- Sonya and Toadie telling Erin how she should be behaving with Karl.
- Sonya encouraging Erin not to give up.
- Matt/Lauren discussing buying the house from the kids.
- Lucy wanting to know if Chris/Nate have discussed her proposition.
- Nate telling Chris he doesn't want a baby.
Chris is still dithering about the decision he's got to make over whether to help Lucy out or not and eventually she asks if he's in our out. “It's got to be out,” he finally commits himself to and explains to Lucy the reasons why. Lucy admits that she is disappointed as she thought he'd say yes.
Lauren and Matt join the kids in the backyard to inform them that the house has been valued at $800,000, more than they thought it would be (and $60k higher than Kathy paid). Amber and Bailey are already looking forward to spending their $200k but Paige asks if they can still afford to buy them out. “Absolutely,” Matt says but the look on Lauren's face would suggest otherwise despite the words coming out of her mouth!
Sonya waits for Erin to finish with Karl as she wants to give her the news personally – Cat wants to arrange another meeting with her mum. Erin is naturally wary after the last time but Sonya thinks it's a good sign that Cat is reaching out to her and promises to be there to support her.
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Chris is back from telling Lucy the news that he turned her down. Nate is somewhat surprised and just because he said no, didn't mean that Chris had to follow suit. “I'm not ready,” Chris explains then admits that he didn't tell Lucy the real reasons why not when Nate pushes him on what he told her. “You have to be honest with her,” Nate tells him.
NATE: Tell Lucy it was because of me.
Paige tries to reason with her siblings that perhaps Matt/Lauren can't afford to buy them out and suggests offering them the house at what Kathy paid. Amber is on board with her sister's plan but Bailey is still holding out for the full amount because Kathy wanted them to follow their dreams. He then has a right go at Paige, thinking that her logic is warped because her adoptive parents have money but her rebuttal is that she knows how money can affect families.
PAIGE: Don't get me wrong, I get that you're excited about all the possibilities. At the end of the day family is more important.
Erin is still wary that Cat won't turn up but Sonya is very positive that she will this time as they buy supplies in the store for the visit. Just as they are about to leave the store, Karl and Susan comes in and Erin clams up thinking that Susan was going to have a go at her face- to- face but after nothing happens other than everyone being polite, comments to Sonya on the way out that she was obviously too chicken to do that.
Toadie immediately knows the girl who has just ridden into the street on her bike (Cat, Erin's daughter) and they acquaint themselves while waiting for Sonya/Erin to return from the store (Cat has arrived early for the meeting).
The kids approach Matt/Lauren to tell them about their proposal and after confirming that it's what they really want, they accept. After the kids depart, Matt wants to know if Lauren said something to them but she denies doing that, it was them who came up with it.
Nate seems rather down about Chris' decision as he talks to Susan about it. “It's tricky, sometimes couples don't want the same thing,” Susan explains but adds that they can work though it as long as they are honest with each other. Nate is unsure he will get Chris to admit his true feelings and her advice is for him to do that in his own time.
NATE: One way or another, I can't help thinking he'll end up resenting me for this.
SUSAN: No, Chris isn't that sort of person.
NATE: I know he won't mean to but in the back of his mind he'll always know it's my fault he missed out on being a dad.
Lucy is quite curt with Chris when he comes to see her to apologise again as he knows she was relying on him to do this.
CHRIS: Thing is, I wanted to do it. I really did and before you got here I was ready to say yes.
LUCY: So what changed?
CHRIS: Nate doesn't want kids and he's the guy I'm planning on spending the rest of my life with and even though he told me to go for it, I just didn't feel right saying yes when I know it's not what he wants.
He asks that she can forgive him. Lucy admits that if she were in his shoes, it's likely she'd have done the same thing too and confirms that she doesn't hate him – he was going to be her baby daddy! He suggests that he simply be ‘Uncle Chris' and while she thinks it doesn't sound as good, does offer to take it.
Toadie is keeping Cat amused by regaling to her tales of how his brother Stoney taught him to ride a bike. Eventually Sonya/Erin arrive back and while Sonya introduces herself to Cat as Erin is lost for words at seeing her daughter again. Tentatively, Cat says “hi” to her mum and then that she's looking good, which Erin is keen to emphasis, but Cat then goes all solemn at memories of the last saw her mum.
Realising the tension, Sonya sends Erin/Cat towards the living room while she remains in the kitchen with Toadie to make some tea. This seems to have the desired effect as the pair of them lighten up again and start talking about Cat being early for the meeting.
Tea's up and Sonya reminisces about Cat playing with Callum when they were younger, although Cat doesn't remember this. The tension is starting to build again and this time it's Toadie that comes to the rescue (he seems to have a great rapport with Cat) by sending her to the kitchen to get some savoury snacks since she doesn't like the biscuits Erin bought. Erin follows Cat to the kitchen to make some more drinks and Sonya thanks Toadie for his help but isn't as sure as him that it's going well.
TOADIE: Honey, this part's up to them.
Looks like Paige knows what she wants to splash her share of the money on first – a 4x4, which she's just taken (along with her siblings) for a test drive. Lauren doesn't look too amused as she watches on, unseen by them (she happened to exit the front door as they arrived home).
Lauren is ranting off at Matt about one of them wanting to buy the car which she reckons costs at least $50k and wants him to come outside to convince them they are making a huge mistake. He reminds her that they haven't got the money yet.
LAUREN: But they will. Look, I know you think it's really important to own our own home but is it worth it if all it does is encourage them to blow every penny right away?
Bailey enters the house and encourages his parents to go outside to see the car and just as Lauren is ready to have a go, he informs them that the car is actually a gift for them, they all contributed.
Nate/Chris are having an honest conversation and Chris confirms that he does want to have a child with Lucy and admits telling her no was the hardest thing he's done.
CHRIS: We're a partnership; we need to agree on the big stuff.
NATE: Sounds like you compromised what you want for my sake.
CHRIS: Was that so bad? You are the most important thing in my life, way more important than a hypothetical baby that doesn't even exist yet. I look at you and you are completely different from the guy that I first met, in a good way, so much happier.
“Because of you,” Nate replies and Chris back that up by saying they are good for each other before again declaring his love and that he wouldn't do anything to risk losing him/making him unhappy.
CHRIS: Yes, I've got plenty of years ahead of me, and you do too, baby can come along in another way.
NATE: I reckon I'm the luckiest guy in the world.
CHRIS: Reckon you're the second luckiest!
Lauren/Matt thank the kids for the offer but it's too expensive for them to buy and want the money put to good use and not on something that will depreciate. They suggest to the kids they use the money instead on in investment property but they are all against that idea, so Lauren blurts out that they won't buy the house (from them). Bailey replies first to say that's fine, they'll just sell to someone else instead!
MATT: What and kick us out on the street?
Bailey rants off at their double standards – wanting them to be independent but equally being so controlling. The sisters back their brother up.
LAUREN: But whether it sounds fair to you all or not, this is the deal we're offering. So either you put this money into a sound investment or the whole sale's off.
BAILEY: Fine, sales off.
Cat is trying to downplay how good she is at school and for her cricket team but when Sonya accidentally mentions that Erin had secretly watched Cat play in a cricket match she isn't happy that Erin didn't approach her to talk.
ERIN: I was in a bad way.
CAT: So you spied on me and took off like you always do?
ERIN: No, it wasn't like that.
CAT: That's exactly what it was like!
Despite Toadie asking her to calm down and Sonya trying to explain that it wasn't her mum's fault, Cat's heard enough and picks up her bag and leaves.
ERIN: Why did you have to say that?!
SONYA: I'm so sorry. I'm sorry.
- Paige trying to get through to her ‘little brat' brother.
- Terese complementing Brad on his skin!
- Erin sounding off at Toadie.
- Erin giving Karl a proposition.