- Yashvi feeling guilty after Kirsha's fireworks explosion accident
- Terese and Gary reuniting
- Tyler yelling at Hamish before he died
- Mishti noticing Gary acting oddly at the fireworks display
- Gary and Sheila talking about needing alibis the night Hamish died
- Detective Graves calling Sheila in for questioning
- Piper's phone washing up on a beach
Piper wakes up on the shore of an empty beach looking bedraggled. She has no shoes, no phone and is feeling confused and scared. She yells out in the hopes of someone hearing her but she's completely alone.
Gary has reluctantly come to Paul to ask for an alibi for himself and Sheila the night of Hamish's death. Paul does his usual Paul thing and tells Gary he'll make it look as though the Cannings checked into the hotel earlier than they said - only if Gary breaks up with Terese. Gary's like, 'I will literally do anything else', but Paul's mind is made up.
Kirsha looks on, unable to hear anything, as her parents discuss her progress with Karl. Doctor K suggests they can help the healing process along by either an injection or tablets, which may cause side effects and exacerbate Kirsha's anxiety. Kirsha hates needles though, and after checking in with her via whiteboard message about her options, Kirsha decides on the tablets. Kirsha asks when she can go home and is happy when it turns out to be that day.
Sheila tells Gary that the detective wants to see him soon then asks about his meeting with Paul. Gary says he's weighing things up to see if he can bring himself to meet Paul's terms.
A worried-looking Terese is asking Xanthe about the last time she saw Piper. Xanthe says it was when Piper drove off in Hermione in the hopes of reuniting with Tyler. Xanthe promises Terese they'll find her.
Yashvi guiltily hangs back while the family welcomes Kirsha home. They've given Kirsha her own whiteboard to communicate and Shane's made up flashcards for her with some common phrases like "I love you". Yashvi tells them all again how sorry she is and how she knows it's all her fault. And while Dipi reassures her eldest daughter they know it was just an accident, Shane can't bring himself to offer her words of comfort.
Gary tells Sheila that the police interview is taken care of now there's "just one last thing to do". But before he can break up with Terese, she bombards him with her concerns about Piper's disappearance, which is news to him, and how desperately worried she is. Xanthe (on the phone with Tyler) informs them that Tyler's going to drive around the city looking for Piper. Terese wonders what they'll do if they can't find her and Gary can only hug her.
Piper has managed to clamber her way up to the top of a sand dune and stops to take a short rest, willing herself not to cry. The poor thing looks terrified as she stumbles along, hoping to find help.
Gary tells Paul he couldn't go through with the breakup after learning about Piper being MIA. Paul shows a bit of concern about Piper's welfare, but it's still no dice for Gaz. If he doesn't want to split with Terese then he can find himself another alibi. Gary's like 'if you cared about Terese you wouldn't do this!' and Paul's all, 'I care about her enough to get her away from a loser like you!'
PAUL: Terese is so far above you and you don't even realise that.
GARY: Actually, I do. I know how to look after her. How to make her happy.
PAUL: By dragging her into your latest steaming mess?
GARY: It's not like that.
PAUL: Says the man who came begging for an alibi because a body turned up in his spa. You either end it now, or you and mummy dearest are on your own.
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Shane is tinkering around with some old speakers in the hopes that he can use the sound vibrations to help Kirsha. Yashvi's trying her hardest to get Shane to communicate with her and offers to help, but Shane's being standoffish with her (even though you can see that it's hurting him to do so).
YASHVI: I meant what I said before, I'm really sorry. If I could take Kirsha's place I would. Please, dad, I want you to know that.
SHANE: Yeah I know you feel bad. But at the end of the day sorry is just a word, isn't it?
YASHVI: I'm not just saying it, I swear, dad. I mean it.
SHANE: We've had this conversation before, haven't we? And you never learn. We always end up at the same place, except this time it's your little sister who's paying the price.
YASHVI: ... I don't know what else to say.
SHANE: That makes two of us, love.
Sheila has found out Paul's ultimatum and angrily tells Gary that he can't let Paul do that to him. Gary says they don't have a choice they need the alibi. Sheila admits she wanted to wring Terese's neck on their wedding day but she can see how much they love one another. Gary is stressed but says they're in serious trouble and Paul's the only one who can help them. Meanwhile, Mishti's clearing tables at Harold's and watching them with suspicion, but it's unclear on how much she can overhear.
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Terese has been crying and tells Gary that Brad's about ready to jump on a plane to help. She goes in to hug Gary, but he gently pushes her away and says they need to talk. He tells Terese he can't be with her because he's come to realise that he hasn't actually forgiven her. Terese is rightfully confused, especially given her current emotional state about Piper, and wants to talk things through. Gary says he wishes he could support her but he can't. They're both teary and upset and Terese says that Gary isn't acting like himself, but Gary just says he's sorry and walks away before he breaks down in front of her.
Piper has made it to a bushland area where she miraculously finds an abandoned backpack. She calls out for the owner before tearing through it, elated at first to find a thermos, but despairing when it's empty. Tired and weak, Piper keeps calling out for help but it's not looking good.
Toadie finds Yashvi hanging up something on the wishing tree for Kirsha because she didn't know what else to do. Toadie asks if they can hang out for a bit and then says he owes Yashvi an apology for not throwing out the fireworks sooner. Yashvi says it doesn't matter, she would have found another way to stuff things up "it's what I do". She adds that her dad's right in saying that she never learns, and now Kirsha might be deaf because of it. Toadie says Shane's only acting distant because he loves her so much and can't work out how to be angry with her at the same time.
TOADIE: Hundred bucks says he'll be talking to you by the end of the week.
YASHVI: I don't have a hundred bucks.
TOADIE: That and you know I'm right. Come on admit it.
YASHVI: Even if dad does forgive me, Kirsha never will. She's gonna hate me forever.
TOADIE: Did she say that?
YASHVI: No we haven't really communicated.
TOADIE: Why not?
YASHVI: Because I'm a coward.
TOADIE: No you're not. Facing up to people when you make a mistake is an incredibly tough thing to do. But you can do it.
Toadie encourages her to talk to her sister and thinks they're both going to feel a lot better when she does.
Gary finds Paul at the front desk and solemnly tells him that he ended things with Terese. Paul smugly says he's sorry to hear Terese is a mess but reminds Gary who came to whom needing an alibi.
GARY: I'm aware of that.
PAUL: Are you? Because from where I'm standing you seem to think I'm the villain in this situation. And all I'm trying to do is save a good woman from a man who needs an alibi to cover a murder.
GARY: No, it wasn't like that. I... it wasn't like that.
Paul just glares at him before changing around Gary and Sheila's hotel check-in time to read as 8:59pm. He also informs Gary that he's in luck with the security camera footage - there were decorations covering the view of the reception desk that night. Gary starts to walk off before Paul stops him with some harsh words.
PAUL: Don't you dare try and renege on this deal. Because if I find out that you've tried to play me I will go to the police. And whatever you have done will be out there. Are we clear?
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Yashvi finds Kirsha petting Clancy and sits down to 'chat' with her via the whiteboard. Yashvi writes 'sorry' on the board but Kirsha says she was the idiot who ran in with a sparkler. She then adds that it was an accident so it's no one's fault. Yashvi starts to cry and communicates with her sister that it's her fault because the fireworks were hers. Kirsha tells Yashvi that she forgives her and they hug it out.
Meanwhile inside the house Mishti sits down and chats to Shane about Yashvi. She reminds Shane that Yashvi's a good kid underneath it all and wants her brother-in-law to share what's on his mind. Shane confesses that he's worried Yashvi's going to turn out just like him and end up in jail one day. Mishti says that's never going to happen but Shane just replies that his parents probably said the same thing about him back in the day and look what happened. Shane says it's all his fault Yashvi's turned out like this and now "both my little girls are suffering".
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Terese leaves another voicemail for Piper, begging her to call when she gets a chance to let her know she's OK. Terese is surprised when Sheila calls around, and even more so when Sheila offers her condolences about her break-up with Gary.
TERESE: Why? You hated me for what I did with Paul. You should be out celebrating because Gary dumped me.
SHEILA: Anything I may have said or done was to protect Gary because I know he would do the same for me. And I just wish this hadn't all turned out the way it has.
Nighttime has fallen and Piper has barely any strength left. She manages a few more steps before collapsing to the ground in a heap.