- Susan is disturbed to learn of Finn and Elly's past, and warns Elly to maintain her professionalism
- Jasmine tries to pay Leo off to stop him and David asking anything else of the Udagawas
- Bishop Green persuades Paige to keep the truth about the baby from Jack 'for the greater good'
- Paige eventually tells Jack he's the father of her child
- Jack tells Paige that he wants to be there for Paige and the baby
Paige is walking through the courtyard. She sees a poster outside Harold's advertising the business for sale. Brad and Lauren are outside, happily talking about their new start in Queensland. Paige looks worried.
In the kitchen, Paige breaks the news to Lauren and Brad that she's now thinking of staying in Erinsborough after all, following Jack's request to be part of the baby's life. Brad seems a bit annoyed at the possible upset to their plans. Lauren says Paige shouldn't feel guilty about it, but queries whether Jack can really offer her the support she needs.
BRAD: And meanwhile,e he hasn't even come out and told the parish you're carrying his baby. Does he think he can keep that a secret?!
PAIGE: I dunno. I'm sure it'll come out eventually.
BRAD: Yeah, and when it does, your family aren't gonna be here to support you. We're gonna be on the other side of the country.
PAIGE: Yeah, I know. And it's terrifying to think that I'm gonna be so far away from you guys. But Jack wants to be a part of this baby's life. And that's what I want too.
Aaron checks in with David about his search for information on Hiro Udagawa, the man he suspects is his and Leo's father. David says he's hoping to find proof that Hiro was their dad before their mum arrives to visit - otherwise she'll just deny it.
DAVID: I've been calling Western Sydney Hospital, where we were born (...) I've got a few contacts from when I worked there. But, all the records are archived, and I can't convince anyone to dig through them for us.
Aaron points out that Clive Gibbons, the new COO at Erinsborough Hospital, used to work at Western Sydney. Aaron is meeting with Clive to discuss a press release for the new spinal unit, and offers to ask him to look into it on David's behalf.
Erinsborough High School
In the corridor, Xanthe asks Elly if they can talk.
ELLY: The dreaded talk? We're not breaking up, are we?
ELLY: Hey, you okay? You're not sad about Sonya and Mark's baby, are you? Cos it's perfectly understandable if you are.
XANTHE: It's devastating and I can't stop thinking about it. But that's not what I wanted to talk to you about.
Xanthe explains that now she's thinking of embarking on a nursing career...
XANTHE: I was wondering how you'd feel about me seeing other tutors? I'm sorry - we can still see each other. It's just that I need to study more science.
ELLY: (...) If you want to get into nursing, you have to excel at your science subjects. I think it's a great idea!
A relieved Xanthe babbles on about how Elly's the greatest tutor she could ever ask for. But Elly tells her to breathe, and reiterates that it's fine!
ELLY: Now get to class, before you get a detention for being late!
XANTHE: Actually, I have Mr Kelly, and he doesn't give out detentions. He's super cool!
Elly looks mildly annoyed.
Jack tells Bishop Green how he plans to be a father to Paige's baby, but also stay committed to the church as local priest. But the bishop is concerned that the parish may lose faith in Jack, and says he thinks he's making a mistake.
JACK: With all due respect, Bishop, I don't think you're in a position to tell me how I should behave.
BISHOP GREEN: Excuse me?
JACK: You lied to me about my own baby.
BISHOP GREEN: Okay. Perhaps my behaviour was unacceptable. But it was motivated by the best of intentions. I was trying to protect you.
JACK: You were trying to protect the church.
BISHOP GREEN: Because you're valuable, Jack! We need you!
JACK: Yeah, and I'm telling you I'm not going anywhere! I still have so much to do here - the refugee centre, the funding for that is about to come through.
BISHOP GREEN: Your stupid decision could scuttle the whole project!
JACK: Stupid decision, really?!
BISHOP GREEN: Leaflets went out today, asking the local residents to get in touch if they have any concerns. If word gets out about the mess you've made, you'll be giving ammunition to anyone who wants to object.
JACK: Then we'll fight them. I have made my decision - and I'm asking you to support that.
Erinsborough High School
Finn is teaching a biology lesson out on the lawn, to pupils including Ben, Xanthe and Piper. He says he's aware some of them have been affected by sad news lately, and wants to give them a chance to consider something 'not often discussed'.
FINN: What do you think happens after we pass away? Ben?
BEN: I dunno. Nothing, I guess. We're just worm- food.
FINN: Is that nothing, though? In biological terms, your body breaks down - the nutrients are absorbed into the earth. Perhaps a plant grows. Sounds a bit like what some people might call reincarnation, doesn't it? Xanthe, what about you?
XANTHE: (...) Well, lately I've thought that maybe a part of us goes on.
FINN: Like a soul?
XANTHE: Yeah. Yeah, I guess.
BEN: So some magical part of us flies up into the sky? Is that really scientific?
XANTHE: Well maybe they just haven't discovered it yet. I mean, you said last week that science is always evolving.
FINN: That I did. And what does that mean to you?
XANTHE: Well, we discover new things all the time. I mean, a hundred years ago we had no idea that DNA was a thing. Maybe one day they'll discover something like a soul. After what happened to our friend's baby, I really hope that they do. Our friend's baby wasn't even born into this world, but the impact that she had on everyone was massive. Her... her energy... maybe that lives on somehow. Maybe we just haven't discovered how to see it.
FINN: That's a beautiful thought, Xanthe. And you're right. Science is fluid. It's forever updating. But that can only happen if we keep an open mind to it. Like you are.
Elly emerges from the school building and overhears some of this. Xanthe smiles at Finn's praise, and Elly looks worried.
Aaron and Clive are discussing a strategy to attract donors for the spinal unit. Clive praises Aaron's passion for the project, and expresses his condolences about Mark's baby. Before the meeting ends, Aaron asks Clive about David's situation, explaining how he and Leo have been searching for some kind of official record that names their father.
Aaron explains that the Tanakas were born at the Western Sydney Hospital in the mid- eighties and asks whether, since Clive worked there then, he would mind pulling some strings to access the archives.
CLIVE: Do you know if the father was listed on the birth certificate?
AARON: No, he wasn't. But David seems to think that his name was Hiro Udagawa.
CLIVE: Udagawa? As in *the* Udagawas?
Clive promises to ask his friend at Western Sydney, the director of nursing, to look into it for him - but forewarns Aaron that the odds of success are not good.
Erinsborough High School
After the lesson, Xanthe thanks Finn for a really interesting discussion.
FINN: Well, it's students like you that make teaching science very interesting.
Xanthe looks flattered.
FINN: Really. It's not often people your age are so willing to talk about serious topics. You've obviously put some thought into it.
XANTHE: Yeah, I guess I have. I think a lot of it's just doing work experience at the hospital. I mean, you can't help but think about that stuff - life, death, what it means.
FINN: That's why I love biology so much. It's about trying to make sense of things that are almost too much to comprehend. Human life begins with two haploid cells coming together. And this extremely complex system grows, and changes, and gets conscious thought.
XANTHE: Wow. I think if I ever became a nurse, I -
FINN: If? Xanthe - when. I mean it. I believe we're all here for a reason. And you seem to be on a very clear path. I think you're exceptional. It's time you started backing yourself.
Terese and Aaron are talking about promotion for the Lassiter's Big Bonza Barbie Bash - he promises to set up a Facebook page tonight. Terese thanks him for doing it in light of what's going on with Mark; Aaron says they're trying to give him a bit of space.
As Aaron gets a text from Clive, conversation moves onto the spinal unit at the hospital. Terese says she's going to try to arrange for Lassiter's to make a donation. Aaron's thrilled, but says the message is about David and Leo, explaining how he's asked Clive to do some digging for him about their father. Terese's ears prick up...
Jack is picking up a coffee when he bumps into Amy. He thanks her for her advice about trying to convince Paige to let him be a part of the baby's life. He reveals he's asked Paige to stay in town so he can raise the baby alongside her.
AMY: Oh, you've made the right decision. I mean, of course I'm gonna miss you as my local priest, and the church will too -
JACK: No, no - I won't be leaving the church.
JACK: Look, whatever Paige decides - no matter what, I'll still be a priest.
Amy looks completely baffled - and once Jack has gone, she rejoins Aaron, Leo and David, who she's having lunch with.
AMY: He thinks he can be a dad and still be a priest! Is he out of his mind? I mean, 'hi, I'm your local priest - FYI, the vow of celibacy doesn't apply to me!'
LEO: When you put it like that, it sounds a bit nuts. But why can't he be a priest and a dad? The Anglicans do it.
AMY: Yeah, but he's not an Anglican. I think he's made the right call to support Paige - but it's his job to guide people as a priest. I mean, the church are just gonna see him as a hypocrite.
Amy's so wound up by it, that she decides to give lunch a miss, and leaves the boys to it. David explains to Leo how Aaron's done them a big favour with Clive...
Terese is doing some paperwork with Jasmine Udagawa, who asks Terese for an update on the Tanaka brothers. Terese relates what Aaron told her about him asking Clive to dig for information about their father at Western Sydney Hospital.
JASMINE: So they're still trying to prove a connection to my family.
TERESE: Oh. Really?
JASMINE: But you don't need to be concerned. I'll deal with it.
Elly is at the bar, meanwhile, when Gary turns up to talk to her. He explains that they've found a new science tutor for Xanthe - however, he's offered them a deal to do her English tutoring as well, meaning Elly won't be needed any more. The tutor is offering them reduced rates because Terese is taking him on as a lodger. Elly looks disappointed.
GARY: It's nothing personal. You did a great job, and she really looks up to you. It's just - her education comes first.
ELLY: Who did she choose?
GARY: Another teacher from school. New bloke. Mr Kelly.
Elly looks worried.
In the garden, Finn and Xanthe are discussing her previous tutoring arrangements, while Sheila earwigs. Xanthe says she usually saw Elly twice a week.
SHEILA: But seeing as you're tutoring two subjects, I thought maybe four times?
SHEILA: Well you're the one who said you wanted to be serious about this.
XANTHE: Yeah, I said serious - not insane!
Elly turns up, and asks if she can speak to Finn alone for a moment. He agrees, and they go around the side of the house.
ELLY: What are you doing? You turn up at my school, you take over tutoring my students, and now you want to move into the Street?
FINN: Firstly, I didn't know you were at the school when I took the job. And both Xanthe and Terese contacted me.
ELLY: Doesn't change the fact that you are now in every single corner of my life. Why would you want that - after everything you did to me?
FINN: Look, think about this, Elly. How would Susan feel, hearing such wild accusations?
ELLY: I don't care what you say to Terese to get out of it. I want you off the Street.
FINN: I'm sorry, Elly. I'm not going anywhere.
Jasmine arrives to speak to Clive.
JASMINE: I want to discuss making a donation to your new spinal unit.
CLIVE: Well, that'd be wonderful (...) We'd be incredibly happy to have the Udagawas on board.
JASMINE: I'll get my assistant to set up a meeting (...) I do have one request. I hear you're helping David Tanaka search for his father.
CLIVE: How did you know about that? Are you friends of his?
JASMINE: Not exactly. I was just curious about the chances of you actually uncovering something.
CLIVE: Well, that's hard to say...
JASMINE: I think it would be in everyone's best interest, including the spinal unit's, if you don't find anything.
Jasmine smiles sweetly at a surprised Clive, and walks off!
In the garden, Piper asks Lauren to thank Brad - who is at the school doing parent- teacher interviews - for her about convincing Lucas to give Tyler his job back. Paige comes out of the house, and tells Lauren and Piper that she's decided to stay in Erinsborough. Lauren is visibly very upset to be losing Paige from their Queensland plans, but says she understands.
PAIGE: You haven't got a buyer for the house or the café yet. So why don't I continue to live at the house, manage Harold's, while you guys get settled in?
Lauren asks whether all this means that Jack is going to leave the church. Paige says not.
PAIGE: I'm not really sure how all this is gonna play out. But I feel like I need to give this idea a chance.
LAUREN: And you're totally certain this is the right decision?
PAIGE: No. No, not entirely. But you, me and Dad - we missed out on a huge part of our lives together, and I don't want that for my child.
LAUREN: Oh, god - I feel like we're getting pulled apart all over again.
But Piper and Paige reassure Lauren, with Paige saying she'll call every day.
LAUREN: I'm still gonna miss you.
PAIGE: I'm gonna miss you more. Plus, Mum, you know that someone really needs to stay here to make sure that Piper stays on the straight and narrow.
Lauren doesn't think the congregation will be happy, but Paige says Jack thinks he can sort it out.
PAIGE: Mum, I really want to do this. I want my baby to know their father. And I want you and Dad to go and live your lives.
Lauren and Paige hug.
Paul is sitting at the bar, and watches as Clive speaks to David nearby. Clive says he's spoken to his friend at Western Sydney Hospital, but that she couldn't find any information at all on the Tanakas' father. David thanks him anyway, and leaves. Clive joins Paul for a drink.
PAUL: Listen, I've been trying to think of some fundraising ideas for the spinal unit. What about a gorillagram?
CLIVE: Really - you're gonna do that gag every time we meet?
PAUL: Yeah, I reckon it's got a few miles in it yet.
They laugh. Paul remarks that David didn't look too upbeat, and Clive explains he had to give him some bad news. While not alluding to David in the second part of the conversation, Clive goes on to say that he's done something he might not be proud of.
He explains to Paul that he was asked to find some info for a colleague, and couldn't find anything - but that Jasmine offered him money for the spinal unit afterwards, if he covered up whatever he found. Clive explains he didn't tell Jasmine that he'd already pulled in the favour and failed to find anything - he just took her money.
PAUL: Anyone get hurt?
CLIVE: No. Not really. And it does help the hospital in the long run, so...
PAUL: Then cheer up. Come on, it's supposed to be happy hour!
Paul uses his finger to turn up the sides of Clive's mouth into a smile!
Paige finds Amy at the church, sorting through some baby clothes for a fundraiser tomorrow. Paige is looking for Jack, but Amy says he's not around - she'll let him know Paige came by. Paige is just about to leave, when Amy stops her.
AMY: I've been here helping out, and some of Jack's congregation have started talking.
PAIGE: Oh - about me?
AMY: And the baby. It's just gossip. But I wanted to let you know that word's started to get around.
PAIGE: Wow, okay. Well, what do you suggest that I do? Come on, Amy - I'm asking!
AMY: ... He's crazy to think that he can stay a priest!
PAIGE: Yeah, look - I know that our situation is -
AMY: It's gonna upset the parish, and a lot of people. They could turn on him. I mean, is that what you want?
PAIGE: No. No, of course not.
AMY: Then, I think you need to convince Jack to leave the church.
Must- See Neighbours
- Toadie on a plane, saying the only thing that matters is that he gets home to Sonya
- A tearful Sonya tells Mark that the baby wasn't even supposed to be hers
- Mark says he's feeling anger, rather than guilt
- Susan tells Steph how disappointed she is that Toadie could 'do this'
- Sonya tells Susan that 'it's not about Jarrod - it's about me and Mark'