- Roxy is knocked unconscious by a mystery assailant at the university campus
- Shane finds Roxy on the ground, and rushes to her aid
- Toadie organises a 'sensory experience' with Gary's desserts for Fay, as per her bucket list
- But the desserts prove too tempting, and Fay admits to David she asked Chloe to give her a taste
- Susan tells Karl she's decided to work with Olivia on her book
- Karl tells Susan he accepts this as long as he's kept in the loop; she assures him he will be
- David encourages Susan to try visualising Finn in order to help answer her questions about him
- The visualisation works, but Toadie warns Susan that letting Finn into her head is unhealthy
- Susan insists she's in control, but is spooked when GhostlyFinn™ tells her he's not going anywhere
Erinsborough High School
In the corridor, Jane is handing over materials to Curtis to use for Year 13 while she's at the conference in Brisbane. She tries to engage Susan in the conversation, but Susan is transfixed by the spectre of Finn, who is staring at her from the classroom, motionless. Susan eventually engages in the conversation, and Finn disappears. Susan quickly excuses herself to make a call.
Chloe, Aaron, David and Nicolette are in the courtyard with Fay, having brought her for a trip out. Fay still has a tickle in her throat, and is going for a check-up later, but she plays it down, insisting it's not that bad. She's keen to get on with crossing off items on her bucket list, but Aaron thinks they should take her home, as she's looking tired.
Fay reluctantly agrees and they start to head home. David looks worried, evidently about her health.
Karl and Kyle are at the tram, when Olivia turns up. Kyle sends a reluctant Karl out to serve her, saying they can't afford to turn away paying customers.
OLIVIA: Talk about service! I haven't even had time to look at the menu.
KARL (pointed): We make everything to go.
OLIVIA: Cold shoulder - is that the special of the house?
KARL: Just call me when you know what you want.
OLIVIA: How about an olive branch? Your wife chose to work with me. Can't we just put the bad blood behind us?
KARL: You can order at the window when you know what you want.
He walks away.
Nicolette is heading to the shop to get some bread for dinner, and Chloe goes out to bring in the washing. David suggests Aaron go and help her, leaving him alone to talk to Fay.
DAVID: So, let's talk about this cough.
FAY: Why? I'll get the once-over at my check-up soon enough.
DAVID: Fay, your risk of infection is high, so please be honest with me - did you inhale some of that chocolate the other day?
FAY: ... I'm not sure. Maybe. But I don't want to worry Aaron and Chloe.
DAVID: I'm worried. And I don't have a very good poker face. Aaron will figure out something's wrong (...) Just promise me you'll tell Clive, so he can get you a chest X-ray.
FAY: Just Clive. Not the kids.
DAVID: If your lungs are clear, there's nothing to tell them.
Susan comes in, and is immediately horrified to see a vision of Finn, smirking at her. Sheila, who has been at the counter, approaches and greets Susan, while Finn's ghost lingers behind Sheila.
SHEILA: Sorry, love, I don't mean to be blunt, but... you look like you've seen a ghost.
SUSAN (rattled): It's just a busy day at work, that's all.
SHEILA: Oh, and even busier now, I suppose, because you're getting into that Finn Kelly book.
Finn's smirk widens at the sound of his name.
SUSAN: It's actually been quite cathartic to go back, after so much time has passed.
SHEILA: A hundred years could go by for me, and I still wouldn't give that monster a second thought... Are you sure you're okay, love?
Finn remains in place, but Susan insists she's fine.
Fay is having her check-up with Clive. He has done the X-rays, and asks if she'd like Aaron and David to come in so they can talk through the results.
FAY: No. Thank you.
CLIVE: I think it would be better if they were here.
FAY: It won't change what you have to say. And I still have my wits about me.
CLIVE: ... You have an infection, almost certainly from inhaling the chocolate. It's developed into aspiration pneumonia. So the fluid on your lungs is causing the chest pain and the pressure.
FAY: ... What can you do?
CLIVE: I can give you antibiotics. We can drain the fluid. That will make you feel more comfortable. But it will come back.
FAY (upset): How... how long?
CLIVE: I know the specialist in Adelaide said you had a couple of months. But unfortunately -
FAY: How long?!
CLIVE: A week or two. Maybe less. Please, can I get Aaron and David in here?
CLIVE: The best option is palliative care. You need the help of your family.
FAY: I'll... I'll tell Chloe and Aaron in my own time.
CLIVE: Of course. If there's anything you need, just let me know.
FAY (tearful): ... Will it hurt?
CLIVE: Most likely... the pneumonia will suppress your breathing, and you'll fall asleep. Peacefully.
Meanwhile, David and Aaron are in the waiting area. Clive and Fay come out, and she reports that she's 'great - just a bit tired'.
AARON: Okay, so nothing we need to worry about, Doc?
CLIVE: ... Fay will step you through it.
FAY: Yes, I will.
In an awkward position, Clive excuses himself, saying he needs to go and get ready before he leaves for Brisbane with Jane.
CLIVE: Take care, Fay.
FAY: Thank you.
Sensing the tension between them, David looks worried; but Fay tells an oblivious Aaron that her cough is just 'a mild infection', and that Clive has given her antibiotics.
DAVID: Did he say what caused it?
FAY: No. Does it matter? Can we go home? I want to lie down.
Aaron asks David to pick up some lunch and meet them back at home. David continues to look worried as Aaron and Fay leave.
Susan is sitting by the pond in the courtyard, in a world of her own, when Curtis approaches. He's been looking for her; some parents had turned up at school for a prearranged meeting with her and she was nowhere to be found. Susan feels terrible for having forgotten. Curtis assures her the parents were understanding. Spotting David nearby, Susan rushes over to talk to him.
SUSAN: I did as you suggested. I tried the visualisation with Finn. But... I don't seem to be able to control it.
DAVID: In what way?
SUSAN: Well, at first it was working well. I was making progress. But now, I... Well, I've started seeing him, even when I'm not trying to.
DAVID: Are you sure you weren't thinking about Finn or the book when that happened?
SUSAN: Well, I pretty much think about nothing else, so I'm not sure.
DAVID: It could just be teething problems. Part of the process. But I'd still be cautious. The brain has the potential to defy logical thinking.
SUSAN: I know it's not real. It just... took me by surprise.
David wants Susan to come in for a chat at the hospital about it later, but she assures him that's not necessary; she's fine, and trusts herself to stay objective. David looks unsure, but takes Susan's word for it, and leaves.
Chloe asks Fay, who has returned with Aaron, how the check-up went.
FAY: Cold stethoscope and no lollipop.
She repeats the lie to Chloe and Nicolette that she only has a mild infection. Sheila then turns up to catch up with Fay; on her way in, she's found a large package addressed to Fay. It's a framed photoboard, full of happy pictures of Fay, Aaron, Chloe and David together. Chloe recognises one of the photos as one Nicolette's taken. It turns out it's a gift from Nicolette.
AARON: This is amazing.
CHLOE: It's really beautiful.
There are a few spare slots that Nicolette has kept free, so Fay can add more photos from her trip later. Fay thanks Nicolette, deeply moved by the gesture. As Chloe glances over at her, it's clear Nicolette is quite emotional.
Susan is still sitting around distractedly, when Jane turns up. Jane's all packed and ready to go to Brisbane for her trip, but says she's having second thoughts about going - explaining that Curtis told her about Susan's forgotten meeting earlier. Jane admits she's worried; Susan hasn't been herself lately.
SUSAN: I'm just having a bit of an off-day. But you're not going to miss out on this conference because of my dodgy memory.
JANE: You know, if you need me to stay, then I will?
SUSAN: I need you to go, and come back with lots of ideas to make Year 13 everything it can be.
Jane appears placated, and starts talking excitedly about the conference, but Susan quickly becomes distracted again. Suddenly, a loud burst of underscore, as a hand begins to emerge from the pond behind Jane. Susan looks horrified, and Jane asks if she's okay. Susan insists she is, and says she just needs to go for a walk to clear her head. Jane leaves her to it.
With Jane gone, Susan approaches the pond, and sees the spectre of Finn lying in the water, eyes closed. As she gingerly reaches into the water to touch him, his eyes open. Terrified, Susan leaps back, no longer able to trust her senses...
Karl comes in, and runs into Olivia, who asks if he's thought about what she said earlier. 'Very little,' he replies. Olivia implores him to call a truce for Susan's sake, to get rid of all the tension between them.
KARL: So this is for Susan's benefit. What a shame you didn't consider her welfare the first time round.
OLIVIA: I hear you. I won't bother you again.
KARL: Like most things you say, I find that very hard to believe.
As Olivia heads to the bathroom, Susan comes in, still looking traumatised. Karl asks what's wrong.
SUSAN: Karl, I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry (...) I should never have let him in. I feel like I'm losing my mind!
Karl encourages her to sit down and tell him what happened.
SUSAN (upset): I've been seeing Finn.
KARL: What do you mean?
SUSAN: Working on the book. I wanted to understand how we were all taken in, how I was taken in. So David suggested I try visualising Finn, and asking him. Because only he can answer those questions. So, I did, and I felt like I was really getting somewhere. It felt... it felt like closure.
KARL: And now?
SUSAN: I see him everywhere! And I know it's only in my mind. But I can't control it.
KARL: Trauma can have a profound effect on the mind. It can easily open old wounds.
SUSAN: I'm not strong enough for this.
KARL: You are strong. But is it worth it?
SUSAN: No. No! This doesn't feel like healing. I don't want to put myself through this. No, I don't want any part of this book!
Karl comforts her.
David comes in; he's on the phone, leaving a voicemail for Clive.
DAVID: I've got a few questions about Fay's infection. It'd be great if you could call me back.
Aaron comes in, and David admits he's worried about Fay.
DAVID: Her cough is worrying me.
AARON: No, Mum said it was fine. Well, Clive would've said something, wouldn't he?
DAVID: ... I hope so, but it can get a little tricky with confidentiality. Look, I'm probably just being paranoid. I'll talk to Clive later. I'm sure it'll be fine.
Olivia is back from the bathroom and greets Karl and Susan.
OLIVIA: The Kennedys cannot get enough of me today (!)
SUSAN: Olivia, I'm pulling out of the book.
SUSAN: If I keep going, I don't know what'll be left of me.
OLIVIA: We can talk this through.
SUSAN: No. I've been taken in by Finn before. If I give him any more time or energy, I'm just repeating the mistake.
OLIVIA: You made a verbal agreement with me and my publisher. You can't back out.
SUSAN: I understand you're disappointed. But my health has to be my priority.
OLIVIA: If you quit, my first book will be the last word on this. That's all anyone will think of you. If this is coming from Karl -
KARL: It's not a negotiation! The only person who will look bad is the woman who's trying to leverage Susan's health to sell salacious gossip. Now, I doubt that David will talk to you without Susan's contributions, so now's a good time to think about leaving town.
OLIVIA: This isn't done. You'll be hearing from me.
Olivia walks out, and Susan and Karl hug.
While Fay sits on the sofa, Chloe thanks Nicolette in the kitchen for her photoboard gift, saying how thoughtful it was.
NICOLETTE: The memories you guys have made in the past week - I know how important they'll be, looking back.
CHLOE: It meant a lot to Mum. And to me. Genuinely. Thank you.
Sheila comes in, holding an envelope. Fay explains she's asked Sheila to print another photo for the board.
FAY: it wasn't complete without the whole family.
It's a picture of Chloe and Nicolette sitting on a bench together. Nicolette looks conflicted.
NICOLETTE: Thank you, Fay.
While Chloe goes to fetch something to stick the picture down with, Nicolette goes to the kitchen to clean up. Sheila notices Fay seems to be in some discomfort, but Fay claims she just 'twisted the wrong way'. When Chloe returns and feels like she's interrupted something, Fay just tells her she's been having 'important girl talk' with Sheila. But Sheila can tell Fay's still in pain.
Susan and Karl are walking through the courtyard, past the pond that Susan was haunted from earlier, now empty and tranquil. They are talking about Susan's recent involvement in the book, and visions of Finn.
SUSAN: I should've just left it all in the past.
KARL: You were trying to make peace with what happened. I do understand.
SUSAN: Well, I've realised that whatever was broken in Finn was bigger than all of us. He's gone. Any answers he had wouldn't erase the damage, anyway.
KARL: If you hadn't come to that realisation yourself, you would've always wondered.
SUSAN: Well, thank you for trusting me to work it out.
Jane and Clive turn up. Susan apologises to Jane for being 'scattered' when they spoke earlier, and wishes them a wonderful trip to Brisbane. As Karl and Susan depart, Clive notices he has a text from David, and tells Jane he needs to go and call him.
Nicolette is heading out to the chemist, while Chloe hangs out in the kitchen; neither has noticed that Fay, who is still on the sofa with Sheila, seems to be in increasing discomfort, and has her arms folded to her chest as if she's cold. Sheila has noticed, and suggests Chloe go with Nicolette, hoping to talk to Fay alone.
CHLOE: Alright. I'll leave you two to your mysterious girl talk.
Once Nicolette and Chloe have gone, we close in on Fay, and it's clear how ill she is.
SHEILA: Alright. You're with *me* now, and you can't keep up this dance forever. What is going on? Oh, come on, it can't be any worse than some of the bombshells you've dropped on me in the past.
FAY: I'm dying. Clive said I don't have long.
SHEILA: And the kids don't know.
FAY: I couldn't tell them. I was scared. I am scared.
SHEILA: What did Clive actually say?
FAY: That I might have a week left, in palliative care.
SHEILA: Oh, that can't be right! I mean, look at you - you're sitting up, and you're talking to me, and...
FAY (struggling to speak): That's what I want... to be here with the kids. Without them thinking, 'is this the last time that...'
Fay trails off as she develops a persistent cough, becoming short of breath. Sheila starts to panic, suggesting she call Chloe to come back. But Fay shakes her head, and carries on coughing into her hand. When she opens it, there's blood in her palm. Sheila is very worried.
Coming up on Neighbours
- 'Mum, it's the first time we watched ET,' says Aaron. An emotional Fay says, 'This is wonderful'
- A worried Aaron asks Fay what's going on
- David hugs a sobbing Aaron
- A tearful Chloe sitting with a bedridden Fay