- Amy and Nick have a fateful encounter outside the church
- Amy angrily tells Leo and Paul that maybe Nick genuinely likes her
- Clive tells Paul that he won't withdraw support for Nick's parole because of a personal grudge
- Paul calls the West Waratah Star with a juicy story for Tim Collins
- Leo gets physical with Nick, telling him to stay away from Amy
- Fay tells the Brennan boys that their father Russell had a heart attack
- Xanthe advises Sheila to go and see Russell in order to get some closure
- After some hesitation, Tyler decides to go to Port Lincoln with Aaron and Mark to see Russell
- But it's too late – Fay delivers the sad news that Russell has died
Fay tells Mark, Aaron, David, Tyler and Piper that Russell died in the early hours of the morning. Mark thinks this seems strange, as they had been told he was in a stable condition.
AARON: He must've known that he didn't have long. He wanted to see us all. He died alone.
Everyone looks distraught, but especially Tyler, who doesn't answer when Piper says his name. Fay says she'll call the boys' sister, Chloe, and Piper volunteers to go and tell Sheila. She kisses Tyler and tells him she'll be back shortly.
Piper finds Sheila in the garden, polishing her gnomes. She tells Piper that she's planning to take one of the gnomes, whom Russell nicknamed Cheeky, to Port Lincoln to brighten up his hospital room. She admits she's nervous about seeing him. Piper then tells Sheila about Russell's sudden death, adding that they have no more details.
PIPER: I'm so sorry.
SHEILA: It's okay, love. Thanks for passing on the message. You should be with Tyler.
Sheila makes out she's okay, but is clearly shaken by the news as Piper leaves.
David is on the phone to Russell's doctor in Port Lincoln. Afterwards, he explains to the Brennans and Piper that Russell had a condition called chronic ischaemia, meaning his arteries had trouble getting blood to his heart. Mark asks if Russell told Fay about this when she visited, but she says not – she thought he was on the mend. David has more news from the doctor.
DAVID: Your dad said something, just before he died. Does Memory Cove mean anything to you?
Music of intrigue tells us that it does. Fay looks worried, and Mark confirms that Memory Cove is a place near Port Lincoln where the family used to take camping trips when the boys were kids. David says that Russell repeated ‘Memory Cove' over and over before he died. Mark asks Fay why he might have been thinking about that, but she makes out she has no idea. Her expression says otherwise.
Paul looks amused as Amy and Leo argue over their altercation with Nick. Amy is annoyed that Leo overreacted, accusing him of attacking Nick. She notices Paul smirking, and he says it's a look of pride – siblings are supposed to protect each other.
AMY: There you go again! I don't need protecting!
PAUL: Sweetheart, clearly you do. I know you like to see the best in everybody –
AMY: That's not my point here!
PAUL: And it is an admirable quality. But when it comes to Nick Petrides –
AMY: My point is, I'm not some weak little woman who needs to be wrapped up in cotton wool.
Paul tries to keep a straight face.
AMY: Or is that how you see me?!
Leo starts to weigh in in support of Paul's view, but Amy's had enough, and walks to the counter to talk to Mishti.
AMY: Please tell me they are not high-fiving one another!
She complains about them being overprotective; Paul has a right to be upset about Nick, she concedes, but the same can't be said of Leo.
Mark is visiting Elly, who gives him a hug as she hears the news about Russell. Mark is already thinking about the practicalities, as if to avoid thinking about the death itself – having to organise the sale of Russell's house and garage – but Elly tells him there's plenty of time for that. Mark becomes emotional.
MARK: When I was a kid, he was everything to me. I looked up to him. I wanted to be him.
ELLY: Mark the little mechanic?
MARK: He used to call me his little shadow (…) We used to play this game in the yard. He would tell me to catch my shadow. I would jump at it, and of course it would move (…) The day that I left Port Lincoln to go to the police academy, he couldn't even look at me.
They begin talking about Russell's violence towards Tyler. We cut to…
We see a montage of Fay, Aaron, David, Tyler and Piper all looking upset.
We fade to Sheila crying over the gnomes. Mark turns up, and gives her a hug.
Piper is comforting Tyler on the sofa when Mark arrives home. He sits down on the other side of Tyler, but when he puts a hand on him, Tyler immediately gets up and walks out of the house. Mark is about to go after him, but Piper stops him, and goes instead.
Piper follows Tyler down the drive.
PIPER: Look, I know how you feel. When Josh and Pop died, I was paralysed. It was like this horrible weight had landed on me, and I thought it could never be lifted. But it was talking to people and realising I had support; that's what got me through it.
TYLER: This is nothing like Josh or your pop.
PIPER: Yeah, I know! I know. But I didn't get to say goodbye to them either.
Tyler tires of the conversation, and tells Piper to go to school, despite her protestations, before walking away.
Mark is talking to Fay, Aaron and David about the family's holidays at Memory Cove.
MARK: There was this one time that Tyler wandered off, and we thought something had happened to him.
FAY: He was just a toddler.
AARON: Yeah, I can kind of remember.
MARK: You and Chloe weren't much older. Anyway, we all went searching for him. It felt like he was gone for ages. And when we found him, he was sitting on a rock, bare- bummed, playing with his nappy.
FAY: He had a sunburnt head.
MARK: Yeah. That was the last time we all went camping as a family. All of us piled in the caravan, and we went swimming, and fishing, and playing Frisbee on the beach. Remember how happy Dad was?
FAY: I do.
She looks troubled, but the others don't notice.
AARON: Maybe Dad just wanted us to remember the good times.
MARK: Yeah. I like that thought.
Fay decides to head out for a walk, and tells them to text her if Tyler comes back.
Outside, Mishti is writing a text to Leo, telling him to tread more carefully with Amy. She sends it, then goes inside, where she finds Tyler having an Angry Workout™. Mishti looks worried.
Sheila finds Fay having a coffee; she offers her condolences about Russell.
FAY: It must be hard for you too.
SHEILA: Oh, he and I – as you know, we were only together for a few weeks. But it was significant to me. He was the first man that I'd ever been serious with after Frank. The first man I'd opened my heart to.
FAY: He could be charming.
Sheila admits that, at the time Russell was talking about moving to Erinsborough, she started to see herself as the new Mrs Brennan. But she adds that…
SHEILA: Losing him must have been a lot harder for you.
FAY: I should never have left the boys.
SHEILA: You couldn't have known that he was going to be violent with Tyler.
FAY: I should've realised. I could have done something.
SHEILA: You couldn't have stopped it. The man had issues.
FAY: I still feel responsible.
SHEILA: Well, I don't think it's your fault.
FAY: You think you know me well enough to say?
SHEILA: I think you would have tried to be the best possible mother to Tyler. And the best wife to Russell.
FAY: … Not always.
But Fay doesn't elaborate, instead making an excuse to hurry off home.
Tyler continues his Angry Workout™, Russell's voice ringing in his head as he recalls various incidents from his visit to Erinsborough – including the time he almost attacked Ben.
RUSSELL (voice): I just want to spend some time with my son (…) I'm not proud of how I treated you, but that was a tough time (…) You need somebody to put you in your place!
TYLER (voice): Hey, Dad, come on.
RUSSELL (voice): Don't you start! You think you're funny, dontcha? You think you're smart?
Outside, Aaron arrives, and thanks Mishti for the tip- off about Tyler being here, promising to explain everything later. Mishti sees Leo arriving, and goes to talk to him, while Aaron goes inside to speak to Tyler, who is exercising excessively.
AARON: Ty, you're gonna hurt yourself. Ty! Mate, we are all upset about Dad here.
TYLER: Dad died alone. You said that yourself!
AARON: I know that, mate, but it couldn't have been helped.
TYLER: It could have! I could have agreed to go straight there! (…) I'm the reason we didn't go to Port Lincoln in time.
AARON: No, you weren't the only one having doubts. I was as well.
TYLER: It's my fault we didn't say goodbye to Dad. My fault!
Meanwhile, Leo is chastising Mishti for interfering in his sibling relationship with Amy with the text she sent. Mishti justifies herself, saying Amy's a friend and Leo was being too hard- line.
MISHTI: You're behaving like a jealous boyfriend!
LEO: You did not just say that! Just because you're a drill sergeant when it comes to your personal life, doesn't mean Amy is too. She's different. Sensitive. Unlike you.
Mishti can't believe what she's hearing, and leaps in her car to drive off, Leo still berating her through the window for sending the text. But she reverses around the corner just as Tyler rushes out of The Shed and into the road. Tyler's sent flying onto the ground, and Aaron rushes to help, while Mishti and Leo observe in horror.
Luckily, Tyler's not too badly hurt, and manages to get back on his feet, but his shoulder is injured. Leo asks if Mishti can drive them to the hospital but she appears to be in shock, so he goes to get his own car. Mishti is deeply apologetic, but Tyler says it's fine – it was his fault for not looking.
TYLER: It's just always my fault.
AARON: Our dad just died.
A rattled Mishti takes deep breaths, now feeling even guiltier.
Amy comes in, and tells Paul she doesn't want to argue anymore – she's just heard from Sheila that Russell has died.
PAUL: Well, that's sad news for the boys. Mind you, it's no great loss for society, when you consider what he was like.
Amy looks appalled by his attitude, and says Russell and the boys had a lot of unfinished business.
AMY: It made me think about how tomorrow isn't promised to anyone. And that you really shouldn't fight with the people you love.
PAUL: Oh, darling, I don't want to fight either. But I can't deny that I'm concerned.
AMY: Please don't think I have my blinkers on with Nick. But my gut tells me he's changed, and I believe in giving people a second chance (…) Sometimes risks pay off. It did with you.
PAUL: You can't possibly compare our relationship with Nick Petrides!
AMY: The point is I gave you a second chance. I'm just trying to keep an open mind about Nick.
PAUL: Nick is not family.
AMY: That's irrelevant!
PAUL: You have no obligation to him!
AMY: It doesn't matter – he's a human being. Look, I understand why you have concerns. But please don't stand in my way.
Amy marches off. Paul glances down at a package that he's been preparing to post to Tim Collins (at 3 Denmark Court, Eden Hills), and looks pensive.
Mark is collecting the newspaper, and notices his shadow as he walks back up the driveway. Recalling his game with Russell as a boy, he moves as if to try and catch it – and smiles when he sees that, true to form, the shadow moves too. He then gets a call from Aaron…
Tyler is sitting on a hospital bed, surrounded by Fay, David, Mark and Aaron. David says Tyler will have severe bruising, but is otherwise fine. Mark is keen to pin the accident on Mishti, asking if she checked her mirrors. But Tyler insists it was his own fault. Piper rushes in, relieved to see Tyler is okay and saying she shouldn't have let him run off.
TYLER: I didn't exactly give you a choice.
AARON: He's got it into his head that it's his fault we didn't get to say goodbye to Dad.
MARK: It's not your fault, mate.
TYLER: You wanted to go! And if I hadn't been so difficult, we would have made it to Port Lincoln in time.
MARK: You had your reasons. Don't blame yourself.
In the waiting area, David reports to Leo and Mishti that Tyler will be fine, so Mishti can stop beating herself up and go home. Once David's gone, Leo asks Mishti why she freaked out so badly after the accident. Mishti looks rattled again.
LEO: I thought being an ex- cop, you'd be used to emergencies?
MISHTI: I guess there are some things you just never get used to. They stay with you.
Leo apologises for calling Mishti a drill sergeant earlier, and she apologises for interfering with Amy. But she still seems out of sorts. Leo asks if she's okay; Mishti insists she's fine, and wanders off. Leo looks worried.
Back in Tyler's room, the Brennan brothers are engaged in their favourite game – randomly rolling dice and shouting out the numbers! Mark wins.
MARK: Winner, winner.
AARON: Chicken dinner. As Dad would say.
Fay comes in, and declines to join them for dice. Mark suggests a new game – namely, that they all take the opportunity to say now what they'd have said to Russell if they had the chance, here and now. No- one looks thrilled by this prospect, but Mark offers to go first.
MARK: Dad, I guess I would ask you all the questions I never got to ask you before. Like, why did you become mechanic? Why did you fall in love with Mum? Why did you think it was so funny to watch me chase my shadow? … Guess you've caught yours now.
AARON: Dad, if you were here, I'd tell you that I really did love you.
TYLER: I guess I'd ask what I could've done to make things different between us.
MARK: Mate, you know you couldn't have done anything.
TYLER: Yeah, but people say that, okay? But Dad's the only one who has the answers. And now I'll never know.
Fay looks deeply uncomfortable.
AARON: Mum – what would you say?
FAY: Oh, I got to say everything I needed when I saw him.
She changes the subject, announcing she's going to Port Lincoln today to get things organised. She tells Mark, who was planning to do the same, to stay here with his brothers – they need to be together. They're surprised she's going so soon, but Fay says it's for the best. She excuses herself to go and check out flights.
Shortly afterwards, Sheila arrives in the reception area, hoping to see Tyler. Fay's there, but doesn't answer – she appears to be in a state of deep distress.
FAY: Memory Cove.
SHEILA: What did you say?
FAY: Russell's last words, before he died. The boys think he said that because of happy holidays they shared. But it was where I was unfaithful to him (…) and I fell pregnant. And when I told Russell everything, it broke his heart.
The two women walk over to look through the window into the room where Tyler, Mark and Aaron are talking.
SHEILA: So one of those boys in there is not Russell's son? Do they know?
FAY: No, they have no idea. And you can't say anything either, Sheila. Please, can you just say goodbye to them for me? Because I've got to catch a flight.
Sheila objects, but Fay makes a hasty exit, leaving Sheila open- mouthed at what she's heard.
- Sheila says that the secret she knows could tear the family apart
- Aaron becomes frustrated with Mark, telling him that Russell can't hear them
- Aaron cries alone in The Shed
- Tyler tells Piper that his brothers deserve a chance to say goodbye without him stuffing it up- Elly comforts Mark
- A tearful Aaron speaks into his phone, saying he wishes someone had said they were proud of him