- Elle printing the story about Lucas
- Declan yelling at Lucas
- Dan telling Lucas he has to tell the cops about Johnno
- Lucas challenging Johnno to a game of cards
- The cops busting in on the game after Lucas tipped them off
- Johnno being released from custody
- Declan following Johnno home
Johnno's Hotel Room
Johnno emerges from the bathroom to find Declan in the room. Declan tells Johnno who he is and says that he wants to know why Johnno tampered with the Parkers' car. But Johnno denies any knowledge of the event. Declan gets upset and Johnno's bodyguard arrives just in time to haul Declan outside.
Libby and Dan watch Lucas buy some groceries. Libby isn't quite sure how to act around her brother-in-law now she knows about his gambling problem. She asks Dan if he lent Lucas any money, but Dan lies and says no. At the counter, Lucas doesn't have enough cash and his card won't work so he leaves the store empty-handed. Dan calls out to Lucas but he doesn't stop.
Rebecca tries to call Declan but gets his voicemail for the third time. Ringo and Zeke stop by (on ‘International Wear A Striped Shirt Day' it appears) to catch up with Dec, but end up offering to look for him when they hear he's gone AWOL.
Down to his last $20 (his groceries would have cost $28), Lucas sees a guy (Matt) playing pool and challenges him to a game. But Lucas's fun is ruined when Ringo and Zeke see him and rat him out as the ‘gambling mechanic' to Matt. The boys want to know if he's seen Declan, and after putting two and two together, Lucas realises that Declan's gone to see Johnno.
Lassiter's Hotel - Corridor
Lucas, Ringo and Zeke find Declan sitting in the hallway staring at Johnno's room. The boys tell Lucas they can handle it from here and try to coax Declan home, but Declan just wants them to leave him alone.
ZEKE: We're going to go. And you're going to come with us.
DECLAN: You can do what you want but I'm staying.
ZEKE: No, mate, you're not. I'll call security if I have to.
DECLAN: (scathing) You're just kids.
He gets up and leaves.
Rebecca rushes at Declan as soon as he walks in the door, telling him how worried she was and that he has to think of India. But Declan bitterly says that Johnno kicked him out of the hotel room without confessing to anything.
DECLAN: He's getting away with it. What would Bridget think of that?
Rebecca looks worried as Declan heads into his room but Paul says that Declan just feels like he has to do something. Rebecca insists that fighting won't solve anything; Declan just needs love and support.
PAUL: Why don't you go and give him a big hug then?
REBECCA: Alright I will. Ugh, honestly Paul, I wonder about you sometimes.
Once Rebecca's out of earshot Paul makes a mysterious phone call to someone and asks if they're busy in the afternoon.
Declan finds Ringo and Zeke out the front of #28 and apologises to them for being rude. He knows they've only been trying to look out for him. The boys smile and accept his apology, asking him if he wants to kick the footy. But Declan says he's going to take India for a walk. Paul whisks Declan away and tells him that he's got every faith in him - and that he left him a present on the couch.
Rebecca is cooking scones (her coping mechanism for when she's stressed). Declan walks in and hugs his mum then asks if she can keep an eye on India for him - he's going to play footy with the boys. Rebecca agrees, happy that he's taking some time out for himself. But when Declan goes into the lounge room he looks for Paul's gift and stumbles across a tape recorder hiding underneath a cushion.
Dan finds Lucas moping and assures him that he's got his support. Grateful to have one person on his side, Lucas promises Dan he'll pay him back the $1000. Libby arrives to also let Lucas know he's got her support - even though she didn't quite know how to show it. They all sit and have cake together, but Lucas decides to leave when Rebecca (India), Paul, Ringo and Zeke arrive. Rebecca's confused when she sees the boys - she thought Declan was with them - but they thought he was at home. They soon figure out Declan's gone to see Johnno again so Paul offers to retrieve him.
Johnno's Hotel Room
Declan tries to blend in with the wallpaper in the adjoining corridor (stealthy), hiding out until Johnno's bodyguard leaves the hotel room. Once the big dude's gone, Declan confronts Johnno again - but Johnno thought he might have come back.
Johnno's Hotel Room
Declan shows Johnno a photo of Bridget and India.
DECLAN: (desolate) That was Bridget. I loved her more than anything in the world and you took her away from me.
Johnno almost looks remorseful and says he didn't know about the baby till he read it in the papers. Declan fiddles around under his jumper to turn the tape recorder on (subtle) and keeps Johnno talking about Didge and India, but Johnno guesses this is leading somewhere.
JOHNNO: What do you want me to say?
DECLAN: I want you to admit what you've done. Because right now I can't move on without the truth.
(Johnno takes a moment before answering)
JOHNNO: The guy owed me money. It was the principle.
DECLAN: No it wasn't. It wasn't the principle, it was the money. It was just money.
JOHNNO: I thought it was his car. I didn't mean for your girl to get hurt. I'm sorry. So there you go. Feel better now that you know?
Declan doesn't look as relieved as he thought. He tell Johnno he's going to the cops, but Johnno says it's his word against Declan's. Declan says, “Maybe”, then exits the room. Once he's left the hotel a dark figure approaches Johnno's door and uses a key card to let himself in. It's Paul - but Johnno's expecting him. It turns out Paul set the whole “confession” up. He offered to get the best lawyer in town for Johnno, some extra cash and promised him he wouldn't see the inside of a jail cell in return for Declan's peace of mind.
JOHNNO: This has ended up better than I thought it would.
PAUL: Ooh yeah, everyone's a winner here.
Declan, Rebecca and Paul look on as Johnno is led into the station in handcuffs. Rebecca wants to know if they can move on with their lives now. Declan says yes, but admits that he thought he would have felt better after Johnno confessed.
REBECCA: You've been so angry. Maybe it's time you just felt sad?
PAUL: Well done, mate. Bridget would have been proud of you.
REBECCA: Do you think there's any chance this creep will get a decent jail term?
PAUL: Depends who his lawyer is. I haven't got my hopes up though.
REBECCA: Well I'm sure he can afford the best.
PAUL: You may be right there.
Rebecca and Declan hop into the car while Paul makes a quick phone call.
PAUL: Tim. Yeah, Paul Robinson here. Your client is down at the police station ready and waiting for you, mate. Now you remember I'm paying you double for this, plus bonuses. You will lose this case and make sure that Jonathan Brewer rots behind bars, you got me? Otherwise I'm going to drag out every single skeleton in your closet. Do I make myself clear? Good, I knew I could count on you, Tim.
Well played, Paul.
Lucas is speaking to someone about trying to re-connect his mobile phone (after pretending that he didn't receive the last bill), but hangs up when Dan and Libby get home from the supermarket. Lucas's eyes are drawn to the wallet that Libby places on the table (right next to a happy photo of Lucas and Dan - dig that knife in won‘t you, props department!). When Lib and Dan are out of the room, Lucas leaps on the wallet and steals a few fifties before making a quick escape.