- Declan asking Kate to say that she saw Rebecca at home the night of Paul's accident.
- Kate being interviewed by Det. Mark Brennan.
- Det. Mark inviting Kate out for dinner and Kate turning him down.
- Libby telling Sam that she saw Steph before the accident and she was fine.
- Karl asking Libby what the hell she's playing at.
- Sam presenting Toadie with evidence from the guy who Steph nearly drove into at the motel.
- Lyn sacking Kate and Toadie telling her that their last chance just walked out of the door.
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Kate is walking through the car park, upset, when Declan pulls up. He thinks she's giving him the brush off because he kept the car, but then he realises something more serious is up.
Toadie is incensed that Lyn would go and sack Kate, how is that going to help her change her mind?
LYN: She has made her position clear and she is wrong.
TOADIE: No Lyn, she was there and it is my job to walk her through her statement and suggest other explanations for what she might have seen.
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Declan doesn't get why Lyn would fire her. Kate tells him that she told her that she thinks the crash was Steph's fault.
DECLAN: But it was an accident...
KATE: That's not how I saw it.
Surely if Kate had "seen" it, then she would have got out of the road without Ringo's help, but what do I know.
Lyn is being entirely irrational and doesn't see why Toadie should have to walk Kate through anything. She should just know it wasn't Steph's fault and she's not working with someone who thinks it is. Toadie reminds her that he is trying to keep Steph out of jail, and she has just made that a hell of a lot harder.
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Declan says that things happened so fast Steph didn't even stand a chance of stopping. Kate says she knows what happened. She was there and it was Steph's fault.
DECLAN: You saw her for what? A split second? She could go to jail and you're fine with that?
Lyn hurries out of the store after Toadie and apologises for over reacting. Toadie tells her to tell it to Kate, she's the one they need onside. Sam has arrived and earwigs in on their conversation. Toadie realises things have just been made worse when he sees her. Lyn tells her that the tables are reserved for customers only, so Sam orders a skinny latte as she's looking for Kate. Lyn tells her she doesn't work there anymore.
SAM: Oh. Had a falling out?
LYN: Nothing that won't be fixed when she realises Steph is innocent.
Toadie looks like he'd like to tape Lyn's big mouth shut. Sam says that if Kate isn't allowed her job until she recants her statement then that's known as interfering with a witness.
LYN: Now you listen to me you horrible little woman....
Lyn goes back into the store and Sam thinks that getting his client's mum to heavy the witnesses is a bold strategy for Toadie. He tells her that there are other witnesses who can provide credible evidence to support Steph and she knows it. He leaves and Sam's eyes rest on Zeke - a new person to pester. She knows it is awkward for him to talk to her, but she just wanted to say how sorry she is about Ringo. She asks how everyone is, even Libby. Zeke tells her that Libby has gone away so if she's trying to wind her up then...
SAM: Zeke, I'm not trying to do anything. I just hope she's not trying to defend Steph because of some grudge against me, that's all.
ZEKE: I doubt it.
SAM: Good, because I'd hate to be the cause of any trouble in your family.
ZEKE: Then just go away.
Sophie finds Kate and asks her why she's not working at Harold's any more. Kate tells her that she and Lyn had a difference of opinion. Sophie wants to know what they'll do for money. Kate says she'll sort it. They argue about how she might go about that, Sophie reminds her that they still have to pay for a school trip and if they can't then she's going to miss out on the best school trip.
KATE: Soph! I've said I'll deal with it.
SOPHIE: Just saying...
KATE: Why?! I'm the one who's going to have to deal with it! Can you just leave me alone please?
SOPHIE: Sorry for breathing.
I think Kate is looking for Sophie, but Toadie catches up with Kate first. He wants her to know that Lyn knows she totally over reacted and is kicking herself - and he's kicking herself too. He just needs to know that what happened won't colour her take on the accident. Kate is surprised that he thinks she's so petty. Unfortunately, Sam overhears again and gets herself involved.
TOADIE: You've had your chance to influence this witness Sam, so just get out.
SAM: I didn't need to influence her. She saw your client's criminal recklessness first hand.
KATE: No I didn't use the word criminal.
SAM: No, you didn't need to.
TOADIE: You'll just put those words in her mouth when she's on the stand won't you?
KATE: No I'm not an idiot, I wouldn't let anyone do that.
TOADIE: No no, I didn't mean that.
SAM: That's what you said.
KATE: Can you just leave me alone?
Detective Mark Brennan wanders onto the scene and detects some trouble. Toadie says there isn't a problem, but Mark was talking to Kate. Kate says she just wants them to leave her alone. Sam says she has a right to talk to her, she's a public prosecutor. Mark thinks that means she'll understand what she should do when a police officer asks her to move along. The lawyers do as they're told and Mark remarks that it now looks like he's stalking her. He's about to leave her to it, when Kate invites him to get a coffee.
Kate apologises for turning down his dinner invitation only for him to have to come and rescue her. He tells her that he didn't do it for her, he just hates lawyers, it's part of the job description. He doesn't think it's good to see her upset though.
KATE: Steph could go to jail.
MARK: Well from what you've said, it sounds like she's only got herself to blame.
Kate wonders what if she's got it wrong. Mark tells her to go with her instincts, only she knew what she saw until other people started trying to tell her otherwise. She should trust herself. Kate apologises again for turning down dinner and wonders if she can change her mind.
Sam is at the door, she was hoping to speak with Karl and Susan, but Susan is out walking the dog. She tells Karl that Libby is avoiding her calls, but that's understandable as she'd avoid them as well. Sam knows it's awkward but she's going to have to attack Libby's evidence in court, but she wants her to know that it's not personal. She hopes Karl can pass that on to her. Karl is a bit surprised at how decent it is of Sam to say that. Sam says she's never forgotten how good he has been to her.
SAM: I gather you've seen Libby's statement.
KARL: I know she's done it, yes.
SAM: It's hard giving evidence about your friends.
KARL: It shouldn't be.
Karl will let Libby know she called by.
Lyn thanks Kate for coming by, she wants to apologise and offer Kate her job back. Omnipresent Sam overhears this and gets up to try and stop Kate from making a decision then and there. Toadie tells her that is has nothing to do with them. Kate says it won't change her statement. Lyn understands, she just wants her to have her job back because she's a good worker and she doesn't want to lose her. Kate says she'll let her know.
25th Anniversary Insert - 1991 Paul and Christina's wedding
Kate responds to an ad for a sandwich maker. She tells them what experience she has, but things seem to take a turn for the worse when they find out she's had to leave Harold's due to a disagreement with the owner. Sophie thinks she needs to lie more. Kate apologises for shouting at her earlier. Sophie says she should be the one who is sorry given that Kate had just lost her job and all she was worried about was a school trip. She asks what the next plan is for money. Kate says that if the worst comes to the worst Lyn did offer her the job back. Sophie doesn't know why Kate is looking for something else then. It's all about the principle that Lyn shouldn't have sacked her in the first place. She's going to keep looking. Sophie says she'll get a job too, or at least she'll cook dinner. Kate tells her she's going out for dinner with a cute policeman.
Karl and Susan angrily fold bed linen. Susan says that Sam was obviously fishing for information and that Karl should just leave things to Libby.
KARL: Because it's not about Libby.
SUSAN: Well it's not about you either.
KARL: It should be about Ringo.
SUSAN: Yeah, you're not the only one grieving here Karl.
Zeke comes in and senses that Karl and Susan are fighting. They deny it so he says he's going to go to his room to not work on an assignment and not listen to music.
That sheet looks more crumpled than when they started to fold it.
Susan is dressed in her journalistic gear and asks Jody if Karl is around. Jody offers to page him, but Susan doesn't want to see him, she's actually there to do a piece on the new patient advocacy programme. Jody is pleased that it will be getting some coverage, there are a number of doctors opposed to it, but she thinks it's a great idea. She still has to page Karl though, because he's the doctor on duty and the PR manager is away. Karl comes out of his office and doesn't seem pleased to see his wife.
Karl is clearly one of the doctors opposed to the programme and the interview isn't going well as it quickly turns from an argument about the programme to the argument they were having at home.
SUSAN: Don't you ever get sick of knowing what's best for everyone else?
KARL: Not when I can see that what they are doing is a huge mistake.
SUSAN: And only you can see it, no one else can!
KARL: Apparently yes.
SUSAN: (hissing under her breath) It is Libby's decision Karl, not yours.
KARL: Ok, but what Libby is doing is wrong. I'm not going to stand by and watch her lie in court, even if you are!
Lyn arrived just after the beginning of this interlude with cupcakes and can see that Karl and Susan are having a bit of a marital. As Karl storms off, Lyn intercepts Susan to see what it was all about. Susan says it was just about an article for the paper. Lyn knows she doesn't get that upset about articles for the paper and she heard something about lying in court, if it's something about Steph then she really has to know.
LYN: We've kept too many secrets from each other recently.
....After the break Susan has managed to spin some sort of story to Lyn that makes the whole situation seem much more trivial than it is. When Karl walks by Lyn tells him that Susan told her what was going on with Libby. Susan tries to communicate to Karl that she didn't tell Lyn the truth using their unspoken language. She says that they shouldn't be too concerned that Libby had to drive over the speed limit to try and catch up with Steph. She's sorry that she had to speed, but everyone will understand that it wasn't her fault. Lyn tells Karl and Susan not to let this come between them, they sounded pretty angry with each other. Karl says they'll try not to and Lyn gets going.
KARL: She is right, this is not just coming between us, it's effecting the whole family.
SUSAN: Exactly, so just stop crusading.
KARL: I can't just stand by and watch Libby commit perjury.
SUSAN: No, just give her time. She'll come around, but if you just go in there boots and all you'll make things worse.
KARL: Actually I haven't got time for this.
SUSAN: Oh fine! I'll see you at home!
KARL: I've accepted a double shift, so don't wait up for me.
Sophie hands Declan her CV, which he notices is kind of blank. Sophie can learn quickly though. Declan says she's too young. Sophie says she's good at cleaning. He suggests she tries Harold's, but Sophie doesn't think that's a great idea considering Kate just got sacked from there.
Zeke takes pity on Sophie and offers to walk her home. He even suggests they turn the social committee into paid positions so they can vote themselves rises.
Mark comes in and asks after Rebecca. Declan is rather cagey because he thinks Mark is there on business. He's actually there to book a table for two for the evening. Declan is relieved. He probably won't be when he finds out who he's having dinner with.
Kate is all dressed up ready to go out when Sophie come in. She couldn't find any work so Zeke bought her a pizza to cheer her up. Toadie knocks on the door. He'd just like a couple of minutes to go through what could have actually happened at the accident scene.
KATE: To tell me I got it wrong, you mean.
TOADIE: No, not wrong. Just unclear.
KATE: I don't need anyone to make it clear, Toadie, I know what I saw.
TOADIE: How can you be that certain?
Kate tells him that she's trusting her gut and even with him and Sam haranguing her, nothing will change her mind. Toadie is surprised that she is that certain that Steph should go to jail.
TOADIE: I'm going to be doing everything that I can to clear her.
KATE: I know.
TOADIE: I'm sorry Kate, but I'm going to hit you with everything I've got.
KATE: I'm sorry too.
Sam would like a minute with Declan to talk about what he's going to say at the trial. She tells her that Steph wasn't to blame and the whole thing was an accident. Sam is interested to know why he's so keen to clear the woman who killed his best friend. He maintains that she wasn't to blame. Also, he'd rather not see Charlie lose his mum like India did. Sam knows that she's not going to get any further.
Kate walks into the bar with Mark. There's a whole lot of awkward when she and Declan see each other.
...After the break Declan wants to know what the hell Kate is doing with Detective Brennan, the man investigating Paul's case. The man she lied to in a police interview!
DECLAN: You let one thing slip and the whole thing could fall to pieces. You can't do that to mum.
Declan pressures her to make up an excuse to leave. Kate has had enough of people telling her what to do today and says that if she wants to have dinner with him, she will. Mark sees that Kate and Declan are having a bit of a conflab and comes over to investigate. Kate says she's sorry, but she'll have to go home , her little sister called and she's not well. It sounds like food poisoning from a dodgy pizza. Mark tries to give her a lift, but she's fine walking.
What a day for Kate!
- Lucas wants to help Steph out somehow.
- Rebecca gets on board for the school social.
- Rebecca and Michael have some fun.
- Kate, Dec and Donna return to the site of the accident.
- Kate questions her own memory.