- Ned falls asleep in the sauna, but Yashvi saves the day when she turns up to retrieve her lucky towel
- Ned offers Yashvi footie coaching help, but her attachment to the towel suggests a crush on him
- Paul asks Terese if she's heard anything about the paid dating service guests are talking about
- Chloe reminds Mark and Elly that her escort work isn't public knowledge
- Piper loses the jacket she was wrapped in when she was rescued from the bush
- Cassius acts strangely when Bea gets too close to his rucksack
- Bea asks Mark to look into Cassius; she doesn't think he's as nice as people think he is
- Cassius burns Piper's jacket
David and Aaron are welcomed to their new joint home by Mark, Chloe and Elly, and begin moving in David's boxes.
CHLOE: Did you decide about surnames yet? Brennan- Tanaka, or Tanaka- Brennan - or my personal favourite, Brennaka!
AARON: No thanks! I think we'll be fine with our own names.
ELLY: Hey, was the honeymoon as good as it looked on Insta?
AARON: Oh, it was better. You should've seen the photos that didn't make the feed!
Mark leaves to perform a 'favour for a friend', and Elly goes with him. David sees Chloe is doing her make- up and asks if she has a hot date. Not wanting him to know about her escort work, she replies that men aren't the only reason women bother with personal grooming.
Chloe leaves the room, and David worries he's offended her somehow. Aaron insists that Chloe is the offensive one, and they head into the bedroom with the boxes, with bum- slapping aplenty along the way!
Toadie is booking accommodation and flights for the family for San Francisco in a couple of weeks' time; Callum has invited them out for the launch of his own video game, and Hugo (who is In This Episode™) will get to meet Callum and Auntie Jade for the first time. Toadie offers to take Hugo from Sonya, but she suggests he enjoy a day to himself - so he decides to help Yashvi with her footie.
As Toadie leaves, Mark turns up to ask Sonya 'a weird question'.
MARK: Someone I know has had a bit of an odd encounter with Cassius and has asked me to look into it.
He explains he's been toying with the idea of doing some unofficial investigation work. Sonya concedes that Cassius isn't as good a gardener as she thought he'd be, but says he's definitely not dodgy. Mark asks if Sonya ran a background check before hiring him.
SONYA: What, and run it past Interpol? No.
MARK: Seriously, it wouldn't take that long. You'd have the results back in, what, two weeks?
SONYA: Well, if you're that interested in it, why don't you do it?
MARK: I can't as a civilian - but you can, as his employer. Look, I'm sure he'll come back clean. He seems like a decent enough guy.
Sonya says she'll look into it, and Mark thanks her.
Cassius and Piper are hanging out, discussing the mystery escort who has been leaving her business cards in Lassiter's guest rooms. Mark turns up, with an I- don't- have- any- ulterior- motives- for- this- visit grin plastered all over his face.
PIPER: Is something wrong?
MARK: Does something have to be wrong for me to want to say hello?
Mark recalls how he and Piper used to live together; he says she's like a sister to him and that they should totally go for brunch - it would be an opportunity for him to get to know Cassius too. Piper seems keen, so Cassius agrees, and they all leave together. The camera pans across ominously to the metal can in which Cassius burned Piper's jacket...
Toadie emerges onto the patio and tells Yashvi, Bea (who's here to study) and Kirsha (she's alive!) that there is something 'seriously stinky' in the house. Kirsha claims it's coming from Yashvi's room.
KIRSHA: There should be hazard tape across your door!
Mishti emerges and tells Yashvi to bring her dirty footie stuff out, but Yashvi insists there's no problem. Toadie asks if she wants to come and kick the footie about, but Yashvi claims she's already made plans - and that she and Bea will be pretty much working all day. Bea looks surprised; evidently this is news to her!
Toadie accompanies Mishti as she goes to hang out the washing. He asks if Shane's around; she explains he's not in it today, but that he's annoyed because their brother Stonie has got wind of the fact that Dipi has been drugging his tea to improve his bedroom performance. Stonie has been making cracks about it all morning, and now Angie and Big Kev 'have started asking questions'.
Toadie, who admits he may have told Stonie about all this, promises to get him to back off. He shouts to Yashvi that if she changes her mind about footie to let him know, then leaves.
BEA: I thought we were just finishing our homework together, not studying all day?
YASHVI: Yeah. I just didn't know how to tell him that I arranged to practise with Ned.
BEA: Oh... I didn't know you guys were friends?
YASHVI: We're not. Not really. He was just saying thank you for what happened in the sauna. He's just being nice.
Bea looks worried.
Mark is grinning childishly at Piper and Cassius as they sit down to brunch, and cracks right on with his very subtle interrogation for Cassius.
MARK: So you're from Queensland? Whereabouts?
CASSIUS: All over, really. Yeah, we moved around a lot.
MARK: Right, right. Because of your parents' work, or...?
CASSIUS: Err, sometimes. Yeah, we definitely went where it was.
MARK: Right. And, err, what did they do?
CASSIUS: Well, I couldn't tell you heaps about my dad. He wasn't really in the picture much when I was growing up.
CASSIUS: Nah, it's fine. I was really close with my mum, though.
MARK: Is she the one that got you into gardening?
Cassius gives Mark an inscrutable look, and Piper sends Cassius to double- check on her brunch order with the kitchen. While he's gone, Piper tells Mark to stop it!
PIPER: Ned's already pulled the protective older brother interrogation routine - and Cass is fine! He passed!
MARK: Yeah, well, that was Ned.
PIPER: Mark, I love that you consider me family. But just - seriously - stop!
Mark agrees to dial it back, just as Cassius rejoins them to confirm that Piper's eggs are coming...
CASSIUS: ... Fried.
PIPER: Fried. Brilliant!
MARK: Sunny side up - like Queensland, eh?
Piper mouths at Mark to stop! Cassius looks uncomfortable.
David continues to unpack his possessions. He notices that Chloe's phone is ringing but that she's just ignoring it. He offers to get it for her, but she says not to bother; she doesn't know the number and it could be telemarketers, debt collectors or old hook- ups!
DAVID: Well, whatever you're doing today, you look really good. I mean, you always look really good. But do you have a different vibe going on?
CHLOE: ... Umm, I guess?
Sensing he's getting the cold shoulder from Chloe, David goes outside to put out some recycling. Aaron tells Chloe off for being 'mean' to David; she insists she isn't, and that David's being 'way too nosey'!
AARON: Chloe, he's moving in. He's a part of the family. Just tell him about your dating business, alright? He's not gonna judge you.
Chloe explains she's more worried about David blabbing to Paul or someone from the hotel- it wouldn't go down well, even though she's not doing anything illegal.
AARON: Look, Chlo, you cannot expect me to lie to him, alright? He is my husband. I made a promise to him to be completely honest.
CHLOE: I'm not asking you to lie. Just... omit! It's seriously not the same thing.
Piper and Cassius are hanging out, watching as Ned and Yashvi begin their training. Piper apologises to Cass for Mark's over- zealous brunch questioning.
CASSIUS: I thought he was going to drag me down to the station for a second there!
PIPER: (...) I guess old work habits die hard.
CASSIUS: Well, can't really blame him for caring about you, now, can we?
Meanwhile, Ned and Yashvi are using a pad to practise 'speckies', whatever they are. Yashvi seems a bit hesitant, as this is one aspect of footie she's not very confident about, but he encourages her to give it a go. Yashvi's worried about hitting the ground, so Ned has an idea...
Yashvi and Ned are now in the pool - here, Ned says, Yashvi can practise 'speckies' without hurting herself. Kirsha and Mishti are watching. Yashvi does a successful speckie and everyone is happy.
Chloe continues to prepare for her latest escort date. Her phone rings again, and once again she ignores it, prompting more comment from David. She goes to leave, and David tells her to enjoy whatever it is she's doing. Once she's gone, David says Chloe's definitely annoyed with him - she's never been like that towards him before. He wonders if she's okay with him moving in.
AARON: David, I promise you.
DAVID: I saw the look she gave you. It was obviously about me.
AARON: (...) Just trust me, alright? It's nothing personal. Chloe's just a bit... she's up and down at the moment, alright?
He kisses David, but David is still looking worried.
Mark is searching for 'Cassius Grady' on The Search Engine™! We don't see the results he pulls up, because Mishti interrupts and he closes the laptop. Mark congratulates her on her engagement to Pavan. He admits he wouldn't personally go for an arranged marriage, but that he sees the appeal of a practical match.
MISHTI: It isn't easy, though. Especially with my past - corrupt, now deceased fiancé; ex- best friend on the run...
MARK: They haven't found Monique yet?
MISHTI: Crazy, right? Considering how hard it is these days not to leave a paper- trail, or to pop up somewhere online. Makes me think someone higher up is helping her out.
Mark seems curious at his. Mishti says that Pavan hasn't judged her for any of this, in any case. Mark congratulates her for being honest. She says she's heading to Sydney shortly to meet Pavan's parents, so Mark wishes her luck.
As Mishti leaves, Bea comes in, and asks Mark if he's found out anything more about Cassius. Mark says not, and that he's not sure he will - he's spoken to 'a lot of people' and they all think he's legit. But Mark promises he'll still be looking into Cassius fully. Bea thanks him and leaves.
David is sitting on the sofa glumly, when Amy emerges from her bedroom in a skimpy doctor's outfit with stethoscope - she's apparently engaged in some kind of saucy medical roleplay with an off- screen Dr Rob!
AMY (shouting off- screen): Doctor, doctor - no, I need hydration - it's an emergency!
She's embarrassed when she sees David sitting there; he explains he's just picking up the last of his belongings, although he says he needed a break too. David says that Chloe's behaving a bit oddly around him - and that he's sure Aaron knows what's wrong but isn't telling him. Amy advises David to talk to Chloe about it directly, so he's not walking on eggshells and it feels like his home too.
DAVID: Thanks, Doc.
Toadie and Mishti turn up, Mishti having invited him to lunch. Toadie's surprised to see Yashvi with Ned, as she said she'd be studying all day. He looks a bit hurt when Ned says he'd been helping her with her footie practice, as that was Toadie's plan for the day. Kirsha emerges - she's found Yashvi's lucky towel under her pillow, which she's identified as the source of the stench! Everyone grimaces.
NED: Hey, that's your lucky footie towel - the one I took to the sauna.
Yashvi is embarrassed and doesn't know what to say. Clocking that Yashvi might have a crush on Ned, Toadie helps her cover.
TOADIE: I mean, you can't risk offending the footie gods by losing it again - so under the pillow, that is the best spot for it!
Ned says he was the same with his lucky footie socks - he probably wouldn't risk washing it either. But smelling it, he says it could definitely do with a quick rinse!
Mark is investigating something. We know this because he's staring obsessively at a computer screen and circling things on bits of paper with a highlighter. He looks as if he's just discovered something important...
Mark is visiting Bea. He says he hasn't been able to find any dirt on Cassius at all - although he will let her know if the background check turns anything up. He thinks Cassius was probably just having a bad day when he was rude to Bea. She points out that he also stole Tyler's legal file, but Mark thinks it was just terrible judgement and that he did it out of concern for Tyler.
BEA: I just get such a weird vibe off him.
MARK: Well, it's no surprise that you find it hard to trust people. Especially after what you went through with Finn.
BEA: Hey - you didn't mention any of this to Elly, though, did you?
MARK: No. No. And I won't, unless you want me to.
BEA: I think, given there's nothing to it, let's just, err, forget I ever brought it up.
MARK: Brought what up?
Chloe is telling Aaron about her escort date, who was the same guy as yesterday and who took her to a fancy corporate gig. David walks in, and Chloe suddenly ends the conversation - so that David thinks they were talking about him. He asks her why she's been so standoffish with him, and realising David isn't going to drop it, Aaron says that Chloe should just tell him the truth.
Chloe admits she's been doing paid escort work, and that she didn't want David to know as she didn't want Paul finding out. She insists he can't know, and that neither can Leo or Terese - they won't see it as a good look for the hotel.
Meanwhile, Elly asks Mark how he went with his errand earlier. Mark is evasive, just saying that it 'came to nothing' - but says it led to another interesting discovery. He explains that he's found a possible lead on where Mishti's bent cop friend Monique has got to, and is going to try and find her.
Sonya goes to take Hugo for a nap, just as Yashvi turns up to see Toadie. She apologises for lying about studying all day - explaining that she didn't know how to tell him that she already had plans with Ned.
TOADIE: It's okay. I remember what it's like to have a crush.
YASHVI: I don't have a crush.
TOADIE: It's alright. I'm not gonna give you a hard time, okay? Crushes are normal - crushes can be great fun. But Ned - he's not really crush- appropriate, if you know what I mean?
YASHVI: You think he's too old for me?
TOADIE: He's way too old.
YASHVI: Well, it doesn't matter, cos nothing's going to happen anyway. It's just nice to like someone again. After Evan, I thought I never could. And Ned's great.
TOADIE: Is he? Oh, Ned's so great!
YASHVI: But I will get over it, so don't worry.
TOADIE: Good. Maybe start by washing that sweat- soaked towel that he's wiped himself with.
Elly heads home, and Mark observes David's kitchen habits with approval.
MARK: See? Prong- side up! That's how you stack forks.
DAVID: It's the only way.
While Aaron and Chloe are on the couch, David and Mark quietly discuss Chloe's escort business. David says it was a surprise but better than thinking she hates him. He asks Mark what he thinks of it; Mark admits he had a problem with it at first, but that he's just had to accept that Chloe's an adult and can make her own decisions.
Chloe gets another enquiry from a potential escorting client on her phone, but is shocked when she sees who it is. As the others gather around, she explains that the client is someone they know...
Coming up on Neighbours
- Paul asks Ned if she's seen Terese; she's gone missing and so has Leo
- Cut to Leo and Terese in bed together
- Aaron asks Chloe who the mystery client is, but she won't say, and says she's going to meet them
- Aaron asks Mark if he's thinking what Aaron is thinking
- Mark seeing something and saying 'that could be anything' - Aaron replies 'really?'
- Susan walks into her house, looks towards the far wall, and says 'what the...?'