- Summer feeling guilty about Pirate Net being shut down
- Callum spending too much time on the Internet
- Tash discovering that her mum drowned
Tash is holed away in her room, looking at her mum's beauty pageant crown, while Michael and Emilia stand outside her door trying to get her to talk. Tash angrily tells her dad that she doesn't want to hear any more lies from either of them.
Susan runs into Paul - mid coffee and sweetener order - and tells him they need to do something about Pirate Net. Susan says that Summer was misled and made an error of judgment. Much to Susan's surprise, Paul says he's been working on a story all day to help the radio station, but it's skewed negatively towards the council. Susan doesn't think attacking the council is the way to go, though, and asks Paul to give her some time to chat to Ajay and get him onside.
Michael and Emilia are still hovering outside Tash's door, but Emilia stops Michael from going in, explaining that Tash probably needs space. Inside the bedroom, Tash receives a call from Chris but she rejects it, then scrolls through a few birthday messages with a frown. Michael knocks again, happy when Tash opens the door, but his face falls when Tash says she only wants to speak to Emilia.
Susan tells Ajay that Summer is incredibly sorry for the slurs against the council and knows she was in the wrong. She was even going to air a retraction before the station was closed. Susan appeals to Ajay's family side when she finds out he has a teenage daughter, Rani, and Ajay says he knows how teens can keep you on your toes. After some small talk about the Melbourne Cup, Ajay says he can't make any guarantees, but he'll see what he can do at the council.
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Emilia explains to Tash that she never knew Michael lied to her about her mum. Her parents didn't handle Helena's death well, especially since they never got along with Michael in the first place, so Michael decided to cease contact with the Jovanovics. Tash doesn't understand why her dad still chooses to spend so much time at the beach when it's such a stark reminder of his wife, but Emilia says everyone grieves in their own way.
Meanwhile, Michael is pacing around outside, his breathing heavy and vision blurred. Callum comes along to ask if he can use their Wi- Fi for a while, but Michael tells him now's not a good time. When Callum walks off, Michael sits in his car and takes some tablets to try and help him relax.
Tash starts crying and says it's like her dad doesn't even care where her mum died, but Emilia says it's quite the opposite. Tash gets the wind knocked out of her when she's told that Michael tried to save his wife from drowning but failed. Emilia gravely says that she doesn't think Michael's ever forgiven himself, "but he needs you to forgive him."
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Emilia tells Michael that Tash knows he tried to save Helena and that Tash is still trying to process everything. Michael thinks Tash needs to hear more from him, but Emilia doesn't think it's such a great idea when he's so strung out. She understands why he kept the truth from Tash, but if he rushes things now it's going to make matters worse. Emilia offers to make him a coffee and Michael thanks her for her support.
Sonya's annoyed that Toadie's checking his work emails on his day off, but it looks as though Toadie won't be getting anything done anyway since they've gone back to dial- up speed. They figure out Callum's been draining the Internet again and call him out to have a chat. It doesn't quite go how Sonya expected, though, when all Toadie does is give Cal a light warning before deciding to upgrade to a higher internet plan. After all, it's not like they can't afford it now.
Ajay bumps into Susan and lets her know he's convinced the council to put the reinstatement of Pirate Net on their agenda for tomorrow. Everything's hunky dory until they both see the front page of tomorrow's Erinsborough News outside the building - 'Shut down - council shafts community radio's right to free speech'. Alarmed, Susan hastily explains to Ajay that she had no part in this article, but Ajay still feels used. He says that the council can't reinstate Pirate Net now because it'll look like they're backing down due to media pressure.
Toadie realises Sonya's annoyed with him and she explains that she doesn't like the way he let Callum off the hook so easily. And the fact that Toadie seems to be buying off their son's happiness. Toadie says he just wants to make up for not being around as much, but knows Sonya's right. He thinks they should take the extra Internet money out of Cal's allowance, but Sonya thinks Cal should get a part- time job instead.
Toadie and Sonya are walking home with their shopping when Paul interrupts them.
PAUL: Bit late to be shopping isn't it?
TOADIE: But not for lurking apparently.
Paul just grins and shows them the front page of tomorrow's paper, sticking it to the council. Toadie doesn't understand what this has to do with the development, but Paul says they need the community onside to support it. Taking away a community radio station isn't exactly going to endear the local public to the project. Smirking, Paul says he might wake up early tomorrow morning and deliver the papers himself - can't really trust a kid on a bike these days.
Tash is lying on her bed when she gets a text from Summer asking if her birthday dinner is still on. She quickly writes back that she has a headache and will chat to her later. Tash then starts thinking about everything that's gone on lately and whether or not she can forgive her dad for lying to her.
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Michael's happy to see Tash emerge from her room and explains that Emilia went home to give them some space. Michael says he never meant to do anything to hurt Tash and that he loves her so much. Tash says she understands and she knows now that what he went through with Helena must have been incredibly hard for him.
Susan finds Paul working a table and throws a paper onto his laptop in annoyance.
SUSAN: What's this?
PAUL: You know I liked it better when you had a family to go home to.
Susan's frustrated because Paul said she had until the end of the day to turn this story around, but Paul says he meant until the end of the working day. There's a difference. Susan tells him they had Ajay onside until this stunt, but Paul figures it's just collateral damage in the long run. Getting more annoyed, Susan says this isn't a game for his own amusement, but Paul tells her that as well as looking out for himself, he's looking out for the hundreds of local people he employs too.
Toadie isn't completely onboard with this whole part- time job thing, but Sonya says it will be good for Callum in the long run. They call Cal into the lounge room to tell him the "good news" that he'll be starting a paper route in the morning to help pay for the Internet. Callum's jaw drops and he begs to do extra chores around the house instead, but the decision has already been made.
Tash is trying to sleep but has a nightmare about drowning. When she wakes up, she leans across to her dresser and accidentally knocks a glass to the floor, breaking it. Michael hears the noise and comes in to see if she's OK, but Tash has come to a horrible realisation.
TASH: I was in the water, wasn't I? The day mum drowned I was in the water with her.
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Tash is curled up on the couch when Michael checks on her after cleaning up the broken glass. They both start to get upset when Tash further cements the truth and says that her mum drowned trying to save her.
TASH: You came in to save us both.
MICHAEL: (crying) I couldn't save both of you, I tried. Your mum was panicking, she couldn't swim, I tried. There was nothing I could do, I'm so sorry.
TASH: It was me. It was my fault mum died.
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MICHAEL: I never wanted to tell you because I never wanted you to have to deal with this.
(Tash explains what happened to Chris)
TASH: It was my fault. If it wasn't for me she'd still be here.
CHRIS: But you were just a kid.
TASH: I killed my mum.
(But it seems there's still some mystery to be solved as Michael chats to Emilia)
MICHAEL: I can't change what happened. And she can never know the whole truth.
(Summer's determined to make things right over Pirate Net)
SUSAN: Summer's organised a protest.
KARL: But her English exam is today.
SUSAN: Yes I know that, Karl.
(Summer gathers the troops at school)
SUMMER: Let's reclaim Pirate Net!