- Paul tells Sonya about the Quills' evil plan to build a second tower on the hotel
- Sonya tells Aaron that hiring him was one of the best decisions she's ever made
- Paul and Steph fall out after her bikie mates trash the motel room and pull off Paul's leg!
- Each feeling sorry for themselves, Mark and Steph go in for the pash
Steph and Mark's kiss continues.
STEPH: Maybe we should go to my room.
MARK: Can't say I was expecting this when I came over this afternoon.
STEPH: Me either. But here we are. Want to?
MARK: It's just that it's a bit quick. That's all.
Steph pulls away.
STEPH: Yeah. You should go.
MARK: Don't be upset, I…
STEPH: You're right. This was a really bad idea. You should just leave.
Mark does as he's told, and the titles roll.
Aaron and Sonya are having a work meeting. Sonya is impressed with Aaron's executive assistant skills – he's got everything organised for her, right down to Nell's vaccination appointments!
Aaron reminds Sonya that she has a consultation with a Tom Quill tomorrow. Terese and a man approach, introducing himself as the very same Tom. He's the development manager at the Quill Group, Julie Quill's stepson and Shay's brother. He's bought Sonya and Aaron a bottle of champagne. Sonya says she doesn't drink, but says she's looking forward to their meeting tomorrow.
Terese offers to give Sonya a lift home, and they leave. Aaron suggests that Tom stay and share the champagne with him. Tom agrees.
Daniel and Imogen are having takeaway. Daniel says he thinks things are back on track between him and Paul, and apologises for deserting her when they had plans – but Imogen says it's fine, as she got some studying done. Imogen asks if Daniel's staying over, but he says he still has paperwork to do. She tells him to get it all done tonight so they can spend tomorrow together. They kiss.
Paige comes in – she wants to borrow Imogen's blonde wig for the charity run tomorrow. She asks if they're coming to the run, but Imogen explains they're having ‘couple time' tomorrow.
PAIGE: You're so boring.
With a parting ‘eww', Paige leaves them to their coupledom.
Mark comes in. Tyler asks him to sponsor him.
TYLER: I'm doing a charity run to raise money for rheumathoid arthritis research.
TYLER: Yeah, that's what I said. Rheumatoid.
MARK: You don't run!
TYLER: Yeah I do. When hot chicks in costume are involved.
Mark's about to give Tyler some sponsorship cash when he realises he's lost his wallet.
MARK: I must have left it at…
TYLER: You must have left it at where?
MARK: At someone's house!
TYLER: Ooh, someone! Who?
TYLER: You picked up!
MARK: Not exactly.
TYLER: Oh, wow, I thought you'd be sulking round the house for a few months at least!
MARK: I don't sulk, and I haven't moved on. It was just a bit of a kiss – until I blew it.
TYLER: Ooh. Okay, well I need details. Now.
MARK: Okay, it was, erm… It was Steph.
MARK: Wow? Wow good or wow bad?
TYLER: Well, what do you think?
MARK: I thought you liked Steph.
TYLER: Yeah, I do. She's awesome. But – isn't she into chicks?
MARK: Apparently not. Well not tonight, anyway.
Tyler points out that Steph has a lot of baggage, adding that he's surprised Mark would go there.
Sonya collapses on the sofa, exhausted after another day of mayoral duties, and moans about it to Steph. She then notices she's sitting on Mark's wallet, and asks Steph what it's doing there. In a bid to stop Sonya from inviting Mark round to collect it, Steph reluctantly admits they kissed. Sonya is rather taken aback.
Steph says she doesn't want to talk about it, so Sonya proceeds to do just that – asking Steph if she is regretting kissing Mark.
STEPH: I think Mark is.
SONYA: What makes you say that?
STEPH: Because I invited him to my bedroom and he practically choked. Talk about fail.
Sonya insists Mark would never intentionally be insensitive, pointing out he's just broken up with Paige. Sonya suggests that Steph return Mark's wallet, which would give her an opportunity to talk things through with him. Steph doesn't seem keen.
Aaron and Tom are making fast work of the champagne. For some reason, Aaron compliments Tom on his shoes, who says they cost a packet but keep the blisters away. Aaron resolves to get himself some as soon as he gets a promotion.
TOM: So have you always been an EA?
AARON: Err, I've had a few careers. But I'm really liking this one.
Aaron sings Sonya's praises, and Tom is quick to take the opportunity to ask how Sonya feels about the proposal for the second tower at Lassiter's.
TOM: Just off the record, of course. You know, general thoughts.
AARON: … I don't think I can speak for Mayor Rebecchi.
TOM: Well, surely she sees what a great thing it'll be for the community? More jobs, an increase in tourism…
AARON: … I don't think I can say anything.
TOM: No insight at all, huh? Alright, well, if there's anything that I or Quill can do to help her with the decision- making, let me know.
Aaron looks a little suspicious as Tom leaves.
By the pool, Daniel is getting dressed ready to go to work. Imogen's disappointed that he has to go, but Daniel says he can't leave Terese high and dry while Tom Quill's in town. He promises to make it up to her, but she starts unbuttoning his shirt – saying she likes him better without it on! They kiss passionately.
DANIEL: It's been a while.
IMOGEN: Mm, we can fix that!
But Imogen sighs with frustration as Daniel asks her to hold that thought till later – he really does need to go to work.
DANIEL: Why don't you go check out the fun run?
IMOGEN (sulking): I don't have a costume.
DANIEL: Go as you are – Super Hot Chick.
IMOGEN: You're an idiot.
Daniel apologises for having to go, and kisses her. She tells him to hurry back.
Mark is out for a jog, when Paige emerges from No 22 in a blonde wig and pink tutu!
MARK: It's a good look!
Mark quickly gathers that Paige is taking part in the same charity run as Tyler. Mark says he doesn't really see the appeal of running in costume.
PAIGE: It's called fun, Mark.
Paige tells Mark he needs to get out and live – be spontaneous.
PAIGE: When was the last time you did that?
Having taken Paige's words to heart, Mark heads round to see Steph. She returns his wallet, and apologises for kicking him out last night – while Mark apologises for not being very spontaneous. Steph admits she was just looking for ‘a quick fix', and says he was right not to go there.
MARK: Well, if it's any consolation, I was kind of kicking myself afterwards.
STEPH: Oh, yeah, right (!)
MARK: I really like you!
STEPH: And if you dare give me the line, ‘it's not me, it's you'…
MARK: I do really like you. You're one of the only people who knows what I'm going through.
STEPH: So what you're saying is, we're perfect as mates.
MARK: … Yeah.
They agree they should stick to being mates, and shake on it, each admitting they were dreading the conversation. But the handshake and smiles seem to linger a little too long – and the background score concurs…
Paige is sitting on the grass in her tutu, crying. There's a guy in a rabbit suit in the background. Are we in Wonderland?
Sonya and Aaron are having another meeting. Sonya is moaning about Tim Collins having handed council contracts to his mates without putting them out to tender, and says she can't trust anything he approved during his time as interim mayor, including the Lassiter's development.
Terese comes in with a delivery for Aaron – it's a pair of expensive shoes! An enclosed, handwritten note reads: ‘No need to wait for a promotion'. Aaron explains the shoes are from Tom Quill, and says he thinks Tom might be trying to bribe him – relaying the detail of their conversation last night, in which Tom tried to probe him for info on Sonya's views of the development.
Sonya advises Aaron that everything's fine – she didn't accept the champagne from Tom, and Aaron doesn't need to accept the shoes. Aaron admits that he drank the champagne, but agrees with Sonya's plan to return the shoes, and be clear to Tom that they won't be bought.
Imogen is in a deckchair, reading Jane Eyre. She can't contain her laughter, and doesn't even try, when Tyler emerges into the pool area wearing his costume for the charity run – a kilt and Braveheart- esque face- paint! As Imogen helps Tyler fasten his kilt, he encourages her to come along to the fun run, but she says she's waiting for Daniel to finish work so they can spend time together.
Imogen goes to make some crucial adjustments to the kilt, and unwittingly gets an eyeful!
IMOGEN: You're not wearing anything under that!
TYLER: Yeah, I know – it's called tradition!
IMOGEN (flaps her arms around): Yeah, but you're gonna be running.
TYLER: I don't run like that!
IMOGEN: And that means the kilt is gonna be flapping everywhere, and everyone's gonna see the jewels!
TYLER: Oh, don't be so uptight!
IMOGEN: I'm not!
TYLER: I'm not ashamed of my body.
IMOGEN: Not kidding!
TYLER: Come on. You don't wanna hang around here by yourself. Come with me. Or risk missing out on the flapping.
Tyler flaps his kilt at Imogen again, and she starts giggling.
Daniel tells Terese he's been thinking of joining the hotel management training programme part- time, on top of his day job. Terese thinks it's an excellent career move, but she says it won't leave him with much spare time.
TERESE: Have you discussed it with Imogen?
DANIEL: No, not yet. But she's very supportive. And we're both so career- focused…
Terese suggests that Daniel should leave work early, and go and surprise Imogen. But he insists on sticking around, saying he's still got a lot of work to do to make everything perfect for Tom Quill. Imogen, he says, will be fine.
Sonya is talking to Mark. She says she's been a lousy friend to him lately, and should've been there for him more in the aftermath of the aborted wedding to Paige. Mark tells her it's fine. Steph emerges with hot drinks for her and Mark, and takes a seat just out of earshot.
Sonya admits to Mark that Steph told her about their kiss last night. Mark explains that he and Steph have agreed that last night was a mistake, and that everything's fine.
SONYA: Is it really that simple, though?
MARK: We know what we're doing. We crossed the line; it's not gonna happen again. We're actually becoming Really Good Friends™.
SONYA: Good, good, good!
But as Mark leaves her to join Steph, Sonya looks anything but pleased, and watches with concern as they joke and laugh together.
Tom comes in, and Aaron hands him the expensive shoes back.
AARON: I don't take bribes, okay? And neither does the mayor.
TOM: It was a gift.
But Aaron's on a roll, and hands him a bottle of champagne identical to the one they drank last night.
AARON: So we're square. I don't owe you anything.
TOM: Aaron, these were genuine gifts.
AARON: I'm not an idiot. I know what you're doing!
TOM: I'm so bad at this. Aaron, I sent the shoes because I thought it might be a chance for us to talk more. I like you, and I wanted to ask you out.
Aaron laughs awkwardly.
AARON: I'm in a relationship.
He explains how Nate is overseas at the moment, but that he'll be back soon. Tom says sorry for making him feel awkward, and suggests he keep the gifts anyway, but Aaron insists it wouldn't be right. Tom says that's fair enough, and takes the gifts away, Aaron promising to catch him later.
Steph comes in, and Sonya asks her if she's made up with Mark. Steph confirms that she has, and that it wasn't too difficult in the end. Sonya's clearly agitated, and Steph asks her what's up.
SONYA: I'm just gonna say this. I know that one thing led to another last night when you guys were hanging out.
SONYA: But I just saw you guys at Harold's, and you just seemed – you seemed very chummy.
STEPH: We're enjoying each other's company. We've actually found we've been through some really similar stuff.
STEPH: You're the one who told me to make up with him!
SONYA: Yeah, I know that, I know I did. I guess I just didn't think that you would become bosom buddies or something.
STEPH: What is your problem?
SONYA: I just think that you guys have both been through a lot lately. And I just don't know if starting something's a really good idea.
STEPH: We're just mates!
SONYA: Well, until the next slip- up!
STEPH: I know you guys are close. But there's plenty of room for everyone.
SONYA: I'm not – I'm not jealous, Steph!
STEPH: Are you sure about that?
SONYA: Yeah, I just – I care about you, and, well, I care about both of you.
STEPH: And I appreciate that. But my relationship with Mark is really none of your business.
SONYA: Well it is. It is, actually, ‘cos he's one of my best friends. And I'm just – all I'm saying is tread carefully. For both of your sakes, that's all.
Evidently still agitated, Sonya leaves. Steph looks bemused and a little annoyed.
Tom and Sonya are having their meeting about the development, when Imogen and Braveheart Tyler come in. Tom is defending the temporary closure of other businesses which the Lassiter's expansion will entail, saying it will mean extra profits for those firms in the long run. As they talk, Tom watches Tyler struggling to adjust his kilt by the bar!
SONYA: It looks like you're proposing that the Complex have a bit of a makeover.
TOM: Yes – we want to make a clear statement that this is a safe, respectable area and anything less is unacceptable.
The words have no sooner left Tom's lips than Tyler's kilt has fallen down, leaving him exposed from the waist down to a roomful of punters! Most seem amused, with one extra making a rather crude hand gesture that we can only assume represents a commentary on the modest size of Tyler's unmentionables. But Tom is not happy at all, and tells Terese that Tyler needs to leave.
TERESE: Tyler's a regular; he's a friend of mine. I'm sure it was just an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction.
TYLER: Exactly. So just chill out, dude. Just a body.
TOM: I'm trying to impress on the mayor that this'll be a complex of a certain standard, while some flasher swans around in the background!
IMOGEN: This doesn't look good.
TOM: Get rid of him now, and don't let him come back.
Tom marches off, and Tyler asks Terese who the ‘clown' is.
TERESE: it's Tom Quill. Julie Quill's stepson.
TERESE: Yeah, he wants me to kick you out. And ban you from The Waterhole for good.
Tyler and Imogen look suitably upset.
Aaron is on a bench by the lake. He texts Sonya, telling her he hopes her meeting is going well. Kyle turns up, and sits next to him – Aaron explaining how he's giving the meeting a miss because Tom has a crush on him.
KYLE: Nice work, man- killer!
AARON: I know, I didn't even realise! The poor guy had to stand there and spell it out to me.
KYLE: Well, you know what Dr Phil says… When you're in a long relationship, indulge your senses. You know, when you're not looking for anything, you can't see what's right there in front of you.
AARON: Yeah, maybe. All I know is that, man, it makes me miss Nate now. A lot. I can't wait for him to get home.
KYLE: You haven't heard from Nate?
AARON: No, not really. I think he's just somewhere kind of isolated at the moment.
KYLE: … Maybe.
AARON: Why? Have you heard from him? Have you?
KYLE: … Gran has.
AARON: Did he say when he's coming home?
KYLE: Mate, I thought you already knew.
AARON: He's not coming back?
KYLE: The opposite. He's in Australia.
AARON: Are you sure?
KYLE: Mate, he's been with his parents for a couple of weeks.
- Aaron decides that since Nate hasn't been in touch, he must no longer want to be with him
- Terese stands firm on the subject of Tyler's Waterhole ban
- Daniel seems peeved that Imogen is so worked up about Tyler
- Brad gets some unexpected news
- Someone's on his way – and he wants to talk to the whole Willis family