Previously on Neighbours
- Josie L is annoyed to learn that Callum's video game character is based on Imogen, not her
- Naomi sells Paul a valuable Daisy Nader painting
- Brad and Terese invite Doug and Pam to live with them permanently
- Imogen buys Daniel a skateboard to replace the one she ran over, but he says he can't accept it
- After a glass of champagne at the gang's eighteenth birthday, Josh collapses onto the floor
Josh is gradually coming around, as Georgia hands him some water to sip. Brad, Terese, Amber and Imogen all gather round in concern, assuming the alcohol is to blame, but Amber insists they only had one glass of champagne each. Josh is also developing a rash around his neck, and is complaining of being too hot. Georgia says they'll learn more at the hospital. Imogen wants to go with Brad and Terese, but they ask her to wait at the Waterhole until Pam and Doug arrive, to let them know what's going on.
Toadie buys birthday cards for the teens from Margie, then speaks to Josie L on the way out. She's all dressed up to come to the party, but seems undecided about whether or not she's going to go. Toadie seems surprised as she doesn't offer an explanation, but leaves her to it, hoping to see her later.
Daniel comes in just as Paul is finishing up a business meeting with someone he's paying to speak at a networking event tomorrow, for a group of ‘local leaders' who he wants to sweet- talk. He also needs a waiter, and asks if Daniel could step up. Daniel doesn't seem keen, but Paul insists he needs someone he can trust. Daniel doesn't want to have to wear a uniform, but Paul reminds him that he's vowed never to say no to new experiences, and that it could lead to ongoing work.
PAUL: You might even find some direction.
DANIEL: I'll find direction when I find it.
Nonetheless, he grudgingly agrees to play waiter.
Imogen is worried about Josh, and Doug tries to cheer her up. Pam is talking to Brad on the phone, agreeing to wait at the Waterhole with Imogen until they get back from the hospital with Josh. After the call, Pam tells Imogen and Doug that the doctors think Josh could have alcohol poisoning. Imogen wants to go home straight away, but Pam and Doug encourage her to stay, raising a toast to her eighteenth birthday.
Meanwhile, Callum is looking bored now Bailey's gone home. Toadie arrives, explaining he saw Josie L at Harold's, and that she didn't seem sure whether she was going to come or not.
CALLUM: You know, I told her I loved her, and she just walked away like it was nothing. What else does she want from me?
Toadie tries to persuade Callum to go and talk to Josie, but he repeatedly refuses.
Brad, Terese and Amber fuss over Josh, having returned from the hospital. His test results are due tomorrow, but apparently they've already been told that Josh's chemical make- up lacks the enzyme that breaks down alcohol, meaning he's intolerant.
JOSH: This isn't fair! I was Mr Clean Living ‘cause of swimming, and now I can't drink anyway. I'm a freak.
AMBER: You're the hottest freak I've ever seen.
Josh tries to persuade the others to head back to the party. Terese and Brad go, but Amber stays behind to look after him. They're about to have a romantic moment, when Josh seizes the sick bucket!
Doug and Pam have a spin on the dance- floor to a song they know, while Callum tries to call Josie L – but she hangs up on him. Brad and Terese come in, and reassure Imogen that Josh is okay, but explain that they're not sure whether he'll be able to drink in future because of the missing enzyme. Brad and Imogen join Pam and Doug on the dance floor, and Callum looks lonely.
The next day, Callum catches up with Josie L – she's annoyed that he didn't come and find her last night, but he bluntly replies that he isn't psychic and didn't know that's what she wanted.
CALLUM: I told you I love you. Isn't that enough?
JOSIE: Yeah, but you didn't mean it. You only said it because I was mad about the game thing.
CALLUM: That's not true. You know, I've never told a girl that I love her before.
JOSIE: Well, they're just words.
She walks off.
Lou suffers from a hangover, while Amber talks to Imogen, who admits that she's disappointed Brennan didn't turn up to the party last night. Amber reminds her that he's wrapped up in Kate's murder investigation, and Imogen insists she hasn't taken it personally.
Daniel comes in, in full Lassiter's uniform, moaning to the girls about how uncomfortable it is. Imogen isn't especially pleased to see him. He explains he didn't accept Imogen's skateboard, because his old one belonged to his uncle Henry and he wants to try and salvage it. He suggests Amber and Imogen use the new skateboard instead!
DANIEL: Oh, but not around Lassiter's, because I hear it's been banned there.
The Willises gather for an announcement from Doug and Pam. While they're grateful for the offer to move in, they've decided against it. Doug explains he wants to make the most of what time he has left of his health, and that he and Pam have decided to go travelling together. They're heading off to Niagara Falls and are planning on visiting Piper along the way. Brad doesn't think it's a good idea.
DOUG: I want to be happy. Don't I deserve that?
JOSH: Of course you do, Pop.
TERESE: Okay. What if things go downhill while you're away?
PAM: Well, I mean, it's going to be hard. But we'll have each other and that's all we need.
Pam and Doug smile, but Brad is looking unhappy.
Paul is instructing Daniel in the ways of Lassiter's. Matt has come in to pay the bar tab from last night, but Paul says he should be concentrating on investigating Sienna. Matt raises the topic of Paul's private investigator, Tracey Wong, but Paul cuts him off, saying the police should be embarrassed that Tracey uncovered Sienna's false alibi when they missed it. Paul walks off, and Brad, who is randomly hanging around, observes how much he and Matt dislike one another.
Callum talks to Toadie about his ongoing spat with Josie L. Cal proposes a number of solutions to get her back on- side, including flowers, chocolates and a hairless puppy. Toadie thinks he should try talking to her again, as she seems to be being unreasonable. Callum is fixated on the gift idea, and decides to give Josie the Sword of Eternity on Dragon Prophecies. But Toadie isn't sure that'll cut the mustard.
TOADIE: You love this girl, right? So put yourself out there – be brave. A romantic gesture to end all romantic gestures. Do you reckon you could do that?
CALLUM: Yeah, if I could think of one.
TOADIE: Okay, when all else fails, Squid, you turn to the classics for inspiration.
Pam tells Brad she's booked the flights back to Darwin, and that from there they'll travel to Canada. But he tries to convince her to rethink, asking her what will happen if Doug has a turn, or forgets who she is. But Pam's upbeat, insisting she knows what she's doing.
PAM: Your father's going to turn into a stranger one day. But I still have him now. And I want to laugh at his stupid jokes and take pictures and dance. Yeah, it'll be a struggle – and the arguing's a given. But that's just what makes us us. And by the end of the trip, I'll have lots of stories of our time together, that I can… tell him when he forgets.
BRAD: I'm going to miss you.
Callum asks Amber to turn off the ambient music, and turns on his own stereo – then shows an initially unimpressed Josie a series of written slides, depicting how he feels. They say: “We've had trouble talking lately. So I thought I'd write this down. Sometimes I'm an idiot. A really big idiot. And I don't always get things right. But one thing I do know is… I love you. And… I'm so happy you're in my life.”
Josie gets up uncertainly, then kisses Callum in front of Amber and the delighted extras.
Callum and Josie are taking a walk.
JOSIE: You're lucky I didn't snap it off last night. I had the bolt- cutters ready.
We swiftly learn she's talking about their Valentine's padlock, which is still attached to the bridge. Josie admits she's been a bit sensitive lately.
JOSIE: I think it's because we're getting so serious. And I think I might be ready to get even more serious.
CALLUM: What do you mean?
JOSIE: Well, before we had our fight, I wasn't just going to tell you that I love you. I was going to say that maybe we should Take Things To The Next Level™.
Cal asks if she still wants to, and she admits it's something she'd like them to talk about.
Josh and Imogen help Pam and Doug with their bags as they prepare to leave. Lou turns up and bids Doug a fond farewell, adding to Pam that he regrets they haven't had a proper chance to catch up.
LOU: Mull over the good old days, eh?
PAM: And the bad. Till the day I die, I'll be traumatised by the memory of catching you and Cheryl Stark going at it.
DOUG: You old dog! Is Cheryl home? I might pop over and say goodbye.
LOU: Umm, mate, Cheryl passed away a while ago now.
DOUG: Of course she did. I'm sorry.
The taxi arrives, and Doug and Pam head outside with Lou and the kids. Meanwhile, Terese reassures Brad that his parents will be okay, and that she would do the same as Pam in her position. Brad remains unconvinced, but they head outside to see his parents off.
The Willises gather by the taxi.
DOUG: There's something I need to say. The next time you see me, I might not be myself.
PAM: Don't talk like that.
DOUG: No, it's alright. It's okay. It's true. I know I'm not the smartest bloke, but over the last few weeks, it's taught me something very important. Life goes by bloody fast. You get caught up in work, bills, trying to impress people. But none of that means anything. The only thing that matters are the people you love. So hug them every chance you can get. And make sure they know how you feel. Because that's what I'm going to do.
Pam and Doug get into the taxi – having hugged exactly nobody! – and go on their merry way. Brad looks sad.
Daniel is moaning to Amber about his ill- fitting Lassiter's regulation shoes.
AMBER: Try wearing heels.
DANIEL: No, not doing that again.
AMBER: I have a tip I use with boots.
AMBER: Double socks.
DANIEL: Oh, that's genius.
AMBER: Just paying you back for the dress.
DANIEL: Yeah. Looked good on you, by the way. Do you know where I can find double socks?
As Daniel takes a seat, Josh comes in. He tells Amber about Doug and Pam's departure, then adds that he's been to the hospital for his test results – he definitely has an enzyme deficiency, which means he can never drink. Josh is remarkably upbeat about the news, and says he'll just have to fill his time with something more productive.
JOSH: I mean, my pop, he wants to make the most of his life, no matter what it throws at him. So I'm gonna have the same attitude.
Josh and Amber kiss, and he tells her he loves her. Daniel watches from the table he's at.
Suite 1 Eclipse Apartments
At Paul's networking session, Daniel waits on guests, while Paul is showing off the Daisy Nader painting to his esteemed coterie of Erinsborough movers and shakers – and Susan!
SUSAN (sarcastic): Wow. Must have cost you a fortune!
PAUL: Would you mind not being such a killjoy? The only reason you're here is because you're the school principal, and you have such good standing in the community.
SUSAN: No, Paul, the only reason I'm here is because you promised to help fix up the school netball courts.
Susan finds a dirty sock on the table (which we presume is Daniel's), and Paul quickly hides it, before going to answer a ring at the door. It turns out to be Senior Constable Turner and colleague, who storm into the party, much to Paul's embarrassment and Susan's intrigue.
MATT: Have you recently purchased a painting from Naomi Canning?
Matt hands Paul a warrant for repossession of the painting, while his colleague removes the Daisy Nader from the wall.
MATT: The painting you purchased has been reported as stolen.
PAUL: I don't think so. I paid good money for that – hey, leave that where it is!
MATT: Yes, but possibly not to the rightful owner. Perhaps it would be best if you came down to the station so we can discuss the matter further.
Paul and his guests all look horrified, while Susan enjoys every minute.
Monday on Neighbours
- Paul demands a refund for the painting from Naomi, but she's already spent the proceeds
- Polly, the wife of Naomi's ex- lover Charles, arrives in town, and a scuffle ensues
- A friendly game of pool between Chris and Will is just leaden with subtext
- Brad instructs someone to find his daughter, no matter what the cost