- Bea airing her concerns to Karl about him staying out all night
- Karl inviting Dee to come and live at Number 28
- Karl running into old flame Olivia Bell and venting his problems to her
- Sheila taking her Gary the pigeon obsession to a new level
- Kyle calling someone to ask them for help with Sheila
- Dee giving Elly an Aster plant
- Elly warning Dee and Toadie about Andrea trying to take advantage of them
- Andrea finding out what Elly said and immediately turning on her
Elly is outside, planting her Aster flower in one of the raised garden beds. Andrea sidles up to Elly and makes a menace of herself, asking if that's the plant Dee gave her. Elly's nervous, particularly when Andrea works out just how significant the plant is to Elly. Andrea laughs in her face and quietly comments on what a "thoughtful gift" it is.
Number 26 Backyard
Kyle finds Sheila haphazardly hammering away at Gary's birdhouse. He's concerned that she's not at work, but Sheila says she swapped shifts because making a home for Gary was more important. Kyle is worried Sheila's going to hurt herself, and tries to take the hammer off her so he can help. But that only results in Sheila stubbornly stealing it back and slamming the hammer down on her thumb. She howls in pain before grizzling at Kyle to back off, "I do not need your help!"
Dee thanks Toadie for helping her move her belongings to the Kennedys. Toadie's about to exit the car when he notices Dee looks nervous. Dee admits she was thinking about Andrea and how she's probably going to try and get Hugo back. Dee feels like an idiot for falling for Andrea's lies and apologises to Toadie. But he assures her that it'll be fine: nothing happened and nothing ever will. He tells Dee the best thing will be for her to forget about everything.
DEE: I know, it's just going to take me a while.
TOADIE: Well I'll give you five seconds before I change the topic onto something way more interesting. Five, four, threetwoone... Hey, look, we're neighbours again! Isn't that cool?
DEE: That is extremely cool.
Toadie gives Dee some bath bombs as a moving in present, explaining that the bathroom is the best place to escape Karl's singing.
DEE: (smirking) What? Even when he's in the shower?
TOADIE: I would avoid being in the bathroom when Karl's in the shower, that's gross.
DEE: Good tip, I'll remember that.
Kyle nonchalantly offers his gran a cup of tea. But Sheila is angry to learn that Kyle went ahead and finished building the bird box for her, even after she told him she wanted to do it herself. Kyle points out her injured thumb but Sheila retorts that she only hurt herself because Kyle was interfering.
KYLE: What you were doing wasn't safe.
SHEILA: I was doing what I needed to do. I promised Gary that I would build him a home, just like he wanted. And I put a lot of thought into it. I even drew up plans.
KYLE: All right, I'm sorry.
SHEILA: It was really important for me to do that for my son and you have taken that away from me.
KYLE: Gran, stop acting crazy!
SHEILA: Kyle I am not crazy! And as far as making me a cup of tea, you can stick that where the sun don't shine!
Sheila's so busy yelling she doesn't notice they have a house guest.
NAOMI: Think I'll pass on the cuppa.
Naomi smiles as Sheila whirls around in shock, which quickly turns into delight.
Susan wraps Dee in a hug and tells her how great it is to have her move in. Toadie and Bea smile while Karl hands Dee her own key. Susan asks if there are any dinner requests for the week, but Dee says she'll have to check her roster. She's stoked that Karl was able to get her some shifts at the hospital. This is the first Susan's heard of it, but she's actually quite pleased with Karl helping Dee out and says it was very thoughtful of him. The nice, slightly unthawed moment doesn't go unnoticed by Bea, Toadie and Dee. Toadie says he better get going but is soon persuaded to stay for a cuppa. Karl and Susan head to the kitchen and comment on how nice it'll be to have Dee around. Meanwhile, the others are watching them from the couch and are relieved to see Karl and Susan aren't bickering for once. "I knew you'd be great for us," Bea says to Dee.
Sheila is positively thrilled to see Naomi, so much so she very nearly squeezes the life out of her with a big bear hug. Naomi explains that after she left Xanthe in Queensland she went back to LA, but it didn't feel like a home anymore.
NAOMI: And after losing Gary, I just... wanted to be at home. So I packed my bags, quit my job and here I am!
SHEILA: So you mean you might be staying? It's not just a short visit?
NAOMI: Oh you know, playing it by ear.
SHEILA: Not that I'm complaining but are you sure about throwing in the towel? That was your dream job.
NAOMI: Dreams change mum. Plus there's nothing more important than being at home with family at times like this.
SHEILA: I'm just so glad you're here.
NAOMI: Well after hearing you and Kyle go at it I'm pretty glad too.
Sheila insists that they're fine, Kyle just needs to pull his head in. "Yeah that's right, I'm the unreasonable one," Kyle retorts. When Sheila goes off to check the spare room, Kyle thanks Naomi for coming home so quickly. Naomi understands why he called and says she'll get a gauge on everything then they can come up with a game plan.
Elly walks into her cell, beyond distraught when she sees her Aster plant in tatters on the ground. She scrambles around, pointlessly trying to sweep the dirt together. Andrea waltzes in, reproaching her for being so untidy. Elly yells at Andrea for wrecking her plant but Andrea casually replies that Elly took something from her; she was simply returning the favour. Elly glares at her through tear-filled eyes.
ELLY: You are a spiteful cow.
ANDREA: Oh come on, you had it coming. See, I thought we understood each other. We both know how hard it is to be away from our family. (She gets up close to Elly) But you, you go and tell Dee to stay away from me. You took away my one chance to see Hugo. (Her anger flares up and she screams in Elly's face) MY BOY! (She takes a moment) You did me wrong, Conway.
Elly defiantly bats Andrea's hands away when she tries to prod at her. But this only makes Andrea smirk. "I'm going to make your life hell," she says, slinking out of the cell. Elly thinks she has a moment to breathe now she's alone, but it's not long before Patrice ominously steps in to take Andrea's place. Elly looks scared.
The Cannings are having a catch up drink and Naomi is doing her best to keep the mood upbeat and play along when all Sheila can talk about is building the bird box for Gary. Paul and Terese walk in and Paul is pleasantly surprised to see Naomi. Terese is too, until she stands awkwardly to the side as Paul and Naomi share a big hug. After a brief hug of her own from Naomi, Terese says she's surprised to see her so soon after the funeral. They find out Naomi's in town for an indeterminate amount of time after quitting her job to visit her family. Naomi says she'd love to catch up more with them later. Paul heads to the bar with Terese and says that's probably the best thing that could have happened for the Cannings at the moment.
PAUL: Well because Sheila's having a bad time and Kyle's really struggling with how to handle it. So having her daughter here might be just the thing that she needs. I say good on Naomi for coming over to support her mum. You know, she plays it down but that girl really does have a heart of gold.
TERESE: Yeah, you're right. It's lovely she's here.
Terese's words of praise for Naomi don't exactly match the look of pinched disdain around the corners of her mouth.
Susan, Karl and Bea are worried that Elly is ten minutes late for her visit with them. And their concerns are validated when they see Elly hobble in, clutching the side of her stomach. They immediately ask if someone hurt her. But Elly knows now that Andrea has eyes and ears everywhere and tells her family she slipped in the shower. Karl keeps attempting to ask doctorly questions but Elly insists that she's fine.
BEA: If somebody's hurt you we can help you. We'll tell Toadie.
ELLY: Guys, guys, if anything like that happened I would shout it from the rooftops, okay? You'd be the first to know about it, I promise.
They don't look entirely convinced but Elly is keen to change the subject. She asks if they've seen Aster today but her smile fades when the response is negative.
ELLY: What else is news?
BEA: We have a houseguest. Dee moved in.
KARL: She was spending a fortune at the hotel. And she and Toadie are dating. They're out to lunch as we speak.
ELLY: That's great. It's good to know that things are going well on the street.
She tries to smile through her pain. Her family give her sympathetic looks.
Sheila's still going on about Bird-Gaz, this time explaining the clothes she's knitting for him. Kyle shoots Naomi a silent look, so she takes it upon herself to ask Sheila about grief group. Sheila says it's going well, especially since Susan isn't there anymore trying to ask for forgiveness. Naomi shares another look with Kyle, but Kyle's face is just like 'here we go again'.
SHEILA: All she really deserves is to suffer for what she did.
NAOMI: Mum no one could have known that Finn was going to go off the rails.
KYLE: He had the doctors convinced that he wasn't a threat to anyone.
NAOMI: The whole community accepted him, even you.
SHEILA: No, I never did. And no one would have if she hadn't insisted on taking him in.
NAOMI: David treated him. Toadie gave him a job.
SHEILA: What's your point?
NAOMI: Just that everyone accepted him - why are you putting all the blame on Susan? It seems to me the only thing she's guilty of is putting her trust in somebody who broke that trust in a really horrific way.
SHEILA: You don't understand.
NAOMI: I get why she's grieving as well. Her niece is in jail for a crime she didn't commit, they lost custody over the baby...
SHEILA: Susan bullied her entire family to take Finn in. She took in that man who hurt Bea, who hurt Elly, and all because of her own guilty conscience? I mean she put us all at risk. Her family, everybody in the street, and my Gary paid the ultimate price.
Naomi feels bad for making her mum upset and apologises. She goes to the bar to order them food and notices Toadie walk through the door, hand-in-hand with Dee, and is intrigued.
Bea doesn't buy Elly's story about slipping in the shower. Karl says that accidents can happen, which astounds Bea and Susan. They think that if someone's hurt Elly then she probably won't tell them because she doesn't want to worry them.
KARL: If she doesn't want to talk to us we can't make her, can we?
SUSAN: She could be going through all kinds of horrors. I can only imagine what some of those women are capable of.
The tensions are rising between them again, which unsettles Bea. So she butts in to tell Karl he's coming to the supermarket with her so they can buy something for dinner.
Naomi makes herself known to Toadie at the bar and gets a warm hug in return. She gives him a cheeky smile.
NAOMI: Hey, who's the hot blonde?
TOADIE: That's my first wife, Dee.
NAOMI: I heard she reappeared, that is amazing.
TOADIE: Yeah, yeah it is. It's going to be pretty good for your mum having you around.
NAOMI: Yeah I hope so. I never got the chance to thank you for that speech you made at Gary's funeral. It was beautiful. It meant a lot.
Toadie nods. He then says she's done pretty well to get holidays at such short notice. Naomi flippantly tells him she decided to quit instead when Kyle called her and said how much Sheila was struggling. Toadie says it's a shame she's so angry with Susan because the two of them could be helping each other out so much.
NAOMI: Yes! I mean she can't even say her name without spitting.
TOADIE: I know.
NAOMI: What is your take on this Kennedy situation. Is mum justified or is she scapegoating?
TOADIE: Well if Susan's to blame then we all are. I was the one who chaperoned Finn to the island, so without me it wouldn't have happened. But she hasn't said anything to me. It's all on Susan.
Naomi takes this information on board.
Susan is surprised when Naomi pops in to visit. They take a seat at the table and Susan says she spoke to Ben last night. He told her how much it meant to Xanthe to have Naomi stay with her for a while.
NAOMI: It was the least I could do. The poor kid's so lost. It's hard to know what to say.
NAOMI: I wanted to talk to you about mum. I know things have been a bit tense between you two.
Susan has a frail look about her. Like she's barely keeping it together.
SUSAN: Sheila's upset.
NAOMI: Yeah, well, it doesn't give her the right to treat you the way that she is.
SUSAN: She's angry. I understand. I'm angry with myself. If I hadn't brought Finn back...
NAOMI: It's okay.
SUSAN: It's very kind of you to worry about me, but Sheila has every right to feel the way she feels. I will take whatever she needs to throw at me right now.
NAOMI: Susan you're not her punching bag.
SUSAN: Why not? I deserve it.
NAOMI: Finn is the villain in this situation, not you.
SUSAN: I gave Finn the power to hurt everybody. I am responsible. (She gets upset) I am. For Gary, for Elly...
She trails off then says she's going to put the kettle on for them. Naomi didn't expect the depths of how distraught and down on herself Susan would be and she's quite stunned.
Elly has one straggly piece of her plant left. Crying and clutching her injury, she goes to the garden bed and nestles what's left of the flower into the dirt before collapsing to the ground, tired and upset.
Toadie has joined everyone for dinner and Dee compliments Karl on the marinated chicken he cooked. Toadie then tells them all he bumped into Naomi Canning earlier. Susan casually mentions that Naomi dropped in that afternoon, which is news to Karl. He's disappointed that Susan didn't mention it to him but Susan claims there was nothing worth mentioning. She bluntly adds that Naomi wanted to get the lay of the land between herself and Sheila. Karl says that he's sure Naomi would have picked up on the unreasonable things Sheila had been saying, but this sentiment looks as though it annoys Susan.
SUSAN: Do you mind if we talk about something else?
KARL: (hurt) Of course. I was just trying to be supportive.
SUSAN: Sure. It's just this is something I'm working through in therapy and I don't want to talk about how right or wrong Sheila is.
Feeling uncomfortable, Dee quickly changes the subject and asks Bea questions about her music. Karl and Susan quietly marinate in their own tension.
Kyle can't believe that Naomi went to see Susan, but Naomi wanted to get a better understanding of everything. She adds that she's never seen Susan look so fragile before and that it's not fair Sheila is piling all the blame on her. Kyle says he gets why Sheila feels the way she does.
KYLE: You weren't here. You didn't see how Susan went above and beyond for Finn.
NAOMI: Well maybe because I wasn't here it gives me a better perspective.
KYLE: Which is?
NAOMI: That Susan is on the verge of collapse and mum needs to back off.
KYLE: Well I don't see that happening.
NAOMI: It would be for her own good too. She's so not dealing.
Naomi notices Sheila emerge from the hallway and whispers to Kyle to follow her lead. She takes Sheila's hands in her own.
NAOMI: You know I'm here because I love you, so I need you to hear me when I say you've got to stop being mad with Susan. (Sheila snatches her hands away) Oh come on, it's hurting you too.
SHEILA: You think that's what's hurting me?
KYLE: Gran, I really think you should listen to Nomes.
SHEILA: Why are you two talking to me like this is some sort of weird intervention?
KYLE: Because it kind of is. I called Nomes. Gran I'm really worried about you.
SHEILA: (incensed) You called her?
Naomi attempts to get Sheila to sit down and talk but Sheila angrily rebuffs her.
SHEILA: I do not need your help! And when it comes to making up with Susan Kennedy, over her dead body!
Bea walks out the next morning and greets Karl and Dee, asking where Susan is. Karl says that Terese needed her for something. Dee apologises to them for not being a better buffer last night to keep the mood lighter, but Karl reminds her that's not her job. He says he should be the one apologising for creating so much tension around the house.
DEE: Karl I know what I was walking into, but I want to help you and Susan. And I'm just concerned that what you need is more privacy. Having another person here is just...
KARL: Dee you're not another person, you're family. And you've already made a difference. I mean, Susan smiled yesterday for the first time in months.
Bea thinks they should all commit to not talking about Sheila while Susan's around, which Dee agrees with. Karl is less sure but agrees to go along with it if Bea and Dee think it's the best thing to do.
Naomi is having a coffee with Paul and Terese. She apologises for lumping her problems on them so early in the morning but Paul says they're only too happy to help, especially since the 'problem' has reached crisis point. Hearing a knock at the door, Terese invites Susan in. Susan is slightly surprised to see Naomi there, but is distracted by Terese offering her a coffee. Naomi lies and says she's just catching up on Lassiters gossip with Paul. But Susan's suspicions are founded when there's another knock at the door and Naomi quickly ushers Sheila in (who received a 'weird message' from her daughter). Terese and Paul rush out the back.
SHEILA: What's she doing here?
NAOMI: Susan is here because I asked Terese to invite her over. And right now Paul and Terese are locking the back door, and I'm going to lock the front door, and you two are finally going to talk to each other.
SUSAN: It's not a good idea, Naomi.
SHEILA: This is not happening!
NAOMI: It is because it is hurting you both. You're friends! You talk to each other.
SHEILA: Don't you dare lock me in here with her!
But it's too late. They're locked in.