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Neighbours Episode 8559 from 2021 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
Episode title: 8559
Australian airdate: 16/02/21
UK airdate:
Writer: Linda Stainton
Director: Iain Pirret
Guests: Amy Greenwood: Jacinta Stapleton
Olivia Bell: Alyce Platt
Music:
Summary/Images by: Carly/Graham
Previously
- The 82 getting shut down by the council
- Kyle telling Toadie about the death cap mushrooms
- The councilwoman mistakenly believing Roxy was coming on to her
- Kyle telling Roxy to stay away from everything
- Kyle forgiving Levi for dobbing him into the council
- The No.26 crew happy to hear that The 82 can re-open (with a $5000 fine)
- Sheila begging for no more trouble from Kyle and Roxy while she's away
- Ned receiving a booking for The Hive from someone he's not pleased to see
- Ned asking Bea whether he should tell Karl and Susan about the person
Number 28
Susan doesn't understand why the person who booked The Hive would ever turn up in Erinsborough again. Bea thinks the returnee only wants to stir up more trouble, and hopes they stay away from Susan and Karl. But Susan thinks that applies to everyone in the community - no one was spared last time she was here. Ned offers to cancel the booking, which Susan declines… But she does ask for the woman's phone number. Bea wonders if Susan is going to let Karl know what's going on, but Susan believes she'll be able to handle it on her own; and in a much better way than last time.
The 82
Roxy believes that Kyle needs to 'go big' to let everyone know about the tram reopening, but Kyle says he has zero cash for that kind of endeavour. Roxy reminds him that she handled most of the promo at The Back Lane Bar with Leo, so she's got plenty of cost- saving ideas.
KYLE: As long as there's no free jelly shots.
ROXY: Can't make any promises.
Levi can't help but wonder if drawing attention to a massive re- launch is the way to go about things - shining a spotlight on the fact Kyle had to close in the first place probably isn't wise. But Kyle needs money and he needs it fast for rates, bills, his $5000 fine and also the rent he owes Karl. Levi and Roxy encourage Kyle to ask Karl for "a rent holiday", so Kyle decides to put the request forward when Karl arrives for their meeting later.
Number 28
Susan is distracted while Karl fluffs around looking for his files on The 82, but she still manages to locate them hiding under some papers on the bench. Karl notices Susan's vague demeanour and asks if she's okay, but she says she's fine and changes the topic to Paul. Karl is frustrated that Paul keeps harassing him about the overdue rent. "Harassment; otherwise known as Paul's modus operandi," Susan replies. She wishes Karl luck as he leaves, and as soon as the coast is clear, she picks up the number Ned gave her to call the mystery Hive woman.
The 82
Karl is pleased to see Kyle doing stocktake, but Kyle's less than thrilled when he's made to lose count via Karl's interruptions. With how gung- ho Kyle is about reopening the tram, Karl's hoping that means Kyle will be able to pay the rent sooner rather than later. But Kyle doesn't have good news for him when he asks for rent relief. Kyle explains he hasn't earned any income since the tram shut down.
KARL: Don't you have a contingency? This is not the first business you've run.
KYLE: Well it's the first business like this that I've run! Karl, please…
KARL: How long are we talking?
KYLE: Just until I can pay the fine off.
KARL: The fine? That could take more than a year.
KYLE: No, it won't, I swear. Karl, once this place is up and running the cash will start flowing in.
Karl says he'll think about it but it will depend on Paul agreeing as well, which doesn't fill Kyle with much hope. But Karl says he'll have a word with Paul on Kyle's behalf.
KYLE: Karl, if you can get Paul to do this, I promise I'll play The Right Prescription on repeat all day long for a year.
The Waterhole
Paul observes from the bar as Amy approaches Terese for a chat at their table. Terese thinks that Amy's still trying to get her boutique business up and running, but Amy says she's actually looking for a job at the hotel. Amy says she'd be a great asset in terms of front of house, PR etc to take some of the pressure off Chloe.
AMY: I'll do anything… I mean, I'm not going to pick up wet towels or pull hair out of drains. Let's face it, that would be an extreme waste of talent, don't you think?
TERESE: What happened to your dream of owning a fashion business?
AMY: It's on the back- burner for now. If I stick around I'm going to need an income, ASAP.
TERESE: So you are planning on staying because of you and Shane?
AMY: Yeah, it's getting more serious and I just want to let him know that I'm committed.
Terese tells Amy to leave it with her, and if she can come up with something she'll be in touch. Paul saunters back after Amy leaves and asks Terese what the hustle was all about. Terese says Amy was actually after a job, which has Paul intrigued.
Harold's Cafe
We find out the mystery woman is Olivia Bell, aka author of The Devil You Know, the sensationalist story of Finn Kelly. Susan can't believe Olivia would have the audacity to show up in Erinsborough again after what she did. Olivia explains she never wanted it to be secretive - she was going to contact her the minute she settled in.
SUSAN: Me or Karl?
OLIVIA: That's a little unfair.
SUSAN: You exploited a rocky patch in our marriage to get personal information for your own gain. Oh, how are the book sales going by the way?
OLIVIA: You don't even want to hear what I have to say?
SUSAN: Nope. No, I just want you to listen. You manipulated Karl to get the dirt on Finn Kelly, then you published a book about our family's trauma without our permission and you filled it with lies. Once you got the money and the fame, you just skipped town and you left my nieces to deal with the fallout.
OLIVIA: And you have every reason to resent what I did. But that's why I'm here - I have a proposition for you.
Lassiters Hotel Office
"No, absolutely not!" Paul spits out… As you can see, the chat between Karl and Paul about the rent is going as well as could be expected. Paul doesn't think he should have to take the financial hit for Kyle's stuff- up. Karl says that he gave Gary and Kyle a chance when The 82 first started, and through hard work they made something great of it. But the sob stories don't work on Paul - he has absolutely no loyalty to Gary Canning, and even less to his son.
KARL: Doesn't it make better business sense to stick with a proven tenant than gamble on the unknown?
PAUL: Yeah, except Gary was the drawcard in the kitchen there.
KARL: Kyle's still using his recipes.
PAUL: (laughing) Kyle put a councillor and his neighbour in hospital. And you want me to trust him to put this place back on track? Come on.
Karl says that The 82 was doing well before the mushroom incident, and is sure that the gossip and rumours will die down eventually, but Paul says he's seen much better businesses fold for far less.
PAUL: You need to nip this in the bud before the whole of Power Road becomes a ghost town.
KARL: I can't just throw him out because he's late with a couple of payments.
PAUL: Uh, you're the landlord, yes you can.
KARL: We have a lease arrangement.
PAUL: With a morals clause.
KARL: What morals clause?
PAUL: It's a clause I have in all my contracts. It means if the poison scandal has harmed your investment in any way, you're perfectly entitled to turf Kyle out and get a new tenant.
KARL: That's unfair!
PAUL: Look, when, not if, the tram goes down the gurgler then somebody has to bear the cost. And you can bet your sweet bippy it ain't going to be me.
Moneybags just hit Karl right in his own moneybags.
Harold's Cafe
Olivia tells Susan that she knows now how badly she handled the whole situation. "I doubt your accountant would agree," Susan retorts. Olivia concedes at the time she was thrilled with the book's success, but admits that the way she interpreted Karl's information was sensationalist. Susan hopes Olivia isn't about to turn around and blame Karl for her misinterpretation, but Olivia knows it's all on herself.
SUSAN: Olivia if this is supposed to be some sort of apology, it's way too little and it's way too late.
OLIVIA: I know. Any apology would sound hollow at best.
SUSAN: Then what do you want?
OLIVIA: I want you to let me interview you so I can write a new version of The Devil You Know from your perspective.
SUSAN: Have you completely lost your mind?
OLIVIA: I have done you and your family a deep injustice. I'm asking for the chance to fix it.
SUSAN: Why on earth would you think that I would agree to something so offensive, so ridiculous? No! I'm not interested.
The 82
Roxy asks how the meeting with Karl went and Kyle says he's hoping the doc can put the hard word - or even 'a' word - on Paul. "I just can't believe the fate of this joint's in the hands of dad's nemesis," Kyle sighs. Roxy's hopeful things will be okay, but when Karl arrives looking downcast, they know he hasn't got great news to report. Roxy offers to have a word with Paul herself, but Kyle says he'll try and figure something out. Karl wonders if Kyle's ever thought about rebranding. He thinks Kyle could give the impression that the tram's under new management to create curiosity and generate buzz. Kyle's adamant they keep the Australiana concept, but Karl believes he can help him with cost- cutting measures on the menu.
The three of them sit inside the tram while Karl attempts to convince Kyle to use cheaper produce to create a new menu. Kyle is very set in his ways of keeping the menu exactly how his dad had it. But Karl says the reality is Kyle either turns a profit or loses Gary's dream altogether. "Well I'm sorry. I'm not ripping the heart out of this place just to save an extra buck," Kyle replies, much to Karl's chagrin.
Lassiters Hotel Office
Karl tries his hand at enlisting Terese to speak to Paul about the rent, but Terese doesn't see how she's supposed to change his mind. Terese asks if Karl might be able to absorb the cost of a rent freeze himself, but Karl says that he and Susan are only a few years from retiring and need to save every dollar they can.
TERESE: Of course I don't want to see The 82 closed down permanently. Gary was a good man with a good heart. (Smiling) And I like to think I helped bring out the chef in him when we were together.
KARL: Maybe you owe it to him to at least try?
TERESE: All right, I'll put in a word with Paul. But please don't get your hopes up.
Karl nods and thanks Terese.
The 82
Levi wonders if Kyle could take out a business loan, but Kyle says no bank is going to want to loan him any money after they look at the books. His only plan now is to pick up where they left off and hope the punters give him a second chance. Kyle thinks Roxy is on board with this stance too, but Roxy's had time to mull Karl's plan over and has decided it's not completely nuts. Kyle reminds Roxy how much time and effort Gary put into the menu and doesn't want to change it, but Roxy wants to save Kyle from the hurt of the tram potentially going under. She remembers how much it hurt her and Leo when the bar went bust, and they didn't even have the family link to the business that Kyle does. Levi adds that cutting costs makes sense, and it's something within Kyle's control.
ROXY: You don't have to keep the changes, they're not permanent.
LEVI: And honestly if swapping the menu around saves you from a tough spot, then it's worth a go I reckon.
KYLE: (not entirely convinced) All right, let's give it a go.
Harold's Cafe
Susan leaves a voicemail for Karl, telling him to call her when he can as there's something they need to discuss. Bea and Ned sit with Susan and hear about her meet- up with Olivia. Bea's astounded when she learns about Olivia's plan to rewrite the Finn book through Susan's eyes. Bea hopes Susan laughed in Olivia's face, to which Susan says yes, "I also told her what she could do with her revised version." Ned wryly comments that Olivia won't be needing her workspace at The Hive anymore.
BEA: Hang on, it doesn't even make sense. Finn's story from your angle would be completely opposite to what she wrote.
SUSAN: Apparently she's developed a conscience. She wants to put the record straight.
BEA: Why?
SUSAN: That's the million dollar question.
NED: Wait, so is it a new book or a revised version of the original?
SUSAN: Well it's neither because it's not going to happen.
BEA: What author writes a bestseller then puts out a version that shows the original was all lies?
NED: Yeah, it can't be good for her reputation.
SUSAN: Do you know, I think I was so stunned by the offer that I didn't even think about that.
Bea wonders if it's worth giving Elly a heads up just in case Olivia tries to contact her, so Susan decides to ring her niece there and then.
The 82
Levi and Roxy are helping Kyle with possible new menu ideas. Damper comes up in the conversation, and Kyle is pleasantly surprised to discover that if he uses golden syrup and damper as one of his options and charges the same price as his fancier Johnny cakes, he stands to double his profits. Roxy and Levi are just stoked to see Kyle smiling again. Kyle admits it still doesn't feel right changing the menu Gary designed, but Roxy gently reminds him if he doesn't make the changes it'll be gone anyway. "I feel like Gary would do this if it meant the tram would stay open," she adds. Levi jokes that Gary would've probably done a worse job of it too. Kyle chuckles, then makes the decision to buy ingredients and try out some new recipes.
The Waterhole
Karl is playing phone tag with Susan, leaving a voicemail apologising for missing her call and promising to see her at home after he sorts out all the tram business. Speaking of, he runs into Paul at the bar, who isn't too happy with Karl for trying to rope Terese into everything. Paul tells him one more time that he won't change his mind about the rent. Karl feels awful; he doesn't want to turf Kyle out, but Kyle won't listen to any of his suggestions either.
PAUL: Yeah, well unfortunately Kyle doesn't really possess the business brains that you and I have, does he?
KARL: No. It puts me in a very awkward position.
PAUL: Well fortunately for you, I have a solution.
KARL: What solution?
PAUL: It's one that's going to benefit a number of people but only if you're interested.
Harold's Cafe
Olivia is quite pleased that Susan has called her again and hopes she's had a change of heart. But Susan and Bea look at her in disbelief and let her know they're aware of her real agenda now. Olivia plays dumb but Susan says she called Elly to let her know about the book offer.
BEA: We know that Claudia is suing your publisher. She wants The Devil You Know barred from all publications outside of Australia.
SUSAN: That's why you want to rewrite it.
BEA: That's the only way you can get it published internationally.
SUSAN: You know, you almost had me convinced that you were sincere about wanting to fix the story.
OLIVIA: I am!
SUSAN: No you're not, you don't feel a bit of remorse. This is just an attempt to rope me into one of your money- grabbing schemes.
OLIVIA: It's true. I do have issues with the overseas rights. I didn't say anything because I knew you wouldn't hear me out. I honestly want to make up for the hurt that I know I've caused. Can't you see? This is a chance for your truth to be told.
There's a drawn out silence until Susan and Bea stand up and bid Olivia farewell. "Don't even think about trying to contact me, or my family, ever again," Susan adds as they leave.
The 82
Kyle and Roxy are lugging the groceries they just bought to the tram when they see Amy and Paul emerge. Amy comments on how adorable the place is and that she already knows how the layout is going to go. Paul says he'll let her know the next step as soon as he's got a draft of the lease to look over. Amy happily goes on her way, leaving Kyle angry and confused. He demands to know what Paul's doing, so Paul calls a sheepish- looking Karl out of the tram.
KARL: This isn't what I wanted…
PAUL: What Karl's trying to say is that he's decided to invoke the morals clause in your lease so he can terminate your tender.
ROXY: Terminate?
KYLE: What does that mean, Karl?
PAUL: It means exactly what it sounds like. The 82 is finished, and Amy Greenwood has just agreed to be the tram's new tenant.
Kyle stares death rays at Karl, extremely disappointed at what's just occurred.
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