- Terese kisses Paul
- Xanthe apologises to a hospitalised Sheila for causing her panic attack
- Sheila admits to Lou that she's exaggerating her condition to keep Xanthe in line
- Paige and Sonya clash after Sonya refuses to intervene in a tree- felling scheme
- Sonya finds that some plants at her nursery have been vandalised
- When Paige and her protester friends disrupt her inaugural speech, Sonya bursts into tears
The heatwave continues. Sonya admits to Steph that she's barely slept because of it, and also because of her humiliating breakdown at the inaugural speech. Steph tells her to give herself a break – but at that moment Aaron turns up, and asks how Sonya's coping with the social media onslaught. Evidently it's so far passed her by.
AARON: You haven't seen the memes?
He shows her a picture of herself doing the rounds – the top half of which shows her smiling and the bottom half of which shows her crying. ‘I'm all about peace and love…' the top pic is captioned – and underneath, ‘until stinking hippies get in my face!'
AARON: And that's one of the milder ones.
SONYA: They're all turning on me! What am I gonna do?
Paul is handing out vouchers for Robinsons Motel, promoting a three- nights- for- the- price- of- two offer. Terese comes in and is furious to find Paul handing out the vouchers on Lassiter's property.
PAUL: Yes, it's called direct marketing.
TERESE: Paul – I have put a roof over your head. I have given you so much slack. Please, don't do this to me!
Paul begs Terese to turn a blind eye, and even invites her to the motel's grand unveiling today!
TERESE: Well I'm sorry, but I don't go to places that are under four stars!
She asks Paul to leave, before she's forced to call security. He goes, but tells her again to come to the unveiling, as she might be pleasantly surprised.
Tyler, Aaron, Imogen and Courtney are enjoying the weather by the pool. Courtney has made vodka and orange ice- lollies for everyone, and Tyler looks a bit put out.
AARON: Seriously – this is almost as good as those fish tacos you made last night.
Imogen asks Aaron how Sonya was following her breakdown at the speech; he admits she's not good. It prompts a discussion about high- flying careers, with Tyler telling Aaron it's lucky they're just mechanics.
AARON: You are. You know it's always been just a stopgap for me, right?
COURTNEY (to Aaron): I can see you doing a job where you use your brain a bit more.
AARON: Exactly. Something that challenges me and excites me at least.
COURTNEY: There's so many psych tests that can help with that. We can go through them if you like.
Courtney suggests they should all take the careers tests. Imogen seems very keen, but Tyler sulkily says he's happy being a mechanic.
COURTNEY: Yeah, sure, but you have so much potential.
AARON (to Courtney): Hey, you are an awesome chef. You're a careers counsellor. You're a life- coach. Ty – bringing Courtney into this house might just be the best thing you've ever done. The best.
Tyler forces a smile, but looks far from convinced!
Paige is lounging on a deckchair by the pool, when Mark shows up. She seems totally unrepentant about having made Sonya cry yesterday, but Mark says he's here about the vandalism at the nursery, not the protest.
PAIGE: And you think I did it?!
PAIGE: I had nothing to do with it! I didn't even know about it until you just told me!
Mark says he's not accusing her; he just wants a list of names of her protester friends so he can pass them to his police colleagues. Paige refuses, reminding Mark that he's supposed to be on leave. He says he's just trying to help Sonya, and that if everyone in the protest group is innocent, then she has nothing to worry about.
Aaron and Courtney are in the pool, discussing his career options. She suggests sales or social media, and he admits he's doing Piper's vlog at the moment, which apparently qualifies him for the latter. Meanwhile by the side of the pool, Tyler continues to sulk, and Imogen correctly guesses that Courtney is the cause.
He says he likes her, but admits things have been pretty full- on since she moved in, as she's been scheduling his whole day for him. (And he's saying this to Imogen?)
TYLER: It's like she's trying to change me into a guy she thinks I should be.
Imogen admits they did get to the moving- in- together stage pretty quickly, and adds that she wasn't Courtney's biggest fan when she first met her. But she says she likes her a lot more since she's moved in with Tyler, and advocates that Tyler should give her a chance. He still looks unsure.
Terese turns up for the ‘grand unveiling' of the motel – and apart from Paul, she's the only one there! Paul gives Terese a sneak peek at his new ‘Robinsons' signage – and she's appalled to see that he's stolen the lotus flower logo from Lassiter's (or a close approximation thereof).
TERESE: You've completely ripped us off!
PAUL: Excuse me?
TERESE: Are you kidding?! This is exactly like Lassiter's – it's even got the lotus flower logo!
PAUL: It's not a lotus flower – it's a native waterlily. Completely different genus.
TERESE: You are unbelievable! You can't think for one minute that Quill will be okay with this!
Paul offers to take Terese to the bar next door for a drink.
TERESE: What, that horrible rec room next to the reception?!
PAUL: Oh, no – I've got big plans for that room. Fresh floral arrangements, cool jazz, ambient lighting… Four- star comfort. You did say you wouldn't bother with anything else.
TERESE: Paul, this is supposed to be a budget motel.
PAUL: I think the word you're looking for is ‘boutique'.
He asks Terese how else he's supposed to compete with Lassiter's second tower.
TERESE: If you want a fight, Paul, Quill won't be the one that loses.
But Paul reminds her the tower will take two years to build, giving him plenty of time to get established.
PAUL: Let the games begin.
Terese pulls a face, and flounces out.
Mark is on the phone, updating Sonya on the progress (nil) of his unofficial investigation into the nursery vandalism. At that moment, he sees a young man (Cameron McPhee) snipping flowers off one of the bushes outside the hotel, and rushes over to confront him.
CAMERON: The heat's killing them anyway!
Mark quickly joins the dots and realises he was also responsible for snipping the flowers at the nursery. Cameron admits this, but informs him he isn't one of the protesters – in fact he's one of Paul's interns, and is collecting fresh flowers for use at the motel!
Imogen is helping Daniel prepare lunch. Courtney comes in in her bikini and, grateful for the lunch gesture, kisses Daniel on the cheek! Imogen looks thunderous in the background. Courtney invites Daniel to join them for the personality tests later, and he agrees.
IMOGEN: Well we certainly don't need a personality test to know who the extrovert is.
IMOGEN: Courtney, in that bikini.
DANIEL: Oh, I didn't notice.
IMOGEN: Okay, well you need to get your eyes checked. Has the girl never heard of a sarong?
DANIEL: Well, clearly she's just comfortable with her body.
IMOGEN: No kidding!
Terese is sitting in the courtyard, when Paul and his underling Cameron approach. Terese teases Paul about being caught stealing flowers for his ‘four- star floral arrangement'!
Paul says he'll be keeping a closer eye on Cameron in future, following a police request! As they walk away from Terese, Cameron asks if he's going to be fired. But Paul insists he's a valued member of the team – and tells him to be more discreet next time he steals flowers from Lassiter's!
Paige is still hanging out by the pool, when Mark shows up.
PAIGE: What do you want to accuse me of now? Growing unemployment rates? Climate change? Crisis in the Middle East, perhaps?
Mark apologises for jumping to the conclusion that Paige or her protesters were responsible for the nursery vandalism, explaining the real story. Paige accepts Mark's apology, then goes on to whinge about him always accusing her of things she hasn't done!
PAIGE: It's no wonder we never worked out.
Tyler asks Imogen how the personality tests are going.
TYLER: Aaron realised he's a brain surgeon yet?
Imogen has changed her tune completely about Courtney, and says she now sees that she has ‘boundary issues'. Imogen moans about Courtney walking around like she owns the place, and encourages Tyler to tell her how he feels.
TYLER: I hate confrontation. Especially with girls. You know, they always get so weepy and emotional.
IMOGEN: Thank you (!)
TYLER: Present company excepted.
But Imogen says he just needs to be tactful with Courtney, and use ‘girl- speak'.
TYLER: In other words, I have to learn a foreign language?
Imogen says she can give him some pointers.
Mark whines to Sonya about how he's stuffed things up with Paige, while she's still worried about her mayoral humiliation.
SONYA: At the last count there were eleven different memes of my meltdown. There were three gifs – not to mention the good old, run- of- the- mill video footage that's out there. I think all in all, my public shaming is complete.
Sonya admits she's considering simply stepping aside and allowing Tim Collins to become the mayor, but Mark is aghast at this idea. She says she feels she's flying solo, as Tim Collins slashed the budget for the mayor's personal assistant, so it's hard to find someone to fill the role for so little money. But Mark has an idea…
On his way out, Mark has a dig at Paul, who's just come in, for having weaselled out of more trouble with the law over the flower- stealing. As Mark leaves, Paul joins Sonya at the bar.
SONYA: If it's about the Development™, I don't want to talk about it.
PAUL: No, it's about you being mayor.
Paul says he's heard about the negative press, and says Sonya needs to find a way to be proactive, and show she's fulfilling her manifesto pledge to help the everyday folk of Erinsborough, while getting some good press at the same time. His suggestion, of course, is for her to relaunch the Erinsborough Citizen of the Year Awards!
SONYA: That's not a bad idea, Paul.
Outside, Paul finds Steph at a table, and sits down with her. She tells him that their ‘grand unveiling' hasn't resulted in any new bookings, but Paul tells her about his plan to persuade Sonya to reboot the Citizen of the Year Awards. She's sceptical, but Paul says to leave it with him. Steph admits she can't concentrate on anything other than the mediation over Charlie's adoption.
Terese comes over and hands Paul a flyer.
TERESE: Enjoy the read!
As she walks away, Paul and Steph are upset to read that Lassiters have launched a 50% off promotion on all deluxe rooms, so that the nightly rate is now $120 – the same as that of the motel. Steph thinks this is a disaster, and regrets trying to compete with Lassiter's – but Paul insists he's got a plan.
PAUL: And on a stinking hot day like today, I think it might work a treat.
Courtney comes to talk to Tyler. She says Mark's found a job opportunity for Aaron.
COURTNEY: Now we just need to get your future sorted.
TYLER: I'm fine.
COURTNEY: Yeah, but you can do better than fine.
TYLER: I really like my job at the garage.
COURTNEY: Yeah, I know. But it's good to have options – think about where you'll be in five years.
TYLER: Look, Courtney – we need to chat.
TYLER: First of all, I wanna say that I think you're amazing. You're gorgeous, and you're smart, and we definitely have a connection. But I'm not sure this is really working out.
COURTNEY: … You know, Tyler, as soon as you say the word ‘but', it means whatever you said before it is a lie.
Tyler insists he did mean it when he said she's amazing, and says he isn't breaking up with her – he just wants her to back off a little and stop organising his whole life!
COURTNEY: Seriously, we may as well just break up.
Tyler's about to offer another ‘but', but Courtney's not having it – she goes to pack up her things! Tyler looks confused.
A smartly- dressed Aaron is explaining to Sonya why he's qualified to become her personal assistant.
AARON: And because I used to be an entertainer, I can handle the crowd and everything quite easily.
Sonya tells him the pay isn't great, but this isn't an issue for Aaron.
SONYA: Well, consider yourself hired, then.
Sonya says his first task is to help rebuild her reputation, following her disastrous inaugural speech, firstly by ‘saving the trees that started this mess in the first place'. She also parrots Paul's advice about taking a more proactive approach. Aaron pretends to know what this means.
SONYA: So I was thinking of pitching to reinstate the Erinsborough Citizen of the Year Award.
AARON: Is it just me, or is it getting really hot in here?
Courtney comes in, and encounters Paige at the bar. Courtney admits she's broken up with Tyler, as the relationship wasn't going anywhere. Paige says she knows the feeling! They decide to have an evening of cocktails and dancing together.
PAIGE: Maybe not here, though – it feels like the air con's conked out.
Aaron comes over, telling Courtney he's got the job and thanking her for her advice.
COURTNEY: That's great, Az. Too bad your brother's a jerk.
PAIGE: What she said.
Terese comes in, and tells Sonya that the air conditioning across the Complex has failed. She gets a phone call from the maintenance contractor, telling her that they've discovered the air con has in fact been deliberately sabotaged!
SONYA: Who would do something that despicable?
TERESE: Yeah. Who indeed? (!)
Tyler is spraying water on his bare chest to keep cool. Imogen comes in; and Tyler explains that he and Courtney have broken up.
IMOGEN: Oh. No, that wasn't in the plan! But then again, do you really want a girl who walks around with her cleavage constantly on display?
TYLER: I never had a problem with that!
TYLER: Oh, so that's what you meant by boundary issues!
IMOGEN: Okay, yes. I admit I found that somewhat confronting. But I never wanted you guys to break up.
TYLER: Yeah, well, it's probably for the best. I mean, with all Courtney's body language skills and psychological insights, she completely failed to pick up on the fact that I wasn't happy with her living here. In fact, the only person who actually saw I was unhappy was you. So thank you.
IMOGEN: No problem.
TYLER: You're lucky. Being with someone who's on the same wavelength as you.
IMOGEN: Yeah, I am.
TYLER: Yeah. Being attracted to someone physically, that's a good start – but you and Daniel, you guys have got the whole package.
Imogen shamelessly pervs on Tyler as he continues to spray water over himself, then snaps out of it. She was going to invite Daniel for drinks, but he's at work, so Tyler offers to come with her instead. She thanks him, but says she's okay and leaves – taking another glance at his physique as she goes. Dramatic music tells us she's struggling with this sudden attraction!
Paul's working in the motel storeroom, when Terese storms in, and accuses him of sabotaging the air conditioning at Lassiter's!
TERESE: Now our guests are leaving in droves!
PAUL: Gosh, that's a shame (!) But if you think I had anything to do with it, you're sadly mistaken.
TERESE: That is rubbish! Of course it was you! Or one of your little unpaid minions.
PAUL: Then prove it.
TERESE: Oh, I will. But be warned – you've crossed the line, Paul. This is war.
Paul smirks as she goes to leave – but surprise, surprise! The door is stuck!
TERESE: Typical. This motel is so cheap, the doors don't even work!
Paul comes to try the door – but he can't open it either.
TERESE: You need to call somebody and get us out of here, Paul. I'm not spending another second longer in this room with you.
PAUL: Will you keep your knickers on? Things can't get any worse, can they?
The lights suddenly go out!
- Paul has changed into a bathrobe, while an overheating Terese says she isn't stripping off!
- Steph's got a bit of an issue with her medication
- Amy's worried when Jimmy's not answering his phone
- Scenes of a sweaty Jimmy looking up at someone, and running away
- An also- sweaty Doug begs somebody to ‘wake up, please!'