This weeks episode is narrated by Ben Rafter.
**Guest stars SAMANTHA TOLJ as Sian Parry**
It’s Valentine’s Day, and Ben is increasingly aware of the power of words, especially those three little ones that all lovers are expected to say. Someone always has to go first, and by putting yourself out there, it’s a gamble.
Ben and Emma try to dodge the pressure of the day by doing a shift at the Boat Club. Donna is still carrying a torch for Ted and Julie is unimpressed when Ben encourages Donna to invite Ted to a romantic dinner. It gets off to a rocky start, with Ted turning up at the Boat Club instead of at Donna’s, but Ben rushes to the rescue as he gives Ted a bottle of wine and flowers to give to Donna and drives him over to Donna’s so he wouldn’t be to late – and Emma’s even more smitten than before.
Words have a power to defuse a situation. Ben asked Emma if she was feeling awkward when Carbo & Retta brought up Mel when they were all watching a romantic movie and talking about love. Emma said that she didn’t feel awkward. And Ben ended the conversation with a kiss. At home Emma says to Donna that she does love Ben and she has wanted to say it to him so many time but is afraid that he will run a mile. Donna says that someone has to put it out there.
Matt decides to play a joke on his flatmates by surprising them both with anonymous Valentine’s Day cards. Jake twigs pretty quickly that it’s a set-up, but lovesick Coby thinks that maybe his card is from Frankie. When she agrees to see a gig with Matt that night, it seems poor Coby’s Valentine’s Day couldn’t get any worse. Jake & Coby get Matt back for sending them the Valentine’s day cards. When a telemarketer calls Jake says its for Matt, a girl who says she is pregnant. Matt is pretty shocked as he believes him but when he answered the phone he was not happy that they had pranked him.
Carbo goes all out on Valentine’s Day, surprising Retta with a grand romantic gesture – heaps of flowers everywhere. Retta’s thrown into an absolute tailspin – how is she ever going to reciprocate on such a scale? Her first idea was to make a cake shaped in a heart, and as she is doing this on her own, she burns the cake and almost the house, luckily Ben arrives home and helps her out. He says to her that he will be out at the Boat club working with Emma all night. Retta thought that was fantastic. Once Ben & Emma had finished their shift, they arrived home and found Carbo & Retta asleep on the couch after watching a DVD. Ben put a blanket around them and asked Emma if she thought they were cute. Emma replied with I love you. After a slight pause she added I love you for being such a good friend.
Julie, enjoying the positive response to her column in the local newspaper, is surprised when editor Adam invites her to be interviewed on the local radio station. Initially reluctant, Julie is eventually talked round by Dave. But she creates a stir when, in an effort to avoid dead air-time, she expresses her opinion about her Dad’s and Donna’s new relationship and how she clearly doesn’t like where its going as it is her Dad and her best friend. Everyone is listening to the radio and they are a bit shocked about what Julie had to say.
Emma says to Ben that she can wait for him to say that he loves her even though she said it to him first, just because she said it first doesn’t mean that he has to say it immediately back to her. Words are what connects us to each other but only if we have the guts to put them out their in the first place.