- Kyle returns to Ramsay Street, interrupting Gary's proposal to Amy
- Paul admits to Kyle that he'd offer him a job so he'd split up Amy and Gary
- Ned tears strips off Elly for suggesting that Finn should live in the same house as Bea
- Bea tells Ned to stop; Elly hasn't done anything wrong, she says
- Karl is surprised to find the greenhouse unlocked, though Finn's positive he locked it
- Finn suggests giving some of Karl's apricots to the neighbours
- Kyle offers Aaron an apricot from a bag Karl dropped over
- Hugo is banging the table excitedly at the prospect of the apricot Yashvi left him
- Susan finds a razor blade inside one of the apricots, and worries for her neighbours' safety…
Finn and Karl are back at the greenhouse, satisfied with all their apricot endeavours. Susan rushes out and shows them the razor blade she found in one of the apricots. They rush off to retrieve the ones they gave to the neighbours, while Finn looks baffled…
David is nursing Aaron's cut from the razor blade, saying it will need stitches, while Kyle and Chloe look on with concern. Karl turns up, and explains that someone has sabotaged his fruit.
AARON: Yeah, there's one guess who did it.
KARL: Oh, please don't presume it's Finn.
AARON: Well, who else would it be?
KARL: I don't know yet.
AARON: Yeah, that's because it's Finn.
David wants Aaron to come to the hospital for a tetanus shot. Karl offers to help, but David says he's got this.
Toadie comes back into the house and finds Hugo with the apricot. He takes it off him as the stone would be a choking hazard, and goes to take it out for him – but finds another razor blade.
Paul is having a fight with Terese's washing machine. Terese comes in, asking if Karl and Finn dropped off some apricots. Paul says he hasn't seen any, and Terese explains about the razor blades. Paul immediately assumes Finn's responsible.
PAUL: You know, Karl and Susan had absolutely no place inviting that madman onto our street.
TERESE: But Finn's barely been here for five minutes. Do you really think he'd do something like that?
Paul suggests it might be Finn's ‘right of reply' to the lack of a warm welcome he's received from the neighbourhood. Terese says Imogen will be devastated if that proves to be the case.
TERESE: And poor Karl and Susan!
PAUL: Poor Karl a– what about poor us?! You know, I wish they'd just move to Eden Hills and be do- gooders there.
Terese hopes it doesn't affect Amy and Gary's engagement party.
PAUL: Well, maybe they should postpone.
TERESE: Oh, Paul!
Terese is annoyed that Paul isn't trying to smooth things over after the bust- up at the barbecue. Paul retorts that it's not his fault Amy lied to Gary about her all- night work session with Kyle. But Terese suggests Paul make a peace offering – perhaps with a speech at the engagement party, to demonstrate his support.
TERESE: I know it'd mean a lot to Amy.
PAUL: Yeah. But Gary – I mean, Gary is such a… Gary.
TERESE: They love each other. What's more important than that?
So Paul grudgingly agrees to come up with a ‘positive' speech for the party. Paul and Terese kiss.
In the garden, Bea, Karl, Susan and Finn are gathering up all the bags of apricots from the neighbours. Bea reveals that Hugo almost ate one of the apricots, and Susan is appalled; she wants to go and check on Toadie, but Bea tells her to wait a while, as he's really upset. Elly rushes in, having heard what's happened; Karl says Aaron has gone to the hospital to get stitches.
ELLY: Do we know who did it?
FINN: It wasn't me, Elly.
ELLY: No, I wasn't implying that.
FINN: I freaked out as well. Someone could've been seriously hurt.
Finn reveals he's already called the police, while the others were reclaiming the apricots; they're on their way.
SUSAN: Just so you know, Finn, we don't believe you did this.
BEA: Who is behind this?
KARL: There's a lot of people who aren't happy that Finn's here. They could've done this to hurt him, or… or to frame him.
BEA: Or punish us.
FINN: No matter what… it's still my fault.
We cut to inside the house; Ned arrives. Bea wants to take him outside but he wants to talk.
NED: Bea, umm… I want you to come stay with me for a bit.
NED: I've already spoken to Terese. She's 100% on board.
BEA: No, look, I'm fine here.
NED: This whole fruit debacle, it just proves that Finn's a walking land mine. It's only a matter of time till you get hurt.
BEA: He said he didn't do it. Susan and Karl believe him, and so do I.
NED: Who else could've done it?
BEA: I dunno. Somebody who wants to get Finn in trouble? Someone who wants to hurt us for letting him live here? Ned, he just moved in – it makes no sense for him to get the neighbourhood offside.
NED: Fine, fine – even if you're right, someone messed with Karl's fruit in his own back yard. Either way you look at it, you're better off at my place.
Finn comes in; he's heard this last part, and asks if Bea's leaving. She doesn't reply; and Ned again reiterates his offer to come and stay at No 22, at least until they have all the facts.
BEA: Yeah, yeah. Just for a little while.
David is giving Aaron stitches, while Chloe watches. Aaron says he's going straight to the police station as soon as he's had his tetanus shot, to talk to Mark. David says Mark's already across it; Finn reported the apricots to the police, and Mark's heading over there now.
AARON: Great. Hopefully Finn's on the way out.
DAVID: Don't you think that's a bit presumptive?
AARON: You only don't want Finn to be dodgy because you want to study him.
DAVID: (…) The trauma he's suffered and how it's affected his personality is very interesting.
AARON: What about the trauma that he inflicted on us? David, I thought we spoke about this. You were going to start putting yourself first.
DAVID: Yeah, and I am. This is my career.
AARON: No, I'm talking about your safety.
DAVID: Finn's a different person now.
But Chloe agrees that Aaron has a point. Aaron says David can no longer pretend it'll be fine to work with Finn.
AARON: He's dangerous.
Mark has arrived to interview the Kennedys, Finn and Elly about the razor blade apricots. Finn is quick to confirm that it was his idea to give the apricots to the neighbours, and Karl explains that the greenhouse wasn't locked this morning despite them locking it last night, though Susan concedes everyone in the house has access to the key.
Mark's obviously suspicious of Finn, but he points out that he's had no opportunity to buy razor blades since the court hearing. Elly says the Kennedy thinks someone may be trying to set him up. Mark thinks it's unlikely, but Karl suggests it could be the same person who tried to run down Susan and Imogen at the hospital. Mark admits they're still hunting for Miranda as regards that.
SUSAN: What if she tries something else?
MARK: Let's not point any fingers just yet. Once we track her down, we'll be able to find out how connected she is to this.
He heads off to get the razors examined and speak to the neighbours.
Mark is talking to Ned and Bea.
NED: I can't believe you're looking at possibilities other than Finn.
MARK: It's called police work, Ned.
NED: It's called a waste of time, Mark.
But Mark seems to have taken an interest in the possible connection between the apricots and the hit- and- run incident. He reminds Ned that he has no alibi for the hit- and- run, and reveals Karl has told him Ned also turned down the offer of some apricots.
BEA: You can't seriously think Ned is going after Finn.
MARK: … Are you?
NED: … If I want to get him, I'll smack him in the face. Then he'll know it came from me.
MARK: Just try and restrain yourself, okay? I'm busy enough as it is.
Bea insists Ned would never hurt her, or Imogen; Ned adds that this is why Bea is staying here. Mark suggests that if Bea is regretting Finn moving in at No 28, she can speak to his parole officer – he won't be allowed to continue living there if Bea doesn't feel comfortable.
BEA: Yeah, but there's nowhere else for him to go, except prison.
NED: So? You have every right to feel safe. You don't owe Finn anything.
Amy and Kyle are doing Robinson Pines work, and seem to be getting on well. Kyle gets a text from Chloe, telling him that Aaron is ‘all sorted'. Kyle's feeling stupid for having accepted the fruit in the first place.
Paul turns up, and is surprised to learn that this is the final day of Amy's handover to Kyle – meaning his plan to have them working together so as to split up Amy and Gary is on borrowed time! Scheming on his feet, Paul suggests they all have a celebratory drink together at the engagement party.
AMY: I'm not sure it's safe for you to come.
PAUL: Not funny.
AMY: Not joking.
PAUL: Amy, I'm sorry if I dropped you in it with Gary. Look, he is never gonna be my favourite person. But if he makes you happy, then… that makes me happy. Tell you what – how would you feel about me saying a few words at the engagement party? You know, father of the bride prerogative?
AMY: You wouldn't say anything backhanded?
PAUL: No! I swear, I will not say anything negative about your husband- to- be.
AMY: Well, I'd like that.
Amy tells Kyle to be sure to bring Chloe to the party. Paul asks why, and Kyle explains that he and Chloe are ‘sort of a thing'. Paul looks most disappointed – another spanner in the works for his plan.
Elly and Mark are having a cuppa. Elly gets a message from Susan, saying she wants her to meet her at work for a chat. Mark guesses it's Finn- related.
MARK: Everything is at the moment.
ELLY: I can't believe that I've convinced them to help Finn. How could I do this to them, and Bea as well? I've put them all in danger.
MARK: You didn't force them to take him in. I was shocked when I found out that it was you who suggested it. But it's because you're a beautiful person; you wanted to give him a second chance. Why don't you give yourself a break?
ELLY: I don't deserve it.
MARK: Think about the baby. When you're stressed out, so is our little one. I don't want that for either of you two, okay?
Chloe, Aaron and David come in – but things are still awkward between Mark and Chloe, and she leaves again, but not before quipping…
CHLOE: I hear they have a great apricot slice!
Aaron and David join Mark and Elly, and Mark explains that they don't think Finn is responsible for the apricot blades. Aaron asks David if this means he won't pull the plug on his case study into Finn's psychopathy; David explains to Mark and Elly, to whom this is news, what the plan is.
AARON: He's Finn's new doctor.
Erinsborough High School
Susan moans to Elly that she's ‘drowning in complaints about Finn' – not least from her vice principal, Renata Bryant, who has now resigned in protest. Susan can't offer Elly the vice principal role, but Renata taught senior English and literature, which means that Elly can take over her classes if she wants to come back. Elly is over the moon; Susan says it will be good to have her back.
SUSAN: And selfishly, be good for people to see that one of Finn's victims is confident enough to work with me.
Toadie turns up, and Susan apologises for what happened with the apricots. Toadie's not in a forgiving mood, saying Hugo could have ended up in hospital.
SUSAN: I want to assure you, the police think Finn had nothing to do with this.
TOADIE: Yeah, but it's connected to him, right?
SUSAN: Well, we believe so.
TOADIE: Susan, you have got to get rid of him!
SUSAN: Toadie, I can't. He needs my help.
TOADIE: What about me and my kids? Don't we need you?
SUSAN: I am here for you, Toadie – you and the kids. I always will be.
ELLY: It's my fault that Finn is here, so if you want to blame someone, blame me.
TOADIE: No, no, no – I'm not interested in finger- pointing. I just want this fixed. Susan, you have got to talk to his parole officer, and say that you're no longer comfortable with him living with you. Get him out of Erinsborough – please, Susan!
Paul and Gary pass one another in the courtyard. Paul is carrying a bin bag.
GARY: Burying the evidence? What are you hiding in there?
PAUL: It's laundry, you halfwit.
PAUL: What's so funny?
GARY: You wouldn't even know how to do your washing!
PAUL: Oh, really. And when was the last time you did yours, then, hey? I bet Sheila even irons your underpants.
GARY: Amy tells me you're gonna say a couple of words at the engagement party tomorrow. So I just want you to know that I'm all good with it.
PAUL: Oh, well, thank you very much – that's very kind (!)
GARY: All I've ever wanted is for you to support Ames.
PAUL: I always do.
GARY: Good. Because this wedding's happening and it's gonna be great. And as a double bonus, you're also gaining a son – so, catch you tomorrow, Dad, eh?
Paul looks revolted as Gary walks away!
Outside Harold's, Amy and Chloe are chatting about Chloe's ‘awks' moment with Mark earlier. But she says things aren't as intense with Elly now that she's hanging out with Kyle. Gary turns up to join them, and then Kyle comes out with coffees for them all, sitting next to Chloe. Paul watches from a distance, scheming again.
David pulls up in his car and finds Elly waiting to talk to him. She's observed that Aaron isn't very happy about the prospect of David working with Finn; David admits Aaron thinks he's putting himself in danger, and that most people would probably agree.
ELLY: Well, I don't. I don't think you should stop studying Finn.
DAVID: I wouldn't have guessed you would say that.
ELLY: Well, I'm the one who convinced Karl and Susan to let him stay there. So if anything bad happens… It's just, I don't trust my own instincts when it comes to Finn. But I trust yours. And you have the ability to watch his every move. So if he's a danger to people, then you can see that. You can do something about it.
DAVID: Outside of Karl and Susan, you're the first person to really show me support.
ELLY: I just need you to know that I'm with you – and what you're doing, you're doing it for all of us.
DAVID: You can count on me.
Bea finishes a call with Elly; Ned asks her if there's any update on the razor blades, but there isn't. Ned suggests that Terese wouldn't have a problem with Bea moving in here permanently.
NED: Paul might, but, you know, stuff him.
Bea isn't persuaded, but Ned continues to push – as well as trying to convince her to call Finn's parole officer and tell him she no longer feels comfortable with Finn living at No 28. Before she even has a chance to answer, he's calling the cops to see if they can help them with it.
BEA: Ned, stop! I had an ex- boyfriend who used to make decisions for me. I trusted him, and I thought he knew best. Then I found out who Patrick really was, and he wasn't looking out for me at all.
NED: You're really comparing me to him?!
BEA: I'm telling you I don't like it.
Bea picks up her bag and leaves. Ned looks worried.
Mark is updating the Kennedys and Finn; they haven't had any further breakthroughs with the apricots, or Miranda. The razors were a generic brand, so tracking down a place of purchase will be highly unlikely. Bea comes in, saying she should never have left for Ned's in the first place.
MARK: I should inform you both of the same thing I told Bea earlier. If you're uncomfortable with Finn being here, then a conversation with his parole officer is all it will take to reverse the court order.
SUSAN: Yep, we understand.
FINN: You should do what you need to. I don't want you to live like this.
SUSAN: Karl and I had a long discussion about this. We know people aren't happy. But, no, we're not gonna change our minds.
BEA: Yeah, me neither.
FINN: Thank you.
MARK: Then my advice is to be on the alert. Someone's got it in for this household. So lock your doors, and if you see anything unusual or suspicious, let me know, okay?
Mark leaves, and everyone looks worried.
Terese is on the phone to someone – and afterwards, she tells a distracted Ned that his aunt Gemma is coming down from Darwin to see them tomorrow.
NED: Is it just her?
TERESE: Apparently. Your uncle couldn't make it, and she's coming down for a reason – said she'll tell me when she sees me.
TERESE: You know, I haven't seen Gem and Adam since Newcastle. Brad and I used to visit when the kids were little.
NED: Yeah, that was a while ago.
TERESE: Yeah. Did you see much of them when you were living with your grandparents?
NED: We weren't really that close. And I wasn't in the best headspace at the time. Just tried to stay under the radar.
Terese shows Ned Paul's notes for his speech at Amy's engagement party.
TERESE: I don't think people realise how big a heart he has.
NED: He didn't write, ‘I hate Gary' fifty times?
TERESE: No, this speech is proof that he's trying to be his best self. And I for one am very proud of him. Change isn't easy.
Chloe is ordering at the bar, when Paul comes in. He overhears her realising she doesn't have enough money on her, and cancelling her muffin.
PAUL: I've got a proposition for you.
PAUL: Come on, you haven't even heard it yet.
CHLOE: I don't need to.
PAUL: Chloe, thrifty doesn't suit you. You've tasted the good life and you like it. And now that you're no longer Pretend Amy, seems that your budget's a bit tightened.
CHLOE: By the time you get to the point, I'll be collecting my pension and money won't be an issue anymore.
PAUL: Alright. What would you say if I could improve your bottom line with a generous stipend?
CHLOE: What's the catch?
PAUL: I want you to stop dating Kyle Canning.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Chloe opens an envelope full of cash
- Leo asks Chloe what she's up to; she just winks at him
- Kyle and Chloe prepare to ‘set the cycle to spin' and TITTNL™ in Sheila's laundry room
- Gemma's back in Erinsborough, and she begs Terese to help her turn her daughter's life around
- Could the unknown young woman taking off her bikini top in the No 32 garden be said daughter?
- Leo certainly doesn't recognise her!