- Sonya admitting she's struggling adjusting to life with Hugo but won't let it affect him.
- Leo looking at a picture of a scantily clad Terese.
- Terese coming to terms with discovering that Leo has feelings for her.
- Leo trying to ensure that he and Terese can still work together.
- Mishti talking to Xanthe about love.
- Yashvi discovering her aunt on an arranged marriage website.
Yashvi and Xanthe continue to look at Mishti's online profile and aren't sure whether it's genuine or not as they are concerned about identity theft. Just at that, Mishti comes into the café and the girls tell her what they've seen online.
MISHTI: I created the profile, it's real.
Ned is unsure why he is here to see Terese but turns out that she thinks he is the ideal person to lead the graffiti tours Leo pitched to her. "I'd love to be involved," is his reply although does have one stipulation - no high-vis jacket and flag! Terese isn't too amused to see Leo join them but he's standing in for Paul who is busy elsewhere.
Mishti explains her rationale for signing up to an arranged marriage website - she wants to get married and have kids, thus she is being practical by taking instinct and feelings out of the equation so everything else (finances, religion, goals and values) is out in the open. Dipi is scared the men on the website could be lying about everything but Mishti replies, "you don't have to walk down the aisle on the first date," and reassures her sister she won't jump into marriage without knowing everything is above board and that they are compatible. Despite the words, Dipi still isn't won over but Mishti doesn't want to find her life partner though luck "and romance clouding my vision."
DIPI: Without romance, it's no way to live.
As soon as she said that, Dipi heads for the kitchen area and is quickly followed in by Mishti, who tries to tell her sister that "love is a connection that grows over time." Dipi explains that she fell in love with Shane right from the start although Mishti points out that the love she has is now a lot deeper.
DIPI: What is your plan, are you just going to say, 'I do' and hope for the best?
MISHTI: I'll commit as will my partner and we'll work on our bond as the years pass.
DIPI: It sounds like a business plan, not a marriage.
Dipi asks if Mishti has told their parents and is quickly told that it's nothing to do with them! "Of course it does," Dipi replies adding that it "affects all of us," and pleads with her sister to remove her profile until they've had a chance to talk properly. "No!" is the reply and Mishti adds that she is done talking and asking for advice.
MISHTI: The only person that I can reply on is me, so the profile stays until I find a husband. Stay out of it!!!
While home to get some paperwork, Toadie interrupts Sonya chatting to Susan (about Mark and Elly) to confirm that he did indeed get Hugo into the same day-care as Nell and that Sonya needs to collect him.
With Toadie now away, Susan wonders how things are going with having Hugo in the house and Sonya admits that there has been some adjustments required but is sure once they find their groove things will be fine.
As they wrap up the meeting, Ned is more that aware that things are very uncomfortable with Leo and Terese and can't escape quick enough to go back to his usual duties.
Alone in the office, Leo wants to know what else he needs to do as he is fed up saying sorry and asks Terese if it's really painful to be in the same room as him? Terese doesn't answer that and instead goes to pick up the paperwork that fell on the floor (which caused the initial tension between them) just at the same time Leo bends down to pick it up too! It looks like the pair are about to give into the moment, but its Terese who pulls away.
Sonya (and Nell) arrive to get Hugo from the baby room at day-care but she isn't on the approved pick up list, so Brinda won't let her pick the bairn up, even though she is Toadie's wife. When Sonya can't get hold of Toadie (her call goes straight to voicemail), Brinda still isn't relenting, "you're not Hugo's mother, so I have to follow protocol."
Gary wonders why Xanthe and Yashvi look glum so they tell him what Mishti has done. Yashvi thinks her mum over-reacted when he asked how she took the news, but Gary wonders if what Mishti is doing "isn't extreme?" "Well some of what she said makes sense," Yashvi admits and wonders if it's just "online dating without the sleaze-bay vibe." Backing her up, Xanthe acknowledges that folk find a partner from all different methods these days - although she doesn't plan on using them. Like Dipi earlier, Gary is wary that the profiles may not tell the truth.
Dipi is telling Shane what Mishti is doing and her attitude hasn't changed at all. Shane isn't sure why Mishti has done this but points out to his wife that "it's her life and she can do what she wants."
DIPI: Love is not supposed to be tidy, its supposed to be passionate and illogical.
SHANE: For some.
DIPI: That's how it was for us. Is it so wrong for me to want a love like that for Mish?
"Of course not," is Shane's reply but he's actually been reading Mishti's profile fully and in it, she says that she wants to be "part of a perfect team like my sister and brother in law." He suggests that even though its not Dipi's way, perhaps an arranged marriage is for Mishti.
Leo has too much things on his mind to pay attention to Amy re-telling how Jimmy almost got detention at school (over asking if his classmates would be wearing their thongs to the aquarium!).
Terese mis-hears Ned talking about something dirty but thankfully its about a potential lane that he could take the graffiti tour to! She apologises to him for the awkward meeting earlier and admits its hard being round him now she knows his crush on her. "You're reading into everything he says and does?" Ned asks and after she admits to not wanting to send out the wrong signal, asks if there is a risk of that happening? "No," she is quick to reply.
Leo is trying to tell Amy about his crush on Terese but without actually naming her (he uses a pineapple as his reference instead!) Amy's suggestion is to avoid pineapples (just like Jack) but Leo explains that "nothing else compares." It gets more confusing for poor Amy when he tells her that said person works in a fruit shop!!!
LEO: And you're staring at that pineapple stand all day.
AMY: (confused) Ah, if you want it that bad, I'm sure you can have one little taste.
LEO: What, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. No, no, that would ruin everything. And you're not even sure if the pineapple feels the same way.
By this point, Amy can barely keep a straight face and tells her brother that she has no idea what its really about, "but if you don't tell me, I'm going to order a Hawaiian pizza!" "Just forget about it," is Leo's withdrawal statement and Amy tells her brother to do just that by going somewhere to relax.
Terese needs to relax too, the stuff with Leo is stressing her out and her usual stress outlet, work, is the last place she can now use. Ned tells her to go do something to unwind and from the look on Terese's face, she has something in mind.
And that would be taking a sauna... however guess who else has the same idea, yip Leo! When she realises that he's there (she has a towel over her face) asks if he "followed her in?" "Of course not," he replies and its now a stand-off between the pair to see which one will leave! "Don't you feel uncomfortable?" Terese asks and Leo's reply is that what he said to her last week "is history."
TERESE: Just like that?
LEO: Like that. So, there's really no reason for either of us to leave... unless you can't stand the heat?
TERESE: Oh, I can stand the heat.
Then we don't have a problem, do we?
Sonya and Nell stand patiently waiting for Toadie to arrive and eventually he gets there after being delayed in a mediation session. He can sense she is annoyed and acknowledges that it was stupid of him not to put her name on the list. Toadie wants to make it up to her and eventually she agrees to go home alone while he takes the kids to the park, even though she said that there was no need.
Despite trying to be subtle, Mishti can sense a family intervention a mile away when she arrives in the café. She does join the family for afternoon tea and as a family discuss what she's done. Shane admits their main concern - that she will end up in a loveless marriage but Mishti doesn't think that will happen.
MISHTI: At the start of a marriage its easy to confuse passion with love but passion fades and when it does, you're left with everyday life. Surely, it's a better bet to be with someone compatible?
SHANE: Just as long as you don't rush into it. This whole idea seems to have come out of nowhere.
Mishti explains that it's something she's considered for a while, "something that I am set on." Despite her reluctance, Dipi tells her sister that they will support her (Yashvi isn't sure on that!) but asks that she at least takes it slow and to be open with them.
DIPI: I don't want you rocking up at the breakfast table with a wedding ring.
MISHTI: I promise to keep you in the loop.
You can just about cut the atmosphere with a knife as we return to the pair. They keep the chat to neutral subjects - like David and Aaron's impending wedding with Terese giving Leo a few suggestions on what he could put in his best man speech. She offers her services if he wishes to try his speech out on her and he does just that.
LEO: The David I knew growing up - he's nothing like the man we know now. I always thought David was gay, but I knew it wasn't my place to push it. But to see him live a half-life, it was heart-breaking especially as his twin. You know straight people don't have to come out, and expose themselves to judgement and prejudice, so when David finally did it, when he found his way to Aaron, I was more than happy for him - I was in awe.
TERESE: How so?
LEO: I know I seem confident, but up until recently, it was just bravado. David showed me how to open up and be courageous and know who I am and what I want even if it scares me.
Susan pops over to check if things are okay as she saw Sonya come home later than she'd planned. She is surprised to hear Sonya say that Toadie has the kids as she catches up on some work and volunteers her services should you need it. That is cue for Sonya to rant off at not being on the pick-up list for Hugo, but she admits to Susan that it was humiliating and that what Toadie did cut deep.
SONYA: With Nell we share the load, we're co-parents you know but with Hugo he's the one that makes the decision. And you know what, he even thanks me now. He thanks me for stepping in like I'm doing him a favour.
SUSAN: He still feels guilty.
SONYA: Of course he does! But its confusing things. I mean who am I to Hugo? What is my relationship with him? Do I get any say in his upbringing?
"Of course you do," Susan vigorously replies and wonders if they've had that conversation? "We have a bit," Sonya replies but adds that things still feel "very uncertain."
SONYA: I feel like I'm a stranger within my own family and I don't know if that feeling is ever going to go away.
Gary, Xanthe and Amy stand gossiping in the complex over what Mishti is doing to find a husband. Amy is about to talk pineapples with them when Ned comes over to ask Amy if she's seen Leo. She thinks that he has gone for a sauna in the Lassiters sauna and Ned adds in that is where Terese was heading. Gary remarks it will be somewhat embarrassing being half-naked in front of the boss. Xanthe thinks he will love the captive audience and be talking business with her.
Well the pair are still there and definitely not talking business! Indeed, it's getting very hot between the pair and I am not referring to the temperature inside the sauna!!! The tension eventually gets unbearable and its Terese who scarpers out of the sauna.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Cassius telling someone to stay out of sight.
- Piper discussing things with her brother.
- Bea unloading on Ned.
- Mark being protective of his sister.
- Chloe meeting some guy.
- Elly delirious Mark will be spending the night with her.