- Miranda hooking up with Dean and Steve finding out
- Steve telling his family he's moving back to Oakey
- Katie putting Elle on her Robinson hate list
- Paul threatening to cut ties with Elle if she goes to the police
- Rebecca getting upset when the cops arrest Paul
- Paul promising Declan that he didn't kill Jill
- Rebecca rueing the fact that she can't stop loving Paul
Toadie and Rebecca are waiting for Paul to arrive for a debrief but Toadie doesn't think he's going to show up. It's not a very good impression for someone who's on bail. Rebecca tries to ring Paul's mobile but is stunned when she discovers that the number has been disconnected. Putting on a brave face, she lies and says to Toadie that it went straight to message bank. Toadie looks suspicious and suggests they go to Lassiter's to retrieve Paul.
Paul's Hotel Room
Rebecca raps on the door but there's no answer. Concierge Declan lets his mum and Toadie in with a key card, but the room is deserted. Paul ordered breakfast but didn't stick around to eat it - all his clothes are gone too.
REBECCA: (upset) He promised.
DECLAN: Mum, he's done a runner.
Steve stops by to drop off some papers for Miranda to sign - he needs her co-authorisation to sell the clinic. Miranda angrily says they should at least talk about it first, but Steve just wants things over and done with. They fight about their marriage and Dean until Didge yells at them to cut it out before storming outside.
Karl ambles out to get the paper in his jammies (nice shorts, Doc), but is disgusted when he steps in a big glob of dog pooh. He sees Didge and starts ranting at her for not keeping Jake and Bronte away from his yard (he figures it‘s a “big dog“ kind of deal). Didge, however, is in no mood for one of his lectures.
KARL: If you could just clean up after your dogs it would make life a lot less...
DIDGE: Sticky? Do you think I would have left it there if I'd known?
KARL: Well I'm not saying you would. But in my experience ‘big dog' people tend to be less observant than others.
DIDGE: Well in my experience ‘small dog' people should get their facts straight before they start making accusations.
She turns on her heel and heads inside. Karl turns up his heel and tries not to cry.
Didge is aghast that her mum is thinking about signing the papers, but Miranda doesn't think she has a right to stand in Steve's way. Annoyed, Didge says Miranda has to fight to keep the family together.
Lucas is confirming another poker night with Elle when they see Rebecca crying. Elle goes to check on her but she pretends she's fine. Alone in her office, Rebecca suddenly notices a note from Paul that says he loves her and that he'll call at 11am. She has a renewed sense of hope.
Elle has her suspicions that Paul has skipped town (she too discovered that his phone was disconnected) but Rebecca remains elusive. The phone rings and Rebecca pretends it's a new supplier. In hushed tones she tells Paul that he's only making things more difficult, but has to hang up when she realises Elle and Lucas are watching her.
Rebecca waits in the background while Toadie asks Det. Skinner if Paul could have a little more time to make his bail appointment. Skinner grimly replies that Paul would only be excused if he had an illness or there was a death in the family (I guess, “My half-sister was killed in a hit-and-run” wouldn't cut it, huh?). Conferring with Rebecca, Toadie can tell she's hiding something and warns her that she could be arrested as an accessory if she doesn't tell the truth, but Rebecca stays mum.
SKINNER: Sorry to break all this up. Is Mr Robinson going to report in today or not?
TOADIE: (annoyed) No.
SKINNER: Then he's in breach of his bail conditions and as such I'm going to have to get a warrant issued for his arrest.
Rebecca promises Toadie over the phone that she'll call him if Paul makes contact with her. Elle finds Rebecca, outraged that her dad has skipped town. Rebecca begs her to keep an open mind about her dad's innocence, but Elle isn't keen on that idea.
Number 26/Lassiter's Hotel
Didge is trying to read The Taming Of The Shrew next to Jake the pooping machine, but can't stop staring at the papers her dad brought over. She flicks through them and starts to tear up.
Declan is rummaging around Paul's room looking for some sort of clue when Didge rings his mobile. He's bewildered when she starts sobbing down the line.
DECLAN: Are you OK?
DIDGE: (crying) Just all this stuff with my dad, I think it's my hormones. I dunno, I was reading Shakespeare and I just...
DECLAN: (majorly confuddled) Shakespeare? What?
He tells her that he's coming home but Didge tries to compose herself enough to reply that she's fine. She just wanted to hear his voice. But it doesn't take long for the tears to overflow again and Declan says he'll be there soon.
Tim Collins is delighted that Elle has contacted him to try and secure all of her father's assets (especially after Paul ditched him the other day).
TIM: I don't like your chances but I've got to say I love your style.
They shake hands to seal the deal just as Lucas walks in. Tim leaves and Lucas wants to know what's going on, but Elle doesn't think he needs to be involved. Lucas is all, ‘Spill', so Elle reveals her plan. Lucas thinks she's being harsh, but Elle doesn't want to go down with the sinking ship. When Lucas keeps reiterating what a dodgy idea it is, Elle gets the huff and walks out.
Declan has arrived with food, sympathy and hugs for Didge. She bursts into tears again and goes on about how amazing he is and how she doesn't deserve him. She hates that he's bogged down with work all the time and feels guilty about being a burden. Wrapping her in a hug, Declan knows her emotional outburst is due to worrying about her mum and dad's problems. He sits her down and calmly says that everything will be cool.
DIDGE: Do you still love me?
DECLAN: What do you think?
Oh dear God. Karl is down on his hands and knees, bagging up dog crap as part of an experiment to see which dog pooped on his lawn. Smirking, Steve wishes him luck and walks over to #26 where Declan is taking out the bin. He senses that Declan's in a mood, so Declan says how uncool it is that Steve's pulling the pin on his family.
STEVE: I'm going back to Oakey to help Jim on the farm, mate.
DECLAN: I went on a fishing trip with you two remember? You can't stand each other.
DECLAN: Nah, you're all full of it, you know that? You tell me not to cut and run and then you do the same thing yourself.
In a new headspace after her chat with Didge, Miranda throws the papers into the bin. Didge says Steve will just send more over and that the only solution is if her parents actually talk to one another and sort their problems out. Annoyed, Miranda says it's none of her business and Didge is like, ‘Uh, I think you'll find it is'. But Miranda just walks away in a strop.
Declan arrives at the tail end of the argument and Didge apologises for him being stuck in the middle of it all. Declan, however, has a solution to all of their problems - they should move out and get their own place.
Lucas finds Elle in Paul's office and says he wasn't trying to upset her earlier. Even if they argue he's always on her side. Elle smiles and says she knows.
LUCAS: Now let me take you home and look after you.
ELLE: I don't need looking after.
(Lucas gives her a cute little smile)
ELLE: (grinning) OK, maybe this once.
He gives her a kiss and Elle says she'll be out soon, she just needs to finish up some work. When Lucas exits Elle makes a call to someone.
ELLE: Hi, it's Elle. I'd like to go with the layout I sent you.
Ramsay Street - Next Morning
Toadie meets Rebecca in the driveway, anxious for news about Paul, but Rebecca says she hasn't heard anything. Toadie freaks - it's been a full 24 hours now. Declan joins them outside to grab the paper and is surprised by the front page. It's a picture of Paul with the heading, “Have you seen this man?” Rebecca stares over at #22, where Elle and Lucas are also out getting the paper. Lucas is just as stunned as the others when he sees the front page. Elle glances at Declan, Rebecca and Toadie, who are all 'tsk tsk' like they're the Erinsborough Disapproval Committee. Rebecca is especially peeved.