This episode aired as the middle part of a triple-length finale in Australia on Thursday 28 July, and as the first part of a double episode in the UK in the evening of Friday 29 July. As such, it has an opening which wasn't required in Australia.
Recap voiced by Stefan Dennis (a different version of this was shown at the start of 8901, Australian broadcast):
We see an aerial shot of Ramsay Street before rewinding back in time to see Paul, Jim and Helen on the couches at #26.
PAUL VOICEOVER: Ramsay Street. It's just an ordinary street in an ordinary neighbourhood where extraordinary things happen.
Back in time too, we see Shane, Madge and Max around the table of #24 having breakfast. This is followed by Mike and Jane being together, then Scott and Charlene kissing after being married. The infamous Bouncer wedding followed by the 2004 finale where the Complex went up in flames. Next is the infamous scene of Susan slapping Karl before someone opens up the Ramsay Street history book.
PAUL VOICEOVER: All that history. But what does it mean if most of the street is no more?
Present day scenes with Karl and Susan looking horrified that all houses, bar theirs, is up for sale in the street.
PAUL VOICEOVER: Are the Kennedy's really going to be left behind?
TOADIE (to Melanie): I can't stop thinking about Karl and Susan's faces.
Back to 2019 with Paul and Terese getting married by Elvis!
PAUL VOICEOVER: Time is running out for everyone.
TERESE (to Paul): So you'd let me win?
PAUL (choking up): I'd let you go.
Back to present day and Roxy giving Paul some advice.
ROXY: It's not over between you two.
More present day scenes with Harold returning. Izzy looking into Shane's eyes. Jane seeing Mike for the first time in years.
PAUL VOICEOVER: With familiar faces, everything old is new again...
CLIVE (to Mike): Are you here to rekindle anything with her?
More present day scenes with Elly rocking up at #24 for Chloe and the Robinson family reunion in the penthouse suite.
PAUL VOICEOVER: If the residents have learned anything over the years it's, you never know what's around the corner.
And the final bit of footage is Toadie proposing to Melanie and her nodding her acceptance.
We then hear the opening line of the theme song and a very short title sequence of the last slide (the one saying 'Neighbours') through the years, ending with the current one before we begin this episode.
With the aptly named 'Feels like home' playing (or 'In the stars' if you're in the UK), after collecting the paper, Susan walks into the middle of the street and looks around at all the houses for sale. Just like us watching at home, Susan starts to get teary.
Mal is back home with his parents (and Harold) after splitting with Izzy. Susan comes in with the paper as the gents are chatting about the neighbours moving away and Harold remarks that it feels like "the end of an era." Like the viewers, Karl is struggling to understand how it went from just Chloe selling her house to everyone following suit.
SUSAN: Once Terese and Paul decided to go in different directions, it started a chain reaction.
Harold is looking through the history book and comments that he thought Toadie would be the one looking after the book, and so by default, it's the K's who will now get that honour due to them being "the last one standing."
HAROLD: The last of the custodians.
Harold suggests that Susan writes an introduction and she agrees to think about it. He is also very grateful to "the younger people" for putting the book back together.
HAROLD: Still, younger people become older people and older people become even older. Oh, it all goes so quickly.
Mike is taking a trip down memory lane with his daughter Sam and pointing out to her the houses he lived in.
MIKE: It's so funny to think that when I was your age, I used to live in this street.
SAM: It's not a street, it's a court.
MIKE: That is a very good point and nobody's ever bothered to explain that!
Jane spots them as she's taking her hard rubbish out and comes over to talk to them. With all the houses up for sale, Mike asks where she is moving to. "I don't really know," is her reply especially given Byron is in Cape Town and Nicolette is heading to New York.
MIKE: Right, but you'll say here won't you? I mean your works here... and Clive.
JANE: Let's just say I'm feeling a little adrift.
Mike is hankering for a look inside the houses to see what's changed since he resided in the street, so Jane suggests they speak to Paige to get the keys and have a nosey in the houses.
The 'wedding committee' aka Toadie, Melanie, Callum, Yashvi, Mackenzie and Amy are in session making final arrangements for the wedding. We hear Jane won't be attending the ceremony but they hope she'll attend the street party reception. Amy is thrilled to hear that Toadie and Melanie do want her at the ceremony.
"Hair of the dog?" Paul asks Clive when he comes into the bar and spots him having a large dram.
CLIVE: Try gorilla! I don't know why I'm still moulting!
PAUL: Not gonna ask!
Paul does ask though if the bender is related to Mike's return. Clive doesn't reply to that, instead asks when Paul realised it was time to give up on Terese.
PAUL: I guess in my heart, I've never given up. I love her as much today as I ever did. But she's moved on and I have to let her go.
While Paul was saying those words, we saw a teary Terese sitting in Harold's looking at the contract of sale for River Bend. The envelope she puts the paperwork back into has the name T. Oliver on it.
Jane is showing Mike around and tells him that when she returned from the UK, folk accused her of turning into her Nan, Mrs Mangel. "Hardly," Mike replies but Jane knows that some of her "worst instincts" have rubbed off. Mike remembers her disapproval of them getting together (and we see a flashback to Mrs Mangel refusing to let Mike into the house).
MIKE: Still, we got our acts together in the end, didn't we?
Next on the tour is #22, with Jane confirming that its Paul's 6th wife, Terese, who lives here now. Mike wonders what life would have been like had he not met Daphne (with the aid of a flashback we see Mike asking Daphne and Clive if he could move into #22).
MIKE: They were heroes to me, both of them.
Next up is #30 and Mike admits to not remembering its set up (cue flashback to how it originally looked with Mike talking to Hilary). Jane comments that he spent more time in the house that she did, although Mike does point out it was just "a moment in time" he was together with Bronwyn. Mike really wants to see a particular house, so the pair exit this one.
"Well this takes me back," Mike says on re-entering #28 although Jane does point out that this house isn't for sale (the K's are happy for him to look around). Mike reminisces over how the house looked when he lived there (cue flashback of Mike chatting with Des).
Mike does his best Madge Bishop impression of her shouting 'Charlene' as the pair head next to #24. "Felt like we spent half our lives here," Mike says to Jane (cue flashback to the pair of them chatting to Scott and Charlene) before wondering how Scott and Charlene managed to "go the distance" despite the move north. Jane's theory is if you can't work things out at a young age then you never will!
MIKE: Are you speaking from experience?
Rather than answer, Jane would rather continue their Ramsay Street tour.
And of course the final house is #26 but there is a hiccup in proceedings as Jane loses one of her contact lenses. Thankfully she's prepared and has her glasses ready to hand. Mike looks at her tenderly and reminisces back to "Plain Jane super brain" days.
JANE: You know, I think it was in this very room that she became a thing of the past.
And cue the next flashback - Jane being transformed and the teen gang of the time being thrilled with her transformation, especially Mike!
MIKE: Do you remember what I told you afterwards? 'You look beautiful with or without the glasses.' You still do, Jane.
"The street's just not going to be the same isn't it?" Susan asks Karl as the pair arrive home. Karl does point out that they have had new neighbours before and so can "make new memories." While she is happy for everyone, picking up the history book, Susan isn't so sure she can write about it. However there are other priorities for the moment - Toadie and Melanie's wedding!
KARL: Do you realise, tomorrow could be the last time we're all together?
Clive and Paul are debating who Mike is back for - his daughter or Jane? Its not hard to figure out what Clive is thinking! His foul mood isn't helped ether when Nicolette comes over to try and get a drink out of Paul because she can't go home as Jane is giving "her ex-lover a tour of the street." That final statement is enough for Clive to knock back the *large* whisky he was drinking and hurriedly depart the bar with Paul chasing after him.
After exiting #26, Mike and Jane head down the stairs, back towards the street reminiscing about the Ramsay Street Olympics, when an inebriated Clive appears. They try to be polite, especially given he's swaying on his feet, but Clive interprets this as them thinking he's "yesterday's news."
Given the street is full of hard rubbish, Clive picks up a convenient lamp and starts swinging the cord so that the plug could do some damage if it hit someone! Clive feels that Mike has betrayed him by taking advantage of Jane, even though Clive had made it clear he was "trying to fix it." "I'm respecting that," Mike quickly replies back to try and diffuse the situation.
CLIVE: Doesn't look like that to me.
Jane tries to explain that she thought it would be "fun" to show Mike around the houses. That admission is like a red rag to a bull! Mike tries to get Clive to put the lamp down just as Paul and Melanie arrive in the street.
CLIVE: See this lamp? This is me. It's a bit old, a bit weathered alright and it might fail to turn Jane on but that doesn't mean I can just be discarded or traded in for some fancy new model okay!
Clive now starts to threaten Mike with said swinging cord (and making some very funny aeroplane noises) before Mike decides enough is enough, and wrestles with Clive to get the lamp [and cord] off of him.
JANE: Someone do something!
In the end its Harold who separates the pair by turning the garden hose on them!
"I think I've had a nervous breakdown," a now sober Clive admits in front of Harold, Des and Karl. In turn, Harold apologies for turning the hose on him and Des (who also witnessed it) jokes that he "sure picked a good time for a surprise visit!"
"Clive was completely out of line," Jane says to the ladies (Susan, Terese and Melanie).
MELANIE: Very hospital COO...not!
JANE: He was acting like a drunken fool!
As he peels off his wet clothes, poor Mike is bemused as to why Clive thinks he's back for Jane.
PAUL: Um, heartache, paranoia, and whisky.
MIKE: Well, I'm not here to come between anybody.
Terese is curious to know what Mike was doing in the kerfuffle and Jane's reply is "being very chivalrous."
Clive wants Des's advice since he knows Jane well.
After relocating himself to the penthouse suite, Des tells Mike and Paul what he old Clive [offscreen] - that he should "call it quits" because "Jane isn't interested in him anymore."
Clive acknowledges what Des said, that he can't compete with Jane's first love, the "one that got away."
Jane admits to the ladies she has thought about Mike "so many times over the years."
And likewise, so has Mike including whether she was happy.
"Seeing him again, it was like no time had passed at all," Jane comments to the ladies.
"I suppose some loves are just too powerful to deny," Paul says to Mike.
Terese warns Jane to be "very careful about what you do next."
TERESE: If the moment passes, it will be gone forever.
Paul is hoping Mike doesn't follow him by leaving "things too late."
PAUL: Mike, please don't make my mistakes.
Mike wants clarification from Des that Clive was ready to step aside.
DES: Have these ears ever failed me?
Clive admits that he doesn't know what he wants.
"What do you want Jane?" Susan asks.
PAUL: (to Mike) I suppose you've got to ask yourself, what do you want?
Lassiters Lake (night time)
The wedding venue is clad in fairly lights, tweel and ribbon through the hard work of Levi, Freya, Terese, Toadie, Yashvi and Mackenzie.
As he walks through the complex with Lucy and Paul, Des is struggling to comprehend Lassiters being owned by a Ramsay!
PAUL: I know. It's taking some getting used to, believe me!
Des apologises for not being able to sort out the loan for Paul, but he's okay with it now. Lucy thanks him for visiting.
DES: How could I not, with half the old gang in town?!
Paul breaks away from the others to walk over and talk to Terese. She asks if he's packed yet and the reply is "just about."
TERESE: So there's no stopping you now.
You can cut the UST between the pair and as the aptly named, 'Half My Heart' plays in the background, its not long before the pair are seriously pashing (Terese makes the first move). The pashing doesn't last for long though, with Paul backing off saying "I can't." Paul then heads off to re-join Lucy and Des, leaving Terese standing there alone.
Susan and Levi are talking about how the wedding venue preparation is going when they arrive home and spot Karl with his guitar in hand.
SUSAN: You're not bringing that tomorrow?!
Thankfully our ears are safe, Karl is working on his surprise for tomorrow. We hear that some folk have let him down so he's taken the liberty of posting something on Levi's Ramsay Street Residents Facebook page. At their bemused looks, he asks "who doesn't appreciate a little musical inspiration?!" Their silence says it all!
Somewhere (next day)
Suddenly we hear 'Free as a river' being played and former Ramsay Street resident, Felicity Scully turns to fellow former RSR Beth Brennan to ask if that is Karl Kennedy she is listening to?
BETH: I think so. I'm on a Facebook page of the street where I used to live.
FLICK and BETH (simultaneously): Ramsay Street!
The pair then say which house they lived in - 24 for Beth, 26 for Flick although Beth does add that she did spend some time at #26 too. "What are the chances?!" Flick comments and moves so that she is sitting next to Beth.
BETH: So many happy memories. My son Ned's been back recently.
"How nice," Flick replies however both agree that isn't the right word to describe Karl's music!
FLICK: Yes, Karl always fancied himself a bit of a singer!
Beth explains to Flick that someone is getting married tomorrow... someone called Toadie and asks if she knows him.
FLICK: Toadie. I thought everyone knew him.
As 'Steel Heart' (or 'As I Was' if you are in the UK) plays, Susan opens up the history book and starts looking at the pictures of the weddings through the years.
The bridal party start the transformation to get everyone beautiful and ready for the wedding.
Susan is a bit teary (looking at Libby's wedding to Drew and then Toadie and Sonya's wedding photos) as Toadie, carrying Hugo, leads the men out from the bedrooms into the living room.
Transformation done, it's time to get the champers out!
While at #28, Susan uses her iPhone to take photographs of the Rebecchi men - Toadie, Callum and Hugo.
TOADIE: You know we might be leaving the street but we're always going to be in each other's lives.
Karl announces that its time to get going so everyone turns and makes their way out of the house.
Terese tells Lucy about Paul running off (no mention of the kiss though) and that she didn't get a chance to tell him that she'd broken up with Glen. Lucy reassures Terese that she does still have a connection with Paul, "everyone has seen it."
TERESE: Maybe he's more invested in going to New York? And I understand that.
Just at that, Terese spots Paul making his way to the wedding venue and pauses for a moment before adding, "but the moments past and I've got to let it go."
Terese walks away and Lucy goes over to speak to her brother, demanding to know "what's up with you?!" before shaking her head at him!
Meanwhile, Freya and Levi arrive for the wedding but Yashvi and Mackenzie have a task for the pair and are given some paper and pens.
LEVI: Sick. Got to love a wedding activity!
Meanwhile, as 'Since you kissed me' (or 'Green green green' in the UK) starts to play, the wedding cars arrive at the venue and the wedding party exit their respective cars. Both the bride and groom look thrilled at what each other are wearing.
MELANIE: Oh, wow yourself!
TOADIE: I think you've got to be the first bride in the history of Erinsborough to actually be early for their wedding.
Melanie is already bubbling with excitement and "can't wait to marry" Toadie.
Lassiters hotel foyer
Sam confirms to Mike (and Des) that Jane isn't going to the wedding ceremony. Des is sure that Melanie would love Mike to be at the wedding...
DES: Or, you could find another way to spend your time...
Sam then takes her Dad's hand and reminds him that his Rose (his ex) has moved on and he should too.
MIKE: Should I, now?!
Sam heads off and Mike admits to Des that he doesn't want to "do the wrong thing by Clive."
DES: But what if it's the right thing for you and Jane?