- Amy and Kyle have a row after she thinks he prefers her post- Xanthe makeover
- Steph considers investing in Paul's motel business
- Paul convinces Doug to invest what would have been Paige's $20,000 marriage dowry
- Piper sees Tim Collins and Courtney getting close, and films them, thinking they're having an affair
- Sonya insists Piper delete the video, but she decides to go ahead and post it online anyway
- Tim Collins promises that he'll make Sonya regret even thinking about running for mayor
- Piper's appalled to learn she's got it horribly wrong – Courtney is actually Tim Collins' daughter!
An upset- looking Piper runs towards No 24, begging Aaron, who's using the punchbag outside, to let her use his computer.
PIPER: I need to get online now! I've done something stupid!
But it's too late – Sonya turns up and starts having a go at Piper, for posting the video of Tim Collins and Courtney when she'd expressly asked her not to. Now it's all over the West Waratah Star, she explains.
SONYA: Do you have any idea what you've done?
Sonya then turns to Aaron and has a go at him too, before telling them both she wants them to have nothing more to do with her campaign! Sonya storms off, and the titles roll.
Piper has removed the video, although the damage is already done – and Aaron's annoyed that his name is all over it, because Piper used his phone.
PIPER: I just wanted to shove it up Tim Collins for what he did to Sonya.
AARON: So this has nothing to do with Tyler and Courtney? Maybe you trying to break them up?
PIPER: No! Okay, yes, maybe a little bit, but…
PIPER: Okay, fine, a lot. Who am I kidding? I'm pathetic, and I deserve everything that I get.
Tyler and Courtney turn up, looking angry. Tyler says he's disappointed in them both, and Courtney adds that she's never been so humiliated. It's clear Tyler mainly blames Piper, who defends herself by saying that Courtney and Tim Collins' conversation about his wife did look suspicious.
COURTNEY: That's my stepmum, you moron!
But seeing how angry Tyler is at Piper, Aaron steps in and takes responsibility – claiming that it was all his idea, and that he only did it to help Sonya's campaign. He apologises to Courtney, but she and Tyler are too angry to speak to him, and they leave. Piper asks why Aaron took the blame.
AARON: I can handle Tyler having a go at me. You can't.
PIPER: Thank you.
She hugs Aaron.
Paul is on the phone to the real estate agent. Once he's finished, he explains to Daniel that he's been told there's another buyer interested in the motel – so if he wants to buy it, he needs the $60,000 deposit by the end of the week. Paul explains that he's already got $20,000 (from ‘just a local', not mentioning that it's Doug Willis), and is sure something will pop up to cover the rest.
Daniel suggests Paul go to see Helen Evans, a motivational guru who's doing a talk at Lassiter's on how to make millions without trying. Apparently the tickets are selling for $1,000 each. But rather than going along, Paul decides to undercut Helen Evans and put on his own motivational seminar, with tickets at half the price!
Daniel says Paul doesn't have enough time to organise all this, but Paul says he's desperate – so Daniel agrees to help him brainstorm.
It's Kyle's birthday tomorrow, and Sheila explains to Xanthe how they always go to play Frisbee on the morning of his birthday. Kyle elaborates, recounting how his dad Gary walked out on him just before his eighth birthday, so Sheila bought him a Frisbee and played with him all morning to cheer him up. Sheila suggests they should all go for brunch afterwards.
Amy comes in, having just seen Jimmy – who's Not In This Episode™ – off to cricket camp. She also brings Kyle some early birthday mail. There's one from Kyle's auntie Naomi, and another more intriguing envelope.
SHEILA: Who's that one from?
Xanthe, who has been in the other room, rushes in suddenly.
XANTHE: You mean the wife who walked out on you?
KYLE: We agreed to go our separate ways.
Amy looks worried about the letter. Xanthe asks if Georgia knows about Amy; but Kyle says not, as they haven't been in contact. Xanthe nosily demands that Kyle open the letter so they can see what it says, but he changes the subject – and goes to feed Bossy instead, laying the letter down on a shelf.
Aaron and Piper are at a table, when Aaron gets a phone call from Tim Collins. It doesn't last long, and Aaron explains to Piper afterwards that Tim Collins is suing him for defamation as a result of the video. Aaron prepares to call Toadie, but he's Not In This Episode either – so Piper tells Aaron to hang fire, claiming she'll think of something.
Piper turns up to talk to Courtney.
PIPER: Aaron didn't have anything to do with the video. It was all me.
COURTNEY: Why did he say it was him, then?
PIPER: Because he's a nice guy, and he felt bad about Tyler having a go at me. But now that your dad's trying to sue Aaron, I need to speak up.
Courtney's shocked that Tim Collins is suing Aaron for defamation, saying she'd have tried to stop him if she'd known.
COURTNEY: Why did you do it? You don't even know my dad.
PIPER: It wasn't about him. It was about you and Tyler.
COURTNEY: So I've been copping it online because of your dumb crush?
PIPER: It was more than that. I fell for Tyler. I really fell for him, and he didn't feel the same way about me, and I was gutted. So I'm sorry.
Tearfully, Piper walks away, leaving Courtney looking pensive.
Paul is preparing to hold his motivational seminar in the Willises' front room! Having procured some chairs and a lectern, he's just doing up his tie when Terese comes downstairs in her nightie and asks what's going on. Paul explains.
TERESE: Just make sure people don't treat my kitchen like a canteen.
There's a knock at the door, and Terese makes a quick exit. It's Steph.
PAUL: What are you doing here?
STEPH: I'm here for your seminar.
She hands him the $500 entry fee, but he's hesitant.
STEPH: Oh, what, my money's not good enough?
Amy tells Xanthe they should head off to meet Kyle and Sheila for brunch, since they've just finished playing Frisbee! But Amy's horrified to find Xanthe sitting in the kitchen reading Georgia's letter to Kyle! She claims she saw Amy freaking out about the letter, and wanted to do something for her, to thank her for letting her perform a makeover on her the other day!
AMY: Hey, that's really lovely of you. But I'm not gonna betray Kyle's trust.
XANTHE: Yeah, and that's the thing. If I read it, and pass on information, we're not breaking any rules!
Amy says Kyle had his reasons for not opening the letter last night, but Xanthe's of the view that he should have done, and should have told Amy what it said straight away.
XANTHE: So far, it's not really that interesting. She's just talking about what it's like where she's living, and how it's so rewarding – blah, blah, blah. But she's also starting to miss home. Do you want me to keep going?
Amy looks tempted, but…
AMY: No. No, I want you to put it back where you got it, and let's just go to this brunch and act like it never happened.
Courtney has convened a meeting with Tyler, Sonya, Piper and Aaron. She explains she is acting as her dad's representative…
COURTNEY: Which is just as well, because he pretty much wants all of your heads on a platter.
Courtney reveals she's managed to talk Tim Collins round, so that he won't be suing Aaron, Piper or anyone else. But Piper will need to make a full apology in the West Waratah Star. Piper says that's fine, and thanks Courtney for sorting everything out.
Piper tells Sonya and Aaron that she'll exonerate them both in her apology, while, on the other side of the room, Tyler asks why Courtney intervened on Piper's behalf.
TYLER: That blog was just as damaging to you as it was to your dad.
COURTNEY: Yeah, I know. But I also remember what it was like to be sixteen years old and do crazy things for love.
COURTNEY: Yeah, Piper's doing it tough. She wanted that footage to break us up.
TYLER: Really? And you're willing to forgive her for that?
COURTNEY: She's honest, and I respect that.
Courtney leaves, promising to catch up with Tyler later for a drink. Piper summons the courage to come over to talk to Tyler.
PIPER: It's a good thing that everything worked out, hey?
PIPER: Since Courtney seems to be cool with me, I was hoping that you'd be cool with me as well. And that we could still be friends.
TYLER: Yeah, it would be good if we could do that. But you know what, after this incident… I think it's best if you never talk to me again.
Piper nods, fighting back the tears as he walks away.
Sheila, Kyle, Amy and Xanthe have convened for Kyle's birthday brunch, and the family are giving Kyle his presents. Amy has bought him some tickets to AC/DC, but she rather testily insists that he could take anyone he wants – it doesn't have to be her.
AMY: The concert's not for another six months, and who knows where I'll be then.
Kyle asks Amy why she's being weird.
XANTHE: It's because of Georgia's letter.
XANTHE: I steamed it open.
KYLE: You what?!
XANTHE: I was just trying to have Amy's back.
SHEILA: By being a stickybeak?
XANTHE: Oh, please – it's not like I read all of it. Amy came in and stopped me before I could. But in the bit I did read, Georgia said she was missing home, which means that the other part probably said she was also missing you, and she wants to hook up again.
Sheila tries to shut Xanthe up, but she's determined to get Kyle to declare what he'd do if Georgia tried to get back with him. Kyle doesn't say anything, and Amy glances worriedly at him.
Paul and Steph are still the only ones at the motivational seminar! Paul says that in absence of any other attendees, he's going to cancel the seminar and give Steph her money back.
STEPH: No, I don't want my money back.
PAUL: I beg your pardon?
STEPH: No. And I don't want you to cancel, either. ‘Cause unlike everyone else, I do have time, I do have the money, and I do wanna hear what you have to say.
PAUL: Alright, let me get this straight. You want me to perform my seminar just for you.
STEPH: Uh- huh.
PAUL: Okay, and why would I do that?
STEPH: Because you're desperate and you need the money.
She tells him to get started.
Amy storms in, followed by Kyle – she's annoyed because he failed to answer Xanthe's question about what he'd do if Georgia wanted to reunite with him.
KYLE: I was in shock. And I didn't feel like discussing it in front of my nosy half-sister and my loving but overbearing gran. Because the only person this affects is you.
Kyle points out that Georgia's letter might be totally innocent, or to tell him she's met someone else. But Amy says there's only one way to be sure, and gives it to him to read.
AMY: And if Georgia does want to get back with you, and that's what you want, then I won't stand in your way. But Xanthe is right about one thing; I need to know where I stand.
Kyle takes the letter, and drops it into the kitchen bin.
KYLE: Georgia is a million miles away, and in my past. But you – you and Jimmy – are right here, right now.
AMY: But what if she comes back and says that she still loves you?
KYLE: I would choose you.
AMY: But what if you still have feelings for her?
KYLE: Amy… I love YOU.
They kiss, and head into the laundry room to TITTNL.
In the conservatory, Piper comes in and criticises Terese for letting Paul host motivational seminars in their living room! Terese is in no mood to be taking lectures from Piper, and starts raging.
TERESE: What is it about a digital ban that you're not understanding?
PIPER: Okay, I'm sorry, Mum.
TERESE: I just don't know how to punish you. Nothing I do seems to have an effect!
Piper gets tearful as she explains how Tim Collins nearly sued her, and how Tyler now hates her because of it.
TERESE: Well, if you're not being sued, why are you so upset?
PIPER: Didn't you hear what I said? Mum, Tyler doesn't want anything to do with me anymore. I really like him – why doesn't he like me back?
Terese comforts Piper as she sobs.
Meanwhile, in the living room, Paul is rounding up his motivational seminar, to talk about ‘what personally motivates me'.
STEPH: The joy of screwing everyone over?
PAUL: My father, Jim Robinson, was a tough man – he was also very stubborn. But he was always fair. But above all, he loved his family. And when he passed away, I inherited these [cufflinks]. Now, though they're worth a small fortune, I'd never sell them. Why? Because every time I look at them I'm reminded that the greatest motivating force in life isn't the desire for power and wealth – but to make a better life for the people that you love.
Steph is utterly incredulous.
STEPH: Oh, no. Come on – come on, Paul. You expect me to believe it's all about family for you?
PAUL: … Alright. You want the truth?
STEPH: Mm- hm.
PAUL: I don't like to lose. And it's not about being on top that excites me; it's the challenge of getting there. You see, you have to be ruthless, and determined, and focused. You have to treat failure as just a success in progress. And you have to get off the mat every single time. There you go – that's it, that's all I've got. Unless of course, you're going to force me into a Q&A session.
STEPH: No, that was actually pretty good.
PAUL: You know what? Just forget it. I'll give you your money back; we'll pretend this never happened.
Kyle is drinking a beer, looking pleased with himself. Sheila comes in, correctly surmising that he's sorted things out with Amy.
SHEILA: I did like Georgia, but Xanthe's right – she walked out on you, and I can see how happy Jimmy and Amy make you.
Sheila has more mail for Kyle – a birthday card from his dad, Gary.
KYLE: You mean he actually remembered? That'd be a first.
Kyle opens the card wearily.
KYLE (reading): Dear son, happy birthday, hope you're well. All good here – I'm up for parole.
KYLE (reading): I'd like to see you, Mum and Xanthe very soon.
SHEILA: That's great! Isn't that great?
Kyle looks conflicted.
Steph is still lingering around after the seminar. Paul tries to give her her $500 back, but Steph isn't having it.
STEPH: I wasn't joking when I said it was a good seminar.
PAUL: Oh, ha- ha. What's the punchline?
STEPH: You made some good points. About being resilient. About picking yourself up off the mat – it's what I'm trying to do. I can understand why you're such a good businessman.
PAUL: Alright. If you really mean that, why didn't you take up my offer of investing in my motel, then?
STEPH: Well, I didn't know how driven you were.
PAUL: You know, it doesn't matter anyway. The only reason I put this stupid thing together was a last- ditch attempt at trying to raise the deposit. I'm just gonna have to let it go now.
STEPH: Why? I'm gonna give you the money from my shares.
PAUL: All of it?
STEPH: If I'm gonna get Charlie back, I need ongoing work and financial stability. And despite everything you've done, it feels right.
PAUL: … So you will invest in my motel?
STEPH: I will. But I am doing this for my boy. He means everything to me. You lose my money, I will make your life a living hell.
Paul nods and smiles.
- At Warrinor Prison, Kyle has a go at Gary for never sticking at anything
- Gary hugs Xanthe, and she asks Sheila if Gary will live with them if he gets out on parole
- Sheila tells Kyle that this isn't just about him – Xanthe will be devastated
- Lyn is worried about Steph's decision to invest in Paul's motel, but Karl says she must accept it
- Lyn appears to be rifling through Paul's papers
- Paul tells Lyn that the deal with Steph is going through, and to get used to it