Previously on Neighbours
- Jimmy inadvertently dropping an envelope, with a “secret” within, down the side of the Rebecchi's couch
- Angie finding the envelope whilst spring- cleaning
- Brad sensing Terese's disapproval of his wooden sculpture
- Terese knocking over music stands at the inter- school concert dress rehearsal
- Brad accusing Terese of overindulging in alcohol and Terese counter- accusing Brad of being embarrassed by her
- Terese begging for forgiveness and her “I love you” not being reciprocated
- Sheila telling Russell she has some money she needs to be rid of, which will help in his purchase of Fitzgerald's Motors
- Sheila explaining to Kyle and Naomi that it's Gary's money
- “Brennan” demanding answers from Kyle, who reluctantly admits it's his dad's “dirty” money
Naomi is wondering why Sheila hasn't started her shift yet and Kyle speculates that she and Russell may have slept in, which galls Naomi, sparking a ‘traumatic mental image'.
KYLE: Anyway, I thought you were all for this Russ… thing.
NAOMI: I am! I just don't want to have to picture every detail… Ugh, there it goes again!
Russell enters and announces that they've been to Ansons Corner and that Sheila has a surprise for them both.
NAOMI (crossing her fingers): Please don't be botox, please don't be botox…
Sheila enters, very obviously pleased with herself (“Ta- dah!”), and does a twirl showing off her bouncy bob, asking what everyone thinks (Russell rhetorically roars “You wouldn't happen to be Cameron Dye- az, wouldya?”).
Kyle, puzzled as ever, asks “What's she had done?”, to which Naomi, with a roll of her eyes, explains the blatantly obvious. While Russell takes some pics of Sheila over at the bar to send back to his mates in Port Lincoln SA to make them jealous (?!), Naomi notes how her mum hasn't been this happy since Gary was around and that she's glad neither herself nor Kyle told Mark anything. Kyle is silent as Naomi does a double- take of his pained and troubled face.
NAOMI: You've looked like a constipated frog all morning, what is going on?
KYLE: *high- pitched croak* I told Brenno about the money.
NAOMI: You what?!?
KYLE: He pressured me!
Sheila notices the kafuffle and asks if everything is alright. Naomi flashes her a smile, immediately turning back to Kyle demanding the “idiot” tell her everything he said to Mark.
Paul tells Amy that he hasn't found an EA to replace her yet, that hers are very big shoes to fill. Amy modestly jokes they're barely even thongs. Paul moves on to the subject of her re- joining Dial- a- Kyle and that he must be happy to have her back. Amy agrees, adding that Georgia will be back soon. Paul asks how she feels about that and, without missing a beat, says she's glad for Kyle's sake, as he's been mooning about like a little puppy. As Amy and Kyle have a lot on before Georgia's arrival, Paul offers to have Jimmy after school for a while, to which Amy happily agrees.
As Amy sets off, Paul spies a flustered and angry Terese barking orders down the phone behind the reception desk of…
“Neither do I! Just get it done!” orders Terese angrily to a staff member, before slamming the phone down.
Brad wanders in, waving a letter in Terese's face, asking if she knows anything about it. Paul enters the foyer, remaining a discreet distance away while Terese reads the letter, Brad quickly explaining that it's a council notice advising that he must dismantle the shed in their backyard. Terese reminds him that he didn't seek permission from council to erect it, to which Brad counters that he didn't think it was necessary. He feels it rather coincidental that she hates the shed and now it has to go. Terese says she didn't hate it, she simply thought it was ugly. Brad snatches the notice from her and storms off.
Paul approaches Terese, who exasperatedly asks if he was responsible for having the notice sent. Paul reminds her that he owns Number 22 and that Brad should have asked for his permission, and definitely the council's. He adds that Terese should be careful what she wishes for next time, considering she's being doing an awful amount of complaining about it (the shed).
Sonya is updating Paige on Jarrod's progress: Karl says that the swelling in his vertebrae has gone down. Paige retrieves a food hamper from under the counter and, even under protestation, insists Sonya takes it.
PAIGE: Look, I… I know this isn't gonna help, but it's a Turner family Christmas tradition, yours has come early.
As Sonya thanks her and leaves, Brad enters and moans to Paige that his wood is officially homeless (!). Paige offers the shed at Number 32 to put his wood in (!!). He doesn't think he should invade Lauren's space with his wood (!!!). Paige doesn't see it as being an issue (of course).
Suite 1 Eclipse Apartments
Paul is on the phone to Glen, arranging premium tickets to a rugby league game for himself and Jimmy when Naomi steps from the elevator. He barely finishes the call before Naomi corners him.
NAOMI: We need to chat… About that time that you paid my brother to beat somebody up.
Paul attempts to skirt the issue, denying any involvement, not being quite sure of how much Naomi actually knows. She says he'll have to come up with a better story, as Kyle has told Mark that the money Sheila is investing in the garage for Russell has come from Gary and Mark believes that it came by way of Paul. She also comes clean that she already knew the truth, as her brother had also come to her to offload the money and had told her everything. Now that there is a real threat that her mum and Paul could be in serious trouble, she can no longer turn a blind eye as she did back then and insists Paul tells her what happened exactly.
Sheila is busy wiping down the bar, when Mark comes in with an obvious agenda. Sheila attempts to stall by saying that he's just missed his dad, who's gone to sign some papers for the sale of the garage. Mark reckons his dad must be pretty keen, while Sheila thinks it's the best investment she's ever made.
Mark (pointedly): That money that you're lending dad… (Sheila squirms) … Where did it come from?
Sheila (with feigned indignation): I don't think that's any of your business.
Mark: Well it is, if it came from your son for assaulting Ezra Hanley.
Sheila reminds Mark that he got his man, as Gary confessed to the assault. Mark doesn't agree, suggesting someone paid Gary for the hit and that any monies exchanged could be confiscated and, further, that anyone dealing with it could be charged. Sheila wonders how he can prove the money's dodgy.
MARK: If your bank records get subpoenaed, you're gonna have to come up with a pretty good story, under oath, of where you got it.
Considering her options, Sheila asks what would happen if she admitted that it was Gary's dirty money and handed it over to the police. Mark says they would re- open the case and try to find out who Gary had been working for. Sheila wonders what would happen to Gary if the police discovered he had lied about acting on his own, to which Mark states that he could be charged with perjury or, on the other hand, he may get a reduced sentence if he agrees to give evidence against the party who paid him. However, Mark makes it very clear that if Sheila doesn't come forward, having full knowledge of where the money has come from, she could herself be prosecuted.
MARK: Now, I'm gonna ask you again: where did the money come from?
Suite 1 Eclipse Apartments
Paul has filled Naomi in on all the details surrounding his involvement in her brother's attack on Ezra. He tells her that he only ever paid two sums to Gary, both of which were in cash, thereby leaving no paper trail. Naomi reminds him that Kyle told Mark about the money, to which Paul says that is just hearsay and inadmissible in court. Paul wants Naomi to visit Gary to ensure he doesn't collaborate the story that Kyle has given Mark. Naomi baulks at the idea, but Paul insists it will minimise the damage for all parties involved.
PAUL: The sooner you put out a bushfire, the less likely it is to spread.
Naomi reluctantly agrees and on her way to the elevator, dials- a- Kyle and arranges to meet him at…
… where they argue about who should break the news to Sheila about Kyle's indiscretion to Mark. Naomi wins.
KYLE: Umm… the thing is – last night I had a chat to Mark Brennan -
SHEILA: - about Gary's money.
Sheila explains that Mark came to see her and she told him everything. Despite Naomi's protestations, Sheila insists on making things right, even if that means the case being reopened and Paul being implicated. Naomi hopes that notion keeps Sheila warm at night when Russell has to leave town as he can't afford to stay without the money. Naomi receives a text (on Friday 4th September, the day after UK broadcast) confirming a time for her visit to Gary and excuses herself, with a request that no- one says anything to anyone until she gets back.
After ordering a coffee from Paige, Terese is confronted by Brad's wooden monstrosity, conspicuously on display on the Magic Shelf™. Upon enquiring how it came to be there, Paige is only too happy to share with Terese that she found it poking out of the Willis's garbage and sought approval from Brad to exhibit it. While Paul, who is sitting at a nearby table, listens in, Paige bitchily continues that she can't believe anyone would throw it away and that someone would complain to the council about the shed in the backyard. Terese's “It's not what you think”, is met by “Well, it's fine, anyway, because we were able to offer him some room in our shed!” Paige hands Terese her coffee with a closing “Enjoy!” As Terese is leaving, Paul offers to tell Brad that it was he who made the complaint about the shed, but Terese says she would still be considered guilty by association. Terese then confides in Paul that she told Brad that she loved him the other night and, for the first time in all the years of their marriage, he didn't say it back.
Amy is furiously scrubbing the stovetop, when Sonya comes in from one of the bedrooms, brandishing a bulging garbage bag. They quizzically look at each other, till the penny drops.
AMY / SONYA (in unison): Spring- clean… Angie!!!
SONYA (tidying the living room in general): You know what? I can't – I just can't handle those looks she keeps giving me. She's pretending to not be disapproving, bur really she's being incredibly disapproving!
AMY (doing a fine impersonation of Angie, whist Sonya picks up a pile of papers and letters from the desk): I'm not being critical, pet, but if I ran the roadhouse like this, I'd be out of business in a week! (the written word does this no justice whatsoever)
SONYA (also in Angie mode, as she opens the topmost envelope): Well, I'm not being critical, pet, but you're wrong and I'm right!
Sonya realises that it's yet another “secret”, although, unlike the ones Jimmy blackmailed some Ramsay Street residents with, this one is anonymous. Amy asks if she's sure it's a secret; Sonya holds up the sheet of paper within, on which is typed…
SONYA: … “I regret getting married.” Yeah, I'm pretty sure it is.
Russell tells Sheila that he just signed with a real estate agent and that the garage back in Port Lincoln is now on the market and that, thanks to her, he can wait up to a year to get a decent price for it. Sheila breaks the news that the money she was to invest is no longer available and explains why, not withholding any details.
SHEILA (hesitantly): So, I suppose that changes things between us, doesn't it?
RUSSELL: Do you think that's all I'm interested in: your money?
SHEILA: Well, no, but… it'll make it a lot harder for you to stay, without it.
RUSSELL: I'll figure something else out.
SHEILA: So, you don't need to leave?
RUSSELL: This place is home now; my boys are here… and so are you. Sorry, but you're not gonna get rid of me that easily!
Brad is in the kitchen, packing away his hardware, as Terese comes in, having been in the backyard. “I see you've dismantled the shed”, as she puts her bag down on the kitchen island. “Yes, I've moved the wood to another location”, he replies, while putting his extension lead away. “Lauren's house” states Terese almost accusatorily, but which the oh- so- innocent Brad likes to call “Paige's house”.
TERESE: Oh, now you've got an excuse to go over to Lauren's, 24/7
BRAD: Well, I wouldn't need one if you weren't so averse to me keeping things in my own home.
TERESE: Paul organised the council order, not me.
BRAD: Yeah, but only because you complained to him, am I right?
The argument escalates, with Brad accusing Terese of being critical of his career choices and undermining everything he says or does; Terese accuses Brad of simply seeing her as an over- critical shrew and points out that they have discussed these things at length numerous times before and that sometimes he makes the “wrong” decisions. As is always the case, this argument ends with Brad stomping off, leaving Terese to ponder the shambolic state of her marriage and the useless excuse for a supposed husband.
As Sheila enters, she immediately runs into Naomi, informing her that she has been to the police station to hand in the money and make a statement, putting Paul in the frame for his involvement, even though she had no proof of this. Naomi worries that Paul will be in serious trouble now, to which Sheila says that he shouldn't have broken the law in the first place and taken Gary down with him. As Paul enters, Sheila makes a quick getaway, leaving Naomi to break the news. Paul doesn't appear perturbed in the slightest, instead asking how Naomi went with Gary, whom, she reports, is sticking to the original story.
Sonya and Amy are trying to work out whom the “secret” belongs to, firstly eliminating Karl & Susan and Sheila, whose secrets have already been blown. Kyle & Georgia and dead- Matt & Lauren, surmises Sonya, appeared to be in a good place at the time. Paul, who has come to collect Jimmy, is about to knock and stops himself, interested in the conversation going on inside. After a process of elimination, Sonya and Amy conclude that the author could be Brad or Terese. Paul announces his arrival with a knock at the door, prompting Sonya to quickly hide the “secret” under a pile of papers on the coffee table. After thanking Paul for the fruit basket, Sonya excuses herself and takes the garbage out. Amy tells Paul that Jimmy is at the park, having a kick of the footy with Kyle, but that he shouldn't be much longer. She suddenly remembers that she has washing to bring in, which gives Paul ample time to snoop and retrieve the “secret”.
Paige is giving a shirtless Mark a shoulder massage, while he recounts Gary's story that the money he gave to Sheila he had won at the races and not sure where Kyle had got the idea that Paul was involved. The upshot is that the case is closed; the Office of Public Prosecutions conceded that Sheila's evidence was too vague and, without Gary's testimony, there was not enough evidence to convict Paul. Paige is of the opinion that the main thing is that Ezra got what he deserved, going as far as to say that she would have done it for free. Mark said that he must remember that, next time they have an argument.
Russell arrives home with a 6- pack and says that due to Mark doing his job too well, he is not as cash- rich as he hoped he would be by the end of the day. Mark starts to apologise, however Russell only asks that his son knock back a coldie and toss around a few ideas on how to get the best price for the garage back home. Mark wonders why his dad isn't mad at him for forcing Sheila to had in the money.
RUSSELL: You've always had to do the right thing, that's why you went into the force – ‘cause you're a good bloke. Too good to spend your life stuck under a greasy old bonnet, anyway.
MARK: Dad, that's not how I feel… I respect what you do. It just wasn't for me, I had to follow my own path.
RUSSELL: Yeah, I guess that makes sense. You've always been your own man. I hated you going, but at the same time I was proud of you… I've always been proud of you, son, you're a good bloke – better than me. So, whaddya say (offering beers)?
MARK (grabbing a couple for himself and Paige): Yeah, I'd love a beer! Thanks, dad!
Paige seems quite emotional as Mark joins her on the couch.
MARK: Hey, are you crying?
PAIGE (rambling): Father and son thing… they love each other… it just gets to me.
MARK: We didn't say that.
PAIGE: Yeah, you did! In Brennan- speak! It was so sweet…
Number 22 backyard
Terese looks sullen and despondent, having moved her pondering from the kitchen to the great outdoors and hardy notices Paul calling out from inside. He emerges from the house, explaining that the writers left the front door (was) open, so he just came through as if he owned the place – oh, wait… .
PAUL: Listen, ah… Sonya found this and I… think it belongs to you.
TERESE: Uh… this isn't mine.
PAUL: Really? Well, in that case, there's every chance it's Brad's.
- Brad wonders if Terese still wants to be married to him and Lauren thinks every couple goes through that stage
- Terese is terrified that she's harmed her marriage for no good reason
- Susan is worried about Terese
- Terese grabbing a bottle of wine as she says (in voice- over, to Susan?) that everything's not OK, it's a disaster
- Brad telling Terese that she is supposed to trust him (!)
- “Is it a bad idea, saying this stuff, talking about it?” Lauren asks Brad, as they gaze out over the lake