Previously on Neighbours
- Lou pours cold water on an amorous moment between Mason and Kate with a gigantic burp
- Ajay wants Toadie to start a new law firm with him
- Steph tells Toadie she will never forgive him for ‘botching' her defence
- Sonya finds drugs in Georgia's handbag and demands an explanation
Georgia acknowledges that it doesn't look good, but says she doesn't do drugs – someone gave them to her and she didn't take any, but she forgot they were in her bag.
SONYA: You see I want to believe you, Georgia. The problem is that I have been on the other side of this conversation.
GEORGIA: I know. That's what makes this even more horrifying that it even happened.
Sonya asks if Pete gave Georgia the drugs; she admits that she probably shouldn't be associating with him. Sonya doesn't want the drugs in her house, so Georgia says she'll get rid of them straight away. She asks if Sonya would consider not telling Toadie, but at that moment he walks in, and Sonya's expression says it all.
TOADIE: Hey. What's going on?
GEORGIA: I've done something really, really stupid.
The Right Prescription are rehearsing for their gig, and Lou is watching. Sheila is at the bar. Rhiannon comes in.
RHIANNON: Oldies' night. Shoot me now!
LOU: Do me a favour and don't say that in front of the lead singer.
RHIANNON: Why? You know him?
LOU: He's a good friend.
RHIANNON: Your boyfriend?! Not to worry. I'm sure he was a hottie back in his day.
Sheila is much amused, while Lou looks annoyed. The rehearsal finishes and Karl comes over for audience feedback. Lou says Rhiannon was most impressed.
RHIANNON: Yeah. I reckon it's cool you're still puttin' yourself out there. At your age. Well, excuse me – I'm off to the toot.
SHEILA: Charming, isn't she?
Ajay joins them; he's glad Karl convinced him to play again, adding that Priya used to love watching him play. Lou says she'd be very proud. Ajay also explains he's asked Toadie to go into private practice with him, which he thinks will be better for both of them.
Toadie is giving Georgia a lecture on why drugs are bad, and tells her off for leaving them lying around where children could find them. It's not entirely clear which children he's alluding to, since Nell is hardly at bag- rummaging age, and Callum's probably old enough to know not to swallow random pills he might find lying around. Georgia says she wouldn't do anything to hurt the kids, but would understand if they didn't want her around them anymore. Toadie tersely says that a bit of space might be good.
At that moment Kate turns up for a sunbathing session, and Georgia goes off to get changed while Kate heads out the back. Toadie tells Sonya he would have hoped Georgia had more respect for them than to bring drugs in the house; Sonya asks him if something else is bothering him, such as Steph. He says he spoke to her, but lies and claims they cleared the air. He still hasn't changed his mind about Ajay; he's going to tell him no to the partnership proposal, but doesn't tell Sonya the real reason. Sonya says she's sure any small details can be ironed out.
The girls sunbathe in the back yard. Kate has her top off. Georgia has filled Kate in on what happened with the drugs. Kate tells her it's not the end of the world; she just needs to get on at work, and prove to Toadie he can trust her again. Suddenly a football lands in the pool next to them, splashing the girls; and Mason appears over the garden fence, hoping to retrieve it. Kate sits up and demands to know what he's thinking – before realising she's topless! Mason smiles cheekily and Kate covers up.
Mason comes in, whistling chirpily. Lou answers the phone – it's Kate, for Mason. He assures her he didn't realise that she was even next door, or that she had her top off – and that he wasn't trying to perve on her. But Kate doesn't appear to be buying it, and hangs up. Lou has words with Mason about the evils of ‘sneaking around like a peeping tom', but Mason insists it wasn't his fault. He runs off to get his ball back.
No 30 (back yard)
Mason comes through the gate to fetch his ball, but Kate is still embarrassed, saying he showed a complete lack of respect. He retorts that she was the one lying around with her top off; it wasn't his fault he saw her. Kate storms inside, and Georgia tells Mason to leave it.
Mason reports back to Lou about Kate's lack of forgiveness, and admits he tried to blame Kate. Lou is not impressed. He says people can be funny about their bodies, and tells him to stay away from Kate when she comes round later to tutor Amber.
LOU: Short of her catching you with your gear off, things are not going to be normal between you two for some time to come.
The cogs start turning in Mason's brain.
Toadie and Ajay meet for coffee. Toadie explains about his run- in with Steph, and how she blames him for her losing the case and going to prison. Ajay tells him not to beat himself up, but Toadie's worried he can't handle taking on that level of responsibility for someone's life again. That's what would happen if he went back to being a community lawyer, he adds. Ajay asks Toadie if he thinks another lawyer who didn't care as much as he did could really have got Steph acquitted. Ajay says Steph would be serving even more time if it wasn't for Toadie, and he can't make that sort of difference in corporate law at Simmons and Colbert.
Toadie comes in, and tells Sonya he has agreed to the law partnership with Ajay – she's over the moon. They're signing the lease on his old office in Lassiter's tomorrow, and he's bought a bottle of non- alcoholic champagne to celebrate. They hug, and Sonya adds it's great that Steph and Toadie are friends again. Toadie agrees, but looks worried over her shoulder as he contemplates the truth.
Georgia and Kate are having a drink.
GEORGIA: Hey, look on the bright side. At least he didn't have his phone or his camera with him.
KATE: Oh yeah. Apart from the one in his brain, you mean.
Kate gets a text and remembers she has the tutoring session with Amber later. She wants to cancel but Georgia tells her not to hide from her problems.
Paul comes in and sneaks up on Sheila, who is reading a magazine rather than working. Rhiannon comes in and reminds Paul that they met the other day, but he just gives a minimal response and sneers at her again. Rhiannon orders a drink.
RHIANNON (to Paul): Don't mind if I put it on your tab, do you?
PAUL: I thought I made it quite clear the other day – I don't buy drinks for scrubbers.
Paul walks off and Rhiannon looks hurt. Sheila tells her to take no notice, but Rhiannon says she was leaving anyway and walks out. Sheila gives Paul the evils.
Rhiannon is tearfully digging into a tub of ice- cream, and Sheila attempts to give her some advice – saying that perhaps if she didn't dress like a “headline act at a buck's night”, she'd have more respect for herself, and others would respect her too.
RHIANNON: I like my clothes, that's all.
SHEILA: You like your clothes, or you like the way men ogle you when you wear them?
RHIANNON: Both. Is that a crime?
SHEILA: Men like a challenge, love, not everything laid out for them like it's an all- you- can- eat buffet.
She tells Rhiannon to make men work for her attention, rather than throwing herself at everyone who walks past. Rhiannon's listening now, and Sheila tells her to start by dressing more modestly. She suggests Amber could give Rhiannon some pointers.
Mason is wandering through the kitchen in nothing but a towel. He's apparently got it into his head that exposing himself to Kate is going to cancel out his seeing her topless this morning, as opposed to making her think he's more of a pervert than she already did. He checks Lou isn't around, and practices talking to Kate and posing.
MASON: Kate, fancy seeing you here! You see anything you like?
Hearing the front door open, Mason assumes it's Kate arriving for Amber's tutoring session, and flings off the towel…
MASON: Now we're even!
… only to be greeted by the sight of a very bemused Sheila! He quickly covers himself.
MASON: Mrs Canning! I thought you were somebody else.
SHEILA: That's disappointing!
Sheila explains she's here to see Amber. Kate then comes in; Mason explains he thought Sheila was Kate, before slinking off to put some clothes on.
SHEILA (to Kate): You didn't miss much.
Later, Kate is packing up after the tutoring session. Mason apologises about the incident in the yard this morning. She says she probably overreacted, but Mason says he should have been more understanding about it. He asks if they're even now.
KATE: Hang on – I only saw you with your towel on. I wouldn't necessarily call that even. Although the look on your face was priceless.
MASON: Celebrate with a drink?
KATE: You don't waste any time, do you?
MASON: Well I think it's been a pretty rough day. We both deserve a little fun.
KATE: Okay, but I get to choose the venue.
MASON: No worries.
KATE: Charlie's it is, then.
MASON: No, no, no. Not Charlie's. Sheila will be there.
KATE: Yes! I know!
MASON: No seriously. Somewhere else. Anywhere else. Not Charlie's!
KATE: Charlie's or nothing!
Karl and Ajay are on stage playing the gig. Sonya and Toadie are among the audience, and Sonya catches Toadie mouthing along to one of the songs!
SONYA: Are you actually enjoying this song?
TOADIE: What? No – no!
Sonya has a great laugh about Toadie being a closeted Right Prescription fan! Then Karl announces the next song is Toadie's special request, which makes Sonya laugh even more. Toadie reminds her that it's the song Karl wrote for their wedding, and Sonya pretends to remember – even though she still doesn't. They get up and dance, as Kate and Mason walk in.
SHEILA: Mason, nice to see you again! Not as much of you as I saw last time, of course, but this old bird's just got to take what she can get.
MASON: Okay, very funny. Any chance we could just pretend that never happened?
SHEILA: Of course, love. I won't say another word about it. Now, can I get you a stiff drink or something soft?
Kate erupts into giggles.
MASON: A white wine and a beer, thank you.
SHEILA: Oh, back in a flash!
Kate says she hopes his two seconds of glory earlier when he saw her topless were worth all this pain, but Mason rather unsettlingly makes it clear that the image is burned into his memory forever.
Later, Paul and Sheila watch as Kate and Mason seem to be getting on like a house on fire. Paul doesn't seem happy about it, and heads for the door – but as he's about to leave, Rhiannon comes in in a rather elegant dress. Paul, who sees her from behind and hasn't realised it's Rhiannon, comes over and tries to chat her up – only for her to turn to him and tell him he's already had his chance, and that she doesn't talk to old men in bars! His eyes follow her as she walks off.
Later still, Rhiannon is chatting to some of the punters, until Paul comes over with a glass of red wine for her. At first she's dismissive, sarcastically saying that the wine's probably out of her league anyway. But Paul asks her to accept it as an apology for his rudeness earlier; he'd had a bad day and he took it out on her. Rhiannon accepts and they clink glasses. She mentions she's from Mount Isa, and Paul asks if she knows Mason.
RHIANNON: Yeah, we go way back. We used to be really close until he got sentenced.
RHIANNON: To… the reserves. The army, you know. Before they moved down here.
Paul's sceptical that Mason was in the army, and Rhiannon tries to change the subject. Paul goes off to make a call, and Rhiannon tells him not to keep her waiting for too long. While watching Mason and Kate, Paul makes his call.
PAUL: Yeah, Tony, it's Paul here. Listen, I need you to do a thorough check on a Lassiter's employee, okay? Yeah, Mason Turner. And pay particular attention to his time in Mount Isa, will you? Thanks mate.
Monday on Neighbours
- Rani kisses Callum on the cheek, and after advice from Mason, he asks her out on a date
- The Amber/Cassie online bullying saga continues
- Mason worries about what Kate will think when she finds out he's been to juvie
- Paul tells Mason to stay away from Kate, or else he'll tell everyone about his secret