- Steph tells Mark she was jealous of Elly because she loves him – and he returns the compliment
- Paige and Tyler TITTNL™, leaving Piper devastated after Paige confesses all
- The bike lane wars put pressure on Sonya and Susan's friendship, as Susan gives a quote to the Star
- Someone has written ‘DIE' on Sonya's car windscreen
- A brick is thrown through Toadie's office window
Sonya is telling Mark about the graffiti on the car and the brick through the window. Toadie suggests that the same person could have vandalised the car and then followed her here to throw the brick. Sonya attributes the attack to the fact that Tim Collins printed her street name in the West Waratah Star.
Mark says he hasn't found any witnesses yet, but Toadie is sure that whoever is responsible is disgruntled about the bike lane campaign. Mark's more cautious, but Aaron is convinced that Toadie is right.
AARON: Come on, we know who it is. It was Clive West.
MARK: Let's not jump to any conclusions. It could be linked to something totally unrelated.
Aaron points out that Clive has already run over the bikes, and threatened Sonya – it has to be him, he says.
Mark is updating Toadie, Sonya and Steph on the investigation. He hasn't caught up with Clive West yet, but wants to discuss other possible suspects. Mark asks the Rebecchis if they can think of anyone who has had a grudge against them.
TOADIE: Well, not recently.
Mark says he's he'll talk to Brad about the outreach kids, who have a history of vandalism – and adds that he also wants to look into Belinda.
STEPH: Oh, you cannot be serious.
Mark reminds them that Belinda was upset that Toadie failed to get her nursing registration restored, but Steph is far from convinced, and doesn't think Belinda would attack Sonya's car. Mark reiterates that Clive West remains the primary focus; but as he leaves, Steph accuses him of still being jealous of Belinda.
MARK: It's got nothing to do with that. I'm doing my job.
STEPH: Right (!)
Dustin is talking to a couple of outreach extras.
DUSTIN: The lawyer dude – heard someone lobbed a brick through his window!
The three of them laugh about this. Brad comes over and asks them if they want to join in with the other kids, throwing a basketball around. Dustin says it's not really his thing – and eschews the idea of a ping- pong game too.
Jack arrives to relieve Brad, apologising for being held up – he's had a lot of admin to contend with now he's taking over as the priest of Elliot Park parish. Brad remarks on Dustin's lack of enthusiasm for all the activities he suggests. Jack suggests boxing, which Dustin was fond of up in Queensland. But Brad isn't keen; encouraging some of the outreach kids to fight would be problematic, he says.
Mark is telling Karl and Susan about the vandalism perpetrated against the Rebecchis. He asks Susan if anyone has contacted her regarding the quote she gave to the Star – such as an anti- bike lane protester who may have been stirred up by her comments. Karl and Susan start to bicker, so Mark sneaks out!
KARL: What else would have got the locals so riled up?
SUSAN: Maybe they're riled up because you got your bike and jumped on the bandwagon!
KARL: Well it's better than going to the newspaper and having a whinge, isn't it?
SUSAN: Fat lot of good it did! And speaking of fat, now we're all subjected to a pack of middle- aged men bulging out of their lycra!
KARL: You've never complained about my bulges before!
SUSAN: Get used to it!
KARL: Sore loser!
SUSAN: I heard that!
Paige is texting Piper, once again apologising for sleeping with Tyler and begging for Piper to talk to her. Afterwards, Lauren tells Paige that it won't be an easy fix with Piper. Paige insists she and Tyler are just friends – and with Jack off- limits, she'll just have to find someone else.
BRAD: Bouncing from one relationship to another's not a good look.
Brad mentions how he needs to come up with a new outreach strategy for Dustin, who isn't currently interested in any of his programmes. He mentions Jack's suggestion of boxing, but reiterates that he doesn't like the idea of kids taking out their frustrations on each other. Lauren adds that it's dangerous.
Paige points out that she boxes, but Brad says that's just with a punchbag, not other people.
BRAD: That's completely different. Boxing is off the table.
Erinsborough City Council
Sonya is in the mayor's office (with Aaron, for some reason). Mark has arrived to update them on Clive West, who according to his neighbours may have ‘gone bush'. Mark has an alert out on him, but says that even though Clive is the likeliest suspect for the attack on Toadie's office, he was seen by a witness at the Lassiter's car park at the time when Sonya's car was vandalised in Ramsay Street.
Mark says it's therefore possible the attacks are unrelated, but Aaron is convinced that the graffiti on the car must have been one of Clive's protester friends. Mark says it's possible, but adds that it would be sensible to pull back on the bike lane campaign for now.
AARON: No way.
MARK: Clive isn't the only one getting worked up about this, and I don't want anyone else getting ideas.
But Aaron says no- one has been as ‘loopy' as Clive, and offers to put his name and photo out on social media to help with the search for him.
MARK: You can't name and shame! At this point, that would be defamatory.
He advises both of them to remain patient until they find out who's responsible, but Sonya is worried about how she'll protect her family.
Paige arrives – she's brought her punching bag and some boxing gloves, to set up at the outreach centre. She also apologises to Jack for accusing him of calling the cops during her house party. Jack tells her not to worry. Dustin comes over; he's excited that the outreach centre will now have a punchbag, and offers to help set it up. Jack says it was thoughtful of Paige to have brought the bag.
Erinsborough City Council
The camera pans across a wall of photos of mayors past and present – Sonya, Paul and Lou all visible amongst them. Susan arrives to check in on Sonya following the attack on Toadie's office; she says it was never her intention to incite an attack with her comments to the Star.
SONYA: Yeah, well sometimes it doesn't take much. You saw how confrontational Clive was during that meeting.
SUSAN: Yeah, he was pretty agitated.
SONYA: Yeah. So intentional or not, I'm afraid your comments just – well, they tipped him over the edge.
SUSAN: That's not fair. I'm not responsible for his actions; I was just trying to get my point across.
SONYA: I understand that, but you know I was never gonna get a fair hearing from a paper run by Tim Collins. They were always gonna skew the article against me.
SUSAN: My focus was on the students. I'm not gonna apologise for putting their needs ahead of everything else – including bike lanes!
SONYA: This issue is bigger than you and me and the school. It's about the safety of everybody in this community. And I'm not backing away from putting the needs of the majority first!
The atmosphere between Susan and Sonya has turned very icy.
As they set up the punchbag, Dustin is telling Paige about how the principal at his school in Queensland told him to join the local boxing club, to keep him out of trouble; it was either that, or be suspended.
PAIGE: I would have chosen suspension. Wouldn't have to do anything.
DUSTIN: I wanted to do, but my old man would've given me a belting.
DUSTIN: Yeah. We didn't get along too good.
PAIGE: I'm sorry.
Dustin says he's won a few boxing tournaments in his time.
DUSTIN: What about you? Wouldn't have picked you for a boxer. Not really a chick thing.
PAIGE: I've got a lot of anger issues.
DUSTIN: Cos Mummy and Daddy bought you the wrong set of wheels?
DUSTIN: I was joking.
PAIGE: Well, the thing is, it's true. I was one of those poor little rich kids, who got sent off to the most expensive boarding schools – an unlimited allowance and a lot of freedom.
DUSTIN: Yeah. A real crappy life (!)
PAIGE: It would've been a fairytale, except I was adopted. My dad didn't want me, and my parents hated each other. I'm sure it was nothing compared to your life, though.
DUSTIN: You ever knock out your old man?
DUSTIN: Then you're right. You've got nothing on me!
They go to get their gloves on; Paige has to go home to get hers.
Sonya comes in to find Susan already there, waiting for a coffee from Lauren. They smile at each other awkwardly, and Sonya stands at the opposite end of the counter. Eventually Susan approaches.
SUSAN: Sonya, no- one has got the right to make you feel unsafe or threatened in your workplace.
SONYA: Yeah, I realise that. It's just your job to advocate for the school.
SUSAN: Well then, I guess we're both doing our best. Honestly, when it comes to this Clive bloke…
SONYA: I just don't want to talk about it anymore, okay?
SUSAN: Obviously we're not gonna agree about this. I just hope that it doesn't affect our friendship.
SONYA: No, of course it's not gonna affect our friendship.
SUSAN: I just can't believe that all this started because I challenged Karl to take a stand. I'm glad he's got a cause; I just wish it wasn't 24/7. It's like militant cyclists don't have an off- switch!
Sonya glowers at Susan, but luckily Lauren has Susan's coffee ready, so she hastily departs with it!
Meanwhile, Paige has come in to pick up some energy drinks to take back to Blaze. Lauren queries whether Paige is just hanging around the outreach because it's where Jack works, but she insists it's not about Jack, but Dustin and the kids. Lauren thinks Paige should be trying to make things right with Piper instead. But Paige says Piper doesn't want to talk to her.
Instead, Paige says, she's trying to give back in other ways – like with the boxing gear. Dustin's had a terrible life, and at least she can do right by him, if not by Piper.
LAUREN: You sound like Mother Teresa.
PAIGE: I'm trying to turn this whole situation around and make being with Jack a positive experience.
LAUREN: Well, in principle that is wonderful, except for one tiny little thing. You're not over him.
PAIGE: … Bye, Mum.
Jack and Dustin have their boxing gloves on and are sparring, in more ways than one.
DUSTIN: You're out of practice!
JACK: It's coming back to me.
DUSTIN: Just like being a priest? It must be weird. After all that time being a normal guy.
JACK: You make it sound like I'm some sort of weirdo!
DUSTIN: You know what I mean. Being able to do whatever you want.
JACK: This is what I want.
DUSTIN: Giving up all the good stuff to work for the man upstairs? It's screwy!
JACK: Careful, he's always watching!
DUSTIN: (…) This whole normal thing comes with a catch.
JACK: What's that?
DUSTIN: No chicks!
JACK: Yeah, well, there's more to life than just that.
Paige arrives back, and smiles as she sees them sparring.
PAIGE: Hey. My turn!
Steph is with Toadie and Aaron. Toadie's worried that there are now two nutters on the loose rather than just Clive West, but Aaron is convinced Clive is involved with both incidents.
AARON: And I've got a feeling it'll catch up with him sooner rather than later.
Steph suggests arranging some kind of security for Sonya and Nell, but Toadie says they can't pay for that – and says he's going to ask Sonya to pull back on the campaign until things calm down.
AARON: You're gonna let them win?
TOADIE: This is my family's security we're talking about, Aaron.
Mark comes in, furious with Aaron.
MARK: I told you not to do anything.
AARON: Did you find him?
MARK: No! And you're not helping!
TOADIE: Why, what's he done?
MARK: Aaron put Clive's photo up on Facebook, naming him as the offender.
TOADIE: Oh, Aaron, you know better than that!
AARON: I had to do something, right. And you weren't!
MARK: I'm still investigating. And so far no proof has turned up that he's responsible for either attack. If he isn't, you could be facing a defamation suit. And if he is, you could jeopardise the outcome of this investigation.
TOADIE: Mark's right – you shouldn't have done it.
MARK: Take it down. Now.
Aaron looks contrite.
Paige is getting ready for some boxing. Dustin is telling her how he won a regional championship. They're about to have a match, but Jack thinks it's a bad idea.
PAIGE: You did.
JACK: That's different.
PAIGE: Why? Because I'm a girl, and girls shouldn't fight?
JACK: No, I'm not saying that, but this is dangerous.
PAIGE: I can handle myself.
Dustin is on board too, telling Jack it's just a bit of fun.
JACK: Your father won't like this.
PAIGE: Well, my father's not here.
JACK: That's beside the point.
PAIGE: No, the point is, I make my own decisions.
JACK: Looks like you do.
Jack leaves them to it. Paige tells Dustin not to go easy on her – she can hold her own.
DUSTIN: We'll see about that.
Aaron is talking to Karl about his decision to post Clive's picture on social media. Karl diplomatically tells him that it was rash, if well- intentioned. Aaron admits that whatever he seems to do now ends up with somebody else cleaning up the mess or paying the price. He adds that he and Karl have dragged the Rebecchis into the firing line over the bike lane debate.
Karl tells Aaron that Sonya supports their cause, and that they're on the right side of history. Clive West is the one who has taken things too far, and everything will be fine once the police get him.
Mark comes in and has another go at Aaron, saying he thought he'd learned his lesson after painting bike lanes on the road.
AARON: I know. I'm sorry. I can't explain.
MARK: Well, I can. You acted first, and then you thought some time later. As per usual.
AARON: No. This time I did stop and think about how it would affect Sonya. But for some reason, my brain convinced me that the positives outweighed the negatives. I was wrong. But you know, sometimes when you care about someone, your emotions can hijack your common sense.
Mark admits that, in terms of the suspects for the vandalism, he jumped the gun with someone too.
Steph is in the storeroom when Mark arrives. He admits that Belinda was at work in Bega when the attacks took place. Mark says he was just doing his job by checking it out, and that he was worried about Steph and Charlie – he doesn't like the thought of them living with the Rebecchis while they're being targeted.
Mark suggests that Steph and Charlie come to stay with him for a while until they work out who was responsible, but Steph insists they're not in danger. She also needs to be there for Toadie and Sonya. But she tells Mark it's sweet of him to offer.
MARK: That's what you do when you love someone.
Paige and Dustin are in the middle of a boxing match – and Paige seems to be giving as good as she gets! Jack warns Dustin to take it easy, but Paige insists she's fine. Jack then tells them to stop, but Paige and Dustin ignore him. Jack walks out.
A road somewhere
Toadie and Sonya are walking down the pavement. Toadie's trying to convince Sonya to pull the pin on the bike lane scheme.
SONYA: What will it say if I do that? It will say that when things get rough, I run. That I give in to bullies.
TOADIE: No, it'll say that you put the welfare of yourself and your family above everyone else.
Sonya argues that Susan and Clive are only thinking of what's best for themselves – she's the mayor and has to be responsible for everyone. She adds that a majority of people support the bike lanes, and that when the council votes it through, it will all die down. They just have to be careful till then.
SONYA: Please don't fight me on this. I really need you to be on my side.
Outside, Brad arrives to talk to Jack. Brad says he's thought about the boxing, and that he's going to stick to his exercise routines – but that if Jack thinks it would benefit Dustin and some of the others, he should go for it.
JACK: I'm glad you feel that way. Cos Paige dropped off her boxing gear earlier, and is inside sparring with him.
Brad looks annoyed.
Inside, Paige and Dustin continue to duel, and it's getting heated. Brad comes in, and says Paige's name. She turns around, just as Dustin is throwing a punch towards her head. She drops to the floor with a cut on her cheek, apparently unconscious. Dustin, Brad and Jack look worried.
- Jack tells Paige that boxing's maybe not her thing, as she has no self- control!
- Paige walks into the garage and pashes Tyler
- Lucy says that there's been a new bid for the hotel, Terese Willis
- Terese and Madison look excited about the bid, but Paul looks horrified
- Archie Quill and some accomplices put Charlie in a bin, and lock it