- Lucas being advised to buy real estate but he throws the brochure in the bin
- Noah asking Kate if she can tutor him
- Natasha having nightmares about drowning
Tash has her new uniform hung up and she tries to jazz it up a little to suit her style. Michael enters to see how Tash is. She's feeling better and tries to sound positive and upbeat about the impending move to boarding school. She mentions the break coming up and how she would like to hang out with him even though it's a busy time for him. Her father gets the attack of the guilts and tells Tash to unpack - she's saying with him because they can't sort out their problems when they're separated. Tash is over the moon and runs to give her father a great big hug and promises to behave herself.
Chris is unsure about using a customer's car to teach with but Lucas says the customer gets a good price and they can fix it while teaching so it's two birds with one stone. Lucas goes to answer a call just as Toadie comes in looking to buy a used Ute for Sonya to use around the nursery. Lucas angrily tells the person on the other line that he is not interested in investing.
LUCAS: Don't you start.
TOADIE: I didn't say a word!
LUCAS: You didn't have to.
TOADIE: You know, investing that money might not be such a *bad* idea...
Opening his locker, the urn that contained the ashes of his father falls out and Lucas picks it up and slams it back hard in his locker.
Later, there are some students around but they're all dismissed early because the hoist is not working. Chris asks why Lucas doesn't just buy a new one and he is surprised to learn that Lucas does not own the garage - Elle, otherwise known as "some chick in New York", is the owner and Lucas calls her and leaves her a message.
Lucas finds the father of the chick in New York inside Harold's. It turns out Elle has been ignoring Lucas' calls for weeks and he wants Paul to call her. Paul is noncommittal as it's not an emergency, but he looks thoughtful when Lucas points out that the garage is Elle's business after all and she probably doesn't want to lose all their customers.
First we see Noah sketching a picture of Kate, and we quickly jump to Kate roaming around looking for someone, then we cut to Andrew and Summer talking about Tash. Andrew wonders how everyone will take to her at the new school and Noah chimes in that he used to just not turn up to schools that he didn't like. Lost for words, Andrew and Summer leave for class. Kate has found the person she's seeking - Michael - and she asks if Noah seems like he's settling in OK since he seems a little isolated. None of the other teachers have mentioned anything but Mike promises to keep an eye out. Kate then goes straight to the source and asks Noah how he's settling in and he's cool.
Tash unpacks and settles herself back into her room. She gets on her laptop and types out the status "I'm Baaaccckk!!" before changing her mind and deleting it. She puts the photo of her and her father back on her table and smiles at it.
It would appear that Paul has probably gotten through to Elle and she's made a quick decision - there's a big FOR SALE sign at the garage. Chris is really confused and Lucas is angry and goes to sort it out.
Turns out it was very quick as Paul is still at Harold's. Lucas thinks that Paul put Elle up to it but Elle can make her own decisions.
PAUL: She doesn't need me to tell her that there's not a lot of point in owning a small business when you live on the other side of the world! Let's face it; it's not exactly a cash cow, is it?
LUCAS: That place does alright.
PAUL: She only bought it to torment you!
Fair enough. Lucas is angry at the lack of warning because the new owners might kick him out but Paul reasons that they might not - it's up to Lucas himself to negotiate with them. Paul refuses to divulge Elle's emergency number but seeing how upset Lucas is, Paul does tell him that Elle has been thinking of selling for a quite a while and it's not a decision that she took lightly.
Kate's taking the Year 12's and she's asking the students to do a presentation in pairs on the Russian Revolution. Seeing her pet project Noah sitting alone, she asks Summer if she could pair up with him to which she obliges over Andrew's protestations.
It's going alright until Noah suggests a different approach - a role- play presentation instead of your typical stand- and- talk presentation. Because Summer doesn't like anything that is done a non- Summer way, she immediately complains to Kate that Noah's idea is "out there" and she's worried that he will drag down her marks. Kate thinks it might be a little different and she tells Summer that she's welcome to do it her own way and let Noah do it his. How that still qualifies as teamwork, I don't know. Defeated, Summer returns to her desk.
Later, Summer is up and she's finishing up her regular presentation. Noah then gets up.
NOAH: Finally, home. Only twelve hours in the factory today. Yesterday, fifteen.
A random extra jumps the gun by making exaggerated faces before Noah had even started before snickering "This is so lame!" to his friend beside him. Kate shushes them and Noah continues his speech from the workers point of view and all the other students, especially Summer, maintain looks of disapproval. Kate is pleased though, although Noah plays it cool and just says thanks.
Erinsborough High - Hallway
Kate follows Noah out to check that he's OK, yet again. He is - he's used to moving schools and he's cool. She somehow still can't manage to believe him so she offers to tutor him in the half hour gap she has before her shift at Harold's.
Summer gives Tash a big jumping hug and a squeal upon hearing that she's staying. Andrew comments that it would have been boring without her but Chris jokes that he could have used the downtime to focus on the garage. While Chris is telling them about the garage situation with Elle, Tash is again overwhelmed by the sound of water. She brushes it off as water in her ears, but looks confused all the same.
NATASHA: So, you were boring us with your messed up family tree?
ANDREW: My family may be many things but they are definitely not boring.
Kate gets to work after trying to help Noah out with his history work. She goes back to serving Michael at the counter and she expresses her concern about Noah again. She acknowledges that Noah seems fine though and Michael thinks that that's OK then because not every student needs to hang out in a "gang". Kate shouts Noah a milkshake before he leaves.
Toadie stares at the FOR SALE sign outside the garage before walking in to ask Lucas about the Ute. They're rather expensive though, so he asks whether Lucas could recommend a hire car company so that Sonya can just hire one when she needs it. Seeing the urn in Lucas' locker, Toadie advises Lucas to let go and move on.
Lucas corners Paul as he's leaving Erinsborough News. Lucas wants to buy the garage with his inheritance. Paul still gives him a doubtful look.
PAUL: Well, didn't strike me as the entrepreneurial type.
LUCAS: I've run that business for over a year now. I know more about it than Elle ever did.
PAUL: And I don't doubt that. But in my opinion, there's two types of people. There's owners, and employees. And when you own a place, you can't just nick off when things start getting a bit rough. Are you ready for that sort of commitment?
Lucas is silent.
PAUL: Look Lucas, you're a great mechanic but that doesn't necessarily qualify you to own a garage. I'd think long and hard about this before you start chucking your money away.
Lucas looks thoughtful yet a little bit peeved.
TOADIE: Lucas is buying the garage!
LUCAS: I'm not buying the garage.
(Sonya at the nursery)
TOADIE: You did it!
SONYA: We did it!
SONYA (to Lucas): It feels good, it really does. It only happens when you take a chance.
(Kyle and Jade walk into a darkened and noisy kitchen)
KYLE: What the hell?
JADE: It's three AM!
(Michelle is making a milkshake)
MICHELLE: I had a craving.
(Kyle holds Jade back)
JADE: We've got to get rid of her!
KYLE: I'm working on it.
JADE: Oh sure you are, that's why she's still here!
KYLE: You tried it your way; you stuff up, now it's my turn.
(Michelle picks up a card from a bouquet of flowers)
(Chris and Tash are at school)
NATASHA: It's just that thing again, that noise. It feels like it's inside my head, I can't even explain. It sounds like the beach.
(Michael stares at a picture of a younger Tash, himself, and presumably Natasha's mum)
CHRIS (V.O): Maybe something happened by the ocean that you've forgotten?