- Sheila rambles on to Gary about her new favourite book, ‘Mother Knows Best'
- Gary has an accident in the warehouse and is knocked unconscious by falling boxes
- Amy finds Gary lying on the floor and rushes to his aid
- Amy suggests to Sheila that she and her self- help book are doing more harm than good to Gary
- Mrs Punt goes flying after Leo has a strop and throws a Valentine's decoration in her direction
- Sheila persuades Mrs Punt not to sue Leo personally – but lands the hotel with a lawsuit instead
- Leo has a drunken rant at Paul and Terese in the street, while other RSRs look on with bemusement
Leo is sitting on the curb in a right old state, as David tries to comfort him. Paul and Terese watch, concerned, from a distance. David takes Leo into No 24 to sober up.
TERESE: I should go and talk to him. Let him know that I still care.
PAUL: No, no – now's not the right time.
TERESE: Yeah, but he's in so much pain.
PAUL: Terese, your presence now would just make it so much harder.
Leo is spilling his feelings to David.
LEO: Yeah, I want her to be happy, you know? I do. I just… why can't she just be happy with me?
DAVID: It'll get better.
LEO: Well, people keep saying that, but… I just keep feeling worse.
DAVID: That's because you're not practising self- care – you're self- soothing.
LEO: Of course I am. Why wouldn't I want to feel good?
DAVID: Drinking half a keg won't help with that.
David encourages Leo to rest up on the couch, rather than ‘a bed full of backpackers'!
Sheila and Gary are dissecting Leo's public tantrum.
SHEILA: Wailing in the street, like a mangy dog over his master's grave…
GARY: I sure felt for the bloke, but it didn't do anything for my headache!
Gary suggests the last straw for Leo may have been Sheila's failed attempt to stop Mrs Punt suing; Sheila says she has learned her lesson. Amy turns up, and Sheila launches immediately into talk about Gary improving his repayment plan to Amy. Amy says she's happy with what Gary has already decided…
AMY: … And it's really none of your business, either!
SHEILA: Well, I think that you should take a look at Mother Knows Best. Because in there, they say adult children are the ones who usually need the biggest kick up the pants!
Amy changes the subject and presents Gary with some cookery magazines she's bought him. But Sheila just starts hectoring Gary about getting back to work. Gary tells Sheila he's been thinking about taking a bit more time to recover following his accident.
SHEILA: What, you suddenly know more than the doctors?
GARY: … No.
SHEILA: Well, there you go – problem solved.
She tells Gary to call Toadie and tell him he's available to go back to work at the nursery, then heads out for her book club meeting.
Sheila is trying to persuade Susan to come to the book club with her – it's the first meeting since Sheila's joined. Susan isn't very keen, as she hasn't read the book.
SHEILA: Well, this book club was formed 40 years ago, and all the women know each other (…) It'll be easier if I had a friendly face. I can bring you up to speed.
Karl chips in, offering to come himself, but Sheila reveals that the book they're looking at is ‘Mother Knows Best'!
SUSAN: We're going to discuss a self- help book?
SHEILA: Oh, yeah, it's wonderful. It's become my bible in dealing with Gary.
Susan and Karl exchange a look. But Susan agrees to accompany Sheila.
Paul has had a text from David, and reports to Terese that Leo has calmed down and gone home. Paul prepares to go and see David to find out more; Terese wants to discuss Mrs Punt's lawsuit, but Paul says Leo comes first. Piper comes in, and is uncomfortable to see Terese and Paul holding hands. Terese asks Piper if Toadie is taking on new cases; Piper says not at the moment.
PIPER: Is this about Leo? (…) Ned did call me and tell me about his one- man tribute to A Streetcar Named Desire.
Terese has the idea of Piper going to the backpackers' to check up on Leo. Piper isn't sure Leo will be up for visitors.
TERESE: We're just really worried.
PIPER: Well, if that were true, you wouldn't have…
TERESE: Yeah. I would've dealt with it better. I agree.
Backed up by Paul, Terese begs Piper to go and check on him.
Gary and Amy are discussing Leo's meltdown. Gary is sympathetic, saying how awful it is that Terese left Leo for his father.
AMY: We got together, and you're my ex's father.
GARY: Yeah, but the difference is, Kyle's halfway across the planet, and we weren't rubbing it in his face.
AMY: Yeah. And he's happily married – I mean, that helps.
GARY: Too right. It's hard when you love someone, and they don't love you back.
AMY: … Or it just doesn't pan out.
GARY: Yeah. I mean, you keep telling yourself you're okay – that you only want what's best for them. But you can't help but wonder what it would be like if things were different.
AMY: And you can't stop imagining… what it might be like if you got back together.
They smile at each other. They seem about to close in for a kiss, but Amy gets cold feet again, and decides she should head off to check on Leo and do some work. Gary looks frustrated as she goes.
Paul has turned up to see David, who isn't convinced by the plan to send Piper around to babysit Leo.
DAVID: I've never seen him like this before.
PAUL: He's had break- ups before. He was in love with Mishti and he got over her!
DAVID: This is different.
PAUL: Alright – what can I do to make things better, then?
DAVID: I'll give you the same advice I gave him – you've got to wait it out.
Paul suggests sending Leo on a work assignment to Lassiter's New York! David is unimpressed, saying Leo needs to be around Amy, David and his friends; plus, he'll think Paul's just trying to get rid of him if he sends him overseas.
DAVID: I'm sorry this is making you feel uncomfortable – but it's your mess. You have to lie in it.
Sheila and Susan arrive at the book club. All the attendees (including them!) are played by former cast members of Prisoner: Cell Block H, and today's scenes have been written to celebrate that show's fortieth anniversary – with the names of the other characters all mash- ups of characters/cast members from Prisoner.
Erica King appears to be the ringleader, and welcomes Sheila, agreeing it's fine for Susan to join them. Erica introduces the other members – Chrissie Reynolds, Fiona Bennett and Meg Fletcher.
SUSAN: I see that you're all wearing denim. Is that a club requirement?
SHEILA: I'm sorry if it is, cos I must've missed the memo!
FIONA: Just a coincidence.
CHRISSIE: Mine's coming off – it's too hot in here. I feel like I'm burning alive!
Everyone looks vaguely uncomfortable, and then Sheila is encouraged to introduce the book and why she chose it. She explains that the book has been helping her to look out for Gary.
SHEILA: He's a good boy, but he… has spent some time in prison.
SHEILA: Yeah. Well, people make mistakes, and that doesn't make them bad people.
ERICA: No – just people that deserve to be locked up!
An awkward Susan tries to lift the tone by prompting some conversation about the book…
Terese and Paul talk about getting a temporary replacement for Leo at work, as he hasn't shown up in over a week; and even if he came back, he's not sure they can trust him right now, so it's probably best they put him on stress leave. Speaking of stress, Terese is having some shoulder tension, and so Paul goes to give her a massage.
PAUL: This is not exactly how I imagined our relationship starting out.
TERESE: Do you regret it?
PAUL: The way we treated Leo? Absolutely. Being with you? Not for a second. I love you, Terese.
Piper comes upstairs into the mezzanine to find Leo lounging around in only a towel, and looks uncomfortable.
LEO: Did your mum send you?
PIPER: No. No! I was, like, in the area, and thought, ‘you know what, Piper? You haven't seen old mate Leo in a while'… Yeah, Mum sent me.
LEO: Let me guess – she's worried after my drunken rant?
PIPER: At least no- one filmed it… I think.
LEO: Thanks for the pity party. But I've already received texts from Elly, Ned, Chloe and even Sonya (…) When you get a text from someone with stage- four cancer, it's pretty depressing.
PIPER: Yeah, it is. I'm glad you realised that! So, pity party's over – we're hanging out!
LEO: I don't need that right now, Pipes.
PIPER: It's exactly what you need right now, though, Leo. You need friends right now.
LEO: Yeah, and I've got plenty right here!
PIPER: Gunther from Dusseldorf and Hayley from Watford are not your friends!
Piper throws him some clothes, and tells him to meet her downstairs. He says he doesn't want to, but she breezily overrules him!
David is moaning to Amy about Paul's plan to ship Leo off to New York to get rid of him. Amy says Paul's just trying to find a way to make Leo happy; but David is less sympathetic, saying New York won't help him get over Terese. Amy admits she's feeling similar about Gary.
AMY: We had a Moment™, at the hospital. And again today. I know getting back together would be a massive mistake…
DAVID: You still don't trust him?
AMY: Actually, I do. He's stopped taking shortcuts – he's patient. He's hard- working.
DAVID: So, what's holding you back?
AMY: Honestly, at this stage? It's his mother! (…) Gary lets Sheila walk all over him. I never saw it before, but he does every single thing that she tells him to do! There would be three people in the relationship.
DAVID: Hmm. So he comes with a bit of baggage.
AMY: This is excess!
David suggests Amy needs to speak to Gary about how she feels; Gary's worked hard to win Amy's trust back, so if Sheila's now the only obstacle to their reconciliation, he deserves to know.
Sheila is gossiping to the book club about Leo's meltdown on Ramsay Street, ‘tears and everything'!
MEG: I had a friend, Doreen – cried all the time! Grown woman, but she still slept with a teddy bear.
SUSAN: Shouldn't we focus on the book?
SHEILA: I am! Leo's problem is bad mothering.
ERICA: Well, it sounds more like bad fathering.
But Sheila objects, and bizarrely starts to critique Kim Tanaka's parenting methods – saying she could have done with a copy of Mother Knows Best! Susan disagrees, saying she's raised three kids and looked after plenty of others, without help from a book.
SHEILA: Oh, and they're scattered all over the globe, Susan! But it's never too late – your nieces could use this book. They need a firmer hand.
SUSAN: Adults should be able to make their own decisions – not be micro- managed.
MEG: What do you think, Chrissie? You're quiet as a mouse over there!
Susan gets a picture message from Karl, posing with some roses he's got for her. She shows the others.
MEG: He reminds me of my cousin. Fletch the Letch, we used to call him!
ERICA: He could use my steam press any time!
FIONA: Flowers? You're so lucky.
MEG: My husband used to give me roses. I wish he could again.
ERICA: What a lovely home you must have. I'm gonna have to consider your take on the book.
Susan laughs and gives Sheila a smug look.
Piper is encouraging Leo to play pool with her rather than drinking more beer. Leo's still feeling ashamed of his outburst on Ramsay Street.
PIPER: At least it was just the street. You're talking to the girl who globally broadcast her wild rants over the internet, okay? (…) But I get it. It is scary to lose control.
LEO: Yeah. It's just never really happened before.
PIPER: Everybody does crazy stuff when they get their heart broken.
LEO: I just wish your mum hadn't witnessed it.
Sheila's book club has finished, and she runs into Amy in the courtyard. Sheila moans to Amy about Susan ‘hogging the limelight' at the book club.
SHEILA: She's still in there with her BFFs, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton- Tail and… some other nobody!
Sheila learns that Amy is on her way to see Gary, and immediately starts criticising her for blowing hot- and- cold. Resenting the continued interference, Amy says that's why she's going to talk about things.
SHEILA: Are you two getting back together?
AMY: No, I never said that.
SHEILA: Oh, you didn't have to – because I just knew everything was going to work out!
Sheila goes to call Gary to tell him to spruce himself up before Amy gets there. Amy is appalled and tells her not to!
SHEILA: Oh, but for all you know, he could be wandering around the house in his old stubbies and a singlet! No, I need to know he's showered and changed!
AMY: No, Sheila, please – I don't want you getting involved.
SHEILA: Look – ‘behind every great man is a very busy mother'. In black and white, in here!
She brandishes Mother Knows Best at a seething Amy, and then goes to call Gary!
Piper's efforts to cheer Leo up seem to be working, as she thrashes him at pool. She tells him this is way better than wallowing in ‘Self- Pity Town'.
PIPER: You know, I get it. Like, heartbreak does more than hurt – it completely shatters your world. I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life with Tyler. It's kind of like, the hard drive containing all your hopes and dreams for the future with them gets completely wiped, and you just have to try and start all over again.
LEO: How are you going with all that?
PIPER: Getting there. Yeah, and you will, too.
LEO: Any tips?
PIPER: You can't live in the past, because it's over. And you can't predict the future, so…
LEO: Then, live in the moment. That's what I've been doing.
He sits next to her.
PIPER: No, you haven't! You've been blocking everything out with booze. Including all the good things in your life, like your friends, and your family. You have to appreciate the things that you still have.
LEO: Yeah. Maybe you're right. And hey, thanks for everything today.
PIPER: Of course, any time.
LEO: For what it's worth… I think Tyler was an idiot.
PIPER: Well, for what it's worth, I think my mum was an idiot, too.
They get very close to one another, and Leo interprets this as an invitation to move in for a kiss. Piper flinches and backs off immediately.
PIPER: What the hell?!
LEO: Sorry, Pipes.
But she's already leaving. Leo looks worried.
Sheila and Amy arrive, and Sheila immediately lays into Gary for his choice of shirt!
AMY: I think we might need a little privacy.
Sheila goes into the kitchen, but is visibly listening through the shelves! Amy sits Gary down to talk; she explains that she and David had been discussing Leo, and how he misses Terese.
GARY: Yeah – he was just acting like a complete prawn!
Sheila emerges from the kitchen, unable to resist interfering for more than 20 seconds.
SHEILA: Screw your ears on, Mickey! What she's saying is, Leo was missing Terese – just like you're missing Amy, and Amy is missing you! But I do not want you messing with my boy's heart. If you get back with him this time, you need to mean it! Because what Gary needs is a love he can depend on – a love that will keep him afloat. That's what it says in my book!
AMY (to Gary): We need to talk in the back yard. Alone.
Gary and Amy go outside, and she gets straight to the point before Sheila can emerge again!
AMY: I love you. And I want us to be together; I'd like us to try again.
GARY: Oh! You ripper!
AMY: But there's something else (…) Your mother. She treats you like a mummy's boy, and you let her get away with it.
GARY: Just, sometimes, it's easier to go along, to get along. I'm just trying to keep her in a good mood!
AMY: But you go along with everything – even when you don't agree. She pushes you around!
GARY: So, what are you saying?
AMY: I want us to be together. But you need to tell your mum to back off, and stop meddling in your life.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Piper tells Paul that Leo was completely blindsided, and really not coping
- Chloe says to Mel, ‘anything to land the deal, huh?' She replies, ‘you'd love seeing me in action'
- Chloe looks suspiciously at the garage; we hear Aaron talking about the faulty lead Mel took out
- Sheila is upset that her copy of Mother Knows Best has been taken
- Elly asks Mark why he broke his promise to her