- Piper tells Xanthe and Finn that Paige has drunk some funky mushroom tea.
- Elly tells Finn that she'll handle the situation.
- Elly tells Piper that she'll have to tell Susan what has happened.
- Karl asks Steph if she'd still be with Mark if it hadn't been for the surrogacy.
- Sonya tells Mark there's someone in her house.
- Mark offers to lie down with Sonya to keep her company.
- Sonya and Mark kiss.
No. 30 – Sonya's bedroom
Sonya breaks off the kiss with Mark and begins to panic.
SONYA: I swore to Jarrod that this would never happen, and now I'm just as bad as he is!
MARK: This is not the same. I'm sorry, I should never have let it get this far.
Sonya asks Mark to leave before Steph gets home, and Mark apologises.
Terese expresses her concern to Gary about the fact that Piper is living somewhere with dodgy tea drinkers. Gary suggests that she ask Piper to move back home, but Terese says that she's not ready to accept Piper and Tyler's relationship, and she doesn't want to go against Brad's wishes so soon after he's left. Gary says that in prison he'd usually resort to threats (or worse), and suggests that Terese makes Piper so uncomfortable at the Backpackers that she's forced to move back.
Finn is tutoring Ben and encourages him to speak to Karl and Susan about dropping out of school to pursue a mechanics apprenticeship. Ben says that he's worried how they will react but resolves to give it a shot.
Piper sits down with Terese to reassure her about the tea incident as Finn comes home and overhears their conversation. Terese points out that something much worse could have happened. She explains that her and Brad have spoken and have agreed that if she hears of anymore illegal activity at the Backpackers she will ask the police to investigate.
TERESE: I am trying to protect you! You have been pulled into a world that is far too old for you Piper.
PIPER: I can take care of myself!
Piper storms out and Finn butts in to say that he thinks Terese has made the right call.
Finn bumps into Elly and Susan and asks if Susan has reported the tea incident. She says that it shouldn't be necessary as it didn't happen in school and there's no evidence that it will happen again. Finn agrees that it's a difficult situation and Elly steps in to say that they can trust Susan's judgement. Finn calls Elly back and asks her out for a coffee and she reluctantly accepts the invitation.
Sonya wakes up to find Toadie chatting to Steph. He apologises for being there, saying that he had to drop off a hat for Nell. Sonya says that she hasn't been sleeping well and asks Toadie to respect her boundaries by staying out of the house. He leaves and Steph tries to reason with Sonya that Toadie was just trying to make amends. Sonya's eyes fall on several bottles of wine that have been left on the dining table from the wake and Steph swiftly apologises, explaining that she's planning to take them to The Flame Tree. Steph suggests that Sonya goes back to bed, or better, talk things over with a counsellor.
SONYA: Just stop! Stop trying to help me, okay? There's no point.
STEPH: I'm not trying to upset you…
SONYA: You cannot help me! I had an amnio I didn't need and lost a perfectly healthy baby, and nothing is going to fix that, ever. I'm going to regret it for the rest of my life. Do you understand that? So no cup of tea is going to make it better, you can't fix it, a counsellor can't fix it. So please, just leave me alone!
Steph gets ready for a ride on her motorbike and tells Mark that Sonya is in a dark place. She says that neither of them deserve what happened with the baby and Mark reassures Steph that it isn't her fault. He resolves to speak to Sonya.
Sonya invites Mark in and he attempts to explain his actions from the previous night.
MARK: I've been having a lot of feelings lately, confused feelings. Our bond over Caitlin. Wanting to protect you from the other stuff that people are putting you through. I love you as a friend, Son.
SONYA: I know.
MARK: And I know it may have crossed over into something else there for a moment, but I wish it hadn't and if I could take it back, I would.
SONYA: Me too.
MARK: Seeing as though we feel the same, maybe we could put it behind us?
Sonya agrees and says that they needn't tell Steph or Toadie what happened, because it's not like they cheated on either of them.
SONYA: But it should never have happened. So maybe it just didn't?
MARK: It may be a little weird for a while, but we'll get past it.
Sonya asks Mark to leave when he suggests staying around. The camera zooms ominously on Sonya as she stares vacantly into the distance.
Piper relays her argument with Terese to Ben, who suggests that she trains Clementine to be a sniffer cat. Susan asks Ben if she can have a word with him alone and says that she doesn't want him hanging at the Backpackers anymore as she doesn't want him near people who are “experimenting with life”. Ben objects when Susan says he is also banned from working with Tyler at the garage, as she wants him to focus on schoolwork, especially if he wants to study medicine. She says that she's spoken to Libby and the matter is now settled.
Terese tells Gary that she's managed to hold her ground with Piper, who can expect a lot of visits from her mother at the Backpackers. Just as the pair go in for a kiss, they are interrupted by an outraged Xanthe, who has just been banned by Sheila from hanging out with Piper outside of school. Sheila stands by her decision as Piper has made some poor choices.
TERESE: My daughter might not be a role model for good decision making, but the same could be said for anyone else in this room! To punish Piper is so unfair.
Gary stands by Terese and tells Sheila that she's being too hard on Xanthe.
SHEILA: I have finally got Xanthe back on the straight and narrow. She's studying, she's got work experience, and I don't want anything standing in the way of that, no matter how many bosses or son's girlfriends are offended.
Susan helps Toadie find one of Nell's toys which has been hidden in her front garden. Sonya approaches and apologises for being late for picking up Nell. Toadie heads inside No. 28 to collect her Nell and Sonya tells Susan that she's reached new levels of being tired. Susan suggests that Sonya leaves Nell with them for a little longer and that she finds a natural remedy to help her get some sleep.
Sonya returns home and her eyes fall once again on the case of wine. Steph comes home before she can pick up a bottle and Sonya busies herself making tea in the kitchen, looking horrified at what she almost did.
Xanthe is excited to rustle up a XanCan Special for Elly and Finn, and the pair laugh at Xanthe's delusion that they'll get back together. Elly explains that she's spoken to Harry Sinclair who has given her a more balanced view of what happened at their previous school. She says she wants to put the whole matter behind her and focus on her current job.
Steph invites Sonya to dinner at The Flame Tree, but she declines and says that she wants to sleep instead. Steph asks if Mark had said anything to Sonya about her as things have been going well between the two of them.
STEPH: Maybe I'll invite him round for breakfast tomorrow.
SONYA: I'd rather you didn't.
STEPH: What, why?
SONYA: Does it matter?
STEPH: Well he's been such a comfort to you, and I really think that he could do with the company.
SONYA: I actually said no. Don't you have to go to work or something?
STEPH: I don't think I should go, Son.
SONYA: No, I actually think that you should go! I think you should go permanently. You know, everything, everything that's gone wrong started with the two of you.
STEPH: Hey, no, that's not fair…
SONYA: Every time I look at you I think of all the mistakes I've made!
STEPH: Look, you can't be…
SONYA: I WANT YOU GONE.
Finn arrives to tutor Xanthe and says that only she has the right to decide who she wants to hang out with. He laughs that his ‘date' with Elly at Harold's went well and says that there may be a job opportunity at a school where the principal needs to retire. Xanthe jumps to conclusions and assumes that Finn is talking about Eden Hills Grammar.
FINN: It's not a done deal just yet. The old principal is still clinging on at the moment. But they have been making a lot of bad calls. If the Department found out about that, the principal might not be around much longer.
In the dark, Finn opens up his tablet and scrolls through a long document titled ‘Susan Kennedy', cataloguing all of her misdemeanours as principal. Headlines include ‘Grandson started school fire' and ‘Niece had an affair with student'. He begins to type a new paragraph, titled ‘Ignored Drug Scandal' and looks very smug about his scheming.
Sonya places a bottle of wine in front of her on the table and is suddenly joined by another Sonya!
SONYA'S CONSCIENCE: Really, you're going to do this again? Have you forgotten what it took to drag yourself back from this last night? Drinking has never made things better, it had only made things worse.
Sonya slides the bottle towards her, unscrews the cap and pours the wine into a mug.
SONYA'S CONSCIENCE: There are better ways to help you sleep! Okay, you need to call your sponsor. Call them right now. Do it right now! It's not worth… it's not worth it.
Sonya takes a long sip from the mug and stares vacantly.