- Brad's speech at the Off Air opening rekindles his passion for surfboards
- Gary prepares to flee Erinsborough shortly before Sheila has a heart attack
- Sheila asks after Gary while in her hospital bed, but Kyle and Naomi put her off
- Paul tells Gary he has an offer for him that he won't be able to resist
- Sonya and Karl enrol Erin on a drug dependency programme at the hospital
- Erin oversteps the mark with Karl (and Susan) by making a late- night house call
Toadie is back from his trip to Chile, and Sonya welcomes him home with a hug. She updates him on the latest news about Erin's progress - putting a positive spin on it by emphasising Erin's enrolment on the dependency programme, and how Karl is helping her. Susan turns up, and has a mild whinge about Erin having turned up late last night to talk to Karl, and overstaying her welcome. Sonya apologises and says she'll talk to Erin; Toadie says they'll do it together.
Kyle and Naomi are preparing for Sheila's return home. Naomi's emptying the fridge of anything that could compound Sheila's high cholesterol, but Kyle draws a line when she tries to bin his chocolate biscuits - and likewise Naomi decides she can't live without her peanut butter. So they agree to hide all the unhealthy food so Sheila can't find it.
Brad is showing off his new surfboard designs to Terese.
TERESE: I love it. Especially the part where you stand.
BRAD: The deck.
TERESE: Yeah, the deck. See, I'm talking the talk!
To massage Brad's ego further, Terese passes the designs to Paige as she serves them coffee. Brad's meant to be doing school preparation, but Terese convinces him to go to the Men's Shed and get started on making the surfboard. He's talking down his skills, saying he didn't set the world alight back in the day when he started a business making surfboards. But Terese and Paige continue to encourage him.
Meanwhile, Erin is apologising to Sonya for having a go at her yesterday following Cat's no-show. Toadie has news on that front, however; he's been in touch with Cat's foster parents, who've told him that Cat was just a bit nervous about meeting with Erin and got cold feet. This reassures her a little - but when Sonya and Toadie tentatively bring up the topic of Erin's late-night call at Karl and Susan's, Erin quickly gets defensive. They tell her it's not appropriate to turn up at her doctor's house unannounced in the middle of the night, and Erin storms off in a huff.
Kyle and Naomi welcome a wheelchair-bound Sheila home. She seems quiet tired, and when they make a big fuss over her and give her a present, she gets emotional and tearful, claiming she's just glad to be home. Kyle and Naomi look worried.
Toadie and Sonya discuss Erin's strop earlier; they begin to worry whether she's ready to see Cat yet. But Sonya reminds Toadie that, with Erin's court case coming up, she needs to establish a relationship with Cat so that the judge will look on her more favourably. Sonya suggests talking to Cat's foster parents, but Toadie thinks it's a bad idea, saying Sonya's becoming too invested.
TOADIE: You wanna know what I think?
SONYA: What do you think?
TOADIE: I'm not a hundred percent sold on Erin.
SONYA: I know you've just arrived home, and I know things are looking bad. But please can you just give her some time? You'll see her the way that I do - she's a good person.
Toadie nods, but doesn't look convinced.
Erin turns up and lays into Karl, saying she only wanted to see him last night to say thank you for helping her. Karl is mystified, saying he knows that.. Erin accuses Karl of telling Sonya that she's been hassling him, saying he can't get past the fact that she wrote the poison pen letters. Karl tells her there's been a misunderstanding, and suggests they go into his office to talk.
ERIN: No, no, no. I'm done with talking and I'm done with hypocrites like you. Stuff your stupid programme - I'm out!
She runs out, despite Karl's protestations.
Brad is singing away to the radio happily as he makes his surfboard.
Paige is laughing and smiling at a message she's just received, but when Terese approaches and asks her if it's someone special, Paige says it's just a friend and changes the subject. They talk about Brad, and why he's convinced his surfboard project will be a disaster. Terese admits it's partly because she pushed him into going into teaching in the past, rather than following his surfboard-making dream, and it wrecked his confidence.
Matt turns up as Brad is finishing off the surfboard, and Brad shows it off to him smugly, saying he reckons he's 'still got it'.
Terese says she wishes Brad could see his own potential - he could really do something big with his skills. Paige opines that Brad just needs a push in the right direction, and Terese suggests they join forces with a view to administering said push.
Brad tells Matt that the reason he's enjoyed making the surfboard is that there's no pressure involved - it's just for fun and no-one expects anything of him.
Terese and Paige are excitedly talking about coming up with business plans and marketing strategies for Brad's surfboards. They high-five.
Karl has turned up to talk to Sonya about Erin dropping out of the drugs programme. Sonya is blaming herself, and keen to get her back in the programme, though Karl reminds her that they can't force Erin into participating. He says it's up to Erin, but that when she's ready, he's prepared to keep helping her.
Kyle has served up a healthy quinoa salad for himself and Sheila, but he doesn't like it, and she's not hungry. But he insists she eat something, so offers to cook her up some flathead fillets and potatoes. She meekly agrees, and Kyle looks worried.
Paige shows off some draft logos she's been sketching for Brad's surfboard business, and Terese loves them. She also shows Paige the ideas she's been putting together for a business model to get Brad's venture off the ground, although admits he'll want to keep his job at the school for the time being until he's up and running. Paige starts talking about getting investors involved, for an injection of capital. Paige mentions she's about to come into some money, and offers to invest herself - but Terese thinks they should just concentrate on getting Brad on board for now.
Susan and Karl come in - Susan's regretting having said anything about Erin calling round late, since it's turned into such a drama. Karl remarks that Sonya's getting overinvested, and Susan gives him a look as if to say he is, too - adding that Karl was quick to tell her when she was likewise getting in too deep with Nate's PTSD. Karl insists he's not getting in too deep - he's made a commitment to help Erin, and he's going to stick to it.
Erin comes to talk to Sonya, all full of regret. Sonya says she didn't mean to upset her before, and reveals that it wasn't Karl who said anything about Erin calling round, but Susan. Erin admits she laid into Karl and is too ashamed to go and apologise, but Sonya tells her Karl is ready to help if she meets him half-way.
ERIN: I can't believe how good to me you are. You're just so annoying and supportive.
Erin says she wants to be back on the programme but admits she's struggling - and freely volunteers that she might not be quite ready to meet up with Cat yet.
SONYA: The fact you've come to that conclusion yourself - that's huge progress.
ERIN: So I'm not a complete lost cause, then?
SONYA: No, you're not a complete lost cause. We can get you to where you want to be, but we have to do it together.
ERIN: I promise, we are.
Brad is working on his board when Terese and Paige show up with their business plans and marketing ideas for his 'surfboard-making empire'.
BRAD: Empire?! It's just one board!
Brad insists he's not starting a production line, but Terese and Paige continue to push their plans on him, while Brad looks annoyed.
Kyle is putting Sheila's healthy dinner in the oven, while she searches for the chocolate biscuits, peanut butter and cream! Bossy runs by with a bag of crisps in her mouth, and Kyle tries to hide it - but Sheila catches on that they've been trying to hide all the junk food from her. Kyle says it was for Sheila's own good. Sheila looks annoyed, while Bossy grabs the crisps again and runs off.
Terese and Paige continue to extol to Brad the benefits of setting up a surfboard-making business, as he becomes increasingly fed up.
BRAD: Just stop, okay? I appreciate your help, but this is meant to be a part-time hobby for me. I don't want a bank loan, and I don't want a marketing strategy!
Brad thanks them for their vote of confidence, but tells Terese and Paige the board-making is just for fun - they can take their logos and business plans and do what they want with them, as he doesn't need them. They tell him they're going off for a coffee to whinge about his ingratitude!
BRAD: Well, can you go now? Because I want to get on with it!
TERESE: Come on. We know when we're not wanted.
PAIGE: You could have been rich - you know that?
TERESE: Don't waste your breath, it's not worth it.
Brad smiles as they leave.
Toadie talks to Susan about Sonya's involvement with Erin. Toadie asks Susan what her take on it is - she says Sonya is heavily invested in getting Erin back on track, and that she thinks Erin wants that too...
Erin shows up to see Karl, and apologises to him for laying into him before. She says she wants to go back on the programme. Karl shows her into his office.
Susan points out to Toadie that Sonya had the determination to change her own life, but it doesn't mean that Erin necessarily will - it will come down to the strength of her character. Toadie admits he has doubts about Erin.
Karl tells Erin he has every confidence in her, but that she needs to find it in herself. He can help, but she must be willing to commit.
ERIN: I am.
Susan and Toadie continue to voice their doubts about Erin - Susan saying that even at her lowest, Sonya would never have been as malicious as to write the letters that Erin did. Susan also says there was something odd about Erin when she turned up at their house at night, and tells Toadie he should keep a close eye on her.
Sheila seems to have enjoyed the dinner Kyle cooked for her, but then begins having chest pains.
SHEILA: Call an ambulance. I need to get to the hospital, Kyle - I think it's happening again!
Kyle rushes to the phone, as Sheila looks increasingly uncomfortable.
- Daniel and Josh both vie for Amber's affections
- Imogen continues to struggle with her feelings when she's around Daniel
- The tension between Daniel and Josh looks set to spill over