- Mason trying to persuade Kate to go on a date with him, repeatedly
- Mason sorting out Ralphie for Chris
- Brian O'Loughlin telling Ajay that Priya led him on
- Ajay assuring Priya that they'll get through this and that he loves her
The Turners are gearing up for the day with a family breakfast. It is Mason's first day at the garage and his grandfather and father encourage him to knuckle down and do the right thing by Lucas.
Ajay and Priya prepare Rani for what she might face at school today. O'Loughlin has made some pretty nasty allegations against Priya and they will take legal action if necessary. Priya explains that her suspension is more to do with another complaint from the board about her effectiveness as principal, which is why the board is investigating. She could accept a transfer, if Rani isn't comfortable.
RANI: I'm not moving to the middle of nowhere.
PRIYA: You wouldn't have to. I'd go and you would stay here with your dad.
Rani doesn't think that's fair and if she was being bullied, Priya wouldn't let her run away, she would make her stand her ground.
AJAY: That's exactly what we're going to do. Your mum is going to fight this and I am going to help her. Okay?
Mason arrives early for work and is keen to get started. He is sent straight off on a coffee run. It is news to Chris that Mason has been taken on and questions whether it is a good idea. Has Lucas seen his references? Lucas is happy with Lou's word that he started his apprenticeship and has been working ever since, but after further persuasion by Chris, agrees to ask him for his references when he gets back with the coffees.
Amber sees that her brother is starting at the bottom in his new job. Mason assures her that he'll be running the joint within six months and going out with Kate, no thanks to her.
MASON: You told her I was 18!!
AMBER: You are 18.
MASON: Yeah, but she didn't need to know that. Just remember, talk me up or not at all. Okay?
Amber reminds her brother that Kate is in her 20s and looking for someone more mature.
Rani and Sophie are sitting at a table being stared at and whispered about by another group of students. Sophie encourages Rani to ignore them and tries to change the subject. That proves difficult as Alistair enters the shop and asks Rani when she's moving to the bush. Thanks to her mum, his parents won't stop fighting.
SOPHIE: Your dad was harassing Mrs Kapoor and then he lied about it!
ALISTAIR: It was the other way around. Her mum's a home wrecker.
RANI: She didn't do anything.
ALISTAIR: Really? That's not what you said on facebook. You totally slagged her off.
Mason is back with the coffees and hands over his references to Lucas. Lucas shows him what he needs him to do next and Chris leaps at the chance to look at Mason's CV. He sees that Mason's last reference is from over six months ago and there isn't one from his last job. Lucas isn't all that bothered, but Chris is and wants Lucas to chase it up. Lucas is sure Lou would not have recommended him if he was going to cause trouble, but he agrees to follow it up.
Ajay has asked Matt over to quiz him about his visit to Brian O'Loughlin's. Did he show any signs of guilt at all? He wasn't angry or upset at all, according to Matt. Ajay wonders why it took him a couple of days to produce a counter- accusation. Matt suggests his wife may have got wind of it. She wasn't there at the time, but Alistair was. Ajay needs to get access to the text messages, but Matt can't do anything. He does believe Priya's side of the story, and will let Ajay know if he hears anything else.
Lucas joins Lou at the bar and updates him on how Mason is getting on. He asks about the last place Mason worked and Lou tells him about Flinders mechanics in Mount Isa. Lucas wants to know if Lou is sure, because the reference he has from there is 6 months old, and he doesn't have another one. The person who answered the phone there hadn't heard of him. Lou's suspicions are clearly roused, but he does his best to cover for his grandson and Lucas remains nonchalant about it.
Lou finds Lauren sorting more washing and asks about Mason's job history. Lauren bluffs that he moved on to another mechanics – Anderson's Garage or Anderson's Auto Repairs. She changes the subject to Mason and Kate, does her boy have a chance? Lou thinks that all depends on how Mason proves himself.
Speaking of, Kate arrives at the store, sees Mason and swiftly tries to avoid him. Mason catches her though and attempts to turn on the charm.
KATE: Do you want something?
MASON: Just you.
KATE: I should warn you, I'm lactose intolerant, I really can't handle cheese.
MASON: Touché! Funny and beautiful.
He gives her a ticket for the camp out fundraiser, he wants her to go with him.
MASON: Share a tent, separate sleeping bags of course, IF you can handle being that close to me.
KATE: This is really not going to happen.
KATE: You'll get over it.
MASON: I'm not talking about me. I'm talking about the sick little babies in hospital beds. What have you got against them?
Kate tells him she only has something against sick little babies like him, puts the ticket to one side and gets back to work. Mason decides to leave her to it and Kate points out that he's forgotten his ticket.
MASON: Oh I didn't forget it. You'll need it for when you change your mind.
Priya wants to know how Rani and Sophie's day was. Rani says it was fine, but Priya suspects something happened with Alistair. Rani admits that he did cause a bit of trouble, but nothing she can't handle. Priya goes to make the girls a toasted cheese sandwich and Sophie demands to know why Rani didn't say anything about how she's been getting grief from people at school all day. Rani doesn't want to stress her mother out any more. Sophie thinks she should at least say something about Alistair, but Rani thinks what he said was right – not about her mum, but about her. She started it all with the stuff she put on facebook.
SOPHIE: Look, what you wrote was pretty stupid, but Alistair and his dad have taken this way too far. That's not your fault.
Rani is adamant that she did the damage, so she will handle what the other kids have to say.
Lucas asks Mason about his last job as there's no reference and Mason explains that there's nothing written down because his last boss hated that sort of stuff, but he can give him a number. Lucas is heading to the hospital, so asks Mason to write down the details and he'll give his last boss a call later. He leaves Chris to lock up. Chris is not convinced that Mason is writing down real details.
CHRIS: Is it actually your last boss, or just some mate who will say he is, or is it the guy you hooked up with Ralphie?
Chris doesn't want anyone messing with Lucas.
MASON: What, like you? You could have totally messed Lucas up by getting involved with Ralphie. We all make mistakes, man, but it's sorted out.
Amber's last assignment was a lot better, according to Kate. Amber says that the only good thing to come of their move is that she has been working her guts out. Kate senses there's trouble with the boyfriend and Amber confides in her that she thinks he has dumped her. He hasn't called or texted in weeks.
Ajay and Sophie exchange small talk over music magazines as a segue for Ajay to ask how Rani is doing at school. Sophie admits that today was pretty horrible and the main problem is Alistair O'Loughlin who was been stirring things with Rani because his parents haven't stopped fighting since the whole things started. Rani feels responsible for everything that's happened.
Priya has downloaded a film that she thought Rani might like to watch with her. They are quite excited about all the costumes and Rani hopes she might get some ideas for what to wear to Sonya and Toadie's wedding. She asks her mum to go dress shopping with her, and Priya looks very pleased that finally things are back on track with her daughter.
Lou is having technical trouble, which Bailey helps him out with. Lou wants to find out about Mason's last place of work. Bailey gives him the name of Flinders Mechanics, but Lou means the other one, Andersons Garage. Bailey realises that someone has given his grandfather false information and makes a hasty exit. Meanwhile Lou's search engine has returned no results for the garage he is looking for. The Ramsay Street residents need to start using a better search engine, frankly. This happens far too frequently. Lou calls Flinders mechanics to see what's going on.
After the break Lou informs an enquiring Mason that the rest of the family are probably avoiding him. It seems he has asked too many questions that nobody wanted to answer. He tells Mason that he had a chat with Mason's old boss from Flinders and found out that his grandson has been in juvenile detention for breaking and entering, which is why he didn't come down with everybody else.
LOU: I don't know what upsets me the most; the fact that you did something so unbelievably stupid or the fact that nobody bothered to tell me. Even today everyone is lying to me.
Mason is adamant that it was not his idea to lie, his parents just didn't want to worry him. Lou thinks that's a load of cobblers and wants to know the truth from Mason while he decides what to tell Lucas. After all, Lou recommended his grandson and now he has been put in a very bad position.
- Lou and Lauren clear the air
- Andrew tries to regain control in his relationship with Tash
- There are still more secrets in the Turner family
- Georgia sings