Previously on Neighbours
- After their relationship becomes public, Imogen decides she and Mason should break up
- Amber leaves Mason's party to go and see Josh, telling Chris that he comes first right now
- Paul takes an inordinate amount of interest in the Twin Cities programme and enlists Karl's help
- It turns out Paul's ex- wife Rebecca is involved with the scheme, and he admires a photo of her
Paul wanders around the apartment in his dressing gown, and fondles his wedding ring with affection. We see a flashback to 2009 (Episode 5719) as he and Rebecca decide to get married.
PAUL: When I'm with you, I'm a better man. Truly... The answer's yes.
We then see another flashback to Paul and Rebecca's wedding day (Episode 5761), with Rebecca's son Declan and Paul's daughter Elle present as they exchange their vows.
REBECCA: You make me the happiest woman in the world. And I can't wait to be your wife.
Finally we see further happy flashbacks of their time together on Ramsay Street. Back in the present, Paul smiles, remembering fondly.
Mason and Imogen run into each other. She tries to be friendly, but Mason is standoffish, sternly telling her to return Hermione the car here once she's finished her driving lesson with Brad. Imogen tells Mason that registration renewal is soon due on the car, but Mason tells Imogen in no uncertain terms that she ought to pay for it, since he's done so much work on it recently.
IMOGEN: But that's not what we agreed to.
MASON: Well what can I say, Imogen? Things change.
Mason storms off, just as Terese shows up. Imogen tells her mum she thinks she's being punished for the break-up.
Paul is issuing orders to two Lassiter's underlings who are cleaning his apartment, while Karl is on a laptop, working on the Twin Cities proposal. Karl has agreed to attend Paul's meeting with the project representative today, and Paul is obsessing over whether he looks the part. However, when he learns that Mary Barnett is the representative they'll be meeting - not, evidently, who he expected - he suddenly loses interest, and tells Karl to handle the meeting on his own. Karl is suitably annoyed, but Paul tells him he'll get involved once the 'higher-ups' are on the scene.
Susan runs into Amber, and explains she's had an email from Amber's English teacher, expressing concern about her mock exam. Since she's a caring, sharing sort, Susan offers to go through the teacher's notes with Amber, to help her in preparation for the real thing next week. Amber remembers she was supposed to be seeing Josh, but tells Susan she's sure he won't mind. Susan tells Amber she'll see her at No 28.
Josh is training as usual, and seems to be getting ahead of himself with his recovery schedule. Brad warns him to slow down, as he could make his injury worse if he pushes things too fast. Amber turns up, and explains she has a study session with Susan, but Josh acts like a spoilt brat about it, whingeing that Amber is sacking him off for her schoolwork. He tries to convince her to stay, but Amber insists she needs to put the effort in for the sake of her assessment. Josh takes this as a personal affront, and rudely tells her to come back when she's made time in her 'busy schedule'. Amber marches off.
As a couple of extras belatedly add their Valentine's padlocks to the bridge, Mason removes his own that he put there for Imogen - then encounters her shortly afterwards. She hands him the car keys, and Mason complains that Terese is being extra-nice to him at work, presumably to compensate for Imogen having split up with him. In an attempt to smooth things over, Imogen offers to pay for 70 per cent of Hermione's registration renewal, but Mason says he's been thinking they should put an end to their car-share.
MASON: It's never really worked, Imogen. I'm so over playing weekend mechanic; let's just call it quits on it, yeah?
Imogen says she knows he's upset about the break-up, but Mason claims he just wants out of a bad deal. He tells her that she'll either have to buy his half of the car, or sell it. She says she doesn't want to share with a stranger, and can't afford to buy him out.
MASON: No. If you're about to say the words 'payment plan' then forget it; the Bank of Mason doesn't do lay-by.
Imogen reluctantly agrees that they'll have to sell the car.
Imogen joins Brad and Terese, and explains that Mason no longer wants to share Hermione. She asks her parents for a loan so that she can buy the car outright, but they're not keen, as they think it's a bad investment and they can't really afford it at the moment. Imogen stomps off, and afterwards Brad suggests they could scrape the money together to help out Mason and Imogen - but Terese tells him they can discuss it later, as she has to get back to work.
As she's leaving, Paul tells Terese to liaise with Karl over the Twin Cities project, justifying this imposition on her time by claiming the project will be 'good for Lassiter's', without explaining quite how. Terese also confirms that Lassiter's will be laying on the VIP treatment for Mary Barnett, but Paul tells her not to bother - as she's not who he was expecting!
A car pulls up outside, and in walks a blast from the past - it's Rebecca Napier! She tells Sheila she's just come in to 'check the old place out', since she was a local a few years ago.
REBECCA: This place is exactly as it was.
SHEILA: People don't like change.
REBECCA: No. No, it can be really hard to break out of a cycle.
SHEILA: You sound like someone who knows what they're talking about.
REBECCA: Yeah, I do. But I moved on in the end. You know how it is.
Rebecca decides to have a coffee, for old time's sake. She explains she's here for two days with the Twin Cities project, and that she's really looking forward to meeting the new mayor. Sheila doesn't comment, and Paul isn't mentioned by name.
Later, Paul comes in to collect some papers, but Sheila explains that the Twin Cities rep is in the ladies' room, and that he should hang around so he can meet her as she's 'right up Paul's alley'. Still thinking that it's Mary Barnett and not Rebecca, Paul tersely tells Sheila that Karl is handling the meet-and-greet, and leaves. Rebecca returns from the bathroom.
SHEILA: Oh, you've just missed Lord Mayor Moneybags. Apparently he's pulled out of your meeting.
Rebecca says it's a shame, and goes to do something official, 'to justify her existence.' She bids Sheila goodbye.
Susan and Amber have just finished their study session, and Amber leaves, just as Rebecca turns up.
Susan calls Karl out to see who it is, and they're both pleasantly surprised to see her - despite Rebecca quickly informing Karl that he's the one she's come to see. Not having been party to Paul's letter (on which his signature was forged) Karl doesn't know what she's talking about, but Rebecca soon explains she's here to represent the Twin Cities Association. She saw Karl's name on the letter and swapped with Mary, her assistant, at the last minute, so they could catch up.
Karl and Susan immediately wonder whether Rebecca has spoken to Paul, but she says not, insisting she wants to keep her visit a Paul-free zone for as long as possible. They try to tell her that he's the new mayor, but she cuts them off.
REBECCA: I don't want to hear it - let's just catch up without him coming into it.
SUSAN: I think it's pretty important...
REBECCA: Hey, I'll make a deal with you. Just a little bit of Paul Robinson-free time, and then after that you can tell me whatever you need to.
The Kennedys nod and smile.
Mason encounters a potential buyer for his half of Hermione - but the would-be customer (Jed) seems more interested in getting his hands on co-owner Imogen than the steering wheel, despite never having met her. More than a little creeped out and protective of Imogen, Mason gets rid of Jed by telling him the car's no longer for sale - and rips the 'for sale' sign off the windscreen accordingly. The two-bit antagonist slopes off despondently.
No sooner is one two-bit antagonist dispensed with than another rears his head, watching Josh mysteriously in the gym. Having received a text message from Amber apologising for their row this morning and promising to make it up to him (when it's really Josh who should be apologising), Josh disobeys Brad's coaching instructions and tries some weight-lifting, but ends up dropping the dumb-bell and crying out in pain. Brad comes rushing over with the I-told-you-so routine, and Josh storms off.
But who should follow Josh to the locker-room but his mysterious observer, who suggests he's going to need something stronger than the over-the-counter painkillers he's taking.
JOSH: Do I know you?
TWO-BIT ANTAGONIST B: Not yet. I can hook you up with some serious stuff.
The bloke hands Josh his business card, and we learn his name is Kirk. Josh thanks him, but says he's covered. Kirk tells him to keep his card, just in case he develops a need for 'stuff' at a later juncture. Of course, Kirk has recognised him as The Josh Willis™, swimmer extraordinaire, and opines that if would be a shame to let all that training go to waste now. Josh snarls as Kirk makes his exit.
Mason is whingeing to Amber about Terese sucking up to him out of sympathy, and Imogen being annoyed that he's trying to sell his half of Hermione. Mason suggests that Amber buy him out of his half of the car, so that she and Imogen could share it. Amber says she can't afford it, and tells Mason to stop interrupting her study. She then develops this into a full-blown rant about how Josh says she's not spending enough time with him.
Mason gives Amber some sound advice, telling her that while it's good she loves Josh, she can't drop her school commitments the moment he clicks his fingers - pointing out that he's never compromised his swimming career to spend time with her. Grateful for the tip, Amber indulges Mason further about the possibility of buying half of the car.
Rebecca is more impressed than is strictly feasible about the interior at Harold's, gasping in ecstasy about how great it looks. The Kennedys introduce her to Terese as the hotel and complex manager.
REBECCA: Okay, so you must work with, erm... Oh. I nearly broke my own rule then.
TERESE: So you know Paul?
REBECCA: Yes, yes - you could say that.
Rebecca goes to grab a table outside while Karl and Susan order. Once she's left, Susan tells Karl they have to be honest with Rebecca about Paul having become the new mayor, since he obviously knew that she was running the Twin Cities project. Karl's realised that Paul must have forged his name on the letter to lure Rebecca here. The Kennedys despair about what a conniving so-and-so he is.
Rebecca takes a seat outside, just as Paul is crossing the courtyard, and he sees her straight away. He saunters over.
REBECCA: Hi, Paul.
PAUL: Rebecca. I wasn't expecting you today.
REBECCA: Why would you be expecting me at all?
PAUL: Because I am the new mayor. Yeah. I arranged the Twin Cities programme application. You're here because of me.
Paul offers Rebecca a drink, but she's only here for an explanation.
PAUL: God, you look incredible.
REBECCA: So, you're the mayor?
REBECCA: Please tell me this is just a huge coincidence - that you had no idea I was involved in the Twin Cities project.
PAUL: What would be the fun in that, hm?
REBECCA: I don't understand!
PAUL: Look, a few months ago I lost a very dear friend of mine. It was the man who started off the whole hotel, actually. And it got me thinking about the mistakes that I'd made, and the relationships I'd allowed to slip away.
REBECCA: What, me?
PAUL: Yeah. And I realised if I was gonna have any chance at all of reconnecting with you, I had to have a plan. Now admittedly it was a long-shot, but today it finally paid off.
REBECCA: What are you talking about?
PAUL: Rebecca, you are the reason I campaigned for office. So that I could make all of this happen. I never stopped loving you, Rebecca. I want you back.
Rebecca's expression lingers somewhere between incredulity and horror.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Paul vows to do anything it takes to get Rebecca back
- Rebecca tells Susan she's moved on, but Susan helpfully points out that Paul's still single
- Mason learns the promotion in Darwin is still available if he wants it
- Josh is in pain during training, and yet again takes his anguish out on Amber