> Lucy and Chris's Return
by Lesley Lewis, Directed
by Kath Hayden, Produced
by Jason Herbison
Channel Eleven: 06/11/15, Five: 20/11/15
Paul plots and schemes with Sue Parker to get rid of the ‘Save Our School’ petition... Amy finds a copy of the petition in Paul’s penthouse, and is furious...
Aaron calls Nate a control freak; Nate accuses Aaron of being too impulsive... Tyler tells Amy that she perhaps shouldn’t wait for someone who isn’t 100% into her... Sheila tearfully admits to Karl that she left Toadie in the fire to save herself...
Sheila overcompensates for what she’s done by insisting on running errands for Sonya... Just as Bossy runs off, Sheila has a panic attack and loses control of her car...
We see that it’s not Bossy that Sheila has hit with the car, but Ben! Kyle and a horrified Sheila rush to his aid. Kyle tells Sheila to calm down - Ben’s conscious but hurt. Ben explains he was patting Bossy, which is why Sheila didn’t see him. While Sheila apologises,
Kyle calls for an ambulance.
At the Penthouse, Amy confronts Paul with the school closure petition she’s found. He tries to fob her off by saying a visiting concerned citizen must have left it here, but
Amy isn’t buying it and tells Paul she knows it was him who stole it. She’s about to march out, when Paul admits that he did steal the petition from the school, on the night of the fire. Amy asks Paul outright if he started the fire. “No, of course I didn’t!” is
Paul’s stern reply. He claims he had to stop the petition getting out, as he has a lot of money riding on the Freestyle development plan for the area around the school. Amy replies: “Yeah. I know what money means to you. Enough to push aside anything in your way!”
Paul again states to Amy that he didn’t start the fire. Amy says, “Okay, fine, you’re not an arsonist. But you’re a greedy opportunist!" Amy reveals that she was about to ask him if she and Jimmy could move in to the Penthouse but proceeds to storm off into the
lift, despite Paul’s protestations.
At Erinsborough Hospital, Karl is examining Ben, while a concerned Susan fusses over him. Karl explains that Ben has two fractured ribs, telling him not to laugh or sneeze! But other than that there’s no damage. Ben asks after Sheila; Karl tells Ben that she’s more shaken than
anything, and Ben reiterates that Sheila wouldn’t have seen him as he was kneeling down with Bossy. Susan is due to go to an appointment with the education department about the future of the school, but she’s keen to stay with Ben instead, so plays down its significance.
However, Ben tells her she has to go to the meeting, if it’s going to help ensure the school stays open – and Karl agrees. Susan’s not sure what she’s going to say at the meeting with the petition up in smoke, but Karl and Ben remind her of all the online campaigning
that’s been happening, the articles in the West Waratah Star, adding that she needs to highlight it all to the department. Susan hurries off to the meeting, kissing Ben goodbye and telling him to be careful…
At The Waterhole, Aaron is telling Nate of his plan to go and buy a new laptop, to show Paul he’s taking his bodyguard job seriously. Nate is sceptical, fearing it's a waste of money. However,
Aaron states to Nate that
he’s got to be on top of any online threats that Paul gets! Nate calls upon the persuasive powers of Amber, who’s sitting nearby, to convince Aaron not to waste his money, but she’s distracted, trying to get her wi-fi working so she can video-call Chris and Lucy, who’ve
recently had their baby. She wonders if Nate wants to say 'hi' but Nate declines the offer. Aaron asks when Chris and Lucy had the baby and Amber says that it was a couple of days ago - and she asks Nate if he knew. Nate makes out he knew that
the baby had been born, and Aaron senses that the mention of Chris is bringing painful memories for Nate, so leaves him to talk to Amber while he goes off to buy his laptop. Nate’s not the only one who seems disconcerted by the prospect of talking to Chris, Amber looks on
edge too, and Nate guesses it’s because her own baby is still in hospital. But she’s keen to talk to Chris, as he’s been supporting her during the pregnancy. Amber says, “He and Lucy have a perfect, healthy little baby. What more could you want for your friends?”
“Yeah…” is all Nate can muster as a reply.
Back at the hospital, Karl is taking Sheila’s blood pressure, which he tells her is dangerously high. He decides to increase her dosage of medication and tells her to check in with her dietician. Toadie arrives to check on Sheila, commenting that she shouldn’t
have volunteered to help Sonya if she was feeling unwell. Karl tells Sheila that she must start taking it easy, and Toadie points out that this isn’t the first such incident. Sheila wants to go and see Ben, but Toadie tells her he’ll go instead and repeats that she
needs to rest. Once Toadie’s gone, Karl chastises Sheila for self-flagellating over having left Toadie in the fire, and now for hurting Ben because of it. Karl tells Sheila that she needs to tell Toadie why she is doing all this for them, but Sheila insists that
she can’t. Karl comments that the guilt she is feeling will not go away and she needs to tell them, otherwise the next person she hurts might not be so lucky.
On Ramsay Street, Amy talks to Daniel about Paul having stolen the petition. Amy says that she’s thinking of going to the cops; Daniel thinks that’s excessive, but Amy points out
that Paul has started fires before and is worried he could be responsible for this one, too. She admits that she doesn’t trust him anymore. Daniel tries to talk Amy out of going to the cops as he thinks that isn’t the answer, but she disagrees and adds that
they need to deal with it. Daniel looks worried as Amy walks off.
Back at The Waterhole, Nate watches from the sidelines out of view of the webcam, as Amber talks to Lucy and Chris via video chat. They’re holding their newborn baby. “And we finally settled on a name,” Chris says. “Yeah. Anne,” Lucy adds. Amber asks if there have been
any sleeping or feeding issues with baby Anne. Chris tells Amber there haven't and adds that the birth went really smoothly. “Easy for you to say!” Lucy says. “True, true. This one did all the hard work, she was incredible,” is Chris’s reply. Nate smiles fondly as
he watches Chris on the screen. Lucy talks about how she fell in love with Anne the moment she held her in her arms, and Amber looks sad. Chris says to Amber, “Do you see Nate around much?” Amber doesn’t let on that Nate is listening in but tells Chris that he still lives
on Ramsay Street. Chris says to Amber: “Can you do me a favour, can you just say hi to him for me? Tell him I hope he’s doing okay?” Amber promises to do that, and Chris and Lucy sign off to give Anne a feed. Once Amber’s closed the laptop, Nate remarks that Chris seems
happy. She asks if he's spoken to Chris lately and Nate admits he hasn’t, and probably should have. Nate and Amber agree that seeing Chris and Lucy has hit home for them about the responsibilities of parenthood. Nate says, “We broke
up because I wasn’t ready for that. But it feels like I ended up with a kid after all. Only, it’s my boyfriend!”
At the penthouse, Paul is leaving a message on Amy’s voicemail, asking her to call him back so they can talk. Daniel turns up and asks Paul directly if he started the fire. Paul insists
that he didn’t, and Daniel reveals that Amy’s going to the cops about it. Paul tries to justify his theft of the petition, but Daniel isn’t interested in his excuses and says, “You might believe in what you’re doing, but others don’t and the more you stick to your
guns, the more right you give them to tear you down!” Paul plays the ‘family’ card, commenting that Daniel and Amy should have faith in him. “Not blind faith. I had to learn that the hard way, and so has Amy!” is Daniel’s response. Paul asks Daniel what he should do. Daniel
states that he needs to show Amy that she is wrong about him.
Nate is sulking and throwing corks into a jar at The Waterhole, when Aaron arrives. He hasn’t bought a laptop, but a present for Nate instead, a portable battery to recharge his phone. Nate’s rude and ungrateful. Aaron tells Nate that he thought it would cheer him up
and comments that it must have been hard for him seeing Chris. Nate ignores what Aaron has just said and tells him to return the item he has just bought, as he doesn’t need him buying him toys. Aaron says, “Yeah, says the man playing cork basketball. I’m lost. You
didn’t like my last job, now you don’t like this job. You don’t even want presents from me, what do you want?” “I want you to stop acting on every little impulse and grow up!” is Nate’s reply. Aaron walks out, and Nate goes back to his cork-throwing.
Sheila comes round to number 30, and to Toadie’s relief, tells him that she’s not going to be able to help him and Sonya out anymore – since Karl’s told her she has to take it easy because
of her blood pressure. Toadie tells Sheila they appreciate everything she’s done for them. All of a sudden Sheila blurts out that she left Toadie in the fire. “What?” is Toadie’s response. Sheila explains that she heard him when she was in the school and she just ran and
left him there. She also reveals she told Sonya that she thought she heard someone inside the building, but not that it was Toadie. Sheila says to Toadie: “I was so ashamed that I ran – I just wasn’t thinking straight...” “You know what? It was a fight-or-flight
moment. Fear can be very overwhelming. But we both survived, so let’s keep it that way, and stop tempting the cardiac gods by overdoing it on my behalf,” is Toadie’s reply. A shocked Sheila asks Toadie if he forgives her, Toadie tells Sheila that if it wasn’t for her,
he may never have been found, adding that there’s nothing to forgive. Sheila thanks Toadie and he draws her in for a hug.
Amy waits outside the police station, debating with herself whether to go and report Paul to the cops and listening to his voicemail message. At that moment, Paul himself appears, with the petition, and marches straight into the police station. Paul hands the petition to
Mark, as Amy watches from outside. Paul tells Mark that he stole the petition, but that he left the school grounds before the fire started. Mark says to Paul: “Would
you like to call Tim Collins before you say anymore?” “What for? I haven’t got anything to hide” is Paul’s reply. Paul adds that he is confessing now because he wants his daughter to know he’s telling the truth. But Mark isn’t satisfied with leaving it at that, and insists
Paul follow him into the interview room to answer some questions. Paul tells Mark that he hasn’t got time for 'that sort of nonsense!’ “Well, consider this a formal request for your assistance into the arson attack on Erinsborough high,” is Mark’s reply.
A while later Mark is interviewing Paul. Paul explains that he went into the principal’s office at about 7pm, and that the door was unlocked. Having taken the petition, he left the school. Fed
up of answering questions, he gets up to go, but Mark tells him to sit down.
However, Paul refuses and tells Mark that he has nothing else to tell him. Mark informs Paul that he is going to be charged under the Crimes Act... Paul stops him and says: “Oh, would you use your brain! I wanted Eden Hills to take over the school – they’d hardly buy a
burnt-out shell, would they?!” “Maybe, maybe not. But for now, I’m charging you with burglary and theft,” says Mark. Paul rolls his eyes.
Sheila brings around a cake to number 28 and gives it to Ben, who’s already forgiven her – commenting that the accident wasn’t her fault. But Sheila continues to apologise by saying “I’m not
sure if you’ve ever done something you’re not very proud of. Something you’re deeply ashamed of, even. But if you have – well, the guilt sits in your gut like a rock.” Ben looks like he knows exactly what she means. Sheila continues: “And that’s what was happening to me
today when I got into the car. And I was stewing over it like an old fool, when all I should’ve been doing is owning up to what I did from the start.” Ben asks if the feelings of guilt would have faded after a while. But Sheila says: “Being honest about what happened
is the only way to move on...” Ben looks worried.
Aaron comes to the Waterhole with another present for Nate, it’s an empty drawer, which he tells Nate he can keep his clothes in when he’s staying over at number 24. Aaron says to Nate: “I’ve
cleared it out, just for you!” “And you carried it all this way?” is Nate’s
reply. Aaron says: “Well yeah. Let’s be honest, bringing the entire tallboy here would’ve looked goofy. I was going for dead serious. Will you, Nate Kinski, accept my empty drawer?” Nate apologises for his earlier temper tantrum. He admits he found it tough seeing
Chris, and adds that he wanted to talk to him, but couldn’t even say 'hello' in the end. Nate tells Aaron that seeing Chris moving on made him question his relationship, but he reassures Aaron by telling him that he makes him happy, and that he loves the drawer.
They go in for a kiss, but the drawer gets in the way.
Back at number 28, Susan is back from her meeting with the education department, but apparently they weren’t too impressed with the online comments she showed them, and were concerned
about how much it would cost to rebuild the school after the fire. While Karl sympathises, a pale-looking Ben writes a worried text message to Piper. Mark then arrives, and hands Susan a copy of the petition. He explains that Paul stole it from the office before the fire started,
and Karl and Susan are flabbergasted. Mark explains that Paul’s denying any responsibility for the fire for now, and that they don’t have any evidence to the contrary. Ben listens in with interest. Once Mark’s gone, Susan admits that she doesn’t think even the petition
will help save Erinsborough High now. She tells Karl that the fire pretty much killed any chance they had of saving the school. Karl says: “Since when were you one to give up?” “Since now! I don’t know what to do anymore. The school is all but lost,” is Susan’s
reply. Karl comforts Susan as she breaks down in tears. Ben gulps, and sends the message to Piper.
Paul returns to the Penthouse to find Amy and Daniel waiting for him. Paul tells his daughter that he didn’t want to put the burden of going to the police on her, so reported himself. Daniel
tells Paul that he’s proud of him. Paul asks Amy if she can forgive him, and she says
that he did the right thing, asking what happens next. Paul informs her that he’s been charged and the council is holding an emergency meeting to discuss his position as Mayor. Daniel tells Paul that at least he owned up to what he did. Amy adds that she’s sorry he
has had to go through this, but now he has to face the consequences of his actions. He nods with resignation.
Susan is preparing dinner, and Ben comes to help, but Susan tells him that it’s all under control. Ben asks Susan if she would still be fighting for the school if there hadn’t a fire.
Susan admits that she doesn’t know. Ben gets a text from Piper, he then says to his gran that he's sorry that this happened. Susan agrees but Ben continues, “No, I mean I’m REALLY sorry... It was me. I started the fire.” Susan is stunned.
Featured Regular Characters: Karl Kennedy, Susan Kennedy, Paul Robinson, Amy Williams, Daniel Robinson, Sheila Canning, Kyle Canning, Nate Kinski,
Toadfish Rebecchi, Amber Turner, Mark Brennan
Guest Cast: Carla Bonner as Stephanie Scully, Matt Wilson as Aaron Brennan,
Felix Mallard as Ben Kirk, Melissa Bell as Lucy Robinson,
Carla Bonner as Chris Pappas
• Melissa Bell and James Mason make a brief return, via Skype call, as Lucy and Chris, which was filmed when the actors were last on set in late 2014
• Lucy reveals that her baby daughter has been named Anne, after Lucy's late mother
• Sheila's blood pressure is 185 over 115