- Toadie's furious when Melanie lets Hugo out of her sight, leading to a near miss with Angela's car
- A tearful Melanie tells Jane that she doesn't think Toadie will ever forgive her
- Susan tells Toadie that Melanie would have learned 'a huge lesson' from what happened
- Melanie tells Toadie that she understands if he wants to bail on their relationship
- Levi tells Harlow he's coping much better now with his split with Bea
- Roxy tells Kyle she's done busting a gut to make Amy look better in front of Terese and Paul
- Amy tells David that Roxy's resistant to her mentoring; he suggests giving her more engaging work
Amy has come to see Roxy, who assumes she's here to get on her back about menial work tasks again. But instead, she's surprised when Amy concedes it was unfair to put so much work onto her.
AMY: You know what else hit me, my amazing 2IC? That you are wasted on menial tasks.
AMY: Mm. Which is why I want you working on the photoshoot for The Longest Workout comp (...) I want you to come up with a look for the mannequins, so that the models pop when they are on stage with them.
ROXY: I think I could come up with a concept.
AMY: Well, of course you can, cos you're creative.
Complimenting Roxy's pop-up shop idea that she heard about from Terese, Amy says it's shown her that Roxy can 'think big'. Amy says they'll need about 20 signups for the competition as a result of the photoshoot, so it will have to look amazing.
ROXY: And you trust me to do it?
AMY: I trust your vision, yes. Your time to shine!
Levi is doing strenuous exercise in the garden, while Kyle watches.
KYLE: Ugh, you're getting sweat in my coffee.
LEVI: Good, extra minerals, then.
Kyle opines that Levi doesn't need to 'punish himself', or over-exert himself to avoid talking about Bea. But Levi insists he's not avoiding anything, just training for the Longest Workout.
LEVI: And I'm gonna make sure I win.
KYLE: Splitting with Bea, cous, doesn't make you a loser.
LEVI: It's not about that, okay?
Levi heads off on a 5km run. Kyle looks worried.
Toadie is telling Susan and Karl about his chat with Melanie; she's asked him to come to a decision about whether to end their relationship overnight. Prior to their talk, Toadie had been leaning towards wanting to salvage the relationship, but now, he explains, Melanie has given him food for thought, with 'the world's biggest out'.
KARL: But you don't actually believe her, do you, when she says she's too immature to be trusted with the kids?
TOADIE: No, I watch her with them. She's amazing.
SUSAN: Yeah, and they obviously love her to bits. She must be horrified by what happened.
TOADIE: Yeah, she is. She can't stop thinking about what she could've done differently to avoid it.
KARL: Oh, but we all make mistakes.
TOADIE: Maybe she has a point. You know, if Melanie can't trust herself, maybe we *should* just end it.
Susan looks sceptical.
Amy is telling Terese and Paul about her plans for the Longest Workout photoshoot. She's booked a photographer on mates' rates, and is now looking to source 'the hottest models' from top agencies. But Paul is sceptically looking over her plans, and notes that she's asking for a lot more money to foot the bill.
PAUL: For this amount, you could hire a Hemsworth.
AMY: Imagine the sign-ups if we did that!
Terese agrees that Amy's proposals are too far beyond her budget. So Amy agrees to rethink the models.
AMY: They'll be budget-friendly and still super-hot.
And, we can safely surmise, just happen to live on Ramsay Street!
Melanie is stirring a drink glumly as she sits alone at a table. Paul appears.
PAUL: People normally have tea or coffee in the morning.
MELANIE (glum): It is coffee. It's a cookies-and-cream oatmilk latte.
PAUL: Whoa, on the hard stuff (!) Having a bad day already?
MELANIE: Go away, Paul.
PAUL: Don't tell me, let me guess - Madame Zolga has finally confessed to being a con artist.
But when Melanie doesn't rise to his bait, Paul takes pity and sits down, offering to lend an ear.
MELANIE: You do not want to listen to my problems.
PAUL: That's where you're wrong. You see, your problems might just make my day. No, seriously, I'm between meetings and I'm offering a friendly ear. No judgement, I promise.
He even offers to buy her another cookies-and-cream oatmilk latte, despite his evident disgust!
The Flamingo Bar
Roxy has enlisted Kyle's help to dress Amy's mannequins in garish eighties aerobics outfits.
KYLE: This thing's a neverending wedgie.
ROXY: Activewear's come a long way since the eighties.
Kyle's not convinced the theme will attract sign-ups, and when Amy arrives, she's not impressed with Roxy's choices either.
ROXY: I thought you trusted my creative process.
But Amy's in a bad mood because her photographer's cancelled and she has no models.
AMY: Do you know what? Forget it. You are off the mannequins. You can supervise the stage build.
Amy marches off, leaving Roxy to rant to Kyle.
ROXY: I am so sick of Terese and Paul thinking that she's some sort of hospo magician. This promo is make-or-break for The Flamingo's winter trade, and it's all up to Amy to bring it home. You know what? She's not getting any help from me.
Melanie is opening up to Paul about her relationship problems with Toadie. Melanie still wants to be with Toadie, but is convinced she isn't any good for him or the kids after putting Hugo at risk.
PAUL: Well, I've got to admit, I didn't see it when I found out you two were an item.
MELANIE: That's what was so cool. We never expected anything to happen, and then it did.
PAUL: Yeah, well. Love has a funny way of throwing surprises at us, doesn't it?
MELANIE: It's been a while for me (...) Nothing serious since Joe. Maybe I'm just too desperate to make anything happen.
PAUL: Well, there is a fine line between love and desperation, isn't there?
MELANIE: Well, you would know.
PAUL: Oh, touché.
MELANIE: But you're happy now.
PAUL: Yeah, I am. Because I'm with the right person.
MELANIE: That's what I want. Maybe the age and the maturity gap is just too big for me and toad.
PAUL: Well, hang on a second - there's a significant age difference between Terese and I, but we don't feel it. I guess when it's right, it's right.
MELANIE: Mm. Probably what it was like with Toadie and Sonya. A perfect match (...) The woman has a charity named after her. There's a muriel (sic) of her in the middle of town. She must've been a saint. She definitely wouldn't have stuffed up like I did with Hugo.
PAUL: Do you know how Jarrod and Sonya actually met? He was fostering her son, Callum. Don't get me wrong - Sonya was a beautiful person. But she had some addiction issues which impacted the family. Believe me, she was no saint.
MELANIE: I had no idea.
PAUL: Yep. So, you know, even though you've given Jarrod the option to split, I kind of get a funny feeling he's not gonna go with it. Because he is annoyingly forgiving.
MELANIE (smiles): Thanks. For being so nice to me.
PAUL: Yeah, well - don't get used to it. See ya.
Amy is offering David what she calls the opportunity of his life.
DAVID: You're either selling insurance or you've become a gameshow host.
AMY: I would be an *amazing* gameshow host! But no. I want you to be my model at my promo shoot.
DAVID (stammers): For the workout competition? (...) My definition of exercise is reaching for the book on the bedside table.
But Amy declares him a 'closet hottie' and explains about her budget issues.
DAVID: Wait, so you want me to humiliate myself, and I don't even get paid for it?
Susan and Karl come in, talking about Toadie's relationship woes. Amy calls over to them.
AMY: Don't you reckon David here is fit-looking?
SUSAN (immediately): Ooh, yeah.
KARL: Interesting way to say hello, but yes, of course.
Karl reminds David that he modelled for the bachelor competition a few years ago, which David recalls is how he and Aaron got together. David grudgingly agrees to do it, and Amy celebrates with a little dance.
KARL: If you still need some numbers, I'm happy to volunteer.
SUSAN: I think they want models, Karl, not boomers in lycra.
Levi then comes in in his running gear, and immediately gets Amy's attention.
KARL (whispers): I don't think he'd be up for it. He's going through a break-up.
AMY: Aww! (hollers) Levi! Would you like to be a promo model for the Longest Workout comp?
LEVI: Sure. If you're happy with the guy who's gonna win the comp being in the shoot.
AMY: I like your confidence. Let's do this!
Toadie is hanging out with Nell, and asks her what she wants to do. Nell wants him to read to her, but it's a book she's already started with Mel. Toadie starts to read, but Nell wants him to do the character voices like Mel does. However, Nell is unimpressed with both his Cockney and French accents. He switches to good old-fashioned Aussie, but this doesn't work either.
TOADIE: I always found these graphic novels quite confusing. Did it make sense with Mel?
NELL (nods glumly): And she's funny.
TOADIE: Yeah. she is...
The Flamingo Bar
The stage for the photoshoot has been assembled, and Roxy is arranging the mannequins on it. Kyle remarks, forebodingly, that the guys who did the stage construction made quick work of it. Roxy asks what he thinks of the mannequins' lurid costumes.
KYLE: Feels like that time I looked at an eclipse and lost my sight for a bit.
ROXY: You what?
KYLE: Nah, never mind.
Roxy says she had the stage built quickly so she could focus on getting the mannequins right which was more interesting - despite Amy's instructions that she was 'off' that job. Applying pressure to the stage, Kyle remarks that it seems fairly 'bouncy', and asks what else is going to be put on it. Roxy replies that it's just the mannequins. Terese drops by and remarks on how 'bright' they are.
ROXY: Amy wanted something that would grab attention, so I delivered.
TERESE: (...) Has she actually seen this yet?
ROXY: Not yet, but I nailed her brief, so she'd be into it.
TERESE: Well I'm glad you two are working well together.
ROXY: Why wouldn't we be?
ROXY: I listened to what you said, Auntie T. And you were right; we don't have to be best friends to work together.
TERESE: Yeah. There just needs to be respect. And that's why giving Amy a clean slate is so important (...) The two of you have got so much more in common than you think. Amy has this infectious energy, and she's not afraid to get what she wants. Imagine what the two of you could do together.
ROXY: Imagine (!)
Toadie is tidying up, and finds a picture Nell has drawn of a tiger. It reminds him of Melanie, and he calls her.
TOADIE: Hey, Mel. Is now a good time? ... Uh, well, if you're free, I think we need to talk.
The Flamingo Bar
Amy has taken the mannequins off the stage, reminding Roxy that it 'wasn't the look I was going for', and has replaced them with a bench press, complete with very heavy-looking weights.
AMY: I'm sorry, Roxy, but it was a really cheap and dated idea.
ROXY: Tell me what you really think (!)
AMY: Hey, you've got some good ideas. It's just you missed the mark with this one. It happens.
Amy says that if Roxy comes up with a better concept, she might be able to feature them in some pick-ups she's doing tomorrow. But Roxy refuses, saying it seems like Amy knows exactly what she's doing. Amy scoffs at Roxy's perceived impertinence as she walks away.
Levi and David are warming up nearby, and Amy tells them to 'get your tops off' so they can start the shoot. A montage follows of Amy filming David and Levi as they skip and do sit-ups and star jumps. They move onto some weight training on the stage, with Levi going heavy on the bench press while David spots him. Finally, some press-ups, and Levi clearly outperforming David!
AMY: David and Goliath. Love it!
David is having a much-needed feed after his exertions, but Levi isn't partaking as he doesn't want to 'bloat' prior to the competition. Susan and Karl come in, looking at something Bea has sent Susan on her phone - apparently she's been performing (singing, we presume) at a winery in Port Lincoln. Levi overhears them and looks forlorn at hearing of Bea's adventures.
KARL (awkward): Hey, Levi. Didn't see you there.
LEVI: (...) It sounds like she's doing well.
LEVI: Nah, it's all good.
Melanie comes to see an apprehensive Toadie. He explains Mackenzie's taken the kids to the park.
MELANIE: She's so good with them.
TOADIE: So are you. Listen, I have been thinking about what you said last night. I don't want to be without you.
MELANIE (relieved): Really?
TOADIE: Yeah. I found myself a tigress, and that is pretty special. And I would like to see where this goes.
MELANIE: Even though we don't really make sense on paper?
TOADIE: Who does?
MELANIE: I've got a lot of baggage.
TOADIE: Well, I've been widowed twice, technically, so...
MELANIE: Technically, I'm old enough for seniors' insurance.
TOADIE: So you get a good discount, who cares?
She laughs, and they hold hands.
MELANIE: I'm immature and irresponsible, and... I'm still worried about that. Aren't you?
TOADIE: You would've done whatever you can to make sure that Hugo was okay, alright, and that is the main thing. What happened - you know, it was serious, I'm not gonna deny that. But it was also an accident. So, you've got to realise that, and just give yourself a break.
MELANIE: I am so glad that you haven't listened to me.
TOADIE: You got me pretty confused!
MELANIE: It's one of my many skills.
TOADIE: Yeah. That and, you know, you're incredibly caring, too. And in case you hadn't noticed, my kids are a little bit obsessed with you.
MELANIE: And what about their dad?
TOADIE: Ah, well - yeah, he is a little obsessed with you too.
Toadie unbuttons his shirt to reveal a T-shirt underneath, with a design of a tiger. Well, arguably, it looks more like a leopard, but we get the picture - as does Melanie.
The Flamingo Bar
Amy is taking pictures of Levi for the promo, while David watches. Amy instructs Levi to sit on the bench press for some casual shots.
AMY: I'm loving that smoulder.
David looks a bit neglected! Paul turns up to chat to Amy about how competition sign-ups are going, so Amy tells Levi he can take a break, as she and Paul go to talk. Apparently, they're only a couple of sign-ups off the target.
While he's waiting, Levi hops back on the bench press and starts doing some lifting, declining David's offer of spotting. But we hear the stage begin to creak and groan beneath him, as it buckles under the weight. David has joined Amy and Paul, while Levi continues to train. He looks troubled as he hears Susan's words again in his head, about Bea having fun without him. Then he hears Bea's voice.
BEA (audio): The trip is off. We're not going... I can't see our relationship going any further. We have to break up.
Pushing himself further than he can manage, Levi is unable to lift the weights off his chest. He hoarsely cries out for help, but nobody hears him. The stage creaks again, Levi falls off the bench press, and the stage collapses, with him on it. David rushes to help as Amy and Paul look shocked.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Jane tells Paul to 'spit it out' and tell her and Terese what's going on
- Nicolette tells Clive they need to discuss the living situation
- Mackenzie asks Yashvi what 'he' said when she confronted him
- Ned tells a tearful Yashvi that he thought it would be different this time; she asks why