- Terese denying she still has any feelings for Vance.
- Leo wanting to know the deal with the horse.
- Leo then discovering the horse is hot and that Roxy doesn't know.
- Roxy commenting on Paul's wealth.
- Andrea telling Sonya that there is someone that looks like her.
- Shane wanting information from Andrea.
- Andrea telling Shane her terms for helping.
- Shane sending Andrea packing but Toadie spots her.
It's like a 3- way crash from the off – Shane trying to explain things to his brother, Toadie wanting to know why Andrea is here and Andrea trying to apologise to Toadie for what she did to him and Sonya! Eventually Shane tells Andrea to sit at a table while he pulls Toadie aside to bring him up to speed – they heard she was in Geelong and went to see what she was doing there. Shane then rewinds to tell him that before she died, Sonya confided in him something that Andrea told her when they met just before she died – Andrea has some new information about Dee.
Vance hasn't got someone to buy the racehorse, but Roxy has an idea (Paul) and she's already began buttering him up by doing his ironing and getting in food that he likes. He tries to detract her from that, reassuring her that he has got it.
Its Andrea's turn now to update Toadie – she tells him about this guy she'd never met before who called her ‘Karen'. Toadie isn't buying it, citing that folk make errors like that all the time. “He was talking like he knew me,” she replies as if trying to convince him and he has the perfect comeback – “this is while you were having a mental breakdown?!”
ANDREA: It happened okay. Seriously, you think there's some other woman out there that looks like me and Dee?! What if it was her?
TOADIE: Dee is dead. Sonya is dead. The women that I loved are gone but for some unholy reason you are still here making my life hell.
ANDREA: You know I didn't come to you with this. I didn't bother you with this month's ago okay because I know how it sounds and the only reason I told Sonya was because she came to me okay. And this one, he came to me too right, it was not the other way around.
“What do you want Andrea,” Toadie asks and she replies “Hugo,” she wants “to see my boy.” Toadie's reply is to walk out the bar, so she reminds him that she gave him custody. Angrily, Toadie then reminds her that was “because we dropped the charges against you.”
ANDREA: It wasn't the only reason, alright. I know he's better off with you.
TOADIE: Yes, well you got that part right.
She acknowledges that she's also kept her distance and been respectful. Toadie looks ready to blow a gasket when she says ‘respectful'! “I miss him,” she pleads and begs him for just one hold to cuddle him.
ANDREA: That's all I want.
TOADIE: Hey, look at me. (she does that) It's never going to happen.
On seeing Dipi sitting on the sofa when he gets home, Toadie wants to know if she was “in” on the whole “Dee fiction.” Dipi replies that Sonya confided in Shane and they were simply “trying to get to the bottom of it.” “Do you know how it felt seeing her at The Waterhole?” he asks and Dipi seems surprised to hear that Andrea is in town but quickly adds that she is sure Shane was just trying to help. Toadie isn't amused to then discover that Mark knew too.
TOADIE: Am I the only one not in the loop here?
She replies that they were only trying to protect him, which goes down like a lead balloon as he points out that they've “invited a scam artist back into their lives.”
TOADIE: What are you doing?!
She begins to repeat that it was Sonya that told Shane in the first place, but he's had enough and demands that “Andrea's gotta go.”
Things have calmed down as Andrea returns to talk to Shane. She reiterates to him that she simply wants to help. He doesn't seem too enthralled with her demand to see Hugo, but she replies that it is just the once and asks if he will talk to Toadie. Initially Shane wasn't going to give into her request, as he didn't want his brother to suffer more pain, even if she thought that the pain might lead to a resolution. However, he eventually concedes into talking to Toadie if she will drop her condition to see Hugo.
ANDREA: I can't do that. I need to see my boy. You're a dad, you'd understand.
SHANE: Even if I did Andrea, I don't trust you, no- one does.
ANDREA: All I want is to see my baby. You know what, Toadie could get so much more out of this… I know you could talk him round.
Back Lane Bar
Leo gets Roxy onboard with his idea of getting a group together to work on the bars wine offerings and as long as she can help pick the members she is on board. Vance is too busy trying to flog a living horse to lend a hand.
Lassiters brasserie (next day)
Roxy interrupts the meeting Paul and Terese are having, to finally persuade Paul to attend the wine tasting, given he has travelled widely.
After she leaves, Paul wonders what Roxy is after, but Terese tries to get him to see that it is a subtle way of checking out Leo's business.
Roxy tries to persuade Amy to join the wine tasting but she has plans, so turns the offer down.
Sheila has overheard their conversation and suggests to Gary that he should get himself invited so he can report back to her! He doesn't think he is the right person for the job, but Sheila is very insistent that he goes!
Shane and Dipi are clearly in the doghouse when Toadie gets off the phone from updating Willow. Yashvi can't believe to hear that Andrea is in town and after Toadie thought she'd gone, Shane confirms that she still is. Toadie can't believe what he is doing and reminds him what she and her mother did to them! Shane's take is they are trying to figure her out, so they can see what her angle is. Toadie already has that one guessed – taking Hugo until Shane reminds him of the custody agreement. Shane tries to revert the conversation back to Dee but neither side seem willing to listen to the other and eventually Toadie follows his niece out the front door.
Back Lane Bar
The wine tasters have arrived – Paul, Chloe and Kyle… and a bit later Gary! At least Leo is happy now… because of the discomfort Paul is in with Gary there!
Sheila is after the goss from Dipi over what is happening with Toadie and Andrea after what she saw in The Waterhole, but Dipi cites “family business” as her excuse for not blabbing!
Shane arrives in the café (with Mark) and quickly tells his wife that he's filled Mark in, so in turn, she gives them the heads up that “the walls have ears.” Mark empathises with Sheila over the curiosity “given Andrea's history.”
SHANE: We've come this far, might as well see it through.
Mark isn't so sure, especially if Toadie is so against it but Shane still thinks its worth the digging given all the information they have (the date, the place and a description of the guy). “We've got nothing to lose if I do a bit more digging,” Shane comments and Mark agrees to do some searching too but Shane promises to get Andrea away from Toadie as quickly as they can if they don't succeed.
Sheila decides to trick Toadie into revealing all by pretending Dipi has brought her up to speed but before he can call her bluff, she spots Andrea entering the bar and tries to warn him. Andrea tries to talk to her son, but Toadie quickly hands him off to Sheila (who heads to the other side of the bar) so he can try and get her to leave the bar after repeating that he hasn't changed his mind so isn't seeing Hugo. After a bit of a stand- off, with tears in her eyes and very frustrated, she leaves the bar.
As they walk towards the hotel, Pierce confirms to Terese that he will be at meeting later on. When he heads off, she is then surprised to see Vance as she thought he was doing the wine tasting. He replies he'd non- bar business to take care off, which has gone majorly south on him, but she is confident that he will bounce back.
VANCE: Its nice you remember something about me because I remember everything about you.
Back Lane Bar
The wine tasting is in progress with Paul showing off his superior wine knowledge compared to everyone else!
When they come to the second round, Roxy tops Gary's glass up with a clear liquid, and when he takes a mouthful (someone should have sent him to wine school on how to taste a wine!) he quickly spits it out, however declares that he loves it!
ROXY: You'll be embarrassed to know that I filled half of your glass with vinegar!
Cue laughter from the other wine tasters and shock from Leo over what Roxy did to Gary. It is no surprise that Gary decides that he has had enough and walks out!
PAUL: (to Roxy) That is gold! You just made my day girl!!!
Mark has done some digging and thinks he has found something. He tells Dipi and Shane what he's found – the weekend the mystery man supposedly met ‘Karen' (Queen's birthday weekend in 2009) was the same weekend Cecile was buried in Hobart.
MARK: If Dee was alive, there is a chance the funeral could have brought her to town.
SHANE: So the timing could make sense.
Dipi is curious to know if Andrea would have known that fact, and simply picked that date to back up the story? Mark can't rule that out, she's done her homework before, and agrees to call the funeral home to make further enquires. Shane thinks they should continue their unofficial digging, confident that the funeral of her sister is about the only thing to have tempted Dee out of hiding.
Paul is still in absolute stitches over what Roxy did to Gary as she regals Terese with the details. Roxy, with the aid of a glare from her aunt, thinks she should go and apologise, but before she goes, Paul rakes in the cupboard for a bottle of vinegar that she can pass on to Gary “as a gesture of my good will!”
Once the lass heads away, Terese admits she is surprised to see Paul warm up to Roxy all of a sudden and he replies that she has her positives!
As the lass passes into the livingroom (on the way out) she asks Vance how he went with his buyer. “It's a waste of time,” he replies and wonders how her suggestion is going. With a look through to the kitchen at Paul, she replies to him “that its looking good.”
Shane and Dipi nervously walk into the house and Toadie immediately tells them about running into Andrea in The Waterhole, trying to force him into letting her visit Hugo.
DIPI: That's completely inappropriate.
TOADIE: No more inappropriate than this whole Karen story that she is going on about.
Shane then tells his brother that despite what he said, they got Mark to do some more digging. Toadie is absolutely furious at what his brother has done and Dipi quickly tries to diffuse the situation by suggesting they all sit down.
Shane repeats to Toadie what Mark told them. Dipi fills in the new information – that Mark has just discovered the funeral was paid in cash anonymously and that the same thing happened when Dee's parents died. Shane agrees that individually the information doesn't make much sense…
SHANE: But when you put them all together…
TOADIE: It means what? That Dee's still alive? She's been living under a pseudonym. Can you even hear yourselves?
DIPI: We're sceptical too and we've very sorry we really don't know the right or wrong thing to do in this situation.
DIPI: All we know is that this was important to Sonya and we think that counts for something.
Shane suggests they question Andrea again to see if she can remember anything else about the guy and Dipi adds that is where they need his involvement.
TOADIE: You mean Hugo's involvement? Do you know how long I spent just hoping that Dee was still alive? That I somehow wasn't responsible for her death.
SHANE: We know mate.
TOADIE: It weighed on me for years. It came between Sonya and me. I had to go through intensive therapy just to finally be at peace with it.
DIPI: But you did, which is why this time, the search would be different. You've let go of the guilt; you're just looking for the truth Toad.
TOADIE: I know the truth. Dee is dead.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Vance telling Leo to stop stressing about Roxy.
- Terese curious to know what Vance is doing.
- Vance and Terese dancing.
- Toadie frustrated at Andrea.
- Andrea meeting with Karl and Susan.
- Toadie sure that Andrea is lying again!