- Sheila 2 reminds Ned that he admitted he felt something for her
- But Ned says he's committed to Yashvi, and is going to quit his role at the gallery
- Sheila 2 tells Sheila 1 she's heading back to Perth to see her family
- Surprised Ned's quit his job, Yashvi suggests he work it out with Sheila 2; Ned says there's no point
- Bea seems conflicted when Levi buys her a car so they can take a road trip together
- Sheila 2 senses Bea doesn't really want to go on the trip with Levi
- Later, Bea admits to Sheila 2 that her relationship with Levi has run its course
- Bea tells Levi that she can't go any further with their relationship; they have to break up
Levi's shocked and confused by Bea's announcement that their relationship was over, particularly given their road trip plans, and asks if he's done something wrong.
BEA: I'm sorry about the car, and how I feel. I'm sorry for leaving it this long to tell you.
LEVI: Babe, please, can we just get a drink or something, and just talk? (...)
BEA: Levi, I know this is hard, but... I've been thinking about this for so long, and... I just know deep down this is the right decision for us, okay?
LEVI: Hey, you said you loved me.
BEA: I know. I'm sorry.
She walks away.
LEVI: Please, Bea!
Kyle is hanging out the washing in the garden, when a dejected Levi appears. He explains to Kyle that Bea has called off the trip, and their relationship.
KYLE: What?! Did you guys have another fight?
KYLE: Then what happened?
LEVI: ... I dunno (...) She just told me we were done, man.
Bea runs into Sheila 2, and tells her she was right; she had to be honest with Levi.
BEA: He's completely crushed, and I feel like the worst person.
SHEILA 2: Well, you're not. You told the truth, and that takes a lot of guts.
BEA: I just blurted out how I felt. And now I've broken a very good man's heart, and blown the road trip of a lifetime, all in one.
Sheila 2 is surprised Bea is abandoning her Broome trip, but Bea says she and Levi planned it together; she doesn't feel right going now, especially given that they were going to go in the car that Levi bought for her. Bea's thinking of flying to Broome instead, but Sheila 2 points out she's headed to Western Australia too.
SHEILA 2: How would you feel about me joining you?
BEA: As in, on the road?
SHEILA 2: Yeah (...) What if I offered to buy the car off him? Could soften the blow a little.
BEA: I dunno, I can't...
SHEILA 2: No, you don't have to do anything. You just leave it with me, okay?
Sheila 2 is walking through the courtyard when Ned appears, and asks if he can collect an easel that he left at the Hive. She says yes.
SHEILA 2: Oh, but you should know that I've decided not to pursue the gallery.
NED: Wait, what?
SHEILA 2: I'm keeping the Hive as a hot-desk service. There'll be a few changes to up the revenue, but it's essentially staying the same.
NED: When did you decide this? You had so many great plans.
SHEILA 2: *We* had so many great plans. It doesn't feel right without you.
Ned abruptly wishes her luck with it, and walks off.
Susan and Karl are surprised to learn from Bea of her break-up with Levi.
BEA: I feel like the only reason I was with Levi is because it was a stable relationship - a normal one.
KARL: A normal relationship is definitely worth pursuing.
BEA: Yeah, but I'm not ready. I need to work on myself before I can be happy in any relationship.
SUSAN: It can't have been easy to admit that. That's a very mature decision.
BEA: I just broke up with my boyfriend the night before a trip of a lifetime.
KARL: Well, it's better than breaking up with him the night after you leave.
BEA: He was so upset. But for the first time in my life, I feel calm. I feel like I'm on the right path.
SUSAN: Sometimes all you need is a change.
BEA: I'm glad you said that. Because there is something I need to tell you. I'm still going to Broome to spend time with Dad, and hopefully we can rebuild our relationship together (...) but afterwards, I'm not coming back.
KARL: What - at all?
SUSAN: You're leaving us?
BEA: I can't thank you guys enough for everything that you've done for me. But I want to travel. I want to find my place, without constantly being reminded of the past. Not that there haven't been really good memories here. You're not angry at me, are you?
KARL: Angry? Oh, goodness, no!
SUSAN: We're just sad! We love having you here.
BEA: I love being here. You guys are the first real family that I've ever had. If that makes any sense.
SUSAN: But now you're ready to spread your wings.
BEA: Yeah. (to Karl) I have a question for you. Would you be happy to take over the podcast for me? If you're still interested?
KARL: I'd be honoured.
Bea hugs them.
BEA: I love you guys.
KARL: Oh, Bea.
SUSAN: We love you, too.
Sheila 1 has heard from Kyle about Bea and Levi's split, and tries to get an explanation from Levi - but he doesn't want to talk about it. Sheila 1 thinks there must be some kind of mistake, or that Bea was just overwhelmed by the prospect of the big trip.
LEVI: Nope. I know what she meant.
SHEILA 1: Do you think you should go and check?
LEVI: Gran, enough, okay? Bea's been thinking about this for a while. I'm not gonna beg.
Levi gets a text from Sheila 2, saying she's heard about the break-up with Bea. Sheila 1 is surprised at this. Sheila 2 wants to make Levi an offer on the car he bought Bea, so Bea and Sheila 2 can drive west together.
SHEILA 1: Oh, that is rich!
LEVI: So she's more than happy to go on the trip, as long as it's not with me (...) I don't want a handout. I gave Bea the car; I'll let her know that she can do whatever she wants with it.
Sheila 1 accosts Sheila 2 in the courtyard, and tells her she can't go on the road trip with Bea.
SHEILA 1: If you pull out, she'll have to stay, and that will force her to stop and think about what she's throwing away with Levi.
SHEILA 2: I don't really want to be involved.
SHEILA 1: But you already are! You are taking my grandson's place. Step back, and let Bea and Levi sort this out for themselves.
SHEILA 2: They're not children. They don't need me or anyone else meddling in their business (...) I feel terrible for him, but Bea's been honest with him about how she feels.
SHEILA 1: Oh, that girl has absolutely no idea how she feels! Relationships are not a bed of roses. I was married to Frank for half a lifetime, and most days I wanted to throttle him! Bea is struggling, I know, but this break-up is all shades of wrong. And somebody needs to tell her that.
Ned has filled Yashvi in about Sheila 2 deciding not to turn the Hive into a gallery; Yashvi is perplexed as to why, but Levi comes in, interrupting. He's come to return the esky that he'd borrowed from Ned for the road trip, but doesn't acknowledge that either the trip or his relationship is dead in the water, rather simply claiming the esky is not required.
Yashvi promises they'll give Levi and Bea a big send-off when they leave tomorrow, and Levi exits without contradicting her. Conversation turns back to Sheila 2 cancelling the gallery plans.
YASHVI: I hope it's nothing to do with you.
NED: Why would you say that?
YASHVI: Because she wasn't very happy when you quit.
An irritable Ned asks her to stop going on about it, then apologises. Yashvi puts this down to him being annoyed at all the wasted work put into the gallery, and suggests they watch a movie tonight.
Sheila 1 turns up at the Hive podcast studio, to record her segment for Bea's Finn Kelly podcast. Bea explains the workings of the microphone, and shows Sheila 1 how to turn it on and off in case she needs a break from recording. They start recording Sheila 1's intro, but...
SHEILA 1: I just want to know why you broke up with Levi!
BEA: What? Sheila!
Bea stops the recording.
SHEILA 1: It doesn't make any sense. He's a sweet, upstanding young man.
BEA: Look, I know how much you love him, but I'm not gonna talk about our relationship with you.
SHEILA 1: Well, will you talk about it with him? Because he is so upset.
BEA: Nothing I say will change that.
SHEILA 1: He still deserves an explanation.
Bea just reiterates what she's said to Levi - that things weren't working - and says they should carry on with the podcast. But Sheila 1 keeps ranting, saying Bea's thrown away a perfectly good relationship.
BEA: Okay, enough! Let's take it from the top, okay, and stick to the script.
Erinsborough High School
Karl and Susan are in the corridor, chatting about Bea's decision to leave; while it seems sudden, without her garage job or Levi, there's not much to hold her here, Susan points out. Karl admits he found Bea's break-up with Levi strange, but Susan says she thinks it was the right decision, as Bea is still struggling with trust issues.
KARL: Well, another little bird leaves the nest. Never gets easier, does it?
SUSAN: No. Still, it was fun having her with us.
KARL: It was. It'll be sad not hearing her play guitar in the morning.
KARL: Or having to soldier through her tough lasagne.
SUSAN: Oh, don't.
KARL: I'm really gonna miss her.
Sheila 1 and Bea have stopped recording, and Sheila 1 is still demanding answers from Bea about why she's dumped Levi. Sheila 1 briefly suspects there's someone else in Bea's life, but Bea insists not. Ned arrives, just as Bea tells Sheila 1 that her break-up with Levi has nothing to do with her.
SHEILA 1: I am Levi's grandmother. It has everything to do with me.
BEA: You have lost it!
SHEILA 1: No, you're the one that's lost it. He has done nothing but love and support you. I mean, what person in their right mind would give that up?!
But Bea can't stand to be around Sheila 1 anymore, and decides to leave - asking Ned as she goes to show Sheila 1 how to save her podcast recording once she's finished.
SHEILA 1: Oh, that's right, walk away from me - just like you walked away from Levi!
Yashvi finds Bea looking glum at a table; Bea explains she's split up with Levi.
BEA: The thought of him and I being together long-term... Vee, he's amazing, and he's always looked out for me, but... I just felt so suffocated.
YASHVI: I really thought that you two were solid. Is there anything I can do?
BEA: No. I just want to get as far away from here as possible.
Bea explains she's still going on the road trip tomorrow, but with Sheila 2 instead of Levi. Yashvi agrees it's a good idea to put some space between Bea and Levi for now, but is shocked by the next revelation.
BEA: It's not gonna be just for a bit. I'm not coming back to Erinsborough, Vee.
YASHVI: Are you serious?
BEA: Yeah. I'm ready for the next stage of my life, whatever that may be.
Bea asks Yashvi to come over tonight, after she's finished her podcast work, so they can hang out one last time. Yashvi agrees, but looks very sad to be losing Bea.
Sheila 1 is recording a monologue for Bea's podcast.
SHEILA 1: I choose to focus on the good memories for the sake of my beautiful Gary, and those of us who are still here, and all of those who loved him.
Having finished, she hits what she thinks is the 'stop' button, not realising that it hasn't worked and that the microphone is still recording. Sheila 1 exits the podcast booth and tells Ned she's finished, before pointedly blanking Sheila 2 - who has just arrived - and walking straight past her to leave. Ned tells Sheila 2 not to take it personally, explaining about Levi and Bea's break-up.
However, Ned is surprised to learn that Sheila 2 already knew about the break-up, and that Bea has been confiding in her about it. He says that Bea and Levi's relationship 'seemed fine'.
SHEILA 2: Yeah, well, they weren't. When two people hide their truths from each other, it's bound to end in heartbreak.
SHEILA 2: We need to tell Yashvi about us.
NED: Oh, there is nothing to tell.
SHEILA 2: Yes there is, and you know it (...) We crossed a line, Ned! And you owe it to Yashvi and yourself to admit it.
NED: We said we weren't gonna do this, so let's not.
But little does either know, the microphone Sheila 1 left on has captured their entire conversation...
Yashvi tells Ned about Bea leaving town tomorrow with Sheila 2, saying she wants to spend tonight hanging out with Bea. Ned says that's fine.
YASHVI: I can't believe she's not coming back.
Yashvi can't believe Bea and Levi have split up, either.
YASHVI: Imagine not realising that your partner had one foot out the door.
NED (awkward): Yeah. Brutal.
YASHVI: Well, in case you're worried, I think you're an awesome boyfriend and I love you.
NED: Yeah. I love you too.
But Ned looks worried as Yashvi leaves.
In the garden, Kyle and Sheila 1 are trying to cheer up Levi with various proposed distractions, but to no avail. Instead, Levi bursts into tears.
LEVI: I'm sorry.
He goes to leave, but Sheila 1 tells him he doesn't need to run away.
SHEILA 1: I'm here for you.
KYLE: Gran, just give him some space.
SHEILA 1: He doesn't need space - he needs his gran!
LEVI (tearful): I keep thinking about what happened, over and over again, trying to figure out what went wrong.
SHEILA 1: This is not your fault!
LEVI (tearful): So whose fault is it, Gran? I was thinking about our future. I was thinking we were in love. And this whole time she was working out how to end it.
SHEILA 1: Yeah, but that's just because you're a caring, sweet boy who deserves a better girlfriend.
LEVI: All that means is that I'm an idiot, Gran.
SHEILA 1: Don't you dare say that. You are nothing short of perfect!
LEVI: Then why did I get dumped?
KYLE: Mate, I know it hurts. I promise you, it's gonna get easier.
But Levi is inconsolable, saying he thought Bea really loved him the way he loved her.
LEVI: But she doesn't even care.
Levi walks off.
David turns up looking for Paul, but Ned explains Paul's not in the episode. David asks Ned if he's worked out what he'll do for work having quit the Hive. Ned hasn't yet, but David's sure something will come up. Sheila 2 appears at the door and, sensing they need to talk and having nobly fulfilled his episode quota, David leaves again!
Sheila 2 confirms to Ned that she's leaving; it's time she went back to her family.
SHEILA 2: I promised myself I wouldn't be the one to get between you and Yashvi. If she makes you happy, then I'm happy for you. Truly. I mean that.
Ned doesn't reply, just looks awkward - until Sheila 2 goes to leave.
SHEILA 2: Yes?
NED: Stay safe on the roads.
Visibly slightly disappointed he didn't say something else, Sheila 2 bids Ned goodbye, and leaves.
Yashvi and Bea are hanging out while Bea finishes editing Sheila 1's podcast recording; Yashvi *still* can't believe Bea is leaving.
YASHVI: Life's gonna suck without you here.
BEA: You can always come and find me.
Karl and Susan are lingering, and Karl suggests a farewell dinner for Bea. The girls are keen, and even more so when...
KARL: I'm gonna try Lanzini's. See if they've got a last-minute spot.
YASVHI: Ooh, the big guns!
SUSAN: Obviously nothing but the best for our Bea.
But at this point, Sheila 1 bangs on the door and barges in, telling Bea that Levi is 'ripping himself apart over something he may have done wrong'...
SHEILA 1: ... which in my opinion was absolutely nothing!
KARL: Oh, Sheila, with all due respect -
SHEILA 1: Would you stay out of this, Karl?!
Bea tells Sheila 1 she's busy, but Sheila 1 responds by slamming shut Bea's laptop! However, this causes the sound file Bea's been editing to skip beyond Sheila 1's monologue, to where Sheila 2 can be heard telling Ned about Bea's doubts about her relationship with Levi.
SHEILA 1 (angry): So this whole break-up thing was just Sheila's idea?
BEA: No, it wasn't like that at all.
SHEILA 1: Well, play the rest of it.
Sheila 1 hits 'play' herself, and now hears Sheila 2 speaking.
SHEILA 2 (audio): We crossed a line, Ned! And you owe it to Yashvi and yourself to admit it.
NED (audio): We said we weren't gonna do this, so let's not.
Yashvi looks shocked...
Coming up on Neighbours
- Harlow moans to Terese that Brent is ignoring her; she wants to know why he hasn't called
- Levi tells Sheila 1 he's not going home, but she protests despite Kyle's attempts to mediate
- Yashvi accuses Ned of seeing her as the schoolgirl she was when they first dated; he begins to deny it
- Levi tells Bea they love each other, and can 'make this work'; Bea looks conflicted