- Angus becomes suspicious as the length of his stay at the Kennedys' remains uncertain
- Paige throws a strop when John once again rebuffs her advances
- Tom Quill tells Aaron that he knows Xanthe took his cash
- Xanthe, Ben and Angus tell Aaron they only have $1,500 of Tom's money left
- Amy is furious with Terese for paying Cecilia to give false testimony against Paul
- Piper comes home to find Terese collapsed behind the laundry room door
Piper rushes out into the street looking for Brad, but Lauren reveals that he's Not In This Episode™. Piper frantically explains that Terese has collapsed up against the laundry room door and that she can't get in to check if she's okay. Lauren rushes back to No 22 with Piper.
Here be titles.
Piper and Lauren run into the house. Terese isn't responding to their attempts to wake her up, so Lauren instructs Piper to move her foot away from the door, then slide through the gap. Piper's relieved to find that Terese is breathing. Lauren goes to call Karl.
Ben and Angus come in from school. Ben gets a text from Xanthe; she wants them to head over to her place, as she has an idea about how to pay back Tom Quill's money. Angus is more interested in going for a skate; Ben points out that his board was paid for with the stolen cash, but Angus says he's customised it now, so can't take it back anyway.
Susan comes in. She notices that Angus has tagged his skateboard with his initials (ABH) and remarks that it's ‘cool'. Ben is surprised, saying that Susan would go ballistic if it had been him who had tagged something. Susan says that provided it's personal property, it isn't a problem.
Once Angus has gone outside to skate, Ben accuses Susan of letting Angus get away with whatever he wants.
SUSAN: Ben, we talked about this. We've got to cut him a bit of slack.
BEN: For how long?
SUSAN: Well, just till I'm convinced that he's settled in alright.
BEN: Fine. But for the record, it feels like you're playing favourites.
Karl has arrived, and helps a still inebriated Terese to the couch, where she promptly lies down. He says the bump on her head isn't serious, and that it's a good idea for her to sleep for a while. Piper asks Terese how much she drank, but is simply told to go away. Piper kicks off about Terese drinking too much, but Karl tells her not to be too tough on Terese – she's been through a rough time.
Piper says she was supposed to go and help Xanthe with some photos for a project, and now can't because of Terese. Lauren offers to stay at No 22 and keep an eye on Terese, while Piper goes – adding that it might be good for Piper and Terese to have some time apart.
Karl is reporting back to Susan on the state of Terese's health. He admits he's worried about Piper, for whom the whole episode must have been very distressing. They resolve to keep an eye out.
Susan then tells Karl that Ben has accused her of favouritism when it comes to Angus. She's desperate for Sarah to tell Angus the truth about her illness so that they can explain to Ben what's going on. Karl says he called Sarah earlier and made just that point – adding that Sarah said she'd consider telling Angus everything in an email.
Ben comes in to find Xanthe sorting through a rail full of clothes in the centre of the room, and Aaron ironing shirts.
Xanthe explains that Ben is going to be their chief model, but he wants to know how that will help pay off their debts. Xanthe explains that she's going to sell the clothes online; many have been left in the house by her auntie Naomi, and they're also selling the clothes that Tom bought Aaron when they were seeing each other. Xanthe thinks that the clothes will raise $3- 4,000 towards Tom's cash.
Sheila comes in, with a load of her own cast- offs to add to the collection. But it turns out she's been rather misled as to the cause – Xanthe has told her they're raising money for needy kids! Sheila goes to find more clothes to donate.
BEN: Needy kids?!
XANTHE: Yes. We are kids, and we are needy – so technically it's not lying.
BEN: Xanthe, what if she finds out?
XANTHE: Whatever punishment she can dish out is nothing compared to what she'll give us if we don't give Tom back the money.
In the background, Aaron looks worried.
Shortly afterwards, Xanthe is modelling one of Sheila's ‘retro' jumpers, while Piper takes photos. John comes in – he doesn't have any old clothes to donate, but gives them some cash instead. Ben looks uncomfortable, but Xanthe willingly accepts the money – and moves on to suggest modelling Paige's wedding dress, which has also ended up in the pile of donations!
Tyler shows up with donations from the Brennan brothers.
TYLER: I'm actually amazed at how much clothes we had.
Us too, Tyler, since you rarely wear many!
Xanthe suggests going round the street to ask for donations. Piper doesn't want to bother Terese, saying she's not feeling well (here, Tyler looks worried) – but says she'll go and ask Brad and Lauren.
Once Ben and Xanthe have left, Tyler asks Piper what's wrong with Terese. Piper claims she's just tired after the trial – but Tyler notices that Piper is eager to change the conversation.
Ben and Xanthe are collecting clothes donations from Susan and Karl. Karl only comes out with a tatty golf shirt, and seems reluctant even to give that away – but Susan orders him back into the bedroom to find some more items, on pain of ‘supervision'! Angus is hanging around playing Ben's guitar, so Ben tersely suggests he come and help them. Xanthe says Angus can help model.
ANGUS: I guess someone has to fill in the talent vacuum for males.
Ben seethes. Just as they're leaving, Angus gets an email from Sarah, and stays behind to read it. Susan looks worried, guessing Sarah has broken the news about her cancer in the email. And when Angus leaves the house looking upset and refusing to talk, her suspicions seem to be confirmed…
Piper and Tyler are raiding the house for unwanted clothes. Tyler wonders why Lauren isn't here; Piper explains she's keeping an eye on Terese.
PIPER: Mum's drinking again.
TYLER: Oh, really? I'm sorry.
PIPER: The way she was carrying on after the trial – revelling in the fact that Paul's going to jail – it was horrible. I don't want to be around her when she's like that.
TYLER: Maybe you need to tell her how you feel?
PIPER: How am I meant to do that without yelling at her and making everything worse? You know, when Imogen was here I had back- up. You know, she was strong and sensible, so I could afford to be the baby, and kind of just coast along. But now I have to deal with it all by myself.
TYLER: Yeah, it's full on.
PIPER: Yeah, well at least I've got Dad and Lauren here.
TYLER: And you've got Paige, and your friends.
He puts an arm around her.
TYLER: You've got me!
As they post the items of clothing on the web for surfers to purchase, Sheila is praising Xanthe's fundraising skills and saying how clever she is. Xanthe thinks Sheila's just saying it to boost her self- esteem, but Sheila says she's just saying what she always thought. Ben comes out of the bedroom modelling a suit.
XANTHE: O. M. G. That thing they say about guys in suits? It's true – you look like a movie star!
Xanthe likes the suit so much that she tells Ben they're keeping it, so he can wear it to the formal. She fiddles with his tie, and the pair smile at each other, eyes meeting and chemistry crackling. Their moment is interrupted by Sheila shouting from the other room – her retro jumper is at $213 and rising! Xanthe says she's glad things are finally happening, glancing over her shoulder at Ben.
Erinsborough High School
Susan is leaving a message on Angus's voicemail. But as she arrives at the school, one of the teachers – Wayne Baxter; we've met him before in 7228 – shows her some graffiti that has been daubed on the wall by the lockers. Susan immediately recognises the graffiti tag as Angus's, with the ABH initials. She tells Wayne she has a sneaking suspicion of who's responsible.
Terese wakes up on the couch, to find Lauren in the house. Lauren explains she offered to stay while Piper went to Xanthe's.
TERESE: She's really angry with me, isn't she?
LAUREN: I think she's more worried than anything else.
Terese becomes tearful.
TERESE: You know, I was really hoping that, after the trial was over, and that when Paul was in jail, that everything would feel better. It hasn't. Nothing's changed. If anything, it just feels worse. Because now I've got nothing to focus on. I've just got these thoughts that are going around and around in my head.
LAUREN: Well you've still got your work.
TERESE: Julie just fired me.
LAUREN: Terese, I'm so sorry.
TERESE: No, I deserved it. You know, I really hate what I did. I really hate who I've become. You know, and I've just got to remember that, I've got to keep it together for Piper. But I've just got this aching, gaping hole in my heart, where Josh used to be. Nothing I can do can fix it.
Lauren hugs Terese as she cries.
LAUREN: You cry all you want.
Erinsborough High School
Susan has summoned Angus to show him the graffiti. He doesn't even deny that he's responsible, saying he won't waste Susan's time lying about it. She says it's hard for her not to take this personally – but adds that, since she knows Angus was upset about the email from his mum, she wants to talk to him about that instead.
SUSAN: Did she tell you much about what she's doing in Germany?
SUSAN: That must have been hard. But at least – at least now you know the truth. And whatever happens, Karl and I are here for you.
ANGUS: So you mean, she's gonna be there forever and leave me here for good?
It quickly becomes apparent to Susan that Angus still doesn't know about the cancer, so she backtracks rapidly – saying she just knows that Sarah's plans are up in the air at the moment.
ANGUS: Her whole email was about all the fun she's having and the people she's meeting. And I feel like I don't matter to her.
SUSAN: Well you do matter to her. And you matter to me, too. Which is why… I'm gonna turn a blind eye to this.
ANGUS: So, no suspension?
SUSAN: You need to be in school more, not less. But let's be very clear. If I let this go you have to promise me that if you're ever upset about anything, you'll find me and we'll talk about it. This kind of thing is unacceptable. And if you ever do anything like it again, there will be hell to pay. Do you understand?
Angus nods and, told by Susan to go home and do his assignments, heads towards the door.
ANGUS: Susan… Thank you.
He leaves, and Susan looks worried.
Terese is coming downstairs with a suitcase when Piper comes in. Terese announces she's going away to a health retreat in Tasmania for a few days. She suggests Piper could stay with Brad and Lauren if she isn't comfortable being here on her own. Terese becomes tearful again.
TERESE: I'm so sorry for being such a mess. You shouldn't have to see me like this.
TERESE: When I get back, I'm gonna be a better person. And a better mother, okay? I really mean it this time. What you went through today – the fear and the worry and the shame – it won't happen again, I promise.
PIPER: It's okay, Mum. It's okay.
TERESE: I love you so much.
PIPER: I love you too.
Tyler is on his way into Harold's when John stops to talk to him. John asks if Tyler went out with Paige and Courtney last night. Tyler explains that he and Courtney used to date and it didn't end well, so she wouldn't ask him to go for a night out with her. John seems bothered by this, but when Tyler asks why he wants to know, John says ‘no reason' – adding that it sounded like a fun night.
John leaves, and Tyler looks curious.
Susan is filling Karl in on Angus, the graffiti and their chat earlier. Karl's of the view that Angus should have been made to clean up the graffiti, but Susan says she's going to sort it out.
Tyler has come in in the meantime, followed shortly afterwards by Piper. Karl calls Piper over, and the Kennedys invite her to come over for a meal at their place while Terese is away. She thanks them, and for all Karl's help today.
At the counter, Tyler asks how Piper is doing. She explains that she's home alone tonight now Terese has gone away. Tyler says he'd been planning to offer to come round and keep her company – and Piper, cheering up suddenly, says he should come over.
TYLER: Alright, it's a date!
TYLER: You know what I mean.
PIPER: I'll see you later.
TYLER: Yes, you will.
They smile at each other awkwardly, and Tyler leaves.
Erinsborough High School
Ben comes down the stairs, having collected a book he left in his locker by accident, and finds Susan scrubbing away at the graffiti. He immediately recognises the tag as Angus's.
BEN: Shouldn't he be the one cleaning it off?
Ben walks off in a sulk.
Piper and Tyler are playing with remote control cars. Piper's not happy with the car she's been assigned; she wants to use Tyler's, as it has more character.
TYLER: That's why Sally is mine, and no- one else is allowed to drive her.
TYLER: Yeah, my first true love.
PIPER: Oh! And she's named after your first real true love?
TYLER: If by real you mean human, no. She's named after that song. Mustang Sally.
PIPER: So, who was your first true love?
TYLER: Erm, I could tell you my first true lust. Miss Malkovich, Year 7 art teacher. Hot, hot, hot.
PIPER: Right. So a lot of lust, but no love.
TYLER: I've definitely had a lot of infatuations. But love – don't really know what that is.
PIPER: Hmm, I know what you mean. I thought I was in love with Chas, but that was just needy and screwed- up.
TYLER: Well, I would have said I was in love with Paige. But she didn't really feel the same about me. And I kind of think, if somebody's gonna be your first true love… You should be loved back.
Piper smiles in agreement.
PIPER: Yeah. Well, ideally.
There's a Moment™, but nothing happens.
TYLER: I should probably go.
PIPER: Mm. Yeah… Right. Yeah. Mm.
Tyler awkwardly collects his toy cars, and makes an exit. Once he's gone, Piper smiles to herself, looking lovestruck.
- Tyler gives Piper a driving lesson
- Xanthe tells Piper about her Moment™ with Ben, while Piper eyes up Tyler across the road
- Piper tells Tyler he should maybe come home with her
- Ben moans to Karl and Susan that they treat him more harshly than they do Angus
- Angus punches Ben in the face, and the pair scuffle on the grass, to Xanthe's horror