- Gary admitting the real reason Kyle wasn't invited to the party.
- Gary submitting his tender for the tram to Karl... as has Kyle!
- Karl telling Toadie what Andrea told him under hypnosis.
- Mark bluntly telling Toadie that the best way to find Heather is Andrea.
- Andrea delighted to spend time with Hugo.
- Andrea planning to drip feed information to Toadie.
- Chloe unwilling to break Pierce's heart if he is going to be leaving town.
- Sheila discovering Pierce has a ring for someone.
- Pierce's fiancée (Ebony) walking in on Chloe kissing him!
Back Lane Bar
Ebony doesn't waste any time in asking Chloe why she is kissing her "husband to be!" It is Pierce that replies by saying it's a mis-understanding and that there is nothing going on either. With a glare at Chloe, she consents to letting Pierce explain all to Chloe - and after walking over to the far wall, Chloe begins by apologising to him before asking the obvious:
CHLOE: Why didn't you tell me you're engaged? I feel like a Grade A moron!
Pierce feels she was wrong to assume that the proposal was for her, especially give her attitude towards him previously. He clears up the details about the ring too - Ebony had said yes already, but the ring was being re-sized, and he wanted to do fun-proposal so he could give her the ring.
Ebony now demands her explanation, but Pierce manages to delay that until they are having dinner!
Number 30 (next day)
Mark reports to Toadie that the info Andrea provided has come up dry and wonders if Karl should hypnotise her again to get more information? Toadie gives his blessing to that, partially by keeping her in town, it means hopefully catching Heather.
Their chat is interrupted when they receive a visitor - Willow, who has come to make sure Andrea isn't causing trouble. "Is she?" the lass nervously asks and Toadie replies that he's got a bit to fill in her in on, but first is another hug from her.
"Must be awkward competing against your old man," Aaron remarks to Kyle as they (and David) stretch their muscles on the driveway. "I'll say!" Kyle replies as things aren't great between them and are likely to get worse when he wins the contract. Both Aaron and David point out that it's not necessarily in the bag, given what a great a cook Gary is! The lad looks relived that the attention moves off him when Chloe comes out of the house, running late as she overslept having been up half the night re-living humiliating herself!
Toadie is telling Willow about what they hope to get out of Andrea, when the person in question arrives unannounced at #30 - she detoured on the way to #28 hoping to see Hugo. Willow doesn't exactly look happy to see her mum and indeed her first words to her is to ask, "are you better?" "I am," Andrea replies and adds that she has a job now too. Willow isn't satisfied, wanting to know why she kept quiet on leaving Hobart (didn't want to get in anyone's way) and then if she is going to hurt Toadie again?
WILLOW: You were telling stories about Dee.
ANDREA: It's not a story, truly.
With Hugo in his arms, Toadie leads Nell to her bedroom to help her get ready for school. This is not before reminding Andrea about their deal, thus allowing mother and daughter to chat without him being around.
Willow isn't happy at her mum contacting Toadie so close to him losing Sonya, but she explains that it was Shane that contacted her. "I'm just trying to help," Andrea pleads and gets that Willow is angry, however swears that she is going to make things better between them because she misses her. Willow doesn't say the same back to her mum, instead telling her she needs to get to her hypnosis session.
As Karl gets the room ready for the hypnosis session, he admits he is worried about hypnosing her, but she feels it is necessary to help Toadie. Karl warns that she might get the intrusive memories again, but she is ready to deal with them this time.
Toadie asks Willow on her thoughts about her mum, and the lass replies that she appears more together than previously. He agrees that it seems she is in a better place and Willow finishes the sentence by saying that he probably wishes that were elsewhere!
WILLOW: You don't have to hold back. I know you want mum to help you find Gran but isn't there a part of you that's interested in all that Dee stuff? Or you think she's lying?
TOADIE: Honestly, it depends on the time of day you ask me. I go from thinking that it's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard, that she's lying or confused or something, to then thinking what if there is actually something in this?
Pausing for a moment, he tells Willow if she feels it's too much for her to handle, she doesn't need to deal with it this time around.
TOADIE: I've got you.
Sheila and Amy are discussing which Canning will win the tram contract, when Gary joins them and surprises them both by announcing he intends to withdraw, given the tension between himself and Kyle. "That's very noble of you love," Sheila replies whereas Amy thinks "its self-sabotage" as he deserves a fulfilling career as much as Kyle does. Amy reassures him that Kyle will be fine if he wins, there are other opportunities out there for the lad! Gary now agrees he won't withdraw and will instead wait and see what happens.
Karl begins to hypnotise Andrea and starts asking her questions about Salamanca market and specifically Ian. She eventually says the place where Ian was staying at - The Red Cove Hotel. As soon as Karl mentions 'Dee', she veers off into having bad memories again and eventually he gets her back into the present day, reassuring her constantly that she is safe... however when Karl goes off to get a glass of water for her, we can tell from her facial expression that it's all been an act.
Chloe sneaks into the bar hoping to avoid Pierce and Ebony but it's actually all good - while Pierce goes to take a call, Ebony spots her explains that he filled her in, so she isn't "worried in the slightest." Extending the hand of friendship, Ebony invites Chloe to join her as she presumes Pierce will be away for a while.
Mark has been updated by Karl with the information Andrea supplied about the hotel and heads off to make enquires, swapping places with the newly arrived Toadie and Willow. Karl updates Toadie but given the ending, fears the sessions (with him) might need to stop or they use a specialist "more used to dealing with these sorts of things."
Willow has joined her mum on the sofa and can see that she is upset, and that the session seems to have knocked her around. Andrea explains that she'd "no idea how much of my childhood I'd repressed" before then acknowledging that perhaps she shouldn't be telling Willow bad things about her Gran. "Hey, it's okay," Willow replies whilst at the same time, reaching out to hold her mum's hand, something Andrea seems very happy to have happened.
Ebony is telling Chloe how she and Pierce met - both reaching for the same glass of champers at a charity do. Very subtly as they chat (although it sounds more like who can outscore each other!) Ebony lets it be known that she knows all about how Pierce and Chloe got together.
"She's a lot of fun isn't she?" Pierce declares after Ebony heads to the bar for the most expensive bottle of bubbles (courtesy of Pierce's credit card) for her and Chloe to drink.
CHLOE: She's something alright!
Karl is relieved to see Elly, Finn and Shaun return home (they left just as he was about to start the hypnosis with Andrea) and asks them to 'babysit' Andrea as he's to rush off to attend to something tram related.
Finn ends up being the one to do the 'babysitting' (Elly scuttles off to her room for a nap and Shaun heads off to make some calls) and empathises with all the things she is going through because he has amnesia! It's like 'lightbulb moment' as you can immediately see the change in Andrea's expression after that admission. She asks if he would consider hypnosis and he replies no, because his condition is different to hers plus her information could be useful.
FINN: Mine would ruin everything. Best leave the past in the past.
Gary wonders why Karl wants to see him as he, along with Amy and Sheila, walk towards where the tram is located. Karl meets the trio and tells Gary his tender was very impressive. Just as Karl says that, Kyle arrives to join them, and Karl explains that he's made his decision and wanted them both to hear it. He compliments the pair on their standout tenders (by far the most impressive) and after weighing everything up... they've both won!
KARL: I'd like you both to finish the renovation and then run the place if you can agree to do that.
Both father and son acknowledge the lack of the opposite skills to what they have but Karl thinks that this is the best option which Jemima has entrusted him to make. "What do you say?" he asks the pair only to be met by deafening silence!!!
Given the inn is full, Toadie is blowing up a mattress for Willow to sleep on, even though the lass feels she might not get much sleep tonight.
TOADIE: You thinking about your mum?
WILLOW: If this is all a hoax, she's gone to a lot of trouble.
Toadie acknowledges that and that Andrea has done that before too although to Willow, this feels different although she can't put her finger on why.
Mark arrives with an update - Andrea's information has checked out.
MARK: I've found Ian.
Chloe interrupts the kissing to demand a farewell hug from Aaron and David before they head off on holiday. She promises to keep an eye on Mark while they are away, happy to do that since things aren't as awful between them. David asks her not to obsess over Pierce.
CHLOE: The shame's already lifting. But if you ask me, I think there is definitely something up with that fiancée of his!
The boys lift arrives, and they quickly say their goodbyes to Chloe before heading towards the car with their luggage.
Andrea has now joined Toadie and they hear Mark explain that Ian is living 90 minutes away in Hepburn Springs. He confirms meeting Andrea at the market and mistaking her for Karen, whom he hasn't seen for a while. Mark then reveals that Ian wants to meet Toadie, something Andrea seems ecstatic about. "How do you feel about that?" she asks the very quiet Toadie, who admits that it's all a shock.
ANDREA: This is your chance to prove everything, if Karen's actually Dee.
Mark warns them about getting ahead of themselves, and Andrea interprets Toadie's silence as him still not believing her.
ANDREA: It's just that someone has paid for Dee's sisters funeral anonymously right and we've finally found this guy who was there that weekend. I mean, this is before I knew any of you.
TOADIE: We'll know more when I speak to Ian.
ANDREA: Yeah. Oh, just think, that after all these years, you might actually find out if Dee is still alive?!
Coming up on Neighbours
- Vance asking for Terese's help.
- Heads turning in Ramsay Street!
- Susan asking Elly about the annulment.
- Kirsha asking Toadie about Nell.
- Toadie urging Willow to have a relationship with her mum.
- Andrea telling us what her plan is!