- Naomi calls time on her relationship with Mark
- Naomi and Paul raise a toast to the sale of Lassiter's
- Sheila confronts Naomi about her break- up, and she admits she has feelings for Paul
- Paul collapses, and Karl and Georgia are concerned when Nick tries to cancel the ambulance
Paul is rushed in on a stretcher, and is wearing an oxygen mask. Karl has taken control, and asks for X- ray and full blood tests – but a panicking Nick intervenes, saying he should make the decisions about Paul's treatment. Karl insists they're standard tests, and rushes off to deal with Paul, leaving Naomi frantic with worry for Paul, and Nick worried his scheme will be exposed.
Georgia has also come to the hospital, and confronts Nick.
GEORGIA: Why didn't you want Paul brought in for treatment?
NICK: You shouldn't be here, Georgia.
GEORGIA: Just answer my –
NICK (to receptionist): Nurse Brooks has been barred from the hospital grounds – call security, please.
GEORGIA: So you would rather have me kicked out than answer my question?
NICK: Look, I'm really sorry that you've lost your job. And that you've been charged with a criminal offence. And whilst I truly hope that you find the help necessary to get your life back on track, I know you're not gonna find that help here.
The security guards turn up, and Georgia leaves of her own accord.
Karl comes back into the ward, so Nick again tells him he'll take over with Paul's treatment from here. Karl says he's under his care, but will tell Nick when the test results come through.
NICK: That won't be necessary. Any test results should come to me, and to me only.
KARL: Hang on, that's completely contrary to hospital procedure.
NICK: Actually, in this case, it isn't. I've enrolled Paul in an experimental treatment. And procedure in this case dictates that I follow up on all and any possible side effects. My patient, my responsibility.
Nick walks out, leaving Karl looking concerned.
Nate is watching TV, and doesn't answer when Susan bids him goodnight. She asks if he's thinking about Anzac Day tomorrow; Nate admits he's having second thoughts about going to the memorial service he was planning on attending.
He wants to pay his respects, but hasn't seen many of his fellow soldiers since the funeral of Pony, one of their battalion – and he's worried about his PTSD flaring up again with all the tough memories. He admits he hasn't been sleeping well lately.
Susan reassures Nate that he's made great progress with his PTSD, but he's not convinced. He's also worried about the other soldiers finding out he's been getting counselling.
SUSAN: You don't think they'd understand?
NATE: Well a lot of them question whether PTSD even exists. I don't think I could take that on – not this year.
SUSAN: Well then, don't. Don't go. Decision made.
Nate looks uncertain.
Nick has news for Karl on the results of Paul's X- ray – he's suffering from pneumonitis, a lung inflammation, which Nick says is a rare side effect of his experimental treatment. Karl questions whether Nick has his priorities right, in terms of launching the cancer research centre and treating Paul. But Nick insists Paul's wellbeing is his first priority, and says he'll call Karl if he needs help.
In the ward, Naomi asks Karl for news on Paul's condition. He replies that he should respond to the strong antibiotics he's being put on, but suggests Naomi should talk to Nick for fuller answers.
NAOMI: I'm asking what you think.
KARL: Well what I think is, Paul will fight this all the way. And whatever it takes, I will support him – that's my promise.
Daniel runs in, having heard the news of Paul's collapse, and asks Naomi for the latest.
Toadie, Sonya and Mark are discussing Mark's split with Naomi. He says he just wants to forget about it, as she's clearly not interested anymore. Toadie and Mark are drinking beer; Sonya reminds Toadie they have to get up at 4am for the Anzac Day dawn ceremony tomorrow morning, but Toadie's convinced he can do both!
Hayley Hahn, up until recently a pupil at Erinsborough High who had a crush on Brad, turns up next to Mark and starts making conversation. The four decide to have a game of pool doubles, but Sheila notices Mark interacting with Hayley and rushes over to intervene – putting her arm around him and pretending they're an item!
SHEILA: We've talked about this, babe; I don't like to share my man!
HAYLEY: Hang on – are you two…?
Sheila blows Mark a kiss! Hayley is duly deterred, and leaves.
MARK: What was that about?!
SHEILA: Naomi – you two belong together!
MARK: I'm out.
TOADIE: Yeah, I don't blame you.
Mark leaves, and Sheila looks sheepish.
SHEILA: Was that a little bit desperate?
TOADIE: Oh, it was a lot desperate! But a lot funny!
Sonya remarks that Naomi probably wouldn't thank Sheila for interfering, but Sheila just resolves to be more subtle.
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Georgia tells Kyle about how Nick got her thrown out of the hospital – but Kyle's sympathy is starting to wane, reminding her that she wasn't supposed to be on the premises. She tells him how Nick insisted all Paul's test results went to him. She's convinced there's more to it, and resolves to go into Nick's computer files again to dig up more dirt.
As Georgia speaks, we see Nick frantically opening an envelope at the hospital (presumably Paul's blood test results) and reading the contents.
As Georgia boots up the laptop, Kyle reminds her that her mum Rhonda is visiting tomorrow, and suggests she focus on that and let this go.
GEORGIA: Nick destroyed my career! These records are the only thing that I have that might prove what he's been doing.
Again we switch to images of Nick at the hospital, sliding the paper back in the envelope and looking worried.
KYLE: What Nick did to you sucks. A lot. But babe, it's time to let go, okay? If you don't, you're only gonna make things worse. You need to stop acting…
GEORGIA: What? How am I acting, exactly?
KYLE: Crazy! Okay, you're acting crazy!
Georgia stands up and marches out, reminding Kyle as she leaves that she didn't ask for any of this.
Daniel is visiting Paul. He's brought him some organic coconut nectar and other such treats, and Naomi comes in to join them. Daniel says Amber sends her love, and explains that Lauren put together the basket of goodies.
PAUL: It's amazing what nearly dying does for your popularity.
DANIEL: You kinda scared me today.
PAUL: Oh, Danny Boy, I'm fine.
Daniel kisses Paul goodbye and says he'll see him tomorrow, before leaving. Once he's gone, Paul worries that ‘what's coming next' will be tough on Daniel; but Naomi reminds him to stay positive, telling him there's still hope.
Naomi has news on the sale of Lassiter's; it's gone through, so the hotel is now owned by the Quill Group. Paul remarks that Sheila will have new owners to answer to, and Naomi confirms she hasn't yet told Sheila about the sale.
PAUL: All that work. All that blood, sweat and tears, gone, just like that. Hey, I think it's time to send those letters out to my kids.
NAOMI: I'll get onto it. And, look, I haven't found Amy yet. But I will, okay?
Naomi gets up to leave, but Paul grabs her hand.
PAUL: Naomi – these last few weeks have been the hardest of my life. And if it wasn't for you, I – well, without you I wouldn't still be here, let's just put it that way. And you know, I wouldn't want to be here without you. I'm so sorry it's taken me this long to see who you really are.
NAOMI: I didn't see you either. But now I do – and we're in this together.
She clasps his hand.
Karl and Susan are up early; Karl has to go into work and chase up some test results for Paul.
SUSAN: I thought you said Nick was looking after Paul?
KARL: Yes, he is. Or maybe he isn't.
SUSAN: What does that mean?
KARL: It means I've got a hunch, and I need to see it through.
Susan tells Karl that Nate's decided not to go to the Anzac Day ceremony in the city, as he's too emotional. She has told him about the local ceremony being held at the lake, however, so he may come to that. Otherwise, they have to respect his decision.
Sonya, Toadie and Nell are having an early breakfast prior to the dawn ceremony. Toadie is practically asleep at the table, having stayed up drinking, while Nell whacks him over the head! Kyle and Mark have also risen early for the event. Kyle tells the others about his fight with Georgia last night – and that he slept on the couch. Sonya encourages him not to let the row linger and talk to Georgia, but he's worried about how hung up on Nick she is.
Meanwhile, Sheila apologises to Mark for her behaviour yesterday – but again says she thinks his split with Naomi is a mistake. She says the situation with Paul's illness is ‘pulling at Naomi's heart- strings', and Mark interprets this to mean that she has feelings for Paul. Sheila says it's just sympathy, but begs Mark not to give up on Naomi.
Karl is talking to someone from the blood laboratory on the phone. When Nick comes in, Karl confronts him, saying the test results show Paul doesn't have cancer.
NICK: I know we shy away from using this word in our profession – but what's happened to Paul is a miracle.
KARL: Are you serious?
NICK: I cured him.
Nick says this is why he wanted the test results delivered to him personally; he wanted to keep a lid on it until he knew for sure, so as not to get Paul's hopes up. Karl seems sceptical that Paul could be in remission, but eventually accepts it and is thrilled at the news. They agree to keep it under wraps until they've dealt with the pneumonia, but Karl congratulates Nick on his work.
The residents of Erinsborough – among them Kyle, Mark, Toadie and Sonya – gather for the Anzac Day ceremony. Someone lays a wreath on the ground with the words ‘lest we forget' on it, while Susan makes a speech.
SUSAN: We've come together to mark a special anniversary. One hundred years since the first landing of Australian and New Zealander troops at Gallipoli. Every Anzac Day is special. Every year we honour the courage and resilience of our men and women in uniform.
As she speaks, Nate arrives, wearing a row of medals, and Susan smiles.
SUSAN: Today we dedicate ourselves to the cause of justice, freedom and peace, and for the wisdom and strength to build a better world.
An Australian flag is raised then lowered to half- mast. Susan then reads the Ode of Remembrance, from Laurence Binyon's poem, ‘For the Fallen'.
SUSAN: They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.
ALL: We will remember them.
The Last Post is played, with the camera moving across the faces of the assembled residents, ending on Nate.
Later, Kyle and Mark are walking away from the ceremony when they run into Naomi, walking B2. Mark stops to speak to her, asking after Paul. She says he's struggling, but that she can't stop to speak to Mark. He asks if there's more between her and Paul than work.
NAOMI: I don't even know how you could go there. I mean, the man's dying.
But Naomi says she doesn't have time for this, and walks off with the dog.
Kyle apologises to Georgia for what he said yesterday – he just wants to protect her from getting hurt. She apologises too, for being defensive, but says she can look after herself. Kyle says he supports her 100%, even if she won't let her investigation of Nick drop. They kiss.
GEORGIA: I love you.
KYLE: I love you more. Come on; I'll shout you brekkie.
The bar is full of punters placing bets, as Sheila presides over a game of two- up, a traditional pursuit on Anzac Day. Meanwhile, Mark confides in Toadie that Sheila gave him the idea something may be going on between Naomi and Paul – and that Naomi didn't give him a straight answer when he asked. Toadie says she could just be worried about Paul, but Mark isn't so sure.
Nate tells Susan he's heard from some of his mates in the city, who are meeting up for a drink. He's decided he's going to go and meet them. Susan asked what changed Nate's mind about coming to the ceremony; he says that the fears he has about the past are always with him anyway, so he decided to acknowledge them, and then look past them. They raise a toast to that, and Nate invites Susan to go to the city with him to meet his army mates.
Daniel and Naomi are visiting Paul, when Karl and Nick come in with Paul's test results. Paul immediately concludes that the experimental drug Nick has supposedly been giving him didn't work.
NICK: Actually it has, and quicker than I could have hoped for.
PAUL: So you're saying I'm gonna beat this cancer?
NICK: The battle's already won. You're in remission, Paul.
Naomi asks why Paul collapsed, and Nick says it was a side effect of the drug. Paul gets emotional.
PAUL: I'm gonna live. I guess this makes it a good day, doesn't it?
Everyone is happy.
NICK: You backed the research centre, Paul, and thanks to your vision, other patients' lives are gonna be saved. And that is all I've ever wanted.
Naomi slips out of the room, and in the ward, cries tears of relief.
Kyle is helping Georgia go through some printouts of Nick's patients' medical records, when Georgia gets a text. Kyle checks her phone for her; it's from Georgia's mum Rhonda, saying she's on her way and will be there within the hour.
But Georgia seems more concerned about what she's found in Nick's files – namely, a patient from years ago with blood test results that are identical in every way to Paul's.
GEORGIA: It's practically impossible to replicate results to this detail… So Naomi told me that Nick had to twist Paul's arm to get his support for the cancer research centre.
GEORGIA: So what better way to persuade Paul, than with a rare form of cancer that only Nick can treat?
KYLE: Paul never had cancer?
GEORGIA: No! I don't think that he did!
- Georgia tells Mark she's uncovered the biggest medical scam he'll ever see
- Georgia's mum Rhonda turns up at the hospital looking for Georgia, but finds Nick instead
- Kyle tells Georgia that Nick will get caught, and not hurt anyone ever again
- Nick sitting at a desk, staring at a worried-looking Rhonda