- Pierce demands that Terese should resign as hotel manager immediately
- Things go from bad to worse when Terese faces police charges for the camera cover- up
- Terese turns to alcohol, downing a glass of wine
- Paul and Terese looking horrified as they discover the video of Kyle and Amy online
- Kyle tells Amy he's started a class action lawsuit against the hotel, which Toadie is leading
- Paul talks to Prue about staying in Erinsborough, but she says she needs to give it more thought
- Gary asks Prue how Harlow feels about joining the Restoration Order; Prue admits she's not told her
- Having done some research into the Order, Gary asks Prue for more information about it
Prue is waxing lyrical to Gary about the Restoration Order, which she says it's a privilege to be a member of. He asks where all the money goes; she explains it's to fund study programmes and attract new members.
GARY: So not mansions and sports cars for the bigwigs in charge?
PRUE: You're making it sound like it's some kind of scam, and it's not! It's a support group.
GARY: Well, there's a few ex- members online who disagree.
PRUE: Well they gave up too soon. For some, transformation can happen in a couple of days; and for others, it can take a couple of years. We're all like corn - we just pop at different times.
GARY: I also read that the Order cuts you off from your old life. Including most people in it.
PRUE: No, it's the opposite. In fact, your friends and family are encouraged to come along for the ride!
GARY: But what if they don't want to?
PRUE: Well, then... well, we just step back. But just for a while.
GARY: Like you did with Harlow?
PRUE: It's all just part of the process. And it gives them a chance, then, to get their head around it. We're just focused on this amazing life journey. So for someone who doesn't understand it, they can distract us from our goals.
GARY: Like when I quit the smokes, my mate Sparky just didn't like it. So in the end, he gave me so much grief, I just had to tell him to buzz off!
PRUE: Exactly, exactly. You see, for every one bad review, there are ten glowing reviews. For us, it's just another way to improve our lives.
Gary looks sold.
Amy is in shock after Kyle's revelation about the class action lawsuit. He reminds her that she told him to go for compensation if he wanted it. Then, after the public meeting, he started thinking the victims would have more power if they stood together, and Toadie agreed to represent them.
AMY: Lassiter's is my family!
KYLE: I know. But this wouldn't be happening if Paul just made decent offers in the first place.
AMY: He did.
KYLE: Only to us.
AMY: If this is about a payout, then just take the money.
KYLE: It's not about the money, Amy. It's about justice!
AMY: And you're happy to hurt the people I care about.
KYLE: I wish this could be different. But this is the fairest thing for everyone. We weren't the only ones who suffered.
Kyle wants to stop talking about it and get 'our night' back on track. But unsurprisingly, the news has kind of put a dampener on Amy's mood - she tells him it's a little late for that, and leaves.
The following morning, Prue is making porridge for Harlow, Terese and Paul. Terese doesn't want any, saying she'll eat later, but is standoffish when Prue asks about her plans for the day. Noticing Terese is struggling, Paul offers to book her in a massage at the spa later. She's keen for him to come with her, but he says he can't, as he's dealing with the hotel payouts.
There's a knock at the door, which Harlow answers; it's Amy, who's come to tell Paul about the class action. But it's too late, as at that moment, an email pops up on his laptop.
PAUL: What the hell?!
AMY: Dad, there's something you need to know.
PAUL: Has it got anything to do with this?
He shows Amy the email, then Terese looks too. It's the class action notice from Rebecchi Law, saying, 'Were you a guest at Lassiter's Hotel Erinsborough between 2016 and 2019? If so, you may be eligible to join a class action seeking compensation for being unknowingly filmed.'
Chloe and Pierce are looking at the same email.
CHLOE: Why would Toadie do this?
PIERCE: Someone must've been unhappy with the way we handled the whole situation.
Kyle is telling Toadie he has 'no regrets' about the lawsuit.
TOADIE: Then why do you look so worried?
KYLE: Amy didn't take the news well. Should've seen that coming.
TOADIE: You don't have to be lead plaintiff, I can find someone else.
KYLE: I want to. Mate, I have to do what's right. And you're in the same boat - you're not gonna win any popularity contest, either.
A furious Paul recalls that he and Terese went to Toadie for legal advice when the scandal broke, and now he's turning that knowledge against them 'to cash in'.
AMY: He's not that manipulative, Dad!
PAUL: Why are you defending him?! Don't tell me he's convinced you to take part?
PAUL: What about Kyle?
AMY: ... This was his idea.
Paul groans in frustration.
Dipi tells Shane that she's annoyed Kyle has managed to convinced Toadie to represent the class action; the complex is already a ghost town without more bad press to deal with, and it's damaging their business. Sheila comes in, having heard the news too.
SHEILA: Have you two seen it? What was Toadie thinking?!
Karl, Susan, Finn and Elly are mulling over the lawsuit news.
KARL: The victims must have grounds. Toadie wouldn't take on a case he doesn't believe in.
Finn and Susan explain to Elly that the Sonya Foundation is having financial problems, which is part of Toadie's motivation.
KARL: If they win, the payout would be big.
FINN: It could be a good thing. The foundation benefits a lot of people.
SUSAN: And a class action could hurt a lot of people, too. Our friends, our neighbours.
KARL: Yeah. Paul and Terese, and Chloe and Pierce.
Pierce tells Chloe the hotel can't afford this financially; if it goes to court, the compensation sums will skyrocket and the insurance won't necessarily cover it; plus they may have indirect claims from staff and local businesses.
Shane suggests to Dipi that they could join the class action on behalf of the café, and sue the hotel for loss of business.
SHEILA: You'd be suing your landlord! 'Bags would triple your rent!
SHANE: Nah, there are rules against that!
SHEILA: He'd work his way around the rules. When he's not pulling wings off flies and scaring small children, he's working on schemes and grudges. Taking on Paul Robinson is not for the faint- hearted.
DIPI: Well, your grandson didn't seem to mind.
DIPI: Yeah, he was the one who kicked it off.
Sheila is shocked.
Kyle insists to Toadie that he wants to be lead plaintiff; he knows how Paul operates, and won't let him get to him. Toadie agrees. A call comes in from another claimant who's seen the email - and before Toadie's finished the call, another line is ringing. He gestures to Kyle to answer it - the lawsuit is gaining traction fast...
Pierce tells Chloe to ring Paul and organise a meeting; he doesn't want Paul 'going rogue' on this. Chloe is more concerned about how she'll manage a hundred staff convinced their jobs are in danger. Pierce says she can do this, and he'll help her.
CHLOE: It's okay. I just need to channel Terese.
Terese tells Paul and Amy she can't believe one mistake has caused such a domino effect.
AMY: This isn't all on you.
TERESE: Yeah, well, it certainly feels like it.
PAUL: Yeah, not that Kyle cares.
AMY: He wants recognition for the victims.
PAUL: Oh, boo- hoo (!) Look, I was already seeing to that.
AMY: We all know you weren't acting out of the kindness of your heart, Dad!
PAUL: Is there any way that you'd be able to talk him down on this?
AMY: I don't want to get involved.
PAUL: Oh, darling, don't be so damn naïve! You are dating the man who is suing me; I don't think you have a choice!
Toadie and Kyle are still busy fielding calls from hotel customers wanting to join the class action; the phones are ringing off the hook.
KYLE: We need help! It's like a tsunami!
Amy turns up, and quickly gauges that there's been a big response to the ad. Kyle asks her if Paul's seen it; she confirms he has, but says she's not going to be the 'gopher' that runs between Paul and Kyle 'dishing out the dirt'. Kyle says that's fair enough; they should maybe try to keep the class action separate from their personal life.
TOADIE: You're gonna have to do better than try. Legally, you guys can't talk about it - unless you're planning on joining us?
AMY: Umm, no.
TOADIE: Then I'm sorry, Ames - I'm gonna have to ask you to leave.
AMY: I'm not spying on you!
TOADIE: I know, I know. It's client confidentiality, though - sorry.
The phone rings again, and Kyle remembers he has another client on hold. He asks if Amy wants to do lunch later; bewildered, she agrees, and leaves.
Terese is at the bar with a coffee, looking very lost. Susan and Karl come in, and Terese leaps when Susan says 'caught you'. But they're only here because they've seen the class action ad, and wanted to check in; Harlow told them where Terese was.
SUSAN: It's awful it's come to this.
TERESE: Yeah, well. The lawsuit's understandable, but the fact that Toadie's leading it - it hurts. Every time I think the worst is behind me...
SUSAN: I know this is really inane advice, but I find that if you try and keep really busy, sometimes that stops you from dwelling.
TERESE: Well, I've been doing a bit of cooking. And the house is immaculate. I've been embracing my inner domestic goddess.
Karl invites Terese to joint hem for lunch so he can tell her all about his latest Bike Club exploits. She doesn't look keen. But at that point Sheila appears and starts moaning about the class action herself, saying she's angry at Kyle for being a part of it because she's losing out on tips - which she'll be taking out of his inheritance! Terese seizes the chance to sneak out, to avoid further attention.
Harlow and Prue are talking about the lawsuit. Harlow says the timing sucks, as Paul was meant to help Prue with her visa options, and now she doubts he'll have time. Harlow wishes she could do something to help Terese and Paul. Gary comes in and sits down to join them.
PRUE: I simply hope all this hardship helps them to become better people.
HARLOW: It's all a quest for improvement for you, isn't it?
While Harlow goes to the bathroom, Gary moves to sit next to Prue. He scoffs at the idea that the lawsuit could make Paul a better bloke.
PRUE: In the Order, we believe that everyone can be redeemed. It doesn't matter how naughty you've been.
GARY: Points for that, but Paul's as rotten as an old tooth.
PRUE: Look, I know you've had your issues, but it does take two to tango.
GARY: Oh, so are you saying Paul framing me for a crime I didn't commit is my fault?
GARY: Or stealing my missus?
GARY: Or lining up my next missus with my son?
PRUE: Cor, it's quite the rap sheet! (...) Look, you're still holding onto it. Clearly you need to let it go. Look, why don't you try channelling the negative energy you have towards Paul into a positive action? Paul has the power over you because you have negativity towards him. If you do the opposite, you can reclaim your power. It's simple.
Paul confirms to Pierce and Chloe that Kyle is behind the class action.
PAUL: Apparently he wants to stand up for the little people. Didn't think he had enough room in his head for a social conscience.
PIERCE: So he convinced Toadie?
PAUL: Who I thought had scruples! Turns out he's just another bottom- feeding shyster.
CHLOE: Keep your voice down.
PAUL: Oh, why?
CHLOE: The guests!
We cut to a long shot of the empty foyer.
PAUL: The guests - what guests?! In case you hadn't noticed, our occupancy rates are in the gutter!
Paul announces he's going to see Toadie. Pierce and Chloe aren't keen on that, as he's too worked up - they say they'll go instead, after they've consulted their own lawyers.
PAUL: Oh, great. There goes another chunk of money down the toilet.
PIERCE: So be it. We have to do everything by the book.
Chloe tells Paul the compensation offers he was making were too low; Paul reminds them he only had a fixed amount from the insurers.
CHLOE: There is a way to fairly compensate the guests without going to court.
PAUL: Okay, enlighten me.
CHLOE: Dig into your own pocket.
PAUL (laughs out loud): You have got to be joking!
PIERCE: You're complicit in this disaster. You need to start taking some responsibility. Or be prepared to lose your hotel.
Paul looks worried.
Paul is on the phone, trying to sweet- talk a hotel guest into accepting a higher settlement, reminding them there's no guarantee that the class action will be successful and in which case, they wouldn't get a penny if they joined it. Prue and Gary come in; Prue encourages Gary to go and talk to Paul so as to reclaim his power! Gary looks sceptical, but goes and sits next to Paul as he finishes his call.
PAUL: What the hell do you want?!
GARY: I have something to say. No matter what life throws at you, you always fight for what you believe in like a... like a mongrel dog.
Prue gestures at Gary from behind Paul!
GARY: Nah. Like a hungry wolf, with a killer instinct to rip throats out. But you're, umm, always loyal to your pack, and you never back down. Not even with me, no matter how much grief I give you, and, umm... I admire that.
PAUL: Are you on drugs?!
GARY: I'm just telling you what I feel.
But Paul's already walking away. Prue joins Gary and asks how he feels.
GARY: I feel a bit lighter, actually!
Susan comes in and chats to Shane about Toadie; she's worried he's going to struggle to juggle the class action with the kids and everything else. Toadie comes in and orders a coffee from Dipi at the counter, who looks put out. He explains to everyone that he has to get back to the office quickly, as the phones are ringing off the hook about the lawsuit.
SHANE: Do you think me and Dipi could make a claim? The café stands to lose a lot of custom over this.
TOADIE: (...) Well, it would be separate from the class action, but there's definitely a case.
SHANE: Would you represent us?
TOADIE: Being family, it's probably best to get someone else, but I can definitely point you in the right direction.
Dipi, who has been listening to all this, storms over.
DIPI: Are you serious? There is no way we're suing anyone. That's just more money down the hole. And what were you thinking with all of this?
SHANE: He's doing his job, Dip - the victims deserve a payout.
DIPI: And what about your payout, Toad?
TOADIE: Ah, well, Sonya's foundation is on the brink of collapse and this is gonna save it, so I can't say no to that.
DIPI: Meanwhile, you're bringing down the hotel where half of our customers come from. How could you not think about us in any of this? (To Shane) And how could you just jump on board?
SHANE: Dipi, come on.
DIPI (to Toadie): No. You can get your coffee elsewhere from now on.
Susan, Toadie and Shane look sheepish as Dipi walks off.
Kyle meets Amy, telling Toadie they're heading off for lunch. Amy's still sore at being accused of spying earlier, but Kyle says Toadie's just being careful. He asks if Paul's said anything to her.
AMY: We can't talk about that, remember?
They have awkward chat about Amy's morning at work, until Pierce and Chloe appear.
Pierce and Chloe want to go and speak to Toadie, but Kyle abruptly tells them Toadie's flat out, so they'll have to phone him if they want to talk.
CHLOE: We tried, but the line's busy.
KYLE: Email, then.
CHLOE: Kyle, does it have to be like this?
KYLE: Like what?
CHLOE: So full- on! We're friends. Can we just work something out? We both want the same outcome.
KYLE: Yeah, except your mob want it for a lot less.
Kyle and Amy walk off.
CHLOE (to Pierce): Well, that went well.
Terese comes out into the garden with a handbag and, checking there's no- one around, opens it to retrieve a bottle of wine, which she decants into a coffee mug. She hears Susan calling from around the side of the house, so takes a quick gulp, then hides the wine in her bag. Susan explains she wanted to finish their chat from the pub earlier - and has brought chocolate.
TERESE: Oh, Susan... I'm really tired.
SUSAN: Okay. Well, maybe just a cuppa?
SUSAN: Terese, I know you used to go and see Sonya when things got tough, and I can't replace her. But I can offer my own kind of support.
TERESE: With chocolate!
SUSAN: Or we can just talk. Or not talk. Whatever you want to do.
Terese says she'll put some coffee on. Susan tries to help by taking the mug, but Terese quickly grabs it so she doesn't discover it's full of wine - and tells Susan she'll be back out in a second.
Gary enthusiastically tells Prue about the look on Paul's face when he paid him a compliment.
GARY: I reckon I scared him more than all the times I've gone off at him!
PRUE: It feels good, doesn't it, taking the high road? See, this is why I love the Order, because it focuses on positive thinking.
GARY: Yeah, well, I'm positive that I'd like to know more about it - and I reckon Harlow will feel just the same once she's got all the facts.
Prue tells Gary he's right, and kisses him, just as Harlow comes in and groans at the sight of it.
HARLOW: I need a trigger warning before you do that!
Gary leaves Prue and Harlow to chat. Harlow explains she's been grocery- shopping, so it's one less thing for Paul and Terese to do.
PRUE: You're so sweet for looking after them.
HARLOW: Yeah, well, I'm used to it. Been looking after you for years.
PRUE: I'm sorry, and I know it can't have been easy. Well, you won't have to do that anymore. Because I'm ready to mum you like you've never been mummed before.
HARLOW: Uh, that sounds frightening!
PRUE: Well, you deserve to be nurtured. I can't have you running yourself ragged looking after Paul and Terese like you did for me.
HARLOW: It's not the same, Mum.
PRUE: Your aura tells me otherwise. Paul and Terese can look after themselves - you did not come to Erinsborough to be a babysitter. I can see your burden, and I want to lift it.
Harlow looks unconvinced.
Pierce and Chloe get out of the car - Chloe asks Pierce if he thinks Paul will cough up out of his own funds to pay the compensation. Pierce says that if Paul doesn't, he might have to instead. Chloe thinks that's unfair; they should wait and see what Toadie says.
At this point Toadie and Kyle pull up in another car, but Paul spots them from across the road and storms over with Terese.
PAUL: Jarrod! What gives you the right to go after your neighbours?!
TOADIE: It's not personal, Paul.
PAUL: Really? How can you say that when you're about to take us to the cleaners'?! And then you have the audacity to punish me - to punish my wife?! After all I did for yours. I was there for Sonya's illness; I donated to the foundation.
KYLE: Ease up, Paul!
PAUL: And you! I thought you had more brains than your father. Turns out I was wrong about that, wasn't I? Idiot.
KYLE: For what? Wanting to do the right thing by the victims?
PAUL: The only victim here is Terese!
TERESE: Paul, please.
PAUL: No, it's true!
Shane has appeared to watch nearby, and Amy comes out of No 26 to intervene.
TOADIE: For what it's worth, it wasn't an easy decision to make.
PAUL: You know what? If Sonya was still around, she wouldn't have let you make that decision at all! She would've been appalled.
TOADIE: You don't get to bring my wife into this.
Paul and Toadie are right in one another's faces, but Amy inserts herself between them.
AMY: Okay, everyone, just *stop*!
PAUL: Oh, we're just getting started.
The two parties go their separate ways - Pierce, Chloe, Paul and Terese to their side of the street, and Toadie, Kyle and Shane to their own - glaring at one another as they back off. As we view the street from way above, Amy is physically and figuratively left standing in the middle of the road - then walks towards her own house in the centre of the cul- de- sac.
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- David asks Aaron if Ned could be 'involved in something like that'
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