Lee offering Paul some work with her.
Michael telling Lyn he'll see her, and her "murdering daughter", in court.
Steph admits to Toadie that she's terrified. Toadie tells that today is the easy part: all she has to do is go in, plead her case, and they leave. Max assures her that they'll be right there with her. Harold and Lou come over to offer to come for moral support. Steph thanks them but says she'll be fine. Paul also offers to help in any way he can. When they all leave, Toadie says that he'd like to organise a summit meeting before going into the courtroom, and to try and get Lyn and Doreen to come as well, to see where they stand. Steph says Doreen will come. Toadie also has some unfortunate news: he shows Steph today's newspaper. On the front page is a large article with a picture of her, titled "Mercy Killing?". Toadie tells her not to worry: today's newspapers are tomorrow's kitty litter and it's not as bad as it seems.
Steph and Max discuss the case further. Steph wants her mother there, but Max thinks it'll just create more negativity. Steph reminds him that he saw for herself that Lyn believes Steph, but she's still in shock. Steph busies herself with cleaning, despite Max telling her to get some rest. Steph tells him that she's using everything she's got to stop herself from falling apart. She can't stop to think about anything, she needs to stay busy. Talk turns to IVF again. Steph wants to stop the treatment, even though they were so close, because every month is just more heartbreak. Max cannot get her to change her mind.
Makeshift Coffee Shop
Lyn talks about her father to Harold. She talks about how much Steph loved him, and would do anything for him. Harold asks if Lyn thinks Steph acted out of compassion. Lyn says that Steph did have a lot of compassion for him, but she just couldn't kill him. She says that she's just so terrified for Steph. Harold reads a passage from the Bible that he draws on from time to time to help him through things: "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins." (1 Peter 4:8) He tells Lyn he's there for her, and Lyn thanks him. Michael comes in and walks past Lyn. Lyn calls out to him and asks if he wants to sit down and talk; it doesn't have to be about today. "How can it not be about today?" he asks her.
Toadie tells Steph, Max and Doreen that the main evidence against her are the two statements from the witnesses, both Michael and Lyn, and the coroner's report. Steph's statement, and the fact that Charlie's reported desire to end his life prematurely are nothing but hearsay are their main lines of defence. Lyn, staying in the kitchen making coffee asks if anyone wants sugar and biscuits. Toadie tells her that they really need her in the lounge room, they don't have much time. She comes in. Toadie tells Steph that unless she pleads guilty, none of the prosecution's witnesses will be cross-examined today. Lyn asks if that means she won't have to be there. Steph tells her she wants her to be there. Toadie walks her through the procedure: pleading non guilty, etc. Toadie warns them that today is the easy part, it will be a tough time for them ahead. Max suggests they all just focus on today for now. Toadie leaves, and Doreen takes Oscar out of the lounge room. Max offers to do the dishes. Lyn tells Steph about seeing Michael. Steph apologises for Lyn not getting a chance to get to know her brother, now that he thinks she killed Charlie. Lyn says, "you didn't, did you?" Steph answers no, and the two finally hug and make up.
Karl surprises Izzy at work. Harold gets off the phone and tells Karl he just had a very interesting conversation with the police. He has finally found out about the old medical students' prank with the fake bones. He tells Karl he's very disappointed. On the other side of the room, in the pub area, Max asks Lou if he's talked to the insurance people yet. Lou says he hasn't heard anything back from them yet. Max says that he hopes it won't be too long; the thought of reopening is the only thing keeping him going. Lou confesses that the insurance payout will not be as big as they had hoped for because he underinsured the pub. Max is not happy at all, with all his money problems all piling up. Max says that he thinks the whole thing is just a sign telling him to get out of business with Lou, and he's awfully tempted to right now.
David and Lil have invited Paul and Lee around for dinner.
LEE: Thank you. That was a very unusual meal.
LIL (sarcastic): And you ate every last morsel. Good girl!
Paul starts to clear up the table, but David insists he and Lee go into the lounge room and he'll bring out the coffees. When he and Lil are alone, David asks how she thinks it's going. Lil says it's going really well. He asks why she invited her. Lil tells him that there's an old Serbian saying: "Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer." In the lounge room Lee asks Paul if he's given any more thought to her offer. Paul says he has, but he likes to work alone. Lee says it's so lonely, and tells him to "think of how much more fun we could have as a threesome: you, me, Affirmacon."
"Three's a crowd," Paul answers.
Lee tells him to be their man on the ground: instead of supervising a group of small-time suburban interests, be in charge of a whole megaplex. Paul is very tempted. David joins them, and Paul denies talking about work so late at night. He tells him that Lee was just talking about shopping highlights of Erinstown. David says he'd love to hear more.
Carmella is sitting on the couch watching TV. Connor comes in after putting Maddy to bed, something that took longer than Carmella was expecting: she tells Connor she thought he might have dozed off with her. Connor says he's full of beans. "You smell like it too," Carmella tells him. "What is it with you and showers?" Connor tells her he'll take one in a minute, he just wants to sit down a minute. Carmella gets up to leave, and Connor asks her why, he thought she didn't mind staying in tonight. Carmella tells him they didn't have much choice, Lori just phoned up last minute and asked if they could have Maddy for a few days. Connor tells her that if he and Lori want a fair arrangement, then they both have to make sacrifices now and then.
"Our relationship for instance?" Carmella asks. Connor asks if he has been doing that, and Carmella tells him they haven't spent any real time together for weeks. Connor promises that they will.
Lil has joined the other three adults in the lounge room. Lee is telling them about Affirmacon, which strives to build bridges between corporations and its clients. Lil asks David if Affirmacon is one of those corporate crooks they heard Sky ranting on about. Lee starts to defend it, but Lil mentions that they also buy residential land, knock it down and put up awful shopping centres. Lee again starts to defend it, but Lil says that she knows Affirmacon has a reputation for ruining small business, so she doesn't know how that fits in with Lee's "better community" scenario.
"What would a receptionist know about big business?" Lee replies. She says that she has been associated with Affirmacon for a long time, and the bulk of Erinstown certainly aren't complaining. She asks Paul to back her up. But Paul tells her that Lil has a point: locals running their own business is the best thing for a community. A corporate ownership might work in the states, but not here.
Karl asks Izzy to close her eyes and taste something he's made. She correctly guesses it's cheesecake, and Karl is pleased. He starts kissing her, but Izzy is too caught up in the news. There's so much terrible stuff going on, while they sit there on the couch. She thinks they should do something to help the community, give people hope.
Steph has got bail, and Max remarks how she was able to keep a cool head in the courtroom. Steph admits she thought she was going to burst in to tears. A trial date has been set for next week. Harold tells them he'll be there to support them. Toadie tells them they should do okay: they have Charlie's letter, and Valda isn't blaming Steph. He tells Lyn they'll have to see the police statement, to see if they have to revoke it or change anything in it. Steph is worried that the jury won't be as supportive as the people around the table. Toadie tells her not to worry about jury, that's his job. Steph asks Toadie what his chances are. He tells her that a custodial sentence is a very real possibility, so she'd better get things in order just in case.
Karl plays guitar while Izzy sings, very, very, very, very badly. The two of them are writing a song. Izzy tells Karl that any money raised will go into the community to bring it back on its feet. Or they could make a plaque, or use it for a scholarship or something. She really wants to make a difference.
David and Lil enter, and excitedly tell Harold and Paul that they have just come from the town hall - David is officially in the race. Lou tells him that, speaking from experience, he's the perfect local councilman. Lee comes in, and she has also heard the news. She also tells them that she is on her way to the airport. "Ah, no cheap land to be had, eh?" Paul asks. David apologises for last night, but his words trail off when he sees the look on Lee's face. She tells them that one day they'll all realise that the future lies in growing the community. Paul tells her they'd rather keep the future in their own hands.
"If you think a bunch of small traders and housewives will make this place a success, you go right ahead," Lee says.
"Are you still here? Paul asks. "Haven't you got a plane to catch?"
Lee and Paul are sitting in the car. Lee comments on the good performance he gave for David and Lil. Paul says that they both know the power over good corporate image. "You really are smooth, aren't you?" she tells him.
She tells him to smooth things over with the bureaucrats and local residents. Affirmacon are relying on him. Paul tells her that it should stay between the two of them for now, and Lee assures him it will. She also says that once they've built their highly profitable mall, Paul should consider a move to the States. Paul says he's not crazy about the food over there. Lee leans close to him and says she knows some good restaurants, and she'd be happy to wine and dine with Paul. Paul tells her to just take one step at a time. She tells him that this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Carmella wakes up, and Connor tells her that he has arranged for Lori to pick her up early so they can have some time together. Carmella tells him she has thought of a way for them to spend more time together without putting pressure on their schedules: she could move in.
Lyn tells Michael that Steph is innocent, and that is exactly what she'll be saying in court next week. Michael can't believe it. Lyn insists that Steph did not do it, but Michael says that that is for the judge and jury to decide, and that he thought Lyn was going to do the right thing. Lyn tells him not to underestimate the power of a mother's love. He asks her what she'll do now that the police statements have been submitted as evidence. Lyn tells him she'll say she was temporarily insane from grief, and she thinks she actually was. If that doesn't work, she'll say that Michael coerced her. She'll do whatever it takes. Michael tells her that if she does, she'll end up sharing a cell with her daughter, and as far as he's concerned, that's exactly what they both deserve.