- Sonya reveals to Alice that she's an alcoholic, so needs to work on staying sober
- Alice remarks offhand that Toadie and Hugo's mother ‘must have had such a strong connection'
- Alice reveals to viewers that she is Andrea's mother, and keen to reunite her with Hugo
- Dipi gives Amy a feather that she stole from Shane's pirate costume
- Pierce gives Chloe an expensive necklace which she later sells
- Mark wants to know where Chloe got $20,000 from; she claims an overseas friend repaid a debt
- Chloe ropes an unwilling Elly in to support her lie
- Aaron asks Ned to spy on Chloe
- Pierce tells Paul he won't work with people who put Feelings™ ahead of sound business practices
- Paul offer to pay off Chloe's debts to Fay – if she'll help him get rid of Terese as hotel manager
Elly is quizzing Chloe about whether Mark and Aaron have been asking her more questions about her sudden windfall. Chloe says not, and thanks Elly for backing up her story.
CHLOE: Even if you did botch it a little bit!
CHLOE: Well, you told them I went to Japan. David wanted to know what I thought of Harajuku!
ELLY: They were grilling me! I felt I had to embellish!
CHLOE: Well, you could've picked literally any other Asian country. Japan's the one place I haven't been to! Anyway, I got away with it. Told them I was tipsy and couldn't remember. No- one suspects me and Pierce, so that's the main thing!
Elly raises an eyebrow and walks off, biting her tongue. Ned turns up and, further to his conversation with Aaron, starts probing Chloe about all the extra hours she's been working, remarking that she must be raking in the overtime. Chloe says she's doing okay.
NED: Really? Cos I could definitely use some extra cash. That way, I can move out of No 22 (…) So, you got any extra side hustles?
CHLOE: If I did, I'd be using them myself!
NED: What about that VIP of yours – Greyson?
CHLOE: … What about him?
NED: Is he good for tips? If I were to, you know, put myself in his path?
CHLOE: I can't tell you how to get tips out of guests, Ned! It's a skill you have to learn for yourself!
Ned looks intrigued as Chloe walks away.
Alice listens in as Sonya straightens Toadie's tie, and they negotiate Toadie getting a ‘share of the trick- or- treat haul'!
SONYA: I'm sure you'll just do what you do every year.
TOADIE: Okay, raiding Nell's haul in the middle of the night is a family tradition. You know that.
SONYA: Well, I'm not sure she sees it that way.
They kiss, and Alice grimaces, before feigning…
ALICE: Oh, you two are *adorable*! (…) It's like all the difficult things you've been through together are just left behind!
TOADIE: Oh, it's not quite as easy as that.
SONYA: No, I mean – we put in the effort because we think we're worth it.
Alice grimaces again, before repeating her assertion that it's adorable!
Sonya, Alice and Nell are at a table with Susan. Nell is looking forward to trick- or- treating later, but refuses to divulge her costume to Susan, telling her it's a surprise.
SONYA: Otherwise known as, ‘Mummy hasn't had time to organise anything, so we're going to the op shop'!
Sonya tells Alice she'll be needing to enlist her help to ensure Nell doesn't have a sugar crash today! Alice is of the view that Halloween is a good time for some sweet treats, but Sonya maintains that there is a very strict limit for Nell – three treats after dinner on Halloween.
ALICE: Oh, that's very specific!
SONYA: Otherwise, she's swinging off the rafters, aren't you?
NELL: I like lollies.
Meanwhile, Susan hits up Alice for some of her delicious shortbread. She promises to bake her some and bring it round. Dipi interjects on the conversation, offering to pay Alice if she could give their place a spruce- up in addition to her work at No 30. Alice says she doesn't want to moonlight given Sonya's paying her to be a live- in help, but Sonya says it would be fine.
ALICE: Well, how can I say no?
But Alice doesn't look thrilled at this development.
Pierce appears at reception to talk to Chloe, and they flirt over the prospect of another private meeting between the two of them today. Paul turns up just as Pierce is leaving, having witnessed the chemistry between the pair. He asks Chloe if she's made her mind up about whether to help him oust Terese, in exchange for paying off her debts to Fay.
CHLOE: I'm not talking about this here.
PAUL: Well, that would be the first time you've kept your personal affairs out of this place! What, you don't think I've seen the way you fawn over Pierce Greyson? (…) Now, this is the way it's gonna work. You are gonna do as I ask, and help me get rid of Terese as manager – or I'm gonna go public about you and Pierce Greyson being more than just business associates. I want your answer by the end of the day. Oh, and just so we're clear – there's only one answer.
Paul walks off, leaving Chloe looking worried.
Alice is getting started on the chores, as Dipi thanks her for agreeing to the work. Shane comes in in his Halloween pirate hat – he's looking for the feather that he uses with the costume! Dipi is evasive, not wanting to reveal she's given it to Amy for unspeakable purposes!
DIPI: Wouldn't that be over- accessorising? Remember, less is more!
SHANE: The pirate's name is Featherbeard. Can't not have a feather – that would be silly!
Dipi looks awkward, and Shane heads over to Sheila's house to study for their exams. Dipi's about to leave too, but on hearing her talk about how close she is to Toadie and Sonya, Alice asks her to give her a hand folding the sheets first…
Leo and Terese are getting intimate in her office. Leo's looking forward to seeing Terese in her Halloween costume – she flirtatiously tells him to be patient. They kiss, just as Ned comes in. Leo leaves them to it.
NED: Is something going on between Chloe and Paul?
He notes that Chloe's had a couple of run- ins with Paul today and yesterday, and that she's suddenly come into a lot of money to help pay her debts to her mum.
NED: You don't think he's got her doing something dodgy, do you?
TERESE: No – she's proven her loyalty, trust me.
NED: But she also needs money. And she's getting a lot of it from somewhere.
As they fold the sheets, Alice gently probes Dipi for info about Toadie and Sonya's marriage. On hearing that Alice knows about Sonya's addiction, Dipi admits that her last relapse was a shock to everyone.
ALICE: That was after Jarrod's affair with Hugo's mum?
DIPI: Oh, they really have told you everything!
ALICE: (…) But I mean, what about poor little Nell? She's such an angel.
DIPI: Yeah, well, kids are pretty resilient.
ALICE: Yes, but still – Sonya really must blame herself.
DIPI: Well, she wasn't really gone that long – but yeah, it felt like an eternity to Toadie.
ALICE: She was gone? … Oh, yes, Sonya did tell me that. Still, it must be very hard for Jarrod to trust her completely.
DIPI: Well, he's very forgiving.
ALICE: Yes – still. Do you think he worries that Sonya may relapse again?
DIPI: I'm sure it's always in the back of his mind. But they're in a good place now, so…
ALICE: And I just want to support them in every way I can!
The sheets being done, Dipi leaves, and Alice grimaces evilly.
Terese has called Chloe up to the office for a chat. Terese is speaking rather coolly, and Chloe quickly gathers something is wrong. Terese tells her that Ned is concerned that the large sum of money she's received recently has something to do with her conversations with Paul. Terese asks if she should be worried.
CHLOE: The money has nothing to do with him.
TERESE: Well, then, what's going on.
CHLOE: He's trying to get me to work against you.
CHLOE: By offering to pay off the rest of my debt to Mum, if I help him undermine you.
TERESE: Must be tempting.
CHLOE: It is. But… you stood up for me when my dating business went public. And that means a whole lot more. I'm not doing anything to help Paul.
TERESE: Good. But a word of warning – Paul doesn't take rejection well.
Alice has been slacking off, and suddenly realises she needs to make the place look vaguely clean before Dipi and Shane get back – so hurries around throwing things in drawers etc, and doing some very perfunctory scrubbing of surfaces. As she puts something in the cupboard, she notices some bags of chocolates that Dipi has prepared for Halloween, and steals one of them.
Shane and Dipi return home. Shane has retrieved the feather from Sheila's house, where he found it down the back of the couch – and he has it in his mouth as he takes off his shoes! Dipi is trying to convince him it's a different feather, but he's sure it's not.
DIPI: Gary and Amy weren't over there, by any chance, were they?
SHANE: No… why?
DIPI: Nothing. You've got it back now – that's the main thing. No use overthinking it!
Alice quickly exits when they come into the kitchen, bidding them goodbye. But Dipi and Shane aren't thrilled with the state of the place – the washing- up has just been left to soak, and the place still smells like kippers from breakfast. Dipi looks suspicious.
On the terrace, Terese is filling in Pierce on Paul's evil plan to enlist Chloe to help him bring down Terese.
TERESE: Last week, you were willing to buy into this hotel in partnership with Paul. What if you were to do the same now, but in partnership with me?
PIERCE: So, you want me to buy Paul out?
TERESE: A bigger investment, but a much better business partner. What do you say?
PIERCE: (…) Well, I like the idea, but I can't see how we'll make it happen. There's no way Paul will sell.
TERESE: We can work on that together. I'm sure we'll come up with something.
Sonya and Nell are busy making Nell's Halloween costume – a bee, naturally! Alice comes in and pretends to be impressed. While Sonya goes to fetch some socks for the costume, Alice sits down with Nell and begins to work her witchcraft – unveiling the chocolates she stole from No 32.
ALICE: Have you had any lollies yet?
ALICE: Oh, I don't think Mummy's rule about only three treats is fair, do you?
ALICE: No – so look. I got you this bag, and I can give you more chocolates, if we play a special game. Would you like that?
ALICE: Goodie- gumdrops! Now, this is my secret Halloween game. And I can teach you how to play, and show you the rules, but we can't tell anybody else, okay?
Nell smiles as Alice gives her a high- five!
Chloe is running her foot up Pierce's leg as they have a meeting in the pub. He suggests they go up to his suite, but Chloe is flirtatiously playing hard- to- get. As Pierce heads to the bathroom, Paul turns up – he notes that the documents Chloe is purporting to be reading are upside- down, and that they're just a cover for spending time with Pierce.
Chloe challenges Paul to prove that there's anything going on between her and Pierce. Paul says it's clear from the look on her face, but Chloe says that doesn't prove a thing.
PAUL: Do you have any idea of the game that you're playing here?
CHLOE: Yeah. I'm calling your bluff. I don't like what you're trying to do to Terese. So I don't care how long it takes to pay back my mum – I'm not doing it with your money.
PAUL: Well, that's a decision you're gonna regret.
CHLOE: I doubt it.
But she looks worried as Paul walks out.
Aaron is dressed up as a mummy as he prepares some trick- or- treat sweets to give out in the neighbourhood. Mark and Elly are hanging out with him; and Ned turns up, to update them on what he's discovered about Chloe. Ned confirms that Chloe is claiming a friend she travelled with paid back a loan, and that's why she suddenly came into so much money.
AARON: So that just proves that she's telling everyone the same story.
MARK: Which is exactly what she would say if she was telling the truth! Mate, you need to let this go.
Aaron reluctantly agrees, and thanks Ned for looking into it, saying they're ‘all good' now. Ned leaves, but Aaron and Elly both look uncomfortable.
Susan sees Paul at the bar, so saunters over for a chat.
PAUL: Susan, company is the last thing I need right now.
SUSAN: You ignored my advice, didn't you?
PAUL: What, like you just ignored what I just said?
SUSAN: Well, you wouldn't be sitting here moping by yourself if you'd listened.
PAUL: I don't mope.
SUSAN: You would be with your family, fixing things with your kids. So what happened?
PAUL: Nothing, alright? I'm working on something positive with Amy. It'll be fine.
SUSAN: And Leo?
PAUL: Not so much.
SUSAN: Let me guess – you devised some elaborate, spiteful vengeance that won't make you feel any better, and in the end it'll just drive a deeper wedge between you and your son?
SUSAN: Paul, you can't keep doing this to people you care about, and expect a different result!
PAUL: Definition of madness, hey?
SUSAN: Definition of stupidity.
PAUL: I'll tell you what's stupid – the idea that what Terese and Leo think they have will last. I mean, it's a ridiculous fling at best.
SUSAN: Keep this up, you're just hurting yourself.
She walks off, leaving Paul with that thought.
Terese sashays onto the patio in her Halloween costume – she is Cleopatra, and Leo is awaiting her in a Roman military outfit (presumably playing Mark Antony)! He kneels to Terese as she appears.
LEO: My queen!
TERESE: A toast – to beating your father at his own game!
LEO: Did the ancient Egyptians even have champagne?
TERESE: No. But they had this.
A pash ensues.
The street is abuzz with extras in Halloween costumes, trick- or- treating. Among the revellers are Aaron as the mummy, Dipi and Kirsha as witches, Shane as Featherbeard, and Nell in her bee outfit. Alice and Sonya have made considerably less effort, sporting cursory devil- horns and frog- eyes respectively.
AARON (to Nell): You look un- bee- lievable!
KIRSHA: Nelly, tell him how you did your hair today!
NELL: With a honey- comb!
Shane starts doing his pirate voice and waving the feather in Kirsha's face!
DIPI: Don't do that, it's gross!
KIRSHA: Okay.. that's weird!
Dipi quickly changes the subject, and suggests they go to tap up the Willises for treats…
Terese tells Leo they have time for a quickie before she has to meet Pierce at the hotel, and they start getting frisky…
Shane is knocking on the front door of Terese's house, but since she's on the patio with Leo there's no answer. But Sonya definitely saw her coming home a while ago, so they decide to go around the back! Shane, Dipi, Kirsha and Sonya head round the side of the house – Alice opting to stay with Hugo and the pram.
Nell goes to follow the others, but Alice stops her, telling her that it's time to play their secret game. She leads Nell off in another direction…
On the patio, Leo is down to his undies and getting up close and personal with Cleopatra – who screams when Shane, Dipi and Sonya appear from around the side of the house! Dipi quickly shields Kirsha's eyes, while Leo covers his undies with his Roman helmet!
SHANE: Guess you're already into the treats!
LEO: Yeah, thanks for the privacy, guys!
Terese and Leo giggle as everyone quickly leaves them to it, then quickly pick up where they left off!
The trick- or- treat party return to the front of the house, where Alice is still waiting with Hugo. But Sonya is surprised to see that Nell isn't there too. Alice claims that Nell followed the others around the side of the house – but Shane says she's definitely not there. Sonya starts to panic, and rushes off, calling Nell's name. Alice smiles meanly as she watches Sonya go.
Sonya runs into the middle of the street, looking for Nell amongst all the costumed trick- or- treaters. She's roared at by a passing clown, and another clown just stands and stares at her sinisterly. But Nell is nowhere to be seen…
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