Steve thinking that Miranda has underestimated what they can borrow to buy the house.
Toadie learns that Steph did know he'd seen the divorce papers.
Elle has a flashback to the warehouse collapse.
The warehouse site (aka the back of the studios)
Elle is hyperventilating on the ground, struggles to sit up and calls for Riley. He comes over and tells her that he pushed her into this, to make her realise that she is suffering from post traumatic stress, and that she needs help. He leads her away from the site, but furious with him for interfering and making her look silly, Elle pushes him away and tells him she doesn't need him in her life at all.
Valda and Toadie are chatting, and she tries to convince him that Steph couldn't tell him how she felt on the phone because the phone's too impersonal. Toadie and Valda talk about their feelings on Toadie and Steph wanting to get married (or not) when Carmella, Marco and Chloe come in. Valda is annoyed that Chloe is asleep again and Carmella tells her not to wake the baby up.
VALDA: Well you're going to have to stay for a very long breakfast because I'm not going until I've had my cuddle.
MARCO: (Opening his arms) Oh, alright.
Honestly, Chloe's a newborn. Picking her up is hardly going to cause havoc and disrupt her sleeping patterns. Let Valda have a cuddle, and let Chloe get used to being with other people! Grrrr. (Her dad would be a start.)
Marco tells Valda that they're bidding on the Timmins' house and she points out that the Parkers won't be happy with that. Carmella hopes it doesn't affect their relationship with them.
What relationship?! I mean, seriously, how many scenes have they ever had with the Parkers?!
Carmy spies Toadie looking miserable and tells him he'll cheer up when Steph gets back.
Libby's house in Shepparton
Libby is giving all her stuff away to charity - it all has a connection to Darren and she wants to move away from it. She's packed some boxes for Ben, though. Steph comments that the freedom from it will be good, and Libby senses there's more to her comment - ie, her not wanting to lose her freedom by marrying Toadie. She tells Steph to be honest with Toadie, and Steph starts to resent Libby telling her she's obliged to marry Toadie.
Libby points out that Steph hasn't even thought about getting married, despite loving him, and she should do the thinking at the very least rather than just dismissing it.
The girls pick up one box each and make their way down the steps.
The Parkers' Place
Didge is making a house of cards. Mickey is helping. Jake is sitting. Steve comes in.
STEVE: I thought I told you guys to mess the place up?
He throws cushions and cloths randomly to the floor.
DIDGE: Dad, stop it, it's too obvious.
STEVE: It doesn't matter. It's important to make a bad impression.
Ned comes in and starts clearing up.
MICKEY: What if we unmake our beds?
Ned runs after his son to stop him, and Steve sits to talk to Bridget. She's upset about the Valentine's card, and Steve suggests he cheer her up by lifting the ban on seeing Rachel. Bridget says she needs something way better than that.
STEVE: What? Come on, I'm giving you back your BFF.
DIDGE: Oh, don't talk like that. That's just sad. And FYI she's not yours to give back.
Didge says she was the one who decided not to see Rach, but Steve suggests that Rachel has been a good friend to her and at least deserves to see how far she's come in her walking. Bridget doesn't want to.
STEVE: Well why don't you go and see Susan? With all the guilt she's been living with, to see you jumping around will put a smile on her dial.
Didge walks off.
STEVE: I need a new bad smell in here.
Jake obediently sits down.
Susan is just delighted to see Didge...I want to say dancing but it's more like prancing...around. They hug.
SUSAN: I can't tell you how good it is to see you like this!
Didge tells her that they haven't told Miranda yet - she's going to surprise her when she gets back. Rachel comes to the hallway door and is thrilled at first for her friend, then realises they're supposed to hate each other so mutes her enthusiasm a little.
Susan asks the girls if they'd like coffee but Rachel says she can't, she has to study. Bridget agrees. Susan approaches Rachel and asks what happened between her and her mate.
RACH: Same thing that happened between you and me, I guess. I seem to have pushed away the people I love most.
SUSAN: We're all still here.
The Parkers' Place
Steve throws assorted rubbish and magazines across the floor creatively. There's a knock at the door. He looks over then chucks the rest of the pile in the middle of the room.
It's the auction guy.
AUCTION GUY: Charming.
STEVE: I've been flat out at work, mate, I haven't had a chance to go through the place.
Jake lounges on the sofa.
The Auction Guy tells Steve it's not creative or original. Janelle calls to speak to Auction Guy about the sale.
Marco and Carmella holding 'baby Chloe' (aka a doll in blankets) arrive and admit they're looking to buy the place. Steve and Ned try to put them off by talking about a bad smell in the house...and Jake promptly obliges with what I can only imagine was a burp.
Ned reckons that Tim will get the place - their best bid will be $520K.
Elle returns home and Paul asks her if she's okay. Elle completely overreacts and says she'd be better if people stopped trying to make her life hell. She complains about Riley and stutters as she does so, something which Paul picks up on. Elle gets all hoity toity about that - she's fed up being asked so many questions and wants everyone to get off her back all the time.
She strops off up the stairs, and Paul sits confused. He picks up her phone and calls Riley's number.
Lou comes into the bar to protest about development in Ramsay Street, and Valda is about to throw him out but then realises what he's protesting against, so says she'll help him. Lou is suspicious about her friendliness.
LOU: Not so fast, what's the catch?
VALDA: No catch, I just like to help old friends. Especially the juicy ones.
LOU: Oi, what are you up to?
Oliver comes in and peeks at Chloe, asking Carmella if he can take her for the afternoon. Carmella wants to take her to the auction with her and Marco. How selfish! She's in a pram, it makes no difference to her, and you're giving Oliver no time with his own daughter. Carmella should be shot.
Carmella tells Oli that she and Marco are bidding for number 26 and he wonders if it's too soon as they haven't known each other that long. Oliver wonders if Marco still has any secrets, but Carmella is confident of Marco investing his money for a future with her. Oliver goes with it. For now.
The auction is about to start, and Lou is protesting. Tim Collins - gotta love him - appears, on the phone to his business partner.
TIM: I don't need luck, mate, I've got money.
Lou tries to tell Tim that he won't get council approval for his flats, even if he does get the land. Tim retorts that he's either on good terms with or has clients who are on the council so it won't be a problem. Lou points out that Steph Scully won't be on that list. Tim walks off, and shakes Steve's hand.
TIM: Good luck.
STEVE: I won't need it.
(Tim walks off)
NED: Don't rush in, remember?
DIDGE: When you start bidding you have to look bored.
NED: Like you're gonna keep on bidding and bidding until it's yours. Or ours.
DIDGE: But no little increases cos they'll know you're near your limit.
NED: But don't go over the limit, okay? Five hundred and twenty.
DIDGE: And relax, dad, you need to smile. Smile like you own the world.
STEVE: Do you want to do this?
DIDGE: Just don't panic.
NED: Or choke.
DIDGE: Or go over the limit.
The auction starts, for a 'unique property in a quiet cul-de-sac'. Obviously no-one's told them about the twice daily bus tours, then.
Carmella, Marco, Ollie and Chloe arrive.
The auction begins with a bid for $250K from Marco. He grins annoyingly. Steve rubs his beard, looking bored. He raises his hand for $300K, then looks away, bored again. The bidding goes up.
Valda and Toadie stare out the window, watching the auction.
VALDA: How many single, middle aged men are out there, do you reckon?
TOADIE: Do you count Lou?
VALDA: Lou? He's elderly.
Toadie doesn't want to go to the auction, he wants to mope in the house. He's upset because marriage is more than paper, it's a commitment. It means you're The One. Valda suggests he compromise on the marriage thing for now, because love is enough. Toadie doesn't agree, and he won't wait for a day that's never going to happen.
The bidding is going up with Marco, Tim and Steve all bidding. The residents watch on, and Steve makes his final bid of $520K, but is outbid by Tim. Ned and Didge tell Steve to stop, and he does. They're all gutted. Marco outbids Tim at $545K.
The Parkers' Place
Auction Guy (Greg, apparently), goes to confirm the price with Janelle. Steve calls Miranda who's also gutted, and Riley's upset too.
Greg walks back out to the street to finish it off. The Parkers go after him, but Steve and Mickey stay in the lounge.
Greg re-opens the bid and Tim goes in at $550K. Marco outbids. Tim outbids again at $560K and Marco can't go any higher.
GREG: I'm going to call it. Calling it once. Calling it twice.
STEVE: (Marching down the path) Five hundred and sixty five.
The Parkers and residents are thrilled. Except Ned. Tim outbids, Steve outbids, Tim outbids again... So Steve goes for the full whammy at $600K.
Didge throws her arms around her dad, and the residents are all delighted. Tim gives a classic evil eye and strops off. I love him, too. Riley wants to know where his dad got the extra money, and Steve admits he hasn't.
STEVE: Your mum's going to skin me alive.
The residents congratulate Steve.
HAROLD: You really had us believing you had reached your limit and that was it!!
Steve plays along! Ned drags his brother off, and reminds him to warn him before he tells Miranda so he can leave the country.
Valda tries to cheer Toadie up, but he continues to wallow in his misery. Just then, Steph and Libby drive up, and Steph leaps out the car to kiss Toadie. She calls out to everyone that they're invited on March 7th to her wedding to Toadie. They're all pleased, except...
TOADIE: Is this some kind of a joke?
STEPH: No, I've never been more serious. You and me for ever and ever. Amen. Hmm? Look, I realise that little piece of paper is important, so, erm, how about we sign it together?
TOADIE: Do you really wanna get married?
STEPH: Yes. Do you?