Alex tells Susan to take the trip with the kids
Steph tells Max and Lyn that she's not having the cancer treatment while she's pregnant
Max thinks it's insane. Steph reminds how far they've come to get here – there's no way she's going to risk it now. While he thinks she's risking everything she believes she's avoiding the risk. Max asks Lyn to ‘talk some sense' into her while he goes and stands in the corner of the room, taking things in. Lyn is upset and reminds her that there's only the slightest chance of a problem. Steph won't take the treatment until it's one hundred percent safe. Max jumps to life, saying nothing is guaranteed. Steph begins to talk over him, telling them that this was what the dreams were about – she knew that something was wrong. Boyd comes in as she tells them this.
MAX (incredulous): A dream? You're going to base a life or death decision on a dream?
The General Store
Stu and Connor are chatting over coffee. Stu tells him about how obvious it is that Ned's in love, even though he won't talk about it. Toadie's having singing lessons, thinking it will make him irresistible to hot chicks! Connor looks a bit down in the dumps and Stu reassures him that he and Toadie will make up really soon. Connor thinks it's one falling out too many. Stu tells him to talk to him – so they can ‘trouser' it up again.
Once Stu has gone to work Connor spots Harold and goes over to talk to him, saying how he didn't see him at the Salvos that morning. Harold is surprised he still went. Connor wonders why Harold didn't come when he was rostered on too. Harold says he didn't feel up to it – for personal reasons. He hurries off to do some dishes.
Erinsborough's lone neighbourhood cop is over to tell Izzy and Paul about the latest goings-on in Paul's attempted murder investigation. Constable Parker admits they haven't turned up much, but it is early days. Paul isn't very happy about this, and still isn't convinced when Stu tells him they're re-interviewing those involved in the toxic letter investigation. Stu needs to have a few words with Izzy – alone – and somehow manages to get a distrusting Paul to go upstairs.
Stu tells her that they have to interview anyone who might stand to gain from Paul's death – she doesn't understand how that relates to her. Stu tells her that Paul had changed his will to make her a substantial beneficiary. Izzy is very surprised.
Outside Number 32
Max is struggling to get the lawnmower going – all he manages to do is cut himself. Boyd, going out for a skate, spots him and suggests he leaves the mechanical stuff to Steph. He tells him that she will be okay – Max thinks that's easy to say. Boyd thinks she has as good a chance as she had before. Max hits back that she doesn't if she refuses treatment. And this dream stuff is totally out of control! Boyd stays optimistic, telling his dad that she will come round. Max smiles and wonders when he got so grown up.
They hear a door and see Toadie coming out of number 30 with a bunch of flowers, reminding them about Alex. Max hasn't heard anything about a funeral service yet. Boyd leaves to go and reiterates about Steph being fine.
MAX (firmly): I'm not going to lose her.
Boyd sadly goes and Max looks intense with worry.
Susan tells Toadie she's holding up okay. Biting back tears she says nothing really prepares you, even though she was lucky to have time to get her head around it. Toadie knows it's a hard thing to get your head around, no matter how much time you have. The kids have been quiet, doing their best, and having Katya around has been good, although her arrival was a bolt from the blue. Susan wishes they could have met under better circumstances. Toadie walks round the breakfast bar to her side, asking if he can help with anything. Everything's organised, although Susan has to get some help with a Bible reading. Toadie suggests Harold - Susan hopes they can find something that'll bring comfort to the kids. She thanks him, patting his shoulder a little. Toadie pulls her into a hug.
Paul's will is his business and Izzy thinks the whole idea of her attacking him for it is insane! Stu thinks she has motive and opportunity. Izzy asks how would she even manage it? Stu points to Paul's past associations – still available to her. Izzy is making a lot of noise with her denials, leading the subject of the investigation to come downstairs and break up the interrogation. Maybe Stu can go and find the real culprit. Stu thanks them for their time and leaves.
Izzy tells Paul what a ridiculous notion it is but he reminds her of when she asked him for a hitman to get rid of Darcy. Paul laughs as she freaks out. She calms down a little.
Izzy: So, you changed your will…
Paul probably should have told her but it's such a difficult subject to bring up.
Paul: Darling, pass me the cornflakes, oh, and, by the way, if I happen to get strangled by a crazed madman, you'll never have to work again.
He tells her he isn't going anywhere but needs to think about it, nonetheless. Along with his kids she's the most important person in the world to him. Izzy can't believe he said it, but, as long as she's around nothing will happen to him.
Paul (putting on mock English accent): Oh really? You're such a tough kid, aren't you?
He kisses her.
Connor checks that there's no one at home and then hurries in to greet Bob, who's sitting on the sofa. There's leftover pizza and beer which he helps himself to. But the party's broken up when Toadie comes in, talking on his mobile to a client. Connor hides while Toadie looks around the living room for a file. Toadie sniffs the air, then asks Bob if someone has been there.
TOADIE: Speak to me, damn you!
Unfortunately Bob hasn't quite mastered the art of speaking and Toadie jumps out into the hall to surprise the intruder – only no-one's there. Connor listens in the living room to Toadie going out the front door.
Boyd comes in to Steph, who asks if he had a good time doing whatever crazy skateboarding thang he was up to. Boyd laughs at the oldies trying to be cool act. Steph informs him that she's ‘down with it'. Boyd cites her asking Max to go bushwalking with her as a sure sign that she's not – that's only for people who no longer go out on Friday nights. At least he knows that he'll still be skateboarding into his forties.
STEPH: I'm sure you will, Dr Hoyland. Hey, you could reconstruct your own knees!
On to more serious matters Boyd says it might not be any of his business but maybe she should try the treatment. Steph tells him that he's not a doctor yet and should keep his speeches to himself – she's thought this through and she will have treatment after the birth. Until then she'll take every other precaution available to her. Boyd mentions the risk of the cancer spreading and that's a risk she'll take – she does have a right to refuse treatment, he'll learn that in med school. Boyd says this is different –this is her. She tells him she needs his support and he asks what he can do.
STEPH: You can help me make your dad understand my decision.
Despite the manic time he's having at work Toadie still manages to grab a beer with plainclothes Stu. Stu thinks he's like a wedding planner with his two phones.
TOADIE: I'm a fully trained, highly respectable lawyer and I'm answering my own phones.
STU (heavy with sarcasm): What a crime.
Connor almost comes in but he sees them and them him so he goes straight back out. Stu mentions that The Shamrock would meet his secretarial needs but Toadie won't have anything to do with him – their friendship is over. He's tried his hardest but it ain't happening – everything he's tried hasn't got Connor back.
Paul and Lyn walk in: Paul's telling Lyn that if she has cold feet she just has to say. She might have a lot on her mind but he does too (the hazards of living in Neighboursland).
PAUL: I have someone trying to kill me at the moment.
LYN (crying, shrieking a little): Well, you're not the only one with problems, you know!
She tells him about Steph's bad news and Paul's immediately sympathetic, offering his shoulder if she needs some support. She doesn't think it feels right somehow but he convinces her that he understands – he's not just a hard-headed businessman.
The General Store
Harold is washing pots as Susan tries to discuss a suitable reading with him – he'll be the best person for it, understanding what they're going through. She hands him Alex's bible and he has a flashback to seeing Paul talking on his mobile in no.22 as he approaches him. Harold apologises but he can't think of anything right now. Susan is surprised and asks if he's alright. He says he is, then experiences another flashback of Paul lying on the floor, unconscious. He shakes his head and begins to tell her that in actual fact, truth be known –
Bang on cue Lyn bursts into the kitchen, in floods of tears, looking for Susan. Harold looks faintly annoyed as Susan runs over to comfort her friend.
Izzy can't believe what Paul has just told her about Steph – her refusing treatment only shows how devoted she is to her child. It's awful to know your baby's life might be at risk…Paul asks if she thinks about having kids of her own one day. Izzy springs up and dashes off to see Steph, leaving Paul a little perplexed.
Steph arranges the flowers that Izzy brought. Izzy says she's sorry, and that she understands – no one knows unless they've been there. Max comes in and thanks her for dropping by but they need some space to talk. Izzy looks a bit hurt.
The General Store
Lyn confides in Susan about Steph, with Harold awkwardly watching over them. She thinks it's so unfair – why can't Steph have some happiness?
Harold (impassioned): Why indeed? When it comes to others so easily, it's just so unfair, it's…it's cruel.
Both Susan and Lyn look a little takenaback at Harold's strength of feeling. Susan asks him about the thing he wanted to talk about but Harold shakes it off and goes out into the main shop.
Max repeats that the risk is minimal – he's begging her. Steph needs him to understand – the way he loves and protects her is how she feels about Charlie and she won't risk his safety. Boyd pipes up that it's only two months. Max says it's two months when they don't know how fast the cancer is spreading or anything about it.
MAX: I feel like I'm being asked to choose between being a father and husband. If I'm forced to choose, I will choose you everytime, Steph.
Tim Collins and Associates
Chaos at the law offices. However it does give Toadie a good chance to try out his phone voice. Connor comes in and mentions Stu saying Toadie might need some help. He refuses the help as phones ring around him. Connor says he has a phone voice too but if he's not wanted…he starts to walk out. Toadie asks him to take the details of everyone and Connor gets to work.
Outside the General Store
Harold sits on a bench, staring ahead. Silently he says a prayer:
HAROLD: Heavenly Father, thank you for helping me see through my confusion and find clarity once more. The way forward is now clear to me again: I cannot – I must not – let the evil triumph.
Steph promises that she's going to make it – they will make it.
STEPH: It's not about cancer and medicine – it's about what I know in my heart.
MAX (sighing): That's a pretty big leap of faith, Steph.
STEPH: Yeah, I know. But I need you to make that leap with me. Can you do that?
MAX: I'll try
He kisses and hugs her. Boyd smiles a little.
Harold walks in and over to the payphone, rooting around in his trouser pockets for change.
Izzy is talking about Steph's situation – no wonder Max is on a knife's edge. Paul tells her that when he was talking about kids before he wasn't saying he wanted a family with her – not right away, anyway. He likes having her all to himself and she might be all that he needs.
IZZY: You're a very sweet man, Paul Robinson.
He tells her to keep that secret to herself then dashes over to answer the ringing phone (all the faster due to the irritating ringtone).
He says hello and is met with silence. We see that Harold is on the other end, staring ahead, unable to say anything.
PAUL: Look, why don't you just grow a spine and tell me who you are? I'm gonna find you and, when I do, you are going to wish you were never born. D'ya hear me? Because nobody does that to me – nobody. Do you understand? (Silence on the other end) Do. You. Understand?
Harold (with handkerchief over the mouthpiece): An eye for an eye, Robinson.
Paul looks shocked and cuts the call.