- Paul, Elle and Kirsten trying to work out who the blackmailer is
- Steph catching Ty and Libby almost kissing
- Jim telling Steve that he killed Steve's real dad
In shock, Steve asks if it was an accident but Jim says that it wasn't. Gary, Steve's real father, confessed to the affair when they were on a bender in Saigon. Jim found out that Steve was conceived when Gary went home on leave. Then a few weeks later they were caught in a heavy crossfire. Gary was hit and needed Jim to carry him out - but he didn't. Appalled and upset, Steve leaves Jim alone in the bar.
Ned and Miranda look on as Steve wraps up an emotional phone call home to his mum. Nicola and the kids wake up after hearing the commotion and can't believe their ears when Steve fills them in. Unable to accept what's happening, shellshocked Ned gets up to go and confront his dad but Miranda sternly tells them all that no one is doing anything until the morning. They all shuffle out of the kitchen and Nicola expresses her concern to Miranda about "poor Steve".
Steph finds Lib wide awake on the couch, musing over the events of the evening. Lib tells Steph that they ran into Dan but Ty handled the situation really well. Worried, Lib can't help wondering if she's just using Ty to boost her self-esteem because he's young and cute. Ty walks in from the kitchen where he's been making himself a snack.
TY: (smirking) So you really think I'm cute?
LIBBY: (embarrassed) Oh, this night just gets better and better!
Steph vacates and Ty says that he doesn't mind if Libby's using him, but that very fact is what's bothering Lib the most. She tells him that she's not looking for a relationship or even a romance, so the two of them agree to just keep going out together as friends to have some laughs.
The next morning, Steph and Lib have another girly chat but this time the story baton has been passed on and it's Steph's turn in the spotlight. Lib apologises for being so self-involved when she knows Steph must be freaking out about Toadie's imminent return. Steph tries to say she's not bovvered, but she is well bovvered. She's concerned that Toadie won't even want to be friends when he gets back, but Lib thinks that their friendship is tough enough to survive anything.
Kirsten and Paul huddle around a book in the middle of the foyer and have a SooperSeekrit™ conversation about the blackmailer, which probably just gave said blackmailer about 3 more days of ammunition.
Kirsten goes back to the front desk and asks employee Yasmine if she could help out in the restaurant for an hour (and they both completely ignore the phone that's ringing next to them). Yasmine is very put out about getting stuck with the 'crap' job and grumbles that Kirsten's only getting the cushy jobs because she's "in" with the boss. Kirsten's shocked and Yasmine knowingly snits that next time Kirsten and Paul get a room, they'd be better off getting one in a different hotel.
Jim walks back to #26 after his eventful night and meets up with Ned in the driveway. Ned's upset with his dad and says that he brought him back to Erinsborough to work things out with Steve - not make them worse! He hands his dad a sheet of paper and informs him that they're flight times back to Oakey. Jim asks if Ned's going to give him a chance to explain, but Ned retorts that he just wants him to get on a plane and get out of his life.
NED: I don't ever want to see you again.
JIM: I'm still your dad.
NED: Nup. My dad's the guy I thought you were.
Kirsten has informed Paul and Elle about Yasmine.
ELLE: So we know the blackmailer definitely had access to the security tapes.
KIRSTEN: Well we're not CIA headquarters, if someone wants access it's not that hard.
Elle wonders what Yasmine's motive is, and Kirsten replies that Yasmine has worked there for six years but is still a junior. She's also tried out for four promotions - including the position Kirsten has. Maybe Yasmine needs to consider that she's just really crap at her job. The trio decide that they've found their culprit and that she must want money. Elle despondently tells her dad to fix it so they can all move on. Kirsten leaves and Paul looks impressed with her.
PAUL: That was pretty sharp of her don't you think, putting two and two together on Yasmine like that?
ELLE: (unimpressed) She'd be a lot sharper if she avoided an affair with you in the first place.
Paul, Elle and Kirsten are grilling Yasmine about the surveillance pics. She denies any knowledge at first but fesses up when they say they'll have to get the police involved. Paul hands her a big envelope of hush money to put an end to it. Yasmine starts to rant that it was never about the money, but keeps a firm grip on it when Elle tries to take it away. Paul says he'll find her a job in another hotel, but she needs to bring them back the tape first.
Yasmine and Kirsten head out and Paul apologises to Elle for putting her through all of this. He wants to try and get their relationship back on track and promises he'll never have another affair again. Ah, that old chestnut. Elle icily says that if it *does* happen again then Paul won't have to worry about a blackmailer because Elle will tell Rebecca herself.
Kirsten finds Ned brooding at a table and is quite shocked to hear the news about Steve and Jim. She gives Ned a comforting hug but he gives her an odd look and she lets go. Departing some wisdom, Kirsten says that sometimes even good people do things that they don't understand - she should know. Oh Kirsten, how introspective of you.
Jim walks in, which means it's Ned's cue to leave. Nicola has been observing things from the bar and orders Jim a scotch on the rocks. He tells her that he doesn't drink and doesn't want to chat with her, but when Nicola complies she leaves the drink tantalisingly on the counter. Jim contemplates his next move and we get about a million close-ups to signify his internal battle - Drink/Jim's face/DRINK/JIM'S EYES/DRRRRINK/JIM'S RETINAS. He gives in and has the drink and we're saddled with another round of empty glass/Jim's face/scotch bottle/JIM'S EYEBALLS/SCOTCH BOTTLE until he finally orders another one from Steph. Nicola smirks to herself in the corner.
It looks like Jim's had quite a few by now because when he asks Steph for another round she tells him he's had his fill. Karl and Susan walk in and playfully banter about the fact that Susan only invited Libby to dinner that night so she could 'subtly' grill her over Ty. Jim makes a ruckus at the counter and tries to snatch the phone away from Steph when she threatens to call the cops. Karl barges over to help her out (as does the cute random extra barman who works there from time to time), but Nicola steps in and tells them that it's Steve's dad and that she'll ring her family to come and collect him. When she reaches Steve on her mobile, though, she puts on quite the act and says that Jim got really angry with her and that she needs help.
Steve and the kids arrive and Steve checks that Nicola's OK before moving over to the couch where his father's seated. He asks Jim if he was telling the entire truth about leaving Gary to die and Jim woefully says no, so Steve invites him to tell the rest of the story.
Accompanied by background audio of helicopters and gunfire, Jim tells Steve that Gary wasn't the only one who was shot by the enemy - their mate Bruce Dawson was too (although he wasn't as badly wounded). It was up to Jim to decide which mate to rescue, and to this day Jim doesn't know whether or not he chose to save Bruce because he was too cut up about the affair Gary had with his wife.
JIM: I relive it every day of my life. I still don't know if that's why I left him there.
Moved, Steve asks if Bruce ended up surviving and Jim says he did.
Lib has asked Ty to meet up with her here for dance practice because Charlie is napping at home. She starts to map out a new move she wants to try, keeping her distance from Ty. But Ty picks up on her stiltedness and says that as "friends" they can loosen up and just have fun with it. They start to dance and giggle just as Karl and Susan approach the door, quite surprised to see the party going on. Susan quietly nudges Karl back a few steps.
KARL: (concerned) Ahh...
SUSAN: No, no, let's make a pact. We will not waste a single moment worrying about this, OK?
She pushes him away as Libby and Ty continue to dance and prance their hearts out. Also, does Ty not own any shirts with sleeves? Does he have a sleeve allergy perchance or can he not afford the extra material? I feel we should all have a fundraiser and buy him some jumpers.
The Parker clan and Lou all walk Jim out to his awaiting taxi. Feeling better after their chat, Steve says that Jim's welcome to stay a while longer and nut out some more issues. But Jim replies that he needs to get back to Kitty (seriously?) and reassure her that everything's going to be OK. He bids them all farewell and even gets a forgiving hug from Ned before hopping into the cab. Annoyed that everything has worked out so well, Nicola glares and pouts in the background, which Ned notices. Her pout goes into overdrive when she sees Miranda tells Steve that she's proud of him and Steve kisses her on the cheek. Hmm.
Paul switches off the tape Yasmine has brought in, satisfied that it's the right one. He hands her back the hush money but is interrupted by a text message.
Have you told Rebecca about your affair yet?
Outraged, Paul shows Elle and Kirsten his phone and demands that Yasmine tell them whether or not she's got an accomplice. But Yasmine swears she didn't tell anyone else what she was doing.
PAUL: Well if it's not somebody working with you then who the hell is it?