- Xanthe and Yashvi tell Mishti they've found her profile on an arranged marriage website
- Mishti's date Pavan gives her a confectionery ring and she promises to think about marrying him
- Gary tells Xanthe that the insurance company are coughing up $220,000 for her injury claim
- Now Xanthe just needs another $100,000 to study medicine – Gary promises to find it for her
- Yasvhi loses her lucky sports towel; Dipi explains she gave it to Ned after he spilt coffee on himself
- Ned takes the towel with him to the sauna, but dozes off as the heat rises…
Ned is unconscious and dripping with sweat in the sauna.
Dipi and Yashvi are on the patio when Shane arrives.
YASHVI: Can I go now, can I go now, can I go now, can I go now, can I go now, can I go now…
Dipi explains that Yashvi wants to go and retrieve her lucky towel from Ned, but that she's asked her to wait until after dinner as it's almost ready. Eager for quiet, Shane tells Yashvi to go and get the towel now, but Dipi reminds her to be home in 15 minutes for dinner.
As Yashvi leaves, Mishti emerges. She tells Dipi and Shane that Pavan, her date from the arranged marriage site, is coming down from Sydney tomorrow and would like to meet them.
MISHTI: Why not?
SHANE: Yep, we can do that, can't we, Dip?
Dipi reluctantly agrees; Mishti says she and Pavan might go to an improvised comedy show tomorrow night, so proposes they meet them for lunch beforehand.
MISHTI: He's into comedy, remember? You two can talk drama nerd skills at lunch.
Dipi agrees, and Mishti says she appreciates her support, before leaving.
SHANE: It's a meet- and- greet, not a wedding.
DIPI: I know.
SHANE: Maybe you can share your secret talent with Pavan, like you did with Clive?
DIPI: You haven't said anything to Sheila, have you?
SHANE: … Nah.
DIPI: Good. Keep it that way!
The Flametree Retreat
Clive and Sheila are in bathrobes and matching foot spas – Sheila thanks Clive for a lovely afternoon and says this is the ‘perfect way to recover'. They kiss.
GARY: Oh, ease up, Mum. Xanthe's still getting over her physical scars – you don't want to give her any psychological ones!
Gary is randomly dispensing champagne with Xanthe and Toadie at the other side of the room – it turns out the Cannings are celebrating Xanthe's $220,000 payout, and Toadie is guest of honour as they couldn't have done it without him.
Toadie asks what Xanthe has planned for the money – she explains it will cover most of the costs for a private medicine course, and that Gary's going to cover the $100,000 shortfall. Gary says he's made appointments with ‘all the major banks' tomorrow in the hope of getting a loan. But he adds that he and the banks haven't always seen eye- to- eye.
XANTHE: No- one's going to turn down the best, most incredible dad in the world!
They all toast the payout.
Yashvi turns up looking for Ned and her lucky towel.
YASHVI: Surely you have something you can't possibly live without?
BEA: Well, I haven't really had that much for the last few years.
YASHVI: Look at the foot in my mouth.
Yashvi explains she came here to ask about Ned because she thinks Ned and Elly are friends. Bea explains that Elly's Not In This Episode™, but that when Bea last saw Ned he was heading to the sauna at Lassiter's. Yashvi rushes off on his trail.
Gary is practising his spiel for the bank managers on Amy. They're interrupted by Amy's phone ringing – it's Dr Rob. She ignores it, saying she's meeting him later. Gary says he can go if she needs time to get ready, but Amy seems keen to continue helping Gary. Gary starts comparing himself to Dr Rob, imagining he'd find it far easier to get a bank loan.
GARY: The second I step foot into these banks, their beady little eyes will see right through me (…) I'm an ex- con, a total pauper, and I break out into this nervous sweat. It's not pretty.
Amy tells Gary he's being ridiculous.
GARY: I promised Xanthe I'd get her this money. I couldn't protect her when Finn ripped through our lives twice. I can't let her down now.
AMY: That's why you need to back yourself, and believe that you're worth it.
In a bid to help him, Amy offers to accompany Gary to the bank meetings tomorrow, as his executive assistant!
Yashvi comes in and finds Ned unconscious in the sauna. When she's unable to wake him, she tries to drag him out of the sauna – but she can't move him. She shouts out for help, then calls an ambulance…
Shortly afterwards, the paramedics arrive – and Amy is on hand to see Ned being wheeled into the ambulance. Yashvi explains what's happened and that they think he has hyperthermia. Paramedic Patricia says they'll take him into hospital for monitoring overnight, but assures Yashvi he will be alright.
PATRICIA: A few more minutes and it might've been a different story – but that didn't happen.
Yasvhi laments to Amy that her lucky towel didn't prove so lucky for Ned.
AMY: You heard her. You saved his life. Makes that towel very lucky.
The next day, Dipi is telling Sheila about what happened with Ned. She's feeling guilty that she almost didn't let Yashvi go to find him, but Sheila points out that if Dipi hadn't given him the towel in the first place, no- one would have ever found him.
DIPI: Feels like someone up there's looking out for him.
Dipi explains she needs a table for four for their lunch with Mishti and Pavan. They're not bringing Yashvi and Kirsha, she explains; she doesn't want them involved in case things don't work out with Pavan.
SHEILA: What are the chances of that?
DIPI: One can hope. But I am trying to be supportive.
SHEILA: Oh, sounds like it (!)
DIPI: No, I just want Mish to slow down. Next thing, she'll be in Sydney to meet his family. They'll give their approval, and she'll end up making a lifelong commitment to someone she doesn't even know.
Sheila points out that Mishti doesn't even know Pavan's ‘irks' yet.
SHEILA: When Frank died, I dipped my toe in the Frankston dating pool – more like a swamp, really – and I met Percy. Oh, I thought he was wonderful at first.
DIPI: What happened?
SHEILA: Well, I saw him work his way through a leg of lamb.
DIPI: Oh, was he an open- mouth chewer?
SHEILA: Oh, like a bear mauling a carcass!
SHEILA: Yeah, can't be unseen.
Clive appears behind them, and asks what his irks are! Sheila says he doesn't have any, kisses him and walks off. Clive thanks Dipi ‘for yesterday'.
DIPI: No worries. We need to be a bit more discreet next time.
A high street somewhere
Amy and Gary pull up in her ute, for one of the bank meetings. They practice the spiel again, then head inside for the meeting. We cut to afterwards, back in the ute.
AMY: Maybe next time, don't lead with the fact that you've done jail time?
We cut to them getting back into the ute after a second meeting.
AMY: I thought she was pregnant too! I'm sure she won't hold it against you when she's making the decision.
And now they're returning after a third meeting! Gary's now frustrated and blaming Amy for letting him ‘talk drivel'. We see his list of banks, with three now crossed off – West Waratah Mutual Bank, Eden Hills Equity Group and Anson's Corner Alliance! Erinsborough Bank is the last uncrossed one on the list.
AMY: They said they would've given you a loan. That's better than most.
GARY: Yeah. If I earned more money and had a permanent contract with the Retreat.
Amy tells him he should talk to Steph about that.
Ned is in the garden, recovering from his ordeal. Yashvi turns up to check on him. He thanks her for saving him.
YASHVI: No sweat. You've done enough of that!
She explains about the lucky footie towel and how it led to her tracking him down. Ned empathises; he used to have lucky sports socks until his mum threw them out! He apologises for the ‘serious stank factor' the towel will have now. Yashvi assures him she'll put it in the wash. She says she suffered in training without it; her coach is disappointed with her marking.
NED: I can give you a hand if you want. I used to be a pretty good mark.
NED: Yeah. I mean, it's the least I can do, seeing as I'm – you know – not dead!
They shake on it, and Yashvi leaves.
Mishti and Pavan turn up for lunch with Dipi and Shane. Shane is friendly, but Dipi more reserved, and even more so at the mention of marriage. Toadie turns up and asks where Dipi wants him; Dipi explains that she's arranged for the drama group to meet, so they can have an improv session, since she knows Pavan's into stand- up. He's bemused, but keen to give it a go.
Meanwhile, Clive is with Sheila – they kiss and he promises to catch up with her later, before leaving. Sheila explains to Dipi and Shane that he has an emergency at the hospital.
SHANE: A bit hard up, is he?
Shane heads off to the bar, and Sheila asks Dipi if she's uncovered any of Pavan's irks yet. Dipi reveals her motivations for arranging the improv session, saying the biggest irk is a man who thinks he's funny when he's not. Clearly, she's hoping Pavan will show himself up.
SHEILA: What if he's a comic genius?
DIPI: Please – he's a dentist!
The Flametree Retreat
Bea is collecting some herbal remedies for her insomnia from Gary, when Amy comes in. She tells them about Ned passing out in the sauna last night. Bea is shocked and rushes off.
Gary tells Amy that Steph's prepared to give him what he needs in terms of a permanent contract and better pay, provided that he can raise the Retreat's revenues by 10%. He's struggling to see how he'll manage that; he already works more than he's paid for. Amy offers to help him come up with some ideas.
Toadie is providing beatbox percussion as Shane performs an improvised rap, apparently about Noah and the flood!
SHEILA (to Dipi): Whose irks was this supposed to bring out again?
DIPI: Shane has many other qualities.
SHANE: Oh, if you say so, love!
Now it's Pavan's turn to do a rap, and Mishti suggests his topic should be arranged marriages. Toadie accompanies again.
PAVAN: You may think me deranged
To want to do this arranged,
They go, ‘what you doing, boy?
Check out the full range!'
But I want to bring home that ham,
I want to make me that fam –
I want to make one so glam,
I chuck it up on Instagram.
My ‘rents will love Mishti,
She impress like… pot pourri!
Absolute – she cute, astute,
Make a guy go mute –
And she's totally hot to boot!
Everyone cheers and claps enthusiastically, except for Dipi!
SHEILA (to Dipi): So – got a Plan B?
Bea catches up with Ned, concerned to ensure that he's okay after his sauna ordeal. He says he's fine, but lucky that Yashvi was there. Bea feels like it's her fault he fell asleep in the sauna, because he was tired from all the night walks they've been doing. She apologises and suggests they should stop, but Ned won't hear of it.
NED: Nothing's gonna stop our walks. I enjoy them too much.
BEA: You do?
NED: Yeah. It's my favourite part of the day… night.
BEA: Yeah. Mine too.
Bea tells Ned to take it easy. She explains she's got a melatonin spray from the Retreat to help with her insomnia. Ned tells her not to take too much, or she'll be too tired for walking and where would that leave him?
BEA: I'm so glad you're okay.
NED: Me too.
Yashvi runs into the garden, and grabs her lucky towel which is hanging on a chair on the patio, before throwing it in the air like a footie.
YASHVI: Rebecchi comes from behind – oh, what a leap! You beauty. How is she this good? Best and fairest? Wow – I always dreamed of winning this – thank you so much! I just want to say, I wouldn't be here without my amazing personal coach Ned Willis. This one's for you, Ned!
Yashvi hugs the towel close to her wistfully, then kisses it.
Shane congratulates Pavan on his ‘mad rap skills' and Mishti is clearly hugely impressed with him, but Dipi is only able to offer grudging praise. Pavan says he enjoyed himself, and suggests Dipi should join them to go and see an improv show some time. Dipi is noncommittal, and takes Shane to get some drinks. Mishti kisses Pavan on the lips.
PAVAN: What was that for?
MISHTI: For being so great today. With the improv – and with my family. Especially Dipi; I think you might eventually turn her around.
PAVAN: What about you? Have you thought more about what I asked? Can you see a future with me?
Mishti produces the edible ring he bought her!
MISHTI: Well, I haven't thrown this away.
PAVAN: Eat it if you want. I'll upgrade to a real one.
MISHTI (laughs): Are you officially proposing?
PAVAN: … Will you marry me, Mishti?
Mishti looks worried as she realises he's serious.
The Flametree Retreat
Gary and Amy are working on their plans for boosting revenue, when Xanthe comes in and asks how the bank meetings went. Gary says it will take the banks a while to get back to them.
Xanthe gives Gary an envelope containing money to repay what she thinks he borrowed from the retreat for her physio, and reiterates her excitement about how her newfound riches will help her study medicine at uni.
Gary suggests Xanthe and Amy head into the restaurant for some smoothies while he finishes up here. They leave, and he unlocks the drawer containing the bag with Jeremy Sluggett's dodgy cash. He adds the money from Xanthe to the bag, and looks at the cash for a while, tempted – but then thinks better of it, and returns it to the bag and the drawer.
Shane and Dipi are talking to Sheila at the bar. Shane remarks that he heard Sheila and Clive had ‘some afternoon' yesterday.
SHEILA: Yes, indeed.
SHANE: How did the old fella go?
SHEILA: He was magnificent, thank you very much! You could learn some tips from him.
Dipi nudges Shane, trying to get him to shut up! As they return to the table, Dipi chastises Shane for being way too obvious in the way he's dropping hints to Sheila about Clive's erectile problems. He claims he's just mucking around. They rejoin Mishti and Pavan.
MISHTI: We have some news. It's official – we're getting married!
Dipi doesn't look pleased, and Mishti's own smile begins to falter…
Coming up on Neighbours
- Susan tells Toadie and Sonya that the last thing she needs is another scammer
- Toadie proposes that they ‘do some recon'
- Jemima is on the hotel terrace, and seems surprised when Susan shows up
- Sheila tells Susan that she knew something wasn't right
- Dipi tries to talk to Shane, but he says there isn't much left to say
- Ned asks Terese if she has Feelings™ for ‘him', and says 'he' has already found another woman