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Neighbours Episode 8549 from 2021 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
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Episode title: 8549
Australian airdate: 02/02/21
UK airdate:
Writer: Melanie Sano
Director: Guy Strachan
Guests: Amy Greenwood: Jacinta Stapleton
Music:
Summary/Images by: Carly/Graham
Previously
- Toadie telling Amy he isn't a fan of her dating Shane
- Amy asking Shane to write a bush ballad for her
- Levi realising Bea ate a poisonous pie from The 82
- Roxy admitting to Levi she was the one who picked the mushrooms
- Levi warning Kyle that he'll tell the truth about the pies if Kyle doesn't
- Bea asking Levi not to tell anyone about the pies
- Levi dobbing Kyle in to the Erinsborough Council
The 82
Kyle looks forlornly at the tram window which not only has a closed sign on it, but a 'notice of closure under the food act of 1984' paper stuck to it too. Kyle doesn't understand why Levi dobbed him in, but Levi reminds him two people fell ill and there should still be consequences. Hurt, Kyle says Levi just wants him to suffer like Bea has, but Levi replies that it's not personal, he's doing his duty as a cop. Sheila stands between her grandsons, telling them to stop arguing, and Roxy holds onto Kyle's arm to stop him advancing on Levi. Oblivious Hendrix rocks up to the tram and wonders why everyone's standing around before asking for a latte, but Kyle says he'll have to get it somewhere else.
Number 30
Amy hovers around Shane, asking if he needs help with the bush ballad. Toadie and Mackenzie are hanging out in the lounge room and don't look too impressed with how involved Amy is making herself with the process.
AMY: What rhymes with Amy? Oh, hot and flamy!
TOADIE: Kind of a bit of a hard one to rhyme with actually. It's similar to orange.
AMY:(irked) Well lucky Shane's a poet, Toadie.
MACKENZIE: And poets need space to create.
SHANE: Yeah, well, it's good to get a kick in the pants.
Mackenzie gets a call from Jay and says she'll take it in her room. Shane thinks it's great the two of them have kept in touch as mates, and Mackenzie plays along with his assessment, not wanting to explain their connection. Shane then asks her to pass on a message to Jay for Dipi to call him. Amy's curious about the nature of the call and Shane explains that he just wants a more detailed update on how Jay's going. Toadie doesn't look too happy when Amy steers the conversation away from Dipi and back to the bush ballads. She offers to pop on some inspirational outfits for Shane to get his creativity flowing, but Shane says he'll be fine (his concerned face when her back is turned says otherwise).
Erinsborough Hospital
Levi is attempting to explain himself to Bea about why he called the council, but Bea's furious he didn't stand by his family or listen to her wishes. Levi reminds her the poisoning was a matter of community health, and although Kyle and Roxy felt terrible about it, they obviously weren't guilty enough to come clean.
BEA: So that's what this whole thing was about? No one was honest with you, so you just dobbed them in?
LEVI: What, you really think I'm that petty, Bea? Come on, you weren't the only one that got hurt. The judge got hurt as well.
BEA: Yeah, and I don't think this is about her at all. I think you're jealous because you were left out of everything that happened.
LEVI: So I reported the tram as revenge? Come on, Bea! You really think I'd do something like that?
Alarmed at the level of noise, David comes into Bea's room and tells Levi to chill out, reminding him Bea's still recovering.
Number 30
Toadie finishes a game with Nell then sends her to find her shoes so he can take her to her play date. Amy sits with Shane at the table and comments that he hasn't written very much, but Shane says he's only just started. Toadie tries to help his brother and says that the ballads usually work better as a surprise, so Amy decides to take her cuppa into the sunroom. She asks Mackenzie if she wants to keep her company, but Mac says she's been called into work.
MACKENZIE: The council is investigating The 82 for a possible poisoning case.
SHANE: Poisoning?
MACKENZIE: Yeah I know, right?
TOADIE: No, that doesn't sound right. Kyle doesn't keep a grubby kitchen.
MACKENZIE: Well I didn't see anything last week so hopefully I haven't missed anything.
When Mac leaves and Amy goes to the sunroom, Shane admits to Toadie that he's half wishing he could get out of writing the ballad. Toadie carefully says that it's not like Shane to "have a dry ink pot". Shane says that ballads are personal to him and it's difficult to just whip something up for someone he's only just started dating.
TOADIE: When was the last time you wrote one?
SHANE: Just before Dipi and me had our twentieth wedding anniversary. Didn't finish it obviously.
TOADIE: Okay. Maybe you want to have a word with Amy, just let her know how you're feeling.
SHANE: No, she's too excited about it and I'm not letting her down. Especially when she seemed so flat before.
TOADIE: (looking guilty) She was upset?
SHANE: Yeah, something really bummed her out.
Toadie knows he's the one to blame for Amy's sullen mood, but doesn't share this info with Shane. Instead, he goes out to the sun room to have a quiet chat with Amy. She sarcastically comments that Toadie has come out to escape the pain of watching his brother write a poem about her. Toadie sheepishly acknowledges that he upset her earlier, and Amy admits it wasn't easy hearing she will always be second place to Dipi in his eyes.
AMY: But I've since realised that your opinion doesn't matter.
TOADIE: Never said it did.
AMY: Because despite what you think, we're really good together.
TOADIE: Amy I don't mean to devalue anything but it is still early days.
AMY: No, it's not too early for him to have feelings for me. I mean, why is he in there writing me a damn poem?
Toadie can't exactly tell her that Shane feels obligated, so he continues to sit there in silence.
The 82
Kyle's ute and Sheila's car are chock full of all the perishables from the tram. Kyle is on the phone to Karl, apologising for what happened, and promising to let him know of any further updates. Feeling guilty, Roxy offers to call staff and suppliers for Kyle, but he says it's all under control. Sheila brings out the last crate of perishables and Roxy suggests they donate them. Kyle gets cranky, though, when Sheila can't help but wonder if there's any cross- contamination with the food. He insists that they scrubbed the place clean. Sheila understands, but she's also worried about all the pies, pastries and eggs they're about to consume at home.
KYLE: Not sure I could stomach that.
ROXY: I know it's bad now, but maybe it will blow over?
KYLE: I doubt it. I'll never live this one down. Why couldn't Levi just look the other way? Given me a second chance.
SHEILA: What's done is done, love.
"Sorry, dad," Kyle says mournfully as he locks the tram door.
Erinsborough Hospital
Bea doesn't want a bar of Levi, so he's sitting outside of her room so he can still keep an eye on her. Taking pity on Levi, David sits down next to him. He doesn't know what's going on between Levi and Bea, but it can't be more important than Bea's health. Levi knows David's right, but it's hard for him to keep his cool when everyone's laying into him. It hurts him that Bea thinks he did everything because of a personal vendetta.
DAVID: Are you sure it isn't? I mean your girlfriend's in hospital. It's only natural you'd want someone to pay. Maybe that's exactly what Bea was trying to avoid? Not only for Kyle and Roxy's sake, but for Sheila's too given her heart condition.
LEVI: (guilty) Yeah, and this can't be good for it, hey? I should have just kept my mouth shut.
DAVID: You did what you thought was right, and perhaps it was. But right now what Bea needs is a home that's a place of comfort, not conflict. So no more arguments, okay? Doctors orders.
Levi manages a small smile for David.
The Waterhole
Mackenzie is having a follow- up meeting with Terese about everything they spoke about with Jacinta. Lassiters is going to have a plaque acknowledging the traditional owners of the land, which Mac thinks is great, but she also wants to team that with a First Nations hiring program. Terese knows Lassiters hasn't done nearly enough to be inclusive in the past, so she's hoping to change that soon. Roxy interrupts their meeting to inform Mackenzie that she was the one who included the poisonous mushrooms in the pies, so she should be getting the blame, not Kyle.
TERESE: I assume you're talking about the council investigation?
ROXY: The council should be going off at me. Kyle shouldn't cop it for something he didn't even know about - not at the start anyway. Please get them to re- open the tram. Or fine me, or charge me or do anything instead, please.
MACKENZIE: I can't help. I'm a youth sustainability advisor, emphasis on 'youth'. And I only just started the job.
ROXY: It's his dad's place, it's the only thing he has left of Gary.
MACKENZIE: I'm so sorry. I wish things were different.
Number 30
Amy is surprised when Shane appears in the sun room and tells her he's finished the ballad. She asks what it's called and Shane says 'Amy's Light'. Pleased, she takes a deep breath and encourages him to read it for her.
SHANE: When night hangs its boots, and the sun starts to rise, all the stars fall away, except the ones in her eyes. And those eyes burn with warmth, like a crackling fire, filling my heart and my head with desire. With soft curves beguiling in a sinuous stream, she dances as though she's awake in a dream. And when the sun sets, her smile stays bright, another day dusted in Amy's light.
Amy is incredibly touched and says she didn't think Shane was so romantic. She gives him a big hug, which Shane returns but there's a strange look on his face. Amy points out that they have the house to themselves and says they should make the most of it. They're about to kiss when Shane's phone dings. Amy looks put out when Shane rushes over to it in case it's a message from Dipi.
The 82
Toadie finds Kyle sitting on the footpath out the front of the tram looking miserable. Kyle explains the poisonous mushrooms to Toadie, and that Bea ate some of them in a pie. It doesn't take long for Toadie to figure out that he had the deadly pies in his possession and could have accidentally fed them to his kids. Toadie is understandably upset by this.
KYLE: I'm sorry, mate. There's no excuse, I should have shut it down when I realised.
TOADIE: Why didn't you?
KYLE: It's dad's place. I was trying to save it.
TOADIE: Gary would never have wanted you to put people's lives at risk, Kyle. You don't muck around with things like this. You could have killed someone.
KYLE: (crying) I know. There's no coming back from what I've done.
Anger abating at his friend's despair, Toadie crouches down next to Kyle in a show of sympathy.
Number 30
Amy reads through the bush ballad again, but starts to see that things aren't quite adding up. She makes a comment to Shane that her eyes are blue and people usually don't associate that with warmth. Shane mutters something about poetic licence, but then Amy points out that he hasn't actually seen her dance much either. Shane says he always embellishes a bit with his poetry and wonders what's up with the inquisition.
AMY: I don't think that this is about me.
SHANE: ... Yeah of course it is. Skip to the line about your smile.
AMY: I'm on the one about soft curves - I don't really have those. 'And when the sun sets, her smile stays bright, another day dusted in Amy's light'. Amy's light? Or Dipi's light?
SHANE: (trying to play it off) What do you mean?
AMY: (upset) This is about Dipi, isn't it?
Shane doesn't answer but Amy knows she's right.
Erinsborough Hospital
Levi is still outside of Bea's room when Sheila approaches him. He warns her not to give him a serve about Kyle because Bea already got in there first, and says she shouldn't be getting herself worked up either. But Sheila says she's only there to visit Bea. Levi thought that telling Bea the truth would be the easier option, but Sheila says it doesn't always work out that way. Levi can't help but wonder if he should have just let the whole thing go.
LEVI: A true Canning would have put his family first, even if it meant being dodgy.
SHEILA: We're not all dodgy crims you know.
LEVI: Then why am I always on the opposite side of my family, Gran? On the side of the law?
SHEILA: You are a true Canning.
She tells Levi to follow her into Bea's room so they can all chat, but Bea doesn't want to speak to Levi. She isn't interested in anything he's got to say.
Number 30
Amy's fuming that Shane repurposed an old poem. Shane's apologetic but says that technically the ballad is new as he never finished it or gave it to Dipi. Amy doesn't understand why he did it in the first place and says she would have given him more time if he needed it.
SHANE: I don't know if that would have made any difference. I haven't written anything since I've been in recovery. And I love being with you, Amy, I really do. But it's a bit too early in our relationship for me to be writing you a ballad.
AMY: It was just a few silly lines.
SHANE: No it's not, not to me. It's how I express myself.
AMY: I just thought it would be fun.
SHANE: I know, and I feel terrible. I should have said something, I'm sorry.
Amy says she just wants to forget it happened and suggests they go out for a coffee. Shane goes into his bedroom to get his wallet just as Mackenzie arrives home with Hendrix following behind her. He's trying to get Mackenzie to speak to Harlow on his behalf, telling her that Harlow still has feelings for him. Mackenzie understands that it's rough for Hendrix, but begs him to stop putting her in the middle.
MACKENZIE: Harlow helped you because she cares about you, but you guys are done.
HENDRIX: So I just give up? Go back to being alone?
MACKENZIE: No, you're not alone. You've got me, you've got the Kennedys, Chloe, your dad...
HENDRIX: Sleazebag Greyson? I told that guy to stay in Sydney, he's the last person I want to see.
Amy is listening in the background and looks intrigued by this morsel of info.
The Waterhole
Terese brings Roxy some water and asks if she's feeling better. Roxy shakes her head but says it isn't about her anyway. "I've done some air- headed things in my life, but destroying a legacy..." she sighs. Terese goes into buck up little camper mode and tells Roxy that the tram is only temporarily closed and not to catastrophise things. But Roxy says she's destroyed an empire and lost a boyfriend: Kyle can barely look at her, and who can blame him. Speaking of Kyle, he walks into the pub and stands hidden behind the women as they talk.
ROXY: I've ruined his life.
TERESE: Catastrophising!
ROXY: I know Kyle is angry at me, I can feel it. And this is too big of a mistake to expect forgiveness.
TERESE: That's up to him, not you.
ROXY: And even if he does forgive me, how could he ever trust me again?
TERESE: Sweetheart, Kyle loves you. And love can survive the craziest of things - even this. You know what I reckon? I reckon if he was here right now he would give you the biggest hug and tell you not to worry about a thing.
ROXY: You think?
TERESE: Yeah, I really do.
And since Kyle is there right now, eavesdropping, what does he do? He makes a quick about- face and sprints right out the door.
Harold's Cafe
Toadie has just filled Shane and Amy in on everything that happened with the The 82.
AMY: So when you invited me over for pie, I could have carked it? There are easier ways to get rid of me, Toadie.
Toadie's just relieved that he never ended up giving the pie to his kids. He thinks it's probably for the best that the tram is temporarily shut down. Toadie notices Shane checking his phone and promises his brother that Dipi will call back soon. Amy's still upset that Shane is fixated on Dipi and tells him that Dipi is probably just catching up with friends. While Shane and Toadie head outside to grab a table, Amy pretends she's going to get some water. But really, she's spotted Hendrix sitting alone and wants a chat. She 'casually' mentions that she overheard Pierce was in Sydney and was hoping to get his number to apologise for what went down at the lip sync event.
HENDRIX: Isn't that more about slagging off Dipi?
AMY: Yeah, it still involved him though. He might be a little upset.
HENDRIX: This isn't about apologising to my dad.
AMY: Huh?
HENDRIX: It's about sucking up to the Rebecchis. You're trying to be the better woman.
He agrees to give her the number and Amy breathes a sigh of relief.
Lassiters Complex
Kyle sees Sheila sitting with Levi and doesn't look too impressed that she seems to be comforting his cousin. He angrily storms over and demands to know why Levi is so upset; he should be overjoyed that he got the tram shut down. Levi is frustrated and asks if Kyle truly believes he's happy that everyone is arguing.
KYLE: What do you care? Family means nothing to you, you traitor.
SHEILA: Oh Kyle...
KYLE: Nah, come on, Gran. Let's go home.
SHEILA: I will be there in a bit.
KYLE: Why stay? We both know he's a lost cause.
SHEILA: I know it's terrible what happened, but you can't take it out on Levi. People have to own their mistakes. I learnt that far too late in life.
KYLE: You didn't want him going public either, Gran!
SHEILA: Yeah well I've had a think about it since then, and I know it's kicked up a terrible stink, but I think Levi made the right call.
KYLE: And after all the shady things you've done to protect our family... You call yourself a Canning.
Kyle walks off leaving Sheila with her mouth gaping open in shock.
Harold's Cafe
Amy makes her call to Pierce but only introduces herself as a friend of the Rebecchis. She says that Dipi has been worried about the trouble Jay and Hendrix got into with the gambling and lets him know that Dipi is actually in Sydney right now.
AMY: She didn't really want to call you. So I was thinking maybe you could call her? Like, get together and talk about it? Great... maybe don't mention that I called, she might be a little embarrassed.
Amy hangs up but looks pretty guilty about what she's just put in motion.
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