- Chloe tells Aaron that she and Elly slept together while Mark was away
- Mark is furious to learn Aaron let him go through with the wedding knowing about Chloe and Elly
- Mark tells Chloe to move out
- Chloe tells Fay that she loves Elly, which earns her a slap from her mother
- Chloe surreptitiously moves into a room at the hotel
- After enjoying spending time together, Leo and Piper fall into a kiss on his bed
- Mark accuses Elly of tricking him into the marriage; she tells him she loves him
- A tearful Elly asks Bea how she can make things better with Mark
Elly drunkenly stumbles into the house, and collapses onto the sofa. There is a bottle of water and a note on the table in the living area. Elly reads the note (though we don't see what it says), then stumbles off into her room with the water bottle.
Piper and Leo are in bed together, having TITTNL™. Piper gets up and sneaks downstairs quietly, but Leo wakes up as she's leaving. She comes back upstairs, looking for her keys. Leo helps her look, but they bump heads by accident in the darkness. Piper finds her keys, and makes a very awkward exit, promising to see Leo later.
The following day, Mark is making various arrangements to put the wedding behind him, including cancelling the photo album and returning the wedding presents. Fay encourages him not to be hasty, saying he might work things out with Elly yet. But Mark isn't interested.
FAY: So all of the gifts are going back?
MARK: Yeah. Except this one. It's Sonya's. Not that I can bring myself to open it.
He shows Fay a small, giftwrapped box. Fay tells Mark to let him know if there's anything she can do, and hugs him. Aaron has been listening to this from the kitchen, and offers to help Mark with the arrangements. But Mark snubs him, walking straight past him towards the bedrooms.
Chloe is in her hotel room, when there's a knock at the door. She ignores it at first, guessing she's been rumbled – and sure enough, it's Terese.
TERESE: Let me in before I let myself in!
Chloe opens the door, and assures Terese she wasn't planning on taking advantage; she just needed a few days to work out what to do. But Terese tells her it's fine.
TERESE: Look, you're an excellent employee. And the hotel's only half full – so I'm happy for you to continue staying here (…) only temporarily. And no housekeeping.
CHLOE: Does Paul have to know?
TERESE: Yeah. But I'll assure him that you'll lay low – and that you won't flaunt the situation in front of the other staff.
A grateful and emotional Chloe hugs Terese.
TERESE: This is a low point. I should know; I've had a few of them. But I can tell you with absolute certainty that things will only get better from here.
In the meantime, Terese encourages Chloe to throw herself into work to keep her mind off things – telling her to come to her office in half an hour. Chloe smiles as Terese leaves.
Elly is deeply hung over, and reads the note from last night again – which we now see is from Bea. ‘Get a big sleep,' it says, ‘then meet me at the garage in the morning when you are feeling human.' But Elly's not there yet – and rushes to the bathroom to throw up!
Aaron tells Fay that Mark cried in his arms on the night of the wedding – and now he won't even speak to him, or let him explain. Fay says it's too raw right now, but that she's sure Mark will give him a chance in time. Aaron wonders if him being around is causing Mark too much grief.
Elly turns up, and asks them how Mark is.
AARON: Oh, he's not great. None of us are, really – thanks to you.
Elly walks away, and Aaron opines to Fay that Elly is the one person who's getting what she deserves right now.
Elly is sitting in the courtyard. Fay comes out to talk to her – to ‘add to the pile on', Elly presumes. But in fact, Fay just wants to understand why Elly did it.
FAY: I'm not interested in judging you; I've been in your shoes. You and Mark were just at the beginning – and you seemed like such a strong couple.
ELLY: We were – we were. I don't know what changed.
FAY: Sonya's passing hit him hard.
Elly becomes tearful as she explains.
ELLY: No – he pulled away before that (…) He withdrew into himself. He wasn't interested in the wedding, or anything to do with me, really. And then he started visiting Kate's grave (…) He chose to confide in his dead fiancée, when he had a living, breathing one in front of him. And he took off. He cancelled the wedding. I was devastated; I was angry; I had every right to be. I didn't know where he'd gone, or when he was coming home. What Mark did to me, it was embarrassing, and it was heartbreaking. I needed support. And yes – I needed to feel loved. Chloe was there.
FAY: Everything you've just said to me, you need to say to Mark.
Terese turns up to see Piper at work. She tells her that Imogen, Piper's sister, is flying over next week to take charge of the law office temporarily, having volunteered her services to Toadie.
PIPER: Please tell me you are joking!
But Terese isn't. She chastises Piper for not being more pleased about her sister coming home! Piper insists she is, but doesn't look it! Terese then takes a phone call from Lauren, leaving Piper looking decidedly grumpy…
Terese is impressed with the amount of work Chloe's got through so far today. Chloe says Terese was right – she feels better being busy.
Leo turns up, and Chloe leaves him and Terese to talk. Leo is in a mood, having been summoned by Terese to talk about his letter of apology to Mrs Punt, for knocking her over in the courtyard. Leo is annoyed that Terese, Paul and their lawyers have already put words in his mouth over the incident, so they might as well write the letter themselves!
Terese says that the counselling Leo is to have as part of the remuneration package to Mrs Punt will help him work through his anger, but this just riles him up even further.
TERESE: It's really important that you work through your problems.
LEO: Oh, yeah – which are all caused by you. So if you really want to help me, Terese, stay off my back, and leave me alone.
Mark is sitting, staring at Sonya's wedding present, which remains unopened. There's a knock at the door – it's Elly, and she's hoping that he's ready to talk. Mark nods.
ELLY: I know you're angry and you will be for a while, but I will ride that out as long as it takes. I want to be your wife. I want to be Mrs Elly Brennan. Mark, you are my life – I want to build a family with you.
MARK: I know I behaved badly – and maybe if you'd turned to somebody else, I could get past it. But not my sister.
ELLY: And I will always regret that. But I tried explaining to you what happened.
MARK: Yeah, you did – you did. But I don't know if I'm ever gonna be able to trust you again. What else are you capable of doing to hurt me?
ELLY: No, nothing! The reason I told you is because I hate any secrets between us! I promise I will never, ever hurt you like that again. From here on, there's nothing but complete honesty – complete loyalty.
MARK: I wish I could believe that.
ELLY: I'll prove it to you. You just have to let me try.
But Mark shakes his head.
ELLY: What are you saying – that we're over?
MARK: As soon as Toadie gets back, I'm having our marriage annulled.
Fay turns up to see Chloe at work, and swiftly gets both barrels.
CHLOE: Everyone has been so quick to call me selfish, you included. But… it must run in the family. Because the only thing Mark cared about in the lead- up to the wedding was himself. And I know he was grieving for Sonya, but that was no excuse for the way he treated Elly. He was moody and secretive… You didn't see the effect that had on her. I did. And yes, I feel guilty for sleeping with Elly. But I don't feel guilty for loving her, because I was only doing what Mark couldn't. I was there for her when Mark wasn't.
FAY: Look, I'm sorry for taking sides – and for slapping you. That's what I came here to say. And now that I've heard your side of the story, I wish I'd come sooner. I hope you can forgive me.
CHLOE: Of course I can.
FAY: If only you and your brothers could make up like we have.
CHLOE: Don't you worry about that. I created this situation; I'm gonna fix it.
Piper is on the phone to Imogen, who's already giving her orders before she's even arrived to take charge! Fay turns up for a chat – she's desperate to fill Piper in on what Tyler's been up to.
PIPER: I'd love to, Fay. It's just… Look, to be honest, there's only a certain amount I can hear about Tyler.
FAY: I thought you liked the updates?
PIPER: I do… I did. It's just… Look, don't get me wrong. I'm so happy that he's happy. It's just, hearing about how he's moved on with his life – it just kind of makes me feel like I'm treading water in mine.
FAY: Well, from where I'm standing, your life isn't too bad. You're young, you're beautiful, you're smart. And maybe there's someone special that you've got your eye on?
PIPER: Not really.
FAY: That's not a definite no!
At that moment, Tyler calls Fay, and she leaves to update him on the Mark situation. Piper looks thoughtful.
Elly is at a table, looking miserable. Shane comes over.
SHANE: You're a bit worse for wear!
ELLY: How can you tell?
SHANE: It's happy hour and you're drinking a softie!
This makes Elly feel even worse, as Shane saunters off again. Leo turns up and offers his company, but Elly says she'd rather be alone – so Leo leaves her to it, and goes to get a table on his own. Piper comes in and joins him, and there's awkwardness as they speak over each other. Piper says that she had a lot of fun last night, but that she feels like they shouldn't have TITTNL™. Leo agrees.
LEO: Your licence to practice romance aversion therapy is officially revoked!
LEO: So we're good?
PIPER: Yes, we're good. There is just one thing I have to ask. You weren't thinking about my mum, were you?
PIPER: Eww! No! God, not like that! Eww – no! I just mean, like, this wasn't, like, a weird revenge thing for you, was it?
LEO: No way, Pipes. You know you're the only person I can stand to be around at the moment, yeah? So, I wouldn't want to stuff that up.
PIPER: Me too. And I feel like a repeat of last night might be going into stuff- up territory.
LEO: Definitely happy to stay mates.
PIPER: And let's be honest – I don't think it's wise for me to get involved with a third man who lives in that loft! (…) It was kind of confronting this morning. Waking up, and thinking about Tyler, and then Cassius.
They agree on being ‘friends without benefits' and revert to matey, arm- punching form.
Aaron and Chloe come in; Chloe thanks him for ‘reaching out' and gushes about how Fay has forgiven her. Mark, who is at the counter with Dipi, looks annoyed; and Chloe assumes that Aaron was trying to get them in the same room to work things out. But Aaron insists he didn't know Mark was here. Aaron suggests they go elsewhere, but Chloe goes to talk to Mark first.
CHLOE: Treat me like I don't exist – fine. But not Aaron. He did everything he could to save your relationship with Elly. He even found Mel and brought her back into my life, hoping she'd help get me over my Feelings™.
But this just makes things worse, as Mark realises how long Aaron has known about said Feelings™.
CHLOE: That's not the point. Look, Aaron has done nothing but fight for you. He drove to the back and beyond to talk sense into you.
MARK: Are you done?!
CHLOE: Are you? With the silent treatment? Because Aaron doesn't deserve it. Any secrets he kept were for you – and so our family didn't fall apart. Stop punishing him.
Chloe walks off, leaving Mark looking thoughtful.
Mark finds Aaron sitting on a bench. Aaron offers to leave, but Mark asks him to stay.
MARK: I told Elly I want an annulment.
AARON: You sure?
MARK: No. But I'm never gonna be able to trust her again. What's a marriage without trust?
AARON: There was so much that was good about that relationship.
MARK: Yeah. Not enough to make up for what's happened.
AARON: Hey, I'm sorry.
MARK: Yeah. So am I.
AARON: You know I'm in your corner, bro? No matter what?
MARK: I know. You had my back through all of this. I appreciate it.
From across the lake, Chloe sees them reconciling, and smiles sadly.
Elly is holding a pregnancy test, looking worried. She looks at the result – it's positive…
Coming up on Neighbours
- Piper and Leo kiss again in his bedroom; Piper asks if they should be doing this
- A nurse straps some kind of electrode hat to Finn's head
- Karl asks Beverly if Finn could manipulate the test results; she says it's virtually impossible
- Elly tells Mark she doesn't know how to survive in a relationship with him and Kate
- She shouts that she isn't the only one to blame for their relationship imploding