Rhys is unfazed, but when he sees Vanessa and Francesca's bond, he reconsiders his plan. However, when he realises that Lucas only wants to keep him away because he's in love with Vanessa himself, Rhys vows to be at the wedding, confident that Vanessa won't go through with it if he's there.
Meanwhile, Vanessa is devastated to learn that her father is still ashamed of her and won't attend the wedding. She contemplates stopping the ceremony, but her mother promises that he'll come round once she is married. Unable to argue with her mum, Vanessa commits to keeping the secret that she and Lucas aren't a couple. But can she really go through with this lie?
Elsewhere, when Karl invites Susan and Carmel over for brunch, he and Carmel get along like a house on fire. But as their talk turns to their mutual hopes of finding love again, Susan is left feeling uncomfortable. While Carmel has enjoyed reconnecting, Susan admits that it's hard to be around Karl when talk turns to him looking for a new life partner. Carmel takes this opportunity to suggest that she and Karl should catch up alone and Susan agrees, unaware of Carmel's growing attraction to Karl.