- Terese telling Chloe she was responsible for what happened at the bar
- Leo rejecting the babysitting offer, wanting to look after Abigail himself
- Leo breaking down over Britney's death
- Paul and Terese arguing with each other at the marriage counselling session
- Chloe commenting that it's just like "old times" with Paul and Terese
- Jane hoping that Terese isn't going to reconcile with Paul
- Terese and Paul having 'a moment'
Lassiters Hotel Penthouse
Terese and Paul awkwardly sit through a movie after their near-kiss moment. Unable to stand the tension any longer, Terese says she has to take care of some work emails. But Paul thinks instead of her running away, they should talk about what almost happened between them. Terese insists she's not running away, though, she simply has nothing to say on the matter.
PAUL: The last few weeks have shown us both what's important. And now you being here, the way that we are together, come on: the magic is still there, Terese, admit it. What we had is worth saving. And you know that we're better together than we are apart.
TERESE: We're not apart because we're not capable of enjoying each other's company. We separated because there were deeper issues, and none of that has changed.
Terese exits to work on her emails leaving Paul feeling despondent.
Aaron, David and Nicolette smile at Leo as he walks in with Abigail. Aaron notices the gift bag Leo's holding and wants to know what "fancy" shopping he's been doing. "I just picked up Britney's ashes," Leo replies, leaving Aaron quietly mortified. An awkward silence prevails until Leo says he's off to the vineyard. David offers to babysit Abigail but Leo wants his daughter with him. When Leo goes, Nicolette acknowledges Aaron's look of shame and says he wasn't to know what was in the bag.
Lassiters Hotel Penthouse
Terese isn't happy to find Paul dressed, ready to go out somewhere, upon her return. She chides Harlow for not keeping an eye on Paul. Instead of wanting to go to lunch, however, Paul wants to go to counselling. He explains that Dr Del Rubio had a cancellation today and he wants to take advantage of it. Harlow makes herself scarce so that they can talk in private.
TERESE: Our session was traumatic. Nothing good came out of it. Why on earth would we go back for round two?
PAUL: Because we weren't ready then, but I am now and I'm pretty sure that you are as well.
TERESE: What are you expecting to come out of it?
PAUL: Terese I want to understand what caused you to separate. I mean really understand it. And then I want to put in the work to try and fix it.
Terese thinks it over and then agrees to go to the session - on the proviso that they get the all-clear from Karl first. Paul offers to ring him, but Terese says she's heading back home to pick up more clothes so she'll drop in and see Karl.
Toadie finishes up a meeting with Leo and says he'll start the paperwork soon. He jokingly comments on Abigail being a "grumble bum", but Leo says she'll hopefully get a nap in the car. Not wanting to step on any toes, Toadie says he understands the working dad struggles. After Toadie leaves, Nicolette joins Leo and comments on how intense his meeting looked. Leo tells her he's going to sue the council - the pole that fell on the bar was a disaster waiting to happen.
LEO: It was someone's job to keep everyone safe.
NICOLETTE: And you want that someone to pay.
LEO: It's not about the money.
NICOLETTE: I didn't say that. It's about accountability, I get it. But you know a legal battle could take months, it'll be emotionally draining.
LEO: There's nothing left to drain, Nic. And I won't be able to think about anything else until I get-
Nicolette says whatever he decides to do, they'll all support him. Leo appreciates what everyone has been doing for him, "but some days it's just beyond". Leo then admits Britney's ashes are still in the car. He doesn't want to leave them there but he doesn't want to hold onto them either. "I really miss her," Nicolette admits. "Me too," Leo replies, "but we shouldn't have to."
Lassiters Hotel Office
Leo has filled Chloe in on wanting to sue the council, and that Toadie says he has a case - negligence resulting in wrongful death. Chloe starts to gently say that it's a lot to take on, but Leo presses on and says he needs the safety report from the hotel to prove none of it is due to lapsed hotel maintenance. Looking uneasy, Chloe says to leave it with her and she'll check with Paul and Terese first. Leo doesn't see why she needs to go through the "higher ups" first, but Chloe says the report isn't finished yet and she has to follow protocol.
Terese tells Karl and Susan that Paul's organised another counselling session for them and she wanted to know if he's well enough for it. Karl says he could always supply a 'no' if she needs one, but Terese says it's an honest question. With that in mind, Karl admits the session should be fine for Paul, just as long as there's not huge amounts of stress involved. Susan reminds Terese that the last session was pretty stressful, and Terese acknowledges it was "explosive", but her anger towards Paul has died down somewhat. Susan says it sounds like Terese has a lot to work through, so this session will be the perfect opportunity.
SUSAN: Bear in mind Paul is going to come with a very clear goal, so you need to make sure that you don't let him control the session.
Nicolette has told David and Aaron about Leo wanting to sue the council. David's concerned because he believes this will only prolong Leo's grieving process, but Nic says he'll still be grieving long after the legal stuff is dealt with. David also gets why Leo wants to keep Abigail close to him, but babies pick up on stress and he can't go on "being a one-man show". Nicolette says that Leo has to move through this at his own pace, grief isn't a textbook thing. "Leo is my brother, I think I know him best," David retorts, walking out on Nic and Aaron.
Dr Del Rubio's Office
Paul promises Terese that if there's any sign of stress then they'll leave. Rhonda Del Rubio arrives and admits she was surprised to see their names on her list given how their last session went down. But she gets the impression they're in a better place than they were previously, which Paul and Terese agree with. They both tell Rhonda how ashamed they were with their behaviour. Rhonda's glad it didn't put them off for life, but this time she's setting some ground rules. "I'd like you to avoid pointing blame," Rhonda says, "and instead focus on taking responsibility."
Leo pulls up in his car and sits staring for a moment, gripping the steering wheel in a quiet rage, before collecting himself. Glen greets him as he steps out the car - he didn't expect to see Leo today. Glen assures Leo he's got today's event under control, but Leo still wants to check the run sheet. Abigail starts to cry in her car seat and Glen says Leo should take her for a walk, but Leo replies that he's here to work. If they impress the people at the event today then bookings will be flooding in. Glen tries again to coax Leo into spending the day with Abigail back in Erinsborough, but that's put on the back burner when one of the staff approaches them to let Leo know a whole crate of vineyard wine the client ordered has been dropped by the delivery guy. Sighing in frustration, Leo tells Glen he'll take care of it.
Dr Del Rubio's Office
Rhonda wants to talk about the dynamics of Terese and Paul's relationship. She asks Terese what role she typically played. Terese replies that whatever it was it was exhausting. She was always bracing for the worst, expecting to have to rein Paul in, and while she was busy trying to plan a way out Paul would be laying dynamite.
RHONDA: Wanting a quick fix.
TERESE: Quick, drastic and usually with complete disregard for morals or the law or other people's feelings. (She notices the contrite look on Paul's face) I'm sorry, we're not playing the blame game today.
PAUL: No come on, don't be silly, you're just stating facts. I know that I have caused a lot of grief over the years, but all through it you have been my moral compass.
TERESE: Yeah but that's not a role I relish playing. And to be honest, it's tiring being the only grown-up in the room.
RHONDA: And yet the pattern repeats.
TERESE: And I want it to stop.
RHONDA: Do you? Sometimes we gain a level of comfort from our burdens. Carrying them can distract us from our own behaviour.
TERESE: I know I'm not perfect, and it would be hypocritical of me to hold Paul to a standard that I can't always maintain myself. And if we want to move forward then we both have to work on building new, healthier patterns.
Terese holds onto Paul's hand and he smiles at her. Rhonda notes this interaction with interest.
Leo gets off the phone and tells Glen they've got some extra wine in storage but not nearly enough to cover the loss. Glen says he just called Red Tree Hill and they've used up their supplies as well. Abigail cries in her pram and Leo begs her to take a nap for him. Glen hesitantly says that she's probably picking up on all the stress flying around, which doesn't sit well with Leo. "I don't pay you for parenting advice, mate," Leo snits, "just focus on sorting out this mess." Glen suggests he could call the client and recommend a similar wine, but Leo says the branded wine bottles were what clinched the event in the first place. Leo then recalls Pierce may have stored some of the wine at Lassiters, so he'll make the drive back to collect them.
Dr Del Rubio's Office
Paul tells Rhonda that he's always had a need to protect his children at all costs. So when Nicolette disappeared with Isla he went into overdrive. Getting Isla back was the only thing he could see, and it didn't matter who, or what, got burnt in the process. Rhonda asks Terese if that rings true for her. "Paul likes to take the idea of helicopter parenting to a new level," Terese replies. "It's not the first time I've suffered for it." Rhonda wonders where Paul's intense desire to protect his kids has come from. Paul figures it's just who he is, but Rhonda says it might help him to think about it in terms of who he's become.
RHONDA: Can you think of something that happened in your childhood that's had a lasting impact on your life?
PAUL: (tries not to get upset as he nods) My mum died when I was a kid. Everything changed after that.
RHONDA: How were things in your family before she passed away?
PAUL: Challenging - for everybody except me. I was a brat. I was such a brat. My mum was sick for a long time, and my dad really struggled to look after us and to keep working. And I did nothing to help. I was more interested in mucking around with my mates. (He wipes away some tears)
RHONDA: And after she died?
PAUL: It turned my whole family upside down.
RHONDA: How did things change for you specifically?
PAUL: I guess I learnt what guilt is, and how to live with it.
RHONDA: Why did you feel guilty?
PAUL: Because I should have stepped up. I know my dad wanted me to and I just shrugged it off. I could have made things so easy for everybody. (He starts to cry again) My mum. My family needed me and I couldn't be bothered until it was too late. I didn't do enough.
TERESE: (gently) Now you do too much.
Paul nods, wiping at his eyes as Terese holds his arm in comfort.
Lassiters Hotel Rooftop Pool
Chloe's on the phone with Leo, promising him she'll have the wine crates ready on his arrival. Nicolette arrives for a swim but admits to Chloe she's feeling guilty for taking some time away from Isla. She understands why Leo's having trouble letting anyone take care of Abigail. Nic then asks Chloe if Leo told her about the lawsuit, and Chloe says Leo asked her to give him a safety report into the incident.
NICOLETTE: You don't sound so thrilled at the idea.
CHLOE: I just know there's nothing I can give him that's going to make him feel better.
Paul and Terese are walking back to the car after their counselling session. Terese says she's feeling overwhelmed but imagines it's nothing compared to what he's feeling right now.
TERESE: I had no idea about your childhood, Paul. But now I understand why you've never spoken about it. You've been feeling guilty your whole life.
PAUL: Something I wasn't aware of myself. Listen, I'm just going to put it out there but, am I in with a chance?
TERESE: There's still a part of me that loves you. And after learning about your past today, it's now given me a new perspective on your behaviours and your actions.
PAUL: Our fights.
TERESE: Those too.
PAUL: When I booked this session I had no idea I was going to come out with a complete new understanding of myself though.
TERESE: Well it's a lot for you to take in.
PAUL: Yeah, but I'm going to explore it, I'm going to delve into it and I'm going to make it better. I'm going to use it to make things better, to make me better.
TERESE: So you want to change?
Paul nods as they reach the car. Terese unlocks it and waits for Paul to climb into the passenger seat.
TERESE: You know ever since you came into my life I've always thought the same thing. 'Surely he can see that what he's doing is wrong. And why can't he simply make different choices? Why can't he change?' But now I've learnt that it's ingrained.
PAUL: You don't think I can.
TERESE: I just think we should avoid looking too far into the future and just sit with what we've learnt today. It's a lot.
Lassiters Hotel Rooftop Pool
Leo brings Abi up with him after Chloe mentioned she needed him to sign something. But Chloe admits it was a ruse to lure him into relaxing while a Lassiters driver takes the wine to the vineyard. Leo says he wants to take the wine back himself, though, to prevent anymore disasters. Chloe smiles and says she'll allow it so long as she can have a cuddle with Abi first. But when Leo hands her over, Chloe says Abigail might need a nappy change. Chloe offers to do it for him while he sits down. Nicolette pipes up from the pool that she highly recommends someone taking over nappy duties for a while. When Chloe heads back into the hotel, Leo sits on a deck chair and accidentally knocks over Chloe's handbag. He notices the safety report has fallen out and is very tempted to take a look.
Lassiters Hotel Penthouse
Terese and Paul are shocked when Leo angrily barges in (with Abigail in her baby capsule, and Chloe chasing after him), shouting "how can you live with yourself?!" Chloe hurriedly apologises to Terese and Paul, saying that she tried to tell Leo that the report wasn't finalised yet.
PAUL: What report?
LEO: The safety report. (Crying, glaring at Terese) The one that makes it crystal clear that you're the reason Britney's dead!
Coming up on Neighbours
- Leo telling Abigail that things can only get better for them
- Leo looking shocked!
- Paul deducing exactly why Terese moved in with him
- Levi's epilepsy pills falling to the ground
- Levi explaining to Freya what the pills are and why he is taking them
- Freya doing a Google search on Levi