- Aaron and David mope over each other, but don't do anything about it
- Chloe intervenes as matchmaker, resulting in an awkward couple's massage for David and Mark!
- Aaron tells Chloe not to play Cupid
- A bunch of flowers turns up for Mishti, from her Sydney police academy friend Monique
- Chloe gives underage Xanthe a cocktail to help her drown her sorrows
- A few cocktails later and Xanthe's giggling and dropping drinks off the mezzanine
- Paul is furious, telling Leo that he needs to sort Chloe out
Leo has taken Xanthe into his office, but she is still drunk and giggling. He gives her some water, just as Chloe comes in. Leo rips into Chloe for giving Xanthe alcohol.
CHLOE: I let her have one drink!
LEO: I spoke to the staff, Chloe - you opened the bar for her!
CHLOE: How many did she have?
LEO: It doesn't matter how many she had. She was knocking things off the balcony! What if a glass had hit a guest?
Leo reminds Chloe of the penalties for serving minors - nearly $20,000 or 12 months in jail, or both.
CHLOE: That's not gonna happen - she's a staff member. Drinks are a perk of the job!
LEO: You did *not* just say that.
CHLOE: Plus, I was supporting her. She was upset about her boyfriend...
XANTHE: Oh, Ben...
CHLOE: ... and I let her have a cocktail to forget. She's fine!
LEO: This is a sackable offence for both of you!
XANTHE: Wait, did I just get fired?
Leo doesn't answer that, but tells Chloe to stay with Xanthe while she sobers up.
LEO: Consider this your last task in the role.
Mishti looks emotional as she goes through a box of possessions. One of them is a ring; she slips it onto her finger, and closes the box as she hears someone come in.
It's her old friend Monique, from police academy. Monique explains that Leo called the station and said Mishti needed her best mate - so here she is! Mishti is thrilled to see her, and they hug. Monique notices the ring Mishti is wearing.
MONIQUE: Is that Zander's?
MISHTI: Yeah. I tried it on just now. I don't know why.
MONIQUE: I think it's pretty obvious. Today was supposed to be your wedding day.
MISHTI: Yeah, you're right. My head's all over the place.
MONIQUE: It looks like Leo called me at the right time.
MISHTI: Well, it is so good to see you.
In the manager's office, Chloe is tucking Xanthe under a blanket so she can sleep off her inebriation. Xanthe apologises for getting Chloe fired, and tries to get up to go and talk to Leo on her behalf - but Chloe insists she stay where she is.
CHLOE: Settle, petal - it's fine, you have a rest. It's not your fault. I messed up, like I always do.
XANTHE: *You* didn't drop the glass off the balcony. I literally put it down for, like, two seconds to scratch my nose. I was very itchy.
CHLOE: I need this job if I'm gonna stay. I promised myself I was fixing things in my life.
Xanthe says Leo is wrong; he can't fire Chloe because she was helping her. Xanthe says Chloe's amazing and clever, and that she should prove to Leo she deserves to stay.
XANTHE (sniffing Chloe's hand): And you smell really good!
Mark finds Chloe drawing in chalk on the pavement, to advertise the Face of Lassiter's competition.
CHLOE: Anyone can enter - even you!
MARK: Ha - yeah, don't think so!
CHLOE: Come on. You're still okay- looking - in that old, uptight, Moleskine diary chic kind of way!
MARK: I have no idea what that means - but thanks (!)
Chloe tries to tempt Mark to enter with info on the potential rewards - a year's free accommodation at the hotel, plus a platinum day spa pass and modelling fee.
MARK: Tempting, but there is no way Paul Robinson is going to give me a free year at his hotel.
Amy appears, and confirms that Paul is not Mark's biggest fan!
CHLOE: We're basically looking for someone who's charismatic, but grounded and real. Spread the word, yeah?
Mark and Amy both look as if they've had ideas, and sure enough - it's Parallel Conversation™ time...
Mark is trying to talk Aaron into entering the competition, while Toadie (who is In This Episode™) sips on a smoothie nearby.
MARK: I think you would smash it.
AMY: No, the barista working the coffee machine (!) Of course, you!
DAVID: I've never modelled in my life. You should see my passport photo.
Elly arrives, and Amy recruits her to help harangue David into entering the competition, as he'd be 'perfect' for it.
AARON: You never call me perfect when I leave my wet towel on the bathroom floor, do you?
MARK: Come on! You're cool. You're relatable - somewhat. And you're good- looking - I mean, hello, you're a Brennan!
TOADIE: You'd win this thing on your abs alone!
David tries to wriggle out by saying he's related to the hotel's owner and manager, but Amy points out the curious lack of a fine- print nepotism clause.
ELLY: And there's a fee for your modelling, which you could donate to the hospital, for a good cause!
AMY: Think of the exposure! Everyone will see you.
DAVID: And how is that a good thing?!
ELLY: Because you're gorgeous, and handsome, and smart!
AMY: And you're adorable!
Mark continues to make similar arguments to Aaron.
AARON: I do not want to be noticed.
MARK: Not even by David, eh? Eh?
AARON: Especially not by David! (...) David knows exactly how I feel about him, and he still doesn't want to go back there.
TOADIE: Well, then, do it for yourself!
Aaron makes an 'I'm going to do this because the plot demands it of me' face.
Mishti and Monique are drinking cocktails at a table. Monique raises a toast to Zander, and they continue to chat - until Leo comes in, and Mishti calls him over for a 'best boyfriend ever' hug. She introduces him to Monique, and says that him calling her was exactly what she needed. Mishti invites Leo to join them, but he says he can't stay long as he needs to get back to work.
MISHTI: Is everything alright?
LEO: Yeah. Just the usual daily headaches.
Leo gets a text from Paul, asking if he's sorted out the Xanthe mess yet. Mishti explains to Monique that Leo runs the Lassiter's Complex. He tries to play down the importance of the role, but Monique jokingly reminds him that she and Mishti are the best interrogation team Sydney's ever seen.
MISTHI: You are getting away with nothing!
Leo looks awkward.
For reasons best known to them, Elly and Amy have dressed David in a doctor's outfit and are taking photos of him for the Face of Lassiter's competition in the Kennedys' front room.
AMY: There's nothing cuter than a doctor making house- calls.
DAVID: In surgical scrubs?
ELLY: Okay, lean against the bench and pretend that you're mending a broken heart.
AMY: Love it. Mm- hm.
ELLY: Put your little mask up, too.
The ladies giggle.
Meanwhile, Mark is taking pictures of a topless Aaron, we presume for the same competition! Toadie (still In This Episode™) has tagged along to ogle.
MARK: Do that thing you do with your pecs.
AARON: How is that gonna help?!
MARK: Just do it, will ya?
TOADIE (ogling): I've got some baby oil at home. If you really want to glisten.
TOADIE: What?! It's from when Nell was a baby! Get your mind out of the gutter!
AARON: No baby oil!
Elly and Amy have cajoled David into doing some saucier shots, and he's topless under a doctor's jacket, complete with stethoscope. He grudgingly pouts and poses at the camera as instructed, reminding himself this is for the hospital.
AMY: Speak to me with your eyes. Your sexy eyes. Love it.
ELLY: Nibble on your glasses!
Aaron is now in a suit, as Mark continues to take snaps.
David now has his jacket open, much to Amy and Elly's delight, as he leans saucily against the countertop.
More Aaron, Mark and Toadie.
David is now using the stethoscope on himself, with a finger to his lips!
Mark gets Aaron to raise one eyebrow to the camera.
David sweeps his jacket around...
AMY: Like the wind!
ELLY: Sexy Batman!
The women giggle as the posing continues.
Leo is still with Mishti and Monique, who's intrigued to learn that Leo ran nightclubs in Sydney. Monique knows plenty of 'true crime stories' about Sydney's nightlife, and asks which clubs he managed - but Leo avoids the question, saying he was a pretty small fish back then.
MONIQUE: Turn around - let me see the back of your head.
LEO: What for?
MONIQUE: Well, if we've slapped some cuffs on you before, we'd definitely recognise you from behind.
Amy comes over to join them, and asks if Leo's okay - saying she's heard from Paul about the glass nearly hitting them when it fell off the balcony. Leo tries to play it down, again, but Mishti is on high alert, asking if he knows who dropped it from the terrace - he just says they'd had a few too many, without revealing it was Xanthe. Leo leaves on the pretext of checking all the glass is cleaned up!
Outside, Amy asks Leo why he was dodging Mishti's questions. He reveals that Xanthe was the drunken glass- smasher, and that Chloe opened the bar for her - meaning he's had to fire Chloe. Amy wonders why Leo is hiding it from Mishti; Leo explains he thinks she'd make it official - and he doesn't want the police involved, as the business could be fined and lose its licence.
Amy and Leo come across one of Chloe's chalk promotions for the Face of Lassiter's - and soon find Chloe herself, handing out brochures for the competition near the foyer. She seems to be accruing a lot of interest from nearby extras, and Leo is grudgingly impressed...
Xanthe is still lying on the couch in the manager's room, apparently asleep. Leo and Chloe come in; he admits that he's really pleased with how well she's done at promoting the competition.
LEO: But you're not off the hook. Xanthe is a minor, and you let her drink.
CHLOE: Yeah. I was wrong. I thought I was doing the right thing at the time. She was looking up to me; it doesn't happen very often.
LEO: Well, you shouldn't have to do anything for people's approval... But I get it.
CHLOE: My dad pretty much ignored me for most of my life. Mark thinks I'm hopeless.
LEO: You're not hopeless.
As Xanthe, who's only pretending to be asleep, surreptitiously listens from the couch, Leo announces that he's going to give Chloe a second chance.
LEO: But this is a warning - a serious one. And you're on probation.
CHLOE: Absolutely. You won't regret it. Thank you so much.
XANTHE: That's amazing! Oh, I'm never drinking again.
LEO: Yeah, and Xanthe - you know I don't want to, but I -
XANTHE: You know what? It's fine. You don't have to say it - I quit. I have so much on with school and my internship anyway.
Chloe objects, but Xanthe says the main thing is Chloe isn't in trouble.
Mishti and Monique are talking about Leo - Monique asks if it's serious between them.
MISHTI: Yeah. I think it is.
MISHTI: Things have been a little bit weird lately. I fell pregnant, not long ago. It was an accident.
MONIQUE: Oh, my god.
MISHTI: I lost the baby (...) It was a reality check. It made me think about me and Leo, and where we were headed.
MONIQUE: Well, he's not Zander.
MISHTI: Couldn't be more different. Zander and I were always on the same page (...) Honest, straight down the line...
MONIQUE: Both driven to help people... So, are you and Leo having some issues?
MISHTI: Sometimes. I don't really trust his dad.
MONIQUE: Yeah, but that's not him.
MISHTI: And he's done some things that...
MONIQUE: What, that could've got him busted?
MISHTI: Look, he's really great. He challenges me, and he loves me. I need that. The good definitely makes up for everything else. Which is nothing - it's history.
Elly is with Amy, drooling over the rather erotic photos they've been taking of David.
AMY: ... I'm really glad you're still talking to me, after how I behaved.
ELLY: We'll get there.
David rejoins them. He says he can't be a part of the competition - he's not comfortable with the photos. But they encourage him to stick with it. Mark comes in, and shows them the photos he's been taking of Aaron. David is annoyed when he learns Aaron is entering the contest, and suspects Elly and Amy of a matchmaking operation - but they all plead ignorance. However...
ELLY: Everyone knows that you and Aaron are Meant To Be Together™. Even you know.
DAVID: I don't want to talk about it.
AMY: You guys have no idea how lucky you are! You've both got your perfect match, right there, under your nose.
MARK: Yeah. That doesn't happen for everyone.
Chloe is buying Xanthe another drink - but it's coffee this time. Chloe is feeling bad for losing Xanthe her job, but Xanthe says she needs to focus on her schooling and internship anyway. Chloe describes Leo as 'so sweet' for having given her a second chance.
XANTHE: You don't have Feelings™ for Leo, do you?
CHLOE: What? No! I just meant, like, he's cool, and he has my back. The fact that he's super- cute is just a bonus!
XANTHE: Yeah, it's nice to have something to look at. Makes the work day go faster.
But Monique is sitting nearby, earwigging on this exchange...
David bumps into Aaron, and acknowledges that he's heard Aaron's entering the Face of Lassiter's. David says he's entering too, and blames Elly and Amy. Aaron blames Mark and Toadie for his own candidature.
DAVID: Really? I would've thought you would've applied even without the prodding?
DAVID: Sorry, I just mean - I wouldn't have let the girls talk me into it, if it wasn't for Raf. When you and I were together, I always thought that you were the spectacular one - that you were always a little out of my league.
AARON: I was never out of your league.
DAVID: Being with Raf - being the more confident one - it made me realise that I can be pretty spectacular too.
AARON: You are.
AARON: I might just pull out of this competition. I've got no chance against you!
DAVID: Well, I don't know - you've always been pretty photogenic. You're in with a slim chance.
AARON: A slim chance?!
DAVID: Well - I am a doctor.
AARON: Excuse me! You are looking at an ex- all- male revue dancer here!
DAVID: Bring it on, then.
AARON: Bring it on!
They laugh, till it gets awkward.
AARON: It was good to see you.
David watches him, smiling, as he goes.
Monique turns up to see Leo, telling him that Mishti doesn't know she's here.
MONIQUE: Why are you covering for this girl that's serving underage drinkers?
LEO: How do you know about that?
MONIQUE: Do you like her?
LEO: What? She's an employee!
MONIQUE: Well, that doesn't answer my question.
LEO: Well, of course I don't like her. I love Mishti, more than I've loved anyone. Look, I know you guys are best friends - but you can't just show up here making accusations like that.
MONIQUE: Why are you lying to Mishti?
LEO: Because I'm protecting my job.
MONIQUE: So your job is more important than your girlfriend?
LEO: No - no, it's not. But this is my dad's company. And Mishti already has issues with him.
MONIQUE: Yeah, I know.
LEO: Well, then, you should know that I don't want to bother her with this. Monique, I'm asking you not to say anything.
MONIQUE: Okay. I'll keep my mouth shut.
LEO: Thank you.
MONIQUE: It'll cost you a grand, though.
LEO: Sorry, what?
MONIQUE: Cash. Let me know by the end of the day.
Monique walks out, leaving Leo looking baffled.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Elly's going on a date, and Amy asks Mark if he's jealous - he denies it, unconvincingly
- Aaron asks David, 'what if we started something else?' and prepares to attempt a kiss
- Paul turns up on Terese's doorstep, saying he's not here on regular business