- Libby reaffirming that she can't go ahead with the IVF without the support of all her family.
- Karl cancelling the psychological assessment appointment with Dr Levi.
- Kate turning down an invitation to the Winter Cool Festival.
- Ben signing his name as Ben Fitzgerald on a school excursion form.
- Paul being secretive about what his first article as a journalist is going to be.
- Rebecca welcoming Paul to the first day of the rest of his life when admits it feels like he's been given a second chance.
- The surrogacy being splashed across the front page of the Erinsborough News.
Dan and Libby catch up with Paul outside Harold's Store and waste no time in telling him what they think of him! He is actually oblivious that the surrogacy is about them… until they tell him but make it clear that he should now stay out of their business.
Lib and Dan sound Toadie out about taking legal action against the paper but he tells them it's not possible because Paul didn't actually name them. He suggests instead that they go to the hospital because someone there leaked the information.
Lib and Dan arrive to collect Ben who's been babysat by his grandparents. The adults start to talk about the article and when Ben wants to know what they are talking about, so Libby suggests he plays in Zeke's room. However, before he can move, Dan says that they need to find out where Paul got his information from and Karl takes this as them accusing him of doing that. He vehemently denies it, and is aghast at the mere suggestion he was responsible. Ben again wants to know what they are talking about and Dan says he'll tell him over a long walk.
As they depart, Steph comes in having put 2+2 together and worked out who the article is about. She hugs Libby, telling her she is fine with them doing it and then hugs Susan too before asking if things are okay. “If you don't mind having your private life splashed all over the paper, yeah, we're fine,” replies Susan before the two friends decide to depart to #30 to discuss it further.
Libby unloads about everything to her friend about how crazy things have been. Steph thinks its great news and what a wonderful mum she has for willing to put herself through everything for her daughter. She also confesses that Susan's offer takes the guilt off her for not being able to fulfil the role. Libby asks if Susan is being too wild but again Steph is cool with it but she does add that she doesn't know how the rest of the world will react.
LIBBY: Well if we can keep our names out of the papers the rest of the world might never know.
Looks like Libby spoke too soon as Susan arrives to tell them that she's had a call from the West Warratah Star wanting an interview. “Looks like word is out” she adds.
Kate is busy making loads of ham sandwiches when Harry pops in past to chat. He suggests that they go to the next Winter Cool Festival but she shoots down that idea and sends him away to tell Sophie she'll pick her up at 11. Before he leaves the store, he spots a poster for an artist playing in Charlie's – Michael Paynter.
Toadie comes off the phone after threatening the West Warratah Star with legal action if they print anything and calls them vultures, tarnishing Paul with the same brush too in front of Rebecca. She defends Paul doing his job and that he'd no idea who was actually involved.
Harry enters the bar and buys 2 tickets for the gig and Rebecca lets him off with being a bit short of the amount required ($40), saying he can do some dishwashing one night for her to make up the shortfall. She chats to him about who the other ticket is for (she thinks it's for his date) but when he says it's for Kate and that money is a bit tight, Rebecca gives him back some of the money paid saying again he can do the dishes.
Harry departs and Rebecca spots Paul entering the bar. In a flash, she goes over to him and tells him he has to do something like retracting the story. Paul kyboshes that idea because he is proud of it and that he doesn't think what they are doing is right. Rebecca plays devils advocate and asks him what if it was she doing it for Declan.
PAUL: Declan clearly has no fertility issues.
“That's not the point” she tells him but talks about someone generally doing an article like that on her.
PAUL: I'd want to kill them.
REBECCA: Yes exactly.
Karl arrives at work in a foul mood and tries to take it out on Jody because he thinks one of her nurses blabbed. Jody rightly defends her staff and isn't impressed at Karl's suggestions either but he tells her anyway that he won't be responsible for his actions when he catches whoever it was!
Dr Olenski comes into the room and tells him off for taking his frustrations out on Jody. Jody departs and Olenski suggests they put the surrogacy plans on hold but Karl immediately rejects that suggestion because he refuses to give into the mob.
Karl then goes back to the nurses station to check with Jody if Dr Levi is in, he is she confirms, then tells Olenski that he wants his family to start the psychological assessment straight away. Olenski quizzes him if that is the right thing to do given the pressure everyone is under and he replies the quicker its done the quicker they start the next stage “and to hell with the mob” he adds.
The four of them have arrived to chat with Dr Levi and they each speak in turn with him:
KARL: Susan would do anything for her children. She's so selfless; it's one of the things I love about her the most. She'd even put her life at risk for them, and so would I, but this isn't an emergency. It's just grief; it's Libby's grief that's driving this.
SUSAN: I just can't bear to see Libby like this; she's like a shell, and I know that time will change that, but if there's something that I can do, then why wouldn't I? Karl's the one that I'm worried about. I know, I know that he thinks it's too risky. I don't know, I just want everybody to be happy; how's that for an impossible dream?
LIBBY: I know there's no such thing as happily ever after. I caught myself bargaining with God – please just let this be okay and I promise I'll never ask for anything else. But it's not God I need to ask for help, it's my family, I can't do this without them. I'm not good at letting go, just trusting that things will work out the way they're supposed to, because things don't always work out do they?
DAN: I don't believe in fate. I've lost two children already, but this thing that Susan's offered, it's like a miracle you know. I'm worried about practical things like, like how will Susan deal with being birth mother and grandmother and will we be able to raise the child the way we want to and I worry about what this will do to Susan and Karl's marriage.
KARL: I could never put myself at risk, like Susan is. I'd worry too much about the other people that I'm responsible for.
SUSAN: And I know I have other children to take care of, but honestly, I could be hit by a bus tomorrow!
LIBBY: Mum is so generous that sometimes she makes me feel like the most selfish person in the world.
DAN: I just hope we can find a way through this, where we're all okay about it, but it's a big ask.
Commercial break later and the psych assessment is over. Karl tells Susan that he's talk to Zeke about it and he's fine with it. He is surprise to hear Susan say she is proud of him for being big enough to change his mind.
KARL: All this has happened because of you; I just got in the way. You know, we owe Paul.
SUSAN: Oh yes, how do you figure that?
KARL: It wasn't until that article came out that I truly understood. Family is everything. I knew that, but if you want something so much you're prepared to put everything at risk, I can't possibly stand in your way.
SUSAN: Oh Karl.
KARL: I was being selfish and I'm very sorry. I was just thinking about what I would lose, then I realised that if I didn't support you, I'd lose you anyway.
SUSAN: You'll never lose me.
Susan is a bit teary as she said that last bit but gets a chance to compose herself when Olenski interrupts to chat privately with Karl.
In a side room, she tells him unofficially (because lawyers are being consulted) that the CEO isn't happy at all the media attention and is worried that the general public will think they are queue jumping since Karl works at the hospital. Karl points out that it's due to Susan's age and medical health and while Olenski agrees with him, she adds that isn't what it might look like to everyone else. Karl then rants about the CEO's anti-IFV stance (because he thinks it's playing God) and then it dawns on him that the CEO may be Paul's source. He thanks Olenski for the tip off and rejects her help in sorting in out because “whistle blowers are not popular people”.
KARL: It's my family. If anyone's going to be sacked, it will be me.
Paul is typing away on his laptop and Rebecca comes over to ask if it's a retraction he is typing. He defends the article because it's meant record sales and an afternoon reprint which is unheard of!
REBECCA: Oh well. Friends trashed profits up. (Sarcastically celebrating) Hooray!
He again reminds her he had no idea of who was involved until Libby broadcasted it earlier. “Under extreme provocation” she replies. Paul isn't repentant though because its now big news, so Rebecca tries the personal touch – there are people involved.
PAUL: Oh boohoo. My job is to rattle cages and shake trees. I mean let the experts go and battle it out.
REBECCA: So this is your version of having a social conscious is it?
PAUL: (exasperated) Rebecca, look at it this way, finite health care resources versus subsidising a Grandmother getting pregnant for her own daughter who already has a child.
Rebecca refuses to stay and discuss it anymore but her place is taken by Karl. Paul asks if it's to be “pistols at dawn” but Karl comes straight to the point – he thinks he knows who gave him the information and that said person wants to stop doing IVF, so Paul's article played right into his hands. “So” asks Paul and Karl replies that he wants Paul's help to stop the said person.
Harry tries to persuade Kate to go to the gig – he's even arranged for Steph to babysit Sophie. Kate rejects his suggestion because she still feels that they are the local freak show and doesn't want to be talked about even more. Harry picks up the paper and points out that they aren't news now but Kate still isn't buying it, leading a frustrated Harry to walk out on her saying that “just because we look after ourselves doesn't mean we have to be boring the whole time”.
Susan is still fending off the press and decides the best place for her mobile phone is in the freezer!
SUSAN: That was oddly satisfying.
DAN: Giving them the cold shoulder.
Karl arrives home with Paul in toe and calls off the wolves to quickly say that Paul is going to help them. “Yeah, he's done a great job so far,” scoffs Libby and Paul pleads that he didn't know who was involved when he wrote the article. They don't believe him and Susan reminds him about Rachel and Angus!
Paul hands over the file the mystery man gave him and Karl interjects to say that they've identified mystery man from staff photos – he works with the CEO and that the CEO wants to shut down the IV programme and given the adverse publicity they've got a good shot at doing so. Karl has a plan though – tomorrow's paper will blow the whole leak story.
Paul backs Karl up saying that it should stir up a hornets nest but does add that he won't be naming names. Susan wonders what the point is and Karl replies to stop them shutting down the fertility clinic, or to stop them from being approved.
PAUL: This is just a one-off. I mean, my reader's still find this whole Granny surrogacy thing…
SUSAN: Yeah, thank you for sharing that. Temporary truce.
Susan and Libby begrudgingly say “thanks” to him.
PAUL: I'm only doing it because I'm frightened of your husband, pure cowardice on my part actually.
Kate decides to go to the gig after all to appease Harry and when the gig starts, she (and the other patrons) has a whale of a time bopping to the song.
We leave the professional musicians and head to #30 where musicians of another sort are playing – Ben and Charlie! Steph tells the kids to turn it down a bit as she has bleeding ear drums once she lets Steve in (he's looking for Dan). They head into the livingroom to watch the boys.
BEN: On the drums it's Charlie Hoyland.
Steph and Dan whoop it up as Charlie takes a curtain call.
BEN: And on the guitar it's me, Ben Fitzgerald.
This time their clapping stops mid-clap and Steve wonders since when has Ben been a Fitzgerald. “He's not, he's a Kirk” replies Steph as Dan and Libby come home from the hospital with great news – they've passed their psych evaluation.
Steve offers Dan his congratulations and Steph pulls Libby aside to ask what is going on with Ben – he's a Kirk not a Fitzgerald.
After the commercial break, Libby tries to explain the reasoning behind Ben's name change but Steph isn't happy that Libby isn't honouring the past. Libby is aghast at that, pointing out that Drew will always be his dad and takes offence at Steph suggesting that Drew wasn't proud at having Ben.
STEPH: Now you're betraying him.
STEPH: Now that you're in love with someone else, Drew doesn't matter does he?
LIBBY: I don't think its any of your business.
STEPH: Yes well, you know what, lucky that he's got me there to protect his memory.