- Toadie fires Rose after he discovers she's been using her job to snoop on her ex- husband James
- But he later takes pity after Rose tells him she's broke as James has frozen all her accounts
- Toadie uses his influence with Terese to get Rose a job at the Lassiter's day spa
- Sheila asks Clive when he was going to tell her that he was in charge of Levi's medical review
- She suggests to him that he could make it 'all go away' with a tick of approval, but Clive won't
- So Sheila alters the medical report on Clive's laptop while he's out of the room
- Later, Levi celebrates getting his job back with Bea and Kyle; Sheila has to act surprised
In the garden, Levi, Kyle and Bea continue to celebrate his imminent return to work, while Kyle unsubtly matchmakes between Levi and Bea. While Bea's indoors, Kyle encourages Levi to 'show off a bit', saying he's sure he could win Bea over. But Levi says Bea's not into him; he's already stuffed that up.
KYLE: Just back yourself. Turn up the old Canning charm, mate, hey? Never fails.
Indoors, Clive arrives to see Sheila, saying it's great that they got the result they wanted for Levi without any meddling required!
CLIVE: I will remind you of that next time.
SHEILA: What next time?
CLIVE: With you, there's always a next time.
Sheila smiles guiltily.
Toadie and Mackenzie run into Rose, who's in her spa uniform ready for her induction day. Rose claims not to be nervous, but she clearly is - and rushes off so as not to be late, thanking Toadie again as she goes for getting her the job.
MACKENZIE: I'd be nervous if I was her.
TOADIE: Yeah. Let's just hope that she's as tough after I speak with her husband tomorrow (...) He rang earlier to set up a handover meeting with his new lawyer.
MACKENZIE: I mean, do we have to tell him that she was snooping? Surely there's a way around it - like, a legal technicality or something?
TOADIE: Yeah, it's still not ethical. Nah, Rose and I both have to face the music on this one.
The house is full of supermarket goods, of which Karl and Jane are doing an inventory on the dining room table!
KARL: That's three, six, eight of the ogórki pickle.
JANE: Eight ogórki - check. And what about the gherkins?
KARL: There's nine of those. And toilet paper...
Susan comes in - she's early, Karl notes - and demands to know what's going on.
KARL: This is the fruits of bargain hunting and bulk buying.
SUSAN: Where did it all come from?
KARL: From under the house.
SUSAN: What, you've been hoarding stuff down there? For how long?!
KARL: No, no, not hoarding - storing. And, yeah, quite some time.
SUSAN: This is ridiculous. How did you manage to accumulate so much stuff?
KARL: Well, it'll all come in handy.
JANE: He's right, you know, it will.
SUSAN: Oh, Jane, not you too?
KARL: Jane sees the wisdom of my actions. We just had a very successful trip to the Dollar Den, didn't we? Jane bought a few things - she's gonna keep them here.
JANE: Well, for a small fee.
KARL: Not monetary, of course. She's just gonna help with the stocktake.
SUSAN: It's school holidays. I was looking forward to a bit of peace. And you've surrounded me with... with what? Oh, look - there's a thousand envelopes! What are we gonna do with those? (!)
KARL: Oh, well, I read somewhere that snail mail's making a comeback.
SUSAN: Put it all back where it came from.
JANE: We just need a moment to sort through it all.
SUSAN: That's fine. You have until the end of the day.
Susan walks off, and Karl tells Jane not to worry.
In the garden, Nicolette has arrived to join Levi's celebration drinks. Clive asks if she's settling in okay at the hospital, and she confirms she is. Levi asks about her job with Pierce and Chloe.
NICOLETTE: Pierce is a tool, so I quit.
She explains she's staying with David and Aaron, and invites Levi to come over and check out the pool later. Sheila queries whether Levi should be drinking given he's back at work tomorrow, but he insists he's drinking responsibly.
CLIVE: You don't have to wrap him in cotton wool. He knows his limits.
SHEILA: Yeah, I think he's looking a bit tired, though, don't you think? Maybe you should stay away from work just a little bit longer?
Clive takes Sheila aside for a private word.
CLIVE: He's fine. He's not gonna get overtaxed. Look, I've recommended he doesn't do any double shifts, so you've got nothing to worry about, okay?
But as Clive leaves, Sheila is worried - and adds to Levi...
SHEILA: Love, perhaps you should talk to the powers that be about not doing double shifts?
LEVI: But they're part of the job. And the report specifically said no restrictions.
Bea reappears, and Levi proposes they get in the spa. But Sheila suggests that might be unwise after drinking.
LEVI: Gran, I know how to look after myself. I've been doing it for years.
Nicolette suggests they all go to the pool at No 32 instead, and Levi agrees. Sheila makes the girls promise to keep an eye on him. Levi tells her to stop fussing, then leaves with Bea and Nicolette.
Toadie and Mackenzie are at a table when Rose reappears - she's just learned she needs to do trial spa treatments on people before she's officially hired. (This summariser senses a hilarious C- plot coming on.)
ROSE: I need to get stellar reviews from volunteers, and I only really know you two.
TOADIE: ... I'm just not really a pampering kind of guy.
MACKENZIE: Well, I'm not usually into it, but I'm sure I could spare an hour.
Mackenzie also volunteers a reluctant Toadie, saying she knows he doesn't have a lot on either.
ROSE: Please? You will be glowing!
MACKENZIE: We're both in.
ROSE: Really? Toadie?
TOADIE: Yeah. Yeah, one facial and then back to work.
ROSE: You are a prince among men!
Karl and Jane's hoard inventory continues apace.
KARL: Can I just say what a pleasure it is to work as a team on something like this? Susan just doesn't understand the value of a dollar.
JANE: Well, I'm glad that she knows. I never felt right hiding it, and... I'm sure that she appreciates it. Deep down.
Karl laughs, evidently not so sure. He's concerned that with the added stock they bought today, it won't all fit in the basement.
JANE: Maybe there's some room in the kitchen. We could fit some more pickles in the cupboards.
KARL: No, no - Susan will see that as clutter.
JANE: Well, there are six pairs of slippers, and you only have one pair of feet!
KARL: Haha. You're not suggesting I get rid of my discounted sheepskin, are you? I mean, what about these cartons of face wipes? You could just use a face cloth.
JANE: Well, why would I do that, when you have ten kilos of dog food, and no dog?
KARL: Yeah, well, I may need to dog- sit at some stage, so I need to be prepared.
JANE: Oh, Karl, be reasonable!
KARL: My house. You be reasonable.
Nicolette remarks to Levi that Sheila doesn't seem to have much faith in his medical clearance to return to work.
NICOLETTE: Seeing you have that seizure must've really freaked her out.
LEVI: Yeah. I guess it's a bit more than that.
Levi explains how Sheila feels guilty because he was bashed by kids when he was little when in her care, which resulted in his epilepsy.
LEVI: Still annoying, though.
NICOLETTE: At least she cares. My great- gran didn't.
Nicolette realises she's left her swimming gear at No 24, and doesn't want to go and get them in case she runs into Pierce. Levi volunteers to go and fetch it for her.
Jane and Karl are still arguing about whose hoard is less important.
JANE: Well, if I could do without the poffertje maker, then perhaps you could do without the snow machine!
But before Karl can object, Susan comes back in, to find the place still awash with bargain toilet roll and travel slippers.
SUSAN: Oh, for goodness' sake! Tell me I'm hallucinating.
KARL: Jane has created an excess here, and she won't be reasonable.
JANE: Oh - me?! He's the one who refuses to get rid of useless items.
KARL: That's because my items are more economical than yours.
Karl tries to suggest Susan should choose what stays and goes, but she refuses to get involved. Jane and Karl start squabbling again.
SUSAN: Enough! Alright, you want a solution? Here's a solution. Give it all to charity.
KARL: Uhh... yeah, no, I don't think that's the best course of action.
SUSAN: It's not a suggestion, Karl, it's an order - donate it, stat. And Jane, honestly - I would've thought better of you. Karl's bad enough - I don't need someone else in the house encouraging him.
Toadie and Mackenzie have accompanied Rose back to the spa, where she talks them through the credentials of the beauty products. Toadie is covered in face cream, while Mackenzie has something applied to her eyebrows.
ROSE: Now, you may notice hints of relaxing Victorian lavender in the air.
MACKENZIE: It smells like the nursing home I used to volunteer in. No, the bowls club!
ROSE: Umm, would you prefer Daintree Zest?
MACKENZIE: No, no, that's fine. I like bowls.
ROSE: Toadie, are you alright with the fragrance?
TOADIE: Uh, I'm not really getting lavender - more, I want to say, chemical?
ROSE (laughs): Noses are funny things. It's definitely lav. Now, how about a nice tea. Tasmanian highland chamomile?
TOADIE: Yeah, sure! Don't worry, we're gonna give you great reviews for this.
However, Toadie then reports that the face cream is starting to tingle.
ROSE: Oh. It shouldn't do that.
TOADIE: Right. Okay. Well, it's not outrageous, but it's definitely a burn.
ROSE: It should be suitable for all skin types. You know what it is? I think it's probably just the impurities leaving your body.
MACKENZIE: Is that a real thing?
ROSE: Yes, it's definitely a thing.
She decides that a cold tea infusion will sort him out. Toadie doesn't look so sure, and starts waving his hand next to his face!
Clive is taking Sheila to task about why she's being so protective of Levi, when she was the one who wanted him back at work in the first place. He offers to talk her through the ins and outs of the condition so she feels better, but Sheila seems keen for him to leave.
CLIVE: You're overwhelmed. Levi's not in danger.
SHEILA: Clive, stop pushing me.
CLIVE: At least let me explain the results.
SHEILA: They don't matter (...) Seriously, just leave me alone!
A confused Clive does as he's told and leaves.
Aaron, Kyle and Bea are chatting by the pool. Bea asks how Nicolette is settling in as a housemate.
AARON: She's quieter and tidier than this one was.
KYLE: That's not a high bar to clear.
Aaron rushes off as he has to look at some résumés for the applicants for Fay's new nurse. As he goes indoors, Nicolette comes out, soon joined by Levi, who has retrieved her bikini from No 24. Nicolette notices Levi looking at Bea, who's laughing by the pool with Kyle.
NICOLETTE: Oh, have you got a thing for bad girl mechanics?
LEVI: Oh, no, I'm not into her! Bea and I are just mates.
NICOLETTE: Jeez, touchy!
LEVI: What about your love life? There's that Alex chick...
NICOLETTE: That didn't work out.
LEVI: Anything else on the table?
NICOLETTE: I'm just focusing on what I can control at the moment, like work.
LEVI: Same. Finally.
Rose excitedly tells Toadie how everyone will be dazzled by his 'glowing visage'. But he can't take the burning on his skin any longer, and rushes over to fetch a towel to wipe the cream off, crying out in pain.
TOADIE: Is it blistered? I feel like it's blistered!
While Toadie whimpers in the corner, Terese turns up at the door and asks Rose how everything's going. Keeping her out of the room, Rose insists it's going...
ROSE: So good. Great. Like, in Relaxation Central - on our way to Blissville!
TERESE: Can I see Toadie? See how the treatment's going?
ROSE: Umm, now is not a great time.
TERESE: Oh. I will need to get full testimonials.
ROSE: Yes. Of course. Okay, sorry - just one moment.
Rose shuts the door in Terese's face, and tells Toadie she wants to see him - but his face is all red from the burning. Mackenzie then rushes in from the toilet, screaming that her eyebrows have turned orange!
MACKENZIE: Please tell me this isn't permanent!
Terese is now knocking loudly on the door, demanding to know what is going on.
ROSE: Sorry, Terese - Toadie's just a bit, umm... nude!
ROSE: I am so fired.
Karl and Jane have turned to hiding the bargain products around the house, so they don't have to obey Susan's demand to give them all to charity. Karl is currently stuffing his guitar case with them!
JANE: I really don't know about this. What if Susan finds out?
KARL: Well, she didn't give us much choice, did she? Once we come up with a plan B, we'll get everything out of the house.
Susan comes in, and is pleased to see the room now clear of Karl and Jane's hoard. She thanks them both, conceding it must have been difficult for both of them to give up their stash.
SUSAN: But I'm sure the charity appreciated the donation.
KARL: ... We just did what we had to do.
Jane notices a stray can of bargain tuna next to Karl's foot on the floor, and starts clearing her throat to draw his attention to it! While Jane distracts Susan with a jigsaw, Karl deftly kicks the tuna can under the couch. Karl smiles placidly, while Jane looks sheepish.
Rose is apologising to Toadie and Mackenzie for their disastrous makeovers.
ROSE: The face mask packaging looks *incredibly* similar to the depilatory cream - and why anyone would make tangerine eyebrow tint is just beyond me.
MACKENZIE: It's okay. And the orange made my eyes look really blue, so...
Rose thinks Terese must be out looking for a replacement for her.
TOADIE: I can tell her there's no harm done. You know, my face will be fine.
Rose gets a text from her divorce lawyer.
ROSE: The settlement from James has come through, and he's just finished going through it.
ROSE: And nothing. Two grand. No child support. Nowhere to live. I can't take care of my kids if I don't have any money. I think I'm gonna lose custody of them for good.
MACKENZIE: You can't take that deal.
ROSE: Can't I? Like, I really need for this to be over.
MACKENZIE: But it's not fair.
ROSE: And once you tell James about what I've done, I think that's just gonna be, like, a whole new set of problems.
TOADIE: Rose, I'm so sorry.
Bea suggests to Levi, Kyle and Nicolette that they all go to the 'rooftop' (maybe the Lassiter's pool?) - Yashvi is going to join them there, Bea says, and Kyle says he'll ask Roxy too. But Levi says he's going to be 'boring and responsible' and call it quits for today. Nicolette stays behind too, and praises Levi for his restraint when the others have gone.
Sheila turns up, claiming to be looking for David for some advice, but Nicolette says he's at work. It's obvious to Levi that Sheila's just here to check up on him, and he goes to collect the glasses from the garden.
SHEILA: Maybe I could ask your opinion, you know, as a nurse?
NICOLETTE: Is it about Levi? Cos I'm pretty sure he wants you to -
SHEILA: What does he seem like to you today? Do you think that he's up to doing double shifts?
NICOLETTE: Uh, we can take Dr G's recommendation on that.
SHEILA: But what if he's wrong?
NICOLETTE: I don't think we have any reason to think that.
SHEILA: But double shifts can be so exhausting. What if it triggers another seizure?
Levi comes in and overhears this.
LEVI: Gran! Seriously?! Where's all this coming from?
SHEILA: I'm just really worried.
LEVI: You're obsessing. You know my results.
SHEILA: What if someone changed them?
LEVI: What? That's impossible.
SHEILA: No, it's not.
LEVI: Gran, what aren't you telling me?
SHEILA: What if... I changed them?
Toadie comes in, and finds Rose at the bar; he offers to buy her a wine. Rose explains that Terese has just called and said she'll need to do a refresher course in beauty treatments, and can't work without supervision.
ROSE: So I am on par with, like, a fifteen- year- old work experience girl.
TOADIE: That's rough.
ROSE: Colour me grateful I'm not kicked to the kerb.
TOADIE: Have you signed the settlement yet?
ROSE: Umm, no (...) but it's all printed, and waiting for me to sign my life down the plughole. But, you know, maybe it's for the best. I think maybe I was barking up the wrong tree about James's assets. I never had any real chance of beating him.
TOADIE (pointed): Maybe you should just take a bit more time before signing it, and really look for the evidence you need.
ROSE: Do you remember that part where you have to tell him that I was spying? I'm pretty sure James will use that as leverage to screw me into something even worse, so what's the point?
TOADIE: I'm not gonna tell him... So, don't sign it yet. Just keep looking.
Sheila is explaining her actions to Levi and Nicolette.
SHEILA: I just wanted to see what Clive had written. And then when I saw all the conditions he was putting down to get you back to work - well, it looked like a whole lot of reasons that the police could use to get rid of you. Like, you know, you were more trouble than you were worth.
LEVI: Thanks for the faith (!)
SHEILA: No, you deserve the job. And I thought, well, if I just delete all those damn conditions, everything would be alright.
SHEILA: Yeah, but then I realised that it probably wasn't the safest or most sensible thing to do, and that was too late because Clive had already sent it off.
LEVI: This is insane! How am I supposed to handle this? What do I do now?
NICOLETTE: Levi and Clive could both lose their jobs if this gets out.
LEVI: We didn't do anything.
SHEILA: Oh, please don't be angry - I was just trying to make things right.
LEVI: No, no - don't try to justify this! You keep sticking your nose in where it's not wanted.
SHEILA: Levi, I was trying to help!
LEVI: Gran, when are you gonna learn? You've made things worse!
Coming up on Neighbours
- Sheila tells Clive, 'I just can't...' He replies, 'just can't what?'
- Dipi asks Pierce whether he thinks Chloe could feel something for Nicolette
- Pierce tells Shane that he knows he's trying to make up ground, but 'this is work for Dipi'
- Shane tells Pierce he wasn't really asking for his permission
- Chloe tells Fay, 'I can't seem to tell him anything anymore'
- Hendrix asks Pierce if he should be worried about him and Chloe