- Gary promises to pay for Xanthe's formal dress, but is flummoxed when he learns it will cost $600
- Jimmy is hit by a car while out on his bike
- Amy is thankful after Jack prays for Jimmy's speedy recovery
- Jack's old friend Dustin returns to town, and ends up kissing Paige – only for Jack to walk in
Lauren is drawing on the patio, when Paige emerges. She tells Lauren that she let Dustin kiss her, and that Jack saw it.
LAUREN: Oh, Paige, what were you thinking?!
PAIGE: I wasn't!
LAUREN: Oh, if you're trying to make Jack jealous that's only gonna make you feel worse in the end.
PAIGE: That's not what I was trying to do! Dustin was flirting with me – and he's cute, I guess. I don't know. I've been feeling so unwanted, and it was nice to have someone that was clearly into me!
PAIGE: What if I've ruined everything?
Paige is slow- motion jogging through the row of trees, and comes across Jack sulking at the nursery. Apparently he's been ignoring her calls. Jack seems worried – he asks Paige if she's seen Dustin this morning, as he can't find him anywhere. Paige hasn't, but wants to talk about the situation ‘like grown- ups'.
JACK: That's rich – coming from someone who made out with my mate to get my attention.
PAIGE: He kissed me!
JACK: You let him. Dustin is vulnerable; he doesn't need you messing with his head.
PAIGE: Hey – my head was pretty messed- with too yesterday. You've been ignoring me and I was hurt!
Jack explains that he wasn't ignoring her; he was supporting Amy after Jimmy got knocked off his bike. Paige changes her tone, saying she had no idea about Jimmy or that Jack was dealing with something so serious.
JACK: Of course you didn't. Because you only ever think of yourself, Paige.
He walks off angrily, leaving Paige feeling guilty.
Xanthe has created a customised jigsaw as a present for Jimmy, and is telling Gary about it. She then goes on to tell him about all the expensive items of clothing she's going to get for the formal, including $150 shoes. Gary looks worried, but hands over money for a deposit anyway.
GARY: Anything for you, Princess.
Susan and Karl are talking about whether the new occupant of Nate's old bedroom will appreciate his West Coast Eagles poster, but they don't elaborate on who that will be. Ben tells them that Xanthe is going to the hospital to see Jimmy, and suggests he and Susan could drive in with Karl and see him too.
SUSAN: Are you sure that it's Jimmy you're so keen to see?
BEN: Xanthe is fun to hang out with. I don't know why you're convinced she's bad news.
Susan protests (half- heartedly), and Karl has a rant about how Erinsborough needs more bike paths, so that accidents like Jimmy's don't happen again. Susan accuses him of preaching but not doing anything about it; and says that, now Off Air has closed, he has the spare time to take some action. Karl says he will, and blusters off.
BEN: You shouldn't wind him up, you'll create a monster!
SUSAN: No, he just enjoys the complaining. He'll never follow through!
She chuckles to herself. But Karl is still listening at the door, and looks annoyed.
Gary is loading up the car with some fishing tackle, when Toadie emerges from No 30. Gary explains he's going fishing for some thinking time, in order to figure stuff out. Toadie says he wishes he had more thinking time too, and Gary says he'd be welcome to join him.
TOADIE: I wasn't fishing for an invite. Pardon the pun.
But Gary insists that Toadie should join him. Gary then gets a call from a guy called Kev McNally on his mobile, but ignores it and says they're good to go.
In the back yard, we see an unusual ‘pool's- eye- view' of Paige, screaming underwater! She emerges.
LAUREN: Did that make you feel better?
PAIGE: No! I still feel like a terrible person.
Lauren suggests she should clear the air with Jack, but Paige is feeling embarrassed about how self- involved she's been.
PAIGE: I want to be there to support him. I love him.
LAUREN: Jack is in an impossible situation. He's practically married to somebody else – God.
PAIGE: How am I going to stack up to the magical dude in the sky?
LAUREN: You know that even if Jack gives up the priesthood, he's never gonna stop being a man of faith, right?
PAIGE: So best case scenario is, I'm in his life alongside God. I never imagined myself in a three- way relationship – but I guess I could make it work. Who am I kidding? It's never gonna happen.
She submerges again!
Xanthe is showing Ben the jigsaw she made for Jimmy. She offers to make one for Ben if he wants.
BEN: Yeah, I'd like that.
XANTHE: Cool! I could do one of your guitar?
BEN: Or maybe you could do one of you?
XANTHE: Aww, really? If there was a ‘like' button for real life, I'd be pressing it right now!
From a distance, Karl and Susan joke about Ben and Xanthe being ‘sickening'! Sonya shows up, and reports that Jimmy – who's Not In This Episode™ - is definitely on the mend.
Karl takes the opportunity to bend Sonya's ear about creating more cycle lanes for the neighbourhood. While sympathetic to the cause, Sonya is surprised when he suggests that every road in Erinsborough should have a bike lane, and diplomatically promises to run it past her colleagues, before leaving.
KARL: There you go. That would be Karl not just complaining, but following through.
Gary and Toadie are enjoying the tranquillity of nature as they fish.
GARY: Wish every day could be like this. Calm, quiet… cheap!
TOADIE: We'll have to catch a few more fish before we start saving money on this!
GARY: You know about that finance stuff, yeah? Loans and whatnot?
TOADIE: Yeah, I know a little bit. Yeah.
GARY: Reckon you could help me apply for one?
TOADIE: Yeah. Yeah, I can give you a hand with that. Although, it's gonna be a little difficult, given your past. But I mean, it's doable. It's just gonna take a bit of time.
Gary explains he doesn't have much time, and explains how much Xanthe's formal is costing him, especially the ‘crazy expensive' dress.
GARY: I've been a rubbish dad for so long, I don't want to let her down again. But I've got no idea how I'm gonna afford it.
Jack is asking Karl whether anyone of Dustin's description has been admitted to the hospital; he's clearly having trouble tracking him down; but Karl says he hasn't been admitted. Jack explains Dustin has a history of getting into fights when he's upset, and he's worried Paige messed with his head. Karl offers Jack the chance of a sit- down and a chat.
A little while later, Jack is explaining to Karl about his dilemma over Paige.
JACK: Of course I'm worried about Dustin. But the sight of Paige kissing another guy – that really hurts (…) But it's not my place to tell her what to do.
KARL: Perhaps not. But you can't deny how you feel. You obviously have strong feelings for her.
JACK: I've never felt like this about anyone ever before in my life. But, you know, the church – it's always been my whole life for so many years. I just don't think I'm ready to throw that away.
KARL: No. No, but you can be a man of faith and still be involved in the church without actually being a priest.
JACK: But that feeling of certainty – it's always been so strong. It's just, you know, now that I have feelings for Paige, it just makes me doubt that. Look, I know why she's doing this – she's impatient, she wants answers, and she's trying to force a reaction out of me. But to be honest, it's just making my decision even harder.
KARL: Sure. You know what? You need to tell her this. You need to help her understand your point of view; otherwise you'll keep hurting each other.
Gary has caught a big fish – but it gets snagged before he can reel it in. Toadie tells Gary about his old job with the big corporate law firm in The City™, which turned out to be ‘the job from hell' – and how it meant he never got to see his family. But he tells Gary that there's no point bankrupting himself over Xanthe's formal.
TOADIE: Sometimes when kids ask for stuff, you've just got to say no.
GARY: I can't get her that dress, can I?
GARY: I guess she's used to me letting her down by now. I just really wanted this time to be different.
Karl comes in, just as Sonya is coming off the phone to one of her council colleagues. He wants to brainstorm ideas for the bike lanes, but Sonya tells him the plans are no- go for the moment, as she can't get the support they need in council. Karl is disappointed, and reminds her how important road safety is – but she says they're considered expensive, disruptive and unpopular with drivers.
Karl also makes the environmental arguments for bike lanes, but Sonya says she's already spent a lot of spare funds on Brad's outreach programme – and if she pushes another of her friends' cause it could look like favouritism.
SONYA: I just can't lose the goodwill of the public.
KARL: Okay – so this is all about your popularity rating?
SONYA: No. I'm just trying to be realistic. If I push issues then I'll ruin any chance of being able to make them happen. It's just on the back burner, Karl.
KARL: Right. Which is political spin for ‘it's in the too- hard basket'. And in the meantime, every cyclist out there on the road is in danger.
As he says it, he slips on one of Nell's toy cars and almost falls over!
KARL: You see – cars. They're a damned menace!
He storms out, and Sonya looks worried.
Ben is showing off his new formal suit to Xanthe and Susan. Gary comes in, and Xanthe shows him pictures on her phone of her dress, which she was trying on in the shop earlier. Gary looks worried; and while Xanthe helps Ben choose a tie, Susan and Gary go into the kitchen for a cuppa.
Susan reveals she wants to talk to Gary about Xanthe's schooling; she's struggling to keep up and will need a professional tutor to get through VCE.
GARY: These professional tutors aren't cheap, I'm guessing?
SUSAN: No. They run upwards of $50 an hour.
Gary is worried, but insists to Susan that he'll organise some tutoring. While Susan makes the tea, he contemplates calling Kev McNally…
Susan is reporting to Toadie and Sonya about Gary's financial woes, and Toadie confirms that he's been stressing about money. Susan wishes she could think of a way to help without embarrassing Gary. Conversation moves onto Karl's bike lane idea – Sonya's annoyed about the way Karl looked at her like a ‘political monster' when she told him his plan was a no- go.
Susan is dismissive, saying the bike lanes are just Karl's latest pet project, to fill the void left by Off Air.
SUSAN: He'll have a new obsession by tomorrow (…) He's out the back now. He's probably right back into organic gardening as we speak.
But Karl comes in, and announces that far from dropping his bike lane plans, he's ramping up his campaign! There's clear tension between him and Sonya.
KARL: Don't take this personally, but I'm not gonna take your rejection lying down. We're gonna make so much noise, that the council's gonna have to change its mind.
KARL: Yes. The local cycling community.
Karl says he hopes he can count on Toadie's support, as a fellow cyclist. Before Toadie has a chance to answer, Karl passes him a placard he's made, which reads ‘BIKE LANES SAVE LIVES', and says they're going for a ride later to wave it around and drum up support! Karl marches off, and Susan remarks that she didn't see that coming!
Paige is apologising to Jack for what happened with Dustin. Jack says he doesn't want Dustin caught up in what's going on between them, and Paige says she understands he's worried about Dustin.
JACK: That wasn't the only reason why I overreacted yesterday. I was jealous, but I was also disappointed. What happened with Jimmy was horrible, obviously. But something amazing came out of that. When Amy was at her most vulnerable, she asked me to pray with her.
PAIGE: I didn't know she was religious.
JACK: I'm not sure she is. But she needed comfort. And she found that within my faith.
PAIGE: I'm proud of you.
JACK: I felt more connected to God than I have in ages. Like he was guiding me, that he was reminding me how much good I can do. And when Amy found out that Jimmy had pulled through, I wanted to find you. I'd finally remembered what it felt like to have real purpose and meaning, and I wanted to share that with you. Cos you are the most important person in my life.
PAIGE: I would have loved to share that moment with you. I want to understand your beliefs; I want to understand how you practice them. I'll go to church with you! This is your life, and I – I really, really want to be a part of it.
JACK: I appreciate that. But I need to decide how much I'm gonna commit myself to the church.
PAIGE: And if you do go back, there's no room for me in your life.
JACK: Of course there will be. Just not the place that you were hoping for.
PAIGE: If God is guiding you, then he brought you to Erinsborough on the day that we met. How is that not proof enough that he wants us to be together?
JACK: I'm sorry. I wish things were different.
PAIGE: Stop wishing. Just make a choice.
Paige walks away.
Gary is sitting alone with a beer, when his mate Kev McNally comes in. We've met him before – he sold the gun to Paul that he was going to use against Victor Cleary, to avenge his niece Kate's death. And apparently Kev's just been released from prison, which is how he knew Gary.
KEV: So your text said you need work?
GARY: Yeah (…) Let's just say, if you've heard of any jobs going, I'd be interested (…) It has to be legit, though. I've cleaned up my act. Nothing dodgy.
KEV: Yeah, that might be a challenge, mate.
GARY: What have you got?
Kev puts some car keys on the table.
KEV: Interstate delivery. Car's loaded, ready to go. All you do is drive.
GARY: Do I want to know what's inside?
KEV: Probably not. Are you in?
- Piper calls Terese a hypocrite for flirting with a younger man, Amy's ex- boss Ryan
- Xanthe advises Piper to date someone worse than Tyler to show her parents how decent he is
- Gary asks Sheila if he can borrow money for Xanthe's formal, and tells Amy about his dilemma
- Xanthe tells Piper she's planned everything around this dress
- Gary on the phone, telling someone that he'll ‘do it'