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Neighbours Episode 8077 from 2019 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 8077
Australian and UK airdate: 09/04/19
Writer: Stephen Vagg
Director: Tony Osicka
Guests: Finn Kelly: Rob Mills
Imogen Willis: Ariel Kaplan
Shaun Watkins: Brad Moller
Clarence Pang: John Voce
Music:
Summary/Images by: Carly/Graham
Previously
- Mark telling Elly he's not sure he can be intimate with her ever again
- Elly cheating on Mark with a guy she doesn't know is Shaun
- Elly telling Leo about her one- night stand
- Susan encouraging Bea to read the letter Finn wrote to his mum
- Bea reading the letter but still not changing her stance on Finn
- Someone setting Finn's box of evidence on fire
- Bea worrying this means Finn may be able to walk free
Number 28
Susan says the fire may have been an accident, but judging by Bea and Ned's scoffing they don't agree. Susan reminds them that Finn's still pleading guilty, but Ned's worried that Finn will change his plea now there's not as much evidence stacked against him. Susan says she'll give Mark a call.
Ramsay Street
Before Mark can answer, he has to deal with Sheila out on the street who is asking him what she's supposed to tell Xanthe about this new development in Finn's case. Mark takes Susan's call; reminding Sheila he's not rapt about the news either. Karl rides up on his bike and Sheila fills him in on the fire.
Erinsborough Hospital
It's Finn's turn to be told about the arson by Imogen. She can't help but ask if Finn had anything to do with it, but Finn vehemently denies any involvement.
IMOGEN: If you did, you need to say so now.
FINN: I swear. They watch me all the time. They even screen the phone calls I'm allowed to make.
He repeats his Billy Joel defence, telling Imogen he didn't start the fire.
Ramsay Street
Sheila tells Mark and Karl that of course the culprit is Finn. Karl says negligence needs to be ruled out first, but Sheila says, “How often have forensics been negligent?” Mark replies that it isn't common but they can't rule out an accident just yet. Karl becomes more concerned when he realises Susan knows about the fire and heads home.
Number 28
Bea surmises Finn could have orchestrated it when he was out of hospital, but Susan reminds her Mark was with him the whole time. Ned then says Finn could have got someone to do his bidding, and he's got just the culprit in mind.
Erinsborough Hospital
Shaun pops in to see his brother, greeting him with a smile. But he becomes concerned at the worried look on Finn's face, asking what's happened.
Number 24
Susan relays all the Finn info to Elly, including Ned's theory that Shaun lit the fire. Elly's worried for Bea but is also in a troubled mood herself as she's preparing for a job interview. Eden Hills Grammar has a spot going in the English department. Susan can see her niece is nervous and Elly admits she's got so much going on that prepping for an interview is the last thing on her mind.
SUSAN: Are you sure you're okay with this information about Finn?
ELLY: Definitely. Like I've said, I want nothing to do with him anymore, that hasn't changed. I'm not going to let Finn and his brother control my life.
Erinsborough Hospital
Finn can see Shaun's tired and encourages him to go home and rest, but Shaun says it's not the first all- nighter he's pulled at a homeless shelter and it won't be the last. Imogen gets off the phone and tells the boys that all of the evidence in relation to Xanthe's hit- and- run has been destroyed, as well as all the physical evidence linking Finn to the shipping containers and the cyanide canisters at the school. It looks as though Finn's files were specifically targeted with an accelerant. Shaun asks if the cops have any suspects, proclaiming that he and Finn are innocent when Imogen says the police will want to speak to the both of them.
Imogen takes a call with the prosecutor outside of the room and doesn't notice Ned lurking outside, listening in to Finn and Shaun's conversation.
SHAUN: You have to think about what this means for you.
FINN: What it means?
SHAUN: It changes everything!
FINN: It doesn't change what I did.
SHAUN: No, but it could completely turn things around. You're worried about everyone else, but what about what's best for you and your future.
FINN: You want me to plead not guilty.
SHAUN: I want you to at least think about it.
FINN: I can't.
SHAUN: You can't remember any of it, and now there's no physical evidence. That means the trial will come down to witnesses.
FINN: And there are a lot of witnesses, Shaun.
SHAUN: Yeah and a good lawyer could pick their stories apart, especially the ones who tried putting you into a coma. Imogen's a good lawyer. Just think about it. Everything's gone against you so far, this is one thing you might be able to use to your advantage.
Ned's overheard more than enough and barges in, accusing Shaun of lighting the fire and then laying into Finn about not owning up to his crimes. Imogen and the cop finally show up and get Ned to leave, but Ned's still about as fired up as Finn's evidence.
The Waterhole
Ned tells Bea and Sheila about the conversation between Finn and Shaun. Sheila's mad and asks what Imogen has to say about everything. Ned scoffs and says it's like she's chosen Finn over her own family.
Dipi walks in with Susan and tells her the concerns the PTA have over her visiting Finn so much in hospital. Susan says she's just trying to be as informed as she can. Dipi understands but wants Susan to think about how her newfound connection to Finn is appearing to others.
Dipi heads back to work and Susan joins the others, apologising for being late but she's just been at the police station. The cops believe the fire was deliberately lit, which isn't surprising to Ned and his Shaun crusade. Susan doesn't think it was Shaun, though, as she believes he's a decent person. Sheila reminds Susan they thought Finn was a decent person when he first arrived in Erinsborough too: “Evil obviously runs in that family.”
Erinsborough Hospital
Shaun's trying to explain to Imogen that he thought there might be merit in Finn changing his plea, but Imogen says that's a terrible idea.
SHAUN: Isn't your job to do what's best for your client?
IMOGEN: I'm obliged to represent Finn to the best of my ability, but I cannot knowingly deceive the court. Finn, you've told me that you're guilty.
SHAUN: Because that's what everyone told him.
IMOGEN: Including my friends and family. They were witnesses, victims.
SHAUN: He can't remember any of what happened. He's not the same person now.
IMOGEN: Yeah well they can. I can't argue his innocence knowing what I know.
Shaun sighs and says he just wants his brother to get a fair shot. Imogen asks Finn if he really wants to change his plea, but Finn doesn't know what to say.
SHAUN: They have to prove Finn's guilty beyond reasonable doubt. Without any physical evidence you could raise enough doubt.
IMOGEN: Technically yes. But if he's still found guilty he risks a much longer sentence. And more to the point it's wrong. If this case goes to trial, then Susan and Bea and all of the other victims will be denied their chance to speak.
SHAUN: They'll still be trialled as witnesses.
IMOGEN: And I'll have to rip them apart on the stand. I won't do it. If you change your plea, I can't represent you. I'm sorry.
SHAUN: Then maybe we should think about finding another lawyer.
Finn starts to protest that he doesn't want another lawyer, but is cut off when Mark walks in. He wants to take Shaun down to the station for some questioning. Shaun says he hasn't done anything, but would like Imogen to accompany him just in case.
Erinsborough Police Station
Imogen reminds Shaun that he's not under arrest so he can leave at any time. Mark tells the both of them to have a seat in the interview room and he'll be with them shortly. Elly walks in, narrowly avoiding seeing Shaun. She asks if Mark wants to have coffee before her interview, but Mark says he's busy with Finn's case.
Mark joins Imogen and Shaun and lets them know it won't be a formal interview; he just wants to clarify where Shaun was during the fire. Imogen's under the impression that Shaun's either been at the hospital or the homeless shelter, but Shaun drops a surprise on her when he admits he flew to Sydney to see Finn's ex- wife, Miranda. He was hoping to get a character reference for Finn from her. Imogen's rightfully annoyed and asks Mark for a minute alone with Shaun.
SHAUN: I thought I was helping.
IMOGEN: And?
SHAUN: And she heard me out. She's going to think about it.
IMOGEN: I don't even represent you; I don't need to be here. So if you expect any help from me you need to tell me everything. Is that clear?
Shaun the sheepish nods his head.
Harold's Café
Dipi comments on Elly having her job interview in the café, but Elly replies that sometimes schools like to have them offsite so the staff don't know who's applying. Clarence the interviewer arrives and Elly greets him. Dipi then goes over the top in her praise of Elly and offers Clarence a tea on the house.
Erinsborough Police Station
Imogen tells Mark she's up to speed now so they can continue. Shaun says he lied to Finn about where he was because he didn't want to stress him out about Miranda. Finn has no idea who she is now.
SHAUN: I admit when I found out about the fire it gave me a bit of hope that Finn might avoid charges. But actually planning something like this and going through with it, that's not me.
Mark says that Shaun will need to provide evidence of his movements and Imogen says she'll gather flight details and taxi receipts for him. Mark wants to know if Shaun has any idea who started the fire but Shaun's clueless.
The Garage
Ned says to Bea that she's allowed to be stressed about Finn, but Bea's just frustrated she has no control over anything. She's also scared that Finn's going to somehow get out of a prison sentence. And she's worried that he's got a supporter out there starting fires for him. Ned says the police are going to hunt down Shaun – who whoever the culprit may be. Bea frowns and says this whole Finn thing is never going to be over.
Harold's Café
Elly's interview is going well until Clarence asks a question about cheating. Obviously he means in a school setting, but with everything going on in Elly's life at the moment, the word just completely triggers her and she loses it. Clarence is startled when Elly starts crying and blubbering about cheaters needing a second chance because things aren't always black and white. Dipi looks on in concern as Elly abruptly finishes the interview by escaping to the bathroom.
The Waterhole
Shaun sits with Imogen while she takes a phone call from Toadie, who by the sounds of things isn't at all impressed with her taking Finn on as a client. Imogen promises Toadie she'll keep him in the loop from now on, apologising that he heard about Finn third hand. She hangs up and Shaun thanks her for sticking by him and his brother. Imogen reminds him she's not going to represent Finn, though, if he changes his plea. That's why she's pushing so hard for a non- custodial sentence. Sheila saunters over with a full jug of water, in a foul mood with Imogen for choosing Finn over her family and friends.
IMOGEN: Finn Kelly is my client.
SHEILA: He's a deranged nutcase who has done everything he can to destroy the lives of my family and my friends. And your family and friends!
Sheila accuses Shaun of lighting the fire and then proceeds to dump the whole jug of water onto Imogen's lap. Imogen gapes at her in shock while Sheila just gives her a smug smile.
Harold's Café
Dipi checks on Elly in the bathroom, letting her know Clarence has left. Dipi tries to boost up her confidence by saying the majority of the interview looked good – and that Clarence was quite concerned for her. But Elly's super embarrassed by her breakdown and says there's no way she's getting the job. Dipi wants to know what made Elly so upset, but Elly says it doesn't matter. They walk back into the café and Elly gets the idea that Dipi should do a tarot reading for her. Dipi's quite reluctant, especially after what happened with Sonya. But Elly begs Dipi to help her, “I'm so lost and I need some guidance.”
Erinsborough Hospital
Shaun promises Finn that he didn't light the fire, and he has no idea who did either. He has been thinking, though, and wonders if their mum paid off a cop to do it. Finn reminds Shaun their mum could barely look at him last week; he doesn't think she cares enough to do something like that.
SHAUN: Have you thought about changing your plea?
FINN: I can't stop thinking about it.
SHAUN: I know you want to do what's right for everyone else.
FINN: The people I've hurt…
SHAUN: But what about you?
FINN: Me? I'm scared, Shaun. Going to jail for crimes I can't even remember committing… If there's even a chance that I can stop that from happening, maybe I should take it?
Number 28
Imogen tells Susan she's seriously considering if taking on Finn's case is worth all the trouble. Susan asks if Finn's thinking about changing his plea, but Imogen reminds her about client confidentiality. Imogen says that Toadie's upset with her and thinks she must be seriously controversial if even other lawyers hate her. Susan assures her that nobody hates her, but if she's feeling ostracised then she can come and talk to her, “I'm feeling a bit that way myself at the moment.”
Ramsay Street
Karl chats with Bea outside, but Bea's not pleased to see Imogen emerge from #28. Imogen tries to say hello to her, but Bea blanks her. Imogen goes over to her car, confused to see a cardboard box with her name on it sitting on top. She screams when she opens it up and Karl comes rushing over to see what's wrong. He's horrified to find a pig's head in the box. Meanwhile, Sheila's checking her mail and doesn't seem all that surprised to hear Imogen screaming…
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