Previously on Neighbours
- Paul offers Rhiannon $500 to go to dinner with a councillor, but she discovers there's more to it than dinner.
- Chris challenges Kate about judging him for having one night stands
- Eric appears to injure himself in the gym, and Imogen overhears him telling Toadie he wants compensation
- Matt discovers that Paul is trying to get his fraud conviction quashed
- Rhiannon arrives to help Matt bring down Paul
Charlie's - outside
Paul spots Rhiannon enjoying a drink, and wants to know what she's doing in Erinsborough. She tells him she's here to talk to the police about his corruption.
RHIANNON: We both know you pulled a swifty with Allan Hewitt. Now the cops will too.
Paul tells her Allan tried to bribe *him*, pointing out that Rhiannon only had one meal with them. She says she remembers Paul saying "he cost him more money than you can imagine." Paul explains that was the cost of wining and dining.
RHIANNON: I know what you meant. With any luck, I can ruin your life and be back on a plane by tonight.
A flustered Paul stalks off.
Charlie's - inside
Paul calls Tim, saying it's important, then rudely asks Sheila where his coffee is. He apologises, saying he's had a bad morning since Rhiannon's back. Sheila is pleased and tells Chris, who is non- committal. Sheila asks if Jackson (her 9 year old son) was with Rhiannon). Paul says no, but he might have been in the bar. Sheila is disappointed that Rhiannon is drinking.
SHEILA: When she left here, she said she was going to be a better role model for him.
PAUL: All mothers want their kids to look up to them, don't they?
Sheila wants to know about her "Amy Winehouse" look, but Paul has gone. She walks over to Chris who is checking something on his computer.
CHRIS: Yeah. Nice name, isn't it?
SHEILA: Didn't you have a Manuel the other day?
Josh turns up to ask if Chris wants a lift to Hudson's sentencing. He says he's not going: Hudson asked everyone else for character reference, so Chris says it's obvious Hudson doesn't want him in his life. Sheila tells him to go to court and find out.
Rhiannon tells Matt how Paul wanted her to go to Hewitt's room, but she wouldn't. Matt asks her if Paul talked about bribes, or she saw money change hands. She's unsure. Matt looks disappointed, and she comments she hasn't thought about it for months. When he finds out she's had a drink, Matt decides it's time to take a break. Rhiannon asks about Mason and is told that he and Kate have broken up.
Brad is getting ready to go out, and Imogen gets off the phone and tells her dad that Eric Edwards definitely got his back injury on a skiing trip. Her dad wants to know why she didn't stop investigating like he told her to. She tells him that Eric tried to sue the ski school, but he'd signed a disclaimer, so now he's suing the gym. She wants him to follow it up, but he says he has to go: he'll speak to his lawyer later. Imogen is deflated.
Chris is getting ready when he gets a text from Miguel: "feel like hooking up?" Brad arrives to get him, and Chris says he's not going.
Imogen has shown some of her research to Toadie.
TOADIE: You gotta be kidding me.
IMOGEN: I know. It's insane, right? Trying to blame his ski injury on my dad.
TOADIE: No, I'm talking about what you've done. What part of "stay out of this" don't you understand?
Toadie is furious with Imogen. She points out that Eric is the one in the wrong because he was trying to defraud the insurance company, but Toadie says she's put him in an impossible position. He has no choice but to cancel her work experience. She tries to get him to change his mind, but he won't.
Rhiannon comes over to chat to Mason, who is keen to finish fixing the cupboard. She tells him he's a good mentor to Jackson, because of all he's been through. He sighs, saying that other people don't see that. She assumes he's talking about his parents, but he tells her that Kate thought he was too young and they broke up. Rhiannon sympathises and offers him a shoulder to cry on. She moves closer, but he reminds her he's fixing the cupboard, and she says she's got other people to catch up with.
Paul comes out of the hotel just as Rhiannon is going into police station. He points out that after she has given her statement, they will ask him for his side of the story. He tells her he'll say that she offered her services to keep Allan Hewitt entertained, asked for more money and then accuse him of corruption if he didn't pay.
RHIANNON: We both know I didn't offer my services to you.
PAUL: Yeah, but things like this have a habit of getting around, though, don't they? And gossip this juicy could find its way all the way to, ooh... I don't know. Mount Isa?
He points that it would reflect badly on her son if it got out. But if she retracts her statement, he won't have to give his. She looks round at the police station, then walks off.
In a conversation they are "not having", Toadie tells Brad that Eric has dropped the case against him. Brad says that he backed down quickly when his lawyer inquired about the cause of his injury. Toadie tells Brad his lawyer shouldn't have had the information, and he apologises for what Imogen did. Toadie says he's cancelled Imogen's work experience and Brad acknowledges that she overstepped the mark. Brad leaves, and in the reception area Toadie tells Sonya that Imogen would probably make a good lawyer. He says that if he'd had to explain to Eric how he knew he was lying, because of an unethical investigation, he could have been found unfit to practise. Sonya tells him to concentrate on the silver lining. Nell grins.
Rhiannon gets a text from Matt asking if she's ready to complete her statement. Sheila tells her she's doing the right thing reporting Paul to the police. She encourages her not to let Paul intimidate her. Rhiannon tells her that it's been difficult since she went back to Mount Isa, as no- one takes her seriously when she goes for a decent job.
SHEILA: You need to create your own opportunities. And that's a lesson you can learn from Moneybags.
Imogen is delighted to hear Brad's news. She asks him to talk to Toadie to take her back on for work experience. Brad refuses, despite her pleas.
BRAD: You can learn from this.
IMOGEN: What? That you shouldn't go out of your way to uncover the truth?
BRAD: No. That client confidentiality is a big part of being a lawyer.
Imogen points out that she's being punished even though Eric was the one in the wrong. Brad's sorry, but won't change his mind. Imogen scoffs.
Chris finds Miguel's jacket on the floor, and answers a knock at the door, expecting it to be him. It's Josh, who says that Hudson got four years. He gives Chris a letter that Hudson wrote from Warrinor prison.
Chris is on a sun lounger with the unopened envelope beside him. Sheila can't believe he didn't go, as it might have helped him through what he's going through. He says that Hudson cut me off like he never even existed. Sheila points out that Hudson obviously had more to say since he wrote the letter. Chris says it's too late for Hudson to make up for what he did. She advises him to read the letter as avoiding it won't make the pain go away. He says he will, but instead calls Miguel to come and pick up his jacket.
Mason and Imogen chat about her losing her work placement. He sympathises as he's "been there" - doing the wrong thing for the right reason. She tells him that it was amazing what he did for Amber, and he says it was amazing what she did for her dad. They agree that the rest of the world must be missing something. She tells him that Toadie told her to rethink her career choice, and Mason says he'd have her as his lawyer. He has an idea to cheer her up - they'll go and see a trashy movie and make fun of it. He jokingly suggests she can get work experience seeing how they dish out the choc- tops and the popcorn...
Paul goes over to where Rhiannon is sitting and offers her $10k to retract her statement, then $15k, then $20k. She insists he can't pay her off.
PAUL: Would you stop your game- playing and just give me a figure?
RHIANNON: I can't 'cause I don't have one.
She tells him there's something she wants from him, but it's not money.
Rhiannon tells Matt that she can't complete her statement, because she's not sure she can remember what happened. He points out she was sure earlier, but she's changed her mind. Paul saunters in and says she can't assist with the investigation. Matt says it's his decision, but Paul tells Rhiannon they have to buy her plane tickets. Matt is taken aback, and Rhiannon explains that Paul has given her a job, and she and Jackson are coming to live in Erinsborough. Paul looks smug and wishes him luck in getting the charge to stick.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Mason is unsure at Rhiannon staying
- Sheila's not impressed at Rhiannon taking a job with Paul
- Lauren wonders how Rhiannon working for Paul will affect the case
- Miguel asks an unenthusastic Chris on a date
- Sheila asks Chris if he's read the letter. He tells her it's his call, and she needs to back off.