- Piper kisses Tyler, then later has a strop when he says he's too old for her
- Imogen chooses not to rekindle her relationship with Daniel
- Sonya and Toadie agree to see a counsellor
- Max's new wife Philippa tells Steph she wants to adopt Charlie
- Steph begs Toadie to stay and help her talk Philippa round – will he stay or go to Sonya?
Kyle is in his truck, on the phone to the vet, who says they can do the operation to remove Bossy's brain tumour next week. As he gets out, he sees a girl trip over on the street. Helping her pick up her things, he sees her bag is full of hairbrushes!
KYLE: Woah! How many brushes do you need?
GIRL: Rounded brush for curling, paddle brush for smoothing, but if it's a hot day then I need to run a serum through it –
KYLE: Yeah, yeah, I believe you!
Having disparaged Kyle's own hair- grooming technique, he gets back in the truck and drives off. The girl looks at her phone and approaches No 26 with interest…
Outside the Community Centre
Toadie turns up, only slightly late for the appointment, explaining to Sonya that something came up last- minute. Toadie admits it will be good to talk to the counsellor about what's been going on between them.
SONYA: Even if it's scary?
TOADIE: Babe – I love you, you love me. Everything else can just be sorted out.
SONYA: Yeah. When you put it like that, why are we paying this woman 150 bucks an hour, then?
TOADIE: That's a really good question. But come on, let's go – the clock's already started.
The girl with the bag of hairbrushes knocks at the door at No 26, but there's no answer. She's about to walk around into the back garden, when Tyler and Daniel pass by. Daniel advises her to try back later, and not to go into the garden, as there have been a lot of burglaries of late. She asks where she can get some food around here.
GIRL: The Waterhole?! Where animals go to drink?
DANIEL: You're hard to please, aren't you?
GIRL: I just have good taste.
As she clops away in her high heels, Daniel and Tyler snigger.
DANIEL: Ever wondered what a baby giraffe would look like trying to walk in platforms?
Mark is in OCD mode as he hands Imogen the documentation pertaining to his purchase of No 24. He's particularly protective of a bank cheque which will transfer the funds for the house, and snatches it from Aaron's hands to stop him creasing it! Mark's unsure about leaving the task of facilitating the transfer in Imogen's hands, but she assures him she's done it plenty of times before.
IMOGEN: By 3pm today, the house will be yours. And the bank's.
Aaron drags Mark away to let Imogen handle it, but Mark tells her to call him if she needs anything. Once they're gone, Piper joins Imogen and they go to leave – just as Tyler and Daniel come in. There's some post- breakup awkwardness between Daniel and Imogen, and Imogen drops all Mark's papers on the floor. She quickly retrieves them and she and Piper leave, Piper calling her ‘smooth'.
The hairbrushes girl is at a table, when Sheila comes over to serve her. She tries to order a glass of champagne, but Sheila swiftly tells her she's under eighteen, so not to bother trying. Sheila's about to throw her out, but the girl begs her to let her stay – saying she's been travelling all day and just wants some food.
GIRL: The guy on the bus next to me had these boundary issues, and he hadn't showered in, like, a decade. And he coughed all over my sandwich so I couldn't eat it, because it was probably covered in tuberculosis…
Sheila relents, and lets her stay for food – and a soft drink. The girl orders a burger.
Piper accuses Imogen of still being in love with Daniel, but Imogen denies it. Looking through her papers, Imogen suddenly realises that the cheque Mark gave her has gone missing. They conclude that she must have left it when she dropped the papers on the floor at Harold's, so she rushes back to find it. Piper follows her.
Sonya and Toadie come in, discussing the counselling session they've just had, which seems to have helped somewhat. Toadie asks Steph how the rest of her video chat with Philippa went. Steph is frustrated, saying Philippa is still determined to adopt Charlie. Steph reveals Philippa's a lawyer, so is in a good position to get her way.
Steph is in a bit of a state, and says she wishes Toadie had stayed earlier to talk to Philippa.
STEPH: She wants to take him from me! I really thought I was closer to getting him back. I thought everything was finally gonna be okay!
Toadie assures Steph they'll work it out, and takes her hands in comfort. Sonya looks concerned.
The hairbrushes girl kicks up a fuss with Sheila when she ostensibly finds a hair in her burger, and declares she isn't paying for it. But Sheila immediately identifies the hair as one of the girl's own, and accuses the girl of scamming her. The girl deliberately starts shouting about the hair, so that all the other customers can hear.
SHEILA: Save the Oscar- winning performance, because I'm not buying it. You can pay $16.50 over there or you can explain yourself to the police.
GIRL: This is outrageous!
The girl makes a dash for it, but runs straight into Kyle, who blocks her exit.
GIRL: Get out of my way! This is false imprisonment! I have contacts in the tabloid TV world!
But Sheila's already on the phone to the police!
Imogen and Piper are on their hands and knees looking for Mark's missing cheque, while also trying to hide so that Tyler doesn't see them and get wind that they've lost it. Imogen tells Piper to go and distract Tyler while she looks for the cheque; Piper's not keen, but Imogen begs so Piper eventually relents, and goes over to ask Tyler if she can have a private word with him outside.
Meanwhile, Daniel notices Imogen crawling around on the floor, and comes over to talk to her.
DANIEL: Is this your impression of a robot vacuum- cleaner, or…?
Imogen's forced to explain that she's lost the cheque for Mark's house settlement, and he begins to help her look for it.
Toadie and Sonya talk about Steph. He admits that's why he was late for the counselling session, and says he felt guilty about leaving Steph in that situation. Sonya says she would have understood, but Toadie admits he expected her to conclude that he'd chosen Steph over her. Sonya says this is why she said they needed counselling, as they're walking on eggshells around each other.
Steph comes in, and Sonya is quick to declare her support over the Charlie situation. She says that if she needs Toadie's help, that's okay by her – but Steph replies that she doesn't want to come between them.
Piper makes awkward small- talk with Tyler outside Harold's, but he wants to know why she needed to speak to him outside. She's eventually forced to claim that Imogen asked her to distract Tyler, as part of a dare. Tyler walks off.
Meanwhile, Imogen and Daniel are around the back of Harold's, having had no luck finding the cheque. Spying a giant green bin, Daniel wonders if someone's put it in the trash – and whips off his suit before diving into the rubbish, despite Imogen's protestations.
DANIEL: Don't worry, I used to do this for fun!
Aaron comes past, and is perplexed to see Daniel in the bin – asking Imogen what's going on with the house settlement. Imogen claims she and Daniel are just doing some recycling, and Aaron goes on his way.
AARON (to himself): Crazy people!
Imogen tells Daniel they have 20 minutes to find the cheque and complete the settlement, so he dives deep into the dumpster.
Mark has arrived to deal with the hairbrushes/hair- in- the- burger girl. Kyle admits he saw the girl hanging around in Ramsay Street this morning.
GIRL: So what? I like to walk.
KYLE: Yeah, well you're not very good at it!
SHEILA: So what are you going to charge her with?
MARK: Just let me talk to her first, Sheila.
SHEILA: Oh, yes, but be careful. She'll play you like a two- bit banjo.
Mark asks the girl for her name.
MARK: How do you spell that?
XANTHE: X- A- N- T- H- E.
MARK: Alright Xanthe, what's your surname?
XANTHE: Oh, it's just Xanthe.
She explains she's been travelling all week, and just ran out of money yesterday. Sheila calls her a ‘little grifter', but Xanthe insists she didn't plant the hair. Mark mentions the spate of local robberies, but Xanthe insists she has nothing to do with them, offering for him to check her ticket.
MARK: Why were you on the road?
XANTHE: I couldn't stay at home. That's all I wanna say, okay?
Sheila says that if Xanthe had told her the truth, she'd probably have given her a free feed. Mark tells Xanthe not to pull any more stunts, and says to come to the police if she needs any help. He gives Xanthe a number for a youth helpline which can help her with food and a place to stay. She smiles sweetly and thanks him, and Mark leaves – Sheila having grudgingly declined to press charges.
SHEILA: Constable Soft Touch!
Sonya tries to encourage Steph to have a cuppa with her and talk out her problems with Charlie, but Steph says Sonya has her own family to deal with.
SONYA: Well, yeah, we do – we've got a family. But you're part of that.
STEPH: I'm not part of the family. I'm just Toadie's friend and you tolerate me. The only reason I'm even living here is because you felt guilty.
SONYA: Well that was… Yes, it was true at first, but it's not true now.
STEPH: It's okay, Sonya. You don't have to do this.
SONYA: No, look, I know where you're coming from. I know more than Jarrod. I lost my boy too, you know that. Please, just please come talk to me.
Steph finally relents, admitting she can think of little else but Charlie. Sonya says she's going to do everything she can to help Steph get Charlie back. Sonya says doing the counselling today reminded her that you have to accept help when it's offered.
But on realising Toadie left earlier for a counselling session, Steph withdraws again, saying she refuses to keep coming between Sonya and Toadie, as she's caused enough problems in their marriage. Steph walks out.
Daniel is still rifling through the bin, looking for the cheque, while Imogen panics from the sidelines. She's practically decided to call Mark and reschedule the settlement, when Daniel pulls a rather greasy- looking cheque from the bottom of the bin.
IMOGEN: You are actually the best!
She rushes over and kisses him on the lips.
IMOGEN: I love you!
She rushes off to process the settlement, laughing gleefully. Daniel looks pensively after her. Imogen runs past Piper, who informs her that she ‘reeks' – but Imogen isn't stopping to talk!
Steph comes in to find Sonya and Toadie trying to hang a picture frame. When she asks what the picture is, they show her that it's in fact a photographic montage of their family – with photos of Steph and Charlie included.
SONYA: We want you to know that you're part of this family. You and Charlie.
STEPH (thrilled): Oh, you didn't have to do that!
SONYA: Well, no, we – we're gonna do whatever it takes to convince you to let us help you fight Philippa's case for adoption. Because that's what family would do.
STEPH: Yes. But helping me has also sent you guys to marriage counselling.
TOADIE: No. You are not the reason why we're going to counselling, alright? It's a lot more complicated than that.
Steph is moved by the Rebecchis' gesture.
Mark, Aaron, Tyler, Imogen and Piper come in, to celebrate the No 24 house sale going through. Mark offers to buy drinks, saying he's sorry he ever doubted Imogen – the whole process has run smoothly thanks to her. If only he knew!
While the Brennans are at the bar, Piper asks Imogen about her kiss with Daniel after he found the cheque – and tells her to admit that she's still into Daniel.
IMOGEN: We broke up for a reason. We need space.
PIPER: Oh, liar, liar, pants about to go up in flames!
IMOGEN: Okay, read my lips. I'm over him.
PIPER: Fifty bucks says you'll be back together within a week.
IMOGEN: Alright, you want to know how over him I am?
Imogen shouts over to Tyler at the bar.
IMOGEN: Do you want to go on a date with me?
TYLER: Uh, why?
IMOGEN: Why not?
TYLER: Err, okay. Sure.
Piper looks mortified.
Sheila is moaning to Kyle about how Xanthe batted her eyelids at Mark earlier, to make him let her off with a warning. But she also seems worried about Xanthe, and where she's going to stay tonight if the youth group Mark put her in touch with has no beds.
KYLE: Oh, and you reckon Brenno's a soft touch!
Sheila looks out of the window into the back garden, and is shocked to see Xanthe, replete with bag of hairbrushes, poking about outside the shed!
SHEILA: Oh, she's probably here to egg the house, or wreak some other deadly revenge!
KYLE: Or maybe it's a bigger con. Remember she was hanging around the street this morning as well? Although, how does she know where you live?
SHEILA: I dunno. She might have asked someone. I'm a very well- known person in this community.
Kyle's about to call Mark, but Sheila rushes out into the garden to handle it herself. She turns on the hose and gives Xanthe a cold shower with it, telling her she's trespassing!
SHEILA: What are you doing here?
XANTHE: I'm looking for Gary Canning.
XANTHE: None of your business.
SHEILA: Oh, it is. I'm his mother! I'm Sheila Canning.
XANTHE: You're Sheila?
SHEILA: Yes. And what is it to you? And what do you want with my Gary?
XANTHE: He's my father.
Sheila and Kyle gasp in surprise.
- Imogen admits to Piper that she's hoping to forget about Daniel by going after Tyler
- Dimato offers Paul money to do him a favour, with some conditions attached
- Sheila accuses Xanthe of lying about being Gary's daughter, and asks for proof