- Naomi's thrilled when Paul finally takes her on as Erinsborough Festival organiser- in- chief
- Lucy is devastated when Chris tells her he can't be the father of her baby
- Nate encourages Chris to tell Lucy that he pulled out of being a dad because of Nate's feelings
- Karl is in serious danger when he drinks some of Brad's magical surfboard- making chemical
Karl is still having a coughing fit and tries to use his phone to call for help when Josh, who is nearby doing community service, spots him and rushes to his aid. Josh takes the phone from him and calls for an ambulance.
Susan is having a coffee with Nate. Brad calls her on her mobile, but she decides not to answer it, saying it can wait – she's too eager to poke her nose in about the situation with Lucy and Chris. Nate says everyone's being very civil and meeting up socially, just without mentioning the baby they're no longer having. Brad calls Susan's phone again, and this time she answers it.
Susan and Nate rush into a room where Karl is being treated by Georgia. Josh is by his bedside. Georgia reveals that Karl has burned his oesophagus by taking the wrong flask, which had Brad's resin catalyst in it. Karl is conscious and lucid – he's on antacid and a drip, but will have to be kept in overnight as it was quite a severe burn. Josh's quick thinking helped them identify the chemical straight away, as he brought it in with him. Nate queries how it happened, but Susan's just concerned that Karl is okay.
Suite 1 Eclipse Apartments
Paul is in his mayoral chains, practicing a speech for the inauguration of the Erinsborough Festival, while Daniel gives him feedback. Paul says Naomi's lined up all the major businesses in the area, and he's convinced the festival's going to put him on the map.
Lucy comes in, shouting at someone on the phone about arranging something to be couriered. She reveals she's having a sperm sample shipped over from her back- up donor, since she's going to be in Erinsborough for a month. Lucy's never met the donor, who's Danish, and despite his ‘great genes' it's obvious she'd have preferred Chris to be the father of her baby. Daniel gets up and spontaneously gives her a hug.
LUCY: What's that for?
PAUL: He does that.
DANIEL: You just looked like you needed a hug.
Paul says that if Chris doesn't want to be involved, it's better this way. But Lucy's still unhappy, and Daniel gives her another hug!
Naomi is bossing about her newly- recruited underlings, Kyle, Bailey and Mark, who are grudgingly shifting furniture around in preparation for Paul's festival launch speech – right down to a presidential podium! Naomi's expecting lots of journalists and the like to show up for the launch, so is keen that everything is exactly right. Paul is nearby at a table, reading over his notes prior to the speech.
Susan is in the ward, on the phone to daughter Libby about Karl's condition. As she hangs up, wishing love to grandson Ben, Brad turns up, having double- checked that all the resin is now safely out of the way, and asks how Karl is. Susan is civil but a little standoffish, and confirms that Karl is expected to be okay, adding that she's had better days.
Brad insists on prolonging the conversation, eventually leading Susan to snap and have a bit of a go at him. She reminds him that anyone could walk in and out of the Men's Shed – as a teacher, Brad should know about occupational health and safety, and she adds that Karl could have died. She goes back into Karl's room, leaving Brad looking penitent.
A man in a suit walks in and strikes up a conversation with Paul, recognising him as the mayor. He introduces himself as Dennis Dimato, of Dimato Industries, explaining he's inherited some nearby property – namely, the building which currently houses Grease Monkeys and the antiques shop. Mark, who is still helping out nearby, overhears this information.
PAUL: I didn't realise Reg had died.
DIMATO: He hasn't. It's more a case of the property coming into my possession.
PAUL: Ah, right. So what sort of business are you in?
DIMATO: Oh, you know. Various things. I'm thinking of setting something up in Erinsborough. Not sure what yet.
PAUL: Well, the council likes to encourage local enterprise. So what can I do to help?
DIMATO: I don't know anyone in the area, so I'd like some introductions to some of the main businesspeople around here.
Paul says he's shortly hosting a VIP event to sponsors of the Erinsborough Festival, and suggests it would be an invaluable networking opportunity. Dimato seems keen to become a sponsor straight away, and Paul calls over Naomi to organise it. But meanwhile, Mark is on the phone to one of his old contacts in the police, who had apparently mentioned a Dennis Dimato to Mark in reference to an old case they were discussing recently…
Shortly afterwards, Mark is telling Naomi about the dirt he's dug up on Dimato, though we don't hear what it is. She sarcastically thanks Mark for making her job even harder, and Mark tells her to imagine how he feels, with the building Dimato owns being just across the road from the garage. Paul comes over.
PAUL: Ah, Naomi, listen – I've decided to host a VIP event at the penthouse. Whole thing's tax- deductible.
MARK: Oh, good to see you're all about the people, Paul (!)
PAUL: And listen, make sure that Dimato chap's on the list as well. He smells of money.
NAOMI: Yeah, I don't think that's a very good idea.
Naomi and Mark reveal that Dimato is being investigated for corruption in the construction business, and some of his associates were charged with bribing council officials, but nothing stuck to Dimato. Paul defends him at first, asking if he's ever been convicted of anything – but Naomi insists Dimato is dodgy, and warns Paul that they can't risk a scandal damaging the festival.
NAOMI: To be blunt, your reputation is bad enough as it is.
Paul reluctantly agrees to prevent Dimato from becoming a festival sponsor, and thanks Mark for the tip. Naomi also thanks Mark, and he mysteriously says that he can think of a few ways she could pay him back. She smiles as he walks away.
Daniel serves drinks to Chris, Nate and Lucy. He's made Lucy a non- alcoholic ‘mocktail' which he's christened ‘the Great Dane', at which Lucy goes quiet and tells Chris it was a private joke. When Nate presses her, she admits she's awaiting sperm samples from an anonymous donor in Denmark, who she met online. Chris is visibly saddened to learn he's been supplanted so quickly, and changes the subject.
While Lucy's at the bar taking back her drink, which she realises has caffeine in it, Chris expresses his concerns to Nate about what kind of dad an anonymous donor is going to be to Lucy's baby.
NATE: I think that's the point.
CHRIS: I don't get it. Who's going to teach the kid to fix an engine, or kick a footie around?
Nate tells Chris not to feel guilty; this is what Lucy wants. Chris says he does feel guilty, and that he liked the idea of being able to teach the child all these things.
Dimato comes in and tells Paul he's just been informed he's been blocked from sponsoring the festival. Paul claims they have enough sponsors already, and says he can't come to the VIP event either, but Dimato continues to push.
DIMATO: Maybe there's a contribution I could make to your re- election fund?
But surprisingly, Paul still isn't biting. He admits that he's heard bad things about Dimato's business reputation, and says that he needs to protect the festival. Dimato says the rumours flying around about him are untrue, but Paul says the perception is what matters, and refuses even to arrange private meetings with local business- folk for Dimato, before bidding him good day.
In the garden, Terese is singing Josh's praises for helping Karl after he drank the resin. Josh says Brad was also very quick off the mark in alerting everyone, but Brad is still feeling guilty for the mix- up in the first place, and thinks it may be a sign he should leave surfboard- making in the past. Josh and Terese try to talk him round, Terese adding that Susan will calm down.
TERESE: Trust me, the next time you see her she'll be fine.
Brad doesn't look so sure.
Paul is in his chains again, giving his speech for real this time, as Naomi stands next to him grinning.
PAUL: It truly will be a festival suitable for the best place to live in the world.
Dimato, who is listening intently, smiles wryly at this hyperbole, as everyone applauds. Naomi then asks for audience questions – and Kyle asks what the festival will do for him. Paul says it will bring millions of dollars' worth of business to Erinsborough. Sheila then asks what provision is being made for disabled people at the festival. A perturbed Naomi is bounced into saying that there will be wheelchair access at all venues. Mark asks how he can get himself a stall for the garage, and Naomi tells him to ‘see her personally'. Dimato looks sinister.
Georgia is testing Karl's blood pressure.
GEORGIA: Well, us nurses are stoked to have you in overnight. We've been waiting ages to get you in our clutches. So no misbehaving.
KARL: I'll be good.
GEORGIA: That's what they all say. And that's when the constructive criticism kicks in.
Brad turns up with a bunch of flowers for Karl, and Georgia goes to find a vase for them. Brad tells Karl how bad he feels about what happened, but Karl seems to be very forgiving – saying he's only angry at himself. However, Susan then arrives and pretty much shoos Brad out of there, telling him rather coldly that Karl's too tired for visitors. Brad leaves, looking worried.
While Chris is in the bathroom, Nate and Lucy talk alone. Lucy says she's had a good time, notwithstanding ‘the earlier weirdness' – she knows everyone's trying to avoid mentioning the baby since Chris said no to donating. Nate apologises to her, saying he never meant to make things difficult, but Lucy says he's only been honest.
LUCY: Life's too short for regrets. I've had more than I care to think… That's why there's no more stuffing around now for Lucy Robinson. If my baby's father has to be some Danish guy that I will never meet, and who knows nothing about cars, then so be it.
Naomi is regaling Mark with reports of the extensive media coverage of the festival launch speech. They high- five, and Mark says she's done a great job as organiser. She jokes that if he gets bored of being a mechanic, he can come and work for her – and he admits there are times he doesn't enjoy his job. They continue to chat, seemingly flirting.
MARK: Fixing cars was always my dad's thing. I only did it to earn some extra money.
NAOMI: Oh, getting a bit bored, are you, Brennan?
MARK: Well, I could do with an adventure.
NAOMI: Oh! Have to think of some fun things for you to do, then, hey?
Meanwhile, Dimato is still lingering around, and asks Sheila whether she knows anything about Naomi.
SHEILA: She's my daughter.
DIMATO: I would have said sister!
Sheila brags about Naomi's role in the festival, saying she's practically running the whole thing – and that Paul does whatever she says! Dimato looks intrigued.
Night. Susan is still sitting by Karl's bedside, and Chris and Nate turn up, looking through the window. They've come to visit, but decide not to go in as they can see the Kennedys are having a moment.
CHRIS: After all those years, she still looks at him like that. It's amazing, seeing that sort of love. Hope we're like that.
Nate turns to look at Chris.
CHRIS: Sorry, I didn't mean to assume anything. I know we've been together a short time…
NATE: It's okay. I feel the same.
They hold hands.
NATE: Tell Lucy to go for it.
CHRIS: What do you mean?
NATE: If you guys want to have a baby, you should give it a shot.
CHRIS: Are you sure?
NATE: Yeah. I saw too many blokes in Afghanistan make plans about tomorrow that never happened. You want this, you've got my complete support.
Nate says he's changed his mind because of how awesome Lucy is, and also what's happened to Karl, making him remember that you never know what's around the corner.
NATE: But most of all, because I love you, Teddy. And I know you'll make the most amazing dad. And I can't get in the way of that.
Chris smiles and hugs Nate happily.
The bar is closing up. Naomi is on the phone to Sheila, saying she'll be home soon, as she sips on a last drink. Sheila won't stop giving her advice about disabled access to the festival, so eventually Naomi tells her she's breaking up and hangs up! Dimato turns up again and startles Naomi, wanting to talk about sponsoring the festival.
Naomi insists she can't help him, but he persists, saying he knows she has influence over Paul. Dimato says he wants in on the VIP events, and the contact details of local businesspeople. Naomi says she can't, but he hands her a fat wad of cash in an envelope. She opens it.
NAOMI: That's a lot of money.
DIMATO: Consider it a consultancy fee. I'm sure that as a businesswoman, you can appreciate that I just want what's best for my company. And Erinsborough. After all, this is the best place to live in the world.
He smiles and walks out, leaving Naomi with the cash.
- Chris says something ‘feels rushed', and Nate replies that it's because it is rushed
- Lucy asks whether Chris is ready to ‘go through with this', and he looks lost for words
- With Susan still annoyed with Brad, Terese decides to intervene on his behalf
- Naomi tells Mark that she thinks she's been bribed, and he begins to investigate Dimato
- Dimato threateningly asks Naomi whether she would lie to him