Previously on Neighbours
- Mason telling Rhiannon why she wouldn't be considered suitable for front desk duties.
- Susan agreeing to help Rhiannon improve herself.
- Paul conceding to take on board what Terese was telling him.
- Georgia and Kyle planning on moving in together.
- Chris punching Josh.
- Sheila fearing the worst for Chris.
- Kate/Sheila activating the ‘rescue Chris' plan.
Kyle clears out to go to work after his Gran walks in on him and Georgia pashing away. The two ladies begin talking about the plan for them to move in together and Sheila is now happy with the plan this time. Being honest with Sheila, Georgia wonders if she is really happy since she's always seemed to prefer Kate as a partner for Kyle. Sheila reassures her that ship has long sailed and adds too that she's never seen Kyle as happy with anyone else until he's been with her.
Georgia then notices that Kate isn't around and Sheila explains that she has taking Chris somewhere to get his head sorted!
And that place happens to be where Hudson is locked up! Chris is of course refusing to go in but does seem curious to know what Hudson has said after Kate mentioned she'd spoken to him as part of getting permission to visit. She orders him inside because he needs answers and reminds him that she knows what it's like to have someone disappear without getting answers.
Terese is surprised to see Paul on her doorstep early doors and even more surprised when he announces that he got to thinking after their chat last night and announces that he plans on taking a step back. She wonders if the next thing he is going to say is that he's hired a new manager and his reply is eventually… because he's offering her the job of director of operations for the whole of the Lassiters complex!
TERESE: Are you serious?!
After he confirms that he will still be the overall owner, she then quizzes him on what she can/can't do although the employment of Rhiannon is not up for discussion!
TERESE: So that's the only catch?
He then hands her the contract with hard targets she has to meet but Terese is still curious as to why he's suddenly decided this. Paul explains that it's leaving a legacy that Jack Lassiter talked about and he plans to work on that. He leaves the contract with her to sign, which she will after checking it with the proverbial fine toothcomb!
Rhiannon collars Terese in the store to ask when she is getting the promotion to working on the front desk and tells her all about learning to speak properly with Susan. However the scantily way she is dressed isn't winning Terese over, and after Rhiannon picks up on that, she promises that is the next thing that will be worked on with Susan! Terese does give her a glimmer of hope that should anyone call in sick, she will consider giving Rhiannon a shot.
Paul catches Terese just as she is about to drive off to hassle her about when she is going to sign the contract. She confirms that she's had it looked over by their solicitor however is still stalling too much for Paul, so he pulls a swift one – he goes to call a recruitment office to get them to come up with his successor (who Terese will report to) and this has her quickly agreeing to take on the position and the contract will be signed by lunchtime!
Once Terese drives away, Paul goes over to a couple of workmen and calls for them to follow him with some sign he is wanting put up.
Rhiannon begins working with Susan immediately as she feels Terese could call on her at a moment's notice, so Susan suggests some role playing since that works well with the students at school. Susan pretends to be an angry customer and while Rhiannon is initially polite, eventually shows her true colours and has a go back at ‘the customer'.
Chris tries to play it cool when he spots Hudson for the first time although he immediately spots a smile upon seeing Chris. Both are led separately into the visiting area and Hudson admits that he wasn't sure if Chris would actually come. He doesn't reply to that, so Hudson goes for something simpler – how has he been. “Fine,” Chris nonchalantly replies before Hudson tells him what Kate has said and tries to explain to Chris that after being arrested/charged he needed time to think and to prepare himself for life inside prison.
Hudson asks about the letter and Chris confirms he got it (but doesn't say that he didn't read it), however as the conversation goes on, says that he thought it would be Hudson blaming him (for being inside).
HUDSON: Did you even read the letter?
HUDSON: It wasn't to tell you that I blame you, it was to tell you that I love you.
Chris starts to tear up on hearing that last sentence as we go into the commercial break.
“I feel like such an idiot,” Chris admits and that he was so scared to read the letter and in return, Hudson admits that he'd no right to expect Chris to read it given what he did.
Chris opens up to Hudson about the mess he is in trying to block out the pain (Hudson raises a smile when he heard Chris punched Josh!). Hudson reiterates that it's only himself to blame for being inside but Chris explains that (to him) it feels like he is in prison too.
CHRIS: Every morning I wake up and there's this brief period where I've forgotten what happened and I think you've got nothing to make breakfast or you've gone to training and then I remember and it all comes crashing in.
HUDSON: I get that too.
CHRIS: Everywhere I go reminds me of you – that song on the radio, travelling past the pool. I can't hold you or pick up the phone to call you, its torture.
(Hudson reaches over and takes Chris' hands)
CHRIS: I don't want to lose you.
Hudson asks for Chris to be realistic, he's going to be inside a long and feels he can't ask Chris to wait for him – he's to go and live his life. Chris then brings up the letter and Hudson is now forced to say that it was a break up letter; they can't keep seeing each other.
Hudson then signals to the officers he's finished and leaves Chris sitting at the table.
The workmen unveil the sign – soon people will have to pay to park at the Lassiters Complex.
Lauren is outraged as she moans to Sheila and firmly blames Paul. Both agree that it's going to affect passing trade if they've got to pay to park as well as buy something from Harold's/Charlie's. “We can't let him get away with it,” Lauren says and suggests they hold a protest with local media involved.
SHEILA: I've never seen this side of you before and I like it!
LAUREN: Yes no one messes with my family business and gets away with it.
SHEILA: Let's get this party started!
Sheila is finishing off another placard when Kyle comes home and is impressed at what his Gran has done! They begin chatting about him moving in with Georgia and he's reminded that he can't drop his washing off with her and must do his fair share of the housework! She asks him how serious it is and he replies that he thinks this is the one.
KYLE: Dead set.
Sheila is pleased he said that as she then gives him Grandma Ruth's engagement ring and as she thought it was time to pass it on to Kyle. “Wow Gran, it's beautiful,” Kyle replies but feels it's too soon to be going popping the question. Sheila explains she isn't doing that, just telling him that when he is, the ring is there for him to use.
Susan has been working more on Rhiannon and she presents herself suitable dressed and with hair (and clothes) appropriate to a professional capacity rather than the wildness we normally see. Sheila isn't too impressed though because she thinks that Rhiannon is trying to be someone she isn't when she comes over to tell Susan about the protest. She continues with the insults, including Rhiannon selling herself out, which results in her becoming upset. Realising that she's upset Rhiannon, Sheila apologises and admits that she is jealous that it's Susan dishing out the advice this time. Rhiannon explains that she didn't approach her because she knew she'd be angry about Paul.
SHEILA: I was, but I'm not now.
The pair kiss and make up and Rhiannon asks Sheila for tips because she's had more front line experience, which she readily agrees to.
Kyle is trying on the engagement ring on his little finger to see how it looks when Georgia calls round to show him the CD of her single. He's thrilled for her and asks her to get the champers from the fridge and while she goes to get that, he tries to get the ring off his finger but its stuck fast but with the aid of some good old fashioned saliva he gets it off in the nick of time before she returns. He then suggests (having safely hidden the ring in the sofa and dropped the empty box in amongst his tools) that they head to Charlie's to tell Sheila and have expensive champers there. However as soon as they are out the door, Bossy goes hunting and discovers where Kyle has hidden the ring!
Paul has just confirmed with Terese that she has signed the contract when the protestors led by Sheila/Lauren arrive. Terese is bemused after hearing their rants and wants an explanation about what it's about and Paul happily tells her/the protestors that Terese is in charge and to take it up with her!
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Terese sympathising with Lauren.
- Paul pointing out what happens if Terese can't meet her targets.
- Karl telling Chris to fight (for Hudson).
- Chris telling Hudson that he wants it to work despite him being inside.
- Lauren telling Matt to take it easy on the run.
- Matt pulling up injured.