Previously on Neighbours
- Bailey competes for the slot at Space Camp with astronomy club rival Alice
- Kyle and Georgia attempt to reunite Sheila and Naomi, still unaware of what's caused their rift
- Paige volunteers to help Kathy expand her homewares business, and she can't refuse
- Kathy makes a call ordering someone to find her missing granddaughter
Paige is drawing a sketch of Kathy, but quickly hides it when Brennan enters the room. She explains that Kathy is opening a new store in her chain of homewares outlets in the empty premises at Lassiter's, and that Paige is acting in an assistant capacity.
Brennan suggests Paige have breakfast with Naomi, to give the two of them a chance to get to know one another. Paige isn't keen on Naomi, but Brennan thinks she should give her a break, and she agrees to make more of an effort. Naomi comes in.
NAOMI: Morning! Oh, I used all the hot water, sorry.
Naomi proceeds to provoke Paige's ire fairly quickly, and Paige leaves, reneging on breakfast.
NAOMI: Good, good. Another name to add to the long list of people who don't like me (!)
In the back garden, Kyle and Georgia are in the hot tub, joking about Sheila and Naomi's abortive wedding choreography session, and Sheila's constant interference in their wedding. Kyle reminds Georgia that Sheila has needed a focus since her fight with Naomi, but Georgia says she doesn't want their wedding becoming a battleground for mother and daughter.
Sheila comes out and apologises for her and Naomi's behaviour at the dance rehearsal. To make amends, Sheila reveals she's organised a celebratory lunch to mark Georgia and Kyle's renewed engagement.
GEORGIA: Thanks Sheila, but we haven't really got the best track record with engagement parties!
SHEILA: Oh, no, this would just be a simple lunch, you know. No fuss, no emails.
Georgia eventually agrees to the lunch, but doesn't look thrilled about it.
Bailey and Kathy are at a table, but Bailey's distracted by his phone. He explains to Kathy that he's trying to contact Josie Lamb, through whom he hopes to get the girls' hockey team to join his astronomy club. He needs to secure their membership so he can convince them to vote for him as club president. Bailey runs off to find Josie.
Paige comes in and joins Kathy at the table. She asks for more information about her homewares chain, which Kathy gives her in a folder, before going to get them some coffee. While Kathy's gone, Paige notices the header of a letter from a private investigator firm in one of her personal files on the table, and opens it to read the letter. It's a quote for a search to locate the whereabouts of ‘Baby Carpenter'. Paige looks shocked, and puts the letter back.
Chris turns up, and Naomi has news for him and Brennan. She's decided to stay in Erinsborough – she claims in the hope of sorting things out with Sheila – and is looking for jobs. Brennan tells her about the opening of Kathy's new homewares store at Lassiter's, and suggests she try to get a job there. Naomi is frustrated to learn Paige is already involved, announcing she'd do a much better job herself! In aid of this, Chris comes up with some mysterious plan to do some outdoors ‘strategising', and tells Naomi to go and change out of her heels. Naomi rushes off to obey.
Sheila tells Kyle and Georgia about an ad she's put in the Frankston Gazette announcing their engagement.
GEORGIA: That is very sweet. Thank you!
SHEILA: Oh, wait, it gets better. They were having a special deal on full- page ads, and so – I upgraded!
KYLE: Nice photo, Gran! You look a lot younger!
GEORGIA: And why is our photo so much smaller than yours?!
Sheila makes some excuse about the photo of Kyle and Georgia being low- resolution, so they had to blow her own portrait up to compensate! Georgia is annoyed to read that Sheila has exaggerated her and Kyle's occupations in the ad, and Kyle is surprised that, while it goes into some detail about the Canning family, it doesn't mention Naomi at all. Sheila makes out this was an error by the reporter who took down the wording, and rushes off. Georgia asks Kyle if he still thinks Sheila isn't that bad.
Meanwhile, Kathy and Paige are still discussing business ideas, when Paige comes out and confronts Kathy about her quote from the private investigator to find Lauren's daughter. Paige claims it got mixed up in the business documents Kathy gave her, but Kathy is annoyed nonetheless that Paige has been looking at her private papers. Undeterred, Paige tells Kathy she can't go looking for Lauren's daughter in secret.
KATHY: Maybe it's my way of trying to fix things.
PAIGE: What, by going behind her back? She told me that that's how your rift started in the beginning. You know, the progress you've made so far – that comes from being honest with each other. You don't want to make the same mistakes you did last time.
KATHY: Perhaps you're right.
PAIGE: So you'll drop it?
Kathy screws up the quote, and says they'll ‘say no more about it.' Paige has to leave for work, but Kathy uncrumples the quote the moment she's gone.
Shortly afterwards, Kathy calls the PI agency and tells them she's had their quote – she wants them to go ahead and find her granddaughter as soon as possible.
Chris has Naomi and Brennan playing a game of bocce; quite how this constitutes strategising is anyone's guess. But they're playing for money, and Naomi is fleecing Chris. Once Chris is out of earshot, Naomi thanks Brennan for not telling Chris about the kiss with Toadie. Brennan says it's not his place, but that she should perhaps give her friends more credit. Naomi says she couldn't stand to lose anyone else by telling them.
Bailey catches up with Josie Lamb, and asks her if she's spoken to Callum lately. She says they had a video call last night. Bailey hands her the astronomy club membership forms to distribute around the hockey team, but Josie reveals that the team has already signed up via forms given to them by Alice, Bailey's rival for Space Camp.
Bailey asks Josie if he can count on her vote when it comes to elections for club president. Josie says he can – no- one will vote for Alice, as she's so highly- strung, and made them fill in loads of supplementary forms when they signed up. Bailey is suspicious, and Josie shows him the form.
BAILEY: Josie, this is a proxy form. It means you've already voted for her as president.
Josie looks sheepish.
The bocce game between Naomi, Chris and Brennan continues, as Kyle and Georgia arrive. Georgia gets a text from her parents congratulating her on her apparent promotion to ‘emergency medical specialist', as they've read in the Frankston Gazette! Georgia moans to Naomi about Sheila not respecting the boundaries as regards the wedding organisation.
Georgia and Kyle then get texts from Karl and Toadie respectively, asking questions about the engagement party to which Sheila has evidently invited them! Georgia's annoyed because they just wanted a quiet affair after last time. It seems Naomi's about the only person who Sheila hasn't invited, which annoys Kyle; he says Sheila shouldn't treat her like that. Naomi tells him it doesn't bother her.
Alice is signing up more members to the astronomy club, unaware that they're also signing to vote for her as club president. Bailey comes in and confronts her about it.
BAILEY: You're unbelievable! Collecting proxy votes – stealing people's right to a democratic choice!
ALICE: If they're dumb enough to sign, they're not smart enough to vote.
Kathy and Lauren watch with intrigue as Bailey continues to lay into Alice.
ALICE: I stole votes from right under your nose. If you can't even lead an astronomy club, how can you lead a mission to Mars?
Bailey strops out, and Kathy offers to go and see if he's okay. But Lauren tells her not to, saying she's been leaving the astronomy club stuff to Matt. Kathy asks Paige if they can talk; she's too busy working, but does comment that she's been to see the new homewares store. At this moment, Naomi bursts in and introduces herself, saying she's the perfect candidate to be the store's new manager! Paige looks annoyed.
Bailey is moaning to Matt about Alice's underhand tactics. Josie comes round, and Bailey asks her to get the hockey team to withdraw all their memberships from the astronomy club. Josie starts coming out with tenuous hockey metaphors, which Matt translates as advising Bailey that he needs to find another way to beat Alice – by fighting fire with fire.
Paige quizzes Naomi about why she's suddenly interested in homewares retail, as it's hardly glamorous. Naomi says she can't afford to be choosy, but Paige continues to try and put her off. Naomi thinks Paige is after the manager's job as well, but she denies this, claiming she just doesn't understand why an assistant executive would want to work in a homewares store.
NAOMI: The truth is, I'm doing this for my mum. I just want to prove to her that I can be responsible, even if it means pursuing a job that's beneath me.
Naomi says this job is about family for her, and begs Paige not to take that away from her.
PAIGE: I'm sure there's enough room for both of us.
Alice continues to deploy her proxy form scam, when Bailey comes in with Matt. She reveals she's accrued 72 members, but Bailey has a counter- plan – he tells her he's moved onto better things.
BAILEY: You see, I'm the newly appointed president of the Australian Space Exploration Council.
ALICE: The Australian what?!
BAILEY: It's a national body.
ALICE: I've never heard about it.
BAILEY: Well it was only incorporated about an hour ago.
Bailey hands her an application form to join ASEC! Rattled, Alice storms off, warning him she's still going to beat him to Space Camp.
Sheila is laying a table for the engagement dinner she's arranged, when Kyle and Georgia arrive. They confront her about having invited the entire neighbourhood when it wasn't what they wanted – particularly since she hasn't even invited Naomi. Kyle demands to know why Sheila and Naomi really fell out in the first place, and Georgia says it seems like Sheila's devised the lunch just to exclude her.
Sheila denies it, but Kyle is not convinced – and Georgia tells her that they're rearranging the engagement party, replacing her dinner with takeaway at the lake.
KYLE: Look, Naomi is invited. And so are you. Please come.
Kathy seems like she's in discomfort and is taking some tablets. Paige sees, and comes over to ask if she's okay. Kathy says she's fine, but has a heart problem, and that she needs to take the tablets now and again – it might be something she ate on this occasion, or stress. Kathy admits that nobody knows about her health problem, including Lauren – and asks Paige to keep the secret. Paige promises.
KATHY: I think the most positive thing that's come out of this diagnosis is – it was a wake- up call, for me to right the wrongs before it's too late.
PAIGE: So what happens if you don't take the medication?
KATHY: I'd rather not find out!
Paige looks intrigued.
Kyle, Georgia, Naomi, Brennan and Chris are with Bossy, enjoying the impromptu engagement takeaway. Having lost to Naomi, Chris presents her with the bocce set so she can impress others with her skills! Naomi thanks them all for cheering her up. Georgia and Kyle are disappointed that Sheila hasn't shown up, and Naomi apologises for their almost having to choose between her and Sheila.
GEORGIA: Don't apologise. You did not create this situation.
NAOMI: Well, you know, it's not clear cut. We're both to blame.
GEORGIA: What? Something happened? Something that we don't know about?
Brennan watches Naomi curiously.
NAOMI: Just… past stuff.
Kyle angrily decides that Sheila's holding a grudge out of spite.
Kyle bursts in as Sheila's clearing away the dinner table.
KYLE: Why are you treating Naomi like dirt?
He lays into Sheila for not showing her face at the lake, when Naomi made the effort to be there. Sheila tells Kyle not to judge her without knowing all the facts, but when asked, she refuses to elaborate, insisting it's between Naomi and her.
KYLE: Look, I care about you, and I care about Naomi. But I want marrying Georgia to be the happiest day of my life. I will not let you ruin that.
SHEILA: Oh, love, I wouldn't –
KYLE: So whatever is going on with Naomi, fix it. Or you're sacked as our wedding planner, and you can forget about coming to the ceremony.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Toadie catches Susan reading erotic literature, but thinks the book's setting resembles Erinsborough
- Sonya tells Toadie that minding Paul as he helps out at the nursery is like looking after Nell
- Georgia supports Kyle in having ‘come down pretty hard' on someone
- Sheila tells Toadie she's been banned from the wedding for treating Naomi unfairly
- Will Naomi tell Kyle and Georgia the truth about her misdemeanours with Toadie?