- Ned telling his dad that he's stuffed up.
- Brad asking Terese to ensure a bank payment he makes is continued.
- Leo showing Paul the payments Terese is making (for Brad) and is curious about.
- Xanthe/Brooke selling Karl some jewellery.
- Brooke telling her supplier that she gave Xanthe a real diamond ring and that she'll need to leave town once they discover their jewellery is fake.
- Elly warning Angus to stay away from a dodgy looking guy she spotted.
- The dodgy looking guy putting something into Angus' drink.
Number 30/Back Lane Bar
Angus calls Elly late at night and she can tell immediately something is wrong (he's high) and when he confirms he hasn't drank anything, tells him to stay put, she is coming to get him.
Susan wakes up as she heard the phone but Elly lies and says it was a friend and she's decided to head out to be with them. “Better you than me,” she comments before heading back to bed.
Elly has summoned Tyler to help her get Angus home safely as she doesn't want to involve the K's and they head out to go get him.
Back Lane Bar
Elly and Tyler arrive in the nick of time to get Angus moments before he passes out. She wants to go tell someone (because he's underage) but Tyler vetoes that and between them they carry the lad out of the premises.
Ramsay Street (next day)
Karl takes the opportunity to ask Brooke if the necklace will arrive in time as she/Xanthe return from a power walk and before he goes out on a bike ride. Brooke assures him it will arrive in time as they head inside along with Ben as Karl departs.
Xanthe is trying to get her mum/Ben to bond but she's too busy sorting out her emails to pay much attention to what Xanthe is trying to do. Xanthe however is alarmed when her mum nonchalantly mentions she won't be holding any more jewellery parties as she doesn't know what her plans will be.
As they sit having a coffee together, Paul is relieved to hear that Steph won't be going down the IVF route, telling her it's the smartest decision she's made in ages! He should have reserved commenting as she then tells him that the surrogacy is still going ahead (and how it's happening) which he is struggling to get his head round. Their chat is curtailed when Paul receives a call he needs to take, so Steph decides to go do the bakers run.
The call Paul receives is from Maxine Cowper – he's duped her (with the lure of a free night's stay) into thinking she's taking part in a survey for the motel.
The Flame Tree
Paul is surprised when Maxine turns up as he wasn't expecting someone in a wheelchair (she has emphysema) but acts as the dutiful host none the less before getting down to the business of why she is here ie quizzing her! She is surprised to hear that Paul knows of the money she is getting from Brad/Terese. Paul tries to explain that he's coming at it from a rival's point of view but all that earns is her wrath!
MAXINE: My family are not rats and if that's all you want me for, you can take your free room and shove it!
Tyler confirms to Mark that the money transfer has gone through and that he'll go sort out the cheque to Tim, and Mark suggests going straight to him with it to avoid any nastiness he might wish to dish out. He is very grateful to Mark stepping in to help (even though it means losing his share of the house) as it hopefully should be better than Tim pressing charges against him.
Mark then gives his brother some good news that thanks to Sonya, the surrogacy is back on. Tyler thinks the news is great before they part their ways.
Meanwhile, Ben watches on unnoticed by Brooke as she receives the (fake or replica as Mack calls them) jewellery shipment. Mack is putting her under pressure for the next instalment and suggests since she won't hold another party in Erinsborough, to move on taking Xanthe with her if necessary, even though Brooke doesn't want to uproot her daughter.
Ben swaps places with Mack after he leaves to try and apologise for their earlier conversation (Xanthe wanted to show Ben off in a good light to her mum but they ended up clashing over her jewellery slogan) but Brooke is too preoccupied after her conversation with Mack and virtually dismisses the lad.
Angus sneaks out of his room to go get something to drink but is spotted by Elly (she was lying on the sofa) and receives her wrath for how he got into the state he did the previous night. He doesn't think he did anything wrong but the penny seems to drop when Elly suggests that dodgy guy Rider spiked his drink. “I'm sure he was just joking around,” Angus suggests which doesn't amuse her one bit and especially when he then adds “I wasn't that bad!” Elly retrieves her phone and shows Angus some of the stuff he did like asking her to marry him! She agrees to keep what happened quiet from Susan as long as he promises never to do something like that again.
ELLY: I mean it Angus, this is the last secret I'm keeping for you.
Karl is surprised to see his grandson without Xanthe/Brooke as he cuts through the complex and explains that Brooke had to leave but does tell Karl that he thinks the jewellery has arrived.
Meanwhile, outside the Brasserie, Maxine is after answers from Brad/Terese on how Paul found out about the payments. Brad doesn't know how Paul knows and explains himself over the reason why Terese got involved and she reassures Maxine that she kept the matter private. “Well somebody was careless,” Maxine says and reminds them of the consequences if the police find out. She promises to keep quiet as long as her rent is covered because “it's not like I can rely on that dead- beat son of mine to look after me.” Maxine then warns Terese about Paul and is told he'll be taken care of.
Number 26 backyard
Brooke lies to her daughter as to why she was really in the shed hiding her jewellery when she's sprung. To deflect attention further, she tells Xanthe about Ben finding her to apologise. This meets with Xanthe's approval before she goes on to confirm to her mum that she's fallen hard for him and has even mapped out their futures together! Brooke is happy that she is happy and just wants someone that respects her… then plants seeds of doubts into Xanthe's mind that Ben is too clever for her.
XANTHE: Ben always says that I'm smarter than I think.
BROOKE: That's sweet of him to let you know.
BROOKE: Don't let him tell you how you feel about yourself. He's treating you like you're stupid. Its prejudice against blondes and believe me it's everywhere.
XANTHE: Ben's not like that.
BROOKE: Oh well that's good… as long as you're happy.
Terese finds Paul and suggests that he should have come straight to her if he wanted to get the low down about Maxine rather than targeting a frail and innocent woman. She tries to explain that Maxine is simply an old teacher of Brad's who he is supporting, and she took over the payments when he was sick.
TERESE: There was no blackmail, no conspiracy, nothing to report.
Paul has found something though, welfare, which she dismisses before leaving the café and calling Brad to report that Paul has been dealt with.
Angus thanks Tyler for his help in getting him home when they run into each other as he clears his gear up. Tyler is much more sympathetic as to what happened than Elly was and tells him that she only comes down hard on him because she cares and thinks that he should count himself lucky he has her looking out for him.
Gary is somewhat surprised at his mum debating what cupcake to get Brooke as they wait for their drinks, given her previous stance. Sheila reluctantly concedes that Brooke is making an effort (with Xanthe/Gary) unlike Terese to which Gary is quick to point out that it's strictly plutonic with Brooke. Her stance is that if he gets back together with Brooke, it would give Xanthe a family and lessen the chance of her taking Xanthe away despite Gary really not wanting to go back to Brooke.
Ben/Xanthe enter the house just as Brooke is on the phone to Karl denying that the jewellery has arrived. Once she hangs up, she quizzes Ben why he said it was to his grandfather and he replies that he saw the stuff being handed over. Brooke lies and says she didn't receive anything leaving Ben sitting very confused while Brooke goes to put the kettle on.
XANTHE: Are you calling my mum an idiot?
XANTHE: Just because she has blonde highlights and a tan that does not make her a bimbo.
BEN: The longer your mother stays, the more Gold Coast you get.
Ben can't believe that Xanthe is believing what her mum is saying which earns him being told to leave! “Suits me,” he replies before getting up off the sofa and exiting the house.
“So honey would that be tea for two then?” Brooke says on coming through from the kitchen and pulling her daughter in for a hug.
Steph and Paul are discussing business walking towards the complex when she suddenly stops to point someone out to Paul. Its Maxine Steph is referring to and he's somewhat surprised that she recognises the woman.
STEPH: That's Jacka's mum!
- Ben wanting to know why Brooke is lying.
- Gary opening one of the jewellery boxes
- Gary telling Brooke what he's doing with his prize money.
- Tim Collins wanting Tyler to do a job for him.
- Brad concerned about Paul asking questions about Ned.
- Terese commenting that Paul knows too much.