- Amy and Dr Rob kissing
- Xanthe tells Gary he can't say anything to Amy about having Feelings™ for her as she's with Rob
- Gary secures a bank loan, but it can't be cleared in time for Xanthe to pay her uni fees
- Gary digs into Jeremy Sluggett's cash in order to compensate
- Paul confirms to Leo that he 'sees potential' in Jemima
- Jemima wants to buy Susan and Karl a house next door to hers at Robinson Heights
- Jemima tells Paul that with Karl in her life, she has a second chance at family
- Susan hears Jemima talking irritably to her daughter about her grandson, Jasper
- Susan tells Karl that taking Jemima's money would be a mistake for her and for them
Amy is about to go and meet Dr Rob for lunch, but tells Leo it's 'still early days' between them.
LEO: You do have that look of lurve in your eyes.
AMY: You know what? You do too.
LEO: Do I.
AMY: Mm. That little skip in your step! Inner glow.
They're interrupted by Jemima, who emerges from the bathroom in a robe and towel!
AMY: Is Dad in there?
JEMIMA (checks inside her robe!): Nope!
She explains that Paul has gone to show Karl around the Robinson Heights site. Amy attempts to ask whether Jemima and Paul have TITTNL™, but everyone concludes it's too awkward to broach! Jemima goes to make herself a coffee, while Amy and Leo shrug.
Paul is showing Karl the luxuries of the Robinson Heights estate - soon to include a clubhouse, pool and other first-class amenities. Karl doesn't seem that interested in it all, despite Paul's reminder that he could have it all for free. Karl admits the situation isn't straightforward; Susan has reservations about taking Jemima's money and accepting the property, lest it spoil their relationship.
KARL: Jemima refuses to speak to her four-year-old grandson, Jasper, because she thinks he's trying to rip her off!
PAUL: Well, there was a miscommunication, I'm sure. Besides, you sought out Jemima long before you heard about her windfall, so it had nothing to do with money.
KARL: Why are you so invested in this? It's not as though one sale's gonna make or break you.
PAUL: Because I know how much Jemima has invested in you.
While Paul doesn't deny that he'd benefit from Jemima becoming a client, he insists her motives for offering Karl and Susan the money are pure.
Leo turns up at Terese's office for a meeting. He tells her that Paul won't be joining them, as he's at Robinson Heights - and mentions that Paul appears to be spending a lot of time with Jemima. Terese looks disappointed by this.
TERESE: Are they still together?
LEO: Yeah, I saw her coming out of his room this morning - in a robe.
LEO: Yeah, well, it's great news for us, right?
TERESE: Yeah. If your father's moved on...
LEO: ... Yeah, it means he's finally getting over you (...) As far as obstacles go, Dad's out of the picture.
Terese doesn't look as pleased as she might!
Xanthe informs Gary that the money for her uni fees has gone into her account. She thanks him for sorting it out, and Gary suggests they celebrate the big occasion.
Meanwhile, Amy and Dr Rob are at a nearby table, watching the exchange. They're assuming that Gary is breaking the bad news that he can't get the money for Xanthe - but when they invite the Cannings over to join them, they're surprised to learn that Xanthe has got the money after all.
GARY: I managed to convince the bank to fast-track it. It's all worked out.
Dr Rob wants to help Xanthe celebrate joining the medical profession, so Xanthe and an unwilling Gary sit down at the table.
Paul tells Karl that sharing wealth with loved ones is one of the perks of being rich - such as when he bought David the surgical training programme, and Amy the housing development. He insists there are no strings attached with his kids, but Karl doesn't seem convinced - particularly when Paul claims his family are free to leave any time they want, but that they choose not to.
KARL: What about Elle and Andrew?
PAUL: Oh, yeah - I've still got three living with me!
KARL: Yes, but these are three people that, to be honest, you've only just connected with.
Karl thanks Paul for helping him make his decision.
Karl convenes with Susan and Jemima in the garden. He tells Jemima that the house was magnificent - but, while he's tempted to take up her offer...
KARL: It's not the version of myself I want to be (...) After talking to Paul, I realise that if we took your money, we wouldn't be completely free. We'd always be a little bit beholden.
SUSAN: It's really for your sake too, Jemima.
KARL: And, you know what? We like being where we are now. I don't want to change that. So thank you, for your incredibly generous offer. But I can't accept it.
Karl's just in the process of telling Jemima that he still wants them to have a great relationship, when she hurries off, devastated. Karl shouts after her, but to no avail.
Paul comes into reception and brags to Terese about his imminent big sale to Jemima. Leo is earwigging from a chair nearby. Terese remarks that Paul and Jemima have been spending a lot of time together, and he doesn't deny it, musing that it's good to mix business and pleasure. They start sniping at each other about their past relationships, and Leo looks concerned.
Once Paul's gone, Leo saunters over, annoyed with Terese.
LEO: What was that? You and Dad?
TERESE: What do you mean?
LEO: Well, you haven't done your whole love-hate back-and-forth in ages, and what - suddenly Jemima shows up and you're back at it?
TERESE: I was, umm... I was just trying to prove a point.
LEO: Which is pretty much foreplay for you guys.
LEO: Look Me In The Eye™ and tell me I'm wrong.
LEO: Just what I thought.
He walks off, and Terese looks worried.
Shane is working in the background, as Rob, Amy, Xanthe and Gary tuck into dinner, talking about Xanthe's uni course. Rob and Amy start flirting with each other, much to Gary's dismay as he chews on his salad.
GARY: It's not bad lettuce. It's not organic, though.
This kills the conversation dead, so Xanthe and Gary go to the bar. Aware he's struggling being around Amy and Rob, Xanthe says they can make an excuse to leave - but Gary insists it's fine, as he needs to get used to being around them. He looks across jealously.
Paul runs into Jemima, who's not pleased with him - she explains that Karl has declined her offer of the house at Robinson Heights after talking to Paul. Jemima says Paul must have pushed him too hard, and that now she'll have to reconsider whether to buy a house for herself too.
JEMIMA: It's also me they're rejecting. No-one turns down that kind of money unless it's personal. So why should I stick around?
The awkward lunch continues, but Gary begins to have a coughing fit. Amy gives him water, but he's struggling to breathe - so Dr Rob is forced to intervene. He sends Xanthe to fetch a first aid kit, and tells Gary to stay calm. Gary thinks it might be the pesticide on the non-organic lettuce that's causing him bother. Shane brings over an inhaler, but it isn't helping. Rob asks him to call an ambulance...
Gary is lying in bed, humiliated, while Amy, Rob and Xanthe crowd around him.
DR ROB: Gary swallowed an ant.
AMY: An ant?!
DR ROB: It must've been in the salad, and bit him as the food went down (...) Probably felt a bit scary, but nothing serious.
Rob tells Gary not to talk for a few hours, and rest up. Amy leaves with Rob, telling Gary to hang in there. Once they've gone, Xanthe tells Gary not to feel embarrassed - it could've happened to anyone. But Gary looks absolutely despondent.
Susan and Karl are having a coffee with Jemima outside Harold's. Karl says he'd hoped Jemima would still buy a house for herself at Robinson Heights so they could see more of each other. Susan and Karl push the idea of her spending Christmas with them, but Jemima is still hurt, and announces she's thinking of Montreal for Christmas this year. Terese turns up, and Susan introduces Jemima.
TERESE: I hear Paul's been entertaining you.
JEMIMA: Oh! Word certainly gets around. Those tongues never stop wagging.
Susan tries to convince Terese to sign Jemima up as an on-site celebrant for Lassiter's, in another bid to make her feel wanted. But Jemima takes offence again.
JEMIMA: Oh, give it up. I don't need your pity. One thing I will never be is a charity case.
Jemima gets up and leaves. Susan and Karl sigh.
Piper calls into Terese's office, telling her she'll be home late tonight as she's going out with Cassius. Terese says that's fine, as she's working late herself tonight. Piper is worried she's overdoing it, saying everyone has their limits. Terese promises to be careful. As Piper leaves, Leo comes in. Terese wants to give him an explanation for why she couldn't answer his question earlier.
TERESE: I did feel very uneasy when I heard about Paul and Jemima. It's not jealousy.
LEO: Then what is it?
TERESE: I don't know! I don't know - except to say that Paul is somebody that I cared about very, very much. Just like you cared about Mishti. But it's all in the past. I mean, even Paul accepts it. Otherwise he wouldn't have moved on with Jemima.
LEO: Yeah, and look - it's totally normal to be a bit thrown when your ex moves on.
TERESE: Yeah, exactly. But you know what? You've got nothing to worry about. I'm all yours. SO much so, that... I think we should consider telling everyone (...) But we need a strategy. You know, I've got the house to myself tonight. Why don't you come over and we'll workshop it?
LEO: I'm there.
In the garden, Susan is telling Karl that Jemima is behaving like a spoilt child who didn't get her own way - and it proves that knocking back the money was the right decision to make. Jemima appears, having overheard all this, and goes off on one again.
KARL: Jemima, we don't want animosity.
JEMIMA: Oh, it's a wee bit too late for that.
Jemima gets a call from her daughter Trudy, which she automatically assumes is another cash-grab.
KARL: How do you know that, if you don't talk to her?
JEMIMA: I don't need to talk to her to know that she doesn't want a bar of me - just like you two.
KARL: (...) You're angry with Trudy because she wants your money, and you're angry with us because we don't?
JEMIMA: I don't expect you to understand!
KARL: Well, no, I don't! Susan and I want you in our lives, but because it's not on your terms, you're going to shut us out?
Jemima begins to flounce off, saying she'll be out of their hair by tonight.
KARL: Honestly - your money has poisoned your life. It's made you cynical. You think the worst of people, including your four-year-old grandson! You think, because we're rejecting your money, we're rejecting you - and it's just not true. You've forgotten how to let people into your life, and that's ruined your relationships. You are your own worst enemy.
Leo tells Paul that he and Amy saw Jemima at the penthouse earlier, and says it's great he's in a new relationship. But Paul quickly disabuses him of this notion; he was interested in Jemima as a business associate, and nothing more! She was only using the shower after their sauna together because she hates hotel changing rooms. However, Paul admits he did let Terese think he was with Jemima.
PAUL: I like getting a rise out of Terese. It just, you know, proves that what we have is still simmering away.
LEO: What, have? I thought you'd given up on her?
PAUL: On Terese? No, never.
LEO: But she shut you down.
PAUL: Yes, because she was hurt. Well, she felt that I deceived her - and, I mean, I get that. Deception is a terrible thing. But I think she's ready now.
LEO: Ready for what?
PAUL: One of these fine days, the timing is going to be absolutely perfect for me to make a move. Until that time, you know, I've just got to be patient. Because she is worth it.
Leo looks worried as Paul walks away.
Gary comes in, telling Amy he's looking for Rob, as he wanted to thank him for looking after him at the hospital. Amy says he left a while ago, and Gary is about to leave - but Amy remarks that he seems brighter now.
GARY: The only thing that's wounded is my pride!
AMY: Oh, come on - it was pretty funny!
GARY: (...) Pass on my thanks to your hero boyfriend!
AMY: Yeah, hero's one thing. You're pretty great in your own way.
GARY: Well, I don't know about that.
AMY: I have been watching you move heaven and earth to make Xanthe happy. That's something special.
GARY: Oh, that's what dads do.
Amy nods, and Gary sits there awkwardly - there's an uncomfortable moment between them, before he announces he should get going. Amy tells him to take care of himself, but looks concerned as he leaves. In the lift, Gary looks rattled and frustrated.
Leo turns up to see Terese. In the interim he's decided that they can't tell anyone about their relationship, telling Terese that Paul's still in love with her.
TERESE: Oh. Poor Jemima!
LEO: Yeah, we were wrong all along. There's nothing going on between them; he's actually waiting for the right time to tell you.
TERESE: After everything?
LEO: Yeah. He loves you.
TERESE: I see.
Terese looks shifty.
LEO: Thanks for wanting to go public, though. But after talking to him, and... seeing that look in his eye, he'd be devastated.
TERESE: Are you sure you're okay waiting?
LEO: No! And I don't know how much longer I can wait. But I do know that, right now, this minute, it would be a disaster.
TERESE: Well, then, we should keep it from everyone else as well. Just to be safe.
LEO: Yeah. Definitely.
They start pashing, but at that moment, they hear keys in the front door - Piper is home! Terese hurries Leo into the laundry room and tells him to stay there, while she goes to greet Piper...
Coming up on Neighbours
- Monique tells Mark and Elly that Monique has got back to her
- Elly tells Mark she doesn't understand why he's putting himself on the line over Monique
- Terese tells a baffled Piper that she can't go in the laundry room
- Xanthe has another seizure while studying with Elly