Previously on Neighbours
- Karl says people are coming up to him and letting him know what a great mayor he'd make.
- Paul offers to fund the radio station for another year.
- Jackson tells Mason that since he's with his mum now, then they're like a real family.
- Brad asks Lauren if she's avoiding him.
- Lauren is on the phone, upset. She's been thinking about it again, as Brad Willis is now living on Ramsay Street.
- Josh meets with an interviewer who flirts with him. Amber asks what's going on here.
Karl and Susan return home, discussing Paul's offer. Karl is shocked that Susan is going to take the offer. He sees it as her accepting a bribe, but Susan doesn't see it like that. Susan says the kids love that radio station, and Paul saw an opportunity and came to the rescue. Karl starts to argue, so Susan goes to bed.
Josh asks if Amber has forgiven him yet, she hasn't. Josh admits he flirted a little with the reporter as it helps if the reporter likes you. He was being nice to her as she works for the paper that sponsors him, and she was also the boss's daughter. Josh says he has to go to training, Amber angrily says that it must be more important than patching things up with her. Josh says that he doesn't have time for this, so Amber suggests they end this. Josh says if that's what she wants and leaves.
Callum tells Toadie and Sonya that he doesn't want to go to China anymore, but they say he can't back out as they've already paid for the tickets. They ask if something happened last night to change his mind, and embarrass him with how excited they get when they find out that he and Josie are together. Callum says Josie is on the phone that he holds in his hand.
SONYA & TOADIE: Hi Josie. (Sonya comes in and kisses Callum on the cheek)
SONYA: I could just eat your face off!
CALLUM: So does this mean I can stay at home?
SONYA & TOADIE: No!
Toadie says he'll have a good time and Josie will still be here when he gets back. Callum tells Josie they won't let him go and leaves the room.
Rhiannon is having breakfast. She tells Susan that you can't accept cash from Paul without feeling like you need a shower afterwards. Susan knows there will be strings attached, but she has to be practical. She has to make corporate partnerships to make up the shortfall in the school budget. Rhiannon says it's a no brainer, she hates Paul and loves Karl. Susan has a responsibility to the kids, and in politics the best man doesn't always win. Rhiannon says he might, if he had Susan on his side.
As Toadie collects the paper, Karl complains to Toadie about Paul. It's hard to compete when all Paul has to do to win votes is open his chequebook. He would like a bit of support from Susan. Toadie says Karl needs a way to get people behind him, and promises to help Karl with his campaign strategy when he gets back from dropping off Callum at the airport.
Meanwhile, Rhiannon and Jackson are leaving Number 28. Jackson's complaining about leaving so early, but Rhiannon says that Karl and Susan are at war and they'd rather not be at the house. They say hi to Karl as he passes them. Jackson sees Mason approaching and shows him his cricket throw. Mason is impressed and asks if he's been practising. Rhiannon tells Mason that she's thinking of moving into Ajay's old house which is for lease. She says she'll be able to afford it if Mason moves in with them. Mason says he needs to think about it. Rhiannon decides to get the ball rolling while he thinks and she immediately calls the agent.
Toadie shouts through to Callum to ask if he's finished packing, but Callum shouts back that he's talking to Josie. Toadie tells him to get a move on. Sonya meanwhile gets another message on her blog from ‘Sleepless- in- erins' who says her baby screamed all night and won't get to sleep. Sonya makes suggestions and gets very concerned for her, telling Toadie that she doesn't have any family to help her and she's all on her own. Sonya gives another message, suggesting she tries childcare and gets impatient and concerned when she doesn't respond. Sonya decides to look for childcare options for her.
Sheila tells Terese that business is better now that the paid parking is gone and business is almost back to normal. Terese asks if she has any other idea to raise business. Paul suggests she puts in a suggestion box, prompting Terese to take the books away into the office. Sheila tells Paul to stop interfering as he promised to be hands off the business. Sheila asks Paul what his election promises are. Paul says he's working out what the community wants. He admires Jack Lassiter and he has a vision for this area. His campaign slogan ‘Invest In The Future – Vote Robinson' says it all. Sheila says that's a way of saying something without saying anything at all and he is just shovelling smoke.
Rhiannon shows Mason the lease for Number 24. She's already filled out her part of the form, and suggests that they put Mason's name on the lease. She's already told the agent that he's good friends with Ajay. Rhiannon says they'll be great tenants and she will collect the lease back from Mason later. Rhiannon overhears Terese on the phone looking for the cover as the receptionist has called in sick. Rhiannon asks Terese if she'll let her try out reception for the day. Terese decides to give her the chance. Rhiannon is thrilled, everything she wants is finally happening.
Rhiannon is now in a receptionist uniform, and doing very well behind the desk. Paul hobbles in and is shocked to see her working at receptionist. He says his smoke alarm is going off and he can't work. She offers him another room to work in and complementary coffees and pastries while it is fixed. Paul begrudgingly accepts and leaves. Mason is pleased with how well she's doing. Rhiannon asks if he's filled out the application yet and encourages him to hurry up.
Josh enters Harold's, and both he and Amber look stroppy as he approaches the counter. As Josh asks for a banana, Amber shouts on her mum that she has a customer. Lauren shouts back that she's busy, and Amber sighs unhappily. She puts the banana in a bag and drops it on the counter in front of him.
AMBER: Is that all?
JOSH: I don't know, is it?
AMBER: I don't know, is it?
JOSH: Why are you repeating?
AMBER: How about you tell me?
Josh tells her to forget it and leaves. Lauren comes through from the kitchen and asks what that was about. Amber says it was nothing, just Josh being an idiot.
Rhiannon says goodbye to customers. Terese asks Rhiannon how everything is going. Rhiannon has been giving the customers tips of places to visit in Darwin. She's been there before and found it awesome. Rhiannon says she loves working at reception and wants to keep doing it. Terese says she's been impressed with Rhiannon's work but she doesn't have anything available, and it could be over a year before a position opens up. Rhiannon says she was hoping to work her way up the chain like Mason. Terese realises Rhiannon wants a career, and decides to make a call.
Toadie yells inside on Callum, honking the car horn for him. Sonya brings Nell outside and puts her in the car seat. Callum comes out on the phone with Josie, asking if she can come to the airport with him to say a proper goodbye. They agree to pick her up on the way to the airport, as long as Callum hangs up the phone. Sonya tells Toadie that she called around looking for childcare in Erinsborough and there's only one place available, it has a 6 month waiting list and they don't accept babies. They identify this gap in the market and Toadie says this is exactly the sort of thing that Karl should look into. Sonya drives the car, while Toadie calls Karl, telling him his idea.
Rhiannon walks in and joins Sheila, asking for a reference and tells her about the plan to move in with Mason into #24. Sheila asks if she'd want to let the relationship with Mason mature a bit. Rhiannon says she's known Mason forever and Jackson is crazy about him. Sheila agrees to sign. Rhiannon is so pleased with how work is going and she almost got a promotion today. Terese got in touch with Gaby Willis at Lassiters Darwin, and there is a receptionist job going. Sheila's surprised that Rhiannon turned down a job offer, but Rhiannon says she can't give up her relationship with Mason.
Rhiannon asks Lauren what Mason's favourite meal is, as she's planning on cooking for him. As Rhiannon leaves, Lauren asks Sheila what Rhiannon is talking about. Sheila breaks the news that Mason and Rhiannon are moving in together.
Susan agrees to Paul's offer to fund the radio station on the condition that the school will not endorse Paul, and the school will not be forced to align with him in anyway. Paul says that's fine as long as he has Susan and the students' undying gratitude. Karl enters and sees Paul's cheque, and thanks him for the incredibly generous donation. Paul leaves and Karl sits down. Susan asks why Karl's changed his mind about Paul's “bribery.” Karl says Paul can use whatever tactic he wants, as he is confident he can win the election. He tells Susan about his policy on childcare. Susan is pleased, he can campaign as a good dad with strong values, and Paul can't buy that.
Number 22 Backyard
Terese asks Josh why he came home early from training. She guesses it's to do with Amber, and suggests he go over and fix things with her rather than sitting here and sulking. Josh thanks Terese for the support. Terese says she's tired of his moods. He gave up school to focus on swimming but it seems he's spending all his time worrying about his girlfriend. It's affecting his swimming and everyone in the house. Terese says that if he wants to do well with his swimming he needs to be in a stable relationship, and if the relationship isn't working then he's better off without it.
Amber tells Lauren about Josh ditching her for an interview. Lauren defends Josh, he was being friendly and needing to promote himself, he needs to be a bit selfish to get where he's going. Amber is surprised she's defending him but Lauren says that Amber knowingly signed up for this. Amber says she has a life too and she doesn't see why it should revolve around him. Amber storms off, passing Mason as he goes.
Lauren tells Mason that she knows he's moving out. Mason says it isn't a done deal yet. Lauren says it's a big commitment to move in with someone and take on a child. She says this is something which affects three people's lives here, and she knows he wouldn't want to let Jackson down. Lauren says that what is thought to be the right decision may not be the best for everyone. Mason is left thinking seriously about it.
Mason brings around the lease, but he hasn't signed it. Rhiannon gets a pen, and Mason tells her they should think a bit longer. They haven't thought about how they could afford it. Rhiannon says they'll make it work. He tells her they should maybe hold off on telling Jackson in case things don't work out, he doesn't want to get his hopes up. Rhiannon wonders if he's talking about the house, or their relationship. Jackson interrupts them; bringing seeds from Karl's garden, keen to start a new veggie patch in their new house. Rhiannon is about to tell them that the move won't be happening, when Mason covers, saying they should make a cricket pitch in the garden instead. Rhiannon hands Mason the lease, and he signs it.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Rhiannon and Mason kiss on the sofa.
- Sheila thinks Rhiannon's throwing away a great opportunity just to shack up with some bloke.
- Imogen asks if Mason is ready for this
- Sheila criticises Karl on the school radio station when he suggests using space at the community centre
- Kate tells Georgia she has other things going on besides being her bridesmaid
- Chris tells Kyle that Kate is a bit sensitive at the moment
- Kyle asks Kate if she's still feeling weird about what happened between them