Previously on Neighbours
- Toadie is concerned about that Sonya is taking on too much looking after Jacob and Elliot
- Josh gives Amber a camera, then she reads a text from Ruby about "the kiss".
- Terese calls in the big guns to deal with Paul
Terese apologises to Lucy for calling her up, but says she was desperate. Lucy says it's fine, and that she's looking forward to seeing Brad again. Terese confides that Paul's been difficult from the start, but since he decided to run for mayor, it's been impossible. Lucy asks why she signed the contract, and Terese says Paul pitched it as a promotion, then made it practically impossible for her to reach her targets.
Paul and Lucy hug, and he claims that she shouldn't believe what Terese said. Lucy wants his side and a tour of the complex. She reminds him how she sorted things out with the Council, and it was conditional on hiring Terese. He says it was working brilliantly.
PAUL: I even rewarded her with a promotion. Sadly she just can't handle the pressure.
Lucy frowns, but Paul says that's his side of the story.
Sonya is preparing to go and babysit Elliot as Jacob has a meeting to sort out his wife's estate. Toadie's concerned at how much Sonya is doing. He points out that Jacob is grieving and probably needs professional help, and Sonya is not a trained counsellor. She says he saw an counsellor, and prefers to talk to her.
SONYA: All we do is talk about babies, and I listen.
Toadie is still worried, but Sonya promises she'll say something if it gets her down. She thanks him for caring and they kiss.
Sonya asks Jacob what he's doing for Christmas, and when he says he's not seeing his family, invites him over. He's reluctant at first, because it's his first Christmas without his wife. But then he agrees after Sonya reminds him it's his first Christmas with Elliot.
Amber marches across the street carrying her camera. She hands it to Josh, who is on his way to training. He says it's hers, and that he tried to call her, like, a million times.
AMBER: Well, none of the million messages you left me made any sense. Hope you kept the receipt.
Josh tries to explain that he didn't kiss Ruby.
JOSH: I was the kissee.
She wants to know how long it lasted. He says a few seconds, and insists that he tried to stop it. Besides he was upset, and didn't know they were going to get back together.
AMBER: But we did! And it was the most amazing thing that ever happened to me.
JOSH: Yeah, me too!
AMBER: Really? Cos I can't see how that's possible when you were kissing someone else only hours beforehand.
Amber stomps off leaving Josh looking shocked.
Paul tells Lucy he's been supportive of Terese, but she can't cope with the job. Lucy wants the three of them to get together. Paul calls over to Brad, who's at the bar. He introduces Brad to Lucy (one of his ex- girlfriends) and makes a swift getaway. Lucy asks how it's been living across the road from Lauren. Brad says there have been a few awkward moments, but mostly it's been great. Josh arrives and Brad introduces him to Lucy, before the two of them leave. Brad tells Josh that Ruby has called saying Josh won't call her back. He reminds Josh that he has to do the interviews. Josh tells his father that Amber found out about the kiss. Brad tells Josh to tells Ruby he wants to keep it professional.
Lauren points out that Amber and Josh were separated at the time. Amber says that for Josh to kiss Ruby then get back together and ... you know. Lauren is taken aback that they have TITTNL™ and Amber hopes she's not mad. Lauren says she's not mad, as long as Amber's comfortable and they took precautions, which Amber assures her they did.
AMBER: I was comfortable, until I found out that Josh kissed Ruby only hours beforehand.
Josh tells Ruby that he wants to keep things professional. She says she only sent him the text about the kiss to get his attention and she doesn't find him that irresistible. However, the public love him and they want another article with lots of photos. Amber comes in and points out that he knew meeting Ruby upset her, and yet he was still doing it. Ruby leaves and Josh tells Amber that it's strictly business. He invites her to come to the interview / photo- shoot in the afternoon to show Ruby and the world she's the best thing that ever happened to him.
Near Lassiters lake
Sonya and Jacob are pushing their buggies along by the lake. Then Jacob sits on a bench with his foot on the wheel. He takes his foot off and the buggy rolls down the slope. Sonya notices and stops it before it goes into the lake. Jacob is distressed at what nearly happened. Nell lays her hand on his shoulder to cheer him up. (So cute!) Sonya offers to look after Elliot while Jacob goes to his meeting.
Terese and Lucy are a table and Paul turns up for the "intervention". Lucy says it's a casual meeting to sort things out. Paul asks Terese if she was aware of the targets when she took the job.
TERESE: This is not about targets, Paul. This is about your whole attitude to me.
She points out that because of her attitude towards his sexual harassment, association with Marty Kranic and questionable campaign tactics, he's making her life hell. Paul acts innocent and asks Lucy if she's going to believe him or Terese.
LUCY: This rings all too true. I'm pulling rank.
Lucy tells him if he wants Terese to remain as manager, he must adjust her impossible targets and stop making her life hell. The alternative is that she will cut the hotel out of the Lassiters chain. Paul can't believe she's serious.
Josh is posing for photos while Ruby and Amber look on. Ruby tells him to smile, but Josh says he'll smile if his beautiful girlfriend joins him. Ruby says she's not feeling the love, so Amber pashes him. Josh goes to get his jacket, and Amber tells Ruby to back off because she and Josh are solid. Ruby says she's not interested, but a lot of other people are.
RUBY: Personally, I think it's ridiculous for a hot elite athlete to be in a serious relationship. He'll have girls throwing themselves at him every day.
Toadie buys some cupcakes, saying he's looking forward to spending time with his "girls". Lucy comes in. She apologises for not telling Lauren that Brad was moving in, rather leaving it to Paul. Lauren says that Paul didn't tell her. Lucy asks if she was mad at her, but Lauren claims that Brad was a "million years ago". Lauren leaves and Lucy frowns.
There's a teddy bear on the tree. Lauren picks up a family photograph and looks at it, then at the teddy bear.
Toadie arrives home with the cupcakes, and is surprised to find Elliot there. Sonya explains that Jacob will pick him up shortly. There's a knock at the door. Jacob hasn't been to his meeting, as he's been thinking about what a bad parent he is, and he asks Sonya to look after Elliot. Toadie shouts to asks her about suncream, and she takes Elliot inside to look. Jacob drops Elliot's bag and runs off. Sonya assures Toadie he's gone to run some more errands, but she looks uncertain.
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Georgia wants to go home
- Kyle is worried about Georgia because she's off who knows where with Gem
- Sonya doesn't know if Jacob is coming back.
- Lauren says that nobody knows...
- Gem won't let Georgia leave