- Terese makes it clear to Glen that she's committed to staying with Paul while his health recovers
- Jane introduces Zara to fellow pupils Aubrey and Sadie, but they're not very welcoming
- Amy gives Toadie a serve when she wrongly assumes he's come round to give her another parenting lecture
- But in fact he had turned up to be supportive, as he heard she'd lost her job
- Amy tells Susan and Mackenzie that she's bought a food truck in a bid to turn self- employed
- Ned tells Amy that just because they're on a break, it doesn't mean he's not here for her
- After a blazing row by the food truck, Zara pushes Amy as she walks away
- Amy falls to the floor, apparently seriously hurt, but Zara thinks she's pretending, and leaves her
Toadie has come to see Ned, who is telling him about Amy's food truck. Toadie admits he and Amy still aren't really talking.
TOADIE: And when I do try, she basically just rips me a new one.
NED: (...) If it makes any difference, she's not asking for any of my help, either.
Toadie asks whereabouts the food truck is; Ned says it's still down by the park where she bought it.
Near the park
The food truck is still there, and so is Amy - but she's lying on the floor, possibly unconscious...
Paul is in bed, trying to convince Terese to let him do some work downstairs in the office. But Terese isn't budging, and tells him to do a crossword or sudoku if he needs his mind exercising.
TERESE: I'll even let you beat me at chess.
PAUL (laughs): You couldn't beat me at chess! Ah, I see what you're doing. Distraction - smart play.
TERESE: What? I'm not playing at anything. Your orders are no stress, which means no work until you get medical clearance.
PAUL: Come on, Terese - you love working as much as I do. And you know, if you were in this bed, you would be grovelling as hard as I am.
TERESE: Mm, yeah, this is pretty top-shelf grovelling.
PAUL: Admit it, come on.
TERESE: Fine! But it's completely irrelevant.
She decides they should go for a drive, to give Paul a change of scenery.
PAUL: Can I at least take my laptop with me?
But the answer's no. He grudgingly agrees to come anyway.
Zara is walking through the courtyard. A passing fellow school pupil, Patrick, calls her a 'legend' and thanks her for having set off the fire alarm and given them all a morning off school. Zara looks pleased as he walks off.
Sadie and Aubrey, the girls Jane introduced Zara to at school, turn up. They've changed their tune towards her too since her fire alarm and toilet-flooding stunts, and invite her to join them for a coffee. Zara initially calls them out for being mean to her yesterday, and Sadie concedes they were 'pretty rough' on her - but says they've friend-requested her now.
Jane has turned up, and watches the girls' exchange from a distance with concern. She comes over to talk to them, and asks Zara where her mother is. Zara replies that Amy is 'doing her own thing, as usual'. Jane says Zara should be using her time to study, but Zara retorts that she's doing her own thing, too. Aubrey and Sadie look impressed at Zara being snarky to Jane. Once Jane's gone...
AUBREY: That was impressive.
Zara looks pleased with herself.
Near the park
Amy is still lying on the floor by the food truck. Ned has turned up looking for her, and is horrified when he finds her. She's struggling to breathe, so Ned immediately calls an ambulance.
Amy is rushed in on a stretcher, while Ned explains the circumstances to Karl. Karl thinks Amy may have a punctured lung, caused by her broken ribs from the Flamingo Bar accident, but they'll know more when they've done a CT scan. Ned says he's been trying to call Zara, but she isn't answering.
KARL (gravely): You should try again.
Toadie is working, while Hendrix and Mackenzie play Jenga. Toadie gets a call from Ned, explaining that Amy's in hospital. Toadie asks if Zara's with her, and on hearing she isn't, tells Ned to stay at the hospital while he tracks Zara down. Toadie tells Hendrix and Mackenzie what's happened.
MACKENZIE: Is she okay?
TOADIE: They're not sure.
Zara is at a table with Sadie and Aubrey.
AUBREY: So, four dads?
ZARA: Kind of.
AUBREY: That is wild.
ZARA: I know, right?
SADIE: I have trouble with just the one, but he's a cop. How do you even handle it?
Zara says she'd been dealing with it, but that the dads came down on her hard because of something she did at Amy's work. On interrogation from Aubrey and Sadie, she admits the 'something' was 'way bigger' than what she did at school.
ZARA: I started a fire at the hotel my mum worked at.
SADIE: (...) You mean, you just set off an alarm again?
ZARA: No, it was a real fire.
SADIE: That's hardcore. Is that why you got sent down here?
ZARA: I didn't get sent anywhere. I do what I want, when I want.
Toadie comes in, and asks Zara why she hasn't been answering her phone. Zara gives a sassy response, but soon changes her tune when she learns Amy's in the hospital. Zara begins to realise what's happened...
Zara rushes in, followed by Toadie, and asks Karl if Amy's okay. Karl explains she's suffered a 'traumatic pneumothorax' - her lung has been punctured by her broken ribs, and collapsed.
KARL: We're working to reinflate the lung now, but it could take a number of days.
Ned asks if they can see her, but Karl says Amy hasn't woken yet; they're keeping her sedated to prevent a second re-puncture of the lung, which could be even more dangerous. As Karl leaves, Ned asks a guilty-looking Zara if she knows what happened to Amy.
ZARA: If I did, do you think I'd be in the complex with my phone on silent?!
NED: Sorry, I just thought you were with her.
ZARA: ... Yeah, I was.
TOADIE: And she didn't say anything, like she was feeling unwell?
ZARA: ... No, she was fine.
Paul and Terese are back from their drive. Paul is grumbling that Terese didn't even let him wind the window down for some fresh air, but she reminds him of the 'gorgeous sunset' they watched from the parked car!
TERESE: And you didn't think about work once, did you?
PAUL: Alright, I'll give you that, then.
Harlow and Chloe are waiting for them as they enter the living area; as a reward for Paul not complaining while they were out, Terese has arranged for Chloe to pop by and give him a work update! But only for ten minutes, Terese adds. Paul eagerly sits down with Chloe.
TERESE (to Harlow): I swear, he'd be sitting in a high-level board meeting the minute I turn my back.
HARLOW: You're doing a really good job of distracting him.
TERESE: Yeah, for now.
Terese asks Harlow if she and David are still free to have breakfast with Paul tomorrow, as she's seeing Susan and Jane. Harlow says it's fine.
Meanwhile, Chloe is filling in Paul on how she's dealing with the concerns of hotel guests who were on site when the telegraph pole fell on the Flamingo Bar; most were fine about it, but a few did check out early. Harlow, who is listening to this, looks bothered by it somehow. Terese confirms there have been eight cancellations since the accident, which Paul doesn't think is too bad.
Paul and Terese agree they should give affected guests vouchers for food and drink when they next stay.
CHLOE: Look at you two with the bouncing of the ideas! It's almost like old times!
HARLOW (troubled): Yeah, it's really good to see.
Terese looks wistfully as Paul as she leaves him to his meeting with Chloe.
Zara is looking troubled outside a sleeping Amy's hospital room. Later at night, Zara and Ned are both dozing in the chairs in the corridor. Toadie brings them coffees, and sits down to the join them. Time passes, and daylight breaks.
Zara comes outside to the front of the hospital to get some air. Hendrix turns up, and asks if there's been any news - but Amy isn't awake yet. He asks if they know how Amy's lung puncture happened. Zara goes quiet.
HENDRIX: Zara, if you need to talk, I'm a vault, okay? I swear.
But Toadie appears before Zara can say anything. Hendrix tells Toadie that Mackenzie is at home giving the kids pancakes for breakfast. Toadie says he'll go and check on them and reschedule some work commitments, then come straight back to be with Zara. Once he's gone...
ZARA: Mum and I got into a fight about what I did at school. I was over it, and I bumped her as I was leaving.
HENDRIX: It was an accident; it wasn't your fault.
ZARA: When I turned back, she was on the ground. She was injured and I... I thought she was faking it. I just left her there!
ZARA: What if she doesn't wake up?
Terese, Jane and Susan are talking about Amy's hospitalisation, and worrying for Zara. Susan suggests to Jane that they hold off on punishing Zara for flooding the bathroom at school, and Jane agrees. Conversation turns to Terese.
JANE: How are you going, living with the beast?
SUSAN: It must be nice to have a break.
TERESE: No, no, it's not that bad. You know, when he's annoying, I just leave the room, and most of the time he doesn't have the energy to follow me!
They all laugh. Terese gets a message from Paul, and chuckles. Terese explains Paul's been pushing the boundaries in terms of trying to get Terese to let him go back to work.
TERESE: He's even trying to bribe me with a list of fancy restaurants.
JANE (mildly judgy): Has he forgotten where you two are at?
TERESE: No. But I do admire his tenacity, I suppose.
Jane remarks that she's noticed Terese is wearing her wedding ring again.
TERESE (awkwardly): I just saw it lying around, and I put it back on.
Susan and Jane exchange a glance; Jane in particular, it's clear, disapproves.
Karl lets Zara in to see Amy, who's now awake. Karl asks Amy if she remembers what happened. Amy seems quite confused, but says she remembers the pain, and Ned coming to find her - everything else is a blur. Zara keeps quiet about their altercation at the food van, but looks guilty. Karl says they'll keep Amy in for observation for a couple of days, then she'll need complete rest when she goes home.
AMY (panicked): I can't rest. I just bought the food truck. I can't take any time off.
AMY: No - I need to pay the rent, and the bills, and... I need to pay the callout for the fire brigade.
Zara looks guiltier still. Karl says all that will work itself out later; right now, Amy just needs to relax.
Paul is having breakfast with David and Harlow. He gets a text from Terese, and laughs. The improved relations between Paul and Terese haven't been lost on Harlow, who remarks that they seem to be getting on well. When David latches onto this, Paul plays it down, saying they're just having a bit of fun.
Ned comes in to visit Amy. It's clear he's been hugely worried about her.
NED: You know, when I saw you lying there, I thought...
AMY: Thought that blue wasn't the best skin tone for me? Thanks for saving my life, Ned. I mean, if you weren't there...
NED: No, I'm just glad that I was.
He puts his hands on her arm.
NED: Ames, I know you've got your reasons for -
AMY: Ned, I can't.
NED: - not wanting my help, and I get it. But I still want to be there for you. Even if it's just as a friend for now.
AMY: A friend...
Toadie comes in, and sees they're having a close moment. He's about to exit again, but Ned says it's fine, and leaves so that Toadie can catch up with Amy.
AMY: A little birdy told me that you've been here all night.
TOADIE: (...) Well, it did give me some time to invent the cocktail that I'd bring in if I was allowed to - 'The Wake-up Call'.
AMY (emotional): I'm really sorry what I said to you, Toad.
TOADIE: Yeah, yeah, same here. I hate fighting.
AMY: I hate it, too. I've missed you, Toad.
Susan, Terese and Jane are still hanging out, after a breakfast of shakshouka (poached eggs in tomato sauce) - one of the dishes Hendrix has introduced to the house. The atmosphere has turned a little awkward since Jane spotted Terese's wedding ring.
SUSAN: Terese, you know you can talk to us about Paul.
TERESE: There really isn't anything to talk about.
SUSAN: Except you're obviously getting on pretty well at the moment.
TERESE: Well, look, I'm not *hating* his company. It is nice.
JANE (judgy): You're not thinking about reconciling, are you?
TERESE (defensive): Look, what I'm thinking or not thinking about doesn't come into it. My marriage isn't up for public scrutiny.
SUSAN: No, Terese, come on. That's not what this is about. We're your friends; we're just worried about your wellbeing.
TERESE: Well, you don't have to be. I mean, look, I'm going to meetings; I feel great, emotionally and physically.
JANE: And you look great, and... I'm sorry for overstepping.
TERESE: It's fine, honestly.
JANE: All we can do is speak for ourselves, and... I don't trust Paul enough to let him back in again. That's just me.
Awkward silence descends again.
Zara and Hendrix are outside Amy's hospital room, looking through the window. It seems Zara has decided to come clean to Amy about what caused her accident, given Amy apparently doesn't remember.
ZARA: She's going to hate me.
HENDRIX: She's not. You made a mistake.
ZARA: Yeah, and it nearly killed her.
HENDRIX: Trust your mum. She'll be fine.
Zara goes into the room and sits with Amy.
AMY: You okay, baby?
ZARA: ... No. I'm so sorry, Mum. When you collapsed, I just... I...
AMY: I know. I remember what happened. It's okay.
ZARA: Why didn't you tell Karl?
AMY: Because it wasn't your fault.
ZARA: I left you for dead.
AMY: You didn't know. You were angry. You misjudged the situation. It doesn't mean you're a bad person. You're a good kid, Zara. I'm sick of everyone thinking that you're not. So let's just keep this between you and me, okay?
ZARA: I love you so much.
AMY: I love you, too. So can we promise to start being nicer to each other?
ZARA (smiles): I promise. I thought I was going to lose you.
AMY (strokes her hair): Baby girl, you're never gonna lose me.
Harlow is being unusually cooperative with Chloe, telling her she'll take on whatever shifts she needs her for on the work roster. As Chloe leaves, Terese comes in, and Paul emerges from the bedroom. He asks if she's thought about a restaurant she'd like to go to - but Terese tells him she's 'not biting'.
PAUL: I guess I'm gonna have to settle for a movie on the couch, then, aren't I?
TERESE: Well, it's a much more sensible idea.
As Paul settles onto the sofa, he seems to be in a lot of pain, and Terese fusses around him with the cushions. As she does, they end up at close quarters, face-to-face. It appears they're about to kiss, but Terese backs out at the last second. Paul looks disappointed.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Leo tells Nicolette he's suing the council, saying it's someone's job to keep everyone safe
- David tells Aaron and Nicolette that Leo can't carry on being a 'one- man show' in caring for Abigail
- Paul and Terese are having another marriage counselling session, which seems to be going positively
- Afterwards, Paul tells Terese he's come out with a new understanding of himself
- Terese tells Paul she's always asked herself why he can't change; now she understands it's ingrained