- Toadie suggests to Sonya that they could have a naming day ceremony for Hugo
- Sonyq tells Toadie they should give Hugo a fish name
- Karl has found a DNA match with someone who has the same ancestor in their family tree
- Aaron injures his back due to overwork at The Shed
- Paul lays into Aaron for not pulling his share of the weight with the business
- Amy tells Aaron that if David isn't pulling his weight, he needs to let him know
- Amy gets amorous with Dr Rob in a half- built house on the Robinson Heights site
Amy and Dr Rob have just TITTNL™ on the building site, and are underneath a sheet together. They seem to have enjoyed themselves – but things turn sour when they hear Paul's voice from next door; he's showing his potential clients around the site.
A naked Dr Rob attempts to retrieve their clothes before the viewing party appears – but it's too late, and he's forced to cover himself with a ‘hazardous substances' sign!
PAUL: Who are you?
DR ROB: Rob.
PAUL: … and what are you doing here?
DR ROB: Amy let me in. I'm interested in buying. Wanted to feel comfortable.
DR ROB: Yeah. It's the only way I can truly feel at home!
Paul's about to call security, but then Amy emerges from under the sheet! Paul looks embarrassed as all the extras smirk.
David turns up to see ‘Boo Boo'; he wants them to help set up for the pre- wedding party at Paul's penthouse today, but Aaron is hard at work and doesn't have anyone to close up the gym for him. David tries to persuade him to close up early; Aaron is reluctant, but says he'll try to find cover and if not, he'll close up. David kisses him, and says he'll meet him at No 24.
Toadie is with Shane and Dipi; he's stressing about all the arrangements for Hugo's naming day. Toadie admits he's a bit worried about Sonya.
TOADIE: This day is as much for her as what it is about Hugo. I just hope that she's not doing this because it's what I want.
Sonya is walking by the lake. She has a flashback to the memorial service for her and Mark's unborn child, Caitlin, which took place here last year; she's tearful and Mark is comforting her.
Back in the present, Mark turns up for real. He apologises for not being able to make the naming day, explaining he's having to go to the pre- wedding party for Aaron and David. Sonya says she understands.
SONYA: You know, I always thought that we would have a naming day for Caitlin.
MARK: Yeah, me too. I miss her so much. But here we are, a year later. You have another baby.
SONYA: Jarrod and I committed to doing whatever it would take to try and have another baby. But I never thought it would end like this – you know, helping to raise Andrea's. I mean, don't get me wrong; sometimes when I look at him, it's incredibly confronting. But then he'll smile, and I melt. And that's just what makes it so confusing.
MARK: Hard to know how to react, hey?
SONYA: Yeah. And then, today, we're presenting him as part of our family, but I… you know, Jarrod's got something that he wants to say, and (…) he hasn't said anything, but he'd like me to speak. But, I mean, I don't know what to say about Hugo when I don't really know how I feel about it all.
Amy and Rob are now dressed, and Paul is giving them a telling- off for TITTNL™ on the building site. Amy promises to call the clients and apologise, but Paul says it's best that he should handle that.
PAUL: Maybe they'll see the funny side.
Rob says it's been nice to meet Paul and goes to shake his hand – but Paul just walks out! Amy prepares to lock up the site, but Rob has something to say.
DR ROB: I had no intention of us sleeping together so soon.
AMY: I've heard that before.
DR ROB: Don't get me wrong; there's no regrets. But that's not all I'm after. I really like you, Amy.
AMY: I really like you, too.
David and Aaron arrive to help before the party. They kiss – but the moment is ruined when Aaron gets a text from Susan, saying she can't come to the party as she's double- booked. The boys are annoyed, and it's got Aaron worried because Susan hasn't sent them a copy of her speech for the wedding yet either. David tells Aaron that he's sure Susan has it covered.
David goes to get changed, and Paul comes in. He demands to know why Aaron closed The Shed early. Aaron tries to explain he closed early to come to help here, but Paul cuts him off.
PAUL: Aaron, our clients expect The Shed to maintain regular hours! And if it doesn't, they will take their business to somewhere that does!
Aaron looks stressed.
Elly is heading off to the pre- wedding party, and tells Susan and Karl to have fun at Hugo's naming day before leaving. Karl shows Susan a message he's had back from his mysterious relative, ‘JDS', via the Ancestry website.
SUSAN (reading): Dear Karl – thank you for getting in touch. My name is Jemima Davies- Smythe and I can confirm that my father was Ron Davies- Smythe, so that makes me your half- sister (…) For personal reasons, I have no desire to be listed on the family tree, not now or in the future. I live in Victoria and enjoy good health. I wish the same for you. All the best for the future (…)
KARL: And that, as they say in the classics, is that.
Karl closes his laptop, evidently disappointed.
Amy and Elly are already sloshed as the party gets underway. Amy's avoiding Paul! Elly asks how her liaison with Dr Rob went.
AMY: It was pretty good.
ELLY: Good, like, good, good – or good, like, good, great?
AMY: Great! Totally unexpected and… hot. And he's genuinely a nice guy who's interested in what I do.
In which case, Elly wants to know, why hasn't Amy invited Dr Rob to the party? Amy admits that she thinks that could constitute moving too fast.
Among the attendees gathering for the naming day are Toadie, Sonya, Hugo (of course), Nell, Shane, Dipi, Yashvi, Susan and Karl. Karl is talking to Susan about his half- sister Jemima; he's baffled as to why she apparently doesn't want to meet him, given that she lives in Victoria. Susan assures him he still has ‘all of us'.
SUSAN: And we love you just for who you are, not because of some blood tie. That's not the meaning of family, is it?
An uncomfortable Sonya appears behind them with drinks, seemingly reflecting on the bearing Susan's words have on her own situation with Hugo. Toadie asks if they're ready to start the ceremony, and Susan says she is. Sonya looks less sure!
SUSAN: We're here to celebrate Hugo's naming day, and to kick off proceedings, Toadie would like to say a few words.
TOADIE: Yes. Thank you very much, everyone, for coming here today. It means the world to us, doesn't it, mister?
TOADIE: I know this is a little unusual. As you all know, Sonya and I didn't actually name Hugo. But when I looked up the meaning of his name, it actually has Germanic origin, and it means ‘bright of mind and spirit'. And we thought that was pretty apt for this little bright spark. And we wanted to do something to commemorate this occasion – so Sonya came up with the idea of giving Hugo his fish name.
ALL: (murmurs of approval)
TOADIE: So, in honour of this little bright spark, Hugo's new fish name is Sunfish – Sunny for short.
ALL: (more murmurs of approval)
TOADIE: So everyone – say hi to Sunny. And Sunny, this is your new family.
Everyone smiles, including (a little hesitantly) Sonya.
TOADIE: Well, it wouldn't be a naming day without a free glass of champagne and a cupcake. So get in there before Karl does!
Paul, Amy, Chloe, David and Aaron are at the party. Aaron is clearly quite tense, having been put on champagne duty by Paul, who is watching him to make sure he's pulling his weight! Amy is trying to make amends with Chloe for getting her games room shut down, by offering to help her come up with alternative ventures. But Chloe is understanding, saying Amy did the right thing.
Leo appears, and asks Chloe when Terese is due back from Los Angeles. Chloe isn't sure, and when she asks Leo why he needs to know, he says it's ‘just some work stuff'. Paul sidles up as Chloe comments that Terese has trained Leo well.
PAUL: Yeah, I think putting those two together was one of my better ideas!
Elly seems even more sloshed than before, and is now hanging off Mark's arm. Elly thanks Paul for a great party, and Aaron overhears as Paul pointedly says he had to do something, since no- one organised a buck's party. Mark also thanks Paul for stepping in to help Aaron at The Shed.
PAUL: Yeah, well, I would do anything for my family, you know that.
Aaron pulls resentful faces at this, and even more so as Elly congratulates Paul for the money he put into the hospital to get David his surgical placement.
Sonya watches rather sadly, feeling isolated as everyone else at the naming day enjoys themselves. She decides it's time for her to speak.
SONYA: Can I just share a few thoughts? First of all, I do want to say how special it is for Jarrod and I that you're all here (…) Like Jarrod said, this is all a bit unorthodox. But we're really trying to find what this naming day means for us and for our family, and I do think that part of that is acknowledging and naming the very special people that we have in our life. So, Karl and Susan, thank you – you're our rocks, you're our inspiration, and we really couldn't do half the stuff we do without you. The Other Rebecchis – you've always been our family, but from a distance. But here you are, and it's so wonderful to have you here. Jellyfish –
NELL: Hi, Mummy!
SONYA: I love you so much my heart could explode, sweetie. Yeah – look. You're all… I mean, you're all my family, however we've come together. Because there's love between us, and that's just so much more important than blood ties or labels. For me, family's forever.
She takes Hugo from Toadie.
SONYA: And so, I want to say to this little one, I want to say to you… yeah, Sunnyfish. It really doesn't matter how you came into our lives, sweetheart. You're here, and I really – I wouldn't change that. Because you're my family, and I'm yours, sweetie.
Toadie hugs them both.
Amy and Elly are picking up some ice for the party. Dr Rob is playing pool with a friend, and notices them. Elly goes to leave with the ice, and Dr Rob suggests he and Amy go out together – so she's forced to explain that she's at David and Aaron's party, adding that it's ‘just family'. But she offers to text him later so they can arrange a date for next week, and Rob agrees.
As Amy leaves, Elly chastises her for not inviting Rob to the party. But Amy's convinced that she needs to slow things down and pursue the relationship with Rob on her own terms.
Toadie, Dipi and Shane are on the patio, with Hugo in his pram. Dipi gets a text from Clive, asking if they can meet tomorrow; but when Shane asks who the message is from, she claims it's a customer from Harold's checking on their order.
Sonya comes out of the house to join them, and Shane and Dipi go inside to check on the kids. Mark turns up; he's come to see how the naming day went, and Sonya and Toadie fill him in on Hugo's new fish name. Mark gives them a gift voucher for Chloe's photographer contact, Annabel Rutherford – it's a family photoshoot. They thank Mark, and Toadie hugs him.
David, Leo and Paul reminisce about how David came out to them, and how supportive Paul was, while Aaron steams from the sidelines.
PAUL: It broke my heart, though, that you felt you had to hide who you really were – worried about how people were gonna react. Especially me. When in reality, it was so easy to accept and love you.
DAVID: I remember you asking if there was anyone in particular I was interested in.
LEO: Oh, clearly Aaron!
DAVID (to Paul): You've always known what I've wanted, even before I could say it. You always wanted the best for me – you know, the hospital, this party. Your constant support. I can't thank you enough for all you've done. For the both of us.
PAUL: You do make it easy – and me proud.
Sick of hearing how perfect Paul is, Aaron goes out onto the balcony, to join Chloe. He admits his back's playing up, but she correctly guesses that's not his only problem and tells him to vent. He admits that, while he appreciates the effort Paul's gone to with the party, Aaron feels like he's the one who's organising the entire wedding, on top of Paul's ‘ridiculous expectations' for The Shed.
CHLOE: Maybe you should be telling David this?
AARON: That's just gonna make me sound ungrateful, isn't it? No, I just have to wait till the wedding is over – and then everything will be fine.
Karl is at his laptop, overanalysing the message from Jemima Davies- Smythe in the hope that he'll realise he read it the wrong way before.
SUSAN: I'm sorry it didn't work out for you. But, hey – you've still got us.
KARL: Yes, you're right. And, you know, true family are the people you spend your whole life with – not blood relatives you've never met.
SUSAN: And yet you still don't seem able to let this go.
KARL: I started this search, and just to be brushed off like it's – it's so disappointing. Not to mention confusing.
SUSAN: Well, there could be a lot of reasons why she's being so reserved. She doesn't know much about you; maybe she's afraid of what she'll find!
KARL: Should I write to her again, just to reassure her I'm not some big scary ogre?
Susan thinks this might make things worse and scare Jemima off completely.
SUSAN: I really think you've just got to let it go.
David is now a little sloshed himself, as he tells Paul and Mark an anecdote about how Dipi's dance lessons were just an excuse to make him and Aaron perform scenes from Flapper!
PAUL: That woman is tenacious!
Paul asks David and Aaron to demonstrate the traditional bridal waltz they've learned for the wedding. Aaron isn't keen; he's conscious of his back injury but, not wanting to tell David about this, deploys other excuses. But David insists, and starts pulling Aaron into a dance – causing him to cry out in agony.
DAVID: Are you okay?!
AARON: No! I'm not! I hurt myself at the gym because of him.
He gestures at Paul.
AARON: He made me cut back all of my trainers, so now I have to handle everything on my own.
DAVID: Why didn't you say something?
AARON: Oh, well, maybe that's because I'm an awful business owner who constantly makes excuses!
PAUL: Well, it sounds to me like you're looking for somebody to blame!
AARON: Well, maybe I am! But somehow, I'm the one who has to slave away 24/7 at The Shed, organise this wedding, all whilst supporting his career!
Aaron hobbles off, as David looks worried and Paul looks angry.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Aaron reminds Mark what they say about bad things happening in threes
- Mishti tells Shane that her first date with Pavan is looming; she still doesn't know what he looks like
- Mark tells David that Paul pressures people till they break; David says that's a bit harsh
- Karl shows Susan something he's found online
- Leo and Terese appear to be about to have a Moment™ in the hotel lift