Lucas at his father's funeral.
Susan coming home, Summer thrilled to see her.
Karl feeling pushed out of his relationship with Susan.
Kate saying she'd never do anything to put Mark in danger.
Kate missing Mark and not wanting to throw anything away that belongs to him.
Kate finding an old address for Mark.
Toadie's talking to Kate about Mark's promotion, and says she hasn't spoken to him. Jade and Kyle overhear and get all cross that Mark left without saying goodbye, and hate that she's defending him.
Jade goes on and on about Mark being self- centred, and Toadie suggests he probably had his reasons for leaving so quickly. Toadie wonders where the promotion is, but thankfully Kyle demands something to eat. It's all so, so awkward.
Susan has made two coffees, but Karl is rushing out the bedroom as the hospital called, and they need him in. Susan is disappointed: she thought they could have a talk.
KARL: I'm not sure what you expect me to do.
SUSAN: I would like to spend some time with you.
Karl tells her that he had other plans for today. He wanted to pick her up from the airport, take her for a drinks, throw a few ideas around... Susan's genuinely interested: what ideas? Karl says he has to go.
And in a flashback to 2003 Susan, almost desperate, says they can talk tonight. And when Karl says he doesn't know what time he'll be back, Susan insists: she'll stay up.
Karl leaves for work, and Susan goes to throw away some biscuits she's put on a plate (what a waste!) - and finds the holiday brochures in the bin. She takes them out, and it slowly dawns on her that there's some very, very wrong...
Karl is hunting through files when Susan arrives with coffee for him; she knows he hates the coffee here. She tells him she thinks they need to talk now.
SUSAN: Karl, I hate the tension in the house, I just want to sort it out. Don't you?
Karl reluctantly concedes. He offers her a seat and shuts the door.
Susan asks if something happened whilst she was away, and Karl makes the point that lots happened. If she'd called more whilst she away she'd know about it. Susan wonders if this is about Summer staying with them, and Karl denies it.
SUSAN: Is it something I've done?
Oh, no. I never thought I'd hear a paraphrase of *that* line again. Except this time Karl doesn't say no. Susan wonders if it's anything to do with the holiday brochures, and Karl says it's part of it... but he doesn't want to talk, and tells her it's not important.
Karl Kennedy, King of Sweeping Things Under The Carpet And Hoping They Go Away.
SUSAN: Why did you throw them away?
KARL: I didn't think you were interested.
SUSAN: (genuinely surprised) Why would you think that?
KARL: (frustrated) Because you've got other priorities!
Susan looks almost amused - she has no idea what Karl's referring to.
KARL: Look, Susan, lately I feel like you and I...we're...we're heading in different directions.
He might as well have said "I just don't love you anymore."
There's a knock at the door for a medical emergency, and Karl has to go. Susan is left, in utter shock, and it's 2004 all over again.
In the kitchen Kate pulls out Mark's passport and calls the emergency contacts - his parents - at the back. She says she's a friend of Mark's, then thinks better of it, and puts the phone down.
Lucas comes in and asks if she's heard from Mark; he wants to know what to do with his bike. Kyle overhears and steps in, telling Lucas that Mark's probably busy, settling into the new job. Kate smiles gratefully at Kyle, and Lucas is already distracted, making a phone call to Toadie.
Kyle asks Kate if she's okay, but she says she has to go, and leaves the store in the hands of one of the staff.
Erinsborough Police Station
Kate asks Judy Forrester if Superintendent Hayes is working, but Judy won't get him unless she knows what it's about. So Kate leaves a message for him to call her.
Lucas is talking to Toadie about his dad, and says the funeral was yesterday, but Dan wasn't there. He hands Toadie a letter from his dad's solicitor about the Will. Toadie advises him, and suggests he should go see him, and offers to go there with him as his lawyer.
Karl returns from the emergency - which turned out to be indigestion, not a heart attack. So all's good. He's surprised to see Susan still there, but she didn't want to go with things still up in the air. Karl makes a call to Danielle, the nurse, and says he needs ten minutes undisturbed. Susan looks worried and takes a deep breath. Susan finally admits her shock.
SUSAN: Karl, I know we've had some issues, lately, but...different directions? Is that really how you feel?
KARL: I don't know...I thought that when the kids left home it would be different, you know, we'd be a couple again. Eating out, going to the movies. Travelling. Living for each other.
SUSAN: We're both still working, there's always so much on -
KARL: No, just let me finish. I don't have a problem with Summer living at home. It was never an issue for me. But I worry you're investing so much in her.
KARL: I wonder if you're keeping her close...so it's not just you and me.
KARL: I worry that...maybe I'm not enough for you.
Susan arrives home, and picks up the basket of washing on the table to find a note from Summer underneath. She's out with Andrew for the evening... Susan spies the picture of her and Karl: one from London (on the bus) and one from the hubba hubba night at Libby and Dan's wedding.
She grabs her keys and bag and leaves the house.
Susan arrives back at the hospital and spots Jim Dolan who built Lyn's house. He recognises her as 'The Doctor's Wife'. Gosh, anyone would think Pete McTighe had written this episode (kudos to anyone who gets that reference).
Jim asks after Lyn and Charlie, and Susan says they're fine. Nurse Danielle comes over and sees Jim who has a pathology referral - blood test results. Danielle says she'll page his doctor, and adds that she'll call Karl for Susan, too. Susan declines the offer; she actually wants to speak to Doug Harris.
Simmons and Colbert Law Firm
Toadie and Lucas are waiting for the lawyer to discuss the Will. Lucas is telling Toadie that his father was a loser who always had high expectation - which Lucas never lived up to.
The lawyer appears and takes them off to another room. The law explains that Lucas' dad, Paddy, sent him a letter six months ago, which he has been instructed to read to Lucas upon Paddy's death.
"Dear Mr Noonan. I am writing to you regarding my sons, Daniel and Lucas. I know the whereabouts of my older son, Daniel, but Lucas remains out of contact. You might have better luck in reaching him. What neither of you know is I have a serious heart condition."
Lucas is upset that his dad has done this by letter.
"If they ever bother getting in touch, I'll tell them that my sons have made it clear that they have their own lives, now."
Lucas is furious and gets up to leave; he doesn't like being guilt- tripped.
Supt Hayes arrives to see Kate who's just closing up the store. He tells Kate to stay away from the station. He's furious that she called his mother, and tells her she's putting Mark at risk. Kate declares that it's not what she wants to do, but she needs to speak to him, just one more time. She begs him to pass a message onto Mark, who left thinking she didn't want to see him.
KATE: Please, he has to know that.
HAYES: Sorry, but that's not going to happen. You have to let this go.
Susan switches some South American music on and dances her way to the kitchen where she blends tomatoes, makes dough, pours white wine and lights candles.
Karl arrives home to see the table and candles, and hear Susan announce that dinner's almost ready. Susan tells him they have the house to themselves. She hands him the wine, but Karl wants to apologise for blurting everything out at her earlier.
Susan tells him that she's glad he did - she realises she has to do something for them - just them. She tells him that Doug says he has eight weeks of annual leave, and presents him with a selection of Peruvian food in the kitchen.
SUSAN: Listen, how attached are you to this idea of a golfing holiday?
KARL: I just thought it would be relaxing, you know. Good exercise. I just don't fancy lying around on a beach.
SUSAN: Fair enough. I would just like to propose something a little bit different. An adventure holiday. In Peru.
Karl is surprised.
SUSAN: Machu Pichu, the Inca trail, the Amazon...
She says they can take the whole eight weeks if they want - unless, of course, Karl thinks they're too old...! She puts her arms around his neck.
SUSAN: Oh Karl, I love having the kids around, I do. I do. I love mothering them, I'm good at it. But I couldn't do it without you. You're the one I need.]
Happy, he kisses her twice and they hug tightly.
Kate is asleep, dreaming about trying to reach Mark when she can't. She wakes up, startled, and runs to the bedroom door, but there's no- one out there.
Lucas is playing darts when Jade comes in, wondering who he's imagining the dartboard is. Lucas dismisses her, so she takes the hint and leaves. Toadie comes in and persuades Lucas to go back to hear the letter: he's got absolutely nothing to lose. Lucas concedes, and says that if it gets personal he's leaving again.
Simmons and Colbert Law Firm
Peter Noonan picks up the letter and continues from where he left off.
"It's my fault. I was too hard on them, especially Lucas. We're cut from the same cloth, and I didn't want him to waste his life the way I did. I thought I was doing the right thing, but I messed it up. No surprise there."
Peter goes on to say he has some specific instructions for Lucas, and how his partner in Sydney is giving Dan different ones, but Toadie stops him. Lucas is visibly upset, but says he doesn't mind continuing.
Peter explains that his dad wanted him to have one item as soon as possible after his death, and goes to fetch it. Toadie puts a comforting hand on Lucas' back.
Cut to later, and Lucas is edgy to leave. But Peter returns with a large box and a letter. In the box are Paddy's ashes.
Lucas is confused...
This is weird: the image has been flipped, and everyone's faces are back to front. Anyway.
SONYA: Jarrod, what's going on?
TOADIE: I, er, I need to get to work.
SONYA: You need to tell me what's bothering you.
TOADIE: I can't.
SONYA: What's that supposed to mean?
TOADIE: It's just some work stuff, that's all.
SONYA: No, it's not just that, you were tossing and turning all night. Talk to me!
TOADIE: I can't!
SONYA: Just stop!
MVO: What Toadie knows is going to break someone's heart forever.
SONYA: What's going on?