- Roxy and Kyle's date not going as well as planned
- Andrea encouraging Elly to use her contraband phone
- Bea talking to Elly about looking after Aster
- Elly deciding that Aster would be safer not living in prison
- Elly telling Toadie that Andrea wants his help to make contact with Dee
- Andrea offering to share illegal booze with Elly as a 'thank you'
- Toadie making a phone call to Dee
Dipi helps Dee bring in her luggage after picking her up from the airport. Toadie's delighted to see Dee and envelopes her in a hug. Dipi leaves them to catch up. Dee asks after Karl and Susan, then says she hopes Toadie is remembering to look after himself as well as everyone else.
TOADIE: I'm fine.
DEE: Yeah? How's the health kick going?
TOADIE: You're looking at a man who eats quinoa crackers in his gym gear.
DEE: Mmm, and dreams about cheesy- crust pizza.
TOADIE: Every single night.
Dee says she'll give Susan a call once she's checked into the hotel. Toadie apologises for having no room at the inn now they've got Mackenzie staying with them. He then asks if Dee has thought any more about the Andrea situation, but Dee says it's hard to think of anything else.
Andrea witnesses Elly pouring her expressed milk down the sink. Elly angrily explains it's no good for the baby after their boozy night. She's annoyed that the one thing she can actually do for her daughter she's stuffed up, but Elly also blames Andrea for talking her into drinking last night. Andrea tries to make peace, but Elly tells her to leave her alone before crawling under the blankets on her bed.
Kyle bumps into Ned and soon realises that he knows about his flop of a date with Roxy. Kyle says they were actually having fun after they ditched Ned's "dumb date idea", but then he had to go and ruin it. Ned reminds Kyle that he's still grieving, which is more than understandable, but Kyle says it's not fair to dump that all on Roxy: "We're supposed to be having fun. She didn't sign up for a therapy session." Ned sees Roxy and Sheila over at the pub and suggests Kyle have a chat with Roxy. But Kyle looks uncomfortable and says he'll do it after he goes to grief group with Sheila.
Over at The Waterhole, Roxy offers her support to "Mama Jugs", letting Sheila know she's there if she needs her. Kyle swings by to collect Sheila for the 'errand' they're going to run, not telling Roxy about grief group. None the wiser, Roxy is insistent that she'll run the errand for them, thinking she's helping. But the Cannings say they've got everything covered and to keep an eye on the pub instead. Roxy looks disappointed Kyle won't let her help.
The grief group is in session and a red- haired woman has just finished speaking. There's a short silence before she urges someone else to speak up before she tells another bad joke, throwing an encouraging smile Kyle's way. After a few deep breaths, Kyle collects himself enough to talk.
KYLE: I'm struggling with how to be around people after my dad died. One minute you're having fun, not thinking about stuff, then it takes one tiny thing and 'bang', everything floods back. I can cope with that, I just don't want my mates to have to. And I never know when it's going to happen. It sucks when they suddenly remember to tiptoe around you like I'm not normal... Felt good saying that without feeling guilty.
Sheila gives him an encouraging pat on the knee. The red- haired woman smiles at him.
Dee knows Toadie doesn't want her seeing Andrea. Toadie replies that it's not up to him and he doesn't want his opinions swaying her either way. Dee smirks and says that Toadie obviously has something to say on the matter, though. And she would be correct.
TOADIE: Andrea always has an agenda.
DEE: Mmm, like what? She wants me to help cut her sentence like last time?
TOADIE: Or maybe she wants to get back at me.
DEE: Or back with you.
TOADIE: Yeah, well, Elly says that she's moved on anyway.
DEE: What else did Elly say?
TOADIE: That Andrea talks a lot about family and that she's lonely.
DEE: Do you think maybe prison has changed things? Given her a wake- up call?
TOADIE: Andrea is who she is. The way that she manipulated me and my family... and if my wife's death wasn't enough of a wake- up call for her, then I doubt that prison will be.
Toadie adds that he meant it when he said he doesn't want his opinion of Andrea to colour Dee's opinion of her sister. Dee admits she's been thinking about Andrea and Heather a lot.
DEE: I'm not an idiot. I do know that it could be dangerous. But I can't help wondering why... Why did Andrea end up the way she did?
TOADIE: You want to see her, don't you.
By the look on Dee's face, she most certainly does.
Roxy laments to Ned that every single time she speaks with Kyle lately she says the wrong thing. Ned tells her not to stress and adds that Kyle was probably just anxious about going to grief group. This is news to Roxy; she feels even more idiotic now for banging on about running errands for them.
ROXY: I thought it was picking up dry- cleaning or something.
NED: Since when have you offered to pick up someone's dry- cleaning?
ROXY: Now I have to apologise for it.
NED: Do you have to?
ROXY: Yeah. I really stuck my foot in it.
NED: Just chill, Rox. If you make a big deal out of it, it's just going to make it more awkward.
ROXY: Ned I don't want Kyle thinking I'm some airhead who doesn't get it, when clearly I am an airhead who just really doesn't get it.
Ned puts pause on the pity party and tells Roxy to stop trying to be "girlfriend of the year", she's only had one date with Kyle and doesn't need to keep putting undue pressure on herself.
Dee tells Dipi that she's thinking about visiting Andrea in prison but she's worried about upsetting Toadie. Dipi reminds her that Toadie called her in the first place so she could make up her own mind. She then advises Dee to do what's right for her, "Toadie will understand."
Kyle is surprised to see Roxy waiting outside for him. She apologises for coming on too "intense" earlier about the errands, she didn't know he was going to grief group. Kyle says he was just trying to look after Sheila, but Roxy says he doesn't need to explain. She adds that the offer of running errands still stands if he needs her, but Kyle is after something different.
KYLE: You could try acting normal. (Off her confused look) I mean, like usual. Cheeky! Trying to get out of work, not taking more on.
ROXY: You want me to be more fun?
ROXY: I can do that.
ROXY: Absolutely. From now on we can keep it cool and casual.
KYLE: Cool... probably for the best.
She spies Sheila exiting the Community Centre with the red- haired woman (Jessica), and scurries back to work. Sheila chats with Jessica about Gary and then says she hopes to see her at another meeting soon. Sheila heads back to the pub and Jessica notices that Kyle is unknowingly sitting on the bonnet of her car. She smiles and asks if she's giving him a lift home. Kyle looks apologetic and says he was going to walk but Jessica insists on driving him.
Andrea is buzzing that Dee has come to visit her. She practically skips into the visitor's room, stealing a plate of biscuits from another inmate's table before plonking them down for Dee. Andrea says she can't believe Dee came, then gets a bit teary and says she's sorry.
ANDREA: Last time you were here I was angry and I was shocked.
DEE: I think we both were.
ANDREA: I still can't get my head around how my entire life came down to that one moment when the nuns scooped you up and then handed you over.
Dee doesn't know what to say. Andrea tries to compose herself.
ANDREA: I'm going to be honest, when it all came out I spent a lot of time in my cell just wishing I had a dartboard with your face on it. I hated you. You struck gold. You got the 'bliss', I got the crap.
DEE: I wish my parents adopted us both.
ANDREA: (scathing) Yeah, you and me both.
She takes the bitterness down a notch and tries for another topic of conversation, asking Dee if she's heard from Willow.
DEE: Yes. I spent some time with her in Port Macquarie.
ANDREA: (pleased) How'd she go with her exams?
DEE: Do you need to even ask?
Andrea is proud of her daughter, but Dee wants to put other topics aside and get into the nitty gritty of the visit.
DEE: Andrea I need to know why I'm here, okay? I'm assuming it's not for small talk. What, are you going to involve me in a plan or...
ANDREA: (angry) I don't have a plan! I just want to see you. I just want to say I'm sorry. (She takes on a calmer tone) I'm not mad. I'm sad and I'm confused, but I know that none of this is your fault. Ball's in your court, Dee. I don't deserve a second chance but I'd really like to get to know you. What do you reckon?
Dee looks extremely conflicted and wary.
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Dipi drops off a takeaway coffee for Toadie. He's happy until he finds out that Dee borrowed Dipi's car to drive to the prison and visit Andrea. Toadie says that Dee is a beautiful person who cares about others, so of course she went to see her sister, but she doesn't understand she's playing right into Andrea's hands.
DIPI: I think you need to give her a bit more credit than that. She made a considered decision.
TOADIE: Yeah the one hundred percent wrong one!
DIPI: For you. Not for her. The only reason why she might not have gone was to spare your feelings. She shouldn't have to wear that. She needs to follow her heart, Toad. And if that means spending time with Andrea then we need to support her.
Dipi goes back to the cafe, giving Toadie time to mull things over.
Dee is explaining to Andrea that she's been on some forums where you can talk with other people who have been adopted. She says that generally people who find out sooner are a lot more chilled. Andrea chimes in that they were the exact opposite and were rocked to the core.
DEE: Yes. I really struggled at first. I felt like my whole life had been a lie.
DEE: And I had to say to myself, don't think about it that way. Family is more than DNA... I hope that didn't sound hurtful.
ANDREA: No, no. Do you think you would have come looking for us if you found out sooner? Mum and me.
DEE: That's a really difficult question to answer. Um, I don't think you ever really know what you're going to do until you're in the situation. But having said that, I think my curiosity would probably have gotten the better of me. Like it has now.
Andrea looks as though she's genuinely listening and taking everything in. Visiting hours are nearly over so Dee starts to make tracks. She offers to tell Willow that she's seen Andrea, which makes Andrea happy.
ANDREA: Maybe you could come and tell me what she says when you next visit?
DEE: I don't think I'll be staying around that much longer.
ANDREA: Oh. I hope you do.
DEE: We'll play it by ear. It's a lot to consider.
Andrea watches Dee leave, looking a bit sad to see her go.
Number 26 Backyard
Jessica has stayed for a coffee and a chat with Kyle. They're talking about grief group and Jessica mentions she's spoken up a couple of times at different places. Kyle wonders why she's been to different groups and Jessica says she's moved around a lot the past ten years.
KYLE: I thought your friend died recently?
JESSICA: Yeah, but mum died ten years ago.
JESSICA: Thanks. (She lightens the mood) So I'm kind of a frequent flyer. If you want the pro tip, Eden Hills has the best morning tea by far.
KYLE: Choc bickies?
JESSICA: As far as the eye can see.
She gets a laugh out of Kyle. Jessica says she noticed he was being a rock for Sheila today.
KYLE: She needs it. She lost her son.
JESSICA: You lost your dad. You're worrying about Sheila, today you spoke about your mates, why don't we talk about you for a bit?
KYLE: Dad was killed on an island. I was there when it happened. And he was only there because of me. I can't stop thinking 'what if?' What if I just stayed here like he asked me to? Probably be on his honeymoon, happy. Not dead.
JESSICA: I'm sorry that's how you're feeling. That's heavy. It sucks. You don't need me to tell you it's not your fault, right?
KYLE: Nah. I know deep down. But still... Maybe grief makes you feel things so hard that your brain doesn't even get a look in. Like Gran and the pigeon. (Jessica looks at him) Gran thinks dad has come back as a pigeon and visits her out here.
Jessica breaks into a laugh then tries to cover it.
JESSICA: Sorry! It's not funny.
KYLE: It is a bit.
They both chuckle.
JESSICA: I reckon Sheila will look back and smile once she's got what she needs from it.
KYLE: You don't think she's crazy?
JESSICA: What's crazy? She'll be fine. And so will you - if you keep talking! You'll get through it.
Kyle smiles and asks if she wants a beer. Jessica grins back at him and says he read her mind.
Dipi is in the lounge room and Toadie in the kitchen when Dee returns from the prison. Dee can see Toadie is slightly irritated and says she knows she should have told him about the visit, but figured they'd already spoken enough about it. Toadie nods then asks how it went and what they spoke about. Dee says they spoke about life - how hers went one way and Andrea's another.
DEE: She asked about Willow.
TOADIE: Anything else?
DEE: No. I genuinely feel like she just wanted to see me.
TOADIE: Okey dokes, well you've done that so I guess we can just put it all behind us.
DEE: She's asked to see me again and I'm thinking about it. (Toadie looks exasperated) I'll listen to everything you say, but if she just wants to talk...
Dipi quietly slips out of the room. Toadie makes a decision.
TOADIE: You know what? This is your choice to make. She's your family and you get to decide what that means for you. All I ask is that you leave me and my family well clear of it.
Andrea returns to her cell in a great mood after seeing Dee. Elly is on her bed reading a book and eyes Andrea suspiciously when she places a small gift next to her. Andrea knows Elly doesn't want a bar of her, but she wanted to say thanks for passing on the message to Toadie about Dee. She says she had a "beautiful talk" with Dee. Elly sarcastically replies that it's "awesome" everything has worked out for Andrea.
ANDREA: Look I know we talked about having a prid quo plo... the prid... look can we just wipe the slate clean? From now on, you don't owe me anything, I don't owe you anything. Because the fact is we're in here together and if you don't want to be pals, that's fine. You wanna go your own way? I'm cool with that.
ELLY: Good. I think that would be for the best.
Andrea nods and Elly turns back to her book.
Number 26 Backyard
Jessica and Kyle are reclining on the sun loungers, drinking beers and talking about pigeons. Jessica asks if there's a pigeon call or if they just wait for it to arrive. Kyle teases that she's a brave woman looking up into the sky for the bird considering the poop danger.
KYLE: It happened to everyone at dad's funeral.
JESSICA: Is that why Sheila thinks that he's been reincarnated?
KYLE: Well there's a lot of people that dad would have liked to have dumped on when he was alive.
Kyle's smile fades and he looks upset at bringing up Gary's death again. Jessica has sympathy for him.
JESSICA: Do you have a Kyle, Kyle?
KYLE: What do you mean?
JESSICA: You're a rock for your gran, but what about you? Do you have anyone? A girlfriend? Pigeon?
Kyle chuckles and sits up so they're facing one another. Jessica tucks her legs between his.
KYLE: I don't have any 'bird' I can talk to about this sort of stuff. I feel guilty just thinking about having fun. Dates and all that feels too selfish.
JESSICA: In the face of death our bodies are hardwired to do whatever they can to create new life. It's chemistry. So if you feel it, you shouldn't fight it.
They lean in and start kissing.