Previously on Neighbours
- Paul continues to bully Georgia about her song, while badmouthing her to Amali Ward
- Rani seems none too impressed when Bailey proposes getting a scholarship at her new school
- While out chasing a sleepwalking Chris, Sheila is accosted by a stranger offering her ‘company'
A road in Erinsborough
We pick up right where we left off, as a dressing gown- clad Sheila runs down the road, pursued slowly by a car. However, this time it turns out to be Matt, who gets out and asks if she's okay. She explains she's looking for Chris but is visibly shaken up – and after some probing by Matt, admits she's been running from a sleazebag in a black sedan. Matt promises to look into it, and gets Sheila into the car, saying they can search for Chris together.
Matt, Sheila and Chris arrive home – Chris is still sleepwalking. Matt explains to Kate that they found him wandering down by the lake. Sheila says Chris must have taken some of the sleeping pills that Karl had forbidden.
CHRIS: I'll have jam, please. No butter.
MATT: He's been going on about croissants the whole way home.
Sheila is more angry than amused, however, and storms off to bed. Matt says Sheila's had a tough night, and promises to explain all to Kate later. Matt walks Chris to his bedroom, having had experience of sleepwalking when Bailey was younger, while an amused Kate smirks and disappears to her own room.
Rani tells Callum and Bailey she'll be in England this time tomorrow, and that she'll miss them both – but Bailey has been up all night working on his scholarship proposal, and says he may be joining her soon. Rani points out that Paul might choose someone else for the scholarship, and says Bailey shouldn't get his hopes up, particularly as she doesn't even know which school they're going to yet. Bailey's forced to admit Lauren and Matt haven't fully agreed yet either, but is convinced he'll be able to get them and Rani's new school to support him.
Bailey tells Lauren and Matt he's finished his scholarship pitch, which he's going to present to Paul today. Matt points out they haven't agreed to let him do it yet. Bailey points out that the Willises' other daughter Piper is on exchange in Canada and it's doing her the world of good, but Matt is wise to the fact that this is really all about Rani. Bailey admits she's part of it, but says studying in England could really help him in the future, such as if he becomes a UN diplomat!
Bailey proposes that his parents at least let him go through the process, and then they can decide for sure if he's offered the scholarship. Matt's visibly not keen, but Lauren says it can't hurt to do the interview, and Bailey rushes off to call Paul and organise the meeting.
MATT: Are we really going to let him do this?
LAUREN: No, we're going to let Paul Robinson kill it for us.
Penthouse du Paul
Bailey completes his presentation, and Paul reclines menacingly on his couch – he is suitably impressed, to Matt's annoyance. Paul's clearly twigged that Matt isn't keen on the idea and pretends to empathise, saying he worried a lot about his own son (presumably Andrew) when he lived away from home, but that he's ‘never really been one for apron strings'.
PAUL: You should be a little more supportive of Bailey. I mean, he's showing initiative and drive here. Clearly breaking the family mould.
MATT: We're leaving!
But Bailey isn't ready to call it quits yet, and continues to pitch to Paul by flattering his ego, much to Matt's disgust. Paul says he'll have to confer with Susan and the board, but that Bailey is in with a very good chance! Bailey is grateful, and Paul smirks at Matt and Lauren.
Kate and Sheila fill Chris in on his sleepwalking antics from last night. He doesn't believe them, but they tell him to check his feet, and sure enough they're filthy. Karl is also in attendance, and is concerned when Chris admits he took more of the sleeping tablets. He suggests Chris see him for an appointment where they can discuss a referral for counselling. Kate, who is in full- blown do- gooder mode, suggests Karl should offer his healing wisdom to Sheila as well, after her run- in with the creepy stranger last night. Sheila plays it down and says she's fine, but ominous music tells us otherwise.
Toadie comes round to pass some paperwork to Rani for Ajay, saying he'll miss working with her dad. Rani says Ajay's sorry to be letting him down like this, but Toadie insists moving to England will be a great opportunity for them. Toadie leaves. Callum, who has been lurking in the kitchen, demands that Rani tell him why she doesn't want Bailey to go to London with her. She makes some feeble excuses, and says she hasn't told Bailey not to pursue the scholarship because she doesn't want to hurt his feelings.
CALLUM: That's right – much better for him to go to London and then have you hurt his feelings.
RANI: This isn't Bailey's adventure, okay? It's mine, and he's crashing it. I just want to start my new life fresh, on my own, that's all. Why can't he just accept that?
CALLUM: Because he's your boyfriend? And because he loves you! I would have thought that meant something. Unless there's something else. That's what all this is about, isn't it? What happened in India?
Rani avoids the question. She thanks Cal for his help with the cleaning, but says she can do the rest alone. He storms out.
Georgia is whingeing at Kyle because he has to go to work, but can't persuade him to stay and hang out. She suggests they catch a movie later instead; he agrees, and says he has a surprise for her later too. As Georgia looks in the West Waratah Star for the film listings, she finds an interview with Amali Ward about her song.
GEORGIA: She says that she wrote it. She says it's about no- one in particular! What a liar!
Kyle reasonably puts forward the point that the newspaper may have made a mistake or twisted her words; but Georgia isn't having any of it. She's had it with these celebrity types walking all over her, and stomps off to bring Amali down a peg or two. Kyle looks nonplussed.
Georgia confronts Amali, challenging her to deny that she claimed the song was hers, and that she said she came up with the lyrics by scribbling on a serviette! Of course, Amali has never even heard of the West Waratah Star and denies ever giving them an interview, but Georgia is in disbelief that anyone could so brazenly impugn the integrity of that esteemed publication.
GEORGIA: No, they… They've quoted you!
Amali says her publicist must have issued a press release without permission. She offers to get on the phone and ‘blast them', but Georgia realises what a fool she's been and says it's fine. She tells Amali the song's hers now, and slinks off meekly.
Cal seeks advice from Toadie and Sonya about Rani's odd behaviour, explaining that she's acting as if she doesn't want Bailey to go to England – and that he thinks she may have been seeing someone else in India. Toadie suggests Cal should do the honourable thing and tell Bailey himself that Rani doesn't want him to go with her. But Cal's worried about how Bailey will react, and doesn't want to dob Rani in. Sonya reminds Cal how upset he was when Sonya didn't tell him what she knew about Rani and Bailey, but Cal is worried that if he's wrong, he'll cause a lot of unnecessary upset.
TOADIE: But if you're right, you'll be doing Bailey a massive favour.
Dial- A- Kyle
Amali Ward drops by, looking for Georgia. She tells Kyle she's arranged for a retraction to be printed in the West Waratah Star following their made- up interview with her. She comments that Georgia seemed to care about the song; Kyle explains it was one of the first she performed, and that she wrote it about him. Amali is surprised on both counts, as Paul had implied Georgia wasn't a singer, and didn't care about the song. Kyle shows Amali the video clip of Georgia performing the song (he's managed to track down a copy that Paul hasn't had deleted yet), and Amali looks impressed.
Cal comes over to see Bailey, who is naively cutting out love- heart- shaped pictures of him and Rani, no doubt for some ghastly memento he is preparing for her departure.
CALLUM: Rani doesn't want you to go.
Cal says he thinks she was seeing someone else in India, and Bailey immediately gets defensive. Cal admits Rani hasn't said as much, but says he just has a feeling about it. Bailey is scornful, and thinks Cal must just still be jealous of his relationship with Rani. Bailey tells Cal that if he was really his friend, he wouldn't be making stuff up like this – and despite Cal's denial, Bailey tells him to get out.
Chris comes in with a bunch of flowers for Sheila, as an apology for last night. He promises to stay off the sleeping pills from now on.
CHRIS: And you don't have to worry about chasing me down the street ever again too. Unless you want to. Which I hope you don't.
Sheila thanks him for the flowers, and Chris double- checks that she isn't suffering from any trauma following her encounter with Mr Creepy. Sheila insists not, but the moment Chris leaves she comes over all traumatised.
Toadie, Sonya and Nell are saying goodbye to Rani, and ask her to pass their regards to Ajay, before leaving. Bailey and Cal are also there to say farewell; and Cal and Rani have one of those unfeasible open- plan- kitchen- private- conversations that Ramsay Street residents are so fond of, about her not having meant to hurt anyone, whilst Bailey's standing metres away, completely oblivious! Cal and Rani hug, and Cal leaves.
RANI: He always was a bit of a sook.
Bailey presents Rani with the Scrapbook of Love he's been preparing, so she has something to remember him by until he can join her in London.
RANI: I could never forget you… but I don't want you to come to London.
BAILEY: … That's what Callum said. But he also said you saw a guy in India. Which is totally nuts, right? Isn't it?
RANI: … I did meet someone. But nothing really happened; and it won't either, since I'm moving.
BAILEY: But you like this guy?
RANI: There was something there. And it made me realise that I need to move on.
Rani tells Bailey she's not ready for this sort of commitment, and hands back his scrapbook. Losing Priya and her great- grandma made Rani realise that she doesn't want to be tied down to anyone.
A car horn honks outside. It's Karl and Susan, ready to take Rani to the airport, and Bailey forlornly tells Rani she should go.
RANI: I really am sorry, Bailey.
And off she goes.
Amali Ward has arranged to meet Paul, but won't tell him what it's about. It turns out she's invited Georgia along too, so they can thrash this song thing out. Amali sides with Georgia, saying her singing is amazing and that Paul should never have taken her video down – before proceeding to tell Georgia she's giving her her song back! Paul protests, but Amali tells him they're no longer on the same page, and leaves. Paul berates Georgia for ruining his dreams of using the song in a car commercial. Georgia smiles and smugly walks away.
Sheila is flustered when a customer in the bar (Jimmy) asks her if she needs a hand – which is the same question Mr Creepy (Derek) asked her last night when he was stalking her. Like Mr Creepy, the customer also calls her ‘love' and says he's ‘just being friendly'. These coincidences combine through flashback to lead Sheila to the conclusion that this is the same man, although seeing and hearing the two juxtaposed seems to suggest otherwise. Sheila demands that the customer leave, and he does, calling her a crazy old bat on the way out!
No 32 (garden)
Bailey looks sadly through the photo scrapbook he prepared for Rani. Cal comes to lend a sympathetic ear, but Bailey is quick to shoot him down. He accuses Cal of pretending to be his friend, and having exaggerated his fears about Rani's infidelity to cause Bailey more upset, as some kind of revenge for Bailey taking Rani from him in the first place. Cal's not in the mood for this, and leaves, telling Bailey he doesn't know why he bothered. Bailey throws the scrapbook in the pool and watches it sink – another piece of detritus that Matt will no doubt have to fish out later!
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Josie suggests that Bailey thinks of Callum more as a sidekick than a friend
- Sheila's still fragile, as she sees a similar- looking car pull up, and demands Matt catch Mr Creepy
- Josie is gym- bound for a weight- loss quest, and Brad seems surprised
- Lou wants Karl to give him a pre- birthday check- up, and later appears to be choking!