- Shane tells Dipi he can't go back to her
- Amy admits to Terese she's staying in town to let Shane know she's committed
- Terese tells Paul that Amy has been angling for a job
- Olivia wants to write a new version of 'The Devil You Know' from Susan's perspective
- But Susan tells Olivia not to contact her or the family ever again
- Karl tells Kyle and Roxy they need to make the tram profitable, or lose Gary's legacy forever
- Karl reports back to Paul that Kyle won't budge on any of his proposed solutions
- So Paul tells Kyle and Roxy that Amy will be the tram's new tenant instead
Paul is still gloating to Kyle and Roxy about them being kicked out of the tram. He leaves them to talk to Karl about 'the particulars'.
KARL: I am as unhappy about this as you are.
ROXY: Yeah, right (!)
KYLE: Karl, you were supposed to go in to bat for me.
KARL: Yeah, and I gave it a try. In fairness, you didn't want to follow any of my suggestions.
Kyle and Roxy explain they'd decided to follow Karl's advice and test out some cheaper recipes. Roxy begs Karl to give Kyle a chance. But...
KARL: I have to think about the long term. The viability of the tram comes first.
ROXY: Yeah - you're speaking, so why am I hearing Paul Robinson?
KARL: He's a successful businessman for a reason.
KYLE: Yeah, he'd sell his own mother.
KARL: He wasn't wrong. I can't allow my investment to become tainted by the failure of The 82.
KYLE: It hasn't failed!
KARL: Not yet! Look, I'm really, really sorry. But this tram means a lot to Jemima and I.
KYLE: Hey, it means just as much to me, Karl! Please, mate, I can do this.
KARL: I wish I could take your passion to the bank.
Karl apologises again, and leaves Kyle and Roxy looking forlorn.
Amy is at a table with Paul, thanking him for thinking of the tram for her boutique business. Paul says Karl will be her landlord, but that he'll be keeping close oversight, particularly after Amy's debacle with the Lassiter's uniforms. Amy assures him she doesn't usually operate like that; everything will be above board from now on.
Amy rushes over to the bar and joins Shane and Mackenzie, excitedly telling them about the tram being her new boutique premises. Shane wonders what happened with Kyle, and there's an awkward pause before he finally offers Amy his congratulations. Amy says she's considering a combined boutique and coffee shop, to take advantage of the kitchen in the tram.
AMY: So, how about it? Wanna go into business with me?
Shane is lost for words...
David and Karl are chatting about Brent and his textiles work and schooling, when Olivia Bell comes in and approaches Karl.
KARL: I have nothing to say to you.
As David exits, Olivia begins talking to Karl about her encounter with Susan, but is surprised to learn Karl isn't aware she and Susan have talked. Olivia explains she's in town to write an updated version of her Finn Kelly biography, but that she wants to interview Karl and Susan to let them tell their side of the story.
KARL: Are you completely out of your mind?!
OLIVIA: I know it sounds disingenuous, but I promise you it's not. Your friendship meant something to me; let me do the right thing.
KARL: Your friendship means nothing to me anymore. You've wasted your time coming here.
Shane and Amy are talking about his potential involvement in her new business; he says it's a lot to get his head around.
AMY: Look, it's fast, that's for sure. But, you know, when life throws you lemons, you've got to juggle them... or something.
SHANE: Going into business together, it's a huge step.
AMY: It's a jump, but it's not as high-risk as it may seem. Look, we already know that we work well together.
Amy reminds Shane how much fun they've had working on other things together, like the uniforms and the lip sync contest. He queries whether it would stay fun if they worked together every day. But Amy's keen to go into business with someone she trusts.
AMY: And I trust you completely. That's the best part.
SHANE: Well, I'm flattered.
AMY: Don't be flattered. Say yes.
SHANE: There's so much more to consider, though. Uni, my family...
AMY: Yeah, right. I understand.
SHANE: Can I think on it?
AMY: Sure... Have you thought about it yet? Ha! Joking. Obviously.
AMY: No, take all the time - not *all* the time - just take the time that you need. To say yes.
In the garden, Kyle, Roxy and Levi are upset about losing the tram leasehold. Kyle decides to look at the contract, to examine the 'morals clause' which is what Paul explained to Karl would allow him to eject Kyle as a tenant.
KYLE (reading): 'Tenants shall not commit any act or do anything which might reasonably be considered to be immoral, deceptive or scandalous.' Damn.
ROXY: That doesn't exactly describe what happened.
KYLE: We immorally poisoned two people...
KYLE: ... deceptively hid it, and then scandalously got outed and shut down.
Levi suggests there could be a loophole, so Kyle decides to run the contract past Toadie.
ROXY: I still can't believe Karl. Paul, I get it - that man's heart will be the last surviving iceberg.
Roxy decides to take the matter to Terese in the hope that she will then intervene with Paul.
KYLE: That's the new plan, babe. I'll keep looking through this paperwork; you get Terese to put the squeeze on Paul.
ROXY: We've got this, babe.
LEVI (does a little dance): Yeah, you try to boot a Canning, expect to get a caning! Am I right?
KYLE and ROXY: ...
Mackenzie is filling Toadie in on the news that Kyle is shutting down The 82, and that Amy is taking on the tram and has asked Shane to be her business partner. Dipi, who is working nearby, overhears this and is upset, asking Mackenzie if she's heard correctly. Everyone looks worried.
Terese is in the office, on the phone to Roxy. Terese seems sympathetic to Kyle's plight, and promises Roxy she'll 'sort it out'. Paul comes in, and Terese rages at him for getting Kyle evicted from the tram.
TERESE: You're destroying the man's livelihood!
PAUL: No, no. Karl is the landlord. I merely gave some advice. Oh, come on Terese, you know that it was the best move for the business.
TERESE: Kyle just wants to honour his father. I mean, would it be that bad to give him a chance to recover?
PAUL: That business is a zombie, and it is affecting every shop near it. Failure begets failure. I merely put a stop to the rot. Now, I have built an empire on instinct and tough calls, and I refuse to be made to feel guilty over this one.
Karl is telling Susan and Bea about his encounter with Olivia at the café. Susan apologises, saying she had been planning to bring Karl up to speed about her earlier chat with Olivia. They both seem to be on the same page in terms of being outraged Olivia's even approached them.
Susan explains that Elly has told her Claudia has stopped Olivia's book from being released in Europe, which explains why she's writing another version.
SUSAN: So this was never about remorse. This is about money.
BEA: And now she's not getting any!
KARL: Ah, so it's Claudia to the rescue!
BEA: Yeah, as strange as that sounds.
Susan suggests they should warn the other RSRs in case she approaches them. She asks Karl if Kyle knows about it. Karl awkwardly replies that he'd already had his meeting with Kyle by the time he ran into Olivia. Bea offers to text Kyle and fill him in. Karl looks worried.
Shane and Amy are chatting when Toadie comes in. Amy has to head to the bank for a meeting about the tram lease, so leaves. Toadie broaches the topic of Amy asking Shane to be her business partner. An awkward conversation ensues.
SHANE: Bush telegraph is alive and well, then (...)
TOADIE: Are you actually considering it?
SHANE: How could I not? A gorgeous woman wants to build a life with me.
TOADIE: ... Sure. Do you mind if I play devil's advocate for a bit?
SHANE: ... Go for it.
TOADIE: Okay. Starting a business (...) it's a lot of work. You and Dipi know that, right? (...) Well, adding that kind of a stress into a new relationship. Bro...
SHANE: I know.
TOADIE: Yeah. And then there's the addiction. You've done a lot of work to recover there, and part of the thing that sent you down that path was you overcommitting yourself.
SHANE: Yeah. Well, they're all valid points, but... I dunno, you should hear Amy talking about it. She's buzzing. It's exciting.
TOADIE: Okay. Alright, well, you've got a big decision to make, then, haven't you?
SHANE: I do.
TOADIE: Hey, heads up - you should check in with Dipi, too. Cos she overheard Mackenzie and I talking about it.
SHANE: Of course she did.
Terese is pretending to chat to an extra when she spots Amy passing, and rushes over to talk to her. Terese acknowledges she's heard about Amy's lease of the tram, and asks how she got the 'inside track' on it. Amy explains that Paul gave her the idea. Terese looks annoyed, and admits she may have mentioned Amy's interest in sticking around to Paul.
AMY: Oh, well then I owe my future success to you!
Amy goes in to kiss Terese, who ducks away! Amy assures her the new tram boutique will offer an unforgettable experience, and explains her plan for Shane to partner with her, selling coffee while Amy deals with the fashion side of things. Terese looks unconvinced.
TERESE: That's a big commitment.
AMY: I just feel like we can do anything together, you know? I trust my gut.
TERESE: And, umm... does Shane's gut feel like yours?
AMY (unsure): I did sort of spring it on him. I mean, it wasn't an instant 'yes' - but, you know, I feel like I've planted the seed and it'll bloom. Like, he chose me... us... He'll jump on board, I'm sure.
TERESE (unsure): Yes, I'm sure.
Mackenzie is apologising to Dipi for dropping the news about Shane and Amy's potential business partnership on her. Dipi assures her she's fine, but evidently isn't.
DIPI: Okay, maybe I'm not fine. I don't know, I... it's just so quick. I don't know what to think. It's their lives together. So my opinion is irrelevant. Even though it feels like Amy's stealing my life.
Shane comes in as Mackenzie leaves, and is apologetic to Dipi, saying he's only just heard about Amy's partnership idea himself. Dipi tells him not to apologise.
DIPI: We have to live our own lives now. And what you and Amy do together, it's none of my business.
SHANE: ... We're still gonna be a part of each other's lives, though. Through the kids. And through our shared history.
DIPI: Still, this is the new normal, right?
Regret seems to hang in the air between the two of them. Dipi asks if Shane's decided to accept Amy's offer. He says he's thinking about it.
DIPI: Big decision... Good luck with it.
She walks away, and Shane looks conflicted.
Amy is ominously dragging a gas canister inside the tram, when Shane shows up and helps her. She wants to store the canisters inside while she 'redesigns the interior', which literally makes zero sense - and of course this is immediately followed by a shot of her accidentally turning the gas valve on as she walks away from the canister.
Amy tells Shane about all her plans for the tram, and he gets involved himself, talking about possibilities for where they could put the coffee area.
SHANE: ... I'm committed to you, therefore I'm committed to your dreams. So, yes, 'we'.
AMY: Are you sure?
SHANE: Yeah. I know it wasn't an immediate 'yes'.
AMY: Was that about Dipi?
SHANE: Yeah. Yeah, but not in the way you think. When she and I took over Harold's, we ran it together, and that didn't quite work out as planned. And eventually I had to step back and let her run it by herself.
AMY: Shane, I'm not Dipi. You've got to look at this as two separate businesses. I'm not gonna tell you how to make coffee...
SHANE: ... and I'll stay out of your clothes racks.
They laugh, and agree on this. Noting that Amy won't need one of Kyle's old drinks fridges, Shane suggests they give Dipi first dibs on it as a peace offering, as she needs another one for the café. Amy agrees, saying Dipi can have first refusal on any of the unneeded equipment, for 'mates' rates'.
Amy says that before they make the partnership totally official, she needs final approval from 'some very important people'.
SHANE: Is that lawyers?
AMY: No, more important than that. I'll make a call, and set it up. Let's do this!
Shane looks a bit apprehensive, having no idea who she's talking about.
Susan comes in, and is concerned to see Olivia sitting at a table with David. They seem to be finishing up a meeting, and once Olivia has left, Susan approaches David, and learns they've been talking about Olivia's new book.
SUSAN: She cornered you, too. Honestly, the woman does not know when to quit.
DAVID: She's definitely persistent (...) Maybe what she's offering isn't such a bad idea. She may be doing it for selfish reasons, but it's my professional reputation at stake, and it'd be nice to correct the record.
SUSAN: Oh, no - no, David, she'll just stir up the whole debacle all over again, just when everyone's finally forgotten.
DAVID: But they haven't, though. And that's the point. Every time you search my name, her lies come up.
SUSAN: I'm sorry. I had no idea it was still causing you so much grief.
DAVID: Every new doctor at the hospital recognises me by what they've read. I have to overcome their assumptions that my judgement isn't on point. Sometimes it makes me question myself all over again.
SUSAN: Yeah, I know what you mean. We've got a new teacher at school, Curtis. I'm dreading the day that he gets up the nerve to ask me about Finn.
DAVID: In part because you're worried about what he's already read.
SUSAN: Mm. But you know you can't trust Olivia?
DAVID: I told her that I want right of approval over any reference to me. I'll see what she comes back with.
SUSAN (surprised): Right. So, this could really be happening?
DAVID: Maybe. The idea of taking back some kind of control does have its appeal.
Susan looks intrigued...
Amy is still at the tram when Dipi appears; she's come to take a look at the unneeded kitchen equipment. As they chat, Amy mentions that her kids are coming down to visit in a few days - presumably the 'very important people' she mentioned to Shane earlier.
DIPI (strained): That's lovely. Any particular occasion, or...?
AMY: I just wanted them to see my new business venture. And to meet Shane, actually.
DIPI: Right, yeah, that makes sense.
AMY: Mm. Yeah, they're really excited to meet him.
DIPI: (...) Congrats on landing the lease, by the way. It's a great location. Lots of potential.
Dipi begins to examine the kitchen equipment.
In the garden, Levi is in the spa. Kyle is pacing up and down apprehensively nearby. Roxy appears, and Kyle asks her if she's had any luck winning over Terese. Roxy explains that Terese tried to talk to Paul about letting Kyle stay in the tram, but he wouldn't budge.
For his part, Kyle has spoken to Toadie, who thinks the morals clause in the contract is 'usually enforceable', but there may be some wiggle-room. Toadie's going to look into it further, Kyle says, but has told him it will 'get expensive, fast'.
ROXY: So what next?
KYLE: Nothing. I have no other cards to play. The 82's done. It's time to let go.
Inside the tram, Dipi is examining the drinks fringe, when...
AMY: Hey, can you smell gas?
Dipi doesn't respond - just drops to the floor, unconscious. Amy goes over to help, but then passes out herself!
Bea is giving Karl a loud telling-off for kicking Kyle out of the tram, while Susan listens.
KARL: Poisoning in a restaurant - it's a business killer. No amount of publicity can restore a good name after a scandal like that.
BEA: Okay, if they had the time to put a different spin on things, everyone would've forgotten about what happened in the past, and then they could've rebuilt their reputation.
KARL: (...) In the meantime, they just keep bleeding money. Look, Bea, I could've given them all the time in the world, and it's still likely they would've folded.
BEA: No, you didn't give them any chance! Everyone could've been happy with this. But no, you just put a stop to everything, and now we're never gonna know!
Susan is listening intently, perhaps considering Bea's words in relation to her own situation with Olivia...
Shane arrives at the tram, and goes inside to find Amy and Dipi both unconscious on the floor...
Coming up on Neighbours
- Fay is here for a visit, and David and Aaron greet her as Chloe brings her into No 24
- Fay asks after Nicolette; Aaron later tells Nic this, who remarks, 'That must've been awkward'
- Chloe says, 'I'm not leaving you alone'; Fay says, 'Get away from me! I don't need your help'
- Toadie tells Shane there's something he needs to know; there's no easy way to say this