- Nate and Susan witness Dimato and Michelle arguing in The Waterhole
- Paige justifies to Mark her decision to let Michelle stay at No 32
- Sonya inadvertently reveals to Amy that Paul was trying to cause a mental breakdown in Steph
- Amy tells Paul there's no justification for what he's done
- When Jimmy comes round to spend time with him, Paul sadly tells him to leave
- Sheila watches in horror as Bossy attacks Jimmy, biting him
Jimmy is in pain as Sheila wraps a tea- towel around his hand. Amy comes in and is horrified. She asks Sheila to go and find Bossy in the street, while Amy takes Jimmy to hospital.
The titles roll.
Sheila comes out onto the street looking for Bossy, while Amy and Jimmy go to the car. Paul walks by and asks what's going on – Sheila explains. Paul then feels guilty, explaining to a fraught Amy that the reason Jimmy was out on the street was because he'd been to see him. She's still mad at him, so just shuts the door and gives him a mean look.
In the pool, Paige and Mark are discussing their honeymoon plans. Paige has identified a resort she wants to go to, and is telling Mark all about it – but he quickly shuts down her plans. He explains that he's just been approved for a mortgage to buy No 24, which is great – but that it will mean they might not be able to afford such a lavish honeymoon.
Paige is accepting of this, but admits that she's still worried about Michelle having nowhere to live, and is scared for her safety. Mark tells her that Michelle can look after herself, and starts putting the moves on Paige to take her mind off it…
Jimmy is still in pain as Amy fills out paperwork at the reception. Kyle arrives and is sorry to hear Jimmy needs stitches; he explains that Bossy isn't herself at the moment due to her illness. Kyle asks Jimmy if he did anything to upset Bossy, even by accident; Amy gets defensive on his behalf, insisting that of course he didn't. Kyle reassures Jimmy that he hasn't done anything wrong.
Michelle is talking to Paige; she's sick of sofa- surfing and wants to find a new place of her own. Paige offers to ask Lauren if she can stay with them, but Michelle says she won't put Paige in danger again. Michelle mentions finding a place to live where Dimato can't track her down, thereby prompting Paige to point out that if Michelle's name's on the lease, he may be able to.
MICHELLE: I'll have to put the lease in someone else's name.
MICHELLE: It's too big an ask, isn't it?
PAIGE: No, no, I just have to think about it.
MICHELLE: Forget it.
But Paige tells her they can talk about it when she has her lunch break in a few minutes.
Kyle comes in to find a concerned Sheila looking after Bossy. He's called the vet again, but they haven't given him an exact answer about when her test results will be back. There's a knock at the door – it's Carla Watson from the council, who's come to investigate a complaint about a dangerous dog. Kyle and Sheila look alarmed.
Mark comes in and finds Paige and Michelle having lunch together. He asks how Michelle's been, and asks her if she recognises a mugshot of the man who kidnapped Paige. Paige recognises him straight away, and Michelle seems to, too.
MICHELLE: He's a small- time crim – does the odd job for Dennis. But I don't know his name.
MARK: Warren Stacks.
Mark again starts pestering Michelle to make a statement about all this, and she again insists she can't do that. When Mark won't let up, Paige takes him aside and tells him to stop hassling Michelle – Paige herself will make a statement, which will be sufficient to incriminate Stacks.
PAIGE: Just track him down and go all bad- cop on him during the interrogation. He'll probably drop Dimato in it, anyway.
She tells him to worry instead about organising their budget honeymoon! They kiss, but Mark doesn't look happy, and leaves. Paige rejoins Michelle.
MICHELLE: You're lucky. Getting married to such a solid guy. I can't believe I used to fantasise about getting married to Dennis.
PAIGE: Did you always know he was dodgy?
MICHELLE: I've always been attracted to bad boys, and, erm… this is going to sound so stupid. I knew he could be violent. But I never imagined that I'd be on the receiving end.
Michelle bursts into tears and Paige comforts her, saying they'll put Dimato away forever.
MICHELLE: Even so, I worry about the damage he's already done. It's irrational, but whenever I'm around a man now, I can't really relax. It's like – it's like I'm expecting them to fly off the handle at any moment.
Paige hugs Michelle and comforts her as she cries.
A while later, Michelle and Paige leave Harold's together – Michelle thanks her for listening. As she's about to leave, Michelle walks straight into Nate coming the other way with Susan, and immediately seems very jumpy. Michelle rushes off, flustered, and Paige explains to Nate and Susan that she's going through a really rough time with her ex.
NATE: Her ex wouldn't happen to be Dimato, would he?
PAIGE: Yes! Why?
SUSAN: We saw him hassling her at The Waterhole last week.
PAIGE: That would have been just before he beat her up.
NATE: Are you serious?!
PAIGE: Yeah. And pretty badly too. That's why she freaked out when she bumped into you. She's petrified of men right now.
Paige explains that Michelle was in police protection, but took herself out of it because she was scared Dimato would think she was cooperating with the cops. Susan suggests Michelle could go to a women's shelter. Paige thinks that would be a good option until she sorts out a permanent home. Meanwhile, Nate seems to have tuned out from the conversation, and is staring angrily ahead.
A car park
Dimato and a considerably less tearful Michelle have met up with Paige's kidnapper, Warren Stacks, and are questioning him about why he took his mask off in front of Paige, and then ran her over. Warren claims it was hot in the warehouse, and that he didn't run her down deliberately. But Dimato isn't satisfied by his explanations.
DIMATO: Get out of my sight.
MICHELLE: That blunder – that could cost us. If the police catch up with Warren and he spills his guts…
DIMATO: he won't be spilling anything. I'll make sure of that.
MICHELLE: I hope so.
DIMATO: Don't stress, okay? Everything Is Going According To Plan. Paige still trusts you – she gave you the SIM, didn't she?
MICHELLE: And I'm this close to getting an apartment in her name.
DIMATO: Good. So now you need to focus on Tyler.
MICHELLE: I'll get Paige to organise a meeting.
DIMATO: Yeah, the sooner, the better. I reckon Tyler might be the hardest to win over
MICHELLE: I got him on side once, I can do it again.
DIMATO: Aren't you Little Miss Confident?
MICHELLE: Oh, I know how to work my way around a man.
She grabs Dimato by the jacket and kisses him. Dimato watches her with concern as she walks away.
Carla From The Council is interviewing Kyle and Sheila about Bossy. They explain she's been ill, which is why she's behaving abnormally – and that Bossy is usually really good with Jimmy. Nonetheless, Carla issues Kyle with a fine for Bossy being unleashed in a public area – and says she'll have to impound Bossy until she can investigate further, since she's been aggressive lately.
KYLE: Who told you she's been aggressive?
CARLA: I can't reveal the complainant.
Kyle begs Carla not to take Bossy, and Sheila explains she could have a brain tumour. But Carla won't budge, and takes Bossy away with her. Once she's gone, Kyle wonders who called the ranger. Sheila (erroneously) says that only they and Amy knew about Bossy's behaviour…
Outside the Community Centre
Susan and Nate leave the centre, Susan having picked up some pamphlets for the women's shelter to give to Paige, for Michelle. Nate has gone really quiet, and Susan correctly surmises that Michelle's situation has really affected him.
NATE: She's done some bad things, but I hate the thought of women having to put up with stuff like that. It's not right.
SUSAN: I didn't know you felt so strongly.
NATE: Seeing Michelle like that reminded me of an incident in Afghanistan. My unit had stormed a farm that was suspected of harbouring insurgents. The operation took days to plan. By the time we'd gotten there, they'd cottoned on and taken off into the mountains. But the women and children…
SUSAN: … Yeah, well. You don't need to finish.
NATE: Men like Dimato, they make me sick.
As they're talking, Nate notices Dimato himself walking by on the other side of the road, unnoticed by Susan. Nate tells her there's something he needs to do, and sets off to follow Dimato…
Kyle turns up at the hospital. Outside the examination room, he tells Amy that Bossy's been taken away by the council, and accuses her of being the one who reported her to them. Amy insists it wasn't her, but admits she did speak to some of the neighbours about Bossy's behaviour.
AMY: I didn't do this, Kyle! I know how much you love her. We all do.
Kyle apologises, and Amy shows him in to see Jimmy, who seems in much better spirits now he's had his stitches and is all bandaged up. Kyle explains to Jimmy that the council took Bossy away, so Jimmy offers to tell them that he was being rough with Bossy, prompting her to bite, in the hope they'll let her go. But Amy insists he'll be telling the truth if they ask him any questions.
JIMMY: But what if that means Bossy has to be put down?
Amy says there's no use worrying about things that might not happen, but Kyle already looks worried.
Paige is whipping cream while on the phone to Michelle about the women's shelter. She says she has to go to a physio appointment, but that Susan would be happy to take her there. Mark comes in, and Paige explains how Susan has found a place for Michelle to live. Mark has a honeymoon idea to run past Paige – a mountain log cabin retreat.
MARK: It's a little bit more rustic than your five- star resort.
PAIGE: How rustic are we talking?
MARK: Well, there's no electricity or running water.
PAIGE: That's pretty rustic, babe.
But Mark manages to sell the idea to Paige by saying he can catch them fish and roast chestnuts.
PAIGE: Am I marrying Bear Grylls?
But she says it sounds amazing – as long as they're together, she's happy to go anywhere. They kiss.
Amy comes out into the ward to find Paul waiting – he's come to find out how Jimmy is. Amy says he's stitched up and awaiting the all- clear to leave. On hearing Jimmy needed stitches, Paul says he's glad he called the council to report Bossy.
AMY: Why would you do that?! It's my boyfriend's dog!
PAUL: Yes, and it's also a dangerous dog! As long as it remains in that house, it poses a threat to both you and Jimmy.
AMY: It's not that cut- and- dry, Paul. Bossy's behaviour is really out- of- character. She's sick.
PAUL: Well, all the more reason she should be impounded.
Paul says he only acted out of concern, but Amy reminds him he said the same thing about trying to send Steph crazy. She tells him to stop interfering.
PAUL: Alright, fine. But I want you to be honest with yourself. Are you really a hundred percent comfortable that that dog is in the same house as Jimmy?
Amy looks rattled, and walks off without answering.
A car park
From a distance, Nate watches Dimato having a heated discussion with Michelle – so that we're not clear whether or not he can hear what they're saying. We can hear them, however.
DIMATO: A woman's refuge?
MICHELLE: It wasn't my idea.
DIMATO: Well tell her no. We need that apartment in her name.
MICHELLE: She's thinking about it. If I push too hard or too fast, she'll get suspicious.
DIMATO: Just make it happen.
MICHELLE: Oh, like it's so simple! You're not the one having to paint on bruises, turn on the waterworks, and risk bed bugs in some grotty old shelter.
DIMATO: It'll all be worth it.
MICHELLE: Oh, it'd better be.
She goes to leave, but Dimato grabs her.
DIMATO: Hey – don't forget to keep pushing that Tyler agenda. We need him on side too.
MICHELLE: Yeah, well, instead of the women's shelter, maybe I should spend the night with him, hmm? That would definitely get him on side.
Nate watches angrily as Dimato hits Michelle in the face!
DIMATO: You talk that way again, you won't need to paint those bruises on. You understand?
Visibly shocked and stinging, Michelle walks away. Once she's gone, Nate emerges from behind a car and walks menacingly towards Dimato.
DIMATO: What do you want?
NATE: To have a chat.
Michelle is walking past Harold's when Paige stops her, asking why she hasn't been answering her phone.
PAIGE: Susan has been waiting to take you to the shelter. We were worried sick!
MICHELLE: … I can't… I can't do this anymore. I'm not…
PAIGE: Hey, hey – calm down. What's happened?
MICHELLE: Dennis just hit me.
PAIGE: What? Oh – look at your face! How did this happen? Where did this happen?
PAIGE: Okay. We'll put that apartment you want in my name.
MICHELLE: … You'd do that for me?
PAIGE: Yes. But in the meantime, you need to feel safe. I am going to take you to the shelter.
MICHELLE: What about your appointment?
PAIGE: Forget the appointment. After what's happened to you I am not leaving your side.
Michelle looks pensive as Paige leads her away.
Nate is walking past the History Wall looking perturbed, and walks past Mark without registering him. When Mark stops to ask him if he's alright, Nate insists he's fine – just in a hurry. Mark looks suspicious, but says he'll catch Nate later.
As Nate walks away, we get a closer look at his hand, which looks sore – he seems to be in pain.
- Aaron summons Karl to treat an injured Dimato
- Aaron explains that Nate is responsible, so they can't take Dimato to the hospital
- A bruised Dimato tells someone on the phone to ‘make sure some guy shuts up'
- Terese draws a distinction between being single and being separated
- Some kind of encounter between Brad and Terese at The Waterhole Singles Night
- Tyler tells Piper she has an ability to affect people
- Imogen tells Tyler that love is a malignant, brain- warping disease which induces insanity!
- Lauren says the man she loves is in front of her, yet completely out of reach