- Toadie and Sonya getting along better
- Karl explaining to Shane why Susan's mad at him
- Sonya announcing Sheila as leader of the Liveability Committee
- Tyler blaming himself for the Brennans not seeing Russell in time
- Mishti accidentally hitting Tyler with her car
- Fay telling Sheila that one of her boys isn't Russell's kid
The Brennan bros and Piper are surprised to learn from Sheila that their mother has already left for Port Lincoln, but Sheila says Fay just needed to keep busy.
The boys arrive home with Piper. Mark and Aaron ask if Tyler's still fit to travel to the funeral. Tyler says that if his brothers are going, then he is too. They talk about the eulogy and Mark is nominated as the brother to deliver it. Mark says he doesn't mind speaking but he wants the writing of it to be a group effort: “In spite of everything he deserves a proper send off.”
Susan asks Sonya how the marriage counselling is going and Sonya says it's fine, but she's realised how co- dependant her and Toadie were. Sonya defined herself by Toadie's love therefore she had no coping mechanisms when he cheated on her, and she can't let that happen again.
SONYA: I've got to learn to look after myself again, which I really think is going to change the dynamic of our relationship.
SUSAN: All relationships evolve. Karl and I have been through so many shifts over the years but I can honestly say we've never been closer than we are now.
SONYA: (smirking) Apart from recently?
SUSAN: Oh don't…
SONYA: Have you forgiven him for the airport incident yet?
SUSAN: No! Sonya, he told customs I poohed my pants!
They have a bit of a giggle. Sonya says with Russell's passing it's a reminder that there may not be a tomorrow to patch things up. Susan takes this on board and asks her how Mark's coping. Sonya says she's going to go over later to check on him.
Sheila's popped over for a cuppa and a chat with Dipi as Fay's confession is playing on her mind. Sheila is bursting to tell someone, but knows she can't betray Fay's trust because the secret would tear the family apart. Dipi suggests she call Clive to take her mind off things, but Sheila says the timing's all wrong.
Sonya brings flowers, food and condolences for Mark. They share a hug as Elly pops by for a visit, also bringing food (a ye olde sympathy casserole from Susan). When Sonya leaves, Mark asks Elly for her English teacher expertise to help them write their father's eulogy. Elly smiles and says she'd love to help.
Ben and Karl are talking about the Brennans when Susan arrives home. Susan is touched by Karl's comforting words to Ben about how he can be a good mate to Tyler. Karl's surprised when Susan comes over and gives him a kiss, but Susan says it's hard to stay mad when he's being caring and besides, life's too short.
SUSAN: In the spirit of that, if you wanted to go find some tropical seeds, like the ones you tried to smuggle into the country, then I would be OK with that.
KARL: I did not think you would ever mention tropical fruit again after what happened in customs – and your reaction to that fruit platter. I didn't even think it was safe to buy a pineapple.
SUSAN: Having fruit trees in the backyard was never the issue. I just didn't think I'd have to be strip- searched for that to happen.
Karl's pleased to have a new project to work on and they share a few more smooches.
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Xanthe offers to run her Gran a bath with some essential oils, but Sheila declines. Aaron pops around and gets a hug from Xanthe before asking Sheila if she wants to contribute to Russell's eulogy. Sheila thinks it should just be a family thing but Aaron says Russell showed a different side of himself to her, so it'd be good to share the nicer moments. Aaron leaves her to think about it and Xanthe encourages her Gran to do it.
XANTHE: Why don't you start by writing down everything you loved about Russell? Think of it like an Oscars speech. This is your one opportunity to get on record everything you've ever wanted to say about him. I think the Brennan brothers would really love it.
Sheila paints on a smile and tells Xanthe she'll think about it.
Toadie walks Sonya back to work after another counselling session and comments on how quiet she's been. Sonya says she talks so much during the sessions that Toadie's probably sick of listening to her, but Toadie says he likes hearing her point of view. Sonya agrees they're making progress but she says she can't keep going back to him “out of need” as it's not good for either of them. She does appreciate everything he's done for her, though, and offers him a pot plant as a goodwill gesture.
SONYA: You can look after that instead of me.
TOADIE: (amused) Are we seriously doing this?
SONYA: (smirking) Don't ruin my gesture to you, Jarrod, please.
Toadie tells Karl about his good day with Sonya while they unpack greenhouse parts from a large box. Karl says that honest communication is great and urges Toadie to look after the plant. Susan arrives home and isn't impressed with the greenhouse – she thought Karl was just going out to buy seeds. But Karl's like, ‘It's going to be great! We're awesome at these comedy subplots! Bonus points if I write a song about it!'
Elly encourages the boys to speak from the heart for the eulogy, but Mark's the only one trying. Tyler just says he'll go with whatever his brothers want and Aaron adds that Russell wasn't an easy man but they still had good times. Elly then prompts Tyler for something else but Tyler gets annoyed and says he can't pretend his dad was some great guy. Mark says his brother doesn't have to pretend but Tyler doesn't want anything more to do with the eulogy and leaves. Mark says they could go down to the garage since their dad was a mechanic as it might help them remember more stories, but Aaron's had enough as well.
AARON: I really don't think there's much more to say.
MARK: We're only just getting started. Can't you see how important this is?
AARON: Yeah I can but, like, come on, what are we doing this for? We're writing to dad on a piece of paper. Who are we doing it for? He can't read this. He can't even hear us.
Aaron walks out, slamming the door behind him.
Karl offers Toadie, Susan and Ben some durian fruit to eat, but it absolutely stinks and Toadie says he'd rather eat a kilo of rotten onions. Sheila pops around to ask Karl if he'd be able to take over her role as leader of the Liveability Committee as he heart's not really in it at the moment. Karl gladly accepts.
Ben drops in with Karl and tells Tyler that even though he was only little when his dad died he still knows what he's going through. He's there for Tyler if he needs it. Tyler thanks them and they head home. Piper can see Tyler's distressed and says he doesn't have to go to the funeral if he doesn't want to. Tyler says he wants to be there for his brothers, “they deserve their chance to say goodbye without me stuffing it up.”
PIPER: I know it's going to be tough but down the track I think you'll be glad that you went. Russell is one of the two people who made you who you are. And I know that he was a complicated man who did some horrible things but despite all of that, he's the father of a wonderful human being. And I'm rating that as one of his greatest achievements, because without him there'd be no you, and for that I'll be forever grateful.
Piper gives Tyler a kiss on the forehead.
Aaron stands in the empty shed and calls his dad's voicemail to leave a message, getting quite emotional as he speaks.
AARON: Hey dad it's me, Aaron. I just wanted to hear your voice again and thought this might be the best way to do it. Just a few things that I've wanted to say to you for a while now. I wish I was there. Not just in the end… you know, maybe if we got to get to know each other a bit better things might have been better for us. And dad, you know I could never forgive you for hurting Tyler. I've always hated you for that. I've hated myself for not being able to do anything to stop it, for all our sake. And I wish I could have heard you say you were proud of me. And I wish I could have told you this in person. Goodbye, dad.
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Now it's Sheila's turn to speak aloud and let out her emotions as she looks at a photo of herself and Russell, and the queen of diamonds card he sent her.
SHEILA: When I met you I should have run as fast as I could in the opposite direction, you know that don't you. And even now you're gone you're still causing me trouble. How is that even possible? I loved you, Russell Brennan. I really did. And wherever you are now I really hope you know that.
Sheila breaks down crying.
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Elly listens as Mark reads her a memory he's written about seeing his mum and dad slow dancing together in the lounge room to ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me' when he was young. “To see them wrapped up together like that was the best sight in the world.” While Mark's talking we see snippets of Aaron crying as he sits alone in the shed, Piper comforting Tyler with a hug and Sheila looking at her photo with Russell.
MARK: (reading aloud) There are things that happened in our family that I'll never understand or condone, but I know dad had dreams for a life that was different to the way that things turned out. And there were moments of happiness he brought to each member of our family, so I'm holding onto that as I say my final goodbye.
Mark asks Elly if it sounded OK but Elly says it was perfect. He spoke from the heart but he didn't sugarcoat it either, and she knows it couldn't have been easy without his brothers. Mark doesn't blame his bros for not being there with him. He says they each had their own experiences with Russell and need to grieve in their own way. Elly then puts on the song his parents danced to on her phone and gets Mark up to slow dance with her. Mark kisses Elly, who returns the kiss for a moment before stepping back. She's concerned and asks if he's sure he's in the right headspace, but Mark nods and says that he is. They make out some more while the song keeps playing.