Previously on Neighbours
- Imogen admits her eating problem and agrees to the idea of seeing a counsellor
- Mason and Imogen hunt for Robbo's phone after she says the threw it away after the hit- and- run
- Jack tells an incredulous Paul that family and friends are more important than business
- Jack puts on a treasure hunt to mark the relaunch of the radio station
- Vanessa's ex- husband Alek rocks up and reveals he never annulled their marriage
- Vanessa puts the brakes on the auction of No 32, just as Paul is about to win
Vanessa hits Lucas with a barrage of exposition that he (and we) could have done with knowing about last episode. Turns out Alek has met someone else he wants to marry, and has offered Vanessa a hundred grand in exchange for a quick annulment, if she forgoes any claim on the considerable fortune he's accrued since they were together.
Lucas is relieved, having thought the worst when he found them in the hotel room together; Vanessa apologises for not explaining at the time, but says she just needed time to process things. She says she's keen to accept the money, as it would mean they could keep paying off the mortgage on No 32 and not sell it, as well as paying for some of the apartment.
LUCAS: Uh, you said ‘we'. Does that mean you wanna work things out?
VANESSA: … Let's just deal with the money stuff first and we can sort all that stuff out later.
Paul comes in, looking none too pleased – and demands to know whether the auction will continue. Vanessa asks Lucas what he wants to do.
In the garden, Vanessa and Lucas break the news to Lauren, Lou and Bailey that they're keeping the house – they won't have to move out. The family's thrilled; Lucas says they'll still need to sell eventually, but Vanessa points out that the Turners may be able to buy it themselves by that point (once they've had a financial deus ex machina of their own, presumably). Everyone sniggers at how annoyed Paul was as the Turners celebrate; but a question mark still hangs in the air as Lucas and Vanessa look uncomfortable with each other.
Breakfast at the Willises'.
JOSH (getting a text): The Turners are staying!
BRAD: Ah, that is awesome.
JOSH: Yeah – if Amber had moved away it would have seriously cut into my training time.
IMOGEN: You are such a romantic.
Terese comes in; she's all dressed up, as she's off to some kind of event being hosted by Lassiter's. She proposes to Brad that once they're done, they should go for a ‘date afternoon', and he agrees. Brad asks whether the latest treasure hunt riddle has been solved yet; Josh doesn't think so. Brad suggests that he and Terese could give it a shot, and she agrees, but points out they need to be back for Imogen's counselling appointment.
Remembering Imogen has free periods later today, Terese offers to stay home with her later, but her daughter insists she isn't going to start binge- eating again the moment they leave the house. Josh asks if Imogen's just pretending to be okay, but she insists she's working through her issues and tells them not to worry. Hudson arrives with Terese; as the Lassiter's poster- boy, he's going along to meet and greet.
JOSH: Nice tracksuit, Zoolander.
Hudson wishes Josh luck for his swimming trials tomorrow, and Josh thanks him for all the tips. Brad comments on how they seem to have become best mates, reminding him how they were fighting the other day (or so they've told him, as an excuse for the bruises Josh sustained in his fight with Robbo). Josh and Hudson look worried, and insist they're putting their differences aside for their swimming. Brad looks suspicious.
Karl finds Georgia, whom he's been looking for all morning. (He can't have tried very hard, then, as if she's not at home or work she's pretty much guaranteed to be in Harold's.) He asks why she's not at work; she says she swapped her shift to play another gig at Charlie's. Karl has some news for her on Robbo's autopsy results: he had a tear in his renal artery, and Georgia just happened to be there when it blew, so there was nothing she could have done to predict that or save him. He says he hopes it helps knowing she's not to blame; Georgia says she didn't think she was, but thanks him all the same. As Karl leaves, Georgia is clearly affected by the news.
Matt comes in for a bottle of champagne to celebrate the fact they're not moving. Sheila congratulates him. Paul and Jack come in; Paul's filling Jack in on the news that his plans to buy No 32 have been scuppered.
JACK: Well, I'm sorry your ploy to buy back your childhood failed.
PAUL: It wasn't about my childhood. It was an investment strategy.
JACK: Well, using your wallet to reclaim something you've lost… I know that one.
PAUL: Jack, this isn't about sentimentality.
JACK: Why don't you try being happy? For the family who stay in their home?
PAUL (laughing): The Turners? Oh yeah, good one.
JACK: Don't look to the past for fulfilment. Find it in the now.
PAUL: Yeah alright, you can stop with the fortune- cookie platitudes.
But Jack just shakes his head in despair.
Ramsay Street / No 32
As they watch the auction sign being taken down, Lucas fills in Lou on the situation with Alek, and how he's come to their rescue with the hundred grand. But Lou can tell he's not that pleased about it all – and inside, it's Parallel Conversation™ time again, as Vanessa has an equivalent chat with Lauren. She says she feels slightly odd about taking all that money from Alek, but Lauren highlights the positives, and says it means she can concentrate on her relationship with Lucas. Vanessa looks worried. Outside, Lou points out that Lucas's relationship with Vanessa is hanging by a thread – so he should just suck up Vanessa's offer to solve all their financial woes, even if he doesn't like taking Alek's money. He has his family to think of, after all. Inside, Vanessa admits she's annoyed with the way Lucas has reacted to the situation, since it was his gambling that got them into the financial strife in the first place. Lauren tells Vanessa that she has to work out what she really truly wants from Lucas.
The promotional event at Lassiter's is kicking off, and Paul is introducing Jack to various local celebrities, such as Georgia and Hudson. Jack asks after Mason, wondering why he's not involved in the event, as an up- and- coming concierge. Paul coldly says that Mason's career development isn't a key concern for him at the moment. Jack quickly catches on that this is because he's split up from Kate, so is no longer of any use to Paul; and uses this as an anchor to start preaching at him again – saying he can't just throw people away when they cease to be of any personal advantage. Paul has finally heard enough, and tells Jack he's sick of hearing an old man's lectures, before stamping off.
Lassiter's (Alek's room)
Vanessa signs the annulment paperwork and passes it back to Alek, who explains to Vanessa and Lucas that he's leaving Melbourne this afternoon. They thank Alek for the money, and Vanessa wishes him well with his new fiancée. Lucas is slightly uncomfortable as Vanessa kisses Alek goodbye, and he reminisces about his time with Vanessa – but they soon leave.
Georgia is performing one of her songs in the courtyard. Hudson, looking fraught, tells Terese he's coming down with something and feels ill, so is going to leave. She says Paul won't be happy, but he says he doesn't want to pass a virus to anyone else, and rushes off.
Meanwhile, Paul is showing off his new Ferrari to a client, and Jack jokingly suggests Paul might be having a mid- life crisis. Paul apologises for losing his temper with Jack earlier; Jack says he's sorry too for preaching, but says it's ‘wisdom borne out of pain'. He tells Paul how he married Andrea when he was Paul's age, but hasn't heard from her for years – and now he's just a rich old man with no- one to share it with. Realising Jack's drawing a parallel with him, Paul argues that he has kids, but Jack points out that none of them are here.
JACK: I'm sorry to say this, but you don't seem to have many friends here either. Now look – I just don't want you to make my mistakes. That's all I'm saying.
Lucas and Vanessa's Flat
The pair arrive home, still discussing how they will use the money – but Lucas suddenly tells Vanessa that if she wants to take it and start over without him, he'd understand.
LUCAS: Look, I know I don't deserve your trust. I know I don't deserve you. So if you wanna call it quits…
VANESSA: That's not what I want.
LUCAS: Are you saying we're okay?
VANESSA: It's not like flicking a switch, Lucas; we've got a lot of work to do. But I'm willing to do it because I love you.
LUCAS: I love you.
Vanessa suggests coming along to one of his gambling meetings, so she can support him better. Lucas hugs her, telling her she's amazing, and she returns the compliment. Lucas admits he felt threatened when he first saw Vanessa with Alek, but she insists he's in the past – Lucas is her partner, now and forever. As they're talking, Vanessa realises she's totally forgotten to cancel their wedding – so it's still booked in for next week! They can't go ahead for real as the annulment won't come through in time, but Lucas suggests they could still hold the ceremony, and do the legal stuff later. He gets down on one knee.
LUCAS: Vanessa Villante, will you fake- marry me again?
She laughs, and says nothing would make her happier.
Terese and Brad are outside Grease Monkeys, with Karl, who has invited himself to join their treasure hunt team! They have narrowed down the latest clue to this area, and think the treasure must be hidden nearby. Sheila turns up, helping some extras to find the treasure – she claims to have already worked out the riddle, but since she won a share of the prize last time, she's letting others have a go. She tells Brad and Terese she thinks the clue should lead them to a rubbish skip around the corner; but as soon as they go to follow her lead, Karl challenges Sheila, accusing her of sending them on a wild goose chase when she really believes the treasure to be in the Bric- a- Brac Shop. Sheila doesn't deny it, and the pair of them rush into the shop to get their hands on the prize.
Around the corner, Brad and Terese discuss Imogen – Terese is worried she's pretending to be okay so they won't worry. Brad says they just have to keep looking out for her. He's climbed into the skip along with another treasure- hunting extra, but hasn't turned anything up. They start to realise they've been duped by Sheila, and decide to head back to Grease Monkeys and start again – but Terese gets a text from Karl, saying that Reg who owns the Bric- a- Brac Shop has found the treasure at the bus stop, so it's game over. However, as Brad is climbing out of the skip, he finds a blue mobile phone inside. The battery's flat, but they wonder whether someone's lost it.
Terese arrives home to take Imogen to her counselling appointment, again probing her to make sure she hasn't been bingeing – but Imogen says she's been at Amber's most of the afternoon. Terese describes her own afternoon with Brad, mentioning the phone; but as she describes it, Imogen realises that it must be Robbo's phone they found. Terese casually mentions that they handed it into the police, so they could go through it and find out who it belonged to. Panicking, Imogen makes an excuse to go back to Amber's, saying she'll meet Terese in the car.
Imogen asks Lauren if Mason's home, claiming she needs to talk to him about their car Hermione. But he's not in, so Imogen calls him, leaving a voicemail explaining that the police have Robbo's phone, and worrying that the video of Amber might still be on it.
Erinsborough Police Station
But it's too late – Matt is already looking at the phone, and has found the video of Robbo and Amber. As he watches it, he looks increasingly alarmed and upset, before putting it down.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- All hell breaks loose for the Turners as they struggle to deal with Matt's discovery
- Amber is called in for an interview with Detective Crabb
- Paul warns Mason to keep quiet about what he knows
- Georgia's set to leave nursing for singing, but Karl is worried she's running away