Previously on Neighbours
- Karl and Susan lock horns over his purchase of porcine garden ornament Elvis
- Chris and Nate intervene by kidnapping Elvis to wind Karl up
- Kyle's meeting with his father ends in a tearful confrontation
- Sheila tells Kyle that Gary always loved him; he just didn't know how to show it
- The Department of Human Services gets involved when someone reports Nell's playground fall
- Toadie and Sonya decide the same someone is writing the letters, and must be in Erinsborough
Matt updates Sonya and Toadie on his investigation into the letter- writer. A forensic examination has revealed no fingerprints on the letters, and the call to the Department of Human Services (DHS) was made anonymously – though Matt's informed the DHS that the Rebecchis think it's the same person.
Sonya's worried that if another report is made to the DHS, Nell could be taken off her – particularly given her record with bringing up Callum. The conversation gets heated, as Toadie reassures an increasingly frantic Sonya that she's a great mother. She doesn't look convinced.
Georgia, Chris and Kyle are kicking a footie around, while Sheila does some gardening. Kyle's heart isn't in the game, and he heads off back to the yard with Bossy to do some work. Once he's gone, Sheila tells Georgia that she hasn't seen Kyle so down since the two of them broke up. Georgia decides to text to Gary now he's had a chance to think about things.
SHEILA: You'll be wasting your time. I have spent all my life playing this game with Gary. He will only contact you when he wants something.
GEORGIA: But I can't just do nothing. I hate seeing Kyle like this.
SHEILA: Georgia, love – if I were you I'd stay right out of it. Enough damage has already been done.
But Georgia insists Kyle wants a relationship with Gary, and needs the chance to work on it. Sheila tells Georgia not to blame her when it all goes south, and stomps off.
Karl is stressing about the whereabouts of Elvis the pig, which has gone missing again.
KARL: I can't believe somebody would keep him this long.
SUSAN: No, neither can I (!)
Karl decides to call the police, but Susan tells him he's overreacting – it's probably just another joke. Karl then gets a picture message (from a blocked number) of Elvis standing outside Erinsborough High School, with a note stuck to him reading: ‘school's out, stick in the mud.' Karl rushes off to retrieve the pig.
Dial- a- Kyle
Kyle is hard at work at the yard when Gary shows up. He explains he's had text messages from Georgia saying how disappointed Kyle was after their last meeting, and how worried she was for him. Gary says he realises he's let Kyle down again, but would like a chance to get to know him.
GARY: There's a lot to make up for, but I'd like to try.
KYLE: … I reckon I would too.
They both smile.
Susan receives a picture message of Elvis by the ‘Welcome to Erinsborough' sign, with a note saying: ‘Will trade bacon for a ride.' She's having a good chuckle about it when Sonya turns up to talk to her. After the debacle with the DHS, Sonya wants Susan to write her a character reference, in case things escalate and she has to fight to keep Nell.
Susan tries to reassure a fraught Sonya that it won't come to that, but nonetheless agrees to write a reference just in case. While she goes to fetch her laptop, Sonya eyes an open bottle of wine on the kitchen worktop, and picks it up, staring at it frantically.
Toadie comes in with Nell to find Sonya crying. She explains about going to see Susan for a reference, then admits that she was tempted by the bottle of wine for the first time in years – albeit confirming that she didn't actually drink from it. She explains that in the past she's always had her support meetings to help her tackle such temptations, but doesn't feel she can go to them now because of the stalker, and what their neighbours must be thinking.
SONYA: I knew I could drink that, and it would all go away. But then, the only thing that stopped me was you, Nell, Callum. Because I know I can't stop at one. I know that.
TOADIE: We are in this together. Whatever you need, whenever you need it – I'm there for you. Got it?
Sonya nods, but says he can't stop the stalker from attacking her.
Chris and Nate are sneaking around in the bushes with Elvis the pig, looking for their latest place to leave him. They see Karl approaching and are forced to duck out of sight. Kyle asks the mute nursery assistants whether they've seen the pig, but they shake their heads. Chris and Nate scurry away laughing, leaving Elvis in the nursery – but not before taking another picture.
Gary is buying Kyle a drink, but Sheila is still sceptical about their newfound father- son relationship.
SHEILA: Your heart's too big, Kyle, that's your problem. Some of us aren't ready to forgive so easily.
Kyle insists he hasn't forgiven Gary – but says he's willing to wait until he's ready to explain his chronic absence as a parent. Gary insists he's not going to blow the chance Kyle's given him to make things right, but Sheila says she doesn't want to see Kyle get hurt again – and asks him to explain why this is any different to all the other times Gary's promised and failed to rebuild his relationship with his son.
GARY: It just is, okay?
SHEILA: Well, that's very comprehensive.
KYLE: She has a point. I mean, it's cool that you want to be part of my life. But how can I trust that when you never wanted to be a part of it before?
GARY: But I did.
KYLE: Then why were you gone for so long?
GARY: I wanted to come back, but… I couldn't. Believe me, I had a very good reason for staying away.
SHEILA: Well I'd like to hear that.
KYLE: Yeah, me too.
Shortly afterwards, the three are at a table, as Gary tells his story. When Kyle was about eight, Gary was coming home from the pub in Frankston, and saw local crim Tim McKenzie dumping a gun in an alleyway. Tim and his brother Jack chased Gary, but didn't catch him – and the next day he learned that the McKenzie brothers had perpetrated an armed robbery with the weapon.
GARY: They came round to the house. Said if I didn't keep my mouth shut, they were gonna come after me and my family. I thought if I left town for a while until things cooled down, it'd be alright.
SHEILA: All these years you have never told me this story. Why now?
Gary claims he didn't want to put Sheila at risk, in case she went to the police about the robbery. She's sceptical. But Gary says the McKenzie brothers have both died recently, so the threat's now gone.
GARY: The other day when I walked away from you, it was a cop- out. But later I realised – I can't do that anymore.
Gary apologises for not saying something sooner, saying he never thought Sheila and Kyle would believe the story. Sheila doesn't look totally convinced.
Mark calls round; Toadie tells him Sonya's out the back with Nell. Sensing Toadie's worried, Mark asks if something else has happened, but Toadie doesn't tell him about Sonya's temptation with the wine. Toadie tells Mark that Sonya's too scared to go to her meetings, or even outside, in case the neighbours are looking at her and judging her. Mark has an idea of how they could help with that.
MARK: If Sonya thinks that the whole street is judging her based on what they know, maybe we just need to even the score.
Susan is on the phone to Mark, and tells him she and Karl would be happy to help. As she rejoins Karl at a table, Matt comes in, and Karl asks if there's any news on Elvis's whereabouts, since he's reported the pig's disappearance.
SUSAN: Ever thought of, oh, I don't know, letting it go?
KARL: Oh yeah, okay, maybe we can give away a member of the family too. I mean, Malcolm's had a good run; he won't mind.
Susan apologises to Matt for Karl wasting his time! But Matt's had a call saying Elvis has shown up at Sonya's Nursery. Karl rushes off to retrieve it.
When Karl arrives, he finds a little girl, Willow, admiring Elvis. Her pushy mother Brooke explains that the nursery staff said she could take the pig, as it was dumped here – and Karl is forced to explain that it was ‘pig- napped' from his property. Even so, Brooke insists Willow really wants the pig – and when Karl tries to wheel it away, the girl grabs at it and starts whining.
Everyone starts to look at Karl judgementally, so he offers to buy Willow anything else she might like from the nursery. She eventually picks out a tatty ceramic scarecrow, which (unfeasibly) has a $280 price tag! The little girl, mother and other customers simply stare at Karl until he opens his wallet and reluctantly hands over the cash!
Sheila and Kyle are discussing what Gary has told them about his leaving Frankston because of the McKenzie brothers. Kyle seems to have accepted that Gary's story is true, and is singing his praises for selflessly staying away to protect his family. Sheila advises caution – but she says she wants to believe Gary's story. Kyle thinks it would be ‘pretty full- on' for him to have made all that up, and Sheila concedes that she knew the McKenzie brothers and that they were troublemakers.
Chris and Nate giggle in the kitchen as Karl reveals to Susan that he coughed up $280 in order to rescue Elvis from the little girl's clutches!
KARL: The money is not the point.
SUSAN: Who are you?!
KARL: The point is, Elvis is home and he's safe from those delinquents who took him in the first place.
Nate and Chris creep off, still sniggering, while Karl reveals that he's bought a padlock and chains to prevent Elvis from being stolen again. Susan still doesn't get why Karl likes Elvis so much, and challenges him to explain.
KARL: I really miss our menagerie.
SUSAN: Oh, Karl. Well, you know, maybe we can come to some sort of compromise. If you promise to put Elvis in the garage where I don't have to look at him every day, then maybe we can talk about getting a real animal.
KARL: You promise?
SUSAN: I promise that we can talk about that, yes.
Karl says it should be a kind of animal they've never had before, to avoid feeling like they're replacing a family member. He suggests a miniature pony and a mouse, but Susan avoids making any firm commitments, and they head over to Sonya's place to help with Mark's plan.
Toadie brings Sonya out into the street, telling her he has a surprise for her. Outside the house, Mark, Sheila, Susan, Karl, Chris, Matt, Georgia and Kyle approach – each with letters sealed in envelopes. Sonya wonders what's going on.
MARK: We all know that you've been through a bit of a rough time of late. None of us want that for you, no matter what's happened in the past. So we thought, seeing as though we know some of your secrets, it's only fair you know some of ours. So, we've written them down for you to keep. Because we trust you.
The Ramsay Street residents pass their envelopes to Sonya in turn. Each is marked with her name.
SONYA: Thank you.
KARL: Guard this with your life!
SUSAN: And remember we all love you.
KYLE: Gran, come on.
SHEILA: And just remember we were all young and stupid once. Especially me.
SONYA: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
CHRIS: All yours.
SONYA: Thank you. All of you. I can't tell you how much it means to me, so…
Sonya gets very emotional, and Toadie comforts her.
Back indoors, Sonya tells Mark again how much his idea has meant to her, and thanks him for organising it.
SONYA: You know I'm not gonna read them?
SONYA: Well that's not really the point, is it? It's about trust. So I'm just gonna take them and I'm gonna put them somewhere safe. Because it's enough to know that people are willing to do this for me.
They hug, and Sonya shows Mark out, before going to her room. But as Mark's leaving, Sheila comes in to talk to him. She asks if he could do her a favour – and, telling him about the McKenzie brothers' armed robbery in Frankston that Gary described, she asks Mark if he could find out anything about it. Sheila insists she doesn't know anyone involved, making out that someone mentioned it recently and that she's just curious.
MARK: Why don't you just ask the police?
SHEILA: Well I was hoping this could be a little more discreet?
- Paige asks Mark if he's still keen on her
- Rain suggests to Amber that it's weird Daniel and Imogen are hanging out together
- Lauren tells Matt she's ‘not sure about her'
- Sheila encourages Gary to tell the police what he knows, and he asks why