- Sheila notices that Dipi's behaving suspiciously around Clive and seeing him secretly
- On being confronted, Dipi insists it's not what Sheila thinks; Sheila demands the truth
- Xanthe's been having seizures since her hospitalisation, but recently they've stopped happening
- Leo and Terese TITTNL™; Leo later says it was a mistake, as Paul would be crushed if he knew
- Paul seems hopeful about seeing Jemima again; Leo hopes it opens the door to him and Terese
- Leo tells Terese that Paul's found someone else; Leo wants to be with Terese
Terese walks out of the lift. Leo asks her to say something; she replies that she doesn't know how she feels. He offers to help her figure it out, but at that moment Paul turns up. Paul wants to know when the graffiti tours will be up and running again; she promises to check in with Ned and find out. Paul tells her to let reception know, as he has other plans tonight.
LEO: What, with Jemima? Your date went well, right?
PAUL: … Yeah, I said it did.
Terese looks awkward and goes to call Ned. She and Leo share a glance after Paul goes up in the lift.
Dipi tells Sheila the truth about what's been going with Clive. She's been providing him with a special brew of tea which helps performance in the bedroom; she offered him the remedy after Sheila told her about his issues. That's why Dipi was at the hospital earlier; and the tea roots have to be fresh for them to work, which is why she'd been changing her clothes as they got dirty while digging them.
Shane appears and confirms that he knew about all this. Sheila chastises him for running his mouth off about it.
SHANE: Just a bit of fun, that's all.
SHEILA: Maybe to you! Dipi, you're my friend, and I would've hoped that you'd be honest with me from the beginning.
DIPI: I know. And I'm sorry. Men can be a little sensitive when it comes to their performance, and Clive was embarrassed. So I kept it quiet for his sake. But ultimately, I was trying to help you.
Nearby, Xanthe and Bea are at a table; Xanthe is helping Bea study for her TAFE course, which prompts a conversation about cars. Bea likes cars as they represent freedom; Xanthe laments that she doesn't have that, as she relies on Sheila and Gary to ferry her around, particularly since the hit- and- run. Bea tells Xanthe that she has her groove back now. Xanthe looks thoughtful.
Terese catches up with Ned, and asks him if he's up for running the graffiti tours. He says he is, and conversation swiftly moves onto Leo; Terese tells Ned that Leo wants to attempt a relationship. Ned is shocked to learn that she and Leo have TITTNL™. Ned asks if Terese has Feelings™ for Leo.
TERESE: I don't know! I'm a mother – I'm a grandmother, for Pete's sake!
Ned says Leo clearly doesn't care about the age gap, and adds that Paul has apparently already found another woman. Terese says that may be so, but that he'd still be ‘terribly hurt' if he knew; and she'd be the centre of constant gossip at the hotel. She doesn't want to throw her reputation away on a fling. Ned doesn't think it would be a fling for Leo, but Terese doesn't feel sure.
TERESE: First there was Mishti. Then there was Chloe. I am so not his type!
NED: If anything, I think those two women prove he doesn't have a type!
TERESE: He's just so sweet. He's so much sweeter than I gave him credit for. I just don't want either of us to get hurt.
Ned encourages Terese to take some time to consider it – a relationship with Leo might be amazing.
The next day, Sheila and Clive have convened to talk about his performance issues. Clive says most men suffer from this at some point in their lives, but Sheila remains convinced it's an issue specific to them, which sipping on special tea isn't going to fix. Sheila thinks they need to get to the heart of what's really changed between them. Clive says he has, and that she has no need to worry.
Unsatisfied with this, Sheila gets back to work. Nearby, Xanthe is talking to Cassius. She says she wants to resume driving lessons, so she can become truly independent; she's already done around 20 hours so wants to get on with it. Xanthe asks Sheila if they could have a lesson tonight. Sheila doesn't seem keen, as it hasn't been long since the accident.
Xanthe presses her, saying she hasn't had a seizure in weeks, and would like to be able to drive when she starts uni. Sheila says she has something on after work, so Cassius offers to give Xanthe a lesson in his car instead. Sheila agrees, and glances worriedly over at Clive…
Ned and Terese are arriving for work, but Terese is perturbed to see Leo nearby, hugging Mishti. Ned explains that Mishti is getting engaged and that Leo is presumably just congratulating her, but just the sight of it is enough to make Terese jealous. She rushes off to work.
Meanwhile, Paul finds Sheila outside the pub, struggling to arrange some pepper grinders. Paul notices she's distracted by something, even calling him Paul instead of Moneybags.
PAUL: Come on, vent it. I can't have you scaring off the customers with that face.
SHEILA: It's this damn pepper grinder. It won't work.
PAUL: So replace it!
SHEILA: I can't! And I don't want to! It goes perfectly with this salt shaker. Well, it used to. But lately the pepper's been having grinding issues, while the salt is all over the meal!
PAUL: Are we seriously talking about salt and pepper here?
SHEILA: Of course not! The salt is really worried that the pepper doesn't want to season together anymore.
PAUL: Alright. Well, you know there may be many reasons why the ‘pepper' has stopped grinding. Perhaps it's because of its vintage.
SHEILA: Oh, vintage schmintage. You don't go from grinding day and night to a broken barrel for no reason! Have you ever had that trouble?
PAUL: No, no.
PAUL: You know, Sheila – maybe the pepper just needs some time out from the constant pressure of having to grind every meal, without a single day off. I can't believe I just said that!
But Sheila thanks ‘Moneybags' for his input, deciding he's onto something, and rushes off.
SHEILA: Keep your hands off my salt shaker!
Back indoors, Sheila tells Clive to stand up. She rifles in his pockets for the key she gave Clive to her house, and takes it off him.
SHEILA: Problem solved!
CLIVE: Are you breaking up with me?
Sheila insists not – but says she's thought about everything, and realised that Clive stopped ‘grinding' when she gave him the key.
SHEILA: You put the brakes on, because you thought this meant more than it did. You thought that I wanted you to move in, maybe even get engaged. And that wasn't my intention at all.
CLIVE: Well, yeah, actually, I did freak out a little bit when you gave it to me.
SHEILA: We have earned the right to do this thing at our own pace, with no expectations. I love it when you stay over – but I love my own space too.
CLIVE: So do I.
SHEILA: So, a healthy dose of absence could make the heart really fond!
CLIVE: I could not be more fond of you right now, Sheila Canning.
CLIVE: So tell me more about this ‘grinding' thing.
Cassius and Xanthe are getting started with their driving lesson. Cassius insists manuals are more fun to drive, despite Xanthe's apprehension.
XANTHE: You make it sound easy.
CASSIUS: Yeah. I had a good teacher.
XANTHE: Oh, who taught you?
CASSIUS: My dad.
XANTHE: Oh. I haven't heard you talk about him before.
CASSIUS: Yeah. There's not much to talk about. Nothing good, at least.
XANTHE: Well, I mean, he taught you how to drive, right?
CASSIUS: Yeah. But… I mean, it's one of the few times he showed up and hung around, and pretended like he cared. It didn't last.
Xanthe starts the engine and the car starts moving jumpily!
Dipi remarks that Clive and Sheila look as if they're back on track; Sheila tells her there'll be no need for her brew in future!
SHANE: Oh, well – at least you know who to ask if things start to flag!
Clive changes the subject, and asks about Shane's uni plans for next year. But Shane asininely keeps bringing it back to the subject of Clive's erectile problems.
SHANE: It's always good to have options, as long as they don't end in a flop.
Dipi tells Shane to stop it; he insists it's just friendly ribbing.
SHANE: Not that I really get your problem.
CLIVE: You've been getting it for years (…) Dipi's tea – sorry, Dipi. You've been drinking it for years.
SHANE: Ha- ha- ha! Yes, good one! See? Clive is up for a laugh. At least he's up for something.
DIPI: Hey, maybe we should change the subject!
CLIVE: You think I would've taken the tea without proof it actually worked? I don't think you're the natural performer you think you are.
Clive and Sheila leave, and Shane asks Dipi whether it's true…
Paul comes into Terese's office, and asks if she knows anything about a paid dating service; one of the guests was asking how he could get in touch with a woman who was charging for dates in the area. But Terese hasn't heard anything. Paul asks her to keep an eye out; if whoever the woman is is targeting guests, it could be misconstrued even if it's innocent.
PAUL: Oh, and, that wasn't too uncomfortable for you last night, was it? When Leo brought up Jemima?
TERESE: So, are you really seeing her?
PAUL: She's a fascinating woman.
TERESE: So it could turn into something?
PAUL: Why are you so interested?
TERESE: It's got nothing to do with me.
PAUL: Well, whatever happens, I don't want you to be uncomfortable.
TERESE: No, not at all. I just want you to be happy. We all deserve that, don't we, Paul?
He leaves, and Terese looks pleased.
Shane storms out of the pub, and Dipi follows, insisting there's nothing wrong with him.
SHANE: How long? How many years?
DIPI: I dunno! Five, ten…
SHANE: And you never thought to tell me?
DIPI: No, it was purely a preventative measure. Just, you know, a drop or two in your after- dinner cuppa (…) Mum gave it to dad for years too. She probably still does!
SHANE: And he doesn't know about it either?
SHANE: What is wrong with you?! I thought our love life was amazing based on what we had together. And now I find it's all down to a cup of tea?!
Dipi assures him that's not the case, but Shane storms off, uninterested in further discussion.
Meanwhile, Ned runs into Bea outside the hotel. He says he's up for a walk tonight, if she's keen. She admits the melatonin spray isn't taking effect yet, and says she hasn't gone walking since the last time they went together. But she's not sure if she's up for it tonight, and doesn't want Ned ruining his body clock again for her.
Ned suggests they watch a movie at his place instead; Bea says she has plans with Elly, but says maybe another time. Ned looks disappointed as she walks away.
Sheila and Clive are sitting together, looking much happier now. Meanwhile at the bar, Shane tells Toadie how embarrassed he is.
SHANE: I honestly can't believe Dipi's done this to me all these years.
Mishti tells Dipi that what she's done to Shane is a huge betrayal of trust.
DIPI: Oh, come on! It's not like I drugged him.
MISHTI: You did! How could you do something like this without asking him first?
Shane continues to vent to Toadie.
SHANE: Dipi's never been backwards in coming forwards, about anything, ever.
TOADIE: Well, maybe she didn't feel comfortable talking to you about this.
SHANE: Yeah, or maybe she thought it was just another example of me being a dud.
TOADIE: That's a bit harsh!
SHANE: Well, look at my inventions – fail. Didn't finish high school – fail. Even got us dumped from the Face of Lassiter's campaign – fail, fail, fail. And now the bedroom? It's the biggest fail ever.
Dipi insists to Mishti that things will be fine with Shane; he may feel a bit humiliated right now, but he doesn't have a problem. He'll realise it's a big fuss about nothing, she says.
Toadie reminds Shane that he had it rough before he met Dipi.
TOADIE: In fact, I thought you were a bit of a no- hoper. But look at you now!
SHANE: That's exactly what I'm looking at!
TOADIE: Mate, you're about to finish Year 12 so you can go to uni. And as far as your inventions go, you've already got two generators at the Retreat! You're on the way up! Err, sorry – a different up (…) My apologies, this is hard.
Shane is unamused at Toadie's ribbing.
Xanthe and Cassius continue their driving lesson. She seems to be driving more smoothly now, and manages to pull in successfully. He suggests they try some reverse parking – but the sight of a yellow car moving behind her causes Xanthe to have a flashback to the day of the hit- and- run. We see her walking along with Chloe, followed by Finn's face in close- up as he drives Elly's (yellow) car at her.
Back in the present, the car lurches back suddenly. It stops, but Xanthe is having a seizure. Cassius tries to help, and Bea, who is nearby, runs over too.
Xanthe is sitting with Clive and Sheila, while Cassius and Bea stand nearby. Xanthe's feeling deflated; Clive says they may have to adjust her medication if the seizures have returned.
XANTHE: Just when I thought I was finally getting over Finn.
She explains that seeing the yellow car triggered memories of the day of the hit- and- run, but says she won't let this stop her from getting her licence. However, Clive and Sheila say that she shouldn't be driving while the seizures are an issue – it's against the law, and she could hurt herself or someone else.
XANTHE: When will I be able to drive again?
CLIVE: It's hard to say. Maybe never.
XANTHE: I can't let Finn do this to me again.
SHEILA: This is not about Finn now, love. This is about keeping you safe.
But Xanthe looks devastated.
Terese has summoned Leo to the office.
LEO: If you're gonna shut me down again, be prepared for a fight.
TERESE: Why me?
LEO: Why not you? You're incredible. Look, Terese – you're smart, you're caring, you're beautiful.
TERESE: You really see me like that?
LEO: I do. And I can't believe you'd doubt it.
TERESE: What we have between us – I don't understand it. But I keep coming down to the one thing – I don't want to regret not exploring this further. There's a lot to work out. But I want to be with you, Leo.
LEO: You do?
TERESE: But we have to be sure. Not just for other people, but for us.
LEO: Yeah. So what do you say?
TERESE: I'm prepared to try this. But I think we should keep it between us.
LEO: Yeah, of course. Whatever you want.
A smouldering pash ensues.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Kirsha reveals to Ned that she's found Yashvi's lucky footie towel under her pillow
- Chloe's being stand- offish and mean to David; Aaron asks why
- Bea says she gets ‘such a weird vibe off him'
- Cassius shouts at Bea to get away, and grabs something off her