- Libby creating a 5- year plan for herself
- Mark being treated unfairly by his workmates
- Jade and Mark kissing
Mark jogs near Harold's and watches Kate arrange some flowers out the front. He flashes back to his night with Jade and looks guilty. Jade appears and tries to chat with Mark, but he's uneasy around her and jogs away to Charlie's. Jade gives Kate a wave before following Mark into the bar.
Jade doesn't understand why Mark's being such a weirdo. She reminds him they're adults and it was just one night of fun, but if she knew he was going to act like this she wouldn't have gone home with him. Mark feels bad about Kate but Jade reminds him she's not looking for a relationship so they can just pretend that last night ever happened.
Libby puts the finishing touches on her 5- year plan while Karl yammers on about the importance of breakfast. While Libby's out walking Audrey, Karl has a peek at what his daughter's been typing up.
Returning from her walk, Libby eavesdrops on her parents talking about her. They're concerned she wants too much in a short amount of time - like buying a house and having strict requirements for a boyfriend. Libby tells them off and says she's determined to make a difference in her life. Susan and Karl think she should start off small and just choose a few things from her list, but Libby's determined to make it all work.
Libby talks with Susan and Karl about wanting to become a principal. Susan says that when she was principal she had teachers work as acting principals to gain more experience and thinks Libby should start with that. Libby thinks this is a good idea and resolves to ask Michael about becoming a mentor.
Jade pops off to the loo before the trivia game starts. Lucas grumbles about being sucked into the emcee job (it's a Dingoes fundraiser), while Kyle's more concerned about winning Kate over with the group name 'Team Awesome'. Lucas starts proceedings with a history round and the first question stumps Team Awesome. Mark watches from the bar and tries to drop some hints, but is soon coerced into becoming a team member. His face falls when Jade returns from the bathroom and he realises she's also on the team.
Libby sees Michael in the store and cheerfully approaches him. Michael looks around suspiciously.
MICHAEL: Are you smiling at me?
LIBBY: Yeah, who else?
MICHAEL: You must want something then.
LIBBY: ... No, I'm just in a good mood.
That soon evaporates when Michael tells Libby about the latest policy he wants to trial at school - getting rid of uniforms and letting kids wear what they want. Libby thinks it's a terrible idea and thinks the kids will just try and compete with one another, while Michael thinks it will encourage individuality. Michael asks Libby, as his VCE coordinator, to back him up at the school board meeting this afternoon.
Lucas announce the final question in the Film and TV section (after threatening to deduct points from Team Awesome after Kyle heckles him). It's about an Aussie TV show where the main character cheated with her best friend's boyfriend - how convenient! Kyle and Kate think they know the answer, while Mark and Jade try to avoid eye contact with one another. Kate and Jade end up getting into a heated discussion about the topic - Jade doesn't see what the big deal is, mistakes happen, while Kate thinks it's unforgivable. Team Awesome just became Team Awkward.
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Libby talks through the no uniform policy with Susan and Karl. Susan thinks she should stick with what she believes in, but Karl isn't so sure Lib should be rocking the boat. He understands Libby's POV but thinks if she's trying to get ahead in her career she should carefully pick the battles she wants to fight, especially if they're against her boss.
Libby finds Michael and Tash while they're grocery shopping and informs Michael that she's going to support his policy. Michael's surprised about her 180 considering how vocally opposed to it she was just before but Libby tries to blow it off as a "spirited conversation". Michael can tell that she still doesn't believe in the policy so Libby says she believes that Michael is doing what he thinks is best. She just wants to put their differences behind her and start anew. Michael thanks her and drags Tash away before she can finish insulting Libby's outfit.
Kyle's convinced that a donkey crossed with a horse is a zebra, but Jade tells him it's a mule. Lucas announces the last question in the animal category.
LUCAS: Name ten types of penguins.
KYLE: No way! Give me the pen.
LUCAS: One point per penguin.
KATE: Are you serious? Get some real questions, quizmaster!
KYLE: I love penguins, give me the pen!
KATE: You are seriously weird.
JADE: You only just figured that one out?
Meanwhile, poor Marky Mark's looking more uncomfortable by the second before his conscience gets the better of him and he asks Kate for a word outside. Jade slightly panics and chases them outside leaving Kyle with all his imaginary penguin friends. She interrupts Mark and Kate's conversation before he can blurt anything out and privately reminds Mark that it's going to be more trouble than it's worth if he tells Kate what happened between them.
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Team Awesome find out they came in second place with 71 points. Lucas gives them their prize - a stuffed toy dingo. Kate wants to take it home for Sophie but Kyle claims victory over it for being the penguin king. Mark continues to look awkward. His new name shall be Markward.
Michael tells the board members that the new uniform policy gives the students more responsibility and choice. They should be allowed to express themselves, and Michael wants to start a trial when the new term begins. Paul interjects and says that the uniforms give the school a sense of prestige and without them it will reflect badly on the Erinsborough Community. Michael and Paul bicker some more until Libby puts her two cents in and says she supports Michael, which surprises Paul. It's put to a vote and the no- uniform policy wins.
After the meeting, Tash runs into her dad's office and gives him a hug, telling him how excited she is about wearing casual clothes to school. Libby stops by for a chat and Tash waits outside. Michael thanks Libby for her support and tells her that he's typing up an email to all the parents now. Libby brings up her real reason for being there and informs Michael of her 5- year plan and principal aspirations. She reassures him she's not after his job, but just wants to gain all the experience she can to forge ahead. Michael's half listening half concentrating on his work.
LIBBY: I was wondering if there was any training I could do? Or I was hoping maybe working towards being assistant principal.
MICHAEL: Do you think we could talk about this later?
LIBBY: It won't take long, we could just grab a coffee and have a chat.
MICHAEL: After all your time off over the last year, I really think you should just concentrate on being a decent VCE coordinator before you go fishing for a new promotion.
Michael thinks it's good she wants to move up in the world but thinks she should wait another couple of months. Libby looks stung and walks out of the office.
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Karl tries to cheer Libby up and reminds him that Michael said she could try again in a few months. But Libby sighs and says she wants to make changes now. Karl says she made a 5- year plan for a reason and shouldn't be putting pressure on herself. When he goes to work, Paul slides over to Libby's table and lets her know he's not impressed with her taking Michael's side today.
PAUL: I always thought you were more like your mum - strong, independent. Shame you're not going to be principal like her isn't it?
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
TASH: See what they're wearing? They're pretending to be someone they're not.
SOPHIE: Have you seen some of the other girls out there?
(Sophie asks Lisa for some fashion advice)
(Paul and Andrew talk about the no uniform policy)
ANDREW: I know you're only doing this to get back at Michael.
(Michael gets phone calls from angry parents)
PAUL: The fact that I get to drag Michael down along the way is just part of the fun.
(Susan finds Libby looking at an old school yearbook)
SUSAN: You've always done whatever it took to achieve your goals. You keep doing that and you'll get where you want to be.
(Michael tells Libby that Paul is calling for him to be replaced at the school)
(Libby runs into Paul outside)
LIBBY: There's nothing wrong with working your way up in your career. This policy is a failure waiting to happen - let it happen.