Max telling Boyd he's sick of the attitude.
Lori telling Connor she's pregnant.
Boyd crashing Toadie's car.
A Field Somewhere:
Boyd gets out of the smoking car, rubbing his forehead. He walks around to the front of the car, and is horrified to see the smashed passenger side. He runs away.
Boyd throws the keys on the coffee table, and runs his hands through his hair, stressed out. He hears his dad get back. Max walks in and sees Boyd in the loungeroom. He apologises for Boyd seeing Steph there in the morning, and pauses mid-sentence when he sees the graze on Boyd's forehead. Max is concerned, and asks Boyd what happened. Boyd looks ashamed.
Karl is finishing putting a bandage around Boyd's arm, with Max looking on. Boyd's fine apart from a few cuts and bruises. Karl tells Max that Boyd's probably still in a bit of shock, and then he asks Boyd how this happened. Boyd tells them he was trying to get back to the garage before Toadie and Stu could find out, and Max starts to get angry at him. Karl asks Boyd to wait outside for a moment while he talks to Max. Karl tries to tell him that it would be a shock, and that Max probably feels helpless. "Don't tell me what I'm feeling, Karl." Karl then tells him to be thankful that cuts and bruises is all that Boyd recieved, and to go easy on him for tonight.
Max drives himself and Boyd to where Toadie's mangled car is. He sees the damage and can't believe it. Boyd tries to apologise. Max gets out and calls the operator on his mobile asking for a tow truck company. Boyd remains in the car looking downcast.
Toadie's asking Stu how his car could just disappear. Stu tells him that he had to deliver a car back to a client, "You know, Mrs Johnson, the one who knits jumpers for Bob." Toadie asks if anyone else was there, and Stu tells him Boyd was. Toadie wants to know where Boyd is now, and Stu says he's trying to reach him on his mobile. His face falls as the tow truck pulls up with Toadie's smashed car on the back. Toadie walks over, outraged. "That's my car!" Max and Boyd pull up behind the truck. Max tells Boyd to stay in the car. He walks up to Toadie and apologises, and says that Boyd took it for a joyride. Toadie gets more angry and says that Boyd's only fifteen, then turns angrily to Stu asking him how he could let this happen. Stu starts to say that he knew it was stupid of him, until Max cuts in saying not to blame Stu, it's Boyd's fault. Boyd is sitting in the car trying not to cry as the guys keeps arguing.
Max wants to know what Boyd was thinking putting his life at risk. Boyd says he's sorry, but Max needs to know more than that. Boyd says that he'll help to pay for Toadie's car, and Max tells him that he's lucky that Toadie and Stu don't want to report him to the police. He asks Boyd if this had anything to do with his relationship with Steph. He says that Steph cares about them all very much, and asks Boyd if he can see that. "You know...when your mother died, I thought my life was over. I've had to accept that she is gone. And life...it just goes on without you whether you like it or not. I know she would have wanted this..." Boyd stands up, outraged. "You have no idea what she would have wanted!" Max is confused. Boyd tells him that he was the only one there when his mum died, and angrily tells Max he has no idea what it was like. He storms out leaving Max looking a bit shellshocked.
Lori cautiously walks into the empty surgery, and bumps into Karl walking out of his office. She asks if he needs a hand with anything. Karl says he's fine, but he can give her a lift home if she likes. Lori says it's alright, and starts to leave. Karl can see she has something on her mind, and ushers her into his office. He asks what's going on, and Lori tells him that she's pregnant. She didn't want to tell him before because it would make the situation more real. She starts to get upset, and Karl tells her it's okay to be frightened. He asks if anyone knows, and Lori says a couple of people and names Jack. Karl asks if he's the father, and Lori quickly says no, but assures him that the father does know. "I'm sure he'll be there for me no matter what happens."
Connor and Lou are in Lou's office talking shop. Lou tells him that Lori called in earlier, and she wants Connor to give her a call. He asks if everything's okay between them, and Connor says "Why wouldn't they be?" They walk out to the bar. Lou picks up a catalogue for an antique fair. He wishes he could go, but it's in Adelaide and he has too many commitments. Connor has a brainwave. "I'll go." Lou's not sure that he has an eye for the good stuff, but Connor protests that he's learnt a lot off Lou in the past couple of months and he can always call him before he buys something. Lou is beginning to sway. "Why are you so keen to skip town all of a sudden?" Connor insists that it's just a good opportunity. Lou gives in, telling him that he'll do a 50/50 deal on the profits.
Summer is sitting on the couch anxiously, playing with Boyd's skateboard, when she sees her dad pull up. She runs to the door but is disappointed to see a Boydless Max. Steph comes in from the kitchen, and Max tells them that he couldn't find him anywhere. He says to Summer that Boyd justs wants to be left alone at the moment, but wants her to tell him if she knows of any places he might go to, to be alone. "He's been acting so weird lately, I don't know where he'd go," she says sadly. Steph says that Boyd will probably be hungry when he gets home, and suggests that Summer makes him that special salad he likes (with pine nuts). "Okay, if that makes him happy, because then he'll know we really love him." She goes to the kitchen, and Steph sits on the couch with Max. He says he has to go back out there and find him. "I think it's just beginning to sink in now what happened today. He could have died Steph, and all I could do was yell at him. I couldn't lose him. I just don't think I could bear that." Steph tries to reassure him. Max says he needs to know what Boyd's been carrying around about his mother, and says he's let him down. Steph says that's not true, and Boyd knows deep down how much Max loves him.
It's morning now, and Max is driving around still looking for Boyd. He stops, and spots someone lying on a park bench. He jumps out of the car and runs over. "Boyd? Boyd!" Boyd sits up as Max engulfs him in a hug. Boyd apologises, and says he's glad that Max is there. Max is relieved to have found him.
Karl and Lori are making breakfast. "Do you want jam?" "Ah, no, no, today feels more like a peanut butter kind of day," Karl replies. They talk about their "exciting" days which include double maths and bunions, respectively. A silence follows, and Lori says that Karl must think she's an idiot for getting herself into a mess. Karl says he doesn't, but thinks that Lori needs support from her parents. She says that she doesn't want to worry them or make them think that their daughter is totally irresponsible. Karl says that she's handling the situation in a mature manner. "If you were my daughter, I would be very proud of you." Lori smiles and thanks him.
Outside the Hoylands:
Max pulls up in the driveway with Boyd. Boyd looks over at number 30 sadly. Max asks him if he's alright, and he says yeah, but he needs to talk to Stuart and Toadie. Max says he doesn't have to straight away, but he wants to. Boyd walks over and sees Connor with a bag getting into his car. He says hi and asks if the guys are home. Connor says they're inside, "breakfasting." Lori and Karl are in the background. Lori walks over as Connor is getting into his car again, and asks him if he's going somewhere. He's surprised to see her, and says he's going to Adelaide for a couple of days. Lori figures out that he wasn't going to tell her he was going, and right when she needed his support too. She says she thought they were in this together, and Connor says that they are. He's just freaking out, and needs some time. "Well, time's something we really don't have a lot of. I'm disappointed in you. I really thought you were one of the good ones." She walks away angrily leaving Connor looking ashamed.
Boyd is telling Stu and Toadie how sorry he is, and how he'll pay them back. He says to Stu that he probably doesn't want him working at the garage anymore. Stu says that he's sorry, but he just can't trust Boyd now. Toadie says that he worked really hard to get that car when he was young. He tells Boyd how serious the situation could have been if he had have hit someone, and how Stu would have been held legally responsible for him. Stu says that it was his fault partially, because he forgot that Boyd was still a kid. Boyd asks if there is anything he can do for them now, and Toadie shakes his head. "Nah, mate. I gotta go to work. It's a long walk."
Max and Steph are saying that Boyd must feel ready to talk because he decided to come home. Summer walks out of her room in her school uniform, and offers to stay home from school of it would help. Max says she'd probably be better off going. Steph says that she'll walk with Summer to school today saying it'll give Max and Boyd a chance to talk. Boyd comes in the front door, and Summer walks over to him, giving him a hug and saying she's glad he's okay. Summer and Steph leave, leaving Max and Boyd looking at each other.
Lori is sitting at the kitchen table when there is a knock at the door. She gets up to answer it, sees it's Connor, and walks back into the kitchen. Connor lets himself in looking shameful, and says sorry to Lori. He says that he's terrified, and Lori asks him how he thinks she feels, especially now that she seems to be on her own because he is running out on her. "Look, I was. I'm not a bad person Lori, I'm just not ready to be a father." "You think I'm ready to be a mother?" Connor says at least she had some experience being a nanny. He's just someone who's barely learnt to read and write, and is "sidekick to a scammer." Lori says that he's just placed it all on her, that it's all her mess now. "Thanks a lot Connor."
Lori bursts in and heads straight into Karl's office. He follows her in, concerned. She tells him that she can't go through with it, her eyes brimming with tears. He asks her if she's sure, and she says she has no choice because she's on her own now, and couldn't do that to the baby. "I've made up my mind."
Max says to Boyd that talking about things makes them easier to manage. Boyd asks if Max did that when his mum died. "No," he admits, "I ran. You are your father's son," he says with a small smile. Max tells him he cares about him, and wants to help. Boyd says it's hard.
Boyd: "I didn't want to make you more upset. I didn't want to make you go away, but...but you did anyway."
Max: "Make me go away? What are you talking about?"
Boyd: "I thought you'd feel bad that you weren't there with mum. You kept saying how you'd let her down, and how, and how you weren't there for her when she needed you. And I thought if I told you, it'd make things even worse."
Max looks upset, but tells Boyd to continue. Boyd's crying silently.
Boyd: "I was there when mum died. She was right there with me. And she asked me not to leave her. And I haven't. I won't."
Max grabs Boyd into a hug, looking as upset as Boyd.