- Paul encourages Karl to become the next mayor of Erinsborough
- Mark says he and Naomi are back on track, but she's opting to spend time with Paul instead
- Bailey and Jayden have great fun using Matt's police badge to impersonate police officers
- When Lou gives Bailey a telling off for it, Bailey shoves Lou, then marches out of the house
Lauren is apologising to Lou on Bailey's behalf, but Lou insists he's fine – he's just in disbelief that Bailey would have acted that way. Lauren admits she doesn't know how to respond to Bailey now; he's out of control, and she can't believe he stole Matt's police badge. Lou then compounds Lauren's worries by telling her that Bailey smelled of alcohol.
Mark is laid up on the sofa with a cold. Naomi tries her best to be sympathetic, but she seems like she'd rather be elsewhere. Mark asks Naomi if she could heat him up some soup.
NAOMI: Sure. And I suppose you want me to make you some toast, no crusts, cut into soldiers?
MARK: That sounds good, thanks! It's in the fridge.
NAOMI: Soup is all you're getting!
As Mark continues to sniffle and cough, Naomi is increasingly fed up of being there – and she eventually says she has to leave to do some work for Paul. But Mark begs her to stay, and she reluctantly says yes.
Lauren has called Brad and Terese round for a crisis meeting about Bailey; it's late and he still hasn't come home. Lou and Terese both think they should go out and search for Bailey, but Brad is of the view that Bailey perhaps needs the space to cool down in his own time. Despite Lou's concern that Bailey will end up sleeping rough, Lauren ends up agreeing with Brad. However, Lou can't bear the thought of Bailey wandering the streets, and goes out to look for him.
Brad puts a comforting arm on Lauren's shoulder, at which Terese looks annoyed. When Brad asks after the other kids, Lauren remarks that Paige is the strong one – and she and Brad share a proud moment, with Brad saying how nice it is that Paige is calling her Mum. Again, Terese looks miffed.
While Karl is out buying wine, Sonya is helping Susan cook dinner, and seems keen to join the women's walking group. Susan says it's fine as long as she can keep up the pace, so Susan can win her bet against Karl!
Toadie appears, having put Nell to bed; and notices some Erinsborough Council meeting minutes on the table. Susan explains that Paul has requested that Karl run for mayor when he stands down, and Sonya's concerned that this must mean Paul is really pessimistic about his chances of beating the cancer. Susan reveals that Paul has shaved his head. They all wish they could help cheer Paul up some way – and Toadie thinks he has an idea.
Bailey creeps in, to find Lauren still awake and sitting on the sofa waiting for him. He seems highly unrepentant about failing to answer her calls and texts, his police impersonation antics, and even about pushing Lou. When Bailey attempts to go to his room, Lauren says that he can come down to the police station with her tomorrow, and explain to them why he was using Matt's badge.
BAILEY: Fine. Why not? Why would I care?
Bailey walks out.
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The next morning, Naomi turns up to see Paul, and starts fussing over him – reminding him of Nick's advice and fetching him a glass of water to help keep his fluids topped up. When the microwave pings, Naomi goes to fetch Paul's porridge, but he insists on doing it himself – saying he's not too sick to get his own breakfast.
PAUL: I am still a grown man.
NAOMI: Well some grown men can't make their own anything.
PAUL: Yeah, well I guess that's what makes me different.
Erinsborough Police Station
Mark, still suffering from his cold, has Lauren and Bailey in the interview room. He talks to Bailey about the seriousness of impersonating an officer.
BAILEY: Well arrest me then.
MARK: It's okay. You might want to take this a little bit more seriously. I'm talking to you as a favour to your mum.
BAILEY: Right. Because you suddenly care about my family now (!)
MARK: Do you care about them? Because you have been putting them through the wringer lately.
BAILEY: You cheated on Paige to catch a criminal, and now you're dancing on my dad's grave for the same reason! You don't care about anyone but yourself!
Bailey has stood up and is shouting in Mark's face, but Lauren and Mark convince him to sit down. Mark asks to speak to Lauren outside, where he asks her how she wants to proceed. Mark is keen to let him off with a warning, but a furious Lauren tells Mark that Bailey needs a wake- up call in order to understand the consequences of his actions. They go back inside.
MARK: Bailey Turner, I'm charging you with impersonating a police officer.
BAILEY: You're joking.
But Mark reads him his rights, while Lauren sits and watches.
BAILEY: You're gonna let him do this, are you?
Lauren says nothing.
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Paul tells Naomi he wants to sell Lassiter's. Recalling the offer from the Quill Group last year, he wants to see if they're still interested. Naomi is concerned at the permanence of the move, and suggests he pass the hotel to his kids Andrew and Elle for a while; but Paul tells her that they weren't interested last time he broached the subject with them. He insists his decision to sell is final.
Next on the list is Paul's will: he wants to create a trust for his other kids, Robert and Amy, and to see that Daniel is looked after too, now he has a baby on the way. Naomi's surprised he's okay with the baby given how against Daniel's wedding he was, but Paul says what's done is done – and adds that he thinks Daniel will make a great dad. Paul wants to create a trust for Daniel too, but to make Susan the trustee, if she'll take it on, since Daniel is ‘a soft- hearted dreamer'.
NAOMI: That's an interesting choice.
PAUL: Yeah, well. I've never said this before, but Susan's probably got more personal integrity than anyone I know.
Naomi smiles fondly, pleasantly surprised to see how Paul's situation has changed his perspective on things.
Susan, Sonya, Toadie, Sheila and Kyle are all busy preparing something for Paul (which involves paintbrushes) while Georgia watches sulkily. At that moment, Susan gets a text revealing that Malcolm and Catherine have had a baby girl called Susannah, and everyone gets excited – except Georgia, who's still sulking.
Noticing she's not happy, Kyle takes Georgia to one side. She insists she's fine, but says she's going to leave and get back to looking through the files she stole from Nick's hard drive. She kisses him and rushes off, but Kyle looks worried.
Lauren is talking to Lou; she's feeling guilty about Bailey, and wonders if she did the right thing by taking him to the police, and by letting Mark use Matt as evidence against Dimato in the first place.
LOU: Lauren, listen to me. This is not on you. Matt is the one who backed himself into a corner, and Bailey is the one acting like a ten- year- old when you need him to step up.
LAUREN: You know the worst thing – the worst thing is I keep wanting to turn to Matt, and he's… He was such a great father; he was such a good husband. I mean, I know we had our problems, but – I just feel like I've lost my anchor. What if I'm doing the wrong thing with Bailey? I mean, I feel like I'm failing him.
LOU: You're not. Hey – you're a good mother. You always were, you always will be.
LAUREN: And now Amber's gonna become a mother, and… I just really wish the world would just stop, just for a while. So that I could just breathe.
LOU: I'm afraid it doesn't work like that, sweetheart.
LAUREN: Oh, Dad. I miss him. I miss him so much.
Lou comforts and kisses Lauren, as she breaks down in tears.
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Naomi is helping Paul make changes to his will.
PAUL: I want to donate my Cold Chisel collection to Karl. That way he can finally realise what a good song sounds like.
NAOMI: I didn't realise you were such an optimist!
PAUL: And Lou Carpenter – I want to shout him a new wardrobe, ‘cause that man has got to stop dressing like a golfer. Oh, speaking of which, Toadie can have my clubs. Oh, what about you?
NAOMI: What about me?
PAUL: Well, what can I do for you?
NAOMI: I don't want anything.
PAUL: Oh, come on. Some lovely diamond earrings, a nice shiny new car?
NAOMI: No, Paul.
PAUL: There must be something. I can't let my right- hand woman go unacknowledged.
Naomi holds up Paul's ‘I Like Me' mug, and says she wants that.
PAUL: Why won't you let me get you something nice?
NAOMI: Because once I have it, it means you're gone. So whatever it is, I don't want it.
PAUL: Hey! Don't you go getting soft on me, Canning.
At that moment, Naomi gets a text from Mark: ‘Going home sick. Meet me there? Need my nurse ‘
NAOMI: Oh, honestly!
Paul tells Naomi she can go for a while, as he needs a nap. She asks if he needs anything first, but he insists he can look after himself.
Brad is on the phone, telling Lauren to call if she needs him, any time – while Terese sits nearby, looking mardy. But when Brad comes back to the table, she showers him with praise, saying what a good friend he is to Lauren. It's clearly an in- road to prying, though, as Terese wonders aloud whether Paige will start calling Brad Dad like she calls Lauren Mum.
BRAD: I hope so. But, you know, it's up to her.
Brad tells Terese that the police have charged Bailey, as Lauren felt he needed a wake- up call.
TERESE: Well, he's certainly gonna get that now (!)
Brad says he's glad Lauren did it – it's exactly what Bailey needs. Slightly tetchily, Terese reminds them that they don't know the full situation, but Brad says he's just trying to support Lauren.
TERESE: I know you feel this debt towards her because Matt pushed you out of the way. And so do I, but…
BRAD: It's not just that. There's something I haven't told you about the day Matt died. Before he lost consciousness, he asked me to look after Lauren. Those were his final words. How could I say no? I can't break my promise to a dying man.
Naomi is with Mark, who's lying on the sofa again, a pained expression on his face.
MARK: Can you pull the doona over me and tuck me in?
She complies, but is eager to escape back to Paul's. He begs her to stay and take care of him!
NAOMI: It's just a cold, Mark; I'm pretty sure you're gonna survive.
NAOMI: I'll check on you later.
She leaves him to his suffering.
Terese has come round to speak to Susan about what Brad told her, about Matt's dying request. Terese says she can't very well object to it, and Susan adds that she doesn't think she has anything to worry about with Brad and Lauren, despite their history; but Terese admits she's feeling insecure that Brad now has another reason to spend time with Lauren, as well as because of Paige.
SUSAN: Do you trust Brad?
TERESE: Yeah. Yes, yes, I do.
SUSAN: Then let it go. Once and for all, just let it go.
Terese looks uncertain.
Sheila comes in to find Georgia and Naomi having coffee. She tells Naomi she needs her to get Paul to come down from the penthouse and outside the hotel; she'll explain why on the way. Naomi grudgingly leaves with Sheila. Georgia declines to come, and instead continues to search through Nick's files on her laptop. She starts pulling up prescriptions that Nick has issued for patients…
Outside the hotel, Toadie, Sonya, Susan and enthusiastic extras have gathered, with placards we can't read from behind.
In the lift, Naomi apologises to Paul in advance for whatever Sheila has planned!
PAUL: Couldn't you have said no?
NAOMI: You've met my mother, right?
He emerges from the lift to see Toadie, Sonya, Susan, Kyle, Sheila, Margie (!) and many other well- wishers, all chanting ‘Robinson's Mayor! Keep him there!' The placards all carry slogans to the effect that they want him to stay as mayor, and not resign. Paul looks overwhelmed and asks them to stop.
PAUL: Please, what is all of this? You're crazy!
TOADIE: A little birdie told us that you wanted to step down as mayor. Now, if you need to take some time out for your treatment, then we all support you. But you have to fight. Because you're our mayor, and we need you – now, and next term, okay?
The chanting resumes! Naomi smiles, while Paul is moved to tears, and has to go inside.
Back in the lift, Paul assumes that Naomi has told the well- wishers he's left them bequests in his will, and that's why they're out there cheering for him.
NAOMI: No, of course not. Oh, I see – because nobody could possibly have done what they just did without an ulterior motive, is that it?
NAOMI: I think they might be your friends, Paul.
PAUL: Every single one of those people has wanted me out of the way at some stage. I mean, they just feel sorry for me now.
NAOMI: You're hopeless; you're too cynical for your own good.
PAUL: Alright, you tell me I'm wrong.
NAOMI: You're wrong. You know, those people care about you, Paul, even though you make it really hard to do that sometimes. Because you're not just an amazing businessman – you're a… You're kind. And you're strong. And when you believe in something, you won't rest until it's put right. You are an amazing person, Paul Robinson, and I think it's very clear from what we just saw that I'm not the only person that thinks so.
PAUL: You honestly think I'm all of those things?
NAOMI: I know you are.
Naomi has returned to Mark's sickbed, bearing medicines and DVDs – but she doesn't look happy to be there.
NAOMI: I need to say something.
MARK: Well, can it wait until I express my appreciation in a non- contagious way?
MARK: Is everything okay?
NAOMI: You're a great guy, and – I mean, you're a really great guy. And I've had so much fun these last few weeks.
NAOMI: But I'm pretty sure I'm not feeling the way that you're supposed to feel when you want a future with someone. Mark, I don't think we should see each other anymore.
- Imogen lays into Danni when she turns up at the complex, but Josh offers her a sympathetic ear
- Karl asks if Nick needs help with Paul's treatment, but he's defensive
- Paul tells Naomi he wouldn't have got this far without her
- Naomi tells a shocked Sheila that Mark's not right for her, since she has feelings for Paul