Previously on Neighbours
- Naomi tells Sheila there is nothing going on with her and Toadie, but does she want there to be?
- Sienna leaves Erinsborough, telling Brennan she hopes he finds out who killed Kate
- As Matt and Lauren go away, Bailey is left in charge of cleaning up the house after the vow renewal
No 32 (back garden)
Bailey has invited Jayden and his goons around to finish off the alcohol left over from Matt and Lauren's vow renewal. Jayden thanks him with a friendly headlock.
JAYDEN: Sweet set-up you got here.
BAILEY: Yeah, it's alright.
JAYDEN: You should see our joint. Every time Mum and Dad fight, Dad goes out the back and concretes something. Now our place looks like a parking lot.
BAILEY: Oh well, at least you'll be protected from bushfires!
Bailey is evidently terrified of Jayden, who for the moment is being very friendly. Bailey says his parents would freak if they knew he was having a party, but Jayden insists it's just a gathering, and that it serves them right for lumbering him with the cleaning up.
BAILEY: Stuff them, right?
JAYDEN: Yeah. That's the way!
Paul is having a robust heart-to-heart with Sheila about Kate's murder following Sienna's release. He complains that the police don't seem to care whether they catch the real killer or not, but Sheila advises him to leave them to it, and to remember that they don't have the same personal investment in the case that he does. This gives Paul an idea.
Callum meets up with Josie M to discuss Bailey. He tells her Bailey's really hurting, and asks her to talk to him. Josie says it won't change anything, but when Cal says he doesn't know what else to do, she grudgingly agrees to go and see him.
Meanwhile, Georgia and Chris are helping Naomi assess potential suitors on a dating website.
NAOMI: Okay, what about this one? Funlovin_57.
CHRIS: Hope that's not his age?
GEORGIA: Age does not matter if he's a nice guy.
CHRIS: If he's nice and rich!
But Naomi insists she doesn't want that kind of guy any more. They continue to judge Funlovin_57...
CHRIS: Who has ten cats, will die alone and then be eaten by them.
GEORGIA: We're supposed to be helping here!
CHRIS: I am, by making sure she doesn't pick a weirdo.
GEORGIA: Ooh, okay, here's one. Eco-Warrior - he is cute, and he sounds perfect.
CHRIS: If you're Sonya!
NAOMI: What do you mean?
CHRIS: Alright - loves animals, fan of organic food, and works with plants.
GEORGIA: You're so right. Lucky that Toadie got in first, or he wouldn't have got a look-in!
Naomi laughs along, but is suddenly eager to read more about Eco-Warrior. Chris says he would be too 'tree-huggy' for her, but Naomi says she needs to mix things up...
Brennan is trying to feed Nell, but she looks utterly uninterested, having already splattered him with food. As Sonya helps him clean it off, there's a knock at the door and Toadie, who is in the other room, goes to answer it.
It's Naomi - she wants Sonya and Toadie to come on a double-date with her this evening, claiming that she's really out of practice on the dating front and needs some back-up. Sonya's not keen, and volunteers Chris and Georgia instead; but alas, Brennan reveals that Chris is taking Will to the movies tonight. Naomi flatters Sonya by appealing to her encyclopaedic knowledge of plants and animals, with which she hopes to impress Eco-Warrior, and then begs her to come. Toadie intervenes, saying it could be fun - and Sonya is backed into a corner. They agree to meet at the Waterhole later.
In the garden, Bailey, Jayden and his friends are having a fight with inflatable pool toys, when Josie M turns up. It all looks a bit raucous (by Neighbours standards) and she prepares to leave again, but Bailey begs her to stay and she grudgingly agrees.
Sheila tells Naomi how nice it is that she's following through with the Internet dating - although she does lament the fact that people never meet face-to-face 'at the disco' anymore.
NAOMI: Well I think times have changed a bit since your day, Mum. See, for one, we have electricity now. And horseless carriages.
But Naomi admits Internet dating can be a minefield, which is why she's asked Toadie and Sonya along to support her. Sheila's a bit puzzled, but shrugs it off. Brennan turns up to pick up some takeaway, and Paul stops him, claiming he has a proposition for him about Kate. Brennan refuses to discuss it in public, so Paul says he'll come round to Brennan's in an hour. Brennan leaves.
SHEILA: What have you got in mind for that poor young man now?
PAUL: I'm just gonna fix things, once and for all.
The 'gathering' has moved inside, and Josie M looks miserable at the table, while Jayden and friends bop enthusiastically to the kind of rap music that makes 'I've Never Been to Cuba' sound hip and happening. Jayden starts bragging to an unimpressed Josie about his footie skills, while Bailey looks on enviously.
Naomi's double-date with Eco-Warrior and the Rebecchis is going swimmingly - that is, until Eco-Warrior reveals that his 'work with plants' involves chopping trees down for export! Sonya has heard about his company in the news, and the mood quickly turns sour.
SONYA: You've had your environmental certification removed, haven't you?
ECO-WARRIOR: Yes, but most of those koalas died of natural causes.
SONYA: I'm sorry - how can you even sleep at night?
ECO-WARRIOR: I'm sorry, but exporting timber is good for the economy. Not even the bleeding hearts can deny that.
Naomi laughs uncomfortably as Sonya and Eco-Warrior eyeball one another.
TOADIE: Naomi tells us that you're into organics.
TOADIE: They're great for the insides.
ECO-WARRIOR: Definitely. You know there's far too many fatties in this country. Costs us taxpayers millions.
Paul turns up to talk to Brennan, announcing that he wants them to join forces to catch Kate's killer, as they could cover much more ground if they pooled their resources. Paul is prepared to provide information and finance, and Brennan would keep him informed of any progress.
BRENNAN: Why do I get the feeling that somehow you're setting me up?
PAUL: It's not a trap.
BRENNAN: So you expect me to believe that you're willing to put aside all the hostility you have towards me, just like that?
PAUL: No, not at all. Oh, no - I fully intend to make you pay for your role in Kate's death. But right now this manhunt is my only priority, so - do we have a deal?
Brennan tells him he'll have to think about it, and Paul says not to take too long; they've wasted enough time already.
Brennan goes straight to Sonya to discuss what Paul's game-plan might be in offering to team up to catch Kate's killer. Sonya points out that Paul's rarely on a level, and that he should be very wary of anything he's offered him. Brennan thanks Sonya for confirming his own thoughts, and Sonya rubs his arm reassuringly - while Toadie watches, frowning.
Jayden is still regaling Josie M when Bailey interrupts, and asks if she wants to go outside with him. Irritated, Jayden stands in his way, and a confrontation ensues.
JAYDEN: You know, you're really starting to annoy me. Like a mozzie I can't quite smack down.
BAILEY: Yeah, well she's here to talk to me - not you.
JAYDEN: Walk away, Bailey.
JOSIE M: Seriously, both of you, just shut up.
BAILEY: Don't tell me to shut up! You've been all over this moron.
JOSIE M: Bailey!
JAYDEN: Hey, who are you calling a moron?
BAILEY: You, you moron.
They start to push each other.
JAYDEN: You're such a wimp!
Good job nobody's told anyone to rack off yet! But Josie M leaves unprompted, announcing that she is 'so done'. Jayden calls Bailey a loser, and walks out too.
Sonya is avoiding Eco-Warrior (whose real name, by the way, is James Bunkum - so we'll keep calling him Eco-Warrior) by hanging at the bar, but Toadie comes over and reminds her that tonight is about Naomi, not her.
SONYA: I know that. But he is awful, Jarrod.
Nonetheless, she returns to the table with Toadie for Naomi's sake.
NAOMI: So, your profile says that you like animals. Any animals in particular?
ECO-WARRIOR: Ducks, mostly. Foxes. Pigs. The odd deer.
SONYA: You wouldn't like dogs or cats, now, would you?
ECO-WARRIOR: Well, you can't hunt them.
SONYA (laughs): No, you can't!
ECO-WARRIOR: Although, I have bagged a few feral cats in my time. Jarrod, you ever tried hunting?
SONYA: You know what, killing animals is not the same as liking them. Why - why would you lie on your Internet profile?
ECO-WARRIOR: Well, everyone fudges the minor details.
SONYA: Oh yeah, like being a koala and duck murderer!
TOADIE: Oh, that's enough, come on!
ECO-WARRIOR (to Naomi): You know, you seem relatively interesting. But I have to say the company you keep makes you very unattractive.
At which point Sheila wades in, and ticks off Eco-Warrior for slagging off her friends.
ECO-WARRIOR: It's not your business, Grandma.
Sheila promptly kicks him out, saying he's no good for her daughter.
ECO-WARRIOR: Oh, you brought your mother on our date too? There's something seriously wrong with you.
SONYA: Good riddance.
Naomi goes and stands at the bar on her own.
Later, Toadie comes over to where Naomi is sitting, to double-check she's okay. He jokes that she couldn't have picked a more perfect person to push Sonya's buttons.
NAOMI: That was the last thing I was trying to do.
Toadie tells her not to worry about what Eco-Warrior, as he's not worth it.
NAOMI: Besides, it wouldn't have worked out. He said there was something seriously wrong with me, remember?
TOADIE: Well then he must be blind and dumb. Because he should be thankful that such a beautiful and amazing person agreed to go out with him in the first place.
TOADIE: That wasn't inappropriate to say, was it?
NAOMI: No, course not... I mean, you're just a friend, trying to make another friend feel better, and I appreciate it.
Toadie hugs her, telling her everything will work out fine.
Toadie and Sonya arrive home, Sonya still raving about what an 'appalling human being' Eco-Warrior was. Toadie's a little sick of hearing about it, and reminds Sonya that Naomi asked for backup tonight, 'not a firing squad'.
SONYA: Oh, so first you guilt me into going when you knew I didn't really want to go. And then you expect me to just shut up and not be myself.
TOADIE: Basically, yeah.
SONYA: Well, that was never gonna happen.
TOADIE: Yeah. Well, you know we've left Naomi practically in tears.
SONYA: Well I think, maybe she's taking this dating thing a bit too seriously. I mean, she'd never even met the guy before tonight, and it's not like she has feelings for him. It's not like you and me, or... Mark and Kate.
TOADIE: Hmm. Brennan.
SONYA: Go on. No, please. Go.
TOADIE: Okay. What was that tonight? You know - you sneaking off, mid-meal, to have a little pow-wow with the guy?
SONYA: Well, he needed my advice.
TOADIE: And it couldn't have waited till after dinner?
SONYA: No it couldn't.
TOADIE: No. No, course it couldn't. Because, no matter how many times you swear they won't, your pet projects always get the best of you. Everyone else always comes second.
Toadie walks out.
Bailey is unconscious on the sofa, drink in hand, the house a bombsite. Callum comes in to see if Josie M came over as promised; but finding Bailey asleep, he puts a blanket over him and sets to work cleaning the house on his friend's behalf. He takes the drink cup out of Bailey's hand and sniffs it, concerned by what he smells.
Paul comes back to see if Brennan's made a decision about his proposition, but he replies that he doesn't think he can trust Paul.
PAUL: Ah, you probably can't.
BRENNAN: Well then my answer's no. I can't work with someone I can't trust.
PAUL: You want trust? Alright, trust this. The police, my PI - to them Kate is just another job. Whereas you have a vested interest; an unrelenting drive to see justice served. Well so do I. Because I loved Kate as much as you did. And I won't rest until the person who took her away from us is brought to justice.
BRENNAN: Neither will I.
PAUL: Right. So, partners?
They shake hands.
Sheila consoles Naomi after her duff date with a free drink.
SHEILA: I'm proud of you.
NAOMI: What did I do?
SHEILA: Well, you took a risk. You put yourself out there in a really good, healthy way.
NAOMI: And I also drove off one of the last single, employed, healthy men with a full head of hair.
SHEILA: I think I did a bit of the driving. But Sonya, she really put her foot down.
Sheila tells Naomi not to let a few bad dates put her off, and to feel positive about her future. Naomi then gets a text from Toadie, saying: "You will be back on top in no time!" - along with a picture of a toy wrestler slam-dunking another, to cheer her up. She smiles.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Sonya says some women use their looks to get along, and Toadie asks if Naomi's one of them
- Paul tells a bemused Brennan of the 'strings he can pull' as mayor
- Callum asks Bailey how he is after last night, but he doesn't remember
- Brennan and Imogen invade each other's personal space
- Guys, guess what? Susan just gave Callum the best news ever