- Piper reassuring Tyler that the police will find Louise
- Piper taking steps to overcome her fear of the water
- Mark being officially fired from the police force
- Karl suggesting the Liveability money goes towards the hospital
- Aaron keeping Rory a secret from David
- Aaron inviting David to move in with him
- Paul telling Leo and David he's bought the apartment next door for them
Amy and Jimmy have arrived to share in the ‘welcome to the penthouse' drinks with Paul, Leo and David. Amy's soon dismayed to learn, though, that Paul was the one who kicked the boys out of their original apartment. Paul apologises for interfering but he was just “blinkered” by the excitement of all his family living together. Meanwhile, Leo can see that David's not entirely thrilled with the idea.
LEO: I thought you'd be way more excited! You're gonna love the whole Brady Bunch vibe.
AMY: So you're OK with [Paul] just blatantly manipulating you?
LEO: Well he told us before we moved so we're still free to make our own choice.
PAUL: Nobody has to be where they don't want to be.
DAVID: … Can I get back to you?
Paige walks in with Mark and Gabe, surprised to see Piper out and about by herself. Piper says she's doing a lot better venturing outside, and that she was supposed to be hanging out with Tyler today but he's doing a job for Amy in Geelong. She adds that they were meant to go and check out the boat in the Marina as part of her recovery process, so Paige volunteers to accompany her instead. Mark then offers to babysit Gabe: “he can help me look for a job!”
Sheila's on the phone with Dipi, within earshot of Sonya, talking loudly about the talent show and how they should be on track to win the Liveability money. Meanwhile, Karl and Susan have also approached Sonya to talk more about their own Liveability prospects. Sonya eventually has a gutful of them all and tells them that the votes have already been cast and an announcement will be made that afternoon.
Elly congratulates Aaron on his good news about David moving in. Aaron's a little bit flustered about living with a partner, as he's never done it before (staying in hotel rooms with Rory while they were touring doesn't count). Elly wonders if this changes the way Aaron feels about telling David about Rory and suggests that maybe Aaron should confess. Aaron's confused by Elly's turnaround – not so long ago she told him it was for the best not to bring up his ex.
ELLY: Maybe a clean slate with David is a better idea?
AARON: You know nothing happened in Paris. And if I go and say anything now it's gonna look like I'm hiding something.
ELLY: Yeah I guess so.
AARON: David is an over thinker, you know he's not going to handle this well… No, I'm just going to leave it. David moving in here is going to be awesome, I don't want to risk that.
David fesses up to Leo that his reluctance to move in with Paul is because Aaron asked him to move into Number 24. Leo's stunned by the news and tells his brother that moving in with a partner is a big step. David thinks Leo's not on board with the idea, but Leo just thinks David might want to do the ‘big happy family' thing first.
LEO: You wanted that the entire time we were growing up. You had five imaginary brothers and sisters, remember? And now you have the chance to have it for real.
Leo doesn't want David to miss out on anything. David says that it sucks but he guesses that you can't have everything you want in life. Leo, however, says David might be able to by doing the family thing now, and if “Aaron's in it for the long haul” then David can move in with him down the track.
Piper admits that she's feeling quite anxious and weird being back near the boat, but Paige is there to support her. She suggests that just they pretend to be living in someone else's shoes for a while.
PAIGE: For today, you are not Piper who got stuck on the boat with a madwoman. And I am not Paige, the mother of a very demanding baby. Instead we are Demi and Selena, and this is just a regular glorious Thursday afternoon for us out on the boat.
Paige manages to convince Piper to play along as they step onto the boat.
PIPER: Yep… yep, OK, let's do it, Demi.
PAIGE: Ahh, actually I would prefer to be Selena.
Karl and Susan are walking hand- in- hand towards The Waterhole chatting about the Liveability prize money. They start off being quite kind and complimentary towards each other about their respective projects, but Karl can't help being, well, Karl about it all.
KARL: Whatever happens, I love you.
SUSAN: Aww, I love you too. And no matter what we'll have a lovely Christmas won't we.
KARL: Yes of course we will. And I have to say I think a student welfare program will be a really good cause.
SUSAN: Thank you, darling, I appreciate that. And of course kick- starting a new wing for the hospital, that's going to help a lot of people too.
KARL: I didn't want to have to be the one to say it but you know, a cause that potentially saves lives is the most likely choice. But think of it this way, at least your name will be all over it!
SUSAN: Do you really think they're going to call it the ‘Kennedy Wing'?
KARL: Darling, if I'm instrumental in getting it off the ground it only makes sense. Besides, Clive owes me a favour for participating in that medical trial, which was a real drain. But look, don't be too down on yourself. You did your best.
Karl saunters inside the pub leaving Susan outside in utter disbelief at his antics.
Sheila's on the phone to Dipi acting as her proxy while she's with Kirsha. The Kennedys join Elly at a table, just as Sonya begins the prize money announcement. She congratulates all the applicants on their wonderful pitches before handing over the big novelty cheque for $100,000 to… the welfare program for Erinsborough High! An ecstatic Susan goes up to receive the cheque and thank everyone, while Elly makes a phone call to Jack to tell him the good news. Meanwhile, Karl is trying to smile and clap but he looks pretty down in the dumps about it all.
Amy's still pretty annoyed by Paul's underhanded actions and lets David and Leo know as much, but David says that since it's Christmas he thinks they should let it slide. Jimmy calls out for Amy to help him stop Paul peeking at his presents under the Christmas tree, so Amy and Leo laugh and go over to muck around with them leaving David to observe the cheesy family moment playing out before him.
Paige and Piper have made their way into the boat's cabin and Paige is worried that it's become too much for Piper, but Piper just wants to try and make sense of it all. She doesn't understand why Louise would lock up someone she didn't even know, or even worse, not help her when she fell into the ocean.
PIPER: Who does something like that?
PAIGE: There are a few options. Either she was always a psycho, or Hamish literally turned her mad. Or both.
PIPER: I think Hamish messing with her definitely played a big part. I mean she looked as scared as I felt to be honest.
Piper tells Paige that she really appreciates her helping her through everything.
Mark holds Gabe while helping Ben inspect a car engine. Ben tells him that he sourced a new part for the car but the new manager didn't order it. He claims the new guy isn't much good so Lucas is still keeping an eye out for someone else. Seizing the opportunity, Mark throws his hat into the ring and also says that Tyler could come back to work as well seeing as it was Hamish's fault Amy was hurt. Ben appears happy with the idea of the three of them working together so Mark says he'll ring Lucas. While all this is going on, someone seems to be spying on Mark and Gabe from a car across the road.
Aaron's happy when David calls in and tells him he's been making room in his wardrobe for all of David's stuff. But David is there to deliver the bad news that he's going to move in with Paul and the rest of his family instead.
DAVID: I love you, you know that. And I want to be with you, but I only just discovered this chaotic, wonderful, loving family. And I want to give living with them a go.
AARON: Don't you think it's a bit late to be doing that in your thirties?
DAVID: Seems to be the way a lot of things happen for me. Better late than never I guess?
Aaron tries to appear happy with the decision for David's sake, but when they hug, Aaron's face falls into one of disappointment.
Ben and Elly are on hand to celebrate with Susan, but good old Karl is over at the bar sulking with Sheila about the result. Paul strolls over to pick up a case of champagne to celebrate all his family moving in with him. Sheila dryly asks if they're all sleeping on bunk beds. Karl then moans some more about wishing he were also in a celebrating mood, which leads to Paul discovering that the hospital didn't win the money. Paul gets his thinking face on and asks Karl to tell him more about the new wing – he may be interested in investing himself.
Jimmy and Amy help Leo move some more boxes into the apartment and Jimmy says he's going to set up the chessboard so he and Uncle Leo can play. David arrives home and tells his siblings that Aaron was supportive of his decision not to move in with him but he still feels awful because he could see that Aaron was upset.
DAVID: I just wish I could do something to reassure him.
LEO: Aaron knows how you feel about him OK? He'll be fine.
AMY: And you've told him it's not forever, right? [David nods] If you're still worried why don't you do something like a nice gesture to show that you're really committed?
Piper and Paige notice that a fisherman is looking at the wanted posters of Louise taped to one of the poles outside. They query him and find out that he saw Louise at the Marina a few weeks back right before he went on his fishing trip.
FISHERMAN: She jumped out of a taxi and boarded that boat.
PAIGE: Do you remember what night it was? I mean, was there anything specific about that night that you remember?
FISHERMAN: Oh yeah, there were fireworks way off in the distance.
PIPER: Yeah the Erinsborough ones.
PAIGE: She came a little bit after the fireworks, though, yeah?
FISHERMAN: No, during.
PAIGE: Are you sure about that? Are you sure it just wasn't a little bit after the fireworks?
FISHERMAN: No, definitely during.
The guy walks off and Piper tells Paige that it means Louise couldn't have been on Ramsay Street when Hamish died.
Paul tells David that he's happy all of his family are under the same roof but he heard it wasn't an easy decision for his son. David admits it wasn't and that he seems to be getting everything he wanted all at once, which is quite overwhelming. Paul then asks if David knows much about the new wing at the hospital and if he'd like to head something like that up one day. David says it's still early days as he's only a resident, but one day perhaps he would. When David leaves, Paul makes a phone call to Terese letting her know he has an idea of where he'd like to donate the $200,000.
Mark is initially happy when Paige and Piper return home, letting them know that he and Tyler have permanent jobs at the garage. But his mood darkens when the girls inform him about the fisherman and his information regarding Louise.
PIPER: Louise couldn't have killed Hamish it doesn't fit the timeline.
PAIGE: And if Louise didn't do it the only person left in the frame is Tyler.