Previously on Neighbours
- Some awkward touchy- feeliness between Sonya and Jacob
- Josie thinks Jacob has a thing for Sonya, causing Josie and Callum to fall out
- Josh continues to put his media profile ahead of his swimming training
- Incensed by Josh's brattiness, Brad quits as his coach
Terese is furious to learn Brad has quit has Josh's coach, saying they'll never find another one before Josh's big race. She can't believe Brad has thrown all his hard work away and goes off on a bit of a rant, before apologising, explaining she hasn't slept a wink because of work. She suggests that Brad take some space to calm down, as neither he nor Josh are in the right frame of mind to deal with it right now.
Sonya is making Toadie and Callum taste- test her new creations for the juice bar she's planning to open at the nursery. But Callum shows zero interest, and Toadie quickly gathers that something must be wrong. Sonya tactfully suggests they invite Josie round for dinner – but then realises they can't do it tonight, because Jacob's coming over to go over the paperwork for the juice bar. Toadie objects that he's going to be watching the cricket, but Sonya promises they won't disturb him. Callum looks annoyed and tramps off to the sofa.
Josh meets up with Amber; they discuss Brad quitting as his coach. Josh decides he'll just get another coach, but Amber doesn't think it will be that easy. She can't understand why he's neglecting his training, but Josh says that the work he's doing with Ruby to earn money is important too.
AMBER: You are putting all your faith into someone who doesn't even know you. She got you a car, and doesn't know that you don't even drive! Can't you see that that's crazy?
JOSH: No, what's crazy is the fact that my own girlfriend isn't even on my side.
AMBER: I'm not here to stroke your ego. It's my job to be there for you.
JOSH: Oh wow. That's a really funny way of showing it – criticising everything I do.
AMBER: I'm just being honest. If you're acting like a spoilt jerk, I'm gonna tell you that.
JOSH: Well, if I'm being such a jerk, why do you even bother with me?
AMBER: Yeah, sometimes I don't even know.
Josh storms off. Amber calls after him, but it's no use.
Callum is still moping around, and Sonya finally demands to know what's going on. He admits he's had a fight with Josie, and seems convinced they're over. Sonya says everyone argues – it doesn't mean they've broken up. When she asks what they fought about, Cal admits that Josie thought Jacob had a thing for Sonya. Sonya says that's ridiculous, but is quick to change the subject, and tells Cal that either he or Josie will have to make the first move. Cal wanders off despondent, and Sonya looks worried.
Terese berates hapless underling Glen for bringing a mysterious delivery through the foyer rather than the service entrance, but it turns out it's been ‘signed off' by Paul, and that Glen's under orders to take it up to the penthouse. Terese wonders what the mysterious boxes could contain.
Brad comes in – apparently Amber has relayed details of her row with Josh to him, and suggests Terese try to talk Josh round instead. After all, he argues, they're both driven and competitive and a bit obsessive at times, so Terese understands Josh's needs!
TERESE: You had me at ‘driven'.
Terese tells Brad to leave it with her; she's got to go.
Clearly still worried by the idea that Jacob might have a thing for her, Sonya suggests to Toadie that she and Jacob could go over the juice bar paperwork another time – and that when Jacob comes round he could watch the cricket with Toadie instead! Toadie doesn't seem especially keen, and Nell doesn't look overly impressed either.
TOADIE: I was just gonna watch the game, you know? Maybe break out the lucky boxers if things get tight – I'm not really in the mood for entertaining.
SONYA: Yeah, but it's sport. It's not like you have to talk all afternoon. You just sit there watching television. And you can do that thing that guys do, where you just sit next to each other and you don't even make eye- contact the whole time.
Since this strategy isn't working, Sonya tries emotional blackmail, pointing out that Jacob doesn't have many male friends – and begs him to do it, for her.
TOADIE: You've already organised it, haven't you?
At that moment Jacob arrives with Elliott, and Sonya informs him of the new plan – she'll look after the kids while he and Toadie go down to Charlie's and watch the cricket. Toadie doesn't look pleased, but goes along with it, and the boys head off to watch the match.
Awkwardness between Jacob and Toadie, as rain has stopped play and they're forced to make conversation. Georgia turns up, and Toadie practically begs her to join them to avoid being stuck with Jacob alone.
GEORGIA: Oh, no. I wouldn't want to interrupt your man- date.
Georgia makes a quick exit, saying she might come back for the second half. Toadie looks uncomfortable, but then the rain stops and the cricket resumes.
Josh comes in, and Terese gently confronts him about the Ruby situation. Terese says she called Ruby, and that it turns out Josh has been the one asking her to organise all the endorsements. She admits that she and Brad are worried about Josh's swimming, but Josh tells her not to – and asks why they can't just back off.
TERESE: Because we all have a stake in this too.
JOSH: Don't worry. I'll make sure you guys aren't out of pocket.
He walks off and Terese looks perplexed, so follows him out onto the patio – where she finally extracts the truth from him. He explains how he saw the family budget she and Brad had been working on, and felt bad when he learned how much his swimming was costing them. Chasing the endorsements has just been his way of trying to recoup their investment in him.
Terese insists she and Brad have never regretted for a second the money they've put into his swimming – they love him and you can't place value on that. Josh is worried that if he fails at swimming, they'll have lost all their investment – but Terese says they support him because they believe in him, and because it's what he wants. Josh finally accepts this, but doesn't know what to do now he's alienated Brad and Amber. Terese says he's the only person who can change that.
The cricket has proved to be an ice- breaker between Jacob and Toadie, and they now seem to be getting on like a house on fire as they discuss team tactics and raise a toast. Jacob thanks Toadie for making an effort, even if Sonya did have to give him a nudge!
TOADIE: She didn't.
JACOB: Mate, I've been married.
Conversation gets a little deep, as Toadie asks how things are going in general. Jacob admits he's worried about his late wife's parents, who've asked to see Elliott on a regular basis. He hasn't responded to them so far, on the grounds that they never seemed interested in Elliott until now. But he knows Hannah wouldn't be happy with them not being involved, and Toadie suggests it would be better to get a lawyer involved, and sort things out sooner rather than later.
Josh arrives with a conciliatory bunch of flowers for Amber. She's cold with him at first, but when he apologises and says he needs her there for him, he soon wins her round and they kiss. His apology is dampened somewhat by telling her that he's now going to have to spend all his time in the pool before his trials, leaving no time for him to see her. Amber says she knows he has to concentrate on getting into the Games, and that she can wait. Josh says she's the best.
Josh meets up with Brad, having texted him to request a training session. Josh explains he's told Ruby he doesn't need a manager anymore, and says he'll plough all his efforts into swimming from now on. Brad is still sceptical.
JOSH: You've always been there for me. Not just as a coach, but as a dad. More than anyone could ever ask or want. And I just freaked out; I said some awful things, but it was just because I was feeling pressured. And I took it out on you. And I'm really sorry.
BRAD: I've only ever done what I thought you wanted. This was never about riding on your coat- tails. I coached you because I loved it.
JOSH: Yeah, I know that now. And that's why I'm here, asking if you'll be my coach again. Even if there was someone else who could get me to the trials – I wouldn't want them, I need you.
They hug, and head inside to train.
Terese is on the phone to Brad, who's filling her in on the reconciliation with Josh. Seeing that the mystery delivery for the penthouse is still sat in the foyer, she quickly ends the call and starts opening one of the boxes to see what's inside. It's a set of new brochures for the hotel, but the Lassiter's name is nowhere to be seen – instead all the artwork and logos are branded as ‘Robinson's'!
Jacob and Toadie arrive back from Charlie's as if they're the best of friends, and Sonya is pleased to see how well they're getting on. They explain they've come back to watch the second innings here, as Charlie's got a bit busy. Jacob comments that Georgia never came back for the second half, and says she seems like a nice girl. Sonya agrees that she is – perhaps hoping that Jacob is interested in Georgia rather than her. But when Nell starts crying in the other room and Toadie goes to see to her, Jacob spontaneously moves in and kisses Sonya! Afterwards, neither of them know where to look…
Monday on Neighbours
- Callum thinks Sonya is acting weirdly around Jacob
- Jacob begs Sonya not to tell Toadie what happened, but she tells him she's decided she has to
- Paul tells Terese he no longer needs Lassiter's, but she wonders what will become of her job
- Marty Kranic is back in town, and wants $10,000 out of an incredulous Paul
- Marty tells Karl to play Paul at his own dirty game, and asks how badly he wants to take him down