Previously on Neighbours
- After their heart- to- heart in the cool room, Paul tells Sheila to move forward in her quest for love
- Toadie and Sonya decide to offer Naomi her old job back on a trial basis
- Karl tells Kyle that the incision in Georgia's throat has opened up again since the surgery
- The mystery surrounding Nate deepens, as Susan finds a knife in his bag
Karl and Susan discuss what to do about the knife; Susan wants to give Nate an opportunity to explain, but Karl is less trusting of the newcomer. He agrees they'll talk to him when he gets back from seeing Chris, but in the meantime goes to call Zeke, to see if he can shed any more light on his cousin's behaviour.
Mark and Kyle are having a beer and watching the footie with Bossy. Georgia has sent Kyle home from the hospital ‘because she got sick of writing messages on the iPad.'
Naomi and Sheila come in; Sheila is all dressed up for her date with a guy called Alan. They're going to a wine and cheese event at the community centre. Naomi teases her about her outfit, but Sheila's clearly very nervous, admitting she hasn't been on a date since her husband Frank died. She is also worried that it might turn out like her almost- lover ‘Walter', the con man who pretended to be Sonya's uncle. Naomi softens, expressing surprise that she never knew about that. After reassurance from Mark, Naomi and Kyle, Sheila leaves for her date.
Toadie and Sonya are having dinner, and Toadie's on the phone to a client, who needs something doing by 9am tomorrow. He decides he's going to have to go back to the office for the evening, and call Naomi in to help. Sonya's not keen on this idea, since their relationship with Naomi is supposed to be strictly 9- to- 5, but she grudgingly agrees, seeing that Toadie has no other option.
Sheila comes in to kill some time before her date, and chats to Paul about it. He immediately sees how nervous she is, and reassures her about how fabulous she looks.
PAUL: Come on, the date'll be fine. Just don't annoy him by… being you!
Karl reports back to Susan, fresh from his phone chat with Zeke – but he's none the wiser about Nate. Susan reminds him that Zeke and Nate grew up on different sides of the country. Nate comes in, and immediately sees Karl holding the knife.
KARL: Anything to say?
SUSAN: We just want to know why you've got it, and why you brought it here.
NATE: It's not illegal.
SUSAN: Well that doesn't make it alright to bring it into our home without telling us.
NATE: I'm sorry. But you had no right to go through my things.
Susan explains she found it by accident when she went to retrieve Karl's shirt to wash.
KARL: You owe us an explanation.
NATE: I owe you nothing.
KARL: You're a guest in our house. You need to explain yourself.
NATE: It's fine. I'll leave.
SUSAN: Nate, whatever it is we can talk about it…
But Nate grabs the knife and his rucksack, and walks to the door.
NATE: Thank you for your hospitality.
He leaves Karl and Susan looking shocked.
Naomi turns up to meet Toadie for their evening of work. She double- checks that Sonya is okay with the arrangement, and she claims she is. Naomi and Toadie leave, just as Chris arrives. He sees Nate at the bar with his rucksack, and Nate admits he's leaving. Chris asks if this is why he was being weird earlier on their walk.
NATE: No, I… I really wanted to kiss you. But I got cold feet. It's been really nice getting to know you, Chris.
Nate makes to leave, but Chris tells him to wait, and kisses him on the lips. They both smile.
Shortly afterwards, Sonya is talking about Naomi to Kyle and Mark, who are playing darts. Mark says she's entitled to feel a bit threatened, but that she probably has nothing to worry about. Kyle agrees, saying Naomi has turned over a new leaf.
Meanwhile, Nate and Chris are sitting at a table having a drink. Nate says it's best he still leaves. Chris asks what the argument with Karl and Susan was about; Nate says they wanted answers about his past.
CHRIS: Okay, why is that such a problem?
NATE: Oh, it's a long story.
CHRIS: Well, I've got plenty of time. And I'd love to hear all about it. I mean, if you feel comfortable. But I mean, you're leaving anyway, so what's the harm?
Nate is back at Karl and Susan's, explaining that he was in the army, and the knife is a souvenir – he's never used it, and apologises for shocking them. He says he served two combat tours in Afghanistan. Susan and Karl are all sympathetic. Nate admits he's been back for about a year, but found he fit in even less at home than he already did. So he went travelling, during the course of which he met Zeke in London.
We learn that the guy whose funeral Nate went to, ‘Pony', was one of his army colleagues. He shows them the list of names, who are all people he served with.
NATE: We were close. I've been trying to visit them all. Some I haven't got to yet. Some aren't around anymore.
SUSAN: Why didn't you say anything earlier?
NATE: I don't like talking about it. Once people find out, they look at me differently. I know they're wondering if I've done bad things over there. Or if I'm messed up by it.
SUSAN: So what made you come back?
SUSAN: Does he know?
NATE: Yeah, I told him everything. Not sure how he took it, though.
Chris moans to Mark and Kyle about not having reacted very well to Nate's admission that he was in the army. Mark thinks it might explain why Nate overreacted with the random guy in the park, and why he's so intense. Chris still thinks it's weird he carries a knife around, but Mark says he's seen cops do that sort of thing too – it's kind of like a security blanket. Mark says Nate must have risked his life every day, and none of them can know what that's like. He tells an unconvinced Chris that he obviously likes Nate, and should get to know him better.
Meanwhile, Naomi's on a cake- break and bumps into Paul. She asks after his mayoralty, but he says he's still enjoying being a man of leisure – especially now he's dating again. Naomi asks him why he thinks Sheila's dating again.
PAUL: Well, because she's lonely.
NAOMI: How do you know?
PAUL: Aren't we all?
Naomi is worried about Sheila, and wants to go and check out her date at the community centre. But Paul says Sheila can look after herself, and won't make the same mistake she made with Walter.
Sheila is waiting around when her date, Alan, turns up, having been held up in traffic. They go in for a kiss on the cheek, but end up bumping heads by accident. He suggests they taste the Bleu d'Auvergne first, and Sheila embarrasses herself thinking this is a wine, instead of a cheese. She looks worried that the date isn't going well.
Toadie and Naomi are still talking about work while having a coffee, but the temperature's rising – Toadie admits it's because the heating thermostat's broken. Sonya turns up, ostensibly to give them both some sticky date pudding, but blatantly it's really because she wants to check up on them. She's a little perturbed to see Naomi has already bought the two of them cake.
SONYA: Well, how about I take it home, and I'll heat it up for you when you get in? It'll be a bit of an incentive for you to – for you to finish.
Toadie agrees, and Sonya leaves, looking annoyed. Naomi and Toadie look uncomfortable.
Sheila's date with Alan continues to be fraught with problems – she's spilt wine down his jacket since our last visit, and shortly humiliates herself further by stumbling over one of the displays. Alan chivalrously takes the blame for the disturbance, and Sheila thanks him.
ALAN: Anything for a beautiful lady.
The heat in the office continues to rise due to the broken thermostat, and Naomi's forced to take a layer off – but Sonya comes in just at that moment, and looks suspicious. Sonya seems annoyed that they're still working so late, and when Naomi suggests Sonya stick around until they're done in order to defuse the situation, Sonya decides that would be a good idea. She takes a seat at the desk opposite Toadie; and sensing how upset she is, Toadie thanks Naomi for her work but asks her to go home – he can handle it from here.
SONYA: I'm sorry.
TOADIE: I just wanna finish.
Sheila and Alan are starting to enjoy the wine and cheese evening. Sheila apologises for her clumsiness, admitting she thought Alan couldn't stand her at first. He reassures her that's not the case, saying he's new to dating and was just nervous. They have a laugh, and Sheila asks Alan if he'd like to meet her again sometime.
ALAN: I'd love to.
Naomi joins Kyle and Mark at the bar, explaining that Sonya put a stop to her late night at work. She expresses surprise that she hasn't heard from Sheila, and Paul, who is earwigging, teases that Sheila's probably gone back to her date's house for coffee. At that point Sheila comes in.
NAOMI: What was he like? Was he a freak?
They can all tell from Sheila's smile that the date went well.
SHEILA: I'm sorry, but I'm a lady, and I don't kiss and tell.
KYLE: You cheeky little thing!
NAOMI: You kissed him!
SHEILA: I'm sorry, I'm not saying!
Sheila rushes off home for a nightcap, and Naomi and Kyle chase her out, wanting all the gossip. Paul watches with amusement.
MARK: Well you look like you're feeling better.
PAUL: I am, I guess, yeah.
MARK: Well, for what it's worth – I'm sure Kate'd be glad.
Chris calls round to see Nate, and Susan and Karl leave them to it. By leave them to it, I mean, go and stand in the far corner of the kitchen.
Chris apologises for acting weird before when Nate told him about being in the army.
NATE: I don't want you to think I hid it because I'm ashamed. I'm not. I'm proud that I served.
CHRIS: Yeah. You should be. I'm sure there were times over there when things were pretty intense.
NATE: And a lot of times when It was rewarding.
CHRIS: Yeah, sorry. You probably hate getting asked those questions.
NATE: You're the sweetest guy I've met in a long time, Chris. I'd like for us to see more of each other.
Nate explains he's decided to stick around, and invites Chris for a drink, on the proviso that there are no more army questions as he's used up today's quota! They head off for a drink, having bid goodbye to Susan and Karl.
SUSAN: They look good together, don't you think?
Karl nods, but doesn't look sure.
SUSAN: Just imagine all the terrible things Nate's seen. And what he's had to deal with. And then just to be thrown back into civilian life – I can't even imagine.
KARL: No, neither can I.
SUSAN: We are doing the right thing. We owe it to him to give him a home.
They hug, but Karl still doesn't look sure.
Toadie has finally finished the project he was working on, and he and Sonya decide to head home. While Toadie grabs some files however, Sonya spies an email from Naomi on his computer, with no subject, and decides to open it. The message reads ‘This'll make your day…' Suspicious, Sonya opens the attachment, but it's something totally innocent and work- related. However, Toadie catches her looking at it.
TOADIE: What are you doing? You don't trust me.
Sonya looks guilty.
- Josh and Naomi get steamy, and Imogen wonders if he's keeping it secret so Amber doesn't find out
- Bailey is terrified of Space Camp rival Alice, but Paige tells him Alice is also terrified of him
- Paige and Mark are going out for dinner, but it's absolutely not a date
Watch Out, Erinsborough!
- The weather bureau has issued a severe storm warning
- Sheila tells Sonya the storm's getting worse
- Mark in his raincoat getting battered by the elements