Previously on Neighbours
- Chris having mixed feelings about Hudson.
- Mark giving Matt details of someone he should check out as part of the investigation into Kate's death.
- Sonya eager to meet Toadie's new Chilean clients.
- Naomi rescheduling the Chilean meeting to a time when Sonya can't make it.
Naomi calls round to let Toadie know about the change in the meeting with the Chileans but making it look like it is them who instigated the change. Sonya suggests that Naomi takes her place since she can't make it due to the GA meeting.
Matt tells Mark that the lead he gave him has fallen through - the guy is in prison so couldn't have provided Montague with a firearm. He also mentions that they are looking for Sienna (even though Mark thinks it couldn't possibly have been her) and are also checking out everyone he's put away plus seeing if there is any link to Wes Holland too. The police aren't sure too if he was the target and want to offer him some protection but he refuses to go down that road again.
Paul is curious to know why Mark was in the police station again after they run into each other in the complex and dismisses him saying that because she was his fiancée he's entitled to know how the investigation is going.
"I don't have any new information," Matt tells Paul when he spots him entering the station and confirms that is the same message Mark got too. Paul complains that Mark should be locked up because it's his fault (either directly or indirectly) and warns Matt that if he tells him anything more then he will go straight to the Police Commissionaire and in the meantime is going to submit a complaint to his supervisor!
MATT: You're being unreasonable.
PAUL: Hey, Brennan isn't family and he's no longer a cop. If he wants an update he can read it in the paper like everyone else!
Mark is visiting Chris and seems rather nervous, pacing the floor continually and after an update (no they haven't found Montague and Danni is still safe in Adelaide) Chris asks if they are safe. "I'm sure you will be," Mark replies and shrugs when Chris asks about himself. Chris then goes all self-pitying on himself when he mentions about not being able to talk to Hudson and Mark asks if that's the kind of relationship he wants.
CHRIS: You don't know Hudson and I get that you're an ex-cop but you shouldn't judge people on their mistakes. He's got a good heart.
MARK: I'm just saying you don't get many chances for love in this life. Don't waste time on the wrong person.
Sonya talks to Sheila about not being able to meet the Chileans as she wanted to ask them about their environmental policy even though Naomi was nervous about her doing so in case she put the client off. Sheila asks if there was a reason for the change and all Sonya can reply with is that they instigated the change and is relieved that Naomi can stand in since she can't go. While Sonya thinks Naomi has been a lifesaver, you can see the wheels turning in Sheila's head!
Over a stiff drink, Mark admits to Toadie that he's been looking for Montague himself because he hates feeling useless. The reason for Mark's visit is to ask Toadie how he dealt with the death of his first wife (Dee) and Toad admits that he isn't sure how he moved on.
TOADIE: I was in shock for quite a long time and feeling useless just became a normal state of mind. I know it sounds cliché but time really does help... and keeping busy but that does not mean going for Montague.
Toad then warms Mark about going after Montague and that he should leave it to the police.
Naomi is extremely dressed to impress... extremely scantily dressed and has immediately raised the curiosity in her mum! "Who you trying to impress really?" Sheila asks and instantly Naomi replies "the clients of course," before Sheila gets her little dig in about the meeting being suddenly re-arranged. Naomi denies being interested in Toadie and being in charge of the client's schedule before rushing off after telling her mum not to wait up.
When Georgia comes to check on Chris, he tells her about a video call due from Hudson and while they wait for it to come through, mentions to her what Brennan said to him - that he's wasting his time waiting for Hudson. She warns Chris about taking what Mark is saying to heart because he's still grieving. Chris gets some bad news - Hudson has cancelled the video call.
CHRIS: Guess I should have got the message by now.
Chris asks to be left alone, and when he is, he side-swipes the phone onto the floor.
Lassiters Restaurant (outside in the complex)
Mr and Mrs Ibáñez arrive to meet Toadie/Naomi and a quick explanation is given that Sonya isn't meeting them tonight. Naomi then shows off by pre-ordering a Chilean cocktail for them all (a tip from Sheila) although they don't seem too impressed with the egg jokes that Naomi/Toadie are cracking! Toad then gets a text from Sonya - she is going to be able to make the meeting after all as her meeting has finished earlier.
Mr and Mrs Ibáñez seem to be having a bit of a domestic when we come back from the break. At the other side of the seating, Naomi suggests to Toadie that since Mr Ibáñez seems to be stalling every time the contract is mentioned that they force the issue and head to the office to discuss things/get it signed. Toad is about to text Sonya to tell her to meet them there (the Chileans want to meet her) when Naomi voices her concern as to whether they really want Sonya to meet them in case her quizzing of their environmental policy causes them to lose the contract. "She won't ruin it," Toadie tells his assistant but she keeps forcing the doubt on him that he calls to tell her not to come.
Chris is peeved at Hudson's behaviour and even Georgia admits that it's strange. He then decides to call Will to see if he wants to go for a drink telling her that if Hudson doesn't have time for him, then he doesn't (for him) either!
Matt gives Mark a heads up on the quiet - that they've tracked Sienna down and report that she spend the day at her cousin's place. "I said she wouldn't be involved," Mark gloats but is then annoyed to find out that Matt can't tell him any more due to Paul. "I'm not going to be shut out of this," Mark yells but is told he will be. He thinks it's ridiculous that Paul is getting updates as her uncle but not him as Kate's fiancée.
MATT: I've already given you a warning about getting too involved; Paul's complaint has just given them more reason to close ranks on you.
MARK: So that's it, Paul gets his way.
MATT: I'm sorry my hands are tied.
Mark hunts down Paul to yell at him for not being kept updated on the investigation. Paul seems to be gloating about that and taunts Mark about what he is going to do about that.
PAUL: Why don't you hit me?!
MARK: Don't push me!
PAUL: Come on, I dare you, hit me!
Mark looks extremely tempted but backs away only for Paul to call him "weak".
PAUL: Like I always said, you were never any good for Kate and now she's dead because of you.
That gets Mark's attention and he grabs Paul by his suit lapels and pushes him backwards towards the counter but before he can't do anything, Sonya steps in and separates them and while Mark is silently fuming, the look Paul has on his face suggests his mind is already starting to ferment something!
Commercial break later and Sonya is trying to tell Mark that violence won't achieve anything with Paul and he will now come after him. "I don't care what Paul does to me," he replies so Sonya tries a different tact - what would Kate say if she were here? That does seem to get though to him.
Paul is now reporting the "assault" to Matt but he seems reluctant to do anything because there is no injury on him and doubts any of the witnesses will back up his version of the story.
Mark admits that what happened to Kate did so because of him so plans to put things right by finding the guy who did this. He then moans about Paul undermining all that he tries to do. Sonya tries to tell him to go home, get some decent sleep (he admitted earlier to Toadie that he'd not been sleeping) and stop thinking for a while but he wants to keep moving.
Paul is irate that Matt doesn't appear to be taking his complaint seriously, so phrases is that Matt gives in and will go speak to Sonya. This seems to begrudgingly meet his approval but not Matt's suggestion that he goes home to rest since he looks tired.
Mr Ibáñez has signed on the dotted line and Toadie/Naomi admit that they worried the deal wasn't going to go through because things "looked tense" between the Ibáñez's but he explains that Mrs I was simply nagging him about his diet because he has high cholesterol!
The Ibáñez's depart and Naomi/Toadie share a high-five having accomplished their mission before opening a bottle of bubbles she had ready just in case.
Sheila drops round to see if Sonya has heard from Naomi as it's getting late. Sonya tells her about the call from Toadie telling her not to go meet the Ibáñez's as they were almost done. She reassures Sheila that Toadie will get Naomi home safely and having been "reassured", leaves her to it.
Toadie/Naomi are enjoying the bubbles and Naomi asks for an advance of her 15% but is told no because no work has been done with them yet.
Sheila then walks in on them, still keeping up the pretence that she is worried about Naomi. Toadie seems oblivious to the subtle things mother/daughter are saying and decides to call it a night, leaving her to lock the office up.
Final commercial break later and with Toadie safely away, we come back to see Naomi expressing her annoyance about Sheila turning up at the office. Naomi denies anything was going on, they were simply celebrating the new deal and there was no reason for Sonya to witness that. Sheila isn't so sure but Naomi still thinks that the client could have got cold feet if Sonya'd grilled him.
SHEILA: Can you absolutely promise me this is not history repeating itself?
NAOMI: I shouldn't have to.
SHEILA: Well I want to think the best of you, I do, but this isn't the first time you've tried to seduce a married man!
NAOMI: I will not have you coming in here and accusing me of these things, you're going to have to trust me.
SHEILA: Or what you'll threaten to run off back to Sydney again?
NAOMI: No because I have the chance to be successful here in this job and I will not have you ruin that.
SHEILA: Fine, but Sonya and Toadie are a good couple, a strong couple, and I will not let you ruin that!
Tomorrow on Neighbours
- Naomi seeking Toadie's permission to get some boxes delivered to the office.
- Toadie talking to Paul about Kate's will.
- Paul ordering Mark away.
- Susan/Karl curious about Zeke.