- Melanie tells Toadie it's hard to resist the allure of an empty office
- Karl tells Mackenzie it's their 'civic duty' to find out who Toadie is secretly dating
- Toadie insists to Karl he's not dating anyone; Karl asks why he's being so secretive
- Toadie tells Mel it's not fair if she has to change jobs; she doesn't mind if they can keep hooking up
- Levi tells Bea it was a 'real kick in the guts' when she said she could never trust a man again
- Yashvi assures Levi that Bea will come to trust him eventually; it will just take time
- Yashvi sarcastically quips to Ned that she can't compete with Sheila 2
- After she loves his logo for the new gallery, Ned tells Sheila 2 that she has been his inspiration
- Ned and Sheila 2 touch hands and look into one another's eyes...
Ned and Sheila 2 are awkward after their 'moment', and draw apart, before launching into a raft of excuses for what just happened.
SHEILA 2: I don't know what that was.
NED: Yeah. I just think the gallery stuff's so exciting, and I really appreciate everything that you've, uh... done.
SHEILA 2: Yeah. And the design is so personal.
NED: Mm. You were probably thinking of your grandma.
SHEILA 2: Yeah, I was.
NED: And I was just trying to help.
SHEILA 2: Which is the kind of guy you are.
NED: Yeah. But you're fine now.
SHEILA 2: Yeah, I'm fine. Thank you.
NED: So, really, it was... it was nothing.
SHEILA 2: Less than nothing.
But neither of them look convinced.
Kyle is still in pain from his nose injury, and is treating the area with bags of frozen veggies, while Roxy and Sheila fuss over him.
SHEILA: It's still a bit red.
ROXY: (...) It looks like you have a new battle wound. It's kind of hot, actually.
SHEILA: Yeah, makes you look tough as! Oh, not so tough when you whimper like that, love.
KYLE: I'm not whimpering!
ROXY: Of course not. And barely anyone noticed that you were crying.
KYLE: Kyle doesn't cry!
ROXY: Babe, tears are nothing to be ashamed of. It's life's reminder to wear waterproof mascara.
KYLE: It was an involuntary reaction!
Roxy tells him they're due back on the volleyball court, but Kyle is not keen.
KYLE: I just had a near- death experience. And I don't even like volleyball. Or sand.
But Roxy needs to go and prep for the tournament, so Sheila says she'll stay and look after Kyle. A little annoyed that Kyle isn't supporting her in pursuit of her dream job as Flamingo Bar manager, Roxy tells him to 'wallow away', and leaves the house.
Bea is telling Susan and Karl about Levi taking his frustration about Bea's podcast out on Kyle in the volleyball match. Angela Lane turns up, much to nobody's delight, but assures them she's not here for trouble. She says she's just finished listening to Bea's first podcast episode.
ANGELA: It was an absolute revelation. The emotional toll of Finn - I don't think I ever really considered it.
SUSAN: No, you didn't.
ANGELA: He put you all through so much. And then... I didn't help things. I just wanted to say how sorry I am.
Karl and Susan are unresponsive, so Angela leaves them to it. Bea remarks that that was very unlike Angela.
KARL: She'd have been even more moved if you'd used my soundtrack suggestion.
SUSAN (sceptical): Well, nothing would move that woman enough to apologise for trying to get me sacked.
Ned and Yashvi are walking through the courtyard. Ned suggests they do something fun this afternoon, just the two of them. Yashvi jokes that his 'art wife' (Sheila 2) wouldn't be impressed with him neglecting his work, but Ned says he's all Yashvi's. So she suggests heading into town to a cocktail bar.
Roxy turns up, and reminds Ned that he's supposed to be having volleyball practice for the tournament with Sheila 2. Ned makes excuses, saying he and Yashvi have other plans and that Sheila 2 is working. But Roxy spots Sheila 2 heading into the hotel, and shouts over to her.
Sheila 2 makes excuses too when she realises Roxy is wanting her to spend time with Ned. But Roxy becomes insistent, reminding them that she needs to impress with the volleyball tournament so she lands the bar manager job. So they all agree to play, with Yashvi standing in for Kyle.
Mackenzie comes in, and tells Toadie and Melanie that she's been reading the statement of the woman from the Carmello case, which was a 'heavy read'.
MACKENZIE: I feel sorry for her, though. People will always wonder whether she really earned her career. That's why I'm never, ever dating someone I work with.
Toadie and Melanie look awkward.
TOADIE: Steady on, it's not always that bad. Look at, uh... Paul and Terese.
MACKENZIE: ... Really?
TOADIE: Yeah, actually, no. That wasn't a good example.
MACKENZIE: Workplace power dynamics are messy. The boundaries are always blurry. It's not worth the damage.
Mackenzie tells Toadie that she's arranged an appointment for him with Mr Carmello, for a progress report on the case, 'where that blank space was' in his diary. Toadie immediately says he had a meeting in the blank space, and Mackenzie asks who with. But Toadie simply says that 'she's locked in', so they can't reschedule.
When Mackenzie makes a point of noting that the client is a 'she', Melanie looks like she has the idea that Toadie has reserved the slot in his diary for them to spend together. However, Toadie then asks Melanie to cover the Carmello meeting. Melanie looks confused!
The Flamingo Bar
Yashvi and Bea are chatting about Levi; Bea reports that things are better between them after Levi's chat with Yashvi, and that he's promised not to put pressure on her about trusting him.
YASHVI: *Are* you gonna trust him?
BEA: I mean... yeah, in time... I dunno, I just can't picture it.
YASHVI: At least you're addressing it. I think you guys are gonna be okay.
Yashvi and Bea convene with Roxy, Sheila 2 and Ned. Roxy asks Ned and Sheila if they've thought of a team name yet. Ned says they're going with 'The Sand Goghs', after artist Vincent van Gogh. But neither Roxy nor Yashvi get the joke. They get into the practice session, with Ned and Sheila 2 playing against Roxy and Yashvi, and Bea umpiring.
Sheila 2 looks distracted when Ned takes his shirt off, leading her to hit the ball straight into the net. Roxy remarks that she's glad she put Ned and Sheila 2 together, as they clearly need practice. Yashvi agrees, saying she thought they'd be a dream team. Ned and Sheila 2 look awkward.
Melanie tells Toadie she assumed the blank spot in his diary was there to give them an opportunity for another hotel hookup, but Toadie says not, and apologises for the confusion.
Melanie tells Toadie that she's been invited for an interview for the other law firm she applied for a job at, which will resolve their need to sneak around to see each other. But Toadie seems a little deflated at the prospect of her leaving the firm, saying she's become pivotal to the Carmello case, because she's been across it since the start.
MELANIE: What's your non- business take?
TOADIE: That it's unfair on you, that you're having to change jobs because of a personal situation that I'm just as responsible for.
MELANIE: It's not like you can quit. What would they call the business - No- Rebecchi Law?
TOADIE: Melanie, I'm being serious.
MELANIE: It's just a job. I've had a zillion. Did you know I once spent a summer on an alpaca farm?
Toadie admits he's also worried that if she moves jobs, they won't spend so much time together. Melanie says they'll still see one another, albeit not as much.
TOADIE: Right, yeah. Because, I mean, the move would only be necessary if we continued to see each other. If that's what you wanted.
MELANIE: Options galore, huh? Don't worry. I will not leave you in the lurch on the work front. You tell me when you think it's right for me to find something else.
Toadie now looks confused at where things have been left.
Sheila 1 summons Kyle into the kitchen, where she has cooked up a traditional Canning remedy for his sore nose - made of powdered garlic, turmeric, citric acid, olive brine and a special ingredient, lavender oil. Kyle is unconvinced, but she sets about pasting the yellow- brown mixture onto his face.
SHEILA 1: Now, as soon as I've finished this, I need you to get right back on that volleyball court - no arguments!
KYLE: Argh! Oww!
SHEILA 1: Because young Roxy is basically a Canning, and we leave no Cannings behind.
KYLE: What about Levi? He's probably still there laughing at me.
SHEILA 1: Oh, suck it up, princess. I can fix your nose, I can't fix your ego!
KYLE: ... That's actually starting to feel better.
SHEILA 1: Told ya, works every time. Now, start warming up!
Karl is cooking when Susan comes in with Toadie. She asks Toadie if he wants to join them to see a movie later, but he says he has a meeting.
KARL: Is that a meeting for work, or a meeting for... (whistles)
SUSAN: Oh, stop.
TOADIE: Just, will you please stop, yes! You know he followed me the other day?
SUSAN: Yes, yes, I heard. Every now and again he makes the mistake of thinking he's stealthy.
KARL: Things would be a lot simpler if you'd just tell us who you're dating.
TOADIE (laughs): There would be nothing simple about that.
This just makes Susan and Karl even more curious.
TOADIE: Hypothetically, if I was dating someone, then going public would have its risks. And there's the kids to think about, and their disappointment when everything goes to pot
KARL: Oh, come on - you shouldn't worry about things ending before they've even begun.
TOADIE: Well, I haven't been able to make anything stick since Sonya.
SUSAN: You took some risks, they didn't pay off. Eventually, one will.
TOADIE: Yeah. I just don't think I've got it in me to put myself through all that again.
KARL: Oh, come on, Toad. You're a good man; you're loyal, you're caring. You are a catch.
SUSAN: Yes, you are! And when you find the right woman, the two of you will just work it out together.
TOADIE: ... Yeah, I suppose we would, wouldn't we?
SUSAN and KARL: Mm.
TOADIE (sternly): Hypothetically.
He heads off to work, telling them to enjoy their movie.
The Flamingo Bar
Roxy and Yashvi are still trouncing Ned and Sheila 2 in the volleyball game.
YASHVI: Feels mean to keep score at this point!
Ned and Sheila 2 have a team talk, discuss tactics and decide they're going to turn it around. Sure enough, their new strategies pay off, and they start to win points. They high- five, and Yashvi wonders how they suddenly turned the game around. Meanwhile, Kyle and Sheila have turned up, and Roxy's glad Kyle is back - albeit he smells funny, due to the special remedy on his face.
With Kyle back, Sheila 2 drops out, saying she and Ned have had enough practice for today. But at this point, Ned suggests they play couples - him and Yashvi versus Roxy and Kyle - leaving Sheila 2 looking a bit regretful. Sheila 1 notices this, and looks concerned. She asks Sheila 2 if she's okay, and she nods, but neither Sheila is convinced.
Sheila 2 is confiding in Sheila 1 about her moment with Ned.
SHEILA 2: I wish I wasn't feeling this way. But, you know, our friendship and our work partnership - it's just so easy.
SHEILA 1: Yeah, but we can't always control who we're drawn to.
SHEILA 2: That's what's killing me. I should be able to, but when our hands touched... it was magnetic.
SHEILA 1: Well, are you sure that Ned felt the same way?
SHEILA 2: Yes, which is why it's so dangerous. If this was one- sided, I could be able to switch it off. Oh, please don't tell anyone.
SHEILA 1: Oh, don't worry. It's in the Sheila vault.
SHEILA 2 (laughs): Thank you, for not judging me.
SHEILA 1: Oh, well, we've all been there, love. I mean, you need to nip this in the bud, though, because, uh... people can get hurt, or covered in manure.
SHEILA 2: That's scarily specific.
SHEILA 1: Yeah, well, it was my punishment when I *didn't* nip something in the bud, when I should have. It wasn't fun. For anyone.
SHEILA 2: The problem is, I've just invested in a business that's centred on Ned's involvement... I've got to keep my distance from him. That's it - like, from here on out.
SHEILA 1: Yeah, but you need to be careful. Because if you go cold on Ned all of a sudden, it will raise questions. Yashvi will definitely notice.
SHEILA 2: I guess we'll need a buffer, then.
SHEILA 1: And maybe no more opportunities for slip- ups?
Melanie comes in to pick up a case file for the Carmello meeting.
TOADIE: I think you're good to go for that job. I think it's a good plan for the future; it would mean no more sneaking around. If that's what you want?
MELANIE: Oh, the sneaking around is a big part of the fun, though, isn't it?
TOADIE: ... Yeah. Absolutely, it is. Yeah, I just thought that, you know, you would want to... Whatever. Whatever you want, you know? It's completely up to you.
Melanie decides she'll postpone the job interview. Toadie agrees, saying it's definitely handy to have her around for the Carmello case.
MELANIE: Handy to have me around for a few other things, too!
TOADIE (awkward): Yeah. Yeah, so we just keep going as we are. Good!
MELANIE: See ya!
Toadie again looks confused and conflicted as she leaves, not feeling like the situation is resolved.
Sheilas 1 and 2 are still at their table, when Yashvi, Ned and Bea come in to rehydrate following their volleyball exertions.
YASHVI: Next time we do a couple activity, it's definitely high- intensity sitting.
Sheila 2 laughs and suggests Yashvi should come to the gallery with her and Ned, to 'take a load off' and help with the planning.
YASHVI: I think it's clear by now that I know nothing about art.
SHEILA 2: Well, that's fine. We could use a non- art lover's perspective. You should feel like you're part of the gallery. This is going to be a huge part of Ned's life; I want you in on that at the beginning.
Ned looks a little awkward as Sheila 2 speaks, but agrees with her that he wants Yashvi involved.
YASHVI: Okay, well, I guess I can give you guys a security rundown?
SHEILA 2: Perfect!
SHEILA 1: Oh, what a lovely, spontaneous idea!
Sheila 2 has to get back to work, so leaves. Ned goes to get drinks, and Sheila 1 goes to serve him. Yashvi tells Bea it's cool that Sheila 2 tried to involve her, and wonders if she sensed Yashvi was feeling left out.
BEA: Maybe she's actually a nice person (...) I stole from her and I called her a stalker, and she went out of her way to compliment me on my podcast.
YASHVI: Can you believe that we thought that she was obsessed like Scarlett?
BEA: I'm just so embarrassed about it.
YASHVI: Turns out she's just a legend!
We finally learn who Toadie's mystery meeting in the blank slot was with, as Angela Lane shows up at the house. He was meant to go to her place, but she says she saw his car in the street and thought she'd call in, as she was worried he might try to back out of their meeting otherwise. Toadie is conflicted, and Angela thinks she's upset him.
TOADIE: No, it's just, uh... this is where Mackenzie lives, and I don't think that she'd be too happy with you being here.
ANGELA: Oh, of course. I owe that girl far too many apologies.
But Toadie says Mackenzie's not here currently, so no harm done. Angela thanks him for meeting with her, and apologises for earlier having called him a 'hack' in her email following their last clash.
ANGELA: I suppose I can never be sorry enough. I'm re- evaluating a lot of things in my life right now.
We learn that Angela's daughter Lacy has been involved in a car accident, and that's why she needs Toadie's help; Lacy is fine, but had too many passengers in the car so is facing charges. Angela remarks on how often her girls get into trouble.
TOADIE: I'm pretty sure my mum said the same thing about me. But, uh... I turned it all around, thanks to some good guidance, from Karl and Susan, mainly.
ANGELA: I know you're close to them. I should've thought of that before I came barging in. If Susan knew I was in your home, or Karl for that matter...
Toadie says that whatever happens here will stay between them, and that he left the space in his diary blank so that Mackenzie wouldn't know he was working for Angela. But unbeknownst to Toadie, Mackenzie has turned up at the door, and sees Angela Lane through the glass. She looks upset.
Ned and Yashvi come in, laughing about Kyle's nasal misfortunes. Yashvi says it was nice of Sheila 2 to make her a part of things at the gallery. Ned awkwardly agrees.
YASHVI: Your art wife is pretty cool! You have great taste in women. The more time I spend with her, the more I realise I want to be a powerful woman like her.
NED: You are. You literally carry a gun at work.
YASHVI: Yeah, but she's sophisticated and confident. When she walks in the room, she takes charge.
Yashvi says she can't imagine being as 'chill' as Sheila 2 about Bea stealing her file. Ned says Yashvi underestimates herself. But Yashvi keeps on raving about how cool Sheila 2 is - 'different, challenging, a little bit aspirational.' Ned looks awkward.
The Flamingo Bar
Susan and Karl come in for a drink, and find Mackenzie looking glum at a table. They sit down to join her, and Karl immediately tells her about their 'interesting chat' with Toadie about his love- life, and how they came close to learning the identity of the mystery woman.
MACKENZIE: I know who it is already. I saw her when I went home earlier.
KARL: Who is it?
MACKENZIE: I don't think I should say. It's bad. I can't believe Toadie would go out with *her* of all people. I thought I knew him better.
SUSAN: Obviously Toadie's privacy is very important. You're clearly upset. (prying) Maybe there's a way you could talk about it without actually saying a name?
MACKENZIE: Not really. It's the worst- case scenario (...) Toadie is dating Angela Lane.
Susan and Karl are aghast.
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