Paul and Elle scheme to buy the Timmins' shares
Pepper confesses to Rosie that she's been sleeping with Paul
Sky and Harold are told that Kerry might have leukaemia
In the hallway Stingray, watching Dylan, Sky, Harold and Janelle in deep discussion in Kerry's room, confides in Steiger that he's feeling as useless as a chocolate teapot. Steiger assures him that just being there and supporting everyone is enough. At the end of the day this decision can only be made by Sky and Dylan.
In Kerry's room Janelle suggests Sky and Dylan go for a walk and leave the tests to the doctors but Dylan reminds them that Kerry will be disorientated with no friendly faces around. Sky rejects Harold's offer to stick around instead and Dylan agrees - he and Sky will do this *together*.
Paul's on the phone, being informed of something very serious. After hanging up he tells Elle to brace herself - he has some bad news.
PAUL: I'm afraid Lassiter's (begins to smile) is in dire financial straits.
Elle is joyous at the news and she and Paul can't stop smiling as they discuss the lack of possibilities for a recovery. Next step is to call a meeting where they'll break the news to the Timmins.
Paul asks if Elle and Glenn are planning to go out tonight and gives Elle several hundred dollars to take Glenn out. Elle can tell he's trying to get rid of them - the fridge is completely stocked. Paul says it's his business but Elle reminds him about their honesty pact so Paul confesses that he's having a fling with Pepper.
Pepper tells Rosie that it happened after she chose Frazer over Paul. That doesn't make Rosie feel any better about it and Pepper pleads with her not to hate her. She doesn't know why she did it. Maybe she just wanted to know what it felt like to be Rosie; after all men worship the ground she walks on and she wanted the same adoration from Paul. But she let him under her skin and lost control. Rosie asks if he treated her badly and Pepper admits he didn't show her any respect. All Pepper wanted was someone to love her and now she's lost her best friend.
Rosie puts an arm around her and tells her she's still her friend. As she comforts her Rosie rolls her eyes, wondering what to do.
Paul plans to give Pepper the shove the moment Rosie realises she really wants to be with him. Elle points out his hypocrisy - didn't he say love was an unhealthy and expensive addiction and yet he's obsessing over Rosie? Elle doesn't think Rosie is suitable; she's smart and she'll suss out their schemes. Pepper is the way to go; he's safer with "a gullible bubble head" like her. Rosie isn't coming back and Paul knows it.
Zeke appears and an upset Bree informs him about Kerry. Zeke is shocked. Bree angrily tells him that her mum wants Kerry's stuff brought to the hospital but Lou isn't home so she has to do it! Zeke gets her to calm down, asking her what she needs and then suggesting they go. But Bree can't - she has a history assignment. Zeke knows she's trying to avoid visiting Kerry and reminds her she's Kerry's favourite aunt. She has to be there for them. He knows it's hard but he'll be there for her.
ZEKE: You can even cry on my shoulder. As long as you don't snot on me.
Bree smiles a little and thanks him.
Dylan tells Janelle, Stingray, Harold, and Steiger that he and Sky have got the go-ahead to stay with Kerry. Steiger thinks they're very brave but Sky argues that Kerry is the brave one; they're just along for the ride. Janelle assures them they can leave at any time - there's no shame in it - but Dylan is certain that they'll stay until it's over. Janelle hugs her son. As medical staff begin to arrive Sky hugs Harold and the extended family leave.
Sky muses that Kerry has no idea but Dylan is worried she'll blame them for letting this happen to her. Sky tells him to shut up, then apologises. Dylan hopes Kerry knows how much they love her and Sky is adamant she does.
As Kerry is wheeled away in her cot Sky begins to cry and Dylan pulls her into a hug.
Rosie is saddened that Pepper felt she couldn't tell her the truth but she'll get over it. Pepper admires her maturity about the whole thing while she feels like she's ten years old. Rosie tells her to stop wallowing and isn't happy when Pepper doesn't indicate she won't continue her fling with Paul. Pepper knows Paul really wants Rosie. Rosie is sure that won't ever happen. Pepper knows Paul is a swine but she doesn't understand why she can't write him off.
Pepper receives a text from Paul asking her to come over. Rosie tells her and ignore him until the morning, when she'll tell him she wants nothing further to do with him. Pepper gives a nod.
Karl and Susan have joined the Timmins/Bishop/Steiger group. Harold thanks Zeke for packing Kerry's bag. Stingray is trying to hear for movement inside Kerry's room; he doesn't get why Sky and Dylan haven't emerged when the docs left ages ago. Karl tells them not to go in and Zeke assures them that nothing is wrong - docs would be running in and out of Kerry's room otherwise. Then Zeke gives Stingray a book of Sudoku to take his mind off things and Karl admires his stepson's strength. Susan says he's had a lot of experience.
Down the hallway Bree sees the assembled group and watches them for a few moments before turning back around and leaving.
Hospital - Kerry's room
Sky thinks Kerry was brave and Dylan muses she's stronger than him. Sky is certain she's strong enough to fight this. Dylan is sure that it's leukaemia, even though (as Sky points out) it hasn't been confirmed. He's not sure he can cope with this. Sky rushes over to him and promises him they'll get through it together, before hugging him.
The next morning and Elle tells Paul about the great night she had with Glenn, then has a chuckle about Paul losing his mojo. Paul thinks Pepper probably didn't get his text but Elle doubts it.
Elle opens the door to Steiger, who has some new information about the Timmins burglary; it took place between five and six pm, when most families should've been at home. Paul thinks they took a big risk and Steiger agrees...unless he arranged for the Timmins to be elsewhere at that time. Steiger brings up the Calder raceway tickets and he knows Paul spent time there earlier that week. Did he buy the tickets? Paul laughs off his suggestion.
STEIGER: That family is going through personal hell at the moment.
Elle listens, intrigued.
PAUL: Ah, emotional blackmail. Now you must be *so* desperate.
STEIGER: It's not my place to say what's goin' on, but, if you have any decency whatsoever, you make it easier for them. And for yourself. Put your hand up for this.
Paul tells him they were interstate at the time and Steiger sourly says how convenient. As Paul goes to show Steiger out the cop vows to concentrate on the weak link in the chain; someone returned the model train his dad left for him.
PAUL: How touching.
Before he leaves Steiger tells them they'll be hearing from him very soon.
Once Steiger's gone Elle wonders about the Timmins and is sure Steiger's onto them. Paul assures her that, if that's the case, they won't be the ones taking the fall.
Bree tells Zeke that she's much too busy to hang out and Zeke asks if she's going to the hospital. Bree admits she couldn't face visiting Kerry yesterday. Zeke tells her the tests went well and Bree asks him to let her know the results. Zeke suggests she be at the hospital for them but Bree is too scared. Zeke says they all are but that's why they're hanging around together. Bree thinks she's a big loner but she's not. Bree retorts she is but Zeke points out she's not handling it alone; she needs to be around other people, feel she's doing something useful.
BREE: What can I do? What can *anyone* do?!
Zeke doesn't know but by being there she'll show Sky and Dylan that she cares.
ZEKE: Can't wimp out now, Bree. You'll hate yourself for it.
Bree tells him that if she falls apart she's hanging it on him.
ZEKE: Can't wait!
Zeke, Bree and Janelle get supplies for Sky and Dylan. Janelle is impressed that Zeke has it down to a fine art and Bree thinks he's gone all "alpha".
Elle appears and tells her she doesn't appreciate Steiger coming around, making accusations and fabricating excuses about family tragedies.
ELLE: What happened, Janelle? Stubbed your toe linedancing?
BREE: Oh, you rotten monster.
Janelle tells Elle that Kerry might have leukaemia and Elle laughs it off.
ELLE: Yeah, right. I've already pulled that one myself.
She sees their sombre expressions and apologises, trying to find out more but Janelle won't share that with the likes of her. She's sorry for behaving badly towards Paul and she knows the robbery was payback but she doesn't care anymore - they have enough problems. All she wants is for the Robinsons to be off their backs.
Once they've left Elle screws up her eyes at her own stupidity.
Pepper arrives to talk to Paul about their relationship and manages force herself into the house, despite his attempts to put her off.
PEPPER: I want you to start taking me out on proper dates in public, y'know? And two: I am not a plaything. I am sick and tired of you picking me up and dropping me everytime the mood takes you. I want you to show me consideration. And three? I am not stupid. I have feelings, y'know. And ideas and opinions on all kinds of things like politics and stuff. I *demand* that you show me respect!
Paul realises he's been flippant about their relationship and pledges to be more sensitive. He admits he rather liked her being all schoolteachery and his meeting isn't for a while so...
PAUL: How about it, eh? C'mon.
PAUL: Upstairs, of course. C'mon.
Pepper tells him to go ahead while she gets champers. Once he's upstairs she hurries out the front door (yay Pepper!).
The Timmins, Harold, Zeke, Karl and Susan wait for news. Sky and Dylan emerge from Kerry's room; Sky's face is tearstained. Dylan tells them they've been talked through the results of the biopsy...
DYLAN: And Kerry...our baby...
SKY: It's confirmed. She has leukaemia.
Everyone, shocked, processes this information for a few moments.
KARL: What kind?
SKY: Acute Lymphocytic.
JANELLE: It's curable, right?
STINGRAY: So how do you fix it?
SKY: They'll start with chemotherapy then they'll have to do a bone marrow transplant.
Karl tells them they have to find a suitable donor first. Dylan says he told the doc they can use his. Sky flashbacks to her vision of the Timmins headstone.
Sky tells them there's no certainty Dylan's marrow will be suitable and same goes for hers. Therefore they'll have to find someone who is. One by one each of the assembled group tell Sky and Dylan to count them in.
Paul, in his dressing gown, returns downstairs in search of Pepper but finds Rosie instead, helping herself to his champagne. She tells him she's been giving some thought to them and she can't fight it anymore. Paul is pleased. Rosie says it's time they had an intimate chat. Paul has waited for this day.
ROSIE: Is there somewhere we could go that's a bit more private?
PAUL: How about upstairs, then?
ROSIE: In your dreams.
Paul is confused and Rosie informs him she knows about him and Pepper. Paul thinks she's jealous and Rosie adds she's disgusted by how he's treated her.
ROSIE: It's a timely reminder, in case I ever needed one, that you have no respect for women.
Paul points out he wasn't using her and Rosie says he knows of no other way to treat women. Paul says she's the exception. Rosie tells him that he'll never have him - or Pepper. They think he's pathetic. She takes his champagne so she and Pepper can toast to his good riddance from their lives!
ROSIE: Thanks for the champagne! And the amusing memories!
Elle listens in to Karl and Susan talking about Kerry's chance of getting a donor; Karl says it's just the luck of the draw. Susan suggests Karl talk to them about it but Karl reminds her he's no longer a doctor - nevermind their doctor - and should therefore stay out of it.
Paul apologises to Elle for being late. Elle can't do this anymore. She tells him of Kerry's illness.
ELLE: There's a line we can't cross and we've reached it.
Elle and Paul meet up with Stingray. Paul suggests rescheduling after offering his sympathies about Kerry. Stingray says there's no need - the others gave him their proxies. Paul gives him the news about Lassiter's being in trouble as Elle sighs. Stingray doesn't understand and looks to Elle for what it means. He thinks it's a scam but Paul encourages him to check the figures. They're affected too but at least they have their savings to fall back on. Stingray expects such an act from Paul but not Elle, who the Timmins took in. He thought she was better than this. Elle can't look at him as Stingray storms off.
Paul reminds her that the Timmins have been plundering Lassiter's for months. Elle thinks it's cruel.
PAUL: Grow up, Elle. You're a Robinson: start behaving like one.
Rosie toasts to Paul's downfall. Pepper thinks no guy will ever take her seriously but Rosie tells her to have self-respect. She has so much going for her; good looks, intelligence, kindness and charm. She's meant for someone worth more than Paul. Pepper still isn't certain but Rosie assures her that if she were a man she'd ecstatic to have her as a girlfriend. Pepper is still unconvinced so Rosie cups her face in her hands and tells that, above all her other qualities, she has "the most beautiful soul". Pepper looks at her then leans forward, kissing her. Pulling back Pepper looks at Rosie, who looks away.