- Susan puts pressure on Karl not to direct the MRI scheme, but Rita's disappointed
- Amy gives Jimmy her blessing to go to New York with Liam, but is crying inside
- Leo and Chloe are rumbled at the backpackers' by Paul, Mark and Terese
- Paul retains Leo as head of business affairs, but he has to become Terese's apprentice
Terese is furious that Paul has asked her to be Leo's mentor.
PAUL: He needs your expertise.
TERESE: He needs to keep it in his pants!
Paul tries to take some of the blame for Leo's failures, saying he put him in a job he wasn't ready for.
TERESE: Yes! My position!
PAUL: The kid has got potential, and with the right instruction -
TERESE: Paul - Paul! I don't have time! I barely have enough hours in the day as it is.
PAUL: Terese, I wouldn't ask you if I didn't believe in him.
TERESE: No, you wouldn't ask if it wasn't your son.
PAUL: True. But this way I finally get to help him out. Be a good dad.
Terese thinks Paul should mentor Leo if that's how he feels, but Paul says Terese can give him a better grounding, and be firm with Leo without risking their relationship. Paul promises Terese will have complete authority, and that he won't interfere...
Paul reports back to Leo that Terese has agreed to mentor him. Amy and Jimmy come in, and reveal that Jimmy has decided to go to New York with Liam for six months. Paul says it's a good decision; Liam still has a lot to prove, but he is Jimmy's dad after all. Jimmy goes to text David, who's Not In This Episode™, to tell him the news.
As Jimmy leaves the room, Amy becomes very upset - but says they still have a couple of weeks together before he goes.
Karl and Susan are about to settle down and watch another Icelandic thriller series, called Hundur.
KARL: It's no Glugginn, but apparently it's still a good Nordic romp.
SUSAN: Oh, the detective's a talking sheepdog!
KARL: Yeah, who's trying to solve an unsolvable murder on the wild south shore of Reykjavik!
Sonya turns up with a flower delivery for Karl - from Rita. Karl notices they're Susan's favourites, and Sonya admits Rita quizzed her as to what Susan would like. Susan's surprised, since she's not the one with the broken leg - and immediately suspects the flowers are Rita's way of trying massage Karl into leading the MRI scheme.
SONYA: Do you think she's maybe trying to butter you up to get to Karl?
SUSAN: Bit of a stretch.
SONYA: Why else would she make so much of an effort, though?
KARL: Listen to you two! It's like you're dissecting a murder! I feel like I'm watching Hundur already.
SUSAN: Are you saying I'm a talking dog?
Karl suggests they take the flowers on face value, and goes to give Rita a call to thank her.
At reception, Terese announces to Leo that while he's still nominally head of business affairs, in practice he'll be her intern!
TERESE: Which means doing what I say, when I say.
Leo swallows it, and asks if she wants him to handle the Face of Lassiter's meetings. Terese replies that he won't have time - she's setting him to work as a full-time cleaner! Leo is furious.
TERESE: I learnt everything about this company from the ground up, when I began in housekeeping at Lassiter's Darwin.
LEO: And I totally respect that, Terese. But is it really necessary for me to know what brand of toilet paper our guests use?
Terese thinks it is - and hands him a cleaner's uniform, telling him he starts tomorrow!
Elly is talking to Susan about Bea bailing from Aaron and David's engagement party - but says she's meeting Bea for lunch tomorrow, so she'll hopefully feel more at ease when it's just the two of them. Karl is on the phone to Rita, meanwhile, and afterwards tells Susan and Elly that Rita offered him a big pay increase to lead the MRI scheme. However, he assures Susan he's turned Rita down.
KARL: I promised you I'd be looking after my health, nothing's changed. Still, it's nice to be wanted.
But Susan is still confused as to why Rita would need Karl in particular, when there are so many other qualified doctors. Karl doesn't have any answers.
Jimmy is trying to teach Amy how to play chess, so that she can beat Paul in his place once he's gone! Jimmy also informs Amy and Paul that they need to play kick-to-kick once a week to help Amy blow off some steam! Liam arrives, and announces that there's been a hitch with Jimmy's new school in New York - someone else has been lined up to take his spot, unless he starts on Monday!
LIAM: Which means leaving tomorrow.
AMY: No - no, there's too much to organise, and - no, he's not ready!
LIAM: Well, his passport is, and I can change over the tickets.
AMY: But I thought we still had two weeks.
But Liam says the school won't budge. Jimmy says he wants to go.
JIMMY: It's sooner than we planned, I know. But it's an amazing school - great maths and physics programme. All that extra-curricular stuff.
Amy looks upset.
Shortly afterwards, Paul suggests to Amy that she could fly over to New York to help Jimmy settle in - but she says there's too much going on at Robinson Heights, with construction on the next phase starting. It's come as such a shock that Amy starts entering denial mode again, saying perhaps this is a sign that Jimmy shouldn't go at all.
PAUL: Oh, darling. Jimmy wants a relationship with his father. You said it yourself. And now Liam's finally in a position where he can give that to Jimmy. So do you honestly think that two weeks is gonna make that much of a difference?
AMY (crying): It does to me. You know, I thought I had years before I had to say goodbye to him. And even though he's a teenager now, I... I still have to stop myself from taking his hand when we cross the road. I still see him as my little baby boy.
In an attempt to reassure Amy, Paul offers to go over to New York with Jimmy and Liam for a couple of weeks, to keep an eye on things. Amy says that would make her feel better.
Karl and Susan are at a table, when Sheila and Clive turn up. Things are a little awkward after Karl and Clive's recent spat, but Clive makes a conciliatory gesture, saying he does appreciate what Karl does for the community and would hate to lose him as a friend. Karl replies in kind, saying Clive's good for the hospital, even if he does sometimes need some shaking up!
Susan explains to Sheila and Clive that Rita is still pestering Karl to run the MRI scheme, and doesn't seem to be prepared to countenance any alternative candidates.
SUSAN: And as fabulous as you are, darling, I dunno - I can't help feeling like she's got a hidden agenda, maybe.
CLIVE: Sounds like Rita to me.
SHEILA: What would it be, do you think?
KARL: Who knows? It's a moot point anyway - I'm not going to do it.
Meanwhile, Terese is moaning to Chloe about Paul whisking himself off to New York and leaving Terese to clean up the mess at the hotel. Terese also wants to talk to Chloe about her conduct.
CHLOE: What I did with Leo was stupid, and it won't happen again.
TERESE: Chloe, I'm not holding you accountable.
CHLOE: But I am. I was an equal participant.
TERESE: Even so, I would prefer it if you didn't rely so much on charm and half-truths in the workplace.
CHLOE: That's not what I do.
TERESE: Should I remind you about your résumé?
CHLOE: Look, I can do this job and stay professional.
TERESE: Good. Because I know how easy it is to give away your power when you don't realise it. I just want to give you a safe workplace to succeed. Just don't let me down.
Amy has a special surprise for Jimmy - a porter's trolley stacked with food!
AMY: Ever since we've lived here you have been obsessed with ordering room service!
JIMMY: Yeah, and you've been obsessed with saying no!
AMY: Well, not tonight. Burgers, steak sangers, wedges...
JIMMY: I dunno how you hacked it - putting up with me asking for stuff all the time.
AMY: Well, I dunno how you hacked having such a party pooper for a mum! I just wanted you to grow up right. You know, understand the value of things. And you do. I swear... when you were born, it was... like winning the lottery. I got a son, and a best mate.
They're both getting teary.
JIMMY: Part of me is scared about going.
AMY: Sweetie -
JIMMY: We've always been there for each other.
AMY: And we always will. You'll have a mum inside a computer. How cool's that?
JIMMY: It's sort of depressing.
AMY: Yeah, it is.
JIMMY: Look, I don't want you in my bedroom, crying into my pillow. So sometimes it'd be nice if you... didn't answer my calls? That way, I know you're out there having fun.
JIMMY: No, I mean it. Right? You deserve to be happy.
They hug, both crying now.
AMY: Okay - okay. Let's get stuck into this food, before it gets cold.
JIMMY: I don't think I can eat.
AMY: Well... I also ordered dessert.
JIMMY: I mean - maybe I can have a few bites.
AMY: Yeah. Maybe!
Chloe finds Leo cleaning on the mezzanine, and feels bad that he's been demoted while she still has her job. Leo is fine with it; he was the manager, and should have kept things above board.
CHLOE: Well, I didn't make things easy!
LEO: Still, I should've known better. Which is why I'm now the laughing stock of Lassiter's! (...) The staff I used to manage are having a field day.
CHLOE: Well, people may be laughing now, but it'll soon turn to respect (...) when they see how hard you've worked for success. You're not a daddy's boy anymore!
Leo doesn't appear to have mastered the art of mopping, so Chloe offers water-wringing tips from her days working in a pub in Munich. They smile at each other flirtatiously as she demonstrates...
Jimmy has brought Kirsha some leftovers from last night's room service.
KIRSHA: I'm a burger *after* midday kind of girl.
JIMMY: Except we don't have that long. I'm leaving for New York. Today.
Kirsha's upset that Jimmy didn't tell her, saying they're supposed to be best friends - but he explains he only just found out. Kirsha gets panicky.
KIRSHA: How am I supposed to survive without you? You know what the girls are like at school. Especially Poppy.
JIMMY: Don't worry about her, alright? You're heaps better. But if it all gets too much...
Jimmy hands her an old journal.
JIMMY: I wrote in this when I first got to Erinsborough. I thought it might help if you read what I went through - and add your own stuff.
KIRSHA: Are you sure you want me looking through this?
JIMMY: Hey - you said it before, alright. We're best friends. No secrets. And besides, it might be like talking to me. But better, because it can't say anything stupid!
KIRSHA: I hope it works out with your dad.
JIMMY: Yeah. Me too.
Chloe is still flirting with Leo as she helps him with the cleaning, but Terese catches them in the act!
TERESE: Just keep in mind our conversation.
Terese walks off, leaving them to it. But Leo points out to Chloe that he's technically not her superior anymore...
CHLOE: What are you suggesting - that we get frisky in the broom closet?
LEO: How about we go for dinner? We can see if there's something real between us.
CHLOE: More real than what happened on your desk?
LEO: Well, haven't you ever wondered if this could be something more?
CHLOE (awkward): No. The best part of us hooking up was the thrill that we might get caught. And then we got caught.
LEO: Doesn't mean it has to end, though, does it?
Chloe pauses, whether out of consideration of Leo's feelings, or her own.
CHLOE: The thrill's gone. And you know I'm not into commitment. Sorry.
She walks away, leaving Leo looking thoughtful.
Toadie hands Sheila some paperwork from his meetings with Rita; now she's no longer his client, they need to be shredded, at her new lawyers' request.
SHEILA: So is she hiding something?
Toadie gives Sheila a look.
TOADIE: Do you know how to use the shredder?
She assures him she can manage!
TOADIE: I don't need to remind you of the confidential nature of those documents, do I?
SHEILA: Are you saying that I'm nosy?!
TOADIE: Not at all. Happy shredding.
But Sheila is already contemplating whether to peek at the folder as he leaves!
Sheila is with Clive, Karl and Susan. Clive reminds Sheila that she can't legally look at confidential files from Toadie's office.
SHEILA: Well, Rita wants them destroyed. Which adds weight to the theory - hidden agenda!
SUSAN: Yeah, but there's no way we can know that for sure.
KARL: Or is there?
SHEILA: Well, how would I know?
KARL: Tell me you didn't have a peek!
SUSAN: Oh, did you?!
SHEILA: Does everybody in Erinsborough think I'm morally bankrupt?! I shredded the files just like Toadie asked!
SUSAN: So why is she so heavily invested in Erinsborough Hospital? Why is she so desperate to get Karl on board?
Karl says the only way to find out is for him to call Rita and ask for a face-to-face meeting. Sheila isn't sure Rita will tell him the truth, but Karl suggests they withhold judgement until he speaks to her.
Elly comes in and finds Liam at the counter, grabbing some snacks for Jimmy for the plane ride.
ELLY: You'd better do the right thing by him. Amy's putting a lot of trust in you.
LIAM: I won't let either of them down.
ELLY: Correct answer.
LIAM: You know, it's a shame things couldn't work out between us. But Amy's lucky to have a friend like you. With Jimmy leaving, he's worried she won't be able to handle it.
ELLY: Well, in that case, let's make a pact. You look after Jimmy, I'll look after Amy.
They shake on it.
Jimmy and Amy come out of the hotel with his packed bags. Kirsha is there to see him off, and Paul is travelling with them. Liam starts loading the car up.
AMY: This is taking everything I have, letting you do this.
AMY: If Jimmy didn't want to go so badly...
LIAM: I know how lucky I am to have a second shot with my son. I won't stuff this up.
AMY: You'd better not. But if you need anything, there's Aunt Lucy, and my brother and sister...
LIAM: A Robinson on every corner. I'll sleep with one eye open.
AMY: I'm serious.
LIAM: I know. That's why I won't let you down.
They hug, as Leo and Elly arrive to say goodbye too, and Jimmy promises to message Kirsha. Jimmy and Amy share an emotional hug - then Paul, Liam and Jimmy get into the car. Jimmy winds the window down, as Amy fights back the tears.
JIMMY: I wish you could come.
AMY: Me too.
He winds the window up again, hugely emotional, before mouthing through the glass...
JIMMY (silently): I love you.
AMY (silently): I love you back.
They're both in tears as they wave goodbye. Elly comforts Amy as the car drives away.
AMY: My baby...
Amy finds a parting gift from Jimmy down the back of the couch - a dirty sock! Elly suggests they go for brunch together, but Amy isn't in the mood. Elly suggests Amy join her and Bea for drinks later instead - but Amy makes excuses, saying she has loads to do around the house.
ELLY: I really hate the idea of you being alone today.
AMY: Are you kidding? I have not had my own time for thirteen years. This is luxury.
AMY: And I... I need to face reality. Jimmy's gonna be gone for months, and I need to get used to the new normal.
ELLY: If you change your mind...
AMY: ... I will call you.
Amy hurries Elly out, and the camera drifts backwards on Amy looking isolated...
Karl reports to Susan that he's called Rita, and that she's definitely holding something back.
SUSAN: Aha! What kind of something?
KARL: She didn't say. She wants to meet to discuss it.
SUSAN: Right. You need to get onto Clive. The sooner the three of you can sit down and get to the bottom of this, the better.
KARL: She doesn't want to meet with Clive. She wants to meet with us.
SUSAN: Why would she want to meet with me?
KARL: She says she has a proposition to make.
SUSAN: What kind of proposition?
KARL: Well, we'll just have to wait and find out!
Coming up on Neighbours
- Dipi and Sheila perve on a topless Cassius as he gets to work on Sheila's shrubbery
- Karl accuses Rita of being underhanded; she asks if he's putting himself first
- Charlie is back! He says there's nothing anyone can do about this; Steph asks him what's going on
- 'Patrick' tells Bea that meeting her was the best thing that ever happened to him
- Finn spies on Bea, Elly and Xanthe from afar. We hear him ask what's the worst that could happen