Previously on Neighbours
- Paul brags to Sarah about his new luxury apartments, and appoints Andrew as project manager
- Mason tirelessly pursues Kate, with little success
- Priya tells Brian she'll fight his allegations, but is later suspended from her post
- Priya confides in Susan about the effect of all this on Ajay - but then Susan is asked to be principal!
As the Kennedys' dinner party progresses, Susan looks guiltily at Priya and Ajay - she wants to tell them about her being offered Priya's job, but Karl's not sure it's a good idea tonight as they're here to relax. Susan's about to tell Priya anyway, but Priya stops her, insisting she doesn't want to talk about work at all tonight. They all raise a toast, but Susan looks uncomfortable.
Kate's on her way out when she bumps into Mason coming in. He wants to know why she wasn't at the camp- out, and he tries to make her jealous by saying there were loads of hot babes there. Kate acts like she's not bothered, and makes a hasty exit. Mason laughs to himself.
Paul has had a scale model of the new Lassiter's development constructed - think Goldfinger's model of Fort Knox combined with Blue Peter's model of Tracy Island. Yes; there are even palm trees.
Like a true Bond villain, Paul wanders around the table delivering a lengthy exposition of his scheme for both Andrew's and the viewers' benefit. In short, the top two floors of the complex are to be sold off as residential apartments, and Andrew is suitably impressed. Paul explains this was why he sold the newspaper - to invest in the Eclipse project. Now Andrew will be responsible for selling the new apartments to credulous locals.
PAUL: We're going to have an opening week sale. How's this? Seven days for the seven minutes of darkness during the eclipse. Hey?
Andrew nods and smiles at this rather tedious segue, possibly simply out of relief that Paul's marketing strategy doesn't involve the Robinsons blocking out the sun artificially with the use of some diabolical superweapon. Paul tells Andrew he wants three deposits by the end of the week; Andrew looks nervous but says he's sure he can do it. He also asks if Paul needs a new tenant for the old newspaper offices, but Paul already has that sorted out - and tells Andrew he'll find out soon who the new tenant is. Andrew leaves Paul to gloat over his model.
The dinner party continues. Priya discusses all the things she can do now she's unemployed, then feels guilty because Susan's also jobless. Then it's Susan's turn to feel guilty, but Karl changes the subject and pours more wine for everyone. Karl and Ajay go to wash up, while Priya flings various compliments at Susan for being such a good friend, making her feel even worse about not speaking up about her being offered the principal position.
Ajay and Priya return home. Priya thanks Ajay for making an effort with her lately.
AJAY: No matter what, you're my wife. And I love you so much.
PRIYA: You have no idea how good it is to hear you say that again.
He moves closer and they kiss tentatively, then passionately. But when Priya begins to lead Ajay towards the bedroom, he apologises and tells her he's not ready for that yet. Priya says she shouldn't have pushed it. Ajay goes to bed, leaving Priya looking uncertain.
Tash fills in Andrew on the latest Karl/Susan headlines. He explains he's working on the Eclipse development today, and asks Tash to look after Charlie's for the day. He also asks her to hand out Eclipse leaflets to everyone who comes in the bar. Tash is worried Andrew is taking on too much, and also doesn't want to spend the day arguing with Sheila. Andrew therefore appoints Tash manager- on- duty when he's not around. He heads off to hand out leaflets.
Shortly afterwards, Sheila turns up with Bossy - she wants to sort out her working hours with Andrew. Tash explains about the development, and hands Sheila a leaflet. Sheila's none too pleased that Tash has been left in charge - but while Tash goes to get the roster, Sheila starts reading the Eclipse leaflet...
Sheila's still reading the flyer as she walks back into the street, and isn't looking where she's going. Neither is Kate, who's driving, because she's too busy ogling a topless Mason as he mows the lawn. As a result she nearly runs over Sheila, and Bossy runs off down the road in panic. While Sheila stands there shrieking Bossy's name pointlessly, Kate and Mason embark on a 'hunt- for- a- missing- animal- brings- two- people- closer' storyline...
Kate and a still- shirtless Mason continue their search for Bossy, bickering all the while. Mason says he'll only keep looking for Bossy if Kate agrees to go on a date with him. While Kate keeps searching, Mason spots Bossy in the bushes - but pretends he hasn't, and insists he'll help if Kate will go out with him. She reluctantly agrees, so he lures Bossy over with a half- eaten burger, and passes the leash back to Kate. He asks if they can do the date tonight; she warns him he's wasting his time, but agrees.
Karl is practicing his song for Toadie and Sonya's wedding, when Susan comes in from her meeting with the school board. She's told them they're making a mistake letting Priya go, but Ron Coulson at the education department has made the final decision and won't budge. Susan's still feeling guilty about being offered the job, and rushes off to find Priya and tell her. Karl gets back to his song.
Priya has just taken a call from Ron Coulson. She tells Ajay that she's been sacked, and replaced permanently. Paul walks in, and Ajay tells him what's happened. He already knows as he's been at the school board this morning - he did everything he could, but couldn't stop the decision. He tells Priya that the board has already approached Susan about the position.
Andrew is still passing out his flyers, but is having little success drumming up business for Eclipse. That is until Sheila turns up, and tells him she might be interested in one of the studio apartments. He tells her about the opening week offer, and takes her upstairs to see the showroom.
Susan walks through, and Priya, who's coming out of Harold's, angrily confronts her. Susan says she's not going to accept the job, and that she just didn't want to ruin Priya's evening last night - but Priya's furious and says she expected better from Susan. Priya marches off.
Sheila is working out whether she could afford one of the apartments. She'd have to borrow some money so it would be risky, but is keen to get a place of her own. Rhys makes it pretty clear that he'd be keen for Sheila to get a place of her own, too!
SHEILA: Is this the thanks I get for picking up after you every day?
RHYS: Well living with Kyle's grandmother isn't exactly the ideal lifestyle for me.
SHEILA: Well believe me, I haven't been longing to shack up with a cranky, self- obsessed doctor either. But that probably won't be a problem much longer.
RHYS: Here's hoping!
Mason is playing a video game, when Kate turns up. She's come to let him down gently, and tells him she doesn't want to go on a date with him after all. She says she's a teacher, so can't risk going out with him, despite his help with Bossy. She says she made a huge mistake recently (presumably with Noah, though she doesn't explain fully) and says she can't do it again. Mason tries to talk her round, but Kate is insistent - and leaves.
Priya whinges about what a bad friend Susan's been to Ajay, as they discuss the options for their next move. Ajay wants to take Priya's case to the minister of education, but she's worried about what will happen with the mortgage if neither of them are working for a prolonged period. Ajay insists he'll start looking for another lawyer job. Priya agrees, but says it's her fault they're in this mess, so she needs to do something to sort it out.
Andrew tells Paul about Sheila's interest in one of the apartments, as well as two other potential customers. Paul praises Andrew for doing so well, and Andrew heads off to Charlie's. Paul takes a call on his mobile - it's a guy called Bill, presumably a business associate. Paul admits that they haven't yet got council approval for the apartment conversions; but he says that they will, and even if they don't, they're fully protected. He tells Bill that the less the buyers know about this fine detail, the better! Evil music.
Andrew comes in, and tells Tash that Sheila's interested in one of the apartments. He proudly tells her that Paul's very happy with him.
TASH: Paul Robinson, happy with you? Hope you got that in writing.
ANDREW: Come on, he's not that bad. Him pushing me is his way of showing that he cares.
TASH: Yeah, fine. I just wish you didn't care so much.
Priya comes in, and sits down with Brian! She thanks him for meeting her.
BRIAN: I couldn't believe it when you called. For a minute I thought you were trying to have another crack at me!
PRIYA: You and I both know that that never happened. And that is what you need to tell the board, and the department of education - that nothing ever happened between us.
BRIAN: Sorry. No can do.
PRIYA: Why are you punishing me?
BRIAN: How do you think it felt when the police turned up at my door?
PRIYA: You crossed a line, Brian. I had to report you.
BRIAN: Explaining it to my son, my wife. How do you think that went down?
Brian tells Priya she never should have involved other people. Priya appeals to Brian's better nature and asks him to do the right thing. But Brian doesn't have a better nature, and just smirks at her.
PRIYA: I'm begging you. Brian, this is my life you're playing with. It's my family.
PRIYA: You'll tell the truth?
BRIAN: One night.
PRIYA: ... What?
BRIAN: Just spend one night with me and this will all go away.
BRIAN: It's your call. I believe you have my number.
He walks off, leaving Priya looking desperate.
Monday on Neighbours
- Mason and Bailey argue about Robbo, then Mason takes a call from the man himself
- Sheila gives Andrew her deposit for the apartment, which is pretty much her life savings
- Andrew's worried to learn Paul doesn't have council approval, but Paul tells him to toe the line
- Ajay and Priya enlist Susan's help to beat Brian, and she confronts him about his sexual harassment