- Aaron and David welcome Regina the dog into the Brennan household
- Chloe kisses Elly, and later writes her a card telling her how much she loves her
- Liz opens the card before Elly sees it and returns it to Chloe, warning her against pursuing Elly
- When Elly asks Chloe where the card went, Chloe claims she forgot to deliver it
- Delaney tells Leo that she can't force romance between them
- Delaney watches, upset, as Leo tells Terese that hurting her was the last thing he wanted to do
- Delaney orchestrates a public pash with Leo – which he reciprocates, even after Terese shows up
Delaney and Leo break off their kiss in the lift, while Terese, Jane and Ned watch in shock.
DELANEY: Well, I guess we just got lost in the heat of the moment!
Delaney asks Terese if they're still on for coffee; but Jane intervenes, and takes an upset- looking Terese away with her.
NED (to Leo): That was low, mate.
Once the spectators have all gone, Leo accuses Delaney of setting up the pash. She says it was always going to happen sooner or later.
LEO: Hurting Terese was never part of the plan.
DELANEY: So why did you kiss me back?
LEO: What choice did I have?!
DELANEY: … I never wanted to go to those lengths, but I had to!
LEO: No. When I dumped Terese, it broke her heart. That was just cruel.
DELANEY: So this'll help her get over you. Look – short- term pain, long- term gain.
Elly has been telling Mark about Shaun's claims about Finn's difficult past.
ELLY: Finn had this whole sob story about how both his parents were dead, so who knows which version is real? Kidnappers in Columbia, ransom money – and I know it seems wild, but Susan did some digging and it kind of checks out.
But she adds that the claims don't really change anything – if Finn wakes up, the only place he's going is to prison.
Elly gets a text from the wedding venue they were looking at – they've had a cancellation. However, it's in March, so…
ELLY: … there goes that pipe dream.
MARK: Or not?
ELLY: Mark, it's three months away. There's no way we can plan a wedding in that time.
MARK: The sooner I get to call you my wife, the better.
ELLY: Really? I guess we're not planning anything super- elaborate. Except for my dress. My dress will be *so* elaborate.
Mark says they have plenty of people who can help them sort things out in three months.
ELLY: We're gonna do this, aren't we?
MARK: Book it, book it – book it!
They hug excitedly.
Sheila has an exciting letter for Xanthe, from Mayberry University. Xanthe opens it, and initially reads that her application has been unsuccessful. However, Sheila reads it and points out that while they've turned Xanthe down for the Melbourne campus, they're offering her a place at the Toowoomba campus instead.
XANTHE: Toowoomba as in Queensland?
Aaron and David are fawning over Regina the dog.
CHLOE: Seriously? I've heard of helicopter parenting, but you two are Black Hawk chopper pilots (…) fretting over that dog like it's an actual human child.
Mark and Elly come in. Mark has bought some kind of anti- anxiety accoutrement for the dog, while Elly has bought various supplies for the wedding. Chloe looks awkward at the mention of this – and then looks gutted when they announce that they're getting married on 13 March.
CHLOE: Congratulations… That's fantastic.
MARK: Yes. And hectic. Which is why we need to ask you a favour.
ELLY: We need a wedding planner. So we were hoping, with your expertise and your organisational skills –
CHLOE: I'm not that organised!
ELLY: You would perfect. It would mean so much to us. We really need you – please?
CHLOE: … I'd love to. Totally.
They hug her excitedly, but Chloe doesn't look thrilled.
Piper runs in squealing – she has come round to congratulate Xanthe on her news. But Xanthe is less excited, knowing that her uni offer is in Queensland, from whence no RSR shall ever return. Piper nonetheless tells Xanthe it's the best thing that's ever happened to her – she has to take the place. Sheila seems keen on the prospect too, but says Xanthe doesn't need to decide straight away.
Ned turns up to have a go at Leo, berating him for the public elevator pash in front of Terese.
NED: Come on, mate, tell me what's going on. And I mean the real truth, not this story you've been feeding Terese.
LEO: I'm with Delaney. That is the truth.
NED: After everything you went through to be with Terese? And you're acting like it meant nothing at all.
LEO: Well, of course it meant something. Terese is…
NED: Is what?
LEO: Just go home, Ned.
NED: No, I was there from the start. I saw how you fell for Terese. You couldn't fight it even if you wanted to.
LEO: Well, I should've tried harder.
NED: You said you loved her.
LEO: I was confused. You kept telling me to pursue my Feelings™. I didn't even know what they were!
NED: What, so this is my fault now?
LEO: Terese was a fascination. The reality of it was impossible. And things with Delaney… are different.
NED: Different enough to break Terese's heart?
LEO: I hate that I hurt her. But I'm meant to be with Delaney, not Terese.
NED: Then you are not the guy that I thought you were.
Chloe and Elly are flicking through wedding brochures. Elly's pleased to have Chloe on- board as it will take out the stress and help her to concentrate on the ‘scary stuff'.
CHLOE: Like helping Mark decide which Doctor Who he wants to suit up like?
ELLY: That, and writing my vows. Terrifying.
CHLOE: … You've already started writing your vows?
ELLY: Yeah. I did the moment I proposed to him.
ELLY: They're really messy, but I would love an honest opinion?
CHLOE: Umm… Yeah, sure. Hit me.
Chloe looks awkward as Elly begins to read the vows to her, looking intently at Chloe as she does.
ELLY (reading): I've always been afraid of failing. Afraid that my best isn't good enough. That changed the day I met you. You made me brave. You helped me follow my dreams. And you loved me for who I am. There have been times where our love felt impossible. But that only made us stronger. You are my best friend, my partner in crime, and my one true love. And for the first time, I have this beautiful, exciting future ahead of me. It's the first day of the rest of my life with you.
Both women become emotional as the vows progress, until eventually Elly says…
ELLY: Oh, I'm so sorry, I – gosh, all this talk of a happy future (…) I'm such an idiot.
She hugs Chloe, remembering about the Huntington's diagnosis.
CHLOE: No, no, it's fine – it's not that. It's, umm… It's just really moving to hear you talk about my brother like that. Don't you dare tell him I said that.
ELLY: I won't!
Chloe dabs away tears.
In reception, Jane is telling Paul about how awful it was for Terese to see Leo and Delaney pashing in the lift. She wonders whether Paul can shed any more light on Leo's sudden change of heart, but Paul simply says that Leo and Delaney have ‘history'. Jane thinks he should be more sensitive nonetheless; and when Leo appears, she makes herself scarce to avoid having to bite her tongue.
Outside the entrance, Paul speaks to Leo, making him aware that Jane has filled him in on what happened. Paul thinks there must be another solution than kowtowing to Delaney, but Leo isn't convinced. Paul says he has some people ‘doing some digging' on her.
PAUL: Maybe if we can find some dirt, it'll give her a reason to play nice, hey?
LEO: Digging around the Renshaws?
PAUL: It's alright, I'm being careful.
LEO: You know it's Delaney's dad's parole hearing in a week?
PAUL: Well, even more reason to get the dirt to turn the tables.
LEO: It can't be bigger than the dirt she has on us.
PAUL: Oh, come on, we can't do nothing.
Terese appears at the doors, looks over at Paul and Leo, and then goes quickly on her way.
PAUL: And you can't give up on her either. You know what – maybe, just maybe, you might be able to salvage something from this whole sorry mess.
Sheila, Piper and Xanthe are chatting about her options as regards taking the uni place in Toowoomba. Xanthe has spoken to the ‘man on the ground' – her ex- boyfriend Ben, who lives nearby.
XANTHE: He's really hoping that I move.
PIPER: Of course he is! I mean, Oakey's, what, like 20km away from Toowoomba?
SHEILA: Well, you know the exact distance, possibly the step count, and he sent you a Christmas card. So I would say you're missing him?
XANTHE: I… I dunno. I mean, I haven't really, like, thought about that.
PIPER: I'm taking that as a yes.
Xanthe tries to deny it, but it's clear she's giving proximity to Ben a lot of thought. She also hasn't told Gary that she's thinking of moving yet, and isn't sure what he'll say.
SHEILA: Well, he'll sniffle a bit, and then he'll be hanging from the chandeliers, bragging about his superstar daughter – that's how he'll take it.
Xanthe resolves to tell Gary, Amy and Elly about it later on.
Terese emerges from the hotel and tells Paul that he is done giving Delaney free hotel perks.
TERESE: She got what she wanted; Leo's all over her. So you can stop plying her with hotel freebies.
PAUL: Terese, it's in everybody's interest to keep Delaney happy.
TERESE: You're loving this, aren't you – the break- up, the vindictiveness. You've even got Leo living under your roof again; it's perfect!
PAUL: Actually, that couldn't be further from the truth.
TERESE: Alright, then prove it, and cancel the perks.
TERESE: Yeah, just as I thought. You're pathetic.
Jane has appeared behind Terese and caught the tail- end of this.
JANE: I'm sorry, I'm interrupting.
TERESE: No, it's fine – I was just leaving. But a word of warning – it was a mistake setting the two of you up. Paul is incapable of caring about anyone but himself. So watch out.
Terese storms off, and Jane asks Paul what that was about. He says ‘misdirected anger'. Paul asks if she's hungry, and Jane says ‘sure', but looks worried.
A miserable- looking Chloe is leafing through wedding catalogues. She flashes back to Liz accusing her of selfishly making a play for Elly, telling her she could never raise a family with Elly because of her condition, and saying that Elly and Mark would both turn their backs on Chloe if they knew how she felt about Elly.
Mark comes in, interrupting the flashback. He can see Chloe's upset – she admits that all the wedding stuff is making her think about her time- limited future.
CHLOE: What if I never find someone who looks at me the way Elly looks at you?
MARK: Hey – you'll find your Elly, okay? And when you do, none of the other stuff will matter.
Leo encounters Terese outside Harold's, and swiftly walks in the opposite direction. She follows him, shouting.
TERESE: Oh, what? You're just gonna walk away? Is that how it's gonna be now, is it?
LEO: I'm trying to respect you!
TERESE: Respect me?! After what I saw this morning?
LEO: I'm sorry you saw that.
TERESE: This isn't you! I know it isn't! You walk away when you see me coming; you can't even look me in the eye! You can't even give me a straight answer!
LEO: Yeah, I've told you how things are now!
TERESE: What we had doesn't just disappear!
Leo looks genuinely upset.
LEO: Things change.
TERESE: Not that quickly!
LEO: Look, I'm sorry for all the pain I've caused you, Terese. This is just the way things have to be.
TERESE: So that's all I'm gonna get?
LEO: … I'll try to stay out of your way.
Piper comes in to find Xanthe groaning with frustration on the sofa. Xanthe says she can't move to Toowoomba, because accommodation is too expensive, and she has no idea what kind of job would allow her the flexibility that the course requires. Piper suggests Xanthe that could ask her family to chip in.
XANTHE: No! I'm trying to help Dad pay back his loan. I can't ask the family for more money.
PIPER: Is this just about the money, Xanth? Cos I kind of get the feeling there's been something else holding you back since you got the offer.
XANTHE: … Like, getting into medicine is already hard enough. And moving interstate – there's gonna be no support there.
PIPER: Hey, look – I get that. I do, I get it. But, like, this is your Dream™, Xanthe.
XANTHE: But what if I can't do it? And what if I fail, and then – what if I can't pay Dad back his money? And then everything's gonna be for nothing, and I just… I really don't think that I can live with that pressure.
Delaney and Leo are walking through the courtyard hand- in- hand.
DELANEY: So much easier now we're properly together, isn't it? We can just focus on getting to know each other again.
She goes to kiss him, but he pulls away, frustrated with her.
DELANEY: I'm sorry about forcing things this morning. But you know I had to, right?
LEO: Yeah. Actually, don't worry about it. You know there's only one person I'm thinking about.
He kisses her on the lips, and they walk into the hotel together. Nearby, Terese and Ned are at a table, and have seen this. Ned admits he doesn't think it's for show.
TERESE: When Delaney first came here, he said he felt nothing for her – never had.
NED: Alright, you need to know this. A while ago, before Leo ended things with you, he told me he did have a connection with Delaney when they were back in Sydney.
TERESE: I thought it was one- sided…
NED: I think the only reason he didn't take things further was because she was too young. And now that she's older, well, maybe he wants to build on what they had. I think what you're seeing… is real. I'm sorry.
Terese looks forlorn.
Regina the dog is eating a cushion, and has made a complete mess of the living area, when David and Aaron emerge from the bedroom, getting dressed after having TITTNL™. They are horrified at the sight that greets them.
AARON (to the dog): No more treats for you, and you're not allowed to sleep in the bed, alright? No, don't look at me like that. Yeah, okay, you can sleep on the bed.
They hurry to clean up the mess before Mark comes home. Among the detritus, they find the card that Chloe meant to send to Elly, which is all dog- chewed; apparently, Regina has been in Chloe's room too. Aaron puts it on the side, and they continue their clean- up routine.
Terese and Piper enter the garden; it seems Terese has finally accepted that Leo has genuinely chosen Delaney, and that there's nothing more to it. She tells Piper she was being naïve; Leo doesn't love her anymore, and she has to move on. Piper tells Terese about Xanthe getting into her medicine course, but it's clear Terese is struggling. Piper asks how she can help.
TERESE: I just think I need to be alone for a while.
Piper reluctantly goes inside.
Mark and Elly have arrived back at the house, and Mark is threatening to make Regina an ‘outside dog', having seen all the mess. Aaron defends the dog, and says there is a silver lining – she dug up the Christmas card that Chloe never gave to Elly. Aaron gives it to Elly now; and as all the boys exit with Reggie, Elly sits down to read it.
CHLOE (voiceover): Dear Elly – you're the closest friend I've had in years. And I know you're about to marry my brother, and I don't want to break you up. But if I don't get this out of my system, it's gonna mess me around forever. And as you know, having Huntington's means I don't have that kind of time, so I'm just going to put it out there. I'm truly, madly, and deeply in love with you.
Chloe comes in and exclaims at the mess Reggie has made – before seeing Elly reading the card. They look at one another worriedly…
Coming up on Neighbours
- Amy rages at Gary, ‘Imagine the look on his face when he finds out he was right about you'
- Liz is frustrated that Bea seems more interested in her journal than in her
- At the hospital, Shane tells Gary he's weak and always will be. The police turn up looking for Gary.