- Leo attempts to persuade Terese that they had a Moment™ in the sauna
- Terese tells Paul she's taking a week off for personal leave
- Terese tells Leo that having some time away from her will make him see there's nothing to this
- Karl gets an email from his half- sister Jemima, but she doesn't seem keen to be involved with him
- Aaron tells David that he hurt himself at The Shed because of Paul
- David tells Paul the pressure he piles on people is unrelenting; he doesn't want him at the wedding
Terese is back from her break, and Ned helps her carry her bags into the office. Ned notices some stress balls among the items she pulls out of her bag.
NED: What do you need release from?
NED: Oh, Leo did say you had a Moment™!
TERESE: We did not have a Moment™.
NED: Whatever it was, you fled the country straight after!
TERESE: I was missing Imogen and Daniel. And that's it.
Terese asks whether the news of Leo's crush has got back to Piper; Ned insists she has no idea. Terese asks what else Leo has told Ned.
NED: Why do you care?
TERESE: Look, I may not share this infatuation. But I don't like to think of him pining for me, either.
NED: Well, he's fine.
NED: But if you were missing Leo, I'm sure you'd know where to find him.
But Terese says she has work to do, and tells Ned she'll see him at home. She looks out of her window to see soap bubbles drifting past the glass! We move up to…
… where Leo is blowing bubbles off the balcony pensively. He tells Amy it's stress relief. Paul comes in and starts whingeing about how David has uninvited him to the wedding. Leo correctly guesses that Paul hasn't apologised to Aaron.
PAUL: Leo, I have nothing to apologise for.
Paul plays down how harsh he's been to Aaron, telling Leo and Amy that there's always a pre- wedding meltdown of some form.
PAUL: David is gonna wake up tomorrow morning, he's gonna realise that he overreacted – he's gonna waltz through that door and invite me back.
Amy and Leo don't look so sure.
David is on the phone to his mum Kim. Afterwards, he explains to Aaron that she won't be coming to the wedding due to complications with her recent hip operation. Given this, Aaron suggests that David reconsider his decision to ban Paul from the wedding. David isn't keen, but Aaron wonders whether David's projecting his disappointment in Aaron onto Paul.
DAVID: No (…) I mean, I'd have preferred you to be honest with me, but I'm to blame too. I should've been paying better attention.
AARON: So you can forgive me, but you can't forgive your dad?
DAVID: He said you weren't good enough for me. In that moment, every rotten thing anyone's ever said to me about him – I saw it first- hand (…) If he apologises for what he said – genuinely apologises – then I'll reconsider. But our relationship will always come first.
Susan is practising her celebrant speech for Aaron and David's wedding on Karl. She thinks the speech is boring and clichéd; Karl reassures her it's perfect, but Susan wants the speech to be really special for David and Aaron. Meanwhile, Karl has found some info online about his half- sister Jemima – she's been running a company in Echuca called Jem's Events, which does party planning.
There's no phone number on the website, just an address – so Karl suggests that he and Susan go to Echuca to track down his sister. Susan's sceptical that turning up unannounced is a good idea, but Karl says he just wants to see what she's like – if she proves unapproachable, he'll give it up. Susan agrees to go, but after the wedding when she isn't so busy.
Mark turns up with a shirt for Elly!
MARK: I made a passing comment about Elly's shirt. She said if I had a problem with it, I could iron it myself – voila!
Mark goes to put the shirt in Elly's room, and Karl and Susan continue their discussion. Karl's really keen to go and find Jemima tomorrow, as it's playing on his mind. Susan says she can't, as she has a wedding meeting with Aaron and David tomorrow night. Karl says he knows the wedding's important – just as Mark is leaving again, and overhears – but that this is really important to him.
Mark looks worried as Susan says she doesn't like the thought of letting Aaron and David down, but creeps out without saying anything. Susan agrees that they can go to Echuca tomorrow.
Leo bumps into Terese in the café, and asks how her trip to LA went. The conversation is civil but awkward – they agree to catch up over work matters presently, and Leo leaves. Terese looks flustered.
David turns up with Leo, and Paul awaits his apology – but David has none to give. Paul is annoyed, and says Aaron made mistakes too, so they should just call it even.
DAVID (to Leo): Can you walk me down the aisle tomorrow?
PAUL: Oh, come on – that's laying it on a bit thick, isn't it?
DAVID (to Leo): I need someone there who truly supports me.
PAUL: You know what? That's unfair – because you know I have always supported you.
DAVID: You told my fiancé he wasn't good enough for me – and for a second, you almost had him believing it!
PAUL: Clearly I care and support you both! Otherwise, why else would I be helping out at The Shed?
DAVID: It's not help if you almost ruin someone's self- esteem in the process!
DAVID: Please, Leo?
LEO: … Yeah. I'd be honoured.
David leaves, and Paul looks annoyed.
Mark is telling Aaron about the conversation he overheard between Karl and Susan. Aaron remembers that Susan hasn't given them a copy of her wedding speech, and wonders if it's about that. Mark mentions that the Kennedys are driving to Echuca, but assures Aaron he'll be able to sort out whatever it is with Susan when they meet with her tonight.
Susan is still worrying about her wedding speech, as she and Karl pull up outside the address in Echuca that Jemima was using. It looks pretty run- down, and Susan remarks that Jemima surely can't live here – but Karl goes to knock on the door anyway.
Leo finds Terese in the pub office, and tells her that David has banned Paul from the wedding. Terese is sympathetic, but not terribly surprised when she hears what's happened. Leo is hoping they can resolve things, the subtext being that he hopes he and Terese can resolve things too. They share a lingering glance, and Terese tells Leo she'll see what she can do to help resolve Paul and David's row.
Karl has spoken to a neighbour of Jemima's house, but it's apparently been empty for a while and they'd never met her.
SUSAN: Maybe she's some kind of recluse?
KARL: I hope she hasn't become homeless.
Karl asks Susan if they can stay a bit longer in the hope of tracking down Jemima. Susan is reluctant as she needs to get back to the meeting with Aaron and David – but she eventually opts to give them a call and push the meeting back.
Aaron and Mark come in, just as Susan is calling Aaron. They talk, but the signal's really bad and Aaron can barely hear Susan, but manages to gather that she wants to reschedule their meeting, and that she'll call him when she's leaving Echuca. Aaron begins to worry that Susan is thinking of pulling out of the wedding altogether, especially given how stressed she's been about the speech.
Mark assures him that Susan wouldn't do that, and tells him to wait until she calls back later. But Aaron's convinced that something's up – with Kim not coming and Paul having been banned, he reminds Mark that bad things happen in threes…
Amy is trying to convince Paul to go and make amends with David, but he's being stubborn and refusing. Terese turns up, and attempts the same conversation. Paul is resistant at first, telling her it's none of her business.
TERESE: I've seen how much you hurt when your family turns against you. Oh, come on, Paul – I thought you would've learned by now. Trying to control the people that you love, and their partners, is the fastest way to lose them.
Paul objects that Aaron is running his business into the ground, which will affect David's happiness in the long run.
TERESE: So you think he's a bad businessman.
PAUL: Yes! The facts speak for themselves.
TERESE: But do you think he's a good person? And that he might actually love David? And be there for him no matter what?
PAUL: … Yes, yes.
TERESE: Oh. Well, that's all that matters, then. Love, Paul – as unlikely and unpredictable that may be – that's all that matters. Just think about that.
Leo has been listening to this exchange, and follows Terese into the lift when she leaves.
TERESE: What are you doing?!
LEO: That was amazing. Thank you.
TERESE: … You need to go.
Leo reluctantly exits the lift.
Susan is practising her speech again, when Karl returns to the car. He says no- one's heard of Jemima or Jem's Events. They speculate that the business may have gone bust and she had to move. Karl feels guilty about bragging to her on the email about how successful he's been. He prepares to head home, but Susan says they should stay the night – they're too tired to drive back now.
KARL: What about Aaron and David?
SUSAN: Well, to be honest, I've got nothing finished to show them. So I'm going to need tonight to get it just right.
Karl apologises for the trip having set her back, but Susan says it's fine – she'll just send Aaron and David a text, to tell them she'll meet them in the morning at the pavilion, by which time the speech will be perfect.
Aaron shows David a text he's received from Susan, which he says is ‘pretty blunt'.
DAVID (reading): I'm really sorry, but we've been trying to find Karl's sister in Echuca and it's taken longer than we thought. I haven't finished my celebrant speech either, so I have to cancel.
Aaron's tried calling Susan but it's just going to voicemail. David doesn't think Susan would leave them in the lurch, but Aaron explains Mark said she's been distressed lately because of something to do with Karl. David says they'll have to keep trying to call her. Paul turns up.
PAUL: I've got something to say. I just hope it's not too late.
DAVID: We're listening.
PAUL: Aaron, look – I know that I pushed you to breaking point. And you didn't say anything, out of love for David. I didn't need any proof that you were the perfect partner for my son – but if I did, well, I certainly got it. Look, I know that I set the bar a bit high. But I shouldn't do that at the expense of people that I care about – my family. And David, I probably deserve not to go to your wedding. But you know, I could never forgive myself if I let that happen. So I'm truly sorry for the way that I've treated you both. And I should've never said the things that I said about you. Aaron, you are – and always have been – worthy of my son. And I said what I said in a fit of childish hurt. I sincerely hope that you can forgive me.
AARON: … Yeah. Absolutely. Apology accepted.
They shake on it. Paul looks hopefully at David.
DAVID: We're meeting on the aisle at eleven o'clock sharp.
Paul is thrilled, and hugs David.
PAUL: Thank you! I will be there with bells on. Wedding bells!
He leaves, and Aaron goes back to trying to call Susan – but says they'll need a back- up plan just in case.
Paul is chatting to Amy – she's glad he's resolved things with David and Aaron.
AMY: Funny how you wouldn't listen to us, but Terese – she knew exactly what to say to change your mind.
PAUL: Yeah, well. Even though you kids are amazing – Terese, you know, she gets me. Always has – always will.
Paul smiles fondly.
Terese is punishing her stress balls when Leo comes in.
TERESE: It helps with jetlag.
LEO: You and I need to talk. And this time, you're not running away. These Feelings™ I have for you – they're not one- sided, are they?
TERESE: I admit, there's some kind of pull.
LEO: And is that why you ran out of the sauna? And you ran off to America?
TERESE: I thought if I put some distance between us, that I'll get over it.
LEO: But you haven't. I can feel that every time we're together.
TERESE: It doesn't matter. We can't act on it. I mean, we're different people – at very different stages of our lives.
LEO: I know.
TERESE: Look, Leo – I'm the mother of adult children. And I was your boss not that long ago. And you – what about your family?
LEO: Dad's never stopped loving you.
TERESE: … You and me – it can never, ever happen.
LEO: You're right. And if it did, Dad would be devastated.
TERESE: I think the best thing for us to do – the only thing for us to do – is to forget this. Can you do that, Leo?
He nods sadly, and she bids him goodnight. Leo leaves, but they both look sad.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Paul raises a toast to David and Aaron
- Chloe raises a toast to Aaron and David
- Chloe says ‘I think we're out of options'
- Aaron asks how he's going to walk down the aisle
- At the wedding, Karl tells Susan that something is ‘outrageous' but not to let it ruin her day
- Paul tells David it's tradition to keep the groom waiting
- Leo tells David he's ‘so bloody happy' for him, and hugs him
- Aaron turns up at the ceremony in a wheelchair
- David and Aaron smiling at each another and holding hands