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Neighbours Episode 8830 from 2022 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 8830
Australian airdate: 18/05/22
UK airdate: 21/04/22
Writer: Wendy Hanna
Director: Chris Adshead
Guests: Montana Marcel: Tammin Sursok
Georgia McNamara: Jude Beaumont
Isla Tanaka-Brennan: Mary Finn
Summary/Images by: Carly/Graham
- Susan telling Karl she doesn't want him to invest with Montana
- Karl writing Montana a cheque for $200,000
- Clive advising Karl against investing in start- ups
- Montana giving Mackenzie the chance to be a fashion week model
- Levi not wanting to speak with Freya after she confessed
- Clive telling David and Freya they're suspended from work
- David realising the blackmailer is Oscar Russell
- David and Freya getting charged with perverting the course of justice
- David also getting charged with medical manslaughter
Erinsborough Police Station
Levi takes David and Freya's mugshots and fingerprints. Freya tries to make eye contact with Levi but he ignores her. David then deposits his belongings with Levi, including his phone where he can see missed calls from Aaron.
Number 32
Aaron leaves another worried voicemail for David, not realising he's been charged. Chloe drops by and says she knew something was going on with Aaron and David last week, but had no idea it'd be this massive. She asks for an update, and Aaron fills her in on the latest about the blackmailer. Aaron's concerned that David's not picking up his phone so Chloe suggests they go down to the station.
Erinsborough Police Station
Levi asks if David wants to make any changes to his printed statement, but David shakes his head. Levi gets annoyed when Aaron bursts into the office, wanting to be with his husband, and quickly ushers him out. Chloe asks what David's been charged with and Levi tells them it's medical manslaughter - the OPP had no choice after David confessed. Chloe then wonders where Freya is and finds out she's waiting in a holding cell for a separate bail hearing.
DAVID: There's no way she'll be able to post her own bail. We've spent our savings.
CHLOE: I'll cover it. What about you?
DAVID: Mine's a lot.
AARON: I'll call Paul.
The Waterhole
Karl approaches Montana, wanting to know if she might have more information about his investment, like when he'll see some returns. Montana claims she just had a sales meeting with her team - their sales packs will be going out to major retailers soon. This eases Karl's mind somewhat, and he's reassured further when Montana says she'll send him a PDF with the projected figures.
KARL: It's really more for my wife. We make all our major decisions together and I need her to feel comfortable with the way things are progressing. The last thing I want to do is disappoint her.
Montana says that all the marketing materials should put her nerves at ease. Karl smiles and thanks her, but Montana's own smile fades when Karl leaves.
Lassiters Hotel Foyer
Montana drops by to collect an envelope from the front desk and Paul comments on how glum she's looking. "Oh stop gloating, Paul," she scowls. "Some people have a conscience." He wants to know what she's getting at, so Montana says there are actually people in the world who'd do anything for their loved ones.
PAUL: What do you think I'm doing?
MONTANA: Sabotaging your ex-wife's reputation.
PAUL: I'm protecting my son because I don't want him anywhere near you when this thing blows up and you're thrown in jail.
MONTANA: No matter who gets hurt in the process, right?
PAUL: Oh, you mean your nameless, faceless investors? Collateral damage - I'm not going to lose any sleep.
Montana gives him one last withering look before she exits, awkwardly passing Leo on the way out. Leo asks Paul if he's spoken to Aaron about David being arrested. This is news to Paul, however, who is gobsmacked.
The Waterhole
Terese, Mackenzie and Hendrix look at Terese's laptop, marvelling over all the websites that have picked up on Mackenzie's fashion week narrative. Terese says if they keep up the momentum it'll be Lassiters most successful event yet - despite the budget blowing out. Mackenzie can't believe people are responding so well to her story. Terese tells her that Montana wants to do another promo shoot soon, and they get a chance to confer with Montana herself when she walks in. Montana looks at the photo of Mackenzie on the laptop.
MONTANA: Well that right there is a beautiful woman.
MACKENZIE: It's only a basic headshot.
MONTANA: Honestly I've worked with enough models to know raw talent when I see it. And you, Mackenzie Hargreaves, have it in spades.
MACKENZIE: That means so much coming from you, thank you.
Number 32
Nicolette gives David a big hug when he returns with Aaron, but Jane keeps to herself in the kitchen. Paul follows them in and tells David he wishes he'd spoken to him sooner.
DAVID: It was hard enough admitting it to myself, let alone anyone else.
PAUL: I would never let you walk into a police station without representation. What were you thinking not calling me?
DAVID: This is the way I wanted to do it, dad. (He walks over to Jane) I wouldn't blame you if you thought the worst of me.
NICOLETTE: No judgements here. We all know what Gareth did. And it's not like we all haven't made our own mistakes.
DAVID: It's my job to save people, not let them die.
Jane gets a phone call from Clive and excuses herself from the conversation. Paul then surprises David when he says he's set up a meeting later with Georgia McNamara, the country's leading criminal barrister. David needs to get his defence sorted ASAP. Isla suddenly starts crying in her room and David says he'll go and comfort her, probably needing the comfort himself.
Number 24
Mackenzie brings Freya home a toasted sandwich, figuring she might not have eaten today. Mac asks if she's got a lawyer, but Freya says she'll just take whoever legal aid provide for her as she can't afford anyone else.
FREYA: Chloe thank you so much. I never would have asked you to bail me out.
CHLOE: I know. I wanted to. David did too, and he would have if he had the money.
MACKENZIE: Are you okay?
FREYA: Yeah. I just can't believe with everything he's going through he's still thinking about me.
CHLOE: That's who he is. Paul's hired him a gun lawyer, I think her name's Georgia McNamara?
MACKENZIE: Wow, okay. She's pretty ruthless.
FREYA: That's a good thing, right?
MACKENZIE: Not if she decides to shift the blame away from David and onto you to reduce his culpability.
CHLOE: David would never let that happen.
MACKENZIE: No, but Paul might. (Off Freya's look of alarm) But it's okay - I'll talk to Toadie and I'll see if we can work something out.
FREYA: (relieved) Really? Okay, thanks.
Number 32
The Kennedys have called in to see David after Clive filled them in on everything. Karl says the whole situation must have been incredibly challenging for David. "I know it's no consolation," Susan adds, "but I do know what it's like to be pushed to breaking point. We can all find ourselves doing things we never thought we were capable of." David says it means a lot to hear them say that. Karl asks if the police know where ex-doctor Russell got to, but David says there hasn't been much progress after he gave the cops the bank details they transferred the cash to.
SUSAN: Did you give him all of your savings?
DAVID: Hopefully we get them back eventually.
KARL: It's just so unfair that he targeted you.
DAVID: I chose to file the report against him, and it was the right thing to do.
SUSAN: So, what's the plan now?
DAVID: I'm seeing a defence lawyer dad organised.
KARL: Good luck with that. If you need anything you know where we are.
Rebecchi Law Office
Georgia McNamara isn't happy to be having a meeting alongside Toadie and Freya, saying that she should be consulting with David in private. But David says he and Freya are in this together and that's not negotiable, which leaves Freya feeling grateful. With this in mind, Georgia says her next biggest concern is that David went through with the blackmailer payment.
GEORGIA: It seems calculated and proves you've done everything you can to cover your tracks.
DAVID: No, we were on our way to tell Cli-Doctor Gibbons everything.
FREYA: Yeah, we were.
GEORGIA: But you can't prove it. As far as the prosecution cares, you only confessed after you'd been reported.
TOADIE: Maybe we should talk about why you did what you did on that day.
FREYA: Because at the time it felt like the only thing to do.
DAVID: My instinct is to save people. It always has been. But this is a person who I thought might have just beaten my husband to death.
FREYA: He also shot Levi and he was going to kill me.
TOADIE: You were traumatised. So why confess now?
DAVID: I couldn't handle it. The guilt. How it was affecting my family. What I did, it's not who I am.
GEORGIA: Then that's our argument at the sentencing hearing. Impaired judgement due to mental trauma.
FREYA: What do you mean?
GEORGIA: Traumatic stress made you both panic so couldn't provide proper medical treatment to your attacker.
DAVID: But I chose not to use the OPA, and then afterward I deliberately threw it away.
GEORGIA: Not deliberately. Everything that happened, and all your actions since, were a result of your trauma.
TOADIE: It's a valid argument. If Gareth were lying in front of you here today needing the same help that he needed then, what would your actions be?
DAVID: What am I supposed to say?
TOADIE: Well it's something that you're going to get asked in court so you're going to need to think long and hard about what your answer will be.
GEORGIA: An impaired judgement defence goes a long way towards explaining it.
TOADIE: It's not unreasonable to use it.
Harold's Café
Aaron calls Levi over to where he's sitting to apologise for his behaviour at the station earlier. His brother is a cop too, so he understands Levi has to be professional. Levi appreciates Aaron's support, and says if it means anything, it wasn't easy to do in the moment. Aaron asks if he's spoken to Freya since the interview, but Levi hasn't. He says it explains why she's been acting so weirdly lately. "I don't know why I'm surprised, though," Levi adds. "She hasn't been straight up with me since she got here." Aaron asks if Levi wants to sit and have a coffee with him, but Levi doesn't think it would be appropriate at the moment.
Number 28
Susan wonders if David might actually go to jail, but Karl's not sure. She's also astounded that the boys have lost all their savings and have to start from scratch. Susan asks Karl if he remembers how hard it was for them when they were young, just starting out with their careers and family. Karl says that they managed okay, but looks uneasy when Susan says she can't imagine losing everything they've worked for and having to start over again.
The Waterhole
Hendrix sees Mackenzie with a bottle of wine and she tells him it's for celebrating her accomplishments later. She admits she feels weird celebrating when Freya's under so much stress, but Hendrix says Mac deserves it. Mackenzie thanks him and says she's proud of everything she's doing with fashion week. Hendrix goes on about how amazing Mac is, being Australia's Next Top Model, helping out Freya - and when she passes her mock trial tomorrow she'll have the trifecta. Mackenzie then gets a phone call from Montana informing her of the photo shoot they'll be doing tomorrow. Mackenzie tries to tell her she has an important uni mock trial then, but Montana doesn't care. "You told me you'd make yourself available," Montana snits through the speaker. "Don't even think about letting me down."
Rebecchi Law Office/Lassiters Complex
Paul reminds David that Georgia is one of the best lawyers in the country, but David doesn't look too thrilled about her "strong opinions". Paul asks if they spoke about the blackmail, but David says they already had enough to contend with. "I'm so sorry, son, this all started because of me," Paul sighs. He follows David and Aaron outside and says he's going to call John Wong - he'll be able to find Oscar Russell quicker than the police and they can get their money back.
Toadie then exits the office with Freya, reminding her that Gareth lied to her the entirety of their relationship so she shouldn't underestimate the damage he's done. Freya says she's just finding it hard to look at it that clinically. "That's the way the judge will assess things," Toadie says. "Clinically and objectively." Levi walks past them and Freya chases after him, wanting to talk, but Levi ignores her and heads into the station. Feeling bad for Freya, Toadie offers her a lift home.
Number 24
Freya walks in the door with Toadie, thanking him for the ride home and for helping her out with the case. Toad reminds her to check into the police station every three days as part of her bail, and not to go anywhere near the hospital unless it's a medical emergency. When he leaves, Chloe and Mackenzie ask how the meeting went. Freya admits it was equal parts excruciating and terrifying, but the worst part is that Levi is continuing to ignore her. Mackenzie reasons that whatever is going to happen with Levi will play out, but right now Freya's got bigger things to worry about.
Number 28
Susan is sorting through Karl's laundry when she finds the torn up cheque in one of his trouser pockets. Karl walks out of the bedroom just as she's piecing together the paper and she asks what on earth he's doing with a torn up $20,000 cheque made out to Montana.
SUSAN: Did you write it before or after you knew I didn't want to invest in that business?
KARL: I wrote the cheque because I thought it was a good investment. And I still do.
SUSAN: I'll take that as an after.
KARL: I'm sorry.
SUSAN: Well obviously you didn't go through with it and that's something, so let's just leave it at that.
KARL: I just want you to be happy.
SUSAN: I am! And I'm very grateful that you eventually came to your senses.
Number 32
Nicolette and Jane are having coffee and a debrief with the boys after their meeting with Toadie, but Jane still looks a bit standoffish. Nicolette thinks the defence Georgia wants to present could be promising, but David still doesn't sound sold on it. When Jane goes into the kitchen, Nicolette follows her and comments on how quiet she's being. Jane tells her that Clive's not in a great way about everything.
JANE: He feels as though David has completely betrayed his trust.
NICOLETTE: And how do you feel?
JANE: I just keep thinking about the blackmail. Threatening us with the pool, so close to Isla.
NICOLETTE: You don't have to worry about that anymore.
JANE: Yes, but I can't ignore what David has done.
NICOLETTE: No one is asking you to. He's a good person, you know that. The next couple of months, they're going to be really hard for him and he'll need us. You can still have Clive's back.
JANE: I guess I just need some time.
Paul arrives and tells David and Aaron that John managed to track down their blackmailer, but there's no point talking to the police. The boys are upset when Paul tells them that Oscar Russell has left the country and they won't be getting their money back.
Number 28
Susan doesn't understand why Karl is so keen to show her a sales brochure from Montana on his laptop. Karl says he asked Montana to send it to him, which baffles her further. "Before or after you tore up the cheque?" she asks witheringly. Karl tries to sell Susan on how great the marketing and projected sales look, but Susan says that she's struggling to see how any of it matters considering they're not investing.
KARL: Doesn't this make you regret your decision just a little?
SUSAN: Karl you told me that you didn't invest that twenty thousand dollars.
KARL: And that wasn't a lie, I didn't invest twenty thousand.
SUSAN: Good!
KARL: I invested two hundred thousand.
Susan is shellshocked.
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