- Callum and Sophie fighting about the social committee
- Declan admitting he's been neglecting his friends
- Libby lying to Toadie about Steph's state of mind before the crash
- Karl and Susan up in arms about Libby's lie
Libby chats on the phone to Ben and arranges to come up for a visit on the weekend. When she hangs up she tries to dodge her parents, but they're still incredulous that she's prepared to lie. Libby says that Steph has punished herself enough lately and deserves her help, but Karl wonders what Ringo deserves.
LIBBY: Is putting Steph in jail going to bring him back?
KARL: What if it wasn't Steph on that bike, what if it was someone else? Then you might have a little more respect for the law.
LIBBY: What if it wasn't Ringo? Maybe then you'd have a little more compassion for Steph.
KARL: If you go ahead with this you could end up sharing a cell with Steph.
LIBBY: Well the only way that could happen is if one of you two say something.
Natasha ignores Callum and Sophie bickering at one another until Zeke breaks them up. He realises they're arguing about the social, which sets them off again until it's Michael's turn to play peacemaker. He orders the kids into the classroom and Zeke assures Michael it wasn't Sophie's fault. Michael smiles and tells Zeke he can head home - he'll sort out the mess. In class Michael struggles to get Sophie and Callum to cooperate as they'd much prefer to ignore one another, but Michael says he has a better idea.
A short while later (as Libby rushes in to join them) the social committee gathers together to hear Michael's new idea - he's going to let the students decide who should be Year 7 rep out of Sophie and Callum. Libby doesn't think it's fair that the teachers can't be involved, but Michael tells her to have faith in the kids. When Libby sees how downtrodden Sophie is, though (Soph thinks Callum is funnier and therefore has it in the bag), she offers her help on the sly. "Rules are meant to be broken," smiles Lib.
Susan reminds Karl that Libby's just trying to help a friend, but Karl says their daughter has to remember there are rules (I see what you did there, show!). They bicker some more until Donna comes in and says hello. Donna then makes her way over to play with India while Declan argues with the child care centre on the phone (they won't take Indy in today because she had a temperature yesterday). Donna offers to look after her goddaughter for the day, which pleases Declan.
Donna and Kate are doing a painting with India and chatting about Declan. Donna says if she had a baby she'd just want to stay home and play all day - she doesn't know how Declan does the full- time work thing. Kate asks how Donna's doing ("Keeping busy") and if she's spoken to Sam yet. But Donna says she doesn't even want to talk with her friends about the accident let alone a lawyer. Changing topic, Donna says the painting needs something extra (and it's not India eating paint off the brush!). Donna tells Indy they need her dad.
Declan is yelling at a disgruntled hotel employee when Donna and Kate bring India in for a visit. Declan's actually pleased to see his daughter until Kate hands over the painting they made and accidentally gets it on his suit. He becomes frustrated and reminds the girls that's why he puts Indy into childcare in the first place - so he can get his work done. Kate leaves the painting on the front desk and huffs off, Donna and India not far behind.
Libby listens while Sophie practices her speech for the committee members. She then poses some "questions from the floor" and asks Sophie why she should vote for her. Sophie says that she'll work hard and won't play favourites, but her voice trails off when Michael walks into the classroom and overhears them. Busted.
Today's nostalgia photo is of Lucy and Glenn in 1991.
First Commercial Break
When they're alone, Libby explains to Michael that Sophie just needed some help. But Michael points out that Callum probably would have liked that option too. He reminds Libby they were supposed to stay out of it and teach the kids about democracy, but Libby says it was just going to boil down to a popularity contest. She adds that Sophie is a good kid and doesn't deserve to be "thrown to the wolves". Michael thinks Libby's getting too involved.
LIBBY: I'm just warning you, it's going to go badly.
MICHAEL: And I'm warning you - have a little faith in the system.
Donna and Kate are setting up for another round of Rock Band when Zeke gets a text from Libby about the election for the social committee. The girls convince him to put it off long enough to play a song with them. Zeke grabs a guitar and does his best rock God impersonation... Which kind of sounds like Grover from Sesame Street.
Disgruntled employee man gives Declan his best death stare as he walks past, just as Declan's being harassed on the phone by some Linda woman who also works at Lassiter's. Declan brings up some files on the computer to confer with Linda, but becomes distracted by the painting from his daughter.
The band finish off their song (Zeke bending his arm around at an incredibly awkward angle to strum the guitar), while Indy chews on a drumstick. Donna says it's a shame Dec's not with them today. Zeke says he's probably just busy at work but Kate chimes in that he's always busy these days. Zeke heads off to the high school while Kate looks sadly at India.
Natasha complains to her dad that she has better stuff to do but Michael says it will be good for her to hear what the candidates have to say. The get started and Callum immediately hogs the floor, making everyone laugh. Sophie uses her note cards and stammers her way through her introduction. But not even an encouraging smile from Zeke can clear her nerves and she ends up running out of the classroom. Libby starts to tell Michael off in front of the kids, but Michael mutters that they should really be discussing this outside. When they're in the hall, Libby lays into him again.
LIBBY: This is always the way with you isn't it? You don't care if anyone gets hurt or left out or shut down, as long as you get to test out your precious little theories.
MICHAEL: You're out of line, Libby.
LIBBY: Because I'm standing up for those who can't stand up for themselves? That is exactly what we should be teaching these kids.
LIBBY: People like you stand around and do nothing while good people are destroyed, and I am not like you. I will not do that. I will not stand around and let someone I care about be ruined.
MICHAEL: (confused) What's this about?
Libby can't answer him and just walks away looking upset.
Second Commercial Break
Susan and Karl are off in their own little world, arguing about where Karl's car keys are, and don't realise Libby has slunk inside until she starts crying in the kitchen. Susan goes over and hugs her while Karl just looks sad for his daughter.
Zeke finds Sophie moping on the steps and tries to cheer her up, telling her that he used to get really nervous about public speaking as well. Sophie wonders about Pirate Net, but Zeke says he was pretending to be someone else in the beginning, which made it easier. Sophie thinks she's wrecked her chances to be on the committee but Zeke's sure that if she asked the group they'd give her another go. Kate rushes in (after getting a text from Zeke earlier) and gives Sophie a hug.
Karl and Susan have settled with Libby on the couch, who tearfully admits that she could have stopped Steph from riding off the day of the accident.
KARL: This is not your responsibility.
LIBBY: Isn't it? When everything came out I hated her so much that I just wanted to make her suffer.
SUSAN: But you got past that.
LIBBY: Yeah, sure, after I turned everyone in the street against her, after I humiliated her in public, after I made her give away her own baby.
SUSAN: She wasn't well, Libby, that wasn't your fault.
LIBBY: Steph got on that bike - but I pushed her there. If she's to blame then so am I.
Kate looks on while Declan has a word with disgruntled employee along the lines of 'fix your attitude or find another job'. When Dec sees Kate he tries to be his cheery self and apologises for snapping earlier - he even got the paint out of his suit. But Kate's more worried about Declan pulling power trips on his employees and not spending time with his daughter. Declan tells Kate not to be naive - he has responsibilities. Kate says she does too but she still took the time to check on Sophie at school today.
KATE: It's about priorities.
DECLAN: I can't just drop things. I'm the boss here.
KATE: Hmm, just like Paul. Hope it's worth it.
She walks out and Declan frowns, tracing his hand over India's painted handprints on her artwork.
Third Commercial Break
Kate sits with Donna and India at a table and says Declan's too busy to join them. Donna takes great delight in telling Kate about India's latest achievement.
DONNA: She said three words before. One of them sounded like a rude word!
Michael and Natasha walk behind them towards Harold's Store. Natasha's complaining about Sophie's lack of confidence but Michael says she's being unfair. He gets a call on his mobile, sighing when he sees Libby's name on the caller ID, but Libby has actually rang to apologise for her behaviour and to ask for a week off work. Michael accepts her apology and says a week off would do her good, but nicely reminds her that she's a valuable teacher.
Declan strolls out onto the mezzanine, sipping an espresso and doing his best 'Paul Robinson oversees the complex' routine, but he falters when he sees Kate and Donna laughing and giggling with India. Should he stick it out at work or should he spend more time with his family (or should he get a haircut that doesn't make him look like a Lego man? Decisions, decisions...)?
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
(Declan's offered a shiny new sports car at work)
DECLAN: I don't want to be that guy.
KATE: We really miss you, you know.
(Andrew has yet another idea for Paul)
ANDREW: I have a business plan for Robinson Entertainment.
(Natasha wants to help Andrew out)
NATASHA: How would you like your first gig?
ANDREW: Really? You've got the committee onside?
NATASHA: Of course I have.
(Natasha recruits Callum to help her)
NATASHA: I need the coolest kid in Year 7 on the committee.
CALLUM: You guys heard Tash, vote for Callum Jones!
(Sophie gets some help from the family)
SOPHIE: I need to beat Callum in an election.
PAUL: (smirking) What do you need?
(The votes are in...)
MICHAEL: We have a clear winner. And that winner is...
NATASHA: Oh come on, not the long pause.