- Sonya telling Toadie she wants a memorial by the lake, not a funeral.
- Planning for who is going to give speeches at the memorial service.
- Susan feeling guilty for how long Finn has been in his coma.
- Susan wanting to go and see Finn.
- Elly discovering Mark has called the wedding off!
- Elly drowning her sorrows with wine.
- Elly making a move on Chloe.
- Chloe seeing confirmation from Elly before TITTNL™.
Elly extracts herself from Chloe's bed before dressing quickly. She tries to get away before Chloe wakes, but of course she does, and Elly can't get out of the room quick enough (to get out of the house) before David and Aaron come home.
CHLOE: It's okay, I get it.
Elly makes her way out of Chloe's bedroom, and has a flashback to the pair TITTNL™. Before leaving the house, she spots a photo of herself and Mark together, and after picking it up, stares at it for a bit before putting it down and exiting the house.
Susan signs herself in with the police guard and enters Finn's room. “Hello Finn,” she forcefully says, and he replies back if “they know each other.” Susan plays it safe, simply describing herself as “an old work colleague,” and he seems almost relived that someone knows him and wants to know how he ended up in Erinsborough and why there is a guard at his door. “I shouldn't be here,” a very confused Susan says and after he asks what her name is, gives her first name to him. He asks “Susan” to stay but she looks almost shell- shocked and ignores his request by walking out of the room.
Susan is back home telling Elly about her trip to see Finn and the conclusion is she was so thrown to tell if he was faking it or not. She is very taken aback by Elly's reaction, and her declaration that its “all too much,” so asks what is wrong. Elly tells her about Mark going AWOL and that the wedding is off.
SUSAN: You mean postponed?
ELLY: No, no, he said he can't marry, apparently that doesn't even warrant a phonecall.
“Nothing excuses this,” Susan tells her niece as she consoles her, before Elly decides to head to bed so she can be there for Toadie and the kids in the morning.
Lassiters Park (next day)
The place is full of flowers and photographs of Sonya as the RSRs (Ned, Piper, Bea, Shane, Dipi, Yashvi, Kirsha, Leo, David, Aaron, Paul, Chloe, Gary – Terese and Sheila appear at the wake) start to gather for Sonya's memorial service, respecting her wishes to wear bright colours and not black.
There are a few guests too – Lucas and Vanessa have made the trip and they share a hug with Jade who is struggling having now lost her sister as well as her parents. She is grateful though to Lucas, for his role in reuniting her with her sister.
Chloe spots Elly who would rather they weren't seen talking and acknowledges they need to talk… but later, not now.
Toadie and Callum arrive, and dad is there with a reassuring hug and words of comfort for the lad. Dipi leads Nell towards her dad and he readily hugs the lass before picking her up. Someone else has also made the trip – Willow, who heads over to hug him and Nell. “Sonya would be happy that you're here,” he tells her and tries to lighten the mood by complimenting Nell on her dress. “This is Mumma's favourite,” she tells him as the RSRs stand watching the scene. “You ready?” he asks Cal and the quartet (with Susan and Karl just behind) make their way over to where everyone is gathered.
Commercial break later and everyone is sat down, and Susan welcomes everyone “to remember our beautiful friend and loved one, Sonya Rebecchi.”
SUSAN: Toadie and the family have asked us to think of today as a celebration of Sonya's life.
Tearful Susan makes way for Toadie who stands up and walks to the front.
TOADIE: There were times in Sonya's life where she had to fight hard to find joy. But she was fierce, and she found it.
(Looking directly at the kids)
TOADIE: Your mum loves you so much and that love is alive and its within you and it is beautiful and its strong, just like your mum.
Turning back to the rest of the mourners he says that they “didn't get the miracle that we hoping for, but there is hope for other women fighting the same fight.”
TOADIE: Our miracle is that we all get to come together and celebrate a force of nature.
As he says that, Angie appears holding Hugo!
TOADIE: My best mate, my soul mate, my beautiful, my love, my life, my smart, driven, wise, sometimes wild wife, who would challenge me on a daily basis just to pay attention. It's important to pay attention, you have to. She made me be a better man. Even on our last day together, she pushed me to see that our lives will go on.
(Looking again specifically at the kids)
TOADIE: She wants us to know happiness and joy.
(Turning to look at a photograph of Sonya)
TOADIE: Sonya, we love you. I promise to find a way to honour your passion and love for our kids and our family and our friends and our community. I miss you.
Trying to cheer everyone up, he says how lucky they were to know and love Sonya, and he hits play on the CD player, telling everyone that its “from Sonya with love,” and suddenly we hear more of East 17's ‘It's alright'. Everyone now has happy tears as they get the irony of the song she chose!
Next to give his eulogy is Lucas, and he begins by telling everyone that Sonya could be stubborn, “just one more thing we had in common!”
LUCAS: But she used that to beat addiction, because she knew she had to be clean for her son. What Sonya showed us is that we need love to survive and make sense of our lives, like being there during the tough times, believing in each other.
Looking directly at Callum, he tells the lad that his mum “never gave up on him, or anyone else who asked for help.”
LUCAS: I bet I'm not the only person here who she reached out to and helped to become a better person.
Lucas sits down and Callum makes his way to the front. He reaches into the pocket for the eulogy that he has written, but when he takes it out and looks at it, instead of reading it, he scrunches it up and speaks from the heart instead.
CALLUM: Mum I've been thinking some crazy thoughts, about you, about us, about how if you hadn't come to find me all those years ago, I wouldn't be hurting like I am right now. I'm so glad you did. It meant that I got to have a mother.
The lad struggles to go on, so Angie is the one to go up and give him a hug and saying a few words of her own.
ANGIE: Sonya couldn't live without her boy, knowing how much she loved him. She found the good in Callum and made him find it too. She was a great mum, as simple as that.
CALLUM: (resuming) She was the best listener, the best champion of my dreams, best guide dog puppy trainer in the world.
That last big gets a laugh out of everyone!
CALLUM: You were the best.
The speeches stop and Susan invites everyone (while Bea sings Amazing Grace) to take a flower and place it on the lake as a way to say goodbye to Sonya. Slowly everyone does that, bar Toadie who remains sitting with tears falling down his face.
The service appears to be over although everyone is still standing around.
Piper heads over to chat with Aaron and he wishes Mark had been there for the service to help him deal with his grief. “We've got no idea where he is,” Aaron tells her but remembering the snippets Mark has said about his time in witness protection, wonders if there is anything in his file that Toadie holds which could help locate him. Piper reminds him that today isn't appropriate to talk to Toadie, but after a plea from Aaron, she goes off to look for it herself, promising to see him in The Waterhole later where the wake is taking place.
PIPER: No- one can know about this.
Aaron wants to update Elly, ignoring Chloe's attempt to chat to her, and pleads that she doesn't cancel arrangements for the wedding yet until she hears from him again.
Everyone has now retreated to the bar for the wake and Angie comments to Shane that she can't believe that Toadie is going through this again and telling him how bad Toadie was after losing Dee. Shane and Dipi reassure her that they are looking out for him and the kids.
Lucas catches a quick word with Bea and give her the good news – he isn't selling the garage; the insurance will cover the repairs required and he will begin the hunt for a new manager. She is more than happy with the news!!
Paul catches Callum to pass on his condolences and to tell him that Sonya talked about him often and was so proud of his career. He offers himself up if Callum, or the family, needs anything.
Callum beats himself up to Yashvi after hearing what Paul has said. It turns out he's not been that great at work in months and is about to lose his job!
CALLUM: Everything that I put all of my time and effort into… for nothing.
He wonders if he can see the positives – being here for Toadie and his siblings, before begging Yashvi that she can't tell anyone what he's just told her.
Piper returns with Mark's file and hands to Aaron – inside is a list of the places Mark was placed in while he was in witness protection. Aaron thinks he could be staying in one of the places – Silverton and plans on heading there. “That's a long way to go for a hunch,” Piper points out but as far as Aaron is concerned, he's “got nothing to lose.”
AARON: Look, if I'm right, then Mark and Elly still stand a chance. Wish me luck!
PIPER: Good luck.
It appears the wake is starting to wind down, so it's Bea and the K's turn to worry about Elly what with Mark going AWOL and Finn waking up. “She doesn't deserve any of it,” Karl remarks, however thinks if there are trust and honesty issues its best that they come out now.
That comment is enough for Susan to confess to Karl that she went to see Finn last night. He can't believe she did that, but Susan explains that she wanted to see him for herself and if he does have retro- grade amnesia. “I didn't stay long, but what I saw was very convincing,” she tells them, but Karl wishes she'd rather they left the diagnosis up to the professionals before they realise that this isn't the time to be talking about this.
Toadie takes his youngest kids down to the lake and watches as Nell places a flower into the water, before taking her hand and saying they are “going home.”
Chloe finally manages to get a word with Elly, even though from her body language she wants to be anywhere but here. “About last night,” Elly begins the chat with, and Chloe points out that she asked, “if you were sure.”
ELLY: I know it was my decision.
CHLOE: Do you know what you want Elly?
Before they can chat more, Piper interrupts to inform them that Aaron is chasing up a lead about Mark and that he “has a good feeling about it.” “It's going to be alright,” she adds, trying to reassure a tearful Elly before walking away.
CHLOE: Elly, please talk to me. Do you want Mark to come back for the wedding?
Darn it, Karl interrupts before she can answer to say that he and Susan are heading home. Elly takes the opportunity to curtail the chat by telling Chloe that she is exhausted, and can they talk tomorrow instead.
Chloe is home and on the phone to Aaron, trying to find out where he is. “Going to find Mark,” is his reply and she wants him to stop and come home! “Why, what's going on?” he asks using his hands- free phone.
CHLOE: I don't want you to find Mark! He and Elly should not be getting married, not after the way he has treated her.
AARON: Are you saying this because you're still in love with Elly?
CHLOE: I'm saying this because… how many times does he have to keep letting her down?
AARON: Chlo, we've been over this! Look, has something changed? Is there anything else I need to know?
CHLOE: I… Yes, I still love Elly but that's not the reason.
AARON: Then what is?
CHLOE: He'll keep hurting her.
AARON: Chlo, that is not for you to decide. That's up to Elly and Mark to figure out for themselves, so unless you've got something better than that, I'm still going.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Elly just wanting Mark found, they can figure everything else out later.
- Aaron arriving in Silverton and has a lead.
- Chloe telling Elly that she isn't meant to be with Mark.
- Aaron pointing out to his sister that Mark loves Elly.
- Mark and Elly's wedding