Previously on Neighbours
- Paige watches in horror as Dakota kisses Mark down by the lake
- Paige asks Mark to choose between his ‘work thing' and her
- Following their wedding, Kyle and Georgia look forward to the honeymoon
- Josh is appalled that his attack on Chris has earned him hero worship from Jayden
- Josh tells Chris there's something he really needs to do concerning him
We learn that Josh wants to perform a talk to the schoolkids at Erinsborough High about the dangers of physical violence, as a result of Jayden approaching him and asking him to teach him how to fight.
JOSH: They think what I did is cool, and I want to tell them they're wrong. I'd talk to them about what happened with you, and the very real consequences of hitting someone.
But Josh says if Chris isn't comfortable with it, he won't go ahead with the talk. Chris doesn't get a chance to express a view, however, because at this point Sheila bustles in. Angry to see Josh in the house, she tells him to leave. As he departs, Josh asks Chris to let him know about the talk – and once he's gone, Sheila wants to know what he was talking about.
Mark chastises Paige for drinking juice from the bottle, but she's in no mood and announces she's going to bed. Mark wants to know why she hasn't been responding to his text messages; but Paige begins to lose her temper with him, making it clear she doesn't want to talk.
MARK: Stop shutting me out. You wanted answers; now I can give them to you. Please.
Sheila, Nate and Chris discuss Josh's proposal to do a talk at the school. Sheila thinks it's a cynical ploy by Josh to curry favour in court and get a lighter sentence, but Chris says he seemed genuine, and that it might help convince the schoolkids of the evils of fighting.
NATE: Josh can say whatever he wants about himself – I don't care. But do you want him to be the one speaking for you? About your injuries and stuff? I mean, you're the one that's suffering.
Sheila gets a text from Kyle, saying he and Georgia are stuck in Vanuatu due to flooding at the airport. She heads off to call the newlyweds.
SHEILA: And you can tell Josh to stick his whole talk up his bum.
A familiar- looking guest is checking in – it's Georgia, wearing a brunette wig and a lot of fake tan. As Toadie speaks to some clients nearby, he glances in Georgia's direction, but she turns away from him so he doesn't recognise her.
In an exotic accent, Georgia introduces herself to Kathleen the receptionist as Carlita Montego, explaining she has a reservation. She asks for two key cards, then walks across to the elevator. She hands the second card to a man in a Hawaiian shirt whose face we don't see, before getting in the lift by herself and going upstairs.
Once she's gone, the man in the shirt lifts a porter's suit- jacket from a rack that's being moved by one of the staff. We see it's Kyle, wearing a hat and a fake moustache!
Upstairs in Carlita's room, Georgia is applying some make- up, when Kyle knocks at the door. He's carrying a tray, and announces it's ‘room service' for Miss Montego. It quickly becomes apparent that they're embroiled in some kind of kinky role- play, in which Kyle plays the porter and Georgia plays the glamorous foreign guest.
KYLE: Where would you like it?
GEORGIA: Anywhere you want to put it.
She quickly suggests they ‘skip the drink' and wrestles him onto the bed…
Mark has explained to Paige his role in the police operation against Dakota, and claims he had to push her away because Paige going after Dakota threatened to ruin the whole operation.
MARK: I didn't have a choice. Do you understand?
PAIGE: I do, yeah. You chose a job over me.
Paige says Mark could have agreed to do the undercover work for Greta on the proviso that he wouldn't flirt with or kiss Dakota because he had a girlfriend.
PAIGE: But you didn't say any of those things, did you?
PAIGE: No. Because when it came down to it, I didn't matter enough to you. When it came down to it, you put me last. What a guy.
She walks off.
The Willis family are chatting to Susan about Josh's idea to do a talk to the schoolkids. Susan thinks it's a good idea, noting that she and Brad have both heard pupils expressing admiration for what Josh did to Chris.
Susan suggests they invite Karl along too, to talk about brain injury from a medical perspective, which Josh says would be fantastic. Terese, however, intervenes, saying she doesn't think they should make the talk a ‘big production'. Slightly surprised by Terese's reluctance, Susan makes her exit, telling them to let her know what they decide.
Once she's gone, Josh enthuses about Susan being on- board, but Terese encourages him to think carefully about whether to go ahead with the talk – he has his hearing coming up soon, and she isn't sure whether talking in public about what happened is a good idea. Imogen says she thinks it would help Josh's case, by showing he is remorseful and is taking responsibility for his actions. Josh insists that isn't why he's doing it – he wants to help other kids avoid landing up in his situation by showing them that actions have consequences.
Josh gets a text from Chris, giving him permission to go ahead with the talk. Terese and Brad look apprehensive.
Paige is moaning to Amber about how Mark's treated her – she says she believes his account of events, but that it wasn't okay to put his job before her.
PAIGE: I'm just so angry at him. And hurt.
AMBER: Well you probably wouldn't be so angry and hurt if you didn't care about him.
PAIGE: You're right. I actually think I love him.
AMBER: Well then, isn't that all you really need to know?
Amber goes over to join Chris at a table, asking after his health. He says his condition is improving – he's not forgetting as many words, and isn't as tired. But we can see he's still having trouble with his hands, finding it impossible to open a sachet of sugar for his coffee. When Amber mentions Josh's talk, Chris loses his temper, and flings the sachet down in frustration. Amber opens it for him.
Karl is kicking off Josh's presentation to the schoolkids with a talk about the potentially fatal consequences of a punch. Among the audience are Amber, Imogen, Nate, Brad, Susan and Josh. While Karl's talking, Susan whispers to Josh that Jayden has called in sick, and isn't coming to the talk. She and Brad offer Josh a chance to back out, but he insists on going ahead.
Once Karl's talk is concluded, Josh goes to the front.
JOSH: Hi everyone. One punch; that's all it takes. I've been thinking about that a lot lately. About my decision to hit someone instead of walking away. It only took one second. I got angry; I lost my temper. And I took a swing at a guy. A good guy. And now I don't know whether he'll ever be the same again. I know I won't be. I'm probably going to jail. But that's fair enough, because the guy that I hit will have to be dealing with this for the rest of his life. Just think about that, the rest of his life.
Josh finishes his speech by asking if anyone wants to say anything. Chris walks in.
CHRIS: I do.
Mark has been moaning to Sonya about his row with Paige.
SONYA: I understand that there's a bit of an age difference between you and Paige. And I understand that that can be hard. I mean, you know, mentally, I'm probably about ten years older than Jarrod.
Toadie snorts sardonically in the background.
SONYA: I also get that you guys are at different points in your life, and that's fine. But you've got to look at it from Paige's perspective. I mean, you lied. You played detective. You kissed another woman.
MARK: She kissed me.
But Sonya points out that Paige was upset about what she saw, and that Mark wouldn't give her any explanation for what happened, or any comfort.
SONYA: If there's anyone who's not committed to this relationship, then maybe – just maybe – it's you.
Mark goes quiet.
Chris is now talking to the schoolkids while Josh and the others look on sombrely, a leaden underscore emphasising the gravity of the situation.
CHRIS: I guess I'm lucky in a lot of ways. There are people way worse off than me. People who'll never talk again, who'll never open their eyes. Or even make it to the hospital. But I don't feel that lucky. I'm not right in a lot of ways, but I think the worst thing is my moods. I've got a temper now; I get angry for no reason. I take it out on the people around me. Even the ones I love. And Josh's loved ones are suffering too. So think about that, if you're ever in a situation like Josh was. Think about the ones you love. Just, please, think.
All the schoolkids clap, while Josh looks eaten away by guilt.
In their hotel room, Kyle and Georgia laugh about their role- play, which has now been dispensed with (along with most of their clothes). Kyle explains that Naomi hired the room for them. Georgia asks if they can stay in their honeymoon bubble forever, and not go back to the real world.
KYLE: Yep, forever. Or until Gran realises that we lied about the airport being flooded, and she comes and hunts us down. Whichever comes first.
Georgia puts on her Carlita accent again, and suggests they make the most of their time alone until then. On go the wig and the moustache again, and they fall into another embrace.
Paige is drawing a sketch of Mark, which doesn't carry any kind of scathing caption – at least for now. Mark comes in, and she closes her sketchbook. He admits he should have told her more about the police operation. He says Paige deserves someone who is honest, and treats her right, as if he's about to end things.
PAIGE: I think we should break up.
PAIGE: You're obviously not over Kate, and I'm the rebound girl.
Mark says it's not just that – their row has shown him how different they are, in terms of how they deal with situations. Paige says what happened with the police operation shows that she isn't really what Mark wants.
PAIGE: And that's totally cool, I understand. We were mates, we hooked up, it didn't work. It happens.
MARK: You seem okay about this.
PAIGE: It's not like we're in love. It was a fun fling – we both enjoyed ourselves and now it's over.
MARK: If that's how you feel.
PAIGE: Yeah. I should probably move out, right?
MARK: You don't have to.
PAIGE: No, it's cool. I'll leave now and come back later to get my stuff.
Mark thanks Paige for being so cool about it. ‘No worries', she replies, but looks sad once she's left.
As Nate and Chris leave, Josh stops them and thanks Chris for coming.
CHRIS: I didn't do it for you.
Josh asks what motivated Chris to come along.
CHRIS: Amber helped me open the sugar. With my hand, it's hard to tear open the – packets. She did it for me. And it made me think – if you want things to be better, you have to do something. No matter how small. She's an amazing girl.
JOSH: Yeah, she is.
As Chris leaves, Josh looks over sadly at Amber, who's talking to Imogen and Brad.
Paige is checking into the hotel with Kathleen at reception, then goes up in the lift. Terese catches a glimpse of her, and is curious. Kathleen confirms to Terese that Paige has just checked in.
Sheila explains to Toadie how flooding at the airport in Vanuatu has led to Georgia and Kyle becoming stranded. But Toadie seems sceptical, and looks up the weather in Vanuatu on his phone – telling Sheila there's no heavy rain in the vicinity, and no floods.
SHEILA: Those two devils! They have decided to stay in Vanuatu and lie about it. Now why would they do that?
TOADIE: To extend their honeymoon!
Toadie and Sheila walk over to a table, where Mark is sounding off to Sonya about his relationship with Paige. He concedes the issues they had, but says that he and Paige had a special connection, which was different even from what he had with Kate.
MARK: I just wish it hadn't have ended the way it did. And now I need another housemate.
SONYA: I might be able to help you with that.
SONYA: Yeah, I know this girl. She does wake up in the middle of the night screaming from time to time, though.
TOADIE: And she poos her pants.
SONYA: Yeah, yeah. She poos her pants a lot.
MARK: Ha ha ha, hilarious.
Meanwhile, Sheila relates what she's just heard about Mark and Paige's break- up to Terese, who realises that's why Paige is at the hotel. Terese is worried that Lauren will ask Paige to move in with her, and Sheila remarks that it could mean Brad would be over at Lauren's house a lot. Sheila advises Terese to nip that possibility in the bud.
SHEILA: You know there's an old saying. Keep your friends close, and your enemies…
Sheila's interrupted by a customer, but Terese gets the gist.
Terese catches up with Paige, and welcomes her back to the hotel. Paige says it's not permanent, and explains she broke up with Mark. Terese pretends she didn't know, and acts sympathetic, saying she'll ‘let the staff know we have a special guest'.
TERESE: Does Lauren know that you've moved out of Ramsay Street?
PAIGE: No, not yet. Why?
TERESE: Don't you think, at a time like this, you should be somewhere more homely? With family?
PAIGE: If you haven't already noticed, I'm not really the family type.
TERSE: Well maybe it's time to change that. I know Brad would love to have you closer. Why don't you move in with us?
Paige is pleasantly surprised.
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- Kyle's game is up when Sheila spots him in his disguise
- Terese is disturbed when Lauren implies she'll be round to visit Paige a lot