- Toadie offers Sheila a role as his new assistant
- But she puts her foot in it by mistakenly sending a letter he's drafted about Philippa's affair to Max
- Jimmy and Amy bid one another a tearful goodbye
- Amy realises she accidentally stole a necklace, but on returning to the shop she decides to keep it
- Chloe tells Mishti there's nothing wrong with random hook- ups; cue Mishti making eyes at Dilhan
- Dilhan and Mishti TITTNL™, but later he robs her purse and runs off when interrupted by Xanthe
- Mishti gets a message from Dilhan, telling her to call the cops or else a video will go viral
- Mishti plays the video, and realises that Dilhan was secretly filming her in the bedroom
There's an update to the opening titles today, as Steph (Carla Bonner) is removed from the first shot.
Dipi and Aaron are comparing notes on men on a dating app.
AARON: Rule number one – never swipe right on a dude with a mirror selfie!
It turns out that Aaron's looking for potential dating matches for Mishti, following her request to him and David to be her dating advisors. Mishti herself comes in, looking forlorn, and is unresponsive to Dipi and Aaron showing her potential dates on the app.
MISHTI: Shut down my account. No guy will want to be with me after this.
AARON: After what?
Amy comes in with more loot she's stolen from a clothes store, but she's surprised by David's entrance, and quickly hides the clothes down the back of the couch. David says he's meeting Leo for a drink and invites her to join, but Amy says she's meeting Chloe soon anyway. David leaves, and Amy retrieves her stolen outfit, before pulling off the barcode tag.
Mishti explains to Aaron and Dipi that Dilhan must have hidden his phone somewhere so it could film them TITTNL™ without being noticed.
DIPI: This is disgusting. You cannot let him get away with it.
But Mishti explains that if she doesn't withdraw the burglary complaint, Dilhan intends to publish the video online. She feels humiliated and like an idiot, but Dipi and Aaron reassure her she did nothing wrong. Mishti is worried that the video might come up in searches by prospective employers or dates further down the line.
DIPI: I wouldn't judge you if you did get the charges dropped.
AARON: Hold on. Spreading that video is against the law too. Wouldn't he get into more trouble if you got him for that and the burglary?
MISHTI: He's taking a risk – hoping I'll care more about my reputation than my job. If this was happening to anyone else, I'd tell them not to give this guy an inch.
AARON: Yeah, but it's harder when you're the one being threatened.
MISHTI: It's impossible.
Gary and Sheila are hanging out with Toadie and letting him taste- test some Flametree desserts, to try and take his mind off Steph leaving. Toadie insists he's fine, but Sheila isn't buying it.
SHEILA: That whole mix- up with Steph and the letter to Max would never have happened if I'd gone with my gut. And that's what I'm gonna do now – trust my instincts.
TOADIE: Or you could trust me when I say that honestly, I am fine.
SHEILA: Doesn't look like it!
Toadie tells her that his low mood is less to do with Steph leaving, and more to do with a meeting with a client tomorrow, George Vellekoop. He has prep to do for the meeting, but Sheila snatches the documentation from him, saying it's not good for him to work into the night.
TOADIE (to Gary): Does she let you make any decisions?
GARY: Oh, sometimes she lets me choose the colour of my undies.
SHEILA: Yeah. Sometimes. What you need is time to grieve. So I am gonna call George Vellekoop, and I'm going to shift the meeting tomorrow.
SHEILA: No, I know when you need a mental health day!
TOADIE: No, no – enough! I am taking the meeting. And just remember who's boss around here.
TOADIE: Sheila, I am. I'm the boss.
GARY: I'm going commando today.
David and Leo are having a game of pool. David is stressing about his pitch to be on the hospital board, and Leo tries to reassure him – pointing out that he has Clive's support. Amy and Chloe come in, chatting, and Leo remarks to David that it seems weird they're becoming friends. However, they agree it's good to see Amy happy since Jimmy's departure.
Meanwhile, Amy is telling Chloe about her newfound pastime – shoplifting!
CHLOE: If we looked up the definition of kleptomaniac right now – your mugshot, front and centre!
AMY: I know it's wrong. But I have a strict code of ethics.
CHLOE: Oh, like the mafia?
AMY: Yeah. No, no! I mean, I only take things from places that have losses built into their profit margins.
CHLOE: So, basically, Robin Hood. Except for the part where you give to the poor!
AMY: Well, I can stop anytime I like. And I'll probably end up just giving all the stuff back.
But Chloe is admiring Amy's new stolen top!
CHLOE: Maybe keep this, though. It's really cute- where did you lift it from?
AMY: Shh! The Haus of Elisabeth, that pop- up shop next door (…) They are a massive chain. They can afford it.
CHLOE: They emailed Terese today, wanting to up security after a spate of thefts.
AMY: Oh, I'm very careful.
CHLOE: You're not worried the circle might close in on you?
AMY: I can stop anytime I like. And as soon as it loses its fun, I'm out.
Mishti has returned to Aaron's for a cuppa. He explains he's asked Piper to come round and talk to her about the time she got doxxed, and all her personal stuff was published online. Sure enough, Piper turns up. She doesn't know exactly what has gone on, but reminds Mishti of her advice to Piper after the doxxing – to contact the web administrator and take the guy's power away.
MISHTI: And that blew up in your face.
PIPER: Still – it doesn't mean it wasn't the right thing to do.
Mishti explains she's being blackmailed by Dilhan, with the video he illicitly made of them TITTNL™.
PIPER: What would you tell me to do, right now, if this was me?
MISHTI: Don't negotiate.
PIPER: There you go.
MISHTI: It's not the same when it's me!
PIPER: Okay. Well, there are ways that you can bury a video. You know, through searches – if this video does get uploaded.
MISHTI: Never goes away though, does it?
PIPER: No. I mean, that video I made for Tyler – that's still out there. And it took me ages to feel safe again, even outside the internet.
MISHTI: If this goes public, I'm not sure how I'll handle it. But if I let Dilhan get away with it, he could do it again to someone else.
Aaron points out that, whatever Mishti does, Dilhan will still have the video. Piper says that the only way to truly get out of it, is to make sure he doesn't upload it in the first place. Mishti gets another message from Dilhan, which says: ‘time's running out'.
Mishti is hanging out by the pool, when Dipi and Aaron turn up. Mishti announces that she's decided to make sure there's no video for Dilhan to upload, by luring him out and getting his phone.
DIPI: Everyone has fingerprint protection and passcodes, Mish – think this through!
AARON: And how do you know he hasn't transferred the footage elsewhere?
DIPI: It's too risky and dangerous.
MISHTI: I couldn't sleep last night. So I spent it looking into him. Turns out I'm not the only one who's shown up in his videos (…) I can't say for sure they were filmed without consent, but it looks like he's got form.
DIPI: Well, all the more reason you shouldn't do this!
MISHTI: I've never been a victim and I'm not going to start now.
Aaron announces that he could meet up with Dilhan.
AARON: I'll just pretend to be another creep and offer to transfer videos.
MISHTI: I can't ask you to do that.
AARON: You're not asking. And if he is anything like we think he is, he might be into it.
Dipi is very sceptical, but Aaron thinks they have nothing to lose. Mishti agrees, but says Aaron will have to work to convince Dilhan he's legit.
AARON: You just watch me.
Sheila and Toadie come in for a coffee. The queue is long, so Toadie suggests they go to The Waterhole instead, but Sheila has no intention of putting money in Paul's pockets after he fired her! She adds that Toadie should be supporting Dipi's business, since she's family.
Toadie decides to head back to the office for his meeting with George Vellekoop, who doesn't like being kept waiting – leaving Sheila to get the coffees. Chloe, who is in the queue and has been earwigging, chips in.
CHLOE: Hot tip for us assistants – put your boss's wants before your own.
SHEILA: What was that? I could've sworn that I heard someone much younger and less experienced than I am trying to give me advice.
CHLOE: Only trying to be a spirit sister!
SHEILA: Well, I'll tell you something for nothing. It's not what they want, it's what they need. And a good assistant knows the difference.
CHLOE: Sounded to me like Toadie wanted and needed a coffee ASAP!
Sheila says he's just upset because of Steph leaving – but Chloe retorts that sometimes it's best to take what people say at face value. Sheila says that understanding is the asset Toadie needs from her.
SHEILA: Quite different to the assets that you've been working with your boss of late.
CHLOE: Walked right into that one, didn't I? Points!
SHEILA: Scooch, sister!
Toadie is meeting with George Vellekoop about his divorce settlement, and Toadie has drawn up what he suggests is a fair starting point for discussions.
GEORGE VELLEKOOP: I want what's mine, not what's fair!
Sheila comes in with the coffees, and Toadie introduces her to George Vellekoop. Toadie continues to patiently explain that a court won't give him everything he wants, but he's furious at the idea that his wife would get any share in the business he built before he married her.
GEORGE VELLEKOOP: Whose lawyer are you again, Jarrod?
TOADIE: I'm yours, George. I am yours (…)
SHEILA: I think what Mr Rebecchi is trying to say –
SHEILA: – is that you should be careful coming on too strong. This reminds me of a friend of mine back in Frankston, Bev Feathers, and her divorce.
TOADIE: Thanks very much for your input, Sheila –
SHEILA: You see, her husband Trevor, he stuck his nose up at a split – you know, 50- 50. But she knew where the bodies were buried, so to speak. Although, Trevor used to give me a bit of a creepy side- eye, so for all I know there could've been actual bodies!
TOADIE: Sheila, maybe some pastries would go really good with these coffees –
SHEILA: My point is, that your wife will not hesitate to dig up all your dirty little secrets if she even gets a whiff of you planning to give her any less than half. I'd be careful if I were you, love.
Sheila pats George Vellekoop on the shoulder, and walks off.
Amy is trying on more stolen jewellery, but again hides it as the lift opens. This time, it's Leo – and he wants to look down the couch for his missing phone. Amy tells him she saw the phone in the kitchen, before retrieving her stash from the couch and hiding the stolen goods in one of the drawers in the desk.
While this is going on, Leo expresses surprise (from the next room) that Amy and Chloe are such good friends. Amy retorts that Chloe was good enough for him, but Leo accuses Amy of being more ‘straighty 180' than he is. With the stash hidden, Amy leaves the apartment with Leo in the lift, having admitted she's late for a work meeting.
A car park somewhere
Aaron meets up with Dilhan. Aaron has a USB stick with him, and Dilhan has his laptop.
DILHAN: Any reason we couldn't do this online?
AARON: What, do you think I'm an idiot, mate? No trails.
DILHAN: Fair enough.
AARON: Have you ever done this before?
DILHAN: What's that supposed to mean?
AARON: It means that I've got a lot of stuff on here that could get me into serious trouble (…)
DILHAN: You going to give me a look, then?
Aaron pretends to get cold feet and that he suspects he's being set up, and starts walking away. But Dilhan calls him back, assuring him it's not a set- up.
DILHAN: When you see what I've got on here, you'll know I'm in the game.
Aaron walks back towards him again.
Toadie apologises to an increasingly cranky- looking George Vellekoop for Sheila's ‘lively interruption'. But George Vellekoop thinks Sheila's right, and now wants to propose a 50- 50 split to his wife. Toadie isn't sure that's necessary, but George Vellekoop insists that's what he wants drawing up, and leaves.
Dilhan smirks as he shows Aaron his videos – the latest one, he explains, is of a cop.
DILHAN: Do you want to plug yours in here?
AARON: No. Go on, you show me yours first.
Dilhan goes to show Aaron the video – as Mishti appears in the background. Aaron asks if he keeps copies on the cloud. Dilhan responds, ‘yeah, right', then asks what security setup Aaron uses.
AARON: Why, so you can go and hack it?
DILHAN: Well, everything I get, I put on here – nowhere else. So it's isolated. Are you telling me your computer isn't air- gapped?
Aaron clearly doesn't know what this means, and Dilhan is surprised. But at that moment, Mishti shows up and announces she's arresting him for attempted burglary. While she cuffs Dilhan, Aaron seizes the laptop and deletes the video of Mishti.
Chloe comes in and finds Leo with Paul, who has arrived back from New York. He says he's seen the email from the Haus of Elisabeth pop- up store about them wanting extra security following the thefts, and asks if it's been dealt with. Chloe replies that she's ‘very much on it'. Paul and Leo leave.
Toadie comes, and finds Sheila reading the paper. He tells Sheila that George Vellekoop has agreed to settle 50- 50 – but adds that what she did was completely inappropriate.
TOADIE: Firstly, you accused my client of having dirty little secrets.
SHEILA: Everybody has dirty little secrets!
TOADIE: George is temperamental. I know how to get him to agree to things, by letting him think that it was his idea in the first place. And that takes time.
SHEILA: Well, I just sped up your process a bit, you know. You can thank me now, or later!
TOADIE: He's been married for five years. She isn't even entitled to a 50- 50 split.
SHEILA: Well, in my defence, you didn't tell me that little bit!
TOADIE: Nor should I, because you are not the one who is meant to be giving him legal counsel!
SHEILA: Oh, so I'm just supposed to be the dutiful little EA who gets your coffee and keeps her trap shut?
TOADIE: Yes! Sheila, from now on, keep your trap shut, keep your head down. Just do the job that I'm paying you to do. If you don't think you can do that, I'm going to have to find someone that will.
He gets up and leaves.
Harold's Café / The Handywoman
Meanwhile, Chloe is on the phone to Amy, who's at the yard.
CHLOE: Hey, there, light- fingers!
AMY: Can you not?
Amy asks if Chloe wants to go for lunch later – but Chloe tells her Paul's back, and will be looking to spend some family time with Amy today. Amy goes into a panic; she wasn't expecting him back till later, and she's put the stolen clothes in the desk where Paul keeps his scotch! Chloe adds that Paul has read about the Haus of Elisabeth thefts. Even more worried, Amy leaps in the ute to go home.
Sheila leaves Harold's looking deflated, and glances forlornly over at her old place of employment, The Waterhole.
Meanwhile, Mishti emerges from the police station, telling Dipi and Aaron that Dilhan has been charged with attempted burglary; with Xanthe coming to give testimony later, it should be more than enough evidence, she says. In addition, the cybercrime team are looking at laying charges regarding the other videos they found on the laptop, depending on their legality.
Mishti thanks Aaron for his help, but still seems worried, and asks if the video was only on the laptop. Aaron says that Dilhan bamboozled him with security chat, but that he did say it was only in the one place. Mishti says she'll never know for sure whether that's the truth. Aaron hugs her and says it will take a while for her to feel safe, like Piper said, but that she'll get there. Mishti agrees.
Amy comes in to find Paul, Leo and David in the living room. Clearly he hasn't found the stash of stolen clothes; Paul suggests they go out to lunch together, telling Amy that Lucy is watching out for Jimmy in New York now Paul's home. Paul's also excited that David is applying to be on the hospital board, and seems sure he'll be elected.
Paul proposes a drink, and Amy is keen for it to be in the pub – but Paul clearly has a scotch on the balcony in mind!
AMY: It's too windy! And you've been up in the air – you need to lower your centre of gravity!
But Paul wants his scotch, and heads straight for the drawer where the clothes are hidden. Amy stops him from opening it.
AMY: You can't go in there!
PAUL: Why not? Amy, is everything okay?
AMY: Yes! I mean, umm… Okay. Dad, David, Leo – there's something I need to tell you.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Bea tells ‘Patrick' she wants him to have the best care
- ‘Patrick' replies by telling her to keep her mouth shut and not talk to anyone about him, ever!
- Cassius tells Toadie that he's met Sonya, who said she'd keep him in mind
- This is interspersed with shots of Sonya ogling Cassius, and Toadie looking jealous
- Karl is having chest pains, and Rita wants to take him to hospital – he says it's not necessary