- Aaron admitting to David that he called Leo to intervene with Paul
- David calling a truce with Nicolette after she fainted
- Ricardo telling Nicolette he's getting his lawyer to issue her with a civil lawsuit
- Nicolette asking Tim Collins to be her lawyer
- Sheila getting Des to Erinsborough under false pretences
- Roxy admitting to Sheila she might have been wrong about Jane wanting Des back
- Des catching Clive and Jane about to kiss
- Des giving Sheila a serve and Sheila collapsing
Clive asks Sheila if she has her medication on her and then sends Des to the Coffee Hut to see if they have a defibrillator. Jane calls an ambulance and clarifies with Clive that Sheila is suffering a heart attack. Jane looks stressed and tells the 000 operator to hurry.
David gets a text and tells Aaron that Paul and Terese are on their way back from the airport, which doesn't fill Nicolette with much glee. She's issued a further blow when she opens her mail to find a letter from Ricardo's lawyer, asking her to make a payment of $50,000 by the 21st of January.
Kyle, Levi and Roxy are out the front of the hospital in a worried huddle around Clive. They ask if Sheila's okay and Clive admits that while she's stable, she's also still critical and needs a pacemaker fitted. They're prepping Sheila for surgery as they speak. Levi walks off to call Bea and let her know. Roxy feels guilty and asks Clive what might have caused the heart attack. Clive says he's not sure, but stress does play a part and he knows Sheila's "been in a state" since he and Jane started seeing one another.
ROXY: (tearing up) Made worse by me. I'm the reason she called Des. I should have just shut her down and not encouraged her.
KYLE: Babe, this is not your fault okay? Clive, this isn't yours either. Gran puts herself in stressful situations sometimes, but she always pulls through.
Roxy and Clive give small nods of agreement, but they all still look pretty cut up, including pep talker Kyle.
David and Aaron ask Paul how Amy and Jimmy were. Paul says they seemed great, which was strange considering how Leo was so concerned about them.
PAUL: I was beginning to wonder if he actually got me over there for his sake. I was talking to Amy and she said that he'd been through a particularly nasty break- up recently.
TERESE: The poor thing.
DAVID: I didn't even know he was seeing someone.
PAUL: He didn't really want to talk about it. Otherwise he seemed fine. New York completely agrees with him.
Terese says that New York agrees with her too, particularly the Macy's Christmas window. Paul turns the conversation back towards Aaron and David, asking them how they've been handling Nicolette since he's been gone. Paul tells David he noticed he's been flying under the radar too, not speaking to him much while he was gone.
DAVID: I've made peace with Nicolette.
PAUL: Have you now?
DAVID: That's not to say I'm on board with everything she did, but we are where we are.
AARON: We both decided that the best way to move forward is by sorting out our issues with her.
DAVID: Realistically we're having a child with her. That's eighteen years of birthdays, school plays and scraped knees. Even if we are the primary carers, I don't want things to be toxic between us.
PAUL: Well I'm actually glad that you've managed to resolve things.
PAUL: Yeah, yeah I had time to think while I was away. Nicolette will most likely never be my most favourite person, but I do respect and support the decisions you make regarding your child. If you're happy, I'm happy.
David, Aaron and Terese can't quite believe their ears. But to prove he's being serious, Paul suggests they all have lunch with Nicolette today as a "gesture of good faith".
Nicolette is on the phone with Tim Collins and is getting shirtier by the second. She's frustrated when she hears she might have to go to court, even though it's a civil suit. And she sarcastically tells him that if she could afford to pay the money back she would have by now. Nicolette wouldn't dream of borrowing money from anyone either as she doesn't want anyone to know about her predicament. When Nicolette realises he's not being any help to her (or at least the help she's hoping for), she hangs up on him.
Des and Jane are outside at the coffee cart waiting on news about Sheila. Des admits he feels like dirt for the way he went off at Sheila, and asks what kind of bloke just yells at someone until they have a heart attack. Jane is sympathetic and says Des wasn't to know about her heart condition. But Des can't help but feel guilty and says he was way out of line.
JANE: You were frustrated, and understandably. I feel awful about things too. Sheila never would have dragged you all this way if she had have been thinking clearly. She's been very hurt.
DES: So... you and Clive?
JANE: Me and Clive.
DES: You seem happy.
JANE: I am. Present circumstances not withstanding. Are you okay about the two of us?
DES: Of course I am.
JANE: You know, it feels odd saying 'us'. It's all still very new and it hasn't exactly been smooth sailing.
DES: You deserve love, Jane. Hard as things are right now, I'm glad for you.
Jane gives him a warm smile.
Meanwhile in Sheila's room, Kyle, Levi and Clive watch over Sheila while she sleeps. Clive assures the boys that the surgery was a success and Sheila will make a full recovery. In fact, the pacemaker will give her a better quality of life. Kyle and Levi agree to go and get coffee on the condition that Clive will text them as soon as Sheila wakes up. Clive sits by Sheila's bed and it's not long before she opens her eyes. She's pleased to see him there. Clive fills her in on the pacemaker and says she's going to be fine.
SHEILA: I was so scared.
CLIVE: You'll be fine. A bit of rest, bit of pain relief and you're going to feel much, much better. I told the boys I would let them know when you woke up.
SHEILA: I'm so glad you're here.
CLIVE: I wouldn't be anywhere else.
Nicolette leaves a voicemail for Tim, apologising for going off at him before and asking him to call her back. She quickly hangs up when Aaron and David arrive home. The boys notice that she looks stressed and Nic pretends she was just dealing with a pushy electricity company trying to hustle her on the phone. She's pleased when they invite her to have lunch with them, but not so much when they say it's with Paul. Nicolette says she's really not in the mood today but David replies that Paul appears to have a totally different outlook on their situation now.
NICOLETTE: I doubt that.
DAVID: He seemed genuine.
AARON: Nic, trust me, I know how you feel. But if he's making even the tiniest bit of effort, I'm not going to throw that back in his face.
Nicolette still doesn't look convinced but probably thinks she can't say no again.
Kyle, Levi and Roxy hover at the door of Sheila's room, loudly whispering about whether they should come back later. But Sheila's awake and stage whispers for them to just hurry up and come see her already. Roxy isn't sure why Sheila would want to see her in the first place, still feeling guilty about her part with Des, but Sheila tells her not to be silly.
ROXY: Des wouldn't have gone off at you if it wasn't for me. I shouldn't have said that Jane was still into him, I don't know why I thought that would help.
Sheila attempts to sit up and talk, but Kyle urges her to relax and says they can hash stuff out later. Kyle trots out the "Cannings are made of tough stuff" go- to line, but also acknowledges Sheila is still pretty fragile right now and needs to rest. Levi agrees, telling Sheila to just chill.
David apologises to Paul and Terese about lunch not being ready on their arrival, but Aaron had a small hiccup with the grill. Paul doesn't mind, though, as it gives them more time to chat. Nic hovers to the side while everyone settles on the couches, but tentatively joins in the conversation when Terese asks her about morning sickness. Nic says she hasn't had any yet, then waits there awkwardly until Terese not- so- subtly nudges Paul to speak up.
PAUL: I want to say thanks for you being okay with us having a meal together too.
NICOLETTE: No prob.
PAUL: It does mean a lot to me. After all, I am going to be the grandfather of your child, so I guess we need to get along don't we?
NICOLETTE: You were the only one making that difficult.
PAUL: Yeah, I know, you're right. Look, I didn't behave well and you were perfectly justified in being irritated with me. But I'm kind of hoping that you could look past that so we can have a good relationship moving forward. In fact that goes for all of us, as a family I would like us all to be open and honest with each other.
NICOLETTE: (strained) Guess I'm down for that.
Aaron then says that in the spirit of being open and honest, he was reason why Leo called Paul to visit New York. Terese is confused but Paul doesn't appear to be surprised. He tells Aaron that he pretty much figured it out his first day in NY. David is baffled that Paul isn't more annoyed that he was tricked, but Paul says it was the wake up call he needed. And he got to spend Christmas there; it was a win/win. Aaron and David are stunned by Paul's placid behaviour but also pleased.
Clive administers pain relief to Sheila and asks if he can get her anything else, but Sheila reminds him he's already stolen all the best magazines for her and fluffed her pillows. She jokingly asks if all of his patients get this much attention, but he smiles and says just the VIPs. Jane and Des drop in for a visit and Des hopes Sheila will accept an apology from "an absolute drongo".
DES: I just hope you can forgive me.
SHEILA: It wasn't your fault, Des. I shouldn't have asked you to come over here in the first place.
DES: I'm not sure I should be let off the hook that easily.
SHEILA: I'm just being honest.
CLIVE: Which is great, but we don't have to hash this out now. We can do this later - doctor's orders.
SHEILA: (smiling up at him) You're the boss.
JANE: We're just glad that you're going to be okay, Sheila. We were all very worried.
SHEILA: (not- so- smiley) I'll recover.
Jane says they might leave her to rest while they get lunch at the cafeteria. She asks if Clive wants to join her and Des, but Clive asks if she wouldn't mind bringing something back for him. He just wants to make sure Sheila follows orders and has a nap. Sheila's smile is back again, and she keeps an eye on Jane and Des as they step out into the hallway.
JANE: That went better than it could have.
DES: Better than I deserve maybe.
JANE: Des, you apologised from the heart. It's all you can do. Let's get some food. Things are always far less grim with a full stomach.
She puts her hand on his back to lead him towards the cafeteria. Sheila watches them leave with an intrigued smile.
Later, Clive finds Kyle, Levi and Roxy all loitering outside the hospital. He tells them they can head home if they want as Sheila should probably get more rest. Clive also hopes that Roxy isn't still beating herself up about Sheila as she's doing fine. Roxy is trying, but isn't sure she should let herself off the hook. Kyle then not too subtly asks if Jane is still hanging around. Clive says that she's still there with Des, but can see something is troubling Kyle.
KYLE: I shouldn't ask, but I just want my gran to be better.
CLIVE: Ask what?
KYLE: I know it's unfair, the way that gran reacted with you and Jane, how she's made things hard for you. But seeing you and Jane together, it's been really hard for her.
CLIVE: I know.
KYLE: Just because you don't date gran anymore doesn't mean you've stopped caring about her, right?
CLIVE: Of course not.
KYLE: So could you maybe not throw the Jane thing in her face? Just maybe keep it right on the down low? Just until she gets out of here.
ROXY: It would stop us worrying.
CLIVE: I understand.
LEVI: I'm with them. We just want gran to get better as quickly as possible.
KYLE: Mate, we're just asking for a bit of discretion. It'd be much appreciated.
CLIVE: (downcast) Yeah, of course.
Nicolette has delivered everyone the news about Sheila via Jane. Aaron's shocked that Sheila had to get a pacemaker and Paul says that Des must be beside himself. David says they should check on Kyle and Levi later. Terese gets off the phone from Shane, who has organised staff to cover for Sheila while she recovers.
PAUL: Jane and Clive though... certainly caught me off- guard that one!
NICOLETTE: She's pretty smitten.
TERESE: I think they'd make a good couple.
PAUL: On paper.
TERESE: I do feel for Sheila though.
PAUL: It's just that Jane's had so much bad luck. I really hope she's not rushing into this.
NICOLETTE: She knows what she's doing. And right now all she can focus on is Des anyway.
PAUL: Oh well, I'm going to have a catch up with him before he goes.
TERESE: She'll take very good care of him I'm sure.
PAUL: Of course she will. Jane would give you the shirt off her back if you asked for it. All the more reason I should help out where I can. Gives her more time to spend with you, doesn't it?
Nicolette smiles at him, but she looks as though she's pondering on Paul's remark of Jane's generosity.
Jane takes a walk with Clive outside after he's explained what went down with the Cannings. Jane says it's a little mortifying having their relationship discussed so openly by everyone, but Clive admits they do have a point. Jane says they can go back to more clandestine meet- ups then if need be; it's something they're accustomed to anyway.
CLIVE: Maybe we should take it a step further?
JANE: In what sense? (Worried) Did you want to end things?
CLIVE: No, no, no, maybe just hit the pause button until Sheila's well again.
JANE: And you think that that's necessary?
CLIVE: I don't know. Don't look at me like that, it's not going to be forever. It's not just Sheila, it's her family. They're worried about her. I don't want to add to that, and I don't want to sneak around off to the side.
JANE: You shouldn't feel bad about being with me.
CLIVE: I don't feel bad. I want to be with you, just not at the expense of Sheila's health. Look, when she's well again, things will get back to normal, okay?
Jane smiles at Clive but it appears as though she doesn't quite believe his promises.
Number 32 Backyard
David and Aaron comment to Nicolette and Jane on how well- behaved Paul was today. Aaron says he actually forgot how nice Paul could be when he's not trying to get his own way. David says Jane must be exhausted, but Jane says she'll be all right after a rest. The boys then offer to make Jane a nice cup of tea and head inside to do just that. Jane says that Nicolette must be relieved that things are working out with everything now, but Nicolette says yes and no.
JANE: Paul's being supportive isn't he?
NICOLETTE: It's not that, mum.
JANE: Well if he's not, I'm always there for you.
Nicolette is genuinely thankful to hear those words, and looks as though she might be about to ask her mum a money- related favour when she notices that Jane has started to cry.
JANE: Sorry, I'm feeling a little bit fragile just at the moment.
NICOLETTE: Mum what's wrong?
JANE: It's Clive. He says he wants to hit pause and not see each other at all for Sheila's sake. He says that once she's well again things will go back to normal, but I don't know.
JANE: I worry that it happening so soon into our relationship will spoil things... I'm overreacting. We were talking about you.
NICOLETTE: Don't worry about me, this is way more important.
Roxy is having a drink with Paul and Terese. She's still feeling guilty about what happened to Sheila, but Paul says between her and Des it's like a "guilt epidemic". Terese says that Sheila will be back to old self in no time driving everyone crazy. But she advises Roxy that maybe next time she shouldn't interfere in someone else's life as it rarely ends well. Terese eyeballs her husband with a smirk.
TERESE: Which somehow, miraculously, you seem to have finally learnt.
PAUL: This old dog can still pick up a few new tricks.
Terese hopes so. She then heads to the office to double check the rosters Shane put together to cover Sheila's shifts. Once she's gone, Roxy turns to Paul with a sly grin.
ROXY: Just how tricky are you, doggo?
PAUL: Excuse me?
ROXY: Do you actually like Aaron and David's baby mama?
PAUL: Of course.
ROXY: For some reason I don't buy it. You just don't play nice.
PAUL: I do when it's in my own interest.
ROXY: (laughing) See, now that's more like it! You've got some long game.
PAUL: Roxy, you know, sometimes you don't need a plan. Sometimes you just take someone's measure and you look at the mess they've made of their lives, and then realise that it's only a matter of time before that mess is just too darn big to clean up.
ROXY: Bad dog.
Paul quirks his eyebrows and silently holds up his tumbler to clink against Roxy's wine glass in a cheers.
Sheila can see Clive speaking to Levi outside of her room, but doesn't know what they're saying. When Levi walks in to see her, Sheila is worried they were talking about her health and wants to know what was being said. He assures her it was nothing like that, Clive was merely just letting Levi know he wouldn't have to worry about the whole 'Clive and Jane of it all' anymore.
SHEILA: Why? Have they broken up?
LEVI: Gran maybe now's not the best time.
SHEILA: Is it something to do with Des? Because I saw Des and Jane out there very cosy earlier.
LEVI: No, it's because we asked Clive and Jane to be a bit more subtle around you. But Clive decided to take it a step further and put them on pause all together.
Des then appears at the door, letting them know he's on his way to the airport and wanted to say farewell. Sheila asks Levi to get a coffee so she can speak to Des alone. On his way out, Levi encourages Des to keep things low- key as Sheila needs her rest, but Des reassures him he won't be long.
DES: I just wanted to wish you well and see if there was anything I could do to help before I go.
SHEILA: Actually there is.
DES: Name it.
SHEILA: Cancel your flight. The situation with Clive and Jane seems to have changed.
DES: I don't know anything about that.
SHEILA: Yeah but you said you wanted to help me.
DES: (confused) What would you want me to do?
SHEILA: Stay longer. Keep Jane occupied so that I can spend a bit more time with Clive. That's what will make me feel better.
Des doesn't quite know how to respond.