- On finding $10,000 in the fridge in Tom Quill's hotel room, Ben and Xanthe agree to ‘look after' it
- Xanthe gets the green light when Piper tells her she and Ben are nothing more than friends
- A devastated Imogen says goodbye to a dying Josh in the ruins of the Lassiter's reception
- Doug is the next to fall victim to the Grim Reaper, as Ned and Brad reunite over his body
- Lauren recognises one of Ned's tattoos as a gang insignia, but he insists he was never part of it
- Nate is confused when Aaron tells him he doesn't deserve a job with Sonya
- Later, Nate's shocked to hear Aaron say that Tom Quill is dead because of him
Nate asks Aaron to explain what he means by Tom being dead because of him.
AARON: He was in that car park when the explosion happened.
NATE: Because they found the security card?
AARON: He was definitely there.
Sonya arrives, interrupting, and assumes Aaron's here because he's changed his mind about taking the management job at the nursery. Aaron quickly disabuses her of this notion, and she leaves, disappointed. Nate and Aaron return to discussing Tom.
NATE: What happened?
AARON: No, you know what? It's better you don't know.
Two, one – titles.
Imogen is working at her laptop. Josh comes downstairs and fetches an energy drink from the fridge.
JOSH: What you doing there, nerd?
IMOGEN: Nothing much, moron. Just advancing my life through scholastic endeavours.
JOSH: You seem a bit stressed. Why don't you come to the gym with me?
IMOGEN: I don't have time.
JOSH: Come on. Exercise is good for the brain. Help you study even harder.
IMOGEN: So how come you never do any, then?
JOSH: Because I have other talents.
IMOGEN: What, like being annoying?
JOSH: Annoying? Here, I'll show you annoying.
Josh attacks Imogen's hair with his hands, messing it up and making her laugh out loud.
Imogen wakes up sharply, and finds Daniel standing over her, not Josh. She realises it was just a dream, and that her brother is still dead. To make matters worse, Daniel says that he woke her because the funeral firm needs some extra details for Josh's service – and that since Brad is out and Terese is Not In This Episode™, he thought Imogen could handle it.
Claiming she has a headache, Imogen announces she's going for a nap – but on her way out, she notices the same energy drink that Josh had in the dream, sitting on the kitchen top.
Piper and Ned are playing snap. She recalls how Josh taught her how to play it on holiday once, and how it was one of the best holidays the family ever had.
NED: I wish I'd been there.
He goes to grab a drink. Brad comes in, with his mum Pam, whom he's just picked up from the airport. Ned looks around worriedly from the counter.
PAM: My little Pippy!
PAM: What have you done to your hair?
PIPER: Oh, do you like it?
PAM: No! But I love you and that's all that matters.
Lauren comes to join them, and Pam is civil to her – but it seems a bit awkward. It's when Ned comes over, however, that Pam really turns cold.
NED: Nan. Long time, no see.
PAM: Ned. I didn't know you'd be here too.
Ned kisses her on the forehead, and Pam looks like she'd rather he hadn't. Lauren notices the tension between them.
Ben answers the door. It's Xanthe, with a load of textbooks.
XANTHE: It's tutor time!
Ben objects, reminding her that him tutoring her was just a story to cover up to his grandparents what they were really doing – arguing over the $10,000 they found in the hotel. But Xanthe says they have to play along with it to stop the Kennedys getting suspicious.
XANTHE: And it'll give us a chance to figure out what to spend the money on.
BEN: You mean *who* to spend the money on? We agreed to use the money to help people.
XANTHE: Mm, of course. Do- Gooders ‘R' Us.
BEN: It needs to be small to avoid suspicion.
XANTHE: I can do very low- cost makeovers.
BEN: I think there are more practical options than that, Xanthe.
XANTHE: There is nothing more practical than highlights and a killer pair of heels.
BEN: Are they new shoes?
XANTHE: I'm a girl, Ben. Not a monk. Isn't there something that you would like to spend your money on? You know, just for you? Anyway, enough of this – back to luuuurve.
XANTHE: Romeo and Juliet. It is actually on the reading list, and I do actually need help. So, erm, should we study here, or take it to your bedroom?
BEN: No, no, no – here should be fine!
Ben goes to fetch his books, while Xanthe checks her appearance on her smartphone.
Pam, Brad and Piper are talking about the funeral arrangements for Doug. Pam says they'll get Doug cremated here, then hold a service for him in Darwin – so Brad promises to look at some flights. He suggests they spend some time at Litchfield; Pam remarks that Doug loved it there, and suggests they scatter his ashes at Wangi Falls.
Ned suggests Buffalo Creek instead, recalling a happy time he spent there with Doug fishing as a child, when they had to escape from a massive crocodile. Lauren smiles in the background at this story. But Pam overrules this, saying Doug always felt ‘completely at peace' at Wangi Falls. Lauren looks worried.
Nate finds Aaron sitting outside looking glum. Nate insists Aaron tell him what's going on.
AARON: If I tell you, you're gonna be involved.
NATE: Just like you were with the whole Dimato thing. I don't care how bad it is; I wanna help.
AARON: … I saw Tom going into the underground car park that morning. ‘Cause he'd just been fired, I wanted to see how he was doing.
NATE: Did you talk to him?
AARON: Yeah. He said he just came back to get some things, not that it was any of my business. But then he started having a go at me, because I secretly recorded him and I got him charged. And he reckoned I ruined his life, and I was like, ‘oh, suck it up, princess, you ruined mine.' But then he started throwing punches at me, and I ducked and I weaved but he got me here. So I just – I laid him out. I didn't stop to check if he was alright – I just walked out. Not long after that, the boiler exploded. All I've been able to think about is how he's still there under the rubble. And it's all my fault.
The funeral discussions continue. Brad's sister Gaby is to speak on behalf of the family at Doug's service, but he suggests that one of Doug's friends should speak too. Piper suggests Lou, and Ned recalls how Lou visited one time when he was staying with Doug and Pam. But Brad explains that Lou's in Cambodia, so probably won't make it – he doesn't even know yet that Doug has died.
BRAD: What about Ned?
PAM: I'm sure one of Doug's other mates would be happy to say a few words. I might just get that coffee after all.
While Lauren makes Pam a coffee, she uses the opportunity to probe her for info on Ned.
LAUREN: How old was Ned when he started living with you?
PAM: Old enough to be a handful.
LAUREN: All teenage boys are a handful. My two, Mason and Bailey, certainly put me through the wringer. Pam, I saw a tattoo on Ned. I recognised it from a case Matt was working on in Mount Isa. He was investigating this gang, and they were really bad news. Anyway, when I asked him about it, he just said he was sixteen and trying to be cool.
PAM: Then I'm sure it's nothing to worry about.
Nate and Aaron are having a juice. Nate says it seems to him that Aaron's not to blame at all; Tom was alive when he left him, and that it's pointless to feel guilty until they know anything for sure.
Sonya comes over, and Nate asks her where things are up to with the clean- up of the rubble at the hotel. She says they can't get to the basement or underground car park till they clear the rest of the structure, which could take days or weeks. Aaron looks guilty again. Sonya says she's sure there's another explanation for Tom being missing than him being in the building.
SONYA: No matter what he did, he just doesn't deserve that fate. And his poor stepmother is just beside herself.
AARON: Maybe I should go talk to her.
SONYA: Why, do you know something?
But Nate steps in to prevent Aaron from saying any more, saying Aaron just needs some closure. Sonya looks surprised as the boys walk off.
AARON: What was that?
NATE: I'm looking out for you, so shut up, alright?
Ben is tutoring Xanthe at the table. He's trying to teach her some essay- writing techniques, but her mind is clearly elsewhere.
BEN: When I first started doing essays, Mum taught me to look at it as a MEAL. As in – Main idea, Evidence, Analysis and Linking sentence.
XANTHE: … We should go to the States.
BEN: As in, United… of America?
XANTHE: Yep. When school's finished, of course. I mean, we have the money – and I've always wanted to go. Mainly for Kendall and Kylie, but I'd also really like to go to Seattle.
XANTHE: Mm. You know, it's like, rainy, and it's got mountains. And then there's the whole Kurt Cobain thing.
BEN: You like Nirvana?
XANTHE: Not really, but I do like Frances Bean. She has this amazing eyebrow shaping – so good.
BEN: Yeah, I'd love to go to Seattle. It's like my musical Mecca. Not just for Nirvana, but for Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Mudhoney…
XANTHE: And then there's the fact that Jimi Hendrix was born there. And you rate him as your, like, number one guitar hero of all time.
BEN: Have you been reading my Facebook page?
XANTHE: … You're my friend, so, yeah.
BEN: I posted that about three years ago, Xanthe.
XANTHE: Mm- hm. It's what I do with all my friends. You know, I read everything about them. And it's not like it's private – you've got it on your page for everyone to see.
Clearly a little concerned by Xanthe's interest in him, Ben makes an excuse, saying they have to wrap up their session as he needs to mow the lawn.
XANTHE: You didn't finish telling me about meat.
BEN: MEAL. It's on the Internet – just look it up.
He practically pushes Xanthe out of the door, and she looks confused as she leaves.
Ned is clearing away some crockery to help Lauren out. She remarks how nice it must be to have his family all together, despite the circumstances.
NED: It's good to hear everyone's stories, you know. Helps me fill in all the blanks.
LAUREN: Well, you must have some memories you wanna share from when you were younger.
NED: Brad left Mum and I when I was just a baby, so…
LAUREN: I'm sure he tried to make contact.
NED: Yeah, I guess it was hard for him. He had another family.
LAUREN: Your dad never stopped loving you. No matter how bad things got between him and your mum.
NED: Yeah. Yeah, I guess.
LAUREN: And there were geographical issues too, weren't there?
NED: Mm. We can make new memories. Life's long. Sorry, that was dumb – I didn't think. Life's not long for everyone.
LAUREN: I know what you mean. Anyway, it's what you do with the time that counts. And you're doing that by being here. And I know your dad knows that.
Ned forces a smile, but it fades when Lauren turns away.
Daniel is looking through one of the Willises' photo albums which is out on the table, containing various pictures of Imogen and Josh. Imogen comes downstairs to join him – she hasn't really slept.
IMOGEN: You know they have a name for people like me? A twinless twin. Apparently only 50% of people with that title last more than two years.
DANIEL: Hey, don't talk like that.
IMOGEN: It's just the facts. I'm not making them up.
DANIEL: Losing someone – that's the worst thing that could ever happen.
IMOGEN: Not someone. My twin. We were two halves of the same whole and now we're not. You know before, when you woke me up – he came to me in a dream.
DANIEL: Yeah? What did he do?
IMOGEN: He was just there. He was just Josh. And that's why I wanted to go to sleep again. I didn't have a headache – I was just hoping he'd be there again.
Daniel tells Imogen he loves her so much, and will do whatever she needs to help with the funeral.
IMOGEN: I don't want anyone to do anything. We're planning how to say goodbye, and I don't want to say goodbye. I just want him here. I want to be whole again.
Imogen breaks down in tears, and Daniel hugs her.
Aaron continues to feel guilty about his last encounter with Tom, for Shay and Julie Quill's sakes. He tells Nate that they have a right to know what happened to Tom – but Nate points out that it won't make them feel any better, and will likely result in Julie making Aaron's life hell. He reiterates that they don't know if Aaron has anything to feel guilty about until Tom is found.
NATE: I'm telling you now – if he was killed by anything, it's from a hotel falling on top of him, not by you.
AARON: No. If it wasn't for me, he might've got out of there in time.
Nate replies that he still may have done for all they know, but they'll work out what to do once Tom is found.
NATE: Well, you trusted me enough to tell me. We're in this together now.
Piper comes in and talks to Xanthe, who's rambling on about Ben's Facebook profile, and how many likes and shares his posts have accrued.
XANTHE: Do you reckon he knows all these people? How many do you reckon are girls?
PIPER: Ah, online stalking. The pastime of our generation.
Piper's here to fetch a quiche for a barbecue the family's having, so Xanthe goes to fetch it.
PIPER: So what else have you found out?
XANTHE: Well, nothing that I didn't already know, ‘cause I know Ben like the back of my hand. But do you know who Emma Romero is? She's tagged in, like, a heap of his photos, but her page is private so I can't stalk her.
PIPER: Yeah. She's Ben's ex from Ballarat.
XANTHE: Dammit, she's really pretty!
PIPER: Yeah, and she really screwed him over. I'm surprised that he hasn't deleted all of her tags.
XANTHE: Do you reckon he still loves her?
PIPER: I doubt it.
XANTHE: She's gorgeous. She has amazing lady lumps.
PIPER: So you think Ben's still in love with her because of that?
XANTHE: Yes, Piper, it's a fact. It's something that all boys think of. I wish mine were that good.
Xanthe and Piper inspect Xanthe's chest!
PIPER: Yeah, yours are fine. You've got nothing to worry about.
Xanthe apologises for being stupid when Piper's going through hell. Piper says she was glad of the distraction.
PIPER: But honestly, Xanthe, you're gorgeous as you are. And if Ben can't see that, then he's just not the right guy for you.
Piper leaves, and Xanthe opens her laptop and logs onto… The Search Engine™! ‘How old do you have to be to get a boob job?' she types…
Brad, Lauren, Imogen, Daniel and Pam are gathered in preparation for the barbecue. We learn that Terese (still Not In This Episode™) is upstairs, and not coping well with her grief. Imogen and Pam are having a nice chat until Ned comes over with pretzels, and Pam goes all cold again. She visibly fumes as Imogen remarks how good Ned has been with the family since Doug and Josh's deaths.
PAM: Ah, yes. Archangel Ned (!)
NED: … Just trying to make up for lost time.
Pam seethes as he walks away. In the kitchen, Lauren talks to Ned.
LAUREN: What is going on with you and Pam? I've been watching you all afternoon and you could cut the air with a knife.
NED: Nothing. Don't worry about it.
Later in the evening, Lauren is earwigging on a conversation between Ned and Pam.
PAM: I don't want to hear it.
NED: You're not giving me a chance.
PAM: And I never will.
NED: I have nothing to do with those people anymore.
PAM: You've been branded by them! You're part of that disgusting gang of thieves for life.
NED: No, I left like I said I would – and I haven't gone back.
LAUREN: So I was right. You were in a gang.
PAM: Yes, he was. And there's a lot more to it than that.
NED: You said you wouldn't say anything.
PAM: I promised I'd never tell your father.
NED: You tell her, it's as good as telling him.
PAM: Why should I protect you? You didn't protect me.
LAUREN: Can somebody please tell me what this is about?
PAM: Ned told his gang- mates that he knew a house that was easy to rob. Ours. I mean, he even told them where to find the key.
Lauren and Ned look worried.
Later still, Pam is continuing her story of how the gang of thieves broke into the house just as she was going to bed, and knocked her to the ground when she came downstairs. Ned says they were meant to break in while she was out, but she got home early.
PAM: Oh, so it's my fault (!)
Lauren asks why she kept it quiet from Brad; Pam claims that Doug talked her into it, but only because Ned said he'd leave the gang and turn over a new leaf.
NED: And I did. You're the only one who's never believed me. But Pop did. He trusted me, and I never let him down.
Brad comes in.
BRAD: Hey, is everything alright in here?
Lauren looks round at him, all smiles.
NED: Yeah. We were just talking over plans for tomorrow. We all want to support you and Terese and the girls. Make sure you can say a proper goodbye to Josh.
Pam smiles coolly, but doesn't contradict Ned.
BRAD: Well, mate, I was gonna ask you if you wanted to be pallbearer.
NED: Are you sure?
BRAD: Well, you are part of this family. So you have a think about it.
PAM: I'll, erm, bring in the plates.
Brad and Pam go outside, and Ned thanks Lauren for not saying anything.
LAUREN: Yeah, well, I don't like keeping secrets from Brad.
NED: Don't worry. It won't be for long.
LAUREN: It better not be, Ned. I'm taking a big chance on you, and I do not want to regret it.
- The residents of Ramsay Street (and some extras) gather to bid farewell to Josh Willis
- An open- casket event
- Imogen, Paige and Piper crying
- Paul insists to Steph that he didn't sabotage the hotel boiler, but says he has a fair idea who did
- Steph confronts Cecilia Saint
- Pam tells Ned he may have fooled Brad, but she's not so gullible
- Terese reacts badly when an unwelcome person shows their face at the funeral