- Amy developing feelings for Toadie
- Willow telling Sonya that Amy might like Toadie
- Tia blackmailing Kirsha into stealing Elly's clothes at school
- Elly embarrassing herself in front of Susan and Lana Klein
Ben brings Elly clothes from lost property to put on. Susan returns from escorting Lana out and lets Elly know that she's not impressed with what's happened. Elly insists she's had everything under control at the school until now, but Susan is only concentrating on the negative aspects leaving Elly feeling ashamed.
The Handywoman Yard
Tyler lets Amy know that the Erinsborough council sent out emails to all the local businesses to clean up the front of their premises, but Amy says she didn't receive one. Amy spies Sonya across the road and asks if she can help with the liveability campaign, but shies away when Sonya offers her the chance to head up the committee. There's an awkward energy between the two of them, masked with smiles, because of the Toadie factor. They chat about Willow staying on with Fergus. Sonya looks sad when she finds out Toadie has been sending Amy photos (of The Big Oyster) and updates, whereas she only received a few texts.
Yashvi tells Ben she had nothing to do with the prank on Elly, she's already in enough trouble at home as it is. But Yashvi notices that her sister is acting strangely, and when Ben leaves, she pounces on Kirsha and demands to know what's wrong.
Sonya tells Aaron about her run- in with Amy and admits that she thinks Willow was right about Amy's crush on Toadie. She also says that she labelled Toadie a “fixer” last week, wanting to help others more than he helps himself. Now Sonya thinks their whole relationship was based on that premise. Aaron scoffs at her but Sonya says it has merit – she's a train wreck, but Amy's a chance for Toadie to break the cycle. Aaron tries to tell Sonya that love isn't about perfection, it's about the connection, but Sonya wants to distract herself and calls Karl over for a chat. She asks him if he'd like to head up the liveability project. Karl's chuffed at first, but then says he better check with Susan.
Karl visits Susan in her office and brings her some lunch, but by the look on Susan's face you'd have thought he'd just brought her a bag of dog poop. “What are you doing here?” Susan snaps.
KARL: Sonya's asked me, well, she's actually begged me to lead up a community committee.
SUSAN: (narrowing her eyes) Begged? Really?
KARL: I told her I couldn't even consider it without running it past you first.
SUSAN: Well, anything that gets you out of the house and out of my hair, go for it.
KARL: Righto. But if you'd rather I…
SUSAN: Karl just do whatever you want! You always do anyway!
Elly walks in on the end of their spat and Karl elects to leave. Elly asks Susan if she's had a chance to look over her work yet, but is disappointed when Susan doesn't seemed too enthused with her efforts.
Out in the corridors, Kirsha leads Yashvi to her locker and shows her Elly's clothes stuffed inside. Kirsha's riddled with guilt but says that Tia forced her to do it. Yashvi wishes her sister would stand up for herself more, but Kirsha says that Tia wasn't going to leave her alone. Kirsha doesn't know what to do, so Yashvi decides to throw the evidence in the bin – but Elly catches them in the act. When Elly demands to know what happened, Yashvi takes the wrap for Kirsha and says she pulled the prank because she thought it would be funny. Elly angrily says she's going to call her parents.
The Handywoman Yard
Toadie pops in for a hug and a hello with Amy while he's getting Grease Monkey's takeaway. Amy asks how he's coping with Willow choosing to stay with her dad. Toadie admits it was hard leaving her there, but Willow's happy. Amy talks about the photo that Toadie sent her and says she mentioned it to Sonya, thinking he'd sent it to everyone. Amy hopes she didn't make anything awkward by bringing it up but Toadie just frowns and wonders why it would be awkward. Amy laughs it off like, ‘Nah! Of course it's fine! Never mind!' all the while internally berating herself for acting so weirdly in front of him.
Sheila and Dipi are chatting about who might be heading up the liveability committee when Dipi receives a call from the school. Meanwhile, Amy and Tyler are playing pool and Amy needs some advice.
AMY: Hey, you're a bloke…
TYLER: Last time I checked.
AMY: What does it mean if a guy sends a chick a photo and he doesn't send it to anyone else?
TYLER: Depends what the photo is? (He starts to gesture his hands downwards to cover his nether regions).
AMY: No! Nothing like that! Just a funny one. It doesn't mean anything, right?
Tyler says it might, as long as the guy isn't “breadcrumbing” her I.e. sending a light trail of text messages or social media links to get her following, but they're not really interested. Amy says her guy isn't like that, but says that they've been hanging out a lot. Tyler tells her that guys aren't that complicated, “they usually only call or pay attention to people they're interested in”. Right on cue, Amy receives a text from Toadie asking if she wants to hang out with him and Nell later for a proper catch up.
Toadie swings by to pick up Nell and Sonya makes a ‘subtle' mention about Amy, surprised to hear that Toadie went to see her at the yard before he came to the house. Nell runs out and gives Toadie a big hug, which makes Sonya smile, but the smile soon disappears when she hears that they've got plans to catch up with Amy.
A very guilty- looking Kirsha is sitting in on Yashvi and Dipi's meeting with Elly. Dipi's disappointed in Yashvi and says to Elly that she's not trying to justify her daughter's behaviour, but the whole situation with Evan has left her in “an unpredictable state of mind”. Elly takes this into account and says she'll leave the punishment up to Dipi but that Yashvi is on strict notice at school. Dipi decides that Yashvi will write a letter of apology to Elly and do a month's worth of cleaning at Harold's. Kirsha looks even guiltier.
Elly tells Mark about her school woes and the fact that Susan can only see the mistakes she's made and not the good stuff. Mark says it'll get better because Elly's amazing. Elly smiles and says if she's so amazing then why did he blow her off the other night when she asked him out. Mark's confused – he didn't realise she was asking him on a date because he was so distracted with Steph stuff. Elly thinks he still has feelings for Steph but Mark's like, ‘No way! We're just friends!' (Go on Elly, ask him about Paige now). Elly's pleased when Mark says he likes her and calls her brilliant.
Karl tells Sonya that he would like to accept the role with the liveability committee. Sonya thinks they should brainstorm more ideas and wonders if they need something extra to give it an edge, like, say, a Big Oyster for instance? Karl ponders this and wonders what sort of ‘big' thing Erinsborough would have. As they're talking, Sheila saunters over with her ‘I have juicy gossip' smile on.
SHEILA: (grinning) Heard you were in the doghouse.
KARL: Beg yours?
SHEILA: Dipi told me that Susan told her that you're not in the good books. Did you do something naughty in Thailand?
KARL: Since when did rudeness become a substitute for service? We should make a note of this: staff at The Waterhole need re- education in manners. In fact, it's the first thing I can do when I'm head of your committee.
SHEILA: YOU?! Have you appointed buggerlugs as head of the committee?
KARL: That's right!
SONYA: Nothing is set in stone. We're having a meeting here this afternoon; you should come along to that too.
SHEILA: I certainly will. And I'll throw my hat into the ring! (She walks off)
KARL: There you go; I think you got your answer. Erinsborough: Home of The Big Mouth.
Dipi tells Yashvi that once she's done mopping the kitchen she can clean the toilets. Ben stops by to see Yashvi but Dipi's in no mood.
DIPI: Yashvi can't come out to play she's grounded.
YASHVI: (mortified) Oh my god, mum, we don't play. We're not six years old!
DIPI: Oh really? Then why don't you grow up and prove it?
Ben promises he's just there about homework, but when Dipi leaves Yashvi knows he's there about something else. Ben says he wants to apologise for accusing her earlier. He knows Yashvi took the wrap for Kirsha because Tia's been bragging about it at school. Yashvi sighs and says she hopes it doesn't get back to Elly or Susan.
YASHVI: I don't want my sister getting in any more trouble with the school or my parents or Tia.
BEN: You're being a good sister but don't you think she needs to fend for herself?
YASHVI: I don't want her having another anxiety attack and run away like she did the last sleepover.
Ben smiles at her, looking a bit impressed. Yashvi thinks she's got something on her face but Ben says he was just thinking she was “kind of cool”.
BEN: You deserve better than Evan. I'm sorry I pushed you towards him.
YASHVI: So you should be! He made me look stupid. But I guess I can forgive you this one time.
BEN: Thank you.
Spurred on by Mark's encouragement, Elly does a whole spiel to Susan about how well she's done the past couple of weeks and how she deserves more recognition. But it turns out Susan agrees with her. She says she was annoyed with Karl earlier, that's why she was so blunt. Susan also says she had an email from Lana who said that Elly's notes on the funding were so thorough that they're going to grant the school extra integration aides. Elly grins and gives Susan a hug. Now that they're back on happy terms, Elly wants to know what in the heck Karl has done to rile Susan up so much.
Toadie and Amy take Nell to the park to play soccer and chat about Willow some more. By the sounds of things she's in a very healthy and happy family environment. Toadie says he appreciates having Amy to talk to about all this and would be happy to return the favour any time. Sonya just so happens to stroll by as Toadie and Amy are playing and laughing with Nell and looking like the very picture of happiness and non- train- wreckiness, which quietly devastates Sonya.
Susan has filled Elly in on Karl's escapades but the audience is still none the wiser.
ELLY: What was he thinking?
SUSAN: I don't know! You should have seen him. Maybe the humidity sent him troppo or something, but it was just… it was just beyond awful.
ELLY: It puts my humiliation from today into perspective.
Mark stops by and finally asks Elly out on a date to the Melbourne International Film Festival, much to Elly's delight.
MARK: As long as you choose the movie. The descriptions are a little too highbrow for me.
ELLY: Well there is this great avant- garde film from Norway. It's only, like, six hours long.
MARK: Six hours… OK…
ELLY: Relax I'm joking.
They laugh and Mark says he'll catch up with her later.
Sonya has stopped by to ask Amy to come along to the committee vote at The Waterhole later on. But the real reason she's there is to talk about Toadie. Sonya takes a deep breath and says that Willow mentioned Amy's been enjoying spending time with Toadie. Amy looks startled and says they're just friends, but this leads into quite the uncomfortable conversation between them with Sonya pretending she's fine with it and Amy protesting that nothing's going on.
SONYA: I brought this up just to say… Look if you are feeling something more for Jarrod, more than friendship, I just want to say that it's OK. Because frankly, Amy, I think you'd be really good for him. And I trust you implicitly with Nell, so when he's ready, y'know, I think you should just go for it.
AMY: It's not like that. I really don't think anyone would be comfortable with…
SONYA: I am, I am! I just want him to be happy, that's what I want… so just promise me that if it comes to that you'll look after him. Um, so good luck with it all and I'll see you at the meeting.
Sonya stabs at the elevator button so she can leave this awkward situation while Amy stands there floundering for something to say, also drowning in a sea of awkwardness.