Previously on Neighbours
- Relations between Bailey and Jayden turn sour, as Josie M announces she's ‘so done' with Bailey
- The Vibe™ is in the air as Daniel tends to Amber's sprained ankle
- Toadie is surprised when Callum asks if Josie L can stay over in his room
- Callum leaves Erinsborough for the Silicon Valley campus of the School for the Gifted™
- Sonya is annoyed at Toadie's decision to let Josie stay over without consulting her
Naomi arrives in the office to find Toadie there on his day off, and enquires as to why. He explains he didn't feel like hanging around at home, as he's feeling bad about Callum having left and Sonya not speaking to him. Naomi tells Toadie he can talk to her about anything. Meanwhile, she sends him off to clear his head and have some self- time, while she takes over his casework.
Amber, smiling contentedly, closes her eyes and flashes back to Daniel massaging her ankle after she hurt it at the street party. Josh comes in while she's daydreaming, and is intrigued to know what she was thinking about. Bizarrely, his first conclusion is that she was thinking about how to get Imogen and Daniel together, and Amber agrees that this was indeed the subject of her ruminations. Josh thinks it's weird, but that Amber is determined enough to get them together. Bailey comes in.
BAILEY: Okay, I'm ready.
JOSH: Astronaut training, here we come! Get out the back and do some warm- up stretches; I'll be out in a sec.
Bailey goes outside, and Josh explains to Amber that he's offered to help Bailey train for his future astronaut career, to help keep his mind off Callum leaving. Amber says that's sweet of Josh.
Sonya comes in with Nell, looking for Toadie, and is surprised to find Naomi in the office. Naomi says Toadie will be back soon, but remarks that he seemed upset about Callum earlier. Sonya admits she's trying to be tough, but is struggling too. She also admits she and Toadie fought, and that she's come to talk it through with him. Naomi's quick to nip that in the bud.
NAOMI: Maybe you need to deal with what you're feeling first. Take some time away from Jarrod – allow yourself to be sad. Forget about your argument; you need to miss Callum on your own terms.
To this end, Naomi offers to look after Nell (she used to babysit her cousin Harley all the time, she claims) while she sends Sonya off for an appointment with a masseur she knows. Sonya thanks Naomi for being so lovely and goes off for her massage.
Shortly afterwards, Naomi attempts to entertain Nell by singing ‘Old McDonald Had a Farm', but it doesn't stop her crying.
NAOMI: What about a joke? You wanna hear a joke? Okay, a monkey, a giraffe, and an elephant with a huge – no. Absolutely not appropriate.
She finally gets Nell to stop crying by reading her a passage from one of Toadie's law books!
Daniel and Amber are playing pool, when Imogen shows up.
DANIEL: You playing?
IMOGEN: I used to do alright back in Perth.
DANIEL: Oh, you're from WA. I don't think winning there really counts, does it? I was actually hoping for some decent competition.
IMOGEN: Oh, that's a bit rich coming from a Queenslander.
Amber passes the cue to Imogen, and seems keen to encourage her to play against Daniel. Out of earshot from him, Imogen accuses Amber of being weird, and quickly surmises that Amber is trying to set her up with Daniel. Amber denies it and convinces Imogen to have a game of pool, promising there will be no matchmaking.
Toadie comes in to find Naomi looking after Nell. Naomi explains Sonya has gone to get a massage, and that she's managed to get Nell to sleep with the aid of his legal journals. He thanks Naomi for being so thoughtful towards Sonya, and goes to make some phone calls, promising to take Nell off her hands afterwards.
Naomi closes the door between the two offices, then makes a call to her masseur – asking him to prolong Sonya's stay by an hour or two, and to bill Naomi for the whole thing.
Imogen and Daniel continue to play pool, while slagging off Western Australia and Queensland respectively. The ping- pong of insults is getting a little unpleasant, and Amber warns Imogen that her jokes aren't winning her any friends. But Imogen is in a competitive mood, and ignores Amber's advice.
Sonya bumps into Sheila, who remarks that she looks ‘positively zen', despite Callum having just left. Sonya admits that she's been for a massage courtesy of Naomi, and that she feels a lot better about everything now. Sheila seems mildly concerned that Naomi's looking after Nell, and suggests Sonya retrieve her, in case she's finding it hard to cope. Sonya's sure they're fine.
Bailey and Josh are by the bandstand, doing their astronaut training! Josh has Bailey doing sit- ups, but he's struggling. His difficulties are compounded when school meathead Jayden and his henchmen approach to watch.
JAYDEN: I think Bailey's gonna break. Ten bucks says he starts crying any second.
Bailey looks mad, but Josh tells him to forget the morons and focus.
Naomi and Toadie are looking after Nell when Sonya comes in to pick her up. Sonya looks uncomfortable, and thanks Naomi for the massage, before making a quick exit with Nell – barely saying a word to Toadie. Once she's gone, Naomi remarks that Sonya still didn't seem relaxed, despite the massage. Toadie admits Sonya's still on edge, and Naomi deftly steers him towards some conclusions about why.
NAOMI: I guess all that stuff with Mark's still pretty raw, hey? Sorry, I hope you don't think I'm out of line by bringing that up.
TOADIE: No, I was talking about Callum... Now that you mention it, though, yeah – Mark could have something to do with this.
NAOMI: I mean it's tough, ‘cause, all that stuff coming out about Paul, Mark's gonna be really struggling. And Sonya's gonna wanna help him, right?
Toadie looks annoyed.
Josh has Bailey running up and down the hill by the bandstand, when he takes a tumble. Jayden and his goons are there to see it.
JAYDEN: He's gonna cry. Wait for it.
BAILEY: Shut up, Jayden!
Josh helps Bailey up.
JOSH: You okay?
BAILEY: No, I want to stop.
Josh tries to convince Bailey to ignore the idiots, but Bailey strops off home, much to Jayden's amusement.
Amber looks unimpressed as Imogen continues to batter Daniel, both at pool and with her acerbic wit. Sheila remarks that an interstate pool competition could be great for the bar, and Amber pretends to agree. When Imogen takes yet another pot- shot at Daniel and Queensland, he takes it in his stride, but Amber tells her to calm down.
IMOGEN: Can I help it if I'm on a roll?
AMBER: You're being kind of rude.
But Imogen is convinced it's all a bit of fun, and goes on to win the game.
DANIEL: You showed me.
IMOGEN: Sure did. That's how we do it where I come from. Which is not, in case you'd forgotten, Queensland!
AMBER: Okay. The game's over – you can stop being such a cow!
IMOGEN: Okay, well I don't know what's going on with you today. But you're being boring, and I'm outta here. (To Daniel) See you, loser.
Once she's gone, Daniel remarks that he and Amber are ‘alone at last'. She looks worried.
Amber tells Josh all about her failed attempts to play Cupid between Imogen and Daniel, and asks if he can think of anyone else she could set Daniel up with.
JOSH: What about Paige?
AMBER: What?! No!
JOSH: Why not? They'd be perfect together.
AMBER: No, I cannot see those two together.
Josh suggests some of Amber's friends from school, but she says she doesn't know anyone who's Daniel's type, and decides he can sort out his own love- life, quickly changing the subject. She asks how Bailey's astronaut training went – Josh explains what happened with Jayden, and worries that he's made things worse for Bailey rather than better. Amber decides to call Bailey to check he's okay.
Bailey ignores Amber's phone call, and heads over to the kitchen – spying half a bottle of wine on the side. He picks it up.
Toadie and Sonya are in the living room, not saying much, when Sonya gets a text from Callum, saying he misses them. Sonya starts crying, and Toadie goes over to comfort her. She pulls away, saying she's struggling, partly because she's angry at Toadie, and at the current state of their relationship.
SONYA: I hate that we're struggling. And we keep saying that we're gonna try and fix it, and we just end up where we are now.
TOADIE: Yeah, well. We're just having communication problems. And, well, I'd like to work our way through it, but…
SONYA: But what?
TOADIE: Well I just can't help but feel that one day I'm gonna come home and Brennan's gonna be on our couch.
SONYA: I just – I promised you that that wasn't gonna happen, okay. But at the same time he's my friend, and I can't not be there for him. I'm trying really hard to not allow it to affect our family, like I promised. But you promised that you would be more understanding of my need to help people.
TOADIE: Yes I did.
SONYA: So if we're both trying, which we are, then why isn't it getting any better? I just want it to be like it was, you know, like it used to be.
TOADIE: Yeah. So do I.
Sonya suggests that the one positive thing about Callum leaving is that with one less kid around, they'll have more intimate time to themselves. Toadie says that sounds good, but looks far from convinced. Nonetheless, he goes in to kiss her, and it becomes passionate. But suddenly his phone rings – it's Naomi.
Rebecchi Law / No 30
Naomi tells Toadie she's received a disturbing letter which she thinks is from the guy that she claimed followed her home the other night, and that it's freaked her out.
The camera cuts to the piece of paper on the table, with a message constructed from letters from newspaper headlines in the traditional stalker style. But Naomi is gluing the letters on herself! It reads: ‘Your legs go on forever in those tight black jean…' – but she's got the last letter stuck to her finger!
Naomi says she's scared, and Toadie tells her he'll be with her shortly. She puts the final ‘S' in place. Back at No 30, Toadie tells Sonya about the letter Naomi's claimed to have received. He promises to be home as soon as he can, and they kiss again, but Sonya looks annoyed as he leaves.
Amber apologises to Daniel on Imogen's behalf, saying she went totally overboard with the mean jokes during their pool match. Daniel seems less concerned, admitting Imogen was full- on but saying it's just her personality.
DANIEL: It's not really why you're frustrated, though, is it?
DANIEL: It's okay, you can get it out there.
AMBER: Get what out there?
DANIEL: … You have feelings for me. We've spoken about this connection but it's become more than that, hasn't it?
AMBER: … Honestly, I don't know how I feel. I did get jealous when I saw you interacting with Imogen. And that's just me being completely open and honest.
DANIEL: I get it. It's how I feel when I see you with Josh. I feel the same way about you.
AMBER: … I have to go.
Amber walks out, and Daniel looks despondent.
Monday on Neighbours
- Paige arrives on Ramsay Street, and Lauren tells her she thinks she'll be happy there
- Amber isn't happy that Paige and Josh seem to be becoming BFFs
- Bailey has a go at Paige, telling her to stop telling him what to do