- Lauren and Paige are doubtful about Amber's decision to resume her engagement with Daniel
- Imogen complains to Josh that her bras keep disappearing
- Paige assures Lauren her online friend Bryson hasn't asked her for money or credit card details
- Lauren convinces Matt that they should borrow money from the kids, which they agree to...
- But when Amber calls the bank to arrange it, they tell her all the trust money has been withdrawn!
Amber is back on the phone to the bank, to try and establish what's happened to the kids' missing cash. Lauren asks Bailey if the kids are sure none of them have withdrawn money - he insists not. According to the online bank statements, it seems that the same amount of money has been withdrawn each day for a week and a half. Matt wonders if Paige could have moved the money somewhere, but Bailey insists she couldn't have.
Paige comes in, mystified by everyone's panic. Amber finishes the phone call, and tells them that according to the bank, the kids authorised the transfer of all the money to an overseas account.
LAUREN: How on earth did that happen?
MATT: Identity theft. The money's been stolen.
Susan complains to Karl that more of her lingerie has gone missing from the clothes-line!
SUSAN: At this rate I'm gonna be out of undies in no time!
Karl, who is on the sofa with his laptop, asks which ones went missing, and starts asking very specifically whether it was particular items, apparently crossing them off a list each time Susan says it wasn't that one! When Susan finally reveals that it was the coffee-coloured set with the diamantes, Karl makes a note.
SUSAN: What are you doing over there?
He closes his laptop suddenly, and tells her to look for them again tomorrow when it's light.
SUSAN: The garden's not that big, Karl. It couldn't be too hard to spot a pair of lacy knickers.
Nate comes in as she's talking, and Karl shouts 'socks!' over the word knickers, before telling Nate that it's socks she's lost from the washing line. Susan asks if they could be mixed up with Nate's washing.
NATE: Doubt it! I would have noticed a pair of lacy... socks!
SUSAN: Damn, I really liked those too.
Karl looks intrigued, and opens his laptop again.
Matt comes off the phone to the bank, and tells the family that the scammer who emptied the bank account passed all the security checks using Paige's details and passwords! Paige insists she's never given anyone her passwords, and has no idea how it happened. Lauren asks about Bryson, the guy Paige has been talking to online. Paige insists it wasn't him - he knows they've sold the house, but none of the details.
PAIGE: He knows when my birthday is, but that's it.
Lauren says these people have 'ways' of getting the other information. Paige is gutted, insisting it wasn't Bryson. Lauren says they should just wait until the bank fraud team gets back to them, but that they'll figure it out. Paige looks worried.
The next morning, Lauren is on the patio when Matt comes out - he's taken Paige's laptop to the IT guys at the station, to see if they can figure out how her details were stolen. Lauren's looking at the family finances, and says they could still make the mortgage payments without the kids' money if they were frugal.
MATT: It's not leaving much for a rainy day.
LAUREN: And we're not going to be able to contribute to Amber's wedding.
Matt's now regretting leaving his extra job as a security guard, but Lauren says the bank could still reimburse them.
MATT: 800,000 dollars? I doubt it.
Matt explains that if the bank can prove the account holder was careless about giving out details, they're not obliged to return the money - and now he can't see how they can pay the mortgage without him taking his extra job back.
MATT: You know, it's not like Dimato officially committed any crimes.
LAUREN: Matt, you can't. You had that guy investigated.
MATT: Sure, but it's not like anything stuck. And everyone's withdrawn their statements.
LAUREN: Well doesn't that prove he's dodgy?
Lauren suggests Matt could find another job, but Matt says Dimato's paying five times the going rate. But he accepts Lauren's argument that he can't work for Dimato.
Susan comes round to drop off one of Nell's bibs that she left last time she was at theirs. Susan mentions that she's going undies-shopping, because a few of hers have disappeared from the washing line.
SONYA: That's weird.
SUSAN: What is?
SONYA: Well a couple of my things have gone missing too. I assumed they'd just blown off the line. But it hasn't been that windy, has it?
They agree it must be a coincidence, but don't look convinced.
We see a hand creeping towards some knickers - and it snatches them from the washing line!
Karl comes out of the bedroom, appearing to be in a fair bit of discomfort in the groin area! He groans and fidgets around in his trousers, until Nate comes out and asks what's he's doing!
KARL: Err, I'm - I'm just trying some new underpants. You know, getting used to the cut.
NATE: ... Right. Are you making a change to boxers or something?
KARL: No, no, no. Not exactly, no.
NATE: To briefs?
KARL: No, no, no.
NATE: Then what are you w-
KARL: Well, to be honest, I -
NATE: You know what? Never mind!
Nate asks if Karl wants to change before they leave, but he says he'll get used to the new pants eventually! Nate looks weirded out as he follows Karl out of the door.
Matt brings Paige's laptop back from the cop-shop, and explains to her that his colleagues found that a key-logging program had been downloaded onto it.
MATT: It creates a transcript of everything you type into your computer. Web addresses, emails, user logins and passwords.
PAIGE: How did it get there?
MATT: Well that's what we need to find out.
He keeps questioning Paige about whether she downloaded anything unusual. She admits that Bryson sent her some song lyrics, but says he wouldn't do anything like that. She says Bryson lives in Queensland, not overseas, and shows Matt some pictures. He says they'd better get Bryson checked out nonetheless.
Amber and Daniel are discussing their wedding plans with Paul. One option they have in mind is to get married at the church where Daniel's parents, Scott and Charlene, tied the knot - which is also where Daniel's grandma Madge married Harold.
PAUL: Hang on, isn't that a little straight-up for you two?
DANIEL: Yeah, but it's got that whole 'circle of life' feel to it.
Paul says there's no harm in looking, but advises them not to put a deposit down yet. Amber says that's not possible anyway for her family, given what's happened with the bank account being raided - adding that Paige is absolutely devastated about it.
Susan comes in from her lingerie shopping spree, and tells Sheila about the ones from the line going missing.
SHEILA (loudly): So are you saying your undies went AWOL?
Everyone turns around to look at an embarrassed Susan.
SUSAN: Bit louder, Sheila - I think they missed it in Eden Hills (!)
Sheila admits that she and Georgia have also had some of their 'delicates' go missing from the line - and Susan reveals that Sonya has said the same thing.
SUSAN: Oh, you don't think...!
SHEILA: I do indeed think! There is an underwear thief in Erinsborough...
Kyle is sitting outside reading the paper, when he sees Karl and Nate approaching. Karl is still visibly having a lot of problems with his new undies, and Nate looks fairly traumatised. While Karl's posting some letters and having a conversation on the phone, Nate talks to Kyle.
NATE: I'm totally crashing at your place tonight.
KYLE: Sure. Is Karl alright?
NATE: He and Susan are underwear-obsessed at the moment. I think they need a night alone to get it out of their system!
KYLE: Underwear obsessed?
Nate explains about Susan's undies going missing, and Karl acquiring new ones that make him walk around like he has ants in them!
NATE: It's great that they can, you know, keep the magic alive after all these years. But I really don't want to know the details!
Kyle looks a little disturbed as Nate walks off. Kyle then approaches Karl, asking for doctorly advice regarding 'a mate' of his.
KARL: A mate, right, yeah.
KYLE: You see, he's going through this phase - and I was wondering if there was a certain way to break a compulsive habit.
KARL: Habit? Are we talking substance abuse here, or...?
Kyle says it's not that, but mostly just 'inappropriate stuff', and his 'mate' doesn't know how to stop.
KARL: Right. Is it harming anyone?
KYLE: ... No. It's more just embarrassing.
KARL: Right, okay. Well sometimes people have unusual interests that are harmless, but that a more morally conservative person might find shocking.
Karl says he'd advise not to repress it, and for Kyle's 'friend' to follow their dreams. Kyle looks worried as Karl fidgets off!
The Search Engine™ now has image search capability - and Bailey is running the photo of Bryson through it, as Lauren, Matt and Paige watch. Straight away he brings up a Facebook profile of some military guy from the States - who isn't called Bryson, but Patrick Stanwood. Paige is appalled that she's been scammed, and Matt is furious.
MATT: How could you have been so careless?
PAIGE: I wasn't. I was really, really careful.
Matt lambasts Paige for having the audacity to form a friendship online, rather than face-to-face or on the phone, as if this is somehow a phenomenon unprecedented in modern times.
PAIGE: It's not even your money! You're just upset now because we can't bail you out of your mess!
MATT: You're right. It's not my money. It is Bailey's, Amber's and Mason's. Your scammer boyfriend has just stolen from your brothers and sisters. You have just cost this family a fortune.
Paige is speechless, for once.
Matt meets up with Michelle Kim, his boss from the security job, to discuss getting his job back. Michelle is concerned that he resigned, saying Mr Dimato 'needs reliable people on the books', but Matt says he'll take anything going, as he needs the money.
MATT: My family's relying on me, and I can't let them down.
MICHELLE: Fair enough. Let's see what we can do.
Meanwhile, Susan has been to the police to report the multiple underwear thefts, and now reports back to Sonya and Sheila. The police have said there have been other reports in the area, but that they don't have the manpower to follow them up - so just to be careful where they hang their delicates! Sheila declares that they need to 'catch the little perv' themselves - and pulls a list of suspects she's been compiling from down her top!
SONYA: There's only one name on there, Sheila.
SHEILA: Lou Carpenter!
Susan warns against jumping to conclusions or vigilantism.
SHEILA: It isn't just underwear, Susan, it's our freedom! This person has declared war on women, and we need to stand up for our rights.
Sonya asks if they should take their tops off in protest like Paige and Lauren did the other day!
SHEILA and SUSAN: No!
Sheila opines that a bloke can wear whatever he wants, but if he wants to wear women's undies he should pay for them himself!
Amber and Daniel are in the pool, discussing wedding venues. Amber is really keen on the church Harold and Madge married at, saying it's beautiful and would mean something. However, it's not available for 18 months, and Daniel doesn't know if he wants to wait that long.
AMBER: And five weeks.
AMBER: It's available in five weeks.
Daniel says that's not enough time to plan a wedding, and doesn't want to add to Amber's parents' stress.
AMBER: Maybe a wedding is exactly what they need.
AMBER: So, what do you think?
DANIEL: Let's do it.
Indoors, Paige tells Bailey that she's messaging Bryson and asking him to come to Melbourne. Bailey doesn't think he'll come all that way for a girl he's never even met.
PAIGE: Not just any girl. Me.
Bailey reminds Paige that 'Bryson' could be on the other side of the world for all she knows, but Paige insists she has to do something. Bailey says that the money being stolen isn't her fault, but she replies that Matt obviously disagrees.
BAILEY: He's just stressed. But this isn't worth you getting chopped up and stuck in a freezer over, okay?
PAIGE: Trust me - Bryson is gonna be the one in danger when I get in contact with him.
Bailey begs her to tell the police, but she says Matt would reject it out of hand because it's her idea.
PAIGE: You cannot tell anyone about this, okay?
Now, Paige says, they wait for Bryson to take the bait.
Sheila is suggesting to Susan and Sonya that they attach security ink-tags to their knickers, so that the next time some are stolen they can check everyone's fingers for stains! When Susan points out that this might leave dye on their undies, Sheila suggests booby-trapping the clothes line instead.
SHEILA: You know - a net mechanism, or something with knives!
Nate comes out of No 28 to join them, and they ask for his advice on how to catch a thief. He suggests a stake-out, or installing security cameras.
Meanwhile, Kyle has pulled up in his ute, and gets out with a sports bag, looking furtive! He drops the bag on the floor by accident, and lots of women's undies fall out! He quickly stuffs them back into the bag, then rushes indoors to No 26.
Lauren catches Paul putting a generous amount in the tips jar, and he admits he heard about the bank account being raided. They both get a text message at the same time, announcing the date of Amber and Daniel's wedding in five weeks' time!
LAUREN (reading): 'With everything going on right now, we thought we'd bring some positivity...' Oh, please, spare me! Daniel is a lovely boy, but...
PAUL: No, no, no. I totally agree. This is insane. It's absurd for them to even think about getting married before they've even dealt with the idea of why they broke up in the first place.
Paul and Lauren continue to express their mutual lack of enthusiasm for the wedding plans. Paul tells her he has an idea of what they could do about it, and asks if she'd be interested...
- Terese seemingly becomes a victim of the undie thief
- Karl looks worried when Susan tells him there's new information on the thief
- Sheila is convinced she knows which man is responsible
- Karl holding some women's undies
- Georgia and Sheila find a stash of undies at No 26, while Kyle looks ashamed
- Terese, Sheila, Susan and Sonya gasp at something!
Old Friends Reunited
- Lou, Toadie and Daniel are thrilled to see 'old Jelly Belly' driving back into Ramsay Street