Miranda telling Didge that she doesn't believe that Declan isn't attracted to her because of her disability.
Carmy telling Rosetta she and Marco are having some differences of opinion.
Libby saying to Karl that when Susan burnt her hands it was like nothing in her body was working properly.
Susan losing her sight in the car park at the local shopping centre.
Shopping Centre Car Park where my Heart Breaks a little
Panicking and starting to cry, Susan calls out for Libby again, half-heartedly, whilst reaching into her bag for her phone. With the bandages still on her hands, the phone slips out of her grasp and onto the ground. Frightened, Susan bends down and crawls across the car park to try and find it.
Meanwhile, a car pulls round the corner, speeding towards Susan who is on her hands and knees. Screeching to a halt the driver beeps her, and Susan reaches her arm up, screaming for help. Sophie Cooper from the police station happens to be in the car park, and runs to Susan, helping her up, and taking her to the side out of danger. Panicking, Susan sobs that she can't see anything, and asks Sophie to find Libby for her.
Physio Place in which we find Disappointment
Didge's physio, James, is telling her that she's doing really well, and that he can see a real difference. Didge is disappointed that she can't feel any difference at all – she has only managed to extend her leg by a further 0.5cm within weeks.
Shopping Centre Car Park where Libby is Worried
Libby and Ben are going back to the car, wondering where Susan is, when Libby spots an ambulance. Running to it, she finds her mum being stretchered into the back. She puts her arms around her mum, realising that she's not focusing. She asks Susan if she can see her, and Susan shakes her head, whimpering. Libby reassures her, and Susan calls out to Libby to stay with her.
Libby stands back as they put her in the back of the ambulance, her hand covering her face.
Erinsborough Hospital where Karl makes Everything Alright, part 1
Dr Vinton is examining Susan, who explains that she put the dizziness down to the painkillers she was given. Karl, Rachel and Zeke rush in, and when Susan hears Karl's voice, she becomes weepy, and he rushes to her side. He takes her bandaged hands and holds them, asking her what happened, and Libby sensitively suggests that the kids leave them alone for a while.
Being ushered out of the room, Ben asks his mother why his nanna can't see.
The kids gone, Karl asks Susan exactly what happened, and is horrified to learn that she has blurred vision earlier on in the day. Getting very upset, Susan tells him that she then couldn't see anything. Karl turns to Dr Vinton, listing Susan's symptoms again, as Susan cries that she's never been so scared. Karl takes her hand and strokes her cheek.
KARL: Oh, sweetheart, sweetheart, it's alright. I promise you – I *promise* you – we will find the right diagnosis, we will get to the problem and we will *fix* it.
He turns to markedly look at Dr Vinton, who has the courtesy of looking rather abashed. Karl then looks back to Susan, who is still crying, and he takes her hands, kissing them.
Steph and Toadie are trying to find some time when they're both available to see each other. Rosie is not helping, reminding Toadie of all his appointments that day. Steph thinks it shouldn't be this hard to find time together, so Toadie says he's around right this second, so why Steph organises someone to look after the bar, Toadie will make a few phonecalls, and will be 25 minutes, tops.
Carmella is meeting with Claudia, a potential new client. Claudia isn't willing to change suppliers, and is playing hardball. Carmella suggests she get her another coffee, before joining Rosie and telling her that she's found a potential new client who's more hard headed than her. Erm – I'm not sure I'd call undercutting another supplier particularly hard headed, but anyway. Steph and Rosie encourage Carmella to go charm Claudia, but when Carmy returns, Claudia already has her answer – she's not interested.
Erinsborough Hospital where Karl is Frustrated
Dr Vinton is telling Susan she'll get some bloods done, and Susan wants to see the kids. Karl goes outside to send them in, telling them to keep it low key. He goes to chase after Demi Vinton, asking her if she's considered MS as a possibility. She lists what she knows it isn't, and doesn't seem interested in Karl's theory of MS – after all, Susan's his wife, of course he's deeply concerned for her. Karl insists on her ordering an MRI right now, but Demi's not having it – what about the impact on Susan of another misdiagnosis?
She confirms she hasn't ruled out MS, but that there are other things which are more likely. Karl's not happy with it.
Erinsborough Vet Clinic
Riley, Didge and Miranda are doing...vetty stuff...and Didge announces that she doesn't need to go to pool therapy tomorrow, as she's only moved her leg 0.5cm after weeks of therapy. It's not worth it, and she's not going to get any better. Riley wonders if this is about Declan, but Didge says it's not.
Erinsborough Hospital where Karl tells Susan The Truth
Susan is frustrated that Demi is order yet more tests, and is fed up. Dr Vinton understands her frustration, but tells her they need to test for more things to diagnose her accurately. Susan begs Karl to tell her what he's thinking.
SUSAN: Oh come on! If you have any idea you have to tell me. Please.
KARL: I hope to God I'm wrong. But I think it could be MS.
Susan's face turns to shock. She asks Demi if Karl could be right, and Demi retorts that Karl's diagnosis is premature, clearly annoyed with Karl for forcing her hand. Karl says it's the best diagnosis so far.
Dr Vinton says she'll order an MRI for that evening, as some symptoms match and others don't. She would rather not have risked another misdiagnosis, retorts that she won't make any diagnosis before seeing the results, and promptly leaves. Libby asks if Karl is sure about the MS – that's what he was looking up on the internet. He says he could be wrong, as he hasn't practised medicine for a year.
You know, just to remind us that he's not a doctor anymore, as you can SO see where this storyline is going...
Toadie returns to see Steph nearly an hour later, and she's not impressed. He brought her flowers to make up for it – and they're the ones from Rebecca's desk. She's annoyed, so he eats a flower. Bizarrely. Steph thinks it's funny, so tells him to eat more. In fact – eat them all, and then maybe she'll talk forgiveness. So he does.
Erinsborough Hospital where Zeke is Retreating
Through the window, Karl is holding Susan's hand and talking to her.
The kids watch on. Rachel is worried that Susan's eyesight might not come back, and Libby says that they need to keep it together for her. Rachel and Zeke agree that Susan's been walking funny for about a week, and Ben asks if his nanna is dying. Libby reassures him that she's not, and gives him some money to go to the food machine.
Zeke starts to leave – he has to go home to feed the pets, and Libby tries to stop him.
ZEKE: Are you gonna buy me off with a chocolate bar, too?
Zeke storms off, upset.
Oliver, Carmella and Rosie are amazed that Toadie ate the flowers. Rosie drily tells him there was a spider on the flowers yesterday, and she killed it with half a can of flyspray. Toadie starts to breathe all funny.
Oliver tells Carmella she's looking well, and she says that she has an ultrasound next week if he's interested. Oliver says he has a conference, but then changes his mind, to say that he will be there. However, his gesture is in vain, as Carmy spots Marco and rushes over to see him. She tells him the good news about the business and its growth, but still wants to implement some other policies.
She wonders how Marco would get Claudia on side – her 15% undercutting didn't work. He's surprised, but is pleased that Claudia came to the meeting. Marco asks if he could give it a go, and she's happy to let him.
Erinsborough Hospital where Susan is Scared
The nurse is lying Susan back on the MRI machine, whilst Karl tells Demi that Susan's very anxious, and he'd like to talk her through the procedure.
Karl goes to his wife's side, and when she hears his voice, she reaches out for his hand, frightened. She tells him she doesn't want to be here. He explains to her what will happen, before rolling a cage over her head, which will help stop her moving during the procedure. Unable to see it, she panics, wondering what it is.
Karl tells her there is an intercom in the MRI machine so she will be talked through the whole thing. Her eyes filling with tears, she whimpers, before the panic starts to set in.
KARL: Susan, I know you've had a really, really bad day. But the worst will be over soon.
SUSAN: What if it's not? What if... What if I...?
KARL: Susan... Susan. Please. You have to try and stay calm.
Breathing eratically, she tries to calm down, and Demi tells Karl he has to leave.
KARL: I have to go now.
She's clearly not okay at all.
KARL: I'll see you soon.
Karl walks out the room, not wanting to go, and leaves Susan on the MRI table, still trying not to panic.
Carmella approaches Marco and asks how it went with Claudia. He tells her that she's meeting him at the bar right now, and Carmella's convinced that she will eat him for breakfast.
Frazer is relating a taxi story to Rosie, Toadie and Steph, as Carmella joins them, watching as Claudia comes into the bar to see Marco. Carmella is surprised to see Claudia all friendly with Marco, and is none too pleased about it. Marco clicks his hands for a waiter, and Frazer et al are shocked at his smoothness and the way he set it all up!
They guys all watch on as Marco and Claudia flirt, Carmella annoyed as hell.
The General Store
Didge is sitting alone, and Riley wants to join her.
DIDGE: I told you I don't want to talk.
RILEY: Would you like fries with that self pity?
Riley is still sure this is all about Declan, and he comments that it's not like Didge to give up. She says this is how she is now – and Riley had better get used to it.
Marco says goodbye to Claudia, kissing her. The guys rave about Marco's charm, and Carmella marches him off to talk more business. She wonders if the meeting was productive, and he evasively says it was. His phone conveniently rings, and it's Claudia, which annoys Carmy even more. He agrees to have lunch with her to talk some more.
MARCO: Thank you. She's taking me to lunch.
CARM: Do you really think that's wise?
MARCO: Well there are still a few details to be ironed out.
Carmella reminds Marco that it's important to know where to draw the line, in case he gives her the wrong idea. Claudia's obviously attractive and single. Marco points out that so is he.
Erinsborough Hospital where Karl makes Everything Alright, part 2
Karl has Ben's head on his lap, stroking his grandson's hair. Libby and Rachel sit, talking. Rachel says she can't get in touch with Zeke, and Libby's worried about him. Rachel says this was exactly how it was when their dad died.
LIB: It's not a good way to handle it.
RACH: But how do you handle it?
LIB: Like this.
Libby reaches out and takes Rachel in her arms in a big sisterly hug. Karl glances over at his girls.
Meanwhile, the nurse tells Susan that she'll move her into the MRI machine now, and Susan, with tears in her voice and dripping down the side of her face, nods. The nurse tells her to keep still and not to panic, and Susan just about manages a few one word answers.
Back in the MRI operating room – where Dr Vinton is watching Susan on a screen and managing the MRI itself – we see the nurse leave the room. Through the intercom system, Demi tells Susan that they're going to start the machine, but nothing but whimpers can be heard from the MRI room.
Cutting back to the MRI room, Susan is clutching at her hospital blanket in fear, still whimpering, and still crying. Through the intercom, Demi tells her to breathe normally, and starts up the noisy machine.
Still unable to see, and terrified at being left alone, Susan panics, and suddenly screams, trying to sit up. She hits her head on the cage, and claws at it to try and get out.
Dr Vinton tells the nurse to get her out.
SUSAN: No, please, no... I can't do it, please get me out. Get it off of me. Please...I can't do it, I can't do it...
NURSE: Just hold on, I'm getting you out now.
SUSAN: Please, please, please get me out...
NURSE: Hold on.
SUSAN: Please, please, please, please...
The nurse helps Susan up. Now completely hysterical, Susan sits on the bed wailing in terror, before bringing up a hand to her face.
Cut to moments later and Demi is telling Susan to take some deep breaths, but she's too far gone to hear anything. Demi tells her that Karl is on his way, and at that moment he rushes down the corridor, seeing his wife sitting distraught on the bed, her face a teary mess.
He runs to her side, putting his arms around her.
KARL: Oh, Susan...
SUSAN: Oh... Karl...
KARL: Oh, come on, come on...
He rubs her back, tries to comfort her.
SUSAN: I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry...
KARL: It's alright. It's alright. Shhhhhh....
SUSAN: What am I gonna do, what's gonna happen...
Karl puts his hands on her face to talk to her, and she reaches her hands up to his neck. She sobs and sobs:
SUSAN: Rachel and Zeke are so little –
KARL: No, no, no –
SUSAN: And what about Libby –
KARL: No, you can't let yourself think about that –
SUSAN: I'm so worried about Libby –
KARL: No! Stop. Stop now.
She reaches her hands up to his face as he looks down, not knowing what else to say to her. Completely beside herself, she begs him not to leave her.
SUSAN: Karl, please, please don't go, please, please...
KARL: I don't know if I can stay...
He glances over at Demi who nods.
SUSAN: Oh, please! Please, don't go...
KARL: It's alright. Okay. It's okay, I'm going to stay. Alright?
She runs her hands down his face, tears still dripping down hers.
SUSAN: I'm so scared.
KARL: I know you are.
He kisses her cheek lovingly.
KARL: I know, I know you are. I know, I know...
DEMI: Susan – do you think you can try again?
SUSAN: Oh no! No, please...
Utterly distraught, she sobs eratically, and Karl decides to take control. Taking her face firmly in his hands:
KARL: Susan – yes. Yes you can. I know you can. Please. I'll be here the whole time.
Unable to see him and desperately needing the reassurance, she moves in to kiss him, and he comforts her with butterfly kisses and strokes her hair. They lean in, forehead to forehead.
KARL: Sweetie, I'll always be here. Okay?
SUSAN: Okay, yeah...
KARL: Good girl.
KARL: That's right.
He puts his arms back around her, and moves his cheek to hers, whispering in her ear. Still terrified, but comforted by his presence, she finally begins to calm down.
KARL: It's gonna be alright.
KARL: It's going to be alright.
SUSAN: Yep, yeah...