- Finn tells Xanthe he'll be transferred if she comes clean about the pills, and he can't live without her
- Elly tells Susan that now is the time to act
- Piper and Ben mastermind a strike against Finn's vertically integrated learning scheme
- Xanthe tells Piper Finn has an aneurysm and could die any moment
- Karl takes the vitamin bottle to the police, telling Mark he thinks Finn poisoned Susan and Nell
Erinsborough High School
Finn marches Piper into the principal's office, telling her the strike must stop immediately. He says he doesn't want to suspend her as she's behind with her work already - so she must do as he asks and call off the strike. He also tells her to get the West Waratah Star to remove the video from their website. She says it won't make a difference as it's already been shared, but he shuts her down.
FINN: I want you to get the ATAR score you deserve. But you need to work with me.
FINN: Don't let me down, alright?
Outside, Piper rejoins Ben, telling him that she thinks they should shut down the protest.
BEN: Finn got to you, didn't he?
PIPER: No, he -
BEN: He's playing you. Just like he plays Xanthe.
PIPER: Xanthe is worried about him, and so am I.
BEN: What's going on, Piper?
She doesn't reply, so Ben threatens to ask Xanthe.
PIPER: No, don't! He's sick, okay?
BEN: What, you're just noticing that now?
Piper explains about the aneurysm, and that it could rupture if Finn gets too stressed. Ben is sceptical, but Piper says Xanthe saw it on Finn's patient file. She begs Ben not to tell anybody for Xanthe's sake.
PIPER: I know you're mad at her right now. But if the hospital found out, this would not be a good look for her (...)
BEN: I'm not making any promises.
He walks off, and Piper follows, calling his name.
Elly tells Susan, Karl and Ben that Harry Sinclair, hers and Finn's old principal, is in town for a conference, so might be able to shed some light on Finn for the police investigation. But Susan recalls that Harry had nothing but good things to say about Finn when she spoke to him.
Mark turns up, and confirms that the analysis on the pills is complete - most of the vitamin tablets had been swapped for the same kind of opioids Susan and Nell tested positive for.
Elly is convinced Finn is to blame, but Mark says he needs more to go on. Elly tells Mark about Wayne Baxter admitting that Finn had pressured him into making the complaint against her. Mark promises to speak to Wayne.
Once Mark's gone, Ben says that Xanthe might know more, adding that she and Finn have become really close - and that she knows stuff about him that none of the other pupils do. Susan thinks Xanthe would speak up if Finn was doing something wrong, but Ben isn't so sure.
ELLY: Ben, if you know something, you have to tell us before someone else gets hurt.
Sheila asks Xanthe about the strike at school; Xanthe says she didn't get involved, and blames Piper. Sheila asks what's bothering Xanthe, as she's been quiet all evening.
XANTHE: It's just - a friend asked me to keep a secret. A really important secret. And I told someone.
XANTHE: Well, I was trying to defend them to this person. But I just made things worse.
SHEILA: Well if they really are a friend, I'm sure they'll forgive you.
XANTHE: It's not that simple.
SHEILA: Has this got anything to do with you and Ben breaking up?
XANTHE: No. No, Ben and I just drifted apart. It was the right time to break up. I just want to help this friend.
Sheila suggests Xanthe should own up to the friend, apologise, and hope they understand.
Ben has told Karl, Susan and Elly about Finn's aneurysm and that it could supposedly kill him at any time, according to Xanthe. Susan is sceptical, saying it's just the kind of story Finn would manufacture to get Xanthe onside. But Elly reminds them that Finn's ex-wife said his behaviour changed a year ago due to a health scare, and wonders if that was the aneurysm.
KARL: I have seen patients' behaviour change radically after a brain injury (...) If Finn thought he was on borrowed time, that might have driven him to try and take your job. He would have known that he'd never get promoted if it came out.
ELLY: And to think he was saying you were too sick to cope.
SUSAN: Well, right now I'm more worried about keeping him away from students.
ELLY: You need to tell The Departmenttm.
Susan says she will, but that since Mark isn't confident enough to make an arrest, they might not accept their story. Ben suggests that Elly could try to talk to Xanthe, but Elly doesn't think she'd listen. Elly says she's going for a walk - but outside the door, she goes to call Harry Sinclair on her mobile...
Piper has been on the phone to the West Waratah Star, trying to get them to take down the video of the student protest, but she tells Tyler that they've refused to remove it. Tyler doesn't get why she wants them to. Piper is cagey, but denies that Finn is pressuring her.
Xanthe turns up, and Piper asks Tyler to let them speak alone. Piper insists that she hasn't told Tyler about the aneurysm, and Xanthe is keen that it stays that way, saying Finn will never be a principal if The Departmenttm finds out.
PIPER: Xanthe, he is our teacher, okay? It's not okay for him to confide in you like that.
XANTHE: We were just talking.
PIPER: Yeah, about stuff that's really personal.
XANTHE: Finn hasn't done anything wrong.
PIPER: ... I told Ben.
PIPER: I'm so sorry, okay? I know that you're worried about him. But you shouldn't have to go through this alone, okay? You need to tell your dad or your gran.
XANTHE: If either you or Ben say anything, our friendship is over.
PIPER: Are you seriously choosing Mr Kelly over us?
XANTHE: Just keep your mouth shut, okay?
Xanthe marches out, and Tyler re-emerges. Piper tells him not to ask what that was about.
TYLER: Come on, Pipes. I can't help you if I don't know.
Elly meets up with Harry Sinclair.
ELLY: I know you've always been a huge supporter of Finn's.
HARRY: I respect talent and hard work.
Harry has heard about the protests at the school, but says kids' complaints are not always valid. Elly says Finn is pushing through a lot of change without consultation.
HARRY: Finn is driven. That's what makes him an excellent teacher.
ELLY: This is different. He's been diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening condition.
HARRY: Did he tell you that?
ELLY: ... No, not directly. But his behaviour's changed. He's become erratic, and he's putting people's lives in danger.
HARRY: Oh, Ell - given the history between you and Finn -
ELLY: Harry, this isn't about me. Finn needs help.
HARRY: What do you want me to do?
Erinsborough High School
Finn is on the phone to the West Waratah Star, trying to get them to drop the story - but they're just asking him more questions. He hangs up angrily, just as Mark arrives - we learn that Finn has been ignoring his calls.
MARK: I just need you to come down to the station - answer some questions.
FINN: If this is about the strike today, it can wait.
MARK: We can talk about it when you come in.
FINN: Sure. Just give me a few hours to finish up.
Mark tells Finn to come in any time before 10pm, when his shift finishes. As he leaves, Finn looks very worried, before slamming a load of books off the desk, hurting his hand in the process.
Toadie is in the waiting area. He tells Karl that Nell has been sitting up and talking, but is still a bit groggy. Karl says she should make a full recovery.
TOADIE: Sonya and I can't bear to think of the alternative. What I want to know is, how did she get her hands on such a powerful drug?
KARL: The police lab said there were heaps of those painkillers in the bottle (...)
TOADIE: Nell could've taken all of them. How did they get mixed up with the vitamins, anyway?
KARL: It's in the hands of the police now.
TOADIE: As in, criminal negligence for someone stuffing up? Or do you think it wasn't an accident at all?
TOADIE: Karl, Nell nearly died! You have to tell me what you know.
KARL: Susan's been having some issues with a work colleague. It's only a theory at the moment.
TOADIE: But you think there's some truth to it?
Karl tells Toadie they can't interfere with the police investigation, and just to focus on Nell going home tomorrow. Toadie agrees, but looks concerned.
Erinsborough High School
Finn has summoned Xanthe into school, claiming he slipped over in the corridor and hurt his hand. Xanthe puts a plaster on it.
XANTHE: I'm sorry that today was so hard for you.
FINN: You don't know the half of it. You're the one person I can trust, Xanthe. I never have to doubt that. Do you know how much that means to me? I know that you'll never let me down, you'll never betray me.
FINN: You're loyal, you're kind...
FINN: What, it's the truth?
XANTHE: Please stop!
FINN: Seriously - I don't know what I would do without you.
XANTHE: I'm a terrible person, okay?! I told Piper. We were arguing, and I told her.
FINN: You told her about the painkillers?
XANTHE: No, about your condition.
FINN: Who else knows?
FINN: I'll lose my job here.
XANTHE: No, they won't tell anyone.
FINN: Everything I've worked for - my plans, my ideas. I'll never get a chance to test them. I have worked so hard! All I ever wanted to do was help.
Xanthe looks on guiltily.
Ben is with Tyler and Piper. He explains he told Karl and Susan about Finn's aneurysm. Piper's worried that Xanthe will never forgive her, but Tyler reminds them that Finn's the one in the wrong - he shouldn't be getting that close to a student.
BEN: Do you think something happened between them?
PIPER: Xanthe swears that it hasn't - but...
BEN: Well, she does know a lot about his life.
TYLER: Plus, she did dump you out of nowhere.
PIPER: You should've seen her before. She was so desperate to protect him.
BEN: She won't be able to now. Not now the cops are getting involved.
PIPER: The cops?
BEN: Elly's got a theory that Finn switched out my grandma's vitamins for painkillers so he could take her job.
TYLER: That's insane!
BEN: Yeah, well Mark can't really prove that he planted them. Not for sure.
PIPER: Wait - do you know what type of painkillers they were? Like, the brand?
BEN: No - no, I didn't ask.
PIPER: Well, can you find out?
PIPER: Ben, just call your grandad, okay? It's important.
Toadie is collecting takeaway, and sees Xanthe talking to Finn. She's trying to get him to eat something, but he says he's not up to it. Xanthe leaves him to his thoughts, and Toadie approaches.
TOADIE: Your name's Finn, right?
FINN: Now's not a good time.
TOADIE: My name's Jarrod Rebecchi. I'm not sure if you know, but my daughter Nell - she collapsed today, and ended up in hospital. She managed to get her hands on a heavy-duty painkiller, and she swallowed it.
TOADIE: Well, they were in a jar of vitamins belonging to Susan Kennedy. There were quite a few in there.
Finn doesn't disguise his horror at this revelation.
TOADIE: We're quite lucky that she didn't take a fatal dose. If there is any justice in this world, you are going away for a long time.
Toadie leaves, and Finn looks terrified.
Sheila arrives at work to find Paul at the bar.
SHEILA: Oh. If being called in at the last minute wasn't bad enough, now I have to lay eyes on you!
PAUL: You know, your customer service skills could really do with a bit of spit and polish, couldn't they?
SHEILA: Oh, well, Mr Surprisingly-Back-In-The-Moneybags, what can I do for you? We're all out of lobster and larks' tongues in aspic.
PAUL: Just a lasagne to go, thanks.
SHEILA: Oh, hey, big spender (!) Scared that your new bank balance will go walkabout like your last one did?
PAUL: Now, see? You should've taken a photograph when you had the opportunity, Sheila. Because you will never, ever see Paul Robinson down and out like that again. Unlike members of your family, I tend to learn from my mistakes.
SHEILA: Us Cannings can't be all that bad if Terese is ready to join our ranks.
PAUL: Ah, yeah. I'm sure it won't be too long before your son manages to stuff things up in those ranks.
SHEILA: Oh, whatever makes you sleep at night.
PAUL: Oh, it's as sure a bet as the run rising tomorrow. Trouble is never very far from you guys, is it?
Meanwhile, Harry is incredulous to hear of Elly's allegations against Finn. She insists he's changed since his diagnosis, and that Harry should talk to the police if he doesn't believe her.
HARRY: I'd sooner speak to Finn myself.
ELLY: What, so he can tell you what you want to hear? Come on - isn't that the way Finn works? He charms you. He makes you feel like the most important person in the world.
HARRY: ... Finn and I are just friends.
ELLY: When you worked together, I had the feeling that it was maybe a little bit more than friendship for you? And that Finn used that to keep you onside. One of my work colleagues told me that he manipulated him into lying so he could get rid of me... You don't seem surprised.
HARRY: Back in Sydney, Finn was upset. There was another teacher in line for a promotion ahead of him - this was before your time. And Finn made sure that he won that promotion. And I covered for him. Look, I'm not proud of myself, okay? But you're right. I let my feelings get in the way of doing the right thing.
ELLY: Yeah. Well, we have something in common. I am just terrified that Finn's gonna hurt someone, or even a student. I need to know - are you willing to tell the police everything you've just told me?
Harry looks unsure.
Finn is with Xanthe after hours in the closed café. He's told her about Nell, and says no-one will now believe that he's not responsible.
XANTHE: Hey - I believe you. You know that, right?
FINN: I don't deserve you.
XANTHE: I'm gonna talk to Elly. Stop her from spreading these rumours.
FINN: No, just leave it.
XANTHE: It's not fair!
FINN: You think I don't know that? Mark's expecting me at the station.
XANTHE: You can't get stressed out. It's really bad for your health.
FINN: Try telling that to the police. The way things are going, I could end up in prison.
XANTHE: You've done nothing wrong! We need to get you out of here.
FINN: And go where?
XANTHE: I don't know. We'll figure something out. But I'll help you.
Finn smiles, holding Xanthe's hands.
FINN: You'd do that - for me?
XANTHE: Of course! I'd do anything for you!
She smiles back.
Erinsborough Police Station
Mark's about to wrap up for the night when Tyler and Piper come in. Piper tells Mark that the pills found in the vitamin bottle were the same type as she was taking when she first broke her leg.
PIPER: I think Finn Kelly might have stolen them from me when he was living at our house.
MARK: You think? What do you mean, you think?
PIPER: A few weeks ago, Xanthe saw him with my bottle of meds, and then he told us that Tyler had asked him to check on my dosage.
TYLER: Which is a lie. It never happened.
MARK: Okay. Did anyone actually see Finn taking any pills?
PIPER: Well, Xanthe must have. But it's gonna be hard to get her to admit it (...)
TYLER: Ben told her about Susan's vitamins being switched. Xanthe must have made the connection to Finn, but still kept quiet.
PIPER: It's just not like her to keep quiet about something like this. I'm worried about what's going on between them.
Looking worried, Mark walks out.
Mark enters the reception area and tells Paul he's looking for Finn.
PAUL: Just checked out, actually.
MARK: Did he say where he was going?
MARK: Was he with anyone?
PAUL: No. He did seem like he was in a bit of a hurry, though.
MARK: I've been trying to call his mobile. It's switched off.
Paul cackles amusedly.
PAUL: Congratulations, Constable - let another one slip through your fingers, eh?
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