Previously on Neighbours
- Imogen admitting she's in love with Daniel.
- Amber/Daniel telling Imogen of their engagement.
- Dakota explain to Paul the help that she is after.
- Dakota impressed with Mark!
- Toadie telling Sheila that he will be representing Josh.
- Naomi admitting she is still in love with Toadie.
Number 26 backyard
Naomi is just waiting for the “I told you so” comment from her mum following the revelation that she is still in love with Toadie.
SHEILA: Just because I was right doesn't mean I want to gloat about it.
NAOMI: That will be a first!
Sheila instead asks what happened and Naomi explains that she was trying to keep things (in her head) professional with Toadie but working with him day in, day out has kept those feelings there but she is quick to add that she knows he loves his wife not her. “The truth hurts sometimes doesn't it,” Sheila laments and Naomi agrees then adds that she doesn't know what to do. “There's only one thing you can do,” Sheila replies and Naomi silently nods her head.
Lassiters Complex (next day)
…And that decision is handing Toadie her notice, effective almost immediately (she will work out that day). He's taken aback by this development and wants to know why, so Naomi replies that she is bored (which he doesn't really believe) and that nothing will change her mind.
Meanwhile, as Paul and Dakota exit the hotel he comments that he is enjoying regaining more of his lost memory the more he talks to her. He also says that he's found the perfect spot for her bar too when she wanted them to go looking for a suitable venue.
They run into Mark outside of Harold's and Paul does the intros not realising that Mark/Dakota have already met before ‘himbo' heads off to the garage.
Daniel spots Imogen and sees that she is feeling down, so sits down next to her and reassures her that he has his/Amber's support.
Their conversation is curtailed when they spot an annoyed Sonya and she explains that she's just come off the phone from talking to the council and they have cut the re- vegetation programme despite Paul's promise to the community. Daniel tries to defend his uncle and Imogen suggests that perhaps he doesn't really know his uncle too well, so his solution is to literally drag Imogen to go get answers from Paul!
The duo catches up with him in the bar and he explains that the money hasn't been cut, simply re- allocated to security (installing cameras and security guards to patrol the complex at weekends). Imogen isn't thrilled at the thought of Erinsborough turning into a “George Orwell novel”. Paul's comeback is that people are scared and that everyone has a right to feel safe after dark, a point she has to agree with him on but thinks it's wrong for it to have been implemented in the aftermath of what her brother did. Daniel thinks that if people have love, that will keep them safe! Dakota tells Paul that they're talking sense and that he should listen to them but he chooses instead to ignore it!
Paul shows Dakota round the old radio station and he thinks will be suitable for her adding that since he's mayor he can sell it off to whoever he likes and getting a liquor licence is a shoe- in too as he's got someone on the board!
Imogen is trying to come up with a plan to get Paul to change his mind but Daniel has a better idea – for everyone hug!
DANIEL: Hugs solve everything!
Toadie has told Sonya about Naomi quitting and she is puzzled about it too but thinks that there must be something behind it and that is going to be her latest mission!
Daniel is back with a pile of leaflets to be handed out saying 'No cameras just hugs' and a poster/banner indicating where you get your free hugs from!
IMOGEN: So remind me how free hugs are going to change Paul's mind about increasing security?
DANIEL: Because hugs make people feel better about themselves, therefore they are less likely to be violent or act irrationally.
IMOGEN: Meaning less need for security.
She does seem impressed and Daniel gets his first “customer” in Sheila who walked into the store and wanted to know what they were up to.
SHEILA: I must say that's a great way to start the day!
Imogen isn't keen on embracing a random but does so to some random lady with a little girl and admits that it felt “pretty good”. The little girl with the woman then runs up to Daniel wanting her hug, which he is only happy to do once mum approves.
Sonya goes to see Naomi as she is unloading the files Toadie asked for from her car. Naomi sticks with the same story that she told Toadie and just like him, Sonya doesn't believe her either. She tries to guilt trip Naomi by going on about re- hiring her after the kiss but it backfires with Naomi, saying it for the best thing for all. Sonya is now literally speechless but eventually seems to accept it however warns Naomi that no reference will be forthcoming!
Paul puts a dent in Daniel/Imogen's hugs plan by pointing out that it's only been successful because women are more interested in being hugged by a handsome young man than are actually caring about his project! Dakota thinks it's great what they are doing and he allows them to continue but asks that they avoid the hotel so guests don't complain.
“Looks like someone might be getting a few free hugs themselves,” Daniel remarks to his uncle when they are alone after Dakota heads off herself as Paul has some calls to make. Paul admits that he does like her and that he'd be open to the prospect of romance with Dakota but isn't going to jump in head first either, just going to “see what happens.”
With ‘Don't look back' playing in the background, Dakota pays a visit to see Mark to invite him for lunch to celebrate finding a venue for her bar. “Shouldn't you be doing that with Paul?” he asks and is told that Paul is busy! Mark turns her down because he too is busy but recommends she check out Grease Monkey's for their burgers.
Imogen/Naomi admit that they are going to miss working with each other as they walk though the complex to get more storage boxes. As she pulls another box from her car, Naomi discovers Sonya's police record (with her rather fetching photo!) but doesn't say anything to Imogen over her discovery.
Dakota decides to bring lunch (from Grease Monkey) to Mark since he's too busy to go with her for lunch. They discuss the plans for her new bar then she tells him a bit about her background (and who she worked for) and then somehow Mark changes his mind about wanting a tour of the bar venue.
“You're never going to get over him mooning at him like that,” Sheila tells her newly arrived daughter when she notices who she was looking at (Toadie/Sonya/Nell arriving home at the same time as her) and of course Naomi's reply is that is unavoidable given they live on the same street and has no money to go take a holiday either, when Sheila suggests getting away for a bit. Naomi is then stunned when Sheila hands her a plane ticket for a flight to Hawaii!
NAOMI: What are you trying to get rid of me again?!
SHEILA: No of course not. I admit that wasn't my finest hour but this is different.
(They both look over to see the Rebecchi's playing happy families)
SHEILA: Getting some distance between you and Toadie right now could be really good for you; it would help you get over him.
Naomi thinks that her mum should be using her savings on her but Sheila's take is it's an investment in her daughter's mental health.
NAOMI: Why are you being so nice to me?
SHEILA: Maybe it's because that nice Daniel Robertson gave me a hug today. That boy sure knows how to hold a woman!
Naomi's facial expression is quite funny but is told to go and pack as she leaves tonight!
Paul isn't too impressed with the random hugs he is getting!
Dakota is giving Mark the grand tour but he's still puzzled over her change in career path. He's highly interested (curious) too when she mentions that all the alcohol will be imported from South America and where the funds are coming from.
Paul's arrival interrupts the chat and Mark explains why they are there (given she was supposed to be sightseeing) and quickly decides to head off. Paul warns Dakota off inviting anyone else in to the premises until they are up and running.
The taxi driver loads Naomi's suitcase into his taxi (although why he couldn't have done that at Ramsay Street remains a mystery!!) and she says her farewells to Sheila who has also followed her to the complex!
SHEILA: Remember love, you are a wonderful person. You're clever and kind and you're funny, it's just that you fall for the wrong men.
Naomi silently nods her head before having a final farewell hug with her mum before getting into the taxi.
Paul admits defeat to Daniel/Imogen by telling them that he's cancelled the security camera order, that the guards are going to be scrapped too and confirms that the gardeners will be back on duty tomorrow too before congratulating the duo on their campaign. He then tells Daniel about Dakota wanting him to work at her new bar. “Why me?” he asks.
Dakota is telling someone on the phone that Daniel is going to be working for her mainly because he's directionless.
DAKOTA: Everything is falling into place, nobody suspects a thing.
It looks like she is wrong on that one as our friendly neighbourhood ex- policeman is doing some internet searches about the bank that Dakota used to work and seems very interested in the one about Sipac bank and money laundering through a major drug cartel!
Imogen's tuppenceworth and Paul saying he'd like it if he got on well with Dakota, convinces Daniel to take the job on.
Dakota continues telling the caller that Paul would do anything to keep Daniel safe. “Not that anything's going to go wrong,” she adds.
DAKOTA: But at least we have some insurance. Daniel is going to be so busy being charming and lovely to the customers he won't have a clue what's going on in the books.
As she hangs up, she closes a drawer that is stuffed full of notes of various currencies.
- Paul grateful that Dakota is back in his life.
- Daniel almost opening the drawer with the cash in it.
- Amber moving into the penthouse.
- Lou not happy at the quality of Karl's work.