- Vera hurting her ankle tripping over in the Lassiters Complex
- Vera not allowing Karl to treat her at the hospital because of the Olivia incident
- Terese wondering why Paul is so interested in the Lassiters accounts
- Ned telling Paul about a woman who was asking questions about The Hive
- Paul informing Ned that he's planning on selling The Hive
- Ned learning that Paul faked a lot of The Hive's appointment bookings
- Sheila meeting the other Sheila whose packages she's been receiving in the mail
Ramsay Street Sheila explains to Sheila 2 that she thought a secret admirer had been sending her all of the mystery packages, but Sheila 2 isn't buying her excuses. Sheila then tries to say that her grandson, the cop, labelled it a "victimless crime" when she brought up the topic with him. "Well, what does that make me?" asks Sheila 2. Sounding somewhat remorseful, Sheila 1 suggests that the company could refund her, but Sheila 2 says that's beside the point, and she'd also find that easier to believe if she hadn't spotted all of her lost products scattered around Erinsborough. Sheila 2 walks off leaving Sheila 1 standing in her too- big sparkly shoes.
Clive learns from Karl that a second patient has requested a different doctor to treat her. Karl labels it "the Vera effect" - even with a banged- up ankle she's still been managing to hobble around the hospital and warn every female patient about him. Clive wonders if he should have a word with Vera, but Karl thinks that will only fuel her idea of the hospital "always protecting their own". Clive's concerned things are going to escalate, but Karl reassures him that once Vera is discharged things will go back to normal. Clive doesn't look convinced by this.
In a fit of guilt, Sheila has confessed to Levi and Roxy what happened with Sheila 2. She then tells Paul off for leaving his table in a huge mess and waves around an "ESP" stick he'd left behind. Paul grabs the USB off her with a glare, then notices she's not wearing any shoes, wondering when the pub became a footwear optional establishment. Roxy walks over to help Sheila with the plates and reminds her that she should try problem solving instead of festering away in her guilt. Sheila says she owes the other Sheila more than a sparkly pair of shoes, there were six or seven parcels and she's given most of the stuff away. So Roxy offers to help Sheila get the items back.
Bea excitedly tells Ned that she's going ahead with the podcast about Finn. She's not too sure on how to start, though, so she wants to hire out a podcast studio space and get Ned's advice. Bea notices Ned has only been half- heartedly listening to her the whole time and asks if he's okay. Ned has been stewing over the accounts and says maths isn't his strong suit, but Paul's been breathing down his neck about it. Ned opens up the bookings to make a time for Bea, but Bea's worried because everything looks quite full for a few months. Knowing that they're fake bookings, Ned lies and says the reservations are only tentative and he can shuffle things around for her. But before they can go any further, Ned gets a text from Paul saying he needs him at the hotel ASAP.
Sheila and Roxy find Susan and confuse her completely with a long spiel on how they need to get the earrings back from her because they're actually 'Sheila's', but not clarifying they mean another Sheila. "Is this a riddle or have you been drinking?" Susan asks both of the women. Somehow, Susan finally figures out they're talking about a different Sheila and sadly returns the earrings to them. Roxy and Sheila then head out to find Chloe and get the hand cream back from her.
Ned arrives at Sheila 2's room where he finds her speaking with Paul. Ned and Sheila 2 exchange friendly banter about their previous encounter with the paint. Paul's puzzled by their familiarity but doesn't question it, instead going straight into business talk. He claims that The Hive is turning a good profit and is bursting with clients at the moment. Ned feels bad, but is forced to go along with Paul's blatant lies. Sheila doesn't understand why Paul would be selling if it's such a goldmine, but Paul claims he's pivoting out of real estate. In fact, he's also got some properties on Power Road he'd love to show her if she's interested. Ned looks uneasy when Sheila says she'd like to take a look at the financials for the businesses.
Karl is very busy throwing balled up bits of paper into a wastepaper basket at the reception desk when Clive finds him. Karl explains that David is covering a few more of his patients for him. Clive can see things are escalating like he feared they would. Some nurses have even been asking him questions, but he's set them straight. Having said that, however, Clive points out that Karl does have a lot of leave owing. Karl thinks Clive means a long weekend, but is staggered to find out Clive meant more like a couple of months. Karl is offended that he's not welcome in his own workplace anymore. "That's not what I'm saying," replies Clive, but Karl just shakes his head. "It's what you mean, though, isn't it?" Karl states.
Paul is working on a business pitch for Sheila 2 when Terese finds him. She shows Paul the settlement contract with Vera, and he's alarmed to learn just how much money Vera's getting from them. Terese points out that's what they have insurance for, but when Paul continues to make a fuss, she asks her husband what's really going on with him. Paul finally admits that his financial trouble boils down to the loan he took out to buy Pierce's share of the hotel. The repayments are starting to get away from him because of all the unforeseen financial troubles they've had lately with the complex.
TERESE: (frustrated) Honestly, Paul. I know how you operate and I can usually handle it. But you've got to keep me in the loop; we're partners.
PAUL: You know five years ago I promised myself that I would never be in this position again. And yet here I am, right back on the edge of losing it all.
TERESE: It's that bad is it?
PAUL: (nods) I need to offload Power Road and The Hive if I'm going - if we are going to hang on to the hotel.
TERESE: Right then. How do I help you prepare for this pitch?
Paul looks relieved that Terese is supporting him.
Susan, Bea and Toadie are speaking with Karl about his predicament at the hospital. Bea is adamant her uncle should stay at work as he's done nothing wrong, but Karl reminds her it's not about right and wrong, it's about what people think. Susan is also angry and says Vera is out of control. She feels like going to her house and pulling up all her petunias from the garden. Toadie wisely advises her against it, but Karl only points out that they're not in season anyway. Toadie then says that it might not be a bad idea to take time off. Off Bea and Susan's outrage, he adds that he knows it's not fair, but Vera's got everyone riled up and "with rumour comes risk". Karl ponders this, but Susan and Bea still aren't convinced.
SUSAN: You shouldn't have to keep paying for Olivia's lies, she's taken enough from us.
BEA: After everything we've been through to clear your name, don't give up. I say fight it.
Sheila and Roxy approach Sheila 2 with bags of her belongings they've collected from people. Sheila 2 doesn't look impressed and asks if returning everything is supposed to magically wipe the slate clean. Sheila says she's trying to fix everything so Sheila 2 can see how sorry she is, which Roxy backs up. They try and give the bags to Sheila 2 and insist everything is there - except for the perfume Sheila gave to her friend Dipi. Sheila yammers on and on about Dipi's farewell party until Sheila 2 finally has enough and says that wrongs can't be put right with half- used hand cream. Sheila 2 then asks to be left alone as she's on her way to a meeting in The Waterhole with the owner. Roxy and Sheila wonder between them what business Sheila 2 has with Paul.
Toadie tells Susan and Bea that Dipi has already sent Nell the first batch of quilt patches to colour in. Susan jokes there will be a quilt for every family member by the time they're done. The mood changes when Clive drops by, hoping to check in on Karl. Susan hopes Clive isn't still trying to force Karl to take leave. Clive knows Susan is upset and concedes that it's a very difficult situation. "Yeah, especially for the guy whose back you should have," Bea retorts.
CLIVE: My first duty of care is to the people we're treating.
SUSAN: You know that Karl's an excellent doctor.
CLIVE: I also know I have a bunch of very nervous patients who need to feel safe.
Karl emerges from his room and surprises his family by saying he's decided to take a couple of months off. Susan says that Clive is letting Vera Punt run a witch hunt at the hospital and it's doing him no credit. But Karl says it's not about Vera - the Olivia situation has got people very nervous about him, and he played a part in that.
SUSAN: You didn't lay a hand on her!
KARL: I acted in a way I shouldn't have. Me turning up to work pretending nothing happened is making things worse. There's a positive in here. By the time I get back to work, Olivia will be a distant memory.
Karl then says he'll have more time to mind Nell and Hugo, plus he'll be able to help at the tram more, so the timing's perfect. Clive thanks Karl for being so understanding. Karl smiles and nods, but you can see the decision is eating at him.
Ned and Sheila 2 emerge from The Waterhole. Sheila 2 has been telling him about her missing package ordeal and says that the other Sheila is constantly in her face about it. Ned wonders how long she'll be sticking around town, and Sheila says it depends on how the accounts look for Ned's business on the USB Paul just gave her. Ned explains that The Hive isn't actually his. He manages it to pay the bills but he really just lives to paint. Sheila then realises he's the same Ned Willis who won the art prize last year, and Ned's pleased to learn that she's into the art scene. Sheila says she checked out more of Ned's stuff online afterwards and thinks he's wasted working for Paul Robinson. Overhearing their conversation, Sheila 1 interrupts them and says on good conscience, she can't allow Sheila 2 to get mixed up in business with Paul. "That man is the world's only living heart donor," she states. She then asks Ned to back up her claims, but Ned squirms and gives a non- answer. But Sheila 2 proclaims that she doesn't need the other Sheila's advice, she's quite capable of looking after herself. After Sheila 2 leaves, Sheila 1 tells Ned that her name buddy deserves better and he knows it.
Looking for something to do, Karl starts dusting the blinds but Susan says she already tackled that task yesterday. Meanwhile, Bea and Levi are at the table working on the podcast. Bea thanks Levi for introducing her to all the true crime podcasts out there, especially Serial, as it's from so many different POVs. Bea asks Karl if he's decided whether or not he wants to do an interview with her, but Karl says he still hasn't got his head around the idea. Bea then asks if he wants them to work on the podcast elsewhere, but Karl says no.
KARL: I'm just having difficultly understanding what's driving you to do it.
BEA: After the day that you had, how can you not get it? What Vera and everyone at the hospital thinks isn't the full story. This podcast is about finally getting the truth out into the world.
Susan looks over at Karl while he contemplates this.
Number 22 Backyard
Roxy hangs out on a sun lounger while Ned and Terese have a chat with Paul at the table. Paul says the meeting with Sheila went well, and that she was even speaking about taking a tour of Power Road. Terese looks impressed and Paul says to celebrate he's off to have a video chat with Harlow. When he leaves, Ned asks Terese for advice. He tells her that Paul's got him pumping up The Hive for Sheila 2, but it's all a pack of lies. Roxy can't believe her ears and Ned knows that Sheila 2 deserves better. But Terese thinks it would be best just to let everything run its course.
TERESE: Paul's the one who took a chance on you with The Hive. He's asking you this favour.
NED: Lie, that's your answer?
TERESE: It's business. Sellers often create a narrative of success, that's how they close deals.
ROXY: That's, like, dodgy as.
TERESE: Yeah, well, it's common practice. The onus is on buyers to do their due diligence.
ROXY: Nup, I don't even care if it's normal, it's not okay.
NED: We all know Paul is the kind of guy to try and pull this off.
ROXY: Well I guess we now know the type of person who goes along with it.
Ned looks affronted by this assessment of his character - but also a little guilty too.
Sheila 2 is doing work on her laptop when there's a knock at her hotel room door. She calls out hello but there's no answer. When she opens the door to investigate there's no one outside, but she finds an envelope on the floor. Inside the envelope there's a USB, which she plugs into her computer. Whatever information is on the USB has her shocked.
Bea and Levi are still chatting about the podcast. Bea thinks she could start from when she met Finn in Sydney, and also include how she got there in the first place. Or she could keep things more simple and start from the first time Finn was in Erinsborough. Unable to keep from chiming in, Karl suggests she could start from now then use flashbacks. Levi and Bea are surprised Karl is giving them input, but Karl says that what Bea said earlier really struck a chord with him. He's decided he wants to be a part of the podcast. Bea's stoked, but then Karl says he'd also like to be more hands- on and help her produce it. Bea says she's happy to have him on board, especially when she hears how it'll keep him busy now he's on leave, but she still looks a bit wary about suddenly having a podcast partner.
The next morning Sheila 2 asks Paul to meet with her in her room. He's quite smug as he thinks Sheila's ready to jump on board and buy up some businesses, but Sheila has found out some 'interesting' information overnight. She tells him she's worked hard to get where she is and hopes she has a reputation where no one would try to underestimate her. Paul plays dumb, but the act doesn't hold for long when Sheila shows him the USB that was delivered to her with The Hive's true financial accounts on it.
PAUL: Somebody could have quite easily fiddled with the numbers couldn't they.
SHEILA: Oh I think you're the expert at that particular trick.
PAUL: You know, accusing me of being unethical whilst you're holding stolen information, that's an interesting choice. Where did you get it?
SHEILA: Anonymous delivery. Needless to say, the deal for The Hive is dead.