- The Turner family grieve over Matt's death
- Bailey feels guilty for what he put Matt through, but Paige tells him not to be so hard on himself
- Georgia drenches Nick in coffee after learning of his plans to seduce her for a bet
- Nick is rattled to learn that Paul has informed Naomi of his ‘leukaemia'
- Chris and Lucy are thrilled to see their baby on an ultrasound scan
- Nate tells Chris he loves him, but isn't willing to move to New York
Chris is sitting in the garden, when Lucy arrives with Bouncer 2. She hasn't found a home for the dog yet, but says her lawyer has told her he can get Chris a US work permit and Nate a visa. However, Chris breaks the news that Nate doesn't want to go to New York, which means he doesn't know if he'll be coming over either.
LUCY: There's no pressure from my end. Just take your time and do what's right for you.
CHRIS: What's right for me is that I have them both in my life – my child and my boyfriend.
Chris tells Lucy not to worry; he'll sort this out.
Bailey is sadly reading an article on the front of the West Waratah Star about Matt's death, when his up- until- recently- girlfriend Alice, fresh back from Space Camp to visit her parents, bursts in through the back door to surprise him.
ALICE: Guess who?
She's unaware of Matt's death, but notices the many flowers around the room.
ALICE: Is your mum opening a florist, or has Amber got a new boyfriend?
BAILEY: Amber is getting married, and…
ALICE: Oh. She's trying out arrangements. Marriage is such a scam.
Alice mistakes Bailey's sadness for awkwardness, and says she should have called before coming round. But Bailey assures her he's glad she's here. She explains her house is being fumigated, so suggests they head back to Lassiter's, where she's staying, to ‘hang'.
ALICE: But my folks are out for the day, so we'd have the place to ourselves.
BAILEY: Oh, erm…
Josh calls in to check that the Turners are doing okay – but before Alice has a chance to clock what's happened to Matt, Bailey says he and Alice are heading to the hotel as discussed, and they leave Josh to it.
Georgia is on the internal phone to an admin colleague, trying to book a treatment room for a patient's amniocentesis. She wants Room G5, as it's bigger than the one her colleague has suggested – but Georgia is surprised to be told it's already booked out, as it's not showing up as such on the computer. Georgia's colleague tells her that Nick has booked the room, and an irritated Georgia vows to take it up with him.
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Naomi watches as Nick inspects Paul's mouth for ulcers or bleeding gums, but he says he hasn't had any problems – adding that he's feeling fine generally.
NAOMI: Yeah, if you call throwing up, being tired all the time, and refusing to eat fine, then, yeah, he's going gangbusters (!)
PAUL: It's nothing I can't handle.
NAOMI: He needs to step back.
PAUL: Things around here aren't gonna run themselves.
NAOMI: That's what you hired me for.
Naomi also pesters Paul to tell Daniel the truth about his leukaemia, but Paul says his hands are full supporting the Turners at the moment.
Nick explains that he's booked Paul another chemo session for tomorrow afternoon in a private room at the hospital, ‘off the books'. Nick heads off, telling Paul to call him if he needs him.
PAUL: Thanks Nick, I really appreciate everything you're doing. Oh, and Nick – I've been thinking about the research centre. Perhaps we could find you another site.
NICK: That'd be great. But you just concentrate on getting well, okay?
In her hotel room, Alice is telling poor Bailey all about her adventures at Space Camp, though it's obvious to us his heart isn't in it.
ALICE: And the gravity chair was intense! I almost lost my lunch the first time I went on it.
BAILEY: Yeah, right. So what else?
ALICE: The underwater space walk trainer was pretty cool.
Sensing his distraction, Alice worries he's still miffed about having missed out on Space Camp himself.
BAILEY: Oh, dude, I'm totally over it… So do you still want to be an astronaut, or…?
ALICE: I think robotics is really where I want to be now. I mean, forget the moon – all the good stuff's being done on Mars, right?
BAILEY: And you like living with your grandma, or…?
ALICE: Yeah! She's got this new boyfriend who's a professional collector.
Bailey asks what Grandma Layla's new boyfriend collects.
ALICE: Handcuffs, mostly! I'm pretty sure that's why Grandma likes him. Anyway, they met at one of those weird storage container auctions, and it was full of old military stuff…
As Alice continues to ramble on, the camera closes in on Bailey, who's doing his best to hold it together.
Nate comes in to meet Chris, and it's awkward from the outset. Chris embarks on an attempt to convince Nate what an amazing opportunity the US would be for them, and explains Lucy has found a way to let him continue his Lassiter's training in New York. He suggests they go over and live with Lucy for a while, before finding a place of their own.
CHRIS: What do you think?
NATE: I think it's awesome that you and Lucy have planned my whole life without even discussing it with me first.
Chris is taken aback. Realising how annoyed Nate is, Chris tells him he'll get Lucy to put things on hold for now – saying he knows that he and Nate can get back on track.
CHRIS: We just need to work harder.
NATE: Good relationships should not be hard work.
CHRIS: I don't want to lose you. I love you.
NATE: I love you too. But what we want – it's just way too different. And that's never gonna change.
CHRIS: So what, that's it? It's over?
Georgia confronts Nick over the mysterious booking of Room G5 tomorrow afternoon, demanding to know why there's no patient listed on the system.
GEORGIA: I need the room.
NICK: So do I. So, lucky I reserved it first.
GEORGIA: Is what you're using it for even above- board?
NICK: There are things that happen in this hospital that are way above your pay- grade.
GEORGIA: The treatment rooms are for registered patients. So if you're using it for anything other than official hospital business, then my patient gets priority.
NICK: What else would I be using it for?
GEORGIA: I'm sure with a bit of digging I can find out. Or you could just tell me who you're treating, and why it's so hush- hush.
NICK: Just because you have a grudge against me, Nurse Brooks, doesn't mean I have to answer to you.
Chris is back in the garden with Lucy, watching Bouncer 2 and Bossy playing together. Chris has told Lucy that he and Nate have split up – and she suggests that a change of scenery might help him get over it.
LUCY: You've got your visa in place, why not use it?
CHRIS: As in, go to New York, with you?
Lucy says Chris could stay with her, and that they could decorate the nursery in preparation for the birth a few months down the line. Chris looks interested.
Alice is still wittering on to Bailey about her experiences in the States.
ALICE: And the junk food over there is ridiculous. It's like everyone has the taste- buds of a five- year- old!
But she finally runs out of things to tell him, and asks what's been going on in his life. Bailey avoids telling her about Matt's death, insisting everything's just ‘same old' with him – and says it's nice to have her back. Alice takes this as an invitation to kiss him on the lips, and when he's not as responsive as she hoped, she assumes it's because he's met someone else.
ALICE: You've been acting all quiet and weird. Plus, it'd totally explain why you stopped bombarding me with emails.
BAILEY: Alice, there's no- one else.
ALICE: Then why have you been acting weird?
He answers her question by kissing her back, and they fall into a more passionate kiss.
Kyle, Georgia, Sheila and Naomi have all been summoned to the pub by Chris for a mystery announcement. When Chris arrives, he explains that he and Nate have broken up – but says that he's going to New York tomorrow with Lucy, after staying with his parents tonight. Once they're done comforting him over Nate, the others are all excited for his trip abroad. Sheila promises to arrange a farewell knees- up, and Chris says he'll only be gone a few weeks. He then looks anxious as they all discuss the party.
Alice and Bailey are now sitting on the bed, still kissing. Unresponsive to her initial request that he slow down, Bailey attempts to take her jumper off.
ALICE: Okay – not that I don't totally want to go there. But what's going on?
ALICE: So why the massive rush?
BAILEY: I don't know, Alice. I thought it would be nice.
ALICE: Okay – how is it that you're all over me like an octopus, but I still feel like you're a million miles away?
Bailey looks devastated, and suddenly breaks down in tears.
ALICE: Bailey! Bailey, what's wrong?
BAILEY: My dad died.
Bewildered, Alice comforts him as he sobs.
Chris and Nate are chatting over a pint – Chris has told him he's leaving for New York tomorrow for a few weeks. Nate seems pleased for him.
CHRIS: I'm sorry about the way things turned out.
NATE: It's not your fault. Anyway, you're doing a good thing. Being there for your kid.
They stand up and hug.
CHRIS: This is harder than I thought. Thank you for everything.
NATE: Good luck. I hope your new life is everything you ever wanted.
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Lucy drops in with Bouncer 2 to say goodbye to Paul, saying she's heading home tomorrow – it's clear she thinks he's come down with a bug, and isn't aware of his diagnosis, though says he looks terrible. Paul says it's just due to lack of sleep, which Lucy attributes to Matt's death. She says she probably won't be back in Australia again before the baby's born, and Paul looks sad, but says he might come and visit her.
He asks what Lucy's going to do with Bouncer 2. She admits she'll have to be taken back to the dog shelter, but starts angling for Paul to take her in at the penthouse.
PAUL: If you think for one second you can palm that flea- factory onto me, you can forget it.
LUCY: She's a Robinson! And I just want to keep her in the family.
PAUL: Alright, fine. Maybe Daniel will like her (!)
Lucy passes Bouncer 2's leash to Paul, and gets up to go – he tells her she'll be a great mum. He looks like he's about to confide in her about his diagnosis, but just hugs her instead.
PAUL: I love you.
LUCY: Oh, I love you too. And I'll see you soon.
PAUL: Yeah. Take care. Bye.
She leaves, and Paul talks to his new pet.
PAUL: And you – you'd better be house- trained.
Bouncer 2 quickly obeys a command to sit, suggesting that she is indeed!
At Chris's ‘knees- up', the No 26 residents (and Susan) laugh heartily about the time Kyle went blind from looking at the eclipse, and other fond memories from their time together! Chris admits he's nervous about leaving for New York, but Susan reminds him it's just for a few weeks and says everyone there will love him.
Josh comes in – he's heard Chris is leaving and wishes him the best. Chris asks after the Turners, and asks Josh to tell Amber that he'll email her when he gets to New York. Josh leaves again, but in the meantime, Nate has come in – so Chris goes over to talk to him.
CHRIS: Do you want to come and join us? Everyone's having a laugh at my expense.
NATE: Thanks, but no. I just wanted to give you this.
Nate hands Chris a St Christopher's medal, which he says got him through two tours in Afghanistan.
NATE: Should help you get through those sleepless nights and nappy- changes that you've got in your future.
CHRIS: I'll treasure it. Guess I'll see you in a couple of weeks.
NATE: Who are you kidding? You're not coming back. Good luck with everything.
Chris hugs Nate again, and looks sad, before eventually pulling away. Nate leaves, and Susan promises Chris that she'll look after Nate, as he clasps the medal in his palm.
Later on, there's another event happening in the bar – a drinks evening to celebrate the recent Erinsborough Festival. Naomi makes a short speech to the attending VIPs. Paul listens, looking fairly worse- for- wear, until she hands the platform over to him. Nick, who is at a table nearby, listens intently to his speech.
PAUL: Well, firstly, I'd like to thank you, the sponsors – for making our inaugural community festival the wonderful event it was. And also let's not forget the army of tireless volunteers who gave up so much of their time and effort as well.
Paul looks suddenly as if he's about to throw up, but he recovers his composure and carries on, with an unusually reflective speech.
PAUL: I'd like to take a moment to remember Senior Constable Matt Turner, who lost his life. You know, we can't control what the universe throws at us – but we can control the way that we act. And the one thing this festival has shown us is that our community can dig deep and rally together when need be. So I hope that we can keep the spirit of that community alive, by supporting the Turners in the face of this terrible, terrible tragedy.
Paul finishes up his speech to applause from the VIPs, before rushing out, with Naomi following him. At his table, Nick looks worried.
Later, Chris's farewell party is coming to a close. He hugs Kyle goodbye, followed by Naomi and Sheila, and Georgia waves him off too.
KYLE (to Chris): Bring me back something. No rainbows!
Chris leaves with Susan, who is giving him a lift to his parents'. Nick is still drinking alone, and Georgia remarks to Naomi what a creep he is. Naomi says she knows he's a jerk, but suggests he's a good doctor.
GEORGIA: No, I'm not so sure about that.
Georgia explains how she thinks Nick is abusing hospital resources for his research centre, booking out rooms for anonymous patients and keeping it all off the system.
NAOMI: Maybe he's just one of those people who hates paperwork.
GEORGIA: No, he's really sus. I wish I knew what he was up to.
While Georgia's in the bathroom, Naomi tells Nick he needs to cover his tracks better when treating Paul – saying Georgia can't find out who his mystery patient is.
NICK: Don't worry about it. I'll take care of it.
- Dimato's assistant Michelle offers Tyler some more work
- Tyler decides to ‘help clear Paige's mind' by dragging her fully clothed into the swimming pool
- Paul says he now understands the importance of what Nick's trying to do
- Georgia tells Nick she knows he's up to something
- Nursing manager Carol Crane tells Georgia she's received a complaint against her