- Shane is knocked down by Jimmy's bike when he saves Kirsha from the collision
- Jimmy apologises for injuring Shane, which has led to him having difficulties signing to Kirsha
- Dipi encourages Sheila not to give up on the idea of getting Clive back
- David realises from Rory's tour t- shirt that he and Aaron met up in Paris, and is furious
- Later, David tells Aaron that he can't be with him anymore, since he can't trust him
- Toadie tells Tyler that his charges have been upgraded from manslaughter to murder
- Terese warns Piper that Tyler could be in prison for a decade, and not to put her life on hold
- Piper asks Ben to change his police statement in an attempt to reduce Tyler's sentence
Ben comes in to meet Mark and Tyler before work. He looks tired, and admits he didn't sleep well. Mark tells Ben that his task today is to rescue a diesel engine that somebody filled with unleaded. Ben gets a message from Piper, asking if he's decided (whether to change his statement).
Mark leaves the house, telling them he'll meet them out front. Tyler tells Ben not to worry if Mark's a bit off today, explaining about Aaron and David splitting up; Tyler says the Brennans are all in a terrible situation at the moment, and Mark can't do anything to fix it. Ben looks conflicted.
Jimmy is wolfing down croissants at breakfast with Paul. Jimmy asks Paul if he minds him going over to Kirsha's place to see if he can help with anything. Paul says that's fine, and answers a phone call – it's Clive Gibbons, and Sheila, who is earwigging from the bar area, immediately pays attention.
Paul tells Clive that his solicitor has transferred the funds, so they should meet up to discuss next steps. Once Jimmy has left for Kirsha's (with another croissant), Sheila comes over and pesters Paul about his call with Clive.
SHEILA: How is he?
PAUL: Pretty good, I'd imagine, considering I'm donating 200 grand to the proposed new hospital wing.
Sheila nods with interest…
Sonya is randomly in the back yard, playing tea parties with Nell and Kirsha. Jimmy arrives, and asks Nell if he can have a cup of tea too.
NELL: What's the magic word?
Sonya explains she's looking after Kirsha, because Dipi and Shane are Not In This Episode™. Shane, in fact, is seeing a surgeon about his hand – and Jimmy, who is still feeling guilty about the accident, says he's come round to say sorry again.
SONYA: You don't need to be so hard on yourself, sweetie. Shane knows it was an accident, okay?
JIMMY: I'm just trying to figure out a way to make it up to him, that's all.
Sonya suggests that Shane would appreciate it if Jimmy kept an eye out for Kirsha once school starts again next week. Jimmy says that of course he will. Sonya asks if Jimmy knows much about apps, explaining that Kirsha's talk- to- text app isn't all that accurate. Jimmy suggests that a smart watch might provide more accuracy and convenience; Sonya agrees, but says it's probably a bit expensive.
Sheila descends on the courtyard at the hospital to find Clive, who seems pleased to see her. She claims she's heard about the new hospital wing from Paul, and wants to help ‘bolster community support' for the project. Clive says he could probably find Sheila some work to do on the community outreach side of things, and Sheila is thrilled.
SHEILA: Say hello to your new, self- appointed voluntary community liaison officer!
Ben runs into Xanthe at the café. He admits he didn't get much sleep last night worrying about Tyler. Xanthe encourages Ben not to blame himself – all he did was tell the police the truth. Ben takes her to one side, and explains that Piper asked him to change his police statement.
BEN: She thinks I should say I heard Hamish threaten Tyler. He's been through enough with Russell – it wouldn't be that big of a deal.
XANTHE: Wait, sorry – you're not actually considering lying to the police?
BEN: It'd make what happened look like self- defence. I've been going over it all night, and it's the only way I can help Tyler. It's the only way he can get a lesser sentence.
Xanthe looks upset, and says she has to go.
An angry Xanthe appears on Piper's doorstep.
XANTHE: How could you do that to Ben?
PIPER: Xanthe, what choice did I have? This could mean years' difference in jail for Tyler.
XANTHE: Ben hated having to tell the police what he saw, and now you've gone and put this on him? He's a mess.
PIPER: Look, I'm sorry, okay? I know this isn't easy for Ben, but I've got to think of Tyler! (…)
XANTHE: You're not the only person who loves someone!! If Ben gets caught lying, then he'll be charged as well!
PIPER: No, Xanthe, that's not going to happen.
XANTHE: You don't know that! It might. And then it would be even worse for Tyler.
PIPER: Okay, Xanthe, it doesn't have to be this way. Look at your dad. He got off with a suspended sentence.
XANTHE: This is nothing like my dad! You're asking Ben to get up in front of a judge and jury, and lie on record. He's eighteen now, Piper; this is really serious! Look, I'm sorry. I know this is hard for you.
PIPER: I was gonna spend the rest of my life with Tyler, okay? And you've been with Ben for, like, five minutes. Can't you see that this is so much more than one little statement?
XANTHE: … Right. So what happens to your boyfriend is just so much more important than what happens to mine. That's basically what you're saying right?!
Xanthe marches out of the house, leaving Piper upset.
True to previous form, Paul has erected a scale model of one of the properties on his new housing development scheme on the coffee table in the penthouse. Jimmy asks Paul a favour; he needs a smart watch for Kirsha, so she can use it for talk- to- text. Paul says it would be inappropriate for him to buy Kirsha the watch, but says he's very proud of Jimmy for wanting to help Kirsha.
Paul tells Jimmy that, while he's too young to get a part- time job, he could come up with some kind of entrepreneurial scheme to make enough money to buy the watch.
Jimmy is asking Sonya for a job, but she informs him that he's too young; Kirsha works a couple of hours a week at the nursery, Sonya explains, but doesn't ‘technically' get paid for it. Tia, a previously- seen antagonist from Jimmy and Kirsha's school year, is hanging out with some minion extras – and once Sonya is out of earshot, Tia approaches Jimmy with a money- making idea.
TIA: You live at Lassiter's. There's heaps there people wouldn't miss. You know, the little bottles in the minibars.
JIMMY: What do the little bottles have to do with making money?
TIA: My brother would buy those off you.
JIMMY: What, stealing? No – no way!
Tia rolls her eyes at Jimmy's scruples, but it's clear she's got him thinking…
Ben is making good progress with the diesel engine, and Tyler announces he's going to buy him and Mark lunch.
TYLER: I want to shout you guys. While I still can.
Tyler heads to Grease Monkeys, while Ben asks Mark if he thinks Tyler will cope with being in jail. Mark says he's trying not to think about it.
BEN: Hypothetically – what if I changed my statement?
MARK: Don't even go there.
BEN: If I made it look like Tyler hit Hamish in self- defence?
MARK: Lying to the police, no matter how much you think it's gonna help, is bad news. Got it?
BEN: Wouldn't be much of a lie, though.
MARK: Ben – being part of the force meant everything to me. And now it's gone, because I convinced myself that one little lie was going to protect the people that I cared about. Instead, it's ruined everything – for everyone. Nobody wants to protect Tyler more than me. But as hard as it is to accept, we're gonna have to wait and see what happens at the trial.
Clive is still in the courtyard and Sheila is watching from nearby; on the phone, she tells Dipi that she'll keep her posted on her progress, before rejoining Clive at his table.
SHEILA: As your newly- appointed community liaison officer, people may start to ask me questions about your project.
CLIVE: Down the track, sure – but it's a bit early.
SHEILA: Yes, but I like to keep very well informed. And so I thought an interview might help.
Clive is very busy, but when Sheila closes his laptop he reluctantly agrees! Sheila's first question is about the services the new hospital wing will provide. Clive explains it will be a cutting- edge research facility that he hopes will be renowned Australia- wide, rivalling the big city hospitals.
SHEILA: The planning must be very stressful?
CLIVE: It can be. Sometimes.
SHEILA: I hope you find some time to unwind? You know – all work and no play is a very poor formula for happiness. Have you had any downtime lately? You know, like eating out at exciting restaurants? Going to movies? Or art galleries?
CLIVE: These questions have nothing to do with the new hospital wing.
SHEILA: No, but they're important to me. And you. You're very important to me, if you'd like to be.
CLIVE: You turned me down for another man, Sheila. Me, romantic weekend, the penguins?
SHEILA: I know. And I really regret that.
CLIVE: I thought we had something, but you clearly felt differently. So, if you're serious about helping to develop this new hospital wing, then things have to stay strictly professional.
Sheila walks away despondently, as Clive returns to his work – but he looks up at her thoughtfully as she goes.
Ben is sitting near the police station, looking upset and conflicted. Presently, an emotional Piper appears.
PIPER: Don't change your statement.
BEN: What?! (…) I thought that's what you wanted?
PIPER: I did. But I made a mistake. I was just thinking about what might happen to Tyler. I just wanted to find a way to make everything better. But asking you to put yourself on the line like that – it was stupid and selfish. I didn't even think about how Tyler might feel about it. Let alone you or Xanthe. I'm so sorry.
BEN: Don't be. I can't imagine what you're going through. I really do want to help Tyler.
PIPER: No, Ben – you told the police the truth, and you need to stick to that.
PIPER: Can we still be friends?
BEN: Of course. Come here.
They hug, both very emotional.
Jimmy is helping Kirsha as she works, using sign language to communicate. Tia and her cronies are still nearby, making fun of Kirsha.
TIA: I wonder how you sign ‘loser'?
Kirsha is oblivious to this, but Jimmy comes over and defends her honour.
JIMMY: What do you even get out of making fun of someone who can't hear what you're saying?
SONYA: Okay, bullies aren't welcome here. You girls need to leave.
TIA: I prefer my juice in little bottles, anyway.
Tia and her acolytes stomp off, as Sonya commends Jimmy for standing up to them. Kirsha asks what happened, but Jimmy tells her everything's fine. He looks worried, though.
Sheila rejoins Clive in the courtyard for another attempt.
CLIVE: Sheila, enough for one day – please!
SHEILA: I want to apologise (…) about what happened between us – you know – months ago. It was a huge mistake, and I've been making a lot of them lately. My grief about Russell dying made me an easy target for a master- manipulator. And that has just shown me what a really good man you are.
CLIVE: Sheila, stop.
SHEILA: No, no – because the truth of it is, we were good together.
She's bought him a stuffed penguin, in lieu of the romantic trip they never went on.
SHEILA: Look, I know that our trip ended up being a fizzer. But I just wanted you to know that I understand what we missed out on. What I missed out on. And I just kept thinking about all the fun we had, you know? In The City™? At the gallery, discussing art? I really miss that.
CLIVE: I do too.
SHEILA: So, do you think we could give it another go?
CLIVE: … I'll think about it. By myself.
SHEILA: Because I'm too distracting?
CLIVE: The word is provocative.
SHEILA: I like the sound of that!
Cue an engine- fixing montage with Ben, Tyler and Mark having fun. The engine is duly repaired. Mark announces that he's decided to head to Port Lincoln for Louise's trial, which will probably go on for a few days. Tyler says they'll cope without him, and jokes to Ben that he'll have to make the most of Tyler bossing him around. Ben smiles, but looks sad as Tyler turns away.
Xanthe is cleaning in the entrance, when Piper arrives to apologise. She explains she's already spoken to Ben and asked him not to change his statement.
PIPER: You were right. It was thoughtless of me to ask Ben to do that, and to not consider what it would mean for all of us. Can you forgive me?
XANTHE: Yeah. Yeah, of course I can.
PIPER: How am I gonna survive ten years without him, Xanthe?
XANTHE: Piper, you were never destined to be that girl that settled down at twenty. You were always going to do something incredible with your life. Look, I know Tyler's gonna be away for a while. But you can use this time to find out who you want to be. You can't focus on not being there with him; you need to focus on yourself.
PIPER: I guess.
XANTHE: You and Tyler will have your happily- ever- after. But for now, go out and change the world. Fighting injustice. Do all of those Piper things that only you can do. And if you need a friend to talk about it to, then I'm here. Because I'm not going anywhere.
PIPER: Thank you. I love you!
XANTHE: I love you too.
They hug again, tearfully.
Shortly afterwards, Xanthe enters the elevator with her maid trolley, and finds Jimmy already there, looking glum. Xanthe asks him what's wrong, and he mentions Tia from school.
XANTHE: Brown hair, surprisingly on- point fashion for a Year Eight?
Jimmy explains that Tia has been picking on Kirsha, who doesn't even know it's happening because she can't hear her. Jimmy's worried about what will happen at school when he's not around to look out for Kirsha. Xanthe tells Jimmy not to worry; Susan will have it in hand. But Jimmy has his eye on the little bottles of alcohol that Xanthe is taking to restock the minibars.
As they emerge from the lift, Xanthe goes into a room to service it – and Jimmy, having hidden around the corner, pounces on her trolley, swiping the minibar bottles and running away with them.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Leo tells Shane to stand up to someone, but Shane doesn't want to rock the boat
- Steph moans to Toadie about Jack and his situation with Paige
- Jimmy tries to sell his stolen minibar bottles
- Terese is confronted by Leo and Paul with evidence that Xanthe has been stealing
- ‘Unmissable drama'