Stuart finding out his vision hasn't come back, and lying about it.
Connor telling Lucia he finished the challenge, and telling her to make the next one a little more difficult.
Lucia gives Connor a briefcase and says that his next challenge is to deliver it to her accountant in Eden Hills. She says that the briefcase contains very important documents with sensitive information about the Cammeniti family, in particular, Carmella. There are secrets that would harm Carmella if she, or anyone, ever found out. She tells him that under no circumstances is the case to be opened, and Connor gives his word. Lucia leaves just as Carmella emerges from the bedroom, having heard her mother's voice. Connor tells her she was in the neighbourhood and just stopped by, but couldn't stay long.
Stuart, dressed for work, makes himself some breakfast and gets it successfully over to the table to eat. Sindi gives him a new briefcase, as a “first day back at work” present. She says she's packed him a lunch in it, as well as a little surprise. Stuart says he'd better leave now so he can catch the bus. Sindi offers to drive him, but he says he has to conquer public transport one day. Sindi says that catching the bus right now might be too much, but Stuart tells her he'll manage.
Connor sits on the couch, staring at the briefcase. He walks around the room, constantly staring at it.
Summer thanks Steph for covering her books. Steph says it reminds her of when she was in year 8, but she didn't have Jake Gyllenhaal and Hillary Duff in her books, she had Julia Roberts and Keanu Reeves.
“Tragic,” Summer teases, “did they even have movie stars in the olden days?”
Steph asks her if there are any new boys in her class she fancies. Summer mentions a Hamish Cameron. Max comes in and offers her a lift, which Summer refuses, because “even the nerdiest nerd in the class would rather drop dead than be dropped off by a parent.” She leaves, and Max asks Steph why Summer suddenly doesn't like getting dropped off at school. Steph tells him not to worry, because she'll change her mind as soon as the first drop of rain comes. He asks her if she's given any more thought to adoption, and Steph says that with her recent criminal conviction, that would be out of the question.
Stuart walks along, counting his steps to the bus stop. Unbeknownst to him, Sindi is following to make sure he's alright. He gets to the bus stop, then onto the bus with no hassles, and Sindi is proud of him.
Carmella is visited by a member of “All Her” Magazine staff. “It's about time,” Carmella tells her, but instead of an article, she is given a resignation. And not just any resignation, this one is from the entire editorial staff. It turns out that they have all had enough of her bullying and zero understanding of journalism. Carmella hides her shock and tells her to get lost, then Sindi arrives. “Did I miss all the fun?” she jokes. Carmella thinks Sindi is resigning too, and tells her off. “If it wasn't for me, you'd still be pole-dancing.” Sindi gets upset, saying she came to give Carmella next week's article, but doesn't after that little outburst, and storms off.
Izzy is singing away, still not that great. Steph orders a drink and asks if any customers have commented on her singing. Izzy says that a few have, and one even threw a bit of money her way. She says she's been practising, and thinks it's paying off. “Yeah,” Steph says. “You should give Mum some lessons, she's heaps worse than… than anyone around here.”
Meanwhile, Connor has joined Stuart and is telling him about his new challenge. He puts his briefcase down next to Stuart's. Connor thinks the challenge is to see if Lucia can trust him, but Stuart thinks it's to see if he can conquer his curiosity. Connor says he will never be able to conquer it. He also suggests that if he took a little peek at it, she would never know. Stuart says there could be a hidden camera, or strategically placed tape, or something like that. He goes off back to work, picking up a briefcase. Connor picks up the other after he leaves, and looks at it.
Carmella comes over and offers her most sincere apologies to Sindi. Sindi accepts the apology and invites her in. Carmella tells her that she is five articles short and the issue is meant to be going to the printers today. She also says she would rather die than let her mother know. Carmella gets upset, saying that she knows nothing about journalism, and the only reason she got the job is because her mother owns the company. She says she's a spoiled little rich girl and she's run the magazine into the ground, and her mum isn't going to forgive her.
Connor finally succumbs to temptation and opens the briefcase. The contents are not at all what he expected: some lunch and a tape recorder. He plays the tape, and finds a recorded message from Sindi. Suddenly he realises that Stuart has Lucia's briefcase. He runs frantically down the road, and finds him sitting on a park bench, about to open it. Connor cries out and makes a dive for the briefcase just as Stu's about to open it. Unfortunately, the briefcase does open in his attempt to grab it, and Connor finds that it is full of shredded paper, and a note saying “I knew you would! Luv Lucia”
“I am so busted,” Connor says. Stuart recognises Connor's voice and tells him to give him his lunch back.
Sindi gives Carmella the article she was going to give before, about women and extreme sports (an idea she got from Stingray). Sindi suggests they could divide it up into two parts: an interview with the extreme sports girls, then a fashion spread, and they still have the shots from the Olympics that they didn't use. Carmella likes the idea. “I am the girl who wrote 5000 words on a shoe,” Sindi says. She tells Carmella that if they start work now and keep going they can make it to the printers by morning. Carmella asks Sindi why she would want to help. Sindi says that first of all, she loves the magazine, and second, despite their differences, Sindi does respect her. She tells her not to let those “tired old tarts like Margot” get the better of her.
The girls get to work on making the issue. They decide that their articles are missing something: they aren't sassy enough. They begin to worry that it's turning into “Housewives Weekly”. Sindi suggests bringing in a style consultant. She even has one in mind. “Not a professional, but we are so far out on a limb, we might as well keep going.”
Cut to a little bit later:
They have brought in their style consultant. “And tell me why I'm here again,” Izzy asks them. Sindi tells her that she has great personal style, and she's always envied it. Carmella tells her that she doesn't need to write anything, she just needs to look at what they have and approve the magazine's style. Izzy is still unsure, but they get underway and show her the proposed front cover.
“Catchy headlines, interesting articles, but I would go with her. She's too clean and shiny like Jennifer love Hewitt, or something, and I'm sorry, girls, but fuchsia for the background is very 2004 and that's where it should stay. Okay, what else have we got?”
Sindi is excited.
Summer walks down the corridor, with kids taunting her about Steph's recent criminal problems: “Mummy's a murderer, Mummy's a murderer!” She gets all worked up and punches one of the kids.
Lucia and Connor talk about his challenge. Connor opened the case and did not deliver it as was instructed. Connor tries to explain what happened, but Lucia tells him that he passed the test. She had told Connor that the briefcase contained a secret about Carmella. Obviously, because he loves her, he would be moved to disobey Lucia and find out what the secret is. He would have failed in his duty to her daughter if he hadn't opened it. She tells Connor that he's doing much better at the challenges than she ever thought possible. She'll have another one soon.
“Bring it on,” Connor tells her.
Summer, Max and Steph are eating dinner. Summer finishes and gets up. “Leave the dishes,” Max tells her. Summer, knowing what he's about to say, tells him that she only hit Hamish because he was saying bad things about Steph. Max tells her that violence is never the right way to solve a dispute. The phone rings and Max answers it. It's Hamish's father, and Max tells him that Hamish was saying “some pretty colourful things about MY WIFE!”
Stu shows Connor the tape recorder from his briefcase and asks him if he listened to it. Connor confesses that he did, and then teases him about it. “Have you met Percy?” Stu asks, holding up his cane. “Percy, this is Connor.” And he hits him with it.
Max finishes on the phone, hanging up in disgust. He tells Steph that it's not good where his kids are heading, lashing out at everyone. Steph suggests that he should take a look at where they're taking their cues from. “Give me a break,” Max says.
The three women are pleased at having actually finished the magazine, and celebrate with a drink. Sindi says that they didn't even have to use the “How To Cope When He's Jealous” piece. Izzy says that she can give a hard copy on that one, and says that Karl's been driving her crazy with his jealousy of Paul. Sindi says she's surprised at how often he called today. “And on my phone too,” Carmella says. Sindi asks if Connor ever gets jealous. Carmella says that she's beginning to wonder if she should be jealous of him, because he has been so secretive and twitchy lately. Izzy asks about Stu. Sindi says he's great, and he's the first man she's ever gone out with that really needs her. Izzy gets all teary, and says that this is really new to her, she's never had girlfriends before, and thanks Sindi and Carmella for accepting her.
“From now on,” Sindi says, “we're mates. The three amigos… amigas… I'm really bad at French!”
Max tells Steph that he doesn't have an anger problem. Steph points out that he just slammed the phone down, and also mentions last week with Michael Cassidy. Summer saw that incident, and now today, she hits Hamish. Max says that he just needs to take a firm hand in it, he'll deal with it. Steph tells him not to cut her out of the picture. Max says he isn't, but it's his problem and he'll handle it. Steph tells him that the IVF hasn't worked, and they can't adopt. Summer and Boyd are the only children she's ever going to have, and now he's denying her the once chance of her ever being a parent.