- Sky suggests Elly plead guilty to avoid jail; Elly says she didn't kill Finn
- Bea has a go at Chloe for passing Finn's video diaries to Elly
- Elly's annoyed too, and tells Chloe to 'just stop trying'
- The Kennedys come home to find that their house has been burgled
- Sheila tells Susan that Gary's death is on her hands
- Sheila suggests to Karl that he was against Finn moving in; Susan is responsible
- Kyle and Sheila attend a grief group; Sheila becomes upset while speaking
- Roxy suggests Mackenzie should squat at Trish's empty apartment to remain in town
- Mackenzie advertises for a roommate, and gets a response - the name given is Mannix
- Yashvi is impressed when Shane is accepted onto an accelerated degree programme
Shane, Dipi, Yashvi, Ned and Mackenzie are gathered around a table. Dipi wants to organise a celebration for Shane getting onto the engineering programme.
YASHVI: Sounds good to us.
NED: Unless it's just a family thing?
YASHVI: No, of course you're invited. (To Shane) Right?
Shane slaps on a strained smile and says yes, but Ned looks unconvinced! Dipi invites Mackenzie as well, but she says she has to get home 'to do the housework'. Shane's suspicious as her flat seemed tidy when he dropped in earlier; Mackenzie says that's because she's been throwing everything in the bedrooms.
Dipi asks where everyone wants to go for the celebration, but Shane still looks worried about Mackenzie.
Karl has just fitted a new lock to the front door, and tells Susan, Bea and Elly that it's working. He hopes it's better than the last one, given how much he paid for it! Bea doesn't think the burglar will come back; but Karl says he'd rather be safe than sorry with Aster in the house.
Susan is doing some repetitive Traumatised Cleaning™, which Karl remarks upon.
SUSAN: I'm sorry. It just makes my flesh crawl, the thought of a stranger in the house touching all our things.
Elly suggests Susan might benefit from talking to someone.
SUSAN: Oh, Elly, there are people far worse off than me.
KARL: That doesn't mean you don't deserve help, darling.
He tries to help her with the new keys on her keyring, but Susan tetchily insists she can manage.
Dipi has brought some biccies round for Sheila; they're one of Gary's recipes. Sheila invites her in, promising to share the biccies at her grief support group later. Dipi asks Sheila how the group's been going; Sheila says they've been really understanding and good to talk to - they're meeting at the school later today.
Dipi offers to give Sheila back the original recipe for the biccies that Gary wrote for her, after making a copy for herself. Sheila says that would be wonderful.
SHEILA: You know, I've been trying to think of something, you know, to remind me of him. And I thought I could buy a rose, or plant a tree in the back garden - but neither of those things feel very... Gary.
DIPI: Well, it might come to you. And maybe when you've got Gary's ashes with you, the feeling might settle.
SHEILA: Hmm. Maybe.
Elly is walking through the courtyard with her pram, when she runs into Mark and Sky. She asks if they have any news on the burglary at No 28; Sky says that they're keeping the case open, but unless something comes to light, there isn't much for them to go on.
Elly tetchily says it would be nice to know who did it, so the family has one less thing to worry about. Sky assures her they'll keep her posted if anything changes. Elly thanks them tersely, and walks off. Mark tells Sky she's just stressed.
SKY: Well, it would go away a little if she confessed.
MARK: Oh, she didn't murder Finn! Look, I know Elly, okay? She's not capable of something so calculated.
SKY: Okay, but Susan's statement was damning, and Elly's lied twice so far. It doesn't look good for her (...) I don't want her going to prison either, but no- one is going to ignore the evidence.
Susan is finishing up a phone call to Paddy, who organises the grief support group, and agreeing the details around him using the school premises tomorrow for the latest meeting; they've been unable to meet at the community centre as usual due to an Easter event.
KARL: Maybe that's something you should think about doing?
SUSAN: A grief support group? I don't think so.
KARL: Well, I know you said no to counselling. But talking to other people who've been through the same thing could be cathartic.
SUSAN: It's for people who have lost a loved one, Karl. I'd feel like a fraud.
BEA: Why? Finn died. And Gary too.
SUSAN: It's not the same.
BEA: No, it's harder, because it's so complicated. I'm sad because I lost the man that I loved. But I'm also really glad that he died.
KARL: And Gary was a friend as much as a neighbour. It might help us all (To Susan) I know that you feel you don't have the right to be hurt or upset...
SUSAN: Of course I feel like that. How can I *not* feel like that?
BEA: Because it wasn't your fault, Susan.
KARL: I guarantee no- one in that group would judge you.
BEA: I want to go. And I really want you to come with me.
Susan looks very uncomfortable with the idea, but Karl presses her for an answer...
Auntie Trish's Apartment
Mackenzie is cleaning prior to the arrival of her prospective flatmate. There's a knock at the door, and sure enough, it's our old friend Mannix Foster! He takes a wary Mackenzie by the hand and introduces himself, before getting down to the practicalities, such as how good the hot water system is.
MANNIX: I like things low- key, no fuss.
MACKENZIE: Me too.
MANNIX: Had to bail on my last place. Had a dodgy roomie. But you're cool, yeah?
He quickly establishes that it would be just the two of them living here, then asks to see the spare bedroom. He seems happy with it, and with the rent price, declaring it 'crazy cheap'. Mackenzie admits she's never house- shared before.
MANNIX: No probs. I'll get you up to speed with all the tricks.
MACKENZIE: Sounds good.
MANNIX: You seem nice enough. I'm in.
Mackenzie hesitates, still a little wary - but doesn't object to Mannix taking the room. He goes to fetch some of his things from his car. Mackenzie looks anxious.
Shortly afterwards, Mannix has returned with some bags and takes them into his room, while Mackenzie is watching TV. She texts Roxy asking if she's home, and saying she needs advice. Mannix returns to the living room, and Mackenzie tries her best to look relaxed. He clocks what she's watching on TV.
MANNIX: Is this 'Love Capsule'?
MACKENZIE: Yeah! I know it's lame; I don't even know why I'm watching it.
MANNIX: Cos it's, like, one of the best TV dating shows of all time?
They bond over their shared love of the show!
MANNIX: Who do you reckon's gonna make the finals?
MACKENZIE: I dunno! I think the Norwegian guy is pretty genuine.
MANNIX: Yeah - genuinely looks like his head's been, like, altered for a voodoo ceremony!
MACKENZIE: Way harsh!
MANNIX: But fair. Have you seen the underwater episode?
Roxy has replied to the text, saying she's at work but can leave if Mackenzie needs her, but Mackenzie replies saying it's all good.
Erinsborough High School
Susan, Karl and Bea arrive for the grief support group, and greet Paddy, the organiser. He thinks Susan's come to check up on them, but she explains they're here to participate themselves. Paddy invites them all to take a seat, and they do; but then Susan is horrified when Sheila turns up.
SUSAN: We should go.
KARL: Yes, that's a good idea.
The Kennedys and Bea are about to leave when Paddy closes the door and begins the session - so they reluctantly decide to stay. Sheila notices them, and looks very unhappy to see them! She glares at Susan.
Outside the Community Centre
Mark and Chloe are chatting. Mark asks if Chloe's seen Elly; Chloe says not, as she's not Elly's favourite person right now. Mark admits he's worried about Elly, but...
MARK: I'm not really in a position to check up on her.
CHLOE: I'll go and see her. I don't know if she'll talk to me, but I'll make sure she's okay.
As Chloe leaves, Sky turns up. She has news; she's been told she can stay in Erinsborough for longer. Mark's surprised, saying he's sticking around for Elly's trial so Sky doesn't really need to. Sky says she wants to stay and follow through on the Kennedy burglary, in case there's any link to Finn. Mark seems unkeen.
SKY: Is there a problem?
MARK: Not for me.
SKY: I know you think I'm closed- minded and haven't given Elly a chance -
MARK: I didn't say that. I said you don't know her like I do.
SKY: Okay. Well, either way, I'm just gonna see this through.
But Mark looks displeased as Sky walks away.
Shane, Dipi, Ned and Yashvi have found everything's closed because of Easter, so are going to have to resort to... surprise, surprise, Harold's or The Waterhole for their celebration dinner! But Shane suggests they go home and pack up a picnic tea instead. Dipi thinks this is a good idea.
Elly is nearby, and sees a female extra being led towards the police station in handcuffs by two coppers. Elly looks traumatised. Chloe turns up, and asks if Elly's okay.
ELLY: Just leave me alone.
Chloe offers to call Susan or Bea, but Elly says they're at the grief group and she doesn't want them worrying about her.
CHLOE: Elly, I know I stuffed up. I'm so sorry. But I want to be there for you. Please, let me be your friend.
Elly smiles, and hugs Chloe.
Erinsborough High School
The grief support group is in full swing, and Paddy asks Susan if she'd like to speak. Aware she's under Sheila's scrutiny, Susan declines, but Paddy keeps pushing so Susan relents.
SUSAN: Umm... a terrible tragedy happened in our lives recently, and it was my fault. The experience... has shattered my belief about fairness in the world. It's not fair that people died. It's not fair that my family was traumatised and terrorised. And it's not fair that my dear friend had to bury her son.
Susan looks directly at Sheila, who's listening tearfully.
SUSAN: I'm afraid in my own home; I'm afraid to trust my instincts, because I allowed a dangerous and damaged man into our lives. I know that people need someone to blame, and I will carry that if it helps... I just don't know that it does. Anger makes you cold, and bitter - and I think we've all had enough of that. More than enough.
Tears are now falling down Sheila's cheeks.
SUSAN (to Sheila): I am so very sorry. And, umm, I just hope that in time, people will be able to forgive me.
Sheila looks at the ceiling, the emotion becoming too much for her.
Auntie Trish's Apartment
Mackenzie is vacuuming the flat, when she accidentally nudges Mannix's bedroom door open with the vacuum. Mannix emerges, slightly aggrieved.
MANNIX: How about a bit of privacy?
MACKENZIE: I'm sorry. The vacuum cleaner slipped.
MANNIX: It's alright. I just like my own space (...) Golden rules of house- sharing - never go into someone's room. Don't leave an empty toilet roll in the holder. No 'Love Capsule' spoilers!
MACKENZIE: Sounds fair!
MANNIX: Third one's the toughest.
Mannix says he's about to head into work, as the rates are good on a public holiday. He then heads furtively back into his room and closes the door. Mackenzie looks worried.
Elly is unburdening to Chloe; she admits she can't stop thinking about the prospect of having to take Aster to prison with her.
CHLOE: It might not happen.
ELLY: But I have to be prepared. And prepared to do what's right for her.
CHLOE: You're not thinking of giving her up?
ELLY: ... I dunno. The thought of being without my baby girl, missing out on all her firsts, destroys me. But imagine taking her to prison. Imagine what that would do to her.
CHLOE: She's a baby. The most important thing is that she's with you.
ELLY: But babies sense things. I know that she can sense something's wrong. Think of how much worse that would be in jail.
Elly adds that she's also worried about how Susan is coping, and the guilt she's carrying - as well as about Claudia hanging around. Chloe regrets showing Elly the videos and making things worse, but Elly reminds her that her heart was in the right place.
ELLY: The fact is, I didn't kill Finn. I thought that would be enough - and now, I'm just scared this isn't going to work out anymore.
Chloe assures Elly that she'll always have her back, no matter what.
CHLOE: You can always count on me.
ELLY: Thank you.
But both are looking worried.
Erinsborough Police Station
Mark asks Sky if she's seen a file he needs, and she points him in the direction of her desk. However, while Mark's retrieving it, he finds some other papers on Sky's desk that are of interest to him, and starts reading.
MARK: What's this?
MARK: This is the real reason you're staying, isn't it? It's got nothing to do with the robbery.
SKY: Yes. This is the best- case scenario. For everyone.
Mark doesn't look so sure.
Erinsborough High School
The grief support group has wrapped up, and Sheila confronts Karl.
SHEILA: You've got a cheek turning up here. You're just lucky that I didn't tell them all who you are and what you've done!
KARL: We wouldn't have come if we'd known it was your group.
SHEILA: This was my one thing! These people are on my side, helping me.
KARL: Yes, I know, and we're sorry. We're going and we won't come back.
SHEILA: Oh, yes, of course. You let Saint Susan spill it all, but you're not prepared to be honest!
Susan, who's been out of the room, comes back in and overhears some of this from a distance.
KARL: I was being honest. I'm not ready to talk.
SHEILA: Oh, rubbish, Karl! Just admit it - you blame Susan for what happened with Finn just as much as I do! She is the reason that my son is dead!
Karl has nothing to say to this, and Susan looks shocked. She rushes out, just as Bea comes back in and asks Karl if he's ready to go. As they leave, Karl notices how horrified Susan looks.
Auntie Trish's Apartment
Mackenzie is sorting out some washing when Yashvi turns up, with leftovers for Mackenzie from the family picnic. While Mackenzie puts her washing away, Yashvi heads to the bathroom - but notices there's now a padlock on the other bedroom door. She asks Mackenzie about it; she claims Trish put it there to stop the door swinging.
YASHVI: I'm sure Dad could take a look at it.
MACKENZIE: Thank you, but she's getting someone in to fix it.
But once Yashvi's in the bathroom, Mackenzie examines the padlock on Mannix's door with curiosity.
An emotionally exhausted Sheila takes a seat next to her gnomes in the back garden, and starts crying all over again. She's wearing one of Gary's t- shirts, and eating his biscuits that Dipi brought round.
A pigeon approaches on the lawn.
SHEILA (tearful): Hello. Where did you come from?
SHEILA: Are you hungry? Here.
She gives the pigeon a few crumbs from the biscuit, and smiles, somehow feeling better for the pigeon's presence...
Bea is telling Elly about the support group. She mentions that Sheila was there, but says she'll fill Elly in later, as she's conscious that Susan is nearby in the kitchen. Karl emerges, and Elly and Bea head outside to fire up the barbecue.
SUSAN: I heard what Sheila said to you.
KARL: Oh, don't worry about that. It was just the grief talking.
SUSAN: You didn't defend me, Karl. When she said that it was all my fault, and that I was being 'Saint Susan', you just stood there. You said nothing.
KARL: Darling, don't let it get under your skin!
SUSAN: You're deliberately missing the point.
KARL: No, I'm not, actually. You're upset, I'm trying to calm you down.
SUSAN: I don't need to be calmed down! I need you to be honest, to tell me the truth. Do you think this is all my fault?
Coming up on Neighbours
- Toadie tells Elly 'it will mean admitting guilt to the rest of the world'
- Claudia on the phone, saying that Elly is an unfit mother
- Mannix asks a worried Mackenzie, 'are we good?' then slinks back into his room
- Sky asks Yashvi, 'what do you know?'
- Harlow and Roxy are alarmed as Hendrix tackles a masked intruder on Ramsay Street