- Gary tells Sindi she can stay on at the Retreat for another week
- Gary holds onto some dodgy cash for Finn's ex- cellmate, on the promise of some info on Finn
- ‘Andrea' hints to Toadie that she recalls Dee's first kiss with him, during a game of truth or dare
- Bea tells Elly that she and Mark are ‘so into each other it's ridiculous'
- Mark and Elly arrange a trip to an art gallery
- Liz claims she was mugged by Finn Kelly
- But later, Nell finds Liz's purse, suggesting it wasn't stolen after all
- Liz doesn't take kindly to Mark implying she's lying, and asks him to leave the house
Mark comes in, distracted; Chloe asks him what's wrong. After warning her to get her feet off the couch, he eventually admits that Liz's purse was found, with all her money and cards still inside – which he thinks suggests that Finn didn't attack her. He suspects Liz just wanted sympathy from Elly and Bea, so came up with the story to achieve it.
However, Mark's conflicted about whether to tell anyone, given that Liz is now getting on better with Elly and Bea. He's also worried it will set back his progress with reconciling with Elly. But he eventually says that he can't keep quiet if Liz is lying and breaking the law.
Sheila is rehearsing her lines for Flapper with Dipi and Shane, but isn't anywhere near off- script. Dipi is disappointed, but Sheila explains that she's been distracted by an impending exam on Russian revolutions at night school. Shane is facing the same exam, so Dipi excuses them from rehearsals today and tomorrow so they can dedicate their attention to revision.
Meanwhile, Gary is on the phone to Jeremy, arranging how Jeremy is going to get the dodgy cash back. Jeremy isn't keen to meet Gary face- to- face, so Gary offers to leave the money in a locked cabinet at the Retreat so Jeremy can let himself in after hours and collect it. Jeremy says Gary will get his info on Finn as soon as he has the cash.
The Flametree Retreat
Chloe is asking Sindi if there is any work going there; she's wanting to supplement her income from Lassiter's with some additional shifts elsewhere. Sindi promises to pass Chloe's CV to Gary. As Chloe leaves, Toadie emerges from the restaurant and pays for his breakfast. He admits to Sindi that he's been back to Hobart to see Andrea, but says that it was just ‘more of the same'.
Sonya then emerges with Hugo in his pram; she's still frosty towards Sindi when she discovers she's still working here. Sindi explains that Gary asked her to stay an extra week. Sonya asks if Steph knows about that; Sindi doesn't answer directly, and hurries off to prepare for a booking.
Once she's gone, Sonya expresses doubt to Toadie that Sindi should be running the place. Toadie says she's doing an okay job. But Sonya suspects Steph doesn't know about it, and thinks they should give her a call.
SONYA: I'd want to know who was working in my business.
TOADIE: … Yeah, you're right. Let's give her a call.
Mark is watching footage from the garage CCTV cameras, trained across the road on Grease Monkeys. He sees footage of Liz drunkenly falling to the ground in the exact spot where the purse was found, and looks worried.
Dipi has come up with a strategy to help Shane study for his exam; she's in her Flapper costume and throws random history questions at him, removing an item of clothing for each one he gets right and putting them back on if he gets them wrong! Both the gloves and the feather boa are off in no time at all.
DIPI: You are such a fast learner! See? I told you study could be fun.
She sits on him and they kiss.
Outside No 28, Mark confronts Liz with his newfound knowledge from the CCTV. She says Finn could have attacked her before the events in the video happened, but Mark says that contradicts her story from the police station. Elly emerges, followed shortly afterwards by Bea, Susan and Karl. Mark tells everyone that Finn didn't really attack Liz; she just fell over when she was drunk. Liz tries to deny it.
ELLY: Mum, stop. Did you actually see Finn that night? (…) Did he attack you? Yes or no?
LIZ: … No.
BEA: What?! So you made everything up?!
Bea and Elly look horrified. Susan looks judgy. Karl looks put out.
Shortly afterwards, Liz tells her daughters she didn't mean to lie; Mark assumed she'd been robbed, and she just went along with it.
LIZ: Only because you two had turned me away!
BEA: So you're saying it's our fault?
LIZ: No – no, I'm not saying that. I just – I'm trying to let you know how much you mean to me, and I was really upset, and then there was this chance for us to reconnect. Like, we were getting so close.
SUSAN: But Liz, it was based on a hurtful lie!
LIZ: This is none of your business.
SUSAN: Do you have any idea what you've put these girls through?
LIZ: Just stay out of it, please.
SUSAN: No, Liz, I will not. After everything that Finn did, you had them believing that he was coming after them again! You would rather exploit their trauma than put in the hard work it takes to make something real.
LIZ: Don't you judge me! You have had it so easy!
SUSAN: If you thought about anyone but yourself, you would know how ridiculous that is!
Liz gets tearful, as everyone else goes inside.
Sheila is studying for the exam, but is struggling to make the facts stick in her mind. Dipi begins to tell Sheila about her saucy method of helping Shane to revise…
Meanwhile, Toadie and Sonya have summoned Gary and Sindi, to explain that they have called Steph and told her about Sindi working at the Retreat. Gary says that explains the three missed calls from Steph! Sonya says Steph wasn't happy about not being kept in the loop. Gary resolves to give her a buzz and sort it out, but tells the Rebecchis it would've been easier if they'd talked to him first.
SINDI: Why didn't you talk to him first? Was this your idea?
SONYA: Steph's my friend.
SINDI: And you don't like me very much.
SONYA: Well, that's got nothing to do with it. Honestly, I just thought she should be made aware of it.
SINDI: You know, I knew the job was never permanent. But I was just trying to do some good.
Sindi walks out. Toadie then gets a phone call from Dr Madden, Andrea's psych specialist in Hobart…
Sheila has taken Dipi's advice, and has Clive decked out in a Russian fur hat, asking her questions about Tsar Nicholas II! Sheila gets a question right, and Clive, stripping off his shirt so he only has his boxers and the hat on, complains that she's getting an easy ride! Sheila gets the next question right, and Clive takes his hat off. But Sheila isn't satisfied and demands that the undies come off too!#
SHEILA: I've earned it!
Clive obeys, just at the moment when Xanthe walks into the room! She screams, and Sheila protests that they thought she was asleep!
XANTHE: What are you doing?!
SHEILA and CLIVE: Studying™!
Susan is angrily pruning in the garden. Karl emerges and says Liz is packing her bags inside. Susan is still furious and appears to have no intention of seeing her off.
SUSAN: I can't even look at her! (…) How could she do this, Karl? How could she do this to her own daughters? (…) I mean, she's always been self- centred. She just up and left me to look after Mum. But this time – this time – I really thought she was trying to change (…) I got it completely wrong! She was selfish then, she's selfish now.
KARL: Yeah. (…) The thing is, I'm not sure she's equipped to sort herself out. Why else would she behave like this?
SUSAN: Oh, because she's an evil narcissist?
KARL: Oh, we both know she's spectacularly selfish, but you know what? I also think she's very sad and very lonely. She needs someone to help her.
SUSAN: Why should that fall to me?!
KARL: Because she's burnt all her bridges. You're all she has. She's family.
Toadie finishes up on the phone with Dr Madden, and explains the gist to Sonya.
TOADIE: Andrea is begging to see me, and she refuses to eat until I come.
Hobart Psychiatric Facility
We see ‘Andrea' pacing around her room, looking very distressed and seemingly trying to console herself by patting the hair on her shoulder like a baby.
Back in Erinsborough…
TOADIE: Worst comes to worst, they can put a drip in and force- feed her. But he thought it might be helpful if I at least spoke to her on the phone.
SONYA: Did you?
TOADIE: I told him that we were happy to pay for her continuing treatment, but there is to be no more communication.
SONYA: Okay. Thank you.
TOADIE: I made a promise to you, and I'm gonna keep it. Andrea is not going to control me anymore.
Hobart Psychiatric Facility
‘Andrea' continues her anguished pacing, then explodes into violent sobbing. She begins to tear up her hospital room, then we cut to her distraught on her knees on the floor, clutching at her head and looking tearfully towards the ceiling.
Liz is preparing to leave in a taxi. Elly and Bea are watching.
LIZ: I know you're angry. I would be too. But please understand that I only did what I did because I love you.
ELLY: I don't know what you expect us to say back to that.
LIZ: I don't know either. But maybe that you could forgive me one day?
Susan and Karl rush out of the house. Susan asks Elly if she could cover for her at work for a couple of weeks; she wants to return to Sydney with Liz to spend some time with her.
ELLY: Why would you do that, after everything she's done?
SUSAN: That's why! Because of what she's done. She obviously needs help.
LIZ: You don't need to do that. I don't need your help.
SUSAN: Yes, Liz, you do. At least, you do if you ever want a shot at being a proper mother to those girls.
Susan says she needs to deal with her past, including her feelings about Bea's dad Lars.
SUSAN: And I'm gonna be there with you when you do it.
BEA: Susan, you don't need to do this for us.
SUSAN: Sweetheart, I'm doing it for all of us (…) I haven't always been there for Liz – not like a sister should be. And I think that she's been hurting for a long time.
Liz is now crying.
SUSAN: So, what do you reckon, Lizzie? You and me. Want to give it a shot?
Liz nods tearfully.
Dinner time. Gary is telling Sheila, a clothed Clive and Xanthe about his conversation with Steph, who has given permission for Sindi to stay on at the Retreat – but admits she wasn't happy about not being consulted in the first place. Sheila is distracted after what happened with Xanthe catching Clive naked in the living room! Xanthe is smiling for the first time in ages as she cheekily asks…
XANTHE: Clive – do you mind passing me the buns, please?
Going along with the joke, Clive pointedly bends over as he puts the bread rolls on the table. Gary is perplexed by everyone's laughter. There's a knock at the door, and Gary goes to open it; it's Mishti. She tells him that Liz made up the story about Finn mugging her, which means that he isn't in the area as far as the police are aware. Gary thanks Mishti, and follows her outside to make a call.
GARY: Jeremy – it's me. Just make sure you call me as soon as you've made the pick- up, yeah?
Karl is walking Susan out to the taxi with her bags, while Liz waits by the cab. Elly says she'll make sure everything's fine at school, and will look after a visibly upset Bea, too.
ELLY: I can't say you're not going to be wasting your time.
SUSAN: Oh, well – it's a risk I'll have to take.
Liz hesitates and looks back at Bea before getting into the taxi with Susan. It drives off, and Mark comes over to talk to Elly; he says he didn't mean to cause the family any harm. Elly says it's all on Liz, and that she's glad Mark spoke up. His ability to get to the truth is one of his best qualities, she adds.
MARK: Well, I have others (…) I could show them to you, at the art gallery?
But Elly lets him down, saying Bea needs her right now. Mark is disappointed but understanding. He says they can reschedule; Elly says she just needs a bit of time, before heading back to the house to join Bea.
Sindi joins Chloe at the bar for a drink. Shane is serving. Sindi tells Chloe that she isn't going to have any work for her unfortunately, as she'll be lucky if she has a job herself! Chloe asks Shane if the pub needs an events manager, but he says he's just a hired hand. Chloe heads home, saying she's way too broke to be hanging out here.
SINDI: Sometimes it feels, no matter what I do, I can never make up for the things that I've done.
SHANE: Nah, people will forgive and forget.
SINDI: Not Sonya. She's one step forward and two steps back.
SHANE: She's just being cautious. She'll settle down.
SINDI: Well, I hope she stops soon, cos it's really making me doubt myself. I don't even know if I locked up properly.
Sindi rushes off to double- check that the Retreat is secure, saying she won't be able to sleep if she doesn't.
The Flametree Retreat
Sindi arrives to check the place is locked, but sees a door closing inside and realises she's not alone. She's alarmed when Jeremy emerges from the door. He demands she give him the key to the locked cabinet. She gives him her bunch and he goes to unlock it, telling Sindi not to move. While he's busy with the cabinet, she reaches into her bag and sends an emergency SOS message from her mobile.
Toadie is chatting to Karl, while Elly and Bea watch TV.
KARL: Do you think going to see Andrea only served to encourage her?
TOADIE: I dunno. Maybe. But I made it clear to the doctor that we ain't going back there.
KARL: Okay. well, you just have to try and put her out of your head.
TOADIE: That's easier said than done.
Karl gets a text from Susan, and tells everyone she's arrived safely. Toadie leaves them to it, and Karl heads to bed.
ELLY: How are you doing – really?
BEA: I'm… I'm good, Elly.
ELLY: Okay. Well, I'm not. I'm not really sure how to deal with this and I want to talk about it.
BEA: Oh, what's the point?
ELLY: The point is, it might help.
BEA: Yeah, well, it won't. It's Mum and that's the way she's always going to be.
Elly goes to bed, and Bea looks conflicted.
The Flametree Retreat
Sindi tells Jeremy that there's nothing of value in the locked cabinet – but little does she realise that he knows differently. Sure enough, he finds the money Gary has stashed there. But then he hears police sirens approaching.
JEREMY: What did you do?
He picks up the bag and prepares to walk out, but Sindi bravely stands in his way in a bid to stop him leaving until the police arrive. However, Jeremy just throws her to the floor, before making his exit. Sindi lies on the rug, unconscious, as the sirens continue to blare…
Coming up on Neighbours
- Gary gets news of the so- called robbery at the Retreat
- Sindi is rushed into an ambulance
- Ned tells Gary there's $100,000 at stake; Gary doesn't know what he's going to do
- Piper asks Leo if he really thinks Paul's good enough for Terese
- Paul tells Terese he's committed this time, and that it's her move
- Terese beats Paul at a game of giant chess on the mezzanine
- Toadie tells Sonya he can't stop thinking about what Andrea said in the psych ward