Previously on Neighbours
- After his aborted chat to Hudson, Chris confides to Georgia his doubts about their future together
- Naomi manipulates Sonya into encouraging Toadie to take the Chilean contract
- Doug reveals he wants to coach Josh in how to be a builder while he's in Erinsborough
Sheila thanks Doug and Josh for finishing off Aaron's Balinese hut (!), saying Kyle will be grateful for all their hard work. Doug seems more enthused about said work than Josh is, but he's blissfully unaware that Josh isn't loving it.
DOUG: Brad was hopeless at this stuff. You'd put a hammer in his hand and he'd whack himself in the head. But this one – he's got all the skills!
Josh (who is getting increasingly annoyed at Doug playfully thumping him throughout the scene!) wants to know when they'll get paid for their efforts; Sheila says she'll drop the money off later. She explains she's waiting on a call from Thailand, where Dane is scheduled to appear in court to make an official apology for insulting the King! Doug says that if Sheila needs a hand with anything in the meantime, just to call him and Josh – as they make a pretty good team.
Naomi is impressing Toadie with news of all the new clients they've got booked in. She asks Toadie whether he left Simmons & Colbert purely because of the travel, but he says it was the working hours too – with a baby on the way he wanted to have more time for Sonya. They talk about which night Toadie should meet with the Chilean clients to sign off on the deal – Toadie says he's free tomorrow, and Naomi promises to let Mr Ibáñez know. She's also arranged various sweeteners for the client and his wife, including a welcome hamper and various tourist activities.
TOADIE: So this eagerness to please – that wouldn't have anything to do with your 15% now, would it?
NAOMI: Is that a problem?
On the contrary, Toadie thinks it's great, and wonders aloud how he ever managed without Naomi.
Chris is off his face on painkillers again, like the last time he got bashed – and is looking up at a handsome nurse, Will, as he's wheeled out of surgery and into his hospital room.
CHRIS: Am I dreaming? I've got to be dreaming. Oh, you're real! You're really real! There's a hot guy in my room!
GEORGIA: Yes, yes there is, Chris. And he's here to look after you, okay?
CHRIS: So you're my slave?
WILL: Painkillers are clearly doing their job!
GEORGIA: Hmm, a little bit too well.
Chris goes on to tell Georgia that blue is not her colour…!
CHRIS: It is so unflattering on you!
GEORGIA: Thank you for the hot tip (!)
But when Will approaches…
CHRIS: Oh, blue works on you! With your body, I reckon you can wear anything.
Georgia goes to speak to the doctors about putting Chris on an alternative painkiller!
CHRIS: Is it too early to say that I love you?
Will smiles and shakes his head.
Outside in the ward, Josh (who has been in a physio appointment) and Terese stop by to see how Chris is. Georgia tells them he's not ready for visitors yet, but that the operation went well. Josh offers to take Terese out for brunch, and she immediately wants to know his ulterior motive! He explains that if he goes back home, Doug will have another job for him.
TERESE: I thought you enjoyed spending time together?
JOSH: Oh, yeah, it was fun. Kind of. I guess. But Mum, I'm on holidays!
Terese tells Josh he'll have to harden up if he wants to be in the building industry.
JOSH: That's the thing, I don't want to be a builder! No way!
Imogen, Brad and Doug are having a coffee.
DOUG: I tell you, that boy has got a real future in the building game.
Imogen and Brad are sceptical, but Brad thinks it's great if he's found something he's good at. Imogen points out that Josh has never been willing to get his hands dirty, but Doug thinks he'll change his tune when he gets his first pay cheque.
Toadie is shouting to Naomi in the other room about work stuff, when Sonya creeps in and pinches him on the bum, surprising him! She has a customer from the nursery who hasn't paid his bill, and wants Toadie to write him an assertive letter asking for payment. Naomi leaps in and offers to take care of it.
Toadie also asks if Sonya will be free to come to the client meeting for the Chilean contract tomorrow evening. Sonya says she is, adding that she's keen to quiz the client on his environmental policies! Naomi overhears this and looks worried, but Toadie seems confident the client can handle Sonya's questions. Naomi offers to go over to the nursery with Sonya to discuss the letter of demand for her customer, and they leave together.
Naomi takes snapshots of all the overdue invoices on her phone, and promises to get started writing the letter. Sonya says she can see why Toadie's impressed with Naomi's work, and all the extra clients she's brought on board for Toadie.
Naomi mentions the meeting with the Chilean client tomorrow, and tells her that the dress code is ‘glam', as Mr Ibáñez's wife always ‘makes a splash' with her appearance. Sonya says she'll make an effort, but doesn't want to show up as something she's not. Naomi then asks Sonya what she meant about asking the client about his environmental policies; Sonya says she's very passionate about the environment and is keen to hear what regulations the mining firm has in place.
NAOMI: I know that you weren't that keen for this deal to go through, but you're not gonna say anything that might make Mr Ibáñez reconsider signing, are you?
Sonya emphatically insists not – she knows how important the meeting is to Toadie.
SONYA: But if he can't answer a couple of simple questions, then he's probably not the sort of person Jarrod should be working with in the first place…
Naomi looks uncomfortable, but smiles and heads off to write the letter for Sonya.
Sheila turns up at the hospital to see Chris, but Georgia says he's still not ready for visitors. Sheila updates us on Cousin Dane's adventures in Thailand; his formal apology to the King was rejected, and now Kyle has to stick around in Thailand until the whole mess is sorted out. In the meantime, Sheila has to come up with a plan to cover the business, so Kyle doesn't lose all his regular clients: Doug has said he could help out, and Sheila can do the books, since her time's freed up now Charlie's is closed for refurbishments. Will comes in, and overhears Sheila asking Georgia to say hello to Chris for her.
In the back yard, Imogen wants Doug to taste a recipe she's cooked up, that she's planning to take over for grieving Brennan. Doug thinks the food is delicious, and says it's another example of skill skipping a generation – implying Terese can't cook! Sheila turns up with the money for Doug and Josh from the Balinese hut job. She also tells Doug that Kyle is in Thailand for longer, and says there's plenty more work at the yard if they want it. Doug instantly agrees, and thinks Josh will be over the moon. Imogen looks uncomfortable.
Chris's painkillers are now back under control, and he now believes that he dreamed up Will from his imagination, describing to Georgia the rather forthright conversation they had during the ‘dream'!
GEORGIA: Those weren't dreams! That hot nurse – he actually works here.
CHRIS: Oh no. I was talking to him about having kids and what we were gonna name them! Did I say something about you wearing blue?
Georgia laughs it off, and Chris apologises. She admits that Chris also asked Will to marry him, and Chris is mortally embarrassed.
Later, Will comes in, and Chris is embarrassed – asking him to forget everything he said to him earlier. Will tells him not to worry.
WILL: Next time you're going to propose, maybe you should take the guy out for coffee first. For the record, it's not every day a cute guy flirts with me. Usually it's just the eighty- four- year- olds who've forgotten to put on their pants.
CHRIS: You're just saying that to make me feel better.
WILL: Is it working?
CHRIS: Yeah. It is.
Will asks Chris whether the fact there's no boyfriend/girlfriend by his bedside means he's single – and without waiting for an answer, scribbles down his phone number and gives it to Chris, saying he hopes he's in with a shot! Chris looks uncomfortable.
Later, Georgia comes in with some flowers that Hudson has sent, via his parents. Chris feels bad about having doubts about their relationship, but Georgia reassures him that he wouldn't be the first. She adds that it must be tough for Hudson too, not to be here for Chris in person. Will comes in and overhears the end of their conversation, thereby discovering Chris isn't single after all.
Georgia leaves the room, and Chris is now even more embarrassed. He says he was tempted by the phone number, but that he's not a cheat so he wouldn't have pursued it.
CHRIS: As much as I would have wanted to if things were different.
WILL: I'm guessing things between you and your boyfriend are complicated.
CHRIS: You could say that.
WILL: Well for the record, I think this guy should be here right now. Holding your hand and catering to your every need.
CHRIS: It's not that simple.
WILL: Whatever excuse he's got, it's not good enough.
Will leaves, and Chris looks sadly at the bunch of flowers.
Josh, Brad and Terese are in the garden. Brad and Terese are discussing when to tell Doug about Brad's daughter with Lauren; Brad feels they ought to do it before the big street barbecue Doug wants to organise. Doug comes outside, singing the praises of Imogen's cooking again – and once again implies Terese's lack of skill in this area by saying the kitchen is underused! Offended, Terese goes off to see if Imogen wants a lift to work; and Brad tells Doug to stop digging at Terese.
DOUG: I was only joking!
BRAD: Yeah, well she thinks it's your way of saying she's not a very good wife or mother.
DOUG: I never said that about Terese!
BRAD: Well not in those words. But you've never made it a secret how much you like Beth in comparison.
DOUG: We see Beth a lot more often – of course we're gonna be closer to her. I know you're both busy with your work, but absence doesn't always make the heart grow fonder. And time lost with your kids and grandkids is time you'll never get back.
Brad says he knows they need to make more effort to see his parents. Doug says that in the meantime, he and Josh are making up for lost time. Doug goes over to where Josh is listening to music and tells him Sheila has lined up more work for them at Kyle's yard. Josh pretends to be pleased!
Chris tells Georgia he feels bad for letting Will think he was interested, when he's still with Hudson.
CHRIS: Can we put out a memo? Only nasty, ugly nursing staff for the rest of my stay here?
GEORGIA: I'm not even gonna ask which category I fall into!
Georgia tells Chris he's only human for being tempted – he didn't act on it. But she asks him if he can keep going the way things are. Chris says he loves Hudson, but is sick of being alone all the time – particularly now, being in hospital and having lost Kate.
CHRIS: Maybe I've just been kidding myself from the start. I don't want to end things with Hudson, but I just didn't realise how tough it was gonna be.
Sonya is on the phone to Callum – he wants her to come home so he doesn't have to babysit Nell anymore. This means she won't have time to buy a new outfit for tomorrow night, she says. Naomi says Sonya doesn't have to come to the meeting if she doesn't feel comfortable, but Sonya insists she wants to be by Toadie's side.
Sonya reads over the letter Naomi's written for her non- paying customer, which strikes just the right balance: assertive, but not aggressive. Naomi says she'll have it couriered to the customer. Sonya rushes over to serve another customer, but while she's gone, Naomi opens Sonya's diary on today's page, sees she has a GA meeting tonight, and takes a photo with her phone. She looks flustered as Imogen appears, asking after Sonya – and Naomi points her in the direction of the customer she's serving.
Sonya reminds Toadie that she has a GA meeting tonight, and mentions Cal's trying to get out of babysitting Nell tomorrow night. Toadie goes to talk to Cal, while Sonya answers the phone. It's her customer from the nursery who hadn't been paying: thanks to Naomi's letter, he's apologised and promised to pay his bill by the end of the week.
TOADIE (from other room): She's good, isn't she?
SONYA: Yeah! Just remind me never to get on her bad side!
Naomi is on the phone to Mr Ibáñez, Toadie's Chilean client. She asks if they could reschedule his meeting with Toadie for tonight, rather than tomorrow – all the while looking at the photo on her phone of Sonya's diary, showing she's busy tonight with the GA meeting.
NAOMI: Is it at all possible to make it this evening instead of tomorrow night?
The client agrees, and Naomi promises to let Toadie know. Naomi hangs up, looking smug.
Monday on Neighbours
- Naomi tells Toadie that the client can only meet tonight, so Sonya tells Naomi to go in her place
- Sheila tells Naomi she's overdressed for a business meeting
- Hudson cancels another video chat with Chris, who's upset and frustrated with the situation
- Serious aggro between Paul and Brennan, as Paul blames him for Kate's death