- David seeing the scaring on Rafael's back.
- Paul hearing about the fire that killed Rafael's mum.
- Paul promising Rafael that if he was responsible for the fire, he will deal with it appropriately.
- Paul telling Leo about Dakota, his former business partner.
- Jimmy admitting that he likes Poppy but making a fool of himself when he tries to talk to her.
- Sheila and Shane not on the same wavelength.
- Shane admitting to Gary his concerns about Sheila but Gary declaring that she is fine.
As they hang the washing up, Gary tries subtly asking his mum questions, but she is still trying to figure out what her surprise from Clive will be - desperately hoping that they are tickets to the forthcoming Ross Wilson gig.
Sheila does though slip up by asking if Ben (prompted by the sent a pic to Xanthe of him at work) will be coming around for dinner soon as they haven't seen him for a while. After they say he is in Oakey, she quickly backtracks and says that she meant the next time he was in town.
Toadie accidentally finds himself employed by Paul when he was touting for business (he is very desperate!). Paul however is very cagey about the facts, other than its meant Leo has headed to London to look into things – not that Mishti knows the real reason for the trip and he's to keep quiet if visiting #32.
PAUL: But I want you to know that if I am at fault, then I will accept full responsibility. I swear.
TOADIE: Well, that's heartening!
Paul knows Leo will stand by him but doesn't think Amy and Jimmy will. Toadie asks if Leo has found anything out and apparently, he has but with the time difference, its too early for Paul to call.
Its great news for the Rebecchi family (who are just back from the hospital) – Kirsha's hearing is back up at 50% and will keep improving. Everyone is happy for the lass, but she doesn't want the kids at school (Jimmy aside) knowing just yet about her good news in case something happens.
YASHVI: For so long I've hated myself for what I did to you.
KIRSHA: That's done, you didn't mean it.
Shane apologises to Gary for talking about his concern, but he is forced to admit that he fears that her memory might be playing up. Gary explains to Xanthe (she joined them) about the slip ups Sheila has had and the lass wants her Gran checked out to rule out Alzheimer's or dementia. “Let's not jump the gun,” Gary pleads since everyone is allowed an off day, but Shane thinks it is worth Sheila being checked out and suggests quizzing her on something she should know about, and Xanthe suggests the gnomes.
Paul calls his son in London to check in to see if he's met Dakota yet. He is at the venue (Tower Bridge is in the background) but she isn't yet and his plan is to present himself as an entrepreneur and somehow get Sao Paulo into the conversation. Paul warns his son to beware, as she is “pretty sharp” and if she is onto him, he's to drop the act and instead say he has evidence linking her to a known smuggling ring and will go to the police.
PAUL: You may think you have the upper hand with Dakota but that is rarely the case.
“What do you think he's up to?” Paul asks Amy as Jimmy rushes out of the flat without explaining where he is going to. Amy though would rather concentrate on business rather than her teenage son or Rafael until they know exactly what happened.
Using some inside information from Kirsha, Jimmy nervously waits for Poppy to appear. The lass even volunteers to be his ‘wing woman' and after explaining what that is to him, she heads into the café for Poppy to appear leaving Jimmy to hang around outside waiting for the text.
Sheila appreciates Gary and Xanthe volunteering to help her with the gardening, and after passing the ‘game show' gnome test, demands to know what they are up to!
SHEILA: Either give me the new car or tell me what you two are up to!
Poppy is barely through the door when Kirsha is onto her and starts quizzing her (while still pretending that she can't hear). The most important part of the questioning is that Poppy doesn't have a boyfriend, however when Jimmy's name is brought up, Kirsha says they are just friends however the way she is raving on about him, Poppy jumps to the conclusion that Kirsha likes Jimmy.
KIRSHA: No, not like that.
When Poppy goes to order something, (on the house!) we hear her calling Tia and saying, “that loser deaf girl just tried to talk to me. I don't know why she hangs out with Jimmy.”
“I am not senile,” Sheila makes clear to Gary and Xanthe and they plead with her to go get some tests done. She isn't keen on doing that at all and puts the memory loss down to being overworked, including looking after the pair of them.
Amy feels obliged to go and talk to Mishti when she comes in for a coffee and spots her at the bar. Naturally, talk turns to Leo and when Mishti mentions that he has some side business to do in London for Paul, Amy is now extremely vague in her answers as to what it is about and cannot get out of the bar quickly enough.
Dakota, or Candice as she is now referring to herself as, arrives to meet Leo. Her first impression is that he doesn't strike her as being “the hospitality type,” (his cover story is he is after mentoring to break into the café market scene in London and other places). “It's a legitimate industry,” he remarks, and she then mentions that she has run several successful businesses from Sao Paulo and innocently Leo asks to hear about them.
Jimmy is finally put out of his misery when Kirsha texts him to say that Poppy is in Harold's. She mentions too that Poppy called him cute and wants to know if he is sure that he REALLY likes her?! With a huge smile on his face, he texts back a ‘thumbs up' emoji but his love- happy stance is ruined when Yashvi kicks the footy accidentally off his head! He is then forced to join Yashvi and Toadie in a footy training session despite his protests he is meeting some friends.
Leo is keeping his cards close to his chest, instead trying to draw Dakota into talking about Sao Paulo. We hear she worked with colleagues and had a business partner (who was also Australian) for a while but when he asks about that, she clams up and instead replies that she wants to talk about the future.
His cover is almost blown when she sees ‘Lassiters' calling him on his phone and he quickly explains that is where he is staying at in London.
DAKOTA: My old partner had a lot of history with that hotel.
“It's a huge company,” he quickly replies then tries again to get her talking about Sao Paulo.
Toadie and Yashvi are having a great time playing with the footy while Jimmy sits moping glued to his phone. While Yashvi retrieves the ball, he is forced to tell Toadie exactly why he can't concentrate on the kick around and with the aid of a wee white lie (Jimmy has a corky) the lad is excused to go see Poppy.
Jimmy makes it just in time as Poppy was about to head off. Somewhat hesitantly, he asks her out on a date to mini- golf and she can't say ‘yes' quick enough and they agree to message each other regarding it. “You are the best,” Jimmy tells Kirsha before hugging her.
“Gee, you must have had a long day,” Dipi comments to Sheila when she's missed an easy clue in the crossword she is doing.
Paul tries to reassure Amy that if Leo finds the information that proves he was involved, he hopes that it won't damage their relationship.
AMY: How can you say that? You know, I thought you always believed that people don't change.
PAUL: But this is different.
He tries to put the fire down to happening when he had the brain tumour and she is quick to ask if that also covers everything he has done wrong like the hotel explosion or Nick? Oh, and not forgetting Mannix either and she is still curious to know the full story of what happened there.
PAUL: What I did, I did for Leo, for family.
AMY: This has nothing to do with family but yet you get away with it because you get away with everything. And it makes me and David incredibly uncomfortable.
PAUL: You've been talking to your brother?
AMY: And we've both decided that if you are responsible for the fire, then it would be wrong for us to keep supporting you.
Paul isn't quite seeing it from Amy's perspective, he thinks stepping aside in the Robinson Heights project will suffice.
AMY: Can't you see its more than that? I mean the idea that you've caused so much hurt, its too much even if you were sick. You need to start paying for what you've done.
Leo is enjoying hearing what Dakota is saying to him, that he's prepared to miss a meeting (his phone rang again). When she describes herself as “no girl guide,” he asks how her old partner felt about that. “I told you I don't want to talk about him,” she reminds Leo with. This time it is she who plays the cards by asking that they both drop the pretence and wants to know what his connection to Paul Robinson is.
LEO: He's my father.
She looks shocked to hear that and he tries to explain that Paul can't remember much about that period of his life but wants information about a fire that took the life of a young mother. “Look, I really need to know what happened,” he pleads with her and she asks what happens if she keeps quiet? Leo goes into his pocket and pulls out a USB stick supposedly containing emails linking her to a diamond smuggling racket and threatens to hand them into the police.
DAKOTA: I always had a soft spot for your dad.
LEO: Does that mean you'll help?
DAKOTA: Yes. Maybe.
Paul then calls, and Leo walks away from Dakota to talk to his dad. He confirms that he is still with her and reassures his dad that “she is about to tell me everything.” But when he turns around, she is nowhere to be seen… and neither is the USB stick that was in his jacket pocket
Coming up on Neighbours
- A female arriving in Erinsborough.
- Mark being very friendly with said female.
- Elly asking Steph if she saw the woman that was all over Mark.
- Paige trying to reassure Jack they are doing the right thing.
- Terese miffed at what Paige has done.
- Rafael thinking that David just wants him to back off his dad.