- Jimmy squirts pepper spray in Charlie's eyes, causing tension between Steph and Amy
- Walter tells Terese that he doesn't want them to do something they'll end up regretting
- Walter confirms to Sonya that she has a half- sister, who is dying – and she needs Sonya's help
- A beaten Paul tells Terese he doesn't forgive her for conspiring to get him locked up
- Ben admits to Xanthe that Sarah has cancer, and she promptly spills the beans to Angus
Terese and Susan are having a coffee outside Harold's. Terese tells Susan about how unrepentant Paul was when she visited him in hospital.
TERESE: After everything he's done, to go and throw my offer of forgiveness back into my face – I can't even comprehend it.
An upset Angus appears and starts shouting at Susan, accusing her of lying to him about his mum and explaining that Xanthe has told him she's sick.
ANGUS: How could you keep this from me?
Here be titles.
Afterwards, Terese has gone and we see Angus sitting with Susan.
ANGUS: So how bad is the cancer?
SUSAN: … There's no guarantee of recovery. But your mum's getting treatment at one of the best hospitals in the world.
ANGUS: Why didn't she tell me?! Doesn't she want to spend her last days with me?
SUSAN: Oh, Angus. She wants to be with you more than anything, but she also wants you to be somewhere where you can feel safe and happy, while she gets better.
ANGUS: So she sent me to live with strangers.
SUSAN: She just wanted to protect you.
Angus takes out his phone to call Sarah and make sure she's okay, but Susan tells him that she'll talk to her later instead.
ANGUS: So you can talk to her, but I can't?!
SUSAN: I'm trying to be mindful of her wishes.
ANGUS: … I can't trust you either, can I?
Angus gets up and walks off, despite Susan's protestations.
Toadie comes to meet Sonya. He's worried, as she's told him that she's already made an appointment with Karl to see if she's a potential bone marrow donor for her half- sister Zoe. Sonya seems already to have decided that she will donate if she can, but Toadie thinks she should take more time to think about it.
SONYA: She's my sister.
TOADIE: Who you haven't even met!
SONYA: Yes, I know, but she's sick and she needs my help.
Besides, she argues, the procedure isn't all that big a deal for the donor. Toadie questions the practicalities; will Sonya be able to afford the time off work to recover?
TOADIE: I love how giving you are. I really do. I'm not trying to dissuade you, but can't you just take a bit more time on this?
SONYA: Well, no. Because time is not what Zoe has, Jarrod. I mean, how can I say no to helping my sister stay alive?
Steph drives into the street with Charlie. She's telling him that his behaviour with Jimmy was really dangerous, and he promises not to do anything similar again. Charlie assures her he won't – his eyes are still killing from the pepper spray. Mark comes over to talk to them; he wants to take Charlie's mind off it all by setting up a tent in the back yard, but Charlie decides just to go inside and lie down.
MARK: Take it from someone who's been pepper sprayed in the eyes before. He'll make a full recovery.
But Steph admits she's more worried about the way she spoke to Amy about Jimmy's behaviour. Mark reassures her that she did the right thing. Steph asks Mark whether everything's okay at work following the pepper spray incident.
MARK: Depends on your definition of ‘okay'.
Amy is with Jimmy. She says she is meant to be doing a job for Sheila today, but is worried about leaving Jimmy home alone when he's grounded. Jimmy promises he'll be good.
Mark comes in, and Amy shoos Jimmy away to the drinks cabinet while they talk. Mark tells Amy he's had to explain to his superiors at work what happened with the pepper spray, but that the sergeant has agreed to let Jimmy off with a warning. Mark still has his job, but says he'll be under ‘constant scrutiny' for a few months.
MARK: Amy, you need to have a word to Jimmy.
AMY: I already told Steph I would.
MARK: Her access arrangement with Charlie could be jeopardised because of Jimmy's actions.
AMY: I understand. But Charlie wasn't completely innocent, you know?
MARK: Amy, what Jimmy did was criminal.
AMY: Don't worry. I'm handling this!
Sonya is talking to Karl; she's going to have a blood test to ascertain whether she'd be a match for Zoe. But Karl warns her that the fact they're half- sisters means the chances are slim.
At this point, Walter arrives. He has someone with him that he'd like Sonya to meet – Zoe! And she bears more than a passing resemblance to Sonya…
ZOE: Hey, big sis! Woah, okay, that felt weird. Weird good, I mean, not weird bad. Not that there's anything wrong with weird bad. Gee, Zoe, how many times do you want to say the word ‘weird'?
SONYA (laughing): You really are my sister, aren't you?!
SONYA: Let's do it. Let's see if we're a match.
In the garden, Xanthe is draining the water key from her euphonium, which Ben describes as…
BEN: … one of the grossest things I've ever seen!
XANTHE: What, I'm doing nothing!
BEN: That's grosser than seeing Grandad's toenail clippings in the bath!
XANTHE: Ugh! Are you trying to make me vom?
Susan arrives and lays into Xanthe for telling Angus about his mum's illness, and Ben for telling Xanthe in the first place. Ben's furious that Xanthe has blabbed.
XANTHE: Woah. Don't put this back on me. I did the nicest thing out of everyone. The kid deserved to know.
BEN: He didn't deserve to hear it from you.
Susan explains she's tried to talk to Angus, but he's too upset to listen. Ben offers to try talking to him instead, and Susan agrees.
Amy is still with Jimmy, and is about to discipline him for his pepper spray antics.
JIMMY: Have I told you that I love you, Mum? Because I do.
AMY: Nice try. But it's not gonna work. Jimmy, I know there's been a lot going on lately. But you're not acting like yourself.
JIMMY: Geez, I'm just trying to have some fun here. Everything is just so boring now; there is no- one to hang out with.
AMY: Is this since your grandad left?
JIMMY: Yeah. And Kyle, and Dad. It sucks.
AMY: Oh, sweetie. I know it does. None of this is your fault. I promise... And because you've been so brave, and told me what's going on, you're not grounded anymore.
AMY: Yeah. But you'll behave from now on.
Walter is telling Sonya about Zoe's backstory. She was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was seven, and has spent so much time in hospital since that she calls it home. He says she's well looked after, but that it doesn't make it easier – and becomes very emotional, fighting back the tears.
WALTER: I'm just so scared of losing her.
He breaks down, just as Zoe and Toadie come over to the table.
ZOE: Oh, no. You asked him about Alfie, didn't you?
SONYA: Sorry, who?
WALTER: It's what she calls her c–
ZOE: Uh- uh- uh. Stop right there. There's a reason why we don't use words that begin with C and end in R. Exhibit A – highly emotional.
WALTER: I'm allowed to be! I'm your dad.
SONYA: I love that you call Alfie… Alfie.
ZOE: Yeah, me too. If only the guy wasn't such a pain. I mean, I guess I should be used to him by now. We have been living together for yonks.
TOADIE: Won't take the hint to leave, eh?
ZOE: Stubborn type.
TOADIE: Oh, the worst.
ZOE: Anyway, it's cool. I don't let Alfie get me down.
Sonya is in awe of Zoe's strength.
In the garden, Jimmy has summoned Charlie for more mischief.
JIMMY (commentator voice): Let's get ready for round three!
Charlie's unimpressed, and asks Jimmy if he hasn't been in trouble for what happened last time. But Jimmy remarks that Amy has gone ‘all soft' on him, and adds that he's thought up some ‘sick' new dares. When Charlie says he promised Steph he wouldn't, Jimmy starts making chicken noises!
JIMMY: There's got to be something else fun we can do…
Angus is leaving a voicemail for Sarah, saying that they need to talk and asking for her to call him back. Ben comes in, and overhears the end of the call. He sits down opposite Angus.
ANGUS: If you're here to get me to busk, you can forget about it. I'm not in the mood.
BEN: I came to see how you're going.
ANGUS: That's a first.
BEN: No, really.
ANGUS: If you must know, I'm fine. Apart from the fact this thing's got shot bearings.
He gestures to his skateboard.
BEN: Look, I knew about your mum, before. I'm sorry I didn't tell you sooner.
ANGUS: This is so messed up! I can't believe all you guys kept this from me!
BEN: I know you're angry. Let's just kick a soccer ball around for an hour…
ANGUS: My mum is seriously ill and probably going to die, and you're asking me to go and play sports?
BEN: I'm just trying to help.
ANGUS: If there's one thing I can't stand, it's pity. That's why you've been nice to me this last few weeks, isn't it?
BEN: No! No, I like hanging out with you.
ANGUS: Whatever, loser.
Angus walks off. Ben looks worried.
Terese is sitting at a table. Walter comes over and says hello.
TERESE: This is just soda water.
Walter assures her he knows, but Terese is embarrassed about the last time he found her drinking in the pub. They start over, and Walter asks how she's doing.
TERESE: I'm getting there. The retreat helped. Although since I've been back, I've been having to remind myself that even though I'm ready to move forward, it doesn't mean that everyone else is.
WALTER: Well, some people need time. After that, if they can't see what a fabulous woman you are, then it's on them.
TERESE (flattered): Oh, stop!
Nearby, Zoe and Sonya are getting to know each other with a ‘spot the false statement' game.
SONYA: I'm a vegetarian; my tea of choice is green; and my favourite plant is hogweed.
ZOE: True; true; false!
SONYA: How did you know that?
ZOE: Well, unless you're a masochist there is no way your favourite plant is hogweed. That stuff gives you the worst blisters. And we also have a greenhouse at the hospital.
It's Zoe's turn to say the statements.
ZOE: My favourite flavour of ice cream would be vanilla; Amy Schumer is my idol; and sometimes I wish that all of this would be over, so everyone could stop being sad.
SONYA: Oh, sweetheart.
SONYA: … It's vanilla, isn't it? Vanilla was false. I'm right, aren't I?
Mark and Steph are outside The Waterhole; Steph explains that Charlie's still moping at home, but that she told him to meet them here if he felt like it. At that moment, they see some extras being attacked with water pistols by mystery assailants from the bushes! It's Jimmy and Charlie.
CHARLIE: You got those guys so good.
JIMMY: Not as good as the last guy. Right in the pants. Looked like he wet himself!
They spring up to take their next victims, before realising they've just soaked Mark and Steph…
JIMMY: Oh no.
Zoe, Walter, Sonya and Toadie are having a meal. Zoe can't believe Walter's never introduced them before, and the Rebecchis look awkward as he says it's just the way things worked out. Walter goes to get more drinks, and Toadie goes with him. They discuss Sonya and Zoe.
WALTER: I knew they'd love each other the moment they met.
TOADIE: Well they should have met each other sooner. But you didn't give them a chance, did you?
WALTER: No. I do know how bad I look in all of this.
TOADIE: The thing that really bugs me is, why did it take Zoe and her illness for you to get your act together? Didn't you want to meet Sonya regardless? Didn't you want to see the woman that she has grown up to be – even just to speak to her? To actually be a father to her?
WALTER: I did. But I didn't know how.
TOADIE: Yeah (!)
WALTER: Does this mean that you have reservations about her donating?
TOADIE: It's got nothing to do with me – that's her choice. She's probably not even a match.
WALTER: And what if she is?
TOADIE: Well, then, she's probably going to donate. But that's because of that amazing young lady over there. Not because she owes you anything.
Ben and Xanthe are busking with their bizarre electric guitar/euphonium combo (act name ‘Kids of the Anarchy'), to the apparent delight of assembled extras, plus Amy and Aaron. Angus watches them from around the corner. Aaron gets up to congratulate them, and Ben and Xanthe are thrilled with the amount of money the extras throw into their hat.
XANTHE: I'll have to tell Tom Quill that was because of my solo.
BEN: Oh yeah, I'm sure that's what it was (!)
Angus watches as Ben puts the money in his guitar case, and tells Xanthe he's heading home. She asks him to bring Angus when he comes back, but Ben says he doubts Angus is in the mood for a party right now.
XANTHE: A party is exactly what he needs right now. What if his mum dies?
Angus looks upset, and darts out of view.
Meanwhile, Steph is still wet from the water pistols, and tells Amy that Charlie and Jimmy were responsible. Amy says she's sure it was just a bit of fun, but Steph is taking it far more seriously, reminding Amy of the pepper spray incident.
STEPH: You're not understanding that I can't take any risks with anything happening to Charlie.
AMY: I get that, but I'm sorry if I don't take kindly to you coming here and telling me off about my own son!
STEPH: I wouldn't need to if you would just discipline him like you said you would… Jimmy is running amok, and you're turning a blind eye.
AMY: Are you seriously judging me?!
STEPH: No, I'm not judging you – I'm coming to you as a friend. And as a friend, I'm telling you – you need to pull Jimmy into line.
Amy looks bemused.
Ben comes in with his guitar case, calling out for Angus. There's no answer, so Ben puts the case on the table and leaves again. Angus emerges from his bedroom, opens the guitar case, and takes the wad of cash from inside, pocketing it. He then takes some keys from a drawer, wheels some luggage out of the bedroom, and leaves with it through the front door.
Toadie, Sonya, Zoe, Walter and Nell are relaxing in the living room, when Karl shows up with the results to Sonya's bone marrow test.
KARL: I'm sorry.
Realising Sonya's not a match for her, Zoe gets upset and rushes out.
SONYA: Okay, what do we do now?
KARL: There's the bone marrow register…
SONYA: No, she's already on that, Karl.
KARL: Then I'm afraid I don't have any other options at this stage.
Karl leaves, telling them to call if they have any questions.
SONYA: But there has to something we can do, yeah? Anything. We can't just let Zoe…
Walter looks at Nell, who's sitting on his lap.
WALTER: … I hate to ask this. But, what about Nell?
Nell smiles, unaware of what he's suggesting. But Toadie and Sonya look shocked.
- Sonya says this is the biggest bombshell yet, as Toadie takes Nell from Walter
- Ben tells Xanthe and Aaron that Angus has gone
- Ben tells Karl that the busking money has also gone
- Paige tells John that it's time they “tell someone else”, as “it” is too much for them to deal with
- John has more traumatic flashbacks to the Boiler Room™