This week on Neighbours
Paul going on about babies bringing people together.
Michael in trouble at work.
PirateNet closing down.
Kate annoyed at Declan.
Sonya and Libby arguing.
Diana accusing Toadie of cheating on Steph.
Previously on Neighbours
- Donna and Ringo counting down how long it is until they get married.
- Paul gleeful after hearing Steph tell Dan she's pregnant.
Donna is happy that her wedding plans are now back on track after the quick replacement of her birth certificate. Equally happy is Paul who finishes transferring the confession onto a memory stick and lets Donna know she can use the Audi because he's in the mood to walk to work!
Paul catches Toadie as he comes out to collect the paper to give him one more chance to hand over the incriminating evidence he has on him. Toadie rejects that straight away, so with a smirk almost matching his youngest son, Paul hands Toadie the memory stick and suggests he listens to it… in private!
Toadie enters the house and Lyn comments about Paul looking smug but he doesn't say anything about that, instead commenting on Lyn's curtain twitching! Steph and Lyn head out with Rocky as his final assessment is due and with the ladies gone, he puts the memory stick into his Laptop and listens to Steph telling Dan (and we hear his voice!) she's pregnant and he's the daddy.
Unexpectedly Steph (and Lyn) return home and hear the end of the recording.
TOADIE: This is why Paul was so happy. Paul knows you're having Dan's baby.
The wedding committee is gathered (Kate, Declan, Donna and Ringo) but it's sidetracked to talking about Paul instead when Donna mentions she has the keys for his car. Declan is curious to know why Paul was in a good mood to give Donna the keys but she doesn't know and he soon departs to take Indy to day care.
The trio then start discussing weddings and Ringo reveals he got a bank loan so Donna can have the wedding of her dreams but she doesn't want that, instead wanting to keep costs reasonable and save their money for the US.
Paul is still in happyland when he comes into the store. The trio have moved locations and Donna decides to confirm with Paul that they can hold the reception at Charlie's (Rebecca's given her okay) since he is in this good mood, to which he is happy to oblige. She then says that Nick's contribution to the wedding is the catering and Zeke is doing the music so that is money saved there. Ringo is still concerned that she is doing herself out of her dream wedding but Donna doesn't agree although with Kate's help, he gets out of her that there is a dress she has her heart set on, so he wants them to splurge on it.
Steph is still shell- shocked at Paul knowing and the threat he has over them. “Libby cannot find out this way,” she tells her husband and mother. She wonders too how Paul found out and Toadie's theory is Paul tapped the phones and Lyn immediately suggests that they sue Paul because that's illegal. “That will make it worse,” Toadie replies. Steph tells them that she has to tell Libby before Paul gets to her but Toadie doesn't want to. Lyn puts her tuppenceworth in – Paul doesn't do gossip, so he must be after something. Toadie then confesses that he holds information in a file. Lyn immediately tells him to hand the file over, the secret is too important
LYN: Give him anything he wants to shut him up.
Paul is burning discs with ‘Jarrod Rebecchi' on them when the man himself comes in. Toadie comes straight to the point – he will keep quiet and will hand everything over on condition that Paul keeps quiet about the recording. Paul can't resist gloating about the potential fallout that would ensue before agreeing to Toadie's condition but adds a new one – he wants Toadie's help to bring Diana Marshall down. “I'm done working for you” Toadie tries to tell him, but Paul dangles the carrot in front of him – he'll make sure the discs he burned don't fall into the wrong hands if Toadie helps him.
And today's trip down memory lane is to 2004 with Stuart Parker and Lou Carpenter.
Lyn reassures Steph that she's there for her always as Toadie returns home. He confirms he's done a deal with Paul although Lyn doesn't trust Paul one iota, and Toadie demands that she keeps away from Paul. Before going on a walk with Lyn, a relived Steph sincerely thanks Toadie although he isn't exactly happy.
L'Amour Bridal Boutique
Donna, Ringo and Kate arrive at the bridal shop that has her dream dress. Ringo gives it his thumbs up but notices that there is a red dot on the price tag and Donna rushes into the store. Thankfully he asks what the dot means and we find out that means it's sold… and that there are no more too, it was the last of a limited run. Ringo consoles his fiancée and says they will find another dress and Donna is already looking on the bright side – they can save more money (and she can make her own one) although her body language isn't saying that as they leave the store.
Donna and Kate cajole Lucas into helping them with the wedding even though he wasn't keen to assist.
L'Amour Bridal Boutique
Kate, her fiancé Ringo and father Lucas! (No, I haven't typed that wrongly!) are in the bridal store seeking assistance with wedding dresses and as they head through the back to look at some with an assistant (Kerry), Donna nips into the store and takes the measurements of the dream dress. Ah a diversion plot!
Lyn can't resist talking with Paul despite what Toadie said. She tells him that she wouldn't hurt his kids but he doesn't reciprocate, so she begs Paul not to hurt Steph.
L'Amour Bridal Boutique
The plot diversion is in progress with Kate trying on wedding dresses. The trio get chatting with Kerry and she remarks that they seem different from the usual clientele – kids trying on things they can never afford and knock off artists. That bit grabs Donna's attention but she still carries on and the trio quickly come up with Plan B to give Donna more time to do the necessary when the Kerry calls time on their session (she thinks they've gone as far as they can for now).
Plan B involves Lucas chatting her up but she notices Kate looking towards the window and thinks it's because she fancies one of the dresses that's in the window and heads over to get it leaving the trio with panic on their faces as we head into the next commercial break.
And in the space of that commercial break, Kate has put her own clothes back on as Kerry returns with the dress. The trio have no idea where Donna is but Kate dumps the wedding dress in Ringo's hands while she goes to hunt for her (Kerry is off getting a veil) and finds her hiding amongst the layers of a wedding dress.
Kerry returns and Plan C swings into action – they now don't like the dress (and Donna has managed to escape from the shop) but promise to be back in touch soon as they head out the door, and on the way out, Kerry hands Lucas her card and I don't think she wants to discuss wedding dresses with him!
The quartet are laughing about their escapade (and Lucas getting her card) as they enter the store and debrief. Declan follows them in moments later and is asked to take a seat – Donna and Ringo ask him and Kate to be their best man/maid of honour.
LUCAS: What does that make me, flower girl?
Both are happy to accept the invitation and Donna jokes that they can reciprocate the deal when they get married! Cue awkward looks between Kate and Declan.
A happier Steph catches up with Toadie in Charlie's. She can sense he isn't happy about what has happened and suggests that they'll need to keep away from Paul in the future. The man in question comes into the bar to see Toadie and can't resist commenting about Steph glowing and that pregnancy suits her as she departs.
Paul hands Toadie a file containing bank details and instructions to make it look like it was Diana who embezzled the money from Lassiters!
TOADIE: Are you insane? Are you even aware of what you are asking me to do?
PAUL: Mmm yes. I'm giving you an opportunity to protect your little secret.
TOADIE: I'm not going to break the law.
PAUL: Think of it as self- preservation mmm, just something that you've become accustomed to over the past few months.
Toadie is gobsmacked and Paul asks to be kept posted as he departs the bar. Observing all this from the other side of the bar was Declan and he wonders what he's just witnessed.
OMG it's been yonks since we've seen this set as Toadie returns to the office after his meeting with Paul. Declan follows him in seconds later and wants to know why he's working for Paul again. “Its not what it looks like,” Toadie replies and gets frustrated when Declan pushes him and eventually shows him the door.
DECLAN: You're never going to get out. He will always find a way to keep you working for him.
Toadie sits working on Paul's job and “reviews” the evidence (ie. we hear voiceovers) whether he's doing the right thing or not. He grabs his Sonyamobile and calls Diana – he wants to make a deal!
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Libby puzzled why Sonya is back on the scene.
- Libby confronting Sonya about what she saw on the wedding day.
- Toadie telling Paul to sell PirateNet.
- Rebecca not amused at that plan.
- Toadie asking Steph to trust him and Steph asking if he's going to double cross Paul.
- Diana asking why she should trust Toadie.
- Paul about to confess something to Rebecca while in Toadie's company.