- Sheila throws oranges at Ben after proclaiming that he cheated in the dodgeball match
- The row between Sheila and Susan erupts into a mud and water fight
- Dee admits to Steph that it may have been easier for everyone if she hadn't returned
- Sonya admits to Mark that she wanted Dee to be proven a fake
- Steph tells Mark that Victoria kissed her
- Toadie finds a teenage girl in Dee's motel room, whom Dee introduces as Willow, his daughter
Toadie is gobsmacked by Dee's revelation.
TOADIE: We have a daughter?
TOADIE: ... Why didn't you say anything?
DEE: Well, Willow didn't know herself until now.
Willow, who has been looking pretty shocked herself, suddenly dashes out of the room. Dee rushes off to find her, saying that when she comes back, she'll tell Toadie everything.
Sonya finds Mark hanging out by the river; he's called her and asked her to come and meet him, as he's struggling with Steph's revelation about being attracted to Victoria.
MARK: I know that Steph has been with men and women in the past. But Victoria's the first person that she's admitted to liking in that way since Belinda. What does that mean? Does she have some strong connection to Victoria, or does she generally prefer women over men? Has it got to do with us?
Mark adds that Steph said she still loves him, but is worried that things have changed and Steph can't bring herself to admit it.
SONYA: Even in the strongest of relationships, this kind of thing can happen.
MARK: I've just never been with someone who has gone out with women, who gets hit on by women - who says that she's attracted to women.
SONYA: Yeah, and this is new territory. And it can be confusing. But on the upside, Mark, you know, she's trying to be honest with you.
MARK: I want to trust her.
SONYA: Yeah, and that's good. That's a starting point.
SONYA: You guys have come too far to fall apart now. You just have to make this work. No matter what. Alright?
Dee returns to the room. She says she's spoken to Willow and that she's okay.
DEE: It's a lot to take in, but she's resilient. She's giving us some time to talk.
TOADIE: So you were pregnant at the time of the accident?
TOADIE: Did you know?
DEE: Of course not. I was recovering from a brain injury when she was born.
TOADIE: So who did you put down as the father's name?
DEE: Well, it was a home birth. Emily assisted. Willow's probably the reason she wanted to protect me from you.
TOADIE: ... So, she's thirteen. And you've been raising her all on your own.
DEE: Yes. With Emily's help. Willow never knew any different.
TOADIE: So she's never asked who her father was?
DEE: Of course she's asked who her father was. I just said that I lost contact with him. I wanted to tell you, Toadie - I planned to tell you. And then I saw you here with Sindi, and it just never felt right. And yes, okay, maybe I made the wrong call. But Willow is the reason that I came back. I swear, I wanted to see if there was any chance that you would accept her into your life.
TOADIE: So she's been in this room, without a clue, the whole time?
DEE: Yes. I had to sort things out with you first.
TOADIE: Well, you've had plenty of opportunity to, Dee!
DEE: When? No, I haven't! It was never the right time. Just by being here, I feel like I'm ruining your life. And as for Willow, she's my baby. I'm not gonna get her hopes up if this is all gonna fall apart.
DEE: Please don't shut us out. Not now.
TOADIE: That is not fair.
In the garden, Xanthe is drying off Sheila with a towel after 'Madam Muck' (Susan) squirted her with the hose! Gary arrives, and Xanthe explains that Sheila has been banned from the Rec Centre after throwing oranges at Ben because she thought he was cheating at dodgeball.
GARY: Oh, you didn't!
SHEILA: Don't you get uppity with me, Gary Francis Canning! I went to make amends, and she turned the hose on me.
GARY: Oh, totally unprovoked, I'll bet (!)
SHEILA: Well, I may have thrown a little bit of dirt.
GARY: For crying out loud, Mum!
SHEILA: She started it!
Gary moans that he's been bending over backwards to make things right with Karl, and Sheila's just messing it up. Sheila then criticises Gary for not coming to the Frankston family gathering for Australia Day, or coming to support Xanthe at dodgeball. Xanthe says Sheila should get out of the wet clothes, and Sheila storms off, accusing them both of patronising her.
Susan is having clods of soil brushed off her jacket by Karl and Elly, while Ben watches, bemused!
SUSAN: I can't believe I let Sheila provoke me to the point where I put a hose on her!
KARL: Well, the woman's infuriating.
SUSAN: I know she has anger issues - why did I let her get to me? I'm so ashamed of myself.
ELLY: Don't worry. I would have done the same thing.
Susan adds that Sheila was totally out of line at the dodgeball match; she couldn't have signed the petition to rescind her Rec Centre ban.
SUSAN: And how dare she accuse me of being one- eyed about Ben? You try and criticise that precious granddaughter of hers!
KARL: Darling, she's deranged, okay?
Toadie is still in Dee's room - and still in shock.
TOADIE: I've got no idea how I'm going to break this to Sonya.
DEE: Probably better if you tell her sooner rather than later.
TOADIE: Yeah. Yeah... What's she like?
Dee has tears streaming down her face.
DEE: Willow is a brilliant kid. Wise beyond her years. And funny. She's a lot like you... She's got this way of approaching things. I don't know. Sometimes it's like she's the parent and I'm the kid.
Toadie says he feels like he should say something to Willow, but Dee says she'd like to give her some time to process it first.
DEE: You'll get to meet her soon. I promise. She is your daughter.
Toadie looks like he doesn't know what to think.
Steph has got a text from Victoria, saying, 'please call me and tell me what happened'. Sonya comes in, and tells Steph that Mark has told her what happened. Steph looks annoyed.
SONYA: What are you thinking? You just got engaged and you've got a baby on the way!
STEPH: Yeah, I know that! I know! It's not like I went looking for it!
Steph says she's beating herself up as it is, and would rather not talk about it.
SONYA: I know that this is yours and Mark's business. But I am scared that I'm having a baby for a couple that aren't even gonna be together!
STEPH: No, no, I don't want to split up with him! No matter what happens, I will look after the baby, of course I will!
Toadie comes in and interrupts, asking for an urgent talk with Sonya.
In the bedroom...
TOADIE: Are you gonna say anything?
TOADIE: I'm still in shock too.
SONYA: Assuming it's true.
TOADIE: Well, Dee's identity has already been proven.
SONYA: She's been here the whole time, and she hasn't told you about a child.
TOADIE: She was waiting for the right time. She has noticed that things were a little strained between us, and she didn't want to rock the boat.
SONYA: How can you be sure, though? I mean, it's so hard for you to have children.
TOADIE: I've got no reason to believe that she's not mine. My main concern, though, is you, alright? So we are going to do what we always do, and we're gonna get through this together, alright. It is gonna be fine. You'll see.
Sonya doesn't look fine.
Xanthe is hanging out washing in the garden when Ben appears over the fence, and flings a dodgeball at her! He jokes about Susan and Sheila brawling in the street.
XANTHE: Trust Gran to take mud- slinging literally!
They discuss how their grandmothers are defending their respective honour with this feud.
BEN: Scary, huh?
XANTHE: It's one thing for us to fight like spoilt kids, but they're older. They should know better.
BEN: It's just pride, I guess.
XANTHE: And insecurity. Lucky we're so mature! Thanks for bringing my ball back. But next time, maybe you should try and throw better.
Ben laughs, and looks longingly after Xanthe as she walks away. Xanthe also looks stirred by their conversation.
Toadie and Karl come in. Toadie admits he's really worried about Sonya having to deal with the revelation of Willow as well as everything else. Karl asks how Toadie's feeling.
TOADIE: I dunno. I think I kind of got used to the idea of not having any more kids, but the fact that I've got another daughter, who's a teenager... Wow.
It's Parallel Conversation™ time, as Sonya is filling Susan in on the news. Sonya admits she's struggling; She thought Dee would go once the estate was sorted, but is now worried she'll be a more permanent presence in their lives.
Karl asks if Toadie has spoken to Willow, but Toadie explains that she ran out - saying she was as shocked as he was.
Sonya expresses her doubts about Dee to Susan.
SONYA: All we have is Dee's story, Susan. And he wants it so badly that he's not willing to consider anything else.
Toadie tells Karl he'd like to get to know Willow a bit, and talk to her.
Susan suggests to Sonya that a paternity test would clear things up for sure - and that under the circumstances, she'd be within her rights to ask for one.
Sheila continues to slag off the 'stuck- up Kennedys', saying the Cannings don't need favouritism to win. Ben appears at the kitchen door, having overheard. He's come over to apologise, saying he and Xanthe took the grudge thing too far. He promises to be more mature from now on.
GARY: Good to see someone's being an adult about it.
SHEILA: So did Susan put you up to this? Did she send you here to do her dirty work?
BEN: No! But she feels terrible about her behaviour.
SHEILA: Oh, but she didn't actually apologise, then. No, I thought not.
BEN: She knows she's partially to blame.
SHEILA: Partially? Is that what she said?!
BEN: N- no, not exactly.
SHEILA: Oh, nice try, Sonny Jim. But when Susan is ready to admit that she's wrong, she can come over here, look me in the eye, and do it like a man.
Mark comes in, and is intrigued to see Dee sitting with Willow. He gets a phone call from Sonya, and from his reaction she's pretty upset.
He looks over at Dee and Willow, having just been told the news, and quickly leaves again.
DEE: Willow? Come on, look at me. I know you're angry. It's okay, I get it. But you have to know, I didn't plan for any of this to come out like this. It just happened. It's done. Maybe it's for the best.
Willow doesn't say anything.
DEE: Oh, sweetheart. You know, if I do things in a roundabout way, it's all for you. To protect you. You know that, don't you?
Willow nods and smiles. As Dee gets her purse out of her bag, Willow sees that Dee has a cuddly toy stuffed in the bag too.
WILLOW: What's that for?
DEE: Never mind. I'll explain later.
DEE: I've just got to do a couple of things, okay? You sit here - I'll be back soon.
Dee kisses Willow and leaves, winking at her as she goes.
Xanthe has accompanied Ben back home to apologise to Susan on Sheila's behalf.
XANTHE: She's actually talking about going back to her anger management classes.
SUSAN: And why isn't your gran telling me this herself?
Xanthe claims she's too embarrassed to show her face. Susan says she accepts Sheila's apology, and asks Xanthe to tell her that Susan should have shown more restraint herself and is sorry for that too.
ELLY: I still think she needs to apologise face- to- face.
BEN (whispering): Just run with it, okay?
Susan is clearly aware that Xanthe is lying about Sheila's apology. She says she's all for putting it behind them, then adds...
SUSAN: Actually, I should give her a call, and tell her that myself.
XANTHE: Oh, Gran's at work. I think she left her phone at home too.
SUSAN: Oh! Well, that's alright, Xanthe. I can leave a message.
Xanthe and Ben look awkward.
Mark comes in to join an assembled war council comprising Toadie, Sonya, Steph and Karl.
MARK: So is this for real? You've got another kid?
TOADIE: Yeah. That's what Dee's saying.
Mark explains that he saw them at Harold's together, and realises that it must have been Willow in Dee's motel room when he walked past. Steph says that Dee must have told Willow to stay out of sight, or else she'd have seen her at the motel plenty of times.
SONYA: Is that not strange to anybody else? That she would try and keep Jarrod's daughter away from him?
TOADIE: Well, you had trouble believing that it was Dee until the DNA proved it.
SONYA: Well then, prove I'm wrong. Just ask for a paternity test.
TOADIE: Because I've only just met her. And I haven't even spoken to her yet.
MARK: Mate, don't you think it kind of needs to be done?
TOADIE: No! No, I don't! Because if Willow needs a paternity test, what you're saying is that you don't think that she's mine. Which means that Dee cheated on me before the wedding.
SONYA: No, that's not what we're saying.
MARK: No, I think what Sonya's saying is - mate, no- one's gonna be able to move forward until Dee's claim is proven.
TOADIE: So what I want doesn't count?
STEPH: Yes. Yes, of course it does.
KARL: Look, Toad. I know how difficult this is for you. But maybe it's best to spare everyone the second- guessing and just do the test?
Toadie looks annoyed.
In the garden, Ben finds Xanthe doing some weeding - it's her punishment for lying about Sheila's apology! Ben has had to wash Susan's car as his punishment.
BEN: Hey, you've got dirt on your face.
He goes to brush it off, but ends up pashing her instead.
SHEILA (from the house): Xanthe! Inside now!
SUSAN (from next door): Ben? Have you finished with my car?
Ben leaves, and Xanthe smiles.
Mark comes in to meet Steph, and they discuss their issues.
STEPH: I tried to talk to you about Victoria, but you walked away.
MARK: Yeah. Well, I was kind of upset. I did have reason to be.
STEPH: It's just - as soon as Sonya calls, you can't get there fast enough. Ever since she fell pregnant - from the time the surrogacy has been on the table - it's been all about Sonya.
MARK: That's not true!
Steph's mobile rings - and Mark sees Victoria's name flash up. He's annoyed.
STEPH: I have not answered any of her calls. I will not see her or speak to her again.
MARK: When did this all change for you? The way that you feel about me?
STEPH: It hasn't changed. I love you! I want to be with you.
MARK: Okay. When somebody makes a pass at you, and you're engaged to someone else - committed - you make it clear to them that you're not available.
STEPH: Mark, please, I just want to - I really want to make this work.
Mark looks unsure.
Dee is trying to get Willow to eat something, but Willow's listening to music on her headphones and ignoring Dee. Dee pulls the headphones out.
DEE: How do you expect me to explain myself if you won't even look at me?
Willow doesn't answer. There's a knock at the door - it's Sonya.
SONYA: Look, I can't stay long. If Jarrod doesn't want to bother you with it, then I'm afraid I'm gonna have to. We would like a paternity test, please.
Dee invites Sonya in, and introduces her to Willow.
SONYA: I really didn't mean to intrude - it's purely a formality.
Dee shows Sonya a home paternity test that she's already bought.
DEE: I had a feeling this might come up when I broke the news. Look, why don't we just take Willow's swab now, and then you can take it home and take Toadie's.
SONYA: Yeah. Look, I'm sorry I even have to ask.
DEE: Don't even apologise. I'd be the same. Let's just get this done now, yeah? Then we can all move on.
- Elly asks Paige what kind of mother raises a child alone knowing the father is good/honest
- Jack tells Paige that being a father is an absolute gift
- Steph notices an earring on the seat of her car
- Toadie's annoyed when Sonya says they should wait for the test results before he meets Willow