- Zeke getting busted in Taylah's room by the parentals
- Kirsten telling Elle she wants to fess up to Rebecca
Number 22 Driveway
Kirsten doesn't end up blurting out that she's Paul mistress as she threatened to do, so Rebecca invites her in for a cuppa and a chat. Once Rebecca's out of earshot, Elle tells Kirsten that it was a wise choice not to spill the beans. But Kirsten says she still plans on telling the truth because the guilt is eating away at her; she just didn't want to air her dirty laundry in the middle of the street.
Ringo's worried that Karl and Susan are going to kick him out because he lied to them about Zeke, but Rachel reassures him it won't happen. She walks into the hall just as Karl and Susan bring Zeke back. It seems as though they've been lecturing him all the way home, because Zeke cracks and wonders if they know how patronising they sound. Susan replies that he's just making matters worse by continuing to go behind their backs and reminds him of what happened with Rachel and Angus. But Zeke doesn't know how they can compare him to a sleazebag that took advantage of his sister. Rachel has overheard this of course, and wordlessly heads outside without acknowledging his apology. Zeke storms into his room.
Noticing Ringo meekly sitting at the breakfast table, Susan and Karl ruefully welcome him to the family. They also reassure Ringo that he won't be kicked out but remind him that he's part of the clan now and have to respect the rules (which include "no secrets and no lies" - so basically they should all be homeless by now).
Rebecca gets Kirsten chatting about Mickey and Ned and cheekily wonders if Kirsten's ever thought about re-igniting the spark with Ned now they're getting along so well. I'd say she's too busy lighting someone else's wick at the moment, Rebecca dear. Continuing with her good Samaritan routine, Rebecca invites Kirsten over for dinner but Kirsten makes up a lame excuse about needing to do laundry and bails. Pondering her hasty exit, Rebecca asks Elle if she thinks Kirsten's OK. Elle lies and says that Kirsten just probably would have felt awkward being on Oliver's home turf seeing as he's her boss.
Phantom whipper snipper, my old nemesis. We meet again.
Didge shouts above the audacious audio to chat to Rachel, who is waiting outside for Libby to drive her to school. Zeke rushes out and apologises again to Rach for bringing up Angus - he's just really stressed at the moment. Rachel explains to Didge that Zeke was caught playing sleepovers at Taylah's. Didge is quite taken aback and overreacts before he can explain what really happened, angrily asking him if he's trying to be a stud or something. She blusters off just as Libby and Ringo meet up with them. Zeke dishes out his second apology of the day to Ringo for having to lie for him, but now that Ringo has no concerns about being kicked out and having to live in a box with a pet cockroach, he's peachy!
Oliver is impressed with Kirsten's quick thinking at work - but Elle doesn't look very impressed when she sees the two of them interacting. Taking Oliver aside, Elle warns him to keep contact with "that woman" to a professional level. Oliver wrongly assumes that Elle is jealous of Kirsten.
OLIVER: (smirking) Don't worry, I'm not going to be dropping my towel around her anytime soon.
ELLE: Get over yourself. You wouldn't be that desperate.
Declan gleefully informs the teen gang that everyone already knows about Zeke and Taylah's little sleepover and think Zeke's quite the hero. Thinking back to his 'secrets and lies' chat with Karl and Susan, Ringo warns Zeke not to include him if he's going to keep up the sleepovers. But Didge is still in a stinky mood and said it's completely Zeke's fault for acting like a meathead. Over it, Zeke sarcastically wonders if anyone else wants to take a free hit. Declan swiftly punches him in the shoulder and Rachel warns him not to tempt her.
Zeke spies Taylah and chalks up sorry number three (or four if you count the double-time for Rach), apologising for getting her in trouble. Taylah's worried that they won't get to see one another but Zeke says he won't let that happen. Libby tells them all to get to class just as Fitzy rocks up late for work. Helen Carr, the resident bitchy staff member, chides him for missing the staff meeting this morning and informs him that she's volunteered him for a job in his absence - teaching the Year 11s to dance for their formal.
FITZY: Well that's tremendous, Helen. I can't dance.
HELEN: Well that's no problem. You're paired with another teacher who's an excellent dancer.
Fitzy immediately looks at Lib who sheepishly raises her hand.
Rebecca hunts down Kirsten and asks her over for dinner again - but this time she's not taking no for an answer. Kirsten reluctantly accepts and asks Rebecca if she's heard from Paul lately - because if she had a guy, she wouldn't be letting him loose in Paris with all those French women. But poor naive Rebecca isn't worried at all, "He's really not that type of guy." Rebecca smilingly heads back to work, while Kirsten overdramatically falls into an angst-ful sigh against a pole.
Opening her eyes she's surprised to see Elle standing right in front of her (she must have taken stealthy ninja lessons from Susan). Elle promptly informs Kirsten that the Lassiter's Board (which Elle is still a part of) have decided to promote her - she's going to complete her diploma in hotel management. Which will take two years. Oh, and it's in Queensland. Kirsten outright refuses - she won't leave Mickey and she won't be blackmailed.
ELLE: Well we'll have to adopt plan B: involuntary redundancy.
KIRSTEN: You're firing me?
Elle smirks and gives her a little shrug while Kirsten glowers.
Fitzy and Libby hover near Helen's office, summoning up the courage to tell her they can't dance together. Libby tells Fitzy that she had no idea he would be her partner when she first volunteered.
They enter the office and Fitzy does all the talking, telling Helen that he's the wrong guy for the job - unless she wants an uncoordinated klutz in charge of course. But Helen is taking the 'tough cookies' approach and won't back down, informing Fitzy that Miss Kennedy will just have to give him private dance lessons before they begin. She leaves for class and Libby deadpans "that went well".
Out near the lockers, Didge tells Zeke she's sorry for slagging him off earlier. She just doesn't want her friend to become a "sex-obsessed jock". Um, have you met Zeke, Didge? Zeke asks his friend what's really wrong and Didge confesses that she's worried all her mates are leaving her behind. In Neighbours speak that means "I'm worried everyone is taking it to the next level - lingerie, socks and jocks - while I'm still on level one with all the sporting goods. Damn this euphemism elevator!".
Ringo appears and Didge invites him over that afternoon while her parents are out. Ringo's excited until he realises Didge has invited all of the teen gang. He asks her if she wants to un-invite them, but nervous Didge claims that it's too late.
Libby leaves Susan to order the drinks when she spots Fitzy and heads over for a quick chat. She tells him that she's scheduled their first private dance lesson tonight at the school (why not just say "dance lesson"? "Private dance lesson" sounds like she's about to treat him to a lap dance...). Fitzy reluctantly OK's it. Libby passes Sam on her way to the bar and they exchange stilted niceties. Sam happily tells her hubby that she's going to cook them marinara for dinner but Fitzy guiltily says that he's got a curriculum meeting on at the school tonight. Sam should be sensing that something's fishy right about now besides her marinara.
Elle and Oliver are preparing dinner and bickering about their on-off relationship. Rebecca asks them if they've seen Declan and is annoyed to learn that he went to the Parkers without telling her. Kirsten arrives for dinner and Elle is quite stunned to see her (guess those ninja powers don't include super sensitive hearing). Rebecca asks how her day was and Kirsten promptly informs them she was sacked - but doesn't mention Elle's name. Rebecca and Oliver are surprised while Elle just stands and seethes. Getting a clue, Oliver takes Elle aside and says she better have a good explanation. Elle shoots laser beams out of her eyes at Kirsten.
Oliver reminds Elle that it's his job to do the hiring and firing now and still wrongly believes that Elle is acting out of jealousy. He reassures her that he's only interested in her. Oliver says he has to make things right but Elle only asks him not to let Rebecca know it was her. Keeping his promise, Oliver tells Kirsten that she can keep her job and Elle will give the person responsible a stern talking to. Kirsten puts on a grateful act and says that she really appreciates all of their support. Elle continues to shoot laser beams. The girl gives good glare.
Libby heads for her car and finds her mum looking for Zeke. Susan notices Lib's a bit stressed and asks if she's OK. Lib admits she's concerned about the dance lessons, but then talks herself out of it and says that she and Fitzy are grown adults and can deal with it.
She drives off just as Sam is walking Fitzy to his car. Staring guiltily at Lib's car, Fitzy looks as though he's about to tell Sam the truth, but Sam cuts him off and says that she's fine. She understands he's got work to do - but if he's bored he can always think of the marinara. I'm sure that's exactly what he'll be thinking when Libby's in his arms, Sam.
Rachel is kicking Declan's butt in their video game war, so Declan challenges her to a re-match. Didge hands everyone a drink but can't get near Zeke and Taylah because they're too busy pashing. Taylah's worried her dad will find out where she is but Zeke tells her she'll be fine. Didge leaps into Ringo's lap like she's going to kiss him, but kind of just sits there awkwardly instead and says they're lucky they don't have problems like Zeke and Taylah. Probably because you've been going out for a whole five seconds. Getting more worried by the second, Taylah says she better head off but Zeke says he's sick of them running around like criminals and wants to fix things. Is she feeling brave?
Zeke calls out for Karl and Susan but they're nowhere to be seen. Taylah's nervous about being there but Zeke wants to find Karl and Susan to have a mature chat and hopefully get their co-operation. The teens share a kiss just as Susan and Karl wander in from the backyard. The adults aren't impressed that Zeke seems to be disrespecting them, but Zeke says they've got it wrong. He knows he stuffed up, but he and Taylah want to see one another and if they don't let them then they'll just have to resort to sneaking around. Zeke doesn't want it to come down to that, though, because he wants to keep everyone's respect. But they have to realise that they're not little kids anymore.
ZEKE: I'm asking for your help. Can you try and make Mr Jordan see it our way? Please?
Libby asks Fitzy if he knows any dances at all and Fitzy busts out this hilarious swivelling hip-thrust move. So that would be a no then? It turns out he doesn't even know how to waltz, so Libby starts off by teaching him the basics. They're not doing too well standing apart, so they nervously take each other's hands and move closer together. And closer. And closer. And even closer - just as Sam happens to wander through the building with a Tupperware container of marinara for Fitzy. She sees them through the classroom door and from her POV it looks like they could be kissing. Oh my.