Previously on Neighbours
- Susan decides to hire a Deputy Editor
- Sonya introduces Toadie to her doula, Alex
- Sonya tells Toadie she needs to do the pregnancy her way
- Karl does a test on Rhys's hand.
- The results say there is 'no demonstrable improvement,' but Rhys changes this on the computer
- Karl tells Rhys and Vanessa his hand will be okay, and tells Rhys that Jessica wants him to assist in surgery
Rhys sits down in the main foyer and looks at his hand. Robbie, one of Rhys' colleagues on the surgical program (last seen 8 months ago) sits down opposite Rhys. He asks Rhys why he didn't ask a single question during the procedure, and when offered to clamp, he passed it on to him. He says Jessica won't let him get away with it when he assists this afternoon. Robbie says he's pleased to have him back, and tells him to get some sleep before this afternoon.
Sonya is blowing up a paddling pool in the lounge, when Jade enters. Sonya asks Jade to take over from her.
SONYA: Do you mind?
JADE: I do if you're gonna fill it with jelly!
SONYA: Oh Jade!
JADE: This is just far too much information about you and Toadie and...
SONYA: Start pumping, start pumping.
Sonya says Alex, her doula, has been talking to her about a water birth and how natural it is for the baby, and how relaxing it would be for the mother. Jade wonders how Toadie feels about it, but Sonya says she hasn't had a chance to tell him yet, she just got back from her session with Alex.
At that moment, in walks Toadie, who is shocked to see the pool. Sonya runs the idea past Toadie, who calmly says that it does sound like a natural way to give birth and if Alex thinks it's a good idea they should check it out. Sonya is thrilled and hugs Toadie, while Jade isn't too sure.
Rhys returns home and finds Vanessa in the kitchen. Kyle had let her in before he left for work. Vanessa wants to know all the details about the surgery, but Rhys says it went fine, there aren't any more details because he was just watching, not assisting. Vanessa says they wouldn't trust him with patients if they didn't think he was ready and the tests say he is.
VANESSA: You're going to be a surgeon. Every day someone depends on you to save them.
RHYS: And every day someone depends on you to feed them.
VANESSA: Don't be flippant
RHYS: Don't be melodramatic.
VANESSA: I'm not. You know what you do is important, so take the compliment.
Summer nosily takes a look inside Susan's file of applications for the Deputy Editor job while Susan is at the counter. Now any other employer would sack her, but when Susan catches her, she just tuts and says she could use the help. Summer glances at the first application she picks up, from a guy called Bradley Fox, and says to Susan that he sounds good for the job. Susan reads through all the experience he's listed, but then dismissively says she's read enough and puts it down. Summer wonders why she won't call him. Susan says either the guy has made this all up, or he's over qualified. She needs someone who will take the job seriously, and if his CV is as good as it seems he's going to be bored within a week. He's not right for the job.
Jade approaches Toadie, who is looking at maps to find all routes to the hospital for when Sonya gives birth. He says Sonya is not having a water birth. Jade asks why he doesn't tell Sonya, but they've had this argument before and Sonya will just think he's calling her a hippie. He thinks that as they get closer to the birth, Sonya will get more stressed and then she'll want to go the hospital. Jade points out that Sonya now has Alex to keep her calm. She tells Toadie he needs to sort this out.
Vanessa and Rhys finish doing the dishes - she suggests they 'try the law of attraction' (which is another one to add to the list of Neighbours euphemisms) but Rhys is too tired after last night. Vanessa has a check up at the hospital this afternoon but offers to help Rhys with his rehab before she goes, but Rhys says he's fine as he needs to get some sleep before this afternoon. He playfully pushes Vanessa out the door and thanks her for breakfast.
As she leaves, he sighs, relieved. He then gets his bag and takes out a slab of meat to practice sutures, timing himself with a timer. In the ensuing montage, Rhys doesn't do very well, making a mess of some of the sutures and struggling to get them complete in the time he's allotted himself. At the end of the montage, there is a knock at the door, so Rhys covers up the meat he's been practising with. Vanessa's back, having left her sieve. He tells her he's been practising his suturing, and she is pleased it's going well. She tells him he'll do great this afternoon and kisses him goodbye. After she leaves, he uncovers the meat again; he hasn't done very well with the sutures at all, and is disappointed in himself.
Rhys takes his name off the board for observing Jessica's surgery later on. Robbie catches him and asks him what he's doing. He asks why Rhys took his name off, as it's out of character for him for call off surgeries. Rhys is not going to rush his rehab and risk his spot on the program. Robbie says Rhys can stay out as long as he likes, but he shouldn't be surprised if he finds there's a new golden boy when he gets back.
Susan has finished her last interview for the day, and finds Summer has Bradley Fox's application on her desk. She took it out of Susan's file and photocopied it (another sackable offence that Susan lets Summer off with.) Summer had checked, and Bradley has done all the things he said on his CV. Susan asks why Summer is doing this. Summer suspects Susan doesn't want to hire him because he's more qualified than she is. Susan says this is ridiculous, and decides to interview Bradley after all.
Summer shows Bradley in for his interview, and lingers around until Susan sends her off. Susan is suspicious as to why Bradley wants to work for a local suburban newspaper, he asks if she should apologise for the stories her paper tells, she answers his question for him by saying how news worthy local stories are. They rattle through the questions, she notes that he's overqualified and asks why he left his last job. He was sick of being shunted across the pacific, and he was homesick. He says that reporting the news is about finding the humanity in the story, and he can do that here. He asks Susan to give him a shot, if it doesn't work out they'll both know pretty quickly, Susan smiles.
Sonya lies in the empty paddling pool while on the phone to Alex, breathing heavily, her hand rubbing her belly. Jade walks in and snatches the phone off her, turning the phone off. Jade tells her that Toadie doesn't want a water birth, and that he's at Charlie's planning alternate routes to the hospital just now because he thinks this is just a phase. When Alex calls back, Jade snatches the phone off Sonya again and says she should talk to Toadie to sort this out.
Jade leads Sonya out from Number 30, saying she wants to sort this out before she leaves at the end of the week. Toadie returns home and wonders what is going on. Jade says they need an intervention, and gets Toadie to admit he hates the idea of a water birth. Jade leaves them to sort it out. Sonya admits that they don't need to have a water birth. Toadie says he's happy with a home birth, and was just checking hospital routes as a back- up, something that Alex had suggested he do. Toadie's going to speak to him about the birthing pool idea, but suggests they keep the pool just for fun.
Susan and Bradley leave Susan's office, talking about getting Bradley set up on the computers. Summer, who's just standing around eagerly as you would expect from someone who has been persistently crossing the boundary of professional conduct today, interrupts them to check that Bradley got the job, and asks when he starts. Bradley says he's able to start today, but Susan suggests he shadow her for a few days. Summer then rudely says that Bradley probably knows what he's doing (and yet Susan still does not fire her!) Bradley agrees to Susan's suggestion, and then tells them he'll see them later, giving a flirtatious wink as he leaves. Summer almost swoons with delight and is about to start telling Susan about how dreamy he is until Susan stops her. Summer says Bradley's way too old for her, but is pleased she was right about him. Summer questions why she won't let Bradley start immediately as she hired him so that he could ease Susan's work pressure (something you are not helping with by your constant nagging, Summer!) Susan says she needs a few days to get used to letting go. Summer suggests she contacts Bradley and gets him to start right now, so Susan gives in and decides to call him.
Toadie and Sonya tell Jade they've sorted it out, then Sonya and Toadie thank Jade by giving her a hug. Sonya gets upset thinking about Jade leaving, and hugs Jade again, even tighter than before. Sonya asks if Jade's coming back for the birth, she says she'll try if they get rid of the pool. Toadie then hugs Jade again.
Vanessa arrives, looking for Rhys, when Robbie overhears and introduces himself. He tells her that Rhys pulled himself out of the surgery.
Rhys takes out a stress ball and focuses intently as he uses it.
Vanessa asks why Rhys didn't go to the surgery. He says he lost a bit of confidence. Vanessa wants to talk about it, but Rhys refuses and snaps at her. Vanessa sits down, concerned, and looks at the stress ball suspiciously, and looks over to Rhys as he struggles to pour the coffee into a mug.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Vanessa challenges Rhys to ice her cupcakes (not a euphemism)
- Vanessa asks Rhys if he lied about the test
- Chris notes that Bradley is hot, and that must be why Summer is stalking him. Summer says she isn't stalking him. Cue lots of long flirtatious looks between Summer and Bradley
- After her yoga class is cancelled, Susan decides to go join a dance class that's on, only to realise it's a pole dancing class.