- Declan and Didge breaking the PDA rule at school
- Steve offending Rebecca about teenage pregnancy
- Toadie and Nicola on their way to save Steph
- Steph discovering Jay has tampered with her car
Toadie and Nicola are arguing about what direction to go in, with Toadie claiming they're lost. He stops the car to get out and have a loo break.
While Jay chops up fruit for breakfast, Steph witters on about going outside to fix the car until Jay snaps at her and tells her to relax. Keeping the peace, Steph apologises and goes into the lounge room. Spying Jay's phone, she quickly dials Toadie's number, but good old Toadie won't answer it because it's a private number and he wants to keep the lines open in case Steph rings. Doh. Steph dials again and Nicola urges Toadie to answer. Hiding the phone under the table, Steph talks with Jay so Toadie can hear her and gets him to unwittingly reveal their location. Jay starts to get suss when he hears muffled voices and eventually works out what's going on. He snatches the phone off Steph and hangs up on Toadie. Scouring the map, Toadie and Nicola work out where they're supposed to go and drive off. Back in the cabin, Jay is annoyed that Steph rang Toadie after their first “bump in the road”. He tells her that she doesn't have to be scared.
Declan and Didge are mucking about in the background like overexcited puppies while their mums chat over coffee. Miranda is embarrassed by what Steve said to Rebecca and admits that she could “punch his stupid face sometimes”. She assures Rebecca that Steve actually does likes her and Declan in his own weird way. The excitable puppies accidentally knock over a table and Rebecca and Miranda are on their case in an instant, berating them like 5-year-olds before sending them outside.
Steph tells Jay that they need to cool off for a while and that she's going to take Charlie in to town - but Jay won't let her go. Steph orders him out of the way and says that she's not one of his victims. He spouts some crappola about seeing the ‘real Steph' and how it's clear to him now that she just wants to be looked after. Backing her into a corner, he tells her that she can leave if she wants but does she really want to put Charlie through that? Concerned, Steph realises she needs to play along with his mind games.
JAY: You don't want to run away do you? You want to stay here, you want to be looked after.
STEPH: ... Yeah, I do.
JAY: I want to take care of you but you have to let me, Steph, otherwise you'll never be happy. And you want to be happy don't you, Steph?
He hugs her and says that everything is going to be OK now. Steph looks quite ill.
Time has passed and Jay has Steph cuddled up on the couch with him in front of the fire. Continuing the charade, Steph admits that she's always been too scared to take risks. Everyone expects her to be brave, but she never really lets anyone in. Jay jealously retorts that she let Toadie in, but Steph quickly explains that Toadie relied on her too much and she needed someone strong like Jay.
JAY: Just promise me something. Promise you won't leave me.
STEPH: I promise.
JAY: No. Promise you won't leave me.
STEPH: We're not going anywhere.
JAY: Good. Because if I was put through that again I don't know what I'd do.
Cue screeching violin music from Psycho.
Toadie and Nicola arrive at a fruit stall. Nicola says she'll be the one to ask the owner for information - if Toadie growls at them like he's been growling at her for the past half an hour then they'll get nowhere.
Steve has come by to see Rebecca, who cheekily wonders where her apology flowers are this time. Getting in before Steve can speak, Rebecca tells him that she's sick of being on the receiving end of his rants and raves. She knows that he's scared that Didge will end up pregnant like she was, but if the parents are going to work together as a team then he needs to give her a break. Steve looks suitably chastened and becomes quite honest with Rebecca.
STEVE: I'm just so scared for her. I really love her.
Struck by his heartfelt words, Rebecca's defences soften a little.
Steve finds Didge listening to her iPod whilst drying her nails and teaching Jake some tricks. Sitting down, he watches his daughter with a fond smile and says that he loves her. Didge is all, ‘right back atcha' before heading off to work.
Miranda leaves Susan and Rebecca to suffer through the rest of their workout without her. She passes Didge on the way out, not stopping in case she collapses from exhaustion. Rebecca follows Didge into the locker room for a chat. Getting right into it, Rebecca brings up the fact that she had Oliver when she was only 16. Didge assures her that she's not planning on having a family until she's much older, but Rebecca says that she used to think that too.
REBECCA: Have you ever rushed into something you weren't ready for?
DIDGE: ... Yes.
REBECCA: I've got two beautiful boys but there is such a lot I regret.
DIDGE: Are you telling me to back off?
REBECCA: No I'm not saying that at all. Declan loves you but I want you to be around for him. And I want you to be there on your own terms. I never got to do that so I'm going to make sure that you do.
DIDGE: Rebecca, thank you.
Rebecca smiles and walks out leaving Didge to think things over.
Nicola wraps up her conversation with fruit stall lady and tells Toadie that they're five kilometres, one right turn and one left turn away from Steph.
Jay wistfully says how wonderful it would be if they could stay in the cabin forever, just the three of them. Steph's quietly thinking that she'd rather have bamboo shoots shoved under her nails, but smiles and agrees that it would be perfection. She manages to gain his trust for a second to go and check on Charlie.
In the bedroom, Steph hastily grabs Charlie's little suitcase and his water bottle before telling him that he needs to go and find the nice fruit stall lady and stay with her until mummy can come and get him. Charlie cutely replies “OK!” Steph kisses him and apologises for getting them into this before sending him out the back door on his own. Jay yells out for her and she pretends that she couldn't answer because Charlie was sleeping. Accepting this for now, Jay heads back into the lounge. Steph looks devastated at what she just had to do.
Declan is trying to keep up his pash quota with Didge but she keeps pushing him away. He asks what's wrong and Didge says that they can afford to take things more slowly, before confessing that she had a chat to Rebecca. Declan's outraged, but Didge replies that Rebecca was actually pretty cool and did have a point: they have all the time in the world so why rush? Declan is still quite miffed about the parental interference.
DECLAN: So where does this leave us?
DIDGE: I don't know, but it's nothing to worry about.
She kisses him on the cheek, but it doesn't do much to cheer him up.
Nicola yells at Toadie to stop the car when she sees Charlie sitting by the side of the road. Relieved, Toadie races out and starts to bombard Charlie with questions like he's Lassie. ‘Are you alright?', ‘Where's Steph?', ‘Did Timmy fall down the well?' Charlie just stares like, ‘I've already said ‘OK' today, what more do you want?' Toadie hands him over to Nicola and tells her to call the cops - he's going to get Steph.
Thinking of an escape plan, Steph offers to go outside and collect pine cones for kindling, but Jay has fallen into a spooky kind of trance where he just stares at the fire and flicks his lighter open and shut.
STEPH: Why aren't you talking to me?
JAY: (dark) When I called for you, you ignored me.
STEPH: Because Charlie was sleeping. I didn't want to wake him.
JAY: I thought maybe you'd run away. But you wouldn't do that, would you?
STEPH: No, he was sleeping.
Jay slams down the lighter with a loud snap making Steph jump.
JAY: Don't do it again. When I call for you, you answer, OK?
Putting on a soothing voice, Steph tells him not to worry. They're his family now and he can trust them. She tries to bring up the pine cones again, but Jay says they'll collect them together - all three of them. Panicking, Steph tells him that Charlie needs to sleep but Jay insists on waking him up. Once Jay exits, Steph races for the front door but realises the key is missing. Hearing Jay yell out after he finds Charlie missing, Steph runs back, grabs a fire poker and screams at Jay to leave her alone. She tells him that she's leaving, but the only way he'll give her the key is if she puts the poker down. Taking in ragged breaths, Steph makes the trade and runs for the door but Jay is too quick for her and tackles her to the ground where she hits her head and falls unconscious.
Steph groggily wakes up on the ground but is chilled to realised that she's surrounded by flammable liquid - and Jay is flicking his lighter only metres away. As she struggles to sit up, Jay mutters that all he wanted to do was look after her. Steph crawls across the ground towards him - eyeballing the lighter - and pleads with him not to do this. She states over and over that he's a nice guy and that he's stronger than this. Jay is almost convinced when he hears Toadie yell Steph's name from outside and the rage takes over once more. He flicks the lighter and throws it across the room. Screaming, Steph dives after it and manageds to tip a conveniently placed vase of flowers over the flame. Toadie bursts through the door and wrestles with Jay, but Jay is too strong and pushes Toadie to the ground before advancing on poor, frightened Steph once more.