- Xanthe can't think of a better stepmum than Terese, leaving Sheila feeling unappreciated
- Sheila softens towards Terese as she realises how much Terese wants her approval
- Lauren worries about leaving Paige in charge of Harold's
- A disgruntled parishioner of Jack's nastily remarks that Paige ought to leave town with her parents
- Paige insists the woman is just a harmless crank…
- ... but when Harold's is later vandalised, Piper suggests she may want to rethink that analysis
Piper and Paige are clearing up the mess following the vandalism. They both moan about the disgruntled parishioner, Laura Henley, assuming that she is responsible. Paige requests that Piper put the bits from the smashed Easter display at the bottom of the bin; she doesn't want Lauren and Brad seeing what's happened, so as not to worry them.
PIPER: Lauren spent, like, a gazillion hours painting those bunnies. She's gonna realise if they've all hopped away!
PAIGE: I'll spin something.
PIPER: Yeah, because hiding the truth is always the best option (!)
PAIGE: Mum and Dad are worried enough that they're leaving me here. I'm not gonna add harassment to the mix.
Sheila and Terese are practically BFFs now, finding common ground over the minutiae of their dishwasher loading strategies, which leave Gary nonplussed! Sheila fishes for gossip from Terese about the Tanaka paternity scandal, ostensibly out of concern for Amy. Terese explains that Leo's taken off for a few days, and Paul and David are throwing themselves into work.
Jimmy comes in; he's supposed to be in bed, but he's worried about Amy because she's not coming out of her room. Sheila says that Amy's just in shock about finding out she has two new brothers, and encourages Jimmy to go back to bed. Once he's gone, Gary and Terese agree that Jimmy must know something's up. Sheila decides to try coaxing Amy out of her room.
GARY: She obviously wants to be left alone.
SHEILA: The best medicine for her right now is to know how much we love and care for her. And she's not gonna know that locked up in her bedroom 24/7.
GARY: Well she nearly shacked up with one of her brothers. She can stay locked up until Christmas if she wants!
They ask Terese what she thinks, and she sides with Sheila, saying Amy will feel worse if she locks herself up. Sheila's all smug that Terese agreed with her, but Gary doesn't look so pleased.
Tyler is talking one of the guests, Yvette. She's heading off this afternoon and asks if Tyler could give her bike a once- over before she leaves. He agrees, but will have to do it here, as Leo has left him in charge. Tyler hands Yvette her bill, but she points out he's messed it up with ‘too many zeroes'.
YVETTE: For that price, I could've stayed at Lassiter's.
Tyler says his brain isn't awake yet, so Yvette offers to make him some herbal tea to kick him into gear.
YVETTE: It's tea of the ‘special' variety. It could make your working day a whole lot more interesting.
TYLER: Thanks for the offer, but I'd like to keep my job.
Piper comes downstairs, and Yvette suggests they hang out, but Piper has to go to work and then set up for Brad and Lauren's farewell party.
YVETTE: Fine. You guys behave like responsible adults. I'm gonna go and annoy the Koreans – make them drink tea with me.
Piper quips that she wishes Brad had heard them described as responsible adults. Tyler agrees.
Lauren and Terese are in the bin area behind Harold's, talking about Amy and Paul, and how they'll both need time to deal with the recent revelations about the Tanakas. Lauren says Terese should let Paul know how much Amy is struggling.
LAUREN: Nothing's more important than being with your kids when they need you.
TERESE: Like you and Amber?
LAUREN: … Yeah. And the move is bittersweet. If we help out with Matilda, Amber can keep her job at the CDH society. But we're not gonna be here for Paige and Piper.
TERESE: Don't worry about Piper. Or Paige, for that matter. I'm gonna be here to keep an eye on things.
LAUREN: Thanks Terese, I really appreciate it.
TERESE: Even if it does mean that I'm gonna miss having you around here.
TERESE: I mean, we've been friends, and enemies. And now we're family. It's a lot to go through with someone.
Terese and Lauren both get a bit teary.
LAUREN: Hey, I'm really sorry for the hurt I've caused you. And I hope you can forgive me for taking Brad away again.
TERESE: There's nothing to forgive. I mean, Brad's no longer mine to be taken away.
It's a bit awkward, so they wrap up their chat, and agree to catch up at the party later. Once Terese has gone, Lauren is shocked to find the smashed Easter ornaments from the display in the bin.
Susan, Karl and Jack have joined Paige and Brad on the patio. They're talking about house- moving, and Susan recalls how Karl bought No 28 without consulting her, and almost forgot to move their bed from the old house.
BRAD: I'll be sure to double check we've got the bed before we go. Although it'll be sad to leave some things behind.
They turn to look at Doug's shed, the Doug- Out, and lament the fact there will be no more celebrations there.
BRAD: I'll build another one at the next place, but it won't be the same.
Susan asks if Paige has any regrets about staying. She says she'll miss Lauren and Brad, but that it's important Jack is a part of their baby's life. Jack says he can't wait.
At that moment, Lauren turns up with one of the smashed Easter bunnies, and asks Paige for an explanation.
Shortly afterwards, Paige is apologising for keeping the vandalism from Lauren and Brad. She explains about the woman Laura who had a go at her yesterday, and that she thinks she is one of Jack's parishioners that disapproves of their ‘situation'. Paige wanted to keep it quiet to avoid the risk of it all blowing up, and Jack getting transferred to another parish.
JACK: If this happens again, you need to tell me.
PAIGE: Okay. I will.
Sheila takes a call from Lauren, and once she's finished, eagerly tells Gary and Terese the news.
SHEILA: Apparently, one of Jack's groupies attacked Harold's last night!
GARY: Why Harold's?
SHEILA: Do I have to spell it out? A certain unmarried mother- to- be who works there is carrying a certain member of the clergy's baby!
GARY: Oh, that's a bit rough.
SHEILA: I think they should relocate Jack to another parish!
GARY: He's made a few mistakes – so what? It only proves he's human like the rest of us, and aren't religious people supposed to believe in forgiveness?
SHEILA: All a priest has to do is show up, and be celibate! Is that too much to ask?!
GARY: Well, it's no skin off your nose – you only go to church at Christmas!
SHEILA: That is not the point! Once a Catholic, always a Catholic – isn't that right, Terese?
TERESE: Oh… Well, look, I'm not religious. But I do believe that faith shouldn't have anything to do with an attendance record.
SHEILA (to Gary): See?
TERESE: If the parishioners have lost faith in Jack, maybe it is a good idea he goes to another church.
SHEILA: Thank you, Terese. I knew you'd agree with me. Hahahahaha!
Once again, Gary is disgruntled that Terese has sided with his mum – and once Sheila's gone and Terese asks if he wants to go and see a film tonight, he tersely agrees but tells her that she should decide what they see.
Later, Gary is having a sandwich outside The Waterhole, when Terese comes over.
TERESE: I found the perfect film. It's about a guy's girlfriend and mother who break him out of prison.
GARY: Is that supposed to be funny?
TERESE: No, no – it's a thriller.
GARY: Yeah, I got that. I'm not stupid.
TERESE: I didn't say you were stupid.
GARY: Not directly.
TERESE: Okay, Gary, what's going on?
GARY: I don't appreciate you always siding with Mum against me.
TERESE: Are you serious?
GARY: Yeah. (…) I'm not a fan of you two joining forces. You both act like my opinions don't matter.
TERESE: Of course your opinion matters! Listen, I honestly thought that by siding with Sheila, I'd make your life easier. But now that I know that, I'll keep it in mind.
GARY: Does that mean you'll side with me from now on?
TERESE: Just so we're clear – I happen to agree with some of Sheila's points. So when I agree with you, I will say so, of course.
GARY: I can't really argue with that.
TERESE: Hey – if you're not in the mood for a movie, maybe we should try a variation on the Limber Ladybird! Hmm?
GARY: I could be persuaded…
Jack turns up, and Jimmy answers the door. Jack wants to see Amy, but Jimmy explains that she's not up to visitors, being Not In This Episode™. Jack notices that Jimmy's eating an Easter egg; he says that a friend from Sunday school, Brandon, gave it to him.
JACK: Sounds like a nice kid.
JIMMY: Yeah, he can be sorta mean.
JACK: What do you mean?
JIMMY: You know, he just says some stuff that's not really nice.
JACK: What sort of stuff?
JIMMY: About Paige and you?
Jimmy explains that Brandon's mum doesn't like Paige either. Jack makes the connection that Brandon is Laura Henley's son. Jimmy doesn't want to get anyone in trouble, but Jack says he's done the right thing.
Lauren is lecturing Paige about all the things she'll have to remember to do once she's in charge of Harold's. Paige tells her to chill, but Lauren says she doesn't feel comfortable leaving after the vandalism incident. Paige says Lauren can't use her as an excuse to change her mind about leaving.
Jack arrives, with a young boy in tow – it's Brandon Henley, and he admits that he was the one who wrecked the Easter display.
JACK: Brandon's not allowed chocolate at home. So when he saw the display, the temptation became too much.
BRANDON: I didn't mean to wreck it. I mean, I just wanted one, but when I went to grab it, the whole display fell over.
Jack says that Brandon's mum Laura has agreed to pay any damages, and also to stop giving Paige a hard time. Paige realises the pair are related.
BRANDON: Can we go now?
Lauren lets the kid off the hook, and Jack and Brandon leave. Paige is relieved that it wasn't a religious maniac responsible for the vandalism after all. Lauren says she'll still worry about Paige, but feels better knowing Jack is looking out for her.
Brad is in the lobby, looking sadly at Josh and Doug's memorial plaque. He reaches out to touch it, and is joined by Terese.
TERESE: It's been a year.
BRAD: It's like we're saying goodbye all over again. You know, even after the divorce, you've always been a constant for me. It feels strange that's about to end.
TERESE: Oh, come on. We'll always be in each other's lives.
BRAD: You're an incredible woman, Terese. And you did not deserve the way it ended.
TERESE: No, you're right. I didn't. But that doesn't mean that our marriage was a complete failure. My life is richer because I spent some of it with you. We created three beautiful children, and a courageous granddaughter. And lots of memories that I'll hold onto forever.
Terese gets tearful.
TERESE: That's what I'll remember. Not the messy ending.
Brad kisses her on the forehead.
BRAD: That's how I'll always remember it too.
Taking another look at the plaque, Terese lets go of Brad's hand, and leaves.
Gary is impressing Terese with a Thai banquet he's prepared for Brad and Lauren's leaving party. Sheila comes in, and starts criticising Gary for having gone over the top for a casual farewell.
SHEILA: It's not an opportunity for you to show off all your new culinary skills. It's too much, isn't it, Terese?
But this time Terese isn't acquiescing.
TERESE: No, I dunno – I think it's nice that Gary's gone to so much effort (…)
SHEILA: Thanks for your support (!)
Once Sheila's gone, Gary teases Terese for being ‘in strife'.
GARY: Maybe you should have agreed with her!
TERESE: I can't win with you two.
GARY: She'll get over it. Eventually.
Yvette is hanging out with Tyler and Ben, who've been working on her bike. They wish her a safe trip, and Tyler remarks that Ben is a natural mechanic.
YVETTE: I'll leave you a little surprise to say thanks for the work on the bike.
TYLER: I'll be on guard!
Once Tyler and Ben have gone, Yvette takes a mysterious container from her bag, labels it with Tyler's name, and leaves it on a shelf in the communal kitchen…
The Ramsay Street residents are gathered in the back garden for Lauren and Brad's farewell. Among the attendees are Karl, Susan, Sheila, Gary, Paige, Jack, Terese, Piper, Tyler and Ben.
Lauren tells Brad it will be tough to leave all this behind, but that she's looking forward to the next chapter. They kiss and hug, and Piper asks everyone to gather around so she and Paige can say a few words.
PIPER: Firstly to Dad. I think it's pretty obvious to say that I'm really going to miss you. You've always been my number one supporter, no matter if I'm getting into trouble or making mistakes –
BRAD: Hey, come on – that never happens (!)
PIPER: Well when it does, I know I can always come to you for help. And I just feel so lucky that the universe chose me to be your daughter. And to Lauren, thank you for being, like, the wickedest stepmum ever. No, no – not like that! Not like a Disney film way. I mean, like, awesome! Thank you for making my dad so happy. I love you both so much.
Next it's Paige's turn to speak.
PAIGE: I never thought that I would have the opportunity to get to know my parents. And here I am. And it's the most amazing feeling in the world. I only hope that I can be half the parent that you've been to me to my little one. I love you guys so much, and I'm gonna miss you.
PIPER: We both love you so much. And we know that you're going to have an amazing adventure together.
PAIGE: To Brad and Lauren.
EVERYONE: Brad and Lauren.
The gathering has moved into the street, as the famous yellow taxi is loaded up and the residents say their farewells to Brad and Lauren.
SUSAN: Make sure you give our love to all the kids, okay?
KARL: Hey, I expect an invite as soon as you finish the Doug- Out!
BRAD: There will always be a stool reserved with your name on it!
Terese hugs Lauren.
TERESE: Make sure you take care of Matilda. Give her a big hug from us.
And Brad says an emotional goodbye to Piper.
BRAD: If you need me, I will be down here at the drop of a hat.
PIPER: I love you, Dad.
She hugs him, and then Paige and Lauren join them for a family hug. Lauren summons Terese.
LAUREN: Hey, this is a family moment. Come on!
Terese joins the group hug.
BRAD: You ready?
LAUREN: As I'll ever be. Do you know – the last time I left Ramsay Street, I thought I'd never see you again. But this time, I'm leaving with you.
BRAD: Well, here's to second chances.
He kisses her, and they get into the taxi. Everyone waves goodbye, with Terese, Paige and Piper fighting back the tears.
Paige is hanging out with Piper, as she's a bit emotional and not ready to be home alone yet. The baby is ‘screaming for some food' so Paige asks for something to eat. Piper says she can have anything with her or Tyler's name on it, so of course Paige makes a beeline for the mysterious container left by Yvette.
PAIGE: Ooh, sweet! (…) Tea and biccies!
The camera zooms in ominously on the ‘special' tea...
- Karl and nursing extras rush to greet Paige at the hospital
- Jack demands to know why Piper had ‘that' lying around
- Tyler advises Mark not to make life any harder for himself
- Toadie lunges at Tim Collins when he suggests Nell could be Mark's daughter