Episode Title: Anne On The Run
Cast: Ian Smith as Harold Bishop, Stephanie McIntosh as Sky Mangel, Claudine Henningsen as Kerry Mangel, Tom Oliver as Lou Carpenter, Alan Fletcher as Karl Kennedy, Jackie Woodburne as Susan Kinski, Ryan Moloney as Jarrod 'Toadfish' Rebecchi, Nell Feeney as Janelle Timmins, Eliza Taylor-Cotter as Janae Timmins, Sianoa Smit-McPhee as Bree Timmins, Carla Bonner as Stephanie Hoyland, Kyal Marsh as Boyd Hoyland, Aaron Aulsebrook-Walker as Charlie Hoyland, Nicky Whelan as Heidi 'Pepper' Steiger
Guest Cast: Joe Clements as Sen. Sgt Allan Steiger, Benjamin Hart as Adam Rhodes, Tessa James as Anne Baxter, Christopher Connelly as Greg Baxter
• Steph unveils the new name for Scarlet Bar as Charlie’s
• Pepper walks out on Adam after he is unable to explain why he has problems with the police force
• Steph shows off her campaign photo – it has her draped over her motorcycle – Toadie has doubts
• Tom expresses his love for Karl inadvertently through Zeke
No 26 - Lounge: Bree babysitting Charlie takes the time to play with him while Janae searches for her mascara to add the finishing touches before going out. Sky arrives with Kerry so Bree can baby-sit her too and Janae & Sky exchange how excited they are to see what Steph has done with the bar. Bree comments that Janelle & Allan are already there so Janelle never missed out on the free finger food. Janae goes to answer her phone in the kitchen and Bree asks if Sky is still seeing Caleb. Sky points out that Boyd has become angry about it and everyone seems to think that she has the same issues she had with Terence as Caleb. Bree empathises and Janae returns ready to go. As she opens the door all are surprised to see Anne standing there and Janae & Bree greet their sister.
Charlie's - Office: Steph is pondering over her campaign poster of her on her motorbike with the slogan ‘No Slogans, Just Steph!’ she had printed before Toadie became her campaign manager. She tells Toadie she realises the poster would only attract the wrong kind of voters and has decided to use the bar re-launch party to announce her candidacy. Toadie objects but Steph is not listening to him.
Charlie's - Bar: Boyd is loading another tray of glasses filled with champagne when Steph comes over to check if Sky has arrived yet. Boyd thinks he has scared her off with how he has reacted to her & Caleb but Steph tries to assure him Sky will realise he just cares. Steph questions if he is cool with her naming the bar after Charlie and Boyd assures her he likes the idea.
Charlie's - Bar: Susan returns to where Karl is checking his cell phone and reassures him Zeke would call if he needed them. Karl jokes sarcastically that with Tom having the ‘home help’ out of the way he expects his father is having a great time. Susan pleads with him to relax and takes the cell phone from Karl. Pepper arrives going straight to the bar and spotting her Allan asks after Adam. Pepper explains his fears were correct and she has finished with Adam. Allan consoles her that she’ll find someone better.
Adam's house - Lounge: Adam has a photo of a young woman on his coffee table and is on the phone feeling like he should never have told the caller about Pepper and that he doesn’t deserve happiness after what he has done. The caller tries to reason with him but Adam mentions that he could never call her parents to apologise and deserves to be punished in this way. Adam ends the call and drops the hone on top of the picture of the woman.
No 26 - Lounge: Anne admits to Sky, Janae & Bree that her parents do not know she is visiting, thinking she is at camp. Bree is not surprised to learn Loris helped change her travel arrangements as it explains why she left so suddenly. Anne mentions Loris found her only last week while Janae questions why Loris would spend so much time looking for her and why Loris never came with her. Anne seems to be hiding something back about Loris and denies she and Harold had problems before she left. Anne changes the subject reflecting back to how great it is to be with them but Sky continues to think about the truth behind Loris’s departure.
No 30 - Hallway/lounge: Pepper arrives home escorted by Allan & Janelle to check she arrives home okay. After they leave she spots a letter addressed to her.
Adam's house: As Adam packs up his things Pepper arrives angry with him just breaking up with her through a letter. Pepper refuses to allow him to leave without telling her what he has done that is so bad.
Adam's house - Lounge: Adam admits he was a police officer and explains how he had a partner called Catherine. One night they were called to a warehouse break in that he assumed was a hoax. He left Catherine alone in the car to check which is against the police guidelines and when inside the building her heard a gun shot. Rushing back to the car he found Catherine had been shot and was dead before the ambulance arrived. The killer was never shot. Adam explains his move to Australia was to forget what had happened but seeing Allan only brought the problems back. Pepper assures him that time will heal but Adam tells her he has to leave and they are finished.
Charlie's - Bar: While Susan dances with Boyd as the party continues, Karl unburdens himself to Toadie about Tom treating Zeke as him. Toadie senses Karl is feeling jealous and tries to make him see that Tom is expressing how he feels about him through Zeke. Steph putting on her leather jacket calls everyone’s attention to announce her candidacy but suddenly decides against it and just wishes everyone a good time. The music restarts and Lou decides to start dancing which amuses Harold, Susan & Karl.
No 26 - Lounge: Janelle comforts Anne after delivering the news about Dylan leaving & Stingray’s death. She cheers the mood by revealing how she & Allan are now engaged and Bree explains how the family sold their shares in Lassiters to buy a stake in the garage. Janelle is overjoyed at having all her daughters with her and comments about wishing Loris could be there too. Boyd comes out of the bedroom hallway with Charlie & his things to take him home and asks to speak to Sky alone. Sky still wants to get to Steph’s party but Boyd is eager to see her and tells her the party is drawing to a close so she relents. After they leave Janelle assures Anne she has a home with them whatever objections her parents have.
Charlie's - Office: Steph angry explains to Toadie that his lack of confidence in her caused her to not announce her candidacy earlier. Toadie wants her to see she appeals to a larger spectrum of voters and plans to expose her to her voters the following week.
No 24- Lounge: Boyd explains to Sky that his actions must have felt like he wanted to get back together with her and Sky has to admit it did. Boyd assures her he just wanted to help her and Sky applauds the fact he always wants to help people out but begs him to take time for himself for a change. Boyd reads that she means he interferes and downcast decides to leave making getting Charlie home the excuse.
No 24 - Kitchen: Harold comes out of the bedroom wanting to make a bedtime drink. Sky mentions that Anne has returned and how strange it is that Loris has not come with her. Sky challenges him about why Loris & he denies there was any problem. Sky threatens to speak to Anne about it and Harold begs her not too. Sensing it is something serious, Sky wants to know why she should remain quiet about it.
No 28 - Dining table: Karl returns from checking on Tom & Zeke who are asleep, to find Susan reading a note from Zeke talking about some embarrassing stories Tom has told him of Karl’s childhood. Zeke asks for help in getting him out of ‘check’ in chess in return for not discussing two of the stories he’s been told. Karl turns the chessboard towards him and reminisces that they move is something his father always did to him as well. Susan offers to cook some brain food and Karl asks for a three-cheese omelette with bacon.
As Susan prepares to cook, she assures him that using Zeke as they have has been as rewarding for Tom & Zeke as it has for him. Susan opens the fridge to find Tom has placed some old vinyl records in there but lies to Karl that her exclamation was down to only having two cheeses to put into his omelette, protecting him from the truth.
No 24 - Kitchen: Sky is stunned after Harold explains how Loris was responsible for swapping Anne & Bree at birth. Sky wants the Timmins to know what Loris did but Harold wants nothing to do with it. Sky reminds him about how he asked her to tell Dylan about him being Kerry’s father, as he didn’t believe then in keeping secrets. Harold agrees with Sky but Loris had asked him to say nothing. Sky is sure the Timmins will not be truly free of the past unless they know what really happened.
Carpenters Mechanics - Workshop: Allan arrives to find Janae training with a punch bag. He tells her he still disapproves of her boxing but is adamant he’ll be her sparring partner when Ned cannot. Janae pretends she is annoyed at Ned for being so ‘soft’ since becoming a father. Allan notices she still has a smile on her face as she speaks about Ned and teases her about liking Ned romantically. Janae boxes harder to shut him up.
Bus stop: Pepper arrives at the bus stop as the bus arrives and Adam prepares to board. She tells him that despite what he has told her she still wants him to stay and begs him to reconsider. Adam tells her he refuses to add her to the list of people that he feels he has already hurt and boards the bus. Pepper looks on as the bus drives off. Allan runs over to her but gets the full force of her anger blaming his interfering for Adam leaving. Allan calls after her he was only trying to help her.
No 26 - Kitchen: Janelle brings pancakes to the table for Anne & Bree. Janelle questions how they can spend the next 6 days together when there is a knock on the front door. Janelle goes to answer it.
No 26 - Lounge: Janelle opens the door to be introduced to Greg Baxter.
No 26 - Kitchen: Anne stunned tells Bree he is their father.
No 26 - Lounge: Greg tells Janelle he knows that Anne is there and wants to come in. Janelle surprises him by telling Greg he and his wife are always welcome in her home.
No 26 - Kitchen: Bree & Anne wonder what Janelle is up to.
Regular Cast Credits
• Charlie’s launch night party
• Steph’s original electoral slogan was going to be ‘No Slogans, Just Steph’
• Adam’s letter to Pepper read:
I never wanted to hurt you but I have. You won’t see me again and you should know why. Before I came to Australia I did something that makes me unworthy of you. I can’t tell you what I did but please know I never lied to you and I’m not a criminal. I know happiness will come to you Pepper. You create so much of it.
• • Zeke’s note to Karl:
Just so you know Grandpa Tom told me about all the embarrassing things you did as a kid, like polish and name all your pennies. And is it true you put on regular concerts for your Ant farm? I know worst stories but I’ll be saving them for later.
P.S. Grandpa Tom has me in check. I’ll forget two embarrassing stories if you bail me out.
• Anne was due to go to camp for a week before Loris changed her travel plans
• Adam left the police force after a mistake he made resulted in his partner Katharine being fatally shot
• Pepper’s car registration plate is RVG 626
Summary by Paul