- Leo wishes there was a place he and Terese could go where they could feel relaxed; Ned has an idea
- Cut to Leo and Terese TITTNL™ on the boat
- Clive tells a smug Shane that Dipi's been secretly giving him the performance- boosting tea for years
- Shane admits to Toadie that he's worried Dipi thinks he's a dud
- Chloe tells her family she has a new escort customer – and it's someone they know
- Paul asks Shane if he knows anything about the escort service; he shiftily says no
- Chloe and Shane go for a second ‘date', but she tells him they can't do it ever again
- But Paul has seen them, and reports back to Dipi, Leo and Aaron that Shane is Chloe's customer
- Dipi publicly calls Chloe a cheap tart; a humiliated Chloe falls in some rubbish
Mark and Chloe go into the house, but Terese follows them in having seen what happened between Dipi and Chloe in the street. Terese starts berating Chloe for her escort work, reminding her she's a representative of Lassiter's.
CHLOE: I don't sleep with my clients; all we do is talk.
Shane insists to Dipi that he only hired Chloe to talk.
DIPI: What is so special about talking with her that you are willing to give up our hard- earned family money for it?
Chloe explains to Terese and Mark that Shane wanted ‘information' from her about another client, a guy he wants to do business with. Chloe's unwilling to reveal the other client's name to them – and similarly, she told Shane she wouldn't be breaking the client's confidentiality either.
Shane explains to Dipi that the other client was Levi Jansen, the eco- restaurateur who had briefly been interested in purchasing Shane's urine- powered generator, until Gary screwed up his chance (Episode 7758). Shane explains he saw Levi with Chloe, and wanted to try to reconnect with him as a possible customer. When she wouldn't give him any info on Levi, he booked a date with her himself.
DIPI: Why didn't you tell me any of this?
SHANE: I was hoping to do a deal with Jansen, get my generators up on the shelves, and then you and everyone else wouldn't see me as such a failure.
Chloe tells Terese and Mark that Shane's date request was completely innocent; all her dates have been. She claims she hasn't broken the law and has tried to keep it away from Lassiter's.
CHLOE: My job's going to be okay, isn't it?
In the office, Paul tells Terese that he wants Chloe ‘gone, simple as that'. Terese feels that's too extreme, but Paul is worried about the hotel's reputation – and he isn't convinced that there was nothing physical involved. Leo comes in and defends Chloe, pointing out all the debt she's in.
LEO: Guys are always hitting on her. Can you really blame her for cashing in?
TERESE: Anyway, it's out in the open now. I'm sure she'll be more discreet.
PAUL: So what, we just do nothing? Chloe has been operating a seedy business right under our noses, and it's not the first time she's messed up either.
Leo insists there's nothing in Chloe's contract that would allow them to dismiss her for this.
PAUL: So, make something up! (…) She must not get away with this.
TERESE: Yeah, well, I'm sorry Paul, but it's out of your control.
PAUL: … Not necessarily.
He smirks dangerously.
Mark is giving Chloe another telling- off for not thinking things through. David comes in, explaining Aaron (who's Not In This Episode™) has filled him in on what's happened. He says one of Chloe's business cards is floating around the hospital, and he's heard people talking disrespectfully about Cash4Company. David suggests Chloe keep a low profile for a while.
MARK: It'll show you feel remorse.
CHLOE: Why should I feel remorse?! There are plenty of people who do this sort of thing, and who go further than I do. There's nothing wrong with what I've done.
CHLOE: There isn't! The judgement here is off the charts!
MARK: We're just trying to look out for you. People can be cruel.
CHLOE: And so can family and friends.
She storms out angrily.
Dipi and Shane are on the sofa. Dipi's starting to feel guilty about what she said to Chloe in the street; she was mad at Shane, she explains, and took it out on Chloe. Dipi decides she'll apologise to Chloe, while Shane apologises too for sneaking around.
SHANE: Are you happy with me?
SHANE: No, seriously. Am I enough? Cos it feels like all I ever do is fail you.
DIPI: That's not true!
SHANE: I think it started when I lost the property in Bourke.
DIPI: But you sorted it out. You got us this place (…) Look at our lives now – the café, the girls, you finishing school.
SHANE: But my inventions never go anywhere. Kirsha's the only one willing to drink the water from my generator – you sure never have. I worry about how you see me. I think you've looked at me differently ever since we left Bourke.
DIPI: Sometimes… I do feel the burden. Of being the main financial provider. But that is what I signed up for when I encouraged you to go down this path. You knew it would be hard. Look – I am so proud of us for doing this. And of you, for pursuing what you love.
SHANE: I hear what you're saying. But I just don't feel it.
Shane leaves the room.
Paul and Terese have called Chloe in for a meeting about her future. She insists her activities outside work hours have nothing to do with the hotel.
PAUL: We've had guests try to book in with you at our front desk!
CHLOE: With all due respect, I can't be held responsible for the enthusiasm of my clients.
PAUL: Really? That's your attitude?
Terese says the revelations about Chloe's escorting have put them in a tricky situation; the investors have found out and they're not happy. However, they're not firing Chloe – they're going to put her on a performance management plan instead.
CHLOE: The slow fade! Classic (!)
Terese explains they're implementing a three- strikes- and- you're- out policy – the strikes will only be erased once Chloe's been ‘clean' for a month. Chloe's upset at the injustice of it, still believing she's done nothing wrong.
Sheila, Gary and Dipi are all talking about Chloe's escort business. Gary says he found Chloe's business card at the Retreat; Levi must have left it there during his stay. Gary admits he considered using Cash4Company when he found the card.
SHEILA: Oh, but you're a catch, love. You're a 200- pound marlin! (…) Is Xanthe right? Are you really lonely?
GARY: It's okay, Mum, I'll sort it out.
Dipi explains that Shane thinks she sees him as a failure; Gary says she needs to prove to him that he's a winner after all, and that Dipi is his biggest fan. She has an idea, and says she'll need Gary's help. She will call him later…
Leo tries to persuade Terese to come and spend more time with him on the boat. She says it sounds good, but is distracted for worrying about the Chloe situation. Leo says Chloe's lucky she still has a job; Terese agrees.
Leo goes to talk to Chloe on reception; she asks if he was involved in the decision to put her on performance management. Leo says she should be thankful; Paul was advocating instant dismissal. He adds that she should see it as a chance to prove herself, but Chloe's annoyed that she will have to shut down Cash4Company, as it's ‘the first thing she's been good at - really good at'.
CHLOE: I do world- class small- talk. I know how to put people at ease, and I get to make people feel better about themselves. And that makes me feel good about myself. I'm not giving it up just because a few people thumb their noses at it.
But Leo points out that if it's a choice between that and her full- time job, it's not really a choice.
In the back yard, Dipi has a plan, and Yashvi helps her carry it out by instigating some footie practice with Shane. On her first kick, Yashvi sends the ball soaring over the fence, and sends Shane next door to get it. While he's gone, Dipi starts filling up bottles from the urine generator, while Yashvi keeps a look- out.
Amy turns up in the hope of seeing how Chloe is doing. Mark explains she's at work, and David says Chloe didn't take it well when they suggested she keep a low profile.
AMY: I'm not surprised! You make it sound like she's to blame for everything.
MARK: You can't deny that her business was… controversial.
AMY: And that makes it okay for others to demonise her? Well?
David says they hate that Chloe is suffering.
AMY: But you still think she's at fault. Look, I don't know why she started this business, but I'm sure she has her reasons. Just like I did when I did cleaning in my lingerie.
She adds that it's not Chloe's fault that Dipi and Shane have fallen out over this.
AMY: Last time I checked, she's single. Married men should be held accountable.
MARK: We're just trying to be realistic. If Chloe is out there selling herself, then people are going to assume she can be bought.
AMY: But Aaron was a stripper – and no- one's calling him a tart, are they?
MARK: We are trying to be supportive.
AMY: By shaming her at the same time?
Paul has given Chloe a list of tasks to do which must all be done by the end of the day. When she complains it's physically impossible, he dismisses her concerns, and gives her a first strike for wearing open- toed shoes, which is against company policy.
Mark and David turn up, and stick up for Chloe against Paul.
MARK: Just wondering how you can hand out strikes to my sister with a professional record as slimy as your own!
PAUL: I can do what I like.
MARK: Yeah, I bet you can.
DAVID: It's hardly fair, though, is it? Think about when you made your faux- fiancée Courtney the rejuvenation consultant! That brought a lot more disrepute to Lassiter's than a pair of open- toed shoes. Or a few rumours about what Chloe does in her spare time (…) I thought you were more open- minded.
PAUL: Well, it doesn't matter what you or anyone else thinks.
He tells Chloe the strike still stands, and stomps off.
Sheila is bragging to a disgusted Gary about how Dipi's special tea did wonders for her intimacy with Clive.
GARY: It's bad enough that I have to sleep with earplugs – don't make me put them in now!
Gary gets a text from Dipi, asking to meet. He still has no idea what her plan to cheer Shane up is. Chloe emerges from the office, having been tasked with going through some Waterhole paperwork by Paul. She looks miserable, and Gary kindly tries to cheer her up.
GARY: Take it from someone who's often been treated like a dartboard around here – gossip blows over a lot quicker than you'd think.
CHLOE: Thank you. That really means a lot – especially today.
But once Gary's gone, Sheila really lays into Chloe.
SHEILA: You'd better watch it, missy (…) You can do what you like out on the streets, but you keep your grubby mitts to yourself when you're around my Gary!
CHLOE: What?! No, I wasn't!
SHEILA: Just a friendly warning. We all know what you do after hours now. So just keep it in your pants, girlie.
The Flametree Retreat
Gary arrives and finds Shane and Amy already gathered for a presentation Dipi is about to make. She unveils some bottles of water, labelled with the brand ‘Tinkle'!
DIPI: Introducing sustainable bottled drinking water, made with a urine- powered generator – invented by Erinsborough's own Shane Rebecchi!
Shane is pleasantly surprised by all this!
DIPI: Each bottle has been lovingly hand- crafted, using Australian labels made by local artistes.
She whispers to Shane that the labels are her doing, and just to go with it!
DIPI: Production is 100 per cent sustainable, for mindful consumers keen to reduce their carbon footprint. Gary – Amy tells me you're trying to raise revenue. This is a perfect opportunity.
Gary reminds Dipi that the urine- water didn't go down so well at the Flapper fundraiser! But Dipi replies that they've rebranded since then, and are now approved under the food standards code.
GARY: But, it's still recycled urine! I mean, I'm sorry, mate, but who wants to drink that?
But Dipi calls out Yashvi, who's disguised in a hat and pretend beard, as a representative of…
DIPI: … the hipster market!
YASHVI (in character): Err, you say this is ethically sourced?
YASHVI: And the label's biodegradable?
DIPI: It is. Are you worried about the price?
YASHVI: Not really. I just spent seven- fifty on a cold brew kombucha, so it'll be the perfect follow- up! It'll go perfectly well with my tofu poke bowl!
Dipi then demonstrates her support by drinking the Tinkle. (Yashvi, it appears, only pretends to!) Shane drinks his own bottle enthusiastically – but Gary still doesn't look convinced…
Mark and David join Chloe at a table. Chloe thanks them for standing up to Paul for her earlier.
DAVID: We should've shown you more support earlier on.
MARK: Yeah, we were out of line. You should feel comfortable in making the choices that empower you. Even if we wouldn't make those types of choices ourselves.
DAVID: People are quick to criticise women for this sort of stuff. It's a double standard.
CHLOE: What is this? Have you guys been reading think- pieces online?!
MARK: Look, the point is – you're paying Mum back. I'm proud of you.
DAVID: I'm proud too. I love being part of this family, with my ex- stripper husband, my sister the professional dater, and Mark, a pretty good mechanic.
MARK: Hey! Is that all you have to say about me?
DAVID: Well, unless you want to hit the dance floor in some tassels?
MARK: No, thanks!
Chloe thanks them for their support, and announces she has to head to the marina, to set the boat up for the Lassiter's romance package – one of the tasks on Paul's long list.
Terese thanks Leo for a delicious meal.
LEO: You don't even know what dessert is yet!
TERESE: Oh! I was assuming it was you.
LEO: Hey, do you know how much I enjoy being here with you?
TERESE: Probably as much as I do.
They fall into a steamy pash.
The Flametree Retreat
Touched by Dipi's gesture, Shane thanks her and Yashvi for their support with ‘Tinkle'! Shane and Dipi make up and kiss, much to Yashvi's disgust. Gary and Amy emerge from the office; Gary says that while the pitch was great, it's still a no on the Tinkle! However, Steph is interested in retailing Dipi's performance- enhancing tea! (Gary mentioned it to her as Sheila swears by its efficacy!)
Shane looks embarrassed, and Dipi insists they're only here to sell Tinkle, not wanting him to feel bad about the tea again. But Shane interrupts and says they'll sell Steph the tea, provided that they take a delivery of Tinkle too as a package deal, at least for a limited time. Gary seems interested and says he'll run it by Steph.
Leo and Terese are kissing, having TITTNL™. Leo's about to go and fetch some drinks from upstairs, when they hear a noise outside the door.
LEO: There's someone out there!
Unbeknown to them, it's Chloe, having come to prepare the boat for the next customers. Leo locks the door, and urges Terese to stay quiet…
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