- Terese telling Leo what they had “doesn't just disappear”
- Ned telling Terese he thinks Leo & Delaney's relationship is real
- Liz reading Bea's journal then hiding it in the pizza oven
- Karl realising that Susan kept a photo of young Finn
- Toadie getting angry with Susan for visiting Finn again
Delaney's Hotel Room
Delaney and Leo return from dinner and Delaney tries to entice him to stay, but Leo claims he's eaten too much and has an early start in the morning. He says he'll make it up to her tomorrow with a surprise. Delaney says she'll hold him to it and ‘happy' Leo looks as though his pretend indigestion has just become real.
The next morning Karl, Elly and Liz (to a lesser degree) are worried about Susan's meeting with the DPP. Karl wants to sit in with Susan but she reminds him he won't be allowed. Liz earns a shoulder punch from Susan when she says “you're gonna kick yourself if (visiting Finn) is what sends you to jail”. Susan chooses to wait outside for Toadie and Bea appears, wishing her aunty good luck.
LIZ: No, you don't need luck, you need to start listening to your lawyer if you don't want to know what prison food tastes like.
SUSAN: Thank you, Liz. I think we all know what's at stake.
Elly notices Bea searching the couch cushions and asks if she's lost something, but Bea just says, “it'll turn up”. Liz looks guilty.
Leo receives a text from Delaney telling him she “can't wait for this arvo” but he looks despondent. Even more so when he spies Terese heading into work and they share a mournful look before Terese keeps walking.
Mark and Chloe are having a coffee outside Harold's discussing Chloe's role as wedding planner, which includes being a mediator between Mark and Elly.
MARK: What is wrong with fruitcake?
CHLOE: Uh, it's fruit in a cake? Gross.
Mark wants to make more headway on the planning but Chloe has to break it gently to her brother that she won't actually be at the wedding. Her friend already invited her on a trip to Machu Picchu. Mark's upset but thinks she's avoiding the ceremony because of her Huntington's, so Chloe plays along with that excuse. She tells Mark she won't be able to continue with the wedding planning either. Mark dejectedly says he understands and Chloe apologises, looking genuinely cut up.
Toadie reminds Susan not to say anything unless he gives her the direct go- ahead. Susan wonders if she'll look evasive not speaking up, but Toadie says that he'll handle everything. If she offers up any sort of emotional plea it'll most likely work against her.
SUSAN: God forbid we should tell the truth. (Off Toadie's incredulous look) I understand how this has to work, Toadie, I do. But you make decisions about the lives of human beings and emotions come into it.
TOADIE: Not if it pushes us into a trial.
SUSAN: And what if they ask about my visits to Finn?
TOADIE: Let's hope they don't know about it.
The DPP, Stephen Wright, and his associate, Victoria, enter the room and Toadie introduces them to Susan. Stephen says they should begin proceedings.
Liz offers to make Elly and Karl ginger tea to calm their nerves while they wait for Susan to come home, but Elly says she'll need something stronger than that. Bea's still looking for her journal and Karl gets a bit tetchy at her for worrying about something so small while Susan's future is at stake. Elly offers to look outside for it and Liz assures Bea it'll turn up somewhere – praying that somewhere won't be in Elly's hands.
Toadie tells the DPP that Finn subjected Susan to extraordinary levels of psychological abuse, then the shipping container incident, leading to Susan pushing Finn off the cliff in self- defence. Stephen reminds him of the attempts of Susan and the girls to cover up the attack on Finn. But Toadie says all of the women were victims of Finn's obsession and were therefore all protecting one another as an extension of that self- defence.
STEPHEN: If only I was convinced the obsession was a one- way street.
TOADIE: What does that even mean?
STEPHEN: Before she was arrested your client visited Mr Kelly in hospital with violent intent.
STEPHEN: Maybe… if it only happened once. However, your client returned to the hospital on Christmas Day, and even as recently as last night. For a woman who's terrified of Mr Kelly you're certainly going out of your way to spend time with him.
Susan looks abashed but also as though she's itching to say something in her defence.
Ned bumps into Terese leaving the house after she forgot some files for work – her head's been all over the place lately. Bea joins them and Terese asks if she'd be interested in playing some gigs at The Waterhole after her success at the Christmas concert. Bea's stunned and sounds unsure but Ned urges her to accept. When Terese heads off, Bea tells Ned she's lost her journal so he offers to help look for it.
Stephen still wants to know what Susan's motive was in visiting Finn in hospital, so Susan asks if she can address the issue herself. Toadie's hugely against it but Susan wants to say her piece. She tells him that she's not a vengeful person. All through her schooling career she's had to deal with some troublesome students – really tough cases – but she could always get a handle on them. There was never one she thought was beyond redemption.
SUSAN: And then I met Finn Kelly. He is without remorse, and I don't understand that. I don't understand his need, his desire to constantly hurt people the way that he does. That's why I went to see him in the hospital because I'm trying to understand.
STEPHEN: You pushed a man off a cliff, Mrs Kennedy. Perhaps that's a question for yourself?
SUSAN: Yes and I lie awake at night tormenting myself for what I've done; the fact that another human being almost died because of me. And I know I'll carry that guilt with me for the rest of my life. But with that guilt there's a relief.
STEPHEN: You're relieved by what you did?
SUSAN: No, no, I'm relieved because when I went to see Finn in the hospital I realised that I was still capable of compassion for this man. This man who put my family through hell. So that's your answer. That's why I'm different to Finn Kelly: I want him to recover. I want him to have the opportunity to redeem himself.
Stephen appears as though he might be considering Susan's plea.
Terese is unfortunately at the desk when Leo comes to book a couples massage at the Day Spa from Chloe. He tries to book it quietly but that goes out the window when Delaney bounds in, squealing about the fun afternoon with her boyfriend she's about to have. Delaney acts the brat and side eyes Terese while asking Chloe if there's a masseuse over forty they can book so no one young and hot touches Leo except for her. Uncomfortable, Leo says they'll take whoever's available as to not be high maintenance. They leave after Chloe confirms the appointment.
TERESE: She's like Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
CHLOE: Are you OK?
TERESE: Yeah of course. In the end Veruca Salt got thrown out with the garbage.
She manages a small smirk to herself despite being hurt.
Elly's surprised when Mark tells her the news about Chloe abandoning the wedding, but Mark says he feels guilty for being happy. Liz overhears their conversation and is pleased to find out Chloe won't be at the nuptials.
LIZ: Oh well maybe that's a good thing.
MARK: (unimpressed) You do realise my sister has a serious illness?
LIZ: Well yes, that's what I meant if she needs a holiday.
Mark's had enough Liz fun for one day and kisses Elly goodbye before heading back home. Liz brushes off Elly's exasperation and says she might do some yoga in the backyard (so she can retrieve the journal).
ELLY: Good luck with that. Karl's out there singing to his vegetable crop.
Liz has to deal with this latest setback.
Delaney is still trying to make a night of passion happen with Leo by dropping hints that he shouldn't eat anything for lunch. But Leo is hoping that their couple's massage will be enough to keep her occupied for the day. Delaney gets a call and dashes to the bathroom to answer it in private.
DELANEY: Next time can you send me a text or something? Don't just call me out of the blue… No, don't do that, no! Especially when I'm getting just what I want from Leo… No, he still has no idea what's actually going on… Fine, but from now on you stay out of it, okay?
She ends her mysterious call, does a quick appearance check in the mirror, and heads out. Unfortunately for Delaney, Piper was in the toilet the whole time and overheard every word.
The household is stoked to hear from Susan that her case has been ruled as self- defence and all charges against her have been dropped! This means that Bea, Elly and Xanthe are all in the clear as well. The girls hug their Aunty Suse leaving Liz a bit left out.
LIZ: Susie I'm so pleased for you.
SUSAN: Oh, well thanks, Liz.
LIZ: And I can honestly say I can understand the relief. Do you know a couple of months ago I got a speeding fine and it was very unfair, so I wrote in and they waived the penalty!
SUSAN: … Wow.
Everyone takes a beat to absorb this giant display of tactlessness before moving on. Karl and Susan have a moment to themselves to celebrate Susan's victory. Karl's thrilled that Finn Kelly is finally out of their lives, and while Susan agrees with the sentiment, the conflicted look on her face says otherwise.
Piper drags her mum out of work to relay Delaney's conversation to her. Terese isn't sure it's anything she should get herself worked up over – especially since she did herself a disservice not believing Leo about the break- up last week. But Piper thinks Delaney's really suss and that they should investigate the Renshaw family some more. Terese appears as though she may be swayed by her daughter's persistence.
PIPER: Mum there must be a reason why Leo broke up with you out of nowhere.
TERESE: Well maybe he actually loves her?
PIPER: Mum he loves you.
Piper thinks they should go through Delaney's belongings for clues, which Terese is against. But Piper truly believes that something is going on that could be keeping Terese and Leo apart.
Elly finds Chloe and says she understands that she doesn't want to be her bridesmaid anymore, but doesn't think it's fair to Mark to skip out on the wedding altogether. Chloe half- heartedly jokes that she'll see the video of it, but Elly doesn't get why she always reverts to humour in difficult situations.
CHLOE: Do you want to know why I do that? Because jokes are all I have. I don't have a future… I don't have you. Mark thinks I can't face being there because of my Huntington's, works for him and works for me.
ELLY: Well in spite of everything you're still my friend. And I want you there.
CHLOE: Put yourself in my shoes, Elly. Imagine if you had to go and watch Mark marry someone else. How would that make you feel?
Chloe turns away and Elly remains quiet.
Number 28 Backyard
Toadie gets the gas going to fire up the pizza oven while Bea brings out plates. He asks how she's feeling and she admits it hasn't sunk in that it's all over. Liz appears and agrees with the sentiment, adding that having a lot of champagne can't hurt either. She's aghast when she realises the pizza oven's on and sends Bea inside to get some glasses while she tries to work out how she's going to retrieve the journal.
Terese is once again unfortunately at the desk when Delaney sidles up to ask Ned for some recommendations for a day trip for “me and my man”. Ned is decidedly underwhelmed by her.
NED: Well, all of our pamphlets are over there. So I'm sure you can find something.
DELANEY: (scoffing) Cheese tasting with a bunch of oldies?
She pulls the ‘my boyfriend is the owner's son' routine, so Terese decides to step in and take over from Ned. Terese manages to rattle Delaney by bringing up her father's parole hearing in a butter wouldn't melt tone, pretending to be sympathetic towards her. Delaney snaps that she doesn't need help from her boyfriend's ex and storms off.
Number 28 Backyard
Bea's back outside with Liz when Toadie opens the oven and finds a smouldering half- burnt journal inside. Bea's baffled as to why it's in there until she sees the look on her mum's face. Liz does the usual ‘woe is me, nothing's my fault' routine.
BEA: (angry) Did you read it?
LIZ: Well do you blame me? You're always so secretive, Bea, how else am I going to find out what's going on with you?
BEA: I can't believe this.
LIZ: Bea I did try to retrieve it but there was always some obstacle, somebody out here singing to broccoli!
BEA: So you were only going to save it if you didn't get caught? I've lost everything! My thoughts, my lyrics…
LIZ: I knew you'd be angry with me.
BEA: And you think it's more important to save your own skin than to save something that's irreplaceable to me? You make me sick!
Toadie stands there holding the smoking journal while Liz looks shocked.
Lassiter's Day Spa
A masseuse invites Delaney and Leo into the room to begin their massage. When the coast is clear, Terese sneaks in to rifle through Delaney's purse to see her recent call history on her phone. There are a lot of calls from someone Delaney has listed under a desert island emoji. But before Terese can investigate further, Delaney emerges to see if she can change the music and catches Terese red handed.