Previously on Neighbours
- Jade tells Kyle he can move back in so he doesn't catch pneumonia
- Ajay buys No 24, without consulting Priya first
- Toadie and Sonya disagree over whether to have a hospital or home birth
Relations between Sonya and Toadie are still chilly, as she accuses him of taking control of everything. Sonya says she wants Toadie to be involved in the pregnancy, but that he needs to trust her choices – such as having the baby at home.
In the back garden, Rani is playing a game on her phone and obediently wearing her glasses. Ajay and Priya are measuring the dimensions of the garden and comparing them to the measurements listed on the house plans. They soon realise that the garden isn't quite as big as it should be as the fence is in the wrong place – but since Paul is their next- door neighbour, Ajay decides not to rock the boat by bringing it up with him. Priya is not impressed.
Kyle's got a terrible cough, which causes Jade some concern. She twice suggests he stay off work, but Kyle says he can't afford to. Jade acts like she isn't bothered, but clearly still is.
The Kapoors run into Paul outside Harold's. Rani decides to duck the confrontation and walk home, as Paul finds a new way to taunt Ajay about losing the election, by pointing out that his campaign posters are still up all over the complex. Ajay says he'll take them down next week, but Paul says he'll slap him with a court order if they're not down by the end of the day. Ajay decides he will talk to Paul about the fence after all.
Ajay and Priya call round to tell Paul the posters are down, and also to tell him he needs to get the fence moved as it's half a metre out. They give him a day to sort it out, and warn him that a tribunal could be expensive for him if it finds in their favour!
Toadie talks to Karl about his fall- out with Sonya. He can't understand why she wants a home birth, and Karl says that as a doctor, he agrees that a hospital would be better. But he says it's Sonya's birth, and ultimately her decision.
Sonya talks to Priya about her argument with Toadie, explaining how full- on he's been about the birth. Priya points out that labour only lasts a few hours, and it's the rest of the child's life that takes the hard work: after the birth all these worries will fade away when Toadie sees the baby for the first time. Priya suggests a compromise, and says there is an option that would help Toadie feel comfortable about a home birth.
Toadie tells Sonya he's freaked out about the risks of a home birth. She can go ahead with it, but he's not going to cancel the suite at the hospital, just in case it becomes necessary. Sonya is thrilled, and tries to allay Toadie's fears by telling her they can get a doula (a birthing coach) to help ensure everything's okay. Sonya explains they're not doctors, but are trained to look after the mother during the labour. She's already got a list of candidates from the Internet and wants Toadie to help interview them. He (slightly reluctantly) agrees.
The pair interview three different candidates. Sheree is an avid colour- coordinator and thus Toadie's preferred candidate, while Sonya prefers Grace, who takes a more new- age, hand- waving approach. The third candidate, Su Lin, says nothing, but drinks a lot of water. They can't agree, so Sonya says they'll have to keep looking.
Paul explains the fence issue to Kate. He tells her it's been that way for years and that Harold never noticed, so he's not going to do what the Kapoors ask – but Kate insists he ought to move it, as it's their land and he could do without the legal battle. So Paul agrees, and asks Kate to get Kyle to move the fence. She's not thrilled at that idea, but Paul won't take no for an answer.
Jade comes round to talk to Sonya about Kyle. She says she's an idiot because she can't stop worrying about him being ill – but Sonya reminds Jade that she loved him, and it's hard to shut that stuff off. Indeed, she suggests Jade might still love Kyle, and that's why it's bothering her so much. She adds that Kyle is a good guy and that if Jade wants to look after him when he's ill, that's okay.
Dial- A- Kyle
Kate arrives at the yard to get a quote for the fence job, just as Jade is coming down the road, dressed in overalls, to give Kyle a hand. When Jade sees him talking to Kate, however, she makes a quick U- turn and walks back the way she came.
In the garden, Kyle gets to work, as Paul discusses the job with him from over the fence.
PAUL: Make sure you don't give them any extra.
KYLE: Do you mind?
PAUL: How are we doing?
KYLE: I'll shift the fence through your side garden bed. Might lose a few plants.
PAUL: Well as long as you don't give them to the Kapoors, that's fine.
KYLE: I can't believe you pinched half a metre of land off Harold.
PAUL: I can't believe I'm giving it back.
KYLE: Hey, doesn't this kind of thing happen to you a fair bit?
PAUL: I don't know what you're talking about.
KARL: Hello, hello. I did knock. Nobody answered.
PAUL: Yeah, isn't that usually a sign to go away, Karl?
Karl has come to see Ajay about band rehearsals, but he's not in – and Kyle explains that Paul's having to give some land back to the Kapoors. Karl finds this highly amusing. Ajay and Priya arrive back to assess the progress, and Paul takes the opportunity to hand Ajay notification of an increase in rent for his office at Lassiter's!
AJAY: So this is your little way of getting me to pay for moving the fence, right?
PAUL: No, not at all. It'll only take you about six months to pay off the fence. Whereas that's permanent. Enjoy your day.
Priya and Ajay are furious, as Karl and Kyle look at each other with amusement.
Kyle gets home to find a clearly upset Jade giving him the silent treatment. When he gets minimal response from her for every question he asks, he leaves the room, telling her he can't win. Jade looks distraught.
Toadie has brought Sonya some ice- cream and DVDs, but Sonya tells him that while he was out she found her perfect doula, Alex. She has asked all the relevant questions over the phone and Alex seems to be the ideal candidate, with all the right qualifications. Toadie's a little peeved that he wasn't included in the decision, but agrees to trust Sonya's judgment. Then Alex comes out of the bathroom: and Toadie's surprised to find that he's a man.
Alex instructs Toadie on how to give Sonya a back massage, then demonstrates the technique himself on Toadie. Sonya has a go herself, while Alex makes the tea. Toadie admits he's not too sure about Alex, and grudgingly admits it's because he's a guy. He says he doesn't like the idea of Sonya giving birth in front of him, but Sonya tells him she's comfortable with it, and says she thought Toadie was okay with all this. He reluctantly tells her what she wants to hear, but doesn't look happy.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Alex continues to show Toadie and Sonya his massage techniques, much to Callum's horror
- Toadie is less than thrilled about the new doula
- Despite Paul's view that it's a waste of time, it seems the Odds On app could earn the gang $25,000