- Sonya tells Steph she's willing to be both an egg donor and a surrogate for her and Mark
- Toadie is devastated when Mark tells him about Sonya's offer
- Steph tells Mark she can't agree to Sonya donating an egg
- Angus films a music video to show to his college mates, and agrees to send Aaron a copy of his song
- Simone throws a spanner at Paige
- Paige tells Jack there's something really wrong with Simone
- Jack is furious to find Simone flirting with Brad in the No 32 pool, and calls her out on it
- Simone asks Jack whether he feels anything for her
- Jack and Paige are horrified by graffiti at Blaze Outreach reading ‘burn in hell, dirty priest'
Piper comes in, remarking to Paige and Jack about the graffiti outside. Jack thinks it could have been Kye, since once of the kids in Brad's running class said Kye was mouthing off about Jack. Paige doesn't think Kye is responsible, as she thinks his tough guy routine is an act. Jack asks her who she thinks did it…
Sonya is sitting forlornly outside No 30 when Mark turns up. He sits down next to her.
MARK: I'm so sorry. It's all my fault.
SONYA: You just shouldn't have said anything to him, Mark. But I should have actually told him last night. It's just stupid.
Sonya explains that Toadie didn't take the news of her egg donor offer too well. But Mark says that Steph's not on board with the idea anyway.
SONYA: So, that's it then.
Sonya goes indoors to finish her speech for the bike lane launch event.
Row of trees
Jack and Paige come across some youths out on their bikes, and ask one of them, Lee Nikakis – a Blaze Outreach kid – whether he's seen his friend Kye. Lee explains that Kye's been taken in by the cops for not wearing a cycle helmet, and that ‘he might've nicked some stuff as well'. Since he's been with the police all day, Jack suggests it couldn't have been Kye who did the graffiti.
Paige decides to go and ask Amy if anyone's bought a can of spray paint recently, while Jack goes to ask around more generally.
Elly is at the table while Ben and Angus are in the kitchen. Karl and Aaron come in; Karl is in his lycra, preening himself for the launch of the bike lane programme, which he and Aaron were instrumental in campaigning for. To celebrate the launch, Karl's been asked to take the first ride down what he calls ‘the Karl Kennedy bike lane'.
KARL: It's got a nice ring to it, hasn't it?
Aaron goes into the kitchen to borrow Karl's phone charger, and asks Ben if Piper finished editing the music video yet. Ben says it will take a few days. Aaron tells Angus that he listened to his song again and that it's awesome.
ANGUS: Comes pretty naturally to me. You know, some of my college teachers are saying I'm the best they've ever seen.
Angus goes to his room, and Ben explains to Aaron and Elly how Angus has ‘turned into this massive tool' since he's moved schools, to try and impress all his new, older friends. Ben explains that their band was supposed to be playing for the bike lane launch, but that Angus told Xanthe they didn't need her – and was pretty rude about it – so that he gets more time in the spotlight himself.
Mark is getting rid of any IVF paraphernalia that was lying around the house. Steph seems upset by this, but Mark says it's best they just forget the idea and move on. Mark heads off to work to investigate the graffiti at Blaze.
Ben and Angus are setting up for their gig for the bike lane launch, when Rider Ward, one of Angus's college classmates, comes in. Angus is obviously keen to impress Rider, but he starts deriding them for their ‘pretty basic setup'. Angus immediately starts talking the gig down. Ben suggests they get a move on.
RIDER: Better hurry. Think your mate wants to check the chords to Twinkle Twinkle.
Angus looks upset. Meanwhile, Paige and Jack reconvene to discuss the graffiti – Mark has confirmed that Kye was at the police station all morning, so it can't have been him, but Paige has still to talk to Amy. But she adds that Mark said they should leave the investigation up to the police.
JACK: No. This is obviously a cry for help.
Jack has come back to clear his head, but finds Simone in the office, wiping red paint off her hands and packing up her stuff to leave. She says she'll be out of his hair soon. He notices the paint.
JACK: Was it you? You spray- painted Blaze? What's going on?
SIMONE: Leave me alone!
She marches out with her rucksack. Jack looks frustrated.
Susan is telling a clearly distracted Sonya about Karl's photoshoot with Aaron for the bike lane launch, while an upset- looking Toadie works at the table. Sonya thanks Susan for her support with the bike lanes, since they haven't always seen eye- to- eye on it.
Susan leaves, and Sonya sits down to talk to Toadie. He replies that he has nothing more to say, but assures her he'll be alright.
SONYA: Just so you know, I've put the donation idea to rest, okay? It's done.
She kisses him, but he's unresponsive. Sonya heads off to the bike lane launch, but as she leaves, Steph comes in. Toadie looks uncomfortable.
Simone is waiting at The Bus Stop™ with her bag, when Paige shows up. She's just come from talking to Amy, who has apparently told her that it was Simone who bought the red paint.
PAIGE: You did the graffiti. Why? I thought you loved Jack, and what you wrote was a direct attack on him. And you know he's not like that.
SIMONE: I know.
Simone's clearly upset, so Paige sits down next to her.
PAIGE: I used to have a real problem with lashing out too. If someone hurt me, I would want to destroy something of theirs. It took me a while to realise that all it did was make me feel worse. Not better. And all I was doing was spreading the hurt, and not dealing with it.
SIMONE: I've been so stupid. I thought coming here would fix things.
PAIGE: Fix what?
SIMONE: You don't want to know this. You can go, I'll be fine.
PAIGE: I would not have sat down here if I wasn't willing to listen. Tell me. Tell me what you can't tell Jack.
A road (with a bike lane)
Karl is posing on his bike while Aaron takes action shots. Then Karl holds up his ‘Karl Kennedy Bike Lane' sign for more publicity pics. Aaron takes pictures.
AARON: Now let's grab one with the official sign.
Karl swaps placards and poses again.
KARL: You will post both, though, won't you?
AARON: Err, sure. Sure. Karl, it would be a lot more flattering if you held it in front of you. No, no, lower. Great, great!
While they're doing the shoot, Aaron asks Karl about Angus's music career, asking whether it's just a hobby or serious. Karl points out that he quit school for music college, so it must be pretty serious. Karl's keen to do more action poses, but Aaron says they have enough material!
Sonya is delivering her speech for the bike lane launch to assembled extras, as well as Susan, Elly, Piper, Tyler, Aaron and Rider. She then introduces Ben and Angus, who start to play ‘Waves'. Aaron asks Piper if Angus writes his own lyrics – she says yes, most of them. Aaron also asks her for a copy of the music video once she's finished editing it.
Meanwhile, Rider appears to be doing some kind of deal with the Sound Engineer. He gives the sound guy some money in exchange for what looks like drugs. Elly sees this and looks worried.
Toadie and Steph are talking about Sonya's egg donation offer. Toadie's feeling a bit calmer about it now, saying he knows Sonya intended to discuss it with him. But Steph says it was dumb of Mark to go straight to Toadie and tell him, and of Sonya not to talk to Toadie first.
STEPH: I just have to accept that I'm not gonna have any more kids.
Apparently overhearing this, Nell comes over and gives Steph her teddy bear.
STEPH: Oh, Nellie! Thank you!
TOADIE: That's pure Sonya, right there. Always thinking of others. She really does have the best of us, doesn't she? You know, with the awesome curls from me. But the generosity – that's all Sonya. That's what it's really about, isn't it?
Steph looks curiously at Toadie.
Ben and Angus finish playing, and everyone applauds. Elly asks Tyler if Rider looks ‘dodgy' to him, explaining that he's one of Angus's college friends and that she saw him do a ‘dodgy deal' with the sound guy.
TYLER: I'm sure Angus can handle himself.
While Ben goes to call Xanthe to tell her how the gig went, Elly warns Angus to steer clear of Rider.
ANGUS: You don't get to boss me around. You're not my teacher anymore.
ELLY: Listen to me. I know kids like that, and you need to stay away from him.
Sonya is having a cuppa when Mark comes in. He sits down and joins her.
MARK: How are things with Toad?
SONYA: They're not good. But they're not catastrophic either. We'll work through it (…) I just really wanted to be able to help you and Steph. And I'm adjusting to the fact that I'm not gonna be able to do that.
MARK: Son, it was a very generous offer. But I need to respect Steph's wishes. I'd love to be a father, but not at the risk of my relationship.
SONYA: It might still happen for you, though.
MARK: No. No, it's over.
Mark and Sonya each get texts from Steph and Toadie respectively, asking them to come home.
MARK: They must want to talk…
Jack is at another table. Paige comes in, and Jack tells her that Simone was the one who did the graffiti.
JACK: I don't know what's up with her, but it's probably good she took off.
PAIGE: You're not gonna help her? But you said to me, that whoever wrote that stuff needed your help.
JACK: Yeah, that was before I found out that it was her. She does this stuff all the time; she just wants attention.
PAIGE: Jack, it's more than that. You really need to hear what she has to say.
Jack and an upset Simone are sitting on a bench by the lake.
SIMONE: There was a priest who taught at my boarding school. You know him. He's been in the media just recently.
JACK: The one who's being investigated? I didn't know he taught you.
SIMONE: He did more than that. He was only there a few months, but a lot of us got hurt. Every time his name comes up on the news, or in my news feed, this wave of memories comes over me. And I can shut down my computer, or I can turn off the radio, but it's always too late. The images are right there. I look at you, your collar, and I hate you for everything you represent. But then I look at your face. And I remember the boy that I loved.
JACK: Why didn't you tell me?
SIMONE: I didn't want to hurt you. And everything you stood for. And I heard that you'd slept with Paige, and I thought maybe there was a chance that I could get you out of the church, and get you away so we could finally be together. But all I've done since I've been here is to hurt you. You've always cared about me, like a true friend. And I used that against you. I'm so sorry.
JACK: You have nothing to be sorry for.
He hugs a tearful Simone. We see Paige is watching in the background.
JACK: If anyone, I should be apologising for letting you down.
Jack looks over at Paige, who is also tearful.
Paige has been cleaning off the graffiti, and explaining the situation with Simone to Piper, who is sympathetic. Simone and Jack come in.
SIMONE (to Paige): You have been so kind. Even though you've had every reason not to be. Thank you. I don't know how to repay you.
PAIGE: Just by looking after yourself.
SIMONE: I'll try.
PAIGE: And for the record, I haven't always been nice to you. When you first came here, I made some unfair assumptions, and I'm sorry.
SIMONE: You couldn't have known.
Simone leaves, and Jack thanks Paige, calling her ‘incredible'. He explains that he's talked to Simone's mum and that he's now taking Simone back to Queensland for counselling.
PAIGE: I know it wouldn't have been easy for you. Listening to what happened to her.
JACK: No. I just hate that someone would hurt her like that. And all this time, I had no idea.
PAIGE: Hey, it's not your fault. She didn't want to tell you. And listen, you have done so much good. So you can't let one setback take any of that away from you.
As Paige speaks, Piper looks sceptical – and once Jack has left, she Pipes Up™.
PIPER: Well, you're letting them get off the hook pretty easily, aren't you?
PIPER: The church. They're clearly accountable for what happened.
PAIGE: Okay. I know this is a bad situation, but you can't write off the whole system just because of this.
PIPER: Why not? Religion, it can be like a form of brainwashing. I mean, look at you and Jack. He clearly wants to be with you, but it's been drummed into him that it's wrong, and that he can't. The church does all his thinking for him.
PAIGE: Us arguing about this is not gonna change anything. Plus, he's helping Simone now.
PIPER: Yeah, well he could probably help her a lot more of he wasn't under the influence of the church.
Toadie, Sonya, Steph and Mark sit down for a chat.
STEPH: Okay, so as you guys know, Toad and I both got our noses out- of- joint over how we found out about the offer. But we have spent most of the afternoon talking about it, and getting stuff off our chest, haven't we?
SONYA: I thought you didn't have anything else to say?
TOADIE: Turns out, I had quite a bit.
MARK: So you guys talked, and…?
STEPH (to Sonya): It's just such a selfless offer. The world really needs more of your kind.
TOADIE: We're saying yes. Let's do it.
SONYA: Are you sure?
MARK: Are you serious? This is unbelievable – I mean, thank you guys so much for reconsidering. And obviously to you, Son.
TOADIE: It's actually Nell that we should be thanking. She's a ringing endorsement of keeping the Mitchell line going. And, of course, the Brennan line.
Mark and Steph kiss, and Toadie and Sonya smile – but Sonya looks concerned.
Angus and Rider are playing darts. Rider is drinking beer, despite Angus's attempts to persuade him to stick to soft drinks. He tries to give Angus a beer, but Angus turns it down.
ANGUS: I'm just gonna go to the bathroom.
RIDER: Going to the bathroom? Learn how to speak Aussie, mate.
While Angus is gone, Rider takes something from his pocket, and stirs it into Angus's soft drink…
- An apparently intoxicated Angus calls Elly from the Back Lane Bar
- Sheila tells Gary that he and Xanthe bring out the best in Brooke
- Brooke is worried that her jewellery will be exposed as fake; Mack says it's not his problem
- Xanthe asks Ben if he's calling her mum an idiot. Brooke apparently overhears
- Terese tells someone on the phone that Paul's being dealt with; there should be no more problems
- Paul does his evil smile