Stu telling Steiger about Mac.
Karl telling Toadie about Tim Collins and Associates being Susan's new lawyers.
Nina kissing Jack.
Jack and Nina have lunch at Lassiter's. Nina insists she's still the same girl. Everything else is just “window dressing”. But she was really missing home, so she's come back. Jack tells her that he'd be anywhere but home if he had the chance. Nina says that he has so much going for him, and asks if he'd just walk away from it. Jack tells her that he wouldn't, everything's cool. He asks about the kiss yesterday, and Nina explains that she wanted to see if anything had changed. When Jack asks if anything has changed she says “let's just take things one step at a time.”
Karl comes home fuming and tells Izzy about Susan's new lawyer. Karl says that all the talk about a civil negotiation was just hot air; the real Susan has crawled out of a spider hole, and is all mean and manipulative. Izzy asks what Karl's going to do now. Karl tells her that every offer previously given to Susan is gone. “Including giving her the house?” Izzy asks. Karl answers, “Everything.”
Toadie and Connor are setting up their computer in the lounge room. They are, for some reason, talking about the men that they want. Sindi, having just walked in, is listening in from around the corner. When she can't take much more, she comes in, and asks if there's something they aren't telling her. The boys explain that they met this guy in the pub, who has set up an internet dating site, but he needs some “girls” on it. Lonely guys pay to register on the site, and pick out the girl they want to be their email girlfriend to chat to. Toadie is Tanya, a flaming redhead with voluptuous body and hobbies include Pilates and body-piercing. Connor is Carol, blonde and petite, hobbies include snowboarding and looking after her terriers. Tanya wants a man who is smart and funny, but not too demanding. “You wouldn't want someone full-time, would you?” Sindi asks. “You could set a limit on the amount of time that he spends with you. Wild guess, about three nights a week? The rest of the time can be completely your own.”
Toadie guesses that she's been speaking to Max. Sindi corrects him: it was Karl, who told her all about this new part-time girlfriend theory. “So, when's the best-seller come out?” she asks him.
Steiger tells Stu about the pressure he'll face being a chief witness in a corruption investigation. He gives him the option of just giving Mac a stern warning and they could keep it between themselves. Mac's career will be ruined, and she'll most likely face criminal charges. Stu tells him he's not doing it for personal satisfaction, she crossed the line. Steiger asks how he even knows about it, and Stu tells him that Mac told him herself. Steiger tells him to have his statement on his desk in an hour, and warns him that it will only get tougher from here on in.
Mac meets Jack in the pub. She tells him that an investigation has begun, and they know all about the building site thefts. She tells him she has decided to leave him out of it, because he's had it really rough lately, and she was the one who roped him into it to start with. Jack tells her she's amazing. Mac says that she's never been so scared in her life, but at the same time she feels liberated; a huge weight having been lifted off her. She kisses him and thanks him for “all those good times”. Nina, meanwhile, has just entered and seen the kiss. After Mac leaves, Nina approaches him. “No time for a social life, eh? And I almost believed you.” Jack tells her she was just a friend, and she was saying goodbye. Nina tells him she didn't expect him to live like a monk while she was gone, and she knows Jack always has a few secrets hidden away. Maybe that's why she finds him so fascinating.
Toadie apologises to Sindi. He didn't mean what he said, and wants her to be more than a part-time girlfriend.
TOADIE: I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you.
SINDI: Well you did hurt me.
TOADIE: How about I come over tonight, and I make it up to you. I give you a foot massage, and get out the oil and rose petals?
SINDI: But you know, I'm not just a sexy body, I'm a sensitive human being.
CONNOR: That was amazing Sindi! How does your mind work? Could you come over here and give me a few tips?
SINDI: Okay, you let them dig their own graves, then whack them on the back of the head with the emotional truth. Men can't handle that.
CONNOR: Oh my gosh, you're amazing!
TOADIE: I'm not a teaching aid. Just for the record Connor, no, I did not lose that argument. I backed off so that she would shut up.
CONNOR: Oh, bad move, that's a bad move, right?
SINDI: It's a very bad move. That's not funny.
TOADIE: No, honestly, I didn't want to do this in front of Shamrock, but you were more than happy to.
SINDI: Alright, you apologise for that right now, or you can forget about coming over tonight.
TOADIE: No, I won't. You were just doing what I was doing. You mouthing off about us to a mate. I'm not coming over until you apologise to me.
SINDI: That's it, I'm going! Oh, and Connor, write this down: “Before the end of the night, he'll be down on his knees, begging!”
And with that, she leaves. Suddenly they hear an email notification chime. Toadie got a boyfriend!
Stu stands alone, lost in thought. Mac comes over and lets him know that Ethical Standards called her in. She asks if he blew the whistle on her. Stu tells her that he couldn't just stand by and let her do all she did. Mac tells him that right from the start, she thinks that's what attracted her to him: his transparent integrity. In some weird way, if Stu hadn't squealed, she would have been disappointed. She tells him that he did the right, and she's just sorry that she blew it.
Karl gets off the phone with his lawyer. Apparently Susan's lawyer told his lawyer that Karl is trying to devalue the surgery by selling off its assets, which isn't true: he's really putting money in her pocket by giving the place the necessary upgrade. Karl says he's going over to confront Susan. Izzy tells him not to let Susan get to him, just calm down first. She begs him not to go, in case something happens while he's gone if she falls asleep. Karl tells her he'll be back before long, but he wants to give Susan the dirtiest divorce in history.
Stu comes back, and on his way into the station, he drops his keys. Bending down to pick them up, another officer walks by and knocks his hat off his head. Then another one kicks it away just as he is about to pick it up. Steiger sees this and picks up his hat for him. He tells him not to worry about them, they're only getting back at him for what he did. Stu wonders how they could condone what Mac did. Steiger explains that while the officers what a clean force, nothing has been proven yet, and they just want to give her a fair go. He tells Stu to take some time off to let the dust settle. Stu doesn't want to, he hasn't done anything wrong. Steiger spells it out for him: none of the officers want to be partnered with Stu right now, and he doesn't want to lower morale any more by partnering them with him. So for the sake of peace, it's not a suggestion, it's an order. Steiger tells him that for what it's worth, what he did took guts, and he has his respect.
“Tanya” and “Carol” are replying to emails from gullible men.
Carol writes: Thank you for asking about my little doggies, Arthur. Rexy is my favourite. We share a mutual respect. Which is exactly what I demand from you, Arthur. R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
Tanya writes: Hereafter follows some of the things you need to understand about me, Neville. Number One: You don't have to write every day. I am more than willing to be a part time girlfriend. Number Two: I will fit in with all of your needs, giving you no pressure, no questions, no demands. I will be here online, ready to prop you up and make you feel good about yourself.
CONNOR: I thought you said you were a woman with needs.
TOADIE: I am. These are my needs.
CONNOR: What? The need to be totally submissive? You've turned the clock back about fifty years.
TOADIE: At least I didn't sound like Aretha Franklin. Did you hear yourself? He's gonna be running a mile!
Sindi is sitting in front of the computer. Suddenly there's a knock at the door. Sindi, thinking Toadie has given in, excitedly runs over to the door. But it's Karl. When he finds out Susan isn't home, and Sindi isn't sure when she'll be back, he starts calling her mobile from his. He tells Sindi he'll wait outside. He's in no mood for company. He leaves a short voice message telling her to call back. Sindi shuts the door and goes back to the computer, but can easily hear Karl swamping her message bank until she calls him. She interrupts him and tells him to knock it off. “Why don't you go home and give Izzy a cuddle or something? I am trying to inflict some serious mental pain and aguish on Toadie and I can't concentrate. You are disturbing the entire street!”
Karl returns home to the front door wide open. Fearing the worst, he checks the whole flat. Izzy is gone.
Jack comes home from the pub and finds that Lyn has returned. Noticing something, she asks what's wrong. “Everything, ma,” he says, breaking down on her.
Out on the street
Karl runs around a busy street looking for Izzy. He finds her asleep in the middle of the road.
Jack has just told Lyn about his accident. Lyn says she doesn't give a damn about the car, as long as Jack's fine. She wants to know why no one told her. Jack explains that he asked Steph not to. He was ashamed. He tells her about how he destroyed the business. Lyn tries to remain calm, and tells him that the main thing is that he's alright. Lyn still wants to know why no one told her about the accident. Finally, Jack tells her about his drug problem.
Karl carries a semi-conscious Izzy to bed, and assures her that he won't leave her again, and she'll only have good dreams now.
Lyn begins to lose it. She tells him he's thrown his whole life away. Jack tells her that he has paid for his mistake. Lyn says that if he told her he could run the business due to inexperience, she would have shared the blame, but this is too much. Jack tells her he was too young for the responsibility, but Lyn thinks that as he is twenty years old, that's old enough. It's costing a fortune to run the farm, and now they have no money coming in. She tells Jack that his selfishness and stupidity have thrown the whole family into chaos. She tells Jack to get out of her sight.
Jack meets Nina in the pub. She asks him what's wrong. Jack tells her she shouldn't have come back. Everything's a mess. He tells her the truth about what has happened. Unlike Lyn, Nina grabs his hand in support.