Previously on Neighbours
- Josh wants Brad to be his coach again, but Brad's also been offered a job at Dingoes Gym
- Amber dumps Josh when she realises she can't compete with his swimming career
- Toadie's suspicions about Uncle Walter continue to grow when he finds him drinking
- Walter steals money from the cash register at Sonya's nursery
Sonya comes round to look for Walter, who suddenly disappeared from the nursery – but Sheila hasn't seen him. Sonya explains all his bags have gone from the house, and she's worried he's left because Toadie caught him drinking. Sonya explains to Sheila that Walter is an alcoholic, and Sheila promises to get him to call Sonya if she sees him. Sonya goes off to resume her search.
Imogen and Amber are reading magazines when Amber receives a text from TJ from Year 12; they've been invited to a party down by the lake later. Imogen's keen to go, but Amber doesn't like TJ's posse as they're ‘pretty dumb' – however, Imogen thinks they might be perfect rebound material to help Amber get over Josh, whom she refers to as an ‘annoying merman'! Amber is eventually persuaded to go to the party, and Imogen decides they need to ‘workshop their outfits'.
Walter is waiting at the Only Bus Stop Out Of Town™. Kyle spots him from the yard, and wants to know why he's leaving, asking if he's spoken to Sheila or Sonya. Walter says he hasn't, as he doesn't like farewells – but Kyle insists he needs to call them before he leaves, as he's important to both of them. Kyle gets out his phone, but Walter's not interested, and waves down a taxi to the city, despite Kyle's pleas for him not to go.
WALTER: Just tell Sonya that I'm sorry. She'll know what I mean.
Josh is lounging on the sofa (it's his rest- day), as Imogen's about to head over to Amber's with some costume options. She explains she's going to TJ's party at the lake later, and that Josh can't come. He asks if Amber's going.
IMOGEN: Yes, along with many hot, available guys, who spend most of their time on dry land.
Josh asks if Amber's seeing anyone now, but Imogen tells him to stay away from her; he can't keep picking her up when he has time, then dropping her when swimming gets busy. Fed up of hearing it, Josh wanders off.
Imogen has brought a costume for Amber – and also tells her that Josh was asking about her, but that Imogen told him to pull his head in. Amber pretends to agree that Josh is not boyfriend material, but looks slightly disappointed at what Imogen's saying.
Paul comes in, and hands Lucas and Vanessa one of the wedding brochures he had printed, featuring the photos of Kyle and Kate dressed as bride and groom. Paul suggests that Lassiter's would be the perfect venue for Lucas and Vanessa to hold their wedding. Claiming he can cater for any requirement, Paul invites Lucas and Vanessa for a tour around the hotel to show them what it could offer. Lucas is about to turn Paul down, as they've already decided on a venue; but Vanessa seems keen to have the tour, so they follow Paul over to the hotel.
LUCAS: What are you doing?
VANESSA: Oh, I'm not going to buy anything. But I'm not going to miss out on the chance of watching Paul suck up to us! Come on, it'll be fun!
Kyle breaks the news to Sheila that Walter has left town. Playing down her feelings for Walter and pointing out he was a drinker in any case, she pretends not to be upset – but clearly she is, as she despondently gets Kyle's tea ready.
Lauren is coming out of the Bric- a- Brac Shop as Karl jogs past. Lauren appears to have bought a baby's crib, but she claims it's just to use for laundry etc. Kyle offers to help her to her car, but as he does, he notices Susan's missing watch in the window of the shop. He goes inside to investigate.
Sonya is on the phone to Aunt Robyn, asking her to let her know if she hears from Walter. Meanwhile Toadie has come off the other phone to Callum, who has told him that there is money missing from the till at the nursery. Sonya immediately concludes that Walter took the money, and didn't want to ask her for any as he was too ashamed.
Just then, Karl arrives, to break the news of Susan's watch turning up in the antiques shop – and that a man of Walter's description sold it to them. Sonya apologises to Karl, but he tells her not to worry; he just thought she should know. There's a knock on the door, and Sonya jokes it's probably the police, calling to tell her Walter's robbed a bank – but in fact it's Walter himself.
WALTER: I guess I might as well jump in and tell you that my real name is Dave.
SONYA: You're not even my uncle.
‘WALTER': Walter and I met a couple of months ago in a halfway house. We became mates and swapped stories, and he told me that he had a niece – and that he was thinking of getting in touch with you, and that he'd found out where you lived – and that you were married, and that you had a nursery. And then he went on a bender; and I knew he wouldn't contact you. So I found myself in Erinsborough.
‘Walter' admits he took advantage of the situation to con the Rebecchis, but that Sonya's been so kind that he realised he couldn't do it to her. As a result, he's brought back (most of) the money he stole from the nursery.
TOADIE: You're a real saint.
SONYA: Did you – did you want this to buy drinks? Is that what this is about?
‘WALTER': Walter Mitchell had the drinking problem, not me. I was just playing along with the story to stay straight with what your aunt had told you.
SONYA (tearful): Everything was a lie?
‘WALTER': No, not everything. What Walter told me about your parents – well, they would have been proud of you. Look, I don't want to cause any trouble.
TOADIE: You are lucky you're still standing, buddy.
SONYA: He's not worth it, Toad. Just – can you go please?
‘Walter' hands Sonya a piece of paper, with the address of the place the real Uncle Walter was staying, so she can contact him for real. Breaking down, Sonya insists that he leave, and Toadie moves him towards the door.
‘WALTER': For what it's worth, you know, I wish I was Walter Mitchell. He just doesn't know what he's missing.
Toadie forces him out, with ‘Walter' asking him to say goodbye to Callum and Nell for him. Back indoors, Toadie's incredibly angry, but Sonya is just crying her heart out.
Paul shows Lucas and Vanessa around , and they continue to let him believe he's in with a chance of scoring their wedding booking.
LUCAS: Well if we did use this place, we'd want to go all out. The big hall. String quartet, DJ; and maybe even a horse- drawn carriage.
PAUL: Oh, Lucas – I had no idea you were so romantic. Or cashed- up, for that matter.
Paul is halfway through selling them the premium ‘Lassiter's Supreme' wedding package and has just referred to them as ‘the Lassiter's bride and groom', when they can hold it in no longer.
LUCAS: Does that package include you as a celebrant? Because we'd really love you to marry us.
PAUL: Did you ever have any intention of using these facilities, even for a second?
LUCAS: We want you dressed as Elvis, because we think you'd make a really good Elvis. But slightly shorter, with a limp.
The couple fall about laughing; Paul realises they've been leading him on, and storms off, leaving them to conclude their giggling fit. However, after Vanessa goes back to work, Lucas notices the Eclipse Apartments leaflets in the foyer, and picks one up with interest.
‘Walter' pays Sheila a visit to explain his behaviour, but she quickly reveals she's been filled in on his activities – greeting him as Dave. He explains he never stole anything from her; he did take her bank card, but put it back without using it.
SHEILA: Oh, that's really big of you.
‘WALTER': Well, you obviously don't want me here, so I'll go. Well look after yourself; I'll see you around.
SHEILA: Not if I have anything to do with it.
Sheila slams the door, and tries to pretend she's not crying, but Kyle tells her it's okay to be upset – and gives her a hug. She decides it's time for her to get ‘back out there', and jokes to Kyle that the men of Erinsborough should watch out.
Lucas shows Vanessa the leaflet for the apartments, saying that they can't live at ‘Susan's old place' forever – without justifying this assertion with any further explanation. Vanessa reminds him they own No 32, but Lucas has been seduced by the promise of access to the Lassiter's gym, swimming pool and concierge service; and thinks that not mowing lawns or clearing gutters will give him extra time to spend with Patrick and Vanessa. Vanessa, meanwhile, seems sad at the idea of giving up the house and neighbours on Ramsay Street, but Lucas just asks her to think about it.
Imogen is enjoying the ‘eye candy' at TJ's party, but Amber is not so enthusiastic. Josh turns up, but the girls watch as he kisses another girl - on the cheek and exchanges some words with them. Amber looks jealous.
AMBER: Who's that?
IMOGEN: I think she swims with Josh. They're probably discussing brands of chlorine.
Imogen tells Amber to forget Josh; instead, she has set her up with Clay, a ‘hot and available' guy. Imogen leaves the pair alone to get to know each other.
Lucas and Vanessa lurk about outside No 32, reminiscing about the many happy weeks they spent there. However, Vanessa admits she's coming round to the idea of moving into the apartments; and Lucas continues to justify his desire to sell the house with memories of all the ‘stuff' that happened while they lived on the street. Vanessa agrees they should make an appointment to see the apartments, but seems sad for the Turners, who she thinks won't be happy if they sell. Lucas tells her nothing's set in stone.
Toadie comes off the phone to the halfway house where real Walter was staying, but apparently he left six months ago, without leaving a forwarding address. Toadie suggests they hire someone to search for him, but Sonya isn't interested – she's too distraught about fake Walter. She calls herself pathetic.
TOADIE: Sonya Rebecchi is one of the most beautiful, open, kind- hearted people I know.
SONYA: Sonya Rebecchi is a naïve fool, Jarrod.
TOADIE: Hey, you're dissing my wife there.
Toadie points out that fake Walter only came back because he felt guilty, because he'd come to care for Sonya – and that he even brought her money back. He asks her how many times he's likely to have done that in his career, and Sonya admits probably never. Toadie also points out that the ‘memories' he fed her were all real, albeit second- hand from his talks with the real Walter. Sonya is slightly consoled.
The swimming girl, Hayley, thanks Josh for helping her. She offers him a drink, but he wants to find Amber, so heads off. Josh asks Imogen where Amber is, but she claims not to know. He soon spots her though, sharing a kiss with Clay – and looks suitably upset.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Sonya continues to struggle with the fallout of finding out Uncle Walter was a fake
- Josh confronts Amber about kissing Clay, but Imogen reminds her of Josh's swimming priorities
- Rani's off to India for the holidays, and is surprised Bailey and Callum aren't doing cartwheels at the news
- Ajay learns his grandmother has been keeping something from him