Toadie accusing Stu of investigating Sindi for criminal activity.
Stu meeting Kelly Weaver.
David vowing to win Lil back.
Paul dumping chemicals in the lake.
We see a clip of Paul and Christina's wedding from the early 90's.
It turns out Paul is standing in the middle of the street, looking at the place where he has had so many memories. We see another one where he tells Helen he loves her. His thoughts are interrupted when Harold comes over to him. Apparently he called out to him and he didn't hear. Harold then comments on the drum playing heard from 26, and asks what Paul is doing there. Paul says he just got up early and went for a wander. “And ended up here?” Harold asks. Paul tells him it must be a force of habit. Harold wonders if Paul could be happy to see it go after spending so much of his life there. Paul tells him that nothing lasts forever. Harold says that it still doesn't make it any easier to say goodbye.
Toadie complains about David's court case. The guy's totally stuffed and it's driving Toadie nuts. There's no way that he can win the case. Sindi comes in and asks if Stu minds her letting herself in. Stu says that was why he gave her the key, and Sindi tells him it might be the last time she uses it. Toadie, sensing what's coming, interrupts and asks if anyone wants French toast. Sindi tells Stu that she knows about his visit to Kelly. Stu immediately looks to Toadie, who apologises. Sindi says it's not his fault, she made him tell her.
Lil comes outside to find David playing with Bob. She watches on with a smile on her face. David then picks up his paper to find that the dog has chewed it all up. Lil offers her paper. They attempt some small talk and Lil asks about Serena. David mentions his committal hearing, and tells Lil his new theory on his little crime problem: international hackers got into the bank account and transferred the money, only they stuffed up and put it in David's account instead (I'm sure the court will believe that, Dave). Turns out he doesn't even believe it. The drumming from number 26 stops, to the satisfaction of Lil and Dave. David tells Lil he'll understand if she doesn't want to go to court tomorrow. Lil says she'll still come. David accepts Lil's paper and goes inside. Stingray comes out of 26 with his drums in a shopping trolley. “Can you believe it?” he tells her. “Mum booted me out. Said I was making too much noise! Mum, rhythm of life!” he shouts back to 26. David turns back to Lil and they share a smile.
The bathroom, after enjoying a brief visit to the lounge room, seems to have returned to its usual residence next to the laundry. Sindi and Stu stand in the laundry. Sindi tells Stu she knows she doesn't have the best track record when it comes to men, so she can almost understand why he doesn't trust her. Stu asks Toadie (through the hole in the wall) how long he'll be in the toilet. “Do you mind?” Toadie asks. “Can I have some toilet paper?”
Sindi directs the conversation back to what she was talking about. The two of them go into the kitchen, Stu still holding Toadie's toilet paper. Stu tells her he trusts her. Sindi says he needs to know why she has done the things she did. She hasn't always had an easy life, never had loving parents or close friends. Stu tells her she knows how fantastic she is. Sindi says she doesn't, and she's not telling him this so he can feel sorry for her. She went down that road and hung out with the wrong people, but that was before she met him. She now finally belongs somewhere and…
Then Stingray comes in and asks if he can practise in their lounge room. Stu says he can, and Stingray says he's always got a backstage pass to his concert.
Sindi tries to use this opportunity to leave, but Stu tells her he should never have let the bitchy girls and their comments get to him. Kelly's straightened everything out, and he believes her, and never should have doubted her. Sindi gives Stu her key and tells him it's over. Because, “if there's not trust, there's no us.” As she walks out, Toadie comes into the kitchen to collect his toilet paper.
Bobby tells Izzy he's planning on catching up with an old friend tonight. Izzy acts a little weird and Bobby asks if he's forgotten something. Izzy tells him that she forgot to tell him, but there's some kind of awards show tonight that the Scarlet Bar is hosting. Bobby calls his friend to reschedule.
Lil tells Susan about meeting David in the street. She says he looked so sad holding the chewed up paper. Susan asks if she said she'd go to court with him out of pity. Lil admits that maybe she did. But she looked at him and knew he never took the money. Susan says that's great. Lil agrees, but it's easier to walk away from him when she thinks he's a thief. Sindi returns and says she's broken up with Stu. For good. Forever. She says it was quite traumatic. She rambles on, and tells them about “with no trust, there can be no us.” Then she's kicking herself because she realises that “you've taken ‘us' out of ‘trust'” is far more poetic.
“Oh, for God's sake woman, will you just get over yourself!” Lil yells. “You try being with someone for 17 years, try having a child with them, and then you can carry on!”
Susan is about to step in, but the damage has been done. Sindi runs to her room crying. Lil realises she was a bit harsh, and goes to apologise. Susan tells her to leave it a bit, because Lil needs to calm down. Lil tells Susan she hates this, she can't eat or sleep, she doesn't even know what she's saying anymore.
Susan makes coffee, and asks Lil if there is something going on between her and Paul. She doesn't answer, but from her look, Susan knows the answer is a big fat yes. She asks if it's serious, and Lil says that no matter how hard she tries to fight it, he's in her head, and she can't stop thinking about him. She says that he feels the same way about her, but they have agreed they need to wait until she's sorted things out with David. Susan asks when she'll do that. Lil tells her she can't do it now, he has too much to deal with as it is.
Again, Stingray interrupts, reminding me of an episode of Skithouse where they have a recurring skit throughout it involving a drummer interrupting at the worst times (for example a doctor performing delicate surgery), then asking if it's a bad time. Anyway, Stingray excitedly tells them that he broke both his sticks at exactly the same time, and asks if he can borrow some wooden spoons, because the House of Trouser doesn't have any.
Paul enters, and has flashbacks of last year, when Lassiter's burnt down. We see Gus come in and ask “What the hell are you playing at?”
Izzy interrupts and comments on how chirpy he's looking. Paul asks for a scotch. When she doesn't move, Paul asks if she heard him. “Perfectly,” she tells him. “So what have you done this time?” She guesses that he's broken Lil's heart already. Paul asks her if she knows what it's like to hit rock bottom, to get to your lowest point. Izzy tells him she'll get that scotch for him. Paul confides in her, as the only person who knows what he's done. He tells her that it's destroying him, but he admits that he probably deserves it. We see yet another flashback, of Gus lying unconscious in the dark. Back in the present day, Paul says he deserves it all.
Stingray tells Harold about how Stu chucked a spaz in the middle of his practise. “What a cake taker!” Harold suggests he plays his drums somewhere else, like in the country or somewhere soundproof.
Meanwhile, Toadie goes over David's case with him. All the evidence points to David, there's no way around it, and the overseas hackers story makes absolutely no sense. David asks what if someone is framing him. Toadie asks if he knows who, or why. David says that Toadie is his lawyer, he should be figuring it out for him. Toadie says he's trying to help him, but David's point of view is that he is pleading guilty to only make Toadie's life easier. He then accuses Toadie of thinking he's guilty too. Toadie tells him he wants him to plead guilty because it's his only chance of staying out of jail. David says he won't do it. Toadie says if he doesn't, then he will lose, and the chances of getting a non-custodial sentence are none. He's trying to help, but David has to help himself. Harold tells David to do what Toadie says. David tells him he's not guilty. If he was then he would admit it, but he's not. “Fine,” Toadie says. “See you in court.”
David tells Izzy that nothing was going the way he planned it. People got in the way of this plan that he had laboured over for years, and now he regrets it. He says that life has a way of dishing out retribution, and he will get his soon. Izzy suggests that there may be a conscience in that dark deep soul of his. Paul says that everyone does. Izzy tells him that she thinks he's changing, and she thinks she knows why. She asks if he's in love with Lil. Paul says it doesn't matter. If she knew who he really was, then she'd run a mile. It's a pretty safe bet.
Lil is watching TV. Sindi emerges from her room. Lil says she knocked on the door before but she didn't answer. Sindi says she was sleeping, she always does after a big cry. Lil apologises, and Sindi says it's okay, and even though her relationship was nowhere near as long as Lil's, it still hurts. Lil tells her she knows, any break up is hard. Susan comes in and hears them making up. She asks if everything's okay. A much happier sounding Sindi says she's just getting a breath of fresh air. After she leaves, Susan sits down with Lil. Lil tells Susan she never loved David passionately, not like Sindi and Stu. Susan is surprised. Not even in the early days? Lil says they were friends, and a team. They loved each other, but it never thrilled her, never made her ache for David. “The way Paul does?” Susan asks. Lil says that every time she's near him she just feels alive. Susan tells her that Karl left her for a passionate life with Isabelle and something tells her that it's not all it looks like. She tells her to think about it very carefully, because once she makes the decision, she can never go back. Ever.
Sindi walks Audrey as a police car pulls up. The siren goes off, making the girl jump. The car stops and Stu gets out. Stingray meanwhile, is walking by with his drums, ready to interrupt again. Stu walks over to Sindi with some flowers. “Excuse me. Miss,” he says, “I'm investigating a case of a broken heart.” Before the scene can get any more cheesy, Stingray interrupts, saying that if Stu's not there, he's going over to number 30 to practice. Stu tells him not now. Stingray revokes Stu's backstage pass and storms off. Stu goes to resume his conversation with Sindi, but finds her running off.
Some guy called Tony meets up with Paul. Some kind of business partner or something. He just thought he'd see how things are progressing. Paul guesses that Lee sent him. Tony tells him it doesn't look like the job is getting done. Paul tells him that the product was deposited where it should be last night. He also says that he's busy trying to find an alternative to the Ramsay Street site. Tony tells him that no one asked for an alternative site. Paul says that he is having another look at the figures, and the cost of the chemical clean up has been grossly miscalculated. It's going to cost a lot more than originally planned. Tony says that an error like that would have been found long ago. Paul tells him to check it again, and also factor in all the time spent wheeling and dealing, time that could be spent getting the shopping centre built elsewhere. Tony tells Paul that he was happy before to keep his head down and take a hefty cut of the profits. Paul tells him he isn't saying that the project shouldn't go ahead, but the chosen site just isn't worth all this. Tony tells him that they've come much to far to turn back now.
Stu comes in and tells Toadie that Sindi broke up with him. Toadie tells him that he had another look at David's case and there is absolutely no way that David can go free. Stu tells him about a criminal they caught recently, who got off free on all charges, just because his lawyer found a tiny little stuff up in police procedure. He goes on about it, but Toadie suddenly thinks of something and has to go.
Meanwhile, Bobby comes in and sits down with Izzy, who is pleased to see him. She tells him Max will be along soon, he's just visiting Boyd.
Paul goes after Tony. He tells him again, it's too late to turn back now. Paul says that the corporation will lose lots of money on it. He tells him of land going really cheap in West Waratah. Tony says it's not Erinsborough. Paul tells him that he could start building the shopping centre now. Tony doesn't understand why Paul's getting cold feet on a deal that going to make him rich, and tells him to finish what he started. As he drives off and Paul walks away, we see Stingray in the distance, on the other side of the lake, playing his drums. Has he finally found a place where no one will complain? Yes, but unfortunately all his drums all fall into the water.
Stu comes home with some dinner for himself and Toadie. Toadie is again buried deep in David's case file. He's found a way out. No matter which way Dave pleased at the hearing, the police have stuffed up. They got a warrant for number 34 Ramsay Street, when, of course, they went to Number 24. David will walk free. Stu isn't so thrilled, and asks about justice. Is it right to let him go free just for a typo? Is that fair?
Paul stands and looks at everything he is going to take away. Then he notices at the water's edge, his chemical dumping has killed off some wildlife.