Riley attacking John Carter after provocation.
Dan telling Libby he's back together with Sam.
Riley being arrested for assault.
Riley seeing Steve and Miranda at the police station just as he says he doesn't want his parents to know.
Rosie telling Frazer that she's scared that without a baby he won't love her anymore.
Frazer tells Rosie that it's not true, but she won't believe him.
FRAZER: Rosie, I love you, ok, with all of my heart. You are the love of my life.
ROSIE: The baby's gone.
FRAZER: Yes, honey, yeah. But when the time's right we'll try again.
ROSIE: We can't.
FRAZER: Yes we can, the doctor said there's no reason why -
ROSIE: No Frazer, I can't. I can't go through this again. I'm sorry, there aren't going to be any children.
Rosie walks away looking pretty devastated. Under my analyser's hat I'd say this statement was prompted by fear rather than her heart. Anyway, Frazer looks confused and upset.
The Police Station
Steve and Miranda are trying to find out what made Riley act so rashly. Riley insists there isn't any reason, he just lost his temper. Steve doesn't believe him and demands to know the truth.
STEVE: Will you stop being a bloody idiot and talk to us!
Steve marches out. Miranda looks sympathetically at Riley.
Libby tells Susan she's planning to cook supreme of chicken for Sam and Dan, with a nice chardonnay. Incidentally, if you pause it midway through this speech, Libby looks like an ape. Susan is impressed but asks if she's sure this dinner with Dan and Sam (I'm finding the typing of such half-rhyming names disconcerting, so from henceforth, he's Fitzy) is a good idea. Libby thinks so - they're all mature adults. That's what worries Susan.
Lib asks Steph if she can be around for the meal. Steph, too, is a bit astounded that she'd have the man she had/has fallen for and his manic depressive wife (my words, not hers) round. Steph has to work, but eventually concedes to trying to be there, although insisting they would have a better night without her.
The Police Station
Miranda and Steve are confused about Riley and why he won't tell them what's going on. Steve's a bit put out because he thought he trusted them and now it's like they've regressed. Bottling things up won't make them go away. The obnoxious, cut-lipped John appears behind them and then walks away looking much wimpier than he did with Riley. Nothing like a bully with a conscience/self-confidence complex/miscellaneous issues.
Steve asks Miranda for some cash for some beers.
Somewhat bizarrely, the beer Steve's buying is for John. He apologises and John figures out he's hoping that he'll drop the charge. Steve is being unnecessarily nice. They toast something. I don't know what. Perhaps Riley's blemished criminal record? Ah, male bonding. Steve tells John he's good on the field and could even try for the "big league".
Rosie enters to find Prue sitting on the sofa. She tells Rosie that she wants her to know she's there for her. I do like drastic character changes. This Prue is much nicer than the woman so cold she could win Antarctica's Mother of the Year. Rosie thanks her. Prue admits she's spoken to Frazer and it's a difficult time for both of them. Rosie agrees and tries to walk away. Prue calls her back, takes her hand and sits her down on the sofa which is pretty standard body language for "let me give you a pep talk". The infinite sharing of experiences in Neighbours never ceases to amaze me. Prue talks about when she lost her son, Paul. She thought her world had come to an end and she couldn't function or concentrate on the future.
PRUE: My little boy was dead and I thought mine would stop too. But it didn't. I still had to find a way to get through every moment of every day.
ROSIE: Ok, look, I know why you're telling me this. I know you're going to say that having other children was an enormous comfort ... I'm sorry, that sounded cruel.
PRUE: No, no, it's ok. The other kids were an enormous comfort, but the point is, the pain never goes away and nor should it. Every day I think of my little boy and I wonder what sort of man he would have become, what he might have achieved. And the reason I'm telling you this is because I don't want you to make the same mistake Graham and I did. Our marriage was never the same. There was a wall between us. A wall built from the grief that we both experienced but never shared. Frazer needs you. You need him. Help each other through this. Don't try and do it yourself.
Rosie does a goldfish impression.
Frazer and Rosie's Bedroom
Which obviously is not outside of Number 30 but just to clarify the change of scene. Rosie and some atmospheric music enter whilst Frazer lies on the bed playing with a little toy rabbit. I'm thinking that putting all the presents, cot, toys etc. in the room where they have to try and get to sleep at night is perhaps not the wisest idea. Rosie tells him his mum's gone shopping. Frazer suggests donating their stuff to struggling families. Let the record show: Frazer looks absolutely heartbroken. Rosie settles on the bed beside him and tells him she and Prue have been talking about Paul. Frazer apologises but Rosie says it's ok and that it must have been terrible for her - she lost a baby whereas Rosie didn't even have one to begin with.
ROSIE: So, I was thinking, I think maybe it's time to move forward.
FRAZER: Whenever you want, I'm here.
Rosie nods and suggests calling Dr Olenski and making an appointment. Frazer smiles in a half pleased half sad sort of way, a sort of straight smile. Facial expressions are hard to describe.
Steph brings Dan and Sam drinks and apologises awkwardly for not being there at the dinner tonight. Sam is clearly not looking forward to it. Dan assures her it won't be that bad, but she's worried it's the wrong timing - things between them are so new. Sam suggests he goes alone and tells Libby she's sick and they'll take her out for a drink next week to make up for it. Dan reluctantly agrees.
DAN: (dryly) Thank you, Dan.
SAM: (happily) Thank you, Dan.
Steve brings John another beer. They toast the unspecified again. Now Steve's interrogating him on his job selling cars. Steve says it's good to get to know him better. John's clearly trying to see this as a Coach/Player thing whereas Steve wants to veer more towards his role as a father. He apologises again on Riley's behalf.
JOHN: Don't worry, it's not like it's genetic or anything.
Ouch. Steve's surprised John knows that and he tells Steve they go back a long way.
Riley says to his mum they can go soon and then he'll hear the date of his hearing. He apologises and Miranda says they just want to help. Riley asks after Steve, who Miranda says had to see someone. She admits he's disappointed that Riley doesn't trust them enough to tell them what's going on. Riley wants them to trust him too - he knows what he's doing. Miranda warns he's acting just like Steve, dealing with his problems by not telling anyone so nobody gets hurt. Riley thinks that's not a bad philosophy but Miranda maintains it doesn't work, it just damages the person holding it in and causes more pain for everyone - she suggests he talks to his father for proof.
Steve assumes John knows Riley from uni but they go further back than that - John was the son of a family who fostered Riley and Bridget. He hated not being the centre of attention, particularly sharing his parents with Riley. It was just a coincidence they bumped into each other again and John admits he still knew how to push his buttons. Steve reminds him they're not kids anymore and John agrees.
Libby shows off a snazzy dress to Susan, who thinks it might be a bit dressy for a dinner at home, but tells her she looks lovely. Ben tells her she looks pretty. Cue schmaltz. Libby tells him to be good for Susan and grandmother and grandson wink at each other. Susan is happy to look after Ben and Charlie after Steph's lame excuse about work. Susan looks worried.
LIBBY: Mum, it's fine. Dan and Samantha are a couple. I'm good with it.
SUSAN: Good on you! Enjoy yourself.
Susan departs with the boys. Libby checks her reflection. Dan pops his head around the door and tells her she looks nice. He delivers the bad news that Sam isn't coming - she thinks she's coming down with something. Libby assumes it's just the two of them, but Dan corrects her - he's not coming either. Libby is lovely and acceptant, but a bit sad that he won't see her supreme of chicken (not a euphemism) and he's the first person all day to know what that actually means. He agrees to stay for a glass of wine.
Rosie and Frazer sit in the reception area looking glum.
ROSIE: Habeas corpus.
ROSIE: It's a legal term.
FRAZER: Yeah, I've heard it before I just never knew what it meant.
ROSIE: It's every person's right to be brought before a court to seek justice. "You have the body" - that's what it literally means [well according to wikipedia it means "We command that you have the body" but my miniscule Latin knowledge and trust in Rosie tells me, strictly speaking, she's right].
FRAZER: How much longer are they going to keep us?
ROSIE: [as if she hadn't heard] Except we don't have the body, do we? There's no body, no pregnancy, nothing. [uncertain] It's good, it's a good thing, because as soon as we get this over with we will be able to get on with the rest of our lives.
ROSIE: I'm scared.
He takes her hand. Dr Olenski comes out to tell them she's ready for them. Sorry for the transcript. I think I have a penchant for grieving career women, especially when they throw in a bit of legal lingo for added poignancy.
Bridget's still confused about what is happening with Riley and John. Riley reminds her of when they were fostered by the Carters when she was two or three. She only remembers their Christmas tree and dog, but makes the link with John.
RILEY: You were the happiest I'd ever seen you, but he made my life hell.
He admits he didn't tell anyone because he didn't think anyone would believe him and perhaps because he didn't want to wreck it for her. He goes on to say that eventually he lashed out at John and physically hurt him, which is why they got sent back.
RILEY: I will never forget that look on your face. I let you down.
Miranda comes in and tells Riley that it wasn't his fault, but Riley's angry at himself for both then and today - not just walking away. Bridget hugs him.
Steve arrives home with a visitor: John.
Olenski tells Rosie and Frazer that the odds are good she'll be fine. This doesn't seem to cheer the couple much. The doctor advises them to avoid another pregnancy for at least six to twelve months and Rosie assures her sadly that this won't be a problem. Olenski tells Rosie that they'll be able to get on with the procedure shortly, but Frazer will have to wait there. Frazer asks if there is any chance of Rosie possibly still pregnant. Dr Olenski tells them that a twin gestation is possible, but very rare. Rosie divulges her trouble accepting the diagnosis ("not uncommon" according to Olesnki) because she still feels pregnant. Olenski offers another ultrasound.
FRAZER: It's up to you.
ROSIE: Well, it's up to both of us.
Frazer nods at Olenski. Rosie apologises for being a waste of time and energy but she kindly tells her it's important to listen to our bodies and that she has to accept the diagnosis before the procedure takes place. She goes to organise a machine.
I'm rooting for Olenski to become the next Steiger. Not in terms of having a daughter named after a condiment, a gay spouse and marrying a Timmins, but becoming a regular after some nice background action. She radiates niceness.
Steve's finishing his attempt at mediation while Bridget growls to her mother in the kitchen about the idiocy of Steve bringing John round. Miranda tells her no one's going to get hurt, but Bridget seems to have other plans.
Meanwhile, John tells Riley he's withdrawing his complaint from the police and finding another footie team. He apologises for his treatment of him, when Riley was nine and John thirteen, and both apparently stupidly boyish. He offers Riley a good deal on a car in the future and promises to get out of his life. Steve thanks him and sees him out. Riley looks relieved and Steve informs him he's proud. Riley can't believe his dad managed to get John to say it and Steve reveals that he'd been bottling up the guilt for years - like Riley. Steve feels guilty because when they first took him, he promised he'd be a better dad to Riley than his was to him and today he almost came close to blowing that promise. He apologises for Riley not being able to come to them and for letting them down, but Riley insists they didn't - he just felt guilty. Steve reassures him that he has nothing to feel guilty about.
Dan finishes him glass of wine and says he has to go. Libby sends her best wishes to Sam and Fitzy promises her a drink next week. Ben rushes in, excited to see Dan and asking for a "helicopter" (which equates to being swung round the room) before he goes. Sam walks past and hears the sounds of fun from inside. She peeks through the window and walks away looking upset. She rushes past Sam who says her name in a questioning sort of way. Sam looks very guilty.
Rosie is having her second ultrasound. Frazer strokes her hair and puts his arm around her. Rosie and Frazer gaze intently at the screen as Olenski shows them Rosie's uterus, then the mass that is the hydatidiform mole (more interesting knowledge from wikipedia - hydatidiform = "like a bunch of grapes" in Greek and mole comes from the Latin for millstone. Just in case you were interested in the etymology ).
FRAZER: And no baby?
OLENSKI: I'm sorry.
ROSIE: Thanks for humouring us.
Frazer kisses her shoulder. Olenski starts to look a bit closer, which is comforting consider each scan they've done seems to have only lasted a total of about five seconds.
ROSIE: Doctor Olenski?
FRAZER: What is it?
OLENSKI: A heartbeat.
Frazer and Rosie look shocked, to say the least.