- Gary suggests to Terese that they give their relationship another try
- Sonya wonders whether the guilt over sleeping with Paul is stopping Terese from going there
- Terese is annoyed when Courtney turns her Guy Fawkes Gala into a flesh parade
- After Hamish's death, Sheila tells Gary that she did what he said, but that it's getting out of hand
- Piper turns up on the boat to surprise Tyler, but finding it empty, falls asleep
- When she wakes up, Piper is locked in the cabin – and Louise is taking the boat out to sea!
- Sheila is furious when Mark tells her Hamish and Louise were romantically involved
- Tyler is also furious when he confronts Hamish in the No 26 garden over all his lies
- The next morning, Hamish is dead, floating face- down in the spa
- Mark suggests to Tyler that they hang on to Hamish's briefcase
- A police officer tells Mark that Hamish's death has been ruled suspicious and is under investigation
Sheila stands in the garden looking at the spa, all wrapped up in a tarpaulin and cordoned off by police tape. She looks disturbed and upset.
Erinsborough Police Station
Mark is being interviewed about Hamish's death by homicide detective Bill Graves.
MARK: I left the gala about an hour before the fireworks, and I went straight home.
GRAVES: And you didn't see or hear anything unusual from the Canning house next door?
GRAVES: And you stayed home all night?
GRAVES: Can anyone vouch for that?
MARK: Well, I live with my two brothers. But one of them's overseas, and the other one is – well, hasn't been home much lately.
Graves goes on to ask Mark about the harassment complaint made against him by Hamish.
MARK: There's no truth to it. He knew I was onto him.
GRAVES: Onto him?
MARK: Well, onto the fact that he wasn't the man he was making out to be. And he wanted to discredit me.
GRAVES: So you never harassed him in any way?
MARK: No. I did not.
GRAVES: Yet Senior Sergeant Lake tells me that you were responsible for Mr Roche being treated in hospital. Speaking of, you also took a keen interest in a Louise McLeod, after being expressly told to keep your distance.
MARK: Well, I had good reason to be suspicious.
Mark tells Graves he has CCTV footage from Port Lincoln Hospital that shows Hamish and Louise entering Russell's room moments before his death.
GRAVES: You're saying that this couple killed your father?
MARK: Well, at first we thought it was a second heart attack. But yes, I think they were involved.
GRAVES: Did you tell anyone here about it?
MARK: I only received the footage last night, and I, err, needed time to think.
GRAVES: So you were at home alone last night, believing that Hamish Roche was responsible for the death of your father. Then, next morning, in the neighbouring house, Roche is found dead.
MARK: I can assure you I had nothing to do with it.
GRAVES: You consistently disobey orders. You take matters into your own hands. I'm gonna need more than your assurance.
Paige asks Terese if she's heard from Piper, but Terese explains Piper has her phone off so she wouldn't be disturbed during studying. Terese says she might take Piper out for dinner tonight. Discussion moves on to takings from the gala night – Terese is very impressed with the figures, which incorporate the money Courtney charged people to view the fireworks from guest rooms.
PAIGE: So Courtney's idea made us profit!
TERESE: Anyone can have one good idea.
Paige points out that Courtney has been doing a great job with the social media coverage of the gala too.
PAIGE: She's all over it.
TERESE: Hmm. Yeah. Literally.
Terese grudgingly admits that Courtney had some good ideas, and Paige thinks Terese should tell that to Courtney, to give her credit where due.
Gary and Sheila look shifty as they converse over the bar about the investigation into Hamish's death.
GARY: You understand that they're gonna need to talk to us?
SHEILA: Yeah, but is there somehow we can avoid it?
GARY: Mum, the guy died in our back yard. You were his scorned girlfriend; I'm surprised they didn't take you in first.
SHEILA: I know, I know! But do you think this is the way we should go?
GARY: The less we know about each other's movements, the better! It's called plausible deniability! Believe me, it's the only way to go!
At that moment, Detective Graves appears behind Gary, and introduces himself to Sheila. He asks if she could come down to the station so they could talk about anything unusual she may have seen last night. Sheila gets flustered and drops a glass she's holding, before rushing off to fetch something to clean it up. Gary tells a bemused Graves that she's still in shock.
GARY: I'm a bit worried that the stress might bring on another attack (…) She's got a heart condition. So if it's alright, could we come down to the station later? I think it'd be a good idea if she rested up first.
Graves tells Gary that they can come down when Sheila's feeling better, and heads for the door, glancing back at Gary with interest as he goes.
Tyler comes in, looking shellshocked from all that's gone on, and takes a seat on the sofa, before pulling out Hamish's briefcase from under it. He hears Hamish's voice in his head, telling him he's a ‘great kid' – and that he's wasting his potential on ‘these people'. He also recalls hearing the news from Mark that Hamish has been found dead. Tyler looks upset.
There's a knock at the door – it's Graves, who tells him Mark is still at the station giving his colleagues some information. In the meantime, he wants a chat with Tyler.
GRAVES: Your brother tells me you haven't been home much lately. So I was curious to know if that included last night?
He spots a box of provisions on the side.
GRAVES: Planning on going somewhere?
TYLER: I was meant to be going sailing to Queensland with Hamish this morning.
Graves notices Hamish's briefcase on the table.
GRAVES: What are you doing with it?
TYLER: Well, it got dropped here last night. We don't know who by – maybe Louise?
GRAVES: Why would she do that?
TYLER: Maybe she wanted me to know how terrible my father really was.
GRAVES: After I examine this case, I'd like to have a word. Keep your phone close. I'll call.
Graves takes the case, using a handkerchief to protect it from his own fingerprints, and exits.
Courtney comes in, seemingly hungover after last night's excesses. Terese goes to talk to her and Courtney assumes she wants to criticise her, but in fact Terese has taken Paige's advice.
TERESE: I wanted to congratulate you.
TERESE: Well, for your ideas. For the gala. They paid off, so well done.
COURTNEY: You know, no- one ever gives me compliments. Yeah, sure, on how I look. But never on my ideas. And you've never given me credit for anything. And you know, I should be used to it because my dad never does –
TERESE: Well, he should. You know, your social media skills have been outstanding. You've already boosted the hotel's profile.
Courtney is heartened by all of this and suggests they do more big events in the future, using the photos from last night to promote them. Courtney wants to use some of the photos that Terese was in, but looking at them, Terese says it'd be best just to stick to the ones Courtney is in.
COURTNEY: But I'm not the heart and soul of Lassiter's – you are! So I insist you be in them.
Terese jokes that they could do a reshoot, but Courtney takes her seriously and says that's a great idea. Terese panics, saying Paige has taken her costume back. But Courtney says that they still have some of the waiting staff's costumes.
TERESE: No, no – they're way too raunchy!
COURTNEY: They are hot and sexy! And you are hot and sexy! And this is your hotel, so we've got to do it.
Courtney drags a protesting Terese into the lift!
Mark comes off the phone from the Port Lincoln police, and tells Tyler, Paige and Fay that high levels of potassium were found in Russell's blood when he died.
MARK: It wasn't questioned initially because it seemed like a clear- cut heart attack. Now they're speculating that a large injection of potassium could have caused his death.
FAY: Administered by who?! Louise McLeod?!
MARK: Yeah. They've issued a warrant for her arrest.
TYLER: I need to go see the detective soon. Should I mention that?
Tyler explains that Graves came while Mark was out, and took the briefcase. Mark looks worried.
MARK: What did you say about it?
TYLER: The truth. That I think Louise dropped it off.
MARK: Okay. Well, it's done. I'll call Toadie, and get him to go with you.
Fay gets a message and tells everyone that Aaron's flight has been delayed in Bangkok but that he should be back tomorrow afternoon.
FAY: I can't wait till we're all together again. I mean, the way Hamish pitted you against each other just makes my blood boil. I just hate the way this has all turned out.
While the others go to the table for tea and biccies, Tyler leaves a message on Piper's voicemail.
TYLER: Pipes, please call me back. I know you might not want to speak to me right now, but something's happened to Hamish. I just really need someone to talk to right now. You're the only one I can really be honest with.
Terese has changed into an incredibly skimpy gala outfit.
COURTNEY: You are one hot mama!
Terese is concerned that Paul could walk in, but Courtney assures her that he's in The City™, and won't be home for a couple of hours. Courtney goes to take some photos.
COURTNEY: Now, lean forward a bit.
TERESE: I mean, this is not really appropriate for Lassiter's, is it?
COURTNEY: Just shake off those inhibitions!
TERESE: (makes ‘shaking off inhibitions' noise)
COURTNEY: I want to see your best ‘I'm a powerful woman, don't mess with me' stare. Yes, that's it! Okay, now show me your ‘come hither' face! Perfect! Now I want a little bit naughty. Ooh! Cheeky wink, give me a cheeky wink!
Terese continues to pose, and they review the photos – but Terese is still concerned that Paul could walk in.
COURTNEY: Why do you care so much what he thinks?
TERESE: Well, it's just – it's just not the best look, that's all.
COURTNEY: Are you still in love with him?
TERESE: Listen, what we had, it's… it's in the past. You know, as long as you and Paul are genuinely happy, then I'm happy for you.
Terese also admits she's talking to Gary again, but says she hasn't decided whether to get back together with him yet.
TERESE: I'm just not sure I deserve him.
COURTNEY: That's crazy! Life's too short to just jam a heap of guilt into it. Plus, I have seen the way he looks at you.
Sheila and Gary are having another hushed conversation.
GARY: Let's go through it one more time, make sure you've got it.
SHEILA (rehearsing): Mark told me about Louise, and I was so upset that I rang Hamish straight away. But he didn't answer his phone, so I texted him, and still got no response. And that upset me even further. So Gary thought it would be nice if we stayed at the hotel for the night – you know, to cheer me up. So we checked in just before the fireworks, and stayed in our rooms all night.
GARY: That's good, Mum. That's very good.
SHEILA: Yeah, but I still feel really sick about what happened.
GARY: Stop. Mum, I've told you – we can't afford to know each other's story.
SHEILA: But what if the police check the times again?
GARY: I'm dealing with that! Mum, please!
Courtney is taking more questionably- appropriate- for- corporate- promotion photographs of Terese in the saucy outfit. But Courtney gets a message from Paul saying his meeting has finished early, and that he's on his way back any second. Terese shrieks and runs towards the lift, desperate not to run into Paul. But at that moment the lift opens, with Gary inside. He's shocked at Terese's costume.
TERESE: What are you doing here?!
GARY: Well, I came to see Paul. But I'm guessing he's indisposed!
Terese is appalled that Gary has concluded she's here with Paul, but Gary's already closed the lift and gone down again.
Gary walks out of the hotel looking upset, and Terese rushes after him, still in her threadbare outfit, shouting for him to wait. Eventually he turns to talk to her.
GARY: Aren't you cold in that?
TERESE: Please! Please, just let me explain! What you saw back there – it's not what you think it is!
She explains that Paul wasn't even there, and that she and Courtney were taking photos for social media.
TERESE: Please. You have to believe me – I can't lose you again!
GARY: Again? Does that mean…?
TERESE: I hate what I've done! The guilt's what's holding me back from you. But life's too short. And I can't miss any more time with you. So if you think you can forgive me, then I could learn to forgive you myself. And if you're willing to take me back, then I'm here, just waiting for you to take me.
Gary and Terese fall into a kiss on the new walkway/pond centrepiece in the courtyard, while Susan, Karl and Sonya randomly turn up to smile from the sidelines!
Fay comes in and orders a glass of wine from Sheila, explaining that Tyler has gone in for questioning at the police station.
FAY: So how about us, huh? The exact same, terrible taste in men! Russell always had a temper, but I can't believe how Hamish turned out to be so vicious. And to think now that he might be responsible for Russell's death…
Fay tells Sheila that Louise was the one who helped Hamish do it.
FAY: Poor woman was probably completely under his spell. I almost don't blame Louise for what she did to Hamish. I'm only sorry it happened at your place.
SHEILA: So you think she did it?
FAY: Who else would've? The two men I fell in love with both found a way to harm Tyler. I am so glad you're here so I can talk about it like this. Because I don't think anyone else would understand just how much I despise Hamish for what he has done to my boy.
Sheila nods awkwardly.
Erinsborough Police Station
Graves is interviewing Tyler. Toadie is there as his lawyer.
GRAVES: So firstly, you discover your father was responsible for the accident that got you fired from the garage.
TYLER: Looks that way, yeah.
GRAVES: Then you receive a phone call from your brother in Paris, telling you that your father had swindled a woman, Elissa Gallow, and he was in dire financial straits. And then you find out that someone – you believe, Louise McLeod – dumped his briefcase on your doorstep. And, on looking at the contents, you discover that your father has also been deceiving and swindling your siblings and yourself.
GRAVES: And knowing Hamish had Russell's phone with him, well – the implication that Hamish was some way involved in his death – you must have been livid.
TYLER: Yes, I was upset!
TOADIE: You don't need to talk about your emotional state. Just the facts, Tyler.
GRAVES: What did you do, when you learnt the full extent of your father's deception?
TYLER: I went over to the Canning house.
GRAVES: To confront him?
GRAVES: And did he deny your accusations?
TYLER: No, he admitted everything. But he said that he was desperate. And that he cared about me.
GRAVES: How did you respond to that?
TYLER: Well, I was confused. I didn't really know what to do. So I walked off – and I kept walking all night.
GRAVES: So when you left him, he was alive and well?
TYLER: Yes. He was.
Graves raises his eyebrows.
Gary and Sheila rendezvous again.
SHEILA: Where have you been? I was worried sick that detective would come and get me before you'd sorted everything out!
GARY: About that – I got a bit sidetracked. Paul wasn't there, but Terese was – and anyway, to cut a long story short, we're back together. Not that I'll be able to enjoy it with everything else that's going on.
SHEILA: You are back with her after everything she's done to you?! Hang on – we can make that work for us!
GARY: No! Terese got into huge trouble for messing with evidence when Josh died. I can't ask her to do it again!
SHEILA: But if you're back with Terese, Paul is not gonna help us!
GARY: But we don't have a choice!
SHEILA: Well, what if I tell the truth – that we checked in at 10.45 like we actually did?
GARY: No, it's useless as an alibi!
SHEILA: Well, as far as I know, everyone is pointing the finger at Louise!
Graves walks in, and Sheila gasps.
GARY: You just stick to the story that we told, including the check- in times. I'll be with Paul.
Graves approaches and says he was worried when Sheila wasn't answering his calls – she claims she's been a bit all over the place.
GARY: But you're okay to talk now, aren't you, Mum?
SHEILA: … Yeah!
GRAVES: Well, then, let's go and make a start, shall we? And Mr Canning? You're next.
Gary looks worried, as Sheila goes to fetch her bag.
Tyler arrives home, just as Mark is coming off the phone from Toadie, who has already filled him in on Tyler's interview. Everything went as well as could be expected, we learn, except that there was a question over where Tyler went walking last night.
TYLER: I really don't know.
FAY: Well, darling, if you can try and remember – because at this stage it seems you were the last person to see Hamish alive. But it's all gonna be okay, and they're gonna find the person who did this.
Tyler flips out.
TYLER: Who cares who did it?! He deserved to die, okay? I just need to find Piper!
Tyler storms out of the house, leaving Mark, Fay and Paige looking worried.
Terese is on her phone, sending pictures from her raunchy photoshoot to Gary! Tyler comes in, and Terese expresses her condolences about Hamish. Tyler explains that Piper hasn't been answering his calls all day – and that Li- Kim, whom Piper was supposed to be staying with, has told him that she never turned up at her house last night.
TYLER: Piper called her yesterday, and told her that she wanted to meet with me instead.
TERESE: Okay – well, if she didn't, where is she?
TYLER: I don't know! And I'm starting to freak out!
A beach somewhere
We hear Terese tell Tyler that Piper never replied to the message she sent her earlier. Tyler says they need to find her. On the beach, Piper's mobile phone washes up on the shore…
Must- See Neighbours
- Gary tells Paul that he's putting him in an impossible position. Paul says they're his terms
- Yashvi is upset as Shane gives her a talking- to over the effects that her actions have had on Kirsha
- Terese and Xanthe worry for Piper's whereabouts
- We see the bare feet of someone lying in the sand on the beach
- ‘Unmissable drama!', says the voiceover