- Paul announces to his gobsmacked family that he's engaged to be married to Courtney
- Courtney seems keen on spending time with Leo; Paul interrupts a borderline flirtatious moment
- Toadie concludes that his marriage is over for good after Sonya fails to meet him at the lake
- But Susan finds her unconscious at home after falling off a chair, and phones an ambulance
- In hospital, a recovered Sonya tells Toadie he's the only one for her, and they kiss
- Dipi's reaction is muted when David suggests a liveability project around Diwali
- Later, Yashvi reveals to Leo that Dipi thinks her family is afflicted by a curse that strikes on Diwali
- As Ben and Kirsha start their song, Shane's generator explodes, throwing Diwali into darkness
Mishti wastes no time in tackling Shane's burning generator with a fire extinguisher, while Shane, Yashvi and Leo watch from the sidelines. An unpleasant smell permeates the area, which Mishti explains is because the generator is urine- powered! David is on the phone nearby, trying to delay the liveability judging team, who are due any time. He arranges to meet them at the café instead.
Ben and Dipi join the assembled RSRs. Dipi berates Shane for not paying heed to her warnings about the Diwali curse, and explains that Kirsha is Not In This Episode™, having been shaken by the blast. Yashvi goes to tend to her, while Shane and David go off to see if they can salvage anything with the generator, and Mishti and Leo get to work extinguishing the source of the smell!
Toadie and Sonya are preparing to leave the hospital when Susan arrives. Sonya can't wait to get home and see Nell. Susan offers to help out while Sonya's convalescing, but Toadie says that he's organised for Steph to handle things.
SONYA: Jarrod Rebecchi – I hope you don't think I'm going to let you go once I take you home?
TOADIE: … Oh, I didn't want to assume?
SONYA: Aww. Well, we're going home, together, to our house – as husband and wife. Okay?
Toadie is moved to tears with joy. Susan ruins the moment by telling them about Shane's generator blowing up; she's had a text from Ben explaining what happened. Sonya decides that they must go and help, as the liveability judges will be here any minute. Susan and Toadie think Sonya should concentrate on resting up, but she insists that liveability comes first.
Terese and Paige are in the penthouse. Paige is texting someone – and Terese correctly guesses that it's Mark. Terese asks how Jack is handling Paige and Mark being back together; Paige admits she hasn't told Jack yet. Terese says she should tell him before he hears it elsewhere, but Paige thinks Jack will be fine with it, now he's with Steph and has his new school counsellor job to focus on.
Courtney and Xanthe arrive, ten minutes late for a meeting with Terese and Paige – they've been shopping! Terese is annoyed.
COURTNEY: Terese, you need to stress less – it's so bad for your skin tone! (…)
TERESE: So, at our last meeting – in the minutes – we decided to review the –
COURTNEY: Blah, blah, blah, blah…
Courtney opines that they shouldn't be going over ‘old stuff' as they need to focus on the liveability judging which is happening tonight.
TERESE: That's not how we do things in the business world, Courtney!
COURTNEY: No wonder nothing gets done!
Courtney suggests that they begin the judges' tour of the hotel on the terrace – or better still, in the penthouse.
COURTNEY: It's super- classy, and if we win, we're gonna have the best view of the fireworks!
David and Leo begin to take the Diwali lights down, while Shane notices that the guitar amp Ben has plugged in is different to the one he used in rehearsals. Ben admits it's a louder amp, and Shane realises it was responsible for overloading the generator. Ben apologises – he didn't realise.
Sonya turns up with Toadie to take command of things, and since the generator seems to be unsalvageable, suggests they rig up the lights in The Waterhole instead. She assigns David with the task of holding off the judges, and he suggests they get the judges to do the Lassiter's tour first, while everyone else sets up the Diwali lights. No- one looks enthusiastic, so Sonya gives a pep talk.
SONYA: The way the community has come together during the liveability campaign has been nothing short of inspiring, yeah? And come on – it's $100,000!
They all agree to help.
Ben apologises to Shane again for plugging in the new amp without asking. Shane still seems a bit annoyed, and tells Ben it's not the time, asking him to help Yashvi move the tables and chairs.
Meanwhile, Leo gets a text from Paul, explaining that he's Not In This Episode™ so wants Leo to help Courtney with the judges' hotel tour on his behalf. Leo admits to Mishti that he's uncomfortable spending time with Courtney, as he got a ‘weird vibe' from her last week.
LEO: She was friendly. A little too friendly.
MISHTI: Did she make a move on you?
LEO: No, but I got the feeling she was testing the waters.
MISHTI: Is this because you think you're irresistible?
LEO: As if.
MISHTI: Strange as it may be, Courtney's smitten with your father. You've nothing to worry about.
Terese, Paige, Courtney and Xanthe are still having their meeting, when David calls, asking them if they can do the Lassiter's tour earlier, in order to give the RSRs a chance to set up The Waterhole with the lights. Terese says she'll handle the tour as owner and manager, but Courtney objects, saying that as rejuvenation consultant, she wants to present the tour.
TERESE: We need someone who actually knows the business, Courtney!
COURTNEY: What we need is the present! You are the past! So I will be doing the tour!
Sonya and Dipi are putting out Diwali lanterns on all the tables (Dipi having agreed to get involved now that the curse has already struck!). Toadie says it's time that Sonya went home to rest, and she very grudgingly agrees. David arrives, and is pleased with how the pub is looking.
Ben moans to Susan about how guilty he feels about blowing the generator. He's sure Shane is annoyed with him, and thinks he should apologise again later. Susan says it's a cliché, but sometimes actions speak louder than words; maybe Ben could find another way to make it up to him.
Leo and Courtney are doing a speech to the liveability judges about the contribution the café has made to the community for more than 30 years. Kit Gatsby, the only speaking judge, stops them to ask a question.
GATSBY: What's the hotel's guest capacity?
COURTNEY: Generous! Very generous!
Paige and Terese watch from the sidelines, fully aware that Courtney is improvising as she doesn't know anything about the hotel. Paige asks if Terese is going to intervene, but Terese replies that Courtney wanted to be in charge. Courtney leads the judges out to see the hotel and penthouse.
Yashvi and Ben come in to pick up some more supplies for the Diwali event. Ben asks Yashvi about her parents' fondness for musicals; Yashvi confirms that Dipi is ‘pathologically obsessed' with them. She tells Ben about Dipi's own musical, ‘Bye Bye, Bourke' which was performed in their old home town. Yashvi thinks that it was ‘so lame', as it was based on some of Shane's bush ballads.
YASHVI: The town went nuts for it, which only encouraged them more. Thanks a lot, Bourke (!)
Yashvi goes to raid the garden for flowers for decoration, while Ben conspicuously ‘checks something' on his phone.
Courtney is trying to ply the judges with champagne, but they're having none of it. Nor are they interested in seeing Courtney's ‘rejuvenation mock- ups', instead asking to learn more about the cultural events that the hotel is involved in.
COURTNEY: Yeah, err… We have so many events here… I just can't think…
Terese watches smugly as Leo has to intervene, telling the judges about the Pieces of Hollywood exhibition that the hotel held recently. Paige again suggests that Terese should take over to stop Courtney embarrassing Erinsborough any further. But Terese is content to let Courtney sweat for a little longer! Paige decides it's too cringeworthy to watch, however, and leaves.
Paige has retreated to spend the evening with Mark, to whom she moans about Terese not stepping in to stop Courtney humiliating the entire suburb. Mark jokes that he could send his new boss around to sort them out, pointedly revealing that he has a new female sergeant starting at the police station next week, who runs a ‘pretty tight ship'. Mark and Paige kiss.
PAIGE: What's that cheesy smile for?
MARK: Nothing. I just like having you here. Sharing the day with you.
PAIGE: Like old times. But in a really good way.
They kiss again. Mark suggests they go and check out the Diwali lights. Paige agrees.
Courtney has moved on to showing the judges the large photographs of herself that she's had plastered all over the penthouse. Unsurprisingly, they're not impressed, and Kit Gatsby asks instead to hear about the history of the Lassiter's Complex. Once again, Courtney is left floundering. Finally, Terese takes over.
TERESE: Lassiter's was actually the name of the original owner, Jack Lassiter. He was quite the character. He earned his fortune working in the gold fields before moving here. And The Waterhole was originally designed as an exact replica of his favourite pub back in WA. You know, I was fortunate enough to meet Jack shortly before he passed away. He was a man who truly believed in the strength of a connected and supportive community. So we're honoured to uphold his legacy.
Terese then tells the (now much more impressed) judges about the Diwali celebrations being held in The Waterhole, and they follow her downstairs.
COURTNEY: That was the most gruelling hour of my life.
She thanks Leo for helping her, and admits that she messed up with her constant ‘mind- blanks'. Leo suggests they join the others for the Diwali light show, but Courtney says she'd rather chill here; she doesn't want to be seen.
COURTNEY: Terese has got this, and I'm just gonna be the pretty, dumb sidekick that everyone laughs at.
LEO: Well, you're not that pretty.
LEO: But seriously, though, you're not stupid. Anyone can see that. Some advice, though – there's no harm in asking when you don't know something (…) Terese would respect you more if you didn't pretend to have all the answers. I know she has her moments, but she knows what she's talking about. You could learn a lot from her.
Courtney offers Leo some champagne ‘in exchange for your wisdom'. Leo looks a bit uncomfortable, but agrees to stay.
The Diwali party is in full swing, and everyone's having a great time. Mark and Paige arrive, and join David, Mishti, Yashvi, Dipi, Shane and Susan. Dipi and Yashvi are looking glamorous in their traditional saris. Terese enters next with the judges, who seem really impressed.
SHANE: What do you think of your curse now?
DIPI: Shh, don't tempt fate!
For some reason, David is surprised that Sonya isn't here to see the fruits of her initial labour, given that he saw her leave with Toadie earlier.
Sonya is where she belongs – arriving home with Toadie. Steph and Nell welcome Sonya home. Nell has a drawn a picture for Toadie, and presents it to him.
NELL: Daddy, before you go, I made something for you!
SONYA: Well, you know what? Daddy's actually not gonna leave tonight, my darling. He's gonna stay here with us.
NELL: For real?
TOADIE: Yes, sweetheart. For real.
The reunited Rebecchis share an emotional and heartwarming family hug.
Yashvi comes in to find Ben creeping about in the kitchen. She admits she bailed from the party early as she hates wearing the sari.
BEN: I think it looks cool.
YASHVI: That's cos you don't have to wear it! You still haven't told me why you've broken into my house!
Ben explains he came in to leave a suck- up present for Shane and Dipi, to say sorry for the generator incident; he's burned them a CD of an Aussie bush musical. Shane and Dipi themselves then come in – and for some reason, Yashvi and Ben dive behind the kitchen counter to hide. Unfortunately, Dipi and Shane take the apparently empty house as a signal to get frisky…
DIPI: Kids aren't home.
SHANE: Yeah, I noticed.
DIPI: Babe, did I ever tell you that you're the one that I want?
DIPI: Tell me about it, stud!
Yashvi and Ben cringe- laugh silently as they hear Dipi and Shane kissing and falling onto the couch!
Leo is on the phone to David; apparently, the liveability judges loved what Erinsborough had to offer. Courtney's not sure she can take any credit for that, but is happy things came together. They cross their fingers for the next round of the competition. Leo tries to encourage Courtney to come down and join the party, but she says she'd rather stay in and wait for Paul.
COURTNEY: Before you go, I just want to thank you again for today. You were really kind.
She hugs him, then lingers in close proximity, being rather touchy- feely. Leo looks uncomfortable.
COURTNEY: I just want you to know that your support, it means a lot to me.
LEO: It was no big deal.
COURTNEY: It was to me. You know, you're welcome to stay the night if you want.
LEO: Well, I think my dad might have something to say about that, don't you?
COURTNEY: … I meant on the couch!
LEO: Really? (!)
COURTNEY: You need to go. Now.
Leo looks puzzled as Courtney walks off.
- Leo wonders why Courtney's really with Paul – perhaps for his money?
- Piper hugs Tyler gratefully at the gazebo, then spots someone familiar – we don't see who
- Tyler demands that someone tell him what they're doing here, while Hamish lurks nearby
- Piper and Terese looking happy
- Aaron is looking purposeful – in Paris!