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Episode Summaries > 2007 > Episode 5251
Written by Megan Herbert, Directed by Jovita O'Shaughnessy, Produced by Peter Dodds

Channel Ten: 09/07/07 BBC One: 01/10/07

Episode Title: Past Tango

Cast: Stefan Dennis as Paul Robinson, Pippa Black as Elle Robinson, Ryan Moloney as Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi, Carla Bonner as Stephanie Hoyland, Kyal Marsh as Boyd Hoyland, Aaron Aulesbrook-Walker as Charlie Hoyland, Natalie Blair as Carmella Cammeniti, Natalie Saleeba as Rosetta ‘Rosie’ Cammeniti, Ben Lawson as Frazer Yeats, Sam Clark as Ringo Brown, Nicky Whelan as Heidi 'Pepper' Steiger, David Hoflin as Oliver Barnes

Guest Cast: Robert Forza as Rocco Cammeniti, James Lawson as Marcus Napier, Jason Green as Gary Mason, Natalie Michaels as Susannah Christie

• Steph has doubts that she will attract the wrong type and too few voters
• Frazer realises he has feeling in his toe
• Elle tempts Oliver with getting his DNA test results
• Oliver burns his DNA test results outside of the hospital

Erinsborough Hospital - Entrance: Oliver is startled when Paul behind him jokes about causing a fire outside of the bush fire season and Oliver questions why he’s there. Paul explains he has a check up appointment and Oliver wishes him luck and rushes off. Curious to what Oliver was burning, Paul looks into the bin but the letter has completely burnt.

Lassiter's Restaurant: Ringo & Carmella are practicing the Cammeniti twelve step dance while Frazer and Pepper dance on the sidelines. Pepper notices Frazer’s foot is moving to the music. Rosie returns and receives a call from her father.

Prison: Rocco pleads with Rosie to talk to him but Rosie hangs up.

Lassiter's Restaurant: Carmella thinks Rosie is being too harse on not talking to their father but Rosie doesn’t want to discuss it. Elle arrives and asks Pepper where Oliver is. After she is told he’s gone to the hospital alone for his test results Elle decides to go to see him. Carmella is upset to learn that Elle & Oliver are officially seeing each other but claims she is okay with it. Curious, Pepper asks Rosie how Frazer is, mentioning about his paralysis. Pepper is concerned when Rosie clearly doesn’t know Frazer has regained some feeling.

No 30 - Kitchen: Pepper comforts Carmella who is teary about Oliver & Elle. Ringo comes in with news he has secured a deal with Tony Pistachio the organic king for him to supply them with fruit & veg. Carmella cannot understand how he secured a deal when she & Tony do not get along. Ringo admits he lied and said she was sacked from the business. Ringo asks her to drive him there to secure the deal.

Charlie's - Office: Toadie takes a photo of Steph holding Charlie, dressed more conservatively holding an Australian flag to use on her campaign poster. Steph feels it is false but Toadie assures him it is what voters will want to see. Boyd has been reading Steph’s speech she ditched from reading at the party and tells her he thinks it is well written and from the heart. Toadie assures them there is no room for sentiment in politics.

Charlie's - Bar: Ringo races on the arcade bike game with Carmella watching over him but she covers his eyes as a joke and he crashes out of the game. Steph comes over and is outraged to see the mysterious Thorn has beaten her top score again and gets back on the game to beat the score.

Lassiter's Car Park: Elle sees Oliver approaching on crutches and he explains how he twisted his knee in the hospital car park. Oliver lies he has read the results and he is a Barnes and puts Alan’s claims down to his illness. Elle asks to see the results and Oliver tells her he left them at the hospital. Oliver thanks her for being so concerned about him.

Charlie's - Bar: Pepper tries to be subtle in getting Frazer to admit he has feeling in his foot and he does confess. He assures her he is just waiting to tell Rosie as he loves her and wants to know he’s going to get more feeling first rather than it being about denial. Frazer agrees he needs to tell Rosie.

No 22 - Lounge: Elle wants to discuss further why Alan would make such claims but Oliver sidesteps it by kissing Elle. Paul arrives home and interrupts them. Oliver seems less than happy to see him and more so when Paul mention how he saw him at the hospital. Elle suspecting Oliver isn’t telling the truth wants to see the results but Paul works out they were what Oliver was burning. Oliver is cornered.

No 22 - Lounge: Oliver admits Alan Napier, the man who looked after him as a servant all his life, is his grandfather. Oliver mentions that he isn’t even sure how many children Alan has. Elle offers to hire a private detective but gets resistance from both Paul & Oliver in taking a short cut way to learning the truth.

Charlie's - Bar: Steph finally beats Thorn’s score on the arcade game and Rosie decides she wants to have a go. Steph tries not to make Rosie feel as a beginner she has no way of beating her but Rosie senses a challenge. Picking up on the tension, Toadie sets a wager. If Rosie beats Steph then Steph will sing an 80’s rock ballad of her choice at the wedding reception. And if Steph wins Rosie must sing a ballad at the altar with Carmella & Pepper as backing singers. The competition set, Toadie makes a $A100 bet with Frazer. The girls get ready to race.

Registry Office: Oliver opens up a copy of his birth certificate and it confirms what he has seen previously. That the Barnes’s are registered as his birth parents. Elle suggests an illegal adoption may be behind it but Oliver can only see he has a long way to go before he discovers the truth. Elle suggests again she call the investigator.

Charlie's - Bar: Rosie and Steph are still racing with Rosie in second place but she beats Steph and crosses the finish line in first place. Rosie comes clean she is Thorn and learnt her skill through racing arcade games in the Uni cafeteria. Steph applauds her opponent but Rosie is more interested in Steph singing a ballad. After leaving Frazer & Rosie alone he takes the opportunity to tell her he has moved her foot. Rosie is delighted.

Lassiter's: Rosie is so happy at Frazer’s news as they walk home. She has an idea that he needs to focus on getting more feeling back and jokingly offers to be kicked if it will help speed up the process. Frazer manages to move his toes again. Rosie reminds him that if that is all he’ll ever move she’ll still love him.

Charlie's - Bar: Steph is being taunted about the ballad she has to sing when Frazer & Rosie return. Pepper is delighted Rosie now knows about Frazer’s news.

No 22 - Lounge/kitchen: Elle deals with Gary Mason, her investigator and exchanges money for the information. Oliver and Paul are really unhappy with her association. Oliver opens the envelope to discover Alan has two children Marcus who lives in Melbourne & Rebecca, address unknown. Either could be his parent. Paul questions if Oliver is prepared to use questionable means again to get addresses and Oliver admits he is.

Charlie's - Bar: Steph finishes an interview with journalist Susannah Christine from the Erinsborough News for a piece on the election the following week. Boyd questions what Steph’s policies are but Toadie feels it should be about getting into council first. After Toadie leaves to take Charlie home Boyd wants Steph to realise she is losing something of herself by playing a political game. She assures him she is still the same but she has to play by the rules to win.

Tony DiStasio's warehouse: Carmella hides in the Ute as Ringo finishes loading the van with fruit & veg. She takes the blanket off of her as Ringo gets back into the van and they both laugh about it. Carmella jokes about him being as smooth on the dance floor and suggests they have a lesson now. Ringo is less than keen but Carmella turns the music on and takes him by the hand and leads him into a paddock. They begin dancing under her instruction.

Marcus Napier's house: Elle & Paul watch from the car as Oliver knocks on Marcus Napier’s door. He answers and Oliver introduces himself. Marcus tells him he has nothing to say and closes the door. Oliver looks back towards the car.

Tony DiStasio's warehouse: Carmella & Ringo dance but laugh at their awkwardness. Suddenly she & Ringo stop and Carmella lean in towards him as they look like they are going to kiss.

Marcus Napier's house: Oliver begs to talk to Marcus and Marcus reopens the door. Oliver tells him he knows that Alan is his grandfather and questions if Marcus is his father. Marcus assures him he is not but that his sister Rebecca maybe. Oliver asks about Rebecca’s whereabouts but Marcus explains he hasn’t spoken to her for yes. Marcus warns him to stay away from her, as she’ll only bring him trouble.

Regular Cast Credits

Trivia Notes
• Ringo makes reference to film comedy ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ in respect of his dancing
• Tony DiStasio is known as The Organic King
• David Hoflin’s real-life leg injury is written in as a twisted knee injury for his character
• Oliver’s birth certificate registers his DOB as 16 November 1981, born in Melbourne
• Pamela Wilkins, Barnes is registered as his mother aged 19 when he was born and residing in Melbourne
• Clifford Barnes is registered as his father, aged 20 and DOB 21 August 1978 and profession as a business executive
• Alan Napier has two children Marcus & Rebecca
• Marcus Napier travelled overseas for a few months around the time Rebecca was pregnant with Oliver

Summary by Paul