- Belinda turning up at #30.
- Toadie telling Belinda that Steph is dating a guy.
- Piper telling her mum Tyler will be escorting her to the formal.
- Terese refusing to give into Piper attempting to blackmail her.
- Steph agreeing to give Belinda a testimonial.
- Paul revealing himself to be Belinda's benefactor.
Mark is curios why Belinda didn't find a local lawyer to represent her and Steph thinks it's because she knows Toadie and reassures him that she promises not to cause any trouble to them.
Unseen to Steph/Mark, Belinda has entered the bar and looks over to them bonding with Charlie (and Jimmy).
Steph ducks out to make some work calls and Mark heads to the bar to order food for everyone. Sheila alerts him to a follower (Belinda) and he knows she's been watching them and explains to the curious Sheila why she is in town (Toadie getting her nursing registration back). He confirms to her that Steph is fine with it all.
As Brad clears the bar out, Terese updates him on the latest with Piper. He's not amused at their daughter either especially as she was trying to indicate she was mature. Terese admits she's in a quandary as she'd like Piper to go as it's been a difficult year but equally can't back down as she's said no to her dating Tyler. Brad is right with Terese but thinks that Piper will cave as she won't want to miss the night.
Piper and Xanthe are sitting in the school grounds and Xanthe isn't chuffed that her friend won't be at the formal and is trying hard to persuade Piper to change her mind but she's sticking with her decision. Xanthe wonders what she is going to say to Tyler and urges her friend to tell him the truth but Piper is fearful for doing that because she's certain he will break up with her.
PIPER: I'm sorry Xanthe, but I'm not backing down.
Mark decides he can't sit doing nothing any more and goes over to introduce himself to Belinda as Steph's boyfriend. He subtly quizzes her on why she's back and tries not to react when Belinda mentions that Steph is going to be giving her a testimonial.
Gary arrives home and can see that Xanthe is upset. She unloads to him why (Piper not going to formal) but worse that that, she has no dress for the formal but her unhappiness is gone when he promises to get her one.
Number 24 backyard
Out at the cold pool, Tyler tells Piper that he's been educated in formals (by Aaron) but she tells him he's not going with her and comes clean about the ‘approval' Brad gave. Tyler is shocked and gets why she lied (about her parents) but isn't happy that she to him. “I'm sorry,” she pleads but he tells her to go.
PIPER: Does this mean we are breaking up?
TYLER: Look I don't know, I need time to think about it.
Steph finally returns from making her calls, apologising profusely to Mark. He explains the boys are charging their devices in Sheila's office and when Steph spots Belinda at the other side of the bar, tells her that he spoke to Belinda. Mark brings up Steph writing a testimonial for Belinda and she doesn't think it's a big deal but he feels Belinda might not think that and that's why she's hanging round. Steph reassures him that Belinda knows she is dating him and heads over to talk to her, to make sure that they are on the same page.
Tyler goes to see Brad to try and explain things – he wasn't aware that Piper hadn't come clean to her parents about them and adds that he was the one holding back until they got her parents permission. Brad is impressed with the visit but isn't when Tyler declares his feelings for Piper despite her age and despite the fact its wrong and indeed his speech literally silences Brad.
As the chat, Belinda admits that she is envious seeing how well Steph/Mark/Charlie are together as she always pictured herself being the one with them. Belinda is hoping to move on [with her life] once she gets her registration back and is so relieved that Steph is going to be giving her a statement.
Charlie heads over to seek permission for another drink from Steph and while he is there, does the intros to Belinda and she charms him chatting about flying and the promise of seeing if her uncle will take him up in his Cessna plane one day if Steph gives her approval.
While the trio are chatting, Sheila and Mark exchange knowing looks with each other when she comes over to collect the empty glasses.
Gary tries to persuade Terese to let Piper go to the formal and while she gets where he is coming from, replies that it's Piper who is refusing to go without Tyler. He suggests that she should talk to Sheila for advice as she's plenty of experience with Naomi dating older men and asks how she reacted when her parents told her ‘no'?
Mark and Steph come out into the complex to chat. He's still not happy with Belinda being back in town and asks Steph if she'd ever be with another woman. She doesn't reply to that, instead replies that she wants to be with him.
MARK: But if I wasn't around?
STEPH: Who knows where I'd be if things were different. I can't stand here and say we didn't have something special but I can say I want to be here with you and I'm completely committed to you.
That is Mark satisfied but needs to leave to go see Tyler (after he texted him) but the look on Mark's face suggests he is anything but satisfied as Steph heads back inside to the bar.
Xanthe is bending Sheila's ears about the formal and especially the $600 dress Gary is going to buy her. When she heads off to research shoes, Sheila seeks Gary out to confirm he's buying her the dress. Gary confirms he is buying her one but not one at $600 so earns the wrath of his mum for setting his daughter up for a fall again as she has hear heart set on that exact dress not a cheap knock- off.
GARY: I've stuffed up haven't I?
Number 24 backyard
Mark/Tyler are having a male heart- to- heart over Tyler's love life. Tyler admits he's never felt this way about someone before and Mark asks him if he's prepared to wait (for parental approval) and suggests that he walks away before anyone gets too involved if he can't see a future.
Steph is rounding up the boys to go home when Belinda comes in to say she's leaving but will be back next week and if she can get a room at the motel, which Steph agrees to do for her. Before she leaves, Belinda gives Charlie a pressie – a drone.
While Charlie is engrossed in the pressie, Belinda pulls Steph aside to ask her (only because she a friend who cares) if Mark is the right guy for her! Steph's reply is that she doesn't think Belinda has the right to ask questions like that however Belinda reminds her that he accused/arrested her of kidnapping Jimmy.
STEPH: No, but that was a misunderstanding and he's not the only one who thought I was guilty and that was at the time that Paul was doing everything he could to make me crazy. I've forgiven people for what they did to me but what Mark did was the very least of that, I wouldn't be with him otherwise and I certainly wouldn't have him around Charlie.
BELINDA: I just want you to be happy.
Belinda then decides it is time she left.
Number 24 backyard
Piper tentatively comes round to see Tyler, unsure whether she should be over or not. Tyler begins by telling her about the meeting with her dad and she thinks that given time, they will still come around. “Maybe,” he replies but that's not the only thing – he's not sure if he can trust her after what she did.
PIPER: I'm sorry. So what does that make for us?
TYLER: Pipe's, you're the coolest chick I know. The stuff you did with your parents.
PIPER: (interrupting) Look I don't care about that, it doesn't matter.
TYLER: You know how much I like you but it's for the best that we end it now before anyone gets hurt.
Tyler looks as upset as Piper does having said those words to her.
Brad/Terese realise, especially after the visit Tyler paid, that they're not handling things with Piper very well. The solution they come up with is that Tyler can take Piper to the formal with firm boundaries! Before they can deliver the happy news, Piper comes storming into the house asking her parents if they are happy because they've ruined everything with Tyler!
PIPER: (screaming) BECAUSE OF YOU TWO HE DOESN'T WANT TO SEE ME ANY MORE!
Having yelled her piece at them, she then stomps off in the direction of her bedroom.
Belinda is in getting some supplies for the journey home and runs into Mark. She tells him he is leaving but gloats that she will be back next week, staying at the motel and is looking forward to hanging out properly with Steph.
MARK: Look, Steph's in a pretty good place now with me and Charlie, she doesn't need any reminders of her difficult past.
BELINDA: I've only ever wanted to look out for her.
MARK: Yes, well that's my job now; I think it's better for everyone if you just keep your distance. I want the best for Steph and she deserves it.
BELINDA: I think so too. I know her really well and what makes her happy.
MARK: Drive safe, don't hurry back!
Charlie and Jimmy are playing with the drone and finally Charlie consents to Jimmy getting a shot of it. “Awesome!” Jimmy decrees but then loses sight of it, so gets on his bike to go look for the drone via his smartphone. Unfortunately the lad is paying more attention to his phone than he is to the road, and despite Charlie yelling to him to watch out, a car runs right into his path knocking the lad from the bike.
- Jimmy being taken to hospital.
- Amy yelling for Karl to check on Jimmy.
- Mark asking Charlie questions about the accident and if he saw the driver.
- Jack leading the prayers for Jimmy.