Hilary tells Matt that she's seen his father - he's staying at Lassiter's. It's up to Matt if he wants to see him. But she'd prefer it if he didn't.
Jim isn't happy about Beverly becoming Lassiter's on-call doctor, but Paul assures him that it's just to look good on the brochure - Beverly will hardly ever be called. Jim is slightly mollified.
Paul tells Jim that he has plans to develop a new workshop - he's got his eye on a piece of land which belongs to the council. Jim is chuffed.
Matt hasn't made a decision yet - he's like to know why Hilary doesn't want to see his father. She says it's not that - it was just a painful relationship end for both of them, and she doesn't want to stir up the past any more than she has to.
Sharon has skived off school today. Nick has heard the rumours, but tells her not to take any notice - it's just silly kids spreading gossip. He tells her to ignore it and wait for it to go away - her real friends know none of the rumours are true.
Matt tells Jim about his real father being in town. He doesn't know what to do - he's not sure he wants to meet him: his foster dad in Adelaide is his real father. Jim says that it could be Matt's only chance.
MATT: He doesn't even know he has a son - 18 years down the line, it must be a bit of a shock!
JIM: If I was in his position, I'd want to know I had a son.
JIM: Too right. He has a right to know, to tell you the truth, I think Hilary should have told him years ago.
Matt has made his decision - Jim is right, this may be his only chance. He resolves to give him a call.
MATT: I can't believe how nervous I am!
Kerry and Sky are having a morning snack. Gloria is telling Kerry that she has big plans for the Coffee Shop - the prize draw is just a start. Kerry advises her not to make too many changes while Harold is away, but Lee points out that Gloria has already upped the takings.
GLORIA: Don't worry. I won't do anything crazy.
Matt approaches his father who is sitting at a table. He introduces himself.
BARRY DWYER: Right, now why did you want to see me. I'm right in saying that we haven't met before, aren't I?
MATT: Yeah. No, we haven't met. Look, I'm sorry about the mysterious phoncecall. I just didn't feel I could talk to you on the phone. I wanted to see you in person, you know? I'm...Hilary Robinson's son.
BARRY: Hilary Robinson? Oh, yes, Hilary! Yeah, we studied piano with the same teacher. Well, well, well!
MATT: Yeah, you were...good friends.
BARRY: Yes, that certainly was a long time ago. How is Hilary?
MATT: Good. She's fine.
There is a long pause.
BARRY: Look, what is it you couldn't talk to me about over the phone?
MATT: Barry, I'm not sure I should have rung you at all...I'm...I'm your son.
Barry is shocked.
BARRY: Are you sure?
BARRY: Why didn't Hilary ever tell me?
MATT: Maybe she thought that you wouldn't want to know.
Gloria is laughing with a few of the punters when Paul comes in. He moans about the menu, saying that Gloria is serving the same meals as at the Waterhole. Gloria counters that they're her own recipes. Paul is more concerned that she's dropped her prices - he and Harold have never been in direct competition on price. Gloria says the next thing she's going to do is apply for a BYO licence. Paul is appalled!
Barry and Matt are chatting awkwardly.
MATT: This is crazy. I've been burning to meet you, and now I can't think of anything to say!
BARRY: What made you get in touch with me now?
MATT: Mum saw you yesterday and I thought it was now or never.
BARRY: Certainly come as a bit of a jolt.
MATT: So, are you married? Kids?
BARRY: No, my wife and I are both career people. We decided not to have kids. I can't imagine how she's going to react when she finds out! We've been going through a rough patch lately.
MATT: I don't want to make any trouble...I'm not going to butt into your life if that's what you're worried about...
BARRY: I didn't mean that.
MATT: I just thought you had a right to know.
BARRY: Sure, sure. I don't know what you expected. But you must be disappointed, whatever it was. I don't know what you're meant to say to a son you never knew you had.
MATT: That's OK. You don't have to say anything. I just wanted to see you, and I've done that. I won't bother you anymore.
They shake hands.
MATT: It's been good meeting you.
BARRY: Look, if you ever did want to get in touch for whatever reason, you could always give me a call, I guess.
He gives Matt his business card.
BARRY: Give my best to Hilary.
Kerry sees Sharon skiving in the park and asks her what's wrong. She tells her about the rumours going round about her being a slut at school. Kerry says that what Sharon does is her own business and kids have no right to hassle her.
KERRY: Sharon, there's always going to be single-minded people in this world. But you can't let them affect your life.
Kerry tells Sharon to stand up to the bullies - it doesn't matter what they think, it's what Sharon thinks that's important. It's best to just shrug the comments up. Sharon agrees to try.
Matt comes in and finds Hilary lying on the sofa - she's come home from work with a headache.
MATT: I wanted to put your mind at rest. I've seen him!
HILARY: And what happens now?
HILARY: Nothing? What did you say, what did he say? He must resent me terribly not having told him about you after all these years.
MATT: No...no, I didn't tell him. I didn't tell him that I was his son. Just that I was your son, and that I knew you and he were close and I wanted to meet him.
HILARY: And how did he react?
MATT: Fine. Fine, he was nice. He said he had happy memories of you. I think he would have liked to have seen you himself, but he was worried about what his wife might say.
HILARY: Naturally. So, he's married. Does he have any other children?
MATT: ...I didn't think to ask.
HILARY: Well, no matter, it's all so long ago. Better to just keep the memories.
MATT: Yeah. That's what he said.
HILARY: But Matthew, what stopped you telling him? You must have been curious as to his reaction.
MATT: He seemed happy with his lot. It didn't seem like the right thing to do, I didn't want to complicate anything for either of us.
HILARY: Very sensible. Matthew. I was so afraid that you'd want to go and live with Barry and get to know him as you have me.
MATT: Mum, I've got my foster parents. I've got you. I'm happy with the way things are.
Some girls give Sharon a hard time in the Coffee Shop, but she brushes their comments off.
Gloria is drawing the first winner in the prize draw. The winner is Paul Robinson!
Jim and Paul are having a beer. The waiter is rather klutzy and Paul tells him off.
Paul tells Jim that he's acquired the land for the workshop, but he's going to build a nightclub too - the workshop will fit on the back of the property.
JIM: Where exactly is the land?
Paul won't tell him.
Kerry is lifting Sky up on the see-saw. On the way home, she sees two men erecting a sign - the park is the land that's up for sale!
KERRY: Oh no, they're selling the kids' playground. They can't get away with that! Well, not while I'm around they can't.