- Piper unsure if she'd cope should Paige/Tyler hook up again.
- Paul demanding Terese's strategy plan.
- Gary acquiring the strategy plan for Paul but he only gets part of it.
- Elly being bitten by an snake while saving Nell.
- Susan blaming Karl for what happened to Elly.
Susan asks Karl to take in some stuff to the hospital for Elly that she'll need, which he agrees to do and says he'll be home at 2 in time for the divorce party. That is like a red rag to a bull and Susan chastises Karl and informs him that there isn't enough room for two in this marriage, between him/his ego, and perhaps he might want to consider planning his own divorce party!
Brad delivers Lauren her invitation to the divorce party and she questions whether he wants it or not since Piper really ran away with the idea, but he confirms he does and thinks it will be fun. Lauren thinks she shouldn't attend but Brad informs her that she must, so they can draw a line under everything.
Brad comes bearing flowers for Elly courtesy of the School Council and checks how the patient is doing (fine). Jack spots the divorce party invite in Brad's hand and after discussing with him what it's about, finds himself invited and with a warning the snake is still on the loose!
Karl runs into Brad as he's leaving and confirms that they will be attending the party, it's just what is needed.
Susan though is telling Terese that they can't go (because Elly needs her) and is told she'll be saved a piece of divorce cake. From the look on her face, Terese surmises that she isn't in agreement with the ethos of the party. With Lauren coming over to join them, Terese explains that given the crap year she's had, she sees this party as a way of forging ahead to her new life as a single independent woman.
As the women get ready to leave, Lauren asks Terese if it's fitting she should be at the party and is told that the party isn't just for her/Brad as she needs some closure too. "I really want you there," Terese tells Lauren and she agrees to be at the party.
In the kitchen, Paige confirms that she will be going to the party to Piper who then subtly brings up wanting to invite Tyler so that they can now formally be friends. Paige hesitantly goes to bring up what happened with him but Piper cuts her off before she can begin, to talk about more party arrangements, and the moment is lost.
When Paige heads off for a hospital check, the happy nice persona Piper had on changes immediately to the sullen teenage face we've become accustomed to lately.
Paige runs into Jack after her appointment and they make small talk with each other before Jack tells her he isn't coming to the party (he doesn't ethically like the idea given the churches teaching). Paige thinks there is another reason why he isn't coming - that he felt something the other day and is afraid of what might happen if he hangs around her too much!
Tyler is somewhat surprised to see Piper arrive as he works on a car with Ben. She explains about the family party and dishes out their invites. Tyler turns her down citing too busy at work, and after Ben excuses himself to get a coffee, she tries to persuade him to go saying (metaphorically) it's a party portal they need to cross to get to another friendship dementia. This convinces Tyler to attend the party.
Toadie and Nell depart after handing over a thank you gift to Elly - some drawings Nell did.
Susan tells Elly her mum called and no, she didn't mention anything about the miscarriage just the snake bite. Elly is relived as she couldn't handle telling her mum that and tells her aunt, Derek paid $1k into her bank account and remarks that she can now replace the shoes.
When Karl comes into the room to inform Susan he's nearly ready to knock off, so they can go home to attend the party, Susan tells him that she passed on their apologies. This leads to a mini- domestic (as Karl told Brad they were going) until Elly orders her to go and have a cocktail or two for her! "Fine, let's go," Susan says but you can cut the tension between them with a knife.
As they are chatting, Paul confirms to Gary that he hasn't received an invite to the Willis divorce party, commenting that he's got "more important things to do today".
In the summer room, the divorce party begins by Brad/Terese taking off their wedding rings before cutting the cake!
Toadie is singing Karl's praises for saving Elly's life although Susan is somewhat coy about at being married to someone that can save lives.
Sheila is trying to set Gary up with Terese now she's newly single but he doesn't think that is a good idea and leaves her to it as he's got something to return.
Brad catches Piper to see if she's ready to start the slideshow yet but she suggests doing the speeches first and he goes round everyone to check everyone has a drink.
Jack arrives at the party and within seconds he's clapped eyes with Paige.
Paul creeps into her office and looks through everything trying to find what he's after but the only thing he finds is a photo of himself/Terese that was in her drawer.
Its speech time, starting with one from Toadie, followed by Brad and then Terese. During the speeches we've had continuing staring at each other between Piper/Tyler/Paige/Jack although unseen from the other guests.
With the speeches over, its slideshow time. The presentation starts off nicely - Piper narrating how Josh/Imogen/Piper arrived to be siblings to Ned and it then goes on to mention the other Willis child (Paige) that nobody knew about. Up until this point, the narration has been very nice/friendly but from here on it the tone totally changes so that Piper is very scathing about Paige.
PIPER: Paige grew up in a completely different world, a world where she failed to learn things like respect, loyalty and the ability to keep her pants on!
The nice pictures of Paige growing up are suddenly replaced with CCTV footage from the garage of Paige/Tyler pulling each other's clothes off. "Turn it off," Brad calls and Toadie does just that but the damage of course is already done - a humiliated Jack/Tyler walk off and Terese isn't amused either.
At one side of the [outside] house, Paige rushes after Jack to talk to him but he's upset that she want to Tyler after being with him at Blaze.
PAIGE: You know I have feelings for you but I also have needs.
JACK: And so do I and although I've made a vow to God, it's been almost impossible for me to not act on my urges. So to see you being like that with someone you don't truly care about, someone that provides an easy thrill.
Paige isn't amused that he's all but calling her 'easy' and he tries to explain that he can't understand why she'd do something like that.
PAIGE: Because the person I love doesn't want to touch me, can't even look at me. Do you know how that feels?
JACK: You know I want to.
PAIGE: It's not enough.
Paige then walks off leaving Jack standing very frustrated.
At the other side of the house, Mark has arrived and comments to his brother that Piper "knows how to ruin a party!" Tyler is frustrated that he didn't click she was up to something and is embarrassed at the whole street now knowing what happened. Mark questions if it's worth going through this with Paige, if he's just going to be her rebound guy (given she's still hung up about Jack) but he throws it back by suggesting that she could be his rebound girl.
MARK: Just looking out for you!
TYLER: Thanks bro but I don't need you to on this one.
In the garden, Piper is getting in the ear from both parents who are very unhappy at what she did. They want to know how she got the footage and she explains she stole it after suspecting something had happened the night Charlie went missing and didn't think neither would tell her "so I found out the truth myself." Piper apologises for the slideshow but admits that she wanted to hurt Paige as much as she hurt her. Brad points out it wasn't just Paige that was affected, this party was a chance for the family to move on. "I thought it was just a gimmick," Piper confesses and Terese isn't amused at their fresh start being hijacked with "a stupid prank."
TERESE: I know that you are devastated about Tyler and I'm not condoning his or Paige's behaviour but the way you acted was purely infantile.
BRAD: Thanks for ruining our day.
The tension is just as bad at #28 and Karl suggests that perhaps they should consider going back to counselling... or that he starts planning their separation bash now?! Susan tries to say she didn't mean what she said, explaining that he really got to her. Karl says that what she said got to him, as the years they spent apart were the worst in his life and doesn't want to revisit it. "You think that I don't feel the same?" she asks and he replies that her attitude to his bike lane campaign would suggest something different. "Surely you could see where I was coming from?" she explains, commenting that "it was like watching the Karl Kennedy show, you made it all about you." Karl agrees he maybe went too far, but reminds her that she told him to be passionate and follow his dream.
SUSAN: I would never want you to give up something that you are passionate about. Just because I'm upset with you, doesn't mean to say I don't love you.
KARL: Glad to hear that.
SUSAN: I know you can be vain and pig- headed and stingy.
KARL: Why don't you say what you really think!!!
SUSAN: But you're also clever and brave and sensitive and I'm sorry for suggesting that you had anything to do with what happened to Elly, quite the contrary, you saved her.
KARL: You know, if you're sick of the Karl Kennedy show then maybe we could go back to the Karl and Susan show again.
"Yes," she replies and just as she goes to kiss him, pulls back and suggests instead "the Susan and Karl show occasionally."
Paul is still raking for what he's looking for when the lift pings and he quickly rushes into one of the unseen rooms. The caller is Gary and after hearing no response to calling out "Terese" goes to return the file only to be caught red handed by Paul. Gary explains he got way- laid and is just returning the strategy file and as he goes to put it in the drawer, Paul asks for it and can immediately tell it's heavier than the version Gary gave to him. As Paul looks through it, he spots bits he's not seen before and asks Gary if he'd care to explain...
Lauren tells Brad that she's just as upset with Paige as he is with Piper, and thinks it's due to both of them not thinking straight. She also thinks that their sisterly bond is important to them both and "with a bit of time and perspective they'll sort it out." Brad isn't so sure and Lauren reminds him of them/Terese and how things are now between them.
BRAD: So no regrets?
LAUREN: Nope, I thank my lucky stars every day I get to be with you.
They are about to kiss when Lauren feels something, thankfully it's just the ribbons that were round one of the champagne bottles and not the snake as she'd initially feared. Brad takes her hands and then says to her,
BRAD: Marry me!
LAUREN: (stunned) What?!
BRAD: I mean it.
Brad then gets down on one knee.
BRAD: Will you do me the honour of becoming my wife?
Lauren isn't the only one stunned as Terese is too - unseen to them, she appeared out of the house just as Brad got down on his bended knee and we'll have to wait until tomorrow for her reply as the promo comes on!
- Paul gloating that he's looking forward to destroying Terese.
- Terese commenting to Brad about his timing.
- Paige/Piper set to.
- Lauren seeing Matt