- Sheila's 'Cranky Granny' outburst goes viral, and she becomes a gay icon
- Daniel is moved by Paul's letter to him, written when he thought he was dying
- Paul asks Naomi to have dinner with him, and suggests he wants to embark on a relationship
- Paul's estranged daughter Amy arrives in town, searching for Naomi
- Amy turns up to see Paul, and is upset when he doesn't even recognise her
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Amy explains to Paul that Naomi sent her the letter he wrote for her when he thought he was ill. Paul says she wasn't supposed to send it.
AMY: So you're all good now? You're all better?
PAUL: Yeah, yeah, but...
AMY: Then I've just got one thing to ask you.
PAUL: Of course.
AMY: So we last saw each other in Ramsay Street, over twenty years ago, remember?
AMY: When you said goodbye to me, before I went to the airport, and you promised me that you'd see me again real soon - and that we'd have Christmases and holidays together - oh, and that you'd introduce me to all your other kids and that we'd be one big family. Do you remember?
PAUL: Yes, I remember.
AMY: Well in between then and now, did you make any effort to try and contact me? Like, a letter? Or an email? I mean, a phone call?
AMY: No - before you answer, my mother is still very much alive, thank you for asking. So yeah, I will check.
PAUL: Amy, you've...
AMY: Just answer the question!
PAUL: No. No I didn't.
AMY: Wow. Yeah, thanks for being honest. God, that can't have been easy.
PAUL: Listen, if there's anything that I can do...
AMY: Yeah, just one thing. Don't you ever contact me again.
Paul looks horrified, and Amy leaves just as Naomi comes in.
Amy storms out of the hotel and across the courtyard, upset.
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Paul is furious with Naomi for sending Amy the letter. She defends herself by saying that the letter he wrote for Daniel was an emotional risk that paid off, and suggests that Paul should go after Amy to tell her how he feels. But Paul just starts yelling at her.
PAUL: This is exactly why I told you not to send it - because I knew this would happen.
NAOMI: What difference does it make, okay? You were gonna send it in the first place - that's why you wrote it.
PAUL: Yes, when I thought I was dying. It was completely different. Now it just looks like the act of some selfish dad trying to clear his conscience.
Naomi asks if this means their date tonight is cancelled; he says definitely.
PAUL: Oh, and by the way - yes, I do take emotional risks. See, I was gonna take one with you tonight. Looks like that hasn't paid off either, has it?
Giving up on their conversation, Naomi goes to leave.
Nate is paying a visit to Toadie, Sonya and Nell, while Kyle is also present and on the phone to Georgia. Toadie, Sonya and Nate are talking about how Paul has pulled out of the launch ceremony for the beautification project. This leads to some talk of tree-planting, and before ending the call with Georgia, Kyle jokingly calls the assembled 'a pack of old marrieds'.
NATE: Thanks for lumping me in with you old marrieds.
KYLE: Hey, I don't see you out dancing and clubbing every night.
NATE: Hey, I have my moments.
But Toadie and Kyle continue to tease Nate about not going out much. Sonya suggests that the three blokes should go out this evening for a boys' night, to cheer each other up with Chris and Georgia gone.
Sheila is cleaning tables when a customer, Brett, recognises her as Cranky Granny from the viral video.
BRETT: Can I get a selfie?
Sheila poses with him, smiling.
BRETT: Can you please do your cranky face?
Sheila grimaces obligingly, but once the exchange is over, she goes across to moan to Susan about the pressure of being an Internet sensation.
SHEILA: It was really fun at the start. You know, I was an icon standing against prejudice. But now I just feel like a dancing bear. And it's all so misleading.
SUSAN: In what way?
SHEILA: Well obviously, I'm not cranky - I'm nice!
SUSAN: ... Right (!) Right, well as long as the people who count know that, then you shouldn't worry about it.
SHEILA: In any case it's so exhausting being a public figure. Did you know I've been contacted by the LGBTI of Eden Hills? The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Tertiary Institute want to know my opinion on marriage equality. Can you believe that?
SUSAN: Transgender and intersex.
Susan explains what LGBTI really stands for - and what intersex means - before telling Sheila that she should use her newfound fame to influence the world as regards gay marriage.
Kyle, Nate and Toadie are drinking beers and discussing what to do on their night out. Kyle suggests that he and Toadie should act as wingmen for Nate, and take him out on the pull. Kyle asks whereabouts they could go.
NATE: Thanks for the offer, but I have no idea about 'The Scene'. So let's just go to the local.
Predictably, they decide to head to The Waterhole.
On their way to the pub (Nate having been caught up with a phone call), Kyle and Toadie are accosted by Sheila, holding a large bunch of rainbow balloons. She tells them to get Nate to The Waterhole as soon as possible, as she's agreed to hold a LGBTI Society fundraiser there today, another venue having pulled out at short notice.
SHEILA: So any minute now, this bar is going to be full of Ls, Bs, Ts and Is - and a whole lot of Gs!
Toadie and Kyle celebrate this fortuitous turn of events with a double high-five, and link arms before walking inside - having immediately agreed not to forewarn Nate!
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Paul sits on the sofa with a glass of whisky, looking sad. He has a flashback to 1988 (Episode 737), when Amy was a young child.
PAUL: Goodbye, Amy. Do you want to give me a kiss before you go?
A young Amy kisses him, then says goodbye, before leaving with her mum Nina. Back in the present, Paul continues to look upset.
Amy is sitting in her truck, still upset, when Sonya pulls up alongside in her own car, with Nell in the back. Sonya begins to unfold Nell's stroller, while Amy reads Paul's letter.
PAUL (voiceover): It might seem easy to you that I'm sitting here writing this, knowing I'll never see you again. But I do regret not having you in my life. All those years, not knowing the amazing woman you will have grown up to be.
Amy gets tearful and puts the letter down, before putting the car into reverse. She drives straight into Nell's stroller, destroying it, but luckily, Nell isn't in it at the time. Amy is very flustered and apologetic to Sonya as she clears up the mess. She promises to buy her a replacement, but Sonya says it was her fault for parking the pram there. Seeing how shaken up Amy is, Sonya suggests they go and have a cuppa. Amy eventually agrees.
The LGBTI fundraiser is in full swing. Among the attendees is Brett, the man who asked Sheila for a selfie earlier - and Toadie and Kyle soon arrive with a very surprised Nate.
KYLE: Okay, so tell us who you fancy, and we'll go into action.
NATE: Oh, it's that easy? (!)
KYLE: Well, talking to blokes has to be easier than trying to start a conversation with a woman.
Kyle remarks that his own past wingmen have usually ended up with the girl he wanted to pick up.
TOADIE: Ah, see, that's where you went wrong. You need a wingman who understands the sacrifice that he's making. Do you know how many hits I took for Billy Kennedy?
Nate heads for a table where Brett is sitting talking to another bloke, Sam, and prepares to begin talking to them.
Amy and Sonya are with Nell, having a cuppa. Amy thanks Sonya for being so nice about the stroller, and Sonya says she could tell Amy was stressed about something back there.
AMY: I saw my father today. And last time I saw him I was just a little kid.
SONYA: Oh. So he lives in Erinsborough?
AMY: Yeah, his name's Paul Robinson.
Sonya doesn't let on that she knows Paul, and Amy explains what happened in the penthouse.
AMY: I'd rehearsed all these questions, you know? Like, why did you leave, where did you go, did you ever think of me? And I dunno - all the times I thought I'd see him again, I just never thought he'd fail to recognise me.
SONYA: Yeah, but it doesn't mean he never thought about you.
AMY: Ah, a random thought every few years. Means nothing.
Naomi comes in, sees Amy talking to Sonya, and swiftly walks back out again without being noticed.
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Naomi comes in and tells a still cranky Paul that Amy is in Harold's with Sonya. Paul's largely unresponsive, and Naomi then tells him she wants to take a few days off. Paul says he doesn't care; she can do what she wants. Naomi leaves.
Paul has a flashback to another encounter with a slightly older Amy, this time from 1992 (Episode 1647).
PAUL: You see, I do love you very much, Amy. In fact, I tell you what - from now on I'm gonna try and be a much better dad. Cross my heart.
AMY: And I'll try to be a better daughter. Cross my heart too.
In the present, Paul unfolds a picture that Amy drew for him of the pair of them, labelled: 'Me and Daddy - Love Amy'. He looks pensive.
Toadie and Kyle high-five again as they see that Nate and Brett seem to be getting on very well. But when they see Sam is about to return to the table, Toadie and Kyle worry that he's going to ruin the mood between Nate and Brett. So they decide they must step in to perform their wingman duties, by distracting Sam. Neither wants to be the one to do it, though.
TOADIE: It should be you - I'm too rusty.
KYLE: No, no, you're the one who understands the sacrifice he's making, remember?
TOADIE: Let's be honest. You're better looking than me, aren't you? So you're more likely to distract him.
KYLE: Well, you can't argue with science.
Kyle takes his wedding ring off, then heads over to chat up a surprised-looking Sam, preventing him from returning to Nate and Brett. Meanwhile, Sheila is telling Susan about the fundraiser, until Brett interrupts and asks her to 'go cranky' for them!
SHEILA (shouting): I am not a cranky person, I am charming. So pull your head in.
SHEILA: And you can wipe that silly grin off your face, Nate Kinski - you probably put him up to it.
Kyle is filming Sheila's cranky routine, as she plays to a whooping crowd.
SHEILA: Settle down you lot; anyone else who gives me any trouble will find themselves on the wrong end of this tea-towel!
Later on, Nate and Brett are still getting on well. Brett reveals he's a painter, and works in an art supply shop. He seems interested to learn that Nate's ex-army. Meanwhile, Kyle is still chatting up Sam!
KYLE: I usually polish it. Then I do about six layers. It takes a while but it's a nice finish.
Sam just seems bemused by Kyle, and is eager to get away from him. But Kyle is determined not to let him get back to Nate's table.
KYLE: So - dogs. I love dogs. Do you have a dog?
SAM: I prefer cats.
KYLE: Cats. Yeah, I like cats. And sheep. And budgies. Guinea-pigs, they're a blast.
SAM: Kyle... Well, you're not really my type.
KYLE: Oh. I'm not? Who's your type, then?
Sam points at Toadie, who is throwing peanuts in the air and catching them in his mouth - or failing to catch them.
SAM: That guy.
Kyle is gutted that Sam prefers Toadie to him!
Sonya is still declining Amy's offer to pay for a new stroller - so Amy asks if Sonya needs anything doing around the house, revealing she's a carpenter. Sonya says there are some jobs that need to be done, so Amy agrees to do them before she leaves town. Toadie comes in with Kyle.
TOADIE: Who's hot? Who's hot?
KYLE: You're hot.
TOADIE: Yeah, hallelujah!
SONYA: What's going on?
TOADIE: I'm celebrating the fact that I am sexier to men than this guy here!
SONYA: Oh, okay. Meet my husband Jarrod, Amy. And you know my less sexy friend Kyle.
Nate comes in.
NATE: Got Brett's number!
Toadie and Kyle cheer.
TOADIE: I got a number too! ... Which I will not actually be calling.
KYLE: Yeah you will.
Amy looks perplexed.
Sheila, wielding a megaphone, is now trying to charge patrons for selfies with Cranky Granny, in order to raise money for the LGBTI Society. She's also bullying customers into buying raffle tickets and demanding they return their own glasses to the bar. Noticing that some of the customers don't look very pleased, Susan tells Sheila she may be taking her cranky persona a bit too far. But Sheila simply points the megaphone at Susan and bellows into it!
SHEILA: Oh, that is enough from you, Susan Kennedy, giving out all of the advice! Who died and made you into the local agony aunt, hey?
SHEILA: Well, it's time you had some advice from me. Like, back off, nosey-pants!
Sheila laughs but Susan looks offended and confused.
Sonya is reeling off a list of carpentry jobs for Amy to help with, as repayment for the stroller. Kyle overhears them talking floorboards, and demands to know why - claiming that he fixed the dodgy one at Sonya's house a couple of weeks ago.
AMY: Well maybe it just needs more glue. Easy mistake to make.
Kyle seems mortally offended that Amy is usurping him as Sonya's handyperson of choice, so Sonya begins to explain about the stroller. At this point, Paul comes in.
PAUL: I was hoping you'd still be here.
Sonya rushes off to let them talk, taking Kyle with her and promising to see Amy tomorrow.
PAUL: So, I'm guessing that you don't really want to see me right now. But there are some things we need to talk about.
AMY: Take a seat.
- Brad looks displeased to see Lauren spending time with another man
- Terese challenges Brad as to whether he has a problem with Lauren moving on
- Amy tells Paul she'd rather have no father at all than him
- Paul tells Daniel to let Amy go back home and forget about having come here
- Amy tells Kyle that the sooner she gets away from here and him, the better - and drives off