- Terese reveals that her tumour has shrunk
- Terese and Paul TITTNL™ on the couch in her office, but Terese later tells Paul she can't be with him
- Sonya and Toadie's opposition to the big durian leads Karl to vote them off the liveability committee
- Tyler's biological father Hamish turns up, but Tyler claims he's not interested
- But Tyler later decides to give Hamish a chance; they go out to dinner with his brothers and Piper
- However, all is apparently not as it seems, as we see Hamish hiding an ace of spades in his wallet
Tyler is looking for an old photo of himself as a child; he explains to Aaron, Mark and Elly that he wants to show it to Hamish. Mark tells Elly that Hamish seemed like a decent bloke at dinner, but Aaron is still cautious, saying it's hard to tell from just one meal. Elly asks if Aaron has forgiven David for contacting Hamish, and says he feels terrible about it. But Aaron wants to concentrate on Tyler.
AARON: It was a pretty quick turnaround, you wanting to spend more time with him,
TYLER: We had a good afternoon (…) Look, I'm not planning on moving in with the guy. I grew up thinking my dad hated me. And now, meeting my real dad and getting along – it feels nice.
AARON: I just think I'd feel better if we knew more about him.
Terese asks Paige how their VIP, Hamish, is settling in. Paige gives her and Gary the gossip on Hamish being Tyler's real dad, and says Hamish will be staying on in the suite for a few more days. Paige asks how Terese's treatment is going – Gary says it's going brilliantly.
Terese asks Paige to go over her agenda for the day. Apparently Courtney called (but Terese isn't interested in that!) and they have to attend a meeting on the liveability competition later. But Terese is distracted looking at Gary sitting on the couch, and has a flashback to her TITTNL™ on it with Paul! Paige continues to talk in the background, and Terese suddenly interrupts her.
TERESE: Can we get this couch cleaned?
Gary begins stroking the couch to assess its level of dirtiness!
PAIGE: … Yeah, of course! Umm, so at 11, you've got the art gallery –
TERESE: You know what? Let's just reupholster it completely!
PAIGE: Okay! Anyway, after the lunch…
TERESE: Cancel the lunch. I've just decided to take the day off work.
GARY: What for?
TERESE: I'm gonna go fishing with you!
GARY: You hate fishing! You hate days off!
TERESE: Well, people can change!
GARY: Can you, though, Terese?
But Gary is pleased as punch. Paige says she can reschedule most of Terese's day except for the liveability meeting. Terese asks Paige to go on her behalf, then leaves with Gary!
At the liveability meeting, Karl is showing off his model of the big durian again – but Paige appears unimpressed by his pitch. She wants to know if there are plans for the project so Terese and her investors can look over them. Shane has some rough drawings that Clancy has chewed, and hands them to Paige!
Paige says the big durian will need to get council approval and be subject to a consultation before Lassiter's will agree to it.
KARL: You see, this is why this country is in the dark ages – because stifling bureaucracy cuts the citizens off at the knees.
Toadie arrives, joining Sonya at the back of the room. Karl's annoyed to see them, but Sonya reminds him that this is a public meeting. Paige looks over the drawings, and says she isn't sure how it's going to be a tourist attraction if it's no bigger than the existing statue.
PAIGE: There's no risk analysis, there's no budget, there's no environmental impact statement…
TOADIE: Karl, I'm shocked – from you of all people (!)
KARL: I want to talk to Terese!
PAIGE: She's got a day off.
KARL: Well, just call her.
PAIGE: Even if she was here, I can guarantee you that she does not want some stinky compost bin as Lassiter's centrepiece!
KARL: No, no, no – properly cared for, compost does not smell. You can expect a very pleasant sort of rainforest scent. But the main point here, Paige –
PAIGE: Karl, do the plans like everyone else has to.
KARL: I've got a mind to go out there and tear that ugly statue down myself, and get this sustainability revolution going! Everybody here would thank me for it!
TOADIE: Isn't community engagement inspiring? (!)
In the garden, Gary retrieves some of his dad's old wellies from the shed for Terese to wear on their fishing trip. She looks like she's beginning to regret her decision!
As they leave, Tyler turns up to talk to Sheila. He's about to head to The Waterhole to meet Hamish, but says that Mark and Aaron are keen to find out more about him. He's angling for Sheila to talk to Fay about Hamish, as he's not yet ready to speak to her himself. But for whatever reason, Sheila doesn't think she can help.
She offers to walk to the pub with him, but Tyler says he has to grab something from home first.
What Tyler was grabbing was the photo of him, aged 12, in a Port Lincoln Marlins sweater, and he now shows the photo to Hamish, explaining how he used to play for the youth team. Hamish says the photo is ‘absolutely fantastic', and hands it back to Tyler.
Meanwhile, Sheila is watching from the bar, and gossips to Susan and Elly, who are perched nearby, about Hamish and Tyler. Elly says that Hamish was a ‘total gentleman' when he took the Brennans to dinner, but Sheila reminds her that he broke up Fay and Russell's marriage.
ELLY: He didn't do it on his own!
SHEILA: But it does say something about his character, don't you think?
Susan and Elly warn Sheila that she's veering dangerously close to meddling, but Sheila says Tyler has had a terrible time with Russell and that it's her fault the whole revelation about Tyler's paternity blew up in the first place.
SHEILA: I need to be there for Tyler. And I am gonna make sure that that guy is for real, and not here just to hurt him.
By the river
Gary is carrying his gear towards the fishing spot, while Terese, lumbered with the deckchairs, is lagging behind, looking very much out of her comfort zone in the wellies!
TERESE: These aren't exactly built for speed.
GARY: Maybe if we put six- inch heels on them you'd be more comfortable!
She complains that fishing isn't ‘the most glamorous hobby', and is feeling out of sorts in casual dress. But Gary says she looks beautiful and kisses her, and she grudgingly continues the trudge towards the fishing spot.
Karl winds up the meeting, saying he doesn't want to take up any more of people's time.
KARL: Except to say…
KARL: … what we've witnessed here today is the establishment riding roughshod over the will of the people.
Toadie and Sonya are openly sniggering at the back of the room.
KARL: And when some other forward- thinking council gazumps Erinsborough in the sustainability revolution and claims the $100,000 prize money, I think we know who we'll have to blame.
He looks pointedly at Paige, who smiles sweetly. Afterwards, she confides to Toadie and Sonya that she wishes Karl would steal the existing statue in the courtyard, as then he'd get kicked off the committee! Plus, she admits, Terese wants to demolish the statue anyway as part of her five- star Lassiter's revamp. An idea begins to form in Toadie's mind…
TOADIE: So she'd like to see it gone sooner rather than later?
PAIGE: Yeah. Absolutely. But not with a durian!
Paige leaves, and Sonya notices Toadie's brain ticking over.
SONYA: Don't even think about it, Jarrod.
Toadie continues to think about it…
Sheila watches as Tyler tells Hamish he has to head into work to do a Saturday shift, given how busy they are at the moment. Hamish asks if Tyler would consider making a copy of the photograph for him – Tyler says he will. Sheila reports back to Elly and Susan, saying that Hamish seems nice.
SHEILA: But anyone can seem nice.
Elly and Susan suggest that a good way of sussing someone out is to see how they treat people they don't need to impress, like employees…
SHEILA: Or waitresses!
By the river
Gary is sitting in his deckchair fishing, while Terese stands, looking very impatient. She decides they should discuss their post- wedding living arrangements, suggesting he and Xanthe move in at No 22, as it's more spacious and ‘come on, it's nicer'!
But she's put out when Gary wants to concentrate on the fishing and talk about it later, to the extent of wanting to confiscate Terese's phone so she can't call Piper to ask how she feels about it! Terese worries that Gary's gone cold on the idea of living with her.
GARY: The thought of living with you is probably the most exciting thing about this whole wedding. But we didn't come here to talk logistics, we came here to fish! Now, phone, please!
Terese sulkily hands it over and sits down, clearly completely at a loss as to how to relax!
In the courtyard, Karl is pestering Xanthe about the day spa's environmental and sustainability credentials. She politely suggests he talk to Courtney about it, since she's the manager, but Karl moves on to trying to sell her durian facemasks! Sonya turns up and intervenes, allowing Xanthe to escape back to work. Karl calls after her…
KARL: Just remember, you're part of the problem if you're not part of the solution!
SONYA: Give her a break, Karl!
KARL: No, we all have to take responsibility, Sonya – I can't do it all!
He starts whingeing on about how having a spa on the complex possibly isn't a good fit with his liveability agenda – but luckily for Sonya, he rushes off to lecture a passing extra about the recyclability of something she's just put in a bin! Enraged, Sonya makes a phone call.
SONYA: Hey, yeah – no, he's out of control, okay? Let's do this.
Sheila kickstarts her plan to investigate Hamish, by ‘accidentally' throwing a basket of chips all over him! He looks mildly put out, but quickly tells Sheila not to worry about it, and starts flattering her, saying he doesn't think he's ever seen anyone work so hard.
HAMISH: In fact, why don't you let me buy you a coffee? (…)
SHEILA: Oh, lovely! But the chips…
HAMISH: I'm sure your staff can take care of that!
Sheila is doing her ‘weak at the knees' routine and flings the chip basket down on the chair, as he leads her out of the pub for their coffee date….
By the river
Terese is still not enjoying the fishing.
TERESE: What's the point of this? We've been sitting here for hours and we still haven't caught a thing!
GARY: It's not about catching anything.
TERESE: What's it about, then?
GARY (looking around him): This.
TERESE: The point of fishing is to catch a fish! If you don't catch a fish, you lose at fishing.
GARY: It's not all about achievements and goals and taking a fish home.
TERESE: Yes it is, Gary. Without goals, life is utterly pointless.
GARY: The thing about goals, though, is sometimes you don't reach them. Sometimes you work so hard to get there, you don't enjoy anything along the way. Life's a journey, Terese. Milestones are few. If all you ever want is to catch a fish, then you miss out on the beautiful day by the water with someone you love.
TERESE: We're quite different, aren't we?
GARY: Wouldn't have it any other way!
GARY: Be a bit boring if we weren't, don't you reckon?
TERESE: Yeah, I do. I do reckon… … Wouldn't mind catching a fish, though.
GARY: Yeah (!)
Lassiter's Terrace Café
Sheila and Hamish are having a coffee. She's telling him about Terese and Gary's wedding, which we learn is scheduled for October. But she moans that Terese thinks she can charge $6 for a latte!
HAMISH: And they're not even as good as yours!
SHEILA: Really? Well, she's family now, so we love her no matter what she charges!
After hearing about Xanthe, Hamish remarks that Sheila is very lucky to be surrounded by family. Sheila asks him about himself. Hamish says he bought an old house aged 19 and renovated it to fund his move to Australia, then started buying property in Adelaide and ended up building apartment blocks.
HAMISH: I can't say I didn't have a lot of fun. A lot of travel. Lot of cash. Lot of champagne.
SHEILA: Sounds fabulous. I bet you have a lot of stories to tell.
HAMISH: Oh, who cares about stories, Sheila, when you have what you have – family. People who love you, who you love – that's what it's all about. Wish I could enjoy that.
Hamish offers her another coffee, or something stronger. She says she should get back, but he charms her by pointing out she's the executive manager.
SHEILA: That's right! I can get back whenever I like!
By the river
Terese is finally learning to relax, and actually seems to be enjoying herself now.
GARY: See what I mean?
She leans in and kisses him, looking unusually content in her relationship.
Lassiter's Terrace Café
Tyler is telling Aaron about his catch- up with Hamish. Aaron receives a phone call from David, but doesn't answer it, telling Tyler that David is ‘still in the freezer'! At that point, Tyler grabs Aaron's phone and answers it for him!
TYLER (on the phone): You want to say sorry for emailing Hamish? … Aaron says that's absolutely fine! In fact, he's coming over right now!... Yeah, he'll see you soon. Alright, bye!
AARON: Are you kidding me?
TYLER: If I'm okay with it, you're okay with it, bro. Go on – on your bike!
Aaron reluctantly complies and goes inside, while Tyler goes over to join Sheila and Hamish, surprised to see them sitting together. Hamish confesses that he's guessed Sheila is on a reconnaissance mission. Sheila plays ignorant!
HAMISH: Come on, Sheila. I've been around the block often enough to know when I'm being backgrounded!
TYLER: I had no idea, I promise.
HAMISH: Oh, it's fine – I don't mind at all! It shows you have friends in your life who care about you.
Hamish gets a phone call, and goes off to take it. Sheila assures Tyler that she was only trying to help, admitting that she feels responsible and doesn't want him getting hurt. Tyler is fine about it; he admits he was freaking out about Hamish this morning, but says he isn't anymore.
TYLER: What's the verdict?
SHEILA: Well, he's… erm… charming! Extremely charming. He's led a fascinating life, he's a wonderful conversationalist, and he's very, very charismatic!
TYLER: Have you got a crush on my dad, Sheila? Again?
Tyler pays a visit to Hamish's room, with the copy of the photo that he wanted. Hamish seems pleased with it.
HAMISH: Your father must have been so proud to see you in the same Marlins guernsey he wore with such distinction.
TYLER: How did you know Russell played for the Marlins?
TYLER: You said you never knew him?
HAMISH: Oh, you couldn't spend an afternoon in Port Lincoln without hearing about Russell Brennan! He was a legend!
Tyler bids Hamish goodnight, leaving the photo with him. Hamish gives him a curious look as he leaves.
Darkness has fallen, and Sonya and Toadie are creeping about in the courtyard, dressed all in black, including woolly hats! They assess the statue that Karl earlier threatened to tear down…
SONYA: What are we doing, Jarrod?
TOADIE: Thank you.
SONYA: Really – we're parents. You're a lawyer, and I'm on community service. I don't think I can do this.
TOADIE: Listen to me, Earth Mother.
SONYA: That's such a stupid name.
TOADIE: This could be our last chance to stop a tyrant before he destroys everything that we hold dear!
SONYA: I think you're getting a little carried away now!
TOADIE: Am I? Do you think Karl is going to be happy with one durian? Do you think he really is gonna stop at that? If we falter here, there's gonna be tropical fruit compost bins as far as the eye can see! Is that a world that you want our daughter to grow up in?
SONYA: … No.
TOADIE: Is it?
TOADIE: Right. Besides, you heard Paige – Terese hates this thing. She's not gonna press charges even if we are caught!
SONYA: Well, we're not gonna get caught.
TOADIE: Hey, that's the spirit! The spirit of the angle- grinder!
Toadie retrieves one from his bag, but quickly realises he has no idea how to use it, having borrowed it from Gary! So Sonya takes it from him and gets started cutting the stem of the statue herself, while Toadie covers his ears!
Some time later, they've successfully transported the statue to the nursery, where it's hidden under a sheet. They giggle excitedly at what they've just done.
TOADIE: We've saved the world from a durianic oblivion! High five, Earth Mother!
They high- five – and then almost kiss! But Sonya gets cold feet, saying she needs to lock up. Disappointed, Toadie relents, and they awkwardly discuss where her keys are.
In the garden, Terese and Gary talk to Xanthe about their plans for after the wedding. Terese announces that they'd like her to move in with them at No 22. Xanthe is super- excited, imagining she'll get to share a room with Piper.
XANTHE: I can have bunk- beds!
GARY: What are you, twelve?!
Terese is quick to point out that they ought to talk to Piper first, but Sheila walks in on all the excitement.
XANTHE: After the wedding, we're moving in with Terese.
XANTHE: Yeah, isn't that great?
SHEILA: Oh, I'm not so sure – I've been getting this house ready for you and Piper to move in here with us!
Terese looks alarmed, saying they thought it might be easier for them to move in at No 22.
SHEILA: No, you're right. It makes much more sense. And all the renos that I've done here will really help me when I rent the place out!
SHEILA: I'm in! Which room's gonna be mine?
Terese looks horrified, and whispers to Gary to say something – evidently not having factored Sheila into the bargain!
- Gary and Terese worry about how they'll tell Sheila she can't live with them
- Sheila says that the important thing is they'll all be together! Gary smiles sheepishly
- Paul tells Terese that people don't change, and can only deny what they really want for so long
- Toadie tells Dipi that he and Sonya nearly kissed
- Toadie asks Sonya if they're going to talk about what happened