- Piper looks scared as someone reverses Amy's ute into the backpackers'
- Leo turns down Paul's offer of financial help to get the backpackers' back up and running
- Aaron encourages David to date other guys
- But he's jealous when he sees Will Dampier flirting with David in the hospital
- David says he's now of the view that Aaron was right about him dating other people
- Susan tells Finn that she has no plans to go anywhere, and to shut the door on his way out
- Terese asks Finn to move out, and he overhears her apologising to Susan for not doing it sooner
- Xanthe catches Finn with a handful of Piper's painkillers
Finn is a little lost for words to explain to Xanthe what he's doing with Piper's pills - and his problems are compounded when Piper herself hobbles in.
PIPER: Whoever invented crutches is pure evil!
Eventually Finn comes up with the story that Tyler asked him to check up on Piper and make sure she was taking her medication. Piper completely buys this, and tells Finn she's sorry that Terese is making him move out. This is news to Xanthe, who asks why. Finn says he thinks Terese wants only family around now that Piper's home. He hasn't got another place yet, but says he'll be fine.
Jack and Leo are playing video games when David comes home from hospital, accompanied by Amy and Paul. David says he's feeling okay, but Paul and Leo are already fussing over him, competing over who can be the most attendant to his needs. David says they don't need to fuss; Paul pointedly tells David that he's here for him whether he likes it or not. It's clearly aimed at Leo, not David.
Elly is questioning Ben about his past tutoring sessions with Finn - she wants to know if he ever said anything out-of-line. Ben says not, but comments that Finn was always at him to chase his dreams of being a mechanic, and encouraging him to leave school.
BEN: Wouldn't really have done it without him pushing me.
ELLY: Did he push you too far?
Elly points out that Finn would have known it wouldn't look too good for Susan if Ben left school. Ben's perplexed and wants to know why she's asking, so Elly reluctantly tells him that Finn has been making a play for Susan's job.
The fussing over David continues.
DAVID: You guys are making me feel like I'm on my last breath!
There's a knock at the door.
LEO: Maybe that's the undertaker now!
He opens the door. It's Tim Collins.
PAUL: Oh. You weren't far off.
Tim Collins invites himself in.
TIM COLLINS (to Leo): Ooh, this looks cosy. A perfectly functional family - apart from the fact that you hate your father and you've got the hots for your sister!
PAUL: Oh, go home, Tim.
TIM COLLINS (to Jack): What does the priest think of all this? There must be sin in here somewhere?
Leo takes Tim Collins outside.
LEO: Are you here for a reason? Or to prove once again what a bottom-feeder you are?
Tim Collins explains that he wants to make Leo an offer for the backpackers' - passing Leo a figure which Leo says is half of what it's worth. Tim Collins replies that the backpackers' is 'damaged goods now', so Leo may as well take what he can get. What's more, Tim has heard about Leo having no insurance - and he thinks it would be a good business for his daughter Courtney to run.
TIM COLLINS: And I like getting things for a steal. You've got to remember that the new mayor - he's a golfing buddy of mine. And I have a feeling he's not going to be approving the reopening, no matter how good the repairs are.
But Leo stubbornly tells Tim that the backpackers' is not for sale, then rejoins the others indoors, insisting that everything is fine. Paul looks worried.
Jack comes in and finds Aaron at the bar. Aaron has a sports bag with him which he quickly removes from the bar when Jack sits down. Jack reports that David is back from hospital, and that he's sure he'd be keen to see Aaron. But Aaron says things are weird between them right now - and anyway, he has to work. He's evasive when Jack asks him what the work entails.
AARON: Erm, same old stuff, really.
JACK: Brand Enthusiasm?
AARON: Yeah, more or less. Presentations, smoke and mirrors - that sort of thing.
But when Jack asks for help getting 'bums on seats' at the church, Aaron looks uncomfortable and says he's probably not Jack's man! He leaves with his curious sports bag.
Meanwhile, Susan and Karl are discussing Finn at a table nearby. Karl is justifying his decision to accost Finn in the street, but Susan says that riling Finn up won't help, so to steer clear next time. Ben comes in to speak to them.
BEN: I wanted to say sorry, if my leaving school made you look bad.
SUSAN: Where's this come from?
BEN: Elly said something (...) She said Finn's gunning for your job. I don't want to make things harder for you.
Karl and Susan insist that the situation has nothing to do with Ben. But Ben says that if getting him to leave school was just Finn's way of making Susan look bad, he may have made his decision too quickly. Karl encourages him to talk to Tyler about his options, but Susan tells Ben to put it out of his mind; she'll sort it out.
Erinsborough High School
Night. Finn stalks the corridors, then walks into Susan's office. He takes a jar of multivitamins from her desk drawer, empties it onto the desk, then replaces the tablets with what appear to be Piper's painkillers. He then returns the vitamin jar to the drawer, scoops up the vitamin tablets, puts them in the painkiller jar, and leaves with it.
Paul asks Leo why Tim Collins was here, but Leo only gives sarcastic answers, and won't divulge the true reason. Paul again offers his help, but Leo reminds him that he doesn't want it.
PAUL: It's better coming from me than from the very devil himself.
LEO: That's debatable.
Paul's about to leave, but David asks him to stay - there's something he wants him to do for him. Leo isn't in a mood for new-family-time, and leaves. On his way, he lets Will Dampier in, who's come to see David. It turns out that David wanted Paul to stay so that he could apologise to Will for making a complaint to the hospital about his flirting!
Paul's reluctant to apologise, but David and Amy spur him on - and Will accepts his apology.
DAVID: Great. Glad we got that sorted.
WILL: So was that the only reason you invited me round?
DAVID: Not exactly. Want to go for a drink?
Will is keen - but says tonight is his only night off. David is flustered at the prospect of it being so soon, but goes with it.
DAVID: Tonight's great! I'd love to!
Ben is talking to Tyler about the possibility of going back to school, and delaying his apprenticeship until after he's finished his VCE. Ben thinks he may as well finish Year 12, since he was so close to the end. Tyler tells him to think about it some more, and that he'll have a word with Lucas if that's what Ben decides to do.
Xanthe turns up.
XANTHE: Hey, boyfriend! Bestie's boyfriend!
She swiftly relays Piper's 'thanks' for Tyler pestering Finn to ensure she took her medication. Tyler just as swiftly confirms that he did no such thing. Xanthe makes out that Finn must have meant Terese, not Tyler - but she looks suspicious.
Paul is on the phone on the balcony, emphatically telling someone, 'No less than 12 - that is my figure. Well, you go back and tell them I'm not budging.' He comes back inside and helps Amy pick out the best top for David to wear on his date with Will.
AMY: That one's lovely, and that one's... smart. Just a little bit uptight. Like you.
DAVID: Oh, what was I thinking? I'm not ready to date!
But Amy and Paul continue to be encouraging. When queried on his turnaround, Paul admits he doesn't think Will's the man of David's dreams, but he knows that David likes him, so he hopes he's wrong!
DAVID: This is so weird! Having my sister and my dad help pick out clothes for a date. With a guy.
AMY: Well, a lot can change in a few months!
PAUL: Yeah. I'm just glad I can help. Wish Leo would let me do the same.
DAVID: If he gets desperate enough, he'll see sense.
PAUL: Yeah, I guess. I suppose I'll just have to keep trying, won't I?
Tyler lifts Piper out of her chair and carries her towards the back door, so they can go out and see the stars. She mentions that she's still having nightmares about the accident, and Tyler is concerned. Xanthe and Ben are about to follow them outside, but Finn then comes in - and Ben goes into the garden alone, looking at Finn suspiciously as he leaves.
Now they're alone, Xanthe tells Finn that she knows Tyler didn't ask him to check on Piper's medication, and asks him for the real reason he had her pills. Finn claims he's been stressed out, which gives him really bad headaches.
FINN: Today, Karl had a go at me; I had one come on so hard, I couldn't see straight. Then I saw Piper's painkillers -
XANTHE: Do you know how dangerous that is? Taking someone else's medication?
FINN: I know. I wasn't thinking straight. If you want to tell Piper or Terese, I understand.
XANTHE: I know you know it was wrong. So I won't tell anyone. But next time, can you promise that you'll be honest with me?
FINN: I will. I promise.
Ben appears behind Xanthe, again looking suspiciously at Finn. He asks if Xanthe's coming outside, and she follows him out, while Finn goes upstairs to pack his bags. Finn is confused as to why Ben is giving him the evil eye...
Will and David are on their date.
WILL: She hit the brakes before the stairs.
WILL: I've got to say, usually the runaway nana story gets a bigger laugh.
DAVID: Sorry! I'm just a bit nervous.
WILL: Of me?
DAVID: Of everything! I'm kind of new to all this. And I have a knack for stuffing things up. Making them weird.
WILL: Well, that's lucky, because I love weird.
Tim Collins is sitting nearby, and watches the lovebirds with interest. Paul comes in.
TIM COLLINS: Oh, you've come to chaperone! Didn't think that was your style.
PAUL: I'm here about Leo.
TIM COLLINS: Oh, right - son number two. Oh, no, wait - is that son number twelve? I just keep losing track.
Paul tells Tim Collins that Leo isn't intimidated by him, but Tim says he wants the backpackers' and that Leo can't afford to keep it. What's more, he tells Paul that Leo is planning an illegal poker game tomorrow, which he thinks will make him enough cash to cover his repair bill.
TIM COLLINS: Smart kid you've got there, Paul. Real smart.
Paul doesn't have a comeback for that. So instead, he just dips his finger in Tim's glass of wine, before walking out! Tim looks rather upset!
Xanthe, Piper, Ben and Tyler are coming in from the garden, just as Finn is about to leave with his packed bags. He explains he's renting a room at Robinson's. Xanthe tells him to look after himself as he goes.
Once Finn's gone, Tyler asks why he's moving out. Piper explains that Terese is being loyal to Susan because of her and Elly's differences with Finn over 'school stuff'.
XANTHE: Yeah, and relationship stuff. Miss Conway's letting her baggage about men get in the way of how everyone perceives him. It's ridiculous.
BEN: Actually, it's not. He's trying to take my grandma's job (...) Remember how he was pushing me to leave school? It was just to make Grandma look bad.
Ben confirms he's thinking about returning to school as a result.
XANTHE: What, because of some stupid conspiracy theory about Mr K?
PIPER: Well, it's not that out there.
XANTHE: It's ridiculous. And Ben is just being completely immature.
BEN: It's immature to want to finish school?
XANTHE: (...) What I'm saying is, how are we supposed to support your decisions when you keep flip-flopping?
BEN: Why are you so quick to defend everything this guy does?
XANTHE: I'm not! I just...
BEN: I'm your boyfriend! Not him!
Will has walked David home after their date.
WILL: Next time, you'll have to tell me some stories... If there is a next time.
DAVID: I hope so. I had a really good time.
WILL: See? I'm not so scary.
DAVID: No. Far from it.
WILL: But, at the risk of causing you to panic again...
Will leans in and kisses David on the lips. David smiles, then looks nervous.
DAVID: I'd invite you in, but -
WILL: Hey. I'm in no rush. Tonight was great - let's leave it at that. Until next time?
DAVID: Until next time!
David wears a huge grin on his face as Will walks away.
Leo gets a text from a 'Phillip H', saying, 'count me in tomorrow'. Paul comes in, and reveals he knows about the illegal poker game - and that Tim Collins told him about it.
PAUL: Listen - I realise that you need cash fast. But a poker game's not the way to go about it. These things never end well. They're run by grifters who will fleece you out of your money.
LEO: I know. I am one of those grifters you're talking about. I'm running the game - taking a percentage of the pot.
PAUL: Okay. You do realise that, once you do that, you're the one who goes down if the police raid the place? And what then, hey? No money, no backpackers'?
LEO: Since when have you had a problem with operating outside of the law?
PAUL: This is different.
LEO: Why? Because you feel some sort of responsibility for me now?
PAUL: Alright. Well if you won't do it for me, do it for David.
LEO: Look, Collins is circling like a vulture. I need the money fast; I don't have a choice.
PAUL: Look - taking a loan from me is far less risky than a poker game. Please, let me do this for you.
LEO: ... No way. It may be a little risky. But it's better than getting into debt with you. So unless you want in, I suggest you get out of my way.
Paul reluctantly leaves.
Erinsborough High School
Early the next morning, Elly is surprised to find Susan already in work. Susan admits she's trying to distract herself - she's worried about Finn, and says she wishes Elly hadn't spoken to Ben about it all. Elly apologises, but says she just felt useless - and realised that Finn used Ben to make Susan look bad. Susan replies that they don't know that for sure.
SUSAN: Mind you, I wouldn't put anything past Finn right now.
She adds that Donald Cheng will take some time to sift through Elly's old assessments. Elly suggests she go back to Sydney at the weekend, and chat to a few of Finn's old colleagues, to try and ascertain whether he's done things like this in the past. Susan is reluctant for Elly to go, but when Elly promises to tread carefully, Susan agrees to the plan, saying it might uncover something useful.
Susan goes into her drawer to fetch what she thinks are the multivitamins, but struggles to open the jar. Elly does it for her, and passes some pills back to Susan, who swallows them...
Aaron finds Jack having a coffee at a table. Jack asks how Aaron's presentation went yesterday, and Aaron is once again evasive, before saying that it went well. He appears to be aching.
JACK: Bit physical, was it?
AARON: Yeah. I guess I get into it these days.
Aaron quickly escapes to the bar, where Will is having a phone conversation. Aaron listens with concern.
WILL: Yeah, he's one of the doctors... He's cute, but totally green... I know. He's so keen! ... Yeah. I could've pushed it last night, but he's fresh out of Narnia... Err, nah. Catch and release only...
Furious to hear David described in such terms, Aaron grabs the phone from Will.
AARON: You'd better watch your mouth, mate! You know, David isn't some toy for your own entertainment!
WILL: Why don't you mind your own business, 'mate'?
AARON: He deserves more than some idiot nurse who's only trying to rack up his own numbers!
WILL: What are you? His mother?
Aaron grabs Will by the collar and shouts in his face.
AARON: Look, I'm only gonna tell you once! You stay away from him!
Aaron leaves Will looking annoyed, while Jack, who's been watching, looks worried in the background.
- Leo encourages David not to play games if he likes Will
- Leo tells Mishti that friends can still have fun together
- Angie says it's nice to have one son she doesn't have to worry about
- Shane, Toadie and Dipi look awkward
- Angie tells Sonya that a custody case will happen - and they both know who'll win