- Toadie fires Rose after discovering she's been using him to dig up info on ex- husband James
- But he later sympathises after Rose tells him she's penniless; James has frozen all her accounts
- She later confirms to Toadie that she still isn't able to get access to the accounts
- On seeing Ned's portrait, Scarlett accuses him of a rush job, slashing it with the palette knife
- Scarlett tells Ned to start the portrait all over again
- Roxy tracks down Scarlett's rich fiancé Basil, and learns Scarlett has told him Ned stalked her
- Ned says it doesn't matter now; he and Scarlett are done
- Ned tells Yashvi that there's something she needs to know...
In the garden, a desperate Ned is trying to explain his decision to keep Scarlett's return, and everything that led to it, from a devastated Yashvi.
NED: I should've told you sooner. I should've, but there never felt like there was a good time. You had so much going on with your dad and work; I didn't want to add to that. I planned that whole trip away so I could tell you, and... Scarlett was there. And she messes with me, Vee. I wanted so badly to get that exhibition up, and to live up to your expectations. And it... it all just got away from me. Please, Vee...
He goes to touch her, but she's decidedly not in the mood.
Kyle has joined Roxy and Bea outside No 22, having received a text from Roxy. She explains that Ned and Yashvi are 'having a talk' out the back. Seeing that Kyle has already guessed what it's about, Bea asks if someone can tell her what's happening.
KYLE: It's pretty full- on.
ROXY: Actually, it's worse.
KYLE: How bad is it?
We're close up on Toadie, as Rose tells him to think carefully about a very important decision. We pan out, and it becomes clear she's talking about which shade of nail varnish she's going to road- test on his feet!
ROSE: Yes! Oh my gosh, great choice. You have such an eye for colour.
We learn that Rose is redoing her trial beauty treatments that are required before she becomes a full- fledged staff member at the spa.
ROSE: I promise there will be no itchy face this time.
TOADIE: What about itchy feet?
ROSE: No, you are not gonna want to go anywhere!
Toadie admits he's thankful for Rose being here, as it gives them a chance to talk about her divorce settlement. He asks her whether she really wants to give up the chance of a decent deal.
ROSE: Do I have another option?
TOADIE: What does your lawyer say?
ROSE: Umm, not very much - when I get a hold of him.
TOADIE: Who's representing you?
ROSE: Milo Ellis.
TOADIE: He doesn't have the best of reputations.
Hmm, want some stones to throw around in that glass house of yours, Toadie? Anyhow, Rose says Milo Ellis is the best she can afford; she's simply playing the hand she's been dealt. Keen to change the subject, she tells Toadie it's time to get his nails buffed and polished! He looks thoughtful.
Levi tells Sheila he's just had a call from work - the second medical opinion came through, and they want him back on shift today, albeit with some new restrictions he has to keep to, which will prevent him from doing double shifts or attending calls on his own.
SHEILA: It's exactly what Clive recommended, until I got into the middle of it and made a mess of everything.
LEVI: Gran, look, it could've been worse, okay? I could've lost my job. So in a way, I'm feeling like justice has been served.
SHEILA: Yeah, especially for me.
LEVI: So you can stop punishing yourself now. Gran, come on - give Clive a call.
SHEILA: He deserves someone way better than me.
Levi invites her to fuss over him while he gets ready for work, but even this prospect can't cheer Sheila up.
LEVI: I'm giving you free rein here. You can iron my undies.
SHEILA: Not today, love.
LEVI: Gran, you're really going to let me go to work with a wrinkly uniform?
SHEILA: The iron is in the laundry cupboard.
As Levi goes to retrieve it, Sheila looks sad.
Toadie is wiggling his toes to test out the new fuchsia nail varnish! Mackenzie is inspecting them.
TOADIE: What do you think? Does it bring out my eyes?
MACKENZIE: ... Interesting choice! Not the colour I expected you to go with.
TOADIE: Oh, I didn't choose it.
MACKENZIE: Did Rose steamroll you?
TOADIE: Like a tank.
They get talking about Rose's divorce settlement; Mackenzie can't believe she's accepting such a poor deal. Toadie says it's Rose's choice; she just wants it to be over with. Mackenzie points out that Toadie is no longer James's lawyer, and asks whether this means they could tell her about all the dodgy things he's been doing to hide his assets, such as his Manx bank accounts.
TOADIE: No, definitely not (...) We can't tell Rose about any of that.
MACKENZIE: But if she knew, she wouldn't take the settlement.
TOADIE: I am well aware of that, but we are bound by lawyer- client privilege. Imagine if I broke that - what kind of a message is that gonna send to the rest of my clients? They need to be able to trust me, even after I stop working for them.
MACKENZIE: ... But this is to help someone who really needs it. Isn't that the right thing to do?
TOADIE: No. The right thing to do in this situation is to follow the letter of the law.
MACKENZIE: But James isn't.
TOADIE: He is just bending it. He's not breaking it.
But Mackenzie looks unconvinced by this distinction.
Yashvi is still with Ned. He asks her to say something.
YASHVI: ... The nude photos, the videos - you did all those things...
NED: I didn't know they were for Scarlett.
YASHVI: But you still did it. And then when you found out it was for Scarlett, you still didn't tell me.
NED: I hate myself for -
YASHVI: How could you agree to paint her portrait - to have anything to do with her?
NED: I was trying to get her out of our lives! I thought, do this one little thing, we'd never have to think about Scarlett.
YASHVI: *I* wasn't thinking about her! You're the one that's invited her into our lives again! You didn't even give me the chance to protect myself! You know she hurt me, too, Ned, or do you just not remember that?!
NED: Of course I do. That's why I wanted to deal with it.
YASHVI: So, then, you should've *told* me! She could've done anything - to me, to our family, to our friends.
NED: You don't think I wish I could've done this any other way? I felt stuck, Vee -
YASHVI: No, stop talking!
NED: What do you want me to do?
She storms off. Ned looks frustrated.
Rose and Mackenzie are at a table. Rose is depressed, given she's only able to eat out because she's being shouted lunch by a schoolgirl! Mackenzie assures her she doesn't mind paying.
ROSE: You sure there's not some kind of ulterior motive. You didn't pay the chef to spit in my food or anything?
MACKENZIE: Of course not!
ROSE: Just checking. I did dye your eyebrows orange.
MACKENZIE: No hard feelings.
Mackenzie starts talking about food choices - specifically the barramundi, which she then uses to steer the conversation onto fishing, and boats. A boat is one of the means Rose's husband James has used to hide his assets, and Mackenzie's hoping Rose will pick up on the emphasis she's placing on the word.
But Rose doesn't get the hint, and just thinks Mackenzie's being weird - and likewise when she starts making cryptic references to the Isle of Man, the offshore jurisdiction in which James has stashed more of his capital.
ROSE: Are you having a stroke?
MACKENZIE: No. No, no, no. I'm just saying that the Isle of Man... is a place.
ROSE: Uh- huh. Yeah. Yes. You know, we really need to work on your social skills.
Rose goes to order their food, while Mackenzie rolls her eyes with frustration.
Yashvi is sitting on the wall with Bea, giving herself a hard time for being an idiot.
YASHVI: I didn't know Dad was lying, and I didn't know Ned was lying (...) Just feels unfair.
BEA: Yeah, that's because it is. It's like Ned has been living this whole second life the last few weeks.
Bea notes that Ned often gets himself into crazy situations and then makes bad decisions trying to extricate himself from them - that's why she broke up with him back in the day. Roxy approaches; she's feeling guilty for having kept her knowledge of what Ned was up to from Yashvi, on top of having covered for Shane during his drug addiction.
ROXY: You can tell me to jump if you want to. But I just think it's really important you know it's not all Ned's fault.
BEA: Roxy, not now.
ROXY: I was the one who said it's okay for him to do the video. And I thought that if he painted Scarlett, she might leave you guys alone forever. And I know that this is just one more thing to add on to what happened with your dad, but I am really sorry.
ROXY: Ned's not a kid, and you didn't force him to do anything. But next time you want to hand out bad advice or keep a secret from me, don't.
Roxy nods contritely.
Erinsborough Police Station
Ned comes in, and is shocked to find Levi coming out of an interview room with Scarlett.
SCARLETT (to Levi, acting scared): See what I mean? He's following me everywhere!
NED: I'm following *you*?!
SCARLETT: Leave me alone, Ned!
NED: Seriously, you need to get a grip.
Scarlett pleads with Levi to do something, so he tells Ned to have a seat, telling Scarlett to go home and that he'll handle things from here.
NED: You can't let her leave. She's dangerous.
SCARLETT: I cannot live like this! He's obsessed with me!
Levi promises to handle Scarlett's concerns, and she whimpers before walking out, telling Ned to stay away from her as she goes.
NED: What lies has she been feeding you?
LEVI: She was here making a formal complaint.
NED: Against me?
LEVI: She wants an intervention order.
NED: Based on what?
LEVI: ... Harassment.
NED: That's bull. I'm the one that needs the intervention order.
LEVI: She says that you're constantly calling her, and that she's worried about her safety. And that you might go after her fiancé.
NED: Scarlett just got out of a high- security psych ward for trying to kill me, okay? You talk to anyone, they'll tell you how delusional she is.
LEVI: I'm not saying I believe her -
NED: Ask Vee. She'll back me up on everything, okay? I've even got the messages to prove it.
Ned is very agitated, so Levi tells him to calm down, and invites him to come into the interview room and tell him everything that's happened.
Susan and Karl are at a table, when Toadie pulls up a chair to join them. Susan asks if he's had any luck finding a new PA; Toadie explains he's not in a hurry at the moment, and Karl remarks that he has Mackenzie to help out. Toadie looks worried at this mention of her.
SUSAN: I thought the two of you were getting along really well?
TOADIE: Oh, we are. It's just, I think I may have put Mackenzie off becoming a lawyer.
KARL: Oh, well, it's good she learns the realities of the law before she pursues a career.
TOADIE: Yeah, but I don't want her to become cynical and jaded already.
SUSAN: What, like you?
Karl wistfully recalls the days when Toadie was young and idealistic, too.
TOADIE: Oh, ease up, Ol' Man River!
SUSAN: It's a shame that most of us lose that, once we realise how complex the world really is.
Toadie looks conflicted.
Yashvi is alone, looking pensive. Ned sees her and comes over to join her. She's already heard about his trip to the station from Levi.
NED: Scarlett's twisting everything. She's trying to make me look like the bad guy.
YASHVI: You are... How many times?
YASHVI: How many times over the last few weeks have you stood there, just like this, and lied to my face?
NED: I dunno.
YASHVI (hurt): That many, huh?
NED: It never felt right.
YASHVI (tearful): Didn't stop you, though. We would talk about your exhibition... and you'd be lying. We would be in bed together, and you'd be lying. I just keep thinking about all the conversations we've had recently, and... you were lying in every single one. It's like... nothing was real. Do you have any idea how that makes me feel?
Roxy asks Kyle if they're okay; he replies 'not really'. She asks if he wants to talk it out, but at this point, Bea appears. The three of them then see Scarlett leaving the police station with Levi; she's been back to answer further questions, we learn. Levi thanks Scarlett, and promises to keep in touch. Scarlett then sees Kyle, Roxy and Bea, and smirks at them.
BEA: Give me ten minutes alone with her and she won't be smiling.
As Scarlett leaves, Levi joins the others, and Roxy demands to know why Scarlett's walking around without a care in the world.
LEVI: It's complicated.
BEA: How? She's dangerous, and Ned's reported her.
LEVI: And she reported him first. Look, we're dealing with a 'he said, she said' situation.
BEA: You can't believe anything that comes out of her mouth!
ROXY: Yeah, and I can vouch for whatever Ned has said. I talked to Scarlett myself. She told me her whole loopy plan about blackmailing Ned.
KYLE: I think you've done enough, Rox. Leave it to Levi.
Levi says he'll take care of it, but right now he needs to go home to check on Sheila, as she's not doing great. Kyle says he'll go with him, and the boys leave.
BEA (to Roxy): We can't let Scarlett get away with this. We need to do something.
Rose and Mackenzie are playing pool. Mackenzie invites Rose to join her at the cinema for a Hugh Jackman movie. Rose doesn't want to scrounge any more freebies off Mackenzie.
MACKENZIE: You'd be saving me from going alone like a sad fangirl. Mr Jackman is my favourite actor. And I also really love his name. Do you know anyone called Hugh?
ROSE: Umm, I went to school with one...
MACKENZIE: You haven't met a Hugh Carter?
The name doesn't ring a bell with Rose, but at this point Toadie approaches, having overheard what Mackenzie said. He asks for a private word with Mackenzie, and Rose leaves them to it.
TOADIE: What do you think you're doing?!
MACKENZIE: I'm playing pool.
TOADIE: The last time I checked, that didn't involve mentioning the name of James's secret business partner.
MACKENZIE: Well, just like James, I'm bending the law - not breaking it.
TOADIE: You are crossing a very dangerous line, Mackenzie.
MACKENZIE: What's the point of being a lawyer if we can't help the people who need it the most?
TOADIE: This could cost you your career, and mine! We help our clients. That's what they pay us for.
MACKENZIE: Fine. Fine. I'm sorry. But aren't there things in this world that are more important than money?
Toadie looks rattled.
Ned is still with Yashvi, but on the phone to Levi. Once he's finished, Ned tells Yashvi that Scarlett has denied all knowledge of contacting Ned on Fandangle - and that the messages don't prove anything, as they're not in her real name. She's also claiming she knows nothing of the photos or videos, and never asked him to paint her portrait.
YASHVI: So, what, you just imagined it all, and got to work on some fantasy piece of art?
NED: She says I found her, and now I won't leave her alone.
YASHVI: Well, you two lie as well as each other.
Ned says that at least given she's denying knowledge of the photos and videos, she's less likely to share them with anyone else as it would prove her a liar. In which case, says Yashvi, he has nothing to worry about.
NED: Oh, that's not true. There's still you. Listen, I'm not just gonna give up on us, Vee. This is real.
YASHVI: You gave up on us the moment you started catering to your Fandangle fans.
NED: You were supportive in the beginning.
YASHVI: I agreed to you sitting on a cake. That's it.
NED: I want us to get through this, Vee.
YASHVI: I don't know what I want. So you just need to back off, and give me time to figure it all out.
She walks away.
A Very Big House in the Country
Bea and Roxy are lurking outside a mansion with a gate labelled 'Scarlett's Vista'. The gate begins to open, and a car drives past them, into the property beyond. Scarlett gets out of the car and walks over to them, the gate closing between them.
SCARLETT (smug): Well, hello. I'd invite you in, but we just had the carpets cleaned. No dogs allowed.
BEA: Lucky for you we're just here to make a delivery.
Roxy leans Ned's portrait of Scarlett on the gate.
ROXY: Here's your painting. Your deal with Ned - it's over.
BEA: This ends now. If you know what's good for you, you will leave us all alone.
SCARLETT: It's not my fault Ned still holds a candle for me.
ROXY: What bizarre world do you live in, Scarlett? Ned hates you. And ever since you came back, he has not been himself.
SCARLETT: Bored now.
BEA: Scarlett, I've had one hell of a year. You don't want to upset me.
SCARLETT: Is that a threat?
BEA: No. It's a friendly warning. And if you come after anyone I care about, going to jail will be the least of your worries.
ROXY: Yeah. What she said.
SCARLETT (waving): I think it's time you both left.
Roxy and Bea walk off.
ROXY: Do you think that actually worked?
BEA: I think she got the message.
ROXY: You are one boss lady. Remind me not to get on your bad side.
But Scarlett is still smirking as the girls walk away.
Rose is looking despondent over a glass of wine, when Toadie turns up to join her. She explains she's about to head to see her lawyer to sign up to James's divorce settlement, so needed something to soften the blow.
TOADIE: Before you go...
ROSE: I know what you're gonna say - that I'm making a mistake. But I've made my choice.
TOADIE: (...) You can't sign the settlement.
ROSE: I just don't have an option.
TOADIE: Yeah, you do. Especially when you find out what he's been hiding from you. So, I'm not gonna give you the information, but I will tell you where to look.
ROSE: Won't that still get you in trouble?
TOADIE: Yeah, but only if James finds out... So, do you want the tip, or not?
Coming up on Neighbours
- James turns up, and finds Toadie and Rose together, calling Toadie a 'smooth operator'
- Shane tells Pierce he's picked up on the tension between him and Dipi
- We see Dipi, Shane, Pierce and Chloe having dinner together at No 30
- Nicolette tells David and Aaron 'Pierce's issue is between us'; he shouldn't have involved them
- Aaron tells Nicolette that she can stay
- Susan is pleased that there's not a 'shopping bag or a box in sight'
- Karl tells Jane that they need a space nobody will think of for their hoarded supplies
- Aaron notices something, then he and David look up nervously towards the ceiling