- David revealing to Terese that Paul has been lying to her
- Terese yelling at Paul that their relationship is done
- Paul calling Glen about Terese, and Glen hugging Terese
- David and Aaron differing on the finer details of minding Abigail
- Nic telling Jane the boys are leaving her out of the Abigail conversation
- Leo admitting to Terese and David that he misses Abigail every day
- Aaron telling David he spoke to a family lawyer about getting custody of Abigail
Aaron is keen to make things more permanent with Abigail but David feels it's too soon. Aaron points out that their current 'agreement' is more confusing than ever. If they had custody of Abi, they could have made decisions about her low iron levels on the spot. However, David insists they can handle things without going through the family court.
DAVID: This is a massive overreach, Aaron, why didn't you talk to me first?
AARON: This is it. This is it, we're talking now.
DAVID: I get how hard this is for you, and I understand the need for certainty for all of us. But we agreed to give Leo time. I literally just heard him say how hard he's finding it being away from Abigail.
AARON: Did he say he's changed his mind?
DAVID: No, but he's obviously torn. The bottom line is he's her father and he's grieving. You had no right to talk to a lawyer without me agreeing to it first.
Upset, David gets up and walks away leaving Aaron frustrated.
Terese tells Glen she's happy to get out of the house and have dinner - that is until she spies Paul having a meal with Leo and Harlow. "Looks like I've lost my appetite," Terese mutters, as Glen says they'll get takeaway instead. Leo and Harlow do their best to keep Paul at the table, but he's a man on a mission and immediately hustles over to Terese. He begs to have one minute alone with her, so Glen steps aside to order their meals. Terese is put off from the get- go when Paul asks her to see the counsellor again with him.
PAUL: So we can work through this latest roadblock in our marriage.
TERESE: Paul the only roadblock that I can see is you. And I have no intention of working through anything with a counsellor ever again.
Nic tells Aaron that she understands why David's upset with him: he can't just make big decisions like that on his own. But Aaron says he didn't make a decision, he just got the ball rolling. "Besides, David is in denial," he adds. "He needs to face up to reality." Nicolette then wonders where she factors into the equation and if she deserves to be consulted. Aaron apologises - he just assumed Nicolette would be on board with taking Abi in permanently. "Having another child long- term, it's a lot to work through," Nic says. "Next time you have a conversation about it can you please include me?" Aaron smiles and says he will.
Leo and Harlow attempt to cajole Paul into eating more of his dinner, but Paul's down in the dumps. They become wearier when Paul suddenly says he thinks he can still win Terese back. Paul knows Terese is angry, but time and time again they've proven they belong together. But Leo says all Paul needs to focus on is getting better. "It's a waste of your energy, especially when she doesn't want anything to do with you anymore," Harlow adds, which doesn't sit well with Paul. He sarcastically thanks them both for the resounding show of support.
PAUL: (to Harlow) There was a time when I could count on you for having my back when it came to Terese.
HARLOW: No, this time's different. You really screwed up and I can't imagine her ever trusting you again.
Paul then notices Karl and Susan walk up to the bar. "We'll see about that," he says to Harlow, with a scheming smile.
Harlow arrives just as Ned's closing and asks for the biggest slice of banoffee pie he has. She tells him about the latest Paul and Terese saga and admits she feels bad about the way he treated Terese. Harlow also doesn't understand how Paul can end up in this position so many times and not sort himself out for the better. She then changes subjects and asks Ned how things are with Amy. Ned says she's still very focused on Zara, which is understandable, but he can't see their relationship status changing any time soon. Harlow wonders if he has another van project they can distract themselves with. Ned says no, but he's got a different activity in mind they can do tomorrow if she's up for it.
Chloe hesitantly asks Leo if he wants some company. "That depends," Leo snarks, "are you going to report back to Terese again?" Taking it in her stride, Chloe sits with him and asks him not to be mad, she just thought Terese could help.
LEO: Look Chlo, I know everyone's coming from a good place but sometimes the help, it feels more like interference.
They spot David sitting by himself at the bar and go over to ask if he's okay. Knowing he can't spill the real reason for his mood, David just says he and Aaron had a disagreement about something and he had to get out of the house. Leo asks if he wants to talk about it but David pretends he's fine.
The next morning Paul drops by with coffee and pastries to see Karl and Susan. He claims he's been trying to build up the courage to come over and apologise. Karl is upset that Paul made him feel as though he'd been inadequate in his care, and Susan adds that it's a poor way to treat someone you've known for so long. Paul says they're right, but he was so afraid he was going to lose Terese his judgement was clouded. And now after what he's done, he's probably lost her anyway. "Well, I appreciate your apology," Karl mumbles, quickly taking the free box of pastries while Susan shakes her head at him. "Good," Paul replies, "because I'd actually like to ask a favour of you two." The Kennedys are immediately annoyed, but Paul quickly says it's not for him, it's for Terese.
Glen and Terese work out a shopping list so he can make them dinner later. Glen's about to head to the supermarket when Paul suddenly arrives with the Kennedys in tow. Terese says Glen's fine to go, but asks Paul why on earth he's here. Paul admits he should have called first, which gets Karl and Susan's backs up as Paul said he'd already done so. "I was worried that you'd say no," Paul says, before quickly turning back to Terese.
PAUL: Karl and Susan are here to help facilitate.
TERESE: Facilitate what?
PAUL: A discussion on how to repair our marriage. I mean if anybody can offer sage advice it's these two.
KARL: So that apology was just to trick us into ambushing Terese?
PAUL: It was for a good cause, Karl. Besides, you two know through your own painful experiences just what's required to have a successful long- term relationship.
KARL: Yeah - I think we should leave.
Paul begs them to stay, claiming he and Terese need them. "It won't take long, I mean if Terese agrees," Paul says, ignoring how mad Terese looks. "You couldn't just leave it, could you?" she says in outrage. Terese apologises to the Kennedys, but Susan says she has nothing to be sorry for, then wonders if she actually wants them to stay. "Think of them as mediators," Paul chimes in. With a sigh, Terese asks Susan to help her in the kitchen, which Paul takes as a promising sign.
Number 32 - David and Aaron's Bedroom
Aaron sits next to Abigail's bassinet while she sleeps, looking quite tired. David walks in and Aaron comments on how late David got home last night. He wants to know if David feels any differently about Aaron's stance on parenting Abigail. David says he doesn't but knows they need to talk about it.
AARON: Well so does Nicolette. She wants to be involved in any discussions about this from now on.
DAVID: That's fair.
AARON: Yeah. I was also thinking that we should probably get Leo in on the conversation.
AARON: He needs to be across anything we're considering.
DAVID: (pointedly) Anything you're considering. I don't want to upset him. He'll think we're trying to steal his daughter.
AARON: No he won't, David. This was his idea in the first place.
DAVID: I still think we're jumping the gun. We don't even know what Nicolette's thoughts are yet.
AARON: You know what? I think you need to listen to Leo's.
DAVID: Can we just hit pause for a month? By that time we'll have a much clearer idea of where Leo's at.
Aaron sighs and doesn't answer him
Paul and Karl are in the lounge room while Terese makes cuppas in the kitchen with Susan. "You don't have to hear him out you know," Susan quietly tells Terese. "He pulled a dirty, rotten trick." But Terese has a plan in mind - she wants Susan and Karl to be witnesses so she can turn Paul down in front of an audience. Terese hopes the hit to Paul's ego will help it sink in - the sooner he gets it, the sooner he'll leave her alone.
In the lounge room, Paul happily tells Karl that having him and Susan there has already helped. "If you say so," Karl retorts. Paul says that Karl and Susan are living proof that all obstacles can be overcome if the love is still there. "Not all obstacles, Paul," Terese states, as she walks over with Susan (who joins Karl on the couch with a coffee).
TERESE: There is nothing you can say that I haven't heard before.
PAUL: But you agreed to mediation.
TERESE: No, you asked me to think of it like that. But I'm going to make it very clear to you that we are beyond that.
PAUL: Yeah, well, I'm sure that Karl and Susan have felt the same way. In fact we know they have. I mean, Susan, how many times has Karl cheated on you?
SUSAN: Beside the point!
PAUL: The point is, I wouldn't cheat on you. Their marriage has been a train wreck countless times over.
KARL/SUSAN: (making noises of protest and getting up from the couch)
TERESE: That is quite enough, Paul!
KARL: Just because you bought us some pastries doesn't give you free rein to criticise us!
PAUL: I'm only criticising you! (Focusing on Terese) Look, the thing is Susan took Karl back because she forgave him and I'm just asking the same of you.
TERESE: (firmly) And I am telling you the answer is no.
Glen notices Nicolette yawning and jokes that he was going to get a couple of lattes but perhaps she could use them instead. Nicolette admits she didn't get any sleep last night because she was thinking about a tricky conversation she had with Aaron. Glen offers to stay for a chat, promising he'll keep it in the vault. Nic tells him that Aaron's started taking steps to legalise the arrangement with Abigail, which concerns Glen when he learns it hasn't been discussed with Leo.
GLEN: I guess Leo did ask them to take over.
NICOLETTE: Yeah, but Aaron didn't consult me. Or David for that matter. We've been working under the understanding that it was only meant to be short- term. Legalising it is this whole other thing. And y'know, the boys and I co- parent Isla, but what role would I play with Abi? And how do we navigate that?
GLEN: I can see why you didn't get any sleep.
NICOLETTE: If we do have her permanently then the girls will be like sisters. But what if the boys want boundaries on Abi that I don't want on Isla - my head is spinning.
GLEN: Yeah it's pretty overwhelming.
NICOLETTE: I know that Britney would be okay with it, but we just worked so hard to find out feet with the parenting arrangement with Isla and this just throws everything up in the air again.
Harlow laughs and says that Ned could have warned her how sore her arm would get after their surprise activity. Ned says it was his first time too, and she got him right on the hand, but they both had fun. Chloe sidles up to them and asks what they've been up to. "We have found an energetic form of stress relief," Harlow replies, to which Chloe jokes they should clean themselves up next time (although they both look fine so who knows what this scene was meant to originally look like). Chloe leaves and Glen takes her spot, asking Ned and Harlow if they've spoken to Terese recently. He informs them of Paul rocking up to Number 22 with Karl and Susan in quite an odd fashion. Harlow hopes Paul isn't harassing Terese again and says she'll give her a call. Ned says he'll come back to the house with Glen to check in.
Lassiters Hotel Office
Harlow walks in to find Paul busily writing a letter at the desk, dismayed to learn it's for Terese. Paul claims that Terese needs to know how he feels, but Harlow frustratedly points out that she already does - and she's made it clear she doesn't want to hear about it anymore.
PAUL: Everybody in business knows that you do not accept the first knock back.
HARLOW: This isn't business, granddad, and this isn't your first. I heard about what happened with Susan and Karl, you're embarrassing yourself.
PAUL: It's worth it if she forgives me.
HARLOW: The ship has sailed. I just spoke to her.
PAUL: Involving the Kennedys was probably not the right thing to do. I should have been straightforward with her. And that's why I'm putting everything I feel about her down here, completely heartfelt and honest.
PAUL: No, I shouldn't have put her on the spot like that. So if she allows herself to just calm down and listen to everything I have to say then I know she'll come around. She's going to have to admit to herself that she does still love me.
Harlow looks incredibly doubtful as Paul goes back to writing his letter.
Lassiters Hotel Foyer
Leo is waiting for Aaron to arrive, and while he waits he looks at photos of himself with Abigail on his phone. He can't help smiling fondly at the images. He then has flashbacks to holding her for the first time (when everyone thought she was Isla), finding out he was a dad, Britney dying, Abi falling off the couch and then Leo being scared to be around his daughter. Leo has to shake himself out of it when Aaron shows up, wanting to have a chat about Abigail.
AARON: I thought I'd let you know that I've started speaking with a family lawyer about formalising our arrangement, because I'd like to make Abi an official part of our family. That is what you want isn't it?
LEO: (pretending he's fine) Yes, of course. That's exactly what I want.
Glen and Ned are having a coffee with Terese while she fills them in on the 'intervention' with the Kennedys. She says Paul had no idea how insulting he was being towards them. "Or how disrespectful he was to you," Glen adds. He says he should have stayed but Terese knows it wouldn't have deterred Paul one bit. Terese says she's embarrassed, hurt and angry but she's okay.
TERESE: To be honest, I've actually felt the strongest I've ever been since this separation with Paul. It's not our first rodeo.
NED: Good, I'm glad you're feeling on top of it.
GLEN: Yeah it's not easy.
TERESE: No but it's a relief despite everything else. He's just so used to talking me into forgiving him because he knows that deep down that's what I want. But this time it's different.
GLEN: In what way?
TERESE: I don't know, maybe it was just one lie too many. But now I'm truly done with him.
They hear a knock at the door and Terese is in disbelief that Paul would actually try something again so soon. But when she gets to the door she finds an envelope shoved under it with her name on it.
Lassiters Hotel Office
Paul is delighted to see Terese walk in holding the envelope. He says he knew he should have written the letter from the start instead of pulling the stunt with the Kennedys. Terese soon puts a stop to his rambling, though, and informs him she hasn't read it and doesn't plan to. And the fact that he didn't respect her wishes and leave her alone made her realise she made the right call about their relationship.
PAUL: Terese, I poured my heart out in there.
TERESE: What, to manipulate me?
PAUL: No, to tell you how I feel.
TERESE: What about what I feel? Do you listen to that?
PAUL: Of course I do.
TERESE: Because I don't know how many times I can say it. (Getting upset) Every time that you ignore me, or every time you seduce me into thinking that things will be different, you diminish me that much more.
PAUL: Oh, Terese. I would never want to do that to you.
TERESE: But you do, and I let you. You know, you talk of love and respect, but you don't see me as your equal. Not truly. Otherwise you would have taken me seriously the first time that I told you to leave me alone.
PAUL: (pleading) Take some time, have some space if that's what you really want.
TERESE: I want more. I want a divorce.