Previously on Neighbours
- Amber intercepts Mason's Valentine's present for Imogen and claims it, thinking it's from Josh
- But Mason pretends like nothing happened, in order to preserve his secret relationship with Imogen
- Toadie accuses Sonya of putting her family last
- Nell is walking, but when Sonya Skypes Toadie to show him, he stubbornly ignores her call
Toadie pulls into the drive at No 30, and Sonya runs out to ask why he wasn't taking her calls earlier. She explains Nell took her first walk, and Toadie is gutted that he missed it – but Sonya explains she's recorded it so he can still watch it.
Mason and Imogen are getting cosy on the sofa, but it's hard to relax when there's the fear that anyone could walk in. So in the hope of spending some alone- time together, Mason suggests he use his staff discount to book them a nice room at Lassiter's tomorrow. Imogen looks nervous at the implied prospect of TITTNL, but says that she ‘thinks it's time' – and not just because it's his birthday.
Mason promises to take care of everything, and they kiss, only to have to jump apart as they hear Amber coming in. Imogen makes the excuse that she's here because she wants to do homework with Amber.
AMBER: But you hate doing homework with me.
Imogen insists that's not true, and Mason heads off to work ‘to take care of a booking.' Imogen smiles as he leaves, but then looks really worried.
Later, the girls are doing their homework.
AMBER: I hate persuasive English essays. I understand the need to express your opinions, but who cares what I think anyway?
IMOGEN: I'd like your opinion on something.
Imogen does the whole ‘hypothetical scenario' thing, and asks Amber how you know when you're ready to ‘do it'.
AMBER: You're not still seeing Isaac are you? Are you considering the whole prison boyfriend thing like Chris?
Receiving a negative response, Amber becomes convinced that Imogen is after her maths classmate Liam Hodges.
IMOGEN: What part of the word hypothetical do you not understand?
AMBER: The part where you always say things are hypothetical, to cover for the fact that they're actually real?
Imogen's forced to admit it's real, much to Amber's delight, but claims it's nobody Amber knows – just a guy she's been meeting secretly after having met him online. Amber demands to know why she wasn't informed earlier, and is desperate to see Imogen's dating profile – but Imogen won't let her at the laptop, claiming it's ‘too embarrassing'.
Back to the topic at hand, Amber sensibly advises Imogen not to rush into TITTNL, and to be sure he's someone special.
IMOGEN: But what if this guy is special, and I know I'm special to him – but I still don't know?
AMBER: Well then it's not the right time.
Lauren catches Amber looking at a dating website, and she's forced to admit that she's searching for Imogen's dating profile, and that Imogen's met someone online. Minimal probing from Lauren reveals that Imogen has been asking about TITTNL, and Lauren concurs with the advice Amber gave.
Matt comes in, and Amber goes to make herself a smoothie – while Lauren wastes no time in telling Matt she's going to blab what Amber's told her to Terese the moment she sees her, despite the Turner- Willis awkwardness – saying that if the roles were reversed she'd want Terese to do the same.
Toadie watches the video footage of Nell taking her first steps. Sonya comes in, and Toadie admits he wishes he'd been there to see it first- hand. He admits he was playing a computer game when Sonya called (but perhaps wisely doesn't admit that it was solitaire) and that he ignored her call. He explains he was angry because Lauren told him about Sonya becoming convenor of the support meetings, but Sonya says she's turned down Bob's offer to prioritise her family.
TOADIE: Great. Then we don't have a problem.
SONYA: Well, d'you know what? I think we do. Because I really wanted to do that job.
TOADIE: You've got two kids, a business, a blog…
SONYA: It's not the same.
Sonya tells Toadie he doesn't get it: reaching out to other people about addiction isn't something she just wants to do – she needs to do it. She admits there's been a void for her in that regard since Lucas left.
TOADIE: You've already told me about the void.
SONYA: Yeah I know. I'm sorry but I don't think you're hearing me. Okay, he understood me. Because he could relate to my fears.
TOADIE: Okay, you know what I am hearing, is that I am not enough for you.
SONYA: I love you. You're my husband. You, and Callum, and Nell, are the most important people in my life. But I need other people as well; I need people like me. And if you don't accept that, I honestly – I honestly don't know if our marriage is going to survive.
Toadie goes quiet, and Sonya goes for a walk.
Later on, Susan has come round for tea and cake, and she and Toadie are talking through his marital problems. Susan says a person doesn't have to get everything from their partner, but Toadie points out that his mum and dad did – they may be crazy, but they don't need anyone else. Susan says that doesn't work for everyone; she and Karl love one another, but they also have lots of their own friends and interests.
TOADIE: You've also been separated three times… Sorry. And the last time was because you were involved with Jim Dolan in the same way that Sonya was involved with Jacob.
SUSAN: Jim wasn't the only reason. It was a very complicated time. Looking back, maybe Karl and I wouldn't have separated if I'd been able to articulate my feelings more clearly. And if he'd been a bit more understanding.
Susan suggests Toadie should put aside his own idea of the perfect relationship, and try to keep an open mind, and an open heart.
Terese comes in for a coffee, and tells Lauren how bad she feels about the Willises' false accusations towards Mason.
TERESE: Are we still friends?
LAUREN: Yeah, of course!
This lengthy reconciliation process dispensed with, Terese says she's sure Brad and Josh will come round too; Lauren says she understands it's been a hard time for them. Then, in the interests of ‘parental solidarity', Lauren blurts out everything that Amber told her earlier, about Imogen's secret boyfriend, and her contemplating TITTNL. Terese said Lauren did the right thing telling her, but looks worried and embarrassed.
Amber comes to see Josh, and asks if he's heard anything from the abseiling equipment hire company – but apparently not. She fawns over the bracelet she thinks he bought her, saying how she thinks of him every time she looks at it. But a perplexed Josh tells her he didn't buy it for her, and now realises why she was so excited about his paltry card- and- rose gift offering.
JOSH: You must think I'm like Karl.
JOSH: Super- tight.
AMBER: No, I'm just confused. If you didn't get this for me, then who bought it and for who?
JOSH: Looks like you've got a mystery to solve.
AMBER: Looks like you've got a make- up Valentine's present to buy… Karl!
Terese is trying to call Imogen but to no avail, so decides to leave work early to look for her. But before she goes, hapless underling Glen asks Terese to clarify the staff discount percentage for hotel rooms, which he had thought was 10 per cent. Terese confirms it's actually 15 per cent since January.
GLEN: Mason'll be even happier!
GLEN: He's booked the honeymoon suite for tomorrow.
TERESE: Just for himself?
GLEN: Well, so he says. But from his luck with girls, it wouldn't surprise me if he was sneaking someone else in with him.
Amber confronts Mason with the bracelet, demanding to know if it's his.
MASON: No, I only wear gold.
But Amber persists, chiefly by sitting on his legs and revealing her method of deduction. Bailey couldn't afford it, it's too tasteful for Lou, and Matt would have gone mad if he'd bought it for Lauren then seen it on Amber's wrist. She concludes that Mason must have bought it for someone, and hasn't said anything because he's keeping his relationship a secret.
AMBER: So why don't you just stop pretending, and admit that you're seeing Imogen?
Mason tries to deny it, but Amber has put two and two together based on what Imogen told her earlier, and for once come out with four. Mason grudgingly admits it, and begs Amber not to tell anyone. At first Amber suspects Mason might be seeing Imogen to get back at Josh, but he insists he'd never use her like that. Amber warns him, however, not to push her into anything she's not ready for, as she's not as experienced as he is.
Terese comes in to ask Brad if he's seen Imogen. He's just heard from his lawyer; the equipment hire company has offered them a settlement for Josh's accident. It's a token amount which won't cover Josh's recovery (this has something to do with Mason not having filled out the forms) but the lawyer thinks they should take it. Terese agrees so they can but the tension with the Turners behind them, but Josh takes this as a personal affront and stomps off like a four- year- old.
Sonya comes in, and tells Toadie she won't be able to change her mind about what they were discussing earlier. To her surprise, Toadie says he's okay with that. He explains that, while he's been hurt by not being able to provide everything Sonya needs in her life, if she feels she needs something else to help her deal with her addiction issues, like convening the support meetings, then she should. Toadie also promises that they'll sort out their family time and Callum's driving lessons. All is resolved and they end up kissing.
Also kissing, in an appropriately secluded area, are Mason and Imogen. He tells her he's booked the room for them at Lassiter's.
MASON: Except, now you don't really want to go there, do you?
IMOGEN: No, I do. Really. Just not tomorrow.
She explains she's just not ready yet, and Mason admits he's disappointed – but says he knows Imogen is worth the wait. He also tells her that Amber has worked out they're together, but that she won't tell anyone. Imogen is rightly sceptical, but Mason tells her that once the family feud is over they'll be able to stop hiding and be a proper couple.
IMOGEN: Then we can finally get our Love Lock engraved?
MASON: Absolutely. Then it'll be me and you forever.
They hug, but Imogen is looking worried.
Imogen comes in, to be confronted immediately by Terese, who wants to know where she's been and why she hasn't answered her phone. It turns out Terese has also figured out what's going between Imogen and Mason, based on what Lauren and Glen told her. Imogen admits it, but assures Terese that they're not booking the honeymoon suite anymore.
Imogen tells Terese not to worry; Mason's a good guy and they like each other. But at that moment Josh and Brad walk in, and overhear what's been going on. Josh is furious to learn Imogen's been seeing Mason, and since before they found out he wasn't to blame for the accident. Josh calls Imogen a traitor.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Imogen and Mason kiss in broad daylight, and wonder whether Josh will hate them forever
- It's personality- transplant time for Brad again, as he tells Josh to let go of his anger, like he did
- But Josh admits he needs ‘someone to blame' for his accident
- Bailey thinks Other Josie has her eye on him – but in fact it's probably Kyle she's ogling
- Kyle and Georgia bond over babysitting Nell, but is Kyle getting carried away?
- Imogen gets annoyed when Mason makes a crass comment about seeing her in her bikini