Previously on Neighbours
- Naomi is relieved on the phone that the payment has been cleared.
- Sheila tells Naomi she hopes she kept the receipt for the handbag.
- Mark tells Imogen to run before Montague grabs hold of her.
- Imogen tells her family she wants to see how Mark is doing.
- Matt tells Mark they are already going through the old files.
- Paul tells Mark to back off and leave it to the police.
- Mark looks at the files spread over the floor.
It is night time. There is a red car by the lake (Number plate 317 JBS). Someone turns off the engine. We see him in the mirror and he gets out of the car and opens the boot. The young man starts unpacking what he needs and looks at the view.
Sonia is looking at her laptop. She is excited because she got two new comments on her Mummy blog in one day. One commenter likes her comment for using fruit to soothe the babys teeth. Toadie tells her she is a Mummy blogger genius and kisses her. Sonia tells him he is good with his pseudonyms.
There is a knock on the door and Toadie answers it to find Mark. Mark comes in and apologises for being so early. They say its not a problem. Mark asks Toadie if he remembers representing a guy called John Lamont. Toadie isnt sure he says Mark is testing him at this time of the morning. Sonia offers Mark coffee and he declines. Mark says he arrested him a couple of years ago for unauthorised possession of firearms. He describes him and Toadie remembers him now. Toadie says he did Johns sentencing. Mark says he got 18 months hes recently been released. Mark asks Toadie for some personal information. Toadie says he can't give that information to Mark. Mark asks why not. Toadie says he doesnt have access to the file. Mark asks if Toadie can get it. Toadie says if he could, he couldnt give it to Mark because of client confidentiality. Mark says its for Kate and Lamont could be a suspect. Toadie guesses it could be because Mark put him away. Toadie suggests if Mark thinks he is a suspect why doesnt he tell the police? Mark asks again if Toadie can get the information and Toadie confirms he can't. Sonia offers Mark breakfast. Mark declines and says he has a lot to do.
Outside Number 30
Sheila is watering outside and a black car pulls up. Sheila looks over and the man gets out. Sheila asks if she can help him out. The man confirms if it is Number 26 Ramsay Street. Sheila confirms thats what it says on the letterbox. He introduces himself as Norm Simmonds and hes looking for Naomi Canning. He says she must be Naomis sister. Sheila isnt impressed and tells him shes Naomis mother and shes not home. Norm says its a shame and asks where she is. Sheila imagines shes at work and asks if Norms tried Naomis mobile number. Norm says hell do that. Norm says he was in the neighbourhood and he thought hed surprise Naomi in person. Sheila asks how Norm knows Naomi. Norm says they used to work together. He asks if Sheila knows when Naomi will be home. Sheila says she keeps her own hours. Norm thanks Sheila for her help and to tell Naomi Norm Simmonds came round to see her. Sheila says she will. Norm drives off.
The song Suddenly is playing on the radio as Imogen sees the man and heads over. The man is cooking breakfast Imogen clears her throat a few times. The man tells her hes got some water if she needs to clear her throat. She says shes ok so he says hell continue making his brekkie. Imogen asks him to turn his music down. He apologises and says its a mix tape his Dad made him for the road hes obsessed with it. Hell keep the volume down. Imogen says its nice of him but hes staying in a no camping area. The man points out theres no camping sign. Imogen says theres no sign saying he can. He questions why he wouldnt be allowed. Imogen says its against the law. He questions which law and she says the law against camping. He guesses shes not sure it exists. She says people can't go around sleeping wherever they want as then everyone would do it. He wonders why that would be bad. Imogen says it would really upset some people. He asks her name and introduces himself as Daniel. He says hes not trying to upset anybody. He comments she is off to a yoga class. She confirms she is. Daniel hopes it helps her relax and goes back to his breakfast.
Sonia comes in and sees all the files over the floor. She guesses these are Marks old cases. He comments some of them are. She asks how he got his hands on so many. He says a friend of his helped him out. Sonia says Jarrod really wanted to help him out. Mark isnt so sure. Sonia says its true. Mark hints hes got a lot to do. Sonia says she spoke to Danni last night. Danni said she was leaving and why. Mark isnt too bothered. Sonia says Danni was worried about Mark they all are. He insists hes fine. Sonia says he doesnt look fine and indicates the paperwork. Mark says shed be doing the exact same thing if she lost Toadie. Shed do anything to find his killer. Sonia says shed be looking after her children. Mark isnt too happy at this remark and says itd be lucky for her. Sonia apologises and says shes not trying to lecture him. Mark says if she wants to help she could get Toadie to change his mind. Sonia says she can't do that. Mark says hell see her later. Sonia says he feels as if hes in this alone but there are plenty of people that care about him don't cut them off. He can't lock himself in the house forever.
Paul is talking to a woman. She comments they made a real mess of things. Paul says that is why he needs her. She says itll be expensive. He says moneys not an issue. She says shell see what she can do and gets up to leave.
Naomi is looking confused about Norm Simmonds and says shes never heard of him. Sheila says he was looking after Naomi and they used to work together. Sheila describes him. Naomi says maybe she knew him by a nickname. Naomi has to go shes scheduled the day off for Toadie but shes got some paperwork to do at home. Sheila realises that Naomi said she hadnt told many people she was here. Naomi says maybe she told one or two people and the word got around.
Naomi is on the phone telling Charles to tell Polly to back off. She does not need to be harassed like this. There is a knock at the door. She tells Charles to call her back when he gets this message. She opens the door and when she sees Norm she tries to shut the door and tells him to get out or shell call the police. He says to hand over the painting and hell go. Naomi says she doesnt have it anymore she sold it. He questions whom it was. She says its none of his business. He says it wasnt hers to sell and keeps advancing threateningly on her. She says to get away from her. He says not until she tells him where the painting is.
Sheila arrives and knees him in the privates. He doubles over in agony. She tells him to get out of her house. He turns around and she repeats the now. Sheila says her neighbour is a cop and he can be here in a second. Sheila asks Naomi to tell her now what is going on. Naomi is getting her breath back as we head into the commercial break.
Sheila and Naomi are sitting at the table.
NAOMI: What I told you was the truth. Charles gave me the painting as a gift.
SHEILA: I'm betting that his uh wife doesnt see it that way.
NAOMI: I've sent him a message hes going to sort it out when he gets back.
SHEILA: Back from where?
NAOMI: Antarctica. don't ask.
SHEILA: So what do we do in the meantime? Wait for another visit from big old Norm? Look to be honest when I spoke to Polly she didnt seem like the kind of woman who likes to negotiate. She sent a goon around here for heavens sakes!
NAOMI: Charles will help her understand that the painting belongs to me.
SHEILA: (Sighs) So where is it?
NAOMI: Its not here.
SHEILA: Ummm? (Silence) But where is it? (Naomi looks knowingly) You sold it didnt you?
NAOMI: I had to. Polly made sure I got nothing when Charles and I broke up.
SHEILA: And thats how you funded that shopping spree and bought my special handbag. Look I'm going to call Maratt.
NAOMI: No don't don't don't! Youll only make things worse.
SHEILA: Worse? Well if I hadnt come home when I did what would have happened then?
NAOMI: I would have handled it.
SHEILA: You are not the only person living here. I do not want that hairless thug around here ever.
NAOMI: Just give me some time Ill sort it out.
SHEILA: You are not his wife. You do not have a legal leg to stand on.
NAOMI: Youre wrong. I'm entitled to that painting and Ill prove it.
Imogen whom is carrying a white box - comes across Daniel whom is sitting in the rotunda Daniel asks her how yoga was. Imogen can't believe hes still there. Imogen is carrying tea and Daniel asks her if she brought morning tea. Imogen says he has to move right now. Daniel says she needs to take another class. Imogen says people will see him and he has to move. He says she has to take it easy and asks what the big deal is. She admits something happened a few weeks ago something tragic. Hes sorry and asks what happened if she doesnt mind him asking. She says someone died She was a teacher at Imogens high school and a really amazing person. She was shot and Daniel looks taken aback. Imogen says the whole community is grieving and thats why its wrong for him to be camping there. She asks him if he understands and he says he does. Imogen leaves.
We see a truck pull up on Ramsay Street.
Imogen comes in with the box saying shes come bearing pastries. Mark thanks her and invites her in. He says he was cleaning up as he let things slide a bit. Imogen says as he has so much going on the last thing he feels like doing is cleaning up. Imogen asks what all the files are for. Mark says hes been working on the case. Imogen thinks its cool but Mark says some might think its obsessive. Imogen thinks its different he wants answers. Its totally understandable. Mark enquires how shes feeling after everything with Montague and her Pop. Imogen says shes doing all the right things talking to her counsellor etc. Imogen thinks shes really lucky he was there and thinks he is amazing. She says shell let him get back to work but he should take a break from work at some point. He can't hide in here forever. Mark offers for Imogen to stay he can't eat all these pastries by himself. She agrees.
Outside Number 24
Imogen checks she isnt dragging Mark away from anything. Mark says itll be good to get some fresh air. Imogen comments they can work off those pastries. Mark comments the bin is still full. Imogen comments she saw the truck this morning. Sonia comes over and asks if there is a problem. Mark says its Paul using his powers as Mayor to punish him. Sonia doesnt believe him and Imogen says he should complain. Mark isnt sure whom he should complain to as Paul is the Mayor. Sonia and Imogen offer the use of their bins and Imogen offers to help as well. Mark declines. Imogen and Sonia watch Mark walk away. Imogen says its the last thing he needs. Imogen says she brought over some pastries to cheer him up and Sonia thinks its nice of her. Imogen says Sonia should see how much effort hes putting into solving the case. Its pretty full on. Sonia comments hes still grieving. Everyone does that in their own way. Imogen knows that and says shes been talking to him about the case and Kate shes really trying to support him. Sonia comments its a big job for anyone to take on. Imogen doesnt mind theyve been through a lot together so she guesses they have a really special connection. Mark comes back and Sonia says shell put the rest in her bin. Mark thanks her and Imogen suggests they keep walking.
Toadie is on his laptop. Sonia says how it makes sense as obviously Mark is a good looking guy and hes broken and Imogen wants to save him. Toadie wonders if Sonia thinks Marks hot. Sonia says he isnt as hot as Toadie. Toadie questions if Mark has any idea how Imogen feels. Sonia doesnt think so hes too distracted to notice. Theres a knock on the door and Toadie answers it to Naomi. She hopes shes not interrupting. Naomi is pointedly silent and Sonia excuses herself. Naomi apologises and Sonia says its fine. Naomi mentions the painting and says there might be a slight problem with it. She explains his wife might want it back. Toadie says he thought it was a gift. Naomi confirms it was. Toadie questions how definitely. Naomi confirms he paid for it but it was with family money. Polly thinks she has claim to it and has sent the guy around to hassle her. Toadie says she needs to calm down and they need to prove she has ownership of the painting. Naomi confirms he can help her. He confirms he can but if so he needs to know all the facts. They need to start at the beginning. Naomi takes a deep breath as we go into the commercial break.
Naomi comes in telling Sheila that Toadie thinks shes in with a good chance of proving ownership if Charles will be willing to back her up. Naomi knows he will when he gets back in contact. Naomi thinks its good news and Sheila thinks its typical. Naomi is confused. Sheila says its typical that Naomis found herself another married man who will save the day. Naomi says shes not interested in Toadie.
NAOMI: Hes my friend, hes my boss, hes a lawyer, hes helping me out, thats all!
Sheila looks at Naomi knowingly. Naomi says Sheila spins everything into a negative. She wants to know why Sheila can't be happy for her. Sheila says she still sees her making all the same stupid mistakes she did before and she wont sit around and watch her do it all over again. Naomi says if Sheila hadnt interfered she wouldnt be in this situation in the first place. Sheila asks when shes going to stop pretending its all Sheilas fault. Naomi angrily says it is all Sheilas fault. Sheila points out she was with a married man. Naomi says he was going to leave his wife until Sheila told her about Naomi. Sheila asks if thats what she thinks and Naomi says thats what she knows and stalks off.
Imogen still can't believe Paul would do that its like hes the only one allowed to grieve. Mark enquires about the car to Imogen. Imogen apologises and heads over. She says its a weird guy whos set up camp and its disrespectful to Kate. Shes asked him to move twice and he wont. Mark spots the woman whom was talking to Paul and is distracted.
Imogen tells Daniel she can't believe he is still there after everything she told him. He needs to leave right now. She asks Daniel what hes doing and he says hes burning sage. Mark has come over and Imogen asks Daniel why he is doing this. Daniel says hes inviting positive energy back into the space. Imogen apologises to Mark. He isnt bothered and says he has to head off. Imogen asks where hes going and Mark says hes got to do something. Daniel says she should relax her Dad didnt seem to mind. Imogen calls him a jerk.
Mark asks the woman what she is doing there. She knows him and he says he asked her the question. She says shes just looking around. Mark says that private investigators don't look around for no reason. She says it doesnt concern him. He says it does if shes investigating the Kate Ramsay case. She claims not to know what hes talking about. He says he doesnt think shell tell him whom hired her. She confirms he knows her well. He says he can guess.
Mark asks Paul what he thinks hes doing using a PI. Mark thinks Pauls going to destroy the investigation. Mark thinks hiring Tracey Wong is a big mistake. Paul calmly comments that Tracey can't do any worse than the police have done. Mark says hes worked with PIs before and the only things theyre good at is getting cases thrown out of court by breaking rules to provide evidence. Tracey is going to ruin everything. Paul says Tracey knows what she is doing shes not an idiot. Mark tells Paul he needs to call her off right now. Paul tells Mark if he thinks hes going to take orders from the man whos responsible for Kates death he can think again! Mark says if Paul stuffs this up and ruins Kates chances of getting the justice she deserves Paul will have Mark to deal with.
Paul is on the phone to Tracey. He tells her if Mark does anything to stop her investigation she is to let Paul know. Imogen comes in and tries to talk to Paul. He motions for her to wait and tells Tracey to keep searching. Imogen tells Paul there is some guy camped down at the lake. Paul isnt bothered. Imogen says shes asked him to move three times and he wont. Paul doesnt think its his problem as its a public space. Imogen points out the Council clause that camping is prohibited by Lassiters Lake and the surrounding parkland. Imogen points out that its Pauls job to know this. Paul says its his job to take care of important matters like the entire community not slapping campers on the wrist. Imogen says it does affect the community and shes surprised hes ok about it. Paul looks confused. Imogen points out that Kate died there and letting some stranger camp there is disrespecting her memory.
Paul looks thoughtful as we head into a commercial break.
Daniel is putting things in the boot as Imogen approaches.
IMOGEN: The owner of Lassiters is on his way down here right now.
DANIEL: For real?
IMOGEN: Yes! For real. And I hate to tell you this but hes actually the Mayor too.
DANIEL: Ohll well lucky I'm packing up. Wouldnt want to get in trouble. (Paul approaches the car.)
PAUL: Hey! Whoever you are you can pack up your stuff and get out of here. This isnt a camping ground you know.
IMOGEN: Well I've only told him that about a HUNDRED times.
DANIEL: (He takes his head out of the boot.) Gday Paul!
PAUL: (Surprised) Daniel?
DANIEL: (Laughing) I wanted to say hi earlier but your staff said you were in meetings all day.
PAUL: Wait hang on Scott and Charlene didnt tell me you were coming down!
DANIEL: I wanted to surprise you.
IMOGEN: Well wait you two know each other?
DANIEL: Yeah course!
PAUL: Yeah. Daniels my nephew. (They hug each other whilst Imogen looks stunned.) How are you mate?
Tomorrow on Neighbours:
- Paul tells Daniel not to let Imogen get to him.
- Imogen is annoyed when Daniel skateboards nearly over her feet.
- Sonia tells Callum hes sure to ace his essay. Callum isnt so sure.
- Susan tells Sonia theres a problem with the essay.
- Hudson asks Chris if everything is ok. Chris says it is.
- Georgia tells Chris she can tell hes still thinking about Will.
- Georgia tells Hudson shes not comfortable with keeping secrets.