- Steph is furious with Mark for pursuing just Paul for the boiler blast rather than other suspects too
- Steph shuns Mark for a girl's night out with Madison and Amy
- A stranger, Ryan, turns up, greeting Amy as ‘Anika' – she pretends not to know him
- Paige is shocked when John Doe remembers his true identity, Father Jack Callahan
- Jack goes home to see his family for a few days. Paige tells him she'll be waiting
Paige and Lauren are in the kitchen. Paige has agreed to cover a shift, despite having an essay to write for uni on Vida Goldstein.
PAIGE: She led the suffragettes in Australia in the 1920s. Vida would not be checking her phone twenty times a day to see if a guy has called.
Lauren suggests Jack is probably too busy with his family, and tells Paige to be patient – but she's frustrated that Jack is giving her ‘nothing'.
LAUREN: You really do love him, don't you?
PAIGE: I've never felt like this about anyone before. And I just want to know – does he want to go back to the church? Or does he want to be with me?
A taxi pulls up. Jack gets out, with his bag.
The titles roll.
The renovations at No 24 are in full swing. Toadie and Mark are having a cuppa. Toadie asks if Mark's heard whether Paul might take legal action against him for his wrongful imprisonment – but Paul is keeping Mark hanging. Toadie says it's rare someone would take civil action against a police officer (so why did he ask?), but Mark says it does happen and that a complaint could damage his career.
Toadie tells Mark to relax – but before he goes, Mark asks if Steph has said anything about their lovers' tiff to Toadie. He says not.
MARK: Yeah, well, I think our relationship might be done.
TOADIE: Wow. Okay.
MARK: I think I've just realised that maybe we're not right for each other.
TOADIE: For what it's worth, I think you guys are actually really good together. But it's not me you have to convince, by the sounds of it.
Jimmy and Charlie are playing games on their mobile phones, while Steph and Amy are having a coffee at a table nearby. Steph has had more texts from Mark, who wants to meet up – and is assuming he wants to call it quits. Steph says Mark's a great guy, and is brilliant with Charlie.
STEPH: It's just we're very different.
AMY: Since when did that stop anyone from getting together? You need to tell him how you feel.
Ryan walks in, and looks at Amy as he walks past, but she doesn't see him. Amy volunteers to look after Charlie while Steph sorts things out with Mark.
Steph notices Ryan, and points him out to Amy, saying how weird it was that he thought he knew Amy. Amy is sticking to the line that she's never seen him before. Steph says Ryan is cute, but Amy says he's not her type.
Paige is giving free coffees to homeless people. Lauren appears, and it looks from her reaction as if she suspects Paige is trying to be more virtuous to attract Jack. She tells Paige she's just had a call from Brad; he's told her that Madison wants to interview him for the West Waratah Star, about the Blaze Outreach programme.
Lauren tells Paige she doesn't want her to get hurt over Jack; but Paige insists Jack has feelings for her too. At that moment, Paige sees Jack across the courtyard, shaking hands with another, older man who she doesn't recognise.
PAIGE: Why didn't he tell me that he was back?
LAUREN: Maybe he wanted to surprise you?
PAIGE: If he felt as strongly for me as I do for him, he would have come to me first. Guess that's my answer.
Amy prepares to take Jimmy and Charlie to the yard with her, while Steph says she's going to meet Mark at Harold's. Charlie asks what's going on with Steph and Mark – Steph makes out everything's fine, but Charlie isn't fooled, and even offers to say something to Mark for her to help patch things up!
STEPH: Like what?
CHARLIE: I dunno. All I know is you're really bad at this kind of stuff.
Steph and Amy laugh.
CHARLIE: I'm just telling you how it is. You've got to lift your game. Mark's ace!
STEPH: Yes, yes he is! And don't you worry – everything's gonna be fine.
Steph leaves, and Amy tells Jimmy and Charlie to wait outside. She approaches Ryan, but Jimmy watches them from the doorway as they talk.
RYAN: I've got a proposition for you.
AMY: I'm not interested! Look, that life is behind me now. You need to respect that, and leave me alone.
RYAN: I always looked after you, didn't I?
AMY: Goodbye, Ryan.
She ushers Jimmy and Charlie out of the door. Jimmy looks at Ryan suspiciously as they leave.
Jack is sitting with the older man on a bench, and up close we realise it's Father Vincent Guidotti, the priest who officiated at Lucas Fitzgerald's abortive wedding to Vanessa Villante. Fresh back from overseas, he's also the priest that Jack was staying with prior to the explosion.
We learn that Jack is going to be living with Father Vincent again, and Jack talks to him about his questioning of his faith – admitting he's just as confused as before he took leave from the priesthood, before the blast.
FATHER VINCENT: Has that got anything to do with the time you spent here, in this community?
JACK: Well, people were nice. They definitely went out of their way to help me. It's renewed my faith in human nature, that's for sure.
FATHER VINCENT: Well, God had a hand in that too, you know.
JACK: Of course.
FATHER VINCENT: Jack, it's not a sign of weakness to question your faith.
JACK: Then why does it feel so wrong?
FATHER VINCENT: Well, you'll have to ask Him for guidance for that. If there's anything you ever need to tell me, Father Callahan – if there's anything that you need to get off your chest…
JACK: I know. I can come to you.
FATHER VINCENT: … Jack, if you want peace of mind, you're gonna have to be completely honest. Not just with me – with yourself.
Father Vincent walks off, and Jack looks contemplative.
Mark and Steph have met up to talk.
MARK: You and me, we're –
STEPH: Different? Yeah, how many times have I heard that in however many months we've been doing this? Well obviously you're not happy.
MARK: Don't push this back on me.
STEPH: Isn't that exactly what you're doing?
MARK: I'm not the one ignoring texts!
STEPH: So this is my fault now?
MARK: Well, you want to break up, don't you?
STEPH: What? No! I thought you wanted to break up with me.
MARK: No, of course I don't!
STEPH: Well, why are we arguing?
MARK: I don't know!
STEPH: Well, I don't like arguing with you!
MARK: Me either!
They hug. Steph admits she's worried about Charlie being confused about what's been going on between them, as he really looks up to Mark. Mark promises not to let Charlie down, and they agree that what they have together is great. They agree to sort out why they're arguing, and hug again.
While Charlie and Jimmy play their phone games outside, Aaron turns up at the office to extol the virtues of social media management to Amy, in the hope that he can take her on as a client. But he notices that Amy's distracted, and says they can do this another time.
AMY: Hey – you used to have a career, before you came here, right?
AARON: You mean my dancing?
AMY: Yes, that. You obviously did it for financial reasons?
AARON: No, I loved it!
AMY: Oh! Did you – did anyone give you a hard time about it?
Aaron admits he ‘copped it' from his brothers and dad, but that's family for you.
AARON: Okay – are you about to tell me that you're an ex- dancer? No way, you are!
AMY: No, no, no. I used to… clean for money. You know, houses, offices, homes… In my underwear.
AARON: Like a sexy maid thing? Wow, I never would have picked it.
Amy explains how she was desperate for money, since Jimmy's dad Liam left her with his debt. Aaron is understanding, but Amy tells him how humiliated she'd be if anyone, including Jimmy, found out – and explains how her ex- boss Ryan is in town. Aaron offers to tell Ryan to back off if Amy needs him to. She's worried it will make things worse, but agrees to let him give it a shot.
Steph and Mark are thrashing out their differences. Steph is upset because Mark didn't investigate anyone other than Paul for the boiler blast, which he admits – but she also says that she understands why Mark thought Paul was to blame, and says her getting angry with him probably didn't help.
Mark admits for his part that he may have let his personal feelings get in the way of the investigation because of his history with Paul.
STEPH: But maybe it's time to let all that go now.
MARK: I'm trying.
STEPH: Yeah. Well, good – it's all I can ask for.
MARK: Paul didn't mention if he was gonna take action against me, did he?
STEPH: Nah. Nah, this is the amazing thing. He just seems to have dropped all his anger. I think prison's been really good for him, actually. He's just very focused on his future.
Mark and Steph agree that they should talk like this more often.
STEPH: So, since I'm kind of left- of- centre, and you're Mr Perfect…
MARK: I'm far from perfect! I've got plenty of flaws, I just know how to hide them.
STEPH: Not really, actually! You know how you colour- code your ironing?
STEPH: Yeah, do you know how weird that is?
MARK: Well, it's better than waiting till you've put them in the drawers.
STEPH: Anyway – let's just be not perfect together.
MARK: I would love that.
They decide to go and find Charlie to spend the rest of the morning with him. They kiss as they leave.
Musical montage as Jack hangs out by the lake looking wistful, holding some rosary beads. Paige is nearby at the Complex and tries to call him, but then sees him on the bench by the lake with her back to him. She watches with sadness as he looks at his phone, but decides not to answer it. Paige looks heartbroken, and Jack conflicted.
Paige is moaning to Lauren about Jack ignoring her call. Lauren suggests that he may just need time to think, but Paige is convinced that Jack has decided he can't be with her but is ‘too gutless' to say so.
PAIGE: I was fooling myself. He was never gonna choose me.
Lauren gets out her phone and begins to press buttons.
Ryan comes in, and finds Aaron waiting for him, rather than Amy as he'd expected. Aaron explains Amy couldn't make it, but asks Ryan to take a seat. Aaron explains that Amy's moved on, and has a whole new life now. Ryan reveals that Amy borrowed money from him to get Liam's creditors off her back. He says Amy's honest and a hard worker, and he's here to work with her again.
Aaron explains Amy has her own successful business now, and isn't looking for any extra cash. Ryan tries to give Aaron his card to pass to Amy, but Aaron says it's not going to happen.
AARON: For a start, she's worried about her son finding out. I don't have to spell out why, do I?
RYAN: No. I get it.
They shake hands, but Ryan is smirking as he walks away.
Charlie and Jimmy are still playing on their phones, while Amy works. Charlie heads home, just as Ryan turns up. He explains to Amy that his business is on the brink of going bust; Amy says it's not her problem, conceding that Ryan helped her in the past but pointing out that she paid him back with interest.
Ryan says Amy still owes her a favour, reminding her of her old ‘regular', Mr Whitaker – he's just bought a block of serviced apartments and will give Ryan the cleaning contract, but only if Amy does the cleaning! Ryan says Amy can just work one day, and once the contract is signed he'll make excuses to the client as to why she can't do it anymore. But Amy is having none of it.
AMY: The answer's no.
RYAN: It's just one job, Amy. Say yes, and you'll never see me again.
Jimmy is again watching them suspiciously.
AMY: If you have any decency, you'll walk away right now.
Ryan walks away. Jimmy comes over and asks who he is. Amy claims he's just a client who wanted something fixed – but says she's not the right person.
Steph and Mark are kissing, when Charlie comes in.
CHARLIE: Oh, gross!
STEPH: Well, close your eyes!
Charlie's clearly appalled, but soon cheers up when Mark offers to play a computer game with him. Mark explains he's been practising with Tyler earlier in the day.
CHARLIE: It's lucky you practised – you're gonna need it. I'm gonna crush you.
MARK: Ah, strong words for a weakling!
Mark makes Charlie lose his game, then goes into the kitchen for more kissing with Steph.
Lauren and Paige are still working. Lauren suggests Paige finish early, as she's still clearly angry over Jack's failure to answer her call. At that moment, Jack comes in, saying he was meaning to call Paige this morning when he got back. But Paige gives him the cold shoulder, saying she's busy with uni work. Paige marches out.
JACK: I got your text – I was already on my way here.
LAUREN: Does that mean you've made a decision.
LAUREN: Paige is confused. You need to clear the air.
JACK: I'm confused too.
LAUREN: Talk to her, Jack. Sort this out.
Amy and Jimmy are walking down the street, Jimmy still playing on his mobile. There's an envelope waiting on the front of Amy's car, which she assumes is an invoice. But when she opens it, she's horrified at what's inside. She makes out to Jimmy that it's nothing important, but once he's safely in the car, she looks in the envelope again.
It's a picture of Amy dressed in a saucy maid's outfit, with the word ‘Anika' down the side of the image. On the back, Ryan has handwritten: ‘New ad for the local paper. What do you think? R.' Amy is horrified.
- Amy is annoyed with Aaron for telling Ryan she wants to keep her past a secret
- Jack asks Paige how he can choose between two things that he loves
- Xanthe tries to woo Ben into asking her to the formal
- On Gary's suggestion, Xanthe decides to ask Ben to the formal herself. Ben looks unsure