Lyn continues to plead with Michael as he leaves - asking would not he feel different if it was his own daughter? Michael is sorry, but knows it's a matter of right and wrong and he would feel the same way in that situation. He wishes that the circumstance could have been different as he knows Charlie isn't the only one to have suffered. Before Lyn can respond, a flurry of reporters suddenly materialise and begin to harass Lyn with a barrage of questions regarding Steph. Stunned, Lyn doesn't know what to do but Michael quickly turns them around and they head back into the house.
Paul tells Toadie the 'hot shot lawyer' that his office will be as ready as soon as possible. Toadie thanks him and notices that Paul has some other men in suits to see him. Toadie orders his breakfast from Izzy and she notes that Paul is quite the local hero. She then asks Toadie if he's heard about Harry's plans for a deli and post office attachment for the new Coffee Shop. He is thrilled with the idea! But Izzy whines that it's a bit well, daggy! She slyly wonders if Mr Robinson could put some sense into Harry. Toadie thinks it's a bit underhanded, as Harold does own most of the investment. In defence, Izzy just wants something 'hip and happening' and is just trying to protect the investment!
Lyn and Charlie peer down at the reporters, who have made themselves feel at home outside Number 26. Anxious, Lyn wonders if she should call Steph…but Charlie snidely remarks if Steph herself didn't call the press – as she may have wanted the sympathy angle. Lyn snaps that he obviously doesn't know her family and Charlie agrees, he doesn't know what they are capable of. Steph, Max, Valda and Summer arrive home – to the taunts of MURDERER being flung in Steph's direction. They explain they just went out for a bit of shopping and tried to be as discreet as possible but it obviously did not work. Summer thought it was awesome.
SUMMER: Now I know how Hilary Duff feels!
STEPH: Yeah but she gets harassed ‘cause people like her.
Lyn consoles Steph, blaming herself and Michael for the reporters taunts. Michael, looking uncomfortable laments that he would be better off outside with the reporters. Finally having had enough, Lyn agrees with him. She has tried to make him feel welcome into the family, but he won't get over his guilt over his own relationship with Charlie.
Having finished his meeting, Izzy seeks her opportunity to run her ideas for the Coffee Shop's 'rebirth' with Paul. She was thinking something new, fresh - a clean, uncluttered, almost minimalist look. Perhaps lots of chrome? Unfortunately she is cut off, with Paul informing her of his rule of best talking to the boss when dealing in business situations. He knows Harold and Izzy are not equal business partners, so she should run her ideas by Harold and then he'll talk to Harold. He dismisses her, asking again for his coffee. Izzy throws him a pout, but stands and leaves.
'Scoozie, what was your name again?' Summer attempts her best French accent to a reporter over the phone. She hangs up and looks over at Steph, hoping she isn't crying, everyone is on her side. Max agrees, coming into the kitchen to say the neighbours have been telling the reporters to go jump. Steph just hates that everyone has to be involved. There's a knock at the back door, and Toadie enters with some news about Charlie's will.
SUMMER: Announcing Mr Rebecchi madam!
Steph explains Summer has started on Jane Austen. Toadie says he's just heard from Charlie's lawyers in Queensland, regarding his will. He wanted it read out formally in front of everyone, and seeing as the lawyer doesn't want to travel all this way, Toadie has been left in charge. He'll be back tomorrow at 10:30. Steph wonders why all the mystery, but Valda says it's just like Charlie to create some drama.
Paul arrives back from another meeting and Izzy once again uses this chance to pounce on him with her business ideas. This time however, she employs a much flirtier approach with Karl overlooking their exchange. Izzy knows she doesn't give up easily as that is one of her strengths. She thought a man like him would appreciate such persistence and offers to get together later on to discuss her business plans in more detail. Paul sighs and asks 'Isabelle' whether or not she has spoken to Harold about this. Hesitating, she says no. He is sure her tactics bring results more often that not - but he meant what he said about speaking only to the boss. Defeated once again, Izzy shoots him a look but Paul has some last parting words.
PAUL: That doesn't mean I don't enjoy the flirting though, oh play that game anytime, anytime at all.
Karl looks mighty ticked off.
Michael tells Doreen he wished he could have patched up things with Charlie but Doreen knows they were both too stubborn to try hard enough. He just wished he could have told dad about his plans to go back to Shelley Bay, and expand the family business, make Charlie proud of him for once! He says he just wanted to remember the 'good times' but Doreen knows it's all a lie. Fishing is in the blood and you need a love for the sea. If Michael had that, he would never have left. Besides, Charlie sold the Delilah 18 months ago so there is no business to continue. No one told him - but Michael never asked. Toadie pops over and informs them both about the reading of Charlie's will tomorrow. Michael rudely tells Doreen he refuses to be in the same room as 'those people' She can just tell him everything. But she wonders if he should be denying the wish of a dying man, as he wished the entire family to be there.
Izzy notices Toadie waiting for someone and asks if it's 'that great man', Paul. In fact, Toadie is with some paperwork from Tim. Izzy scoffs she'd have to change her anatomy in order to get a meeting with Paul.
IZZY: Paul Robinson is a dinosaur! He seems to think that women belong in the kitchen and the bedroom and that is it!
Hallelujah!!! Is Karl's response, walking in and overhearing. He has finally found someone who thinks he's not God.
IZZY: Well of course he's not God, he went to jail.
Karl begins a ramble about the past crimes of Paul Robinson, and how better off the world would be if he was still in jail.
KARL: Ask Phil Martin!
He rambles, that Paul framed him for a crime he didn't commit and then ran off to Brazil! Furthermore, doesn't anyone else think it is strange Paul does all his business here - doesn't he have an office or anything?
Karl quickly kisses Izzy on the cheek and then leaves. Perplexed, Izzy asks what Paul exactly did, but Toadie too looks lost for words.
Karl and Izzy's
Karl arrives home, much to Izzy's relief.
IZZY: Karl! Thank God you're here!
KARL: Why? What's the matter?
IZZY: I can't think of anything to rhyme with fire!
KARL: Liar liar, pants on fire?
IZZY: Can you at least pretend to take it seriously?
She's already been through the dictionary but can't find any good words for her tribute song. 'Dire?', Karl inputs but then realises the what the word means. He says they'll work through it by him getting the guitar, bash around some chords and the melody should come easily.
In the Hoyland's new kitchen, Max informs the Scully/Hoyland clan that Channel 44's pathetic current affair show just went to air and Steph is officially old news. Changing the subject, Valda admires the new green kitchen.
VALDA: The new kitchen is very flash isn't it? It must be much easier to cook in.
STEPH: That's if any of us could cook.
MAX: Speak for yourself.
STEPH: I was.
Well, if they're lucky Valda will make them a full Fijian feast just like the one Charlie had on the cruise. Max says Summer can leave, and she hopes that they won't be fighting again. Of course, this sets off Lyn to go off about Michael and how unreasonable he is being. Doreen tries to explain how Michael thought he and Charlie could reconcile, with him expanding the family business. Lyn fires back that Michael has never shown an interest in fishing. Doreen agrees, but knows that he is just bitter and angry at the moment. Yes, and taking it out on Steph! Doreen sighs, explaining she was just trying to be a peace dove, Steph finishes off. Valda suggests Michael should settle down when the will is read, though Steph tells everyone she has already been given the old BSA Lighting. This sets off Lyn again, muttering that Steph might not have time to restore the bike, if she's going to be in jail and asks why Michael just doesn't drop this 'blooming vendetta'? This finally prompts Max to tell Lyn loudly to leave it alone. Flustered, she stutters she should go, as it's Oscar's bedtime and gets ready to leave. (Mind you, Oscar doesn't seem to want to leave, banging the table and yelling out a cute 'No!') As everyone leaves the kitchen, Max apologises to Lyn; he just doesn't think it's wise to keep reminding Steph about the jail as he knows she stays up half the night thinking about it. He wants them to be strong, to be calm. Lyn also apologises for shooting her mouth off. Her sleepless nights must also be catching up.
Karl and Izzy's
Didn't take long for our lives to change
when all was lost in a flaming fire
Hopes and dreams all turned to ashes
virtually all? into a funeral pyreeeeee!!!!
'That's great!' are Karl's words of encouragement, but he believes that she may need something a bit more uplifting in the chorus. Izzy slowly agrees - perhaps something about standing together, seeing it through? Another suggestion that Karl had, was asking the other traders to join in. 'What, as backing singers?' Karl's mouth says yes, although his body language is saying no. He reckons it would make it more of a community thing.
IZZY: Karl, this is my contribution to the cause and if they want to do something, they can.
KARL: Well, sweetheart, it's just that you, you don't have the strongest voice. And sometimes you go a little off-key.
KARL: Just a little.
IZZY: Karl, if that's true, than you're obviously playing the wrong chords!
She'll make them some food, and they'll go over it until they get he gets it right.
Max answers Karl's phone call. He's just about to see what kind of help needs when Karl walks into the store. Karl explains to Max and Summer that Izzy wants to raise money by writing a special song and singing it.
MAX: She has to be stopped!
Summer thinks it's a great idea, but the two men look almost horrified. They explain that dear old Aunt Izzy does not exactly have the best voice, no she is....
KARL: She's tone-deaf.
Summer asks if anyone could be worse than Max, but he replies Izzy is and they need to formulate some sort of plan.
KARL: She thinks she's Beyonce!
Summer says that most singers these days don't even use their own vocals! This spurs the two men into thought, but they realise this is going to require some serious thought and Karl is on his own.
Izzy bids Paul good morning and serves him his coffee. She begins another round of bantering by beginning to say she knows all about his past. And he had no right to treat her with such little respect!
IZZY: I am a strong businesswoman Paul, with a whole heap of ideas. You don't know what you're missing out on.
IZZY: You know what I think?
IZZY: I think you avoid with strong women, because you're afraid of them. Are you afraid of me Paul?
PAUL: I'm afraid I'm late for my next appointment
The clan all sit, the air thick with tension as they await Toadie's arrival. Michael snipes that it's odd for Max to be here, he's not immediate family. Max exclaims he's here to support his wife! A knock at the door signals Toadies arrival. He gets right into them, as they know Charlie set a new will whilst in Queensland and it is in every way, a legal binding document.
Karl comes in with a surprise for izzy and she excitedly tells him she has decided to take his advice and get the other traders in on the song but as her back up singers. Karl, crestfallen, inserts the CD back into the music player. Izzy figures that it's her song and she just wants to be the star. Karl starts to play the CD with Izzy's solo efforts and she is horrified to discover that she isn't Beyonce after all.
The minor bequests are complete, with Charlie's old motorbike being officially passed over to Steph. Toadie now begins to read the bulk of Charlie's estate, comprising of:
* The cottage at Shelley Bay
* His share portfolio
* His cash account and a fix term deposit
He begins to read the will, as per Charlie's words. (Charlie's voice is played over the top)
As anyone with half a brain will see, the details of this will reflect the needs of the beneficiaries. Then what's broke, gets the most. With this in mind, my gorgeous Valda gets nothing. She's already got my heart and more than enough money.
VALDA: Amen to that pet.
70% of my estate goes to Stephanie Hoyland with all my love, to be used as she sees fit for the benefit of the Hoyland mob in general. 20% goes to my darling daughter, Lyn Scully, to help her get back on her feet and start living again. And dating again. And 10% of my total estate goes to my son Michael. I know you're too independent to need any cash from your old man mate, but use it to buy a tinny and take yourself fishing when you get back from China. No hard feelings son, I'm sorry we didn't' patch things up. But we can do that in heaven, if we make it.
Everyone looks shocked, but not as shocked as Michael is. Stunned and angry, he gets up to leave, informing everyone that he won't take this sitting down and especially will not let that woman cheat him out of his inheritance!