Declan asking Ringo if he's coming for a swim, at the beach.
Steph flicking through Toadie's photos and seeing a picture of him with a family.
Taylah pulling away from kissing Zeke, telling him she can't do this.
Taylah admitting to Zeke that Chris wanted to take things further with her when she dated him, at this very beach (with the implication that he forced himself on her).
Chris suggesting that he take Didge out for helping him with his dog.
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Didge bringing Chris some chips to eat whilst he stays with his dog, Larry. They talk about the footie game that's on later, and Chris compliments her on her legs, suggesting he watch her play sometime. Didge is flattered, but says footie isn't really her thing anymore; she'd rather watch.
The General Store
Declan has ordered food - three plates of it - and Marco thanks Declan's stomach for single-handedly keeping him in business. Ringo comes over, sporting a new and cute haircut. Dec points to the food.
DECLAN: So, are you going to help me, or what?
RINGO: Well, Rachel's supposed to be cooking. So...yeah, I will.
Declan wonders how he'll get into the formal, when Ringo reminds him he's banned. Declan says his mum banned him, but now she's away, he only has to convince Paul...he just needs a reason. He wonders if perhaps their band could play, and Ringo points out that their band sucks.
DECLAN: That didn't stop Duran Duran from getting back together.
RINGO: Fair call.
Ringo wonders if Ty would let them be the support for his band, and Declan, thrilled that Ty's playing, realises that if he joins Ty's band, he could go...
Karl is laying the table; Rachel is humming to her MP3 player whilst cooking a curry; Ringo arrives home; Susan says hello to him. Karl and Susan mock Rachel's last effort at making curry when she wrecked the recipe. Karl doesn't know how his daughter can concentrate on making food when she's listening to music.
SUSAN: She's listening to your songs.
KARL: ....she's not?!
SUSAN: Course she's not. Don't be stupid.
Ty walks straight into the house without knocking - how rude. It's not like they're besties or anything. He understands that Karl is rather good with a guitar - at which point Susan looks scared at what might be coming next - and wonders if Karl has a capo (or 'caypo' as he pronounces it) he could borrow.
KARL: Anything for fellow tunesmith. And a friend of Libby's.
Karl starts making noises about how Lib and Ty are getting on so well, which makes Susan all very uncomfortable. Ty acknowledges that Lib's a great housemate, when Rachel starts singing out loud to her music with a rather pretty voice. Everyone compliments her but, all embarrassed, she runs to her room; Zeke chases after her, and Susan attempts to rescue the curry that's dying on the cooker. Karl suggests to Ty that he come over later and they can workshop some tunes together. Behind Karl, Ringo waves his arms to tell Ty 'no', so Ty quickly makes his excuses and leaves.
Just as Ty leaves, Declan arrives looking for him.
DECLAN: Can I borrow you?
Declan is playing guitar to impress Ty.
DECLAN: What do you reckon?
RINGO: I think you killed Harvey.
Ty admits that Declan has enthusiasm.
DECLAN: Fly has nothing on me.
TY: Are you serious?!
Declan begs for one shot.
TY: Dude, I'm pretty happy with the bass player that we've got.
DECLAN: Dude. He's a nerd.
RINGO: Aren't all bass players nerds?
DECLAN: Yeah. Yeah! Exactly! This is why you should go against the trend and get in someone cool.
Declan plays again to impress Ty and, fed up of listening, Steph comes in telling him to stop.
DECLAN: What are you doing? I'm trying to audition.
STEPH: As what?!
She falls about laughing and leaves.
DECLAN: I play wicked triangle.
Ringo is relating the audition to Rachel who thinks it's good that Declan at least tried. Ringo also comments on Rachel's secret singing talents but she doesn't want to talk about it. Instead, she sees Susan come out the bedroom and apologises for both running off earlier, and burning dinner. Susan tells the kids to all get on with their homework whilst she goes off to get some food.
Every leaves except Zeke, who's reading on the couch when Karl comes over. He asks his son if there's anything he wants to talk about...like Taylah?
ZEKE: Something pretty serious has happened to her, and I don't know what I can say to make her feel better. Maybe you can try and talk to her...
Karl says he's happy to, but it has to come from Taylah herself.
The General Store
Toadie is singing Sam's praises to Dan, but has to make a phonecall. Dan says he'll pay for their dinner.
TOADIE: Loving you as a housemate!
At the counter, Steph asks Fitzy how Toadie is, and what it's like living with him.
DAN: Yeah, it's good...I never pegged him as a bloke who'd be so...free, with his body.
DAN: When he asked me to share the House of Trouser, I thought it would involve him...wearing some.
Steph tells Dan to embrace the nudity, but is sidetracked when she hears Toadie on the phone, making reference to his trip away.
Over at Charlie's, now, Dan and Toadie are chatting, and Toadie wants advice on dealing with troubled kids - how do you know when to back off and when to step in? Dan says it's gut instinct, mostly.
Susan arrives to collect food, and chats with the boys before getting the dinner from Steph. Steph asks how Toadie seems to her because she gets the impression something happened whilst he was away. Susan suggests that she just ask him how things are, as the worst thing he can say is that he doesn't want to talk about it.
Declan is playing the recorder. Very badly. Ty is listening, so I'm guessing this is audition number 2. He then tries tambourine. Zeke, Rach and Ringo watch, when Karl comes out the house with a school book that Rachel left behind. He tells her he wishes she had sung more last night as she has a lovely voice. Again, all embarrassed, Rachel runs off.
Zeke explains to Karl that Rachel used to sing with their mum, and after she sang at her funeral, she promised she would never sing again. So, this is a re-run of Zeke not speaking again after Alex, is it? At least we can say they have continuity in the Kinski family traits...
The gang make fun of Declan for not making it into Ty's band, so Declan takes a pen and defaces one of Ty's many posters that are up. Unfortunately, he's caught by Ms Carr.
CARR: *What* you are doing?
DECLAN: Political protest?
CARR: See me at morning break, please, Declan.
By the lockers, Rachel wants to know what's happening with Didge. She says that she's met another guy who's really hot. She doesn't really know what it is, yet, but it's really nice.
In the only classroom, Ms Carr instructs Fitzy to take on the work of the decoration committee for the school formal, seeing as he's absconded from the dance classes. Carr leaves.
DAN: Right, who wants to earn Brownie points as Head Decorator for the school formal?
DECLAN: (coughing) Losers.
RINGO: Don't you *want* a reason to go?
DECLAN: (thinks) Sir! Sir! Me please, sir!
DAN: Well, how could I say no to such unexpected enthusiasm, Declan? You're hired. Good man.
DECLAN: Ahhh, sir?
DECLAN: I'll need a wingman.
DAN: Okay, who do you nominate?
DECLAN: Ringo Brown.
Ringo pushes Declan off his chair.
At another table, Zeke tells Taylah they need to talk after school.
Steph turns up at Toadie's with pizza and beer and needs someone to share it with. Cut straight to them watch the footie together.
Steph tells Toadie that she saw some photos on his camera of him with a woman and some kids - and he tells her it's none of her business.
TOADIE: Thanks for the pizza and beer, but I think we should just call it a night. You gave up your right to stick your nose in my life, so from now on, just keep clear.
Steph walks out, and into Dan, Ringo and Declan who have brought decorations back to the house. Dan sits down with Toadie and helps himself to beer and pizza. Toadie tells Dan that Steph came and paid a social visit with food, to watch footie and be all matey - but that it was all a cunning plan to find out details of his trip.
DAN: Mate! Phew. I feel your pain.
TOADIE: You do?
DAN: Absolutely. I mean, you should have seen her whilst you were away. Always asking if I knew how Toadie was going. And then you get back home and she brings food and beer and takes an interest in what you've been up to. That woman has got a nerve.
Toadie looks suitably chastised. However, I'm annoyed that he doesn't point out that Steph *wasn't* interested in his trip...actually, she was only interested in his relationship with that woman and that, quite frankly, isn't any of her business anymore. However, Toadie says nothing.
The General Store
Didge asks Rachel what's up with the singing thing; when she goes to explain Ty appears, and Rachel quickly walks off.
TY: I'm not quite sure what I've done.
DIDGE: Me neither, but you must have done *something*.
Didge goes after Rach, but runs into Chris who approaches Zeke and Taylah, stirring trouble.
Zeke wants to talk to Taylah about what happened at the beach, and reassures her that he wouldn't do anything that she didn't want to. She knows that, and immediately suggests that they get intimate when he pushes her away.
ZEKE: You can't pretend that it just didn't happen.
TAYLAH: I can try!
ZEKE: Well I can't.
TAYLAH: Zeke, I know you are nothing like Chris, thank God. I just had a minor freak out.
Zeke tells her that this won't go away, and says she needs to see a counsellor for her own sake. She needs to do it for her.
Ty is playing guitar when Rachel comes in, hunting for something of Ben's. He is deliberately ensuring he isn't hitting the right note, and tells Rach that he can't get the female part right. She sings it for him and he tries again. She stops abruptly - it reminds her of her mother too much. (She admits that she and Zeke are adopted - which is news to virtually everyone, mostly because it's not true.) Rachel tells Ty that she never wanted to sing with anybody else.
Ty says he doubts her mum would have wanted that if it makes her happy - and he has the best solution to stretching her vocal chords: the school formal. She's not keen.
Karl and Susan arrive home to find Taylah sitting at their table.
TAYLAH: Hi Dr Kennedy. Mrs Kennedy.
Susan is wondering if Taylah's dad knows where she is, but Taylah asks if she can speak to Dr Kennedy privately. He tells Susan he'll chat to Taylah then run her home. Susan leaves, and Taylah tells Karl about what happened with Chris at the beach - that things got out of hand with him, and she couldn't stop them and couldn't say no.
Karl tells her that if she's uncomfortable, she can say no. She knows that, but the memory of what happened is difficult, and it makes her feel sick and freaks her out. Karl suggests that they could make some progress on this if she comes to see him. She agrees, and also says that she wants to take control of her body - which is why she wants to go on the Pill.
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Didge asks Chris if he'd like to go to the school formal with her and he says yes.
Toadie comes round to see Steph with two peppermint cornettos. Cut straight to later when they have half eaten the ice creams. He apologises to her for earlier which she accepts. She says she wasn't prying for the sake of it, and Toadie says he's just finding being mates pretty hard. She agrees.
Toadie starts to tell her about the photos - it was of a woman who runs an orphanage near to where he was working. There are so many kids there who need help, and he's decided to adopt one of them...