- Shane struggles to balance his uni work and job, becoming irritable with Dipi
- Levi has a seizure on Murder Islandâ„˘, and tells Bea no- one else knows he has epilepsy
- Clive asks Sheila why she won't talk about Levi; she says the truth would rip her family apart
- We see Sheila reading a newspaper clipping headlined, 'nine year old viciously bashed'
- Kyle is surprised to learn that Levi was knocked out as a child while at Sheila's house
- Clive insists to Sheila that the attack on Levi wasn't her fault, and suggests she come clean
- Sheila tells Kyle and Levi that it wasn't a random attack; the boys were looking for Kyle
The Cannings and Clive are still in the garden. Kyle and Levi are both shocked by Sheila's revelation that Levi's attackers were looking for Kyle.
SHEILA: It was those ratbag kids you used to knock around with, you know, back then? I sent you here to get you away from them, and after you'd been gone for about a week or so, they turned up at the house looking for you. I saw them running away when I was on my way back from the shop.
KYLE: But why would they attack Levi? He was just a little kid.
SHEILA: He was yelling at them and telling them to leave, and - well, they just got stuck into him, boots and all.
LEVI: ... You've known this whole time? Why didn't you tell any of this to the police?
SHEILA: I know, I know - I should have. But Kyle was in so much trouble with those kids, you know? He was breaking into houses and stealing, stupid things. I was scared that if I turned them in to the police, they'd dob on Kyle, too. All I was thinking about was that if Kyle got involved with the police, he would just end up the same way as his father did. And I don't think they meant to hurt you quite as badly as they did. And they didn't get off scot- free because I went straight to their parents and made sure that they were punished properly. And they kept their noses clean after that.
LEVI: Is that supposed to make me feel any better?
SHEILA: No, of course not, Levi. I just felt so bad about -
LEVI: Not bad enough to tell me the truth.
Levi storms off despite Sheila's pleas, looking deeply upset as he walks around the side of the house.
Bea is coming out of No 28, and sees Levi looking distressed.
LEVI: Is this a bad time? Can you talk?
Bea invites him in. He says it's personal, so doesn't want to get into it if her family's home. But Bea explains no- one's home. She asks if he's had a seizure again. He says not, and asks if they can go for a walk. A worried Bea agrees.
Shane is fiddling with his phone, when Dipi comes in and says Clancy the dog needs a worming tablet from the vet. He says he'll sort it tomorrow; Dipi objects that Clancy is uncomfortable.
She also hands him a box of Christmas in July decorations which she wants him to take to the old people's home - the Buddy Club are holding a concert there, which they said they'd administer for Toadie while he's away. Dipi's annoyed when Shane is surprised that this is happening today.
DIPI: You said you'd help, Shane!
SHANE: Yeah, that was before my study buddy and I realised we'd somehow stuffed up a major component of our assignment. It's due tomorrow. We've got a meeting at the library to sort it out.
Dipi reluctantly says she'll deliver the decorations, but says Shane was supposed to be setting up and supervising, and she's a staff member down at the café. Shane says he'll set up for the Buddy Club event once he's finished at uni. Dipi is only partly pacified by this.
DIPI: Shane, you said with a quieter house, that would ease the pressure.
SHANE: Yeah, but not when I'm getting extra stuff thrown at me.
DIPI: We're supposed to be a team.
SHANE: We are. And we'll manage, okay?
In the garden, Kyle is talking to Clive about what happened to Levi as a kid - Kyle had always been told it was an accident. Sheila emerges, saying she's feeling like the world's worst gran.
KYLE: I had no idea you knew I was stealing stuff.
SHEILA: You were a sixteen- year- old, jobless teenager with a new pair of sneakers every week. Blind Freddy would've seen it (...)
KYLE: I'm sorry I put you through that, Gran.
SHEILA: It's okay, love. I just couldn't handle it if you ended up in jail as well.
She claims she didn't tell Kyle about what really happened to Levi because Kyle had left that life behind; she didn't want him getting drawn back in by going after the boys who did it.
SHEILA: I'm not sorry that I got you away from that lot. But I am sorry that I lied to you all and the police. But I didn't know what else to do. And when Levi grew out of his seizures, I thought -
KYLE: Hold up. Levi had seizures, too? SHEILA: Yes. But he got over them, and you pulled your life together, and so I thought, well, I've made the right call.
Clive weighs in to support Sheila, saying she did what she thought was best. But Kyle's feeling conflicted about it.
Levi tells Bea that the day he got bashed changed his life forever, and Sheila never said anything about knowing who was responsible.
LEVI: She sat next to me in the hospital and said nothing. And Kyle - he got to live a happy life up here, while his mates bashed the living daylights out of me back home.
Bea asks if Levi can remember much about the assailants. He says he didn't even realise they were teenagers.
LEVI: That's why my nightmares were so messed up. I imagined worse. They scared me so much, I couldn't even talk about them.
Bea suggests Levi should stop keeping these things to himself; Sheila should've been honest, and maybe it's time Levi is, too.
LEVI: You mean, tell everyone I still have seizures?
LEVI: No chance (...) That's not going to happen!
BEA: You can't manage your condition on your own. Your family can help you.
LEVI: Yeah, because they've done such a great job up till now (!)
BEA: But they don't know it's affected your whole life. If they did, Sheila would give up anything to help you. And so would Kyle.
LEVI: The more people who know about my seizures, the greater the chance my bosses find out. Being a cop is everything to me. What those thugs and Gran did cost me so much. They're not costing me my job as well.
Chloe and Pierce come in, and are impressed with the gingerbread people that Dipi has been baking for the Buddy Club concert. Chloe asks if the beetroot burger is on the menu today; Dipi jokes that she wouldn't dare take it off, given how many Chloe's been scoffing.
Dipi remarks that Chloe's been looking tired lately; Chloe blames it on Paul overworking her, but when Chloe and Pierce sit down, Chloe worries that Dipi might've caught on that she's pregnant. Pierce insists Dipi has no idea.
CHLOE: What if people do start to guess? The fact that these burgers are the only thing I can stomach is bound to tip someone off eventually. Not that we've kept it a state secret so far as it is. Hendrix, Aaron, David, Harlow, Terese...
PIERCE: Okay. More people know than we'd expected to at this stage. But five's not so bad.
CHLOE: Six. Paul.
PIERCE: Did Terese tell him?
CHLOE: No, he sniffed it out all by himself.
PIERCE: Well, that explains why he's been so weirdly nice to me. Could have its advantages, though.
CHLOE: You are not using this pregnancy to get one over on Paul Robinson! We have got enough to deal with as it is.
Clive is on the sofa with a tearful Sheila, who's wishing she hadn't said anything to Kyle and Levi. She's worried they will never forgive her.
CLIVE: Look, it's a lot for them to take in, but they understand your heart was in the right place. I know that.
SHEILA: Maybe I could explain to Levi how awful it was with Gary, and how scared I was that Kyle would go the same way.
CLIVE: Okay, but I don't think he's ready to hear that right now.
SHEILA: I just don't want him to hate me!
CLIVE: Come on, there is too much love in this family for that.
SHEILA: You think so?
CLIVE: Yes. But you can't push him until he's ready. He's in shock - he needs more time.
Eden Hills University / Harold's Café
Shane is with his uni study buddy, River Hanlon. They are wondering how they got the numbers so wrong in their assignment. The good news is they have time to fix it before the handing- in deadline, but the bad news is they need to stick around here and get it sorted. So Shane leaves the room to call Dipi, who's at the café.
DIPI: This better be you calling to say you're on your way.
SHANE: I'm sorry, love.
DIPI: Are you serious?!
SHANE: Look, we're back to square one. If I leave now, I'll fail, and that means River will, too. I can't let the kid down.
DIPI: But you're happy to do that to me and Toadie?
SHANE: Dipi, come on, I'm trying here, okay? There's only so many balls I can keep in the air.
DIPI: You know what? Do what you want - I don't have time for this.
Pierce is in the café and overhears some of this. Dipi tells him about Shane being supposed to help out with the Buddy Club concert, but that he's bailed. She can't leave the café to sort it out either, as she has no cover.
PIERCE: We can't have that, can we?
DIPI: I'm not sure what the alternative is.
PIERCE: Well, I am. Hand over your apron!
Pierce says that his winery experiences have set him in good stead to man a coffee shop. Dipi objects, saying she'd be gone for a couple of hours. But Pierce insists it's fine.
PIERCE: The only thing I've got on this afternoon is a meeting with Paul. And he won't mind if I reschedule.
DIPI: Have you met Paul?!
But Pierce tells her not to worry - she should head to the concert.
Kyle is chatting to Roxy about the revelations over Levi's attack. He feels guilty for his role; he says he kept some of the spoils from his burglaries when he shouldn't have, and the Frankston boys must've been looking for him 'to rip me a new one'.
ROXY: You didn't make them hit Levi, and you didn't make Sheila's decision for her.
KYLE: Yeah, but if I wasn't so far off the rails, Gran never would've had to make that call. I knew at the time Gran was freaking out about me ending up like Dad, but... I was so dark on her for sending me here. I had no idea the strife I'd caused. Roxy, Levi didn't deserve that.
ROXY: I know. But you and Sheila hating yourselves for what happened, it doesn't change that. And it doesn't help Levi either.
Levi and Bea are returning from their walk. Levi is apologetic for dropping a decade's worth of baggage on Bea.
BEA: Wait till I start laying all of mine on you!
Kyle appears, and Bea leaves them to talk, telling Levi to call her if he needs her.
KYLE: I'm so sorry, Levi. It was my mess, and it was my stupid mates. It should've happened to me, not you.
LEVI: It shouldn't have happened to anyone.
KYLE: I've been thinking, you know, it's not too late to go to the police about it. I could make a statement. You can finally get some justice.
LEVI: There's no point now... Look, at least I finally got the answer to the question that's bugged me forever - why Gran has always treated me differently to you. After that day, she was all over me, and then... nothing. The guilt must have got her... You were her favourite. So when she had to choose who to help, she chose you.
KYLE: Gran loves you, mate.
LEVI: Right (!)
KYLE: Come home and see her.
LEVI: I can't. Not yet.
Levi tells Kyle he's going to the gym to clear his head. Kyle offers to come for company, but Levi says no, and walks off.
Chloe comes in and finds Pierce in an apron, clearing tables. She jokingly asks him if his credit card was declined, and Dipi's making him work off the cost of her beetroot burger! But she thinks Pierce is sweet for helping Dipi, even if Paul's riled up as a result!
PIERCE: Chalk that up as a bonus.
They get talking about the Christmas in July concert. Pierce gets wistful and wishes he'd been able to forge more Christmas traditions with Hendrix and Alana as they were growing up. Chloe looks thoughtful.
Sheila is stressing as Levi isn't home yet. Kyle tells her he was pretty worked up earlier. She wants to call him and check he's okay. But Kyle suggests she give him some space. At this point, Levi comes in, and Sheila begs him to let her explain why she's kept her distance from him.
LEVI: I don't want to talk about that now.
SHEILA: I don't deserve to be your grandmother. That's why I was keeping you at a distance.
LEVI: I was just a kid, Gran. It felt like you hated me.
SHEILA: Of course I don't hate you. I adore you!
But Levi doesn't want to hear anymore, and leaves the house again to go for a drink.
SHEILA: He hates me.
KYLE: No, he doesn't.
SHEILA: Yes, he does. Gary's gone, and now I've lost Levi.
KYLE: No, you haven't, Gran.
Kyle goes to comfort her, but...
SHEILA: Don't be nice to me!
Sheila walks out.
Eden Hills University
Shane and River are still working on their assignment. Shane asks how many more hours River thinks they'll have to spend; River estimates eight! Shane cheerfully agrees to pull an all- nighter so they can get it done. Shane says he's glad the assignment makes sense now; he'd have tanked without River. River says, 'don't mention it.'
Shane gets a phone call from Dipi, but he buries himself in his work and ignores it.
Pierce is still aproned up in the evening when Dipi comes in, and apologises for taking so long. She's impressed to see how efficiently he's been running the place. Pierce admits he had fun, and asks about the concert; Dipi says the kids were great. To reward Pierce for his time, she offers to give him a stash of frozen beetroot burgers to take home for Chloe.
Dipi gets a text from Shane.
DIPI: You can take my husband, too.
PIERCE: Ooh - ouch.
DIPI (reading): 'Sorry, but I'm gonna be late'. Doesn't even have the guts to call. He's not doing much to recommend himself today.
PIERCE: Well, sounds like that course he's doing is a lot of hard work.
DIPI: Yeah, I know it's a lot - juggling work, uni and home - but every time he drops the ball, he just expects me to pick it up. He said things were gonna get better, but they just haven't. Sorry... I shouldn't be venting at you.
PIERCE: No, it's fine. It sounds hard.
DIPI: Honestly, if you hadn't offered to help me today, I don't know what I would've done.
Sheila comes out of the bedroom with Clive. She tells Kyle, who's on the sofa, that there's dinner in the fridge. But Kyle is planning to head out and track down Levi, as he doesn't think he should be on his own.
SHEILA: Well, please tell him that he doesn't have to stay away on my account. Clive's said that I can stay with him as long as I need. And I want him to know that this place is still his home.
KYLE: This is your home too, Gran.
SHEILA: Yes, but I can't stay here knowing how he feels about me.
Sheila gasps and clutches her chest - she seems to be having some kind of palpitation or panic attack. Clive assures Kyle it's okay; he'll look after her.
Dipi comes in to find Shane still not home yet. Feeling isolated, she does the washing up, then some admin on the computer. She receives a text (which we don't see), and looks despondent.
Levi is having a drink outside the pub. Kyle approaches and remarks that he thought Levi had given up alcohol.
LEVI (bitter): What do you want?
KYLE: Gran wanted me to let you know that she's gonna stay at Clive's for a bit. She wants you to feel comfortable at the house.
LEVI: I'll be sure to thank her. Right after I finish engraving her medal.
KYLE: You know Gran's got a dodgy heart, right?
LEVI: ... So?
KYLE: So she was pretty upset before, when you left. It's not good for her to be that stressed.
LEVI: Are you saying that I pretend we're all lovey- dovey? Ignore what she did and play happy families?
KYLE: No, not at all. You have every right to be angry.
LEVI: Damn straight.
KYLE: Maybe be more careful about how it comes out. She's been hospitalised a few times.
LEVI: So have I, in case you've forgotten.
KYLE: No I haven't, mate.
LEVI: Don't call me 'mate'. You may be her golden boy, but that doesn't give you the right to tell me how to act. Where do you get off, thinking you can tell me anything at all?
KYLE: Fair enough.
LEVI: Look, she did what she did. And that's on her. But you were right. I never would've gotten hurt in the first place, if you weren't a crim.
KYLE: I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.
LEVI: Just leave me alone, would you? It means jack.
KYLE: No, I mean it, Levi.
LEVI: Are you deaf? I said, go!
When Kyle doesn't move, Levi walks off himself.
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