- Mark is annoyed that Elly knew about Pierce and Chloe's arrangement and didn't tell him
- Elly tells Mark that she hates the tension between them; he says he'll get over it in time
- Alice gives ‘Andrea' a mobile phone so they can keep in touch while she's in hospital
- Alice smashes her own hand in with a rolling pin so David will prescribe her stronger painkillers…
- … which she duly crushes up and sprinkles on Sonya's shortbread
- As a result of Alice's manipulation, Dipi tells Toadie that Sonya's been stumbling about and forgetful
- Elly accidentally tells Mark that Bea found her therapy file in the middle of nowhere
- Susan tells her co- conspirators that confessing what happened to Finn is for the best
- Susan tearfully admits to Mark that she was the one who pushed Finn off the cliff
Mark and Susan's conversation continues; Susan explains that she, Elly and Xanthe were terrified when they realised Bea must have gone to the cabin, so went there and found her therapy file strewn on the floor. They found her in the bush, but then came across Finn. We see a flashback to their encounter at the cliff.
SUSAN (voiceover): And I'd seen that look on his face before.
In the flashback, Finn grins evilly as the women are forced to edge away from him, towards the cliff.
FINN: What am I going to do with all of you?
SUSAN: I know that you're upset –
FINN: I'm not upset! I'm here with all my favourite people. I couldn't be happier!
Finn lunges at Bea, grabbing her by the throat and pulling her towards the cliff edge. Susan tries to reason with him, but he's not interested. During the confusion, Bea is freed from his grasp and, in the heat of the moment, Susan shoves him over the cliff. In the present…
SUSAN: I know I've handled this badly.
MARK: That's what I'm trying to understand, Susan.
SUSAN: I think we were just all in shock. I wanted to come forward, but the girls…
MARK: The girls what?
SUSAN: The girls convinced me that the police wouldn't believe it was an accident. I'm not justifying it, Mark. I know – I know that I'm responsible for my own actions.
MARK: So take action. Now.
We cut to Finn lying unconscious in his hospital bed, then straight back to…
Susan is on the phone to Toadie. She finishes up, and then explains to Mark that Toadie is going to call the other girls to corroborate her story.
SUSAN: I just hope they understand. I should call them myself and give them a heads- up.
MARK: They should never have put that pressure on you to keep quiet.
SUSAN: No, I should've come forward in the first place. Please don't be upset with Elly.
MARK: You're doing the right thing, Susan.
She thanks him, and they hug. At that moment, Karl comes in and asks what's going on.
SUSAN: I need to talk to you.
We see Alice walking through the courtyard with Hugo's pram.
Toadie is on the phone to Xanthe, asking her to make a statement about Finn and assuring her everything is under control. He ends the call, and asks Alice, who has just come in, whether she's okay holding the fort at home as he'll be late back today. Alice can see something's troubling Toadie, and pesters him to tell her what it is.
TOADIE: Tell me, has Sonya seemed a little off to you?
He mentions Sonya missing her alarm and sleeping in, saying it's just not like her. Alice says Sonya has been anxious due to the situation with Andrea, and offers to keep an eye on her for Toadie. He readily agrees, saying it would be a load off his mind.
As Alice leaves, Karl arrives to talk to Toadie, to ask him what they're likely to be facing in terms of Susan's confession – could she go to jail?
TOADIE: Susan acted in self- defence. The only thing that she did wrong was that she should've come forward sooner.
Mark is still hanging around; Susan is trying to get hold of Elly on the phone, but is having no luck. Bea and Xanthe burst in, and tell Susan she doesn't have to do this – she can change her mind.
SUSAN: It's time to be honest.
BEA: Why now?
XANTHE: Yeah, everything was fine!
SUSAN: No! No, it's been eating away at all of us since it happened. And then when it looked like one of you was going to be wrongly accused –
Mark explains that he'd put two and two together and thought Bea was responsible for Finn's fall.
SUSAN: You're both going to have to give statements, and that will be tough. So I need you to look after yourselves.
BEA: Stop thinking about everyone else, and focus on you for once.
SUSAN: I am – I am. I need to do this.
Erinsborough Police Station
Susan is being interviewed by Detective Pete Shaw, with Toadie at her side.
SHAW: Well, it must have been harrowing.
SUSAN: Uh, yes, it was. But harder for Bea and the others, though.
SHAW: Still, it can't have been easy for you either.
SUSAN: Well, you know what that man's put us through – put my family through.
SHAW: Yeah, I understand there's a history. But if we could just stay with the current series of events.
TOADIE: Well, as Susan has already explained, she acted in self- defence. Bea's life was in danger, and she acted to protect her.
SHAW: But why did you come forward today?
SUSAN: It was the right thing to do.
SHAW: How's it any more right today than it was last week?
SUSAN: It's not.
TOADIE: Is there a point to these questions, Detective?
SHAW: I'm just trying to understand why Mrs Kennedy knowingly withheld the details of her involvement with what happened. Makes me wonder what else she might be withholding.
TOADIE: Now, steady on! Mrs Kennedy has come to you in good faith, after months of being victimised by Finn Kelly. The man was wanted for attempted murder of all four women involved.
SHAW: Which makes for a compelling motive.
TOADIE: You're not suggesting premeditation?!
SHAW: Have you seen Finn Kelly since your encounter on the cliff?
SHAW: Mrs Kennedy?
SUSAN: I've, err, I've been to the hospital. But my husband works there.
SHAW: That's not answering my question.
TOADIE: She doesn't have to answer the question. It's irrelevant.
SUSAN: No, it's alright. Umm, I've told you everything.
Mark is on the phone to someone. He says he's at the pub if they want to talk. Elly turns up, and sits down with Mark – she asks him to call one of his old work colleagues and figure out what's going on. But Mark tersely tells Elly they'll just have to wait.
ELLY: Did you force her to go down to the station?
MARK: No – no, of course not! She wanted to. And you all should've told the truth.
ELLY: I didn't want to put you in an awkward position.
MARK: An awkward position? By not confiding in your partner?
ELLY: Is that what you're hung up on? I thought you would've been more worried about what happens to me or the others!
MARK: I am! But I can't get past the fact that you have held something back from me again!
ELLY: Are you serious, Mark?
MARK: First Chloe, now this!
ELLY: This is unfair.
MARK: What sort of relationship do we have if you keep coming up with excuses not to tell me things?
ELLY: Are you listening to yourself?
Elly gets a call from someone, and says she's near the station now – before leaving without another word. Mark looks disgruntled.
Erinsborough Police Station
Now Elly is being interviewed by Detective Shaw.
ELLY: We tried to call for help, but there was no reception. When we saw the rescue chopper, we assumed someone had found him, and had called you guys.
SHAW: So, you left him there, returned to your car, and didn't tell anyone what happened.
ELLY: We were in shock – after everything that Finn has done to us!
We see a flashback, as Elly explains how they knew Finn had been rescued, and drove to the hospital to find out about his condition.
SUSAN: I can't do it! I can't just drive away – I might've killed him!
ELLY: But you didn't kill him!
SUSAN: We don't know that!
XANTHE: You didn't do anything – you saved Bea!
SUSAN: Okay, okay – well, then, that's what we tell the police! Come on, we've got to tell them what happened.
ELLY: Do we? Can't we just think about it? We'll sleep tonight, and we'll make a decision tomorrow.
SUSAN: He attacked Bea! The police will understand.
XANTHE: But what if they don't? I mean, sometimes they get it wrong. Look at what happened to Tyler.
SUSAN: I don't think I could live with a lie like that!
ELLY: We're not telling them a lie. We're just not telling them everything.
Back in the present…
SHAW: The four of you are sensible, emotionally intelligent people. Surely one of you would've realised that the right thing to do was to report what you'd witnessed?
ELLY: We were scared for our lives! Under that kind of stress, our emotions were all over the place.
SHAW: What about when your emotions subsided, and you had time to think?
ELLY: It was self- defence. Anyone in Susan's position would've done the same thing.
SHAW: Well, you were in her position and you didn't. Nor did Xanthe Canning.
ELLY: No, no – Xanthe was helping me! If we were physically able to, we would've done exactly what Susan did. Ask Xanthe.
We cut to Shaw interviewing Xanthe.
XANTHE: Finn Kelly should've been locked up for life as soon as he got here. Instead, you let him run free!
SHAW: Ms Canning –
XANTHE: No. Where were you when he stole Bea's file, hmm? And where were you when he tried to push her off a cliff?
SHAW: It doesn't help us do our job when those who should assist us keep things secret. Now, tell me what happened the morning after the accident.
XANTHE: Do you want to know the truth? I was relieved when I saw what happened to Finn.
We now flash back to the continuation of Susan, Bea, Xanthe and Elly's meeting in the middle of Ramsay Street.
XANTHE: You didn't do anything wrong; you were amazing.
SUSAN: Well, if that's the case, then why is confessing not the best option?
ELLY: Because we can't trust they'll believe you.
SUSAN: We agreed we would sleep on it; I feel exactly the same as I did last night.
BEA: You need to make the call. You're the one this affects the most.
ELLY: But we are in this together. I still don't think we should say anything.
SUSAN: It just doesn't feel right!
XANTHE: Because none of this is right – it's all wrong! Finn has controlled our lives for so long. It's time that we set the agenda. It's time that we take control.
Back in the present…
XANTHE: No- one suspected us, so there was no reason to get Mrs Kennedy into any more trouble.
SHAW: Well, Mrs Kennedy obviously disagreed. She confessed.
XANTHE: … She's a good person, with a good heart. And Finn, he – well, you know what he did to us.
SHAW: So, you don't think you did anything wrong?
XNATHE: The only wrong thing about this entire situation is the fact that Finn Kelly is still breathing! I would've kept that secret forever if I could.
We now cut to Shaw having just finished interviewing Bea.
SHAW: How are you holding up?
SHAW: I can recommend a counsellor, if you need someone to talk to.
BEA: So they can let someone else steal my file?
SHAW: That won't happen a second time.
BEA: It shouldn't have happened the first time.
SHAW: I imagine it was quite upsetting for your aunt to find that out.
BEA: Listen – this is all my fault. I'm the idiot who contacted Miranda; I thought she could trap Finn. I'm the one who told Susan not to say anything.
We flash back to a scene between Susan and Bea at No 28.
BEA: I keep feeling his hands on me – hearing his voice.
SUSAN: I'm so sorry.
BEA: No – you've got nothing to be sorry about. If it wasn't for you, he would've pushed me.
SUSAN: Surely the police would understand that.
BEA: If you won't stay quiet for yourself, just do it for me. You're the closest thing I've ever had to a proper mother. I know that you hate lying, but – I really need you. Please don't tell the police.
SUSAN: I won't, I won't – okay. I promise.
Susan comforts an upset Bea. Back in the present, in the interview room, Bea is crying…
BEA: If I hadn't come back into her life, none of this would've happened. If you're going to arrest anyone, you should arrest me.
Mark is moaning to Chloe about Elly's cover- up of Finn's fall, saying the conspiracy was bound to fail. Chloe argues that Elly did what she thought was right; she was protecting Susan and the others – just like she was protecting Chloe when she didn't tell Mark about her and Pierce.
CHLOE: And the way you're reacting now, I don't blame her.
MARK: Oh, right – this is my issue (!)
CHLOE: First sensible thing you've said today. Look, we can't all be perfect like you, Mark.
MARK: I'm not perfect, okay? Believe me, I've crossed lines before.
CHLOE: Then you should know about that huge grey area in the middle.
MARK: I'm trying. But Elly knows what it cost me. And the idea that she would put herself in a similar situation, without confiding in me –
CHLOE: It means she's human. If anything, your experiences with Sonya and Tyler should make you cut her some slack. Elly is the best thing that's ever happened to you. So how about focusing on that, instead of whingeing about being kept out of the loop?
Alice is doing something on her phone, when Toadie and Karl come in, and she quickly puts the phone down and starts cleaning. Karl is asking Toadie why Detective Shaw wants to re- interview Susan; Toadie says he's sure he's just being thorough.
KARL: It feels like he's turning the screws. I mean, it's not as though Susan and the girls lured Finn to that clifftop!
TOADIE: No, no, no – of course not. And I'm sure that, once all the interviews are complete, it'll be clear that Finn is to blame.
Karl heads back home, agreeing to meet Toadie at the station later.
ALICE: Gosh – is Karl's wife in some kind of trouble?
TOADIE: Uh, yeah, you could say that.
ALICE: (…) I've been thinking about what you asked me this morning about Sonya – and I visited her at the nursery. And she did seem, I dunno, a little bit dazed?
ALICE: Yeah, I mean – I dunno, it's probably nothing. Anyway, she can explain when she gets home.
TOADIE: Yeah, umm, I might be out for a while. This thing with the Kennedys could take a bit.
ALICE: What about your other clients?
TOADIE: Susan's family – family comes first.
Toadie leaves the room, and Alice picks up her mobile again, making a call to a number marked ‘Pumpkin' in her phone.
ALICE: Yeah, hi, it's me… No, I'm okay. It's Karl's wife – she's in, I dunno, some kind of trouble… Toadie is worried… I know, he's so lovely! He's perfect for you and your bub… Yeah. Oh, I can see why you fell for him…
Karl is telling Susan what Toadie has told him, about the police wanting to re- interview Susan to clarify something.
SUSAN: I'm so sorry. I should never have kept this from you.
KARL: I just hate the thought of you going through this without my support.
SUSAN: It was just so complicated. I didn't want to drag you into it.
KARL: Darling, if it concerns you, it involves me.
SUSAN: And I promised the girls.
KARL: It's not like you to be told what to do.
SUSAN: We all agreed it was the best thing if no- one else knew about it. We went to that cabin alone, Karl. Elly pointed out how bad that would look, as though we were looking for revenge. And I couldn't risk the girls being accused alongside me.
Karl says they shouldn't keep the police waiting, and leaves the room. But when Susan turns around, the apparition of Finn is sitting next to her on the sofa!
GHOSTLYFINN™: Feeling bad you didn't finish me off?
He gives her a slow handclap!
GHOSTLYFINN™: Well done, Susan – you've got everybody fooled. But not me.
Karl comes back in again, and when Susan next looks around, GhostyFinn™ has gone.
Elly comes in and finds Chloe wandering around in a bikini top. Chloe opines that Mark is an idiot!
CHLOE: Don't worry, I gave him a serve.
ELLY: He's got a point, though.
CHLOE: No, he doesn't. He's taking his own issues out on you, and it's not on.
ELLY: Staying silent on this, it's not the smartest thing I've ever done.
CHLOE: You were doing what you thought was right for your family. If Mark is too stitched up to see that, that's his problem.
ELLY: To be honest, I'm glad it's out in the open. It's so stressful keeping a secret like that. As you'd know.
CHLOE: … I would?
ELLY: Yeah, with the whole Pierce thing.
Chloe is relieved that Elly isn't talking about her medical secret.
ELLY: It must have been really hard keeping it from your family.
CHLOE: I had you to help me through it.
ELLY: Still, I bet it feels better now that it's all out in the open?
CHLOE: … You have no idea!
But Chloe looks awkward and pensive as she walks away from Elly.
Erinsborough Police Station
Detective Shaw tells Susan, Karl and Toadie that he wanted to go over a few final things with them before Susan's statement is typed up.
SHAW: You said that you were going to call triple zero, but that you couldn't get reception.
SHAW: Then you saw the emergency chopper and assumed that that was for Finn?
SUSAN: That's right.
SHAW: But you didn't call to confirm, even once you got reception?
SUSAN: Well, we heard the announcement on the radio, so we went to the hospital to check.
SHAW: And waited all that time, not knowing whether it was really him who'd been found?
SUSAN: Well, who else would it have been?
KARL: I have to say, as a doctor, that nothing Susan did would've made any difference to Finn's prognosis.
SHAW: Nonetheless, you withheld details about a life- threatening emergency.
TOADIE: This sounds more than a few things.
SHAW: I just want to check that Mrs Kennedy has told us everything. It was a traumatic day.
TOADIE: Well, she has. Susan, you don't have to answer any more questions.
SHAW: That's true. But you do need to sign this account, and if you leave anything material out, you could be charged with making a false statement.
TOADIE: She understands that, Detective.
SHAW: A few gaps in the timeline, though.
TOADIE: All easily explained.
SHAW: And as you say, Mrs Kennedy is a woman of excellent standing in the community, and this is all very out of character.
TOADIE: Guess we can wrap this up, then.
SHAW: You stated earlier that you hadn't seen Finn Kelly since the day he fell.
TOADIE: She said she's visited her husband.
SHAW: But the officer who's guarding Finn Kelly at the hospital reports that he saw you leaving his room on 22 November. Apparently, Mark Brennan was there also. I can call him to confirm.
SUSAN: No, I did. I went to see Finn.
SHAW: After you found out about his plan to attack the school?
SHAW: No- one is permitted in that room without express police permission; did you have that?
SHAW: Why were you there?
SUSAN: I don't know.
SHAW: To finish off the job you started on the cliff, perhaps?
KARL: Oh, come on, that's outrageous!
SHAW: What exactly happened on that clifftop, Mrs Kennedy?!
TOADIE: Susan, I'm advising you not to answer any more questions.
SUSAN: Maybe I could've done more. Maybe I could've run away! Maybe I could've called for help!
SHAW: You mean, after you pushed him?
SUSAN: He had his arm around Bea's throat – he was going to kill her!
SHAW: So you tried to kill him instead?
SUSAN: I didn't try to kill him!
TOADIE: You are out of line!
SHAW: For everything he'd done to your family, you wanted Finn Kelly dead?
TOADIE: Susan, don't answer that question.
SUSAN: Yes! Yes, in that moment, I wanted Finn Kelly dead.
SHAW: … Susan Kennedy – I'm arresting you for the attempted murder of Finn Kelly.
Coming up on Neighbours
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- Terese tells Piper that if Leo decides he wants kids, she doesn't think she can be with him
- Bea tells Susan that Finn deserved it, and that she hates the thought of her being punished
- Sheila accuses Xanthe of having been ‘sucked in by Saint Susan'; Xanthe says she doesn't get it