- Jane telling Isla that her mum will be back.
- Jane telling Paul she's engages his PI to find Nicolette.
- Paul requesting that John doesn't take on the hunt for Nicolette.
- Toadie working out that the men Melanie had relations with were her bosses.
- Melanie insisting she won't cheat on Toadie.
- Mackenzie commenting that Melanie turns evil when she is revenge mode.
- Melanie accidentally throwing her drink over Mackenzie.
- Amy giving Melanie a pep talk.
Toadie is having a meeting with Mackenzie and issues instructions about a client (Mr Beckman) who has cancelled a forthcoming meeting but is told that it can wait until tomorrow.
The meeting is interrupted when Melanie arrives. She apologises profusely again to Mackenzie for being "a klutz" but the lass can't escape (with Hendrix) quick enough!
Toadie doesn't look too comfortable being alone with her and she gets straight to the point - has he made a decision or not. He hasn't although does apologise for leaving Melanie hanging and agrees to meet with her before work tomorrow, so they both know where things stand.
Susan is happy to finally meet Isla when she enters the café. She comes to the boys rescue too by getting the wee toot settled and offers to share her "secrets" with them.
Jane is finishing a call to her bank when Paul drops by. He is aghast to hear that she is planning on liquidating some term deposits to pay John to find Nicolette - Jane thinks that if she offers him more money, he will find Nicolette quicker. Realising that Jane isn't going to give up the hunt, he at least asks that she doesn't cash the money in just yet, that it's on "standby" in case John does find Nicolette. "Its only money," is her reply and is going to go ahead with her original plan.
Susan is telling Karl about coming to the boys rescue at Harold's when Toadie drops in on the pretence of needing to borrow some milk. The reality is that he is round to talk about Melanie but neither side want to actually talk and instead it comes out more like a coded conversation.
After Toadie leaves, the K's admit to feeling "awful" about not being able to advice Toadie as they fear he'd resent being told to "run for the hills."
SUSAN: Its got to be his decision.
KARL: Let's hope he makes the right one.
Number 32 (next day)
The boys are getting ready to give Isla her first bath at home in the hope that it makes her sleep... so they can get some too! They debate whether to invite Jane over or not as both don't like seeing her down but decide to keep it to the three of them partially to avoid difficult conversations about Nicolette.
As Aaron strips Isla, he notices a new mark on her and the pair are in a quandary over what it could be - anything from nappy rash to meningitis! Aaron decides a phonecall to Susan is in order.
Mackenzie is hiding out in the café to avoid seeing Melanie at work. She admits to Hendrix that she doesn't accept Melanie's apology over the spilt drink and wonders whether she needs to invest in "a heavy duty raincoat" or not!
However it looks like she has even bigger worries after getting an email from a client... or a now former client who is withdrawing his business due to Toadie's association with his "unstable PA" Melanie!
HENDRIX: Man, lawyers really are sharks!
MACKENZIE: Which means there are probably others circling around Toadie's clients too.
Susan gushes to Jane over how "sweet" Isla is when they meet up at the pub. Jane looks a bit miffed though to hear that its Susan the boys have been calling for help (and turns out it was nappy rash the wee toot has).
Paul has snuck into the bar (unseen by the ladies) and listens in as the chat naturally gets round to Nicolette. Jane gets all teary bit is determined to find her, telling Susan about hiring the PI to track Nicolette down again and is confident she will hear something soon. "That is promising," Susan agrees and the fact they found her before is hope that she can be found again... much to Paul's dismay as he continues listening in!
Susan also offers Jane more time off work if she needs it and Jane is very grateful for the offer.
JANE: I cannot let it be another ten years before I see her again.
SUSAN: It won't be.
JANE: No, I'm going to make sure of it. I don't care what it takes or what it costs, I am bringing my daughter home!
And in the background as he continued to listen in, Paul gets out his phone and calls John to inform him that they need to change the plan.
The boys look chuffed that they have manged to settle Isla down, when Susan pops in to give them the heads up about Jane being miffed over not calling her first for help with Isla. Aaron explains that they want Jane to spend time with Isla but are fearful of her then getting sad.
SUSAN: She's sad already. But at least if she's involved, you two will get some help and she'll get a little ray of hope in her life.
"Time to put me out of my misery," Melanie says ahead hearing what Toadie has decided after a restless nights sleep. While accepting she's had "a rocky past," there is one thing that is stopping him from moving past - how her 'thing' for bosses began.
TOADIE: I can't shake the feeling that's all this is.
"Its not," she replies and explains that she likes him because he's "a smart, sweet, funny guy." "I really want to believe that," Toadie says back to her, so she asks that he lets her prove it by quitting!
MELANIE: I would rather be unemployed than lose you. Destitute even!
Toadie doesn't get a chance to reply after Mackenzie rushes in to tell him about Mr Beckman taking his business elsewhere.
MACKENZIE: News has got out about Melanie and now another lawyer has used it to poach him. My inbox is going nuts. Everyone wants to jump ship.
Jane proves to the boys that she too has the magic touch where Isla is concerned as the baby sleeps soundly in her arms while she walks around the kitchen - something that settled Nicolette too as a baby.
The boys want Jane to be part of "the new normal" they are trying to establish for Isla but thankfully the sound of an arriving text means they avoid having to respond to Jane commenting that when Nicolette returns, she's to be part of Isla's 'normal' too.
Jane hands Isla to Aaron and tells them about waiting to hear from John Wong, whom she's engaged to track Nicolette down. She doesn't actually say it's John the text is from but whoever it is that has texted her, Jane doesn't look too happy at what she's read.
Mackenzie is trying to appease another client wanting to jump ship that Melanie no longer works for Toadie to try and get them to remain... but finds herself talking to the dialling tone instead!
Melanie offers to help but when she comes up with a good suggestion (a PR stunt, offering them as a pro-bono lawyer) its Mackenzie who puts the wheels in motion.
MACKENZIE: There has to be a way to fix this mess and I'm going to find out how!
We now know why Jane was upset at the text she got - it was from John and he reports that Nicolette has left Australia for the USA and consequently has given up searching for her. Paul has been invited round to try and get John to change his mind about continuing the search but he thinks it's futile. Jane suggests going to America to search herself until David points out that its "a big place."
JANE: I can't just give up.
PAUL: It's not giving up, it's just accepting that for now, Nicolette doesn't want to be found.
To further back it up, Paul adds that is what Nicolette made "very clear in Canberra."
PAUL: So, I don't think there's anything more you can do.
Mackenzie finds Toadie in the bar and runs by him her idea to try and "claw back a bit of ground" by sponsoring a category at the film festival. When he sees the cost, he isn't too keen to proceed, but she brings him round by suggesting this will "soften the way people see you."
Mackenzie then asks how his relationship with Melanie is going, justifying her questioning because she is worried about him. Despite all that has happened, he hasn't changed his feelings for Melanie, which Mackenzie seems rather shocked to hear him admit! "I still really like her," and admits that before it all kicked off, it was the happiest he'd been since Sonya.
TOADIE: You think I'm crazy, don't you?
MACKENZIE: Well yes... but that's another discussion, more to do with your pizza topping preferences!
That at least gets a smile on Toadie's face!
MACKENZIE: But when it comes to Melanie, if being with her makes you this happy then you should hold onto it. I mean love doesn't always make sense.
After being handed a "medicinal" glass of whisky, Jane admits that it must seem odd the three of them consoling her "when you hate the person that I'm so upset about losing." "We don't hate her," Aaron is very quick to say and Paul's tuppenceworth is that they don't want to see her "hurting like this."
JANE: I am, but I also know that you're right. I can't force Nicolette to want to be found, so I just have to stop pushing and just hope that one day she comes home.
PAUL: Mmm, well that's a sensible decision.
DAVID: And very brave.
AARON: In the meantime, I think there is one very special little girl who would love some of her Nana's attention.
"And she will get it!" a happy Jane replies before getting up from the sofa and over to where Isla is in her Moses basket.
JANE: At least I have one special little girl who will bring light into my life.
Hendrix is fed up playing waste paper basketball and instead quizzes Mackenzie on Toadie's relationship with Melanie and if they'll "stick it out." He is a bit bemused by her "I hope so," reply so explains her response - she's going with whatever makes Toadie happy.
MACKENZIE: I need to remind myself that his relationship is none of my business.
HENDRIX: Well they made it your business when they brought their business into this business!
She eventually tells him to stop asking for gossip or he risks becoming "worse than Sheila!"
Mackenzie tries not to gloat at saving the day, now she's got the sponsorship paperwork submitted. However her happiness is short lived when she sees who has sent back the receipt from the film festival... whoever it is has the pair worried... very worried!
Coming up on Neighbours
- Sheila not happy.
- Toadie reassuring Melanie.
- Mackenzie warning Hendrix!