- Dipi punches a fellow spectator at Yashvi's football match, and she misses a big kick
- But recruiter Jaida was impressed anyway, and says they may consider Yashvi for next year
- Nonetheless, Yashvi tells Dipi that she doesn't want her coming to her matches in future
- Elly tells Amy about a successful off- screen date she's had; she thinks it could go somewhere
- One of Chloe's favourite skincare brands has been in touch about supplying Lassiter's
- Impressed with the product, Paul agrees to Chloe setting a meeting up
- But the mystery skincare mogul turns out to be Jimmy's dad Liam - and Jimmy's shocked to see him
- Jane learns from Callum via Sonya that Troy buried the old No 32 fireplace in the back garden
- Jane plots to get the family out of the house, so she can try digging it up
Leo is in his office, trying out the sample skincare products, when Jane comes in. She professes concern about the entries for the Face of Lassiter's competition having stalled, and pitches an idea to boost participation - they could allow whole families to enter, as opposed to just individuals. Leo has to rush off to a meeting, but tells Jane that her idea is fine by him.
In the foyer, Liam and Jimmy continue their awkward conversation.
LIAM: I just can't get over how much you've grown!
JIMMY: It's been two years, Dad. What do you expect?! ... What are you even doing here?
LIAM: I came to see you.
JIMMY: Mum didn't tell me you were coming.
LIAM: She doesn't know yet.
He explains he's got a meeting to sell his products to the hotel.
JIMMY: So you're here for work?
LIAM: No, I -
But Leo appears, interrupting - and a jaded Jimmy tells Leo that Liam is here to see him, before walking off. Leo and Liam introduce themselves prior to the meeting, but when Liam admits he's Jimmy's dad, Leo doesn't look impressed!
Kirsha is working on her laptop, while Shane is all kitted out to support Yashvi at her latest footie match for the Eden Hills Dolphins - but Yashvi is annoyed when he produces a scarf for Dipi to wear too, reminding her that she doesn't want Dipi at her matches. Dipi begs for another chance, saying she just wants to see Yashvi do well.
YASHVI: I'm never going to become a star player if you're allowed at my games! I'll be in the car.
Yashvi stomps off, and Shane suggests that maybe Dipi should sit this one out. Dipi agrees and pretends to be okay with it, but is visibly very upset.
Amy and Elly are in the living room when an angry Jimmy storms through, grabbing some of the sample skincare products from the table and throwing them angrily off the balcony. He announces that Liam's back in town to do 'some deal with Leo'. Before Amy can get further answers, Jimmy has marched off to his room. Amy is shocked by the news.
ELLY: Are you okay?
AMY: No - but I will be, once I know what's going on.
Jane has arrived to tutor Kirsha, and Dipi is grateful for her giving up her time on a public holiday. But Jane immediately gets to work furthering her ulterior motives, gushing to Dipi about how busy it's been at the hotel since they announced that families can enter the Face of Lassiter's competition. Jane tries to convince Dipi to enter the family into the contest.
DIPI: I don't think we're the happy family the hotel's looking for... Things are a bit tense between Yashvi and I at the moment.
JANE: Well, far be it from me to stick my nose in. But it might just be the thing that brings you all together again. And the deadline isn't until the end of the day.
Dipi doesn't think Yashvi would be up for it; and anyway, Jane has come to tutor Kirsha - Dipi doesn't want to disrupt that. Jane looks frustrated that her plan has failed, and puts on a smile as she gets started with Kirsha.
Liam is extolling the benefits of his skincare range to Leo in the office, and offers him a lower unit cost if he buys in advance.
LEO: How do I know you won't take the money and run? I know all about your history - there isn't much to recommend you.
LIAM: For what it's worth, I'm very sorry for the pain I caused Amy and Jimmy.
LEO: Sure you are (!)
LIAM: It's complicated. Her father basically threatened to send me to prison.
LEO: That's my father you're talking about. Me and Amy - we're siblings.
Liam looks baffled by this development! But he continues to wax lyrical about his products, just as Amy comes through the door. She's angry, and demands answers; Liam says his business is now legit, and that his products are stocked in hotels across the country and beyond.
LIAM: I wanted to make sure this deal was locked in before I came to see you and Jimmy. I didn't expect to run into him here.
AMY: Do you have any idea how upset Jimmy is right now?!
LIAM: I'm so sorry. But if it makes any difference, I'm doing this for him - and you. I want to make up for everything I did.
AMY: And where have I heard that before?! Whose money are you gonna take this time, Liam?
But Liam surprises Amy by handing her two cheques.
LIAM: That's a down- payment for all the child support I've missed. There's a lot more to come, of course. And this one is for Paul - paying back the money he gave me to disappear.
LIAM: Amy, please. I know I've got a long way to go. But for Jimmy's sake, at least let me try?
Amy looks upset and conflicted.
Elly and Leo chat about Liam's return. Elly says it might not be a bad thing if Jimmy gets his dad back in his life.
LEO: So he can teach him valuable life lessons like, umm, stealing money from the Rebecchis? (...) I grew up without a dad and it was no big deal.
ELLY: Leo, in your opinion, is your life better or worse now that Paul's in it? Cos he's not exactly perfect, is he?
LEO: You're saying I should give him the benefit of the doubt?
ELLY: Maybe just keep an open mind - for Jimmy's sake.
Leo agrees she's right, but says he's going to make some calls to look into Liam's business. If it all checks out, he'll consider using him - he owes Jimmy that.
Jane is rifling through the bushes in the back yard when Dipi appears; Jane gets away with it by saying she was just admiring the garden, while Kirsha does a writing task. Clancy barks at Jane; evidently he doesn't like her much after their previous encounters! Dipi remarks that Kirsha would probably have agreed to the Face of Lassiter's photoshoot if the dog could go with them.
Jane sees another opportunity to get the family away from the house, and starts again with the hard- sell of the competition, saying they should do it, and take Clancy along.
JANE: As one of the judges, though I couldn't favour any particular entrant, I'd find it hard not to vote for a family with such an adorable dog!
DIPI (to Kirsha): How's the essay going?
KIRSHA: Did you know that Ramsay Street was named after a man called Black Jack Ramsay?
Dipi asks Kirsha if she'd be keen to do the competition if they could take Clancy along. Kirsha doesn't think that either she or the dog would make very good models. But Jane sticks her oar in again, saying it would be a 'fun family photo'.
JANE: It might seem silly now, but as you get older, family history becomes more and more important.
KIRSHA: Can we put Clancy in a bow- tie?
DIPI: You betcha!
Kirsha agrees to take part, so Dipi goes to call Yashvi and Shane to see what they think. Jane's plan is finally bearing fruit...
Leo is in reception, talking to Liam's other customers on the phone to gauge his firm's legitimacy. Responses seem to be positive.
Leo then joins Dipi and Kirsha, who are all dressed up for the photoshoot. They have Clancy with them, and Leo tells them dogs aren't allowed in the hotel. But Dipi says Jane told them it would be okay to include him in the photoshoot - and that Kirsha's too anxious to do it without the dog. So Leo reluctantly allows Clancy to stay. Dipi's thrilled and hugs/kisses him.
Kirsha, who has been to check the running order, returns, telling Dipi that their shoot is up next. But Yashvi and Shane haven't arrived yet...
Amy and Liam are going up in the lift. Liam has told Amy that Paul paying him to leave town was, in a way, the best thing that ever happened to him.
AMY: Are you serious?!
LIAM: I don't mean leaving Jimmy - not for a second. But Paul paying me to go - the shame I felt at letting him - it pushed me to really face myself.
AMY: Yeah. As long as *you* got something out of it.
LIAM: I'll always regret the way I behaved - hurting you both. But I did invest the money Paul gave me properly, and I'm going to pay you back for everything.
They arrive in the penthouse. Amy says she doesn't need Liam's handouts - she has a business of her own now. She shows him Jimmy's second- place trophy from his chess tournament.
AMY: Where were you then?
LIAM: Second place?
AMY: Yeah, he was gutted he didn't win. And did it *ever* occur to you that maybe I needed you as well? Someone to co- parent with? Someone to help with the day- to- day stuff?
LIAM: I guess I told myself that you were better off without me. That your dad would step in, and the Cannings.
AMY: Yeah, and they did! And you know what - they were amazing. But it wasn't the same. And when he had his accident, I mean, I couldn't -
LIAM: Wait - what accident?
AMY: He had to have his spleen removed! He's fine now - but do you see what I mean?
LIAM: All I can do is apologise - to you and Jimmy.
AMY: He's not here. He doesn't deserve to be ambushed twice.
LIAM: I have to see him, Amy.
AMY: And what is the point, Liam, if you're just going to up and leave again?
LIAM: I won't!
AMY: And what about your deal. What if that doesn't go through?
LIAM: Whatever happens - I'm here for the long haul. Will you please just ask him if he'll speak to me?
AMY: ... I'll ask. But there's no guarantee he'll say yes.
Lauren's lawn is covered with mounds of soil, as Jane digs up various parts of the garden in search of - well, whatever it is she's looking for. Jimmy appears in the garden, looking for Kirsha, and looks bemused by the sight that greets him! Jane explains the family have gone to Lassiter's to take part in the contest, and claims she's 'doing some gardening' for Dipi!
JANE: I'm a bit of an expert. My nan taught me all that she knows.
JIMMY: You mean Mrs Mangel? Yeah, G- Dad told me all about her.
JANE: Did he also tell you that, when I was about your age, she took me in when no- one else would?
JIMMY: Really? Where were your parents?
JANE: Good question. They were too busy swanning around the world. But I did fine without them.
JANE: Yes. Truth be told, I was probably better off.
Jimmy leaves Jane to it, having received some food for thought. Jane goes back to digging.
Shane and Yashvi finally arrive - Yashvi is still in her footie kit (after an 'epic victory') and covered in mud! But Leo tells them there's no time for her to get changed; the photographers are waiting, so it's now or never.
SHANE: Let's just take the photo. We'll look, err, down to earth!
DIPI: Earth is right!
YASHVI: Well, it's not my fault you decided to suddenly spring this on us.
DIPI: I thought it would be a good opportunity, Yash.
YASHVI: For who? I was happy hanging out with my team.
It's clear that Dipi wanted to do something as a family, but Yashvi seems unsympathetic. Dipi tells Yashvi to muster up a smile, and Yashvi grins sarcastically at her.
Jimmy is visibly fighting back tears as he sits down to speak to Liam. Amy sits with him.
LIAM: I want to apologise for everything that's happened. I was an idiot. But everyone makes mistakes. I just didn't know what it was to be a proper dad.
JIMMY: And now you do?
LIAM: I've had a lot of time to think about it, and I know I don't deserve it - but I'm hoping, eventually, you might be able to give me another chance?
AMY: Is there anything you want to say?
JIMMY: Yeah. Are you for real?!
LIAM: I don't blame you for being angry with me. Just don't keep it bottled up, mate. It's not a good idea.
JIMMY: Neither's stealing! But that didn't stop you! And what kind of dad takes a bribe to stay away from his own kid for two years?!
LIAM: I needed time to fix the business.
JIMMY: I don't *care* about your business! And do you know what? I'm glad you took that money. We're better off without you.
Jimmy marches out. Liam is upset, and Amy is tearful.
AMY: Well, you can't be surprised by his reaction. Everything he said was valid.
LIAM: You do believe I want to make it up to him, though, right?
AMY: What I believe doesn't matter. Jimmy is old enough to choose whether he wants you in his life or not.
LIAM: I'm not going to force things with him. But I'm not going anywhere either. Even if the Lassiter's deal doesn't go through - you have my word. He means everything to me.
AMY: Let's... go and find Leo. I'm not gonna go into bat for you. But I will ask Leo not to reject your business for my sake.
LIAM: I don't know what to say.
AMY: Just don't make me regret it.
The Rebecchis exit their (chaotic- sounding) photoshoot - and Dipi is unimpressed that Yashvi has been acting up.
DIPI: I don't know who behaved worse. At least Clancy has an excuse!
YASHVI: Well, maybe you shouldn't have forced me to be here, then!
DIPI: Was it really necessary for you to make fun of the photographer's toupee?
YASHVI: Let me think about that - yes!
Yashvi reminds Dipi how she almost ruined her football opportunity.
DIPI: But I didn't - did I? And us entering this competition together, this was my way of -
YASHVI: Of making it all about you, again! Face it - you're the only one who actually wanted to be here. I didn't, Dad didn't, and I'm pretty sure it's Kirsha's worst nightmare.
Dipi claims she thought it would be a good way of helping Kirsha to conquer her anxiety, but Yashvi isn't buying it.
YASHVI: As if! You probably hoped it'd be good for your theatre company. Anything to help you get back in the limelight.
DIPI: It had nothing to do with that! You know what? Just forget it! Think what you want about me. I know what I did at your game was wrong, but at least I wasn't trying to hurt you on purpose.
Dipi walks off, tearful.
YASHVI: Can you believe her?
SHANE: Kind of reckon your mum had a point.
Amy is with Leo and Liam at a table. She reiterates her stance that she won't stand in their way if Leo wants to sign a contract with Liam for the toiletries.
LEO: So, I guess it's a deal.
Liam offers to buy champagne to celebrate. Amy hesitantly agrees to one glass - but while Liam's at the bar, she tells Leo she's doing this for Jimmy.
AMY: He might not want to see Liam right now. But he might at some point. And if Liam really is wanting to be a better dad, then I won't stand in the way.
Elly shows up, asking how it all went. Amy offers to introduce her to Liam, and they go over to the bar to say hello. But when Elly and Liam see each other, it's clear this isn't their first meeting! Shortly afterwards, they're talking alone together...
ELLY: You didn't think to mention that you used to be married on our first date?
LIAM: Isn't it generally considered to be a faux pas to bring up exes?
ELLY: Or the fact that you have a child, or that you're a criminal?!
LIAM: I'm not a criminal! And would you have agreed to go out with me if you'd known my entire story?
ELLY: Amy's my best friend! You said you were here on business.
LIAM: I am, but I'm hoping to make it more long-term. If things work out with Jimmy (...) Listen, I don't want to lie to Amy about us.
ELLY: What's there to lie about? We went on a date - it didn't work out. End of story.
They rejoin Leo as Amy returns from the bathroom, and everyone toasts the new business deal.
LIAM: And second chances.
Elly looks worried.
Jane is still digging, close to a garden lamp. Her spade hits an electricity cable, and she's thrown onto the floor, unconscious...
Coming up on Neighbours
- Karl finds Jane unconscious and checks for a pulse
- Elly and Liam smile at one another; she tells Amy that she thinks Liam really wants to make amends
- Amy just hopes there will be no surprises; Elly looks shifty
- PI John Wong tells Leo he wasn't expecting a breakthrough so soon
- Mark advises that Leo should get the whole story prior to a confrontation
- John Wong tells Leo that as a general rule, where there's smoke, there's fire
- Mishti kissing a shifty- looking Leo