- Sonya gives Toadie a plant to look after, in lieu of her
- Sheila is annoyed at the suggestion Karl be appointed head of the liveability committee
- Karl withdraws his candidacy, and Sheila is appointed as committee head
- But after Russell's death, Sheila decides she's not up to it, and offers the job back to Karl
- Susan is dismayed by the news that Karl has bought a greenhouse for the back garden
- Paul tells Terese that Nick went to church to prey on his daughter, not to pray to God
- Paul calls the West Waratah Star, saying he has a story for them
- Mark asks for Elly's help in writing a eulogy for Russell
- Later, Mark and Elly fall into a passionate kiss
David welcomes Paige back from Queensland. He asks if she's heard about Russell's death and whether Paige knew him; she confirms she did, and that he had a turbulent relationship with his sons. David's about to head over to No 24 to see the Brennans and suggests Paige join him, but she declines, saying Mark hasn't been responding to her messages and that they argued before she left.
Paige explains that the row was about Steph being around Gabe, and that it wasn't pretty. But David thinks Mark would want to see Paige anyway – so she decides to give him a call.
Mark and Elly are wrapped up in a duvet together; it's clear they've TITTNL™. Elly is asleep, but Mark is wide awake, looking a little shellshocked! We see his phone ringing nearby, with Paige's name on the display…
Clive is filling in Nick on the terms and conditions of his new role, which he emphasises is in purely a research capacity. He can consult with Dr Barnes the oncologist, but he isn't Terese's doctor.
CLIVE: Nick, I'm taking a big risk having you here. Please don't let me or your sister down.
Nick agrees to all this. He and Clive then join Dr Barnes, David, Terese and Gary in another room, where they are all busy replacing Terese's T- cells; these have been charged with special proteins to help them target and destroy the cancer, Nick explains.
CLIVE: And this technique is at the forefront of cancer treatment today.
DR BARNES: But relatively untested on solid cancers…
NICK: Medicine wouldn't make advances if we stuck to the same old treatments.
Nick emphasises to David, however, that his own role is ‘strictly hands- off' – Dr Barnes will be doing all the treating, and will then monitor how the tumour responds. Clive and Terese are eager to state that they appreciate Dr Barnes' cooperation. She says nothing, but doesn't look especially keen on the path they're taking.
Terese gets a notification on her phone from what looks like a West Waratah Star app! The gutter rag's front page headline today is ‘Convicted criminal back at Erinsborough Hospital', and it includes choice quotes from Paul about the imprudence of Nick's return to medicine given his past malpractice. Everyone looks worried.
Toadie is on the phone to his dad, Big Kev, assuring him that everything is fine. Afterwards, Toadie explains to Shane that Kev always thinks something's wrong when one of his kids call, as it's the only time they bother!
SHANE: Fair point.
But Shane adds that he was thinking of taking the kids to see him during the next school holidays.
TOADIE: I might tag along. It'd be good to spend some time with him. While we've still got him.
Karl invites himself in, and brags about his new role on the liveability committee. He confirms that Shane will be coming to the meeting later, and invites Toadie along too. He claims he has work, but Karl lures him in by saying he'll find it worth his while – though pointedly refusing to explain why. Intrigued, Toadie agrees to come along. As he leaves, Karl adds that Sonya will be there.
TOADIE: Do you have any idea what he's planning?
SHANE: No. None. And I'm supposed to be his 2IC. You don't suppose he's trying to get you and Sonya back together, do you?
TOADIE: Oh, jeez, I hope not. Things are going along quite nicely. Slowly, but you know, we're in counselling. And I'm watering my plant. I'm happy with that.
Gary is on the warpath, looking for Paul, following the publication of the article about Nick. David tries to convince him Paul may not be responsible, but Gary is convinced otherwise. They come across Paige, who is looking for Mark; she's been to the house but no- one's there. David says he was at No 24 last night, and that he and Aaron didn't hear Mark come in. Paige hopes he's okay.
Gary spots Paul at the other side of the courtyard and storms over to confront him. Paul taunts him with a copy of the Star, and the Nick article on the front page. Gary wonders how Paul convinced Tim Collins to publish it, but Paul points out that the story sells itself. Gary tells Paul that this could jeopardise Terese's treatment.
PAUL: The community deserves to know who is in their midst.
GARY: What about Dr Gibbons? Isn't he a mate of yours?
PAUL: Not any more. Not since he supported Nick's application for parole.
Paul insists that Nick cannot be trusted.
PAUL: What if he's poisoning Terese like he did me, eh?
GARY: He's trying to save her life!
PAUL: Yeah, and what if he's not? What if I am right? What if he is putting her in danger? Maybe you should read this article. Might make you think twice about putting faith in Nick Petrides.
Paul flings the newspaper into Gary's hands and walks off. Shaking his head, Gary begins to read…
Paige is walking Gabriel towards the garage, and sees that Mark's car is outside. Paige realises she has vomit on her top, which amuses Gabe no end. At that moment Mark comes out of the garage. Paige starts expressing her condolences about Russell, until Elly appears from within, complete with yesterday's clothes and morning hair!
MARK: Elly was just helping me write the eulogy for the funeral.
ELLY: … Right.
PAIGE: Okay… I'll leave you guys to it.
Everyone smiles awkwardly, and Paige goes on her way, muttering ‘oh my god' under her breath as she leaves.
Karl is talking to Sonya and Steph about the liveability committee meeting later. He pointedly explains that he's asked Toadie to come along.
SONYA: That's good. The more the merrier!
KARL: I think it's great the way you two are working things out.
SONYA: Well, yes, thank you. We're just trying to, you know, take it slow.
KARL: Sure, sure. I'll leave you to it.
Once he's gone, Steph remarks how excited Karl seems about the liveability competition, and thinks his hidden agenda is to get Sonya and Toadie to spend more time together. Sonya says they don't need that kind of pressure.
Paige comes in with Gabe, prompting severe awkwardness between her and Steph given Paige's recent ban on Steph being around the baby. Sonya and Steph make an awkward exit, just as David comes in with the pram.
PAIGE: Between that and walking in on the morning after, I think I have definitely reached my awkward moment quota for today.
David plays devil's advocate, saying Elly and Mark might not have spent the night together.
PAIGE: Right. So she was just at the garage, putting her clothes back on, while they were writing a eulogy together?
PAIGE: You know I don't care. I don't. But I'm worried for Mark, okay? He's vulnerable, and I don't think he's in the right headspace to get into a relationship.
DAVID: And that's really your only concern?
PAIGE: Of course it is. Isn't it?
Sonya and Steph come in, greeted with the now familiar rancid smell of durian fruit wafting through the house. Susan offers them a cold drink; she's just making one for Jack, who is gratuitously topless, having been helping to construct Karl's new greenhouse. Steph feels awkward again. Jack explains that the greenhouse is part of Karl's grand plan, which he'll be regaling the committee with soon.
SUSAN: Yeah, so brace yourselves for that.
Susan leads them out into the back garden, and Steph and Sonya exchange a glance regarding Jack.
STEPH: Do you get the feeling Erinsborough's a little too small sometimes?
SONYA: Yeah. All the time. All the time. Let's see what this fuss is about, hey?
We're greeted by an expansive new back yard set for the Kennedys, where Toadie, Susan, Jack, Shane, Steph and Sonya are all now gathered for Karl's meeting. Karl chivalrously requisitions Susan's umbrella, and leads them to the greenhouse where he begins his speech.
KARL: I'm really looking forward to sharing my vision with you for a greener, more sustainable Erinsborough. I like to call it Greensborough.
SUSAN: There's already a Greensborough, about twenty minutes away!
KARL: Yeah, it's a working title. I'm sure you've all noticed this very impressive structure behind me. Over the coming months, this committee will roll out a number of initiatives, and this will be the first one – a greenhouse like this in every back yard in Erinsborough.
TOADIE: I have a question.
KARL: Yes, Toadie?
KARL: You know why – you helped me build it. So everyone can grow tropical fruit.
Sonya puts her hand up.
KARL: Yes, Sonya?
SONYA: Look, I think the greenhouse is a great idea.
KARL: Thank you.
SONYA: Why tropical fruit, though? Shouldn't we grow common produce that we can all use?
KARL: Yeah, but that's what everybody else is doing. I assure you there's no other community in Australia doing what I'm proposing.
JACK: There might be a good reason for that.
SHANE: I for one think it's a very bold plan.
SUSAN: Well, it's hardly a plan.
KARL: Darling, I've thought this through. It's based on what I saw in Thailand in the villages, where people grow their food and sell it.
Karl argues that it will help them build a close- knit community, which, Sonya grudgingly concedes, is what the judges of the competition are looking for.
KARL: We can grow what we want. Durian, or sugar apples. Snake fruit.
STEPH: Oh, I've had snake fruit before. I liked it!
KARL: (…) It'll be sustainable, profitable, and fun!
Everyone smiles sceptically.
Back indoors, Paige turns up to see Elly, who acknowledges that their encounter at the garage this morning was a bit awkward.
PAIGE: You weren't really writing a eulogy, were you?
ELLY: It started off that way. But then Mark and I spent the night together.
PAIGE: That's a big step for you guys.
ELLY: Yeah, or a big mistake. Are you sure you're okay talking about this? I know you said you and Mark are ancient history, but –
PAIGE: It's fine. It's fine. What do you mean, it was a mistake?
ELLY: Don't get me wrong. It was amazing, and he was…
PAIGE: Mm- hm…
ELLY: But he was weird this morning. You saw that, right?
PAIGE: He's got a lot going on with his dad.
ELLY: Yeah, but he said this is what he wants. I dunno, maybe it was just the grief talking. I shouldn't have rushed it. What if I've ruined something really special with Mark?
PAIGE: I'm sure that's not the case. But if you're unsure, maybe it's best not to overinvest?
ELLY: It's too late. I really like him.
Paige suppresses a grimace.
Terese is still having her treatment – she's feeling tired, but nothing like as bad as she did after the chemo. Dr Barnes advises her to rest here for a while, and that she'll be back to talk to her soon. Once she's gone, Gary starts moaning about Paul going to the Star with the story about Nick. But Nick says there's no point getting upset; they have to concentrate on the treatment.
Clive comes in – there's been backlash from the hospital board due to the article about Nick, and as a result they want to reassess the decision to let Nick consult on the cancer treatment.
CLIVE: It might mean Nick can't come into the building. The trial would have to be cancelled.
GARY: Surely Dr Barnes can continue the trial without Nick?
NICK: She wouldn't want to do that. She believes that chemo's the best option.
GARY: What about David?
CLIVE: He's not an oncologist.
(Nobody asks about Karl.)
GARY: There's got to be a way. Terese and the other patients just started the therapy!
CLIVE: I know. But if the board make that call, my hands are tied. I'm sorry.
Paige runs into Mark in the courtyard. She expresses regret for not being around when Mark found out about Russell.
MARK: That's okay. I've had support from a lot of other people.
PAIGE: Yeah, I noticed (!) Look, it's none of my business – but you and Elly…
PAIGE: She really likes you?
PAIGE: And, I wouldn't want to see her get hurt.
MARK: That's not gonna happen.
PAIGE: Yeah. And I know you wouldn't mean to –
MARK: Look, I don't want to talk about this right now, okay? My dad just died, and I'm not in the headspace for this sort of stuff.
PAIGE: Yeah, which is why I don't think you should rush into anything.
MARK: Look, Paige – a few weeks ago, I asked you if there was any chance for us. You said no, and that I should go for it with Elly. You can't get territorial now because I am doing exactly what you suggested.
PAIGE: Yeah, I'm just trying to be a good friend to both of you.
MARK: Right (!)
PAIGE: This is nothing to do with you and me.
Mark does not appear convinced, and tells Paige he has to go and pack for the funeral.
In the greenhouse, the liveability meeting continues, and people are making positive noises about Karl's plan, while simultaneously gently mocking him. Sonya asks where the seeds will come from for the tropical fruit.
KARL: Oh, I'll just buy them in bulk and sell them to everyone. At mates' rates, of course.
TOADIE: What, not wholesale?
KARL: Well, there'll be admin costs I have to cover. I'll also have to take a small cut of whatever the committee sells to the public.
SONYA: Why should you get a cut of the profits? It's a community initiative, Karl.
TOADIE: Shouldn't the profits go back to the council for other community projects?
KARL: Sure, but I'll be investing a lot of time and effort into this. Well, we all will. And the profits will trickle down to everyone.
TOADIE: Sounds like a pyramid scheme.
Karl laughs this off as ridiculous, but quickly changes the subject to the new irrigation scheme which he wants to show Shane. There's a clap of thunder outside.
SONYA: Sounds like a storm's on its way.
TOAIE: Oh, yeah!
Tim Collins is basking in the glory of his front- page story, when Gary comes over to talk to him.
TIM COLLINS: You're Terese's partner, aren't you? Barry, isn't it?
Gary outright asks Tim Collins if he's thought about doing an article that would paint Nick in a more favourable light, insisting he's reformed since being in prison. Tim Collins is not convinced.
TIM COLLINS: Look, Barry –
TIM COLLINS: Gary – you've got flies in your eyes if you think that guy has turned over a new leaf.
GARY: I'm telling you, he's on the level. And this immunotherapy treatment, it's cutting- edge. Only a few hospitals in the world are doing it.
TIM COLLINS: Well, I don't think something that dry is gonna sell newspapers.
GARY: Are you kidding? People love a good redemption story.
TIM COLLINS: Why do you even care?
GARY: Nick is Terese's brother. And Terese is my world. And she did your daughter a solid by giving her a job in the day spa, so this is your chance to return the favour.
TIM COLLINS: …
GARY: And it would rub Paul Robinson up the wrong way.
TIM COLLINS: Alright. Alright, we'll do your story. Oh, but Gary – now you owe me one.
Paige is moaning to David about how she acted like a jealous idiot with Mark earlier. David suggests telling Mark how she feels, but Paige rejects this idea outright.
PAIGE: I decided to move on, so that's what I'm doing.
Mark and Elly appear across the courtyard.
PAIGE: It's easier said than done.
David leaves, but Paige lingers as Mark and Elly talk about TITTNL™ last night.
MARK: I didn't intend for that to happen. But I'm glad that it did.
ELLY: Yeah, me too.
They agree to talk further once Mark gets back from Port Lincoln. Elly says that would be great, and they kiss. Paige looks forlorn.
In the garden, Steph is sampling the durian fruit, which she declares is not that bad.
JACK: How have you been?
STEPH: Good, yeah. Staying away from caffeine.
JACK: Look, I'm really sorry about what happened with Paige.
STEPH: That's okay, Jack.
JACK: and I can appreciate why you decided to cool things off between us.
STEPH: I'm glad. I would like us to be friends, though.
Jack awkwardly agrees. Meanwhile, Susan is joking to Shane about Karl's lack of electrical abilities, after Shane suggests hooking up solar power to the greenhouse. Karl overhears and looks annoyed, before going over to have a word with Toadie and Sonya.
KARL: All your questions before – a bit rude, I thought. I'm very disappointed in both of you.
TOADIE (bemused): Umm, we're sorry?
KARL: Yeah, well – you know, if you can't get on board with my vision, I may have to reconsider your positions on the committee.
SONYA: Karl, the liveability project was my initiative to begin with!
KARL: Yes, but you entrusted me with the leadership of the committee, and I would've thought your trust would extend to my decisions.
TOADIE: So basically, we just have to do what you say?
Karl walks off, leaving Sonya and Toadie giggling like naughty schoolkids.
TOADIE: We've created a monster!
SONYA: The Greensborough monster!
Toadie and Sonya laugh, and Karl gives them a reproachful glance from across the lawn.
Clive tells Gary he's had a call from the West Waratah Star; they now want to run an exclusive interview on the immunotherapy trial, and if it goes well it might swing the board's opinion in favour of keeping the trial going. Gary thanks Clive, and heads off to tell Terese the good news. However, he spies Nick nearby, on the phone to a mystery person.
NICK: Yeah, I've got it all. Yes, I have all the information. It's here… No, no, I won't be telling Terese… Look, I'm just keeping her away. She doesn't really need to know what's going on…
Gary listens to this, looking concerned.
- Paige wants to know what's going on with Jack and Steph
- Terese tells Gary that this is no time to start second- guessing Nick
- Mishti advises Amy not to put herself in danger. She says she's just going to talk to ‘him'
- In the penthouse, Amy asks Nick how the hospital is going, as a storm rages outside
- Leo is drenched from the storm, and Mishti steals a glance as he changes his shirt