- Shane telling Dipi he wants to try and fix their marriage
- Yashvi discovering the good news about her parents
- Roxy suggesting to Kyle that they go into business together
- Karl offering Kyle The 82 lease again
- Kyle telling Roxy he wants to work at The 82
- Karl saying he'll support Susan in her decision about the book re- write
- Karl looking unhappy when Susan says she's collaborating with Olivia
Karl wants a word with Susan alone. Instead Olivia invites him to join their discussion. She informs him that Susan will have the final say before anything goes to print. But since the deal isn't in writing yet, Karl shows Olivia the door and says she still has work to do. Susan makes her frustrations known once Olivia leaves.
SUSAN: You told me you would support my decision.
KARL: Yes, because I assumed you'd make the right decision.
SUSAN: So you weren't even being sincere? I thought you trusted me to decide for myself!
KARL: I apologise, I should have been more upfront. Now you need to contact Olivia and tell her you made a mistake.
SUSAN: (angry) Have you heard a single word that I've said?
KARL: Susan, please.
SUSAN: No, Karl, I really struggled with this but I'm doing what I think is right.
Susan says she's happy to walk Karl through her reasoning, but now is certainly not the time when tensions between them are so high.
Roxy, Levi and Bea look on as Kyle gives the tram a hug and asks if the "old girl" missed him. Levi bemoans the fact that Karl came through with a better birthday present for Kyle than he did, but Bea points out that it's not hard to trump eggs on toast. Roxy asks Kyle what he's thinking, and Kyle says he's stoked to have a second chance and knows he won't stuff it up this time. Levi and Bea are keen to help Kyle with the clean up and tell him that Karl will probably be happy to give pointers on money-saving tips for the re-launch. Kyle gives Roxy a cuddle, but doesn't notice she's been a bit quiet throughout the conversation.
Yashvi hovers around Dipi while she's cleaning tables outside Harold's, eager to get all the info she can on what she's labelled a 'date' between her mum and dad. Dipi explains that her catch-up with Shane will just be a casual coffee and walk, but Yashvi has other ideas. She wants her mum to be prepared with talking points, like favourite TV shows, so they won't start diving into things they used to argue about (aka uni, Amy, Pierce etc). Dipi doesn't think they can move on properly until they face what went on in the past, but Yashvi believes there's time for that later once they've had some fun first. Dipi is eventually persuaded to follow Yashvi's plan and hopes that Shane's been watching Selling Sunset.
While Kyle is busy on a phone call with Karl, Levi has a chat with Roxy. He's noticed her sullen mood and wants to know what's wrong. Roxy admits she was surprised about Kyle's decision as she had already "fallen in love with the idea" of them starting a business together. Levi reminds Roxy she only thought of the idea about five minutes ago, but now it's in Roxy's head it's all she can think about.
ROXY: But I just have to accept that Kyle is living his own dream, and his dad's, and I have to support him.
When Kyle gets off the phone he's all chipper about signing the lease with Karl later on, but Levi takes him aside for a private chat and advises him that he's got a situation brewing with Roxy.
Susan is surprised to see Karl as she thought she made it clear they'd speak after work. Karl says he's not looking to pick a fight, but he couldn't stew over it at home any longer. Susan knows she could have broken the news to Karl in a more gentle manner, but it's the news Karl has an issue with, not the way it was broken.
SUSAN: Not looking for a fight he says.
KARL: What did Olivia say to convince you?
SUSAN: Nothing. Nothing that you haven't already heard. It's just, I feel like this is an opportunity to do some real good. And not just for me, for all of us.
KARL: Susan you're walking into a world of pain, why can't you see that?
Susan reminds him to keep his voice down so he doesn't disrupt any classes. She still wants to speak about everything once they're home later, but Karl states that nothing Susan says will convince him teaming up with Olivia is a good idea. Before frustrations can mount up again, Susan passes him her copy of The Devil You Know. She asks her husband to read all of her post-it notes - and Bea is welcome to as well - so they can see what she's trying to achieve. "But until you understand exactly what it is I'm trying to do with this book, you don't even know what you're objecting to," Susan says, putting a full stop on the conversation for now.
It's just Roxy and Kyle at the tram after Karl called Bea home on an urgent matter. Kyle admits that Levi told him she's upset about not going into business together, and says for what it's worth, they would have been a great business partnership. Kyle apologises for not realising, then puts forward the idea that they work at The 82 together instead.
ROXY: Me and this tram, we are not a good pairing. We go together like death cap mushrooms and roo pie gravy.
KYLE: Babe, you made one mistake. You should get a second chance if I do. Babe, I want you as my partner. We could turn the tram into a dual business. I could have the Café on one side, and you could have whatever you like on the other.
ROXY: Like what Amy and Shane were planning, half Café half clothes boutique.
KYLE: If that's what you want.
ROXY: That's exactly what I want! You're not making a spur-of-the-moment decision out of guilt are you? Because I don't want you to regret this.
KYLE: I won't. Babe I need good ideas to bring in cash and yours is a ripper. No pressure - but it would make me the happiest man in the world if I could re-open this place with you.
Roxy breaks into a grin and gives Kyle a big hug.
Susan and Karl wait for Bea to finish reading the notes in the book before starting a discussion. Susan tells them that getting the truth out there is all she cares about, and Olivia on her own can't possibly deliver that. The book Olivia wrote doesn't do anyone justice, and Bea agrees that they look like idiots for taking Finn in. "She paints us as naive and reckless, it doesn't show how much we struggled to make that decision," Susan concurs. Bea also doesn't like how Olivia placed the blame squarely on Susan either. Karl is still struggling, so Susan points out that the book will be out in the world forever, and some day their great-great-great grandkids might read it and take it as gospel unless they set the record straight. Susan leaves Karl and Bea alone to discuss things further.
KARL: I still don't like it.
BEA: Neither do I, but it's not about us. I'm going to respect Aunty Suse's decision.
KARL: (grave) I don't know if I can.
Yashvi tells Ned it took a bit of persuading for her mum to see things her way, but now she's on board. Shane is Yashvi's next victim as they run into him out the front of the house. She badgers him about the shirt he's wearing and says he should make an effort. "It's not like I'm going to be scratching my armpits," Shane retorts.
NED: Yes, I'm sure your dad knows your mum better than anyone. I think he's got this.
SHANE: Yeah, it's not often I say this but Ned is right.
Shane doesn't understand why they're pestering him in the first place since they're supposed to be off on a holiday. Ned says they're leaving tomorrow, but is taken aback when Yashvi seriously says she was thinking about cancelling to keep an eye on her parents.
YASHVI: What is the likelihood of you bringing up a dad joke?
SHANE: It's pretty likely.
YASHVI: And Amy?
SHANE: Probs, yep.
YASHVI: Why would you bring up stuff that went wrong? You're supposed to be re-building not re-hashing old stuff.
SHANE: Well what if your mum wants to talk about old stuff?
YASHVI: She doesn't, she told me specifically. Now come on, we're changing that shirt. (She leads him back to #30) Have you seen Selling Sunset?
Roxy is stoked that Terese has donated some of her old clothes for her new boutique idea. Terese comments that Roxy's moving fast, but Roxy says she has to be ready in time for the re-opening. Terese asks if Roxy's had time to think about the business side of things so that it's a viable venture. Roxy grins and says that recycled fashion is all the rage right now, "Harlow's tree-hugging, compost-kissing friends will eat it up." She sorts through Terese's clothes, mainly happy with what she sees except for one black and white number.
ROXY: I assume you were temporarily insane when you purchased it because it puts the 'u' in ugly.
Terese frowns at her as she tosses it aside.
Toadie's super excited when he finds Shane (in a new shirt) waiting for Dipi to finish work and join him for their date. He asks if his brother needs a breath mint or a water, but Shane's feeling pretty cool, calm and collected about everything. He figures he's just pretty darn lucky he and Dipi get to wipe the slate clean. Toadie spies Dipi walking over to them and makes himself scarce. Shane and Dipi are quiet around each other at first, then Dipi chuckles about forgetting how dating is supposed to work. They're suddenly interrupted by Mackenzie, who starts to rave about how much fun she's having at uni for orientation week. Shane and Dipi both look uncomfortable at the mention of the dreaded 'U' word.
Roxy has come over to collect clothes from Bea, and tells her that she should make it known to her fans where they can buy her stuff. Bea thinks that angle is a bit creepy, but Roxy claims it as creative marketing. Kyle is going over the lease with Karl and informing him about the joint venture he and Roxy have devised. Karl isn't too sure about involving Roxy, given what she cost the tram last time, but Kyle says he wouldn't waste the doc's time with an idea he thought would fail. He states that ever since the antique shop closed there's been a gap in the market, and Roxy happily tells Karl she'll find a few items of clothing for him. Susan appears and Roxy asks for clothing donations, which Susan promises she'll get around to later. There's a spot of tension with Karl when she says she's on her way to The Waterhole for a meeting with Olivia.
KYLE: Karl if you want to have a squiz at my proposal I can come back later.
ROXY: There is no need for a squiz, it is a no-brainer.
KARL: (frowning) Uh, yes, sometime would be good.
ROXY: Okay, well the mock-up for the tram's new look will be done in an hour so you can come by and give us the green light then.
KYLE: We'd love to hear your thoughts.
Yes, Karl has thoughts all right. None of them great by the look of it. Roxy doesn't help matters when she picks up Karl's precious guitar and says how great it would look as a centrepiece in the tram. He swiftly grabs it off her.
Yashvi has put the fear of god into her parents to the extent that they're strolling along making light conversation about the weather. They both admit how awkward they're being and Dipi says it began when Mackenzie started talking about uni. Shane understands, thinking it's because of his history with uni, but Dipi says she thought it was because Shane was uncomfortable about the subject matter. They realise that Yashvi has given them both the 'stick to lighthearted subject matter' spiel. Now that they are talking about it though, Shane tells Dipi that he feels ready to go back to uni (not the accelerated course however, the regular one).
DIPI: Don't take this the wrong way - are you sure it's a good move?
SHANE: A big part of my recovery has been recognising that the fancy career upon graduation isn't the be all and end all. I'd like to go back, but I don't have to. And I wouldn't let it drag me under. I wouldn't let myself feel all that pressure.
DIPI: No Shane, that's not all on you. I could have supported you better.
SHANE: You helped as much as I let you. There's something else I need to say, though, I need to apologise. Because you were right, I shouldn't have checked out of rehab so early. Me bailing just put too much extra strain on you, the kids and Toad, everyone else, and I'm sorry.
DIPI: You know, Shane, the important thing is you've come out the other side and I couldn't be prouder of you. And yeah, if I'm honest, I am worried about you studying again. Especially since we've committed to working on our family.
SHANE: That's fair.
DIPI: But I can't ignore the progress you've made in your recovery. So if you say you're ready, then I trust you.
SHANE: Thanks, I appreciate that.
They look happy that they've been able to clear the air.
Karl is appalled when Roxy shows him a mannequin she's set up out the front of the tram wearing a leopard-print bra and a short one-piece outfit over it. Bea admits the outfit used to be hers until she donated it. Roxy thinks it'll bring in the bucks, but Karl scowls and says it's not a good look. "The 82 is above this kind of smut!" Karl protests. Roxy is the very definition of a shrug and says Karl will change his mind once the cash starts rolling in, but Karl remains grumpy. Kyle says he'll take Karl inside the tram to show him the potential new layout, which Levi proclaims is "sick", but Bea wants a private word with Karl first. She thinks Karl's bad mood is more about Susan than anything.
KARL: I just want this to be over.
BEA: Have you spoken to her again?
KARL: No, I'm not in the right frame of mind. The last time that book came into our lives it completely shattered Susan's confidence.
BEA: Yeah and it's going to be different now that she has control.
KARL: I'm not sure about that, Bea.
BEA: You don't know how it's going to turn out anymore than she does!
KARL: Hang on, if you think about...
BEA: (angrily cutting him off) Hey, right now you're harming her more than the book. So get over yourself and be the support that she needs!
Bea's shouty pep talk has done wonders, as Karl has immediately joined Susan to offer his support. Karl wants to be clear, though, he'll accept Susan's decision just as long as he's kept in the loop about everything. And if there's any sign of trouble he wants Susan to pull the pin. Susan agrees, and says that the two of them communicating well is her top priority. Karl asks what the next step is, and can't help but look concerned when Susan says she wants to get Finn's old video diaries from the police, with Toadie's help. Susan knows that seeing Finn again will be confronting but she's sure she'll have a handle on things. Olivia arrives for the meeting and apologises for causing any drama earlier, it was the last thing she wanted. She offers for Karl to join them, but Karl looks uncomfortable and says he better head back to the tram as he left Kyle in the lurch. Susan and Olivia start talking about the book and Karl can't help but cast an uneasy glance their way before he leaves.
Yashvi is stressing about her parents' date, ignoring all of Ned's reassurances that they'll be fine. Ned can't believe she was serious before about cancelling their getaway and calls Yashvi obsessed, but Yashvi retorts that it's a healthy concern. She takes out her phone to compose a message.
YASHVI: Can you tell me if this text is all right?
NED: (reading) 'Hey dad hope you're having fun. Do you need me to keep the house empty for you and mum, winky face'... What, no! That's crossing a line!
YASHVI: Then what should I say?
NED: Uh, how about nothing?
Mackenzie arrives home and says she saw Shane and Dipi on their date earlier, immediately getting a grilling from Yashvi who wants to know all the details. But Yashvi is stressed (and Ned amused) when Mackenzie says she talked about O Week at uni with them but they acted quite awkward. Mac apologises when she finds out why Yashvi is freaked out, but Yashvi's fears are allayed when Shane sends her a text saying he and Dipi are having a really good time. Yashvi quickly realises she should probably cool her jets on interfering so much with her parents.
Kyle's in a chipper mood while he cleans the tram, amusing Roxy when he bursts into song about it. Bea and Levi are also having fun mucking around while they clean. So here comes Karl to spoil the mood, brushing off Bea's question about Susan and then Levi's query of whether everything is okay. Roxy wants to take Karl on the tour of the tram he missed before, but Karl wants to have a word alone with Kyle about the business proposal first.
KYLE: I know what you're going to say, Karl. You're underestimating Roxy. She's smart, hardworking, capable... Rox!
Roxy's startled when Kyle notices she was about to use window cleaner instead of floor cleaner, and lets her know where the proper supplies are.
KARL: Okay, she is careless, she is reckless and to be perfectly frank, she is useless.
KYLE: Doc, woah! It was a harmless mistake.
KARL: I am not going to stand by and watch you make a foolish decision like this! Now either you run The 82 solo, or you just don't run it at all.
Kyle is most displeased with this ultimatum.