Previously on Neighbours
- Brennan creates a social media profile in Danni's name to lure Montague back to Erinsborough
- Chris moans about his relationship with Hudson and being alone all the time
- Toadie invites Naomi to join him for dinner when Sonya cancels
- Naomi is rattled by calls from a mysterious stranger
- Despite Sheila warning her off, Naomi invites Paul out for dinner
Paul and Naomi drink champagne, and she comments on some of the artwork hanging on his walls. He admits he's more of an investor in art than a lover of it, and Naomi says that's why she's here. She retrieves a painting from her bag, by Daisy Nader, which she says she received as a gift from a friend, and is now selling. It's valued at $80,000, but the paperwork certifying authenticity has 'been delayed' - though she promises she can get it if Paul's interested.
PAUL: You need the money.
NAOMI: Who doesn't?
Paul thinks it's risky, and says he'll have to get his art dealer to look at it tomorrow - if it's kosher, he'll buy it. At which point Naomi cancels their dinner plans and makes a quick exit, saying she has something else on.
Naomi turns up at Toadie's, wondering if they could hang out.
NAOMI: It's either that or I go home and help Mum make tomato chutney.
TOADIE: We can't have that now, can we?
NAOMI: No. Please no.
Toadie invites her in.
Amber and Chris are having a whinge-a-thon - her about Josh not supporting her with her new job offer, and Chris about his strained relationship with Hudson, which he feels is increasingly one-sided. Chris admits it's been nice having Will looking after him, and he hasn't even been put off by the news that Chris is dating a convict. But Chris has decided that nothing can happen unless he breaks up with Hudson.
Toadie and Naomi have just finished watching a romantic movie; Toadie is all misty-eyed, while Naomi is entirely unsentimental. They're just about to watch the deleted scenes, when Sonya comes in - and Naomi makes an excuse to rush off as she has an early start tomorrow.
NAOMI: My boss really cracks it when I'm late.
TOADIE: Hmm. Sounds like a tyrant!
The Rebecchis bid her goodnight. Toadie asks how Patricia is; Sonya says she's not great and may have been about to relapse into gambling when Sonya arrived. Toadie admits he's disappointed that Sonya missed their dinner, and she apologises - but at that moment Georgia comes in, whingeing about a crap zombie film she's just seen. She realises she's interrupted something, but Toadie heads to bed. Sonya tells Georgia it will all work itself out.
The next morning, Nell is in her high-chair and Sonya is making 'guilty pancakes'. Toadie tells her not to feel bad - she's done nothing wrong, and he understands that helping Patricia is important to her. Sonya's convinced they'll get through this 'crazy phase' if they keep talking about things. He has to go to work, and Sonya suggests they go for a coffee later. They each express their love for the other and kiss.
Paul's (silent) art dealer is just leaving, having apparently told him that the Daisy Nader painting is the real deal - so he agrees to buy the painting. As he leaves, Toadie comes in, and Naomi lies, saying Paul was here about Kate's estate. Naomi admits she felt she got caught in the middle of something when Sonya came in last night, but Toadie brushes it off, saying it's just usual marital ups and downs.
Georgia tells Sonya that Chris is coming out of hospital later today, and expresses surprise that Patricia called Sonya last night.
GEORGIA: It's like she thinks that you don't have a life or something. Like, why couldn't she just talk to someone else?
SONYA: Hey, where is that coming from?
GEORGIA: I'm sorry. I guess I'm just worried for you.
Sonya defends Patricia, saying she needed a friend, but Georgia is concerned that Sonya is cancelling time with Toadie to help Patricia. The phone rings - it's Danni. She's upset because she's discovered someone has set up an online profile in her name. Sonya promises to go and check it out, and call her back. Initially she thinks it's Montague, but then wonders why he would be pretending that she was in Erinsborough. Sonya tells Georgia she thinks Danni is being used as bait to lure out Montague.
GEORGIA: What kind of sicko would do that?
SONYA: Yeah, well, see, that's the question.
Sonya confronts Brennan, having guessed that he's responsible for Danni's fake profile. Brennan insists Danni's in no danger, as Montague will now think she's in Erinsborough when she isn't. But Sonya thinks he still should have asked her permission, and tells him that Danni has already told the police about the profile. Brennan agrees to take it down - just as soon as Montague is lured out of hiding!
SONYA: Yeah, nothing else matters, does it Mark?
She storms out, leaving Brennan frustrated.
Sheila orders some slacking workmen to get back to work renovating Charlie's, then goes into Rebecchi Law.
Sheila has brought Naomi a packed lunch to work, and in return, Naomi gives Sheila back some of the money she lent her, having received her first pay cheque today. While Naomi answers a phone call, Sheila spots the Daisy Mader painting on the table, and demands Naomi tell her what it is. Sheila demands to know whether Naomi took the painting from her ex-lover Charles, but Naomi storms off, saying it's none of Sheila's business.
Sheila follows Naomi outside, where Naomi insists the painting belongs to her - it was a gift from Charles.
SHEILA: And you kept it all this time? You broke up years ago.
NAOMI: I went back to him.
NAOMI: Charles and I got back together in secret.
SHEILA: And what about his wife?
Naomi explains the wife turned a blind eye, while Charles sorted Naomi out with an apartment and they carried on as before. Sheila's perplexed as to why Naomi would carry on with Charles with no hope of him leaving his wife.
NAOMI: Because we loved each other. I didn't want to lose him.
SHEILA: How did it all end up? Did he dump you?
NAOMI: No, I called it off. I finally realised I deserved better. So we said our goodbyes - all very civilised.
SHEILA: I just wish you'd told me.
NAOMI: How could I, when I knew you'd judge me? Just like you are now.
Visibly upset, Naomi walks back to the office. Having seen the end of the altercation, Toadie follows her in.
Naomi tells Toadie the whole story about her romance with Charles, and how Sheila told his wife Polly about their affair. Polly threatened to take the kids, so Charles had no choice but to stay with her. Naomi explains it was great for a while when she and Charles rekindled their relationship - she was bought an apartment, luxury clothes and taken for holidays and fancy meals.
NAOMI: But I never had him. And I guess when I could finally admit that to myself, there was no other choice - I had to leave.
She says she isn't tempted to go back to Charles again.
TOADIE: Good for you.
NAOMI: Thank you for not judging me. You're a true friend, Jarrod Rebecchi.
Paul tells Brennan that he is once again using his status in the community to bring Fitzgerald Motors to its knees, having ordered the council to cancel its fleet servicing contract with the garage.
BRENNAN: And you just couldn't wait to get down here to tell me, could you?
Paul hangs around to gloat about it, but unbeknownst to the men, Montague is watching them from over the fence. Paul says he'll reinstate the garage contract if Brennan leaves Erinsborough of his own accord, but Brennan says he's not going anywhere till he gets justice for Kate. At that moment Sheila turns up, and spots Montague, who quickly disappears.
Amber turns up to take Chris home from the hospital. She admits she's avoiding Josh, since she's decided to take the photography job with Rick. She starts tomorrow, but hasn't told Josh yet. Amber reminds Chris that she's not the only one avoiding her boyfriend, and they decide to go and watch the awful zombie movie together, so they can both avoid their boyfriends for a little longer.
Brennan pulls up in Danni's car, which he explains to Sonya he's borrowing while she's away. Sonya says Danni called again - the police have taken down the Internet profile he made, and Sonya told Danni that Brennan was responsible. Brennan is unrepentant, reminding Sonya that his plan could bring Montague to justice - but Sonya tells him he's getting obsessed.
BRENNAN: He shot Kate.
SONYA: He could have shot Kate.
BRENNAN: It was him!
SONYA: You don't know that. And you cannot involve Danni in this anymore. You just have to let it go. Enough is enough.
Sonya marches off.
Brennan comes in the house and looks sadly at a framed photo of him and Kate. He calls Danni and leaves a message on her voicemail, apologising for making the profile without her consent and asking her to call him back.
Brennan takes his shirt off and heads for the shower. But at that moment Montague crowbars open the front door and enters the house, where he sees what appears to be Danni's top on the back of a chair...
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Montague confronts Brennan, demanding to know where Danni is
- Sheila tells Matt she saw Montague, and the RSRs begin to panic as Naomi and Callum are missing
- Susan calls round to No 24, unaware that Montague and Brennan are facing off
- Imogen calls round too, and Montague threatens to take her hostage