- Aaron and Mishti celebrate their new business venture with Dipi and Shane
- Piper rants to Susan and Elly about the disgusting treatment of women in video games
- While filming a vlog on the topic, Piper references her ex- boyfriend Chas ‘forcing' her to go to Perth
- Piper gets a text message from Chas thanking her for publicly humiliating him
- Elly and Susan bring abusive comments on the vlog to Piper's attention
- Mark tells Sonya that Andrea Somers' daughter Willow is 15, not 13
- Willow tells a broken Toadie that she wishes he really was her dad. Toadie agrees
- Sonya catches a stalker creeping about the house – only to discover that it's Willow
Sonya asks Willow whether Andrea is back in Erinsborough with her, but Willow says she's still in England. Ben turns up, surprised to see Willow, who is a little hurt from her fall. Sonya insists on taking her to the hospital, and they leave Ben looking shocked.
Mishti and Aaron are showing Amy and Toadie around their new gym business. Neither seem particularly impressed, with Amy commenting that it seems ‘basic' and Toadie highlighting the lack of showers. But Aaron points out that this is a ‘no- frills workout space', Mishti adding that it encourages people to help each other achieve their fitness goals.
AARON: You pretty much work out till you spew.
TOADIE: Wow. You've painted an awesome picture (!)
Toadie declares that working out at The Shed is not his cup of tea – at which point he takes a phone call from Sonya.
TOADIE: You're kidding me… I'll be there as soon as I can.
Sonya has a flashback to before the Andrea reveal, with Toadie criticising her for trying to find holes in ‘Dee' and Willow's story.
TOADIE: They are who they say they are. So can you please stop trying to find holes in their story?
Back in the present, Sonya watches as Karl examines Willow – she only has a sprained arm. He prepares to take some patient details, but Willow seems a bit shifty about that. When Karl says they usually require a guardian's signature, Willow says she's 16 now, so doesn't need one.
Toadie bursts in. He's glad to see Willow isn't badly hurt, but adds…
TOADIE: We need some serious answers.
Piper, Tyler and Terese are reading some of the vicious comments on Piper's vlog. One says ‘you need a man to shut you up'; another tells her to ‘drive off a cliff'; and Tyler can't even repeat the third one as it's so rude (my guess – ‘rack off, loser').
TERESE: How can people write this stuff? How can they even think it?
PIPER: They're just a bunch of basement- dwellers who are scared of women.
TYLER: No, no – I'm gonna track down every single one of them, and smash them. At the very least pulverise Chas.
But Piper reminds Tyler what happened when he lost his temper with T- Bone, the obnoxious Canadian backpacker, saying he'll only get into trouble. Piper is preparing to reply to the trolls, but Terese and Tyler don't think it's a good idea.
TYLER: All these idiots want is attention. Don't give it to them.
PIPER: So what? I'm just supposed to sit here and do nothing?
TERESE: Look, I just think if you want it to blow over, then you're gonna have to.
PIPER: That's the thing, Mum. I don't just want this to blow over. Someone needs to make these guys realise what massive chauvinists they're being. If I don't do it, then who will?
Willow says she understands if Toadie and Sonya want to call the cops. Toadie says he doesn't think that's necessary, and Sonya rolls her eyes.
TOADIE: I do want to know why you're here.
SONYA: Did your mother send you?
WILLOW: I ran away. I just couldn't take it anymore; she's such a liar.
SONYA: Why did you come all the way back here?
WILLOW: After you left, we were supposed to track down my real dad. Mum had an address, so we checked it out. He wasn't there.
TOADIE: Then what did you do?
WILLOW: Nothing. Mum just gave up. That's when I realised she actually didn't care at all. Things got pretty awful between us. I was so upset at her after everything she did; I couldn't even talk to her. But then she promised she'd pay you guys back, so I decided to give her a second chance. I even got a job working at a chicken shop, just to help pay you guys back faster. Then one day, Mum told me to quit. Said it was time we moved on again. That's when I finally realised – she was only saying she'd pay you guys back to stop me hassling her. We got into a massive fight, and when she went to bed I packed a bag, and caught the tube to Heathrow. I'd saved enough money at the chicken shop for a one- way flight.
SONYA: And no- one questioned you at the airport?
WILLOW: I had a valid passport, and I'm old enough to fly alone.
SONYA: You said you'd been here a few days. Where have you been staying?
WILLOW: Wherever I could.
TOADIE: You should've come to me straight away.
WILLOW: I didn't think you'd want to see me. And then when I got here, I saw you guys were living apart. I'm guessing that's Mum's fault. Anyway, so I decided not to hassle you guys. Instead I started doing things for you, as a way to say sorry.
SONYA: So you cleaned up the nursery? You brought my bins in?
TOADIE: Have you spoken with your mum since you got here?
WILLOW: I called her when I first arrived. Told her what I'd done. She said I was an idiot. We haven't spoken since.
Toadie asks for Willow's phone; he's going to call Andrea from it, so she doesn't know it's him ringing.
TOADIE: We need to sort this mess out.
Willow hands the phone over, and Toadie goes out into the corridor, followed by Sonya.
SONYA: Do you think she's telling the truth?
TOADIE: She seems genuine.
SONYA: She's lied to us before.
TOADIE: Because Andrea made her.
SONYA: Well, who's to say she's not making her do it now? Andrea could be back in the country, and she's sent Willow to spy on us or something.
TOADIE: No – no, it doesn't make any sense. There's nothing left to get out of us. Besides, I can't imagine Andrea risking re- entering the country when she's wanted for fraud.
SONYA: It's just very unsettling.
TOADIE: Which is why I need to call Andrea, and find out what's going on.
SONYA: She's fooled you before, Jarrod.
TOADIE: Yes. And because of that I know what to expect. I won't be fooled again.
He goes to make the call, and Sonya looks worried.
An angry- looking Piper is typing on her laptop when Susan turns up – she's come to see how Piper's doing following all the abusive comments. Piper explains she's decided to write a response to the trolls, and proudly goes to show Susan her work. Susan doesn't doubt it's excellent work, but advises Piper against posting it – saying that the trolls are just likely to hit back even harder and nastier.
SUSAN: The sort of person that writes this stuff, they're completely incapable of listening to reason.
PIPER: (…) So I just have to suck this up and ignore them?
SUSAN: No, I think you got your point across in the original vlog. These men aren't interested in intelligent conversation. They're just harassing you. Turn your phone off, turn your computer off – don't engage.
PIPER: That feels like I'm letting them win.
SUSAN: I know. I know that's hard. But sometimes the winning move is not to play.
Piper smiles resignedly.
Aaron runs into Mark outside No 24. Aaron tells Mark that he and Mishti have decided to go into business together after all.
AARON: I know that everything I've ever done has always stuffed up. But Mark, this just feels different (…)
MARK: Well, if that's the way you feel, then I'm with you all the way.
Mark says he only expressed concerns because he wanted Aaron to think about it first – but now he can see that that's what Aaron has done.
MARK: I can't wait to come down and check it out.
As Mark goes down the drive, Sonya approaches, and tells him about Willow being back. Sonya admits she doesn't know whether she believes Willow's story. If Andrea's here with her, Sonya says, she needs to be found, so they have a chance of getting some of their money back. Mark says the police would have been alerted if Andrea came back into the country.
MARK: Unless she was on a false passport.
SONYA: Well, I wouldn't put it past her.
Sonya explains that Toadie has already tried to call Andrea using Willow's phone, but that Andrea's number has been disconnected. Mark heads off to speak to Willow.
Willow is with Toadie and Mishti, unpacking her things. Shane and Yashvi come in; Shane is shouting at Yashvi for not cleaning up after Clancy the dog.
YASHVI: I did!
SHANE: Then why is there a dog pile on my shoe?
Toadie introduces Willow to Shane and Yashvi. Willow goes to have a shower, while Yashvi is given the task of scraping the dog excrement from Shane's shoe! Shane tells Toadie it's great that Willow is here – this might be the breakthrough he needs to get his money back from Andrea. But Toadie says he's more concerned about Willow.
SHANE: Mate, she caught a plane halfway across the world all by herself. I reckon she's doing alright.
TOADIE: She's still a kid. Who knows how all this stuff with her mum has affected her.
Kirsha comes in, and says Mark is here to him. Toadie goes out to talk to Mark.
KIRSHA (to Shane): And who was that girl standing next to Mishti? She smells funny. And why do you smell like poo?
Mark tells Toadie he wants to speak to Willow. Toadie asks how he knew she was here; Mark explains Sonya told him.
MARK: She's a little worried. And you can't really blame her.
Toadie confirms that Andrea's phone number has been disconnected; apparently, she changes her number regularly so she can't be tracked. Mark asks for the number so he can pass it on to the investigators chasing Andrea. Toadie agrees, but reiterates that retrieving his money from Andrea isn't the most pressing issue here – Willow is all alone in Erinsborough without parents.
TOADIE: Unless she can prove financial independence, which of course she can't, she's gonna end up in the foster system. And I don't know if I like that idea so much.
MARK: Okay. Well let's just focus on finding Andrea.
Sonya is talking to Susan about Willow. She knows Toadie may be annoyed with her for going to Mark, she says, but she really just needed peace of mind.
SUSAN: You have every right to be cautious.
SONYA: What if she's telling the truth?
Sheila appears from nowhere.
SHEILA: Oh, please! They say that the apple never falls far from the tree, and that Willow was a rotten one, guaranteed.
SUSAN: Well, let's not forget that Willow was just as much a victim of her mother's actions as everyone else.
SHEILA: That little miss went along with everything! Pretending to be Toadie's daughter!
SUSAN: Grudgingly. Obviously her conscience got to her. That's why she didn't speak for the last few weeks she was here.
SONYA: Yeah, you're probably right.
Sheila tuts in disapproval and walks off.
SUSAN: Do you honestly think that Willow would let her mother drag her into another scam?
SONYA: I hope not. I just think that after this whole Andrea mess, Jarrod is trying to make things right. And maybe Willow's a part of that. But I just think he's doing it regardless of his own feelings. I mean, if these guys bond, and then it turns out to be a lie, he's just not going to be able to cope with it.
SUSAN: Don't dismiss your own feelings in this – it must be very hard on you having Willow back.
SONYA: It is! It is. She looks so much like her mother. Every time I look at her, all I can see is Andrea and Jarrod just…
Susan puts a comforting arm on Sonya's shoulder.
SONYA: I know it's not her fault, okay? I know that. But it's just bad timing. You know, I've been feeling good – I've been feeling back on track. And really, this is just the last thing that I need.
Sonya sees a waiter walking past with alcoholic drinks, and says she's going to contact her AA sponsor ‘just in case'.
Ben rushes in breathlessly, having been summoned by Yashvi.
BEN: What's the big emergency?
YASHVI: Oh, nothing really – I just said that to get you down here.
Yashvi wants the inside scoop on Willow, saying that Toadie and Shane are being all hush- hush about her and Mark was asking questions.
YASHVI: So I know something juicy's going on.
Ben explains Willow's backstory for Yashvi and viewers who aren't up to speed – namely, how Willow is the daughter of Andrea, who pretended to be Toadie's dead wife Dee.
YASHVI: Is she dodgy, like her mum?
BEN: No – no. She did lie about her age. Pretending to be younger than she was so she could pass as Toadie's kid. And there was this one time at school where she got into some trouble with Piper over some fake IDs. But she's not a bad person.
Yashvi looks intrigued.
Yashvi is excitedly reporting back to Kirsha on Willow's fake ID expertise.
YASHVI: I wonder if she still makes them?
Kirsha smacks Yashvi!
KIRSHA: Don't you dare get involved with her. She's scary.
YASHVI: You say scary, I say cool.
SHANE: And I say we all need to go to the supermarket, and get some things for dinner.
He tells them they can ‘set a few things straight' on the way there. Shane and the girls head out, just as Toadie and Willow come in. Toadie confirms to Willow that Andrea has ditched her phone and left the flat they were living in in London, with no forwarding address or number.
TOADIE: Unless he contacts you.
WILLOW: She won't. Not if she knows I'm here and the cops are on her tail.
TOADIE: Right. So that leaves us the question of what to do with you. Is there any friends, any family, anyone that we could call?
Willow shakes her head.
TOADIE: Cos if there's not, you're probably gonna end up in state care.
WILLOW: I'm 16 now. I can look after myself.
TOADIE: Not without leaving school.
WILLOW: Then I go into care for a year or two. Nothing I can't deal with.
TOADIE: You say that now.
WILLOW: I spent half my childhood in refuges. I know what to expect. Besides, after all the lies I've told you, and all the ways that Mum's hurt you, it's time I finally got out of your life for good.
Piper has come round to see Xanthe, to talk to her about the online haters. She admits that ignoring them has made things less stressful. However, Xanthe reveals that she has been receiving nasty messages from the same trolls.
PIPER: What? Why?
XANTHE: I dunno. Maybe they know we're friends and they follow us on Insta or something.
PIPER: What are they saying?
XANTHE: Do you really want to know? … Well, at first it was just really disturbing comments about you and Tyler, and how he's so much older than you, and the things he must do to you. And then they moved onto Finn and I.
Xanthe shows Piper her phone with some of the comments, and Piper feels awful.
PIPER: Xanthe, I am so sorry.
XANTHE: No, it's fine. It's nothing I can't handle.
But she's struggling to put a brave face on it.
Piper is filming a new vlog, addressed directly to her trolls.
PIPER: Earlier today I started writing a response to what you've all been saying about me – but I was advised not to post it because you people aren't interested in engaging in a meaningful conversation, so I chose to ignore you. And I've got to admit, I was doing pretty well for a while. But then you turned your filthy, cowardly, pitiful attacks onto people other than me – people who I care about and respect. And for that, I can't ignore you. Not for a second longer.
Toadie thanks Shane for having talked to Dipi (who's Not In This Episode™) and agreed to let Willow stay.
SHANE: It's not a problem. Is it, girls?
YASHVI: I'm up for it! Kirsha thinks she's gonna get attacked in her sleep!
KIRSHA: I never said that!
Toadie insists that Willow has just had ‘a rough trot', but that he doesn't know what will happen to her in the long run – he needs to speak to ‘someone' before making decisions.
Willow comes in, and Kirsha and Yashvi get to work making her a hot chocolate. Toadie looks faintly optimistic.
Sonya is talking to Terese, about how Willow's return could trigger her drinking. Terese reminds her that Willow will probably only be around for a short time – and to give her a call if she ever feels she's going to lapse. Sonya agrees, and tells Terese to do the same if she's ever struggling. But Terese doesn't use the opportunity to confide in Sonya about the cancer, and leaves.
Toadie comes in, and Sonya apologises to him for going to Mark about Willow without consulting him first. Toadie says it's fine, but needs to talk to Sonya about Willow.
TOADIE: Without Andrea around, she's most likely going to end up in state care. I just think that she's been through so much lately, that some time in a familiar place would be good first. So if it's okay with you, I'd like her to stay with me. What do you think?
- Toadie tells Dipi and Shane that he wants Willow to stay permanently
- But Dipi points out to Shane that this amounts to eight people under one roof
- David tells a smiling Paige that it's all about timing
- Tyler questions Mark on the Vibe™ between him and Paige
- Paige is surprised to find Elly with Mark at No 24