There is a change to the opening titles, Naomi has joined the Number 26 shot alongside Sheila, Kyle and Chris.
Previously on Neighbours
- Kathy deciding not to open a store in Erinsborough.
- Karl mentioning that Susan's nephew is arriving soon.
- Paige getting out of Brad that his heart isn't in teaching.
- Josh telling his parents that he's got a job… his dad's old job who thought he'd been offered the job too!
Brad is downbeat after the news that the job offer wasn't for him but puts on a happy face when Josh and Terese talk to him about it and sums it up by saying at the end of the day they've now both got jobs.
Terese tries to reassure Josh that they are pleased for him after Brad stomps off into the garden and tries to reassure him that his dad is just being sensitive at the moment. Josh is now having doubts about accepting the job.
Toadie enquires when Georgia gets her test results back (this afternoon) before heading to the office with Sonya who has arranged for the nursery to be covered so she can volunteer as Toadie's PA for the day, even though she's never been a PA before!
GEORGIA: Hey Nell, can you say disaster waiting to happen?!
And on cue, Nell laughs back at her!
Susan is explaining to Karl the connection that the nephew (Nate) coming to stay with them is to her (he's her late husband Alex's brother's (Leo who worked on the rigs and why Susan never met him/his family) son) as they spring clean the house. Karl confesses that he's been Facebooking Zeke for info on his cousin and reports that Zeke's only met him a few times.
SUSAN: Nate's family Karl, well he's my extended family. It will be great to have him stay.
The ‘stay' part is news to Karl and Susan confesses that she contacted Nate and suggested to him that he stay to save money on hotel bills and Karl remarks on her having a “very soft touch.”
Naomi is moaning to Chris about having to borrow money from Sheila to buy a coffee after Kathy decided not to open the store. They decide to let Bossy out of her mobile basket and of course the dog immediately runs away but thankfully someone (who gives Chris a serious look over!) stops her from running away too far. Even Naomi has picked up on the looks the stranger was giving him and suggests that he's Chris' type and wants him to go after Mr Stranger to get his phone number! Chris refuses to do that but is sweet talked into buying Naomi a coffee instead.
Despite Sonya trying to look the part of a PA, there is a disaster happening as Toadie can't find the original document for some case he's working on.
Josh/Imogen discuss the gym job and the effect it's having on the family. Josh tells her that the boss (Ricky) is going to put him through a management course and thinks him doing something constructive will benefit everyone. “Not if it's making dad feel terrible about himself,” Imogen responds and can just imagine how breakfasts are going to be in future with Brad heading off to do that job he hates and Josh heading off to the job that Brad wants.
IMGOEN: I'm not telling you what to do.
JOSH: Yeah well I wish someone would because right now I've got no idea.
Toadie is turning the office upside down looking for the document while Sonya wrongly uses her initiative to call the client to ask if the document is really needed! He is aghast at her calling especially since he knows the likely consequences – the law firm open to being sued!
TOADIE: Honey I love you but you just made us look completely incompetent.
Sonya volunteers to go home and see if the missing document is there to delay Toadie calling the client to let him know the bad news.
After spotting his son getting a drink from the cabinet, Brad tries to sneak out of the store without Josh noticing he was there. Josh however catches him and calls him on trying to do a runner and Brad confirms that he's spoken to Ricky and the email was meant to have been for Josh. He then tells his dad that he's having doubts about taking the job and Brad takes it badly because he thinks Josh is feeling sorry for him.
BRAD: The best man got the job, just take it!
Naomi has spotted Mr Stranger from earlier in the complex and tries to engage him in conversation with Chris before conveniently leaving them to it!
Chris begins by apologising about his friend to Mr Stranger and after chatting about Bossy (and being encouraged from the not- hiding Naomi) invites Mr Stranger to meet up for a drink/meal with him. Mr Stranger turns the invite down citing that he's just passing through before walking away himself.
Naomi does her good deed for the day by returning a document to Brad that he dropped. She almost puts her foot in it though (before quickly backtracking) about how boring a subject she found health and human development.
Turns out that Mr Stranger is in fact Nate Kinski as Susan lets her nephew into the house and does the intros with Karl. He thanks them for putting him up and after a bit of a stifled conversation, Karl shows him to his room although Nate refuses to allow Karl to take his backpack for him.
Number 30/Rebecchi Law
Sonya has roped Georgia into helping find the missing document and eventually Sonya finds it… complete with a few “amendments” on the back aka a few scribbles from Nell!
Karl/Susan have taken Nate out for lunch to the store and the conversation still isn't exactly flowing.
Margie lets something fall to the ground and while Karl/Susan get a scare, Nate suddenly jumps up out of the seat and then can't but rush to pay the bill when it arrives at their table. He thanks them sincerely for lunch, commenting that it's the nicest he's had in a long time.
KARL: Is he serious?
SUSAN: Exactly. I think so.
As they are having coffee, Terese asks her daughter if she's being unfair with what she is doing to Paige. Imogen replies that she gets why her mum is wary and that she's got a responsibility to Lassiters. Terese asks how Imogen feels about Paige and she confirms that she too is wary after Paige hid her true identity for so long and that she is mostly trying not to think about it. She also adds that isn't great either because Brad would want her to make an effort to know her sister.
IMOGEN: So what do we do?
TERESE: Well I keep coming back to the same point, if Paige wants us to trust her she has to earn it and she's a long way off that.
IMOGEN: We'll get through it.
TERESE: Yes. Yes we will.
Nate enters the bar and engages Chris in conversation after spotting him having a mid- afternoon snack in the bar and to say that he's now available for ‘their thing' since he's going to be in the area for longer than planned. Chris is up for it and Nate hands over his phone number before they introduce themselves properly to each other.
Brad admits to his wife when she brings him a cuppa about losing it with Josh and just at that, Josh makes his way downstairs and is told to take a seat. Terese makes herself scarce and Brad begins by apologising to his son and admits that everything is out of kilter and thought something good was happening when he got offered his old job back before realising he hadn't and thus took it out on him. Josh hopes that things turn around for his dad too and the pair share a hug as Brad boosts his sons confidence by telling him that he'll be the best manager the gym h as ever had.
JOSH: Apart from you obviously!
Toadie is reassuring the client that everything is in order just as Sonya comes in with the missing document complete with Nell's drawing on the back!
SONYA: You know this can't go on don't ya?
TOADIE: Yes, we really need to get Nell some art lessons!
Sonya bluntly tells him that he needs real help and not her pretending to be a super PA! Toadie concedes that but hasn't the time to train someone.
SONYA: We need to find another solution.
It's a polite but tense conversation when Naomi runs into Sonya at the counter and she can't exit the store quick enough after buying her shopping however just as she is about to exit, Sonya calls her back.
SONYA: Look, I know this is going to sound like the craziest idea but would you consider coming back to work with Jarrod.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Toadie unsure about Sonya's suggestion.
- Kyle inputting his thoughts into Georgia's treatment plan.
- Sheila spotting that Paul is looking into internet dating.
- Paige threatening to make Brennan pay!
- Nate looking forward to the picnic.