Previously on Neighbours
- Priya and Paul seem to be getting on better
- Callum admits to Toadie that he likes Rani; Ajay catches them holding hands and is mad
- Kyle says Jade can't keep kicking him for his kiss with Kate; Jade buys Lou's share of Dial- A- Kyle
Kyle is getting ready to go and meet a client. Jade rushes to get ready as she's coming too - which annoys him as he's running late. Jade emerges wearing full handyman gear including tool-belt, with underwear clearly on show underneath - and Kyle soon forgets about being late for his meeting.
Priya has decided to propose suspending Sonya's kitchen garden scheme and the VET course to the school board, as they don't have the budget to keep them running. Ajay asks if she's explored all the options and Priya insists she has. Susan is also disappointed to hear about the decision, but Priya says the school needs to invest in achieving higher academic ranking instead. Susan thinks Priya will have Paul's support as he's never liked those schemes - but when Paul bids Susan good morning and completely ignores Priya, Priya is worried that Paul won't go along with anything that's her idea.
Sonya senses that Kyle doesn't seem thrilled about Jade coming to work with him. While Jade buys drinks, Kyle admits to Sonya that Jade isn't the best at DIY, and that she's broken several things already today. Jade shows Sonya her chisel selection, as Kyle rolls his eyes.
Callum comes round to hang out with Rani, but when they're about to go into her bedroom to surf the web, Ajay asks them to use the family computer in the living area instead. Rani points out that she's allowed to take Sophie in her room, and Ajay says that's different. Rani's embarrassed - she insists she and Cal are just friends, but Ajay isn't budging. Rani decides they're going to the park instead, and before they leave tells Ajay to stop being so embarrassing.
Later, when Priya comes in, Ajay wants to talk about Rani - but Priya's got to get to the school board meeting. Sonya turns up, wanting to talk about the proposed shelving of the kitchen garden project - she can't believe Priya is doing this. Priya says that with budgets tight, the school needs to concentrate its resources on traditional academic subjects, but Sonya argues school is about more than marks. Priya stands firm, and a disappointed Sonya tells her she'll have to speak against her at the meeting. Sonya leaves, followed by Priya, telling Ajay they'll talk about Rani this evening.
Ajay bumps into Susan. He's feeling guilty about not supporting Priya as much as he could have earlier, but also picks Susan's brains about Rani. He asks her how she dealt with Libby seeing boys when she was a teenager; Susan admits Libby wanted a lock on her room, but didn't get her way. When Susan learns it's Callum that Ajay is worried about, however, she tells him Cal's a sweetheart compared to Billy and Malcolm and their raging hormones at that age - and says Rani could do an awful lot worse.
Kyle and Jade come in, in their matching handy(wo)man outfits, arguing about some tiling they've been doing.
RHYS: What, did I miss a fancy-dress memo?
Jade explains to Rhys that she's bought out Lou's share of Dial-A-Kyle, and that now they're working as a team. Rhys wonders out loud if they can cope with both living and working together. While Jade takes a seat, Kyle admits to Rhys that Jade isn't the best handywoman ever, but that she invested in the business in order to help them move past the kiss with Kate, and he doesn't want to tell her that he doesn't want them to work together. Jade overhears their conversation and looks dismayed.
At the school board meeting, Sonya makes an eloquent case for retaining the VET and kitchen garden schemes, in order to keep helping pupils who aren't so academically inclined. Priya thanks her for her views and suggests they move to a vote, but Paul wants to have his say. Despite Priya's efforts to prevent him speaking, he gets his way - but to Priya's surprise, Paul announces he intends to vote in favour of Priya's proposal to suspend the schemes. Paul and Priya are outvoted and Sonya's scheme gets to stay, but after the others leave, Priya thanks Paul for his unexpected support. He is unusually civil, saying the most popular decisions aren't always the right ones.
Jade thinks Kyle is paying one of his suppliers, Trev, over the odds for building materials, and tells Trev as much when he turns up at the door to make his latest delivery. She says they won't take the materials unless he knocks ten per cent off the invoice. To Kyle's surprise, Trev grudgingly agrees and makes the discount. Kyle is impressed with Jade's heckling skills.
Priya is going over the school budget to see how she can make ends meet. Paul comes in, and she asks him why he supported her at the meeting. He says it's because he agrees with her, and because he doesn't want to see the school's academic ranking slip any further. Priya asks Paul if he has any ideas about how to turn things around, and to her surprise he's eager to assist.
PRIYA: You know, if we had the money for an accelerated learning programme, we could attract some of the best teachers in the state.
PAUL: Yeah, but instead, we're spending what we do have on teaching them to grow cabbages.
Priya says that's a bit harsh - she thinks the VET schemes do have merit and says that not all students have big ambitions - but Paul says they should be encouraging the kids to aim high, rather than drifting about in menial jobs. He admits that both Kate and Sophie are drifters, and that he would like them to be more ambitious; and he's sure Priya doesn't want Rani to become a cleaner. Priya finds herself impressed with Paul's argument.
Jade apologises for being so bad with the physical side of Kyle's business, and they agree that from now on, Kyle will do the labour, and Jade will look after the supply side of things. Rhys comes in to gloat about Jade muscling in on the business, but is dismayed to find she and Kyle have worked things out, and finds their happy-couple antics nauseating.
Rani and Callum return, and Rani is pleasantly surprised when Ajay takes it upon himself to invite Callum to stay for dinner. She asks him why he's being weird, and he says he's been thinking about what she said and that he should trust her more. Asked if this means they can watch TV in her room, Ajay reluctantly agrees - but doesn't look thrilled about it.
Priya and Paul share a bottle of champagne. Priya laments that Charlie's doesn't stock her favourite champagne brand, and Paul mentions they haven't had it since his ex-wife Rebecca left. Priya's intrigued to know more about Rebecca, but Paul's unwilling to discuss it. Realising the time, Priya prepares to hurry off home, leaving Paul to finish the champagne on his own. She thanks Paul again for his help today, looking back at him curiously as she leaves.
Priya gets in; Ajay's surprised to find she's not worried about Callum being in Rani's room. Ajay has bought wine to have with dinner, as his way of saying sorry for not being more supportive this morning. She tells him she lost her vote at the meeting, but adds that Paul was very supportive. Ajay is sure Paul must be after something to have backed her up, as he always has an ulterior motive. Priya gets a text from Paul saying: "Raincheck on that last drink?" but when Ajay asks what the message is, she looks uncomfortable and says it's nothing.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Kate says Paul's impressed with Priya's work at the school; Priya suggests Kate return to teaching
- Charlotte is overly attentive to Toadie at work; Sonya concludes she's trying to hit on him