- Bea asking Ned not to tell anyone she's with Finn
- Bea then deciding they should tell Karl and Elly
- Dee learning she's related to Heather and Andrea
- Pierce assuming Toadie and Dee are dating
- Dipi snooping through Dee's journal
- Dipi discovering that Dee still loves Toadie
Shane is boxing up bottles of Tinkle when Dipi arrives home and drops the 'if I tell you something will you promise not to get upset with me' question, which always inspires confidence. Before Dipi can talk, though, a beaming Yashvi arrives home and tells her parents she's just been at Lassiters with Ned... and things went pretty well. Amazing even. She leaves her parents to digest this info, so Shane encourages Dipi to tell him her news to distract him from the "maximum dad discomfort level" he's just hit.
DIPI: I noticed there was quite a bit of chemistry between Toadie and Dee. She was super keen to go for a walk with him alone.
DIPI: And then I stayed back to clean up and I noticed her journal was just sitting there.
SHANE: Oh, Dipi...
DIPI: Yeah, look, I was right. She is falling for him again.
SHANE: You can't go reading other people's journals.
DIPI: I know that was wrong, I know. Can we just skip over that part for a second? If he gets into a new romance now, and just say it doesn't work out, it could end up really messy. He could get caught up in something he's not ready for without even meaning to and that was our worry with Andrea, remember?
SHANE: But this is Dee, she won't push anything.
DIPI: She wants her old life back.
Dipi thinks they need to keep an eye on the situation before either Toadie or Dee get hurt. Shane nods, not wanting them to get hurt either.
Elly and Karl chat about the Gary and Paul situation and Elly says she'll give Amy a call after dinner. Karl then asks about her lunch with Chloe and Elly says that apart from some "brief awkwardness with Mark, it was lovely." She decided in Sydney that she just wants a clean slate with all of her friends and family and she can't wait to start teaching again tomorrow. They're about ready to eat dinner when Bea and Finn arrive home. The serene mood is busted when Bea and Finn tell the family that they've got news, shocking Karl and Elly when they hold hands, outing themselves as a couple.
Number 30/Willow's Bedroom
Willow is super excited that Dee and Toadie are on a video call with her (while Shane and Dipi hover in the background, eavesdropping). Willow was concerned that Dee wouldn't want to get to know her after everything that happened.
DEE: Are you serious? I've never been an aunty before.
WILLOW: Pity the rest of my train wreck family comes as part of the deal.
TOADIE: For the record I've told Dee what an amazing young woman you are.
Dee says she'd love to know more about Willow - and that includes her life with Andrea and Heather. Willow's happy to divulge what she can, so Toadie gives them space to chat. Dipi can't help asking Toadie how his walk with Dee went earlier, but Toadie just says it was fine and heads off to put the kids to bed. Dipi and Shane share a look of concern when Dee affectionately pats Toadie's arm on his way out (meanwhile Willow's giving some Somers/Schilling history on Skype: "The earliest memory would probably be living with Nan, all of us cramped in a really tiny flat. Nan was working at a Laundromat and Mum was waitressing...").
Dinner has taken a turn for the tense as Bea and Finn sit at the table under Karl and Elly's scrutiny. Elly doesn't understand why Bea didn't call her as soon as it happened so they could discuss everything, but Bea says Elly was too busy sorting herself out. Finn adds that Karl and Susan were also worried about Toadie so they wanted to wait for a better time.
FINN: We know there are a lot of reasons why this is surprising.
BEA: Yeah, the age gap for one. (Elly's eyebrows shoot up scornfully) But in saying that, Finn's only nineteen.
FINN: Yeah, Bea's the cradle snatcher!
KARL: (stern) The age difference is not the issue.
FINN: No. It's our history. I mean, I still don't remember all the things I did but I know you do, so it's complicated.
ELLY: That's an understatement!
BEA: We're not avoiding the past at all. But this, this is a brand new relationship. I trust Finn one hundred per cent.
Elly shoots Karl a look, incredulous when Karl just thanks them for their honesty. But then Karl then gives her another look that says, 'just leave it be for the moment.'
The next morning, students file into Elly's classroom for their English lesson. Some are keen to see her back, like Yashvi, and some are giant toolbags pretending to slip up and call her Mrs Brennan, like Richie (our school bully of the week). Harlow introduces herself to Elly and Yashvi immediately takes the newcomer under her wing.
YASHVI: Hi, I'm Yashvi. You live with my boyfriend, Ned. I'm sure you've heard all about me.
HARLOW: Uh, a little. Have you been together long?
YASHVI: No but as of yesterday we're definitely serious, if you know what I mean.
HARLOW: I can tell what you're getting at, yes.
YASHVI: My mum was all like, 'your first time's going to be disappointing'. But it was seriously awesome... Maybe I'm awesome?
HARLOW: (smiling) Are you always this forward?
YASHVI: We're practically family. Besides, I've been dying to tell someone. I can't talk to my best friend, Bea - long story - but you'll love her! She's sisters with Miss Conway.
Harlow says she knows about Karl and Susan, and then Yashvi brings up Finn, letting her new buddy know that that's an even longer story. Elly looks wary at the mention of Finn and gets her class started on their lesson.
Shane is looking at Toadie and Sonya's wedding photo when Toadie arrives home from dropping Nell and Hugo off at school and day- care. Shane says he's taking the day off uni so he can spend some time with his little bro, but he becomes concerned when Dee pops by unannounced. Dee tells them she's been thinking about family after her chat with Willow last night and has decided that she'd like to speak with Heather and Andrea again at the prison.
TOADIE: You don't want to give it anymore time?
DEE: I know how much pain they caused to all of you. And I know it's a lot to ask but I would feel stronger if you came with me.
TOADIE: Yeah, of course I'll come.
Dee smiles at Toadie in gratitude, but by the look on Shane's face it appears he's less than enthused by this turn of events.
Dee stands and shakes Heather's hand when she approaches their table in the visitor's room. Toadie sits there sullenly while the women chat. Heather is still in shock about what they discovered the other day and Dee agrees it was a lot to take on board.
HEATHER: (remorseful) I still can't remember having you. Sorry. But I'm trying.
DEE: It's okay. I know from Karl that you've been seeing a counsellor here.
HEATHER: Yeah, yeah I wanted to 'cause everything's such a mess because I can't stop thinking about what our lives would have been like if they hadn't stolen you from me.
Toadie bites his tongue, remaining silent but his non- verbal cues of loathing and apathy towards Heather are still incredibly loud. Dee tells Heather she's been thinking the same thing too, and gets a bit teary- eyed when Heather continues.
HEATHER: And do you know what? This will sound crazy but I always reckoned something was missing. Now I reckon that it was you. (Getting upset) It was. It was you that was missing.
Dee tries to keep her emotions at bay, especially when she can see the toll this meeting is also taking on Toadie.
DEE: I'm sorry for everything you've been through, I really am.
HEATHER: Do you reckon you could come and visit me sometimes?
DEE: (glancing towards Toadie) I don't know.
HEATHER: (solemn) I understand... Yeah, you've been through a lot so, um, I get it. Anyway, whatever you decide I'll... I'll understand.
Heather chances a brief look at Toadie, but he can barely stand the sight of her. Dee wipes away some tears, the air fraught with emotion.
Elly sets a task for her students where they have to write a five hundred word analytical piece on a documentary of their choice. Yashvi suggests Survivor, which Elly goes along with. Then Harlow pops her hand up and suggests 'Three Identical Strangers', which pleases Elly. Richie pulls faces to his mate when Harlow explains the concept of the documentary to the class.
HARLOW: It follows a set of triplets from the US who were separated as babies and raised by different families. It's all about nature versus nurture.
ELLY: Such a thought- provoking theme to analyse, I love it.
YASHVI: Sounds a lot like what's happening in our street with my uncle and these twins. Someone should do a doco on that.
RICHIE: Or maybe the wacko that tried to kill us. He lives on your street too, right Mrs Brennan? (Oh, right) Miss Conway.
ELLY: That's enough, Richie.
RICHIE: Seriously. Finn Kelly living with you and your sister? Yeah, I'd watch that. More like a horror than a doco though!
Elly raises her voice at Richie, reminding him he's already been warned, just as the bell goes. She dismisses the class. Yashvi checks on Elly and tells her not to let Richie get to her, but Elly says she's just got first day jitters and will be fine. Sure thing, mate.
It's now Andrea's turn to see Dee and Toadie and things couldn't go more differently than Heather's visit. Andrea struts in with all the swagger of a pro wrestler making a grand entrance and immediately tries to set the wheels in motion to strike up a plan to get herself out of jail with Dee's help. Dee and Toadie are very confused.
ANDREA: Look, sis. It's purely by chance that things turned out the way they did, okay? If you hadn't been stolen by those nuns, and I hadn't been screwed up by mum - our mum - then you and I, we'd be on other sides of the table. We've just gotta prove that to a jury when I get my day in court.
Dee and Toadie are utterly gobsmacked by the gall of the woman.
TOADIE: You are kidding me aren't you?
ANDREA: Settle down, I'm not asking you to be my lawyer. That'd just be weird. But you could help me find one. Then I'll just get Willow to make a statement about how bad my life's been (she looks at Dee) then you could, y'know, play up how cushy yours has been in comparison and there you go, bang! Prove that I'm a victim in this too.
Toadie's had just about enough of this rubbish and quietly turns to Dee, telling her it was a mistake seeing Andrea and that they should go. Dee agrees, which enrages Andrea. She wants to know why they even bothered coming if they weren't going to help her. Dee sadly replies that she just wanted to get to know her sister properly, find out the kind of person she really is, but she thinks she already knows. Andrea backtracks, trying to get them to stay.
ANDREA: All right, all right, I'm sorry I just got a bit overexcited. But come on, we're family! You gotta help me.
TOADIE: Dee doesn't have to do anything for you! How dare you try to dodge the blame on this! Even your mother has more of a spine than you. Okay, yeah, you had a rough start to life we get it. You made your choices. Guess what? Willow had to survive a pretty horrible mother too, but she managed to break the cycle. And just because Dee happened to grow up in different circumstances to you, that doesn't mean she owes you anything!
Ignoring Toadie, Andrea attempts to lay a guilt trip on Dee and ask for her compassion. But Dee says Andrea has made her decisions and she can't be responsible for fixing them. Dee and Toadie leave and Andrea kicks up a stink, yelling out to Toadie that she loves him and that her kids need their mum, all while a guard holds her back.
Terese tells Ned that she's so pleased things are going well with Yashvi and Ned says that everything's just so relaxed with her. Terese says it's probably because he stopped overthinking everything - she also never thought she'd see him so smitten after Bea. Neither did Ned, but he's glad they were both wrong. Terese leaves as Karl arrives, just in time to kill Ned's good mood to get his take on the Bea and Finn situation.
KARL: They told Elly and I last night.
NED: And now you're freaking out?
KARL: What do you reckon?
NED: Don't get me wrong I was shocked. But this has nothing to do with me anymore. I'm staying out of it.
Karl understands but he says he's genuinely scared Bea.
KARL: She thinks she's being rational but I can't help thinking she's being influenced by past trauma.
NED: And if Finn goes back to his old ways...
KARL: Exactly, yes. I have a duty of care - to both of them.
NED: But the thing is they're both adults. You can't just ban them from seeing each other.
Ned leaves Karl with this worrisome thought. Meanwhile, Bea and Finn are sitting out the front of Harold's discussing what went down last night. Bea figures it wasn't all bad as Karl and Elly didn't try and talk them out of anything. Yashvi and Harlow stumble upon them and Yashvi rolls out the introductions to Harlow.
YASHVI: This is my friend Bea, and Finn her...
BEA: You don't have to worry. We're together.
YASHVI: As in boyfriend and girlfriend?
BEA: Well, not so much with the labels.
YASHVI: Well, whatever. I'm cool with it just so you know.
FINN: Thanks for the vote of confidence.
Finn says they're still not sure how Karl and Elly took the news. Bea asks if they saw Elly today and Yashvi admits Elly's had a rough one but she doesn't think it was about them. The girls head off and Harlow can't help asking why it's such a big deal that Bea and Finn are together, so Yashvi tells Harlow to strap herself in for the Finn saga.
Dee and Toadie have told Shane and Dipi all about their prison visit. The Rebecchis can't believe Andrea is still trying to paint herself as a victim. Dee believes, though, that the situation has genuinely impacted Heather and she showed legitimate empathy. Toadie isn't impressed with this assessment.
SHANE: You obviously don't agree?
TOADIE: She has regrets, but I'll never forgive her for what she did to Sonya. Nothing could excuse that.
DEE: No you're right. And that's why I've decided to cut off contact with them.
TOADIE: Are you sure?
DEE: Yeah. She gave me an out and I'm going to take it. I'm not saying I'll never speak to her again but I'm gonna, for now, just focus on this.
Dee adds that she's going to write to Heather and explain her reasons - she's always found it easier to write stuff down, hence all her journaling. Dipi looks uneasy at this proclamation as Dee says she puts things into words that she's too scared to say to people in person.
TOADIE: (joking) Should I be worried?
DEE: I want to be able to say things to you.
TOADIE: You can. You can tell me anything.
DEE: Okay, well, I'm really glad that you're back in my life. You're older and wiser, got a few more battle scars, but you are still the man I remember. You've been my anchor.
Toadie looks touched at Dee's words as she smiles at him. Shane and Dipi appear uncomfortable with this raw display of emotion from Dee.
Bea thanks Elly for being so cool about her and Finn and for being on their side, but Elly's like, 'Uh, I am nowhere near cool with this, buddy'. Elly tells Bea that she thinks she's making a huge mistake, which coming from the queen of huge mistakes is saying something.
BEA: You're just hurt that I didn't tell you sooner.
ELLY: No I wish you never did tell me because quite frankly it shouldn't be happening.
BEA: Elly, Finn cares about me. We care about each other.
ELLY: That's not the point.
BEA: What? Then what is the point? You think he's too dangerous? Then that makes you a hypocrite for even bringing him into our home. And actually you don't know what you're talking about; you've hardly spent any time with him since he's woken up.
ELLY: Bea I'm just worried about you.
BEA: Elly you don't have to be. And you're going to have to accept us.
ELLY: I don't think I can.
Bea's troubled by this frank declaration.
Karl assures Elly that she did the right thing by letting Bea know what she thought. But Elly's worried that now it will push her sister closer to Finn. Karl's worried about that too, especially if things go wrong then they won't confide in them.
ELLY: You mean 'when' they go wrong. She's still dealing with all the trauma he inflicted on her. They're both going to get hurt when all that pain inevitably resurfaces.
KARL: It's a distinct possibility.
ELLY: And then they're still going to have to live here together because legally Finn can't live anywhere else!
KARL: You tried to warn Bea, she didn't want to know. All we can do is try to be there for them if they need us.
Now Karl has the huge task of ringing Susan and telling her the news. "It's going to be quite a shock," Karl says gravely.
Dee wonders if she should have gone with Toadie to pick up the kids, but senses she's said or done something wrong when Dipi and Shane act weirdly towards her.
DEE: Am I overstepping the mark?
SHANE: It's not that.
DEE: I know it hasn't been long since Sonya, and I don't want anyone to think that I'm trying to take her place because I'm not.
DIPI: No we don't think that... However all of this time you're spending with Toadie makes us wonder if...
SHANE: If it's the best idea for either of you.
DEE: No, look, we're just reconnecting.
DIPI: Are you sure you don't have any other expectations?
SHANE: Because he's not going to be ready for a new relationship anytime soon.
DEE: I am so aware of that.
DIPI: Even so, it might just be best for everyone if you took a step back. Just to make it less confusing.
DEE: We are just friends.
DIPI: You see him as more than that. Don't you, Dee?
SHANE: We know you're in love with Toadie.
Dee doesn't do or say much to deny it.
Coming up on Neighbours
More strife for Elly with Richie.
RICHIE: You tell on us, we tell the whole world.
Yashvi sits with Harlow in class while Elly looks troubled.
HARLOW: Well, sometimes there's a hidden truth in rumours.
Amy angrily speaks with Paul.
AMY: Someone's responsible for that crowbar. It's not Gary!
Gary is in tears in Terese's office. Terese looks sympathetic towards him.
GARY: I swear on my life, Terese. I didn't do this.
Paul's not convinced.
PAUL: The sooner that man gets put in jail the better.
Roxy, Aaron, David, Leo and Harlow are at the tram opening and look on in shock at something.