Previously on Neighbours
- Kate tells Susan that Gem's really nice, but 'not entirely upfront'
- Paul uses Rhiannon to help exert his influence on the local council
- Paul asks Tim Collins to help him quash his fraud conviction
- Eric goes to Toadie for legal advice about his accident at the gym, but Imogen gets involved
- Gem gives Callum a better mark than Bailey on their assignment, leading to consternation
Bailey moans to Callum about the fact that he got a lower mark than Cal on their assignment, despite all the extra work he put in. Bailey's sceptical that Cal could possibly have got a higher mark, and grabs his assignment off him to prove it.
BAILEY: Look, there's a typo on the first page. You don't spell 'zygotes' Z- Y- G- O- A- T- S. Did you not even spell- check?
CALLUM: That's the American spelling!
BAILEY: No, it's not!
Cal looks hurt as Bailey continues to deride his work, saying Gem must have used the wrong marking criteria. He says he's going to ask Gem about his marks and find out what went wrong. Cal looks annoyed.
Toadie and Sonya are pleasantly surprised that Cal got an A on his assignment, noting that he's never had one before. Cal admits he may have fluked it, since he somehow got more than Bailey, but they convince him that he must have done better than he thought, and that he should be proud of himself. Cal decides he will be.
Imogen shows Mason the documents she's been photocopying from Eric's file, and he opines that she's 'hard- core'. He tells her to be careful not to get caught, and asks what she's going to do with the material she's uncovered. This is what she wants Mason's advice on.
IMOGEN: You've got experience with this sort of thing.
MASON: You mean, like, breaking the law?
IMOGEN: Don't say that.
MASON: Let's call it 'covert operations'.
Mason looks through the documents, and can't see anything that proves Eric's claim is dodgy - but tells Imogen she should continue to gather more information until she finds out what he's up to.
Erinsborough High School
For some reason, Gem has darkened the lights in the classroom and is using a projector to show the pupils the video of Georgia and Karl playing 'Letting You Know' in Charlie's. They all look suitably baffled, and Bailey comments that between this and giving Cal an A, there must be something wrong with Gem! He adds that he's going to talk to Susan about his concerns; Cal begs him not to, saying he'll get marked down and that Toadie and Sonya are stoked about his A. He also says Bailey could get Gem into serious trouble, which Bailey admits he doesn't want.
Kate storms in, not seeing Gem at the back of the classroom, and thinks the class are watching the video unsupervised. Moaning about the noise, she turns it off and the lights on, only then to see Gem at the back of the room. Kate demands to know why they're watching Georgia's video in science class; Gem claims that she wanted to give the kids a treat for doing such good work on their assignments. Quite why Gem believes that making them watch her cousin's amateur performance at a local bar constitutes a treat is not elaborated upon; but Kate backs down and leaves them to it, having asked if Gem could turn the volume down as it's disrupting her no doubt more sensible lesson at the other end of the corridor.
Brad runs into Imogen, who claims she's released herself from work experience to come and assist him with the Eric Edwards situation. She begins to ask Brad about Eric's history at the gym, but he tells her she should leave the investigative work to Toadie. Imogen points out that Toadie's on Eric's side, and asks if Brad has a lawyer; he doesn't, but says he will get one and tells her not to stress. However, Imogen also raises the issue of it potentially costing the gym $500,000, which she overheard him discussing with Terese. Brad insists Imogen shouldn't worry about it and goes inside.
Matt finds Lou on a bench, writing a postcard to Lolly, thanking her for attending his surprise party. Mason comes past with a load of files, and Matt asks him if he wants to 'shoot some hoops', but he reveals he's on an important errand for Paul, transporting legal documents from the penthouse and the courthouse to Tim Collins' office. Music of Intrigue tells us this is suspicious/significant, and Matt is annoyed that Mason is still working for Paul. Mason heads off to finish the job.
LOU: The only man I know who's dodgier than Paul is Tim Collins.
Hang on a minute, Lou. Dodgier than Paul? That's quite an accolade, even for Tim Collins.
MATT: So if they're planning something together, it can't be good. And they're dragging Mason into it.
LOU: What are you gonna do?
MATT: I've got a mate over at the courthouse who owes me a favour. Might give him a call.
Erinsborough High School
Bailey's about to talk to Susan about the marks Gem gave him, but Susan is already wanting to talk to Gem herself, and tells Bailey to come back in five minutes. Once he's gone, Susan gives Gem a telling- off for playing the video to the class for an entire lesson, saying she should be teaching the syllabus instead. Susan says she expects a high standard from her teachers, and says they're here to educate, not entertain. Gem apologises and leaves; but Bailey, waiting outside, sees Gem's upset, and decides not to complain to Susan about his marks after all.
Matt's just leaving with a coffee when he runs into Paul. He explains he's learned from his friend at the courthouse that Paul's trying to get his fraud conviction quashed. Paul is suspicious of how Matt got onto his trail, wondering if Mason was involved; but he maintains his conviction was unjust due to his brain tumour which had been affecting his behaviour, and says that's why he's pursuing it. Matt is sceptical, and tells Paul to keep Mason out of his scheme. Paul replies that he can offer Mason opportunities he couldn't get anywhere else, and that he has a bright future.
Erinsborough High School
In the corridor, Cal asks Bailey if he spoke to Susan. Bailey explains he overheard Gem getting into trouble for the music video, and says he didn't want her to lose her job. Cal's stoked that he can keep his A, and the pair walk off, suddenly friends again.
In the classroom, Kate is doing some marking when Gem comes in.
GEMMA: Thanks for telling Susan.
GEMMA: You told her about the video clip? You couldn't wait to dob me in, could you?
Kate claims that Susan heard it from some pupils, and says she would have talked to Gem if she had a problem, not go running to Susan. (But Kate declines to mention that she had already quite deliberately sowed the seeds of doubt in Susan's mind about Gem on another occasion.) Gem then apologises for going off at Kate; a slightly tetchy Kate tells her it's fine. Gem offers to take her out for a coffee to make up for it. Kate makes an excuse, and Gem leaves her to it, apologising again on her way out - but giving her a fairly evil stare through the door.
Lou fills Matt in on the backstory of Paul's fraud conviction - he explains that the case involved Paul's brother- in- law, Philip Martin. Paul shot through but did some time in prison on his return, Lou explains. Matt wonders why Paul is trying to get his conviction quashed now.
LOU: No idea. But if there's a way out of anything, Paul will find it; he's like Teflon. Nothing sticks.
Matt recalls how it was the same with the recent bribery allegations against Paul - everyone knew he was guilty, but there was no proof.
A randomly topless Mason walks in, immediately guessing they're talking about Paul. Matt tells him to be careful, but Mason says Paul's not all bad. Matt doesn't want him investing his career in Paul without knowing what he's up to, but Mason doesn't have time for it, and says he needs to get back to work. He leaves, and Matt is more determined than ever to expose Paul's dodgy dealings. He tells Lou he knows someone who could help.
Imogen is stalking Eric Edwards on Facebook, but quickly hides what she's doing when Toadie comes in. He does see part of the Facebook window though, and tells her not to do personal stuff at work. He leaves her with some filing to do, and Imogen turns back to her photocopies, which include a hospital admission form with Eric's name on. She goes back on Facebook to check out the people listed as Eric's next- of- kin.
Imogen presents Brad with the evidence she's uncovered; there are pictures of Eric at a ski resort, from his sister's Facebook account. She explains her theory - that Eric had a skiing accident, which is where he really hurt his back, then faked an accident at the gym to get compensation out of Brad. She says if they can find the ski resort he was at, they ought to verify her theory. However, Brad's concerned about the fact she got the information on Eric's sister's name from his files, and says he wouldn't be able to explain to his own lawyer where this information came from. Brad says Imogen's betrayed Toadie's trust, and that he hopes the information will come to light via a different avenue - adding that it can't happen like this.
Georgia sees Imogen looking at the photos, and recognises the ski resort where Eric is pictured. Imogen asks Georgia what she would do if she had a friend who needed her help, but wouldn't accept it - Georgia says you can't force someone to help themselves, but you can keep pestering them about it.
GEORGIA: Never underestimate the power of nagging.
Georgia goes over to where Susan and Kate are sitting, and asks how Gem's first day went. Kate and Susan both give mealy- mouthed responses, but Susan says she's sure Gem will be an asset to the school when she finds her feet. Once Georgia's gone, Susan admits to Kate that she has doubts about Gem, saying she's never had to give a teacher a warning on their first day before. Kate adds that it was scary how Gem had a go at her about it, but selflessly adds that she's glad Gem took it out on her, and not one of the students. Susan agrees. She puts Gem's behaviour down to first- day nerves and hopes she'll settle in. Kate doesn't look very sure.
Gem is busy putting the knife in, telling Georgia that she gets the feeling Kate doesn't like her. Georgia finds it hard to believe, but Gem proposes that Kate might feel threatened by her presence at the school, as before Kate was the only young teacher there. Georgia offers to say something to Kate on Gem's behalf, but Gem asks her not to, saying she doesn't want to cause tension between the two of them. Georgia says she's sure Kate will be fine with Gem, and leaves for a date with Kyle.
Callum comes in, and asks Gem how her first day went. She lies, saying it was great. He also thanks her for the A, but questions whether he really deserved it.
GEMMA: Course you did - you're my cousin! Don't worry, I'm sure I'll find a way for you to repay me.
Callum looks concerned.
Mason wants to talk to Paul about his future at Lassiter's, pointing out that since the debacle with Marty Kranic and the hit- and- run, Paul hasn't been making life easy for him. Paul insists that it's all been a test of Mason's loyalty, and that he's passed. Paul claims Mason's proved himself a valuable employee, and has real prospects at Lassiter's. He tells Mason not to let Matt's vendetta against Paul wreck his career here. Mason agrees, but still looks concerned as Paul walks off.
A taxi has pulled up - it's Rhiannon! Matt thanks her for coming; apparently he's paid for the journey. Mason turns up and is greeted by Rhiannon with an enthusiastic hug, but is confused as to why she's back.
MATT: I asked her to come. She's here to help me land Paul Robinson.
Mason looks worried as Matt and Rhiannon walk indoors.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Rhiannon gets to work, warning Paul she's here to bring him down over the bribery allegations
- Paul attempts to bribe Rhiannon instead, asking her to retract her statement for money
- But there's something else Rhiannon wants from him
- Josh tells Chris how Hudson went on in court
- Toadie shouts at Imogen for looking at Eric's file, saying she might want to rethink her career