Previously on Neighbours
- Sheila tells Naomi she should stick around, get a job and pay her way
- Bailey and Callum search for websites that specialise in parent/child reunions
- Brennan and Kyle scupper Stephen's attempt to kidnap Danni
- Sonya accuses Toadie's assistant Talia of taking saucy photos for his enjoyment
- Talia quits, leaving Sonya to track down the court papers that need to be lodged
Sonya has enlisted Callum's help to find the important court documents, but it's too late – Toadie turns up, back from Chile. He demands an explanation as to why they're rifling through his office, and Callum beats a hasty retreat, leaving Sonya to face the music. She's forced to explain that she fired Talia after mistakenly thinking she'd printed the saucy photo for Toadie. But she justifies her actions in part by saying Talia knew about their marital problems, when she shouldn't. Toadie gets angry, saying it was just normal workplace chat – and begins searching for the court papers himself.
Callum comes in to find Bailey still searching for his half- sister on the web; he's had lots of responses to his post on the website, but a lot of them seem to be timewasters or nut- jobs.
CALLUM: This one's a guy!
BAILEY: Yeah, well then he's easy to delete.
CALLUM: And that chick's 45.
BAILEY: Her too. It's just – it's more sad than anything. All these people who don't know who their parents are.
CALLUM: I used to be one of them.
But Cal says he ‘lucked out' in the end, as will Bailey's half- sister, given how Lauren's an awesome mum. Bailey says that's why he's looking.
Sheila is telling off Naomi for leaving dirty plates and glasses in her bedroom, but Chris points out Sheila is a known mug- hoarder, and that he thinks Sheila and Naomi are similar, much to their dismay. Sonya comes in, and Sheila introduces her to Naomi. Naomi gets a call on her phone but is reluctant to answer it, eventually taking off around the corner to do so. Sheila moans that her family will send her to an early grave, noting for reasons that will no doubt become apparent that Cousin Dane has gone AWOL in Thailand – and that Naomi is now expecting pocket- money.
Naomi returns from her phone call: it was a recruitment agency offering her a $70,000- salary job, which she's turned down, saying it's not enough. Sheila and Chris are perplexed as it's a pretty decent wage, but Naomi points out she's an experienced executive assistant, lest we forget. Sonya mentions that Toadie is looking for an assistant in his law office.
NAOMI: Toadie? Your husband's called Toadie? What's his brother called, Freddo?
SHEILA: Don't be rude!
Seconds later, Naomi is being whisked into Toadie's office for a job interview, where she admires his action figure of wrestling star Dave Batista. Toadie's about to tell her the story of how he and Callum met him, but realises he should get on with the interview. He outlines the job description for her, which Naomi's confident she can handle – but she's quick to ask what she would be earning. He hands her the contract.
NAOMI: Oh! Is that a three or an eight?
TOADIE: That is a three.
Toadie points out that she's never done any legal work, and nothing at all in the last five years – so it's not a figure to be sniffed at! But Naomi's unconvinced, and thanks him for his time before leaving.
Danni and Brennan come in.
DANNI: I'll never drive you home for afternoon tea again if you keep complaining about the state of my car!
BRENNAN: It's filthy.
He's salvaged a boxful of mementos from Danni's car, which include an old burger tray from Grease Monkeys. But there are also some personal photos, and Danni looks through them nostalgically. There's some of her violent ex Stephen among them, just in case we didn't get a clear enough view of his face in the recap – and she reminisces about the time when they were happy together.
Brennan says Danni's better off without Stephen, but she says that they were just like Brennan and Kate once, which is presumably meant without irony. She resolves to throw away the entire box, including the photo of Stephen, given that he's out of her life now…
Except guess who's hanging around in Charlie's, looking sinister? Yes, it's Stephen, and he quickly gets talking to Naomi. He asks if she knows Danni, and Naomi says it's Chris's boss. Chris, who is sitting at the bar and hasn't met Stephen yet, helpfully informs him that Danni's gone home for her lunch break. When Chris asks why he wants to know, Stephen says it's not that important, and gets up to leave.
Meanwhile, Naomi tells Sheila that the job with Toadie was a no- go, due to the ‘slave labour' wages. Sheila is annoyed. She warns Naomi that she won't be bankrolling her for the rest of her life, and that she should start acting like a grown- up.
Sheila pays a visit to Toadie, who's stressed out about his lack of assistant. He explains he thinks Naomi's great, but he can't offer her more money. Sheila asks if Toadie would consider Naomi again if she came back; he admits he's desperate for someone to fill the role, so would certainly hear her out. Sheila starts prying about Talia's departure, and Toadie tells her Sonya fired her because she thought something was going on between Talia and him. He admits he's really upset that she would think that, and Sheila suggests he talk to Sonya about it.
Callum and Bailey continue to look through the responses from potential half- sisters, when Amber comes in and they slam shut the laptop.
BAILEY: What are you doing here?
AMBER: I live here. Are you guys looking at something dodgy?
CALLUM: No. We're just surfing the net.
AMBER: Looking at…?
CALLUM: Yep. Music.
AMBER: Right. Well, you guys win a Logie for the best liar.
She lifts up the laptop screen, and they're forced to explain that they're looking for Lauren's long- lost daughter. Bailey justifies it by saying it's cheaper than a private investigator, and that he's sick of seeing Lauren so upset. But Amber tells Bailey he can't go behind his parents' backs like this, and demands that he promise to stop his search – but wanders out rather than waiting for him to do so.
Chris comes in with coffees for himself and Brennan, and notes the box of Danni's rubbish on the side, which for reasons of plot convenience is to be disposed of in the garage skip, rather than in the bin at No 24, where it was last seen. Spying the photos of Stephen, he quickly identifies him as the guy from Charlie's.
CHRIS: Who's this?
BRENNAN: That's Montague.
CHRIS: Danni's psycho ex?
(No, Chris – the nice Montague who's been hanging around!!) Crucial expository dialogue thus delivered, the boys go into panic mode as Chris realises he told Stephen that Danni was at home. Chris rushes to Ramsay Street to save the damsel in distress, while Brennan waits for her at the garage in case she's on her way back. Shaky- cam tells us this situation is very urgent, as Brennan calls the police.
We hear a crashing sound and Stephen creeps out of one of the bedrooms. He's found a framed photograph of Danni, Chris and Brennan – because Brennan is very quick at getting framed photos sorted when he starts a new job – but before he can send it the way of The Sketch™ of Brad and innumerable other soap picture frames, he's interrupted by Chris's arrival and hides. Chris calls Brennan to tell him Danni's not there – just as Stephen's about to whack him with a vase. Chris spots him in time, the vase smashes on the floor, and a scuffle ensues.
Brennan pulls up outside No 24. Chris is winded but not injured, and Stephen has already escaped over the fence. Danni and Sonya come over, having been at No 30 for a cuppa, and Danni's horrified to learn Stephen has been around. They all shuffle into No 24, including Sonya, enticed by the scent of a crisis that doesn't concern her.
A team- talk ensues; we learn Stephen broke a panel in the back door to gain access. Brennan has spoken to the police; apparently Stephen destroyed the ankle tag he was fitted with when he was bailed, so they don't know where he is, but are searching the area.
The consensus is that Danni should leave town as quickly as possible, so she goes to call a friend in Adelaide to ask if she can stay there – after having bizarrely thanked Sonya ‘so much' for unspecified services rendered. Eager to garner yet more praise, Sonya goes online to book flights for Danni, while everyone agrees how awful it is that this has happened.
Naomi comes back to talk to Toadie about the job – she has a counter- offer for him, and he grudgingly listens. She'll take the starting salary, but wants 20% of the net revenue of any business she brings in. Toadie points out that she can't invent cases out of thin air (evidently he's never been on the wrong end of a cold call from a personal injury lawyer) but Naomi says she has lots of business contacts that she's willing to share.
TOADIE: For 20%?
TOADIE: Twelve and a half.
NAOMI: Fifteen. And that's my final.
Unable to last a minute longer without an assistant, Toadie agrees to 15%. Naomi's final condition is that she gets to play with the Dave Batista action figure sometimes, to which Toadie readily agrees. They agree she'll start tomorrow morning.
Chris and Brennan are back at work, but Chris is distracted after his run- in with Stephen. Brennan gets a text from Sonya, who apparently has gone with Danni to the airport, because it's not like she has a business or gambling support groups to run. Chris is worried that Stephen is still on the loose, and Brennan remarks that they have now made enemies of him – as evidenced by the fact that he's waiting across the road in a black car, watching them.
Toadie has fallen asleep on the couch with one of Nell's books, and Sonya wakes him so he can go to bed. He asks after Danni; Sonya says she's okay, but would be better if Stephen had been caught. Toadie's pleased with Naomi's appointment, but hopes she's not too similar to Sheila! Sonya apologises profusely for not trusting him with Talia.
TOADIE: I can't believe you would think that I would even do something like that.
SONYA: Well I guess I thought in the back of my mind, that maybe you were just trying to even the score.
TOADIE: What for?! What, Jacob? Are you crazy?
Sonya says she knows she was wrong to think anything was going on with Talia.
SONYA: And I really need you to forgive me. Because I'm having a lot of trouble forgiving myself.
TOADIE: Yeah, of course I forgive you.
They hug, and Sonya promises never to doubt him again, but Toadie is still looking troubled.
Having ignored Amber's warnings, Callum and Bailey continue to check for replies to Bailey's message. They find a reply from a girl of the right age called Lisa Tucker, who was abandoned on a doctor's doorstep in Queensland, and is looking for her mum. Bailey replies, asking for her phone number. Amber comes in, and is furious to find Bailey still pursuing his search. But he says he thinks he's found their sister; the details don't add up 100% but it's pretty close. As they argue, Lisa replies again with her phone number, but Amber insists they can't call her until they've told Lauren.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- The kids tell Lauren and Matt, as anticipation mounts that they may have found Lauren's daughter
- Terese worries that things are moving too fast, but Lauren goes ahead and calls Lisa
- Josh, Imogen, Amber and Bailey discuss the implications of meeting their shared sister
- A taxi pulls up on Ramsay Street, and a girl steps out to greet Lauren…