- Brent hides Holden's stolen motorbike at the Hive
- Paul decides to spend time at the Hive to gauge how well Ned is running it
- Ned finds the stolen bike, and Yashvi identifies it as the one the police have been looking for
- Paul gives Ned an official warning - one more mistake and he's out. Brent looks guilty
- Sheila tells Bea that threatening to write the book herself would really scare Olivia
- An angry Olivia tells Bea she won't let her do this without her
- Bea tells Olivia that if she withdraws the statement against Karl, the Kennedys will cooperate
- Karl says that Olivia will betray Susan at the drop of a hat to get what she wants
- Hendrix goes searching in Olivia's hotel room for anything that could stop her in her tracks
Yesterday's departure of Shane (Nicholas Coghlan) and Dipi (Sharon Johal) has prompted a full revamp of the opening titles today, with no further changes to the main cast, but all-new shots. The fresh lineup is - Terese and Paul walking away from the hotel; Nell, Hugo and Toadie throwing coins into the pond; Yashvi, Harlow, Hendrix and Mackenzie having drinks outside The Waterhole; Chloe and Nicolette in deckchairs by the lake; David and a frisbee-throwing Aaron walking across the lake; Roxy and Ned having cocktails at the Flamingo Bar; Bea, Levi, Sheila and Kyle in and around the spa in the No 26 garden; Clive and Jane walking down Ramsay Street; and Karl and Susan waving at them from their usual spot outside No 28.
Bea and Susan are waiting outside the police station, when Levi turns up to work. They explain to him that they're waiting for Olivia to retract her statement.
LEVI: Why's she doing that?
BEA: I guess she feels guilty for lying.
LEVI: Okay, then it's probably not a good look for you guys to be hanging around here, in case it looks like she might have been coerced, okay?
Levi goes inside, and Bea and Susan agree it's a good idea not to create the impression they had anything to do with this. Seeing through the window that Olivia is talking to a police officer, they head off for a coffee.
Flamingo Bar / Lassiter's
Karl is moping around outside the bar, when he gets a call from Hendrix, who is still in Olivia's hotel room. Hendrix asks Karl if he knows Olivia's date of birth.
KARL: Why do you need Olivia's birthday?
HENDRIX: Just curious.
KARL: Hendrix, where are you?
HENDRIX: Umm... I'm in Olivia's hotel room (...) I won't be long. I just want to try one last thing.
A horrified Karl breaks into a sprint!
Susan and Bea are just about to head into Harold's, when they see Karl. He claims he wanted to check on Susan, and asks if she's okay. Bea explains she will be, as Olivia is currently retracting her statement at the station. Susan encourages Karl to join them for coffee. He looks conflicted, still worried about Hendrix.
In the manager's office, Paul is about to moan to Terese about something.
TERESE: If you're about to go on another rant about the decline of Power Road, I don't want to know about it.
But it's even worse.
PAUL: Who authorised the new batch of towels for housekeeping?
TERESE: Oh, I don't know. They look after that part of the budget.
PAUL: Oh. And you know we're bleeding money in the kitchen as well, eh? And did you see the email about the guest in Room 426? Their credit card was rejected not once, twice, but three times.
Terese wants to know why he's suddenly quibbling over all the hotel's minor expenses.
PAUL: I like to be across every aspect of the business.
TERESE: Even though your wife happens to be the manager who looks after those sort of things for you?
Paul claims he's a 'details man' - in which case, Terese says, he'll want to know about Sheila's request for an upgrade to The Waterhole.
TERESE: Yeah, it should work. We'll just have to schedule it around the Harold's refurb.
PAUL: Since when is Harold's getting a refurb?!
TERESE: Well, it's part of the new lease deal signed with Dipi.
PAUL: Oh, great (!) And just how much money are we chucking down the drain on these frivolous works, then?
Terese tells him Sheila is submitting plans with costings next week; it's been seven years since The Waterhole was renovated, and things inevitably start going wrong over time. Terese shows him a list of problems, but Paul shrugs them off as minor repairs. He says he'll get onto the contractors personally to sort them out.
TERESE: Be my guest. But just so you know, Sheila won't be happy unless it's done properly.
PAUL: They will be.
Meanwhile in Olivia's room, Hendrix is scouring her copy of 'The Devil You Know' for clues about the password to her laptop.
HENDRIX (reading): About the author... In her spare time, Olivia enjoys long hikes, strong lattes and spending time with her two dachshunds, Molly and Bailey.
He tries 'Molly' as the password, but to no avail...
Karl is talking to Susan and Bea about Olivia retracting her statement, when Olivia herself approaches. Susan and Bea rush over to her, giving Karl an opportunity to check his phone for news from Hendrix - but Susan calls him over to join them.
OLIVIA: It's done.
SUSAN: Thank you.
OLIVIA: And you'll be happy to know that I may be facing charges. For providing a false statement.
BEA: Well, you did do that.
SUSAN: None of us are happy about this, but you can't expect us to feel any sympathy for you.
OLIVIA: Now that I've done what you want, can we put it in the past, and get back to the interviews? (...) Let me run up to my room, get my laptop, and we'll get stuck into it.
Panicking that Hendrix will be found if Olivia goes to her room, Karl interjects.
KARL: Of course we appreciate what you've done. But shouldn't we all just take a little bit of time to collect ourselves? I'm sure Bea and Susan would appreciate that. You've just been to the police station - I imagine you're not in a good headspace.
Susan agrees with this; they should make time to do an interview later. Olivia's frustrated, but doesn't object, and walks off, away from the hotel. Karl breathes a sigh of relief, then as Susan and Bea walk off, looks over at the hotel...
Hendrix is now trying 'Bailey' as the password, but that doesn't work either - and now he's exceeded the maximum login attempts. Karl appears in the room behind him, and demands to know what Hendrix has done...
Shortly afterwards, as they clear up the mess Hendrix has made searching the room, Karl reminds Hendrix that he's serving a suspended sentence - if he gets caught here, he'll go to jail. Hendrix insists no-one saw him take the staff swipe card, and Karl is at risk of going to jail too if Olivia's charges stick.
Before Karl can explain the charges have been dropped, he receives a message from Susan, asking where he's got to - and then there's a knock at the door. It's Terese, and Karl whispers to Hendrix to go and hide in the bathroom. Terese is gobsmacked to see Karl standing in the room, with Olivia's papers strewn everywhere.
TERESE: What on earth...?
KARL: I'm sorry, I... I made a terrible mistake.
TERESE: I don't understand. Why would you trash Olivia's room?
KARL: I don't know, I don't know. I haven't been thinking straight lately.
Hendrix listens from the bathroom nervously.
KARL: It's just... my family's a mess, and it's all my fault. Olivia has pushed Susan to the brink and she's accusing me of assault, and it's her word against mine, and... I know that's no excuse. I'm not saying it is.
TERESE: No. No... But, you know, I do know what it's like to be pushed back into a corner, with no way out. Karl, no-one believes you pushed Olivia down those stairs. You're just not that type of person.
Hendrix grows more nervous as Terese gets closer to Karl, and the bathroom...
KARL: I'll come and sit in your office while you call the police.
TERESE: Look, what Olivia has done to your family was a terrible, terrible thing. I mean... your family don't deserve to be punished any further. Just go home (...) It's not that bad, I'll get housekeeping to handle it.
KARL: I can't ask you to do that.
TERESE: You're not. Come on. I'll walk you out.
In the bathroom, Hendrix breathes a sigh of relief as both Karl and Terese leave the suite.
Paul drops a toolbox on the counter with a loud clatter, getting the attention of Ned and Toadie who are having a drink nearby. Paul spots Ned and tells him he wants a meeting with him tonight; he wants to go over the bookings and projections for the Hive. Toadie asks Paul why he's carting around a toolbox.
PAUL: What does it look like? I'm doing a few repairs.
TOADIE (sniggers): You?! Why don't you just hire a maintenance person?
PAUL: It's not rocket science, you know. Besides, I like to keep hands-on in my own business.
Toadie and Ned exchange a surprised glance.
Karl is explaining to a horrified Susan what happened at the hotel with Hendrix and Terese.
SUSAN: First Bea crosses the line because of Olivia, then Hendrix. It's bad enough you and I are doing things we're not proud of, but now the kids are involved. But at least she's retracted her statement, and you're safe.
KARL: Yeah, but what about you? You've still got this horrible book hanging over your head.
SUSAN: I tell you what - talking to Olivia this morning, dredging up all that stuff about Finn... I don't know if I can do it.
KARL: Would you consider withdrawing?
SUSAN: Oh, I can't. I've given my word - a deal's a deal.
KARL: Olivia's done a lot worse to us than breaking her word.
SUSAN: But wouldn't pulling out make me just as bad as her?
KARL: Not to anyone who knows you, darling (...) She was prepared for me to go to jail based on a lie if she didn't get what she wanted. We don't owe that woman anything.
At the bar, Hendrix is watching with amusement as Paul tries to fix a dodgy sink. Bea turns up, and suggests Hendrix steer clear of the house for a while, to give Karl and Susan a chance to chat through the Olivia situation.
Noticing Paul is struggling, Hendrix joins him behind the counter and offers to help get the faulty tap working. Hendrix ducks under the sink, fiddles about, and tells Paul to try the tap again. Hendrix then films with his phone as Paul tries the tap, and it sends a high-pressure jet of water spurting everywhere, drenching Paul!
HENDRIX (laughs): I'm definitely sending that one to Dad. He's gonna be stoked to see how well you're doing since he left, hey?
Paul looks very annoyed.
Susan, Bea and Toadie watch as Olivia gathers up some papers from her Hive workspace. She says she doesn't feel safe storing things here anymore after the stolen motorbike incident. Olivia asks why Susan and Bea have brought Toadie to see her.
SUSAN: I'm very sorry, Olivia, but Karl and I have been talking, and we've decided that we don't want to have anything to do with the book anymore.
OLIVIA: Oh, you're not serious?
SUSAN: We are.
OLIVIA: After all this?! Susan, you can't! Do you have any idea where this leaves me?!
TERESE: I am sorry if this puts you in a difficult situation with your publisher. But we won't be changing our mind.
TOADIE: I should add that nothing Susan's saying here is an admission of any wrongdoing towards you.
OLIVIA: Well, we'll see what my legal advice is on that.
TOADIE: Well, there's no formal agreement in writing about Susan's involvement in your book, so she is free to walk, and you know that.
OLIVIA: We had a deal!
SUSAN: And I had every intention of sticking with that deal. But it's too much, Olivia. It's too much for me, and it's too much for my family.
OLIVIA: I should've known. I suppose you're going to go and find yourself a book deal.
SUSAN: No. I can promise you that's something I won't be doing.
OLIVIA: Well, that's that, then.
SUSAN: I am sorry, Olivia. Karl and I made a decision to put this behind us and move on. For your own sake, I suggest you cut your losses and do the same.
Paul is fussing about his soaked shirt, but tells Terese he has successfully actioned Sheila's upgrade requests at the pub, by himself. He's also looking at Ned's booking figures for the Hive, and is unimpressed, despite Ned's assurances that they will improve.
PAUL: I let you convert that place because you assured me it was a better option than the backpackers' (...) At least the hostel showed a profit for all the trouble it was worth. Now, you made me a promise, and you failed to deliver, so we are done.
NED: Wait, what?!
PAUL: No, I am sick to death of carrying your deadweight artistic nightmare. You're fired.
Ned looks upset.
Paul and Terese are back in the office, working late. Terese is giving Paul the cold shoulder after firing Ned.
TERESE: I mean, not only did you just fire Ned, you've completely destroyed his livelihood and his dream!
PAUL: The place doesn't make enough money to call it a livelihood. And dreams do not pay the rent.
TERESE: You were more than happy to let him try and make that space work before now.
PAUL: Yeah, and now I'm cutting my losses.
TERESE: You know what? It's not about the Hive. No, Ned's the scapegoat for whatever it is that's got you so acting out of character.
PAUL: Trying to run an efficient business is completely *in* character.
TERESE: Poring over the hotel's towel budget?! And taking on the Waterhole repairs?! You have never so much as fixed a flat tyre before today! I mean, is there some sort of money issues that you're not telling me about here?
PAUL: No, of course there isn't... Oh, it's just - look, the structural work under the law offices is dragging on and on, so I'm simply trimming the fat in some areas so it doesn't eat into profit.
TERESE: Can you please just give Ned another chance?
PAUL: No, absolutely not.
TERESE: Well, then, what's the alternative, Paul? What, find somebody else to run the space? Somebody you don't even know? (...) Ned is family, you can trust him. He'll do anything you need; you've just got to work with him.
Paul looks like something Terese has said has chimed with him...
The next day, Paul finds Ned at the bar.
NED: If you're gonna have another go at me, you can save it.
PAUL: No, look, I may have jumped the gun last night when I shot you down.
NED: What does that mean?
PAUL: It means, just forget what I said. The Hive is still yours to run.
NED: Are you serious? (...) Thank you. I will do everything I can to turn it around.
PAUL: Mm, okay. The only thing I need to know is, can you be trusted?
NED: Yeah, of course you can trust me.
PAUL: Good. Because you can continue running the Hive, on one condition. I need you to do something for me, but no questions asked.
NED: Do what?
PAUL: Just something in the pipeline. But as long as I know I can count on you when I need to.
Ned reluctantly agrees, but looks concerned as Paul walks away, wondering what he's agreed to.
Levi and Bea are walking through the courtyard, talking about the Olivia situation. Bea's pleased that Olivia has retracted her statement against Karl, but feels like Olivia may have had a point about getting the truth of what really happened with Finn out there.
LEVI: And you're disappointed that that won't happen?
BEA: Yeah, a bit. But Karl and Susan have made up their mind, so I guess that's it.
Levi tells her they can talk about it later, and heads into work.
In the office, Paul confirms to Terese that he's bought David and Aaron a card for the baby gender reveal party. Terese mentions that Ned called, and told her about Paul letting him stay on at the Hive.
TERESE: So, why the turnaround?
PAUL: Well, you know, what you said did make sense.
TERESE: Mm, well, I know. I know it did. But you just weren't budging last night, and now this sudden obsession with finance...
PAUL: Oh, come on, Terese, it's not an obsession.
TERESE: What are you hiding, Paul?
PAUL: What? Nothing!
Toadie informs Karl and Susan that the prosecutor's office has officially said they won't be pursuing charges against Karl, much to their relief. They thank him for all his help. At this point, Olivia pulls up in her car. Susan can't believe it. Toadie leaves them to talk to her.
SUSAN: Honestly, Olivia, there's nothing left to talk about.
OLIVIA: Please - let me say what I have to say. I've been doing a lot of thinking, and reflecting on things that I've said to you and your family. I'm not proud of my behaviour. All I've ever wanted is to be a writer. I'm good at it. But chasing it, I have made choices I shouldn't have - choices that have hurt you both - and I'm sorry.
KARL: Yeah, okay.
OLIVIA: You know me, Karl. Well, you used to. I'm not the terrible person you think I've become. Anyway, I want you to know that I'm going to try to do better. To be better.
SUSAN: Olivia, we wish you no harm. But we don't ever want to see you again.
In the garden, Susan remarks that it's nice to see Karl finally relaxed.
KARL: Still hasn't fully sunk in. I have never been so anxious for so long.
SUSAN: I'm so sorry you had to go through it.
KARL: Ah, none of that matters anymore. We don't have to think about that wretched book ever again.
Bea is looking through a copy of 'The Devil You Know'. Hendrix comes in, and notices it's Susan's copy of the book, with all her notes in.
HENDRIX: I thought you two would be racing to toss that in the new pizza oven and light a match?
BEA: Yeah, maybe.
Karl asks Susan if any part of her regrets not going ahead with her own version of the book, without Olivia.
SUSAN: I don't need to do that anymore. No, it's better for me, better for us, to just leave all that in the past.
While Hendrix is at the counter, Bea makes a phone call, presumably to Olivia's publisher.
BEA: Yeah, umm, hi, it's Bea Nilsson... I was hoping that you and I could possibly meet up... To talk about getting my family's story told...
Coming up on Neighbours
- Mackenzie tells Aaron and David she can't pretend 'this stuff' makes sense to her
- Emmett asks Brent if he's heard from Holden; Brent thinks Holden may have forgotten about him
- Hendrix encourages Bea to tell Karl and Susan something
- We hear Nicolette saying, 'My mum's judgy looks are the worst', as we see Jane eyeing her
- Jane tells Nicolette, 'I'm being supportive'; Nic replies, 'Do you think I'm an idiot?'
- Paul tells Nic she has no right to treat her mum like that; Brent tells Paul to get over it