Previously on Neighbours
- Paul tells Rhiannon he doesn't buy drinks for scrubbers, and Sheila helps give her a makeover
- Georgia leaves her keys lying around, resulting in drugs being stolen from the medicine cupboard
- Georgia is suspended from work as the investigation continues
- As Twitter Wars continues, Amber begins to worry for Cassie's safety after she goes AWOL
Matt receives a call informing him that Cassie has been officially reported missing by her parents. Amber feels guilty, explaining about the Twitter war, and Bailey explains to Matt and Lauren how the kids at school picked teams – and that everyone chose Team Amber. Amber shows Matt the text she got from Cassie, about not being around anymore. Matt asks Amber if Cassie might do anything stupid.
Callum checks with Rani that they're still on for their date later, while attempting to strike a masculine pose leaning on a car – much to Rani's amusement. She asks where he's taking her on the date, and he says it's a surprise. Rani seems impressed at that, and goes back indoors, leaving Callum to punch the air in satisfaction.
Kate comes in to find Paul doing a similar air- punch at his laptop! She asks if the workers have agreed to keep the noise down at home, but Paul explains the real reason for his happiness: the council is holding a second vote on his Eclipse apartments project. Kate asks him what makes him think they'll say yes this time, and Paul explains his persuasion techniques: phone calls, lunches… But the incorruptible Kate makes it clear she doesn't want to hear about any of it! Kate takes an urgent call, and has to run off back to the school.
Kate briefs acting principal Fred Toshack on the unfolding Cassie situation: apparently, she'd been threatening to run away for a while, but Kate has already passed all relevant information to the police. Fred laments Susan's timing for running off and leaving him in charge, and is keen to delegate responsibility. He decides that since Kate's younger than him and more au fait with social networking, she will be responsible for teaching all the pupils about the dangers of cyber- bullying.
Amber comes up and asks Kate if there's anything she can do, but Kate tells her just to go to class. Amber texts Cassie, but Bailey doesn't think Cassie will talk to her. So Amber runs off to look for Cassie instead, asking Bailey to cover for her by saying she has a doctor's appointment. Bailey then runs after her.
Rhiannon is having trouble paying for her order as she's short on funds. Lauren says she can't give her credit as it's not her business, so Rhiannon's forced to put something back.
Also in the queue is hospital inquisitor Carol Crane, who bumps into Karl and wants to talk to him about Georgia and the missing medication. Karl defends Georgia, saying she's a good nurse and wouldn't ever steal drugs. Carol isn't convinced, and brings up the topic of Georgia having worked a lot of hours recently – and Karl's prescription for sleeping pills for her. Karl insists he thinks Carol's barking up the wrong tree.
CAROL: I appreciate that. But I'm not interested in what you think, or what you believe. I'm interested in what you know.
She invites Karl to walk back to the hospital with her, and discuss Georgia on the way.
Kate talks to the Year 10s about the dangers of posting text and images online, reminding them that they're not anonymous on the Internet. Callum and Rani wonder where Bailey is. Kate asks the class if anyone would like to share their experiences of online bullying.
KATE: Guys, bullying flourishes in the dark. The more we talk about it, the less power we give to the bullies.
Rani volunteers. She relates to them the story of how she posted some stupid things on Facebook in anger, but how the situation quickly spiralled out of control, and she ended up hurting someone she really loved (Priya). Rani says she can't make up for it, but she can ensure it doesn't happen again.
Bailey tries to convince Amber to go back to school, but she says she's going to keep looking for Cassie – she still feels guilty about her disappearance, believing it's her fault. Bailey suggests they check down by the lake. Suddenly, Amber gets a text message from Cassie, with a photograph of a palm tree, saying: “C- Ya- L8er”. Amber thinks she recognises the tree in the picture, and runs off to find Cassie, telling Bailey to go back to school and cover for her.
Amber finds Cassie, sitting under the palm tree feeling sorry for herself. Amber explains that everyone's looking for her; they were all worried that something bad had happened. Cassie remarks that Amber would like that. Cassie has convinced herself that everyone hates her because of the blue ribbons, but Amber says the other pupils are just being sheep, and that they're not even wearing the ribbons now. Amber adds that if no- one cared, she wouldn't be here.
Matt tries to reassure Cassie's parents, Gary and Jennifer, that the police are doing everything they can to find Cassie. But at that moment, Amber shows up, with Cassie in tow. Her parents are over the moon to see her and rush across to hug her, while Matt commends Amber for finding her.
Rhiannon is painting her toenails and ignoring the ringing telephone. Sheila comes in and demands to know why. She also asks for $20 for the house kitty, but Rhiannon is broke and asks if she can give it to Sheila in a week or two. Sheila wants to know how Rhiannon's going to pay the rent; Rhiannon promises she'll work something out, but Sheila says it's high time she got herself a job.
Karl comes round to see Georgia. He explains that Carol has been interrogating him, and that he's had to be upfront about the prescription meds she's been on, and the overworking – he can't withhold information from an official investigation. Georgia thanks Karl for letting him know. He's sure they'll find the real culprit, but Georgia is worried they won't, and that she could lose her job. She gets very angry and Karl tries to calm her down. He says Georgia will have to present the hospital with a credible suspect. She explains Ajay's already tried to talk to Pete, but that he denied everything. Karl suggests she talk to everyone who was around that night to see if anyone saw anything.
Matt tells Kate that Cassie and her parents have a few issues to sort through, but that the incident wasn't just down to Cassie – lots of other kids including Amber jumped on the bandwagon.
KATE: Yeah, well it does feel like there's a culture of bullying out there.
Matt thinks the school should do something to tackle the social media situation, as there's a very real risk something like this could happen again.
Later on, Lauren, Amber and Matt join Kate in the classroom. She thanks them for coming in.
KATE: I wanted you both to be present while I asked Amber something…. How do you feel now?
AMBER: Like the biggest idiot in school. This whole thing started because I thought I'd been abused, but I haven't. I thought that what people said on Twitter was important, and I thought that Cassie was evil. But I was wrong. This should have never happened.
KATE: I'm really pleased to hear you say that.
Kate asks how Amber would feel about sharing her experience with her peers; there's no pressure, but she's had an idea about how to stop this happening again. Someone else has agreed to be involved but only if Amber is. Amber agrees.
Later, it's Amber's turn to talk about the dangers of social media, to an unfeasibly receptive classful of Year 11 pupils. Cassie and her parents are present too. They all give Amber a round of applause. Kate then presents the class with a social media contract she's drawn up, which she wants them all to read and sign. Cassie and Amber practically leap to the front of the class to sign their names, and smile at one another. All the other pupils then sign up enthusiastically too, while Lauren and Matt look on proudly, and Kate looks pleased that her idea has worked.
Rhiannon is reading the paper, looking for jobs. She admits to Sheila she's never had a real job; she gave birth to her son Jackson when she was 15, so has always been on benefits as she's had to look after him.
SHEILA: Well looking after a little boy – that's a real job. It's the hardest one there is.
RHIANNON: It doesn't give you any skills.
SHEILA: Raising a child? Try managing the budget, cooking, shopping, first aid, time management, human resources management.
RHIANNON: I don't think employers would see it that way.
Sheila tells Rhiannon to pick an ad, call them up and ask them to give her a chance – it's better than being broke all the time. Paul comes in and has a whinge to Sheila.
PAUL: I live in the most backward, parochial municipality in the entire southern hemisphere!
In other words, the council is planning to vote against his Eclipse apartments project again. He needs one more vote to swing it; but since two of the remaining three undecided are ‘hardened greenies', he will have to focus on Allan Hewitt, who only thinks about cars and girls. Sheila quips that Paul might therefore be out of work soon, and suggests he join Rhiannon in her job- hunting quest. Paul eyes Rhiannon with interest.
Later, Paul is trying to recruit Rhiannon: he'll pay her $500 if she comes out for dinner with him and Allan Hewitt. It's not just a dinner, he says; he wants her to help sell the development, so she has to ‘know the product and be charming'. He gives her some reading material about the Eclipse apartments, and tells her to go away and learn it. Rhiannon's concerned that it sounds too easy; there must be a catch. Paul says he really needs Hewitt on- board, so all Rhiannon needs to do is to be charming, laugh at his jokes etc. Rhiannon agrees, and they shake on it. She goes off to read up.
Once she's gone, Paul phones Allan Hewitt to confirm their dinner.
PAUL: And to let you know that I'm going to be bringing along somebody a bit special for you to meet… Yeah, she's a very, very attractive girl. Exactly your type… I think you'll find her very accommodating to your needs.
Monday on Neighbours
- Rhiannon's getting all dressed up for the dinner, but appears to be attracting unwelcome attention
- Ajay and Rani sort through Priya's clothes to give to charity
- Kyle's dressed up too for the hospital ball, but Georgia is too ashamed to show her face