- Elle trying to convince Sam to tell the truth about the non-pregnancy
- Paul offering Rebecca some work at the General Store
- Sam behaving erratically at Charlie's
- Sam asking Oliver to stay for a drink
Dan and Libby rush in to find Sam but Ty tells them they're too late; he couldn't stop her from leaving.
LIBBY: She's going to be alright. Maybe she's just letting off some steam?
DAN: Last time she let off some steam she didn't come home for two years.
Libby tries to ring Sam's mobile but is met with voicemail once more. Dan's about to leave a message when Ty shows them Sam's soggy phone she dumped into her drink.
There's a small ray of hope when Dan sees that Sam hasn't taken any of her belongings, but he beats himself up for not recognizing her symptoms earlier. Grabbing the phone books, Libby says they'll look up all the bars and nightspots and keep the search going.
Number 24 - Next Morning
Rebecca flits around in a panic because she can't find her keys. She claims she's just going to the shops, but Declan's suss.
DECLAN: Since when do you put lipstick on to go and get milk and toilet paper... You're going to see peg leg!
REBECCA: Don't call him that.
DECLAN: You are too!
Rebecca admits that she's going to see if she can pick up a few shifts at the GS - she doesn't want anything to do with Paul, but they need the extra money.
Sienna serves Rachel and Ringo out the front of the GS. Ringo offers to help Sienna carry the dishes, but she smiles and says she's fine. Rachel teases Ringo for having his tongue hanging out of his mouth and says Sienna's not even that hot, but Ringo begs to differ.
Ty drops by to try and rope them into buying tickets for a gig he's playing at a charity event for the local fire brigade. The teens claim they have no money, but when Sienna happily buys a ticket, Rachel turns a little bit green and says she'll buy one after all. Ty teases her, saying that she can come for free seeing as she's his “girlfriend”. It's Ringo's turn to make fun of blushing Rach when Ty leaves.
Ty's now doing his best to convince Steph to come to the gig, telling her that she needs some more excitement in her life. He flexes his muscles and teases that there'll be firemen there, so Steph laughingly agrees to check it out (both the firemen and the gig I'm assuming).
Declan swings by with a resume to try and score a job at the bar. He's even prepared to drop school for a while till he picks up “a bucketful of cash“, but Steph reminds him that he's not 18 yet so it's a no-go. Overhearing the conversation, Paul can't help approaching Declan and offering to help him out to try and get himself some brownie points. Declan snits that his mum won't let him accept his cash, but Paul says that Rebecca doesn't have to know.
Dan and Libby pass by Elle, who is eating brekkie out the front of the hotel. Elle asks if everything's OK and Dan starts to tell her that Sam didn't come home last night when they see Oliver and Sam walk out of Lassiter's. Dan's relieved but Sam is quite hostile, especially when she sees Libby.
SAM: It must have been torture for you spending the entire night with my husband.
LIBBY: You know I wouldn't do that.
SAM: No, because you're so perfect. This must be great watching me self-destruct. Isn't it what you've been waiting for? I mean now you can have Dan for yourself.
LIBBY: We all care about you, Sam.
SAM: Oh don't pretend. You've never been my friend. Now that you've won you can stop lying.
Dan tries to get her to leave but she won't have it and angrily shirks him off.
SAM: (yelling) Don't treat me like an invalid! I'm not sick! (tearful) I'm not sick! I don't need a carer I can take care of myself.
OLIVER: Sam, maybe it's better that you go with Dan.
SAM: After what we shared last night I would have thought you'd understood.
Dan looks angry and let down, but Oliver claims that nothing happened between them. Leading Sam away successfully this time, Dan warns Oliver to back off. Libby and Elle can only stare at Oliver with questioning looks.
Sam tells Dan to just blurt out what he wants to say because she's sick of the silent treatment. Dan tells her to listen to herself; it's not her talking - it's the disease. Sam starts to say she's sorry until Dan states that she needs to be professionally assessed and put back on medication. Sam snarls that she can't while she's pregnant.
DAN: And what if you self-destruct? What will happen to the baby then? I love you, Sammy, but I hate what this illness does to you.
SAM: So I stayed out all night, I'm sorry.
DAN: Doing what?
SAM: (scoffing) You talking about Oliver?
DAN: Of course I am.
SAM: Well what's so different from what you did? You were out with Libby, I was out with Oliver so we're even.
Dan picks up the phone and starts to dial the crisis assessment team while Sam storms off to have a shower.
Steph (holding Charlie) and Libby spy a strapping young man walking over to them with Ty. He turns out to be Jay, the leader of the local fire brigade, whose long tresses could score him a kick arse shampoo commercial should he ever change careers. Steph looks quite smitten as Jay charms her with his witty banter. Ty brings up the fact that the venue for the gig has fallen through, so Lib and Ty conspire to get Steph to host it for the lovely Jay.
Dan stares across the road at Oliver trying to explain himself to Elle. The crisis assessment team arrive and Dan instructs them to go inside and see Sam - he'll join them shortly.
Oliver is trying to tell Elle that nothing happened between he and Sam, but Elle doesn't believe him and snidely thanks him for making it obvious that he's already moved on. As Elle drives off, Dan stalks across the road and angrily tells Oliver to stay away from his wife. But that‘s the only threat he manages, as the crisis team run out to tell him that Sam's escaped out the bathroom window.
Sam is curled up against a post, her hair still wet and looking very lost and vulnerable. Elle finds her and carefully walks up so as not to startle her. Sam tearfully tells her that nothing happened with Oliver - he loves Elle too much to mess things up. Elle asks why they didn't call Dan, but Sam said that she threatened to run away if Oliver did.
ELLE: Are you alright?
SAM: (crying) No, I'm not.
Dan has heard Oliver's side of the story and apologizes for jumping to conclusions. Oliver explains that he would have called Dan right away, but Sam wouldn't let him. Libby stops by and Oliver leaves, exchanging a handshake with Dan on the way.
Libby tells Dan that she just wanted to check that he was OK, but starts to feel a bit awkward being there alone and says she better go. But Dan asks her to stay and reveals that he's called the police to help look for Sam. Seeing how distressed he is, Libby puts a comforting hand on his shoulder just as Elle leads a fragile looking Sam through the door. Relieved, Dan heads over and wraps Sam in a big hug.
Rebecca has asked to meet with Paul so she can throw his wad of cash back in his face. She's not impressed that he's resorted to bribing Declan. Paul claims that he's just trying to help Declan stay in school, but Rebecca states that she has no desire to be in Paul's debt.
REBECCA: There is no quick fix for this, Paul. You can't just magic it away with a wave of your wallet.
PAUL: Alright then, why don't you consider it as a scholarship fund for you both? And you still have my full permission to continue hating me.
REBECCA: (incredulous) I don't need your permission! I'm not some pathetic little thing that you need to rescue. I'm more than capable of taking care of myself and my son.
PAUL: Really? Well Declan doesn't think so.
Rebecca angrily storms away just as Sienna brings their coffees over. She cheekily asks if the big wad of bills are her tip, but Paul snatches it off her, unimpressed.
Elle locates Oliver outside the hotel and apologises for not believing him earlier about Sam. Oliver accepts her apology. It's clear that he's still in love with her (and vice versa), but his pride and family loyalty won't allow him to speak up so they go their separate angst-fuelled ways.
Paul sees Rebecca collecting mail from the GS post box and can't help forming a plan to garner some attention from her. He pitches himself forward and falls to the ground, pretending that he's tripped over. Unable to suppress her inner-good Samaritan, Rebecca goes to check on him and offers him a helping hand. Lapping up the sympathy, Paul exaggerates his limp and Rebecca helps him inside the GS.
Rebecca settles him into a chair and asks if he needs a doctor, but Paul says he'll be fine. Unable to help himself, Paul suggests that she could kiss his injury better for him but Rebecca isn't amused. He asks if she could ever forgive him, but Rebecca can't answer him and leaves, passing Elle on the way. Elle's concerned about her dad but he reveals that he was only putting it on (Sienna has been listening to all of this in the background - I've no idea if this will be a plot point for a future ep or if she's just there to fill up her episode quota).
PAUL: Maybe it was a little underhanded but for a second there it felt like Rebecca and I were back to the way we used to be.
Dan and Sam are cuddled together on the couch. Dan tells Sam that she has to start letting him help her - for her sake and the baby's. With the guilt over her secret mounting up, Sam can't keep quiet any longer.
SAM: Dan... There's no baby.
Jay saunters up to get another juice from Steph and she immediately gives him the “I'm not dating” spiel. Undeterred, Jay says she still must eat and delivers a nice little speech about how they could both eat at the same restaurant, at the same table and share some conversation... But it wouldn't be a date. Steph's still umming and ahhing when Libby urgently calls her over and asks what the hell she's stalling for.
LIBBY: Are you nuts, woman? A gorgeous, available, real-life hero asks you out for dinner and you say no?
Steph doesn't want to commit in case Toadie needs her to mind Callum or something, but Libby says she needs to move forward and do her own thing. Lib starts to run over to Jay, threatening to accept on Steph's behalf, so Steph stops her and tells Jay that she'd love to have dinner with him.