Title: The Quality Of Mercy
> Steph's Trial Episode
by Katrina Foster, Directed
by Grant Brown
is shocked to find out she’s received 70% of Charlie’s will
and Michael says that she’ll be hearing from his solicitors.
Sky and Boyd are shocked as the police search number 32 for
evidence. Steph is worried that the judge is going to be hard
on her, since Charlie’s will has now given her a motive…
At number 28, Sindi finds
Stuart chopping tomatoes, and he assures her that he’ll manage
fine. He tells her that Toadie’s on his way over for a chat…
number 32, the family are preparing dinner, and Summer and
Max are wondering why everything’s been moved around. Toadie
then arrives for a last-minute conference with Steph about
the court case. He warns her to think before she speaks and
to dress formally, as Judge Evans likes that and they need
any edge they can get. Steph is concerned when Toadie tells
her that a crucifix might also come in useful.
and Stu sit down for dinner, wondering what Toadie wants to
talk to them about. Stu isn’t worried, but Sindi says that
he hates both of them. Toadie then arrives and starts making
small talk with them about Steph and her case. He then tells
them that the reason he called in is because he’s asked to
have his mortgage extended, so he can buy Stuart out of number
number 30, Carmella is excited that she and Connor are living
together, but he tells her that they need to have a chat about
something. He tells her that Toadie wants her to try and keep
the house a bit tidier. She is hurt, so he points out all
of her piles of make up and soft toys everywhere, and she
tells Stuart that they can’t go on like this and that Stu
and Sindi will want a place of their own sooner or later.
He says that he’ll get a valuation and give Stu back his deposit.
Stu gets annoyed and Toadie tells him that he wants him out
of his house and out of his life.
number 24, David arrives back with his campaign badges. He
then remembers an important meeting and rushes off, arranging
to meet Lil at the wrestling later. She spots his phone on
the table, then sees one of the badges with the message –
‘David Bishop A Change For The Bitter’, so she rushes after
is pointing out the hypocrisy of the house of trouser, and
Connor manages to justify everything having a purpose and
claims that her stuff just sits in a pile. She asks him if
he really wants her to tidy up…
the Community Hall, Max is acting as mc for the wrestling,
when Stu and Sindi come in. Max isn’t happy with the whole
event and wonders why Lou hasn’t turned up. David then arrives
and gives them badges to wear…
comes out of the shower to find the house has been completely
cleaned and tidied by Carmella. He tells her that she needn’t
have gone all weird on him, as he only wanted her to be a
at the wrestling, Sindi is trying to give Stu a running commentary,
but she’s sugar-coating it all and he’s not happy about it.
Lil suddenly runs in and tells David to stop, pointing out
the mistake. He rushes off, trying to get back all of the
badges, while Connor and Carmella come in. Connor takes over
as mc, accusing Max of being useless at it. Toadie then walks
in and he’s really thrilled to see the wrestling, but Sindi
is less happy to see him…
on, Toadie tells Stu that he came down to have a break from
preparing Steph’s case. Meanwhile, Carmella is making a point
about everything being neat and tidy, so that Toadie can hear.
David is still trying to get his badges back, while Connor
announces his name to everyone and he climbs into the ring
so they can all see him. The wrestlers then grab him and spin
him round and Lil screams at them to stop and Stu screams
at them to slam him.
at number 24, David’s got ice packs on his head and shoulder
and is thinking about giving it all up. Lil tells him that
she’s still got his vote, and seeing him up there with those
wrestlers was actually quite the turn on.
the court house the next morning, Toadie arrives, telling
Steph that she’s dressed perfectly. The press see them all
coming and Toadie warns them to keep walking and say nothing.
Meanwhile, Michael arrives and tells the press that he wants
justice. The press continue to push them until they get inside
the prosecution, James Clement, is putting his side across
to the jury, explaining that Steph stood to gain from Charlie’s
death by receiving 70% of his will. Clement continues, while
Toadie assures Steph that they’ll get their say.
begins his defence, saying that the evidence is entirely circumstantial
and the whole thing is fabricated by Charlie’s family.
is being questioned by Clement and she explains that Charlie
had spoken about a pain-free death. She says that Steph is
a caring woman and they found it hard to watch Charlie is
so much pain and suffering. Clement asks Lyn if she knew that
Steph gave Charlie two extra painkillers just prior to his
death and that the family knew that these tablets might make
Charlie stop breathing. Lyn is forced to agree and Clement
then asks if she saw Steph with a pillow above Charlie’s face
and Lyn has to admit that she did.
is questioning Steph, who says that she wanted to make Charlie
comfortable. She explains that she found herself moving the
pillow because his neck was all crooked. Clement picks up
on this and asks if this was when her mother walked in, and
Steph says that it was.
is making his closing statement and says that all of the evidence
is simply circumstantial and that if the jurors have even
the slightest doubts, they must return a verdict of not guilty.
on, the verdict is in and the jury return to the courtroom.
The judge tells Steph to stand and asks the foreman for the
verdict. He says that they find her guilty and Steph breaks
down in Max’s arms.