- Paul assuming Reece has a drug problem
- Reece telling Paul she's dealing with "personal stuff"
- Reece and Byron going on a road trip for more clues
- Holly catching feelings for Haz
- Nell asking Sharon for Mel's new address
- Sharon recognising Eden in Erinsborough
- Nell telling JJ that she wants to see Melanie
- Eden knocking Nell out at Melanie's house
- Remi thinking Cara should have more sympathy towards Wendy
- Andrew reading Philippa's diary
Andrew brings Philippa's diary back to Cara. She asks if he got the closure he needed. Andrew says it was an interesting read but he would love to know what was on the missing pages. He then asks if Cara and Remi are going to contact the US donor, but Cara says no: right now they need to concentrate on getting their family back on track. Across the road Wendy comes out to get the mail and doesn't look happy seeing the two of them speaking. Andrew hands Cara the diary and wishes her luck with Remi.
Cara brings the groceries in and tells Remi she wants to cook one of her favourite meals for dinner. Remi wonders if that was before or after Cara picks up Dex from his excursion, because she'll be at the hospital for a few hours. Pretending she didn't forget, Cara says she'll be able to do both. The mood shifts when Remi spots Philippa's diary with Cara.
REMI: What are you doing with that?
CARA: I just lent it to Andrew and he returned it. (She brings out a bottle of wine to change the subject back to dinner). To wash it all down.
REMI: (taken aback) My favourite.
REMI: I won't be long.
Jane and Toadie look awkward when they run into one another, but Jane has something to say about Nell's school absence. She reminds Toadie that the office needs to know in advance if Nell has an appointment. Toadie is confused and then frustrated when he learns Nell lied about having a therapy appointment to ditch school.
Toadie tries to contact Nell on her phone again but is met with another voicemail. Terese asks if he's tried locating her phone but Toadie says it must be switched off. Terese then says they should ask around the neighbours and see if anyone's seen Nell, and in the meantime she might call. "She better," Toadie retorts.
Byron can't believe Reece didn't blast Paul for snooping into her personal life. Reece says she was furious, but can also understand his frustration. She thinks now might be a good time to come clean about Krista. And if she can start showing Krista's photo around then they might get their answers quicker. Byron smiles and says it's nice to see Reece wanting to defy her father's orders for secrecy and stand up to her family. "This could be a whole new me," Reece grins. Byron then tells her they've got three and a half hours of driving to go.
Haz apologises to Toadie and Terese and says he hasn't seen Nell today - but he's about to get the after school rush and can ask around. Toadie then approaches JJ and asks if he knows where Nell is. JJ nervously says he left school after his free period and doesn't know where she might be. When Toadie and Terese leave, JJ texts Nell and says she needs to get back ASAP because her dad's looking for her.
Wendy is sorting out her jewellery when Andrew walks in. He says he was returning the diary to Cara when she saw them earlier. Wendy brusquely asks if he found the answers he was looking for.
ANDREW: I can understand why JJ came to the conclusion he did, but some of Philippa's other entries really got me curious. The stuff about this party and then there's two pages missing, but it seems like something happened there.
WENDY: Oh yeah? What do you expect me to say?
ANDREW: Nothing. I'm just trying to have a conversation.
WENDY: Yeah, about Philippa and whatever other crazy stuff that she did seventeen years ago and wrote in that stupid diary. Do you actually think I care?
ANDREW: I'm sorry.
WENDY: God, you shouldn't even care about Philippa either. You should be trying to fix this.
ANDREW: Ok, you're right. I won't mention it again. How do I fix this?
But before Wendy can answer, Andrew's phone rings. Wendy curtly says he better take the call. Andrew discovers it's a very panicked Toadie on the line and rushes out to assist him.
JJ gets home to find his mum in a cooking frenzy. Cara asks if he and Dex might eat in the sunroom tonight so she and Remi can have some alone time. "This is a suck up meal isn't it!" JJ smirks. Cara admits that it is, then gets flustered when they can smell burning and she realises she's left the pine nuts in the oven. Remi gets home just in time for the chaos.
REMI: Oh, what's that smell?
Cara asks if Remi got all her paperwork done at the hospital. Remi says yes, then tells her she got a random call from Toadie asking if Nell had been admitted because no one has seen her. JJ looks extremely guilty, which doesn't go unnoticed by Cara, so JJ admits he knows where Nell is "but Toadie's not going to like it."
Terese and Toadie have Andrew, Holly and Haz over when Remi and JJ drop in to deliver JJ's news. JJ says he doesn't know Nell's exact location, and didn't say anything earlier so as to not get her in trouble, but that she's gone to see Melanie.
TOADIE: Do you know what the address is?
JJ: I can only remember the street and the suburb, sorry. It's Gardenia Road in Hurstbridge.
TERESE: Have you heard from her since?
JJ: I texted her but she hasn't answered.
TOADIE: (looking on his phone, worried) Gardenia Road house numbers go up to three hundred. Just gonna have to knock on every single door.
Haz and Holly volunteer to help them search.
JJ gets back with Remi and says he wishes he could remember the correct street number. Cara says at least he did the right thing coming clean with Toadie. JJ knows he shouldn't have kept it secret but he didn't want to get Nell into strife because talk of Mel is off limits right now.
CARA: Well I suppose you made the best decision in the moment given the circumstances.
REMI: (unimpressed) Is that comment supposed to be for my benefit too?
REMI: Decisions have consequences.
CARA: Look, I was talking about Nell. I wasn't trying to justify anything I've done.
JJ excuses himself to go and do homework. Frustrated, Cara asks Remi if this is how things are going to be between them from now on.
CARA: Me just in the doghouse, no chance of forgiveness.
REMI: You are not the victim here. A nice meal and my favourite bottle of wine does not make up for seventeen years of lies.
CARA: Yeah, I get that! But how many times do I have to say I'm sorry? I can't turn back time, so I just need to know what it's going to take for me to make things right.
REMI: (upset) If I had done this to you, you would have burned the house down! But I'm supposed to instantly forgive you because you asked nicely a couple of times?
Wendy tells Jane she's still so mad at Andrew, which Jane finds understandable. Wendy admits that everything that comes out of her husband's mouth is always the wrong thing. She wants to find forgiveness with him, but Wendy can't help but think of how badly she wanted a baby all those years ago. "And I can't reconcile how he agreed to help Philippa, even though he regretted it right away," Wendy says sadly.
WENDY: I'm sorry, I shouldn't be talking about this with Nell missing.
JANE: Well hopefully they'll find her at Melanie's house.
WENDY: And I haven't even asked how everything is with you!
JANE: I'm all right. Maybe a little bit worried about Reece and Byron. They've gone off on some road trip.
WENDY: Everyone seems to be so out of sorts at the moment.
JANE: Yeah you're right. It feels like there's this weird something in the air, but it's hard to explain. It almost feels like the whole street is just off kilter.
Byron gets off the phone with the previous owner of the car's mechanic, who tells them the guy's overseas. Reece sighs and says that just leaves the rest of the population of Robinvale to interrogate about Krista. She wonders where they should start, but Byron knows a lot of backpackers pick fruit there for cash so they should ask around at all the hostels.
Holly and Haz knock on houses on one side of the road while Toadie and Terese do the other, but have no luck finding Nell. They all meet Andrew in the middle who directs them to different sections of the road to check.
Haz asks Holly what Mel was like. Holly says she didn't know her that well - she was only in Ramsay Street for a couple of weeks before Mel left. Haz says he saw pictures of Mel and Toadie's wedding in the history book and wonders what went wrong. As far as Holly knows, Mel just took off one day and said the marriage had been a mistake.
HAZ: Really? That's cold. Poor Nell and Hugo.
HOLLY: Yeah. Toadie was pretty heartbroken, but he's bounced back quickly with Terese.
HAZ: Terese, who was meant to marry Paul?
HOLLY: I think it was a vow renewal, but yeah. Excellent street knowledge by the way!
HAZ: Note to self: relationships are complicated.
HOLLY: I don't know. When you find someone you like enough all the rules go out the window. (She gives him a hopeful smile) Don't you think?
HAZ: We better keep moving.
Up the other end of the street, Andrew gets off the phone and tells Toadie and Terese he's going to get in contact with some real estate agents and try track down where Mel moved to. Toadie goes to the door of another house and becomes concerned when he sees Nell's schoolbag inside. He yells out for her, but Andrew tells him to stand back before kicking the door in. Andrew calls out that it's the police and goes inside to search, but Nell's not there. Toadie picks up Nell's bag and smashed phone, looking distressed.
Holly and Haz return just as Andrew tells them the station's sending over a team to survey the scene. "It's a scene now?" Toadie says in concern, but Andrew assures him it's not official yet. Toadie starts to freak out so everyone tries to convince him to return home and wait for news - Holly and Haz also volunteer to stay and keep looking. Terese grabs onto Toadie's face to try and calm him down.
TERESE: Look at me, listen to me. We need to give Andrew space to do his job. And who knows, she might beat us home and you'll want to be there. Yeah?
Toadie tries not to cry and eventually relents, telling Andrew to find his daughter.
Remi returns from a walk to find Cara has set the table for dinner. She apologises to her wife for getting so angry, and Cara says she hasn't seen her like that before.
CARA: It's not that I don't deserve it.
REMI: I don't want it to be like this between us.
CARA: So what do we do? I've apologised, and I'll keep apologising. I'll do whatever it takes but I can't fix this on my own.
REMI: I know. (She takes Cara's hand) I love you. That hasn't changed.
CARA: I love you too.
REMI: (crying) I love our life together and I love our family, but I am so hurt. And I'm so angry at you. So I'm going to go to my parent's tomorrow for a few days to clear my head.
CARA: (quietly devastated) Yeah, if that's what you need then sure.
Reece and Byron talk to the guy at the front counter, Ted, asking if he knows someone called Kelly Miller - also known as Krista Sinclair. They show him a photo of her and Byron adds that Krista also bought a car from a bloke in town. Ted admits he doesn't recognise her face, but he can check the record book. They give him a timeframe for her stay and are amazed when Ted locates the name Kelly Miller. He also informs them that she stayed a couple of weeks and wasn't alone - she paid the bill in cash for three people. Byron asks if anyone else might've known Krista. Ted says most of the staff come and go, but they're welcome to ask around.
Toadie races in, calling out for Nell, while Terese thanks Susan on the phone for picking up Hugo from school. Toadie stresses when he realises Nell isn't there, but Terese promises they'll find her.
Holly asks Haz if he thinks something bad has happened to Nell and Haz says the smashed phone isn't a great start. It makes no sense to Holly that Melanie wasn't in the house either as she must have let Nell in. Haz gets a text from Toadie asking for an update, just as Holly gasps and spies Nell sitting on a park bench. They race over to ask if she's okay.
NELL: I caught this guy breaking into Mel's house. He pushed me into the wall and I hit my head.
HOLLY: What? Do you need a doctor?
NELL: I'm fine now.
HAZ: Here have some water.
HOLLY: How did you get here?
NELL: Mel arrived just as I was coming out to find help. She was scared he was going to come back so we came here.
HAZ: Would he be looking for her? What did he look like?
NELL: Tall, dark hair. His name was Eden.
HOLLY: Eden? Not Eden Shaw?
NELL: She didn't say his last name.
HOLLY: (alarmed) Where is she?
NELL: Looking for a phone booth.
Melanie appears and runs over to them, asking if she's okay, but Nell says she's with Haz and Holly. Haz says he's going to ring Toadie and let him know Nell's safe.
MELANIE: (looking at Holly) Are you Karl's daughter? What are you doing here?
HOLLY: How do you know Eden Shaw?
MELANIE: (grave) How do you know him?
Toadie and Terese are waiting impatiently for Nell to arrive home. Remi walks over and Toadie thanks her for coming to do a check- up on Nell. Haz pulls up in the car and Toadie swings open the passenger door to get to Nell, hugging her and saying never to run off again. Remi wants to take Nell to Number 30 to look her over, but before she can another car drives into the street.
TERESE: It's Holly. (Stunned) And Melanie.
NELL: I'm glad they both came.
TOADIE: (baffled) Why are they together? (Trying to collect his thoughts) Go with Remi.
NELL: I want to stay.
TOADIE: Go now. I'll check in with you later.
Remi takes Nell to #30 while a police siren blares in the distance. Mel gives Toadie an uncomfortable look.
MELANIE: Hello Toadie.
TOADIE: (annoyed) You didn't have to come.
MELANIE: (to Holly as the cop car arrives) Andrew will have questions about Eden. Can you talk to him?
HOLLY: I'll tell him everything I know.
TOADIE: Haz didn't mention anything about Eden.
MELANIE: I asked him not to. I thought it might be easier if I tell you all in person.
TERESE: Tell us what?
MELANIE: Can we go inside? I think you might need to sit down to hear what I have to say.