- Montana tells Amy to do better with her Fashion Week designs
- Montana offers Paul the opportunity to invest in her new cosmetics line
- Karl is keen to invest in it too, but Susan refuses to rush into a major financial commitment
- Montana is disconcerted when Mackenzie roots out information about her past fashion event suppliers
- Montana asks Mackenzie if she'd consider modelling for Fashion Week rather than interning
- Paul remarks on how resistant Montana seems to unpaid assistance from Mackenzie
- The anonymous note- writer demands $50,000 from David in exchange for silence over Gareth's death
- Aaron tells David and Freya they have no choice other than to pay the ransom
- Harlow's shocked when her London friend Corey turns up in Erinsborough
- Harlow tells Ned she didn't have anyone to talk to about how she was feeling about him
- 'How *are* you feeling?' he asks; 'It doesn't matter,' she replies
- Ned looks jealously towards Harlow and Corey as he dances with Amy
- Harlow seizes the moment and kisses Corey
Yesterday's departure of Kyle (Chris Milligan) and Roxy (Zima Anderson) prompts an update to the opening titles today, as their beach shot with Levi is removed. Instead, Levi is now added to the café balcony shot with Freya and Chloe.
While Ned and Amy continue to dance, Harlow and Corey have stopped following their kiss, having seemingly taken themselves by surprise. They move in for a second pash, and at this point, Amy sees and gasps excitedly, while Ned looks uncomfortable. Amy summons Mackenzie over to gossip about it.
MACKENZIE: So much for 'just friends'!
AMY: Shady lady! She said that they weren't an item.
MACKENZIE: Maybe she just wanted to keep it low- key?
AMY: Mm, because this is super discreet (!)
Susan and Karl are still here too, but Susan says it's time for them to go now that 'young people' have started 'making out' on the dancefloor.
KARL: I don't think we identify as old, do we?
SUSAN: What, do you want to stay and hang with your peeps?
But Karl drains his drink, saying he has to get to the tram, and they leave.
COREY: That was... quite a dance move!
HARLOW: Sorry, it was an impulse. Hope you don't mind.
COREY: No. No, I... I liked it.
HARLOW: Good. So did I.
Ned continues to watch them unhappily.
Montana and Leo are discussing names for his new gin brand.
LEO: Ginny in a Bottle.
MONTANA: That... is awful!
Paul comes in, and Montana quickly reminds him that the clock's ticking on the opportunity to invest in her cosmetics brand.
PAUL: I am doing my due diligence.
MONTANA: You know there's people waiting, right?
PAUL: Yeah, like who?
MONTANA: It's my business.
Montana heads off to prepare for the Fashion Week soiree tomorrow. Leo tells Montana that David is coming (while Aaron looks after Abigail), and he can't wait for the two of them to meet.
Terese and Glen are home when Ned and Amy come in. Amy is still enthusing about Harlow and Corey kissing, and Ned evidently wishes she'd pipe down about it! Terese tells them about Montana's soiree tomorrow and says they're both invited as 'key event people'; Ned will get to meet the stage design people, while Amy can 'mingle with the bigwigs'.
GLEN: Don't trip on the velvet rope - everyone will be watching.
AMY (worried): Ugh, they will, won't they? You know, I should wear something new from my collection.
She kisses Ned goodbye and hurries off to organise it.
Harlow and Corey are having drinks on the balcony. Corey tells Harlow that he's staying in the hotel, so any time she wants rid of him, she just has to say.
HARLOW: I invited you here, didn't I?
COREY: Uh, yeah - just making sure. You know, until the party, I didn't think you were interested.
HARLOW: Hey, you were the one who said you would come visit me as a friend.
COREY: Yeah... well, I mean, the subtext should have been blindingly obvious.
HARLOW: No, not entirely. And I must admit, I didn't know how I felt until we kissed.
COREY: But now I've reeled you in?
They're about to kiss again, but Leo and Paul then come in. Harlow introduces Corey to them.
PAUL: So, tell me, Corey, are you in Australia to see the marsupials, or my granddaughter?
Corey says it was a work trip as well as a holiday, so thought he'd look Harlow up - and tells Paul he's a coder by profession. Paul invites Harlow and Corey to the Fashion Week soiree tomorrow, which is taking place at the Lassiter's rooftop pool.
Karl gets a text message from Montana, and tells Susan she's invited them both to the event tomorrow.
SUSAN: She's probably still after you to invest in her venture.
KARL: Well, I've got no objection to being schmoozed, thanks very much.
SUSAN: Just remember, we agreed to put our time and our money into the tram.
KARL: Yeah. Doesn't mean we should turn down a much- sought- after invitation. Why not get dressed up to the nines and go and indulge in some free nibbles and champagne?
SUSAN: Because it would involve wearing uncomfortable shoes on my day off with people who put style over substance.
Karl's keen to go nonetheless; Susan says that's fine, but to keep his wallet in his pants! However, once Susan's left the room, Karl opens the laptop and does a web search on Montana's net worth...
Lassiter's Rooftop Pool
The next day, the soiree is kicking off, and the pool deck is already filling up with fashion types. Terese tells Chloe she's glad Montana didn't adopt Mick's idea of a burlesque dancer.
MONTANA: Goody bags?
MICK: Ready to be popped.
Paul and Leo turn up, followed swiftly by Mackenzie, who Montana declares her 'number one model' and 'shining star'. Montana tells Mackenzie that the 'glaMM Squad' are on hand to do her make- up (though adds to Mick that they are fully booked, in case he was hoping for a makeover!), and also gives Mackenzie a designer dress to wear.
MICK: Where's mine?
MONTANA: Last time I lent you something, you returned it with Cheezel dust.
MICK: Oh, we spoke about that -
MONTANA: Can you *stop* *whining* *please*, and escort Mackenzie to my room?
MICK: Come on, Cinderella, before you turn back into a pumpkin.
As Mackenzie leaves with Mick, Paul remarks that Montana seems very invested in her.
MONTANA: Well, she's worth it. Unlike your investment, which is stalled at the starting line. You know that there is an expiry date, right?
LEO: Yeah, patience isn't Montana's strong suit, dad.
MONTANA: So, you have 24 hours - or it's your loss. Up to you.
Paul looks suspicious, and once he's alone, makes a phone call.
PAUL: Yeah - hi, I need an update ASAP. And I don't want you to hold back on the dirt, do you understand?
Karl is about to head to the soiree and is dressed up smartly. Susan is impressed, though less so when Karl says he was up half the night researching Montana's business interests.
KARL: And I have to say, all of them are runaway successes.
SUSAN: You're not still angling to invest with her, are you?
KARL: It would be the perfect way to make our money work for us, without lifting a finger!
SUSAN: No! It's a gamble!
KARL: It's a calculated risk, and I've done the calculations.
SUSAN: What, on a late- night Google search?! (...) Darling, I know that you have fantasies about our family joining the big league, which is... lovely. But for now - a posh party's gonna have to do you.
Susan goes into the kitchen, and Karl looks shifty, before taking a cheque out of his pocket that he's already written - payee Montana Marcel, amount - $20,000!
Paul is meeting with Erinsborough's finest private detective, John Wong!
JOHN: You know I don't like to rush this kind of work. There's a lot to look into.
PAUL: Which is why I'm paying you double your normal rate.
JOHN: And asking me to cast the net even wider.
PAUL: Yes, because my son and my hard- earned cash are at stake. There is definitely something fishy going on, and I want to know everything there is to know about that woman.
Glen comes in for a coffee, and is disconcerted to see Paul chatting to John Wong. Paul tells John he wants answers today.
PAUL: John, I do not like being played, and I do not want my son being played either.
At a distance, Glen looks increasingly concerned as he wonders what they're talking about.
In the sunroom, Ned watches as Amy gets to work pulling together one of her designs to wear as a costume to the soiree. Ned's concerned they don't really have time for this, as he's eager not to miss his opportunity to meet the stage design team - but Amy is insistent she must wear a personal design tonight. She tells Ned to go on his own, and he's about to, but...
AMY: Wait! You'll have to pin it on me.
AMY: You'll have to pin the dress on me.
Lassiter's Rooftop Pool
The soiree continues, as Montana and David get acquainted.
MONTANA: I have heard so much about you.
DAVID: Yeah, likewise.
MONTANA: All wonderful, I'm sure.
DAVID: Certainly hasn't been boring.
When David goes to get drinks, Montana remarks to Leo that he's 'cute - maybe cuter than you'. She jokingly suggests Leo should name his gin after David.
Meanwhile, Dean has turned up at the party and is speaking to Mick.
MICK: What are you doing here? This is a private function and as far as I'm aware, we don't have any environmental services that need assisting.
DEAN: I wanted to see you. I need to talk to you about something, and it cannot wait.
MICK: Oh, the suspense is killing me (!)
From the pool deck above, David looks down and is disconcerted to see Mick and Dean talking.
DEAN: Can we put the jokes aside for a moment, Michael? This is very serious.
MICK: Uh, if this is about later tonight...
David walks away, looking worried. Meanwhile, Harlow and Corey have turned up, and join Terese and Chloe. Corey fetches drinks, leaving Terese and Chloe the opportunity to grill Harlow about her new man.
HARLOW: It's nice to focus on something that's easy and fun for a change.
Nearby, Karl has arrived and chats to Montana about his research into her businesses. He asks about when her cosmetics line will clear regulatory processes, but Montana tells him that cosmetics don't need approval for sale in Australia - so everything is packed and ready to go, and she just needs the 'financials'. Karl goes to get his hands on a free cosmetics sample bag for Susan. Montana looks worried.
Amy and Ned have now arrived, but Amy seems to be struggling with discomfort in her new outfit.
NED: You're walking like you've got a rod up your butt.
AMY: Well, that's because I've got pins stuck in me!
Ned once again looks disconcerted to see Harlow in Corey's company, while Amy waves at them enthusiastically. Harlow makes eye contact with Ned and looks a bit disconcerted too.
Leo tells Paul that Montana is looking for him; Paul says he's been on a business call.
Meanwhile, Montana is chatting to Amy.
MONTANA: Very unusual dress. It's... raw.
AMY: It's a social commentary. On the imperfect realities that lie beneath the polished facade. And it's the first of many looks that Mackenzie's going to be walking for me on the runway.
At this point, Mackenzie reappears, slow- motion, in the red designer dress Montana has arranged for her, looking very glamorous!
MONTANA (to Amy): Mackenzie won't be wearing any of your outfits. She'll be too busy with me and other headlining designers.
AMY: No, I already asked her, and she said -
MONTANA: Mackenzie stays with me.
Ned returns to Amy with drinks as Montana walks off.
AMY: What am I gonna do now?!
John Wong is on the phone, asking for some records to be emailed to him. As he goes to leave, Glen stands in his way.
JOHN: Is there a reason you're blocking my path?
GLEN: That meeting with Paul. Was that about my daughter? Because that's supposed to be confidential.
JOHN: It still is. Never said a word to him. Paul's worried about something else.
JOHN (moving closer): Can't tell you. But it's nothing to do with you. Now, can I go?
Glen lets John leave, but still looks worried.
Lassiter's Rooftop Pool
David is listening in on a phone call Mick is making.
MICK: I only need the credit limit extended short- term. A little birdy has just told me that I'm due a very large packet (...) and as soon as that money lands, I'll be able to pay off all my debts in one hit.
Meanwhile, Paul is discussing his possible investment with Montana.
PAUL: Of course, for the amount that I would be investing, I would require a position on the board of directors. If you need time to think about that -
MONTANA: I don't.
She walks away from him. Paul now looks even more suspicious. Karl, having seen Paul and Montana chatting, wonders if they were talking about an investment.
Nearby, Amy and Ned are holding pink drinks, neither looking very happy to be here. Amy is still deeply uncomfortable in her dress.
AMY: Every time I breathe, a safety pin comes undone and I get stabbed.
NED: Well, we probably could've finished the dress and come late, given the design team never showed (...) I just wanted some face- to- face time with them.
AMY: Well, you will eventually have that. In the meantime, drink your flamingo. In fact, drink two.
She passes him her drink as well.
Elsewhere, an agitated David confronts Mick, who greets him as 'Debbie Downer'.
DAVID: What's going on with you and Dean? And what's this about a payment? I saw you two talking, and overheard you on the phone.
MICK: Er, that was a private conversation!
DAVID (furious): You're worse than I ever imagined!
MICK: What, because I'm due some money? It's my pay. It didn't come last month because of some accounting error, so I'm due a double hit.
DAVID: And what about Dean?
MICK: Again, private conversation. But if you must know, he's trying to win me back. Which is imposs, because we were never together in the first place.
DAVID: ... Right. Sorry.
David walks away, passing Leo, who's disappointed when David tersely tells him he's going home. Leo looks worried as David walks off.
Meanwhile, Karl goes over to talk to Mick - keen to get some information out of him about which other investors Montana might be courting.
MICK: Ah, yes - well, you didn't hear it from me, but the sharks are circling, so... you want in, do it now before it's too late.
Karl, who's now a little tipsy, returns home to give Susan her free cosmetics goody bag. Susan thinks the cosmetics smell lovely, which Karl says just goes to show that the products could be their 'ticket to the big time'.
KARL: If we invest with Montana, we'd be rich!
SUSAN: Karl, we have just bought Kyle out of the tram. It's very important that that business succeeds, and in order for that to happen, you have to focus!
KARL: I *am* focused!
SUSAN: Oh, yes, on pie- in- the- sky stuff.
KARL: What about your whisky barrel investment? You didn't even consult me on that.
SUSAN: It was much less than you'd need to buy in with Montana.
KARL: Yeah, but the bigger the risk, the bigger the return.
SUSAN: And the bigger the fall. No, I'm sorry, Karl. It's *still* a no.
Karl looks frustrated as Susan turns on the TV.
Lassiter's Rooftop Pool
Paul is grilling Corey about how he sees his future. Corey agrees with Paul's suggestion that he could run his own company, 'sooner rather than later' - but then excuses himself to fetch a drink for Harlow. Ned watches him jealously.
Paul goes over to Harlow, and tells her that Corey seems nice.
PAUL: And what?
HARLOW: I'm waiting for an insult.
PAUL: Well, there is none.
Amy is having to stand very still to stop the pins from poking her! Mackenzie asks her what she'll do now Montana has said Mackenzie can't be Amy's model. Amy says she has no idea.
AMY: My budget is tight. Much like this dress.
Amy walks away, but at this point her dress rips open at the crotch, exposing her undies. Mortified, she covers herself. Mackenzie realises it's her fault, as she was standing on Amy's dress without realising!
MACKENZIE: I'm so sorry!
AMY (whispers): Just get me out of here!
Mackenzie wraps part of her own dress around Amy for modesty, then helps her to safety!
Nearby, Chloe asks Terese how she thinks the soiree is going. Terese is very pleased, all things considered - there have been no dramas, she hasn't had to speak to Paul, and Montana seems happy.
Montana is talking to Leo.
LEO: So, I came up with a name for my gin release. It's partly inspired by you.
MONTANA: Really? What is it?
LEO: Well, I can't say just yet. But I can finally move forward with it.
MONTANA: Wish it was the same for my new line. Your father's really dragging his feet.
Paul is still with Harlow when he gets a phone call, and moves away to take it. Ned seizes the opportunity to go over for a chat with Harlow.
NED: I see you brought a date to this thing.
HARLOW: So did you.
NED: At least mine isn't sucking up to Paul.
HARLOW: Why are you giving me grief?
NED: ... Maybe I'm jealous. You said you were gonna tell me how you felt.
HARLOW: Ned, you're with Amy.
NED: So that's it?
HARLOW: Yeah. I'm with Corey now; you're just gonna have to get used to it.
NED: If it's gonna be like this, maybe we should avoid each other for a while, then.
HARLOW: Works for me.
Ned walks off. Harlow looks conflicted.
Montana is alone at the bar when Karl comes in and sees her. He's still holding the $20,000 cheque, and looks conflicted as to what to do with it. Eventually, he starts to tear it up...
John Wong has arrived to meet with Paul again. He hands Paul his investigatory report on Montana, explaining that there's nothing in her personal life Paul needs to be worried about.
PAUL: Well, that's annoying! Please tell me this wasn't a waste of time.
JOHN: I wouldn't say that. Take a look at the rest.
Karl greets Montana, and thanks her for the soiree - then opens his chequebook and starts writing out a new one!
KARL: I believe in your business. And if you are going to make me a very rich man, I can't be half- hearted.
We see that he's making this cheque out for $200,000 - ten times the amount he'd originally intended! He signs the cheque and gives it to her.
KARL: So - I'm all in.
But Paul's reaction to John Wong's report suggests that might not have been Karl's brightest idea!
PAUL: Unbelievable. Thank goodness I didn't invest with her then, eh?
Coming up on Neighbours
- Paul tells a tearful Montana she's delusional, 'drowning' and trying to take everyone else down with her
- Karl admits to Toadie that he's gone behind Susan's back to invest in Montana's business
- Chloe tells Kiri she feels there's something between them; they move together as if about to kiss...