- Susan stumbling when talking to Trent from the department.
- Trent telling Susan she's not fit to return to work.
- Piper protesting against the vertically integrated classes.
- Piper wondering if they should go to the paper with their complaints.
- Finn putting Piper's pain meds into Susan's multivitamin bottle.
- Susan denying Karl's question that she's been taking prescription pain medication.
- Nell playing with Susan's multivitamin bottle then putting it in her bag.
- Sonya finding Nell unconscious on the floor of #30.
Ramsay Street/Number 30
Sonya frantically runs out of the house whilst calling to see why the ambulance for Nell (who lies unconscious inside #30) hasn't arrived yet. Dipi spots her and after Sonya quickly explains what has happened, tells Sonya to go get Nell, she'll get the car.
Karl probes Sonya with questions about Nell but she can't answer them because she wasn't there when it happened. He runs through a list of possibilities before ordering a barrel load of tests on the wee toot.
SONYA: Can you just please tell me that she's going to be all right, okay?
KARL: Rest assured I will do everything I possibly can. All right?
Dipi asks what she can do to help and Sonya replies for her to call Toadie.
Yashvi can't see the point of why Ben and Piper are frustrated at the system Finn has introduced as she likes it because it's easy, however when they mention a petition and a possible student strike she changes her tune!
YASHVI: Oh, yeah, I'm so up for that!
Of course there is one massive fan of the vertical integrated lessons – Xanthe! She informs the pair that Finn isn't going to listen to them and doesn't think anyone will join in, so they should just stop now.
BEN: Those who don't want to join in can stay in their classes. We're doing it.
Susan tells Elly the edited highlights of Trent's visit although admits that what happened did shake her up and wants to be 100% certainly she is fit and well before returning to school. Elly fears this means Finn wins although Susan points out that she's still the Principal.
ELLY: Yeah, but for how Long? Finn's probably out there buying your retirement gift. Suze, you're not sick.
SUSAN: Well, I'm not so sure about that. Not after that wobble.
ELLY: Yes, but that was all it was. You can't let Finn dictate your feelings.
SUSAN: I'm not. I just need to do what's best for the school.
ELLY: Mmm. And what's best for the school is you. They need you. He's poison. I know he is. I'm gonna prove it.
Dipi is doing her best to reassure a frantic Sonya that Nell will be fine when Toadie arrives. He's naturally full of questions, wanting to know what happened and gets frustrated because Sonya can't give him the answers he wants and thinks he knows why – because she was drinking.
SONYA: I wasn't drinking, all right?
DIPI: I don't think that's what he meant.
SONYA: No that's exactly what he meant.
TOADIE: Don't go putting words into my mouth.
SONYA: Then don't accuse me of neglecting our daughter.
TOADIE: I didn't say anything like that.
SONYA: Toadie, I wish I knew what happened because all I want to do right now is be able to help our daughter okay.
DIPI: That's all any of us want, okay? But this is not helping. We need to stick together, all of us.
Xanthe seems sick that the petition has been a tremendous success (they've had to get more pages printed off) and tries to warn Finn when he comes into the classroom but he's got other things on his mind – trying to explain vertical integration classes to the students.
PIPER: Yeah, that's the thing. We've all been introduced and it's not working for us.
Finn thinks they're jumping to conclusions too early but Piper (and the other pupils) think not and want things to go back to how they were previously and hands over the petition. Finn informs her it's not her decision to make and she counteracts that it shouldn't be his decision either, they need to find a way that works for everyone especially as Ben points out, that it's an important time of year for the Year 12's.
FINN: This isn't a democracy. It's a school run by people who know what they're doing.
PIPER: Mr Kelly, if you're not willing to have a conversation with us, then... we all withdraw our participation from class.
FINN: I don't think you want to do that.
PIPER: Well, you're not giving us much choice.
YASHVI: You heard her. Strike! Strike! Strike! Strike!
The rest of the pupils all shout out “strike” as they exit the classroom.
Commercial break later and Finn tries to order the kids back into class but they are ignoring him. “We just want a fair conversation,” Piper protests but Finn is refusing to discuss it while he perceives what is him being blackmailed. He also objects to Ben filming the conversation on his phone too.
PIPER: We're not backing down until we feel like we're being heard.
FINN: Call this off, or the only thing you'll be listening to is pre- recorded lessons while you're on suspension.
XANTHE: Piper, stop. It's too much.
PIPER: Why can't things just go back to the way that they were? Just tell us that.
FINN: I'm not talking about this here.
Finn walks off and Ben tells those around him that “we are definitely in it now!”
“She just looks so little in that big bed,” Sonya laments as she and Toadie stand outside watching while Karl treats Nell inside the hospital room.
Karl comes out to tell them that she is fine and is resting comfortably. Toadie is still after answers and Karl can't provide them although is rather confused at finding opioids in her blood system when she was admitted.
KARL: She must've ingested something, and quite a large dose for a child, too. Do you have anything like that at home?
SONYA: No. No, nothing like that.
TOADIE: You sure?
SONYA: Yes, I'm sure, Jarrod.
KARL: Okay, let's just keep a lid on this until we get all the results back and we know we're dealing with okay.
SONYA: Let's stop pointing fingers, hey?
Karl gets them to stop squabbling by giving them the go- ahead to go in and see Nell. Sonya asks how she fells and Nell replies that she “feels funny” and wants to go home. They reassure her that will happen soon and after Sonya hugs her, Nell asks Toadie to join in and they all have a family hug.
Elly is trying to get Mark to see that Finn is behind everything but he replies that it's all hearsay and given who the claims are coming from, it could be labelled as “sour grapes” too. “You really think that's what this is?” she asks and Mark replies no, “but if he is as dodgy as you say he is, that's how he's gonna make it look.”
ELLY: Mark, he's dangerous.
MARK: I believe you.
ELLY: Then do something about it!
MARK: I can't, not without proof.
ELLY: He's so slippery. He's never going to leave anything anywhere.
MARK: Everyone leaves something somewhere okay.
“Then help me find it,” Elly pleads but Mark is reluctant to do that because he's under the microscope, everything has to be done by the book. “And this isn't an official investigation,” he also adds and she asks when it will be?
ELLY: When someone gets hurt?
MARK: When you bring me some hard evidence.
ELLY: How do I do that?
MARK: I don't know. But until you do, my hands are tied. Sorry.
Xanthe rushes after Finn as he exits the school to explain that she did try to warn him but he wouldn't listen to her. She then tells him that the video Ben took has been sent to the West Warratah Star, which is now on their site and they plan on doing a follow up story too. Xanthe sees it as a plus, he can talk about the programme but Finn thinks that will be ignored plus the department don't like controversy either.
Meanwhile Wayne is after a word with Finn about his promotion but is told now isn't the time. He also lets Wayne know that any position will be filled on merit and he protests that Finn said he had merit.
FINN: I'm struggling to remember why right now. Trust, discretion, good judgment? That's merit. Notice I left whingeing off that list? Now back off.
After Finn walks away, he stops a second or two later and grasps at his head although it is quickly forgotten about when he hears Ben watching the video. Ben confirms that it was both himself and Piper that were behind it and Finn remarks that he “thought we were mates.” “You're confusing me with Xanthe,” Ben replies, so Finn tries to twist it so that it seems she made the right decision splitting up with him. Ben doesn't rise to the bait, simply asks if they are done (yes) but is told to be prepared for a call to Finn's office!
Karl tells Toadie and Sonya that they've worked out that it was painkillers Nell took before going back inside to check on her. Toadie accuses his wife of slipping up by not realising how Nell got hold of the painkillers. Thankfully Karl's return stops the accusations but he also mentions that “this is not the first strange result we've seen.” And goes on to say that “Susan tested positive to a drug with the same chemical footprint too.”
TOADIE: What does that mean?
KARL: I don't know. But somethings not right.
Finn's anger levels rise as he repeatedly watches the video Ben recorded, especially the part where he says “stop filming me...” When he goes to stand up, he quickly sits back down again and puts his hand to his head.
Steph reports that there was nothing in Nell's room as Toadie and Karl arrive at the house to join in the search. Toad goes to check the bathroom while Karl is checking the kitchen. Steph asks how Nell is doing and Karl reassures her the little toot will make a full recovery although she'll be kept in at least overnight for observation. In Nell's bag, Steph finds a multivitamin bottle and she wonders what they are doing in there. “I think they are Susan's,” Karl explains and Toadie remembers Nell playing with them at #28.
STEPH: She must've put them in her bag.
TOADIE: Hang on. If Susan and Jellyfish both had access to this bottle, then surely that's the source, right?
KARL: Very Likely.
STEPH: How, though? They should be harmless.
KARL: Unless they're not actually multivitamins.
TOADIE: You need to get them to the hospital and get them tested.
KARL: No, no, no. This is a matter for the police.
Wayne secretly meets up with Elly and tells her although it was he who put in the complaint, it was really Finn's idea to get her investigated for grade tampering. He also explains the reason behind it – Finn promised him he'd get his old job back.
WAYNE: I was weak.
ELLY: Tell me one thing. Are you willing to talk about this publicly?
Toadie brings Sonya up to speed about the spiked vitamins found at the house and that Karl has a theory but he's not saying what at the moment, they just need to wait. He apologises to Sonya for being “a consummate jerk before,” she didn't deserve it, explaining that he was scared and took it out on her. Sonya admits she was scared too.
TOADIE: Yeah, but I shouldn't have judged you Like that. Especially since it's on me anyway.
SONYA: On you?
TOADIE: Nell was with me when I went to go and see Karl, so she took the bottle on my watch.
SONYA: She swallowed the pills on mine, so...
TOADIE: I shouldn't have unloaded on you like that, anyway.
SONYA: Truth is, I haven't exactly inspired a lot of confidence lately, so...
TOADIE: We are terrible parents.
SONYA: We are.
TOADIE: But we're terrible together, right?
Toadie asks if they can cut each other some slack, to which Sonya agrees, especially as Toad points out that Nell needs them both. With the air somewhat cleared between them, Sonya asks Toadie if he's still willing to, to represent her at her sentencing (he'd love to) and thanks him too for bringing Callum back, “it was a good call.”
SONYA: He was right. I have to be here for her.
TOADIE: I'll make sure you are.
Susan isn't amused that the department are going to think she is behind what Ben and Piper have done, nor at what she thinks is Elly egging them on either when she backed up what the kids were doing.
ELLY: They know what he's like, just as well as we do. I am this close to proving it.
Elly repeats what Wayne told her and Susan isn't surprised to hear who was behind it although points out she has been cleared of the accusation. She has a plan though – contacting some of Finn's old co- workers and feels that with the students against him, now is the time to act. Susan feels he'll trip himself up eventually, which could take long enough for Elly plus she points out Finn's ability to “weasel himself out of any accusation.”
ELLY: I'm not gonna Let him get away with this.
“Do you have any idea what you've done?” Xanthe greets her friend with and adding that “they've ruined everything.” Piper just wants her to calm down and thinks with the video up online, they are going to be taken seriously, plus reassures Xanthe that everything is under control. Xanthe doesn't think so and fears being labelled as a trouble maker by a future employer. “What is this really about?” Piper wants to know and is told “you, making yourself the centre of attention, like always.” Piper is shocked by this remark, and points out that all they've done is to stand up for their rights. “And what about Mr Kelly's rights as Principal?” Xanthe blurts out and Piper reminds her who the Principal is! Conceding the point, she then tries to say that it makes it harder “for Finn to do things.”
Piper wants to know why Xanthe talks about him like he's her friend and twigs that the necklace she is wearing is from him too. Now very concerned, Piper wants to know “are you...are you and him like...?” Xanthe doesn't let her finish that sentence, instead trying to explain that she is simply helping him. After rejecting Piper's question of if he'd touched her, Xanthe eventually tells Piper that Finn is sick. “He's not sick, he's fine,” Piper states and demands to know what Finn has told her. “Nothing,” Xanthe replies, she saw his file at the hospital.
PIPER: And? What did you find out?
XANTHE: He has an aneurysm. He could die at any moment.
Karl drops into the station to ask Mark to get the contents of the multivitamin bottle analysed by the police lab. Mark is curious to know why Karl isn't having that done at the hospital.
KARL: We can't maintain a chain of evidence. You see, I think Susan, and now Nell, were poisoned. Both of them came into contact with the contents of that bottle, and both of them had opioids in their system.
MARK: You think they were tampered with?
KARL: That's what I need the police lab to tell me.
Mark agrees to arrange to get the testing done once Karl fills in some paperwork. He also mentions that Elly dropped in and Karl admits that at the time he thought it was a bit of a stretch, but it's beginning to think that her theory was right.
MARK: You think Finn Kelly did this?
KARL: It's certainly looking that way.
Must- see Neighbours
- Xanthe telling Sheila about wanting to help a friend.
- Elly talking about how Finn's behaviour has changed.
- Tyler voicing his opinion about Finn.
- Xanthe telling Finn she'd “do anything for you.”