- Gary cooks up a spag bol for Terese; Sheila sharply tells her not to be so surprised that it's delicious
- Gary considers signing up for a cooking class
- Sonya sees Toadie and Andrea TITTNL™ on Skype
- Sonya loses the baby, and she and Mark are devastated
- Mark tells Toadie that Sonya doesn't want to deal with her cheating husband right now
- Sonya tells Susan she feels disgust for what Toadie has done
- Sonya tells Toadie their marriage is over
Toadie is explaining to Karl and Susan that Sonya has told him their marriage is finished. A desperate Toadie begs Karl to talk to Sonya, in a bid to get her to change her mind.
TOADIE: Before things go too far. Before she says anything to Nell.
Tearful again, Toadie says he admitted he had feelings for ‘Dee'.
TOADIE: But she has to understand, this is a mistake! This is not who I am! This is the stupidest thing I've ever done in my life – please just tell her!
KARL: Toad, I don't know if it's my place!
TOADIE: But she's not gonna hear it from me – you have to make her believe that we can come back from this, okay? Little by little, day by day, like you said on the plane.
Karl agrees to talk to Sonya, but can't guarantee it will help.
Gary and Terese are outside, and Gary notices that the cookery classes are still being advertised. But he explains that Sheila isn't keen on him doing them, as she thinks he should be focused on Xanthe. However, Terese thinks it would be nice for Gary to do something he loves for a couple of hours a week, and encourages him to sign up – saying Sheila will come round.
Gary suggests he cook up a Thai feast at lunchtime today. He explains Amy is still rebuilding the kitchen at No 26, so Terese offers to host the lunch at hers – Gary can invite Sheila and Xanthe, and she will invite Piper. Gary seems keen on the idea.
Karl comes round to see a very glum Sonya.
SONYA: If you've come to plead Jarrod's case, don't bother – I won't be made to feel sorry for him.
Karl insists he's not here to pressure her – he knows how horrendous the last few days have been.
KARL: I would just try and encourage you to see the big picture, though. Especially regarding Nell.
SONYA: I am thinking of Nell.
Steph, who has been lingering, intervenes.
STEPH: I think what Karl's trying to say is that the way that you're feeling right now is not necessarily how you're gonna keep feeling.
SONYA: And that's why I needed to do this today, while I still have the anger inside me to push me!
KARL: I'm sure you know that Susan and I have been in a similar situation.
SONYA: Are you seriously trying to compare our circumstances, Karl? You were going through a midlife crisis – your kids were grown up. It's very different.
KARL: Well, given my position, there's only so much I can say –
SONYA: Then, let me do what's best for my daughter, alright? Look – sometimes, we just lose the people that we love! But that just doesn't mean the world ends, or life's gone. And I just think the sooner everybody realises that, the better. Especially Nell. I'm not having her live with two unhappy people for the sake of a dead marriage!
Pledging his support if she needs it, Karl leaves, and Sonya looks upset.
Toadie pays a visit, and finds Mark and Tyler in the baby's nursery. Mark isn't happy to see him.
MARK: What do you want?
TOADIE: I want to say that I'm sorry for your loss. And for everything. I get how you feel about me right now, and that you've got a lot bigger things to deal with. But I didn't know who else I could turn to. Sonya wants a divorce.
Toadie is getting tearful again, but Mark looks unsympathetic as he begs him to intervene with Sonya on his behalf. Suddenly, Mark loses his temper, grabs Toadie by the collar and slams him into the wardrobe.
MARK: You expect me to save your marriage?!
TOADIE: No, not for me. For Nell, and for Sonya.
MARK: You don't deserve either of them!
TOADIE: What, and you do? I'd never have gone there with ‘Dee' if you hadn't hopped into bed with my wife.
MARK: This is all on you. You chose to be with her. You broke Sonya's heart. We lost Caitlin because of you!
TOADIE: Do you really believe that?
MARK: Get out of my house! Don't even think about asking for my help again!
Toadie walks out, leaving Mark looking emotional.
Toadie (tearful again) comes back in to offload his woes onto Karl and Susan.
TOADIE: Mark thinks it's my fault. That Sonya lost the baby.
SUSAN: Toadie, you know that's not true. He's saying that because he's in pain.
But Toadie is starting to worry that if he hadn't hurt Sonya so badly by sleeping with Andrea, she wouldn't have lost the baby. Karl assures him it was a medical issue – he is not to blame. Toadie is crying again, then fixes his attentions on Susan.
TOADIE: You can talk to her. You can explain it to her. You can tell her you forgave Karl, after everything.
SUSAN: I can't tell her what to do.
TOADIE: You have to!!
Now Susan is getting tearful too; and Karl looks sheepish throughout the next passage at the references to his past behaviour.
SUSAN: No! No I don't! I love you – and I want you to be happy. But what you did – I never thought you would be capable of something like that. You saw what we went through. You watched me struggle. I thought you of all people…
TOADIE (crying): I'd never do anything like that again.
SUSAN: Being sorry is not gonna magically fix this. The damage is done. Whether you and Sonya stay together or separate, you have to realise that your relationship will never be what it was.
Piper is with Tyler; she's excited because Terese has agreed to him coming to lunch with them and the Cannings. But Tyler says he's thinking of bailing; Mark is really struggling and needs his support. Piper is disappointed, but says she understands. Tyler jokingly tells her to enjoy lunch with her ‘new stepdad' – if Gary and Terese are arranging family events, it could prove a long- term thing.
Piper looks a bit uncomfortable…
Meanwhile, Xanthe sounds very excited about the prospect that her ‘BFF' could one day become her sister, and is excitedly talking to Sheila about it. Sheila tells Xanthe that Terese is simply marking her territory, not getting engaged to Gary.
XANTHE: Yeah, but you don't invite your family to meet your GF unless it's serious!
SHEILA: We'll see.
XANTHE: I can't think of a better stepmum than Terese. What an inspiration!
SHEILA: So your poor old gran's not enough for you anymore?
XANTHE: Oh, Gran, of course you are. But how many people do you know that own a hotel?
Sheila reminds Xanthe that Terese doesn't own Lassiter's – she simply has investors.
SHEILA: Giving orders is easy, but she's been lounging around at the top of the corporate ladder for so long, she's forgotten how to get her hands dirty.
XANTHE: Why are you so negative about Terese?
SHEILA: I just think that if you're looking at a nursing career, there are a lot more hard- working role models out there than Terese Willis!
Sheila selects a bottle of wine from the rack to take with her to lunch. Xanthe reminds her that Terese doesn't drink – it's an alcohol- free house.
SHEILA: This isn't for Terese – it's for me.
As Sheila walks away, Xanthe gets a text message – and immediately looks worried.
Mark has gone round to Sonya to dob Toadie in for trying to convince Mark to talk to her on his behalf.
MARK: Don't worry – I sent him packing. I told him he wasn't welcome anywhere near you.
SONYA: It's not your place to do that, Mark.
MARK: Why not? If anyone's seen how much he's hurt you, it's me.
SONYA: Yeah, but that doesn't give you the right to interfere in my relationship.
MARK: If Toadie hadn't broken your heart, I might still have a daughter!
SONYA: No! No, Mark – no – you can't blame Jarrod for that. He's not responsible for us losing the baby. Really, he's not the only reason that our marriage fell apart, either. I may not have admitted it, but I'd started to think that Caitlin was mine. She needed a mother, and I was gonna step up to that. I wanted to. But I knew that it would upset Jarrod, so I just danced around it. And he got excluded.
MARK: He's the one who ran off chasing another woman in London.
SONYA: Yeah, I know – and I can't forgive him for that. But he's not the only one that made mistakes. You and I – we may not have said it out loud – but we made a choice to sideline him. And that's part of why we fell apart.
MARK: Okay. Well I guess I misread things. I'll leave you to it.
Terese, Piper, Clementine and Sheila are gathered on the patio while Gary prepares lunch. Sheila is trying to tempt Gary with wine, but he's staying on soft drinks, meaning Sheila is the only one drinking. For some reason, Terese is perturbed when Gary takes off his shirt as he's cooking, asking for assurances that he'll put it back on when they eat.
SHEILA: Oh, why should he? It's as hot as Grant Denyer out here.
But Gary agrees with Terese that he has to ‘dress to impress the boss'. Terese encourages Gary to go and talk to Piper, while she carries on stirring the food. Gary tells Piper it's good she didn't bring Tyler, to avoid tension for Terese. But Piper curtly tells him that Tyler was invited; he just decided to stay at home to support Mark.
GARY: Right. Good chat.
Xanthe turns up – she has news for them all.
XANTHE: It's Mum.
XANTHE: She's made contact.
Xanthe explains that Brooke texted her to say she misses Xanthe, and feels really bad about how things were left. Xanthe hasn't decided whether she'll reply yet, after the way Brooke left things.
XANTHE: I don't know if she deserves me. Anyway, I just thought I should let you all know.
Gary looks worried
Mark is moaning to Tyler about how Sonya defended Toadie after everything he's done. But he's also feeling guilty about losing his temper with Toadie earlier.
MARK: It's just not the kind of guy I want to be. Be honest – am I turning into Dad?
TYLER: No! Look, we all lose our temper once in a while.
MARK: Yeah, but his fuse did get shorter as he got older. You saw it for yourself.
TYLER: Stop. You are nothing like Dad. If it ever happens, I'll let you know.
Mark reflects that there's no point going after Toadie anyway, as Sonya's probably going to take him back any minute.
Sonya arrives to speak to Toadie. Her demeanour is quite cold.
SONYA: I've just come over to discuss the arrangements.
SONYA: For our separation. No matter what, we have to put Nell first, okay?
SONYA: So down the track you can probably find somewhere more permanent nearby.
TOADIE: … Permanent?
SONYA: Mm. So that you can see her regularly. Yeah – we'll work it all out.
TOADIE: We are still gonna do counselling, right?
SONYA: I think that's probably best, yeah. You've been through some really difficult stuff too, Jarrod, okay? And you need to discuss that with somebody. But we won't be doing marriage counselling. You and I are over – the separation is non- negotiable. I think it's probably best if we tell the kids together. So maybe we could Skype Callum now, and then we'll tell Nell later.
TOADIE: … Right.
SONYA: I just think the sooner the better.
Toadie is clearly devastated by Sonya's coldness towards him, but does his best to hold it together.
The lunch continues. Xanthe tells Piper she's feeling guilty for bringing up Brooke as it's just upset everyone. Meanwhile, Sheila is still on the wine, and is already slurring her words. She's still trying to convince Gary to have a glass, but he's insistent he won't. Piper and Xanthe go off to feed Clementine.
SHEILA: You should put her in the pigeon coop – she'll get a nice mouthful there!
Gary and Terese exchange a glance.
Terese is clearly worried at the prospect of Brooke coming back, and asks Gary if he really thinks it's likely. Gary says you can never be sure with Brooke. Terese seems to be lobbying Gary to convince Xanthe not to reply to Brooke, after the way she upset everyone last time she was in town (and possibly, though she doesn't say it, because Gary and Brooke were an item then).
SHEILA: So are you saying that she should ignore her own flesh and blood?
SHEILA: No, Gary, this is family stuff. It's none of Terese's business.
TERESE: I'm just thinking of Xanthe, that's all.
SHEILA: Well, don't! Leave it to me!
Sheila gives Terese an evil look as she sips her wine.
We drift from the mantelpiece, with pictures of the Rebecchi family, to the sofa, where Toadie and Sonya are talking to Nell.
SONYA: Hey, do you remember the day that you were born? You probably don't – but the day you were born, it was the best day of our lives, wasn't it, Daddy?
TOADIE: We loved you from the moment that we saw you. Mummy and Daddy were so happy that we got together to have you.
SONYA: And you and Callum, you're just the most important things in our lives.
TOADIE: And that's never gonna change.
SONYA: What is gonna change, though, my darling, is that Daddy is going to stay with Auntie Susan and Uncle Karl, right next door.
TOADIE: I'm still gonna be here all the time, though, okay? I just won't be sleeping at home anymore.
When Sonya asks Nell if she has any questions, she shakes her head – but looks sad and confused.
SONYA: You know that Mummy and Daddy – you know that we're always gonna be your mummy and daddy. No matter where we are, or what happens. And we're always gonna love you – always.
Sonya gets teary as she hugs Nell, while Toadie watches sadly.
Mark watches sombrely from the balcony of No 24, as Toadie leaves No 30 with his suitcases and walks towards No 28. Sonya watches him leave, cold again, arms folded. Steph comes out to join her, and looks sadly at Toadie as Sonya goes back inside.
Toadie walks into his new home, and Steph back into No 30. Mark turns away and goes inside himself.
Sonya collapses into bed and hugs Toadie's pillow to her face, crying.
In the Kennedys' Magical Fourth Bedroom™, Toadie puts a framed photo of himself, Sonya and Nell on a chest of drawers, then sits on the bed, looking sad.
Sheila is on the sofa in the conservatory, now very drunk and continuing to be rude to Gary and Terese. She gets particularly brash when they start flirting in front of her.
SHEILA: Oh, turn it down! Some people are trying to find some peace to digest.
GARY: Maybe I should get you a glass of water, Mum?
SHEILA: Don't you dare tell me what I should do!
GARY: … Okay. Fair enough.
Gary and Terese leave the room. Sheila picks up her phone and starts drunkenly writing an email to Brooke. ‘Dear Brooke, come back pronto. Since you left, poor Gary has been sad.' She presses ‘send', and lies back on the sofa, looking emotional.
- David and Leo tell Amy that their mum is arriving in Erinsborough tomorrow
- The twins greet their mother, and David asks her to tell them who their father is
- Leo smashes their great gran's Buddha ornament in frustration