Previously on Neighbours
- Sheila, Susan and Imogen investigate a mystery inhabitant at No 24
- Imogen tells Mason she's not ready to be more than friends
- Kate whinges to Chris about not knowing where she stands with Kyle
- Paul gets shouty with Terese when Mason inadvertently loses them a wedding booking
- Paul is elected Mayor of Erinsborough
- Terese quits her post at Lassiter's with immediate effect, much to Paul's horror
Terese fills in Imogen on her decision to quit her job. Imogen thinks it's great, saying it's about time someone stood up to Paul. She suggests they all go out to dinner to celebrate, but Terese is contemplating not telling Josh about her resignation, so as not to distract him from his preparation for the swimming trials. But Imogen talks her round, and Terese agrees to a celebration. Imogen asks if Terese is planning on working at the Quill hotel chain, but she wants to just spend time with her family and be a mum for a while. Terese heads home, leaving Imogen to make eyes at a handsome stranger at another table, who's been watching her throughout the scene...
The election afterparty is in full swing, and there's more awkwardness between Kate and Kyle. He mentions that Georgia's gone away for a while to clear her head; Kate says Susan's already told her that. Kyle explains that he and Georgia talked about dividing up their wedding fund before she left.
KATE: Why are you telling me that?
KYLE: Oh, you know. Just think it's best if everything's out in the open.
Kate breaks off the conversation and goes to 'mingle', leaving Kyle looking worried.
Terese brags to Brad about how good she feels having resigned. Brad is supportive of the decision, even if they have to find a new home. They kiss. However, Brad says he wouldn't be surprised if Paul starts trying to tempt Terese back to work, given how the Quill group made her continued employment as manager the deal- breaker.
But Brad's soon disabused of that notion, when there's a knock at the door and he opens it to find a box on the doorstep, with Terese's possessions from work in it. Among the items is a vase Imogen made Terese in primary school, which is now broken. Also in the box is a note giving the Willises notice on the house - and informing Terese that Paul is suing her for breach of contract!
Imogen and the mysterious stranger are still giving each other looks and he comes over, asking her if he can borrow the textbook she's reading, and introducing himself as Isaac.
ISAAC: And you are?
IMOGEN: It doesn't matter who I am.
ISAAC: Well I think I should know your name if I'm going to borrow your book.
IMOGEN: Why on earth would I lend you my book?
ISAAC: Well, because you're a very intelligent, generous person.
IMOGEN: And that line works for you, does it?
ISAAC: It's not a line. You're intelligent because you're studying law. And you're generous, because you've got a generous face. And I'm an excellent judge of character.
He tells Imogen he'll bring the book back for her tomorrow.
ISAAC: What have you got to lose?
IMOGEN: My book, for one thing.
But he begs, and Imogen eventually relents, telling him to bring it back here tomorrow, at one o'clock. She introduces herself, and tells him not to let her down, before leaving.
Brad tells Lauren about Paul kicking the Willises out of the house, and she seems eager to know whether they'll be staying in Erinsborough. He says they will be, as it's their home now - they won't be intimidated by Paul, and they don't want to uproot Josh with all his swimming trials going on.
BRAD: You know, coming back to Erinsborough feels like it was Meant To Be™, you know?
BRAD: Do you believe in fate?
LAUREN: ... Erm, I'm not sure.
BRAD: Yeah, me either.
Lauren looks worried as Brad walks off.
No 32 (back garden)
Matt and Mason are having a friendly argument over their basketball game, and Lauren tells them to play nicely. Imogen arrives to see Mason - she's drawn up a new rota for their use of Hermione the car. She tells him to read it over and get back to her, then leaves. Matt asks what's going on between Mason and Imogen, as he thinks he detects a 'vibe' - but Mason tells Matt he's imagining things.
Imogen is returning home when she sees a man on the balcony of No 24 - it's Isaac, the guy she met at Harold's. She shouts at him, but he ignores her and rushes inside.
Imogen bangs on the door, shouting to Isaac that she knows he's there, and threatening to call the police. He opens the door, and invites her in, promising to explain everything. He says he got through an unlocked window. He's not there to rob the place, he says; he's just squatting.
He says he comes from Eldorado, north- east of Wangaratta - he's got a place at one of the uni colleges, but his parents can't afford to support him, and the college doesn't let students stay over the summer. He explains he's taking extra classes to finish his degree more quickly, which is why he hasn't gone home for the summer; he stayed on friends' sofas at first, but soon outstayed his welcome. After sleeping rough for a couple of nights, he found No 24.
ISAAC: I was desperate. And here I am, standing before you. My fate is in your hands.
Mayor Paul is buttering up extras at his afterparty, when Terese shows up.
PAUL: Shouldn't you be at home packing?
Terese threatens to counter- sue Paul if he goes ahead with his lawsuit, warning him that the video of him defaming her that Bailey filmed is going viral - and that she's also been a victim of discrimination and harassment.
TERESE: And I will win. And then I'll drag you through the courts of public opinion. You'll lose so much business that Robinson's will be lucky enough to survive as a backpackers' hostel.
Paul fights to retain a perma- smile for the benefit of his partygoers.
PAUL: What do you want?
TERESE: I want a severance package proportionate to my years of employment working for this company. Enough time in my home to find a new place to live. Oh - and when you delivered my personal possessions, there was a little vase that Imogen made for me when she was at primary school. It was broken. You can fix that too.
Paul accuses her of bluffing, but Terese says otherwise - adding that she'll be in touch with her solicitors tomorrow to begin proceedings.
TERESE: Enjoy your party Mr Mayor.
Isaac explains he's been working two jobs to support himself at uni - but both the restaurant and the car wash he's been working at have just made him redundant. He couldn't therefore afford to contribute to the kitty at his friend's house, and didn't want to ask his parents to help. Imogen is amused to discover that the food Isaac has served up for her has been stolen from Paul's victory party at Charlie's.
Imogen says she can't let Isaac keep living here like this, and he thinks she's threatening to grass him up - but in fact she offers to bring him food and blankets.
ISAAC: I knew I was an excellent judge of character.
Kate confides in Chris, about Kyle having told her that he and Georgia are dividing up their wedding funds, and wonders why he brought it up with her. Kate's hoping that Kyle mentioned it to make it clear to her that he and Georgia are over, and thus that Kate is in with a chance. But Chris, who's concentrating more on stuffing his face, is getting impatient of her whining. He tells her she should either leave things alone, or if she can't do that, tell Kyle how she feels. When Kate continues to try to gauge his opinion, Chris whips out his mobile phone.
CHRIS: You know, I'm gonna record this so I don't have to keep repeating it.
He hits 'record'.
CHRIS: This is a sensitive situation. Emotions are high; be careful but be honest.
He stops recording, and tells Kate that's all he's got, before leaving her to her own devices.
Lauren is looking at photos of the kids when they were young, and Matt comes to join her. He reminds her of the night they first met, and opines that it was Meant To Be™. Matt asks if looking at the photos is a symptom of her feeling clucky.
LAUREN: Yeah, I guess.
MATT: I know how much you wanted another baby.
LAUREN: Well you were right. You know, the timing - it just wasn't right.
MATT: Well that was then. Things are a bit more comfortable now; maybe we could start thinking about it again. If that's what you still want. It's not something we have to decide immediately.
Lauren smiles at him, but starts to look worried.
Chris is still eating, and now Kyle is bending his ear about his feelings for Kate and Georgia, and how sad and confused he is - he isn't sure whether or not he wants more than friendship with Kate, but is reluctant to talk to her about it. Mightily fed up of being stuck in the middle, Chris whips out his phone again, and plays the recording.
CHRIS (recording): This is a sensitive situation. Emotions are high; be careful but be honest.
He walks off, presumably for a third crack at the buffet.
Mason and Bailey arrive just as Imogen is leaving, with bags loaded with food; Mason tells her he's happy with the schedule for Hermione. He invites her to join them for some ice- cream, but Imogen rather cursorily says she has to go, leaving him disappointed.
Imogen arrives with the bags of food from Harold's, and Isaac thanks her for bringing him the supplies. He invites her to stay and share it with him, and she agrees. Isaac promises to repay her when he has some money - but she has another idea, saying he could repay her by tutoring her in law instead. He agrees. Imogen's phone rings; it's Mason, and she shuts it off, saying it's no- one important. They dig in.
Terese and Brad are worrying about what will happen if Paul calls her bluff and decides to sue her anyway; she says they could lose everything. Brad tells her to be positive - but at that moment there's a knock at the door.
It's Paul - with a generous severance package, which is hers on the condition she signs a non- disclosure agreement to prevent her suing him for defamation. He also says she can stay in the house until she finds somewhere else to live - and offers to fix the vase!
TERESE: Did Tim Collins tell you that if you fought us, you'd most likely lose?
PAUL: Well are you gonna sign that or not?
Terese agrees, signs the paperwork, and bids Paul goodnight. As soon as the door shuts, Brad and Terese start to celebrate about the size of the severance pay - with that kind of cash, she can do anything she wants.
Kyle, Kate and Chris are cleaning up at Charlie's after the party. Chris wonders aloud why, given that they're not on the payroll - and loudly asks Kyle whether it's because Kate's still here. When he denies it, Chris grabs him and drags him over to Kate!
KATE: What's going on?
CHRIS: I have had it with you guys. Talk to each other, and sort this out.
KYLE: I dunno what you're talking about.
KATE: Yeah, there's nothing to really sort out.
CHRIS: I am over being Chris- in- the- middle, okay? I love you guys, but please - don't ever confide in me again. Okay?
KATE: There is something going on between us, isn't there? I'm not just imagining it, am I?
KYLE: No, you're not.
Kyle goes in for a kiss, and Kate willingly reciprocates.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Sheila has seen Kate and Kyle pashing on the security camera, and is quick to stick her oar in
- Susan is disapproving, telling Kate it seems too soon since Kyle and Georgia split up
- Jacob tells Sonya that he's missed her
- It's the day of Josh's trials, and Amber cheers him on while watching the race on TV