- Nate and Aaron disagree over whether Aaron should pretend to be straight to attract business
- Terese is unimpressed to learn that Brad is taking ‘stress leave' from work
- Sonya questions whether Toadie should involve Imogen in Lauren's legal case against Terese
- Toadie says he's hoping Imogen has learned from her past mistakes
- Terese asks Imogen to shred paperwork so that Lauren can't prove she authorised the renovations
Imogen is looking worried as she leaves The Waterhole. Toadie turns up, fresh out of a rehab appointment. He asks if Imogen got the paperwork they need for Lauren's case.
IMOGEN: … Not yet.
TOADIE: I hope there's no problem?
Imogen says the electrician was out on another job, so they asked her to come back later. Toadie looks sceptical, but heads back to the office without further questions.
Meanwhile, Imogen sees Brad talking to Lauren, and ducks out of sight. Lauren admits to Brad that without any written evidence, it's Terese's word against hers that she ever had approval for the renovations at Harold's. Brad admits to Lauren that he intervened with Terese on her behalf. Once their conversation ends and the coast is clear, Imogen follows Brad into The Waterhole.
Imogen confronts Brad about his conversation with Lauren, asking if there's still something going on between them. Brad insists he was just being a friend, saying Lauren's upset about how Terese is trying to wreck her business – and that he is, too.
IMOGEN: Do you seriously not think that Mum has a right to be angry?
BRAD: She does. But what happened between me and Lauren and what Lauren does for a living? They are two very different things.
IMOGEN: And you think it's possible to separate the two?
BRAD: Lauren's livelihood affects her whole family, okay? Including Amber and the baby. This is an abuse of power. Something I would expect from Paul, but not your mum.
Imogen walks off sombrely. Meanwhile, Aaron is practising on the dartboard while Tyler watches. Aaron is complaining to Tyler that Nate overreacted about him pretending to flirt with clients in order to enhance his business prospects. Tyler points out that Nate's upset because it was a woman who Aaron was flirting with, but Aaron says that's the whole point – Nate knows it's harmless.
Tyler admits he also thinks it's weird that Aaron lets his female clients think he's straight. Aaron argues that hen parties make up most of his business, but Tyler points out that Nate isn't the sort of guy to hide who he is – or who he's dating.
Karl has made sandwiches for Nate and Ben, but Nate admits he's not feeling that hungry. Karl asks what Ben has planned for his second- last day in Erinsborough; he says he might shoot some hoops with Tyler later. Karl suggests they have a jam session or a bike ride later, but Ben doesn't look impressed.
Meanwhile, Nate gets a text from Aaron, asking him to check out The Heat's BlaBla (social networking) page. Nate clicks the link, and then smiles, before quickly rediscovering his appetite. Ben casually suggests that he could stay on with his grandparents long- term; but Karl reminds him that Libby is due back from China and will be expecting him to return to Ballarat with her.
BEN: But I've made some real mates here.
KARL: Well, you and Tyler will keep in touch. As for Ashtyn…
BEN: I get you don't like him ‘cause he drenched you that one time. But he's cool. Doesn't judge me.
NATE: You still worried about those photos?
KARL: Mate, it'll be okay.
Karl suggests he show his friends back in Ballarat the ‘owning his mistake' video he made, but Ben just gets up and says he's going to see Tyler.
Terese is on the phone, leaving a message on her voicemail – asking her to let Terese know what she's ‘decided'. Piper comes downstairs, and Terese claims she was just finding out Imogen's dinner plans. Piper is still suffering from jetlag from her flight. Terese suggests they fill in her school enrolment forms together, but Piper says she needs to work on her vlog, and says they can do it later. Feeling a little woozy, Piper leaves the house for some fresh air.
Karl is helping Susan to bring in the groceries, when Lauren turns up. Lauren asks Karl if she can borrow some staff from Off Air to cover at Harold's, explaining there's been a change of plan regarding the renovations. Karl agrees to loan her some staff, and Susan asks what the hold- up was with the renovations. Lauren admits that Terese has put a stop to them, despite their earlier verbal agreement.
LAUREN: Sorry – I know you guys are close.
SUSAN: Haha, well…
LAUREN: Have I missed something?
SUSAN: Let's just say I'm not quite meeting her expectations as a friend at the moment.
LAUREN: Has that got something to do with me?
SUSAN: … Lauren, you're my friend too.
LAUREN: Susan, I'm sorry you've been asked to choose sides. But Terese is hurting. So if being a friend to her means you can't be one to me, then I understand. Really.
Lauren leaves, before giving Susan a chance to reply.
Tyler and Ben are heading towards the garage to shoot hoops. Tyler asks if Ben's nervous about seeing his ex- girlfriend (the one who distributed the nude photos of him).
BEN: Freaking out. She's been suspended.
TYLER: She deserves it.
BEN: I guess, but it still makes me nervous.
Tyler says he's nervous too – the new garage owner is arriving tomorrow, and he's worried about whether he'll keep his job. Suddenly, Ben sees Piper lying next to some bins, apparently unconscious. He and Tyler rush over to see if she's breathing – but before they can call an ambulance, Piper gets up and says she's fine.
PIPER: Congrats! You've just been a part of Pipe Up's ‘kindness of strangers' experiment!
BEN: What? Pipe Up?
PIPER: It's my vlog.
Piper begins filming herself on her phone, recording a piece for her vlog.
PIPER: It's clear kindness is alive and well in this sleepy Aussie suburb. These two random guys just saw me passed out next to that dumpster, and immediately called triple- O – when they could have just prodded me with a stick.
TYLER: Hey! Who the hell pretends to play dead?
PIPER That's nothing. One time in Canada, I stood out in the snow for three hours to try and spot a polar bear.
BEN: Well I'm Ben, this is Tyler.
PIPER: Piper Willis.
TYLER: You're Imogen's sister? Wow – you're so different!
PIPER: I'm going to take that as a compliment!
Piper offers to shout them a burger at Grease Monkeys to make up for freaking them out. Tyler's not hungry, but Ben wants to go with Piper. Tyler seems disappointed, but says they can play basketball later. Ben and Piper head towards Grease Monkeys.
Imogen gives Toadie the paperwork from the electrician which proves that Terese authorised Lauren's renovations, apologising for it being late.
TOADIE: Is there anything else I need to know?
IMOGEN: No – that's it… Okay, there is something that I really don't want you to know. But technically you need to know. I showed the file to Mum.
IMOGEN: I know it was the wrong thing to do, but I really thought it would make her back down. But she didn't.
Toadie admits he had his doubts about Imogen being involved in the case because of the conflict of interest – but then reveals that he already had the paperwork emailed through by the electrician, and that he was only testing her to see if she'd ‘mislay' it, following her previous form in prioritising her family in legal cases involving them.
TOADIE: Glad you didn't get rid of it.
IMOGEN: Thank you. I promise I won't let you down.
Imogen gets a call from Terese, but she decides not to answer it.
Nate comes round to see Aaron. Nate's pleased about the amendment Aaron has made to The Heat's BlaBla page – an announcement that he and Nate are dating. Aaron says he'd decided he doesn't care if he loses a few hens' parties because he's open to customers about being gay, and Nate asks why the turnaround. Aaron admits he realised he was being stupid.
NATE: So you really want to do this?
AARON: A hundred percent. That is, unless you're not ready for it?
NATE: No, I am. Definitely… So that makes us official? In that case, I'd better get ready for our next date.
AARON: At least it can't be as bad as our first!
Terese comes in, and finally locates Imogen. Terese says Toadie's been in touch to tell her he has proof that she signed off on the renovations. Imogen admits that she couldn't shred the document as Terese asked, as it would've been illegal.
IMOGEN: Mum, you know I love you. And I have been your biggest supporter through all of this. But what you asked me to do – it could've cost me my job.
TERESE: I'm sorry. I never wanted that to happen.
IMOGEN: I know you didn't.
TERESE: I just wanted her to feel the pain of losing something.
IMOGEN: And if you'd succeeded, do you really think you'd have felt any better?
TERESE: Maybe. Maybe not.
Ben and Piper are sitting outside Grease Monkeys eating. Piper is telling Ben about her exchange placement in Canada, and they talk a bit about vlogs – before Piper asks Ben for help to finish her ‘kindness of strangers' vlog episode. Ben suggests a pretend broken- down car scenario, where they see if people will stop to give them a lift home. They don't have a car, but Ben has an idea for an alternative…
Lauren is clearing tables outside Harold's. Toadie is sitting with Susan, and tells Lauren that he's sorted everything out with Terese – so she can now go ahead with her renovations. Lauren's thrilled and thanks him. Toadie heads home, and Terese arrives just as Lauren and Susan are chatting.
TERESE: Lauren? I wanted to apologise for the mix- up.
LAUREN: Mix- up? I wouldn't describe it as a mix- up, but yeah – anyway.
TERESE: Well, everything's back on course now, isn't it?
Lauren turns and walks away, frostily. Terese talks to Susan.
TERESE: I suppose you think I'm out of line too?
SUSAN: Doesn't matter what I think.
TERESE: So that's a yes? I really thought you'd understand what I'm going through.
SUSAN: Of course I do.
TERESE: No. No, it's like you've forgotten that she slept with my husband.
SUSAN: Terese, I haven't. I just don't think that Lauren is responsible for everything that went wrong in your marriage. Do you?
TERESE: … I guess not.
Susan gets up.
SUSAN: Terese, I really miss being your friend, and I want us to repair things. But you're gonna have to accept that Lauren will still be my friend too. Can you do that?
Ben and Piper have Tyler's motorbike laid down by the road, and are signalling for cars to stop and give them a lift, while Piper films it all on her phone.
PIPER: Please help us!
BEN: We went out to get milk!
PIPER: For our seven children!
BEN: We're stranded! Please get us water. Water! Water!
But they're giggling so much that none of the passing drivers are taking them seriously. Brad is jogging by, and demands to know what they're doing. When Piper explains what they're doing, Brad chastises them for their dangerous behaviour, and begins to wheel the bike back towards the garage.
Brad has returned the bike, and Ben and Piper have come with him. Piper's annoyed that he ruined their fun – she says hitchhiking is commonplace in Canada, but Brad says she won't be doing that now she's home. He tells Ben to lock the garage door.
BRAD: Look, I know you had a lot of freedom while you were away. But this kind of stuff, it won't fly, capisce?
PIPER: Oh, did you seriously just say ‘capisce'? Like Uncle Jesse from Full House!
Unamused, Brad tells her that the family has enough going on without her getting into trouble, and starts walking off.
PIPER: Have mercy!
But Ben is so busy laughing at Piper's Uncle Jesse impersonation that he forgets to lock the garage door, and it swings open as they walk away – leaving the motorbike on full view…
Aaron and Nate are playing table tennis.
AARON: Where did you get a table tennis table from?
NATE: Oh, you'd be surprised what's in Karl's back shed. It's like the Room of Requirement out there.
Tyler comes in, and is pleased to see Aaron and Nate enjoying one another's company. He explains how Ben deserted him to hang out with Imogen's ‘weird sister'. Tyler looks at Aaron's BlaBla page on the laptop, and tells him there's 100 likes and comments on his new relationship status
TYLER (reading): ‘The Heat just got hotter. Lucky Nate Kinski!'
So it turns out that Aaron being gay is generating plenty of its own business after all...
TYLER (to Nate): You might have to go along as a bodyguard. Some of these guys seem pretty keen!
Nate smiles worriedly.
Brad brings Piper home, who immediately puts on her headphones and retires to the couch. He reports to Terese about her antics with Ben, saying they'll have to keep an eye on her.
BRAD: She's a great kid.
TERESE: She's not a kid anymore. She's sixteen.
BRAD: She'll always be my little sprite. I guess that's something I'm gonna have to work on.
TERESE: You know, I've been thinking – we probably should rein it in when the kids are around.
BRAD: No arguments from me. Just because we're separated, doesn't mean I don't care about you.
TERESE: Thanks for dropping her off.
Brad squeezes Terese's shoulder, then leaves. Terese sighs and walks into the kitchen. Piper turns off her music and offers to give Terese a hand with the dinner. Terese says she's planning on tuning into Piper's vlog, to see what she's been up to. There's an awkward silence, and Terese breaks into tears.
TERESE: I've really missed you. I'm sorry.
Piper hugs her, and tells her it will be okay.
Lauren is drawing in the garden, when Brad shows up to return Paige's headphones that he'd borrowed. Lauren asks how Piper's settling in, and says she reminds her a bit of Paige.
LAUREN: I think they've both inherited your sense of rebelliousness.
BRAD: I always thought Paige's wild side came from you.
Brad says he wishes Piper was home under better circumstances, but admits Terese was at least civil to him earlier. Conversation moves onto the renovations at Harold's – Lauren's trying to design a new logo, which better reflects the move towards being more of a café than a store. Brad says he's happy for her that the renovations are going ahead. They get close and stare into each other's eyes. But then they reluctantly part, mutually deciding that Brad should go.
Tyler is on the phone, arranging to meet someone in The Waterhole once he's moved his bikes out of the garage, as he can't have them there when the new owner arrives. However, when he gets to the garage, he finds the door open. The place has been ransacked, and his bike has been stolen.
TYLER (on the phone): Hey, bro – you'd better get down here. We've been robbed.
- Ben is gutted when an upset Tyler tells him that the garage has been robbed
- Paige tells Tyler that they need to start ‘thinking like the crims'
- Amber reminds Tyler that Paige is with Mark
- Tyler kisses Paige
- A woman gets off a motorbike, as the words ‘SHE'S BACK' flash up on- screen
- She walks into the garage, and Tyler introduces himself. It's Steph Scully.