- Mishti tells Aaron that she's going to have to accept Paul's offer to buy her out of The Shed
- Paul wonders whether Aaron is waiting to give up the business so David can make him a ‘kept man'
- Aaron strains his back while tidying away at The Shed
- Terese tells Leo he needs to move on from the way he's Feeling™
- Karl advises Chloe to use every second that she has to look after herself
- Mark tells Chloe that Fay's card has been declined because Chloe failed to put money in the account
- Chloe offers to store Dipi's Flapper props at her house, including ‘enough dice to start a casino'
Chloe is in the manager's office; she gets a text from Karl, asking how she's feeling about everything. Terese comes in, and Chloe hits her with her latest idea – she wants to open a games room at the hotel.
TERESE: When on earth will you have time to run a games room?
CHLOE: There might be some overtime involved, but it'll pay for itself.
Terese is not convinced, and says they don't have space for a games room. Chloe wants to use one of the seldom- used meeting rooms, but Terese isn't keen on turning ‘a corporate space into a playroom'. Chloe suggests they get Leo's opinion, but Terese tells her the answer is no, and leaves the room. Chloe's phone rings.
CHLOE: Hey… You what?! Hang on, I'll be right there.
In reception, Terese exits the lift on her way home, passing Leo as she goes and choosing not to talk to him. He notices her leaving, and looks like he's about to say something, but resists.
Chloe arrives, and finds Aaron on the floor, in agony from his back injury. Chloe wants to call David, but Aaron won't let her; he doesn't want to worry David, or give Paul another reason to think he can't manage the gym. He says he has anti- inflammatories back at the house.
AARON: Just help me lock up and get me home – please?
CHLOE: (…) Okay. If you do more damage, it's on you.
She begins to help him up.
Dipi and Shane are pashing at the end of the garden, while Yashvi and Mishti watch from the patio.
YASHVI: Ugh – gross!
MISHTI: It's sweet.
YASHVI: I want to throw up.
MISHTI: I'm not saying they're perfect, but they're perfect for each other. No matter what, they always work things out.
YASHVI: I guess that is kind of nice.
MISHTI: Having someone who's always got your back is better than nice. It's…it's priceless.
Dipi and Shane join them on the patio. Yashvi explains she's got her Presenting Arguments unit at school tomorrow, and she's up against Xanthe – so she's been practising her debating skills with Mishti. The topic of the debate has yet to be revealed, but Yashvi ‘has to smash it' since it's worth 20 percent. Shane suggests Toadie could help her prepare, but Dipi says she can do it.
DIPI: I mean, when did you ever win an argument against me?
Shane drags Dipi inside for more pashing etc.
Mishti looks thoughtful.
Chloe is telling Leo about Terese stamping out her games room idea. Chloe wishes Leo was still being mentored by Terese, so he could have an input; Leo evasively tells her that he'd learned everything he was supposed to. And he's still involved as Paul's proxy as head of business affairs. Chloe begs Leo to help her launch the games room, saying they just need to prove its potential to Terese.
CHLOE: I've crunched the deets now. I'll be hostess, making sure people order drinks from room service. This is a chance for you to impress Terese, too.
LEO: Fine. I'll give Terese a call; we are due for a catch- up.
Terese is in the office when she receives a call from Leo. She looks pensive, then declines the call.
Leo looks annoyed.
Elly is at a table on her phone, apparently to Mark, given how loved up she's acting. Yashvi and Xanthe come in, and see her.
YASHVI: Ugh, it's like a virus.
XANTHE: No, I think it's sweet!
They join Elly, and she asks Mark to hold while she speaks to them. Xanthe tells Elly that her therapy's going well and that she hasn't had a seizure since last week. The girls are keen to learn what topic they'll be debating at school; Elly tells them that the subject is ‘Love is Overrated'. As resident Cupid and love cynic respectively, Xanthe and Yashvi seem pleased with this.
ELLY: However, I'm looking forward to seeing you guys argue the opposite positions.
Yashvi will be arguing the case for love, while Xanthe will have to make the case that it's overrated!
The girls look worried!
Paul and David arrive and see that The Shed is closed, and that confused extras are waiting outside. Paul is annoyed, as Aaron was supposed to open up half an hour ago. David thanks Paul for being in Aaron's corner with the business, then calls him to see where he's got to – but it goes to voicemail. David is worried, but Paul says he'll get Aaron to call him when he tracks him down.
Paul goes to talk to the extras, while David heads off to work for an appointment with his supervisor.
Aaron is still in discomfort, and is taking some painkillers. Paul turns up and lets himself in, then tears strips off Aaron for having failed to open the gym. Aaron tries to explain that it's because he had to make James redundant, but Paul tells him he's had enough of his excuses!
PAUL: You want to be more efficient, you need to pick up the slack.
Paul then makes a comparison between Aaron and David, saying that David is the responsible one.
PAUL: All those ridiculous hours he puts in at the hospital – that's not simply just for him, you know. He is trying to build a life for the two of you.
AARON: Yeah, I get that.
PAUL: Yeah, you know what? I don't think you do. See, I'm trying to help you and take the pressure off David. But you need to pull your share of the weight.
AARON: (…) It won't happen again.
PAUL: Good. That's all I'm asking, mate.
Paul leaves, and Aaron looks annoyed.
Terese walks into Chloe's new games room, annoyed that Chloe has ignored her decision. Chloe tells her that Leo approved a small- scale trial, and that all the games are hired so that if it doesn't work out, they can just go back. The room is rarely booked out, so there's no loss there. They'll have to pay Chloe some overtime, but this will be recouped in room service revenue.
CHLOE: Plus, it reinforces our family- friendly branding!
TERESE: And what's Leo's ongoing involvement?
CHLOE: Oh, nada – he just helped get it off the ground.
Terese seems somewhat placated, and says Chloe can have a week to demonstrate whether or not the games room can turn a profit. Chloe is excited.
Aaron is supervising clients, when Paul turns up. Aaron says he's sorted everything out by giving everyone who missed out this morning a free session, which will be provided in Aaron's own time. Paul is placated. David shows up and gives Aaron a big hug, asking if all's okay after this morning.
AARON: I just… had a bit of trouble getting out of bed.
PAUL: Yeah. Happens to the best of us, but we're back on track now.
DAVID: Ah – well, look at you two, like a well- oiled machine!
Aaron looks worried, but David is oblivious – and asks if he'll take on the food planning for the wedding reception, on top of everything else. David has to go to a seminar, and the caterer wants the final menu by 5pm. Paul gives Aaron a look.
AARON: Alright – consider it done.
David kisses Aaron and hugs him again, then leaves.
PAUL (to Aaron): Good boy.
Chloe's first game room clients arrive, including a ringleader, Lenny Hicks. He's unimpressed, saying these aren't the kind of games they had in mind – and thinks they should hit the sauna instead. But Chloe turns things around by showing them their ‘best game yet'.
CHLOE: Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Death by Dice! It is a family game, in that my family invented it. It's kind of like Ricochet crossed with 12 Up.
LENNY: I'm interested.
Dipi tries to help Yashvi with her debating preparation.
DIPI: Love makes the world go round.
YASHVI: Scientists may disagree.
DIPI: Ugh – cynics, maybe. But for anyone who's ever lived – anyone who's ever felt – love drives people to greatness.
YASHVI: Okay, I guess I can go with that.
DIPI: Think of the classical paintings and plays and poems that have been made in the name of love. Think of the creators – Molière, Renoir, Botticelli.
YASHVI: Pretty sure that's a type of pasta, but okay.
DIPI: Alright – think a little closer to home. I would be lost without the love of your dad, and the life we've made together. And that love has got us through so many tough times. So for anyone who thinks love is overrated – they've got rocks in their head.
YASHVI: Thanks, Mum.
Yashvi looks like she might actually be changing her mind! Meanwhile, Xanthe is at another table with Mishti, struggling with the prospect of arguing that love is overrated.
XANTHE: I literally can't think of one negative thing to say. I've been in love, and I know how amazing it is.
MISHTI: Yeah… it can be. But how often, when you first meet someone, do those feelings actually translate into long- term happiness? Almost never. Mostly, it's a mistake (…) And even couples who are well- suited have to work on it. Love's not enough on its own.
XANTHE: I do kind of see what you're saying there. That might be the hook that I need – thank you!
MISHTI: Glad I could help.
Chloe calls down to room service to order drinks for her gamers, who are fully ensconced in Death by Dice! Lenny Hicks is still dissatisfied, saying the games aren't what Chloe made them sound like downstairs.
CHLOE: When my brothers and I were kids, we used to play Death by Dice for marbles. I will never forget the time Aaron put up his tombola and I rolled a straight shooter. Cleaned him out.
LENNY: Well, that's gambling, though.
CHLOE: Gambling for marbles.
LENNY: We don't have any marbles. Would the hotel have a problem with money?
CHLOE: Technically, yes. But if I had a reason to look the other way…
Lenny hands Chloe some cash as a bribe…
Erinsborough High School
Elly introduces Yashvi and Xanthe to begin the class debate. Yashvi goes first.
YASHVI: So, I've never been in love. Not yet. But I know heaps of people that have. People in this class. And my gross parents with their PDAs, like, every day. Love is everywhere. Being alive isn't just about the physical thing, it's emotional too – that's what it is to be human. When Australians voted yes for same- sex marriage, was it because they thought love was overrated? No – it was because they thought love is essential for everyone. So, if love is all around us and it's overrated, then life is overrated. And who here thinks their life is overrated?
Everyone claps. Now it's Xanthe's turn.
XANTHE: You're being lied to. The rom- coms and the romantic love songs – that's strategic marketing. They're setting us up for disappointment. Over the course of history, many marriages, in most cultures, were arranged. And I'm not saying that arranged marriages don't have their problems, but people go into them with realistic expectations. They're not asking this one person to fulfil all of their needs and desires as a human being. But these days, that's what we all want. And I hate to break it to you, but – it's not realistic. By asking one person to fulfil everything, you put so much pressure on everyone, and in the end we're all just set to fail. And I'm not saying that you can't find love organically, because you can. But if you don't need it to have a successful marriage, then maybe love is overrated.
Everyone claps again.
David is draped around Aaron, seductively telling him he has a few minutes left of his break. Aaron's still in some discomfort, but keeping quiet about it.
AARON: Ah, well, don't forget to factor in your travel time.
DAVID: Oh, it's hot when you play by the rules.
AARON: You know what else is hot? Waiting.
DAVID: That ship sailed a long time ago!
AARON: No, how about from now until the day? Just to build the anticipation? Huh?
AARON: Why not?
DAVID: Well, I can think of one awesome reason… But I guess it's kind of romantic. I'm in if you are.
But Aaron looks worried.
Terese is walking towards the games room, and passes Leo on her way without a word. He asks her to stop avoiding him. She accuses him of getting involved in Chloe's venture as a reason to see Terese. Leo denies this, saying he's deliberately left management of the games room to Chloe.
LEO: I'd hate to think you can't be around me. Terese, I'm the one who put myself out there and got rejected – not you. Just… please. Don't feel uncomfortable around me, okay?
Terese nods and smiles uncertainly, as Leo walks away. Terese goes into the games room, where Chloe is just packing up now the guests have gone. Chloe reports strong room service sales, and Terese gives her points for initiative – but adds that they're only three hours into the trial. Terese leaves again, and Chloe gets a phone call.
CHLOE: Hey, Mum. No, no – it's good news. I'm gonna have a couple extra hundred for you this week.
Chloe comes home, just as David is leaving; he tells Aaron he'll try not to work too late.
AARON: That's fine. You know what they say about absence.
DAVID: Or in your case, abstinence.
Once David's gone, Aaron admits to Chloe that he and David have made an abstinence pact until the wedding – adding that it's just a bit of fun.
CHLOE: Your back's still bad, isn't it?
AARON: Oh, it's killing me!
CHLOE: Then why don't you tell David?
AARON: Because he's just gonna tell me to stop working and to get physio.
CHLOE: And that's a bad thing how?
AARON: Well, I can't stop working. The Shed's gonna go bust – and it's just gonna prove Paul right.
CHLOE: Right about what?
AARON: That I'm a failure, and that I'm only marrying David so I don't have to work again.
CHLOE: He does not think that, and you're not a failure!
AARON: Exactly. That's why I'm going to ride this out. Because I have to.
Aaron can barely stand, but he refuses to go to the hospital. Chloe suggests taking him to the medical centre at Eden Hills instead, and Aaron reluctantly agrees.
AARON: But, please – you can't tell anyone.
Xanthe and Yashvi are talking to Dipi about the debate; Xanthe won, even though she didn't buy her own argument! Yashvi says Xanthe was awesome.
YASHVI: I mean, who even signs themselves up for these arranged marriage websites anyway?
XANTHE: I dunno. I guess they want something out of it.
DIPI: Yeah, well – as long as no- one's forcing them. I guess that's what's important.
XANTHE: Yeah. It's sad that they're giving up on love, though.
DIPI: Yeah, I couldn't agree more. Don't let me catch either of you two giving up on love.
Dipi leaves the girls to it, and Yashvi shows Xanthe a website she's found for arranged marriages; Yashvi explains she wants to see what kinds of people are ‘still living in the olden days'. Yashvi has created a profile as a 30- year- old man, using her brother's name, Jay Rebecchi, and they are scrolling down a list of potential matches.
XANTHE: I wonder how many of these profiles were created by parents?
YASHVI: Mm. Trying to offload their kids is pretty messed- up.
Xanthe sees a profile with the username 2cross2stitch, based in Melbourne. She's a 24- year- old Hindu and a police officer, and states that she's seeking an ‘honest, reliable man for life partnership'. When Xanthe clicks on the profile to get more info, the girls are shocked to see a picture of Mishti load onto the screen!
YASHVI: Is she trying to arrange her own marriage?!
Coming up on Neighbours
- Mishti tells Dipi that the only person she can rely on is herself
- Susan asks Toadie if he understands how hard this is for Sonya
- Sonya sadly watches Nell and Toadie playing with baby Hugo
- Leo asks Terese if it's really so painful to be in the same room as him
- Leo in a bathrobe; Terese perspiring
- Terese tells Chloe she's crossed the line, and that it's over