- The Ramsay Street residents finding out about the development
- Jade feeling jealous about Kyle & Dani hanging out
- Kyle inviting Rhys to be #26's new housemate
- Jade yelling at Kyle that she should have been consulted
After witnessing Jade's outburst, Rhys has second thoughts about moving in, telling Kyle that he needs a relaxed home environment to escape the pressures of work. “That was not the girl I almost hooked up with,” he mutters. After Kyle recovers from that discovery, he assures Rhys that Jade is usually easygoing and today was just a one- off. Rhys just needs to win her over.
Simmons & Colbert Law Firm/Harold‘s Store
Peter asks Toadie how the locals have taken to the announcement about the development. Toadie admits that's there's been some negativity - mainly from Paul Robinson - but most people are intrigued by the idea.
Kyle begs Jade on the phone to give Rhys a chance, before hanging up and ordering a smoothie from Kate. She shows him some pamphlets about the new shopping plaza, wondering how it's going to affect the business. Kyle's also horrified to discover that a mega DIY store is being built.
Peter wants to know Sonya's thoughts on the development, but Toadie tries to sidestep answering that question and instead says that getting people onside is the easy part. Peter then says that he wants Toadie to attend the council meeting that's being put on for all the locals to help smooth things over, and to accompany him to an informal chat today with one of the council members.
Kyle seeks out Toadie (who is attempting to eat his messy lunch) to get legal advice on how to stop the development from happening. Toadie uneasily tries to convince him that Dial- A- Kyle will be fine, but Kyle's worried and just wants some peace of mind. Toadie eventually suggests that Kyle just attend the council meeting.
Kate registers Jade's unhappy mood and says she thought she would have still been celebrating Michelle's eviction. Jade says there's no room to celebrate since Kyle went and invited Rhys to move in with them. Kate's mortified, but quickly scurries away when Rhys walks in. Jade gives him the brush off too, but Rhys calls her out on her attitude. Jade says that not everything is about him, but this just makes Rhys smirk - now they're getting closer to the root of her problem. Jade just scoffs at him and leaves for work.
Turns out the gym isn't even a sanctuary anymore because Rhys has followed her there. He comes bearing good news, though, he's bagged a new client for her. Jade's surprised and thanks him, but her good mood doesn't last too long when she realises her new client is Dani. Jade tells her to fill her personal details out at the front desk before manhandling Rhys to the other side of the room and growling at him to stay out of her business.
Kyle asks Sonya her thoughts about the new development. Sonya is trying not to get too worked up about it, but Kyle fills her head with doubts and gives her cause for concern. Toadie rocks up to tell Sonya about the meeting he's heading to (the informal one, not the big one), but decides to keep his mouth shut when he realises that Sonya and Kyle are cooking up a scheme (in the form of a petition) to stop the development from happening.
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Toadie tries to waylay Sonya's fears about the development. But Sonya doesn't understand why Toadie is trying to coat the situation with ‘everything is going to be fine' fairy dust. She may be building up a loyal customer base now, but how loyal will they be when the garden centre offers bargains she can't compete with?
Harold's Store/Erinsborough Gym
Kyle shows Kate a hastily mocked up version of the petition. She suggests he send a copy to Lyn. Rhys finds Kyle and says he can't move in when Jade keeps pulling her Jekyll and Hyde routine.
Jade holds the punching bag while Dani starts her session, but Jade just keeps yelling at her to punch harder... Just as Kyle is telling Rhys that Jade's not a psycho. Rhys wants Kyle to promise him that Jade won't hassle him at home - if he's just worked a double shift, that's the last thing he needs. Kyle says things will be fine and offers to shout Rhys some lunch.
Meanwhile, Jade has swapped places with Dani and is currently punching the crap out of the punching bag as she thinks back to Kyle & Dani swanning off for pizza the other night. I'd be standing back if I were you, Dani; this version of Jade is too aggro.
Sonya is just about to head back to work when Peter finds them. He brings up the development, assuming Toadie has spoken to her about his involvement, but soon realises that Sonya's in the dark. She tells Peter that she's not in favour of it because of the threat to her business, but she leaves before she discovers that Toadie‘s part of the project. Peter looks like he wants to discuss things further, but Toadie's saved by the arrival of the council member for their meeting.
Rhys looks over Kyle's petition and says it's fine, but that it should start with “we the undersigned” to make it sound more official. He goes to the drinks fridge just as Jade and Dani walk in from the gym. Dani sits with Kyle and jokes about Jade being a taskmaster while Jade stands at the counter with Rhys and Kate. Jade can't handle seeing Dani and Kyle so chummy with one another, especially when they start play fighting with taekwondo moves, and Rhys finally gets a clue as to why Jade's mood has been running so hot and cold.
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Jade throws around a pillow in frustration, not happy when Rhys follows her inside. He lounges on the couch and lets her know he's decided to move in because he's realised that Jade's problem doesn't lie with him - she's got a thing for Kyle. Jade heatedly tells him he's barking up the wrong tree, but Rhys says you can't “play a player”. Jade eventually concedes that he's right and expects he'll lord it over her in exchange for his silence. But Rhys is genuine and says he'll keep his mouth shut and that she can trust him, which surprises Jade.
When the council member leaves after the meeting, Peter immediately gets on Toadie's back about the Sonya situation. He's worried that Toadie's going to jump ship mid- way through the deal and is quite cranky about it, but Toadie quickly says he's on the law firm's side, not wanting to incur Peter's wrath.
Rhys brings some boxes in and asks Jade and Kyle if there's any sort of cleaning or cooking roster. Kyle says they haven't given it much thought since their old housemate Brenno moved out. He then suggests grabbing a few drinks for a proper housemate welcome. But Rhys is considerate of Jade and how she might want to spend some time alone with Kyle, and tells Kyle he's busy. When Kyle heads out to get some signatures for his petition, Jade starts to thank Rhys but he just cuts her off with a smile and a “you're welcome”.
Toadie has come to speak with Sonya, but Kyle starts chatting to him while she's with a customer. Kyle gets him to look over the petition (complete with ‘we the undersigned' on it), and Toadie quietly says it looks good. When Sonya's free she says she'd love to be the first one to sign it. Kyle asks Toadie if he wants to be the second, but Toadie gets out of it by saying he's not a local business owner anymore. He looks guilty, though, seeing Sonya and Kyle so eager to fight for their businesses.
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Simmons & Colbert Law Firm
Peter is not a happy chappy when Toadie drops the bomb that he doesn't want to lead the development scheme anymore. In fact, Peter gets quite scary about things and, in an eerily measured tone, starts to threaten Toadie about his longevity in the company and how bad this will look for both of them if he pulls out.
PETER: I want you to think. You've got a mortgage, your partner's just started a new business. All I'm saying is that we've both got a lot to lose if you pull out now. Go home, think, and then give me a decision... Just make it the right decision.
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
(Sophie tries to organise a gig for Noah)
(Kate thinks that Sophie might have a crush on Noah)
(Toadie's still getting heat at home & at work)
SONYA: Kyle is right. People like him and me and Lucas, we can't compete with that.
PETER: We don't pay you the money we do to flip flop every time you think you can't handle it.
(But the truth finally comes out)
SONYA: This development goes against everything I stand for.
TOADIE: I'm the lawyer representing the developers.