- Ellen asks Victoria whether Steph is someone she wants in Josie's life; Steph tells her to back off
- Steph catches a hooded figure messing with her bike; on chasing her, she discovers it's Josie
- Mr Udagawa is rattled by Terese's mention of the Tanaka brothers, and seems to know about them
- Jasmine offers Leo a payoff if he and David agree never to ask anything more of the Udagawas
- Lauren and Brad suggest to Paige that the three of them move to the Gold Coast
- Paige is surprised when Jack asks whether Dustin is the father of her baby
Paige walks towards the church, looking emotional – then goes on her way.
In the kitchen, Paige is telling Brad and Lauren about how Jack asked whether Dustin was the father of her baby. Brad sheepishly admits that they thought the same thing at one point.
PAIGE: Wow. You want to tell me about any other crazy theories you had?
LAUREN: Well, not from us. But Jack floated the idea that Noel could be the father.
PAIGE: Noel, my uni lecturer?!
Lauren assures Paige she set Jack straight, but says it might be a sign that Paige needs to tell Jack the truth. Paige stroppily replies that she knows – and that the longer she leaves it, the harder it will get.
Meanwhile, at a table, Leo is telling Amy about Jasmine's offer of a payoff, and how it proves the Udagawas want nothing to do with him and David. Amy suggests Leo call his mum and ask her about it all, but he replies that she's on a cruise. (With Marlene Kratz?) Leo is also worried that David will be gutted when he learns of Jasmine's intention to have nothing to do with them.
AMY: They may not be welcoming you with open arms, but if you're thinking about cutting yourself off from them, don't you think David should be a part of that decision?
Mark comes round to see how Sonya's doing, but Steph informs him that she's Not In This Episode™ - specifically, Sonya and Toadie have gone for a night away together. Mark flips out as he says Sonya needs rest after the amnio, but Steph says Sonya and Toadie really needed some time alone and that they're not accepting calls from anyone except her. (As Steph is looking after Nell.)
Mark sulks because the Rebecchis didn't let him know they were going. Steph tells him to give them some space.
Leo is telling David about the late Hiro Udagawa and that he was their father – or at least, that Leo's as sure that he was their father as he can be without any tests. Leo explains that Hiro was the black sheep of the Udagawa family, and a bit of a player.
LEO: They were ashamed of him, so he died broke, and alone.
David surmises that that's why their great grandmother didn't want them to know who he was. He's still keen to connect with Jasmine and the rest of the family, but Leo explains that Jasmine wants to pay them money to cut all ties with the Udgawas. He shows David the documentation.
DAVID: That's a lot of money. They really want us gone.
LEO: Yeah, I dunno what to say. I know how long you've wanted this. I wish it had been the outcome you'd hoped for.
DAVID: So, do you want to take this money?
A worried Lauren is on the phone to her daughter Amber in Queensland. Afterwards, she explains to Brad that there's been no improvement in the condition of Matilda, Amber's daughter, and that she's had to quit her job in order to look after her full- time. Lauren's parents Lou and Kathy have offered their support, but Amber just isn't coping.
PAIGE: Well if you want to talk about signs, maybe this is one too. You guys suggested that we move to Queensland. Maybe we should. We'd be closer to Amber; we'd be able to help her. We'd be closer to Kathy, Gramps, Ned and Bailey.
LAUREN: And you'd be away from Jack.
PAIGE: Don't get me wrong, Mum – I know that I have to tell him. But if we leave soon after I do, then he can stay at the church. He won't be confronted by having a pregnant woman and then a baby living around the corner – right in full view of the congregation.
Paige says she'd love to have Jack involved in the baby's life, but not unless he gives up the priesthood. Lauren says she's up for the move if Paige is. Brad says he'll have to speak to Terese about Piper, and that they'll have to ensure they're all moving for the right reasons.
PAIGE: The more I think about it, the more I think it's a win- win for everybody.
Steph is shocked to find that somebody has daubed a rude word on her motorbike in red paint. Sheila appears in the world's gaudiest tracksuit.
SHEILA: Hi, love! Have you joined a motorcycle gang? The ‘skunks'?
Sheila takes a closer look at the word.
SHEILA: Oh – ‘skank'. That's not very good.
STEPH: No, it's not.
SHEILA: Oh, but my Naomi – her car was vandalised ages ago. They spray- painted it with some very unsavoury words, but it all came off with a little bit of elbow- grease.
Sheila leaves, and Steph looks around worriedly.
Erinsborough Police Station
Steph is reporting the latest attack on her bike to Mark, and tells him that she believes Josie is responsible, after she caught her fiddling with her tail- light previously. She also believes Josie somehow got Keith the mechanic to lie to her about her bike having been taken from the garage.
STEPH: It's harassment!
MARK: It's speculation (…) There were no witnesses to any of this.
STEPH: Mark – I know everyone thinks this is all in my head. But he did tell me the bike was stolen.
STEPH: Okay. Remember when Paul was messing with me, trying to make me think I was losing my mind?
MARK: Yes, of course I do.
STEPH: Yes. I know when someone's trying to mess with me. Come on – you can see it too, right?
Paige sees Lauren looking sad. She asks if she's okay – Lauren says she is, and goes to clear some tables outside.
Paige follows Lauren out of the café, and asks her what she's thinking about.
LAUREN: Just remembering the reasons we came to Erinsborough in the first place. Dad was here (…) We wanted to be close to him. (…) And of course we had to leave Mount Isa because of the situation Mason found himself in.
PAIGE: Well, now Mason's in Darwin and doing really well for himself.
LAUREN: And there's nothing really tying me here, other than… memories. It's the place we found you. I mean, I'll miss our friends – our lifestyle. But I'll be taking the best part with me.
PAIGE: So, is that a yes?
LAUREN: Yeah, it's a yes!
Meanwhile, Mark is talking to Josie in the courtyard. He says he's not accusing her of spray- painting Steph's bike, but that if she did, he'd understand – he's been affected by Steph getting together with Victoria too.
Josie claims that she was trying to fix the motorbike tail- light when Steph caught her, so that Steph wouldn't find it broken and blame Ellen. Mark asks if Josie thinks Ellen broke it; she insists not, and says she doesn't have time for Mark's questions when he begins asking about Keith the mechanic, as she has to get to uni.
Mark relents, but says no- one deserves to be harassed and frightened, not even someone Josie's angry with like Steph. Josie says nothing, and walks away.
Brad is talking to Terese about his plans to move to the Gold Coast. He says he'll stay if she thinks he needs to, given how uncertain things are with Piper. But Terese says she won't hold Brad back – and it will be good for him to be there for Matilda.
Brad then drops another bombshell; he wants to invite Piper to come with him and Lauren. Terese looks upset, and admits she's shocked by the idea. Brad says he just wants to give her the option, points out it would separate her from Tyler, and adds that it needn't be a permanent thing. Terese says it's Piper's choice, and that Brad should ask her. She doesn't look thrilled about it, though.
Mark turns up to tell Steph there's no evidence that Josie vandalised her bike. Steph says there wouldn't be – she's the daughter of a cop! Mark wonders aloud whether it's possible that Steph is overthinking things.
STEPH: Is it possible that you're letting our history get in the way of your job?
Mark relates Josie's claim that she was trying to fix the tail- light after seeing it was broken, and adds that Steph shouldn't let what happened in the past skew her perspective on this.
STEPH: You're kidding me, right?! I'm being targeted!
Steph prepares to leave to pick up Nell from daycare, asking Mark to keep an open mind about all this. But just as she's leaving, Mark finds a can of red spray- paint hidden behind the wall. He notices Steph has some red paint on her hands too.
STEPH: I was cleaning my bike seat.
MARK: Things have been pretty full- on for you lately, haven't they?
Steph laughs incredulously.
STEPH: What, you think I'm making this stuff up?! For what – attention?
MARK: I didn't say that. I just think it wouldn't hurt if you went and spoke to someone. Maybe Karl.
STEPH: You're sending me to a doctor?!
MARK: Just to make sure that you're coping. In the meantime, I'll have this fingerprinted.
Steph is filling in Lauren on what's been going on with her bike and Mark. She thinks that Josie planted the spray- can at the motel in order to frame her, so now Mark thinks she's going mad.
LAUREN: Yeah, well, grey areas aren't exactly Mark's forte, are they?
Steph says she's glad she has Lauren to open up to. But Lauren explains it may not be for much longer, as she and the family are thinking of moving to the Gold Coast. She admits how much she misses Amber and Bailey, and wants to see Matilda grow up.
Steph calls in Nell, who's supposedly in the back garden, for a snack – but when she doesn't respond, Steph opens the back door to find her gone!
Nell is out the front of the house, playing with a doll – and Josie! Steph rushes over, shouting, and Lauren takes Nell indoors.
STEPH: What the hell do you think you're doing?!
JOSIE: It's not how it looks.
STEPH: Oh no, it never is, is it?
JOSIE: Nell was out the front.
STEPH: She was in the back yard!
JOSIE: Then she must have got out through the gate! She said she was looking for her mum and dad – I was gonna bring her back.
STEPH: What, so you could be some sort of hero?
JOSIE: That's not what I'm saying.
STEPH: No, no – you're saying you're innocent, right? Just like you were with my bike?
JOSIE: I'm telling you the truth!
STEPH: What the hell are you doing here, anyway?!
JOSIE: I was coming to explain things, about your bike – why I was fixing your tail- light.
STEPH: Oh, please – how stupid do you think I am?!
JOSIE: I don't think you're stupid – I think you're crazy!
STEPH: … If you ever come near me, or Nell, or anyone else I care about ever again, I don't care who your mother is – you will be sorry. Get out of here.
Brad and Lauren, joined by Terese, are telling Piper about their plans to move to the Gold Coast.
PIPER: The Gold Coast?!
Brad explains they want to be closer to Amber, Bailey, Ned and especially Matilda, to help out with grandparenting duties. Piper's also shocked to learn that Paige is planning on going with them. Brad offers Piper the chance to come too, and subtly tries to persuade her to take him up on it – while Terese subtly does the opposite, hoping Piper will stay.
TERESE: Look, if I was allowed to be selfish, I'd hold onto you and never let you go. But this isn't about me (…) It's your decision.
PIPER: No – no, I can't. I can't leave Mum… and Tyler.
Lauren says she and Brad can stick around if Piper feels their living will interfere with her schooling. But Piper says Matilda's sick – they have to go and help Amber.
PIPER: As long as I can come up for holidays.
BRAD: Are you kidding? We'll make up some new ones just so we can see you more often.
Brad says that if Piper's staying in Erinsborough, she should consider moving back in with Terese so he knows she's safe. But Piper won't be swayed on that front.
PIPER: I am safe, Dad. With Tyler.
TERESE: Hey, it's okay. I'll keep an eye on things.
Lauren says they hope to move in a couple of weeks, once they've tidied up everything here. Terese says she'll start looking into re- leasing Harold's for them. Brad and Piper have an emotional moment.
PIPER: I'm gonna miss you, Dad.
BRAD: I'm gonna miss you too. So much.
Terese is telling Gary about Brad's move to the Gold Coast – she says she'd always assumed he'd be just across the street, even though they're divorced now, and had become reliant on him.
GARY: You can be reliant on me, if you like.
TERESE: Thanks! But I think I can look after myself.
Nearby, David tells Amy that he's contacted Jasmine – she was at the airport with her grandfather Mr Udagawa, just about to leave for Japan.
DAVID: She told me, ‘don't contact me unless you're accepting our offer.'
AMY: I'm so sorry.
DAVID: I can't even tell you how it feels, to be rejected without even being able to make a connection.
AMY: Like your worst fear come true, right? Look, I felt the same way when I decided to pursue a relationship with my dad.
DAVID: Maybe we should just accept the cash. It'll help Leo, at least.
AMY: But family means everything to you. Otherwise you wouldn't have pretended to be the father of Paige's child!
DAVID: Yeah, I know. I've always wanted to feel like I was part of something.
AMY: If he is gone, then this is your chance to learn about him.
DAVID: But his family don't even want to know us.
AMY: Give them time. Let them calm down. But I think taking this money is sending them the wrong message.
DAVID: I can't let Leo down. His business needs help.
AMY: Look, I saw Leo after he learned about Jasmine's offer. He may not show it, but he's just as devastated as you are.
Elly talks to Paige outside the café – she's just come from the school, where Brad is handing in his resignation. Paige reveals they are all moving to the Gold Coast, and insists it's the right decision for her.
ELLY: We need to chat about this.
Elly suggests they meet at the Back Lane Bar tonight to discuss. Paige agrees.
ELLY: When I left Sydney, I didn't really deal with my problems – I just ran away. One thing I know is the longer you leave things, the harder they get.
Under the watchful eye of their late great- grandmother's statuette, David and Leo simultaneously take the decision to physically tear up Jasmine's payoff offer!
DAVID: That felt good.
LEO: Felt great. So what now?
DAVID: Well, we have to talk to Mum before we do anything else (…) She's been dodging the topic of our father for years. We've got to see her face- to- face.
They resolve to invite their mother to Erinsborough once she's back from her cruise.
LEO: She needs to see us as adults. Recognise that we're ready for this.
DAVID: So did it hurt? Tearing up that much money?
LEO: Yeah, like tearing off my own arm! But I'll survive!
DAVID: I've never seen you this relaxed about money.
LEO: Well, some things are more important.
DAVID: Family before business?
LEO: Let's just say, brothers before business.
Steph is with Nell, telling her how ‘people can be tricky sometimes' and that's why she was shouting earlier.
STEPH: But you know what? I'm not gonna let you out of my sight again, alright?
Steph and Nell are just having a hug, when Mark comes around the corner, with police backup!
STEPH: So have you found who's been messing with my bike yet?
MARK: Actually, no. That's not why I'm here.
Mark reveals that a personal safety intervention order has been taken out against her. He gives her a copy of the interim order.
MARK: You cannot assault, harass, threaten, stalk, intimidate or approach the home or workplace of the person lodging the complaint. The matter will come before a court at a later date, but as of now, you're not allowed anywhere near Josie Lamb. Understand?
STEPH: So I'm the problem now?
Mark nods slightly.
- Mark tells Ellen there's still the question of who's been targeting Steph
- Paige tells Jack she has something important to tell him
- Ellen is still bitter that Victoria went back to Steph
- Paige, Ellen and Steph are all out on the road in their respective vehicles
- Mark cries out Ellen's name. Paige winces in her car, as the camera rushes towards her