- Steph telling Gary that the retreat isn't ready for Shane's wee generator
- Dipi encouraging Shane to apply for The Waterhole job
- Paul believing that Amy has a drinking problem
- Toadie warning Sheila to do her job properly
- Sheila hating everything about her job with Toadie
- Leo gearing up for a fight with Dilhan
- Ned returning to Erinsborough & Leo accidentally punching him
Ned tells Leo he's back to see Piper and apparently stop fights. Leo explains the Dilhan/Mishti situation and how he wanted Dilhan to break his bail conditions. He's worried Ned might report him or mention it to Terese, but Ned says he'll keep quiet.
Gary and Dipi go over the menu for Dipi's investor lunch tomorrow for her musical while Shane, Kirsha and Sheila listen in.
KIRSHA: You just have to screw their money out of them then Flapper can fire ahead.
KIRSHA: I'm only saying what you said.
SHANE: You were probably listening with your bad ear.
KIRSHA: I wasn't.
Gary assures Kirsha he's looking to get some money out of the investors too: Steph left him with a lot of big targets to hit. Sheila then inadvertently finds out that Shane's got an interview in the morning for the Waterhole manager role. Frowning, Sheila says she applied for an interview too but didn't hear back.
Terese apologises to Piper for trying to push Cassius on her but Piper smiles and says she thought it was "crazy but sweet". Terese freaks out when Piper nearly discovers Tyler's hidden letter in the cupboard and quickly shoves it into a drawer while Piper's answering a knock at the door. The Willis women are stunned to find Ned on the doorstep, with a black eye that he barely explains, asking if he can stay a few days. Piper's thrilled but Terese looks a bit suss on him.
The next morning, Leo's surprised to see Sheila standing alongside Shane, waiting to be interviewed. Sheila tries to muscle her way in but Leo's having none of it and takes Shane inside. Toadie's heard every word and wants to know why his employee is trying to get her old job back.
SHEILA: It's really hard to explain without sounding ungrateful.
TOADIE: Why don't you give that a shot?
SHEILA: I hate working for you.
TOADIE: Oh, OK!
SHEILA: Don't take it personally, you're a great boss but that's the problem: I'm a great boss too. Working under someone and having to follow their orders and do what they want every time they want it, well I find it...
TOADIE: (less offended, more understanding) You find it hard.
SHEILA: Really hard. (She looks longingly at the pub) This place is where I belong.
Meanwhile, old five-finger discount Amy is looking at a few frocks hanging outside the pop-up shop.
Leo says he's got another applicant to interview but Shane's pretty much got it in the bag. Shane seems really unenthused by the idea and reminds Leo that he's pretty inexperienced, and he'll need time off for his VCE too, but Leo is very accommodating much to Shane's disappointment. Toadie bumps into Shane and can see that he's not thrilled to have gone so well in his interview, but Shane pretends everything is fine.
Terese asks Piper if she thought Ned was being weird and evasive last night and wonders if he's in trouble again, but Piper thinks she's overreacting. Ned comes downstairs, the shiner on his eye more prominent. Terese says it looks like he's been in a fight but Ned reiterates his story about luggage hitting him when he opened the overhead locker on the plane. He quickly scurries out for a walk and Terese gives Piper an 'I told you so' look.
Dipi (dressed in her flapper get up) is setting up for the lunch when Shane appears and tells her the 'good' news about his interview. Dipi's thrilled, but Kirsha can see her dad's not enthused, telling him as much when Dipi's out of earshot. Shane says you just have to be an adult sometimes and do stuff you don't want to earn a living, but Kirsha thinks her dad should keep concentrating on his inventions. The generator's already at the retreat, and there'll be heaps of investors there today too.
SHANE: Today's your mum's thing; I don't want to muscle in.
KIRSHA: But your generator's so cool. It uses people's wee to create power and clean water. Who wouldn't love that? You know wee do!
Shane chuckles. It looks as though Kirsha's convinced him.
Elly's stunned to see Ned walk by and stops him for a hug and a chat. Ned does the whole 'here to see Piper, don't worry about my huge black eye' thing and Elly fills him in on school news and Bea's arrival. But Ned sees Leo and makes a quick escape, much to Elly's confusion. Leo apologises to Ned again and double-checks he won't tell Terese about the fight - or Mishti either.
LEO: She's the ex and she's also a cop. If she'd known I went all vigilante, that I couldn't help myself...
NED: It's fine; it's not easy letting go.
[Elly walks past them and Leo notices Ned looking at her]
LEO: Broken hearts, hey?
NED: Yeah. Think I'd rather be punched in the face.
Shane finds Gary in front reception, trying to get food platters ready, and asks him if it would be OK to serve water from his generator today.
SHANE: OK, calm down, you can do it.
GARY: No, no, I mean 'wee'. Your wee generator.
SHANE: Yeah! It's an awesome opportunity to showcase everything it can do.
GARY: I get where you're coming from, but that water...
SHANE: Is delicious!
GARY: It's number one.
SHANE: I know!
GARY: I mean it's made from number ones.
GARY: What am I supposed to tell the guests?
SHANE: (excited) Nothing! That's the beauty of it, we just let them sit throughout the shindig and then at the end we get up and say, 'Ta-da! You've been drinking recycled urine! Yum!' And then we say, 'Who wants to invest in this awesome invention and help save the world's most depleted resource?' It'll put us both on the map!
GARY: (polite fake smiling so much his face might crack) Maybe one day, Shane, but not today.
Gary explains that today is the most important gig he's had since Xanthe's birthday debacle and he can't have anything go wrong. He's also not willing to put his reputation on the line, especially since Paul will be in attendance. Shane looks very disappointed.
Out in the restaurant area, Paul and Amy are the first guests to show up. Paul says he wanted to get there early and see what Gary had done to the place.
DIPI: I think it's pretty much the same as when Steph was here.
PAUL: I'm sure there'll be a touch of bogan somewhere.
Dipi swiftly changes the subject and compliments Amy's dress - the very same one she stole from the shop earlier. Over by the food, Kirsha asks Shane if Gary said yes to the generator but is disappointed to hear otherwise. Good old Shane, though, looks as though he's about to defy Gary's wishes and fill up an empty water jug with generator water anyway. Urine for a bad time, pee-ple.
Leo tells Terese that Shane's their best candidate for the job and is astonished when she agrees with him. Toadie approaches them and learns his brother's got the job but says he actually has another contender in mind. Leo and Terese don't understand why Toadie's throwing his brother under the bus, but Toadie says Shane doesn't really want the role.
TERESE: Well who's this other amazing candidate?
[Terese and Leo pretty much laugh in Toadie's face]
TERESE: Look, we did consider her but...
TOADIE: Sheila has worked for you guys for years and she knows the place inside and out.
LEO: She failed the compliance training. And she was just propping up Gary's business.
TOADIE: Gary's desserts are in here anyway so what's the diff?
LEO: She's a loose cannon!
TOADIE: Is she really? Or is she just passionate and a little bit creative? Come on, Terese, you know you can rely on her.
LEO: One question.
LEO: Well Sheila currently works for you, right?
LEO: So why are you fighting so hard to get rid of her? Is she that bad at her job?
TOADIE: No she's quite competent actually.
LEO: Oh come on, Toadie, admit it! She's doing your head in, why else would you be here?
TOADIE: Of course she does my head in she's Sheila. But the main thing is she's not happy working for me. She's happy working here. She will love this place and care for it like no one ever can or will. And at the end of the day isn't that what makes the best employee?
Terese and Leo look as though they're being won over by Toadie's words.
Shane places fresh jugs of pee water on the table for the guests. Dipi tells Shane to relax for a while so she can schmooze everyone out of their money. She offers Amy and Paul some champagne, but at Paul's disapproving look, Amy says they'll stick to water. Dipi tries the showbiz angle to get Paul onside, but Paul just wants straightforward facts and figures. Once Dipi tells him, she's stunned when he offers her $5000 for the show. Dipi finds Shane, who has to go and meet Leo, and she guesses it must mean he's got the job. Dipi's super excited so many good things are happening for the family.
The Waterhole/Flametree Retreat
Sheila nearly joyfully squeezes the life out of Leo when he tells her she's got her job back, but Leo says Toadie's the one she should be thanking. Shane appears and tries to hide how stoked he is that he didn't get the job. Leo tells Sheila she can start back right away and to fix Shane a drink for being such a good sport about it all.
Gary serves Amy and Paul some finger food and Amy compliments him on the taste.
AMY: They are the yummiest things I think I've ever eaten. What do you reckon?
PAUL: Hmm, they left my palate a little dry actually.
AMY: Rubbish. And it'd be nice if you could actually say something positive for once.
PAUL: (offering Gary a withering glare) Cut above the 'Sausage King'.
GARY: Well I haven't lost my touch in that department either.
AMY: Seriously, Gary, you're doing great on all fronts. Steph would be proud.
GARY: Aww, thanks, Amy!
Back at the pub, Sheila offers Toadie a free beer as well, telling him she'll always be grateful for what he did. Toadie jokingly offers Shane Sheila's old job at the office, but Shane grins and says his generator might be taking off soon then he'll be his own boss.
TOADIE: Oh? Why's that?
SHANE: I switched the water at Dipi's shindig. They're all drinking recycled wee.
Toadie and Sheila stare at each other, gobsmacked.
At the lunch, Dipi calls everyone together to make a toast, thanking them for being so generous with their time and support. Pee water all 'round!
Shane assures Toadie and Sheila that the water tastes good, but Toadie says everyone still deserves to know what they're drinking. Sheila points out that Shane's going against Gary's wishes, too.
SHEILA: You'll just have to hope they won't notice.
SHANE: Oh no, they'll notice.
SHEILA: Why? Has it got an aftertaste?
SHANE: No! I put mini sample bottles in all the gift bags.
TOADIE: Oh dear...
SHANE: With a tag that reads 'Congratulations! You've been drinking recycled urine' (he trails off, finally realising how awful that sounds).
TOADIE: Urine idiot!
SHEILA: Dipi is going to be furious, Gary too! This could ruin the whole fundraiser!
SHANE: (looking thoroughly ill) I've actually made a huge mistake.
TOADIE: Oh yeah.
Shane sprints out of the pub and across Lassiter's Complex like he's gunning for the fastest time at the Olympics. Back at the lunch, Paul eyes off his glass of water.
PAUL: Does that look a little cloudy to you?
AMY: Just hush your mouth and listen.
Dipi concludes her speech by thanking Paul profusely for his donation. They all clink their glasses and Paul takes a few huge mouthfuls of water.
Back at The Waterhole, Elly finds Leo and can't help asking what he and Ned were talking about earlier. Leo says it was just guy stuff, "break-ups, girlfriends, heartbreak" the usual. Elly ponders this - she didn't get the vibe he came back for her, but someone anonymous has been viewing her Instagram stories a lot lately. Leo asks if Elly would "go back there" with Ned but Elly says no.
Terese is on the phone to Brad, letting him know about her concerns for Ned. She can't help thinking he might be in trouble with the bikie gang again, but has to hang up when Ned wanders outside. Ned has figured out she's been talking to his dad, though.
TERESE: He's worried about you. He said you shut up shop in the middle of the week and took off without any explanation.
NED: It's only for a couple of days. I needed a break.
TERESE: What, and you couldn't tell him? Stop him from stressing?
NED: Well he doesn't tell me everything he's doing. Hey, I saw Elly down at Lassiter's she's...
TERESE: Don't change the subject. What happened to your eye?
NED: It's no big deal, Terese.
TERESE: Well I think it is. And if you want to continue staying here then you need to give me some good reasons.