- Shane is unimpressed to learn of Ned's plans to become a professional artist
- Spurred on by Shane's lack of faith, Ned tries to nail down his first commission
- Shane tells Dipi that Grant has asked them for a loan given he's out of work
- Dipi tells Shane he can't go behind Mackenzie's back, but Shane sends Grant money anyway
- Naomi is forced to administer a neck massage when Pierce sprains himself
- Confronted by her attraction to Pierce, Naomi suggests to Terese they work separately
- When challenged by Pierce as to why she can't be around him, Naomi admits she likes him
In the office, an embarrassed Naomi tells Pierce to forget she said anything; her Feelings™ will burn out eventually.
NAOMI: I wasn't gonna act on it. I've just been all over the shop lately with Gary and leaving LA, coming here - no job, no plan - and seeing you. And just... don't make me say it again.
PIERCE: Well, it never even crossed my mind that this would be an issue. I mean, you're the one that knocked *me* back (...) You picked Charles!
NAOMI: Okay, let's not relive the gory details. Hooking up with a married man is not gonna be on the highlight reel at my funeral.
PIERCE: Well, I'm married now.
NAOMI: Yes, and you are happy, and that's why this is stupid - and there's no need to stress about it, okay? Can we just let it go?
At this point, Chloe bursts in and starts telling them about how happy Elly is to be home with Aster.
CHLOE: Even if the Shaun stuff is mind-blowingly weird!
Chloe asks if she's interrupting a work meeting, but Naomi insists they're 'finished'. Chloe remarks at what a 'great little team' Naomi and Pierce are at Lassiter's, and jokes that she'll have to be careful in case she gets replaced! Naomi and Pierce smile awkwardly.
Shane is on the phone to Mackenzie's dad, Grant, discussing the money Shane's loaned him; Shane says that he'll let Grant know once Toadie's had a look at his WorkSafe claim. Shane hangs up just as Dipi comes in, and they kiss. Enter Ned and Yashvi.
YASHVI: Oh, get a room!
Yashvi suggests to Ned that they could go and see a movie later. He seems unkeen, suggesting they stream one at his place instead. Shane silently realises that Ned is not wanting to spend the money while he's out of work, and looks annoyed when Yashvi says she'll pay for the movie. Shane makes a pointed remark about Ned's lack of earnings.
SHANE: Got any work yet?
NED: A couple of things in the pipeline.
SHANE: But no paid work.
Frustrated by Shane's hostility, Ned walks out.
YASHVI: Way to wreck the mood.
Kyle is on the sofa when Naomi comes in. He announces that Roxy has gone to Darwin. He doesn't know if it's because of him, and asks Naomi if he should call her. Naomi's unsympathetic, and tells him to do what he likes!
KYLE: Oh, yeah, great - thanks for that advice (!)
NAOMI: Sorry, I'm sorry. I've just got my own problems, okay?
KYLE: Yeah. Gotta decide which handbag to buy?
She admits she told Pierce the truth about her Feelings™ for him.
KYLE: Why would you go and do something stupid like that?
NAOMI: Cos he forced it out of me, okay? Don't! Don't make me feel like more of an idiot than I already am.
Sheila and Clive come in; Sheila's glad to see Kyle and Naomi are both at home, as she's bought a rack of lamb so they can have lunch together. Sheila's determined that Naomi and Clive should spend some quality time getting to know each other, as Naomi hasn't spent a minute with him yet. Clive politely makes excuses for Naomi, acknowledging she's been busy.
SHEILA: She can take an hour.
NAOMI: Actually, I can't - I've got a meeting.
Naomi walks out. Clive says it's fine.
CLIVE: She doesn't like me - it's okay.
SHEILA: She doesn't *know* you. I've just spent 30 bucks a kilo on a lovely lunch, and she can't even make an effort. I am really trying.
CLIVE: I know, I know. But maybe it's not just up to you.
In the office, Chloe, Pierce, Terese and Paul are having a meeting. Paul sarcastically welcomes Chloe back, after 'her little side-project went belly-up'. They're discussing the forthcoming Pride event, and Pierce and Chloe think they need to invest in some big-name talent.
PAUL: You mean, like when we wasted all that time and money chasing Princess Mary's dress for the wedding expo, and missed out?
CHLOE: We've learned from that.
PAUL: What did we learn, Chloe? To never let you near the decision-making process again?
PIERCE: Paul, you have cost this company more money than anyone else in this room.
At this point, Naomi comes in.
PAUL: Yes, can we help you?
NAOMI: No. Yes. I was wanting to talk to you about... boobs. I had an idea for an event, to help raise awareness for breast cancer. I think we should do something for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea (...) We wanted to run it by you, Terese, first - as a survivor.
TERESE: Right. Well, I think it's a great idea.
Naomi asks Pierce if they can have a chat when he has a minute. He promises to come and find her. Naomi leaves the room, then presses her head against a picture on the wall in frustration.
Pierce comes to find Naomi, confused as to why she pitched the Morning Tea idea before they had had a chance to finalise the details. Naomi explains it was a cover; she was expecting only to find Pierce in the office. Naomi appears to be resigned to the idea that Pierce is going to fire her, but he insists she isn't losing her job.
NAOMI: I've wrecked our working relationship, Pierce.
PIERCE: Well, it doesn't have to be wrecked.
But Pierce says he'd have been more upfront with Chloe about his history with Naomi if he'd known this would happen.
NAOMI: It's definitely not worth dragging Chloe into. I feel bad enough as it is. You two are great together, and the last thing you need is me destroying all of it.
PIERCE: Well, for the record, I appreciate the honesty (...) and now that it's out, and we both agree that it's nothing -
NAOMI: It's less than nothing.
PIERCE: Then there's no reason why we still can't continue to work together.
Naomi's grateful; and at this moment, Chloe turns up. She reports that Terese is very keen on the Morning Tea idea, and wants Naomi and Chloe to get started straight away.
NAOMI: What, you and me?
CHLOE: Uh-huh. Sorry to break up the dream team!
Ned and Yashvi are in the sun room when Harlow and Hendrix come in, talking about Roxy's trip to Darwin. Ned thinks she'll be fine as long as she stays away from the Abernethys.
NED: Just a dodgy family full of con artists.
HENDRIX: Mm. Probably make more dough than regular artists.
Ned gives him a look!
HENDRIX: Oh, not you, though - obviously! You're gonna make the next Mona Lisa. Or whatever.
NED: Yeah. Well, right now, I'd literally make anything (...)
HENDRIX: Hey, maybe I'll commission a statue.
NED: Of what?
HENDRIX: (gestures to himself)
HARLOW: Just when I thought you couldn't be more conceited.
HENDRIX: You're all laughing now, but there'll be queues lining up to see this rig!
YASHVI: Lining up, or throwing up?
NED: You know what? I'm in. Let's do it.
HENDRIX (laughs): What? Now?
NED: Yeah, why not?
HARLOW: Yeah, Hendrix, why not?
HENDRIX: ... Oh, I - I wasn't being serious.
Ned admits he's just winding Hendrix up, but almost wishes he wasn't, given how thin on the ground work seems to be...
Chloe and Naomi are discussing their plans for the charity event. Meanwhile, at the bar, Terese asks Paul whether he thinks Naomi came to the office just to discuss the Morning Tea; she seemed surprised to find everyone there.
TERESE: It was kind of like she was just wanting to see one person.
PAUL: Oh, come on, she's barely looked at me twice since she got here! There is zero interest there.
TERESE: Yeah, well, you were the first person she looked at, and she seemed uncomfortable. PAUL: Terese, for the last time, I promise you, you have absolutely nothing to worry about.
We cut back to Chloe and Naomi, who are making jokes about boobs!
CHLOE: What do we want to drink?
NAOMI: Doesn't matter - as long as it comes in jugs!
As Paul and Terese leave, Naomi suggests to them that they should find a local artist to bring their ideas for the Morning Tea to life. Terese says they should ask Ned, and promises to send on his details. Paul and Terese leave, and Chloe and Naomi continue to talk; Chloe says that 'in my situation', charity events like this mean a lot.
CHLOE: I know what it's like to get a terrible diagnosis. I have Huntington's disease.
NAOMI: I'm so sorry.
CHLOE: Don't be. It is what it is. And I have an amazing support team, especially Pierce. When I found out, I just... I thought it was unfair for someone to commit to me. But he wasn't having it, and it actually brought us closer.
NAOMI: You guys are so lucky to have each other.
CHLOE: Yeah, we are.
Naomi looks awkward.
Kyle and Sheila are chopping veggies, when Clive comes in. He announces he's bought two tickets for the wrestling at West Waratah Town Hall tonight, for him and Naomi, in a bid to help them connect! Kyle assures Clive that just because Naomi has been grumpy, it doesn't mean she doesn't like him. Kyle claims she's stressed 'about work stuff'.
Kyle tells Clive that he can't take Naomi to the wrestling without knowing something about it first - he will have to brush up, fast.
Paul is at a table in the courtyard when Pierce, Harlow and Hendrix turn up. They're talking about Pierce giving Harlow some driving lessons; he has an ulterior motive, so that she can ferry Hendrix around instead of Pierce! Harlow suggests Hendrix could always sit the test himself.
HENDRIX: I don't need to. When I'm rich and famous, I'll just hire a driver.
PIERCE: And how do you propose that will happen?
HENDRIX: Commission Ned to make a statue of me, and sell it for a fortune!
Pierce quips that he'd want change from a tenner for that, at which point Hendrix informs him he has no artistic taste, pointing out that he spent thousands on a painting Hendrix could've done in first grade.
PIERCE: That was a Daisy Nader. And it's tripled in value.
HENDRIX: Cool. So, drinks are on you, then.
But the mention of Daisy Nader has piqued Paul's interest, as he recalls his own debacle involving Naomi and one of her paintings. Once Hendrix and Harlow have left, Paul goes over and talks to Pierce.
PAUL: It's not often you come across another Daisy Nader painting (...) How did you come across her?
PIERCE: Well, I used to know an art dealer in Sydney. Used to roam around the same circles. They hooked me up with the seller, and I couldn't say no.
PAUL: Who was the dealer?
PIERCE: It was Charles Tranner. Why? Do you know him?
PAUL: No, no. Well, not personally.
But Paul smirks as he leaves, recalling that Charles was an associate of Naomi's when she first arrived in Erinsborough...
Naomi is telling Kyle that Chloe and Pierce are perfect for each other, and she's happy for them - so that's it as far as she's concerned. She sees Ned and Yashvi at the bar.
NAOMI: Is that Ned Willis?
KYLE: Woah! You move on fast!
NAOMI: It's a work thing, you peanut!
Kyle tells Naomi that Sheila still wants her home for lunch, but Naomi is already rushing over to talk to Ned! Kyle looks at his phone, debating with himself over whether to call Roxy. He walks out, as Naomi introduces herself to Yashvi and Ned.
YASHVI: Toadie's told me a lot about you.
NAOMI: Oh, okay. Well, first of all - lies! Second of all... you're an artist, right?
NED: Yep, yep.
NAOMI: Well, I might have a job for you.
Yashvi leaves them to talk business.
NED: What sort of job?
NAOMI: A boob job!
Shane is moaning to Dipi about Ned's art career. Dipi defends Ned, saying it's what he loves - reminding Shane that he's taken a similar path trying to become an inventor. Shane says at least he's going to uni; Ned has done nothing more than quit his job and making Instagram posts. He's worried Yashvi will end up supporting him forever.
DIPI: I get it, Shane - you don't like him!
SHANE: It's not that.
DIPI: Yashvi's happy. That's exactly what we're supposed to want for her.
Sheila and Clive turn up. They're looking for Toadie, but Dipi explains he's Not In This Episode™.
CLIVE: We were after advice about wrestling.
Shane's ears prick up, saying he's Clive's man.
SHANE: Who do you think snuck young Jarrod out of bed to watch Hulk Hogan smash King Kong Bundy in the steel cage? That was me. I taught that kid everything he knows about wrestling. But not everything I know.
CLIVE: So you'll help me?
SHANE: Did Ric Flair have the best hair in the history of the WWE?
CLIVE and SHEILA: ...
Harlow and Hendrix are at a table outside Harold's, when Yashvi and Ned turn up to reveal that Ned is now a 'paid artiste' following Naomi's commission.
YASHVI: She wants Ned to sculpt her boobs!
NED: (...) She didn't really say why, and I haven't really said yes.
YASHVI: But he will.
Ned and Yashvi walk on; Ned asks her how comfortable she is with the idea of him working with Naomi's boobs!
YASHVI: I think she's awesome. I love her body confidence.
NED: Yeah, but I wouldn't just be painting the cast. I'd be putting the plaster on, which means I'd be... I don't even know how comfortable *I* am with that!
YASHVI: Hey, it's art, it's work and it's money!
But Ned still wants to think about it.
Shane is showing a bemused Clive some wrestling videos on the computer. Eventually, Shane slams the laptop shut.
SHANE: You don't seem impressed, Clive.
CLIVE: Well, it's... it's fake. It's not real, it's rehearsed.
SHANE (laughs): Is the Bolshoi Ballet fake? Lee Kernaghan at the Tamworth Music Festival, fake?
CLIVE: They're not the same thing.
SHANE: No. They're not the same thing. These guys are more than just athletes in their prime. They're dancers, performers. The greatest artists on the planet.
SHANE: ... You want to see how easy it is? Come on, up you get. Let's see how easy it is not.
Clive looks even more bemused.
Shortly afterwards, Dipi and Sheila come in to find Shane with Clive in a headlock, grunting! Clive escapes his grasp and hits him with a cushion. Shane drops to the floor, and tells Clive he's getting the hang of it! Now it's Dipi and Sheila's turn to look bemused.
Paul is randomly hanging out by the rooftop pool, looking devious. He returns to reception, and reports to Chloe, Pierce and Terese that the pool is busy; Terese says Lucy is thrilled with the bookings it's attracting. Pierce takes the credit for his suggestion to revamp the pool, but Paul queries whether it was really his idea.
Paul gets a phone call, and walks out of earshot to take it; it's Charles Tranner.
PAUL: Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. Yeah, I'm an associate of Pierce Greyson... Well, more of a friend, really... He sends his regards. Must've been a while since you've seen each other, though?
Ned is with Naomi in the kitchen. He says he's not in a position to turn down work, but would like to know the rationale behind it! Naomi explains she wants him to create a wall of breast casts, of all different shapes and sizes, then auction them off for charity. Ned is relieved, and says that's a great idea!
NAOMI: So, my cast would be like a proof of concept, to get the go-ahead from Terese.
NED: Cool, yes, I'm in.
NAOMI: Great, okay. So what's the next step?
Ned says he'll buy some materials and consider the design.
NED: Basically, just figure out what's gonna work well with your, umm... shape.
NAOMI: My shape. Okay. Well, I mean, you may as well see what you're working with.
NED: Oh, I will need to do that, but probably not *right* now...!
But Naomi begins to take her blouse off, to give Ned a sneak preview - just as Clive and Sheila are coming in, with Shane in tow!
SHEILA: Naomi Bernadette Canning!
Shane's horrified, and starts shouting at Ned for 'doing the dirty on my daughter'! Kyle comes in from the yard, hearing the commotion, and encourages Shane to leave, while Sheila tries to do up Naomi's blouse! Ned looks worried!
Yashvi is helping Dipi bring the bins out, when Shane appears from No 26.
SHANE: There's no way to break this to you easily - your boyfriend is a dog (...) I just caught him with Naomi with their top off.
YASHVI: Have they started already?
Ned is following Shane towards them.
YASHVI: Is it going well?
NED: Yeah, it was!
SHANE: Love, he's cheating on you!
NED: No, I'm not.
SHANE: Ned, shut up!
YASHVI: No, Dad, you shut up! (...) Ned got a commission to sculpt Naomi's boobs.
SHANE: Is that what he told ya?
NED: It's the truth.
SHANE: I said shut up, Ned!
DIPI: Calm down, Shane!
NED: I'm sick of your attitude.
SHANE: Oh, so I'm the bad guy, am I?! YASHVI: Yes, you are!
Yashvi and Ned walk away. Dipi confirms to Shane that she knew about the commission, and says it's a great opportunity for Ned.
DIPI: What is going on with you, Shane? You're up, you're down, you're all over the place! Is it uni? Work?
SHANE: No, it's nothing.
DIPI: Okay, you're clearly stressed about something. Is it Grant? Are you worried about his situation?
SHANE: No, no - it's definitely not about Grant.
DIPI: Okay, then, Shane, I have to be honest with you. I'm not sure how much more of this temper I can take!
Naomi is regaling Chloe with tales of how flummoxed Ned was when she took her blouse off, as they catch up over drinks. Pierce, Terese and Paul come in; Terese heads off again to update Lucy on the Morning Tea event, while Chloe goes to the bar to get drinks. Paul follows her, intent on causing trouble, while Naomi and Pierce talk.
PIERCE: So, everything okay?
NAOMI: Everything is absolutely okay.
At the bar...
PAUL: You and Naomi seem to be working well together.
CHLOE: Yeah, she's a dead-set legend.
PAUL: That's good. I mean, surprising, but yeah, that's great.
CHLOE: Why is it surprising?
PAUL: Well, because of, you know...
He gestures over to where Pierce and Naomi are talking.
CHLOE: They're old friends. So what?
PAUL: Except it was a bit more than that, wasn't it?
PAUL: Well, word has it that Pierce chased her pretty hard. Bordering on infatuation.
PAUL: It's odd, isn't it, though? Why would they keep it a secret?
Chloe looks worried, and annoyed.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Paul stirs things further, by telling Pierce that Naomi is Chloe's type
- We see Naomi and Chloe happily soaking up one another's awesomeness; Pierce is worried
- Susan berates Karl for talking about their personal problems to another woman
- Toadie tells Kyle that Dee actually thinks Heather has changed
- Dee visits Heather in prison