- Aaron, Leo, David and Amy prepare to embark on an awkward dinner at the Tanakas'
- Piper's own awkward dinner with her parents and Tyler leads to a slanging match
- Having been told he's too old for Piper, Tyler leaves - with her in tow
- Steph is worried about the surrogacy, but Mark assures her they'll make it work
- Paige tells David that she nearly went to bed with Leo, but decided to turn him down
- Stonie reminds Toadie that they never found Dee's body
- Sonya finds Toadie's investigation file on Dee, and demands to know what's going on
Toadie is filling in Sonya, Mark and Steph on the woman Stonie photographed in Colac. Steph thinks the photo looks a lot like Dee. Toadie explains he didn't want to burden Sonya, which is why he kept it from her. He confirms that this is what his bad dreams were about. Sonya says he should have told her, so she could have supported him.
Mark asks if Toadie could contact Dee's parents, but Toadie explains they died in a car accident too! He adds that Dee had a sister, but he doesn't know where she is. Sonya suggests that the private investigator could find her.
TOADIE: No. No, Dee's dead, okay? I just - I wanna put this behind me. I'm really sorry I didn't tell you sooner.
But Sonya looks worried.
The four- way dinner is in full swing, but relations are icy between both Leo and Amy, and Aaron and David. Aaron does a horse impression to break the ice, which seems to work, as the others show off their own party tricks; Leo has super- flexible arm joints, David is good at whistling birdsong, and Amy can make dimples appear in her shoulders. Everyone laughs and clinks their glasses.
Terese is trying to call Piper, but it's going straight to voicemail. She's already left three messages, and is getting visibly tired of Lauren's on- the- fence attitude towards Tyler and Piper. Brad reminds Terese that Lauren is just trying to help.
LAUREN: Tonight was great - you know, Piper was trying.
TERESE: Running off into the night and ignoring my calls isn't exactly trying.
BRAD: Yeah, and ambushing us into a dinner with Tyler achieved nothing.
LAUREN: Yeah, but guys - trying to keep them apart? I'm sorry, but don't you think it seems a bit futile? I mean, Terese, didn't you have a bit of a wild past?
TERESE: Yes, I did. And I wish my parents had set boundaries too. I would've thanked them.
Brad's just about to go and look for Piper, when Terese gets a message from her.
TERESE: 'Away for the night - safe and sound, Mum. And Dad, relax.'
Brad huffs away to deal with 'his other child's life'.
Elly is on her laptop, searching for teaching jobs in New South Wales. Brad arrives, to talk about Ned's sentencing hearing tomorrow. Elly has apparently been refusing to act as a character witness for him, and sticks to this position now. Brad begs her to change her mind, saying it will make all the difference, but Elly simply says she can't. When Brad persists, she snaps.
ELLY: It's not up to me to fight Ned's legal battles!
BRAD: You only need to make a short appearance. It's not even gonna take long.
ELLY: I'm sorry, Brad. I've made up my mind.
Brad huffs off again.
The foursome are playing the game where everyone sticks post- it notes with famous people's names onto each other's heads, and everyone has to guess who they are. Amy is Kristen Wiig, Leo is Einstein, David is Julia Gillard, and Aaron is Drake. Aaron chose David's famous person, and he guesses it right away. It seems there's a vibe between them - likewise between Amy and Leo.
Toadie and Sonya are lying in bed.
TOADIE: I love you. Nothing changes that.
SONYA: I know. I love you too. That's why it just - it breaks my heart that you've been going through this alone.
TOADIE: Well, I had Stonie.
SONYA: Yeah, but I'm your best friend. I just wish you'd said something so I could've been there for you.
TOADIE: Yeah. Well, I thought I was protecting you. But there's probably a small part of me that was avoiding having a tough conversation.
SONYA: I may not have known Dee, but you can always talk to me about it. It's just such a huge part of who you are. And whatever you're feeling, you're entitled to feel it.
TOADIE: It's just so weird that this is happening. It was the worst time of my life. The grief. And the guilty. And I thought I'd put it all behind me. And then one stupid little photo just stirs it all up.
Toadie admits the timing couldn't be worse, what with everything else they have going on. But Sonya says this is just as important, and he shouldn't try to suppress it.
SONYA: You really don't want to look into it?
TOADIE: Honestly, I dunno.
SONYA: Well, whatever you decide to do, I'll support you.
Toadie kisses her hand.
TOADIE: Thank you.
In the bathroom, Amy is drying her hands when she notices a bra lying on top of some towels. She looks disappointed, and returns to the living area - where she announces she's leaving. The others try to persuade her to stay, but she claims she has an early start. Aaron can tell she's upset about something, but she insists she's just tired, and walks out. Leo looks perplexed.
Mark and Steph are lying in bed.
MARK: What was Dee like?
STEPH: She was gorgeous. She was funny, and smart. We had so many good times together. She was the love of Toad's life at the time.
Mark thinks Toadie shouldn't have kept the news of the photo from Sonya. Steph defends Toadie, saying he went through hell when he lost Dee and that he will have been in shock.
MARK: I understand that it's complex. But Sonya is on a hormonal rollercoaster. She needs emotional support, not insecurity.
The next day, Toadie is having a meeting with Terese, Brad and Lauren. They're discussing Ned's sentencing hearing, and Toadie says the odds are against Ned getting away without a custodial sentence. The worst- case scenario would be a lengthy jail term, and the best would be community service. A character witness statement from Elly would help their case, but Brad says she's refused.
Piper comes in, with Tyler. Terese immediately challenges them on their behaviour.
BRAD: You're not winning any hearts, keeping my daughter out all night.
PIPER: Dad, it was my decision.
TERESE: You're too young to make choices like this!
BRAD (to Tyler): Yeah, and you should know better.
Lauren intervenes, telling everyone to take a breath, as they have a stressful day ahead.
LAUREN: Tyler, perhaps you should head off to work. And Piper, I was hoping you could do a shift at Harold's for me.
TERESE: Right. So in other words, let's just forget this happened (!)
LAUREN: No, that is not what I'm saying!
TERESE: Really, cos that's what it sounds like!
Brad interrupts, saying they should all be focusing on Ned's hearing today.
Sonya is looking at pictures from Toadie and Dee's wedding day. Mark is with her, and asks how Toadie is doing. Sonya says he's soldiering on.
MARK: I honestly don't know how I'd be if I thought that Kate might still be alive.
SONYA: Hmm. Well, he doesn't want to look into it. And I know it's his decision, but I just don't know if it's the right one. I mean, just to stay wondering. And he's been having these terrible nightmares.
MARK: You know, I can't tell you how many people come into the station, believing that their missing loved ones are still alive.
SONYA: And are they alive?
MARK: Rarely. And sometimes I think it's best to not go chasing shadows. But, I mean, I could look into it if you really want me to?
SONYA: I appreciate that, thank you. But it's up to Jarrod, not me.
Sonya has to get back to work, but the thought of it is making her feel ill. So Mark suggests they step out for some fresh air first.
Piper and Tyler are holding hands by the bread basket. They're both tired, having spent the night in the car. Piper suggests they go back to her place in a while to have a nap, as Terese will be at Ned's court hearing. He agrees, and heads outside to grab a table - snubbing Mark, who's just walked in, on the way.
Elly is at a table and asks Mark to join her. She explains Brad is pressuring her about being a character witness for Ned, but is worried that if she does it, the Department for Public Prosecutions could look into the unspecified events in her history that she's worried people will find out about.
MARK: Okay, I know what you're worried about - and it's not gonna come up.
ELLY: Are you sure?
MARK: I'm sure.
ELLY: It's bad enough that you know. I don't want anyone else finding out.
MARK: Your secret's safe with me. I promise.
Toadie is telling Steph how understanding Sonya has been about his keeping the photo of 'Dee' a secret from her.
STEPH: That photo, I know it's the spitting image. But it can't be Dee. She's dead.
TOADIE: We thought Harold was dead.
STEPH: ... Are you really gonna let yourself go there?
TOADIE: Just saying.
STEPH: Okay. Well, with this and the surrogacy, life's pretty complicated, huh?
TOADIE: Yeah. Complicated is one word for it.
Elly bursts in, and asks Toadie if it's too late to give a statement for Ned.
Mark and Sonya are lying side- by- side on a picnic blanket, looking at the sky.
SONYA: Do you still think about Kate?
MARK: Yeah. All the time. When there's reminders everywhere.
SONYA: Yes. I'm sorry.
MARK: No, it's okay. And losing someone you love never really goes away. So much pain and death in life. But, it can be wonderful. And surprising. Like this little raspberry.
SONYA: It's just amazing how the universe works.
MARK: It sure is.
Emerging from the Complex, Steph looks across the lake and sees Mark and Sonya lying there together. As Sonya touches Mark on the shoulder, Steph looks worried.
Amy turns up to drop off some of Paige's boxing gear, saying Jack's bringing the punching bag later. Amy is roasting, so Lauren suggests she come and use the pool for a swim - it would help distract Lauren from worrying about Ned. Apparently the case is up in the air at the moment, so Ned could either be home in a couple of hours, or behind bars.
Amy asks Lauren to let her know when she gets news, and leaves - but as she goes, she notices knickers on the washing line that match the bra she saw at the Tanakas'. She realises the bra must have been Paige's...
Amy comes in and runs into Leo, who's still confused about why she left in such a hurry last night.
AMY: It's none of my business. But that bra, in the bathroom - is that Paige's?
Leo admits it is, but says nothing happened - she just stayed over because she needed a friend to talk to, and David, who invited her to dinner, had had to rush off to work. Leo doesn't mention his attempt to make a move on Paige - just keeps insisting nothing happened. Amy looks sceptical.
LEO: You still don't believe me, do you?
AMY: Why would I? You haven't given me any reason to believe that your word is genuine.
LEO: Last night - I thought we were getting somewhere good. Don't let something like this spoil it.
AMY: No. I'm sorry. But I need to stay away from men I can't trust.
Amy moves to another table. Leo looks disappointed.
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Toadie comes to see Sonya at work. He informs her that Ned got sentenced only to community service, which he says was a very lucky outcome. Toadie asks how Sonya is, recognising that he's had more time to come to terms with the photo of 'Dee' than she has. Sonya admits she's tired and struggling to concentrate, but seems keen for Toadie to move forward with the private investigator.
However, Toadie says he's decided he doesn't want to follow up the photo.
SONYA: But don't you want some kind of closure on it? Like, aren't you always gonna think in the back of your mind? I mean, I know I would do that.
TOADIE: I think if we pursue this or not, either way it's going to be equally unfulfilling.
SONYA: What do you mean?
TOADIE: Okay, so - if we don't follow it up, well then, yeah, sure, every now and then there will be the thought of, 'what if?'
SONYA: And if you do?
TOADIE: Well then, we find out for certain that it's not her. And I get to grieve all over again. Either way I just want to leave it alone.
Sonya hugs Toadie.
Elly gets a surprise visitor - it's Ned. He tells her that he got off with community service, and that it's all thanks to her statement. He invites her to join them all for a celebratory dinner at Terese's.
ELLY: I don't think that's a great idea.
NED: For what it's worth, I'm sorry I wasn't honest about Maxine before the wedding.
ELLY: Me too.
NED: Well that's the last secret. I'm committed to sticking around and making it up to - well - everyone.
NED: Including you. We're good together, Elly. You know, if you're not still hellbent on leaving, I'd like to try again.
ELLY: ... We can't do that.
NED: Then tell me why.
ELLY: Because I'm still leaving.
NED: So change your mind. Stay.
ELLY: There's no point in us starting something we both can't commit to.
NED: I want to make this work.
ELLY: Yeah, but it's not just about you, Ned. There are things that you don't know about me.
NED: So tell me.
ELLY: ... I'm really happy that you didn't go to prison. I am, Ned. But it's over.
She shuts the door on him, but looks conflicted.
In the conservatory, Piper and Tyler are cuddled up on the couch, asleep, and fully clothed. Terese, Brad and Ned arrive on the scene, and Terese and Brad are furious when they see Piper and Tyler.
TERESE: What do you call this?!
PIPER: We were tired, so we came home for a nap.
BRAD: This is not on, alright? And I don't want to listen to any of your excuses!
TYLER: Hey, don't speak to her like that.
Losing his temper, Brad grabs Tyler by the collar and shoves him back down onto the sofa. Shocked, Tyler gets up and barges past him, saying he's leaving. Piper screams at Brad.
PIPER: Dad, you can't do that! Tyler's dad used to hit him!
BRAD: He shouldn't have even been here in the first place!
PIPER: Well then, neither should I!
Piper marches off in pursuit of Tyler. Terese gives Brad evils.
Piper has put Clementine in a cat- carrier, and loads it into Hermione the car, before getting into the driver's seat with Tyler beside her.
TYLER: Are you sure you want to do this?
PIPER: I've never been so sure of anything.
Brad, Terese and Ned follow them out, trying to convince them not to drive off.
BRAD: Piper! Get out of the car!
TERESE: Come on, darling. Don't be silly.
PIPER: You guys are always saying that I'm not an adult! Why don't you turn around and look at your own behaviour?
Piper and Tyler drive out of Ramsay Street, her worried family shouting after her...
- Terese wants to call the police; Brad says Piper's in way over her head
- Brad questions Xanthe about whether she's heard from Piper
- Susan is thrilled by the jewellery that Karl has bought her
- Karl asks Gary if there's any news, then responds to the silence by saying that he thought not
- Xanthe tells Elly that if it looks dodgy, it probably is
- Xanthe and Elly spy on Ned at the No 32 pool with a woman; Xanthe calls him a total womaniser