Previously on Neighbours
- Rani wants Sophie to meet her boyfriend, Harley, but Sophie does not like him and thinks he's an idiot
- Lucas and Vanessa lie to Francesca that they're a couple, and Lucas promises that he'll look after Vanessa and their child
- Lucas wants to go along with marrying Vanessa
Lassiters Hotel Room
Priya is happily sleeping in bed. She wakes up, shocked that she fell asleep, and as she reaches for her phone she knocks a pair of rings onto the ground. It's 8:34pm and she has 8 missed calls from Ajay. She runs for her clothes wearing just her underwear. After changing, she runs out of the room, leaving her rings on the floor.
Lassiters Reception Area
A worried Ajay asks Paul where Priya is, but Paul says he doesn't know, even though they had a meeting together earlier. As a disheartened Ajay is leaving, Priya rushes out of the lift, hiding for a moment until Ajay is gone. She asks Paul what Ajay is doing here, and why Paul didn't wake her. Paul thinks she should have a good excuse, as he'll be asking questions.
Priya sits in the middle of the complex, when Susan arrives looking for a chat. She's concerned about Bradley. She had fallen for his charms, now he makes her skin crawl but Summer still thinks he's fantastic. Priya says she needs to be getting home, Susan understands and Priya says they can catch up later. As Susan leaves, Priya calls Ajay.
Ajay picks up his phone, thankful that Priya has called him. He asks where she's been. Priya says she's at work and she fell asleep on her desk. Ajay tells her to stay in her office and he'll walk her down to the car. He's outside Erinsborough High now. Priya is shocked, and lies that she's already in her car. Ajay can't see her, but she lies she's at the back car park and she'll drive off now. Ajay chirpily suggests they race home.
Callum and Harley are playing computer games, while Rani sits watching, bored. As the game ends, Rani suggests they just hang out and talk. Callum wants to invite Sophie, getting out his phone to text her, but Rani doesn't think they should as she's been weird lately. Callum says it'll take her a bit of time to get back to normal after the crash. Sophie texts back, inviting Callum and Rani to come over tomorrow and watch DVDs. Harley is not invited though. Harley says he doesn't care, Sophie's boring anyway. Callum goes to the kitchen to get some snacks. Harley says he was hoping to hang out with Rani tomorrow.
HARLEY: Can you not see Sophie another time?
RANI: She's my friend
HARLEY: I was hoping to have a hot tub with you.
RANI: Cal and Soph won't like it if I ditch them
HARLEY: If it bothers you that much, you can just make something up. I just want to spend time with you alone.
Priya rushes home, just before Ajay enters, grinning about how Priya beat him, she must know a secret way back. Priya is sorry for tonight, especially after seeing all the effort Ajay went to for dinner. She promises it won't happen again. Ajay says a simple text message would have been fine, just to stop him from worrying.
PRIYA: I wasn't planning on falling asleep
AJAY: That's why I get the feeling there's something you might not be telling me.
AJAY: Pri, you were gone for hours
PRIYA: I must have been more tired than I thought.
AJAY: Obviously. I can buy you sleeping at your desk, but no more than 5 or 10 minutes max. That's why there just might be something else going on.
PRIYA: You're right, I wasn't asleep that long. The rest of the time, I was with Susan.
Priya says she didn't want to tell Ajay about Susan, it was her private business. Ajay starts grinning happily again. Priya suggests they sit back and watch some telly together.
It's the next day. Ajay and Priya are having breakfast when Susan walks over. She apologises for last day, Priya was trying to get home and she was yabbering on, dumping all her problems onto her. Priya is quietly thrilled that Susan has unwittingly backed up her story. Priya says to text her later to arrange to meet up. As Susan leaves, Ajay tells Priya she's too caring. He insists Priya finishes her breakfast with him, as he knows it'll be the only time she spends with him today.
Rani arrives to see Callum. Callum is planning what films to bring around to Soph's, but Rani says she can't come. She lies she has homework to complete today and her mum won't let her out of the house. She tells Callum to take Sophie to the city to the Re: Anime festival, as it'll get Sophie out of her little cave. Callum says it's a shame Rani can't come as it would have been nice to have hung out without Harley for a change.
Lucas offers Francesca a coffee, but she doesn't want another one. She hollers for Vanessa, telling her they need to go. Vanessa enters wearing a long red dress, which she plans to wear for the wedding. Francesca measures her to see how much give they need.
LUCAS: You look nice, I mean it
FRANCESCA: If this was a real wedding you wouldn't be here to see it at all.
LUCAS: The wedding feels pretty real to me Francesca
FRANCESCA: You know what I mean
LUCAS: We love each other
FRANCESCA: Yes, yes, yes, but we're not celebrating that. We're making things right in the eyes of God, for the sake of the baby, for the safe of the family and the sooner it's over and done with, the better.
Vanessa runs off, crying. Francesca calls at her to come back, but Lucas tells Francesca that she's said enough already.
Vanessa sits on her driveway in tears, when Lucas joins her. He says they can back out if she wants, but she says her family is too important to her to back out now. Vanessa says it is a lot to harder than she thought it would be to lie like this. She wishes they would marry in a registry office, no fuss, no special wedding dress, and it would feel like less of a lie that way.
VANESSA: We're Italian, even if it's a wedding of shame there has to be some hooha.
Lucas wonders what they'll tell Francesca. Vanessa will just tell her she was being bossy and mean, it's not the first time she's made Vanessa cry. Lucas helps Vanessa to her feet. They head in for Round 2 with Francesca.
Vanessa comes in and tells Francesca that she just was feeling tired and overwhelmed and the way she was going at her was a bit too much. Francesca calls her a liar. She knows that Vanessa doesn't want this wedding. Vanessa always wanted a big fancy wedding, with a big church with a beautiful dress, a big reception and a giant cake. She wants to give Vanessa the wedding she always wanted.
Vanessa tells Lucas she can't have a big wedding. Lucas says she has to tell Francesca. Francesca walks in, ready to look at chapels. Vanessa says they don't have to just now. Vanessa says they don't want a big wedding. Francesca thinks it is Lucas who doesn't want the big wedding because he's broke. He doesn't need to worry because the bride's family pays for everything, it's tradition. Francesca wants to make it special for Vanessa, Vanessa nods, and while hugging her mother, gives a frustrated look to Lucas.
Paul flirts with Priya, telling her off for staying out late last night, making Ajay wait. Priya doesn't think it's funny as she almost got caught last night. Paul suggests they head over to the hotel just now for a quick sleep. Priya won't be making things up on the spot anymore, it's too dangerous, but Paul thinks that's what makes it fun. Priya checks her schedule to see what time it's safe to meet with Paul.
PAUL: You don't think a schedule kinda defeats the purpose of having an affair?
Priya tells Paul she'll see him at 1 o'clock today, and tells him not to be late.
Harley answers the door in a pair of green swim shorts. Rani comes in, ready to go to the hot tub, but she feels bad about lying to her friends. He suggests that she doesn't have to lie. She could just tell them that she and her boyfriend want to hang out today. Rani is pleased to call him her boyfriend. They head out to the hot tub.
Ajay asks Priya why she has to go for a meeting this afternoon, but she says she can't reschedule. Rani returns wearing a towel over her swimsuit. She tells Ajay that she was in the hot tub with Harley. Ajay wants to have a talk with her about this. He keeps looking over to Priya, hoping she'd react badly to this as well, but she doesn't. Rani says nothing happened and goes to her room.
Ajay asks Priya why she didn't say anything. Priya says that if Rani says nothing happened they have to trust her. Ajay wants her to talk to Rani for a few minutes, but Priya says she can't or she'll be late. Ajay insists that Priya stay, she needs to talk to Rani, but Priya promises to talk to Rani later. As Priya heads to the door, Paul texts and says he can't make it. When Ajay asks who the text is from, Priya says one of the board members can't make it.
AJAY: It's a real pity that you can't cancel at the drop of a hat.
PRIYA: You're so right
Priya angrily walks off.
Priya walks in and finds Paul sitting on the sofa at Charlie's. She sits down beside him, pouting away.
PRIYA: This is why you cancelled on me, is it? An urgent appointment with your bottle of scotch?
PAUL: You look nice
PRIYA: Don't give me that. We had everything worked out
PAUL: No, you had everything worked out. I don't organise my personal life with a wall planner.
PRIYA: So you stood me up because I made a time for us to see each other. How selfish can you be? I'm the one with everything to lose here, my marriage, my daughter...
PAUL: So why are you doing it?
PRIYA: You know damn well why
PAUL: Because it's dangerous, and thrilling and elicit
PRIYA: What's your point?
PAUL: My point is dangerous and thrilling and elicit can't be scheduled. They just happen.
PRIYA: What happened last night was horrible, it wasn't fun at all
PAUL: Well I'm sorry but if I wanted an organised sex life, I'd get a wife.
Paul gives her an ultimatum. Drop the schedule or their off.
PAUL: Priya, you're exactly like me. You're only in this for the thrill, and if there's no thrill, what's the point?
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Priya decides to spend time with Paul in a lift over Ajay and a cross word
- Chris wants to throw a hot tub party for Tash's birthday
- Rhys refuses to let them use the hot tub, so Andrew asks Rhys to let her use it so that she can enjoy her birthday.
- RHYS: If you want to change my mind, tell me the real answer.