- Paige watches Mark and Elly get intimate on the Melbourne Star
- David thinks Paige should tell Mark about her feelings for him if she believes they belong together
- Elly calls time on her friendship with Paige after discovering she has feelings for Mark
- Yashvi poses for snaps with a generous wellness centre donation, then falls asleep
- When she wakes up, her pictures have gone viral, but the money has gone
- Karl hypocritically accuses Shane of using the liveability contest for personal gain
- Rolli the lawnmower goes haywire during a press event and makes a beeline for the daycare centre
Outside the Community Centre
Shane is busy chastising Rolli the lawnmower for its impromptu attack on the daycare, when Karl shows up to gloat, having heard the news.
KARL: Do you need a doctor? Are there casualties?
SHANE: Calm the farm, Karl. All the kiddies got out of the way.
KARL: Okay. No- one had their toes run over? Anyone in shock?
Shane is not amused, even if Karl is.
KARL: So this would be his first rush of bloodlust, then, would it? Shame there was a news crew here to see it all.
SHANE: No, they said they weren't gonna use it. No body count, no story – so it's fine.
KARL: Still. It's gonna make good clickbait, isn't it?
SHANE: Stop being so bitter and jealous, Karl!
Karl gets back in his car and drives off.
Dipi asks Jack where Yashvi's got to; she's supposed to have finished her shift and be doing homework. Jack says she's still at the motel. He then gets a text from Amy, saying that a donor to the wellness centre has left $2,000 with a girl at the motel.
DIPI: Are you kidding? Someone's left Yashvi with a pile of cash?
JACK: It sounds like it. I'll go and check it out.
DIPI: You're gonna need my interrogation skills – I'm coming with you.
Dipi and Jack are confronting Yashvi.
DIPI: Hand over the money, please. And no Artful Dodger nonsense.
YASHVI: It wasn't me!
DIPI: Yashvi Rebecchi, think very carefully about your next move.
Yashvi insists that the money has genuinely gone missing, having vanished while she was asleep. She says she's messaged Jimmy, as he was here earlier, but that he has no idea where it's gone. Jack's very worried, and tells Yashvi to let him know if she thinks of anything else. Dipi warns Yashvi not to let Jack down, or Shane, as he's had a bad enough day already with the lawnmower.
Shane is visiting Elly, arranging the book exchange launch for later on. Once he's gone, Susan brings out a selection of books for the exchange, and tries to palm off a rare print version of Karl's smutty erotic novel, The Book of Secrets, as one of them!
SUSAN: I could put a warning label on it if you like?
SUSAN: Nope? Oh well, worth a try – I'll pick out the non- erotic ones for you!
Elly tries to enlist Mark's help with the exchange set- up, but he seems a little uninvested, saying he wanted to get a workout in first. Elly pesters him until he relents and agrees to help out, but he seems pretty grudging about it, and Susan silently notes the flaws in their relationship dynamic as she listens to the exchange.
Mark and Elly are putting some books into what looks like a glorified bird table by the lake – the idea being, as Elly explains to Li- Kim from school who's randomly hanging about, that people can drop off the books they're finished with there, and pick up new ones.
David and Paige approach – they're out with Gabriel for a walk. Mark immediately starts asking after Gabe; Paige says he's good, but that he has his immunisations today. Everyone looks suitably awkward as silence descends, forcing David to make inane liveability- related conversation with Mark about the big durian and the wishing tree.
ELLY: Yeah, it's always interesting to see what people wish for (!)
Paige and Elly exchange snarky glances.
PAIGE: Although you shouldn't read too much into it.
Paige and David excuse themselves and leave.
MARK: Is it just me, or is Paige being really weird?
ELLY: I didn't notice anything.
Toadie and Shane are in the back garden.
SHANE: I really hope the parents of those daycare kids don't go badmouthing Rolli!
TOADIE: I don't like your chances, mate. I mean, if I wasn't your brother and Nell was there, Sonya would be going off chop!
Shane asks if Toadie's seen much of Sonya since he put the brakes on their reconciliation; not very much, Toadie admits, and turns conversation back to Rolli. It's probably good the manufacture has been delayed, Toadie says, to give a chance for all the fuss about the daycare disaster to die down. Shane is examining Rolli and finds the cause of the problem – there's a bone stuck in the mechanism.
Assuming Clancy the dog is to blame, Shane calls him a menace – but Toadie points out that Clancy doesn't have opposable thumbs. He wonders if it's a prank gone wrong, and suggests Shane speak to Yashvi, the master of pranks.
SHANE: Nah. She's on such thin ice, she wouldn't dare!
Shane goes to call the reporter to explain things, but it's too late – he sees that a news story called ‘Lawnmower Peril' has already been published online, complete with a video of the disaster and audio of screaming children!
SHANE: She said she wasn't gonna run it!
Never trust a scurrilous journo, Shane!
Yashvi is at a table. Steph turns up, and Dipi is desperate to know if the donation money has showed up – it hasn't. But Steph has seen pictures of Yashvi flashing the cash about on social media, and shows them to Dipi. They go over to confront Yashvi about it.
YASHVI: I was only mucking around – it doesn't mean I stole it!
DIPI: It says, ‘mine, all mine'!
YASHVI: I was only joking, obviously!
DIPI: You were being reckless and irresponsible, and you didn't tell us the full story before.
YASHVI: Cos I knew you'd get it completely wrong!
DIPI: Right. You're grounded till you tell us where the money is.
Shane comes off the phone from the lawnmower manufacturer. He tells Toadie that they've pulled the plug on the Rolli deal, after all the bad publicity at the daycare. There was a clause in the contract which said Shane shouldn't market the product himself, he explains, so they've been able to terminate the contract legitimately.
Shane worries about what he's going to tell Dipi now his lawnmower dreams are dashed, and is also starting to wonder whether someone might have sabotaged the mower.
SHANE: You should've seen how much Karl was enjoying himself earlier on.
TOADIE: No, mate. He wouldn't do that!
To make matters worse, Shane then gets a call from the mayor. Following a complaint about how Shane tried to use Rolli for personal gain, the council wants him to step down as head of the liveability committee. Shane grudgingly agrees to resign before he's pushed, and asks who made the complaint. Of course the mayor can't say, but Shane has already concluded Karl is to blame.
Shane marches off to confront Karl, while Toadie sees something that we don't out of the window.
TOADIE: Clancy? What the hell…?
Karl is in his greenhouse, tending to his durian plants, when Shane turns up, loudly accusing Karl of calling the council to complain about him. Karl drops the plants in surprise.
KARL: I grew those from seed!
SHANE: I grew Rolli from the seed of an idea, and you put a bone in him!
KARL: A bone?! What are you talking about?
SHANE: Don't come the raw prawn with me, mate. I've lost a lot today, and I want to know how it happened!
Furiously, Shane takes off Karl's hat and throws it on the floor. Karl does the same to Shane! They then start flinging clods of dirt at each other, and before long things have descended into a full- blown slap fight!
Toadie arrives to separate them, accusing them of acting like two- year- olds. He explains he's just seen Clancy put another bone in the lawnmower.
TOADIE: You are right – he's a canine mastermind!
Shane is now very contrite, and admits to Karl that he may have jumped to conclusions.
KARL: But… not entirely. I would never touch Rolli. I wouldn't harm your livelihood. But I did ring the council.
SHANE: I knew it!
KARL: When you said I was jealous of your liveability ideas, you were right. I'm sorry – calling the council was a low blow.
SHANE: Well, I know it's not easy being replaced. I'm sorry for coming over so hot- headed. I guess I just wanted it to be all your fault, and not mine.
KARL: Perfectly understandable.
But Shane says Karl will never be reinstated as head of liveability because he stole the statue! Now it's Toadie's turn to look sheepish, as Karl denies the charge! But Karl admits Shane's right about his liveability dream being over.
Susan is surprised to learn that Elly is giving a speech at the book exchange launch, and feels bad that she can't be there – she's helping Terese with the wedding preparations.
SUSAN: Wasn't Mark supposed to stick around and help?
ELLY: He had his workout, remember? He'll be back soon.
Mark is doing some kind of gruelling exercise, while Aaron watches. David turns up. Mark is in a lot of pain from the workout.
AARON: Don't forget – you were the one who taught me that pain is weakness leaving the body!
MARK: (yells in pain)
DAVID: I'm not sure that's medically accurate.
Aaron and David get kissy, so Mark barges through them to head to the lockers.
AARON: You know you didn't do as many as Ty! (…)
MARK: Hey, you just go back to your inappropriate workplace PDA!
AARON: Why are you so down on love all of a sudden? Is everything okay with you and Elly?
Elly explains to Susan that she thought she and Mark were on track after the Melbourne Star date. But when she saw him with Paige, knowing their history, it made her question everything. Susan admits that she's worried to see Mark needing constant reminders to make Elly a priority.
ELLY: They're always the ones I go after. Derek, Ned – the last one that wanted me was a delusional psychopath! But Mark – Mark was the one I was meant to get right! And here I am questioning my feelings for him.
Mark moodily insists that things between him and Elly are ‘fine'.
DAVID: Wow, that's a ringing endorsement (!)
MARK: Okay, it's better than fine. It's good.
AARON: Jeez, I actually didn't know that you were so good with words (!)
Mark admits it's been hard to focus on Elly with all that's gone on lately.
Susan continues to voice her doubts to Elly.
SUSAN: I'm sure that Mark does care. But, maybe, you're just not the right fit. And if you're not, that doesn't reflect badly on either of you.
ELLY: How can we not be a perfect fit? He's perfect!
SUSAN: Oh, Elly – nobody's perfect! Wouldn't you have liked him to have been more interested in helping you with the book exchange?
ELLY: Yes, but (…) with the really important stuff, he's right on point.
Mark insists that he and Elly are in a good place, after they talked things through on their date.
Susan gently remarks that Elly doesn't seem that happy when she and Mark are together.
SUSAN: I'd be the last person in the world to tell you that love's all smooth sailing. But if a relationship doesn't make you feel good about yourself, is it worth it?
Jack is a table when Ben turns up, with the envelope full of cash. He explains he ‘confiscated' it from Yashvi, telling Jack that he saw her posting the pics with the money on social media, and went to the motel to give her a serve about it. He found her asleep, so took the money for safekeeping. He didn't wake her up as he didn't want a fight (which casts doubt on why he went in the first place, but…)
Jack is not very impressed, and tells Ben to go and explain what happened to Dipi.
Ben and Jack are explaining what happened with the money to Dipi, Shane and Yashvi. Ben apologises, and Shane says to use more of his grey matter next time.
YASHVI: Hang on, is that all you're gonna say to Ben? If that'd been me, then I'd be yelled at for hours!
SHANE: The reason we yell at you is because you keep on making the same mistakes.
DIPI: And if you hadn't taken those ridiculous selfies, you wouldn't have been in this position in the first place.
YASHVI: This is just classic victim- blaming – it's so unfair!
She marches off, and Ben and Jack make an awkward exit too. Dipi suggests to Shane that Yashvi may have a point, and is about to go and talk to her. But Shane wants to talk to Dipi first, and admits that the manufacturing contract for Rolli has fallen through. Dipi is not as upset as he was worried she'd be – she says it's just bad luck, and that they'll get by with the income from Harold's.
DIPI: This is just a blip for us.
The History Wall
Paige is rocking Gabe in his pram, trying to get him to stop crying before they go into the community centre for his immunisations. Mark turns up, and suggests they sit down with Gabe and ‘regroup'.
PAIGE: I'm sure you have better places to be.
MARK: Well, I do have Elly's book exchange launch. But I've got a bit of time.
PAIGE: You should go and be with Elly.
MARK: Yeah, I will. But you look like you could use someone.
Paige agrees, and they head to the bench to sit down.
Shane joins Elly for the grand unveiling of the community book exchange cupboard. Toadie, Steph and Li- Kim are among the enraptured audience, but Elly's disappointed that Mark hasn't arrived. She decides to begin anyway, and makes a quick speech.
ELLY: Reading has always been my favourite thing to do. That's why I love being an English teacher, and I love sharing my passion with others. I remember when I was twelve, I first read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird'. I'll never forget – it opened my eyes in a way I'd never imagined. It taught me about courage, and justice, and tolerance. I'm hoping other people can have that same experience that I had, through reading our books that we have here.
Shane thanks Elly and unveils the bird table/book cupboard. He also announces it's his last initiative as head of liveability.
SHANE: I'm stepping down to spend more time with my family, and my dog.
Mark arrives, just as the event is coming to a close.
MARK: I'm so sorry! I ran into Paige, and she was struggling with Gabe.
ELLY: It's fine.
David talks to Karl at the counter.
DAVID: The weirdest thing just happened to me. The mayor approached me, and asked me to take over the Most Liveable Suburb campaign.
DAVID: Even though I've had nothing to do with it. He said you put my name forward.
KARL: Well, I might've. And why wouldn't I? Come on – you're intelligent, you're widely respected.
DAVID: But I have no experience, and I'm new here!
KARL: David, your community has asked for help! You're not gonna refuse, are you?
And so the poisoned chalice is passed on again! Karl, of course, makes it clear that David isn't in this alone – Karl will be there to advise him every step of the way.
KARL: I've got some fantastic ideas to get you started, too.
Karl smirks to himself as he buys David a coffee...
Elly is still in a mood with Mark as they arrive back at the house, despite his apologies.
ELLY: I've been trying to pretend like everything's okay, cos I don't want to seem desperate or needy, but –
ELLY: Whatever it is that you do feel for me obviously isn't as strong as your desire to be Paige's white knight.
MARK: Oh, come on, look, I've told you! I've moved on, and you don't need to be jealous! Honestly.
ELLY: Would you still feel that way if you knew that she was in love with you?
MARK: Well, she's not! So…
ELLY: She loves you, Mark. She wrote a letter. She hung it on the wishing tree. She came to the Melbourne Star that day to try and tell you – only I got to you first. This is why things were so weird with us this morning.
MARK: Why didn't you tell me this before?
ELLY: Cos I thought we had something special, worth protecting. You know, maybe if we'd been head- over- heels by now, I could deal with the fact that your ex- girlfriend, who you still really care about, is breathing down my neck. But that's not the case.
MARK: Elly –
ELLY: No. I know – it's not your fault. This is too much for me, this whole relationship. I constantly question if I'm enough for you. Not to mention, I'm losing my best friend.
MARK: I will go and speak to Paige, okay? I'll sort this out!
ELLY: It's too late. It's over.
- Mark asks Paige if she really still has feelings for him
- Elly sees Paige heading for No 24, and remarks that it didn't take long
- Random fishing net shenanigans by the lake
- Xanthe tells a guilty- looking Terese that she's the best second mum a girl could ask for
- Xanthe asks Susan if Terese seems alright to her
- Susan encourages a guilt- ridden Terese to tell her the truth