- Lucas confessing to Dan that he told Sam about the wedding
- Dan keeping the truth from Libby
- Sam unenthused to see Libby at her ultrasound
- Sam telling Dan she doesn't want Libby in their baby's life
- Carmella deciding to leave Erinsborough
- Harold telling Didge he has cancer
- Didge making a deal - she'll return home if Harold does
- Zeke hanging out with the bad boys
Rachel weathers Declan's cranky mood - he still hasn't heard back from Didge - as Donna and Ringo excitedly chat about the last day of school. Donna thinks they should all go on a road trip.
DONNA: What do you guys reckon about visiting all the 'big' things? The Big Pineapple, The Big Koala, The Big Prawn...
DECLAN: Big deal.
DONNA: Aww come on, Didge would love it.
(Declan glares at her)
DONNA: Oh my God, I'm like a goldfish. I'm sorry.
Setting off streamers from a popper, Donna giggles that they all need to cheer up because it's muck up day. Andrew 'cranky pants' Simpson doesn't share her glee, as he orders her to clean up. Kyle saunters in with Zeke and the rest of the gang and tells Mr Simpson to lighten up.
ANDREW: I'll decide what's appropriate at this school.
KYLE: What, like chaining yourself to someone else's mum?
ANDREW: We don't have muck up day at Erinsborough High. Classes run as normal.
KYLE: (muttering to Zeke) That's what he thinks.
Declan can't fathom what his mum sees in Andrew. Ringo sarcastically suggests his awesome sense of humour, but Donna reckons it's because he's hot. Just then, the fire alarm goes off and Andrew instructs everyone to assemble in the courtyard. As they walk out, Rachel warily asks her brother how his new mates are but Zeke only replies that Kyle's a laugh.
Erinsborough High - Courtyard
Dan and Libby arrive at school, and Libby comments on how awkward the whole ultrasound meeting was. They're soon distracted by all the kids lining up outside, and find out from Andrew that it was a muck up day prank. Andrew, meanwhile, is on the phone to the fire department trying to keep the incident internal.
The teens (minus Zeke) sit down and chat about how Kyle is bad news - but Donna loves his awesome shoes (they have painted bulldogs on them and get their own close-up - I'm guessing this will mean something later on). Ringo reckons they need to better Kyle's prank and takes Donna to see Zeke - he's always got ace ideas. But when Ringo asks Zeke to workshop some pranks with him, Zeke gives him the brush-off.
Carmella brings over some take away coffees for Karl, Susan and Lou before they head back to the allotment. They chat about Carmella's going away party and how Carmella feels guilty for leaving when Harold's ill, but the trio assure her Harold would want her to be happy. Sam and Elle arrive and the whole mood changes.
SUSAN: Well, probably time to get back to the allotment. Either of you two fancy digging around in the dirt?
ELLE: (holds up her hand) Nails!
SUSAN: Sam? Probably right up your alley...
KARL: (warningly) Susan.
Karl escorts her and Lou out. Elle shows Carmella a contract she had drawn up so Carmella can sign over her share of the GS, but Carmella is hesitant. It's the only tie she'll have left to Erinsborough - she'll have to think about it.
Ringo discreetly tucks a bit of loo paper into Zeke's trouser pocket - just as Andrew's office is revealed to have been toilet papered to within an inch of its life. Zeke grins at how cool it is, but his face drops when he realises he's been framed. Andrew demands he clean up the mess, as Libby and Dan quietly grade the prank a 9 out of 10. The teens heckle one another and Donna teases Zeke and Kyle about standing under the mistletoe, joking that they should kiss. Fuming, Zeke shouts that they all need to grow up before slamming the office door.
Later, Rachel catches up with Zeke in class and asks why he's hanging around with all the tryhards, but Zeke considers Kyle as a mate.
RACHEL: He's an idiot. Anyone who has Justin Hunter in their gang needs their head read.
ZEKE: He's not an idiot. He doesn't make me feel like the punchline all the time.
RACHEL: What, and I do?
ZEKE: No, but Declan and Ringo do and I'm sick and tired of it.
RACHEL: But they're your best friends.
ZEKE: No Rach, I'm just the tag along. I always have been.
RACHEL: That's not true.
ZEKE: It is, and you know it.
(He walks out and Declan unwittingly proves his point)
DECLAN: Hey Zeke, have you pashed Kyle yet!
RACHEL: Good one you idiot.
Suddenly, Declan's phone beeps and he gets a message from a private number. Rachel grabs it off him when she realises it's from Didge.
Miranda (who has also received the message) relays to Steve and Rebecca that Didge is safe and with a friend - but it doesn't provide them with much relief. Toadie strolls in and Rebecca complains about having no work to do at the office, but Toadie reckons she should be stoked getting paid to have 3-hour lunches.
Ringo and Carmella chat - he didn't realise she'd be leaving for good, but smiles and says she deserves to be happy. Carm gives him his food, on the house, and they share a hug. He walks past Zeke's table and the boys are all 'my prank is better than your prank', before Zeke reveals to his gang that he's got something awesome planned.
Andrew, Libby and Dan sit in the one and only classroom discussing the end of year rafting trip. They hear screaming in the hallway, but when they try and get out they realise the doors are sealed shut. More people run squealing down the corridor being chased by students in balaclavas, so Andrew calls the police.
Two cops lead in four masked boys, with the teachers following in behind them. Kyle, Justin and Shane are revealed one by one, but Libby and Dan are stunned to see Zeke at the end. As are Rachel and Donna, who just happen to pass by at that exact moment. Rachel sees the mask and laments her brother's loss of innocence.
RACHEL: Hey, I bought you this balaclava in Mt Bulla when you said that your head was cold.
Dan ushers the girls out and he and the cops go to fill out an incident report. Libby sternly looks at Kyle and blames him for the whole incident, but Zeke pipes up and says it was all his idea.
Karl and Susan have been brought in, but Zeke doesn't see the big deal about using silly string and stink gas on muck up day. All the adults think that Zeke is just taking the rap for Kyle, but Zeke mutters that he can make his own decisions. Andrew decides that all the boys will be starting next year on suspension, but this doesn't phase Zeke one bit and he coolly asks to leave. Out in the corridor, Zeke relays to Kyle what happened and Kyle thanks him for taking the blame. Karl and Susan witness the boys' little victorious fist bump of solidarity and look concerned.
While Libby grabs Sam a drink, Dan lets his ex know that he won't be cutting Libby out of their baby's life. Sam is unimpressed. Susan frets about Zeke with Toadie and Miranda near some DELICIOUS looking desserts (seriously, I want that chocolate mousse) for Carmella's going away party. Karl sees Steve checking his phone and asks if there's any more news on Didge, but there's nada. Rebecca tells Carmella that Chloe's having a nap in the kitchen (in her pram, not like in a vat of mayonnaise or something), so Carmella shushes everyone to say a few words.
CARMELLA: (She takes a deep breath) Wow, this is a lot harder than I thought. I can't believe I'm actually going! You've all been such a huge part of my life. It's been a tough year and I wouldn't have pulled through it if it hadn't been for all of you. (To Rebecca) Especially for you, you cry baby! Yeah, sure, I'll be leaving behind the bricks and the mortar but I will be taking the most important thing with me - your friendship.
They all clap and cheer while Rebecca gives her a squeeze.
CARMELLA: But I've actually got one more thing to say! There's someone missing from this picture today. Someone who put a roof over my head when I needed it - Harold.
LOU: Hear, hear.
CARMELLA: I'm actually going to be selling my half of the store to Elle today, on one condition. I think that Harold should be linked to this store forever as a tribute for everything he's done for all of us. So with Elle's permission I'm proposing a name change. I'd like to re-name this place 'Harold's Store'.
The all 'aww' and clap when a big booming voice rings out behind them.
HAROLD: Does that mean that I get free herbal tea?
Shocked, Miranda and Steve rush over to hug Didge while Susan races over to give Harold a cuddle. Miranda thanks Harold for bringing her daughter home, but Harold states that it was the other way around. More hugs are in order when Carmella greets Harold, and Didge rushes into Declan's arms as he softly tells her never to do that to him again. Aww, group hug, you guys!
Rachel and Donna (who are wearing some awful 70s gear, like they've just escaped from a basket weaving cult) have tagged along with Declan and the Parkers. Miranda's upset that the mean backpackers stole Didge's stuff and vows to buy her a new phone and iPod, but Steve doesn't think she should be rewarded for running away (and the phone was so totally her own dumb fault anyway). Miranda shushes him and drags he and Declan into the kitchen so the girls can chat. Rachel's a bit miffed that Didge ran off without telling them, but Donna gently warns her to back off. Didge reveals to them how sick Harold is, before enveloping them in a - wait for it, you'll never guess - HUG, letting them know she'll need the support of her ace friends. If all else fails, Didge, they could make an awesome hamper for you.
Carmella signs over her share of the store to Elle. Upon hearing Harold's news, she realised life was too short to hang on to things and she has to live in the now. Elle and Carmella joke around, which makes Rebecca smile.
REBECCA: Oh look at you two, haven't you come a long way since throwing food at each other!
ELLE: Now don't get all sentimental on me, Cammeniti.
CARMELLA: (pretending to cry) Oh tear, tear.
Zeke walks in and Libby and Dan immediately get on his case about the school incident. Toadie takes the Declan mentality and jokes that Zeke might have a crush on "this Kyle guy". Zeke gives them all the stink eye and heads over to Carmella to say goodbye, where he immediately turns into the shy, goofy Zeke we all know and love. It's quite sweet the way he blushes and stutters before awkwardly hugging her.
Night has fallen and Rebecca walks down the #24 driveway with Carmella and Chloe. Carmella's stoked to see that most of Ramsay Street has turned up clad in Christmas lights to say a final farewell to her. She hugs Susan before turning to Ringo and giving him a big cuddle, their history noted. The second last person on the hug train is Elle - and it's nice to see their characters end on a positive vibe. Carmella then hugs Rebecca before getting into the cab.
TOADIE: Bon voyage! ... I don't really know what 'goodbye' is in Portuguese!
Everyone waves Carmella off as the taxi drives down the street in a blaze of Christmas lights.
Carmella quietly walks into Harold's room (I hope Chloe's having fun playing peek-a-boo with the taxi driver). She didn't want to leave without saying goodbye and giving him a gift - her rosary beads from when she was Sister Mary Catherine. Harold is touched and asks her to stay and pray with him before she leaves.
The scene fades out into the next morning. Lou and Susan sit by Harold's bedside, trying to comfort him before he heads into surgery.
LOU: Hey, nice gesture from Carmella about the store.
HAROLD: Yes I was touched.
SUSAN: Yeah you better hurry up and get better so you can come and unveil your new sign.
LOU: Mind you I don't know why they didn't call it 'Harold & Lou's Store'.
Karl walks in with his doctor crew to escort Harold to the operating theatre. Harold looks so weary and frail, it's quite upsetting! They wheel him out into the corridor, where Zeke, Rachel and Toadie are also waiting. Didge barges in, just in time to see him.
DIDGE: I wanted to tell you something. You were right, everyone was worried about me. Now it's your turn. I'll be here when you get out, OK?
HAROLD: I'll hold you to that.
She gives him a kiss on the forehead and they wheel him away with everyone looking solemnly after him.
Harold groggily wakes up after his surgery and lies forlornly in bed, thinking about all the conversations he's had with Karl about staying strong and fighting his illness and Harold arguing that he's too old. He rolls over and shuts his eyes, looking quite defeated. Harold Bishop, you are breaking my heart.