- Sonya seeing Andrea in Hobart.
- Toadie wanting to go see Andrea too, but as a family.
- Chloe volunteering to be the Lassiters wedding consultant, starting with organising David and Aaron's wedding.
- Chloe convincing Aaron and David to work with her but David not exactly on board with it.
- Elly demanding to know why her mum is telling two different stories to her daughters.
- Bea dawning that it was her mum that wanted rid of her, not Elly.
“I really am sorry,” Liz says to her daughters, but Elly angrily replies back that “it's not good enough!” and reminds Liz that it's because of that, Bea lived on the streets. “I didn't know that,” Liz pleads and again reiterates that she thought Bea was with her father in Broome. Liz begins to cry, and Elly warns her mum not to turn it into something “about you.”
LIZ: Lars agreed that Bea could move in with them and I honestly thought she was happy there.
BEA: Except dad and Ulrika didn't want me there.
“Not that it matters,” she adds because she hated living with them, which is why she wanted to live with her mum until it became clear she didn't want her either.
LIZ: I had no idea.
BEA: You never bothered to ask mum. Every time I mentioned dad, you would have a meltdown. I learned to shut my mouth.
Liz tries to explain that Lars broke her heart and that she wasn't coping. “I had to protect myself,” she adds which doesn't go down well with the girls and even Susan is rolling her eyes at what her sister is saying.
ELLY: What kind of mother are you?”
You could hear a pin drop as in shock at what's been said, as Liz about turns and heads for her room. Elly then turns around to hug her sister, but the lass wants space and after breaking the hug, walks out of the house and Susan stops Elly from following.
ELLY: Look at all the damage that she's done, and she's too much of a coward to face up to it.
Willow reacquaints herself with her little brother and confirms to Toadie and Sonya that she wants to go to Hobart. She is still feeling guilty about not telling them the truth about Hugo, but Toadie points out that it isn't her fault.
WILLOW: Do you think this memory loss, or whatever, is real?
Toadie replies that the docs think so and also adds in that they are unsure if she will recognise Hugo or herself and again gives her the option of not going but again, reaffirms she is going.
Chloe rushes home to tell Aaron that some famous photographer (Annabel Rutherford) is going to be taking their wedding photos. “She shoots like celebs,” Aaron points out along with the obvious – they can't afford her! Chloe has done a deal and the photographer will do it for free… in exchange for them recreating their proposal so it can appear on the photographer's website. And it gets even better, it's got to be done today in the only time the photographer has available!
Karl stops by for a chat as Toadie is packing up the car. He confirms that despite the warnings, Willow is still keen to go to Hobart and equally Karl reassures Toadie that he will help her get through things.
Liz finds her sister out in the garden watering the plants but still isn't getting any sympathy. “I'm not proud of what I've done,” Liz admits but would love for the girls to see “what I've been through.” She explains the hurt of how deeply she fell for Lars, how devastating it was when he went back to his wife, which resurfaced when Bea moved in with them. Elly apparently didn't notice how her mum was because she was too wrapped up in her own life.
SUSAN: Do you really think there is any way you can justify this?
“You were abandoned by Karl!” Liz retaliates with and of course Susan has to agree because she knows the pain, but she gets a dig back at her sister because she put her needs about her kids.
LIZ: Because you've never made a mistake?
SUSAN: Oh shut up Liz, I've made plenty! You completely destroyed their trust in each other. Bea and Elly have paid a terrible price. You need to start to help them to heal. That means you need to own your actions Liz, put your daughters first for once.
Elly finds her sister sitting on the kerb and goes to join her. “From the start I should have trusted you,” Bea concedes along with the fact Finn screwed them both over while Elly concedes that she could have been a better sister too. Bea opens up about her time on the streets and her thoughts at the time was it was better to be alone but being alone equally made her more vulnerable. “I never had the guts to be on my own,” Elly admits hence getting into endless “toxic relationships.”
BEA: We're both messes! I wonder where we got that from?!
ELLY: Yes, but we can change it, and it's a habit I've been trying to break and lucky you've got Karl and Susan's support, and all we're here to support you too if you want it.
BEA: Are you sure you want to take me in thought?
An immediate hug and Elly telling her “you're my sister,” should reaffirm that one!
Aaron goes with the ‘we need something to look back on when we're old and grey' as a way of convincing David to partake in the photoshoot. However, it's a no- go from David because he has a seminar to attend at the hospital.
The trio sit nervously waiting to see Andrea and again Willow reassures Toadie again that she is up for it. A nurse comes along to get them but will only allow one in at a time (doctors orders) and they debate who will go in first, but Willow thinks it will be best if she does it.
The next debate is whether Hugo goes in with Willow or not – Willow is confident that Andrea won't hurt the wee toot and promises to come right out if she gets upset. Somewhat reluctantly, Toadie stands back to let her push Hugo past them.
Willow talks to her mum about Hugo, but Andrea literally stares into space. Its only when Hugo starts to cry (and Willow leans down into the pram to see to him) that she turns her head to look at the pram.
ANDREA: Is that yours?
WILLOW: Mum, I don't have… Hugo's your baby.
ANDREA: I don't have a baby.
WILLOW: I'm your daughter. Please say you remember me.
“I don't know what you're talking about,” Andrea replies and also that she doesn't understand. “We can get through this,” Willow tries to tell her but all it earns is her being told to leave. When Willow shows no signs of leaving (she wants to talk), Andrea starts to get really upset and yells repeatedly for Willow to “get out.”
Willow returns back to the waiting room where Toadie and Sonya are nervously waiting. “She didn't recognise us,” a despondent Willow tells them, adding that it was as if they “were strangers.” Willow then tells them about Andrea snapping but wasn't sure if it was because she was scared or angry.
WILLOW: I don't know what's happened but she's not herself any more.
Toadie tries to reassure her that her mum will get better, it will just take time. She leaves Hugo with them and walks out the waiting room citing that she wants some alone time.
Now Toadie wants to go see Andrea but the nurse thinks that she will need to calm down first. He points out that they have a return flight today, so the nurse scuttles off to see what she can do.
“Maybe we should just leave it for now?” Sonya remarks but Toadie thinks if he can get through to Andrea, its been worth the trip especially as Willow is upset.
Back with Andrea, and she deeply in- hails the smell from a soft toy before putting it back on the bed and ferociously begins playing with her hair.
Susan agrees with her sister when she says that she “loves my girls,” but comments that she needs to show them that.
LIZ: Yes, I probably need to step up.
The girls at that point arrive home and before they say a word to their mum, she declares that she needs to apologise and do so “properly this time.” The girls don't want an apology, they want her to pack her stuff and leave! The K's look aghast and Liz gets defensive and acknowledges that she's made mistakes.
LIZ: But I can be better.
ELLY: You isolated Bea from her family to a point where she was homeless.
LIZ: And I regret that but look, I can make it up to you.
ELLY: And even after you realised the damage you caused between us, you still stayed quiet.
Offering an olive branch to the girls, Liz suggests spending the day together (at a spa) which goes down like a lead balloon with Elly! Bea finally finds her voice to say a spa isn't “going to fix this.”
ELLY: Bea and I need time on our own. Time to repair the mess that you created, and we want to do this on our own and we certainly don't want you here.
LIZ: All right then, I'll pack my bags and go.
Liz seemed shell- shocked when nobody objects or tries to stop her packing her bags and walks off towards her room.
Chloe chats to her brother in Terese's office, trying to use emotional blackmail to get Aaron and David on board with the celebrity photographer. Aaron realises though that David is right to put his career first “no matter how hot Annabel would have make us look.”
When Ned comes in to drop off some paperwork for Terese, Aaron has a brainwave on who Annabel could photograph!
“Chloe and I owe you,” Aaron mutters quietly to Ned as they pose together while Annabel take the photos. Apparently, it's a “creative recreation,” of the proposal although they almost slip up when Aaron accidentally calls Ned by his real name and not as David, but they manage to pass it off as being a “nickname.”
However, something else is giving the game away – the fact they aren't exactly relaxed in each other's company and eventually its picked up upon.
ANNABEL: Sorry guys, I'm just not feeling the love.
Aaron finally admits the truth and regrets not being upfront with her earlier and Ned begs for a final chance. “I just need to get my promo shot,” Annabel tells them.
NED: Okay, I can do this. I can bring the love!
With that, Ned throws off the shirt he's been loosely wearing and gets down on one knee, as if he was really proposing and fully gives the photoshoot his all.
“How did everything end up like this?” Liz asks after Susan catches up with her before she leaves town. She reports that she has talked to the girls, but they haven't changed their minds.
SUSAN: I don't know. Growing up, you were so much fun. You were just out there and crazy. I idolised you, but Liz, the way you've lived your life, this irresponsibility has obviously had a bad impact on the girls. If I'd known this was going to happen, I wouldn't have asked you to come here.
LIZ: I want to support them.
“Karl and I are here for them,” Susan replies and while Liz is grateful, she admits that she doesn't “know what to do.” “Hard work and time,” is Susan's reply and for that to happen, Liz will need to stay on in Erinsborough. She suggests the retreat to her sister and that will allow her to work on the girls and then let Liz know.
LIZ: You'd do that?
SUSAN: Of course.
Susan does add that they might not agree with the plan and Liz will need to respect that and immediately she agrees to Susan's plan.
Liz asks for a moment, so Susan heads off, but she doesn't get much time before Sheila comes meandering over trying to suss out who the guest is.
SHEILA: You're Susan's older sister, aren't you?
LIZ: Yes, but I'm nothing like ‘Saint Susan'.
SHEILA: Well families do have their challenges!
LIZ: Some more than others!
Chloe is thrilled that Plan B came off and that Annabel was very happy at the photoshoot. “Am I too late for the photoshoot?” David asks when he comes into the café, his seminar having finished early. “Annabel had to leave,” Aaron calmly replies and seems happy David needs to head home to talk to his mum (she's due to get a hip replacement operation) to give her some reassurance.
Aaron is now regretting not being honest with David, but Chloe thinks a white lie is okay, telling her brother not to make things “more complicated than it needs to be.”
Toadie finally gets his chance to talk to Andrea and somewhat nervously enters her room. Unlike with Willow earlier, where Andrea barely acknowledged her daughter, she recognises Toadie straight away and jumps off her bed and runs towards him, hugging him and saying, “you came.”
ANDREA: I've been waiting for you.
Once he finally peels her off of him, he asks if she knows who he is.
ANDREA: As if I wouldn't know my own husband!
She hugs him again and more forcefully, Toadie pushes her away, telling her to “get off.” “What's wrong?” she asks, looking decidedly puzzled.
ANDREA: It's me. It's Dee!
Coming up on Neighbours
- Paul giving Terese a Christmas pressie.
- Sheila and Clive arguing.
- Gary wanting revenge but it's going to cost!