- Brooke tells jewellery dealer Mack that she'll get him his money, whatever it takes
- Brooke suggests that she and Xanthe take a pre- Christmas holiday together
- Sonya tells Steph she can't agree to her request to take the morning- after pill
- Steph accuses Mark of failing to be on her side
- Lou attempts to rekindle an old flame, but doesn't want to jinx it by revealing who
- Affected by Kazuko's last words, David tells Aaron never to speak to him again
- Elly tells Amy that Leo is only dating her because of their five- dollar bet
Amy comes in; Sheila remarks that she's all dressed up, but Amy denies being on a date. Once Sheila's away from the bar, Amy ducks behind the counter. She soon finds the jar with $10 in it that Leo had been using for the bet with Elly, and the post- it note saying ‘property of Leo Tanaka'. She looks annoyed.
Brooke is buttering up Sheila, Xanthe, Gary and Jimmy with French pastries for breakfast. She explains it's her way of saying thanks before she and Xanthe head off tomorrow.
BROOKE: Actually, I did want to say thank you to all of you for showing me all this love and support since I've been here.
SHEILA: Well, don't cry into your croissant. It's only a short trip.
Brooke confirms that they'll be back by Christmas, but her face tells a different story. Xanthe says she's nervous about seeing her half- sister Jessie, but Gary says it will be good to be able to heal their rift. Sheila asks if Brooke will complete all her jewellery orders today before she leaves – Brooke confirms she will.
Amy comes in, and Sheila asks where she got to last night. She says she had an early night. Jimmy says he thought she was on a date – but Amy denies this. She gets a call on her mobile from Leo, but cancels it without answering.
Toadie runs into Steph, and remarks that she left the house early this morning. Steph makes out she's just busy with work, but Toadie asks if she's trying to avoid him and Sonya because of the surrogacy.
STEPH: I'm really trying not to spend every waking hour thinking about that. But thanks.
Steph leaves, and Toadie goes over to chat to Lou, who's all dressed up for his big date with the old flame. Lauren explains that she still doesn't know who it is Lou's meeting.
LOU: A gentleman does not tell tales.
TOADIE: Who's this gentleman you're talking about?
LOU: Oi! Watch it!
At that moment, said old flame walks in – it's none other than Trixie Tucker!
TOADIE (to Lauren): Wife number two? Three? I didn't see that coming!
Trixie knows Toadie from her last period in Erinsborough, but Lou introduces her to Lauren for the first time!
TRIXIE: I remember you from photos.
LAUREN: Yeah, likewise!
Trixie explains that Nina, her daughter, is ‘on the road' with Jack Scully (Steph's brother and Nina's soulmate) but that she sends her love. Toadie recalls that she's a singer, mentioning her role in the musical ‘Hello, Dolly!' – but it's still a sore point for Lou and Trixie, since it was the reason she left him, having invested a great deal of his cash in a failed tour of the show.
TOADIE: That's my cue to exit stage- left!
Lou and Trixie take a seat. It's been around 15- 16 years since they saw each other, Trixie says.
TRIXIE: After the way I treated you, I didn't think you'd ever want to see me again. Why did you get in touch, Lou?
Leo turns up at the yard looking for Amy, since she's been ignoring his calls. He thanks her for being with him yesterday – he didn't realise their lunch with Kazuko would be the last time he saw her. Amy responds coldly, simply saying that she has to get going. Perplexed, Leo suggests they catch up later.
AMY: Maybe I should be clear. I don't want to see you again.
LEO: What? I thought we were having a good time together?
AMY: Were we? Or were you just winning a bet?
She explains that Elly told her about the five- dollar bet to get Amy into bed before Christmas. Leo admits it's true, but says it was just a stupid game.
AMY: Oh, then I should let you win – you know, we could split the ten bucks, call it even (!)
LEO: I know this looks bad. But I don't care about that stupid bet.
AMY: Well I do! And I actually have some self- respect left! So goodbye, Leo.
The Flame Tree
Paul is talking to Steph. He explains the bank has approved his loan application for the Men's Shed development. Steph greets the news with strained enthusiasm, and it's clear to Paul something else is on her mind.
PAUL: Let me guess. All is not well in the land of ‘let's all have a baby'?
STEPH: Can we stick to work topics, please?
Paul gets a call from a contact, who tells him that a new bid has been launched for the Men's Shed tender.
STEPH: Did they say who?
PAUL: Didn't need to. It's got Terese's mark all over it.
Xanthe and Jimmy are setting off for school. Jimmy asks Xanthe about dating, explaining that he thinks Amy went on a date last night – yet now she's in a really bad mood. Xanthe assumes that Leo's involved.
JIMMY: Why would she go out with him again if he stuffed her around last time?
XANTHE: You've got a lot to learn, little man! Leo is totes hot – sometimes it's just a little bit hard to resist.
Ben emerges from No 28, asking when Xanthe's going to Perth. She explains she and Brooke are leaving tomorrow. Ben asks her to wait until the school holidays, but she says they have to go tomorrow.
BEN: Will you be back by Christmas?
XANTHE: Oh, like you care.
BEN: Of course I'll care. Xanthe, I miss you.
But Jimmy hurries Xanthe along, saying they'll be late – and she walks away.
Meanwhile, Paul turns up in a taxi and confronts Terese outside No 22, demanding to know what she's playing at putting in a new bid for the Men's Shed tender.
PAUL: You pull out, or everyone will know about your dirty little secret with Maxine.
TERESE: Oh, well, I think you've got more to hide, don't you? I know Leo's been spying for you. You're not as clever as you think, Paul.
Terese walks off, leaving Paul looking annoyed.
Lou is still with Trixie, who's assuring him that she did intend to pay back the money he invested in the ‘Hello, Dolly!' tour, and asks if he's really not mad at her.
LOU: Oh, I was mad at you for a long time. So much so that, as Nina has told you, I had our marriage annulled. But I also remember what a sweet, generous woman you are.
TRIXIE: And the timing of all of this?
LOU: I'm a much- travelled man now. I spend part of the year here, part of the year in Cambodia, and the rest up in Brisbane with my grandkids. But in all my travelling, I've realised that the right woman is very hard to find. So, I was wondering – do you still think that I'm the right man?
Meanwhile, Sheila is behind the counter with Lauren, and recognises Trixie (somehow) as Lou's ex- wife. She asks Lauren why Lou has called Trixie now.
LAUREN: If I tell you something, do you promise not to make a big deal of it?
SHEILA: … Promise.
LAUREN: Okay. Mum and Dad got together last week.
SHEILA (shouting): What…?!
Trixie and Lou look around in alarm.
SHEILA: … is that cake over there?
Sheila more quietly asks Lauren if Kathy has ‘rocks in her head'. But Lauren thinks there's something real between her parents.
LAUREN: But they're not going to act on it, so Dad's determined to rebound onto someone. Right now, Trixie's it.
Sheila shudders with disgust!
At lunchtime, Jimmy turns up at the yard to see Amy – saying he wanted to check that she was okay. Amy insists she's good.
JIMMY: Look, you know you can talk to me about anything. Right, Mum?
AMY: Thanks. But I'm fine.
JIMMY: It's just, I know when you're upset.
AMY: Since when did you get so clever, Dr Phil?
JIMMY: Look – is someone being mean to you?
AMY: Look, it's nothing I can't handle. I just – sometimes people aren't always who you think they are. You know, I should have known better.
JIMMY: Well, I think you're awesome, Mum. I love you.
AMY: I love you too, mate.
Leo comes in, and Paul tells him to watch his step – since Terese is onto him.
LEO: Maybe it's a good time for us to part company, then.
PAUL: Fine by me. I mean, you were always gonna be disposable at some stage.
Trixie and Lou are still talking. She's content doing her one- woman show in small- town pubs, but admits she does get lonely sometimes.
LOU: Trixie, dare I ask, have you ever thought about me over the years?
Trixie is aware that Sheila is watching them like a hawk in the background!
TRIXIE: I've always regretted the way we parted in Hong Kong.
LOU: Well, maybe – just maybe – fate has dealt us a second chance?
Since Sheila is obviously listening in, Trixie suggests they go somewhere else for a drink. Lou goes to settle the bill, and Sheila none- too- subtly asks him what he's playing at.
LOU: Rekindling a past relationship.
SHEILA: Didn't you just rekindle Kathy?
LOU: None of your business!
Steph sees one of Sonya's work folders lying on the table, marked ‘Men's Shed Development'. She opens it and begins to read, but at that moment Toadie comes in. He admits he's been struggling to concentrate at work, as if he wants to talk things over with Steph – but she doesn't take the bait, and he goes for a bike ride instead.
Once he's gone, she begins taking photos of documents within the folder. The one on top is labelled ‘Nezumi' – which as we know from Wednesday's episode, was what Kazuko used to call Leo…
Brooke comes in, and sees a man sitting at a table. The man doesn't see her, but it's clear that Brooke recognises him, as she looks startled. She quickly exits again.
Erinsborough High School
Brad is teaching a classful of pupils, including Xanthe and Ben. Xanthe is writing a conciliatory note to Ben, saying that she misses him too and doesn't want to break up. However, Brooke bursts in, saying there's been an emergency at home and that Xanthe has to come with her. Xanthe asks if Sheila's in hospital again.
Brooke doesn't reply but says they need to go now. Brad hopes Sheila's okay, and Brooke doesn't correct him. As Xanthe hurries to leave, the note she was writing to Ben falls to the floor. Brad sees it and puts it in the bin without reading it. Ben seems to notice and looks pensive.
In the corridor, Brooke admits that Sheila's fine – she just needed to get Xanthe out of class. She claims that she thought she booked the flights to Perth for tomorrow, but that in fact they're today – and they have to leave for the airport now.
Xanthe asks after Brooke's jewellery orders – she claims they're waiting on the coffee table at home to be picked up by the customers. Xanthe seems suspicious, but Brooke insists everything's fine – she wouldn't scam Xanthe and Gary.
Xanthe says she needs to go home first to fetch the diamond ring Brooke gave her – Brooke only grudgingly agrees, but says they have to be quick. They hurry out.
Lou and Trixie are having a drink, when Sheila appears again! When Lou excuses himself to go to the gents', Sheila sits down with Trixie, who instantly recognises her from Harold's. Suspicious, she asks if Sheila and Lou are involved.
SHEILA: Excuse me?!
TRIXIE: I saw you watching us! I know the look of a jealous woman.
SHEILA: Jealous? No, love. You've got the wrong end of the pogo stick.
TRIXIE: Well, what's going on here?
SHEILA: I know this is an unusual question since we don't even know each other, but are you just after some fun – and I use the term loosely – with Lou? Or is this the real deal for you?
TRIXIE: The real deal, of course! Why do you ask?
SHEILA: Oh, I shouldn't get involved.
TRIXIE: No, wait – please tell me. Is there something I should know?
SHEILA: Lou's on the rebound.
TRIXIE: From who?
SHEILA: His first ex- wife.
SHEILA: Mmm. Two weeks ago.
Lou re- emerges.
LOU: I see you've had the dubious pleasure of meeting Sheila?
But Trixie is already getting up to leave! She says this was obviously a huge mistake, and hurries out.
LOU: No, wait, please!
TRIXIE: Goodbye, Lou.
LOU (to Sheila): What did you do?
The Flame Tree
Steph turns up, saying she has some information for Paul, but tells him not to ask her where she got it from. She says that a Japanese company called Nezumi is behind the tender for the Men's Shed.
STEPH: Their submission's very impressive. They're going for an eco- friendly backpackers', with solar power, rainwater catchments – all the stuff that Sonya likes.
Steph reveals that the design is by Amanda Fowke, who we last saw in Episode 7301 as the architect of plans for the second tower at Lassiter's. Paul assumes that this proves Terese is behind the Nezumi bid, attributing the Japanese name to the involvement of Mr Udagawa, Lassiter's main investor.
Paul vows not to let Terese get away with this. Steph tells him not to do anything rash, but he immediately gets on the phone to Tim Collins!
PAUL: Yeah, have I got a story for you… Terese Willis, and the mother of Jacka Hills…
Leo finds Jimmy at the counter, staring at some chocolate cake – and offers to buy him a piece of it. Jimmy refuses, saying that Amy might object.
JIMMY: Was it you that upset her last night?
LEO: Sometimes we get caught up doing things we don't mean to. I didn't want to upset her.
JIMMY: Well, you did. She doesn't deserve that. She's a really good person.
LEO: Yeah, I know she is.
JIMMY: Stay away from her. Okay? She doesn't need someone like you in her life.
Lauren finds Lou sulking, and asks what happened with Trixie. Lou explains that Sheila has scared Trixie away – so he won't need his plus- one seat at the wedding anymore.
LAUREN: Well, maybe you can sit next to Mum, then!
LOU: How many times do I have to say it? I'm not interested in getting back with your mother!
Lou is about to storm out, but then sees a copy of Kathy's ‘The Carpenter Family Cookbook' displayed prominently on the counter – and stops to look at it. He opens the cover, and stares wistfully at the picture of Kathy on the inside…
Amy is working in the yard when Paul turns up with coffees – he's heard from Jimmy that she's had a rough day.
AMY: Men. How do I always get it so wrong?
PAUL: Oh, darling. You're not the first person to have your emotions cloud your judgement.
He explains his own problem – the company called Nezumi that has put in a last- minute bid for the Men's Shed, which he's assumed Terese is behind. Amy recognises the name.
AMY: Leo's great- grandma used to call him that! It means ‘rat'.
Paul confronts Leo about the Nezumi bid, assuming that he's written the proposal on Terese's behalf and accusing him of playing him.
LEO: I didn't write a proposal for Terese. I wrote it for me. You see, Nezumi isn't just my nickname. It's my company. The tender's mine.
Paul looks shocked as Leo walks away.
Brooke is trying to hurry along Xanthe, to get her out of Erinsborough as quickly as possible. Xanthe fetches the diamond ring for her room, and sees the jewellery for all Brooke's customers lined up on the coffee table in envelopes, as she claimed. Xanthe's keen to admire some of the jewellery, but Brooke insists they don't have time – they'll miss their flight.
However, just as they're about to leave, the man who Brooke saw in the café shows up.
MAN: G'day, Brooke.
BROOKE: Trey! What are you doing here?
XANTHE: I called him.
TREY: I've come for my money. And this time, you're not getting away.
- Xanthe turns to Angus for advice, saying she doesn't know what to do
- Sheila demands to know what Gary did with the money
- Brad tells Terese that ‘she' sees this as another secret they've kept from her
- Aaron takes Elly to task over the bet she made with Leo over Amy
- Amy tells Elly that Leo really likes to win
- When David asks why Leo's acting like a jerk, he says he's just living up to expectations