Previously on Neighbours
- Chris is arrested for punching Josh, and everyone tells him how he's ruining his own life
- Matt is intrigued as to why Paul is trying to get his old fraud conviction quashed
- Rhiannon seems to be lining Mason up as a father figure for Jackson
Rhiannon is wiping chocolate from Jackson's face, as she and Mason prepare to leave for work. Kate comes in and smiles, noticing the three of them. She comments on how nice Jackson's cake looks, and says she might have to get one herself now. Mason looks a little uncomfortable. While Kate's at the counter, Rhiannon suggests to Mason that they go out for dinner tonight - but he says he can't, claiming he said he'd help Bailey with a school project. He makes a very hasty exit, and Rhiannon looks suspicious.
While Karl plays his guitar, Jackson is bragging to Susan about how he bowled out Bailey at cricket, and how he's hoping Mason will take him to a game this summer. Rhiannon seems shifty, and once Jackson's left the room, Susan asks if everything's okay with Mason. Rhiannon admits to the Kennedys that she might have come on a bit strong about Mason being a role model to Jackson, and says he's now backing off.
SUSAN: Are you okay with that?
RHIANNON: He's a guy - it's what they do.
Rhiannon's sure Mason doesn't want an instant family, but Susan encourages her not to jump to conclusions - he may just need time to get used to the idea.
Outside, Kate watches with interest as Brad takes a call from the hospital - Josh's scans are back, and he's all clear, so he's allowed to swim again. Josh is thrilled and relays the news to a passing Matt as he heads to the pool.
Matt asks Brad whether the Willises might withdraw the complaint against Chris, now Josh is fit to swim again. But Brad is in Protective Dad mode, and says Matt wouldn't be backing down either if Chris had hit his child. Realising he's coming over as a little brusque, Brad apologises. Matt says it's okay, and pointlessly explains that he's going to the courthouse, as there's a case he's interested in.
Paul is headed to the courthouse too, but Terese wants to talk to him about the very pressing issue of bedsheets at Lassiter's. She wants Paul to invest in better quality linen, as they're going through their current supply at a rate of knots. Paul says if Terese wants to make changes, it'll need to come out of her housekeeping budget. Terese says she may have to fire Rhiannon to make the necessary savings, but Paul immediately tells her that's out of the question - saying if she wants extra funds she'll have to fire someone else.
Mason asks Rhiannon to start servicing the rooms on the fifth floor. But first, she wants to know why he was acting oddly at Harold's earlier, when he left so suddenly. She asks if it's because she said he looked like he was being a good dad to Jackson, and tells him if he wants out of their relationship, he can just say so. Mason admits that things are moving too quickly, but that he still wants to be friends. Rhiannon says it's fine, but is clearly upset, and tells him she won't bother him again. Once in the lift, she starts crying.
Chris is lounging around in his undies when Kate comes in and starts fussing over him - she's just seen Danni at the garage, who said Chris had gone home with a bad stomach. Kate quickly clocks that Chris isn't really ill - but he says there's no point having a work ethic, when Danni's going to fire him anyway the moment he gets convicted of assaulting Josh. Kate explains Josh is back in the pool so might consider dropping the charges, but Chris is being defeatist and says it changes nothing.
CHRIS: I wonder if Judge Judy's on? Maybe I can pick up some courtroom tips. Haha.
Kate looks concerned and leaves the room.
Paul has just come back from his court hearing - his attempt to quash the fraud conviction has itself been quashed, the judge having said he was wasting the court's time. Matt, who was sitting in, is quick to taunt Paul about his failure.
PAUL: And you just had to be there to see it, didn't you? When you could have been out doing some actual police work for once in your life. It's no wonder you were demoted.
MATT: What I can't understand is why you'd go to so much trouble to hide your past.
PAUL: Well luckily for me, you're as dumb as you look.
MATT: I mean everyone knows you're as dodgy as a pair of Bangkok Ray- Bans. In fact, you usually wear your dodginess as a badge of honour. So why the sudden shame?
PAUL: Because I am trying to be a better person.
MATT: In my experience, people are consistent. They don't change habits or character for no reason.
PAUL: Wow! Mount Isa to Erinsborough - what a broad cross- section of humanity you must know.
MATT: I know you. And everyone else around here knows you. And you're always gonna be rich, corrupt and morally bankrupt. Hope your day gets better.
Paul glares at Matt as he walks off.
Josh is in his element having being back in the pool, and now wants to go to Amber's to spend some time in hers!
BRAD: You really were suffering from chlorine withdrawal, weren't you?
As Josh is about to leave, Kate comes in, under the pretence of telling them how happy she is for them that his scan results were okay. She also puts a word in for Chris, and asks if they'd consider changing their mind about the charges. Brad is as bullish as before about it, but Josh is in a far better mood, and partly blames himself for having mouthed off to the scurrilous journo in the first place. Brad softens, and says that if Chris comes over and apologises in person, they'll think about drop the charges. Kate tells them he will, and thanks them.
Karl is tucking into a piece of cake when Paul comes in for a verbal duel, saying the cake won't help him with his fitness regime for the forthcoming fun run. Karl points out that he raised a lot of money for the hospital fun run last year, and intends to do the same again.
His generous- spiritedness gives Paul an idea, and he asks Karl how he should go about donating money himself. Karl asks what Paul wants in return - but Paul insists he's doing it out of the goodness of his heart, given how the hospital has saved his life and his kids'. Still sceptical, Karl tells Paul the hospital would be thrilled to accept whatever money he can offer, as Terese listens in, equally suspicious. Paul then says that he would like to present the trophy to the winner of the run, and to give a speech. Karl grudgingly tells him that will be fine.
Terese is now annoyed that Paul is prepared to give money to the hospital fund to make himself look good, but not to replace her crumby hotel bedsheets - and tells him he's a disgrace. Karl chuckles to himself as he eats his cake.
Outside, Kate - who, despite her concern that Chris is skiving work, seems to be doing little else today than wandering aimlessly between Lassiter's and Ramsay Street, poking her nose into the business of anyone who'll stop to listen - has a chat to Mason. She says that it was nice to see him with Rhiannon earlier, saying they looked happy. Mason says that he is happy; he thought Rhiannon was a rebound thing at first, but now he realises that's not the case. However, he admits he felt like things were moving too quickly, and that now he's stuffed things up with Rhiannon. Kate advises him to stop over- thinking it, and to give Rhiannon a chance - it's not like she's asked him to marry him.
Paul comes over for Round Three with Terese, this time taunting her for nothing more than being a workaholic. But Terese has had enough.
TERESE: You know, I realise Lucy forced you to hire me. And that's got to be hard for you to swallow. But I have busted a gut to make this hotel a better business, and from the day I started it's been like hitting brick wall after brick wall. And then I see you giving your cash to Karl - without even consulting me.
PAUL: It's a good cause!
TERESE: Don't you dare play the guilt card with me, Paul. This is not about the money. This is about respect, and trust, and support, and you give none of those to me. And you want me to run your hotel - but I find myself having to ask permission to change brands of toilet paper and soap and bed linen. So yes. I wind up spending my nights working late instead of spending time with my family, because trying to second- guess you is doing my head in.
To her shock, Paul admits she's right. He says he doesn't deliberately undermine her, but admits he hasn't been listening, and says he'll take on board her words and sort something out - before telling the barman to put her bill on his personal account, and sauntering off!
Karl relays the news of Paul's shock hospital donation to Susan. Rhiannon comes in, looking tired. Jackson emerges - Karl's bought him a cymbal and drumsticks as a present. Jackson immediately wants to show Mason, but Rhiannon loses her temper, and tells him to shut up about Mason. Jackson looks upset, so Rhiannon apologises, but says Mason might not be around much anymore. Jackson goes off to his room to sulk, and Rhiannon follows. Karl admits he bought the present because he thought it would distract Jackson from what was going on with Mason and Rhiannon. Susan tells him it was a lovely gesture - but it's only a backhanded compliment.
SUSAN: And anything that gets you to open your wallet can't be all bad.
KARL: Ha ha ha.
Chris is still on the sofa in his undies, watching TV - and Kate is back again, evidently feeling that she's not yet fulfilled her intervention quota for this episode. She explains she's spoken to Josh and Brad, and that they'll drop the charges if he goes round to apologise.
CHRIS: I'm not apologising.
KATE: Why not?!
CHRIS: Because I'm not sorry.
KATE: Look, you don't have to mean it. You just have to say it.
CHRIS: Yeah, that's pretty typical coming from you. Just tell people what they want to hear.
But Kate doesn't take the hint, and continues to pester him as Sheila comes in.
CHRIS: Do I have to spell it out to you? I don't care what happens to me.
KATE: I know you don't really mean that.
CHRIS: Yeah well. I don't have to mean it, I just have to say it.
But even this expertly deployed Advice Boomerang™ isn't enough to quash Kate's desire to help - and once Chris leaves the room, Kate and Sheila agree that Something Must Be Done.
Rhiannon is practicing her elocution when Mason turns up, asking to talk. He's had a change of heart, and wants to give their relationship another shot. Rhiannon's convinced he's saying it to make her feel better, but Mason insists not - he was being an idiot and got scared, but says she and Jackson are important to him.
RHIANNON: Do you mean that?
RHIANNON: Because Jackson's my first priority. I don't want him thinking this is going somewhere if it's not.
MASON: It is. This is what I want. It's not too late, is it?
Rhiannon kisses him, but as they hug, a furrowed brow on Mason's face makes us wonder if he's not already regretting it.
The next morning, Kate takes her intervention to the next level, and tells Chris he's coming for a drive with her. Chris flat- out tells her he isn't going anywhere, but Sheila is there to barricade him from going back in the house, claiming she's having it fumigated.
CHRIS: Since when?
SHEILA: Since I heard Kate's idea. And if you don't get into that car with her, I will get Kyle out and get him to get you in there, even if you're screaming like a baby.
KATE: Get in the car.
Realising the neighbourhood mafia have him by the short- and- curlies, Chris meekly complies.
SHEILA: Kate, are you sure about this?
KATE: Well, not really. But I'm out of options.
SHEILA: Well, if it works, you are a genius. Good luck, sweetheart.
Monday on Neighbours
- Sheila passes a family heirloom on to Kyle - Grandma Ruth's ring
- Susan and Rhiannon do some hotel roleplay, but Rhiannon ends up shouting at her
- Paul orders some workmen to unveil an ominous sign at the complex, which immediately gets Lauren's back up - and it appears Sheila is joining the resistance...