- Shaun blackmailing his mum to go and see Finn after she thinks it's not worth it.
- Claudia going to see Finn but then pulling out when she does see him.
- Finn resolute that he won't see his mum again.
- Friction between the Willis sisters.
- Imogen offering to represent Finn.
- Mark interpreting hungover Elly as suffering from morning sickness.
- Elly trying to get her relationship back on track with Mark but he pulls away, saying that he can't touch her.
- Shaun and Elly having a drink together.
Shaun's hotel room
It's the morning after the night before and Elly is in familiar territory – putting her clothes on and trying to escape out of the room before Shaun wakes up. This time she manages to get herself (and all her belongings) out before being noticed… however she notices 4 missed calls from Mark on her mobile.
The aptly named ‘Hope' plays while Elly sits on some rocks, plucking up the courage to listen to the voicemail Mark has left – he thinks she is (rightly) screening her calls but wants her to call when she gets the message.
Piper is more than happy to spend the night with Leo as she is trying to avoid her mum and sister. She however isn't ready to spend some ‘couple' time with him after he suggests they rent somewhere down on the Peninsular to get away from everyone, because she has to attend Josh's memorial.
“You must think out family is very twisted,” hungover Shaun tells Susan after they catch up with one another outside Harold's. She is at a loss to work out why he is so kind to his brother, yet his mum wants nothing to do with her son. “You didn't know my father,” Shaun replies and describes his dad as having a such a hold over Claudia that she shared her husband's thoughts, before adding too that he perhaps saw Finn (because he was from Claudia's past) as not “belonging with us.”
The conversation is quickly curtailed when Shaun spots his mum arriving and he does the intros between the ladies, before leaving them to it after his mum asked to talk to Susan in private.
CLAUDIA: What's your agenda?!
SUSAN: My agenda?
CLAUDIA: Spending all this time with Finn. Is it guilt because you pushed him off the cliff?
Susan acknowledges that's she is still trying to reconcile that but does wish too that she would “like to see something good come of my actions.” “Your husband wants me to absolve you of that responsibility,” Claudia says, and Susan looks very peeved off!
CLAUDIA: So, you're absolved.
Susan isn't listening or trying to delay that from happening as she wants to talk to her about Finn's childhood, remarking that they both have very different takes on it. “I don't need you to play mediator,” Claudia immediately replies back but Susan asks to hear her out.
Despite it being the weekend, Piper has gone into work and gets her sisters wrath for being 10 minutes late! Imogen asks her sister to update her calendar, but Piper has noticed lots of time blocked off with no explanation and after a wee squabble, Imogen is forced to say she is spending time with a new client but doesn't name them, other than its “a sensitive case.” Piper is curious to know if Toadie knows about it, but Imogen replies no, he doesn't need to know because “it's not a Rebecchi Law case, it's my own.”
Bearing in mind what Shaun said before Claudia arrived, Susan wastes no time in asking Claudia why she didn't spend as much time with Finn, in comparison to Shaun, as surely she didn't feel a different love for each boy? While acknowledging that Errol didn't get along with Finn, Claudia adds that he didn't make things easy either by challenging Errol. She is sticking by her husband seeing that Finn was a bad egg from day one, but Susan is curious to know if she “always believe that?”
SUSAN: Or did it just become convenient to believe it because it validated the way Errol treated him?
CLAUDIA: You're saying it as if Finn did some shoplifting. We're talking about terrible, heinous crimes that you were a victim of.
SUSAN: Yes, yes, I know but the question is, was Finn always capable of committing those crimes? Or did his experience in South America turn him into that monster?
Claudia's silence has Susan interpreting her non- visiting as she blames herself, on some level, for how Finn's turned out. Turns out, Claudia was waiting for “the blame” to be heaped on her and doesn't seem too impressed at Susan thinking Errol influenced her decisions either. “You didn't know my husband,” she reminds Susan and seems to think at 17, Shaun couldn't have been the one that drove the trip to South America either.
CLAUDIA: They're two very different boys.
SUSAN: Well of course they're different boys, they were treated very differently. I think the only way that you can live with yourself is to cling to the belief that Finn is inherently bad, and he would have turned out like this no matter what you did. But this amnesia Claudia, this is a second chance for both of you.
“Please, just go and see for yourself,” she begs the woman.
Elly is off the rocks now and sitting on the beach with Leo (she called requesting that he came to her) and he asks why she did it. “Because I'm a self- destructive headcase,” she replies honestly before going on to tell him what Mark said to her, and to block it from her memory went out drinking where she met this guy “who was so nice to me.”
ELLY: Mark and I are in serious trouble because of me, but instead of accepting that, I go out and find the first person that makes me feel better. I thought I was past doing that you know, you know… obviously not.
Leo assures her that she will figure it out, but Elly is already fearful that even if he forgives her for the cheating again, she is still lying to him about the pregnancy.
ELLY: I ruined everything.
The Waterhole (exterior)
“To Josh and Pop,” is the toast from the Willis siblings and Bea. “I can't believe its been 3 years already,” Piper comments although she's a bit early as it was the 5th and 6th respectfully they died!
Bea is grateful to have been invited along as Ned has filled her in. Piper asks how it's going and it's a bit mixed – good at the garage with the unnamed manager but weird at home with the K's chatting about Finn and his mum. At that point, Imogen asks very subtle questions about Claudia and covers up how she knows about her thanks to Sheila filling her in.
Terese apologises for being late and the others aren't too impressed she seems to be downplaying the importance of the day – she plans on only staying with them briefly as she has a meeting and doesn't want to have dinner with them either as Paul has invited her over. Imogen questions why she seems to be at Paul's beckon call. “I wouldn't go that far,” Terese replies, she interprets it as them simply being in the honeymoon phase, something they all should be familiar with… cue silence at the table!!!
TERESE: Okay, fine, you might have a point. Piper's already pulled me up on it a few times before. I just thought she was just overreacting, but seen you brought it up, maybe there is a problem.
“But don't worry,” she reassures them, today will be spent together as a family.
Leo summarises the options Elly has – tell Mark or not! “If I tell him we'll be over,” Elly realises, and Leo doesn't think that counselling will help them either. “So, you don't think I should tell him?” she asks, and Leo replies that only she can decide that, he is simply giving her the options.
LEO: But if you did decide not to tell him, you could make it work but then you'd have two lies hanging over your head and I don't know if you can live with that.
Elly already is dreading it getting out and wishes she could hide out longer but knows she “can't put this off forever.”
Finn is surprised to see his mum back at the hospital after what happened the day before, but she doesn't plan on hanging around long enough to take a seat when he suggests they sit! She informs him that she has been talking to Susan.
CLAUDIA: She's a know it all who needs to mind her own business!
She wants him to persuade Shaun to return to Switzerland with her (since Susan failed to do that). “I'm not holding him here mum,” Finn replies but she ignores that, instead telling him she fears for Shaun's bright future the longer he stays away.
FINN: I'm not hurting him.
CLAUDIA: You're a mass murderer.
FINN: And I'm horrified I did those things. I want to make amends, I swear I do.
“I don't believe it,” she replies, and Finn's comeback is that Shaun does along with her lawyer. “What lawyer would take you on?!” she replies and is told “a really nice one” that is doing it pro- bono. She is aghast at him deserving these peoples time and energy, especially Shaun's.
CLAUDIA: If you really want to make amends, then don't drag this poor lawyer and your brother down with you.
The Waterhole (exterior)
With lunch finished, its Imogen who is first to bail to see her mystery client and rejects Piper's offer to come with her, citing again that its “a sensitive case.” After Ned and Bea bail, Imogen gets out her phone to call Leo and leaves a voicemail asking him to get back to her, she is after a favour.
Leo gives Elly an alibi to explain her lengthy absence to a worried Mark when they arrive in the house (he invited her for brunch to talk about Piper and lost track of time). After Leo leaves (summons from Piper), Mark immediately apologises for what he said to her, he knows he hurt her “and it's not fair.” “I understand,” she replies and listens to his plan for them to get back on track – by ignoring the fact they are parents to be and instead concentrating simply on them being a couple. “Do you think we can do that?” she asks, and he thinks time will help get of the knock their relationship took.
MARK: I don't want us to stop trying.
ELLY: Neither do I.
To help them feel normal again, Mark suggests they resume sleeping in the same bed, just sleeping mind!
MARK: I want our marriage to work Elly.
ELLY: So, do I.
Imogen meets up with Shaun to update him on the work she has done so far – reading Finn's psych reports confirms the extreme trauma he suffered in Columbia which resulted in his personality change. Being abandoned by his parents didn't help either and this needs to be mentioned when Finn is sentenced. She also plans on seeing if Beverly Robinson will speak at the sentencing too. “Terrific,” Shaun replies before thanking her for taking the case on, given she is close to many of the people affected by Finn. He wonders if any of them know and she replies “not yet” but that Piper is starting to ask questions. She is also trying not to think what the reaction will be when it comes out, especially from Bea who was badly affected by Finn.
IMOGEN: I'll will tell them soon, when the time's right.
Shaun hears about his mum visiting Finn when he runs into the K's as he cuts through the complex. He thanks Susan for the heads up and rushes off.
“What's brought this on?!” Imogen demands to know after Finn tells her that he no longer wants her to be his lawyer. He relays that his mum said he wasn't deserving of someone giving up their time, but Imogen's comeback is that “everybody deserves representation!” “I don't want to drag anyone else down with me,” Finn explains after sincerely thanking her for what she has done so far.
FINN: I'm a lost cause.
IMOGEN: I don't think that's true. Waking up to discover you've done terrible things that you've no memory of must be terribly confronting. People might be angry at you or outright hate you, but you're a victim too.
That last bit has Finn puzzled, so she explains that what he went through in Columbia was dreadful and has affected his life ever since.
IMOGEN: So yes, you deserve to pay for your crimes but not with a custodial sentence and I can help you with that. Please don't give up.
Claudia catches the K's as they pass the front entrance of the hotel to confirm that she did go and see Finn, so she has done what they wanted! “I was hoping you'd take the burden off Susan,” Karl bluntly informs her given its not Susan's job “to pick up the pieces of your son's life.”
CLAUDIA: I couldn't agree more. In fact, its high time it stopped.
Her solution is compensating them financially for their suffering and the time they have wasted! “I don't want your money,” Susan is quick to reply having been offended by her suggestion!
CLAUDIA: You'd prefer to martyr yourself?
SUSAN: So, nothing we've said has made any difference?
CLAUDIA: I heard you out and I heard Finn out too.
CLAUDIA: If you change your mind about the money, you know how to contact me!
And with that, she takes off leaving the K's standing gobsmacked!
Terese has a smile on her face, thinking good memories of Josh, as she sets the table with Imogen. Imogen admits that it's starting to get easier thinking about her brother now without thinking about the explosion.
Bea and Ned arrive and tease Imogen that she should be drinking ginger beer and explains to Bea why he is ribbing his sister. Imogen suggests they share their favourite memories at the memorial, which everyone agrees is a nice idea.
Terese is just about to tell everyone about who has booked into Lassiters when Piper comes storming into the garden room, yelling at her sister “where exactly do you get off?!”
PIPER: You're acting perfect and holier- than- thou, but it's just a big act isn't it?!
TERESE: Piper, what's going on?
PIPER: Why don't you ask your golden child?! Go on, ask her what she's been doing while apparently helping Toadie! Defending an attempted mass murderer by any chance?!
PIPER: Yes, Leo saw Imogen speaking to Finn Kelly's brother, so go on Imogen, tell everyone! Are you Finn Kelly's lawyer?
Coming up on Neighbours
- Piper thinking she and Leo made a mistake taking things further.
- Aaron worried about his sister.
- Sheila reuniting with her grandson Kyle!
- Gary clearing things up with his son.
- Dipi wondering if she and Shane should look into ‘the real Dee'?