Previously on Neighbours
- Rani kisses Bailey goodbye before departing for India with Ajay, to visit his sick grandmother
- Mason's a no- show for his father/son fishing trip with Matt
- Josie and Callum's friendship hits the rocks when Detective Crabb turns out to be her mum
- Josh is made to undergo extra tutoring to save his grades, and is caught breaking his Amber- ban
Lauren and Bailey are looking on a genealogy website for information about Lou's ancestry – she's preparing a family tree and surprise party for his seventieth birthday. She warns Amber and Bailey not to mention the party to Lou, but Amber's more interested in texting someone…
That someone happens to be Josh, with whom she is surreptitiously arranging another forbidden rendezvous. Josh pretends to be taken aback when Terese suggests they have a family meal in, since he thought she and Brad were going on a date night. It's the first they've heard of it, but they agree it's been a while since their last one. They decide it's not too late to go out, much to Josh's delight.
It appears as if Lou and the other Turners are arranging to go out to dinner too, much to Amber's delight.
Terese resolves to make dinner for Josh and Imogen before they leave, but Josh insists they can sort something out themselves.
Lauren is worried about leaving Amber home alone, so Lou volunteers to stay with her and help with her homework. Lauren thinks that's a great idea, but Amber is clearly not so thrilled.
Imogen wants a driving lesson before Brad and Terese go out, but Josh points out this would make them late for dinner. Imogen suggests they all get a takeaway instead. Josh looks horrified.
Amber thanks Lou for his offer, but says she has to take some photographs for Studio Art, which is ‘the sort of thing you have to do by yourself'.
BAILEY: But I thought you only took that subject as a bludge.
Lou's still happy to stay and keep her company, but Amber says it would be a shame for him to miss dinner because of her – so Lou and Lauren agree to leave her alone after all.
Josh suggests Imogen could drive Brad and Terese to the restaurant as her lesson, which prompts Brad to suggest they all go out for dinner as a family. Josh announces he's going to head to bed early tonight; Imogen eyes him with suspicion, but his parents buy it. He texts Amber again, asking her to let him know when she's ready.
Toadie is going through his client list to see how many of them he's lost since being a suspect in Robbo's hit- and- run; he tells Sonya it's not looking good. Suddenly he receives an email from Ajay – his grandmother died a week ago. Toadie decides he'll have to do something to bring in some work before Ajay returns, but Sonya snatches his laptop to organise flowers for the Kapoors.
The genealogy work continues. Bailey's tracked down two Alfred Carpenters, which is Lou's father's name, but can't find birth- dates for them so isn't sure which is the right one. Lou comes in, and they're forced to end their research. Lou again offers to help Amber with her camera- work, but she puts him off with techniCallum jargon, and he leaves her to it.
Brad, Terese and Imogen head out to dinner, leaving Josh by himself.
Mason arrives, and Lauren says she sent him a text inviting him to come to dinner with them. He moodily says he didn't get it, and declines to join them. Bailey gets an email from Rani – but before we learn its contents, Amber hurries all the other Turners out of the door, warning them they'll miss their dinner reservation.
Josh is reading a magazine. He checks to see if he's had a text from Amber, but nothing yet.
Amber is applying her make- up. Once she's done, she texts Josh saying she's ready when he is…
…but he's fallen asleep!
Next morning, Josh runs into Amber in the street. He admits he fell asleep and that his phone was on silent. He asks why she didn't just come over, but Amber wasn't sure whether his parents had gone out. She's only very mildly annoyed.
JOSH: Well my day starts at 5am. There's not much I can do about that.
AMBER: Yeah, well, you're lucky you're hot.
JOSH: Is this what you wear to bed?
AMBER: My dad has a gun, you know.
Amber suggests they meet at the library later, but Josh has tutoring with Susan. However, he promises to think of an alternative plan, and kisses her goodbye.
Josie has come to buy some flowers as it's her mum's birthday. Callum suggests the daisies, and Josie agrees. She apologises for how things turned out due to her mum being assigned to Toadie's case, and says she wants to be friends again. Callum is keen to do the same, and they quickly descend into Dragon Prophecies talk.
Suddenly Imogen shows up to look at the nursery roster, and Callum completely blanks Josie to talk to Imogen. Josie looks sad, and departs.
No 32 (back garden)
Matt is fishing leaves out of the pool, and grouchily points out to Mason that perhaps he could do it once in a while.
MASON: Oh, yeah. Good morning to you too.
Matt retorts that Mason deserves no better, given the way he treated him yesterday. Mason says he couldn't make the fishing trip because something came up.
MASON: Believe it or not, I do have other stuff going on, okay?
MATT: Well how would I know that? You never talk to me.
MASON: Why would I? I already know what you're gonna say. I stuffed up again because that's what I do. I don't want to hear it.
Mason marches inside, and Matt looks annoyed.
Inside, they talk again; Matt apologises, and insists he doesn't think Mason's a screw- up.
MASON: You don't treat me the same as Amber or Bailey.
MATT: No. You're probably right. I guess I'm harder on you because you're the oldest. When you got out of juvie, it was tough. But when we finally got back on track, I thought: ‘Yeah, this is what it's all about.' I reckon that's why it hurt so much when you went to Paul instead of me. But I shouldn't have taken it out on you, and I'm sorry.
MASON: Yeah. I'm sorry too.
They shake hands, and Matt asks Mason what's going on with him; Mason explains it's Kate- related, and that he's pretty sure they're over. Mason admits he had a chance to move on last night with the ‘really cool chick' he met, Meg, but that he couldn't stop thinking about Kate.
Matt then delivers some potentially pivotal backstory.
MATT: Did I ever tell you about the time your mum dumped me for three months, just after we got together?
MASON: Yeah, but she came back to you, right?
MATT: Yeah eventually. Worst three months of my life, though. Never even looked at another girl. You never know. Kate might come round.
But Mason isn't convinced about that. Matt suggests they could go down to the jetty now for a few hours' fishing, and Mason agrees.
Toadie has put together an ad for the paper to drum up extra business for the law firm – all he needs now is Ajay's approval to place it, but he hasn't come back to him yet.
Sonya and Toadie go off for a tea- break, leaving Callum in charge of the nursery. Bailey turns up, sees Callum looking at the roster, and asks him if he thinks Rani will get her old job back when she returns. Cal's not sure. Bailey notices that Cal's looking at Imogen's shifts, rather than his own, and wonders why.
CALLUM: Do we really need to go over that again?
Lauren and Bailey are working on Lou's birthday surprise again. Mason and Matt head off for the fishing trip – Lauren's thrilled they're finally putting aside their differences.
Lou comes in, and Lauren quickly hides all the papers they're looking through – but leaves one on the worktop by accident. Lou spots his father's name on the paper, but Lauren tells him it's just Bailey's boring school assignment! When it's clear they don't want his input, Lou starts to become offended – and Lauren is forced to admit they're putting together a family tree as part of his surprise birthday party.
BAILEY: Good one, Mum. ASIO lost a great secret agent when you went into the cafeteria business.
Lauren apologises for ruining the surprise, but Lou's made up, and starts looking forward to the big event.
Susan is schooling Josh in the art of good essay- writing, but he keeps being distracted by texts from Amber, so she's forced to remind him how important it is to get his grades back on track. Then Susan's own mobile rings – it's Karl. While he's on, Susan asks him where he's put the keys to the Kapoors' house, as she wants to go over and water the plants. Karl tells Susan they're in the cutlery drawer, and Susan takes them out and puts them on the worktop, before resuming her session with Josh. But Josh is now eyeing the keys to No 24 with interest…
Bailey is working a shift, while Josie sits staring at her cake and milkshake. When Bailey approaches, Josie asks him about Imogen. Bailey immediately realises what this is about, and tells Josie not to worry – there's no way Imogen would be interested in Callum. Josie insists she's not worried, and that it's none of her business who Callum has a crush on.
JOSIE: She's really pretty…
BAILEY: She's alright. But she doesn't play Dragon Prophecies.
BAILEY: Look, he's just going through a phase, okay? He'll get over it.
Seconds later, Imogen walks through the door and takes a seat at the other end of the room. Josie looks at her sadly, then looks at herself in the reflection from the drinks cabinet. Unhappy with what she sees, she pushes the food away and leaves.
Using the keys he's taken from Susan's house, Josh lets himself and Amber into the Kapoors'. Josh is nervous in case someone is there, but Amber soon relaxes him with a spot of kissing. They move their embrace onto the couch, where Amber double- checks that Josh is still okay with ‘the whole waiting thing'.
AMBER: Okay, so you're not still cool with it?
JOSH: No, no – I'm not saying that. I'm just – I thought we were past that. Hey, but look – we're not in any rush, right?
AMBER: It won't be forever, I promise.
They continue kissing, but Josh decides they should come up with a ‘safe word', that Amber can use if she feels things are going too fast.
AMBER: What would our safe word be?
JOSH: I dunno, uh… ‘pretzel'?
AMBER: ‘Pretzel'? Seriously?
Since it's better than his second suggestion, ‘bulldozer', they agree on ‘pretzel', and resume their kissing.
Susan has called Brad and Terese round for a meeting about Josh. They're surprised to find Josh isn't there himself, as he texted them to say his session was over- running; but Susan says she wanted to talk to them without Josh, and that he left ages ago. Terese quickly concludes he's with Amber, and Susan says that's why she wanted to speak to them – he was more interested in his phone than his work during the tutoring session. Brad and Terese promise to talk to Josh, but Susan's hypocrisy is evident as her phone rings again, and she just has to answer it.
SUSAN (on phone): Hello! You're early! Oh, are you on your way? I was coming to pick you up…. Great, alright. We'll see you soon! Bye!
Toadie still hasn't heard back from Ajay about the ad, so tells Sonya he's booked it in anyway. Suddenly his mobile rings: it's Ajay, who has some surprising news.
TOADIE: Sorry, could you say that again?... You're kidding me?
Josh and Amber are getting a little carried away in their now- horizontal snogging session, and fall off the couch onto the floor. Amber insists on ‘inspecting' Josh to make sure he's not hurt, and starts lifting his T- shirt. Josh then gives Amber an inspection of his own.
JOSH: You haven't said ‘pretzel' yet.
AMBER: Oh, neither have you.
JOSH: Oh yeah, as if I'm gonna say it.
AMBER: You never know; you might.
JOSH: Never gonna happen.
AMBER: Yeah? Well let's see.
At that moment, the door flies open and Josh leaps up to find himself face- to- face with Rani and Susan! Rani asks what they're doing there, and everyone looks at each other awkwardly.
Monday on Neighbours
- Josh and Amber try to explain their actions to an unimpressed Susan and amused Rani
- Lauren and Brad discuss how to tackle the situation with reference to their own younger years
- Toadie reveals that Rani and Ajay are moving to London
- Callum learns that Rani hasn't told Bailey yet, and encourages her to do it sooner rather than later