- Mark wants to know why Hamish has charts of Indonesia on the boat
- To prevent Mark from snooping further, Hamish pretends to be knocked out in a scuffle
- At the hospital, Tyler tells Mark he doesn't want to talk to him until he gets himself under control
- Hamish tries to push Tyler into going away with him on a boat trip
- When Aaron sees Hamish and Louise talking, Hamish introduces her as his EA
- Louise tells Hamish that if he's tired of her, she may have no reason to keep quiet over Russell's will
- Amy tells a sceptical Steph that they need to hold tight for a while with the wellness centre
- Leanne, the new owner of the lingerie cleaning firm, offers Amy the chance to reprise her role
Steph shows Amy the front page of the West Waratah Star – the headline, ‘wellness centre or drug den?' Steph thinks the wellness centre is now doomed, since Hamish will never donate after this, and Steph has only budgeted to cover the mortgage until the centre is up and running.
Amy suggests negotiating a delayed payment with the contractor – he owes her a favour. Steph says she doesn't want to give up, but without any money to back them, they're screwed.
Hamish and Louise are on the boat, doing their ‘Macbeth and his missus' routine. An increasingly impatient Louise is trying to persuade Hamish to leave on the boat imminently.
LOUISE: The boat runs, we both have our licences, and you have a deadline hanging over your head. Unless you've suddenly come up with $35 million to cough up to the taxman.
HAMISH: I know the clock is ticking.
LOUISE: Then why can't we leave?
Hamish reiterates that they need Tyler on board in case the engine packs in whilst at sea, but that he doesn't want to leave while Piper is doing her exams.
LOUISE: Imagine that kind of devotion (!)
HAMISH: Look, I'm as eager as you to start our new lives together.
LOUISE: Then why can't you at least tell Tyler the truth about us? And why did you tell his brother I was your EA?
HAMISH: Because it would raise too many questions. Like, where did we meet, and where have you been?
LOUISE: I'm not going to keep being your dirty little secret. Especially while you're draining my savings. I'm running out of money, Hamish. And patience. We either fix a date, or we're done.
Louise marches out. Hamish looks annoyed.
Amy and Steph are negotiating with the renovations contractor, Simon – but he isn't prepared to complete the job without more cash, as it's too much of a risk.
SIMON: Promises tend to send you broke.
Finally, someone speaks sense! Amy and Steph look put out.
Piper and Ben are preparing to head to school, while Gabriel cries loudly off- screen. Piper explains that he's teething at the moment. Tyler is there too, and Hamish turns up to see him. Tyler shows Hamish the front page of the Star, and he remarks what a shame it is – but Tyler says it shows that Hamish made the right choice not to donate to the wellness centre.
Piper jokes that Gabe is maybe upset because his mum has a new boy to focus on, and asks Tyler if he's going to text Mark to congratulate him on his reconciliation with Paige. Tyler says things are still tense, but that he might see if Mark is free later. In the meantime, Hamish suggests he and Tyler go for a bite to eat.
Gabe stops crying, much to everyone's relief. Piper admits he was crying all night while she was trying to study. Hamish asks how the exam prep is going; Piper says that if it wasn't for Tyler and his moral support, she'd have gone crazy by now. Hamish smiles schemingly.
Aaron and Mark are at a table outside Harold's; Aaron is admiring the new paintwork on the café and the revamped complex more generally. Mark is trying to word a conciliatory text message to Tyler, but is apprehensive about sending it – he doesn't want Tyler to feel like he's crowding him.
AARON: Mark, we're brothers. We're allowed to talk.
MARK: Tyler's got Hamish in his ear constantly. I don't want to give that guy any ammunition; he'll spin it that I'm being overbearing.
AARON: Mark – just send the text!
But Mark makes an excuse to rush off before Aaron can pester him any further. Louise turns up to collect some post from one of the mail lockers by the café. Aaron recognises her as Hamish's EA and, when she drops several letters, helps her pick them up. They're from France, addressed originally to Hamish at his property development firm in Noosa, but redirected to Erinsborough.
When Aaron asks if Hamish has property interests in France as well, Louise looks rattled and snatches the letters from him, telling him coldly…
LOUISE: Mr Roche has business dealings all over the world. Excuse me; I've got to be getting on with my day.
She walks off, leaving Aaron looking intrigued.
Jack and Amy return to the yard following a coffee stop at Grease Monkeys. Jack has news for Amy; he went to an interview this morning for the school counsellor job, and was successful. Susan wants him to start straight away, Jack explains.
Amy puts on her best show of being happy for Jack, but he feels bad for leaving her in the lurch; it's clear that his departure from the yard will make things even trickier for her than ever, especially with her moonboot still on. As Jack walks off, Amy gets a message from Leanne, the cleaning firm owner, asking if she's thought more about rejoining them. Amy looks worried.
Paul is coming out of Harold's when he sees Hamish approaching (with Tyler), and the pair instantly recognise one another, their reputations in the business world apparently preceding them. They shower one another with compliments on their investment portfolios. Hamish apologises to Paul for having had to let Amy down over the donation to the wellness centre.
PAUL: In my opinion, you made a very good decision.
Paul walks off, and Hamish remarks that he seems like a nice fellow. Tyler is more ambivalent, and moves conversation onto Piper's eighteenth birthday – he wants Hamish to come to the surprise party he's organising. Hamish remarks that it must be hard for Tyler with Piper so busy revising.
HAMISH: I hope you don't feel you're being pushed aside.
TYLER: No, no. I mean, it's intense right now, but it's not gonna be forever.
Sheila walks by.
HAMISH: Good morning!
SHEILA: It's even better now!
Sheila walks on. Tyler immediately clocks the flirtation, and Hamish admits that ‘things have changed' between him and Sheila.
HAMISH: We've taken the opportunity to spend some time in each other's company, let's put it that way.
HAMISH: What, you find that so stomach- churning to consider?
TYLER: No, not at all. You just don't have to tell me all the details! It's just that Sheila has been through a lot lately, and she doesn't need another guy to stuff her around.
HAMISH: You're right. She's a lovely lady. She deserves the absolute best.
The Handywoman Yard
Amy is trying to negotiate a loan on the phone, but isn't having much success, so ends the call. Piper and Ben walk by, and Amy asks if Piper has seen Hamish today. Piper says he's with Tyler, and Ben confirms that Hamish has seen the newspaper headline about the wellness centre. Piper says Hamish is a reasonable guy, and suggests Amy talk to him again.
Amy is talking to Hamish and Tyler, hoping he'll reconsider donating to the wellness centre. Hamish says he'd love to help but reiterates that he needs to consider his business reputation and shareholders. However, he tells her that if she can get by until his return from Noosa in mid- November, he'll donate a much larger sum than originally promised - $500,000.
Tyler, and Sheila – who is earwigging – remark on how generous this is. Hamish says he believes in the wellness centre. He asks Amy if she can last out for a few weeks. She nods, but looks uncertain.
Piper and Ben are at a table. Piper is stressing out over her exam revision. Ben tells her she should take a break to see him play at the Diwali gig later – he says he's going to ask Kirsha to play with him again. Piper receives a picture message from Tyler, which is a selfie of him and Hamish, accompanied by ‘good study vibes'. She thinks it's cute.
PIPER: See, this is what he's always wanted, you know? A dad that's invested in him and actually cares about him.
BEN: Yeah, I can understand that.
PIPER: Sorry, dude. I didn't mean to rub it in.
BEN: You're not. I'm happy for him.
PIPER: I've just always felt like Tyler was scared, you know? Like he thinks he's not good enough.
BEN: He does seem more confident now.
PIPER: Yeah. I'm glad he's taken some time off to figure out what he wants. I think Hamish might help him do that.
Tyler is playing darts while Hamish chats up Sheila at the bar. Hamish remarks to Sheila that he'll miss Tyler when he goes back to Noosa; he wishes he could stay here indefinitely, but his work won't allow it. Hamish says, however, that he has plenty of reasons to keep coming back to Erinsborough, and confirms that Sheila is one of them. She says that the feeling is mutual.
Hamish admits he'd like to try to convince Tyler to go with him, saying he hates the idea of being parted from him when they're just getting to know one another. The conversation is cut short when Sheila tries Hamish's debit card, and it's declined by the bank. Hamish says there must be a mistake, and goes off to call the bank. Sheila says lunch is on her, and he promises dinner to make up for it.
Hamish has summoned Louise to meet him in the park. He asks why she hasn't transferred more funds to his account as she said she would.
LOUISE: I'm sick of you living the high life and bleeding me dry in the process.
HAMISH: Well, people are going to start talking if I don't have two bob to rub together.
LOUISE: People like your lady- friend at the pub?
She says she's increased the limit on her credit card, so that they can take a cash advance and leave on the boat today. Hamish insists it's impossible without Tyler.
HAMISH: I understand your impatience, I do. But I'm getting to know my son – my own flesh and blood.
LOUISE: And what do you think's going to happen if your flesh and blood finds out what you're really up to?
HAMISH: Let's not say things we don't mean.
LOUISE: You think I'm bluffing? You think I won't tell Tyler that you stole Russell's will? Or that you're up to your ears in debt so need to leave the country to save your own skin? You think I'll keep quiet about that? And the rest of it?
HAMISH: Well, that's sounding like a threat.
LOUISE: I don't care if the boat has got engine problems! We'll deal with it. We leave in the next twenty- four hours, or the truth comes out. It's your choice.
Hamish pulls a face.
Mark and Aaron are at a table. Tyler is nearby, and Aaron asks him to join them for lunch. Tyler forces out an ‘I'm happy for you both' on Aaron's mention of Mark reconciling with Paige, but then makes an excuse to leave – saying he had a big lunch with Hamish.
MARK: Glad you had each other's company(!)
Tyler remarks that Hamish is generous, easy- going and good to be around – the implication being that Mark isn't! Sheila earwigs with concern.
TYLER: He's really starting to feel like family.
MARK: You know the family you already have would like to see more of you?
TYLER: You'll have to excuse me for wanting to get to know my father I've only just met.
MARK: And I'm not allowed to feel worried that you've gone AWOL?
TYLER: It's funny. I was only telling Piper this morning that I was missing you guys. But the attitude? Yeah – not missing that at all.
Tyler walks off, and Aaron chastises Mark for making things worse. They decide to take a raincheck on lunch. Meanwhile, Tyler moans to Sheila that Mark won't give Hamish a chance. Sheila agrees that he should. Tyler admits he knows about Hamish and Sheila, and says he hopes things go well between them.
They both admit they'll miss Hamish when he leaves. Recalling her conversation with Hamish, Sheila suggests that Tyler could go with him to Noosa. Tyler says there's no way he can leave Piper right before her exams. But Sheila suggests that Tyler could at least ask Piper how she'd feel about it, as it would be a great opportunity to get to know Hamish better. Tyler looks thoughtful.
Hamish rejoins Louise, having bought coffees for them both as a ‘peace offering'.
HAMISH: I've been a fool. I'm sorry.
LOUISE: If that's true, you need to prove it.
HAMISH: We can leave tomorrow. I've got a few things to tie up, and then we'll be gone. Just the two of us, like we always planned.
LOUISE: Do you really mean it?
HAMISH: Hand on heart.
LOUISE: What about Tyler?
HAMISH: Well, he's a young man – he's got to live his own life. It's been wonderful getting to know him. But at the end of the day, I have to think about what makes me happiest. And you make me happiest. You only realise what you've got when it's gone. I couldn't bear to lose you. So we'll take our chance with the engine, and get regular services.
LOUISE: Well, in that case, here's to us.
HAMISH: To us.
Hamish narrows his eyes as Louise drinks her coffee…
Simon the contractor is just about to leave, but Amy stops him before he does. She explains that she can pay him cash upfront for at least another week. Simon agrees to stay, and Jack helps him with his tools. Meanwhile, Steph asks Amy where this new money has come from. Amy says she's juggled things and freed up some emergency savings to cover them for this week.
AMY: And after that… I've made arrangements.
STEPH: Are you sure? What arrangements?
AMY: I don't want to go into details right now, but I've got a plan, and it's looking positive.
Jack has returned and says it will take longer than that to sort things out, but Amy says they should just ‘see how far we get'. Steph and Jack don't look convinced, but Amy doesn't want to let the centre go down the tubes. Steph and Jack announce they're heading off for a drink to celebrate his new job; Amy says she has things to do. Once they've gone, Amy makes a phone call.
AMY: I'm just checking in about that deal… So, do you think you'll be able to put up the full amount? … Well, call me when you can confirm. This really could save my skin…
Piper is still working when Tyler arrives and joins her – she's taking refuge from home while Gabe is still screaming the place down.
TYLER: ‘Cloudstreet'! Do you need me to quiz you?
PIPER: Well, considering you haven't read the book, I don't know how you'd do that!
TYLER: Yeah. Fair point.
She hugs him.
PIPER: You just being here's enough. You're officially my good luck charm.
TYLER: So if your good luck charm wasn't around during your exams – that would be bad, right?
Tyler mentions the idea of going to Noosa with Hamish. Tyler says it would just be for a short time, but Piper is visibly disappointed. He says he hasn't made a decision; he just wanted to sound her out.
PIPER: … Well, I don't want to be the handbrake, Ty… And your relationship with Hamish is important. But I just –
TYLER: Like I said. It's just something I'm thinking about.
Piper nods uncertainly.
Hamish comes out of the examination room with Karl; he's been for a check- up following his bump on the head, but Karl confirms that all is well. At that moment, a woman is brought in on a stretcher, unconscious. It's Louise.
KARL: Nurse McLeod?! Let's get her straight to ICU – I'm gonna need a crash cart on standby.
Hamish watches inscrutably as Louise is wheeled into the ICU…
- Mark asks Dipi if she remembers serving Louise a coffee
- David tells Aaron that one of the new nurses went into anaphylactic shock
- Karl says Louise was a temp, and possibly not planning to stay very long
- Hamish throwing a mobile phone and an epinephrine autoinjector into the lake
- Leo asks why the Rebecchi- Sharmas aren't celebrating Diwali; Yashvi says it's because of a curse
- Shane says there is no curse
- Everyone looking happy as the lake is lit up for Diwali – what could possibly go wrong?