- Clive tells a worried Freya that the police need more information for the coroner's investigation
- After David says Aaron always does the right thing, Aaron says that's a quality he sees in David
- Freya and David have another furtive conversation about Gareth's death; Kyle notices their intense chat
- Aubrey's gran Shannon wants to home- school her, but fails to return the vital form Jane gave her in time
- Ned and Harlow get frisky while lost in the bush
- When Ned learns Harlow's going to London, he tells her he hopes it's not to avoid being around him and Amy
- Amy is pleased when Ned asks Zara if she wants to help him with his design for the Fashion Week tender
- When Ned finds a family planning leaflet, Amy admits she thinks she wants another baby; Ned is shocked
We pick up where we left off, and Ned is lost for words as he reels at Amy's mention of having a baby. He eventually says he didn't realise she wanted another child; she admits she's only just started thinking about it.
AMY: It's just, you know how much I've missed out on with my kids (...) And you know, having Zara here, it's just... I want another chance.
NED: I mean, is this something you see in your immediate future?
AMY: Well, when you say immediate...?
NED: Well, next couple of years?
AMY: Uh... yeah. Yeah, I guess so.
NED: This is a massive decision.
AMY: Yeah, and it's one I'm not taking lightly, but... again, ticking clock.
NED: Amy, I don't even know if... I want a family.
AMY (worried): Absolutely. Like, you know, I'm not gonna force you to. Obviously this affects you.
NED: Mm. Guess I have a lot to think about.
Harlow is saying her goodbyes to Kyle and Roxy before she heads off on holiday to London. Harlow wishes the couple luck with their baby-making plans.
ROXY: I don't need luck, I've got a really good feeling about this.
KYLE: Well, if it doesn't happen this time...
ROXY: Which it will!
KYLE: ... we have plenty of swimmers in the bank.
Roxy promises to keep Harlow in the loop, but on one condition.
HARLOW: Don't worry, I haven't forgotten - I will bring you guys back Jammie Dodgers.
ROXY: Yes!! But can you please get Ned his own packet? I'm not letting him scoff mine like he did last time.
Harlow - and unseen by Roxy, Kyle - look awkward at the mention of Ned's name. But Harlow's taxi turns up, and she loads in her bags. Roxy wishes her the best time with her aunt, then leaves with Kyle. Harlow looks pensive, and is about to dial Ned's number on her phone. But then she looks at her mum's diary instead, which she's taking to London with her, and decides not to call Ned. She gets in the cab and it drives off.
Nicolette is working while Jane is at a table. Jane tells Nicolette that dwelling on what happened with Kiri won't change anything.
NICOLETTE (dwelling): I'm *not* dwelling.
JANE: Well, you've been wiping down my table for the past five minutes. Things may have worked out between the two of you, but they also may not have.
NICOLETTE: And I'll never find out, thanks to Glen.
As Nicolette walks off, Aubrey Laing's grandmother, Shannon, comes in, and greets Jane. Shannon says she's just heading to the school to drop off Aubrey's physics extension paperwork - but Jane tells her the deadline was a couple of days ago. Shannon reacts as if Jane had never told her this.
JANE: I specifically told you how important it was if Aubrey wanted any chance of getting an extension.
SHANNON: Surely a day or two won't make much difference?
JANE: Unfortunately, it does. It'll have to be registered as a non-grade.
SHANNON: That hardly seems fair.
JANE: I said that I would help, but if we're going to make home-schooling work, then you have to be organised and on top of things.
SHANNON: It's all very new... I will get on top of it.
JANE: Well, I hope so.
Shannon walks off. Jane sighs.
David is visiting Aaron, who is telling him about a care package his brother Mark has organised.
AARON: I really appreciate it, but if this is just gonna be some sort of Doctor Who bath bomb set, I'm gonna give it back to him on his birthday.
David is distracted, and Aaron notices, asking if there's anything wrong. David insists he's fine, and makes the excuse that he didn't sleep too well. Freya turns up at the door, looking as shifty as David. She asks if David is 'all good for today', meaning the police interviews, but David's quick to give Aaron a half-baked explanation, saying it's just a boring 'hospital admin thing'.
David goes to talk to Freya about it outside, but Aaron has sensed something is wrong and looks worried. In the corridor...
FREYA: Sorry, I just... I assumed you would've told him about the interview.
DAVID: He doesn't need to be reminded what happened right now.
FREYA: No, of course he doesn't. Sorry. Okay, we need to go through our story. We keep it simple, stay on the same page.
DAVID (unenthusiastic): And lie.
In the garden, Ned and Kyle are chatting over a beer about Amy's surprise mention of a baby; Ned says it's the last thing he was expecting.
NED: I don't have an issue with kids, in theory.
KYLE: I don't think I've ever asked you this - do you want to be a dad?
NED: It's kind of hard to imagine, cos mine wasn't really around much growing up. Bit like yours, right? I'd like to think that I could be a better dad than he was in the early days.
KYLE: Yeah, me too. Look, maybe Amy's just throwing all her cards on the table (...) Does Harlow factor into this?
NED: No, not at all.
KYLE: Are you sure?
NED: Yeah. I tried to clear the air before she left.
Returning to the topic of Amy, Ned says he thought they'd get to marriage before they got to kids.
KYLE: Well, I mean, you and Amy aren't really traditional, are ya? You were in a poly relationship - think you'll be alright.
Freya and David are in one of the offices, discussing their strategy for the police interviews. Freya says that the police didn't have a copy of the autopsy report last time they spoke to them - so they're probably going to ask about what treatment they administered to Gareth.
DAVID: They're gonna want to know why we didn't intubate.
FREYA: Yeah, and that's when we say there was no airway tube in the medical kit.
DAVID: Every hospital kit has an OPA.
FREYA: Not this one. Mistakes happen.
DAVID: I threw it in the bushes! What if someone finds it?
FREYA: There were cops all over that site - they would've found it by now. David, look at me - hey. You can't get paranoid, alright?
DAVID: These are the police we're lying to.
FREYA: Yes, I understand that. But if our stories match, then we've got nothing to worry about. And, you know, if they don't, it might lead to an inquest. So it's really integral that we get this right.
David looks very unhappy.
FREYA: David, if we commit to this, then the nightmare's over. Just try and think about that.
Freya hands David some papers, just as Clive comes through the door; and David hides the papers behind his back. Clive tells them that he's just been talking to Sergeant Rodwell about the investigation into Gareth's death; Rodwell just had some 'routine questions about the first aid kit'. Clive says it was nothing to worry about, but David and Freya both look anxious as Clive leaves the room again.
Amy has set up her Drinks Diva van opposite The 82, but is looking distracted as she cuts up fruit. Ned turns up, and Amy is keen to clear the air, saying she knows he didn't ask for the 'baby bomb' she dropped on him earlier.
NED: You didn't do it deliberately.
AMY: I didn't. I just... I know that some guys can kind of freak out, you know? Talking about babies.
NED: Ames, if it's important to you, then I want to know. But also, if you want an answer today... I can't give it to you.
AMY: No, I don't expect it. I'm just... I'm glad that it's not a flat-out 'no'.
Ned looks awkward, so Amy suggests they drop the subject for the day, and Ned agrees.
Levi turns up at reception, looking for Freya, who soon walks in.
FREYA: I knew this police interview was serious - didn't think I needed a police escort, though.
He's bought her a present - a bottle of gin that she really likes. He says it's something to look forward to for when the interviews are all over. Freya's very grateful, and thanks him.
Meanwhile, Kyle is in Aaron's room, visiting.
KYLE: Just be grateful it was a care package. Old Brenno would probably come down here and rearrange your sock drawer.
But Aaron's distracted, and admits he's worried about David, saying he's been stressed and not sleeping. Kyle says David's probably just worried about Aaron. However, Aaron mentions Freya coming in earlier, and David's weird reaction to her wanting to discuss the 'work thing'.
KYLE: What, you don't think it was a work thing?
AARON: ... Yeah, you're probably right. What would I know? What else could it be, huh?
Kyle doesn't say anything else, but looks out of the window of the room, and sees Freya chatting merrily to Levi in reception. Kyle looks suspicious.
Jane is still with Nicolette in Harold's, and is about to leave with Isla in her pram to babysit, when Shannon Laing comes in again.
SHANNON: I've emailed the education board, to try to sort out this deadline issue.
JANE: Oh - well, I don't like your chances. They rarely make exceptions.
SHANNON: Well, if you'd told me what the deadline was...
JANE: But - but I did.
SHANNON: No, I'm sorry, you didn't. I appreciate your help, but if you'd said something that important, surely I would have remembered.
JANE: Well, yes, you'd think so! (...) I distinctly remember telling you that the application had to be in by the end of that day.
SHANNON: When, exactly, do you think you told me?
JANE: Well, at the school - while you were packing up Aubrey's books. Well, maybe you were distracted... but you did nod when I asked if I was being clear.
SHANNON: ... I just... need to fix this mess.
Shannon walks off. Nicolette remarks that that seemed intense.
Erinsborough Police Station
A nervous-looking David is summoned into the interview room by Sergeant Rodwell. Rodwell says he understands that the day of Gareth's death is one David would rather forget, but that his and Freya's statements at the time were 'a little light on detail'.
We now cut back and forth between David and Freya's separate interviews, with Rodwell posing (we presume) similar questions to both.
RODWELL: What was the condition of the deceased when you found him?
FREYA: Well, he'd sustained massive injuries. I'm not actually sure how he survived the crash at all.
RODWELL: Did you treat him directly?
DAVID: I did triage for his oral trauma, but it wasn't long before he started to asphyxiate.
RODWELL: That's something you've treated before?
DAVID: Well, not under those circumstances, but, yeah, a number of times.
RODWELL: So you proceeded with the treatment?
DAVID: Uh, no.
RODWELL: Why not?
FREYA: To administer oxygen, we needed an oropharyngeal airway tube. It's what we call an OPA.
RODWELL: Which you'd find as standard issue in a hospital first aid kit?
FREYA: Normally, yes.
RODWELL: Did you have an OPA in your first aid kit?
DAVID: ... No.
FREYA: In my opinion it wouldn't have helped. The patient was already too far gone.
RODWELL: Do you remember when you were issued with this particular first aid kit?
DAVID: I'm not sure. Maybe a year ago?
RODWELL: The hospital inventory says it was issued six months ago.
DAVID: Okay, I must be thinking about the one before.
RODWELL: These are just routine questions.
DAVID: Sorry, yeah, I'm not very good at this, I'm - usually it's the doctor asking the questions.
RODWELL: Look, death and trauma, it's all in a day's work for first responders (...) Doesn't make it any easier to talk about.
RODWELL: Did you check your kit when it was issued to you?
RODWELL: And was the OPA in there?
RODWELL: Do you happen to know when it went missing from the kit?
DAVID: If I knew that, I would've organised a replacement.
David looks sombre as Rodwell makes notes.
Ned is helping Amy chop fruit and veggies in the Drinks Diva van. Amy remarks on the cuteness of the baby carrots she's chopping - then apologises as she realises she's said the word 'baby'! Ned looks awkward.
AMY: Hey, have I told you how many compliments that I've got for my portrait on the van?
NED: Oh, yeah? People like my work?
AMY (playful): Oh, it's more the subject, really. I mean, some people don't think that you've captured my... je ne sais quoi.
NED (flirtatious): Mm. Well, I would like to capture that one day.
AMY: Oh, yeah? Do you think that you can? With such an enigma like me?
NED: Oh, I think, the right colour choices, the right setting...
AMY: The right outfit?
NED: Who said anything about an outfit?
They kiss passionately, bumping into the fixtures and fittings as they get amorous. Meanwhile, Clive and Jane are walking up the road with baby Isla, as Jane tells Clive about her problems with Shannon and Aubrey. Clive suggests an energy boost, and they head to Amy's van to order smoothies. Clive has to shout out before Amy emerges, slightly dishevelled, while Ned slinks out from the side of the van!
Jane is keen to pay for the smoothies, so hands baby Isla to a terrified-looking Ned while she retrieves her purse! Amy watches Ned with concern as he struggles to know what to do with Isla, who's starting to whine...
Freya and David have come in following their police interviews. She remarks that it's been a big day, and hands him a drink.
DAVID: We just perjured ourselves in an investigation. How is any of this so easy for you?
FREYA (upset): You think this is *easy* for me? You know, just because I can put something into a box, it doesn't make it easy, David.
DAVID: You could've fooled me.
FREYA: Okay, I'm gonna be real with you. What happened - it had to happen. That's it. That's the bottom line, okay?
DAVID: I breached my duty as a doctor. I broke my own moral code.
FREYA: No, you saved your family from a world of grief.
DAVID (angry): I did something I never thought I would ever do!
FREYA: You made a decision. And I supported it, I still do. But you can't let it define us, okay?
DAVID: How can it not?! How can I know I won't cross that line again - how do *you* know?
FREYA (tearful): We're good people. We spend our professional lives helping others. You can't lose sight of that, okay? Besides, we both know Gareth was never gonna survive anyway, so...
DAVID: That doesn't - it shouldn't - make any difference. You talk about helping others. How do I go back to being the good doctor again?
FREYA (shrugs, emotional): I dunno.
Roxy is the latest visitor to the Drinks Diva van, talking about Harlow's trip to the UK. Amy recalls that she made that journey many times as a flight attendant. Roxy asks if she misses it; Amy says it's more what she missed at home.
Roxy has asked for a pomegranate smoothie, and isn't concerned about how it tastes - explaining that in China, they give pomegranates to brides for good luck, fertility-wise.
ROXY: So many seeds equals so many kids. And they're packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, which is great for if you're pregnant, or trying.
Ned looks awkward again, and Amy glances over at him anxiously. Roxy walks off with her smoothie. Ned was so distracted by Roxy's talk of babies, that he's cut himself with his knife. Amy tends to the wound.
AMY: I saw how you reacted with baby Isla.
NED: I'm sorry, it's just thrown me.
AMY: You don't have to apologise. I don't want you to do something just to make me happy.
NED: What makes you think I'd do that?
AMY: Ned, you've gone along with a lot of arrangements just to please me. And we're not gonna do this unless you're a hundred percent up for it, okay?
Kyle is lingering at the bar while Levi buys drinks, then returns to a table where David and Freya are sitting, giving Freya a gin and tonic. Freya flirts with Levi, then points out they haven't tried Leo's gin yet - and suggests they 'do something fun to christen his first batch'. Freya tries to involve David in this idea, but he's keen to get away, and says he has to go and get something for dinner.
Levi tells David to take it easy now his part in the coroner's case is over. From his perch at the bar, Kyle appears to notice David's unease as he leaves. Levi notices the gin and tonics he's bought don't have any lime in them, so he insists on going back to the bar to demand some! While he's there...
KYLE: Hey, is Davo alright?
LEVI: Yeah, he's fine. He was just worried about his interview today (...) The coroner's report. The sarge was asking him and Freya about how they treated Gareth.
KYLE: Oh, that's weird. I don't think he's told Aaron about it.
LEVI: I mean, it's a pretty routine interview.
KYLE: So, you'd tell your husband, right?
LEVI: I dunno. Aaron's still on the mend - maybe he doesn't want to stress him out.
But Kyle doesn't look convinced.
Clive is with Jane when Shannon calls round to see her, following a call from Jane. Shannon apologises for overreacting earlier, putting it down to her worry for Aubrey. Jane says they're both on the same page in that regard - but that she thinks she may not be the best person to liaise with going forward. Jane feels she may be spreading herself a little thin, which might have led to the misunderstanding.
JANE: For ongoing support, I've organised for Curtis Perkins to be on call.
SHANNON: Aubrey's physics teacher?
JANE: Yes. He has a wonderful rapport with the students, and he's passionate about alternative education.
SHANNON: And you're sure this is what's best for Aubrey?
JANE: I think Aubrey will thrive under Curtis's guidance.
Shannon thanks Jane, and for her help thus far. Jane says she'll organise a handover meeting, and Shannon leaves. Clive tells Jane she's done the right thing, as she doesn't have time to involve herself with Shannon. Jane agrees, but hopes in handing to Curtis that she hasn't made it someone else's problem.
Kyle is sitting on a bench eating a salad. He says hello to a passing David, but a distracted David doesn't appear to react, and Kyle's forced to call over a second time before David notices him.
KYLE: Levi told me about your interview today.
DAVID: Oh, it's all standard practice.
KYLE: So why didn't you tell Aaron?
DAVID (shifty): What makes you think I haven't?
KYLE: I went to visit him in the hospital earlier. He knows you're stressed about something; he's worried.
DAVID: He doesn't need to be, and neither do you.
David begins to walk off, but Kyle keeps talking.
KYLE: Mate, this wouldn't happen to have anything to do with Freya, would it?
KYLE: Dude, look at the carnage she's caused already, and I'm not even talking about her ex-boyfriend.
DAVID (rattled): I don't have an issue with Freya.
KYLE: Well, it sounds like she's a bad influence on you.
DAVID (abrupt): She's not.
KYLE: Well, what about Aaron?
DAVID (angry): Kyle, my marriage is none of your business - you just need to back off!
But as he says it, Kyle points to his throat - he appears to be choking on an olive he's just eaten! Kyle gasps for breath; we cut to Kyle's perspective, and see a blurry-vision shot of David simply standing there, frozen, before it fades to black.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Gareth's partner Emma accuses Freya and David of letting Gareth die, having read the coroner's report
- Having first confronted Freya, Emma later accosts David, causing Freya to physically drag her away
- Mick Allsop gets out of a car outside the hotel with a previously unknown woman
- We hear Terese greet the woman as Montana Marcel, who looks deeply unimpressed with her environs!