- Jane wanting to help Paul if he has a problem.
- Paul reaffirming that he wants to be with Jane because of who she is, not what she can do for him.
- Paul agreeing to take things at Jane's pace.
- The solar inverters and battery back- ups being stolen from Robinson Heights.
- Gary discovering that he was being asked to move the stolen inverters.
- Leo keeping secrets, which is driving Piper crazy.
- Piper discovering what Leo has been keeping secret!
Leo isn't impressed at Piper going through his stuff, but she ignores demanding to know who Delaney Renshaw is. “It's got nothing to do with you,” Leo informs her, but she is simply looking after her mum, and wants to know if it concerns her? “Nupe,” Leo replies and asks Piper to drop it, citing that it's complicated.
PIPER: You're obviously trying to hide something from my mum, and it's not right, so it's up to you, Leo, you can either come clean about everything, or I'll tell her what I found.
Kirsha is the one caught passing notes in class by Jane even though she wasn't the one that initially wrote it. Once the bell goes, Blake apologises to Kirsha for her getting caught and suggests that she be the one to pass on a pressie to Jane (his mum thought it might help get his grades increased!).
Kirsha takes the box and hands it to Jane while apologising to her. Jane thanks her and explains she knew Kirsha didn't write the note but equally couldn't let her off the hook. Once Kirsha leaves, Jane opens the pressie and we find out what it is – a box of Dipi's ‘Full Salute' tea!!!
Amy breaks the news of the theft to her dad and they come up with a plan (an expensive one) to get the houses finished in time for settlement. Paul offers to get another project manager in to help but Amy makes it clear she can handle it.
Gary pulls into a warehouse with the truck containing the stolen inverters and talks his way out of why he's late (got a flat) with the delivery when questioned. Joseph notices one of the boxes is open when he goes to remove them, and Gary explains that it slipped, but he put it back into the box. “You better keep your mouth shut,” he is warned but is still paid for the job but with a warning not to be late the next time!
Jane empathises with Paul over the theft as they head into the café. Dipi comes over to take their order and is somewhat puzzled to hear about the pressie Kirsha gave her, confirming that she wasn't behind the idea.
Elly bemoans to Susan the double standards from Jane after spotting her going into Harold's for lunch with Paul! She is still bitter about being fired.
SUSAN: That's not fair.
ELLY: No, it's hypocritical, that's what it is.
“You could confront her about it,” Susan suggests but Elly thinks Jane will have an excuse ready or say that Elly brought it on herself. Susan volunteers to go with her niece when she heads to the school to collect her stuff before asking if she's spoken to Yashvi. Elly replies no, but she talked to Shane and is hopeful they have had a conversation by now.
Leo has gathered Ned, Piper and Terese in her office to explain everything to them.
LEO: Back in Sydney, I ran a nightclub for the Renshaw family.
That admission has surprised Ned and he explains to Terese that they are “some pretty messed up guys who went to prison a while back, for money laundering, amongst other things.”
LEO: I'm the one who put them in there. I found out what they were doing, and I turned them in.
“How the hell are you still walking?” asks Ned and Leo explains that his information was anonymous, he was known as “Informant Z.” Terese wants to know why he is now telling them this now?
LEO: Last week, I received a call from Delaney Renshaw. Raymond Renshaw's daughter, he's the head of the family. She told me he might be out for parole in a month.
Piper wonders if this is what the calls have been about, commenting that it seems “a bit risky.” Leo explains that Delaney was oblivious to what was happening as she was in high school, he simply “felt sorry for her.” Piper's still curious as to why he hired Toadie and he replies it was so Toadie could contact the police to find out who knew Leo was involved in the case. “I wish you'd told me this sooner,” Terese comments and he explains about wanting to wait and find out all the details before involving them. As there is a risk, it was time for them to know and Terese wants advice from someone that has been in a similar situation.
“Well, you sure know how to pick your enemies,” Mark comments when Leo and Terese approach him for advice. Terese would have preferred “something a little more reassuring,” and Leo confirms that the Renshaw's have found out who shopped them… but it was the wrong person! Mark asks what happened to that person and Leo hopes that he is lying low. Since he's been in witness protection, Terese asks Mark what he suggests is best. “Did this daughter say there was any specific threat against you?” Mark asks, and Leo confirms that she doesn't know he is the informant, just that he worked for them. Leo seems relieved to hear he won't be offered full protection just yet and thinks just wait and see is best. “Well, what do we do in the meantime?” Terese asks and Mark thinks they've done everything right so far, and should the Renshaw's get parole, private security might be an option to consider.
LEO: Maybe I should just move out now, anyway.
TERESE: No, no, no. You're getting ahead of yourself. Look, they're still in jail. I mean, they might not do or say anything.
MARK: Yeah, that's true.
“How many people know about this?” Mark asks and after they tell him, suggests they keep the list as small as possible. Leo though has someone else that he needs to talk to.
Leo gets straight to the point with his dad, telling him that the Renshaw's get a parole in a month, and if they find out who put them inside, they may come after him. “The last we knew, they suspected Mannix,” Paul reminds him, but Leo now demands to know what exactly happened to Mannix.
PAUL: I handled it.
PAUL: By handling it.
LEO: Look, he's a loose end. If he spills, they might come after you, as well. Look, I get that things are complicated between us, but people we both care about are at risk here. So, I need to know all the facts.
PAUL: All right, you better sit down.
Jane is rather enjoying her cuppa of ‘Full Salute' tea!!! The boys in the class start sniggering and when Kirsha goes up to give Jane a book, she notices what is being drank, and Jane declares that its lovely! Kirsha now tries to get the pressie back but can't say why in front of the class, so changes it to say the pressie was from the whole class and not just her. “Kirsha, don't you be so modest, I love It!” Jane replies and orders Kirsha back to her seat.
Paul explains to Leo that he took Mannix on a drive to an isolated location because he felt the boy needed “a bit of country air!” “So, what did you do with him?” Leo nervously asks, and Paul replies, “not much.”
With the aid of a flashback, we see exactly what happened that night – Paul parked the car in a remote location and dragged Mannix out of the car. “Where are we?” he calls but Paul doesn't reply, simply continues to drag him along the ground, ignoring the request for painkillers, before finally tossing him away. “You can't do this!” Mannix cries but Paul is already walking away from him, back to the car.
PAUL: I told him to stay away from you, and then, drove away.
LEO: You just left him there?
PAUL: He needed to learn his lesson.
LEO: Have you heard from him since?
PAUL: Nope. No, but he must've sorted himself out, though, cos I sent an associate to go and check on him the next day, he was gone. Obviously made his way to the nearest town.
LEO: Well, then, the Renshaw's could still track him down. And look, no offence, but they're a lot scarier than you.
Paul is sure Mannix knows to stay in hiding, they're not going to find him. He wants to know what Terese knows and Leo replies she knows about Sydney but kept quiet about Mannix trying to extort him. “Well, keep it that way,” Paul insists and wonders if Leo has considered moving out. “I did mention it to her,” but she thinks that is getting ahead of the game.
PAUL: And that's because she doesn't know the extent of the problem. Look, if you are living with her, there is a risk that she will be hurt. And you know that.
Amy loses her battle against fast tracking the insurance claim when they hang up on her! “Its so frustrating,” she bemoans to Gary who is of course batting his own demons after discovering exactly what he was driving. “I reckon I might quit,” he tells her, which surprised Amy, and she reminds him to make sure he is paid for the work he's already done. “I won't,” and reassures her too that he won't miss any of his payments to her.
Despite how it happened, Terese thanks her daughter for what she did. She then asks how she feels about Leo staying in the house.
PIPER: That's not my decision to make.
TERESE: Look, I love Leo, but you come first.
PIPER: I don't want you to kick him out, Mum.
However, despite saying that, she wonders if Leo has told them the whole story? “Yes,” is Terese's reply and wonders why Piper thinks otherwise, so she explains its because he kept quiet about the girl that got in contact with him. “Maybe he doesn't know anything more?” Terese suggests but their chat comes to a halt when Leo arrives, and Piper suddenly must return to work.
“I can guess what you guys were talking about,” Leo says after Piper leaves and he closes the door. “I just wanted to check with her that she was okay with you staying, which she is,” she tells him. While he is happy to hear that, he informs Terese that if the Renshaw's get parole, he is moving out.
TERESE: Is that really necessary? I don't want you to go.
LEO: No, it's too risky.
TERESE: Until we find out exactly what's going on, let's not make any knee jerk decisions.
LEO: Well, I just...I don't want you and Piper to feel unsafe or uncomfortable.
TERESE: Just go and see that lawyer. Make sure that any evidence that's connecting you to this case is suppressed. I'd hate for something to happen to you. I'm kind of getting used to you being around.
Kirsha comes rushing into the café in a hurry to see her mum, she wants to know if the special tea works on women? Dipi looks very uncomfortable having this conversation, and asks Kirsha what tea she is talking about?
KIRSHA: Full Salute.
DIPI: How do you know about that?
KIRSHA: Oh, come on Mum, I have ears.
DIPI: Okay, but why do you want to know?
KIRSHA: There may have been a mix- up at the school.
Jane looks like she is high as a kite when Paul knocks on the classroom door. “This is a nice surprise,” she says, which surprises Paul given she messaged him asking him to come (unless she's talking about the bouquet of flowers he has in his hands). Thinking quickly, she says it is for the flowers, which he then hands over to her.
He mentions its been a strange day, which has made him “appreciate all the realty lovely things I have around me, like you.” Jane has been thinking about him too and has reconsidered the planned Christmas pressie she was going to give him on Christmas Eve.
PAUL: Okay, you've changed your mind?
JANE: Only about when I want to give it to you.
PAUL: Really? So, what's the present?
She then walks towards Paul (after closing the classroom door) and as she starts to kiss him, she also removes his jacket!!!
JANE: Any objections?
PAUL: Err, no, it's just, you know, this is… listen, erm… let's go home, eh?
JANE: I can't wait.
At this point, she forcefully shoves Paul down into the seat she was sitting in before taking off her own jacket!!!
JANE: Merry Christmas!
As they prepare supper, Terese chats with Bea over being a bridesmaid to her sister. Bea admits she is stuck with ideas for the hen party, so Terese suggests having a word with Chloe. “Is Chloe in a party mood these days?” she wonders, and Ned thinks she would for Elly. It then comes up that Bea can sing, and the ladies continue chatting about that as they head to the table with the food.
Meanwhile, Ned grabs a quick word with Leo go ask that he be kept in the loop on any updates about the Renshaw's, which he promises to do.
Finally, its Piper's turn for a quick word with Leo. “Are we cool?” she asks, and he confirms they are especially now Terese knows everything.
PIPER: Good, because it'd be nice if you didn't make a habit out of keeping secrets from my mum.
Amy's day isn't getting any better, an installer she called can't help as they are too busy. Realising he knows who is walking towards them on the bridge, Gary tries to get Amy away, so she doesn't hear the conversation he is going to have, and eventually he gets her away.
Gary tries to play down who Amy is when Kev finally talks to him. Kev informs Gary that the boss isn't happy about him being late but is willing to forget it…if he does another job.
GARY: No, I'm out.
KEV: Why? You got paid.
GARY: Well, too many people are getting hurt.
KEV: I don't care! And neither dos my boss. You're not out until we say you are.
Dipi and Kirsha enter the school trying to track Jane down as she isn't in her office. “The classroom, maybe?” Kirsha suggests and they go to head there but run into Elly and Susan. “What are you guys doing here so late?” Elly asks and Dipi replies looking for Jane and Susan hopes everything is alright.
Just at that, they hear a noise and Susan wonders what it is and Elly wonders if they need to call security? Dipi asks Kirsha to stay put as the adults then begin walking down the corridor and into the only classroom. The trio are aghast at what they see – Paul and Jane's dishevelled heads peering up from behind an upturned desk!!!
Coming up on Neighbours
- Sheila demanding the truth from Gary.
- Aaron wanting to know why Chloe is avoiding Elly and Mark.
- Chloe looking on enviously at Elly.
- Toadie refusing to have “that sick, twisted woman near my kid!”
- Willow crying.
- Some young female arriving at Lassiters and greeting Leo very warmly indeed!