- Gary asking Toadie how Xanthe's insurance claim is progressing.
- Gary dipping into the dodgy money.
- Xanthe thinking she is being followed.
- Karl curious to know about his family and trying to track them down.
- Chloe telling Mark about her non- date and that she received money, which she is giving to Fay.
- Bea talking to her sister about Ned.
- Elly peeved at Bea standing her up to go on her walk with Ned.
“It's not what you think,” Bea tells her sister and explains that she has insomnia thanks to sleeping rough and the walks with Ned help to calm her down. “Makes sense,” Elly acknowledges but warns her about walking at night with Finn still loose, which is where Bea explains that after getting a scare, Ned now walks with her. Elly still isn't exactly happy and leaves them to it to head home.
Number 26 (next day)
Gary wants to continue ignoring the missed calls he's got (unknown number) and tells his mum he will get breakfast at work. The pair are somewhat suspicious when Xanthe asks for a lift to school and eventually manage to get her to explain why she wants a lift – she keeps seeing the same car around. “You think there's someone following you?” a concerned Gary asks and Xanthe isn't sure, although she's confident it isn't Finn, and wonders if she is simply paranoid? Gary says he will head to the police to check in with them after dropping her off at school.
It looks like Chloe's become popular - a business associate of Orian's (Harrison) has texted asking to meet up on the deal she had with him. Mark is very sceptical especially as the guy may want something more for his money, but Chloe has made her terms crystal clear, its “conversation only!” And to further ensure her safety, she is meeting the guy at The Waterhole.
Susan is struggling to finish her speech for David and Aaron's wedding and is looking for feedback from her nieces. Bea thinks Elly is better suited to the job, and she takes a spare copy before heading off to work.
Karl joins his wife at the table and its bad news on the sibling's front – his brothers (one in the UK and one in Cooktown) aren't keen on getting in touch with him as they didn't know their father very well. Susan tries to give him a positive thing – saving money on airfares plus they never know what might come up after the DNA results come in.
School/The Flametree Retreat
Xanthe is sitting in the playground when she spots a familiar car and calls her dad to see what the police said. He tells her that Finn dumped his car beside Darwin airport and they think he has fled the country. She then tells her dad that the car is back and is sure she is being followed. Initially he tells her to stay put, he is on his way but after she explains that she's got a test, he tells her to go inside as she will be safe there and he will pick her up at recess.
Xanthe quickly picks up her stuff and heads inside while Gary gets on the phone to see if Jeremy is out of prison yet.
With Elly knowing about his walks with Bea, Ned fills his sister (and Cassius) in. She now understands why Ned is constantly tired and adds that she can see why Elly would think it's weird. Just because he dated Elly, he doesn't think it's weird especially as he is just friends with Bea. Cassius backs Ned up but Piper isn't believing its purely plutonic with her brother and Bea.
Chloe easily spots Harrison at the bar and off they head to a table.
Gary unloads his fears about who is following Xanthe to Ned (it's not Jeremy though he's still inside) and his advice is just to babysit the money untouched until someone comes to collect it. Of course, Gary has dipped into it for Xanthe's bills, which Ned tells him wasn't a good idea, but neither can figure out who it is that's following Xanthe.
Elly tries to calm Mark down - that Chloe can handle herself with this guy she is meeting. She admits that she doesn't agree with what the lass is doing, but it's her decision as long as she understands the boundaries and risks. Mark is still worried about his sister despite her words and its Elly's turn to unload her woes about Bea onto him. “You are over Ned right?” Mark asks, and she is quick to reply that she is, so he wonders what the issue is. Turns out she is peeved that Bea didn't confide in her about her insomnia, but Mark is just happy that after all the lass has been through, she is confiding in someone.
The car is still sitting there when Gary arrives to pick Xanthe up. He asks her if it's still there (yes) and which one it is, and after she does that, he quickly walks over to where its parked up to confront the driver. The driver is John Wong, Private Investigator who has been hired by the insurance company to verify Xanthe's insurance claim.
Gary is frogmarching John into the school when they run into Susan. Susan confirms that she is indeed meeting John – this apparently is the final step in the claim process. Gary half- mumbles an apology and John heads back to his car and Gary now wonders if the claim won't be paid. Susan is sure the company doesn't doubt Xanthe's injuries, it's just the impact and any long term repercussions that need to be calculated so they can settle. “I can't believe this has happened,” Xanthe laments although is relieved that the mystery has been solved.
Elly is surprised to see her sister still home until she explains Mark gave her an extended lunchbreak. The sisters apologise to each other – Bea for not telling Elly about the walks with Ned and Elly for making Bea feel like she did something wrong. “I didn't know how to tell you,” Bea explains after the insomnia flared up after Liz left, while Elly hates that her sister has been in pain.
BEA: I guess we all have some kind of baggage.
ELLY: Yes, I guess we do.
Elly wants to reassure her sister that she can reach out to her and should things progress with Ned (“that's not how it is,” Bea protests) then she has her blessing.
The girls pass Susan on the way out for lunch. Karl is even further downhearted to hear another brother does not want to make contact with him as they are too far away. When Karl declares that he is related to royalty – some distant relative was a court jester for King Henry VIII, Susan jokes and says that explains where his talent comes from!
KARL: I don't know about that, he was beheaded!
Just at that, he gets an email about his DNA results with some positive news – there is a female first cousin (initials JDS) and Susan thinks it is at least worth sending a message.
Piper runs into Mark when she comes in for a coffee and tells him about Chloe blanking her “as if she was on a date.” “That's because she is,” Mark replies and seems very concerned when Piper describes the guy as being much older than Chloe (she reckons he is in his 50's). “I'm worried this guy's a creep,” he admits, and Piper immediately suggest he checks the guy out on Facebook!
Chloe seems to be chatting away quite happily with Harrison.
Piper gives advice on what Mark should be looking for on Harrison's Facebook page. He quickly finds something that has Piper shocked!
Harrison confirms that his wife of 19 years (and mother of his two teenage kids) doesn't know that he is out with her. Chloe seems somewhat shaken up at this revelation.
Susan gives her thumbs up to the message Karl has written to JDS. He is somewhat confused that this relative hasn't put herself on the family tree (so they know exactly what the relationship is) but Susan points out that unless he sends the message, his questions will go unanswered.
Ned brings Bea coffee and a fine piece as a prelude to a chat. He's happy to hear things are back on track with Elly and seems relieved that she still wants their walks to continue. She brings up Elly's concern (that there is something between them) but he is quick to confirm that there isn't.
NED: Our walks are just walks.
Bea admits that after what happened with Finn, she can't imagine dating again, something he thinks is “totally understandable.” Although when she heads back to work, he looks somewhat disappointed.
Gary comes off the phone with the insurance company with news for Xanthe – they've processed her claim and she's been awarded a sum of $220,000 which will be paid next week! “You deserve every cent,” he tells her as she sits dumbstruck.
Gary heads to the counter to get some celebratory cake where he runs into Ned and tells him who was in the car. He adds that with the money, he will be able to repay what he took from the dodgy money (top of Xanthe's list is to pay the retreat where she thinks the money came from). Ned thinks he's been very lucky to get away with touching the dodgy money and Gary promises he won't touch it again!
Harrison explains to Chloe why she is with him today – he isn't looking to cheat on his wife, he simply wants someone to have an open and honest conversation with unlike his usual business meetings. “It's a lot less confronting than seeing a therapist,” he also adds!
Chloe asks Harrison to tell her about his wife and he is in the middle of doing that when Mark arrives in the bar and interrupts their conversation. He bluntly tells his sister that she is “making a mistake” and to Harrison that he's “a disgusting excuse for a man!”
MARK: Either you leave now, or I'll contact your wife and let her know that you're on a date with another woman.
HARRISON: You wouldn't?!
MARK: I'll do it in a heartbeat mate!
Harrison decides its best he leaves and Chloe calls after him, but Mark tells her to stop, because he is a sleaze and married. “I know he's married!” Chloe informs her brother, the guy simply wanted someone to talk to. Mark can't believe that was just the case but sarcastically congratulates him if his aim was to humiliate them both!
Coming up on Neighbours
- Elly chastising Mark about his interference.
- Xanthe uncomfortable about how she got the money.
- Toadie concerned about Sonya.
- Sonya being honest with her husband.
- Amy and Rob up to something.