- Kyle tells Freya that Levi is risking his entire career for her by going 'off- book' with the Gareth case
- Kyle tells Roxy that Freya's moving into No 24, and worries it will ruin Levi's life and career
- Freya agrees to talk to IBAC, the anti- corruption board, about Gareth's allegations and disappearance
- But while supportive of this, Levi also wants to continue his own off- book investigation with Freya
- Paul is concerned when he learns Terese and Glen are on leave at the same time
- Glen gives Paul his word that nothing will ever happen between him and Terese
- Terese reminds Glen that Paul always has an agenda
- Feeling genuinely unwell, Paul is struggling to get through to David to ask for medical advice
- Harlow is also ignoring Paul's calls, assuming he's wanting to talk about Terese again
- In a last- ditch attempt to get help, Paul leaves a message for Glen, asking him to come to the office
- But soon after, Paul's illness overcomes him and he collapses to the floor
Lassiter's Hotel / No 22
Paul is still lying on the floor of the office, unconscious.
At 22, Glen and Terese are playing cards, but Glen is distracted thinking about Paul's attempts to reach out. He agrees with Terese about Paul always having an agenda, but even so, ignoring him is 'not sitting right'. Glen decides to give Paul a quick call. Back at Lassiter's, we see the phone ringing in Paul's hand, but it doesn't wake him up.
Glen reports to Terese that the call has gone to voicemail, and looks worried; but Terese encourages him to get on with the card game.
Levi is helping Freya to move in; Hendrix is in the kitchen hanging out with Mackenzie, while Chloe is on the sofa, looking at her phone. Hendrix and Mackenzie seem surprised at how few possessions Freya is bringing in.
LEVI: She travels pretty light, hey?
FREYA: Yeah, it's good for a quick getaway.
LEVI: Ah, no, she's joking, guys - she's joking.
Freya thanks Chloe again for letting her move in. Chloe's still distracted by her phone, and then apologises, saying she's preoccupied with family stuff. She explains that Aaron still seems very angry with her and David; but he's stopped ripping into them, so that might be progress.
HENDRIX: Exactly, glass half full.
MACKENZIE: Yes, half full of Chlo- jitos! Which they will be in T minus one day.
CHLOE: Absolutely. This party cannot come quick enough.
Levi and Freya go to unpack her things in her room.
MACKENZIE: Okay, I know I said yes to her moving in. But now it's happening, am I the only one who's still a bit freaked out about all the stuff that she's dealing with?
CHLOE: No, siree. But Levi vouched for her, so I guess we just have to trust him that she's all good.
Mackenzie isn't entirely reassured, and seems keen for Hendrix to stay over tonight; it's implied she'll feel safer that way. Hendrix confirms that he will.
Kyle, Levi and Harlow are on the sofas when Roxy comes in; they're still full from their smoothie binge at Amy's drinks van. Conversation quickly homes in on Levi and Freya, and her moving onto Ramsay Street. Kyle is still worried about it; Roxy thinks he should stop, and that the situation will simmer down soon.
KYLE: How do you know that?
ROXY: Because I'm your wife. And I say. And whatever your wife says, is always right!
NED: (makes whipping sound)
Kyle goes out to fire up the barbie. Roxy invites Ned and Harlow to stay for food, but Harlow says she should get back to Paul, albeit grudgingly - she moans again about him obsessing over Glen and Terese. However, Roxy persuades her to stay here instead, and Ned agrees to stay, too.
In the office, Paul is still unconscious when Glen arrives. Glen quickly phones for an ambulance.
Roxy and Kyle are preparing dinner. Levi comes in, and they rope him into joining them for the barbecue.
Conversation turns to Freya; Kyle makes it clear he's disappointed Levi's still involved with her, and thinks he's risking his career; Levi defends Freya now she's cooperating with IBAC, and insists it's no longer personal now he knows Freya has a boyfriend. In which case, says Kyle, Levi can be upfront with Sergeant Rodwell about looking to Gareth's case.
LEVI: I don't have to tell Sarge everything that goes on in my private life.
KYLE: Ah, there it is - personal!
LEVI: I am not telling Sarge. Let it go.
Harlow and Ned come in from the garden; Harlow's received word from Glen that Paul has been taken to hospital.
Glen is waiting anxiously at reception when Harlow and Ned arrive, along with Leo. Karl turns up to give them all the lowdown; Paul's undergone emergency surgery. He's in a stable condition and will be fine, but was lucky Glen found him when he did.
KARL: The scar on his liver tore, and caused internal bleeding. It's not uncommon with an injury like this.
He tells them Paul's asleep, so to let him rest for now. Glen goes to call Terese to tell her the news, while Harlow and Leo feel guilty for ignoring or missing Paul's calls earlier. Leo goes to phone David.
NED: He is going to be fine; that's all that matters (...) Can I get you something? You want a coffee?
HARLOW: No, but I could do with a hug.
Terese is watching the TV on her lovely new fourth wall! Glen comes in. It's late, and he's surprised she's not in bed; Terese says she couldn't sleep. It's evident she's feeling bad about Paul.
GLEN: Terese, you know he's gonna be okay, just like I said.
TERESE: Yeah, but if you'd listened to me, instead of following your instincts and going to see him, he could be dead now.
GLEN: He lied to you about being sick when he wasn't. Just to con you into staying with him.
TERESE: And I'm gonna go and see him first thing in the morning.
GLEN: Whatever you need to do.
It's the middle of the night, and Hendrix is up and about. He checks the front door is locked, then opens it to take a peek outside, before locking it again, and double- checking it. He heads towards the back door, just as Chloe emerges, having heard the noises, and goes to check the front door herself. Finding it secure, she's about to head back to bed, but then bumps into someone and shrieks!
The lights go on, and the 'someone' is revealed to be Mackenzie. They both turn to see a panicked Hendrix, in only his shorts, wielding an egg whisk in preparation for battle with an imaginary intruder!
CHLOE: Is that a whisk?!
The three quickly ascertain that there are no intruders after all, and the doors are all locked, so they can go back to bed. But Hendrix is still in shock, and hasn't put the whisk down yet.
HENDRIX: What?! It's the first thing I picked up in the dark, alright?
The next morning, Mackenzie and Chloe are having coffee in a posh, never- before- seen sunroom, when Hendrix wanders in.
HENDRIX: I need all the coffees.
CHLOE (mischievous): To, uh, give you energy to make scrambled eggs? With a big, scary whisk?
HENDRIX: Oh, ha- ha (!)
MACKENZIE: I actually think that's probably one of the most dangerous things he could've picked up.
CHLOE: You think?
MACKENZIE: Yeah. Cos he can use it to *beat* someone to death.
HENDRIX: Right. No eggs for either of you.
They all head back into the kitchen, when Freya comes in, briefly scaring them all. Thanks to the super- comfy mattress, Freya reports that she slept very soundly - in contrast to the rest of them! Freya explains she's meeting Levi; he has a day off, so they're heading to the South Melbourne Market, to the stall they traced Gareth's phone to. Freya promises to pick up some food for the party while she's there.
Once Freya's gone, Mackenzie starts worrying again because Freya's following a lead. Hendrix tells her to relax.
CHLOE (holding up the whisk): Yeah. You've got us covered.
Kyle is in the back garden, when Roxy turns up with Wendy, Sergeant Rodwell's wife, chatting away to her as if they've been best friends for years. Roxy is taken aback to see Kyle, as she thought he was at work. She reintroduces Wendy, reminding Kyle and viewers that they met at the police ball.
Roxy is wearing an outfit of a similar colour to Wendy's, and an identical white cap. She claims she ran into Wendy outside Harold's, and relates an oddly convoluted story about how she accidentally bought too many pastries, so invited Wendy back to help her eat them, and for a coffee. Kyle is instantly suspicious. While Wendy pops to the loo, Kyle demands to know what Roxy is up to.
ROXY: I think we could be great friends.
KYLE: Since when did you want to be friends with the Sarge's wife?
ROXY: Expanding my social circle.
KYLE: You're up to something.
ROXY: Yeah. It's called entertaining.
KYLE: So it's got nothing to do with Levi?
ROXY: Babe - two girls having a good time, right? There is nothing for you to stress about.
Kyle decides to stick around nonetheless; 'the more the merrier', Roxy replies, sweetly.
South Melbourne Market
Levi and Freya arrive at the mobile phone stall, where the man who held Levi at gunpoint, Joel Park, said he got the phone that was previously Gareth's. Mickey, the man running the stall, asks if he can help them, and Levi introduces himself, showing Mickey his police ID. Mickey instantly looks worried.
LEVI: We recently arrested a man who stole a phone - from your store, actually. About a couple weeks ago? (...) The phone that he stole used to belong to somebody else. Someone that we're looking for.
MICKEY (unsurprised): Serious?
LEVI: Yeah. So, can you tell us where you got it from?
MICKEY: Hard to say. My stuff comes from all over.
LEVI: But you'd have the proper documentation to track the stock, though, right?
MICKEY: Mate, it's the South Melbourne Market. Not Amazon.
Freya intervenes, saying the phone belongs to someone she really needs to find, and repeats the request. Mickey merely smiles at her, so Levi turns assertive.
LEVI: Or I could shut you down and take a closer look at your general operations.
MICKEY: ... I'll get you a name.
Leo and Harlow are at Paul's bedside when he wakes up, attached to an oxygen tube. Paul says he's feeling good, but is despondent to see that Terese isn't with them.
Terese is standing in the kitchen looking pensive. Glen comes in and asks if she wants a lift to the hospital with him, as he's going to see Paul. She doesn't reply...
Harlow and Leo tell Paul he gave them a fright, collapsing like that. But he's only concerned with finding his phone. Leo thinks Glen may have it as he found Paul; Paul asks them to find it for him.
Terese tells Glen...
TERESE: I was all set to go. I had my car keys in my hand, and everything, and... and then I realised I was doing it again. I was playing the part of the loyal, caring wife, rushing to the side of her critically ill husband. And the last time I did that... Paul was lying. And then I decided to divorce him.
Harlow and Leo are still with Paul, when Karl comes in to check how he's feeling. Certainly better than yesterday, Paul replies, and Karl tells him they need to run some post- operative tests. Leo and Harlow go to give Karl some space, and Paul asks them to call Terese for him while they're gone.
PAUL: I really need to see her.
Leo and Harlow look awkward.
Glen and Terese are still talking about Paul.
GLEN: If he was on his death bed, it'd be different. But he's not - he's fine. So if you don't want to see him, don't. Nobody's going to hold it against you, except Paul.
Terese smiles uncertainly.
Roxy is still hanging out with Wendy in the back garden, while Kyle lingers. Roxy is really cranking up the small- talk with Wendy, seemingly to ingratiate herself.
ROXY: Sometimes, I feel like I spend half my life buried in laundry. This one gets more food on his clothes than his fork.
Kyle self- consciously brushes crumbs from his T- shirt!
WENDY: Andrew is the same, but that's not my problem. His mess, his clean- up job.
ROXY: Now *that* is a philosophy I can get behind.
KYLE: Babe, you *are* behind it. I do my own washing.
ROXY (dismissively): Ah, men! They only see what they want to see.
Kyle gets a message from work, wondering where he's got to. Roxy is keen to encourage him to go.
ROXY: Please, let us dish on our husbands in peace!
KYLE (suspicious): Ah, nah, I'm gonna have one more cuppa.
WENDY: You know Amy Greenwood, don't you?
ROXY: Yeah, she was my old boss.
KYLE (wary): And Levi's ex.
WENDY: What do you know about her daughter, Zara?
ROXY: Uh, not too much, why?
WENDY: Andrew asked Amy to keep her away from our daughter, Sadie. But I think they're still talking at school.
ROXY: Ooh. You know, I used to think there were no troublemakers at my school - until I realised that *I* was the troublemaker!
WENDY (laughs): Uh, I refuse to believe it!
Kyle grimaces as Roxy continues her bizarre courtship of Wendy, and prepares to regale her with stories of her school days. Kyle decides he's heard enough, and heads off to work.
A woman, Tina, is arranging boxes in the back of a van on a patch of land surrounded by graffitied shipping containers, when Levi and Freya turn up. Tina addresses Levi as 'Constable', leading him to realise that Mickey, the man from the market, has called her to tell her they're coming to speak to her. From the woman's tone, she is not especially inclined to be helpful.
TINA: Shame you're wasting your time. That phone you're after? Came from a tip.
FREYA: What the hell does that mean?
LEVI: Well, there are people who collect phones that are ditched; they fix them, and they sell them. You know one of these people?
TINA: Got it in one.
LEVI: Which tip, Tina?
TINA: Not something I usually ask.
Freya shows Tina the picture of Gareth, and asks if she's seen him.
TINA: ... Sorry.
Levi thanks her for her time, a little sarcastically, and he and Freya leave. Once they've gone, Tina swiftly makes a phone call.
TINA: Hey - I think I've stuffed up. That phone you wanted destroyed? It wasn't. And now people are asking questions.
South Melbourne Market
Back at the market, Levi tells Freya not to let the investigatory dead- end get her down; they'll have better luck next time. She admits she's disappointed, as she'd felt they were really onto something.
FREYA: It felt good to have backup today, at least. So, thank you.
LEVI: Why do you think cops have partners?
FREYA: I thought that was just in the movies.
Freya almost collides with another shopper, and Levi pulls her out of the way just in time. He ends up holding her in his arms, and chemistry crackles. He then lets her go, and there's an awkward little moment, before he walks off, and she follows.
Roxy is continuing her superficial- seeming bonding exercise with Wendy, having heard some of her own 'outrageous' stories from her school days.
WENDY: Well, my naughty days are long gone! Last thing I want is Andrew throwing me in the back of a divvy van, and he would - wife or no wife!
ROXY: Oh, Levi's the same. No- one is safe.
WENDY: You know, he's a good cop, Levi.
ROXY: Yeah, he's a good guy, too. I just wish he would get his love life sorted out.
WENDY: He's not with Amy anymore, though?
ROXY: No, he's moved on (...) Her name's Freya Wozniak, but she's trouble.
WENDY: What kind of trouble?
ROXY: Look, I hate to gossip, but I am really, really worried. I'm worried she's mixed in with the wrong crowd, and she's gonna bring him down with her.
WENDY: If she's involved in anything illegal, or...?
ROXY: Not personally, but the people that she knows are.
WENDY: Then you have to tell Andrew.
ROXY: I don't think I could do that.
WENDY: As Levi's sergeant, he'd want to know.
ROXY: Yeah, but if Levi finds out that it's come from me, it could tear Kyle and Levi apart. And I really don't want to be responsible for that.
Wendy then makes the offer Roxy's been building their whole interaction for.
WENDY: Would you like me to say something?
ROXY: No, I couldn't ask you to do that!
WENDY: No, I'm offering. You can have a clear conscience, and Andrew will know what's going on, and be able to do something about it.
Roxy smiles, her plan having worked out exactly as intended...
Coming up on Neighbours
- David and Aaron arrive at the No 24 party, along with numerous other street residents
- A new character tells Aaron he's been talking to David about the tough time they've been having
- Aaron and David break out into a row in the middle of the party, while Chloe tries to calm them down
- It appears Aaron is annoyed that David has been divulging their private life to 'randoms'
- Levi tells Freya he's been called in to work; Roxy watches with satisfaction
- Hendrix and Mackenzie emerge from the bedroom; Mackenzie says, 'That was fun'
- But she's concerned to come across a social media group called 'Hendrix Heat' with topless photos of him