Mayor Lee cracking on to David
Steph upset that Lyn doesn't believe her
The police arresting Steph at Charlie's wake
Det. Skinner has finished interrogating Steph, which has made her very agitated. She keeps telling him that she's done nothing wrong.
Max is on the phone to Toadie while Doreen, Lyn, Oscar, Valda and Summer hang about in the kitchen. Once he is off the phone, Max tells everyone there is a bail hearing that afternoon at four. The only problem being that the bail stands at $10,000. They're all aghast and Valda offers to pay it, not realising they'll need it straight away - she'd need a few days to gather it together. "What are we going to do?" Valda asks fretfully. "We can't just leave her sitting there in a jail cell, can we?" Lyn tells her mum to stop worrying, she doesn't need to try and save the day. Max wants to go down and see Steph. He asks Lyn if she wants to go with him but she makes an excuse that she'll stay behind with Oscar and Summer.
Steph wants to know if she can go home soon but Det. Skinner says that from here she'll need to go to a remand hearing, where a magistrate will determine whether or not she can be released on bail. Steph asks if she can make a phone call but Det. Skinner wants her to sign some documents first.
They run into Max and Valda in the hallway. Max and Steph go to hug one another but Det. Skinner steps between them - they're not allowed any contact.
Lil gets off the phone from Luka. It turns out he'd been surfing for the past two weeks but didn't tell anyone where he was. She makes David feel guilty about accusing Luka for a while then changes the subject to Mayor Lee. David becomes very vague and says that he doesn't think he'll run for the mayor position anymore. Through this vagueness, Lil is able to deduce that Lee made a pass at David. "How did you do?" he starts to murmur before Lil cuts him off with a scathing tirade about Lee's disgusting behaviour. She also finds out that Lee expected some nookie from David in return for getting him a meeting with the Mayor of Erinsborough.
Lyn is absentmindedly dusting the TV shelf when she comes across a photo of Steph. Doreen and Summer come back from their walk, startling Lyn into the kitchen. Peace Dove has been telling Summer some pearls of wisdom and says that, "there are some people, mainly male doctors I admit, who seem to think it's their job to defy nature at all costs." Summer asks Nana Scully if she really thinks that Steph killed Charlie but Lyn doesn't give her a straight answer, no matter what curly questions Summer throws her way. Lyn gets her step-granddaughter to take out the garbage so she doesn't have to answer her.
Once she's outside, Lyn asks Doreen whether she really thinks it's a good idea influencing her like that. Lyn wants to protect Summer from the truth because she thinks she's too young but Doreen thinks otherwise. "Thirteen nowadays is a lot older than it used to be. She's asking questions, someone has to say something." Lyn tells her aunt that the last thing she needs is someone with hippy commune values telling her what's right and wrong, but realises she's overstepped the mark and apologises. She breaks down crying and Doreen hugs her.
Lil is still spewing vitriol about Lee with David agreeing with whatever she says. Except for this little shot of course:
LIL: She must be one of those sex addicts that you see on TV and you were the closest male she could find with a pulse!
He thinks that he'll have to kiss goodbye his council career now but Lil won't hear of it. She says that Lee will get him that meeting with the council or else she'll expose her for "the devious cow that she is". David looks a bit excited at this fiery side to his wife.
Valda is standing with Steph as she signs some more forms. Det. Skinner puts a bag of her belongings away and says she can collect them when she gets bail. Steph wonders if she can go to court with Max but she finds out that she'll have to go via police escort.
Max, who has been talking on his mobile all this time, hangs up and smiles at Steph. They've got the bail money. Steph beams back and asks who from. "You are never going to believe it," Max replies.
The mystery bail person turns out to be none other than Paul. They're sitting with him having a thank you drink while Karl eavesdrops in the background. Steph thanks him but has to ask why he helped - he barely knows her. Paul says he knows what it's like to be on the wrong side of the law, "and besides, Ramsay Street's home. I like to think of the people that live here as my family".
Paul gets up to get them another drink. Karl comes over to see them but only causes trouble when he asks what Paul is up to. Max says that the bail money was an unconditional offer but Karl says that nothing is unconditional where Paul Robinson is concerned.
Paul is on the phone to the real estate agent. He thinks they're trying to make him hike up his bid to buy the Lassiter's complex by telling him there's another buyer. Mayor Lee has overheard all of this and tells him that it's true; she's the other buyer. She's been using her trip here to fund a business she has on the side "Affirmicon, forty-six sites over thirteen states." She asks in the 'sexy' voice she's been using on him what his interest is. He says that he can't think of a better way to thank the community. "Was that a violin playing?" Lee snits. "I know a player when I see one." (She says it with her back to him).
Summer says goodnight to Steph and assures her that she'll be fine because she's done nothing wrong. Max tells Steph that Toadie believes there's not enough evidence against her for a proper trial, but Steph says that can all change depending on if they call her mum as a witness. She worries about what Lyn is going through because she's confused at the moment. Max tells her that he and Lou are going to the police in the morning to tell them all that they can about the fire and Gus "I think it's better that we go to them first. Get it all clear."
Steph tells Max she'll join him in going to bed in a minute. She rings her mum when he's out of the room. Lyn was in the process of packing away Charlie's stuff and breathing in his scent on his blanket as a comfort thing. It's a very melancholy phone call as Lyn doesn't stay on for too long.
Lou is over ready to go with Max to the police station, but is still very nervous about the prospect. "You know me, show me anything resembling the law and I go to jelly. For obvious reasons." Max says it's important for them to stay calm. The sooner they can clear their name the sooner they can get their business back on track. Lou vetoes the tie Max has just spent five minutes tying (a lovely, garish red stripy number) and they go on their merry way.
Mayor Lee is having brekkie with Paul when Lil and David stride in, making their presence known. Lee gets all innuendo-y and tells David that it's a shame he didn't let her "arrange your seat like I promised" at the Mayor's function. Lil smiles at Lee and gets all innuendo-y right back saying "it's heart-warming to see how willing you are to bend over backwards to help him." Lil then makes Lee uncomfortable by swinging around the hotel room key Lee gave David. She ends up getting Lee to ring the Mayor there and then to set up a meeting for David.
Max clears his throat to stop Lou from fidgeting as Det. Skinner tells them that from everything he's garnered from them that they're in the clear. They stand up ready to go but Det. Skinner orders them to sit down - they do so and apologise in unison. He wants to know more about Gus and implants some theories in their minds about what could have happened that night. Max admits to the Detective that Gus wasn't well and had a talent for ticking people off. Det. Skinner thanks them and lets them go.
They pass Karl in the hallway as they leave. Karl asks the Detective what he wants to know. "From you doctor, quite a lot," Det. Skinner replies. Karl looks mightily worried.
Lee chats to the Mayor on her mobile and talks David up, saying that he's "one of the best additions to council you could possibly have." Paul says to David that there's a council by-election coming up but David thinks he's not confident or qualified enough to run for that just yet.
LEE: In Idaho we'd call you a greenhorn.
LIL: In Erinsborough we'd call you....
DAVID: Uh, Lil!
Paul says that David's got everything going for him and that people are going to love the guy. (Watch Max and Lou have a squabble at the vending machine in the background while this is going on - Max wants some chips dang nabbit and they're not coming out!). Lil says, "all in all I would say that he's a wonderful proposition. Wouldn't you, Lee?" Lee smiles uncomfortably.
Det. Skinner is going all Detective Goren from Law And Order on Dr. Karl, putting the hard word on him about his feelings towards Gus. He suggests that Karl may have been worried about the possibility of Izzy being back together with Gus and that he could have followed him to the pub and attacked him there. Or even better, Karl may have lit the fire and attacked Gus afterwards. Karl is getting more annoyed by the second and says that he won't be answering anything else. "I have done nothing wrong!" he shouts all manly like, giving the Detective a death stare for good measure.
Lee expositions for us that Paul now owns Lassiter's and asks what he's going to do with the complex. He says that the residents around Erinsborough don't go for big and flashy so he'll keep his loyalty to the area. Lee gives him a coy look and asks his thoughts on him working for her company. "I know talent when I see it." He starts to say he's very flattered but Lee interrupts and slides her arm around the back of his seat. "What do you Aussies say?" she asks between fluttering her eyelashes. "Think it over a few coldies? We'd make a great team you and I." Paul looks bemused at her seductive routine.
Lyn has come over to give Steph a belated Christmas present Flick and Shell sent over. Steph looks delighted that her mum is there and rushes off to get some scissors to cut open the package.
Max steps in and has a word with Lyn. "I've tried to respect that this is between you and Steph but I can't keep quiet about it any longer. You're being called as a witness against your own daughter, Lyn." Lynnie says she's been too scared to ask Steph what happened that night but she says she will soon because she needs to know. Max says she should already know, Steph's her daughter for heavens sake. Lyn should have talked with her before she made a statement to the police.
MAX: Lyn she could go to jail. And we're not just talking months we're talking years.