- Jane telling Karl and Susan that Audrey's never had a boyfriend before
- Karl not understanding why Nicolette would lie to them about Audrey
- Nicolette admitting to Audrey that she's been spreading lies about her
- Nicolette promising she'll leave Audrey alone from now on
- Audrey confessing the truth about the lotto money to Toadie
Toadie is shocked to hear that Audrey stole money from a dead person, but Audrey says she's not proud of what they did. That's why she never used the cash - she really wanted to give it back to Marco's family. Audrey was hoping Nicolette would be on board with that too, but found out she'd already spent the money.
AUDREY: Nicolette talked me into staying quiet, but I couldn't keep seeing you without telling you the truth.
TOADIE: Well... that's something.
AUDREY: (crying) Toadie I know what I did was wrong, but I am not a bad person. Please don't hate me for this because I really care about you and I want us to work.
Toadie doesn't know how to respond.
Aaron and David tell Nicolette that Chloe has ordered another round of cocktails, which Nicolette happily obliges to make. Audrey suddenly bursts in and says she needs an urgent word with Nicolette. Aaron and David head back outside to give them privacy, while Nicolette shoots daggers at Audrey for acting so strangely.
NICOLETTE: This had better be good.
AUDREY: I just told Toadie.
AUDREY: I couldn't stand lying to him for a minute longer so I told him everything.
Nicolette looks positively ropeable with a side of panicked.
Terese and Paul are alarmed when they see a blonde woman in the foyer asking one of their front desk staff, Monty, to 'wiggle around a bit' in his uniform. But the woman is none other than Amy Greenwood, Erinsborough returnee and hopeful contender for designing the new Lassiters uniforms.
AMY: Terese Willis, Paul Robinson, what an absolute thrill.
PAUL: I'm sorry, have we met?
AMY: No, never. I recognise you from your photos on the website. And now that I see you in the flesh they don't look as Photoshopped as I thought. (To Terese) Who does your injectables?
Paul and Terese are informed that Amy was just 'sizing up' Monty to get his feedback on the uniforms. She asks them if they're free for a meeting but doesn't wait for an answer, immediately asking which way their office is. Terese and Paul look like stunned mullets.
Karl has just heard about Audrey's confession from Toadie. He can't believe Audrey would do something like that, but has to admit it's plausible Nicolette would. Karl wonders if Toadie will be able to see past something like this, but Toadie isn't sure. What he does know, however, is that he can't keep the donation. But since the money is already committed it's going to cause a whole heap of legal and moral complications.
KARL: I hate to make matters worse, but because you've told me I'm obliged to tell Clive.
KARL: Well, stealing is a major breach of the nurse's code of conduct. The Canberra hospital's going to have to be informed as well.
TOADIE: Is she going to lose her job?
KARL: It's most likely.
Lassiters Hotel Office
Amy happily informs Paul and Terese that she grew up in Erinsborough and was extremely popular at school. Paul says as fascinating as the trip down memory lane is, Amy really needs to get to the point of her meeting. Terese asks what her background and experience is.
AMY: Well I've mostly worked as a flight attendant but my airline went bust so I thought I'd give this a whirl.
PAUL: So you've never actually designed anything?
AMY: (points to her head) Up here, yes. I mean, as a flight attendant I had to wear a uniform all the time so I totally get the importance of feeling comfy but also looking extremely hot.
Paul's like 'yeah, that's great' but he needs to read her online application first before things progress any further. Amy just chuckles and says that won't be happening. For starters, she hasn't completed all of her Lassiters research yet. That's why she's staying at the hotel so she can fully immerse herself in everything. Paul and Terese try and stand firm on the online application, but Amy isn't too bothered by it. She figures she'll get her own way soon enough.
All of the housemates are present and accounted for after enjoying a lunch cooked by Nicolette. They can't help but notice, though, that she has been in a weird mood ever since Audrey left. They all keep asking if everything is okay between the two women, but Nicolette keeps protesting that it's nothing. Jane gently says it's obviously something if it's made her this anxious. Chloe says Nic can tell them everything - she's a good housemate, and that's what good housemates do for one another. Nicolette looks troubled but forges ahead.
NICOLETTE: You're all about to hear about it soon enough anyway so... You might as well hear it from me.
They're all quite stunned after listening to Nicolette's confession, but David has really taken it to heart. Nicolette quickly explains that it's not like they used the money on "sex, drugs and rock'n'roll"; Audrey donated hers to the Foundation and Nic used it to visit her great-grandmother for the last time.
JANE: A trip to London does not cost fifty thousand dollars.
NICOLETTE: Okay, I might have splurged a bit, but most of the money went on worthy causes!
DAVID: Don't try to dress this up! You stole from your patient at your place of work. That's not only unethical, it's immoral and illegal.
NICOLETTE: Okay, it was a stupid mistake! But we've all made them, right?
DAVID: (incredulous) I'm pretty sure none of us have stolen from a dead man!
AARON: David, come on.
CHLOE: A hundred grand is a lot.
JANE: And you know that I've been a victim of someone stealing from me.
NICOLETTE: Um, it was a scratchie, mum, so it's not like Marco worked his whole life to earn the money.
JANE: Well most of mine was inherited from Nan, I didn't earn it either. But it still belonged to me. What about this Marco person's family? That money could have changed their lives.
NICOLETTE: No, they weren't close! They never even visited him, not once. That's why we decided to take the money, they didn't deserve it.
DAVID: And that was your call to make?
JANE: No, it wasn't. There was a time when we didn't speak. If I had have died suddenly I still would have wanted everything to go to you children.
Nicolette gets even more upset and acknowledges that she's really stuffed up. She's been trying to justify it to herself this whole time, but there's really no justification for it. Aaron, Jane and Chloe appear as though they have a tinge of concern for her, but David can't even bring himself to look at Nicolette.
Audrey apologises to Karl for letting him down and says for what it's worth, she really did enjoy working at the hospital. Toadie joins them and asks if Audrey lost her job. Audrey nods and says that her career is probably over too. But Karl says that is yet to be decided - Clive is going to notify the Nursing Board and they'll determine whether or not she keeps her registration. He gives Toadie and Audrey some space to talk. Audrey says that Clive also has to report her to the police. She thought about going to them when she first arrived in Erinsborough, but once again Nicolette talked her out of it.
AUDREY: Could you come with me when I talk to them? Please?
TOADIE: I can't be your lawyer, Audrey.
AUDREY: I was hoping you'd come as a friend. (She notices Toadie doesn't look too accommodating) You know, it's okay, I understand it's too much.
TOADIE: I really wish that this didn't bother me.
AUDREY: Then don't let it. Please, this is the only bad thing I've ever done and I'll live with the guilt for the rest of my life. But it means I'll never do anything like this ever again.
TOADIE: Yeah I know, I do.
AUDREY: Can't we just move on from it?
TOADIE: (dejectedly) After everything that I've been through since Sonya died, I just don't have the emotional energy to deal with this kind of stuff. Not if I don't have to.
AUDREY: So what are you saying? That we're over?
TOADIE: I don't want it to be, but I also know that I can't move past this.
Audrey looks pretty shattered by Toadie's words.
Aaron finds David taking out his aggression by throwing dishes into the sink and asks him to take it easy, but David snaps back that he doesn't want to take it easy. He's livid about the whole ordeal and believes Aaron should be too. Aaron admits he's unhappy as well, but it's not like Nicolette went out and stole the money that morning. Scoffing, David wonders what difference that even makes. Nic kept this huge secret from them, and if it weren't for Audrey having a conscience, it would have stayed that way.
DAVID: It makes me wonder what else is she hiding?
AARON: I really don't think there's anything else.
DAVID: How can you say that with a straight face?
AARON: Come on, we've trusted her to carry our own baby, haven't we?
DAVID: (pointed) You did.
AARON: Okay, hold on, let's just put this into perspective.
DAVID: I'll give you some perspective - that woman could be the mother of our child and we have no idea who the hell she is. And if that doesn't freak you out, then I don't know who you are either.
Karl doesn't recognise Amy at first when she drops by with a bottle of wine, and she can't believe Dr K is hanging out in the old House of Trouser. Toadie is surprised and delighted to see Amy, and Karl finally clicks as to who it is.
KARL: Amy? Amy Greenwood? Of course it is, yeah!
AMY: Are you seriously saying that you didn't recognise me?
KARL: Well it's been a long time.
AMY: Yeah it's been at least twenty years and I look exactly the same. (Confirming with Toadie) Don't I?
KARL: Yes, of course you do.
AMY: (weirded out) Seriously, what are you doing here? I mean, I know you were always having problems with Susan... you don't live here do you?
KARL: No, Susan and I are still married. We live next door. I'm just here hanging out with the Toad.
AMY: What? As friends?
KARL: Yes, of course.
AMY: (laughing) Wow!
Toadie asks what Amy is doing in town and she says she's got very important business at Lassiters. But for now she just wants to check out Number 30 and marvel in the fact that there's not a milk crate, empty pizza box or game console in sight. Toadie grins and says he's a responsible parent of three now.
AMY: Callum, Nell and Hugo, right? I've been stalking you on the socials, which reminds me, I saw you on a picnic with this really cute girl. What's the tea on that? Hot new romance? (Off Toadie's troubled look) Okay, that's a not happy Jan face.
She hands Karl the wine and orders him to open it so Toadie can tell 'old mate Amy' everything that's happened.
David has gone to Paul and Terese to vent about Nicolette. David admits that he wishes he listened to his dad's advice in the first place. Paul says that it's something he's not too happy to be right about, and Terese asks how Aaron feels about it all. David all but rolls his eyes and says Aaron's trying to see the bright side, which earns a mutual eye-roll from Paul. David knows that because Aaron is so desperate to have a baby he's willing to overlook anything.
PAUL: What, even fundamental character flaws?
DAVID: I don't get it either. This woman could be the mother of our child. If she's capable of doing this, how can we trust her with something so important to us?
PAUL: Well you can't.
PAUL: No, no, I am right Terese and David knows it. You need to get out of this mess.
TERESE: Hold on, we don't even know if Nicolette is pregnant. (To David) You said yourself the chances of someone falling pregnant the first time is extremely slim.
PAUL: Well if that's the case, David has to make sure that there isn't going to be a second time.
DAVID: And what if she is pregnant?
PAUL: I guess we cross that bridge when we get to it.
DAVID: How? Because honestly, I don't want to have a baby with her. Not anymore.
Chloe and Jane sit in the background while Clive has a formal chat with Nicolette. He lets her know that her employment at Erinsborough Hospital has been terminated, effective immediately, and her registration will be suspended pending a hearing at the Nurse's Board. Upset, Nicolette says they need not sugar-coat it: she's never going to nurse again. Clive doesn't have a response for that, but tells her she's also expected to make a statement at the police station, which Audrey has already done. Nicolette goes to gather her purse while Jane thanks Clive for coming to deliver the news in person when he didn't have to. Clive apologises to Jane and says he wishes there was something else he could do. But Jane says he did the right thing, "unlike Nicolette." They go into the hall leaving Chloe with Nic.
CHLOE: Do you want me to come with you? It might make things a bit less scary.
NICOLETTE: Why don't you hate me like everyone else?
CHLOE: Just because I've never stolen a hundred grand from a dead person doesn't mean I haven't done a bajillion other things I'm not proud of. I'd be a hypocrite if I hated you. So you want me to come with you or not?
Toadie has given Amy the whole story of what happened with Audrey, but Amy has taken it to heart. Toadie knows it was harsh but it was a self-preservation thing and had to be done. He changes the subject and asks how Damien is. Amy gives a dramatic sigh and says they're going to need more wine for that conversation. She clicks her fingers at 'garçon' Karl to refresh their glasses.
AMY: In a nutshell, Damien turned out to be gay.
TOADIE: Right, okay.
AMY: And so we very amicably consciously uncoupled. Then I married Eric... which the Beyonce CDs should have been a dead giveaway.
TOADIE: What? Twice?
AMY: It's good, it's fine. We've got three kids between us. I mean, the kids live with their dads in Cairns.
TOADIE: Because you travel so much?
AMY: Yeah... exactly. It works, and they're being true to themselves. I just have a little cry about it sometimes.
AMY: It's really great that Anne and Billy are happy though. I stalk them on the socials too.
KARL: They've had their ups and downs but they are happy. Susan and I are heading up to see them very soon. We're going to have a big family shindig for Christmas.
AMY: Send them my love. We had so much fun at school didn't we.
TOADIE: Oh those were the days, yeah!
AMY: How's Lance? Have you seen him recently?
TOADIE: What, you haven't Facey-stalked him too?
AMY: I tried but I couldn't find him. Is he married?
AMY: Oh well... maybe she'll turn out to be gay!
Chloe sits in the middle while Audrey and Nicolette debrief after their visits to the police station. Audrey hopes Nic told the cops the truth, but Nicolette says of course she did as there's no point in lying anymore. Chloe says that things still could be okay and maybe Marco's family won't want to pursue anything, but Audrey knows she would if she were in their shoes.
NICOLETTE: You promised me you wouldn't say anything.
AUDREY: No I didn't, Nicolette.
NICOLETTE: Okay, well you made me believe that you wouldn't.
AUDREY: And I'd say sorry, but you know what? I'm not. For the first time in years it feels like a weight off.
NICOLETTE: Oh, and you're not upset about losing your job or your boyfriend or worse?
AUDREY: Of course I am, but at least now I've still got my integrity, or my dignity or something.
NICOLETTE: (sarcastic) I guess I should be happy for you.
AUDREY: I know it doesn't feel like it but it was the right thing to do. You'll see that one day. Bye, Nicolette.
Audrey gathers her purse and leaves just as Paul and Terese walk in. Paul, of course, makes a beeline right for Nicolette.
PAUL: Well, well, well. You've finally shown your true colours, haven't you?
TERESE: Don't do this here, Paul.
PAUL: Your mother must be devastated. But at least now Aaron and David can put the kibosh on this ridiculous co-parenting idea of yours.
NICOLETTE: What are you talking about?
PAUL: Why would they want to have a baby with someone like you?
TERESE: That's enough!
PAUL: You know if it were me, I wouldn't even want you in the same house.
Chloe tells Nicolette they should go, but Nicolette and Paul are too busy being locked in a defiant stare-off.
Aaron explains to David that having a baby with Nicolette isn't just about the money they'd be saving by not going to Canada, it's that the other options are also exhausting. But David says that what Nicolette did is a deal-breaker for him and he can't trust her to keep her end of the deal. Nicolette walks in, with Chloe and Jane hot on her heels, and tells the boys she just had a run-in with Paul who said David was thinking about changing his mind on the baby agreement.
DAVID: I'm not thinking about it, I've decided. I hope you're not pregnant because we're not trying again, not with you.
NICOLETTE: What are you going to do?
DAVID: We'll stick to our original plan. We'll have a baby with a surrogate in Canada.
AARON: Look, I think we're just going to sleep on this.
DAVID: I don't need to sleep on it! I don't trust her anymore.
Nicolette is gutted.
Amy explains to Karl and Toadie that she needs an inside edge if she's going to win the Lassiters tender. She wants them to tell her exactly what Paul Robinson is like so she can, "pardon the pun, tailor an application to suit!" Toadie spies Audrey walk in and looks uncomfortable, but Karl gently prods him to speak with her in case there's something she needs to say before she goes. Toadie walks over to her and Audrey promises she's not there to make a scene.
AUDREY: I wanted to tell you that I'm going back to Canberra tonight.
TOADIE: So soon?
AUDREY: Yeah, well, there's nothing keeping me here... Is there?
TOADIE: (softly) No.
AUDREY: That's what I thought. You know I thought we were really good together.
TOADIE: Yeah, so did I.
AUDREY: Anyway, I'd rather be honest and lose you than have you and be a liar. Take care, Toadie.
They both look upset as Audrey leaves.
Aaron says they should go to bed, but David knows he won't be able to sleep. Aaron suggests they talk it out, except David knows he already made himself crystal clear and his opinion isn't going to change. He just wants Aaron to respect that. They're interrupted by Nicolette walking in. She's the last person David wants to see and he goes to leave, but Nicolette says she wouldn't bother them if it wasn't important.
NICOLETTE: (holding out a pregnancy test) I'm pregnant.
Aaron is shocked but also can't help a small smile appear on his face, while David just looks utterly drained and defeated.