Previously on Neighbours
- Josh continues to deal with the aftermath of his assault on Chris by talking about it to the schoolkids
- Josh insists to Amber that he doesn't want anyone to know he's behind the charity fund for Chris
- Sheila rumbles Kyle and Georgia's extended honeymoon at Lassiter's
- Paige and Mark break up, and she decides to move out of No 24
- Terese reneges on her offer of a home for Paige, leading Lauren to offer her somewhere to stay
In the back yard, Paige is relaxing in the spa when Matt arrives. She admits she's split up with Mark, but it quickly becomes apparent that Lauren has not told Matt about Paige moving in.
Indoors, Matt speaks to Lauren about it.
LAUREN: So aren't you gonna say something?
MATT: What do you want me to say?
LAUREN: Well I was hoping for ‘Sure, Paige can move in'. But I'm also prepared for ‘What on earth were you thinking?'
MATT: What on earth were you thinking?
Lauren explains that Bailey put her on the spot, and that she didn't feel like she could say no after Terese reneged on her own offer for Paige to move in. Lauren also explains how Terese only offered initially because she was worried Brad would be around at No 32 all the time if Paige lived there.
MATT: And is that what's gonna happen?
LAUREN: Well, no. I dunno. I mean he'll pop in from time to time.
Matt wonders what Amber will think about Paige moving into her room, but Lauren points out Amber's not living there at the moment and that Paige could have Lou's room for now anyway. She promises to talk to Amber, then pressures Matt into agreeing, saying Paige really needs this.
MATT: Then how can I say no?
LAUREN: Thank you.
Imogen reports to Josh about how their parents told Paige she couldn't move in after all. Deciding things will be tense at home, Imogen decides to stick around at the store and do some work Toadie's assigned her. Josh offers to stay and help.
Josh gets a text from a random mobile number saying ‘Call me'. Imogen asks who it is, but Josh says it's no- one important.
Kyle and Georgia come in, remarking that they think they've broken the front door which won't stay shut – but Toadie explains it's been like that since the tornado, and that they haven't got round to fixing it yet. Toadie and Sonya welcome the newlyweds home to Ramsay Street, and ask how the honeymoon went.
SONYA: You guys aren't very tanned.
KYLE: Oh, we didn't get much sun.
SONYA: Well what were you – ? Oh.
We then learn that Georgia is moving into No 26 with Kyle, and Sonya jokes that she's growing up and leaving the nest.
Kyle carries Georgia over the threshold, but the romance is quickly killed when Sheila comes in, sarcastically remarking about what a shame it was that the airport in Vanuatu was flooded. She guilt- trips them into retrospectively buying her some ‘duty- free' perfume, then leads them into the kitchen where she's lined up all their wedding gifts, and a list of email addresses for them to send thank- you notes to. Sheila welcomes Georgia to the family, then bustles off to work.
Toadie and Sonya discuss what to do with Georgia's room now she's moved out; their ideas include turning it into a gym, a man- cave, or a woman- cave.
TOADIE: What can you do in a woman- cave that you can't do out here?
SONYA: Yeah, well, ditto, Jarrod.
Dismissing the idea of renting the room out to backpackers, the pair get very excited about the idea of turning it into an office for Sonya, so they can ‘store all the spare stuff in it and claim a proportion of the mortgage as a tax deduction'!
SONYA: Oh. We just high- fived a tax deduction. When did we become those people, Jarrod?
TOADIE: Probably the moment we did our first VAT statement. Those things destroy your soul.
Nell watches in the background, as Sonya suggests they should do something fun and exciting now they're the only adults in the house. Toadie agrees, and suggests they should do something naughty.
Sonya has a brainwave, and we cut to a tastefully- shot scene of them hanging around the place naked! They both seem to be enjoying themselves, but Nell takes one look at them and runs out of the room!
Paige comes inside, and Lauren tells her Matt's completely on board with her moving in – but his lacklustre tone of speech and body language seem to suggest the opposite! Paige apologises for dumping herself on them, and Lauren suggests she go to get them some dessert. When she thinks Paige has gone, Lauren glares at Matt for his unwelcoming behaviour, but Paige sees, and looks sad that she's causing them problems again.
Josh is still getting texts from the mystery number. He admits to Imogen that it's those scurrilous journos from the West Waratah Star (where else?) – they want to do a piece on his talk to the kids at Erinsborough High. Imogen thinks it's a good idea, as people might go easier on him if they learn about the talk – but Josh reminds her that's not why he did it, and that he doesn't want to be involved in any article.
Paige comes in, and Imogen and Josh express their regret for the way Terese behaved, by inviting her to stay and then changing her mind. Paige thanks them, and explains she's now living with the Turners. She admits she's worried it won't last though, as Matt clearly doesn't want her there. Imogen suggests Paige win over Matt by baking a cake rather than buying in dessert, as a gesture to show she wants to be a good housemate.
PAIGE: Do you really think it'll work?
IMOGEN: It did for Anne of Green Gables.
Kyle and Georgia are opening their wedding presents; they're not even a fifth of the way through, and already they've clocked up 47 candlesticks, six sets of cutlery, and three sets of wind- chimes. To console themselves, they crack open Honga's present – a six- pack of boutique beers!
The pair are drafting thank- you emails as they work through the presents, and are messing around by writing ungrateful messages, before deleting them and writing the real ones. Karl, who has given them a Right Prescription CD, is first on the list.
GEORGIA (reciting as she types): Thank you, Karl, for your thoughtless – thoughtful – present. Much love, Kyle and Georgia.'
Imogen gives Paige a cake recipe. Paige remains worried it will all go wrong, but Imogen reminds her she cannot go wrong by following in the footsteps of Anne of Green Gables, and Josh agrees that Matt will appreciate the gesture. Paige thanks them for their help, saying it's been nice.
IMOGEN: Well I figured it's about time I did something not mean for you, seeing as we are sisters.
Paige goes off to bake her cake, while Josh teases Imogen for being nice to Paige.
Paige causes havoc in the kitchen, first by breaking some crockery and then by burning the cake she's baking, setting off the fire alarm! Matt gets all huffy about it, and ends up shooing Paige out of the kitchen while he sorts out the mess.
We learn from a conversation between Josh and Imogen that Toadie has made her a junior associate, even though she doesn't have a law degree and is still at school. As they're talking, a woman comes in, whom Imogen recognises as Gretchen Kruger, a client she and Toadie are trying to suck up to.
Imogen rushes over to ingratiate herself with Gretchen, who admits she has been looking for Toadie – she wanted to talk to him about ‘some things'. Keen to show the firm's dedication to the client, Imogen tells Gretchen that Toadie is working from home, but that he wouldn't mind her calling in on him there, as Rebecchi Law offers a 24- hour service. Imogen gives Gretchen Toadie's home address, and absolutely everyone can see where this storyline is going next.
With Gretchen gone, Josh gets another text from the West Waratah Star. Imogen again tries to persuade him to get his side of the story out there, but Josh is insistent he's only interested in what his family and Chris think of him – no- one else. Josh goes for a walk around the block, while Imogen sneakily makes a call to the newspaper.
Toadie and Sonya are beginning to find nudity impractical, as he works while she cooks dinner.
TOADIE: What happened?
SONYA: Oh, the food spat at me.
TOADIE: Ooh. Ow.
SONYA: What happened?
TOADIE: The chair stuck to me bum.
Deciding the novelty's worn off, the pair think it's time to get dressed. But before they get a chance, Gretchen Kruger walks right through the broken front door and sees them in all their naked glory! Gretchen smiles as the Rebecchis cower in horror.
Lauren confronts Matt about his attitude towards Paige, having just received a text from her asking if she should move back to the hotel. Matt admits he's worried about the idea of Brad dropping round all the time, and can see where Terese was coming from – it wouldn't feel like home if Brad was always here, with his and Lauren's daughter.
LAUREN: I understand. I do. Everyone needs a home. So does Paige.
Lauren says she knows it's a difficult time, but doesn't want to turn her back on Paige, and says everyone can tell Matt doesn't want her in the house.
LAUREN: I know this is difficult. But I really need you to be okay with this. For me.
Sonya continues to cook dinner, while Toadie talks shop with Gretchen – everybody now fully clothed. As the meeting winds up, Gretchen brings up the topic of having walked in on them naked. Between them, Toadie and Sonya make up some half- baked lie about not having any clothes as they were doing the laundry!
GRETCHEN: You don't have to explain. I understand!
SONYA: Really? Because, you know, I'm a little confused by it myself.
GRETCHEN: My husband and I are naturists too!
TOADIE: … As in, no clothes?
GRETCHEN: As often as possible. In fact, if I didn't have another meeting to go to, I would have asked to join you. I was so nervous about finding like- minded people when we moved to Melbourne. I can't tell you what a relief it is to have met you both!
SONYA: Oh, but…
GRETCHEN: Why don't we all have dinner together next week? So we can discuss business, in a more… relaxed environment.
SONYA: Yeah, the thing is…
But sensing a business opportunity, Toadie cuts her Sonya off and agrees to the meeting! Sonya glares at him!
Matt is out on the back porch, and Paige comes out for a chat.
MATT: I didn't mean to be so unwelcoming. This whole situation – well it hasn't been easy.
PAIGE: Yeah. Listen, I get it. I even get what Terese did. I won't say it didn't hurt, but I know what it's like to freak out.
MATT: When the kids were younger they'd always make cakes. They'd always make a hash of it, and I'd eat it anyway. I thought those days were long past. Life has a way of turning out different to how you think. I never thought I'd have to deal with a stepdaughter. Then again, I guess you never thought you'd have to deal with this odd family setup. But that's what we are to each other now. Family. And when family are struggling, you help them out. What Terese and Brad did was understandable, but it wasn't fair. You don't do that to your kids, no matter what you're going through in your marriage. They come first. Always. Even if they're not your own blood. You'll be expected to help around the house, and because you've got a job, you'll have to pay some expenses. But if you wanna stay, I'd like you to think of this as your home. What do you say?
PAIGE: Yeah. I'd like that.
Matt turns his attention to the cake.
MATT: I'm sure it isn't that bad, once you cut around the burnt bits.
Kyle and Georgia are still pretending to write sarcastic thank- you emails for the fun of it.
GEORGIA (reciting): Thank you, Auntie Angie, for the candlestick that looks like angry trolls. Much love, Kyle and Georgia.
Then she deletes the offensive part, and just sends the first part of the message.
KYLE: And the next one is from Gran.
GEORGIA: Oh, good. This should be something that we actually want.
In fact, Sheila has bought them a garish lamp.
KYLE: Who let the dogs out?
Deciding it's the ‘ugliest thing he's ever seen', Kyle dictates an email for Georgia to type, thanking Sheila for ‘the most hideous lamp in the world'.
GEORGIA (reciting): It is bound to clash with everything we have in our house.
KYLE (reciting): And terrify small children. But it will make an excellent scarecrow.
GEORGIA (reciting): Much love, Kyle and Georgia.
Unfortunately, Kyle and Georgia suddenly decide to get frisky, and during the process, Georgia sits on the laptop! They watch with horror as their thank- you email to Sheila is transmitted, complete with all the insults to her present! Georgia pounds the keyboard in desperation, but it's too late – message sent.
KYLE: We're dead.
GEORGIA: So very very dead.
Josh and Imogen are getting ready to head home, when Imogen sees that the West Waratah Star has posted the article about Josh's talk at the school on its website. She's forced to admit that she spoke to the paper, to give them Josh's side of the story.
JOSH: What have you done?
The pair stare in horror at the article, headlined ‘Coward puncher's shameful plea for pity – sucks up to school'. Who would have guessed that those scurrilous Star journos have twisted Imogen's well- meaning words into another gutter- rag smear?
- Danni Ferguson is back in town, but is Chris ready for a return to work at the garage?
- Imogen feels guilty for talking to the West Waratah Star about Josh's talk at the school
- Sheila tells Imogen that Josh deserves everything he gets