Previously on Neighbours
Candace having problems with Kate.
Ringo dropping Naomi but she turns up to stalk him at the bar.
Michael giving Lassiters the contract for the school catering.
Toadie immediately suspicious that Paul won it and Rebecca not impressed either but still being loyal to Paul.
Rebecca has a new project on her agenda, the Million Paws Walk, and is getting all the necessary literature ready for the neighbours. Declan is surprised she is doing it especially since she doesn't have a dog but replies that its good for the community and not having a dog doesn't mean she can't be the organiser. Donna though has an idea so she can participate…
Rebecca sells the idea to the Kennedys and Steph/Toadie. Susan is surprise she's able to take on the responsibility now she's won the school contract and she waffles a reply about not being busy to do good things for the community. When she heads through to the kitchen area Toadie mutters out “guilty conscious” and is told to shush by Steph.
STEPH: It's for a good cause.
TOADIE: Good cause and Robinson don't go in the same sentence.
Rebecca returns and makes it clear Paul isn't involved and suggests to them all since it's late and they can't organise sponsorship, they do an entry fee instead - $10 a paw… plus human paws too! Karl is now anti it because it's going to cost him more in comparison to Rebecca. He also points out that Rebecca doesn't have a dog but Donna arrives with Cat and announces that Rebecca will be walking Cat.
Donna and Kate briefly catch up on the gossip (the walk and Naomi) before they start their work out. Donna wants Kate to go shopping with her later but Kate turns her down as she is skint and there isn't much dancing work on either, adding that she is missing doing the dancing too.
Kate runs into Candace as she heads to the counter to order coffees for Declan and finds out that there is some dancing work going. Candace refuses to tell her where it is but when she takes a call with the details, Kate peers over her shoulder to read what she is writing down.
Kate returns to Declan and announces that their plans have changed – he's coming to watch her audition (instead of going to the library) once he's dropped Indy off at crèche.
Declan and Kate arrive and the place is full of eager dancers. Candace immediately spots her and isn't impressed at Kate being there and tries to put her off of auditioning. The organiser gives out the instructions and the auditions begin.
Karl is trying to get one over Rebecca by walking Dahl! Rebecca places Cat on the floor and calls out “walkies” and she promptly goes nowhere!
Ben and Charlie are objecting to being the ones carrying the pooper scoopers but Steph tells them the adults will deal with any incidents. And she almost has one when she sees Karl come out with Dahl! “You're lucky he didn't bring Lennie,” Libby tells her. Karl accuses Toadie of being ‘speciest' when he voices his opinion and Libby adds that Dahl won because it was only a $20 entry fee compared to $40 for the pig!
Rebecca and Susan arrive with their solution for Cat's distinct lack of interest – they've got her in her Audrey's box, sitting it on a trolley.
And the walk begins and Rebecca taunts Karl with the lure of putting Dahl (in her cage) on the trolley too for $5.
Kate hears that she's got the gig and has to rush off because the gig is that afternoon. Donna asks what kind of show it is and she replies it's a Las Vegas/showgirl type.
Declan and Donna follow Kate into the house and they look at her newly arrived costume – real show girl although “more show than girl” according to Donna's interpretation. Declan gives his approval (due to its skimpy nature) but he may change his opinion after reading the text Kate got from Candace telling her DO NOT show up for the gig.
And as we head into the first commercial break we head back to 2001 with Harold dressed as a rabbit being arrested after a protest. (Episode 3838 if you wish to read more in the archive).
Declan is with Kate for support in case Candace does something nasty to her but gets kicked out when the organiser finds him. He leaves and she instructs the dancers to take their places, so they all disappear from the dressing room.
Declan now takes his seat in the hall where the MC introduces the audience to their afternoon's entertainment and the ladies strut their stuff. During the routine Candace again tries to talk to Kate but she isn't listening and has a big smile on her face when the first routine finishes and they get a rousing reception from the clientele.
Walk over and Karl is stuffing his face with the afternoon tea Rebecca was providing as she tots up the cash before declaring it a success.
The gathered decide its time to leave and Karl gets a shock when he goes to get Dahl – she's missing!
Everyone is on the hunt for Dahl but nobody has seen her. Rebecca brings back Audrey's cage and after a comment from Toadie, Karl starts looking for evidence in it that Cat got Dahl! And his instinct is proved right when he finds a galah feather in it! Rebecca goes into defensive mode when Karl accuses her and suggests that since it was their cage, that Audrey is the guilty one. “Now who's being ridiculous” is Karl reply before having a rant at Rebecca, telling her that deep down she knows she's done wrong. “See guilty as charged” he calls out when Rebecca walks out of the house.
Susan runs after Rebecca to apologise for her husband but she is feeling guilty because she was the organiser. Susan tries to reassure her that despite what Karl says, it isn't her fault.
REBECCA: Then why do I feel so rotten?
Donna leads Rebecca home and Susan adds that she'll pop past later on too.
Susan returns to her house but finds Karl standing guard at the awning already plotting his next move against the Robinsons!
KARL: I never liked cats. The only thing worse than a cat is a Robinson cat!
Just as he's said that, he hears a noise (a galah) but Susan hasn't when he checks with her and she orders him inside the house. “This is not over” he shouts and the camera pans to a tree where we see Dahl.
Toadie arrives to bring the K's up to date on how the search is going and Karl seeks out whether he can sue Paul or not for years of pain and suffering capped off by their negligence of a close associate resulting in a loss of a much loved family pet.
“You called her a feather duster,” Susan reminds him adding that if he does go ahead then she'll be a hostile witness.
SUSAN: You were the last one to see her, you fiddled with that cage door and you had motive!
TOADIE: She's right; it wouldn't stand up in court.
KARL: (downbeat) Sweet thought though while it lasted.
“Yes it was” Toadie agrees before deciding to give Karl a hug so they can equally share the pain, which earns a scowl from Susan.
Declan hugs Kate when comes out from the changing room and tells him that things are now fine with Candace.
The organiser catches Kate as she's about to leave with the offer of more work tonight – it's a private function with clients she wants impressing. Kate is hesitant as she has a busy day tomorrow but the lure of double pay swings it and she agrees. The organiser gives Kate the details and adds that Declan won't be allowed to go with her.
Steph and Libby are trying to break it gently to their respective sons that Dahl is missing and they buy their mothers version of events (that Dahl is off with her friends).
Declan and Kate enter the bar and while he heads to get drinks for them, Candace goes over to chat with Kate (she obviously followed them to the bar). Again, she tries to get Kate not to go to the club but Kate just thinks its jealousy from her because she didn't get asked back. Trying a different tact, she tries to tell Kate that some jobs aren't suitable for someone as nice as she is. “What's that supposed to mean,” Kate asks her and Candace asks that she trusts her but Kate is having none of it although you can see on Kate's face that she is doubtful when Candace leaves the bar.
Kate returns for the private gig happy to be given this opportunity but her face falls when the curtain is pulled back and she sees that it's a provocative routine for a gentleman's club she has to do.
FVO: Is Toadie and Steph's fake romance about to become a reality?
(Steph and Toadie pashing)
TOADIE: We get married.
FVO: Neighbours, weeknights on Ten.