Previously on Neighbours
- Mason tells Georgia about how quiet things are at the garage
- Karl asks Georgia if she would consider joining The Right Prescription, and she agrees
- Rani pleads for Ajay to let her go with him to India, but he tells her she needs to stay for school
Ajay spots Karl coming out of his house, and runs over to ask him if he and Susan could take in Rani for a while, explaining about his grandmother's illness and his trip to India. Karl says he's sure Rani could catch up with her schoolwork, but Ajay explains his gran is dying, and that he doesn't want Rani to go through that again so soon after losing Priya. Ajay's leaving this afternoon, so won't be able to make the gig tonight; but Karl says he and Georgia will 'do something acoustic'.
Mason fills Lucas in on all the dramas with Hermione the car, much to Lucas's amusement.
MASON: Yeah, that car is going to purr, okay. Trust me, I'll show you.
LUCAS: You don't have to prove anything to me, Harry Potter.
Lucas orders more drinks, and Mason queries whether he can afford it, given how slow things are at the garage. Lucas seems to be in denial about it, and insists that things will get better - but that in the meantime Mason will have to satisfy himself with pick- ups and coffee runs.
Terese loudly confronts Paul.
TERESE: We have a problem!
PAUL: Well, does the whole hotel need to know about it?
She explains that the concierge has lost a trolley- load of guests' bags, including Mrs Hampton's expensive bracelet. Terese claims the concierge is the 'last weak link' front- of- house, and that she's had her eye on him for a while; she blames Paul for not having sacked him earlier! Paul is keen for Terese to buy the guests off with freebies, but Terese suggests they need to let the concierge go, and hire a young trainee who's keen for career progression. That's funny, because I swear someone just said things were quiet for Mason at the garage right now...
Karl is explaining to Susan that Ajay is going to India, and that Rani will be staying with them. Susan's looking forward to having another teenager around the house.
KARL: Yes, because teenagers are so easy to deal with. And they multiply; first it'll be Rani, and then we'll be fighting Callum and Bailey for a place on the couch. They'll eat all our food; they'll suck up the Wi- Fi...
SUSAN: That's what I've always loved about you - your optimism!
Kyle and Georgia come in, and Karl wants to discuss the band's set- list with Georgia. She's worried about doing all (Karl's) originals, and suggests they could do some covers as well. Karl explains they're not a covers band.
KARL: We're innovators, not imitators.
SUSAN: I can see the bumper sticker now.
Karl suggests Georgia should write some songs too, and she mentions she already has - Karl thinks she should send them over and he'll have a look. But she's not keen on that idea, and Kyle wonders why.
Mason is working on Hermione the car, while Imogen sits on the bonnet whinging about how lame the school holidays have been, since she hasn't got to use the car. Mason says he's going as fast as he can with the repairs. They talk about his job more generally, and Mason admits he's not sure what he's doing at the garage anymore - he's just doing odd- jobs and feels like a 'glorified gopher'. He's worried Lucas won't be able to afford to keep him on, particularly with Chris there too. Imogen reassures him it will get better, and Mason gets back to it.
Rani is moaning to Bailey about not being able to go to India with Ajay. Bailey 's just pleased she's staying as he'll get to spend time with her, but Rani feels like Ajay is dumping her, and that school isn't a good enough reason for her not to go with him.
Karl turns up to tell Rani her room's ready, whenever she wants to bring her things over. She asks Karl what Ajay said to him about why Rani had to stay; but Karl says she'll need to talk to her dad, thus implicitly letting on that something was said.
Paul tells Kate that he's moving into the Eclipse penthouse apartment next week, and wants a final decision on the colours for Kate's room. Kate reminds him she's not living there with him, but Paul says it would be nice for her to have a room all the same, for when she needs to stay over. Kate thanks him, but says he can choose the colour - before rushing over to greet Mason. Paul looks a little sad as Mason fills Kate in on some nuisance parts pick- up he has to make for the garage.
Community Centre (outside)
Ajay is paying a visit to the Priya Kapoor Memorial Bush™, when Rani turns up.
RANI: I thought I'd find you here.
AJAY: I didn't want to leave without saying goodbye, you know?
RANI: You're trying to protect me. It's why you won't take me with you, isn't it?
AJAY (unconvincingly): Nah. You got school, you know. It's important.
RANI: You think I can't handle someone else dying.
AJAY: It's India, Rani. You know, it's different even for me.
RANI: Dad, it's not about school, and it's not about India. My great- grandma's dying, and you don't want me to go through that. But you can't protect me forever. People dying - it's part of life.
AJAY: When did you get so strong, hmm? I guess I'm the one who's struggling with this. And you're not even half my age.
RANI: Losing Mum... is one of the worst things I'm ever going to have to go through.
AJAY: Exactly. That's why I think you've seen too much death.
RANI: But there's something worse.
RANI: Facing it alone. Grandma's dying; I know that, but I'm going to be here on my own. Without you. And you're going to be without me, when we should be together. Dad, I'm your daughter and I love you and I want to be with you. Can we please just be a family on this?
Rani relays the details of her conversation with Ajay to Bailey. Ajay said he'd think about it, but Rani says she'll do whatever she has to to be in India with her family. Bailey looks sad, and admits he was happy about her staying before. He asks if she'll be back for her birthday; Rani doesn't know, but Bailey says it she's not he'll organise a party for her a few weeks late. They kiss, just as Ajay walks in. Coughing politely, Ajay tells Rani that he's thought about it, and that he wants her to go with him to India. Rani's over the moon and hugs her dad, but Bailey looks upset.
Imogen comes in to pester Terese for a driving lesson, in the process explaining how Mason hasn't done much work on the car, and how bored he is with his job. Paul overhears, and you can see the cogs ticking over. Terese eventually agrees to the driving lesson, as soon as she's finished work, and Imogen leaves.
PAUL: You know what, I think you should sack the concierge.
TERESE (pleasantly surprised): Oh! What's brought this on?
Paul says he's thought about what she said, and has decided he agrees: they need a new concierge to come in at entry level, and work hard to progress.
Ajay comes round to inform Susan of his decision to take Rani with him to India after all. Her speech to him has convinced Ajay that his daughter is no longer a child, and Karl and Susan bathe in the glory of their advice having proved correct. Ajay thanks them for everything they've done, and tells them they're the best neighbours out there. He hugs both of them before leaving, telling Karl to 'rock on' in his absence! Karl and Susan hug.
As Ajay loads up the taxi, Callum and Bailey arrive to bid Rani goodbye. It's a bit awkward with Callum, but Rani promises to send him a postcard - and he wanders back inside. Rani's left with Bailey.
RANI: You know I'll be back before you know it, showering you in tacky souvenirs.
BAILEY: Well, I can't wait.
RANI: Seriously, it's not forever.
BAILEY: I know, it's just...
RANI: Just what?
BAILEY: I... I love you.
RANI: What did you just say?
BAILEY: I said I love you.
RANI: I love you too.
They share a goodbye kiss, and Ajay beeps the horn of the taxi.
RANI: I'll miss you Ramsay Street. And I'll really miss you.
Bailey waves goodbye as the Kapoors pull out of Ramsay Street.
Karl and Georgia are playing their gig to an impressed- looking barful of punters, including Kyle, Sheila and Gloria the Groupie. They're singing 'My High- Flying Bird', the song Karl and Ajay wrote about their daughters - and receive rapturous applause at the end. Kyle hugs Georgia, telling her it was even better than last time. Sheila repeats her offer of a weekly gig, and Georgia wonders if they should wait for Ajay to get back to make the decision; but Karl reminds her that he was The Right Prescription long before Ajay showed up, and agrees to the regular gig. Georgia looks bewildered.
Kate comes in and joins Paul at a table; she was meant to be having a late dinner with Mason, but he's cancelled, so Paul suggests they have dinner together instead. Kate says she's just here for a drink and walks off, and Paul looks pensive, before disappearing out of the door. Kyle and Georgia take his table, and discuss the band gig - she's thinking of pulling out.
KYLE: Okay, I know you're not the biggest fan of Karl's music.
KYLE: But everyone in the audience loves you two together.
GEORGIA: Even with the dodgy transitions and the schmaltzy lyrics.
KYLE: Maybe even because of the dodgy transitions and schmaltzy lyrics.
Kyle says she thinks she can do something amazing with this, and can't wait till next week.
Mason helps himself to a beer from the fridge, only to turn around and find Paul standing in his kitchen. Mason looks suitably disturbed.
MASON: Are you lost?
PAUL: You know, you folk really should learn to lock your doors, because anybody could just wander in.
Paul says he wants to help Mason; he's heard he's fed up of being Lucas's gopher at the garage, and wants to offer him a new position at Lassiter's - the trainee concierge role. He would be starting at the bottom, but there would be considerable opportunity for progression.
MASON: Let me guess - all I need is a phone and five friends to start.
Paul says that eventually, Mason could move up to hotel operations and even management. Mason is scornful at first, but when Paul's about to leave, he asks him to wait. Mason points out that he doesn't know anything about hotels, but Paul says Lassiter's would pay for him to do a hotel management course at TAFE.
MASON: Why are you offering me this?
PAUL: Because I think you've got potential actually.
MASON: Hang on - didn't you try to sabotage my trial?
PAUL: Whatever happened, that was before I knew what I know now.
MASON: Which is?
PAUL: That I'm not the only one who cares about my niece.
Paul says he's a pragmatist, and that for him, Kate is the bottom line - which makes Mason a good investment. Paul reckons that if he gives the job to Mason, it'll give him more chance of seeing Kate. Paul says he'll draw up a contract, and says Mason should take it to a lawyer to check over, promising the offer will be worth his while.
Karl and Susan relax at home, listening to The Right Prescription - which seems to be making them rather amorous.
SUSAN: You know, even though the kids have gone, as long as you're here, an empty nest doesn't seem so bad.
KARL: Doesn't seem all that empty to me.
SUSAN: Hmm. More like cosy, I would have said.
Famous last words, as fate intervenes - in the form of a phone call from Izzy Hoyland, Karl's notorious ex and the mother of his young daughter, Holly.
SUSAN: Oh, great.
KARL (to Izzy): This isn't really a good time... What's that... Hang on, hang on... What have you done?... Oh well, no - hang on... You can't... Izzy, are you there? Izzy?!
She appears to have hung up. Karl explains the gist of the conversation; Izzy's met a new bloke, and they're going off together on a cruise around the Mediterranean.
SUSAN: Oh! This affects us how?
KARL: She's put Holly on a plane to come here and stay with us.
Susan looks shocked.
Monday on Neighbours
- Mason seems to have accepted Paul's offer of the concierge job
- Matt literally sweeps Lauren off her feet for some baby- making
- It's auction time - will Lucas and Vanessa snap up a luxury Eclipse apartment?
- Karl's daughter Holly arrives in Erinsborough; and Susan 'can't believe she's Izzy's child'!