- ‘Dee' lures Toadie to the place ‘she' married him
- Amy warns Leo to end the vendetta with her dad, but he doesn't seem willing
- Sonya is annoyed at the idea that Toadie will be paying for private schooling for Willow
- The flood at the Flame Tree leads the Pieces of Hollywood exhibition to take its business elsewhere
- Ben is surprised Willow knows about Newton's laws of motion, as she's too young for ‘Year 10 stuff'
- Sonya posits the idea of taking a bigger role in Mark's child's life
- Toadie is annoyed to see Sonya and Mark hugging on a bench
- Toadie promises ‘Dee' that he'll find the cash to cover Willow's school fees
Andrea finds Willow preparing to get dressed up. Willow reveals she's going to meet Ben.
ANDREA: Does he know that you're only thirteen?
WILLOW: I can't keep doing this, Mum. Thinking about every word before it comes out of my mouth. I just want to be me again.
ANDREA: I know it's hard, okay? But we're nearly there. I was gonna tell you, but Toadie's offered to pay for your schooling.
Willow asks if Sonya has agreed this. Andrea says she doesn't know – but that Willow can now start living the life they've always dreamed of.
ANDREA: Don't you care about Toadie?
WILLOW: That's why I can't keep hurting him for longer than I have to. We both need to remember this isn't real.
ANDREA: You're right. I'm sorry. It's just you're doing such a good job, playing my thirteen- year- old superstar.
WILLOW: Only for a little bit longer.
WILLOW: And I'm still going to meet Ben.
ANDREA: Sure. Say hi to him for me.
The Pieces of Hollywood exhibition is in full swing, and Karl and Susan have come along to check out the exhibits. Karl has glitter on his face, and Susan says it's cute – and to leave it on.
KARL: Darling, I'm a doctor. I have the dignity of my position to maintain.
SUSAN: I think that ship's already sailed.
They come across a striking crown that was used in a TV production about Mary, Queen of Scots.
SUSAN: I reckon if we got on to Brooke, she could do a really good knock- off.
Terese turns up. As the manager, she agrees to give Karl and Susan a closer look at the crown, which is currently in a glass box and cordoned off. The three go past the cordon, and Terese encourages Susan to try on the crown, while she takes pictures. Much joviality ensues.
Jimmy vocalises his disdain about the exhibition to Ben and Xanthe. But Xanthe seems far more interested, pointing out that the exhibits have been ‘worn by Hollywood royalty'. Ben sighs wearily.
XANTHE: The blood, sweat and tears of queens like Charlize and Angelina are stained onto those works of art.
JIMMY: Right. Sounds great (!)
Xanthe tells them about the crown, which she says is the prettiest, shiniest thing she's ever seen. She was desperate to try it on, she says.
XANTHE: It would have made for such a good profile pic, but Dad wouldn't let me anywhere near it.
Ben says he didn't get Xanthe a crown for Valentine's Day, but that he hopes she'll like what he did get her.
XANTHE: Oh, you got me a Valentine!
JIMMY (awkward): I reckon I might go now.
But Ben encourages him to stay; he wants him to meet Willow, who arrives shortly after. Though Willow clearly thinks she's come to meet just Ben, he and Xanthe quickly disappear off to see the exhibition, leaving Willow alone with Jimmy.
BEN: Jimmy's just started high school – I thought you'd have heaps in common.
WILLOW: Yeah. Probably.
Once Ben and Xanthe have gone…
JIMMY: So, do you like chess?
WILLOW: Not really.
To make matters worse, Lauren appears with two free Valentine's biscuits for them. Both Willow and Jimmy look mortified.
Paul and Amy are viewing the exhibition. Leo and Jack turn up, and Paul moans that Leo's the reason Robinson's lost the exhibition in the first place. As the four of them look at the crown, Leo shows a surprising amount of knowledge about Mary, Queen of Scots, which just makes Paul hate him even more. Leo adds that the exhibition is ‘way too good to have been at a motel'.
Jack leads Leo away before things escalate, and Paul tells Amy he'll wipe the smile off Leo's face one day.
Jimmy is filling in Willow on Ben and Xanthe's dodgeball rivalry, and lets slip that Ben and Xanthe are going out – explaining that they're keeping it a secret because of the rivalry between the Cannings and Kennedys. Jimmy notices that Willow's disappointed to learn Ben isn't single.
JIMMY: Isn't he a bit old for you?
WILLOW: I don't think age matters if you have a connection.
Jimmy looks intrigued by this idea.
Meanwhile, Sonya has come in, and talks to Lauren at the counter. Lauren says she's been trying to call Steph; Sonya says she thinks she's staying at the motel.
Willow approaches Sonya, and thanks her profusely for the money that the Rebecchis are going to pay towards her grammar school fees. Sonya's visibly shocked, having had no idea that Toadie had agreed to pay it without consulting her first…
Sonya confronts Toadie about Willow's school money. She's furious that he didn't consult her, after they'd decided to postpone the decision. Sonya says they'll have to remortgage the house in order to afford it.
SONYA: I just feel like I've been railroaded into it.
TOADIE: Like I've been railroaded into raising someone else's baby?
Sonya says she could have just done with some warning before Willow spoke to her about it. Toadie admits he handled it badly.
TOADIE: But I want to be there for her. This is my chance. Just like you want to be there for this baby.
SONYA: How did things get so complicated?
TOADIE: We'll get through this.
He goes to comfort her, but Sonya walks off to bed, saying she's tired.
Paul and Terese are heading towards the hotel. Terese explains she wants to check on the exhibition before Jasmine Udagawa, and her grandfather the legendary Mr Udagawa, turn up to see it.
PAUL: Mr Udagawa's coming over? Great, I look forward to seeing him!
Terese explains that she's asked Sheila to keep the crown in The Waterhole safe overnight, as she didn't want it to get damaged.
When Paul and Terese arrive at the exhibition, however, they find that the crown hasn't been returned yet…
PAUL: Looks like Sheila's wanted to wear it for the morning.
TERESE: Where is it?
Xanthe, Amy, Jimmy and Sheila are having breakfast. Sheila mentions she wants a bit of a makeover for the house; Amy offers her mates' rates.
Terese comes in, asking if Sheila still has the crown. Sheila says she told the morning staff to have it back at the exhibition by 7am. Gary emerges from his room, looking a bit shifty. Terese is panicking.
TERESE: It's worth a fortune. Our reputation could be ruined by this!
Amy suggests they get a locksmith to see if the safe's been tampered with. Terese goes to organise it, saying she really doesn't want the police involved. Once Terese has gone, Sheila says she feels terrible, as she was entrusted with the crown's safe- keeping. Xanthe and Jimmy are both looking worried, but Amy says she thinks she knows who's behind it – and takes Sheila to investigate.
Once they've gone, Xanthe admits to Jimmy that she has her own theory about who took the crown.
In the garden, Jimmy watches as Xanthe speaks to Ben over the fence. She thinks he may have borrowed the crown for her so she could get an Instagram profile shot, as she was talking about yesterday. But Ben insists he's not responsible, and gives Xanthe her real Valentine's present – a USB with a song he's written for her on it.
Jimmy rushes over to warn Xanthe that Gary is coming, and Ben ducks back behind the fence. Xanthe and Jimmy both look shifty, and Gary asks what they're up to.
XANTHE: We're just getting some fresh air!
JIMMY: Yeah – we can't be inside looking at screens all day!
Gary is looking equally shifty, and says he's doing the same thing.
GARY: Fresh air. Can't get enough of it!
Amy and Sheila confront Leo, as Amy suspects he's stolen the crown because of his interest in Mary, Queen of Scots. Leo immediately denies it – and reveals that he has an alibi, opening a door to where Jack has spent the night. Leo explains they spent all last night playing video games together.
AMY: I had no idea you two were so friendly!
SHEILA: Neither did I!
LEO: Very funny. But unless you're questioning the word of a priest, I think it's pretty clear I'm not your jewel thief.
Andrea asks Willow if she's seeing Ben again today. Willow grumbles that Ben thinks she's a kid, so no. Andrea suggests they do something together, but Willow retorts that she might go to a movie – alone.
ANDREA: Please stop punishing me, Willow. I'm trying to do this for both of us.
WILLOW: You told me everything was worked out. But Sonya doesn't even know about Toadie's offer.
ANDREA: That's not my fault!
WILLOW: Sonya's life is getting all messed up because of us! It's not right.
ANDREA: Look, I'm trying my best here, Willow, okay? If sometimes I stuff up, then I'm sorry.
WILLOW: Stop! I don't want to hear it!
Andrea turns stern.
ANDREA: Look at me. Do you think this is easy for me? Seeing how this Dee lived? How much she was loved? I just don't understand – why do some people have so much, and we have nothing? It's not fair!
WILLOW: That doesn't mean we get to take it from Toadie and Sonya.
ANDREA: Why?! They can afford it! This is nothing to them! For me and you, this could change our life, Willow. Toadie cares about us.
WILLOW: You're starting to believe your own lies! He only cares about us because of the stories you've told!
ANDREA: No, it makes him happy to have us here! He wants to take care of his daughter.
WILLOW: Stop! I'm not his daughter!
Willow marches towards the door, just as Toadie arrives.
WILLOW: I'm not your daughter!
TOADIE: Why would she say that?
‘DEE': … Teenagers! I think it's really full- on for her, just suddenly to have a dad. And I think maybe I've pushed her too hard to accept it. You know, I've been so caught up in my own feelings, I've kind of ignored hers. Oh, God – what kind of a mother am I?
TOADIE: She's a great kid.
‘DEE': She is! It's like sometimes she's the adult, and I'm the kid. Which makes it very easy to forget that she's still a little girl.
‘Dee' turns the waterworks on.
‘DEE': Spending time with you has been so good for her. For me too.
She takes Toadie's hand.
Sheila is on the phone to Terese, telling her the latest on the crown. She explains that when the morning staff went to fetch it, the safe was locked and the office door was bolted – but there was no crown inside. Susan and Karl come in.
SHEILA: Got to go – Karl Kennedy's here, and he loves a shiny bauble!
Sheila goes on to pretty much accuse the Kennedys of stealing the crown, much to their amazement. She says that because Susan tried on the crown and she and Karl had their photo taken with it, it would make them two of the last people who touched it.
KARL: And yet, I'm assuming that if you locked it away, you touched it after us? (!)
SHEILA: I'd just hate anyone to get the wrong idea!
SUSAN: You are so barking up the wrong tree.
KARL: This is preposterous. Perhaps you should look closer to home!
SUSAN: That's not helping either, Karl!
SHEILA: Doesn't take long for people around here to judge *my* family!
KARL: And yet you're accusing us of theft!
Susan tries to defuse the situation and Sheila relents. But once she's gone, Susan agrees with Karl that her behaviour is unbelievable.
Erinsborough Council Offices
Willow turns up to see Sonya at work, to apologise for the friction that her school money has caused. Sonya invites her in.
SONYA: You don't need to apologise. If anything, I need to be apologising to you for the way I reacted.
WILLOW: If we hadn't shown up, things wouldn't be so complicated between you and Toadie.
SONYA: This is not your fault. It's –
WILLOW: My mum. She doesn't mean to cause all this trouble. She has a good heart – it's just, she never seems to get it right.
SONYA: Well, most mums don't always get it right. I certainly don't! And your mum – well, she's had it harder than most.
WILLOW: We've never had anything of our own. Never had any money.
SONYA: Must've been really hard.
WILLOW: It was. I've always wanted school friends – maybe a dog. A dad who loved me.
SONYA: I lost my parents when I was a little girl. And I know what it's like to want those things.
WILLOW: It must be nice to live in a place like this. A real home.
SONYA: It is. We're very lucky.
WILLOW: I just wish we could've met another way.
SONYA: Oh, sweetheart. This is not your responsibility, this whole situation, okay? You're just – you're a kid, caught up In a very tricky, adult set of circumstances. You deserved to be looked after, alright? It's just gonna take a bit of time for us to work out how to do that.
WILLOW: I don't deserve anything from you! If you want to say no to the money, and forget we ever came here, I'd understand.
Willow gets up and leaves. Sonya looks thoughtful.
Toadie is contemplating going and looking for Willow, but ‘Dee' says to trust her – Willow always comes back. There's a knock at the door – it's Sonya. She explains she's just spoken to Willow. ‘Dee' is momentarily terrified, but Sonya is bearing good news.
SONYA: I really want to give Willow the money. You should be so proud, Dee – after everything you guys have been through, she's just such an intelligent and mature young woman. You've been such a wonderful mother to her.
‘DEE': Thank you. It means a lot.
SONYA: And she deserves to follow her dreams, and we should support her in that.
TOADIE: Thank you, babe. Thank you so much.
Toadie kisses Sonya. ‘Dee', who has been crying with emotion throughout Sonya's speech, dries her eyes and turns the other way for an evil smile.
Willow is with Toadie and Nell. Willow tells Toadie it's not too late to back out of giving her the money if he can't afford it. He insists they aren't changing their minds, and that Sonya is on board.
TOADIE: We both can't wait to call you Wing Commander Bliss! You are family now – you are the flying fish. And in our family, we look out for one another.
WILLOW: You don't even really know me.
TOADIE: I know that you don't feel like my daughter yet. But I'm gonna do whatever I can to make you feel like you belong.
Willow looks worried.
TOADIE: What is it?
WILLOW: I've just never had a dad before. Or somewhere that feels like home.
TOADIE: You have a dad and a home here, any time you want. Okay?
Sheila is relating her theory about the Kennedys stealing the crown to Gary. He doesn't seem convinced. Terese comes in and dismisses the idea – she says that whoever stole the crown had the keys to The Waterhole, as well as the safe combination. Terese suggests it's time to get the police involved, but Gary seems less keen, saying the hotel's reputation will be mud if it gets out.
GARY: And can you imagine the field day that Tim Collins would have?
TERESE: Plus I'm gonna look completely incompetent when the Udagawas arrive. Especially because the thief is probably a staff member I hired.
Terese asks for both of their keys back, as part of the process. Sheila hands hers over, but Gary looks shifty.
GARY: Well the thing is – actually…
SHEILA: Gary, if you know something?
GARY: I don't have it. I lost my keys.
- Gary tells Terese he's on parole, and could go back to jail
- Mr Udagawa is back in Erinsborough after 25 years, with Jasmine. Paul gives him a warm welcome
- Ned says he's hoping Elly will figure into his plans somehow
- Mark tells Steph that Sonya has agreed to help raise the baby