Lyn thinks that Steph killed Charlie
Max finds out Gus is the dead body
Toadie knows about Stu and Sindi's romance
Stu's Hospital Room
Toadie stops by for a visit and Stu says he's allowed out that evening. Toadie asks what time he should pick Stu up but Stu hesitates… He says he knows that Toadie knows about his relationship with Sindi. He tries to apologise many times but Toadie keeps shushing him and telling him it's not a big deal. “The whole fire, your eyes, the almost dying – that's a big deal. You just worry about getting yourself better. I don't have a problem with you and Sindi,” he ends very unconvincingly. And if Stu could see the look on his face he'd really be able to see how bad he's lying.
Doreen brings Summer in to see Lyn. She's made a card for her Nana Scully:
I'm sorry your dad died. Though he wasn't my great grandfather I liked him very much. You must miss him a lot.
I love you. Summer.
Lyn gets Summer to help her ice a cake. Doreen asks if Lyn's had the chance to get to know Michael a bit better but she says she hasn't yet. The phone rings and Doreen answers. Lyn thinks it's Jack and gets excited but when Doreen tells her it's Steph she flinches.
Doreen urges her to take the call and gives a pointed look in Summer's direction. Lyn is very short with Steph on the phone. She wants to come over to see her and talk about the funeral but Lyn doesn't want her to and hangs up on her.
Over at the Hoylands' Steph stares at the receiver in disbelief. “She hung up on me. My own mum, I can't believe this is happening.” Max, who has been lurking in the background, gives her a hug.
Connor and Carmella are trying to feed Maddy in between her crying sprees. Toadie arrives home in a foul mood and asks them if they knew about Stu and Sindi. The CC's admit they had an inkling about it – “I'm surprised you didn't pick up on the vibe,” says Carmella. Toadie's all annoyed about two of his best mates betraying him. Connor gently tells him that he and Sindi had broken up several times by that point.
TOADIE: So it's okay to just go around behind my back and lie to my face like it doesn't matter?
CARMELLA: Okay, and you've told Sindi and Stu this have you?
TOADIE: They almost died in the fire. Stu has got his head full of bandages; there is a time and a place for hissy fits! (Said in a very hissy tone).
CONNOR: Right… which is why we're copping it right now.
Toadie says he just feels really stupid. Connor says that they can handle the hissy fits if that means that he leaves Stu alone and Carmella adds they'll just ignore him. “Why not, everyone else does,” Toadie huffs before huffily huffing out of the room.
Oscar is cleaning mummy's face with a cloth when Summer suddenly asks why Lyn and Steph are fighting. Lyn says they're not fighting they're just having a disagreement about something. Summer offers to be a mediator but Lyn tells her not to worry herself, “Come on, love. It's time you got going isn't it?” After Summer says goodbye to Nana and “Peace Dove”, Doreen says to Lyn that she's making a “shocking mistake” shutting her daughter out. Lyn would really prefer her aunt keep her opinions to herself and then adds that Doreen thinks there's a possibility that Steph helped Charlie to die as well.
(Home of the leaky tap according to the stock shot…). Max gets off the phone and tells Boyd and Summer that the cops have just finished the post-mortem on Gus, “The fire didn't kill him. He was murdered.” Boyd can't believe his ears.
Lou and Paul are helping out.
LOU: Oh Paul, I've been meaning to ask you, how's Caroline? Er, no uh… Christina? Which twin did you marry?
PAUL: Christina, actually. Ah, we've separated.
He admits that he misses Andrew though; he's fourteen now and into cars already. Paul asks where Harold is and Lou says he's sifting through the debris, just like he has been all week. Lou then gets all whispery and tells Paul that he only renewed the insurance on the pub a week before the fire, which the police see as a bit dodgy. “The insurance company won't pay up till I've been given a clean slate.” Lou thought it would be open and shut seeing as Gus was found close by but grudgingly admits that it's not over till the fat lady sings. Paul offers to tide Lou over until the insurance sorts itself out much to Lou's delight.
Max strides in and tells the two men that Gus didn't die in the fire, he was already dead. “Killed by a heavy blow to the front of his head. They're treating it as murder” Paul and Lou can't believe it. “What did I say?” ponders Lou. “The fat lady isn't even on stage yet.”
Connor guides Stu to the couch while Sindi ambles in behind. He says they'll have to work out a roster because someone will need to be with Stu 24/7. Stu puts a halt to that though and carefully says that he's going to move in with Sindi “just for a while anyway”, they just came by to pick some of his things up. Connor looks sad but covers it up and goes off to get Stu's belongings with Carmella from a list Sindi made.
Stu and Sindi have a chat and Stu says he'd know the Number 30 couch anywhere. “Old pizza, stale beer, Bob's hair… Where's Bob?” At the sound of his name, Bob ambles in and Sindi puts him on Stu's lap. Toadie walks in the room just in time to have his heart crushed yet again. Good timing, dude. Sindi can't see him as she's facing the other way and Stu… well y'know, the blindness and all. Stu says he's going to miss Bob and that he loves Sindi. He says that he wouldn't know what to say to Toadie but Toad solves that problem for him by making his presence known. “Probably goodbye would be enough…” Sindi and Stu look guilty but Stu says in hindsight it's for the best that he moves out and not to worry, he'll keep up with the mortgage payments. Toad looks like he could care less about payments. “That's the end of an era then, isn't it…”
Boyd and Summer head off to bed but not before asking if they're going to the funeral tomorrow. Steph says they'll work something out. Once the kids are out of the room Steph admits she really wants to go but she doesn't want to cause a scene.
Max answers a knock at the door. Steph is relieved to see that it's Lyn and engulfs her in a hug. Lyn looks like she might cry as she hugs her back but pulls it together. She says that she wants to talk about the funeral but it's not the good news Steph was hoping to hear. “Michael and I have had a talk,” Lyn begins, “and he thinks it might not be right for you to go.” Steph protests but Lyn says she's just trying to balance everyone's feelings (just a tip Lynnie, add a couple more ounces of feelings to Steph's side). Lyn suggests that Steph have a talk to the local Father. “You want me to go to confession?” Steph says incredulously. Lyn thinks it might do her good (okay, make that about ten kilos of feelings, Lynnie). She leaves Steph to wallow in misery.
The Father, the son and the holy Peace Dove stand around Charlie's coffin as Lyn is invited to share a few words about her dad.
LYN: Well… getting to know you, and um, seeing how happy you were with mum together finally, it's given me more happiness than, well, than I can find the words for. And I just wish mum was here to say ta-ta to you. But you know how much we all love you, and um, I thought we had a few more months together but… you're gone and it just seems so wrong. It's just wrong. I miss you. I miss you so much.
Suddenly, Valda's voice rings out. She's made it just in time for the funeral. Lyn races over for a hug. Valda tearfully asks where the family is just as the Hoyland mobile drives up. All the clan get out but only Boyd and Summer walk over. Valda doesn't understand and goes over to Max and Steph to bring them over to everyone else. She says she doesn't know what's going on but whatever it is she doesn't want it spoiling her Charlie's funeral. Everyone looks uncomfortably at one another.
Paul says to Lou that he wouldn't have associated a murder case with “sleepy old Erinsborough”. Lou says that anything is possible if Gus Cleary's involved and goes on to tell Paul about Gus' history and his lovely hobby of Hoyland stalking. Paul changes topics and says it's really good to see some of the old faces around the area. He tells Lou that he was speaking to David Bishop the other day and how he has his sights set on the council. Lou unwittingly tells Paul all about David's financial bust-up with his old job.
LOU: He trusted some con man he thought was a mate.
PAUL: What's his problem, easily led?
LOU: Let's just say that there are sharper tools in the box.
Hear that noise? That's the cogs turning in Paul's brain as he smiles away, mightily interested with this tidbit of information.
Everyone is gathered around the casket now as Valda says her final words to Charlie, her first love. “Our time together was very short but it was wonderful. I give thanks for every second we shared and I gave thanks too for the beautiful daughter we had together.” She then invites Steph to say a few words about her grandfather, which causes much anger for Michael. “She shouldn't be here,” he glowers in her direction. Steph says she has a right to mourn her grandfather's passing. Valda wants to know exactly what's going on. “It's her doing that we're here at all. I don't know how you can even show your face,” Michael snits. Max cuddles Steph protectively.
(Home of the big green car according to the stock shot – not to be confused with the Wiggles similar automobile with a different hue…). Toadie's in a grumpy mood for a change and says to Connor that it wasn't his idea for Stu to move out if that's what he's thinking. Connor tells him he never said it was as Carmella takes Maddy outside to play. Toadie says he's upset by everything that has gone on and he doesn't know what to do (listen to the pronunciation of ‘do' – he sounds like he has a French accent…). “Whichever way I look at it it's betrayal. Betrayal by two very good friends and now I've lost them both. It sucks, y'know?” Connor lets that sink in and Toadie says if he's coming to the wake he better get changed.
Paul serves all the Hoylands' their drinks and passes on his condolences about Charlie. Steph thanks him and goes to get some sugar. After she leaves Summer bluntly asks if Steph killed Charlie. Boyd and Max defiantly say no, but Summer wants to know why everyone was angry at the funeral before. Max says all she needs to know is that Steph loved her granddad very much and she did nothing wrong. Steph comes back to the table and says to the kids that whatever they may think of her later on, she really wants to thank them for standing by her today. Boyd smiles at her. “You're family, Steph.” Summer agrees. They decide together to go to the wake.
Lou brings some drinks over and goes to give his sympathies to Valda. She says she was just glad she was able to make the funeral. Connor takes the drinks into where Toadie is in the kitchen and quietly says their footy wake was way more entertaining.
TOADIE: Yeah… the night that Stuart kissed Sindi. What a night to remember.
Lou lets the Hoylands in and takes Max aside for a quick chat. He says it's occurred to him that he won't be the only one the police want to question over Gus. It'll be Max, Karl, Izzy “and heaven forbid young Boyd”.
Summer says hi to Lyn and adds that yes, Steph is there as well. Lyn tells Sum that whatever happens it doesn't alter the way she feels about her. “I love you very much.” Summer tells her that it looks like she hates Steph sometimes but Lyn promises that she could never hate her.
Doreen gives Lyn a look as Summer leaves the room and Lyn stresses that she doesn't hate Steph, “I just hate what's she's done.” Doreen advises her not to let her religion or her opinions or whatever it is make her lose Steph. Valda and Michael enter the kitchen at the same time. Valda is alarmed and wants to know why Lyn would lose Steph. “Because Stephanie killed Charlie,” Michael says darkly. Valda says that's a dreadful thing to say and that he's out of his mind, but Michael wants Lyn to tell her mum what they saw. Lyn escapes out of the room.
DOREEN: It's not the time or the place.
MICHAEL: If it wasn't for her daughter we wouldn't be at this time or this place.
He says he can't stay while his father's killer is at his wake. Steph joins the conversation just in time to hear that lovely departing shot. As Michael opens the door to leave though Snr. Const. Joanna Douglas and two other officers meet him. Steph and Lyn gather around as Snr. Const. Douglas apologises for intruding on the wake.
SNR. CONST. DOUGLAS: We've finished our investigations into the death of Charles Cassidy and we now believe he did not die of natural causes.
STEPH: No! That's not true.
SNR. CONST. DOUGLAS: It's my duty to now inform you, Stephanie Hoyland, that you're under arrest for attempted murder.
Snr. Const. Douglas reads Steph her rights as everyone looks on in shock. Michael is the exception though; he's looking like Steph has got her comeuppance.