- Paul asking Kirsten to join him for a drink
- Karl and the kids recommending a MS retreat to Susan
- Steph asking Paul not to come to the wedding
- Susan collapsing at the wedding rehearsal
Outside the Church
Susan is lifted into an ambulance. Libby gets in the front and Karl gets in with Susan, holding her hand. Steph wonders what they should do, nobody answers.
Everybody is waiting for news of Susan, Lou and Harold arrive also concerned. Libby is sure she'll be fine, she's just exhausted. Harold agrees that she has had a lot on her plate recently. Zeke reassures Rachel that he isn't talking about her. Toadie asks Steph if they should postpone the wedding. Steph was thinking the same thing.
Karl comes out and confirms that Susan has had another relapse and that although she will make a full recovery they're looking at a significant recovery period. He thinks she should go to the retreat rather than stay in hospital. He takes the kids into her room.
Susan tells them to stop worrying about her. She's worried that Steph thinks she was trying to upstage her. When she hears they didn't carry on with the rehearsal she tells Karl to get her checked out, there's so much to do. Karl says that the only way he can get her out of the hospital is if she goes to the MS retreat. Susan agrees that she will give it some serious thought after the reception. Karl says no, she has to go straight from the hospital. Susan doesn't want to let Toadie down. Libby tries to explain that as much as she wants to be a part of the wedding she can't and she has to accept her limitations. Susan thinks she's the best judge of what she can and can't do. She's going to the wedding and no-one will stop her.
The General Store
Paul tells Rebecca that he will pick her up from the reception later, she doesn't want to ruin her shoes walking home. Rebecca wonders if someone slipped something in his coffee since he's in a much better mood all of a sudden. She says that since Lyn won't be there maybe he could still come to the wedding but he's going to watch the cricket. Rebecca leaves to ice her layer of the cake.
All the long term Ramsay Street residents are crowded around Susan's bed while she apologises to Steph and Toadie for ruining the rehearsal and creating a scene on their big day. Toad tells her that they've decided to postpone until everyone is feeling a bit better. Susan is horrified that they would postpone because of her so they try and justify it as wanting more time because everything has been so rushed. Lou thinks that Susan has a point, everything is raring to go and Harold agrees that it's a miracle that the church has been able to fit them in a such short notice. Susan promises to be on her best behaviour. Karl and Libby don't look pleased that Susan is still planning on going. Steph and Toadie decide they'll get married today after all.
The General Store
Paul and Kirsten meet. Paul finds out that Kirsten is having money problems so he tells her to drop her CV in at Lassiters and they'll see if there's something going for her, she'd be a great addition to the team. Kirsten thinks it's just the break she needs and starts rambling away as if she's been given an amazing job for certain. She thinks Paul is amazing and he looks somewhat awkward. She leaves with the promise of dropping off her CV later and Paul furrows his brow in a bemused yet guilty kind of way.
In the magical sort of way that mirrors suddenly appear at number 28, a similar, if not the same mirror has appeared in the living room where Valda is doing Steph's hair. The phone rings and it's Libby. Steph asks how Susan's doing and Libby explains that she's not as well as she'd have everybody believe. She won't be able to make the wedding. Steph doesn't think it would be right to go ahead without her, but Libby makes her stick to her promise. Plus, she has more bad news, she won't be able to come either. She needs to stay with her mum. They hang up and Steph hangs her head in her hands. Valda reminds her that she and Toadie are going to be there and that's all that matters. Steph thinks that maybe Toadie is right with all the omen stuff. Valda tells her to shut up. All that matters is that she loves Toadie with all her heart and he loves her. Does she believe that? Yes, she does.
It's all looking rather House of Trouser with Frazer, Fitzy and Big Kev slouched on the sofa in vests and shorts. I whoop with delight that Big Kev and Angie are there, I love it how they always manage to return for important events, really gives the show that special something. Anyway, Rosie looks disgusted at the sight. Angie tells her son he's a right spunk and if she weren't his mother she'd marry him. Big Kev offers Rosie a stubby but she declines asking when Stonie will arrive. He won't, he's looking after the Roadhouse. Another phone call, this one's from Karl. Cut to...
Toadie arrives at the hospital and is thanked by Karl before he goes into Susan's room. Susie thinks Toadie is looking very handsome too and wants to know what he's doing there. Toadie explains why he asked her to read at the wedding - out of everyone she has had the biggest influence on her life and he owes her everything. Susan reminds him that he's done his fair share for her too.
TOADIE: But even if you didn't do the reading, it wouldn't change how much you mean to me, OK? Just the fact that you want to do it is more than enough.
SUSAN: I made a promise Toadie and I'm going to keep it.
TOADIE: Well, now I'm asking you not to.
SUSAN: I'll be fine.
TOADIE: Yeah, you will but not today. Your health has to come first and I would rather not have you there than risk things getting worse. I love you Susan, but please, don't come to my wedding.
Close to tears Susan agrees if that's what he wants and they hug.
We get a nice little interlude of an ambulance pulling up in the hospital before cutting back to Susan's room where Susan is holding the MS retreat leaflet. She asks Karl to do the reading for her and Libby to tell Steph that her bridesmaid is back on board.
SUSAN: If I'm going to accept MS as part of my life, then you have to as well. You can't drop everything and stop living your own lives every time there's a little set back.
Libby agrees to go to the wedding. Susan asks her to do something else too: pack a bag for her for the retreat, she doesn't trust Karl's dress sense! She also reminds Karl that it's a reading, which means no singing...
Kirsten has dropped by with her CV. Paul says he'll hand it into HR, Kirsten looks disappointed as if Paul was going to give her a job there and then. She asks him to put in a word for her. Paul agrees and remarks that she can be very persuasive, maybe they should also add ambitious to the list. Kirsten says its something new she's trying out. Paul says he'll be in touch and tries to leave but Kirsten keeps talking, asking what the boss is doing working on the weekend. He tells her he's only working until two. Kirsten thinks that's great. Mickey is at a friend's and she has the afternoon off and she owes him a drink.
PAUL: You don't have to repay me. Alright, one drink.
Big Kev and Angie are out with their binoculars checking to see if the coast is clear...because, you know, the houses are all so far apart you need magnifying aids. Ange shouts to Frazer to bring the groom out before she and Kev duck down behind some bushes just as Valda comes to check there's any movement from next door. She calls to bring Steph out.
But oh no, just as she does, so does the troops from Number 30. The bride and groom see each other, which is bad because they've seen each other all day already. Valda tells them to get Toadie out of there. Steph thinks that's just what they need, another bad omen. Valda tells her to stop with the omens, they just need to get her to the church.
STEPH: Yeah, if it hasn't burnt down already.
Over by the groom's car, Angie is reassuring her son that everything will be alright, Big Kev saw her in her dress on their wedding day and look at them.
TOADIE: And how many times have you two separated?
For anybody keeping count, that would be five.
Just then Libby pulls up, one bridesmaid reporting for duty. Valda thinks that's a good omen.
Paul comes in, battles some daemons to music and leaves again.
Kirsten is sitting waiting with a glass of wine.
Paul comes back in, scratches his head and switches the telly on, still battling those daemons me thinks.
Susan is giving final reading instructions to Karl and making sure Zeke is going to tape the whole thing, she doesn't want to miss a second. She promises Ben she'll be back to watch him in footy training too. Excellent. Rachel is sitting in the corner brooding, Susan summons her to her bedside.
SUSAN: If you keep blaming yourself for things that aren't your fault, you're going to be in big trouble, OK? I mean it, Rachel. Please don't think for one second that I blame you for anything.
The hug and it's all lovely. Susan then shoos them away, they don't want to be late. Karl tells her he'll be back with her bag. Susan tells him not to worry about her, she'll be fine. She waits until he leaves before the brave face she's been putting on falls, and she looks ready to cry.
Can't be a good omen that they're playing The Day Thou Gavest, which is typically a funeral hymn, or that of my old school. The congregation, as in most Neighbours Weddings, is typically sparse. Riley seems to be doing some sort of rodent impression Frazer asks Toadie if he's ready.
Outside the Church
The Bride arrives with her bridesmaid. They get out of the car and Steph thinks she should have worn jeans like last time. Libby reassures her that she looks fine and they have a bit of a giggle then a deep breathing session.
Inside the Church
Everybody is waaaaaiiting. Toadie wonders whether they got stuck in traffic.
FRAZER: Those doors are going to open any second. Don't waste your last few moments of singledom stressing.
TOADIE: I'm not stressing. Have you got the rings?
FRAZER: No mate, I'm not packing any jewellery. That's somebody else's job.
He takes the rings out of Charlie's pocket (aw!) and assures him that they have the right names on this time. Toadie looks towards the ominous blue doors.
Outside the Church
Steph is all ready to go and powers towards the church. Lib reminds her she has to go in first and runs ahead. Steph pulls her back looking anxious. (Beethoven's Fifth is now playing in the Church where everyone is twiddling their thumbs.) Steph starts to laugh and says she's just nervous. You see, if only she'd invited Paul there wouldn't be this problem. It seems to be quite a tradition that he reassures brides and grooms that nerves are normal. After a few more deep breaths Steph decides she's ready again and tells Lib she'll be in right after her.
Inside the Church
The camera focuses in on Toadie's beard then pans to the amazing self-opening blue doors which swing open to reveal nothing....in Toadie's imagination. Blink and they're still closed. A silhouette appears behind the doors and they magically open to reveal Libby. They close behind her and Charlie picks his nose as she walks up the aisle. Everybody watches the doors in eager anticipation. They don't open.