taking this in.
Bridget and Declan discuss the movie.
BRIDGET: What did you think?
DECLAN: Not bad for a chick flick.
BRIDGET: No way was that a chick flick!
DECLAN: If a car doesn't explode or a chair isn't cracked over the back of someone's head, then it's a chick flick.
The annoying teen boys are play fighting with one another in the background and one of them crashes into Bridget. He mumbles a 'sorry', but doesn't look like he means it. Bridget keeps cool and maintains that everything's fine, but Declan pretends that he's left his phone in the theatre so he can go back and confront the dudes. Grabbing the main culprit by the scruff of the neck, Declan threatens him.
DECLAN: If I see you hassling her again you're going to be eating peas through a straw, you got it?
Outside Number 26
Declan helps Bridget up the front steps while she thanks him for the movie and suggests they do it again some time. Declan agrees and they stare at one another for a beat. A flicker of excitement crosses Bridget's face when she notices definite triangular gazing on Declan's behalf, but he flees before anything of the smooch-variety happens, much to her disappointment.
Steph asks Libby about Darren, but becomes concerned when Lib's face falls at the very mention of him. Lib tries to pass it off as her just being worried about her mum, and changes the subject as to why Steph's not wearing her engagement ring. Steph says that she loves Toad to pieces, but just doesn't think that she's into the whole marriage thing anymore. This doesn't sit too well with Libby for some reason and she gets a little bit shirty with her friend.
LIBBY: I can't believe you're being so blasé about your relationship.
STEPH: (confused) I'm not. I told you I loved him.
LIBBY: Yeah, well if you love him you're supposed to give your heart to him completely. Why would you muck him around?
STEPH: (concerned) Libby what's going on?
LIBBY: (realising she's said too much) Nothing. I'm sorry.
Knowing that the conversation is no longer about Steph and Toadie, but about Lib's own personal problems, Steph gently presses her friend to spill, but Libby emphatically says that she can't.