- Amy's upset to learn that Kyle has been engineering extra work for her to prevent her seeing Liam
- Nate seems content when Aaron decides to ‘stay vague' with customers about his sexuality
- Toadie and Karl find Sonya in a bad way when she gets bitten by a redback spider
Mark stops by the garage to ask Tyler how his first week working for Lucas is going. Tyler jokes that Lucas hasn't asked him to do anything dodgy yet; and Mark remarks that Lucas hasn't been returning his calls. But Tyler says the garage is busy, and that they're looking to hire an assistant.
Kyle pulls up in his ute, which is making an awful rattling sound. Tyler gets to work fixing the ute, suggesting Kyle go to grab some beers in the meantime.
Toadie and Sonya arrive home from the hospital. She's fine again, having evidently been administered with the Miracle Cure™ between yesterday's episode and today's – but is wearing a sling on her arm, and needs to have a week off work to get over the redback spider bite.
Sonya worries about Nell and the nursery, but Toadie tells her Paige has agreed to have Nell for a little longer, and to worry about getting better. Toadie also says he'll have to drop ‘the Baxter case' to look after her, but Sonya objects.
There's a knock at the door, and Ros, a cleaning lady, arrives – she's part of the home assistance scheme Toadie is eligible for due to his paralysis. Relieved to have some help about the house, Toadie asks her to start in the bedrooms, which she does. Meanwhile, Sonya tells Toadie to go to work and make some money; they can cope with a little spider bite, after all.
Karl is filling Susan in on Sonya's spider bite, while they and Nate prepare for dinner. Aaron is coming round to have dinner with them (at Aaron's suggestion), and Nate's very nervous that something will go wrong – to the extent that he starts laying down ground rules for Karl and Susan to abide by!
NATE: No talking about your music. Your songs or your band.
SUSAN: Well, darling – not everyone has the same musical tastes. We don't want him to feel awkward.
NATE: Which is why you're not to talk about Jane Austen, or Cary Grant, or any other old- slash- dead people you like.
SUSAN: Nice. What can we talk about then?!
NATE: Well, Aaron doesn't like footie; his dancing's been a touchy subject since all the recent Josh hoo- hah; and forget about cars; he never wanted to be a mechanic. Which reminds me – no questions about his family.
SUSAN: And I'm guessing religion and politics are off the table?
KARL: What's left, then – the weather?
NATE: No problem, since you guys are going out for dessert.
The Kennedys object, but Nate says he and Aaron are still getting to know each other, so they need some time alone.
Amy, Liam and Jimmy are having dinner, while at the bar, Aaron tells Kyle about his forthcoming dinner at Karl and Susan's house. Kyle immediately starts suggesting that Aaron talk to Karl about his music.
SHEILA: And Susan loves Jane Austen novels, and Cary Grant movies. And just recently, she has been harping on about that Icelandic TV show – what's it called?
SHEILA: That's the one.
Aaron leaves to find some online spoilers, so he can talk about the show. Kyle watches Amy and her family jealously, while Sheila goes to fetch some beers for him. Liam gets a call on his mobile phone and goes to take it, while Kyle eavesdrops from the bar.
LIAM: Look, I said I'd get you the money. You're just gonna have to wait… What do you mean, you can't? If you want to see the cash, you've got no choice.
Kyle looks worried, while Liam rejoins Amy and Jimmy.
Toadie comes in with Nell, who gives Sonya a big hug following her spider encounter. Ros is still wandering around cleaning, but as she bumps into a plant, Sonya whispers to Toadie how terrible she is. He promises to ring up and arrange for a different cleaner next time, but they both decide they need to take it easy – which means dropping the Baxter case. He refuses to let Sonya talk him out of it, and also decides to call Amy to ask her to come home and help them out a bit.
SONYA: You're really pushy, do you know that?
TOADIE: Yeah, I'm in a wheelchair. How else am I meant to get around?
SONYA: I love you.
TOADIE: I love you too.
NELL: I love you!
SONYA: I love YOU!
NELL: I love YOU!
SONYA: I love YOU!
Mark and Kyle are messing about with a basketball, while Tyler continues to work. Aaron comes past, and they invite him to join them for a boys' night – but he reiterates his plans with Nate and the Kennedys. They all tease him.
KYLE: No showing off your new dance moves at the table.
TYLER: Or on top of the table.
MARK: Yeah, keep your clothes on.
AARON: Very funny.
Aaron explains that the dinner was his idea; his last boyfriend never introduced him to his family, so this time he's keen to meet Nate's.
KYLE: Are you sure Nate didn't just agree because you put him on the spot?
Aaron's suddenly worried, but Kyle says it was just a joke; he's sure Nate's up for the dinner just as much as Aaron is. Aaron doesn't look convinced.
Amy's on the phone to Toadie. Once she's finished, she tells Liam and Jimmy that they won't be able to go on their walk at the lake as planned, since Sonya's been bitten by a spider and needs Amy's help around the house. Amy says Jimmy can entertain Nell while Amy makes dinner. Jimmy asks if Liam can come too.
AMY: I'm sure he's got plans.
LIAM: Actually, I don't, but…
So Liam agrees to come to dinner. Amy looks put out.
Kyle and Mark discuss Aaron and Nate's relationship. Mark is optimistic for them, but Kyle still seems down in the dumps over Georgia's departure. Kyle asks if Paige is ‘the only girl' for Mark, while Tyler listens in with interest.
MARK: I thought I'd met the perfect woman. But then I lost her. So I dunno.
KYLE: Well, mate, if you can't come straight out and say that Paige IS the only woman for you…
MARK: No, I just don't wanna put a label on it.
Mark and Tyler are ready for the boys' night, but Kyle says he has to go and do something first. He gets in the ute, promising he won't be long.
Awkward silence prevails at the dinner table, as Aaron, Nate, Karl and Susan eat. Susan silently prompts Karl to say something.
KARL: So – lovely weather we've been having.
Aaron soon asks about Karl's band. Nate gives Karl an evil look, as if to tell him not to go there – so Karl is then hesitant to discuss his music, much to Aaron's confusion. Nate tries to change the subject, asking Aaron what he wants to do after dinner.
AARON: Well, maybe Karl can play something.
NATE: Oh no, he's had a long day.
Karl quickly relents and agrees to play something after dinner, since it's Aaron's request and he's the guest! Nate icily tells Karl to fetch the main course! While Aaron goes to help Karl, Nate tells Susan that he thinks Aaron is only pretending to be interested for show. But Susan disagrees, and says that it's charming that Aaron wanted to have dinner with them. Nate doesn't look convinced.
Mark notices Tyler is being very quiet, and asks him what's wrong. Tyler tells Mark he needs a reality check, referring to his earlier comments about Paige.
TYLER: If someone like Paige isn't good enough for you, then you're way too full of yourself. I mean – not for me. I just think she's an amazing chick.
MARK: Yeah, of course she is. It's not that I think she's not good enough for me. I just – you know – I'm thinking about the future.
On that very topic, Mark tells Tyler that Ajay Kapoor, their landlord, is selling the house. But since they've been good tenants, he's giving the Brennans the chance to buy before he advertises. Tyler says he can't afford a house, but Mark says he's got enough for the deposit.
TYLER: So it's still bad news. You're gonna be my landlord!
But Mark says he wants them to go in on it together, and that Tyler can pay him back as they go. He reveals he hasn't asked Aaron to be involved, as they don't know how long he'll be around.
TYLER: You seriously trust me to pay you back?
MARK: Yeah, I know you're good for it.
He tells Tyler they'll have to put both of their names on the mortgage from the start. Visibly thrilled that Mark is trusting him with this, Tyler hugs him and says of course he'll come on board.
Liam is performing a puppet show for Nell and Jimmy, while Toadie and Amy watch. Amy volunteers to put Nell to bed, so Toadie can get an early night. He leaves them to it. Amy sends Jimmy and Nell to brush their teeth, leaving her alone with Liam. She remarks how impressed she is that he helped clean the house and did the puppet show for the kids; he says that was the idea.
Kyle turns up, and doesn't look pleased to find Liam in the house. Kyle claims he's just come round to drop off Amy's payslip for the work at Harold's Store, and gives it to her. But she's still annoyed with him, and their conversation drops to a low whisper.
AMY: You should have been honest about why we were doing those last- minute changes.
KYLE: Okay – I said I was sorry about that. But I am not sorry for worrying about Liam after what he's…
AMY: We are not having this conversation! Liam is not your concern, alright?
Reluctantly, Kyle leaves. Liam remarks how unusual it is for a boss to hand- deliver payslips after hours, and asks if something's going on with Kyle and Amy. She doesn't respond.
Soon afterwards, Amy concedes that she might have been ‘a bit more of a friend' to Kyle than she should, following the break- up of his marriage. But Liam continues to push, saying Kyle acts strangely around Amy, and seems to be intent on painting a bad picture of Liam.
LIAM: … Which is something that I don't need any help with.
AMY: For the last time, there is nothing going on between me and Kyle.
Liam flatters Amy by saying Kyle's bound to be interested in her, but she insists he isn't ready to move on from Georgia.
LIAM: But are you interested in him?
AMY: If I was, it'd be none of your business.
LIAM: Yeah. Sorry I brought it up.
The Kennedys, Nate and Aaron have now settled down in the living area, and are discussing the merits of Icelandic crime drama Glugginn. Aaron pretends he's a fan of the show, and just agrees with everything Karl and Susan say about it. But Nate tries to get rid of the Kennedys, pointedly reminding them they're supposed to be going out for dessert.
AARON: You can't go now. Come on, we're having such a good time! Plus, I want to hear one of your songs, remember?
Nate gives Karl a look.
KARL: Maybe another time.
But Aaron is insistent, and Karl quickly agrees to play.
KARL: Okay, well this is the one I'm probably best known for. If I do say so myself, it was a bit of a hit…
Nate looks furious.
Kyle comes in. Sheila tells him that Kyle and Mark are waiting for him in the beer garden. But before he goes to join them, she asks him why the long face. He admits that he overheard Liam on the phone being chased for money, and that he went round to tell Amy but that she shut him down before he had the chance. He says he's fed up of having his head bitten off, and will stay out of it from now on.
Aaron flatters Karl by saying how good his song was.
KARL: I've also got an extended version – it's an R&B arrangement.
But Susan quickly vetoes that, while Aaron goes to help Nate in the kitchen. Aaron apologises to Nate for inviting himself, saying he can tell Nate thinks it's too early. But Nate insists he wanted the dinner – the only reason he's been trying to cut the night short is that he's barely spent any time on his own with Aaron lately. Nate says Aaron doesn't have to impress the Kennedys, as they already like him.
NATE: Especially now they can talk to you about Glugginn. You hadn't mentioned that you'd seen it?
AARON: I haven't! I just looked up the spoilers online. I can't watch anything with subtitles. You should know that about me.
NATE: There's a lot more I should know. That's why we need time alone.
AARON: When you say alone, do you mean ALONE alone?
AARON (to Karl and Susan): Hey guys, this is has been great – but I don't want to keep you from that dessert date any longer.
KARL: Oh, that's alright. I've also got a disco version…
But Susan, twigging that Nate and Aaron want alone- time, drags Karl out of the door.
SUSAN: We'll see you later. Much, much, much later!
As soon as they're gone, Aaron and Nate start pashing.
Amy and Liam are having a cuppa.
AMY: I'd forgotten how good you are with Jimmy.
LIAM: I love that little guy so much. It's been hard being away from him.
AMY: Well you know why that happened.
LIAM: Yeah, I know. Just saying. I miss all the fun we used to have, the three of us. If I could have one wish, it would be to go back to those days but without all the stress and the debt. They were so good. Remember how much fun we were? How good we were?
Amy smiles fondly, and Liam takes her hand. They kiss. Amy looks conflicted afterwards.
LIAM: I've missed you so much.
AMY: It's getting late.
LIAM: Do you need to go to bed?
AMY: Yes. And yours is back at the hotel. It's less confusing for Jimmy this way.
Liam gets up to leave, saying he'll see Amy tomorrow. She looks worried as he leaves.
Later on, at night, Toadie gets up to find Sonya working on the laptop. She explains she's going over some bills, as she couldn't sleep. He asks if this is because he turned down the Baxter case; Sonya says no at first, but then confirms that money is going to be tight for a while. Toadie goes to retrieve the money they were given from his benefit fund, saying they should use that to help them get by. But when he opens the box the money was in, they're shocked to find it empty.
- Amy asks Liam if he took the cash, and Mark asks Kyle if he knows anything about it
- Terese snipes at Brad for his decision to move in with Lauren
- Josh wonders if it's the first step towards Brad and Lauren getting together
- There's a tense showdown in the street between the new No 22 and No 32 households