- Toadie and Gary worry about Kyle's state of mind, and decide he needs a project
- Toadie tells Kyle he wants him to be the face of Buddy Club, but Kyle's not sure he's right for it
- Gary tells Kyle to pull his socks up and start acting like himself again
- Pierce tells Chloe that Lucy wants a long- term commitment from the new hotel manager
- Chloe tells Terese that the contract will be for five years if she gets it
- But Paul tells Terese that Chloe isn't management material
- Paul tells Chloe to quit before Lucy makes the decision for her
- Chloe overhears Pierce admitting to Terese that Chloe's only in the job because she's his wife
An unseen Chloe continues to listen in on the conversation between Terese and Pierce.
TERESE: Chloe's working really hard to get to where she needs to be.
PIERCE: Yeah, I know, right? But sometimes hard work isn't enough.
TERESE: But she's willing to learn.
PIERCE: Yeah, and learning takes time. I should've known better than to let my personal life cloud my professional judgement.
TERESE: What, so you're gonna fire her?
PIERCE: Honestly, I dunno.
Appalled, Chloe leaves, but the conversation continues.
PIERCE: I mean, she can do the job...
TERESE: No, I agree. She'd make a great manager.
PIERCE: Yeah. She's just green, you know; and after everything that happened, it's not all on Chloe. I set her up to fail. And I've been so focused on my other investments and preoccupied with Hendrix, I haven't been there to support her, and I've dropped the ball.
TERESE: Well, pick it back up.
PIERCE: I could set her up with a development plan, make sure she's got everything she needs.
TERESE: You know, she could do with a proper management course (...) I did one a few years ago - really helped me brush up (...) It was a tough course, but if she applies herself, she can make it.
Pierce tells Terese to leave it with him; he owes it to Chloe to make this work.
Toadie arrives with Hugo and Nell, and runs into Ned, who says his new design for the former History Wall is being printed today; the contractor is arriving soon to apply it. Toadie and Nell are excited; Toadie says it will be good for the kids to see Sonya whenever they visit.
As Ned leaves, Kyle arrives. Toadie asks him if he's ready for their Buddy Club meeting; Kyle isn't sure his ideas are along the right track, but Toadie assures him that it's just a brainstorming session, and if he didn't think Kyle was capable, he wouldn't have asked him to lead the programme.
Shortly afterwards, Terese arrives for the meeting with Kyle. She explains to him that most of the Buddy Club kids are from disadvantaged backgrounds, and having trouble at school or home; they just need some extra support. They need to decide on some small group activities which will help the kids make more positive connections with others.
As Toadie sits down to join them, Terese proposes that they do a Buddy Club trial run tomorrow, whereby Kyle can run one of the activities with a small group of kids. She shows him a list of potential activities; Kyle isn't keen on them, but suggests instead that he could show the kids how to do some basic woodwork and get them making things, to foster a sense of achievement.
KYLE: I could give Amy a call. See if we could use the yard?
TOADIE: You'd do that?
KYLE: Well, can't think of a better place for it!
Toadie and Terese are both keen, and Toadie says that calling Amy is really going above and beyond. Kyle says he's just happy to be bringing something to the table.
Chloe thanks Elly for letting her vent about the situation with Pierce and the hotel.
CHLOE: I've been sooking more than Aster.
ELLY: Maybe, but you're passing much less wind, and for that I'm grateful.
CHLOE: I love how talking to you always makes me feel better. Still stupid, hurt and embarrassed - but better. I've been running around calling us a power couple, when really we're just a power single and his ring- in.
ELLY: That's not true.
CHLOE: It is. He's clearly just so good at pretending that you don't see it.
Elly tells Chloe she's done really well managing the hotel under the circumstances, but Chloe is kicking herself for not seeing this coming.
CHLOE: The person I needed most in my corner thinks I'm incompetent.
ELLY: Did he actually say that?
CHLOE: Ugh, probably. He was still talking when I left; I couldn't listen anymore.
ELLY: Chloe, you need to go and find him.
CHLOE: Why, so he can just keep lying to my face?
ELLY: No, so you can have an honest conversation with him. You deserve to be treated like the professional you are.
Chloe has taken Elly's advice and is talking to Pierce.
PIERCE: I'm so sorry, Chloe, okay? You should never have heard that.
CHLOE: Yes, I should have. Ideally some time ago, and to my face.
Pierce insists he knows Chloe can do the job; and if she'd heard his whole conversation with Terese, she'd have also heard them say that she's capable, knowledgeable about the hotel and stepped up to the job under adverse circumstances. Pierce insists he doesn't regret giving Chloe the job, but admits it's unusual for him to hire inexperienced managers.
PIERCE: So yes, our relationship did come into play.
CHLOE: I knew it.
PIERCE: But (...) I regret not setting you up to succeed (...) We threw you in at the deep end, and we need to help you swim.
An annoyed Paul turns up. He says he's been reviewing the customer feedback forms from The Waterhole, and thought the quantity of them was suspicious.
PAUL: Sheila has admitted that staff have been entering fake feedback forms.
CHLOE: Are you serious?
PAUL: Mm. I hate to break it to you, Chloe, but your little initiative is busted.
Paul says the farce of Chloe running Lassiter's has gone on long enough, and that Pierce needs to fix the mistake - the implication being, by firing her.
Kyle is on the phone to Amy, who has agreed for her yard to be used for the Buddy Club woodwork session. It's clearly a difficult conversation for Kyle, and he wraps it up quickly once he has her agreement. He reports to Toadie and Terese that the yard is theirs whenever they need it. Terese goes to call the agency they're working with to set up the event.
TOADIE: Good on ya, Kyle - you're really kicking goals, mate.
KYLE: Thanks. Feels good to get a win. I really needed that boost.
Toadie wonders if it'll be weird for Kyle working in Amy's yard, but he says he'll be fine, and focused on the Buddy Club kids. Toadie is being pestered by a client with messages on his phone; so that when Ned turns up to tell him the contractors are here to paint the wall, Toadie says he doesn't have time to meet them as he has to take the kids home and do a load of paperwork.
Kyle offers to help lessen the load by taking Nell and Hugo for the afternoon. Toadie thanks him, and Ned goes to let the contractors know that Toadie will be with them shortly.
TOADIE: Good on ya, Kyle - you're a lifesaver, mate.
Kyle looks inordinately pleased with himself.
Pierce is in the office working, when Paul comes in.
PAUL: I hope that's a job ad you're drafting?
PIERCE: Why would I be doing that?
PAUL: So we can get on with replacing your wife. How much notice did you give her?
PIERCE: I'm not firing Chloe.
PAUL: But you are planning to? Or did you want me to do the dirty work?
PIERCE: Neither. In fact, I'm working on a development plan for her right now.
PAUL: Oh, Pierce, no amount of development is going to turn that girl into a good manager. She is just not up to the job (...)
PIERCE: I have faith in her abilities, alright? And after she's done a management course, then...
PAUL: Yes, she'll still be less qualified than any other candidate we could attract! (...) Oh, come on, this is nepotism, pure and simple!
PIERCE: Just like when you made your son head of business affairs? Or when you made your daughter in charge of Robinson Heights?
PAUL: Leo and Amy excelled in their roles.
PIERCE: Yeah, but you still took a risk hiring them, and they'd never done the job before. How about a little story I heard of a girl called Courtney rising up the ranks, shortly after she got engaged?
PAUL: ... It's clear you and I are never going to see eye- to- eye on this. You vote stay, I vote go. So I think we need to take it to the deciding voter. And I don't think you're gonna like the result.
But Paul's the one who doesn't like what Terese has to say on the matter!
TERESE: I understand your reservations, but Chloe stays.
PAUL: You're seriously gonna side with Pierce over me on this one?
TERESE: Yes! (...) We've invested in her this far - we need to see it through (...) If you kick up too big a stink about this, Lucy may very well decide it's all too much trouble, and she'll yank the Lassiter's brand entirely! Have you forgotten it was our bad handling of the hidden cameras that got us in this mess?
PAUL: Yes, which Chloe is now making worse!
TERESE: We're giving her a second chance. So... you just need to chillax.
PAUL: ... Chillax?
TERESE: Yes. It's the kind of thing I say, now that I'm not a buttoned- down corporate.
This makes Paul smile. Terese tells him she had a great day working with Toadie and Kyle on the foundation today. Paul remarks that she really seems to be throwing herself into it.
TERESE: I want it to be successful.
PAUL: I'd be wary of relying on a Canning to achieve that success!
TERESE: Kyle's capable, Paul.
PAUL: Yeah, maybe before he messed my daughter around, for the second time. And almost killed my son.
TERESE: It was an accident! And you are being unfair!
PAUL: All I am saying is I would keep a very close eye on him if I were you.
Pierce is telling Chloe that he and Terese have decided she can stay on. Chloe's worried that Paul will just override them by going straight to Lucy, but Pierce tells her about the course Terese recommended.
CHLOE: What, Hotel Management for Dummies? (...) I can't stop thinking about what you said earlier. It really hurt to hear you say that I'm only here because I'm your wife. I mean, I know people were thinking it. But for you to agree...
PIERCE: It was true. If we weren't together, then I probably wouldn't have taken a punt. But that would've been my mistake, and the hotel's loss.
CHLOE: You really believe that?
PIERCE: Of course I do.
CHLOE: I've been working so hard. And I just have to work even harder to prove myself to stay in the game.
PIERCE: Well, the Chloe I know isn't afraid of hard work.
CHLOE: I'm not, but... five years is a massive chunk of time (...) I mean, it's not like I dreamed of being a hotel manager when I was little. I wanted to breed pandas! And what about travel? I can't exactly explore the world when I'm chained to a desk. They are heavy, Pierce; they weigh you down.
PIERCE: (...) I think you're just making up excuses to back out. When you were succeeding, how did that make you feel?
CHLOE: The buzz was huge. More than anything I've done before. Apart from marrying you!
PIERCE: Well, what does that tell you? Look, what you lack in experience, you make up for in effort, okay? And with the right support, I know you'll smash it. You just need to get out of your own way, and start believing in yourself.
Chloe turns up outside the hotel, looking a bit daunted. She needs a montage.
Said montage ensues - we see Chloe in the office doing lots of paperwork and answering the phone, while upbeat music plays. As it ends, Paul comes in and starts making barbed remarks again.
CHLOE: You know what, Paul? I'm getting pretty sick and tired of your borderline bullying behaviour (...) I'm gonna smash this. I can't wait for you to come crawling in here on your hands and knees to apologise. Now, if you'll excuse me - I am very busy making your hotel stacks of cash. So...
She opens the door and gestures for him to leave. Paul smiles, and obeys. Chloe looks satisfied.
Kyle is playing with Nell and Hugo when Toadie comes in.
NELL: Daddy, Kyle is a horse.
Indeed, she is riding him around the living room! Toadie asks if Kyle would be okay to stick around to spend a few more hours with the kids, as he has to meet a client in The City™. Kyle's keen, but says he has to go to the yard to set up for the Buddy Club session tomorrow. He suggests he could take Nell and Hugo along with him. Toadie is sceptical Kyle can look after the kids at the same time, but...
KYLE: Seriously. Go to your meeting.
Toadie agrees, and says he can drop them all off at the yard on his way.
Pierce finds Chloe in the office. He's brought her details of the management course, but she's already looked it up online and is happy to sign up for it.
CHLOE: I'm in (...) I know it'll mean some long days, but I'm up for the challenge.
PIERCE: Well, Lucy ain't gonna know what hit her.
CHLOE: I must admit, I'm still a little freaked at the whole five- year thing. But I'll worry about that if I get an offer.
PIERCE: Not if, Chloe - when. I'm glad you're all in. This place needs you.
But she's still looking nervous.
Kyle has set up a play pen for Hugo in the yard office, and Nell is sitting in it too. He sets up a film for them to watch on his tablet. As he's doing so, he notices a photo of Amy and Jimmy pinned to the wall, and looks wistful. Once the film's set up, Kyle goes to do his setup for the Buddy Club, promising the kids they can get milkshakes afterwards.
HUGO: Milkshakes, milkshakes!
But the moment Kyle's back's turned, Nell creeps out of the play pen, and signals to Hugo to be quiet...
Pierce is with Elly, getting acquainted with baby Aster.
PIERCE: I think that was a smile!
ELLY: That was a burp!
Chloe appears, and Pierce goes over to join her. She reports that she's enrolled on the management course; and Pierce produces a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
CHLOE: What's there to celebrate?
PIERCE: Well, we're both on the same page, right? And we've both got a lot to look forward to.
CHLOE: Pierce, it's been a big day and it's not over yet. I've still got to sort out this customer feedback mess...
PIERCE: (...) I am really, really sorry if what I said to Terese upset you, okay? But you know I've always got your back.
CHLOE: Twenty- four hours ago, I one- hundred- percent did.
PIERCE: And now?
CHLOE: I dunno. Mid- to- high nineties?
PIERCE: Look, I stuffed up, okay? But that doesn't mean that I don't believe in you.
CHLOE: Maybe, but you weren't honest with me. There is a lot of pressure on me to perform right now, and I don't want to have to worry about us too.
PIERCE: Yeah, and you won't have to, okay? I promise.
Chloe doesn't look altogether convinced, and walks out.
Kyle is in the yard, lost in thought, when Terese turns up to check on his progress. She says the kids from the agency are really excited about the first Buddy Club session.
TERESE: I have to admit, I am, too!
On mention of the kids, Kyle remembers he should check on Nell and Hugo. But when he goes into the office, only Hugo is there!
KYLE: Hugo, where's your sister, mate?
Naturally, Hugo doesn't have an answer. Now worried, Kyle heads outside to look for Nell. Terese assures him she can't have gone far. Kyle starts shouting Nell's name.
KYLE: I'm such an idiot! How could I let this happen?!
TERESE: Hey, just stay calm - we'll find her.
KYLE: Nell! Nell!
Coming up on Neighbours
- Roxy tells Harlow she can't change what happened; what more does she want from her?
- Roxy admits to Shane that she feels like she can't get anything right in life
- Dipi tells someone that Shane didn't think what he did was wrong
- Dipi asks Shane exactly 'what it is between you two'
- Terese tells a worried Toadie that Nell's gone missing
- Kyle and Toadie are searching the Greenway for Nell; Kyle says she can't have just disappeared