- An ill Brad asks Terese to make mysterious payments involving Ned behind Lauren's back
- Tim Collins and Paul each announce their intentions to make a bid for the Men's Shed
- Gary rejects Terese's offer of a date
- Leo arranges to meet the bank manager to discuss an investment opportunity
- Victoria tells Steph that she won't be able to have another baby
Toadie and Sonya offer their condolences to Mark and Steph, following the news that Steph can't have more children. Steph is sad, but accepting, saying Victoria told them it was a possibility.
STEPH: I'm not giving up hope yet. There is still one thing we haven't tried.
The titles roll.
SONYA: An egg donor?
Steph confirms that this is what she meant. She says she and Mark will have to talk it over, but that she would be comfortable getting an egg from one of her sisters, Michelle or Felicity. However, she says she hasn't spoken to them for a while, and isn't sure how they'll react. Mark looks very unsure about this, but agrees Steph can talk to her sisters about it.
Leo is showing Elly his new investment opportunity – the Men's Shed.
LEO: What do you think?
ELLY: I think it's a big old dusty shack that smells of… I don't even know what that smell is!
LEO: It's the stench of the past. What you need to imagine is the future. The backpackers, travellers, worldly explorers – all enjoying my new low- budget accommodation.
ELLY: Still not gonna change the smell of this place.
Leo explains that, since Paul's motel is so busy competing with Lassiter's high- end offering, the shed would fill a niche for budget travellers. He insists it just needs a bit of work.
LEO: And thanks to all that great market research from Paul and Terese, the banks think so too.
Leo says that Tim Collins is the only other bidder for the tender, and he's sure Sonya won't give it to him.
Ben, Xanthe, Angus and Piper are hanging out by the pool. Ben compliments Xanthe's new ‘super- confident vibe' as a businesswoman since she's been helping with Brooke's jewellery business. Meanwhile, Piper asks how Angus is doing at his new music college. He's loving it, but admits a lot of the other kids already have footholds in the industry.
He gets a message from one of them, Rider, who has sent Angus a link to his new music video clip.
ANGUS: I feel like everyone at college already has a video clip except for me.
XANTHE: So why don't you just make one?
Angus says he has no money, but Xanthe volunteers Piper to use her vlogging skills to help him create one free of charge. Piper suggests they film it in the Willis backyard. They decide to get started right away.
Mark expresses his reservations to Sonya about Steph's sisters donating eggs, saying he doesn't know anything about them. Sonya says the Scullys are ‘straight- up people, good people', and suggests Steph only doesn't talk about them because they live so far away.
Sonya points out that if they adopted, the baby wouldn't be biologically linked to either Steph or Mark, whereas this way there is a family tie. Mark says it's all happening very fast, but that he might be open to considering it, should Flick or Michelle be willing to help.
Sheila asks Gary how things are going with Brooke, wondering if there's a spark between them. Gary tells her to ‘leave it out'.
SHEILA: I don't blame you. She's a real looker. Just like me. You know, the haircut, the makeup – it's like looking in a mirror.
GARY: Maybe in the fun- house.
Gary says any spark between him and Brooke is because she's Xanthe's mum. He gets a text from Xanthe, asking him to go home – so he leaves.
Leo comes in, and greets Paul – who explains that the market research Leo suggested has given him an idea.
PAUL: To transform the Men's Shed into accommodation!
LEO: … Aren't you worried you might be overextending yourself? I mean, you're still establishing Robinson's.
PAUL: See, that's your problem – you think small. No – by turning the Men's Shed into an extension of Robinson's, it's going to increase my sway over the market both geographically and demographically. Putting the squeeze on Lassiter's.
Paul announces that he's going to make his bid before anyone else sees the potential. Leo looks worried, as Paul walks off.
Leo is with Terese, talking about her own market research. She's hardly listening, and instead assigns him a meet- and- greet with the hotel wine supplier – explaining that a last- minute development meeting has come up, meaning she can't meet the supplier herself.
LEO: Sounds interesting – what is it?
TERESE: It's the Men's Shed tender. I'm going for it.
Leo looks even more worried, and asks what her plan is.
TERESE: Listen, if it's all the same, I think I'd like to keep our relationship on a need- to- know basis. And this, you don't need to know.
Leo leaves, dejected.
Shortly afterwards, Terese is stroking Clementine the cat when Piper comes in.
PIPER: You know how I've been on my best behaviour lately?
TERESE: Mm. Have you?
PIPER: … I was wondering if I could film a music video in the back yard this afternoon?
TERESE: Well, how many people have you got coming?
PIPER: Very small. Intimate.
PIPER: You can be an extra if you want?
TERESE: Oh, great – a dream come true, Piper (!)
PIPER: Oh, come on, Mum!
PIPER: What's that, Clementine? Hey? You think Mum's been grumpy ever since the Gary saga, and should have some fun and be in my music video?
TERESE: Grumpy? Really, when you're asking me a favour?
PIPER: Hey, I'm just the cat whisperer. I don't control what she says.
TERESE: Okay, fine. I'll do it.
Piper thanks her gleefully – but has run out of the door before Terese can ascertain who's coming to the filming.
Xanthe is trying to rope Brooke and Gary into appearing in the music video. Gary seems unsure, since it's at Terese's house – but Xanthe insists he's going. Brooke gives him a dreadful shirt to wear for the video.
BROOKE: Yeah, you used to love a loud shirt!
GARY: I don't think I was entirely sober back then.
XANTHE: Dad, trust us. Making music videos is in our top five skills.
Xanthe shows Brooke the kaftans that Katherine Kelly Lang gave her when she was in town. David and Amy show up, and Xanthe is quick to volunteer them for the music video too.
XANTHE: Amy, you can wear this.
AMY: Ooh. Where's the rest of it?
XANTHE (to David): Do you work out?
David tries to escape out of the front door, but…
XANTHE: I'm just trying to figure out, sleeves or no sleeves? Actually, don't worry – you're hot enough, you can wear no sleeves.
Sheila comes in, evidently wishing she could be in the music video.
SHEILA: I was quite the mover back in my day. I even went to a taping of Countdown. Daryl Braithwaite winked at me. Oh, such a shame that I have to go to work.
Xanthe explains to the gathered RSRs that the theme of the video is ‘endless love'. This was Brooke's idea, she says, ‘because it relates to all of us'.
XANTHE: Amy, we can definitely give you a makeover.
AMY: How about I just come along for moral support? I'm more of a behind- the- scenes kind of girl.
But Xanthe reminds Amy that she was great on Family Feud, and says she has to be in the video. David again tries to creep out of the door, but Gary grabs him and pulls him back in!
Leo is telling Elly that Terese and Paul are both putting in bids for the Men's Shed, as well as Tim Collins. Elly questions whether he's cut out for his double- agent role. She gets a text from Xanthe, inviting her to be in the music video – but she's not sure, since it's Angus's, and things are still awkward since he kissed her. Leo offers to come with her ‘for protection'.
Leo suggests it would be good for Elly to go along, in order to show Angus she's not affected by his behaviour – while in the meantime, he could use the opportunity to dig into Terese's plans for the Men's Shed.
ELLY: Do something dodgy?
LEO: You make it sound so crude!
ELLY: Yeah, sorry, Mr Smith! You can go dance on your own, but you can count me out as your missus.
Amy and David are in their extras costumes for the music video, when Leo turns up. He immediately spies Terese's bag in the corner with all her paperwork in it, but claims he's here to be part of the music video in lieu of Elly. Aaron then turns up, having been roped in too. He sees Amy with the Tanaka brothers and pulls her to one side.
AARON: I thought we agreed to stay away from the Tanaka brothers?
AMY: David just needs to loosen up.
AARON: Please. You do realise there isn't a closet here big enough for him to pirouette out of?
AMY: Be nice. I'm just looking out for him as a mate. Hey, by the way, do you know if there's anything going on between Leo and Elly?
AARON: No idea. Why?
AMY: Oh, no reason. Just curious.
Mark, Sonya and Toadie come in. Steph explains that she's spoken to her sisters; Michelle is trying to get pregnant with a baby of her own, while Flick is ‘sympathetic, but not really on board with the idea'.
SONYA: I'm so sorry.
STEPH: I'm trying not to see their rejections as judgements on my past.
Toadie and Sonya try to assure her it wouldn't be that, but she doesn't look convinced.
STEPH: So that's it. We're done.
SONYA: So there are no other options?
STEPH: Well, that was really our last hope.
Sonya suggests an anonymous egg donor, but it quickly becomes clear that Mark isn't comfortable with this idea. He says that with Steph's sisters, they'd have a relationship with the donor, and would have blood ties to both of them. Toadie adds that the US egg banks are pretty expensive.
SONYA: But it would be a child. It would be your child. It would be Mark's biological child. You guys –you'd love it, you'd care for it, you'd raise it together. Isn't that really what matters?
In the back garden, Piper is setting up a white backdrop for the music video along the side of the house. Ben shows up with lighting equipment and fans.
PIPER: So, we're gonna turn those up to the max, and make everyone look mega- windswept, cos I'm kind of going for this sea theme…
PIPER: What? What is it?
BEN: It's just… Angus said the song's about endless love.
PIPER: … Well, it's not *not* about endless love. It's – it's going to be about endless love, on the sea.
BEN: … Right.
PIPER: Just trust me, Ben. I have a vision.
Steph is on the phone to Victoria Lamb. Afterwards, Steph tells Toadie, Sonya and Mark that using an anonymous egg is tricky but possible, and more common than they'd think. But one egg from the world bank is $20,000. Then there are procedural costs to consider. Steph suggests it may be cheaper overseas, but Toadie says some of the programmes aren't legit.
STEPH: But we'd do all the proper research.
MARK: No. I can't.
SONYA: You have hope, Mark.
MARK: I can't make a human life with a total stranger. Okay? Sorry.
He gets up and leaves. Everyone else looks worried.
Amy, Gary, David and Leo are all gathered for the video shoot. Piper is horrified when she sees them, and confronts Xanthe.
PIPER: What is this? I thought you said you were bringing your friends?
XANTHE: They are my friends! Okay, well, no- one else was available. But they're all really keen! And Mum's coming as well, and they all look great – it's gonna be great! It'll just be a little bit different.
PIPER: Yep, that's for sure (!)
To make matters worse, Terese comes downstairs in a rap artist outfit – and is annoyed to see that Gary is there. Piper informs them that Terese and David will be the first to shoot a couples segment for the video. Terese protests, but in vain.
We cut to music video footage of a windswept Xanthe playing a keyboard on an all- white background. Ben and Angus play guitars, as Angus begins to sing ‘Waves'. Piper films the band on her iPad, and the footage is interspersed with David and Terese doing a ridiculous dance against the white. Brooke arrives, and she and Gary have their turn in the spotlight. Terese looks jealous.
As we reach the chorus, Amy and Aaron take the floor and start making wave motions. Before long they are joined by the rest of the ragtag background dancers. Once Angus has stopped singing, everyone cheers.
Sonya is clearing up toys when she finds one of Nell's shoes, and looks at it pensively.
The post- music video clear- up is underway, as Aaron congratulates Angus on his song. He asks if Angus has representation, and says he should send him a copy of the song. Angus looks unsure.
AARON: Look, I'm not claiming to be some big- time music manager or anything. But I did learn a couple of things when I was looking after Madison.
On this reassurance, Angus is sold, and agrees to send Aaron the song. Aaron goes over to flirt with David.
AARON: Whatever happened to Sir Frownsalot?
DAVID: It was fun not being myself for a while.
AARON: Yeah. I like this David. You've got to let him out more often.
David trips over.
AARON: Easy! You don't want to ruin a good clubbing career before it's even started.
DAVID: I think I'll leave the clubbing to my brother.
AARON: Why would you go and let him have all the fun, huh?
Awkward pause. There's a bit of Vibe™ between the boys.
DAVID: … I should go. Get these muscles into a hot bath (!) Who knew dancing would be such a workout?
AARON: Yeah. Who knew?
Aaron watches David with interest as he leaves.
Indoors, Gary is helping Terese clear up. She explains all the dancing reminds her of her wild days at Lassiter's Perth. Tension crackles as they have an almost- moment – but then Brooke comes in, interrupting. She says Xanthe left her keyboard outside, and Gary goes to fetch it.
BROOKE: You and Gary seem pretty friendly?
BROOKE: Well, he's a special guy. And I know you two have had a bit of a thing.
TERESE: Yeah, well, that's over now.
BROOKE: I hope so. We're rebuilding our family, Terese. Please don't complicate that.
Terese looks worried as Brooke leaves.
Later, Leo is helping Terese with some binbags. As she takes them outside, Leo grabs her bag and begins going through the paperwork, taking photos with his phone of what look like building plans. He then finds a letter from Brad, which reads…
‘Terese, I've been making the payments out of my account. You can find the details in my bank folder at home, as well as my internet password. The account name is Maxine Cowper; you'll need to transfer $250 a week and any specific medical requests. Try to be prompt with the payments; don't leave her waiting.'
The note ends with Maxine's account details, and a phone number in case Terese needs to contact her. Looking interested, Leo takes photos of the note too, as well as bank statements showing the $250 payments…
Sonya comes in and finds Mark looking glum in the corner. She sits down with him.
SONYA: I thought that you were okay with adoption?
MARK: I was. I am. But that's not what this is, and – I can't do it.
SONYA: I'm sorry if I was pushy. I just – I didn't want you to give up. I just didn't want it to be hopeless.
MARK: Yeah. I know.
SONYA: … I mean, what if there was another way?
MARK: Sonya, I can't have a baby with a stranger.
SONYA: What if… What if you used one of my eggs?
- Steph accuses Sonya and Mark of talking about her
- Toadie asks a worried- looking Mark if everything is alright
- Simone hangs out with Brad outside Blaze Outreach
- Paige tells Jack she thinks Simone's trying to get in Brad's pants!
- Paul tells Terese he loves it when she throws down the gauntlet
- Paul tells Leo to distract Terese and put her off her game
- Leo looks conflicted as he watches Terese making a phone call