- Toadie is upset to learn Sonya almost ran Nell over while he was meant to be looking after her
- Susan suggests to Sheila that she should get to know Russell's sons – especially Tyler
- When Tyler tells Mark their dad used to beat him, Mark suspects he's exaggerating
- Tyler and Russell get into a scuffle, leading to Tyler punching Russell
- Mark and Aaron are aghast when Russell doesn't deny beating Tyler
The showdown between Russell, Mark and Aaron continues, as Aaron demands to know how long he was hitting Tyler for.
RUSSELL: You've got no idea how difficult Tyler was.
AARON: Oh, so this is his fault?!
A furious Mark heads out to find Tyler, and Aaron follows him out – just as Sheila arrives. She's shocked to see Russell with a split lip, and Aaron tells her to ask Russell why Tyler decked him.
Tyler has come round to talk to Karl about his recent scuffle with Russell. Karl says that violence probably isn't the best way to deal with Russell, but that Tyler's done the right thing by telling Mark about the beatings. Tyler's still upset at Mark's reaction, telling Karl that he looked disgusted.
KARL: You know what? I'm proud of you. It might not feel like it right now, but being truthful about a difficult situation is the best way forward.
Imogen is stressing herself out organising the fundraiser for Toadie, so Daniel tells her to chill out. He offers to take care of things for a while, while she relaxes. True to form, Imogen's not keen to relinquish control, but Daniel rips her to- do list in half and says he'll take care of one half of the tasks, while he does the other.
Nate and Paige show up, volunteering their time to help with the fundraiser. Imogen tells Nate he'll be serving on the bar, and Paige that she'll be manning the door. Imogen and Daniel return to the list, but neither of them can see how they can keep the fundraiser a surprise from Toadie, and get him there without arousing suspicion.
Karl comes off the phone from Susan, and informs Tyler that she's said he can stay with them for as long as he needs. Mark and Aaron arrive to speak to Tyler.
TYLER: What do you want?
MARK: Dad admitted what he did to you.
Karl leaves the boys to talk. Aaron explains Russell's staying elsewhere tonight.
MARK: I'm so sorry I doubted you.
AARON: Why did you keep it a secret from us? We could've helped you.
TYLER: How? You weren't there. You were down The Mines™, and you were too busy being a cop. Dad hated me. I could never do anything right.
MARK: I just wish you'd have said something.
TYLER: I didn't want to ruin what you guys had.
MARK: Mate, you can't think like that! You're our little brother.
With friendly arms on his shoulder, both of Tyler's brothers apologise again to him for not being there for him – but Mark says they're here now.
Russell has told Sheila the truth about his relationship with Tyler, but she's having trouble understanding how he could do that to his own child.
RUSSELL: I was in a dark place. It was a long time ago.
SHEILA: But if Tyler hadn't spoken up, would you have said anything?
RUSSELL: I came here to reconnect with the boys. I don't want to live in the past.
SHEILA: So that's a no!
RUSSELL: I was trying to make things right. If you knew, would you have given me the time of day? Please understand that the part of me that hurt Tyler – the angry part – he's gone. I promise you, I've changed.
Russell asks if he can stay with Sheila tonight. She doesn't look especially keen; but Russell promises to answer all her questions, so she says he can stay. He goes to fetch his things.
Imogen is trying to lure Toadie to Off Air for the benefit by pretending to invite him for lunch. But he just wants to spend the day with Sonya and Nell. Imogen isn't taking no for an answer, and says lunch is on her and Daniel – so Toadie agrees. However, at that moment a familiar face arrives at the doorstep – it's Toadie's older brother Kevin, better known as Stonefish!
Imogen looks worried that this will disrupt her plans, and suggests that Toadie should bring Stonie with them for lunch. But Toadie asks if they can do lunch another time, as he hasn't seen Stonie in ages and they have lots to catch up on. The brothers settle down for a day of pizza and wrestling, while a disappointed Imogen leaves.
Mark, Aaron and Tyler are discussing Russell. Tyler doesn't think he can stay at the house if Russell comes back; but Aaron and Mark continue to vow their support, Mark saying he'd never have let Russell stay if he'd have known about the beatings. He adds that he and Aaron are pulling out of the garage investment.
TYLER: Are you sure? Things have been great between you two.
MARK: What he did to you changes everything.
Mark even suggests that Tyler could press charges retrospectively. Tyler looks surprised.
TYLER: You think he should be charged?
MARK: I think he should pay for what he did.
AARON: I agree.
MARK: It's up to you.
TYLER: I've never really thought about it.
The brothers promise to support him whatever he decides.
The bar is being decorated with Toadie- related paraphernalia, and Karl has set up a TV screen with a slideshow of some Toadie photos from over the years. Imogen turns up, and tells Karl and Daniel that Toadie isn't coming, because his brother has turned up.
IMOGEN: Swordfish or Starfish or something…
KARL: Stonefish! It's typical Stonie – turns up at the last minute and throws a spanner in the works.
Karl declares that the Rebecchi boys are like family to him, and says he'll get Toadie here for the benefit. Sheila then turns up with some Toadie face- masks on sticks! She asks Karl how Tyler is, and admits she's struggling to get her head around what Russell did to him.
SHEILA: The problem is – I've fallen for him.
KARL: This is why Susan and I hesitated to tell you. We hoped he'd changed.
SHEILA: He keeps telling me that he has. But now I'm not so sure.
Russell comes round to speak to Tyler, but Mark says he can say whatever it is to him and Aaron too.
RUSSELL: I never meant to hurt you, son. And whatever I was going through at the time, I had no right to take it out on you. I'm sorry.
TYLER: That's it?
RUSSELL: I'm trying to make peace here. You've got to meet me half- way.
TYLER: I don't have to do anything you say.
Mark tells Russell that he and Aaron are pulling out of the garage investment. Russell begs them to reconsider.
RUSSELL: You think I'm a terrible father. All I ever tried to do was my best.
MARK: Yeah, well it wasn't good enough! Tyler's your son! You were meant to protect him!
RUSSELL: I can make up for the past. If you'll let me.
TYLER: You haven't changed, Dad. Not really.
RUSSELL: You don't know that.
TYLER: You're lucky I don't press charges!
RUSSELL: So what? You want me to pack my bags?
Mark folds his arms.
Preparations are now well underway for the fundraiser, and Imogen is becoming increasingly stressed out. Daniel again tells her to relax, but she admits that she wants to keep busy so she doesn't have to think about her family falling apart. Daniel promises to take care of the to- do list, and kisses her.
Aaron and Tyler turn up to help out with the fundraiser, and Nate presents them with mullet- wigs, which he says they're required to wear as part of the uniform. They and Nate put the mullets on and start doing their best bogan- style laughs.
Mark is telling a shocked Paige what's happened between Tyler and Russell, and she feels guilty for badgering Tyler about how great it is to reconnect with parents. Mark is feeling guilty too.
MARK: I just thought he was lazy, and irresponsible. You know, every time I called home, Dad had some new story about the strife Tyler had gotten into.
PAIGE: Well, he always admitted he was rebellious.
MARK: Yeah, and I always criticised him for it. But not I just realise he was acting out because of the way Dad was riding him. I didn't realise what he was running from. I've done nothing but let him down.
PAIGE: Hey, that's not true! You did your best.
MARK: He was my little brother! How could I not have known?
Russell tells Sheila that he's spoken to the boys, who no longer want him living with them – so he'd heading back to Port Lincoln today.
RUSSELL: How do you feel about coming with me?
RUSSELL: I was hoping you'd be more excited.
SHEILA: Well, what would we do when we got there? Just pretend none of this ever happened?
RUSSELL: Sheila! I'm still the same man I was yesterday.
SHEILA: I know you are. And I really do love you.
RUSSELL: So you'll come with me?
RUSSELL: I apologised to Tyler. I don't know how else to fix things.
SHEILA: That's the problem. What you did – you can't just fix it. Tyler will have to live with this for the rest of his life. It has shaped him as a person.
TYLER: We can work through it. He'll get over it.
SHEILA: No, Russell. You need to go back home, find yourself a counsellor, and start to face up to what you've done.
RUSSELL: I can do all that if I know you're by my side.
SHEILA: You don't need me to do it. I'm sorry.
RUSSELL: We're over, aren't we?
SHEILA: Get some help, Russell. And then who knows – maybe we can try again. But that day seems a long way off.
Russell looks forlorn as Sheila walks away.
Toadie and Stonie are playing a spaceship game with Nell, when Sonya comes in. She says she's glad Stonie made it down – he says he felt he ought to, having missed their wedding and Nell's birth. Karl shows up, and launches his plan to lure Toadie to the fundraiser – claiming that there's an event at the hospital he should go to about making the most of life in a wheelchair.
Toadie isn't keen, saying he just wants to spend the day with Stonie. Karl turns up the pressure, saying he's already booked him a place, but Toadie says it will have to be next time. Karl has no option but to take Sonya into the kitchen and tell her about the benefit. Sonya's sceptical as to whether Toadie is ready for something like that, but Karl insists it would do him good. He tells her she should keep it from Stonie as he'll blab, but to somehow get Toadie to Off Air.
Shortly afterwards, Sonya corners Stonie alone, and tells him she wants Toadie to go to the wheelchair seminar that Karl mentioned, as it would do him good to get out.
STONIE: No, trust me – I know him better than anyone.
SONYA: Do you? I mean, you haven't even been around. I mean, I'm the one that's here every day showering him, taking him to appointments, taking him to rehab. That's me – I'm his primary carer. You're not the one who's been here; I am.
Toadie comes in, and Stonie breaks the news that he's going to the wheelchair seminar after all. Feeling bad that she's had to lay down the law, Sonya tries to get Stonie to come too – but he's clearly taken offence at her words, and claims he has to go and see his partner Chantelle's sick aunt. Stonie leaves, and Toadie looks annoyed as Sonya goes to get ready.
The bar is now buzzing with guests for the fundraiser. Paige is trying to get hold of Tyler on her phone, but to no avail – she admits to Nate that she can't imagine what he's going through. Karl turns up again, and tells Daniel and Imogen that Toadie's apparently on his way, but not very happy about cancelling his plans with Stonie. Imogen says everyone's getting anxious, and that the party was supposed to start soon. Daniel suggests they bring forward some of the entertainment.
IMOGEN: We can't start Toadie's benefit without Toadie!
But Daniel takes the microphone nonetheless to introduce some warm- up acts.
DANIEL: … starting with Imogen Willis!
Imogen looks furious as everyone claps – but soon she's doing a rather awkward tap- dance on stage, all the while wearing a bright green T- shirt with Toadie's face on it! Paige and Nate try to hold in their giggles, but Daniel indicates that Nate is next up on the performance list! Nate decides to try his hand at stand- up.
NATE: What do you get when you cross a kangaroo with a sheep? A woolly jumper!
Next it's Paige's turn to wow the crowds by doing hula hoops, but Daniel is now rapidly running out of ideas – and is hoping Toadie turns up soon…
Russell is loading his bags into a taxi. A sad- looking Sheila is waiting to say goodbye.
RUSSELL: When I get home I'm gonna see someone. Work a few things out.
SHEILA: I hope you do.
RUSSELL: Well, keep in touch.
He kisses a tearful Sheila on the cheek, while his three sons watch, stony- faced, from the balcony of No 24.
SHEILA: Look after yourself. Please get help. ‘Cause if you do, maybe the door'll stay open for us.
Russell looks up at his sons, who just stand there watching, Tyler's arms folder. Russell gets in the taxi as Sheila fights back the tears. She breaks down as it drives away.
Daniel is now so desperate for delaying tactics that he considers playing his ukulele – but at that moment Karl rushes in, signifying that Toadie is just outside. Sonya pushes Toadie in in the wheelchair.
But rather than amused by the Toadie T- shirts, mullets and masks, Toadie just looks annoyed.
TOADIE: What's going on?
Daniel explains it's a fundraiser for him, to help pay for his recovery.
TOADIE: Wow. Just – wow.
Toadie looks absolutely furious, and says to Sonya…
TOADIE: You've got to get me out of here right now.
- Toadie tells Sonya he feels like a spectacle, and isn't going back in to the fundraiser
- Terese tells Susan that she should side with her, and not Lauren, if she's a real friend
- Naomi admits to Kyle that she's not sure she wants to get married
- Paul tells Naomi that as his fiancée, they should be open with one another