- Ned having dreams about chasing Scarlett through the maze
- Levi telling Ned that they can't rule out a homicide case
- Yashvi telling Bea that the new evidence against Ned doesn't look good
- Levi admitting to Bea that he's not sure if Ned's innocent
- Yashvi promising Ned she'll get to the bottom of the case
- Ned telling Paul he thinks he did something to Scarlett
Number 22 Backyard
Paul wonders if Ned's memories might actually just be disturbing hallucinations, but Ned claims they feel too real. He tells Paul he's seen the palette knife in his hand with blood all over it. Paul says that doesn't mean he harmed Scarlett, and that things are even more heightened for Ned because Scarlett gave him PTSD. The two of them fall quiet when Roxy joins them. Roxy says they don't have to keep secrets on her behalf - Ned's her family and she'll always have his back: "I don't judge, I don't blab." Ned doesn't see this as a positive, though, and heads off for a walk. Roxy asks Paul if she said something wrong, but Paul says Ned just has a lot on his mind.
Roxy finds out what she did wrong, however, when she catches up with Terese and Harlow. The two women point out that Roxy basically said Ned's guilty by promising she wouldn't judge or blab. Terese says she won't be able to relax until Ned's in the clear, but she becomes more tense when she spots Detective Graves walk by. She stops him for a quick chat and finds out the homicide detective is in Erinsborough for work. When Terese rejoins Roxy and Harlow, she tells them she has a feeling Detective Graves is here for Ned.
Erinsborough Police Station
Yashvi and Levi are talking about Ned's case. Yashvi insists that Ned is innocent because all the evidence so far has been too convenient, like the palette knife and the coat showing up way too easily. Levi admits he's thought about it as well, especially since bodies are way more buoyant than clothes. Yashvi believes Scarlett is hiding out somewhere and thinks they should interview her fiance again. Detective Graves walks in and introduces himself to Levi and Yashvi as Bill. He asks them to talk him through the Brady case step by step.
Ned gets off a call with Yashvi and tells Paul that Detective Graves is here for Scarlett's case. Paul says he'll give the lawyer a heads up and Ned asks how worried he should be. Paul assures Ned that Bill is a fair man who will have an open mind about everything.
NED: He put Tyler away for murder.
PAUL: Yes, yes he did.
NED: And Tyler was innocent.
PAUL: Bill conducted a very thorough investigation, unfortunately all the evidence was stacked up against Tyler.
NED: How is that any different to my case?
PAUL: It's different. Your case is circumstantial, and there's no body or proof that a crime has actually been committed. I'm sure it will crumble as soon as they start digging into the investigation.
Paul adds that now homicide is involved it's more important than ever that they have all the facts. He thinks they should pay a visit to Beverly as she's a memory specialist, and it might help Ned recover the hours he lost. Ned wants to give it a try but Paul tells him that he might not like what's dredged up. "I'll take that chance," Ned says determinedly. "Not knowing is worse."
Erinsborough Police Station
Levi tells Bill that Ned was the last known person to see Scarlett and that he was pretty riled up at the exhibition, but the evidence isn't conclusive. Yashvi brings in a box of evidence and tells Bill that a lot of it is inconsistent. She informs him of the knock on the back of Ned's head, and how he's unaware of how he got it. Bill asks them what else they've discovered.
YASHVI: Scarlett's coat washed up with a slash at the front. Usually when someone's attacked from the front they put their arms up in defence causing injury to the arms.
YASHVI: There's no damage on the sleeves of the coat.
BILL: Fair observation.
YASHVI: And Ned and Scarlett are roughly the same height, which means that the typical location of wounds is in the upper chest directed downwards. But these cuts on the coat are horizontal and low, which means we have two possible scenarios. One, Scarlett could have been harmed, potentially by someone else. Or she could have coordinated her own disappearance.
BILL: Pretty elaborate hoax.
YASHVI: Elaborate is Scarlett's MO. Plus she could have had help from someone else.
Levi says that there are a couple of people they could bring in to be interviewed. Bill gives them the OK to get the ball rolling.
Beverly had a cancellation so she was able to see Ned at short notice. Paul tells Ned he's in good hands, but Beverly warns Ned that if his memories imply that he's committed a serious crime, then she's obliged to report it.
NED: What about doctor/patient confidentiality?
PAUL: Yeah, anything a therapist learns in treatment is inadmissible in court. So not really any need to report it, is there?
BEVERLY: I think you'll find there is, because it's the law.
Paul takes Ned aside as Beverly leads them to her office. He tells Ned that maybe they should reconsider the treatment, just to be on the safe side. But Ned wants to know the truth. When Paul wants to sit in on the session with Ned, Beverly quickly reminds him it's not a spectator sport, but Ned consents to Paul being there with him. Beverly says she'll allow it as long as Paul keeps quiet and respects her professional duty.
Erinsborough Police Station
Yashvi tells Bill that the files from Scarlett's previous case have arrived. Levi gets off the phone and lets them know he's secured a person of interest to talk to that afternoon - Marianna Brookes, the woman Scarlett once paid to pose as her stalker. Yashvi says she's got some questions for Marianna, but is taken aback when Bill informs her he's taking her off the case.
BILL: You have a vested interest to the case.
YASHVI: Has it affected my work?
BILL: Well not as far as I can tell. I've been impressed with your performance.
YASHVI: I've been totally impartial.
BILL: And I don't doubt you'll keep that up. But the fact is, you're too close. It's not a judgement call, it's just protocol. We can't afford to compromise the case. Or your career.
He thanks Yashvi for her time spent on the case and tells her to report to her sergeant to be reassigned. Levi throws a guilty look towards Yashvi when Bill says to him they should start talking strategies.
Beverly has put Ned under hypnosis, and when he's settled, she asks him to think back to the exhibition. Ned remembers chasing Scarlett in his car, and when he arrived at the maze he recalls seeing the hedges and a white dress. "It's her, she's disappearing around a corner," he mumbles. Beverly asks if he can follow Scarlett. Ned says he's trying too but he doesn't know where Scarlett went. Paul looks on in interest when Ned says he can smell Scarlett's perfume. Ned suddenly flinches and grabs the back of his head, remembering the sensation of someone hitting him. Beverly asks if he can see who it is, but Ned says it's getting too dark. The darkness fades into a scene of Ned driving his car, staring at himself intently in the rearview mirror. A woman's muffled voice can be heard, along with a thumping sound, like someone's locked in the car boot. Present-day Ned is incredibly distressed, so Beverly calmly tells him he's safe and can come back whenever he wants. Paul encourages Beverly to ask Ned what he's seeing, but Ned won't answer.
Kyle is complaining about how itchy the burn on his arm is, but Roxy isn't listening. She wonders aloud if she should tell the police she was with Ned the night Scarlett disappeared. Or perhaps they could go on a road trip to the beach where all the evidence was found to try locate more clues, or talk to Basil again. But Kyle warns her off any flights of fancy and tells her to let the cops do their job.
They pass by Bea sitting out the front of the Café. She's on the phone to Yashvi, who is taking a walk past Sonya's mural. Yashvi tells Bea she's been kicked off Ned's case, even though they're going with her idea that Scarlett's had help setting up a ruse. Yashvi's disappointed no one will be there to look out for Ned. Bea wonders if Levi will be there to do that, but Yashvi points out that it won't be the same.
Erinsborough Police Station
Bill and Levi are interviewing Marianna. She informs them that she hasn't seen Scarlett since last time, and that she doesn't work in "those circles" anymore. Not since she nearly got arrested and thrown in jail. Levi asks where Marianna was on the night Scarlett disappeared. But Marianna's got a solid alibi - she was at her sister's birthday dinner until last drinks, there's photographic evidence all over her socials. Levi is disappointed and thanks her for her time, while Bill says they'll be in touch if they need anything further.
Ned comes out of his hypnosis and puts on a show of being calm, telling Beverly and Paul he feels a lot clearer now. Beverly tells him he was very distressed at one point and asks if he can recall anything. Ned claims it was all to do with the bump on the head. "I think I was knocked out and I went back to my car while I was still woozy," says Ned. Paul asks about the hallucinations Ned's been having during the day, but Ned says it's just his imagination running wild: "They don't seem so real now." Beverly's glad she could provide some clarification for Ned, but Paul doesn't look convinced Ned is telling them everything.
Erinsborough Police Station
It's Basil's turn to be interviewed by Bill and Levi. Basil says he had no idea about Scarlett's plan to swap around portraits at Ned's exhibition.
BASIL: Scarlett said he dumped it on our doorstep slashed and defiled, although I'm not certain anymore. That may have been a lie.
LEVI: What makes you think that?
BASIL: It would appear that there was more to Scarlett than I knew. I can't deny that anymore.
BILL: Why do you think Ms. Brady lied to you about the portrait?
BASIL: Well I suppose she wanted me to believe that Ned Willis was harassing her.
LEVI: And now you don't think that's true?
BASIL: I'm honestly not sure what to believe anymore. There were things about Scarlett that didn't add up from the start, but I pushed those doubts aside. I loved her so much.
BILL: Where do you think Scarlett is now?
BASIL: Dead. Or at least harmed by Ned Willis.
BILL: Talk me through what you're thinking.
BASIL: She got this hot-headed thug so riled up he exploded. It's the only scenario that makes sense. But whatever Scarlett did, she didn't deserve what he's done to her. She should be here and she's not.
Levi looks troubled.
Bill takes a lunch break with Levi and says one of the only things he enjoys working away from home is that he gets to eat whatever he wants without his doctor or wife finding out. Talk turns to the most recent interview, and Bill asks if Levi called Basil's head office to check on his movements, but Levi says the man's alibi is solid. There were no inconsistencies with Basil's finances either. Bill wonders if Basil taking off the rose coloured glasses in regards to Scarlett was genuine or an act. Bea walks in, not pleased to see Levi lunching with Bill, and tells Levi just as much to his face when Bill walks off to take a phone call. Levi isn't impressed with Bea's accusations that he's not stepping up for Ned like Yashvi would.
LEVI: I'm not going to lie, I don't like you implying that I'm not doing that already.
BEA: You told me you think he looks guilty. And I know how badly you want to impress your bosses.
LEVI: Impressing means getting justice. If Ned's innocent, I'll celebrate clearing his name. If he's guilty, I'll celebrate handing him to the courts.
BEA: Please just promise me you won't take the easy way out just to get a win in front of your new mate.
LEVI: I don't need to promise you anything, Bea. What I need you to do is back off and let me do my job.
Number 22 Backyard
Ned is staring at his hands, having flashbacks to the blood covering them at the maze, when Yashvi startles him. She dropped by to let him know that Detective Graves and Levi are looking into the possibility that Scarlett's disappearance was a set-up. Ned can't believe that Yashvi still fought for him after everything he's done, but Yashvi brushes it off as just pointing out the holes in the evidence. He doesn't want Yashvi sticking her neck out for him and getting in trouble, but finds out that Yashvi's been kicked off the case.
NED: Because of us?
YASHVI: It's just standard procedure, I'm not taking it personally. But I'm going to keep pushing. No way am I giving up.
Ned doesn't look as buoyed by Yashvi's words as he once would have been, though. The memory of his bloodied hands is zapping any joy or relief.
Paul brings Terese a cuppa while she plays Solitaire. Terese knows it's silly, but she thinks if she can win the game then it's a good sign for Ned winning his case. Paul says he'd rather put his faith in the justice system, but that's where Terese's faith is lacking.
TERESE: What if Ned's right? If Tyler can be wrongly accused and convicted, then who's to say that it won't happen again?
PAUL: Come on, you can't go talking like that, Terese.
TERESE: Well give me a reason why.
PAUL: Well for a start, Jarrod Rebecchi's not involved this time. Seriously, Ned has got the best legal help that money can buy. And anyway, look at his alleged victim. Her history speaks volumes doesn't it.
TERESE: The prosecution will point to that as a motive.
PAUL: Do you believe he's innocent?
TERESE: Yeah of course I do. Don't you?
PAUL: Yeah, yeah, it's just... I certainly believe he's got a lot stacked in his favour.
PAUL: I think we need to prepare ourselves for all possible outcomes.
TERESE: What are you saying, Paul?
PAUL: I'm not entirely sure. But my gut is telling me that there's something wrong.
Levi sees Bill finish up his second burger of the day from Harold's and gently ribs him about it, but Bill jokes that he's planning on writing a review online. Yashvi finds them and asks for an update on how Ned's case is going - she heard they interviewed Basil. Bill says there's not a lot to report but they've been exploring different avenues. Ned's still their prime suspect, however. This makes Yashvi upset and angry.
YASHVI: How can you say that after one day? The evidence looks dodgy and the victim is a complete head case.
YASHVI: There are zero witnesses and no body.
BILL: We don't need either to file a charge.
YASHVI: Well that's crazy! How can you say that Ned's guilty of a crime you don't even know was committed?
LEVI: Vi, calm down.
YASHVI: Everything you've got on him is circumstantial. Laying a charge on him with no concrete evidence, or even a confession, is just plain wrong.
Levi looks concerned that Yashvi is speaking out so bluntly towards the detective.
Ned tells Terese and Paul that he just saw Yashvi, "She's still determined to prove I'm innocent." Terese says they all are. Paul takes a moment before admitting to Ned that he could see he was distressed during his session with Beverly and thinks he saw something troubling.
NED: You're right. I did.
PAUL: Well whatever it is you don't have to keep it to yourself. Terese and I are both here for you.
TERESE: Of course we are. You can trust us, Ned, with anything.
NED: I spent the whole day trying to get my head around these things that I'm seeing that don't make any sense.
TERESE: But darling there are holes in your memory. It's no wonder you're confused.
PAUL: Anyway, we're here, we'll help you work through it.
NED: No, I've decided. I'm going back to the police station.
TERESE: What, now?
NED: Yeah, before Yashvi digs herself a deeper hole trying to vouch for me.
PAUL: Woah, woah, let's not go making any rash decisions all right.
NED: I have to tell the police! I killed Scarlett.