- Paul admits to Leo that his relationship with Courtney is a sham to get back at Terese
- Muck- up day turns sour when Yashvi steals Karl's durian fruit and plants them in the air vents
- Elly tells Yashvi she's likely to be expelled, but Ben nobly takes the blame – and the expulsion
- Kirsha drops a sparkler in Yashvi's box of forbidden fireworks, causing a loud explosion
- Piper wakes on the boat to find she's locked in, and that it's moving out to sea
- Piper is washed up on a remote beach, and frantically calls for help
- Tyler and Hamish argue on the night of the gala. The next morning, Hamish is dead in the spa
Ben looks over the fence from next door at the spa, still closed off by police tape. He looks worried. Karl calls him from No 28, saying they're heading to Harold's for brekkie. Ben says he's coming.
Courtney is telling Paul about her plans for a silent disco at The Waterhole, whereby everyone listens to music over headphones and dances together. She claims this helps people shed their inhibitions.
PAUL: In my day we used to shed our inhibitions in private.
But he's sure Terese will back Courtney if she suggests the idea. Courtney wants to hold the event tonight, and sets about organising it. Paul thinks it's too soon. He gets a message and looks put out; Courtney asks if it's bad news, but he says it's more of an irritation than anything.
At breakfast, Ben tells Karl and Elly about Piper still being missing. Elly puts it down to exam stress and wishes she'd done more to help Piper. She reflects that it's a good job they have Jack on board as a counsellor now, to help with things like this.
Ben's about to head for his next exam, which he's sitting at TAFE. Karl says he'll have to get the bus, but wishes him well on it. As Ben leaves, Yashvi, who is waiting, asks if Karl is still upset about his durians. But Ben has bigger things to worry about, including Piper, and…
BEN: I think a mate's got himself into some serious trouble.
BEN: Doesn't matter.
Ben asks after Kirsha; Yashvi says her hearing still hasn't recovered.
YASHVI: But she's forgiven me. I don't know why.
BEN: Maybe because she knows it was an accident?
YASHVI: Why do you always back me?
BEN: Because you're my mate. And you've got a good heart. Even though you screw things up sometimes. I know you'd do the same for me.
They do their matey hand- slap thing, and Ben leaves. But Yashvi looks worried as he goes.
Erinsborough High School
Susan is on the phone to an angry parent, who's concerned about the rumours of Jack trying to indoctrinate pupils into his religion. Susan insists it's not an issue, and that she has full confidence in Jack. The parent hangs up mid- conversation.
Yashvi approaches Susan, and tells her that she was the one who stole the durians and put them in the vents. Susan's disbelieving at first, but Yashvi insists Ben wasn't responsible.
SUSAN: Why should I believe you now?
YASVHI: Because I'm sick of stuffing things up. I want to do the right thing. I'll do yard duty, I'll do detention for a year – I'll do anything. Just please, don't expel me.
Susan doesn't give her an answer, but tells Yashvi to gather her things while she calls Shane and Dipi.
An increasingly panicked Terese is talking to Paige about Piper being missing. Paige reassures her that Piper can look after herself and that the police are on it, but Terese is worried that they're too focused on the Hamish case.
PAIGE: Oh, that reminds me – that detective wanted all the check- in data from the gala night. I haven't done that.
Tyler comes in – he's found Hermione, Piper's car, near the marina, with a parking ticket from the night Hamish died. Terese points out that Piper was looking for Tyler that night, so they all wonder if she could be on the missing boat, possibly with Louise.
When Tyler explains that Louise might have been involved in both Russell and Hamish's deaths, Terese goes to call the police. Tyler tells her he's already called them, and that they've stepped up their search. Paige assures them that even if Piper is on the boat, Louise has no reason to harm her. Terese and Tyler don't look so sure.
Erinsborough High School
Yashvi is outside at a picnic table, and Jack arrives to talk to her. He explains that Susan hasn't made a decision yet. Yashvi's still feeling guilty for letting Ben take the blame in the first place, as well as for Kirsha's hearing loss. Jack counsels her with reference to his own youthful mistakes.
JACK: My story isn't your story, but I do know it's possible to turn your life around. You've already made the first step and owned up. Maybe the next one is for us to get to the bottom of while you feel the need to act up?
JACK: Of course. You're not alone in this.
Shane and Dipi pull up in the car nearby, and Yashvi looks worried as Dipi approaches.
YASHVI: Mum, I'm so sorry.
DIPI: Let's just go.
Shane waits in the car, looking Disappointed™.
Piper is lying unconscious on the ground. We hear footsteps, and the shadow of a person looms over her. Piper begins to regain consciousness, and the footsteps continue to move about her. Ominous music plays.
Susan is with Jack and Ben, explaining to Ben that Yashvi has owned up to the durian prank. Susan doesn't know what Ben was playing at, putting himself under so much extra strain to protect her.
BEN: I hated lying to you and Grandad, but I was trying to help her.
JACK: Except you didn't.
SUSAN: I accept that what happened with the fireworks was an accident. But if Yashvi had faced the consequences of the muck- up day prank, then she might have thought twice about lighting them.
BEN: I am sorry. But you can't expel her, not now!
Susan says she knows Yashvi is having a hard time, but has other students' welfare to consider. Jack suggests he could work with Yashvi more closely, to figure out some strategies to keep her out of trouble.
SUSAN: I can't have one rule for Ben and one rule for Yashvi.
JACK: Sure, but every kid's needs are different. You set up the welfare programme to show kids that there's always a way forward. This is our chance to prove that it works.
Susan says they can speak about it at school – and tells Ben that she'll be talking to him at home. Susan leaves, and Ben asks Jack for some advice.
BEN: I've got a mate who might be in some serious trouble. It could be nothing, but I don't know what to do.
JACK: Okay. Well, protecting Yashvi didn't really work out, did it?
Paul comes in to find about three extras bopping away to Courtney's silent disco.
COURTNEY: I'll hit up Insta, and remind everyone what they're missing out on!
Elly turns up to join in, but says she has to make some phone calls first. Paul asks Courtney if he can help at all, but she insists she's on top of it. Terese arrives, and doesn't look too impressed with the silent disco! Paul asks after Piper, and Courtney says Terese should let them know if there's anything they can do.
Terese gets a phone call, and is relieved to learn that Piper has been found.
Piper is asleep in the ward, and Terese asks Karl if she said anything when she was brought in. Karl explains she was barely conscious, and has hypothermia and dehydration.
KARL: Apart from some bruising on the arms and legs, she appears to be unharmed. The ambo said an anonymous male caller rang in, and said she was on a road at Wilsons Prom.
TERESE: What, the national park?
KARL: Yeah. Which is miles from any campground. Have you any idea how she might've got there?
TERESE: No. But she may have crossed paths with Louise McLeod.
KARL: Okay, that's interesting. Cos I hear Louise could've taken the boat, and there's every indication that Piper's been in water. Maybe that's how she got down the coast.
TERESE: Yeah, maybe.
Karl points to a brown jacket on the chair, saying that was what she was wrapped in when she was found.
TERESE: Do you think it belongs to the person that called the ambulance?
KARL: I don't know. But it's strange that whoever found her didn't wait with her.
Karl leaves, and Terese tells a sleeping Piper that she'll be there when she wakes up.
TERESE: Everything's gonna be okay, I promise.
Dipi is researching other schools in the area, in case Yashvi is expelled. Yashvi listens in at the door as Dipi and Shane talk.
SHANE: How many times did you tell me to pull Vee into line, eh?
DIPI: You just wanted to see the best in her.
SHANE: No. It suited me to let her run free, and I shouldn't've. Look where it's got us.
Yashvi comes in.
YASHVI: I'm going to do better. I mean it this time. I'm going to make better choices; I'll do anything to show that you can trust me.
SHANE: I want to believe you mean that, Vee.
Susan turns up, and Dipi starts grovelling. Yasvhi says she knows she deserves to be expelled.
SUSAN: Maybe you do. But I've decided to let you stay (…) I believe it's worth investing in your development. I know you want to make changes for the better. So let's all make sure we do everything we can to support that.
Tyler and Paige are at the door to Piper's room; Tyler is feeling guilty for not having trusted Piper. Terese is still by the bed, and Piper begins to wake up. Karl comes in; Piper seems responsive and remembers the ambulance bringing her in, ‘kind of'. She sees Tyler by the door.
PIPER: Ty, I'm so sorry.
TYLER: Hey, don't apologise. You've done nothing wrong.
PIPER: Ty, please, come here. I love you so much.
TYLER: I love you too.
They hug on the bed.
Courtney's silent disco is still practically empty, and she's regretting doing it so soon after Paul warned her not to rush it. Elly hangs around, trying to be supportive.
At that moment Paul himself comes in – with Hilary in tow!
HILARY: I'm just saying, Paul – if anyone slips over, you'll have occupational health and safety –
PAUL: Oh, Hilary, will you stop complaining for once? You and your cronies are gonna love this!
Paul tells Courtney to get the headphones back out again.
PAUL: This is my fiancée. And this is my cousin Hilary. She's just flown in from Adelaide after visiting her son Matt.
ELLY: And I'm Susan Kennedy's niece, Elly. Hi.
HILARY: How nice (!)
Hilary looks anything but impressed – but some more pensioners follow her in, and it soon becomes clear that Paul has rescued the silent disco event, by rebranding it as a ‘silent afternoon tea dance'! He's even set up a special OAPs' playlist for them.
PAUL: It's mostly Frank and Ella, and Kamahl, and Barry Crocker chaser.
Paul explains that the irritating text he received this morning was from Hilary announcing her arrival, and that he thought he'd turn it to their advantage. Courtney smiles as all the OAPs start dancing.
Tyler and Piper continue their reconciliation. Piper is crying.
PIPER: I'm so sorry, Ty. I know how much Hamish meant to you.
TYLER: You said you fell asleep on the boat.
PIPER: Yeah. And then when I woke up and I saw we were out at sea, I called out for you or Hamish. But then the door was locked. And I yelled out, but nobody answered. And my phone had no signal. So I kicked the door down, but the engine must have muffled it, because when I came up, the woman was – she was pretty shocked to see me.
Tyler shows Piper a picture of Louise, and she confirms it was her. Tyler explains that Louise was Hamish's girlfriend – and explains about Hamish conning him and planning to take the boat to Indonesia.
TYLER: Did Louise say where she was going?
PIPER: No. But when I told her to take me back, she refused. And that's when things started getting really crazy. And I tried to get the radio, but the waves were really rough, and I tripped. And that's when I went overboard.
TYLER: And she didn't turn around for you?
Piper shakes her head.
PIPER: If it wasn't for the tide, I wouldn't've made it to shore.
Piper gets upset just thinking about it, so Tyler encourages her to breathe.
PIPER: I'm okay. I'm more worried about you. How did he die? I'm sorry – I'm sorry. You probably don't want to talk about it.
TYLER: No. I'm just trying not to, but it's hard.
PIPER: You know when I was out there, I thought about how much I loved you. You were the only thing keeping me going, Ty. I had to come back to you.
A tear rolls down Tyler's cheek.
Courtney thanks Paul for bailing her out, but he says he admires her for having taken a risk on the silent disco. They put headphones on and begin to dance to the old- school music – but as they do, Courtney and Paul get close and share a bit of a Moment™ - something not unnoticed by Elly.
Paul and Courtney are both surprised by the chemistry between them, and Courtney dashes off on the pretext of organising some tea. Meanwhile, Hilary chews Elly's ear off about Susan not having kept Hilary's job open at the school, while she was ‘looking after Matthew's issues' in Adelaide. Elly claims ignorance, and Hilary wanders off rudely.
Tyler joins Mark in the waiting area, telling him that Piper is shaken but okay. Ben arrives, and asks if the police have worked out what happened to Hamish. Tyler indicates not.
BEN: There's something I want to tell you about the night he died.
TYLER: Whatever you want to say to me, you can say to Mark as well.
Ben explains that he was in the back yard the night Hamish died, and overheard Tyler yelling at him.
MARK: What exactly did you hear?
BEN (to Tyler): Piper's name, T- Bone's – something about the tax office, and you losing your job. Xanthe came, so I didn't really hear many details. But I heard the spa gate closing, like you were leaving. Then Yashvi's fireworks went off, and I went to help.
Mark says he's glad Ben has spoken up; Tyler has already told the police about his argument with Hamish, so this corroborates his story that Hamish was still alive when Tyler left.
Paige turns up; Mark explains to her that he wanted to talk to Piper, to see if she could help them track down Louise, which is why he's here. Mark gets a text from Fay, asking after Piper and reminding him to pick up Aaron from the airport.
MARK (to Tyler): If Pipes does remember anything, let me know, yeah?
Mark and Paige leave, and Ben asks Tyler if he's okay with him telling the cops what he heard. Tyler says yes – Ben's story matches his, so it's all good. But Tyler looks worried as he turns away.
Shane joins Yashvi on the couch, and hands her a massive tub of ice- cream and a spoon.
SHANE: A week's suspension and mandatory counselling with Mr Callahan. Mrs Kennedy let you off lightly, right?
SHANE: You know, I wasn't much older than you when I first started getting into trouble. And every time I got busted, I promised my mum and dad I'd never do it again, I was gonna change. Be the kid they needed me to be. Heard you giving the same speech just now. Pretty much word- for- word.
YASHVI: But you did change.
SHANE: Mm- hm. Only after I'd landed in jail. It broke Mum's heart, and scared the living daylights out of the old man. I hated myself for the pain I caused.
YASVHI: Like Kirsh, when she was screaming and crying after the fireworks exploded.
SHANE: … So I finally took responsibility for myself. Learned some self- control. And your mum helped. She taught me how to listen – how to think of others as much as myself.
YASHVI: Now it's my turn.
SHANE: Yeah, it's not as easy as that, Vee. I mean, I want you to be your best. But you're gonna have to really want it yourself. I love you, you know?
YASHVI: I love you too.
Paul and Courtney come in; Courtney wants to celebrate the success of the disco event, but Paul is clearly troubled by the Moment™ between them, and claims he has a financial report to work on.
COURTNEY: Paul – when we were dancing, I felt something. And I think you felt it too.
PAUL: Yeah, yeah. Maybe I did. But, you know, I'm happy with the status quo. I mean, neither of us want to confuse anything, right?
COURTNEY: Who said I was confused?
COURTNEY: I know this started out as a platonic arrangement to get back at Terese and my dad. But somehow we fit. You know, I bring out the fun in you, and you help me believe in myself. We could actually make this real. If we both wanted it.
COURTNEY: Now that I think about it, I think I want bubbles in the bath. Want to join?
Courtney walks out, and Paul looks shellshocked!
Coming up on Neighbours
- Aaron's back, and Tyler admits to him that he's ‘a bit stressed'
- David asks Aaron what he did on his last night in Paris. Aaron seems flummoxed
- David tells Paige that Aaron didn't seem overjoyed to see him
- Paige reminds David that the men they love are under pressure right now
- Someone turns up at the wellness centre looking for Amy. Everyone looks worried
- ‘Unmissable drama', says the voiceover