Previously on Neighbours
- Ajay tells Kate that Mason could go to jail, so Paul gregariously offers to pay his legal fees
- But Paul enlists Tim Collins' services, telling him Mason deserves jail and not to try very hard!
- Following more play drama, Rani admits to Callum that she kissed Bailey, and he's devastated
Rani is talking to Ajay about having kissed Bailey; she explains she likes both he and Callum, and feels stupid for how she's acted. Ajay tells Rani to figure out who she likes more, as it's not fair on either of them to string both along.
RANI: It's just so hard. Callum's so sweet to me. And he's really funny; he can always make me laugh.
AJAY: Alright. And Bailey?
RANI: Well Bailey's cute, and smart, which makes him even cuter.
AJAY: Alright, okay. Now we're getting somewhere. Now which of these two are more important to you?
RANI: I don't know. Kissing Bailey was so...
AJAY: So... what? Exciting?
Rani admits it was - but nonetheless feels terrible about Callum, saying he'd never do the same to her. Ajay gives her a hug.
Tim Collins evidently doesn't have his own law office these days, so Mason, Matt and Lauren meet him and Paul in Charlie's to discuss Mason's case.
LAUREN: You're still confident the judge will be lenient?
TIM COLLINS: Absolutely. Our strategy will be to show that the attempted robbery had no major impact on any victims, or the business.
Paul adds that he'll be supplying his own written statement about the minimal impact on the hotel, and that Caroline Perkins from the front desk will be writing a statement to say she wasn't affected in the slightest. Matt is sceptical, and says he's still not buying all this. He asks to see the statements, but Tim Collins claims they won't be ready until tomorrow morning; Matt remarks that since the entire defence seems to hinge on them, leaving it so late isn't very smart.
PAUL: Matt, I know you've been to your fair share of trials. But Tim does know what he's doing. Now rest assured we are doing everything in our power to make sure that Mason doesn't go to jail.
Still not convinced, Matt goes to see Toadie.
TOADIE: Yeah, it is pretty out of character for Paul to help like this.
Nonetheless, Toadie says, Tim Collins is very capable - and if the statements say what is claimed, Mason will be in with a chance. However, Matt's worried that the statements may turn out to be detrimental, and Toadie admits if that's the case, it could make the difference between a custodial sentence or otherwise. Matt asks Toadie to help him prove Paul's up to no good, saying he can't lose his son again. Toadie nods.
Bailey is rehearsing his lines for the play, when Callum shows up. Much awkwardness. Callum icily says he's been rehearsing too, and asks Bailey if he has any advice for the kissing scenes, which newly involve Sanjay rather than Raj.
BAILEY: You guys must have kissed loads by now; you don't need my help.
CALLUM: Yeah, but stage- kissing's different. You know, I just thought you'd have some pointers, seeing as you're so experienced.
BAILEY: Maybe try method acting. It works for Christian Bale.
CALLUM: Did it work for you?
BAILEY: I can't say I've tried it.
Bailey asks if Cal wants to play a computer game, but he replies that he's not in the mood, and heads home. Suspicious, Bailey calls Rani.
Bailey demands to know why Rani told Callum the truth; she says she was feeling guilty. Bailey is too, and is stressing about Cal hating him. They both agree they should never have kissed.
Terese walks in to find a queue of customers at the front desk, and the receptionist Caroline yammering away to a friend on her mobile phone. Terese tells Caroline off for making personal calls during her shift, and tells her to check the guests in - but Caroline is too busy texting her friend apologising for having to hang up! Paul comes in, and Terese demands they give Caroline a warning for her persistently lax behaviour. Paul sticks up for Caroline and tells Terese she's overreacting, reminding her that Caroline's looks go down well with customers!
TERESE: Oh, so she looks like Pippa Middleton, and you let her do whatever she wants?
Paul's face says it all. Caroline swans off for (another) break, but Terese warns her not to be late back. She notices Caroline has an expensive handbag and comments on it; Caroline explains it was a gift from Paul. Terese is not impressed.
Mason thanks (randomly vocal) barman Anton for his espresso, and Toadie comes in with Nell's pushchair. Toadie asks how the case is going with Tim Collins, and Mason's optimistic - Toadie wishes him well. Terese comes in to settle the Lassiter's account, but finds Caroline has been charging her lunch- breaks to it!
Paul, who has appeared at the bar, isn't remotely concerned, saying it's not as if she's chalking up a thousand- dollar bar tab. Terese reminds Paul that if it was any other staff member he'd fire them, and demands to know if something is going on that she should know about - revealing she knows that Paul bought Caroline the expensive handbag. Terese demands to know why Paul is showering her with gifts, but Paul says Caroline's a valued employee, nothing more. Terese tells him the special treatment has to stop. Toadie overhears all this with interest.
Toadie comes in, under the pretext of booking a room for him and Sonya. Speaking to Caroline, he tells her they have a mutual associate, Tim Collins - Mason's defence lawyer. Caroline tries to change the subject, but Toadie is insistent, and Caroline claims she'll be writing her statement with Tim (whose name she's already forgotten) after work tonight. Toadie leaves without booking the room, and Caroline looks worried.
Rani goes to see Susan, who got back to Erinsborough late last night; Carmel's much better now. Rani is in need of someone to talk to, and explains about kissing Bailey. Susan tries to look sympathetic as Rani says Cal's upset and Ajay's disappointed in her.
SUSAN: We've all done things we regret; it doesn't make you a bad person. The important thing is you take responsibility for your mistake, and you've already done that - you've told Callum the truth about what happened.
RANI: But he'll never forgive me.
SUSAN: Oh, I've known him a long time. I've seen him go through a lot; I've never seen him hold a grudge. You just give him some time.
Callum angrily confronts Bailey in the street, saying he thinks he can take anything he wants - before rugby- tackling him to the ground! Seeing the boys wrestling, Mason rushes over to drag them apart. Toadie arrives and demands to know what's going on.
A concerned parents' meeting ensues, comprising Toadie, Sonya, Ajay, Matt and Lauren, to discuss the Cal/Rani/Bailey situation.
MATT: Bailey was just defending himself; he didn't do anything wrong.
SONYA: I think you're forgetting what the fight was actually about in the first place.
LAUREN: Clearly, but Bailey didn't cheat on anyone.
SONYA: But what about the brother code?
TOADIE: I think it's called the bro code, babe.
Toadie suggests the parents present a united front to the kids, and Lauren agrees, admitting they're preoccupied at the moment with Mason's hearing. But Sonya, being protective of Cal, insists it isn't the done thing to go around kissing your best friend's girlfriend.
LAUREN: And I think you're forgetting that it takes two to tango.
AJAY: You're not saying this is Rani's fault, are you?
Ajay goes on a rant about the others' sons fighting, and them blaming Rani, even though she's just lost her mother. Ajay gets a text from Susan, asking him to pick Rani up from school as she's very upset. Toadie says Rani needs to know that what she did was wrong too - but Ajay simply tells them to keep their boys away from his daughter, and leaves. Awkward silence.
Rani thanks Susan for listening, and goes to wait outside while Susan and Ajay talk. He admits he's finding it tough being a single parent without Priya, and that he had no idea what was going on with Rani. Susan reminds Ajay that she, Karl and Toadie are all around to help him. Ajay thanks her.
Anton brings a glass of wine over for Terese. Toadie approaches, and explains he spoke to Caroline earlier; Terese makes her distaste clear, saying Caroline's a complete flake. Toadie explains Caroline hasn't gotten round to writing her statement for Mason's hearing, and that the Turners are worried. Terese isn't surprised, but says Paul has given Caroline the morning off to give evidence in person. She adds that Caroline wasn't affected by the robbery attempt in the slightest, and that if she was, they would all know about it. Realising what Paul's up to, Toadie rushes off to save the day.
Sonya lectures Callum about fighting; she understands he's upset, but it's not on. Callum apologises, and says Sonya can ground him if she wants. She hugs him, as Callum explains how into Rani he was; he had no idea she liked Bailey. Sonya admits that she saw the kiss, but didn't say anything because she thought it would be better coming from Rani. Cal is hurt and angry, and marches off to his room.
Erinsborough High School
Callum arrives at the school, and enters the classroom where the props for the play are being stored. He finds Rani's bracelets on the floor and gets upset - before ripping up the Taj Mahal backdrop for the play in a fit of rage. An aghast Susan comes in and demands to know what he's doing, but Cal ignores her and makes for the door.
Toadie turns up as the Turners are having dinner. He explains he's been doing some digging and thinks Paul's trying to put Mason away, due to the fact that Caroline will be giving her testimony in person. With a written statement, they know what would be said, but if she takes the stand she's a 'loose cannon', and what she says could be very dangerous.
Mason insists that Paul said he'd support him, but Toadie bets Paul's own statement will be detrimental too - saying his aim is probably to look good in Kate's eyes, whilst simultaneously shafting Mason. Given the new evidence, Mason hesitantly asks Toadie to take on the case instead of Tim Collins. Toadie agrees, and says he'll do his best.
Monday on Neighbours
- Kate learns that Mason has switched lawyers, and Toadie asks Paul for a supportive statement
- More lost- eyesight antics with Kyle and Georgia
- Imogen wishes Mason luck at his hearing, and is interested to hear Mason and Kate have split up