- Ned tells Bea they may have been foolish to 'jump back into this so quickly'
- But later, Ned tells Bea he's here to support her if she needs him; she seems keen
- Xanthe lies to her family about where she's been on the day of Finn's fall
- Sheila opines that Susan should have done more to protect Xanthe
- But Xanthe retorts that Susan was a hero, and if Sheila can't see it, she doesn't want to talk to her
- Alice tells Toadie that Sonya seemed a little bit dazed
- Toadie and Sonya read Alice's fake dossier on Andrea's mum, which says she is dead
- Sonya scoffing Alice's codeine shortbread, as we hear David say sudden withdrawal is dangerous
- Alice empties the painkillers down the sink, declaring that the real fun begins now
Alice gently raises the issue with Toadie of Andrea's 'dead' mother. He admits it's not good news.
ALICE: I'm very, very sorry (...) So you've decided not to tell Andrea, then?
TOADIE: Alice, I don't really want to talk about it.
ALICE: You don't think she could handle the news?
TOADIE: We don't want to do anything that is gonna upset her recovery.
ALICE: Yeah, but I worry that the issue might be if the doctors found out, and the news came from virtual strangers.
TOADIE: ... Yeah. Yeah, I did actually kind of think maybe the same thing - that, you know, possibly I should head down and tell her myself.
ALICE: I just worry that the real setback might be keeping Andrea in the dark for too long. Because who knows what the real damage might be if, you know, she accidentally found out?
Toadie looks pensive.
Xanthe and Piper are in the garden, chatting about the attack on Piper earlier in the week. Piper says her head is fine now. Sheila emerges from the house and asks Gary, who's been lingering in the background, if he's seen her passport; Clive is taking her to New Zealand to meet his family as a surprise present for finishing her VCE.
Xanthe says that's exciting, and offers Sheila some help packing. But Sheila suddenly goes cold, saying she's sorted, thanks. She heads back into the house, and Xanthe looks worried.
Toadie tells Sonya that he has called Willow to inform her about Andrea's mum's death.
SONYA: How was she?
TOADIE: Shocked, but not devastated. Apparently, it's been a while since they were close. I also think that... we should tell Andrea now.
TOADIE: Well, if she hears it from a stranger or as part of her therapy, it might do more damage. I just feel like it has to come from someone that she trusts.
Alice, who is cleaning in the kitchen, listens in.
SONYA: But why does that have to be you?
TOADIE: Well, we can't put it back on Willow, can we? And there isn't anyone else.
SONYA: Yeah. Yeah.
TOADIE: Anyway, it's just worth considering.
But Sonya doesn't look at all pleased with the idea, as Toadie leaves the room. She also appears to be suffering from headaches, presumably withdrawal symptoms now she's been weaned off the evil shortbread. Indeed, she asks Alice...
SONYA: Do you have any of that shortbread? I really feel like some.
ALICE: Oh, no - but I'll make a batch later. You know me; I don't like to speak out of turn, but - when I'm faced with a dilemma, I really like to trust my instincts. You don't want Jarrod to go to Tasmania, do you?
SONYA: Oh, well, it's not that. You know, he's just - he's worried about Andrea's recovery.
ALICE: Yeah, but who's better placed to know what's good for Andrea? Jarrod, or the medical practitioners taking care of her? I mean, it must be so hard for you with him down there. I mean, it just makes me wonder why he's not more sensitive!
SONYA: Well, it's not about me.
ALICE: ... Isn't it?
Bea is working on a car. Ned turns up and starts teasing her, as she's been working on the same one all week.
BEA: Genius takes time, you know.
NED: Oh, yeah? What does Mark have to say about that?
BEA: Well, as long as his spanners are in order, he doesn't care how long I take!
Ned finds Bea's journal lying on a surface nearby, and teasingly picks it up and hides it from her. Bea quickly becomes agitated, and snatches it back off him. Yashvi, who is working in Amy's yard next door, is listening in.
NED: Something private?
BEA: No, I just don't want you to read it.
NED: Okay, well, I only had it for two seconds!
BEA: Yeah, two seconds too long.
Realising he's in the dog- house, Ned heads to work. Yashvi shouts over the fence.
YASHVI: That was a bit intense!
A somewhat twitchy and agitated Sonya has something to tell Toadie.
SONYA: I don't think I want you seeing Andrea.
TOADIE: Okay... umm, well, like I said, I'm happy to talk about it.
SONYA: No, we don't need to talk about it. It just really doesn't feel right.
TOADIE: Well, I think that if Andrea does find out, and she finds out that we've been keeping it from her, that's gonna make things a whole lot worse.
SONYA: Yeah, do you know what I think? I think that she's actually just gotten... she's gotten under your skin, and that's why you're doing it! You're just looking for any excuse you can to go down there and see her!
TOADIE: Can you just calm down, please, and we can talk about this rationally?
SONYA: Oh, yeah - no, don't patronise me! Don't do that! God, I just - I don't wanna talk. I just don't want you to see her, alright?
Sonya marches out of the house, while Alice lingers nearby, having heard the whole row.
Shane and Dipi get out of their car and quickly notice Sonya pacing angrily around her front garden, still very agitated. They go over to check she's okay. Sonya admits she's just had a row with Toadie, but says it's all good - she's just going to go for a walk. She wanders off. Dipi wonders whether Sonya and Toadie's row was about what Dipi told Toadie about being seen near the bottle shop.
Shane says Dipi shouldn't jump to conclusions - what if they overstep and it turns out they're wrong?
DIPI: What if we do nothing, and it turns out we were right?
Toadie comes in with Hugo, and asks Alice if Sonya has returned. Alice says not, but at Toadie's request, promises to let Sonya know when she comes back that he has had to go to work.
ALICE: Does this mean the Hobart trip's off?
TOADIE: Yeah. I'll call Andrea's doctors and let them know about her mother's death. And they can decide what to do.
ALICE: Well, probably sensible in the light of everything. I hope I didn't have anything to do with -
TOADIE: No, no, no - no. You didn't say anything that I wasn't already thinking. No, I obviously misjudged the situation. I should've realised that it was just too much for Sonya to deal with.
ALICE: No, please, Jarrod, you have not done anything wrong. You are a wonderful husband - you are kind and loving and considerate. Yes, if anything - and I'm saying this from a place of concern - I was a little worried about Sonya's reaction.
TOADIE: Yeah, she did seem a bit, umm... I dunno...
ALICE: Like, erratic.
TOADIE: No, Sonya has every reason to disagree with me on this.
ALICE: Yeah. of course. But, umm, almost like she was out of control. Which must be very worrying for you, considering her history.
As conversation veers into awkward territory, Toadie announces he has to go, and passes Hugo to Alice. They wave him goodbye as he leaves.
Bea is chatting to Yashvi. She admits that, after she found out Finn stole her therapy files, she couldn't handle going back to the therapist - so she started writing her thoughts in the journal instead. Yashvi thinks it's 'cool' that she has it as a 'safe space'.
BEA: It's kind of brutal, though. I mean, whatever my twisted, dyslexic brain spits out... That's why I freaked out when Ned had it. There's so much about him in here... I'm sorry if that's weird.
YASHVI: Ned? Nah... that's history. I do want to see some of this poetry, though.
BEA: Haha - not gonna happen! I'm pretty sure my little overreaction before has screwed everything up again.
Yashvi declares that she'll help Bea fix things with Ned, declaring that they 'need to talk to a professional'.
Cut to the courtyard, where Xanthe is Studying™. Bea turns up; Xanthe doesn't have time for her, until she reveals she's there for romance advice!
XANTHE: Sit down - tell me everything!
Bea tells Xanthe about what happened earlier when Ned picked up her diary, and how things got awkward.
XANTHE: Awwww! You know why you felt like that, though, right?
BEA: No. I mean, stupidity?
XANTHE: No, because he reminded you of Finn.
BEA: Ned is nothing like Finn.
XANTHE: Obviously not. But, like, the thought of Ned reading your diary is like Finn getting inside of your head.
BEA: Wow. Yashvi did say you were good.
Xanthe advises that Bea should talk to Ned about it. When she replies that she can't, Xanthe hands her some colour- coded Study™ tabs, and tells her to show Ned the parts of her diary that are pertinent to how she feels. Bea isn't sure, but reluctantly decides to take Xanthe's advice.
As Bea leaves, Gary turns up, and encourages Xanthe to try to make things right with Sheila.
XANTHE: Gran is angry at me, Dad - not the other way around.
GARY: She's not angry with you, love.
XANTHE: Well, she has a very funny way of showing it.
GARY: She's just worried and upset that you kept her in the dark about what's been going on with Finn.
XANTHE: I had to keep that secret for Susan.
GARY: Yeah, I know you did, love. But, you know, your gran - she loves you more than anyone else in the world. Except maybe me.
Gary encourages Xanthe to apologise to Sheila.
Alice is on the phone, presumably to Andrea.
ALICE: Yes. That is why we need a plan for when the doctors tell you I've died!
But Sonya comes in, and she's forced to cut her conversation short. Sonya is still behaving erratically, and starts searching for her phone so she can call Toadie. Alice directs her to where the phone is on the kitchen counter, but Sonya spots the new batch of shortbread nearby and starts stuffing it into her mouth!
SONYA (mouth full): These don't... these don't taste the same.
ALICE: Really? I always us the same recipe.
Sonya gets tearful as she eats.
SONYA: I really stuffed up before with Jarrod, didn't I?
ALICE: No! I think you were more than reasonable.
SONYA: It's just that Andrea's the mother of his child, and...
ALICE: Yeah. And you've been more than patient and understand and loving towards Jarrod. Especially with that situation.
SONYA: I know, I've tried - I've tried. I'm just exhausted from trying.
ALICE: Oh, yes, of course you are! Which doesn't help when you don't feel you're being listened to. But sweetheart, come on - I'm listening, I'm listening.
Alice hugs a crying Sonya.
SONYA: I don't know how I'd get through this without you, Alice.
ALICE: Well, you don't have to.
Alice grimaces over Sonya's shoulder!
Sonya is back at work, but still looking worse for wear, when Dipi arrives to check up on her. Dipi notices she's sweating and ill- looking. Sonya explains about Toadie wanting to go to Hobart to see Andrea, and her objections.
SONYA: It's like I don't trust him, but I do trust him. I just feel like he's trying to find excuses to see Andrea.
Dipi asks why Toadie needs to see Andrea in the first place, but Sonya is almost delirious, and suddenly forgets all about the conversation she's just been having.
DIPI: You were talking about Andrea.
SONYA: No, I wouldn't. Dipi, come on - I wouldn't have been talking about her.
Dipi tries to encourage her to sit down, but Sonya says she's cold so wants to keep moving. She also has a splitting headache.
In the garden, Gary suggests to Sheila that it's not great timing for her to be going away, because of Xanthe. But Sheila doesn't want to talk about that, and gets back to packing her suitcase. Xanthe appears - she's bought Sheila some miniature toiletries to take on the plane. Gary gives them some space.
XANTHE: Gran, I understand why you're angry with me. I wanted to tell you more than anything, but I just couldn't. And I had to stay focused, and that's probably why I came across as being really cold. But I knew that if I didn't, then I would lose it, and I would let Susan down. I hated doing that to you. But if you're not ready to forgive me, then I'll just... I'll see you when you get back.
Xanthe begins to walk away.
SHEILA: I could never stay angry at you, love. The reason I couldn't deal with this was because, when I found out what had happened to you, I kept picturing you on that cliff with Finn.
XANTHE: I'm so sorry.
SHEILA (tearful): He could've done anything to you at that moment (...) and I had no idea you were even there.
XANTHE: I never meant to hurt you, Gran. I love you.
SHEILA (tearful): I love you too, and I'm so sorry.
Toadie pays a visit to Sonya, and tells her that he's going to get Andrea's doctors to tell her about her mum's death. Sonya says 'great' and confirms she's okay with this, but in a dismissive manner. She says she thinks she's getting sick, but is otherwise okay.
TOADIE: I feel like, I dunno, we're just forgetting all the techniques that we've learnt in counselling. Like we're not communicating. So I think maybe it'd be a good idea if we actually just got together and talked about absolutely everything without any distractions -
SONYA: Okay, I just, I don't need you to rub this in my face. I know I overreacted.
TOADIE: What? That's not what I'm doing.
SONYA: My work is not a distraction; it is my work. And if it's okay for you to go back to your office whenever you want to, it's okay for me to do it, too.
Frustrated and annoyed with her dismissiveness, Toadie leaves, telling her to come and talk to him when she's ready.
Dipi is telling Shane about how erratically Sonya was behaving at the nursery earlier, and how she wasn't making sense. He says the best they can do is to keep an eye on her.
SHANE: At least Alice is around. She can look out for her.
Dipi pulls a face. Meanwhile, Alice is at a table when Sonya comes in. She walks straight past Alice and sits at a table alone, with a half- finished glass of wine on it. Ominous music as Sonya eyes the glass uncertainly. Dipi notices, and gestures to Shane. Just as Sonya is dragging the glass slowly towards her, Shane approaches, and she pushes it away, allowing him to take it away.
Shane doesn't acknowledge the wine, and just says...
SHANE: Son, hey - what can I get you?
SONYA: Do you have a vegetarian special?
In the background, Alice makes 'blast, foiled again'- type faces, having seen Shane take the wine glass away.
Ned enters reception to find Bea's journal on the desk, with a sticky note on the front in Bea's handwriting. He reads it...
BEA (voiceover): I'm sorry I lost it before. That happened because this diary is full of Feelings™. And Feelings™ are something I find hard to talk about. But that's also exactly why I want you to read this. Follow the sticky notes for more.
Ned smiles and turns to each of the pages that Bea has highlighted with Xanthe's colour- coded tabs. Bea appears in the doorway and watches him as he reads.
BEA (voiceover): Can't stop thinking about Ned. We haven't gone walking in three days. I love our walks... Doesn't matter what time of night, he makes me feel safe. He makes me relaxed. And he doesn't expect anything in return. Weird. Good weird. Communicating in silence... The more secure he makes me feel, the more I think I can open up to him. I closed my eyes today, and... heard Ned's voice. I held his hand in my mind... I miss him all the time. Every day I realise that he's everything I want... He's all I want.
Touched by what he's read, Ned sees Bea at the door and makes a Bea- line for her (geddit?) They smile at one another, and kiss.
Toadie is feeding Hugo while Alice bustles about. Sonya comes in, and Toadie asks to talk - but she's still not in the mood.
SONYA: I'm not feeling good, and I've got a really bad migraine, Jarrod, okay? I just want to go to bed.
She walks out, and Toadie's frustration with her builds. Fuming, he decides he needs to get out of the house, and asks Alice to look after the kids for a bit. Once he's gone, Alice chats to Hugo as she feeds him his dinner!
ALICE: Oh, dear! Daddy's not happy with Sonya! And Sonya's being strong, and resisting temptation. But guess what? She'll crack soon (...) Then Mummy can come home, and we will be all together.
Hobart Psychiatric Hospital
Quick cut to 'Andrea' in her room, looking moderately anxious and unhinged.
Alice tells Hugo...
ALICE: Sonya's gonna crack.
She repeatedly makes a cracking noise by bashing Hugo's food bowl against the table, and each time she does...
Hobart Psychiatric Hospital
... we get a quick cut back to 'Andrea' smirking, and then looking cold, inscrutable, perhaps business- like. It seems as if Everything Is Going According To Plan™...
Coming up on Neighbours
- Terese tells Susan she was acting in self- defence; Susan says it's completely out of hand
- Mark gets annoyed with Bea, and shouts at her to take the rest of the day off
- Leo tells Aaron to stop pushing David away, and face up to reality
- Dipi is concerned to find Elly crying in her car