- Sonya and Toadie tell David that they're trying to help the Brennans by buying shares in their boat
- Paul agrees to David's suggestion that he buy some shares too
- Paul starts block- booking boat sessions, leaving Sonya and Toadie's romance plans high and dry
- Paige tells Jack that it will be his fault if Gabe isn't found
- Gabe appears safe and well on the doorstep of No 24
- Jack tells Paige that they'll need to support each other and work together
- Shane loses the plot at Gary for scaring off his potential client, forcing Mishti to arrest Shane
Erinsborough Police Station
Mishti drags a still- drunk Shane into the station – he's highly uncooperative, accusing her of police brutality as he struggles to get out of her clutches. Senior Sergeant Lake looks on from the desk, unimpressed at his behaviour.
MISHTI: You have two choices – keep making a scene and I'll charge you, or sober up in a cell for a few hours. What is it gonna be?
Shane grudgingly cooperates, and Mishti carts him off to the cells.
Elly and Mark are watching a video of Gabe that Paige sent to Mark. Jack comes in, and is annoyed to learn that he hasn't been sent the video too. Jack admits he was meant to video- chat to Paige this morning, but that he slept in. Elly remarks that Jack looks hungover, and he doesn't deny it.
Jack decides to call Paige, but Mark recommends he put it off for a few hours, as Paige is taking Gabe to the beach. Clearly smarting at being told by Mark when he should call Paige, Jack decides he's going to try her anyway.
Sonya is trying to persuade Toadie to take an hour out from working on Tyler's case, so they can TITTNL™ on the boat. Toadie suggests it might be easier to do it at home.
SONYA: Don't you think your swimmers would work better next to some water?
TOADIE: Is that the best you can do?
SONYA: Well, come on – we've done it ten times in five days! I'm just trying to spice things up a bit.
Toadie agrees to go to the boat, on the proviso that they're back before lunch. But they suddenly both get notifications on their phones.
SONYA: Paul has overridden the calendar.
Paul appears from nowhere.
PAUL: Well, I am the major shareholder!
TOADIE: Okay, that was creepy!
Sonya challenges Paul to tell her why he needs the boat on a random Friday morning.
SONYA: What are you even gonna do on it?
PAUL: What are *you* gonna do on it? Actually, no, don't answer that, because I overheard.
TOADIE: Even creepier!
PAUL: Yeah, well – at least my plans don't involve endangering the upholstery, do they?
Paul leaves, and Toadie and Sonya make icky faces. Sonya decides she's not going to stand for Paul's bullying anymore, and leads Toadie out of the café to hatch a plan…
As they leave, Elly comes in with a bottle of wine, and joins Amy at a table – they are going to play a game of croquet today. Elly suggests they invite Mark and Jack, as they're clearly missing their girlfriends.
ELLY: You should've seen the amount of testosterone they had going on before.
AMY: In that case, then why do we want to hang out with them right now?
Amy admits she was looking forward to some girl time, but Elly confesses she needs a project, since their celibacy pact is doing her head in.
ELLY: Even if I can't matchmake myself, maybe I can matchmake Jack and Mark into being friends?
Elly is suggesting the idea of croquet with Jack to an incredulous Mark…
The Flametree Retreat
… while Amy suggests the same idea to Jack. His excuse is that no- one will be able to cover his shift, but Amy tells him that she can call in the Casuals™.
Mark tells Elly that he needs to clean the pool today. She asks him if it's because he's not keen on Jack. Mark denies this.
The Flametree Retreat
Jack denies he has a problem either. Amy says that's good, because there's a place for both him and Mark in Gabe's life – and Paige would be happy to know they were making an effort.
Mark tells Elly he'll play croquet, to prove that he and Jack can get along for Paige.
The Flametree Retreat
Jack also agrees to play – for Gabe's sake. Amy promises that the game will be a ‘cracker'.
Erinsborough Police Station
Senior Sergeant Lake is impressed with Mishti's arrest of Shane, telling her well done for not letting a family connection get in the way of doing her job. But at that moment, Dipi comes in, demanding to know where Shane is – she's furious to learn he's in the cells, and says Mishti should have helped him back into the house, rather than arresting him in front of all their neighbours.
MISHTI: Let's speak about this outside.
DIPI: Why, am I embarrassing you? I know now how keen you are to impress your colleagues!
MISHTI: That had nothing to do with it! Shane's behaviour was completely out of line!
DIPI: Yeah – I don't disagree with you, okay? But locking him up – seriously? You remember that he was the one that saved you from your worst instinct when you got carried away in Sydney. And now this is how you repay him?
MISHTI: I cannot believe you'd bring that up!
DIPI: You know, to think that I was worried about you putting yourself back in danger here, when really, what I should have been worried about is you putting your reputation before your family! I want to see Shane!
MISHTI: I've knocked off. Speak to the officer at the desk.
Mishti walks angrily out of the station as Dipi fumes.
Leo finds Mishti at the bar – he's heard about her arrest of Shane. Leo feels guilty for letting Shane get so drunk, and Mishti asks why they were drinking all night in the first place. Leo admits they were all feeling sorry for themselves; Jack missed Gabe, Shane was upset about the cancelled meeting with Levi Jansen, and Leo was sad that Mishti cancelled their date because of work.
LEO: It was pathetic. But I'm just not used to dating someone who's as ambitious as I am. It's new, but it's awesome.
MISHTI: I wish Dipi thought so. Went off at me over Shane's arrest in front of the entire Erinsborough police force.
MISHTI: It's not like I enjoyed arresting Shane.
LEO: Yeah, well, it's not your fault. He asked for it.
Leo has to head to a meeting, so they kiss and agree to catch up later.
Amy explains the rules of croquet to Jack, Mark and Elly – while Elly doles out glasses of rosé. The girls suggest that Mark and Jack play on the same team, but neither seems keen at this idea – so they go for a mixed- gender approach of Mark and Elly versus Amy and Jack.
The wine Elly is holding reminds her of the time she and Mark went to a vineyard on a date, and she and Mark reminisce about all their amusing adventures there. Jack's smile is already beginning to strain at the edges. Amy tells him to get some water and painkillers in him, as she doesn't like losing!
Toadie and Sonya pull up in the car, having followed Paul to the marina!
SONYA: Quick tip – next time you're gonna tail someone, stay three cars back.
They see Paul walking towards the boat, and Toadie is disappointed to learn that Sonya has no idea what to do next. Her first suggestion is for them to “go onto the boat, and refuse to get off”.
TOADIE: No – Paul's as stubborn as a beetroot stain. He'll just wait us out, and I don't have a lot of time.
SONYA: Well, this is my ovulation window, Jarrod! I booked the boat for this day – doesn't he have better things to do?
TOADIE: We could just go up to the flybridge and use that while he's downstairs?
But Sonya has hatched a more devious plan, as she begins to make a phone call – impersonating Amy!
SONYA: G'day, Brandon! It's, erm, Amy Robinson, from, erm, upstairs. Yeah, nah! The fire sprinklers have, erm – yeah, they've arced up here, and, erm – the penthouse is flooded! So, yeah, I'm tightening my screws with my spanner as we speak – so you'd better call my dad asap, yeah?
Toadie, who has been beside himself with laughter throughout the call, congratulates Sonya for her very convincing Amy impersonation! They watch and wait to see if their scheme has worked to get Paul away from the boat.
TOADIE: You are a naughty girl!
SONYA: Am I? Mmm! No – eye on the prize. Eye on the prize, please.
The croquet game is already getting heated, as Mark is accused of double- tapping the ball by Jack and Amy. Mark subtly teases Amy for being competitive.
MARK: I'd hate to think what Jimmy puts up with on the sidelines at footie!
Noticing that he and Elly are draped over one another, Jack has a crack at Mark in return.
JACK: Yeah, well, those that cheat in social games are more likely to cheat in real life!
While Mark teases Elly for wearing heels on the pitch, Jack talks quietly to Amy some distance away.
JACK: Are those two flirting, or is it just me?
AMY: Elly would flirt with a pot- plant.
Jack looks back at Mark and Elly angrily, presumably on Paige's behalf.
In the kitchen, Dipi gives a freshly- released Shane a slap about the head for his behaviour – but says that Mishti still shouldn't have arrested him. Shane disagrees, saying he was out of control and snapped Gary's fishing rod; now he'll have to buy him a new one and apologise. Mishti comes in, eager to sort things out with Dipi.
SHANE: You were right to lock me up, Mish. I was a goose; I'm sorry.
MISHTI: You know I love you. And I appreciate everything you've done for me.
SHANE: You had to at least make an example of me with all those rubberneckers. You couldn't have them thinking you're a soft touch.
MISHTI: It's not just that. I can't bend the rules for family. It's a slippery slope. Look at the trouble Mark Brennan got in (…) I won't apologise for doing my job, and I can't let you make me feel bad for it. I have a duty to protect everyone, including Gary and Sheila, who don't forget, are your neighbours and friends. And so, I hope you understand that.
DIPI: I shouldn't have embarrassed you like that at the station. I'm sorry. I'm just on edge with everything that's happening with Kirshy. And I definitely shouldn't have said those things I did.
SHANE: What things?
MISHTI: Forget them. I have.
Mishti and Dipi hug.
Toadie and Sonya are getting frisky as they head onto the boat – their plan to lure Paul away having apparently worked. However, they hadn't reckoned on finding Leo aboard, with a business associate – who soon walk in on them kissing! Leo introduces the associate as Kurt.
LEO: Our meetings don't usually have this many interruptions…
Kurt is preparing to leave anyway, telling Leo that he should let ‘Ms Williams' know he's looking forward to working with her. He squeezes past an awkward Sonya and Toadie. Once he's gone…
LEO: Did you guys not check the group calendar?
SONYA: Don't you even talk to me about the group calendar, alright?
Toadie tells Leo that the boat is an odd place to have a business meeting – unless the business is dodgy. Leo says it has nothing to do with them, but as co- owners of the boat, the Rebecchis disagree! They ask Leo what's going on, probably to divert attention from their own activities!
Shane is apologising to Gary for going crazy at him – on the phone, that is, since Gary is Not In This Episode™. It appears that Gary is reasonably forgiving, but Shane's arrest by Mishti has inspired him. He tells Dipi that Mishti doesn't let anything stand in the way of doing her job, and that he wishes he could say the same about himself.
DIPI: Shane Rebecchi, you are an admirable man.
SHANE: No, I mean, I should be just as focused with my life. Maybe that balls- up with the Jansen bloke was a blessing in disguise.
SHANE: Well, you only get one shot at a pitch, right? The generator isn't ready.
DIPI: Sure it is!
SHANE: No, you always do that, Dip. You tell me I'm amazing, and I love you for it. But the truth is that nothing of mine has ever taken off.
DIPI: Sweetie, it's just a matter of time.
SHANE: But that's the point, isn't it? I need to focus, so that my inventions are world- class. That way, when I do get my one shot, I'll definitely hit the bullseye. Look, working here is great, and I love it. But the café's your passion – it's not mine. Mine's inventing. I want to see what might happen if I commit to that one hundred percent. What do you reckon?
DIPI: Sweetheart – your job here mainly consists of gasbagging to customers. I'm sure we'll manage.
SHANE: That's not true, is it?
DIPI: It kind of is. No, honestly, though – you've moved heaven and earth to help me achieve my dreams. We can afford to hire someone else so you can have a crack at yours.
Shane tells Dipi he loves her and tries to kiss her, but she tells him to go and have a shower instead!
Paul has returned to the boat, having rumbled Sonya and Toadie's scheme, and joins them in the cabin with Leo.
PAUL: Nice one, ‘Amy'! Not the most sophisticated tactic, but effective nonetheless.
SONYA: Thank you very much. Leo's refusing to tell us who that guy was.
TOADIE: Care to enlighten us?
PAUL: Not particularly, no.
LEO: They think we're doing something shady.
TOADIE: Yes, and we're not leaving here until either of you convince us otherwise!
PAUL: Alright. I am buying a half- built housing estate from a developer who's going under.
SONYA: He's resurrecting Freestyle!
PAUL: Just taking inspiration from it.
SONYA: Oh, right. Well, I'm surprised he's rolling the dice on property development again, considering that's how he lost *everything*!
TOADIE: Well, that was because he was underhanded, and he duped innocent buyers, and he overextended with the banks!
PAUL: Yes, alright – all true. But I've learned from those mistakes, and this time everything's above board.
TOADIE: Oh yeah? So what's with the clandestine meeting?
SONYA: Clan- DES- tine.
TOADIE: Clan- DES- tine meeting?
PAUL: Look, I want to hand a legacy to my kids. The new hospital wing is for David, and this is for Amy – I want her to be my project manager.
SONYA: Oh, and she doesn't realise it yet!
PAUL: No, not yet.
SONYA: Okay. So he's learned from his mistakes in business, but not with family! Because, I mean, he gifted similar responsibilities to Daniel and Andrew, and look how that turned out!
PAUL: Yes, both unfortunate outcomes there. But my intentions were good.
TOADIE: Hmm, they always are. But then he uses what he gives them as leverage to control them.
SONYA: That's right! And moulds them into little mini- Pauls!
TOADIE: Mini- Pauls!
Toadie points at a slightly worried- looking Leo! Paul insists he knows what he's doing this time, so that won't happen with Amy. Satisfied with the answers, the Rebecchis get up to leave. Paul says that he wants to be the one who tells Amy about the project manager gig.
TOADIE: Oh, I dunno about that.
SONYA: We'll agree to that, if you give us more boat time, and you stop overriding the calendar!
The Rebecchis high- five, as Paul looks annoyed.
PAUL: Alright – fine!
The croquet match continues, and things are just as tense as before – especially when Mark and Elly win the round.
JACK: There's something going on between them.
AMY: Oh, you're being ridiculous! Elly's Paige's friend. And as for Mark, well, Miranda Kerr could be flirting with him and he wouldn't even notice – he's so obsessed with Paige.
But Jack is not convinced, and he continues to watch Mark and Elly suspiciously.
Paul is hoping that the Rebecchis will keep to their word, and not tell Amy about his plans for her.
LEO: And any time you're ready to spring that luxury casino on me, I'm ready.
PAUL: I'll buy you a casino!
LEO: I'm kidding.
PAUL: Seeing what I'm doing with Amy and David, I suppose you are wondering if I've got something in store for you.
LEO: Well, I suspect you have.
PAUL: I do. I want to make you head of business affairs – encompassing all my projects. The housing estate, the new hospital wing, Lassiter's, and anything else that arises.
LEO: It sounds like you've mapped out the next twenty years of my life – and they're all based here, working with you.
PAUL: Is that so bad?
LEO: Well, I'd like to do my own thing at some stage – maybe live and work overseas.
PAUL: Well, you can spend a few years working at Lassiter's New York and London. Travel from there.
LEO: Yeah, so that's an option.
PAUL: Only if you want to, of course. But I honestly think that you're going to be happiest in Erinsborough, running the family business.
LEO: What makes you so certain?
PAUL: Because that's what makes *me* the happiest. So I know it'll work for you – because you and me, we're cut from the same cloth. It's time you accepted that, Leo.
Mark and Elly hug and celebrate as they win the entire croquet match, much to Jack's increasing annoyance. Mark is gloating only half- tongue- in- cheek, saying Jack should stick to video games.
JACK: I'm surprised you guys won, considering your attention was barely on the game.
MARK: … What's that supposed to mean?!
JACK: Have you forgotten that you've got a girlfriend in Queensland?
MARK: Mate, we're just being sportsmanlike!
JACK: Right. And you were being sportsmanlike at The Waterhole as well this morning?
MARK: It was just two people watching a video! Or are you just upset that I had the video sent to me first?
JACK: No, that's not what this is about.
MARK: No, I think it is. Just admit it, Jack – you don't want me to be part of Gabe's life.
JACK: You know what, you're right. Because if you weren't, Gabe wouldn't have been kidnapped in the first place! It's because of you and your brothers that this happened.
MARK: You are the one who called the police! I mean, what sort of father puts his own baby in jeopardy like that?!
Jack sees red, and punches Mark square in the face! They wrestle as Elly and Amy scream!
Next week on Neighbours
- Elly tells Jack that he's a counsellor and should know better
- Amy asks Jack if he's starting to have feelings for Paige again
- Piper is apparently getting some exciting news on the phone
- At No 24, Rory asks Aaron if he can have a shower
- Elly asks Aaron when he and Rory started making Dirty Dancing 3
- Amy tells David to go to the Back Lane Bar and see what's going on
- ‘Unmissable drama'