- Dustin tells Paige that he thinks Angelina wants her to back out of the fight to save face
- Paige knocks out Angelina in the boxing match, and is worried when she doesn't get up
- Karl tells Paige and co that Angelina has a tumour, but that her trainer pushed her to fight anyway
- Overwhelmed with guilt over what's happened, Paige turns to Jack for comfort
- Steph's upset when Max bans Charlie from coming to stay following all the mortal peril
- Losing Charlie hits Mark hard; he'd never realised just how much he wanted to be a parent
- Sonya asks Susan about her experience as a surrogate for daughter Libby and her husband Dan
Susan and Sonya come in. Sonya recounts how Toadie told her about Susan acting as surrogate for Libby and Dan. Susan's clearly distressed thinking about it, and says it was an emotional time. Sonya says that a couple she knows is really struggling with having children, and she's wondering if she can do anything to help.
SUSAN: You're obviously very close to them.
SONYA: Well, they're practically family.
SONYA: It's Steph and Mark.
SUSAN: Oh, Sonya. I'm sorry. I know this probably isn't what you want to hear, but I don't think it's a very good idea.
The conversation continues. Susan tells Sonya there are so many things to consider around surrogacy, and so many things that could go wrong.
SONYA: I just feel so desperately for them. I mean, Mark wants a baby, and Steph wants to give him one. But she can't, and I just don't want this to come between them.
SUSAN: It was the same for me. Watching Libby and Dan struggle to have a child of their own, and the stress that that put on their marriage. And once I got the thought in my head, I just couldn't get rid of it. It just felt right – it felt like the most natural thing to do.
SONYA: Well, yes. And did Dan and Libby feel the same way?
SUSAN: Well, they said no at first. But then I offered again, and – well, I just kept on pushing until they agreed. Karl took a bit longer to come around to the idea. And then my MS symptoms flared up.
SONYA: I mean, that makes what you did even more amazing.
SUSAN: No. No, it was – it was a very emotional time, and I didn't behave very well. I interfered in Libby and Dan's relationship. The boundaries, they just got blurred. And then – and then I lost the baby.
SONYA: I'm so sorry, Susan. It must be a very painful memory for you.
SUSAN (emotional): Yeah, it is. It is. Very much so. Took a long time to get over. But if I'm honest, I am glad that I tried. I am. But I'm so wary to recommend it to anybody else.
SONYA: I know. Look, I know it's gonna be hard. I know that. But I just really want to be able to help my friends.
SUSAN: In that case, the person you need to talk to is Toadie.
For some reason, Toadie is playing golf with Piper and Brad in the back yard. Toadie asks what Lauren's doing for her hen party, but Piper says she doesn't know.
TOADIE: I'm sure Karl'd be able to sing a few tunes if you asked him nicely!
Piper laughs. Brad is on the phone, and afterwards, he explains to Toadie and Piper that his main sponsor for Blaze Outreach, the local hardware store, has decided to pull out. This is because they're upset about boxing taking place on the premises, particularly in light of Angelina's injuries, as it teaches kids to hurt each other.
Brad's worried, as there are only a few weeks left before the council puts the Blaze building's lease back up for tender. He's now unsure whether they'll be able to keep the place open.
Paige, Lauren and Jack are talking about Angelina, who is still in a coma. Lauren says that Angelina's mum Rena is doing her best to keep it together for the sake of Angelina's younger sister.
Paige has a flashback to the boxing match. We briefly see her, Angelina and the referee (Gus Howard) in the ring, just as Paige throws the winning punch, knocking Angelina to the floor unconscious.
Back in the present, Lauren goes to get a coffee. Paige apologises for coming to the church yesterday for comfort, but Jack tells her they're friends – of course she can come to him.
JACK: Would you like me to take you home?
PAIGE: No. I sat with you when you were here. I talked to you. I had faith. And – and you woke up.
JACK: Angelina's injuries are serious.
PAIGE: So were yours. She's gonna get through this. I know she will.
Karl comes in with bad news on Angelina – they've had to cancel the biopsy they had planned, as the tumour is in an inaccessible part of the brain, and the procedure could cause further damage.
PAIGE: So they're gonna do nothing?!
KARL :It's the neurosurgeon's call.
PAIGE: Tell them to get another surgeon!
KARL: She's getting the very best of care. Sometimes there are limits to what we can do. I'm sorry.
Sonya thanks Susan for being so honest about her surrogacy experiences.
SUSAN: Sonya, you are a generous and loving friend. But it takes more than love to make a surrogacy work. It takes planning and commitment; the four of you have to be completely united. And that's a big ask. Especially for Toadie.
Sonya points out that Karl was okay with Susan being a surrogate, but Susan says he was constantly worried about her health and felt shut out at times. Sonya resolves to work out where she stands herself before she springs it on Toadie. Susan advises her not to wait too long, in order to give Toadie time to process it.
SUSAN: Being a surrogate really tested our marriage. You don't know what kind of issues it's gonna bring up in yours.
Paige is in the hospital canteen, having a fight with a vending machine which is refusing to dispense her crisps. A man asks if she's okay.
PAIGE: Yeah. I am fine. I am fantastic. I'm brilliant. I've never been better.
She begins ranting about the vending machine to the bemused man. Paige points out that the man's bag is leaking; he explains it's miso soup, for his great grandmother who he's visiting in hospital. Not that there was much point; she's asleep. Paige helps the man clean up the spilled soup.
MAN: Sorry. I get clumsy when I'm nervous.
PAIGE: Now I feel bad for yelling at you.
MAN: I thought you were yelling at the machine.
PAIGE: I was yelling at you a tiny bit.
MAN: Do you want to talk about it?
PAIGE: I don't think you could help.
MAN: Still, might be good to get it out in a less shouty way.
In the garden, Piper asks Lauren what she's planning for her hen party. Lauren says she was going to give it a miss.
PIPER: Fair enough. There are the gender issues.
PIPER: Like, why are females labelled brooding hens, and the men get to be hot bucks? But maybe this is your chance to pay homage to the centuries- old tradition of female bonding.
LAUREN: Yeah, I'm not really sure I'm that into tradition.
Brad emerges – he's had another Blaze Outreach sponsor drop out. Piper encourages him to contact the West Waratah Star, but Brad isn't sure Tim Collins' editorial slant will be that sympathetic. Aaron turns up. He feels bad about the impact the boxing is having on Blaze, and starts rambling on about how he can help Brad rebrand Blaze Outreach with his PR skills.
AARON: You could do something like a fancy dinner and then have a charity auction.
BRAD: The last event you organised, someone ended up in a coma.
Brad goes indoors, leaving Aaron looking guilty.
Paige has been talking to the man in the canteen about Angelina's situation (and eating his miso soup). The man assures her that the doctors will explore every possible option, but Paige feels like they're giving up. Paige is about to go out for some air, and thanks the man for listening. Karl comes in to see how Paige is doing, and the man introduces himself to Karl as Dr David Tanaka.
PAIGE: Doctor? You did not mention that?
DAVID: I'm a first- year resident at Westmead Hospital in western Sydney.
He explains that he's here visiting family, but says that his boss, Dr Adisa, is a renowned neurosurgeon – and indeed, Karl has heard of her.
KARL: She's very highly regarded, if a little…
DAVID: Controversial. You can say it.
David explains that Dr Adisa is in Melbourne for a conference, and suggests that she may be interested in Angelina's case. She's doing experimental work in the field of brain tumours. Karl promises to give her a call straight away.
DAVID: No- one's giving up on Angelina, okay?
Brad, Piper and Lauren are in the back yard. Brad is trying to balance the Blaze books minus his sponsors' support; and Piper's sore with Brad because he wouldn't let Aaron help transform Blaze's fortunes.
PIPER: I know you're stressed, but you were just plain rude.
Brad's about to respond angrily, but Lauren suggests Brad go for a run to clear his head. He leaves to do just that, and Lauren assures Piper that he'll calm down and apologise to Aaron. Piper then begins to sell herself to Lauren as a potential hen night organiser. Lauren's not sure, especially with Amber in Brisbane and Paige so busy.
PIPER: Well, I'm here. I know we haven't been super- close or anything, but I really want to do this for you.
LAUREN: Okay. Okay!
LAUREN: But no pub crawl, and no veil. And no tiara.
PIPER: Done, done. I'm hearing you loud and clear.
LAUREN: And no family videos, either.
Sonya finds Mark testing out Charlie's drone, which he's had repaired. Apparently, Charlie has asked Mark to give the drone to Jimmy.
MARK: I kind of like the fact that it's gonna be whizzing round in Erinsborough. Like a little bit of Charlie never left.
Mark apologises for ‘offloading' to Sonya about how much he misses Charlie, adding that he just wants him to be happy.
MARK: No matter how much I miss him, I'm sure it's only a fraction of what Steph is feeling right now.
Mark leaves, and Sonya looks conflicted.
Tyler is fixing Amy's ute, while Aaron talks to both of them about Blaze Outreach and how it's suffering as a result of the boxing match. He's feeling guilty for not thinking things through - and for Angelina and her family. Aaron suddenly has a brainwave.
Karl updates Paige on the situation. They've spoken to Dr Adisa, and she's coming to the hospital to talk to the surgeons and look at Angelina's scans. Karl says it's just a consult at this stage, but Paige says it means there's still hope.
Brad is back from his run, and admits to Piper and Lauren that he was rude to Aaron. At that moment, Aaron himself arrives (flanked by Tyler), with his bright new idea for ‘repositioning' Blaze. He says that, while Brad's sports programmes are great, they only take the kids so far.
AARON: What if Blaze could offer courses in basic skills? Like computer stuff, job hunting, vocational skills. It's about showing the kids what's possible. And who knows – they might get back into study or land a job. Plus it creates a buzz, which would bring you in new sponsors.
TYLER: I could teach car mechanics, and Amy's on board to run a carpentry course.
LAUREN: I could run a course in hospitality for you.
PIPER: Oh, I could teach them how to vlog!
Brad thinks Aaron's idea is great, and promises to run it past Sonya – and says that he, Aaron and Jack should all have a meeting to discuss it in more depth. They shake on it.
Amy is talking to Jack about the ‘chaos' at the Canning house at present, with Xanthe and Sheila bickering. But she says she has no regrets about she and Jimmy staying there, saying she knows how lucky they are.
Paige comes in, and updates Jack and Amy on Angelina. Spying David nearby at a table, she introduces them to him, and explains how he organised for his boss to take a look at Angelina's case. Dr Adisa is at the hospital now, she says, looking at the scans. Jack makes out that he's impressed by the newcomer, but he already looks jealous of the friendship David and Paige have struck up.
Paige goes to fetch David a rocky road sundae as thanks for his help. Jack suggests he and Amy stay in to drink their coffees, presumably so that he can keep an eye on Paige and David, who are smiling at one another from across the room…
Sonya and Nell come in to pick Toadie up from work. Nell has drawn him a picture.
NELL: It's for you, from daycare!
The picture shows Sonya, Toadie, Nell, Steph and Charlie. Steph is depicted with a sad face. Toadie loves the picture.
TOADIE: And you included Steph and Charlie too.
SONYA: Of course she did. They're our family too.
TOADIE: Steph looks a little sad, though, doesn't she? I suppose we'd be pretty sad if you had to go away too.
Brad comes in, and Sonya's evidently not especially keen to speak to him, as she's finished work for the day. He pitches Aaron's idea about offering basic skills courses at Blaze. Sonya says it sounds good, but that the building will still be up for tender at the end of the contract, as the council needs it to be profitable. She doesn't know if Blaze can compete without its sponsors.
BRAD: But the kids need the place too.
Brad promises he's going to get new sponsors and raise the funds to make a competitive bid. Brad leaves, and Sonya, whose mind is elsewhere, looks sadly at the picture of Steph.
Amy is talking to Jack about Gary and his pigeon, but he's clearly not listening – he's too busy looking jealously at Paige and David, who are having a friendly chat on the other table.
AMY: If you want to go over there, just go over there.
JACK: No, I'm not sure I should.
AMY: You're not regretting your choice, are you?
AMY: Then you need to find a way to live with it.
Karl comes in, to talk to Paige and David. Jack goes over to hear the news. Karl says that Dr Adisa has reviewed Angelina's MRI and PET scan results – and that she wants to go ahead and remove the brain tumour.
PAIGE: Oh, that's great!
KARL: Paige, I've talked to the family. They've decided not to go ahead with the operation.
DAVID: It's a radical procedure. And we have to respect the family's wishes.
PAIGE: No, we have to respect Angelina's right to walk out of that hospital!
JACK: But it's not your call, Paige.
PAIGE: Well someone has to fight for her! I'm gonna talk to Angelina's mum and make sure she understands. This operation has to go ahead.
Toadie is on the phone to his son Callum in the US, saying Nell and all of them miss him. Afterwards, Toadie and Sonya reflect on how Callum's in a good place in his life. Sonya has just put Nell to bed (and had to read ‘Magic Beach' three times).
SONYA: And then we'll blink, and she'll be out in the world too.
Toadie says Steph (who is having an early night) was ‘rapt' to be included in Nell's picture, even though she doesn't look very happy on it.
TOADIE: It breaks my heart to see her like that. We're gonna have to keep an eye on her in the next little while.
SONYA: Mm- hm. I'm gonna say something to you, and I don't want you to freak out, okay?
TOADIE: You just say that, and I start freaking out!
SONYA: Okay. Well, what would you think about me being a surrogate for Mark and Steph?
TOADIE: As in…?
SONYA: As in, carrying a baby for them.
Toadie looks shocked.
- Toadie tells Karl that he didn't know he and Sonya ‘had made that decision'
- Paige appeals to Rena to put Angelina's life in Dr Adisa's hands
- An unknown character (Rena's other daughter?) blames Paige for Angelina's hospitalisation
- NEW DOCTOR, says a caption, over scenes of David and Karl talking in the hospital
- Jack looks jealous as Paige happily hugs David. NEW RELATIONSHIPS, says the text
- Another newcomer approaches Amy and Aaron in the Lassiter's car park
- Aaron and the stranger make eyes at each other across The Waterhole