- Terese refusing to take time off work while she undergoes cancer treatment.
- Aaron and David getting together.
- Sheila receiving a letter from Russell Brennan with a Queen of diamonds playing card enclosed.
- Mrs Brennan turning up to visit her sons.
- Tyler reconnecting with his mum after she wasn't there for him growing up.
- Aaron not willing to play happy families with his mum.
Fay is concerned that she can't get hold of Aaron to talk to him. Tyler thinks he could be at The Shed and wants them all to go but Piper thinks it would be better if only Tyler went, to act as a kind of intermediator.
Once they depart, Fay admits to Mark that she is somewhat surprised at having to make things up with Aaron too, as well Tyler. Mark suggests they go out to help keep her mind off things. Moments before they leave, Fay gets a call from Russell, which she declines to take.
Paul decides to head home after Aaron comes looking for David, but not before giving the pair of them his approval.
“What's going on?” a concerned David asks.
“I sincerely hope that is the last time we have to deal with that guy,” Terese comments after Val leaves the office after giving Paige some ‘helpful' advice.
Terese doesn't look too amused at Gary turning up again at her office while she is working and he agrees to leave if she gives him a kiss. When he goes to kiss her, he pauses as he can see that she is starting to lose her hair. “We always knew that hair loss was a side effect of the chemo,” she remarks and its Gary that seems more shaken by the hair loss than Terese is. Again, she makes it clear she is going to continue to work and wants him to leave as they've a lot to do.
Aaron admits that he can't believe he yelled at his mum. David wonders if it's because he's still got unfinished issues with her? Aaron explains that growing up, “she was my whole world” they'd go shopping together and he'd help her with the cooking.
AARON: And one day she just upped and left. She went and took Chloe with her, and overnight all of that stuff was just gone.
DAVID: You were thirteen, of course that would have had an impact.
AARON: Yeah, she was the one person that I could talk to about anything.
David asks if the “anything” included the fact he was gay?
AARON: I always knew but then when it actually started to matter in my life, it just… it would have been nice to have her around.
“Have you ever told her that?” David asks and Aaron replies “no.” He encourages David to tell his mum but Aaron thinks that will make Fay feel more guilty. “Some things need to be said,” David replies, remarking on issues that he had with his mum he had to get off his chest.
DAVID: If it helps, I'll be right by your side.
Gary spots Steph cutting through the complex and asks if he can talk to her about Terese since she's been through chemo. After briefly chatting about how Terese is coping with chemo's side effects, Gary asks if she knows of an alternative treatment with lesser side effects. Steph tells him about meeting a woman who treated herself hormone replacement combined with a very stringent diet although does say not all doctors would advocate that approach. She also adds that all women are different and agrees with him that it is worth investigating.
Paige reassures Terese that you can't see where she's lost some hair as they change to working in the bar instead of the office.
When Mark and his mum enter the bar, Paige immediately recognises her (they'd previously spoken on Skype in the run up to the non- wedding). They chat about her (and Chloe) to coming to the non- wedding and Mark says that despite what happened, they have remained good friends. Terese and Fay are introduced to each other before Mark and his mum head to another table.
Terese is unimpressed at Gary interrupting her working again and more so that he's discussed her with Steph since she's been through it before. She bluntly tells him to stop hounding her and to let her handle it her own way! Gary looks quite taken aback at being publicly scalded like he was.
Sheila comes over to Mark and Fay and after introducing herself (to Fay), subtly asks if anyone has heard from Russell lately. “We seldom speak,” Fay replies before then excusing herself.
Mark isn't amused at what Sheila did, calling her insensitive, but then she explains she is wondering if Fay got a letter from Russell too. She describes the letter as emotional and Russell wrote what she meant to him, how sorry he was about how things ended up and signed it off begging her forgiveness. “And you think he's written one to mum as well?” Mark asks, she does and thinks that he has also written one to his boys, perhaps as part of his anger management. Mark hasn't had a letter and thinks Russell would be writing a lot of letters given the number of people he has hurt. “Seems it's only me so far,” she replies and adds in about the Queen of Diamonds playing card also being enclosed, which she describes as “odd.” “Yes, that is odd,” Mark agrees.
Music montage time as over “Call back home” Aaron reconnects with his mum and they hug each other. When we eventually hear what they are saying, she seems shocked at his pent- up feelings and Aaron explains that he didn't either until she sorted things out with Tyler. “I wasn't unhappy,” he says but does wish she'd been around when he was growing up “especially when I was trying to figure things out.” Fay admits she'd do things differently if she could rewind time and adds that she isn't proud of what she did. Mark is confused with this admission and she explains she meant leaving them all.
FAY: Can we start again?
TYLER: Yeah, I think so.
FAY: Are you sure because I've missed so much – careers and girlfriends.
AARON: I think we can start again mum.
Accompanied to “No harm,” Terese sits alone in her office and pulls more loose hair way from her scalp. She then picks up a photo of herself, Josh and Imogen and gently strokes her thumb over Josh.
“Thinking about Josh?” Paul asks after he stops by and saw what she was doing. She confirms that and wonders how Josh could have been so brave in those final minutes knowing the inevitable was about to happen yet admits that she is terrified. Paul reassures her that won't happen, she is fighting the disease.
TERESE: Do you believe in intuition?
PAUL: Well mine told me to pay you a visit.
TERESE: I don't think my treatment's working.
Paul asks that she considers other options, which back up what Gary said to her. “Not that I was listening,” she admits and is surprised at Paul actually agreeing with Gary!
PAUL: Terese, he cares about you. Now that we do have in common!
Fay thanks Mark for his support but equally wonders why he doesn't have any issues with her unlike his brothers. “You're my mum,” he replies but wonders if there is something she isn't telling him. Tyler and Aaron appear and Fay is happy for them to stay as she's got something to tell them all. She explains about Russell calling her lately, which confuses Mark as she told Sheila he hadn't and goes onto tell her about the apology letter sent to Sheila. Fay tells them that she's only listened to his messages where he is asking to see her. Mark wonders if it's so he can apologise to her too and Aaron says she has to call him back so she knows what's up.
Gary is searching for ‘Australia's top cancer experts' when Piper hobbles into the café after lots of coffee “to deal with a prickly mother- in- law!” The pair compare notes on how stubborn Terese is before talking about getting new help for Terese and Piper thinks that there is someone she knows that could help.
GARY: Come on, who is it?
Fay tells the boys about her call to Russell – he wants to see her in person as soon as she can get to Port Lincoln. Everyone is bemused by his request and the reasoning behind it, but Aaron urges her to go partially so she doesn't lose her nerve. “I do need to do this,” she admits but first thing on the agenda is a family meal out.
Terese apologises to Gary for her behaviour, she knows he does have her best interest at heart and admits that for someone so used to being in control, the cancer is making her feel helpless. She tells him that she thought about Josh and that if she died, maybe she would see him again. Gary politely tells her off – that she can think about him and miss him but now isn't the time for her to join him. Terese also relents on searching for alternative treatments that Gary has started.
After Terese leaves out of the office to do her final job of the day, Gary makes a call to arrange a time to visit someone and first thing tomorrow is arranged.
After telling David about Fay heading off tomorrow, Aaron thanks him for the encouragement he gave him to sort out the issues with his mum. “I didn't do much,” David protests but Aaron replies that he was there for him, “which was everything that I needed.”
AARON: God I love you.
AARON: Sorry, was that too soon?
DAVID: Never too soon. I love you too.
The pair start pashing and we cut over to the kitchen and Mark getting a mysterious phonecall.
Mark pays the Piper a visit to tell her about the call he received from Cyber Crimes about IncogNitro. “Have you caught him?” Piper immediately asks. Mark tells her that apparently “he's been back online in the last hour making a derogatory comment about your prickly mother- in- law.” “What?! What you mean Fay?” she asks and Mark confirms before asking if she made a comment like that. Piper explains that she made a throwaway comment to Gary earlier at Harold's but might have also said it elsewhere she adds.
Paige wonders if it's Val who his behind it (he made comments about her and her vlog in the office earlier) but Piper isn't sure, however Mark thinks that it's worth following up.
We find out what the mystery phonecall Gary made was about – he's meeting Nick Petrides, Terese's brother!!
Gary explains why he's there and that it was Piper who suggested he might help and confirms to Nick that he does know why he is inside.
GARY: But at the end of the day, you're still Terese's brother. What else is family for?
Must see Neighbours
- Nick wanting to know about Terese's condition.
- Sheila unamused at Gary contacting Nick.
- Piper admitting she hasn't a clue who IncogNitro could be.
- The hunt to find out who IncogNitro is