- Shannon admits to Curtis that she has trouble with her hearing; he says there are things she can do
- Levi and Freya continue to flirt with one another
- Leo and Montana continue their fling, as she invites him round to her place
- Glen tells Paul that nothing will ever happen between him and Terese
- Terese thanks Paul for putting in a good word for her with Montana
- Dean appears while Freya and David are having a conversation about Gareth, taking them unawares
- Glen is flummoxed to learn that Kiri is the new events manager at the vineyard
- Mackenzie thinks she detects a vibe between Chloe and Kiri, but Chloe denies it
- Chloe tells Nicolette that Kiri is taking the spare room at No 24, meaning they will be neighbours
There's an update to the opening titles today as Kiri Durant (Gemma Bird Matheson) joins the main cast; she now features in a new shot in the winery courtyard with Glen and Leo.
We pick up where we left off, as Kiri reacts to the news that she'll be living near to Nicolette.
KIRI: Neighbours? So, you're both on the same street?
NICOLETTE and CHLOE: Yep.
NICOLETTE: Well, this is awkward!
KIRI: Just a bit (!)
NICOLETTE: Well, to make it a tiny bit more awkward, Chloe and I used to date... Discuss!
Nicolette leaves Kiri and Chloe to talk. Chloe apologises, but Kiri says it's fine, she wasn't to know.
KIRI: If I move in, is she gonna be around a lot?
CHLOE: Well, we don't exactly hang out (...) but I do see her, given she is the mother of my niece.
CHLOE: Also, umm, we weren't quite as casual as Nic made out. We were engaged.
KIRI: Wow, so the opposite of casual.
Chloe hopes this won't change Kiri's decision to move in. Kiri says she'll have to think about it.
Levi comes in and joins Kyle at a table. Kyle's just been speaking to Sheila on the phone, about Roxy's idea of moving to Darwin. But Sheila has also told him that she's now staying in LA to help Naomi, 'for a while'.
KYLE: Levi, Gran's selling the house.
LEVI: You're kidding? Wait, wait, okay - so not only am I gonna be alone, I'm gonna be homeless. Great.
KYLE: Not necessarily. Look, Darwin's not a done deal, okay? And I've got an idea that might keep it undone. What if me and Roxy buy the house?
LEVI: Cous, that would be the best thing ever.
Kyle says the fertility clinic's lawyers have finally been in touch with him about compensation for the loss of the sperm samples, and there's enough for deposit - but he'll have to wait for Roxy to get home to talk to her about it. Kyle rushes off to make a list of things he'll need to sort out.
As Kyle leaves, Freya comes in and sits down with Levi, noticing immediately that he's looking glum. He tells her about Sheila staying in LA and selling the house.
FREYA: Alright, well, I'd better book us some skydiving, then. What?! It's like the ultimate cheerer-upper. No? Okay, go on - say a better one, then.
LEVI: Okay. I dunno, uh, exercise, weightlifting, chilling in the spa...
Levi suggests Freya could join him in the spa tomorrow. She plays hard to get, telling him to ask her again when he's done his jogging and weightlifting.
LEVI: Oh, so I'll see you in the spa, then.
FREYA (smiles): Maybe.
Montana comes in and finds Leo at the bar. He's immediately a little uncomfortable; she asks why he didn't reply to her text about tonight.
LEO: Sorry, no can do. I have to pick up my daughter from my brother's.
MONTANA: Oh, you can keep your 'no can do'. Because we have a bargain, and you have to keep your end of it.
LEO: I thought I did. Several times.
MONTANA: Oh, I remember. That's why I'm not gonna take no for an answer. You see, the Fashion Week contracts aren't signed yet, so... if I'm not completely satisfied...
LEO: Well, I guess I could spare an hour.
MONTANA: Oh, make it two.
Nicolette is moaning to Jane and David about Kiri moving in across the street, complaining that she'll be a reminder of her romantic failures 'every time I water the lawn'!
JANE: You've never watered the lawn. And besides, you will adjust - you may even become friends.
NICOLETTE: Oh, I doubt it. Especially if those two hook up (...) I sensed a vibe. It'll be just my luck - they'll be married in a month.
Jane thinks the fact they're living together will make them less likely to become a couple, but Nicolette points out that she and Chloe lived together before they got involved.
Nicolette drains a glass of wine.
The next day, Paul is playing a remote game of chess via text message with his grandson, Jimmy.
Chloe has come round to drop off some Fashion Week documents for Terese. Conversation turns to Paul, and Terese says things with him have been going more smoothly than she expected.
Montana walks into the penthouse and greets Paul. She asks if he's seen Leo, as she can't find him. Paul says he's dropping off Abigail. Montana eyes the chessboard.
MONTANA: Are you playing alone?
PAUL: Nope. No, I'm playing with my grandson Jimmy, he lives in New York. We text each other our moves.
The latest move comes in from Jimmy, and Paul moves accordingly - Jimmy has taken one of his pawns.
MONTANA: Looks like you're in trouble.
PAUL (laughs): Just because it *looks* like I'm in trouble, doesn't mean that I am. I am simply lulling my opponent into a false sense of security.
Terese assures Chloe that she's keeping her eyes open as regards Paul, which Chloe thinks is smart.
TERESE: But you know, he has stuck to his word. He's letting me run Fashion Week how I see fit, and he hasn't undermined me once. So I'm pleasantly surprised.
Montana is still talking with Paul, ostensibly about chess, though the subtext is it's an extended metaphor.
MONTANA: And what happens next?
PAUL: Reconnaissance. See, I survey my options - just looking for the perfect weakness to exploit...
Terese tells Chloe that maybe Paul's time away in Brisbane made him realise that Terese works best when she's trusted. Chloe says the proof will be in the pudding, when Fashion Week is a huge success.
Montana is still with Paul.
MONTANA: And then what?
PAUL: And then... I wipe them out in one fell swoop. Checkmate.
He plays his chess move, and Montana looks impressed.
Freya apologises to Chloe for not letting her know about Nicolette and Kiri's hook-up. Chloe asks how intense their fling was, but Freya's not really clued up about it. Chloe explains that it ended when someone told Kiri about 'the most tabloid-y headlines' of Nicolette's past; Chloe adds that she's thinking about setting the record straight.
Levi turns up, on his way back from his jog. He reminds Freya that she's meeting him in the spa once he's done his weightlifting.
FREYA: Ah, very tempting.
LEVI: It's a limited-time offer. See you in five.
FREYA: Yeah, maybe.
Freya goes inside to get her bathers, just as Kiri turns up in her car. She asks Chloe if she can check out the room.
CHLOE: Does this mean you're in?
KIRI: I'm still undecided. But I'm leaning towards not letting the actions of one person ruin a good thing.
CHLOE: You know, there is more to Nicolette than what you were told.
KIRI: It doesn't get worse, does it?
CHLOE: No, not like that! Umm, what Nic did... is complicated. And I just think you should know all the details before you make up your mind.
Curtis is ordering three coffees for himself, Aubrey and Shannon, who are sitting at a table nearby.
HENDRIX (curtly): Can I make one of them to go?
CURTIS: Just so you know, it's not Aubrey I'm helping out, it's her grandmother. But if you'd rather us not be here -
HENDRIX: No, it's fine. Three coffees coming up.
Curtis sits next to Shannon, and asks her if she's thought about where she'd like to get her hearing test done. She says she hasn't, and didn't like any of the places Aubrey found online. Curtis offers to go with Shannon today while she gets the test, saying it might be easier with a familiar face around.
AUBREY: That's a great idea. What do you think, Gran?
SHANNON: Thank you, Curtis. That is very generous.
Nicolette is feeding Isla. Jane asks Nic if she's feeling any better about Kiri moving in at 24, now she's had a chance to sleep on it. 'No,' Nic replies bluntly - if anything, she feels worse.
NICOLETTE: But don't worry, I'm gonna do something about it.
JANE: Like have a cup of tea and practise quiet acceptance?
NICOLETTE: No. I'm gonna ask Chloe to take back her offer (...) There are plenty of other sharehouses out there.
JANE: Do you really want to be starting something with Chloe?
NICOLETTE: (...) I have to do something, Mum. I can't bear the thought of facing someone who thinks I'm scum every time I walk down my own street.
JANE: Darling, Kiri is only judging you because she doesn't know how much you've grown. But if she moves here, then she'll have the chance to see the real you. And isn't that good?
Jane suggests they take Isla out for a walk.
Chloe has finished showing Kiri the room, and also filled her in on the entire story about Nicolette and the baby-swap.
CHLOE: I just thought you should have the whole picture. If you're judging Nicolette, you should probably be judging me, too.
KIRI: You didn't run off with a baby, though.
CHLOE: But I own my part in Nic taking off. I should've been honest about my doubts. I blurred the line with Leo.
KIRI: I think that's a bit too simple.
CHLOE: But that's just it. It's always too simple when you only look at one side. Nic has made some bad choices, but that's only because she's spontaneous and passionate and emotional. And those are the qualities that also make her pretty cool.
KIRI: It's really nice hearing you talk about an ex like that.
CHLOE: Well, it's the truth.
KIRI: It's making it very difficult for me to walk away from the room.
Kiri says she really likes Chloe, Mackenzie and Freya, and the room, as well as the prospect of being nearer to work. And having heard Chloe out, she thinks she can let her worries about Nicolette go.
KIRI: I was being dramatic anyway - we've only been together for one night, so...
CHLOE: So, is that a yes?
Glen has appeared in the driveway next door, and Kiri shouts over to him that she's moving in with Chloe, so they'll be neighbours. Glen couldn't look less enthusiastic, but waves half-heartedly in acknowledgement.
David and Leo are having a cuppa. Leo apologises for being late to pick up Abigail last night, but admits it wasn't strictly a work emergency as he'd claimed.
LEO: I lied. I was with Montana.
DAVID: With, as in...? Terese told me about Montana's proposition. Does this mean you went through with it?
LEO: Yeah. I mean, I wouldn't have done it if I didn't want to. And there has been this kind of spark between us since we met. And the event meant so much to Terese...
DAVID: So you were into it?
LEO: I was, yeah. But then... I dunno, it kind of got weird last night. I tried to fob her off, and she wouldn't take no for an answer.
DAVID: ... But you went through with it anyway?
LEO (smiles): Yeah.
DAVID: Make that the last time, then. If you're not into it, you have to tell her it's off. Forget about the business - just think about yourself.
Terese and Montana are having a meeting at a table, when Paul approaches. He asks Montana if she managed to find Leo; she replies that she didn't. Terese moves away to make a call, so Paul takes her seat next to Montana.
Terese talks to Glen at the bar, and asks him if everything's okay. He tells her that Kiri is moving into Chloe's house.
GLEN: I've only just accepted that we're working together. But in the same street?
Paul, who is still next to Montana, is eyeing Glen and Terese with suspicion.
TERESE: Between your trip away and the job at the vineyard, maybe it's fate trying to bring you together.
GLEN: For what?!
TERESE: Well, friendship, if nothing else.
She suggests they go into the office to talk further. Paul watches, unimpressed.
Curtis is waiting outside a branch of UK Neighbours sponsor Specsavers in the shopping mall! A sign in the shop window reads 'audiology now available - book your free 15-minute hearing check today.' Shannon emerges from the shop. She says the test was easy - and it seems she needs hearing aids.
SHANNON: The assistant showed me some models. They're very discreet. You'd hardly know they were there.
CURTIS: That's fantastic.
SHANNON: I'm trying not to let it make me feel too old.
CURTIS: You won't be thinking like that once you're set up.
SHANNON: That's what I'm telling myself. I'll feel younger than I have in years when I'm hearing better.
CURTIS: This is going to be good for you and your family too. I've noticed there's a bit of disconnection between you and Aubrey.
SHANNON: It's hard to miss.
CURTIS: I feel like it's a miscommunication thing. When hearing becomes a struggle, people can withdraw. Hearing aids will help that.
SHANNON: Aubrey and I might be able to understand each other again.
CURTIS: Better than you have in years.
Levi and Freya are in the spa, but Freya's already done, and sits on the side - she doesn't like getting too wrinkly in the water! They continue to flirt, as Levi splashes her in a bid to persuade her to get back in. Freya laughs, but eventually tells him not to as she isn't supposed to get her broken arm wet. He splashes her again.
FREYA (laughing): You're a menace!
He joins her on the side of the spa.
LEVI: It's good to see you happy again.
FREYA: Yeah, it's good to be happy again.
They smile at one another.
Nicolette is walking back from the shops when she sees Kiri across the road. Nicolette apologises for the awkwardness yesterday, and potentially messing up an opportunity for her.
KIRI: You haven't. I'm moving in.
NICOLETTE (strained): Great! Well, umm, in that case...
Nicolette hands Kiri what looks like a jar of pickles.
KIRI: You shouldn't have.
NICOLETTE: I noticed you had a massive pile of them at the getaway - figured you must also be a fan?
KIRI: The general store would usually sell out, I had to stockpile (...) Thanks.
NICOLETTE: See you around?
Kiri watches Nicolette a little wistfully as she walks away. Chloe then turns up with freshly cut house keys for Kiri, and gives them to her. Chloe looks oddly at the pickles.
KIRI: Don't ask!
Aubrey and Shannon are at a table outside Harold's. Aubrey can't believe Shannon's been struggling with her hearing for so long.
SHANNON: I see now it must've been hard for you, too. The stress, the confusion.
AUBREY: Once you get your hearing aids, I won't have to yell at you, or repeat myself all the time.
SHANNON: I'm sorry, Aubrey. If I'd done something about this sooner, you might've felt more able to talk to me. You might not've acted out, started that fire.
AUBREY: No, that's on me. I made a bad choice.
SHANNON: It runs in the family. Let's start making better choices - together.
They smile at one another. Nearby, Curtis and Jane are walking into the courtyard; Jane's pleased things worked out well with Shannon, and congratulates Curtis on his efforts. Jane sees Aubrey and Shannon nearby, holding hands, and decides they should leave them to it.
Paul and Montana are having a coffee. We're not sure why they're meeting, but we hear Paul say, 'Yeah, well, if that's what you think, fine.' Montana replies, 'Good.' Leo comes in, and Paul heads off.
LEO: I'm glad I caught you.
MONTANA: You can catch me any time.
LEO: Look, umm... we need to stop doing this.
MONTANA: Why would we do that?
LEO: It's unprofessional.
MONTANA: Says who? (...) Leo, we're having fun, okay? So stop stressing. And it wouldn't be fun if we were stressing. I have a meeting to get to. I will see you... later.
She grins at him flirtatiously as she walks off. Leo smiles back, but looks a bit conflicted once she's gone.
Glen comes in, having been summoned by Paul. Paul mentions he saw Glen chatting to Terese earlier, and that it looked serious - he asks if everything is okay. Glen just says it's all sorted.
PAUL: What is it that needed sorting?
GLEN: Oh, you missed a lot while you were away. The whole River Bend business - still trying to get my head around it.
PAUL: Oh, Glen, if you need somebody to talk through it with you, I mean, I will?
GLEN: Nah, it's all good. Cheers.
PAUL: I suppose it helped talking to Terese, then?
GLEN: Yeah. It always does.
PAUL: Yeah, umm... Glen, I'm a little bit concerned just how much you're leaning on her at the moment, though.
GLEN: No more than I would any other friend. We do live in the same house.
PAUL: Yeah, which puts you in pole position should you ever want to cross a line.
GLEN: I haven't forgotten my promise, Paul.
PAUL: Have you kept it?
GLEN: Of course I have. Where's all this coming from? Leo said you were over pining for Terese.
PAUL: Yeah, I am. I am, mate. I realised that there's no future for us, but it's just a promise is a promise, and this one is important to me.
Leo's Winery / Erinsborough Hospital
Leo is arranging bottles of wine when he gets a phone call from David, who is walking through the hospital. David asks how Leo's talk with Montana went. Leo says he tried to tell her he was uncomfortable, but she just told him to chill.
DAVID: There's a red flag.
LEO: No, maybe she's right. Maybe I do just need to chill out.
LEO: No, I'm a big boy. Maybe I just need to make it work.
DAVID: Do you actually want to, though?
LEO: I dunno. I'm just more and more certain that if I back out, I'm gonna create a huge mess for Terese.
DAVID: Well that's no reason to keep going. You're gonna have to end it sometime. And the longer you wait, the worse it's gonna be.
LEO: I know, you're right. Again.
DAVID: Yeah, well, don't make me have to be right a third time, okay?
They end their call. David has now arrived in his office, but is shocked to find an anonymous typed note, waiting for him on his desk.
'I KNOW WHAT YOU DID,' it reads.
David rushes out of the office, hoping to catch a glimpse of whoever may have left the note there - but nobody's around. He looks very worried.
Coming up on Neighbours
- Freya tells a panicking David to get over it; he says that, unlike her, he can't move past what they did
- Roxy tells Gemma that she and Kyle agreed they wanted a fresh start
- Roxy tells Kyle he's not thinking this through; he accuses her of only thinking about herself