- Brooke tells Gary that Brian is taking Jessie to Malaysia with him
- Aaron tells an apparently unconscious David that if he can't have him, he needs him to be okay
- Sheila tells Aaron that flirtatious nurse Will Dampier will ‘hit on anything with a pulse'
- Will later berates David for making a complaint about his flirting; David, who didn't, is baffled
- Susan is concerned to find a copy of an upcoming exam paper in Elly's classroom after the lesson
- Finn sneaks into No 28 and alters students' marks in Elly's paperwork
- He then manipulates Wayne into complaining to Susan about Elly unethically boosting kids' marks
Erinsborough High School
Elly and Xanthe are talking in the corridor, when Susan calls Elly into one of the classrooms for a chat. She explains that Wayne's formally complained about Elly giving students exam papers, meaning that an internal investigation has been automatically triggered. Elly is confident she's done nothing wrong, and goes home to retrieve the hard copy of her marking sheets for review.
In the corridor, Xanthe is apologising to Finn for abandoning her lookout post while he was in No 28 the other day – she had to stop Ben from going indoors. Finn says it's okay, showing her the watch he claimed he'd left in No 28. But he says they should now dial back their relationship to just one of teacher and student. Xanthe is understanding, saying Finn has to manage his stress due to his illness.
XANTHE: But if there's ever anything that I can do…
FINN: Thank you. But I need to handle this on my own.
Xanthe looks sad as Finn walks away.
Karl is annoyed to find David out of bed, and tells him he isn't going home yet – despite David's insistence that he's fine. Karl reminds him that he was unconscious for 12 hours after the accident, so needs to remain under observation to ensure his brain function isn't impaired.
David asks Karl if he knows who complained about Will Dampier – he's hoping that he can get them to retract their statement so that Will won't be in trouble with the nursing managers. Karl says he doesn't know anything, except that it wasn't a staff member or patient that complained – it must have been a visitor. David looks worried.
Paul is having a conversation with a lawyer on the phone, when Leo turns up. Paul attempts to have some ‘blokey banter' with him, but…
LEO: We're not there yet. Not even close.
Paul says he's happy to keep housing the backpackers' clients at the motel while it's being repaired, but admits he knows that Leo didn't have insurance, as he knows the guy who did the policy. Paul offers to help Leo financially, saying he's about to come into a significant amount of money as a result of his lawsuit against the Quill Group. But Leo turns him down.
LEO: I've always managed without handouts, and I'll manage this time too.
Gary proudly informs Brooke that Lassiter's the pigeon is having babies!
BROOKE: I thought it was a boy?
GARY: Well, he laid an egg!
But Brooke is more concerned with her plan to get to see Jessie while she's in Melbourne, and to that end has printed off contact details for every hotel in the city. She wants Gary to help ring around so they can locate Jessie and Brian, but he doesn't know if they'll get away with it.
Erinsborough High School
Elly tells Susan she's uploaded all her students' marks onto The Department™ database, so everything should be in order. But Susan has bad news – there are major discrepancies between those marks and the ones she put into the school system a few days ago, with a 72 becoming a 92 and a 68 becoming an 88.
SUSAN: Now, I know you; I know there's an explanation. But there are some that would use this as evidence.
ELLY: Proving Wayne's accusations.
Susan says Wayne's disgruntled about getting promotion, but doesn't see why he'd go after Elly as a result – and doesn't credit Wayne with the wherewithal to be able to frame her.
ELLY: I think there's only one person with the ability to do something like this.
SUSAN: Finn. He's played it perfectly. He knows I can't ignore clear evidence of mark- tampering.
ELLY: Just give me a few days – let me find out what he's up to.
SUSAN: Elly, we haven't got a few days. If the VIT get involved, you could be deregistered.
ELLY: But I haven't done anything wrong!
Aaron shows up to see David, who's in a bad mood. He explains that someone has made a complaint against Will for flirting with him, and asks if Aaron has said anything to anyone about Will.
AARON: You think I complained? Seriously? You think I would go and do something like that?
DAVID: When I was still unconscious – when you thought I was still unconscious – I heard what you said. About the feelings you have for me.
AARON: Okay, right. So I go and pour my heart out to you, and then you respond by accusing me of trying to torpedo some guy's career out of jealousy?! Thanks – thanks a lot, David!
Aaron storms out.
Cue a montage of Gary and Brooke ringing all the hotels in the area, to try and find Brian and Jessie. They've done 35 and had no luck so far; Brooke is despondent, but Gary says they should keep going.
BROOKE: I just want a few hours with my daughter. I just want to tell her that all the things Brian's telling her about me aren't true!
GARY: And we'll make it happen, I promise – whatever it takes.
BROOKE: You're a good man, Gary Canning.
Paul turns up to talk to Jack.
PAUL: Don't get too excited. I'm not here for any religious instruction.
JACK: So I shouldn't suggest we take our conversation to the confessional, then?
PAUL: Ha. I think that thing would burst into flames if I stepped in it.
Paul explains the reason he's here – he knows Jack is good friends with Leo, and wants him to try and convince him to accept financial help from Paul to rebuild the backpackers'.
PAUL: Pride, that's one of your deadly sins, isn't it? So advise him on being proud.
JACK: I could caution against letting emotion cloud his judgement…
PAUL: Much appreciated, thanks.
Brooke and Gary have made it through A and B in their list of hotels, and are already flagging. Gary suggests they could speak to someone in Brian's office to find out where he's staying. Brooke recalls Adrian Fisher, Brian's boss from the Perth office who also spends a lot of time in Melbourne – she's met him and has his number. It's got to be worth a try, she decides.
Brooke calls the number she has, and Adrian's PA answers – but she informs her that Adrian can't come to the phone. He's lying on the floor of his office, as his back's playing up! This gives Brooke an idea...
Erinsborough High School
Susan runs into Finn after school, and asks him directly whether he knows about any discrepancies in Elly's marking. Finn denies all knowledge, and says it wouldn't be the first time Elly had made false accusations against him.
FINN: And as her aunt, you know you're not the right person to be asking questions about this.
SUSAN: My relationship with Elly won't influence this investigation.
FINN: And how will you make sure of that?
SUSAN: I will bring others on board if I see a need.
FINN: Good. And Susan – don't leave it too long. I'd hate to see you leave yourself open to accusations of misconduct. Have a good night.
Susan looks annoyed as Finn walks away.
Brooke has now arranged for Adrian to come to the Lassiter's day spa for a massage, to treat his back pain, so they can probe him for information. Gary is worried, as Adrian knows Brooke and will therefore recognise her. But Brooke has an easy fix for this – Gary can do the massage!
BROOKE: Hello? Limber ladybird? Gary, you've always been great with your hands.
GARY: That's different!
But Brooke insists Gary can do this. He follows her out of the door, still objecting!
Susan informs Elly that Donald Cheng will be taking over the internal investigation into her marking. Elly is frustrated, and says she needs to find out if Finn is behind this. Susan warns her not to do anything hasty, but Elly marches off, promising not to make things any worse. Susan follows.
As they go, they see Gary giving Brooke a massage up against the wall of the café, in practice for Adrian! Gary and Brooke see they're being watched, and it's all very awkward – so they approach as if nothing had happened, and talk about Xanthe's school progress. Susan asks if Xanthe's ended her tuition sessions with Finn, and Brooke confirms it, saying she hardly mentions him now.
ELLY: It's good to see her focusing on the right things.
GARY: Was there something that we should be concerned about?
SUSAN: No, not at all – she's doing really well. Just keep an eye on her. It's a big year.
Brooke hurries Gary away, silently reminding him of the thing they have to do. Susan and Elly are bemused by their behaviour.
Paul is visiting David. His scans have home back clear, so he should be discharged soon, but he'll have to have a few weeks off work. Paul suggests they go on a trip together, to get to know one another better. David says he wouldn't mind an escape, explaining how he accused Aaron of reporting Will for his flirting.
PAUL: Oh, no – it wasn't Aaron who made the complaint. It was me.
DAVID: What? Why?
PAUL: Because I didn't want you harassed!
DAVID: What makes you think I was being harassed?
Paul explains that Sheila had said Will was a bit of a player, so Paul called Chris Pappas, Will's ex, who ‘didn't exactly give him a glowing report'.
DAVID: How many people have you discussed this with?
PAUL: Oh, no- one else. Well, I did mention it to Steph. Oh, and I might have mentioned it to Jimmy too. But the thing is, you are a doctor and that makes you prime real- estate to a nurse. Come on, I was just trying to protect you.
DAVID: Next time, maybe ask me first?
PAUL: … Oh, yeah.
DAVID: It's okay. It's kind of nice having a dad interfering in my life.
Lassiter's Day Spa
Gary is reminiscing about his involuntary waxing in the spa, as Brooke rubs oil on his hands in preparation for Adrian's arrival.
BROOKE: Try to focus. Just do what you did the night Xanthe was conceived.
GARY: Err –
BROOKE: Before that bit! Remember? Romantic moonlight picnic…
But Gary's getting cold feet. He says that if Brooke hasn't seen Adrian for ten years, he might not remember her. But she insists she hasn't changed a bit.
There's a knock at the door, and Brooke hides while Gary answers it – it's Adrian.
ADRIAN: Are you the masseur?
GARY: Yes I am…
Jack turns up, and finds Leo visiting David. Jack explains that Paul came to see him earlier; he wants to help Leo, and Jack thinks his intentions are good.
LEO: He has no right talking to you or anyone about this. I don't want his help.
Lassiter's Day Spa
Gary is visibly not enjoying giving Adrian a massage!
ADRIAN: A bit more pressure… Ow!
GARY: Sorry, sorry!
With Adrian face- down on the table, Brooke pokes her head through the curtain and silently encourages Gary to probe him for information. Adrian complains of sciatica pain, and Brooke leaps in to help with the massage, unbeknownst to Adrian, who continues to talk to Gary. He reveals he normally gets his massages in a hotel called Ridgeways.
ADRIAN: Our company puts everyone up there.
Brooke and Gary share an oily high- five!
ADRIAN: This is really good. Can you go a bit lower? Maybe give the glutes a rub?
Brooke escapes, leaving a very reluctant Gary to lower Adrian's towel and get to work!
Leo runs into Paul, telling him in no uncertain terms to stop interfering in his business – it's none of Paul's concern.
PAUL: Leo, you could do with my help.
LEO: Never needed it before, and I don't need it now.
Paul leaves. Meanwhile, Ben is challenging Xanthe not to think about penguins for five minutes – it's some kind of game he plays with Tyler at the garage.
BEN: Tyler once went for four minutes without thinking about zombies.
But Xanthe couldn't be less interested in the penguin/zombie game, and gets up to leave, saying ‘some of us' have more important things to think about. Ben looks dismayed.
We pan back to Leo, who's now on the phone to an associate, asking if they can start up their little ‘side business' again…
LEO: Well, I reckon you know people who'd be interested… Okay, great…
David has summoned Aaron back to apologise for accusing him of reporting Will, and explaining that Paul was the culprit.
AARON: You know I would never do something as petty as that?
DAVID: I know. You're one of the good guys.
AARON: Yeah. Well, now that's cleared up, how about we talk about the part where you pretended to be unconscious while I said how I feel. About you.
DAVID: Yeah. For the record, it was a relief to know that my feelings weren't one- sided. But I can't help thinking about what you said to me. That I should date other people. Flirting with someone else made me feel – made me understand how simple things could be. With you and me, it's always complicated. I'm so new to this. I need to know how it works. What I want. I need to date other guys.
AARON: They'll be lucky to have you.
But both look pretty regretful about it.
Gary and Brooke come in to find Xanthe studying. She mentions that she went for coffee with Ben, but is finding he's a bit immature lately.
XANTHE: I dunno. I guess I've just grown up.
GARY: You haven't seen that tutor Finn lately?
XANTHE: No, Dad, he has his own life. Besides, right now, for me it's all about becoming a nurse. Florence Nightingale is my inspiration.
GARY: Well, tell her I said thank you!
XANTHE: Sure, Dad (!)
Xanthe banishes Gary to the kitchen so she can concentrate. Brooke is already in there, and reveals that she's confirmed that Brian and Jessie are booked into the Ridgeways hotel. Now all they need to do is wait for them to check in, then show up and wait for Jessie to come downstairs.
GARY: Are you sure you're still up for this?
- Tim Collins suggests Sonya save herself the embarrassment and step down as mayor
- Susan and Elly are concerned that Sonya doesn't seem 100% during a speech at The Waterhole
- Toadie tells Sonya he wasn't there for her, and would do anything to change it