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Neighbours Episode 8615 from 2021 - NeighboursEpisodes.com
<<8612 - 8617>>
Episode title: 8615
Australian airdate: 06/05/21
UK airdate:
Writer: Lisa Maroun
Director: Tony Osicka
Guests: Melanie Pearson: Lucinda Cowden
Angela Lane: Amanda Harrison
Holden Brice: Toby Derrick
Brent Colefax: Texas Watterston
Music:
Summary/Images by: Carly/Graham
Previously
- Brent and Holden breaking into The Hive
- The police arresting Brent before he could turn himself in
- Harlow fighting with Paul after he sent the cops to arrest Brent
- Toadie telling Harlow that Paul hired him to represent Brent
- Harlow assuring Brent whatever happens they'll make it work
- Karl and Susan trying to support Toadie and his love life
- Toadie telling Melanie he likes her animal print dress
- Mackenzie seeing Angela Lane with Toadie and getting the wrong idea
- Mackenzie telling Karl and Susan that Toadie's mystery lady is Angela
The Flamingo Bar
Karl and Susan are each nursing a giant piña colada after Mackenzie dropped the 'Toadie is dating Angela Lane' bombshell on them. Susan thinks Toadie is making a huge mistake, but becomes indignant when Karl says they shouldn't interfere. "You interfere all the time!" she exclaims. Karl says perhaps he's learnt his lesson on the matter, but Susan sure as heck hopes not because she's counting on him to interfere again.
SUSAN: This isn't just about me, Karl. Think of Mackenzie; Angela doesn't even recognise her gender. Toadie must know that this is going to make all of us so uncomfortable.
KARL: Mackenzie did say he had no intention of telling us. He must be very conflicted.
SUSAN: Well I don't want him to feel as though he has to be secretive.
KARL: We didn't really give him a choice, did we! No wonder he's finding it hard going public about this relationship.
SUSAN: (in a horrified whisper) We encouraged him to go for it.
KARL: That's why I got us these super- sized piña coladas, they've got everything in them.
Susan grabs her glass and starts gulping down the drink.
Number 30
David and Terese are visiting Harlow and chatting about Brent. David's proud that Brent's owning up to his mistakes, and Terese is hopeful the teen's remorse will be taken into account at the sentencing. Harlow knows it would have looked better if Brent was able to turn himself in, but Terese says Paul only did it because he was worried about her. "Dad can struggle with doing the right thing most of the time, but in this case he was looking out for your safety," David adds.
DAVID: And he did hire Toadie as his counsel.
HARLOW: No, I'm not giving him credit for throwing money at another mess. It's his constant out.
David says he has to head off, but if Harlow needs him she only has to call. Once David's gone, Terese tells Harlow she's wrong about Paul. Hiring Toadie was a big challenge for him, especially since Paul doesn't have the funds right now. Terese tells Harlow about Paul's current financial strain and is adamant that nothing is "easy" for him at the moment, hinting that perhaps Harlow shouldn't be so harsh towards Paul.
The Waterhole
Angela chats with Toadie while she waits for her food. She thanks him again for his help with Lacy and for keeping the meeting quiet. Toadie replies that he's all about discretion, just as his tiger growl ringtone goes off. "Is that coming from your pants?" Angela asks in confusion, as Toadie quickly retrieves his phone. He mumbles that his assistant must have put it on since he loves tigers. Further embarrassment is imminent as Paul saunters in with a parcel that was delivered to Toadie's old hotel room office.
PAUL: (reading the label) Who, or what, is 'Juicy Jungle' by the way?
ANGELA: Is it to do with your love of tigers? Something for the kids?
TOADIE: Yes. Yeah, absolutely. It's, um, animal themed books.
Angela smiles as she collects her food and leaves. Paul informs Toadie that he only dropped off the mail because he wants an update on Brent, and to hurry it up or else he's opening the package in front of everyone.
PAUL: I was quite surprised to hear that Juicy Jungle had in fact branched out to kids stuff. Aren't they purely adults only?
TOADIE: (ignoring him) Okay, so Brent's plea is being processed and we're just waiting for them to set a sentencing date.
PAUL: Great that's one win. Now I've just got to get Harlow on side. I was hoping to sit down with her tomorrow actually.
TOADIE: Well she's coming with me in the morning to visit him, so I think you will be the last person that she will want to see after that.
PAUL: Maybe you could put in a good word for me then.
TOADIE: Like what? You misjudged your granddad, he's a good guy?
PAUL: Yeah, that'd work.
TOADIE: (bursts into laughter) Oh my gosh, you're serious!
Unamused, Paul turns and walks away to the tune of Toadie's wheezy laughter.
Ramsay Street
The next morning, Melanie and Toadie are loading boxes of files into Toadie's car. He asks if she's ever heard of Juicy Jungle, then says he bought some animal- themed lingerie for her. Melanie breaks into her patent piercing laugh when Toadie says Paul threatened to open the package last night containing her gift.
Over at Number 28, Karl and Susan emerge from the house just in time to be hit with echoes of Melanie's laughter, which is especially rough on Susan as she's sporting sunglasses to soothe a hangover. Karl hopes Susan won't say anything to Toadie about Angela until she's had more time to digest everything, but Susan labels the whole thing indigestible. Karl and Susan can see Toadie's in a really great mood lately, but still put it down to Angela, even though Toadie and Melanie are clearly having a lovely laugh and chat with one another right before their eyes. Karl then says that Toadie and Melanie have become close, so perhaps Melanie can shed some light on the Angela situation. Susan, however, says she'll just have to find a way to make peace with it - but her and her hangover need to dash back inside to be sick first.
Number 22
Chloe's finishing up a meeting with Terese and Paul and tells them Roxy's all over the volleyball tournament "like sand in your bikini after a day at the beach". Terese is glad to hear it since Roxy was a little over- ambitious at first. Chloe leaves, letting Harlow in as she goes. Paul doesn't understand why Harlow didn't use her key, but Harlow reminds him she doesn't live there right now. Harlow then says she's on her way to see Brent with Toadie, but wanted to stop by and thank Paul for hiring Brent a lawyer in the first place. Paul's surprised and says he's glad to hear it, then invites Harlow to have brunch with him and Terese later. Harlow replies that she doesn't want to rush things with Brent, but she'll try and make it if she has time. After she leaves, Terese reassures Paul that it's good Harlow made the first step towards reconciliation, and they can't ask for more than that. "Yeah, I know," Paul says somewhat glumly.
Remand Centre
Brent joins Harlow at the table outside and thanks her for coming, but Harlow says she wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Brent still feels guilty, though, and tells Harlow that if she ever wants to move on from him he'll get it. "I'm not going anywhere," Harlow replies, "and we're not having this conversation again." Brent smirks and says she sounds like Paul when she gets bossy, but Harlow says she's nothing like him.
BRENT: Maybe you're being too hard on Paul.
HARLOW: I did make an effort with him this morning because he hired Toadie.
BRENT: Where is Toadie?
HARLOW: I think he's on a call about your sentencing date. He said he could be a minute.
BRENT: I can't go to prison, Harlow.
HARLOW: (taking his hands in hers) I know. Whatever happens we're in this together, okay?
Brent nods at her.
Erinsborough High
Jane hopes Susan has spoken to Curtis about him shipping her off to Mildura for his own gain, but Seedy Susan is really in no mood for Jane's complaints right now. Jane repeats how frustrated she is that it's been days now with no response, but Susan points out that Jane is letting Curtis's agenda detract from just how much she enjoyed her time in Mildura. Putting a full stop on that debacle, Susan asks if there's anything else Jane wants to bring her up to speed on. Jane says that Angela Lane called and wants a word with Susan about Lacy. Horrified, Susan asks if Jane would take the meeting for her, but Jane says Angela's already on her way. "And seeing as Curtis's indiscretion isn't an issue, I'm sure you could spare a moment," Jane curtly adds before leaving the classroom. Right on cue Angela arrives for her meeting. Susan is positively thrilled.
Remand Centre
Toadie has finished his phone call and joined Harlow and Brent to deliver some pretty great news. He tells Brent that there's been a scheduling change and his sentencing hearing is very soon. Not only that, the residing judge is a big believer in rehabilitation. Brent asks if that's a good thing, but Toadie says if they can show Brent's remorseful and willing to change, there's a good chance Brent can get out with zero jail time.
BRENT: (grinning) I'm never this lucky!
TOADIE: Well, maybe Harlow's your new lucky charm.
HARLOW: But what about Brent not turning himself in, is that going to work against him?
TOADIE: Yeah it's not ideal, but it's my job to argue against that. I need to show that you've had an unstable life, but you are willing to turn that around. Year 13, the blanket project, stable relationships, all of that counts. So, if all things go well, you'll just get community service.
Brent thanks Toadie as the lawyer heads off to make more phone calls. Brent and Harlow are trilled by the news. Brent says he'll be able to go back to school and find a job, and Harlow thinks they could find him a place somewhere close by her to rent. Brent then says he wants Harlow to pass on a message to Paul about how grateful he is. "Careful, start being nice to granddad and you guys might actually get along," Harlow smiles. Brent thinks that now he's in with a chance of getting out, it's probably time to try.
Erinsborough High
Angela confesses to Susan that she thought Lacy getting expelled was rock bottom, but since then she's only gone downhill. Angela's really struggling with how to get through to her daughter, but 'Jarrod' mentioned Susan was really good with wayward kids so she was hoping for some advice. Susan says she's not a miracle worker and there aren't any quick fixes, but she could go through some strategies with her and recommend some counsellors. Angela can't believe Susan's being so helpful towards her given their history. Susan musters all the resolve she can.
SUSAN: Well, maybe I'm trying to see you in a different light. Obviously Toadie does.
ANGELA: He's a nice guy.
SUSAN: (leaning forward and sounding deadly serious) He is the very best there is. And he deserves to have Cupid in his corner for once. He's had a very, very bad run since Sonya. And while I haven't always been comfortable with this in the past, I am prepared to be supportive for Toadie. Whoever he chooses to like, whoever he chooses to be with, she has to be prepared to look after him heart and soul. She has to be selfless. He cannot be hurt again - do you understand?
ANGELA: I'm a believer in things coming full circle. And you should trust in that for a good person like Toadie.
Angela grins at Susan, who offers a quiet 'good' in return. While Susan heads out to get the list of counsellors, Angela does a quick internet search on her phone as to what Juicy Jungle actually is, getting a little hot under the collar when she finds out it's lingerie.
Number 22
Paul's a bit sad Harlow didn't join them for brunch, but Terese says Harlow did warn them she might not make it. They're in for a nice surprise, though, when Harlow uses her key this time to let herself in and join them for some food. Paul's stoked.
Number 30
Toadie answers a knock at the door thinking it's Melanie, but finds Angela on his doorstep instead. Toadie thinks she's there about Lacy's court case, but Angela saunters her way inside and says she's not, even though she finds the way Toadie spouts legal jargon a bit of a turn on. "I always found automotive law quite dry," Toadie replies, very confused by this flirty version of Angela. Confusion continues to reign supreme with the Toad when Angela laughs and flirts some more while 'accidentally' showing off the bra strap of the new lingerie she bought.
ANGELA: I guess the cat's out of the bag, (she makes claw hands) or should I say tiger. Can I confess something?
TOADIE: You don't have to.
ANGELA: I went onto the Juicy Jungle site. I wanted to know what you were really buying.
TOADIE: (mortified) Great.
ANGELA: And I may have made a little purchase of my own - a new brassiere. It feels fantastic. No wonder you're a subscriber.
TOADIE: Angela you're my client.
ANGELA: And your professionalism is second to none. I feel very looked after. But I wonder who's looking after you?
She starts to unzip her top to show off more of the bra and Toadie quickly averts his eyes just as Melanie barges into the house. Without a care, Angela zips her top back up and tells Toadie to call her later. Melanie gapes at Toadie and asks what on earth is going on. Toadie's just as stumped.
Number 22
Harlow tells Terese she's missed her cooking, while Terese says they've missed her company. Paul teases that he's had no one to have arguments about sustainability with, but Harlow doubts he's truly missing that. Paul's good mood soon deflates when Harlow tells them that Brent's sentencing is looking really positive as the judge is keen on rehabilitation. "We're looking at a community corrections order, no jail at all," Harlow beams, further upsetting Paul's vibe. Terese is happy for Harlow, but Paul can barely muster a smile when Harlow talks about all the fun things she'll be able to do with Brent once he's free.
HARLOW: Brent also wanted me to tell you that he's really thankful. If you hadn't have organised this legal representation, he wouldn't be on the verge of being released. He's really grateful, and it's all down to you.
Paul musters up a grimace but is slowly dying inside.
Number 30
Toadie says that Juicy Jungle has affected his life in the strangest of ways. Melanie is also trying to process what Toadie just told her about Angela's advances. Toadie reassures Melanie that he only kept his initial meeting with Angela a secret because he didn't want to hurt Mackenzie and Susan.
TOADIE: Angela can be a polarising woman. She is trying to change.
MELANIE: Into what, a nympho?
TOADIE: I have no idea how that went from professional to bra flashing.
MELANIE: Well you said there was a little bit of flirtation in the past.
TOADIE: Yeah we were going to go on a first date for all of two seconds before I pulled the plug. But when she rang up about Lacy it was all business so I've got no idea where that came from.
MELANIE: So you're not interested in her?
TOADIE: Oh god no. No! As soon as I recover from the shock I'm going to call her and set her straight. Let her know I already have one tigress in my life.
MELANIE: I did feel a little threatened. I think maybe we need to find a way to re- establish some territory.
But before they can head to the bedroom, they're interrupted by Karl and Susan popping over for a visit. Toadie and Melanie snap back to professional mode, and Toad says he'll be with the K's in a moment, he just needs to walk Melanie to her car. While they're gone, Karl asks how Susan's faring with her hangover and Susan admits she's been better. Karl then tells her that's why he's extra proud she stayed so neutral while speaking with Angela today.
SUSAN: Well I might have let it slip that I had an inkling, but I did it in a 'don't hurt Toadie' sort of way. She wasn't offended.
KARL: I think we need to go dark now until Toadie's ready to talk to us.
SUSAN: Right, we working for ASIO now are we?
Toadie returns and the Kennedys pretend everything is normal and hunky dory.
Number 22
Paul vents to Jane about Brent getting away with everything he's done. Jane's in supportive mode because she's equally as annoyed Curtis is getting away with terrible things too, "bad behaviour goes unchecked all the time!" Paul was sure Brent was going to be put away for at least six months, and he was hoping Harlow would use that time to get Brent out of her system.
JANE: You don't know that he's going to be released for sure.
PAUL: It seemed like a sure thing all right.
JANE: In your experience with going to court, has it always met your expectations?
PAUL: No.
JANE: Well then I don't understand why you're fretting over a presumed outcome.
PAUL: Maybe I was just trying to prepare for what might be. That boy is bad for her.
JANE: Paul, Brent isn't evil he's just misguided. (Paul scoffs) And it doesn't matter that you don't like him because Harlow does. Don't you want to be a part of her life?
PAUL: Of course I do.
JANE: Well then make a concession. Fortifying your relationship with Harlow means that you can look out for her when he is released. Now wouldn't that be a good thing?
PAUL: And what sort of concession are you actually suggesting, Jane? Fruit basket?
JANE: You could go and visit him. Allowing him to thank you face- to- face shows Harlow that you're accepting the olive branch.
Paul muses over this suggestion.
Number 32
Harlow has dropped by to tell David the news about Brent. David didn't even realise a community corrections order was even possible. Harlow didn't either, since Brent's charges were so serious she thought he would get jail time for sure. David asks if Toadie's confident Brent won't get a custodial sentence, and Harlow says all Brent has to do is prove to the judge that he's willing to change.
DAVID: Historically he hasn't been very good at that.
HARLOW: This time's different. Being in remand has really shaken him up.
DAVID: How was he when Toadie gave you the news?
HARLOW: Relieved. Lighter. But Toadie did say it was a bit of a fluke.
DAVID: Does dad know what's happening?
HARLOW: I just came from brunch with him and Terese. I updated them.
DAVID: You said that like you brunch with them daily. When did this happen?
HARLOW: Well, something that Terese said made me realise I was being a bit unfair on granddad. And I miss him.
DAVID: He is very good at getting under your skin.
HARLOW: Yep, like a fungus.
DAVID: For which there is no cure.
David's still glad Harlow's giving Paul another chance, but Harlow figures if Brent deserves one then Paul should too.
Paul's Car/Number 22
Paul's on the phone with Terese, letting her know he'll be out of the office for an hour as he just needed some fresh air. Terese says he deserves some 'you' time as he showed a lot of restraint when Harlow told them about Brent. She thinks if Paul keeps acting that way then Harlow might move back home. Paul nods and says the closer Harlow is to them the safer she'll be. Terese has her concerns too, but reminds Paul just how excited Harlow is about Brent being released.
TERESE: Having your support means everything to her.
PAUL: I've only ever wanted what's best.
TERESE: You have a big heart, darling, it just gets misdirected sometimes.
Paul hangs up and gets out of the car.
Remand Centre
Paul has taken part of Jane's advice and headed to the remand centre - but he's there to visit Holden, not Brent.
HOLDEN: What do you want?
PAUL: I was hoping you might be able to help me with something, Holden.
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