Previously on Neighbours
- Sheila surmises that Lauren is dreaming about Brad, and Lauren tells her to keep it to herself
- Will it be the Community Centre or the Men's Shed that will make way for a new childcare facility?
- Oh, Josh - things never end well when you kiss journalists from the West Waratah Star…
In the kitchen, Amber takes her frustrations out on a lettuce, with some Angry Chopping™ the likes of which we haven't seen since Steph Scully was last in town. She's complaining to Lauren about how Josh and Ruby were flirting in the store. Heaven help the rest of the vegetable rack when she learns of their most recent encounter.
AMBER (stabbing the lettuce): Can you believe that Josh had the nerve to ask me why I care? I dunno Josh – maybe I care because we broke up five minutes ago, and you're already moving on with the West Waratah Star's answer to Angelina Jolie.
LAUREN: Yeah, darling – I think we've got enough lettuce.
Lauren tells Amber not to worry about it too much; if it was just an interview, the chances are Josh won't see Ruby again.
No 22 / Harold's Store
But Brad and Josh are having a Parallel Conversation, in which Josh tells Brad that the Star wants to document his journey to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. He also admits that Ruby kissed him, and that he ‘ended up stopping it' because he still likes Amber.
Amber is convinced Josh is over her because of aforementioned flirting, but Lauren suggests she give him the benefit of the doubt – he may not even find Ruby attractive.
JOSH: Yes, Ruby's attractive, but that's not the point.
Josh insists to Brad that he won't get distracted by Ruby, but Brad points out that his swim times have dropped since he broke up with Amber, so it's obviously affected him.
Harold's Store / No 22
As the lines of Parallel Conversation converge further, the respective parents tell the teens they should talk to each other – but neither Josh nor Amber is buying it. Brad tells Josh that the national trials are in a month, so one way or another he needs to sort his head out.
Karl is showing off a new pool table to Matt, that a guy in Anson's Corner has donated to the Shed after hearing Karl on the radio. Matt asks Karl why he's not working on his mayoral plans today, but Karl seems confident his policies will lead him to win. Matt points out that the plans to turn the Community Centre into a childcare facility were controversial, but Karl says it's only Sheila who's worried – and she'll come on board sooner or later.
Dropping in for lunch, Matt tells Lauren that her mum rang for her earlier, and said she'd call back later. We learn that she's been calling Lauren every night, which Matt credits for curing Lauren's insomnia – but Lauren looks slightly uncomfortable.
Sheila calls in, and tries to persuade Matt and Lauren to sign her petition against ‘Killjoy Karl' and his plans for the Community Centre. Lauren thinks having lots of mothers in the area might be good for business, but Sheila reminds her of all the evening class folk who won't be coming to Harold's once their classes are cancelled. Matt warns Sheila that by doing down Karl, she's helping Paul's campaign. Sheila insists she won't vote for Paul, but says she won't let Karl get away with bad policy either.
Outside, Brad helps Lauren put some bags in the bin, and Lauren uses it as an opportunity to mention Josh's flirtation with Ruby and how upset Amber is. Brad tells her Amber has nothing to worry about, but that Josh and Ruby will be doing a series of more interviews. Brad suggests the Turners and Willises have a family dinner, to give Josh and Amber the chance to talk. Lauren thinks they should leave them to it, but Brad invites her and Matt around anyway. Lauren says things are quite busy at the moment, but she'll see if she can free up some time.
Sheila is recruiting extras to join her protest rally against Karl, when Matt comes in, and tells Sheila they've had complaints about the anti- Karl flyers she's been putting on people's car windscreens. He tells her she needs a permit, and that she'll have to stop, or face a fine. He also accuses her of taking advantage of Lauren's good nature by leaving flyers in Harold's. Sheila snaps.
SHEILA: Well, you know it all makes sense – why your wife spends her nights dreaming of Brad. If I was married to you, I'd be doing the same!
Matt demands to know what she's talking about.
Matt relays to Karl what Sheila has told him about Lauren's recurring dreams, and is fretting about why Lauren hasn't told him about them. He tells Karl about The Sketch ™, and how Lauren had agreed to be more honest with him after that debacle.
KARL: Still, it's a difficult thing to raise, isn't it? Haven't you ever dreamt about your exes?
MATT: Sure, but mine don't live across the street.
Karl says if it was Susan, he'd probably be upset; but at the end of the day they're just dreams.
KARL: The real issue here is do you trust your wife?
Matt gets an urgent call from his sergeant, and has to leave.
Outside, Sheila has organised a sizeable protest, with a throng of extras shouting ‘Hands off our centre!' He finds Amber there, taking photos of the protest at Sheila's request. Sheila asks Matt if he's going to join them; but he's just here for crowd control and to check she has a permit, which she does.
Terese arrives to see what's going on; and Karl then shows up too, to be greeted by a chorus of booing. He assures the protesters that the current centre activities will be kept on, in ‘their own dedicated space', but Sheila is sceptical that he'll keep his promise. Terese weighs in too, thinking the current classes are good for business at the complex. As the protest continues, Karl gets a text from Brad: ‘Emergency @ Men's Shed. Need you here ASAP.'
Brad watches with interest as Paul shows a developer, Peter Slattery, around the shed, discussing how it could be turned into a top- notch childcare facility. Peter thinks that knocking the place down would be more efficient than a conversion, and Paul casually agrees. Karl turns up and is furious that Paul is planning to steal his policy, and their shed.
BRAD: And what about us blokes? I mean, we just had this pool table delivered.
Paul suggests that the childcare facility may be more of a priority for voters.
As Paul delivers a speech to Sheila's protesters, Sheila places a drinks order with Lauren – then quickly mentions she's told Matt about the Brad dreams, before running off!
Matt comes over, but walks straight past Lauren, telling Paul that he needs to organise a clear- up at the Community Centre, where the protesters have left a mess. Paul tells him it's Sheila's protest; he was merely supporting it. Matt asks him to pass the message onto Sheila.
Afterwards, Lauren stops Matt, telling him she knows Sheila told him about the dreams, but that they mean nothing and that in any case, they've now stopped. Matt seems annoyed when she says she and Brad are dancing in the dream, and heads back to work, leaving Lauren looking worried.
Amber asks Lauren's opinion on the photos she took of the demo – Sheila wants her to send the best one to the West Waratah Star. Lauren asks if Amber's spoken to Josh. Amber thinks Lauren was right earlier – Josh probably won't see Ruby again. But then Lauren relays what Brad told her earlier, about the further series of interviews.
Amber has summoned Josh to collect everything he's left at her house while they were going out, using the opportunity to lay into him for his continuing meetings with Ruby. Josh insists it's just professional, and that he can't pick and choose who interviews him, particularly since the Star is sponsoring him and his swim times are poor at the moment. As the argument intensifies, Amber blames this on his being distracted by Ruby, but Josh tells her otherwise.
JOSH: It's because of you. I've only been stuffing up at the pool since you broke it off with me!
AMBER: Typical. Blame the woman.
JOSH: It is your fault! It is your fault, because I was fine before you came along. I only ever wanted one thing in life, and that was to win gold. Now I can't swim, I can't sleep – and it's all because I was stupid enough to fall in love with the most annoying person on the planet, who has completely invaded my brain. And I know – I know that I stuffed up. I know I was supposed to be at the dance. But this is all new to me. I've never felt this way about anyone before, so I'm gonna make mistakes. But you can't just keep dumping me, and putting my stuff in a box every time I do. I love you, you idiot. You're the one I want to be with; not Ruby, she means nothing to me.
Amber starts smiling.
AMBER: I love you too.
They kiss. And again.
Later, it would appear Amber and Josh have TITTNL – as she's wearing his shirt and little else. Josh wanders into the kitchen and kisses her, saying he wasn't expecting that to happen today. Amber goes back to her room to wait for Josh to rejoin her. But once she's gone he gets a text from Ruby, saying ‘I had fun yesterday, want to do it again?' Josh decides to delete the message.
And now there's just time for a review of the papers with Brad and Terese, in which Sheila's protest has garnered significant coverage. Karl is annoyed, and Paul saunters over.
PAUL: Great write- up in the Star, wouldn't you say?
KARL: What do you want?
PAUL: To gloat. Didn't you read the article? The electorate loves my proposal.
Terese asks how Paul is planning on paying for all the refurbishments at the Shed, but Paul deflects the question. Terese suggests they find a third solution – such as a deceased estate they could renovate at a cheaper price than the Shed.
SHEILA: Well, this guy in my self- defence class kicked the bucket last week.
TERESE: Oh, I'm sorry.
SHEILA: Oh, don't be; no- one liked him. But he had no family, and he lived up in a house by the gym – a perfect location for a childcare facility.
Karl seems on board with the idea, but Paul says it's absurd – it must be the Men's Shed, which the developer has already told him could be converted at a reasonable price. All that's needed is Paul to be voted in. The others look depressed.
At the reception Paul bids farewell to the developer, Peter, saying they've both got what they wanted. Seeing Peter leave, Terese asks Paul why he's pushing so hard for the Men's Shed to be the site for the childcare facility. Paul repeats that it's the only viable option.
Terese isn't buying it, and goes outside to talk to Peter, who's about to get in a cab. Terese introduces herself, and says Paul's authorised her to get him a free meal at Charlie's, which he readily agrees to. As they walk across, Terese mines Peter for information about his plans for the Men's Shed.
Amber is making dinner when Lauren comes in, which leads Lauren to guess immediately that she and Josh have sorted things out. Amber admits they're back together.
LAUREN: So, what can I do?
AMBER: Nothing. I'm nearly done.
LAUREN: You and Josh should break up more often.
No. Please no.
Amber mentions she tried to call Matt earlier, but says he didn't answer. Lauren says Matt must be working late, but looks worried.
Penthouse du Paul
Terese calls in, explaining she's just had a conversation with Peter – ‘a lovely man, not very discreet though.'
TERESE: It's very nice of him to rebuild the Shed at such a low cost. Frees up all that extra money to pay for your election promises. And in return, you're going to make sure Peter's next development goes ahead with no trouble or red tape.
PAUL: That is complete rubbish.
TERESE: He's a blabbermouth. Which means the hotel could suffer. So are you going to tell everyone, or am I?
Paul warns Terese that if she says a word, she'll be bringing Lassiter's into disrepute, thus violating her contract.
TERESE: Are you threatening to fire me, Paul?
PAUL: Oh, it's not a threat. It's a promise.
He shows her the door.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Terese shares what she knows with Karl and Susan, but Paul's still confident of his electability
- Sonya's online parent friend Sleepless has dropped off the radar – until he turns up in the flesh
- Sonya and Toadie are surprised that Sleepless is a man, not a woman
- Lauren tells Sonya that Matt has found out about the dreams
- Lauren is upset to see Matt holding hands with his policing partner, Kelly Merolli