- Amy puts on a brave face when Elly says Leo's started to move on
- After they share another almost- moment, Amy rushes out of Leo's apartment
- With Paige struggling on her own, Mark suggests she move into No 24
- Shane reveals that he's the new owner of Harold's Café – his wife and kids will join him shortly
- Shane sees Sonya and Mark kissing in the park, leading to an angry outburst at the picnic by Toadie
- Upset by the revelation, Steph tells Sonya she's moving to the motel for a while
- Sonya is devastated to find a letter advising Toadie of his chances of winning custody of Nell
Sonya leaves No 28, completely bowled over by what she's read in the letter. She looks at some of Nell's toys on the Kennedys' lawn, and marches angrily down the path.
Shane nervously addresses some of his new staff at the café – Paige, Piper and an extra. He says that none of them will be losing their jobs, since Lauren has told him how great they are.
SHANE: There's no need to worry that a tyrant's taking over. My wife, on the other hand, is a different story. No, just kidding. You're all gonna love her – or at least, I hope you will, cos she's gonna be the main manager of the place, and the kids'll chip in too.
He asks who's going to show him around, and Piper volunteers.
Steph comes in, and Paige mentions to her that she's going to be moving into the spare room at Mark's place – strictly as friends. Steph is a bit surprised, but Paige says she was struggling a bit on her own at No 32, and that Lauren will need to find tenants eventually anyway. Paige rushes off to the toilet, and Steph looks a bit worried.
Jimmy is hanging out at the backpackers' with his new uncle Leo – but Leo is uncomfortable, and keen for him to go elsewhere. Jimmy concludes it's for the same reason that Leo and Amy have been ‘acting weird' since learning they were half- brother and sister, but Leo says he's just busy trying to run the place.
JIMMY: David's busy, but he always hangs out with us.
LEO: Well, maybe David's better at managing his time than I am.
JIMMY: Why are you lying?
LEO: I've got to get back to it, alright?
Leo thrusts some lollipops in a jar in Jimmy's direction, and tells him to go. Moodily, Jimmy divests him of most of said lollipops, and leaves.
Mysterious Mishti comes in – it appears she's a guest at the backpackers'. She's hurt her hand, and Leo instantly sees it as a flirtation opportunity.
MISHTI: One of the bunks is loose and I caught my hand in it.
LEO: Lucky I'm here, then. I'll help you with this, then move onto the bed.
MISHTI: Does the knight- in- shining- armour routine work for you often?
LEO: You tell me; it's the first time I've tried it.
MISHTI: In that case, you've got a little practicing to do!
LEO: Come on, give a guy a chance!
MISHTI: Alright – in that case, you can take me out for drinks tonight.
Leo agrees, and she reminds him to fix the bed before walking off. Leo looks pleased with himself.
Sonya is looking completely spaced out, to the extent that she almost doesn't notice Steph while on her way out with takeaway. Steph asks how she is; Sonya replies distantly that she's fine, but in a bit of a hurry, and says it's fine for Steph to drop round later with her keys.
Paul comes in, and Steph tells him she needs the money he owes her for his share in the motel, as she's putting in an application to rent No 32.
Paul is surprised, as Paige is still living there – but Steph says Paige is moving in with the Brennans. Paul says the settlement from Quill should soon be finalised, so he should be able to get the cash for her.
STEPH: Great! Now I just have to convince Paige I'll be the perfect tenant.
But Jack, who is sitting on a table nearby, has overheard about Paige moving in with the Brennans, and looks upset.
Paul, Amy and David are looking at photos from both Amy's childhood and the Tanakas'. Amy and David are surprised at how similar they were as kids.
PAUL: Anyone would think you two were related (!)
AMY: What's that look for?
PAUL: Oh, just nostalgia, I guess. Well, it's weird, sitting in the house that I grew up in with two of my own children.
AMY: Getting soft in your old age.
PAUL: Yeah. (To David) Oh, I really wish that Gran and Dad could have met you.
Jimmy comes in and unveils some of his lollipop stash, which Amy immediately recognises as being from the jar at the backpackers'.
AMY: I thought I told you I don't want you hanging out there?
JIMMY: I went to see Leo.
AMY: Jimmy – that place is too old for you!
JIMMY: That's not why you banned me from going there!
AMY: Yes, it is!
JIMMY: Look, Mum, I'm sick of this. Leo doesn't want to hang out with me, and you're avoiding him! Why can't you both just get along?!
Jimmy marches off to his room.
In the kitchen, Jack is talking to Paige about her moving in with Mark. She says it only just happened, and she didn't want to disturb Jack by calling him about it. Jack for his part apologises for having been too busy to go baby shopping with her. Paige says they can go any time, but that…
PAIGE: We can cross a crib off the list.
PAIGE: Mark's already got one set up at his.
JACK: But that was for his and Sonya's baby.
PAIGE: I know, but Mark wants us to use it. And it helps – we'll save money. And then we don't have to deal with the frustration of dealing with a flat- pack.
Jack is concerned by all this, and suggests Paige could stay at No 32 till the baby's born. But she says she's fed up of being alone all the time – and that it's good for the baby, as someone will be on hand at the Brennans' if anything happens.
JACK: I just wish that someone was me.
Paige understands, but says this is the best decision for everyone. Jack looks unsure.
Amy is talking to Paul; she's feeling bad about the way she's been handling things.
AMY: I've been so obsessed about getting out of my own head, and shopping, and having fun, when I should've been making sure that this wasn't impacting Jimmy.
PAUL: Oh, come on. Nobody can blame you for wanting to blow off a bit of steam. Besides, nothing of what happened is your fault.
AMY: I can't control the circumstances, sure. But I can control the way I deal with them – you know, do things better.
PAUL: There is no wrong or right way about a situation like this. But (…) if Jimmy is that upset, then maybe it's time to take a different tack.
AMY: That really is the nicest way that anyone's ever told me I've stuffed up.
PAUL: Well, as the master of stuffing up, may I offer a suggestion? You and Leo need to get together and come up with a solution. Come on – you can't keep avoiding each other and pretending it's OK, cos nobody is buying it. Especially not Jimmy. And he is the most important one here, right?
AMY: Yeah, he is.
Paul tells her to sort it out.
Steph is talking to Toadie about her plans to rent No 32 – she's left a message on Paige's phone, and is hoping to hear back soon. But Toadie admits he was hoping Steph would move back in with Sonya and Nell, and vents his frustrations about not seeing as much of Nell as he'd like since he's moved out, while Sonya has no support.
TOADIE: I can't believe this is our reality now.
STEPH: I wish I could wave a wand and fix it, Toad.
TOADIE: Yeah, you and me both. I thought Sonya and I were taking a few steps forward today (…) We talked honestly about her kissing Mark and how that was a reaction to their grief. And I believe them. Does that change your mind at all about never moving back in?
STEPH: I know that Sonya and Mark are going through a really tough time. But I just think that it's time for me to put myself first. But if you and Son are even taking baby- steps, then that's got to be good?
TOADIE: Well, I thought things were going well. But then everything just went weird again, and I have no idea how that happened.
STEPH: I'm sorry.
TOADIE: Everything's changing. I suppose I should just get used to that. I just hate the idea of Sonya being in that house alone.
Steph points out that at least she'll still be on the same street as Sonya when she's at No 32, as is Toadie. But he doesn't look reassured.
Paige is showing Shane the back garden, as it becomes clear he's looking to live here as well as buying Harold's.
SHANE: It'll be a tidy deal if your folks agree to everything.
Shane notices the Doug- Out, Brad's shed- bar in memory of his dad Doug, and is very taken with it – quoting a bit of bush balladry which totally confuses Paige! But he says he's definitely interested in the house, and promises that there'll be an open invitation to the Doug- Out for everyone on the street if Lauren and Brad agree. Paige seems thrilled at this.
Mark has Aaron on cleaning duty in preparation for Paige's arrival. Aaron asks Mark if he's sure he's properly thought through the idea of Paige moving in, and Mark insists he has.
AARON: Come on – are you ready to have a pregnant woman in the house?
MARK: When I look at the crib, it's like someone sticking a knife in. Everything we went through – knowing Caitlin will never come home to use it. To me, it feels like we're making something good out of it all. That's a positive – I wouldn't be doing it otherwise.
AARON: Good. As long as you're looking after you, yeah?
Aaron goes out to get takeaway, just as Jack arrives. He offers Mark some help getting Paige's possessions in, but Mark says they're all sorted.
MARK: Is there anything else?
JACK: No, no, I just – I'm the baby's father, so I just –
MARK: No- one's questioning your role there. Unless you are.
Jack and Mark give each other significant looks.
Mishti is lying rather flirtatiously on one of the bunkbeds, as Leo tightens the screws to prevent further injuries. Mishti says her hand is still a bit sore.
LEO: Here's where I could say something sleazy about how I could take your mind off the pain. But I'm way too classy for anything that crass.
MISHTI: Sure you are (!) So, are you seeing anyone at the moment?
LEO: Would I be flirting this outrageously if I was?
MISHTI: I don't know you well enough to answer that! (…)
LEO: If you want to know the truth, I'm getting over someone.
MISHTI: Here's where I start to think I've misjudged you!
LEO: Suddenly I've got way more depth than you thought.
LEO: What about you? What's your status?
MISHTI: Everyone's always getting over someone, aren't they?
LEO: You tell me.
Chemistry is crackling, but they're interrupted by a text message to Leo's phone. It's from Amy, asking him to come over. “It's important. About Jimmy.”
MISHTI: Someone trying to get their hooks into you?
LEO: No. Trust me. But it's something I have to deal with.
Leo leaves, promising to catch Mishti later.
Toadie and Nell are accompanying Steph to talk to Paige about renting the house – but Paige is implausibly slow to explain that the house has already been taken, so that the reveal only comes when Steph sees that Shane is still looking around.
SHANE: Look at this! Haven't even moved in yet, and I've already got visitors!
Shane explains he's just signed for the house, and that his wife and kids are arriving tomorrow. It's awkward when he realises that Steph was hoping to rent the place herself, and he says she's always welcome here to hang out!
TOADIE: And if you get tired of living at the motel, you can always move back in with Sonya!
STEPH: Thanks, Toad. But honestly, now I've made my decision, I think I really need to branch out on my own.
Toadie is disappointed.
A family meeting has been called, comprising Amy, Jimmy, Paul, Leo and David. Amy apologises to Jimmy for how weird things have been between Leo and her, and says she doesn't want Jimmy to feel caught in the middle of that.
JIMMY: Why can't we just learn to be a family? It's not that hard, is it?
LEO: I'm mostly the one having trouble, cos I'm not really dealing with the whole ‘your grandad being my dad' thing. But that's my own issue.
JIMMY: But why does that mean we can't hang out?
AMY: The backpackers' isn't a place for young people. I mean, look what happened when Paige drank that tea that was lying around.
JIMMY: Mum, I don't even like tea.
AMY: It's not somewhere kids should be spending time. But family's important. And if Leo's up for it, I'm more than happy for you two to spend time somewhere more suitable.
JIMMY: Can we?
LEO: Yeah, totally!
DAVID: The three of us could do it together, maybe. We could go bowling, or into The City™, to the beach…
LEO: Yeah, if your mum's okay with it.
AMY: I want you three to have a relationship.
JIMMY: What about you two?
AMY: … We're working on it.
JIMMY: See how easy that was?
Paul agrees, saying sometimes you just have to work to find a way through things. But Leo's getting uncomfortable again, and says he has to go. Amy shows him out, thanking him for coming as it means a lot to Jimmy. Leo goes to leave, but says he'll text Jimmy about a catch- up.
Leo finds Mishti having a drink, and sits down to join her – remarking that he needs one too after what he's just had to deal with. She asks if their plans are still on for tonight; Leo's keen, but Mishti says to forget the drinks – he's taking her dancing, if he's up for it. Leo smiles.
Aaron and Mark are welcoming Paige to her new (or old) home – they've even arranged a balloon! Aaron sits her down and makes it clear they'll be at her beck and call.
AARON: And for the record, I've already cleared a shelf in the bathroom for you, so you don't feel too crowded by Mark's many man- sculpting products.
Aaron goes to put Paige's back in her room.
PAIGE: Wait till he finds out I go to the toilet, like, seventeen times a night. Then maybe he won't be so excited.
But Mark assures her Aaron's already been briefed.
PAIGE: Mark, if this gets hard, at any minute, you only have to say.
MARK: Paige, it's okay (…) You being here is a good thing.
Mark fetches the takeaway menu.
PAIGE: I could really get used to this whole manservant thing.
MARK: Hey, I just want you to know that you have people here that you can rely on, okay?
PAIGE: Did you ever think that it was gonna end up like this? You and me, back here, living together?
MARK: Yeah. You, pregnant to someone else!
PAIGE: To a priest, no less!
Aaron returns from the bedroom and Paige hands him the takeaway menu.
PAIGE: I think this is gonna work out perfectly.
Steph lets herself in to drop her keys off. She finds the house in a bit of a mess, and empty wine bottles on the living room table. She calls out for Sonya, but there's no answer – so she goes into the bedroom, where she finds Sonya passed out, fully clothed, on the bed. Steph is worried.
- Steph asks Sonya whether last night was just a blip, or something she needs to worry about
- Leo and Mishti continue their flirtations after their big night out
- Amy is upset to see Leo and Mishti hugging
- Elly reminds Amy that whatever she had with Leo, it can't happen. Amy replies that she knows that
- Shane tells Toadie and Karl he hasn't told his family about their new home yet
- Shane walks towards a family car pulling up in Ramsay Street…