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Neighbours Episode 7298 from 2016 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 7298 (Mark arrests Paige at their non-wedding)
Australian and UK airdate: 10/02/16
Writer: Sarah Walker
Director: Scott Major
Guests: Doug Willis: Terence Donovan
Lina Vella: Antonia Vekic
Summary/Images by: Liam/Graham
- Paul tempts Steph into investing in his shonky motel, the Erins Burrow
- Tim Collins double- crosses Sonya and tells her the community centre will be bulldozed
- Karl persuades Sonya to stand for mayor against Tim Collins
- Crabb shows Mark the bracelet that Paige's fingerprints were found on, and he remembers it
- Crabb tells Mark to keep away while they bring Paige in - but he goes to No 32 to find her
- He finds Paige waiting in her wedding dress, and she says 'Let's get married'. What will he do?
No 32
In the garden, the groomsmen Aaron and Tyler turn up, and are pleased to see that Mark's arrived. Paige senses that Mark is surprised that the wedding is happening now; he tells Paige that he'd turned his phone off so didn't get her message.
PAIGE: But you're here.
MARK: I need to talk to you.
PAIGE: What's going on?
MARK: In private.
Daniel, Imogen, Karl, Susan and Sonya all look worried as they begin to realise something isn't right.
PAIGE: Everyone's waiting.
MARK: We need to talk. Now.
The titles roll.
When we return to the action, we see that by 'in private', Mark meant 'still in front of everyone, but just a few metres further away' - so the entire wedding party looks on with concern as they talk. Mark tells Paige that her fingerprints have been found all over the stolen goods from the robberies, and that she was seen moving them from the flat she rented for Michelle.
Paige says they can't discuss this now as they have to get married, explaining how she brought the wedding forward so that Doug would be at his best. But Mark keeps throwing questions at Paige, asking why she has a second phone. She begs with him to just go through with the ceremony, promising she'll explain everything later. Mark isn't having it.
PAIGE: I kept you in the dark to protect you - us - from bad decisions that I made.
MARK: I don't even know you!
PAIGE: Yes, you do! Yes you do - I am your nearly Mrs Brennan.
We descend into slow motion, as Mark turns to see two uniformed police officers walking towards them. Paige grabs Mark's hand and then - horror of horrors - Mark clips a handcuff over his bride-to-be's wrist! The gathered RSRs wince as they watch!
MARK: Paige Smith - I'm placing you under arrest on suspicion of robbery. You're not obliged to say anything, but anything you do or say may be used against you in a court of law.
Ramsay Street
Mark grimly leads Paige towards a waiting police car, but Brad, Lauren and Aaron chase after them.
BRAD: Mark! What is this, some sort of sick joke?
Lauren and Aaron beg for Mark to explain, but he's saying nothing. He bundles Paige into the car, and he and his colleagues get in and drive her away. Brad and Lauren look worried, while Aaron rushes back inside.
No 32
Indoors, Doug is sitting with Josh, while Aaron rushes in to ask Tyler about what just happened. Tyler has no idea. Doug explains he was in the middle of writing Paige a cheque for a wedding gift, but now he doesn't know what to do. Lauren comes in, and asks Tyler and Aaron if they know why Mark took Paige. Tyler wonders if the police wanted to question her about her friendship with Michelle.
TYLER: Mark can be pretty one-eyed.
AARON: No! Mark was so excited about today. There's no way that he would've done this without a good reason.
LAUREN: Well I'd like to know what it is!

In the back yard, Imogen and Daniel decide to head down to the police station, leaving Karl, Susan and Sonya seated at the wedding table. The Kennedys ask Sonya how her mayoral bid is going; she claims she doesn't expect to win and only entered the race in order to raise some issues, but Karl says she can't take that attitude.
KARL: We don't know how long we're gonna be here - we should make use of the opportunity. I am gonna videotape you and put it online.
Erinsborough Police Station
Mark is now interviewing Paige!
MARK: We're not leaving this room until you explain yourself.
PAIGE: Shouldn't I be talking to someone else?
MARK: Why did you keep this from me?
PAIGE: Because it looks bad. Michelle and Dimato set me up - they were trying to get back at me for putting them in jail.
MARK: How?
PAIGE: Michelle earned my trust. And she stole the survey from Harold's. They did the robberies, and then they put the goods in my apartment. And I am presuming they communicated everything on my phone. They had a big plan. Michelle was even sucking up to Tyler; he would've been next.
Paige also explains that Paul was the one who found out about the plan, when he caught them in the apartment.
MARK: The second that you realised what was happening, you should have told me. Paige!
PAIGE: You treated me like a kid when it came to Michelle. And I hated the way that you spoke to me; and I hated the way that we fought. And I just felt like I had to fix this.
MARK: Well, you did a great job. So you came up with a plan to get all the goods out of the apartment, all on your own.
PAIGE: It was Paul's idea.
MARK: And by the time you gave me the keys, you'd moved everything out, right?
Paige insists she had always been planning to return the stolen goods, and was planning on making an anonymous call to the police to say they were at the charity bin - but that she changed the plan because she though Mark was going to connect the dots.
PAIGE: Mark, I love you, and I want to be with you, okay? You have to believe me that I have done nothing wrong here!
No 32
In the house, Karl is trying to figure out how his phone works so he can film Sonya and Nell, for Sonya's mayoral campaign.
SONYA: I thought you wanted to film this with the community in the background?
KARL: Yeah, look, honestly - our neighbours are lovely, but they're terrible actors. I don't want them spoiling any more takes.
He gets the phone working and gives Sonya a signal to start talking. She introduces herself and Nell for the camera, and explains her motivations for running for mayor.
SONYA: If you're like me, then you just - you're appalled by the imminent closure of the community centre, and the blockade at our very own love lock bridge. Not to mention the fact that the rates keep going up, with no visible signs of improvement to services. The thing is, I love Erinsborough, and like you, I just want it to be the best that it can be. And I guess that's why I'm asking for your vote, because - look, I'm not a politician, and I'm not ruthless. I'm - well, I'm you. I'm you.
Karl is impressed. He names it the 'I'm You' campaign, and gets to work posting the video on social media.
Erinsborough Police Station
Mark is now interviewing Paul, who is in ultra-gloating mode. Paul says that charging him with being an accessory would just make things worse for Paige.
PAUL: The only reason you're upset is because she leant on me instead of you. Why do you think that is, hmm?
Mark accuses Paul of messing with Paige's head.
PAUL: Oh, that's rich, coming from you. You, who arrested your own bride on your wedding day! And she was innocent! Well done, Constable!
No 32
In the house, Karl tells Sonya and Susan about how Sonya's video has already had loads of views, and a posting on the West Waratah Star website.
SUSAN: Ooh, look, there's lots of comments!
KARL: Yeah, and they're positive!
SONYA (reading): 'She looks like a hippie and she sounds like a moron.' What, is that positive, is it?
But Karl says there are more positive ones. Doug comes in, having changed out of his wedding outfit - sensibly having concluded that there'll be no wedding today. But Susan says it could happen yet, and sends him off to get changed again! Meanwhile, Karl is throwing practice questions at Sonya to prepare her for the mayoral race.
KARL: Would you have married Toadie under these circumstances?
SONYA: Well, I can't make that call without all the information.
KARL: Very diplomatic. Born politician!
Sonya looks pleased with herself.
Erinsborough Police Station
Lauren, Brad and Imogen are waiting in reception. Imogen explains that Paul has corroborated Paige's story, confirming she was set up by Dimato and Michelle. Tyler arrives - apparently the cops want to talk to him about Michelle too.
Mark emerges, and Brad and Lauren demand to know what's going on. Mark says Paige is being held until they have all the statements they need, adding they'll need one from Lauren about Paige's computer access at Harold's. Brad takes the opportunity to have a rant at Mark.
BRAD: I was hoping to be your father-in-law by the end of today. Instead you've got my daughter locked up, and we're getting information off Paul Robinson!
MARK: Her statement needs to be verified.
BRAD: You are supposed to be family.
But Mark isn't engaging with it, so Brad resolves to wait it out until Paige is released. Tyler follows Mark back into the office, asking why he's being so awkward if it's true that Michelle framed Paige.
MARK: We'll get your statement in a minute.
TYLER: Why do you need one? I had nothing to do with it!
MARK: Every time Dimato's name comes up you are automatically a person of interest. You ran a chop shop for him!
TYLER: Okay, fine. But what about the wedding? Everybody's waiting.
Mark just walks off.
The Waterhole
Doug comes in, holding the cheque he was going to give to Paige for her wedding present. Paul is concerned to find Doug out and about on his own, but his eyes light up when he sees the cheque.
DOUG: It's my wedding present to Paige and Mark. Twenty grand.
Quick as a flash, Paul sits Doug down and offers to buy him a drink!
Erinsborough Police Station
Mark enters the interview room to resume conversation with Paige.
MARK: Okay, we've taken statements, we've looked at the facts - and your story checks out.
PAIGE: No kidding (!)
MARK: With the testimonials from you and Paul, there's enough to charge Dimato and Michelle with breach of parole.
PAIGE: Good! What next?
MARK: There's also enough to charge you with handling stolen goods. But, since you've been cooperative, and you've made no attempt to on-sell the goods, we're releasing you for now, pending further investigation.
PAIGE: Haven't you got anything else to say?
MARK: You're free to go.
PAIGE: Mark, everyone is waiting for us. Are you gonna come back with me?
MARK: I'm sorry, I - I can't.
Mark leaves Paige looking upset.
The Waterhole
Paul is on the phone to Brad, saying that he and Doug are just having a nice quiet drink - and telling him that Josh doesn't need to rush to come and collect Doug! He then joins Doug at a table, telling him that Paige has been released and probably won't be charged. Doug wishes he could do something to thank Paul for saving Paige's bacon by corroborating her statements.
PAUL: Why don't you invest in my motel? I can promise a really great return, and it'd be a fabulous nest-egg for Paige, and all your other grandchildren.
DOUG: You know, that might not be a bad idea. Why don't you tell me more?
Erinsborough Police Station
Paige is apologising to Lauren and Brad for ruining things after all the effort they put into the wedding. They tell her they just want to make sure she's okay, and suggest they go home, but Paige wants to wait here so she can speak to Mark. Brad says Mark should be the one asking to speak to her, and apologising for humiliating her.
PAIGE: He warned me about Michelle, and I didn't listen. It's my fault.
Brad and Lauren offer to wait with Paige, but she says she needs to do it on her own. After Brad and Lauren have left, Mark comes out, but sees Paige still there and dips straight back into the office. Aaron, who has been watching, follows Mark in.
AARON: I need to check that you're okay.
MARK: I'm fine.
Mark gets up and walks off again.
The Waterhole
Paul's sales pitch has evidently worked, because Doug is making out a new cheque to invest in the motel. Paul smiles as he takes the cheque, then quickly pockets it as Josh comes in to collect Doug. Doug appears to have forgotten that he said the wedding was a no-go, and now seems to be thinking it could still go ahead.
DOUG: If they do get hitched, I might have to rethink my investment.
PAUL: Hmm?
DOUG: My investment.
JOSH: What investment, Pop?
DOUG: Err, the thing, the, err... Oh, gosh, I can't think of the words -
PAUL: Yeah, well, listen, now that your grandson's here I might head off anyway.
Paul's shifty exit seems to distract Doug, so that he forgets what he was saying. Before Paul leaves, Josh goes over and thanks him for looking after Doug.
DOUG (to himself): Motel - motel. That's the word!
Lassiter's Complex
Sonya is outside Harold's with Nell, when a woman appears and introduces herself as Lina, Tim Collins' mayoral campaign manager.
LINA: We loved your video... It goes with your whole 'average mum' thing.
Sensing a situation brewing, Sonya decides to go inside and pay the bill. But Lina has more to say.
LINA: What'll happen when the mums find out that you abandoned your son? And about your addiction issues?
SONYA: ... I've always been very open about my past, and people have been very accepting of it. So...
LINA: Even the parents of Jellyfish's friends?
SONYA: This conversation's over. Don't ever come near me or my family again.
Lina smiles as Sonya hurries Nell away.
Some time later, we cut to Paige, sitting on a bench in the courtyard in her wedding dress, looking sad. Mark emerges from the police station, and she goes over to talk to him.
MARK: I thought you'd gone.
PAIGE: I need to know where we stand. All the evidence says that I am not a thief.
MARK: You think that's what I'm worried about? You keep lying.
PAIGE: But I had reason. I love you, and you love me, and that hasn't changed. Please don't be like this.
MARK: I have been there for you, no matter what. And you go running off to Paul Robinson for help? I have been nothing but a good partner.
PAIGE: You arrested me on our wedding day!
MARK: You lied to me after we swore we would never keep secrets from each other. Time and time again! I opened up to you completely. I haven't done that with anyone since Kate died. And you just don't care.
PAIGE: That is not true.
MARK: The friendship with Michelle. The constant lying. It doesn't stop.
PAIGE: Why did you arrest me, Mark? You humiliated me, in front of my whole family.
MARK: There were officers behind me. If it wasn't me, it was gonna be them. I had no choice.
PAIGE: You always have a choice. You are supposed to love me no matter what, even if I make mistakes.
MARK: You made a calculated decision!
PAIGE: Oh, let me guess, Kate wouldn't have done this.
MARK: No, she wouldn't have!
PAIGE: I'm sorry! I am sorry I am not perfect like your perfect dead fiancée!
MARK: ...
PAIGE: Sorry. Sorry, I didn't mean that. I'm sorry.
MARK: ...
PAIGE: We're not getting married, are we?
Mark shakes his head, and walks away. Paige breaks down in tears.
Unmissable Drama
- Paige walks down the street in her wedding dress!
- Paige's adoptive mum Mary helps her come to terms with what's happened
- Piper is shocked to see Courtney hugging Tim Collins!
- Mary asks Mark how he can do this to Paige, but he's still angry
- Tim Collins accuses Sonya of orchestrating a payback, and calls her an amateur
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