- Sheila tells Paul he's not good enough for Naomi, and that she will protect her from him
- Naomi is thrilled when Paul goes public with their relationship, but still opts to quit her job
- Kyle and Amy compete for the coveted title of ‘Victoria's Most Unique Tradie'
- Ramsay Street's residents entrust their deepest secrets to Sonya in a show of solidarity
- Naomi locks Nate and Aaron in her hotel- box together to promote the Lassiter's experience
Nate and Aaron are still locked in the hotel room display box as the crowds gather outside. Nate decides Naomi isn't going to let them out until they ‘put on a show'. But Aaron says he's the performer here. Outside, Naomi addresses the media, while Paul watches, impressed.
NAOMI: Here at Lassiter's, we believe that romance is a right, not a privilege. That love is for everyone, and that every day is a great day to feel special. That's why Lassiter's is the perfect destination for all Australians, including this lovely couple enjoying a romantic weekend away!
Inside, Nate tries to get comfortable while Aaron is still desperate to escape. Nate picks up a list of movies available on the TV system and starts reading it.
NATE: What do you feel like watching?
AARON: I feel like getting out of here!
NATE: Well that's not gonna happen, because it's not on the menu!
NAOMI: All the latest movie releases on pay- per- view…
NATE: Oh, there's too many options!
Nate starts overacting for the crowd, throwing himself onto the bed. When Aaron demands to know what he's doing, a full- blown wrestling match kicks off between the boys!
NAOMI: Yes, well, there's nothing – nothing – like a little bit of a wrestle to keep things exciting! Which is why the Lassiter's beds are state- of- the- art and built to withstand even the most vigorous of activity!
Paul quietly compliments Naomi on a good job.
PAUL: Pink dollar – worth millions! Nicely done.
In the box, the wrestling having concluded, Nate tells Aaron again that Naomi isn't letting them out, so he can whinge all day about it, or get over it – before whacking him with a pillow!
Toadie, Sonya, Amy, Jimmy and Nell are having breakfast. Amy is embarrassed that she seems to be getting ‘flogged' by Kyle in the tradie competition, and is encouraging Toadie and Sonya to vote for her from their work computers to help stack up her vote. Jimmy makes a desperate grab for some sugary cereals, but Amy tells him they're too unhealthy – before telling the others that Jimmy is obsessed with sugar. Sonya implies she has the same problem with Toadie!
Jimmy finds an intriguing- looking purple bag amongst some things Sonya is preparing to take to a charity shop, and asks what it is. Sonya rushes over and takes it from him, saying it shouldn't have been in there – but won't explain what's inside.
Amy takes Jimmy out of the room, telling him to brush his teeth. But once Amy's left, Jimmy overhears Sonya telling Toadie that the bag contains the written secrets that the Ramsay Street residents entrusted to Sonya in solidarity, when Erin was sending them poison pen letters about her. Jimmy smiles mischievously.
Kyle is talking to Georgia on the webcam (though we don't see her). He thanks her for voting for him in the tradie competition on ‘all the computers in Germany', and tells her he loves her, before signing off. Amy has been sitting there listening.
KYLE: Seems like the voters don't like tradie chicks in shorts!
AMY: Says the singlet- wearing bogan with a dog!
KYLE: Numbers don't lie! Seems this lead is unbeatable.
AMY: It's not over till it's over.
KYLE: You actually think you can still win? That is so sad.
AMY: What is sad is your inflated ego!
Amy proposes that they place a bet on the outcome of the competition.
KYLE: Like… loser does a nudey- run through Lassiter's!
KYLE: In broad daylight, so everyone can see everything.
AMY: What do I care? It's not gonna be me doing it!
Sheila has turned up to watch Nate and Aaron lounging around in the display box.
SHEILA: When‘s this peep- show gonna get interesting?
But Paul says every journo in the area is here, which will mean lots of free promotion. He goes over to suck up to them, leaving Sheila to talk to Naomi.
SHEILA: Now that the dating Hunger Games are over, do you think you might have a little bit of time for us? Come home and have dinner tonight.
NAOMI: I can't, alright? I have plans.
While Naomi takes a call from a VIP about the promotion, Sheila interrupts Paul's own schmoozing and tells him to stop monopolising Naomi's time – asking him to cancel their date so she can have some mother- daughter time with Naomi. Paul says Naomi's old enough to make her own decisions, but Sheila insists that he should change his plans.
Jimmy is reading one of the Ramsay Street Secrets with mischievous glee, when Kyle knocks at the door. Jimmy's quickly forced to pocket the piece of paper he's reading, and put the rest back in the bag – but he doesn't notice that one of the envelopes has fallen down the side of the couch. Kyle comes in to collect Amy's lunch which she'd forgotten, then heads straight out again. Jimmy retrieves the secret from his pocket and smiles as he continues reading.
Susan is telling Karl how she's worried about Tyler, as he's shut himself away in his room since coming back from the police station. Karl mumbles in agreement but isn't really listening – and seems to be doing something in mid- air with his hands.
SUSAN: Oh, get your hands off it!
SUSAN: Your invisible guitar! I know that face. You look like you're paying attention, but you're not.
Sonya comes in with Nell and Jimmy, and Susan goes off to talk to Sonya. While she's gone, Jimmy comes over to speak to Karl, who's still miming with the invisible guitar. He explains he's writing a song in his head.
JIMMY: What's it called?
KARL: ‘Still a Ladies' Man.'
JIMMY: How do you write songs?
KARL: You mean, what is my process? Well every one's different. I tend to start with an emotion – a feeling – and just craft the song around that.
JIMMY: Except ‘Free as a River'.
KARL: You know that song?!
JIMMY: Toadie played it once to get Nell to sleep.
KARL: Is that right? How about that! No, I wrote that song in the same way.
JIMMY: Really? ‘Cause I thought it was a poem by one of your old roommates in uni?
KARL: … What?
JIMMY: He wrote a poem for an assignment, and you stole it.
KARL: How did you know that?
JIMMY: Just something I heard.
KARL: Does anyone else know? Does Mrs Kennedy know?
JIMMY: Don't think so.
KARL: Do you like muffins?
Jimmy nods, and Karl pushes his muffin across the table!
KARL: It's yours. But – no- one must know about this.
Jimmy nods and smiles.
Naomi is relating to Paul some of the positive responses that the ‘Boys in the Box' promotion has been generating on social media (it even has a hashtag), largely because of its ‘positive depiction of a same- sex relationship'.
Conversation moves on to their dinner plans tonight but, having heeded the words of Sheila (who is lingering in the background), Paul tells Naomi he's not going to be able to make dinner. He claims this is to leave himself available for media interviews about the promotion, but Naomi isn't buying it.
NAOMI: Did Mum put you up to this?
PAUL: I think she misses you.
NAOMI: Well, just because she has to watch The Bachelor by herself now, doesn't give her the right to interfere in my relationship.
Paul mutters that it isn't the first time Sheila's interfered in the relationship, but when Naomi queries him about this, he just tells her to let bygones be bygones. However, when Sheila comes over, Naomi challenges her about her habit of interfering.
SHEILA: I wouldn't call it a habit, love!
NAOMI: Tell me what you've done. Now.
Nate is reading a magazine in The Box, and notices that Aaron has taken to doing stretches to pass the time. He also appears to be noticing Aaron's muscle tone, but when Aaron catches him looking, he snaps his eyes away. Aaron smiles. He lifts his shirt for a scratch, and Nate finds it increasingly difficult to look away…
Sheila and Naomi are talking alone. Naomi is furious to learn that Paul broke up with her previously because Sheila had told him to.
NAOMI: Mum, I am not seven. And Paul is not the big bad wolf.
But Sheila defends herself, saying she was always open with Naomi about feeling Paul wasn't right for her. Naomi says Sheila needs to support her and Paul's relationship, rather than making it harder – so to this end, Sheila decides to invite Paul over to dinner tonight as well as Naomi. Naomi's not keen, but Paul returns to the table and says they'd be delighted to come to dinner!
Paul goes back outside, just as Amy comes in. Naomi calls her over and asks if she and Jimmy want to come round to Sheila's for dinner tonight, since Paul is coming. Amy doesn't seem keen, but then notes Naomi's formidable social media presence today – and says she and Jimmy will come to dinner if Naomi will do her a favour…
Susan puts a plate of croissants on the table and shouts to Tyler to ask if he wants one. He's not in this episode, so doesn't reply – but instead, Jimmy turns up on the doorstep. Susan invites him in, where he coolly hands her a piece of paper.
SUSAN: What's this?
JIMMY: Oh, it's just a list of lollies and chocolate bars you're gonna buy for me.
JIMMY: I'll be back at five to pick them up.
SUSAN: Hang on, hold your horses. What makes you think that I'm gonna buy you all these?
JIMMY: You don't have much of a choice.
He retrieves another piece of paper from his pocket and shows it to Susan. It's the Secret she wrote for Sonya. He points to a word within it, and asks what it means. Susan's face falls.
SUSAN: It means that you're in big trouble.
Susan has marched Jimmy round to Sonya's house, explaining he's been trying to blackmail her for sweets on threat of divulging her secret.
SUSAN: Which I'm sure you can appreciate I don't want getting out there. You know, about my mother.
SONYA: Yeah, I – I actually never read them.
SUSAN: Oh. Really?
SUSAN: Well, trust me. It's not good that Jimmy has.
Sonya asks Jimmy to tell her how many of the secrets he actually read. He claims it was just Susan's. She gives him a look, and he admits he read Karl's too.
JIMMY: But I promise I didn't read any others.
A throng of journos and onlookers are still hanging around outside The Box, as Naomi and Amy arrive. Nate and Aaron are just hanging around, and Naomi is hoping they're about to do something more interesting, since social media reaction is becoming sour.
NAOMI: Oh no!
NAOMI: They've turned.
AMY: Who's turned?
NAOMI: Them, out there.
AMY: I thought they loved you!
NAOMI: Well they did, and now they don't.
AMY: But what happened to hashtag boysinabox?
NAOMI: Well, we were trending. And now they're saying that this is a misrepresentation of a gay relationship, cooked up to flog off hotel rooms. New hashtag – boysisacrock! How's that forty characters?
AMY: That's not good.
NAOMI: Graham Norton just retweeted it! We're finished. We're finished.
AMY: It can't be that bad.
NAOMI: No, Amy – these people are merciless, okay? Unless I can find a way to make these boys lift their game, the trolls are gonna destroy us by lunchtime!
Inside the box, Aaron seems to be sulking, and Nate apologises to him for not stepping up to help when he asked – and for implying that he and Tyler weren't close.
NATE: He's lucky to have you as a brother.
Responding to Naomi's silent pleas that they do something, Aaron whips his top off and Nate begins to give him a back massage on the bed, while they continue to talk out their differences. Nate looks down at Naomi's list of things they should do, and – egged on by Naomi – decides to go there.
AARON: What are you smiling at?
NATE: Just acting!
And with that he pounces on Aaron, pushing him to the bed, and kisses him on the lips, much to the delight of the crowd.
NAOMI: Ladies and gentleman, for our thirtieth anniversary, I give to you a new Lassiter's with a new logo, and a new way of doing things.
The new Lassiter's logo is unveiled on a screen inside the box, while a still surprised Aaron stares at Nate, and vice versa. Everyone applauds their performance.
Shortly afterwards, Naomi tells Paul that the boysinabox hashtag has recovered, and that the website has crashed because it's had so many hits! He congratulates Naomi on her smash hit, and heads off to talk to a reporter from the West Waratah Star. Naomi then thanks Nate and Aaron for their convincing surprise ending, before heading off to take a call from Rainbow FM in San Francisco!
AARON: She's right you know. That was pretty convincing.
NATE: Like I said. It was just acting.
AARON: Yeah. Acting.
Aaron accepts Nate's apology from earlier, and admits he may have overreacted. They part ways, desperate to appear casual – but tension appears to be smouldering between them.
Naomi and Amy are conspiring about something over their phones – and Naomi tells Amy she's ‘welcome' – before Amy gleefully goes over to Kyle and taunts him about a sudden reversal of fortunes in the tradie competition vote. Amy counts down the seconds till close of voting, and is victorious!
Kyle is gutted to have lost at the last minute, and asks Amy how she generated all those votes so quickly. She says it was achieved by generating a ‘social media buzz'.
AMY: If only there was someone in your family who could have helped you with that. Maybe saved you from getting your kit off…
KYLE: Auntie Nomes! How could you?
Kyle turns to Naomi angrily as he realises that she was responsible for helping Amy win.
Susan is telling Karl about how Jimmy was blackmailing her, and that she marched him straight to Sonya to tell her about it. Karl guiltily admits that Jimmy was blackmailing him too, and that he paid him off with a muffin. Susan is annoyed.
KARL: What did he have on you, anyway?
SUSAN: Well, you know – you know all my secrets. Well, pretty much.
KARL: You must have something you've been keeping back all these years!
SUSAN: Oh- ho, wouldn't you like to know?
KARL: Well yeah, actually I would!
Karl offers to exchange their secrets, but Susan says she already knows about him stealing the lyrics to ‘Free as a River'. Karl admits it, recalling the name of his roommate who wrote the poem.
KARL: Goran Levitsky – fancied himself as the next Ibsen. How long have you known?
SUSAN: I've always known! But I also knew how much it meant to you, and how proud of it you were.
Nate comes in, and Susan congratulates him for putting on a good show in The Box! But Nate just says he doesn't want to talk about it, and goes to his room.
SUSAN: Between him and Tyler, it's like living with teenagers.
Karl asks Susan to keep his secret between the two of them ‘for the fans' sake', as the song is part of his ‘musical brand'!
SUSAN: We'll see.
Karl looks worried!
Sonya and Toadie are shredding all the secrets, while Amy makes a miserable- looking Jimmy watch and gives him a telling- off. Amy makes Jimmy apologise, and Sonya says it's okay.
AMY: And your punishment is to come with me right now to Sheila's, and help her get ready for dinner. And there's no dessert for a week!
JIMMY: That's not fair!
AMY: Do you wanna make it two?
Amy goes out of the room to get her jacket. Toadie quietly suggests to Sonya that if Amy wasn't so strict with Jimmy's diet, he might not be blackmailing people for sugar! Sonya agrees, but says it's not their place to intervene. Sonya shreds what she thinks is the last of the secrets – but unbeknown to them, Jimmy has retrieved the one that fell down the side of the couch – and opens it to read it!
Amy brings Jimmy round to see Sheila – she's explained about his blackmailing, and tells Sheila he will help her with whatever she needs. Amy leaves, and Sheila immediately tells Jimmy to get to work taking the rubbish out. But Jimmy immediately spies a chocolate cake on the side, and rushes over to lick the bowl clean. Sheila catches him in the act.
SHEILA: Dessert is off the menu, so don't even try!
JIMMY: Maybe I'll be eating that cake soon anyway.
SHEILA: I don't think so, love.
JIMMY: Maybe you're going to let me.
SHEILA: Am I? And why is that?
JIMMY: Because if you don't, I'll tell everyone that you think Paul Robinson is the perfect man!
SHEILA: What did you say?!
JIMMY: You wrote if you were ten years younger, you'd be all over him that night in the cool room. That's your secret. Can I please have some cake now?
Sheila looks worried and annoyed...
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