- Mark tells Sky that as Elly says she didn't kill Finn, he believes her
- Toadie tells Sky he thought shat she of all people would sympathise with Elly
- Elly admits to Bea that there was something going on between her and Finn
- Bea thinks Elly and Aster should move back to No 28; otherwise, Finn will have won
- David notices Harlow's hand shaking, and suspects she has PTSD
- Later, Dr Bowman reveals that her barbiturate withdrawal are the real cause
- David admits missing the signs with Finn, hence his focus on Harlow's mental health
- Dr Bowman says David failed to take the correct steps with Finn till it was too late
Chloe is with Aaron, who admits it was a bit of a surprise for Elly to suddenly move back to No 28, after she insisted she wanted to keep living here. Chloe is still feeling guilty about her role in Elly's life falling apart.
CHLOE: So much for giving her a great birthday! Instead of a luxury glamping trip, I trapped her and almost everyone we know on an island with a madman.
AARON: Chloe, there is absolutely no point going down that rabbit hole. There are already way too many people blaming themselves for what happened.
Aaron explains David has been back at work, but has had to take more time off. David comes in, very agitated. He tells Aaron about the emergency admission at the hospital which caused him to freeze. Aaron assures him he just needs a little more time off.
DAVID: Healing and helping people is the only thing I've ever wanted to do!
AARON: I know, and you're great at that!
DAVID: I made a huge mistake with Finn and then Harlow, and then this other patient - I have no idea what I'm doing anymore!
Despite Aaron's attempts to calm him down, David marches out. Aaron and Chloe look worried.
Yashvi and Ned are at a table; Yashvi gets a text from Sky, saying she may be able to arrange Yashvi shadowing her in the Finn investigation as part of her police training. While the circumstances are unfortunate, Yashvi thinks it makes sense to learn all she can from Sky while she's here.
NED: Definitely. Nerd.
YASHVI: Detective Nerd to you.
They kiss, just as Shane comes in - he seems in a good mood, and is just finishing up a cheery phone conversation. He's surprised to see Dipi behind the counter, but she explains she's come in to keep busy as she was getting too sad at home.
Dipi remarks that Shane seems really cheerful for someone who's just been to a funeral. Shane explains he's been on the phone to a telemarketer, who said something funny.
DIPI: I wish I could be so easily distracted (...) and turn my feelings on and off like a tap, but I can't.
Dipi becomes tearful.
DIPI: I know you weren't much of a fan - but one of my closest friends is gone. And everything just seems so... I'm sorry. I know you don't want to hear this. It's just been a really hard day.
Shane is concerned.
Kyle answers the door to Paul, who's come round to check on Sheila following their chat earlier.
KYLE: I saw you together at the bar. Thanks for what you said to her.
Kyle explains Sheila's in bed getting some sleep; she's barely stopped since she heard the news about Gary. Kyle's been busy himself, getting ready for The 82 reopening tomorrow. Paul's surprised he's reopening so soon; Kyle says he can't afford to keep it closed, and Gary wouldn't have wanted him to.
PAUL: I'm sure you'll do him proud.
KYLE: Not looking forward to doing it without him, though.
PAUL: Yeah. A lot of memories, eh?
Kyle wonders who will cook the emu egg omelettes now. Paul says he's sure Kyle will manage.
KYLE: I hope so.
Paul looks thoughtful.
Mark, Aaron and Chloe are chatting about how David's struggling with his guilt over Finn; Aaron says it has him questioning everything.
MARK: I just wish some people would question themselves a little bit more - Sky. The evidence might point towards Elly being guilty; I just wish she would entertain the possibility that she's not.
However, Mark explains that Sky has agreed to another visit to the crime scene today, so hopefully something will turn up that will help Elly get her charges dropped. At this point, Sky comes in with Yashvi; Sky says Yashvi will be allowed to accompany her and Mark to the crime scene.
SKY: I know it might be a bit confronting for you, being so close to all the people involved.
YASHVI: No, I can handle it. That's what a detective has to do, right?
Mark, Sky and Yashvi arrive at the cabin where Finn was holding Susan, and quickly locate the grave that Finn drowned in. Mark explains to Yashvi that they've come back because Elly's freedom is at stake; if they've missed any evidence, they owe it to her to find it. Yashvi says this must be hard for Mark, knowing what Elly's been through.
SKY: But you've got to put your personal feelings aside in order to do the job. Alright, let's get started.
YASHVI: This can't be easy for you, either. Uncle Toadie told me you were falsely accused in a similar situation. This must be bringing up pretty difficult memories.
Mark is surprised; he wasn't aware of Sky's past.
SKY: It's not relevant to this job. Let's just get on with it.
MARK: No, no, no. If this impacts the way you view this case, yes, it is relevant. What is she talking about?
Shortly afterwards, Yashvi apologises for saying anything, but Sky's happy to explain, recalling the story of her involvement with Terrence Chesterton.
SKY: Thirteen years ago, I was in a really bad place. My boyfriend had just died, and this guy - a con artist - wanted to take advantage of that. He was found dead from a blow to the head, no witnesses.
MARK: Just like Finn.
SKY: Yeah. I ended up in prison with my baby girl.
MARK: Which is what could happen to Elly! (...) It's basically the same situation - you were in a position where all the evidence pointed towards you.
SKY: I was framed, Mark. There is nothing here that suggests that happened to Elly.
MARK: But you can't see that she actually might be innocent? Especially given what you went through?
SKY: Yes, I can. But I worked a case once where all the evidence pointed towards guilt. And in my heart, I thought she was innocent because of what I'd been through. I wanted justice.
YASHVI: So, what happened?
SKY: Well, they soon discovered that the woman had been lying, and I was accused of bias because of my history. This is why I can't let my personal experience cloud my judgement, and neither can you.
Shane is clearing tables outside the pub, when Mackenzie approaches, looking somewhat anxious. She announces that she wants to cook dinner for the Rebecchis, so they can have a catch-up. Shane says he'd be keen ordinarily, but explains that Dipi's really struggling following Gary's death; he's not sure whether guests are the best thing.
Mackenzie says she understands. Shane notices that she's looking worried, but she insists she's 'all good'. As he walks off, Mackenzie gets a text message from her auntie Trish. It says, 'Have you asked yet? We need to know soon.' Mackenzie looks worried again.
Kyle is walking towards the tram, looking pensive. However, when he gets there, he's greeted with the sight of Paul, Pierce, Chloe and Dipi all in The 82 uniform, running the place!
PAUL: A few of the neighbours decided to drop around. We knew you'd work things out eventually, but isn't it nice to have a little bit of moral support?
KYLE: ... I don't know what to say.
PAUL: You don't have to say anything, Kyle. Look, it's gonna take you a while to get used to being back here again. And while you do, we've got you covered. Oh, except Pierce, maybe - he looks like he's about to be part of the menu!
It seems some customers are eyeing up Pierce! Kyle looks very moved by the RSRs' gesture.
Aaron comes onto the patio to find David cleaning; David admits he's trying to take his mind off things. Aaron has brought out a box of 'thank you' cards and letters from David's patients, to remind him how much his care meant to them. However, it backfires when Aaron sees one of the cards is from Finn, six months ago!
DAVID (reading): 'I couldn't have done it without you.'
AARON: I'm sorry.
DAVID: Don't be.
But David's emotional, and walks off inside.
Erinsborough Police Station
Mark, Sky and Yashvi arrive back from their jaunt, having discovered no new evidence to exonerate Elly. Mark wants to go back through all the evidence again until they find something; but Sky says they've been very thorough, and she now has the office of public prosecutions breathing down her neck, wanting the case wrapped up.
YASHVI: What about the video diaries? (...) Couldn't they be helpful? I mean, how often does someone keep record of their own mental breakdowns?
Mark doesn't think they will help, but Yashvi is quite keen to look at them anyway! Sky's not having this, however, saying that the videos are off-limits to everyone until the lawyers work out how the courts will use them. Sky walks off.
MARK: Why are you so keen to watch them?
YASHVI: Because there's just so much I don't understand about him. Like, why did he do this, and how much of this was planned? (...) It just might help us get inside his mind.
Mark looks thoughtful.
At the tram, while Dipi preps food, Chloe is leaving a voicemail for Elly, asking her to call when she can. Chloe heads outside and finds Kyle polishing cutlery. She suggests he take a break; the others can keep things going in the meantime.
KYLE: I can't leave you guys to take even more of the weight. You've already been amazing. Never thought I'd see the day when Pierce was waiting tables!
CHLOE: Me neither.
She turns to Pierce, and says...
CHLOE: Oi! Don't look now, but I think table two's mentally undressing you!
PIERCE: Tell me about it! You should see the tips I scored today!
Chloe encourages him to flirt with the customers, so they order the fancy champagne! Kyle heads inside to join Dipi, who's cutting up herbs.
KYLE: I know this one. It's green - smells nice. Parsley, right?
DIPI: Right. It's garnish for the omelettes.
KYLE: Gotcha. I don't even know where to start with running this place.
DIPI: At the beginning - the basics. I'll show you (...) As hard as it is to be in Gary's kitchen while he's not here, I do feel closer to him. It helps.
KYLE: So what do I do if the chef's omelette ends up looking like a truck's run over it?
DIPI: Well, then, you follow your dad's golden rule (...) You say it's rustic, authentic, home-made!
Kyle gets to work on the parsley, while Dipi mentors...
Mark has arrived, and Aaron admits he's really worried about David. However, it's David who Mark has come to see, armed with a police file. Mark tells David that the contents of the file prove that what happened with Finn was not David's fault.
Mark gives the file to David, explaining it contains transcripts of the video diaries Finn made in the weeks leading up to the island getaway.
MARK: I probably shouldn't be doing this. But if it puts your mind at rest...
DAVID: What's the point?
MARK: It'll help you understand where his head was at, and it'll give you an idea how determined he was to hide the fact that his memory was coming back (...) If it stops you blaming yourself, it might be worth a read.
David sits down and opens the file. We hear Finn's voice as David reads.
FINN: I wish I could talk to someone about it. What if they don't get it? I have no idea what is happening to me. Maybe I just record it, and then... it'll help people understand, you know? If it comes out.
In the kitchen, Yashvi is telling Ned about how beneficial to her training her jaunt with Mark and Sky has been. But she adds it's obvious that Mark and Sky see the case very differently. Yashvi has a missed call from Mackenzie, and asks Ned to remind her to call her back later.
Meanwhile, Shane is at a table when Dipi comes in. She reports that Kyle is 'good, considering'. Shane apologises for getting caught up at the pub last night; Dipi says she understands that Shane wanted to help Sheila.
SHANE: I want to help you, too. So I've taken the night off.
SHANE: Yeah. Thought we might go to the arts centre, see that show they've got on? It's supposed to be hilarious (...)
DIPI: I don't want to be cheered up. I'm sad.
SHANE: Of course you are. And that's normal, but you don't want to wallow.
SHANE: No, sorry, that came out totally wrong. I didn't mean that. What do you want to do?
DIPI: I dunno. Nothing, to be honest. The tram was busy, and I'm tired. I just want an early night.
Mackenzie has turned up again, and looks as if she wants to speak to Shane and Dipi. But she's overheard some of this conversation, and seems to decide against it...
Chloe comes in to find David, Aaron and Mark looking sombre. Aaron explains they've just been reading the Finn video transcripts. Mark explains he wanted to show David that he couldn't have prevented Finn's actions.
DAVID: It's intense (...) He tried to hold onto the good part of himself almost till the end.
MARK: He was incredibly careful of keeping what was happening hidden.
DAVID: (...) I don't think I can let myself off the hook completely. But reading what he was thinking definitely gave me some perspective.
David hands the file back to Mark. Aaron expresses surprise to have learned what happened between Elly and Finn; Chloe admits she already knew about it.
CHLOE: She hated herself for it. Not that she should - she's as much a victim of him as anyone.
Chloe looks as if she's had an idea, and asks to look at the transcripts too - but Mark says absolutely not, as he's already stuck his neck out by letting David see them. Chloe points out that if they helped David feel better, they could help Elly.
MARK: I'm sorry, Chloe; this is between us.
Mark heads back to work, taking the file with him.
Kyle returns from collecting more stock; Pierce explains that Paul's been looking for him, and passes Kyle a reconciliation for the day's takings at the tram.
KYLE: Holy cow!
PIERCE: Mm-hm! Well done - you're only halfway through the day and you've already made yourself a tidy little sum.
Pierce asks how Kyle's feeling about keeping the tram going; better, he says, with help from Dipi on the food side of things.
KYLE: I mean, it's always gonna be hard here without Dad, but I wasn't even sure I was gonna make it through the first day. But with you and the others stepping up to help - mate, it means a lot. Cheers.
PIERCE: Any time.
Kyle's lip is trembling, still moved by the support of his friends.
Mark is watching the Finn video diaries on his laptop, presumably hunting for evidence to help Elly. Chloe is watching him carefully, and innocently asks him what he's doing, as if she didn't already know. Paige calls Mark's mobile and he leaves the room to take the call, only partially closing his laptop lid.
As soon as he's gone, Chloe puts a USB drive into his computer, presumably to copy the video diaries onto it. Mark comes back into the room and demands to know what she's doing, but Chloe deftly manages to get the USB drive out without him noticing it.
Mark guesses that Chloe's simply been watching the diaries, and takes his laptop out of the room with him so she can't see any more. But little does he realise, she already has everything she needs on the USB drive...
Coming up on Neighbours
- Dipi looking sad at Sonya's tree, as Toadie approaches
- 'They all have to live with their pain', Susan says, adding, 'I should, too'
- Chloe passes Elly the USB, presumably with Finn's video diaries on it
- A tearful Elly tells Bea that Finn nearly killed Bea because of Elly
- Claudia is back, and reminds Bea that she warned her about Finn and Elly
- Karl tells Susan that spending time with Claudia won't help her ease her guilt