Marco telling Carmella he wants to invest in her.
Frazer proudly telling Rosie, Pepper and Adam of his new job as a taxi driver.
Rebecca worrying about not having seen Declan.
Declan trying to hail a cab at the side of a road.
A Road Somewhere
Declan gets into a taxi, unsure of where he wants to go and is surprised to find Frazer's his driver. Declan does a shoddy job of covering himself, saying he's picking up a mate, but Frazer doesn't contest it and sets off for the station.
Rosie munches on an apple as she opens the door to a flustered Carmella who needs to borrow her hairdryer. Rosie is suspicious of the smart clothes and need for a good hair day, but Carmella says there's no big occasion. Rosie teasingly asks if her business meeting's with Marco, so Carmella responds by eating Rosie's apple. Rosie looks suitably and amusingly disgusted when she's handed back the gnawed piece of fruit. Still, she's not giving up in the hard sell of Marco.
CARMELLA: Just because you've got the hots for him.
ROSIE: Well by the looks of this, I'm not the only one.
CARMELLA: No, this is about keeping Marco's confidence in my ability as a professional businesswoman.
That and an opportunity to show off her heaving bosom. Rosie's not convinced, but Carmella insists it's just business.
Declan tells Frazer to keep the change and he gratefully accepts. Frazer offers to stick around, just in case. He's clearly on to him but keeps up the act for Declan's sake, saying he can stick around if he and his mate need a lift home. Declan declines and exits the taxi with his suspiciously large rucksack.
Frazer whips out his phone and tells Oliver that his brother might be about to do a runner. Oliver says he'll find Rebecca and get down there, but can Frazer keep an eye of him? Frazer's a bit hesitant about leaving the cab, but has to agree.
Carmy's “off to start an empire” and wants good luck. Rosie is still on about Marco.
ROSIE: You could still run the business, only you'd be partners in more than just fruit and veg. It could be beautiful.
CARMELLA: Or the relationship could be a disaster and the business goes down the tubes with it.
ROSIE: So you have thought about it?
Carmella has to admit he's an attractive guy and abandons her exit to plonk herself down at the kitchen table with Rosie, who is still musing about Marco's prettiness. Carmella still thinks she couldn't because of Oliver, who she's still hung up on. Rosie reminds her that his relationship with Elle seems permanent. Carmella knows.
Southern Cross Station
Declan rejects a call from Oliver and looks at his ticket: Melbourne to Sydney. Frazer runs up behind him and looks at the screen to see that the train will be leaving in fifteen minutes. (Not sure how he knows which train Declan is getting, but Frazer's pretty magic, so we'll allow it.) He runs back.
Marco's Flash Pad
Carmella's clearly impressed by Marco's flat, which is huge but has a lot of weird faces on the wall. Carmella's pleasantly surprised to see that Marco's planning a posh spread. She offers to set the table and Marco's a bit embarrassed when she finds his apron.
MARCO: My mother thinks I'm sloppy.
CARMELLA: Well my mother would think you're perfect.
Awkward. Marco asks where in Italy Carmella's family is from. She tells him Rome and he equates this with empire builders.
CARMELLA: Yes, all about the conquest.
MARCO: I'll have to keep my eye on you.
Southern Cross Station
Oliver's car screeches up and as he and Rebecca get out Frazer tells them that Declan's already on the platform, going to Sydney. Rebecca's worried – he doesn't know a soul there. They run off when Frazer tells them it leaves in about two minutes. Paul hobbles behind. Ollie and Becca are distraught to see the train departing as they arrive. Rebecca suggests calling ahead and getting someone to stop him at the other end. Oliver is helplessly apologetic. Paul spots Declan still sitting there at the platform. Rebecca's delighted, Declan not so much.
Paul and Oliver leave Rebecca and Declan alone to talk. Declan thinks his mum's mad, but she tells him he both is and isn't in trouble. Declan doesn't think their family situation is as simple as she's making it out to be.
DECLAN: I get a brother, I get a dad, I get arrested.
REBECCA: Bridget. Laura and Nick. I know, it's overwhelming, but I can't tell you how proud I am of the way you've handled everything.
DECLAN: I tried to burn down a caravan, that's not handling it!
True, that. Rebecca looks a bit taken aback, but she won't accept his claim that he's no better than his father. He's worried that if he becomes like his dad, she'll stop loving him. Rebecca starts crying (again) and apologises for not giving him the childhood he deserved, but it's in the past and they can't let it affect his future. He doesn't know how, but she wants to help him. She suggests they go home and start over together and they hug before she leads him away.
Paul proffers a play station controller to Declan, who is not interested. Rebecca chastises Oliver in the kitchen for not telling her that things were out of control for Declan. Oliver explains that Declan just needed someone to trust, but Rebecca needs to be able to trust Oliver to keep her in the loop as well. Becca wishes Declan could be like he was before, although living with his new family is a good start for both of them.
OLIVER: You know, you can show him how to move on but you can't do it for him.
REBECCA: How did I get such a wise son?
Oliver credits it to watching Doctor Phil. They look across to Declan who still looks a bit moody.
Carmella mutters “This is so wrong” before munching on some pickled onions and gazing at a picture of her and Oliver, which is conveniently stashed in her handbag. she sighs and rings Rosie, who is a bit confused to hear she's in Marco's bathroom eating pickled onions.
ROSIE: Have you been drinking?
Carmella says she's being pathetic and it's just hormones. Rosie asks suggestively about Marco. Carmella's affronted - not everything's about him. But she admits that in this instance it is about Marco. Rosie's probably lucky Carmella can't see her knowing smile. Carmella thinks it's wrong for her to be attracted to him whilst she's pregnant and still in love with the father of her baby. Rosie's advice is not to over-think it and just to spend time with him. And to stay away from the pickled onions.
Rebecca wants the less than eager Oliver and Declan to ask Harold if they can borrow some tomato paste. Once they've gone Rebecca tells Paul she's worried about the “darkness” about Declan at the mo. He's wonderful, but troubled. Paul says he can overcome it, but Becca's not so sure he'll be able to make it back from this wrong turn.
PAUL: Sometimes you have to go back before you can move forward. I mean, if you can get over the hurt in your past …
REBECCA: And maybe remind him about the good things.
This is clearly a woman with an ingenious plan. She leaves Paul to get on with dinner.
Marco's Dining Room
Carmella walks in all purposeful and suggests they get down to business, only to see Marco's already got the laptop out and having thoughts about the business plan, so Carmella joins him. She looks a bit put out. Methinks cash flow projections weren't really what were on her mind.
A House Nearby
Rebecca has driven Declan to a house, but he's not sure why. She's surprised he doesn't remember it. The house's resident is conveniently putting the rubbish out and approaches them. Rebecca asks her if she can show her son the house he used to live in and that he reached a lot of milestones in. The woman insists on showing them around the place.
Declan recognises his old room, despite it now clearly being inhabited by a little girl. Rebecca reminisces about her excitement at moving in just after he was born and having a house rather than a flat. Even though before he didn't recognise the house at all, the memories seem to be flooding back for Declan now – like the wardrobe he hid in, trying to escape having a photo with Father Christmas and the place where he carved his height into the doorframe. Rebecca's having a right nostalgia-fest, but Declan's not quite at ease.
REBECCA: You know the little boy that grew up here, that's the real Declan. And he's still in there. (She pats his chest)
DECLAN: It's not that easy.
REBECCA: I know, but in Erinsborough there's a whole new life waiting for us. A bright new future.
Declan can't stand this cliché extravaganza and neither can I. He reminds her that they can't pretend the past never happened. She says that they can work through it, together. She doesn't want him to miss out on his brand new life because of their past – he just has to want it. He nods and suggests they go home.
Which links us nicely to the next scene where Declan and Oliver are doing the dishes and Rebecca happily sips wine with Paul. Paul thinks it's about time she was smiling again, although she's not sure she can trust it – long term happiness doesn't run in the Napier genes. Rebecca's decided, much to Paul's joy and slightly disturbing flirting, that she and Declan want to live with him. Declan mouths puking and the Rebecca/Paul love-in, but then joins in the celebrations, as does Oliver.
Carmella's about to leave, now they've finished with their business planning. Carmella thanks him for the evening and Marco says it's a pleasure, he enjoys doing business with her and thinks the company's going to do well. Just as she's outside the door, she gives him some info about the website. They stand looking at each other for a while before Marco gives her a kiss on each cheek and shuts the door. Carmella shakes her head and sighs. She's got it bad.