Previously on Neighbours
- Kyle wants to know more about what Jade's been up to in LA
- Priya and Paul continue their affair; after a close miss with Kate at school, they kiss in Priya's office
There's carnage of an implicitly post- coital variety in Priya's office, with papers and stationery scattered all over the floor (presumably to make room on the desk!) She puts back on her necklace and Paul his jacket, as he comments how surprised he is – he thought Priya was going to reject him. Paul accuses Priya of enjoying the risk of their affair because she's usually so in control. He asks if this means they don't have to end it, but Priya doesn't give him a firm answer, simply smiling and saying it's best if they're not seen leaving together.
Toadie runs into Ajay, congratulating him on being invited to the southeast Asia law summit. He's still got to okay it with boss Charlotte, but is more concerned about what Priya will say about him jetting off for a week. Toadie wishes him luck.
Priya comes home to find Ajay preparing a celebratory dinner; she's keen to get in the shower (claiming that she smells of the school's mouldy carpets, which doesn't sound like the excuse least likely to raise suspicion!) but Ajay insists she take a seat. He tells her about the Asia law summit and she makes out she's pleased for him – until he kisses her, at which point she flashes back to kissing Paul, and runs off to the bathroom, repeating her concerns about smelling of mould! Ajay looks surprised.
Kyle has just had some potato wedges and has a blob of sauce on his face, when there's an incoming conference call on his laptop from Jade. Having pointed out the sauce, she goes on to tell him about what an amazing time she's having, then stops, saying she can't bear to think of him moping around on his own. He claims he's not moping, but she suggests he have the day off work tomorrow and spend some ‘bro time' with Rhys! Kyle says he probably wouldn't be up for it because of his split with Vanessa, but Jade orders him to have some fun tomorrow, regardless.
Dial- A- Kyle
The next day, Kyle pulls up at the yard to drop off Harley's school- bag for him. While he's there, a delivery guy turns up – he has a hot- tub with Kyle's name on it! Harley thinks it's awesome. Looking at the invoice, Kyle realises the hot- tub is a present from Jade. Harley begs Kyle to let him stay off school to try out the hot- tub, but Kyle's having none of it, and tells him to get a move on. But he does call Rhys to tell him about it.
No 26 (back garden)
Kyle's sitting in the hot- tub fully clothed (it's not filled yet), when Rhys comes out to have a look. Kyle tries to encourage him to spend the day with him in the hot- tub, but Rhys is still wallowing in self- pity and goes back to bed, despite Kyle's idea that the warm water might be good for his hand. Kyle decides to find some other people to party with.
Ajay tells Priya that the firm has approved his attendance at the summit, and that he'll be flying out to Singapore on Monday morning. Priya seems pleased for him, but then she gets a text from Paul, which reads: “I've been bad! Give me detention.” She suddenly acts all concerned, but makes excuses. Ajay's concerned she's holding something back, and asks if she's okay with him going to Singapore. She assures him there's nothing, and that she wants him to go and have an amazing time. He tells her to think of all the fun she can have while he's gone…
Harley and Rani are discussing which film they're going to see tonight. Callum watches them enviously as they start kissing, and bangs his locker to get their attention – but they're oblivious to him. When the bell goes, Priya comes in and catches Rani and Harley kissing. While Kate herds the others into class, Priya tells Rani to come with her.
In Priya's office, she tells Rani that she understands it's difficult to hold back sometimes, but that there's a time and a place for that sort of behaviour. Rani's surprised she isn't being punished, and asks if the movies tonight would be a better time and place! Priya gives her permission, as long as she's home by 10.30 – which makes Rani's day! She gives Priya a hug, and Priya smiles.
On his hunt for hot- tub buddies, Kyle asks Georgia and Aidan if they'd like to join him. Georgia's keen; Aidan takes a little more convincing but eventually relents. Tash, who is working, overhears their conversation and promptly decides to end her shift and join them!
No 26 (back garden)
The gang are all shivering outside the tub, as Kyle fills it up very slowly with a kettle and pans of boiling water! Tash decides she can't take any more and leaves, while Aidan and Georgia quickly follow suit, Georgia telling Kyle that ‘Scotty' (her boyfriend, presumably) would go mad if he knew she was on her own in the hot- tub with another guy. So Kyle gives in and gets in the hot- tub alone, raising a toast to Jade!
Later, Rhys comes out again and tells him how stupid he looks. Kyle's unmoved and tells Rhys that Jade wanted him to have fun and that's what he's doing. Rhys relents and takes off his dressing gown, before joining Kyle in the hot- tub, making the excuse that Kyle looked pathetic on his own! Later still, Rhys has gone inside and Kyle, still in the tub, speaks to Jade on his laptop. He thanks her for the hot- tub and she says she felt guilty having such a good time in LA, and didn't want him to get bored waiting for her.
JADE: I know this whole long- distance thing sucks; I just wanted to show you that there are some perks with it.
She tells him she's hired it for two weeks, so there's plenty of time for him to go crazy in it.
Priya is dropping round some schoolwork for Sophie. Kate tells her Sophie's focused on getting better, so is sure she'll appreciate it. Kate also mentions that she's concerned about Rani's behaviour at school; she's been acting up a bit in class, especially where Harley's concerned. Priya's worried that if she comes down hard on Rani, Harley will only seem more appealing – but she promises to have a chat to her.
Priya also makes a point of mentioning that Ajay's out for the evening, and is in Singapore next week, which Paul, who is listening, overhears with interest. Kate rushes off upstairs and asks Paul to see Priya out. He says he'll be over later on, accusing her of coming round just to let him know Ajay would be out/away, and she doesn't deny it!
Ajay is talking to Toadie; he's concerned that Priya is holding something back, and is worried that she perhaps doesn't want him to go to Singapore after all but is putting on a brave face. He says he hardly gets to see his family anymore since accepting the promotion. Toadie opines that he'd love a week in a hotel room right now – which gives Ajay an idea. He tells Toadie to go to Singapore instead of him! Toadie smiles.
Rani tells Priya that Harley's invited her to go over and join him in Kyle's new hot- tub. Priya tells her she's already going to the movies and has homework to do – but Rani agrees and kisses her, telling her she's been cool lately. Ajay comes in and is surprised to learn Priya has let Rani go to the movies with Harley – but is glad they're getting along now. But Priya's shocked when Ajay tells her he's no longer going to the summit in Singapore.
AJAY: Pri, I know something's up.
PRIYA: Like I said, I've just had a lot on my mind. You really wanted this!
AJAY: Yeah, and I've changed my mind for you. See, taking that promotion was about doing the best thing for us. Not me – us, as a family.
PRIYA: But you were so excited about it.
AJAY: Yeah, but it's professional vanity, Pri. My place is right here with you and Rani. I want to stay put for us.
AJAY: If that's okay with you?
PRIYA: Of course!
He hugs her, but she does the whole ‘worried look over his shoulder' routine, which tells us it's anything but okay.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Priya defends Ajay to Paul, but is soon back in his arms
- Summer behaves awkwardly when Bradley meets Chris and Tash
- Sonya dreads Toadie leaving her alone with Georgia for a week, but Jade thinks they'll become BFFs