- Xanthe admits to Elly that she feels pressure to ace the med exam as Gary's helping with the fees
- Piper shows Cassius the cufflink she found in her laundry room as evidence Terese is hiding a man
- Terese admits to Piper she's seeing someone; Piper says she won't pry, as long as Terese is happy
- Piper tells Cassius that nothing he says will stop her loving him. He admits he killed Hamish
- At the police station, a furious Piper implores Cassius to tell the truth about what he's done
- Dipi tells Mishti it might be for the best that Pavan hasn't contacted her
- Later, Mishti tells Dipi that Pavan's called off the engagement after seeing Dilhan's video of her
Dipi insists to Mishti that she had no part in Pavan seeing the video; she wouldn't know how to access it.
MISHTI: You've been against my marriage plans since day one! And you've always said it was a bad idea for me to keep it from him.
DIPI: That's because it's not smart to start a marriage with secrets!
Shane weighs in, saying that he and Dipi had come round to the idea of Mishti marrying Pavan.
MISHTI: Even if you didn't send the video, you must've said something!
DIPI: I saw what it did to you, Mish. I have not, and never would, breathe a word of that video to anyone.
MISHTI: None of it matters now, anyway. Cos Pavan doesn't want to hear from me ever again.
Xanthe is hugging a traumatised Piper, who's been telling her that Cassius has made a full confession of Hamish's murder to the police. Piper explains that Cassius won't be bailed, and has been transferred to remand. Toadie is on his way home from the US, and if Cassius's confession holds, Tyler will be set free soon.
Keen to change the subject, Piper asks Xanthe about her studying. Xanthe isn't really in the mood for study after what's happened with Cassius, but Piper encourages her not to get behind. Paul turns up, saying it's good to see Piper back safely; Piper thanks him for looking after Terese while she was off seeing Cassius. Paul walks off again.
Keen to take her mind off things, Piper volunteers to do a practice exam with Xanthe to help her revise. Meanwhile, Paul has joined Sheila and Gary at the bar, who are talking about Cassius. Gary has realised he must've just missed Cassius when he went home on the night of Hamish's death. Sheila admits she's been all over the place since hearing the news.
SHEILA: More fool me, taken in by the father and the son.
Gary gets a phone call from Nance, saying it's ‘lovely to hear from her', and wanders away to talk in private. Paul and Sheila continue to talk about the Cassius situation. Sheila says it's scary; they'll never really know who their families are mixing with. This remark gets Paul thinking…
David is visiting Amy, and explaining that the atmosphere at No 24 is tense right now; the Brennans feel sorry for Piper, but want Tyler released ASAP. Dr Rob is also present, but has to race off to get to an appointment. He's being a bit mysterious about it, and tells Amy that all will be revealed later. Amy seems a bit fatigued with all Rob's surprises, but confirms she'll be around later.
As Rob leaves, Paul comes in, and gives him a curious look. David remarks on how sweet Rob is, always planning things for Amy. He wonders if he has a restaurant booking planned, or theatre tickets, or an escape room! Amy looks as if she wants to escape from Dr Rob – and admits that, while Rob is lovely, he does plan a surprise for her on every second date!
AMY: I mean, I'm still sore from last week!
AMY: The dance lessons!
PAUL: But things are good between you, though?
AMY: Yeah. They're great.
PAUL: And he treats you well?
AMY: He is a total gentleman.
AMY: But nothing. He's funny, he's supportive, he's sweet. In fact, he is… perfect.
But she looks anything but enthusiastic about this!
Dipi is talking to Shane; she's upset that Mishti could think she would send Pavan the video. Shane 100% believes Dipi, but admits that she didn't help her cause by calling Pavan.
DIPI: I couldn't just stand by and watch Mishti torture herself when he just disappeared off the face of the earth!
SHANE: Look, I know your intentions were good. But Mishti's a grown- up – she can handle her own problems.
Dipi admits she always tries to do the right thing but ends up making things worse.
David tells Paul that Amy has gone out to try and ‘beat Rob at his own game' on the surprise front! Paul asks how Aaron is coping with the news about Cassius being Hamish's killer. David admits that Aaron feels like he let Tyler down; Paul says there's nothing Aaron could've done.
PAUL: Hey, listen – how well do you know Rob?
DAVID: Well enough. Why?
PAUL: It's just all this business with Cassius got me thinking. See, he seemed like the perfect catch, but… yeah, I sometimes think when something seems too good to be true, it generally is.
David insists he's worked for Rob with ages and thinks he's a great guy – but Paul says everyone thought that about Cassius too.
DAVID: Cassius got into everyone's life by posing as a gardener. It'd be a bit harder to fake being a top OBGYN – I think someone might've noticed by now.
PAUL: Yeah, alright – he may not be an axe- murderer. But everybody has skeletons in their closet, and unfortunately, Amy does not have the best track record for flushing them out.
Paul suggests that David should ‘ask around a little' and find out a bit more about Rob.
Gary is on the phone to Nance again; it sounds like she's still making unreasonable massage demands of him!
GARY: I'm sure that I can find a slot for you; there's no need for you to talk to Jeremy!
Amy comes in, and asks how Piper and Xanthe – who are still over at a table doing the practice exam – are doing. Gary remarks that Piper seems keen to stay out of the spotlight given all that's happened. Amy asks Gary if he has any couples' massage slots available this week; Dr Rob has a surprise organised for her, and she feels like she should reciprocate.
GARY: Geez, you sound excited about it (!) Didn't think romantic gestures were supposed to be such a chore?
AMY: Oh, I dunno what's wrong with me. It feels like everyone else is more into this relationship than I am.
Sheila comes to join them, cutting the conversation dead, and Gary tells Amy that there are no massage slots available this week. Amy's impressed that business is booming.
SHEILA: But it's usually just one client. Wouldn't be Nance, the mysterious girlfriend, would it?
GARY: She's not my girlfriend, Mum – she's just a loyal customer.
SHEILA: Well, she certainly does enjoy your services!
Though initially uncomfortable, Amy laughs as Gary insists there's nothing funny going on with Nance. Gary says the earliest slot he can offer Amy is late next week.
AMY: Great, lock it in. Maybe I'll even get to meet the mysterious Nance!
Yashvi is kicking a footie around in the back yard when Dipi emerges. Yashvi's still annoyed about being put off her footie trial this morning by thoughts of Ned, and Dipi apologises, admitting she was wrong to advise Yashvi to take a break from training.
DIPI: But you know what? The time for wallowing is over (…) It's time to look to the future.
YASHVI: Footie was my future, until I let myself get distracted. I don't know what to do anymore.
Dipi suggests she study for her VCE – she could even pair up with Shane as study- buddies! Yashvi isn't enthused.
YASHVI: I don't even want to go to uni. Why would I put myself under that stress when the results won't even matter?
DIPI: Okay, that's not the point. It's about knowing you worked hard and did the best you could. It's important to keep as many doors open as possible. One might lead to something amazing.
YASHVI: You've been reading too many self- help books. But you're probably right. I suppose Future Me will thank you.
Yashvi goes indoors to do some reading for English. Dipi is pleased with her efforts.
David has kowtowed to Paul's demands to snoop into Rob's background, and is on the phone to someone asking for a professional reference. He finishes the call, and sees Mishti looking glum on a bench. She starts ranting about how everything's a mess – her engagement is over because of Dipi's interference. She explains Pavan has found out about the video, and run for the hills.
David seems sceptical that Dipi would have told Pavan about the video. Mishti thinks she may have said something in passing and that Pavan then found it online. David points out that, if she doesn't know for sure how he found out, Mishti shouldn't leap to conclusions. She may be misdirecting her ire at Dipi when really, she's angry at Dilhan for the video, and Pavan for refusing to speak to her.
DAVID: You wouldn't be the first person to redirect some anger at a sibling. Take it from me.
Sheila tells Xanthe and Piper that their time is up for the practice exam, and asks how they went. Xanthe thinks she has done pretty well, and Sheila takes the paper away to mark it against the answers. Piper's feeling like everyone is watching her, so decides to head home for some alone- time, promising to call Xanthe if she needs her.
Gary and Amy are still at the bar – Gary gets another phone call, presumably from Nance, and goes to take it outside. Amy looks a bit regretful as Xanthe and Sheila speculate about Nance being Gary's new love interest. Amy asks if they've met her yet, but Sheila says Gary is playing his cards close to his chest.
Sheila persuades Amy to take a coffee out to Gary, and eavesdrop on his phone call, so they can all learn more!
SHEILA: Oh, don't be such a party- pooper. We deserve to know some juicy details, don't we, Amy?
Amy grudgingly goes to do Sheila's bidding…
Outside, Gary is on the phone. But he's not talking to Nance – he's begging to the bank manager.
GARY: Please – isn't there anything else you can do? Some sort of emergency fund?
Amy comes out and overhears.
GARY: No, I understand, but… well, how about half? Please, anything – I just need that loan!
But the bank manager apparently tells Gary there's nothing he can do, and Gary ends the call. Amy asks him what's going on. He's forced to admit that the loan he took out for Xanthe's uni fees got cancelled.
GARY: I'm in a huge mess.
Paul is lounging by the counter at Harold's, and notices Dipi preparing a cake. He remarks that if it's a birthday cake for Piper, she's probably not in the mood. Dipi explains it's an apology cake for her family.
DIPI: I was trying to help Mishti and Yashvi with their boy troubles. But as usual, I made everything worse.
PAUL: Hmm, that sounds familiar. Well, I hardly think you owe them cake! We have a duty to look out for our families. It's inevitable we're gonna get it wrong from time to time, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try.
DIPI: Yeah, but I probably shouldn't meddle as much as I do.
PAUL: Sometimes we have to play the bad guy because they're too wrapped up in the situation to make the smart decision.
DIPI: … Exactly!
Gary is telling Amy the full story about Jeremy and his dodgy money – and how he agreed to look after it in exchange for Jeremy giving him information about Finn Kelly. When his loan didn't come through in time, Gary used the dodgy money to cover Xanthe's uni fees – and then the loan was cancelled after Steph cancelled his pay rise.
Gary also tells Amy about Nance, who he explains is not his girlfriend but Jeremy's mum. She knows the money is gone and is threatening to tell Jeremy unless he gives her constant free treatments and massages at the Retreat.
GARY: You must think I'm a real idiot for getting myself involved in all this.
AMY: Well, it's not the smartest thing you've ever done. But come on – you've supported me through all my drama. I'm not going to turn my back on you now.
GARY: It feels good just to tell someone. It's been eating me up.
AMY: So what are you gonna do? You can't keep letting this woman blackmail you.
GARY: It's not Nance I'm worried about. Jeremy gets out of jail in a few weeks – and if I don't have his $100K, I don't know what he'll do.
AMY: We'll think of something.
Mishti is still giving Dipi the cold shoulder, when Dipi presents her with a scrap of paper with a phone number on it. Mishti recognises it as the number Monique was contacting her from. Dipi explains that she's spoken to Pavan again, and that this was the number that sent him the link to the video. Mishti realises Monique must have sent it as revenge for Mishti snaring her.
However, Mishti's still annoyed that Dipi has contacted Pavan again, despite her telling her to keep her nose out.
DIPI: But now you know the truth about how he got the video!
MISHTI: That's not what this is about! It's about the fact that you never listen! I told you to stay out of it! I think it's best if I move out.
DIPI: What? Mish, no –
MISHTI: It's my life, and as long as I'm here, you'll keep sticking your nose into it! So it's better if I go, okay?
Gary and Amy come back in. They find Xanthe crying and Sheila comforting her; Sheila's just finished marking the practice test, and Xanthe didn't get anywhere near the score she would need in order to get onto the medicine course. Even Piper did better than her despite having left school a year ago, and ‘having, like, the worst day of her entire life'.
Everyone reassures Xanthe that it's only a mock, and that Xanthe has been affected by the Cassius situation too – he was her friend so she's bound to be off her game.
XANTHE: This is the easiest out of both the math exams. If I can't nail this, then I have no hope (…) I don't even know why I thought I could do medicine in the first place (…) I think that I should just withdraw my application, and see if I can get my money back.
GARY: No, do you still want this?
XANTHE: Yes, Dad – more than anything.
GARY: Then that's all that matters.
XANTHE: But what if I can't do it, and what about all the money?
GARY: Well, we'll still get most of it back, and then you can regroup and think what you're going to do and try again next year. But that's not gonna happen, Princess – you'll do great.
XANTHE: Do you really think that?
GARY: There is no doubt in my mind.
Amy seems moved by Gary's commitment to Xanthe's Dream™.
David is briefing Paul on his investigations into Dr Rob. Apparently, even his ex has been singing his praises!
DAVID: Apparently, the break- up was completely amicable. She got a dream job in Darwin and he didn't want to uproot his career – which, by all accounts, is blemish- free!
PAUL: What about unpaid debts, or kids we don't know about? Anything that could come back and bite Amy?
DAVID: No- one had a single negative thing to say about him. Loyal, reliable, honest – and apparently, good fun on a night out. The karaoke king, supposedly.
But Paul is unconvinced, and still wants to ‘check out a few more sources'.
DAVID: Or, you could give it up. He's the real deal, Dad.
PAUL: Nobody – nobody – can be that squeaky- clean.
Paul goes to the counter, where Piper is waiting to be served. Piper notices that Paul is wearing cufflinks and, having found a cufflink in the laundry room at home, immediately assumes that Paul is Terese's mystery suitor. She doesn't explain this outright, though, leaving Paul baffled.
PIPER: Wow. Umm, I did not see that coming! I mean, she has been happy lately, and if that's because of you, then…
PAUL: Why, what's your mum been saying?
PIPER: Nothing. Just forget I said anything. Just make sure you treat her right this time, okay?
Paul looks nonplussed as Piper leaves.
Gary thanks Amy for not saying anything about the loan/dodgy money situation to Xanthe or Sheila. She tells him to let him know if she can help in any way. Gary says he's an idiot for getting into this mess.
AMY: You might be an idiot, but you're an amazing father. Just the way you encourage Xanthe to follow her Dreams™ - she's really lucky to have you.
GARY: … Don't you have Dr Rob's surprise to get to?
AMY: ... Yeah. I'd better get going.
They part, somewhat reluctantly, it seems. Amy watches wistfully as Gary leaves.
Dr Rob is waiting for Amy in the penthouse when she arrives. It's Paul's scale model of one of the Robinson Heights houses, festooned with rose petals and miniature bunting. Rob reveals that he wants him and Amy to buy the house and live there together!
DR ROB: I know it's fast, but ever since the idea came to me, I haven't been able to shake it. It just seems right (…) What do you think?
Amy forces a grin…
Coming up on Neighbours
- Nance tells Gary he's the man who can ‘give it to me'
- Gary tells Amy he just needs to buy himself some time to replace the cash
- Paul has summoned Dr Rob to the penthouse for a chat
- Amy tells Gary and Elly she is ‘dreading the conversation'
- Elly tells Chloe she can't mix her two jobs together
- Chloe watches an exercising Pierce with interest