- Jack is suspicious when Hamish spouts accountancy jargon to delay his wellness centre donation
- Jack takes his suspicions to Mark, who promises to investigate
- Terese tells Susan that Courtney is suing her for $5 million for unfair dismissal
- Terese calls off the wedding at the altar, telling Gary that she cheated on him with Paul
- To make matters worse, she announces that she's going to the penthouse to see Paul
- But when she gets there, Paul introduces Terese to his new fiancée – Courtney!
- Later, Paul reveals he's Terese's new hotel investor; she'll now answer to both him and Courtney
We continue where we left off. Terese can't believe what she's hearing, as Paul confirms he's contractually entitled to input into the management of Lassiter's, adding that her performance as manager has not been up to scratch. He reveals he's hiring Courtney as a Rejuvenation Consultant to spruce the place up – and that he intends to regain the old four- star rating ‘and then some'.
Paul says that tomorrow, Terese will introduce Courtney to all the staff at the complex. Paul and Courtney leave, looking smug, while Terese remains speechless.
The Handywoman Yard
Amy is telling Steph and Jack about Courtney's new role at the hotel, adding that the whole Paul/Courtney thing is making her feel queasy.
STEPH: Well, in less disturbing news…
Steph reveals they now have a good amount of donors for the wellness centre. Hamish is still holding back, but Amy says he's assured them his donation isn't far off. Jack suggests they get the media involved for some kind of promotional event for the centre, and Amy says she'll get onto it. Steph has even designed business cards already for her and Amy as directors. Everyone's excited.
Paul tells Courtney to feel free to rearrange anything in the penthouse to make it feel more like home. Leo emerges, and he and Paul prepare to head off to see Steph at the motel. However, at that moment, Tim Collins comes up in the lift, having blagged his way up by pretending to be a courier.
TIM COLLINS: Courtney, you're coming with me.
COURTNEY: Umm, nice to see you too, Dad (!)
TIM COLLINS: I'm not playing games here; I'm taking you home. This charade is over.
PAUL: No, you will do no such thing.
TIM COLLINS: I am talking to my daughter, you cradle- snatching amoeba!
COURTNEY: Thanks, Paulie – but I will deal with this. This is my home. I'm an adult, and this is my decision.
TIM COLLINS: You want me to say it? Okay – I'm sorry.
COURTNEY: For what?
TIM COLLINS: For assuming you were doing anything overly intimate at the day spa.
COURTNEY: And that's it?
TIM COLLINS: This whole day spa fiasco was Terese Willis' fault, and now you've gone and dropped the lawsuit!
COURTNEY: I don't need to explain myself to you. And you need to leave.
PAUL: She asked you to leave. And if you don't, I'm gonna call security.
TIM COLLINS: This isn't over.
Tim Collins walks out, defeated. Paul tells Courtney how well she did standing up to him, and Leo suggests Paul stay to keep her company. But Courtney says she's fine – she's heading for a workout anyway. But as they leave, Courtney looks a bit worried.
Paul and Leo arrive to see Steph; they've come to collect some belongings they've left there and to sign the last of the motel transfer documents. While Leo and Amy sort out the paperwork, Steph demands to know what Paul's doing getting engaged to Courtney.
PAUL: I am marrying a beautiful woman who's going to make me very happy.
STEPH: No! You're marrying a girl, that you don't even really know!
STEPH: This is all about Terese.
PAUL: That's very cynical of you, Steph.
STEPH: Paul, come on! I know that we've had our disagreements recently. But believe it or not, I still really care about what happens to you.
PAUL: And I appreciate that concern – thank you. But you don't need to worry about me. I think you should focus on yourself and this money pit. Look, you know this isn't going to work.
Steph claims the wellness centre is viable, and that the donations they're receiving will help them set up before the government funding kicks in. Steph explains she still owns the building, and is leasing the premises to the wellness centre for a nominal sum. Paul opines that Steph and Amy are taking on too much.
PAUL: You've both got so much riding on this, without any serious money as a foundation. Promises from potential backers mean absolutely nothing unless it translates into capital.
AMY: It's gonna be fine. You just need to have some faith!
But Steph looks a bit worried by Paul's words.
Elly, Susan and Dipi are gossiping in the street, during which we learn that Elly has secured funding for a full- time school counsellor till the end of the year – possibly longer, if they can get their hands on some of the liveability prize money. Terese approaches, and everything gets awkward. Dipi makes an excuse to leave; Susan points out to Elly by way of explanation that Dipi and Sheila are very close.
Susan asks Terese how she's holding up; Elly tactlessly points out that Terese should be on her honeymoon about now! Terese says she's not looking forward to facing Courtney at work.
Courtney is showing off her engagement ring to Mishti, who seems quietly dubious. Courtney wants Mishti to be her personal trainer. Mishti doesn't usually have time for individual clients.
COURTNEY: I'll pay you double your going rate! Well, Paulie will. You know, it's just so hard with these honeymoon KGs, with the room service and the champagne... Now I've got this new job, and I need people to take me seriously. And that means looking on point every day!
Mishti's still unsure, but Courtney says she'll promote The Shed at Lassiter's as part of the deal. Mishti agrees.
MISHTI: So what's the go with you and Paul? You could have anyone – you're hot, fun, got some hustle. Isn't he a bit… senior for you?
COURTNEY: He's gentle, and he's kind. And you go out with a bunch of tiger- punching, tribal- tattooed show- ponies, and you realise that you want someone different.
MISHTI: Well, good for you, I guess.
Mishti looks thoughtful as Courtney leaves.
Amy's on the phone, trying to drum up media attention for the wellness centre event later. Meanwhile, Steph tells Jack about Paul and Leo's scepticism regarding the viability of the centre. Jack tells her not to doubt herself; Paul and Leo only care about profit, whereas Steph's motivation is entirely different.
A pharmaceutical rep, Renaye Kelleher, turns up, in an attempt to get Steph to sign up for a medicinal cannabis programme. Steph says they're considering taking that direction but aren't quite ready yet – so Renaye leaves some literature with them and departs, saying to give her a call when they are.
Terese comes into her office to find Courtney with her feet on her desk, reading all her paperwork! Terese is annoyed, saying it's confidential, but Courtney reminds her of her new role and says she wants to be CCd into all of it from now on.
TERESE: Okay, you know what? Before we start, we need to talk –
COURTNEY: Yeah, I'm just going to stop you right there. Aristotle said, ‘we are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.' You were late for our meeting. And if there's anything I can't stand, it's being kept waiting.
TERESE: I was only a few minutes late.
COURTNEY: I want excellence, not excuses.
Terese sighs, and Courtney suddenly bursts out laughing.
COURTNEY: I'm joking! I'm late for stuff all the time – I don't even care!
TERESE: Well, you should.
COURTNEY: Yeah, I'm not that kind of boss.
TERESE: Actually, you know what? You're not my boss.
COURTNEY: Potato, potahto.
TERESE: Okay – let's put all our cards out on the table, shall we? I am truly, truly sorry for wrongly accusing you of your practices at the day spa. And when you left, you were hurt and humiliated, and that was my fault. But I'd like us to move on, and start again.
COURTNEY: Okay. I accept your apology – if you can support me in my new role as Rejuvenation Consultant.
TERESE: Very well.
They head off to begin Courtney's tour of the complex. Courtney is feeling ‘so positive about this', whereas Terese looks considerably less excited.
The tour begins, and Courtney declares The Waterhole ‘just hideous', saying that the whole space needs reworking.
COURTNEY: It's just not elastic enough – people feel comfortable in areas they can mould!
Sheila is at the bar, and immediately starts antagonising Terese, with Courtney sticking the boot in by asking Sheila how Gary is, and giving her a further opportunity to vent. Sheila explains Gary is devastated, and has gone fishing with Xanthe for a few days. Courtney is alarmed when Terese says that the day spa is closed as a result; they've yet to find a new manager.
COURTNEY: No, that's not good enough! We need to hire someone, like, yesterday! We need a practitioner that can offer my successful signature therapy.
COURTNEY: Sheila, I'm not loving this glassware. It's just too thick and clunky.
SHEILA: Well, I picked it out myself…
COURTNEY: Yeah. Is that a smudge?
SHEILA: Look, if this is your way of getting back at me because –
COURTNEY: You know, you have a habit of making bad decisions. So it's time to embrace change.
Sensing a row brewing, Terese hurries Courtney out of the pub to continue the tour.
Courtney and Terese are now outside Harold's with Dipi, sampling her coffee!
COURTNEY: It's fine. But ‘fine' is why I order my coffees deconstructed. Say it with me – elevate!
TERESE: Harold's is independent. Dipi has her own separate lease.
COURTNEY: Still, the café is a reflection of the complex. I see you're still doing quinoa.
DIPI: Err, yeah.
COURTNEY: Oh, sorry – that wasn't a question. No offence – it's just so 2017.
DIPI: It *is* 2017.
COURTNEY: Exactly. I want a 2018 menu. You know, what is the quinoa of 2018?
DIPI: I dunno. Pearl barley?
COURTNEY: No. That's your homework, Dipi – to figure out what your 2018 quinoa is! Oh, how's Shane? I miss our good chats.
Dipi gives Courtney the evil eye and walks away.
Mishti is telling Leo about her new role as Courtney's personal trainer. Leo thinks that having Mishti as an ‘insider' will help them work out what's going on with Paul and Courtney – but having spoken to Courtney, Mishti thinks she seems sincere about wanting to marry Paul. Leo's still ambivalent.
Conversation moves onto Leo and Mishti's relationship; Leo says that, since Dipi already knows about them, he'd like to tell Paul too. Mishti initially agrees, but seems hesitant, and Leo says they can wait if she'd rather. Mishti says she'd prefer to, as she wants to take things slowly. Leo agrees to keep things quiet for now, and kiss her, but looks a bit disappointed.
Tim Collins is back, and trying to lure Courtney away from Paul with promises of a trip to Europe or a job at the West Waratah Star.
COURTNEY: I'm not someone that you can wheel and deal!
Paul comes in with Leo, and Courtney asks Tim Collins to leave – but he says he's not going anywhere.
COURTNEY: Dad, when are you gonna get it? I want to be Paul's wife!
TIM COLLINS: Oh, come on! We all know this is about money, so stop being coy and name your price.
COURTNEY: You really think I'm for sale, don't you?
TIM COLLINS: Well, you're marrying a man for the size of his wallet. So there must be some exchange of services.
COURTNEY: Get out!
PAUL: You heard her. Look, I may be a ‘cradle- snatching amoeba' to you, but I would never speak to Courtney like that. So I don't want to see you in here again. Not in this apartment – not in this hotel.
Leo shows Tim Collins the door, while Paul tells Courtney he's proud of her. They hug, and Leo watches them curiously.
Tim Collins is sitting pensively at a table, when Amy approaches. She asks him whether the Star will be covering the wellness centre donation drive today.
AMY: We've had some trouble with press coverage.
TIM COLLINS: Yeah, well, honestly, I'm not surprised – I was falling asleep just listening to you. It's not a story. And, you know, why would I support you anyway? Your father has brainwashed Courtney.
Amy insists she has no idea what's going on between Paul and Courtney, but Tim Collins seems to decide that he could use her to his advantage – so changes his mind, and says that the Star will send a photographer to the wellness centre donation drive after all. Amy is suspicious, but thanks him. On her way out, she makes a call to Hamish, to confirm his attendance at the donation drive later.
Terese is looking thoughtful at her desk. She then begins writing a letter on her computer, to the Lassiter's board…
Paul is the second person today to spot a smudge on Sheila's glasswear – but she's in no mood for joking.
SHEILA: Don't you dare speak to me after what you did to my son.
PAUL: Sheila, I think you need your eyes checked – you seem to be confusing me with Terese.
SHEILA: Oh! You're both as bad as each other! Covering up lie after lie – it makes me want to vomit!
PAUL: Has it ever occurred to you that this is maybe the best thing that could have happened? Terese and Gary are not suited – it would never have worked.
SHEILA: You should get out of here right now if you know what's good for you!
Paul saunters off, just as Terese comes in.
SHEILA: Not you too! Can't I get a moment's peace without being reminded of the humiliation and heartbreak that you have caused?
TERESE: I know. And that's why I've drafted my resignation letter (…) I think it would be best for everyone if I just sell my shares of the hotel and step down.
SHEILA: No, no, no – don't you even think about leaving!
TERESE: What?! I thought you'd be glad!
SHEILA: (…) Cyclone Courtney is here because of you. You leave, and all our jobs are at risk! So if you care for my family even a fraction of what you claim to, the least you could do is stick around and deal with her!
Leo is helping Courtney with some hotel contracts she's working on – she clearly has no idea about any of them, but Leo says Terese is across it all anyway.
COURTNEY: She hates me.
LEO: No, she doesn't.
COURTNEY: Yes, she does. But it's okay, because I hate her too. I just don't want her thinking that I'm stupid.
She adds that she doesn't want to go to Paul for help, as she doesn't want him to think she's incapable of the job either.
LEO: You really like him, hey?
COURTNEY: Not you too! He's wonderful. My father always thinks the worst of me, and he doesn't. He believes in me.
LEO: Well, you look after him, alright?
Leo witnesses the contracts for her.
COURTNEY: You're very sweet.
LEO: Ah, if you knew me you wouldn't say so!
COURTNEY: Well, now that I'm going to be your wicked stepmum, maybe I can get to know you a little bit better.
She gets very close to him.
COURTNEY: To start with, I can tell by your handwriting that you've got a bold streak.
COURTNEY: You're strong, and not intimidated.
Leo goes quiet, unsure as to whether Courtney's flirting with him – as are we. But Paul comes in, interrupting the moment, with a present for Courtney. He leaps up and hugs her. Leo looks worried.
Amy, Jack and Steph welcome a (silent) reporter and photographer from the Star, who are here to cover the donation drive for the wellness centre. They explain the setup. There's a parcel sitting on the counter, and Amy assumes it's the first donation. Tim Collins comes in, asking Amy if she has some time now to talk about Courtney. Amy says she's too busy, but Tim Collins grabs her.
TIM COLLINS: I love my daughter. Paul is ruining her life.
AMY: Look, I am really sorry. But it's got nothing to do with me.
Tim Collins looks annoyed. Amy goes to open what she thinks is a donation in front of the reporter and photographer, as a photo opportunity. But when she opens the box…
AMY: That's weird! Why would someone send us grass clippings?
But Steph recognises the contents of the box as cannabis – as does Tim Collins. Steph hurriedly closes up the box so the journos can't take photos.
TIM COLLINS: I think you'll find that's a special kind of grass! Can't you smell it? (…) I can't imagine you're licensed for this.
AMY: No – it's not ours, and we don't know where it's come from, okay? Can you please stop taking photos?
TIM COLLINS: No, that's the publicity you wanted. It's going to be our leading story – congratulations, ladies!
Amy, Steph and Jack look horrified.
- Steph is panicking that the Star story will ruin everything; Amy says they still have Hamish
- Hamish looking shifty on his phone
- Aaron asks David if he thinks Hamish is dodgy
- Hamish tells Sheila he took a bit of a risk and that it paid off beautifully
- Sam tells Toadie he wishes their sessions could continue, but that they can't because of Sonya
- Toadie is worried he's going to completely lose Sonya