- Chloe telling her family about having the gene for Huntington's Disease.
- David adding that the gene is hereditary.
- Chloe warning that her siblings could have it too.
- Mark going to get tested but the results will take a couple of weeks.
- Aaron not wanting to get tested because Mark thinks he is scared.
- Jane informing Elly that she is acting Principal until further notice.
- Jane installing a dress code for the EHS staff… well mainly over what Elly wears!
- Jane singing Paul's praises.
- Terese admitting to Jane why she is in town.
- Jane telling Paul it's over.
Paul begs Jane for a chance to explain and somewhat reluctantly, they head over to a quiet spot in the reception. He begins by admitting that he did still have feelings for Terese when she and Leo got together and when also adding that he will always care for Terese, he acknowledges that they won't ever be together… but thinks that there is a chance for them to be together.
JANE: Well, is there really? After all of these things that you've done?
PAUL: I may have lied to you about the way I've behaved, but not about the way that I am when I am with you.
Which is why, I am begging you, please stay.
Susan is somewhat surprised at Elly's new clothes and she explains to her aunt about Jane's new dress code. “It's as if we're going to a religious site,” she bemoans and the only person liking the new rules is Donald Cheng! Susan suggests taking to Jane, “She can't be that unreasonable?”
Paul finally catches up with Terese and has a go at her for what she said to Jane. Terese's rationale is that Jane deserved to know the truth and admits it was wrong to deny him the chance to come clean to her when she first arrived. “Did you want things to work with her?” she asks, and Paul replies yes, but she thinks that he still has feelings for her. Paul admits that he still finds it hard to see her with Leo, although he knows he has to get past that but isn't sure if Jane believes him or not. Terese sincerely hopes things work out for them and Paul does too, admitting that Jane brings out a better side of him. Paul isn't impressed when she scoffs at his remark and wants to know what she means.
TERESE: It means, you have a long history of expecting woman to bring out the best in you, and you repay them by bringing them down to your level. Oh. look, I know that sounds harsh, Paul, but I just don't want you going into this, making the same mistakes you've already made.
Chloe is surprised to see Mark home as he forgot his lunch. Just at that, David gets a text from a friend who works in the labs and informs him that Mark's test results will be out in a couple of days.
Susan escorts her niece back to work and give her a pep talk that its not long to go until the holidays where she can then wear what she wants! Of course, they have to run into Jane and after pointing out to Elly that the period is about to start, makes it clear to Susan she can do her “cavorting” elsewhere! Susan isn't leaving quietly though, she wants to discuss with Jane the new dress code – has she forgotten (with living in the UK) how hot it gets in Australia and it doesn't make sense to have them now wear extra layers. “There is air conditioning,” Jane points out, but Susan tries another slant, suggesting to Jane that a more laid- back approach works better for everybody.
SUSAN: And since you'll only be here in the interim, maybe you could...
JANE: I think that depends on your court case. Susan, this is a difficult time for you, I understand that, it's a difficult time for me too. But I can only do this job the way that I know how.
“Of course,” Susan quietly replies having been suitably chastised, but Jane isn't finished yet!
JANE: So, if anyone has any issues, they should put it into writing and I will deal with it in due course. Good bye.
The music is blaring away, and Mark is finding it difficult to work, so goes to turn the volume down… but Bea loves the song (Take a long line) so turns it back up and starts singing along. Mark's patients have reached its limit and he asks for her to turn it off and reluctantly, she does that but adds in that she feels “sorry for yours and Elly's kids.” At that point, Mark blows a gasket and pulls the plug out of the wall and orders her to take the rest of the day off, he will do the work alone.
Dipi is getting the lowdown from Jane on the new school rules when Elly pops in to pick up some files. We then hear Jane is instigating another rule – staff are no longer permitted to leave the premises during the day. Dipi thinks the rule sounds reasonable and Jane explains that if staff do need to leave during they day they can simply put in a request. “I'm hoping I can count on your support with this?” Jane demands and Elly replies “of course” with a polite smile on her face before again meeting with Jane's disapproval when her mobile starts ringing!
Ned is somewhat surprised to see Bea in the café until she tells him about Mark cracking it in the garage and sending her home. “You're kidding,” he replies but she confirms “no” and given her issues at home, she could be done without this happening at work.
Paul spots Susan when she comes into the bar and rushes after her wanting a chat with “somebody who knows me, somebody who will tell me straight.” “I'll do my best,” Susan replies, and Paul begins!
PAUL: Right. Ah, you see, I've recently made a connection with a woman. And well, I believe there's a real possibility of a future there.
SUSAN: I presume we're talking about Jane?
PAUL: Yeah. She's so kind and smart, she's funny... I mean, she makes me want to strive to be a better person. SUSAN: Great, so what's the problem?
PAUL: it's just something Terese said. See, she made this comment, said that whenever I get with a woman,
I always expect them to bring out the best in me. Whereas, in actual fact, I end up dragging them down to my level.
“I see,” Susan replies, and Paul wants to know if she agrees with Terese. Tactfully, she tries to suggest “that might be a pattern that you have,” but is quick to reaffirm that he does have “a more worthy self, you know!”
SUSAN: I'm just saying, it's no woman's job to bring that out in you.
PAUL: Isn't that why we get partners, to help bring out the best in each other?
SUSAN: Well, ideally, I suppose. Ultimately, though, no- one's got the power to change you, unless you're prepared to do the hard work.
The call Elly got was from Mark and she ignores Jane's new rule to go visit him and of course happens to be spotted (although she doesn't see it) by Dipi who is walking by Grease Monkey's!
Mark is relieved to have Elly visit him and after confirming he's not yet sorted everything out with Bea, thinks that he should explain everything to her.
It would appear that the stress of waiting to hear his test results is really getting to Mark, he thinks every little thing (like his hand shaking) is the beginning of the symptoms appearing as he is approaching the right age for things to begin.
MARK: It scared the hell out of me. It's not like I'm scared to die, Elly. I want to marry you. And I want to have kids and grow old. And watch them grow old.
ELLY: I know, and I want that too, but you have to wait until you get your test results back, before you think about anything. You have to try and not think about the worst case scenario.
Mark knows he has to be prepared in case he has the disease but warns her that she should too.
MARK: If I have this disease, I can't expect you to stay with me. it wouldn't be fair not if you want to have kids. You'd be wasting your time.
ELLY: Don't you dare say that. I love you. No test is going to change that.
MARK: But if you did want to leave, I would understand.
ELLY: Not in a million years.
Jane is very surprised to see Paul in the school, but he has something important to say to her.
PAUL: Look, I do have many, many faults and if you don't know about them already, then, well, it's only a matter of time before you do. But as a wise friend once said to me, if I do want to be a better person, I can't expect you to lift me up, I've got to make the changes myself.
SUSAN: Well, it sounds like a very wise friend indeed.
PAUL: That doesn't mean I don't want a partner. You know, somebody to give me a nudge now and then, or cheer me on from the side lines. And I'd really like it if that person was you.
JANE: I'm not naive, Paul. I never expected to be able to solve all of your problems or for you to solve all of mine. But I do expect you to be honest with me. And after what you told me about Terese, this morning, it sounds like you're finally, finally doing that.
PAUL: Mmm. So, does that mean you'll stay?
JANE: I'm willing to try. But I have one condition, and I don't think you're going to like it.
Ned bypasses the niceties and goes straight to telling Mark that he owes Bea an apology! “She's really upset,” Ned adds, and Mark knows and plans on seeing her later to apologise.
NED: Just make sure the apology's a good one!
Jane thanks Gary, Amy, David, Leo and Terese for coming, acknowledging that after “the way you've been treated, you'd be well within your rights not to.” However, the apologies come from the quartet first (to Jane) on the pretence used to get her to Australia. “Well, what's done is done,” Jane replies then reveals why they are there – Paul wants to apologise “to each and every one of you,” which in turn he does… well until it comes to Terese and Leo! “I don't think I can do this,” he says before retreating out to the balcony.
True to his work, Mark drops round to apologise for his behaviour at the garage. While she wasn't scared, Bea admits that she was upset. Without going into too much detail, Mark explains that he's waiting on some test results and it is getting to him. “Is it serious?” she asks, and Mark replies it could be and confirms that yes, Elly does know and with hindsight he should have included her too, to avoid what happened at the garage earlier. Bea is glad he's now told her and promises to be back to work tomorrow before they hug it out.
BEA: I hope you're going to be all right, Mark.
MARK: Yeah. Yeah, me too.
Jane has now joined Paul in the balcony as the others wait inside. She tries to reassure him that despite how horrid it was catching Leo and Terese, “the only thing worse, would be to lose every other relationship because of it.” He acknowledges that she is correct and together they both head back inside.
PAUL: Sorry, to make you all wait but, I'm sure you can understand how difficult this is for me, after all, both of you broke my heart. But, you know, it's time to move on and I'm... I'm ready to do that. So, I really hope that you can forgive me, for all the terrible things, that I've said and done to you.
TERESE: We didn't mean to hurt you, Paul.
LEO: Yeah. Yeah, and I hate that it's come to this. I miss having you in my life. I just, um... I just hope you can forgive us.
PAUL: Yeah, maybe one day, but, you know, just not quite there yet. But you are still my son, and I still love you and I don't want to fight any more.
To lighten the tension, Jane suggests everyone should have a drink but with the late hour, and early starts, none of them can stay.
School (next day)
Elly is preparing for her class when she gets a visit from the Principal! Without revealing by whom, Jane reveals she knows Elly broke the school rule by leaving the building without permission. “There was an emergency,” Elly explains to her boss and is told that she should have come to find her for permission. Elly didn't think the rule began until today, but Jane's interpretation is that it came into force “moment that I told you about it.” “That's unfair,” Elly protests and Jane's comeback is that she got so used to taking liberties because her aunt was the Principal.
ELLY: Jane, I can assure you, there is no nepotism.
JANE: And yet, you continue to run your own race.
ELLY: What are you talking about? I supported you at the staff meeting, I work back late, I'm wearing this hot, ugly blazer. What more do you want?
JANE: I was going to wait until the end of the day to tell you, but, um, now seems a good a time as any. I'm naming you in excess.
JANE: Enrolments are down for next year a teacher has to go and I have decided that, that teacher is you.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Paul letting rip at Xanthe.
- The Brennan's (and Elly) waiting at the hospital.
- Elly asking Mark outside for a word.
- Toadie fearful.
- Sonya losing it.