- Aaron and Amy get acquainted with Leo and David Tanaka…
- … while Angus gets acquainted with a towel- clad Elly
- Ben and Xanthe discuss Angus's crush on Elly
- Angus asks if he can stay with the Kennedys for longer
- Paul comforts Terese in the wake of her confrontation with Jacka…
- … but is then appalled to see her pashing Gary
Paul has summoned Steph to the courtyard to discuss their new strategy for the motel.
PAUL: I took my eye off the ball, and now it's time to destroy Terese once and for all.
STEPH: What?! Last night you were desperate to protect her!
PAUL: A momentary lapse. The campaign to bring Lassiter's down just got serious.
Steph tries to probe further, but Paul simply says he wants to get back what's rightfully his, without letting any bleeding hearts get in the way.
Terese is terrified in reception by the sudden appearance of James Udagawa!
UDAGAWA: Staying on your toes, Terese?
TERESE: Yes, of course. You should have told me you were coming.
UDAGAWA: Where's the fun in that?
He's about to launch a critique of the profit margins from the pigeon race, when Sheila appears with a stock report. Udagawa snatches it from her.
SHEILA: Why, you rude little…!
TERESE: Sheila, this is James Udagawa.
Sheila changes her tune and makes out she was talking about a passing fly!
UDAGAWA: The Waterhole takings look stagnant.
SHEILA: Oh, I think you mean ‘reliable'. We've always been a stable earner.
UDAGAWA: If it's not growing, then something's not right.
SHEILA: What are you implying?!
Terese interrupts to mediate, saying they're working on it, but Udagawa demands to know what their plan is.
Elly is telling Aaron about her and Ned being back on track. Leo comes in, and Aaron immediately launches into flirtation mode. He hands both Leo and Elly flyers for the Back Lane Bar, which he's doing some promotional work for.
ELLY (to Leo): Are you from Sydney? I feel like I know you.
LEO: It's either Eve or Elly…
AARON: So you guys have already met?
ELLY: We've crossed paths. The clubbing scene's smaller than you think.
LEO: Hard to forget a face like yours.
ELLY: Yeah, and a little different in the daylight.
LEO: And off the dance- floor.
Aaron suggests they go to the Back Lane Bar for the ‘group hang' he and Leo were going to have with David and Amy. But Leo says it looks expensive, and says he's between jobs. Aaron asks if he's staying around in Erinsborough.
LEO: Great Grandma's still kicking it, so it looks like I might be.
AARON: What do you do?
ELLY: He makes the party happen.
LEO: Venue management.
Aaron suggests Leo speak to Terese, as she's always looking for fresh ideas for the hotel. Aaron says he'll introduce Leo to Terese provided they can still have their ‘foursome' night out. Aaron also invites Elly along, who promises to ‘make a cameo'. Leo agrees, and Elly teases Aaron as Leo walks away.
Tyler comes in and joins Piper at a table. He asks what she has planned for her birthday tomorrow. She admits none of her family has mentioned anything, so she's expecting some kind of surprise party. Angus comes in, and sits down – Tyler leaves them to catch up.
Angus explains to Piper that he's about to go and see Susan to find out whether or not he gets to stay in Erinsborough.
ANGUS: There is a particular female I'd like to get to know.
PIPER: That was fast! Who is she?
ANGUS: No- one you hang out with.
Angus asks after Piper and Tyler, remarking that they look pretty cosy. But Piper explains how they split up, because she did an ‘awesome job' of proving everyone right who said she was too young for him.
ANGUS: Well, how about you go tell them to jump? If the chemistry's right, age is irrelevant.
But on the subject of his own love interest, Angus says she'd never be interested in him.
ANGUS: She leaves every other woman for dead.
PIPER: Well, like you told me, if there's a real connection there, then go for it! Even if you fall flat on your face, don't be afraid.
ANGUS: Well then, here's hoping I get the time to stay and work my magic!
Angus hugs Susan delightedly, as she tells him he can stay for a while. But his face soon falls as she mentions him attending school for a whole term – and Susan's disappointed to learn that he has no intention of going to school.
ANGUS: I've been talking to some of the kids at Mum's cancer ward, and all they've known is hospital and school. They'll never make up for the fun they missed.
SUSAN: You're not sick!
ANGUS: But anything could happen! You need to live life in the moment, and in no way does that involve school.
Susan looks incredulous.
Jack is telling Amy about how Paige lashed out at him and wants nothing more to do with him. He admits it gets lonely being a priest, but that he needs to focus solely on work now – there'll be no more distractions. He says that means no more Harold's Café for him, and leaves Amy to join Paul and Jimmy, who are sitting outside Harold's.
David turns up, mid- jog, and Amy introduces him to Paul and Jimmy. Paul notes that he met someone else with David's surname the other day. David correctly guesses that it was Leo, and tells Amy that the ‘foursome' night out they discussed is on, tonight at the Back Lane Bar. Jimmy volunteers Paul to look after him while Amy goes out, and Paul agrees.
AMY: In that case, I'm good to go!
Once David's gone, Paul remarks that a real gentleman would have offered to pick Amy up. But Amy defends David, saying he's a really nice guy. Paul sends Jimmy inside for muffins.
PAUL: Amy, there is no such thing as a nice guy. Look, he might come across that way, but he's probably hiding something. And if he's gonna drag his dodgy brother along, the night's bound to be a disaster.
AMY: Thanks (!)
Sheila listens in as Terese talks to Leo at one of the tables. Terese is impressed by Leo's CV – Leo admits it was David who gave him the idea of managing nightclubs, since Leo spent so much time in them. Terese remarks that Leo doesn't seem to stay in jobs for very long, but he says it looks like he'll be in Erinsborough for a while.
LEO: So, if you know of anyone needing a consultant…
TERESE: Me, actually.
Terese explains about her meeting with Udagawa, and says she needs someone like Leo to spruce up The Waterhole, and focus on pulling in the ‘after- ten crowd'. Leo is keen, and they agree on a one- month trial.
Leo mentions that he has nowhere to live, and Terese says there are some vacant apartments in the hotel. They shake on the arrangement. Watching from the bar, Sheila looks unimpressed.
Meanwhile, Susan is asking Elly to try to convince Angus to go back to school.
SUSAN: He seems to pay attention to you.
ELLY: Yes, he is sweet.
SUSAN: And he's also vulnerable. He needs stability and discipline, and school's the best way to offer him that.
Elly says she can't promise, but will do her best to talk him around.
Elly comes in to find Angus playing the guitar, and makes a blatantly obvious attempt to get him to think about school positively by praising Erinsborough High's music programme.
ANGUS: Do I really look like one of those nerdy school band types?
Angus quickly guesses that Elly is here at Susan's behest, and says he's not going back to school.
ANGUS: And I never expected you to be so strait- laced and teacher- y. But it's kind of hot, though.
Elly's body language changes, and she stands up, arms folded.
ELLY: I know you meant that as a compliment, but it's not on. Understood? When you want to get serious about school, you talk to Susan.
Elly walks off.
Sheila is unimpressed as Terese tells her about Leo's new role as consultant for The Waterhole, and praises his fresh ideas. Seeing that Sheila's not keen, Terese urges her to cooperate and not to let her down. Once Terese has left, Sheila whinges to Steph, who's at the bar, about Leo's ideas being favoured over hers. Steph's phone rings.
STEPH: Hey mate, thanks for getting back to me… Oh yeah?!... Oh, that's brilliant!... Yep, okay. Right, well, I guess I'll see you soon!
Paul comes in for some takeaway, and Sheila starts moaning to him about Leo too.
SHEILA: Some big operator from Sydney. Leo Tanaka, that's who. Been here five minutes, and suddenly he's the doyen of the dance crowd.
Paul looks intrigued.
Xanthe and Piper are about to go for a swim in the back yard, when Angus turns up. During the conversation, Xanthe lets slip to Piper that Angus has a crush on Elly. Piper's immediately concerned.
ANGUS: So now you're gonna tell me she's too old for me?
PIPER: No, okay – first of all, she's seeing my brother. And second of all, you don't know her. She's not nice.
ANGUS: Who cares what you think? She's absolutely beautiful.
Piper tells Angus about Elly bullying her and marking her down, but Angus is convinced Elly's a ‘genuinely lovely person'. Xanthe weighs in in support of Elly too, saying she's her tutor and that they get on. Piper walks away in disgust, and Angus and Xanthe celebrate their liking- Elly commonality.
Leo and David are moving their things into one of the Lassiter's apartments. Leo mentions there's a small amount of rent they'll need to pay, but that Terese has given him a good deal.
LEO: And unlike you, I don't send every spare dollar I earn to Mum.
Leo tells David to get ready for their ‘foursome' night out with Aaron and Amy.
DAVID: I was hoping to get on with tracking our father.
LEO: Now I've got work at the hotel, you've got weeks to do that. And it was your pathetic sleuthing that led to this, so you have to come.
DAVID: We both know what led to this arrangement – it was your libido!
LEO: Is that your official diagnosis, Dr Tanaka?
We learn that Leo is the oldest of the twins by 15 minutes, and thus gets to boss David around. He continues to tell him to get ready for the night out. David isn't keen, saying he needs to study.
LEO: David, all you do is study and visit the old lady! You're young, you're single – can you please just try and have some fun, at least for one night?
Back Lane Bar
David, Leo, Aaron and Amy are on their night out. They raise a toast to Leo's new job, and Amy seems pleased that David will be sticking around longer as a result too. Aaron is flirting with Leo.
AARON (to Leo): Can't wait to see you in action. You know, I reckon you could teach me a thing or two. About promotions!
We learn that the owners of the Back Lane Bar are opening a place in Byron Bay too, and Leo happens to mention that he went there with his girlfriend once! Aaron's face drops.
AARON: Sorry, your *girlfriend* girlfriend?
AMY: He means his partner.
LEO: Yeah, why?
Aaron struggles for words, saying he didn't realise Leo had a girlfriend. Leo says they're no longer together, so he's single now.
LEO: Maybe one day soon, I'll meet a great girl. Someone who's gorgeous and independent, and maybe has their own business. I've always found that very sexy.
He looks at Amy meaningfully, and she looks deeply uncomfortable! David looks awkward too, while Aaron looks humiliated.
Elly is telling Susan that she failed to talk Angus into going back to school, but neglects to tell her about Angus's attempt to flirt with her. Susan's worried as she's promised Sarah that Angus would go to school. Elly says she's not the best person to help, and suggests Karl might have more luck talking Angus round.
SUSAN: I'm starting to think that spending time around illness and dying has made him even more defensive.
Angus himself comes in, with some surprising news – he's decided he does want to re- enrol after all.
SUSAN: Well, what brought that on?
ANGUS: Talking to Elly, actually. She made me realise the importance of a formal education… If you want something in life, you have to work for it. Right, Miss Conway?
ELLY: … Right.
Elly looks uncomfortable, but still doesn't say anything to Susan, who's too busy being pleased about Angus's decision to notice that anything's amiss.
Back Lane Bar
Aaron pulls Amy away from David and Leo to discuss what just happened.
AARON: I could've sworn he was gay.
AMY: Yeah, I thought your gaydar was spot on.
AARON: I had gay mirage. He could be bi?
They turn around to see Leo eyeing up another woman.
AMY: Or not!
AARON: Why do I feel like a spare wheel now?
AMY: What? No!
AARON: It looks like you've got your pick of the Tanaka brothers, then?! You know what, I'm gonna call it a night.
AARON: Amy, I am making a total fool of myself out there.
AMY: No, don't leave!
AARON: Amy, please!
AMY: No! I have organised a *babysitter*, and I have even cranked on my heels. If you had kids you would understand – I'm not letting this go to waste, now come on!
Amy drags an unwilling Aaron back to the Tanakas. Now it's David's turn to try to make an escape, to get back to his work. He promises to make it up to Amy another time. Claiming he has a migraine, Aaron says he'll get a cab with David, who doesn't seem keen. But they both leave, and Amy is left alone with Leo. She looks like she'd rather be anywhere else.
Paul and Jimmy are playing chess in the kitchen, upon whose inexplicable shrinking since the early days of Neighbours Paul finds cause to comment.
PAUL: You know, I always remembered this place being a lot bigger in my day! But then I suppose everything's bigger and brighter when you're a kid, isn't it? Oh, I was a little terror, though. I remember one Christmas when I was about six – I had the bright idea of putting paint in my brand new water pistol. Of course I tried to blame my sister for the mess – you know, your great aunt Julie. My gran saw right through it. She had me scrubbing down all the walls, and boy, did I object. But you know what? It was for my own good though, because not once did she dob me in to my dad. She was pretty cool.
Paul explains that his bedroom used to be the one next to Jimmy's.
JIMMY: The one Gary's in now?
PAUL: Yeah. Yeah. Where is he, by the way?
JIMMY: Oh, he's been doing a lot of overtime lately.
PAUL: Mmm, is that what they call it these days?
JIMMY: Yeah. I heard him tell Mum that Terese has been riding him real hard.
PAUL: Yeah, I bet she has (!)
Paul goes into the living room to make a phone call to an unknown associate.
PAUL: … Yeah, it's about Leo Tanaka… No, Tanaka… Yeah…
Back Lane Bar
Leo and Amy are still drinking, but Amy's clearly uncomfortable in his company – and she makes an excuse that she has to leave, as babysitters aren't cheap after nine. Leo insists on taking Amy home, but at that moment Elly comes in, and Amy's quick to summon her over and take her place! Amy practically runs out of the door.
ELLY: Not quite the result you were after?
LEO: Give it time.
ELLY: Yeah, you've got no chance. That girl is the nicest, most wholesome and dedicated single mum in town. Not your usual type, I'm afraid.
LEO: Now you've got me really interested.
ELLY: I'd rate your chances at zero.
LEO: Care to bet on that?
ELLY: Confident, aren't you?
LEO: Life's so much more fun that way.
There's a knock at the door. Paul goes to open it – it's Paul's associate from the phone call (Rick Haezlewood). He hands Paul an envelope with everything he could find out about Leo, including a press cutting. Rick explains that Leo was the manager of a nightclub that was linked to a money laundering ring.
PAUL: Well, well, well. This is definitely gonna help.
- Xanthe tells the Cannings that they have an audition for the gameshow Family Feud
- Tyler and Piper go to the seaside
- Leo tells Paul, ‘your time's over, old man'
- Lauren, Paige, Piper and Elly are aboard a hot air balloon – and so is Regan
- Screaming as we cut to black