- Sheila and Susan plan to battle it out in the festival bake- off, the prize being a trip to London
- Naomi has booked a new judge for the bake- off, but can't tell Mark who it is
- Tyler tells Paige he won't play second fiddle to his big brother
- Mark is surprised to learn about Matt's so- called back- pay from Lauren
- Mark spies on Matt and Dimato, and sees Matt accepting another bribe from the crook
Outside Dimato's Hideout
Matt is walking away with his money, when Mark stops him, saying he's just seen him with Dimato.
MARK: What's in the envelope, Matt?
Cue dramatic underscore.
Newfound BFFs Nate and Tyler are chatting about their basketball game earlier. Nate asks if ‘that bloke' (Dimato) was giving Tyler a hard time, but he claims he was just cranky about the ball coming over to his shop.
They come across Paige doing press- ups on the grass. Nate quickly surmises from the look on Tyler's face that ‘woman troubles' are getting him down, reminding Tyler that Paige dated his brother. Tyler plays down his own interest in her, saying he and Paige only kissed once. The boys interrupt Paige's workout routine, and she greets them awkwardly, declining their invitation to attend the bake- off with them. She says she might come later if she has time.
Preparations for the bake- off are underway.
SHEILA: Wise choice, not going with the coconut cream pie.
SUSAN: What is wrong with my coconut cream pie?
SHEILA: How long have you got?
Karl arrives with his own entry – ‘the famous Kennedy sponge- cake'.
GEORGIA: Isn't that a trifle?
KARL: Well, it didn't quite turn out how I hoped.
The entrants speculate over who the mystery judge of the bake- off will be; Sheila says Naomi won't even tell her, due to the judge's high profile. Sheila is determined to win the London trip prize, saying she's always dreamed of afternoon tea at The Ritz. Susan reminds her not to start packing her bags yet!
SUSAN (to Karl): It'd be so nice to see Mal and Catherine before the baby comes.
KARL: I know, and now we've doubled our chances!
Susan looks disdainfully at Karl's ‘trifle', and tells him to put it next to Brad's ‘butterfly kiss cake'. Toadie then arrives with another cake, and Sheila asks if he made it – but a familiar female voice claims the credit.
JANELLE: Susie Q, as I live and breathe!
They hug – Janelle explains she was visiting Toadie's parents Angie and Big Kev in Colac, and thought she'd drop in, and enter the bake- off while she's here!
KARL: Well welcome back!
JANELLE: Thanks, Dr K, it's good to be back!
She hugs Karl too.
Outside Dimato's Hideout
An ashamed Matt has been telling Mark the full story about his association with Dimato. Mark is already in full- on judging mode, but Mark argues he didn't know he was working for Dimato at first – and that he quit when he found out. He only went back after the family lost all their money, so they didn't lose their house.
MARK: It wasn't the only way.
MATT: Alright! It was the easier way! And I promised myself this would only be once.
Matt doesn't know how much money is in this latest envelope, but tells Mark that Dimato previously gave him $10,000, to look the other way when he found out about the car- stripping operation.
MARK: How did you, of all people, get yourself caught up in this? I can't ignore something like this.
MATT: Yeah, I know. Let me do one thing – let me tell Lauren myself? She deserves to hear the truth from me.
Karl and Susan ask about Janelle's life back in Cairns – she's still with Allan Steiger.
JANELLE: Of course, we've had our rough patches, but doesn't every couple? I mean, you two'd know all about that, eh? Oh, don't look so awkward! It's obvious love is still in the air, and I know exactly what's keeping it alive!
SUSAN: You do?!
From the look on Susan's face, one suspects she thinks Janelle is referring to the Blue Box™! But instead…
JANELLE: Nothing like a bit of EM Williams to spice up a tired old marriage, eh? Worked a treat for me and Allan!
KARL: How did you know about EM Williams?
JANELLE: Toadie told me.
Toadie escapes Karl's wrath to fill up on coffee, and Georgia takes his seat.
JANELLE: Oh, look at us. Both famous racy writers. Never thought me and you'd have so much in common.
Karl doesn't look convinced! Sheila shows up and says the mystery judge has just checked in at the hotel, but that she still doesn't know who it is.
JANELLE (to Karl): Whoever it is, I'm sure they're gonna love your weird- looking trifle.
KARL: Yeah, thanks. I'm trying not to get ahead of myself, Janelle.
JANELLE: I think you're in with a real chance! Better than a tired old upside- down cake and an average pecan pie. Both yours, right, Suze?
SHEILA: That is my pecan pie!
JANELLE: Oh, right. My mistake.
SHEILA: And that pecan pie recipe has been in the Canning family for seventeen generations!
JANELLE: And nobody ever said anything?! How odd!
Sheila stomps away in fury, while Susan gives Janelle a look.
Matt comes home to find Lauren cleaning up. He asks her to sit down a minute so he can tell her about his fall from grace – but Bailey comes in, interrupting. He's still training for the fun- run, and thanks Matt for helping him ‘get outside' himself with the running training – it's just what he needed after everything that happened with the money.
Once Bailey's left, Matt again asks Lauren to sit down.
LAUREN: Has something happened?
MATT: I just need you to know that I love you very much. And if I had my time again, I would take back what I've done in a heartbeat. I just want you to know that.
LAUREN: Okay, Matt, you're scaring me. What's going on?
Shortly afterwards, Lauren is in disbelief – Matt has always been so against bribery. He says he convinced himself it was the only way to avoid losing the house. Lauren asks why he didn't come to her.
MATT: I was the one who got us into this debt; I wanted to be the one that got us out.
LAUREN: But not like this. I don't understand how you could do anything like this. I mean, this goes against everything you stand for.
MATT: I was desperate. And I figured no- one would get hurt if I looked the other way just this once. LAUREN: Yeah, well you did that once in Mount Isa with Bailey, and look how that turned out! And now that Brennan knows, what happens now?
MATT: I turn myself in.
LAUREN: And then?
MATT: I'll do the right thing. Plead guilty. There's a strong likelihood of a prison sentence.
Matt goes to comfort her, saying he's sorry, but she makes it clear she doesn't want him to touch her – and walks out of the room.
Paige comes in to talk to Tyler at the bake- off, so Nate leaves them to it. Paige says Tyler should catch up with Mark; she ran into him before and he seemed cut up about something.
TYLER: Not that you're interested in him, or anything (!)
Paige insists she and Mark are just friends, but says that he was really upset.
TYLER: Why's that? His utensils drawer's a little unkempt?
But Paige says Mark was worried about a work matter, all she knows is that it had something to do with Dennis Dimato, and the case having ‘hit quite close to home'. Tyler looks worried and promises to check on Mark, and Paige leaves.
Tyler arrives to check on Mark, but his brother insists he's fine – Paige shouldn't have said anything. Tyler tries to talk Mark into thinking again about rejoining the police, saying no- one would think less of him for changing his mind and coming back to the garage. Mark doesn't dismiss the suggestion outright, and Tyler leaves him to think about it.
Karl is randomly wearing a cravat, and Susan demands to know why! He's evasive, and wanders off, leading Susan to tell Sheila that he must be hiding something. Brad and Terese have arrived and are munching cake in the background. Janelle offers Susan a piece of her red velvet cake, but as Susan is leaning in to take a forkful, she sneezes all over the cake!
JANELLE: Susan Kennedy!!
SUSAN: I'm so sorry!
JANELLE: That was an outright act of sabotage!
SUSAN: It was an accident!
JANELLE: I'll give you an accident!
Janelle picks up the nearest cake and flings it on the floor, thinking it's Susan's – but it turns out to be Sheila's precious pecan pie! Exacting her own revenge, Sheila then throws what she thinks is one of Janelle's cakes on the floor – at which Janelle smugly states that it wasn't hers! Sheila desecrates a fetching- looking gateau.
JANELLE: Still not mine!
KARL: Sheila, what are you doing?
SHEILA: She started it!
JANELLE: Yeah, well if we're gonna start pointing fingers, Susan Kennedy has a lot to answer for.
Georgia tries to intervene as peacemaker, but in doing so she leans on the table – and cakes galore go crashing to the ground! Everyone gasps, as Georgia apologises in horror. Amidst the chaos, the judge arrives – and it's none other than Matt Preston from MasterChef Australia, wearing one of his signature cravats!
MATT PRESTON: Excuse me, is this the Erinsborough Bake- Off?
EVERYONE: Matt Preston?!
Sheila rushes to greet ‘Lord Matthew Preston', introducing herself as ‘a local and beloved identity' – while Susan notices Karl fiddling smugly with his own cravat, and calls him ‘shameless'!
MATT PRESTON: I love a traditional bake- off, but this is more like a traditional food- fight. What happened?
MATT PRESTON: Competition is all well and good, but is there any left for me to taste?
BRAD: Only if you're willing to eat it off the floor!
KARL: Or out of a bowl!
Karl, who managed to save his trifle in the nick of time, rushes over to present it to Matt Preston.
MATT PRESTON: I love a trifle. And I love that cravat!
Karl goes to stroke Matt Preston's own cravat, but he's told not to touch! All the other entrants look incredulous that Karl is now in pole position to win…
Lauren comes round to see Mark, and he correctly guesses that Matt (Turner, not Preston) has told her the truth.
LAUREN: My family won't survive this. I won't survive it.
Mark says Matt's sentence will be reduced as he's turning himself in, but it's cold comfort for Lauren.
LAUREN: I came here to ask you if there's any way for you to forget what you saw.
MARK: Lauren, if I do that, I'm an accessory to a crime.
LAUREN: He's a good man – he's a good father. He's spent his whole life helping people. He just lost his way.
MARK: I know he's a good man. But he's committed a crime.
LAUREN: He made one stupid mistake and now you want us to pay for it?
LAUREN: Please. Please, I am begging you for the sake of my children. Please don't do this.
Paige is sitting outside, eating some cake, when Tyler comes to join her – happily telling her that Mark's fine and that he might even quit the force. Paige teases Tyler for missing Mark at the garage, but he reminds her that she came to Erinsborough to be with her family, and so did he.
PAIGE: You got me there. I didn't really take you for the family type.
TYLER: Just like a classic sponge. I have many layers.
PAIGE: And if you say you're also as sweet as a sponge, I might have to punch you in the face.
Tyler thanks her for tipping him off about ‘Brennan' being upset, and says she must really care about him. Paige insists Mark's a nice guy, but that they've both moved on. Tyler steals some of her cake, and when Paige is outraged, he goes to get her some more. Paige smiles.
Indoors, Terese comes to the microphone to introduce the results of the bake- off competition. She hands the microphone over to Matt Preston to announce the first- place result.
MATT PRESTON: As all the other entries were deemed unfit for judging, the winner of the Erinsborough Festival Bake- Off, with his cravatelicious trifle, is Dr Karl Kennedy!
An unimpressed Susan moans to Sheila about how unfair it is they've all been disqualified, while Karl proudly goes to the stage to receive his trophy and return tickets to London from Terese.
SHEILA: A bowl of cream and cake winning a bake- off? It's a joke!
SUSAN: I'm boycotting.
JANELLE: Me too!
As Karl makes a sycophantic speech to impress Matt Preston, Susan suggests that she, Sheila and Janelle should go over to Harold's Store for some real cake, before Janelle has to leave. The three of them walk off to do just that! But as they're leaving, Terese announces that Sheila, Susan and Janelle have won the ‘People's Choice' bake- off award, in a three- way tie! They all hug and celebrate.
Back outside, Paige is enjoying her new slice of Brad's butterfly kiss cake, some of which was spared from the cake carnage by Tyler. He's being very flirtatious, and seems gradually to be winning Paige round. They move from the kiss cake to talking about real kisses, and Tyler claims he's an expert kiss- rater. Paige's was pretty average, he jokingly implies, but eventually rates her a nine – whereas she only gives him seven.
TYLER: I demand a rematch.
PAIGE: No way. These things have to happen naturally.
TYLER: Like this?
He leans in to kiss her.
PAIGE: Maybe an eight? But I think you could do better.
They fall into a longer kiss.
Matt (Turner) and Lauren are just about to set off for the police station, so he can hand himself in, when Mark shows up with a proposition for them. He says he'll keep quiet about Matt's criminality, on two conditions – firstly, that he take six months off on long- service leave, and secondly, that he tell Mark everything he knows about Dimato's car- stealing operations, so Mark can use that to help build a case against Dimato.
Mark says that if the police charge Dimato and it comes to court, he'll try to keep Matt out of it. But if his testimony is essential to getting Dimato put away, Matt will have to confess to his involvement further down the line – which will at least mean he can spend more time with his family first. When asked if he's comfortable with Matt potentially getting away scot- free, Mark replies that Dimato is the real bad guy in all this – and he wants him stopped.
MARK: So if you can help me bring him down, I'm prepared to look the other way.
Paige and Tyler's kiss is getting gradually steamier. He starts kissing her neck.
PAIGE: Oh, Brennan!
TYLER: What did you just say?
- Lauren tells Brad what an idiot she feels for not knowing what was going on with her husband
- Paige tells Tyler ‘let's get serious'
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