Previously on Neighbours
- Sheila tries to convince Paul she'd be an excellent candidate for manager of Charlie's
- Vanessa worries about baby Patrick's big operation
- Lauren and Matt reconcile after their fight, but Matt gets a threatening note in the mail
While Lauren laments her offspring's talent for cheese consumption, Matt stares at the anonymous note: “I know what you did. You'll get yours.” He shows Lauren, who is most disturbed. Matt points out that the letter has a Mount Isa postmark, and suggests it might be from Robbo, trying to blackmail him over his letting Bailey go after the robbery. Lauren says they'll have to tell the kids.
It's two hours before Patrick's big operation, and Lucas and Vanessa spend some time with their son. Vanessa's worried that something will go wrong, but Lucas reassures her. They each shower the other with compliments, then kiss and hug. But Vanessa watches Patrick anxiously over Lucas's shoulder.
Sheila asks Paul if he's thought any more about making her bar manager. Paul claims Sheila effectively turned the job down by refusing to do his evil bidding as regards Elaine Lawson, but Sheila insists she still wants the job.
PAUL: Yeah, well I guess you have been keeping things on track around here.
SHEILA: Have I mentioned how much experience I have running bars?
PAUL: Oh, only about a hundred times. To be honest I'm sick of hearing it – so fine!
SHEILA: You're giving me the job?
PAUL: Yes, one month's trial.
SHEILA: You won't regret it!
PAUL: I'm beginning to.
Sheila points out they'll need more staff now Andrew and Tash have gone – and she's already put up a poster advertising the vacancies. Paul is quietly impressed.
A family meeting ensues at the Turners'. Mason wonders why Robbo would threaten Matt, given that his grudge is against Mason. Bailey thinks Robbo is after money, but Amber doesn't think he'd go that far. Matt warns all the kids to keep their eyes and ears open, and to tell him and Lauren if Robbo gets in touch with any of them. Amber looks shifty, but insists Robbo hasn't been in touch with her since he left. Matt adds that he can't do anything official to stop Robbo, without compromising himself by admitting he let Bailey off the hook over the robbery. Amber starts texting someone, and Mason eyes her with suspicion.
Sheila has already hired a new barman, Pete, who responded to her poster. Sheila and Chris admire Pete's physique from across the room.
SHEILA: Nice guns, hey? Chris?
But Chris is too busy staring to respond.
SHEILA: It's great to have some eye- candy around here.
CHRIS: Well, he pretty much is the hottest thing I've seen behind a straight bar.
SHEILA: So this management's off to a good start, hey?
PAUL: And tell me, this eye- candy, does it have any experience?
SHEILA: I repeat – look at him!
Paul continues this demeaning group objectification session by summoning the new barman over with a dog- whistle, and demanding a “fine single malt, something Irish, aged in oak.” Pete is clueless, and goes back to the bar to look at all the labels, but is unable to produce Paul's whisky. Sheila tells Paul to give Pete a chance, but Paul simply demands that she fire him, before walking off.
CHRIS: I don't suppose you could sneak me his number first?
But Sheila has a plan to keep Pete on, and it involves making some money to allay Paul's concerns. Pete continues to search for the single malt, meanwhile.
Karl talks Lucas and Vanessa through Patrick's surgery; apparently, the doctor in charge is one of the best pediatric surgeons in the country – meaning either that Karl is simply flattering himself, or that a doctor other than Karl is actually going to perform a medical procedure! Lucas and Vanessa have had to give some blood, in case Patrick needs a transfusion during surgery, which Karl says is not uncommon. He tells them not to worry as the operation's success rate is high.
Lucas and Vanessa go off to have Patrick baptised, before the procedure begins. Enter Father George, with the Ointment of Salvation and the Light of Christ (a candle), which he says is Lucas and Vanessa's responsibility to keep burning brightly.
FATHER GEORGE: Patrick Maurizio Villante, I baptise you in the name of the father, and of the son, and of the holy spirit.
Later, Patrick has been taken in for surgery, and Lucas and Vanessa are struggling to relax. They decide to talk about something else, but realise that might be hard, as due to Patrick's situation, they haven't done all the romantic ‘getting to know you' stuff that new couples usually do. Lucas says when Patrick's better, they can do all that, and jokes that he hopes they don't find they have nothing in common. Vanessa laughs at first, but it starts to get her thinking.
Paul comes in to find that Pete is still behind the bar.
PAUL: What's he still doing here?
SHEILA: What does it look like?
PAUL: It looks like I'm paying somebody to cut lemons at snail's pace just because you want to have a perve.
SHEILA: Oh, he's getting better and better as he goes along.
Pete squeezes half a lemon so hard that the juice shoots into a customer's eye. Sheila suggests they could send Pete on a bartending course to hone his skills, but Paul watches as the customer takes a sip of his drink and grimaces – then tells Sheila again that he wants Pete gone. Sheila pleads with Paul to let Pete stay till the end of the day, and if he hasn't improved they can fire him.
Paul agrees – on the condition that he is paid out of Sheila's wages! If Pete does well, Paul will have to take him on for a trial period and pay for a bartending course for him. Paul grudgingly agrees. Sheila watches with concern as Pete is about to help himself to the discarded drink, before seeing she's watching him and thinking better of it!
Vanessa relays the fact to Sonya that she and Lucas have never been out to dinner together, because they've always needed to be around the hospital for Patrick. Sonya thinks it's understandable, but Vanessa is wondering whether Patrick is the only thing she and Lucas have in common. Sonya thinks their bond over Patrick is making them stronger as a couple, and that Vanessa should stop finding things to worry about. Vanessa admits she's never been successful in love, and says she really wants it to work with Lucas. Sonya tells her to stop overthinking it and be happy.
Mason wonders aloud to Lauren whether Amber has really accepted that Robbo's a bad egg, and suggests she could still be in touch with him. Lauren doubts it and goes to put away some washing. While she's gone, Mason checks Amber's phone on the table – and sure enough finds a text to Robbo.
Amber and Bailey come in and she catches Mason in the act of checking her phone. A row erupts, and Lauren and Matt rush in; Mason tells them all that Amber has been texting Robbo. Amber claims it was just one message, to ask Robbo if he sent the letter and that she was trying to help. Matt decides he's not having any more of this; he's going to his superintendent to admit that he turned a blind eye to Bailey's involvement in the robbery. Everyone looks shocked, not least Bailey.
Later, Lauren begs Matt not to go through with it – it's only one letter so far – but Matt doesn't want the family at risk because of his mistake. He says the police will issue an arrest warrant for Robbo if Mason makes a statement.
LAUREN: And what about Bailey?
MATT: He might get done for underage driving.
LAUREN: Accessory to burglary?
MATT: Wouldn't stick.
LAUREN: This is awful!
MATT: Look, it's the first time he's done anything wrong. That's gonna count in his favour.
Matt also admits that he could lose his job, and that maybe he deserves it. He apologises to Lauren, but she says it's not his fault. She begs him again not to go to his superiors. Matt agrees, but says if Robbo tries anything, they'll have to reconsider.
Sheila proudly shows Paul that the bar is now full of women drooling over Pete the barman. Sheila claims that she used Facebook and Twitter to spread the word of Pete's arrival, hence the throng!
SHEILA: Would you like me to go to the kitchen and get you a nice piece of humble pie?
PAUL: Just hold your horses! Just because a few women find him attractive…
SHEILA: Heaps of women find him attractive! And blokes too!
PAUL: Doesn't mean they're actually spending money, does it?
Sheila makes the highly dubious claim that, as a result of Pete's presence, the bar will make double or even triple what it normally does on a Friday – and bizarrely, Paul buys it.
SHEILA: Pete? Mr Robinson will take that single malt now.
PETE: Excellent. We have two Irish single malt whiskies, sir – would you like the normal, or the premium?
SHEILA: Pete, does Mr Robinson look like a normal or a premium man?
PETE: Erm, premium?
SHEILA: Good lad! Chop chop!
PAUL: Bet he brings it back to me in a coconut shell.
But Paul grudgingly admits that Sheila had a good first day as manager.
SHEILA: Thank you! That's all I wanted to hear! … How good?
Karl informs a relieved Vanessa, Lucas and Sonya that Patrick's surgery was a success, and that they will be able to see him soon. But he sends Sonya off with Vanessa while he talks to Lucas, ostensibly about ‘admin'.
In fact, Karl admits once they're alone, he wants to talk about the blood Lucas gave for Patrick's operation…
No 32 (Mason and Bailey's room)
The brothers are playing video games, until Bailey suddenly stops – and asks if they have video games in juvie. Mason reassures him he's not going anywhere. Matt comes in and explains he's decided not to admit to his superiors about Bailey's involvement in the robbery; Lauren's talked him out of it. Mason apologises for picking a fight with Amber, and also for what he said to Matt when he first arrived in Erinsborough, and how he behaved back in Mount Isa.
MASON: I'm just really sorry, okay?
MATT: Thanks, mate. We've all done things we're not proud of, eh? Me more than anyone. I just love you both so much.
MASON: Come on, don't go getting all mushy on us.
They all go to the shops.
In the examination room, Karl tells Lucas that when they screened his blood, they found a very high leukocyte (white blood cell) count – and he wants to run some further tests ASAP. Karl's cagey about the implications, and says it doesn't necessarily mean anything serious – but eventually admits that there's a possibility it could be the result of some form of cancer. Immediately Lucas tells Karl that Vanessa mustn't find out anything about this, after what she's just been through with Patrick.
KARL: Lucas, that doesn't make sense –
LUCAS: Karl, I mean it! Vanessa can't know!
Later, Karl and Lucas join Vanessa by Patrick's bedside; Lucas is putting on a happy face for her. Karl says that Patrick's coming on in leaps and bounds, and that, progress permitting, he could be allowed home in as little as a week. Vanessa's thrilled, remarking that she never wants to see the inside of a hospital again. Karl and Lucas exchange an awkward glance…
Monday on Neighbours
- Karl strongly advises Lucas to tell Vanessa about his blood abnormality
- Barman Pete ends up at hospital, and seems to be taking a shine to Georgia
- Kyle wants to arrange a night out with Chris, Kate and Georgia – but Georgia seems uncertain
- Is Kate warming towards Mason? And who's that crawling into his bed?