- Yashvi feels confident about getting into the police academy
- But the household's thrown into chaos when Shane admits to Dipi that Roxy kissed him
- Yashvi confronts Roxy, calling her a homewrecker
- Fight club associate Zenin warns Ned that he and Yashvi should keep quiet about what they've seen
- But Ned doesn't know what he's supposed to have seen, so visits Kane in prison to find out
- The conversation leads Ned to recall seeing people at the fight club loading boxes into a van
- Kane won't say what's in the boxes, and says Ned will need to convince Zenin he doesn't know
- Kyle's excited to be the face of Buddy Club
Terese and Toadie are having a meeting with Kyle about Buddy Club; Terese tells him that feedback was overwhelmingly positive from the carpentry session (despite the incident with the superglue). Kyle wants to raise the stakes further by letting the kids do archery, and neither Toadie nor Terese call this out for the terrible idea it is. He shows them a flyer for a company that hires out the kit.
KYLE: They've got kid-friendly equipment, so nothing too dicey.
What's more, he wants to set up the archery range in the complex, by the community centre - what could go wrong? Everyone's on board with this plan, including Finn, who's just showed up and who reminds us he has amnesia by missing a Hunger Games reference. Terese heads off to meet Paul, while Finn gets a text from Bea, and rushes off to meet her - leaving Kyle with Toadie.
KYLE: Ah, I miss those days. Well, at least I've got Buddy Club to keep me occupied.
TOADIE: Thanks for being so committed, mate - you're doing a great job.
Kyle is happy.
Warrinor Prison / Ramsay Street
Having left the prison, Ned calls Yashvi, who's in Ramsay Street and tearful over her parents' row. She explains how Dipi won't come home despite Shane having begged her; she's never seen her parents like this before. Yashvi's desperate to see Ned; he tells her he's on his way home, so will come and pick her up. CreepyCam™ implies someone's watching Yashvi from the bushes opposite...
Karl finds Kyle reading the archery flyer; Kyle explains it's his latest idea for Buddy Club. Karl remarks that archery is a 'very brave choice' to take on with the kids.
KYLE: There won't be any wayward arrows, if I can help it!
KARL: You got a first aid certificate?
KYLE: Absolutely. But now that you mention it, I probably should brush up on it.
Karl has the day off, so offers to give Kyle a refresher course. Kyle eagerly accepts.
KARL: Okay. I'll see if Bianca's available.
KYLE: Who's Bianca?
We cut to Karl introducing Kyle to Bianca, a first aid practice doll.
KYLE: I was expecting someone... real.
KARL: Well, for this afternoon she's absolutely real.
KYLE: Okay. Nice to meet you, Bianca! I promise I'll take it easy on ya.
We move into a montage of Karl showing Kyle how to do CPR on the doll. Kyle then practises putting a sling on Karl, clumsily bashing him in the process! Then they move onto the Heimlich manoeuvre. Montage thus completed, Karl congratulates Kyle on a job well done. But Kyle is keen to keep practising, and asks if he can borrow Bianca.
KYLE: I had a kid last week who glued his hands together. I want to be prepared for anything.
KARL: Shouldn't be a problem with Bianca.
KYLE: Yeah, she's 'armless!
Karl explains there are more dolls at the hospital; she won't be missed for a few days. So Kyle takes Bianca home with him.
Yashvi is with Ned, and worrying about how her sister Kirsha will take the news that Dipi has moved out of the house. Ned reckons Shane and Dipi will sort it out before Kirsha even knows anything's happened.
YASHVI: I know Dad was just trying to protect Mum. But keeping a secret like that is just a disaster waiting to happen.
Ned looks shifty. Yashvi says she isn't making a dig at Roxy, and asks if Ned is still mad that she had a go at Roxy. Ned replies that he understands Roxy's not Yashvi's favourite person right now - as long as Yashvi knows she can talk to him. They kiss. Yashvi asks how Ned's meeting was, still thinking he was meeting a prospective mural client. Ned claims the work wasn't right for him, so he passed it up.
Yashvi hugs Ned; but as she does so, Ned sees Zenin staring at them malevolently from the car park where he's parked up. Ned guides an oblivious Yashvi into the Café.
A short while later, Yashvi thanks Ned for listening to her complain. But he's very jumpy after seeing Zenin and moves closer to her, protectively. Yashvi notices this; Ned jokes that she's just 'so magnetic', but he continues to look around every time the door opens.
Bea comes in, and joins them. She tells Yashvi she's sorry to hear her parents are going through a rough patch, and advises her not to let it affect her focus on the police exam. Yashvi gets up, and Ned demands to know where she's going - just to the bathroom, she explains. Bea notices Ned's being jumpy, and asks him what's wrong.
Ned claims that he's been having bad dreams about the fight club. Bea asks if he's spoken to his counsellor; he says he has, but it's only flashes - of the day he pulled her out of the fighting ring.
NED: You remember much about that?
BEA: Umm, apart from almost being pulverised? No, not really.
NED: What about after?
BEA: What, at home?
NED: No, at the warehouse.
BEA: No, not really. I didn't really take much notice.
Ned looks uneasy.
Yashvi arrives with Ned; she has a long night of studying ahead. Ned offers to stay and help, but she wants to stay 'on the ball', so tells him to go. They start kissing passionately, and we suddenly cut to Toadie working at the table.
TOADIE: Guys, I *am* here.
While Toadie and Yashvi are fixing a snack in the kitchen and talking about her police plans, Ned spots some of Toadie's letterheads, printed with the Rebecchi Law logo, on the table, and swipes a few while nobody's looking...
Kyle comes out of the shower in a towel, and gives himself a scare when he sees Bianca the doll sitting on the sofa, staring at him! He picks her up to find a better position for her, absently holding the doll to his crotch in an unfortunate configuration. At that moment, Bea and Finn come in, and appear to get entirely the wrong end of the stick of what Kyle is doing with the doll!
Kyle puts the doll by the window...
KYLE: You stay right there, Bianca.
Oblivious to Bea and Finn's surprise, he asks them what he can do for them. Finn's brought the contract for the archery equipment hire for Kyle to deal with, and Kyle looks over it with satisfaction; but Finn and Bea are increasingly freaked out by Bianca and their thoughts of what Kyle is doing with it dressed only in a towel! They leave the paperwork with a still-oblivious Kyle.
Ned is typing up what looks to be a letter on his laptop. As Terese comes in, he hides the Rebecchi Law letterheads, which are on the table next to him, in his bag. Ned asks if Paul's around, but Terese explains he's working late, and so is Not In This Episode™. Ned claims he wanted Paul's advice on something he's organising for Yashvi. Terese asks if she can help; Ned says he'll wait for Paul.
TERESE: What does he have that I don't?
NED: Nothing. Just has a different take on things to you, that's all.
Terese reports that Roxy is still feeling fragile, and asks if she should still be avoiding Yashvi. Ned says not, saying Yashvi regrets going off at Roxy like she did, and has calmed down now. Terese says it's Shane and Dipi's call what happens next; there is nothing Yashvi can do.
TERESE: All you can do is support her, and just try and make her life as stress-free as possible.
NED: That is exactly what I'm trying to do.
Terese leaves the room again, and Ned continues writing the letter. He then makes a phone call to Zenin.
NED: We need to meet up.
Toadie is making excuses to Karl about why he can't go on a ride for the bike club. Karl gives him a serve for not living a more sustainable, Sonya-ific life. Toadie says it's just today he can't do, but Karl is in a huff and goes off for a ride by himself. As Karl leaves, Bea and Finn come in, discussing the doll that Kyle was talking to!
TOADIE: Sorry, does Kyle have a doll?
BEA: Yep, a life-sized one. He calls it Bianca!
FINN: And he was only wearing a towel.
TOADIE (laughs): You don't think you got the wrong end of the stick, do you?
FINN: Well, maybe.
BEA: Or not. I mean, no judgement.
FINN: Yeah, it is just a doll, right?
BEA: Yeah, and whatever Kyle does in the privacy of his own home is his business.
Toadie looks disturbed!
A road somewhere
A tense Ned is waiting in his car, holding an envelope. Presently, Zenin pulls up alongside and winds down his window. Ned puts on a confident front.
ZENIN: You got good news for me?
NED: Not really.
He hands Zenin the envelope.
ZENIN: What's that?
NED: My insurance policy. Read it.
Zenin opens the letter. It's purportedly from Toadie, acknowledging receipt of a statement from Ned. It says that the statement lodged with Rebecchi Law will remain on file and confidential, unless Ned or another party receive 'any significant injury or threat' - at which point the letter will be sent to the Erinsborough Police.
NED: I wrote it all down - everything I saw at the warehouse. The van, the boxes - even got the licence plate number. Anything happens to me or Yashvi, my lawyer sends it straight to the cops. You leave us alone... and I keep quiet.
ZENIN: How do I know your missus won't blab when she becomes a cop?
NED: She doesn't know anything. She would've gone straight to the police if she did. She's done it before. Plus, I'm not stupid enough to put her in danger by telling her any of it. You play along, I have no reason to open my mouth. We got a deal?
Zenin doesn't reply, just makes a face.
Ned returns to see Yashvi, despite her instructions about leaving her to study.
NED: You remember how you used to use my manky old towel as your lucky charm for footy?
YASHVI: Oh, why are you bringing that up?
NED: Well, it was kind of cute, when you think about it, in hindsight.
YASHVI: Ugh, kill me now!
NED: Well, I thought you might like another little something to hold onto.
He hands her his lucky pencil, from his tattooing days, explaining that everything he designed with it always turned out well.
NED: I thought you might like it for your exam.
YASHVI: That's really sweet, thank you.
NED: You're gonna smash it tomorrow. You know, you've worked your butt off, and I know you don't need lucky charms, but... it can't hurt, right? You're gonna make a great cop.
They start pashing. Ned asks where Toadie is; Yashvi explains he's not here.
NED: I thought you said this was a no-go?
YASHVI: Well, we've already broken it once, so breaking it twice isn't gonna hurt, right?
They head off to the bedroom.
Kyle is giving Toadie and Terese the paperwork for his Buddy Club archery session. Terese is thrilled he's managed to turn it around so quickly.
KYLE: Well, being a lonely single dude does have its perks.
TERESE: Oh, come on, don't say that.
KYLE: Well, it's true; I've got plenty of time on my hands.
TERESE: Well, don't run yourself into the ground on our account. Give yourself some time for fun.
KYLE: Oh, don't you worry; I'm getting a bit of that in, too.
Toadie looks concerned, thinking Kyle is talking about the doll!
Later on, Toadie and Kyle are having a beer on the sofa.
TOADIE: Man, I feel like all we talk about at the moment is Buddy Club.
Tell us about it, Toad!
KYLE: Buddy Club's probably the best thing that's happened to me lately.
TOADIE: How are you coping without Amy?
TOADIE: I mean, I only ask, cos... not that I'm ready to go there myself, but you know - sometimes I could just use the company.
KYLE: Yeah, I get that. But to be honest, I've put dating out of my mind.
KYLE: Yeah, you know, just keeping myself busy. Throwing myself into other things.
TOADIE: ... Right. Kyle, if there's anything that you want to talk about, you know, you can tell me. No judgement. You know what I'm saying?
KYLE: That means a lot, mate. But I'm all good (...) I just want to go and have a bit of fun. Let off some steam without all the baggage. I mean, being in a full-on relationship can get a bit too... real!
TOADIE: ... Too real?
KYLE: People are complicated. Women are complicated. Don't get me wrong; they're amazing, obviously...
TOADIE: Yeah, nah, they are.
KYLE: But I just want to do things that make *me* happy for a while, you know? And this is really doing it for me!
Toadie makes a face; he thinks they're talking about the doll again!
TOADIE: ... Uh, okay, I suppose you've gotta do what you've gotta do.
KYLE: Mm. Thanks, Toad - mate, you're a legend!
Toadie prepares to head off to get some work done, and Kyle says...
KYLE: I've got some personal stuff to handle myself!
TOADIE: ... Right.
As he's heading down the hallway to the front door, Toadie overhears...
KYLE: Okey-dokey, Bianca - you ready to go another round?
Horrified, Toadie puts his hands to his ears and makes a hasty exit!
The following day, Yashvi is driving into the car park in Shane's car, with Ned in the passenger seat; he's reading out messages from her phone from people wishing her well for her exam, including Kirsha. Ned jokes that she won't need her dad's car soon, as she'll have one with sirens on top. But Yashvi is starting to get tense as they walk into the courtyard.
NED: Text me when you're done, alright? You got this.
Ned goes to work, and Yashvi goes to get a coffee before her exam; but Zenin has pulled into the car park, and watches her as she heads towards Harold's. Once she's out of sight, Zenin forces open Shane's car and releases the bonnet, before moving to the front of the vehicle and opening it...
Coming up on Neighbours
- Bea tells Harlow there's no easy way to say this, so she's going to spit it out
- Mackenzie asks Harlow what's wrong, but she dodges the question
- David tells Aaron, 'let's go for it' - he asks, 'what, right now?'
- Paul tells David and Aaron to think long and hard before they do something they regret
- Elly and Finn smiling at one another
- Lisa tells Hendrix she doesn't want to make the same mistake she did with him and his sister
- Ned tells Paul it's 'all order control'; he called Zenin's bluff and it's dealt with