- Mishti kissing Leo.
- Susan suggesting Gary and Terese undergo a marriage preparation programme.
- Xanthe getting into organising mode for the bucks and hens night.
- Elly debating her feelings for Mark before breaking things off with him.
Rather than have a separate bucks and hens do, Xanthe has come up with a joint effort to be called a hucks! The bride and groom give their thumbs up to the concept as to the other guests (Sonya, Toadie, Piper and Paige) and Xanthe distributes the fishing gear so everyone can go fish in the lake.
Mark tells Aaron about Elly calling it off between them and why - because Paige still likes him. He is somewhat torn over what to do especially as he didn't think Paige would change her mind after the Queensland kiss.
Elly is giving the hucks do a miss as she has other plans and tells Susan that its over between her and Mark. Susan volunteers to stay home and keep her company but Elly has plans…drinking plans with friends.
Turns out Paul hasn't appeared in New York as David was trying to get hold of him (Lucy told him), instead he turns is attention and wanting the goss out of Leo and his relationship with Mishti. First off Leo doesn't want it referred to as a relationship and the only thing he is telling his brother is that he is happy at how it's going between them. Mishti apparently isn't ready for them to go public hence why she is going to the hucks do and he isn't.
Susan spots the brothers as she enters the store and asks if they've heard from Elly (they know about drinks at The Waterhole) and about her breaking up with Mark (no), so she asks if they can keep her company. Leo agrees to do that (David is working) and Susan is relieved to know someone is looking out for her niece.
Nobody is having much luck catching anything in the lake, well other than Piper who catches a can! Terese isn't exactly looking enthralled and Paige decides she's had enough (because Gabe needs feeding).
After running into her in the complex, David tries to ward Paige from heading to The Waterhole to feed Gabe but ends up having to tell her why when she doesn't give in to his subtle suggestion of going elsewhere. He also suggests she contacts Mark given its him she wants to be with as he doesn't want her to miss her chance again. “Tell him how you feel,” he pleads with her before departing.
Mishti turns down Elly's drinks invite as she is going to the hucks do. She is then forced to tell Dipi about Leo because she can't keep the smile off her face when texting him. Dipi is pleased to hear the news and agrees to keep quiet rather than tell the world (she knows Mishti is still thinking about Zander) although does tell her that “falling for someone else is a betrayal” and that she can love someone as much as she did him.
Woohoo, someone has finally caught a yabbie (Toadie) as the fishing segment of the hucks do wraps up. Xanthe thanks the couple before going to set up the next event (a pamper party) that she is honoured and privileged to be the “best woman slash wedding planner to the most incredible couple I know.”
XANTHE: Terese, you've inspired me from the start, you're so sensible and smart and basically the best second mum a girl could ever ask for.
She also thanks Terese for the sister she is about to get and admits she is excited about moving into #22 with everyone to start their new life together.
Throughout the festivities, Terese hasn't exactly been jumping with happiness or it could be down to the puns Gary has been using! Eventually, Xanthe asks her about it and she cites being tired but then quickly reassures Xanthe that breaks shouldn't have been built into the day. She then tells the lass how honoured she is at how accepting Xanthe has been with her. “Why wouldn't I be, you're amazing,” Xanthe replies back to the compliment dished out and Terese hopes she can live up to it!
Elly is all dolled up ready to party. As she leaves the house, she spots Paige debating whether to go up to #24 or not (she's standing at the bottom of the driveway).
“Wowl that didn't take long,” Elly comments after walking over to Paige. Paige is somewhat surprised to see her as she thought she'd be at The Waterhole and does offer her apologies after hearing her and Mark have broken up. “Really?!” is Elly's snarky reply and explains why she broke up with Mark – so that they could repair their friendship. “That's what I want,” Paige sincerely replies and explains that she didn't think Elly wanted her rushing to her side as a way of explaining why she's kept away.
PAIGE: I'm sorry, I really am.
As they set up for the pamper party, Xanthe tries to suss Susan out whether she thinks Terese is out of sorts or not. Susan tries to reassure her that it's probably just pre- wedding jitters and not anything to do with her treatment as Xanthe initially feared. “It has to be something though, right?” Xanthe comments and asks Susan if she'd chat with Terese and she agrees “to do my best.”
It looks like Elly has no mates as she's getting no joy ringing around trying to find folk to have drinks with her. Thankfully before she's calling her last hope (Wayne!) Leo arrives – he was late as he was getting a pressie for her (a massage for a voucher). She reassures him that it was her who did the breaking up and describes it as the best decision she's make in a long time.
ELLY: Paige ran right over to see him as soon as she found out.
LEO: That must have hurt.
ELLY: No, it's fine, they can have each other because you know how I feel? Free! And being single is so much better than being tied up right?!
In the livingroom, Paige and Piper put face masks on Toadie and Gary despite their grumbles although more from Toadie than Gary!
Susan goes through to add some more alcohol to the punchbowl and arrives just as Terese is finishing a call to David – her cancer is still retreating, “so it's looking positive.” “I'm so happy for you,” Susan says but then is concerned that Terese doesn't appear to be jumping for joy at the news. “Honestly I am,” Terese tries to reassure her with but then reveals what is really getting to her.
TERESE: I'm about to marry a lovely man who I don't deserve.
SUSAN: Oh Terese, what is it, what is the problem?
TERESE: I want to marry Gary, I do. I…
SUSAN: Whatever it is, you can tell me.
It now dawns on Elly the reason why she never felt comfortable with Mark, because he was still hung up about Paige and does seem quite peeved that Paige never admitted her true feelings for Mark!
ELLY: It's one thing to lose your boyfriend but it's another thing to lose your best friend as well.
“You've still got me!” Leo reminds her and others will be at the hucks party too, but she is refusing to go there especially because Paige is likely to be there.
Elly goes to get another drink but it appears she has had a bit too much already (she knocked a glass over standing up) and Leo suggests he takes her home to rest, which somewhat reluctantly she submits to.
“I was just thinking about you,” Paige remarks when Mark finds her in the café with Gabe. “Is there something you want to tell me?” Mark asks and upon her not immediately replying, seeks confirmation that what he's heard is true – that she still has feelings for him. “Yes,” she acknowledges although adds that she tried not to but kept thinking back to when he asked if they had a future together. “You pushed me towards Elly,” Mark reminds her and Paige explains she didn't want to get in the way. “And what about what I wanted?” and where that fitted into her scheme he asks.
PAIGE: Look, I did try and tell you.
MARK: (scoffing) Obviously you didn't try very hard.
PAIGE: Every time you chose Elly.
MARK: How is it a choice when I'm being kept in the dark? It's bad enough that you weren't honest with me or Elly but I don't think you're even being honest with yourself.
“Mark,” Paige mutters but he has had enough and leaves the café.
We're back with the ladies and Terese has spilled the beans to Susan and she seems very relieved to have been able to confide in someone, well someone other than Paige. Susan points out that she does appear to have a very strong emotional connection with Paul, afterall she told him about the cancer before anyone else. She urges Terese to tell Gary the truth but she is fearful about doing that because it will devastate Gary. Although not exactly happy, Susan as her friend does agree to keep quiet…
SUSAN: But as your celebrant, I'm supposed to believe in the strength of your relationship and a huge part of that is honesty. So knowing what I know, I'm so sorry Terese but I don't think I can marry you.
Terese is stunned by what she's heard and begs Susan to reconsider.
SUSAN: You're one of my closest friends and that makes this even harder but legally sanctioning a relationship that I know is full of secrets. I… I'm just not comfortable with that.
Number 28/Number 26 backyard
Leo has at least got Elly home even if it's not inside and she still wants to have more alcohol!
Dipi is in the #26 backyard and can hear (and see thanks to a convenient spyhole in the fence) what his happening next door – Elly has missed the seat and Leo just prevents her from falling to the ground.
Leo tries to tempt Elly indoors by promising her pizza but she doesn't want that… she wants to kiss Leo and of course Dipi sees it!
- Dipi seeking out info about Leo from Steph.
- Mishti peeved Leo didn't turn up at the hucks do.
- Hamish making judgements about Mark.
- Terese telling Gary that Susan doesn't want to be their celebrant.
- Gary after answers from Susan.