- Toadie tells Susan that Sonya's passed away.
- Elly confronts Mark at Kate's gravestone.
- Karl tells Mark that Sonya's died.
- Mark has a panic attack.
- Bea worries about Finn waking up.
- Susan imagines Finn taunting her.
- Susan wonders why Sonya had to die, given there are so many horrible people still alive in the world.
- Finn wakes up from his coma.
A nurse checks Finn's obs and witnesses him waking up. She rushes out to find Dr Tanaka who comes in to check on him. He asks Finn to move his toes which he does. Finn looks at the policeman behind David in a confused haze. David reassures his patient.
It's late at night. Mark is sitting at the kitchen table as Elly walks in.
MARK: I let her down.
ELLY: She wouldn't think that.
MARK: She needed my help. And I avoided her because I couldn't deal with her illness.
ELLY: Watching someone you love get sick, it's not easy.
Karl enters the kitchen in search of his mobile phone. The hospital informs him that Finn has woken up which comes as a huge shock. He soon tells Ned and they begin to worry about what lies ahead. Karl tells Ned that they don't know what Finn's state of mind is at the moment, but he'll be assessed by the neurologist in the morning. Rather than waking up Susan and Bea in the middle of the night, they decide to face them with it in the morning.
Karl storms into the hospital to see Finn. David sees him and tries to calm him down but Karl worries when he sees no guard outside Finn's room. David points out that Finn's been in a coma for months so his muscle wastage alone would prevent anything from happening at the moment. The guard returns and David comforts Karl about the recent death of Sonya, asking how Susan's dealing with it all. Karl asks if Finn's said anything.
DAVID: No, but I can tell he's worried about that guard.
KARL: So he should be.
It's morning. The sunshine beams through Toadie's bedroom window. Still asleep, he reaches out to the empty space where his wife used to lay. This wakes him abruptly, and he pulls the covers towards him.
In the kitchen, Callum is making some toast. His dad walks in and he hands him a coffee. Toadie sits at the dining table. He places his arms on the table and rests his head on them. He stares ahead vacantly; his lip quivers.
Karl, Susan, Ned and Bea are sitting at the dining table. Karl tells Susan and Bea that Finn woke up in the middle of the night. They enquire about his state of health and Karl says that he's remarkably well physically, but they won't know about any potential brain damage right away. Susan asks if Finn saw Karl and he says he did but he wasn't exactly lucid so he's not sure if he realized. Bea begins to worry about Finn making a full recovery, causing Karl to remark on how unusual it is that he's waken up after so long.
KARL: There are positives in this. At least now he can face charges for his crimes. And you can stop carrying around that guilt (to Susan)
Bea tells Elly that she's finally stopped thinking about Finn every second of every day and now he's woken up. Elly says that Finn can't hurt them anymore but Bea isn't convinced at all. Mark enters from the back yard.
ELLY: Have you been out there since 4am?
Elly glances at Bea then back to Mark.
ELLY: Finn's woken up.
MARK: I guess it was always a possibility.
He exits, barely responding to the shock revelation at all. Bea hugs Elly.
Toadie remains heaped over the dining table, emotionally drained.
CALLUM: Dad, you've gotta eat something…You know, when I woke up this morning, for the first few seconds I felt fine. I felt like mum wasn't gone. What are we gonna do? You know, we have so much to plan for this memorial. Dad?
TOADIE: Susan's coming over to give us a hand.
Callum continues to worry about the memorial but Toadie remains calm. There's a knock at the door and Sheila appears. She's made some food for the Rebecchis.
SHEILA: It's a veggie lasagne. Sonya's favourite.
Toadie tears up. Sheila apologises, realizing how insensitive she's being. She takes it back but Toadie insists that it's fine.
Elly tells Chloe that maybe she should postpone her wedding to Mark given how affected he is by Sonya's death. He comes back from a run and Elly tells him that she's going with Bea to see Finn, but is happy to stay at home if he needs her. He says he's fine and leaves the house again, ignoring her when she asks where he's going. Chloe offers to accompany Elly to the hospital, but she tells her to stay at home, as she might have more luck getting Mark to open up to her.
Mark arrives to see Toadie. He apologises for being sweaty as he's just been for a run but Toadie says he doesn't care. He's trying to find a spot for some flowers he's been given, telling Mark that the kettle's just boiled and Susan's coming over soon to help with plans for the memorial.
MARK: Where are you having it?
TOADIE: Down by the lake. That's where Sonya wanted it. She would have liked it if you said something. I'd like that too.
Mark looks anxious.
MARK: Can I think about it?
TOADIE: Yeah, yeah of course. And um, Sonya talked about you yesterday.
Toadie's voice trembles.
TOADIE: She wanted me to make sure your wedding went ahead.
MARK: She's always bossing us around.
TOADIE: (laughs) Yeah, yeah. And, um, she wanted you to have these too.
He hands Mark some flowers.
TOADIE: She picked them from the side of the road.
Mark clutches his chest and begins to have another panic attack. Toadie asks if he's alright, but Mark just says he has to go and rushes out of the house.
Finn begins to panic about some ‘exams' saying to David that he's been cramming loads lately. Susan watches outside his room as Elly and Bea arrive. Susan says that Karl is talking to Clive about security, while Bea comments that Finn's brain damage can't be that bad as he's talking quite normally to David. They all decide to leave, as David asks Finn a series of questions.
DAVID: Do you know your full name?
FINN: Finn Conrad Kelly.
DAVID: And where are you now?
FINN: I'm in the hospital, but I don't know why though.
DAVID: Do you know which country you're in?
FINN: We're in Australia, in Sydney.
DAVID: Actually, we're in Melbourne. Do you know what year we're in?
FINN: It's 2007.
David looks shocked.
FINN: It's 2007…?!
Mark has gone for another run. As he arrives at the lake, he stares towards the rotunda. A series of memories rush through his mind, including the time baby Caitlin died and the time he kissed Sonya. He then thinks about Kate being shot after their engagement, before jogging in the opposite direction.
DR MAHONEY: Dr Tanaka mentioned you're worried about some exams.
FINN: Yes, I'm doing a Bachelor of Education. I'm in my second year.
DR MAHONEY: Which makes you how old?
DR MAHONEY: Mr Kelly, you've been in a coma for some time now. The year is 2019.
FINN: So I've been in a coma for 12 years?
DAVID: 4 months. There was an accident.
Finn doesn't remember anything and Dr Mahoney tells him he fell from a cliff top. He asks Finn to tell him the last thing he remembers. Finn says he'd just finished a teaching placement.
FINN: Dad's probably wondering where I am.
DR MAHONEY: Your family know you're here.
FINN: Where are they?
Dr Mahoney says Finn's autobiographical memory seems to have been affected and that a PET scan will need to be done. Finn worries about the guard but Dr Mahoney tells him not to worry; they can fill in the blanks later. The doctors exit the room and discuss the possibility of Finn faking his amnesia, but Dr Mahoney says it's remarkable that Finn is so coherent at all after being in a coma for 4 months, let alone being capable of such an elaborate plan.
Susan and Toadie discuss plans for Sonya's memorial; he and Lucas are going to do speeches and he's waiting to hear whether Mark will or not. Callum agrees to do a speech as well, wanting to make his mum proud.
SUSAN: Are there any special readings you'd like me to include?
A pause ensues.
TOADIE: Sonya's not gonna be around to help her get dressed for it. Nell. She's not gonna help her colour in anymore. And Hugo's not even gonna remember her. She's not gonna be around for their birthdays or their weddings.
Overwhelmed, Toadie decides to go and pick the kids up from Colac at that very moment. Susan is very understanding, offering to take care of the remaining plans for the moment.
Bea tells Ned how weird it was seeing Finn awake after all this time. He sees Sheila and Gary chatting at the bar and asks Bea if they know Finn's awake. They go over and tell them.
GARY: Oh yeah, so um, what did that mongrel have to say for himself?
BEA: Not much yet.
SHEILA: I think you should sit down Gary, I know you want to take that guy's head off but you can't… (Gary interrupts)
GARY: Relax mum, I've learned my lesson, I'm gonna let this one play out by the book you know, I reckon I might enjoy watching that mongrel deal with the court system.
Gary goes to call Xanthe and Ned remarks that he took it pretty well.
Elly arrives home as Chloe enters after being in the pool. Elly says the car is gone and notices a note from Mark. Chloe reads it.
CHLOE: I'm sorry but I need some time away to think.
Elly is frantic with worry over her grieving fiancé, but Chloe is not as understanding, saying that he shouldn't treat Elly like that. She points out that the wedding is next week.
Toadie and Callum put their things in the car, ready to pick up the kids. Callum hands him ‘rainbow bear', one of Nell's favourites. Karl, Shane and Gary walk up the street, offering to accompany Toadie on his trip to Colac. He is touched by their generosity and they agree to follow him in Karl's car.
Susan asks Bea for advice on readings and Bea suggests a favourite song lyric of Sonya's. David appears with some news. He tells them that Finn is coherent and was able to participate in all of the cognitive tests.
DAVID: We're just trying to get in touch with his father and his brother Shaun now.
BEA: So when are they taking him to jail?
DAVID: At this point the police are delaying pursuing charges.
David tells them that nothing will be done until they know more clearly about his psychological state.
DAVID: The neurologist made an initial diagnosis of retrograde amnesia.
BEA: That's not even a real thing!
There is an awkward silence.
SUSAN: Yes it is, actually.
David informs them that Finn has no memory of the last 12 years, including his many crimes. Susan and Bea are shocked.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Susan tells Bea that Finn has had power over them for too long.
- Elly hears from Mark. She tells Chloe she's sick of trying to make him love her.
- Susan commences Sonya's memorial.