Previously on Neighbours
Lyn consoling Summer after discovering her feelings for Andrew weren't reciprocated.
Tash telling Andrew he's got everything he needs right in front of him.
Toadie getting to work on the sentencing part of Steph's defence.
Donna telling Toadie she doesn't want Steph to go to jail and agreeing to write that in her victim impact statement.
Lucas tempting Steph with the offer of running away.
Steph rejecting Lucas' offer then admitting she loves him.
Blokes Club Shed
Steph sits looking into the blazing barrel when Lucas comes out to ask if she always runs away from a bloke afterwards! She mocks him that he fell asleep before he joins her on the couch and they cosy up together. Again he suggests that the three of them run away but again she rejects his offer because she doesn't want to put her family through it or him too. "It's my decision," he points out.
Steph then gets serious - if the worst happens, she doesn't want him to wait for her, he's to move on with someone else. Lucas doesn't want to have that conversation but she forces him to, and half- heartedly he agrees to her request.
Number 26 (next day)
Steph is surprised to see Lucas when she enters the kitchen and he firmly says he isn't going anywhere! He shows her Donna's victim impact statement that Toadie brought round and she is stunned at what Donna has said. Steph hugs Toadie to say thanks but he'd rather she buy him dinner tonight!
Andrew drops by to see how Summer is and once he gets past Lyn, he offers to accompany Summer to court but she turns his request down and tells him to get to school. Before leaving, he kisses her fondly and gives her a hug, asking that she keeps him informed.
As Andrew is getting his things together he gets an unexpected visitor - Lyn. She's there to tell him to stay away from Summer because she fears he is going to hurt her plus she has enough on her plate today too. Reluctantly he complies with Lyn's demand before leaving with the newly arrived Tash to head to school.
Number 26 - Steph's room
Steph sits on her bed and holds a picture of herself and family/friends (Toadie, Libby, Lucas, Callum, Summer, herself, Charlie and Lyn) in happier times when she gets a visitor - Charlie asking why everyone is acting funny. She decides its time for "the chat" with Charlie. Gently, she explains that she may need to go away for a while, possibly a long time. "Why?" he innocently asks.
STEPH: Because I made a mistake and you know what I always tell you, you've got to own up to your mistakes right?
STEPH: Well that's what I'm doing.
CHARLIE: Can I come?
(Half laughing/crying at his innocent remark)
STEPH: No mate, it's just for grown ups.
CHARLIE: Is Nan going?
STEPH: No, everyone else is staying with you. (Starting to get emotional) Nan and Summer and Toad and Callum and Soph and all your kindie mates.
CHARLIE: You'll be lonely.
STEPH: (shaking her head) I'll be alright because I'll be carrying you all in here (holds her hand over her heart) in my heart, just like I know I'll be in yours. And the one thing you need to remember (picking Charlie up to hug him) is I love you very, very much.
(Lyn arrives at the room but doesn't enter)
Being the innocent child he is, he asks his mum if she isn't around can he get a snake! This breaks the tension and after hugging him some more, she replies that he'll need to ask his Nan about that one. "Did I hear my name," Lyn says making her presence known and Steph replies that she doesn't want to know what has just been said, before sending the wee man off to see Summer and get some breakfast.
Lyn joins Steph on the bed and she asks if the worst happens will she look after Charlie. "Of course" Lyn immediately replies then admits that she thought Steph would want him to live with Toadie. "No" Steph replies, and then explains that she wants her to raise her grandson. "Of course I will" she tenderly replies then ticks Steph off for thinking the worst.
STEPH: I love you mum.
LYN: I love you too my brave girl.
Steph exits #30 and walks down the path with Callum towards Toadie's car where they are then joined by Summer and Lyn. Toadie reassures her that Charlie will be fine with Sonya and that she can collect him tonight. They promise to let Callum know as soon as they know and he hugs Steph farewell before heading off to school.
Just as they are about to pile into the car, Donna (Libby and Susan) exit #28 to say she wants to change her victim impact statement... Thankfully to Steph and Toadie's relief, she quickly adds that she wants to make it better by improving it. Both reassure her that its perfect and she mentions about Libby helped too. "Just hope it makes a difference" Libby says and gets an evil look back from Toadie as he replies "me too" before entering the car.
Donna and Susan go to head back indoors, saying they'll meet them at court later, and Steph pulls Libby back to have "the chat" with her too but Lib stops her because she's confident Steph will be home and instead pulls her friend in for a hug.
Before Steph gets into the car she takes one last look around Ramsay Street as we head into the first commercial break.
And today's trip down memory lane is back to 1996 and a very young looking Libby Kennedy with Brett Stark and Helen Daniels.
Everyone is back in court for the sentencing and the judge asks Steph to stand. As she begins, Donna tries to catch Toadie's attention because she still wants to change her statement. He isn't impressed at her trying to do so as the sentencing is about to begin. The judge sees that something is going on and asks Toadie if there is a problem (no) and just as she is resuming, and just so happen to mention she has a victim impact statement from Donna, she decides to grab the courts attention because she wants to say something. The judge reminds her that she already has her statement and there is no need to elaborate but that isn't stopping Donna!
DONNA: I'm really sorry Your Honour but the statement is wrong.
The court gasps at what they've just heard but Donna quickly adds "but I didn't say what I meant". Sam appeals to the judge that it isn't appropriate but Donna replies that Ringo was her husband so she has a right to be heard!
SAM: (annoyed) Actually you don't.
DONNA: I was trying to write down how I was feeling and I couldn't find the words. (pause) We're all here to get justice right?
The judge signals to the security to come forward (Lucas tries to stop them from getting to Donna) and Toadie says "Donna" but it isn't stopping her!
DONNA: There is no justice.
DONNA: No matter what happens here today, Ringo's not going to come back but that's hard enough to deal with and what would be even more 'unjust' is if a good woman went to jail. Stephanie Scully isn't just a name on a statement, she's an amazing mother and daughter and best friend. She's suffered enough. (Sam looks peeved) We all have. Ringo was my soulmate, and if I can forgive Steph, if I can be lenient then so can you. (pause) Thank you and sorry for getting all shouty.
Donna resumes her seat in the public gallery and the judge suggests a recess might be appropriate.
Andrew is trying to send Summer a text when Tash comes up to him to talk parties. He makes it clear he isn't interested but she keeps pushing him on it.
And we go for sentencing take 2 and Summer texts Andrew to say just that before Lyn tells her to put her phone away. Steph again rises to hear her fate.
JUDGE WILLOW: Miss Scully, I accept that you carry considerable remorse over the death of Mr Brown. I also accept that you are a well- loved and respected member of your community; of good character and with no relevant record. Also, as a mother, I sympathise with your recent difficulties but I cannot pass sentence based on my feelings. I, like you, like all of us must respect the law. It is my responsibility to send a message to the community that driving under the influence of alcohol is absolutely unacceptable; therefore I sentence you to 6 years imprisonment with a minimum non- parole period of 2 years.
Steph can't believe it and neither can those sitting in the public gallery where their gasps can be heard. Lyn shouts out "nooooooo" and Summer immediately goes to hug her as Steph turns round ashen- faced to look at them before she too starts saying "no". As you'd expect, Sam has a self- satisfied look on her face before we cut back to the both teary Steph and Toadie trying to hug but being prevented from doing so by the guard placing the handcuffs on Steph. As if trying to reassure her family, Steph turns round to say she is alright but her face and body language suggests otherwise. The guard leads Steph away and we can see the tears streaming down Toadie's face as we head into the next commercial break.
Goodwood Women's Prison
Steph is escorted into the jail and is told to place her personal belongings into a tray. The guard then says she needs to go have a shower and change into her blue prison uniform but before she does so, she asks for one last request - a hug with Toadie who has accompanied her to the prison.
She goes over to where Toadie is standing and hugs him very tightly. He reciprocates the hug and wordlessly they remain for a few seconds until the guard tells Steph its time to go.
STEPH: You did everything you could, I love you for it.
(Steph breaks the hug but stands holding his hand)
STEPH: You be happy Toad, you deserve it.
(Toadie tries to reply but is so chocked up with tears he can't)
STEPH: I'm okay.
Steph then breaks the contact and follows the guard into the prison itself with one final look behind at Toadie.
Andrew is trying to keep an eye on the street for everyone returning from court but Tash has other ideas on how they can occupy their time - talking about dance parties. Taking his mobile from him, she suggests a brainstorming session instead beginning with them giving up this pretence that they are not interested in each other any more.
"I want to see mummy" Charlie says as everyone (Lyn, Summer, Donna, Libby, Susan) sit around in disbelief that Steph isn't home with them. Lyn consoles her grandson and does her fondly strokes Summer's face too because she is naturally upset. "I really tried" Donna pleads and Susan reassures her that they know that. "I really thought she was coming home" Libby adds into the conversation too, adding that she rejected Steph saying goodbye to her too.
Libby then agrees with an earlier suggestion of Susan's that she goes away for a bit. "I can't be here" she adds in.
Goodwood Women's Prison
Dressed in her prison clothes, the guard shows Steph into her new home for the next 2- 6 years and before she leaves, she hands over an envelope Toadie wanted her to have.
As 'Small things' by The Audreys begins, Steph opens up the envelope and finds its the photo of herself with family/friends she was looking at earlier. We then see her going round all the people in the photo and how they are coping beginning with Libby standing struggling with her emotions in the #26 kitchen; Toadie and Callum hugging each other in #30 before Callum leaves and Toadie takes his frustrations out on the contents of the table, swiping them onto the floor in a fit of rage.
Steph tries to compose herself before looking at the next person - Lucas who is standing staring at the smouldering barrel that was ablaze the night before when he spent time with Steph at the Shed. She then gives up trying to compose herself when she looks at the next two - Lyn and Charlie, where her mum is comforting the sleeping Charlie on the sofa of #26 as Summer wordlessly (to keep their emotions in check) passes Lyn as she leaves the house.
Finally back with Steph and she turns the photo over to read that her mum has written a message:
You are loved
Final commercial break later and Andrew answers the door to Summer. She miffed at him not contacting her then asks what happened, so she tells him that Steph got 6 years. Sum then wants to hang out with him because she doesn't want to be at home given how fragile everyone is, however Andrew isn't exactly happy to have her there at the moment... because he's back with Tash in more ways than one! Summer leaves the house distraught, when she twigs that not only are the back together again, but have been up to the nasty too!
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Rebecca inviting Michael over to #22 to join her and Paul.
- Kate being told to act cool when Detective Hot Stuff approaches her.
- Tash/Andrew/Summer love triangle alert!
- Michael not amused at Tash being involved with Andrew again.
- What looks like Rebecca and Michael about to kiss each other!
And so as the credits begin, so ends the last episode of Carla Bonner playing Stephanie Jo Scully after an 11 year spell, covering 2635 episodes.