- The police tracing Nick's call
- Declan trying to escape the caravan but failing
- Riley wondering if Susan was drunk when she hit Bridget
- Bridget having a seizure
The Parkers look on in horror as Dr Vinton stabilizes Bridget. Emerging from the room, Dr Vinton tells the Parkers that Bridget had an epileptic fit, which isn't uncommon for head trauma patients. They're going to take her in for another CT scan, but the Parkers may have to prepare themselves for the fact that Bridget will soon be entering a high category for permanent brain damage.
Sophie informs Rebecca that all available officers are now on alert for Declan and his kidnapping krew. Rebecca panics and rues the fact that Paul got the cops involved. Rebecca and Paul snipe at one another until Sophie intervenes, but Rebecca still gets the last word in.
ADAM: Rebecca we'll do everything we can to keep him safe.
REBECCA: (to Paul) Well if he's not I will hold you responsible.
Rachel has a bunch of flowers and a card for the Parkers but is asking Harold for advice on what to write. Harold thinks that she should just let the thoughtful gesture do the talking.
Lou brings over two pieces of lemon slice for Carmella, who's eating for herself and "the stowaway". Lou compliments her on how well she's looking.
ROSIE: Doesn't she. It's almost sickening.
FRAZER: I keep telling Rosie that pregnant is the new black but she won't listen.
ROSIE: Yeah, thanks Calvin Klein.
The trio up and leave just as Susan walks in to find Rachel. She notices the flowers and thinks it might be better if Rachel waited until things have calmed down before sending anything, but Rachel is sick of pretending like nothing has happened. Susan tries to explain herself, but Rachel stalks out leaving Harold holding the flowers as Susan quickly follows her.
Susan sits Karl and the kids down for a chat, wanting to get everything out in the open. She acknowledges that she hasn't been handling things well, but she just hasn't known how to. Zeke assures her that they can handle it. Noticing how quiet Rachel is, Susan wonders if she wants to say something. Rachel hesitantly says that she doesn't understand how Susan couldn't have seen Bridget on the road when she hit her. Karl's a little offended on Susan's behalf, but Susan says it's fine and promises Rach that she didn't notice Bridget at all when she checked her mirrors. Talk soon turns to the possibility of jail and Susan stuns the kids when she says she's going to plead guilty - a sentence that could become much more serious if Bridget doesn't pull through.
SUSAN: We have to be prepared for the worst.
Riley badgers Brad to let him cover the hit and run story but Brad won't let him - he's too close to the case. Riley insists he can do it but Brad thinks that he should take a few days off instead.
Ringo stops by to see how Rachel is, but when she tries to cuddle him he gets uncomfortable and turns his attention to Zeke. He's bought over some training plans for the upcoming marathon, but Zeke doesn't think he's going to participate anymore after everything that's happened. Hearing this, Susan tells him not to be silly and encourages him to keep at it.
Pepper calls in to apologise for the weird school day and to offer Susan her full support. She invites her out for a coffee, but Susan declines, looking very wary at the prospect of a public outing.
Pepper passes Karl on her way out, who is laden with shopping bags. Zeke and Ringo vamoose before they're roped into helping. Rachel queries Susan on why she didn't want to go out with Pepper, but Susan claims that she's got a lot on - like helping Karl unload the car.
Riley is doing his best stalkerazzi impression by camping out in his car and taking pictures of Susan unpacking the shopping. He gets an unfortunate one of her carrying a bottle of wine inside before Elle startles him by joining him in the car. Realising he's putting together a story on Susan, Elle tries to tell him that it won't help his pain; Susan isn't a bad person. But Riley doesn't want to hear another chorus of the 'Susan is a saint' song, especially when Bridget is battling for her life.
ELLE: I didn't know that, I'm sorry.
RILEY: Yeah well since you have no idea why don't you keep your opinions to yourself.
Not realising Elle is actually quite knowledgeable in the siblings in peril department, Riley tells Elle to please get out and leave him alone before she can bestow any advice.
Nick is filling up the car (wearing a cap as a disguise - wow, it's like he's a completely different person), when a cop car drives through to ask the attendant if he's seen a suss couple hanging around with a teenager. Freaking out, Nick quickly pays and leaves. It's okay, Nick, no one will recognize you in that hat...
Declan looks a lot more frightened ever since Nick threatened him after his failed escape attempt, and he begs Laura to let him go. But Laura says everything will be over soon and she won't let Nick hurt him - not that he would of course, cause he's really a teddy bear. Suddenly, Nick barges in like a bear with a sore head and growls that the cops are on to them. Quick, everyone put a cap on!
Harold catches Miranda staring into a coffee cup.
HAROLD: My daughter-in-law used to read coffee grounds you know.
MIRANDA: I don't think I want to know what the future holds anymore.
Harold tries to boost her spirits and lets her know she can ring him at any time - day or night. He hands over a basket of goodies and the flowers Rachel left at the GS, telling her that everyone sends their love. He leaves to complete his Salvo rounds while Miranda reads the card attached to the bouquet, her face falling when she realises who they're from.
Thinking of you during this difficult time. All our love and support, the Kinski/Kennedy family.
Nick is on the phone to Rebecca, berating her for getting the cops involved. Rebecca says that it wasn't her fault and Nick quickly guesses that it was Paul. He hangs up after Laura warns him about the police tracing them, and spitefully tells Declan that his "mate" Paul would rather risk his life than give away Oliver's money.
Rebecca worriedly comments on how angry Nick sounded as Oliver quietly slips outside and calls Tim Collins.
Tim meets up with Oliver, surprised to learn that he wants another $400,000 (Oliver doesn't say what he wants it for). Tim says that if Oliver gets the money then he'll be signing away any future claims to the Barnes Corporation. Oliver is angry that he's being taken for a ride, but has no other choice than to sign his future away to save his brother. Random, completely useless point, but man does Oliver have some Harry High-Pants going on in this scene...
Brad finds Riley back at his desk working on a story - 'Hit-run Driver Lives It Up' - with the incriminating picture of Susan attached. Spurred on by how many papers it would sell, Brad tells Riley that he'll run it by the lawyers and if they won't be up for slander, then they'll print it.
Karl and the kids have taken Susan out for dinner, and encourage her not to sit in the shadows - she's surrounded by friends and people who love her. Proving the point, Steph quickly appears and envelopes Susan in a hug, Lou, Harold, Pepper and Valda soon following suit. Riley arrives just in time to see Susan smiling at her well-wishers - satisfied that his story has merit.
Miranda bangs on the door and yells at Susan to come out. Emerging from their rooms, Karl and the kids wonder what's going on but Susan tells them to stay inside while she speaks to Miranda. They don't listen of course, and quickly follow her out.
Frazer, Rosie and Pepper arrive home and Harold is putting out his bins when Miranda starts to rip Susan a new one for daring to think that sending flowers would even begin to make things better.
MIRANDA: Tonight my family has to sit down and discuss the fact that our little girl could be permanently brain damaged. If she wakes up at all.
Susan bursts into tears and says she's so sorry, but Miranda throws the flowers to the ground in disgust and says to leave them alone. Steve and Riley take Miranda back into #26 while Karl tries to comfort Susan and Rachel rushes up, promising that she didn't send the bouquet. Frazer, Rosie and Pepper awkwardly head inside while Harold looks on in despair.
Oliver tells Rebecca that they're going to get Declan back without any more police involvement - he's got the rest of the money they need. Their talk is cut short when Paul and Elle walk back inside after seeing what all the yelling was about in the street.
Number 28 - Next Morning
Karl asks Susan if she got any sleep at all last night but it's obvious that Susan was replaying the showdown in her head all night. Karl and Zeke get ready for their jog and tease PJ-clad Rachel for not following suit when a heavy object (wrapped in some newspaper...) suddenly comes crashing through the front window and knocks Rachel out.