- Mike and Jane plan their holiday to the UK, and Mike has a secret plan for their break known only to Sam
- Karl is worried Harold's memory is failing badly and that he's using the history book as a lifeline
- Nell clocks Toadie's unease when Harold asks him to write about his breakup with Mel in the history book
- Nell asks Toadie if he's been thinking a lot about Mel lately; he admits that it's hard not to
- Terese is upset when the council rejects her proposal for the 'retirement experience' on Power Road
- Deciding Holly's rudeness is unacceptable, Reece makes a unilateral decision to fire her
- Paul tells Byron to turn on the charm with Reece in order to appease her and get her to leave quicker
Paul is wiping the sign at the exterior of the hotel with a cloth, when Terese appears.
TERESE: Getting your hands dirty - Reece Sinclair got you scared?
PAUL: Ah, she's not scary. Not like you, anyway.
Terese tells Paul he'll survive - he always does! He tells her she will, too, admitting he heard from Nell about Terese's knock- back from the council on her retirement experience project. He also mentions Nell's suggestion that Terese return to work at the hotel.
PAUL: It was very odd, though. I mean, I can only assume that she's worried about her brand new stepmother being unemployed.
TERESE: Well, that's very sweet of her. But I think this chapter of my life is closed, don't you?
PAUL: Yeah. And, you know, it's good to be at peace with that. And anyway, you'll find a way of getting your retirement experience back on track.
TERESE: Thank you for calling it an experience. I've had to correct everyone.
Terese wishes Paul luck with Reece, but he insists he doesn't need it - everything is under control.
In the office, Paul comes in to find that the opposite is true; Byron and Leo are stressing because Leonie the conference manager and her team have all come down with food poisoning...
BYRON: I spoke to her on the phone, and the sound effects weren't pretty.
... which means nobody is around to set up the welcome drinks event for the accountancy conference. Paul begins to panic as he'd invited Reece to the event to impress her. Leo says he can see what staff can be drafted in from the vineyard but isn't hopeful on such short notice. However, Byron has thought of the perfect candidate to help them out, who's worked on such events before.
BYRON: But I'm not sure you'll approve...
Karl and Susan are preparing to talk to Harold about his memory issues; Karl warns Susan that they should be prepared for any reaction, whether anger, denial or embarrassment. Harold comes in at that moment, still clutching the Ramsay Street history book, and admits he feels a little woozy.
KARL: Actually, we're worried that there might be something else going on.
HAROLD: Uh, something else? Like... like what?
SUSAN: We've noticed that you've become a bit forgetful lately.
KARL: Unable to remember things you've just been told, or things that happened the day before.
SUSAN: And we wondered if... if you've noticed that, too?
Harold pauses, then nods sadly.
HAROLD: I was hoping no- one else would see it. Hoping it would get better, but it's... it's not stopping. I... I can't make it stop.
Holly has been summoned to the office, and is surprised she's been brought back because only this morning, she begged Reece for her job back and she didn't want to know. Paul says nothing's changed in that regard - it's a 'one- off gig on the down low' and Reece won't even know she's here. Byron asks her to head up to the rooftop area and start stocking the bar.
HOLLY: Okay. I won't let you down.
Once she's gone, Paul tells Byron he'll have to keep Reece away from the rooftop, by distracting her until Holly's gone and everything is ready. Byron objects, saying he's the only one who knows how to set things up apart from Holly. Paul then has the idea of getting Leo, who's still in the room, to distract Reece instead...
Susan and Karl are sitting either side of Harold on the sofa, as he explains about his memory loss.
HAROLD: In the beginning it was just... just the little things. You know, people's names, or where I put something. But...
KARL: Then you noticed it getting worse?
HAROLD: About a month ago, I was... I was frying some eggs, and... I must've just wandered off. Because if it hadn't have been for the smoke alarm, I...
SUSAN: Did you tell Sky and Lana, or anyone else in the family?
SUSAN: Okay, well, it's good that you've told us now.
HAROLD: But I am worried about forgetting the big things. You know, like my time here. Madge.
KARL: You're using the history book to jog your memory?
HAROLD: Oh, admit it, Karl - I've been a real nuisance getting everyone to update.
SUSAN: But you were the one who needed it?
HAROLD: Well, I thought if I was forced to talk about it, I wouldn't forget, you see?
KARL: When you first noticed your memory going, were you experiencing any other health issues?
HAROLD: Uh... no, I don't know. I can't remember.
KARL: It's alright. You don't need to go into that now. Firstly, I'd like to look at the medications you're taking.
SUSAN: Could that be the issue?
KARL: Possibly. And then we can run some tests - see if we can get to the bottom of what's going on.
Harold looks very afraid, and Susan takes his arm in reassurance.
Paul is with Leo by the bar. Holly and Byron emerge from the storeroom with supplies for the drinks event, but Paul frantically hurries them back in again, as Reece is at a table at the other end of the bar. Paul then takes Leo over to introduce him to Reece, and tells him about the vineyard. Leo suggests that Reece accompany him back there for a tour, lunch and a wine- tasting session.
REECE: It's just, we've got that cocktail party.
PAUL: Oh, that's hours away.
REECE: Not really.
LEO: I'm sure I'll have you back in time for that.
PAUL: Yeah. Seriously, take advantage - you won't be disappointed.
REECE: If it'll get you stop pestering me, then, okay.
Leo leads Reece out, giving Holly and Byron their chance to escape back to the hotel with the drinks.
As she and Leo approach the car, Reece is having second thoughts - she tells him that long car rides make her sick when she's not driving herself. Leo is happy for her to drive, but then she moans that she won't be able to drink any wine if she's driving! Leo promises he'll drive slowly, but Reece is concerned that won't get her back in time for the conference drinks event.
Unable to convince her to leave for the vineyard, Leo suggests they do some wine tasting at the Waterhole instead, which stocks most of his range.
LEO: Please. You're clearly a woman of fine taste, and it would be an honour to have your opinion.
REECE: Now you're starting to sound desperate.
LEO: I'm just a guy trying to grow my business. And get out of my dad's shadow. So if I sound desperate it's because I want to succeed. And I know you can help me do that.
REECE: I do like wine...
So Leo leads her back to the Waterhole.
Toadie and Terese have been summoned to hear the news about Harold first- hand. Toadie tells Harold he's glad that they know now, as it means they can help.
HAROLD: I also needed to see you. I need to apologise.
TOADIE: What for?
HAROLD: Oh, for being so pushy about updating that blooming book. Well, I had to get you to write about Terese. Otherwise I'd have thought you were still married to Melanie and living in No 30.
TOADIE (awkward): Well, we don't want that to happen, do we?
HAROLD: Well, it may have already happened. When I came in before, looking all lost, well, I'd forgotten that he had moved houses.
Toadie looks taken aback by this. Karl suggests that if Harold wants to go out from now on, one of them should accompany him. The others all agree, but Harold isn't wholly comfortable.
HAROLD: Look, it's lovely that you all care, but it's just difficult for me to get used to... Well, this could be the beginning of the end of... my independence.
KARL: Apart from your family, is there anyone else you'd like to know?
HAROLD: Oh... don't think so. Eventually, I suppose I'd tell Paul. And maybe Mike and Jane.
Susan suggests they can tell them when they get back from their holiday, and Harold agrees.
HAROLD: Mike and Jane, eh! I do hope they're having a lovely time.
Mike and Jane are on the patio at a country hotel, having a cuppa and looking over photos they recently took in London. Jane is struggling with jetlag, but hopes she'll be set for their 'big adventure' with a little more rest.
MIKE: Listen, we don't have to do that, if you don't feel up for it.
JANE: What? I want to! Retracing your grandfather's steps - when are we ever gonna have this chance again?
MIKE: Well, technically you wouldn't say 'steps', considering he was on a motorbike (...) And, you know, it's a pretty long journey up to Scotland (...) and some of it's gonna be bumpy. So I understand if you change your mind.
JANE: Mike - book the bike.
MIKE: Book the bike... Are you alright?
JANE: Yeah. Spent thirty years of my life here, in the UK.
MIKE: That's a long time.
JANE: It is. I suppose I should tell you why I decided to book this hotel.
Hugo and Nell are playing mini golf in the garden as Toadie and Terese walk out onto the patio, Toadie clearly affected by what he's learned about Harold.
TOADIE: When he said that thing about losing his independence...
TERESE: You know what I wish? That my retirement experience was already built. I would offer Harold an apartment on the spot.
Toadie says that would be perfect, if he'd consider moving back to Erinsborough full- time.
TOADIE: You have to keep pushing forward your plans - if not for Harold, for somebody like him.
Terese nods in agreement. Nell watches from a distance with satisfaction.
NELL (to Hugo): That looks intense. I wonder if they're having another fight.
HUGO: Why won't you just leave them alone?
NELL: Dad pretty much told me he's still in love with Mel. So I think it's time to crank things up. Maybe hide something a little bit more personal...
Hugo goes quiet and looks upset.
As Reece decides she's had enough wine, Leo is doing his best to stop her from leaving.
LEO: There's one more you really have to try.
REECE: You said that three bottles ago.
Leo asks Tom the barman if they have anything else from the Yorokobi range. Tom says they don't, and Reece remarks on it being a small range. Leo asks Tom if they have any of the gin. Tom says they haven't had any in ages, but an increasingly desperate Leo insists Tom go and check out back anyway. By the time Leo turns back to Reece, however, she's already left!
Leo is trying to ring Paul to warn him Reece is on her way, but Paul's away from his phone. He compliments Byron and Holly on having done a good job setting up the function area. Byron says Holly's been working really hard; Holly says they'll be ready to roll in 20 minutes. But at that moment, Reece walks in, and Holly ducks behind the bar area out of sight.
PAUL: I thought you'd still be at the vineyard?
REECE: I know what you're up to. You sent your handsome son to distract me from whatever it is you're hiding up here. Evidently some last- minute preparations?
Leo has turned up but sees Reece is already there, and glances apologetically at Paul. Paul admits they've been having some staffing issues, but says Byron has organised everything 'almost singlehandedly'.
PAUL: Do you know that he ordered those flowers in especially for you, because he found out freesias were your favourite?
REECE: You still made a conscious decision to keep me out of the loop.
Paul admits he did, but says everything has worked out fine. At that moment, two guests appear earlier than expected, and with Byron manning the door, Reece wants to know who will offer them a drink. Paul says he'll find out who's available. Reece flings a waiter's cloth onto Paul's arm!
REECE: You are. It's perfect.
Susan is helping Harold (and viewers) to remember some of the developments in Ramsay Street residents' lives over the last two years, as they leaf through the history book.
HAROLD: And Mackenzie is working part- time for Jarrod. And she's doing something else - oh... the council!
SUSAN: Yes! Also part- time.
Karl comes in, and tells Harold he's arranged to get access to his medical records. Harold gives Karl a list of his current medications. Karl says they have an appointment at the hospital tomorrow to run the tests.
HAROLD: Oh, dear, the royal treatment, eh?
KARL: Well, you are royalty.
SUSAN: Especially on Ramsay Street.
HAROLD: Very kind, the two of you. And, uh, it is good to see the two of you getting on a bit better too.
Karl and Susan exchange an icy glance, as Karl tries to change the subject. Harold sighs.
HAROLD: Life is so short. There is nothing that cannot be mended.
Karl and Susan look a little contrite!
Jane and Mike are walking through a wood hand- in- hand, as Jane talks about her life in the UK caring for Mrs Mangel.
JANE: I spent years resenting Nan.
MIKE: Well, fair enough. You made lots of sacrifices.
JANE: Vic was being difficult. Byron was off doing his own thing, and I hadn't seen Nicolette in years.
MIKE: I wish I'd been around to support you.
JANE: You know, I thought to myself, 'What was all that about?' I'd lost my marriage, my children, and for what? ... Sorry, sorry - you've heard this so many times before.
MIKE: You still haven't told me why this hotel?
She leads him through a temple- like structure as she continues to explain.
JANE: I guess you could say I'd hit rock- bottom. I just needed to be alone. And so, I checked in here.
MIKE: Oh, so you've now brought me to the place where you hit rock- bottom? Hm.
JANE: I brought you here to show you this.
She points ahead of them, to where the trees part to reveal a picturesque lake. They walk towards it.
JANE: I found myself here, in pieces, wondering, 'What was that all about? What's gonna be next for me?' And then I saw the lake. So beautiful, the way the light was hitting the water. It was almost like it was beckoning me. Anyway, by the time I reached the water, it all became crystal clear to me what I had to do next. I needed to go home. Home to Australia.
The function area is now bustling with guests, and Holly is still hiding under the bar! Paul is grudgingly serving the drinks.
REECE: Have you ever thought about working on a cruise ship?
Paul is not amused! While Reece is facing away from the exit, Byron encourages Holly to make a dash for it. However, the plan falls to pieces when she knocks a serving tray from another staff member's hand, causing a noise. Reece turns around and sees Holly.
REECE (to Byron): Don't let her leave. (to Paul) We need to talk.
PAUL: Look, I know you fired her. And rightly so, for what she did. But when Byron said she could be useful, then I agreed to get her back.
REECE: This was Byron's idea?
PAUL: Yes. We needed help with the setup. Of course, she was meant to be gone by the time you got here.
REECE: ... Well, has she been helpful?
PAUL: According to Byron, she's been fantastic.
Toadie has to head out to the office to sign some paperwork. He asks Terese if Mackenzie gave her any inside info from the council when she called earlier.
TERESE: There's a vague possibility of another site (...) It's complicated.
Toadie leaves, but promises Hugo, who's watching TV, that he'll be back in time to tuck him in. Once they're alone, Terese suggests to Hugo that she make them a big chocolate sundae. Hugo is keen.
TERESE: It's the only thing I know how to cook. Probably because there's no cooking.
While Terese busies herself with the sundae, Hugo sneaks over to Toadie's bag and removes a pig- themed earring - we presume, another reminder of Melanie that Nell has planted there. But Terese comes back in and catches him holding it!
TERESE: What are you doing?
Jane and Mike are sitting on a bench by the lake, looking out at the water.
JANE: Feel it? It's... it's just like clarity, huh?
JANE: Best decision I've ever made, moving back home. And I owe it all to this exact spot.
MIKE: I had a few moments like that myself recently, thinking about... where I'm supposed to be, what I'm meant to be doing. Who I'm supposed to be with.
Jane smiles and they touch foreheads.
MIKE: You know, there's a part of me that keeps wondering whether something's gonna go wrong between Sammy and you and I. But it hasn't. Which sort of makes me think, 'Well, what's next? You know, what... what's the next stage?'
He fiddles in his pocket for something, clearly working up to a moment.
MIKE: And, you know, maybe this spot, Jane, could end up being pretty special for... for both of us.
He pulls out a ring box from his pocket, and is about to present it to her. But Jane is oblivious, and starts yawning! She laughs, and blames her jet lag.
JANE: I'm sorry, Mike - I think I need to go back to the room.
MIKE: Oh, that's alright. I'll come with you.
JANE: No, no - look, why don't you use this time to look into the bike, hm? I'm just going to have a little snooze. I'm sure I'll feel so much better.
Jane walks off, yawning heavily. Mike gets a text from Sam: 'Have you done it yet?' followed by a ring emoji. He sighs.
Terese and Hugo are in Nell's room, where Terese has found some more of the porcine knick- knacks that Nell has been using to gaslight Toadie.
HUGO: I never liked her doing it. So when I saw her hide that earring, I thought I'd take it back, before Dad could find it.
TERESE: It's okay, Hugo. You're not in trouble, I promise.
HUGO: But what about Nell? If she knows I dobbed, she's gonna be really mad.
TERESE: Yeah, well, I'm sure we can handle it without mentioning your name (...) You've done nothing wrong.
But at that point Nell walks in, back from her karate class.
NELL: Why are you in my room?
Nell sees the open box of piggy trinkets and glares at Hugo...
Coming up on Neighbours
- Dex tells his mums that JJ is 'probably chasing after Sadie Rodwell again'
- JJ asks Andrew if he has any advice
- Sam asks Mike on the phone why he hasn't proposed yet; he tells her something changed
- Remi asks Karl if he's ever stepped away from his surroundings and suddenly looked at his life differently
- Susan tells Karl she's got to work out what she wants to do next