Previously on Neighbours
- Kyle and Kate have another awkward housemate encounter
- Georgia asks Kate to be her maid of honour, because she's such a good friend
- Karl finally identifies his mayoral platform - a campaign for improved childcare in Erinsborough
- Mason signs the lease for No 24 for him, Rhiannon and Jackson - but is it really what he wants?
Sheila ushers Kate and Chris into the yard to discuss the fact that zero members of Georgia and Kyle's extended families can attend the surprise engagement party, unaware that Kyle is watching them through the kitchen window. Kate suggests postponing the party, but at this point they're interrupted by Kyle.
KYLE: Oy! What's going on out here?
SHEILA: Actually, we were just talking about the new washing roster. Can I sign you up?
Kyle promptly walks back inside again, and Sheila tells Kate and Chris they can't postpone the party - so obviously it will have to go ahead with just the regular cast. Kate claims she'd prefer to wait if it was her, and suggests they keep it low- key - but Sheila is having none of it.
Mayoral candidate Karl is getting ready to go out for a radio interview on his new childcare policy, and interrupts Mason and Rhiannon mid- smooch to tell them about it. They quickly twig it's only the school radio station, but Karl claims lots of non- students listen to it. Once he's gone, Rhiannon tells Mason how much she's looking forward to moving into No 24, where they'll be able to do whatever they want. She kisses him.
Erinsborough High Radio / Charlie's
Karl is being interviewed by Imogen about his policy plans - and tells her that childcare provision will be his number one priority if he's elected. At Charlie's, Sheila and Paul listen to the interview. He's proposing the opening of a new childcare facility, with council- funded places and support for TAFE training. Imogen takes a call from a listener, who is singing the praises of Karl's policy. Paul looks a little perturbed, and Sheila has a good laugh at him for not thinking of the policy first.
Paul leaves, and Rhiannon comes in - she's waiting for an email from the estate agent to see if their lease application has been approved. Sheila casually mentions the job offer from Lassiter's Darwin, and wonders if Rhiannon should consider it more carefully before leaping into domesticity with Mason. Rhiannon admits she'd love to move to Darwin but says there's nothing there for Mason - and that she's been waiting to meet a guy like him all her life.
Sheila turns her sticky beak in Mason's direction.
SHEILA: I just want to know if you're gonna stick by Rhiannon, or leave her in the lurch like all those other jokers did?
MASON: Sheila, we are working things out as we go along, okay?
SHEILA: Really? Well I'm sorry, but that's just not good enough. And you can forget the devillish smile, young man; rogueish charm is not what's required here. You need to get serious.
Mason says he's doing the right thing by moving in with Rhiannon and Jackson, but Sheila says it's only right if it's complemented by real feelings. Mason tells her it's none of her business, but when Sheila mentions that Rhiannon was offered a job at Lassiter's Darwin, Mason's surprised - she hadn't told him about it.
Mason goes to talk to Rhiannon - she's been told by the estate agent that their lease application on No 24 has been accepted. But Mason asks her about the Darwin job offer. She explains she didn't tell him, because she decided not to take the job: she didn't want to snatch him away from his family. Mason looks guilty, and Rhiannon says they'll be fine in Erinsborough.
RHIANNON: I'm good. This is what I want.
In the garden, Kate is writing her bridesmaid speech for Georgia's wedding, which is basically just a list of compliments about how fantastic Georgia is. Chris wonders why Kate hasn't put in anything equally glowing about Kyle, and surmises that she's trying not to give anything away about their having TITTNL. Kate's annoyed that Chris has even brought that up, and bluntly tells him that she doesn't need his help.
Kate comes out of the house and rushes into Georgia, who's been looking for her. She wants to arrange some tastings for the catering, and has also come up with a theme for the wedding.
GEORGIA: Five words - 'The love that will save you.'
KATE (not amazed): That's amazing.
GEORGIA: I mean, with me being a nurse and everything, it just felt right, don't you think?
Having suddenly established herself as the bride from hell, Georgia goes on to speculate about how they might make members of the wedding party look the same height in the photos (for feng shui reasons), at which point Kate loses patience and flatly tells her to calm down.
KATE: I have a lot of other things going on in my life right now besides being your bridesmaid.
Georgia looks bemused as Kate walks away.
In the garden, Georgia is whingeing to Kyle about Kate telling her to calm down, and Kyle's words of wisdom make her suspect that he also thinks she needs to tone it down a notch. Kyle says he's on her side, but that their wedding isn't as important to everyone else as it is to them - and that they'll just have to work around people's busy lives. Georgia admits she's got carried away, but says it's only because she's so excited. They hug.
Mason runs into Imogen, who shows him some photos Amber took of them dancing together at the school dance.
MASON: Who is she? She is very cute, but the dude standing next to her is definitely punching above his weight.
Imogen thanks him for his words of support at the dance; she doesn't think she'd have gone in without him. He tells her to give herself more credit. Imogen invites Mason to the radio station later to listen to the second half of her interview with Karl. But Mason says he can't as he has to pick up Jackson; and you can see the moment Imogen's heart breaks in two when he tells her that he and Rhiannon are moving in together at No 24.
IMOGEN: Are you sure you're ready for this?
MASON: I wanna do the right thing by Rhiannon. Jackson needs me.
IMOGEN: That's very responsible of you. Very adult.
MASON: Isn't that what everyone wants me to be?
IMOGEN: Is it that serious between you two?
MASON: Yeah. It works, most of the time.
IMOGEN: I always thought if you really loved someone, you'd want to spend the rest of your life with them. Have kids with them. Grow old with them. Can you really imagine yourself doing that with Rhiannon?
Kyle is having a soak in the spa when Chris comes over for a chat. Kyle mentions that Georgia has upset Kate by rambling on about the wedding, but Chris says Kate's been touchy lately, and thinks it's about more than the wedding. He suggests that Kate is still feeling guilty about her one- night stand with Kyle, particularly since Georgia has appointed her maid of honour. Kyle's annoyed as he thought Kate was over it, but Chris suggests he talk to her and find out for sure. He sinks into the spa in frustration.
Erinsborough High Radio / Charlie's
As their interview continues, Imogen asks Karl where he proposes the new childcare facility will be. He suggests the Community Centre, which he says is 'ready to be repurposed'. Imogen takes a call from a listener, which turns out to be Sheila. She likes Karl's policy but doesn't want to give up the Community Centre (where she does her self- defence classes). Karl says a room could be kept available for classes etc, but Sheila's not satisfied.
SHEILA: I love my self- defence classes. And don't forget that a lot of senior citizens use that centre. And seeing how you're one yourself Doctor Kennedy, I don't really understand why you don't represent them?
In Charlie's, Paul claps silently as Sheila smiles. Karl tries to fob her off with promises of a personal meeting, but Sheila's not interested in being 'sweet- talked' - she just wants a guarantee that the centre will be safe. Karl says he's sure they'll find an amicable solution, but that the new childcare facility is his utmost priority. Sheila hangs up, but the switchboard is flashing.
IMOGEN: Ooh, well, it looks like the community wants to have its say on that. We'll be right back.
Georgia turns up to apologise to Kate for being so full- on about the wedding - she doesn't want anything to come between them and calls Kate her 'best friend', whom she wants to be at her side when she marries Kyle. Kate tells her she has nothing to apologise for, and invites her in to look at some wedding magazines she's bought. Georgia does her excited schoolgirl routine again, and Kate feigns enthusiasm - but doesn't really seem happy.
Erinsborough High Radio
Karl is surprised to see that Paul has now dropped in for an interview with Imogen, PirateNet apparently being to Erinsborough's political elite what the GMTV sofa is to British prime ministers. Karl rushes back into the studio , just as Paul's bragging about how he's currently in negotiations to keep the radio station running for the next year. Imogen abjectly fails in her duties of impartiality and tells Paul this would be 'amazing'.
Paul goes on to compliment Karl on his childcare policy, but that he's ignoring his own age demographic by planning to turn the community centre into a crèche.
KARL: We'll let the people decide that, Paul.
PAUL: That's right. Which is why I would move the site for the new facility to the Men's Shed!
KARL: Hang on. That's not even on the table.
Paul reveals that the Men's Shed is council- owned property, and that its current use is 'questionable at best'. Karl defends the Shed's honour, but Paul is having none of it, and says that surely the children of Erinsborough's needs are more important than those of a few bored men. Imogen swiftly agrees with Paul.
PAUL (to Karl): You know it sounds to me like you're trying to preserve an all- male domain at the expense of the real heavy- lifters in this society - women!
KARL: Oh, that's absolutely outrageous.
PAUL: Oh, is it now? Because from where I'm sitting, it does seem pretty sexist.
Rhiannon continues to talk to Mason about their new home at No 24, saying the finances will be tough but that they can work it out if they stick together. However, Mason finally decides to be honest with Rhiannon.
MASON: I'm sorry. I don't want to do this. I don't love you.
Rhiannon nods sadly.
RHIANNON: I knew you didn't. I thought it would come, you know? Not really, though, right? Just me pushing it on ya. I'm such an idiot.
MASON: Don't say that.
RHIANNON (tearful): It's true. You know, I'm right back where I started, and why? Because I thought I could have it all. A gorgeous, kind, wonderful guy. But I'm just a loser.
MASON: Just stop, okay? You can have it all. I think that you're amazing. Look at how you've changed your life since you got here. Rhiannon, listen to me. Back in Mount Isa, your life was a mess. And now things are happening. You've got things going great with Jackson, and you've got the great career. And you made that happen. So don't give up, okay? You deserve good things. You deserve Jackson, and you deserve the career, and you deserve someone who loves you and cares about you the same way that you care about them. All of those things - they will happen.
RHIANNON: You reckon?
MASON: Yeah. I know.
Kyle is gratuitously wandering around in just his PJ bottoms, and enjoys a bit of light- hearted banter with Kate. She offers to make him a tea, and he says he'll miss hanging out like this. He asks her if she's still feeling weird about their having TITTNL; Kate denies it, but not very convincingly. Kyle says he enjoys living with her, and that he and Georgia both love Kate - they're lucky to have her, and nothing else matters. He draws her in for a rather awkward topless hug (that's Kyle topless, not Kate).
The next day, Kate is up early, packing her things. Chris asks what she's doing - she says she's going to stay with Paul at the penthouse for a while. Chris says Kate's guilt will pass in time, and that she doesn't have to leave - but Kate says it's not about guilt.
KATE: I can't keep living here - it's killing me.
KATE: It's Kyle.
CHRIS: Why, what's he done?
CHRIS: Well it must be something.
KATE: I think... I'm in love with him.
Chris frowns as Kate grabs her bags and leaves.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Chris informs Kyle and Georgia that Kate has moved out, and advises Kate to tell Kyle how she feels
- Rhiannon takes the job at Lassiter's Darwin, but Jackson is furious that Mason's not coming too
- Mason wants to stay in Jackson's life, but Matt is sceptical that this will work out
- Kate tells Gem she doesn't like her - and that Georgia will soon see Gem's true colours