- Karl telling Vanessa and Lucas they'll need to go ahead with surgery on Patrick
- Lucas telling Sonya money is going to be an issue.
- Rhys setting up a charity fund for Patrick
- Sheila and Tash clashing heads at Charlie's
- Susan having a go at Carmel for trying it on with Karl
- Susan telling Karl that her tiff with Carmel might be a “little bit about you”
Carmel finds Susan to tell her that she's going home tomorrow. It's time for her to grow up and face what happened with Robert. Susan agrees that maybe Erinsborough isn't big enough for both of them. Carmel is about to leave Susan to it when she notices that Susan is looking at charity fun runs. Susan explains about the fund for Patrick and is trying to think of ways in which they can contribute. Carmel doesn't think much of getting sweaty and heat stroke in the summer and suggests that people love to frock up!
Vanessa and Lucas ponder who might have set up the charity fund. Vanessa is rather overwhelmed by everyone's kindness. They are mystified as to who might have donated $23,000.
Susan and Carmel are still thinking of fundraising ideas when they bump into Karl. Karl suggests that the Right Prescription could play at whatever they organise. Carmel gets excited at the prospect of band night. They decide to get over their awkwardness and head over to Number 28 to formulate a plan.
Sheila notices Tash is a little more smug than usual and surmises that the birthday dinner went well. Tash confirms this and also flaunts her $35 in tips so far for the morning – she expects she'll break her one day record. Sheila isn't entirely surprised that there's no tips jar but every woman works for herself.
TASH: Waitressing is a skill. If you're good at what you do, you deserve to earn more tips.
SHIELA: So what was your top score?
Sheila decides to go and open the beer garden and points Tash in the direction of crates of glasses that need wiping. Tash tells her Kate never even managed to beat her record – there's no shame in admitting defeat! Sheila is less than impressed.
Later on Tash gets no tip, while she notices Sheila being handed $20 by “some seriously cashed up granddad”. More pensioners turn up and Sheila starts to schmooze them.
Vanessa is outside on the phone to her mum wondering if it was her or her father who made the donation. She has no luck in finding out any more, however. On her way back into the hospital she bumps into Rhys who is getting on his bike. He tells her not to overdo things and she asks him whether he's heard about the fund. Rhys says it sounds great but plays dumb about the mystery donation. Vanessa suddenly notices the bike and asks him about his car. Rhys says it's at the dealership for a service as it is still under warrantee. Vanessa's suspicions are raised, but Rhys denies having anything to do with it.
VANESSA: Well good. Because if it was you, I'd say how incredibly generous it was and how much I appreciate it, but it doesn't change the situation.
RHYS: For Patrick?
VANESSA: For us.
RHYS: Right. Good thing it wasn't me then!
Karl, Susan and Carmel arrive discussing the community centre as a venue for the gig. They all have a fuss over Dahl (haven't seen her in a while) and Susan goes to make tea.
CARMEL: Right, what are you thinking for the playlist?
KARL AND SUSAN: Oh, some old favourites...
They link little fingers as they jinx and look entirely like a married couple as they move about the kitchen, which doesn't go unnoticed by Carmel. Neither does the teasing about the song “My Sharona” and Susan's dancing at Ringo and Donna's wedding.
CARMEL (smirking) Well, I think this is starting to take shape...
Tash isn't having much luck on tips and so dumps the dirty dishes on Andrew. Sheila is trying to keep customers happy with free meal vouchers when they complain, which doesn't make Andrew very happy. Sheila gets another large tip from a table of older gentlemen and Tash asks her to stop hogging all the big tables.
SHIELA: There's no need to get snippy just because I'm using the old Canning charm.
TASH: Hmm, is that what you call playing up to dirty old men?
SHIELA: Well at least they know the value of good service. You'd do better to give them your smiles than these kids here who don't have a bean.
Sheila takes her money out of her pocket to count and asks Tash if she's beaten her personal best yet? She suggests she takes one of her tables as she's rushed off her feet, but Tash doesn't want any of Sheila's “geriatric tables”.
SHIELA: Jealousy is not a good look for you.
TASH: I'm not jealous. Tell you what, why don't you take the next bunch of kids – if you're as good as you say you are you'll still get a tip.
Sheila takes on the challenge.
The ideas are flowing and Karl and Carmel tease Susan about taking her red pen to them and generally being controlling. Susan thinks Karl is worse and they bicker a bit. Carmel decides it's time to leave them to their flirtation, excusing herself to finish off packing. When she's gone Karl suggests they call Billy and Anne for a video chat. Susan is surprised but thinks it would be a lovely idea, though she's worried it's wrong to be thinking about their gorgeous grandchildren when Patrick is so sick.
KARL: There's nothing wrong with wanting to speak to your family.
SUSAN: It just makes me so grateful that our grandchildren...
KARL: Are little ratbags? (He puts his hand over Susan's)
SUSAN: Healthy little ratbags! (She places her other hand over his.)
Karl goes to get the laptop and Susan starts wistfully at the portrait of Libby, Billy and Mal.
After the break, Karl and Susan have finished their video call and are clearing up the coffee mugs. They comment on how much Jackson looks like Billy.
KARL: Except when he's concentrating. When he frowns he looks just like his Nana!
SUSAN: Oh please, and he's a performer, just like his granddad! Did you see the look on his face when Billy said “just settle down and don't be silly!”?
KARL: The classic Kennedy passion, we get caught up in the moment!
SUSAN: Yeah, like you used to chase Billy and Libby around the house and then swan off to night shift and leave me to try and wrestle them into bed!
KARL: You had Mal to help you...
SUSAN: Oh, please! He'd be sneaking off somewhere to try and watch telly.
KARL: Then I'd come home at 6.30am and find him on the sofa wrapped up in his dooner! You know I used to hate going off to night shift. I would have much preferred to stay home with you and the kids.
SUSAN: Oh, it's just what we had to do and as sacrifices go it wasn't that bad.
KARL: The kids still like me.
SUSAN: Well, that's what they tell you...
KARL: We did alright, didn't we?
SUSAN: We muddled through, just like everybody with small kids.
KARL: I'm sorry if I didn't thank you enough for all the hard yards you had to put in with the kids.
SUSAN: You too.
After that thoughtful and tender exchange, it looks like Susan is staying for dinner...
Tash has singled out some young guys for Sheila to charm.
SHIELA: They've been on the same round of snacks and drinks for over an hour. I'd be lucky if they could tip me a cold chip!
TASH: Well if you're not up for the challenge...
It's OK, Sheila is up for it and Andrew's money is on her. Sheila approaches the most morose looking boy but he doesn't want anything else, he's not hungry, he's more interested in what's on his phone. Sheila peers over his shoulder and comments that the girl in the picture is a looker. The girl is no longer the guy's girlfriend, however, and Sheila commiserates with him explaining that a similar thing recently happened to her grandson. She gives him a bit of a hug and assures him that he'll pick himself up and be fighting the girls off in no time. Tash watches on in disbelief.
TASH: She's hugging him!
ANDREW: The old Canning charm...
TASH: It's disgusting.
ANDREW: I don't care what it is if it keep bringing the money in.
Sure enough, Sheila returns to the bar with a tip in hand, wondering whether Tash is ready to admit that she won fair and square. Tash tries to protest, but Andrew prompts her to concede that Sheila is pretty good.
SHIELA: $92.50, which I believe is $20 above your personal record.
TASH: O.K. so you won because of the first old man you conned.
SHIELA: I thought we could perhaps pool our tips and split them 50/50.
TASH: That could work.
SHIELA: So we will have a tips jar?
Tash is more than happy to share in Sheila's $20 tip and goes off to serve more tables. Andrew is impressed that Sheila got such a big tip.
SHIELA: I wish. The treasurer of the lawn bowls just paid in for his team shirt.
ANDREW: You played her?
SHIELA: I still have some tricks up my sleeve!
Vanessa returns to Patrick's side and Lucas thinks it's time he looked in on the garage. Rhys watches Vanessa through the window while Vanessa only has eyes for her son.
Speaking of only having eyes for people...Karl and Susan have had a very enjoyable evening together. Susan can't believe they're drinking such a fancy wine – when has he ever paid more than $10 for a bottle? Susan is stuffed and decides she should get going and thanks Karl for a lovely dinner and the afternoon and calling Billy and Anne.
SUSAN: I haven't had such a lovely day in a long time.
KARL: Me neither.
They exchange loving smiles.
Susan picks up her things, then hesitates and puts them down again.
KARL: Is something wrong?
SUSAN: It always seems so strange to be leaving this house, especially at night. It reminds me that I'm just a visitor now.
Karl doesn't know what to say but extends his arms and they hug and as they part they can't help but look into each other's eyes and change glances at lips and start to move together to kiss, but Susan stops before the moment happens.
SUSAN: (Whispering) Karl, no.
Karl immediately starts to apologise, blaming the wine for assuming they were on the same page.
KARL: Susan, Susan what are we doing?
SUSAN: I don't know... I'm just...I'm going to leave.
She hurries out leaving Karl looking devastated.
Carmel finds Susan lost in thought and senses something is up and senses it has something to do with Karl. Susan confesses that Karl tried to kiss her.
CARMEL: (delighted) did you kiss him back?
SUSAN: (incredulous) No! We're just friends!
CARMEL: You're more than that. You have so much history together. You're obviously still close.
SUSAN: Yes, but not in that way.
CARMEL: Are you sure about that? (Susan sighs and looks away.) Didn't think so! So why didn't you kiss him?
SUSAN: I don't know. It just felt wrong.
CARMEL: Well how can it have felt wrong when you obviously still have feelings for each other?
SUSAN: I wanted to. I did. But, but something just stopped me.
Carmel reminds her sister that they're not talking about a man she's just met, but Susan doesn't want to talk or think about it – it's too much. She tells Carmel she'll see her at home and Carmel reluctantly leaves.
- Susan makes it clear she's not interested in perusing a relationship with Karl.
- Carmel reminds Susan that she has something special with Karl.
- Susan spots Karl on a date with someone else.
- Sheila interferes in Chris' love life.
- Kyle finds out about Jade's new boyfriend.