- Clive is sceptical about Karl's plan of having an MRI per year for everyone
- Karl gathers Susan, Toadie and Sheila to discuss starting a fundraising campaign for the plan
- Susan tells Karl she wants them to reconnect - but he falls asleep halfway through her speech!
- Piper continues to spend time at No 24 sitting in Tyler's old chair; Aaron thinks it's holding her back
- After learning the chair has been sold, Piper flies into a tearful rage
- Gary sees Paul and Terese together on the mezzanine and assumes they're canoodling again
- But Gary's gobsmacked when Terese drops a surprise marriage proposal on him
Gary and Terese are curled up on a chair together, discussing potential wedding plans. Gary is keen for his pigeons to be involved somehow - Terese, not so much!
TERESE: Besides, I don't think we could get formalwear that small.
Paul comes in.
PAUL: Formalwear? Didn't you waste enough money the first time around?
Gary rolls his eyes as Terese and Paul get started on another barbed business chat. Paul tells Terese that Lucy wants to be briefed on the London conference, but adds that Terese isn't invited to join as she's still on leave - saying that she should be concentrating on organising her wedding.
PAUL: Shouldn't you be booking the Monaro and defrosting the spring rolls?
TERESE: Oh, you're unbelievable, Paul.
Terese gets a phone call, and tells the caller she'll be 'right there', before telling Gary she has to go. They kiss, and Terese leaves.
GARY: You know, it really is pathetic the way you keep coming round, picking fights. It only makes her hate you more.
PAUL: Oh, please - she loves it!
We start with a close-up on Mark's framed memorial to his and Sonya's unborn baby, Caitlin - which is smashed on the floor, one of the casualties of Piper's rage. Mark looks at it contemplatively, while Terese chats to Piper who's on the sofa.
TERESE: Sweetie, what's going on?
PIPER: They got rid of Ty's chair.
MARK: He asked us to sell it.
PIPER: It was the only thing I had left of him.
MARK: Pipes, I didn't think it was a great idea at first either. But it's the best thing for all of us. Hanging on to Tyler is only going to cause you pain.
TERESE: Listen, a lot has happened this past year - the doxxing, Louise, the boat, Tyler going to jail. You need to start processing it. I think it's time you start seeing a medical professional.
AARON: Hey, I can get in touch with David if you like.
PIPER: No. I don't need a doctor - I need Tyler's chair. Everything was fine before you got rid of it.
Piper seems numb, broken - and Terese decides it's time to take her home.
In the garden, Susan is whining to Elly about Karl having fallen asleep just as she was telling him she wanted them to reconnect. Susan blames the medication he's on for the DVT, as well as all his fundraising efforts; she says she's glad Karl has found a purpose through the MRI scheme - but wishes he'd direct some of his energy towards their relationship.
SUSAN: Oh, I'm being completely selfish, aren't I? The man's got a life-threatening condition and I'm making this all about me.
ELLY: No, you're not. Your marriage is important too. But I think, until he gets better, you help him out with the MRI scheme. The less he's got on his plate, the more time he'll have for you.
Clive is moaning to Sheila about Karl's MRI idea, saying it simply isn't viable to give away MRI scans in the long run - they're far too expensive, and when funding inevitably runs out, Clive will be the one who will get the blame for cancelling the scheme.
Gary is moaning to Steph about how Paul is treating Terese - forcing her to go on leave then 'chasing her round town annoying her with hotel business'.
STEPH: Can't she just tell him to back off?
GARY: Terese is easier to bait than a goldfish! Five minutes of Paul goading her and they're bickering like an old married couple.
Steph advises that Gary and Terese should just avoid Paul, but he says it's difficult as he's the biggest shareholder in the hotel.
STEPH: Unless she takes over management at another hotel.
GARY: No, she'd never do that. Not with her money tied up in this one.
STEPH: Well, shares can always be sold and reinvested. Maybe she could negotiate an owner/manager position at another hotel?
Gary isn't sure, but it's obviously got him thinking.
Terese has summoned David to the house to talk to Piper. She's rude and sullen at first, and won't talk to David herself, but permits Terese to speak to him. Terese explains that Piper's been suffering from anxiety since she fell off the boat during the scuffle with Louise, and depression since Tyler's sentencing.
Piper plays down the anxiety, saying it was nothing major; and says she was talking to Jack as a counsellor up until he left.
DAVID: I want you to start seeing someone regularly. I know an excellent psychologist.
DAVID: And I also want you to consider taking antidepressant medication.
DAVID: Yeah. This has been going on for a while. A low dose of SSRIs may help you to engage more easily with the therapist. But it is your choice.
PIPER: No. No way. No - meds will change who I am. I don't want that.
TERESE: Piper, you need to think about this properly. You've been unhappy for way too long.
PIPER: I don't care. I'm not doing it.
The Flametree Retreat
Terese turns up while Gary is working. He tells her he's been on the phone to a consultancy specialising in hospitality investments - and that they said if Terese would be willing to sell her share in Lassiter's, they could help her invest in another hotel with a much greater return.
GARY: We should sell our share in the boat too.
TERESE: Selling the boat's one thing, but I'm not leaving Lassiter's.
GARY: But if the price is right, then why not?
TERESE: Um, sweetie, is this about Paul? ... I know he's been hard work lately, but -
GARY: The bloke's a tool! The hotel, the boat - cut all ties. Then you wouldn't have to deal with him again.
TERESE: Look, as appealing as that is, now's not the right time. I need to be close to home; Piper's had a breakdown - that's why I had to rush off earlier. In fact that's why I'm here now.
Terese reveals that in fact she's here to see Steph, much to Gary's frustration. Terese explains that Piper has been recommended to go on medication, and asks Steph if she would mind talking to her, having been in a similar boat.
Karl arrives at the MRI trash and treasure event, annoyed that no-one woke him up earlier from his nap in the garden - he's missed half of the afternoon. Elly tells him he needed the rest, and that Susan has everything in hand; she has been promoting the Kickstarter campaign through Lassiter's, and has been collecting donations and emails.
KARL: She did all that for me? I was expecting another, 'you're obsessed, you're pushing yourself too hard on a crusade' lecture.
ELLY: She totally has your back.
Karl joins Susan and thanks her, admitting he needed a rest, but says he feels much better now. They decide to continue the fundraising efforts together.
KARL: You are too good to me.
SUSAN: Oh, I so am.
Karl kisses and hugs her.
Mark is asking Toadie whether he knows who bought Tyler's chair from the trash and treasure - explaining that Piper is struggling without it. Toadie doesn't know who the online buyer was, as they paid cash and used a hired mover. However, David overhears - and reveals that he knows where the chair has gone.
Steph has returned with Terese to talk to Piper, who thinks it's a waste of time - but Steph encourages Terese to give them some privacy so they can talk properly. Terese goes into the kitchen, but listens from next door.
STEPH: Hey, just relax. I'm not here to push anything on you. I'm just going to share my experience. I take antipsychotics every day. They alter brain chemistry in a completely different way from SSRIs. But they both affect mood.
PIPER: Were you worried that they were gonna change who you were?
STEPH: Yeah. But after a few weeks of taking them, really, I felt more like me than I had in years. But, look - I can only speak for myself.
PIPER: Just, everything that's happened. Everything that's screwed me up - medicine can't change that.
STEPH: No - no, it can't. But it can help you to start dealing with things. What is it that you're really scared of?
PIPER: If I do this, then it means that there's something wrong with me, and that I'm not strong enough to deal with it myself.
STEPH: No, Piper - no, no. Facing your illness and getting treatment for it is one of the strongest things you can do. It's not gonna be easy, and there's no clear path to recovery. You're gonna have good days and you'll have bad days. But Pipes, you're not alone.
PIPER: Do you think I should do it?
STEPH: That's your decision to make - not mine.
Sheila tells Karl and Susan that she's withdrawing the donation of glasses that she promised for the MRI scheme, telling them that Clive has no faith in the longevity of the plans.
KARL: I understand he's your boyfriend. That doesn't mean you have to parrot his opinions!
SHEILA: Clive is the one who's going to have to answer to the community when your project falls over.
Susan claims the fundraising is going really well, and there is absolutely no reason to think it would fall over. (Oh? Remember the hospital wing, Susan?) Sheila says everything could go terribly wrong, and people could get hurt.
David gives Terese a prescription for Piper to get some medication in the morning - evidently, she's decided to give it a try. David says Piper won't see the effects for a few weeks, and that she'll need to be on the meds for at least six months. Terese says Piper has also got an appointment booked with the psychologist for tomorrow.
Paul comes in - he's on the phone to Jane Harris, who he's pleased to hear is staying on as a judge in the Face of Lassiter's competition. After he's done with the call, he gets right on with goading Terese, asking her what Gary is cooking up for dinner.
PAUL: Bouchée à la baked beans?
Terese asks David to give them a moment, before laying into Paul.
TERESE: I thought we agreed that, if I kept quiet about this whole alibi fiasco, you'd stop interfering in my relationship with Gary. But whenever he's around, you can't keep away.
PAUL: So would you prefer that we meet behind closed doors, then?
TERESE: I'd prefer we didn't meet at all. So from now on, for the remainder of my leave, I'll be dealing with Leo only.
PAUL: Well, if you think you can't handle me...
TERESE: I've chosen the one that I want to be with. You need to move on, Paul. Because if you don't, I will - to another hotel.
PAUL: What, and move away from all this fun? Oh, come on. Without me in your life, there'd be no thrill - no excitement! The highlight of your day would be watching Gary excavate his nasal cavity. Admit it, Terese - you need me.
TERESE: You're ridiculous.
She keeps her composure until she's safely in the lift, when she begins to look worried.
Aaron and Mark are having a beer. Aaron says it will be weird not having Tyler at his birthday tomorrow. Mark agrees, but he's a little distracted, as he stares contemplatively at the memorial for Caitlin whose frame Piper smashed. There's a knock at the door - it's Piper, and she's crying.
PIPER: I'm not here to cause another scene. I just want to apologise for what I did before.
AARON: Hey, it's cool.
PIPER: It's not. It's no excuse for breaking your stuff. And I'm so sorry I did that, Mark.
MARK: It's okay.
PIPER: It's not. I know I have to get past this, so... I'm going on medication, and I'm starting therapy.
AARON: That's good for you.
MARK: Yeah, and Pipes - you know that we're always here for you, yeah?
PIPER: Thanks, guys.
She leaves again.
AARON: Too soon to say, maybe getting rid of the chair has helped?
But Mark reveals that he's found out who bought the chair.
MARK: David was worried that we might regret the sale. So he picked it up and put it in storage.
AARON: We can't tell Piper that.
MARK: Yeah, I agree. And when Tyler gets out, he can decide what he wants to do with it.
MARK: David's pretty thoughtful, hey? Mate, he still cares about you. So much so, that he didn't want to see you all torn up over it.
AARON: I don't know. Like, things are better between us now, yeah. But I don't think we'll ever get back what we had.
MARK: So start something new. Look, what you guys had was real. And it's not like it's gone away. Is that something you can ignore?
After a brief pause, Aaron thanks Mark, and rushes out of the house.
Elly is the latest to be summoned to assist with Piper's crisis.
ELLY: I know that we've had our differences. But I am always here for you.
PIPER: Okay. Well, I just wanted to ask you - because you have more experience in relationships - when they end, how do you get over the pain?
ELLY: I dunno if I'm the best person to ask. I've had my fair share of erratic outbursts.
PIPER: Yeah, but you've gotten over them - so how?
ELLY: By accepting it's over, I guess. Just to myself. I've never really had, like, a set way to process things, or an outlet. But you do. You've got vlogging. That can give you the clarity and the closure that you need. I know you haven't posted anything since Tyler - but maybe it's time that you do your own private one, just for you?
PIPER: I wouldn't even know where to start.
ELLY: It doesn't matter. No-one's listening but you.
Terese comes in, passes the prescription from David to Piper, and goes to join Gary in the kitchen. She tells him she's just been to speak to Paul.
TERESE: Sleeping with Paul was a huge regret of mine - and nothing like that will ever happen again. And I understand how hard it has been for you - so I've advised Paul that I'll be dealing with Leo from now on, whilst I'm on leave.
GARY: You did that for me?
TERESE: For us. We both need a break from Paul Robinson.
Aaron arrives to see David, explaining that Mark told him about David buying Tyler's chair.
DAVID: I didn't mean to stick my nose in. I simply thought I'd hold onto it, in case you guys regretted getting rid of it.
AARON: And that's because you still care about my family?
DAVID: Yeah. Of course.
They're in fairly close proximity by this point.
AARON: And what about me?
DAVID: What we spoke about the other day - Raf has made me feel differently about myself. About who I was with you. We can't go back to what we had.
AARON: Yeah, I know - I know. But what if we started something else? Something different?
Aaron moves in, preparing for a kiss.
AARON: I'll stop if you want me to.
But David doesn't want him to, and they kiss. Aaron suddenly pulls away.
AARON: Sorry. I really shouldn't have come on to you like that. I -
But David grabs him and pulls him for the start of a frankly spectacular pash.
AARON: So are you going to come to my birthday party?
DAVID: Of course. I wouldn't miss it.
The pash continues.
Paul turns up on Terese's doorstep.
TERESE: Did I imagine my conversation with you from before?
PAUL: How would I know what sort of fantasies you've been having?
TERESE: I thought I told you that from this point on, I'll only be liaising with Leo.
PAUL: I'm not here on regular business. I'm here to make an offer - to buy you out of Lassiter's.
Terese opens the envelope Paul gives her, and looks at the figures.
PAUL: Accept it, and you walk away a very wealthy woman with an incredible CV. And I'll finally be out of your life.
Terese is rattled.
TERESE: Why are you doing this?
PAUL: Because you mentioned that you were unhappy working for me. I don't want you to be unhappy, Terese. Isn't that the out you've been looking for, hmm?
Paul leaves the paperwork with Terese. She looks conflicted as he goes.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Xanthe tells Sheila, 'You can't stoop to his level. If you want revenge, keep it classy'
- Paul suggests to Jane that they catch up for a proper drink
- Jimmy asks an unseen person what they're doing here
- Amy asks Jimmy what's going on, but he walks away from her, leaving her confused