Previously on Neighbours
Callum telling Toadie about Steph and Lucas watching the bike racing together.
Toadie pointing out to Steph that Lucas is making a play for her and that she is going to give.
Mia planting the evidence on Zeke.
Zeke being arrested.
Mia trying to get Zeke to say nothing so that neither gets charged and they can still be together.
Skinner confronts Mia and Zeke; he wants to know who is guilty since he has the evidence. When neither says anything, he announces that they will both be charged. When Skinner begins to leave, Zeke calls him back to say that Mia is the ring leader and he can confirm it too. Zeke is led away to make a formal interview leaving a teary Mia locked up.
Toadie and Zeke enter the reception area where the others are waiting with the good news that Zeke isn't going to be charged but Mia is.
Callum is desperate to get to Zeke's party but Toadie replies that he'll need to wait a wee bit longer until Steph's more recovered, and then they'll all go over as a family.
Charlie joins his mum and Toadie on the sofa while out in the corridor, Callum wistfully overhears Toadie saying nice things to Charlie and that they'll need to play footy together even if he doesn't like the team he barracks for (St Kilda).
Zeke and co arrive home and all the deco's for the party is lying around. Karl says they'll understand if he doesn't want the party but Zeke remarks that you only turn 18 once so the party is on!
Donna hears from Zeke that the party is still on as Declan tries to dress Indy although she is refusing to wear the hat he's trying to put on her.
DONNA: Clever girl. Not even 1 and you still have better taste than daddy.
Donna confirms to him that the party is still going on and Declan wonders what it will be like when Indy turns 18. She looks on wistfully as Declan plays with his daughter and she tells him that Indy is very lucky to have a dad like him.
With the Irish music on the go, the party is slowly warming up... beginning with kissing the blarney stone. First up is Susan.
SUSAN: Karl Kennedy's the greatest singer/songwriter in the history of music. It worked!
KARL: (very excited) Yes!
Donna again looks on wistfully at Susan and Karl having fun and at Declan, Kate and Indy being together.
Callum is moaning to Ben and Sophie about having to wait until Steph is rested before getting to Zeke's party. Sophie tells him that he isn't missing much apart from the cup cakes! He suggests that they all watch a DVD but when they switch the TV on its VERY LOUD and Callum can't immediately find the remote control, which causes Toadie to come in and tell him to turn it down because Steph is asleep.
CALLUM: I'm just in the way.
Sophie suggests they head elsewhere and Ben has an idea...
... And the three of them rock up at the garage. Lucas is happy for them to stay as long as they wear protective gear and don't touch anything. Callum sends the others out because he wants a word with Lucas... and promptly (but accidentally) locks them in the storeroom - the lock is playing up but Lucas has the key in is overalls to open it.
Callum pleads with Lucas not to call Toadie (part of Lucas' condition for them staying) because he's in a bad mood and drops into the conversation that Steph and Toadie have been fighting and that he's not allowed to do anything in case it upsets Steph. Lucas does a deal with him - he will call Toadie but that they can still stay on at the garage.
Toadie finishes his call with Lucas and lets Steph know what is happening. Karl comes over to them, happy to see that Steph is looking much better now, although they both politely decline the green cup cakes!
After spotting Declan and Kate pashing, Steph decides to head to the garage to pick the kids up.
The kids are having fun playing as being Steph (Sophie) and Lucas (Callum) when Steph arrives. Ben can't remember who he is supposed to be and Lucas tells him that he can be whoever he wants to be.
Callum wonders if the party is over but Steph replies that she is there to do paperwork. She then asks Lucas for a quiet word and the two of them walk off together.
Lucas subtly asks if she's fighting with Toadie, which she denies before they head off to the storeroom Lucas was in with the kids for their chat. Callum follows them to ask if he's in trouble but Steph is quick to reply no and suggests that they head to the party and she'll be along later. Cal thanks Lucas for having them and runs off to see the others and when he leaves, Steph closes the door so she can have her chat with Lucas in private. Oops!
Steph tells Lucas that they can't work together any more and he starts laughing at her. She is bemused until he explains that she's just locked them in the storeroom... and the key is in the overalls Callum has on! Steph immediately starts banging on the door, trying to get the kids' attention before they leave but Lucas is looking at it differently... people are going to talk about them being locked up together!
Commercial break later and it looks like the duo are going to be stuck in the store for a bit since Steph tells Lucas her phone is outside (she put them on a workbench when she arrived at the garage). He lies to her about him not having his phone either (he hides it under a shirt) as Steph again tries to attract the kids' attention.
LUCAS: If you just calm down someone will turn up... eventually.
The two of them end up arguing and Steph accidentally knocks a coversheet over which underneath was a model car that Lucas is building (pointing out that he's had plenty of free nights to build it when she thought he was doing it in work hours). "Aren't you a bit old for playing with toys" she asks but he replies that it's for Ben to help cheer him up. Steph apologises and Lucas ropes her into repairing the damage to the car.
Susan is pleased to see that the 'Irish mechanics' have appeared. Toadie asks what they were doing at the garage and Callum replies that they were hanging out and then mentions that Steph arrived to do paperwork.
CALLUM: Don't worry, she'll be back soon then we can be one big *happy* family.
Callum sounded rather downbeat when he said that, so Toadie tempts him into playing pin the bear. He doesn't want to and Toadie tells him about someone he used to wrestle with... The Shamrock aka Connor O'Neill.
Susan remarks to Karl that it doesn't look like Zeke is having a good time and suggests they go to opening pressies when Zeke gets off the phone. Finishing his call, Zeke reports that Rachel says hi to everyone and that she wanted to know what he got from Mia. Cue embarrassed faces all round before Zeke tells everyone that he's been an idiot and apologises for how he's behaved however he isn't going to let it spoil his birthday party.
Steph has finished repairing the model car and Lucas adds that they work well as a team. Steph points out that won't be for much longer, she's after Lucas to quit but he refuses and points out that if she sacks him, that won't go down well and a tribunal.
Lucas is then quick to Steph's aid when she stands up and has another dizzy turn. She assures him he is fine and puts it down to not having eaten much as a concerned Lucas guides her back to where she was sitting a few seconds ago and gives her his sandwich.
Zeke opens his last pressie - a record deck from Karl and Susan so he can transfer his records to computer and he laughs off Karl's offer to lend him some of his records! Karl then announces its time for speeches and makes a heart- felt one telling Zeke that he is his son in his heart. Even Susan is stunned at how perfect it was, but it just seems to make Donna feel more isolated as she stands over beside the front door whilst everyone else is gathered around the sofas.
Donna obviously decided to leave the party and is lying on the sofa when Zeke enters the house (he noticed that she looked upset after Karl's speech) and wants her to talk to him. She opens up and tells him that she saw these kids at the Fair with numbers on their arms and a little girl told her that it was her father's mobile number in case she got lost.
DONNA: I can't call my dad because I don't know who he is.
Zeke gives her a hug and suggests that she tries to find him again and reassures her it won't be like the last time - he will be there for her because he knows how important it is for her.
ZEKE: If you don't try again you'll regret it for the rest of your life.
OMG the teens are actually going to drink alcohol! Donna, Declan, Kate and Zeke all have a beer in front of them as Donna announces that she is going to try and find her dad. "Wow" replies Kate and wonders what's changed to which Donna says that she really feels ready. Kate then offer her support but when Donna asks Declan, he doesn't think it's a good idea and wishes he'd never found out who his dad was. Breaking the silence, he asks why the guy hasn't tried to find Donna adding that he could be a total jerk.
DONNA: That's why I need to find him. Joke or not, he's still my dad, I need to know.
Kate offers her help, which Declan also agrees to and asks that she be careful.
Lucas and Steph make themselves as comfy in the storeroom as they can be. As Steph munches on his sandwich, she jokes with him that he should take some lessons from Rebecca (she made his sannies for him) to which he threatens to take it back off her! "You wouldn't do that to a starving woman" she asks. "I wouldn't take anything from you that you wanted to give me," he replies before silence prevails.
Callum wipes his hands on Lucas' overalls when he finishes his drink and realises that the key for the storeroom is in the pocket. Sophie spots the key he's now holding and between them they work out that Steph must be trapped.
Steph concedes that she can't sack Lucas as they sit and pass the time. She wonders if they are going to be trapped all night although Lucas isn't too bothered if they are!
Sophie tells Callum that he should inform Toadie and as if my magic, Toadie migrates over to them.
To pass the time they play fantasy Grand Final 2010. Steph predicts a Saints v Pies final with a score on the final siren to earn a draw... so the Saints can beat the Pies in the re- match.
Making no attempt to stop him, Lucas then brushes Steph's hair aside and leans over as if to pash her when the phone rings! She's not amused at him having a phone inside all that time.
Final commercial break later and the call was from a customer. When he hangs up, she has a go at him for making a move on her but he wants to know why she is fighting it.
LUCAS: Whatever's stopping us being together we can get past it I swear. You love me, I can feel it (he has his hands behind Steph's neck looking straight at her). Just say it.
But before either of them can say any more, Toadie bangs on the door and calls out that he's got the key.
LUCAS: (refusing to let go of Steph) I know you love me.
Toadie enters the storeroom and asks if Steph is okay because he was worried. She breaks free from Lucas and goes over to Toadie, telling him that she's fine and its time to go. While she's left the storeroom the two gents stare at each other like Gladiators before a fight.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Summer wanting to catch up with Harry.
- Harry getting ready then meeting Summer.
- Lucas confronting Steph in the store to tell her the 'happy family' is all an act.
- Steph and Toadie discussing how they can prove to Lucas what they share is real.
- Toadie broaching Steph and Charlie moving into #30 with Callum.