- Tim informing Paul that Leo is resuming illegally gambling again.
- Leo turning down Paul's offer of help.
- Mark disbelieving that Sonya could have been involved in the backpackers accident.
- Sonya telling Toadie that taking Nell away from her isn't her idea of him not hurting her.
- Will and David kissing.
- Aaron telling Will to stay away from David after being unamused at the telephone conversation he's overheard.
Aaron spots David and Leo walking through the complex and heads in the opposite direction! The brothers are chatting about David's date and he thinks it went okay and asks for advice on how long to wait before he calls Will. Leo's advice is to text rather than call, to keep it simple but adds that if things go well, he can't take Will home this afternoon as he's got someone else coming to the apartment.
DAVID: A hot date?
LEO: Yes, something like that.
David is happy to keep away and Leo's gets another message on his phone – from Phillip asking when the game is. Leo has lied to his brother as to why his phone is going mental, putting the messages down to being work related.
Toadie and Sonya have had to resort to text messages to arrange who is caring for Nell. He's also unsure whether to believe his wife when she says that she can look after Nell but unfortunately, he's got something else to worry about – building up his law practice again… and his mum who's just walked into the kitchen!
Dipi and the kids seem thrilled to see Angie, Shane less so when she goes on about what a success his solar powered lawn mower is going to be when it goes nationwide. She then escorts the girls out of the kitchen when Angie reveals why she's in town – she's heard about Sonya courtesy of the West Warratah Star.
TOADIE: How? They don't believe they deliver to Colac.
ANGIE: Well ah, I believe you kids would call it the internet! I mean you never tell me what's going on up here but those headlines never disappoint.
Sonya gets off the phone with bad news – in her previous role as mayor, she ordered trees from her nursery to help beautify Erinsborough for the competition. Unfortunately, she forgot to sign off the paperwork on the tender before ordering all the trees and is now heavily out of pocket, so much that it could financially bury her. Steph asks if things are really that bad, which Sonya confirms it is. She also doesn't want to approach Toadie for him to help bail her out because she doubts he's got any money either after being scammed by Andrea.
SONYA: And even if he had, I don't want anything from him at this point.
Steph wonders if being so hard lined means she can't dig herself out of this mess but Sonya's plan is to work hard to get her business back on track.
Mishti gives Leo a pep talk on not giving up hope that the police will get whoever is responsible when she spots him at the backpackers. He's confused over why she's taking a keen interest in what has happened.
MISHTI: I feel bad for you, that's all.
LEO: So you really do care?!
MISHTI: Your brother's so lovely and you're such a flirt, how did that happen?!
LEO: Maybe I can surprise you?
MISHTI: Maybe, probably not!
They then go on to talk about David being out on a date before he asks her out for a drink. She politely turns him down as she just wants to be friends with him although is curious to know why he's taking the chairs out of the backpackers and he explains he's storing them at home.
Toadie decides he's had enough of the small talk and just wishes his mum would get to the point! After the others conveniently decide to leave, Toadie is annoyed at his mum visiting especially when he reassured her at Easter.
ANGIE: I can't imagine what it's like watching Sonya slide down into disgrace.
TOADIE: She has an addiction issue, it is nothing to be ashamed of.
Angie doesn't think giving it a fancy name glosses over what Sonya has done and wants to know if it's affected Nell. She asks if Sonya has been “on the sauce” around Nell?
TOADIE: Sonya is committed to getting herself better.
ANGIE: You haven't answered my question.
TOADIE: Right now, she's at an AA meeting at the Community Centre and as far as I am aware, Sonya has never put Nell in any danger.
Angie asks that he doesn't get blinded by the love he has for Sonya for what is right for Nell. “I won't, Nell comes first always,” he reassures his mum with.
Sonya, and the others, listen as one of the members describes how he's being tempted by a poker session, so she suggests he throws away the information of where it's going to be to get rid of the temptation. “Who needs easy cash?” the guy jokes before scrunching up the piece of paper and passes if off to Sonya before she starts talking to the group. “Well done, you will not regret this,” the session organiser tells the guy.
Sonya decides she wants to speak to the group, but what she fails to notice is that Angie is hovering outside the front door.
Commercial break later and Angie eavesdrops as Sonya tells everyone about how she lost her job as mayor and that her husband thinks she isn't strong enough to look after their daughter anymore.
SONYA: And I guess that just I'm starting to think that maybe he's right. I mean, he says that my drinking is going to put her in danger and I keep telling him that it won't. But if I'm being honest, I'm blacking out, and I just can't remember what happens. I'm in a really dark place right now and I know I'm going to get out of it. I will. I have to. I mean, I'm not going to let my addiction keep me away from another one of my kids, I'm not. So I'm going to, I'm going to fight to keep my daughter with me and I'm going to prove my husband wrong.
David walks alongside Amy and Jack talking about his date. Amy is chuffed he got a kiss on his first date but is less so when she hears he's texted Will 5 times without a reply! David now thinks he is a stalker, which the others reassure him he isn't. “Why is this stuff so easy for other people?” he bemoans but Amy quickly reassures him that it isn't, she's declared herself “the worst dater in the world!” She thinks there could be a million reasons why Will hasn't texted back and when she looks to Jack for back up, he doesn't give her that, instead asks David what is going on with him and Aaron? He mentions that he saw Aaron talking with Will earlier and that it got all agro between them. David doesn't look pleased and gets up and leaves.
Out beside the pool, Mark doesn't look too enthralled at watching Aaron practice a dance routine because he isn't the target audience and is relived to go inside when David appears.
Aaron knows why David is around and explains about the conversation he overheard Will making. “You're not my boyfriend,” David angrily reminds him and he's not his ex either but does want to know why he is acting like one! Aaron doesn't say anything, so David tells him to concentrate on what he's doing and to stay out of his business.
Mishti tries to avoid having a conversation with her sister about Leo, regardless of how many times she mentions his name! Dipi tells her to go for it, she's got to let her hair down and may even enjoy herself.
The ladies (and Kirsha) head outside to the backyard, swapping places with Toadie and Shane. Toadie hopes that his mum has heeded his warning as he doesn't fancy getting the lawyers involved particularly as he's no money.
Angie comes calling to see her daughter- in- law and starts off all nice with her, asking how she is (fine) before telling Sonya that she knows she's gone off the rails lately. Sonya doesn't deny the fact but reassures her mother- in- law that she's on top of things and it won't happen again. Angie isn't letting it lie though, because “someone has to ask the question.” Sonya repeats what she's said to Toadie – that Nell is happy and safe.
ANGIE: Until you blackout and can't remember where you've left her. Now I hope that won't happen but certainly you need time to sort yourself out and Nell needs love and support.
Angie then goes on to say the best place for that is with Toadie at #32 but Sonya is adamant that she can provide everything that Nell needs and wants things settled by the court.
ANGIE: Neither of you can afford a court battle.
SONYA: Well no we can't, not after your son gave that woman $100,000.
ANGIE: Now don't you underestimate him Sonya, he might let you have Nell for the time being, but sooner or later this custody case is going to happen and we both know who will win. If you really want to do the right thing by Nell, leave her with her dad.
The only thing Sonya can say to that is to order Angie out of the house!
Mark has no new information on who was responsible for the accident as he helps Leo move some more of the stuff out of the building and into a secure storage facility. Leo comments that he's beginning to sound like Mishti and is shocked when Mark says she is an ex- cop although adds that it does explain a lot! “She clearly doesn't want to talk about her past,” Mark adds and had to force out what he's discovered so far from her.
Sonya finishes a call to the childcare providers (money issues it would appear from what we heard) when Dipi drops by. She tries to reassure her sister- in- law not to let Angie get to her after Sonya opened up to say what was annoying her. “It's easy for you to say, she likes you,” Sonya points out and Dipi lets her into a secret as to why – agreeing with her mother- in- law!
SONYA: I tried to do that in the beginning but it didn't make any difference, I mean she has had it in for me from the beginning. She hates me!
DIPI: I wouldn't worry about that, everything she says about you comes from a place of concern.
Sonya wants to know what Angie has been saying about her, but Jack interrupts their chat to say there has been a mix up with an order. Turns out the flowers for the church have arrived a week early and Sonya agrees to cover the cost and deliver again correctly next week.
After finding out why David is hanging out in the café, Amy asks instead if he managed to catch up with Aaron. David replies he did and explains that Will was making fun of him behind his back. Initially he didn't want to believe Aaron but got it corroborated by someone else at the hospital. “Plenty more fish in the sea,” Amy replies trying to cheer her brother up and while it does get a wee smile from David, she then adds that she wants to punch folk when they say that phrase to her but does reassure him that it does get better.
AMY: It hasn't for me yet, but I'm sure there is a gorgeous and honourable guy out there for both of us you know, maybe even more than one.
Amy then starts singing Aaron's praises and David gets the hint – he will text him to apologise.
DAVID: But we can't even get our friendship to work, probably best if we just give each other some space.
“Are you sure?” Amy asks and David replies “yes” and wants to priorities getting his strength back.
Mishti rocks up, dressed to the nines but Leo refuses to let her into the apartment, talking to her in the lobby instead. He is happy to have drinks with her later although given how she's stomped off, I doubt that will be happening!
Sonya tries and fails to sort something out with whoever is supplying her for the now not required council trees.
Things have gotten to Sonya again and she's back on the booze, having drunk what looks like a bottle of wine, accompanied appropriately to a song called ‘Bottle!' She then remembers the bit of paper from the guy at the AA meeting – which has the address (Eclipse Apartments) and the time the game begins (2.30).
As the apartment is set up for the card game, Leo debates sending Mishti a text and decides in the end not to.
As the other players enter, Leo is very much surprised to see Sonya rock up to the apartment. She tells him that she wants into the game.
- Sonya playing poker.
- Steph giving Paul some advice.
- Shane reassuring his sister- in- law.
- Toadie having words to his brother about keeping secrets from his wife.
- Mark refusing his brothers help.