Previously on Neighbours
- Susan admits to Karl she's receiving counselling as a result of hearing Nate's war stories
- As a result, Karl tells Nate, who relieves Susan of her counsellor duties
- Sheila gets a message from ‘G', asking for her help
- Sonya, Toadie and Mark wonder who is sending Sonya the anonymous letters
- After Patricia tears strips off Sonya for Toadie defending Josh, Mark suspects she's the culprit
Karl reports to Georgia how well Chris did in court, reading out his victim impact statement – and how moving and generous it was. He adds that Chris is also making good progress with his rehab, which Georgia would surely already know since she's living with him.
As Georgia and Karl go into their respective houses with the morning mail, they each open anonymous letters reading: ‘Sonya stole money from her own son!' They both look horrified, but each put on a smile and wave to an oblivious Sonya as she walks up her drive. The camera flicks around the mailboxes on No 22, No 24 and No 32, showing they've all had a similar letter.
In the back yard, Georgia is showing the letter she received to Kyle.
KYLE: Who'd be crazy enough or angry enough to write something like that?
They worry about whether or not to tell Sonya.
KYLE: If someone did this to you…
GEORGIA: Who would do that?
KYLE: Gem, maybe? Would you want to know?
Georgia admits she wouldn't want to know, but adds that she'd need to – and they resolve to tell Sonya. Sheila appears, and demands to know what they're going to tell Sonya. They show her the letter.
When Georgia arrives with the letter, she finds Karl already there with his copy. Toadie explains these aren't the first letters – they and Mark have already received some – but none of them can imagine who would have written them. Sonya comes in, and Toadie shows her the letters.
Georgia tells Kyle that every house on Ramsay Street received a letter about Sonya. Sheila remarks, rather underwhelmingly, that it's ‘terrible'. Kyle asks if she has any idea who might have sent them.
SHEILA: Oh well, it could have been anyone, really. Toadie did defend a coward- puncher.
KYLE: Well that's not Sonya's fault!
SHEILA: But by doing that, he opened himself and his family up to the wrong kind of attention. I mean, he should have expected something like that would happen.
GEORGIA: Oh, interesting take (!)
Kyle notices Sheila texting surreptitiously, and asks who she's messaging.
SHEILA: Oh. A friend. We've got a running joke; nothing important.
SHEILA: Look, the letters were mean. But obviously whoever sent them has got a bone to pick. It's not that awful, is it? Well, Sonya'll get over it really quickly and then it'll all be forgotten.
Given Sheila's words and body language, one could be forgiven for thinking that she wrote the letters herself. But if Kyle and Georgia are thinking the same thing, they don't say it. Sheila bustles off to get ready for ‘an appointment', but doesn't answer when they ask what it is.
Susan is upset on Sonya's behalf for the nasty letters, and wonders who would do such a thing. Karl's none the wiser, and discussion moves on to Susan helping Nate. Susan says that Nate's seeing a professional counsellor now, and that it seems to be really helping him. Karl asks if Susan's coping, and she insists she's fine – her own sessions with the counsellor helped her get over her bad dreams.
Karl has an idea of how to cheer her up further – with ‘a visit to the farm' where his former pet, Lenny the pig, now resides. Susan isn't very keen and has marking to do, but tells Karl he should go on his own if he wants to. Karl decides to take Lenny a present.
Georgia is baking a cheer- up cake for Sonya; Kyle's a little disappointed it's not for him. Sheila comes in and announces she's going out, and Kyle again asks her where. Sheila hesitates, then says it's personal, before hurrying out.
KYLE: What's going on with her?
GEORGIA: She said it was personal. Maybe it's a waxing appointment?
KYLE: Oh, gross! Beyond too much information.
Georgia also wonders whether Sheila might be going on a date.
KYLE: Yeah, that could be it.
GEORGIA: No, she would have told us. Sheila loves an over- share.
KYLE: Unless she's keeping things to herself. In case they go south. Like with Alan.
GEORGIA: You don't think…
KYLE: No, no, no. She wouldn't go there again. It would definitely have to be a new guy.
Georgia decides that must be it, but Kyle is still suspicious.
Mark and a uniformed Matt are with the Rebecchis, looking at all the letters for identifying marks. They conclude they've all been hand- delivered, except for the one Mark received earlier, which had a Melbourne postmark, and the one Toadie got, whose postmark was smudged. All of the letters, except Toadie's, which was addressed to him directly, are addressed to ‘The Resident'.
Mark admits to Matt that they've already spoken to the police; Toadie explains they asked to talk to someone other than Matt, given the personal nature of the letters.
MATT: Sonya, I don't like asking this. But the content of the letters – is it true?
MATT: I wish you'd come to me about it.
Sonya says she was too embarrassed, but Matt says everyone knows she's a good person. Mark gives Matt a list of potential suspects they've drawn up, but says they have no idea which it might be.
MATT: Has anyone spoken to Callum?
MATT: Well, he was mentioned in two of the letters. Is it possible that he spoke about you to one of his school friends?
SONYA: No, I don't think so.
MATT: Well there was that trouble at the nursery with Jayden Warley.
TOADIE: No, no, no. Callum wouldn't speak to any of his mates about his mum. Especially not Jayden Warley.
Matt says it's worth looking into anyway – and asks Sonya if there's anyone it could be who she hung around with in the past, before she got clean. Sonya says there's no- one. Matt goes to make some enquiries and see if he can get the letters fingerprinted, and the handwriting analysed. Mark follows him out.
Once they've gone, Sonya says she has a meeting (presumably Gamblers Anonymous) on today, and that she wants to go along and look people in the eye, to make sure it's not one of them sending the letters.
Sheila comes in, and receives a text message. She's just replying when Georgia comes in and Sheila clutches the phone to her. Georgia asks how her ‘appointment' went; Sheila just says it was fine. Georgia leaves the room, and Sheila continues her text. It reads ‘I have the money'. She sends it.
Kyle comes in with Bossy, who knocks Sheila's handbag over so that an envelope full of money falls out onto the floor. Sheila claims it's her tips from the Waterhole that she hasn't banked yet, but Kyle points out there's about $300 there.
KYLE: From tips? I mean, don't get me wrong. I love you, but you're not that popular.
SHEILA: Yes I am. I'll have you know I am most beloved in this community.
Kyle demands to know what Sheila's up to, but she says it's none of Kyle's business and insists she's not in trouble. Kyle asks if it's something to do with Naomi, and wonders if Sheila's paying someone off for her – pointing out that she did leave for Hawaii in a hurry. Sheila insists Naomi really did leave to get over Toadie.
KYLE: Those letters – did Naomi send them? And are you trying to cover for her in some way?
SHEILA: Oh, for goodness' sake, Kyle, you're letting your imagination run away with you.
KYLE: Well maybe she's trying to break up Toadie and Sonya.
SHEILA: Not a chance.
KYLE: Gran, if she is capable of hiring a fake stalker, I'm sure she'd be capable of this.
SHEILA: Oh, and she hand- delivered them from Hawaii, did she?
KYLE: I don't know.
SHEILA: It's not her!
KYLE: Well something's going on.
SHEILA: Yes – you are watching too many detective shows. That's what's going on.
Sheila walks out.
Karl is relaying details of his trip to the farm to see Lenny the pig (who now has her own Facebook page!), while Susan feigns interest, and says she might come next time.
KARL: I also clicked on a link on Lenny's page and, erm… yeah, apparently they're selling little pigs.
KARL: Just little tiny, tiny little wee ones. For under $100.
SUSAN: Promise me you won't bring back any new family members.
KARL: Oh, no, no, no, no. Of course not. Just putting it out there.
SUSAN: Repeat after me. I, Karl Kennedy, will not buy a pig.
KARL: I, Karl Kennedy, will not buy a pig.
Susan lets Karl go, but tells him she's watching him!
At another table, Mark and Matt discuss the anonymous letter- writer suspects. They agree that if Patricia Pappas is top of the list, then it's pretty slim pickings. Matt asks why Mark's so invested in this. He admits he doesn't want it to escalate, and for Sonya to ‘end up like Kate'. Matt promises to do all he can to investigate.
Sonya arrives for her session. Toadie promises to wait outside for her, and kisses her before she walks inside.
Kyle fills Georgia in on the money he found in Sheila's bag.
GEORGIA: Maybe she's getting that hideous lamp repaired and she doesn't want us to know.
KYLE: Bit of a stretch.
He adds that he thought it might be something to do with Naomi, but that Sheila put up a convincing denial of that. Georgia asks what Kyle wants to do next.
Sonya is speaking to her support group (there's no sign of Patricia; but otherwise it's unclear whether it's the gamblers, the alcoholics or the drug addicts). She says she has everything she could wish for, but that sometimes ‘life throws you for a loop'. Emotionally, she says things have been rough lately, and that she thought she might be able to get some answers by coming here. But before she can get any further, she breaks down in tears and rushes out.
Outside, she's unwilling to talk to Toadie about it – just wants him to take her home.
Karl comes in with a bunch of flowers for Susan.
SUSAN: What have you done?
She immediately concludes that Karl has brought home a new animal against her express wishes, and marches towards the door to see if she can get a glimpse of whatever it is. Karl makes her close her eyes, then leads her out of the door.
Outside, we can see that Karl has bought what appears to be a large ceramic pig- shaped plant pot holder.
SUSAN: Oh, for goodness' sake.
She marches back indoors.
Inside again, Susan makes it crystal clear that she loathes Karl's new purchase.
KARL: It's not a pet; you should be pleased! I call him Elvis.
Susan says she hates Elvis, and that he has to go.
KARL: He only cost ten bucks. Ten bucks! It's a great investment!
SUSAN: I'll give you fifty to put it in the shed. Or the skip – I don't care which.
KARL: Elvis is priceless. And he is staying.
The Kennedys stare each other out.
Georgia comes in and meets Kyle – she's just been to Toadie and Sonya's to deliver the cake she made. She asks if Kyle has found out anything more about what Sheila's up to, but he says he's drawn a blank, and that she's still ignoring his texts. He's about to go and look for her again, when Georgia suggests they should perhaps not interfere in whatever she's up to.
KYLE: No. No, something feels suss about all of this. I don't like it. I feel like she needs my help.
They go off together to find Sheila.
Mark is with Toadie, Sonya and Nell. Mark goes to check all the windows in the house, in case the letter- writer is nearby, though admits he's being overly cautious. He takes Nell with him to help, for some reason. While they're gone, Toadie asks how Sonya's going – she has no appetite for Georgia's cake.
SONYA: You know, those meetings, they just always make me feel safe. And, well, being there today, I just didn't feel safe anymore. You know, that feeling of solidarity – it was just gone. And I realised that any one of these people – any one of them, Jarrod – could be capable of sending me those letters.
Toadie suggests Sonya should call her sponsor, but she isn't sure she can trust the sponsor anymore either. Toadie says Sonya can always talk to him, but instead she goes to sit outside and clear her head, and rebuffs his offer to come with her.
With Sonya outside, Mark and Nell return, having checked the windows. Toadie expresses his frustration, saying Sonya's worked really hard to turn her life around and now someone's trying to bring her down. Mark insists they won't let that happen, and Toadie agrees – but doesn't look convinced.
Lassiter's Complex / Park
Georgia and Kyle are hiding behind some bushes, and see Sheila walking through the courtyard. They've decided she must be meeting someone, but can't work out why she'd be giving them money. They hurry after her.
Shortly after, Sheila is waiting with her handbag by the new playground area, while Kyle and Georgia continue to watch from the complex. Kyle's now getting bored, but their patience is rewarded when a man shows up, and kisses Sheila on the cheek.
GEORGIA: Who is he?
KYLE: I have no idea.
Sheila passes the man the envelope of money, and they hug again.
GEORGIA: He looks too young to be dating Sheila.
KYLE: No, I don't think he's a…
Kyle suddenly recognises the man.
KYLE: I think that's my dad.
- Mark snaps at Paige when she asks if there's something on his mind
- Paige throws a footie at Terese and it hits her in the stomach
- Rain is still ‘making things weird' between Amber and Daniel
- Kyle demands that Sheila tell him what's going on, but she says she can't