- Xanthe asking Sheila for money to get home.
- Xanthe telling someone on the phone that she's not told Sheila the truth about her mum.
- Sheila discovering a note from Xanthe saying she's taken off.
- Steph telling Toadie/Sonya about Max's wife wanting to adopt Charlie.
- Paul not amused at Tim Collins being elected and planning on changing is legacy.
Paul/Sonya are having a moaning session about the new mayor and both agree Tim isn't going to have the best interests of Erinsborough at heart. Sonya is somewhat surprised at Paul's change of attitude with him taking "the moral high ground."
PAUL: Oh fine, great, have a go, give it your best shot, this day couldn't get any worse.
LYN: Fluro- orange... well I never thought it would be your colour Paul!
PAUL: Lyn, what are you doing here?
LYN: Oh come on, is that any way to greet your fourth ex- wife?!
Lyn tells Paul/Sonya that the café she runs in Bendigo is doing well, ignoring a sarcastic comment from Paul about its location, and updates them on the kids - Flick and Michelle are still in New York, Jack and Nina are doing well and Oscar spends his time with Joe at the farm but she sees him regularly. Lyn can't but get her own back on Paul by having a dig at him being broke before giving him a menacing glare for giving Steph a hard time (although she doesn't quite know the specifics).
PAUL: For the record, the only reason I did what I did is because your Stephie's ex- girlfriend gave me the idea.
LYN: What girlfriend?
Before she gets an answer to that, Steph arrives and is happy shocked to see her mum and immediately goes to hug her.
Bossy is back from the vets complete with a cute bandage over her heard and the obligatory plastic cone although Sheila isn't too impressed at Kyle feeding her the chicken they were going to have for dinner! She's not too impressed either at him caring more for the dog than his missing sister although he does concede it would be nice to hear she is okay.
Well wherever it is that Xanthe is crashing, it's certainly not a street corner as she exits a posh house and checks her make up before heading off.
Sonya tries to distract Paul from his worst day ever by coming up with a plan on how to deal with Tim Collins although he's not too thrilled with her suggestion of a petition.
At the bar, Steph makes a cuppa for herself and Lyn and just about chokes on it when Lyn asks about "this girlfriend." "I was in a relationship with a woman," Steph explains and Lyn (after quickly finding a bar stool to sit on) tries to react calmly to the news she's just heard and once she finds out who it was, now tries very hard not to react!
Outside the Bric a brac shop
Xanthe is having trouble getting a price for the bracelet she is trying to hock so asks Piper if she knows about any jobs but after hearing one at the garage is vacant doesn't seem too keen on getting her pretty self dirty.
Piper accidentally drops a bit of the sandwich she is eating and Xanthe looks at the slice of tomato with interest and Piper asks if she's hungry. Xanthe explains she didn't have brekkie so Piper offers to shout her something to eat at Grease Monkey's.
Sheila isn't too impressed at Mark saying they're concentrating more on finding who is doing the break- ins than on looking for Xanthe and dismisses his thinking that it's her who is responsible.
"I'm sorry I didn't tell you sooner," Steph tells Lyn as they head to a table to continue their chat. Lyn is more miffed at Steph not telling her as they don't usually keep things from each other but Steph explains that she didn't want Belinda to get into trouble.
LYN: Or you were worried that I wouldn't accept you dating a woman.
"Okay, a little bit," Steph eventually replies to her mum and denies she's keeping any more secrets from her. "My whole focus now is on getting Charlie back," she says and Lyn is very confident that will happen and promises to back Steph all the way in her fight.
Xanthe has taken Piper back to the place she stayed at (telling her the owners are away and have allowed her to stay) and tells her about wanting to get the cash to get home now she's discovered Gary is in prison. Piper has a brainwave on how Xanthe can raise the cash - have a party and charge people for entry!
Tyler/Josh are surprised by the texts they've just received inviting them to a party but agree to go along and check it out.
Meanwhile Sonya explains to Steph that it was her who called Lyn as she thought she needed more folk in her corner to help fight Phillipa. Steph isn't angry at what Sonya did, just wishes she'd had more time to prepare for Lyn's onslaught!
Lyn is trying to get info out of Karl/Susan how Steph is doing and they reassure her that Steph is doing well and is holding down a job at The Waterhole. Karl let slip Steph had a run in with Sheila, although Susan tries to tell Lyn it was nothing and even Steph looks bemused at the accusation when she comes into the store and has to hold her mum back from going to have words with Sheila!
"Monies coming along nicely," Xanthe declares after collecting cash from some random extras and telling them to head inside. Piper is curious to know how what she's going to tell the punters about the celebrities she's promised and as she spots Josh/Tyler walking down the street, tells Piper that they are "the hotties from the new vampire series." "They're not," Piper informs her but Xanthe thinks they could be as she moves forward to meet the boys. She confirms to them she was the one that sent their invites and suggests to Josh that her friend thinks he's really hot!
JOSH: Yes your friend there is my little sister!
PIPER: Hello Joshua!
JOSH: Hello Piper!
Piper denies that she's at a party while grounded, she's merely helping organise it. Xanthe now goes to Tyler to tell him that Piper "really likes you!" Cue awkwardness all around and Xanthe thinks Tyler is also Piper's brother and Tyler quietly says no.
The boys decide to give the party a wide berth as they think it's full of kids and Josh agrees not to tell their parents where Piper is but warns that if caught, she faces being grounded "for the rest of her life!"
Xanthe wants details on what happened with Tyler and Piper gives her the very edited version (that it was one- sided) and Xanthe declares that she is too good for him anyway!
Karl can't help gloating to Paul when he spots him cut through the complex about chatting to his ex- wife and reassures him he wasn't mentioned at all, just how Steph is doing being back in Erinsborough before inviting Paul to join them inside.
PAUL: I'd rather eat glass!
Karl is somewhat surprised at that statement and thinks deep down that he's a little bit happy that Lyn is back.
PAUL: Ooh let me think about this... no!
And puts getting married to Lyn down as a "momentary lapse of sanity!"
KARL: I'm sure if you think about it, you'll find a happy moment!
Something must have struck accord with that statement, as Paul looks like he's had a brainwave!
Road outside Grease Monkey's
Xanthe and Piper are on the run after the police raided the house she was staying at (and they seem quite thrilled it happened too!). They take cover behind a car parked outside Grease Monkey's after hearing a police car approaching (Piper is extremely worried at the thought of getting caught/getting into more trouble from her parents). Xanthe tells Piper to go just as the police car stops and Mark gets out to ask her to get into the back of the car, informing her that Sheila has been worried sick.
XANTHE: Well I can't say I've been in a police car before.
Paul is taking a trip down memory lane by going through some old stuff when Josh arrives home. He's spotted something in amongst the papers (shares in a mining company he bought as a wedding pressie for Lyn) and calls Simon his stockbroker to see if they are worth anything.
"I'm only here to make sure my daughters okay, no point if she doesn't want me around," Lyn tells her friend and Susan reassures her that Steph does want her around but just needs boundaries. Lyn comments how she used to wish for peace and quiet when living in a full house but now she's got it, finds she doesn't want it. "It's hard when you're not the centre of everyone's world anymore," Susan empathises with her but then adds that this time it's different. She suggests to Lyn staying for a bit but adding to give Steph boundaries too.
Mark escorts Xanthe home and while Sheila is relieved to see her, Xanthe isn't exactly jumping for joy at coming back. Sheila enquires where he found her he explains that she was running from a party she was hosting in a display home! Xanthe makes it clear she is only back temporarily but Mark puts a dent in her plans by informing her as she isn't 16 she has two options - staying with Sheila or being put into a foster home.
XANTHE: You've got to be kidding!
"No," is Mark's reply and allows her time to think what she wants to do and for Sheila to tell him what the decision is before leaving them to it.
SHEILA: So young lady, what's it to be?
XANTHE: Well I don't have much choice do I?! It looks like I'm staying with you.
Paul is over the moon at the call he takes from Simon as he enters the bar, the shares are worth $70,000! He saunters over to where Lyn is sitting at the bar and says greets her with, "I owe you an apology."
LYN: I don't think we've met! You look remarkably like somebody I married once but he never learned to say sorry.
Paul expands by saying he feels sorry for giving Steph a hard time when she returned and Lyn thinks she is hallucinating as Paul never admits he is wrong! He again says that he was just protecting Jimmy and compares it to what she is doing with Steph. Lyn decides to take the route that he is genuine and to accept his apology and can't believe too he can remember her favourite wine when he orders a refill for her.
PAUL: Seeing you in town Lyn, I remember a lot of things I haven't thought about for a long time.
Kyle is tendering to Bossy when Sheila enters the living room and isn't amused to see he's given the dog the duvet from Xanthe's bed! "She's not recovering from major surgery," is Kyle's justification for using it. Sheila gets he's not happy that she is back but pleads with him to make an effort. "The house is too crowded as it is," he bemoans and she reminds him that Xanthe has nowhere else to go but Kyle reminds her of Option B - foster care. "She's your sister," she reminds him with but his take is he's given her too many chances and points out she'd have ripped his (or Naomi's) head off if the party thing had involved them.
SHEILA: Tough love did not work on Naomi so I'm trying something different with Xanthe.
Kyle is annoyed at her comparing Xanthe with Naomi.
KYLE: Xanthe is ungrateful and spoilt. She doesn't even want to be here so why are we bending over backwards for her?
As the pair of them headed through to the kitchen to continue the conversation, unknown to them, Xanthe had made her way out of the bedrooms and heard the later part of the conversation and looks upset at what she overheard.
- Sonya agreeing to do stick something on Tim Collins.
- Sonya attaching herself to the bridge over Lassiters Lake.
- Sheila trying to lay the law down to Xanthe.
- Kyle trying to reassure his sister.
- Lyn becoming very irate and Steph trying to calm her down.