- Willow tells Andrea they're leaving today, or she'll tell Toadie and Sonya everything
- Toadie hands over a cheque for $100,000 to ‘Dee', who can barely believe her luck
- Willow and Andrea skip town – but Willow leaves a note and model plane for Toadie at the motel
- Elly is furious when she learns that ‘Dee' was the one who sent the photo to the West Waratah Star
- Paige tells Jack that her baby isn't his
- Jack risks his own safety to stay with Paige in the aftermath of her car accident
- Paige says Jack has to look after the baby if something happens to her – as he's the father
Jack is just leaving Paige's room, as Brad and Lauren arrive. He's looking very shellshocked, but doesn't explain to them why, and wanders off. Brad and Lauren go in to see Paige. She explains she's just told Jack he's her baby's father.
PAIGE: I couldn't tell if he was genuinely surprised, or if his worst fears had come true.
Lauren tells Paige to focus on herself for now. Paige says if the baby's okay, she'll be okay. David then turns up, and tells Paige they're ready for her in theatre.
Paul is in ‘Dee' and Willow's room when Toadie turns up.
TOADIE: You're not Dee!
Paul explains that ‘Dee' and Willow have ‘done a runner', leaving nothing but a stack of unpaid bills for sundries and phone calls.
PAUL: Dee did not have cheap taste when it came to the minibar…
But Toadie is oblivious to Paul's moaning as finds the envelope and plane Willow left. He reads the letter inside the envelope, horrified – it just says, ‘I'm sorry. Love always, Willow.'
Susan and Elly come in, gossiping about Ellen causing the car crash. Susan explains that Brad needing to be with Paige has expedited his resignation from the school – however, she's been in touch with a new teacher who's looking to move to the area who can cover for Brad straight away.
Elly apologises for what Susan's had to deal with at school, including what everyone is saying about Elly since the fake picture of her with Angus circulated. Susan says that a few parents and board members have been complaining about Elly, but that she's managed to calm everyone down. Elly thanks Susan for supporting her, and says she's happy to help with any extra work that needs doing.
SUSAN: Hopefully our newbie will hit the ground running; I've heard very good things about him.
Susan then gets a phone call from a frantic Toadie…
Jack is hanging out looking pensive, when Lauren arrives to talk to him. She tells him that Paige is in recovery following her surgery, and that she and the baby are doing really well. She adds that Paige was always planning on telling Jack about the baby before going to Queensland, regardless of the car accident.
JACK: (…) When I heard she was pregnant, I figured it could be mine. She flat- out told me it wasn't.
LAUREN: Well that's because that's what she thought you wanted to hear.
JACK: That's no excuse! And then she says that it's David's, and then a married man's!
LAUREN: Well that's not completely untrue. I mean, you are kind of married to God!
Lauren then tells Jack that Paige came to tell him about the baby in confession recently – but that Bishop Green was in the confession box, and convinced her not to tell Jack.
LAUREN: I know you're probably feeling very betrayed and confused right now, but Paige isn't the only one here who's made mistakes.
Piper, Tyler and Aaron are all gossiping about Jack being the father of Paige's baby. Amy, who is with them, doesn't look very happy about it.
AMY: But he's a priest!
PIPER: Yeah, but he's also a guy.
David turns up, and tells them all that Paige and the baby are going to be fine. He confirms that he found out today that Jack was the father along with everyone else; Paige never told David when he was pretending to be the father who the real one was.
AMY: Jack must have known on some level if they'd – you know – been together.
AARON: Maybe he just didn't want to accept it.
AMY: But Paige had no right keeping this from him.
PIPER: I think she was just trying to put Jack and the baby first.
AMY: She has a funny way of showing it.
Piper says it's a complicated situation – they should all just try to be supportive.
AMY: But he's a priest! This kind of thing shouldn't happen.
Amy storms off, and Aaron goes after her.
Toadie, Sonya and Susan convene for a discussion about ‘Dee' and Willow's departure. He's tried calling them, but both their phones are off – and he says Dee gave no indication that they were going to leave. Susan can't make sense of it.
SONYA: Unless… Dee just came back to get her inheritance. And when that fell through, you stepped in and you gave her the money. And she left. Maybe that's all she ever wanted.
TOADIE: No! No, that's not Dee.
SUSAN: Well, it's not the Dee that we used to know.
SONYA: It could be who she is now, Jarrod.
SONYA: Well, she left with a huge amount of money. Our money.
TOADIE: Okay. If she wanted to rip us off, why involve Willow? She could've got money out of me without her. No, okay, this is just ridiculous – no. Someone has to know where she is. You can't just disappear.
SUSAN: Ben said that he saw her at the Complex, and he thought she was talking to Sindi Watts.
TOADIE: Sindi's back in town? What are they doing together?
Toadie decides he's going to call his old mate Stuart, who married Sindi, to get her number.
David and Paige are talking about how everyone is discussing Jack being the father of her baby. Paige says she really appreciates how David stepped in to pretend to be the baby's dad, as it made it all so much easier for a little while. David explains that Paige's family has kept Jack in the loop about her and the baby's condition, but that he hasn't come back to the hospital yet. Paige looks sad.
DAVID: It's pretty late. I'm sure he'll be in tomorrow.
PAIGE: I doubt it. He probably hates me.
PAIGE: Stop letting me off the hook.
Susan and Ben are at home when Toadie turns up; he hasn't been able to speak to Stuart, as he's apparently away. He's going to keep trying Stu's family, the Parkers. He's also got the phone number of Emily, the woman ‘Dee' claimed rescued her – a role that we know Sindi played over the phone – from Mark, but it's disconnected.
Susan suggests they look at the phone bill ‘Dee' ran up at the motel to see if they recognise any of the numbers she called. Toadie shows her.
SUSAN: A lot of those are international. Area code 44. That's the UK.
They decide to try calling some of the numbers, and Ben helps by Googling some of them. One of the numbers turns out to be a car hire company, but the answerphone's on as it's the middle of the night in the UK – likewise for a travel agent.
BEN: Primrose Hill Hotel, London.
TOADIE: Dee and Willow are headed to London?! I'm gonna try these numbers all night if I have to. I've got to find them.
Later that evening, Karl comes home to find Elly on the couch, and tells her that Paige is most likely going to be fine. Elly wonders why people can't mind their own business about Paige and Jack, and Karl wonders whether Elly is still being bothered by internet trolls over the picture of her and Angus. Mark has suggested she close her social media accounts, she says, and not respond to the haters.
Elly explains she's helping Susan type out her Year 12 schedule, and take over Brad's classes until the new teacher arrives, as she wanted to do something in return for all the support Susan's given her. Karl says it's Susan's job to support Elly as she was victimised; she doesn't need thanks.
ELLY: Nonetheless, I just want to do whatever I can to help. You are looking at the new, improved Elly. Responsible teacher, supportive niece. I don't want to be a burden to anyone anymore.
Jack has just finished a phone call to Bishop Green when Brad arrives.
JACK: He assured me I won't be getting excommunicated.
BRAD: And what about his role in all of this?
JACK: Well, he's not proud of it.
BRAD: That's all he's got to say for himself?
JACK: He was worried that if I knew about the baby, then I would leave the Church.
BRAD: Well, he's got that in common with Paige. Look, surely you understand her decision not to tell you. I mean, she was acting out of fear.
JACK: I'm trying to understand.
BRAD: Do you care about this child, Jack?
JACK: Of course I do.
BRAD: Then you need to accept that he or she is the most important thing now. And once you do, everything will become clearer.
No 30 / an airport
Breakfast time at the Rebecchis', and Toadie is totally focused on the search for ‘Dee' and Willow, telling Sonya he's going to call the UK phone numbers again. Suddenly, his mobile rings. We see Willow at the other end of the phone, in an airport.
TOADIE: Oh, Willow. It's so good to hear your voice.
WILLOW: Did you get the plane I made for you?
TOADIE: Yeah, I did. You did such a good job. Where are you – can I come and get you?
TOADIE: Did I – did I do something to make you want to leave? Can you tell me where you are?
WILLOW: None of this is your fault. I just wanted to tell you something.
TOADIE: Yeah. Yeah, you can tell me anything you like.
WILLOW: I love you.
TOADIE: I love you too, sweetie.
WILLOW: I wish things were different.
TOADIE: Just tell me where you are, and we can work this out together.
WILLOW: Mum and I messed up. I just wanted you to be proud of me.
TOADIE: Oh, honey, I am proud of you.
An airport loudspeaker intervenes, welcoming passengers to Changi International Airport, in Singapore.
WILLOW: You're a great dad. The best a kid could have. I need to go.
Willow hangs up. Toadie is distraught. He tells Sonya that he heard the reference to Changi Airport, and tells Sonya that Willow and ‘Dee' must be on their way to London.
TOADIE: Why would they do that to me?!
Erinsborough High School
Elly is teaching a Year 12 class, which includes Ben, Piper and Xanthe. Susan turns up, and asks if it's a good time to introduce Brad's replacement. Elly says it is.
SUSAN: Everyone, this is Mr Kelly. He's come down from Sydney to be with us; we're very lucky that he's stepped in on such short notice.
Mr Kelly comes in – but when Elly sees him, she's aghast. He introduces himself to her as Finn Kelly, and she just stares at him in shock.
The Handywoman Yard
Jack turns up to see Amy; she hasn't answered his text, and he wanted to see if she was free for a coffee. Amy is quite cold with him, saying she's busy putting together brackets for the new No 26 kitchen.
JACK: I could do with a friend. I'm not sure if you've heard.
AMY: I have. Everyone has.
Jack looks sad as he begins to realise that Amy is giving him the cold shoulder.
JACK: Are you disappointed in me?
AMY: Does the Church know yet?
JACK: Yes. But my exact penance hasn't been figured out yet.
AMY (drilling): I'm sure you'll be fine.
Jack says he's going to see Paige now, and asks if Amy has any advice.
AMY: It honestly doesn't have anything to do with me, Jack.
JACK: Yeah. Sure.
AMY: Good luck.
Sonya is having a hilarious mayoral conversation on the phone!
SONYA: Yes – I mean, I thought we were talking permits for a picnic. And now you're bringing alpacas into it!
Toadie comes in from a walk, and Sonya quickly winds up her call.
TOADIE: I should have done something sooner when Willow stopped talking. I'm sorry.
SONYA: No, no – you tried, Jarrod.
TOADIE: Not hard enough.
SONYA: Willow called you, to tell you how much she loves you! I mean, that shows you just how much you mean to her.
Toadie is crying.
SONYA: Have you called the police yet?
TOADIE: There's no point. Cos I'm not her legal guardian, and Dee hasn't done anything illegal.
SONYA: Well, we gave her that money for Willow's schooling, not for them to go to London, so…
TOADIE: We don't know what they're doing yet… I think they left because of me.
SONYA: Okay. Well I mean, that doesn't make any sense. You've been nothing but welcoming to them, Jarrod.
TOADIE: No, there's something that you don't know. Dee told me that she loves me and that she wants me back.
SONYA: … When?
TOADIE: The night that I slept in the car. And I told her that I am with you, and that I love you. And I totally rejected her. I don't think she took it that well.
Sonya has turned angry.
SONYA: Yeah, well, I mean you've been having all these little secret meetings with her.
TOADIE: No, nothing's happened.
SONYA: Yeah, I know that. But I mean, I can kind of understand why she maybe got the wrong idea! I mean, this is not normal behaviour, Jarrod!
Now Toadie is angry too.
TOADIE: Yeah? And Mark coming in and out of our bedroom is normal behaviour, is it?!
SONYA (shouting): It's about the baby!!
TOADIE (shouting): Yeah, and you know that I hate it!!
Long silence. Toadie starts crying again.
SONYA: I just wish you'd told me sooner. I wish I knew it'd got so complicated with Dee.
TOADIE: I've handled a lot of things badly lately, and I wish that I hadn't. I'm sorry. And I wish that I hadn't, because then Dee wouldn't have run away. And then Willow would still be here.
Sonya is now tearful too, as she says something she clearly doesn't want to…
SONYA: I think perhaps you need to go to London.
TOADIE: … And you'd be okay with that, would you?
SONYA: You need to make sure that she's okay.
TOADIE: You didn't answer the question.
SONYA: I'll be fine. If you need to go, Jarrod – you should go.
Jack turns up to see Paige.
PAIGE: I really didn't think that you'd come back.
JACK: Well, I'm just glad that you're both alright.
PAIGE: Jack, I'm so sorry. I wasn't supposed to tell you like that.
JACK: Well, I owe you an apology too. What happened with Bishop Green – that's unacceptable.
PAIGE: I suppose he was just trying to protect you. And your career.
JACK: Paige, I don't want you to go to Queensland, okay? I will leave the priesthood and I'll be there for you… Say something.
PAIGE: Don't do it. This time yesterday, you wanted to be a priest. The baby shouldn't change that.
JACK: I want to be a father to our child.
PAIGE: After all we've been through, you're willing to give up the Church? You were very clear about your decision.
JACK: Well, it's not the most important thing in my life anymore. This is. I can still do good work in the community – just, you know, without my vows.
PAIGE: I wanted to be honest with you about the baby. You deserved the truth. But as to what happens next – I'm going to move to Queensland. I'm gonna raise this baby on my own. I've got my family there; I can do it. That way, you can stay in the priesthood.
Jack looks upset.
PAIGE: Live your life. Don't worry about us. Please – it's best for everybody.
Erinsborough High School
New teacher Finn is walking down the corridor, when Elly accosts him.
ELLY: Mr Kelly, could I have a moment of your time, please?
FINN: Actually, I'm supposed to be getting my security photo done –
ELLY: Don't talk. Just listen. You are gonna walk out of this school, go home, and type a letter of resignation. I don't care what reason you give. You put it in writing, and you email it to Susan Kennedy. I never want to see you here again.
Finn looks bemused, as Elly walks off.
- Mark advises Elly to tell Susan what happened, before it comes out some other way
- Finn has something difficult to say to Susan regarding Elly
- Elly tells Finn that she doesn't trust him, and wants him gone
- Tim Collins tells Leo to ‘do this, or I shut you down'
- Amy is annoyed to see Leo talking to another woman