- Aaron deciding to let David name their fish
- David prescribing Alice stronger painkillers
- Sonya eating the shortbread Alice tampered with
- Kirsha suffering from hydrogen cyanide poisoning
- Susan & Elly learning that Finn was trying to kill everyone at school
- Distraught Susan standing over unconscious Finn with a pillow
Hearing footsteps, Susan snaps out of her hysterical state and drops the pillow just as Mark arrives. He asks where the guard is and Susan mumbles that he stepped away for a moment. She tries to leave but Mark says he knows why she's there.
MARK: It's okay; I'm here for the same reason.
SUSAN: You are?
MARK: After everything that he has done, it's like I have no choice. I had to come and see him just to take comfort in the fact that that monster has been caught. I just hope he wakes up. I want him to answer for what he's done.
Susan had a moment of relief when she thought Mark was on the same wavelength as her when it came to dealing with Finn, but then she's overcome with guilt and distress the more Mark speaks and quickly rushes home. Mark looks concerned.
Sonya sleepily asks Toadie if there's any more news on Andrea's mum. Toadie's surprised Sonya wants to be kept in the loop, but Sonya doesn't mind the odd update.
TOADIE: We haven't made much headway. It's a bit hard when she goes by a bunch of aliases.
SONYA: Like mother like daughter.
Alice saunters out to fetch herself a glass of milk and the Rebecchis decide to head to bed. Sonya is having trouble remembering where she's left her phone (a problem she also had with her keys that morning). Alice finds the phone on the bench but switches the alarm off before handing it back. Alice rewards herself for her latest deception by pouring alcohol into her milk.
Susan arrives home in a distracted state but tries to keep it together enough to chat to Karl and Elly. She tells Karl she's been busy speaking to parents and warding off journalists. When Karl goes into the bedroom, Susan tears up and tells Elly through shaky breaths that she can't take much more of this Finn ordeal. She's starting to crack.
SUSAN: I went to see him.
ELLY: Why would you do that?
SUSAN: Because I needed to get him out of my head! When I got there the guard was gone, nobody saw me go in. And I just… I just stood there watching him. He was so peaceful, like he was sleeping. And I kept thinking of all the harm that he'd done to you and to Bea and to Xanthe, and how he was planning to hurt all those people. I didn't even realise I was holding the pillow until I looked down.
Elly is shocked by this revelation.
SUSAN: If Mark hadn't have come in…
ELLY: No, no, you'd never do anything like that.
SUSAN: (quietly panicked) How can you be sure?
ELLY: Susan you need to keep it together. For everyone's sake.
Susan nods and tries to calm herself down.
Aaron can see that something's disturbing his brother and asks what's wrong. Mark begins to tell him about the hospital but changes his mind and walks out. Aaron has a chat to his fish instead.
AARON: He's not usually like that, Bubbles. He's a lot more fun… well he's not always that much fun. But he'll keep your tank clean that's for sure!
David walks in surprised to hear that Aaron named the fish when he thought it was his job. Aaron says it's just a temporary name since David was taking so long.
DAVID: Well I personally think it needs to be something a little bit more so- fish- ticated than Bubbles.
AARON: Wow. Like what?
DAVID: The fisherman from The Old Man and the Sea.
AARON: Are you kidding me? You want to name our fish after a fisherman?! That is just plain offensive.
Aaron wonders how they're meant to be good parents when they can't even name a fish. David's worried that Aaron's thinking about having kids so soon when he's not keen on the idea himself and quickly changes the subject.
The next morning Xanthe encourages Bea to stop stressing about Finn. Bea says she's having trouble sleeping again because every time she closes her eyes she's picturing them back on the cliff. Xanthe tells Bea it wasn't her fault but ceases their talk when Mark stops by. He speaks to them about the school incident and tells Bea it must be hard to try and process.
MARK: Are you still seeing your therapist?
BEA: No I haven't for a while. Ever since the incident with Finn stealing my files it just kind of ruined my safe space.
MARK: I thought you went recently? The day Finn was caught?
XANTHE: You were, weren't you? But you ended up coming to the Pavilion with me remember? I was doing my assignment and you were doing your TAFE thing.
BEA: Yeah, yeah, we were there all afternoon.
The girls hurry off leaving Mark with more suspicions than he had before.
Sonya's flustered because her alarm didn't go off and she's late for work. Toadie apologises for not waking her, assuming she was on the later shift. Alice loads Sonya up with some food to go – including the tampered shortbread – before Sonya leaves in a trail of disarray. Alice can't help being a concern troll and asking Toadie if it's normal for Sonya to sleep in so late. Toadie smiles and says people sleep in all the time but it looks as though Alice has said enough to plant a seed of doubt in his mind.
Mark listens in as Amy, Gary and Sheila discuss the horrific nature of Finn's crime at the school. Mark tells the trio how traumatised Susan, Elly and Bea are about it all.
AMY: I'm surprised Xanthe's coped so well with it.
SHEILA: Well she held it together for her exams, which I think is a walk on water miracle considering what that guy has put her through.
MARK: Though the day he got caught must have been rough on her.
SHEILA: Not really. She came home from the library, we told her about Finn, she took a few deep breaths and then hit the books again.
MARK: You mean she came home from the Pavilion?
SHEILA: Are your ears on backwards?
Gary clarifies that it was definitely the library – he remembers because Xanthe got home so late. Mark asks if Xanthe was hanging out with Bea that day but is met with a no, making his little ex- cop brain cogs whirl around even more in suspicion.
Alice sets Nell and Hugo's pram up at a table before she voices her distress about Sonya's behaviour to Dipi. She tells her that Sonya's having trouble coping with the latest Andrea situation and is acting very spaced out and stressed lately. Dipi thinks Sonya might just be overworked but Alice admits she witnessed something troubling the other day that “perhaps a family member should know”.
ALICE: I saw her loitering outside a bottle shop.
DIPI: (shocked) Are you sure?
ALICE: Yes. And I debated whether to tell Jarrod, but I didn't want to cause any trouble.
DIPI: Well if something's not right, Alice, Jarrod needs to know.
ALICE: Yes but it's not up to me to say.
Alice asks if Dipi will come with her to the Nursery to see how Sonya's coping.
Aaron is sitting outside The Waterhole having a chat to Sheila about his kid dilemma with David. Aaron's worried his husband expects the honeymoon to last forever.
SHEILA: You can forget that, love. Fast forward a year, you're gonna be in your trackie dacks at the charcoal chicken shop on date night. Live it up while you can I say!
Meanwhile, David is strolling around with Amy voicing his unease about not being able to cope with a baby while he's working and studying. He wants to enjoy being a newlywed, but Amy says that having kids doesn't mean the end of fun.
Sheila tells Aaron he's not ready for kids. She muses that love is a journey, and Aaron and David's journey hasn't even taken them out to the letterbox yet. Aaron argues that other couples have kids with far less lead up, but Sheila says it's no picnic.
SHEILA: Count yourself lucky that there's no chance of an unexpected surprise sprout with Moneybags as the grandpa. That's one murky gene pool.
Aaron looks sobered by this thought, just as David brings up Paul to Amy as well and all the tension in the family at the moment. Amy encourages her brother just to focus on Aaron and forget everything else, reminding him that it takes a lot of planning for a same sex couple to have kids. Where's the harm in just looking into it?
Number 28 Backyard
Karl and Elly chat over breakfast with Karl commenting on how distant Susan was acting this morning. Elly says she was probably stressed about the school incident. Karl wants to clear his schedule and spend the day with his wife, but Elly advises him that Susan might need a bit of space. Karl heads inside just as Mark pops over. Mark and Elly make up over the Chloe fight but Elly's uneasy when Mark starts talking about Bea.
MARK: You know she stopped seeing her therapist? She had an appointment booked the day Finn was captured but she cancelled it.
ELLY: You're all over it aren't you!
MARK: Well I'm worried. Anyone can see that she's not coping.
ELLY: Yeah well what do you expect? Do you know how traumatic that would be finding your therapy file in the middle of nowhere like that?
MARK: What? Bea's file was found in the cabin Finn was staying at by the police.
ELLY: (backtracking) Exactly. And it would have been very disturbing when she found that out. Which is why we should move on.
Elly's ‘subtle' cover up doesn't look like it's worked to convince Mark.
Susan walks through the halls where the police were yesterday, looking at all the yellow tape strung up. There's more ‘danger do not cross' tape over the stairwell. Susan is suddenly overcome by the enormity of everything and bursts into wailing sobs.
When Alice and Dipi arrive with the kids, they're quietly worried to see that Sonya appears really vague and spaced out. Nell wants to show them all a ladybug she's seen, but when they all move off, Alice kicks a rake in front of oblivious Sonya, making her fall over it. Alice and Dipi rush to help her up but Sonya shakes it off with barely more than a shrug. Dipi is now convinced that Alice's concerns have some merit to them.
David and Aaron are amused when they realise they've both changed their tunes about welcoming a baby into their lives. Aaron's pleased, though, when David says he'd hate for them to miss out on a kid because they've left things too late.
DAVID: I'm not saying we should go and run out and buy nappies, but we can start researching the process. Figuring out things like donors and surrogates – that's if you're still up for it?
AARON: Are you kidding me? I love our family of two but a family of three would be incredible.
DAVID: (nods his head to the fish) Technically we're already a family. Not that we can decide on a name.
AARON: How about (he points to David) Doctor (then points to himself) Muscles?
DAVID: (grinning) It's ridiculous, I love it.
Number 28/Number 22 Backyard
Another meeting of the Finn Fighters club is in session, but all four women play it cool until Karl's left the house. When the coast is clear, Elly tells them that Mark is beginning to get really suspicious.
Speaking of Marky Mark, he's paying a visit to Piper and Ned to ask how Bea's been coping lately. Ned's wary of saying too much but he admits that Bea's been having a hard time ever since Finn was caught.
Xanthe says that Mark asked her and Bea some questions earlier, which led to her lying about the Pavilion. Susan starts to stress that they're falling apart. Xanthe believes that if they stick to their story then everything will be fine, but Susan thinks they've lied enough.
Mark's ears prick up when Piper mentions how jittery Bea was on her vlog when she was talking about Finn and the cabin. He asks to see the footage.
Elly is adamant that they can't admit what happened but Susan doesn't think they have any other choice: “The lie's causing more damage than the truth ever could.” Bea says she can pull herself together but Susan gently says they can't keep lying to everyone.
XANTHE: Bea it'll be over soon enough.
SUSAN: I doubt that very much. (She comforts Bea) I know you're scared, but confessing is the right thing to do. The best thing to do for all of us.
Piper, Ned and Mark watch the vlog. Ned's thankful Bea went straight to Xanthe and didn't end up doing anything stupid but Mark's convinced that Bea went to the cabin and saw Finn.
Dipi visits Toadie to let him know she's afraid that Sonya's not coping well with the latest Andrea drama. She also tells him about Sonya stumbling around and forgetting things at the Nursery. Toadie thinks Sonya's just having a bad day because she woke up late, but Dipi has more to tell him.
DIPI: She was seen outside the bottle shop.
TOADIE: Are you saying that she was drunk?
DIPI: No I'm not saying that, and I don't even know if she went into the bottle- o.
TOADIE: Who saw her?
DIPI: Someone who'd prefer to stay out of it but they know Sonya well.
TOADIE: Okay, well, thank you for letting me know. But I'm going to have to put my faith in Sonya. She'll come to me if there's a problem.
DIPI: Of course. Just keep your eyes open, yeah?
Toadie tries to process the news.
Mark calls in, looking for Bea, but decides to talk to Susan about his concerns when he hears Bea's out on a walk with Elly. He says that there are a few things that aren't adding up about the day Finn was found. Like the fact that Bea was supposedly studying with Xanthe at the Pavilion but he knows it's not true.
MARK: Then Elly accidentally told me that Bea found her therapy file. That file was at the cabin.
SUSAN: So what are you trying to say?
MARK: Bea was obsessing over Finn hours before he was found. I think she tracked him down and was somehow involved in his accident. And I think you, Elly and Xanthe are covering for her.
Susan looks stricken.
MARK: Susan nothing good can come from hiding the truth. You need to convince Bea to come forward before someone else figures out what really happened.
SUSAN: … You're right. Finn's fall wasn't an accident.
MARK: He was pushed?
SUSAN: Yes, but not by Bea. (She starts to get upset) It was me. I pushed Finn off the cliff.
Mark can only look on in shock as Susan sits there crying over what she's done.