Previously on Neighbours
- Chris wants to tell his dad about his mum's gambling
- Naomi tells Sheila to back off, or lose her
- Matt says the only way to get the police involved in the search for Brad and Lauren's daughter is if they report Kathy for abduction
- Brad tells Lauren their daughter has the right to know she was loved, regardless of the consequences
Lauren tells Brad she won't involve the police. She wants to find their daughter, but she won't ruin the family. Lou tells her she's right.
LOU: You probably couldn't live with yourself if you sent the old girl to jail.
Brad agrees and leaves. Matt is surprised to hear that Lauren given her a name. Lily is Amber's middle name.
LAUREN: I just couldn't let her go.
Matt is supportive.
Naomi's laptop is open, so Sheila decides to take a look and it's open at an art dealer's page. Naomi accuses her of snooping, and Sheila retorts that Naomi won't tell her anything. She asks about the page.
NAOMI: I have a Renoir stashed under the bed. I'm looking for a buyer.
SHEILA: And you wonder why I snoop.
Naomi claims she's looking for a job in an art gallery, then she makes a disparaging remark about Sheila's tracksuit. Sheila explains she's going to Self Defence classes, and invites Naomi. Susan arrives - she's going as well - and is introduced. Susan tells her that it's easy to pick up, and demonstrates some moves, but Naomi passes.
Sheila tells Susan that Naomi has always gone after what she wanted especially men. She confides in Susan that Naomi had an affair with her married boss, and that she - Sheila - had dobbed them in to his wife. He had ended the affair, and Naomi blamed her. Susan says it's good that Naomi made a move towards reconciliation. Sheila's not sure why Naomi's here, but she's going to try to make things right.
Chris and his mum come out of the law office, where they have seen the barrister Toadie arranged. She is worried about meeting her husband at the airport, and Chris offers to go with her, but she's going to do it alone.
A tearful Lauren is looking at a photo of the family. Bailey comes in and gives her a hug. She sends him out for bread - an excuse because she's "having a moment".
Outside, Matt asks Bailey where he's going. Bailey tells his dad that Lauren has been crying. Matt reassures him she'll be fine, and Bailey goes off. Matt sees Brad and thanks him for accepting Lauren's decision on Kathy. Brad asks Matt if he could use his contacts unofficially. Matt says that would put him in a difficult position, but Brad says he's desperate.
BRAD: Don't you want to help your wife find her daughter?
Lou is finishing his packing and Matt tells him what Brad asked.
LOU: Unofficial, as in illegal?
Lou comments that there must be some way of finding the kid without doing something dodgy, and Matt has an idea. Lou leaves for Cambodia.
Callum asks Bailey to come round, but Bailey says he doesn't want to leave his mum alone because she's upset about his half-sister. Callum wants to help.
CALLUM: There's got to be a way we can reach more people.
CALLUM: Yes, "we". You're a nerd. I'm a genius. Between the two of us, I'm sure we can find an answer.
Lauren is annoyed that Brad would ask Matt to risk his career. Matt says that he won't do it, but he suggests they could hire a private investigator. He points out the downside: that it would be expensive. Lauren says they are not paying rent, and Brad would probably be willing to share the cost.
Chris tells Sheila how he's worried about his mum. She sends him out for some parsley. Naomi walks in and Sheila asks her how the job hunting is going - not well, as the jobs are too junior or they don't pay enough. Sheila suggests she ask her boss in Sydney to recommend her for something. Naomi says she doesn't feel comfortable doing that.
SHEILA: Since when were you so shy. You're the pushiest person I know.
NAOMI: No. You're the pushiest person you know.
Sheila asks her to cover for a casual worker at Charlie's but Naomi says no, and walks out. There's a SIM card in the bin, so Sheila fishes it out. She's just putting it in a phone when Naomi comes in and insists that she gives it back. Sheila accuses her of having an affair with a married gallery owner. Naomi says she doesn't know what she's talking about. Falling in love expends too much emotional energy, and financial security is the important thing. Sheila wonders if money is all she wants from the reunion.
NAOMI: So if you can dig up five hundred bucks by the time I get back, you'll never have to see me again.
Both woman are upset.
No 22 - garden
Lauren tells Brad that she won't let Matt risk his career, but that Matt suggested a PI. Brad says whatever it takes. Lauren assures him that they'll find her.
No 30 - garden
Callum and Bailey are looking at the Family Reunion website. They discuss whether "Lily" will know she is adopted / want to find her birth parents.
BAILEY: Everybody wants to know where they came from.
They create a new thread...
Naomi comes into the kitchen, commenting that she expected her bags to be outside. Sheila said she was tempted, but she thinks Naomi needs someone in her corner, and she wants to be that someone. She says they'll get on each other's nerves, but they can work it out. She tells Naomi she should get a job, which she promises to do. Sheila asks her again if she's with a married man, which she denies. Then she has to go out into the garden to get tomatoes...
NAOMI: You still collecting those creepy gnomes?
SHEILA: They're not creepy. They're charming characters.
Naomi turns back and tells her mum she's glad she's here.
It's night-time, and Chris opens the door to his mum who has a suitcase. She says that her husband said he won't have a gambler or a criminal for a wife. Chris suggests maybe he was in shock and offers to go and talk to him. Patricia says no, and explains that she'd driven to the casino - but she didn't gamble. She asks if she can stay over.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Chris tells his dad he needs to face what's going on
- Kyle and Georgia getting closer.
- Josh doesn't want to go back to school
- Chris rebukes his dad for walking away