Toadie tells Donna everyone thinks she started a rumour to cover the fact she started the fire.
Oliver tells Elle he kissed Carmella.
Dan tells Donna she needs to understand what's gone wrong in her life before she can change it.
Jay issues instructions to Toadie during the bush fire.
Toadie tells Nicola he suspects Jay was responsible for the bush fire.
Nicola tells Toadie that she doesn't think Jay is responsible for the fire, but Toadie points out he was in a position to start that and the cubby house fire. Nicola tells him he's a nice guy, but he needs to learn to get over things. Toadie says he might seem like the jealous ex; “But I'm telling you, there is something seriously wrong with this guy”. Toadie says he has learnt that it's a method people use to gain acceptance, to paint themselves as the hero. Nicola realises that on the day, he was acting like the king of the hill. She makes Toadie promise not to say anything until ‘we' have evidence. She says she owes him a favour. She reminds him it won't be pretty if Steph finds out they're out there trying to find evidence against her boyfriend. Toadie says he can't help that, they have to stop him before he kills someone else.
Elle is there, upset, when Oliver walks in. She tries to leave, but he grabs her arm and wants to talk about it. She pulls away, telling him not to touch her. Oliver says he just wants to talk, he says everything happened so fast it was confusing, and insists she sit down, which she does, reluctantly. Oliver says it was a momentary reaction, if he could take it back he would.
ELLE: Marco has been dead a week and you're kissing his widow, yeah I can see how that's very confusing.
Oliver says that's not how it was, then says he never should have said anything. Elle says sarcastically that he should have kept lying. What hurts most is that she trusted him and he went back to her again. Oliver says that she shouldn't blame Carmella. Elle is the one he wants to be with, It was confusing and he didn't know what else to do. Elle gets up to leave. Oliver asks her to just give him a chance. Elle asks why she should, as she means nothing to him and she doesn't know why she thought it would be different this time.
Paul tries to find out from Elle what happened with Oliver to upset her. Elle says they're not together and that's all he needs to know. She asks if there's been any response to the story (which suggested that a local person was responsible for the bush fire). Paul says there has been a huge response ‘the usual whackos and nutters' Nicola comes in and asks to look at some back issues, making an excuse that she is helping Toadie with an old council dispute. Elle says the archives aren't open to the public, but Paul says they'll make an exception in this case, as they know where she lives. He directs her to the archive office and tells her to tell them she can have whatever she wants. He says he would show her himself but he's not sure how the place works. Nicola replies ‘Lucky you're not in charge' and walks off.
ELLE: You're pathetic, why don't you just roll your tongue back in your head so no-one trips over it?
Paul points out they've just run an article claiming the arsonist was local, and then the locals start running in asking to look at the archives, a little co-incidental doesn't she think? Elle thinks it's a long shot. Paul says that's why he's going to log everything she looks at.
PAUL: Come on darling, you know me, long shot are my speciality.
Toadie is getting off the phone to Johnno as Nicola walks in, and asks what he's got. Toadie says Jay doesn't have a record but he has been through 4 different volunteer fire services all over the state. Nicola says it's not exactly a smoking gun, and pulls out internet prints of news stories. Toadie looks through them and declares them ‘a whole load of stories on what a fantastic guy Jay is – that's amazing'.
Looking at the same stories, Elle tells Paul that Jay has saved four families from fires over the last five years. Paul remarks that he's been a busy boy. Elle thinks it's a waste of time. Paul points out ‘Nobody is this good'
Nicola lays the stories out again and tells Toadie he's missing something.
TOADIE: Well, I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be seeing – the only thing the guy's missing is a cape.
Nicola tells him to look at the pictures. They are all of blonde haired women with children. Toadie still doesn't get it ‘Is this a trick question? Because I think I need to phone a friend'. Nicola asks him if the photos remind him of anyone. Then he realises they all look like Steph and Nicola says all the kids are young also.
NICOLA: This guy has got an agenda and it is big time.
Elle thinks it's a coincidence, but if it's true it's incredibly creepy. Paul tells her to grab her stuff.
TOADIE: This guy's been playing us all, we've gotta warn Steph.
NICOLA: No, Toadie, we can't say anything, we've got to find more proof.
Jay sits down and says he thinks they have the wrong guy. Then we see Paul and Elle. Smiling, Elle tells him he's a hero. She says they want to do a story on him to keep people talking about the fire. Paul says it'll put pressure on whoever really did the fire to help flush them out. Jay's face drops and he asks if the reward will do that anyway. Elle says she's been going back over the files and he's saved a lot of people from a lot of fires, and she thinks their readers would like to meet the man behind the hero. Jay says when they're called out to a fire, there's a whole team, not just him. Paul laughs and tells him he's being modest. He needn't be ashamed and it's great publicity for the service. Jay says he's flattered, but he'll have to pass. Elle asks him to think about it as it's not every day they get to meet a hero.
JAY: Look, can we stop all the hero stuff, I'm the furthest thing from a hero, believe me.
Paul asks why he'd say that. Jay says he doesn't want to talk about it. Elle tells him they're not there to judge him. Jay says 3 years ago there was a fire in West Warratah in which he couldn't save a woman. He had to look her husband and kids in the eye and tell them why he couldn't save her. He doesn't think that family thinks of him as a hero, so he's not about to declare himself one. Paul nods. Elle apologises and they get up to go. Paul says he knows where to find them if he changes his mind. Jay shuts the door on them and looks thoughtful.
Ringo, Bridget and Declan welcome Zeke back from Science Camp by mocking him, asking if they taught him to make X-ray specs, etc. Rachel comes over and teases him too. Ty comes in and says hello. He asks them if they've seen the newspaper. Zeke asks how Carmella is and Ty says he doesn't know. Bridget says she has to go as she's late for work and kisses Declan. The others pretend to gag. Ringo tries to make plans for the evening and Zeke randomly mentions David Tennant. It's not clear why. Donna bounds over and says hey. Everyone just looks at her and the boys say hi, then she leaves.
RACHEL: OK, that was weird and awkward.
Zeke asks about her if it's true Donna is saying she saw the arsonist. Ty clearly thinks she's crazy. Ringo wants to give her a break, but Ty points out all the strange stuff she's said recently. Zeke says she can't see how anyone can be that needy.
Donna can hear all this and is not amused. Ringo says it wouldn't have happened if they hadn't dobbed her in to Jay. Rachel says they didn't make her lie about seeing the arsonist, but Ringo wants to tell her what they did. Rachel says she dobbed her in, so she should apologise and goes over to her. Both her and Ringo take the blame for telling on her. Donna says she can't believe they would think she could do that. After Rachel flusters her excuse, Ringo says they were wrong and are sorry. Rachel asks if she'd like to join them. Donna says she has to go, and starts to get upset as she leaves.
Bridget finishes a phone call and turns round to see Donna there. Bridget tries to be professional. Donna tells her she can drop the act, as Ringo told her they all turned her in. Bridget says she had nothing to do with it. Donna says it's alright, she doesn't have to pretend to be nice to the freak anymore. When she turns round, Dan is standing behind her. They say hey and she walks off.
In what appears to be the same scene, Dan turns round as Donna steps off the treadmill. He asks how her parents handled the situation with the police. She says they were too busy arguing between themselves to notice her. Dan says the divorce must be tough on her; she should talk about it. She suggests they go for coffee after, but Dan says he was thinking more about counselling. She says she not a headcase, she just needs a friend. Dan says the right counsellor can be both. He offers to call her school and sort something out. She tells him not to bother and storms out.
Toadie approaches Steph as she gets in her car, and asks if Jay is in. She says he's preparing a speech. He says ‘so you're not spending the day with him...and Charlie...what's he up to?' Steph says he's in daycare, and asks what this is about. Toadie says ‘nothing' She asks if there's any more on the cubbyhouse fire. Toadie says there were no strangers on the street, so the police think it was someone close to home. She still thinks it was Callum but Toadie says he doesn't fit the profile. Steph apologises. Toadie says it creeps him out to think someone is running around starting fires. She asks him if that's why he wants to see Jay. Toadie says he has a few theories he wants to run by him. He tells Steph to be careful. She gives a bemused laugh and says ‘No worries'.
Jay answers the door to Toadie and tells him Steph's just gone to work. Toadie says he's there to see him, to pick his brains. They go into the living room. Toadie points out the paper and says it's freaking him out. Jay says you never think it's someone you know. Toadie asks him if he thinks it is. Jay says he hopes not. Jay gets up to organise some papers and we can see his face, but Toadie can't. Toadie says he's been doing research on arsonists and they reckon it's to do with control issues. Jay says he learnt the same thing in the service. Toadie says he heard that it's a control thing – some people like to start fires so they can put them out; play the big hero. Jay is now interested and sits down as Toadie explains it's a deep seated inferiority complex.
TOADIE: Pretty sick, isn't it.
TOADIE: and the strange thing is, you can't tell who these people are. Could be me....could even be you.
JAY: Jeez, when you put it like that, it could be just about anyone. It's going to be hard for the cops to catch them isn't it?
TOADIE: Yeah, well, the cops can get lucky, especially when there's a whole community behind them. Everyone wants to see this guy get what's coming to him.
Rebecca, Ben, Susan and Libby are finishing their meal and Ty clears the plates. Susan says Steph seems pretty happy. Libby says the House of Skirt is now officially the House of Luuuurve. Susan says brunch was pretty heavy and jokes with Rebecca that she's in trouble for ordering the cake. Rebecca says cake is always a good idea.
BEN: See, I told you mum.
They go to leave. Rebecca says she'll catch them up and goes over to talk to Oliver. She checks if he's eaten, but he just wants a coffee. Rebecca asks him if he honestly expected Elle to react any differently. She tells him he's letting everyone down with his behaviour. Oliver asks her what Elle said to her. Rebecca says ‘about what you'd expect...but the question is are you going to learn from it?'. She says he just keeps hurting people, but she knows he's better than that. The question is, does he know it? He says he doesn't want to lose Elle over this, but how can he fix it?
REBECCA: I'm sorry Oliver, I don't know if you can.
Donna asks Dan to show her tricep kickbacks, and he does. He tells her to have a go and she'll watch him. Just then, Susan and Libby come in ‘to work off lunch' Libby sees Dan helping Donna, while Susan tells Bridget that the drug trial makes her feel like a new woman.
LIBBY: Yes, but you will be taking it easy.
SUSAN: Oh shut up Elizabeth, you sound like your father.
LIBBY: Oooh, say it isn't so.
While Bridget asks Susan to fill out a form, Dan notices Libby, and she looks away.
Jay and Steph are kissing. Steph says he really did miss her today and he agrees. They both sit down and Steph notices that he seems a bit quiet. He says Toadie has freaked him out. Steph says she saw him earlier and he seemed that way to her too. Jay says that he thinks Toadie thinks he's the firebug. As Steph is obviously shocked, Jay says he didn't come right out with it, but it's clear that's what he was saying. Steph wonders what's wrong with him. Jay suggests he's jealous. Steph says that's not him, he's never been like this before. Jay says that was because he thought he was in with a chance, but now he's seen they are serious and he knows he's lost her. Steph says that attacking Jay isn't going to change that. Jay says he feels sorry for him. If the boot was on the other foot, he says, he'd be just as cut up. Steph gets up to leave and Jay asks where she's going. Steph says she's going to give him a piece of her mind, this is so not on. Jay takes her hand and pulls her back to the couch, saying he has a better idea. Why don't they just go away with Charlie? Steph protests she has to work, but Jay starts massaging her shoulders. and telling her she needs to relax; and he knows just how to relax her. Steph laughs and says ‘How am I meant to resist you?'.
Nicola tells Toadie she thought they were going to wait for more proof. Toadie says he knows he's guilty and ‘I can't let her just be with this guy without warning her. Just then Steph walks in. She asks if he has a minute, and he says he wanted to talk to her.
STEPH: Yeah? So you can tell me my new boyfriend's a firebug?
Toadie tries to explain, Steph says it all sounds crazy, and Nicola tries to show her the printouts.
STEPH: I don't care what you found, and I don't know how he roped you into this, but it ends now. Thanks.
She opens the door and Nicola leaves with the door slammed behind her.
STEPH: Before anything Toadie we were friends. If you want that to continue, you'll drop this.
TOADIE: It's because we are friends that I can't drop this, alright? He is dangerous. He lit those fires and he killed Marco.
Steph asks him how he can accuse someone of that. Toadie says it's true. Steph says it's just because she's falling in love now that he's making these accusations. Toadie questions if she ‘loves this guy'. She says ‘Maybe, I dunno'. She says she thought they could be friends, but she guesses not. She tells him to stay out of her life, saying she wants nothing to do with him and leaves.
Elle has her phone to her ear and tells Paul she can't see why someone who's been through so much would go out and light fires. Paul is on his laptop and says they'll find out soon enough. Elle finishes her call and says the tipoff they got about Callum starting the fire was untraceable. She asks Paul if he's found anything. She takes the laptop off him and asks what he's looking up. Paul says he's trying to find information on the West Warratah fire Jay mentioned. She can't believe he still thinks Jay's the arsonist.
PAUL: Elle, he's lying
ELLE: Not all guys are like you and Oliver, there are still some good ones out there.
PAUL: And Jay's not one of them, trust me.
As Ty brings over coffee, Elle searches. After he's gone. Elle tells Paul there wasn't a fire in West Warratah 3 years ago, in fact hasn't been a fire there in the last decade.
ELLE: Why would he lie?
ME: Well, duh.... (this wasn't actually in the episode, but y'know)
PAUL: To cover his tracks....I think we've found our firebug.