Previously on Neighbours
- Daniel tells Josh he has no reason to worry about The Vibe™ allegedly shared by him and Amber
- Will becomes insufferable and gets dumped by Chris after his cosseted dog Napoleon attacks Bossy
- Lauren decides to drop the search for her daughter, just as Paige Novak shows up in town
- Within screen- minutes Paige has secured a job at Harold's, much to Amber's annoyance
Lauren tells Paige it feels like she's worked here for ages, as she seems to know exactly how Lauren likes things. Paige reveals she's staying at Lassiter's, which Lauren finds surprising given how expensive it is. Paige claims it's just temporary while she finds somewhere permanent to live; she says she's just moved here from Hobart, Tasmania to find her place in the world.
LAUREN: How do your folks feel about that one?
PAIGE: Mum and Dad are overseas, so I'm on my own for now.
Paige asks after Lauren's family. She explains her two kids Amber and Bailey live with her, and when Paige asks about the third, she says Mason lives in Darwin and is nineteen. Paige's face drops. She asks if there's anywhere she can go for a workout, and Lauren directs her to the Dingoes' Gym, saying the manager will be especially nice if Paige says Lauren has sent her.
Lauren disappears into the kitchen, and Paige pulls the business card from her pocket that Brad left with Ethan in Adelaide.
Paige turns up, explaining to Brad that she's just moved to Erinsborough and that Lauren sent her. Brad says he'll thank Lauren for the recommendation, and offers to show Paige around. She looks at him oddly as he fills out forms.
Terese is choosing a movie for the family and Amber to watch later, and she's decided it will be a foreign film.
JOSH: Don't you think we should have a vote at least?
TERESE: Oh, my loves. Who said this was a democracy? It's a benign dictatorship.
She picks out Paolo Sorrentino's ‘The Great Beauty' which Josh doesn't look thrilled about. Imogen says it's great to see Terese looking happy again, and Terese remarks on how good things are with Brad now.
Amber has gone to the bar, and Daniel comes in. He apologises for weirding her out with talk of their Vibe™ – and when Amber says she needs to respect the fact that Josh isn't comfortable with it, Daniel understands and says he doesn't want to come between the two of them.
Georgia is in the living room when Kyle gets back from the vet with Bossy, who's wearing a bandage on her leg and a neck cone to stop her from scratching the wound. Kyle worries about the fact Bossy's so quiet, and Georgia looks annoyed – before frostily telling Kyle she's going to head home.
She says they need to talk, and Kyle agrees, but at that moment Chris comes in. He informs Kyle and Georgia that he's split up with Will, as he realised after the dog incident that he wasn't right for him. Chris says he could do with some company, and asks them to watch the footie with him. They agree, but look miserable. Bossy, who has been sulking in her basket, runs over to Chris for a stroke, and Kyle looks jealous.
Brad is giving Paige her tour of the gym, and mentions that he also teaches yoga lessons on mornings – but that it's just a temporary thing to ‘cover a trip' he took.
PAIGE: Where to?
PAIGE: Business or pleasure?
BRAD: It's personal stuff.
Paige quickly signs up to both the gym and the yoga, but is flummoxed when Brad asks for ID to complete her registration. She claims not to have it on her, and says it will have her old address on it – so asks if she can pay for each class as she goes until she gets a more permanent address. Brad gives her a one- week free trial membership, and promises to sign her up properly when she gets her ID updated. Paige is pleased.
Chris moans about Will not taking responsibility for Napoleon biting Bossy, but says it was obvious they had no future. Georgia and Kyle look bored and tired. Chris heads to bed, and Bossy rushes off with him to his room. Once they're gone, Kyle moans about Bossy going cool on him.
GEORGIA: Well I know how you feel. I've been here ever since you got back, waiting. Do you even care?
GEORGIA: You didn't want me to pick you up from the airport, and now you're more worried about your dog.
Georgia whinges on that Kyle never even replied to her Facebook message, in which she poured her heart out to him – and demands to know if his feelings for her have changed. Kyle explains he hasn't seen his Facebook, because Dane's been using his account, having been kicked off the network himself (perhaps at the behest of the King of Thailand?) Kyle adds that he didn't want Georgia to come to the airport to meet him because a kid puked on him on the flight.
KYLE: But you're right. It wasn't the only reason. I wasn't sure I was ready to face you. The thing is, if you don't feel the same way I do, I couldn't have handled hearing it at the arrivals lounge. I've missed you so much. We said some things after the funeral, and I meant every word, but maybe for you it was the grief talking?
GEORGIA: No, I meant every word too. And I still do. I love you.
KYLE: I love you too.
They kiss, and are happy again.
The next morning, Brad's just finishing up a yoga lesson, and Paige is among the students. Lauren comes over as Paige leaves, and mentions she's just given her a job at Harold's.
Paige watches Brad and Lauren from a distance, as unbeknownst to her they talk about the disappointment of not being able to find their daughter, and the guilt about their kiss. Brad takes Lauren's hand in comfort, and Paige observes sadly. As she walks away she bumps into Imogen, who's apologetic, but Paige snappily says she's fine and marches off.
Josh and Amber are having a workout when Paige comes in.
AMBER: You are kidding me! She is like a bad rash you can't get rid of.
But Josh thinks they should go over and say hi. Amber testily tells him that he can if he wants, so he does, while Amber watches angrily. Paige quickly has Josh donning a pair of boxing pads so she can practice her formidable boxing skills on him, and the two seem to be very friendly, to Amber's dismay.
Amber strops in and orders a coffee from Bailey, but he looks positively miserable and almost prepares it in a dirty cup. When she asks what's wrong, he claims just to be tired.
Spying Daniel at a table, Amber goes over and asks if he wants to hang out and take some photos.
DANIEL: Yeah. Are you sure Josh will be cool with that, though?
AMBER: Yeah, he's fine. He vibes with who he vibes with, and so do I.
Meanwhile, a girl called Karina comes in to talk to Bailey. It seems they vaguely know each other from school. Karina randomly declares her support for Bailey after all the ‘mean things' Jayden's been saying about him.
BAILEY: Whatever. It's okay.
KARINA: No it's not. It's really unfair. If you ever want to talk about it…
And she enters her number into his phone, promising him she's a good listener. Pleased and surprised to have a friend, Bailey says that would be great. He grins as she leaves, promising to text her later.
Paige is still practicing her boxing moves on Josh, and accidentally hits him. He cries out in pain and she teases him, calling him ‘princess'. They continue working out, until Paige starts going at the pads so hard that she ends up knocking Josh backwards onto the floor, and landing on top of him, face to face.
PAIGE: Was that good for you too?
JOSH: Feeling better?
PAIGE: Absolutely. That's exactly what I needed. I told you I had a lot of energy to burn.
JOSH: Yeah, you did.
The pair's lips are inches apart and there's a bit of a moment – until Josh eventually suggests she get off him! She goes off to get changed, leaving Josh looking a little bewildered.
Georgia and Kyle emerge from his bedroom, both in a much better mood than yesterday. They do their best to be sympathetic to Chris's lamenting about his failed relationship with Will – for all of three seconds, at which point they start getting amorous with each other while he moans on. Eventually Chris catches on that they just want to get back to it, and they disappear off to the bedroom again.
Amber is taking pictures of the Valentine's Day love locks on the bridge, and Daniel gets the sense that something's wrong. He asks if she's worried about Josh, but she insists he understands about their friendship.
AMBER: Plus, he's hanging out with some hot but totally obnoxious girl today, so why shouldn't I hang out with you?
DANIEL: Are you saying I'm hot and obnoxious?
AMBER: I'm saying that you're my friend, who I really like hanging out with. And who I can be embarrassingly honest with.
They smile at each other.
Paige comes in, while talking on the phone to somebody.
PAIGE: They're both really cool people… Yeah, still together… Still in love from what I can see… No, I'm fine. I'm fine… I'm just confused, you know? How did they give me up, only to have this guy Mason straight away?
Paige sees Brad and Lauren coming in, and quickly tells her confidant that she has to go. They greet her and chat briefly, but Paige is then surprised when Matt shows up, and kisses Lauren on the lips.
MATT: I knew there was a reason I married you!
Then Terese rushes in too, and kisses Brad, leaving Paige completely confused as to what's going on!
Paige comes out of the Waterhole looking upset, and spies Josh sitting at a table outside Harold's. Pulling herself together, she goes over and asks him if he's up for ‘round two' at the gym, since she really needs to clear her head. Sensing their gym partnership could be misconstrued, Josh tells Paige that he ‘kind of' has a girlfriend.
PAIGE: Kind of? You don't seem so sure.
JOSH: No, I do. I definitely have a girlfriend.
PAIGE: Right. So boxing with me is considered cheating; is that what you're saying?
JOSH: Ahh, yeah, it's dicey. But you know, if I didn't have a girlfriend – if I wasn't in a – you know, then I would totally be there... Boxing.
Brad and Terese appear, and Brad asks Josh if he wants to come for a workout.
JOSH: Oh, not right now, Dad, thanks.
PAIGE: Dad?! … I've gotta go!
She wanders off, and the Willises all look perplexed.
TERESE: What's going on there?
Amber and Daniel are reviewing the photos they took at the lake, when Josh comes in – and doesn't seem pleased to see them so close again. Daniel makes a hasty exit, but Amber again assures Josh that there is nothing physical between her and Daniel – they're just friends and ‘get each other'. Amber is surprised when Josh tells her that's fine and that he trusts her. In that same spirit of trust, Josh informs Amber that Paige just hit on him, but that he turned her down straight away and told her he was taken. Amber tries not to look annoyed. She kisses him.
AMBER: I trust you too. That Paige girl, not so much.
Kyle emerges from the bedroom, still in his undies, to give Chris some words of reassurance, saying he's better off without Will. Chris is just beginning to pour his heart out, when Georgia emerges in a towel, to lure Kyle outside to the hot tub. They start kissing again, breaking off to reassure Chris he'll find someone else, but he says he feels happier alone. He keeps talking to them about it, but they're too ensconced in each other, and make a swift exit to the hot tub mid- conversation.
KYLE: Hey, mate, make sure Gran doesn't come outside!
Chris looks miffed.
As they meet for a (soft) drink, Karina tells Bailey that he's one of the good guys – all the girls think so, she reports, and that Jayden is a jerk.
KARINA: As for Josie, do you really think she deserves you?
BAILEY: She's cool…
KARINA: Well, I know a lot of girls who think you're cool, so…
Bailey smiles as she strokes his ego. Karina announces that she and her friends are having a ‘thing', and invites Bailey along.
BAILEY: Yeah, totally!
KARINA: Cool! And maybe you could bring some drinks. You know, the leftover stuff from the party?
Bailey's smile drops as her true motivation becomes apparent.
KARINA: There's still some left, isn't there?
Bailey nods slowly, and Karina happily rushes off, promising to talk to him again at the ‘thing'. Bailey looks worried.
Daniel is skateboarding along when Amber shows up. He says he wanted to see her, as things seemed a bit awkward earlier when Josh turned up at Harold's. But Amber has good news, telling Daniel that Josh doesn't feel threatened by their friendship anymore. Daniel says that's great.
AMBER: And he knows that our connection is nothing…
Amber can't help staring as Daniel removes his t- shirt.
AMBER: … physical! We're just talking about friendship here.
DANIEL: Oh, yeah, that's awesome. I was hoping he'd take this at face value. Like I said, it's just a vibe – energy. That's it, you know?
Daniel pours a bottle of cold water all over himself to cool down. Amber stares rather distractedly, as he witters on about how great it is that everyone knows where they stand...
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Imogen thinks the Waterhole singles night could be fun, and it looks like Naomi's going too
- Brennan also makes an appearance, much to Imogen's excitement
- Callum tells Toadie and Sonya that he wants to go to America for the scholarship
- Toadie and Sonya argue about Cal's future
- Callum, Josh, Amber and Josie L see Bailey acting oddly at the bandstand
- As they inspect a paper bag he left behind, Amber says her parents are going to freak