- Terese discovers that Delaney has been texting a nameless mystery contact
- As Ivan goes to shoot Leo, Terese leaps in to protect him and takes the bullet herself
- At the hospital, a furious Piper rages at Leo, blaming him for Terese's shooting
- David tells Piper and Paul that it's too early to tell whether Terese will be okay
- At Harold's, Raymond holds Yashvi, Elly, Chloe and Kirsha hostage
- Chloe offers to go with him in a bid to persuade him to set the others free
- Elly and Chloe argue over who should go with Raymond, each keen to protect the other
- After the ordeal is over, we see the two women holding hands
- Paul leaving Mannix out in the bush
- Paul tells Leo that Mannix needed to learn his lesson
- Delaney blackmails Paul with a recording of Mannix ‘before he died', saying what Paul did
- Paul tells Jane that he killed a man
A horrified Jane is looking out onto the balcony.
PAUL: Jane, will you please just say something?
JANE: … What do you want me to say?!
PAUL: That I'm not a monster. That you can forgive me,.
PAUL: Now, I know there's a lot of things I've done in my life that I'm not proud of. But I am not a cold- blooded killer. I was trying to protect my son! I didn't mean for Mannix to die!
JANE: Whether or not you meant for him to die, a man is dead because of you.
PAUL: Yeah, I know – I know. I went to see where he was buried on Christmas Day. That's why I wasn't at the concert... I can't change the things that I've done. And I have to live with that for the rest of my life.
JANE: So, Leo breaking up with Terese – him taking up with Delaney – this was all because of her blackmail?
PAUL: Yeah. She was gonna go to the police if we didn't comply.
JANE: I wish you'd never told me. Do you understand the burden that you are now asking me to carry?
PAUL: I wanted to be honest with you. Maybe if I'd done that sooner, you would've made me see sense. Leo and I would've dealt with Delaney differently, and Terese wouldn't be in hospital.
JANE: I really don't see how it's my responsibility to make you do anything.
PAUL: Okay. So how can I make this right?
JANE: I don't know that you can.
Piper is at a sleeping Terese's bedside when Leo turns up, asking how she is. Piper is furious to see him – and even more annoyed when he sees that Delaney has accompanied him!
LEO: She just wants a chance to explain.
DELANEY: And I wanted to apologise.
PIPER: No – no! I do not want Mum knowing anything about any of that. Not until she's strong enough.
She berates Leo for being so selfish as to bring Delaney along to see Terese, and tells them both in no uncertain terms to leave. Leo looks guilty.
Later on that evening, Terese is awake and asking whether Leo has come to visit. Piper dodges the question, telling her to focus on her recovery. Karl turns up to deliver some medical exposition.
KARL: Unfortunately, your scan shows that the damage to the blood vessels around the injury site is a little bit worse than we first thought – which means that the blood isn't circulating properly in your arm. We'll have to take you back into surgery, just to see if we can reconstruct some of those damaged vessels.
TERESE: Is that a simple procedure?
KARL: Well, microsurgery can come with some risk (…) Occasionally, under extreme situations, we're unable to properly restore blood circulation.
KARL: … Well, amputation may be necessary. But this is a worst- case scenario.
Karl has found a brilliant microvascular surgeon to do the op, but she's interstate on leave, in a remote location – so he's trying to find a way to get her here as quickly as possible, since not many people can perform this kind of operation. He says there's no immediate danger, however, so no need to panic.
Chloe is in her nightgown, looking traumatised. Elly appears, puts a hand on her shoulder, and makes her a cup of tea. Chloe smiles.
The next day, Paul is asleep in the waiting area. In his dream, he flashes back to his dad Jim's Christmas bauble visitation.
PAUL: I want to change!
JIM: Do you?
PAUL: Yeah, I do! And you know what? I have a real chance now, with Jane.
JIM: Ah. The lovely Jane.
PAUL: Yeah. She wants a future with me. But if I go to jail, she will be gone and I'll lose everything.
JIM: It's never too late to be the man you want to be, son.
Jim disappears, and Paul calls out for his dad. Jane arrives in the waiting area, and wakes Paul up. He explains Piper has been keeping him from seeing Terese.
PAUL: Have you thought any more on what we talked about last night?
JANE: Yeah. A great deal. I think you need to go to the police, and tell them the truth about Mannix. The other thing is your compulsion to put Terese first. I understand that she's been through a great ordeal, and that she needs support. But why does it have to come from you? You know, after the accident, you said that you loved her. That's the truth, isn't it?
PAUL: No – no! No, I told you – I love you.
JANE: It doesn't feel like it.
PAUL: Oh, please – let me prove it. What can I do?
JANE: If our relationship has any chance at all, you need to stop coming here. You need to stop putting Terese first.
PAUL: Oh, Jane, I can't…
JANE: It is not negotiable, Paul.
Fay's hand slips while she's drying some dishes – Aaron takes over, telling her he'll do it. He asks if she's heard any news on her test results yet; she hasn't, but…
FAY… I think we have a good idea what they'll say.
AARON: There's still hope yet.
Mark and Elly are also present; and Chloe then appears. She announces she's going to be making some work calls today while lounging by the pool. Elly reminds her that they went through a lot yesterday; the effects of trauma could really catch up on her.
CHLOE: The only thing causing me trauma is my lack of tan! Which I intend to rectify right now.
The others look worried as Chloe goes outside.
Paul brings Jane a coffee, and they talk further.
PAUL: You realise what you're asking could send me back to prison.
PAUL: But, I am gonna do it. I'll tell the police what I did to Mannix.
JANE: And my other terms?
PAUL: Yeah. They're fair. Probably more than fair. Oh, Jane – I'm so sorry that I made you feel second best. And I will never, ever make you feel that way again.
They kiss, and decide to go home. But at that moment, Karl and Piper emerge, talking about Karl's attempts to get hold of the specialist surgeon. Piper explains to Paul that the surgeon is stuck interstate and that Terese could lose her arm if the surgery isn't done. Paul looks back at Jane, conflicted.
JANE: I'm gonna leave you to it.
Paul tells Karl and Piper he'll make some calls in order to try and expedite the surgery.
Leo comes to find Delaney in her room, on the phone to someone. She says she'll talk to them later and hangs up, claiming it was just a friend from Sydney – but she's acting rather suspiciously. She claims she's just still freaked out about the siege etc.
LEO: You did the right thing by going to the police, but you still dobbed me in to your family.
DELANEY: No, no, Leo, I didn't.
LEO: Then who did?
DELANEY: Umm… I'm going to make a coffee.
LEO: Great. I'll have one too.
Leo looks at Delaney's phone lying on the bed.
Jane is standing outside the hospital, looking wistful. Paul comes to join her; he explains he's chartered a helicopter to get the surgeon back to Erinsborough ASAP. He offers to take Jane home, but she doesn't move. Realising he's gone back on his word about putting Terese first, Paul says he had to help get Terese's surgeon home – Piper was beside herself, and Lassiter's could be liable.
PAUL: Jane, she could lose her arm. And I, of all people, know what it's like to lose a part of yourself, and –
JANE: Paul, you don't need to justify helping someone in need. It's not what it's about.
PAUL: What is it about, then?
JANE: It's about the real reason that you're doing all of this. The reason that you can't seem to admit to me, and not even to yourself… You're still in love with Terese. And I know that you have tried to move on – but it's really not working, is it?
PAUL: Jane, I don't want to lose you.
JANE: You already have.
Paul becomes tearful.
Leo implores Delaney to be honest with him – it's the only way to repair the broken trust between them. She insists there's nothing going on, and heads to the bathroom. But while she's gone, her phone makes a text alert sound, and Leo sneaks a look at it. The text is from the mystery, nameless contact, and asks to meet Delaney behind the backpackers' at 10.45am.
Leo replies to the text from Delaney's phone, saying ‘I'll be there', then deletes the message string.
Paul tells Piper and Karl that the surgeon has been picked up in a helicopter, and is on her way to Melbourne. Piper thanks him; and Paul asks if he could see Terese, to wish her well before her surgery. But Piper thinks it's a bad idea; she doesn't want Terese talking to anyone who could stress her out, be it Leo or Paul. She apologises, and Paul looks upset.
Chloe finishes up a work call, while Fay examines her hands. Chloe catches her in the act, and Fay reluctantly admits to Chloe that they've been shaking – one of the Huntington's symptoms. She apologises.
FAY: The last thing you need after yesterday is to see me looking like a shaky old mess.
CHLOE: That's not what I see at all. I see an awesome woman trying to be brave.
FAY: I just hate the thought of you watching me go through this.
CHLOE: If it's what's ahead for me, I'd rather be ready. And you're the only one I can talk to about this – the only one who truly understands. We need to support one another through this – so no more hiding things from me, okay?
FAY: I'll make you a deal. I won't bottle things up if you don't. You need to let me in, too. And not just about this – about everything. It's okay to admit you were scared yesterday.
CHLOE: … It's just… It's hard to find the words.
FAY: I know. But you need to try. And if not to me, then to a counsellor – or a friend. But it's just too much to carry on your own.
Chloe gets teary and promises to think about it.
Jane is packing her bags to leave when Paul arrives.
PAUL: Didn't waste any time, then?
JANE: I think it's easier for everyone this way.
She announces she's leaving Erinsborough – she's heading to Brisbane to visit Paul's brother Scott and his wife Charlene, her old school friends. She's resigned from Erinsborough High, saying there's only a fortnight till Susan returns – she's sure the other staff can manage till then. She has a parting present for Paul – the portrait of her gran, Mrs Mangel, that he originally gave to her.
JANE: It really didn't feel right, a Helen Daniels original being all the way in the UK, and… I've been waiting for the right moment to return it to you. I think Nan would want it to be here.
PAUL: So that's it, then, hey?
JANE: … Unless there's something else you'd like to say?
Paul doesn't respond.
JANE: You deserve to be happy, Paul. But as long as you hold out for Terese, you're gonna let the opportunity pass you by – and you set yourself up for more hurt.
He looks wistfully after Jane as she leaves, then glances over at the Mrs Mangel portrait.
Terese is talking in her sleep.
TERESE: Paul? … Paul, I knew you'd come… I need you… I love you…
We see Piper listening to this at her bedside. She looks shocked.
Leo arrives, and finds Paul wrapping up the Mrs Mangel painting. Paul tells Leo that Terese has gone back into surgery, but that Piper is still insisting on keeping them away. Leo tells Paul about Delaney making secret calls to the mystery contact, represented in the contacts list by the desert island emoji. This rings bells with Paul, as he recalls Terese finding messages from the same contact.
Leo explains he's arranged to meet the contact by replying from Delaney's phone, and asks for Paul to distract Delaney in the meantime.
Chloe is on the phone, assuring a Lassiter's guest there are no ongoing safety concerns following the siege. Elly turns up just as she's finishing the call – Elly admits she's been avoiding going through the complex, as she can't stop thinking about what happened.
ELLY: I put everyone at risk letting Raymond Renshaw into the café. What if something happened to someone?
CHLOE: But everyone was fine.
ELLY: Yes, but, I just keep going over all the what- ifs. What if he got the van – what if he took the kids? What if he lashed out at Kirsha when he found her? And I know you said you don't want to dwell on things, and I know that things are also strange between us, considering…
CHLOE: Considering I told you I loved you?
ELLY: Yeah. Exactly. But I do think it's really important for us to talk about what happened at the café (…) Mark has been really great, and I know the police have given us a list of counsellors that we could use, but…
CHLOE: They weren't there.
ELLY: Exactly. But you were. You know how it felt. So, how are you doing?
CHLOE: Honestly, it's a real horror show up here right now.
ELLY: Yeah, I know – me too.
Delaney is with Paul – she wants to know why he called her up. Paul straight- up tells her that Delaney's only here so that he can distract her, while Leo meets her mystery contact!
DELANEY: That's a really bad idea.
Leo is lurking around the back of the backpackers', waiting for Delaney's contact to show up…
Paul tells Delaney that she's given them no choice.
DELANEY: No, Paul – I'm not kidding. Leo could be in serious danger.
Leo hears a noise behind him, and turns to see Delaney's contact – but we can't see their face.
LEO: It's you?
Coming up on Neighbours
- Dipi is traumatised when she returns to the wrecked café with Gary
- Delaney asks if this means Leo doesn't hate her; he doesn't reply
- At the hospital, David asks Paul what the hell is going on
- At the hotel, Ned has Shaun by the collar, and warns him to stay away from Bea
- Bea looking sad, holding a rose
- Paul tells Leo that he thinks it's time for the truth