Previously on Neighbours
- Brad and Terese each try to surprise one another in a reconciliation attempt, but only end up rowing
- Paul tells Mason he plans to exploit Robbo's fondness for card games, to get rid of him for good
- Bailey sees Robbo and Amber together, and assumes the worst
- Holly admits to Susan that she wants to go back home to live with Izzy
Susan relays what Holly said, explaining that Holly thought Karl would be upset if he knew the truth, which is why she's been pretending she wanted to stay. Karl's clearly disappointed, and is also worried about Izzy's priorities, which seem to favour her romantic interests over Holly. Susan says that for all Izzy's faults, she seems to have done a good job over the last eight years. Karl points out how willing Izzy was to give Holly up, but Susan says he needs to discuss that with her, and do what's best for Holly.
At breakfast, Bailey confronts Amber about having seen her with Robbo. She defends herself, telling Bailey that she just ran into Robbo by coincidence – but Bailey isn't buying it, and threatens to tell Matt and Lauren. Amber insists it won't happen again, and begs Bailey not to tell. At that moment, Lauren and Matt come in, and Bailey clams up, as he and Amber depart for school.
No 22 (back garden)
Imogen talks to Terese about Amber; she's concerned about her involvement with Robbo, but Terese tells her that Amber's family will look after her. Brad arrives, and things are still frosty between him and Terese. He tells them that he's decided to coach Hudson after all. Terese doesn't look pleased, but has nothing more to say to Brad, so he heads off to work. Terese does the same, leaving Imogen to look worried.
While Callum works in the foreground, Toadie tells Sonya he's heard that the court date for the Lassiter's robbery trial is in two weeks. She pretends to be fine with the news, and Toadie says he'll see her later; but once he's gone she looks scared stiff.
Robbo comes in to drop off a CV with Sheila, in case there are any vacancies.
ROBBO: I'll do anything – bar work, kitchenhand…
SHEILA: And then hold the place up at the end of the night? I don't think so.
Sheila flings the CV back at him and tells him to leave – but as he's departing, Paul, who has been listening in, stops him for a chat. Paul claims he's not happy that Mason is going out with Kate, and thinks Robbo might have some information that could help Kate come round to his way of thinking. Paul offers to make it worth Robbo's while, and he agrees to meet Paul later at his penthouse. Robbo notices that Paul is practicing his poker skills at the table, and gives him some throwaway advice – leading Paul to suggest they play a couple of hands later, at their meeting, so he can give Paul some more tips. Robbo seems keen, and wanders off, while Sheila looks horrified.
Karl talks to Holly, explaining that Susan has told him Holly wants to go back to the UK. Karl says it's okay if Holly's changed her mind – he's not angry.
KARL: Holly, you know I love you very much. And I love having you here with me. But I want you to be happy. And it's hard to be happy when you're missing your mum, isn't it?
Holly admits she wants to go home to her mum, and an emotional Karl hugs her.
Amber gets a text from Robbo, asking her to meet him in an hour – but when Bailey asks who it was from, she claims it was Imogen. Bailey quickly grabs her phone and reads the message, before demanding to know why he shouldn't tell their parents. Matt and Lauren come in, and Bailey tells them about Amber meeting Robbo, and him texting her. Amber again tries to claim she just bumped into him, but her parents are sceptical. She admits she feels a bit sorry for Robbo, which Matt and Bailey are incredulous about – but Lauren asks them to leave so she can talk to Amber alone.
LAUREN: Now, how about you tell me what's going on?
AMBER: Robbo messed up, but he's not evil. Deep down, I still think there's a good person.
LAUREN: And you think you're the one to bring it out in him?
Amber says Robbo hasn't had the kind of support that Mason has, but that he's really trying to change. Lauren asks her why, if that's the case, Robbo is preparing to lie in court and make out that Mason and Sonya are the liars. Amber says Robbo has told her that the courts don't have the resources to reopen a case against Mason, but Lauren is sceptical, and says Amber should stay away from Robbo. To that end, Amber's grounded at all times except going to and from school.
No 22 (back garden)
Karl is telling Brad about Holly wanting to go home; he's still concerned how willing Izzy was to dump Holly at a moment's notice, and has realised he has no idea whether or not Izzy is a good mother, as he never sees them. Brad explains how much he missed his son Ned when Beth took him to Sydney with her, but that he had to accept in the end that Ned wanted to be with his mum. He asks whether Karl's just looking for reasons to keep Holly with him; Karl says that's part of it, but his concern about Izzy is genuine.
Speaking bluntly, Brad tells Karl that he really ought to know more about Izzy's activities; whether her recent cruise was just a one- off; and whether she's really providing a stable home- life for Holly. Karl admits that Brad's right - he's taken his eye off the ball - and says he's going to do what he should have done a long time ago.
Amber's getting a coffee, but gets a text from Matt telling her to go back to school! She sees Toadie at a table and asks to join him; she wants to know would happen to Robbo if he were to plead guilty to the robbery. Toadie says it's complex, but that the courts would look more favourably on him, and would be more likely to give him a shorter sentence if he went to jail.
Toadie also tells her that Mason's case could easily be reopened if Robbo lied and blamed the robbery all on him, which could lead to Mason being jailed. Toadie tells Amber that if she has any influence at all over Robbo, she should get him to plead guilty, as it would be best for Robbo, Sonya and Mason.
Amber has relayed Toadie's advice to Robbo, but he dismisses it, telling her Toadie's only saying that because he's married to Sonya. He says he can't plead guilty as he knows what prison does to people; but Amber's upset that Robbo pleading not guilty could affect Mason, and begs him to enter a guilty plea.
Karl tells Holly he's spoken to Izzy, and that she's thrilled that Holly's coming home. Karl also says that he wants to take Holly back to London himself, and make sure she settles back in okay. He also promises to visit her at least twice a year from now on. Holly's over the moon, and hugs him.
Robbo is shown into the penthouse by a couple of Paul's minions, and Paul pours him a beer. Robbo's keen to talk about Mason, but Paul suggests they ease into it and, spotting the cards, Robbo gets started with the poker. They begin to play, starting with $1 increments, as Paul tells Robbo he's still a beginner at the game.
Later, Robbo is pushing his luck, asking Paul if they can get room service. Paul sends one of his heavies down to get burgers and fries for everyone. Again Robbo asks if Paul wants to talk about Mason, or play more poker, suggesting that they could up the stakes if he wanted. Paul acts apprehensive, but matches Robbo's $450 stakes, and the game continues.
Apparently Harold's is now doing a picnic hamper service, as Brad returns to Margie the hamper he'd used for Terese's surprise yesterday, asking her to ‘thank Vanessa' for him. Terese happens to be at a table, and asks what the picnic was in aid of; he explains that he'd arranged a surprise for her at the gym last night, before they fought on the phone. Terese says she'd organised a romantic dinner for him too, and they have a good eye- roll about how stupid they both were.
BRAD: It's a wonder we've survived this long.
TERESE: We've survived because we're a team. And whether you're coaching two kids or twenty, I'm with you the whole way.
Brad grins and literally sweeps Terese off her feet, much to the surprise and amusement of a nearby extra.
Meanwhile, Susan and Holly are also in Harold's. Karl and Holly are flying out tonight, and Holly tells Susan she can't wait to get home – but that she's going to miss Susan. Susan says she'll miss Holly too, and that she's really glad they're friends now.
HOLLY: Maybe next time I can stay longer?
SUSAN: Well that would be awesome.
Karl and Holly are walking away from Charlie's, with a stuffed toy Sheila has apparently given Holly as a farewell present. Georgia randomly strolls over, and asks if Karl would like to help with her Father's Day hospital fundraiser: apparently, it's a Dads of Erinsborough photo exhibition. Karl explains that he and Holly are leaving for London tonight, so he can't. He sends Holly off to get in the car, then adds that he has a ticket for an emergency medical conference in Adelaide, but now can't go. He offers the ticket to Georgia and she's very keen, agreeing to pick it up from Susan later. As he's walking off, Karl tells her he'll get the money for the ticket off her when he returns!
As the game continues, Robbo has written Paul numerous IOUs in order to meet ever- increasing stakes. Robbo shows his hand; he has a very nice full house. But Paul's got a straight flush, and clears up. Robbo accuses Paul of cheating and wants to play again; but Paul says he'll struggle to pay him the $5,000 he already owes, given he can't get a job, and tells Robbo to ‘crawl back under the rock' he came from.
When Robbo asks how much Paul was going to pay for the info on Mason that they still haven't discussed yet, Paul says he's changed his mind about that – but says he's willing to forget about the $5,000 Robbo owes him, if Robbo likewise writes off Mason's $5,000 debt to him. Robbo realises he's been set up, and Paul happily admits it – before getting his heavies to escort Robbo out of the building! As they go down in the lift, Robbo texts Amber, saying he needs to see her urgently.
Amber comes to meet Robbo as requested. He admits he's just lost everything he had and more in a card game. He says he's coming round to the idea of pleading guilty, deciding jail might not be so bad after all.
AMBER: I'm so sorry.
ROBBO: No, I'm the one who's sorry. I really thought I could make it work for us this time – but somehow I always manage to just screw up. I love you too much to keep putting you through that. All I wanted is for us to be together. So I'm pleading guilty.
AMBER: You're doing the right thing.
ROBBO: Now it's all over for me.
AMBER: No, it's not. I believe in you.
ROBBO: You always did make me a better person. I should have listened to you from the beginning.
He moves in for a kiss, and Amber kisses him back, before they fall back onto a mattress - presumably an indication that it's TITTNL time.
Monday on Neighbours
- Imogen is appalled that things appear to be back on between Amber and Robbo
- Mason takes it the wrong way when Kyle tries to offer him advice about Kate
- Callum stresses to Toadie about his lack of girlfriends thus far, and Toadie stresses to Sonya about it too
- Robbo asks Amber if she's going cold on him