- Piper and Leo sleep together.
- Leo assures Piper that their night together wasn't revenge for Terese dumping him
- They agree to be ‘friends without benefits'
- Terese tells Shane and Dipi that Lauren's selling their house; they have first right of purchase
- But Dipi tells Shane they can't afford to buy the house; they're barely scraping by
- Mark tells Elly he wants an annulment
- Elly discovers she's pregnant; Chloe suggests that might help her reunite with Mark
- Amy encourages Elly to leave the baby out of her conversation with Mark
- But when it comes down to it, Elly can't help telling Mark that she's pregnant
Mark reels from Elly's revelation that she's pregnant. She admits the timing isn't great, but says she must have conceived on the day they made up after his visits to Kate's grave, a couple of weeks before the wedding.
ELLY: I know this doesn't take away from what I did. But maybe it's a reason for us to start talking.
ELLY: Please say something.
MARK: I can't right now.
Elly accepts this, and leaves, while Mark looks pensive. Outside the front door, Elly bursts into tears.
Piper is helping Leo write his apology to Mrs Punt. She says that what he's written sounds like something from high school – it's very dry and doesn't feel like Leo is genuinely sorry. Piper encourages him to work in some stuff about how he was feeling on the day it happened, saying that the truth is the best defence. Leo is worried he's going to die of embarrassment reading it.
PIPER: You'd better not die, because that means I've got no friends!
Piper assures him the apology will be okay. Leo tells her he's always here for her too. Predictably, they end up pashing.
PIPER: Should we really be doing this?
LEO: Well, I don't want to stuff up what we've got going on. But the other night was fun…
They continue kissing, and fall back onto the bed.
Elly is looking sorry for herself, when Chloe turns up. It's a bit awkward and Chloe offers to leave, but Elly says it's fine. She admits she's told Mark about the baby, but that he needs time to think. Elly's now worried that Amy was right; maybe she should have waited before telling Mark, to ensure he wouldn't take her back only because of the baby. Elly says she's stressed; it's bad for the baby.
ELLY: I've had a miscarriage before, and… I don't want to go through that again. And I'm so scared of raising this child on my own.
CHLOE: You'll never be on your own You've got family and friends. And you've always got me.
Chloe has put her hand on Elly's shoulder, but realises it may not be appropriate and quickly removes it, apologising. Elly says it's okay.
ELLY: I created this mess. I have to live with it. And I simply just have to wait till Mark's ready to talk.
Mark is talking to Fay about Elly's pregnancy bombshell. She asks if the pregnancy has changed anything for him.
MARK: No. Maybe. I dunno.
FAY: Look, holding on to bitterness –
MARK: No, I'm not going to forgive someone who's cheated on me! Not again.
FAY: Forgiving Elly does not make you weak.
MARK: No, it makes me a complete idiot!
FAY: Oh, it does nothing of the sort. You need to ask yourself, are you really angry and unforgiving? Or is it just how you think you should feel?
MARK: All I've ever wanted is to be back on the force, married, and have a baby.
FAY: And you can have it all! Maybe this baby is just what you need to move forward.
Piper and Leo are lying in bed, having TITTNL™.
PIPER: So… this doesn't mean that we're, like, dating, right?
LEO: I don't think so – does it?
PIPER: No – no. We're still just friends. Like we agreed.
LEO: Yeah. Friends who sometimes –
PIPER: Sometimes do other stuff.
LEO (…): Other people might find it a bit weird, though.
PIPER: So we just don't tell them. I mean, it's none of their business, right?
LEO: Perfect. Yeah.
Leo mentions that Terese wants to show Imogen his apology letter later; and Piper realises that she's late for work and that Imogen, who is taking over running the law office today, will be on the warpath!
LEO: Do you think we should make a code word?
PIPER: For what?!
LEO: You know, if we want to catch up again, and there are other people around.
PIPER: (…) Okay – like what, then?
LEO: We could call what we just did, ‘playing croquet'?
Piper is bemused, but goes along with ‘croquet'.
LEO: Do you want to play again later?
PIPER: Alright – if you're lucky.
She gets dressed and rushes off. Leo watches her leave, and smiles.
Imogen is back! And she's on a pilgrimage to Josh and Doug's memorial plaque in the hotel foyer. Terese is pleased to have her daughter visiting, especially as it's the anniversary of Josh's death next week. Imogen says that Daniel, her husband, really wished he could be here too – but his nursing course is too full- on. Piper arrives and hugs Imogen; the three of them agree to meet for lunch later.
Terese leaves, and Piper suggests she and Imogen head for the law office. But Imogen notes her dishevelled outfit and pulls her up on it.
IMOGEN: Piper, your buttons are done up wrong. What did you do, get dressed in the dark?
PIPER: Oh, here we go.
IMOGEN: I'm just saying, I never would've worn something like that when I was in your job.
PIPER: Yeah. Probably because you wouldn't be able to pull it off.
IMOGEN: Yeah, I'm not so sure you do either.
PIPER: Imogen, how I've missed this sisterly banter (!)
IMOGEN: Actually, Piper, this is me talking as your boss. Maybe wear something a little more appropriate tomorrow?
PIPER: Wow, okay. Aye- aye, captain. Can't believe I gave up croquet for this.
PIPER: Gee, nothing!
Fay is offering to delay her flight home so as to stay and support Mark a little longer, but he says that's not necessary – plus, she has an appointment with her Huntington's specialist to get back for. As they emerge into the lake area, they see Chloe and Elly across the lake, walking side by side.
FAY: Mark, that won't be what you think it is.
MARK: Really? How can I ever be sure?
Chloe and Elly notice Mark and look worried, as he walks off in the other direction.
Mark is looking forlorn as he rereads the letter from Kate. Fay and Elly burst in; Elly begins to explain why she was with Chloe at the lake, but sees him hiding the letter from Kate in his pocket.
FAY: Mark – talk to her.
Dipi, Shane and Yashvi are outside Harold's. Yashvi is upset because Shane has found a potential property for them to move into when Lauren sells up, but it only has two bedrooms and Yashvi doesn't want to share with Kirsha. Shane and Dipi say there isn't a lot of choice if they want to stay in the area.
YASHVI: How's the irony, getting kicked out of Ramsay Street when there's an empty house next door? I'm not going to be happy until we find one with a pool.
But Shane and Dipi's ears have pricked up at the mention of Toadie's house, and they exchange a glance.
Chloe has come to moan to Leo about how she's blown everything up for Mark and Elly again.
CHLOE: Just call me the town piranha.
LEO: You mean pariah?
CHLOE: No, I meant piranha – but sure, that too.
Leo suggests Chloe needs to find something ‘fun and easy', saying that it's working for him.
CHLOE: Uh, ex- squeeze me? Spill the tea! Who is she, and which hotel does she own?
LEO: It's nothing serious – we're just friends. But neither of us want a relationship, so there's no pressure.
CHLOE: Friends with benefits?
LEO: Not exactly. More like we care about each other, but we don't have Feelings™ feelings.
Chloe queries whether Leo can ‘do casual', recalling how he became quite attached to her after they hooked up. She asks who Leo's mystery woman is, but Leo says they're keeping it private.
LEO: We're using a code word in public for when we – you know (...) ‘Playing croquet'.
CHLOE: That is actually the worst name you could come up with.
LEO: Yeah, whatever. All I'm saying is, I highly recommend it.
CHLOE: I give it four days before you are desperate to start calling her your girlfriend.
Leo leaves, saying he has to go and meet Imogen.
Elly is reading Kate's letter. Mark says he thought rereading it might help him again.
ELLY: After the cemetery, you said it wouldn't be healthy for you to keep going back to her.
MARK: Aaron gave me the letter in Silverton. We only just stumbled across it. It's what helped me come home.
ELLY: I wasn't the reason you came home?
MARK: No, it wasn't like that.
ELLY: But it is, isn't it? It wasn't because of my messages, or what I said. It was because of Kate (…) Paul said Kate will always be part of you.
MARK: Why are you talking to Paul?
ELLY: Because I don't know how to survive in a relationship with you and Kate. With someone who's never gonna disappoint you. With someone who you're never gonna have to worry about trusting.
MARK: I don't think this is fair it comes back on me!
ELLY: What's not fair, is I can't compete with her!
MARK: And I should have to with my sister?
ELLY: I don't want your sister!
MARK: Why were you down at the lake with her?
ELLY: She came up to me. She was talking to me. And you were giving me nothing.
MARK: Because of what you did, Elly – you cheated on me!
ELLY: After you'd left me and then called off the wedding! I have been turning myself inside out trying to make things right. For what? To come back to a marriage with you and Kate? I am not the only one to blame for this relationship imploding. You are also guilty. You claim to understand that, but you've got no idea!
Elly slams down the letter in front of him and then marches out.
Piper is bringing Imogen up to speed with Toadie's current caseload.
IMOGEN: Thanks, but I'm sure I can work it out. I am the one with the law degree.
PIPER: That's right. Forgot (!)
IMOGEN: So, are you going to go back to uni any time soon?
PIPER: I deferred.
IMOGEN: Yeah, I know. A whole twelve months ago.
Piper gives Imogen a look. Leo comes in, and introduces himself to Imogen.
IMOGEN: Always nice to meet the people who get my mother shot!
PIPER: She's teasing.
IMOGEN: Oh. Is she?
Imogen takes one glance at the apology letter Leo's brought to show her, and declares that it won't work at all.
IMOGEN: Who told you to write it like this?
Leo glances awkwardly over at Piper.
IMOGEN: ‘My heart had been ripped out'? It's a formal apology, not a tragic sonnet (…) The less you say, the better. Just keep it simple.
She begins to write some notes for him.
Dipi, Yashvi and Clancy are hanging out in the back garden. Shane emerges; he's been on the phone to Toadie.
SHANE: We're moving into Number 30.
SHANE: Mm- hm. He wants us to housesit (…) until we find a place of our own, but this way we get to save on rent.
Yashvi is pleased, not least because it means she can keep a close eye on whoever moves into No 32!
David tells Aaron he's been looking at the accounts, and he's worked out that they can afford to buy No 32. But Aaron seems less enthusiastic than he had been, and explains that he's worried about leaving Mark on his own, and to leave him paying for the mortgage alone. It would have been fine with Elly moving into No 24, but now that's looking unlikely.
David suggests they find out what Lauren's asking for No 32 before they make a decision. Aaron agrees.
Meanwhile, Imogen is working at a table. Terese and Chloe come in, and Terese introduces Imogen to Chloe. Terese is annoyed to learn Piper's not coming for lunch, and correctly assumes that she and Imogen have been bickering. Terese gets a phone call from Mrs Punt, and goes to take it.
While she's gone, Imogen asks Chloe how much of Terese's time this saga around Leo's apology is eating up. Chloe says a lot.
IMOGEN: He must love that she's spending all day thinking about him.
CHLOE: Oh no – Terese doesn't have to worry about any mopey puppy action. Leo's busy ‘playing croquet'.
CHLOE: He's got this new friends- with- benefits thing going on, and ‘croquet' is what he and the lady- friend call it. I know, right? Weirdest choice ever.
But Imogen has already put two and two together…
Piper is moaning to Leo about the prospect of having to live and work with Imogen, saying it's going to be hell.
LEO: At least you have me to download to.
PIPER: Yeah, lucky. Because it's not like Mum's gonna be able to listen to a single word against The Precious One.
Leo admits that Terese is very proud of Imogen – and then Piper cuts the conversation off, saying it's weird them talking about Terese. Leo says it's not a problem; he can handle talking about her.
The Brennans and David are gathered to see Fay off to the airport. Chloe stands a distance away from the others. Mark admits to Fay that he's not sure Elly will ever speak to him again; Fay insists she will.
FAY: Just remember what we spoke about – don't hold onto your anger and let it get in the way of what your heart wants.
Mark thanks Fay and hugs her goodbye. Fay then goes over to hug Chloe, who gets upset, as she doesn't want her to go.
FAY: Everything is gonna get better. You'll see. Be strong. And give Mark time to get himself together.
Fay gets in the car with David and Aaron, and drives off – leaving Mark and Chloe standing apart. Chloe approaches Mark, who turns away from her.
CHLOE: Have you and Elly had a fight?
MARK: Yeah. I'm sure you'll want to go check on her (!)
CHLOE: You know, she's not gonna change her mind about you. She never has. Not at any point in all of this.
MARK: Chloe, I don't think you have a right to be talking –
CHLOE: She is pregnant, Mark! She's feeling stressed out and alone, which isn't good for her or the baby. Stop thinking about yourself all the time.
Elly is in the garden, when Mark turns up, holding the letter from Kate.
MARK: I thought about what you said. And you were right – and wrong. I didn't come back because of Kate. I came back because her letter made me realise that my love for you outweighed my fear of losing you. Because I've lost so many people that I love. And when Sonya died, I couldn't cope.
MARK: I want us to start again. If you do. I love you, Elly. That's why I married you. All I want, all I need, is you. And the family that we're going to build together.
Mark retrieves a fire- lighter from the top of the pizza oven, and is about to set fire to Kate's letter. But Elly stops him, telling him he doesn't need to do that.
ELLY: I believe you.
They smile at one another.
Imogen is making a cup of tea when Piper comes in.
IMOGEN: Where did you go?
PIPER: Nowhere! Just hanging out.
IMOGEN: Playing croquet?
IMOGEN: Because I hear that's very physically demanding.
IMOGEN: You actually are, aren't you? You're sleeping with Leo?!
Piper tries to deny it, but Imogen tells her not to bother.
IMOGEN: You're sleeping with your mother's ex- boyfriend – that is wrong on every single level! You need to tell her.
PIPER: No, I do not!
IMOGEN: Piper, the only reason that Leo is (…) doing this is to get back at her!
PIPER: This has nothing to do with Mum!
IMOGEN: Do you have any idea how upset she's gonna be when she finds out?
PIPER: She's not going to.
IMOGEN: Well, I did. So I suggest you tell her before someone else does!
PIPER: Imogen, this has nothing to do with you, okay?! It's none of your business!
IMOGEN: I'm making it my business. Either you tell her what you're doing, or I will!
Coming up on Neighbours
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- Karl tells Ned that Susan still feels guilty about Finn's cliff fall; he's worried she's getting drawn in
- Susan is moved to find Finn in tears at the hospital