- Amy recruits Harlow and Corey as models for her fashion show, much to Ned's discomfort
- Later, Harlow looks horrified when Amy tells her she's thinking of having a baby
- Corey guesses there's something between Harlow and Ned, and she admits there used to be
- The stunt with the No 32 pool makes David, Aaron and Freya wonder what the blackmailer is capable of
- David goes to Dean's house to confront him, but his accusations are met with apparent bewilderment
- Levi tells Freya about the time he reported Kyle for food standards breaches; it was his duty as a cop
- Aaron points out to David and Freya that their blackmailer knows where they live
- David decides too many people are getting hurt, so he and Freya go to see Clive to admit the truth
- But whey arrive, Levi is already there, telling Clive there's been a complaint made about David and Freya
David, Freya and Levi are still with Clive in his office, discussing the complaint that's been made to the medical board about David and Freya.
DAVID: What exactly was the complaint about?
LEVI: About River Bend. They're saying that Gareth Bateman's death didn't happen the way you both claimed it did, and that you've been hiding evidence to conceal the truth.
CLIVE: Which is ridiculous. There has been an investigation. The findings don't support anything this anonymous caller said.
Levi says the police have to follow it up, however credible the claim is, but tells them that he and the sarge are confident they can deal with it as quickly as possible. Levi advises Clive to contact his insurers, as their lawyers may be able to deal with this.
CLIVE: Or disregard it as a bad joke.
DAVID: It's not a joke.
FREYA: ... It's actually why we came to speak to you.
CLIVE: What about?
DAVID: The truth... I let Gareth die.
Harlow and Corey are sitting on the grass; she suggests they head back to Harold's to reconvene with Amy and Ned, as they've been gone a while.
COREY: Or we could send them a text, saying that I got bitten by a spider and that you had to take me to hospital?
HARLOW: Okay, that is so dramatic. They're never gonna buy it.
COREY: Why not? Isn't the wildlife in Australia constantly trying to kill you?
HARLOW: Umm, spiders, not so much. Snakes, on the other hand...
Amy approaches, worried she said something wrong at Harold's to make them leave so suddenly. Harlow insists not, and Corey comes up with an excuse, claiming that Harlow was actually annoyed with him, because she'd changed her work shift to go with him to a wildlife sanctuary tonight, but it's actually closed. Amy seizes on this as a chance to ask them to come round to hers tonight instead, and measure up for the fashion show.
They agree, and once Amy's gone...
HARLOW: Should I be concerned about how easily you make up stories?
COREY: It's a skill I mastered after years of avoiding family gatherings. Now, are you sure about this whole modelling thing? Because that stuff between you and Ned -
HARLOW: We wouldn't be working with Ned. And it sounds like Amy would lose out massively if we bailed, so... I don't want that. It'll be okay.
Aaron is feeding Isla, but is visibly worried about David...
In Clive's office, the revelations continue...
DAVID: When I heard Gareth tried to kill Aaron... I didn't have it in me to save him. I let him die. And there was an OPA in the kit. I threw it away.
LEVI: And you saw this happen?
FREYA: Yeah, I... I forced him to keep quiet about it.
CLIVE: Well, I can't believe what I'm hearing. You don't get to decide who does and does not deserve treatment, Doctor. It doesn't matter what the circumstances are. Your job is to make sure -
FREYA: Dr Gibbons, you weren't there.
CLIVE: I don't need to have been there.
FREYA: But if you just listen to me -
LEVI: Stop! We are not doing this here, okay?
Aaron is still with Isla when he gets a call on his phone. It's Clive. Aaron asks him what's happened...
When Harlow and Corey arrive for Amy to take their measurements, Amy tells them she's been struck by inspiration for what she wants her fashion show to look like - and so has invited Ned around to help her pull her concept together. Ned is uncomfortable when he sees Harlow and Corey and is about to leave them to it, but Amy tells him to stay.
Amy turns on some ambient music and begins to describe her vision for the fashion show in inordinate levels of detail, to promote her 'Neon Romantic' fashion line.
AMY: All the models stand around the room, and they pose dramatically. Strike a pose.
COREY: (strikes awkwardest pose ever)
AMY: And behind them are images of romance, you know, that kind of contrast or complement their outfit.
HARLOW: So, it's more like an art installation than a fashion show?
AMY: Well, you are catching what I am throwing at you, girlfriend.
Amy tells Harlow that for the finale, she'll put her in a 'fun, fabulous bridal gown' onto which images will be projected, to turn her into a piece of art. Harlow barely feigns enthusiasm, but all the talk of romance has clearly got both her and Ned uncomfortable.
Erinsborough Police Station
While David and Freya wait to be interviewed, Levi is filling in Sergeant Rodwell on their confession at the hospital. Rodwell is surprised, as he thought there was nothing to the complaint. He tells Levi he can't be part of the interview process, presumably because of his closeness to the River Bend situation and/or Freya.
RODWELL: Did you suspect any of this?
LEVI: No, never.
In the waiting area, Freya is very panicky and emotional, and says this is all happening 'real fast'. David seems grim, but calm.
DAVID: The anonymous tip-off certainly sped things up.
FREYA: And now we've paid all that money for nothing.
DAVID: Dean was never gonna stop.
FREYA: You know, we could've kept quiet back there? You realise that? Clive and Levi didn't believe the complaint. We could've...
DAVID: We're doing the right thing. This was the only way it was ever gonna end.
Rodwell calls David in for his interview.
Shortly afterwards, we rejoin David in the interview room, with Rodwell and Constable Eliz Arkin. Rodwell gives David the opportunity to contact a solicitor, but David replies that he just wants to set the record straight, about everything.
RODWELL: This is the second time you and I will be discussing the events leading up to Gareth Bateman's death. Did you tell the truth in your last interview?
We cut to Freya's separate interview, and henceforth we cut back and forth between the two interviews in a non-linear way.
FREYA: I lied, in my interview for the coroner's investigation. I also lied in my initial statement to police at the scene.
DAVID: Everything I outlined about Gareth was true. He had suffered severe oral trauma after the accident. But there was an OPA in the first aid kit. I chose not to use it.
FREYA (upset): Gareth Bateman had beaten David's husband, and had left him on the side of the road to die. He also shot Levi.
RODWELL: Did Dr Tanaka learn this before or after you handed him the OPA device?
FREYA: ... After. Yeah, definitely after.
RODWELL: And despite you knowing what Gareth had done, you still handed Dr Tanaka the device that could've saved the patient's life - which Dr Tanaka eventually discarded.
FREYA: No, this isn't David's fault. I was there as well, so this is on the both of us.
RODWELL (to David): You mentioned your intention to confess to Dr Gibbons earlier today. Why now, after all this time?
DAVID: Someone figured out what I had done, and they've been blackmailing for weeks. I need it to stop.
FREYA: (...) We paid the money. But the harassment has continued. And we're pretty sure that the person who's blackmailing us is the same one who contacted you.
RODWELL: Do you have any idea who this person might be?
DAVID: Dean Covey. He's a cleaner at the hospital (...) He is obsessed with me, to the point where I had to have him transferred to a different ward. He must've overheard me and Freya talking at some point. Are you able to do something about him? Because he knows where I live, and I am afraid for my family.
Rodwell promises to check him out.
Amy has got all Harlow's measurements, but announces she needs Corey for a little longer - she wants to check some fabrics against his skin tone in the sunroom! This leaves Ned and Harlow alone together, much to their discomfort. Eventually...
NED: It is nice of you to help Ames out like this. Corey, too.
HARLOW: If it's all the same, I'd rather we didn't do this whole small talk thing.
Harlow heads out to join Amy and Corey.
Aaron meets David and Freya outside the police station, having left Isla with Jane and Nicolette at home. David admits he's relieved not to have any more secrets. It's now in the hands of the Office of Public Prosecutions, and they'll learn of any charges in due course. At this point, Dean turns up.
AARON: And what are you doing here?
DEAN: That's a good question. It's not every day I get called in to talk to the police, but I'm not surprised to find that you're somehow involved, David.
Dean demands to know what's going on, but at that point Levi comes out and asks Dean to come inside. Freya uses the opportunity to try to apologise to Levi. He coolly tells her he's working, and repeats himself sternly despite her best attempts to explain. Dean goes inside with Levi. Freya looks upset.
In the sunroom, Ned finds Harlow sitting alone. We learn Amy and Corey are outside in the garden; Amy is trying to prove there are 'no snakes' there, apparently! Ned says he understands that Harlow's angry about their last conversation at the Fashion Week party - things weren't left on a good note.
NED: For what it's worth, I'm sorry. But we can put that behind us and at least be civil enough to work together.
HARLOW: Civil, fine. Friendly, no.
NED: Really?! Are you not tired of this?
HARLOW: Yeah! I am *so* tired of your terrible decisions being thrown back in my face (...) You're the one saying that you're jealous of Corey when you're having baby talks with Amy, Ned! What's that about?
NED: What I talk about with Amy is none of your business.
HARLOW: That's not what I'm saying! The fact is, what you want and what you're heading towards are two very different things. And instead of being honest, you're just expecting everything to magically work out?
NED: I don't know if you've noticed, Harlow, but the world's a pretty complicated place. Not everyone has the answers.
HARLOW (incredulous): So you're just gonna hide behind that, are you?!
NED: I'm not hiding.
HARLOW: Whatever. You are in the middle of creating a very big mess for yourself. And I don't want to be a part of it.
Erinsborough Police Station
Rodwell and Levi are putting the allegations of blackmail to Dean, who is incredulous and denies it outright. Dean's frank about having made mistakes as regards his romantic pursuit of David, but says he's been staying out of his way ever since - and says that lately, David's the one who's been harassing him.
Dean describes how David has been repeatedly accosting him but without making any sense, and adds that he scratched his car, too. But now he's being accused of blackmail, Dean is beginning to realise what David was rambling on about when he came to his house; he must think Dean is his blackmailer.
Amy is finished with Corey, and bids him and Harlow goodbye; Ned says his own terse goodbye to them, too. Amy is really pleased with her progress today on her fashion show plans; all she needs now is for Melanie to agree to invest in the Drinks Diva business. But Ned's looking distracted, and Amy asks what's wrong, assuming Ned's worrying about his stage designs.
NED: I'm just missing Kyle. I forget how much I need a mate to bounce things off sometimes.
AMY: Ah, the brotherhood! Time-honoured tradition!
Amy impulsively gets up and shoves Ned, then puts on a Kyle-like voice!
AMY (as Kyle): Oi, knucklehead! You wanna show me what all this mumbo-jumbo design stuff's all about?
NED: This is your impression of Kyle?
AMY (as Kyle): I mean, it's just all kinda shapes and colours to me - but, you know, I reckon you're gonna be sweet!
NED (amused and/or annoyed): Please stop.
David, Aaron and Freya are outside Harold's when Dean comes charging out of the police station to accost them.
DEAN: You, David Tanaka, are a piece of work! (...) I don't know what you did to get yourself blackmailed, but I cannot *believe* that you would think I'd do that to you! We were friends. All I ever did was look out for you. I never want to see you again. And I don't want to see you two, either.
Dean walks off, leaving David looking incredulous. However, somebody else - a man in a suit - appears to be watching them from nearby. David appears to recognise this figure as he disappears into the pub...
Aaron and Freya follow David into the pub. Aaron is saying he doesn't think Dean is the blackmailer after all, and David agrees. They come face-to-face with the man in the suit. It's Oscar Russell, the shonky doctor who Paul paid to give him a false medical diagnosis to keep Terese caring for him at the Penthouse. He smirks as David approaches.
RUSSELL: Dr Tanaka. It's nice to see you again.
DAVID: Dr Russell.
RUSSELL: Just Oscar now. But you should know that.
DAVID: What are you doing here?
RUSSELL (smirking): I've been people-watching out in the complex. I've had a lot of time to do that lately. Anyways, I've seen everything I need for today.
Russell wanders out, leaving David shocked.
David tells Freya that Oscar Russell must been the blackmailer, and must have overheard them talking about Gareth at the hospital. Freya decides to go and check the sign-in records to see if he's been in the building, while David says he'll ask security. But Clive appears at this point, and tells them they're going to have to leave the premises.
CLIVE: You are suspended pending the investigation.
DAVID: ... Look, we'll just sort some stuff out, and then we'll go. It's no trouble.
CLIVE: Yeah, I wasn't there when that man passed. But to lie about this the whole time - to lie to *me*... I vouched for you both during the coroner's investigation. Even this morning, I was trying to protect you against what I thought was a false accusation. You are the last person I expected capable of something like this.
Amy and Ned are playing darts.
AMY: What do you think about neon lipstick?
NED: Sounds hot.
Ned suggests they could project images of neon lips onto the walls at the fashion show, as well as having models wear it as per Amy's idea. She declares that it's 'fun' brainstorming with her 'head-of-stage-design-team boyfriend'.
AMY: This could be the start of something really big for us. We could be a supercouple, jetsetting all around the world.
NED: Making money from art, huh? That's the dream, right?
AMY: Yeah. And let's dream big. I see good things for our future.
NED: Hey, umm, does that future still involve us having a baby?
AMY: ... Well, that depends on a lot of things, doesn't it?
NED: ... I think we should.
AMY: Okay, wow!
NED: What, you don't want to now?
AMY: No, I... I do. And I'm super-happy that you do, too. It's just, like, with Fashion Week, it could lead to a career change, you know? That could eat up a lot of my time.
AMY: But then again, on the flipside, you know, I'm not getting any younger. So if we are going to do this, umm... we've got to do it sooner rather than later.
NED: Why don't we get through Fashion Week, and then we can see what our options are?
AMY: Okay. Sounds good.
They both seem excited and also apprehensive.
The next day, Freya and David are heading to the police station; neither of them have slept. Rodwell is at the desk at the station, and asks what they're doing here.
FREYA: We know who the blackmailer is. We can prove it.
DAVID: I was wrong about Dean yesterday. But we're certain it's a man named Oscar Russell. He was deregistered as a doctor because I made a complaint about him to the medical board.
FREYA: Yeah. We went to security at Erinsborough Hospital; Oscar Russell checked in twice over the last month. The first day was the same day that we had the coroner's interview, to see Clive Gibbons.
DAVID: And Clive's office is on the same floor we were when we were trying to get our story straight. He must've overheard us.
FREYA: He then checked in again two weeks later, on the same day that David got the first note left on his desk.
David gives Rodwell the anonymous notes, and the OPA that was left in his car, to check for fingerprints - as well as the account details for where they sent the blackmail money, which Freya says will surely lead to Oscar Russell.
RODWELL: ... We'll look into it.
FREYA: Will you really?
DAVID: We're happy to give another statement, if that will help.
RODWELL: Look, you two have bigger problems to worry about. You're both being charged with perverting the course of justice, and tampering with evidence. David, you're also being charged with property damage.
DAVID: For Dean's car.
RODWELL: And the OPP have recommended you be charged with medical manslaughter. For the death of Gareth Bateman.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Freya has her mugshot taken by Levi
- Levi complains that Freya hasn't been straight up with him since she arrived
- Freya is upset after Levi blanks her in the complex, and talks to Chloe about it
- Susan finds evidence of a cheque made out to Montana Marcel, and challenges Karl on it
- Paul tells Montana he's protecting Leo, so he's nowhere near her when she lands up in jail