- Sheila admits to Kyle that Jimmy has been blackmailing her
- But Amy is disbelieving when Sonya says the same thing, saying Jimmy promised not to do it again
- Paul tells Sheila to take a couple of days off work without pay
- Brad plays knight in shining armour when Lauren and Paige think they have an intruder
- Later, Amber witnesses an intense moment between Brad and Lauren
Breathless chemistry continues to crackle between Brad and Lauren in the dark, while Amber watches. Lauren breaks the silence, saying they should go back inside and check on Paige. At this moment they notice Amber, and Lauren asks her what she's doing out here. Amber explains it was her fault the electrics went out, as she plugged in a dodgy old portable heater.
AMBER: Is everything okay out here?
BRAD: Actually, we were just about to check the fuse box ourselves. Weren't we?
LAUREN: Absolutely. That's exactly what we were about to do.
Lauren flicks a switch in the box and the lights inside come back on. But Amber asks what Brad is doing here. He explains Paige texted him when the lights went out. Amber says Paige called the police, but is ringing them back now to say it was a false alarm. Brad bids them goodnight, and leaves.
AMBER: What was up with him?
LAUREN: I guess he was just annoyed at coming over for nothing.
But Amber looks highly suspicious as Lauren goes inside to check on Paige.
Brad comes in quietly, but Terese has heard him and comes downstairs. Brad explains about Paige texting him, and going over to the Turners' to check everything was okay - but says it wasn't Joey Dimato, just a false alarm. Terese asks after Paige and Lauren, and Brad says they were both fine, but is slightly defensive when Lauren's name is mentioned. Terese goes back to bed, and Brad says he'll be up in a minute.
The next morning, Lauren and Amber are having breakfast when Brad turns up.
BRAD: How are the damsels in distress today?
AMBER: Not sure what damsels you're talking about, but we're fine.
Sensing tension, Brad apologises for any offence and asks if Paige is up yet - but Lauren says she's already gone out for a run. Lauren offers Brad a coffee and he goes to get one himself, but Amber objects when he takes a mug out of the cupboard.
AMBER: No, not that one. That's Dad's mug.
Sensing he's hit a nerve, Brad decides to leave the coffee, and departs, promising to see Lauren later. Lauren sits down again and talks to Amber.
LAUREN: Hey darling, I've been thinking - it might be time to move some of Dad's stuff on. We've got a charity bag, we could put some of his stuff in it. His clothes. Other people need it more than we do. What do you think?
But Amber looks pretty upset at the idea.
Kyle, Amy and Jimmy are leaving No 26 - Kyle's going to drop Jimmy off at school before going to work, and meet Amy later at the yard. As they leave, Sheila and Naomi arrive back from their trip away. Sheila apologises to Amy and Jimmy again for grabbing him, and says she hopes they can all forget about it now. But Amy doesn't respond other than to say Jimmy's late for school, and they walk off.
Before he goes, Sheila asks Kyle if he'll pop back later for a cup of tea with her, but he still looks disappointed in her and says he has a busy day ahead of him.
Naomi has a cup of tea with Sheila instead. Sheila's worried that the incident with Jimmy will follow her around for life. Naomi demands that Sheila tell her the real truth about why Jimmy was blackmailing her.
Sheila accidentally lets on that the secret has to do with her being broken- hearted, and Naomi latches onto this, demanding to know the details. Sheila insists Naomi should go back to work and smooth things over with Paul, as the last thing she wants is to come between them. Naomi promises to call Sheila later as she leaves. Sheila looks upset.
Amber comes to see Lauren, and confronts her about what she saw last night.
AMBER: Is there something going on between you and Brad?
LAUREN: Why do you ask?
AMBER: Because it felt like I interrupted a moment last night. And then when he came over again this morning, you guys were acting really weird.
Lauren tries to prevaricate by asking Amber to serve some customers. Amber persists, and Lauren promises to talk to her about it later. Amber goes to tend to the customers, and Lauren looks worried.
Brad turns up and finds Karl fixing a bike outside the shed. Brad has brought along an old jewellery box belonging to Terese, which he explains he's going to fix up for her having not gotten around to it for years.
KARL: So. What have you done?
KARL: Come on, you've got a morning off and you're doing something for the missus. Someone is trying to earn some brownie points.
BRAD: Does there have to be a reason?
KARL: I know what sucking up looks like - so come on, what have you done?
Paul and Naomi are still basking in the glow of the success of the recent Lassiter's promotion. They head it into Harold's for coffee.
Outside Harold's, Lauren and Amber are talking.
LAUREN: You're right. You did catch us in a moment. But that's all it was.
AMBER: Did you guys kiss again?
AMBER: But you've got feelings for him.
LAUREN: I'd be lying if I said there wasn't something going on. Some chemistry, a spark - whatever you want to call it.
AMBER: Mum, Brad is married! And you would be too if -
LAUREN: Nothing will ever happen.
AMBER: I just can't imagine you with anyone other than Dad. And I hate the thought of you moving on.
LAUREN: I don't wanna move on from your dad either.
AMBER: I just miss him so much.
LAUREN: I know you do.
AMBER: I took one of his shirts out of the charity bag. It still smells like him.
LAUREN: Sweetheart. Look, I know that this is upsetting and confronting. And normally I would try to protect you from this sort of thing. But I think you're old enough that we can talk to each other as adults.
AMBER: So if Brad wasn't married, you and he would be together?
LAUREN: To be honest, that is so far from the realm of reality I can't even go there.
Brad is having a similar confessional with Karl.
BRAD: We had a moment.
KARL: A moment?
BRAD: Nothing happened, but it was there, and it was real. And it would have been so easy just to cross that line. But I didn't, and that's all that counts, right?
KARL: A moment's okay, as long as you don't act on it.
BRAD: Well I wouldn't, you know. I take my marriage vows seriously.
KARL: I don't doubt that. But let me say this - you and Lauren have a history. And a daughter, for heaven's sake. Now these moments are going to crop up. And that's dangerous.
BRAD: Well it's not just that. I mean, Matt asked me to take care of her, and I don't want to dishonour that promise. But it puts me in a complicated position.
KARL: Yeah. And taking that into consideration, in my experience - and my experience is considerable - if you let too many of these moments into your life, you'll reach the point of no return.
BRAD: Which is why I need to back away now?
KARL: Yeah. Because it can be exciting, it can be exhilarating, but there's only pain and heartache waiting down the track.
Kyle and Jimmy have emptied a shaker of salt all over the table and are busy playing noughts and crosses in it, while sporadically hiding it from the waitress (though, since she's an extra, it's hardly likely she would stop and chastise them for it anyway). Jimmy keeps beating Kyle, but they agree to have one more round before school.
Sheila calls Kyle's phone, but he ignores it since he's with Jimmy. Jimmy says it might be important.
KYLE: Nothing my gran has to say is as important as this. You going, or what?
JIMMY: You know, she wasn't lying.
JIMMY: Mrs Canning. I did find out one of her secrets. It was to do with her love- life, it was...
KYLE: No, no, mate. It's okay, I don't need to know the details. But you're saying it was something personal. Something she didn't want anyone else to find out about?
JIMMY: And I was blackmailing her with it for chocolate cake and raspberry lemonade. It was my fault she lost it; I pushed her too far.
Kyle takes this new knowledge straight to Amy. She's sceptical, and in any case says that it doesn't excuse Sheila's actions. Kyle agrees, but says Sheila has had a 'shocking run' with blokes, and that they can at least now understand what pushed her so far. He adds that Amy needs to accept that Jimmy hasn't been upfront with her - and that burying her head in the sand won't help anyone.
KYLE: Amy, I don't have kids, okay. And I don't pretend to know the first thing about parenting. But I do know that no- one's perfect. Not me, not Gran. Not anyone.
Terese comes in, and catches Brad with her mended jewellery box. He admits it was supposed to be a surprise; and she immediately asks what inspired him to do it now.
BRAD: Can't a man do something for his wife without having his motives questioned?
TERESE: Yeah. But it's unlikely.
But she tells him it's lovely, and kisses him. He's keen to kiss some more, but Terese isn't.
TERESE: Brad, I came home to work - not play.
BRAD: Well you're the multi- tasker of the family. Can't you do both?
Brad showers Terese with praise for all her hard work with the Lassiter's rebrand, though she insists it was a joint effort - including Lauren's logo design. He leaves her to get on with her work. She looks perturbed.
Amy comes to talk to Sheila - and to apologise. She explains she knows that Jimmy was blackmailing Sheila over something personal, but that she hasn't asked Jimmy for the details.
AMY: And while I can't condone your reaction, I can understand it now.
SHEILA: I never meant to hurt him. Not in a million years.
AMY: Yeah, of course. And I'm just sorry you had to go through all of this. I guess I'm very overprotective of my son, and - yeah. I forget that he's growing up.
SHEILA: Well if it's any consolation, when Kyle was Jimmy's age, he used to pull all sorts of tricks to get his own way.
SHEILA: Yeah, especially with his favourite food - pickles.
SHEILA: Yes, he wanted it with everything. And he was always scheming to get his hands on my jars. I thought he was pregnant!
SHEILA: You know, I've never laid a finger on a child before this. And I never will again.
AMY: Yeah. We all make mistakes. And I've been told that being a parent is one of the most imperfect things anyone can ever do.
SHEILA: Well I've been told that we don't bring up our children. They bring us up.
Amy is sitting on a bench with Jimmy.
JIMMY: Am I in trouble?
AMY: What do you reckon? Look, where did you get the idea that blackmailing and lying was okay? Since when was that something you do? Look, I'm really disappointed in you, mate. You made a lot of people very unhappy with all of this.
JIMMY: I didn't realise it was gonna get so out of control.
AMY: Well, there's a life lesson for you. You know, you treat people badly, and you lie to get what you want, then things are gonna get out of control pretty fast. Do you understand that now?
Jimmy nods. Amy tells him he'll have to apologise to Sheila, Paul, Kyle and Naomi.
JIMMY: And you. I'm really sorry, Mum.
She puts an arm around him.
Susan has come around to collect a cake that Terese has been keeping for her, as it's a surprise for Karl's birthday. She agrees to stop for a cup of tea, and listens to Terese's concerns about Brad.
TERESE: I can't shake the feeling there's something going on with him.
She explains that he went over to Lauren's last night because of the power cut, and has been acting oddly ever since. Terese doesn't know whether anything happened, but says she hates feeling paranoid all the time about her relationship.
SUSAN: As someone who's been there, do you mind if I give you some advice?
SUSAN: Stop overthinking everything. You're just gonna drive yourself crazy.
TERESE: You mean, crazier?
SUSAN: Yes! You've got a wonderful husband. Just have a bit of faith in him, and your marriage. The rest is just paranoia.
Lauren is bringing out her charity bags for the collection, and Brad brings his out at the same time. They smile at one another across the road, then Lauren turns and walks inside. Brad watches her go, looking conflicted.
Suite 1 Eclipse Apartments
Sheila, Kyle, Amy and Jimmy have come round to Paul's for an all's- well- that- ends- well lunch. Amy remarks of Jimmy's newfound cheek that it must either be due to coming to Erinsborough, or the Internet. Sheila says he's just growing up. While Jimmy and Amy are looking at the telescope, Sheila tells Kyle that he's really good with Jimmy.
KYLE: I'm sorry I was so hard on you.
SHEILA: Oh, love. You were only standing up for your principles, and I can't fault you for that.
KYLE: No, I should've stood by my gran. But seriously - did you have to tell Amy the pickle story?
At the table, Naomi thanks Paul for organising the reconciliatory get- together. Paul says it's because she means a lot to him - and he's bought her a present to demonstrate it further. It's a new bag for her consultancy work, which she loves. She goes to show the others, while Paul catches Jimmy picking at food on the table and tells him not to.
JIMMY: But I'm starving.
PAUL: Well grab a carrot stick, then, Bugs.
JIMMY: Fine, I'll wait.
PAUL: So I suppose congratulations are in order, then.
JIMMY: What for?
PAUL: Well, for telling the truth about what happened with Sheila. That took guts, mate, and I'm very, very proud of you.
Paul says they can all move on now that it's all out in the open.
JIMMY: I get why she freaked out so bad, though.
PAUL: You do?
JIMMY: I wouldn't want everyone knowing she's got the hots for you.
Paul is surprised, and turns to look at Sheila.
- Sheila learns Paul knows her secret, and Naomi's suspicious as they start being nice to each other
- Karl and Susan have a difference of opinion when Brad's love woes hit too close to home for them
- The Brennan brothers' father arrives in town to stay with them
- Tyler looks very upset