- Delaney tells a mystery phone contact that Leo still has no idea what's actually going on
- But Piper has overheard her conversation, and is suspicious
- Piper tells Terese that there may be more to Delaney's relationship with Leo than meets the eye
- Terese is caught by Delaney searching through her phone
- Liz tells Elly that Bea seems more interested in her journal than in Liz
- Liz reads Bea's views of her in the journal and is upset
- Interrupted while reading the journal, Liz hastily stuffs it in the Kennedys' pizza oven
- The journal predictably gets oven- baked
- Bea is appalled when she finds out that Liz sacrificed the journal to save face; Liz makes her sick
Liz continues to be not as contrite as she ought to be in the wake of Bea's journal getting burned to a crisp, saying she can't take back what happened. Bea says she shouldn't have been reading the journal in the first place. Elly pleads with them to come indoors and figure it out, but Bea is content with shouting in the garden.
BEA: There's stuff in here I'm never gonna get back! It was private! And the fact that you thought that you could read it –
LIZ: Half of it was about me, and it was recently dated! Now, after everything I've done to try and repair this relationship –
BEA: No, she is not doing this. You are not making people feel sorry for you like you always do (…) You're never going to change!
Karl intervenes, telling Bea her tirade isn't helping anyone. Bea marches indoors; Elly gives Liz a look.
Leo and Delaney enter from the lift, arguing. Leo is defending Terese for being caught with Delaney's phone – her story, we learn, was that she was cleaning up and went to put the phone in Delaney's bag. Delaney doesn't believe a word of it, convinced Terese was looking for dirt to hold over her – adding that she was already suspicious that Terese knew about her dad's parole.
Paul comes in, and Delaney tells him about Terese going through her phone.
DELANEY: Something needs to be done about this. Who exactly owns this hotel – is it you, or is it her?
PAUL: I'll handle it.
DELANEY: Well, you'd better, because I'm keeping your secrets for you, remember? You owe me.
Toadie and Sonya are at the bar, asking Shane how Dipi is doing. Shane says she's doing well, and is coming home later today.
SHANE: When she starts singing Broadway tunes to the nursing staff, you know it's time for her to be booted out.
Shane asks if there's been any word on tracking down Alice…
SHANE: … I mean, Heather?
TOADIE: No, the police have got nothing. I've got no idea how someone can just vanish into thin air. But Heather has had a lot of practice at that.
Shane asks Sonya how she's holding up; she replies that she's ‘getting there'.
SONYA: I just, you know, want her caught.
Bea and Ned come in. Bea is moaning about losing all her song ideas and lyrics from her journal, as they scope out the pub for her gig tomorrow. Her anger at Liz is distracting her from the task at hand.
NED: Maybe you need to let it go?
BEA: How can I, when she's in my face?
NED: No, no – what I mean is, maybe you need to let go of the idea that you have to keep giving her chances.
BEA: But she's still my mum.
NED: Not everyone gets to have a good relationship with their parents. It's okay to accept that – and to protect yourself from their crap if it's gonna make your life a whole lot better.
Conversation about Liz cooking Bea's journal continues, but this time between Elly, Karl and Susan who are sitting outside the hotel. Jane turns up; she's just been told about Susan's reinstatement at the school. Susan tries not to look too smug, while Elly looks awkward. Jane hopes aloud that there'll be some good news for Elly too, and says it's good Susan will be back at school where she belongs.
After Susan politely rejects Jane's help with the handover, Jane leaves and Delaney turns up. We quickly learn that Elly and Delaney know one another from Sydney. Delaney seems more pleased to see Elly than vice versa; Elly notes that she's heard about Delaney and Leo's relationship.
DELANEY: It's perfect – really feels like we're Meant To Be Together™!
Delaney suggests they do a double- date soon. Elly says that sounds good, but looks awkward as Delaney leaves. Meanwhile, Susan has been checking her emails and finds one from Rita Newland, their pharmaceutical acquaintance. Rita has had approval for her remyelination trial for multiple sclerosis treatment in Sydney, and is inviting Susan to take part.
Karl and Elly are both keen for Susan to say yes straight away, but Susan says it starts next week, and is a six- week programme, so she'd need to be in Sydney for the whole time. Karl encourages her to do it, emphasising the health benefits if the trial is a success. But Susan looks unsure.
In the garden, Liz has scrubbed the pizza oven clean of all the bits of burnt journal! Liz asks Karl whether she'll be able to come back from this in terms of her relationship with Bea; Karl isn't sure, but tells Liz she completely betrayed Bea's trust. Liz defends herself, saying Bea wrote some pretty harsh things about her in the journal, and claiming that she's been trying hard to connect with her.
LIZ: Is there anything I could do to make up for it, do you think?
KARL: Not in one good deed, no. You just have to show those girls that you're there for them. And things will eventually get better. But you have to stick at it.
Paul comes to see Terese in her office; he wants to know why she was rifling through Delaney's handbag. Terese tries to deny it, but eventually admits there's more to it than just snooping – explaining how Piper heard Delaney talking to a mystery someone on the phone about getting what she wanted from Leo.
PAUL: That could mean anything.
TERESE: Do you even know anything about this girl?
PAUL: Terese, will you please just let this go? She would be within her rights to make a formal complaint about you.
TERESE: And she's contacting somebody that doesn't even have a name. Just a desert island emoji pops up on her phone.
PAUL: Alright. I know that your pride is wounded, but nothing good is gonna come out of you targeting Delaney like this. Now please, for everyone's sake, will you just let it go?
Ned joins Bea, who is moping over an orange juice. Bea says Ned was right; she doesn't have to keep making an effort with Liz just because she's her mum.
BEA: So, I'm writing her name down and I'm gonna put it in the freezer. That way, we're officially on ice.
Paul comes in, and joins Delaney at the bar, telling her he's ‘sorted' Terese. But he asks Delaney about the mystery person that ‘someone' overheard her talking to on her phone, and why their name is saved as an emoji in her contacts.
DELANEY: Okay. So when you said you ‘sorted' Terese, do you really mean, you met up and she swapped notes with you on what she saw on my phone?
PAUL: Just answer the question.
DELANEY: You know, I'm getting really sick of this. It's almost like you want me to tell the police what you've done.
PAUL: Of course I don't want that. It's just, I need to know that you are gonna do the right thing by my son.
DELANEY: I'd never hurt Leo. But we do need your support.
Ned is passing by, and overhears this last part of the conversation, then drifts away again.
PAUL: Alright. You keep your end of the bargain, and I'll keep mine.
Liz returns from the shops; Karl is tending to his greenhouse. She's been thinking about how to improve her relationship with her daughters, and has a solution – she's heard the house on the corner, the late Val Grundy's place, is up for sale, and is thinking of buying it and moving into it when it goes on sale. She's already arranged to have her Sydney house valued in preparation!
Karl gently suggests to Liz that if she's thinking of moving here, there are more things to consider than simply buying a house – but Liz retorts that there's ‘nothing that can't be sorted out'.
LIZ: Thank you, Karl, for giving me the push I needed.
Delaney is hanging off Leo's arm, as he explains he's booked a table for them on the Terrace for dinner. Delaney is very excited.
DELANEY: You know, I think we should start doing date night, like, often. But instead of doing it once a week like normal people, we can do it, like, every single night!
Leo tries to disguise his horror, as Ned and Piper watch, appalled, from a distance.
LEO: I dunno, that might be a bit much.
DELANEY: Okay, well, every second night, then?
LEO: … Yeah, I guess.
Meanwhile, Ned mentions to Piper that he heard Delaney talking to Paul earlier, and that it was pretty intense…
NED: … like he was pressing her on some kind of deal. I'm wondering if maybe he paid her to break up Leo and Terese?
NED: It's just a theory.
Ned explains he called Elly to ask her about Delaney, as they knew each other in Sydney; Elly told him that Delaney wasn't as sweet and innocent as Leo makes out. Piper agrees, and says that they should let Terese know of their suspicions. Ned is keen not to wind Terese up unnecessarily given she's already been caught snooping on Delaney's phone – but promise to investigate further.
Liz is telling Susan about her new plan to move to Erinsborough to be closer to her daughters, after Karl gave her some ‘really great advice'.
SUSAN: Did he just? (!)
Karl skulks off, as Susan begins to try and dissuade Liz. But at that moment, Bea turns up, and Liz explains the plan to her.
LIZ: It'd be perfect – I'd be your neighbour!
BEA: Perfect for who?!
LIZ: For all of us! Oh, Bea, look – I know that I've made mistakes. But I want the opportunity to show that I've changed.
Bea retorts that Liz is making it all about her, as usual, and that her idea is nothing but a ‘magical fantasy' – living on the same street won't automatically make them get along.
LIZ: We can make it work!
BEA: It will never work! And do you know why? Because if you move in, I'm moving out!
Bea stomps off.
Ned uses his housekeeping key card to let himself into Delaney's hotel room while she's out. We have a montage of him searching the room for clues to what she's up to. He finds a pile of Lassiter's freebie vouchers in a drawer, with a note from Paul saying, ‘for keeping up your end of the deal'. Intrigued, he takes photos of this with his phone, before putting it back and leaving the room.
An emotional Liz is playing a video on her phone of Bea singing at the Christmas concert (with Toadie and Sonya visible spectating in the foreground). Liz wipes tears from her face. Susan comes out to join her, having made Liz a cuppa.
LIZ: She really is very good, isn't she? I did tell her that.
SUSAN: Yes – yes, you did. In your own way.
LIZ: I try – I really do try. What's wrong with me?
SUSAN: Oh, Lizzie! A lot of water under that bridge!
LIZ: Yeah, yeah. That's why I thought I could fix it if I moved here. But clearly I'm not wanted.
Karl appears; he's had an email from Rita, asking for an answer about the remyelination trial ASAP. If she doesn't hear, she'll fill Susan's place. Susan has decided she can't do it – the timing's not right as she's only just got her position at the school back. Karl thinks Jane could cover for a couple of weeks while things got sorted out. Susan's also worried about finding accommodation in Sydney.
Liz has a brainwave and suggests that Susan could stay with her in Sydney while taking part in the trial. Liz has decided to return to Sydney to give Elly and Bea some space, but this way, she could support her through the trial.
LIZ: I'm not taking no for an answer.
Paul notices that the box of Christmas decorations is still out on the side and discusses moving it into storage – but he takes out Jane's special bauble first, saying that one stays with him. He looks at it pensively, and Jane asks if he's okay.
PAUL: Oh, yeah… I was just thinking about what a memorable Christmas it's been.
Jane has had an email from The Department™, asking her to stay on at the school as acting principal due to Susan's medical trial. Paul is pleased for her, and asks what she plans on doing beyond that.
JANE: I haven't changed my mind about staying on, if that's what you're wondering?
JANE: But I thought, if I was at a loose end, that I could help you with the Robinson Pines development? (…) I knew Jim, and this development is dedicated to him, so…
Paul seems very pleased about this, and kisses Jane on the lips.
Ned and Piper are in Terese's office, presenting her with the evidence Ned found in Delaney's room that Paul has some kind of agreement with Delaney. Piper suggests that Paul has paid Delaney to seduce Leo, thereby splitting up him and Terese. Terese is sceptical, but Ned points out that Paul will do ‘anything for a bit of revenge'.
TERESE: I think this goes beyond revenge
PIPER: What, you think that he's, like, trying to clear the way to get you back?
Terese isn't positive, but decides she needs to find out for sure.
TERESE: Because the longer this appalling charade goes on, the worse it's gonna be for everyone.
Susan has decided to go for the remyelination trial. She's feeling guilty about not being around for Elly's wedding preparation, but Karl points out she'll be back for the day itself – and nothing's more important than Susan's health.
Liz comes out of the house with her bags packed; she's just spoken to Elly, she says, who was pleased to hear that Liz would be supporting Susan in Sydney through the trial.
LIZ: I'm getting brownie points already! (…) I'm not so sure about Bea, though. She's refusing to answer any of my calls. Like, I've texted her and I've messaged her that I'm leaving. But just nothing.
SUSAN: Oh, I'm sorry.
LIZ: Yeah. I was just hoping to… well, anyway, look, it's her choice. And I must say, I can't blame her.
Susan goes to fetch the car keys to take Liz to the airport.
KARL: You know, I'm sure you'll make things right with your daughters eventually, Liz. You're a good person.
LIZ: Yeah. This is… this is just the beginning.
But there's a sadness and regret in Liz's voice as she says it.
Terese is doing her make- up, telling Piper that what she's about to do is a ‘means to an end'. It's the only way, she says, as confronting Paul with Ned's evidence would cost Ned his job.
TERESE: There's only one way to prove Paul's playing games here. It's to give him what he thinks he wants – see what he does.
PIPER: Okay, well then you're really gonna have to sell it, Mum. Because if he works out this is a trap…
TERESE: Oh, I can sell it. I know Paul better than he knows himself.
Terese turns up to see Paul, looking all sultry and seductive.
TERESE: I wanted to thank you.
PAUL: Thank me?
TERESE: Yeah, I, umm… I needed a wake- up call. About Leo. And if I'm to be honest – there is a part of me that always knew he'd leave me for someone younger.
PAUL: Oh, Terese, I'm sorry about how it happened. You certainly didn't deserve to be hurt like that.
TERESE: (…) You're being very sensitive about this.
PAUL: Well, despite what you think, I have actually always cared about you.
TERESE: Well, I care about you too.
PAUL: It's a relief to hear you say that.
TERESE: Well, it's a new year. New perspective.
PAUL: Where exactly are you going with this?
TERESE: … Umm, as hard as it's been, the funny thing since it happened is that, umm, Leo hasn't been the one that's been on my mind. You see, you once told me that the reason I fell for Leo was because he was a safer version of you. And now that we're not together anymore, I think that you might be right.
PAUL: Oh. Yeah, but that was so long ago.
TERESE: Felt like yesterday for me. Do you still think about me, Paul?
She gets up close.
TERESE: About us?
She strokes his chest and shoulder.
TERESE: About what might have been?
She moves in, as if about to kiss him…
Coming up on Neighbours
- In a video chat, Ben asks Xanthe what she really wants
- Shane is furious to find Gary in his house with Dipi, reminding him to stay away
- Terese says she wanted some explanation, so she wouldn't look like a fool
- Paul is looking at his phone when Jane arrives, saying ‘I'm back'
- Leo and Delaney are pashing on the bed in her room
- Delaney says it's been so nice here; but now her dad's going to ruin it all