Previously on Neighbours
- Josh complains because Amber is too busy to see him
- Josh hurts himself and Kirk offers him something stronger than over- the- counter "lollies"
- Terese feels guilty for accusing Mason
- Rebecca arrives with the Twin Cities project
- Paul wants to get back with Rebecca
Rebecca tells Paul that their marriage is over for good, but he says he says that he hasn't got over her.
PAUL: We've both done things we regret, but I reckon we can get past all that, I really do.
REBECCA: Then you are delusional.
Paul explains how he knew she was back, then asks about Declan and India.
REBECCA: Really? You want to talk about my family, do you? The ones that you threatened to get me to stay with you? Huh!
PAUL: Rebecca, I don't want to dwell on the past. I want a future with you.
He tells her the biggest mistake he made was ruining things with her.
PAUL: I will do anything - *anything* it takes to get you back. I always have, and I always will.
Susan suggests to Rebecca that maybe Paul is still in love with her. Rebecca is dubious - it's such an insanely convoluted way to go about it. (She's been reading the forum!) Susan points out that he couldn't just send flowers.
SUSAN: If he wants to get in a room with you, he has to use deception and strategy, which he has.
Rebecca says however awkward it will be, she's going to finish her job, then leave town and never see Paul again.
Brad tells Josh that after he's had tea with Terese and Imogen, he has to return for another session. Josh picks up the business card from Kirk and throws it in the bin.
Terese is working (because she hasn't got an office) and Mason brings her some data projections. She tells him he can leave early, and he tells her that she's got to stop giving him special treatment. She says that she feels terrible about the way they treated him, but he says it's fine, and goes back to work.
Imogen has bought some cream for Josh's shoulder. He thanks her but says it's no use. Amber jogs up, very excited. She explains that she's the new part owner of Hermione. Josh points out that neither of them can drive, and it probably won't last until Amber gets her licence.
AMBER: Why can't you just be happy for me? You know, I wasn't expecting you to say, 'Wow, Amber, that's awesome', but a polite smile and no criticism would have done.
JOSH: Sorry. I forgot everything was about you.
AMBER: I'm sorry, did I hear that right?
Paul and Terese walk in, with Paul criticising a document that Terese has put together. Mason is at reception, and Paul comments on how Terese treated him well. Mason says that his name has been cleared, but he wishes Terese didn't act guilty.
MASON: I want everything to go back to the way it was before the accident.
PAUL: Yeah, listen, when a relationship is fractured, it can take a bit of time to repair. But there is always hope.
MASON: So what do you suggest I do?
PAUL: Well, in my experience, a little distance always helps.
Mason asks Paul if he'd check if the job in Darwin was still available, and Paul promises to look into it.
Paul is surprised that Rebecca is continuing with the project, but she says a job's a job. She insists that there should be no personal talk. He agrees, then gives her an access card so she doesn't have to be buzzed up. They get to work, and Rebecca thinks the suggested cities are not suitable. Paul disagrees.
PAUL: And what about the East Side Dingoes football and sporting club, eh? Come on, that's got to be every bit as good as Manchester United, surely?
They laugh, and Paul smirks as Rebecca looks at her folder.
Bailey and Lauren are making dinner. Mason arrives home, and gets a text from Paul, saying that the Darwin job is still available, and he's thinking of taking it. Lauren is upset, accusing him of running away. Mason is unhappy at their lack of support.
Bailey is talking to Amber.
BAILEY: It's completely ridiculous. I mean, it's Darwin. It's filled with crocodiles, monsoons, and an oversupply of WW2 tourist attractions.
AMBER: OK, seriously, you need to stop watching those travel documentaries.
Bailey admits he'll miss Mason, and Amber says they should be supportive, particularly since Lauren won't be happy.
A park somewhere
Brad and Josh are out jogging, when Josh gets a text from Amber, but Brad tells him to leave it. Josh is in pain but tries to pass it off as a stitch.
Lauren is talking to Matt about Mason.
LAUREN: We've just got to get him to see he's making a huge mistake.
MATT: Is he?
Lauren is taken aback but Matt says it could be good for Mason being responsible for himself. She asks if he wants Mason to go, which he doesn't, but he maybe it's Mason's time.
Rebecca is just telling Susan that Paul is following the ground rules, when the man himself saunters over. He asks if he can join them for dinner. Apparently, it's fate, because he was going to ask Susan for her opinion on the twin cities. Rebecca looks distinctly uncomfortable. Several glasses of wine later, and they're all chatting away happily. Paul goes off for another bottle.
SUSAN: It's been ages since I've been around Paul when he's in full charm mode. It's disturbingly attractive.
REBECCA: Yeah. Yeah, he can certainly turn it on, I know.
Susan asks Rebecca if she came back for closure with Paul. She denies this, saying she moved on a long time ago. Susan points out she's still single, but Rebecca says there have been other men. It's not worked out, but it's nothing to do with Paul.
Lauren is sorting out the washing, and she holds one of Mason's jumpers close, and sighs.
No 22 - garden
Brad, Terese and Imogen are having dinner when Lauren appears to see Terese. She asks Terese to stop Mason from leaving. Terese says it's the first she's heard of it, but Mason can't change his contract without her permission. Relieved, Lauren says she can stop it. Terese asks if Mason wants to go. Lauren says she can't understand how he can just decide to leave his family. Terese says if Mason has been offered a transfer and he wants to take it, she probably can't talk him out of it.
Lauren is looking some photos of Mason when he comes in. They chat about a football match he played in when Lauren stood up for him, and nearly got banned for attending other matches.
MASON: You've always been here for me, fighting for me, whether it be schoolteachers, neighbours, cops, ex- girlfriends, even Dad. If I stayed here, then things would just keep being that way.
A tearful Lauren suggests he could have more freedom, move out, get another job, but he didn't have to move across the country. Mason says he's accepted the offer and he's leaving tomorrow.
Josh asks Amber if she's going to take driving lessons. She says as many as possible. Then he says he's tired and leaves. She can't believe it.
Josh retrieves Kirk's card from the bin. He calls him, and asks if he's still got "that stuff".
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Josh has some "stuff" and says that the Games are his priority. Amber has to understand.
- Imogen accuses him of being a jerk
- Mason says that Lauren has hardly spoken to him since he said he was moving. She sees him hugging Imogen.
- Lou asks Lauren what she's not telling him
- Sonya suggests to Patricia that she should open up to Chris, so that he would do the same.
- Mark asks Kate if there's any hope for them