- Sonya loses her temper with Nell after she goes missing, leading to tension with Toadie
- Toadie admits to Shane that the incident could bring up a lot of issues, 'if we let it'
- Toadie tells Alice about an expensive new doctor offering to take on Andrea at the psych ward
- Alice encourages Toadie to take on the new doctor and delay telling Sonya about it
- Xanthe buys Piper a pregnancy test, but Piper tells her she doesn't want it
- But a conflicted Piper later visits Cassius in hospital; he asks why she's there
- Gary tells Bea and Susan of a tip- off he's received about a cabin Finn may be hiding out at
Susan, Elly and Bea are discussing the lead they have on Finn. The cabin he's been hiding out at, we learn, is only an hour away from Erinsborough. Susan thinks they should avoid speculating until the police call them - but Elly wonders if Finn's ex Miranda, whose parents own the cabin, knows anything about it. Bea wonders if they should speak to her, but Susan says to leave it to the police.
Sonya is struggling to sleep. She admits to a (superficially) sympathetic Alice that she's feeling bad about the incident with Nell going missing, and wishing she'd handled things better. Toadie comes in from work, and Alice goes to make them all tea.
Toadie asks Sonya if she sorted things out with Nell; but Sonya says she didn't get a chance before Nell went to bed. Toadie apologises for being short with Sonya earlier, and Sonya apologises too, while Alice eavesdrops from the kitchen. Sonya asks if all was okay at work. Toadie glances at Alice, as he says everything was fine - deciding not to mention the letter about Andrea's new doctor...
Yashvi is stressing about her upcoming English exam, telling Xanthe she's going to 'fail it big- time'. She says she was footie training while she was supposed to be studying the books. Xanthe offers to help her prepare, starting with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. But Yashvi is swiftly bamboozled as Xanthe rattles off a quick- fire list of key themes, then ditches her go and chat to Piper!
Xanthe quietly demands that Piper tell her whether she's taken the pregnancy test or not yet. Piper says she hasn't, and doesn't intend to.
PIPER: Can you just stop asking me, okay? I'm dealing with it!
XANTHE: No, you're not! Piper, you're pushing it away because you don't want to deal with the circumstances, okay? Until you take the test, you don't know what your options are! If you don't know you're pregnant or not, you're just in a state of limbo.
PIPER: Thank you for spelling that out for me. I feel so much better (!)
XANTHE: Well, you don't have a lot of time.
PIPER: Just drop it, okay?
Piper tries to give Xanthe the pregnancy test back, but 'as your best friend' Xanthe refuses to do that. Piper also asks Xanthe not to tell anyone, including Terese - she's so happy with Leo right now, and Piper doesn't want to ruin that.
Bea is in the garden, writing something, and looking very stressed and tearful. We see flashbacks of her happy times with Finn (or as she then knew him, Patrick) shortly after their engagement - and then a darker memory, of Bea walking away from the car in her wedding dress, and 'Patrick' unexpectedly getting to his feet and running after her.
Back in the present, Elly emerges, and asks Bea if she's okay. Bea admits she's struggling with her insomnia; Elly suggests she make an appointment to see her therapist tomorrow. Bea says she has one in a few days, and can wait till then. Elly decides to stay and keep her company.
BEA: I just don't want to talk about it, if that's oaky?
ELLY: Yeah, of course. We'll just sit here. Together.
Gary and Amy are all cuddly on the sofa.
GARY: Better not lose that feather like we did the last one!
AMY: Oh, going peacock was an inspiration!
GARY: Well, I thought about pigeon, but...
Sheila comes out of her room, shrieking for Xanthe to hurry up.
GARY: Oh, Mum, they're gonna hear you in Anson's Corner!
Sheila convenes with Xanthe in the kitchen; they're both heading into school to sit the exam, and Amy is dropping them off.
SHEILA: I am an unfortunate and desperate creature. I look around, and find no relation or friend upon earth.
GARY: Yes, Mum, we're sorry that you feel that way!
But Sheila is quoting Frankenstein's monster, and now has a mental block!
Bea turns up at the door, and asks Gary if he's heard anything about Finn. He talks to her privately, keen for Xanthe not to overhear, as he doesn't want her distracted from her exam. Gary confirms he hasn't heard from the police yet, but that as soon as he does, he'll let Bea know. Xanthe emerges, and Bea claims she'd just come to talk to Gary about his car, which Xanthe seems to buy.
Gary, Amy, Bea and Xanthe all head out of the door, while Sheila is looking for her copy of Frankenstein. She checks in Xanthe's bag - but instead of finding the book, she finds the pregnancy test that Piper gave back to Xanthe! Sheila looks worried...
Gary has summoned Bea, Elly and Susan to the café for an update on Finn, having heard from the police. They searched the cabin early this morning, he explains, and found evidence that Finn had been there. They think that he used the place immediately after his initial disappearance; the family have been using the cabin most of the time since then, or it's been rented as an Airbnb.
GARY: It seems unlikely that he could've been back there any time since July (...) The most recent development is still Finn's car appearing at Darwin Airport in late August, which supports the theory that he's somehow managed to leave the country.
They thank him for the update, and Gary leaves. Susan and Elly seem relieved by the idea that Finn has left the country, but Bea doesn't look so sure.
Piper has a question for Toadie, and it's about Cassius.
PIPER: What sort of sentence do you think he's gonna get?
TOADIE: I thought you didn't want to engage in all that?
PIPER: I'm curious.
TOADIE: Okay, alright. Well, I'd imagine something similar to what Tyler got. Possibly even longer, considering the lengths that Cassius went to cover everything up.
PIPER: Right. And do you think there's, like, an argument someone could raise that would lessen the sentence?
TOADIE: Well, I suppose you could argue that he suffered from childhood neglect - that Hamish's treatment of him led to psychological damage. But he is still going to go down for a long time. If you're worried that he'll get off lightly, there really is no need.
Piper pretends to look reassured. Alice pops in, with some leftover chocolates from trick- or- treat. Alice offers to take home any paperwork that Toadie will need at the house later, and Piper gives her a pile of documents that require Toadie's attention later.
While Toadie is answering the phone, Alice notices that the letter from Grovesdale Hospital in Hobart, asking Toadie to consent to Andrea's treatment by Dr Carla Taylor, is on the desk. She picks it up and adds it to the pile of paperwork that Piper gave her, then swiftly leaves.
Alice looks at the letter and grins evilly.
Bea is having cake with Elly, and stressing about the cabin where Finn has supposedly been hiding out. Elly encourages her not to dwell on it.
BEA: But if he had keys to the cabin, that means he spoke to Miranda. Don't you want to find out?
ELLY: I don't think she would want to talk to me.
BEA: Then let's go there. Let's confront her in person.
ELLY: I can't just drop everything and go to Sydney.
BEA: I don't understand why you're so willing to let this go, when you know what the guy is capable of?
ELLY: Because if I spend my life thinking about Finn, he's won. I'm not gonna do that.
BEA: The car being found in Darwin doesn't mean he left the country. He could've got somebody else to drive it up there as a decoy. Or he could've dumped it himself, and doubled back.
ELLY: Don't do this to yourself.
BEA: I can't help it!
Elly says that if Bea still feels like this once the school term's over, she'll definitely go to Sydney with her to talk to Miranda. But Bea looks un- placated.
Alice comes in with the documents from Toadie's office and some mail, including the letter from the Hobart hospital - and deliberately leaves it in plain sight, so that Sonya immediately finds it. She's upset to find that Toadie has already signed the consent form for the new treatment for Andrea. Alice does her best to look sheepish.
ALICE: Oh... that wasn't meant to be there.
SONYA: What, you know about this?
ALICE: I don't think you were meant to see it.
SONYA: Well, I have seen it now, so tell me everything!
ALICE: ... Jarrod received a letter yesterday explaining that this new doctor for Andrea was far more expensive. And I think that he decided, because of all the kerfuffle around Nelly, that you couldn't handle it. I mean, I'm sure he thought he was doing the right thing...
Sonya fumes silently, while Alice affects her best 'put- my- foot- in- it' face.
Xanthe arrives back from her exam with Yashvi. Xanthe is feeling confident that she has aced the exam, but Yashvi is the opposite - and when she hears what Xanthe wrote in her paper, she feels even worse about it.
Sheila emerges - she thinks she nailed her exam, too. But she's keen to change the subject in favour of a 'girlie chat', and starts indirectly probing about the pregnancy test she found - asking Xanthe and Yashvi if either of them have embarked on a relationship lately. Both girls say no, and Yashvi heads home, leaving Xanthe to Sheila's mercy.
Sheila persists in questioning over Xanthe's love- life, but Xanthe tells her that if she was seeing anyone, she'd have said something by now.
SHEILA: Nothing casual? Nothing you've got your eye on?
XANTHE: The only thing I have my eye on is getting an ATAR of 85.
But Sheila looks unconvinced.
Sonya barges in and begins tearing strips off Toadie for keeping the news and his decision about Andrea's doctor from her. Toadie defends himself, saying he had to make a quick decision on Andrea's treatment, and didn't feel Sonya was in the best place to discuss it after Nell had gone missing - but promises he was going to talk to her about it later.
Sensing a massive row brewing, Piper, who has been working in the background, literally runs out of the door and across the courtyard to safety!
The row quickly escalates, with Toadie claiming he was worried about Sonya yesterday, and bringing up her past drinking relapse. Sonya angrily reminds Toadie how he gave her hell not so long ago for going to visit Andrea in Hobart without telling him - and rightly so, she admits - but now he's similarly keeping secrets.
SONYA: Now, here you are - you're judging me, and you're betraying my trust with that woman once again! I mean, I thought we were beyond this, Jarrod!
She storms out before Toadie has a chance to reply.
Bea arrives in Sydney, where she meets Finn's ex- wife Miranda at the harbour. Bea thanks Miranda for agreeing to meet...
Xanthe is talking to Gary and Amy about her exam. She still has biology and maths exams to come, but Sheila comes in with wine to toast getting today's exam out of the way. Of course, what she's really doing is testing Xanthe to see if she refuses the wine, so as to tell whether she might be pregnant. Xanthe accepts a glass, but Sheila's surprised when Amy opts for a soft drink instead...
Bea and Miranda are having a drink.
MIRANDA: The police have already spoken to me about the cabin. I told them I didn't know Finn used it. How could I? I haven't seen him in over a year.
BEA: Do you know how I can get in touch with him?
MIRANDA: I don't know where he is.
BEA: Are you sure about that?
MIRANDA: Look, I know he did some terrible things...
BEA: Terrible? He was calling himself *Patrick*! He pretended he was in a wheelchair. The guy was using me. He tried to frame my sister Elly for a hit- and- run, and nearly killed our friend Xanthe.
MIRANDA: We have to remember, he was sick.
BEA: This happened way after that. Are you seriously defending him?
MIRANDA: No, but - I was married to the man. I'm just trying to understand this myself.
BEA: If you know anything, you need to tell me. He's dangerous. Please, help.
Sonya is talking to Alice about the letter from Andrea's hospital. Alice is sure it's an isolated incident.
ALICE: I mean, he wouldn't be hiding anything else, would he?
Toadie comes in, somewhat contritely. Alice hurries out of the kitchen to give them space. As it's been a rough couple of days, Toadie suggests that Sonya might want to take some time away. Sonya says she wants a break from the situation, not from 'us' - she's annoyed by Toadie's suggestion of her going away, and sarcastically suggests she'll go to Daylesford to stay with Lucas and Vanessa.
TOADIE: Oh, come on - stop with the carry- on. Just take a breath!
SONYA: Oh, okay - you can - you know what? I actually think you were right the first time. I think a bit of space would be good for us, so I'm going to go and cuddle my daughter. I'm gonna explain what's going on, in a really cool, calm, collected way - because she is only five, yeah?
This is apparently a sarcastic rebuke to Toadie's chastising of Sonya for shouting at Nell the other day, and it has the desired effect; Toadie fumes as she leaves the room, and more so as Alice bustles back in to stir things further.
ALICE: Gosh - that was a very extreme reaction. I don't think you deserved that - I mean, you were only trying to help.
TOADIE: ... Thank you, Alice.
Bea and Miranda are walking by the harbour.
MIRANDA: I'd accepted that Finn wasn't the man I thought he was when I married him. But to do what he did...
BEA: Yeah. I'm sure it was a shock. Look, I didn't come here to relive what he did. I came here for information. I feel like you're keeping something from me. I mean, you wouldn't have agreed to meet...
MIRANDA: Alright. Maybe I wasn't completely honest with you before. Finn has been in contact with me a few times since he's been on the run.
BEA: What did he say?
MIRANDA: That things were twisted around. And a part of me believed him. I used to love him, and I guess... I still do, despite everything.
BEA: You still should've told the police.
MIRANDA: Please don't tell them now. He's long gone, and I don't want to get in trouble.
BEA: Can you tell me where he was going?
MIRANDA: I genuinely don't know.
BEA: Will he call you again?
MIRANDA: If he does, what do you want me to do?
BEA: Tell him you've seen me... and I want to forgive him.
BEA: Tell him I've been working with my therapist. And if I ever want to move on, I need to forgive him. And so does Elly.
MIRANDA: What are you planning?
BEA: Just do it. I won't tell the police what you've said. You at least owe me that.
Sheila is grilling Gary about his bedroom exploits with Amy, now convinced she's the one whose pregnancy test she found!
SHEILA: Last week was the first time you and Amy slept together, wasn't it?
GARY: Mum, I'm not talking about this anymore.
SHEILA: But I was just wondering, was there any other fooling around before that?
GARY: This conversation's closed!
Hearing raised voices from the living room, Xanthe and Amy come in. Gary says Sheila's being nosy about his love- life, and Xanthe says Sheila was giving her the same treatment earlier! Sheila is forced to admit that she found a pregnancy test in Xanthe's bag, and wants to know whose it is.
XANTHE: I'm not pregnant!
SHEILA (to Amy): Well, then, it must be yours, then?
AMY: We've only just got together!
SHEILA: What about Dr Rob?
AMY: Dr Rob?
SHEILA: Is it his baby?
GARY: What, there's a baby?!
AMY: There's not a baby, and I am not pregnant!
Xanthe intervenes, confirming the pregnancy test isn't Amy's.
SHEILA: Whose is it, then?
Coming up on Neighbours
- Leo tells David that he's worried Terese isn't as invested as he thought she was
- Bea asks if Elly's spying on her; Elly says not, but reminds Bea they agreed to let the police handle it
- David talks to Terese about Piper
- Piper visits Cassius in hospital