- Toadie asks Chloe for an extension on his office rent; she agrees to give him a week's grace
- Jane and the Rebecchis find the tin that had Mrs Mangel's stamps in it - but it's empty
- Jane tells Paul that caring for her gran has cost her more than she could have imagined
- Jane gets a call from her uncle Joe, telling her that Mrs Mangel has passed away
- Elly tells Liam they can't see each other, as she won't risk her friendship with Amy
- But Amy sees them talking at the hospital and realises something is going on
- When Amy confronts her, Elly admits Liam was her mystery date. Amy is angry
Amy rushes out of the hospital, upset, just as Steph is arriving. Amy explains to Steph about Elly and Liam having been on a date; Steph agrees that it's a big deal.
STEPH: It's pretty much as messy as it can get - your ex dating your best friend.
AMY: Right? Thank you!
Steph suggests they go and sit down somewhere and talk about it.
Paul fetches Jane a napkin to dry her eyes with; she's very upset about Mrs Mangel's death.
JANE: I just can't believe that this has happened! I've spent close to thirty years looking after Nan, and I wasn't even there when she died! Instead, I'm here - complaining about her.
PAUL: No, no, no - come on. Don't you do that. You've been an unbelievable support to her.
Jane begins to panic at everything she'll have to do - book a flight, call the funeral home. Paul encourages her to take a few minutes to breathe. But Jane says she has to go, and thanks Paul for his hospitality before rushing off.
Sonya tells Toadie they've had an email from Nell's daycare centre - they're going to start charging them full fees because they're holding her back from primary school, and it will cost them almost double.
TOADIE: Oh, fudge!!
The worst part is, it's already been taken from their account - where Toadie had been keeping the money for the office rent. He admits he's already a week late with the rent, but has a client meeting so can't talk to Chloe about another extension. Sonya says she'll go and speak to her.
TOADIE: Just a heads up about Chloe. I mean, personally, I think that she's fine. But I know that Elly and Piper have already had issues with her. So I'm just saying that maybe she's one of those women who doesn't like other women?
SONYA: See you later, Jarrod.
Sonya dismisses Toadie's concerns, saying she's sure it will be fine. Toadie goes to his meeting.
Amy explains to Steph how she encouraged Elly to go on her second date with the mystery guy, after she raved about the first one.
STEPH: I'm only asking this so we can rule it out - but do you still have feelings for Liam?
AMY: No. No, absolutely not. Me and Liam were done and dusted a long time ago (...) I got used to not having him around. And then he shows up out of the blue. Interested in Elly, of all people.
STEPH: So, is it Elly that's got you annoyed? Or would you be feeling this way if Liam was seeing anyone?
AMY: It's because Elly didn't tell me. Or Liam. But I expect that from him, not her.
STEPH: She probably didn't want to hurt you.
AMY: We've become such close friends. We tell each other everything.
Steph encourages Amy to wait and hear the whole story, but Amy's not sure she wants to hear it. Elly calls Amy on her mobile, but Amy ends the call.
Inside the hospital, Elly is leaving Amy a voicemail, asking her to call her back. Liam approaches and assures her they haven't done anything wrong - they went on one date, and didn't know they were already connected through Amy. Elly is regretting not telling Amy straight away, but Liam says she'll hopefully calm down - and then maybe they can have a chance at a relationship.
ELLY: We can't. Ever.
Sonya arrives, and Mark introduces her to Chloe - they've crossed paths but not properly met yet. Sonya asks Chloe if they can have another extension on Toadie's rent, explaining what happened with the daycare charges. Mark insists Toadie's good for it, but Chloe explains she's already been asked to line up potential tenants in case the rent didn't come through today.
SONYA: But it's only been late one week.
CHLOE: Times two. Anyway, they're Paul and Leo's orders.
Chloe explains that she's already lost the hotel a lot of money this month - she doesn't go into detail, but says that with her one- month trial coming to an end, she needs to toe the line. Sonya pleads, saying they can't be evicted. Chloe relents, and says that if they can get the money to her first thing tomorrow, she can 'probably sneak it through'. Sonya is grateful.
CHLOE: Seriously, first thing tomorrow. Or it's my neck.
SONYA: Yeah, no - I understand. I'll get it sorted.
Paul is on the phone to Joe Mangel, and passes on his condolences about Mrs Mangel's death. Afterwards he joins Jane on the balcony; he's booked her a business- class flight home, as a gift. He has another present for her too - the painting of Mrs Mangel from the foyer. Jane, still emotional, is touched by this, and says she'd love to take it.
Paul explains the painting's frame is in a bad way but that he'll get someone to remove the painting and roll it up, so she can take it on the flight with her.
PAUL: What's important is the memories we have of them.
JANE: ... Well, I was complaining about her just before she died, so that says it all, really.
PAUL: No. It doesn't mean you love her any less.
JANE: It was such a wasted trip. I should never have come.
Jane feels guilty, while Paul stands by.
The following day, Amy is back at the hospital. She gets a text from Elly, asking 'are we okay?' but doesn't reply. Liam turns up, and asks how Jimmy is - Amy says the doctors are happy with him, and that he should be discharged today.
LIAM: So, are we going to talk about yesterday?
AMY: Not if you're going to tell me I'm overreacting.
LIAM: I won't. I get it, and I'm sorry I didn't tell you earlier.
AMY: Then why didn't you? Cos I thought you were all about being a better person?
LIAM: Well, if Elly and I had kept seeing each other, of course I would have. But as soon as she realised I was your ex- husband, she put the kibosh on the whole thing.
AMY: ... So if it wasn't for me, you'd still be seeing each other?
LIAM: I'm not going to lie - I like her. But I respect your position in all this, too.
Liam goes off to see Jimmy, leaving Amy looking thoughtful.
Sonya and Toadie are discussing how to get the cash to pay Chloe, and exactly what Chloe might have meant by 'first thing'. They have no savings and their credit cards are maxed out, so Toadie suggests they take the rent money out of the nursery kitty. Sonya agrees, but says they need to start cutting costs. Toadie heads off to talk to Shane about having Nell once a week to save on childcare.
Paul has enlisted Amy to remove the painting of Mrs Mangel from its frame to give to Jane.
PAUL: You know, I just feel so bad for her, seeing her so broken. She's such a beautiful person.
AMY: ... Are you falling for Jane?!
PAUL: Oh, I care for her. Well, she and I do go back a long way.
PAUL: And, yes, alright, it may have crossed my mind at one moment.
AMY: So, does that mean you're over Terese?
PAUL: Well, I don't know what it means. Anyway, she's going to be winging her way back to England, and that'll be that, I guess.
Amy gets a text from Elly, apologising about Liam and asking to talk.
AMY: You should tell Jane, if you like her. But if she leaves, you might miss your chance.
PAUL: Why are you so invested in this?
AMY: Let's just say I don't want to doom every romance in town!
At that moment, Amy makes a discovery in the lining of the picture frame - Mrs Mangel's stamps!
PAUL: Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!
Erinsborough High School
Amy turns up to see Elly, apologising for not answering her messages.
ELLY: If anyone should be apologising, it's me. I hate the way that you found out about Liam and I. But I want you to know - nothing happened between us, apart from that one date.
AMY: I know. I know, and I'm starting to think that I shouldn't stand in your way. After that first date you had with him, you were on cloud nine. And since he seems to like you just as much, I think you should go for it.
ELLY: Are you sure?
They smile, and Amy leaves, looking a bit conflicted, but mostly content.
Jane is gobsmacked when Paul waves the book of stamps in her face! He explains that Mrs Mangel must have put them in the picture frame and then forgotten all about it. Jane wonders what she'll do with the money now her nan is dead.
PAUL: Use the cash to start living again. (...) You can go and see your kids - start travelling. And who knows? If you enjoyed your time here with me, maybe you could come back to Melbourne, and... we could see where it goes?
JANE: I beg your pardon?
PAUL: Look, you and I - we go way back. And I know there was nothing between us then. But this time, I've - I've really sensed something.
JANE: You have?
PAUL: Yeah. I'm gonna go out on a limb here, but, I kind of get the feeling that maybe you sensed something too?
PAUL: Sorry, I didn't mean to offend. I just thought -
JANE: No, no - that's fine, Paul. But I really don't think we should get into that sort of talk.
She gets up to leave.
Sonya is taking money from the cash register for Toadie's rent, when Piper returns from a flower delivery. Sonya sounds Piper out about working at the nursery, presumably hoping Piper will be keen to give up the job now Sonya's back from the States, in order to save the money of paying her. On the contrary, Piper says she loves the job - and her therapist told her it was good to have a routine.
Sonya doesn't have the heart to tell Piper she's no longer needed, so Piper heads off on another flower delivery - while Sonya is left counting the cash...
Toadie arrives, and chats to Dipi about the possibility of her and Shane looking after Nell once a week. Dipi says they'd be keen at any other time - but that things are a bit stressful at the moment, with the Harold's boycott and other commitments.
Jane turns up to see Dipi. Toadie expresses his condolences about Mrs Mangel.
JANE: Thank you. It was her time; she had a long life.
She says she's glad Toadie is here, as there has been some good news amongst all the sadness - the stamps have been found! She gives Dipi a cheque for the damage caused to the backyard - and Toadie a cheque too, for helping with the search for the stamps! He's thrilled, as his rent problem is immediately alleviated.
JANE: Please give my love to Sonya and little Nell. I'm so tickled pink that she has my grandmother's name! And it's just been so wonderful to get to know the new generation in Erinsborough. It's made me realise how much I've missed the place.
TOADIE: It's a pretty awesome place to live!
DIPI: Well, if you miss it so much, you might be interested to know that there are a lot of Robinson Heights houses up for sale.
JANE: Is that so?
TOADIE: Yeah, maybe you could buy one with your stamp money!
Elly meets Liam outside Harold's, and explains that Amy has given her blessing for them to see each other.
ELLY: I don't know if it's the right thing to do, though. Even though she said it's fine, I think she might find it a little bit weird. And to be honest, I do, too.
LIAM: Sure. But she wouldn't have given her blessing for the heck of it. And as far as I'm concerned, I'd still like to see you. So the ball's fully in your court.
ELLY: ... I suppose one coffee won't hurt.
LIAM: Really? Just one?
LIAM: How about a muffin?
Amy looks conflicted as she watches them flirting from a distance. Mark turns up, and expresses surprise that Amy's okay with Liam and Elly seeing each other.
AMY: If this is Elly's chance at happiness, then I don't want to stand in the way.
MARK: Well, that's big of you!
Mark looks very uncomfortable with the situation!
Jane is in the lobby, checking out. She sees herself reflected in a mirror, and removes her glasses, looking pensive. Paul comes in to say goodbye.
JANE: I was relieved. When I heard the news about Nan, I was relieved. Does that make me an awful person?
PAUL: No, of course not. You gave her three decades of your life. I don't think anyone can fault you for that.
JANE: You know, it's funny - I came here looking for stamps, and I ended up finding something slightly more valuable... Me.
She retrieves her new glasses from her bag, and puts them on. She's still very emotional.
PAUL: It's a whole new you!
Paul walks her out to her taxi.
JANE: You know, I'm going to consider what you said about coming back. But right now, I need to give my nan a proper farewell.
PAUL: Yeah, of course.
JANE: And you know, air travel does work in the other direction.
JANE: Well, maybe you should visit me in London some time?
PAUL: Yeah. Maybe I should. You take care, Mrs Harris.
She kisses him on the cheek.
JANE: Goodbye for now, Mr Robinson.
They smile at one another, as Jane's taxi drives away. Paul looks emotional as she goes.
Toadie and Sonya arrive; she's pleased she didn't have to take money from the nursery, as the cheque Jane gave to Toadie will cover the office rent. Sonya explains that she was thinking of letting Piper go from the nursery, but that she couldn't bring herself to do it. So she'll just have to come up with other ways of saving money there.
Chloe comes in, and Toadie waves her over so they can give her the rent money. But Chloe says it's too late.
CHLOE: I'm so sorry. I hadn't heard from you all morning, so everything's already in motion (...) You've been evicted.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Toadie gets a message from Clive, who has some work for him
- Clive tells Toadie that Rita Newland has taken an interest in the hospital, and he thinks it's dodgy
- Terese asks Leo why he isn't defending Chloe
- Xanthe tells Chloe that hooking up with her boss is a really bad idea
- But Leo and Chloe seem to be having a Moment™...