Previously on Neighbours
- Paul wants Rebecca to move back to Erinsborough to be with him
- Susan suggests to Rebecca that she's only considering Paul's offer in a bid to fix the past
- Kyle signs up to help with Georgia's charity farm day for the Women's Shelter
- As Lauren debates whether or not to forgive Kathy, Lou tells Kathy to leave town
- Kathy announces she's bought No 32 for Lauren and the family
In the garden, Lauren rants and raves to Matt about Kathy's decision to buy the house. She claims that this, and everything Kathy's ever bought for the kids, is just a means of assuaging her guilt for having had Lauren's baby adopted secretly. Matt, while more calm, isn't exactly disagreeing with her – and Lauren tells him there's no way Kathy is giving them the house.
Indoors, Kathy watches Matt and Lauren out of the window, as Lou accuses her of using her money to buy forgiveness for the mess she's made. Kathy insists she's simply trying to take some of the pressure off Matt and Lauren, so they no longer have to pay rent.
LOU: Can you honestly say you expect nothing in return?
KATHY: If they choose not to forgive me, I accept that.
Kathy swans off back to the hotel, telling Lou he should convince Lauren that her buying the house is a good thing.
Paul is taking a business call, and apologises to Rebecca once he's done – before continuing his campaign to get her to stay in Erinsborough. On his laptop, he shows her some bars that have recently come on the market, and a travel agency – implicitly repeating his offer to buy her a business to run. Rebecca says moving back to Melbourne is a decision that she can't make lightly, as it involves Declan and India as well. Paul says he understands this, but keeps pushing – and Rebecca eventually says she'll call Declan.
REBECCA: Perhaps I could move back.
Paul is thrilled, and hugs her. She goes off to make the call, while Paul goes to his phone and finds Georgia's number.
Toadie is on the phone to his old boss Charlotte; once he's done, he explains that Simmons & Colbert has offered him some lucrative contract work, but that it will involve him going to Chile for a week. He's afraid it's too much to ask of Sonya to disappear for a week, but Georgia says she's around to help out, and that Sonya will be fine. Toadie doesn't look so sure. Georgia gets a text from Paul; he wants to talk to her about the charity fundraiser for the Women's Shelter. She assumes it's bad news.
Paul takes Georgia up in the lift to his penthouse. He explains there's been a mix- up with the insurance for the fundraiser, meaning it won't be able to go ahead. Georgia objects, saying people are already setting up stalls in the complex; but Paul says Georgia could relocate, suggesting she ask Susan if they could use the Oval instead. Georgia's fuming, saying nobody will be bothered to go elsewhere once they've already shown up at Lassiter's to find the event isn't there.
PAUL: Georgia, I think you underestimate the good nature of the public.
He shows her back into the lift.
Matt comes off the phone to Lucas, having asked him to pass the Turners' love to Vanessa. Matt tells Lou that Kathy has offered above market value for the house, and that Lucas isn't keen to knock back the offer. Lou suggests that Matt should consider what it would mean to the Turners not having to pay any rent; but Matt says he respects the fact that Lauren doesn't want to be bought off by Kathy. However, Lou explains he's thought of a solution that would mean Matt and Lauren wouldn't be accepting Kathy's money as such…
Georgia is speaking to Susan on the phone, who has turned down her request to hold the fundraiser at the Oval. Kyle turns up to see if Georgia needs any help with organising the fundraiser, explaining Brennan roped him into assisting. A little terse when she learns he's getting involved, Georgia explains that the fundraiser is unlikely to go ahead now, because of the mix- up with the insurance. She goes off to meet Toadie at Charlie's, and invites Kyle to join her, in the hope that the three of them can work out a solution.
Susan has joined Toadie and Georgia, explaining that she can't grant use of the Oval for the fundraiser because the school is having a sports carnival there at the same time. Susan leaves. Georgia asks Toadie if he could look into the problem with the insurance for the event, to see if there's anything he could do. Toadie agrees. Georgia asks if he's told Sonya about Charlotte's contract work in Chile; he says he hasn't, but will do it when he gets in.
As Toadie leaves, Kyle sits down with drinks for himself and Georgia. He explains he's just overheard some Lassiter's staff talking about a last- minute wedding that's been booked at the lake tomorrow. Georgia is furious, realising that Paul was lying, and has cancelled the fundraiser in order to accommodate the wedding and make more money!
Chris turns up to pick up some brochures from Sonya on gambling addiction. He also apologises for blaming Sonya when he found out about Patricia's problem. Sonya accepts his apology, and also suggests Chris himself could attend some support meetings for relatives of gamblers. He promises to think about it. Toadie comes in; Chris hugs Sonya, and thanks Toadie for having agreed to represent Patricia next week.
Chris leaves, and Toadie starts telling Sonya about the Chile work; but she interrupts before he can, apologising for bailing on their quality time together the other day to help Chris. She says they can watch wrestling together every night next week to make up for it, and despite Charlotte's work offer, Toadie says that sounds perfect. Sonya dashes to the loo, and Toadie calls Charlotte; he tells her he's going to have to say no to the Chile job.
Paul and Rebecca are drinking champagne, to celebrate the likelihood of her moving back to Erinsborough. She suggests they have another look at the businesses for sale that he offered to buy for her. However, a tag falls off the champagne and Rebecca reads it: it's a thank- you gift from the customers who booked the last- minute wedding. Rebecca demands to know how Lassiter's can accommodate a wedding with Georgia's fundraiser going on, and quickly surmises that Paul has cancelled the fundraiser in favour of the wedding. He promises to make a generous donation to the Women's Shelter, but says the wedding is worth a lot of money to Lassiter's.
REBECCA: Paul, what is more important to you? A few dollars in your pocket, or helping women who can't help themselves?
Paul doesn't answer.
Lou explains his plan to Matt and Lauren: Kathy could buy the house, but put it in the kids' name, with Matt and Lauren as trustees. Matt says he's not exactly comfortable with the idea, but Lou points out that the kids would be set up for life, and that there would be no more financial pressure if the takings were down at Harold's. Kathy has promised there would be no strings attached, Lou adds, and they wouldn't have to tell the kids until the time was right.
Lauren's still sceptical, but is worried that Kathy would think Lauren had forgiven her for having her daughter adopted. Matt tells Lauren it's up to her when or if she ever forgives Kathy.
Lauren turns up at Kathy's hotel room.
KATHY: I didn't think I was going to see you. I only want the best for you and Matt.
LAUREN: You know you can't buy your way out of what you did?
KATHY: I just want to make it easier for you.
LAUREN: You're supposed to let your kids make their own choices. Give them the best start in life and then guide them along the way. Not take the biggest decisions of their life out of their hands. Not try to control everything.
KATHY: I know I failed you. I'm sorry.
LAUREN: I believe you. Which is why I'm gonna accept your offer of the house. For my children. I won't punish them for what you did to me. On one condition. I want you to stay away. No more arguments; no more sticking around to try to make things right. I want you gone. And I won't ask again.
A sad- looking Lauren prepares to leave.
KATHY: Lauren… If you want to find your daughter I'll do anything to help.
LAUREN: Bye, Mum.
Shortly afterwards, Bailey and Lou are in the reception. Bailey wonders if Lauren might never have met Matt if she'd kept the baby, but Lou tells him Lauren and Matt were meant to be – and so was Bailey.
Kathy appears, waiting for the famous yellow taxi to take her away. She's pleased to see Bailey has come to see her off; he tells her Amber says goodbye too. Kathy has to ask for a hug, but Bailey dutifully gives her one, before leaving. Kathy tells Lou to look after the family, and if there's anything to do, to let her know.
LOU: Goodbye, Kath.
Lou watches as Kathy gets into the taxi and is driven away.
Georgia comes to rant and rave to Paul about his lie regarding the insurance mix- up. She really lays into him, telling him his good intentions never last long when he sniffs a bit of extra cash. She then threatens to organise a raft of bad publicity for Lassiter's unless he cancels the wedding booking and honours his commitment to host the fundraiser.
Paul smugly tells Georgia that he was about to do just that, explaining that the insurance problem has now been cleared up.
PAUL: It appears that being the Mayor does have its advantages sometimes.
He adds that the wedding will now be held in the ballroom, thus freeing up the rest of the complex for the fundraiser. He shows Georgia out.
GEORGIA: Thank you. I guess.
Rebecca explains to Susan about how the fundraiser has been reinstated, and Susan correctly guesses that this is a result of Rebecca exerting her influence.
SUSAN: I know that changing someone for the better must feel very flattering…
REBECCA: It's not about flattery. I think if Paul's behaviour improves when I'm around, then that's good for everyone, isn't it?
SUSAN: It's good for him. Good for the world in general, maybe. But good for you – I dunno, I'm not sure.
Susan reminds Rebecca what Paul did to her the last time they were together.
REBECCA: What about what I did to him? Susan, I pushed him off the mezzanine. What sort of a person does that?
SUSAN: Someone who's been so hurt they don't see any other option.
REBECCA: And I got away with it. How do you think that makes me feel?
SUSAN: I imagine it makes you feel very guilty. The sort of guilt that might compel you to try to make amends, even at a cost to yourself.
REBECCA: Well, I loved Paul once. I can love him again. And I think it's the only way I'm gonna get over what happened that night. If that's what I have to do to move on, Susan, then that's what I'm gonna do.
Paul runs into Susan, and goads her about Rebecca's decision to move back to Erinsborough. Susan suggests they take time to get to know each other again before they move back in together, adding that the basis of any good relationship is honesty.
PAUL: Saint Susan strikes again.
Paul claims that Rebecca's falling in love with him again, but Susan reminds him of how things were between them before she left – and casts doubt on the notion that Rebecca would fall for him again so quickly.
SUSAN: Maybe what you feel for her is genuine; I have no idea. But you have to ask yourself, where are her feelings coming from?
PAUL: Rebecca's feelings for me are real.
SUSAN: They come from guilt, over what she tried to do to you.
PAUL: And you call me manipulative?
SUSAN: Oh Paul. Do you really want a relationship with Rebecca that's based on obligation and guilt? How long do you think that'd last?
Susan walks off, and Paul looks worried.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Paul asks Rebecca to confirm that Susan is wrong, and that she still loves him
- Susan continues to interfere, expressing disbelief that Rebecca could forgive Paul for everything
- It's topless tug- of- war time between Kyle and Brennan
- Danni's ex Stephen has been bailed, and she worries he's going to come back for her
- Shaky camera footage aplenty implies that someone sinister is in No 24 with Kate