Harold telling Lou he can't go on lying; Lou encouraging him otherwise.
Miranda catching Nicola with her bags about to leave.
Nicola telling Miranda that Steve kissed her in the fire.
Ned telling Lou he doesn't have the cash to get Kirsten to a specialist in Perth.
Angus asking Rachel to start their relationship again.
Rachel and Declan are hanging around outside the jail. Rachel comes out, seemingly refreshed and happy that she made up her mind to see Angus. Susan apologises for coming to get her, and rushes into telling her daughter that although it feels awful now, she will get over Angus.
Rachel says that she doesn't have to get over Angus: he loves her! And he's being released early so they can finally be together. Susan does not look happy at this news. Not happy at all. She sternly tells Rachel that there's no future for them, and that she's not thinking straight.
RACHEL: For the first time in so long, my heart and my head are telling me exactly the same thing.
Steve comes home. Miranda is sitting at the table, morose. Steve kisses her.
STEVE: I had a couple of cancellations. Thought I'd come home and have a coffee with my favourite girl.
MIRANDA: And who might that be?
Steve asks his wife what's wrong, and Miranda replies that Nicola told her ‘what happened.' Thinking that Nicola told the truth, Steve goes along with it, and tells Miranda not to be hard on her sister. Miranda freaks out.
MIRANDA: Hard on her?! What were you thinking, Steve?! With my sister?!
Miranda tells Steve what Nicola has told her, and he tells her that's not what happened.
STEVE: She kissed me! And yes, you're right. I should have told you as soon as it happened. But she insisted there's nothing to it and then she started seeing Toadie, and I thought it would be better for everyone if I just let things lie.
MIRANDA: Better for me, your wife?
Steve ‘baby's Miranda, and tells her not to believe Nicola. He takes her in his arms, and she does that melty things that girls do when they need to convince themselves of what they want to be right, and she tells Steve she trusts him.
STEVE: I told her I was going to have a chat to you about it. Obviously she thought she'd get in first. I just can't believe she thought she'd get away with it.
MIRANDA: Well, Nicola's always played me for an idiot. Our entire lives. It's going to stop now.
Lou and Mickey are in with Kirsten, and Mickey is asking questions about how his mum is. Lou reassures him that his mum will bounce back. Lou suggests Mickey choose some music for her whilst he chats with Ned, who has been to the bank to get a loan to take Kirsten to a specialist in Perth. The bank turned him down. He's got some information on the burns treatment place in Perth, and he's decided that he has to get Kirsten the best treatment from them.
Mickey comes out, and asks if Kirsten is going to end up like Marco. What, flat on her back? She's already there, Mickey, mate.
Susan waits for Angus, her face sober and set. Angus comes out, and seems surprised to see her. Susan comes right out with it.
SUSAN: Angus, if you love Rachel, as you say you do, then let her go.
Susan reiterates that Rachel is a child. Angus admits that he knows he hurt her, Rachel, and their family – but he can't stop himself from loving her. Susan tells him that he didn't listen to her when they had this conversation before, and it all went wrong. He needs to stop it now.
Angus asks Susan for one chance to earn her forgiveness, and to make Rachel happy.
SUSAN: Alright. But I want your guarantee that if Rachel's hurt by this is any way, you'll leave – and you'll never come back.
ANGUS: You have my word.
Angus asks Susan if she'll tell Rachel about this; Susan says that Rachel is never to know.
Rachel is off to school, and apologises for dumping her feelings on Susan before – but that's how she feels. Susan tells her daughter that she went back to the prison to see Angus herself; she needed to hear his version of events.
RACHEL: So you went behind my back?
Susan tells her daughter that once Angus is released, he should come over and have dinner with them. They can discuss the future together like adults. Rachel is thrilled, and throws her arms around Susan, promising her she won't regret it.
Susan hugs her back, apprehensively.
The General Store
At the store, Carmella and Chloe have brought some new aprons for Elle in celebration of their new business partnership. Oliver comes in and sees them together.
OLIVER: Harold? Lou?
CARMELLA: (to Chloe) Isn't your daddy funny? Yes. Don't worry. Your Aunty Elle will fix him up.
Oliver tells Elle that he's pleased she and Carm are getting along; Elle, sardonic. says that's because Carmella isn't a two timing rodent.
In another part of the store Kate, Harold, Susan and Toadie are talking about Angus. Harold believes that Rachel has a wise head on her shoulders, and Susan should give her the benefit of the doubt. Kate thinks that Susan shouldn't let Angus manipulate his ex-pupil, and gets rather upset about it. But she and Harold leave, and Susan confides in Toadie that when she handled this last time it all went wrong, so she's hoping that by letting them be together, the Romeo and Juliet thing will wear off.
Toadie wonders: what happens if it doesn't?
Declan and Didge approach Rachel, who is working at a table outside the General Store. She tells her mates that Susan's cool with her and Angus being together, and Didge picks up a book that Rachel is reading called "Larousse Gastronomique". She thought she'd cook something for them all when Angus comes to dinner.
Harold and Kate walk by, and Kate comments that she doesn't envy Susan at all. Harold wonders about her ‘manipulating a pupil' comment earlier – was it from personal experience? He isn't trying to judge her, and Kate admits that in both her marriages she went in innocent and starry eyed, but then realised she was nothing more than a glamorous toy. Which is why she was so happy when she met Harold; she never thought she'd fine a man who was kind and decent.
She kisses him on the cheek.
Mickey is telling Ned that his imaginary friend Jerry is worried that Kirsten might leave them. Ned and Lou try to reassure him, and Lou gives him some money to go and get a treat. Mickey wants money for Jerry, too, the little brat. Lou gives in.
Kirsten wakes up to see all her men around the side of her bed, and Mickey comments that she's been asleep forever. He wants her to look at the pictures he's drawn.
Lou and Ned leave them to it, and Ned confides in Lou that he has to take Kirsten to Perth to get her treatment. The bank won't give him money, so it only leaves him with one other option...
Kate and Harold are eating at the table, and Kate comments how quiet Harold has been. Lou comes over and tells them he has a treat for his two favourite petrol heads. Kate looks utterly unthrilled and says she'll go get ready. He wanders off to the bathroom, and Lou sits himself down with Harold who tells Lou to butt out! Lou asks him to go along with his surprise, just for the afternoon, and Harold can tell Kate the truth about his lack of interest in cars afterwards.
Oliver and Carmella are walking Chloe down the road in her pram, and she thanks him for walking with her. Carmella goes home, and Elle pulls up at the side of the road, completely ignoring her ex-boyfriend. She's not happy she just saw him with Carm, and he tells Elle that he's trying to look out for her whilst she's so vulnerable.
Elle says she won't change her mind; she deserves better.
Kate and Harold come out from number 24, wondering where Lou is. Kate asks if Harold is excited about the treat...
HAROLD: Kate, I'm so sorry but I've been deceiving you. I don't know the first thing about cars. I don't even like them, actually.
KATE: Then why?
HAROLD: My foolish pride. I couldn't see how you could like me for me...so I...I embellished a little. Can you ever forgive me?
KATE: I feel so foolish.
She smiles wickedly.
KATE: And to think I wasted ALL that time pretending I knew ALL about cars to impress you.
Harold is mightily relieved.
At that moment, Lou pulls up in the most enormous brown ute, ever. With a hooter that hoots out a tune. Harold and Kate fall about laughing, put their arms around each other and walk back into the house.
LOU: Harold Bishop, you come back here or I'll...I'll...flatten your puny bus.
Harold, halfway up the drive, and not looking back, dismisses Lou with a wave of his hand.
Ned is staring at Kirsten through the window, and Steve comes in with flowers. Ned tells him he needs to talk to him: he needs the money he put in for the house to take Kirsten to a hospital in Perth. And he wants to go with her.
Steve wonders if there's another way to get the money, but Ned says there isn't.
NED: I made a promise to Mick and myself that I'd do everything it takes. If anyone gets how important it is to put family first it's you, Steve. I've got to do what's best for my family. Please. I need your help.
Toadie and Nicola are having a drink, and Toadie is asking about her flirtation with Steve, and the fact that she told Miranda she kissed him. Nicola admits that she didn't think it through.
TOADIE: You need to talk to her again, admit that you were wrong. Maybe even try apologising.
NICOLA: But she'll hate me!
Er, yes. That's what happens when you kiss your sister's husband and then lie about it.
Toadie tells her that what Nicola did was very stupid, but Miranda is a very nice person, and she will probably forgive Nicola eventually.
Just at that moment, Miranda walks in.
MIRANDA: I want to talk to you.
Toadie stares on, pleased. Miranda stares back at him with a ‘go away' look in her eyes. Toadie pretends to see someone and wanders off.
MIRANDA: Tell me why you kissed Steve.
NICOLA: I didn't.
MIRANDA: Don't lie anymore. We both know Steve would never betray me like that.
NICOLA: And in any normal circumstances it would never have happened.
MIRANDA: Stop it Nicola! I am giving you one final chance to explain. Take it.
Nicola says nothing and Miranda is disgusted. She tells her that she's giving her the opportunity to act like a proper sister and she can't even do it.
MIRANDA: Is it because you can't bear to see me in a happy relationship that you have to try and destroy it?
NICOLA: It's not about you.
MIRANDA: You throw yourself on my husband and it's not about me?
NICOLA: I didn't kiss Steve because I wanted to punish you. I did it because I love him.
Cut to later and Nicola is explaining that ever since she was sixteen, Steve was there for her, protecting her. Miranda retorts that he did it because she asked him to – she was worried about Nicola. Nicola begs Miranda not to hate her, as she has tried hard to get rid of the feelings.
MIRANDA: Why didn't you just tell me about it?
NICOLA: Because I already felt so bad about things going so wrong with...
MIRANDA: Wrong with who?
MIRANDA: Oh my God. Riley?
Nicola looks all guilty in an annoying cutesy way.
MIRANDA: What did you do with my son?
MIRANDA: What happened between you and Riley? For God's sake have the guts to tell me the truth!
NICOLA: No, I can't.
MIRANDA: You slept with him?
Nicola stares back and says nothing.
NICOLA: At his eighteenth birthday party.
MIRANDA: At *our* house?!
Nicola clumsily explains that it started when she was staying with them in Sydney, and Riley kept cracking onto her...
MIRANDA: He was eighteen! You're an adult!
And the difference is...?
But I take Miranda's point. Miranda also has another point for her sister, which is that Nicola should have been a role model for her nephew.
NICOLA: I'm sorry. Miranda, please – where are you going?
MIRANDA: I can't be anywhere near you.