- Imogen assumes the kiss is the reason for Amber and Daniel's break, but he reveals he didn't tell her
- Gary reveals to Sheila that he was the one who roughed up Ezra Hanley
- Josh tells Amber he still loves her, and always will
- Paul is under arrest following Gary's allegations that he paid him to bash Ezra
- Gary is mysteriously bailed out by ‘a mate'
- Paul meets Gary to make him an offer he won't be able to resist
In the garden, Terese and Brad are talking about Paul's involvement in Ezra getting beaten up. Terese is furious that Paul's interfered in their lives like this – first by bringing Ezra back into her life in a bid to wreck her marriage, then paying Gary to beat him up. Brad is equally disgusted.
Imogen welcomes Daniel back after his trip to Queensland, and they hug. He's feeling better than when he left – talking his break with Amber over with Scott and Charlene has made him feel positive that he can fix things, and Paul's been supportive too. Imogen tells Daniel that the charges against Brad have been dropped, but hesitantly tells him that Paul was involved in Ezra's assault.
Sheila is lying in her bed as outside, Kyle tells Naomi in hushed whispers that even Matt thinks Paul's responsible for Gary being bailed, in order to keep him quiet. When they come back in the room, Sheila asks what they're whispering about, but they don't want to upset her by telling her, so keep quiet. Karl comes in - he tells Sheila they can treat her with medication, but she'll need a strict diet and physical therapy too.
Karl leaves them to it, and Sheila asks if Gary's been back. Naomi says he was, but had to go again. Sheila is still desperate to see him, to the point that Naomi gets irritated that once again she's treating Gary like her ‘golden child'. Sheila reveals that she threatened to turn Gary in for Ezra's assault if he didn't do it himself, and now assumes he's done a runner, even though Naomi and Kyle haven't let on where he is.
KYLE: He's with the cops now, Gran. I turned him in.
SHEILA: Oh, you poor boy!
Erinsborough Police Station
Gary is at the station, and tells Matt he needs to change his statement.
MATT: So you want to make an amendment?
GARY: No, more like make a whole new one.
MATT: Excuse me?
GARY: I lied. Paul had nothing to do with it. The bashing – I did it alone. It was all me.
MATT: Paul paid your bail.
GARY: No, I told you – a mate…
MATT: Paul paid your bail.
GARY: None of your business, okay? It doesn't change anything.
Gary insists on making a new statement, despite Matt's accusations that Paul's put him up to it. Matt warns Gary that the penalties for making a false statement are pretty stiff. Gary looks worried, but continues to insist. Matt asks him to come to the interview room.
Josh and Imogen are jogging.
IMOGEN: So, Daniel's back.
JOSH: I care because…?
IMOGEN: Just trying to make conversation.
JOSH: You're weird.
IMOGEN: Your face is weird.
Amber turns up, also out on a jog. Josh asks her to hang out with them, but Amber's not keen and beats a hasty retreat. Imogen assumes Amber's avoiding her, but Josh reveals it's because he told her he was still in love with her at Christmas.
Daniel confronts Paul about the rumours he's paid off Gary.
PAUL: Keep your voice down!
DANIEL: So it is true?
PAUL: Do you honestly think that I would stoop to something as low as that?
DANIEL: Everyone else around here believes that you could.
PAUL: Well I don't care what other people believe. What do you think?
Daniel can't understand why Gary would accuse Paul of giving him money if it wasn't true. Paul says Gary's a lying crook, and insists he didn't do it.
PAUL: You do believe me, don't you?
DANIEL: I dunno.
He walks out, looking upset.
Amber is looking at the Christmas card that Josh sent her. It reads: ‘Merry Christmas Amber, I hope this card makes you smile at least once before it hits the recycling bin. That way it's actually done the world some good. Love Josh.'
Daniel turns up, and Amber hides the card quickly. Daniel wants to talk about Paul – he's upset because people have been telling him Paul's bad news since he arrived, and he hasn't believed them.
AMBER: That's because you like to see the best in people.
DANIEL: Yeah, or I've been blind this whole time.
Amber says that Paul wasn't himself when Daniel arrived – he got to know him in a vulnerable state. She says it's better that Daniel doesn't hold onto a false idea about Paul, but Daniel thinks she's drawing parallels with how he views her. Amber insists this is about Paul, and says now Daniel knows what he's like he can cut ties and be his own man.
DANIEL: I just don't know if I can handle losing someone else.
AMBER: You haven't lost me.
He kisses her, but she eventually stops him, saying he didn't come here for that.
DANIEL: I came here because this is where I'm supposed to be.
AMBER: I can't be that person for you right now. It's hard enough trying to be me without trying to be us.
Daniel tells her he loves her, but Amber says she's the problem, not him – she needs to be strong and find herself.
DANIEL: Love is love, Amber. Either you follow your heart or you don't.
She sighs as Daniel leaves.
In the back garden, Naomi comes to apologise to Kyle for giving him a hard time over turning Gary in to the cops. Just as they're talking, they're surprised when Gary himself turns up. He's come bearing envelopes of cash for both of them.
KYLE: I don't want your dirty money!
GARY: It's not dirty! I did a deal with Paul. The money's legit.
KYLE: Are you kidding me? It doesn't get much dodgier than that. I don't want anything to do with it.
GARY: Mate, I'm just trying to do the right thing here.
Kyle walks off, but Gary still attempts to give Naomi money, to look after herself and Sheila, as he knows she needs it.
NAOMI: That's true. But I can't take that either.
GARY: Since when have you ever cared where it came from?
NAOMI: Not often, you're right. But I guess that's where we're different. I've done a lot of dodgy things in my life but I have never hurt this family the way that you have.
She walks off, leaving Gary looking devastated.
In the garden, Amber's telling Imogen how she regrets kissing Daniel back earlier, and insists she doesn't want to be with anyone right now. They also discuss Josh – Amber's slightly annoyed that he told her he loved her, although admits it was nice to hear. Now, she says, she has to keep her distance from both Josh and Daniel.
AMBER: Especially Daniel. So I need your help. Will you look after him for me?
IMOGEN: I really don't think that's a good idea.
Amber begs, saying Daniel doesn't have many friends, and has fallen out with Paul too. Imogen's keen to stay out of it, but Amber keeps insisting.
Kyle's telling Georgia how angry he is about Gary trying to give him the money. Georgia agrees Gary was misguided, but not to be too hard on him – he did do it out of love. Kyle tells her to stop defending him, then blames her for getting involved in the first place by encouraging Gary to come back into Kyle's life and pushing them into rebuilding their relationship.
KYLE: I wish you'd just stayed out of it.
Georgia says she will from now on, and marches out. Kyle instantly feels guilty. He goes to follow her out, but on the way he knocks some papers off Terese's table. They get talking, and Terese tells Kyle how grateful she and Brad are that Kyle reported Gary to the police, thus clearing Brad's name. Kyle tells Terese that Gary is now saying he acted alone in beating up Ezra and that Paul had nothing to do with it.
TERESE: That doesn't make sense.
KYLE: Sure it does. Paul's paid him to change his story.
Paul is on the phone to Tim Collins, saying he took his advice, when Terese marches in and asks how much he paid Gary to change his story.
PAUL: Tim, I'm gonna have to go, mate. I've got Terese Willis here about to shower me with gratitude.
Terese lays into Paul for orchestrating the attack on Ezra; he again denies his involvement, but Terese says they both know the truth.
PAUL: Are you honestly gonna tell me that you weren't very happy when you saw what happened to that maggot?
TERESE: Don't presume to know how I feel!
Terese reminds Paul that Brad almost went down for Gary's crime.
PAUL: Well maybe he should stop going around and punching walls then, shouldn't he?
Terese tells Paul that the Canning family has been torn apart thanks to him, but Paul reminds her that her own domestic drama started the whole affair.
TERESE: Don't you dare turn it around on me!
PAUL: Oh, please. You and I both know the only person to blame in all of this is you.
Terese marches off, and Paul looks shifty.
Paul comes in and gets a frosty welcome from Daniel. Paul has ostensibly come to help out, and offers Daniel more money to put into the bar.
DANIEL: You actually think everything can be solved with money, don't you?
PAUL: Oh, if you're gonna judge me, I may as well leave now.
DANIEL: I'm not judging you. It's just finally sinking in who you really are.
Paul starts shouting, telling Daniel he's done nothing but help him since he arrived – adding that people like him and Terese don't know how good they've got it. Daniel says he appreciates what Paul's done for him, but just wants to run the bar on his own now. Paul responds angrily, telling him that's fine – he won't be putting another cent into the bar, so Daniel will have to fund it himself if he wants it open.
Gary turns up to see Sheila. Karl says she's sleeping, but it's okay for him to go in, as long as he doesn't disturb her. He goes over to where Sheila is lying asleep and whispers to her.
GARY: I'm back. I came via the bank. Made a little deposit for you. Old Moneybags really paid up this time. Probably gonna be a bit of a shock when you get out and get a look at it. And I reckon you wouldn't have had a bar of it if you were up and about. Kyle and Naomi didn't. Still, a heart attack's gotta be good for something, hey? Anyway, I should probably leave you to rest.
Having become visibly more emotional, Gary breaks down in tears.
GARY: Sorry, Mum. I know you love me. But no good deed goes unpunished, right?
He kisses Sheila on the forehead.
GARY: I just hope you can forgive me one day. Be good, alright? Take care of yourself.
Still crying, he makes his exit. Once he's left the room, Sheila opens her eyes and begins crying herself – she's been awake the whole time.
Kyle is playing darts on his own when Georgia comes in. He apologises for the way he spoke to her, and Georgia apologises for overstepping things with Gary. Thus reconciled, Georgia tells Kyle not to let what happened with Gary affect his idea of family too much.
GEORGIA: We're creating our own family, you and me.
KYLE: I love you.
GEORGIA: I love you too.
Imogen comes in to find Daniel whistling away. He tells her Paul cut him off, but seems happy about it, saying Amber encouraged him to be his own man, and that's what he's going to do. He announces he's opening the bar now, and will be calling it Off Air – a tribute to its former identity as the radio station. He asks Imogen if she'll help with the bar, and she immediately agrees.
IMOGEN: Of course. Consider me your new best friend. I'll be all over you like a rash. Er, not – not all over you. I'll be away from you. But supporting from the side at a safe distance. Daniel, I promise I will never kiss you again.
Of course Amber walks in at this point – she's heard what Imogen's just said.
AMBER: You two kissed?!
IMOGEN: It wasn't really a kiss. I was just confused.
AMBER: Did it happen before or after we broke up?
IMOGEN: It was before, I guess.
AMBER: Wow (!)
DANIEL: It didn't mean anything.
Daniel approaches Amber but she leaps away from him.
AMBER: You know what's funny? I came here because I was worried I was asking too much of you with Daniel. You seemed so reluctant. Guess that was all an act.
IMOGEN: No, I was just upset over everything going on with Josh and Dad.
DANIEL: I was just there when she was feeling bad. It could have been anyone.
AMBER: Don't defend her!
DANIEL: It wasn't personal.
AMBER: It doesn't really get more personal! How could you do this?
IMOGEN: If I could take it back, I swear I would. It was just a stupid, stupid moment of weakness.
AMBER: So you're saying you've got feelings for him?
IMOGEN: No! No, I don't.
AMBER: Oh, just tell the truth! You want him, admit it!
IMOGEN: No, I promise I don't!
DANIEL: Come on, let's just talk about this properly!
AMBER: How could you not tell me?
IMOGEN: Because it meant nothing. Just like you saying that Josh telling you he loves you meant nothing to you.
Daniel looks aghast.
DANIEL: Josh told you that he loves you?
Amber stares angrily at Imogen, who looks suitably contrite.
- Amber tells Josh that Daniel knows he still loves her, and asks Imogen if she has feelings for Daniel
- Chris appears to be back at work, but he's struggling
- Matt tells Lauren that there are ‘other houses, other streets', but she says this is their home